Klipsun is a Chinuk Wawa word meaning sunset.
KLIPSUN magazine is an independent student publication at Western Washington University located in Bellingham, Washington. While Klipsun has existed in one form or another since 1920, it morphed into a magazine in the late 1960's. The oldest issue in this collection is from 1967. We are currently scanning issues from Western Libraries' Special Collections and will add them as completed.
The current version of Klipsun Magazine recently became a digital-first publication with new stories released each quarter. Each magazine focuses on features, multimedia, and issues affecting the Pacific Northwest.
This word means something different to everyone. For me it means dedication. For others it means determination. But no matter what the meaning of this word is for you it still has the same context: as long as you have perseverance you will continue on in any course of action despite obstacles.
This “course of action” we all achieve is made up of our goals. Everyone has a goal. Some set goals that can be easily achieved. Others set goals that go above and beyond their capabilities. But most set goals somewhere in between the two extremes to help push themselves.
Whether you achieve the goals you set for yourself or not, as long as you have determination and dedication you will persevere and achieve what is right for you.
Perseverance is a theme that runs throughout this issue. So, sit down with Greg and take a look at the dedication graffiti artists have in trying to make graffiti a legitimate art form. Read how much determination it takes to start a business from scratch with Jeff. And finally, read about how perseverance will take you above and beyond the goals you set for yourself with Nicole.
All these stories plus more give the word perseverance its true meaning: Goals can and will be achieved as long as you have determination and dedication.
Past. Present. Future.
This phrase has a different meaning to everyone. My history dates back 22 years. Klipsun is more than 50 years old. And a few stories in this magazine are about artifacts dating back hundreds of years.
No matter what this phrase means to you, we all have history. Some of us want to never look back and just continue forward to see what our future entails. I personally am terrified of my future and seem to rely heavily on my past. An unfamiliar future scares me, while a past of familiarity comforts me.
For many, reading historical documents is fascinating. Reading about the present is calming. And reading about the future is exciting. So, sit down with David and explore Aladdin’s Lamp Antique Mall, sifting through old records and treasure that you may never have thought you would come across. Get the buzz on Hooligans with Shannon, who writes about a one-stop shop where you can get a haircut, tattoo or piercing all in one trip. And finally, taste the future with Sara at Nimbus, where chefs use chemistry to satisfy your tastes.
Cherish your past. Delve in the present. And look forward to your future.
For many, arriving in Whatcom County is just one step along the path way to a higher education. Fall brings fresh faces to Western to become part of the ever-growing student body, but even those who aren't new may still find some things to learn.
This issue of Klipsun Magazine tackles life in Whatcom County from coffee to surviving college, local heroes to area attractions. There is even a photo challenge to test your knowledge of the surrounding community. We sought to provide a glimpse into our corner of Washington, teaching amateurs some tips while providing new insights to those who are a bit more established.
Life is about overcoming obstacles, learning lessons, trying new things, exploring the world around you and having fun. In these pages, I hope we have shown even a glimmer of that.
In the five years I have been at Western, I have found the best education exists not necessarily in textbooks or even physics class, but in the decisions we make and their outcomes. We live in a beautiful place, so explore it. In the words of the great Ferris Bueller,"Life goes by pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."
Summertime is a favorite season for so many, but with college over, it takes on an entirely different meaning to me and many others in my same position. Now it means 18 years of education is over. Hot days are spent trapped inside a cubicle glued to a computer screen instead of basking in the sun. Long summer nights are no longer an option now that I am up at 6, and moving back to Bellingham in September is not on my calendar anymore.
Nothing will ever compare to these past four years. My only regret is that I never really enjoyed Bellingham and all it has to offer until my last year. My hope is that these stories will inspire you to enjoy Bellingham and your time here a little more than I did.
This issue will challenge you to look at Bellingham in a different way. Explore the Puget Sound alongside Tanya, go kite flying with Megan in the park, hop aboard Mora with Isaac and laugh as Bradley shares a few of the lessons professors can never teach.
Take your copy and drive along State Street, turn right at Boulevard Park, lie out on the grass and read the stories. I read so many stories over the quarter at that park and I hope you enjoy it as well.
After reading, my challenge to you is this: go try something new. Remember, college doesn’t last forever, summers will soon just be a memory and your time in Bellingham is not long. Enjoy the stories and enjoy the rest of summer!
I started thinking about this note the minute I became Editor-in-Chief, but here I am, minutes before deadline not knowing what to write. An elite group of people has come before me and they all seemed to have something profound to say. So, I went where I always go when I need inspiration — my friends. The most eloquent person I know, had this quote from the movie “Serendipity” on his Facebook profile: “The Greeks didn’t write obituaries. They only ask one question after a man died: ‘Did he have passion?’”
This sparked my interest. In the beginning, it didn’t seem we had a common thread to the stories in this issue, but looking at them now, passion runs through these tales of extraor- dinary people and amazing adventures. It doesn’t matter where your passion lies; it just matters if you have it or not. Whether your passion lies in sports, entertaining, academics or people it doesn’t matter. All that’s important is finding something you love that you can do with the people who mean the most in your life.
With the end of my college experience looming, I can’t figure out where the time has gone. I have spent four years with some incredible people by my side. My passions have grown from what they were when I was a bright-eyed freshman. They now lie in my friends, family and my experiences. These passions will follow me wherever life takes me next.
Enjoy these stories of other people’s passions and then go out and discover your own.
Signs of spring blossom everywhere. Bellingham is a gorgeous city to be in during the warmer months. Let us help you get outside and enjoy the beauty that Bellingham has to offer.
Take a walk around town and discover all of the locations local artist Ben Mann has touched with his brush; use the list on page 11 as your guide. As long as you’re outdoors, try one of the picnics writer Marinda Peugh describes. You’ll be sure to enjoy both the surroundings and cuisine she suggests.
With spring comes romance, and this issue of Klipsun even has that. Check out “No-Fi Soulmates” for a love story about a couple rockin’ the Bellingham music scene. So go outside, enjoy the sun, throw a disc and relish in Bellingham’s beauty. Happy Spring!
I’ll be honest. The first quarter I wrote for a publication, I was intimidated by the editors. They seemed so much older, wiser and more experienced than me. It took me a while to have confidence in myself and my abilities, but now here I am an editor.
Many of the people in this issue also have found their confidence, and they are accomplishing amazing things. Unintentionally, this issue features many women and coincides with Women’s History Month. The women at Femeninete are producing heartfelt, poignant pieces about what it means to be a woman. Kelly Hill is living with AIDS and has found a rewarding job helping other women live with the disease as well. The Bellingham Roller Betties celebrate strength and self-expression by strapping on their roller skates.
I hope you find a story in this issue that not only interests you, but inspires you to have confidence in yourself and do what makes you happy.
Every day, life presents us with obstacles. Big or small, we must confront these head-on in order to continue on.
Three stories in this issue of Klipsun exemplify the necessity of carrying on in the face of overwhelming obstacles.'Tutting the Pieces Back Together" by writer Emily Krahn tells of a local woman's turn to art for healing in the midst of loss.
In "Back to Basics," Shawn Query explores the day-to-day challenges Whatcom County residents face as they strive to overcome functional illiteracy.
Writer Ciara O'Rourke's story "Missing in Laos" tells of the actions family and friends are taking to bring a Western alumnus home.
I highly encourage you to read these and other stories featured in this issue.
In the face of opposition, it is often hard for a person to stay true to his or herself. We've all faced personal challenges that make us question who we are or what we're doing. For me, that challenge was believing in myself. When I first started taking journalism courses Spring quarter 2005, I wasn't sure if I was cut out for the major - the workload seemed too much. But I stayed with it, knowing that writing is one of my greatest skills and passions. Now, only a quarter away from graduation. I'm seeing more and more each day how being honest with myself and with who I am has paid off.
In this issue of Klipsun, you'll meet others who have been just as honest with themselves and their values. In his interview with Justin Morrow, journalist and author Mark Fainaru-Wada exemplifies this value, despite potential criminal convictions. Local entertainer Betty Desire also shares her own story of staying true with writer Lauren Allain.
I hope these stories help you understand your own motivtions, as well as those of others.
Kate M. Miller
I can still remember how eager I was to come to college my first quarter at Western four years ago. I don't think I slept more than a few hours the night before. Not because I was scared, and not because I was nervous. It was because I couldn't wait to explore life through the eyes of a college student.
I didn't believe people when they said it would go by fast. Four years seems like a long time to an 18- year-old. Well it isn't.
I can't help but feel excited when I think that the stories in this issue of Klipsun might help others live life a little more fully during their time in Bellingham.
Sneak a peak at Northwest culture in "Hop- Head Nation." Learn how some locals use Bellingham's natural structures as their own personal jungle-gyms in "Hard-Rock Getaway" or discover what those barefoot people balancing on an inch or so of rope at Boulevard Park are up to in "Walk the Slack Line."
If you can't find a story that grabs your attention in the magazine, then I encourage you to peruse the selection online at klipsun.wwu.edu. There, you might find longboarding is the mode of transportation for you in "Kick, Push and Coast." Or you might decide that the multimedia presentation of one writer's experience in «l "Skydiving with Doctor Death" is an experience worth having.
I've graduated now, and I have one piece of advice for you. Live your life with no regrets. Appreciate the now and don't look back. I hope you find something that catches your attention in this issue. Thanks for reading.
Kate M. Miller
Change is scary. Staying in the comfort of the familiar is always easier than venturing into the unknown. That is why I am always inspired by people willing to innovate. It takes courage to look toward the new to amend the old.
Stories such as "Wave of the Future" and "Baker's New Breakfast" show how finding new ways to accomplish old goals can be a good thing. From the first bilingual school north of Seattle to an animal shelter that found an alternative to euthanizing, people are thinking outside of the box.
I hope readers, when reading this issue of Klipsun, will find a story that helps them remember where they have been but more importantly inspire them to think about where they are going.
I read somewhere how the greatest gift in life is having the serenity to accept the things you cannot change, the courage to change the things you can, and, most importantly, the wisdom to know the difference.
Granted, it's easier said than done, but in life we do make choices, and each one is part of a bigger picture. Therefore, make each choice with courage and conviction — without looking back.
You never know where your choices will lead you. They could direct you to a career in glass blowing, into the depths of the sea in a submarine, or into the great Northwest in search of Bigfoot. Klipsun touches on these topics, and I encourage you to read about them.
So, make your choices with courageous conviction because no real security lies in what isn't meaningful.
To scrap literally means to fight with fists. To me, however, the term “scrapper” encompasses a certain attitude.
Genuine scrappers take each day in stride, no matter how discouraged they might be. Life isn’t predictable, but instead of hating, complaining or seeking sympathy, they face the changing events before them. They play the cards they are dealt and, win or lose, don’t hesitate to ante up for the next game. It’s an attitude defining them.
Among the stories, I encourage readers to direct their attention to “Solace” or “A Light Within.” These stories deal with unexpected life events and how the people in them reacted. My hope is for readers to engage in these people’s lives and see that despite their unpredictable situations, they still get up in the morning.
Jessica R. Evans
Time flies. For example, I can't believe my baby sister just turned 5. She's starting to ask those hard-to- answer "why" questions like "Why is the sky blue?"
After a series of these questions, I experienced an "ah-ha" moment when I recognized her constant curiosity — and my lack of it.
In today's information-cluttered world, I think we coast too much. We need to ask more questions, seek more answers and initiate more change — starting in our own lives.
From the slums of Africa to Memorial Park In Bellingham, these Klipsun articles are stories of people living on a learning curve.
Check out "Roughing It" to see why a Western student chose to live on Sehome Hill. I also recommend reading about one mother's greatest loss in "More Than a Number," and another mother's saving grace in "Andrew's Will."
My hope is that one of these stories inspires you to create a change in your life. Be the curious 5-year- old you once were, and, at any moment, be willing to sacrifice what you are for what you could become.
Jessica R. Evans
I'm a lists person. I get a strange delight from checking little Nike signs on my daily list of "Things to do."
This issue's stories of triumph, surrender and hope inspired me to create an ongoing list — a list of things to do before I die. Learning 12 languages, solving local hunger and playing the mandolin, while extra ordinary, don't occupy a spot on the list. Other topics, however, such as mystery, money, romance and religion, definitely beg a place.
My list will surely grow just as Klipsun's repertoire will. But when my time is up, those little tingles of satisfaction from the checked swooshes won't mean as much as all the moments spent in between making the lists.
I hope these stories motivate you to build your own lifelong lists, but most of all I hope something inspires an appreciation for all you gain along the way to making your marks.
Paolo Mottola Jr.
Autumn is the season of transition at Western. A new academic year embarks, and the accompanying anxiety and excitement consumes university life.
New students curiously walk the campus, helping each other navigate the unfamiliar environment. Old friends meet and catch up on the events of summer. Days become shorter, and the colors of Bellingham change.
Klipsun is also in transition. The magazines format has changed to embody shorter features and increased visual content. Inside this issue, readers will discover a great range of transitions that Western students and members of the greater Western community experience.
I encourage sports fans to read Shannon Barney’s story about a former Western athlete’s progression to playing in the NFL. Those interested in politics should read Chris Taylor’s interview with RFK Jr., or Chrystal Doucette’s story about a Western student who survived cancer because of a stem cell transplant.
Paolo Mottola Jr.
Klipsun celebrates lifestyles, art and entertainment by telling a variety of stories about people residing in, or connected to, the Pacific Northwest.
My editorial staff and I have evaluated how these stories can be presented more effectively. The result is a reformatted magazine, which includes more art and shorter stories.
The content of this issue includes hiking, body building, last I wishes and rap music — assorted topics that individually delve into a slice of life.
I recommend reading Jamie Trudel's “Two Men and a Baby” to our readers intrigued by gay rights. Photography enthusiasts should look at Matt Anderson’s “Walkin’ the Rail.” I encourage eco-friendly readers to check out Cara Shaw’s article concerning the U.S. exporting technological waste. These diverse stories I reflect our colorful writers, editorial staff and the greater Western Washington University community.
Christina Seya Twu
Saying goodbye? Not always.
Sometimes it’s hard to bid farewell when we depart from a person, an era or Ideology, but people find comfort in the possibility of returning again and recapturing what once was.
Because this notion is so prevalent in modern lifestyles, the Klipsun staff decided to make a tribute to all things old and explore symptoms of nostalgia that surround us today.
In Bellingham, the Ladies of the Evening Society members honor the history of Fairhaven bordello owners and madams in the 1890s by dressing and acting the part of historical legends. Upon returning to her hometown of Leavenworth, a student finds her Bavarian 'roots invaluable to her as the town risks losing its old world charm to modern day commerce.Today, putting vinyl on a turntable is an event in itself, and a family f dairy farmers recalls a time before computer-monitored milking.
These are the symptoms.This is nostalgia.
Christina Seya Twu
Juggling is an art. Whether it is juggling school and grueling nightshift labor, balancing spirituality and faith with the demands of a material world or the actual craft of juggling, this skill seems to appear as a resurfacing theme in this issue of Klipsun.
Traditionally, the first issue of the quarter is non-themed and contains a variety of stories. This issue appears more as a mosaic than miscellany. Individual snapshots converge to form the greater picture: our world and lives are in a state of continual tension between two effects, ideas or paths.
In the midst of our juggling act, the sun still rises and sets every day. Life happens. I hope that comes across in this issue.
When we selected this issue’s theme in November, the topics on all our minds were the election and ensuing political issues. We found ourselves so passionately talking about certain topics that we felt we had no other choice than to publish these controversial topics in Klipsun. Some people on the Klipsun staff expressed concerns about publishing a political issue so long after the election. We decided, however, that just because the election was over didn’t mean we had forgotten the issues.
Politics are personal. They affect our everyday lives, from paying taxes to checking out library books, and they affect our futures, from having the right to choose to traveling the world. For this issue, we tried to ensure each story was as objective as possible and covered a wide range of issues that affect each U.S. citizen personally.
Before I was a journalism student at Western, I would pick up Klipsun at various locations on campus, flip through it, read a couple of stories and set it down. I never understood the full magnitude of work that one issue of Klipsun requires. Since the magazine is a student-run publication, everything from the photographs to the stories to the cover design is created, edited and finalized by Western students. Production is an amazing process, and words cannot express how it feels to see the final product on stands throughout Bellingham.
Similar to Klipsun staff members in the past, we have strived to make this issue as flawless and captivating as we can. The editorial staff took pride in choosing stories that catered to a wide variety of people in the community. In this issue, in addition to light stories about poker and bingo, we included stories about environmental issues, such as global warming, and about social issues, such as the illegal use of prescription drugs. While the writers poured their time into creating their stories, we as an editorial staff poured our energy into creating a beautiful final product. I hope all who read this issue keep in mind the incredible journey one issue of Klipsun takes.
Traditional athletic stereotypes need not apply.
In today’s society, typical representations of athletes look more like NFL players than everyday people. For the second issue of Klipsun, we decided to break open this stereotype and show the face of people whose participation in sports is anything but predictable.
It is tradition that the second issue of Klipsun is a themed one. Though sports are something a variety of newspapers and magazines cover, Klipsun had yet to fully explore them, until now. What we found was a handful of people whose desire to participate was fueled by a passion for their sport that had nothing to do with fame or fortune. Each story has an inspirational undertone and shows that being an athlete can strengthen both body and mind. So enjoy this fall issue and remember that athleticism is relative.
Going to the chiropractor. A seemingly insignificant event for most people, but what if you are a dog? Part of the joy of editing a publication staffed by students is seeing what sorts of stories they will come up with. Giving few restrictions to our writers ensures that topics they choose will be unique and spontaneous.
In this issue, you will find stories directly related to the experience of their writers. The love for her favorite shoe inspired Christina Twu to investigate the history behind Chuck Taylor All Stars. As an intern for the Seattle Mariners, Katie James stumbled across the story of a Safeco groundskeeper whose skill in landscaping runs in the family.
Stories in this issue reflect the interests, talents and creativity of its writers, and we hope you enjoy reading them as much as we did.
With discussion about sex from Sue, the hostess of the “Sunday Night Sex Show,” images of drug problems on the five o’clock news and edgy lyrics from Courtney Love, these topics—sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll—are often on the forefront of many people’s minds. Although many of these contemporary issues often go undiscussed in everyday, casual conversation with friends and/or family, it is important to address them.
As journalists, we strive to broaden our skills by reporting and writing on subjects that are often uncomfortable or unfamiliar. As editors, we challenged our staff writers to push their personal boundaries and limits and develop stories they may have normally shied away from.
In this issue, you will read stories that are edgy, unconventional and distinctive. Each story provides a glimpse into different lifestyles. We hope you enjoy reading these stories as much as we did.
As I walk past faces of strangers on a sidewalk or through Red Square, I often wonder about the life story behind each nameless face. I speculate about the experiences they have encountered, who they have met and what is important to them.
After reading this issue of Klipsun’s unusual stories, I realize that each person has a story behind their life. No one’s life is the same. No one’s life is like your own. Most importantly, you can never predict the history or life of a stranger. Each person has a story to tell, whether it be great or small. As you read these stories, you will peer into the windows of the lives of people linked to the Bellingham community.
For this issue of Klipsun, three contributing stories from journalism students who studied in Prague, Czech Republic reveal their experiences of living and studying abroad. Western students, Peter Louras, Josh Dumond and Lee Fehrenbacher spent fall semester in Europe studying Czech history, language and culture. Perhaps by walking past the faces of these three students, one may not expect that they participated in the Moroccan Ramadan, consumed electric green alcohol illegal in the United States or visited Auschwitz.
Whether you are introduced to European culture through a firsthand perspective, shown the heart of a cat lover or familiarized with a man with a passion for poetry and vintage clothing, you will discover the importance behind each of these people and their story.
I hope that after reading this group of stories, you too, realize the depth and magnitude each nameless face possesses. Take time to discover the life story of those around you.