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.
That tingling sensation running up and down your spine when the wind blows. The push that makes the sand move when the tide comes in. The tightness in your chest when you're angry or sad and the way it loosens when you're elated or in love. It's what makes sun burn skin and some eyes shine brighter than others.
Large doses of it from violent acts by nature cause rapid change, quickened evolution-punctuated equilibrium. Surrounding species are forced to adapt.
It's energy. Turn the page.
Klipsun has been accused of lacking a plan, but that's just not true.
Our methods are simple. We set people free to seek out stories and shoot photographs in an attempt to live up to the sunset mentality: A sunset is spontaneous. It's brilliantly colored one day, causing one to stop and stare; the next day it may be colored sparely, with puffy clouds covering its paleness. The reaction a sunset evokes is dependent on a plan that is pure, uncontrolled, and impossible to define.
Our plan, however, is easy to define. We respect passion as a propellant for quality. Its energy flows from minds and hands to our pages.
Welcome to our impression of a sunset.
It's amazing, I think, that Klipsun ever gets produced. Seven editors, 10 stories, 16 days, three computers, a slide scanner and a lot of coffee,- when separated they are just random elements, but put together they somehow make 32 beautiful pages. At least we think they're beautiful.
Two issues just haven't been enough for me. Forget graduation,- I'd like to stay and work for Klipsun forever. But since I can't. I'm happily passing the torch to the winter quarter editor, Jana Alexander.
Jana, a natural copy editor, clever writer and conscientious journalist, has ambitious plans for the March and April issues of Klipsun. We've redefined the roles of Story Editor, Layout Coordinator and Art Director for winter quarter and are even considering producing only a single 64-page issue each quarter to replace the two 32-page issues we produce now.
Winter quarter brings even more changes: for the first time since March of 1996, there will be no Coyne-Collin or Justin-on Klipsun's staff. Through never-ending creativity and unbelievable dedication, Collin and Justin were largely responsible for the dramatic changes that were made to Klipsun in the past year-and-a-half. Their contribution to the editorial staff has been immeasurable. They're both leaving us in order to find time to do other things like graduate and find a job with a believable paycheck. Those traitors.
It isn't easy to give up being editor of Klipsun. The opportunities available to the Klipsun staff are unfathomable. Just think; 32 pages of space, no advertising, technological and artistic resources and training available for the plucking, and a class of more than 20 writers creating a plethora of articles to choose from. No professional magazine offers writers or editors this kind of freedom or range of expression. Find us on-line at www.wwu.edu/~klipsun, e-mail us at email@example.com or call us at 650-3737. We are your magazine. We'd like to know who you are.
A college campus is supposed to he a place that fosters diversity open-mindedness, exchange of ideas and, above all, freedom of expression. Congratulations to all of you who may have been offended by the material in the September issue of Klipsun but chose to ignore your own bias and open your mind to new ideas.
Chris Cooper's art is graphic, even gross. We know that. There have been suggestions that we chose to run the images simply because we had them and wanted to increase our readership through cheap shock value. Some people have questioned the appropriateness of the images for Western's campus. Many others have told us that they thought the drawings were disgusting-but when we asked what they thought of the article, we heard "oh, I didn't read the article."
Yes, there was an article accompanying Coop's art. A good article, exploring the motivation of a well-known artist and giving equal space to feminist responses to his art. If you read it, you might have understood why not printing Coop's pictures would have been a cop- out of the very worst kind. Klipsun should not be afraid to print something that may raise a few eyebrows and spark some interesting debate among readers. I'm excited about the metamorphosis I've seen in Klipsun over the past year. The stories haven't been shy-we've covered illicit drug use, religion, gambling, HIV testing and, of course, devil girls in a variety of scintillating poses. This magazine has become a forum for discussion of the serious—and sometimes not-so-serious-issues important to college students.
Drugs, AIDS, sex and censorship. They may not be the gentlest issues, but they're all out there in the real world. Are you afraid to face them? We're not.
Klipsun encourages readers to let us know you feel about any thing you see in the magazine. Dur e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, if you prefer the old-fashioned way, we're in College Hall 137 or at 65D-3737. Drop us a note.
Stuck in the Middle: The customer is always righteous. Danny Heistand explains why the counter is nothing to hide behind.
Going Overboard: Think cruise ships are all shuffle-board and Kathy Lee? Sarah Decker finds all the trouble Gopher and Isaac would never tell you about.
Game Over: Long before super-processer 64-bit realer-than-real brainwashing video games there was Atari. Jamie Lawson traces the sad decline of the mother-in -law of all electronic entertainment.
Grim Repo: It's only a missed payment or two, and besides, it's not as important as rent or tuition, right? Erica Christensen has no excuse when the Repo Man comes a callin'.
Night Show: Aaron Grey discovers that the real difference between men and boys is the size, speed, style, cornering ability and man hours invested in their toys.
Riding the Stakes: Brian Brandli has to see a man about a horse. He searches the stalls for the perfect method to find his way to the winner's circle.
Cash Calling: Jerry Weatherhogg tries his hand at the lighter side of organized gambling. Fun for the whole family!
Down in the Shrimp: who you callin’ a shrimp? Brian Kingsberiy crosses the line to spend a day among those who bring us the seafood we so callously take for granted.
Hello again, it s your good friends at Klipsun. We've whipped up another tasty potluck of stories for you. Hope you're hungry.
You will be appalled and engaged by the cover piece on Gary Goldfogel, Whatcom County's medical examiner. Yes, folks, he dissects dead bodies to find out how they got that way It, sounds gross, but what's so fascinating about Goldfogel is he doesn't shut down emotionally when he’s at work. It’s his desire to provide answers for grieving families that keeps him focused.
We’ve got stories on Russians, soap opera addicts, the producer of Highlander, and much much more! Still, this issue’s strongest point is its insightful writing. Our writers each began with general topics and emerged with people-stories— stories you can almost feel breathing next to you.
Enjoy this issue—I know I will, it’s my last. At the risk of being sappy, I’ll shed a tear and tell you how hard this editorial staff has worked to make Klipsun so pretty and interesting that you would be unable to resist reading. Do us a favor and tell us if it worked. There’s a readers’ poll floating around in here. Please fill it out and drop it in a campus mail box. Karma will reward you.
At long last! The March issue you’ve all been waiting for. (You’d better have been waiting. Don’t make us come over there.)
This time,we tried to go easy on you. No stories about illegal narcotics, no stories about god or AIDS or the JWE. (Okay, we did let a grisly story about railroad crossing deaths slip through the cracks.)
Our cover story is a big, happy profile of a local ’zine publisher. You may be wondering why you never see this man's face in our pages. “Karlos the Jackal”, as our colorful source prefers to be called, doesn’t want to draw attention to himself. He doesn’t want to see you come into the video store where he works, point, and shout, “Hey! You’re that ’zine guy! I saw you in Klipsun. Zines are so cool, man! ” That’s not what Throwrug, or most zines, are about. Jesse Hamilton’s story points out that Karl & co. don’t print Throwrug for us, they print it for themselves. We hope Karl will be happy with the story, but we doubt that will happen. After all, we're spotlighting a figure in the community who would rather remain in shadow. But don’t fret, Karl. Our bulb is only 3,400 copies bright.
The golden Buddha on the cover of your copy of Klipsun does not necessarily appear courtesy of divine intervention.
If God appeared in the Klipsun office while we were trying to select stories for an issue, we'd probably tell him (or her) to leave the box of pizza and keep the change. Fortunately we have some people on staff who are more conscientious about the concept.
Leaders of various religions shared their views on the Divinity with Martina and Quincy, authors of our story about god. The descriptions these people gave were similar in a few ways, but more importantly, they out lined a personal relationship each of them shares with his or her god ... or God, or goddess, or gods or whatever. Anyway, you may read the line about this story in the contents page and think it's about how some religion is going to save you or how you can open yourself to the world s various religions and make yourself a better person ... not so, not us, not here.
The story is about god, not a religion. A religion is a set of rituals assigned to one set of beliefs. God is your personal explanation of the world surrounding you and your place in it. By this rationale, your god isn't exactly like anyone else's, and you learn more about the concept of god when you compare definitions.
A college campus is a marketplace of ideas that fosters this kind of exchange, rather than suppressing your views. You can suggest that god is in the trees, or god is nothing, or god is a state of being ... or God, or goddess, or gods, or whatever.
Because your view of god is unique, and so is the intellectual environment you're in, we feel it is important to exchange descriptions of god like people have done in this issue of Klipsun.
Enjoy your stroll on the path to enlightenment. And thank you for reading.
The cover of Klipsun magazine has a legacy including but not limited to cartoon characters, school administrators, clowns, cars, peculiar folks and tulips. This issue, it seems our subject matter has taken a serious turn. Ann Yow, our photo advisor, best summed it up after she saw the image of illegal activity emblazoned on our computer screen.
Trying to breathe evenly she said, “This isn’t tulips.”
Klipsun is your campus magazine. It isn’t about tulips or heroin. It’s about you.
The editors of this quarter’s Klipsun struggled with the decision to use the arresting cover photo. We feel that hard-to-swallow social issues shouldn’t be dodged or skirted by people who control sources of information. We chose not to divert the intensity of the heroin story because we don’t believe our readers are fragile people.
At the same time, we don’t wish to dramatize the topics Klipsun addresses. We aren’t running this article and cover just because we have it. This article gives you a chance to see heroin users from a perspective that legality and suspicion have kept most reporters from attaining. That perspective is provided here, so you may get a glimpse without ever entering the subculture of heavy drug use.
Even if they don’t dive into subcultures of illegal activity, the stories in Klipsun will always take you someplace you haven’t been before or to a new idea you hadn’t thought about. We hope you enjoy reading Klipsun. We can’t promise stories about heroin or tulips, but sometimes we come through.
n the past few years, Klipsun has offered issues with assorted themes, such as politics, consumerism, women’s issues and relationships. When the other editors and I sat down to select which articles we wanted to run in this issue, we realized three stories shared a common theme — they all related to the performing arts.
Jeremy Stiles gives us a sample of an ordinary open mic night at a downtown Bellingham bar, where performers with visions of stardom come together with performers who don’t have the same aspirations but do share a love for music.
Wendy Gross spent time at Seattle’s O.K. Hotel interviewing several Northwest poets prior to writing her article on spoken word performances. Her story, which begins on page 14, captures both the spirit of the spoken word scene and the passion these artists have for their craft.
Similarly, Collin Coyne spins a local angle with a detailed account of what happened when the spoken word scene came to Western in May.
Finally, on page 21, Brian Olson chronicles the evolution of an Afro-Cuban percussionist named Matt McCarter. A Fairhaven graduate, McCarter was inspired by a Grateful Dead show in 1991. Since then, he has been honing his natural talent for drumming and also been sharing his skills with students.
It’s hard not to be envious of these performers because they have all found something in their lives that makes getting out of bed each day worth it. Not only do they have an outlet to express themselves, but they do so in a way others can enjoy.
I’d like to say we should all be so lucky, but if everyone had as much talent as some of these performers do, who would be left to appreciate it?
Articles that feature ordinary people living extraordinary lives are some of my favorite to read, and two stories in this issue of Klipsun illustrate this theme. The people in these stories are admirable not because they have fame or power or money, but because they have been confronted with countless horrors and tragedies, and their ability to keep everything in perspective remains. Their experiences reiterate a valuable lesson: The power of the human spirit to overcome adversity cannot be underestimated.
Our center spread profiles a local woman who is a mother, a grand mother, a retired teacher — and a concentration camp survivor. Noemi Ban now spends her days and nights contently in her house near the ferry terminal, but she vividly remembers her months at Auschwitz. Who wouldn’t? She lived through a hell that is unimaginable to most of us, and she shares her story to remind people that, 50 years later, the lasting effects of the Holocaust reach even Bellingham.
On page 24 you’ll find the inspiring story of Vi Childs, a 68-year-old woman who has converted the heavy blows life has dealt her into material for her stand-up comedy routine. Every Friday and Saturday night she delights crowds in a small bar near Puyallup; laughter has been her therapy.
What makes both of these women truly outstanding isn’t only that they have used painful events from their past to help others; it’s also how they have taken their struggle in stride, and their strength is simply chalked up to “living life the best way they know how.”
The editors and myself (or “Six in the Klip,” as we’re fond of saying) believe these two articles provide a solid foundation for this issue. While Noemi and Vi have felt the kind of pain many of us are fortunate enough not to have experienced, their outlook on life is one we can all strive to emulate.
During the last production of Klipsun, one of our editors brought in what was then the newest issue of Rolling Stone. To say the least, we were disappointed. We weren’t shocked that Jennifer Aniston was featured nude on the cover. We weren’t shocked that Rolling Stone would use sex appeal to draw in readers. We all were, however, disappointed in Rolling Stone's blatant portrayal of women as sex objects. This time it was just too obvious and too extreme.
We discussed the trend of Rolling Stone placing scantily-clad women on the front cover, while showing men in T-shirts and jeans. True, the magazine has featured nude men on the cover, such as the group Blind Melon. But the accompanying articles usually discuss talents and achievements in the case of men, and physical appearance and sexual appeal in the case of women.
Rolling Stone is a successful and popular magazine. Both men and women read the magazine, and such portrayal of women is getting it nowhere.
Aniston is attractive. The American public has been running to hair salons to imitate her ’do. Her waitress character on Friends, Rachel, can get away with wearing tight half-shirts and hip-hugging mini-skirts.
Aniston is popular, however, because of her acting and not her ability to undress. She agreed to be portrayed in such a manner, and in doing so, has chosen to be seen as a sexual object. Inside the magazine, she poses for a centerfold, wearing only underwear and covering each nipple with two fingers. The article focuses on her body and her sexuality, not her achievements.
So, while our cover pokes fun at Rolling Stone's cover, the problem is a serious one. As long as the media continues to portray women as objects, successful only in their sexuality, women will not be recognized for their talents and their minds.
Some may think we’re just a bunch of feminists who are overreacting. What we are is a group of editors, soon to be graduating and entering the field of journalism. We are concerned about the media’s portrayal of women, and are working to change it.
What is the purpose of getting a college education? Why are we here? There comes a point in every students college career when we ask ourselves questions like these. It may be that we are here because it was what people expected us to do. Maybe we always planned on going to college and never thought otherwise. Or, maybe we are here because we want to earn more money or make a better future for ourselves.
Whatever the reason we came here, we are all trying to accomplish the same thing. We want to get an education. In the movie “Higher Learning,” Laurence Fishburne plays a professor at racially-torn Columbus University. While the university and the events portrayed are fictional, Fishburnes message to his students is not. The purpose of a college education, he says, is simply to learn to think.
We want to learn to be critical, to ask questions and to seek out answers. We want to learn to communicate with others, and to get our point across.
''Many poets have said that love asks nothing, but I submit to you today that love demands everything."— Judge Donna Hitchens, Superior Court, Valentine’s Day, 1991
I ’ll admit it. I’m a quote person. I’ll read a great quote and immediately write it down and either hang it on a wall somewhere, tuck it in a notebook or write it in big bright letters on the side of an old pair of tennis shoes. No joke.
So, when I read the above quote, I grabbed the nearest scrap of paper and wrote with great flourish. And, after reading it again a few days ago, I thought: ‘This will be perfect for our relationship section.’ Because, whoever said love solves everything really didn’t know what they were talking about. Other factors almost always come into play. You know: reality.
For some, relationships are unhealthy, as in the case of domestic violence. Their partners verbally, emotionally and physically abuse them. Abusers try to control their partners through physical violence and other forms of abuse. This unhealthy factor constantly divides and diminishes strength and self esteem. The domestic violence reports in police logs in any city have an underlying concern — fear. The women in the reports voice the fear that their partners will retaliate by killing them or hurting them more if they file charges.
Several Bellingham residents and Western students were among 30,000 delegates who traveled to China this summer for a parallel forum in Huairou. As the feature by David Lynch on page 26 discovers, the forum served as an energy booster and supportive venture. And although the conference ended two months ago, these women remain enthusiastic. They’ve continued the struggle for change. Here is a look at the outcome — the fledgling results. This is what Lynch, who lived in China for six years, tried to focus on.
A global networking took place in China, with women exchanging ad dresses and phone numbers. Creating this network of support is important for helping women in other communities and in our own country.
The story talks about how Western student Aimie Vallet now corresponds with a Croatian woman, who started a women’s group in Croatia. “After I returned to the United States I wrote her a letter telling her I was willing to help find support either there or here in the United States,” Vallet said. “That’s what networking is all about as far as I’m concerned.” Besides networking, women from here and other countries saw what life was like for women cross-culturally. What we face here is different from what other women around the globe face. Genital mutilation, inadequate nutrition and unsafe drinking water are types of things women in Third World countries go through.
Taking action toward change is a challenge for us all — to somehow use all the knowledge and discussions we’ve accumulated. It’s been great watching friends get jobs with AmeriCorps, the National Forest Service or as teachers in remote, impoverished areas. They’re using their ideas and dreams and making things happen. Just as the women coming back from China are doing, so too must we find a way to use our education for a worthwhile goal.
Money. We worry about it constantly, wonder how we'll pay our next bill, struggle to make ends meet. Strangely enough, though, we usually manage to find a way to buy the latest Soundgarden CD or a gorgeous new shirt from the Gap. Wolfish manufacturers often latch on to the Red-Riding-Hood innocence of college students, guiding us down a well-disguised path to poverty. In our special consumerism section, writers address the woes of credit, junk mail, the infamous lure of Columbia House and choosing cheap products over their "greener" competitors.
Though we can identify with such concerns, they pale in comparison to Heather Kimbrough's poignant feature of the homeless youth of Bellingham. Many of these children of the night are slowly sucked into a downward spiral of drug use, neglect and heartbreak, spending the darker hours sleeping on a piece of cardboard or street corner. But volunteer Denver Du Pont and The Upper Room, an organization for these youth, provide a ray of hope with food, clothes and the company of others in similar situations. This story brings real faces out of an otherwise anonymous crowd of the abandoned, and you may discover why people like Du Pont work so hard to make a difference. So the next time you swing by Cellophane Square for that music fix, take a minute to reach out to these kids with a handshake or a simple hello. Our education involves more than classrooms and books. We are learning about the challenge of life. Take a look — your best teachers are standing all around you.