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Klipsun, March 2009

Volume and Number

Vol. 39, Issue 3



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Western Washington University

Editor in Chief

Fife, Jaimie


Western Washington University

Photography Editor

Malijan, Mark


Howie, Stephen


“Subculture” is a complex concept that is difficult to define without first looking at the meaning of “culture.” Culture refers to people who are bound by a number of shared traits, such as values, goals, practices and attitudes. Subcultures consist of individuals who not only belong to a larger culture, but share attributes distinguishing them from their overall community.

As you may have guessed, Bellingham has its own culture and Bellinghamsters share common features that make up the skeleton of the ‘Ham’s distinct scene. Just to name a few well-known traits: people living in Bellingham are open-minded, prepared for the rain and likely to respond if a stranger says “hey” on the street.

This issue’s theme, “Slice of the ‘Ham,” looks at the smaller scenes or subcultures existing within the Bellingham culture. Some of the subcultures discussed include people united by common practices, such as the nudist and Dumpster diving subcultures. Others, such as the Lummi Nation and queer subcultures, include individuals bound by shared values and attitudes.

No matter what common ground they stand on, this issue is all about the subcultures, or “slices,” of the ‘Ham.

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Resources made available by the Special Collections, Heritage Resources, Western Libraries, Western Washington University, and www.klipsunmagazine.com/.



Associate Editors, Production Assistants, and Writers

Managing Editor: Danielle Koagel; Copy Editor: Maureen Tinney; Story Editors: Daniel Cumming, Christy Thacker, Rogelie Rael Johnson; Lead Designer: Jenny Peterson; Designers: Jonathan McConnell, Mary O’Connor; Online Editor: Tyler McFarland; Photographers: Jon Bergman, Damon Call; Contributing Writers: Alex Burrows, Sarah Gordon, Christine Karambelas, Austin MacKenzie, Jillian Vasquez, Ashley Veintimilla, Amanda Winters


Independent Student Publication at Western Washington University

Geographic Coverage

Bellingham (Wash.)


Higher Education | Journalism Studies


Student life, Klipsun Magazine, Western Washington State College

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College students’ writings, American--Washington (State)--Bellingham--Periodicals; Universities and colleges--Washington (State)--Bellingham--Periodicals

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Western Washington University--Students--Periodicals; Western Washington University


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Klipsun Magazine, 2009, Volume 39, Issue 03 - March



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