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Klipsun, Winter 2012 - Weakness

Volume and Number

Vol. 42, Issue 5



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Publication Date

Winter 2012


Western Washington University

Editor in Chief

Nazareth, Elysia


Western Washington University


Bellingham, WA

Production Staff

Managing Editor: Adrienne Woods; Copy Editor: Grace Moore; Story Editors: Brianne Beets, Andrea Farrell, Geri Massengale; Designers: Jeremy Smith, Danielle Yocom; Photographers: Jaynie Hancock, Sarah Ricardson; Multimedia and Online Editor: Eriver Eugenio; Writers: Faduma Abdi, Bren Baxter, Eliza Chan, Brianna Gibbs, Brenna Greely, Branden Griffith, Amy Holm, Dan Langager, Stephanie Lonzak, Amanda McIntosh, Kirsten O’Brien, Robin Turnblom


It is in our nature as humans to assume that weakness, in its most literal form, insinuates disadvantage or fault; almost instinctively, our minds seem to formulate the dichotomy between weakness and strength.

We each have our own intellectual, physical and emotional attributes that define our personal singularity. Varying connotations of the word “weak” stand as one such example of our uniqueness and variety, yet despite these different interpretations, we all experience weakness in one way or another.

In this issue of Klipsun, you’ll read that for some, weakness is indulging in our guiltiest pleasures – which may mean secretly listening to Vampire Weekend’s self-titled album, while assuring friends that they’re “too mainstream.”

You’ll see that it’s common, especially in the Pacific Northwest, for one to think they’re getting their daily dose of caffeine by ordering the boldest roast that Starbucks has to offer, when in fact, the lightest roasts pack the biggest caffeine punch, so to speak.

And in one case, while coming out of a coma leaves him at his weakest physical state, one student’s struggle proves to have the strongest mental and spiritual implications for his fervor for life.

This issue of Klipsun looks to set aside preconceived notions of “weakness” and broaden the interpretation of the word “weak.”

Before you read any further, take a minute and think about how you would define the word “weakness.”

Now forget that definition.

As you flip through these pages, remember that our weaknesses are what help us relate to one another. They’re what make us feel human. And without them, we’d only have our strengths – and how boring would that be?

Photography Editor

Corey, Brian


Howie, Stephen S.

Publisher (Digital Object)

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



Geographic Coverage

Bellingham (Wash.)


Higher Education | Journalism Studies


Student life


Independent Student Publication at Western Washington University

Document Type



This resource is displayed for educational purposes only and may be subject to U.S. and international copyright laws. Any materials cited must be attributed to the Klipsun Magazine, Western Libraries, Western Washington University.

Subject-Topical (LCSH)

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

Subject-Names (LCNAF)

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





Klipsun Magazine, 2012, Volume 42, Issue 05 - Winter



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