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Klipsun, Fall 2012 - Pivot

Volume and Number

Vol. 43, Issue 1



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Publication Date

Fall 2012


Western Washington University

Editor in Chief

Corey, Brian


Western Washington University


Bellingham, WA

Production Staff

Managing Editor: Evan Marcynski; Copy Editor: Sarah Aitchison; Story Editors: Grace Moore, Branden Griffith, Lauren Stelling; Designers: Nicole Strep, Taylor Sanders; Photographers: David Rzegocki, Lilian Furlong; Multimedia and Online Editor: Eriver Eugenio; Writers: Marissa Abruzzini, Sarah Beaulieu, Lani Farley, Joshua Galassi, Taryn Knudsvig, Alexandra Kocik, Jeremy Mohn, Erin Nash, Jessica Pain, Yanrong Pang, Kaylee Salsbury, Lauren Simmons, Elyse Tan, Katy Verwest, KateLynn Walker


I’m done, checked out. I graduated. Talk about a pivotal moment.

While I write this it is time for myself and many others receiving their diplomas to step into roles as accountants, engineers, teachers and such, but when this hits stands another group of students will be entering their first year. It’s a simple cycle of coming and going. Each person will create his or her own path through college and into the professional world. Sort of like a choose-your-own- ending book. This story, while individually exciting, is very common. The stories within these pages are a bit more out of the ordinary.

What is the first thing you think about when you hear the word pivot?

Instantly, I think of pivotal moments. But when you think of the word as a whole it can be interpreted in many different ways.

The group of writers and editors that worked on this issue put together a piece of literature that is a tell-all, gut-wrenching and entertaining read.

Can you pray the gay away? Reporter Josh Galassi explores the ex-gay movement in an investigative article about organizations that say they can turn the gays straight.

Jessica Pain writes about the goals, no pun intended, of different foosball organizations trying to reach Olympic glory. She talks with world-class players and you may even learn a tip or two for that next game at the pub.

Scared of bee stings, are you? Well, you can thank the local bee farmers, and be happy those fuzzy buggers are still around. Marissa Abruzzini takes a peek at how some Whatcom County residents are fighting the possibility of bee extinction.

Losing a loved one to suicide, something we at Western experienced on more than one occasion in the previous academic year, is a horrid and unthinkable event. Jeremy Mohn takes us through the lives of people who have dealt, and continue to deal, with the loss of a loved one to such sad circumstances.

This just scratches the surface of the stories we tell. It is hard to combine such serious topics with more light-hearted ones, but I am proud of this magazine and what it contributes to our community.

Read, think and read some more. Enjoy.

Photography Editor

Diltz, Colin


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 43, Issue 01 - Fall

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