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Klipsun, June 1996

Volume and Number

Vol. 26, Issue 5



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Western Washington University

Editor in Chief

Thomson, Stephanie


Western Washington University


Bellingham, WA

Production Staff

Managing Editor: Heather Wisler; Story Editors: Collin Coyne, Wendy Gross; Illustrator: Kelly Jackson; Layout coordinator: Loc Nguyen; Business Manager: Teari Brown; Writers: Shelby Benny, Joanna Cerar, Kristin Connolly, Brett Davis, Quincy Hanson, Jennifer Hayes, Jason W. Hickman, Suann Landis, Jody Lindstrom, Stephanie Moore, Rachel Morrow, Brian Olson, Annie Pierce, Karl Schweizer, Craig Scott, Jeremy Stiles


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.

Photography Editor

Klein, Tim


Dale, Carolyn. 1950-

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, 1996, Volume 26, Issue 05 - June

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