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Klipsun, September 1996

Volume and Number

Vol. 26, Issue 6



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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


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?

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

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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 06 - September

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