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Klipsun, Fall 2008 - From Apathy to Activism

Volume and Number

Vol. 39, Issue 1



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Publication Date

Fall 2008


Western Washington University

Editor in Chief

Claflin, Megan


Western Washington University


Bellingham, WA

Production Staff

Managing Editor: Stephanie Elkins; Copy Editor: Devon Fredericksen; Story Editors: Keeli Archer, Coral Garnick, Danielle Koagel; Online Editor: Tyler McFarland; Lead Designer: Jenny Peterson; Designers: Yuki Nakajima, Mary O’Connor; Photographers: Paul Moore, Eric Schmitz, Mary Truman; Writers: Danny Cumming, Jaimie Fife, Brady Henderson, Farah Hirji, David Husa, Rogelie D. Rael, Eric Schmitz, Christy Thacker, Kera Wanielista


On Nov. 4, as the Klipsun staff worked diligently to publish this issue, our attentions were diverted. We witnessed history unfold as Americans voted in their first African-American president.

Despite our personal opinions or the boxes we marked on our ballots, the Klipsun newsroom watched as many parts of the country were seized by an uprising of emotion, passion and action. More than ever before, young Americans, our generation, made their voices heard. We rocked the vote!

For America, I believe this election was like coming up for fresh air.

During the past eight years our patriotism has been tested. Many of us gave up. Convinced that one man, one woman, one voice could not make a difference. Apathy consumed us. But the American spirit is not easily defeated. In this issue, we see local people who have shrugged-off despair and have dedicated their time to activist efforts, educating the public and encouraging community service.

Along the bottom of these pages you will see a list of some Western groups and clubs. These students are united by the causes that inspire them to action. We encourage you, our readers, to find your true passion and take a stand for whatever you may believe in.


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



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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, 2008, Volume 39, Issue 01 - Fall

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