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Klipsun, Winter 2011 - Layers

Volume and Number

Vol. 41, Issue 4



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Publication Date

Winter 2011


Western Washington University

Editor in Chief

Rypich, Olena


Western Washington University


Bellingham, WA

Production Staff

Managing Editor: Keegan Prosser; Copy Editor: Megan Jonas; Story Editors: Laina Pickrel, Kayley Richards, Carey Rose; Online Editor: Elin Jike; Designers: Chelsea Kennedy, Shea Taisey; Multimedia Editor: Carina Bissett; Photography and Writing: Jaynie Hancock, Jeremy Smith, Jordan Stead, Sakeus Bankson, Kaylin Bettinger, Gina Cole, Abby Espiritu, Marianne Graff, Shawna Leader, Evan Marczynski, Michelle Naranjo, Nicole Strep, Becky Tachihara, Alissa Wolken, Benjamin Woodard


The picture to the right cannot say much about me. Beyond what is visible at first glance are the many layers of my identity: Ukrainian, aspiring public relations professional and journalist, pianist, student and daughter, among many more. I’ve taken to embracing them all. Without any one of these layers, I wouldn’t be the person I am today, and someone else may have been writing this letter.

The stories in this issue peel back many layers and expose what often goes unnoticed beneath the surface. One writer takes us on a journey back to the days when Bellingham was a booming center for coal. One story may leave you questioning your own safety; another, reconsidering how much you’re willing to pay for beauty. A story of one student’s radical transformation after weight loss may leave you wondering about the layers that make you, well, you. Try to see the complexity in even the most ordinary things, because nothing in life is too simple.

With this issue, we are also celebrating the life of Shearlean Duke, who lost her battle against a brain tumor in February. On one layer, she was an incredible woman; on another, a beloved professor, editor, public relations professional and mentor for many; and yet on another, a world traveler and loving wife. Her work and contributions to the Department of Journalism and Western are invaluable. She will always remain in our hearts.

Photography Editor

Stead, Jordan


Watt, Peggy

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, 2011, Volume 41, Issue 04 - Winter



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