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Empathy

Volume and Number

Volume 51 Issue 3

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Publication Date

Spring 2021

Editor in Chief

Jaya Flanary

Publisher

Western Washington University

City

Bellingham, WA

Production Staff

WRITERS

Victoria Corkum Dawson Eifert Ashlyn Farnworth Max Gleiberman Elizabeth Hall Oliver Hamlin Riley Kankelberg Melody Kazel Makenna Marks Andrew McClain Michelle McDaniel Merrideth McDowell Riggs Mischke Kevin Mullin Jana Obune Kyra Planetz Garrett Rahn Nick Sadigh Aedan Scanlon Madison Schoenberg Shannon Steffens Quynh Trinh Grace Yatsko

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Jaya Flanary

STORY EDITORS

Audrey Bean Sophia Heit Afsara Sadiya Mazey Servin-Obert

COPY EDITOR

Alex Wiecking

PHOTO EDITOR

Hannah Silver-Fajardo

PHOTOGRAPHER

Benjamin Herr

MULTIMEDIA EDITOR

Christa Yaranon

DESIGNER

Amanda Kelley

ILLUSTRATOR

Julia Vreeman

ADVISER

Joan Connell

Description

Hi neighbor,

I lost empathy when I was young and have since spent my time searching for it. Empathy is a capacity that is messy and unnatural; it is a pain in the ass for us selfish folks. My search for it began in high school. Later, in a college literature class, I rediscovered my infatuation for empathy when I read Leslie Jamison’s “The Empathy Exams.”

“This was the double blade of how I felt about any thing that hurt: I wanted someone else to feel it with me, and also I wanted it entirely for myself.”

Considering you and I have hurt, that we do hurt and that we will hurt in our lifetimes begs the question: do we hurt less when others hurt with us?

I chose this theme hoping to answer this. I’m not sure if we did. Isolated in my room, I met my staff through a laptop screen and encouraged them to be empathetic journalists who ask empathetic questions and seek out empathetic stories about empathetic characters. And, of course, the lack thereof.

We challenged whether or not this capacity is inherently human. We considered if everyone deserves it, how we can earn it and how we claim it for ourselves. We clarified the difference between it and its deceptive neighbor, sympathy.

Besides interviewing people pre-pandemic style, reading this quarter’s stories is the closest I have come to finding empathy again. Hurting with my writers, with my editors and with the characters you will discover gave me a glimpse at something I lost a long, long time ago.

Read with someone else. Then read it again — entirely for yourself.

Best,

Jaya Flanary

Editor-in-Chief

Photography Editor

Hannah Silver-Fajardo

Advisor

Joan Connell

Type

Text

Disciplines

Higher Education | Journalism Studies

Keywords

Student life, Student publication, empathy

Description

Independent Student Publication at Western Washington University

Document Type

Book

Rights

Copying of this document in whole or in part is allowable only for scholarly purposes. It is understood, however, that any copying or publication of this document for commercial purposes, or for financial gain, shall not be allowed without the author’s written permission.

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

Language

English

Format

application/pdf

Klipsun Magazine, 2021, Volume 51 Issue 3 - Spring

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