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Western Today for Monday, Dec. 15

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Frigid temperatures are forecast to continue this week, with another possible snow event coming on Wednesday. As always, for WWU closure information, see the WWU home page or WWU's Emergency Information site. At right, Tabitha Kaigle, a grounds and nursery specialist with Western's Facilities Management, braves a bitter wind to clear a path to High Street from the Viking Union through the Performing Arts Center Plaza on Monday morning, Dec. 15.

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The Bellingham Herald

  • Bad economy a boon for two-year colleges
    Businesses and schools across the state are shutting their doors, and people are living in fear that their jobs and savings will disappear. But community and technical colleges across the country are thriving, with record enrollment.

  • How much are consumers to blame for this recession?
    Last week after the U.S. Bank's Economic Outlook Forum I talked to Hart Hodges, director at the Center for Economic Business Research at Western Washington University and one of the forum panelists. One thing he lamented during the forum was how badly he had missed the magnitude of this problem at the 2007 forum. While he was gathering his material together to leave, I asked him further about what red flags were missed. He thinks it was in underestimating how much debt consumers have been juggling.

  • Volunteers sought for tax-prep assistance
    Community volunteers are needed to help with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program at Western Washington University. The program, which is sponsored by the WWU Beta Alpha Psi and Accounting Society, provides people with free tax help from February through Tax Day.

  • Vikings survive rough start with defense
    Forward Willow Cabe scored all of her game-high 16 points in the second half as Western Washington University overcame a rough start with a strong finish to defeat Sonoma State University 58-49 in final-day action at the California Collegiate Athletic Association/Great Northwest Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Challenge Classic on Saturday, Dec. 13, at Acker Gym in Chico, Calif.

  • Opinion: NOAA effort must succeed
    One of the potentially great lures for NOAA to our community is the plan to build a new home for Western Washington University's Huxley College of the Environment nearby. But Western's plan can't continue unless port and city officials back off their current stalemate about the greater waterfront plan and get moving.

 

The Everett Herald

  • Opinion: WWU takes another big step into Everett
    Economics and politics have stalled efforts to bring a University of Washington branch campus to Snohomish County, but good news blew in from the north last week on the local higher education front. That fair wind came from Bellingham, with the announcement that Western Washington University will soon offer two new bachelor's degrees and one new master's degree at Everett Community College's University Center.

 

The Seattle Times

  • Chopp: state's budget deficit not that bad
    House Speaker Frank Chopp said Washington's projected deficit may not be as bad as it looks. Chopp said the doom-and-gloom prophecies include estimates for $1 billion in spending on new programs, which seems unlikely given the current revenue picture.

  • Gregoire's suggested budget cuts come out Thursday
    The two-year budget that Gov. Chris Gregoire will propose to the Legislature is expected to have a number of spending cuts to address a revenue shortfall of more than $5 billion. She'll also propose a supplemental budget Thursday to adjust the current budget that ends in June.

 

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