In the media

08 28 14
Seattle Weekly
When you boot up Eidolon, you are plopped directly into a vast polygonal forest, somewhere between Bellevue and Olympia, with zero explanation. There’s no stage-setting, no tutorial, nothing. It’s just you and the “post-human” wilderness expanding in all directions around you. Your only clear objective is to survive. You have to eat—by hunting, fishing, or gathering berries and mushrooms—and you have to keep warm. Beyond that, interpreting how and why all the people have disappeared is up to you.
08 27 14
Lake Chelan Mirror
The Western Washington Vikings volleyball team made the trip from Bellingham to try to help those in the communities where some of their teammates grew up. The team spent the day Friday, Aug. 22, touring the area and performing community service. The trip concluded with an intramural game Saturday night, Aug. 23, before a crowd at the Chelan High School gym.
08 25 14
The Bellingham Herald
Western Washington University will test a portion of its campus emergency notification system Tuesday morning, Aug. 26. People on campus at 9:45 a.m. will hear Western Alert's voice messaging over the campus fire alarm system, and a test voice message will be repeated several times in buildings and over outside speakers. Fire alarm strobes also will flash. No action will be required by anyone on campus during the alert test.
08 25 14
The Bellingham Herald
There's a beautiful library space for all things Northwest. It's called the Northwest Collection and it's in the high-ceilinged reading room in Wilson Library, at Western Washington University. "You're going to see Northwest history, geology, sociology, Northwest fiction, videos, some beautiful oversized art books," says Kim Marsicek, head of circulation services. "It's fun to go in there and poke around."
08 25 14
The Christian Post
A study, led by geologist Colin Amos from Western Washington University and published earlier this year in a journal, Nature, showed a possible link between earthquakes and the drought in the state, and found that a lack of water in the San Joaquin Valley is decreasing the weight on the San Andreas Fault, which could lead to more earthquakes.
08 25 14
The Bellingham Herald
Whatcom Educational Credit Union has looked internally in choosing its new CEO. Jennifer Kutcher, a 16-year employee of WECU, was named president/CEO by the firm's board of directors. Kutcher will replace Wayne Langei, who will retire at the end of August but will remain a consultant through January 2015. Langei has held WECU's CEO position for 41 years. Kutcher is a Western Washington University graduate and was WECU's chief lending officer.
08 25 14
The Bellingham Herald
Western Washington University had 43 student-athletes selected recipients of 2013-14 Division II Athletics Directors Association Academic Achievement Awards presented by WeatherPORT on Friday, Aug. 22. It is the second highest figure for the Vikings since the program was initiated in 2008. They had 46 in 2012.
08 25 14
The Bellingham Herald
Brianna Jones scored in the 10th minute and anchored a defense that made that goal stand up as Western Washington University blanked University of British Columbia, 1-0, in a women's soccer exhibition game Friday evening at Thunderbird Park. Jones, who was a first-team Daktronics All-American and the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2013, knocked in a bouncing ball off a cross by Delanee Nilles .
08 25 14
The Bellingham Herald
As the sun was setting over Robert S. Harrington Field on Saturday, Aug. 23, it was hard not to notice the symbolism between the new turf field on Western Washington University's campus and the men's soccer team. Much like the surface, the team has a new identity. After fifth-place finishes in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference in 2011 and 2012, the team finished third and barely missed the playoffs in 2013 under new coach Greg Brisbon. This year, the team hopes to take that a step further.
08 25 14
The Sun-Herald (Biloxi, Miss.)
The U.S. Drought Monitor has declared much of California to be in a state of "exceptional drought." According to the Western Regional Climate Center in Reno, Nev., 2013 was California's driest in 119 years of records, and Los Angeles and other cities around the state recorded their lowest precipitation amounts for any calendar year. "It calls attention to the severity of this drought," said Colin B. Amos, an assistant geology professor at Western Washington University, who was not affiliated with the study. "This is another piece of evidence that this drought is a big problem."