In the media

04 21 14
MyNorthwest.com
It's provoked a talk show spasm - this comment from last September's convocation speech by the President of Western Washington University Bruce Shepard. "I have said before and I'll say it again, that we as a faculty and staff and student body, if we 10 years from now are as white as we are today, we will have failed as a university to meet the critical needs of our state," he said. Shepard has made similar statements for several years, but this one got picked up by conservative websites like RedState, which ran the headline, "Why Can't Western Washington University Get Rid of Pesky White People?"
04 21 14
The (Vancouver) Columbian
Although he is bringing up a valid issue that should be talked about, Western Washington University President Bruce Shepard has been employing tone-deaf rhetoric that only obfuscates the discussion about race and education. In a convocation speech, referring to the racial makeup of the 15,000-student university in Bellingham, Shepard said, “If in decades ahead, we are as white as we are today, we will have failed as a university.” On the university’s website, he posed the question, “How do we make sure that in future years we are not as white as we are today?” Shepard, who is white, later explained, “I needed to provoke some attention. It’s really important to understand the issue facing all of American higher education and that is, our country is changing.”
04 21 14
The Stranger
You know it’s a slow news week when a CBS crew invades the quiet Western Washington University campus in Bellingham (where I'm a journalism student and the former managing editor of The Western Front). The people from CBS—and so many others in the news media—are responding to a fake controversy created by a right-wing blog called Campus Reform and carried forward by other media.
04 21 14
KIRO Radio
He's drawn plenty of fire for saying Western Washington University is too white. The Western president is defending his comments, telling KIRO Radio's Dave Ross it's time for frank talk about race and diversity.
04 21 14
The Bellingham Herald
To some degree, what Autumn Isaacson has can't be taught. It's an old albeit true adage - one passed down throughout the history of sports time and again - that speed does, in fact, kill. Just ask anyone the Western Washington University softball team has faced so far this season. Better yet, just listen closely throughout one of the Vikings' games.
04 21 14
The Bellingham Herald
Two Western Washington University records fell as Frank Catelli won the men's shot put with a mark of 58-7 1/2 and Tanya Bjornsson placed second in the women's long jump with a leap of 19-4 3/4 at the Azusa Pacific Invitational on Friday in Los Angeles.
04 21 14
The Bellingham Herald
Western Washington University pitcher Jenna DeRosier, a senior from Kelso, won both games, starting the opener and relieving in the nightcap, as Western Washington University swept Northwest Nazarene University, 7-4 and 10-9, on Senior Day in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference softball doubleheader Saturday at Viking Field on the WWU campus.
04 21 14
The Bellingham Herald
Western Washington University's Slater Hirst bettered his provisional national qualifying mark in the men's javelin by nearly five feet as he placed third with an effort of 209-4 on Saturday at the Beach Track and Field Invitational meet held on the Cerritos College campus.
04 21 14
San Jose Mercury News
Well-known jazz expert Herb Wong died at home early Sunday morning, leaving behind a legacy filled with writings and interviews covering the world of jazz over much of the 20th century. He was 88. "He had so many roles in the community," said Paul Fingerote, a friend and colleague for 35 years who was working on a book with the Bay Area jazz legend. "He was a true Renaissance man, plus he was a unique guy."
04 18 14
The Western Front
There are a lot of accusations about Western’s “racist” President Bruce Shepard. Shepard had the guts to ask a tough question: how should the institution respond to changing demographics?