Volume 29 of the AS Review is wrapping up, so we took the time to review some of our best content of the year. We present to you: The Besties. 

Best Cover: May 29
Photo by Isaac Martin

Why it’s our favorite: Not only did Onyx Coffee Bar provide an awesome cover, it also gave our writer Dominic D’Angelo a new favorite place in Bellingham.

 

Best Feature:
Breaking the Taboo: One student works to create a resource for those left behind by suicide
Written by C Hayley Halstead
Photo by Isaac Martin

Why it’s our favorite: Western senior Haley Beglau wowed and inspired us when she shared her goal to create a support group for those affected by suicide.

 

Best Design:
Human vs. Zombies: Our writer tries to survive
Written by Andrew Wise
Design by Keghouhi Bedoyan

Why it’s our favorite: A zombie coming off the page to eat your brains, it doesn’t get more scary than that.

 

Best Sports Coverage:
Super Bowl predictions: A Hawks and Broncos fan go head-to-head
Written by Dominic D’Angelo & Andrew Wise
Design by Kristina Huynh

Why it’s our favorite: With a Seahawks fan and a Broncos fan on our staff, tensions were high around Super Bowl time.

 

Best Photo Illustration:
Western’s unspoken Rule No. 8: Use the next urinal over
Written by Kelly Mason
Photo Illustration by Trevor Grimm & Isaac
Martin

Why it’s our favorite: It’s always fun when you get to take a picture in the restroom, but when you combine the dream team of Isaac Martin and Trevor Grimm, you get magic.

 

Best Gallery Exhibit: Dissolve
Photo by Trevor Grimm

Why it’s our favorite: What’s cooler than manikin hands? Floating manikin hands.

 

Best Interview:
Q&A with poet and activist Staceyann Chin
Written by Dominic D’Angelo
Photo by Trevor Grimm

Why it’s our favorite: Chin blew us away with her words of wisdom, speaking against violence inflicted on marginalized identities at Take Back the Night on April 24.

 

Best Concert:
Flying fruit & astronauts: STRFKR & Kithkin rock the VU.
Written by Dominic D’Angelo
Photo by Trevor Grimm 

Why it’s our favorite: They really put on a wild show. Shoutout to the astronaut!

 

Best Column:
Son of an architect haunted by “ugly” buildings
Written by Andrew Wise
Photo by Isaac Martin

Why it’s our favorite: Andrew Wise let out his sassy side as he vents about all the architecture on campus. Plus, look at that picture, how can you not love that picture?

 

Best Review:
Pacific Northwest welcomes Miley & her onesies.
Written by Kelly Mason
Design by Kristina Huynh

Why it’s our favorite: Kelly Mason takes on Miley Cyrus’s wild ride and lives to tell the tale.

 

Best LOL:
How to be single on Valentine’s Day
Written by Kelly Mason
Photo Illustration by Isaac Martin & Trevor Grimm

Why it’s our favorite: We were all able to hate Valentine’s Day together.

 

Best of the Best:
Trevor Grimm, model
Photo by Isaac Martin

Why it’s our favorite: Our most liked picture on Facebook - ever. If you’ve been paying attention, you know that Trevor manages to sneak himself in almost every issue, but this is by far our favorite pose, and our Facebook fans seem to agree.