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The AS Review

Outdoor Center
The Outdoor Center provides outdoor equipment rentals, including camping gear, bikes and kayaks. Excursions such as snowshoeing, camping and rock climbing led by experienced OC staff members give students the opportunity to experience the outdoors throughout the year.  Viking Union 150


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Located on campus and at Lakewood, E.D.G.E. (Encouraging the Development of Groups through Experience) is a program for Western clubs and any other interested students or teams in need of training for leadership and additional group skills. It includes the E.D.G.E. ropes course, located at Lakewood, which is open to all Western students, faculty and staff. Viking Union 150

Resource and Outreach Programs (ROP)
Drug Information Center
If you have questions about drugs or are concerned about substance abuse, the Drug Information Center can help. A library of resources, events and speakers provide students with accurate information and support regardless of their choice to use or abstain. Interactions are intended to be unbiased and all information is up-to-date. In addition, students can inform themselves of their rights concerning illegal substances. Viking Union 517
Legal Information Center
Working with the philosophy that everyone deserves to know their legal rights, the Legal Information Center provides information concerning legal questions and interests. While they cannot give out legal advice, an extensive library plus on-campus events are available to educate students about their rights. Additionally, the Legal Information Center can refer students to other community resources. The Legal Information Center also offers information about law schools and free practice Law School Admission Tests. Viking Union 528
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Alliance (LGBTA)
This office assists lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender students. All students are welcome to ask questions, use the office as a safe space to express themselves and get involved with on-campus and community events surrounding LGBT issues. Books are available, as well as a referral service to other organizations on and off campus. The LGBTA puts on several events throughout the year, including the annual HIV/AIDS charity drag show (co-sponsored with the Sexual Awareness Center) and Pride Month in May. Viking Union 505
Sexual Awareness Center
The Sexual Awareness Center offers resources on topics ranging from sexuality, sex issues and STD testing, plus free safe-sex supplies such as condoms. Programs and events create an open dialogue where students can voice their beliefs about sexuality and hear others’ experiences. Above all, the SAC seeks to create a safe space where students can benefit from unbiased, informative and confidential peer-to-peer conversations. Viking Union 518
Social Issues Resource Center
The Social Issues Resource Center connects students with their community and university through events, volunteering opportunities and a wide selection of books for students seeking to learn more about social activism. Students are welcome to stop by the office with ideas and projects for the school and the community that the SIRC can help make a reality. Viking Union 512
Veteran’s Outreach Center
Staffed by student veterans, the Veteran’s Outreach Center offers references to community and campus resources and information about veteran’s benefits and employment, activities and peer advising. The VOC also provides work study and volunteer opportunities. Viking Union 530
Women’s Center
The Women’s Center provides community connections, women-centered events, general information about women’s issues and a resource library, which students can use to educate themselves, research for classes or read for fun. Each year, the WC publishes “Labyrinth,” a journal featuring student and faculty photography, poetry and prose. The WC puts on events and brings speakers to campus. Dropping in, asking questions or seeking advice is welcome. Viking Union 514

Environmental and Sustainability
Programs (ESP)

Looking for ways to reduce your environmental impact? Learn how with Environmental and Sustainability Programs, the newest office in the AS. This office encompasses AS Alternative Transportation, the Environmental Center and the Outback Garden. The Environmental Center provides information about on-campus environmental clubs and methods for reducing, reusing and recycling, plus other eco-friendly options. The Environmental Center can also connect students to other organizations such as the Recycle Center and LEAD (Learning, Environment, Action, Discovery) and hosts events. In the Outback, a five-acre garden located behind the Fairhaven dorms, you’ll find classes on herbs and gardening methods, free (first come, first serve) garden plots and a range of projects including the educational and forest gardens and the amphitheatre. The Outback is largely student-run by volunteers. Alternative Transportation encourages the use of and works to improve the services funded by the Alternative Transportation Fee, said A.J. Garcia, AS alternative transportation coordinator. His goals this year include getting the bus pass on Western cards and letting students know about the additional services they can use with their bus pass, such as the Late Night Shuttle.



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Aspiring student actors, writers and directors should go to KVIK Television. KVIK provides opportunities to get involved with original productions and promotions. It offers opportunities to gain experience in writing and production in the television industry. Internships, volunteer opportunities and work-study positions are available. All levels of experience are welcome. Viking Union 423



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KUGS, which celebrated its 35th anniversary last year, is a student-run radio station that originated in a Ridgeway closet. Located on the dial at 89.3 FM, KUGS broadcasts a variety of programs including music, radio shows and public service announcements. Plus, the station offers opportunities for students to volunteer as news readers and DJs. Shows running Monday through Friday include Music for the Masses (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.), specialty shows and news broadcasts (including “Democracy Now!”). So sit back, enjoy the music and perhaps try your hand in radio. “Radio, at its best, can emphasize the connections in the community and the power of localism,” said Sam Parker, KUGS program director.  Viking Union 700

Ethnic Student Center
The Ethnic Student Center is a support network for students to meet new people, identify with their heritage and experience their culture and other cultures through guest speakers and large cultural events. It is the home of the African Caribbean Club, Black Student Union, Queer People of Color, Filipino American Student Association, Latino Student Union, Hui O’ Hawai’i, Mixed Identity Student Organization, Native American Student Union, South Asian Student Union, El Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano/a de Aztlán and Vietnamese Student Association. Every year, the ESC hosts a conference; this year it takes place Oct. 24.  Viking Union 420

AS Productions
Given that films in the multiplex will put you back $10, seeing a movie for fifty cents to $2 is a great deal. That’s what ASP Films has for you: weekly movies priced no more than $2. A majority of the movies shown are new releases, with a few classics thrown in. Viking Union 422

Pop Music

Pop Music is one of the main reasons that amazing bands come to Western. A lineup of excellent shows is already slated for this year. Past acts have included big-name bands such as Nirvana and Modest Mouse, plus lesser-known bands and performers. There’s something for everyone and students are encouraged to stop by the office with requests for bands to play at Western. Viking Union 422

Special Events
Anything goes for ASP Special Events. Past programming have included a turntable smackdown, a laser show and speakers such as Sue Johanson and Dan Savage. Ideas and recommendations are welcome. Viking Union 422
Civil Controversy
ASP Civil Controversy is a lecture series intended to educate and inform students about social issues. Past presenters and events have included the slam poet Saul Williams, traveler Rick Steves and a panel on Chick-fil-A. Viking Union 422
Viking Union Gallery


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Student-curated with a local focus, the Viking Union Gallery primarily showcases works by Western and Bellingham artists. Exhibits rotate throughout the year, so be sure to stop by often to see the art. Viking Union 507
The Underground Coffeehouse
Looking for a place to relax, hear good music, eat delicious food and sit on comfy couches? Can you believe this all can be found in one place? It’s the Underground Coffeehouse, located on the third floor of the Viking Union. Open mic night and the Underground Coffeehouse Concert Series provide the music, the vintage couches and windows opening to a view of the bay provide the atmosphere. Viking Union Third Floor

AS Bookstore
It may seem obvious what the AS Bookstore does for students, but the story behind the textbooks and school supplies sets it apart from other college bookstores. The AS Bookstore has a revenue-sharing agreement with the AS. According to the AS Vice President for Business and Operations Virgilio Cintron, the AS will receive approximately $50,000 from the bookstore this fiscal year. The actual revenue is approximately $100,000; the extra money will go toward projects the bookstore decides are necessary, Cintron said. The choice to buy textbooks at the AS Bookstore helps fund the AS and its programs.

Student Senate
For information about the Student Senate, please see page 5 of this issue.

Publicity Center
The Publicity Center strives to provide high quality and personalized promotional services, products and support to Western students. Publicity services, promotional materials, graphic design and other public relations resources are available. The PC is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Viking Union 411

Recycle Center
Any time you are on campus, the Recycle Center makes saving the earth a bit easier by providing blue bins for recyclable goods across campus and sorting and picking up all on-campus recycling. The Recycle Center collects approximately 3,800 pounds of recyclables each day. It also provides education and increases awareness about the importance of recycling.

Child Development Center
Located near Fairhaven College, the Child Development Center is a cooperative that provides daycare for the children of Western students, faculty and staff. Students studying childcare can observe the classrooms, get involved in service learning and other activities with the CDC. Located in stack 12 of the Fairhaven dorms.

Lakewood is located on Lake Whatcom, and bus service is frequent during the week and on Saturdays. Sailing, kayaking, windsurfing and other classes are offered there. Equipment is also available for rent at affordable prices (for example, a kayak rental is $3).

Located on Sinclair Island, the Viqueen lodge covers 13 acres and is available to all Western students, faculty and staff. Reservations are available through VU Reservations.