Andrew Wise

Brave icy roads: How to winterize your bike

January 7, 2014

When it comes to bike commuting, the months from November to February separate the contenders from the pretenders. The icy winds, pelting rain and lurking patches of black ice will test even the

Washingtonia: A newcomer's perspective on coffee beans and our music scene

January 7, 2014

I love the rain. I look forward to cloudy, drizzly, misty days where trees seem especially green and cars look especially shiny. I love walking through a downpour without a hat and feeling the

A Hawks fan and a Broncos fan go head-to-head with their Super Bowl predictions

January 27, 2014

Dominic D’Angelo is a die-hard Seahawks fan who grew up in the heart of 49ers territory. Andrew Wise hails from Denver and bleeds Broncos orange and blue. With their teams facing off in Super

Looking back on Viking Lobby Day 2014

January 27, 2014

The Road to Olympia   I will fully

Pop Music Industry Conference launches into its fifth year

February 10, 2014

The music industry is by its nature a vast and tangled monster, fraught with the hypocrisy of relying heavily on massive corporate influence and a vehement anti-corporate sentiment in music. For

The Army, pizzas & diving: the life and times of John Hanneman, saint of the Viking Union

February 10, 2014

In the Viking Union, long after the sun has set, after the food court has closed, after the post office has shut its window and the last few AS employees trickle out of the building to go home for

Queer Resource Center looks for Queer Experience & Queer Music Showcase performers

February 24, 2014

March 3 and 4 will be two of the biggest days of the year for the Queer Resource Center. On

Sister of Western's first black graduate visits campus

February 19, 2014

A college campus is by its nature dynamic, shifting with the winds of progress, pop culture and social revolution. In the spring of 1956, a man named Willis Ball received his diploma from Western,

Son of architect haunted by Western's "ugly" buildings

February 19, 2014

I should preface this by saying that I am the son of an architect. I spent my childhood on family vacations dominated by the observation and photography of architecturally significant buildings, and

Wells brothers go chasing waterfalls

February 3, 2014

It was chilly in the Klappan, a wild, mountainous piece of northwest British Columbia snaked with the streams and tributaries that flow into the Stikine River. Western junior Brendan Wells and his

Squawk! Dead Parrots to return to natural competition in Chicago

February 3, 2014

The Dead Parrots are flying once again.

48 Hour Film Festival information meeting on March 7

March 3, 2014

One line of dialogue. One prop. One character. Infinite possibilities. If

On the front lines of climate change: Environmental Center to welcome Winona LaDuke

March 3, 2014

If you haven’t heard of Winona LaDuke, take a minute, get out your internet-worthy device of choice and track down her TED talk. Watch it all the way through - if you have the attention span.

Quick-paced Dallas Buyers Clubs leaves audiences reeling

March 10, 2014

So, no, Mathew McConaughey doesn’t play the RomCom game anymore. The goofy, muscly, tanned sexiest-man-alive contender from such films as Fool’s Gold and Failure to Launch has vanished

Ride for Jake: Outdoor Center remembers Jake Merrill

April 1, 2014

It’s been over a month since the news of former AS Outdoor Center Assistant Excursions Coordinator Jake Merrill’s death shocked and saddened the Western community.

Pants around ankles, pen in hand: Bathroom graffiti follow us to college

April 7, 2014

It’s not often that you find yourself smiling in the restroom, for obvious reasons. It’s generally a place of grim necessity, and let’s leave it at that. But in places like the

Behind the lens: Student photographer frequents house shows

April 7, 2014

I set out from campus on a rainy Saturday night with an address and a name in my pocket and only a vague idea of where I’m going or what I’ll encounter when I get there. According to the

The Coffee Lady: She's here for our caffeine fix

April 15, 2014

A college campus without copious amounts of strong, hot espresso would be like a rainforest without rain. The entire idea would collapse in a sleepy heap. As a result, there are plenty of options

Drive, bike, run: How to safely share the pavement

April 15, 2014

Spring is a tragic time to be cooped up in a car for any part of the day. If you’re reading this because you’re thinking about starting to bike to school, or if you’ve developed

Huxley students launch elk-searching drone in Skagit County

April 21, 2014

It only weighs four pounds, it sounds like an angry hummingbird, is a veteran of the Iraq war and, for Huxley Professor Dr. David Wallin, its forty minute flight over the Skagit Valley on April 9

Finding safe road home: A look at sexual harassment in public transportation

May 5, 2014

A woman is beaten by a man for refusing his sexual advances in a SkyTrain station in downtown Vancouver. A transgender couple feels the heat of an angry stare from the man sitting across from them

NOVA Solar Window invention prompts student team to create business

May 5, 2014

After the shortcomings of Western basketball, it’s comforting that at least one team from Western reached a sweet 16. But this team’s uniform is a suit and tie, its game is solar energy

Surviving the mob: A week with Humans vs. Zombies

May 5, 2014

I don’t own a Nerf gun. Sorry, Nerf blaster. I think I might have had one when I was small, but the darts were probably lost within a week or two and it eventually floated out on a garage sale

Alpha Kappa Psi joins Western's mission to fight against cancer at Relay for Life

May 12, 2014

If you love running, or food, or good music, or dancing, or a really good party or, above all, if you hate cancer, make sure to be a part of Western’s Relay for Life, a day-long celebration in

Caught cruising: The changing state of longboard law

May 12, 2014

The low rumble and skips of longboards are a loud part of the soundtrack to life at Western. Whether you’re cruising from one end of the campus to the other or bombing down Indian Street

Beyond Borders: International art competition to take over the VU Gallery

May 19, 2014

The battle for over $1,000 in prize money that will take place over the next few weeks in the Viking Union Gallery will be a quiet one, involving plenty of careful, pensive squinting. Beginning May

Western men’s track team wins third straight title: Our writer takes you inside the 2014 GNAC track championship

May 19, 2014

Track and field often makes very little sense to those who have never been a part of the sport. Actually, there are days when it doesn’t make much sense to those of us who have committed

Western’s Capoeira Club brings dance experts to campus for a day of learning and celebration

May 27, 2014

Are you ready for some rhythm? Check out the Afro-Brazilian Festival in Carver Gym D on Saturday, May 31. The event will be hosted by the WWU Capoeira Club with support from the department of

Living at slug pace: Andrew Wise confesses his love for banana slugs

May 27, 2014

It was a very late night. I made the sleepy walk towards my dorm, my heart still racing from caffeine, everything else exhausted. I took the stairs toward the Ridge slowly, with deadlines and due

Explore identity at the Naked Truth on Stereotypes

May 27, 2014

Not to be confused with the Bellingham Naked Bike Ride, the Naked Truth on Stereotypes will take the stage in the MPR at 7 p.m. on June 1. The event, cosponsored by the AS Ethnic Students Center and

On the Road: A rough guide to planning your gritty, outdoor summer adventure

June 2, 2014

It’s during this part of the year that the mountains on the horizon loom especially large as you stare at them from the window of a classroom, tuning out a professor and attempting,

Explore the new trails of the Chuckanuts

June 24, 2014

If Western had a nickel for every time one of its students bragged about the natural beauty of Bellingham, we might be able to afford to build a chairlift from campus to the top of Oyster Dome. But

Jack White takes on solo album, Andrew Wise takes on Jack White

June 24, 2014

At this point in his musical career, Jack White has built up enough critical and popular acclaim to be fearlessly experimental and bold with his projects. In many ways, his fearless experimentation

Clayton Beach: A climb by the bay

October 13, 2014

It was while sitting at the top of our last problem of the afternoon, watching the sun dip down toward surface of the bay, that I lamented the coming cold and rain of fall and the many late nights