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Klipsun Magazine, 2019, Volume 49, Issue 03 - Spring, Kristina Ribera Apr 2019

Klipsun Magazine, 2019, Volume 49, Issue 03 - Spring, Kristina Ribera

Klipsun Magazine

Being ourselves takes courage. Courage to be honest and courage to be vulnerable. I chose authenticity as the theme for this issue of Klipsun because I wanted genuine and honest stories. What I received were stories about fighting for identity, what we can learn about ourselves through the lens of cross-cultural psychology, confronting the past to better understand who we are now and more. When we muster up the courage to tell honest, authentic stories like these, it can remind us we’re not alone. Sometimes that’s all we can ask for. When we’re honest with who we ...


Klipsun Magazine, 2019, Volume 49, Issue 02 - Winter, Mckenna Cardwell Jan 2019

Klipsun Magazine, 2019, Volume 49, Issue 02 - Winter, Mckenna Cardwell

Klipsun Magazine

As winter extends its icy hold, I often think about life and the journey that lies ahead. There’s something about the frosty mornings and endless grey light that lends itself to self-reflection. If you, like me, find yourself diving into an internal dialogue, you may discover you have an idea of where you want to go, but are caught without a roadmap. Along this path of life, there will be times of uncertainty. Of narrow alleyways you have to pass through in order to get where you’re wanting to go – of passage. But it’s the choices we ...


Klipsun Magazine, 2018, Volume 49, Issue 01 - Fall, Samantha Frost Oct 2018

Klipsun Magazine, 2018, Volume 49, Issue 01 - Fall, Samantha Frost

Klipsun Magazine

Our roots define who we are. Of course, that definition is loose. Some think of it as our core values, our history or our home. Others interpret it as an unseen network that grounds us and helps us grow. Undeniably, roots shape the stories we must tell. I invite you to explore your definition of roots as you dig into the pages of this magazine. In this collection of stories, you’ll find a struggle for preservation, unlikely friendships, and reflections on our innermost convictions. Each story expresses the countless ways to define roots. We all face trials and tribulations ...


Klipsun Magazine, 2018, Volume 48, Issue 04 - Summer, Alyssa Evans Jul 2018

Klipsun Magazine, 2018, Volume 48, Issue 04 - Summer, Alyssa Evans

Klipsun Magazine

Change is inevitable. Through actions ranging from small to large, change comes upon each of our lives every day. But while change is inevitable, positive change is not. This magazine is dedicated to the changemakers, those who take the time and effort to make positive changes in the lives of others. A changemaker comes in a variety of forms. A childhood that inspired a lifetime of kindness. A high school student who has dedicated their time to activism. A tribe who advocates for safer living conditions of orca whales. All are changemakers. I encourage you to challenge yourself to recognize ...


Klipsun Magazine, 2018, Volume 48, Issue 03 - Spring, Rose H. Carr Apr 2018

Klipsun Magazine, 2018, Volume 48, Issue 03 - Spring, Rose H. Carr

Klipsun Magazine

Who are you? What qualities of your past have shaped you? What is your essence? Can you recognize the choices you are making now and what they will lead to?

By definition, essence is “the intrinsic nature or indispensable quality of something that determines its character.”

I like to think we make decisions based on what we know will happen indefinitely. When in reality, we are all trying to choose the best choice when life presents itself to us.

The accumulation of gut reactions, late-night turning and days of pensive thinking we’ve made along the timeline of our lives ...


Klipsun Magazine, 2018, Volume 48, Issue 02 - Winter, Trisha Patterson Jan 2018

Klipsun Magazine, 2018, Volume 48, Issue 02 - Winter, Trisha Patterson

Klipsun Magazine

When I was a child, my father asked me, “How do you eat and elephant?”

“One piece at a time”, I replied.

This quarter, Klipsun delved into the curiosities that compel us all forward in our journey. Within these pages you will find stories about gritty 80-year-old ultra-runners, personal growth and the familial connections that bind us all together.

Success of any kind is attained through small, nearly unperceivable steps. We don’t always go forward. Sometimes we must step backwards, sometimes we make mistakes, sometimes we explore unexpected roads. That is the nature of any pursuit. It takes courage ...


Klipsun Magazine, 2017, Volume 48, Issue 01 - Fall, Kyra Taubel-Bruce Oct 2017

Klipsun Magazine, 2017, Volume 48, Issue 01 - Fall, Kyra Taubel-Bruce

Klipsun Magazine

If there is one constant we can all expect in life, it is that there will always be change.

These changes, may they be destructive, dividing, didactic or opportune, are what define our future moving forward.

As we go through the motions, we rarely notice the quiet transformation, the metamorphosis of unassuming things from language to our environment and relationships to conversation.

That is the nature of evolution.


Klipsun Magazine, 2017, Volume 47, Issue 03 - Spring, Kjell Redal Apr 2017

Klipsun Magazine, 2017, Volume 47, Issue 03 - Spring, Kjell Redal

Klipsun Magazine

I’d imagine you picked up this magazine for one of two reasons. The first of these is that you have a connection to Klipsun. Maybe you know one of our writers, designers, photographers or editors. Maybe you’ve been in town long enough to recognize the magazine as a mainstay on Bellingham newsstands.

But the other reason you picked it up, and I’d guess the more likely one, is the striking nature of the cover. We are living in a country divided. If there is one thing Americans can agree on following our tumultuous election cycle, it is ...


Klipsun Magazine, 2017, Volume 47, Issue 02 - Winter, Katherine Misel Jan 2017

Klipsun Magazine, 2017, Volume 47, Issue 02 - Winter, Katherine Misel

Klipsun Magazine

Life is full of the unexpected. We like to think we have it all figured out, predicting and organizing the static nature of our daily lives. Yet, in a mere moment, life can knock the wind out of you and it is suddenly changed forever.

It’s hard to cope with change, especially when it is an undesirable outcome. We are constantly fighting with reality, using our denial as a protective shield. We try to face change head on, but there is rarely an instance in which we can prepare ourselves for life-altering experiences.

In this issue you will find ...


Klipsun Magazine, 2016 - Fall, Ashe Lambe Oct 2016

Klipsun Magazine, 2016 - Fall, Ashe Lambe

Klipsun Magazine

Picture, if you will, a child with matted hair and a sunken lower jaw. Clutched in that child’s hands is a notebook, tattered and filled with sweeping drawings of dragons and the scrawlings of a dreamer.

If you asked that child to write about the real world, a scoff would have followed. “Why would I write about that? It’s boring! ”

As a 10-year-old, I was convinced of this mentality. I had tried writing about myself and I had tried writing about others. Nothing ever stuck. It’s hard to write about others without taking the time to walk ...


Klipsun Magazine, 2016, Volume 46, Issue 04 - Summer, Amanda Raschkow Jun 2016

Klipsun Magazine, 2016, Volume 46, Issue 04 - Summer, Amanda Raschkow

Klipsun Magazine

Every day we have the ability to influence others and our surroundings. We share our stories in hopes that we can inspire change and create a conversation. Our stories can be tragic, happy or anywhere in between. But everyone has a story to tell.

As time passes by we realize how the little points in our lives can lead to bigger experiences. We listen to others while they motivate us to express our voices.

In life we may not always know exactly where we are headed but eventually we will find our path. As when the tides on a beach ...


Klipsun Magazine, 2016, Volume 46, Issue 03 - Spring, Halee Hastad Apr 2016

Klipsun Magazine, 2016, Volume 46, Issue 03 - Spring, Halee Hastad

Klipsun Magazine

The flowering cherry tree has long symbolized the cyclical nature of life and death. Its blossoms arrive in the spring, delivering their beauty for only a short time. There is a transcendent quality to them, a sense of magic. The Japanese tradition of Hanami has celebrated these trees for more than a millennium and invites people to leave their home or workplace to admire the blossoms and watch them fall. This act is one of honor and regard for the ephemerality of life. It is a practice calling for recognition that as all things begin, thus they too shall end ...


Klipsun Magazine, 2016 - Winter, Halee Hastad Jan 2016

Klipsun Magazine, 2016 - Winter, Halee Hastad

Klipsun Magazine

There exists a value intrinsic to the decisions and actions that we make. A force to promote change and move us forward, into the future.

Decisions lead to acts lead to events and events shape our views of the world. Our frame of reference expands and we are within the human experience.

Please, take a moment and a deep breath. May you be delivered, now and always, to a sense of purpose.


Klipsun Magazine, 2015, Volume 46, Issue 01 - Fall, Leesy Latronica Oct 2015

Klipsun Magazine, 2015, Volume 46, Issue 01 - Fall, Leesy Latronica

Klipsun Magazine

If you’ve stood ankle-deep in the ocean, you may know the magic. I remember peering down toward my ankles as waves broke and rolled onto the shore. When the water would retreat, the backwards drag created a distinct floating illusion, as if the ebbing tide was pulling me out to sea along with it.

Or perhaps you’ve seen your share of Bellingham Bay sun­ sets. When the sky shifts and the sun sinks with it, if the right elements align, the diffused light creates a giant scoop of rainbow sherbet melting over the horizon.

The simplest sets of ...


Klipsun Magazine, 2015, Volume 45, Issue 05 - Spring, Sigourney Gundy Apr 2015

Klipsun Magazine, 2015, Volume 45, Issue 05 - Spring, Sigourney Gundy

Klipsun Magazine

I flip through the yellow pages of a navy blue hardcover book titled Klipsun; with each page turn, a musty smell fills my nose. My eyes land on a black and white photo of a tall, dark-haired man in a blazer and I read his name — Dingeman Bajema — my great grandfather. Here, I knew I had found something timeless.

From a yearbook that displayed the life of my great grandfather in 1924, to a features magazine that depicts the lives of people in 2015, Klipsun has maintained a storytelling tradition that captures life in the way it is at that ...


Klipsun Magazine, 2015, Volume 45, Issue 04 - Winter, Carina Linder Jimenez Jan 2015

Klipsun Magazine, 2015, Volume 45, Issue 04 - Winter, Carina Linder Jimenez

Klipsun Magazine

One of my favorite novelists, James Joyce, once wrote, “I am tomorrow, or some future day, what I establish today. I am today what I established yesterday or some previous day.” These two sentences speak to the ongoing reality that is a person’s life.

Everyday people are looking forward toward a change or looking back at what they once needed. We live in a world that is perpetually unsatisfied but also entrenched with hope. To reach a world people want to live in they may choose to stand silently in a demonstration, or rush head first and fists crashing ...


Klipsun Magazine, 2014, Volume 45, Issue 03 - Fall, Carina Linder Jimenez Dec 2014

Klipsun Magazine, 2014, Volume 45, Issue 03 - Fall, Carina Linder Jimenez

Klipsun Magazine

Thinking back to your childhood, I’m sure each of you has engaged in the simple fun of spinning in a circle. Your feet began shuffling as you pushed yourself to spin rapidly and erratically. Depending on your mood, you either shut your eyes tightly for the rush of possibly colliding or you kept them wide open to experience the thrill of losing focus.

Spinning and spinning. Faster. Now you’ve opened your eyes and continued spinning for a few more seconds.

Unable to maintain your balance, you fell to the ground and stared up at the sky - waiting for ...


Klipsun Magazine, 2014, Volume 45, Issue 02 - Fall, Carina Linder Jimenez Oct 2014

Klipsun Magazine, 2014, Volume 45, Issue 02 - Fall, Carina Linder Jimenez

Klipsun Magazine

From the moment you picked up this publication to the time you sat down to read it you have passed someone who has lost a loved one, has achieved a fitness goal, who balances a mental disorder, has aced a final and who is advocating for a cause.

It’s easy to become engrossed in your own story and not realize the thousands of stories similar to your own. We all each achieve, suffer, balance. Whether for humanity, animals, the Earth or ourselves, everyone is forging a path that has and will encounter barriers.

One of my most memorable barriers ...


Klipsun Magazine, 2014, Volume 45, Issue 01 - Summer, Genevieve Iverson Jul 2014

Klipsun Magazine, 2014, Volume 45, Issue 01 - Summer, Genevieve Iverson

Klipsun Magazine

Klipsun thrives off collaboration. For this issue, 13 staff members and 22 writers were a vital part of the construction of this magazine. With the many unique personalities and ideas involved, our magazine is able to evolve with each issue and share some powerful and delightful stories.

At Klipsun, we believe it is important to incorporate clear words, stunning pictures and relevant, clean design to embody a whole story. Without one element, the others would suffer. Interacting with a story on a more engaged level means spending time absorbing the visuals as well as the words.

By making a magazine ...


Klipsun Magazine, 2014, Volume 44, Issue 06 - Spring, Genevieve Iverson Apr 2014

Klipsun Magazine, 2014, Volume 44, Issue 06 - Spring, Genevieve Iverson

Klipsun Magazine

As a child, I spent my summers at the family pond, learning to swim and exploring the shoreline armed with rainbow goggles and a shrimp net. While I loved the florescent wings of the blue and red dragonflies resting on the cattails, I preferred to inspect their green larvae counterparts clinging to the dock pilings beneath the surface of the water. They looked like sleeping insects incased in murky, underwater cocoons. As the summer progressed, the larvae climbed up the pilings into the sunlight. A dragonfly would crawl out, stretching its new wings and fanning them in the air.

The ...


Klipsun Magazine, 2014, Volume 44, Issue 05 - Spring, Mindon Win Apr 2014

Klipsun Magazine, 2014, Volume 44, Issue 05 - Spring, Mindon Win

Klipsun Magazine

What comes to mind when you read the word “grow?” I remember standing against a door frame while one of my parents marked my height with a pencil, each small line showing the passage of time. I think of summers spent pushing the lawnmower over a field of grass that seemed to sprout back overnight. And now, as I write my last of four letters as Klipsun’s editor-in-chief, I consider how I have grown as a person during my time at Western.

College is a place for people to grow into themselves. Students gain a better understanding of the ...


Klipsun Magazine, 2014, Volume 44, Issue 03 - Winter, Mindon Win Jan 2014

Klipsun Magazine, 2014, Volume 44, Issue 03 - Winter, Mindon Win

Klipsun Magazine

The Balance issue of Klipsun is aptly named. Hopefully by now you have read through our Impression issue, in which we pushed the magazine forward. We wanted to lift up our stories through design and photography in such a way that the reader could connect with stories and recognize the work of our writers and staff. Impression was created out of chaos. Many people came together as a team and figured out how to make a better magazine that was both sustainable and interesting. We wanted to bring the reader the best we had to offer and stories that would ...


Klipsun Magazine, 2014, Volume 44, Issue 04 - Winter, Mindon Win Jan 2014

Klipsun Magazine, 2014, Volume 44, Issue 04 - Winter, Mindon Win

Klipsun Magazine

In an era when time seems to pass at a break-neck pace, staying current is an important part of any publication’s day-to-day operation. How can we stay current as a publication when societal trends and global issues seem to pass in a matter of days and weeks but we only publish twice a quarter?

Klipsun stays relevant by telling the stories that matter not only to the people who pick up the magazine the day it comes out, but also to those who will read it years from now. For Klipsun, staying current means more than just keeping up ...


Klipsun Magazine, 2013, Volume 44, Issue 02 - Fall, Mindon Win Oct 2013

Klipsun Magazine, 2013, Volume 44, Issue 02 - Fall, Mindon Win

Klipsun Magazine

When I was growing up, my grandfather kept endless rows of boxes filled with National Geographic magazines along the far wall of his garage. Every time I would visit, I selected a box and meticulously combed through every page of the 20 or so issues before returning it and selecting another. I would stand in awe at his collection of cameras and look through the 92 years of history he had cataloged throughout his lifetime in photo albums that were curling at the edge of pages. My grandfather passed away several days before we began production of this magazine. I ...


Klipsun Magazine, 2013, Volume 44, Issue 01 - Fall, Lani Farley Oct 2013

Klipsun Magazine, 2013, Volume 44, Issue 01 - Fall, Lani Farley

Klipsun Magazine

Synergy has always fascinated me. The concept that two separate things, ideas or people can blend together and create something far more powerful than either one of the individual parts.

The concept can be seen as rather basic and easily understood, but I like to think of synergy as some sort of deeper, far more powerful occurrence than ourselves. Hidden elements blend together in unknown ways to produce something completely unique.

When things blend together they can have hidden repercussions and benefits. Something is as simple as blending a flying kite and surfing can lead to thrilling moments on the ...


Klipsun Magazine, 2013, Volume 43 Issue 06 - Spring, Lani Farley Apr 2013

Klipsun Magazine, 2013, Volume 43 Issue 06 - Spring, Lani Farley

Klipsun Magazine

I was always taught speed could be thought of as the rate at which an object covers distance. But my concept of speed has changed throughout the years. For me, it is about the progression of something or someone, the moments between the seconds.

However, I didn’t always see speed the way I do now. Growing up with an uncle named “Fast Mike”, who races cars professionally, speed was always about being the fastest. He would maneuver around the cones on the track in the blink of my eye, finishing first in a matter of seconds.

As I became ...


Klipsun Magazine, 2013, Volume 43, Issue 05 - Spring, Branden Griffith Apr 2013

Klipsun Magazine, 2013, Volume 43, Issue 05 - Spring, Branden Griffith

Klipsun Magazine

I sometimes like to think of myself as clever. Yet I still find it nearly impossible to come up with a witty answer when asked, “If your house was burning down, what’s one thing would you save from the fire?”

Trying to imagine the walls ablaze around me, I close my eyes and scan the eternal mess that is my bedroom. My line of vision crosses my bike, heap of clothes in the corner, musical instruments and laptop, as I evaluate which of these things I wouldn’t be able to live without.

“Assuming my family is safe, I ...


Klipsun Magazine, 2013, Volume 43, Issue 04 - Winter, Branden Griffith Jan 2013

Klipsun Magazine, 2013, Volume 43, Issue 04 - Winter, Branden Griffith

Klipsun Magazine

Time to come clean. I’m afraid of flying. Unfortunately, I didn’t know this until the airplane I was on started taxiing down the runway, preparing to take me and my family to the happiest place on Earth: Disneyland.

Heights are fine. I love to climb mountains, hike narrow cliffside trails, ride the glass elevators at the Space Needle and jump off unstable ledges into the lakes of Eastern Washington, but there is something about being unable to control my own rise and fall that gives me the willies.

What you are about to read chronicles stronger people than ...


Klipsun Magazine, 2013, Volume 43, Issue 03 - Winter, Marissa Abruzzini Jan 2013

Klipsun Magazine, 2013, Volume 43, Issue 03 - Winter, Marissa Abruzzini

Klipsun Magazine

Viscous, egg-shaped blood cells encase spiraling strands of DNA, a drop of turquoise paint seeps through the spongy layers of a hand-painted portrait, and hundreds of dents are imprinted with black ink on a piece of paper.

These details, along with others, are missed because of their subtlety, but without these small pieces, the bigger picture wouldn’t exist. Even a simple chore such as typing on a computer involves a series of complex electric currents and muscle memory.

Many people don’t think about the in-depth mechanics of their computers as they rush to type up an essay the ...


Klipsun Magazine, 2012, Volume 43, Issue 01 - Fall, Brian Corey Oct 2012

Klipsun Magazine, 2012, Volume 43, Issue 01 - Fall, Brian Corey

Klipsun Magazine

I’m done, checked out. I graduated. Talk about a pivotal moment.

While I write this it is time for myself and many others receiving their diplomas to step into roles as accountants, engineers, teachers and such, but when this hits stands another group of students will be entering their first year. It’s a simple cycle of coming and going. Each person will create his or her own path through college and into the professional world. Sort of like a choose-your-own- ending book. This story, while individually exciting, is very common. The stories within these pages are a bit ...