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The leaves in the woods above Old Main turn yellow and orange last fall.
HALLOWEEN ON CAMPUS: Check out the Halloween photo gallery here!

STUDENTS: Global Ambassadors club to host 'scary movie night' in Miller Hall tomorrow 

VIKS: Women's soccer gets top seed in the GNAC tourney

EVENT: Teach-In on the uprising in Iran set for Nov. 2 at 4 p.m. in the VU MPR

MULTIMEDIA: The sights and sounds from Honors Abroad in Ecuador, from the jungles of the Amazon to the peaks of the Andes

FACULTY: Call for 2023-2024 Honors Seminar Proposals

VOTE: The AS Voter Hub will be up and running all day Nov. 8 in the VU MPR; register, print your ballot and cast your vote in less than 15 minutes!

CLUB STUFF: Pre-Veterinary Club hosts Dr. Alicia Andras Nov. 2

WWU IN THE NEWS: Ranked-choice voting is on the ballot in some state elections  / Cascadia Daily News (features Poli Sci's Todd Donovan)

The sights and sounds of Ecuador: Abroad with the Honors College

A boa constrictor winds its way up a branch at night in the Amazon

"Open your eyes to all that is around you. What you are going to see in the next few weeks could change how you view the world."

It was one of the first pieces of advice from Carolina “Caro” Barona, the implacable Ecuadorian guide who would shepherd the WWU Honors College’s Ecuador summer abroad program through countless sights, sounds, and experiences this past July. It was also one of her most prophetic.

“I can’t think of any two weeks that have made a bigger impact on my life than these last two,” said Honors student Ayla Bilyeu, a psych and pre-med major from Monroe, at the group’s last dinner more than two weeks later.

So what happened between that first bit of advice by Caro and the joy-and-tear-filled last gathering?

Snakes. Alejandro Murillo, the world’s most amazing bus driver. Andesite (lots and lots of andesite). Parrots. Soccer matches in the jungle. Piranhas. Spider Monkeys. Four-hundred-year-old churches. Chimborazo. Tarantulas the size of dinner plates. The studio and imagery of painter Oswaldo Guayasamín and the words of Ecuadorian author Maria Virginia Farinango. The gentle, forgiving gaze of a 150-year-old tortoise the size of a refrigerator. The Night Bus. Watching the sun set over the Rio Napo. The phrase, “Is your buddy here?” Grubs for lunch (imagine a wriggling Vienna sausage). And, most importantly, a group of 21 Honors students who, thanks to COVID, barely knew each other at the start of the trip – and who by the end had bonded into an unbreakable circle of friends.

But let’s start at the beginning.

Canoe the Amazon. Listen to the incredible sounds of the jungle at night. Climb the slopes of a 20,000 foot peak in the Andes. Swim with sharks in the Galápagos Islands. Do all this and more at Window magazine's immersive multimedia experience of the Honors College Ecuador trip.

Story by John Thompson
Images and video by Sean Patrick
Website design by Stephanie Paulantis and Chris Baker

Halloween on campus

Student wears a toadstool hat as a costume

Did you dress up yesterday? Take a look at the photo gallery below and see if you find yourself or one of your friends, and great work on the costumes, Viks!

Check out the Halloween gallery here!

WWU photos by Luke Hollister

Teach-in on the Uprising in Iran set for tomorrow at 4 p.m. in the VU MPR

Flyer has information about tomorrow's teach-in about the Iran uprisings tomorrow in the Viking Union

Join faculty, student, and alumni panelists to learn more about the uprising happening in Iran and some of the history that has led to this powerful resistance. The teach-in will be held in the Viking Union Multipurpose Room and will be followed by refreshments and time for community-building in the Multicultural Center. This event is co-organized by the ADEI Unit of Enrollment and Student Services and WWU's Ralph Munro Institute for Civic Education.

Get details on tomorrow's teach-in here.

Mount Baker and The Sisters as seen from across Bellingham Bay at a spectacular sunset
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Learn more:

Western's COVID site
The Ecuador summer abroad website
The Western athletics website
Gaia, Western's research website
Western's Tutoring Center
"important dates" page of the university calendar
Western's twitter account
Download LiveSafe, the free campus safety app, through this link
The Associated Students website
KUGS, Western's student-run campus radio station
Western's traditional mountain and bay logo with the words "make waves" underneath

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