The Western Front

Fall quarter proved to be insane. I initially had trouble juggling about 6 assignments an issue for The Western Front in addition to my duties with the athletics department and picking up an assignment here and there for The Bellingham Herald. But after 10 weeks, I learned a thing or two about scheduling. Biweekly feature hunting became my most loved and hated assignment. The absolute freedom for the assignment is awesome and terrifying all at the same time. Sometimes I had time to plan out features, others times I'd racing the clock. There is certainly a thrill to the feature hunting after dark. Now looking back through my entire quarter's worth of work, I realized I've been sent on some interesting assignments. I don't want to spoil any more here, pictures and captions tell it the best. Here are my favorite dozen pictures this past quarter from working for The Western Front. 1 circus practice

Freshman Jessie Rard hangs from a hoop, also known as a lyra, attached to the red sculpture next to Performing Arts Center, Monday, Nov. 5, 2012. Rard is an aerial circus artist who hopes to join Cirque Du Soleil.

2 dancers

Two girls warm up at Northwest Ballet Theatre on Cornwall Avenue, before beginning rehearsal for La Boutique Fantasque ballet, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012.

3 Basketball Portrait

Western junior Austin Bragg, left, and senior Chris Mitchell pose for a portrait Monday, Dec. 3, 2012.

4 softball stand alone

Senior softball player Melissa Becker practices "getting big" on the ball during practice on Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, at Fairhaven Fields. Becker said "getting big" on the ball is swing hard but still practicing correct form by using your hips.

5 Volleyball

Bellingham Church of Christ members play volleyball on Old Main lawn, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012.

Two Western students play pool at the Underground Cafe, Monday, Nov. 26, 2012.

Two Western students play pool at the Underground Cafe, Monday, Nov. 26, 2012.

7 Justin studying

Senior Justin Moore, assistant captain of men soccer team, studies in SMATE, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012. He often spends time in the Learning Resource Center between class, studying. Moore is a GNAC academic all star and holds a 3.62 GPA while majoring in cellular molecular biology. His hard work reflects on and off the field. After four years on the soccer team, he earned a spot as an assistant captain. Moore says he thinks Western athletes aren't the typical student-athletes you think of, such as football players who do not go to class. "Student-athlete actually means student," Moore said, "[we] have higher expectations."

8 Tesla Coil

Western senior Philip Bjorge (right) and his brother John Bjorge, University of Washington student, stand in the "MegaZapper" on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, during its opening weekend at The Spark Museum on Bay Street. The machine is a 9-foot-tall Tesla Coil sends 4 million volts of electricity into a steel faraday cage. Philip said the electrical show was mind blowing. "You get to look right down the barrel of big bolts of electricity coming at you," Philip said.

9 Julie Larsen-Green

Western graduate Julie Larson- Green delivers a keynote speech at Western’s Bellingham Business Forum at the Hotel Bellwether, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, in Bellingham.

10 Foul play club

iMeagan Malone (left), president of Foulplay: A Murder Mystery Club, andOlivia Kraemer (right), publicist, react to sophomore Tyler Detrick getting a Sucker Punch candy dispenser for his secret buddy present, a game similar to secret santa, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012. Foulplay was recently named one of eight craziest college clubs in the United States by Her Campus Blog.

11 HVZ

Western junior Trevor Robinson, environmental policies major, walks along West College Way looking for zombies with a Nerf gun, during the third Human vs Zombies mission, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012. Even though his team failed their objective, he survived the mission. Robinson said he has never been tagged and has survived all Human vs Zombies games, including final missions, in the last two years.