Author: Gwenna Salazar

Opinion: Mx. Westminster is fun and more people should be doing it

As a first-year student, I attended as many on-campus events as possible. One night in February 2018, I convinced my sister to come with me to something called Mx. Westminster.  That night I saw stand-up comedy, lip-syncing, a choreographed fruit salad and more. Ultimately, Maggie Regier was crowned Mx. Westminster for her presentation on comprehensive Sex Education. I remember leaving with a...

Academic persona and fantasy character aren’t so different, says English professor

The student is the character. The consultant is the dungeon master. The piece of writing is the campaign. Together they make Dungeons and Dragons—or a trip to the Writing Center. Christopher LeCluyse, the director of the Westminster Writing Center, said students develop academic personas, particularly in their writing. When students get a consultation at a writing center, the consultant serves as ...

Tuition increase causes family tension for some

Over winter break, students had the opportunity to talk about the tuition increase with their parents and family members. Some families pay or help pay for their student’s tuition and say they share the stress of covering the higher cost.   Kiernan Jett is a senior studying public health who said her mother would not have been able to afford the increase tuition if Jett was not graduatin...

Getting to know Westminster’s new provost

After a long and specific hiring process, Westminster has hired Dr. Debbie Tahmassebi to serve as provost for the college. Tahmassebi started her new position as provost on July 1 of 2019.  Tahmassebi says many people aren’t aware of what her position entails. She said the provost is the chief academic officer on campus, meaning she is responsible for academic programs and priorities.  “...