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MLK Week returns to ‘reclaim and reimagine’ work of Dr. King

Peace, justice and healing will be at the heart of this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Week at Highline.

The college’s annual celebration of the work of the late civil rights leader will be Jan. 18-21 with virtual events Tuesday through Thursday.

One of the reasons why the MLK week-long celebration is so successful “is because there’s a ton of planning that takes place to make this event happen, the committee works tirelessly,” said Dr. Darryl Brice, a Highline sociology professor and one of the event’s organizers.

RUNNING BLIND: Students who enroll via Running Start say they aren’t properly advised about college

Running Start students say that they felt unprepared because their high schools did not give them enough information about college before beginning the program.

Running Start is a dual enrollment program that allows students in their junior and senior years of high school to attend college to earn both college and high school credits, with school districts footing the bill for students’ college tuition.

Highline Hub center opens in Federal Way

The Hub, Federal Way Higher Education Center opened on Jan. 7 for classes and public tours.

Due to concerns about Omicron, the ribbon-cutting event was postponed, however, people could join a building tour and get an explanation of their facilities.

The Hub is a partnership among Highline, the University of Washington-Tacoma, the City of Federal Way and Federal Way Public Schools.

More students on campus pose safety challenges

Highline students will need to pay more attention to their surroundings with more students on campus this quarter, said the college’s director of Public Safety.

For Winter Quarter, Highline has increased its number of live, in-person classes, and more students have chosen that option. But that means more people and more cars on campus, leading to the potential of more crime.


NWAC league play delayed to mid-January

The NWAC delayed all league competition to Jan. 17 for men’s and women’s basketball.

The Lady T-Birds are now 3-5 having faced three game cancellations. The team is leveraging the postponement to recover and get league-ready.

NWAC league play delayed due to health and safety concerns

The Thunderbirds as well as the rest of the NWAC have had their conference games delayed due to health and safety concerns.

The spike in cases with the new Omicron variant has proven to be a main factor in the NWAC’s executive board and the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC) decision to push conference play back a couple of weeks.

“There were quite a few teams around the NWAC that had positive tests which caused some games to be cancelled right after Christmas,” said Highline men’s Head Coach Che Dawson.


Dangerous cinema: When bad films turn good

Some good parts of bad films just want to be in a better movie.

Even when a film is an overall failure, it can still have things in it that work on their own.

The first example is the birth of the SandMan in Spider-Man 3 (2007).

Spider-Man 3 as a film is a mess, with it being a clear example of too many things being packed into one film, instead of being spread out into multiple films. With three main villains, who range from OK to cartoonish, the film is all over the place.