Articles by Forrest Baum

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Forrest Baum grew up in Seattle and is married, with two sons, ages 3 and 12. Science and learning are some of his favorite things. He bikes, camps, goes bike camping, and has a campy bike. Forrest likes helping people and is interested in a degree communicating science or in efficiency and sustainability. He loves talking and listening, enjoys the rain, and is an amateur urban astronomer… good thing he enjoys the rain.


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Political Climate Change

HEATING UP THE RACE FOR PRESIDENCY Governor Jay Inslee has joined the crowded Democratic field running for president in 2020. Despite the odds, his choice to run on a platform of fighting climate change may make him the most important candidate. Who’s Jay Inslee? In a group of 14 viable candidates, the first hurdle seems…

Snowpocalypse: DID SCC DO ENOUGH?

Students returning to campus after the storm first had to climb over a pile of snow. Metro transit workers had cleared the snow from the parking lot, but had then piled it up on the sidewalk of the main campus entrance. SCC administrators had decided they were ready to open campus, but a lack of…

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Melts in Your Mouth

BEST CHOCOLATE TO WOO YOUR SWEETIE You’re on campus and have a sudden craving for chocolate. Or, you realize you didn’t get your partner or friend a post-Valentine’s Day gift and you’re hustling to find something sweet for your sweetie. SCC’s store in the first floor of the PUB does offer chocolate, but frankly, it’s…

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Bike to the Future

AN ELECTRIC ALTERNATIVE See all those cars lined up from the four-way stop the whole way up to SCC’s parking lot? The problem is simple geometry. Most cars are wide enough for two but usually carry only one person. Think of being in a crowd trying to get to the door, and then imagine you…

Refereeing the Dinner Table

HOW TO TALK TO THE FAMILY It’s time for a family get-together, but, uh-oh: racist grandpa is at it again. We may not all have a racist grandpa, but we could probably all use some help talking to our families. Family and productive communication don’t always go together, so we’ve asked some experts on how…

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Electrical Education

INNOVATIVE TESLA PROGRAM MAKES ITS DEBUT AT SCC One of only four Tesla training programs in the country is drumming up some interest in its first quarter at SCC. SCC adds Tesla to the list of Automotive Certifications and Internships available, currently including GM, Honda, Mopar (Dodge) and Toyota. However, the Tesla program works a…

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Taking the Initiative

HOW WILL YOU VOTE ON LOCAL ISSUES? In Washington state, voters have the opportunity to affect our policies on greenhouse gases, firearm safety protections and law enforcement standards on deadly force through a series of initiatives. There is a huge amount of money pouring into these campaigns, leading to a lot of advertising aimed to…

Housing for Phins

IF YOU LIVED HERE… YOU’D STILL BE LATE FOR CLASS Students pass the crane every day on the way to class: Construction on the new SCC residence hall is underway. The 85 parking spots previously next to the PUB, will be turned into a five-story building with three floors for 68 shared units, housing up…

Protecting Pronouns

RESPECTING TRANS PEOPLE IN LIFE AND DEATH I knew SJ Brooks, who recently died in a tragic mountain lion attack. Instead of retelling the details, I’d like to skip the horror and tell you a little more about them as a person. SJ was an inspiring member of our community, a good listener and an…

Extra Credit

MONEY TIPS FOR STUDENTS A group of SCC students took time on a sunny day to learn about their credit. Many young people make poor choices that affect their credit, and these students opted to see what they could do about it. Students can avoid common mistakes by following several simple steps, as described by…

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