It came from the VanCougar archives: October 2005

While students at WSU Vancouver might feel like, by the beginning of October, things have settled down and gotten into that familiar routine, things were very different in 2005. The VanCougar’s first issue of October 2005 featured a host of events that had a lasting effect on the campus community.

The campus let out a collective sigh of relief when the VanCougar reported on its front page that C-Tran service would be restored. The original WSU Vancouver bus service ended following a budget cut in 1999, and the university responded by running an express shuttle from campus to the Salmon Creek Park & Ride. When van services for people with disabilities were cut in 2005, the campus needed to provide transportation for its students who had accessibility concerns. The cost of upgrading their shuttle was estimated at $60,000, far out of the reach of the S&A fund. It took a ballot measure to get funding back for C-Tran services that suffered cut to be restored. Fortunately for those VanCougs who relied on public transportation, it passed with a 2:1 margin, restoring the bus line that runs to WSU Vancouver to this day.

While voters were restoring bus service to campus, the Student Media Board was busy with a procedure of its own. For the first time, the board decided to remove one of its members: the KOUG radio station manager. While this resulted in the temporary closure of the station – at the time, a conventional broadcast station rather than an online streaming radio station – there were thoughts even then that this would not be the end for the radio station. Robert Cox, the student involvement coordinator at the time, expressed his hopes that a new station manager would redevelop the station. His hopes, as evidenced by KOUG’s activity today, ended up coming true.

One more major change to the campus landscape that made its first appearance in the October 3, 2005 issue of the VanCougar was the visitors’ center at the front of campus. No, that kiosk and map have not been there the whole time. The center was described by Dave Smith, who was the assistant director for urban campus development and who helped head up this project, as an entry point for visitors to campus from the surrounding community. The structure, unveiled later that year, has served since as the first source of information on the WSU Vancouver campus that visitors come across.

With the many events swirling around campus at the time, issue 4, volume 16 of The VanCougar is one that has become a reflection of the thoughts and feelings of people living in a time where many things now taken for granted at WSU Vancouver were first taking shape. While something like bus service returning to campus may have seemed like a welcome change at the time, it is now something many VanCougs simply cannot do without.

Photos feature The VanCougar newspaper from Oct. 3, 2005.

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