About Us

The Western Howl is the official student newspaper of Western Oregon University. It is published weekly during fall, winter and spring terms under the authority of the Student Media Board and is funded by funds from Western's Incidental Fee Committee. The Western Howl Newspaper, published for use by Western students, faculty and staff, is private property. A single copy of the Howl is free from newsstands. Unauthorized removal of multiple copies will be considered theft and is prosecutable.

Mission Statement

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The Western Howl has at the heart of its mission publishing news, information, and opinion articles for and about student, faculty, and administration activities, interests, and policies; maintaining a high ethical standard with regard to personal and legal rights, responsibilities, and above all else, accuracy; providing a public forum that encourages and prints free and responsible expression of student opinion and presents well-balanced, locally researched issues of broader student interests; striving for a high level of competency in the technical aspects of writing, including grammar, spelling, clarity, and precision; welcoming diversity and increasing the scope and depth of its coverage in order to heighten mutual understanding and awareness throughout the entire campus community; and fostering the development of professional journalism at Western Oregon University in light of the campus’s lack of a formal journalism program.

The Western Howl’s Staff

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I’m a big ol’ nerd who loves to play videogames, watch extended versions of Lord of the Rings and play Dungeons and Dragons. I want a cat, but the cat would kill me 🙁

Managing Editor

I love to read and draw, and spend a lot of my free time doing so. If I’m not doing that, I’m likely watching gaming videos on YouTue, specifically horror games on Markplier’s channel. Excited for this year and getting to know everyone!

Head Designer

If you even give me chicken katsu, I will cherish you forever. Chicken katsu is more than just food — it’s a lifestyle.

Copy Editor

My name is Sean, it’s my 2nd and final year working at The Howl. I’m currently working on a novel for my thesis project, and plan on getting it published in the near future. I’m a huge nerd, love pretty much every fandom, movies, books. Also love the outdoors, always looking for new places to explore.

Digital Media Manager

My time is usually spent playing D&D, Dragon Age, and watching korean mukbangs on YouTube. If you can guess my ethnicity I’ll give you $20.

Lifestyle Editor

I’m Allison, she/her pronouns, and I’m a transfer student this year studying English with a concentration in writing. A few of my hobbies include hiking, stargazing, and drawing. I’m excited to write for The Howl (and get paid for it haha) since it’s something I love to do!

News Editor

What’s up y’all, my name is Syd and my pronouns are She/Her/Hers. If you’re ever looking for me on campus, there’s a 85% chance I’m holed up in one of the study rooms on the second floor of the library. When I’m outside of the study room you can find me doing arts and crafts, photography, and watching a lot of documentaries/docuseries. The most recent documentary I’ve watched is called Athlete A. I’m excited to meet y’all.

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Entertainment Editor

” I like to spend my time trying new things, like new baking or cooking recipes with my family, or go on hikes and geocaching with friends. School, work, and two cats keep me pretty busy, but I love relaxing with a cheesy horror movies or funky music. ” 

Photo Editor

Hi! My name is Kiara, and I am The Western Howl’s photo editor. I am from Seattle, Washington, and outside of work and the newspaper, I also enjoy longboarding and rock climbing!

Advertising Managing Intern

I was born and raised in Hawaii. I enjoy going to the beach, archery, reading, and shopping. My favorite color is pink.


Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs, Student Engagement

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