The VanCougar is a student-run newspaper serving the students, faculty and staff of Washington State University Vancouver.

Questions, comments, or opposing view points please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.

-The VanCougar

VanCougar Staff

Editor-In-Chief: Rachel Wilson

Rachel Wilson, Editor-in-Chief
Photo credit: Zeke Estes

Managing Editor: Steven Cooper

Web & Social Media Manager: Charles Mitchell

Charles Mitchell
Web & Social Media Manager, Layout and Design Editor

Layout & Design Manager: Charles Mitchell

Advertising Manager: Now hiring!


 VanCougar Mission Statement

We will strive to be accurate in our reporting, as we realize our credibility rests heavily on that factor. However, recognizing we are students in training and not infallible, we understand errors might occur. Thus, we pledge to take immediate steps to correct those errors once they have been brought to our attention.

We pledge to seek out injustices within our readership area and present them in a balanced, accurate way and displayed fairly without bias. It matters not whether the views of the issue are held by many or few.

To serve the needs of the WSU Vancouver campus community. To grow by constantly enhancing the role of WSU Vancouver student-run media. To report information with balance, accuracy, and completeness and in a timely manner. To create an environment where students can succeed while being held to standards of professional journalistic excellence.

We understand Freedom of the Press should be guarded as a constitutional right in both printed and electronic materials. Likewise, those materials are subjected to all the regulations governing free speech, and we will strive to adhere to established ethical guidelines.


VanCougar Policies 

Correction Policy
It is the policy of The VanCougar to correct errors.

Please contact the editor via e-mail at

The existence of advertising in The VanCougar is not meant as an endorsement of any product, service or individual by anyone except the advertiser.

Washington State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action educator and employer.

Letters to the Editor
The VanCougar welcomes brief letters (250 words or fewer) from members of the WSU Vancouver community on current issues. Letters must include the author’s full name, contact information and WSU affiliation, year and major for students, department for faculty and staff, degree and year graduated for alumni. The VanCougar does not publish anonymous letters.
Priority is given to letters that relate directly to stories printed in The VanCougar. The VanCougar also welcomes guest commentaries of 550 words or fewer addressing issues of general interest to the WSU Vancouver community.

Letters and commentaries should focus on issues, not personalities. Personal attacks and anonymous letters will not be considered for publication. The VanCougar reserves the right to edit for space, libel, obscene material and clarity. The views expressed are solely those of the individual authors.

Letters and suggestions may be delivered to the Office of Student Involvement, the VanCougar office (VDEN 160), dropped in a suggestion box at a VanCougar distribution rack or e-mailed to