Central celebrates the selfie with disaply in SURC

 

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BY Camille Borodey

Orientation Editor

 

Women’s and gender studies students Cay Collins, Zach Dozier and Kevan Gardner, have created the “Radical Beauty Exhibit and Student Art Show,” as part of April’s celebration of Women’s History month.

The theme for this year’s Women’s History month will be redefining beauty, which according to Central’s website will be “a critical examination of beauty ideals in recent Western culture and how they reflect and perpetuate culturally powerful judgments about gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and age.”

The exhibit will feature a juried art show, where the subject will be “Human Beauty.” The pieces on exhibit will include over 300 images and a number of interactive pieces.

According to senior sociology major, Kevan Gardner, the exhibit will be a way of looking at the beauty in a non traditional way and shows the length people will go to achieve the beauty standard.

“I think it’s so important for everybody at this stage in their lives to think about the messages our society is sending,” Cynthia Coe, Director of the women’s and gender studies program said.

Gardner thinks the rise in media has affected people’s need for perfections along with the fact that society is very consumer based.  In fact, according to the 2013 Plastic Surgery Report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, over 15 million Americans underwent some sort of cosmetic procedure. Gardner has no disrespect for people who choose to get plastic surgery but thinks that many people let others influence their decision to get surgery.

“One of the thing that strikes me as sad is that in nature diversity is celebrated,” Gardner said, “but these beauty standards make us all want to be the same.”

The Radical Beauty Exhibit and Student Art Show will be displayed in the SURC 137A-B April 21-24.

Traditionally, Women’s History Month is celebrated in March, but due to finals week and spring break Central’s women and gender studies program is celebrating in April. As part of the celebration The Center for Diversity and Social Justice is displaying the “Heart Your Selfie Display” on the first floor of the SURC from April 8 to April 17.

 

 

Sakura Matsuri Festival 5 p.m. in SURC Pit Thursday, April 10, 2014

by Sarah Ruiz

Online Editor

Tonight in the Student Union and Recreation (SURC) Pit, the annual Central Washington University Sakura Matsuri Festival will begin at 5 p.m. The event is also known as the Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival and is hosted by the Center for Diversity and Social Justice (CDSJ) and Asian-Pacific Island American House LLC.

Traditional Japanese drumming and dancing will be taking place in the SURC Pit. Snacks will be available, lanterns will get decorated and Asia University America Program (AUAP) students will present projects for their program.

“It gives our students a chance to interact with [AUAP] students,” Center for Diversity center worker Jamese Johnson said. “There’s not much interaction between different groups here. This gives students a chance to interact with Japanese students while they’re here.”
Events hosted by the Center for Diversity aim to give students on campus a look into different cultures and lives. The Sakura Matsuri festival aims to educate students on a part of Japanese culture. The festival is a celebration of the blossoming of the Japanese Cherry Blossom trees, and is often seen as a celebration of the coming of spring.

Celebrations happen around the world, with large festivals within the United States in cities like Washington, D.C. and Seattle, WA.

“It’s about culture,” Johnson said. “It’s very beneficial for staff and students to get to experience cultures that aren’t your own.”

This will be Johnson’s first year planning the festival, and she is excited to see how students receive it.

“People really do enjoy it. The drummers are really good and they give some history. You can hear it throughout the whole SURC,” Johnson said.

Events like this offer a chance for Central students to gain knowledge of the cultures of those who attend the university.

“We work to create an inclusive environment, an environment where everyone feels like they should be here,” Diversity Officer Mal Stewman said. “How we do that is we talk about it, talk about topics that challenge our way of thinking.”

 

ASCWU-BOD positions influence Central student life

BY Colt Sweetland

Assistant News Editor

CORRECTION: Cassie DuBore’s name had previously appeared as Dubore. The below article has been edited, and the Observer apologies for this mistake.

 

On April 14, the Associated Student Body of Central Washington University Board of Directors (BOD) will be starting its election campaign when students will be allowed to start campaigning for different positions.

Cassie DuBore, vice president for legislative affairs with the BOD, said that the primary elections will be held on April 23, which is for any position that has at least three people running for it.

“Right now, every position has someone running for it, and I don’t think anyone is running unopposed,” DuBore said.

According to DuBore, those who want to run for one of the positions have to receive signatures from four of the current BOD officers, and 100 from Central students in order to be eligible.

“The informational sessions are a really good opportunity for students to ask certain questions to the current officers if they aren’t sure about which position they want to run for,” DuBore said.

Two of the bills that were passed during this year were the Real Hope Act, and a bill for in-state tuition for veterans.

“If you were a student veteran from Idaho, and joined the military and were stationed in Washington, and you wanted to go to school in Washington after your service, you would have to pay out of state tuition and when veterans use their G.I. bill, it can only be used for in-state tuition,” DuBore said.

Here at Central, if that were to happen, a student veteran would have to pay $10,000 per year even with their G.I. bill, according to Dubore.

DuBore said that the BOD is also currently working on increasing voter accessibility on campus.

“What’s really difficult about being a student and trying to register students on campus, is that we start school so late, so that gives us about two weeks to try to register as many students on campus to vote,” DuBore said.

Brian Elliott, the president of the BOD, said that his position involves attending public meetings, creating an agenda and meeting with President Gaudino.

“The job is pretty flexible, and it’s one of those things where you create your own initiatives and pursue your own projects,” Elliott said.

Jacob Wittman, the executive vice president of the BOD, said that his position deals with the financial side of university operations. This quarter, he said that he will focus on recycling issues around campus.

“I review each office’s individual budget and the overall community budget,” Wittman said.

Kelsie Miller, vice president for academic affairs, said that she spends most of her time with the Student Academic Senate, which funds students to enrich their academic experience.

“Some of our goals this quarter are to work on library hours and possibly explore dead days,” Miller said.

Mary Orthmann, vice president for clubs and organizations, said that she is the chairwoman for the Club Senate, which is in charge of around 130 clubs.

“I deal with a huge base of students, and I try to raise involvement and student engagement,” Orthmann said.

Spencer Flores, vice president for equity and community affairs, said that she represents students with regards to discrimination, bias, or any other problems, acting as a voice for these students.

Flores also serves as a liaison to the community on equity issues.

“If the community or the school is upset about something, I can kind of facilitate the students’ perspective from both sides,” Flores said.

Dubore said that her position entails helping students’ voices be heard.

“During winter quarter, I spend time in Olympia with our student lobbyists that I hired and make sure that students’ needs are being met,” Dubore said.

Munch Madness arrives in Ellensburg and brings in almost 14,000 pounds of food

By Sarah Ruiz, Online Editor

While March Madness was underway, so was a local food drive known as Munch Madness.The food drive was run by the local FISH food bank, organized by Morning Rotary. In total, the event collected 13,918 pounds of food for the local food bank.

FISH food bank is located in Ellensburg off 2nd Ave., and provides food and community for those in need. Roger McCune, the director of FISH, encouraged people in need to take advantage of the services offered.

“[We are] able to have students access the food bank,” McCune said. “[Students] are invited, don’t feel like outsiders.”

With so much food coming in from the Munch Madness fundraiser, the ability to help those in need will continue, even though this is a season when the food bank often sees a dip in donations. Their donations often peak during the holidays, and McCune said this recent food drive had come just in time to help them stock up for their grocery services.

Most food drives aim to raise 200 to 500 pounds of food. However the goal for Munch Madness had been 6,000 pounds.

“I just thought the amount of food blew our minds. We set a goal of 6,000  [pounds] and we’re over 13, 000,” Morning Rotary Member Heather Burfeind said.

With the amount of food now available, the bank is looking to increase access to the bank by those in need. McCune understands that for many, the hardest step is going to the bank to ask for help. He also strives to provide a community that people can become a part of.

Undeclared sophomore Beatrice Wambui believes that students don’t seek help because those in need either are embarrassed to ask, or are unaware of the services. Wambui’s family had used food bank services in her hometown before, so she is aware of the help services like FISH can provide.

Although the food bank is well-equipped, McCune still feels that there are people within the community that do not reach out for help. He believes what holds students back is their belief that they will not qualify for help.

 

News: Central plans to host powwow on campus

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BY EVAN PAPAS, Assistant News Editor

 

Central has been approved for a $6,750 grant from the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe to support a Central hosted Powwow.

Michelle Cyrus, Diversity Officer at the Center for Diversity and Social Justice, said that while the plans are still in preliminary stages, they are working to create an event for all students to be able to get a feel for some Native American cultures.

“It’s for all students to attend and experience the culture,” Cyrus said.

Scene: Spring Break 2014: Students discuss how they’re going to spend the week off

BY MARIA HARR, Staff Reporter

Students say they’re looking forward to the free times they’ll have this Spring Break. Students plan on reading, hiking and playing video games at home with friends and family, and some Central students just want to relax.

“We’ll basically be lazy bums,” senior Russian and psychology, Wilhelm Zuercher said.

Zuercher will be helping his girlfriend house-sit in Vancouver and playing the indie game “Don’t Starve” and an array of BioWare produced video games. He also plans on hiking Multnomah Falls.

Sports: Wildcats go 2-2 over homestand

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BY QUIN WALKER, Staff Reporter

The Central Washington University baseball team hosted its home opener against the Northwest Nazarene Crusaders last weekend. The Crusaders (9-12, 5-3 Great Northwest Athletic Conference) visited to take part in their second GNAC series of the year, previously winning three of their last four games. The Wildcats (7-9, 3-5 GNAC) were coming off winning only one game at Western Oregon to play in front of their home crowd.

Game one saw junior pitcher Brandon Williams etch his name into the GNAC record books with a dazzling performance. Williams (3-1) pitched eight innings, striking out 15 batters, while allowing one unearned run and six hits.

The 15 strikeouts tied a GNAC record also set by Central alumni Brandon Rhode. The Wildcat batters tallied 11 hits and scored six runs, led by senior outfielder Jaykob Sells who had two RBI singles in Central’s 6-1 win.

Sports: Softball undefeated to start GNAC play

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BY JULIA SANDERSON, Staff Reporter

The Central Washington University softball team swept its weekend series against Simon Fraser University and Western Washington University last weekend, improving to 11-4 overall and 4-0 in Great Northwest Athletic Conference play.

Central came out strong against Simon Fraser and won the first game of the doubleheader 9-1 in five innings behind a strong pitching performance by senior Maria Gau.

In the second game Central struck late, winning the contest 7-5.

News: BOD prepares for upcoming election period

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BY AARON KUNKLER, Staff Reporter

Elections for Central’s student Board of Directors (BOD) will be held next quarter.

The  Associated Students of Central Washington University Board of Directors is Central’s student elected government.

The officers serve as a liaison between the students, faculty, community and the state government in Olympia.

News: Wanapum dam leak reveals bones

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BY BARBARA LEWIS, Staff Reporter

Human remains have been found at the Wanapum Dam last week in an archaeological find that state archaeologists are still investigating.

“Any time human remains are found along our shorelines we contact the county coroner and local enforcement,” Thomas Stredwick, public affairs director of the Public Utilities Department (PUD), said.

The Wanapum Dam is down I-90, just south of Vantage, about 35 miles east of Ellensburg.