Will Getz-Short Apartment Complex be demolished?

BY Riley Elliott

Staff Reporter


In the future, Central plans to demolish and replace the existing Getz-Short Apartment Complex on the south end of campus, situated along University Way and North Ruby Street. The complex was built in the 1960s, but has not received a significant renovation since.

The 2005 Comprehensive Housing Master Plan recommended a Getz-Short renovation to continue its useful life for another 30 years or more.

Central’s board of trustees predict the project to cost an estimated $11 million dollars.

Bill Yarwood, director of facilities planning and construction, said the university is constantly evaluating existing buildings for improvement, and saw Getz-Short to be next in line.

“The existing built-up roof is showing clear signs of wear, as the last re-roofing project was in 1971. Another specific issue is the mechanical and plumbing penetrations,” Yarwood said, “The concrete building needs to be brought up to modern standards.”

The building’s brickwork is cracking, particularly at the south- east corner of the two- bedroom block. In addition, there appears to be water intrusions issues around window openings.

The complex is very popular with students due to its proximity to both campus and downtown shopping. The facility consists of one and two bedroom units that house up to 60 students who are 21 or older.

Devin Parvinen, information technology administrative management senior, lived in the existing apartment complex last year. “The buildings were pretty run down, yet the location was really nice, I walked everywhere” Parvinen said, “My big thing I would like to see change during the remodel is new doors, windows, and floors. Most of the apartments still have the original floor tile, which is know to contain asbestos.”

The building does not meet Fire Protection codes or ADA Compliance codes and is not served by an appropriate sprinkler system. The second story unites are only accessed by stairs and would not be considered reachable without the installation of an elevator or approved lifting device.

Joanne Hilleman, manager, facilities planning and construction, said the project was originally going to be a renovation. Central’s architects found so many issues in the building that it just made more financial sense to replace it completely.

The existing windows are aluminum framed with single-pane glazing. At the unit interior, windows show clear evidence of condensation issues with resulting finish damage and potential for mold. By today’s standards, these windows are “energy inefficient.” In general terms, the interior finishes are in need of updating.

Hilleman and Central’s building committee will manage the Getz-Short replacement project. “The new buildings will be three stories, with elevator and wheel chair access to every apartment,” Hilleman said, “I want to provide up-to-date market rate housing for university students that are safe, accessible, and easily maintained.”

Linda Schactler, chief of staff and executive director, said the location fits very well with campus life, but the corrupted building is in desperate need of a replacement.

“We are still debating how to pay for Getz-Short Apartment Replacement Project,” Schactler said.

Construction for the building won’t start for at least another year.

The Getz-Short project is waiting for a funding bid. Further details on the budget timeline will be released by the end of April, early May.

“Our goal is to be on schedule and budget, while providing admirable facilities that are built to last,” Yarwood said, “All we want to do is improve our campus look and the quality of life outside of the classroom.”

It’s Earth Day, do you know about the student garden on campus?

As spring quarter starts, farmers start planting their crops. The Central Coalition Garden is entering its second year and is excited about what the garden will bring to campus.

The  garden is located behind the psychology building and Wahle Apartments. With an expansive lot, the garden appears barren, recently plowed with fresh soil, as students and community members prepare to plant their first seeds on April 26. Benches and tables are set up in the corner for future gardens to admire the view of their growing crops.

Rebecca Pearson, a physical education and public health professor, initiated the effort last winter to have a campus garden created.  Following approval from the university, a space was prepared for the garden.

Ellensburg offers a climate that allows people to grow a variety of plants. Last year, the campus garden successfully grew potatoes, beets, beans, peppers, basil, watermelons, zucchini and squash.

With plenty of space available in the garden, the coalition is seeking more involvement.

“More students than I realized had gardens in their homes and apartments,” Pearson said. “We tell them to come plant at our garden; everyone is welcome.”

At the end of last summer, students had such high yields of vegetables they didn’t know what to do with it.

“We decided to donate it to the FISH food bank here in Ellensburg,” Pearson said. “After it was weighed there, it came out to 140 pounds of fresh produce.”

Pearson and the rest of the campus garden participants have even higher hopes for the upcoming season. Ideas such as building a new shed and having a fresh produce stand are being discussed.

“The success from last year really motivated us,” William Ligon-Bruno, a senior mechanical engineering major, said. “We have more ideas now since we have been through it once already.”

Wil Watters, senior public health major, finds the food he eats as not just delicious, but also rewarding.

“The vegetables are all so fresh when you taste them,” Watters said. “Something about the food you grow tastes different than what you buy at a store.”

If someone has limited or no experience gardening, do not worry.

“Anyone can garden,” Crawford said. “As long as you put soil into a pot or on the ground and put seeds in it then you can garden.”

For those who want to use the garden, getting assistance isn’t difficult.  As the community of student gardeners grows finding help will be no object.

“Everyone here is friendly,” Crawford said. “People here will gladly help you no matter what the problem is.”


Open Mic at Sunset proves a success

Many kids are taught the importance of expressing themselves as they grow up. Through expressing themselves, they earn the uniqueness of their talents and doing things they love.

The importance of doing what they love is that it can bring so much joy to those who surround them.

That is the spirit that is captured by Central’s Open Mic at Sunset. Students came to read poetry, sing songs and rap their own songs to a crowd of their fellow students.

“Open Mic creates a safe and fun environment for people to come and showcase their talents,” Isaiah Ragland, senior music major, said. “It’s really exciting seeing what talents and improvements people bring each week.”

The crowd was very supportive of every student that performed. Even if the performer forgot the words or they were nervous.

That is what freshman aviation major John Rawlinson’s favorite part of the entire event is.

“I love that I can just go up and perform music, because that is what music is to me…having fun while doing something I love,” Rawlinson said.

The performers at the event had mostly been singing, or playing instruments for a minimum of a year, but there were also individuals who have been playing their instruments for almost six years or more.

Though there may have been a gap in the amount of experience that was present, the audience was still supportive throughout the performance.

There were no requirements to participate in Open Mic. Individuals that want to perform just need to show up prior to 8 p.m.to sign up for the limited number of slots.

The sooner the performers show up the higher chance they have of getting a slot.

Junior psychology and criminal justice major Hannah Williams had never performed at an Open Mic before but had attended them to watch the other performers.

Though it was something that Williams was interested in doing, it was really her friends bringing it up constantly that finally convinced her to sign up to sing.

“I was so nervous, I had never sang in front of a crowd of people like that before,” Williams said.

Williams was quickly welcomed to the stage by other performers and encouraged by the audience clapping along to her song.

Rawlinson said that Open Mic is also a great way to meet new people and make friends with other performers, or staff working the soundboards at the event.

All the different techniques that the musicians bring to their performance helps other performers learn things they may not have known before.

Students could be seen helping other students before the start of the show with potential roadblocks that could have come up in their performance.

By the end of the night the performers could walk away with a proud feeling about their performance and what they had accomplished.

“I had so much fun once I got over the nerves,” Williams said. “I wish I had more songs ready so I could’ve kept going. This is something that I will definitely want to do again.”

TONIGHT: Farewell, Auschwitz in Music Building, Free Admission 6:30 p.m.

BY Annika Lynch

Staff Reporter


Central’s Center for Diversity and Social Justice (CDSJ) and the Jerilyn S. McIntyre Music Building Concert Hall will host the Music of Remembrance’s concert entitled “Farewell, Auschwitz,” as part of Holocaust Awareness Week. The program includes composers who will be honoring Holocaust survivors and victims.

Diversity Officer Katrina Whitney said it is really important to showcase a variety of historical events and individual experiences because it allows students, staff and Ellensburg locals to gain knowledge about historical events such as the Holocaust.

“The Holocaust was really devastating for a large community,” Whitney said. “Those individuals that were held against their will basically based on someone else’s [racism]… it’s the severity of discrimination at its worst.”

Music of Remembrance is a Seattle-based group who has performed at Central several times in the last six years. Mina Miller, the group’s artistic director, said the mission of Music of Remembrance is to remember the Holocaust through music.

“Coming to Central Washington University is very special to us and we really admire the programs and the [CDSJ],” Miller said. “I think they do incredible work… we are honored to be coming year after year.”

She also said people should remember the Holocaust to remind themselves to make a better world today.

Megan Chenovick, one of the group’s performers, will perform a song called “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” by Lori Laitman.

The text for “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” was originally written by Holocaust survivor Krystyna Zywulska. It was one of her last poems and became an anthem for the resistance among the Auschwitz prisoners.

Chenovick said “Farewell Auschwitz” will start with what she described as a “sentimental play,” opening with a trio that mimics the sound of a big band.

Chenovick always enjoys performing for the Music of Remembrance, singing songs written by Holocaust survivors.

420 in the ‘Burg

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Photo Illustration by Jamie Winter

BY Camille Borodey

Orientation Editor

This year, Easter Sunday falls on April 20, which is known as the weed holiday. This Sunday will be the second 4/20 since weed was legalized in Colorado and Washington State. With the changes in laws, many Ellensburg residents could be trading in their colored eggs for colored bongs this Easter Sunday.

According to Business Insider, Colorado expects to bring in $100 million in revenue this year. Washington is not quite up to pace, as recreational sale of marijuana will not begin until June.

“I’m really disappointed in the state and how they got it to form,” Izaak Fukuyama, volunteer at the House of Haze, said.

Kittitas County has had some issues with marijuana. In Cle Elum, the Greener Frontier Collective has been ordered by Kittitas Superior Court to cease all marijuana-related activity. Additionally, The Kittitas Reclamation District has been prohibited from providing water to marijuana farms.

The issues in Kittitas County have not stopped the House of Haze owners and employees from big plans for their business on 4/20. Along with a DJ, the House of Haze will also be hosting a raffle where prizes will be awarded for first and second place.

Derek Cockrum, owner of House of Haze, finds it ridiculous that marijuana sales are so controversial in this country.

“There’s people going down everywhere over a plant,” Cockrum said.

Although TJ McDonald, who owned House of Haze back when it was called The Lounge, ran a successful business, the new owners have updated the location. The new owners have added new TV’s, connected to Netflix. They have also added more flavors of sheesha.

“It’s like Baskin Robbins,” Cockrum said. “We’ve got over 31 flavors.”

Fukuyama enjoys smoking, going for hikes and bike rides.

“I think weed just brings people together,” Fukuyama said. “When I meet someone new, it’s just customary for me to offer them a bowl of weed and smoke with them.”

Wildcat baseball sweeps Holy Names

BY Chandler St. Louis

Staff Reporter


The Central Washington University baseball team completed the four game sweep  of the visiting Holy Names University Hawks. On Senior Day, and in the second back-to-back doubleheaders, the Wildcats won each game by the score of 8-5.

In game one, the Hawks jumped out to an early three-run lead, but the Wildcats quickly responded. Central scored four runs in the first, which proved to be enough support for senior pitcher Kurtis Pitcher.

Pitcher gave up a three-run home run in the first. He then threw seven innings and struck out 12 batters while allowing only five hits and three earned runs.

Scott Stone went two for three, driving in three runs for the Wildcats. The offense for Central continued to be productive as the team moves to 25-14 fr the seaso.

“It’s great to see the team clicking on all levels,” Pitcher said.

In game two of the doubleheader, the full team rallied to win. The Wildcats used six pitchers to earn the win against the Hawks. Sophomore pitcher Jake Levin helped Central in their win, and junior pitcher Cory Welch recorded his tenth save of the season. Senior first baseman Josh Potter went two for two in game two-driving in two runs for the Wildcats.

Senior right fielder Ethan Sterkel continued his hitting streak, driving in two runs, as well as scoring two.

The Wildcat players hope to continue to make a run for the conference title.

“We have to take it one game at a time,” Sterkel said.

The Wildcats travel to Spokane to face Whitworth on Tuesday April 22, for a one game series before heading to face Montana  State Billings for four games.

Time to clean up the water, Central takes on Yakima River and CWU irrigation canal

BY Patience Collier

News Editor

On April 19, the Center for Leadership and Community Engagement (CLCE) will be sending 150 volunteers to clean up the area around the Yakima River.

This will be the 41st annual Yakima River Cleanup, according to Lana Abuhudra, CLCE program leader.

“The City of Ellensburg told us what needed to be cleaned up, and we started organizing groups,” Abuhudra said.

Meanwhile, Central’s environmental club has been working towards better quality on campus as well. The club spent last Saturday cleaning garbage out of the irrigation canal that runs through campus, according to William Ligon-Bruno, club president, and Eric Arroyo, club senator.

The irrigation canal has been informally called the Ganges, after the river in India, because of the pollution issues in the canal. However, according to Mark Auslander, director of Museum of Culture and Environment, this slang could be seen as disrespectful because of the sanctity of the Ganges river to the Hindu community.

“The Ganges is the most sacred river in India,” Auslander said. “There’s a sneering tone when Americans use that term here about the irrigation canal.”

According to Ligon-Bruno, part of the goal of pulling all the trash out of the irrigation canal was to showcase the amount of garbage at the Earth Day Festival, which is on April 19.

“We wanted to display the garabge,” Ligon-Bruno said. “To show what people are throwing away on campus.”

Water quality both on and off campus is a concern for several different groups at Central, since it does have an effect on many outdoor student hobbies.

“A lot of students like to float the river, so seeing it clean makes them happy,” Abuhudra said.


OPR Spring Symposium aims to excite students of upcoming warm weather

BY Dillon Sand

Staff Reporter

Every year, the arrival of music, large tents, vendors and a Red Bull truck mark the beginning of the Outdoor Spring Symposium at Central Washington University. This year, the event was held in its usual location, the SURC patio.

Outdoor Pursuits and Rentals (OPR) organizes the event as a way to inform Central students of all the opportunities available in Ellensburg and the surrounding areas.

Adam Ransavage, the Event Programmer at OPR, was the creator of this year’s event. His goal was to get students excited about the outdoors and inform them of all the great opportunities around them.

“Around here [Ellensburg], provides a lot of fun opportunities and students should take full advantage of them,” Ransavage said.

This year’s event hosted a variety of vendors including Red Bull, DiamondBack Bikes, Stevens Pass Bike Park, Pizza Collin, regional clothing brands, board shops and more. With everything from longboards to clothing and river and bike tours, students had many options to check out..

Vendors at the event seemed to be having as good a time as anyone, dancing and singing along with music provided by 88.1 The Burg. Many vendors were also not afraid to cut deals on their products for Central students, commonly giving up 50 to 70 percent off on their products.

“It’s always a pleasure coming here and seeing the students again,” Matt Ellis of Northwest Riders said. “We’ve been coming here for years and years and it’s always fun.”

Many of the vendors have past ties with Central- some are currently enrolled, other graduated or had previously worked at the school.

“Students look forward to this every year. It’s always been going on, even since I’ve  started here,” said Joey Brabo, who was representing Townie Shades.

The event is held annually, and will be available next year to students who missed this year, or wish to return to the event next year.

King 5 Sports Anchor Paul Silvi encourages Central students to follow their dreams



BY Camille Meador

Staff Reporter

On April 16, King 5 Sports Anchor Paul Silvi spoke to Central students about his career experiences and pursuing their dreams. Silvi presented to a group about 40 students on his life as a sports journalist.

Before working in Washington state, Silvi was a sports writer in the south. It was not until later in his life that he decided he wanted to go into television. Nowadays, Silvi lives his life enjoying each day he goes to work.

Silvi says his current position doesn’t feel like work. When asked how covering sports is different than the regular news, Silvi explained that the sports segment is more for entertainment, and there isn’t a lot of death and destruction.

To help students connect with his message, Silvi showed news bloopers. The bloopers were used to show students that no one is above mistakes. Silvi also wanted to remind his audience to watch out for egos in an industry where they can easily be inflated.

Although Silvi gets recognized from time to time, he says that he doesn’t feel like a local celebrity.

“Some people are excited to meet you, others couldn’t care less,” Silvi said.

Silvi encourages going to an advertising company for a day, or shadowing a news reporter for a day. His philosophy is that young people need to chase their dreams now.

“If you want something, do it,” Silvi said. “You have plenty of time to make mistakes. Chase your dream early; you’ll have a lot more success chasing it early than say when you’re 40 or 50. Do what you love. Don’t just take a job.”

Central music composition grad finds success in ITAM

Nick_Terrel_Prof.John_1BY Adam Wilson

Scene Editor


John Durham’s master bedroom is filled with memories of music.  Scribbles of songs he’s written, some of which are 10 years old, fill the drawers of his dresser and the boxes above his closet.  Countless unfinished pieces accompany the dozens of complete works in this hideaway in his Ellensburg home.

It’s been several years since Durham, a Central master’s graduate of music composition, sat down to compose music. Now his time is spent raising three kids with his wife, teaching web design at Central and managing his at home bakery.

“I just don’t feel like I have the time to anymore,” Durham said. “I can’t just sit [and compose] for an hour or two. I need to sit down for a day, or two days or a weekend, and just write.”

During his college career in the early 2000s, Durham’s creative process would lead him to the Starbucks on University Way. For stretches that lasted up to 10 hours at a time, he would sit hunched over the tables with papers, pencils and rulers scattered all around him, scribbling down the music he imagined while drinking as much coffee as he could pay for. His short, curly black hair ruffled against his hands while he thought of the next measure.

But now, 10 hours are hard to come by for Durham.  If he’s not at home taking care of his 7-year-old daughter or his 4-year-old twin sons, he’s in his office, answering emails or grading HTML code turned in by his 110 students each quarter.

A typical day starts with him waking up at 6:30 a.m. to make breakfast for his family. In the morning, he will play with his twins Beckett and Braeden when they’re not at preschool.  By the time his wife Katrina is home from teaching at Valley View Elementary School, he is in his office and typically doesn’t come home until 10 p.m.

Durham is not new to a life of working long hours.  Five years ago, he worked 80 hours a week between managing Hollywood Video, serving at Dakota Café and teaching business writing at Central.

It was not what Durham had in mind when he got his bachelor’s degree in music composition from Central in 2003.  He sent applications to over 10 universities for master’s programs, but the people who promised to write him letters of recommendations backed out at the last minute, leaving Central’s program his only option.

“It’s the type of situation that really I don’t have any closure on,” Durham said.  “I don’t know why. I didn’t really get an explanation.”

Durham knew from the outset that he didn’t want to teach music when he finished his graduate degree in 2005, but composition jobs were hard to come by.  He ended up working sales at the local U.S. Cellular – a job that would eventually lead him down the track to teach information technology and administrative management.

Through U.S. Cellular, he learned about cellular networks, and through managing Hollywood Video, he got first-hand experience in financial analysis and retail management.

Durham’s wife helped him get a job teaching for Central’s ITAM department. In addition to teaching classes for the department, Katrina also teaches fourth grade at Valley View Elementary School in Ellensburg.  When their twins were born, she had to make more time for them and recommended Durham to the department to replace her.

“John’s really good with computers,” Katrina told the department. “He’s smart, he’s patient and he’s got his masters degree.”

Durham started out only teaching one class – business writing – in winter 2009. Five years later, he teaches full time: basic and advanced web design, as well as an introduction to information technology.

Being in the ITAM department requires Durham to teach both online and in-person classes.  He describes himself as an introvert who preferred online classes at the beginning of his career, but as time has passed he now enjoys face-to-face class time.

“I really enjoy working with the students and being able to physically see them get something,” Durham said. “[Getting to work] with a student and finally seeing it click … I can’t see that online.”

Even though he doesn’t have time to compose music anymore, Durham doesn’t regret the countless hours he spent in Hertz Hall studying music. It wasn’t what he set out to do with his life, but he understands the necessity of an education in information technology.

“Technology is ingrained in our lives. There’s no way to get around technology anymore,” Durham said. “With ITAM you get the fundamentals you need to learn about technology, and at the same time you’re picking up the soft skills of the management side of things, and that’s what employers want.”