Week One-Winter Quarter

McKenzie Lakey, Editor-in-Chief
January 11, 2017
Filed under Observation Deck, Student Life, Uncategorized

Welcome back, Wildcats. Not only are we returning to a new quarter, but we are returning to a new year filled with new opportunities—and way too much snow. As we leave 2016 in the dust, I can only hope that we can strive to also leave behind the hatred, pain and dramatic losses (mainly of childhood... Read more »

Ask Dr. H: Week 2, Fall 2016

Dr. Jill Hoxmeir, Public Health Professor
October 6, 2016
Filed under Lifestyle, Scene, Showcase, Student Life

Dear Dr. H, I think a classmate of mine is transgender but hasn’t come out to the class or me personally. We are in a group project together, and sometimes, I just feel awkward. I’ve never met someone who is transgender, and I just don’t want to offend her by using the wrong pronoun or making as... Read more »

President Gaudino addresses concerns of KKK and hate speech

McKenzie Lakey, Editor-in-Chief
October 4, 2016
Filed under Community, CWU, Local, National/Worldwide, News, Showcase, Student Life

Around 4:30 p.m. on Oct.4, CWU President James Gaudino released a public statement to faculty, staff and students in response to reported hate speech and KKK pamphlets found throughout the Ellensburg community. The statement came nearly a week after the Yakima Herald Republic initially reported on Wednesday, Sept. 28 that three Ellensburg residents discovered KKK pamphlets throughout town. Prio... Read more »

CWU Hacks

CWU Hacks

Observer Staff
September 29, 2016
Filed under Scene, Showcase, Student Life

There’s a reason that University 101 exists, and it isn’t just to torture freshmen. Unless they skipped a grade or two, college students are adults and are expected to act as such. This can come as a bit of a culture shock after the hand-holding and rigid structure of high school. Sarah Swager,... Read more »

CWU orientations take off with enrollment on the rise

CWU orientations take off with enrollment on the rise

Annika Lynch, Staff Reporter
July 30, 2016
Filed under CWU, News, Student Life

Campus introductions  With the new school year coming up, first year students have been touring the campus for the first time at Central Washington University. The first year student orientation is broken up into four pillars which includes, "Campus Connections" where students make connections... Read more »

President Gaudino reaches fifth year of agreement; set to receive $500,000 incentive bonus

President Gaudino reaches fifth year of agreement; set to receive $500,000 incentive bonus

Annika Lynch, Staff Reporter
July 29, 2016
Filed under CWU, Local, News, Student Life

The first contract that Central Washington University President James L. Gaudino signed when coming to the university in 2009 was supposed to end after 2011, but a key change occurred in his contract in 2011. That key change promised him $500,000 if he stayed for another five years, and that bonus is... Read more »

The search for housing in Ellensburg

Natalie Baldwin, Staff Reporter
July 27, 2016
Filed under Community, Local, Scene, Student Life, Uncategorized

On-campus living can have many benefits. Food is taken care of, along with laundry, and it can be potentially be an easy way to make friends. However, as the residency halls fill up with more incoming freshmen and you're done with the crowded spaces, perhaps off-campus is your best choice. There are... Read more »

Students caught between convenience and challenge

Students caught between convenience and challenge

Ray Payne, Staff Reporter
July 20, 2016
Filed under CWU, News, Student Life

Over the past five years, Central has seen a rise in the number of students taking online classes, especially in the summer. According to data provided by Central’s Public Affairs office, this summer the current number of students enrolled in in-person classes is 1,645 compared to the 2,994 students... Read more »

Bittersweet farewell

Bittersweet farewell

Mikaila Wilkerson, Staff Reporter
July 19, 2016
Filed under Community, CWU, General, Local, News, Scene, Showcase, Sports, Student Life, Uncategorized

Travis Box, the general manager for Central’s 88.1 The Burg radio station since 2013, resigned at the end of the school year. According to Elena Larrabee, the brand manager for The Burg, Box resigned in order to be closer to his friends and family. Box was a fantastic leader during his time at... Read more »

More than just another piece of plastic

More than just another piece of plastic

Annika Lynch, Staff Reporter
July 18, 2016
Filed under CWU, News, Student Life

Central Washington University has every student get a Connection Card even if you live on or off-campus, but not every student may really know what they are used for. According to CWU's brochure on the connection card, when it comes to living on campus a student's meal plan will be tied directly... Read more »

Students can see work hours increase during breaks

Students can see work hours increase during breaks

Annika Lynch, Staff Reporter
July 7, 2016
Filed under CWU, News, Student Life

During summer break Central Washington University students have the option to work on campus. But, how many hours are they allowed to work on campus if they are attending or not attending school for the summer? According to Kathy Johnson, a CWU student employment Human Resources (HR) specialist, and... Read more »

CWU paves the way to fewer parking problems

CWU paves the way to fewer parking problems

Annika Lynch, Staff Reporter
June 29, 2016
Filed under CWU, Local, News, Student Life

Central Washington University is doing general maintenance over the course of summer break. These projects include the re-pavement of the Student Village Parking lot and the extensions of the Brooks Library parking lot (Lot P-8) and the parking lot off of University and Wildcat Way (Lot D-5) by Bu... Read more »

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