The struggle for the American dream

The struggle for the American dream

Will Schorno, Staff Writer
October 13, 2016
Filed under Community, Events, Scene, Uncategorized

The opening of the Museum of Culture and Environment was a showcase and celebration of one of our strongest assets as Americans: diversity. On Sept. 29, the Museum of Culture and Environment in Dean Hall opened with a celebration full of food, art and fun from different parts of the world; in particul...

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...

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...

Ask Dr. H: Week 1, Fall 2016

Dr. Jill Hoxmeir, Public Health Professor
October 2, 2016
Filed under Lifestyle, Scene

Dear Dr. H,   I’ve been with my girlfriend for over a year, and we’ve been having sex for most of that time. The sex is great – no complaints – but, there are other things I want to try. Basically, how do I ask her if she’s willing to try anal sex? Sometimes it comes up in a joke and s...

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,...

Jazz music swings into the valley

Mikaila Wilkerson, Staff Reporter
July 29, 2016
Filed under Arts, Community, Events, Scene

This weekend, Ellensburg celebrates its 19th annual Jazz in the Valley event downtown. Jazz in the Valley, which first debuted in 1998, is a Friday night through Sunday afternoon event that works to bring people together in the downtown area who are never out that late at night, according to Larry S...

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...

Central gears up for summer camps

Central gears up for summer camps

Mikaila Wilkerson, Staff Reporter
July 21, 2016
Filed under Community, Events, Local, Scene, Uncategorized

During the summer, Central is home to many different camps including sports camps, math camps, science camps and more, all to show people coming in what Central has to offer them. Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a federal grant program that provides services...

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...

Hello summer, good-bye student job hours

Hello summer, good-bye student job hours

Natalie Baldwin, Staff Reporter
June 28, 2016
Filed under Community, CWU, Events, Local, News, Scene, Student Life

As many students are enjoying their summer break by hanging out with friends or even working, some students are still here on campus working or going to school. When it comes to staying on campus, the real struggle isn’t trying to complete your classes with decent grades; it’s obtaining a job...

CWU Pride Drag Show

CWU Pride Drag Show

June 4, 2016
Filed under CWU, Events, Scene


Professor proves there are no rules in art, only freedom

Sarah Hoot, Staff Reporter
June 3, 2016
Filed under Community, Scene

From humble beginnings in the town of Monroe, North Carolina, Julie Brooks made her way here to Ellensburg to become an interim professor of metalsmithing while Professor Keith Lewis, the resident jewelry and metals professor, is on sabbatical. “I actually didn’t meet Julie in person until I approached h...

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