Discover Orientation expands to accommodate larger incoming class

Susie Chavez, Staff Reporter
July 11, 2017
Filed under CWU, Events, News, Student Life

For the past 10 years, CWU’s new student enrollment has risen every year. This year, the increase prompted University Housing to increase the number of orientation sessions. During the summer, there would typically six orientation sessions to welcome incoming freshman and transfer students: four for ...

CWU Hacks

CWU Hacks

Observer Staff
June 9, 2017
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,...

‘It’s not good-bye, it’s just see ya later’

‘It’s not good-bye, it’s just see ya later’

McKenzie Lakey, Editor-in-Chief
February 9, 2017
Filed under CWU, Feature, Local, Multimedia, News, Photo, Showcase, Student Life, Uncategorized

Editor's Note: McKenzie Lakey also works as a media assistant in the Publicity Center, an office which collaborates with Campus Activities.  As a young college student in the 70s, and known as one of CWU’s “Dance Kings,” Scott Drummond always knew that a piece of him was destined for a caree...

CWU theatre community unites to shine a light on inauguration

CWU theatre community unites to shine a light on inauguration

McKenzie Lakey, Editor-in-Chief
January 20, 2017
Filed under Arts, Community, CWU, Events, Local, National/Worldwide, News, Photo, Scene, Showcase, Student Life, Uncategorized

Not long after darkness fell over campus on the eve of the inauguration, more than 50 Ellensburg community members and CWU theater students peacefully gathered on the front steps of McConnell Hall. With less than a day to prepare, students, faculty and Ellensburg community members set the stage for the "G...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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