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Central looks to give Alaska the big chill

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Ellensburg preps for V-Day

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Summer wages may take a dive

By Evan Pappas, Staff Reporter

New employees could be making 75 percent of minimum wage at new jobs if Senate Bill 5275 is approved, which means instead of making $9.19 an hour, new employees would make $6.89 an hour.

Sponsored by 13th District Sen. Janea Holmquist Newbry, Senate Bill 5275 introduces a training wage, which would allow employers to pay new hires 75 percent of minimum wage for up to 680 hours. The bill also comes with some protections.

Local TV channels face static future

By Evan Pappas, Staff Reporter

Ellensburg could be facing the loss of access to local TV channels in the city’s upcoming contract renewal with Charter Communications.

The city’s renewal with Charter would most likely reduce or remove access to local channels by Central, ECTV, and the Ellensburg School District.

“As far as I’m concerned, the university evicting Channel 2 from campus, it is going to severely hurt town-gown relations,” Art Clark said. “It’s really hard to be optimistic about Channel 2 right now.”

Free tax filing for Ellensburg

By Justine Sisson, Staff Reporter 

Beta Alpha Psi and the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide are offering a free income tax preparation class. The class is open to Central students and members of the community.

“Many Central students haven’t done their own income taxes so I feel like this is a good opportunity for students to learn,” said sophomore Elizabeth Keck.

Ellensburg to get McUpgrade

By Rowena Ranan, Staff Reporter

The people of Ellensburg may have something new to love about McDonald’s: It will soon be under heavy construction to make way for an improved facility.

Richard Brajavich, Ellensburg McDonald’s general manager, said the restaurant will be undergoing changes to meet standards on working buildings over 30 years old. McDonald’s Corporate recently visited the restaurant and decided it was time for some improvements.

One of the changes in order to better serve customers, includes the construction of new bathrooms.

CWU Police help women fight back

By Joe Coluccio, Staff Reporter

Beginning Feb. 18, Rep. Judy Warnick and the Central Washington University Police Department are co-sponsoring a self-defense and firearm safety course for women.

The five classes, located in Nicholson Pavilion 205, began Monday and will also be held Feb. 27, March 4, 6 and 9.

BOD works to get students involved

By Lacey Kinsella, Staff Reporter

After such a successful turn out by students for Lobby Day in Olympia, the ASCWU Board of Directors offer students multiple opportunities to get involved on campus during Mondays meeting in the SURC Pit. 

Although it is only the end of winter quarter, the BOD is encouraging students to look forward to the 2013-14 school year. The BOD is starting the application process for elections, which will be held at the end of this school year. 

For more information on elections, possible candidates are encouraged to visit the BOD website. They are currently taking submissions. 

Development committee updates plan

By Evan Pappas, Staff Reporter

The Campus Development Committee is updating the Facilities Master Plan for 2013, which sets Central Washington Universitys development priorities for the next 10 years.

If the state provides funding for Centrals top priority, Science Building 2, construction crews could get started as early as this summer, said Bill Yarwood, director of Facilities Planning and Construction.

Central students run anti-bullying campaign with Ellensburg high school

By Justine Sissone , Staff Reporter

Five Central Washington University students are working with Ellensburg High School on an anti-bullying campaign, known as “Stomp Out Bullying.”

“A lot of people think of bullying as what happens at the school, but that’s not necessarily the case,” Chelsea Hite senior public relations majors, said.

The five students are Hite, Makaiya Simmons, Lindsey Sires, Kayse Dahl and junior Alex Homer.

Students to lobby in Olympia

By Tyler Belan, Staff Reporter

On Monday, Central Washington University students will join other campuses across the state to partake in Lobby Day.
Lobby Day, held on President’s Day this year, gives students the opportunity to lobby for issues they want state legislators to be aware of.

Human Trafficking forum to hit SURC

By Justine Sisson, Staff Reporter

Sex trafficking is the primary form of human trafficking that occurs in Ellensburg, according to Krista LaComb of the Center for Leadership and Community Engagement.

Throughout Washington, other types of trafficking occur as well, including labor trafficking.

People know the idea, but dont know that human trafficking takes place in our community, LaComb said.

Eburg Preps for V-day

By Mac Clark, Staff Reporter

Couples are not the only ones who benefit from Valentines Day. Local businesses and campus departments are gearing up for one of their busiest days of the year. Williams Florist, a family-owned institution in downtown Ellensburg, is so busy on Valentines Day that they call on their grandchildren to drive the delivery trucks. Feb. 13 and 14 are the most hectic days of the year, for them partially due to the perishable nature of their products. nally know Keith Champagne, or that he is the associate dean for student life. However, students may have seen a tall, man dressed in a neatly pressed, pinstripe suit walking throughout campus. 

BOD meeting

By Lacey Kinsella, Staff Reporter

Unlike most Mondays this quarter, this week the Board of Directors held their weekly meetings in the boardroom on the third floor of the SURC. But even with the change of scenery, students still worked on issues that affect the student body of Central Washington University.

Loudenback: a Wildcat gem

By Mikaila Wilkerson, Staff Reporter

When Jer Loudenback walks into his classrooms, he establishes a “no-voice zone.” 

“So you walk in, and every student that comes in, you don’t hear a single word in his class from the beginning to the end- not one,” said Rodney Bransdorfer, chair of the world languages department. “It’s part of showing respect for him as a deaf person that it’s not polite to voice in the presence of deaf people. So he teaches them that right away, that it’s all part of the deaf culture.” 

Bill 1160 to exempt textbook tax

By Matt Thompson, Staff Reporter

Local legislator Rep. Judy Warnick has reintroduced a bill to make university-required textbooks exempt from sales tax.

“If there is something we can do to help encourage people to stay in college, we’ll do it,” Warnick said.

Warnick believes that by eliminating the sales tax on textbooks, Washington students could collectively save up to $36 million. 

CLCE covers five team dysfunctions

By Justine Sisson, Staff Reporter

The Center for Leadership and Community Engagement hosted a leadership workshop Wednesday, giving students a chance to improve their leadership skills in three phases. 

The three-phase event included self-awareness, team-awareness, and leading change. 

The self-awareness section helped individuals determine what type of leadership style they had.

City to modify land development code

By Evan Pappas , Staff Reporter

Parking requirements for a residential development, building heights downtown and development of affordable housing, among other things, could be changing in the upcoming rewrite of the city’s land use code.

On Monday night, the Ellensburg City Council held a special council meeting with the planning commission to discuss 15 issues could change with modifications to the land development code.

Keith Champagne Uncorked

By Santos Herrera, News Editor 

Some students may not personally know Keith Champagne, or that he is the associate dean for student life. However, students may have seen a tall, man dressed in a neatly pressed, pinstripe suit walking throughout campus. 

“The suit is just a uniform,” Champagne said. “The suit is just an armor I wear to work in this higher education environment. I think being an African-American male, being a man of color, image is very important for how people see us.”

The Majors Fair Attracts CWU Students

By Justine Sisson, Staff Reporter

Students throughout campus struggle when choosing a major, which is why career services created the majors fair. The majors fair allows students to explore which possible field they would like to study.

“The majors fair is for undecided or students that are not sure to meet with possible majors,” said Kristina Paquette, career services.

Centrals diversity gets evaluated

By Chloe Hildeman, Staff Reporter

Its not unusual to hear jokes about the general lack of diversity around Centrals campus. But, as it turns out, Central is more diverse than the state or even the country. According to the Institutional Research office, 68 percent of the studenwt population on the Ellensburg campus identifies as Caucasian.

For the state, that number is 82 percent, and nationwide, 78.2 percent of the population identified as white in the 2010 census.

Central included in $3 million grant

By Samantha Monterrey, Staff Reporter

A project to help train 1,500 teachers and impact the learning of 35,000 students nationwide will include Central’s elementary education students, according to a press release from April Jones.

According to Jones, Central is among six higher education institutions in the nation, including the University of Washington, which are participating in a $3 million grant. 

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards designed the “Investment in Innovation,” known as the “i-3” grant, to advance student teacher preparation and early-career teaching support for high need elementary schools.

Former ‘Cat Hunts Down Job

By Mac Clark, Staff Reporter

Luke Salaiz knows all too well the importance of taking a deep breath when college is over.

Ellensburg was his home until last December, when he graduated from Central with a degree in accounting.

Academic and Legislative Affairs give students an advantage

By Lacey Kinsella, Staff Reporter

Monday night in the SURC pit the Associated Students of CWU Board of Directors announced a few advantages that select students would receive.

Vice President for Academic Affairs, Jennifer Arledge, attended the Tuition Waiver Council last week.

“We are looking into instituting a new tuition waiver for incoming freshman who are calculus ready,” Arledge said. “It’s to encourage students to bone up on their math before they come to college.”

Students For The Dream March

By Mikaila Wilkerson, Staff Reporter

Students For The Dream celebrated its fifth year honoring Martin Luther King Jr. on Thursday, Jan. 17 with its fifth annual Students For The Dream March, a candlelit vigil. This march consisted of walking around campus with lit candles, taking a minute to silently honor Martin Luther King Jr., and watching skits performed by various clubs  located around campus.

Chief of campus police says county is prepared

By Matt Thompson, Staff Reporter

In the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting, there is one subject on many minds in this country: gun violence. 

“Anytime you have a school shooting it’s a very emotional event and it becomes very scary,” said Mike Luvera, chief of Campus Police. “But statistically speaking, we’re at a pretty safe place being on campus.”

Central reduces computer lab help

By Chloe Hildeman, Staff Reporter

Central Washington University previously had 24 lab assistants on campus. Now that number is down to four.

“There just isn’t a use for one in each lab anymore,” Carmen Rahm, assistant vice president for information technology, said.

Picture College Drinking at Central

By Samantha Monterrey, Staff Reporter

The Wellness Center will combine photography and qualitative research to share drinking as seen through the perspective of students. “Photo Voice” will break the common stereotype that college students just drink, party and make poor choices. 

Theft on the rise, bandits on the run

By Mac Clark, Staff Reporter

 Devices such as ipods, smart phones and other small objects have become easy targets for thieves trying to make a quick buck.

New gadgets and handheld devices are often ideal items for theft.

D&M robbed at gunpoint, none injured or killed

By Matt Thompson, Staff Reporter

Police cars lined Water Street in Ellensburg last Wednesday night as law enforcement combed the town for the suspect involved in the armed robbery of D&M coffee.

“We have not developed a suspect at this point,” said Dan Hansberry, Ellensburg Police Captain. A masked man approached

Local schools tighten security

By Mikaila Wilkerson, Staff Reporter

After the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., people have been wondering how school administrators will make local schools safer.

Two schools working on ways to improve safety are Kittitas Elementary School in Kittitas and Mount Stuart Elementary School in Ellensburg.

Slick weather conditions require patience

By Rowena Ranan, Staff Reporter

Social networking sites have been exploding with status updates about how frustrated people are with drivers on slick roads. The updates come from all over Washington, complaining that some drivers feel road superiority as they switch lanes with their four-wheel drive vehicles.

Steve Matthews, Ellensburg Police Corporal in the Patrol Division, investigates a lot of collisions during this time of the year. He says the main problem is drivers not giving themselves enough distance between cars to enable them to stop in time.

Gaudino shares policy on guns, emergencies

By Santos Herrera, News Editor

Where does Central stand, in terms of gun restrictions?

We have a policy; we don’t allow guns on our campus. If a student brings a gun, as a resident, there is an armory and students have to put their weapon in the armory. 

What’s the penalty for having weapons on campus?

Gov. recommends Central for $97 million in construction

By Jayna Smith, Assistant News Editor

Gov. Christine Gregoire’s proposal for Central’s nearly $97 million construction budget is a record breaking step in the multi-layered stages of budget approval.

According to Linda Schactler, executive director of CWU public affairs, Central doesn’t often show up this early in proposals.

Manweller drafts bill to limit college president bonuses

By Santos Herrera, News Editor

One of Matt Manwellers first actions as state representative was to draft a bill to prevent university presidents from receiving large incentive bonusesthe type Central President James Gaudino was granted last year.

I believe in bonuses, Manweller said. But, they have to be fair.

$571,000 S&A fee approved

By Alea Thorne, Staff Reporter

The Administrative fee of $571,000, taken from Services and Activities (S&A) fees was approved Wednesday night at the S&A meeting, making Central Washington University the first university to place an additional fee on the S&A funds in Washington.

At previous meetings, there have been discussions of whether administrative charges in other schools included S&A funds. Through research, the committee found that university administrative fees such as Washington State University and University of Washington do not include S&A fees to their charges. The closet model to Central is Evergreen State College, though the S&A is charged on a per occurrence basis. 

Central club joins admissions in Seattle recruitment fair

By Jayna Smith, Assistant News Editor

This school years incoming freshmen represented the most diverse freshmen class in Centrals history.

A club on campus, Extraordinary Men Pursuing Intellectual Readiness through Education (E.M.P.I.R.E) is working to make sure next years freshmen will represent even more diversity.

CDS offers a lifeline for students

By Chase Packman, Staff Reporter

The Center for Disability Services (CDS) on campus offers a wide selection of accommodations for students with physical and learning disabilities. Any student who has a disability can register to receive accommodations. A disability is different than a medical condition according to Ian Campbell, assistant director at the CDS.

Dyslexic DJ mixes it up at The Burg

By Alea Thorne, Staff Reporter

There is a new DJ in the Burg. Sam Maupin, known as Hands the Dyslexic DJ, is a junior majoring in broadcast journalism.

On a regular day, Maupin can be seen signing to his deaf girlfriend. Thats where I got the name from, Maupin said. Im always trying to use sign language in order to include her in the conversation.

Governors race still unclear at press time

By Michael Riggin, Staff Reporter

Those eager to know who will be the next governor still didn’t have an answer as of mid-day Wednesday. 

Polls showed Jay Inslee had a slight edge against opponent Rob McKenna.


Showtime at the McConnell

By Joe Coluccio, Staff Reporter

Last year, a Martial Arts performer was kicked off stage and the Kisses dance group dragged in the biggest cheers.

This year, Showtime at the McConnell is taking place at 7 p.m. tonight in McConnell Auditorium.

Hosting the festivities will be comedian Terrence Parsons, brother of Black Student Union President Tianna Parsons, and a regular on the Nate Jackson Comedy Show. Jackson previously hosted the show, which is being put on by Centrals BSU.

Minority students express concerns about treatment

By Samantha Monterrey, Staff Reporter 

A number of Central students feel they are presumed to have an opinion about certain issues based on their ethnicity, appearance, or sexual orientation.

Students are currently drafting letters to be presented to Central Washington University President James Gaudino and college administrators regarding concerns students have when certain issues are discussed in the classroom.

While the letters are being organized through the Equity and Services Council, they do not represent the official stance of the ESC.

S&A committee panel discusses admin fee

By Evan Pappas, Staff Reporter

Members of the Services and Activities Fee Committee held a panel on Feb. 26 to discuss Centrals controversial administrative fee and to answer questions from the public. The panel was held by S&A committee members Matthew Baird, Dustin Waddle-Ford, Kylea Wells Brown and Connie Williams.

The administrative fee is an allocation charged to units all across campus that is used to pay for administrative services. In the past two fiscal years, the administration has received $1.36 million out of S&As supplemental budget. And now, the administration is asking for regular base funding for the next four years.

Family literacy night deemed a success

By Tyler Belan, Staff Reporter

A strong waft of popcorn came down the corridors of Michaelsen Hall, which traced to a brightly lit room full of couches and lounge chairs. Literacy Family Night is an event full of snacks and stories for kids to partake in. 

Central students majoring in elementary education set up stations where children can be read to. Beyond this being a required element for the students’ educational courses, Melyssa Wheeler believes in the cause. 

“It’s a way to reach out to the children in our community,” Wheeler said.

Central allows guest wireless

By Mac Clark, Staff Reporter 

Wireless internet access on campus just became a little easier. No longer will students or faculty have to register their laptops, smart phones, or other devices with the IT Department. 

The IT Department is phasing out the Host-Registration network and no longer requires students or faculty to register their devices. Host-Reg allowed the IT Department to track any activity from a device that was logged onto the network, according to Assistant Vice President for Information Technology Carmen Rahm.

Admin fee under investigation

By Matt Thompson , Staff Reporter

Central Washington University’s administrative fee or “admin” fee is under investigation by the Washington State Auditor’s Office. 

Central is seeking to have a portion of the admin fee be paid out of the Services and Activities fund as base funding for the next four years. That request will be presented next Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in SURC 301.

Non-traditional I do’s and don’ts

By Samantha Monterrey, Staff Reporter

Most college students don’t consider marriage until after they graduate. Some students, however, choose to take on marriage and college at the same time.

According to the Center for Diversity and Social Justice, a non-traditional student fits into any of the following categories: 25 years or older, married, has children, or is a veteran.

Local gun sales booming

By Matt Thompson, Staff Reporter

As President Barack Obama calls for action and talk of gun regulations becomes more heated in Washington, D.C., local businesses report firearm sales are skyrocketing.

“When the politicians really did start coming out talking about gun control, everybody that had been thinking about wanting one figured, ‘I better do it now,’” said Rich Coleman, Kittitas Trading Co. manager. “It’s been a sales boom ever since.”

BOD strives to protect student rights

By Chloe Hildeman, Staff Reporter

Academic Affairs—a department of the ASCWU Board of Directors—aims to make students aware of their rights so they may use their knowledge of university policy to their benefit.

“I think student rights are extremely important,” said Jennifer Arledge, ASCWU BOD vice president of academic affairs. “They’re the only part of the academic code that protects students and is directly related to students themselves.”

New Year brings New Tech upgrades

By Joe Coluccio, Staff Reporter

With students coming back to Ellensburg fresh from winter break, the university has established a new look as well. Gone are the days of typewriters and handwritten essays – Central Washington University’s IT department has been hard at work bringing upgrades to students and faculty alike. Over winter break, the Groupwise email system received an upgrade.

Identity Theft

By Justine Sisson, Staff Reporter

While identity theft has become a major issue on college campuses throughout the nation, many students are unaware of the rising dilemma. Through a seminar put on by the Diversity Center and U.S. Bank, Selena Salmon explains in depth the issue of identity theft that is rising on campus.

State categorizes flu as widespread

By Joe Coluccio, Staff Reporter

Smithsonian Castle

Mark Auslander’s work has not only brought him across the country, but across the world.

Money Talks

By Rowena Ranan, Staff Reporter

Students pursuing higher education can always practice better spending habits even with their modest income. 

Apart from tuition and fees, books, supplies, and room and board, other expenses amounted to about $2,928 during the 2011-2012 academic year at Central, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

Auslander's work receives high praise

By Evan Pappas, Staff Reporter

Mark Auslander’s work has not only brought him across the country, but across the world. 

As the director of the Museum of Culture & Environment and an anthropology professor at Central, Auslander has traveled the world researching the history of traditional African cultures and slavery.

“If you want to really learn something, you have to get out of the office,” Auslander said. 

Garcias lessons go beyond the class

By Chloe Hildaman, Staff Reporter

Gilberto Garcia, professor of political science, at Central understands the importance of minorities having a voice.

For the past six years, Garcia has been a mentor to the Hispanic community at Central and has been heavily involved in promoting Latino studies.

The dream is not yet finished

By Santos Herrera, News Editor

Bobby Cummings, an English education coordinator, said no one on campus used to celebrate MLK day by putting on an event until five years ago was when the march began.\

Several students, faculty, centers, and groups on campus have been working since last November to put together the fifth annual march and candle light vigil in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Central to weed out violators

By Matt Thompson, Staff Reporter

Although Washington State law allows the use and possession of marijuana, Central students may want to think twice before sparking up a “doobie.”

“Marijuana of any form is not allowed,” Richard DeShields, associate dean of students, said.

Although the state legalized some marijuana distribution, use and possession, no changes have been made to Central’s drug policy. Marijuana is still listed as a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act passed by the U.S. Congress.

Referendum 74 reactions

By Chloe West, Online Editor

Some couples leave the state to get married on the beach, while others may leave so more of their friends and family can attend. But for some, leaving to get married is their only choice. 

On the Nov. 6 ballot, Washington State voters had the chance to accept or reject the legalization of same-sex marriage. After counting the votes and waiting on the results, it was soon decided that it would pass by 3.58 percent.

Disabled students seek campus improvements

By Matt Thompson, Staff Reporter

Central Washington University does what it can to accommodate the needs of those with disabilities, but some students still see areas where the school can improve.

Last year, they were extremely slow at removing snow from pathways to the point where I physically couldnt make it to class for a couple days, said Dustin Waddle-Ford, senior political science major.

CWU club trains puppies to be guide dogs for the blind

By Chase Packman, Staff Reporter

The Ellensburg Puppy Praisers Club, which is affiliated with Guide Dogs for the Blind, meets every week here on campus. The club’s goal is to raise puppies until they are ready for professional training to become guide dogs and also be a support base for people in Ellensburg who are blind and use guide dogs.

Central hosts Holiday Extravaganza

By Courtney Brunner , Staff Reporter

On Dec. 1 Central will be hosting a Holiday Extravaganza in the Market Place of the SURC. The arts and crafts event will be aimed toward children from ages 5 to 10, and the event will have arts and crafts projects for them to enjoy. The admission will be free for everyone.

Downtown versus Wildcat Shop

By Andrew Evans, Staff Reporter

At the request of local business owners, a proposed revision of Central’s Commercial Activities Policy has been placed under moratorium. 

Downtown fears that Central’s commercial interests are threatening the local economy, which is a main factor in the attraction and retention of students.

Central second in state to add ballot drop box

By Alea Thorne, Staff Reporter

Students and faculty don’t have to go far to elect governmental officials anymore.

Central is one of two universities in Washington that has a permanent ballot box on campus. The other ballot box is at Washington State University, and was put in by their county auditor and funded by the Help America Vote Act grant, which assists people with the voting process by putting in ballot boxes and other systems.

Faculty union preps to bargain new contract

By Matthew Thompson, Staff R

With the 2009 collective bargaining agreement set to expire in the summer of 2013, members of the United Faculty of Central are brainstorming what they’d like to get out of a new contract. 

“We are not poor, we are not begging,” Holly Pinkart, UFC vice president, said. “It’s time to appreciate our faculty. We need to retain the valuable people we have and be able to recruit folks.”

Obama wins election

By Alea Thorne, Staff Reporter

Crowds of Democrats around the nation went wild when the electoral-vote tally confirmed Obama would be serving the nation for the next four years. 

Obama won 50 percent of the popular vote to Gov. Mitt Romney’s 48 percent , and won the electoral vote 303-206.