Sports archive: Wildcat baseball win series, close in on top spot

 

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BY Jaryd Cline

Sports Editor

 

After losing five games in a row and slipping to fourth place in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference standings, the Central Washington softball team nearly ran the table in the annual Tournament of Champions in California.

The Wildcats won their first three games in the tournament before falling to Humboldt State University during pool play and Cal State Monterey Bay during bracket play. Cal State Monterey Bay went on to win the bracket and finished as the only undefeated team in the 24-team tournament.

Central improved to 20-13 on the season and remains at 8-6 in the GNAC standings following the tournament.

The tournament started last Friday with the Wildcats beating Azusa Pacific 3-0 on a strong pitching performance from freshman pitcher Kiana Wood. Wood picked up her seventh win of the season as she shut out Azusa Pacific. Senior first baseman Maikala Galusha drove in all three Wildcat runs going 2-for-2 with a home run.

In the second game of the Wildcats Friday triple-header, senior pitcher Taryn Smith gave up just one run over seven innings as the Wildcats beat California State University and Dominguez Hills 10-1. Freshman designated hitter Kailyn Campbell went 3-for-4 with one RBI and junior left fielder Katie Focher went 3-for-4 with three RBIs in the win.

Central finished off its triple-header with an exciting 7-4 win over Chico State in which the Wildcats had to rally in the seventh inning to comeback.  The Wildcats trailed 4-3 heading into the top of the seventh inning until sophomore catcher Austin Wilkerson hit her second home run of the day, giving Central a 5-4 lead. Senior second baseman Jill McDaniels added two more runs to the Central lead with a two-run homerun.

Senior pitcher Maria Gau finished off Chico State in the bottom of the seventh, improving her record to 9-5 on the season.

On day two of the tournament the Wildcats lost their first game in pool play to No. 8 nationally ranked Humboldt State University 5-1. Central’s lone run came off a solo home run from McDaniels.

The Wildcats finished off pool play by beating Cal State University Stanislaus 4-1 to improve their tournament record to 4-1. The four Central runs were more than enough support for Gau, who surrendered just four hits while striking out six hitters.

The 4-1 record in pool play put the Wildcats into the Silver Bracket. Central was just one win shy of competing in the Championship Bracket.

Central met up with Cal State Monterey Bay in the first game of bracket play and fell 2-0, which eliminated them from bracket play.

Wilkerson was the only Wildcat named to the All-Tournament team. She hit 8-for-15 with two home runs and six RBIs over the course of the tournament.

The Wildcats, who sit at fourth place in the GNAC standings, still have 10 conference games left to play.

Central comes home for a four-game home stand this weekend after a two-game series against Simon Fraser. The Wildcats face Western Oregon on Saturday and Saint Martin’s on Sunday.

Western Oregon sits atop the GNAC standings with a 13-1 conference record, with its only loss coming from a 3-2 defeat against Central back in March.

The Wildcats can make up some ground in the GNAC standings with some wins this weekend. Saint Martin’s, the Wildcats’ opponent on Sunday, sits two games in front of Central in second place in the GNAC standings.

The Wildcats won’t have to worry about offense in their upcoming games as long as Wilkerson keeps swinging the bat well. Wilkerson leads the team, hitting .358 this year. She also has eight hits and two home runs in her last four games.

McDaniels has also been swinging the bat well this season, leading the team with seven home runs and 27 RBIs.

With plenty of games left in the season to make a run and climb higher in the GNAC standings, the Wildcats will be looking to do just that.

 

 

 

 

 

Sports archive: Cats win four, dominate Cali tournament

Wildcat players celebrate during a game earlier in the season.  By Nick Terrel

Wildcat players celebrate during a game earlier in the season.
By Nick Terrel

 

BY Jaryd Cline

Sports Editor

 

After losing five games in a row and slipping to fourth place in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference standings, the Central Washington softball team nearly ran the table in the annual Tournament of Champions in California.

The Wildcats won their first three games in the tournament before falling to Humboldt State University during pool play and Cal State Monterey Bay during bracket play. Cal State Monterey Bay went on to win the bracket and finished as the only undefeated team in the 24-team tournament.

Central improved to 20-13 on the season and remains at 8-6 in the GNAC standings following the tournament.

The tournament started last Friday with the Wildcats beating Azusa Pacific 3-0 on a strong pitching performance from freshman pitcher Kiana Wood. Wood picked up her seventh win of the season as she shut out Azusa Pacific. Senior first baseman Maikala Galusha drove in all three Wildcat runs going 2-for-2 with a home run.

In the second game of the Wildcats Friday triple-header, senior pitcher Taryn Smith gave up just one run over seven innings as the Wildcats beat California State University and Dominguez Hills 10-1. Freshman designated hitter Kailyn Campbell went 3-for-4 with one RBI and junior left fielder Katie Focher went 3-for-4 with three RBIs in the win.

Central finished off its triple-header with an exciting 7-4 win over Chico State in which the Wildcats had to rally in the seventh inning to comeback.  The Wildcats trailed 4-3 heading into the top of the seventh inning until sophomore catcher Austin Wilkerson hit her second home run of the day, giving Central a 5-4 lead. Senior second baseman Jill McDaniels added two more runs to the Central lead with a two-run homerun.

Senior pitcher Maria Gau finished off Chico State in the bottom of the seventh, improving her record to 9-5 on the season.

On day two of the tournament the Wildcats lost their first game in pool play to No. 8 nationally ranked Humboldt State University 5-1. Central’s lone run came off a solo home run from McDaniels.

The Wildcats finished off pool play by beating Cal State University Stanislaus 4-1 to improve their tournament record to 4-1. The four Central runs were more than enough support for Gau, who surrendered just four hits while striking out six hitters.

The 4-1 record in pool play put the Wildcats into the Silver Bracket. Central was just one win shy of competing in the Championship Bracket.

Central met up with Cal State Monterey Bay in the first game of bracket play and fell 2-0, which eliminated them from bracket play.

Wilkerson was the only Wildcat named to the All-Tournament team. She hit 8-for-15 with two home runs and six RBIs over the course of the tournament.

The Wildcats, who sit at fourth place in the GNAC standings, still have 10 conference games left to play.

Central comes home for a four-game home stand this weekend after a two-game series against Simon Fraser. The Wildcats face Western Oregon on Saturday and Saint Martin’s on Sunday.

Western Oregon sits atop the GNAC standings with a 13-1 conference record, with its only loss coming from a 3-2 defeat against Central back in March.

The Wildcats can make up some ground in the GNAC standings with some wins this weekend. Saint Martin’s, the Wildcats’ opponent on Sunday, sits two games in front of Central in second place in the GNAC standings.

The Wildcats won’t have to worry about offense in their upcoming games as long as Wilkerson keeps swinging the bat well. Wilkerson leads the team, hitting .358 this year. She also has eight hits and two home runs in her last four games.

McDaniels has also been swinging the bat well this season, leading the team with seven home runs and 27 RBIs.

With plenty of games left in the season to make a run and climb higher in the GNAC standings, the Wildcats will be looking to do just that.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sports archive: Upcoming intramural season has students excited to enjoy spring

BY Chance Weeks-Williams

Staff Reporter

 

The intramural championship T-shirt is probably the most recognizable shirt on the Central Washington University campus. Central has many different opportunities for students to win the prized championship t-shirts.

During spring quarter the Student Union Recreation Center (SURC) is offering 14 different activities: badminton, basketball, billiards, flag football (both indoor and outdoor), foosball, outdoor soccer, softball, indoor soccer, pickleball, pingpong, tennis, ultimate frisbee and volleyball.

For the first time in Central intramural sports history, the recreation center will be offering 11 on 11 soccer, as well as a three on three basketball league. To go along with that, intramural coordinator Eric Scott is in discussion with the Suncadia golf course to possibly get an intramural golf tournament there.

The Central Washington tennis courts that are outside of Wendell Hill hall are almost finished with construction. When the courts are completed with proper light sources, intramural evening games will be able to be held. The courts will be finished sometime in May, Scott said. He added that more than likely the games would be held from 7-10 p.m.

“I’m really excited that those tennis courts are going up,” Scott said. “We are planning on doing a doubles tennis tournament.”

Every year during spring quarter the publicity center has a group of student graphic designers who hold a contest to create the championship t-shirts. Intramural participants then vote on which shirt design will be used. This year they feature a blue and green color scheme on the shirts to go with the  Seattle Sounders/ Seahawks theme.

“We try to do a couple schemes that have Central colors. That way if you win, you get a Central color shirt,” Scott said.

Every Central student is eligible to participate in intramurals. Not only students, but faculty, staff, spouses and dependents of students and staff are allowed to participate. Scott is also a participant in the games.

There are limits to your roster. For example, you are only allowed to have one varsity athlete on your team, if they have sat out a year from athletics.

Spring is the best time to do intramural sports, according to some students.

“The weather is beautiful, and it’s a chance to meet new people,” Elementary Education major Ryland Fogle said.

The intramurals this quarter will look to be one of the most accommodating towards students.

Clint’s crossing: Q&A with CWU rugby player Clint Lemkus

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Having played in South Africa and Italy, junior Clint Lemkus has helped Central’s rugby team to a 12-0 record this season.

BY Chance WeekS-Williams

Staff Reporter

 

What’s the biggest difference between Ellensburg and South Africa?

Home I’m more used to a collectivistic society, where everybody is more inclusive and in America in general it’s more of an individualistic society. Just in terms of being here and what I’ve experienced thus in America, it’s full of opportunities. It’s just a great opportunity to be over here. I’ve enjoyed my time in America thus far. I’m looking to pursue my career and finishing up my studying in America and once I’m done with that pursue a career and potentially live in America and also potentially play for the USA Eagles rugby team, that’s an aspiration.

 

What are you studying?

I’m designing my own degree through independent studies. It’s honed in on human sciences, and then I’ll incorporate a business minor to balance things out.

 

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen in America?

When I got here I couldn’t quite fathom the size of the trucks on the road. Back home we don’t have cars nearly close to what they are in America.

 

What was the hardest thing about moving?

I first moved to Italy where I played professional rugby for a year. Then I made the transition from Italy to America. I haven’t been home for about two and a half years. Something that’s always been on my mind is the distance factor and my family, and maintaining a healthy relationship.

 

What was your main reason for moving to America, rugby or your degree?

I think both. I think they work hand in hand and when I left Italy a big factor was to pursue playing rugby. However I wanted to get back to my degree and get some kind of qualification behind my name, but with that I knew I had to be on a sports field too. I looked for a University that could accommodate me in both areas.

 

What’s your favorite thing about Ellensburg?

Ellensburg is a small quaint little town. It was a bit of a culture shock at first. But now that I’ve lived here for roughly a year, it’s certainly grown on me and it’s great because I can call this place home now because I’ll be here for a total of four years by the time I’ve finished my degree. It’s unique in its own way, home for now.

 

Have you traveled elsewhere around the United States?

With rugby I’ve been fortunate to travel to an array of states, I think it’s six or seven states that I’ve been to. I’ve been to California six, seven or eight times. That’s been pretty cool. I’ve been to Idaho, Utah, and Oregon.

 

Have you learned any other sports?

Football is a big part of American culture. American football kind of emulates rugby in the way that, at home rugby is part of the nation; it’s brought the nation together after the happening of apartheid and that type of thing. Football kind of brings everyone together in the same manner. It’s grown on me too, I’ve learned a lot about that and picked up on the rules.

 

What’s your favorite thing to do besides play rugby?

For the most part now I’m really busy with my studying, so that’s my priority. So studying and rugby and maintaining my strength in the gym, I also have a job on campus. But besides that I love being on the golf course, that’s my absolute hobby. Every opportunity I get, I go straight to the course.

 

 

Sports archive: Central baseball looks to climb GNAC standings

Senior infielder Scott Stone swings at a pitch last weekend against Western Oregon. Stone is second on the team with four home runs and 14 RBIs.  Photo by Nick Terrel

Senior infielder Scott Stone swings at a pitch last weekend against Western Oregon. Stone is second on the team with four home runs and 14 RBIs.
Photo by Nick Terrel

 

BY Cameron Daniels

Assistant Sports Editor

Print date: April 10, 2014

The Central Washington Wildcat baseball team is looking to stay hot in a four-game series this weekend as they travel to face conference foe Northwest Nazarene.

The Wildcats (18-13, 11-9 Great Northwest Athletic Conference), winners of eight out of their last 10 games, go into the series hoping to continue to climb the conference standings and catch up to Western Oregon.

The Northwest Nazarene Crusaders (14-17, 10-8 GNAC) are coming off a series win against last place Saint Martin’s University.

They could take hold of the second spot in the conference standings if they are victorious in the series against Central.

Central was last week’s GNAC Team of the Week after taking three out of four games from the first-place Western Oregon Wolves.

While the Wildcats took home the team honors, Northwest Nazarene’s first baseman Anthony Flatt was the GNAC Player of the Week.

Central Washington has beaten the Crusaders eight out of the last 12 times the teams have played.  Earlier this season the two teams split a four-game series in Ellensburg.

Aside from this series, the Wildcats play the two bottom teams in the conference to close out the season.

With a little help from teams playing against Western Oregon and the Wildcats taking care of business, the top of the standings could get very tight as the season ends.

This series will make or break both teams’ chances of dethroning perennial powerhouse Western Oregon as the conference champions.

 

 

Will better event planning keep students at Central during weekends?

BY Evan Pappas

Contributing Writer

 

Central has been called a suitcase college, with students often retreating to the West Side over the weekends, but data collected by the school shows otherwise.

Scott Drummond, associate director of campus life, said that the notion of Central being a suitcase college is not new.

“For a long time there has been the impression that [students] run away on weekends,” Drummond said. “I went to school here in the ‘70s, and they were talking about it even then.”

Central is conveniently located for many students; much of the state is within a couple hours drive, which makes it easy for students to travel on the weekends.

Bellair Charters and Airporter are both popular methods for students to travel from Ellensburg to the Seattle area. A customer service representative from the bus company said that students make up a good deal of the customers they get in Ellensburg, especially around the holidays.

However, Richard DeShields, associate dean of student success, says that the idea that Central is a suitcase college is untrue, and he has the data to back it up.

“Eighty percent of our students are here three weekends a month,” DeShields said.

According to DeShields, the suitcase campus idea is a false social norm that relates to campus events and marketing, rather than the reality of the situation.

“Everyone thinks Ellensburg is a suitcase campus and that everyone goes home on the weekends,” DeShields said. “When we follow up a little bit more on what that means, what we hear students say is ‘Well, there’s nothing to do.’ There are lots of events that are happening, it may just be …not specifically what those students want to engage in.”

In order to get more students involved, Sarah Swager, dean of student success, has coordinated a group called the Late Night and Weekend Programming Committee. The committee is chaired by Drummond and Andrea Easlick, assistant director of the Central Wellness Center.

“I think one of the things that became apparent to us this year is the marketing of all these events,” Drummond said. “If nobody knows about it, then what’s the point?”

The late night and weekend programming committee aims to change this. They are charged with formalizing an intentional programming series for the fall, so that students know what events are marketed for weekends and late nights.Putting on more engaging events for students is one thing, but Central is still looking for ways to improve its marketing and get the word out to students.

“A lot of people are relying on social media,” Drummond said. “But at Central, we are still at a ‘catching-on’ phase.”

DeShields said he recognizes that it is often more difficult to get students to go to a program alone, and wants to help students spread the events to their friends by word-of-mouth.

“As students share their ideas, they should invite their friends to come with them,” DeShields said. “When they are recommending events or programs, bring out a friend. It helps keep those programs going and sustain them.” 

Central celebrates the selfie with disaply in SURC

 

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BY Camille Borodey

Orientation Editor

 

Women’s and gender studies students Cay Collins, Zach Dozier and Kevan Gardner, have created the “Radical Beauty Exhibit and Student Art Show,” as part of April’s celebration of Women’s History month.

The theme for this year’s Women’s History month will be redefining beauty, which according to Central’s website will be “a critical examination of beauty ideals in recent Western culture and how they reflect and perpetuate culturally powerful judgments about gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and age.”

The exhibit will feature a juried art show, where the subject will be “Human Beauty.” The pieces on exhibit will include over 300 images and a number of interactive pieces.

According to senior sociology major, Kevan Gardner, the exhibit will be a way of looking at the beauty in a non traditional way and shows the length people will go to achieve the beauty standard.

“I think it’s so important for everybody at this stage in their lives to think about the messages our society is sending,” Cynthia Coe, Director of the women’s and gender studies program said.

Gardner thinks the rise in media has affected people’s need for perfections along with the fact that society is very consumer based.  In fact, according to the 2013 Plastic Surgery Report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, over 15 million Americans underwent some sort of cosmetic procedure. Gardner has no disrespect for people who choose to get plastic surgery but thinks that many people let others influence their decision to get surgery.

“One of the thing that strikes me as sad is that in nature diversity is celebrated,” Gardner said, “but these beauty standards make us all want to be the same.”

The Radical Beauty Exhibit and Student Art Show will be displayed in the SURC 137A-B April 21-24.

Traditionally, Women’s History Month is celebrated in March, but due to finals week and spring break Central’s women and gender studies program is celebrating in April. As part of the celebration The Center for Diversity and Social Justice is displaying the “Heart Your Selfie Display” on the first floor of the SURC from April 8 to April 17.

 

 

Sakura Matsuri Festival 5 p.m. in SURC Pit Thursday, April 10, 2014

by Sarah Ruiz

Online Editor

Tonight in the Student Union and Recreation (SURC) Pit, the annual Central Washington University Sakura Matsuri Festival will begin at 5 p.m. The event is also known as the Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival and is hosted by the Center for Diversity and Social Justice (CDSJ) and Asian-Pacific Island American House LLC.

Traditional Japanese drumming and dancing will be taking place in the SURC Pit. Snacks will be available, lanterns will get decorated and Asia University America Program (AUAP) students will present projects for their program.

“It gives our students a chance to interact with [AUAP] students,” Center for Diversity center worker Jamese Johnson said. “There’s not much interaction between different groups here. This gives students a chance to interact with Japanese students while they’re here.”
Events hosted by the Center for Diversity aim to give students on campus a look into different cultures and lives. The Sakura Matsuri festival aims to educate students on a part of Japanese culture. The festival is a celebration of the blossoming of the Japanese Cherry Blossom trees, and is often seen as a celebration of the coming of spring.

Celebrations happen around the world, with large festivals within the United States in cities like Washington, D.C. and Seattle, WA.

“It’s about culture,” Johnson said. “It’s very beneficial for staff and students to get to experience cultures that aren’t your own.”

This will be Johnson’s first year planning the festival, and she is excited to see how students receive it.

“People really do enjoy it. The drummers are really good and they give some history. You can hear it throughout the whole SURC,” Johnson said.

Events like this offer a chance for Central students to gain knowledge of the cultures of those who attend the university.

“We work to create an inclusive environment, an environment where everyone feels like they should be here,” Diversity Officer Mal Stewman said. “How we do that is we talk about it, talk about topics that challenge our way of thinking.”

 

ASCWU-BOD positions influence Central student life

BY Colt Sweetland

Assistant News Editor

CORRECTION: Cassie DuBore’s name had previously appeared as Dubore. The below article has been edited, and the Observer apologies for this mistake.

 

On April 14, the Associated Student Body of Central Washington University Board of Directors (BOD) will be starting its election campaign when students will be allowed to start campaigning for different positions.

Cassie DuBore, vice president for legislative affairs with the BOD, said that the primary elections will be held on April 23, which is for any position that has at least three people running for it.

“Right now, every position has someone running for it, and I don’t think anyone is running unopposed,” DuBore said.

According to DuBore, those who want to run for one of the positions have to receive signatures from four of the current BOD officers, and 100 from Central students in order to be eligible.

“The informational sessions are a really good opportunity for students to ask certain questions to the current officers if they aren’t sure about which position they want to run for,” DuBore said.

Two of the bills that were passed during this year were the Real Hope Act, and a bill for in-state tuition for veterans.

“If you were a student veteran from Idaho, and joined the military and were stationed in Washington, and you wanted to go to school in Washington after your service, you would have to pay out of state tuition and when veterans use their G.I. bill, it can only be used for in-state tuition,” DuBore said.

Here at Central, if that were to happen, a student veteran would have to pay $10,000 per year even with their G.I. bill, according to Dubore.

DuBore said that the BOD is also currently working on increasing voter accessibility on campus.

“What’s really difficult about being a student and trying to register students on campus, is that we start school so late, so that gives us about two weeks to try to register as many students on campus to vote,” DuBore said.

Brian Elliott, the president of the BOD, said that his position involves attending public meetings, creating an agenda and meeting with President Gaudino.

“The job is pretty flexible, and it’s one of those things where you create your own initiatives and pursue your own projects,” Elliott said.

Jacob Wittman, the executive vice president of the BOD, said that his position deals with the financial side of university operations. This quarter, he said that he will focus on recycling issues around campus.

“I review each office’s individual budget and the overall community budget,” Wittman said.

Kelsie Miller, vice president for academic affairs, said that she spends most of her time with the Student Academic Senate, which funds students to enrich their academic experience.

“Some of our goals this quarter are to work on library hours and possibly explore dead days,” Miller said.

Mary Orthmann, vice president for clubs and organizations, said that she is the chairwoman for the Club Senate, which is in charge of around 130 clubs.

“I deal with a huge base of students, and I try to raise involvement and student engagement,” Orthmann said.

Spencer Flores, vice president for equity and community affairs, said that she represents students with regards to discrimination, bias, or any other problems, acting as a voice for these students.

Flores also serves as a liaison to the community on equity issues.

“If the community or the school is upset about something, I can kind of facilitate the students’ perspective from both sides,” Flores said.

Dubore said that her position entails helping students’ voices be heard.

“During winter quarter, I spend time in Olympia with our student lobbyists that I hired and make sure that students’ needs are being met,” Dubore said.

Munch Madness arrives in Ellensburg and brings in almost 14,000 pounds of food

By Sarah Ruiz, Online Editor

While March Madness was underway, so was a local food drive known as Munch Madness.The food drive was run by the local FISH food bank, organized by Morning Rotary. In total, the event collected 13,918 pounds of food for the local food bank.

FISH food bank is located in Ellensburg off 2nd Ave., and provides food and community for those in need. Roger McCune, the director of FISH, encouraged people in need to take advantage of the services offered.

“[We are] able to have students access the food bank,” McCune said. “[Students] are invited, don’t feel like outsiders.”

With so much food coming in from the Munch Madness fundraiser, the ability to help those in need will continue, even though this is a season when the food bank often sees a dip in donations. Their donations often peak during the holidays, and McCune said this recent food drive had come just in time to help them stock up for their grocery services.

Most food drives aim to raise 200 to 500 pounds of food. However the goal for Munch Madness had been 6,000 pounds.

“I just thought the amount of food blew our minds. We set a goal of 6,000  [pounds] and we’re over 13, 000,” Morning Rotary Member Heather Burfeind said.

With the amount of food now available, the bank is looking to increase access to the bank by those in need. McCune understands that for many, the hardest step is going to the bank to ask for help. He also strives to provide a community that people can become a part of.

Undeclared sophomore Beatrice Wambui believes that students don’t seek help because those in need either are embarrassed to ask, or are unaware of the services. Wambui’s family had used food bank services in her hometown before, so she is aware of the help services like FISH can provide.

Although the food bank is well-equipped, McCune still feels that there are people within the community that do not reach out for help. He believes what holds students back is their belief that they will not qualify for help.