By the students, for the students of Central Washington University

The Observer

By the students, for the students of Central Washington University

The Observer

By the students, for the students of Central Washington University

The Observer

COVID-19’s extra year of eligibility opened unique opportunities for one CWU athlete

COVID-19’s extra year of eligibility opened unique opportunities for one CWU athlete

Evan Couch, Staff Reporter
March 9, 2022

COVID-19 brought uncertainty and inconsistency to athletics all over the world. For collegiate athletes like Graduate Senior Leanna Shymanski COVID-19 presented a second chance and new opportunities.  In...

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COVID-19 takes its toll on wellness

COVID-19 takes its toll on wellness

Katherine Camarata, Senior Reporter
March 9, 2022

Students and community members have felt the long-term effects of the pandemic over the past two years and it is more important now than ever to take care of our mental health, according to representatives...

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Will CWU’s indoor mask mandate be rescinded? Students and staff share their thoughts.

Will CWU’s indoor mask mandate be rescinded? Students and staff share their thoughts.

Sean Bessette
March 9, 2022

Masks have been required in all indoor settings at CWU since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The indoor mask mandate completely changed the way students interact on campus. As spring quarter approaches,...

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Gov. Jay Inslee to lift mask mandate early

Gov. Jay Inslee to lift mask mandate early

Addie Adkins, Assistant Copy Editor
February 28, 2022

Gov. Jay Inslee announced the indoor mask requirement for schools and businesses would lift on Saturday, March 12. The announcement came in a joint news release from Inslee and the governors of California...

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Courtesy of CWU

We are entering a new phase of the pandemic.

Joshua Kornfeld, Staff Reporter
February 23, 2022

The state indoor mask mandate will be rescinded on March 21 except for in certain situations, such as public transit and medical facilities. Gov. Jay Inslee held a press conference on Feb. 17 to provide...

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Dylan Hanson, Photographer
February 16, 2022

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Jury trials suspended due to COVID surge

Jury trials suspended due to COVID surge

Gavin Johnson, Staff Reporter
January 26, 2022

Jury trials in the Kittitas County Lower District Courts have been suspended until Jan. 31 due to a spike in coronavirus cases and wanting to “push the curve down,” according to a press release from...

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Designed by Meghan Salsbury

Students struggle in isolation on campus

Joshua Kornfeld, Staff Reporter
January 26, 2022

Daniel Walters spent the majority of his first few days back on campus in his dorm waiting to receive his COVID-19 test. After receiving a positive test result from the walk-in testing clinic offered at...

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Pandemic Life Alters College Life

Pandemic Life Alters College Life

Joshua Kornfeld, Columnist
January 19, 2022

Many college students starting in the fall of 2020-21 have experienced an entirely different school experience than their peers of 2019. A host of new restrictions, standards and mandates have altered...

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CWU announces free COVID testing

Star Diavolikis, News Editor
January 12, 2022

In an email sent to all students, Student Health Services (SHS) announced three free COVID-19 testing clinics scheduled for this week in SURC room 140. No appointment is necessary, however tests are only...

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First outbreak leads to two basketball games being postponed. (Kassidy Malcolm)

Basketball games canceled due to Health and Safety protocols

Jared Galanti, Sports Editor
January 8, 2022

CWU’s men and women’s basketball had their regular season games for Jan. 8 against Northwest Nazarene University (NNU) and Alaska Fairbanks University (AFU) canceled due to COVID-19 health and safety...

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Vaccinations up among students since CWU vaccine deadline

Vaccinations up among students since CWU vaccine deadline

Sean Bessette, Editor-in-Chief
November 24, 2021

As of publication, 10,136 students out of roughly 10,200 students are in compliance with CWU’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. 91.6% of those in compliance have been vaccinated. This means roughly 850...

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