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

Polynesian dancers perform for PolyFest.

Polynesian culture celebrated at PolyFest

Elliott Watkins, Staff Reporter
May 25, 2022

The SURC ballroom was lit up by green and yellow lights around the room, while those overhead dimmed. As the audience slowly flooded in to find their seats, they were greeted with Polynesian music. The...

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CWU community marches in support of Roe v. Wade

CWU community marches in support of Roe v. Wade

Morgana Carroll, Staff Reporter
May 18, 2022

Students and faculty marched down the sidewalk through the CWU campus protesting the potential overturning of Roe v. Wade, loudly chanting “My body, my choice,” in unison.  The Roe v. Wade Teach-In...

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Ellensburg City Hall where the DEI Commission meetings take place

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Commission discusses concerns and Pride month

Elliott Watkins, Staff Reporter
May 18, 2022

The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Commission of Ellensburg discussed LGBTQ+ centric issues at their meeting on Tuesday, May 10.  To begin the meeting, the agenda was approved by the commission...

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African Night Ubuntu shares culture with people of all backgrounds

African Night Ubuntu shares culture with people of all backgrounds

An eruption of laughter resonated around the SURC Ballroom as two members of the audience  weaved their way from their seats to the stage, bathed in purple lighting in front of the crowd.  Comedian...

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Courtesy of Living Pictures Production

‘Courage’ documentary highlights protest culture in Belarus

Elliott Watkins, Staff Reporter
May 4, 2022

The room was quiet and waiting in anticipation for the documentary to begin. The lights turned low, the screen went dark and the audience sat in silent anticipation as they prepared to observe a glimpse...

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Tango performed by Kerensa Redbow, Anya DeGroot, Kevin White, Reagan Nguyen

Music & Autism event celebrates neurodivergent minds

Katherine Camarata, Scene Editor
May 4, 2022

Colorful music filled McIntyre Hall as a projection screen displayed various paintings by autistic artists on stage that served as inspiration for four original music compositions performed by the piano,...

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Attendees said that it is important to have discussions regarding sexuality.

Discussion on bisexuality connects community

Milenne Quinonez, Staff Reporter
May 4, 2022

The Diversity and Equity Center (DEC) hosted “Find Your People: Bi Bi Bi” for students who shared the same sexual orientation, in Black Hall 103. Students connected with one another and had a conversation...

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Events provide space for students observing Ramadan at CWU

Events provide space for students observing Ramadan at CWU

Morgana Carroll, Staff Reporter
April 27, 2022

In a practice called Wudu, sophomore in law and justice and political science Ibtisam Siraj washes her face, hands and hair and clears her mind of distraction to honor Ramadan, a Muslim holiday of fasting...

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Ellensburg High School takes precaution against threats towards LGBTQ+ students

Ellensburg High School takes precaution against threats towards LGBTQ+ students

Evan Couch, News Editor
April 27, 2022

As Ellensburg High School (EHS) wrapped up its annual Associated Student Body (ASB) elections, threats towards two student candidates prompted the district to move candidate speeches to a virtual setting...

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Courtesy of Jaeda Nelson

Q&A with Jaeda Nelson

Crystal Clausen, Online Editor
April 27, 2022

Meet Jaeda Nelson, a first-generation college student majoring in Business Administration, with a specialization in Leadership and Management. She has worked at the Diversity and Equity Center for two...

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Sam DeSmith Jr. Psychology

Autism Awareness Month: Community members share experiences

Katherine Camarata and Elliott Watkins
April 13, 2022

Maybe you are someone that has a loved one on the autistic spectrum. Maybe you have taken a few special education courses and feel you have a solid grasp on the ins and outs of autism. Maybe you feel you...

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DEC honors Transgender Day of Visibility

DEC honors Transgender Day of Visibility

Katherine Camarata, Scene Editor
April 6, 2022

The LGBTQ pride flag was draped over a table with a wheel sitting on top eager to be spun last Thursday, March 31 as representatives of Q*Fam shared resources, played games and gave out prizes to honor...

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