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Former provost accepts new role at CWU

Former provost accepts new role at CWU

Mariah Valles, Editor-in-Chief

June 13, 2019

Today President James L. Gaudino sent an updated email regarding Katherine Frank, the now former provost. “To clarify my communication sent to the university community on June 10, 2019, Dr. Frank has agreed to move into the position of Vice President for Academic Innovation,” Gaudino wrote. ...

Katherine Frank no longer provost, effective immediately

Katherine Frank no longer provost, effective immediately

Mariah Valles, Editor-in-Chief

June 10, 2019

BREAKING: Katherine Frank is no longer CWU’s Provost. This goes into action immediately according to an email sent to employees by CWU President James L. Gaudino on June 10. “I will serve as the Interim Provost until we can retain support services from The Registry. Chief of Staff, Linda Schactler...

Your Editor-in-Chief, for the last time

Your Editor-in-Chief, for the last time

Mariah Valles, Editor-in-Chief

May 30, 2019

When I began my journey with The Observer in winter 2018, I never thought I’d become a section editor, let alone the Editor-in-Chief. This week, for the last time, I’m writing as the Editor-in-Chief. Coming to this decision was not easy, but because I am a broadcast major, it’s time to make Central...

‘I could never go to college’

‘I could never go to college’

Nick Tucker, Senior News Reporter

May 30, 2019

Wild Fest was attended by hundreds of CWU students on May 23, with a variety of activities, food and musical guests. Bounce houses were set up by 2 p.m. and included slides, sumo wrestling, boxing, and obstacle courses. Food was provided by CWU Catering Services, with free sliders, teriyaki sticks,...

College of Arts and Humanities finds new dean

College of Arts and Humanities finds new dean

Dez Rodriguez, Staff Reporter

May 30, 2019

Jill Graper Hernandez will become the next dean of the College of Arts and Humanities (CAH) starting Aug. 1. Hernandez is currently at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) as the associate dean of University College. Hernandez was born in Mason City, Iowa, but has been moving around most...

CWU honors student veterans

CWU honors student veterans

Dez Rodriguez, Staff Reporter

May 23, 2019

The sixth annual Veteran Graduation/Salute Banquet was on May 21 in the SURC Ballroom. The event recognized student veterans that are graduating this year or have graduated within the past academic school year. The event also inducted the newest class of veteran honors society members for their service,...

An archive of CWU history

An archive of CWU history

Mariah Valles, Editor-in-Chief

May 23, 2019

With the current state of the national administration and the constant bashing of the press, it’s an inconvenient time to be a student journalist. It’s also the best time to be a student journalist. Despite what the 24-hour news cycle seems to imply, not all news revolves around the president...

Student fees pay for SURC

Student fees pay for SURC

Dez Rodriguez, Staff Reporter

May 22, 2019

Over $50 million is what it cost for CWU to build the SURC. CWU will be paying the bond they got loaned for the SURC until fiscal year 2034. Student Funds Financial Manager Lacy Lampkins said the Student Union and Recreation Center portion of the bond payment is about $2.4 million a year. The Wildca...

Stacking up dust at Old Heat

Stacking up dust at Old Heat

Jack Belcher, News Editor

May 22, 2019

One of the tallest buildings in Ellensburg is the Old Heat plant, the brick building with the smokestack on University Way, across the street from Kamola Hall. The Old Heat  used to generate power for the university, until 1971, which is when the Heating and Cooling Plant north of 11th Ave. and west of ...

Expansion is starting to look up in Ellensburg

Expansion is starting to look up in Ellensburg

Nick Tucker, Senior News Reporter

May 22, 2019

If there is too much development further away from the city center, it means that citizens have to drive their cars more. This may not be a big problem yet for a small city like Ellensburg, but according to the American Journal of Health Promotion, studies have found a relationship between urban spra...

Graduates reflect on time at CWU

Graduates reflect on time at CWU

Nick Tucker, Senior News Reporter

May 22, 2019

Commencement is quickly approaching for thousands of graduates, and can be many students’ chance to celebrate and be recognized for their achievements in front of their friends and families. Commencement will be on June 8 and requires that graduates order a cap and gown set which is $65 for those gett...

Students ‘eat, sleep, breathe law and justice’ while preparing for Supreme Court panel

Students ‘eat, sleep, breathe law and justice’ while preparing for Supreme Court panel

Sean Quinn, Staff Reporter

May 16, 2019

Every year, CWU hosts the Symposium of University Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE) event in the SURC. The showcase provides students and faculty an opportunity to exhibit their work in a university-wide forum. One of the panels at SOURCE was the Law and Justice Panel, specifically focusing on...

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