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Following the protest

Following the protest

The Observer Staff

November 13, 2019

Editor's Note: On Nov. 14, this story was updated. In the previous version, a quote was cut off. It was corrected to, "If one party chooses to not be present for the meeting a resolution will be created without that parties presences."  _______________________________________________________________________ On Nov. 7 the university releas...

Affordable housing

Will Ortner, Staff Reporter

November 13, 2019

On Nov. 6 at 4:30 p.m., the Ellensburg City Affordable Housing Commission (ECAHC) met at Shaw-Smyser Hall to discuss new applications from new housing developments. The ECAHC wants these housing developments to be considered as affordable housing in the city. This could lead to more CWU students and f...

Ellensburg celebrates and remembers

Ellensburg celebrates and remembers

Mariah Valles, Online Editor

November 13, 2019

On Monday at 11 a.m. the Ellensburg community gathered near Pearl Street to commemorate veterans for their service. People waved flags and cheered as veterans passed by on foot and in World War II-vintage military jeeps and trucks. Donald Bechard served in the Navy from 1964-68. For him, attending the parade...

How to choose your major

How to choose your major

Matt Escamilla, Staff Reporter

November 13, 2019

After completing general education requirements, students are tasked with picking a degree. Ian Morris, a program coordinator in the career services department, said if students aren’t sure what they want to pursue, an aptitude test can bring clarity.  “We can do an aptitude [test] and say here...

Make-your-own major

Amy Morris, Staff Reporter

November 13, 2019

A new program called liberal studies gives students the opportunity to create their own degree with the classes they choose. The major and the minor are already in the catalogue and students can start signing up for them this quarter.  Scott Robinson, the associate dean of arts and humanities, said ...

Nov. 5 election results

Nov. 5 election results

AJ St. John, Staff Reporter

November 13, 2019

Voter turnout came out to 42.28% in the city of Ellensburg, according to the Kittitas County Auditor’s office. Out of nine districts, the Ellensburg district had the second lowest percentage of ballots returned.  Mayor Bruce Tabb, who ran unopposed, will be serving another term as Mayor of Ellensbur...

What increasing enrollment means for CWU

Amy Morris, Staff Reporter

November 7, 2019

Enrollment numbers have been steadily going up each year. This year, enrollment increased by 3% for new undergraduate students. New enrollment increased from 3,260 to 3,348 students. More classes are being added, along with more teachers and facilities to keep up with all the students coming in.  ...

Trade Wars

Will Ortner, Staff Reporter

November 7, 2019

Two of the biggest superpowers in the world, the United States and China, have been caught in the middle of a massive trade war. The war has been going for over a year now and has hit farmers in the Pacific Northwest very hard. Here in the northwest, the Chinese tariffs have been felt by local farmers....

Tech changes across CWU campus

Matt Escamilla, Staff Reporter

November 7, 2019

The Student Tech Fee Council is in the process of making the old heat building into an esports gaming center and tech lounge. Student Technology Fee Council Chairman Lwin Htet said that on Oct. 31 members of the council, project managers from the CWU facilities department, architects and others will be h...

University responds to student media

University responds to student media

The Observer Staff

November 7, 2019

On Nov. 6 The Observer released a story titled, “The Observer stands for a free and unregulated press.”  Today, student journalists and supporters stood outside of Lind, Bouillon and the SURC protesting against administrative regulation and censorship, according to The Observer’s Faceboo...

Nov. 5 county general elections

AJ St. John, Staff Reporter

October 31, 2019

The local elections affect the community along with the college. Noted on the ballot is timing. In order for your vote to count, it must be postmarked by the election date, Nov. 5, or placed in a drop box by 8 p.m. Ballot boxes are located around Ellensburg, with one in front of SURC. Even now, ASCWU ...

Highs and lows of the CWU party scene

Highs and lows of the CWU party scene

Amy Morris, Staff Reporter

October 31, 2019

With Halloween comes an increase in party activity on and off campus. While students want to have fun, the importance of health and safety also comes into play. CWU might not be the biggest party school, but parties still occur.  Niche, an online data site, gives CWU a B- for the party scene. Based on 35 r...