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Washington state health board bans flavored vaping products

Nicholas Tucker, News Editor

October 9, 2019

An emergency ban on the sale of flavored vaping products has been approved by the Washington State Board of Health. This follows an executive order by Governor Jay Inslee, calling for a ban lasting 120 days before it will be up for renewal.  The state’s actions are in response to multiple cases of sever...

Vape ban affects local businesses

Vape ban affects local businesses

Nicholas Tucker, News Editor

October 9, 2019

“Hello, [Ruze] 509, we’re going out of business,” the cashier of Ellensburg’s specialty vape shop said answering the phone. On Sept. 27, Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee announced an executive order banning the sale of flavored vaping products. This is in response to multiple investigati...

CWU welcomes new northside dining facilities

CWU welcomes new northside dining facilities

AJ St. John, Staff Reporter

October 9, 2019

At the beginning of fall quarter, an expansion of available dining services has accompanied the new hall, Dugmore. The Northside Commons joins Holmes Dining Room, and North Village Cafe as a dining facility located on CWU campus. The commons houses Panda Express, the newest addition to CWU Dining. It is a...

New cybersecurity center trains and protects

New cybersecurity center trains and protects

Matt Escamilla, Staff Reporter

October 9, 2019

CI Security (CIS), a cybersecurity company, has made Ellensburg the home for its second operations center. According to Garrett Silver, CEO of CIS, the company chose Ellensburg over Denver, Colorado Phoenix, Arizona and Boise, Idaho and many other locations across the country. CIS had an open house ...

ASCWU: Who and what you need to know

ASCWU: Who and what you need to know

Will Ortner, Staff Reporter

October 9, 2019

On Oct. 2, students filed into the SURC Pit for their second chance to meet their ASCWU representatives for this academic year. Students who attended the meeting or watched the live stream of the meeting on 88.1 the ‘Burg’s Facebook page were informed of valuable information that pertained to each represen...

Nikon ambassador visits CWU

Tapanaga Krause, Staff Reporter

October 8, 2019

Friday evening in Randall Hall 117, photojournalist and filmmaker Robin Layton gave a presentation to 30 CWU students. The presentation consisted of a showing of Layton’s work and her speech on following your passion, finding your inner voice and listening to it. Layton began the presentation by talking abo...

The President’s own Marine Band at CWU

Reese Burke, Staff Reporter

October 8, 2019

The President’s Own Marine band has been a beloved American tradition for 221 years, making it the nation’s oldest military band. Congress passed an act in 1798 in hopes to provide music for the president and the Marine Corps. Members of The President’s Own Marine Band have no combat duties, the...

CWU wins national diversity award

Nick Tucker, News Editor

October 2, 2019

CWU has been awarded the 2019 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. This is the fifth time in six years that CWU has won national awards for its efforts towards inclusivity and diversity, making it the only university in Washington state to receive ...

Central Transit overhauled

Central Transit overhauled

Nick Tucker, News Editor

October 2, 2019

The Central Transit bus system has received a complete overhaul to its routes and schedules.  Looking at the new route map, commuters can immediately see that the old loops have been exchanged for a more linear system. According to Margaret Reich, communications and government relations officer at ...

CWU says if you don’t see it, don’t post it in new active shooter training video

CWU says if you don’t see it, don’t post it in new active shooter training video

Mariah Valles, Online Editor

October 2, 2019

In the event of an active shooter, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) says you have three options: run, hide or fight. CWU’s new active shooter training video, which aligns with the “Run. Hide. Fight.” protocol, was shown for the first time during Wildcat Welcome Weekend. The video was ...

VP of Innovation Frank, Interim Provost Franken

Mariah Valles, Online Editor

October 2, 2019

On July 15 Lynn Franken began her tenure as the university’s interim provost, replacing former Provost Katherine Frank. Appointed by President James L. Gaudino, Franken is the former Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College at Thiel College. She will continue as the interim prov...

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. ...

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