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

Assault of Central staff member dismissed on basis of mental incompetency, student still allowed on campus

Assault of Central staff member dismissed on basis of mental incompetency, student still allowed on campus

Chace Davy and Jonathan Glover, News Editor and Assistant Scene Editor
February 26, 2015
The first strike hit Lareta “Joy” Chrismer near her temple, cutting her face and sending her to the ground. Onlookers in Nicholson Pavilion’s field house said Bryan Yancy then kicked her repeatedly in the head while she was down.
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Policies help lead to the statewide decline of assault charges 

Policies help lead to the statewide decline of assault charges 

Simone Corbett, Staff Reporter
February 25, 2015

Since July 1, 2014, three cases of sexual harassment in the workplace have been reported at Central. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Washington’s total sexual harassment charges...

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New clock-in system gets mixed reviews from faculty, staff 

New clock-in system gets mixed reviews from faculty, staff 

Bradly Smith, Staff Reporter
February 25, 2015

Earlier this month Central implemented a new clock-in system for faculty and staff. All the departments made the switch from the older, more traditional way of clocking in, to a new web-based system. Employees...

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Civil engineer says bridge on D Street is projected to be finished April 1, road May 1

Civil engineer says bridge on D Street is projected to be finished April 1, road May 1

Aaron Kunkler, Staff Reporter
February 25, 2015

Construction began Feb. 9 on the bridge spanning the canal on North D Street. According to Josh Mattson, civil engineer with the city of Ellensburg, the bridge is projected to be finished by April 1,...

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Electronic textbooks fail to sell well at Central

Electronic textbooks fail to sell well at Central

Kyle Fenton, Staff Reporter
February 25, 2015

Electronic textbooks are yet to be a big hit for Central’s Wildcat Shop for students purchasing them compared to regular textbooks. Any given quarter, the Wildcat Shop offers anywhere from 1,100 to...

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Centrals college of education is top 10 largest in country

Central’s college of education is top 10 largest in country

Tera Stenhouse, Staff Reporter
February 18, 2015

Central’s college of education is one of the top 10 largest education programs in the nation, and Central has been preparing future teachers for 125 years. Education students go through hands-on learning...

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Students find themselves working 40-hour weeks

Students find themselves working 40-hour weeks

Felicia Kopperdahl, Staff Reporter
February 18, 2015

Many Central students have turned to employment to alleviate college expenses. Some students are taking multiple classes along with a “work now, play later” kind of attitude. Robbie Rutherford,...

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Hash oil: the future of extraction

Hash oil: the future of extraction

Kyle Fenton, Staff Reporter
February 18, 2015

Over the past decade, dabbing has flourished in marijuana culture, from the underground scene to mainstream. The word “dab” can function as both a noun and a verb. A “dab” in today’s language...

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E-cigs: whats not so great about them

E-cigs: what’s not so great about them

Bradly Smith, Staff Reporter
February 18, 2015

Electronic cigarettes, or “e-cigs,” have been making a huge impact on the tobacco scene over the past several years. In 2014 alone, roughly $2 billion was spent on e-cigs in the United States. According...

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Central students subject to email scam

Central students subject to email scam

Martha Cardenas, Staff Reporter
February 17, 2015

On Jan. 13, some Central students became victims to a University Employee Payroll Scam. Student employees were receiving emails indicating a change in their human resource status. Scams can be used...

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Central encourages diversity around Ellensburg

Central encourages diversity around Ellensburg

Tera Stenhouse, Staff Reporter
February 11, 2015

About 10,000 students call Ellensburg home, but many feel as though they don’t always belong. According to the United States Census Bureau, Ellensburg is not necessarily known for its diversity. In...

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Tragic accident in Los Angeles last Nov. leaves university in shock

Tragic accident in Los Angeles last Nov. leaves university in shock

Kyle Fenton, Staff Reporter
February 11, 2015

Friday, Jan. 30, marked the 49th day since the passing of two Central University English as a Second Language (UESL) students. The importance of the 49th day since death, in some Japanese cultures,...

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