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Hotel Windrow now open

Hotel Windrow now open

Jake Freeman, Staff Reporter

February 5, 2020

After an eventful past few months, Hotel Windrow is open for business and is a welcome addition to downtown Ellensburg. Steve Townsend, the owner of Hotel Windrow, has had the vision of a hotel in downtown Ellensburg since he moved to the city in 2014. In 2018 he broke ground on the construction proj...

How to access the SMaCC

How to access the SMaCC

Bailey Tomlinson, Staff Reporter

February 5, 2020

Students are seeking out mental health services more now than ever before, with 69% of students reporting a perceived need for counseling services from 2016 to 2017, according to CWU’s The Healthy Minds Study. Several avenues for obtaining these services are available on campus, though with only 20%...

CWU student tests negative for novel coronavirus

CWU student tests negative for novel coronavirus

Mariah Valles, Managing Editor

February 2, 2020

Note: Story last updated at 9:20 a.m. on Feb. 7.  _________________________________________________________________________________ The CWU student who was tested for the novel coronavirus has negative test results, according to an email sent on Feb. 7 by President James L. Gaudino.  "The...

Update: CWU comments about student with possible coronavirus

Mariah Valles, Managing Editor

January 31, 2020

After originally deferring all media to the Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD), the university responded to The Observer early this morning about the student being tested for the novel coronavirus.  “The health and safety of Central students is our highest priority,” Vice President of...

CWU student in isolation and being tested for coronavirus

CWU student in isolation and being tested for coronavirus

Mariah Valles, Managing Editor

January 30, 2020

Update: This story was updated on Feb. 2 after originally being posted on Jan. 30.  A CWU student being tested for the novel coronavirus is being held in isolation at the Kittitas Valley Healthcare hospital. The student lives on campus, according to Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) offic...

ASCWU proposes constitution changes

ASCWU proposes constitution changes

Cassandra Hays, Editor-in-Chief

January 29, 2020

ASCWU is proposing changes to their constitution and bylaws. This is in order to increase student involvement with ASCWU, update their structure to align with peer institutions in the state and give the student body a larger voice. ASCWU is hopeful the changes to the constitution will be implemented ...

‘Arts building’ controversy

‘Arts building’ controversy

Abby Duchow, Staff Reporter

January 29, 2020

A survey on CWU Ideas has sparked controversy among students and professors. The survey, created by a choral music education student named Andrew Gompf, pitches for a new arts complex. The survey says the building would be beneficial for students of every arts program, including theatre, art and desi...

ASCWU holds public meeting to discuss issues

ASCWU holds public meeting to discuss issues

Cassandra Hays, Editor-in-Chief

January 29, 2020

APOYO CWU has recently made the decision not to renew its lease with APOYO, a non-profit food and clothing bank that serves students and the spanish-speaking community in the area. In response to this decision, students and faculty gathered in support of APOYO outside of their building on Saturday,...

The push for a green ‘burg

The push for a green ‘burg

Bailey Tomlinson, Staff Reporter

January 29, 2020

Ellensburg resident Paula McMinn, representing the environment and 459 people who signed a petition, proposed changes in front of the Ellensburg City Council that would put Ellensburg on track to “go green” by 2035. Several changes were suggested to the city council as part of a comprehensive ...

15th annual Parade of Nations happening tonight

15th annual Parade of Nations happening tonight

Nick Jahnke, Online Editor

January 23, 2020

The CWU Diversity and Equality Center (DEC) is putting on the 15th annual Parade of Nations event this evening from 6-8 p.m. The event will showcase music, dance and apparel from all over the globe, according to a press release.  The Parade of Nations will take place in the SURC Ballroom and is free to ...

Students lobby in Olympia

Students lobby in Olympia

Bailey Tomlinson, Staff Reporter

January 22, 2020

Editor’s note: In the Jan. 23 edition of The Observer, it was printed that SB 5395 (sex ed) died in the senate committee last year when it actually died in the house committee. There were also inaccuracies in the eligibility portion which now directly references the language of the bill. ________...

ADA changes in Ellensburg

ADA changes in Ellensburg

Abigail Duchow, Staff Reporter

January 22, 2020

One of the City of Ellensburg’s responsibilities is to make sure the sidewalks and buildings around town are up-to-date with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan. The plan includes maintaining certain standards for sidewalks, ramps and other accessibility implementations.  CWU stude...