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ASCWU candidates gear up for the final vote

Rune Torgersen, Online and Social Media Manager

April 24, 2019


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With about 24 hours left until the end of this year’s ASCWU election, the candidates took the stage one last time earlier today to participate in their final public debate. Set in the SURC Theatre, the event ran from noon-1:30 p.m. this afternoon and featured questions from the elections committee as...

Breaking down the new general education program

Breaking down the new general education program

Jack Belcher, News Editor

April 24, 2019


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Jason White hopes that more people attend the next presentation of the new general education program on April 29.  White believes that this program is very important for students to understand. White is the director of first year and exploratory advising, and he was holding a Q&A for the ne...

Smoking age increased to 21

Smoking age increased to 21

Dez Rodriguez, Staff Reporter

April 24, 2019


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The legal age to purchase tobacco, e-cigarettes and vape products, with or without nicotine, was raised from 18 to 21 in Washington state. The law penalizes anyone who sells to underage buyers, usually with a fine and possible jail time and their license revoked. This goes into effect Jan. 1, 2020. ...

New programs seek to fight dropping retention

New programs seek to fight dropping retention

Nick Tucker, Senior News Reporter

April 24, 2019


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A university’s retention rate is the percentage of students who stay after their first year of attendance, and CWU’s retention rate is dropping. In 2013 78.9 percent of students kept attending CWU after their first year, and in 2017 that number had dropped by 9.6 percent to 69.3 percent of students sta...

No drought about it, Washington needs water

No drought about it, Washington needs water

Nick Tucker, Senior News Reporter

April 24, 2019


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Governor Jay Inslee declared a drought emergency on April 4 in three different ecological zones including the Yakima River Basin. Due to lowering amounts of precipitation and hot, dry forecasts for coming months, water supplies are predicted to be 74 percent of normal amounts according to the Washin...

Candidates spread their message at first ASCWU public debate

Candidates spread their message at first ASCWU public debate

Rune Torgersen, Online and Social Media Manager

April 18, 2019


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Last night, the first post-primary public debate of this year’s ASCWU election was held in the SURC Pit. Candidates for all the different positions were in attendance, and were presented with questions by the moderator, Dean of Student Success Gregg Heinselman. According to Heinselman, the questions he...

Budgeting saves big bucks

Budgeting saves big bucks

Nick Tucker, Senior News Reporter

April 17, 2019


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Natalie Melendez, a senior who works for 88.1 The Burg, said she taught herself how to budget after nearly becoming homeless when her father lost his business during the recession in 2008. For her, budgeting is a lifelong skill that has helped to create financial stability in her life now and hopefully g...

Pedaling past parking passes

Pedaling past parking passes

Dez Rodriguez, Staff Reporter

April 17, 2019


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Students are parking their cars and riding their bikes to campus now that the weather is improving. With how much money it can save and the easier it is to get to class, the trend seems likely to continue. Junior psychology major Josiah Williams has been riding his bike to school since his freshman ye...

Dolleman and Washington win primary: ready for general election

Dolleman and Washington win primary: ready for general election

NIck Tucker, Senior Sports Reporter

April 17, 2019


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Correction 4/18/19: In our previous version of this story, we presented statistics stating that 0.6 percent of CWU students voted in the ASCWU primaries. This proved to be a mathematical error, and the number is actually 6.67 percent of students voting. Jasmin Washington and Brendan Dolleman remain as candidate...

Degree checkout springing towards graduation

Degree checkout springing towards graduation

Dez Rodriguez, Staff Reporter

April 10, 2019


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With CWU Commencement approaching, seniors are setting their sights on June to finally graduate and take on the real world. However, preparation for senior year can be more complicated than it might seem. Credentials Evaluator for College of Arts and Humanities Karen Malella said seniors are recommended to...

Discussion about free speech on campus sparked by protest

Mariah Valles, Editor-in-Chief

April 10, 2019


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On April 5 at 1 p.m. the protest group Patriot Prayer stood in front of Black Hall to voice their opinions on primarily First and Second Amendment rights. The group held American and “Don’t Tread on Me” flags. About 100 people attended the event. Counter protesters were present. People were...

Lind Hall construction to make the building cooler

Lind Hall construction to make the building cooler

Nick Tucker, Senior News Reporter

April 10, 2019


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Construction in Lind Hall has blocked off one of the first floor entrances as contractors replace the old steel windows. The project is being run by Construction Coordinator for CWU Facilities, Bill Lovell, who says that one of the biggest reasons for the change is because of heating issues going into su...

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