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Librarians leading for free textbooks

Nicholas Tucker, News Editor

November 19, 2019

A project is underway at the lead of two CWU librarians who are trying to get rid of textbook requirements for gen ed classes. According to Instructional Design Librarian Geri Hopkins and Scholarly Communications Librarian Maura Valentino, the two became aware of a grant from the Washington Student...

KEENing up the environment

AJ St. John, Staff Reporter

November 19, 2019

Nonprofit organization Kittitas Environmental Education Network (KEEN) strives for environmental excellence. KEEN provides opportunities for learners to engage in the surrounding environment.  According to KEEN, the organization was founded in 1999 when they had wanted to build a Natural History Ce...

Club Council creates Funds Council

Club Council creates Funds Council

Will Ortner, Staff Reporter

November 19, 2019

On Nov. 13 CWU Club Council wrapped up one of their last meetings of the fall quarter. ASCWU VP of Clubs Ashley Klippert led a meeting that touched on the brand new Funds Council, as well as future events that the clubs were excited to preview. Earlier in the quarter, Klippert and Michael Middleton, student ...

ASCWU talks events, diversity

ASCWU talks events, diversity

Matt Escamilla, Staff Reporter

November 19, 2019

ASCWU and other council members are nearing the end of their first quarter as a cabinet. Fall quarter has allowed them to get on-the-job training while also gaining clarity on what they want to accomplish during the 2019 academic year. Vice Chair of the Services and Activities Fee Council Edgar Carr...

Aviation program was moved to Yakima after summer incident

Aviation program was moved to Yakima after summer incident

Nicholas Tucker and Mariah Valles

November 18, 2019

Editor’s Note: This story was updated from its original form.  ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ On June 24, a CWU Aviation Department plane received damage that CWU officials and police originally thought was caused by a ...

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.  ...