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Trade Wars

Will Ortner, Staff Reporter

November 7, 2019

Two of the biggest superpowers in the world, the United States and China, have been caught in the middle of a massive trade war. The war has been going for over a year now and has hit farmers in the Pacific Northwest very hard. Here in the northwest, the Chinese tariffs have been felt by local farmers....

Tech changes across CWU campus

Matt Escamilla, Staff Reporter

November 7, 2019

The Student Tech Fee Council is in the process of making the old heat building into an esports gaming center and tech lounge. Student Technology Fee Council Chairman Lwin Htet said that on Oct. 31 members of the council, project managers from the CWU facilities department, architects and others will be h...

University responds to student media

University responds to student media

The Observer Staff

November 7, 2019

On Nov. 6 The Observer released a story titled, “The Observer stands for a free and unregulated press.”  Today, student journalists and supporters stood outside of Lind, Bouillon and the SURC protesting against administrative regulation and censorship, according to The Observer’s Faceboo...

Nov. 5 county general elections

AJ St. John, Staff Reporter

October 31, 2019

The local elections affect the community along with the college. Noted on the ballot is timing. In order for your vote to count, it must be postmarked by the election date, Nov. 5, or placed in a drop box by 8 p.m. Ballot boxes are located around Ellensburg, with one in front of SURC. Even now, ASCWU ...

Highs and lows of the CWU party scene

Highs and lows of the CWU party scene

Amy Morris, Staff Reporter

October 31, 2019

With Halloween comes an increase in party activity on and off campus. While students want to have fun, the importance of health and safety also comes into play. CWU might not be the biggest party school, but parties still occur.  Niche, an online data site, gives CWU a B- for the party scene. Based on 35 r...

NARCAN saves lives

NARCAN saves lives

NIcholas Tucker, News Editor

October 31, 2019

Between Oct. 17 and 18, Ellensburg police officers responded to two overdoses within 16 hours. In both cases, officers recognized that the overdoses were related to opioids and were able to provide emergency medical attention to the victims before transporting them to the Kittitas Valley Hospital fo...

Career fair making connections

Career fair making connections

Matt Escamilla, Staff Reporter

October 31, 2019

Career Services helps prepare students for life after college. One of the ways they help students is by hosting the Fall Career, Internship and Grad School Fair, which took place on Oct. 23. Attending a career fair provides students the opportunity to network with potential employers.  CWU Career Serv...

301 makes changes for safety

301 makes changes for safety

Will Ortner, Staff Reporter

October 31, 2019

Under new nighttime management, Club 301 has made changes to make the bar a safer and more appealing place for CWU students to go to on weekends. Son of the owner, Ryan Kellogg, recently took over as the nighttime manager and immediately made some changes to aspects of the bar that had gotten a bad r...

Vaping industry’s smoking ruins

Vaping industry’s smoking ruins

Will Ortner, Staff Reporter

October 24, 2019

On Thursday, Oct. 10, the Washington State Board of Health approved an emergency ban of flavored vaping products, preventing the products from being sold. The ban will last until at least until Feb. 7, 2020. The ban of flavored vape products has gained traction in the last few months as there has ...

‘On the cusp of greatness’

‘On the cusp of greatness’

Nicholas Tucker, News Editor

October 24, 2019

CWU President James Gaudino announced his three long term university goals at the fall 2019 State of the University Address. CWU will strive to reduce its campus carbon footprint by 5%, increase freshman to sophomore retention from 71% to 80% and increase the diversity of its faculty and staff by 5%,...

Fee dropped on developmental classes

Fee dropped on developmental classes

Amy Morris, Staff Reporter

October 24, 2019

A recent decision was made by ASCWU to drop a $500 fee that was charged for each development class that students take. With tuition already being expensive for students to pay off, the fee only added on to that expense. The fee being dropped makes classes more accessible for students. In fall 2020 Engl...

Showcasing student success

Showcasing student success

Matt Escamilla, Staff Reporter

October 24, 2019

Last week the Center for Leadership and Community Engagement (CLCE) put their community service work on display for the CWU community to see. According to Maurice Watkins III, a program leader within the CLCE, the event has gone on for over five years. Watkins said that having fun while providing a le...