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A takeoff in aviation legislation

A takeoff in aviation legislation

Nick Tucker, Staff Reporter

February 22, 2019


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State Representative of District 13 Tom Dent has introduced three aviation-related bills in an effort to address worker shortages and boost funding for airports. “Our aviation industry is facing a critical pilot shortage. It is impacting technicians, instructors and other related aviation occupations...

Students ask for more active shooter training, the university responds

Students ask for more active shooter training, the university responds

Alexa Murdock, Assistant Editor

February 20, 2019


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CWU is working on creating an emergency situation training video in response to the Feb. 6 active shooter false alarm. Answering students’ questions during an open forum on Feb. 14, CWU Police Chief Jason Berthon-Koch said the video will include information about what to do in the event of an emerge...

ASCWU encourages students to share opinions

ASCWU encourages students to share opinions

February 14, 2019


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President James L. Gaudino and ASCWU President Edith Rojas announced in a press release that an open listening forum will be provided to CWU’s student body on Thursday, Feb. 14 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. in the SURC Pit. The forum is being opened in response to last Wednesday evening’s active shooter emergency...

Students could see an increase in fees

Students could see an increase in fees

Nick Jahnke, Senior News Reporter

February 14, 2019


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Several on-campus groups  have requested to raise their quarterly student fees, including the SURC, Student Medical and Counseling Clinic (SMaCC) and tutoring services. If all requests are approved, the result would be an additional $141 in fees per year, according to Vice President of Student Life...

$35 million funding request for final construction stages of new health sciences building

$35 million funding request for final construction stages of new health sciences building

Matt Escamilla, Staff Reporter

February 14, 2019


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A $35 million request by the health and science department to secure the final stage of state funding for the construction of the new health and science building is under consideration by the state of Washington. Gov. Inslee approved $32 million for the project in December. According to Ethan Bergman,...

Hertz Hall awaiting demolition

Hertz Hall awaiting demolition

Nick Jahnke, Senior Reporter

February 14, 2019


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Hertz Hall is set to be demolished by the end of February 2019. CWU plans to construct a new health sciences facility in its place, according to CWU Chief of Staff Linda Schactler. Hertz Hall has been a part of the CWU campus since 1962. Schactler said that in its old age, the building has a number...

Overview of faculty senate meeting

Overview of faculty senate meeting

Payton Parke, Senior Reporter

February 14, 2019


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New Update to MyCWU Page The MyCWU student page is where you check your holds and where you enroll for classes as well as financial aid rewards. Gail Mackin, Associate Provost of Undergraduate and Faculty Affairs had a lot to say about this update to the student page. According to Mackin, part of doi...

“Snowpocolypse” hasn’t stopped classes

“Snowpocolypse” hasn’t stopped classes

Nick Tucker, Staff Reporter

February 14, 2019


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Ellensburg has gotten the most snow of any year since winter 2016, in what has been dubbed the “snowpocolypse.” Since a large weather system moving in from the Pacific Ocean brought snow first to Seattle and then over the mountains to Ellensburg starting on Feb. 8, the National Weather Service (NWS)...

Active shooter false-alarm: How the students feel

Active shooter false-alarm: How the students feel

Mariah Valles, Alexa Murdock and Jack Belcher, Editor-in-Chief, Managing Editor, and News Editor

February 14, 2019


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The CWU Rave Alert! System informed students, faculty and staff of an active shooter threat nine minutes after the first 911 call on Feb. 6. That is about the time needed to complete the procedure, according to CWU Chief of Staff Linda Schactler.“The day we can get rid of humans it’ll go a lot faster,“...

University says student overheard conversation about possible threat, triggered ROTC protocol

University says student overheard conversation about possible threat, triggered ROTC protocol

Jack Belcher, Alexa Murdock, and Mariah Valles

February 8, 2019


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An emergency response update regarding the active shooter threat on Feb. 6 places the responsibility on “a student” who “overheard” a conversation in the CWU Case Management Services Office in Bouillon Hall for triggering a chain of events that led to the lockdown of campus from 5:35 p.m. to 7:2...

Classes continued in attempt to restore sense of normality

Classes continued in attempt to restore sense of normality

Jack Belcher, Alexa Murdock, and Mariah Valles

February 8, 2019


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The Observer is seeking students, parents, faculty and staff, or anyone who is comfortable and willing to share their thoughts or accounts in regards to this situation. If you would like to share your thoughts or accounts, please contact [email protected] CWU Ellensburg classes were held as usual on Thursd...

Abby Chien named new DEC director

Abby Chien named new DEC director

Payton Parke, Staff Reporter

February 6, 2019


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Abby Chien was selected as the new director of the Diversity and Equity Center (DEC). This is a new position for the DEC, which needed a director because it plans to keep growing. She will helping with student involvement as well as student success. She will also represent underserved students. “I a...

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