Future of Lind’s observatory up in the air

Kejuan Coleman, Staff Reporter

October 12, 2017


Filed under CWU, News

Many people and students at CWU have been speculating about what the observatory atop Lind Hall could’ve been used for. Gaining knowledge of extraterrestrial beings or just knowing the unknown. We all can use our imagination on what it was used for, but after speaking with Dr. Andy Piacsek from the ...

Nick Offerman is not Ron Swanson

Nick Offerman is not Ron Swanson

Jason Morales, Staff Writer

October 12, 2017


Filed under CWU, Local, News

  Parks and Recreation star and comedian Nick Offerman came to CWU as the annual homecoming entertainment. Ryan Galindo, who teaches in the Health and Science Department, and his friend Braden Wielick sat atop the mezzanine on the second floor of the SURC. Both men were ecstatic for the show ...

Faculty union strikes big in new contract

Faculty union strikes big in new contract

Samuel Beaumonte, Staff Reporter

October 5, 2017


Filed under CWU, News

  Last Wednesday, CWU’s Board of Trustees voted in favor of a three-year contract that was bargained for by the United Faculty of Central (UFC). UFC’s slogan is that “Our working environment is our student’s learning environment.” Bargaining Chair and Associate Biology professo...

NIOKC gears up for its second year

Jason Morales, Staff Reporter

October 5, 2017


Filed under Local, News

  Not in Our Kittitas County (NIOKC) is gearing up for their second year. The group is planning to continue to promote themselves and unite CWU and the community in the fight against discrimination, especially with all the incoming students. Their mission is to get rid of discriminat...

Nevada “goes green” on rec pot

Nevada “goes green” on rec pot

Eric Rosane, News Editor

October 5, 2017


Filed under News, The EverGreen Scene

On July 1, recreational marijuana shops all across Nevada opened their doors for the first time to publicly sell marijuana and become the fifth US state to legalize the selling of recreational marijuana. Under the new legislation, anyone over the age of 21 with a valid ID can purchase up to an ounce...

Federal grant helps CWU geology and PNW research

Kejuan Coleman, Staff Reporter

October 5, 2017


Filed under CWU, National/Worldwide, News

CWU and six other west-coast universities have recently been a part of a $3.7 million grant from the United States Geological Survey. This grant, which was finalized late last summer, is for the development of a more defined earthquake alert system, called “ShakeAlert”, that would help to predict and ...

Finding the Funds

Miles King, Staff Reporter

October 5, 2017


Filed under CWU, Local, News

Beginning this year, CWU has a new budget model aimed to give control of funds to the deans of each college.  The new model is called Activity-Based Budgeting (ABB). ABB and Responsibility-Centered Management (RCM), essentially accountability systems, is designed to distribute funds to each colleg...

CWU Aviation Takes Flight with new Program

CWU Aviation Takes Flight with new Program

Suzie Chavez, For the Observer

September 28, 2017


Filed under CWU, Local, News

This fall, CWU is taking over all flight training services, as the university’s five-year contract with IASCO Flight Training (IFT) has come to an end. The university’s decision not to renew the contract  with IFT, a flight training program based out of Redding, Calif., will allow CWU to seek out nati...

DACA Dreamers safe at CWU

Eric Rosane, News Editor

September 28, 2017


Filed under Local, National/Worldwide, News

President Trump’s decision to repeal the DACA program (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) on Sept. 5 is being met with stark criticism by the public, higher education institutions throughout Washington state and our very own president, James Gaudino, who penned an open letter the same day den...

Dr. Oz touts benefits of medical marijuana

Dr. Oz touts benefits of medical marijuana

Eric Rosane, News Editor

September 28, 2017


Filed under News, Uncategorized

Dr. Mehmet Oz, health professional and television host of the “Dr. Oz Show”, went on Fox and Friends last Thursday, Sept. 19 to promote his upcoming program in which he interviewed Ivanka Trump on the topic of postpartum depression after her pregnancy and her developing role in the White House. Af...

Don’t Fear, Wildcats. Freddy’s Night Will Return

Don’t Fear, Wildcats. Freddy’s Night Will Return

Eric Rosane, News Editor

September 28, 2017


Filed under CWU, News, Uncategorized

The popular Wildcat welcome week event Fred Meyer Night was unexpectedly cancelled this year due to a miscommunication between the incoming ASCWU officers and the Fred Meyer corporate offices in Portland. According to Jeffery Temple, director of corporate affairs at Fred Meyer, the corporate office was...

Board of Trustees talks budget during annual retreat

Eric Rosane, Staff Reporter

August 13, 2017


Filed under CWU, News, Uncategorized

The CWU Board of Trustees (BOT) gathered on July 19 in Quincy, WA to discuss a variety of budgeting and operating decisions that would affect the institution for the next two and six year budgeting cycles. The event,  hosted at the Cave B Winery along the Columbia River gorge, played out simila...

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