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The Observer

Students can now apply for ASCWU positions

Students can now apply for ASCWU positions

Nick Janhke, Senior News Reporter

February 6, 2019


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Students who wish to run for a spot on the ASCWU board for fall of 2019 can begin filling out their applications now. According to ASCWU Vice President of Student Life and Facilities Jocelyn Matheny, any student can run for whichever position they choose as long as they meet the credit and academic re...

SURC restrooms redesignated “All-Gender”

SURC restrooms redesignated “All-Gender”

Nick Tucker, Staff Reporter

February 6, 2019


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A set of restrooms on the second floor of the SURC were re-designated all-gender restrooms last Saturday, February 2. This is the result of a long effort made by students from the Diversity and Equity Center (DEC), and Equality through Queers and Allies (EQuAL), as well as CWU faculty including Katrin...

Academic advising to get restructured by Fall 2019

Academic advising to get restructured by Fall 2019

Nick Jahnke, Senior News Reporter

February 6, 2019


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CWU’s advising model is going to be rethought and reorganized over the coming months, and according to Faculty Senate Chair Amy Claridge, these changes will be implemented by Fall 2019. According to Claridge, the current advising structure lacks organization, resulting in students being assigned multiple...

University looks to improve freshmen retention rates

University looks to improve freshmen retention rates

Alexa Murdock & Matt Escamilla, Managing Editor & Staff Reporter

January 30, 2019


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Increasing retention rates by 10 percent is a goal CWU hopes to achieve over the next five years. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, CWU’s 2016-2017 retention rate was 73 percent. In 2016, the national average rate for public 4-year institutions was 81.1 percent. Universi...

Free speech for guest speakers

Free speech for guest speakers

Nick Tucker, Staff Reporter

January 30, 2019


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CWU has made a hard stand supporting free speech on-campus. Any speaker with any topic students are interested in is allowed to speak here with no restrictions. This has always been the case, but has become especially important in recent years as violence and controversy have raised questions about fre...

Aviation program looks to expand

Aviation program looks to expand

NIck Jahnke, Senior News Reporter

January 30, 2019


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The aviation program is considering moving their operations to McAllister Field in Yakima. CWU has requested that the state provide $14 million for the move. The funding will be spent on the construction of new educational facilities and purchasing and renovating of existing facilities. Although, the funds...

Dugmore Hall to be finished by fall 2019

Dugmore Hall to be finished by fall 2019

Payton Parke, Staff Reporter

January 30, 2019


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In the summer 2017, the CWU Board of Trustees agreed to start construction on a new residence hall in the northwest of campus due to the student housing problems that the university has had recently due to the increased rate of enrollment. Dugmore Hall is planned to open in the fall of 2019. It is a 105...

Government shutdown comes to an end for now

Government shutdown comes to an end for now

Nick Jahnke, Senior News Reporter

January 30, 2019


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President Trump announced early on Friday, Jan. 25 he would be signing a bill that would temporarily reopen the federal government until Feb. 15. The three--week period would spell relief for roughly 800,000 federal workers who have been denied a second consecutive paycheck, according to a New York Times a...

State of emergency declared due to measles outbreak

State of emergency declared due to measles outbreak

Jack Belcher, News Editor

January 30, 2019


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Washington state health officials declare a state of emergency after recent measles outbreak in the state. While the outbreak is still located hours away from Ellensburg, measles is one of the most infectious diseases in the world. There are currently over 35 cases of measles in the state of Washingto...

Faculty exhibit gives Ellensburg community perspective on art

Faculty exhibit gives Ellensburg community perspective on art

Payton Parke, Staff Reporter

January 24, 2019


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The biennial faculty art exhibit is underway. This a faculty led art show displaying all of their pieces and work. It kicked off Jan.15 and is open daily to students and the community at the Sarah Spurgeon Gallery. Sculpture lecturer Joshua Humphrey talked about his art and what it means to have his wor...

Prof. Zentner rocks into new season on PBS

Prof. Zentner rocks into new season on PBS

Matt Escamilla, Staff Reporter

January 23, 2019


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Nick Zentner, a senior lecturer at CWU in geology, has the opportunity to tell geological stories by hosting a show called “Nick on the Rocks.” The series is a five minute program shown sporadically throughout the week, on Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in-between its main programs. CWU is ho...

Gov. shutdown could affect students

Gov. shutdown could affect students

Nick Jahnke, Senior Reporter

January 23, 2019


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Correction 1/26/19: The government was re-opened on a temporary basis yesterday, Jan. 25. As of today, the government is expected to remain open through Feb. 15, 2019.   The partial-government shutdown has been in effect for over a month. Trump made an offer to house democrats on Saturday ...

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