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CWU wins national diversity award

Nick Tucker, News Editor

October 2, 2019

CWU has been awarded the 2019 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. This is the fifth time in six years that CWU has won national awards for its efforts towards inclusivity and diversity, making it the only university in Washington state to receive ...

Central Transit overhauled

Central Transit overhauled

Nick Tucker, News Editor

October 2, 2019

The Central Transit bus system has received a complete overhaul to its routes and schedules.  Looking at the new route map, commuters can immediately see that the old loops have been exchanged for a more linear system. According to Margaret Reich, communications and government relations officer at ...

CWU says if you don’t see it, don’t post it in new active shooter training video

CWU says if you don’t see it, don’t post it in new active shooter training video

Mariah Valles, Online Editor

October 2, 2019

In the event of an active shooter, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) says you have three options: run, hide or fight. CWU’s new active shooter training video, which aligns with the “Run. Hide. Fight.” protocol, was shown for the first time during Wildcat Welcome Weekend. The video was ...

VP of Innovation Frank, Interim Provost Franken

Mariah Valles, Online Editor

October 2, 2019

On July 15 Lynn Franken began her tenure as the university’s interim provost, replacing former Provost Katherine Frank. Appointed by President James L. Gaudino, Franken is the former Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College at Thiel College. She will continue as the interim prov...

Former provost accepts new role at CWU

Former provost accepts new role at CWU

Mariah Valles, Editor-in-Chief

June 13, 2019

Today President James L. Gaudino sent an updated email regarding Katherine Frank, the now former provost. “To clarify my communication sent to the university community on June 10, 2019, Dr. Frank has agreed to move into the position of Vice President for Academic Innovation,” Gaudino wrote. ...

Katherine Frank no longer provost, effective immediately

Katherine Frank no longer provost, effective immediately

Mariah Valles, Editor-in-Chief

June 10, 2019

BREAKING: Katherine Frank is no longer CWU’s Provost. This goes into action immediately according to an email sent to employees by CWU President James L. Gaudino on June 10. “I will serve as the Interim Provost until we can retain support services from The Registry. Chief of Staff, Linda Schactler...

Your Editor-in-Chief, for the last time

Your Editor-in-Chief, for the last time

Mariah Valles, Editor-in-Chief

May 30, 2019

When I began my journey with The Observer in winter 2018, I never thought I’d become a section editor, let alone the Editor-in-Chief. This week, for the last time, I’m writing as the Editor-in-Chief. Coming to this decision was not easy, but because I am a broadcast major, it’s time to make Central...

‘I could never go to college’

‘I could never go to college’

Nick Tucker, Senior News Reporter

May 30, 2019

Wild Fest was attended by hundreds of CWU students on May 23, with a variety of activities, food and musical guests. Bounce houses were set up by 2 p.m. and included slides, sumo wrestling, boxing, and obstacle courses. Food was provided by CWU Catering Services, with free sliders, teriyaki sticks,...

College of Arts and Humanities finds new dean

College of Arts and Humanities finds new dean

Dez Rodriguez, Staff Reporter

May 30, 2019

Jill Graper Hernandez will become the next dean of the College of Arts and Humanities (CAH) starting Aug. 1. Hernandez is currently at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) as the associate dean of University College. Hernandez was born in Mason City, Iowa, but has been moving around most...

CWU honors student veterans

CWU honors student veterans

Dez Rodriguez, Staff Reporter

May 23, 2019

The sixth annual Veteran Graduation/Salute Banquet was on May 21 in the SURC Ballroom. The event recognized student veterans that are graduating this year or have graduated within the past academic school year. The event also inducted the newest class of veteran honors society members for their service,...

An archive of CWU history

An archive of CWU history

Mariah Valles, Editor-in-Chief

May 23, 2019

With the current state of the national administration and the constant bashing of the press, it’s an inconvenient time to be a student journalist. It’s also the best time to be a student journalist. Despite what the 24-hour news cycle seems to imply, not all news revolves around the president...

Student fees pay for SURC

Student fees pay for SURC

Dez Rodriguez, Staff Reporter

May 22, 2019

Over $50 million is what it cost for CWU to build the SURC. CWU will be paying the bond they got loaned for the SURC until fiscal year 2034. Student Funds Financial Manager Lacy Lampkins said the Student Union and Recreation Center portion of the bond payment is about $2.4 million a year. The Wildca...