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“Joker” is a beautiful film with nothing to say

Jackson McMurray, Columnist

October 9, 2019

Like the red pill from “The Matrix” (1999) or Pepe the frog before him, the Joker is a piece of iconography with a troublesome recent past. Heath Ledger played the role in “The Dark Knight” (2008), and was so profoundly disturbed by the experience that he tragically overdosed during the film’s p...

CWU shooter video takes no trophies

TyYonna Kitchen, Copy Desk Chief & Opinion Editor

October 2, 2019

On Sept. 23 CWU published a disappointing YouTube video called “CWU Run. Hide. Fight.” The video is on what to do in an active shooter situation while on campus. After watching it, I realized CWU dropped the ball while making the video. First and foremost, this took seven months to complete. The false active sh...

Lessons to students not in my syllabus

Lessons to students not in my syllabus

Joe Tradii, Guest Writer

May 30, 2019

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of the CWU students who it’s been my privilege to teach and learn with over the last academic year, as well as the student body at large. My contract to teach at CWU will soon expire meaning my time with you is drawing to a close. Hopefully I’ve shown...

Review of The Hunchback of Notre Dame – What makes faith and what makes a hypocrite

Review of The Hunchback of Notre Dame – What makes faith and what makes a hypocrite

Mary Park, Columnist

May 30, 2019

Recently, I went to see the musical, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” performed by CWU’s Central Theatre Ensemble. I found it to be a thought-provoking performance that posed questions on the idea of faith that I believe are relevant today. The production crew—from the main cast and the ensemble...

Protect your brain, wear a helmet

Protect your brain, wear a helmet

Kyle Wilkinson, Staff Reporter

May 30, 2019

If you don’t wear a helmet when you’re riding a bike, you are gambling with your life. I ride my bike almost every day. I strap on my helmet, hop on and ride to class and work. I don’t think twice about putting on my helmet because it’s what I’ve been taught my entire life. And until recently,...

Legal marijuana is the way forward

Legal marijuana is the way forward

Bram Wiggins, Columnist

May 22, 2019

Marijuana has been a long time “street drug,” and has been used for both medical and recreational use across the entire United States. One of the biggest ongoing debates over the years has been whether or not our government should legalize it across our country. Currently marijuana is legal in...

The scourge of Satan’s fun juice

The scourge of Satan’s fun juice

Rune Torgersen, Columnist

May 22, 2019

College campuses are faced with a unique problem when it comes to planning celebrations. There’s a big stereotype concerning the kinds of activities that take place during parties at the college level. Risk-taking behavior such as drinking, smoking and other staples of the collegiate party scene a...

Housing woes: I want my own room next year

Housing woes: I want my own room next year

TyYonna Kitchen, Columnist

May 22, 2019

Beginning this academic year, I was terrified because I was entering the world of roommates. I was right to be fearful. Fall 2018 was almost six months and three sets of roommates ago. Thanks to the Housing Office’s oh so great system of first come first serve, students can end up with an assortment o...

I’m a disappointment, but so is CWU

I’m a disappointment, but so is CWU

TyYonna Kitchen, Columnist

May 15, 2019

Twice this quarter I have been told that I will not graduate, resulting in an emotionally exhausting first three to five weeks. The first time that this was told to me I was upset, and rightfully so, but I only needed six more credits of my choosing. I signed up for three more credits this quarter and d...

Delete the Tweetbook and Snapstagram

Delete the Tweetbook and Snapstagram

Nick Tucker, Columnist

May 15, 2019

A week and a half ago I deleted social media apps from my phone, and since then the results have been significant enough that I feel comfortable telling people that they should seriously consider doing the same. I’ll clarify that I didn’t cut social media out of my life. I still have differen...

Russell Wilson’s max contract: A long time coming

Russell Wilson’s max contract: A long time coming

Bram Wiggins, Staff Reporter

May 9, 2019

Russell Wilson has just signed a record-breaking contract that puts me and many other NFL fans in shock. Wilson’s new deal settled at four years, $140 million, with $107 million guaranteed. The deal includes a no-trade-clause, according to NBC Sports Northwest. This makes Wilson the highest paid quarterback...

Living On Campus is not always the best option for first year students

Living On Campus is not always the best option for first year students

Emma Johnson, Staff Reporter

May 9, 2019

Editor's Note 5/13/19: Another, unrelated story was incorrectly posted here 5/9/19. The mismatched story has been removed and the correct story has been inserted in its place. CWU requires students to live on campus their first year, but that should not be a requirement for every student. Studies ...

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