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Get comfortable with being uncomfortable

Teagan Kimbro, Columnist

January 22, 2020

Over three months ago, Chile broke out in protests demanding social and economic equality. It was on Oct. 25, 2019 when metro prices rose which was the final straw in a long list of injustices. I had the opportunity to travel to Chile in December around the three month anniversary of the protests. It...

The green revolution is inevitable

Nicholas Tucker, Columnist

January 22, 2020

As the fight against climate change continues, it gets easy to view the issue as a direct two-sided conflict. It seems to be the idea of many that fossil fuel companies are trying to keep oil, coal and other nonrenewable resources, which have been the mainstay of the American power network, firmly in place ...

Don’t let this movie go extinct

Nikolai Kostka, Columnist

January 22, 2020

I feel as though writing this piece is a redundancy. Whenever I’m asked what my favorite movie, book or franchise is, I always have the same answer: Jurassic Park. Not Jurassic World, but the one, the only, Jurassic Park. I’ll tell you why, though before I do I must inform you that I am a fan of J...

Observation Deck Jan. 23

Cassandra Hays, Editor-in-Chief

January 22, 2020

Hey Wildcats! Thanks for picking up this week's issue of The Observer! We’re excited to be printing our first 16-page issue of the quarter with a new group of staff reporters, photographers and copy editors. As always, If there’s ever something you’d like to see covered, email us at cwuobserve...

The hype around film cameras

Amy Morris, Columnist

December 6, 2019

The rise of film photography has grown, making it a popular form of artistic expression. With photography technology so advanced it makes you wonder why people are going back to old mediums. Recently I purchased a film camera and I do believe film cameras are a lot better than digital ones in many ways....

Time to show CWU the way

Kyle Wilkinson, Columnist

December 6, 2019

It’s 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday morning and you’re already late to class. You pull up to the intersection of Dean Nicholson Boulevard and Walnut Street. You nervously glance at your watch as students file past and you wait another 10 minutes before you can make a left turn. This is a horribly busy interse...

A knight in shining plot holes

TyYonna Kitchen, Copy Desk Chief

December 6, 2019

“The Knight Before Christmas” (2019) is a movie for those searching for cheesy Christmas plot holes. This gem of a movie stars Vanessa Hudgens and Josh Whitehouse as Brooke, a high school teacher, and Sir Cole, a medieval knight, respectively.  This movie was irritating. It was too “middle.” The average ...

Hungry? Get Food Stamps

Aeryn Kauffman, Staff Reporter

December 6, 2019

You shouldn’t have to survive on ramen noodles while getting your education. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also referred to as food stamps, gives students a monthly food allowance while enrolled in school. According to the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, stud...

The Observer will always remember Ben Wheeler

The Observer will always remember Ben Wheeler

The Observer Staff

December 4, 2019

I had the honor of working alongside Ben at The Observer and in many journalism classes at CWU.  Whether he was pitching a wild story about searching for rattlesnakes in the outskirts of Ellensburg or covering the latest events in CWU sports, Ben was always right in the middle of the action and lo...

Vary your veggie options

Cassandra Hays, Columnist

November 19, 2019

When I decided to become a vegetarian, I knew I had cut my options for accessible and convenient food in half. Most meals feature some sort of meat as the “star” of the dish, and it can be hard to come by a decent vegetarian option, especially when you’re in a rush. And while CWU does have a few o...

‘The Mandalorian’: a Disney+ Miracle

Jackson McMurray, Columnist

November 19, 2019

The “streaming wars” are supposedly beginning as we speak with the launches of high-profile services like Apple TV Plus and Disney+. With late additions like Peacock and HBO MAX still on the horizon and existing streaming titans like Netflix and Hulu fighting for relevance, it’s enough to make you ask h...

Linguistics: more than I bargained for

TyYonna Kitchen, Copy Desk Cheif & Opinion Editor

November 19, 2019

Teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) program students and linguistics minoring students should be able to take fewer intertwined class. The goal for CWU should be to give both groups enough course substitutes for the groups to take classes that benefit them and their future careers. ...