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Student safety is at risk when classes continue in snow

Student safety is at risk when classes continue in snow

Heather Stewart, Photo Editor

February 14, 2019


Filed under Opinion

As we receive a weather alert on all student accounts, I begin  to wonder how much snow Ellensburg will get before campus closes for classes. According to Craig Revels, who has lectured at CWU for 14 years now, classes have only been cancelled a few times. The most recent time was in winter of 2017...

Canceling School Because of Snow is Irresponsible

Canceling School Because of Snow is Irresponsible

Rune Torgersen, Copy Desk Chief

February 14, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Canceling school because of snowy weather is a far-reaching solution that has more unintended consequences than one might initially realize. It’s easy to catch oneself partially hoping for a day off every now and again. A snow day seems like a way out of the daily grind, and it’s easy enough to back...

Love is always worth celebrating

Love is always worth celebrating

Alexa Murdock, Managing Editor

February 6, 2019


Filed under Opinion

While Valentine’s Day is undoubtedly commercialized, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t celebrate it. Valentine’s Day is a reminder that we should take time out of our busy lives and appreciate the people we love. Whether we’re buying a premade box of chocolates or spending weeks planning the ...

Corporate America loves Valentine’s Day

Corporate America loves Valentine’s Day

Mariah Valles, Editor-in-Chief

February 6, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Unfortunately for gullible Americans, Valentine’s Day is one big marketing scheme that  is predicted to cost each individual about 160 dollars this year (National Retail Federation). Teddy bears, candy and other extravagances make department stores the number one destination for Valentine’s day shopping ...

Dealing with the media is part of an athlete’s job

Dealing with the media is part of an athlete’s job

Dez Rodriguez, Assistant Sports Editor

February 6, 2019


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

We’ve all seen it. The famous Marshawn Lynch post-game interview, more commonly remembered as the “I’m just here so I won’t get fined” interview. The more I work in sports journalism, the more I understand how important of a role the media plays in sports. It’s understandable that some p...

Ellensburg offers many winter activities

Ellensburg offers many winter activities

Shawna Hettick, Staff Photographer

February 6, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Despite what many students say, Ellensburg is not a boring place to live, especially in the winter.  Instead of sitting at home, you could be hiking up my personal favorite trail, the snow-covered Manastash ridge, with your friends.  If the outdoors aren’t your thing, check out on-campus activities ...

Be conscious of your mental health in college

Be conscious of your mental health in college

Cassidy Simpson, Staff Photographer

February 6, 2019


Filed under Opinion

As a mental health activist and someone who has struggled with my own mental health in the past, I am determined to get people more involved with and aware of their mental health. Every single person’s mental state is different, but many people are not aware of it, or simply do not care, which is de...

Adjust your altitude and take it to the slopes

Adjust your altitude and take it to the slopes

Bryce Weedman, Staff Reporter

January 30, 2019


Filed under Opinion, Sports

Picture being on a mountain full of snow in the middle of winter. It’s freezing out, the trees surround you and you sit at about 4,000 feet of elevation. You can see your breath, and beautiful white hills surround you. Now picture you’re on a snowboard flying down the slopes, wind hitting your f...

The kids aren’t alright, they’re addicted

The kids aren’t alright, they’re addicted

Skyler Jensen-Hampton, Staff Reporter

January 30, 2019


Filed under Opinion

My concerns are for the younger generation. I feel as if kids are going to struggle with communicating in many aspects, especially face-to-face. Whatever happened to playing outside with our friends until dark and hustling home because you knew you were past your curfew? Or what about those times where...

Taylor Swift reclaims empire in “Reputation” tour

Taylor Swift reclaims empire in “Reputation” tour

Afton Prater, Staff Reporter

January 30, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Growing up listening to country music non-stop, I encountered Taylor Swift with her debut album in 2006 when I was 8 years old. I adored the sweet, down-to-earth vibe she carried in her songs and her ability to openly sing about her experiences. Swift’s next album was released in 2008, titled “Fea...

Lack of snow causes trouble for snowmobile riders

Lack of snow causes trouble for snowmobile riders

Payton Parke, Staff Reporter

January 30, 2019


Filed under Opinion

This year in the northwest is not what it is normally like for those of us who enjoy snowmobiling on the weekend. The pacific northwest has seen a lot of warmer weather this year and that means higher altitudes for snow. According to WSDOT, Snoqualmie Pass last year on Jan. 24 had 234 inches of total...

On Career Mentoring from the Careerless

On Career Mentoring from the Careerless

TyYonna Kitchen, Copy Desk Staff

January 23, 2019


Filed under Opinion

As a struggling college student, I only like to accept two things; help and free stuff. When my academic advisor offered me free help, I figuratively jumped for joy. As a CWU student expecting a spring quarter graduation, I need advising when it comes to career paths, resume building and further edu...

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