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Open Mic Nights aren’t for everybody

Open Mic Nights aren’t for everybody

TyYonna Kitchen, Copy Desk

February 22, 2019

On Feb. 14 there was an epic talent battle to the death at one of Ellensburg’s restaurants, The Porch. 10 contestants entered and everyone ended up surviving, but there were a few bruised egos by the end of the night. The bloodbath ended with four winners while everyone else was offered free consolation...

“Happy Death Day 2U”: could surpass original

“Happy Death Day 2U”: could surpass original

Ben Wheeler, Online Editor

February 22, 2019

2017’s “Happy Death Day” was a horror-dark comedy, taking the basic premise of “Groundhog Day,” of living the same day over and over again, and applying a baby-face-masked killer to the formula. Each time the main character Tree (Jessica Rothe) is killed, on her birthday no less, the day resets....

Mariners 2019 season will surprise most

Mariners 2019 season will surprise most

Bryce Weedman, Staff Reporter

February 21, 2019

When the Seattle Mariners opened up their 2018 season, there was a lot of buzz around not just the Pacific Northwest, but the whole MLB. The Seattle Mariners hadn’t made the postseason since 2001. With a 16-year drought waiting to be snapped, it finally looked like it was going to happen by the All-...

“Velvet Buzzsaw”: A weird, mesmerizing mixed bag

“Velvet Buzzsaw”: A weird, mesmerizing mixed bag

Ben Wheeler, Online Editor

February 14, 2019

“Velvet Buzzsaw” is a Netflix original film that was directed by Dan Gilroy and released Feb. 1 on the streaming platform and in select theaters. An interesting clash of modern horror and the elite art scene, “Velvet Buzzsaw” opens with the seemingly daily routine of art critic Morf Vandewalt...

Are stereotypes bringing you down? It’s not your fault

Are stereotypes bringing you down? It’s not your fault

Nick Tucker, Staff Reporter

February 14, 2019

Every generation thinks in somewhat of a unique way and one of the things that sets ours apart is the concept of “the brand” which has made its way into our collective consciousness. It’s this notion that we need to develop an easily defined and instantly recognizable aesthetic that is somehow...

Let MLB players hit free agency sooner

Let MLB players hit free agency sooner

Matt Escamilla, Staff Reporter

February 14, 2019

The MLB payment structure has players play six full seasons before they can go into free agency. That needs to change. Over the last two off-seasons, free agency has been a bust. According to Matt Kelly of MLB.com, there are 150 free agents who remain unsigned this off-season. In the 1990s and early...

A bitter critique of two subpar Netflix horror flicks

A bitter critique of two subpar Netflix horror flicks

TyYonna Kitchen, Staff Reporter

February 14, 2019

Everyone knows that Netflix makes questionable choices when it comes to horror movies. “Terrifier” (2018) and “Stitches” (2013) are no exceptions. Both are killer clown movies, with little to no character development and too much blood and unexplained supernatural whatever that made me wonder...

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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