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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

Courtesy of Ben's family.

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. ...

Discover University and The Sims 4 hate train

TyYonna Kitchen, Copy Desk Chief & Opinion Editor

November 13, 2019

The cries for a university based Sims 4 expansion pack should now end. For the five years the game has been out, simmers have been threatening the game’s developers and whining about their sims’ lack of education. One might think that with the expansion pack’s upcoming release fan’s of the game wou...

‘Doctor Sleep’ can stand on its own

‘Doctor Sleep’ can stand on its own

Jackson McMurray, Staff Reporter

November 13, 2019

You don’t need me to tell you that “The Shining” (1980) is something of a sacred text when it comes to the horror film genre, and making a sequel to it seems, on paper, about as good of an idea as making a sequel to the Mona Lisa.  As impossible as it seems, this is the task the makers of “Doc...

Christmas is way too long

Christmas is way too long

Will Ortner, Staff Reporter

November 13, 2019

Well, it’s that time of year again when I complain about Christmas. Yup, I’m the jerk that complains that we play Christmas music too much and for way too long. Now I’m back to complain about how long we celebrate Christmas, and please, if you believe that we don’t celebrate Christmas enough, jus...

Marching band is a competitive sport

Marching band is a competitive sport

Samantha Cabeza, Staff Reporter

November 13, 2019

Marching band is an activity that is competitive, physically exerting and time consuming and yet it is still not recognized as an actual sport.  Personally, as somebody who has competed in the South Florida Winter Guard Association  and played bass and quad drums, I have to say that marching band is de...

The People V.S Plastic

Pilar Cuevas Renteria, Staff Reporter

November 8, 2019

Dear earthlings, by the time you finish reading this paragraph, almost 2 million plastic bags will be used worldwide. According to the official Earth Day website, nearly 1 trillion plastic bags are used every year across the globe. And as the world continues to sink deeper into the abyss of pollution, it...

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