The Observer

The Observer

Ellensburg’s hottest places

Ellensburg’s hottest places

Sean Quinn, Staff Reporter

May 22, 2019


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As spring quarter winds down, CWU students and the Ellensburg community find themselves looking forward to the warm and sunny days of summer. Even though many students choose to leave town after finals week, some stick around amongst the thousands of people who live in Ellensburg permanently. What is...

Studying abroad expands student horizons

Studying abroad expands student horizons

Emma Johnson, Staff Reporter

May 22, 2019


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Whether it’s studying European history in London, or perfecting the Japanese language in Japan, the CWU Study Abroad and Exchange Program (SAEP) has something for virtually any student. According to CWU’s Associate Director of Education Abroad Steve Cook, CWU has 10 different exchange program...

Pride Week to represent all students

Pride Week to represent all students

Mary Park, Staff Reporter

May 22, 2019


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In 1996, CWU held its first Pride Week. Fast forward 20 years to 2016, when CWU President James L. Gaudino helped raise a rainbow flag for the first time on Barge Hall, the oldest and one of the tallest buildings on campus. It was a symbolic gesture to assure that students of all identities can...

Ellensburg Farmers Market brings community together

Ellensburg Farmers Market brings community together

Mary Park, Staff Reporter

May 16, 2019


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Buy fresh produce, sample a wine or cider, indulge in a macaron or two, watch musicians perform and you would still only be halfway through the list of things you can do at the farmers market. On Saturday, May 4, the annual Ellensburg Farmers Market held its first market day of the 2019 season.The...

1891 Bistro lets students study, relax any time

1891 Bistro lets students study, relax any time

Cassandra Hays, Scene Editor

May 16, 2019


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“Large mint chocolate smoothie for Allie,” a barista calls out to the room. The ponytailed girl walks up to the counter to retrieve her smoothie. She stops and looks around; where should she sit? Despite the fact that it is 1 a.m., the place is packed with mismatched furniture occupied by students...

Girls Night Out highlights women in community

Girls Night Out highlights women in community

Emma Johnson, Staff Reporter

May 16, 2019


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Ladies dressed in floral print and leis walked the streets of Ellensburg as they were getting pampered by the local businesses. The Ellensburg Downtown Association hosted Girls Night Out on Thursday, May 9, from 5-9 p.m. This event takes place twice a year, once in the winter around December and once...

Families experience college life

Families experience college life

Mariah Valles, Editor-in-Chief

May 16, 2019


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Every spring families are invited to visit campus for a weekend and participate in the college experience. This year Family Weekend was hosted May 10-12 and over 700 people were registered to attend. For one mother, it was an opportunity to experience a university alongside her last daughter to leave...

Mariachi del Centro creates sense of belonging

Mariachi del Centro creates sense of belonging

Sean Quinn, Staff Reporter

May 16, 2019


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Amongst the numerous clubs and organizations at CWU is a club filled with talented musicians, yet they aren’t all music majors. With their red and black charro suits and their unique instruments like the guitarrón or the trumpet, the CWU Mariachi del Centro Club showcases Mexican folk music. What...

Culture on stage at PolyFest

Culture on stage at PolyFest

Austin Lane, Staff Reporter

May 10, 2019


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There's a variety of clubs that focus on culture at CWU. One of those clubs is PolyCentral. Every year, PolyCentral hosts PolyFest, a celebration of Polynesian culture with food, dance and other activities. The event focuses on bringing people of any race or background together. This year, the celebrat...

Central Theatre Ensemble Performs ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’

Central Theatre Ensemble Performs ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’

Mary Park, Staff Reporter

May 8, 2019


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The majestic gothic arches and buttresses, mesmerizing rose windows, bells ringing and stone gargoyles peering over Paris highlight the beauty of Notre Dame Cathedral. Starting on May 10, the Central Theatre Ensemble will perform “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” a new musical directed by Dr. Terri...

The SQ food review

The SQ food review

Sean Quinn, Staff Reporter

May 8, 2019


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I consider myself a “foodie,” which is a way to describe someone with a larger-than-life passion for food and restaurant culture, without the credentials of a chef. As a foodie, I’ve made it a goal to visit new restaurants and cafes throughout the five years I’ve lived here. Believe it or not, ...

Mentor program impacts local youth

Mentor program impacts local youth

Emma Johnson, Staff Reporter

May 8, 2019


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The Youth Services of Kittitas County strives to help the the youth of the Ellensburg community through their youth mentor program, according to Claire Church, executive director of the youth services. The youth mentor program is designed to give young people in Ellensburg an adult figure to look up to. ...

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