Director Patrick Dizney fulfills his theatre calling

Adam Robertson, Staff Reporter

November 16, 2017


Filed under Community, Scene

The theater is Patrick Dizney’s natural habitat. His bright silver hair may at times be hidden by a baseball cap, but his humor and affection for those around him cannot be concealed. It was a chance decision that led him to the theater. When he was 25 and searching for direction in his life, D...

CWU’s fall play “Good Kids” explores themes of assault, humiliation and high school drama

CWU’s fall play “Good Kids” explores themes of assault, humiliation and high school drama

Tai Jackson, Staff Reporter

November 16, 2017


Filed under Events, Scene

Imagine having to deal with gossip, scandal, sexual assault and public embarrassment on top of the everyday struggles of being a teenage girl. That is the exact scenario portrayed during “Good Kids,” a play about a young girl's life, based on an actual event that occurred in Steubenville, Ohio. A vi...

Town will recognize vets in Veteran’s Day parade

Adam Robertson, Staff Reporter

November 9, 2017


Filed under Community, Events, Scene

The cold November air will render each breath visible as families line Pearl and Pine streets in downtown Ellensburg, waiting for the parade to pass by. Children will wave little flags in their hands. Eyes will well with tears as hands are held over hearts, showing respect and pride. Parade attendees ...

Ancient traditions will come back to life

Ancient traditions will come back to life

Adam Robertson, Staff Reporter

November 2, 2017


Filed under Events, Lifestyle, Scene

The event will start as it does every year, with a traditional Aztec ritual: the blowing of the conch and the asking of permission from the four winds and Mother Earth to begin the celebration. A procession of colorfully painted skeletons then visit altars to remember and honor the dead, carrying...

Life Skills Educators Club prepares students for their futures

Alexi Prante, Staff Reporter

October 30, 2017


Filed under Scene

In 1918, when women were still staying at home, these classes would have been known as domestic economics. These classes would include learning how to iron a man’s shirt or how to clean stains out of clothes properly. The Life Skills Educators Club is preparing students for their future careers. ...

Students perform at Open Mic Night

Students perform at Open Mic Night

Alexi Prante, Staff Reporter

October 12, 2017


Filed under Scene

Imagine standing next to a small stage, waiting patiently until you hear your name being announced over a microphone. The nerves keep building and you start to wonder if it’s too late to back out. A large, bearded senior, looking calm stands next to you and whispers, “relax, you can do this.” T...

Meet the world at the International Cafe

Meet the world at the International Cafe

Adam Robertson, Staff Reporter

October 12, 2017


Filed under Community, Events, Scene

It may not seem like the small town of Ellensburg—a place with less than 20,000 people—would be the first choice for international students looking to study abroad, but perhaps that’s part of the charm for those who do choose to come here. A student in an international program officially comes here to s...

Swingcats boogie

Swingcats boogie

Alexi Prante, Staff Reporter

October 9, 2017


Filed under Scene

Swing music hangs in the air and  desks are pushed to one side of the large classroom to make way for the dance floor on the other side. Music plays from the speakers connected to someone’s laptop and dancers switch partners every so often. Laughter and smiles are passed around from couple to couple as...

The annual Buskers in the Burg

The annual Buskers in the Burg

Daisy Perez, Scene Editor

September 28, 2017


Filed under Scene

Children with glittery face paint look in awe as giant puppets fill the crowded streets. One puppeteer wears a dark purple robe with the puppet’s skeleton chest exposed. Children grab onto their mothers’ sweaters as the skeleton puppet glides along, turning his skeleton head and wide eyes at the...

Discover Orientation expands to accommodate larger incoming class

Susie Chavez, Staff Reporter

July 11, 2017


Filed under CWU, Events, News, Student Life

For the past 10 years, CWU’s new student enrollment has risen every year. This year, the increase prompted University Housing to increase the number of orientation sessions. During the summer, there would typically six orientation sessions to welcome incoming freshman and transfer students: four for ...

Paradiso 2017 wows attendees, Live Nation works to eliminate drug problems

Susie Chavez, Staff Reporter

July 2, 2017


Filed under Events, Local, News

This past weekend not only marked the first day of summer, but also two nights of EDM music, laser lights, and carnival rides. Paradiso 2017 took over the Gorge Amphitheatre with 28,000 attendees at one of the world’s best outdoor venues according to Wall Street Journal. Some of the biggest names ...

CWU Hacks

CWU Hacks

Observer Staff

June 9, 2017


Filed under Scene, Showcase, Student Life

There’s a reason that University 101 exists, and it isn’t just to torture freshmen. Unless they skipped a grade or two, college students are adults and are expected to act as such. This can come as a bit of a culture shock after the hand-holding and rigid structure of high school. Sarah Swager,...

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