A perfect try to life: Cole Zarcone

A perfect try to life: Cole Zarcone

Dez Rodriguez, Assistant Sports Editor

February 14, 2019


Filed under Showcase, Sports

Senior Cole Zarcone has been hitting the pitch hard for the Wildcats this season. The former walk-on-turned-co-captain initially joined CWU to play football, but made the decision to switch to rugby at the conclusion of his freshman year. “The experience I was having wasn’t really what I was looking...

Parade of Nations will showcase cultures of CWU

Parade of Nations will showcase cultures of CWU

Afton Prater, Staff Reporter

February 14, 2019


Filed under Scene, Showcase

CWU is recognized as being a very diverse college, welcoming students from around the globe. The Diversity and Equity Center (DEC) at CWU strives to provide education and outreach to the campus community. One way of informing and educating students about different cultures is by hosting the Parade of...

Active shooter false-alarm: How the students feel

Active shooter false-alarm: How the students feel

Mariah Valles, Alexa Murdock and Jack Belcher, Editor-in-Chief, Managing Editor, and News Editor

February 14, 2019


Filed under News, Showcase

The CWU Rave Alert! System informed students, faculty and staff of an active shooter threat nine minutes after the first 911 call on Feb. 6. That is about the time needed to complete the procedure, according to CWU Chief of Staff Linda Schactler.“The day we can get rid of humans it’ll go a lot faster,“...

University says student overheard conversation about possible threat, triggered ROTC protocol

University says student overheard conversation about possible threat, triggered ROTC protocol

Jack Belcher, Alexa Murdock, and Mariah Valles

February 8, 2019


Filed under News, Showcase

An emergency response update regarding the active shooter threat on Feb. 6 places the responsibility on “a student” who “overheard” a conversation in the CWU Case Management Services Office in Bouillon Hall for triggering a chain of events that led to the lockdown of campus from 5:35 p.m. to 7:2...

Classes continued in attempt to restore sense of normality

Classes continued in attempt to restore sense of normality

Jack Belcher, Alexa Murdock, and Mariah Valles

February 7, 2019


Filed under News, Showcase

The Observer is seeking students, parents, faculty and staff, or anyone who is comfortable and willing to share their thoughts or accounts in regards to this situation. If you would like to share your thoughts or accounts, please contact [email protected] CWU Ellensburg classes were held as usual on Thursd...

SURC restrooms redesignated “All-Gender”

SURC restrooms redesignated “All-Gender”

Nick Tucker, Staff Reporter

February 6, 2019


Filed under News, Showcase

A set of restrooms on the second floor of the SURC were re-designated all-gender restrooms last Saturday, February 2. This is the result of a long effort made by students from the Diversity and Equity Center (DEC), and Equality through Queers and Allies (EQuAL), as well as CWU faculty including Katrin...

Baseball hits the diamond in full swing

Baseball hits the diamond in full swing

Dez Rodriguez, Assistant Sports Editor

February 6, 2019


Filed under Showcase, Sports

Correction 2/7/19: This article has been edited to reflect that Kaleo Johnson was the GNAC Triple Crown winner last season, where he led the league batting averages, home runs and RBIs. The original version was worded in a way that implied he was leading the league this season. CWU Baseball is underwa...

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...

Swing the night away with the Ellensburg Big Band

Swing the night away with the Ellensburg Big Band

Scott Wilson, Staff Reporter

February 6, 2019


Filed under Scene, Showcase

This year on Valentine’s Day, campus activities and The Ellensburg Big Band are putting on a dance night open to anyone. The Ellensburg Big Band will be taking attendees back to the 1940s by playing jazz and swing dance music all night long. The event is free to CWU students with student ID and costs $...

First Friday Art Walk showcases local artists downtown

First Friday Art Walk showcases local artists downtown

Afton Prater, Staff Reporter

January 30, 2019


Filed under Scene, Showcase

The First Friday Artwalk is a monthly occurrence that draws a good crowd according to the gallery owners, but many people aren’t aware of it. On the first Friday of every month, several galleries and businesses in Downtown Ellensburg showcase art for the public, and provide food and beverages whil...

Boykin makes his mark as a Wildcat

Boykin makes his mark as a Wildcat

Dez Rodriguez, Assistant Sports Editor

January 30, 2019


Filed under Showcase, Sports

When Gamaun Boykin, junior guard for the CWU men’s basketball team, was narrowing in on his fourth high school 5A state title, he had no idea what kind of detriment a loss would put on him. A senior at Miller Grove High School in Lithonia, GA, the basketball powerhouse was a favorite to win it all on...

Government shutdown comes to an end for now

Government shutdown comes to an end for now

Nick Jahnke, Senior News Reporter

January 30, 2019


Filed under News, Showcase

President Trump announced early on Friday, Jan. 25 he would be signing a bill that would temporarily reopen the federal government until Feb. 15. The three--week period would spell relief for roughly 800,000 federal workers who have been denied a second consecutive paycheck, according to a New York Times a...

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