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Earth Week will focus on campus sustainability

Earth Week will focus on campus sustainability

Cassandra Hays, Scene Editor

April 17, 2019


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Sponsored by the Environmental Club, CWU Sustainability Council and CWU Operations, Earth Week is being put on from April 15 to 19. The purpose of the week is to teach students how to live eco-friendly as well as to start a conversation about sustainability on campus. Each day of the week is themed to focus on a...

Pedaling past parking passes

Pedaling past parking passes

Dez Rodriguez, Staff Reporter

April 17, 2019


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Students are parking their cars and riding their bikes to campus now that the weather is improving. With how much money it can save and the easier it is to get to class, the trend seems likely to continue. Junior psychology major Josiah Williams has been riding his bike to school since his freshman ye...

Softball heats up as playoffs get closer

Softball heats up as playoffs get closer

Bryce Weedman, Senior Sports Reporter

April 10, 2019


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CWU Softball is in the middle of a pretty good season, mid way through 2019. The Wildcats are in first place in the GNAC with a 22-12 overall record, and a 13-3 conference record. A one game lead over Western Washington University has the Wildcats thinking playoffs. Head coach Mike Larabee said that...

Support shown for fallen Deputy Ryan Thompson on March 28

Support shown for fallen Deputy Ryan Thompson on March 28

Nick Tucker, Senior News Reporter

April 3, 2019


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Hundreds of people from across the country and beyond came to Ellensburg March 28 to celebrate the life and support the family of one of their own. Deputy Ryan Thompson of the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office was killed in a shootout with a suspect on March 19. Thompson graduated from CWU in 2003 where...

‘Gondoliers’ to showcase student talent

‘Gondoliers’ to showcase student talent

Cassandra Hays, Scene Editor

April 3, 2019


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“Opera is for everyone.” If you’ve been in the music building, you may have heard the phrase echo throughout the halls. The saying is used within the department to bring awareness to opera as an artform. Every year, CWU’s music department puts on an opera production to showcase vocal, musica...

Old Skool’s offers more than just music

Old Skool’s offers more than just music

Scott Wilson, Staff Reporter

March 8, 2019


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Local record store Old Skool’s gives its customers a selection of music along with entertainment. Located in Downtown Ellensburg on Main Street, the store has plenty of music that can spark nostalgia as well as other items to purchase. Along with different kinds of music, Old Skool’s also sells...

Editors note: A thank you to my staff

Editors note: A thank you to my staff

Mariah Valles, Editor-in-Chief

March 7, 2019


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Well, friends. This is the last issue of winter quarter. It’s hard to believe it has already come and gone. This was my first quarter as The Observer’s Editor-in-Chief. Prior to this quarter, The Observer was a 12-page newspaper. One of the goals I set when I stepped into my position was to...

Streamlining the Flow of Textbooks at the Wildcat Shop

Streamlining the Flow of Textbooks at the Wildcat Shop

Nick Tucker, Staff Reporter

February 28, 2019


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The Wildcat Shop’s bookstore has seen changes over the past few years, most notably the Fall 2017 introduction of the textbook counter, which is fully staffed by employees who retrieve items for students. This contrasts with the previous system where students would simply walk through the shelves and...

Fumigation issues concern hay farmers

Fumigation issues concern hay farmers

Nick Jahnke, Senior News Reporter

February 28, 2019


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Hay and grain exporters in and around Kittitas County are attempting to cut processing costs by skipping fumigation of their timothy hay. According to the Organization of Kittitas County Timothy Hay Growers and Supplies President Carl Jensvold, growers and processors in Ellensburg are concerned that...

Students voice opinions about diversity

Students voice opinions about diversity

Cassandra Hays, Scene Editor

February 28, 2019


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On Feb. 19, black students, faculty, staff and community members had the opportunity to come together to share their stories, thoughts and experiences about life on campus and in the Ellensburg community. The “Being Black in Ellensburg” event was a public discussion put on by the Museum of Culture...

Shoemaker hired as new EWU offensive coordinator, officially parts ways with Wildcat football

Shoemaker hired as new EWU offensive coordinator, officially parts ways with Wildcat football

Hanson Lee, Sports Editor

February 26, 2019


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CWU head coach Ian Shoemaker will be parting ways with the Wildcat football program after accepting a coaching position as the offensive coordinator for the Eastern Washington University Eagles. After five seasons with the Wildcats, Shoemaker has compiled an overall record of 38-13, playing a pivotal...

Students who bring overdose victims to hospital won’t be charged with possession

Students who bring overdose victims to hospital won’t be charged with possession

Nick Jahnke, Senior News Reporter

February 22, 2019


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The number of drug and alcohol-related emergencies involving CWU students has risen over the last year, according to Wellness Center Assistant Director Doug Fulp. Fulp said that he attributes the rise in hospital calls and transports to students taking advantage of the good samaritan law, also known...

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