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CWU janitors sweeping the streets

CWU janitors sweeping the streets

AJ St. John, Staff Reporter

December 6, 2019

Custodial workers are part of the CWU crew. These workers dedicate their time to ensure that the campus remains clutter free as students carry on throughout their busy days. Although custodians mainly work indoors, the service workers at CWU also maintain the landscape at CWU, keeping the school clea...

Charities serving Kittitas County

Charities serving Kittitas County

Amy Morris, Staff Reporter

December 6, 2019

As the holidays approach, there are many organizations in Ellensburg that take donations. Donations are an important part of nonprofits because they provide the resources to carry out their mission. Hopesource, Habitat for Humanity and the Friends and Services for Humanity (FISH) are all some of the orga...

Home is more than holiday decor

Home is more than holiday decor

Mary Park, Scene Editor

December 4, 2019

Now that the turkey’s eaten (or stored in the fridge) and Plaid Friday shopping’s been done, you can find red and green Santa hats, candy canes, ribbons and strings of lights in just about any public and private space to rush in the festivity. Decorating homes to make them feel homey and filled with holiday...

From Marines to theatre

From Marines to theatre

Mary Park, Scene Editor

December 4, 2019

At the scene shop in McConnell Hall, you can smell sawdust, see pieces of wood scattered around the room and hear heavy footsteps on the paint-splotched floor. Oftentimes, the shrill grinding of an electric hand saw fills the room. Garret Deffert is the master carpenter for the production of “Holi...

Connecting students with professionals

Connecting students with professionals

Austin Lane, Senior Sports Reporter

December 4, 2019

CWU Sport Management Club invites students from all majors to come learn more about working in the sports industry. As one of the newer clubs on campus, it is still in the process of growing and setting up events for students to attend.  On Nov. 21, the club hosted a meeting for students to come liste...

Ho-ho-hooping into the holidays

Ho-ho-hooping into the holidays

Samantha Cabeza, Staff Reporter

December 4, 2019

Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball tournament “Santa Hoops Classic” is hosted annually at CWU. This year it is returning on Dec. 6-8. The entry fee for teams is $300. Fourth through eighth grade students are allowed to enter the event. The seventh and eighth grade will have two divisions each. T...

Volleyball digs way into playoffs

Volleyball digs way into playoffs

Austin Lane, Senior Sports Reporter

December 4, 2019

The CWU Volleyball team sneaked into the NCAA Division II West Region playoffs this year as the number eight seed. They will take on California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB), the number one seed in the regional tournament. CSUSB finished the season undefeated, at 27-0.  CWU finished thei...

Students protest ICE contract

Students protest ICE contract

Nicholas Tucker, News Editor

December 4, 2019

Local immigration advocates have been protesting on and off the Ellensburg CWU campus for over a year against a contract between the Kittitas County Sheriff's Office and the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency. The contract allows the sheriff’s office to house ICE detainees at the Kittitas County Correc...

Board of Trustees student representative proposed defunding student media

Board of Trustees student representative proposed defunding student media

Kyle Wilkinson, Photo Editor

December 4, 2019

Editor's Note: The Observer stands by the accuracy of its previous reporting on the content regulation issues first outlined for its readers in the Nov. 7 issue. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________   The CWU Board of Trus...

Cold weather shelter opens

Cold weather shelter opens

Jackson McMurray, Staff Reporter

November 20, 2019

Temperatures are finally starting to dip below freezing at night in Ellensburg, and for many residents that means a severe drop in living conditions.  Friends In Service to Humanity(FISH) is a local non-profit organization dedicated to providing both short and long-term aid to people in the community e...

‘Just a stupid f##king play’

‘Just a stupid f##king play’

Tapanga Krause, Staff Reporter

November 20, 2019

Tragedy, suicide, love, impulse and desire, Aaron Posner’s play, “Stupid F##king Bird” has it all. The production by CWU Theatre Ensemble ran from Nov. 15-16 and will run Nov. 21-24 in the Milo Smith Tower Theatre in McConnell Hall.  The play is partly a rendition of Anton Chekov’s “T...

Club Council creates Funds Council

Club Council creates Funds Council

Will Ortner, Staff Reporter

November 19, 2019

On Nov. 13 CWU Club Council wrapped up one of their last meetings of the fall quarter. ASCWU VP of Clubs Ashley Klippert led a meeting that touched on the brand new Funds Council, as well as future events that the clubs were excited to preview. Earlier in the quarter, Klippert and Michael Middleton, student ...