By the students, for the students of Central Washington University

The Observer

By the students, for the students of Central Washington University

The Observer

By the students, for the students of Central Washington University

The Observer

Addie Adkins

Addie Adkins, Assistant Copy Editor

Assistant Copy Editor/Orientation Issue Editor - Spring 2022

Assistant Copy Editor - Winter 2022

Copy Desk Chief/Opinion Editor- Fall 2021

Copy Desk Chief/Opinion Editor- Spring 2021

Assistant Copy Editor - Winter 2021

Copy Desk Staff - Fall 2020

All content by Addie Adkins
Senior Goodbyes: Thanks for the memories, but please do better CWU

Senior Goodbyes: Thanks for the memories, but please do better CWU

June 1, 2022

As my time as an undergrad at CWU comes to a close, I would like to take a bit of everyone’s time for thanks and a final hot take.  First, I want to thank everyone who has helped me succeed and get...

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Wohlpart analiza su primer año

May 27, 2022

Los aplausos sonaron en el auditorio mientras una cadena de oro con una medalla de oro se le puso en el cuello a A. James Wolhpart. La Investidura Presidencial el 19 de mayo marca el primer año de Wohlpart...

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Wohlpart reviews his first year

May 25, 2022

Applause rang across the auditorium as a gold chain with a gold medallion was placed on President Jim Wohlpart. The Presidential Installation on May 19 marks Wohlpart’s first year at CWU, officially...

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Q&A: Volha Isakava speaks on the Russia/Ukraine war

Q&A: Volha Isakava speaks on the Russia/Ukraine war

April 6, 2022

Meet Volha Isakava, an associate professor of Russian and coordinator of the Russian Studies program. She teaches courses on Russian language and culture as well as courses on popular culture and globalization,...

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Q&A with Dr. Kaspari

Q&A with Dr. Kaspari

March 2, 2022

Meet Dr. Susan Kaspari, a CWU professor in the Geological Sciences department since 2009. With a background in Environmental, Climate and Earth Sciences, her research centers around climate change, including...

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Washington to end connections with Russian entities

Washington to end connections with Russian entities

February 28, 2022

Gov. Jay Inslee announced an emergency order to end business with Russian entities in an effort to place state sanctions on Russia in light of the invasion of Ukraine. “We stand with the people of...

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Gov. Jay Inslee to lift mask mandate early

Gov. Jay Inslee to lift mask mandate early

February 28, 2022

Gov. Jay Inslee announced the indoor mask requirement for schools and businesses would lift on Saturday, March 12. The announcement came in a joint news release from Inslee and the governors of California...

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Q&A with Laura Morago

Q&A with Laura Morago

February 23, 2022

Meet Laura Morago, the current Editor-in-Chief of the Tribal Tribune, a tribal newspaper owned by the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. An alumna of CWU, Morago graduated in 2016 with a...

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Kittitas County bans local income tax

Kittitas County bans local income tax

February 17, 2022

Kittitas County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Thursday approving a resolution which opposes implementing a local income tax, according to a press release. The press release states this sends...

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Everyone needs to try ‘Earthing’

February 16, 2022

When was the last time you walked barefoot outside? I’m not talking about a quick jaunt out to the mailbox, or a run to the garbage bin and back, but walking barefoot intent on feeling the texture of...

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Let’s talk about love… Self-love

Let’s talk about love… Self-love

February 9, 2022

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, which means romance, dating and relationships are taking center stage for the next couple of weeks. While giving flowers or chocolates to your favorite person...

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Q&A with Dr. Sarah Jaquette Ray

Q&A with Dr. Sarah Jaquette Ray

February 2, 2022

Meet Sarah Jaquette Ray, author of “A Field Guide To Climate Anxiety: How to Keep Your Cool on a Warming Planet,” which she discussed in a virtual event on Feb. 1. Currently a professor at Humboldt...

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Q&A with Miah Jeffra

Q&A with Miah Jeffra

January 31, 2022

Meet Miah Jeffra, a CWU lecturer with the English department, and co-founder of award winning literary journal Foglifter Press, a queer collaborative focused on publishing multi-marginalized writers. Miah...

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Ditch the New Year’s resolutions

Ditch the New Year’s resolutions

January 12, 2022

Every year, millions of people around the world participate in an ancient tradition that has since been transformed and mangled into something completely different: New Year’s resolutions. This practice,...

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Battle of the Pies

Battle of the Pies

November 24, 2021

It’s a debate as old as time: which pie is better, apple or pumpkin? As we head into the holiday dinner season, it’s time to settle this debate. It’s time for the battle of the pies.   Apple...

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I’m thirty, I’m not dead

October 7, 2021

There was a recent TikTok video I saw that cut me to my core. In a video posted by @jzez21, the creator reacts to a sound clip of someone saying, “To the older generation on TikTok, meaning, like, people...

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CWU shouldn’t continue in-person instruction

CWU shouldn’t continue in-person instruction

September 30, 2021

CWU isn’t prepared enough to continue in-person instruction. There are too many unanswered questions and concerns, or worse, a possible lack of transparency with the student body about the answers to...

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Panelists invited by Douglas Honors College speak about the flaws with artificial intelligence

May 19, 2021

What is Artificial Intelligence? This was the first question given to panelists at “Artificial Intelligence: The Future is Now.” On this point, the panelists seemed to agree that none could offer a...

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¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

May 5, 2021

That’s right, today is May 5, which means for many there will be tacos and margaritas on the menu for dinner tonight. However, it’s not well known why Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in the first place....

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Adulting advice you never knew you needed

Adulting advice you never knew you needed

April 7, 2021

I recently hit my third decade of living, which means I’ve had 12 years of “adulting” practice. I’ve learned many things along the way I wish someone had told me when I went out into the world...

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No, CWU isn’t the most diverse college in Washington

No, CWU isn’t the most diverse college in Washington

March 9, 2021

CWU has claimed they have been named the top university for diversity in Washington since 2014. This claim has morphed into “most diverse university in Washington” and that makes me cringe every time...

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Everyone needs to experience urban living at least once

Everyone needs to experience urban living at least once

February 9, 2021

I was born and mostly raised in rural central Washington, but I had the pleasure of spending three of my most formative years living in Seattle. I was in second grade when my mom moved us to Seattle,...

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Trump’s temper tantrum leads a mob to Capitol Hill

January 12, 2021

We were told to “remember the 5th of November” and to “beware the Ides of March.” Now there will be a tale so cautionary about the 6 of January. Only it won’t be a fictional one. Jan. 6...

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Thanksgiving is the best

Thanksgiving is the best

November 3, 2020

Now that Halloween is over, it’s time to gear up for the best holiday of the “-ber” months. Can I get a “gobble gobble?” While Halloween and Christmas are tied for my number one holiday, I...

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I know it’s discouraging out there, but it’s time to vote

I know it’s discouraging out there, but it’s time to vote

October 20, 2020

I hate election season. I’ve hated it for a long time.  Every four years, memories from past elections pop up on my Facebook and their sentiments reflect the ones I still carry today, the main theme...

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Housing is a fundamental right, but the rental market doesn’t know that

Housing is a fundamental right, but the rental market doesn’t know that

October 7, 2020

Until recent history, humans have been able to make shelter for themselves. We could settle in a land, build a house without restrictions and live off the land. In this present world, homes and shelter...

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Marriage equality for all! Well, except you…

Marriage equality for all! Well, except you…

September 27, 2020

I won’t deny that June 26, 2015 was a huge win for marriage equality. However, the war for marriage equality is far from over. In fact, for the last five years, there has been a battle cry from one of...

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