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Reductionist arguments, shaped by social media, are ruining discourse

March 9, 2021

Social media has ruined discourse. I believe this to be true for many reasons. However, there is a big culprit I see often engaged within the philosophy community and not really outside of it that is...

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Believe it! “Naruto” has a valuable lesson to teach

Believe it! “Naruto” has a valuable lesson to teach

January 20, 2021

I recently watched both “Naruto” and its sequel, “Naruto: Shippuden” with my boyfriend at his request. It was an endeavor that took us six months of watching intricately plotted, at times convoluted...

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COVID-19 updates announced at HR meeting

COVID-19 updates announced at HR meeting

January 8, 2021

Representatives from several departments went over winter quarter health and safety strategies, testing plans and the potential of campus being a vaccine site. This information, released  at a meeting...

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Vaccination eligibility groups announced by the Department of Health

Vaccination eligibility groups announced by the Department of Health

January 6, 2021

An announcement outlining a timeline of groups that will be eligible for the vaccination in upcoming months was made Wednesday, Jan. 6. This timeline is phase B of Washington's vaccination plan as described...

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Mandatory testing procedures announced

Mandatory testing procedures announced

December 29, 2020

Students who live, work or attend in person during winter quarter are required to take a COVID-19 test before in-person classes resume. In an email to campus, Dr. Carylin Holsey, director of the health...

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COVID-19 quarantine protocols halved for low risk groups in Kittitas County

COVID-19 quarantine protocols halved for low risk groups in Kittitas County

December 14, 2020

  Per recent Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations, the Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) has made a second, shortened quarantine procedure for individuals...

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Inslee extends statewide restrictions, announces additional economic support

Inslee extends statewide restrictions, announces additional economic support

December 8, 2020

A three week extension on current statewide restrictions and economic support for small businesses and unemployment benefits was announced by Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday, Dec. 8. The statewide restrictions,...

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Kittitas County IMT members give community updates on public health

Kittitas County IMT members give community updates on public health

November 20, 2020

Members of Kittitas County’s Incident Management Team (IMT) gave updates regarding their various sectors’ public health and future COVID-19 related plans during their first community meeting. The Nov....

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New statewide restrictions implemented in response to COVID-19 surge

New statewide restrictions implemented in response to COVID-19 surge

November 15, 2020

In response to a lasting spike in COVID-19 cases the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) called “extremely alarming,” Gov. Jay Inslee has implemented new statewide restrictions on travel, gatherings...

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Skip Jenson makes public comment via Zoom at the Board of Trustees Oct. 29 meeting.

[Photo] Washington Federation of State Employees union representatives speak out about 56 layoffs

November 10, 2020

Skip Jenson makes public comment via Zoom at the Board of Trustees Oct. 29 meeting.

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New COVID-19 testing protocols and winter classes beginning online announced

New COVID-19 testing protocols and winter classes beginning online announced

November 3, 2020

New COVID-19 testing protocols, including the announcement of mandatory testing, and information on class modalities were sent to the student body in an email from President James L. Gaudino on Nov. 3....

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COVID-19 retest results returned for Wendell Hill Hall B residents

COVID-19 retest results returned for Wendell Hill Hall B residents

November 2, 2020

Only one additional positive case of COVID-19 was found following a second wave of testing of the residents of Wendell Hill Hall B last week, where the university previously announced an outbreak. This...

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Gaudino discusses ‘manageable’ levels of COVID-19 infection, winter quarter changes

Gaudino discusses ‘manageable’ levels of COVID-19 infection, winter quarter changes

November 2, 2020

President James L. Gaudino discussed CWU’s handling of a “manageable” number of COVID-19 cases in the student body over the current quarter.  Additionally, he explained health and safety related...

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COVID-19 outbreak in Wendell Hill Hall B

COVID-19 outbreak in Wendell Hill Hall B

October 22, 2020

Eight additional students have tested positive for COVID-19 following the testing of every resident of Wendell Hill Hall B, according to a statement released on the CWU website.  This mass-testing...

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I’m glad Soulslike gaming is dying

I’m glad Soulslike gaming is dying

October 20, 2020

2017 was a huge year for indie games, of which I am a major fan. Games made without the backing of a large studio, often crowd-funded, developed over several years, made with a tiny development team...

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A student out enjoying the unexpected rainfall.

[Photo] Ellensburg sees rainfall after weeks of smoke

October 7, 2020

A student out enjoying the unexpected rainfall.

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Further information on campus COVID-19 status made public

Further information on campus COVID-19 status made public

September 30, 2020

Following an email sent by President James L. Gaudino confirming 16 positive cases of COVID-19 on campus, further information on why the university has not been disclosing case numbers and how it has been...

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CWU confirms students tested positive for COVID-19

CWU confirms students tested positive for COVID-19

September 24, 2020

Sixteen students were confirmed to have tested positive for COVID-19 by an email sent to the campus community by President James L. Gaudino on Sept. 24. According to the email, most of the students are...

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CWU implements socialization model for safe behavior

September 15, 2020

In preparation for opening for fall quarter, CWU has implemented several models to normalize behavior that corresponds with new health and safety measures through socialization. These models were built...

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While on campus students and faculty are expected to follow COVID-19 protocols.

Outbreak response and resources secured for fall

September 15, 2020

CWU has secured promised health and safety resources for students and employees this fall quarter, along with assembling a COVID-19 task force to respond to any positive cases of COVID-19 that occur on...

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“Go with the flow” CWU sign prompting students to stay safe and distanced

COVID-19 health and safety measures enforced on campus

September 15, 2020

Following the decision to open campus during the pandemic, a number of health and safety measures have caused changes on campus. Many of these have taken the form of physical changes made to spaces on...

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Health checks and mitigation form implemented as campus reopens

Health checks and mitigation form implemented as campus reopens

August 28, 2020

CWU has announced the new launch date of the COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Compliance form students and employees will be required to sign stating they understand and agree to the university's COVID-19...

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CWU Foundation data breached in security incident

CWU Foundation data breached in security incident

August 19, 2020

Blackbaud, the cloud computing and customer relations provider for the CWU Foundation, was targeted by a ransomware attack in May, according to a letter sent to Foundation members on Aug. 11. Credit card...

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Students and employees required to sign risk mitigation form

Students and employees required to sign risk mitigation form

August 12, 2020

Update A statement from the university, published to the CWU website Aug. 13, announced that the form all students and employees will be required to complete has been put on hold and will not appear...

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Board of Trustees detail fall reopening plans, address concerns

Board of Trustees detail fall reopening plans, address concerns

July 24, 2020

UPDATE An email addressed to the CWU community, sent out by President James L. Gaudino on July 24, announced that due to COVID-19 case numbers growing nationally and regionally, CWU must limit the number...

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Kittitas County reports three additional COVID-19-associated deaths

Kittitas County reports three additional COVID-19-associated deaths

July 21, 2020

Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) has announced the deaths of three more long-term care facility residents. It was not specified which care facilities they were residents of. To date, long-term...

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Kittitas County sees changes in gathering restrictions

Kittitas County sees changes in gathering restrictions

July 21, 2020

Gov. Jay Inslee’s orders, which reduce the maximum number of people who are allowed to gather, went into effect statewide on July 20. Kittitas County now has a gathering restriction of 10 people, reduced...

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First death associated with COVID-19 in Kittitas County

First death associated with COVID-19 in Kittitas County

July 20, 2020

On July 19, a Kittitas County resident living in the long-term care facility Pacifica Senior Living died from COVID-19. According to a press release from the Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD),...

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Access to People’s Pond closed due to rising COVID-19 numbers

Access to People’s Pond closed due to rising COVID-19 numbers

July 18, 2020

Kittitas County Public Health Officer Dr. Mark Larson has directed the City of Ellensburg to close Irene Rineheart Riverfront Park due to increased numbers of COVID-19 cases in the county. This includes...

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A 4-H boy smiles at the crowd bidding on his market goat at the 2019 Kittitas County Fair.

In-person Kittitas County Fair canceled due to state COVID-19 restrictions

July 18, 2020

In light of new restrictions from Gov. Jay Inslee, the Kittitas County Fair's in-person events have been canceled this year according to a press release from the Kittitas County Event Center. Inslee...

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Long-term care facility cases considered outbreaks

Long-term care facility cases considered outbreaks

July 17, 2020

Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) reported three COVID-19 outbreaks in association with the long-term care facilities that have seen positive cases in the past week. All patients are currently...

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Fall quarter update: Housing and dining

Fall quarter update: Housing and dining

July 16, 2020

Details on how housing and dining are expected to function during the upcoming fall quarter were given at the July 15 Wildcat Wednesday meeting held online by CWU’s orientation team. Housing According...

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Fall quarter update: Health and safety measures

Fall quarter update: Health and safety measures

July 16, 2020

Details on how health services are expected to function during the upcoming fall quarter were given at the July 15 Wildcat Wednesday meeting held online by CWU’s orientation team. Student Health...

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Fall quarter update: Academics

Fall quarter update: Academics

July 16, 2020

Details on how many aspects of student life are expected to function during the upcoming fall quarter were given at the July 15 Wildcat Wednesday meeting held online by CWU’s orientation team.  Fall...

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Three long-term care facilities see more cases

Three long-term care facilities see more cases

July 14, 2020

A third long-term care facility in Kittitas County has confirmed cases of COVID-19. The county’s Incident Management Team (IMT) was notified of two residents of Pacifica Senior Living in Ellensburg who...

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County sees increase in long-term care facility cases

County sees increase in long-term care facility cases

July 13, 2020

Kittitas County’s Incident Management Team (IMT) is responding to over 10 more cases of COVID-19 occurring in both long-term care facilities that reported positive tests in the past week. The IMT reports...

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Second long-term care facility confirms positive cases

Second long-term care facility confirms positive cases

July 11, 2020

On July 8, Kittitas County received positive test results from two staff members of the Kittitas Valley branch of Prestige Post-Acute and Rehab were confirmed to have COVID-19.  The Incident Management...

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Meadows Place employee tests positive for COVID-19

Meadows Place employee tests positive for COVID-19

July 8, 2020

On July 6, Kittitas County learned a staff member of Meadows Place Assisted Living Community was confirmed to have COVID-19. The employee is now in isolation and the county’s Incident Management Team...

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COVID-19 cases increase following phase three approval

COVID-19 cases increase following phase three approval

July 2, 2020

Kittitas County has seen a “significant” increase in COVID-19 cases following the move to phase three of Gov. Jay Inslee’s phased reopening plan, according to Kittitas County Public Health Department...

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Kittitas County enters phase three

Kittitas County enters phase three

June 23, 2020

As of June 23, Kittitas County has been approved by the state to enter phase three of Gov. Inslee’s phased reopening plan. Phase three lifts new restrictions, outlined in a county public health department...

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Kittitas County applies for phase three

Kittitas County applies for phase three

June 18, 2020

On June 18, Kittitas County submitted an application to enter phase three of Gov. Jay Inslee’s phased reopening plan. Phase three would lessen restrictions to allow nonessential travel, more businesses...

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Kittitas County to request move to phase three

Kittitas County to request move to phase three

June 17, 2020

Kittitas County’s Incident Management Team (IMT) announced in a press release it has begun drafting an application for the county to enter phase three of Gov. Jay Inslee’s phased reopening plan. This...

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Protester confirmed to have COVID-19

Protester confirmed to have COVID-19

June 8, 2020

An individual at both the June 1 and 2 protests for racial equality in Ellensburg tested positive for COVID-19. The county’s Incident Management Team (IMT) is in contact with the individual. A Kittitas...

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ASCWU requests final exams be made optional

ASCWU requests final exams be made optional

June 6, 2020

ASCWU signed and released a letter calling on administration and faculty to immediately make all final exams optional. This decision comes following consideration of the novel coronavirus pandemic and...

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Black Lives Matter protest held outside courthouse

Black Lives Matter protest held outside courthouse

May 31, 2020

A small protest of about 10 people was held outside of the Kittitas County Courthouse in conjunction with protests taking place around the country on May 30. Protests are being held in response to the...

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Gaudino announces fall quarter plans

May 26, 2020

President James L. Gaudino announced tentative plans for students to return to campus in fall in a series of emails to the student body. These plans are designed to remain flexible to accommodate changes...

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Board of Trustees makes announcements

Board of Trustees makes announcements

May 22, 2020

Services will be closed over the summer and staff will be reduced, an email to the student body from President James L. Gaudino said following the May 15 Board of Trustees (BOT) meeting. These decisions...

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Kittitas County issues masking directive

Kittitas County issues masking directive

May 22, 2020

Cloth face coverings that cover the nose and mouth will be required in Kittitas County beginning May 23. They will be required when indoors, in confined public settings and when unable to maintain six-foot...

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Update on Twin City Foods outbreak

Update on Twin City Foods outbreak

May 10, 2020

Note: This story was updated on May 11 after originally being posted on May 10. Kittitas County has 49 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of May 10, with that number subject to change as more test results...

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County variance application put on hold in light of new cases

May 8, 2020

Kittitas County’s variance application has been put on hold following a 16th confirmed case of COVID-19. A press release from the Kittitas County Public Health Department confirmed the 16th case as a...

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Kittitas County to request accelerated opening

Kittitas County to request accelerated opening

May 4, 2020

Kittitas County will be applying to immediately begin phase two of Gov. Jay Inslee’s phased reopening plan, county officials announced during a press conference. Called a variance, the application will...

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Protesters gather at county courthouse

Protesters gather at county courthouse

May 1, 2020

The Kittitas County Business Coalition held a protest against statewide health orders in front of the county courthouse on May 1. At the core of the protest was the concern that businesses, particularly...

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COVID-19 related changes in Kittitas County

COVID-19 related changes in Kittitas County

April 24, 2020

Several updates to changes related to COVID-19 in the county were announced via a series of press releases by the Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD).    Medical services available Residents...

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CWU joins Light It Blue tribute

CWU joins Light It Blue tribute

April 22, 2020

CWU has joined other institutions nationwide in participating in the Light It Blue tribute. Beginning on April 15 and going through April 30, Barge Hall will be lit up from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. with blue...

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Feeling bad? That’s ok

Feeling bad? That’s ok

April 15, 2020

It’s okay to let yourself grieve the experiences that a pandemic has taken away from you.  Many, if not all of us, plan our lives ahead to some degree. From flexible daydreamers to detail trackers,...

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Dining Services terminates majority of student employees

Dining Services terminates majority of student employees

April 15, 2020

CWU Dining Services has terminated the majority of its student employees, according to Director of Dining Services Dean Masuccio. This was announced via an email employees received from Assistant Director...

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Brooks Library services remain available

April 15, 2020

Despite the physical location being closed, librarians at Brooks Library are still working to provide students and staff with resources to support them through spring quarter. “We may not be physically...

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Muslim Student Association meeting virtually attacked

April 15, 2020

The Muslim Student Association’s beginning of the quarter Zoom meeting was hacked and harassed, with a viewer sharing their screen across the entire meeting, drawing profane things and making racist...

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Professors adapt to online courses

Professors adapt to online courses

April 15, 2020

With the transition to entirely online classes, students are not the only ones facing a learning curve as the quarter begins. CWU professors are also working to adapt as they move a diverse array of classes...

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No reduction in force announced

No reduction in force announced

April 9, 2020

President James L. Gaudino announced CWU would not reduce staff through June 30 at the April 9 board of trustees (BOT) meeting. Additionally, he announced that all Cabinet members including himself have...

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Spring quarter fees announced

Spring quarter fees announced

April 4, 2020

An email was sent to the student body from President James Gaudino detailing which fees the university would be waiving for the upcoming spring quarter. This information was sent out 11 days before the...

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ASCWU calls for trustee apology, resignation

ASCWU calls for trustee apology, resignation

April 2, 2020

In response to statements made by Board of Trustees (BOT) member Gladys Gillis calling for the university to lay off employees as a cost saving measure, ASCWU members have signed a letter rejecting her...

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Board of Trustees member calls for ‘firm action’ in the form of layoffs

Board of Trustees member calls for ‘firm action’ in the form of layoffs

April 1, 2020

“We need to set our concerns about employee welfare aside and maintain the priority of university welfare,” said Board of Trustees (BOT) member Gladys Gillis at the livestreamed March 31 meeting. The...

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Graphic by Teagan Kimbro/The Observer

Stay at home orders announced at county and state level

March 23, 2020

Kittitas County residents have been ordered to remain in their homes by Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) Health Officer Dr. Mark Larson, by means of an official health order.  Soon...

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Fifth COVID-19 case in Kittitas County brings new measures

Fifth COVID-19 case in Kittitas County brings new measures

March 23, 2020

A fifth patient has tested positive for COVID-19 in Kittitas County, according to a press release from the Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) on March 23. The patient is a 59-year-old...

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ASCWU offers financial help to students in need

ASCWU offers financial help to students in need

March 21, 2020

The Associated Students of Central Washington University (ASCWU) are liquidating all funding to go towards students who need financial assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Students can apply through...

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Graphic by Teagan Kimbro/The Observer

Kittitas County Public Health Department recommends shelter in place

March 19, 2020

A Kittitas County press release states the Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) is recommending that if possible, people shelter in place, or voluntarily isolate in their homes, to avoid exposing...

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Graphic by Teagan Kimbro/The Observer

Kittitas County confirms fourth positive case in elementary school

March 18, 2020

The fourth case of COVID-19 in Kittitas County is an employee of Lincoln Elementary School. This is according to a Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) press release sent out this morning.  The...

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Breaking: North Hall residents laptop catches fire

Breaking: North Hall resident’s laptop catches fire

March 17, 2020

Around 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, there was an electrical fire in one of the dorm rooms at North Hall. There were no injuries. Riley Kizziar, a resident of North Hall, said she was doing homework...

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Teagan Kimbro

Cat-astrophe!

March 4, 2020

The premise behind the infamous “Cats” (2019) is simple: a group of cats called the Jellicle Cats meet once a year. They have a song and dance based competition called the Jellicle Ball, where...

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Nicholas Tucker

S&A budget falls short

February 26, 2020

A motion was made at the Feb. 12 Services and Activities (S&A) committee meeting to cease consideration for all future supplemental funding requests until a decision could be made about how best to...

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Teagan Kimbro

Undocumented student loan bill passes senate

February 26, 2020

Senate Bill (SB) 6561, which aims to create an undocumented student loan program, passed through the Senate on Feb. 18 and now must make it through the House of Representatives.  The most recent version...

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Riel Hanson

Where do I Park?

February 19, 2020

“I don’t drive my car anywhere anymore,” freshman Kennedy Shook said, speaking in regard to how parking on campus affects her. “When I do move my spot, I have to go park out all the way in the...

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Riel Hanson

City to annex 260 parcels of land

February 13, 2020

As part of a funding agreement, the City of Ellensburg agreed to begin the process of annexing sections of county land. When negotiating funding for a 2017 roundabout project, Kittitas County and the City...

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Teagan Kimbro

Opinion: Time to bite the bullet journal

February 6, 2020

Typing “bullet journal” into a search engine will yield photo after photo of strikingly detailed, hand drawn full page spreads. Things like ornate headers and doodled borders abound. They’re creative,...

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Téa Green

How to access the SMaCC

February 5, 2020

Students are seeking out mental health services more now than ever before, with 69% of students reporting a perceived need for counseling services from 2016 to 2017, according to CWU’s The Healthy Minds...

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Teagan Kimbro

The push for a green ‘burg

January 29, 2020

Ellensburg resident Paula McMinn, representing the environment and 459 people who signed a petition, proposed changes in front of the Ellensburg City Council that would put Ellensburg on track to “go...

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ASCWU

Students lobby in Olympia

January 22, 2020

Editor’s note: In the Jan. 23 edition of The Observer, it was printed that SB 5395 (sex ed) died in the senate committee last year when it actually died in the house committee. There were also inaccuracies...

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