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

Evan Couch

Evan Couch, News Editor

News Editor - Spring 2022, Fall 2022

Staff Reporter - Winter 2022

Evan Couch is in his last year at CWU and is studying Media & Journalism and minoring in Sports Business. He is currently working as the News Editor for the Observer and has been working with the paper for three quarters now. Along with the Observer, Evan is the co-host of the Student Media Podcast that airs on the Pulse Magazine website.

All content by Evan Couch

Winter 2023 – Episode 2

January 24, 2023

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Winter 2023 – Episode 1

January 24, 2023

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Fall 2022 – Issue 9

January 24, 2023

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Fall 2022 – Issue 8

January 24, 2023

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Fall 2022 – Episode 7

January 24, 2023

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Fall 2022 – Episode 6

January 24, 2023

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Fall 2022 – Episode 5

January 24, 2023

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Fall 2022 – Episode 4

January 24, 2023

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CWU AFROTC holds Veterans Day vigil

CWU AFROTC holds Veterans Day vigil

November 14, 2022

Senior Cadets of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) started their rotational shifts of a 24 hour vigil for Veterans Day starting at midnight on Nov. 11. Senior cadets from the AFROTC...

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President Wohlpart. Photo courtesy of CWU website

President Wohlpart addresses key points in state of the university

November 9, 2022

President Jim Wohlpart addressed multiple key points about the university in his annual State of the University and strategic planning exercise on Friday, Nov. 4.  Key points covered in the State of...

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Kim Schrier (left) and Matt Larkin (right) take to the stage for the Congressional Debate. Photo by Brevin Ross.

Schrier and Larkin battle it out for House seat at Congressional Debate

October 31, 2022

Incumbent Democratic Congresswoman Kim Schrier and her Republican challenger Matt Larkin faced off during their congressional debate on Oct. 28 at McConnell Hall. The debate marks the last time the two...

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Washington wildfire. Photo courtesy of CWU Flickr

Rain helps with Washington’s poor air quality

October 26, 2022

After Seattle measured the worst air pollution in the world Thursday, Oct. 20 according to IQAir due to wildfire smoke, a few days of rain over the weekend helped bring the air quality back to more normal...

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Fall 2022 – Episode 3

October 21, 2022

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Recreation Sports Complex eliminates drop-in hours

Recreation Sports Complex eliminates drop-in hours

October 19, 2022

The start of the 2022 fall quarter brought many new changes to CWU and what campus has to offer for students. The Recreation Sports Complex (RSC) on campus is no exception to these changes.  The complex,...

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Fall 2022 – Episode 2

October 14, 2022

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Fall 2022 – Episode 1

October 14, 2022

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Ellenburg looks to build a strong skate community through youth. Photo courtesy of Pexels

Ellensburg supports skateboarding in the community

October 12, 2022

The city of Ellensburg Parks and Recreation department is offering skateboarding lessons for ages eight and up.  Participants can choose from two, one hour lessons or four, one hour lessons. The days...

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Jones Act suspended in Puerto Rico after devastation of Hurricane Fiona

Jones Act suspended in Puerto Rico after devastation of Hurricane Fiona

October 5, 2022

Hurricane Fiona swept through Puerto Rico as a Category 1 storm on Sep. 18 and caused an immense amount of damage to the island. The island was hit with over two feet of rain.  According to news.yahoo.com,...

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View of empty SURC with a Welcome Wildcats sign. Photo courtesy of CWU Flickr

Biden administration announces debt relief updates

October 5, 2022

The Biden administration announced they are scaling back the amount of people their student loan debt forgiveness plan will apply to on Sept. 29, over a month after first announcing the plan.  Borrowers...

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Students playing cornhole at Bite of the Burg. Photo by Brevin Ross.

Bite of the Burg’ offers food, drink and community

September 28, 2022

“Welcome to Ellensburg,” a Bite of the ‘Burg employee said to event attendees as they entered Fourth Avenue.  The bumping bass of 88.1 the ‘Burg speakers surrounded students and community members...

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Courtesy of Angelie Sampson, VP Volleyball Club

The glory days don’t have to be over

June 7, 2022

The end of high school does not have to mean the end of competitive sports. For those who are unable to play sports at the collegiate level for whatever reason, there are alternatives that can compare...

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The Lord of the Rings is the king of film trilogies

May 25, 2022

The era of Director Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy catapulted cinema goers into author J.R.R Tolkien's world of Middle-Earth. With the release of “The Fellowship of the Ring,” in 2001, Jackson...

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College of Business unveils new agribusiness certificates

May 25, 2022

The College of Business unveiled two new continuing education certificates that are set to roll out in the fall of 2022, where both focus on agribusiness.  According to CWU’s continuing education...

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May is officially Arts Education Month in Ellensburg

May 11, 2022

Ellensburg Mayor Nancy Lillquist signed a proclamation on Monday, May 2 officially making May Arts Education Month in Ellensburg. Gallery One Director Monica Miller said she feels great about the proclomation...

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Ellensburg High School takes precaution against threats towards LGBTQ+ students

Ellensburg High School takes precaution against threats towards LGBTQ+ students

April 27, 2022

As Ellensburg High School (EHS) wrapped up its annual Associated Student Body (ASB) elections, threats towards two student candidates prompted the district to move candidate speeches to a virtual setting...

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CWU lifts mask mandate

CWU lifts mask mandate

April 14, 2022

CWU lifted all mask mandates on campus on Friday, April 8. President Jim Wohlpart announced the much anticipated move to go maskless for the spring quarter in March. Other than gatherings indoors over...

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Alford-Montgomoery residents relocated to new halls due to boiler failure

Alford-Montgomoery residents relocated to new halls due to boiler failure

April 6, 2022

Residents of Alford-Montgomoery Hall (Al-Monty) started off the quarter by being told they need to pack up their belongings and move to another hall. A boiler failure causing heating issues is what made...

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88.1 the ‘Burg wins three awards from the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System

88.1 the ‘Burg wins three awards from the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System

April 6, 2022

CWU’s 88.1 the ‘Burg was named Best College Radio Station in the Nation by the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS). As part of the IBS’s 82nd annual conference which nominates and awards college...

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COVID-19’s extra year of eligibility opened unique opportunities for one CWU athlete

COVID-19’s extra year of eligibility opened unique opportunities for one CWU athlete

March 9, 2022

COVID-19 brought uncertainty and inconsistency to athletics all over the world. For collegiate athletes like Graduate Senior Leanna Shymanski COVID-19 presented a second chance and new opportunities.  In...

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Nathan Blauman (pictured) has gone
from a managerial role with CWU football to making the team via tryouts.

Walk-on tryouts produce new addition to CWU football team

March 2, 2022

CWU’s football program hosted walk-on try-outs on Feb.18. For any CWU students in good academic standing who were interested, try-outs were a chance to showcase their work and dedication in hopes of...

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Adam Fahsel

Baseball finishes road game stretch start to season

February 23, 2022

CWU baseball completed 13 games on the road with the team starting the season 4-9. For the first time since the 2019 season, CWU has its first full schedule of games ahead of them.  For head coach...

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Courtesy of CWU Athletics

CWU Basketball’s back-to-back doubleheaders

February 16, 2022

CWU men’s and women’s basketball teams faced a heavy schedule of games last week at Nicholson Pavilion. The CWU women’s team (16-5) tipped off the first of the double headers on Feb. 10 against...

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Soccer is more than a game to CWU’s new head women’s soccer coach

February 9, 2022

After searching through an extensive pool of candidates looking to fill the head coach spot for CWU women's soccer, the athletic department landed on Lindsey Lee to lead the program on Dec. 31.  The...

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The NFL uniform policies are atrocious

February 9, 2022

The NFL’s uniform policies are atrocious and nothing but a cash grab for the league. The individuality and expression of the league’s athletes suffer as a result of the unnecessary and harsh regulations. When...

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Juliette Williams ties school 60-meter dash record in first meet as a Wildcat

February 2, 2022

In her first track and field meet as a Wildcat, transfer sophomore Juliette Williams tied the school’s 60-meter dash record. Williams tied the previous record holder and her teammate, senior Makenna...

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Courtesy of Alex Lee

January Recreation Center attendance rises as students set New Year’s resolutions

January 26, 2022

The winter quarter brought new students to the Recreation Center who are looking to better their fitness, as well as regulars, who are seeking to achieve their New Year's resolutions.  Senior Krystal...

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Jack Wendling

Men’s rugby prepares for a challenging schedule

January 19, 2022

CWU men’s rugby is gearing up to start their first full season since 2020, where they are scheduled to face some tough opponents.  Head coach Todd Thornley said he is looking forward to a full season. “It’s...

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The Weeknd is the most talented artist of the decade

January 19, 2022

With the recent release of “Dawn FM,” The Weeknd has been on the mind and in the ears of music buffs and fans like myself. The Toronto native and music icon has once again captured listeners with his...

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Courtesy of CWU Athletics | Nathan Blauman #23 is trying to make the CWU football team during January tryouts.

CWU football looking to utilize January try-outs to fill roster

November 11, 2021

With lower numbers than usual, the football program is looking to find players through their January try-outs.  The try-out process is often confused with the term “walk-on.” What you may think...

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