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By the students, for the students of Central Washington University

The Observer

By the students, for the students of Central Washington University

The Observer

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CWU parking: Is it a problem or a matter of convenience?

CWU parking: Is it a problem or a matter of convenience?

May 26, 2016

In March, Nick Hansen, senior chemistry student at Central Washington University, decided he would try an experiment – a test to measure how much time would pass before he could find a parking spot. His...

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OPINION: The Democratic Party is really good at making you envious of Republicans

OPINION: The Democratic Party is really good at making you envious of Republicans

May 5, 2016

On Sunday, a friend and I attended the Kittitas County Democratic Convention in Thorp (of all places) at its high school. Did you know Thorp was big enough to have a high school? I thought it was just...

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OPINION: Internships are a gross, money-making scam

OPINION: Internships are a gross, money-making scam

April 28, 2016

I’m just going to come out and say this: Required internships as part of a college curriculum are a scam. Phew. That felt good to get off my chest. Some of you might have already suspected this,...

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Review: Dark Souls 3

Review: Dark Souls 3

April 28, 2016

There’s a moment early in “Dark Souls 3”—after you’ve killed the first real boss (Soulsborne fans will know what I mean by this)—when you have to walk up to a cliff edge in order to be transported...

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Here’s to a new foot forward

April 21, 2016

I’ve spent many hours in the shower, or brushing my teeth, or staring off into the corner of rooms, or doing the dishes or clipping my toenails – or anything people do when they ponder – thinking...

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‘We Observed You’: an apology for our ignorance

April 21, 2016

Last week, the Observer ran a column titled “We Observed You,” which received a large amount of negative feedback. The original intent of the column was to “observe” random, funny or interesting...

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Drug court provides a second chance

Drug court provides a second chance

April 21, 2016

Tyler Fulgham was 16-years-old the first time he smoked meth. He had just gotten out of church when one of his friends handed him a pipe and told him to smoke it. Tyler didn’t recognize the smooth,...

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OPINION: Youre #WithHer, but why?

OPINION: You’re #WithHer, but why?

April 14, 2016

Note: I voted for Bernie Sanders during Washington’s Democratic Caucus. I was chosen as a delegate to represent Sanders. This opinion is purely my own. I don’t know if it’s ignorance, stubbornness...

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Environment club makes progress on ban, successfully petitions city council

Environment club makes progress on ban, successfully petitions city council

April 7, 2016

Chase Tibbles/Observer   When James King wants to prove a point, he prefers to do it literally. For the past two quarters, King would dress up in a suit made of hundreds of plastic bags and...

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ASCWU back pedals on decision to cast recall election, President Anderson stays in office

ASCWU back pedals on decision to cast recall election, President Anderson stays in office

March 3, 2016

fter a private meeting Monday with Interim Provost Stephen Hulbert and Executive Director of Public Affairs Linda Schactler, the Associated Students of CWU (ASCWU) Student Government members decided not...

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Program staffer fights to keep drug users safe

Program staffer fights to keep drug users safe

February 18, 2016

ichael was the second visitor of the day. He has side-swept jet black hair and the beginnings of a mustache. He has track marks on his arm, sores on his face and a dirty wife beater on his back under a...

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OPINION: Black Lives Matter extremism is not the right answer

OPINION: Black Lives Matter extremism is not the right answer

January 28, 2016

It’s happening again. We’re all losing our collective minds. I don’t know why, but the last time I wrote about our love affair with extremist viewpoints, I thought it would be my last. Boy...

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Mass incarceration dialogue continues in 2016

Mass incarceration dialogue continues in 2016

January 14, 2016

It’s no secret: The United States locks up more of its citizens than any other nation on earth. And in most cases, people of color bear the brunt of America’s love affair with prisons. The Bureau...

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WWU cancels classes today in response to campus racism, CWU President responds

November 24, 2015

Earlier today Western Washington University cancelled classes at its Bellingham campus in light of racial hate speech posted on the anonymous social media phone app Yik Yak. As reported by the Seattle...

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The demonstration  at Central last Thursday was meant to show solidarity with protestors at the University of Missouri

Protests at Mizzou spark responses nationwide

November 21, 2015
On Monday, Nov. 9, University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe announced his resignation in response to growing pressure from students following multiple cases of documented racism on the Mizzou campus...
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OPINION: Extremism in 140 characters or less

November 16, 2015

Did you see that ludicrous display the other night? The way that one attacked the other, wow, it was viscous. And the blonde guy, did you hear those racist remarks and his ridiculous stance on women’s...

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Central Washington University President James Gaudino and Nina Caldwell, Associated Students of CWU (ASCWU) vice president for Legislative Affairs, talked about the issues surrounding student government at CWU, namely there only being one black officer on the board.

Students protest racism on Central’s campus

November 12, 2015

Today about 60 students protested racial injustice on the Central Washington University campus. The protest started at about noon in the Student Union & Recreation Center (SURC) marketplace. "Racism...

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Green news from around the world

November 5, 2015

Conservative climate denial still present in America Sondra Båtstrand at the University of Bergen in Norway conducted a study comparing the positions of conservative parties around the world on climate...

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Interim provost of CWU named, starts Nov. 1

Interim provost of CWU named, starts Nov. 1

October 22, 2015

Central has announced Stephen T. Hulbert as the interim vice president of academic and student life and provost for Central Washington University. He is scheduled to start on Nov. 1. This declaration...

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OPINION: Second Amend this

OPINION: Second Amend this

October 11, 2015

Mark it down. That’s number 296 of the year; one more for the record books, one more statistic, and one more news broadcast. When’s happy hour and who’s buying? Last Thursday, a 57-year-old Florida...

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Wellington’s Cafe closed for good, 1891 Bistro to open late Oct.

October 7, 2015

Wellington’s Café has been going through some major renovations, preparing to transition the space to 1891 Bistro–a new campus coffee shop. “The students are looking for a place to hangout that...

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Employees from Dining Services serve students at the new food truck near Bouillon.

Central overhauls dining, first since 2006

October 7, 2015

Almost 10 years after Central Marketplace and Holmes Dining first opened in the SURC, Central Dining Services has decided it’s time to update. New and returning students will see the largest change to...

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Washington Legislature voted to reduce tuition by 20 percent by 2016

Historic tuition cut for Central students

October 7, 2015

Until recently, the cost of higher education had been on the rise, but in a historical decision by the Washington state legislature, tuition is finally seeing a decrease. "I hope that the recent decrease...

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Source: John Swiney of Enrollment Services

Central welcomes largest freshmen class since 2010

October 7, 2015

If you noticed Central’s campus is a little more crowded than last year, you’re not alone . After last year’s record low enrollment, this fall’s incoming first-year students is Central’s largest...

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Provost Levine often lays out tea and shortbread cookies for guests in her office in Barge Hall.

Provost of four years resigns

October 3, 2015

In an announcement that stirred the Central community, Marilyn Levine, provost and vice president for Academic and Student Life of four years, is resigning effective Nov. 1. Her declaration was made public...

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Four-year senior administrator to resign Nov. 1

Four-year senior administrator to resign Nov. 1

September 22, 2015

Update Monday, Sept. 28 at 9 p.m. According to Marilyn Levine, who announced her upcoming resignation last week, she will remain in Ellensburg while the university searches for a replacement. Levine...

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OPINION: ESPNs Colin Cowherd shows his age and lack of expertise in his rant against professional gaming

OPINION: ESPN’s Colin Cowherd shows his age and lack of expertise in his rant against professional gaming

May 28, 2015

ook out, America. There’s a new sport on the horizon and it doesn’t involve balls, pads or large crowds of people getting drunk in a parking lot before games. Well, it might actually involve the latter. I’m...

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CWU Disability Services to implement new program for students on the autism spectrum

CWU Disability Services to implement new program for students on the autism spectrum

May 11, 2015
Students living with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) have a lot to look to forward to as Central overhauls Disability Services to include a brand new program available in the fall, Autism Spectrum Navigators (ASN)
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Opinion: Fees- a new fad that creates a convenient loophole around Washington State’s tuition freeze

Opinion: Fees- a new fad that creates a convenient loophole around Washington State’s tuition freeze

May 6, 2015
“Do you support the arts? Sign here.” This deceiving phrase, spoken by Arts Fund supporters, dominated walkways and conversations the Friday before finals week last quarter. If you happened to have a class anywhere near campus that day, chances are you heard it, too. Approximately 1,400 students signed the petition. I’ve seen the documents with my own eyes. I was skeptical of that number at first, but once I saw the three-inch-high stack of papers, my disbelief was crushed. 1,400 students. Wow. Since when did 1,400 students collectively care about anything around here?
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Ayron Jones and The Way performed live in Centrals Student Union building

[Video] Ayron Jones and The Way performed live in Central’s Student Union building

April 27, 2015
A little bit of Jimi Hendrix, a little bit of rock and a little bit of blues is what Ayron Jones and The Way is all about. The three-piece group delivered a soulful performance in Central's SURC Pit on Friday, April 24.
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Celebrating 29 years of Grunge: Sub Pop founder Bruce Pavitt rockin to SURC pit tomorrow from 1-3 p.m.

Celebrating 29 years of Grunge: Sub Pop founder Bruce Pavitt rockin’ to SURC pit tomorrow from 1-3 p.m.

April 23, 2015
Nirvana, Soundgarden, and Mudhoney. If you grew up in Washington, you’ve no doubt heard some of these names at least somewhere. Actually, the only way you could have escaped these is if you lived under a rock, and even if you did, it better be big because it surely would have rolled away by now.
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Opinion: The 4 a.m. wake up call

April 20, 2015
If you, like me, have a phone, then you probably woke up to a call at 4 a.m. last Monday morning.
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The Tinder experiment

The Tinder experiment

February 15, 2015

Tinder is trying really hard to be more than just a dating app that categorizes people based solely on looks. But using it feels like playing God, swiping through photo after photo, making split-second...

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Review: Boyhood

Review: Boyhood

February 4, 2015

If you told me Richard Linklater (School of Rock, Dazed and Confused) started shooting a film 12 years ago, I would have called you crazy. Well as it turns out, he did do that, and wow, what a movie. “Boyhood”...

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Central Bowling Club stranded after bowling alley closure

Central Bowling Club stranded after bowling alley closure

January 26, 2015

For the past three quarters, the Central Bowling Club (CBC) has been stranded with no bowling alley to play in. Following the closure of the Ellensburg bowling alley where the club met and practiced,...

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Central ITAM lecturer talks about his life transformation

Central ITAM lecturer talks about his life transformation

January 25, 2015

David Douglas, information technology and administrative management (ITAM) lecturer, drinks tea instead of coffee and keeps a sun lamp handy to stay positive in the drear of winter. He said he chose tea...

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Crackdown on concussions

December 3, 2014

No matter how much padding you put in a helmet, the brain is still going to slam into the inside of the skull in football. No matter how careful the players are, elbows and knees are still going to...

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Defense will be key for CWU women’s basketball

November 20, 2014

Coming off an electrifying win over Hawaii Pacific in the Nazarene Tip-Off Classic in Nampa, Idaho, Central’s women’s basketball team looks forward to playing Evergreen State at home. Settling into...

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UNBREAKABLE BOND - Despite their setbacks, the Hanses family remains a tight-knit group who supports each other no matter the obstacles that come their way.

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge hits home for Central athlete

November 13, 2014

At the age of 12, Rachel Hanses, with encouragement from her father, Scott Hanses, tried out for club volleyball at her school. She didn’t make the team. Now in her junior year of volleyball at Central,...

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Be classy: Go to class

November 9, 2014

Have you ever heard the saying, “what’s mine is mine and yours is yours?” As a college student, you should make yourself familiar with it. You see, the distinction of yours and mine is becoming increasingly...

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Young aims to make a difference

November 9, 2014

Ask freshman education major and defensive back Kevin Young Jr. what he enjoys most about playing football, and he’ll respond with quiet stare and a small chuckle. For him, it’s not about what he enjoys...

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IMPACT - Blair endures a hit during his Wildcat career. (Photo by Daily Record/Courtesy of CWU Rugby)

Alumni stars set sights on making U.S. Olympic Team

October 31, 2014

Central rugby coach Tony Pacheco never dreamed of developing two potential Olympians, but that’s exactly what he did. Throughout their time at Central, Tim Stanfill and Patrick Blair would contribute...

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Lipston overcomes obstacles, CWU goalie is looking to finish her senior season strong

October 24, 2014

For goalie and senior accounting major Kayla Lipston, playing for Central’s women’s soccer team the last three years has been a blessing. Recruited out of Decatur high school in Federal Way by head...

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CWU football: Who foots the bill?

October 21, 2014

What if Central got rid of its football team and nobody cared? That certainly wasn’t the case for Western Washington University, which dissolved its football program back in 2009, much to the dismay...

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ON THE LOOKOUT - Sanchez surveys the field before the play begins.

Wildcats look to gain ground

October 9, 2014

Coming off of an inconsistent start to the season, Central’s women’s soccer team is putting the past behind them as they look to improve as a team during their three-game home stint. The Wildcats...

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