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Patrick Carpenter speaks at the ceremony while other EQuAl students hold the flag that is now flying above Barge Hall.

Somewhere under the rainbow

May 23, 2016

The Stars and Stripes and Washington’s Evergreen had a new companion—a Rainbow—on the flag pole high atop Barge Hall on the Central Washington University campus Monday. The new flag, a rectangle...

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Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doug Blackmon to speak at Central

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doug Blackmon to speak at Central

May 4, 2016

Next Wednesday, Douglas Blackmon, Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist, will speak at the First Amendment Festival about his work on the “neo-slavery” of African Americans from 1865 to the 20th century....

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Central hosts First Amendment Festival

Central hosts First Amendment Festival

May 4, 2016

When Cynthia Mitchell, associate professor of journalism, first read in a survey that most students don’t understand the First Amendment, she wanted to scream. “I thought to myself, ‘You’ve...

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Teaching tension with theatre professor Jay Ball

Teaching tension with theatre professor Jay Ball

April 28, 2016

On a hot and dusty day in the summer of 1993. 23-year-old Jay Ball stepped out of the taxi that took him and four classmates from East Jerusalem to the Gaza Strip. The two-hour car ride brought them to...

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Habitat builds 16th home

Habitat builds 16th home

April 28, 2016

The local Habitat for Humanity just finished its 16th home and moved its chosen family, Spring Liles and her two children, into the Sunlight Waters home near Cle Elum on Tuesday. Liles qualified for...

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OPINION: College is an investment–take it seriously

April 7, 2016

They always roll into class about five minutes late, wearing gray sweats and a high school sweatshirt with messy hair and a look of absolute disinterest. And this is on the day you’re actually seeing...

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ASCWU decides not to pursue recall election, board still not confident in Anderson's abilities as president

ASCWU decides not to pursue recall election, board still not confident in Anderson’s abilities as president

March 1, 2016

The Associated Students of Central Washington University (ASCWU) decided Monday not to pursue a recall election of President Ryan Anderson. Anderson also chose not to voluntarily resign. “We met with...

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‘Wrap It, Stack It, and Mac It’

February 18, 2016

Devin Marshall is a poet in the kitchen. Herbs and spices are his meter. Breads, meats and cheeses are his diction. And the results are delicious. “One bite it’s cheese, and the next bite it’s...

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Central students who are under the age of 21 may not be able to buy cigarettes if the legislation passes to raise the age to the same as alcohol.

Smoking age may be raised to 21

February 4, 2016

Washington lawmakers are looking to raise the legal age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21. Last year, a bill to raise the smoking age requirement did not pass despite the highly publicized support...

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OPINION: Has anti-political correctness gone too far?

January 26, 2016

Yes - By Julia Moreno These days, it seems like everyone has to be politically correct about everything he or she says. We’re reminded to watch how we say things all over social media—on our Tumblr...

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MLK day festivities coming to the SURC

MLK day festivities coming to the SURC

January 14, 2016

Central Washington University students will join local elementary schools next week to celebrate and remember Martin Luther King Jr. Around 400 students from the second grade to the fifth grade from...

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Surprising snowfall creates winter wonderland in Ellensburg

Surprising snowfall creates winter wonderland in Ellensburg

January 14, 2016

This year’s unusually heavy snowfall caught everyone by surprise, including Karin Bumeaco, assistant state climatologist for Washington state. According to Bumeaco, the snowfall in lower-elevation...

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Artists help redesign Ellensburg bus shelters

Artists help redesign Ellensburg bus shelters

January 10, 2016

Bus shelters are usually seen as functional things to shield people from the elements during the colder months. But Alex Eyre, chairmen of the Ellensburg Arts Commission, wants them to be something more. He...

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OPINION: Are you sure you’re pro life?

December 6, 2015

Recently, the attack on the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic has taken Twitter by storm. Tweets were sent out celebrating the deranged man for killing innocent people. Several people stated that...

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Gaudino met with students on Monday evening to discuss changes

Gaudino responds to student protest, demands

November 21, 2015

Near the end of Thursday’s demonstration, protester Gianni Glover challenged President James Gaudino: “If you give us false hope by making these commitments and fail to do them, would you be willing...

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Central Transit hits road block, WSDOT grant funding in doubt

Central Transit hits road block, WSDOT grant funding in doubt

November 19, 2015

  Faced with the possible loss of Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) funded grants, the Central Transit bus system is exploring other, more stable funding options, according...

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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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Ellensburg Council candidates share views

November 3, 2015

The Ellensburg City Council’s only contested race this year is between Fennelle Miller and Chris Herion. Miller has previously served on the council while Herion is a new name on the ballot. The Observer...

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OPINION: Dress in costumes, not stereotypes

October 29, 2015

Stereotyping people can be hurtful. Recently, while perusing online sites for Halloween costumes, I saw the obvious ones: short skirt Cinderella, the sexy hot-dog, sexy nurse and the sexy-but-cute...

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The class of 1988 cheers on the football team during the traditional homecoming game

Homecoming: it’s about the memories

October 22, 2015

Since it started in 1925, homecoming has been about celebrating Central’s past. For alums who have graduated and moved on to be geologists, teachers, computer specialists and pilots, it’s a time...

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Death row investigator speaks on mass incarceration

Death row investigator speaks on mass incarceration

October 14, 2015

Non-fiction writer and ex-reporter Rene Denfeld has an interesting job. In her line of work, she meets people who society says shouldn’t be alive. “Every year we take thousands of people and we...

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CWU and YVCC receive $3 million grant for low-income students

CWU and YVCC receive $3 million grant for low-income students

October 14, 2015

Central and Yakima Valley Community College (YVCC) are receiving more than $3 million from a federal grant, according to KIMA TV. The Department of Education Title V Developing Hispanic-Serving Institution...

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OPINION: My rights - not your decision

OPINION: My rights – not your decision

October 11, 2015

The recent vilification of Planned Parenthood by conservative members of Congress has once again stirred up the decades-old abortion debate.   Additionally, a video circulating around the Internet...

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Stacey Robertson says the program stands out due to the faculty who teach online.

CWU online English wins national award

October 8, 2015

Central is going viral—and not in the usual way. Central’s online English program was recently ranked seventh amongst similar programs in the nation by BestSchools.org. Created two years ago the...

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Ellensburg Rodeo wrangles CWU dorms

October 8, 2015

Every Labor Day weekend, people travel from all over Washington to attend the four-day Ellensburg Rodeo. Established in 1923, the event is one of America’s top ten rodeos, with over 600 contestants...

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Medicinal scientists awarded Nobel

October 8, 2015

On Monday Oct. 5, the Nobel Peace Prize committee awarded three scientists its prize for medicine for two anti-parasitic drugs, according to Mother Jones magazine. One fights the effects of malaria and...

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Five dead in Aurora Bridge bus crash

September 25, 2015

September 27, 2015 update at bottom of story. Four college-aged Chinese exchange students were killed Thursday on Seattle’s Aurora Bridge when the charter bus in which they were riding collided with...

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