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Professional drag queens from Washington took the SURC Ballroom stage with pizzazz, Photo by Katherine Camarata

Heels, wigs, leather, hats: CWU’s annual drag shows feature amateurs and professionals to celebrate queer Pride

Katherine Camarata, Lead Editor
May 31, 2023

High-heeled boots, wigs, crystals, razzmatazz and death drops were on fullest display as the amateur drag show was off to a bang on the SURC west patio on May 29.  The show hosted by Equality through...

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Amateur drag performers pose in front of a balloon of rainbows after leaving it all on the floor for the audience. Photo by Katherine Camarata

Heels, wigs, leather, hats: CWU’s annual drag shows feature amateurs and professionals to celebrate queer Pride

Katherine Camarata, Lead Editor
May 30, 2023

High-heeled boots, wigs, crystals, razzmatazz and death drops were on fullest display as the amateur drag show was off to a bang on the SURC west patio on May 29.  The show hosted by Equality through...

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Marie Marchand poses with her Ellensburg City Poem  This Valley, Our Cradle at its unveiling. Photo courtesy of Marie Marchand

Q and A with Ellensburg Poet Laureate Marie Marchand

Katherine Camarata, Lead Editor
May 28, 2023

Tell us a little about your background and what led you to be the poet that you are today.  Writing poetry helps me process the world around and within me. Since high school, poetry has been a safe...

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Bawa Health Initiative fundraiser held by CWU professor provides healthcare to African village

Bawa Health Initiative fundraiser held by CWU professor provides healthcare to African village

Katherine Camarata, Lead Editor
May 27, 2023

  Technicolor regalia, cultural dance performances and an African feast awaited over 170 attendees of the annual Bawa Health Initiative (BHI) Fundraiser dinner on May 20 held at a private party...

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The ‘concerning’ and ‘traumatic’ experiences of a school lockdown

No amount of lockdown drills could prepare a student for the feeling that violence may be around the corner in a space that is supposed to be safe.  The Ellensburg School District (ESD) experienced...

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Katherine models her grandmothers shirt, a silk corset style off-shoulder top from Etsy, braided belt from Etsy and slacks/hat from Goodwill in Ellensburg. Shoes are reflective gold boots from Old Skools record store on Main. Photo shot in front of McConnell Hall.

How to discover a sense of style

Katherine Camarata, Columnist
May 24, 2023

Trying to establish your own personal sense of style is not an experience so easily pinned down in words, because in my eyes, it comes more from a feeling. An affinity toward one color or another,...

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Photos by Yohanes Goodell. Photo composition by Brandon Davis.

Breaking the Stigma: Eating Disorders

Katherine Camarata, Lead Editor
May 17, 2023

Having an eating disorder may look like starving yourself or overeating, or it may be entirely invisible, occurring in the mind more than the body. CWU students shared their experiences living with eating...

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Breaking News: Ellensburg School District experiences lockdown after warning of “imminent threat”

Breaking News: Ellensburg School District experiences lockdown after warning of “imminent threat”

Ellensburg High School (EHS) Principal Beau Snow made an email announcement to students and parents that there was a lockdown in process on May 10 at 1:03 p.m. This was announced after KitCom, a civilian...

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Show up Speak Out student performers highlight strength of sexual assault survivors

Show up Speak Out student performers highlight strength of sexual assault survivors

Katherine Camarata, Lead Editor
May 3, 2023

Silence overtook a dozen audience members as theater department students shared the chilling tales of CWU sexual assault survivors on stage in the SURC Ballroom on April 27 with painful emotion in their...

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Carlos Huitron and daughter Guadalupe Huitron-Lilly embraced for warmth outside the Kittitas County Courthouse building before holding a demonstration. Photo by Rob Fraser

Recordemos Shady Acres: La expansión del Centro de Eventos de Kittitas va a reemplazar lo que una vez fue una comunidad pacífica y de costo razonable

Katherine Camarata, Jefa de redacción
April 28, 2023

Una lucha histórica por Shady Acres: una batalla que lleva ya media década Filas de casas móviles con juguetes de niños de colores, pero sin vida en los jardines quedan desocupadas. Una vez allí...

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President Wohlparts second home is set to finish construction in 2025. Photo by Katherine Camarata

SATIRE: President Wohlpart’s second home to be constructed underneath Bouillon Hall

Katherine Camarata, Satirist
April 27, 2023

What most believed to be a simple and usual construction site with holes left uncovered behind cyclone fences was actually something far more progressive and unexpected: the future location of President...

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Choreographed hip-hop piece, Photo by Therese Young

Orchesis annual performance showcases student choreography across genres

Katherine Camarata and Zileni Milupi
April 26, 2023

Splashes of vibrant color and bright white lights echoed across an expansive white backdrop behind the stage of the Milo Smith Tower Theatre as audience members gasped, laughed and cried their way through...

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Carlos Huitron and daughter Guadalupe Huitron-Lilly embraced for warmth outside the Kittitas County Courthouse building before holding a demonstration. Photo by Rob Fraser

Remembering Shady Acres: the once ‘peaceful,’ affordable community to be covered by Kittitas County Event Center expansion

Katherine Camarata, Lead Editor
April 12, 2023

A historic fight for Shady Acres: a battle spanning half a decade Rows of abandoned trailers with colorful yet lifeless children’s toys scattered across the yards sit vacant where a community once...

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No usa gasolina, no tiene frenos, totalmente actualizado: la impresión que causó el vehículo Tesla de la policía del campus universitario

No usa gasolina, no tiene frenos, totalmente actualizado: la impresión que causó el vehículo Tesla de la policía del campus universitario

Yohanes Goodell and Katherine Camarata
April 11, 2023

Para reducir los costos de gasolina y el efecto invernadero por emisión de gases, el equipo de policía del campus de CWU adquirió en 2020 un vehículo Tesla modelo Y para grandes distancias y tracción...

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No gas, no brakes, all updates: the effects of the campus police Tesla vehicle

No gas, no brakes, all updates: the effects of the campus police Tesla vehicle

The CWU campus police force attempted to cut down on fuel costs and greenhouse gas emissions by purchasing a long-range all-wheel-drive Tesla Model Y in 2021, and CWU Police Chief Jason Berthon-Koch provided...

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NAMI board member and Ellensburg Poet Laureate Marie Marchand and NEAR founder Nan Doolittle. Photo courtesy of Marie Marchand

National Alliance on Mental Illness local chapter forms to raise awareness in Kittitas County

Katherine Camarata, Lead Editor
March 8, 2023

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is a nationwide organization that seeks to destigmatize discussion surrounding mental health and provide resources for people with disorders and their families....

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The Roberts entertaining the fans at the 2018 Cle Elum Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival in the beautiful Cascade mountains at the old historic mining town of Cle Elum. Photo by Rob Vitti

The Roberts: a whole ‘sum greater than its parts’

Katherine Camarata, Lead Editor
March 1, 2023

From Santa Fe to Roslyn, from one band to the next, four men sharing one name have come together over four decades to fill ears with sonic delight and get people moving to the rhythms of their sound. The...

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The gay agenda: when the closet comes crashing down

Katherine Camarata, Columnist
February 15, 2023

Love manifests differently for everybody, but for those of us raised in heteronormative environments, where homosexuality was an oft unwanted deviation from the norm, heterosexuality can seem like the...

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Rihanna at the Super Bowl: an analysis of society’s reaction

Katherine Camarata, Columnist
February 15, 2023

Rihanna, legendary pop-R&B icon of the 2010s with a career spanning over a decade, broke her five year hiatus from the stage by performing for the 2023 Super Bowl halftime show. Rihanna had her...

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She Asks for Time to Unravel the Mystery by Jane Orleman. Photo by Katherine Camarata

Gifts to the Future: legacy Ellensburg artists celebrated at Art Walk

Katherine Camarata, Lead Editor
February 8, 2023

A vast array of unique paintings and sculptures decorated Gallery One as high-spirited artists from older and newer generations alike gathered to honor community members who have left lasting artistic...

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Photo by Brevin Ross

Editor’s Column: how do we publish The Observer, anyway?

Katherine Camarata, Lead Editor
February 1, 2023

While some may say it's best not to see how the sausage is made, we at The Observer believe it's your right to see beyond the curtain of secrecy into our behind-the-scenes process. In five simply reductive...

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Human Library event set to take place April 22. Photo courtesy of Pexels

Upcoming Human Library event aims to defy stereotypes through conversation

Katherine Camarata, Staff Reporter
February 1, 2023

Some libraries provide a cozy place to bury your nose in a book, while others offer more unusual forms of media to check out: humans.  The Human Library is an international nonprofit organization created...

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Gary Robertson on duty in Lind Hall. Photo by Katherine Camarata

Meet your Maintenance Worker: Gary Robertson

Katherine Camarata, Lead Editor
February 1, 2023

Name: Gary Robertson Title: Custodian 1 Hometown: Anaheim, California Years working at CWU: 3 Favorite part of campus: the SURC, because it has everything Least favorite part of campus:...

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Homenaje a queridos difuntos del personal y del profesor de CWU

Homenaje a queridos difuntos del personal y del profesor de CWU

Katherine Camarata, Editora Principal
January 29, 2023

CWU perdió a dos miembros queridos del personal y de la facultad entre diciembre y enero: Shelley Spencer, la gerente de oficina y asistente del jefe del departamento de Tecnologías de Ingeniería, Seguridad...

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Literature intersects with human rights.

[Photo] CAH hosts presentation on intersection of literature and human rights

Jordyn Rossmeisl, Staff Reporter
January 26, 2023

Literature intersects with human rights.

Letter from the editor 1/25

Letter from the editor 1/25

Katherine Camarata, Lead Editor
January 26, 2023

Greetings CWU, As the clouds start to part and make way for some rays, remember to be kind to yourself. Being kind to yourself allows space for vulnerability, which was one theme on my mind while writing...

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Finding acceptance through grief.

My grandma died and my relationship ended… Now what?

Katherine Camarata, Lead Editor
January 25, 2023

While the headline may lead you to believe I'm writing a melancholy country ballad, in reality I'm just trying to walk a straight line down a spiral path. Grief is a peculiar thing, because I've never...

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Photo by Brevin Ross

Letter from the Editor 1/18

Katherine Camarata, Lead Editor
January 18, 2023

Hope this finds you in high spirits CWU, As we all get reimmersed into our academic sphere, we are given opportunities to learn and gain insight about ourselves by witnessing the perspectives of others. Last...

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Students protested Title IX misconduct outside the Learning Commons. Photo by Brevin Ross.

Title Wave: Learning Commons tutors detail allegations against supervisor

Katherine Camarata, Lead Editor
January 18, 2023

Accusations of discrimination based on disability, gender identity, religion and sex were investigated last summer as part of a Title IX case filed against former University Writing Center (UWC) coordinator...

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Photo courtesy of Katherine Camarata

Letter From The Editor 1/12

Katherine Camarata, Lead Editor
January 11, 2023

Long time no see readers, I hope you’ve had a reflective and soothing time throughout the holiday season. Winter is a season to examine what patterns and behaviors no longer serve us and to shed past...

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Honoring dearly departed CWU community members

Honoring dearly departed CWU community members

Katherine Camarata, Lead Editor
January 11, 2023

CWU lost two cherished members of the staff and faculty between December and January: Shelley Spencer, office manager and assistant to the chair of the Engineering Technologies, Safety and Construction...

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Photo courtesy of APOYO on Facebook

APOYO starts new after-school sports program “Amigos Atléticos” with $22,500 grant from Kittitas County Public Health Department

Omar Benitez and Katherine Camarata
January 11, 2023

Amigos Atléticos or “athletic friends” in English, is a new sports club started by Allied People Offering Year-long Outreach (APOYO) aimed to help youth around Ellensburg get active and spend time...

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CWU chamber choir performs at This Shining Dawn concert directed by Dr. Lamartine.

This Shining Dawn: CWU Christmas candlelight concert illuminates darkness

Katherine Camarata, Lead Editor
December 8, 2022

A hush drew over the full-to-capacity pews of the Methodist church as lights overhead darkened to a mere whisper, the CWU chamber choir filing into the sanctuary each holding a single lit candle, circling...

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Fotos por cortesía de Gatos Contra La Agresión, Compiladas por Glacie Kehoe-Padilla

“Gatos Contra La Agresión” afirma que ha habido una falta de responsabilidad en los casos relativos al Título IX en nuestro campus universitario

Katherine Camarata, Editora Principal
November 29, 2022

Una nueva cuenta de Instagram, titulada Gatos Contra La Agresión (Cats Against Assault en inglés) ha causado sensación y ha acumulado más de 1400 seguidores desde su primera publicación el 20 de octubre....

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Cats Against Assault led their second protest on Nov. 21. Photo by Yohanes Goodell.

Cats Against Assault team responds to administration actions

Katherine Camarata, Lead Editor
November 25, 2022

The Observer spoke exclusively to representatives from the Cats Against Assault (CAA) team, who have asked to continue to stay anonymous for fear of retaliation from perpetrators and administration. The...

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CWU alumna Meghan Rochelle shares her story. Photo courtesy of Meghan Rochelle

Breaking the Stigma: Sleep Conditions

Katherine Camarata, Lead Editor
November 22, 2022

Sleep is necessary to maintain physical and mental wellness yet many humans experience sleep impairment, with 28% of the U.S. population reporting excessive sleepy feelings throughout the day according...

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Katlyn White stands next to Wellington.

[Photo] Senior Farewell – Katlyn White

Katlyn White, Copy Desk Lead
November 22, 2022

Katlyn White stands next to Wellington.

Photo of President Wohlpart. Photo courtesy of CWU Flickr

President Wohlpart responds to Title IX protests

Katherine Camarata, Lead Editor
November 22, 2022

President Wohlpart responded to local movements regarding Title IX allegations on campus in an interview with The Observer, offering insight into the motivations for his administration’s current actions...

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Malik Cantú, Yuka Kawai, Josephine Cessna during rehearsal. Photo by Sequoia Good

“Everybody” explores life, death and everything in between

Katherine Camarata, Lead Editor
November 22, 2022

All four quadrants of theatre seats held anticipatory audience members facing each other within the intimate setting of the Milo Smith Tower Theatre on the opening night of the production “Everybody”...

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Photo courtesy of CWU Flickr

Psychology Building melts into amorphous blob

Katherine Camarata, Satirist
November 16, 2022

The psychology building’s structure provides more ambiguity than an inkblot Rorschach test, featuring lines, levels and angles seemingly on a path to nowhere.  The perplexing hub of insight is verifiably...

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Photo courtesy of CWU

Q & A with Thomas Pederson, Director of Civil Rights Compliance & Title IX

Katherine Camarata, Lead Editor
November 9, 2022

How many Title IX cases were reported on campus in the last year? 3 years? 5 years? Can I request those numbers?  2022 – 5 Title IX cases investigated (4 student and 1 employee) +  12 Student...

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Stace Sleigh Layman. Photo courtesy of CWU

Q & A with Staci Sleigh Layman, Associate Vice President of Human Resources

Katherine Camarata, Lead Editor
November 9, 2022

What role does the HR department play when Title IX violations are reported?  As responsible employees, HR staff report possible Title IX issues to the Title IX Coordinator for review and possible...

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The Observer editorial staff in front of the Lincoln Memorial. Photo by Dylan Hanson

MediaFest22: CWU editors journeyed to Washington D.C. for communications convention

Katherine Camarata, Lead Editor
November 3, 2022

Between workshops, keynote speakers and mingling with journalists from across the nation, MediaFest22 provided CWU student media editors with an experience that will leave lasting memories and resonating...

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Photos courtesy of Cats Against Assault, compiled by Glacie Kehoe-Padilla

“Cats Against Assault” claims lack of accountability in Title IX cases on campus

Katherine Camarata, Lead Editor
November 2, 2022

A new Instagram account titled Cats Against Assault has made waves and garnered over 1,400 followers since their first post on Oct. 20, which introduced the group as “students advocating for CWU to enforce...

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Photo courtesy of Katherine Camarata

Letter from the editor

Katherine Camarata, Lead Editor
November 2, 2022

Hello fine humans of CWU, What a week it’s been! I hope you’re all hanging onto your marbles as we navigate these storms together. The pages this week are filled with ups and downs, attempts to...

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McNeillie photographed by ED Flores. Photo courtesy of Gabrielle McNeillie.

Life in motion: Gabrielle McNeillie dances over seas of delight

Katherine Camarata, Lead Editor
October 26, 2022

From studying ballet in the Rochester, New York area to performing professionally on Carnival Cruise lines to teaching as a dance professor at CWU, Gabrielle McNeillie’s lively spirit has touched audiences...

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Cómo Superar el Estigma: Trastornos por Consumo de Sustancias

Cómo Superar el Estigma: Trastornos por Consumo de Sustancias

Katherine Camarata, Editora Principal
October 25, 2022

Los trastornos por consumo de sustancias, SUD ( por sus siglas en inglés) existen en todas partes y a menudo pueden ir sin recibir tratamiento, afectando a 20.4 millones de personas en los Estados Unidos...

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Editorial

Katherine Camarata, Lead Editor
October 19, 2022

Following Mahsa Amini’s death in custody after improperly wearing her hijab, Iran's Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) estimated that 222 people have been killed in the past month for their involvement...

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ASCWU Board of Directors. Photo courtesy of ASCWU Instagram

El presidente de ASCWU renunció después de una elección revocatoria

Katherine Camarata, Editoria Principal
October 17, 2022

SEGMENTO TRADUCIDO POR TYLER RAYMUNDO El expresidente de ASCWU Rachael Medalia renunció oficialmente a su puesto el 19 de septiembre. El orador del Senado, Brady Smith, solicitó una elección revocatoria...

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New panda habitat to be built where chimposium once stood

Katherine Camarata, Lead Editor
October 12, 2022

Where a chimposium once stood proudly on the corner of Wildcat Way and 14th Street, a new habitat for endangered pandas will be taking its place come 2023 according to a release from CWU Public Relations. The...

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ASCWU Board of Directors. Photo courtesy of ASCWU Instagram

ASCWU President resigns following motion for recall election

Katherine Camarata, Lead Editor
October 12, 2022

Former ASCWU President for the 2022-2023 year Rachael Medalia officially resigned from her position on Sept. 19. A motion for a recall election was made by Senate Speaker and Interim Executive Vice...

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Lead Editor Katherine Camarata posing for a photo. Photo courtesy of Katherine Camarata

Letter from the editor

Katherine Camarata, Lead Editor
October 5, 2022

Salutations CWU, We hope all you new students are staying afloat, enjoying life on or around campus and settling into the ebb and flow of existence as we know it. This week, we covered events ranging...

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Building and field on UW Campus. Photo courtesy of UW Flickr

Shooting in Seattle U-District leaves four UW students injured

Katherine Camarata, Lead Editor
October 5, 2022

A shooting incident occurred in the vicinity of 43rd Street and University Way near the University of Washington (UW) Seattle campus that left four students injured, according to a UW Alert system notification...

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Cigman Fraud frontman Andrew Parker takes the Burgstock stage.

Burgstock shines a light on up and coming talent

Katherine Camarata, Lead Editor
October 5, 2022

Dozens of parked cars lined N. Alder Street as the electric sound of local bands and the illumination of rainbow stage lights permeated the night air on Oct. 1 during a free community event titled Burgstock. The...

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Up next in culture and arts on campus

Up next in culture and arts on campus

Katherine Camarata, Lead Editor
September 28, 2022

Students searching for a cultural and artistic fix on campus don’t need to look any further than the Sarah Spurgeon Art Gallery or the Museum of Culture and Environment (MCE). The Museum of Culture...

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Haitian marketplace on the compound. Photo courtesy of Katherine Camarata.

Voluntourism is the savior complex at work

Katherine Camarata, Lead Editor
September 28, 2022

I remember the day I set foot in the tiny Port Au Prince airport in Haiti in 2011, the shouting men eager to help with my bags in exchange for money and the moving truck my companions and I piled into...

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The Kittitas County Recovery Community Organization, 211 W 3rd Avenue.

Breaking the Stigma: Substance Use Disorders

Katherine Camarata, Lead Editor
September 12, 2022

Substance Use Disorders (SUD) exist everywhere and can often go untreated, affecting 20.4 million people in the U.S. in the past year, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Overdose has...

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The Financial Wellness Center is located in Bouillon Hall 102.

Debt relief plans fall short of student needs

Katherine Camarata, Lead Editor
August 31, 2022

In an attempt to fulfill campaign promises, the Biden administration announced they will be forgiving up to $20,000 in student loan debt for recipients of the Pell Grant and $10,000 for those who did not...

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Phoenix mural on Pearl St. Photo courtesy of Ellensburg Downtown Association.

Ellensburg Downtown Association welcomes students to upcoming events

Katherine Camarata, Lead Editor
August 23, 2022

While CWU can feel like its own island, the Ellensburg Downtown Association (EDA) is hoping to bridge the divide between the town and college campus by inviting students to participate in new programs...

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Little Perennials booth filled with handmade bags. Photos by Katherine Camarata.

Ellensburg Night Market opens doors for local microbusinesses

Katherine Camarata, Lead Editor
August 22, 2022

The soulful, emotion-filled tones of local music duo Spiced Rye drifted over a curious crowd weaving through tents offering hand-made goods, food and works of art at the third installation of the Ellensburg...

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Firefighters respond to chilled water leak in Lind Hall

Leak in mechanical room causes Lind Hall fire alarms to go off

Katherine Camarata, Scene Editor
June 8, 2022

Blaring alarms sounded throughout Lind Hall after a chilled water leak in the mechanical room triggered fire alarms at approximately 11:10 p.m. on June 7, according to an eye witness and Associate Vice...

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Campus-wide power outage leaves people stranded in elevators

Katherine Camarata, Scene Editor
June 4, 2022

The entire CWU campus briefly lost power due to a lightning and thunder storm, leaving community members stranded in elevators and engulfing campus in darkness, according to the CWU Facebook page and High...

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Hilda Peña Alfaro

Multicultural education in and beyond the classroom

Katherine Camarata, Scene Editor
June 1, 2022

While multicultural education classes are a much-needed component of CWU, the work of diversity, equity and inclusion extends beyond the classroom. Dr. Hilda Peña Alfaro, a professor in the World Languages...

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President Wohlpart and the Provost’s Office expand on fall enrollment

President Wohlpart and the Provost’s Office expand on fall enrollment

Katherine Camarata, Scene Editor
June 1, 2022

President A. James Wohlpart and Provost Michelle DenBeste said they expect approximately 1,700 first-year students enrolled for fall, about 100-200 students shy of the goals mentioned by President Wohlpart...

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Anti-abortion and abortion-rights protesters gathered in opposition on campus

Anti-abortion and abortion-rights protesters gathered in opposition on campus

Tiny Heartbeat Ministries anti-abortion advocates held signs with graphic images of aborted fetuses, handed out pamphlets and wore Go-Pro cameras outside the SURC and Black Hall on May 17. The group is...

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Skookum Kids and LatinX Student Organization table

Day of Action bridges divide between CWU and Ellensburg with block party

Katherine Camarata, Scene Editor
May 18, 2022

The aroma of street tacos from El Loco Food Truck and some reverberating reggae beats rang through the air around the Rotary Pavilion in downtown Ellensburg as over 50 people celebrated the first ever...

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Protesters gather every day in front of Kittitas County Courthouse in light of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court draft opinion.

Abortion rights at risk as Supreme Court decides whether to overturn Roe v. Wade

Protesters gather every day in front of Kittitas County Courthouse in light of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court draft opinion.

First Friday Art Walk connects artists with audience

First Friday Art Walk connects artists with audience

Katherine Camarata, Scene Editor
May 11, 2022

Dancing piano notes wafted through the buzzing air as community members searched the walls of Gallery One to catch a glimpse of their own artwork or works by people they know during the First Friday Art...

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African Night Ubuntu celebrates culture across the globe

African Night Ubuntu celebrates culture across the globe

An eruption of laughter resonated around the SURC Ballroom as two members of the audience  weaved their way from their seats to the stage, bathed in purple lighting in front of the crowd.  Comedian...

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Ukrainian flag with cut-out hand prints. Photo courtesy of Nan Doolittle

New nonprofit organization Northwest Expressive Arts Response offers healing through art

Katherine Camarata, Scene Editor
May 4, 2022

Freshly-hung mirrors, works of art and vibrant rainbow prayer flags adorn the walls of the newly-opened office for local nonprofit organization Northwest Expressive Arts Response (NEAR) where on any given...

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Tango performed by Kerensa Redbow, Anya DeGroot, Kevin White, Reagan Nguyen

Music & Autism event celebrates neurodivergent minds

Katherine Camarata, Scene Editor
May 4, 2022

Colorful music filled McIntyre Hall as a projection screen displayed various paintings by autistic artists on stage that served as inspiration for four original music compositions performed by the piano,...

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Courtesy of Pexels.com

Satire: Put this in your pipe and smoke it

Katherine Camarata, Columnist
April 20, 2022

We’re all smokin’ the devil’s lettuce, whether we admit to it or not. Ever since legalization, I feel like I can’t walk two blocks without catching a whiff of somebody throwing their life away.  That...

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Xavier Cavazos displays his pain.

La exposición, “Dónde la I-90 se une con la I-82” expone obras de arte de todo el país

Katherine Camarata, La editora de la sección Cultura
April 14, 2022

Los miembros de la comunidad se congregaron para compartir y reflexionar sobre la charla y la recepción de la artista que celebró la exposición “Dónde la I-90 se une con la I-82” el pasado jueves,...

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Xavier Cavazos displays his pain.

“Where I-90 meets I-82” exhibit features artwork from around the nation

Katherine Camarata, Scene Editor
April 13, 2022

“After a child drowns we close the well with a clay slab,” senior in Professional and Creative Writing and English Language and Literature Karla Maravilla said, her voice filled with sorrow while reading...

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Sam DeSmith Jr. Psychology

Autism Awareness Month: Community members share experiences

Katherine Camarata and Elliott Watkins
April 13, 2022

Maybe you are someone that has a loved one on the autistic spectrum. Maybe you have taken a few special education courses and feel you have a solid grasp on the ins and outs of autism. Maybe you feel you...

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Las previsiones presupuestarias para 2023 reflejan recortes inminentes

Las previsiones presupuestarias para 2023 reflejan recortes inminentes

Katherine Camarata, Editora de la sección Cultura
April 6, 2022

Las previsiones presupuestarias para 2023 reflejan descensos en el salario de los profesores no titulares (NTT) con respeto a los años anteriores en todos los departamentos, con unas pérdidas más importantes...

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2023 budget projections reflect impending cuts

2023 budget projections reflect impending cuts

Katherine Camarata, Scene Editor
April 6, 2022

The 2023 budget projections reflect decreases in Non-Tenured Track (NTT) faculty salary from previous years across all departments, with the Colleges of Education and Professional Studies, Arts and Humanities...

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DEC honors Transgender Day of Visibility

DEC honors Transgender Day of Visibility

Katherine Camarata, Scene Editor
April 6, 2022

The LGBTQ pride flag was draped over a table with a wheel sitting on top eager to be spun last Thursday, March 31 as representatives of Q*Fam shared resources, played games and gave out prizes to honor...

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COVID-19 takes its toll on wellness

COVID-19 takes its toll on wellness

Katherine Camarata, Senior Reporter
March 9, 2022

Students and community members have felt the long-term effects of the pandemic over the past two years and it is more important now than ever to take care of our mental health, according to representatives...

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