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Katherine Camarata, Assistant Copy Editor

Assistant Copy Editor - Winter 2022

Staff Reporter - Fall 2021

All content by Katherine Camarata

WiseCrax: Honorable Mentions

January 26, 2022

I see you, lone waffle fry in the french fry bag, living your crispiest life before your once-in-a-lifetime journey to the center of a human. You may not know that anybody recognizes your diligence, but...

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Music faculty member targeted by prejudice Ongoing investigation seeks answers

Music faculty member targeted by prejudice Ongoing investigation seeks answers

January 26, 2022

Racist, homophobic and sexually explicit materials were distributed to music faculty and student areas of McIntyre Hall over winter break, according to an email sent out to the music department on Jan....

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Christian preacher sparks discussion at CWU

Christian preacher sparks discussion at CWU

January 26, 2022

Christian street preacher Anders Clark from the Memorial Bible Church in Yakima debated students outside the SURC on Jan. 18, spreading the words of Jesus to anybody who would listen. At any given time,...

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New SLICE series Crafting Compassion bridges gap between students and community

New SLICE series Crafting Compassion bridges gap between students and community

January 19, 2022

The SURC pit was filled with the sound of pens scratching paper as students participated in the Notes to Neighbors pen pal program on Jan. 13.  With the ongoing complications of the coronavirus, outlets...

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The civil rights leader Martin Luther KIng (C) waves to supporters 28 August 1963 on the Mall in Washington DC (Washington Monument in background) during the March on Washington. King said the march was the greatest demonstration of freedom in the history of the United States. Martin Luther King was assassinated on 04 April 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee. James Earl Ray confessed to shooting King and was sentenced to 99 years in prison. Kings killing sent shock waves through American society at the time, and is still regarded as a landmark event in recent US history. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)

Honoring the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

January 19, 2022

On Jan. 17, people across the nation honored the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his prolific work in the Civil Rights movement. The day of remembrance falls on the third Monday in January...

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Brittany Lewis (left) and Sarah K. (right)

Breaking the Stigma: Bipolar Disorder

January 19, 2022

Bipolar disorder is often misrepresented in media or everyday conversations, but it encompasses so much more than vague, dramatic stereotypes. CWU community members shared their experience to break down...

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Activities on campus create space for connection

Activities on campus create space for connection

January 19, 2022

Despite the drawbacks of the pandemic, activities on campus have been thriving and providing connection for students. Recent campus events included the “Create a Creature” event on Jan. 8 and the...

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Jampa Dorje brings his knowledge of Tibetan Buddhism to Ellensburg

The Many Lives of Jampa Dorje

January 12, 2022

From the streets of Berkeley during the post-Beat poet era to the farms of Kittitas Valley as a cattle rancher to the mountains of Colorado studying Tibetan Buddhism, Jampa Dorje has lived many lives within...

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Satire: Wellington Wildcat spends three-night stint in animal shelter after lively night out

January 12, 2022

According to an anonymous student source, CWU’s own Wellington Wildcat was spotted behind bars in the back of the Ellensburg Animal Shelter’s truck last Saturday at approximately 3 a.m., with bloodshot...

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Kelsey Sells (left) Lily Klevjer (right)

Breaking the Stigma: PTSD

November 24, 2021

When discussing PTSD, there are misconceptions and misunderstandings that arise from stereotypes presented in daily life about this topic. “Trauma can come from anywhere,” junior in psychology and...

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Missing and Murdered Native American and Indigenous Women’s march spreads awareness on campus

Missing and Murdered Native American and Indigenous Women’s march spreads awareness on campus

November 18, 2021

“Where are our sisters? We pray for you everyday. We miss you. We love you. Creator, watch over our sisters. Bless their beautiful families. Each day we pray for our missing sisters. Light their way...

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Contractors hard at work to complete the Health Sciences building before spring quarter

Health Sciences building pushes opening back to spring quarter

November 18, 2021

The opening date for the new Health Sciences building has been pushed back to March 29, 2022, according to Capital Planning and Projects Director Delano Palmer.  There have been a number of supply...

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CWU aims to expand Nicholson Pavilion and Purser Hall by 2023

CWU aims to expand Nicholson Pavilion and Purser Hall by 2023

November 18, 2021

On the horizon for CWU in 2022, the historic Nicholson Pavilion will have its first major upgrade since its construction in 1959.  Approximately $55.5 million has been designated for the expansion...

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(Left to right) Annemarie Albright, Leia, McWilliams, Danielle Hegarty

Breaking the Stigma: Anxiety

November 11, 2021

“You have your conscience in your head telling you what is good and what is bad,” freshman theatre design and production major Annemarie Albright said. “[With anxiety], it feels like I have two of...

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El Zodíaco Familiar blends Chinese zodiac with Mexican and Chicane culture

November 11, 2021

Upon entering the El Zodíaco Familiar exhibit at the Sarah Spurgeon Gallery, dozens of students, faculty and community members encountered a vast array of vibrantly-decorated creature heads mounted...

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Health Science building concept sketch

$60 million building set to open in January 2022

November 4, 2021

CWU’s latest construction project is drawing to a close this winter as the Health Sciences program prepares to inhabit its new home.  The Health Sciences building will be three stories tall, house...

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Failed transformer leaves psychology building empty until late November

Failed transformer leaves psychology building empty until late November

November 4, 2021

The transformer in the basement of the psychology building had an unexpected failure before the beginning of fall quarter, leaving the building without electrical service and students without a classroom. “There...

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Birds of a feather flock together

Local family of ducks start GoFundMe to pay for migration

October 28, 2021

Beloved residents of the irrigation canal that runs through the CWU campus, the Webber family, floated many ideas around before deciding that a GoFundMe would be the perfect way to finance their migration...

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ASCWU meeting updates students on CWU events

ASCWU discusses events at public meeting

October 21, 2021

ASCWU members discussed upcoming events including homecoming events and forums during their public meeting Monday afternoon. This week is homecoming week and, according to Vice President of Student...

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ASCWU meeting updates students on CWU events

ASCWU meeting intends to increase student involvement

October 21, 2021

Director of Governmental Affairs Edgar Espino announced the Get Out The Vote drive was reduced to only one day instead of three days. The event dates canceled were Oct. 19 and Oct. 21. The event will be...

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CWU Alumni G-Man Denke uses music to cope with depression

Breaking the Stigma: Depression

October 21, 2021

This article discusses the concepts of self harm and suicide, content which some readers may find upsetting. “Everybody knows what it’s like to be sad,” CWU Psychology Lecturer Cynthia Engel said....

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Company booths lined up to offer students internships and jobs.

Career fair provides future opportunities for students

October 10, 2021

The SURC Ballroom bustled with dozens of company booths and students eager to make career connections Thursday Oct. 7 during the first Engineering, Technologies, Safety and Construction Fair since the...

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PUSH pantry serves CWU community

PUSH pantry serves CWU community

October 9, 2021

The opening of the Presidents United To Solve Hunger (PUSH) centralized pantry in the Brooks Library took place on Oct. 4th. The pantry is in the main lobby of the library and will be the main area for...

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Breaking the stigma: Autism spectrum disorder

Breaking the stigma: Autism spectrum disorder

October 8, 2021

“Autism is not only how our brains operate, but it’s also our culture. It helps shape who we are and why we are the way we are,” said alumna Devin Beach, founder of a local community of autism activists,...

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Katherine Camarata