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

Katherine Camarata

Katherine Camarata, Lead Editor

Lead Editor- Fall 2022

Scene Editor - Spring 2022

Assistant Copy Editor/Senior Reporter - Winter 2022

Staff Reporter - Fall 2021

All content by Katherine Camarata
Photo by Brevin Ross

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

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

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

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

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

January 26, 2023

Literature intersects with human rights.

Letter from the editor 1/25

Letter from the editor 1/25

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?

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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Letter from the Editor 1/18

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

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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Letter From The Editor 1/12

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Psychology Building melts into amorphous blob

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 18, 2022

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

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

May 11, 2022

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

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 shares culture with people of all backgrounds

African Night Ubuntu shares culture with people of all backgrounds

May 11, 2022

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

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

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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Satire: Put this in your pipe and smoke it

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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EthicsLab hosts discussion series called The Good Life

EthicsLab hosts discussion series called The Good Life

March 9, 2022

The CWU EthicsLab has been hosting a monthly discussion open to the public in the Hal Holmes Center where community members can weigh in on relevant philosophical inquiries. The most recent event took...

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Breaking the Stigma: Borderline Personality Disorder

Breaking the Stigma: Borderline Personality Disorder

March 9, 2022

Charlotte Casler, a senior in vocal performance, has been deeply impacted by her diagnosis with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), and she shared her experience in the hopes of destigmatizing this...

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U.S. foreign involvement is a crime against humanity

March 9, 2022

This "great" nation was founded on crime, as British soldiers invaded once prosperous Native American tribal land throughout the 1400s to the 1800s, signed treaties that were later ignored and murdered...

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Vision and Mission Open Forums seek community input

March 3, 2022

CWU is hosting the Vision and Mission Open Forums throughout the next week in the SURC Ballroom in order to gather feedback from university constituents, according to an email sent by President Wohlpart.  The...

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Fall enrollment projections spark concerns over NTT faculty job security

March 2, 2022

Early projections for fall 2022 budget and enrollment have caused concern among faculty, staff and department chairs over the future of many Non-Tenure Track (NTT) faculty positions across the university.  Multiple...

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Cultural Crisis exhibit marries low-brow subject matter with high-end artistry

Cultural Crisis exhibit marries low-brow subject matter with high-end artistry

March 2, 2022

The hypnotic, technicolor creations of award-winning Seattle artist Anthony White are now on display at the Sarah Spurgeon Art Gallery in Randall Hall, and the work has been captivating community members...

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CASA Members

Parade of Nations: Watch Us Rise

February 23, 2022

Students from every corner of the globe wore brightly-colored clothing, stood at tables representing cultural clubs, made new friends and enjoyed live entertainment during the Parade of Nations: Watch...

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Dr. Blaise Dondji outside St. Andrew_s Church

It takes a village: Dr. Blaise Dondji provides healthcare to his home in Bawa, Cameroon

February 16, 2022

Dr. Blaise Dondji has studied all over the globe and impacted many lives with his wife Francine Dondji and their children, Michel-Adrien, Camille and Dema, by his side. He returns what he learns and earns...

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Painting by Joyful Enriquez

First Friday Art Walk displays unique perspectives across downtown Ellensburg

February 9, 2022

The streets of Ellensburg were alive with the spirit of creativity as community members enjoyed a variety of art exhibits and live musicians during the February’s First Friday Art Walk. Attendees were...

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Calls to Action exhibit in the Museum of Culture and Environment

CWU activists sound a call to action

February 9, 2022

Signs sporting phrases like “Stop funding violence” and “Why is ending racism a debate?” decorate the glaring, white walls of the Museum of Culture and Environment this quarter as part of the Calls...

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Ruben Cardenas, Tiffany Smith, Maria Lytle, Nenay Norawong, Veratta Pegram-Floyd (From left to right)

Break the Stigma: BIPOC mental health panel

February 2, 2022

The stigma tied to mental health is a limitation many CWU faculty members make passionate efforts to reduce, and panelists moved one step closer to this goal last week.  Five CWU faculty members sat...

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WiseCrax: Honorable Mentions

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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