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
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, affecting 20.4 million people in the U.S. in the past year according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical...

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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

The weight of student debt applies significant pressure to about 45 million borrowers nationwide with an accumulated $1.6 trillion in debt, according to a press release issued by The White House on Aug....

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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

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

Background 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...

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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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Jampa Dorje brings his knowledge of Tibetan Buddhism to Ellensburg

The Many Lives of Jampa Dorje

January 12, 2022

Students may have seen Jampa Dorje freely giving out hand-sewn books in front of the SURC, robes billowing around him while sharing philosophical joy. From the streets of Berkeley during the post-Beat...

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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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All photos by Katherine Camarata

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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