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CWU’s Hubs Reopen for Fall Quarter

CWU’s Hubs Reopen for Fall Quarter

October 1, 2021

CWU’s campus is home to plenty of study and hang-out hubs for students. However, after a year of almost exclusively online learning, many new and returning students might not know about these locations...

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Move-In Weekend - Full Story

Move-In Weekend – Full Story

September 30, 2021

CWU’s “Welcome Weekend” returned two weeks ago as all on-campus residents moved into their dorms. After a lack of the event in 2020 due to COVID-19, Housing and Residence Life staff members worked...

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Move-In Weekend 2021

Move-In Weekend 2021

September 17, 2021

The second day of "Welcome Weekend" was met with the majority of on-campus students moving into their dorms. Stay tuned for the full story in our first physical edition.  

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CWU makes admissions tests optional

June 2, 2021

CWU has announced that the SAT and ACT are both optional for all applicants starting fall 2021. This decision comes after about a year of discussion and will be a permanent change, even after the pandemic. “It’s...

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Photo Courtesy of Kittitas Police Department (Facebook)

Dynamite on Clark Street

May 26, 2021

Roses are red, violets are blue, and one Kittitas resident’s garden almost “blue” up.  On May 13, Kittitas Officer Brian DeFrang received an email from Chief Chris Taylor about a mason jar of...

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Ellensburg sees better weather and more police cars

Ellensburg sees better weather and more police cars

May 19, 2021

The number of law enforcement driving around Ellensburg has seemed to increase in recent weeks, including vehicles from other cities and counties.  State Trooper John Bryant said it can be chalked...

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WiseCrax: Well, Excuse Me!

May 19, 2021

Congratulations on reaching week seven of spring quarter. Or is it week eight? Or, wait, what month is it? … Where am I? Regardless of it all, you deserve a break.  Maybe you’ve made it this far...

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WiseCrax: My Heart Pumps for the Golden Arches

May 12, 2021

McDonald’s, bottom of the lunch rush in the dead of summer. It’s hot out here people, you can see it in the crew member’s glazed over eyes, but they’re still pushing for the corporate man upstairs....

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A sign of the times: Ellensburg resident uses homemade signs to mark violence

A sign of the times: Ellensburg resident uses homemade signs to mark violence

May 12, 2021

On a corner down North Main Street sits a house like any other, until you notice the 23 wood signs, with the names of 23 black people killed in America burned into each one.  Marie Goheen, an Ellensburg...

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WiseCrax: Caffeine– Kicking the Habit

May 5, 2021

Another week of midterms has come and gone, leaving behind a wreckage of exhausted students. If you’re a part of the 85% of Americans who drink at least one caffeinated beverage a day, that’s probably...

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Plant store to open downtown

Plant store to open downtown

May 5, 2021

Ellensburg will soon become home to The Botany Shop, a new plant and botanical goods store opening downtown. Owner April Rohrbach has been working on opening her shop for about two years and said she is...

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Farmers’ market returns on Fourth Street

April 28, 2021

The Ellensburg Farmers Market has been a top event for locals from May to October since it started in 1993. On May 1, the market will begin its 28th run on Fourth Street, with vendors ranging from local...

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WiseCrax: Summer Lovin’

April 28, 2021

The afternoon hits the mid 70s and dips down to 30 degrees by 8:30. You snooze in the grass through another Zoom class because you simply cannot be bothered anymore. A wind gusts through those white fluffy...

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CWU offers on-campus vaccination clinics

CWU offers on-campus vaccination clinics

April 21, 2021

Two hundred and sixty-five doses of the Moderna vaccine were administered to eligible students, faculty and staff on April 13. This was the first vaccine clinic offered on campus, and more dates have already...

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WiseCrax: Together again, a beginner’s guide

April 14, 2021

Welcome to WiseCrax, a weekly column by Libby Williams. It will hopefully serve as a safety corner in the newspaper for right after you’ve read your department got defunded or that parking passes will...

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Multiple Ellensburg buildings could receive funding from The National Register of Historic Places.

Ellensburg locations qualify for Third Places Fund

April 14, 2021

Ellensburg is home to 11 historic places on The National Register of Historic Places which could potentially receive grant money. The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation (WTHP) held a virtual...

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High glam, low budget, lower standards

High glam, low budget, lower standards

March 9, 2021

As we round out one year in a pandemic, there is no shortage of new obstacles we’re all experiencing in our daily lives: the lack of social interaction, the total loss of a perception of time, the anxiety...

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CWU encourages students to stay in town for spring break

CWU encourages students to stay in town for spring break

March 9, 2021

Multiple departments are joining forces to provide activities during spring break in an attempt to keep students in town and reduce the spread of COVID-19. There will be online and in person events in...

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Catholic Campus Ministry is located across the road from Shaw-Smyser Hall on Sprague St.

Lent: what it means and how it’s practiced

March 2, 2021

Christians worldwide, as well as here on campus, are three weeks into this year’s observation of Lent. While the traditions associated with this period look different for everyone, the core ideologies...

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Under phase two of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Roadmap to Recovery, indoor dining is allowed at 25% capacity.

The Porch navigates open-air seating rules under Inslee’s Recovery plan

February 16, 2021

Restaurant owners have juggled staying afloat and following rules within the phases of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Roadmap to Recovery. The Porch Bar and Grill has the tools necessary to remain open with multiple...

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Another holiday during the pandemic

Another holiday during the pandemic

February 9, 2021

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, marking off yet another holiday during the pandemic. Students are getting creative in finding ways to celebrate safely with those they love. Kevin Williams,...

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Weekly horoscopes like you’ve never seen

Weekly horoscopes like you’ve never seen

February 9, 2021

We’ve all been there. You’re out to coffee with a new friend, when they suddenly hit you with that big money question: what’s your astrological sign? “Uh… I think I’m a Virgo…” you guess.  “Oh...

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Music classes hope to be a role-model for what safe learning can look like across the university.

Band students safely return to McIntyre Hall

February 2, 2021

After two quarters of campus-wide online learning, performance based music classes are transitioning back to an in-person format. This shift comes with many safety regulations to ensure performers stay...

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Learning to cope during our first winter in a pandemic

Learning to cope during our first winter in a pandemic

January 26, 2021

Winter in Ellensburg could put a damper on anyone’s spirits, even under normal circumstances. Mixing shorter days and sub-freezing temperatures with isolation and other restrictions due to the pandemic...

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An extended winter break

An extended winter break

January 20, 2021

After two quarters of mostly online learning, many students have opted to take some time off from school. Some feel that an online curriculum doesn’t compare to that of an in-person class, and the lack...

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