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80 CAH staff and faculty sign a petition objecting to an ‘arguably unethical’ fundraiser

80 CAH staff and faculty sign a petition objecting to an ‘arguably unethical’ fundraiser

February 27, 2021

Some staff and faculty members in the College of Arts and Humanities (CAH) say they have felt pressured to donate to a fundraising campaign that will award funding towards department projects based on...

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Faculty Senate calls for earlier vaccine access for university personnel

Faculty Senate calls for earlier vaccine access for university personnel

February 25, 2021

Members of CWU’s Faculty Senate sent a letter to Gov. Jay Inslee earlier this week asking for higher education personnel to be included in the state’s 1B tier 2 category of COVID-19 vaccine distribution. The...

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Opinion: The pain of a Mariners fan

Opinion: The pain of a Mariners fan

February 24, 2021

While it’s a tradition for the Seattle Mariners to disappoint their fanbase, they managed to do so in record time this year and before their season even started. Over the weekend, a 46-minute video...

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Men’s basketball returns to action

Men’s basketball returns to action

February 23, 2021

While its excitement in the first two games didn’t match the results in the box score, the CWU men’s basketball team was just relieved to be back out on the court this weekend. Over the past year,...

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GNAC announces plans to play spring sports, hold championships

February 23, 2021

The Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) announced on Feb. 18 that the conference plans to hold several conference seasons in the spring, culminating with conference championships throughout May. In...

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GNAC announces plans to play spring seasons, championships

GNAC announces plans to play spring seasons, championships

February 18, 2021

The Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) announced that the conference plans to hold several conference seasons in the spring, culminating with conference championships throughout May. In a Feb....

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Basketball game postponed due to positive COVID-19 test

February 15, 2021

 While CWU’s men’s basketball team was slated to start their season late last week, the game was postponed after a positive COVID-19 test in the program. A member of the program’s tier one, which...

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False spike in COVID-19 registration caused by computer error

February 12, 2021

A drastic spike in COVID-19 vaccine registration in Kittitas County last week was caused by computer error, not by people from outside the county coming to register for the vaccine. The Kittitas County...

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Virtual Lobby Day

February 4, 2021

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Commencement to be virtual

Commencement to be virtual

February 2, 2021

On Jan. 21, students and families received confirmation that the 2021 commencement held at the end of spring quarter would be online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the CWU Provost Michelle...

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2021 commencement to be conducted virtually

January 28, 2021

For the second year in a row, CWU’s commencement ceremony will be held completely virtually due to health and safety risks associated with the ongoing pandemic. During this year’s commencement,...

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President A. James Wohlpart

President-designate lays out future of CWU

January 20, 2021

While he isn’t scheduled to assume the office for up to six months, CWU’s president-designate has already begun mapping out his early tenure at CWU. CWU announced A. James Wohlpart as its next president...

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A. James Wohlpart

CWU announces 15th president

January 14, 2021

The Board of Trustees (BOT) announced today that A. James Wohlpart will be the 15th president in CWU’s history. It is not known when Wohlpart will officially take over for James L. Gaudino. Wohlpart...

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Community group works to stop local hate

January 12, 2021

A group started over four years ago which aimed to bring the Ellensburg community together has recently relaunched with the assistance of ASCWU President Mickael Candelaria. Not in our Kittco (NIOK)...

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Local legislators prepared for an unconventional session

Local legislators prepared for an unconventional session

January 12, 2021

The Washington State Legislature convened yesterday, and representatives from the 13th district are ready for a session which will look very different from previous years. While state representatives...

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Then next president of the university will be introduced on Jan. 14, though it is unknown when the will takeover for outgoing President James L. Gaudino

Next president to be introduced, meet campus groups next week

January 8, 2021

CWU will name President James L. Gaudino’s successor next week, though the identity of the next president is still publicly unknown. The Board of Trustees (BOT) will convene for an executive session...

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White nationalist materials found on campus, in town

White nationalist materials found on campus, in town

December 23, 2020

Stickers from Patriot Front, which the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) calls a “racist, anti-Semitic white supremacist group,” were found on campus and in Ellensburg this week. The stickers featured...

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Board of Trustees to offer presidency to unknown candidate

Board of Trustees to offer presidency to unknown candidate

December 18, 2020

The Board of Trustees (BOT) voted Friday morning to offer the presidency to a candidate who has not been publicly identified. In a unanimous decision during a special meeting on Dec. 18, the trustees...

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APOYO reaches agreement with CWU to stay on campus

November 18, 2020

Allied People Offering Year-Round Outreach (APOYO) and CWU have announced a deal that will allow the food bank to stay in their current site on campus until Oct. 31, 2022. A Nov. 17 press release from...

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The identity of the candidate the BOT will negotiate with is not yet known.

Board of Trustees to begin negotiations with unidentified presidential candidate

November 13, 2020

The CWU Board of Trustees (BOT) unanimously agreed on Friday to begin negotiations with the “top choice” to succeed President James L. Gaudino, though the identity of the candidate is not yet known. A...

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A look back on an adventurous quarter

A look back on an adventurous quarter

November 10, 2020

As the quarter ends and The Observer prints our last issue until our January return, I felt a need to reflect on the businesses of the quarter. Over the past two months, The Observer staff has covered...

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Then next president of the university will be introduced on Jan. 14, though it is unknown when the will takeover for outgoing President James L. Gaudino

Presidential search enters next phase

November 10, 2020

As the search for a new university president continues, the process has reached a new milestone with five candidates being named finalists for the position. While the names of the candidates have yet...

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Handout depicting city council members, activists found in Ellensburg

November 10, 2020

A flyer featuring caricatures and nicknames mocking several Ellensburg activists and elected officials, as well as a letter, was found throughout the Ellensburg area and on social media over the past several...

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Sheriff candidates make their pitches

Sheriff candidates make their pitches

November 3, 2020

On election day 2020, the two candidates for the Kittitas County Sheriff’s are making their final push for the job. Current Sheriff Clay Myers has been on the job for just under a year after being...

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The battle for the 8th district

The battle for the 8th district

October 27, 2020

With just a week left until election day 2020, candidates for Washington’s 8th congressional district are making their final pitches to voters. Incumbent Rep. Kim Schrier (D-Issaquah) is facing off...

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Wendell Hill Hall B sees ‘concerning’ increase in COVID-19 cases

Wendell Hill Hall B sees ‘concerning’ increase in COVID-19 cases

October 26, 2020

After a total of 14 students tested positive for COVID-19 in Wendell Hill Hall B, CWU has conducted a second round of testing to see if any additional residents have COVID-19. The university first announced...

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Gaudino gives his final State of the University speech

Gaudino gives his final State of the University speech

October 24, 2020

In his final State of the University speech as President of CWU, James L. Gaudino outlined the progress the university has made towards meeting his three university-wide goals, while also previewing the...

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[Photo] Water main break causes flooding

October 22, 2020

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[Photo] COVID-19 outbreak in Wendell Hill Hall B

October 22, 2020

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While the plan isn’t finalized, ASCWU is working to build a new multicultural center.

[Photo] Old Heat may be new Center for Cultural Innovation

October 20, 2020

While the plan isn’t finalized, ASCWU is working to build a new multicultural center.

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COVID-19 cluster detected in CWU residence hall

COVID-19 cluster detected in CWU residence hall

October 18, 2020

CWU announced early Sunday evening that six students have tested positive for COVID-19 in the Wendell Hill B Residence Hall. The remaining residents of the hall will be required to self-isolate in their...

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At the top of the trail hikers find scenic views of Ellensburg and its surroundings.

Rattlesnake Dance Trail: It’s the climb

October 13, 2020

A mere 15 minutes outside of Ellensburg, the Rattlesnake Dance Trail trail offers a full view of the valley and a unique perspective, all while hiking about a mile each way. Gear to Pack A sturdy...

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CWU announces layoffs, outlines budget shortfall

CWU announces layoffs, outlines budget shortfall

October 5, 2020

 Citing a decline in students enrolled and living on campus as well as a challenging financial outlook, CWU announced 56 layoffs on Sept. 30 that will impact 48 employees tied to residential services. Soon...

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GNAC announces plans for winter, spring athletics

October 3, 2020

The GNAC has announced a delayed start for winter athletics, while also announcing a plan for some fall sports to move to the spring of 2021. In a press release on Friday, Oct. 2, the GNAC announced...

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President Gaudino announces layoffs

September 30, 2020

Citing reduced enrollment and a limited number of students living on campus, CWU President James L. Gaudino announced in an email to the campus community this morning that 56 positions at the Ellensburg...

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Find all the little things in life

Find all the little things in life

September 27, 2020

On a broad level I believe that in 2020, with a pandemic that makes it impossible to hang out in large groups, wildfires that made the air unsafe and a recession that strikes fear in the hearts of college...

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Letter from the editor

Letter from the editor

September 15, 2020

  My name is Mitchell Roland, and I am the current Editor-in-Chief of The Observer. This is my first quarter in this role, and it will be my third quarter at CWU. While I’m new to CWU, I’m...

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Work continues to fully implement new Title IX regulations at CWU

September 15, 2020

As the new school year begins and some students return to campus, new Title IX rules around sexual misconduct are in the process of being implemented on college campuses across the country. Passed in...

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