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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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Students protest peacefully against police brutality and racism in honor of those who have died.

Students continue to lead protests in Ellensburg

September 15, 2020

In the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minnesota in May, race relations have once again dominated headlines as protests take place across the country, including in Ellensburg. Two current CWU students...

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The street outside of Ellensburg City Hall where organizers plan to paint a Black Lives Matter mural.

Organizers raise over $5,000 for Ellensburg BLM mural in one day

July 18, 2020

A GoFundMe fundraiser to paint a Black Lives Matter (BLM) street mural in Ellensburg has raised over $6,000 in donations so far, including a $500 donation from ASCWU. The mural is planned for downtown...

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GNAC suspends all competition through November 30

GNAC suspends all competition through November 30

July 17, 2020

In a decision that will impact four fall sports at CWU, the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) announced that all athletics have been suspended through Nov. 30. In a press release on July 17,...

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MLB’s return is a recipe for disaster

MLB’s return is a recipe for disaster

July 6, 2020

While I was originally ecstatic for Major League Baseball’s return, it has become clear that baseball’s return will be below typical MLB play standards and come with severe risks that outweigh the...

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2020 Ellensburg Rodeo cancelled

2020 Ellensburg Rodeo cancelled

July 2, 2020

The annual Ellensburg Rodeo has been cancelled for  2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event, scheduled to take place over the Labor Day weekend in September, traditionally includes a parade, concerts...

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CWU junior Jonah Gilley piloting a small aircraft from Arlington to Bellingham.

Hopeful student pilots left looking for a place to land

June 29, 2020

CWU’s suspension of admittance into their professional pilot program has left several students' futures up in the air. Citing the lack of a long-term facility, among other reasons, CWU announced on...

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CWU considering 26 budget reduction ideas

CWU considering 26 budget reduction ideas

June 25, 2020

In an effort to alleviate a $12 million budget deficit, CWU’s President’s Budget Advisory Committee (PBAC) has proposed 26 different ideas to reduce expenses on campus. In a memo to CWU President...

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Enrollment for CWU professional pilot program suspended

Enrollment for CWU professional pilot program suspended

June 17, 2020

CWU’s professional pilot program will no longer accept new enrollees. Students who were already accepted into the program for the fall have had their admission to CWU rescinded, while current students...

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ASCWU letter outlines claims of systemic racial issues on campus

ASCWU letter outlines claims of systemic racial issues on campus

June 13, 2020

Echoing the sentiments of Ellensburg protesters over the last week, two ASCWU members released a letter saying CWU has “continued to fail faculty and students of color over and over again.” Introduced...

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Protesters continue to rally in Ellensburg, despite fears of violence

Protesters continue to rally in Ellensburg, despite fears of violence

June 6, 2020

Hundreds of protesters filled the streets of Ellensburg on Friday to continue protesting national systematic racism and police violence. Almost 300 protestors marched from Barge Hall down Main Street...

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Staff face furloughs, reduction in hours during summer

June 5, 2020

Due to a “significant” impact on the university’s budget due to COVID-19, CWU President James L. Gaudino announced a reduction in staffing over the summer in an email this morning. According...

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Title IX changes will overhaul sexual assault policy at CWU

June 3, 2020

When students eventually return to campus, one major change they will find is a change in the processes around sexual misconduct allegations. Originally passed in 1972, Title IX of the Education Amendments...

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The main walkways through campus, usually occupied by students, were empty all quarter due to the campus shutdown caused by COVID-19. Most buildings were closed as well.

Gaudino outlines changes to campus

June 3, 2020

While COVID-19 will likely remain for the near future, campus is being prepped and classes are being planned for students to return for fall quarter. In an email to campus, CWU President James L. Gaudino...

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Peaceful protesters rally in Ellensburg

Peaceful protesters rally in Ellensburg

June 3, 2020

Chanting “black lives matter” and “no justice, no peace,” several hundred peaceful protesters marched through Ellensburg on Monday, June 1 against police brutality. This was one of several...

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COVID-19 may have long term impact on employment

COVID-19 may have long term impact on employment

May 28, 2020

As the days get longer and the weather gets nicer, some students are beginning a search for a part-time job for the summer. However, finding employment in Ellensburg will likely be more difficult than...

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SURC Fresh Bar opens despite pandemic

SURC Fresh Bar opens despite pandemic

May 22, 2020

While few students remain on campus, those who do have a new dining option. The new option, Fresh Bar, opened at the start of spring quarter in the SURC. The new eatery features a menu including items...

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Opinion: Court ruling is the latest sign the NCAA is dying

May 21, 2020

During a press conference at 2014’s Final Four in the glamorous Cowboys stadium in Arlington, Texas, UCONN basketball player Shabazz Napier described “hungry nights,” where players on the team literally...

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40 days of quarantine: How one local family was impacted by COVID-19

40 days of quarantine: How one local family was impacted by COVID-19

May 18, 2020

Editor’s note: Trinidad Serrano’s comments have been translated from Spanish to English by her son, Juan.    When Trinidad Serrano’s COVID-19 tests came back, Juan Serrano was nearly speechless. “Once...

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Students virtually escape from quarantine

Students virtually escape from quarantine

May 13, 2020

Imagine living on your own private island, that you are able to decorate as you please, while fishing and roaming around freely in clear and sunny weather 365 days a year. There’s no need for social...

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A sight of the Yakima river at Canyon River Ranch, near Wymer. Local businesses are introducing sanitation and social distancing measures to tackle COVID-19, but most services are still operating.

Fishing guides anxious to get back on the water

May 4, 2020

While rules for recreational fishing have been relaxed in the state, fishing guides statewide are still anxiously waiting to hold tours. Last week Gov. Jay Inslee announced plans to allow fishing in...

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Students use stimulus check for debts and miscellaneous shopping

Students use stimulus check for debts and miscellaneous shopping

May 2, 2020

As layoffs and furloughs continue due to  COVID-19, some CWU students believe the stimulus check has helped but more may be needed. As part of the CARES Act, which was passed by Congress to try to...

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I can’t wait for baseball to return

I can’t wait for baseball to return

April 22, 2020

I miss baseball. A lot. On the west side of the mountains, winter days are the same monotony of gray skies and dreariness. There’s a yearly glimmer of hope in early February. The day Mariners pitchers...

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CWU Football student athletes have had to get creative for working out. Whether they returned home for the quarter or stayed in Ellensburg, all gyms across the country are closed. Some of the student athletes think the team’s physical shape will take the biggest hit due to COVID-19.

CWU Football players find creative ways to stay active

April 22, 2020

With sports on an indefinite pause in America, CWU football has had to get creative in their offseason program. Due to COVID-19, athletes in fall sports can’t practice and will miss out on other things...

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Jake Forrester was drafted in the 37th round of the June 2019 MLB Amateur Draft by the Cleveland Indians.

Catching up with former CWU pitcher Jake Forrester

April 15, 2020

In baseball, an inside pitch can often lead to a batter breaking their bat if they make contact. But one aptly named former CWU pitcher knows a well-placed pitch isn’t the only way to make firewood. Jake...

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Food banks statewide struggling to deal with increased visitation

Food banks statewide struggling to deal with increased visitation

April 15, 2020

As unemployment continues to rise in Washington due to the COVID-19 outbreak, food banks statewide are seeing a drastic increase in visitation. According to the United States Labor Department, nearly...

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CWU will not reschedule spring commencement

CWU will not reschedule spring commencement

April 13, 2020

CWU has officially decided against rescheduling spring 2020 commencement due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In an email sent today signed by CWU Interim Provost Lynn Franken and Faculty Senate Chair...

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Senior baseball players deciding whether or not to return next year

Senior baseball players deciding whether or not to return next year

April 9, 2020

Senior Cameron McGrath runs towards first base after hitting a ball earlier this year against Western Oregon University. McGrath is one of 15 seniors on the baseball team that received an extra year of...

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Stay-at-home orders impact local businesses

Stay-at-home orders impact local businesses

April 9, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Ellensburg businesses are learning to adjust to a new reality. Gov. Jay Inslee issued a stay-at-home proclamation for the state on March 23 in an effort to prevent...

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Mitchell Roland