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Rep. Schrier talks healthcare, impeachment

Rep. Schrier talks healthcare, impeachment

Nick Tucker, News Editor
October 16, 2019

At her 20th town hall, Congresswoman Kim Schrier answered questions asked by her constituents on topics ranging from healthcare and immigration to the presidential impeachment inquiry.  Schrier was...

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CWU wins national diversity award

Nick Tucker, News Editor
October 2, 2019

CWU has been awarded the 2019 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. This is the fifth time in six years that CWU has won national awards for its efforts...

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Central Transit overhauled

Central Transit overhauled

Nick Tucker, News Editor
October 2, 2019

The Central Transit bus system has received a complete overhaul to its routes and schedules.  Looking at the new route map, commuters can immediately see that the old loops have been exchanged for...

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Hobo Johnson was the main performer at Wild Fest. They came on stage at 8 p.m. and played several of their songs for students, who sang along. Wild Fest was a part of Student Appreciation Day, which for
the first time, was held at the Recreation Sports Complex

‘I could never go to college’

Nick Tucker, Senior News Reporter
May 30, 2019

Wild Fest was attended by hundreds of CWU students on May 23, with a variety of activities, food and musical guests. Bounce houses were set up by 2 p.m. and included slides, sumo wrestling, boxing,...

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Expansion is starting to look up in Ellensburg

Expansion is starting to look up in Ellensburg

Nick Tucker, Senior News Reporter
May 22, 2019

If there is too much development further away from the city center, it means that citizens have to drive their cars more. This may not be a big problem yet for a small city like Ellensburg, but according...

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Graduates use commencement as an opportunity to celebrate their accomplishments at
college with their friends and family.

Graduates reflect on time at CWU

Nick Tucker, Senior News Reporter
May 22, 2019

Commencement is quickly approaching for thousands of graduates, and can be many students’ chance to celebrate and be recognized for their achievements in front of their friends and families. Commencement...

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Student fees, if you please

Student fees, if you please

Nick Tucker, Senior News Reporter
May 16, 2019

For a full-time student at CWU, almost a quarter of what is paid to the university at the beginning of each quarter is not tuition, but fees. These are charges that pay for on-campus services and amenities...

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The streets of Ellensburg are empty with few vehicles passing through. Empty streets like this one show the lack of nighttime entertainment options for students who are under the age of 21.

The city that always sleeps

Nick Tucker, Senior News Reporter
May 16, 2019

The Ellensburg nightlife may be lacking in options for students who can’t drink or choose not to. Many students who attend CWU and live in Ellensburg either aren’t old enough to legally drink, choose...

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Delete the Tweetbook and Snapstagram

Delete the Tweetbook and Snapstagram

Nick Tucker, Columnist
May 15, 2019

A week and a half ago I deleted social media apps from my phone, and since then the results have been significant enough that I feel comfortable telling people that they should seriously consider doing...

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Representative Drew Hansen (center left) who wrote HB 2158, with some of the student legislative liaisons
who helped him get the bill passed (left to right) Zack Turner (CWU), Adan Espino (University of Wash-
ington), Henry Pollet (Webster Washington University).

Student helps others: Financial aid bill passes

Nick Tucker, Senior News Reporter
May 9, 2019

Funding bill passes With the help of students across the state of Washington, including one from CWU, a bill has been passed in the Washington House of Representatives. The bill is the largest single...

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(Left to right) Joshua Nelson-Ichido, Jamie Gilbert, Dr. Meaghan Nolte and Dr. Arrington Stoll listen to Mariah Greenaway leading discussion with the student audience.

Mental health stigma discussed

Nick Tucker, Senior News Reporter
May 8, 2019

A discussion on mental health led by four CWU faculty members was attended by about a dozen students on Wednesday, May 1. The event was hosted by the CWU Communications Department Honor Society Lambda...

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Josh Brolin is our new purple Darth Vader

Josh Brolin is our new purple Darth Vader

Nick Tucker, Columnist
May 2, 2019

People have asked me how “Avengers: Endgame” was and my response so far has always been to say: “it was so much,” which you may notice is an indicator of quantity rather than quality. This is because...

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Jasmin Washington is the ASCWU President-elect.
She won the election by 63 votes.

ASCWU election results are in

Nick Tucker, Senior News Reporter
May 2, 2019

Correction 5/2/19: As of the time that this article is released, the results have been finalized and are no longer preliminary. The results are in for the 2019-20 ASCWU elections. Jasmin Washington...

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Possible cuts to work study program

Possible cuts to work study program

Nick Tucker, Senior News Reporter
May 2, 2019

Next year, work study funding may be cut by over half due to the White House’s proposed 2020 budget. Every year, the White House sends a proposed budget to Congress which may or may not be approved....

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The problem of retention was brought to attention at the April faculty senate meeting. While new student numbers are rising, those students are not staying at CWU for as long as they previously were.

New programs seek to fight dropping retention

Nick Tucker, Senior News Reporter
April 24, 2019

A university’s retention rate is the percentage of students who stay after their first year of attendance, and CWU’s retention rate is dropping. In 2013 78.9 percent of students kept attending CWU...

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No drought about it, Washington needs water

No drought about it, Washington needs water

Nick Tucker, Senior News Reporter
April 24, 2019

Governor Jay Inslee declared a drought emergency on April 4 in three different ecological zones including the Yakima River Basin. Due to lowering amounts of precipitation and hot, dry forecasts for coming...

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Budgeting saves big bucks

Budgeting saves big bucks

Nick Tucker, Senior News Reporter
April 17, 2019

Natalie Melendez, a senior who works for 88.1 The Burg, said she taught herself how to budget after nearly becoming homeless when her father lost his business during the recession in 2008. For her, budgeting...

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Dolleman and Washington win primary: ready for general election

Dolleman and Washington win primary: ready for general election

NIck Tucker, Senior Sports Reporter
April 17, 2019

Correction 4/18/19: In our previous version of this story, we presented statistics stating that 0.6 percent of CWU students voted in the ASCWU primaries. This proved to be a mathematical error, and the...

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Lind Hall is being renovated because new windows are being installed, but will still be in use for all classes
held inside the hall during construction.

Lind Hall construction to make the building cooler

Nick Tucker, Senior News Reporter
April 10, 2019

Construction in Lind Hall has blocked off one of the first floor entrances as contractors replace the old steel windows. The project is being run by Construction Coordinator for CWU Facilities, Bill Lovell,...

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George Bellah, Associate Professor of theatre, presents a Distinguished Alumni Award at the CWU Alumni Banquet in the SURC Ballroom. The banquet
included alumni as far back as 1968.

Distinguished alumni honored at banquet

Nick Tucker, Senior News Reporter
April 10, 2019

CWU alumni were recognized for their achievement and philanthropy at the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner on April 5. After pleasantries and dinner, board member of the CWU Alumni Association,...

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Policy change allows student teachers to walk in spring

Policy change allows student teachers to walk in spring

Nick Tucker, Senior News Reporter
April 3, 2019

Students with full-time internships or student teaching in the fall can now walk at commencement in the spring due to a recent change to CWU policy. This change has been spearheaded by ASCWU VP for Academic...

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Sturgeon rode a palomino gelding named Ottis in the class for regionals. Regionals was held at the show that UW hosted at the Monroe fairgrounds in March.

Equestrian team competes at Stanford

Nick Tucker, Senior News Reporter
April 3, 2019

Madison Sturgeon will be representing the CWU equestrian team in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) zones competition at Stanford University. This follows Sturgeon placing 2nd at regionals...

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Streamlining the Flow of Textbooks at the Wildcat Shop

Streamlining the Flow of Textbooks at the Wildcat Shop

Nick Tucker, Staff Reporter
February 28, 2019

The Wildcat Shop’s bookstore has seen changes over the past few years, most notably the Fall 2017 introduction of the textbook counter, which is fully staffed by employees who retrieve items for students....

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A Piper Arrow PA-28-181 owned by the CWU aviation program parked just outside of the hangar at Bowers Airfield north of campus. The aviation program owns a total of 23 aircrafts.

A takeoff in aviation legislation

Nick Tucker, Staff Reporter
February 22, 2019

State Representative of District 13 Tom Dent has introduced three aviation-related bills in an effort to address worker shortages and boost funding for airports. “Our aviation industry is facing a...

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Are stereotypes bringing you down? It’s not your fault

Are stereotypes bringing you down? It’s not your fault

Nick Tucker, Staff Reporter
February 14, 2019

Every generation thinks in somewhat of a unique way and one of the things that sets ours apart is the concept of “the brand” which has made its way into our collective consciousness. It’s this...

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Campus has now collected over a foot of snow. The irrigation canal freezes over and all of the ducks have now left.

“Snowpocolypse” hasn’t stopped classes

Nick Tucker, Staff Reporter
February 14, 2019

Ellensburg has gotten the most snow of any year since winter 2016, in what has been dubbed the “snowpocolypse.” Since a large weather system moving in from the Pacific Ocean brought snow first to Seattle...

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SURC restrooms redesignated “All-Gender”

SURC restrooms redesignated “All-Gender”

Nick Tucker, Staff Reporter
February 6, 2019

A set of restrooms on the second floor of the SURC were re-designated all-gender restrooms last Saturday, February 2. This is the result of a long effort made by students from the Diversity and Equity...

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Free speech for guest speakers

Free speech for guest speakers

Nick Tucker, Staff Reporter
January 30, 2019

CWU has made a hard stand supporting free speech on-campus. Any speaker with any topic students are interested in is allowed to speak here with no restrictions. This has always been the case, but has become...

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Gender diversity at CWU is top 10 percent in nation

Gender diversity at CWU is top 10 percent in nation

Nick Tucker, Staff Reporter
January 23, 2019

CWU has been recognized by College Factual, one of the largest college information and ranking companies in the US, for its population’s gender diversity, according to CWU Public Affairs Coordinator...

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VP focused on transparency

VP focused on transparency

Nick Tucker, Staff Reporter
May 2, 2018

Signs and posters have been posted throughout campus over the past two months for students running in the 2018 ASCWU elections. The results were called on April 18 and one new incoming member of the...

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