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Ondrea Machin, Senior Reporter

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Student Appreciation Week

Student Appreciation Week

June 2, 2021

There’s only one week left in the quarter and what better way to celebrate than with student appreciation week. Monday Movie Madness, Student Club Fest, Headphone Disco and many other events took place...

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Spring is in the air: Queen of Spades annual plant sale

Spring is in the air: Queen of Spades annual plant sale

May 26, 2021

Spring will soon turn to summer, which means harvest time is just around the corner, but it’s not too late to plant a garden or some springtime flowers. On May 15, the Queen of Spades Garden Club hosted...

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Michael Hurt discussed Korean LGBTQ history

Michael Hurt discussed Korean LGBTQ history

May 19, 2021

The fight for LGBTQ rights has been a highly discussed topic across the globe for the past few years and continues to gain traction with each passing year. But even with all the progress, there is a continued...

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How I changed my negative mindset

How I changed my negative mindset

May 19, 2021

For a long time, I always doubted myself and kept thinking I was never good enough or that I would never be good enough for myself or others. I didn’t know that my negative mindset was hindering me from...

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Cultural Conversations: Learning about another culture through storytelling

Cultural Conversations: Learning about another culture through storytelling

May 12, 2021

Learning about a different culture can be a fun and interesting experience, but it can also be difficult. On May 4, the Office of International Studies and Programs (OISP) and Brooks Library held its quarterly...

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Students and staff participate in Talking Gender series

Students and staff participate in Talking Gender series

May 5, 2021

Going to class is a normal part of attending a university, but it is more than just taking classes for a degree. College allows people to find who they are and make connections to learn about themselves....

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Continuing to create sustainability on campus

Continuing to create sustainability on campus

April 28, 2021

Recycling bins around campus, Bike to Campus Day, Student Food Access Coalition and many other sustainability projects were put into effect at CWU, after previous Sustainability Cafes were held in order...

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Women’s ‘Herstory’ March

Women’s ‘Herstory’ March

April 21, 2021

In honor of Women’s History Month, 30 students attended the Herstory March on April 14 to support and empower women, as well as bring awareness to the issues of equality.   The Diversity and Equity...

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Solo art exhibit of Amy Babinec

Solo art exhibit of Amy Babinec

April 14, 2021

Amy Babinec has a unique art style, which is inspired by lost memory, trauma and DIY archaeology. It offers quite a bit of variety and something for everyone, which can be seen at her ongoing art exhibit. Originally...

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Windy City Toys and Collectibles’ Facebook page states its goal is to “provide some of the best quality hobby and toy products” to its customers.

How the stimulus has led to scalping collectibles

April 7, 2021

At the start of the pandemic, people were buying up toilet paper and masks and reselling them for an overpriced amount. Now, game shops are having the same issue with collectibles.  Bailey Strom, owner...

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CWU offered spring events

CWU offered spring events

April 7, 2021

In an effort to keep students in Ellensburg and minimize the spread of COVID-19, CWU offered quite a few activities over spring break. Students had the options of Monday Movie Madness, trivia, fireside...

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Live streaming EHS sports

Live streaming EHS sports

March 10, 2021

This year has brought a lot of uncertainty, but one thing is for sure, high school students can play sports again. While there is a limit on how many people can attend sporting events, Ellensburg High...

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Sports nutrition resources on campus

Sports nutrition resources on campus

March 2, 2021

CWU’s athletic program offers student athletes access to nutritional resources that can help them better understand how to fuel their body. Most DII colleges don’t have access to a dietitian for...

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The history behind Nicholson Pavilion

The history behind Nicholson Pavilion

February 23, 2021

Nicholson Pavilion is known for its unique structure and hosting many events from sports to summer camps, but how it got its name is just as interesting as its design. It was built in 1959 and then...

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Gridiron flag football league in progress to keep youth active

February 17, 2021

It has been almost one year since the COVID-19 pandemic canceled all youth recreational sports, but the community of Ellensburg is hopeful that youth non-contact football will be offered this spring. Gridiron...

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Max Riseham and he hosts trivia and intramural sports other shows.

Intramural sports works to add new game night specials

February 10, 2021

Trivia Night is held bi-weekly on Wednesday evenings on Twitch, and the intramural staff have been working on different ideas to add more interactive games to their Twitch channel. A few of the options...

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Staying fit: what’s new in the ‘Burg

Staying fit: what’s new in the ‘Burg

February 2, 2021

Whether you like to be competitive or just enjoy physical activity, the Recreation Center is offering three different self-guided fitness challenges this winter. During the month of February, students...

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A new way to golf

A new way to golf

January 27, 2021

COVID-19 hasn’t made it easy for students to participate in recreational sports, but the new Opti2shot golf simulator at the Recreation Center has provided a new way for students to golf. This new...

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Fight off stress with pets

Fight off stress with pets

January 26, 2021

There are many benefits to owning a pet. People who own pets are less likely to suffer from depression, playing with a dog or cat can boost serotonin and dopamine levels and even lower blood pressure,...

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Student’s playing basketball inside the Recreation Center while being socially distant.

Intramural sports stays virtual this winter

January 20, 2021

Although COVID-19 has restricted on-campus activities, intramural sports are following COVID-19 protocols and offering virtual events this winter. There are several events planned for this quarter,...

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Ondrea Machin