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Why do people still throw fits about wearing a mask?

May 5, 2021

It has been just around a year of us all being in this pandemic. Masks have been here for at least 365 days, if not more. Why are people still throwing fits in regards to being told to wear a mask? I...

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The power of TikTok: Making dreams come true

The power of TikTok: Making dreams come true

April 7, 2021

Small businesses have sprouted on TikTok, many ranging from unique earring sellers to lip gloss sellers to special stickers. A scroll through the #smallbusiness tag on TikTok can show how well the app...

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Ditch your 3-in-1 body care, please

April 7, 2021

When you are told to have good hygiene, 3-in-1 body care should never be involved in your routine. A product that is good to use for shampoo, conditioner, face wash and body wash seems too good to be true...

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The noticeable pattern in Ellensburg City Council’s proclamations

The noticeable pattern in Ellensburg City Council’s proclamations

March 9, 2021

Ellensburg City Council has released a number of proclamations over the last few months and many appear to be similar in the way they are written. In a March 1 meeting, the city council discussed and...

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Why do people still want to use my culture as their mascot?

Why do people still want to use my culture as their mascot?

March 2, 2021

I am so tired of having to defend my culture from those who only want to reap benefits from it while simultaneously refusing to address or help with any Indigenous issues. A recent bill passed through...

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The women who paved the way: Women’s History Month

The women who paved the way: Women’s History Month

March 2, 2021

Women’s History Month starts in March, and many remarkable women deserve to be acknowledged in this month. Before Women’s History Month was established, International Women’s Day was a day celebrated...

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Board of Trustees endorses plan for fall instruction

February 28, 2021

The Board of Trustees (BOT) unanimously endorsed a fall 2021 education plan which will allow students to return to in-person learning and near-normal capacity of residence halls, however, this plan may...

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Washington State Department of Health gives insight to the process of vaccine distribution in the state

Washington State Department of Health gives insight to the process of vaccine distribution in the state

February 23, 2021

Questions, concerns and explanations regarding Washington’s vaccine rollout were answered in a panel hosted by the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) on Feb. 18.  The DOH’s Secretary of...

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Flood in Barge Hall

Flood in Barge Hall

February 22, 2021

Barge Hall flooded on Feb. 13 in the east end of the building due to a failure in the fire suppression system, according to a CWU notice. Since the flood, the Facilities Management Department (FMD) has...

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Miriam Bocchetti - HEP and CAMP director takes on national director role

Miriam Bocchetti – HEP and CAMP director takes on national director role

February 9, 2021

Miriam Bocchetti, CWU’s current HEP and CAMP director and principal investigator, will be sworn in as the National President of the HEP and CAMP program this coming July. Since 2019, Bocchetti has been...

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Public universities waive SAT/ACT test requirement

Public universities waive SAT/ACT test requirement

February 2, 2021

Applicants in fall 2021 will not need to provide SAT or ACT test scores to apply to CWU, according to a decision made by the Washington State Council of Presidents after assessing how the pandemic has...

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Skyward Sword is actually a good game

February 2, 2021

Legend of Zelda fans will know that Skyward Sword is one of the most unpopular games in the series. However, it is genuinely a good game considering the new features and characters it included. With...

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Ellensburg City Council is in the works of combating local racism and discrimination

January 26, 2021

The Ellensburg City Council is currently working on creating a commission dedicated to inclusion, diversity and equity, but it may not be established until late spring. Beginning in July 2020, a subcommittee...

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Please stop thinking Facebook memes are truthful

Please stop thinking Facebook memes are truthful

January 20, 2021

Facebook memes are never a reliable source, no matter if that right-wing or left-wing Facebook page claims to only tell the truth. Chances are these memes contain cherry-picked quotes, misleading statistics...

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Ellensburg and CWU police departments to receive funding for body cameras

January 20, 2021

Residents of Ellensburg will soon see CWU and city police officers wearing new body cameras due to monetary requests being approved at the beginning of this month by Ellensburg City Council. According...

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COVID-19’s impact on the Yakama Nation

COVID-19’s impact on the Yakama Nation

January 12, 2021

The Yakama Nation has implemented safety measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to protect their tribal members, such as shortening funeral procedures, limiting office hours in tribal businesses and...

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Kittitas County receives first shipments of COVID-19 vaccine

Kittitas County receives first shipments of COVID-19 vaccine

December 18, 2020

The first doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine are being distributed in Kittitas County after emergency approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week. The first shot was given on Dec....

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‘Dialogues’ is starting conversations

‘Dialogues’ is starting conversations

November 10, 2020

“Dialogues: Voices From Performance” is an ongoing series addressing racism within the performing arts. According to Natashia Lindsey, an assistant professor of theatre arts, there is an ongoing...

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My culture is not your Halloween costume

My culture is not your Halloween costume

October 27, 2020

Every year, I see white people and non-Native Americans post their Halloween costumes that are usually described as an “Indian Princess,” and this costume trend needs to die out already. You’re...

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Facts you dislike are not fake news

Facts you dislike are not fake news

October 27, 2020

With a large concern of fake news being shared, everybody needs to remember not everything they disagree with is fake news.  There is a clear line between fake news and the hard truth, and you cannot...

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Embracing the ‘L’ word

Embracing the ‘L’ word

October 27, 2020

Grace Hendricks, a junior LGBTQ student double majoring in personal financial planning and in Japanese language, refuses to let anything stand in her way. Hendricks realized she identified as a lesbian...

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Blue light telephones scattered around campus are one of the safety measures to protect students.

CWU police ensures student safety at night

October 20, 2020

CWU police are taking many measures in an effort to ensure student safety at night. This includes patrolling campus, offering a service that has police accompany a student to their destination and promoting...

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Students take opportunities on campus to exercise and demonstrate their political power.

As election nears, students get involved

October 15, 2020

On campus, many students are expressing their political voices in different ways. This can include informational booths, protests and other demonstrations. Alexis Heng-Bentley, a freshman secondary English...

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A student out enjoying the unexpected rainfall.

Ellensburg sees rainfall after weeks of smoke

October 7, 2020

On Sept. 23, Ellensburg had rainfall for the first time since classes started, bringing relief from the recently smoky air. This marks the beginning of the wet season for Ellensburg, as Ellensburg is in...

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It’s time we stand up for ourselves

September 29, 2020

It is time for Native Americans and all people of color to unify and combat oppression. KIMA Action News, a news station reporting for the Yakima Valley, covered a story regarding a Native American...

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To ensure safety the library archives had to limit the number of people allowed to visit.

Brooks Library implements COVID-19 safety measures

September 22, 2020

Brooks Library has reopened for fall quarter, and due to COVID-19, the archives section has made specific adjustments. These include having to schedule an appointment, increasing sanitary and safety procedures...

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