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By the students, for the students of Central Washington University

The Observer

By the students, for the students of Central Washington University

The Observer

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11 rapid-fire opinions to tide you over for the summer

June 3, 2020

The Observer: It’s encouraged to be nosy here Aeryn Kauffman Copy Desk Chief, Columnist I love The Observer. It’s so easy to stay informed and feel like I’m making a difference in the local community....

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CWU cancels spring commencement

CWU cancels spring commencement

March 21, 2020

Note: This story will be updated as information becomes available. March 20, 2 p.m. - CWU cancels spring commencement CWU will not host an in-person graduation ceremony in spring due to COVID-19.  The...

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Courtesy of Bens family.

The Observer will always remember Ben Wheeler

December 4, 2019

I had the honor of working alongside Ben at The Observer and in many journalism classes at CWU.  Whether he was pitching a wild story about searching for rattlesnakes in the outskirts of Ellensburg...

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Following the protest

Following the protest

November 13, 2019

Editor's Note: On Nov. 14, this story was updated. In the previous version, a quote was cut off. It was corrected to, "If one party chooses to not be present for the meeting a resolution will be created...

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University responds to student media

University responds to student media

November 7, 2019

On Nov. 6 The Observer released a story titled, “The Observer stands for a free and unregulated press.”  Today, student journalists and supporters stood outside of Lind, Bouillon and the SURC...

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COB to host states first economic outlook event

COB to host state’s first economic outlook event

March 8, 2018

The CWU College of Business’ Economics department will put on an event called the Cannabis Caucus on April 27, which will be the Washington state’s first economic outlook conference dedicated to the...

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Seattle will join other cities, such as San Francisco, in dismissing thousands of marijuana misdemeanors issued before it was legalized.

Cities to dismiss marijuana misdemeanors

March 6, 2018

When you have committed a crime that is no longer a crime, should it still hold you back from job opportunities, education and housing? Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and Seattle’s City Attorney Pete Holmes...

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Wildcats face Senior Night loss

February 18, 2018

CWU Men’s Basketball fell to Western Oregon University (WOU) 89-59 at home Saturday night. The Wolves dominated from tip off to the buzzer, once again demonstrating why they’re leading the GNAC with...

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Violations with marijuana on campus have increased over the years. The Wellness Center is looking to increase education on regulations and policies.

Understanding marijuana on campus

February 10, 2018

To kick off Marijuana Awareness Month, the Wellness Center has brought back Marijuana Mondays. On Feb. 1, Mackenzie Knowlden, a health education intern for the Wellness Center, kicked off this series talking...

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As of Jan. 1, California has legalized the recreational sale of marijuana. They are the second state this year to legalize.

The Golden State goes green on rec pot

January 18, 2018

**A previous headline for this story, both online and in print, identified California as the Sunshine State. It has since been changed. California became the eighth state to legalize recreational marijuana...

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Traveling with CWU football

November 30, 2017

Wildcat football recently spent seven weekends on the road traveling everywhere from Bothell to Texas to British Columbia. While the majority of the team’s energy is spent on the field, preparing for...

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Samantha Pinson of CWU Womens Rugby

Pinson proves vital to CWU rugby

November 30, 2017

When senior Samantha Pinson looks back at her college rugby career, she says one of her favorite memories was making her first trip to the national championship tournament in May of 2015. “We...

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Women’s rugby fell in the semifinal match to long-time rival Quinnipiac University 41-26. Quinnipiac went on to claim the title.

Rugby ends fall season at semifinal

November 30, 2017

The women’s rugby season is officially over and the general feeling in the team is that it was one of the best they have ever had. Although CWU didn’t win the national championship (they lost...

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Japan Stepney goes up for a basketball in the Oct. 31 game against Northwest University.

A day in the life of… Jawan Stepney

November 2, 2017

  Jack Lambert Jawan Stepney goes up for a basket in the Oct. 31 game against Northwest University. CWU shooting guard Jawan Stepney transferred from Cochise College in Arizona in 2015 and...

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Summer session sign outside of Randall Hall.

CWU Hacks

June 9, 2017

There’s a reason that University 101 exists, and it isn’t just to torture freshmen. Unless they skipped a grade or two, college students are adults and are expected to act as such. This can come as...

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Sex crime is up in 2016 crime report

Sex crime is up in 2016 crime report

October 6, 2016

Students who have been at CWU for more than a year should be used to the occasional phone call or e-mail about a recent emergency incident on campus or nearby. This system is called CWU Alert and fortunately...

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EDITORIAL: The ASCWU only represents about 10 percent of students

EDITORIAL: The ASCWU only represents about 10 percent of students

May 12, 2016

Voter apathy isn’t something new. In about every U.S. general election, voter turnout never exceeds 70 percent. In some states, it barely passes 50 percent. But even then, it should come as quite...

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Central transit tax passes with ease

Central transit tax passes with ease

May 4, 2016

The Central Transit sales tax was approved on April 26, which will implement two-tenths of 1 percent sales tax that will help fund Central Transit for the next 10 years. Proposition 1 needed a simple...

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Provost for Academic and Student Life announced

Provost for Academic and Student Life announced

May 4, 2016

Central has announced Katherine Frank as the newly appointed Provost for Academic and Student Life. The news comes by way of a press release sent from Central's Academic Affairs office. She will...

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Muslim students face bigotry on Centrals campus

Muslim students face bigotry on Central’s campus

April 7, 2016

It was a warm spring day last year when Zahiah Alkharnda walked down the Walnut Mall in front of the SURC. A student standing to the side stopped his conversation with another student to spit at her feet. Zahiah,...

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Drive-by shooting in Timothy Park, north east of campus

Drive-by shooting in Timothy Park, north east of campus

March 10, 2016

Ellensburg Police arrested a 49-year-old Ellensburg man on Monday, who is suspected to be involved in last Sunday’s drive-by shooting at Timothy Park housing complex north of Central’s Student Village....

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Anderson’s legacy at Central, past goals

February 25, 2016

Before he was even in office, Ryan Anderson, current Associated Students of Central Washington University (ASCWU) president, wanted Central to have an identity of its own. “The ASCWU hopes to foster...

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Disagreements between ASCWU and president came to head Monday, recall election planned moving forward

Disagreements between ASCWU and president came to head Monday, recall election planned moving forward

February 25, 2016

Following Monday’s Associated Students of Central Washington University (ASCWU) meeting, board members have made plans to move forward with the process of a recall election of President Ryan Anderson,...

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ASCWU President Ryan Anderson asked to resign prior to Mondays meeting, board moves ahead with vote of no confidence

ASCWU President Ryan Anderson asked to resign prior to Monday’s meeting, board moves ahead with vote of no confidence

February 22, 2016

Updated Monday, Feb. 22 at 10 p.m. ASCWU officers expressed their discontent with President Ryan Anderson’s leadership capabilities by moving forward with a vote of no confidence in his ability to...

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Michael Eric Dyson to come to Central

Michael Eric Dyson to come to Central

February 15, 2016

Michael Eric Dyson, a prominent voice in the nationwide conversation on racial equality, is coming to speak at Central on Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. in the McIntyre Music Building Concert Hall. Doors will...

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Mass Incarceration speaker Michael Eric Dyson coming to Central

February 11, 2016

  Michael Eric Dyson, a prominent voice in the nationwide conversation on racial equality, is coming to speak at Central on Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. in the McIntyre Music Building Concert Hall....

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Fatal multi-vehicle crash closes westbound I-90

February 5, 2016

Update: Friday, Feb. 5 at 2:45 p.m. Multiple news sources are reporting that the driver of a car-hauling semi-truck has been arrested on suspicion of vehicular homicide. The driver, King 5 reports,...

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Gaudino and Microsoft executive to give state of the university address at McConnell Hall

January 28, 2016

On Feb. 1, Central President James Gaudino will be joined by Microsoft’s chairman and corporate vice president of emerging businesses, Orlando Ayala, for Gaudino’s annual State of the University address. According...

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Anti-government group stopped in Oregon following shoot out

Anti-government group stopped in Oregon following shoot out

January 28, 2016

The FBI and Oregon State Police arrested Militant leader Ammon Bundy and four of his followers during a traffic stop in Oregon on Tuesday. The arrests resulted in a shootout injuring Ryan Bundy and...

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What happened with the Flint water crisis?

What happened with the Flint water crisis?

January 28, 2016

The Flint Michigan water crisis has garnered attention by President Obama. On Thursday he announced the administration is giving $80 million to the city of Flint, Michigan according to Black Enterprise....

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Largest domestic box office opening weekend in movie history

December 21, 2015
You may have heard of this little movie that came out over the weekend, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." Apparently, it's part of this large franchise, "Star Wars," which was created in 1977 by a mostly unknown filmmaker named George Lucas – ever heard of him?
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Firefighters mop up the Okanogan Complex by extinguishing burning and hazardous material.

Historic fire season leads to millions in damage

October 7, 2015

When Katie Brown started her workday in Ellensburg in mid-August, she had no idea the largest wildfire in state history would soon threaten her childhood home in Okanogan, Wash. “I was not home when...

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