The Observer- Spring 2021, Issue 5

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Spring festival celebrated various AAPI cultures By Lexi Wicks

Fire at Wahle Complex causes $50,000 in damages

The Spring Festival brought some members of the CWU community together on April 28 as staff and students celebrated Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander culture. Several students and staff attended the event, including many that watched from the Diversity and Equity Center’s (DEC) Instagram live. Laughs and chatter filled SURC 137 Wednesday night. The room was lined with tables, each representing a different Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander culture. There were a total of five tables representing Japanese, Chinese, Philippino, Korean and Vietnamese cultures. Each table had information boards that included background on the culture as well as snacks, games, stories, clothing, photos and more. Everyone in attendance had the opportunity to participate in traditional games where they could win prizes. Kim Nguyen, event coordinator, attended virtually through Zoom to help introduce each part of the event including presentations and performances about each country. The first activity was connection bingo. Attendees were given the chance to mingle and get to know each other by asking a series of questions related to the bingo board provided to them at the entrance of the event. The first three people with a full bingo sheet won a DEC tote bag. After the prizes were handed out, Nguyen started off the presentations by giving a slideshow on where she grew up, Vietnam. She spoke about the variety that Vietnam has in many aspects of its culture, traditions and landscape. Vietnam is home to cities, oceans, beaches, lakes, mountains and forests. Their cuisine is just as diverse. Nguyen made it a point to recommend Vietnamese coffee as a start, as she said she finds it to be amazing. Her presentation also highlighted traditional clothing, practices and celebrations such as Lunar New Year. She finished by playing a clip of her singing, making her Spring Festival’s first performer of the night. Following Nguyen was student Koki Yoshizawa who gave a presentation on his home, Japan. Throughout his presentation the audience learned everything from basic in-

By Jackson Sorensen A fire occurred Tuesday evening at an apartment in the Wahle Complex that caused an estimated $50,000 in damages. No injuries were reported. Deputy Fire Chief Rich Elliot responded to reports of a fire minutes before 5:00 p.m. “We were responding to a stove fire that was dispatched as a structure fire because fire had spread to the cabinets and the walls,” Elliot said. “The building was sealed up but we could see signs of an active fire.” Elliot said the windows in the apartment were stained and cracked from the heat and smoke. A fire engine arrived on location minutes after Elliot arrived and was able to knock down the fire within a few minutes. Elliot reported the fire was caused by unattended food on the stove. “The smoke alarms alerted the residents and potentially saved them,” Elliot said. “They didn’t know there was a fire until the smoke detectors went off.” The residents are working with CWU Housing to relocate and some of their belongings were damaged in the blaze. Elliot urged renters to purchase renter’s insurance to ensure that their belongings can be replaced after events like these. He also urged residents to not remove the batteries from their smoke detectors, as they could save lives. “The school has always been good with providing alternate housing to students,” Elliot said. “There were people on-scene from housing that were assisting the residents with relocating.” Casey Mengert and James Akina are neighbors and witnessed the fire. They, along with the residents in the uninhabitable apartment, are having to relocate as well. Their neighboring apartment

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Editorial: Violence and discrimination have drastically increased over the past year against the AAPI community, which must be addressed While May is AAPI heritage month, there has been a troubling increase in violent crimes, racism and prejudice against their community. Racism against Asian Americans is not new, though for far too long it was ignored. Asian Americans were seen as a “model minority,” and their experiences were not heard. An article from New York magazine continued in 2017 continued to share the myth. According to the article: “Today, Asian-Americans are among the most prosperous, well-educated, and successful ethnic groups in America. What gives? It couldn’t possibly be that they maintained solid two-parent family structures, had social networks that looked after one another, placed enormous emphasis on ed-

ucation and hard work, and thereby turned false, negative stereotypes into true, positive ones, could it? It couldn’t be that all whites are not racists or that the American dream still lives?” COVID-19 was not the beginning of hatred towards Asian Americans; however, it has made the issue worse. According to the Pew Research Center, nearly 46% of Asian Americans have experienced a painful incident tied to their racial or ethnic background since the pandemic started. According to the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University in San Bernardino, hate crimes increased by 169% in the first quarter of 2021, compared to the same time last year.

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professionalism of those that were there helping put the fire out. Elliot expressed the importance of fire safety. “Set a timer to remind yourself to go check on whatever is on the stove or in the oven,” Elliot said. “Unattended food fires are one of the most common causes of fire, next to electrical.” Elliot, Mengert and Akina all expressed the importance of being aware of your surroundings when the oven or stove is on. Elliot said it is important for residents to know where fire extinguishers are and how to use them.

never caught fire, but was damaged by smoke and heat. “Accidents happen,” Mengert said. “This is why we have a fire department.” Mengert said the fire department was very professional in putting the fire out and making sure everyone was safe. “It was exciting to say the least,” Akina said. “As I got closer and closer to the fire, I slowly started to get more nervous that it was our apartment.” Both residents said they are thankful there were no injuries and for the

In late March, a gunman killed eight people at three spas in Atlanta. Of the eight who were killed, six of them were women of Asian descent. At the time, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said “we also know that this is an issue that is happening across the country. It is unacceptable, it is hateful and it has to stop.” Some effort has been made to address the issue. On April 22, the US Senate voted overwhelmingly to approve legislation that aims to better track hate crimes against the AAPI community and provide local police departments with more resources to investigate them. The lead sponsor of the bill, Sen. Mazie Hirono, said the bill is important for those “who have often felt very invisible in our country, always seen as foreign, always seen as the other.”

There are still more steps to take in the process. The House of Representatives must also pass the legislation, and President Joe Biden must still sign the bill into law. Both have signaled their support for the bill. However, addressing the hate must go beyond legislation. There needs to be a discussion about the hate and violence Asian Americans face, and why it too often goes ignored. This bill is a good start, but if we want to stop the racism against the AAPI community, it must first be acknowledged. There are some things that legislation cannot fix altogether, and one of them is racism against a community. Pretending something does not exist does not make that thing go away.

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COVID-19 affects the number of courses offered this summer quarter

This summer quarter, the STEM program is offering more courses than previous years, in contrast to the communication department, which is offering less. Due to COVID-19, the demands for these classes have changed. The communication department is offering 11 summer courses this year. “Right now this is the offering we have at this point,” said Francesco Somaini, the Communication department chair and The Observer’s Editorial Consultant. Two weeks ago, Somaini sent out an email asking the students in the Communication department to fill out a course offering sheet. This was sent in order to get a rough estimate of how many students were planning on taking a summer class for either on time graduation or getting a course checked off their degree. “So far I have received 14 students’ replies, and only four of them had a need for classes to be taken by summer in order to graduate by summer,” Somaini said. “Another five who expressed interest in classes but they don’t really need them, planning on graduating in a year from now. They may have been considering them, but not something they absolutely need at this point. “And then a

handful of others, the other five or six, they said they really were not planning on taking summer quarter.” Due to the coronavirus pandemic, there are not as many instructors available in the communication department according to Somaini. “It’s an annual yearly plan,” Somaini said. “What we are offering right now has been affected by the coronavirus as much as coronavirus has affected operations at the university. We are offering the classes we can offer with the instructors that we have.” However, the STEM Teaching program hasn’t usually offered summer courses before. “We have tried in the past and summer courses have rarely filled to meet the CWU course minimum policy (which is 15 students in 300 and 400 level courses),” Jennifer Dechaine-Berkas, the department chair of the Science and Mathematics Teaching program said. The STEM Teaching Department would like the idea of offering more courses if there was the minimum policy of students to take the classes, but they don’t know if that is feasible, since summer tuition is more expensive per credit than the rest of the academic school year.

Last Open Mic Night gives one final opportunity to perform By Sam Harris For many students this year, a creative outlet to perform their talents has been difficult. Last year, Open Mic Night was held at the 1891 Bistro, which has now closed. Open Mic Night was a weekly event where students would express themselves through creative mediums such as comedy, music and poetry. Now, Open Mic Night happens much less frequently, about twice per quarter. Any student can watch either in person at the SURC pit, or through Campus Ac-

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tivities’ Instagram live. About 20 people attend the show in-person, however the livestream boosts the number of attendees to about 70 according to Staff Reporter Libby Williams, the student event coordinator and Open Mic MC. Due to the fewer live performance opportunities, many of last year’s attendees have been posting their creative content on social media. For long-time attendees like poet Champagne Ryder, live performances are much more preferable. “I prefer open mics because it is honestly the best exposure,” Ryder said. “[With] social media you’re playing to an algorithm. [With] Open Mics you’re playing to an audience.” Ryder said he strongly encourages anyone who may be hesitant to perform at Open Mic Night. “It’s the most supportive audience you’ll ever have in your life. Shake off those nerves and do the damn thing,” Ryder said. “One of my favorite parts about the open mics is how supportive everyone is of each other,” said Alisa Muench, a frequent attendee from Campus Activities. “Someone can get up there and totally freeze up and the audience will just cheer them on and let them know that they’re doing great! Everyone wants everyone to succeed.” Performers and audience members alike can rest easy with the knowledge that all equipment is sanitized between performers, all attendees are kept track of and the spaces are not overloaded according to Muench. Masks will be required as per usual SURC protocol.

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Plant store to open downtown

By Libby Williams Ellensburg will soon become home to The Botany Shop, a new plant and botanical goods store opening downtown. Owner April Rohrbach has been working on opening her shop for about two years and said she is excited to share her love for plants with locals. “We will specialize in all sorts of plants,” Rohrbach said. “Just a really wide variety of high quality houseplants for sale. Everything like cacti, succulents, tropical foliage, indoor trees, and we’ll also be including some plant care items and botanical goods as well.” Rohrbach originally went to school for art and photography, but later discovered her passion for plants and wanting to open a store. “That’s kind of where it started, [it] was just a dream of mine, like ‘oh, that would be so cool to own a plant store,’” Rohrbach said. “I’ve been just obsessed with houseplants for years, before it was cool.” Junior music performance major Lexi Harkrider said she is looking

forward to having a new plant store so close to home. “A friend of mine sent me the instagram to show me we were getting a plant store,” Harkrider said. “I’m really excited about the idea of a houseplant shop. There are some other shops that primarily sell outdoor plants, so it’ll be nice to have one that specializes in indoor plants.” Harkrider also said having plants around the house has helped her keep her house lively since she’s been spending so much time there over the last year. “I really like nature and house plants because I can keep them inside. I get gratification from taking care of something and watching it grow,” Harkrider said. “It’s great to be surrounded by living things when not many people can be around.” Harkrider said she has recently become interested with maybe opening her own plant store one day. She said she’s looking forward to checking out the Botany Shop and talking to Rohrbach about some of the ways she got started. Photo courtesy of April Rohrbach Photo courtesy of April Rohrbach April Rohrbach has been working towards opening The Botany Shop for about two years.

The Botany Shop will be opening in the downtown area and will offer a variety of plants.

Rohrbach said this is her first time running a business, and has learned everything on her own and through the help of a business advisor. “Probably about six months ago, I started seeing a business advisor through the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce,” Rohrbach said. “That was actually a free service that they provided… they help you figure out all the steps, so that’s been a really big part of the learning curve… and they have free classes, so that’s been the main part of my learning about business.” She said while she knew it would be a lot of work, she’s been surprised by just how many steps there

are to opening a store. Rohrbach said her family and boyfriend have been big supporters and have helped along the way, and she’s excited for all of it. “I think I’m mostly excited about just bringing plants to everyone here, who are plant crazy like myself,” Rohrbach said. “And hopefully seeing how happy it makes everyone here and spreading the joy and seeing all the excitement.” The Botany Shop is tentatively set to open at the end of May, and will be located at 209 West 3rd Avenue, just off of main street. You can follow updates on Instagram @ thebotanyshop, or on Facebook @ thebotanyshopellensburg.

Local businesses offer deals for students By Jackie Tran For the campus community, Ellensburg has options to offer for students to get out and explore the town. Local businesses such as Jerrol’s and Dominos are two such businesses that make special offers with students in mind. Cisco Rojas, a senior student majoring in Religious Studies, said living in Ellensburg for the past four years, he’s enjoyed the quiet and being able to explore local businesses. “For where I’m from, it’s loud, there’s a lot going on. Being here, it’s like a vacation home,” Rojas said. In the past, he said he has made use of deals offered by Fred Meyer, Jerrol’s, I-Hop and more. “I know that Fred Meyer and Jerrol’s do student nights once every quarter, once every other quarter,”

Rojas said “I know that I-Hop, I think, does some deals if you show your student ID.” The student night at Jerrol’s is not currently available, and the other two are, as of now, unconfirmed. Rolf Williams, third generation owner and operator of Jerrol’s has worked to supply the former university bookstore with whatever people might be looking for. “We focused on the people who walked through our door and we looked at what they would want,” Williams said. Since opening in 1947, the store has made changes from being a soda fountain stop, to a university bookstore to what Williams describes as a very unique department store. “I’ve never seen a business like Jerrol’s that sells general reading

books, collegiate clothing, remote control vehicles, art supplies, toys, gifts, educational products, office supplies, crafts,” Williams said. “[It’s] kind of a unique selection and so, we are like no other.” Before COVID-19, Jerrol’s used to hold a welcome back event during which the store would be open for just students and everything would be on sale. That event is currently on hold. Despite pandemic difficulties, Williams assures that Jerrol’s is still there for students. Programs such as the rewards program are still open and the store frequently gives $10 gift certificates to customers in thanks for the constant support. Another locally owned and operated business, the Ellensburg Dominos, also caters to students and the general populace through local sponsor-

ships, school lunches, parties, sports events and donations according to Matt England, the general manager of the store. “It’s not really any different than any other Dominos as far as operations goes,” England said. “We’ve been with the community for twelve years now with the current owners. We’re really just trying to keep … within the community.” England said they hold special deals for athletes through free athletic cards as well as fifty percent off online orders made Monday through Wednesday. Dominos also has different deals depending on which department a student is part of, according to England. Similar to Jerrol’s, the Dominos welcome packets were withheld this year due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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Gaudino recognized as Washingtonian of the day By Mitchell Roland Outgoing President James L. Gaudino was recognized by the state’s governor as the Washingtonian of the day for April 27. Gov. Jay Inslee made the announcement during his recent visit to campus. This is the second acknowledgement from the state government for Gaudino. In March, both chambers of the legislature passed bills recognizing Gaudino for his time at CWU. “[Gaudino] has brought an international flare and accessibility to CWU,” Inslee said during his visit to campus. “I was honored to make him Washingtonian of the day.” During his visit, Inslee said Gaudino has a “very, very strong legacy” at CWU, and credited him for the on-campus vac-

cine clinic as well as CWU’s response to COVID-19. “One of [Gaudino’s] strengths that I’ve seen, is the ability to get multiple organizations and communities to work together for a common purpose,” Inslee said. Gaudino said the recognition from the governor was a “complete surprise.” “It was a fantastic gesture on his part,” Gaudino said. Since Inslee became governor, Gaudino has given him a different CWU pin during his visits to campus. Whenever the governor visits, he wears one of the pins in his collection. Gaudino said the gesture was partly pay back. “This was, I think, kind of his way of both complimenting me for the leadership, I don’t know if it’s dePhoto courtesy of Public Affairs Photo courtesy of Public Affairs Inslee isn’t concerned of the impending arrival of a new president because of CWU’s “established culture.”

This was Gaudino’s second recognition by the state government over the past two months.

served, but certainly it was welcome,” Gaudino said. “But also, kind of getting back at me for making him wear wildcat pins.” These awards also come as CWU prepares to welcome a new president. Inslee said he was not concerned with the impending departure of Gaudino, due to the “established culture” at CWU. “He’s been a tremendous president, I really value the great work that he did,” Inslee said. Following Inslee’s visit last week, Gaudino said his successor, A. James

Wohlpart, would officially take over for Gaudino on June 7. While the spring semester for Wohlpart’s current employer, the University of Northern Iowa, will not end until this week, Gaudino said the incoming president has already begun to prepare for his new job. “[Wohlpart] and I are in conversation,” Gaudino said. “He’s talking regularly with the vice presidents. He’s got a full-time job as provost where he’s at, but in the afternoons and evenings he’s starting to increasingly engage the university, learning what’s going on.”

WiseCrax: Caffeine— Kicking the Habit By Libby Williams Another week of midterms has come and went, leaving behind a wreckage of exhausted students. If you’re a part of the 85% of Americans who drink at least one caffeinated beverage a day, that’s probably what got you through it, but at what cost? You’ve probably heard before that too much caffeine can cause a detriment to your health. Not only that, but did you know that caffeine was actually created by the government to slowly assume mind control, and that’s why you keep getting targeted ads on Instagram? (Don’t look that up to confirm, we don’t want them to know that we know.) Cutting out coffee and energy drinks cold turkey isn’t an option for many of us, as we rely heavily on these drinks to give us energy to do even the smallest tasks. There are some alternatives to these sugary concoctions if

you’ve been feeling a little overwired lately. So, pour up a cup of joe, dump it out ceremoniously and try out a few new energizing life-hacks.

of sugar to help the light beams go down. Be sure to do this right in front of your kitchen window in the middle of the day so all your neighbors can see what a genius you are.

Make Like a Plant All the internet influencers got together and decided that photosynthesizing is the new RedBull. NASA doesn’t want us to know that people can actually turn sunlight into energy just like plants, because we have that pesky skin getting in the way and there’d be an aloe vera shortage if everyone was laying around outside all the time. Luckily, a low watt light bulb will do the trick as well. Photosynthesizing takes a lot of practice and focus, so don’t feel discouraged if it doesn’t work right away. Luckily there are ways to help speed up the process. What is photosynthesis? Plants turning light into glucose, or sugar. While you’re standing under your lightbulb, knock back a few spoonfuls

Literally Just Sleep Look I don’t know what to tell you, if you’re tired, that’s nature telling you pretty blatantly what you need to do. Coffee, energy drinks, cold showers, light exercise, these are all just facades society wants us to play into to seem more awake than we really are. I don’t care where you are or if it’s a “socially acceptable” time to take a snooze, you don’t owe it to anyone to explain why you’re sleeping in the middle of a Zoom lecture. You shouldn’t need to justify to your boss why you lie down on the ground halfway through your shift. It’s called self care, look it up. If they try to kick you out of the class or fire you, tell them they just seem like they’re crabby and need to sleep

more themselves. I’m sure they’ll take it very well and apologize. Join My Team Hey girly! Been a while. Haven’t seen you since we sat on opposite ends of the room in geometry class eight years ago. Time flies, huh? I was scrolling through your Instagram, and you just look really, really tired… Anyway, I have something super exciting to show you, it’s this new energy bar called EnergeeBarr. I have it on good authority that all the Kardashians eat them every morning to stay energized all day long. The best part? They don’t have a nutrition label on the back, so you know they’re made out of basically nothing. Super healthy and so yummy! Where do they come from? Well my EnergeeBarr mentor gets them from her EnergeeBarr mentor, and I just have to get five trainees to try them out and join the program, and then we all get a free trip to the Bahamas. What’s more energizing than that?



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Students and staff participate in Talking Gender series By Ondrea Machin 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. The Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies Program (WGSS) collaborated with the Diversity and Equity Center to offer a series called Talking Gender. Professor of Philosophy Cynthia Coe organized the event in order to offer students, faculty and staff an informal place to talk about gender and sexuality. Coe said the WGSS program wanted to create an online space where a community could be built around the issues of gender and sexuality. “We just saw that there was a need and [we] wanted to reach out or at least provide a space for students to talk to each other about things they were interested in,” Coe said. So far, there have been seven talks throughout winter and spring quarter and the topics ranged from the politicization of the hijab to gender-inclusive language. The topic of the talk on April 27 was gender and the media. Emily Rollie, who is a professor in the department of theater arts, gave a short presentation and afterwards attendees could give their insight on the topic. Rollie said women are often objectified and seen as an object of pleasure for men compared to men who are often not objectified in a sexual manner for women. “Films are shot from the male gaze which of course means that women are objectified often,” Rollie said. “They are often put in subjective positions, they’re often sexualized so we see just a part of their body on screen.” Senior theatre studies major Eliot Reese said he noticed that gender in reality TV is

stereotypical, seems very staged and clouds peoples’ view of what people are really like. An example Reese gave was Jersey Shore and how the actions of the people, mainly the men, were full of toxic masculinity. “I’ve been thinking how ruggedly difficult it is to wrap our minds around gender in reality TV and how the men in [Jersey Shore] were so aggressively toxically masculine,” Reese said. Junior political science major Allyssa Shea said it is interesting that people turn to fantasy shows in order to see different types of masculinity. Shea said in fantasy shows, viewers get both the stereotypical masculinity but also a male character who is kind and caring. “It’s interesting to me that in our society we’ve made it a fantasy show that men can be different than how masculinity is regularly portrayed,” Shea said. The depiction of male and female superheroes is vastly different as well, Rollie said. She said there are gender differences in the roles, appearance and violence. Female superheroes tend to be seen as companions and be inspired by a cause when fighting, whereas male superheroes are always ready to fight according to Rollie. Program Manager of the Diversity & Equity Center Justin Santoli said the character Harley Quinn is a good example of this because in Suicide Squad, which was directed by a man, a lot of the shots of her are framed in a sexual way and her outfit is very “skimpy.” But in the woman directed Harley Quinn solo film, the outfits are much more covered and the shots “depict her in positions of power,” Santoli said. “It’s those things that if you’re not looking at it through a critical lens … it really does send a completely different message of who this character is,” Santoli said.

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Rollie said a lot of the time, film, TV and theatre try to perceive their audience but usually the actual audience is different from the perceived audience. There is a children’s literature study about how young women are more ready to accept a male protagonist than a young boy would be to accept a female protagonist, according to Rollie. “There’s almost like a grooming of the consumer,” Coe said. “We’re being trained to accept these kinds of stories and find them familiar and comforting

and nostalgic or whatever so that seems really problematic.” This idea is very ingrained in peoples’ minds and it is constantly produced for an audience who is going to buy into this idea and it is used to shape the audience, Rollie said. “Boys and men are socially trained not to identify with girls and women and this kind of identification tends to be socially punished,” Katelyn Watkins said. The Talking Gender series will continue every Tuesday until May 18.

Women gather to discuss what the future holds By Mariana Gonzalez

With commencement creeping around the corner most graduating students are thinking about the next step in their life after college. The Women in Business club wants to help with that. The Women in Business club held a Zoom meeting on April 26 open to all students centered around mapping the future for individual students. The Women in Business club introduced the company Your Own Trail, a website launched in February 2020, in the Zoom meeting. The website, which can be reached at, was created with the intent of a women-oriented base. Your Own Trail was created with the intent to help women everywhere plan out their personal and professional futures. Crystal Clausen, the president of the Women in Business club who is also the assistant online and social media manager for The Observer, said men are more than welcome to use the website and attend the Zoom session held by the club explaining the site. “The co-founder Kt, she really wanted to be able to make it a place for that connection and being able to make it so everybody feels like they can share their story and not have to filter out

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Participants Lia, Gretchen Kelley and Wendi Hembree provide examples of what their ‘trails’ are. Make a trail at

all those wonderful personal achievements,” Clausen said. The Zoom event was planned after the advisor of the Women in Business club, Olivia Vester, stumbled upon the site while planning for the Find Your Voice conference held on April 14. “We came across OwnTrail and their mission was perfectly aligned with what we had in mind for the conference,” Vester said. “The following part[From the OwnTrail website] really resonated with me and others on the planning group. ‘In a world where women are so often made to feel like we’re not enough, embracing our stories is an act

of self-love, resistance and helping others, we believe that connection, representation and authenticity are catalysts of personal and systemic change.’” The co-founder of the site Kt McBratney spoke at the conference discussing the topics of blazing your own path and the misconceptions of the “right way.” The Zoom event discussing Your Own Trail involved listening to McBratney’s talk from the conference which the Women in Business club had recorded. Clausen explained how to create a “trail” and the attendees created their own and shared snippets from their trail or their entire trail to the group.

“It’s emphasizing telling your story but in a way that you would be able to personally and not professionally necessarily,” Clausen said. “You’re adding when you got your pets, you’re adding when you’re moving, you’re adding if you have any struggles or achievements.” Any students interested in creating a trail can go to The Women in Business club have also uploaded their own trails on the site which can be viewed by anyone. The Women in Business club meets every week on Mondays at 6 p.m. through Zoom. The meetings alternate between professional development and team building activities.

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First Indigenous State Laureate appointed in April By Joshua Smith “Oh, poetry! Poetry is bright stars In the branches, moonlight on the grass, And silent wings to take me wherever I go.” Excerpt from Daniel Finds a Poem by Micha Archer Every year, April comes and goes and National Poetry Month comes and goes with it. However, this April, Washington appointed a new State Poet Laureate Rena Priest with a mission to spread poetry across the state for all to appreciate. The first Indigenous person to ever hold the title, Priest is hoping to help Washington residents return to their roots through verse and poetic wisdom. She received the American Book Award for her work “Patriarchy Blues” in 2018 and has since published another book “Sublime Subliminal.” According to, Priest has two objectives she hopes to accomplish during her two-year tenure as poet laureate: “celebrating poetry in Washington’s tribal communities and using poetry to increase appreciation of the natural world and the threats facing it.” However, Priest is not the only poet Washington has to offer. Dayna Patterson, Peggy Barnett, E. Briskin, Catherine Bull, Thom Caraway, Charles Castle, Xavier Cavazos and more published poets have work ready to be digested by readers.

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Patterson, a self-described Writer, Editor and Wordwitch, believes poetry is a connector of souls. “Poetry connects people, on a deep human level, across time and distance,” Patterson said “Like all art, it reveals. It knits us together as a species. It’s essential.” (aside w/ photo) Patterson plays with mixed-media incorporating poetry into embroidery which she affectionately calls “poembroideries.” But Washington poetry is not limited to those recognized by professional publications. CWU is a bustling hub of wordsmiths whose witty couplets, rhythmic rhymes and titillating alliterations are born from student experience. Joseph Powell, Jen Lynn, Adrija Basu, Emily Page Wilson, Diego Garcia and Oliver Beck are such students who were recently featured in At Home with Poetry: A Live Reading Celebrating Na-

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“A Spiritual Thread” by Dayna Patterson uses embroidery thread interspersed through her poem.

tional Poetry Month hosted by Marie Marchand and Gabby Triana along with CWU Librarian Gerard Hogan. It may be true that National Poetry month has come and gone, but the poets and their work remain.

Found within the dusty shelves of forgotten libraries and among the billions of electrical connections that litter the internet highway, poetry is a force beyond what a singular month can contain.

Several tables were set up to showcase various AAPI cultures.

Spring festival from page 1 mation about the country to cultural aspects he found were very different after moving to CWU as a foregin exchange student. Along with some great stories, Yoshizawa finished his presentation with a video explaining the concept of Japanglish. Next, Yuheng Changyun Chen shared his Chinese culture through poetry and song. Following Chen, Gared Contawe presented the Philippines through videos of traditional dances and clothing. Finally, the Spring Festival performances closed with Jennifer Rhee who talked about Korean culture and how it translates into the U.S. Rhee also announced the new Korean Student Association (KSA) and said students should keep an eye out for upcoming events they will be hosting. These events include spicy noodle challenges, making korean food and more.

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May 5, 2021


Family Fun Day: Family Weekend gets a virtual rebrand for 2021


By Milenne Quinonez ampus Activities has found a new way for families and students to interact amid the pandemic. This will be the first time in campus history that family weekend will be held virtually. Campus Activities is inviting students and family to join Family Fun Day virtually from their homes. Family Fun Day will include a virtual 5k, scavenger hunt, virtual tours, family game show, paint social and activity package. After students sign up, they and their families will be sent a package of information with their choice of activities a few weeks after. The activity packages will be limited to the first 200 participants. In the activity package students that sign up will receive materials depending on the events they chose. If they chose the virtual 5k they will be sent a runner’s bib; if it’s the paint so-

cial, they will be sent a paint kit. The packages will also include goodies such as a deck of cards, candy, stickers and things they can share with their families. “Family weekend” is a popular event that happens every year during Mother’s Day weekend. Families would travel to Ellensburg from all over the state to be with their students and participate in a fun weekend of activities. CWU was forced to cancel the event last year. Robbi Goninan, assistant director of Campus Activities, knew families would not be able to visit campus this year, so it was decided the weekend would be rebranded for this year and called Family Fun Day. “We wanted to do something to make sure we are keeping that touch point with students, and students are keeping that touch point with their families,” Goninan said. Avery Cortinas, student programmer of Campus Activities, and Apparels Textiles and Merchandising major

said, “It’s definitely been a challenge especially with not as many students on campus. Usually we are able to connect a lot with the on-campus community to have them come to our events.” According to Goninan, they were trying to find activities that would be the most fun for students and families. Paint socials were events they found to be pretty successful, since they had been doing them all year. Campus Feud was another interactive activity they thought would be great with big groups or a partner, and that can be done virtually with a host. “Anybody’s welcome, so we would love to encourage anybody to attend any of the events and activities,” said Goninan. Students can still sign up if they are interested for any of the events. Students can also still pick up a paint kit to participate in the paint social or a wishlist will be provided for Amazon for those that are not on campus but still wish to participate.

Mother’s Day:

Local specials in Ellensburg


By Jamie Wyatt

other’s Day is around the corner, and it’s time to begin planning. If family and friends are planning on visiting from out of town, there are a few events in Ellensburg locals can participate in. One of the big events in Ellensburg for Mother’s Day is the Mother’s Day Brunch happening at Basalt with a special menu for the event. The Basalt restaurant is located inside Hotel Windrow in historic Downtown Ellensburg, serving cocktails under the grand staircase, for dine-in service inside or the rooftop deck for a late lunch or dinner service. The event menu includes Bananas Foster French Toast, Crab Eggs Bene-

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dict, Prime Rib, Yam Hash and Lobster Mac n’ Cheese among others. Cocktails and mimosas will also be available. Seating is limited, so make reservations quickly if you want to snag a seat at this Mother’s Day brunch. For contact information or to make reservations, please visit their website. Windermere Real Estate in Ellensburg is holding an event for Mother’s Day in which people can pick up a free bouquet of flowers for their mothers on Friday, May 7, 2021 from 11 a.m to 6 p.m. Ellensburg’s Daily Bread & Mercantile are in preparation for Mother’s Day. They are curating a gift basket full of locally sourced goodies including: a soy candle, dark chocolate almonds, bar soap, their own macarons, a watercolor gift card and more.

Basalt, 502 N Main St Mother’s Day Brunch May 9, 2021, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In addition to the gift basket, Daily Bread & Mercantile will have several specialty menu items for Mother’s Day including New York Cheesecake, Lemon Bars, Macarons, Frosted Sugar Cookies among other treats. They ask that all orders are in by May 5. Orders will be available for pick-up May 7. You can get more information about Daily Bread & Mercantile on their Facebook page or Instagram. Ellensburg’s Dakota Cafe is planning a special breakfast option with a specialty cocktail for Mother’s Day weekend, however, information was not yet ready at press-time. Dakota Cafe is located at 417 N Pearl St and recommends following their Facebook page for more updated information as the holiday grows closer.

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May 5, 2021



Too late for tulips: taste of Washington’s tulip festival


By Joshua Smith kaleidoscope of colorful flowers could still be seen as the last days of Washington’s Tulip Festival came to a close. Hundreds of visitors from across the state flocked to Tulip Town, located in Mt. Vernon, Washington to witness the sea of blooming flowers; knowing that within just a short span of days the rainbow of color would fade, and the year-long wait for their return would begin once again. A senior high school student, dressed in cap and gown, could be seen taking photos with the backdrop of white and violet.

A child, no more than five or six, danced along the flower’s edge; a fairy within her own imagining. People, no doubt hungry to be a part of the living after a year locked away in darkened homes, found themselves a measured six-feet distance apart; their masks doing nothing to hide their smiling eyes. “I like watching people, mostly, seeing people coming for special moments in their lives,” said Irina Raduta, a visitor from Lake Stevens, Washington. “There are a lot of couples, cause it’s romantic. I like watching to see what the enticement is for them to come here. Some of these people come every year. It’s a big deal.” For those interested, information about future events can be found at

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May 5, 2021


Why do people still throw fits about wearing a mask? By Star Diavolikis

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 work in a job where I have to come in contact with people often, and while we have preventative measures in place such as a plexiglass divider that hangs down at the service desk, spaced out public seating and quarantining procedures for our materials, we still require everybody in the building to wear a mask. Around five notices are posted in the entryway of the building alone, and at least one in every doorway and multiple in the halls. Yet, I still see patrons throwing fits and getting angry about how wearing

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a mask is required in this public space. Nevermind the fact it is a state mandate, if a business has a sign posted “No shoes, no shirt, no service,” that is a policy that business has set in place

that potential customers can either respect or not go there. This mindset should extend to mask policies as well. Many people refuse to go to businesses that officially state they lean one way or the other on the political spectrum, so why do people choose to go to businesses that have policies about masks they dislike and berate them? The high school grocery store worker you kick and scream at for asking you to wear a mask is not the person who made the policy and may not even personally agree with it. They are simply doing their job of enforcing storewide policy, and there is genuinely no reason to be screaming at them for doing their job. Opening up Facebook, Instagram or YouTube, a quick search shows many videos and photos of people screaming at a Walmart, Goodwill and restaurant employ-

ees because they ask them to wear a mask. It is concerning how this is normalized behavior towards a state mandate. I would understand if you are exempt from wearing a mask, such as having asthma, however you may need to find alternatives if you cannot wear a mask. There are services such as grocery delivery and curbside pickup. Online shopping has a large presence in 2021. If you simply hate wearing a mask and think it impedes on your freedom, you have had a lot of time to turn to alternatives. You have had a year to save up and purchase a laptop so you don’t need to sit in the public library with a mask on to use the computers. You could have turned to online shopping, curbside pickup and much more. Your choices should not harm others.

Being an introvert during a pandemic is great By Kenia Reynosa

For years I hated being an introvert. There are many misconceptions about the introvert personality and it usually gets a bad rap. Introverts are oftentimes seen as rude, cold and antisocial. As an introvert myself, I can say these are myths. We’re perceived as rude because we tend to be quiet and reserved. As blogger and fellow introvert Jenn Granneman said, “A lot of times people jump to the conclusion that if you’re quiet, it’s something malicious or rude or you don’t like them.” Staying home and following social distancing guidelines can be hard to follow. Especially for an extroverted person it may seem like the end of the world. While extroverts may be feeling miserable, quarantine has been an easier transition for introverts. Luckily my introversion has prepared me for times like this without even realizing it. Not to brag but I have been practicing social distancing before it was even a thing. Don’t get me wrong I wish this pandemic was over, I really do. It has been over a year since the whole crisis began. Now, more than ever, introverts have shown their resilience and ability to adapt. Because we’re currently doing classes virtually now it has allowed us to work from the comfort of our homes, which has allowed many introverts,

including myself, to excel on assignments. I much rather work alone than with a group of people. A full day of classes was just too mentally draining. Another thing that is great about being an introvert during the pandemic is that I no longer have to feel bad about canceling plans and other social activities. Small talk and parties full of strangers is something I definitely don’t miss. Even without social activities, relationships with close friends and family members have gotten stronger. Introverts tend to be better at listening than speaking according to Beth Buelow, author of The Introvert Entrepreneur: Amplify Your Strengths and Create Success on Your Own Terms. “We only speak when we have something to say, so there is a higher chance that we will have an impact with our words,” she said. Being a good listener is something that is hard to come across these days but it’s a great feeling to be able to connect and be that for someone especially when you can’t see them as often as you’d like. Having more time to myself has given me the opportunity to pick up old and new hobbies like painting, photography and baking. It has allowed me to explore my creativity and be more self aware. “Highly creative people in the arts and sciences need to reflect, to think, to create, which is typically done alone,” explains Greg-

ory Feist, associate professor of psychology at San Jose University. “[Introverts] are not bothered by being alone, in fact, they actually seek it out,” he adds.

Even though it may seem like everything has slowed down around us it has also been a productive year full of growth and challenges.


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May 5, 2021



Everyone should have a mullet By Tony Smith They’re back, baby! No, not the McRib, I’m talking about the mullet! In a time of such unpredictability who would have thought the mullet would be making a comeback. The business in the front party in the back hairstyle has made a triumphant return. Celebrities like Doja Cat, Zendaya and Blake Shelton can be seen with mullets, even Debby Ryan has hopped on the trend. The mullet has a long past, the hair style can be seen as far back as the first century A.D. The style began to gain momentum in the ‘70s with celebrities like David Bowie rocking the cut. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the term “mullet” was popularized by the Beastie Boys’ 1994 hit “Mullet Head”. Also referred to as the “Kentucky Waterfall,” the traditional mullet really took off in the ‘80s. During that time the mullet was worn by everyone from country folk, punk, metal, bikers and more. The style began to dwindle in the ‘90s as it began to be associated with being lower class. Today the modern mullet can be seen on an abundance of people and celebrities. Miley Cyrus was among the first of the celebrities to dawn the mullet back in late 2019. notes that the infamous Joe Exotic of Netflix’s “Tiger King,” who rocks a blonde mullet, may

¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo! By Addie Adkins That’s right, today is May 5, which means for many there will be tacos and margaritas on the menu for dinner tonight. However, it’s not well known why Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in the first place. In Mexico, it is largely uncelebrated, except for in the state of Puebla. It is sometimes mistaken as Mexico’s Independence Day, which is Sept. 16. However, it’s really an anniversary of a battle won by Mexico in the Second French Intervention. This holiday is celebrated more heavily in the U.S. than it is in Mexico, and that is largely thanks to the Chicano movement of the 1960s. In celebration of Mexican culture, activists adopted Cinco de Mayo with a goal to turn it into a holiday of cultural appreciation. In honor of that goal, here are five ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo today.

Tony Smith be responsible for additional interest in the style. During the “Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 2” the modern mullet made an appearance. Rhianna was seen sporting an immaculately braided modern mullet.



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Cara Delevingne had a gorgeous platinum blonde feather fringe style for the show. We have also seen the modern mullet on other runways this year. Other fashion houses have highlighted the mullet in the spring and fall shows. The modern mullet was seen on the Prada and Tom Ford runways as well as many other designers. Today’s mullets are reminiscent of mullet’s past, but there is a new aspect to the hairdo that makes it perfect for everyone. Zane Combs, a hairstylist at Cutters in Wenatchee said “A mullet is really versatile, it’s basically just shorter hair in the front and longer in the back. It looks really good with wavy hair and texture is a must to give it the perfect look.” The modern mullet has seemed to have increased popularity in the LGBTQ community. The hit reality show “Ru Paul’s Drag Race” has several contestants who have impressive mullets. Crystal Methyd has a mullet so luscious that even Ru Paul was enamored by it. On the UK version of the show Bimini Bon-Boulash, Sister Sister and Ginny Lemon all have similar mullets with shaved sides and blunt bangs. TikTok is also partly responsible for the modern mullet’s increase in popularity. Creators use their platform to showcase their variations on the mullet. TikTok sensation Brittany Broski recently debuted her mullet on Instagram. The comedy queen opted for a shag look with her staple bangs. Anyone can look good with a mullet; with such a variety of cuts and styles it makes it a very achievable look. There are mullets that have aspects of traditional mullets a-la Billy Ray Cyrus. Modern mullets can be short and heavily textured, or they can be long and flowy. They can be feathered and layered or have beachy waves. The styles of mullets are seemingly endless making them perfect for any face shape. There are almost no limitations to how you can style a modern mullet. Everyone should give the mullet a try at some point in their life. The mullet offers style versatility unmatched by any other haircut.

Share the Real Story According to, in 1861 the Mexican government defaulted on loans to several European countries, causing some of these countries, namely Spain, Great Britain and France, to invade Mexico. While Spain and Great Britain withdrew quickly, France continued to battle on towards the capital with great success. That is, until it came upon the town of Puebla on May 5, 1862. It is estimated that 6,000 French troops set out to attack Puebla. President Juarez gathered somewhere between 2,000 - 5,000 citizens who defended the town successfully from the French onslaught from daybreak to evening. The French retreated due to heavy casualties. Even though the French ended up winning the invasion and occupying Mexico for a short time, this unlikely victory steeled the Mexican resistance, and Juarez declared Cinco de Mayo a national holiday, though it is no longer recognized as such. Check Out Mexican Music Listen to and follow Mexican or Mexican American music artists or playlists. Some of my favorite playlists on Spotify are ¡Viva Latino!, Urbano Rising and Mexican Party Anthems (for the more traditionally inclined). Enjoy Authentic Mexican Food Learn how to make an authentic Mexican meal. I would recommend Mole Poblano, the traditional dish of Puebla for Cinco de Mayo. Chalupas are another great choice. Check Out the Margarita’s Cousin If you are over 21, try a Paloma. It is the most popular Tequila based drink in Mexico and is made with Tequila (Blanco is the best), pink grapefruit juice, lime and agave nectar. Finish with soda water and a slice of grapefruit or lime. Learn About Traditional Dances Watch a video of a traditional Mexican dance. The Jarabe Tapatío is considered the “national dance” of Mexico so videos can be widely found of it, but I also recommend watching a video of Los Voladores de Papantla for the excitement and the Concheros dance for insight into Mexico’s indigenous roots.


May 5, 2021


Opinion: The golden age of football was 2006-2011 By Gabriel Strasbaugh

From a period of 2006 to 2011, the NFL reached a status that those who lived through it will never forget. From one of the greatest upsets in sports history, to the first teams in history to ever have a zero as a part of their record, the league’s popularity and the amount of impactful legacy moments skyrocketed. This was a time in football that had the perfect balance of the eras that preceded it: the hard-hitting aggression of the ‘60s, the establishment of the ‘70s, the popularity of the ‘80s and the flashiness of the ‘90s matching with the new developments in the media of the 2000s. This formula created the greatest stretch in NFL history. Each position through those years never lacked talent or greatness. For example, the entire decade of the 1980s saw a quarterback throw for 4,000 yards ten different times. During the 2009 campaign, ten different quarterbacks had 4,000-yard seasons. Some of the greatest and most recognizable names in sports emerged during the golden age of ‘06 - ‘11. Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Peyton and Eli Manning, Brett Favre, Kurt Warner and a multitude of others changed the game. We saw the Manning brothers win back to back Super Bowl MVPs. Both had to take down the best to ever do it, Tom Brady, who led the New England Patriots to the Super Bowl twice between ’06 and ’11. Super Bowl 42 saw one of the greatest upsets in sports history when the Patriots’ undefeated record for the season came to a crushing end. How in the world did the wild card Giants beat an undefeated team that featured a multitude of hall of famers and a quarterback wide receiver com-

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bination setting records for touchdown passes and catches in a season? They proved once again the old adage; defense wins championships. While Brady didn’t win the Super Bowl in this six-year stretch, other quarterbacks staked their place in championship lore. Drew Brees did the unthinkable leading the New Orleans Saints to the promised land for the first time in franchise history in 2010. It was a game that witnessed an onside kick to start the second half and a hall of fame quarterback throwing a game sealing pick six to bring hope and a trophy back to a devastated region. According to CBS Sports, this was the first onside kick to be attempted outside of the fourth quarter in the Super Bowl. Just as the Saints were on top of the football world, the Green Bay Packers decided to bring the Vince Lombardi trophy back home the next year. The game featured the champions from just two years earlier, the Pittsburgh Steelers. Once again, another battle of hall of fame quar-

terbacks took place between Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger. Skill positions dominated the record books. Chargers’ hall of fame running back LaDainian Tomlinson set and still holds his record for the most rushing touchdowns in a season in ’06. A rookie Adrian Peterson the next season for the Vikings set the league record for the most rushing yards in a game. Receivers may have been the deepest and most colorful group of the late 2000s, each one having their own style of swagger and football. From the powerhouses of Calvin “Megatron” Johnson and Terrell Owens to the vertical threats of Randy Moss and Desean Jackson, to the route runners with golden hands like Larry Fitzgerald and Marcus Colston, defensive backs had their hands full. Luckily, it takes 11 to play defense against this much fire power. While offenses flourished, don’t get it mistaken for a lack of defense. Current and future NFL hall of fame defenders made their cases for a yellow jacket in that stretch. Defensive linemen like Julius Peppers, Demarcus Ware and Terrell Suggs made quarterbacks think hard about getting rid of the ball quicker. Behind the line were linebackers whose abilities and toughness would allow them to be an all-pro in any era. First ballot hall of famers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher made life a living hell for receivers coming across the field for a route. It was either an incomplete pass or a trip to the hospital, receiver’s choice. If the receiver was good enough to get around them, the secondary of the late 2000s may very well be the deepest positions of the whole league in this stretch. Safeties that set the tone for a generation of hard hitters.

Names like Ed Reed, Troy Polamalu and the late Sean Taylor put the fear of god in receivers’ eyes. B/R Gridiron tracked well over 100 turnovers, 15 pro bowls, along with three super bowl rings to add to the resumes of these defensive backs. These safeties made it a struggle to throw the ball deep effectively. The corners who lined up straight across the line featured hall of famers Ty Law, Charles Woodson and Champ Bailey. These corners headed the top of the all-pro list for over a decade winning multiple defensive players of the year awards and championships. When the offense and defense struggled, players in the league like Devin Hester, Josh Cribbs, and Adam Vinatieri proved the importance and x-factor moments special teams create. Hester became the first player in super bowl history to return the opening kickoff in Super Bowl 41. Hester and Cribbs changed how coaches approached kicking off and punting in fear that these players could shift momentum of the game permanently. All Vinatieri did was continue his stretch of clutch game winners from New England to Indianapolis. In an interview with Sports Illustrated, special teams coach Tom McMahon, who coached Vinatieri said, “They’re the best in the league, not just in terms of what they do, but in terms of men, they’re great leaders, too, and they lead by production, so that gives them that voice (in the locker room).” From kickoffs to triple zeros, the league had plenty of moments that will live forever in history. Legendary bouts between the greatest generation of quarterbacks, NFL records galore and super bowls that came down to the final play. A time that we, as fans, will never forget.


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New England Patriots fell to the New York Giants in both super bowl appearances in 2008 and 2012. 2008: Patriots lost 17-14. 2012: Patriots lost 21-17.

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Chicago Bears fall to the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl 41 29-17 Devin Hester, Chicago Bears return specialist, returns opening kickoff for a touchdown for the first time in Super Bowl history

May 5, 2021



Senior Wildcats look to make the best of their extra and final season at CWU By Gabriel Strasbaugh

With the NCAA granting another year of eligibility, many seniors’ last season has more to offer than they originally thought. Athletes like soccer forward Jayme Woodfill, get this spring exhibition season to prepare for an extra year given. “I had a smile on my face the entire time,” Woodfill said. “We played SMU at home for our first spring game, that was my first game here with the girls since transferring, and to get back on the field, man. I kind of forgot the game day feeling like the butterflies you get right before you kick off.” Woodfill made the first splash play of the spring campaign scoring in the first four minutes of their first matchup against Saint Martins. That goal led to CWU’s eventual win in both matchups against SMU starting 2-0. Woodfill said the normalcy of being on the field at one point felt out of the ordinary. “The strangest thing about the game was our first time in a year, everyone took their mask off,” Woodfill said. “Obviously, I see my teammates and I’ve seen their faces when we’re doing other stuff but seeing their faces while playing soccer and not seeing a mask was like woah! I kind of forgot what you looked like under the mask.” Woodfill said looking back on her career, she has learned to enjoy the moments that have allowed her to be a leader and player with a chance at a career after CWU.

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CWU soccer’s spring season ended in a close lose to Western Washington 1-2. CWU went 8-9-1 this season.

“When you get to college you think, oh, I have four years here, and that was what I did as a freshman,” Woodfill said. “Then you play your four years and your senior season all of the sudden roles around and you think, wow, I have to do everything. I have to make sure I enjoy every practice, enjoy what I’m doing and then COVID hit and I didn’t know if I’d be able to play.” Woodfill said she and many others were fortunate to get one more opportunity before graduating. “Luckily, the NCAA established the new season for us,” Woodfill said. “It’s that inner dog like competition and fierceness, but it’s the connections you make with the freshmen and my teammates. For four months it was just me alone on a soccer field with myself kicking to a wooden board. It’s nice when the thing you’re

kicking to actually talks back and moves around with you.” Some players last season were cut short during the initial shutdown in the spring of 2020. Basketball guard CJ Hyder said his hopes of playing professional ball are still a reality with his final season just a few months away. “We’ll see how the season goes,” Hyder said. “I still have hopes of playing professional ball so that is my number one goal and then we’ll see what happens. My plan B is to make plan A work, but if worse comes to worse I’ll see what I can apply a sports management degree to because I do want to get into coaching.” Hyder said he tries to lead his team and get them fired up for the competition they will face each week. “The main thing I want is to make sure my team has an edge to them,” Hyder said. “I want to make sure they are playing hard all the time.” Photo courtesty of CWU Athletics

Will Ortner, Senior Offensive Linemen, will compete this fall as a returning All-Conference player.

Hyder had his best performance of the exhibition six game season against Northwest Nazarene at home. All four of Hyder’s threes hit home while hitting each of his field goals attempted. Hyder led the team with 18 points resulting in a 94-84 victory. With so many new faces on the roster, Hyder said the importance of the exhibition games prior to his final season cannot be understated. “They’re very helpful because we have so many new players,” Hyder said. “More than half the team is new, so those six games really helped us with where we are at and develop more chemistry going into next season.” For starting offensive lineman Will Ortner, who ended his final season injured, the extra year of eligibility is another chance to continue playing the sport he loves and end the way he sees fit. “The fact that they gave us an extra year was just huge for me,” Ortner said. “I want to play football until someone says I can’t anymore, and no one has said that I can’t yet.” Ortner has spent all his college career a part of the Wildcats earning third team All-Great Northwest Athletic Conference honors during the 2018 campaign. “It is really nice to get that extra year especially last year going out with an injury,” Ortner said. “That is not how I want my career at Central to end or probably forever, so it was like, I want to go out on my own terms. I feel like getting that extra year I have a chance to.” Ortner said with his time at CWU coming to a close, it is a bittersweet reality. “Now I gotta go grow up, and I don’t really want to do that,” Ortner said. “I still want to be a kid for a few more years. I want to keep playing ball as long as I can.”



May 5, 2021

Andrew Harris throws to a higher stage

By Noah Wright “Hammer is something that most people don’t know about, but it is a wild event,” Kevin Adkisson, track and field head coach, said. “It is essentially a shot put on a 3-foot wire that the athletes accelerate by spinning and it is incredibly hard.” Though the hammer throw may be a difficult event, there are still chances to succeed. At the recent Wildcat Invitational, Andrew Harris threw the hammer a distance of 59.92-meters, 197 feet, 7 inches. Not only did this put him into the Great Northwest Athletic Conference spotlight, but the national competition spotlight as well. “I felt really good going into the meet,” senior thrower Andrew Harris said. The weather was perfect and being at home allows for some freedoms you don’t get when traveling to away meets, according to Harris. “Going into the throw I was mostly focused on staying relaxed so that my nerves wouldn’t get to me,” Harris said. According to Harris, if you get excited or nervous you end up tensing up and your technique falters. Harris’ relaxed focus was rewarded, because not only did he throw a new competition personal best, but his 59.92-meter throw surpassed the previous record set in 2015 by .76 meters. “I am proud of myself for hitting this throw, but I was kind of disappointed that it wasn’t past 60 meters,” Harris said. According to Harris, he hit a distance of 61 meters in warm-ups and he is confident in his ability to hit 60 meters in competition. Harris also threw a high 58-meters the following week and says that his practice throws are getting more consistent around the 59-meter range. “The throw at the Wildcat Invitational got my feet down and created a

Photo courtesy of CWU Athletics Andrew Harris has continued to dominate the GNAC in the hammer throw with a distance mark at 57.86m.

good basis for me,” Harris said. “Now the goal is to hit 60-meters and move onto an even higher level.” As impressive as this throw is, the process leading up to this point has been a long and strenuous one, head throwers coach Wyatt Meyring said. “The first year I got here he was transitioning as a thrower,” Meyring said, “before becoming a thrower, he was a hurdler and decathlete.” According to Meyring, the early days were extremely rough. “The first two years learning to throw were hard and he didn’t have much backing,” Meyring said. “He came back this year and honed his skills. He has gained so much confidence and made so many strides in the past three years.” Beyond showing his skills, this

throw also lets Harris know that he can take on any competitor, according to Meyring. “He loves to win and has that competitive drive that makes him want to beat whoever he is competing against. This throw at the Wildcat Invitational gives him the confidence that he can go out and perform big in competitions,” Meyring said. Performing big is what Harris will have to do if he wants to make it to the national competition, according to Adkisson. “The way nationals is set now he is in 18th place, so he is on track, but he needs to get to at least 17th place to go to nationals. If he wants to comfortably solidify his place, he will need to get to 13th place,” Adkisson said. Adkisson said he is confident that Harris will continue to im-

prove and find his way into the national competition. “Now he has that confidence built up that he can hit big numbers. Everyone gets three preliminary throws, and the top athletes get three throws in the finals,” Adkisson said. “This performance gives him the reassurance that he will make it into the finals on his first attempt and focus the remaining five on improving further.” According to Adkisson, the future is looking very bright for Harris because there has been a trend of record-breaking athletes on the track team going to nationals. “He hasn’t hit his desired marks yet, but it should happen in the coming weeks,” Meyring said. “He is a gamer. Even if he has a bad week of training, his performances in competitions will continue to improve.”

Track and Field hosted Wildcat Invitational at home By Simon Lafita The responsibility of hosting and planning events have become more difficult because of COVID-19 restrictions however, CWU is continuing to face those challenges head-on. On April 16 and 17, Kevin Adkisson, head coach of the cross country and track and field team, hosted the Wildcat Invitational. After having a year-plus off from meets Adkisson said he was excited to bring people to compete at CWU. Months prior to the Wildcat Invitational, Adkisson said he was organizing and scheduling the event, trying to find volunteers to help set up and manage stations. Even in a normal year orchestrating a track meet is troublesome but COVID-19 restrictions made it more difficult according to Adkisson. Everyone had to get tested and be free of COVID-19

Photo taken by J.Dalton Photography Donovan Barnhart, Mateo Rivera and Rajesh Gill (Left to right) dominated the 10,000 meter for the men.

along with the event keeping up with standard protocols: social distancing, face masks, venue size and sanitizing.

“We haven’t hosted many home meets,” Adkisson said. “Our home meets are usually mid-to-late season so there’s always some under-

lying anxiety I have with hosting the event until it’s done.” The days leading up to the event, Adkisson said he felt confident that the invitational would run smoothly. However, on the day of the events there were some minor setbacks because of a few volunteers not showing up. “We were scrambling a little bit with getting things organized, but that’s kinda expected,” Adkisson said. “Luckily we managed to get everything set in place so nothing would slow down or stall events.” Adkisson said a major contribution to the success of the Wildcat Invitational was the help of CWU’s administration. He said the school played a key role in manning gates, making sure people couldn’t just walk in and double checking that participants weren’t infected. Without the assistance of administration the Wildcat Invitational wouldn’t have ran as nicely as it did, Adkisson said.

May 5, 2021


Gyms loosen restrictions: SPORTS

Local gym and Recreation Center continue COVID protocols while increasing capacity By Jared Galanti As Washington State starts to get a handle on COVID-19, restrictions on gyms have been loosened across the state. On March 11, 2021, Gov. Jay Inslee announced that all counties in the state were eligible to move into phase three of Washington’s reopening plan. For gyms, that meant they were able to open at 50% capacity. Jeff Wood, the owner of Empowered fitness training, said the precautions they have now have been in place since the original phase two in November 2020. “All of our stations are spaced out and we have sort of reformatted our classes so that everybody is going to be in an assigned spot,” Wood said. “Every station has all the equipment necessary for them to be able to do the workout and stay put in their confined spot.” Wood said every person that comes into the gym is required to grab a spray bottle and towel so they can wipe down their area once they are finished working out. They also do regular temperature checks on people coming in and ask if they have experienced any COVID-19 symptoms. Wood said because his business is strictly appointment based, they were able to open up earlier than most gyms. “We were able to open up during phase one with a very limited capacity,” Wood said. “Everything we did was appointment based and that was what they were able to do in phase one. When we moved up to phase two we were able to move up our capacity, when we moved up to phase three we got to expand our capacity a little bit more.”

The recreation center has implimented new covid protocols. Every student must wear a mask and carry a spray bottle. This could also be said about the CWU Recreation Center. Alex Lee, the coordinator for indoor operations and events said that with Washington moving into phase three, restrictions are being loosened for students to go workout. “Currently at phase three we are at 50% capacity in the building,”

Lee said. “Basically all of our facilities are open for use at a much reduced capacity. We have to monitor spacing between patrons and most of our programs are operating they aren’t operating fully, but they are operating at some level.” One restriction that is gone is the need to make appointments for the use of the Recreation Center.

The open g ym space for the free weights and other machines are spread apart to meet 6-feet restriction distance.

“That was back in the winter quarter,” Lee said in reference to appointments. “Basically the state changed their phases. So in phase one, that was back in January, you needed a reservation.” Lee said the reasons why the reservation system was in place was due to the limited capacity of students allowed in the Recreation Center at that time and the state’s guidelines only allowed people in for an hour at a time. Lee said they have had no problems so far with the capacity situation and the only thing that is still closed in the Recreation Center is the sauna in the locker rooms. Other than that, every other operation is open for students to use. “The good thing is the way that the equipment is layed out currently and the way that our facility is layed out is that we have multiple areas that patrons can get a workout in for whatever they like to do,” Lee said. “The weight room for example, if the weight room is full and we have reached our max capacity we have weight equipment upstairs, so people could still get their lift in, they just can’t be in the weight room.” Lee said the main goal of the Recreation Center is to allow students to workout while also relieving some stress. “Our goal this entire year even though we’ve had a lot of restrictions put on us from the state and the university and the county is to just be open and available to the students that are here on campus in Ellensburg to give them a chance to work-out,” Lee said. “And even though we have these restrictions our hope is that they were still able to come in and get the work out in that they wanted and to be able to get some stress relief. And for us that has been our main goal all year long.”


May 5, 2021


PULSE Magazine presents a Q&A with

COOL CAT: quintin carlson Interview by Mike Powers | Photo by Isabel Herbruger | Design by Itzel Montoya

You may think Quintin Carlson, senior Physical Education and Student Health major, could be everywhere at once with the amount of hobbies and interests he has taken on. From being on the worship team with Resonate Church, to other hobbies such as baseball, drumming, hunting and photography, Carlson likes to stay active and connected. Here is why you want to know this Cool Cat.


All my memories kind of come from playing baseball. I think the one that stands out to me the most is when I was 10 years old, I was playing on my little league All-star team. I was actually in the championship for district two. I pitched a whole entire game on my birthday, and we ended up winning [the championship]. My dad, who was one of the coaches at the time, said if we won the district 2 tournament that he would jump into the harbor and he kept that deal, which is kind of funny.

Tell us about your hobbies:

Music is a pretty big hobby of mine. I’ve been playing the drums since I was 7 years old. I’m part of Resonate Church here at Central and I’m on the worship team. That’s kind of where I started to progress more as a drummer because I actually got to play with people. Growing up, I never really got a chance to play with people. It’s a whole other experience.

Tell us about your personal goals:

With my faith, trying to be somebody that can love people well, like Jesus does in the Bible, and to serve people well. If people have questions, I would want to be able to teach it well. I also want to be able to understand my own faith. I want to be able to do my best, and love and serve people and have strong relationships.

Tell us more about your career goals:

I want to be able to impact wherever I’m at. I want to be in the lives of students, or student athletes. [I want] to be able to help guide them through life, however that looks. Just being there. Also, as far as the teaching aspect, because we’re in such a technology-based age, it worries me that younger generations are going to be stuck behind a screen. I just hope kids can find hobbies outside, like fishing, archery, or disc golf. Especially finding a group of people who love that too, it gets us away from our screens.

A fun fact about yourself:

I like photography. I’ve done a lot of landscape photography and I want to start taking pictures of people, and have certain subjects. I want to be able to actually take photos of animals in nature, but I don’t have the right equipment to be able to do that from a fair distance where they won’t be distracted by me.

quote to live by:

“Love thy neighbor as thyself.” -Matthew 22:39

why should people know you?

People should know me because I want to know them. I want to know how I can love and serve you, be there for you and listen. I feel like people, especially right now, feel isolated and stuck. I know I’m not the answer, I’m not somebody’s savior, I’m no hero, but I would want people to feel like they have somebody who can listen to what they have to say.

where can people find you hanging out?

Well, when the weather’s nice I’d be at the skatepark. There’s Kiwanis Park, where they have all those baseball fields. People’s Pond—Irene Rinehart Park is what I think it’s actually called by the locals. There’s some small fishing spots where they have farm trout. Generally, you’ll see me just hanging around with friends… Oh—and Hayday. That is probably my favorite coffee shop in Ellensburg. I love the people that work there, they’re really cool people.


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Cinco de Mayo 5-7 p.m. The Ethics of Intelligent Technology* 7-9 p.m. Trivia Wednesday SURC Ballroom Rm 215A, *

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8-10 p.m. Monday Movie Madness: Toy Story - SURC Theatre Rm 210, SURC North Lawn Area, Recreation Sports Complex, *

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11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Research Smartz: Hidden Gems of Primary Sources*


12-1 p.m. Racism & Criminal Justice reading series* 3-4 p.m. Talking Gender Series*

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7-11 a.m. Family Fun Day 2021* 5-7 p.m. Family Game Show* 7-9 p.m. Family Paint Social: Lindsey Rebecca*

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 2021 Law & Justice Career Fair* 5-6 p.m. “Multiple Marginalization: The Intersection of Gender, Sexuality and Immigration” Public Lecture*