CWU Observer Winter 2020 - Issue 2

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OPINION: YOU’RE TOO COMFORTABLE Americans have grown complacent in the face of violence and social injustice

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Recreation center sees increase in student traffic thanks to New Year’s resolutions

Vol. 115 NO. 2 | Jan. 23 - Jan. 29, 2020

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Students and faculty marched through campus to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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ADA changes in Ellensburg The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan includes about $31 million in overall repairs and accessibility changes in Ellensburg, including improvements to sidewalks and ramps Abigail Duchow Staff Reporter

One of the City of Ellensburg’s responsibilities is to make sure the sidewalks and buildings around town are up-to-date with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan. The plan includes maintaining certain standards for sidewalks, ramps and other accessibility implementations. CWU student Sawyer Stearns knows firsthand just how impactful and important it is to stay up-to-date with the ADA Transition Plan. Stearns is a resident assistant at CWU and is majoring in family and child life. She has been in a wheelchair for two and a half years and has to be aware of accessibility in her everyday life. “The way I get around is solely based on what is accessible to me,” Stearns said. Part of this, she described, is based on the weather. Stearns explained that in the winter, her ability to get around relies on the sidewalks being plowed and not covered in snow. When the sidewalks are not plowed, people in wheelchairs will have a hard time getting around, and they could even get stuck, according to Stearns. Paneal Holland/The Observer

Ellensburg’s ADA Transition Plan aims to fix persisting problems such as potholes and lack of wheelchair accessible ramps, which can make it harder for people with disabilities to get around.

Athletics’ Hall of Fame reaches 200 members Austin Lane Sports Editor

CWU Director of Athletics Dennis Francois and the CWU Athletics’ Hall of Fame Committee announced the addition of four new members to the CWU Athletics Hall of Fame this year. This year’s inductees puts the hall of fame at a total of 200 members. This year’s inductees include Mike Reilly, Kate Reome-Ridnour, Lance Den Boer and Joe Sanford. Sports, Page 13

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A glimpse behind the glass: The animals of Science I Nikolai Kostka Staff Reporter

Since 1998 the Science I building has been educating CWU students. On both sides of the lobby, various tanks and terrariums have lined the walls for over a decade. There’s a boa constrictor, a snapping turtle and even a replica of a local rattlesnake den with live rattlesnakes. Jonathan Betz, a technician for the biology department and CWU graduate, oversees animal care and the greenhouse. He came to CWU to become a technician because of his passion for the natural world. “I think most people have an interest in living things. We all kind of gravitate towards animals in particular,” Betz

said. ”It’s very rare that anyone would not want to see some really fascinating animals.” Betz is not the only member of the biology department whose passion has helped cultivate the animal display in the lobby of Science I. Daniel Beck, a biology professor, is largely responsible for the animal displays. The rattlesnakes were part of various studies conducted by graduate students and were unable to be released into the wild for risk of contamination from their time in captivity. After the research was completed there was a new challenge.

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Science I is home to all kinds of exotic animals, including rattlesnakes, scorpions and a snapping turtle.



January 23, 2020

Editor: Nicholas Tucker

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Hey Wildcats! Thanks for picking up this week’s issue of The Observer! We’re excited to be printing our first 16-page issue of the quarter with a new group of staff reporters, photographers and copy editors. As always, if there’s ever something you’d like to see covered, email us at Our goal is to incorporate as many different topics, cultures and voices as we can. On Monday, the U.S. celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. day. This day is more than just a day off from school and work; It’s a day for reflection and to honor the life and accomplishments of Martin Luther King Jr. and his fight for equality. Students and faculty marched through campus on Monday to honor Dr. King and his legacy. Flip to our center spread to discover what King’s legacy means to students and faculty at CWU. In the news section, discover how students feel about the permanent ban on vaping products proposed by Gov. Inslee. Ever wondered about the story behind the exotic animals who live in Science I? Check out the scene section, where you can also read more about the upcoming opening of the Rodeo Hall of Fame in a new location downtown. In sports, learn about the four new members being inducted into CWU Athletics’ Hall of Fame, bringing the total number of inductees 200. Want to get outside more this winter? You can read about the various trips and equipment OPR has to offer, including avalanche preparedness training. In the opinion section, columnist Nicholas Tucker discusses the inevitability of a Green New Deal and Teagan Kimbro argues that Americans have gotten too comfortable. Jan. 29 is National Student Press Freedom Day. Student journalists around the country are facing censorship issues of all kinds, from content control to being pressured not to publish stories on controversial topics. 14 states, including Washington, have passed New Voices laws which protect First Amendment press rights of student journalists. Jan. 29 is a day where we can celebrate the contributions of student journalists around the country and reflect on the importance of our First Amendment rights. The Observer publishes a print issue every Thursday. To keep up with us all week, be sure to follow us on social media and check out our website at!

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Students lobby in Olympia VP for Legislative Affairs Zack Turner supporting bills for college financial aid and better K-12 sex education

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ASCWU Vice President of Legislative Affairs Zackary Turner has been in Olympia lobbying in the interest of public university students. There are two prominent bills with potential to affect both students statewide and the local community in this session. One is House Bill (HB) 2158, which establishes the Washington College Grant (WCG) Program. The second is Senate Bill (SB) 5395, which would require a standardized implementation of sex education in K-12 public schools across the state. HB 2158 establishes the WCG to function in place of the State Need Grant (SNG). It will remove the waitlist system SNG operated on and expand the applications that students can use the grant money for. Undergraduate students can use the funds at approved universities in Washington state, including CWU, or towards other career training experiences like apprenticeships. Some students could qualify for grants that would pay 100% of their tuition and fees. “It makes it so about 100,000 or so students starting next year … qualify for it, so they don’t have to pay any tuition or fees under the Washington College Grant,” Turner said. “Somewhere around 22% of Central’s students will get to utilize this next year, starting in

the fall.” There are certain criteria a student must meet to be eligible, such as being a Washington state resident, not owing payments to any other student aid programs and having a family income level at or below 50% of the state median, scaled to account for family size. To apply, students who qualify only need to fill out the FAFSA. Senate Bill (SB) 5395 states it would require public schools grades K-12 to adopt “comprehensive sexual health education” that is “evidence-informed, medically and scientifically accurate, age-appropriate, and inclusive for all students regardless of their protected class status.” Though it would become required curriculum for schools, parents would be able to individually opt out their children. Unlike HB 2158, SB 5395 is currently in the approval process. This is the second session in which it’s been submitted to the Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee. After its submission last year, it was not accepted by the committee. Elementary Education and Middle Level Math major Anita Patten approved of the changes SB 5395 would make, advocating to provide students with knowledge about puberty. “If you added that education slowly and at an age appropriate level, it would reduce that awkwardness and embarrassment,” Patten said. “As a fu-

ture educator, I think this is great.” Some of the ways students can get involved in the legislative process are available directly on campus. According to Turner, registering to vote is one of the most important things students can do. He added exercising the right to vote is “showing that we are truly [legislators’] constituents, and that they represent us and we have the power.”

ASCWU is also working to make opportunities for involvement more accessible on campus than ever before. A voting center was held in the SURC on Nov. 5 2019, at which almost 500 students voted and around 50 new voters were registered. According to ASCWU Policy Director Semir Ibrahimovic, it was the first in the state on a college campus with both registration and voting available in the same place.

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(Above) From left to right: Zack Turner (CWU Legislative Liaison) who was also in Olympia last spring to lobby for House Bill 2158 with representative Drew Hansen who wrote the bill, Adan Espino (UW Tacoma Legislative Liaison,) Henry Pollet (Webster WA Univ. Legislative Liaison).

ASCWU Meeting Schedule Change ASCWU meetings have changed from happening weekly to biweekly. This change is due to a lack of content, according to ASCWU Executive Vice President Alejandro Alcantar.



January 23, 2020

Editor: Nicholas Tucker

Making ‘burg wheel-friendly

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Many of the older buildings at CWU lack ADA accommodation including ramps (right) and automatic door openers (above). (Left) Some housings in Ellensburg lacks ADA accommodations such as elevators. This puts restrictions and limitations on the space for the handicap on what floor they could live in.

Continued from Page 1 “Not only the snow, but the gravel gets stuck in my wheels, which makes it harder on my shoulders,” Stearns said. Stearns also added this is especially a problem with her motorized wheelchair because the snow can get packed in the motor and cause it to stop working. Stearns described a time in Ellensburg when she got her wheelchair caught on a dip in the sidewalk, causing the wheelchair to lurch forward and her to fall out of it. The dip has since been repaired. Stearns said awareness of accessibility is important to make an impact on not only those with mobile disabilities, but everyone. She believes having accessible spaces

around town will positively impact the whole community. Derek Mayo is the City Engineering Services Manager for the Public Works and Utilities Department for the City of Ellensburg. Part of Mayo’s job is maintaining the ADA Transition Plan. Mayo said Ellensburg has had an ADA plan for a long time, and that positive changes to the sidewalks and accessibility are made every year. Mayo said the city spends about $120,000 on sidewalk repairs annually, and about $225,000 per year overall on sidewalks. The ADA plan, he described, consists of about $31 million in overall repairs and changes to the accessibility in Ellensburg. w According to Mayo, the process of making changes includes interns evaluating every sidewalk and ramp

in town, then determining which areas need the most improvement. This is a process that has taken up whole summers. The improvements are rated by which areas need the most renovation first. They are also rated by how many people use the sidewalks in the area being evaluated. Mayo also said specific needs and requests, such as an obstacle in someone with a mobile disability’s regular route, take priority over the gradual repair and improvement of the whole city. The city is working on the plans right now, and will get to work in the summer. Mayo said the city tries to “meet the needs of the public the best [it] can.” Citizens of Ellensburg can expect the ADA plan to continue being implemented every year to create the most accessible spaces possible.

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January 23, 2020

Editor: Nicholas Tucker

Gov. proposes permanent vape ban News Editor

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has proposed legislation, SB 6254, which would make the current statewide ban on flavored vaping products permanent. The current ban was originally proposed as a temporary stopgap until the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) completed an investigation into multiple cases of lung illness which were linked to vaping products. The current emergency ban is set to expire on Feb. 6. Across the state, thousands have been affected by the initial temporary ban. According to a House Finance Committee report released in November 2019, the tax revenue lost by implementing a permanent ban could amount upwards of $50 million over the next four years.

I feel like if you’re able to go and fight for your country... why can’t you hit a Juul? Lauren Miller

Ellensburg saw the closure of Ruze 509 which employed three people and sold to many in the community. However, some have still been able to get

their fix, such as one junior ITAM major who wished to remain anonymous. “A few of my friends stocked up before the ban went into place and since then we’ve also been able to just go to the Yakama reservation and get juice there,” the student said. “I don’t think the ban is a good idea, it’s just going to make more of a black market. I’ve heard it’s really bad in high schools.” Other CWU students disagree with the ban for a variety of reasons, including CWU sophomore Lauren Miller. “I feel like if you’re able to go and fight for your country, go to kill in a different country, why can’t you hit a Juul?” Miller said. “It wasn’t even nicotine that was hurting people, it was literally black market dab cartridges.” That is true, as the CDC did find that out of the 23 cases of lung injury since April 2019 that were linked to Graphic by Teagan Kimbro

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vaping products, nine contained tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The CDC has determined that vitamin E acetate, an additive in many legal and illegal THC vaping products, was strongly linked to the cases of lung illness. Out of those affected who reported using THC products, 78% reported only acquiring products from informal sources rather than from a vape shop. Lung illness hasn’t been the only reason cited for the vape ban. In discussions about a nationwide vape ban, officials including President Trump pointed to the potential for children and teens to develop a nicotine addiction that they would have otherwise avoided. A National Institute of Health (NIH) study found that young people are most attracted to flavors like mint and mango while adults, many of which are former smokers, preferred flavors like menthol. “I think they were marketed towards

kids,” Miller said. “Like whether or not big tobacco wants to admit it or not, you put out gummy-flavored things and kids are gonna want to buy them.” Washington State Representative Gerry Pollet echoed this sentiment in an interview with The Seattle Times following the state board of health meeting which approved of the initial vape ban. “There’s no way that these stores would be supported just by adult smokers without attracting new people to vaping,” Pollet told the Times. “[These companies have] all made a decision to be the purveyors of addiction to young people.” Whether children were intentionally targeted or not, they do make up a large portion of vapor product sales. According to the state Department of Health, in 2017 over 27% of vape users were between eighth and 12th grade, and five of those 23 whose lungs were injured were under 20. The owners and managers of vape shops all over the state showed up to that Washington State Board of Health meeting, including Ruze 509 manager Brendan Killeen. Killeen also worked with the Vapor Technology Association and Baron Enterprises LLC which sued the board of health and the department of health shortly after they approved the temporary ban. That lawsuit was eventually struck down by Thurston county judge Chris Lanese.

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Starting fresh at the gym

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It is that time of the year again when students are trying to stay on track with their New Year’s resolutions. According to a survey conducted by YouGov in December 2019, 50% of Americans said their New Year resolution is exercising more and 43% said they want to eat healthier. Now that the holidays are over, students can start to focus on the gym and lose all those extra holiday pounds. Since the majority of the resolutions are towards exercising and eating healthy, it is very common to see new faces at the CWU Recreation Center. Assistant Director of Operations Michael Montgomery shares about the increased number of students at the recreation center in January compared to other months of the year. “January is always big [for people going to the gym]. One, there’s a lot of resolutions. Two, as you see the snow right now, activities outside are pretty limited,” Montgomery said. Resolutions play a huge part in the increase of students at the recreation cen-

ter. The recreation center keeps track of how many students and employees come to the gym every week through connection card swipes. The number of students that came to the recreation center in the first week of November 2019 was 7,259. For the second week of January 2020, 11,807 swipes were made by students and employees. There is a 4,548 increase between those two weeks. The increase in students at the gym is noticeable. According to Montgomery, when he goes to work out, he has noticed about 12 to 15 more students than usual. The increase in students does make it harder at times to find machines available. Due to less machines being available it can take longer to finish a workout or even change someone’s workout. According to Time Magazine, most people give up on their New Year’s resolutions by June. The question is, how many students are going to stick to their New Year’s health resolutions in 2020? For CWU students the decline does not happen around June but typically around midterms of winter quarter, ac-

cording to Montgomery. “As the academic course load increases we see a little bit of a decline,” Montgomery said. It is very easy to experience setbacks with resolutions, according to Montgomery. If a student is experiencing setbacks, the recreation center offers resources and encourages students to ask for help. The recreation center also offers personal training and group training. The Functional 50 program is offered during this time of the year. This program is targeted towards New Year’s resolutions. Hannah Allen, a fitness and health coordinator for university recreation, focuses primarily on Group X and personal training programs. She even sits down one-on-one with students and helps them set up goals. Typically weight loss is one of the most common resolutions for Americans. In the YouGov survey, 37% of Americans’ resolutions are wanting to lose weight. According to Allen, not many students are looking to lose weight. Students are more interested in their health overall.

“You might set these lofty resolutions but it’s okay if you don’t necessarily reach them. Try to keep striving even if you might not reach these goals, be gracious with yourself [and] applaud yourself for small victories as well,” Allen said. Although the majority of students are focusing on their overall health, there are also some students with weight loss and weight lifting New Year’s resolutions. Adarsh Sharma, an aviation major, is focusing primarily on weight loss. “My goal is to lose weight, nothing specific but just lose it. I have to reach a certain weight goal to be able to continue to be part of aviation. Flying planes has been a dream since I was a child, I can’t let my weight get in the way,” Sharma said. According to Montgomery, the recreation center focuses primarily on promoting positivity. Everyone has their own set of goals, the biggest thing is not to look down or shame people. It is a journey. “Start today. Don’t put it off till next Monday or whatnot. Start today,” Montgomery said.

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Rodeo Hall of Fame welcomes the new year with a new home

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The Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame (ERHOF), founded in 1997, has been preserving the history of Ellensburg Rodeo by keeping detailed recordings of past rodeo events and winners.

Tamara Sevao Staff Reporter

The old downtown pharmacy on Pearl Street will soon be turned into a permanent home for an organization special to Ellensburg. Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame (ERHOF) is in the process of moving into the building. ERHOF has been bouncing around trying to find a stable home since 1997 when it was first founded by original board members, including Mike Allen and Joel Smith. “We have finally found our place, and we are really happy to be here,” Smith said. However, the building may not be

recognizable after all the renovations. Mike Allen, an ERHOF board member, mentioned that many things must change before opening. “We want to make the place really presentable for the members and the public,” Allen said. When brainstorming ideas for the renovations, Joel Smith, president of the ERHOF board, said they had a vision to create a connecting hallway between the old pharmacy and the Western Culture and Art Center (WCAC).The WCAC is an alliance, a union between multiple organizations, formed between the Clymer Art Gallery, the Western Art Association and ERHOF.

The brick walls in the Clymer Art Gallery have been knocked down and workers have made the entryway of the Clymer Art Gallery look completely unrecognizable with a new and open space. The floors are being ripped out and replaced, the walls are being redone, new lighting is being added and the front door will be made non-accessible. The only entrance will be through the building next door,WCAC.The two buildings will be connected with a new hallway. “We’ll do anything to help the Clymer [Art Gallery],” Smith said. “That’s why that opening between the two, with the single entryway, is going to help put people on this floor and that floor.” Smith said ERHOF will be paying for all of the renovations being constructed and the Clymer Art Gallery will have no dues. The estimated total for renovations will end up being between $40,000 to $50,000. ERHOF makes money through donations, events, memberships and the Art of Fame, which is their annual and biggest art fundraiser each year, according to Smith. Each year artists donate their time to create a piece of art, within the theme and with the support of a sponsor, to auction off. The Clymer Art Gallery is the owner of the vacant building next door. In the past, the art gallery had leased out spaces in the building for vintage market sellers, known as Pearl Street Vintage Market. Clymer Museum & Gallery Direc-

tor Elise Warren explained that ERHOF signed a five-year lease on the building with the option to renew it for two more five-year leases. “I think it’ll be different. I think it’ll be interesting,” Warren said. “Certainly we’re gonna get a lot of people in to see what it looks like.” The Clymer Art Gallery changes up the art shows every couple months bringing various types of new art to the walls. According to Smith, the museum committee of ERHOF will plan to switch up their displays every couple of months. This will allow all visitors to see new shows in both rooms. ERHOF plans to hold a soft opening on Feb. 7 during First Friday Art Walk. Artifacts may not be ready for display but the space will be open for the public to view. ERHOF has an archive room on the second floor of the WCAC building. That is where the artifacts are stored. Smith hopes to see the new ERHOF museum fully stocked with artifacts by mid-February. Although ERHOF will have their newly renovated space, they will continue to host shows and events in the Clymer Art Gallery’s main room. “[The new ERHOF building] will not be an event center. That will be strictly a museum,” Smith said. “Because of the alliance we can use this space, if we schedule it. It’s good for all of us.”

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The Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame (ERHOF) has made it their goal to preserve the history of Ellensburg Rodeo by keeping detailed recordings of past rodeos, artifacts and biographies on rodeo winners.

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Living Like King: What is a Legacy? Story and Photos by Nicholas Tucker | Design by Aiden Knabel Calls for peace, freedom and unity could be heard across the CWU campus on Jan. 16 as students celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy. This was the 11th annual celebration, hosted by nine different departments and student organizations. Students, faculty and community members made signs and marched through campus before congregating in the SURC theater for the MLK Remembrance Program. At the front of the Peace March was Andre Dickerson, Director of the Center for Leadership and Community Engagement, who could be seen with his fist in the air, enthusiastically leading the three dozen marchers in chants of “rights for all” and “the people united will never be divided.” Dickerson spoke on the importance of continuing to hold marches. “We are here to do an act, to say that we are standing for equal justice, rights for all human beings. Whether that be for judiciary rights, social rights, we’re doing it through an act because that’s what King did,” Dickerson said. “Sometimes the act is just as significant as anything that can be done in legislation, or anything that can be done by way of the media or press, the physical act of us coming together in solidarity.” That act is a time-honored tradition, as 64-year-old Ellensburg resident Charlese Harris attested. According to Harris, she has been participating in marches like this since the 1960s in Yakima, Washington, and her sons started marching in the 1970s and 1980s. “For these young people, it’s a learning lesson because a lot of people don’t know what the struggle was all about, fighting for rights or, right now, fighting for healthcare and a whole host of things,” Harris said. “As we unite and come together, they see that it’s a serious thing that we all need to participate in.” The legacies of the Civil Rights Movement and Dr. King mean different things to different people. According to Dickerson, Dr. King serves as an inspiration for him to take action for what he believes in. “There are a lot of fathers, there are a lot of husbands, there a lot of black men, but his actions were the things that allowed for

him to be of service to others,” Dickerson said. “What his legacy means today is something for us to appreciate, but should remain a call to action for us to say, ‘What are we doing?’ I’m a humble father, I’m a black man, I’m a man of color, I’m a son, I’m a brother. But what am I actually doing?” Freshman Abu Agyeman regards the celebrations as an opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices of civil rights leaders including Dr. King, Malcolm X and Harriet Tubman. However, according to CWU senior Mayowa Makinde, the legacy of Dr. King can distract people today from looking at the advancements of other leaders like Malcom X. “I want to see more exposure for those ancestors because they were real people, they were not Kumbaya, they were ‘freedom by any means necessary,’” Makinde said. “Because it wasn’t pleasant to the powers that be, that’s why it’s thought that ‘let’s love everybody and sit around a fire and hold hands’ and so on.” Congregating in the SURC Theater, students listened as ASCWU President Jasmin Washington reflected on her position as CWU’s first black female student president. She then handed over the mic for Aaron Duckworth to perform “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Students representing the Black Student Union, the ChavezKing Leadership Program and Brother 2 Brother took the podium to speak on what Dr. King means to them, telling personal testimonials and reading spoken word poetry pieces. Musical performances by The Mel Peterson Gospel Ensemble bookended reflections by Nate McMillion, president of the Black Student Union, and Trevon Covington with the theme of “where do we go from here?” “Let us continue to embrace one another regardless of identities. But most importantly, let us never allow anyone or anything waver us from the legacy that we are expected to uphold,” Covington said. “Brother King, we continue to thank you for your sacrifices while you were still with us on this earth, and we promise you that we will all make it to the promised land.”

“Sometimes the act is just as significant as anything that can be done in legislation, or anything that can be done by way of the media or press, the physical act of us coming together in solidarity.”

Champagne Ryder Jr. perfroms an original spoken word piece.

The Mel Peterson Gospel Ensemble

Andre Dickerson leads the peace march from the front followed by three dozen marchers.



January 23, 2020

Editor: Amy Morris

The Story of Snappy Various creatures on display in Science I

Continued from Page 1 Nikolai Kostka Staff Reporter

“Suddenly we ended up with like 15 rattlesnakes,” Beck said. “They were in all these individual boxes. It was kind of a mess, they weren’t happy, it wasn’t an ideal situation.” In response to the rattlesnakes’ boxed up living situation Beck decided to put his skill set to use. As a former carpenter and cabinet maker, Beck had the skills necessary to build a new rattlesnake enclosure. When he was on sabbatical he had an idea. Beck collected basalt and recreated a rattlesnake den. Before the renovations, the rattlesnakes lived in boxes. Now, they have their very own den. If you find yourself encountering a rattlesnake in the wild and being bitten, Beck has some advice: don’t worry too much, it’s not instant death. There is a 50% chance there is no venom in the bite. When a rattlesnake bites a human it’s for defense, according to Beck. The snake is not trying to eat you, so they are unlikely to inject a ton of venom. “There’s a 99% probability that it’s not going to kill you,” Beck said. “While rattlesnakes have the potential to cause serious harm to an individual they do not go out seeking to bite humans.” There are far more animals to see than just the rattlesnakes,including Snappy the snapping turtle. Snappy hatched from an egg on CWU’s campus. Ever since former faculty member Robert Weaver helped bring Snappy into the world, the turtle has been on campus for well over a decade. Students from all majors have the opportunity to enjoy these animals. Breanna Larson is a law and justice major and is a big fan of Snappy. “I really love the snapping turtle because it is one of the few animals on the planet that can live up to 100 years old,” Larson said.

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Snappy the turtle is located in lobby of Science I. Snapping turtles can grow to be over 35 pounds and are known for their strong jaws, wide necks and bear clawed feet.

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Asian Forest Scorpions are found in tropical forests in southern Asia. They glow under a ultra violet light and are just one of the exotic animals located in the lobby.

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Over three months ago, Chile broke out in protests demanding social and economic equality. It was on Oct. 25, 2019 when metro prices rose which was the final straw in a long list of injustices. I had the opportunity to travel to Chile in December around the three month anniversary of the protests. It was only for three weeks, so I claim no understanding to the severity, hurt and repercussions of the protests of Chile and the Chilean people. However, returning home, I can’t help but notice: People are comfortable here, and it is for the worse. Now, I am not saying don’t take a nap in a LA-Z-Boy or wear a giant sweater. Both are very comfortable things. But when you get comfortable, it is hard to see what’s wrong. And if you do see what’s wrong, are you going to be willing to be uncomfortable to change it? Living in the U.S. provides a lot of comfort and luxuries that I am appreciative of. However, we are falling into routines and letting comfort outweigh glaring issues that we are facing. Last year, CWU had an active shooter scare. Unfortunately, that wasn’t unrealistic in today’s society. According to the FBI, between 2008 and 2018 there were 277 active shooter incidents in the U.S.

alone. During a Hanukkah celebration earlier this year, five members of an Orthodox Hasidic Jewish congregation were killed in a stabbing. In October 2019, a 28-year-old Black American woman, Atatiana Jefferson, was fatally shot by a police officer. This is not an isolated incident, as a Black individual is three times as likely to be killed by police than a white person according to Mapping Police Violence. The list of social injustices Americans are facing is a lengthy one. We are still battling domestic violence, sexual assault, xenophobia and hispanophobia, to just name a few. These problems don’t stand alone, but are further intertwined with economic issues we are facing. There is nationally outstanding student loan debt of $1.5 trillion dollars according to the Federal Reserve. I alone will be in tens of thousands of dollars of debt by the time I graduate with an increasingly necessary degree. More costs are raising on things like health care and housing. According to a survey taken by GOBanking Rates, in 2019, 69% of respondents said to have less than $1,000 in a savings account. In their previous years’ survey it was 58%. The survey also found 45% of responders have zero dollars in their savings account.

I am not comfortable with any of that. So why aren’t we doing anything about it? Chile has witnessed their own inequality and has demanded change. With mostly peaceful protests, they openly criticized the government and refused to let things become part of their routine. Moreso, they are unafraid to be uncomfortable. From their protests, they’ve reached global recognition, especially with a feminist protest song that has resulted in copy-protest such as one in New York City. More importantly, the protests have resulted in a referendum in April that will discuss if a new constitution should be written to replace the charter currently in place. Chile was willing to take action and fight for what they knew needed to change. They are a wonderful example of doing what the U.S. is not doing right now: taking a stand and standing until it changes. This can take shape in many different forms, whether that be in protests, calling your representatives, donating to people and companies who are advocating for justice, creating artwork or even just reminding people that we are becoming unrightly comfortable. Most importantly, we need to take a page from Chile’s book, and get uncomfortable.

As the fight against climate change continues, it gets easy to view the issue as a direct two-sided conflict. It seems to be the idea of many that fossil fuel companies are trying to keep oil, coal and other nonrenewable resources, which have been the mainstay of the American power network, firmly in place at the top of energy production. However, this doesn’t seem to be the case. The real fight isn’t over whether or not the world goes green, it’s about when it does and who gets to hold or gain power in the revolutionized world that is fast-approaching. The green revolution is inevitable. Now, when I say that oil and coal executives aren’t fighting to keep oil and coal on top, I only mean that in the long term. When I say that a new, green world is inevitable, I don’t mean that the environmentalists are going to win their fight against big oil. What I mean is that over the past decade, energy companies which have historically relied on fossil fuels have been sneakily investing billions in renewable energy. A Greentech Media interview with Maarten Wetselaar, director of Shell’s integrated gas and new energies division, gives a clue why. “Most of our customers, private individuals and companies, will in the coming decades only be using electricity…so if we’re not in that business, we’ll become marginalized,” Wetselaar said. “So to an extent, it’s about survival, but it’s also about, of course, playing a positive role in energy transition…we see the two as equally powerful.” Sure. They definitely see their own survival and playing a positive role as equally important matters. What he’s getting at is that market forces are pushing these companies to be more renewable for a bunch of reasons. First off, consumers not only want the companies to be better, but

they also are demanding more and more green products. Every major car company is putting a lot of work towards electric vehicles, both because people want them and because they don’t want to be the ones who miss out on Tesla-level profits. It’s not just about consumers either. According to the Bloomberg New Energy Finance report, renewable power plants are now cheaper to build and operate than those running off of fossil fuels. According to the Medical College of Wisconsin, they’re also safer for workers and have far lower chances of causing an environmental disaster. That last point may seem like it’s about the environment, but it’s not. The fact is that absolutely no company wants to be the one that is associated with a disaster. British Petroleum still hasn’t recovered from what the general public calls the “BP Oil Spill.” It’s horrible PR for everyone to associate your company with photos of animals choking to death in black goo. So, if these companies actually want to switch to green energy and are actively moving in that direction, why do many of them still fight for oil? What the rhetorical fight is really over are stranded assets. Stranded assets are the resources and equipment that will be left over after the industry transition happens, and no company wants them to be simply left to waste. Say the U.S. government bans oil drilling. That would still leave millions of barrels of oil in the ground, and the companies want that oil. They may be all in for a green revolution, but they still want to get what last bits of profits they can before the world moves forward. So, they dig their heels in and fight for oil as loudly as they can for as long as they can while preparing to move for-

ward behind the scenes. This is why China and the European Union, places that never were massive producers of fossil energy, are moving forward cleanly. What people in the U.S. seem to be unaware of when discussing proposals like the Green New Deal is that this legislation was already put in place years ago somewhere else. Chinese President Xi Jinping is by no means a bleeding-heart environmentalist. He is, however, an incredibly smart man when it comes to running a country’s economy, and he was more than delighted when U.S. President Trump announced that we would be sticking with oil and coal. If the U.S. doesn’t want to be number one in energy production anymore, China will gladly do it for us.

The green revolution is inevitable Nicholas Tucker Columnist



January 23, 2020

Editor: Nick Jahnke

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don’t let this movie go extinct

Nikolai Kostka Columnist

I feel as though writing this piece is a redundancy. Whenever I’m asked what my favorite movie, book or franchise is, I always have the same answer: Jurassic Park. Not Jurassic World, but the one, the only, Jurassic Park. I’ll tell you why, though before I do I must inform you that I am a fan of Jurassic Park and have a Jurassic Park sticker on the side of my Prius. Spoiler alert: If you are unfamiliar with Jurassic Park, than allow me to briefly describe it. Jurassic Park is a 1993 film directed by Steven Spielberg. There is a zoo of sorts but it houses dinosaurs that have been cloned out of extinction to be an attraction for tourists. The dinos end up escaping and the characters on the island must evade and outsmart a T. rex and velociraptors to make it home alive. This film that I love so much has shaped who I am to this day, as evident by my sticker choice. Jurassic Park is a movie that I can watch over and over again. In fact, I watched Jurassic Park earlier today as preparation for my article. There are few, if any movies that incorporate action, comedy, science fiction, dinosaurs and special effects that stand the test of time. As far as action goes there is a lot of it in the film. A prime example of this is the T. rex chase scene. Jeff Goldblum is in the back of a jeep being pursued by a Tyrannosaur. The movie leads the viewer to believe that the T. rex wants to eat the occupants of the Jeep. I like to think that the T. rex just wanted a closer look at Jeff Goldblum’s abs. There are plenty of examples of comedy in Jurassic Park. In the movie we have Jeff Goldblum’s character Ian Malcom look at a big pile of triceratops excrement and say: “That is one big pile of shit,” which I personally enjoyed as a line in the film. We also have the scene where Dr. Alan Grant is testing if an electric fence is on by touching it. The two children are terrified when he starts shaking and screaming as soon as he touches the fence. The tension of the situation is relieved when Alan reveals that he is faking being electrocuted. The extra humor comes from the fact that one of the kids thought it was hilarious and the other didn’t.

There is no zoo with dinosaurs in reality, so since there is one in Jurassic Park, that makes it a science fiction movie. The whole thing is fiction but based on science. From cloning to paleontology, many real things are mixed in to create this beautiful masterpiece of cinema. As children, many of us had a fascination with dinosaurs. There is something about massive creatures roaming the earth that ignites the imagination not just of the youth but adults as well. The movie’s special effects team did a fantastic job. To this day the special effects hold up. Many of the close up scenes involved lifelike robots and puppets that were and still are extraordinarily realistic. The film has stood the test of time and spawned a series of sequels that take place in the same universe. So what separates Jurassic Park from Star Wars or the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)? It is hard to compete with Marvel, but Jurassic Park has one thing that the MCU is lacking, dinosaurs. Jurassic Park isn’t based on a true story, but everything in the movie has existed on this planet… just not all at once. Yes, the Star Wars franchise is one of the most (if not the most) successful franchises of all time. There is one flaw in Star Wars that Jurassic Park doesn’t have, Jar Jar Binks. Thank you all for reading, I did not set out to change minds, only to educate them. Regardless of my opinion, I encourage you to go watch Jurassic Park. Even if you don’t think it’s the best, maybe you’ll agree that it’s pretty good.

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Athletics’ Hall of Fame adds four members

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Continued from Page 1 Mike Reilly Football - 2005-08

Kate Reome-Ridnour Women’s Volleyball - 2001-04

Lance Den Boer Men’s Basketball - 2005-07

Joe Sanford Wrestling - 1977-78

Mike Reilly accomplished many personal achievements in his time at CWU. Reilly still holds the NCAA record for most consecutive games with a passing touchdown, with 46 consecutive games total. That was also the number of games Reilly played at CWU, meaning he threw a touchdown in every single game he played. In 2008, Reilly was named GNAC Offensive Player of the Year, passing for over 3,700 yards and 37 touchdowns. “[Reilly is] definitely an outstanding student athlete here at Central, but has gone on to do great things in his professional career in the CFL,” Francois said. Reilly now plays as a quarterback for the Canadian Football League’s (CFL) British Columbia Lions. He’s played in the CFL for 10 years. In 2017, Reilly led the Lions to a victory in the CFL’s championship game, the Grey Cup, while also earning the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player award for that season. John Picha, the current assistant head coach and tight ends coach for CWU, who was an offensive line coach when Reilly played, said Reilly was a “leader from the get-go.” “He was fiercely competitive, probably one of the most competitive guys I’ve ever met,” Picha said. “He is probably one of the toughest quarterbacks I’ve ever been around.”

Kate Reome-Ridnour was on the women’s volleyball team from 2001-04. In her senior season, the Wildcats had a perfect 26-0 season and Reome-Ridnour was an NCAA DII All-American. She led all of the NCAA DII with 14.25 assists per set, ending the season with 1,297 assists in total. During her four years she amassed a total of 4,780 assists. Due to outside circumstances, Reome-Ridnour could not graduate after the conclusion of her senior campaign, something that would usually disqualify a former student athlete from being inducted into the hall of fame. In this case, a rare exception was made that the committee fully agreed was the right decision. “What it takes to get inducted as a non-graduate is a unanimous vote amongst our hall of fame committee, and that was our vote this year,” Francois said. “[Reome-Ridnour is] definitely one of those individuals that is one of our top volleyball players that ever came through here, for sure. She is very deserving.”

Lance Den Boer was a men’s basketball transfer from Washington State University, who played at CWU from 200507. Den Boer was named GNAC Player of the Year in 2006, and in his career he averaged 19.9 points per game and 4.8 rebounds per game. Den Boer was nearly automatic from the charity stripe, finishing second in DII free-throw percentage in both his junior year and senior year. Den Boer is now the athletic director for Kiona Benton High School in Benton City, Washington. “Den Boer was an outstanding student athlete for us,” Francois said. “He’s in there in the record books in a lot of categories… definitely well-deserving and part of our legacy here in men’s basketball.”

Joe Sanford was a CWU wrestler whose legacy continues to this day, long after his career as a Wildcat. The Joe Sanford Invitational youth wrestling tournament is held every year in Pasco, Washington. Sanford was a 1978 NAIA national champion, the 13th wrestler in school history at the time to accomplish the feat. After wrestling in college, Sanford became an educator, wrestling coach and rodeo clown. “It’s great to see people continue to feel their passion for the sport they were a part of, and wrestling was his,” Francois said.

2020 CWU Wildcat Gala and Athletic Hall of Fame

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The men’s basketball team’s starting five in 2006, including Lance Den Boer (second from left).

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Kate Reome-Ridnour (number two) goes up for a block with some of her teammates.

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Mike Reilly in action against Western Washington University in 2008.

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The 2008 CWU Football team lifts the Cascade Cup, given to the winner of the rivalry game between CWU and Western Washington University. Mike Reilly led the Wildcats to the 50-28 win.

Baseball Schedule

Jan. 31-Feb. 1 @ Stanislaus 3-game series

Feb. 7-8

@ Academy of Art 4-game series

Softball Schedule

Feb. 15-16

@ Corban 3-game series

Jan. 28-29

NNU 4-game series

Jan. 31

Oklahoma Christian 11:30 a.m.

Jan. 31

San Fran. State 2 p.m.

Feb. 1

CS San Bern. 11:30 p.m.

Feb. 1

Regis U 2 p.m.



January 23, 2020

Editor: Austin Lane

Shred the gnar with OPR... and do it safely Phoebe Lai Staff Reporter

Outdoor Pursuits and Rentals (OPR) offers different trips throughout the year. According to their website, OPR will provide opportunities such as being able to attend outdoor trips and rent equipment. OPR also provides resources that are fun and inclusive for winter. OPR rents outdoor gear and provides outdoor trips to CWU students, so they can enjoy the outdoors and make new friends while creating everlasting memories. This quarter OPR offers a variety of different events to CWU students. OPR has multiple outdoor trips for students

to enjoy outdoor adventure, for example, Snoqualmie Pass ski trips, Mission Ridge trips, ice climbing trips and many more. Each trip has admission fees but with a connection card, CWU students always get the lowest rate. Rates vary from $10 to $50, depending on the trip.

Free Clinics In addition to paid trips, OPR also offers free trips. For example, Avalanche Beacon Training clinics are free of charge. Assistant Director of CWU Student Development and Programs Dania Cochran said it provides knowledge about avalanches to students, so students can go out on their own and have fun later. Cochran said people find themselves unable to read weather conditions or snow conditions very well. Therefore, OPR offers beacons and gears that help keep people safe and train them in clinics on how to use them. OPR also offers guided trips in Winter. Guided Paneal Holland/The Observer trips are offered Jackson Bourne and Kaikea Schlenker give warm smiles to students coming to students lookto rent gear or sign up for winter activities through OPR. ing to go on an

Winter outdoor trips offer opportunities for students to get away from the stress of class and stay active. Director of CWU Recreation Matthew Boyer said these opportunities are important for students to have at CWU. “A lot of students come to CWU for education, yet we know in recreation that being active helps them achieve success in the classroom, and the activities may be outdoors, through sports, or fitness class,” Boyer said. ”We want to make sure we have a variety of offers for students to pursue their passions.”

adventure with a trip leader. According to Cochran, leaders are well-trained and professional in leading trips. “Student employees get very welltrained and certified, as part of their trip leader training,” Cochran said. “They have to check weather conditions, safety protocols and pick where the students would have fun and what is interesting for them to lead.”

Renting Equipment Besides winter trips, OPR offers rental equipment to students. Equipment rentals are convenient for students who won’t use the equipment many times, so they can save money on buying the equipment. Boyer mentions the equipment prices of rentals at CWU are generally cheaper than in town. Moreover, OPR provides lots of information to students. OPR Coordinator Bradley Gasawski said OPR answers students’ questions about hiking, sight-seeing or general questions about outdoor activities. “A lot of students here like to get outside and play, and we can be a good resource about where they can play outside,” Gasawski said. Gasawski said OPR’s bookshelf has has guidebooks for winter sports. The books talk about places where people can visit during specific seasons.

“This group has been resilient so far,” Rinta said. “They’ve proven they can learn and stay positive.” Even though the team struggled, some players on the court had their moments of success. The team was able to get the ball into Davon Bolton’s hands a few times throughout the game which prevailed in him being able to get 10 points up on the

board. Xavier Smith also had a big presence on the court, putting up 10 points as well for the team. CWU is preparing and resetting their minds to get ready for their journey on the road this week to match up against Concordia University on Thursday, Jan. 23 and Western Oregon University on Saturday, Jan. 25.

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OPR offers various winter equipment, including snowshoes, ice axes and skis.

Wildcats take first loss to Sparling Della Babcock Staff Reporter

The CWU men’s basketball team fought hard against the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Saturday night. Ultimately, CWU fell to UAF by a final score of 78-60. The game was full of ups and downs which kept the team itself and all of the CWU fans on the edge of their seats. The stands on the CWU side were overflowing with students and the band was roaring. The crowd seemed as if they were still feeding off of the big win last Thursday, Jan. 16 against Alaska Anchorage. However, the momentum on the court differed from the team’s previous game substantially, resulting in the Wildcats’ heads hanging low at the end result. “It’s tough to go from playing as well as we did on Thursday, to go and playing like that,” head coach Brandon Rinta said. “We talked about the things that separate the teams in this conference, and it’s consistency.” The game also featured the return of head coach Greg Sparling back to Ellensburg. Sparling coached the CWU men’s basketball team for many seasons before the transition to UAF after the 2017-18 season.

The team struggled to find consistency on the court, which brought forth a tough loss. Rinta gave credit to Fairbanks for the effort they put out on the court, and for how hard they came out and played. CWU struggled to find the level of energy that they needed to keep up with Fairbanks.

They’ve proven they can learn and stay positive. Brandon Rinta, head coach

“Fairbanks is a good team, I give them credit. [Shadeed] Shabazz is a tough guard and they have pieces around him that complement him well,” Rinta said. “We had been taking steps for three games in a row and just didn’t have that level of energy tonight.” CWU will try to find a way to shut down UAF when they match up against them once more on Feb. 13. However, even though there was a lull in energy against UAF, Rinta said the team still has room to grow.

Men’s Basketball Schedule

Jan. 18

UAF L, 60-78

Jan. 23

@ CU 7:30 p.m.

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Davon Bolton goes up for a shot against the Nanooks’ tough defense, which held the Wildcats to 60 points in the game.

Women’s Basketball Schedule

Jan. 25

@ WOU 4:15 p.m.

Jan. 30 SFU 7 p.m.

Jan. 18

SFU L, 59-65

Jan. 23

@ CU 5:15 p.m.

Jan. 25

@ WOU 2 p.m.

Jan. 28 @ NNU 6 p.m.



January 23, 2020

Editor: Austin Lane

Track and Field finds success in Seattle Taylor Clark Staff Reporter

As school starts back up and the weather gets colder, the Track and Field athletes hit the ground running with their third indoor meet, and first indoor meet since the end of winter break. The University of Washington (UW) Indoor Preview, which took place on Saturday, Jan. 18, featured a select few on the team, competing to get back in the flow of the season. Track and Field head coach Kevin Adkisson said the meet is a tougher one because it caters to more Division I schools rather than Division II. Given that the entirety of the Track and Field team was not able to compete due to limited space, the competition was stiff. Athletes have been practicing in the offseason to prepare for this indoor season and polish their particular events. Daniel Calderon-Hernandez, a senior at CWU who specializes in the men’s 400-meter, 200-meter and 4x400 relay said he had been getting ready for this event all quarter.

“I’m feeling really comfortable. I’ve been working all fall quarter just to get ready for this meet,” Calderon-Hernandez said. “[I’m] just ready to get back into the swing of things but I’m ready to compete.” Calderon-Hernandez finished 11th in the 400 with a time of 50.09 seconds. Another athlete that has been working hard on the track is junior Bobby Widmar. Widmar’s main focus of competition is sprints. Widmar said he is trying to tune things in and get ready to run coming off of break. He usually feels pretty good whenever it is time for a meet. Widmar competed in the 200 and finished with a time of 23.40. The women’s side of the team is looking to make a difference this season and have a greater impact than their outstanding finishes last

season. There were three women Wildcats that made it to the NCAA DII Indoor Track and Field Championships in the 2018-19 season. HarLee Ortega, Halle Irvine, and Alexa Shindruk each earned All-American awards. “Our hurdles right now are really strong,” Adkisson said. “We have two people that are national level and that’s Erykah Weems and Sidney Trinidad.” Both the senior Weems and the junior Trinidad competed in the meet. Weems was 12th in the women’s 400-meter with a time of 57.46 and Trinidad was 12th in the women’s 800-meter with a time of 2 Courtesy of David Cook/Eastern Washington Athletic Communications

minutes, 16.45 seconds. Aidan Cain, who is a senior this year, is another athlete that participated in the meet. Cain finished 11th in the men’s weight throw with a toss of 55 feet, 4 3/4 inches. Not only did these athletes compete against other universities, they also competed against each other in certain events. Cain was excited to compete against teammate Andrew Harris. “[Harris has] been killing it at practice and up until this year, he hasn’t been able to throw the weight but we have more roster room so he is able to compete,” Cain said. Samantha La Rue finished eighth place in the women’s shot put with a mark of 45-03 3/4. La Rue also finished in the top 20 with a mark of 5101 3/4 in the women’s weight throw. Ethan Tonder finished eighth place in the men’s shot put with a mark of 4908 1/2. Finally Erykah Weems, Sidney Trinidad, Aujanique Doss, and McCalle DeChenne competed in women’s 4x400-meter relay, finishing with a time of 3:57.97.


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Track and Field Schedule

Jan. 23 @ UI 10 a.m.

Jan. 31-Feb. 1 @ UW 1 p.m.

Rugby Schedule Men’s

Feb. 7-8 @ BSU TBD

Feb. 14-15 @ UW 2 p.m.

Jan. 25

@ WWU 1 p.m.

Feb. 1 @ UA 1 p.m.


Jan. 25

Seattle Saracens 1 p.m.

Feb. 1


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SIGN-UPS OPEN: Indoor Ironman Recreation Center Front Desk • $15 Sign up by Feb. 1 for the annual Indoor Ironman held during the month of February. Jeopardy - CWU style Sign up by Feb. 2, only 36 spots available! Love Jeopardy? Compete this February. Must be available Feb. 8, 9 (quarterfinals) and Feb. 22 (finals). Battle of the Bands Follow this link to sign up by Feb. 19. Notifications by Feb. 21; event is March 6. THURS. JAN. 23 Winter FUNDerland 10 a.m.-2 p.m. • SURC Check out CWU clubs, network, and help raise funds. Parade of Nations 6-8 p.m. • SURC Ballroom • Free Enjoy a showcase of ethnic and cultural identities through performance and wearing of traditional attire. SAT. JAN. 25 Student Comedy Night 8 p.m. • SURC Theatre Free, CWU students with ID $5 GA Featuring Hot New Jam and some of the funniest people on campus. MON. JAN. 27 Meet the Hype Street Team! 12-1 p.m. • SURC Tabling area ASCWU Public Meeting 1 p.m. • SURC Pit Join your student government a bi-weekly update and discussion on campus issues. Monday Movie: Knives Out 7 & 9:30 p.m. • SURC Theatre Free CWU students with ID, $3 GA A master detective investigates a family gathering gone awry. TUE. JAN. 28 Data Privacy Day Lunch & Learn 12 p.m. • Samuelson 104 Grab a slice of free pizza and learn how to protect your privacy and defend yourself against cyber threats. Student Academic Senate Meeting 6 p.m. • Black Hall 151 Attend this bi-weekly meeting to discuss academic department/ program matters. Find out how you can become a senator. WED. JAN. 29 Showtime at Central Follow this link to sign up for an audition time to perform Feb. 21 at this annual event hosted by BSU and modeled after Showtime at the Apollo!

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