CWU Observer Winter 2020 - Issue 6

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Going Green

Playing For Kicks

Behind the scenes of the recycling process and why Kittitas county no longer recycles glass

Men’s soccer club is an athlete-run program that lets students play in an encouraging environment

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Vol. 115 NO. 6 | Feb. 20- Feb. 26, 2020

Graduate assistants planning to unionize | @CWUObserver

Safe sex is always in fashion The annual Condom Fashion Show raised awareness about sexual health, safe sex and consent

Nicholas Tucker News Editor

A group of CWU graduate assistants has begun holding the first meetings to discuss unionizing and negotiating with administration for better pay and to implement greater support systems. The assembly, led by geology department graduate assistants Elizabeth Curtiss and Amy Gilliland, is largely fighting to increase the stipend they recieve. According to Curtiss, that stipend hasn’t been increased since 2006 when it was set at $8000 annually. Meanwhile, the cost of living has continued to rise. “We are living below the poverty level and many of us have to be on food stamps and still live paycheck to paycheck,” Curtiss said. “We’re not trying to make money. We’re just trying to do our research.” According to Curtiss and Gilliland, part of the difficulty graduate assistants are having is that they are prohibited from getting another job working on campus, and it is frowned upon for them to seek additional off-campus jobs. “They expect us to be physically available Monday through Friday eight to five,” Curtiss said. “So even if we wanted to get an outside job, finding one that’s flexible with that is extremely difficult. So we’ve talked about it for since I’ve been here last year, about wanting to increase the stipend to be livable.”

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Sophomore Lauren Miller designed and modeled her outfit on Feb. 13. Her look is held together completely by staples.

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Imagine sitting in the SURC ballroom while watching models strut down the runway. As models start walking closer, the view of condoms on clothing became more clear. Well, CWU students utilized a fashion show to promote the use of condoms for safe sex. The annual CWU Condom Fashion Show was held on Feb. 13. Models walked the runway while showing off their designer’s creations. Clothing articles including skirts, shirts and pants were draped in multiple condoms. The fashion show is put on by the Wellness Center with 88.1 The

Burg DJs. While creating cloth- as glue guns, were also accessible ing designs with just condoms may at these workshops. seem difficult for some people, the Anybody was allowed to parWellness Center made it easier. ticipate as a model or designer. In The Wellness CenMiller’s case, she ter offered designers a acted as both. The I think [the maximum of 500 conWellness Center did show is] just a doms each, any color not require only ATM creative way to majors. Anyone was they wanted. To add to get students the free condoms, the welcome. Designers Wellness Center also involved and were then able to pick offered design worktheir own models. just have fun. shops. “I’m a control freak,” Lauren Miller, one Miller said. “It makes it Matt Wiemals, designer, is a sopha lot easier knowing it’s sophomore omore majoring in myself because I can Apparel, Textile and use my own clothes and Merchandising (ATM). Miller said not have to worry about fittings.” the workshops were offered to provide help if designers needed guidance creating outfits. Tools, such See Fashion Show | Page 10

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February 20, 2020

Editor: Nicholas Tucker

Observation Deck Have you ever heard the rumor that Ellensburg doesn’t recycle? Last week, some of The Observer staff took a trip to Spokane to tour the Spokane Materials and Recycling Technology (SMaRT) Center to find out more about what the recycling process looks like. We also found out why Kittitas county no longer recycles glass. Turn to our center spread to discover more. If you drive to class everyday, you know how frustrating it can be to try to find a parking spot on campus. In News this week, read about why finding parking is so difficult and what the university plans to do to help alleviate some of the parking pressure. The annual Condom Fashion Show, hosted by the Wellness Center, raised awareness about sexual health, safe sex and consent. Students designed outfits made of condoms which were modeled on a runway in front of a panel of judges and a student audience.

For a look behind the scenes of the designing process, check out our Scene section. Football recruiting is at its peak, and CWU has signed 27 recruits from Washington, Oregon and Hawaii. In the Sports section, head coach Chris Fisk eplained what coaching staff looks for in a potential football recruit. The Observer is continuing to seek out student work! To submit your visual or written works, email us at You can use the same email to submit news tips, letters to the editor or story ideas! To keep up with us throughout the week, be sure to follow us on social media. You can also read all of our stories online at Have a great week everyone, Cassandra Hays Editor-in-Chief

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Gilliland said one of the major issues graduate assistants face is that their healthcare isn’t covered over the summers, which is difficult for students who want to do field work or research. “It puts people in these bad positions where they can’t complete their research because if anything happened to them, they would have to pay out of pocket,� Gilliland said. The two geology graduate assistants also said CWU has lost potential graduate assistants because of the conditions they are offered. Curtiss spoke about a graduate student who visited and expressed that she wanted to attend CWU because it was the best fit for her research. However, Western Washington University offer graduate assistants full tuition waivers as opposed to CWU’s partial

waiver, and also offers an annual stipend of Workers Union (UAW). With their help, they about $13,000 compared to CWU’s stipend have begun the first steps of organizing. of about $8,000. “We are in the heart of talking to all the “She said she would prefer to come here, graduate assistants on campus because it but the money is what’s stophas to be a collective thing, ping [her],� Curtiss said. it can’t be by department,� Curtiss and Gilliland Curtiss said. We are living below started looking into othCurtiss and Gilliland er universities to see how the poverty level and said they held a meeting on graduate assistants have many of us have to be Feb. 17 with about 20 othgone about negotiating for on food stamps and er graduate assistants out better wages and found that still live paycheck to of the 152 on campus this most of those groups did so paycheck. quarter. There they disthrough unionization. The cussed the early stages of Elizabeth Curtiss, University of Washington, organizing with the help of Graduate assistant for instance, has the The a representative from the Union of Academic Student Employees UAW. They have drafted a petition to find and Postdocs at the University of Washing- out exactly what percentage of the graduate ton. Western Washington University has the assistants are in support of unionizing, and Graduate Assistant Advocacy Council. are also working on assembling a commitCurtiss and Gilliland spoke to union rep- tee which can represent all 22 of the graduresentatives from other universities and from ate departments on campus. other workers unions such as the United Auto Once they have an idea of what percent-



age of graduate assistants are in support of unionizing, they can officially file with the Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC). PERC is a state-run organization which helps state employees with collective negotiation, legal assistance and to navigate potential labor rights issues and unfair labor practices. According to Mike Zellers, executive director of PERC, the grad assistants need to confirm that at least 30% of their members support collective negotiation. Once they do this, a ballot will be mailed to all graduate assistants for a majority vote on unionization. However, if the graduate assistants confirm over 50% in support of collective negotiation, the ballot election will be skipped. “It’s hard because I know from an outside view, it could sound like we’re being greedy. Like, we’re given stuff already,� Curtiss said. “But the whole point of an assistantship is that you can support yourself and focus on your work.�

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CWU is searching for a new provost following Katherine Frank’s abrupt departure from her provost position. Lynn Franken is currently serving as the interim provost until an official replacement is named. On June 10, 2019 Frank was released from her duties as provost and, according to Amy Calridge, the Associate Professor and Program Director for Family and Child Life, the search for a replacement has been underway ever since. “She left the provost position and stepped into a new role working directly with the president,” Calridge

said. “And now she has left completely and she has a job as president at a university in Wisconsin.” At CWU the provost is the Vice President of the Division of Academic and Student Life. This means they are in charge of the majority of services which students use most often. “Our provost is the chief academic officer, she supervises all the deans,” Calridge said. The search has been narrowed down to four candidates. Calridge is in charge of the search for the replacement provost. “Our provost has a unique position,” Calridge said. “The position is also over all of student life so there is a very

big impact on students.” The provost has a position overseeing most elements of the university which students interact with on a daily basis. “It’s sort of a new structure at Central to have academics and student life under one person,” Calridge said. “There’s a lot of advantages to that. Academic life isn’t disconnected from extracurriculars.” According to Calridge, students should be excited about having a new provost who will be more involved with the student body. Under the integrated student life and academic system, the provost at CWU will be more directly involved with the student body than at other universities.

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This unity provides a unique ability to improve two major aspects of the university simultaneously. There are currently four main candidates for the position: Mitch Avila, Michelle DenBeste, Britt Ross-Ellis and John Ernst. All four candidates currently hold a position as Dean at their respective universities, and all but Ernst come from the California State University administration. “I think there’s a lot of similarities in their mission at Cal State,” Calridge said. “I think the people that rose to the top share a lot of our values.” All four candidates have years of experience working as deans in the colleges they are coming from.

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Michelle DenBeste comes from California State University, Fresno (CSUF). A major focus of her proposal is to allocate funding to small and large major programs and to ensure no dollar is wasted when it comes to grants which are related to student programs. Like Avila, she wants to increase diversity in the faculty at CWU and has been successful in her endeavors at her current tenure. Another issue DenBeste looks to resolve is the lack of transparency in the university’s decision making. She did this at CSUF by increasing her presence in the college executive committee and created other committees which helped the departments work together. In her current tenure at CSUF she has decentralized the department budgets in order to facilitate cooperation between departments over funding. Departmental cooperation is one of her areas of focus since it is central to the efficiency of the school administration. An example of this streamlining of administrative process is her creation of a cross department collaboration to aid students unsure of their desired major in graduation.

Britt Ross-Ellis recognizes CWU is made up of 40% first generation students and looks to create a welcoming and productive environment. Being from the CSU system, she has a focus on maintaining CWU’s diversity and inclusivity. She has over 25 years of experience in teaching and managing departments so she understands what is involved in creating an environment conducive to learning. She is a founding member of the CSULB Center for Latino Community Health and understands the operations of a diverse campus. She has worked within her institution to acquire funding through Congressional Directed Spending Initiatives. The majority of her work is with multicultural groups that are focused on expanding the multicultural enriching programs on campus. A personal goal she has is to increase her contact with students in order to maintain an understanding between the school administration and the student groups. She has created multiple student leadership councils such as a COSS council in order to achieve this goal.

Mitch Avila is currently the Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities at California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH). Because of his time at a very diverse university, he is focused on creating a diverse and progressive environment. At CSUDH he bolstered their Women’s Studies and Africana Studies departments through increased financial support and campaigns which led to increased enrollment. In addition to this, he encouraged professors to remain active scholars and artists by using some of their budget to allow for time spent conducting research or producing their art. Avila’s plan for encouraging professors to enhance their professional writing and art careers has a positive effect on students since their professors are more knowledgeable and experienced in their fields as a result of being able to be more practiced. Avila’s goals for CWU are simple: to improve CWU by hiring amazing faculty and to create positive change wherever he can. Students interactions with faculty are a contributing factor to their experience at university.

John P. Ernst is the Dean of the Caudill College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Morehead State University. During his time as Dean he has worked on a leadership team which organizes the MSU gala and garners $150,000 to support student programs. Additionally, he has developed a successful plan to increase enrollment and retention rates among first year students. Under his plan, the retention rates rose from 65% to 72% in just three years. He created a revamped space in the library which contained multiple couches, computers and smart boards. These were intended to be social hubs as well as intellectual spaces to study in which could be used by professors and students. He accomplished this by collaborating with numerous departments as well as the food services provider to increase library use. He has assisted in the creation of the President’s Performing Arts and Speakers Program which was created to create a stimulating educational conversation among students on campus by hosting speakers with which the students can connect with.

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Where do I park?

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CWU Parking Services strained by number of students

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Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. finding parking close to the SURC is near impossible. Many sit and wait for a spot, others keep going around the parking lots in the hopes of finding a spot.

Bailey Tomlinson Staff Reporter

“I don’t drive my car anywhere anymore,” freshman Kennedy Shook said, speaking in regard to how parking on campus affects her. “When I do move my spot, I have to go park out all the way in the street where it’s more likely that my car is going to get hit and damaged.” According to data from the CWU website, there are currently 4,456 parking stalls on campus to accommodate a student population of 12,257. ASCWU and University Police & Public Safety have been working together to alleviate congestion for students parking on campus. CWU Chief of Police Jason Berthon-Koch said part of the problem is a culture of people wanting to park directly next to their destinations, which don’t always have space available. Particularly, this problem is seen during the busiest hours of the day, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. due to class schedules. “We’re going to have parking restraints, or parking complaints, because people can’t park right next to their building,” Berthon-Koch said. “But what I’ll tell you is that during

that time frame, we have parking lots that are available with a 1% usage, but they’re farther away.” Another reason for potential overcrowding is the amount of parking passes sold. Slightly over 5,000 permits are sold for the 4,456 stalls on campus, according to ASCWU Vice President for Student Life and Facilities Mickael Candelaria. “The reason for that is because sometimes there are students that really are only on campus using that parking permit for a specific set of times,” Candelaria said. Shook said the lack of convenient parking is something students are facing on a daily basis. “Usually on the weekdays I have to park all the way out. Sometimes I park in the street, just because there isn’t enough parking,” Shook said. Places Shook said were difficult to find parking, such as the SURC, the dorm buildings and outside of classes, are places on campus where students are spending longer periods of time. “There’s so many kids who do have cars, and I don’t feel like there’s enough parking,” Shook said. The growth of the student body is a challenge parking services is al-

ways facing. “We understand that our population of students is growing,” Berthon-Koch said. “And we understand that there is a demand raising for parking, so we’re currently looking for solutions on that.” One solution gaining traction is building a new multi-modal transportation hub. The new hub has been proposed but is still in the very early stages, Candelaria said. Berthon-Koch said the vision for the hub includes bike racks with bikes that could be rented, a bus turnout for all the bus systems in the area and more available parking for both students and the community. It would be built at the junction of University Way and Alder Street and would be shared between CWU and the county. The university would have ownership of the hub during the academic year and the county would have ownership over summers, according to Candelaria. Funding for the project would have to be requested or come from parking services revenue. Parking services are funded and operate entirely self-sufficiently through parking fines and permit sales. Berthon-Koch considers parking fines both a requirement to protect the resources of the students who pay for

parking passes and a voluntary choice by people who park illegally. “A lot of people don’t understand that parking only gets funded by permit sales, and not by any sort of state money,” Berthon-Koch said. “So when it comes to building parking lots, and building those types of things, parking has to look for alternate funding sources because it doesn’t generate the funds needed to do that activity.” Shook supported the idea of a hub for transportation but had concerns about the current $236 price of parking permits impacting students. “Not all of us have that money,” Shook said. “And … some of us don’t have financial aid so it comes out of pocket, so then it just makes it harder.” The price of parking permits is increasing already. It increased 10% over the last year, approximately $20, and will increase another 10% this year. Over the next three years, it will increase another 5% each year, as part of a five year cycle. “Once it goes through that [rate increase], parking on this campus … is still going to be cheaper than any other university back at the start of the five years.” Berthon-Koch said. “And they’re all going through increases.”

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The evolution of Sonic the Hedgehog Review: The animation of Sonic in the movie “Sonic the Hedgehog” started as a nightmare and didn’t end up much better in the final version either. Along with the poor animation, the storyline lacked depth

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and Rec”) and reduces him to delivering voice-over lines like “Didn’t see that coming!” and “Little help here?” Any interview with Schwartz on the The horror of the old Sonic anima- “Sonic the Hedgehog” press tour will tion was defeated after the first trail- sadly confirm that he is a sparkling and er for “Sonic the Hedgehog” (2019) hilarious personality, making it that dropped and everyone, rightly, lost their much more heartbreaking that the titular damn minds. hedgehog delivers painfully few genuSonic was a nightmare. He was an ine laugh lines. uncanny mind-bending horror. He was “Sonic the Hedgehog” feels like not fit for public consumption. a throwback to an earlier time, a time In an unprecedented feat of giv- when studios produced star-studded live ing people on the internet what they action family entertainment designed to thought they wanted, Columbia Pictures be mindlessly watched and re-watched announced, “okay, you’re right, we’ll by children on VHS. It seems only fitchange it.” The movie would be delayed ting that Jim Carrey, the king of VHS by four months and they would spend himself, is making his blockbuster the time overworking and underpaying comeback as Dr. Robotnik, after spendanimators to “fix Sonic.” ing some time in semi-retirement focusSoon, with another “first trailer,” ing on his painting. Carrey is back in his we saw that the new Sonic was to be purest form in this role. rounder, cuter and less... anatomically It’s hard not to compare his perforcorrect. But was it mance in “Sonic the worth it? Hedgehog” to his turn as The storytellers the Riddler in “Batman have taken a vidForever” (1995). It’s big, Sonic was a eo game/television/ outrageous and frankly, nightmare. He comic book fransometimes embarrasswas an uncanny chise with a deep ing, but Carrey is so well of beloved and mind-bending locked in and so deeply characters, iconogit’s hard horror. He was not unselfconscious raphy and music and not to admire who he is fit for public con- and what he’s doing. stripped it of everything except for the suption. “Sonic the Hedgebasest elements of hog” isn’t all bad its protagonist. though. The movie has It’s a fish-out-ofa handful of expressive water story about a young, funny alien and colorful sequences that make you who has to escape government agents sit up in your seat and pay attention. hoping to experiment on him and may- The kind of powerful visual ideas in this be make some friends along the way. movie could only come from an ex-aniFrankly, the fact the alien is named mator like director Jeff Fowler. Among “Sonic” and the government baddie is these is an inexplicably surreal sequence named “Robotnik” is mostly inconse- where Dr. Robotnik dances alone in his quential. Sonic could have just as easily lab and pantomimes having his head bitbeen a Transformer or a Smurf, and the ten off by a holographic tyrannosaurus, script would require few edits to contin- which seems destined to terrify kids on ue to function. home video for generations to come. The movie stars Ben Schwartz, one After all the trouble, “Sonic the of the funniest and most talented co- Hedgehog” is purely functional, but you medians of the moment (who you may have to wonder how it would have been recognize as Jean-Ralphio on “Parks received had they kept fingernail Sonic Staff Contributor

as he was? In a year where the inexplicable “Cats” (2019) was immediately hailed as a cult classic how would Human-Teeth-Muscle-Calves-Sonic have fared? It’s impossible to know, but Co-

lumbia Pictures may well have cheated themselves out of a counterculture touchstone and traded it for an expensive, disposable flash that seems poised to go fast from the public consciousness.

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I put my foot on the brake to awaken the engine. The gear shift could hardly be called a shift. You push the shift down Think about how it felt the last time once to put it into drive and press a butyou rode a roller coaster: euphoric, sur- ton to park it. I played with these features for a minprising and a little dangerous. Now add an element of nonconformity and tem- ute or two then pulled out onto 9th Aveporary transcendence to a socioeconom- nue, the regenerative brakes startling me. Regenerative braking (regen) is a ic status you may one day reach. That’s mechanism exclusive to some electric what it’s like to drive a Tesla. A friend and I drove to the Westlake vehicles including the Model S. According to the Tesla website, regen Tesla Sunday morning for a test drive is “the conversion of the vehicle’s kinetscheduled for 1 p.m. Three different representatives text- ic energy into chemical energy stored in ed me in the days leading up to the test the battery, where it can be used later to drive to confirm the appointment and drive the vehicle. It is braking because it also serves to slow the vehicle. It is answer any lingering questions I had. I asked one representative if he regenerative because the energy is rewould be accompanying us on the test captured in the battery where it can be drive and he replied, “I wish!” to which used again.” This means the vehicle helps you I replied the huffing and puffing emoji. I guess he’s never been in a Tesla before. brake even if you simply take your C’mon Tesla, no complimentary cars to foot off the gas. Jolting my friend in the passenger seat each time I took my your employees? Filled with nervous energy, we foot off the gas, regen was difficult to get used to. walked into the Tesla I imagined if I office to a few tatowned one, I would tooed, semi-casually I definitely drove probably disable the dressed employees who made our check- that sucker over the function or at least put it setting. in a breeze. speed imit, weaving at aIlower knew before SunI honestly expectthrough the meager day the Model S could ed everyone to be Sunday traffic. accelerate from zero dressed in full suits, to 60 mph in two seceyeing my ratty jeans onds, so that was the and Grizzly Bear next plan of action. hoodie with disdain. I Merging onto the highway I definitefully expected to pretend I was a software developer but that didn’t have to happen. ly drove that sucker over the speed limAfter a few photos in front of the it, weaving through the meager Sunday royal blue Model S to seal our status as traffic, scaring my friend with my thirst posers, an employee handed us the key for speed. Perhaps even a squee or two fob in one blasé motion and we were off. escaped. Perhaps not. The thing is, it didn’t feel like we were The Model S’s door handles reached out to us as we approached, going 80 mph! It was so quiet and smooth, it felt like we were going 25 mph. key fob in my front pocket. Suddenly accelerating produced a The royal blue paint mocked us as our respective Saturn Aura and Hon- noticeable roller coaster effect, G-force da Accord whips burned with jealousy bottoming out my stomach. It was time to be obnoxious. across the street. Blasting “Money” by Leikeli, we With only 25 minutes to try out the features we were interested in, we rolled down the windows and pretendtapped the 17-inch touchscreen to navi- ed we owned the vehicle, parking in a “No Parking at Any Time” space to gate to Green Lake and back. Columnist

take more posing photos. Driving back, we tested out Autopilot, and it was more advanced than expected. Not only did it keep us at the speed limit, but it steered for us around tight corners. This function stood out

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C One of the main things CWU is trying to improve about itself as an institution is in its campus’ sustainability. This was one of President James L. Gaudino’s three long-term goals that he announced at his 2019 State of the University, when he pledged to reduce the carbon footprint of the Ellensburg campus by 5% over the next five years. One of the ways CWU does this is through its waste disposal processes. CWU works with the City of Ellensburg and Waste Management to divert waste from a landfill and instead to a recycling center such as the Spokane Materials and Recycling Technology (SMaRT) Center. According to Waste Management Communications Manager Gary Chittim and Recycling Education and Outreach Specialist Joel Kohlstedt, recyclable waste is all gathered from curbsides and institutions like CWU and taken to a transfer station in Ellensburg. From there, it is put on a train or long-haul truck which brings it to the SMaRT Center in Spokane. “You don’t want recycling trucks driving across the state back and forth,” Kohlstedt said. Waste Management is mostly focused on waste collection and the SMaRT Center is one of its sorting facilities. It doesn’t do any of the work directly turning one product into a new product. It has conveyor lines which make use of advanced sensors and human workers to separate glass, plastics and paper products from each other. After they are sorted and wrapped into large blocks, they are shipped to their customers who recycle the raw recyclables into new products. This process is called single-stream recycling, which allows everyday people to throw all of their recyclable waste into one bin rather than needing to seperate it themselves. According to Chittim, this turns sorting facilities like the SMaRT Center into investments because, while they cost money to build and operate, single-stream recycling is easier for everyday consumers. This means that more people are more likely to recycle, increasing business for Waste Management and incentivizing more sustainable practices.

Glass Last year, Ellensburg residents were told that on Oct. 1, glass would be removed from the list of accepted recyclables. According to Chittim, this is because of a decreasing demand for used glass products. “One of the main reasons is the manufacturers have found it cheaper to use the raw materials, sand and other items like that than to actually report glass,” Chittim said. “We don’t have any place to sell [glass] anymore. This is being faced across the globe right now.” A Waste Management press release added that glass is relatively expensive to recycle because its weight increases transportation costs. It is also hard on collection and processing equipment. This means that overall, glass is more expensive to recycle than recycled glass is worth. However, Chittim said that Waste Management is still attempting to divert glass from landfills by using what they still get for other purposes. “What we’re doing with a lot of this is using it as crushed aggregate for our landfills and other facilities and using it for a road base,” Chittim said. “We’re recyclers, this is what we do, right? We hate to see anything go to waste.”

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Glass Glass and other heavy materials fall through holes on this part of the conveyor belt where they are sent off to become road base.

Metal A powerful rare-earth magnet seperates metal from the other material such as aluminum and tin cans and sends them off to be crushed into cubes.

Paper A sloped conveyor belt carries away paper products. The belt is covered in tiny holes and has a vaccuum system within to stick the paper to the belt so it can be seperated from heavier plastics and metal. Later, newspapers are seperated from other paper so they can be recycled differently.

HDPE(N) Plastics Natural High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) plastics like milk jugs are hand-sorted by workers from HDPE(C) plastics and put into a hopper.

PET Plastics

HDPE(C) Plastics Colored High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) plastics like detergent bottles are hand-sorted by workers to seperate them from uncolored (natural) HDPE plastics like milk jugs

Small computer-fired air cannons launch light plastics made of Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) such as water bottles into a hopper where they are put onto a seperate conveyor.


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A fashion show with a message Continued from Page 1 Miller said designers pretty much had full control over their design. They do have to submit an idea of what they plan to do, however, it does not have to be set in stone. After actually working with the condoms, Miller decided to go a different route than her original idea. Miller had about three weeks to brainstorm, sketch and bring to life her creation. Miller said she stapled a bunch of condoms to clothes she already owned. It made it easier for her to design and focus on the creativity part of it. Miller said using condoms is tricky because they are a very interesting material. “It’s nice for your creativity because there’s not a lot of guidelines,” Miller said. “So it’s been a challenge to figure out how I’m going to affix condoms to things.” Riel Hanson/The Observer Sophomore Bethany Graham, a model in the fashion show, walked the Lauren Miller works on her design for this years Condom Fashion Show. The entire design is held together with staples. Miller also runway without a single fitting. Her wore the look in the show on Feb 13. designer actually used a similar method to Miller’s by stapling some condoms Matt Wiemals, a sophomore from “I didn’t know what to expect last promote safe sex with the use of cononto clothing pieces. 88.1 The ‘Burg, was the fashion show year,” Wiemals said. “I mean, it was a doms, according to Wiemals. Graham said she really enjoyed be- DJ. Wiemals has been DJing for eight full-on production show.” “It’s just a fun way to advertise ing able to show off her friend’s design years. He also has experience professionWiemals said he was, unfortunate- the use of condoms,” Wiemals said. because he put hours of work into it. al DJing for weddings, big events and ly, not able to choose the playlist. In- “Making it fun. Having a show. DeDesigners are not the only ones who more. However, Wiemals is no stranger stead, the models were able to choose signing stuff. I think it’s just a creative have a lot of behind-the-scenes work to to the condom fashion show. He was the their runway song. Each year the Con- way to get students involved and just do. The runway music does not play itself. DJ for last year’s show as well. dom Fashion Show is held as a way to have fun.”

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Don’t allow children to be raised by the internet Jake Freeman Columnist

The internet and devices like iPhones and iPads are ruining childhood. It used to be a rare sight to see a 5-year-old with an iPhone in their hands, gawking at a YouTube video. Now you could see this exact thing multiple times a day at the grocery store or just walking down the street. Kids are exposed to more media than ever and this has negative effects on their social and cognitive development. It is imperative parents take strict control over how much time their kids spend on computers and other electronic devices. The home computer and widespread internet access is still relatively new. There is not much credible research on the effects that excessive screen time has on the developing brain since the generation of people who have grown up with the internet are still fairly young. Children using electronics from a young age is nothing new. Kids born in 1999 had a GameBoy Color as a kid. This new wave of technology is completely different. I didn’t have a cell phone until I was 13 and didn’t have a smartphone until I was a freshman in high school. Now, it is normal to see kids not even old enough to be in kindergarten playing mind numbing clicker games on an iPad or watching strange YouTube videos seemingly about nothing. Even just 15 years ago kids were still playing outside all day on week-

ends. Now it’s rare to see kids running around the neighborhood. There are health risks associated with excessive internet and TV exposure among children. A study conducted by Fali Huang and Myoung Jae-Lee which was published in the Journal of Applied Econometrics concluded that any time spent watching TV between the ages of six and nine had a negative effect on math and reading abilities. The effect is apparently diminished with age which would indicate that there is a negative effect on cognitive development which is caused by time spent looking at a screen. The study concluded that just two hours of screen time is enough to have visible effects on a child’s cognitive performance. This study was conducted in 2010 when most children were not spending hours on end looking at an iPad so it would be logical to predict that the effects are much greater now. A poll conducted in Britain surveyed 2,000 British parents of children aged six to sixteen and found that children, on average, spend only seven hours a week outside. According to the same survey, they spend roughly 14 hours a week playing video games. This is contributing to many of the public health concerns facing the world. More children are obese than ever before. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about 19% of children aged


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two to nineteen are obese. Obviously, childhood internet use is not the only factor of increasing childhood obesity but the increase in children spending too much time online is definitely a contributing factor. Other things like increased access to low quality food and a general lack of physical and health education in the public school system are also to blame. Parents need to do a better job of policing the things their children do online. Any person can access images and videos of quite literally anything. Many people have surely stumbled upon disturbing images and videos when we were much too young to see such things. This is not to say that children should not be allowed to be using the internet or watching TV. However, parents need to monitor what their children are doing online and stop allowing the internet to raise their children. There are many resources available online which are beneficial to children’s learning and those sites should be promoted and celebrated. Children are complex and require lots of attention and physical activity to develop properly.


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Dancers deserve recognition Columnist

Imagine that you are back in elementary school. You wake up, go to school and get picked up by your parents. You scarf down your on-the-go dinner while heading to the dance studio. You have five hours of dance classes. You do your homework on the drive back because once you get home it will be bedtime. Repeat this five days a week. Sometimes I shake my head that it is 2020 and people refuse to acknowledge that dance is a sport. I’ve never understood why dancers appear to be unathletic to some people. Dance is a sport and a physically demanding one too.

About a month ago, dance was ranked the most physically demanding job in the United States, according to researchers from Insurance Provider. The company conducted a study on workers from various careers, including firefighters, roofers and mining. According to researchers, there is an increased focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics jobs. However, researchers wanted to dig to find the job requiring the most physical labor. Researchers ranked the level of strength, stamina, flexibility and coordination required for these jobs. Dance scored a perfect 100 in three out of the four categories, leaving strength with an 87.8 out of 100. No

need to get jumpy and question the placement of other sports. All other athletes and sport competitors were ranked third overall. As someone who’s been dancing since I was three years old, I can tell you that it takes a strong person. Pushing your body to keep leaping into the air over and over again is harder than it looks. Bending your body to put your feet above your head is just about as physically demanding as you can get. I danced competitively through a studio for years and I am now on the CWU dance team. Dancers can perform for fun, for a school or competitively. Typically, if a dancer is competing then they are performing through a dance studio. A studio usually consists of multiple teachers and a studio owner. When competing, dancers can perform a solo, duo, trio, small group, large group or another kind of dance. Even though dancers only perform for two to three minutes, they are able to perform multiple routines. There is an indescribable rush when running backstage to change from one costume into the next all while switching up hairstyles and makeup as well. People look at dancers and think we can magically move our bodies like that. Nope, that is not how it works. Hours and hours and hours of dance classes go into requiring a level of that movement. However, it is more than just dance classes. Being fit enough to maintain good

Pushing themselves to get better each day is no different than any other athlete.

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stamina is required. The leaps, turns, flips and lifts will get you out of breath quickly. The flexibility requirement of a dancer is also on another level. Doing the splits is something that may be easy to some dancers but it still takes patience in the steps to get there. Dancers have to stretch everyday to maintain their current level of flexibility and skill. Pushing themselves to get better each day is no different than any other athlete. Dance is very much like any other sports team. Dancers have to learn and run routines multiple times at every practice. This is similar to learning and running plays for football. Doing this allows the dancer or dancers to properly perform a piece. This is extremely important, especially in group dances, to ensure that nobody misses a move. The amount of money that goes into dance should be a sport in itself. I mean, you’re paying for a registration fee, each dance class, warm ups, costumes, props, competition entry fees, makeup, hair, travel fees and more. Dance is something that has been a part of my life for so long. I know, and experience firsthand, the work that gets put into being a dancer. I can only hope people will start to give dancers the credit they deserve.

Middle class struggles with cost of Columnist


All my life I was told that if I ever wanted to live a good life and support myself, I had to go to college and get a degree. As I got older, going to college became more important to me. Being born and raised in Ethiopia up until the age of nine made me open up my eyes and see things in so many different ways. As a child, the main focus of life for my family was survival, not so much focused on going to college. But soon after my younger brother and I were adopted, my whole perspective of life continued to change. Growing up I watched my single mother struggle to support us simply because she never had a college degree. My birth mom didn’t attend college not because she didn’t want to, but because her priorities were much different. Her only goal was to give my brother and I everything we needed to survive. As a nine-year-old watching my birth mom struggle through life was very hard and for that same reason, when I came to the U.S. I knew that I didn’t want to encounter the same life experience as my mom. Therefore, the thought of college continued to become more and more important. Even though going to college was always part of my plan, the cost of tuition in the U.S. is ridiculous. I am fortunate enough to get adopted by a family that is part of the middle class. As far as paying for school, that is another story. I mean, the cost of college is insane as well as out of control. Even though my family loves and cares about me, they don’t support me financially to pay for school.

Middle class families are treated unfairly when it comes to financial aid. I know this for a fact because I happen to be one of those middle class families that don’t get any money from financial aid. The federal aid will look at the parent’s contributions and assume they make enough money to help pay for tuition. In reality, most parents are not wealthy enough to pay for their child’s tuition at all. A lot of the people I know who are middle class don’t receive financial help from their families. The government will calculate student’s aid eligibility by measuring the household’s financial situation that takes into account family income among other things. Unfortunately, some people that come from a middle class family don’t receive any money from financial aid, simply because the parents “make too much money,” but actually that’s not true at all. Getting a college degree is very important, but it shouldn’t cost us an arm and a leg to get one. Some people simply work multiple jobs to support themselves while being in school. The people that are successful and end up graduating school debt free are usually wealthy. Those are the ones that end up going to Ivy League schools and are less likely to drop out. They are the lucky ones because they or their families can afford it, but again not everyone is blessed like that. There are many countries around the world that offer higher education for free. For example, places like Norway, Sweden and Germany all offer free col-

Getting a college degree is very important, but it shouldn’t cost us an arm and a leg to get one.

lege tuition to their residents. How amazing would it be if the U.S. just adapted to some of the other college systems around the world? Not only would it change so many lives, but it would also motivate people to go out and pursue their dreams without being financially indebted. A survey from the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics found that 51% of Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 support eliminating tuition and fees at a public college. Personally, I feel like making college free in this economy is unrealistic, and more of wishful thinking. Obviously, there is no perfect system but, if the cost of college expenses were

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to be reduced and if our legal system would just see all the struggles we as a whole are going through, it would solve most of our problems.


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18 1. Josiah Nikolao Defensive Line Bellarmine Prep HS 2. Jacob Crumb Defensive Line Kentridge HS 3. Denny Tiumalu Linebacker Todd Beamer HS 4. Zaire Lozolo Running Back Kennedy Catholic HS 4b. LeiBen Tivoli Fesili Offensive Line Kennedy Catholic HS

5. Cameron Daniels Running Back O'Dea HS 6. Axel Isackson Offensive Line Eastlake HS 7. Noah Thompson Offensive Line Mountlake Terrace HS 8. Roman Savchuk Linebacker Mariner HS 9. Alex Krueger Offensive Line Meadowdale HS

10. Dominic Wieburg Linebacker Skyline HS 11. Isaac Clark Linebacker Puyallup HS 12. Jaylen Clay Linebacker Tumwater HS 13. Jackson McCann Running Back Enumclaw HS 14. Brevan Bea Linebacker Washougal HS


15. Josiah Cochran Defensive Line Skyview HS 16. Jeremiah Faulstick Tight End Hockinson HS 17. Tae Marks Wide Receiver Evergreen HS 17b. Vincent Githinji Defensive Line Evergreen HS 18. Titan Phillips Tight End Camas HS


19. Chase Loidhamer Defensive Line Wenatchee HS 20. Bryce Messner Defensive Line Ellensburg HS 21. Marcus Cook Wide Receiver A.C. Davis HS 22. Bridger Feldmann Defensive Line Chiawana HS 23. Benjamin Paz Offensive Line Squalicum HS

24. Lewa Emmsley Linebacker Kapolei HS 25. Alex Hall Offensive Line Clackamas HS

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Football inks evergreen talent Della Babcock

even though the recruitment process can be stressful at times, he enjoys getting to know the athletes and helping them The recruiting process for CWU through this process. “They are great kids, that’s why we Football hit its peak on National Signing want them in our program,” “La Deaux Day on Wednesday, Feb. 5. said. “We want them in our community and on campus.” The Process Fisk said the main pool of athletes Head coach Chris Fisk discussed how he observes high school football play- they look through come from the state of ers throughout a year long process. This Washington. This is due to wanting high takes place during the football player’s retention within the program. “A big part of coaching any sport, senior year of high school. if you can retain The coaches reyour student athview player film letes and coaches, online as well as over time it shows bringing the sought Can they help us win that you’ll be sucathletes to CWU for a DII National Championcessful,” Fisk said. official visits. Fisk ship? And if the answer is However, there said they attempt to is a small pool of no, they are off the list. have nine interacathletes they look tions with an athlete to recruit from by the time January Chris Fisk, head coach California, Oregon rolls around. He and Hawaii. does this so athletes After the coachcan feel comfortable signing at CWU by ing staff finds an athlete who meets the National Signing Day. Inside Wide Receivers Coach and football criteria for their program, they Recruiting Coordinator Leon La Deaux look in depth at what type of person an spends his time heavily organizing the athlete is and if the athlete meets the core recruitment system and all of the parts values the football program at CWU has. Fisk said the core values are character, that go into it. La Deaux said he spends about 12 strength and honor. “We are looking for high character hours a day working on the recruitment process. His job entails things like set- guys that want to succeed as students,” ting up a variety of visits for athletes Fisk said. The coaching staff is also looking for on campus or making sure the coaching staff has what they need to complete the players who primarily love the sport of visit with athletes as well. La Deaux said football itself. Staff Reporter

Men’s Basketball Schedule

Feb. 15 @ UAA L, 68-70

Feb. 20

WOU 7:30 p.m.

Oftentimes within the recruitment them to be individualistic but fit it in process they run into two different types that team standard.” of athletes: some who love the sport and some who love being recruited. The Signee athletes who like the recruitment proOne of the newly signed athletes, cess more than the sport are less likely Lewa Emmsley, is someone the coaches to stay and play throughout their four felt fit into what it takes to be a part of the years of eligibility. program at CWU. “We try to filter out the best we can “[Emmsley] was a kid we worked rethose guys that just love being recruited,” ally hard on for a number of months, and Fisk said. “We are looking for guys that really got him committed about two days love football.” before signing day,” Fisk said. “We are Fisk also spends time analyzing the really excited about him.” programs these athEmmsley is exletes come from. cited to pursue his Fisk wants athletes football career this I just want to play for who are willing to coming fall at CWU. put in the time and He felt fortunate to my family and represent effort it takes to win be able to go through myself, my last name a Division II nationthis recruitment proon my back, Hawaii and al championship. cess with the CWU where I come from. “And if the ancoaching staff. swer is no, they “I feel amazing,” Lewa Emmsley, CWU signee Emmsley said. “I’m are off the list,” Fisk said. just speechless, I La Deaux said was super happy and CWU signed a great class this off- my family was happy for me.” season who will contribute to the After visiting CWU, Emmsley felt program. La Deaux believes they ob- like he clicked with the coaching staff tained athletes who are going to trans- and players more than at other schools late well from highschool due to their he visited. He said the coaching staff personalities, grade point averages made the recruiting experience one he and experiences. will remember. La Deaux talked about the mental“I’m very happy with my decision,” ity of the athletes they are looking for Emmsley said. “When it comes to playwhen recruiting. ing [at CWU], I just want to play for my “We want our guys to cheer for oth- family and represent myself, my last er people, we want them to encourage name on my back, Hawaii and where I other guys,” La Deaux said. “We want come from.”

Women’s Basketball Schedule

Feb. 22

CU 7:15 p.m.

Feb. 27

@ SMU 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 15

@ WWU L, 69-77

Feb. 20

WOU 5:15 p.m.

Feb. 22 CU 5 p.m.

Feb. 27

@ SMU 5:15 p.m.


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Men’s soccer club open to all students Taylor Clark Staff Reporter

CWU offers various student involvement opportunities, especially when it comes to sports. The CWU Men’s Soccer Club is open to any CWU student who is interested in tearing it up on the soccer field. The Men’s Soccer Club is an athlete-run program and gives the athletes an encouraging environment to partake in. Lucas Maghirang, a junior and this year’s team captain, has been playing club soccer since his sophomore year. “A roller coaster is the best way to describe it,” Maghirang said. “It’s fun and I love the guys.” Maghirang said the athletes on the team are all really good guys when it comes to their skill. Maghirang said some of the athletes are former members of the Sounders FC Academy, Crossfire Premier Academy and Washington Premier FC. “It’s just an awesome way to continue playing soccer when there’s not a men’s soccer team here,” Maghirang said. “It’s cool too because it’s more of an experimental season. We already have four or

five schools out of the eight that I had wanted to invite to the league that have expressed interest to join.” The schools Maghirang mentioned and that are invited to play are Washington State University, University of Washington, Seattle University, Eastern Washington University, University of Oregon, Oregon State University and Gonzaga University. The league here at CWU is known as Central Washington Spring League. Maghirang said hopefully instead of just trying to schedule friendlies here and there, the club will actually have an offseason league. Maghirang is hoping to make it to regionals in the fall. He also said regionals last November wasn’t the club’s best performance, so getting back out there and proving to other schools the club isn’t just a pushover is something very important to him. Drew Harris, a freshman at CWU who has been playing soccer for 16 years, is also a member of the club. Harris said he has had an overall positive experience in the club. “I’ve made a lot of friends,” Harris said. “I’ve had fun playing soccer and traveling.”

Harris said a typical practice starts off with a basic 10-15 minute warm up, then the club plays “rondo,” a “keep away” game used as a training drill, then the club gets into some smaller sided games, which Photo courtesy of Samantha Wary/Sports Clubs Coordinator are smaller than a full sided game and possibly a full sided game at the end. it should be,” Fey said. “There was a Harris also said the team only prac- huge switch in leadership at the end of tices twice a week so the balance be- the fall season, and it created a disgruntween school and soccer is doable. tled midfield.” Ryan Fey, a junior and this year’s Currently, the men’s soccer club has co-captain, has been on the team since 15 players on its roster. Maghirang said sophomore year. Fey said playing on the the captains have not officially decidteam has been an overall good experi- ed whether to have an open tryout yet. ence. Fey also said it is a positive envi- However, if people are interested, they ronment because all the guys are fun to can contact Fey or Maghirang about athang out with. tending some of the kick arounds. “The [defenders] and forwards are There isn’t a schedule for spring quarreally connected but our team chemis- ter yet but it should be available around try in the midfield isn’t as connected as the middle of March.


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Baseball Schedule

Feb. 14-15

@ Corban 1/3 games won

Feb. 28-29

NNU 4-game series

Softball Schedule

March 7-8

WOU 4-game series

March 1314 @ MSUB 4-game series

Feb. 15

UPS 2/2 games won

March 7

CU 2-game series

March 8

WOU 2-game series

March 14

SFU 2-game series


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Working out on campus: your options Phoebe Lai Staff Reporter

Students who are looking for opportunities to work out have resources. CWU creates ways for students to enjoy working out and have fun, no matter if you are an athlete or just a student. Personal Training Personal Training Instructor Shantyle Black said personal training offers different types of groups and training sessions, such as individual training, partner training, small group training and new large group functional 50. Black said personal training has no fixed workout format because the personal trainers value the client’s ideas the most. “Each client or group comes up with their own goals, and then the trainers build off of their goals,” Black said. Black said being consistent in going to the gym can be difficult for a lot of clients or just anyone in general getting started working out. She is there to not only offer help, but also push clients in the right direction from time to time. “As a trainer, I’m responsible to hold the accountability on the clients to work towards their goals,” Black said. One of the barriers stopping people from improving their ability is their mentality, according to Black. She said she was able to see the mental improvements

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over time in clients she worked with. “I feel like my job is to encourage my clients safely to push their limits on what they think they can do,” Black said. Black is passionate about being a personal trainer and said she wants to be a physical education teacher when she graduates college. She also loves helping people feel comfortable in the gym. “The whole stereotype of trainers is aggressive and super serious and I don’t like to be that way,” Black said. “I like to be fun and encouraging.”

personal health goals. The coaches aim to improve athletic development techniques, coaching methods and facilities to offer an athletic development experience, according to Director of Strength and Conditioning Erik Hoium said there are four main types of exercises in strength and conditioning: press, pull, power movement and structural. “We like to utilize variation as much as possible, and by varying the ways we do that, we’ve been pretty successful,” Hoium said. Press and pull exercises utilize either pushing or pulling weight, power movement exercises are olympic-type lifts and

Strength and Conditioning The CWU Strength and Conditioning coaches help athletes with their

structural exercises include full body, strength based movements. Mobility hour is one of the programs designed to help athletes in strength and conditioning, and it’s completely voluntary. According to Hoium, Strength and Conditioning coach Doug James has completely changed the program. “Mobility hour is kind of Doug’s baby. It’s his thing. He has developed a very good program from his internship times,” Hoium said. “He is a very intelligent individual.” Hoium said James and another Strength and Conditioning coach, Reed Guerin, are making the physical adjustments on a personal level for athletes to get the exercise they need. Hoium also mentioned injury prevention is the first priority. “We want athletes to be bigger, faster and stronger, but no one’s happy if they’re big, fast, strong and sitting on the bench because they’re injured,” Hoium said. Hoium said James and Guerin are both outstanding resources for athletes to work with. Guerin said seeing athletes improve their ability and thank him for pushing their limits is what drives him to be a better strength and conditioning coach. “I’m here for them, and I’m going to push them to be the best version of themselves,” Guerin said.

Student athletes unfazed by travel demands Austin Lane Sports Editor

Student athletes who travel for away games, matches or meets are in an interesting situation due to the location of Ellensburg. The closest opponent for CWU Football in the GNAC is Western Oregon University, which is about a four and a half hour drive away. Seattle is about a two hour drive but hosts the closest GNAC opponent for CWU Basketball, Seattle Pacific University. Any athletes who make the NCAA DII Indoor Track and Field Championships will fly nearly seven hours to Birmingham, Alabama this year. With all the travel demands, one might expect student athletes to be stressed from classes, physically exhausted or even jet lagged at times. But for some CWU student athletes, it’s actually quite the opposite. “Personally, I love it, I love away games. They’re fun,” football quarterback Christian Moore said. “I’m gonna remember the long trips and the bus rides and the plane flights with all my guys.” Moore said one of his favorite memories of travelling was the bus ride the football team took to Arcata, California in 2018 for a road game against Humboldt State University. The team won the game 62-24, but

had to leave home to Ellensburg the same night. “We got done around nine o’ clock and then we got on the bus and I’ll never forget just waking up, seeing dudes sprawled out everywhere on the floor… at 8 a.m. and you’re like, we still got five hours to go,” Moore said.

“I think missing class definitely is difficult Some for some peoGraphic by Teagan Kimbro/The Observer student athple,” Shaw said. letes understand the difficulty of having “You’re missing Wednesday through to miss classes. Both men’s basketball Friday every other week, so you’re either and women’s basketball usually play having to teach yourself or get help outon Thursdays with an occasional Tues- side, which you already don’t have much day night game sprinkled in. One of the time as is when you’re here because you toughest schedules to deal with as an ath- have practice or class.” lete is a basketball schedule. Because of Shaw also enjoys going on road trips, this, senior forward Taylor Shaw modi- and her favorite road trip to go on is the fied her class schedule this quarter. trip to Oregon to take on Western Ore“That’s the way to go during season gon University and Concordia University.

Track and Field Schedule

Feb. 21-22

GNAC Outdoor Championships

Feb. 29

NCAA DII Last Chance Qualifier

because you get to do everything you need to do while on the road,” Shaw said. Even though Shaw doesn’t have as many scheduling difficulties as other student athletes due to taking online classes, she understands it might be tough for fellow athletes whose only options are to take classes on campus.

Shaw grew up in western Oregon, so for this specific trip, not only does her family get to watch her in her hometown, but she and her teammates get to see her family. “I live in the typical little suburban house, not very big but we cram the whole team in there. My dad loves to cook so he puts meat on the Traeger and we play lots of games… those are the little things I think about that I’m going to miss the most,” Shaw said. The team also goes to senior forward Kaelie Flores’ house for a family dinner while on the road trip. Shaw said the team has been doing that every year since she was a freshman. Some CWU Track and Field athletes have an additional hardship if they compete in both the indoor and outdoor season. This causes them to have to miss most Friday classes in both winter and spring quarter. Track and Field junior Mariah Jones, who competes in the weight throw, shot put, hammer throw and discus, said her professors work with her to make sure she can get the most out of herself as an athlete, but also as a student. “I love traveling but it does come with a lot of scheduling and there’s a lot of moving parts,” Jones said. “A lot of the times my professors work with me pretty well… the biggest thing is communicating with them when you’re gonna be gone so they know what to expect.”

Rugby Schedule Men’s

March 13-14

NCAA DII Indoor Championships

March 14

@ PLU (First Outdoor Meet)

Feb. 14

Trinity Western W, 76-10

Feb. 22 Utah 1 p.m.


Jan. 25

Seattle Saracens L, 20-43

Feb. 22

@ Lindenwood 11 a.m.


February 20, 2020

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W H AT ’ S H A P P E N I N G THURS. FEB. 20 Identities Abroad 12 p.m. • Black Hall 101 • Free Learn about study abroad scholarships. Elizabeth Crisman Opening Reception 4 p.m. Artist talk, 5 p.m. Reception Sarah Spurgeon Gallery • Free Check out Elizabeth Crisman’s new exhibit. Cooking 101 5-7 p.m. • Michaelsen 127 Free, CWU students only Make beef bibimbap. Limited space: Register at DYE-versi-TEE 5-7 p.m. • SURC 137 • Free, CWU students Tie-dye shirts with ASCWU and the Equity and Services Council, and talk about diversity! Avalanche Awareness Workshop 6-8 p.m. • Recreation Center • Free Learn about avalanche safety with this one-hour course hosted by OPR and the Northwest Avalanche Center. FRI. FEB. 21 Ladies’ Night 6 p.m. • Recreation Center Free for CWU students, Rec members Learn weight lifting techniques or try out the climbing wall. This event is intended for anyone who identifies as a female. Showtime at Central 7-9:30 p.m. • McIntyre Concert Hall • Free See Wildcat talent at this event, modeled after the famous Showtime at the Apollo! SAT. FEB. 22 Snow Sledding 10 a.m.-4 p.m. • Meet at OPR, shuttle to Cascade Mountains $15/CWU students, $20/Non-CWU students Go sledding on snow tubes! Pre-registration and pre-trip meeting requried.

Electropolis Live! 9 p.m.-12 a.m. • SURC Ballroom Free, CWU students only Enjoy a night filled with EDM music. MON. FEB. 24 ASCWU Public Meeting 1 p.m. • SURC Pit • Free Join your student government representatives as they discuss projects and issues. Zombieland: Double Tap 7 and 9:30 p.m. • SURC Theatre • Free, CWU students; $3 GA Zombieland survivors continue to fight evolved zombies and fellow survivors. TUES. FEB. 25 Black Carnival: How the Black Experience Created a Tradition 5:30 p.m. • Dean Hall Lobby • Free Learn about the Black experience and Mardi Gras traditions in this talk by Kim Coleman. Student Academic Senate Meeting 6 p.m. • Black Hall 151 • Free Voice academic or department concerns. WED. FEB. 26 Magician Nash Fung 7 p.m. • SURC Ballroom Free, CWU students; $5 GA CWU alumnus, Nash Fung, comes back to his alma mater for a magic show.

HOLIDAYS OF THE WEEK 02.20 02.21 02.22 02.23

Fat Thursday Card Reading Day Be Humble Day Curling is Cool Day

02.24 National Tortilla Chip Day 02.25 Mardi Gras 02.26 Inconvenience Yourself Day

“Have a vision.

Be demanding. Colin Powell

Jeopardy Finals 6 p.m. • SURC Theatre • Free, CWU students Watch your fellow Wildcats compete.

CALL FOR STUDENT ART WORK Email high quality photos of your art work to cwuobserver@gmail. com by Saturday Feb. 22

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