CWU Observer Winter 2020 - Issue 8

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Vol. 115 NO. 8 |March 5 - March 11, 2020

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Wellness Center pushes for relocation

New park coming to downtown

Parkour athlete flips his way around CWU

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COVID-19 causes state of emergency Mariah Valles Managing Editor

Nine people have died from COVID-19 in Washington, marking the first deaths by the virus in the U.S. Gov. Jay Inslee responded by declaring a state of emergency following the first death on Feb. 29. “This will allow us to get the resources we need,” Inslee said in a press release. “This is a time to take common-sense, proactive measures to ensure the health and safety of those who live in Washington state.” The nine deaths include one person in their 40s, two people in their 50s, four people in their 70s and two people in their 80s. Health officials say those who are over 60 years old and have preexisting conditions such as cardiac and lung diseases are at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19, similarly to influenza. Health officials say pregnant women and those with weak immune systems are also at a higher risk.

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Women’s basketball reaches postseason Austin Lane Sports Editor

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CWU Women’s Basketball finished their regular season last weekend with a win over Seattle Pacific University (SPU). CWU finished the regular season on a four-game winning streak and finished 13-7 overall in GNAC games. CWU defeated SPU with a final score of 81-65 in Seattle on Feb. 29. CWU came out of the gates strong, opening with a 24 point first quarter. CWU led SPU 47-31 going into the halftime break. The second half was relatively close, with CWU scoring

19 points in the third quarter to SPU’s 18 points and the two teams tied on the fourth quarter box score, each putting up 16 points in the final quarter of the game. “I hope we can gain some confidence come these last couple of weeks and take that into the conference tournament next week,” CWU Women’s Basketball head coach Randi Richardson-Thornley said in an interview with Wildcatsports.com after the win.

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Observation Deck

Observer staff takes San Francisco, brings back two awards After four days in the Golden State, five members of the Observer staff returned back to Ellensburg with two national journalism awards and a mind-boggling amount learned. Attending the ACP/CBAM College Journalism Convention in San Francisco, CA, I was joined by Managing Editor Mariah Valles, Scene Editor Amy Morris, Graphic Designer Teagan Kimbro, and News Reporter Bailey Tomlinson. There we spent three days meeting other student journalists and exchanging ideas learning from professionals and having conversations about the future of The Observer. We woke up on Saturday morning to have the paper and website viciously and encouragingly ripped apart by professional journalists. They rewrote our headlines, redid our design and rearranged our stories to show us clearly how to make a product that is still very much ours but better communicates the stories of the students to the students. The next few weeks wrapping up winter quarter and going into spring quarter will involve a lot of decoding these lessons into hard policy on our end, never an easy task but one we couldn’t be more excited to start. Throughout the conference we also split off and attended sessions on our own, choosing individually what would be most beneficial for our career paths and for the paper as a whole with the help of

our adviser Cynthia Mitchell. Teagan, for instance, attended sessions on typography and color theory which she will be using to make the paper more visually interesting and effective. Bailey learned new interviewing and writing methods which will improve her reporting abilities as she takes on increasingly in-depth stories. I learned from career editors on how to lead people, tailoring my management style for each individual reporter and selecting stories that are going to fit well with their skill levels and interests. I could go on to list the things we have taken home from the conference, but this deck can only go on for so long and I don’t want to spoil all that is in store for the future of this paper. The conference concluded with an awards ceremony which bestowed upon us two awards for the paper and our website, both winning 7th place in the nation. We couldn’t be happier with these honors, especially when we look at the stern competition coming from student papers with hundreds of reporters and millions of dollars in funding. I am so proud of this team and the work that they have constantly put in. I can’t wait to keep showing you, the readers, what they are capable of.

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Quote of the Week

I think more than anything, my motivation is to live artfully. I like to think of my life as just one really long and tedious art project. Every day is a different brush stroke. Niko Selski, Sophomore

Correction In a story about S&A funding, a cutline and quote had Dane Gillin’s last name incorrectly written as “Gillian.”

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Continued from Page 1 Risk is increasing, but transmission isn’t happening on a widespread basis, health officials said on Feb. 29. “The coming days and weeks are likely to bring more confirmed cases of COVID-19, but if we can all follow health recommendations now, we can blunt the impact of COVID-19 in our community,” King County Public Health Department’s website said on March 3. At this point, health officials say there are likely cases that haven’t been detected. That’s because the vast majority of the illnesses around the world are “mild, with fever and cough,” according to King County’s Public Health Department website. “A much smaller percentage of cases are severe and involve pneumonia, particularly in elderly people and people with underlying medical conditions,” the website continues. Testing at the Washington state public health laboratory began in Shoreline, Washington on Feb. 28. If tests come back positive at the state level, they are still sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for complete confirmation. “Now that we can test for COVID-19 at our state public health laboratory in Shoreline,

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we’re able to get the test results back much faster,” a state public health official said on Feb. 29. “This will allow us to identify cases and offer key guidance to impacted communities in a more timely fashion.”

Washington Cases

As of March 3 there are 27 confirmed cases in Washington state and have been nine deaths. Six cases and one death have been in Snohomish County and 21 cases and eight deaths have been in King County.

Kittitas County

A CWU student was tested for COVID-19 after returning from international travel on Jan. 6. The student’s test results returned negative. On March 2 another Kittitas County resident was tested for COVID-19 and results came back negative on March 3. Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) officials said there are two new people now under investigation for COVID-19. “Assessment criteria includes whether [the] patient has a fever, symptoms of lower respiratory illness, require hospitalization, close contact [or] travel history with confirmed COVID-19, or tested negative for other common respiratory illness,” KCPHD Public Information Officer Kasey Knutson said.

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Wellness center seeks new space

Thin walls cause privacy concerns for visitors and employees discussing personal health issues Abigail Duchow Staff Reporter

“Students have no confidential space to discuss intimate partner violence, recovery, and mental health,” was the beginning to a resolution regarding the Wellness Center. The Wellness Center was a topic brought up in the ASCWU meeting that took place on Jan. 27. At the meeting, ASCWU President Jasmin Washington described that the walls in the Wellness Center do not reach all the way up to the ceiling and are thin. She said that this allows other people in the room to hear conversations between students and Wellness Center staff. This can cause privacy concerns for students and even for staff. One staff member is currently using a cubicle as their office, which doesn’t allow for much privacy. The Wellness Center uses white noise machines to help with this problem by producing subtle sounds like that of wind or water. While the machines can help, they don’t mask the conversations very well. Marissa Howat is the director of the Wellness Center. In a previous Observer interview, she discussed the current conditions of the Wellness Center. “Our office conducts confidential meetings with students (survivors of sexual violence and/or alcohol, cannabis or other substance use disorders or violations) and our current space does not afford the discretion/privacy that best supports those students,” Howat said in an email. “We have also seen an increase in the number of students who want to meet with professional staff for a wellness ‘check-in’ and we’d like to grow to meet that need.” Shawnté Elbert is the Associate Dean for Health and Wellness. She said her supervisor, Gregg Heinselman, has been meeting with facilities for the last couple weeks to discuss a new space for the Wellness Center. She emphasized that the discussion for a new space for the Wellness Center is a very active conversation. “Right now we’re trying to find space to get [students at the Wellness Center] in so that they can have confidential conversations,” Elbert said. Elbert said the room the Wellness Center is currently in, SURC 139, would be better for basic health education and promotion, getting condoms or receiving

health and wellness coaching. The current location is also in a high traffic area, which can make students feel awkward if they’re in crisis or crying. Walking through such a crowded place can be hard for a student wanting to access the Wellness Center while in an upset state. “It’s prime real estate, but at the same time it’s not the best location,” Elbert said. Elbert said the immediate goal was to find a better space in which students can meet with wellness advocates in confidence. The long term goal is to figure out how to integrate all of health and wellness together. One of the goals is having all branches of health and wellness in the same area so students can easily access all parts of the wellness program. Elbert described this as a “warm hand-off,” in which a student is referred to a different part of the wellness program. Having all branches of the health and wellness program in buildings that are close to each other, or even in the same building, would make this process easier, according to Elbert.

Téa Green/The Observer The Wellness Center (above) has thin walls which, in some places, don’t extend all the way up to the ceiling. Some employees of the Wellness Center want to be moved into the health sciences building which is currently under construction (seen below).

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L&L building falling apart

Students continue to call for renovations and fixes after years of elevator troubles and broken desks Abigail Duchow Staff Reporter

The representative for the History department, Björn Pellmyr, described one of his experiences with the elevator in the Language and Literature (L&L) building. He said a couple of weeks ago, a student who was using crutches was stranded on the third or fourth floor while the elevator “screamed its alarm for a solid 15 minutes.” “I can pretty safely say that the L&L elevators don’t conform to [Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)] standards, which would probably tie in to the ongoing ADA discussion that the Observer has covered before. Whether they’re outright illegal in Washington is a separate question that would require a lot more document-parsing,” Pellmyr said in an email. “A day before the SAS meeting, I got a report from a professor that, at some point a little before midterms, there was a student on crutches who was stuck on an upper floor when the elevator broke down. I haven’t heard anything else about that, and I have no idea how she got down, but the elevator is notoriously unreliable - most students will tell you that they don’t quite trust it.” Issues regarding the L&L building have continued as far back as 2018. At a Faculty Senate meeting on Oct. 31, 2018, Associate Professor Jason

Jack Belcher and Nicholas Tucker/The Observer Built in 1971, the Language and Literature building is now showing its age. Some faculty and students have expressed concern about the building’s safety.

Dormady pointed out that the elevator in L&L is too small to fit a stretcher. He said that if someone had a medical emergency on one of the higher floors it could pose a serious problem, and even potentially lead to a lawsuit. According to CWU’s 10 year capital plan (which can be found online), CWU will be putting money into this problem. While L&L is not specifi-

Academic Affairs VP position gone

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The senate discussed changes that are being applied to the ASCWU Constitution. The position of Vice President for academic affairs will be removed and replaced with the position of Senate Speaker. The senators, which have previously represented each department at CWU, will now represent the different colleges within CWU, along with other areas such as Disability Services, Athletics and sustainability. “While [VP of academic affairs] is going away, it’s, in my opinion, being replaced by something that’s much better,” Mejia said. “Currently, I oversee the Student Academic Senate, and the Student Academic Senate, while they wish to discuss issues that are not pertaining to academics, such as sustainability or L&L, that is not really within my role as vice president of academic affairs.” The constitutional changes also involve possibly removing the position of vice president of clubs and organizations, which is currently held by Ashley Klippert. If removed from ASCWU, the position would be moved to the student involvement office. “The majority of the work that clubs and orgs used to do has been pretty much taken over by student involvement,” Mejia said. “A lot of it has to do with budgets and money allocation.”

In the current ASCWU Constitution, recalling someone from office is a hard process to initiate. In the new ASCWU Constitution, there would be a simple way to remove someone from office. With the approval of the majority of the board, 75% of the senate, or 40% of the students that voted in the previous election, it will now be possible to remove someone from their position in office. Another change in the ASCWU Constitution is the amount of students that can begin an initiative on campus. In the previous edition of the ASCWU Constitution, it would take 1200, or 10% of students to begin an initiative. In the new ASCWU Constitution, it will only take 600, or 5% of students to begin an initiative. The example given at the SAS meeting was that if 600 students wanted to propose an initiative to open a new sustainability office in the SURC, there’s a possibility they could. One of the smaller changes is the consistency of wording in the constitution, like using acronyms versus the full name of an organization. Another change related to wording was being more careful about the language used in the constitution, specifically words such as “require” and “all.” These words are being changed to give some leeway to students that are unable to make it to a meeting for a valid reason so they are not impeached.

cally listed on the plan, ADA compliance and elevator upgrades across the CWU campus are. According to the plan, the budget for ADA compliance is $200,000 and the elevator upgrades budget is $100,000. One of the other conditions causing concern was the numerous broken desks in the building. Nicholas Mejia, vice president for academic affairs,

said at the meeting that CWU is looking into replacing some of the desks. “Someone said there were many broken desks in L&L...they are looking at potentially replacing some of the desks, which would be good,” Mejia said. “The provost wants to invest more money in L&L and the departments that are in L&L when it comes to potentially building a new building.”

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‘The Invisible Man’ Review: ‘The Invisible Man’ is a horror film about a wealthy military tech developer who uses his intelligence to abuse, manipulate and isolate his former partner.

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“The Invisible Man” (2020) is a remake of the 1933 film in name only. Realistically, the only similarities between the two films is that there’s a guy in it you can’t see and it’s a horror movie. The 2020 film is not about the titular man but his victim, in this case his traumatized ex-girlfriend. The invisible man is not a petulant mad scientist driven crazy by self-experimentation but a wealthy military tech developer who uses his intelligence to abuse, manipulate and isolate his former partner. Technically, this movie is a wonder. The effects involved with the invisible man are mostly practical tricks that work spectacularly, until the third act, at which point the visual effects (VFX) work gets a lot more complicated and a lot more impressive. The artists have clearly done the work and put in the time on set to make sure everything looks as good and clean as possible. That’s absolutely imperative in a movie like this, whose momentum and believability hinge so totally on the success or failure of the VFX. The Invisible Man is tense, sometimes violent and often upsetting to watch. The despair of the protagonist is visceral and the threat of villainous

intervention is unrelenting. The camera lingers on empty space and blank walls, unoccupied rooms, all the negative space in a typically safe and comfortable area. However, you can never be sure he’s actually there, until the moment you can be. It goes without saying that the movie is about abuse and the ways it affects women who are afflicted by it and the metaphor is thoughtful and well-executed. The movie is about speaking up and the hopelessness that comes when you realize no one will believe you. This invisible man can do anything he wants and no one will ever believe he’s done it. It’s a creative and ambitious movie for its modest budget which is what makes its history all the more interesting. In 2016 Universal Studios announced they would soon be launching a bold and unique new cinematic universe, a string of interconnected films based on characters from Universal’s back catalogue of classic monster movies. The tacit promise of the idea, called “Dark Universe,” was an interconnected Marvel-style storytelling and a climactic crossover monster mash somewhere on the horizon. The prospect was exciting and interesting to many but there was only one problem, “The Mummy” (2017).

The movie was the prospective franchise’s flagship film, a Tom Cruise vehicle with Sofia Boutella as the titular mummy and Russell Crowe as Dr. Henry Jekyll (that’s right, of Mr. Hyde fame). You would be forgiven for not remembering it. I worked at a movie theater at the time and I didn’t even see it. When the idea got scrapped, the only planned project that survived was “The Invisible Man”, which would no longer be a Johnny Depp blockbuster but a Blumhouse-produced R-rated horror film. It can be easy to forget that Universal’s monster flicks were at one time horror movies, as campy as they seem now but audiences in 1933 were terrorized by “The Invisible Man”. It was not a family-friendly movie star action flick. It was a mid-budget horror movie. “The Invisible Man” succeeds in 2020 because it understands that an invisible man is a terrifying idea. Both films are about people who are not only powerful but totally free of any social consequences. At a time when medium-sized movies are getting harder and harder to make, an anthology horror franchise built on medium-sized, high-concept horror films is an exciting idea, and “The Invisible Man” proves there might be some merit to a Dark Universe yet.


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New park coming to downtown

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A plan for a downtown park is in progress that will be developed on 4th Avenue and Pearl Street, in place of Rotary Pavilion.

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After the City of Ellensburg acquired land in the center of downtown, plans have been in place for the construction of a new downtown park. The new park will be located on 4th Avenue and Pearl Street, where Rotary Pavilion is currently located. The City of Ellenburg purchased the 24,500 square foot plot of land in September 2019. Ellensburg Parks and Recreation Director Brad Case said when the previous property owners were looking to sell the space, it was the perfect opportunity for the city to buy the land and turn it into a downtown park. “We knew that if the property were to be sold to somebody in the private world, it would have been developed into something else, and potentially the city and even sponsors and organizers would lose a valuable space to host their events,” Case said. “The city decided it would be in the best interest for all parties to try to negotiate with the property owner and acquire it.” Historically, Rotary Pavilion has been utilized as a venue for several major events, including the annual Jazz in the Valley festival. Now that the land is owned by the city, more events have been planned for the space throughout the year, according to Case. Case said there has always been a need for a downtown park in Ellensburg. He added that the park has been identified as a high-priority project. “Every plan that the city has, has identified the need to develop a downtown park,” Case said. Case said most people in the community are excited at the prospect of a new park. The central location of the space in downtown Ellensburg creates more opportunities for people to use the park. “It’s right in the middle of everything so it’s kind of that anchor point for everything that happens downtown,” Case said. Case added that CWU students were kept in mind in the planning of the park. He also compared the space to the Roslyn Yard, a space in Roslyn

used as a gathering place in their community, although Ellensburg’s park will be about four times as big. “We want it to be a place where Central students can hang out and congregate and relax, and when parents come into town they can go grab a bite and hang out,” Case said. The goal for the new park is to host downtown events while also serving as a gathering place for the community. “It needs to be an open space and it needs to be relatively flexible,” Case said. While the city is still fine-tuning what exactly the park will look like, Case said it will likely include natural elements that will serve multiple purposes. For example, large boulders or logs could be used as seating, but also as play structures for children. The reason for this, Case said, is that putting something like a big toy in the middle of the park could sacrifice the flexibility of the space. “It may not look like a big toy- it could be some type of sculpture that people could climb on, it could be seating that people can climb on,” Case said. “A four-year-old kid’s gonna look at it and go, ‘hey, that’s a place for me to jump off of and climb on and do all sorts of things,’ [but] I’m going to look at it as a place to sit down.” Currently, there is no expected completion date for the park. However, Case estimated that the park will be completed in fall 2021 if everything goes to plan. According to Case, the completion of the project is contingent on funding. The expected budget for the park is $750,000 to $1 million, Case said. Another reason there is no set completion date is because the city is trying to find a suitable construction window. Several organizations have planned events at Rotary Pavilion throughout the summer and the city does not want to force a rescheduling or relocation of those events. “If we go in and start ripping and tearing in the middle of the summer, we’ve displaced all the events that take place there throughout the course

of the year,” Case said. “We want to be sensitive to the event organizers and try to find a construction window where the weather is good enough to do the project, but then also it’s not going to impact a lot of different groups.” While Rotary Pavilion is already a popular venue for several downtown

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events throughout the year, Case said the new park will create more opportunities for events in the future. “We can only imagine how busy it will be when it’s actually designed and has the power [and] infrastructure to be able to support things,” Case said. “It’s going to be a pretty popular place.”

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THIS PARKOUR ATHELETE IS JUM HIS WAY AROUN Story by Tamara Sevao | Photos by Paneal Holland | Design by Aiden Knabel

Flipping off ledges and jumping from statue to statue may seem dangerous to some people. However, one person in particular uses parkour as a coping mechanism. Niko Selski, a CWU Sophomore and a Ellensburg local, has been interested in parkour since he was in elementary school. He originally got into parkour to challenge himself. “There were a lot of things that I never really committed to,” Selski said. “But parkour was the only thing I could never stop doing.” In baseball, soccer and volleyball, Selski would get competitive and angry with opposing teams. He decided to take on parkour to target the anger to himself. “It becomes a mental game against myself,” Selski said. “I end up feeling a lot better when I succeed in what I’m doing, rather than asserting myself over someone else.” When Selski was in eighth grade he moved to Minnesota where the parkour opportunities only grew. He said he really got into gymnastics and parkour gyms once he moved. YouTube videos became his best friend as he would watch them over and over to learn new tricks. “The learning process started snowballing and I started learning more stuff more quickly,” Selski said. “Because up until that point I had never really developed athletically.” Once he started parkour, he became more physically aware of his health. Selski said his ability to be less injury-prone got better. Before Selski starts parkour, he does a

30 minute to an hour warm-up which includes stretching. However, not every time will be accident free. Selski has dislocated his shoulder, torn his meniscus and received many more injuries from parkour. One time, he was out for six months and said it was the hardest time ever. Selski said parkour works as a way of meditation. In the split second he flips upside down, he can’t think about anything else other than what he is doing in that moment, otherwise he will fall. Parkour is a way for him to force a distraction on his mind. Selski said he sees parkour opportunities everywhere and he is incapable of turning it off. He even envisions certain moves he can do in unique spots. “It may seem like nothing is there,” Selski said. “But if you actually apply yourself and use your creativity, then that spot can become better than a well-known parkour spot.” Since moving back to Ellensburg, Selski has not found any other people who enjoy going out to do parkour. He is constantly seeking out people who are willing to learn. For now, he enjoys bringing his friends to watch him. Chaliea Null, a friend of Selski, has gone with him multiple times to watch him do his thing. She said she doesn’t get nervous for him because he always appears confident in whatever move he does. She said there is always knowledge backing up what he does with his body.


MPING ND TOWN “[Selski] is creative, silly and unique,” Null said. “There’s really nobody quite like [Selski].” Collin Dragoo, another friend of Selski, also used to participate in parkour when he was younger. He understands the adrenaline that goes along with the sport. “It’s really cool because he’s doing it on his own,” Dragoo said. “He posts videos sometimes but he really doesn’t do it for the recognition. He does it because it’s what he wants to do.” Selski currently works at Rodeo City Gymnastics where he coaches about nine young kids once a week. Selski said his students are braver than they appear. He sometimes has to hold them back from doing something too dangerous. “When I was younger, I realized I was the best coach I was going to ever have,” Selski said. “I not only want to be there for them if they need someone to talk to, but also to be the coach I never had.” Selski plans to do parkour for as long as his body will allow him to. He enjoys expressing himself in a creative and artistic way. “I think more than anything, my motivation is to live artfully,” Selski said. “I like to think of my life as just one really long and tedious art project. Every day is a different brush stroke.”


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Disappearing into a world of virtual reality

Harleen Kaur Staff Reporter

One student was on a mission to save the galaxy from being destroyed. Another student was fighting off evil advanced robots and machines who were after their life. Virtual reality is a whole new world, where imagination comes to life in the Bistro. Virtual reality is a headset that covers the eyes and the head. Through technology, a student can step into a 3-D world where they can play video games. Cody Boothe, a sophomore majoring in information technology and administrative management, has been working with virtual reality for two years and has been covering the virtual reality event every Tuesday and Thursday. Boothe was interested in virtual reality because of his fascination with technology. “Oh man, this is what the future is going to look like and now the future is actually here. You know, it’s sort of crazy to actually see this stuff,” Boothe said. There are different video games available on virtual reality, such as Apollo 11 and Minecraft. There are also realistic games available such as hiking trek, rock climbing and other natural world games that look similar to our world, according to Wisdom. There are 12 different options of games students can choose from. “We do have different applications that users can try,” Boothe said. “We cater to all levels of experience with our events. You know, we’ve had people you know, ages from as young as say 10 to say as old as 80.” Virtual reality is a very realistic experience, according to Boothe. People get shaky legs. With certain games that require jumping or flying, people can actually feel and react as if they were actually jumping from a real building. “Like it was extraordinary man when I first tried it, you know, I was extremely shocked on what I could do. The first thing I ever did was a roller coaster application,” Boothe said. “At first I felt nauseous because like, ‘wow’, I’m actually on a roller coaster. This is crazy. But after a while, you know it really felt like it was real.” Virtual reality is a physical activity. It requires space to move around and be active. Students are required to sign a

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Cady Boothe, who was hosting the event, demonstrated by playing 360 Beat Saber during the Feb. 25 event.

waiver before participating. “We want to make it a safe space for you. My main focus is to make sure that anybody that wants to try this and experience what the future’s like gets the opportunity to do so,” Boothe said. CWU has been putting the virtual reality event together for the last four years. Just recently, new upgrades were made. There are wireless headsets with full body tracking and a new software update. The equipment for virtual reality is expensive, although the event is free to all students and staff. In 2019, there were 622 students who participated in the virtual reality event. The Academic Technology center can also be booked for private reservations for free. Typically the cost of the technology can range up to $3000, which can be expensive, according to Boothe. According to Brandy Wisdom, a junior majoring in cyber security, students who make appointments typically like to play by themselves. If there are females who want to try out virtual reality and feel uncomfortable trying it in public, they can ask for Wisdom to set up a private session. The only issues that Boothe and the team run into are game updates and the time given to students to play. When the games are being upgraded, Boothe has to reinstall the modifications into the games. Typically, students get 10 minutes to play, so everyone can get a chance but sometimes that can be an issue for some students.

There is also going to be a virtual reality event happening for students who are interested in creating their own world in Unity on March 5. Unity is a basic game building software along with the program Blender, which is used for 3D modeling. Once the world is created, students can put on the headset and enjoy what they created. Zach Hollway, a sophomore majoring in computer science, comes to the event six times every year. His first experience with virtual reality was at Microsoft. At first he was nervous but now he thinks it’s a fun activity. It’s not completely unrealistic because there is movement involved, it’s like being in the game, Hollway said. “What you are seeing is not actually in front of you but it feels like it’s in front of you. It’s very interesting, almost kind of like an out of body experience,” Hollway said.

Virtual Reality Event The Bistro: Tuesdays 4-7 p.m. Samuelson: Fridays 4-7 p.m. Cost: Free


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In a world with coding bootcamps for stay-at-home mothers, STEM schools for toddlers, and Ted Talk after Ted Talk with suspiciously happy speakers, it can be intimidating for a student with a natural interest in the arts. We don’t all have to be coding wizards, foaming at the mouth while staying up for the third day in a row programming GitHub projects. Arts are just as important in our modern world. Other arts majors, such as film, graphic design or theater majors, can sympathize with the feeling of annoyance at the question, “art? What are you gonna do with that?” I don’t even want to think about the jokes philosophy majors get. This tired question is usually stated with an innocent curiosity, but sometimes, there’s the person with a smirk, saying it as if they’ve stumped you. Yeah, I bet this person has never even considered this question! I’m so smart. Well, we have considered it, and sometimes it keeps us up at night. One of my classmates said to me in passing, “I’m unsure about my future.” This is a normal thing to hear from someone majoring in the arts. The thing is, you shouldn’t major in something you don’t like. This may seem obvious, but the pressure to major in a STEM field is real. I was a computer science/English double major for a quarter. Those were dark times.

Professionals working in a field they enjoy are more productive. According to Monster.com, happier workers also “perform better, have closer relationships with co-workers, and take more pride in their work than their less-jubilant counterparts.” I can attest to this. Though I’m learning the fundamentals of important programming languages like Java, SQL and HTML, it isn’t something I look forward to. However, though I’m taking 18 credits this quarter at CWU and five credits online at a community college, I always look forward to the writing intensive homework in my arts classes. I enjoy writing poetry for my creative writing class, and I enjoy writing opinion pieces for The Observer, so I get those assignments done earlier and my performance is better than in the HTML/CSS class. Arts change the world. According to the Guardian, Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle” made President Theodore Roosevelt pass acts which led to the modern Food and Drug Administration. More recently, the 2012 documentary film “The Invisible War” had a direct impact on the U.S. military’s efforts to reduce the prevalence of sexual assault

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in the armed forces, according to the New York Times. Several high ranking military officials saw the film, leading to Senate hearings and the eventual signing of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013, which included many reforms to how the military handles sexual assault cases. Of course, musicians make a huge impact, too. Reaching peak popularity with his 2009 “Causers of This” album, Toro y Moi “was one of the first artists to be called chillwave,” according to Spotify. His work paved the way for psychedelic pop artists like Animal Collective and Tame Impala. TV shows, movies, books and music are things people remember as life changing. You can write the next song some kid has their first kiss to. You can be the next Wes Anderson. Your novel can be taught in schools worldwide. Choose the arts.

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Bustopher Jones, the St. James Street Cat

Played by James Corden, Bustopher Jones takes a firm last place. His character is made up entirely of being heavier than the other cats and how he got that way by eating in trash cans. I originally gave him some points in his favor for wearing clothes, since many of the cats upsettingly don’t, but halfway through his musical number he takes them off.

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Taylor Swift

There is no point in the entire six minutes that Taylor Swift is onscreen that her character’s name gets said. According to Google, she plays Bombalurina, the righthand cat to the main antagonist of the film. She is in a total of one scene, in which she sings a song that isn’t even about herself, it’s about the main antagonist. After this scene she is never seen again and the movie never addresses what happens to her.

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Macavity, the Mystery Cat

Played by Idris Elba, Macavity is the antagonist of the movie. He’s magic, which is never addressed, but accepted by every non-magic cat in the movie as entirely normal. He spends the movie enacting a plot to win the competition by trapping every other contestant on a barge. In the song sung about him by Taylor Swift, she states he’s broken every human law, which has terrifying implications.

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The premise behind the infamous “Cats” (2019) is simple: a group of cats called the Jellicle Cats meet once a year. They meet to have a song and dance based competition called the Jellicle Ball. Their song and dance must explain who they are and why they

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Rum Tum Tugger, the Curious Cat

Jason Derulo’s Rum Tum Tugger is less curious and more indecisive. His performance is just four and a half minutes of him saying that he always wants what he can’t have. If the entire character were cut entirely, it wouldn’t affect the movie at all.

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Grizabella, the Glamour Cat

Played by Ian McKellen, the song Gus sings reaches a point where it’s almost a downer. His character revolves around how old he is, reminiscing slightly incoherently on his glory days as the star of stage shows and mourning the loss of old media in the stead of newer productions. There’s an implication in his song that he now spends his days recounting old stories to young people and drinking.

Jennifer Hudson’s Grizabella sings arguably the most powerful song in the movie and is crowned the winner of the Jellicle Ball. She’s a disgraced cat, forced to live in the wasteland, which is never explained in any more detail than that, after running around with Macavity’s crowd. Despite this banishment, we see her several times throughout the movie in the middle of the town the Jellicle cats all inhabit, crying and sitting on the ground. She isn’t even given enough agency in the movie to compete in the Jellicle Ball of her own volition, she only sings for it after being prompted by the main protagonist of the film. Her incredible vocal work carries what would otherwise be an unfortunately forgettable character.

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A definitive ranking of the cats that matter from “Cats,” the movie no one should have to see.

deserve to be reborn and the winner will get to ascend to the “Heaviside Layer” to be reborn into a better life. From worst to best, I’ve ranked each cat’s individual performance in both the Jellicle Ball and the movie as a whole.

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Jennyanydots, the Gumbie Cat

Played by Rebel Wilson, Jennyanydots’ performance consists of her training (and eating) mice and roaches just to have something to do. At the very least, she has a couple solid comedic moments. Beyond that, however, she doesn’t undergo any character development and ultimately does nothing.

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Skimbleshanks, the Railway Cat

I had to pair these two, because there’s no point in the movie where they’re apart. They even share a song. Played by Danny Collins and Naoimh Morgan respectively, they’re petty thieves with a pretty catchy tune. The first half of the movie builds them up as sympathetic characters, while the second half shows them working with the antagonist to sabotage the Ball, which is a confusing twist. This is only ever addressed in one line, where one of them explains they were just trying to have fun by ruining the huge event that only happens once a year. They’re fun characters, but were neglected as far as the story goes and could have been so much more.

Played by Steven McRae, Skimbleshanks is entirely a side character, but his song is such a bop. It’s even coherent musically with the theme of his character in a movie that feels like a fever dream. Skimbleshanks tap dances throughout his entire number, mimicking the way a train sounds going along the tracks. He has flair, passion and frankly was one of the most enjoyable parts of the movie for me.

Mr. Mistoffelees, the Magic Cat Played by Laurie Davidson, Mr. Mistoffelees is one of the only characters that actually has an identifiable character arc. He starts the movie as a clumsy, awkward cat who can barely perform cheesy tricks. By the end of the movie he’s performed actual magic, saved the entire Jellicle Ball and gotten himself a girlfriend. His song is one of the catchiest songs in the movie and is oddly touching, beginning with him singing about himself and ending with the entire clan of Jellicle cats singing along in support of him. At the showing of the movie I attended, the audience actually clapped at the end of his performance. Mr. Mistoffelees feels unintentionally like the crux of this movie and is getting ranked in first place because of it.


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Five seniors on the CWU Women’s Basketball roster (from left to right: Kaelie Flores, Alexis Pana, Taylor Shaw, Jonnae Richardson and MJ Lancaster) have made the postseason every year since they arrived on campus. However, the seniors have never made it to the GNAC Championship game. Continued from Page 1 Senior guard Alexis Pana led CWU in points in her final regular season game as a Wildcat. She finished the night with 20 points, shooting 56.3% from the field. Pana also had eight rebounds and five assists. Senior forward Kaelie Flores shot 66.7% from the field and ended her last regular season game with 16 points to go along with three rebounds, two assists and a block. Junior forward Kassidy Malcolm,

senior forward Taylor Shaw and senior forward Jonnae Richardson all scored double digits on the night, with Malcolm and Shaw scoring 11 points and Richardson scoring 10 points. As a team, CWU shot 47.8% on three pointers, as opposed to SPU’s 31.3% performance from beyond the arc. With the win, CWU enters the postseason as the fifth seeded team in the GNAC Women’s Basketball Championship tournament. The other teams in order from first to sixth are University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA), Northwest Nazarene University

(NNU), Western Washington University (WWU), Simon Fraser University (SFU) and Montana State University Billings (MSUB). UAA and NNU will get a first round bye, while WWU takes on MSUB and CWU takes on SFU. CWU split the regular season series with SFU, 1-1. In their first matchup, in Ellensburg, SFU won 65-59 and in their second matchup, in Burnaby, B.C., CWU took the win with a final score of 83-74. The winner of CWU and SFU will take on UAA, the number one team in the GNAC. UAA are favorites to win

the tournament, as they have not lost a game since Jan. 23 and finished 19-1 in conference play. CWU played UAA at home on Feb. 8 for their second matchup of the season after losing earlier in the season to them, 51-68. The Wildcats kept the second matchup closer throughout the game, but ultimately lost, 59-67, putting them at 0-2 against UAA on the season. The GNAC tournament is single-elimination. CWU and SFU are scheduled to tip off March 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Brougham Pavilion on Seattle Pacific University’s campus.

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Baseball goes 1-3 to begin GNAC season Taylor Clark Staff Reporter

On Feb. 28-29, CWU Baseball hosted their first GNAC games of the 2020 season. Competing against the Northwest Nazarene University (NNU) Nighthawks, CWU came away with one win and three losses in the fourgame series. CWU head coach Desi Storey said the outcomes weren’t exactly what the team had hoped for. “There were some positives to take out of this weekend’s games. We had some games where we swung the bat pretty well,” Storey said. “Realistically, we had too many mistakes over the whole weekend and some crucial mistakes in crucial times that hurt us.” Storey said the team needs to work on being more consistent. Storey also said having consistently good at-bats and being consistent on the mound is important and something the team needs to address moving forward, specifically next week. The first two games on Feb. 28 resulted in two CWU losses. The Wildcats fell 4-10 in the first game and 4-6 in the second. On Feb. 29, the Wildcats’ efforts resulted in a win for the first game with a final score of 10-9, then a loss in the second game of the day, 1-3. Junior infielder Jake Tilley said the team had a rough start this weekend and had some trouble putting things together. Tilley believes the adjustments that need to be made are minor and once the

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CWU Baseball opened up their conference season with a series loss to Northwest Nazarene University. The Wildcats won game three but lost game one, two and four. CWU was outscored 28-19 over the course of the four games.

team figures those out, they will be on the right page moving forward. “Overall, our team is really close. We have each other’s backs and are good at standing up for each other,” Tilley said. “Something that we could improve on would be how to deal with failure. We haven’t coped with failure the best so we need to learn how to move on and take things one step at a time.” Junior outfielder Michael Copeland thought the team did a good job battling back and staying in the games.

Copeland said the team did a great job of having each other’s backs throughout the weekend as well. “I think we keep our morale pretty high,” Copeland said. “I think we do a good job, when it gets down, picking each other back up to try and get things going again.” In the final game of the series Copeland had three at bats, one hit, and one strike out. Copeland currently has a .414 batting average, after this last series, with a total of 29 at bats as well as six runs scored and 12 total hits.

Tilley currently has a .053 batting average with one hit in 19 at bats as well as four runs scored. As a team, the Wildcats had 19 runs, 33 hits and 17 RBIs. The team also had two home runs in the series. Defensively, CWU committed a total of four errors, two in game one and two in game four. CWU will compete against the Western Oregon University Wolves March 7-8. CWU will then be on the road on March 13-14 to compete against the Montana State University Billings Yellowjackets.

1-on-1 with women’s soccer signee Lily Newberry Della Babcock Staff Reporter

CWU Women’s Soccer head coach Michael Farrand recruits athletes to the women’s soccer team primarily through a two year period. For the 2020 season, the team signed most of their sought-after athletes in November 2019. However, they are continuously looking for athletes for the roster of not just their 2020 season, but seasons after that as well. One of the assets they added to their roster for this upcoming season is high school senior Lily Newberry, from Colorado. Newberry said she thoroughly enjoyed the recruitment process that Farrand and assistant coach Madison Kroger gave to her prior to officially signing in November. Newberry said the process was fairly easy for her. “That was part of the reason I was drawn to CWU,” Newberry said. “The process was so smooth and they were so welcoming.” She talked about how both Farrand and Kroger coordinated to come see her play. They did over a course of three different times: twice in a tournament and once in a camp.

Newberry said they also made it easy for her to contact them and reach out with any questions she had. Newberry developed a relationship with the coaching staff quickly and felt comfortable with them as well as the team instantly. When Newberry came for her visit in the fall, she loved how her future team felt like a family and how close the teammates were to each other. Newberry was looking for a team that had the attributes of being a tight knit group and felt as if she found it within the program at CWU. “Whether this is their fourth year or they just started in the fall, they are all so close,” Newberry said. According to Newberry, Farrand and Kroger made it clear that the team wants to be competitive, work hard and outplay their opponents, but Newberry said the coaching staff also values wanting their athletes to have fun during this process, which was something she loved. “They understand that it is fun,” Newberry said. “And that’s the reason we all play soccer.” Newberry said she already feels as if she has a strong connection with the coaching staff over just eight months of knowing them and is excited to see how that develops over the next four years. “I’m excited to see how they can

Baseball Schedule

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NNU 1/4 games won

March 7-8

WOU 4-game series

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help me be a better player,” Newberry said. “I think their coaching style fits in really well with who I am as a player and how I grow.” Farrand said they look for the best athletes and keep track of them through their freshman and sophomore year of high school. Kroger said the true recruitment process is initiated when the

athletes head into their junior year. “That’s when we really start giving offers,” Kroger said. “We try to find out if they are a good fit for us.” The women’s soccer team currently has girls from a variety of states, such as Washington, Colorado, Southern California, Utah, Alaska, Texas and New Mexico.

Softball Schedule

March 13-14 @ MSUB 4-game series

March 21-22 @ CU 4-game series

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March 7

CU 2-game series

March 8

WOU 2-game series

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Weems and La Rue qualify for national championships Phoebe Lai Staff Reporter

CWU Track and Field sent athletes to Seattle last weekend for the NCAA DII Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ). The LCQ gave GNAC track and field athletes a final shot at qualifying for the NCAA DII Indoor Track and Field Championships. To qualify, an athlete needs to be top 16 nationally in DII for an event. On the women’s side, CWU sent seniors Erykah Weems, Halle Irvine, Noelia Juarez and Samantha La Rue, junior Sidney Trinidad, sophomore Meagan Smallbeck and freshman McCall DeChenne. According to the Track and Field Results Reporting System website (TFRRS), the athletes who currently qualify to compete at the national championships are Weems and La Rue. Weems is qualified for the 60-meter hurdles. She is currently ranked 12th place in DII in the event with a time of 8.61 seconds which she set at the GNAC Indoor Championships. “I’m satisfied because I’m able to have the opportunity to go nationals,” Weems said. “That’s not something that everybody can do, so it’s a blessing.”

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La Rue competed in the shot put and set a new personal record in the event. With a throw of 48 feet, La Rue went from barely cracking the top 30 in DII to being tied for 14th. “Sam [La Rue] had the big one on the field side,” CWU head coach Kevin Adkisson said in an interview with Wildcatsports.com. “She uncorked a huge personal best of 48 feet. That’s going to bump her well into the top 20. We’ll see what happens when everything updates

over the weekend. She did everything she could to bump herself into the national meet.” The women’s 4x400 relay team of Juarez, Weems, Trinidad and DeChenne are currently ranked 19th in DII with a time of 3:47.30. They improved their time of 3:49.30 set on Feb. 21 at the GNAC Indoor Championships. Irvine won the pole vault at 12 feet, 3 1/2 inches. She is currently 36th in DII

for the event. Small back finished fourth in the women’s weight throw with a mark of 53 feet, 7 3/4 inches. She is currently 42nd in DII for the event. On the men’s side, CWU sent seniors Zach Whittaker, Aidan Cain, Andrew Harris and Daniel Calderon-Hernandez, juniors Trevor Allen, Rajesh Gill and Ethan Tonder and sophomores Gunner Vallatini and Tysen Campbell. According to TFRRS, no CWU men qualified to compete at the national championships. Whittaker finished second in the triple jump with a mark of 47 feet, 1 1/2 inches. He sits at 31st in DII for the event. Cain won the weight throw with a toss of 61 feet, 2 inches. His top mark this season of 61 feet, 10 1/4 inches places him currently at 20th in DII for the weight throw. Harris also competed in the weight throw, finishing fourth with a throw of 56 feet, 9 1/2 inches. Calderon-Hernandez, Allen, Gill, Tonder, Vallatini and Campbell all competed in various events at the LCQ but have marks that are not on the TFRRS website’s list of potential national qualifiers.

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ALL WEEK Call for Capital Visit cwu.edu/capital to view, comment, vote on and submit recommendations for capital projects. Winter SEOIs Wildcats, take time to fill out your anonymous instruction evaluations this quarter! THURS. MARCH 5 ASCWU Special Ballot 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. • cwu.edu/ascwu Vote online on a special ballot to change the structure of student government from 7 elected seats to 29 elected seats.

WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH

MATCH THE WOMAN TO THE ACHIEVEMENTS Here are just a few women and just a few of their achievements. Do you know your history?

1. Poet, singer, memoirist and civil rights activist, whose award winning memoir was the first nonfiction best seller by an African-American woman.

Monkey Lingo: Vocalization Among Tibetan Macaques 5:30 p.m. • Dean Hall Lobby • Free Join Dr. Blue at the Museum to learn how to speak and interpret “Macaque.” Geek Out, Game Out 8-10 p.m. • SURC Pit • Free, CWU students Play video games, board games, and more. THURS. MARCH 5 - SUN. MARCH 15 “The Wolves” 7:30 p.m. • March 5, 6, 7, 13 & 14; 2 p.m. March 15 • Milo Smith Tower Theatre $8 CWU students w/ID, $12 Senior/Alum/ Student, $15 GA • cwu.edu/tickets A high school girls’ soccer team warms up to face the large and small challenges of adult life. Recommended for mature audiences.

2. The first person to win two separate Noble Prizes, one for physics and another for chemistry. MARIE CURIE

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FRI. MARCH 6 Battle of the Bands 7 p.m. • SURC Theatre • Free, CWU students Bands going head to head to showcase their talents to CWU students. SAT. MARCH 7 Safer Spaces Workshop 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. • Diversity and Equity Center, Black Hall 101 Free Increase your understanding of the LGBTQ+ community terminology, privilege, social constructs of gender and allyship. Cascades Meadow Snowshoe Trip 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. • $32 CWU students, $39 Non-students • Meet at OPR, shuttle to Cascade Mountains. Pre-registration and pretrip meeting required, contact OPR for info. MON. MARCH 9 ASCWU Public Meeting 1 p.m. • SURC Pit • Free Join your student government representatives as they discuss projects and issues.

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Tobacco-Free Campus Forum 7 p.m. • SURC Pit • Free Should CWU be a tobacco-free campus? Join ASCWU-Student Government and representatives from the Wellness Center in this public open forum. TUE. MARCH 10 Pizza and Primaries 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. • SURC 137 A&B • Free Grab a slice of free pizza and vote!

Student Academic Senate Meeting 6 p.m. • Black Hall 151 • Free Voice your academic and department concerns. Central’s Funniest Videos 7:30 p.m. • SURC Theater • Free, CWU student event Watch submitted videos from CWU students!

4. Credited for modernizing Russia, establishing the first state-funded school for girls, reeling back the power of the church within the state and encouraging the development of the economy, trade and the arts. 5. Showed the laws of nature are not always symmetrical, disproving the law that had been accepted for more than 30 years.

Monday Movie Madness: “Frozen 2” 7 & 9:30 p.m. • SURC Theatre Free, CWU students w/ID, $3 GA Join Elsa, Anna and friends for an adventure.

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3. The youngest ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize at 17 years old.

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