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Foreign at Central


Not Your Mama’s Milkshakes


Grad Bucket List






Hiding Mental Illness





Guide to Your 21st


Drunk Food Tour


Weed 101


PULSE Party Playlist


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Men’s Floral Fashion



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W H AT ’ S Y O U R F AV O R I T E PA R T A B O U T S P R I N G ? “That the weather is

“The fact that it stays light

getting nicer.”

outside later into the evening.”

“Finding new places to watch the sunset around Ellensburg.”

Lexi Phillips

Bailee Wicks

Mackenzie Trotter

Jessica Griffin

Vanessa Cruz

Matthew Conrardy

Maddie Bush

Hannah Brooks

Kaitlyn Kurisu

Elizabeth Mason

Ryan Weier

Leo Andraca

LeAnna Chard

Zahn Schultz

Kendall Yoder

Jocelyn Waite

Brooklyn Isaacs

Shelby Bryant

Anakaren Garcia

Isabelle Hautefeuille

Bill Miller

Jason Morales

Ted Wolfe

Garrett-Neiman McGahan

“Wearing dresses

“I like the flowers, especially here

and picnics.”

on campus because they plant tulips around the buildings.”

“The sun and baseball.”



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associate editor Bailee Wicks

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PULSE magazine is a student-run lifestyle magazine, both in print and online at PULSE produces two issues an academic quarter. Student editors make policy and content decisions for the magazine, which serves as a public forum for student expression. PULSE serves the Central Washington University community with informative, engaging and interactive content covering campus and community life, trends and issues, and providing practical magazine and multimedia training.

ED ITO R’ S note T

he weather’s warming up, and the finish line is in sight. Spring quarter is finally upon us. It’s my last quarter as Editor-in-Chief, but my time with PULSE, thankfully, isn’t over by far. This has been an amazing year of inspiration—I can only hope that this quarter brings even more growth. PULSE has never shied away from covering the serious issues, and this time around is no different. Continuing our conversation on gun reform, we took a look at the #MarchForOurLives and #NeverAgain movements and their impact on the future of America. Check it out on page 32. Another multi-dimensional and increasingly important issue is mental health. As someone with anxiety, I understand how difficult it can be to explain your mental health to another person—why you’re feeling a certain way, why you don’t feel comfortable doing something, why you just can’t muster the energy to participate in meaningful socialization because you can’t get your mind off of that one thing. For an inside look at mental illness and how to better understand it in others, check out “Hiding Mental Illness” on page 26. Speaking of anxiety, graduation is fast-approaching. To take your mind off the stress for a moment, check out a list of things to do before you go with “Grad Bucket List” on page 20. As the weather gets hotter, the parties grow bigger. Get all you need for the ultimate party or bar experience—from a crash-course on cannabis to the perfect party playlist—with “Party Central,” starting on page 36. Lastly, springtime means one thing: spring fashion. In the wise words of Miranda Priestly, “Florals for spring? Groundbreaking.” Which is why we’ve kicked it up a notch—men’s floral. The fashion trend that’s made its way to the male population is spicing up the runway and the streets, and we’re here to show you how best to rock this twist on a classic on page 50. With midterms approaching and classes becoming only more stressful, be sure to take the time to step outside and enjoy the sunshine—you deserve it. Have an amazing quarter and remember to read your PULSE!

behind the SCE N E S of the Men’s Floral Fashion photoshoot

PULSE Video Producer Jocelyn Waite shooting footage for a behind-thescenes video.

Creative Director Vanessa Cruz arranging owers around model Jamar Pelleteir.

Photos by LeAnna Chard

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Pulse staff receiving the Student Award at CWU’s Diversity Night

On April 27, PULSE was selected as the 2018 Diversity Award student winners—the first time a group has won the award. The letter from our faculty adviser nominating PULSE for the award highlighted “the concerted effort made by the revolving student staffs of PULSE to reflect and give voice to the diversity of experiences among the Central Washington University community.” It went on to say: “They have done this through their choice of stories, working diligently to provide coverage of all aspects of life on and around the CWU campus. They have done this through more widespread sourcing on stories, seeking out the perspectives of a wide variety of people. And they have done this through their visuals, striving to photograph students of differing gender identities, races, religions, ethnicities, physical capabilities, sizes, ages, hobbies and life experiences… Stories the PULSE staff has covered over the last two years have included: • • • •


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Muslim at Central #YouToo? She-Leaders of Central LatinX: Finding Strength in Community Women Spoken Word Artists PRIDE! Black Lives Matter Gender Fluidity Meet (football player) Uso Olive

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1,200-Pound Athlete (on College Rodeo horses and their riders) Pressure to Perform: Disordered Eating, Exercise and Body Image in Female College Athletes Women in Film

These stories and others demonstrate the commitment of PULSE students to promoting and supporting a bias-free and discrimination-free campus, as well as to enhancing inclusion and equity by advocating and working in partnership with social justice organizations on campus who have been profiled and sought out as sources on stories… The student reporters, writers, editors, photographers and designers of PULSE understand the special power and responsibility they have to represent campus life in all its facets through their lifestyle magazine. Their commitment and work on behalf of PULSE magazine, and the inclusivity of their own staff, absolutely encompass Central’s mission of being both ‘welcoming and belonging.’ PULSE is a truly collaborative product which, in our individualistic society, offers its own rewards and benefits.” Additionally, PULSE was just selected to be featured in the art department’s annual juried art show for their outstanding visuals. Come check out the show and awards ceremony Thursday, May 26 at 6 p.m. to see the winners!


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According to a study released by Timetric in 2013, Americans are the second-biggest travelers in the world after Finns. Yet, if you ask the people around you, it may seem like very few have actually left the States. This second-place title likely has more to do with Americans who travel within their own country. And who could blame you? You live in the third-largest country by area, according to World Atlas. A country in which there is so much to discover, so much diversity and so many wonderful landscapes. But sometimes the outside and the unknown can be good. I know something about it—I’m French. Every year, a large number of students from around the world take advantage of exchange programs to come to CWU. According to Steven Cook, CWU’s assistant director for study abroad and exchange programs, this number reaches approximately 250 annually. Whether it’s for a month, a quarter or a year, we study, do sports and go out with you. These are the stories of international students, in and from CWU.

An American Dream?

I arrived in the United States last September with my friend Mathilde and, after a short trip to Seattle and the San Juan Islands, we arrived in Ellensburg. It is in this small town that we began our American life with our friends both local and international. It’s been seven months since I came here and I’ve learned a lot linguistically, culturally and personally. Part of it is in our experiences. Thanks to my roommate with whom I became really close, I

had the opportunity to attend a real American Thanksgiving. Eating a turkey and beans with her family at 5 p.m. was pretty exotic. First, because we never eat that early; second, because we don’t have this celebration in France; and third, because they were speaking in English. The United States is a country that we’ve heard a lot about and that we have sometimes idealized, sometimes not. Josh Cole, a student from the University of Hull, England, recalls the road trip he made during spring break. Like a Jack Kerouac novel, he decided to take the road with his friends to discover the states of Montana and Idaho. It was an opportunity for him to make a real American road trip. “On the way back, I played ‘70s [and] ‘80s American classic rock and that was pretty fun,” he says. But in our foreigner minds, the United States isn’t just about the road and the cars. For Olivier Acker, a student from Strasbourg, France, his experience is sublimated by “basketball spirit,” as he describes it. He uses this expression to refer to all the TV programs, games, installations and discussions dedicated to this sport. “In France, everybody can play football when they want to play some sport. Here, it’s basketball. Everybody knows how to play basketball,” he exclaims. For some, it’s the education that brought us here. Tetsuo Lizuka, a student from Tokyo, Japan, says, “I came partly to learn computer science in the United States because I think the United States has the most advanced technology [regarding] computer and IT.” 13


internship in Antarctica or go study in South Traveling within the United States allows you to see America through a specialized organization. Cook divides the benefits of going abroad in many things, but the culture remains pretty much three categories. The first is that of personal develthe same from one state to the next. opment—in particular, developing independence If, on the other hand, you are going to eat tapas in Spain, see the aurora borealis in Norway or drink and learning to fend for yourself. “You’ll learn a lot, mostly from tea in England, your experience will getting lost and unlost,” Cook jokes. be completely different, starting He also encourages the students with the way to say hello. From this to travel as a way to develop their preliminary stage to the formation professional career. Whether doing of any relationship, the exoticism of “You’ll an internship, studies or any other the host country is elevated. learn a lot, project, it will do well on your CV France has its own peculiarity be more competitive on the job that we do not find elsewhere—a mostly from to market. kiss. In other words, when we meet Finally, at the academic level, getting lost someone we know, we kiss each traveling provides access to courses other on both cheeks before starting and unlost.” that are not always offered in their a conversation. home university, which can provide It’s such a habit that when I met additional materials and a different Acker in January, when he had just point of view. arrived, he greeted me with kisses If you do not think you can leave on the cheeks. I was quite surprised, having been in because of money, Cook encourages students to find America for four months already. But France is not the only one to have its alternatives; this can simply be a scholarship, many specificity—far from it. “In Japan, people just bow of which are available across the country. Some are and that’s it,” explains Makoto Sasaki, a student in great demand, others are not. “It is always better from Tokyo University, Japan. “They do not say ‘Hi’ to apply than not. Because if you do not apply, you and there is no short conversation.” Being rather know that you will not get it. There’s always some sociable, Sasaki says he likes the easygoing nature luck if you apply for it,” Cook encourages. But scholarships are not the only solution. of Americans. According to Cook, “A lot of students across the If you are a food lover, this is an opportunity to change your diet and indulge in exotic food. country are doing things like crowd funding.” Personally, I consider the food in France delicious Conclusion: find your solution and go!

A Blending of Culture

and I encourage each of you to taste it. There is a variety of foods—much more than just bread, wine or cheese as some Americans seem to think. Sasaki says he does not agree with me and thinks that Japanese food is better than French— which he says still ranks second. “I think [Japanese food is] better and healthier. In daily life, we do not eat hamburger or French fries. We eat white rice a lot,” he says.

To Go Abroad

“Half-jokingly, we’ll tell students that I can send them anywhere in the world where they are not shooting at each other,” says Cook. As a student at CWU, your chances of leaving the country are varied. You could choose to go, for example, to one of the partner universities in Great Britain, France, South Korea, Japan or Australia. But that’s not all—you can even choose to do an 14

Out of America

Alex Kane, Macy Schmidt and Christy Klemisch traveled to France, Spain and Australia (respectively) with CWU international programs and through this they have had experiences they will remember for a long time. Klemisch, for example, “swam on the Great Barrier Reef and saw a sea turtle,” she says. Kane says she loved discovering French culture and its heritage. “It was really cool to see the famous [landmarks] in Paris.” She takes advantage of her escapades in Paris to visit the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower and many Cathedrals. Schmidt, meanwhile, loved her everyday experience. “I think the best part of the experience for me was to live with a host family, which allowed me to practice and learn the language and learn more about Spanish culture.”


Schmidt says some aspects of Spanish life broke her habits, especially when meals were made with the TV on and the unusual dining hours. “We had lunch at 3 o’clock and had dinner at 9 o’clock,” she says. In France, Kane was surprised not to see many pets. “I did not live in a host family but I had friends who had done it and none of them had pets. I know so many people here who have pets and it was weird to never see cats or dogs.” Going to Europe has allowed Kane and Schmidt to travel a lot in the surrounding countries. “It’s really easy to get from place to place and really affordable too,” remarks Schmidt. Kane was able to go to Germany and England while Schmidt turned to Italy and Portugal. Transportation in Europe is very different from the United States; the abundance of public transport shocked the two travelers. “I took the train everywhere instead of driving myself,” Kane says. “We are so dependent on car here and in Spain, most people just walk. The cities do not allow car in the middle of it,” adds Schmidt. Australia does not escape this profusion of public transport and this ease of movement. Klemisch was amazed at the importance of the rail network. “Even if it was a couple hundred miles, you could still get there by train,” emphasizes Klemisch, adding, “You can take a train from Brisbane to Sydney very easily.” Finally, these three say their trips have allowed them to change for the better. Schmidt remembers the beginning of her journey and the fear that came with it. “I went 10 days before the program started, she recounts. “So, I flew there and was there completely by myself for 10 days. It was terrifying.” From this, she says she gained a more of a sense of independence and selfconfidence.

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Get rid of your pride.


Be more open-minded.


Play a lot of sports; there is no language gap in sports.


Be prepared for culture shock.


Try to make the most of it.


Save up a lot of money.


Spend the money abroad and pay it back later.


Everyday, make a goal and try to accomplish it.


Use the internet to translate.


Don’t forget to go to class.


Story by Brooklyn Isaacs Photos by Leo Andraca Design by Elizabeth Mason


lowers are in bloom, the weather

is heating up and it’s time to think about enjoying a sweet treat that will keep you cool in the warm weather to come. Milkshakes are a delicious addition to any meal—Winegars, Red Horse Diner, Campus U-Tote-Em, Rossow’s U-Tote-Em and The Palace Cafe are only some of the many places in Ellensburg to aid your sweet tooth for any flavor of shake.





Best Milkshake

Best Milkshake

Best Milkshake

Peanut Butter Milkshake




Pineapple Coconut Milkshake

16 oz. - $3.50 21 oz. - $4.00

16 oz. - $3.99 20 oz. - $4.99

Wait Time

Wait Time

Moderate – Three to five minutes

Short – One to two minutes


Mon – Thu 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Fri 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sun 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.


An instantaneous burst of peanut butter flavor is how I would describe Rossow’s peanut butter milkshake. Complete with 100 percent peanut butter, this milkshake is powerful and tasty. Rossow’s customer Ben Sharman says this shake is “delicious, thick and flavorful.” The taste of peanut butter overpowers the thick milkshake which would go perfect with a basket of fries.


Sun – Thu 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Fri – Sat 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Description Angie Love, a server at Red Horse Diner, says, “Our milkshakes are sweet but they aren’t too sweet. Overall, I feel the Red Horse Diner has a better quality of shake mix.” The blackberry milkshake proved to be delicious; the taste of blackberry blended with what tasted like a splash of vanilla was too good to put down.


Price Small - $3.69 Large - $3.97

Wait Time Moderate – Three to five minutes


Sat – Thu 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fri 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Description Campus U-Tote-Em has a variety of milkshakes to choose from including a sweet and fruity pineapple coconut milkshake. The combination of pineapple and coconut is evenly dispersed throughout the entire cup, forming a treat nothing short of delicious. The pineapple coconut shake was the perfect consistency that wasn’t difficult to drink. 17




Best Milkshake

Best Milkshake

Gary Dough milkshake

Oreo Shake



12 oz. - $5.84 16 oz. - $6.16 20 oz. - $7.03 24 oz. - $8.33

21 oz. - $5.79

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Short – One to two minutes


Mon–Sun 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Description MAPLE! MAPLE! MAPLE! The Gary Dough milkshake has an irresistible amount of maple flavor. Mixed with a sweet caramel blend, this milkshake is crafted with “maple [and] chocolate chip cookie dough,” says Closing Manager Bailey Strom. According to Strom, Winegars has about 30 milkshake flavors to choose from.


Wait Time Short – One to two minutes

Mon – Thu 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fri – Sat 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sun 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.


One size can’t fit the tremendous taste of The Palace Cafe’s Oreo milkshake. With tiny chunks of Oreo cookie, this milk shake is blended to perfection. Delicious, thick and classic describes the contents of The Palace’s Oreo milkshake.

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GRAD BUCKET LIST Story by Shelby Bryant // Design & Illustrations by Kaitlyn Kurisu

Don’t let anyone tell you Ellensburg is a boring town with nothing to do. Get out of that residence hall or apartment and you’ll see how much fun you can have. You’ll find all sorts of exciting and entertaining activities, fantastic foods to eat and places to explore both on and off campus. Here are 10 things you have to do before you graduate.


The TAV Looking for a good burger and great atmosphere? For those 21 and up, the Tav is the perfect place to “hit with a group of friends,” according to CWU alumna Sam Freeze. This local watering hole has a real history. The Tav opened in 1968, and after rebuilding from a fire in 1975, customers began the tradition of carving initials and other small messages into the bricks inside. Terri Reddout, senior communications lecturer and CWU alumna class of 1977, encourages everyone to go see “the names scratched into the brick. Real history there!”




Art Walk Our downtown is always bustling on the first Friday of each month. The art galleries and some of the other businesses in town open up for an art walk to celebrate and honor local artists. “There’s a lot going on that students don’t realize,” says Senior Art Studio Major Trisha Hall, adding, “You can attend gallery openings for free.” The art walks start at 5 p.m. and allow you to explore the town and find new places. Hall suggests starting at Gallery One and making your way through to other participating locations.


People’s Pond We have a lake here in our little town of Ellensburg and soon, it’s gonna be May. Just grab a snack and a swimsuit and head out to People’s Pond. But please, don’t forget that swimsuit. As Reddout had to explain to her mother in the ‘70s, the idea that “people get naked out there and swim” was “a rumor.” With that suit in your bag, you’re ready for “some summer fun,” says Jasmine Curran, a professional & creative writing major. People’s Pond is “a great social environment” that isn’t a bar, she adds. Bring something for the grill, because, as Curran says, it’s also a great place for summer barbeques.


Rodeo Ellensburg’s infamous rodeo is just a 10-minute walk from the SURC. The Ellensburg Rodeo, holding its place on the list of America’s Top 10 professional rodeos, runs Aug. 31 through Sept. 3 at the rodeo grounds. Hanscom says to visit the rodeo “at least once, just to figure out if it’s your thing or not.” Cowboys, bulls, horses, roping sports and the 4H animals are just a handful of some of the things to experience at the Ellensburg Rodeo. Don’t forget the fair that comes along with it!


Fun Classes You don’t have to be weighed down by gen eds and required classes. Have some fun while you’re in school. A balanced schedule makes for a balanced mind. “Learn what you want even if it isn’t for your major,” Hall says, “Supplement your schedule with classes you want to take.” Hall helped level out her stressful quarters with her “One credit dance classes that met once a week.” Does that photography class catch your eye when you sign up for classes? Is dance, anthropology or philosophy something that lights you up? Take it!

Look around, listen, and stay awhile. Ellensburg isn’t the “do-nothing” town that some people think it is. There are so many adventures to be had and memories to be made if only you get out and chase them. Often, they’re right at your doorstep in a small town like this! So go out, get some good grub, have an exciting night with your friends and experience the best Ellensburg has to offer. For the full list, visit 21


Story by Garrett-Neiman McGahan Photos by Mikaela Nickolds Design & Illustrations by Elizabeth Mason



Last October my spouse, Laura Rogers, lit a fire under my ass. I, of course, reacted as I normally do and put up a fight (the kind that I know I will lose and she will be happy in the end) which led her to utilize her cunning. She reminds me of her expert tactic when I interview her for this article; it was simply, “They have beer, you’ll have fun!” and it worked. During a day trip to Leavenworth, Wash. we ended up at Icicle Brewery in the middle of Oktoberfest. It was so packed we stood on the main staircase drinking beers and laughing at all the mushy couples. Laura always tells the story perfect: “I had someone take our picture at Icicle Brewery on the stairwell since it was so packed.,”

she says. “It was such a funny picture I kept trying to think of something to say on Facebook when I posted it. Then you came up with #Lovenworth when we kept trying to come up with stupid hashtags like everyone else there. I thought it was so cheesy that we had to use it.” The best part about #Lovenworth is how we wanted to make fun of all the #Leavenworth pictures we noticed that day. We ended up becoming that cheeseball couple and everyone loved it in the end. Fast-forward to the present and Laura again gave me a piece of her brilliance. She implored me to write an article about #Lovenworth and how we became the poster couple for love in Leavenworth through our cheesy ways. Saturday April 14, 2018 we again made a day trip to Leavenworth. The plan was simple,



find some of the most romantic spots in Leavenworth and write an article for couples to utilize on their trips. The crazy part about writing this #Lovenworth article is how the town again changed all my plans and gave me exactly what I needed. The first stop of the day was The Fox Den Bed and Breakfast. We showed up hoping to for a 24

decent interview; we got so much more than that. Lori and Dan O’Neal own this must-see romantic getaway. They welcomed us in with warmth and kindness like lifelong friends. The vibe was instantly comfortable, and my quick interview turned into an amazing conversation and guided tour of the grounds. Lori explained the idea

of their B&B perfectly in one statement: “Well, we are a romantic getaway, it is kind of our forte ... we are [an] adults-only, couples-only type of thing, and so it’s more designed for that romantic getaway.” If you think that’s a standard statement for most B&Bs, you don’t know the thought and attention to detail The Fox


#Lovenworth is very real and you don’t want to miss it.

Den was built with. “We just celebrated our third anniversary on Valentine’s Day, so we’ve been here about three and a half years now and absolutely love it! If that’s not perfect enough, Lori told us about the festivities going on while we were there. “We love doing honeymoons and anniversaries. We’ve got two anniversaries this weekend.”

#Lovenworth really sent Laura and I another gem on our adventure. When Laura found out about the rope tow for the sled runs in the winter she was instantly sold on our new winter spot. Of course, the misters on the patio in summer brought back memories of my time in Phoenix, Ariz. That’s part of the magic at the Fox Den, it plays on your memories and emotions to make you fall in love with the details. Just a quick three minutes from downtown, and with views that can tug on your heart strings, this is a must for couples. We continued on our tour of must-visit romantic spots as the day moved along. Places like Icicle Ridge and Eagle Creek Wineries, Alpine and Aspen Leaf day spas, and the recently built Post Hotel all made the list. Eventually we ended up back at our spot, Icicle Brewery in downtown Leavenworth. We grabbed some beers and sat out on the patio with a gorgeous view of the snowcapped mountains down the main street. Little did I know, a simple missed shot on the trash can would again change the course of our day. I was heckled by a guy one table away for my terrible miss, and we engaged in a nice backand-forth over attempted trash buckets. #Lovenworth again worked its magic as I found out he was a newly-wed on his honeymoon with his bride.

The couple asked to remain anonymous but did allow me to retell our outing for this article. It was too perfect as we combined tables and ordered some pitchers. The phones remained holstered, the beers flowed and the laughter was genuine. They told me of their perfect engagement story and how all the little blunders combined for a memory they will always cherish. We ended up moving on down the road to Andreas Keller’s restaurant. This is another must-see romantic eatery hidden underground and beautifully put together. We shared more beer and pretzels the size of dinner plates. It got to the point where our laughter was overwhelming, and we ultimately had to go. After that we let the newlyweds continue their honeymoon and we decided another perfect #Lovenworth day had unfolded. Looking back on this weekend’s adventure, I realized that telling people where to go for romanticism is one way to go about it. Leavenworth, on the other hand, has a soul of its own and if you bring a loved one with you, it will become #Lovenworth. Keep the phones in pocket, be spontaneous and go wherever you want because #Lovenworth is very real and you don’t want to miss it.





H I D I N G M E N T A L I L L N E S S Combating the stigma

Story by Bill Miller & Bailee Wicks Photos by Kendall Yoder Design by Vanessa Cruz

The stigma that surrounds mental illness “goes way back to the early 1900s or even late 1800s, when there was a belief that mental illness was a moral failing for someone who was depressed, addicted to substances or overly-anxious,” explains Cindy Bruns, the Interim Director of Counseling Services. “I think

we’ve been stuck with that for a long time and Western society, especially white-American society, is a very ‘pull yourself up by your bootstraps’ [society], and I think that plays into it.” She adds that we have a tendency to not believe in things that we can’t see. “You can see someone with a broken leg and



Mental health is the ability to be resilient.


think, ‘Their leg is broken. I won’t expect them to hike this hill.’ But an internal experience of being so anxious the person feels frozen or being so sad that it’s hard to get out of bed are things we can’t see,” she says. “Mental health is the ability to be resilient, the ability to form connections, the ability to learn from failures and to move towards our values and the things that are important to us,” Bruns adds. PULSE went out and talked to professionals and students about three of the most common mental illnesses: anxiety, depression and PTSD and people who are suffering with them.


According to Mental Health America, the community based non-profit for treating and promoting mental illness, over 21 percent of adults—about 42.5 million people a year—are affected by anxiety disorders. Although the term ‘anxiety’ seems to be thrown around often, there is a difference between feeling fearful or anxious occasionally and being diagnosed with anxiety. According to the National Insitute of Mental Health (NIMH) website, “Anxiety disorders involve more than temporary worry or fear. For a person with an anxiety disorder, the anxiety does not go away and can get worse over time.” In other words, it is normal to have occasional anxious feelings, but not prolonged, consistent and worsening anxiety. The most common types of anxiety, according to NIMH, are

generalized anxiety, social anxiety and panic disorder, but these are not the only types of anxiety that impact people. Junior Business Marketing Major Kohl Barbour explains after loosing a loved one, her anxiety was more internal than visibly external. “A lot of my anxiety stemmed from the idea of death and dealing with that loss of someone close to me and constantly worrying about others dying,” Barbour says. There are both genetic and environmental factors that affect a person’s anxiety and sometimes they even combine with each other, NIMH states. The current political climate in the U.S. is an example of an environmental factor that can affect a person’s anxiety. “The economic and political unrest has caused people to feel very marginalized and unsafe for an entire host of regions. This is really increasing the general anxiety in the population,” Bruns explains.


According to the Mayo Clinic, depression is defined as “a mental health disorder characterized by persistently depressed mood or loss of interest in activities, causing significant impairment in daily life” with over three million new cases a year in the U.S. Depression shows itself in different ways, all of which develop in unique circumstances. Some depression disorders, according to NIMH, include postpartum depression (which occurs after childbirth), seasonal affective disorder (which is heightened during fall and winter) and psychotic depression


disorder (a major depressive episode accompanied by psychotic symptoms). People without depression may struggle with the idea of what it feels or looks like. PULSE Associate Editor and story co-author of this story Bailee Wicks describes it as episodes of feeling physically, emotionally and mentally incapable of activity. “It almost feels like an elephant is sitting on you and your entire body aches, but instead of trying to move and get free, it engulfs you entirely. It’s almost like feeling numb and helpless at the same time.” As with other mental illnesses, environmental factors are taken into consideration by professionals when diagnosing someone with depression. Some common causes of depression are specific traumatic events— such as sexual assault, shootings or car accidents—and prolonged traumas, such as childhood abuse, abusive relationships and long-term bullying. Today’s digital age has significantly complicated certain environmental factors, according to Bruns. “The anonymity of the internet has allowed people to be more vicious sometimes than if they would have had to say something face to face. Now we are seeing many more people who are coming in with those personal violence experiences from the internet,” she says, adding that the ability to compare yourself to others on the internet can make it easier to feel badly about yourself. Some common signs or symptoms of depression, according to the NIMH website, include:

Persistent feelings of sadness, anxiety or emptiness Hopelessness or pessimism Irritability Feelings of worthlessness, helplessness or selfreproach Loss of interest in activities Fatigue Speaking or moving more slowly Restlessness Difficulty with memory, concentration or decisionmaking

PTSD is not something people generally advertise and

Difficulty sleeping or unusual sleep patterns

many of those

Changes in weight or appetite

who have

Thoughts or attempts of suicide

developed PTSD

If you are feeling more than a couple of these, seek help.

don’t even know


Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is “a mental health issue that some people develop after either experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event,” according to the U.S. Dept. of Veteran Affairs. But it’s important to understand that anyone who has experienced or seen a life-threatening event can develop PTSD, according to psychologists David Yusko and Natalie Gay in a 2017 article

they have it.



Common Symptoms of Anxiety


on Car accidents, natural disasters, sexual assault and shootings are just some examples of events other than combat that could cause someone to develop PTSD.   Meradith Cramer, Central’s Vet Corps Navigator, says some symptoms that might indicate someone has PTSD can include mood swings, irritability, insomnia, difficulty concentrating, isolation, depression and anxiety. If you or a loved one has experienced or witnessed a life-threatening event and has been experiencing any of the symptoms listed above for an extended period of time, reach out to see if help is needed. A call to 2-1-1 will connect you, for free, to a trained local specialist to give you some answers and point you in the right direction. Other resources include the counseling clinic in the SMACC building on campus, the Center for Counseling and Psychotherapy in Yakima, and of course the Veterans Center on campus or the VA if the person who may need help is a veteran.     According to Cramer, it’s important to be patient and compassionate when you have a loved one suffering from PTSD. She says it takes some people a long time to admit, or accept, that they need help processing what they’ve experienced and that everyone handles and experiences it differently. She recommends taking it slow, offering to be there for them and knowing the signs and symptoms as it will be beneficial to you both.  

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H e l p i s Av a i l a b l e

For anyone who needs help with their mental illness, it is important to know about and utilize the resources available to you as needed. “We will always see someone who is in crisis. If someone walks in and says they need to talk to somebody right now, we will make it happen, usually in 30 minutes or less,” Bruns says. “[The SMACC] can always bring someone in to talk about their troubles, what services we have and where we are in terms of availability, usually within a week or a week and a half.” If you, your friend or a significant other is currently suffering or wanting guidance with any mental health issue, please reach out for help despite the stigma. There are programs and people here at Central to support you. “[The SMACC] encourages students to go through a threesession workshop that teaches wellness skills,” says Bruns. “How to be mindful, how to not think too far ahead or get stuck in the past, but rather how to be present in your life today, how to understand what’s important to you and direct yourself towards those things even when there are difficult internal experiences happening.” She adds that you don’t need to reveal any personal information about yourself in


these workshops; rather, it’s about “giving students skills they can use here and now to help themselves.” Another option for students is Mindful Mondays, put on by the Wellness Center. The SMACC provides staffing for a group meeting with professionals and your peers to help students focus and be present in the moment. For more information on these services, please contact the SMACC or the Wellness Center. “It is important that if you feel overwhelmed and like you are drowning due to your mental health, that you reach out for some help whether it be someone you trust or a professional,” Barbour says.

Student Medical & Counseling Clinic (SMaCC) 400 E. University Way Corner of 11th and Poplar Ellensburg, WA 98926-7585 Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Medical: (509) 963-1881 Counseling: (509) 963-1391

Wellness Center SURC, Room 139 Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Phone: (509) 963-3213

How to react to someone telling you about their mental health Tips from Dr. Cindy Bruns, Interim Director of Counseling Services

Be there for them. “Our first instinct is that we want to fix it, but the advice to go to the gym, eat healthy, buck up doesn’t usually go over very well,” says Bruns. Instead, listen to them and assure them that their feelings are valid.

Take care of yourself. “Modeling self-care and taking care of yourself, setting boundaries in a compassionate way” is one way Bruns suggests helping someone to pay attention to their own needs. “If both people are really drowning then no one ends up getting help.”

Encourage them to get professional help. “At some point you might need to bring up, ‘Hey, I think you might be helped by talking to a professional in addition to me,’” says Bruns. “It’s important that you mention that ‘in addition to me’ piece, because you don’t want the person to feel like they will be abandoned by going to get help.”

Ask the hard question. “Don’t shy away from asking if the person might have suicidal thoughts,” suggests Bruns. “People worry that asking that question will make people think of it, but that’s not how it works. If they’ve never thought of it they will simply say no, but if they have it will open up an important dialogue that’s really important for safety.”



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March in Manhattan, New York City, on March 24

It was a cry heard nationwide, past our borders and around the world. On March 24, five high school students from Parkland, Fla. helped inspire a march that sparked a movement in the wake of the school shooting that resulted in the loss of 17 of their classmates. The #MarchForOurLives and #NeverAgain movements have filled Twitter feeds for months and they are demanding change in our nation’s gun laws. But this is no simple issue.


The March and The Movement

The #MarchForOurLives that took place on March 24 was seen worldwide, especially on social media. According to a March 22 article in TIME magazine written by Charlotte Alter, the 800 plus demonstrations that had been registered across all 50 states and in six continents filled Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and news feeds all over the world. Highlights from the marches in Washington D.C. and across the nation showed the Parkland students themselves speaking out, sometimes through silence, and accompanying prominent members of the upcoming generation, including Yolanda Renee King, the granddaughter of Martin Luther King, Jr. Jocelyn Waite, PULSE Video producer and junior film major, attended a parallel march in


ourlives Bellingham, Wash, and said she felt encouraged to be in a supportive environment. “It was nice to see so many people who felt the same way as I did, who were advocating for change,” she says, noting the crowd filled downtown Bellingham with people of all ages carrying creative signs next to tables set up for people to register to vote. Waite carried a sign herself that said, “We don’t want your thoughts and prayers, we need change,” accompanied by her friend whose sign read, “Make America safe for once.” Her motivation comes from the tragedies our country has already seen. “So many different families across the country ... have had to deal with [tragedies] like losing their children or losing their siblings when they’re at school, a place that’s supposed to be safe [and] raise our kids to be good leaders, but then … it’s all taken away in an instant,” Waite says.

The Political Environment

It’s no secret that our political environment is under immense pressure with this hot-button issue.

As a country, we tend to see things two ways: fully left or fully right. But gun reform, like most major political issues, is a lot more complicated than that. There’s no simple solution and most people aren’t totally on one side or another.

“The public wants stronger gun control, but the government doesn’t give it to them and part of that is because of the NRA and [another] part of that is because is because of the Constitution,” says Schaefer. “It’s sort of an interesting case, because it’s like, ‘Gee, the public doesn’t always get what it wants’.” Junior Political Science Major Nikole Chumley has taken notice of this with her fellow classmates when this issue arises. “I think the biggest thing that causes contention or fighting are

the methods of gun reform— what does this policy look like or what is it going to look like for people who already own guns, and that’s where the fighting surfaces,” she says. “I don’t think it’s more [about] ‘Should it happen’ but how it should happen.” No matter how passionate you are about an issue, one of the toughest parts can be figuring out how to actually get involved and make a difference. Registering to vote and voting in elections including but not exclusive to the presidential election is important, but Schaeffer thinks there are more effective ways to make your voice heard on issues you care about. “The squeaky wheel gets the grease in some degree in American politics,” says Schaefer. “If you’re not out making noise, someone else is and they may not share your same views, so I [suggest] being involved, trying to make public statements, writing your representatives and trying to form groups that promote.” Schaefer explains that if politicians see the majority of the public being apathetic, then they are going to pay more attention to the minority who are yelling in their ears, so he believes that in addition to voting, continuing to speak up is the best way to get involved in whatever issue you are trying to promote. 33


This is how the Parkland students did it. They were and continue to be relentless with their voices, speaking up for what they believe needs to be changed. Because of this, they were able to see results pretty quickly. On March 9, Florida passed a bill that bans bump stocks, enforces a waiting period, and raises the minimum age to buy a weapon from 18 to 21 years old and permits police officers to take guns from someone who is mentally disturbed, according to Alter’s TIME article.

A New Generation

Regardless of what view people hold on gun reform laws, this movement stands out among the rest right now for one reason:

the youth.

Like many revolutions in the past, the power seems to come from young people and that’s what the driving factor is for the Parkland students and their vision for this movement. Chumley also notes that this issue is a product of the generation that is spear-heading it. “It’s student-led, it’s young people-led, because we’re at a time where the people who are more against these social movements are the people that cause these institutions to be put into place or kept these institutions in place and it’s finally come to a head,” she says. According to Alter, the students only allowed their speakers, poster designers and artists to be under 24 years old for the March on Washington. Leading up to the day of the march, Alter also noted that nationwide, almost 14 million students left


their classrooms on March 14 for the National School Walkout to protest the rising number of school shootings.

The heart of the movement is that it’s being led by the generation that grew up knowing nothing about a time when lockdown drills didn’t exist.

According to the Everytown for Gun Safety and Support Fund, there have been 305 school shootings since 2013. As far as our political leaders go, Chumley notes, “Senators and congress people have to listen to the high schoolers when before, not many high schoolers would have been calling into their congress person. Now, you have these high schoolers who are spear-heading this movement even though they personally can’t vote.” She adds that the actions of these students may have an impact on voters who may support the movement with their vote. There’s also something to be said about a generation that was raised on gun lockdown drills now growing up and having the roles switched—becoming teachers at these schools. This is the situation for Julie*, a CWU alumna who had a potential gun threat at the school she was student teaching for. Julie was student teaching for a kindergarten class in a K-12 school in Washington when an older student was expelled for bringing a weapon on school grounds. After that, the faculty and staff were warned that if they saw

this student on school grounds, they would be considered a threat. Before student teaching began, Julie notes that she knew teaching is a service job and once you enter that classroom, every student immediately becomes your full responsibility, “You just have to deal with that and just pray that it’s not going to happen to your school,” she says. After becoming aware of the threat and the location of the school in town, Julie took certain precautions like shutting the blinds in her classroom but having to do so in a way that would prevent the kids from noticing, mentioning that kids feed off of the emotions of adults, and especially teachers. She didn’t want to make them uncomfortable or nervous in any way. As for herself, being a student teacher is stressful enough and with this added pressure, Julie stresses the emotional toll it took on her, “especially as a teacher. There’s a lot of emotions involved in it and so this type of thing is really random and you don’t know what could happen and so I was preparing for the worst.” As for the future, she states, “I definitely think it’s something that I’ll always take with me, whatever school district I’m in.”


Banners and signs at March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C. on March 24

Hopes for the future of this movement “I just hope that kids aren’t afraid to speak up when they feel endangered,”

says Julie. After describing her experience at the Bellingham march, Waite states that her hope is “continually putting pressure on the NRA and politicians who get funding from the NRA and [pushing] them to change their stances on gun control and get some sort of larger policy in place.” Chumley’s passion couldn’t be overlooked in her hope for

this movement. “I hope that we do have gun reform. I don’t think military-grade weaponry should be in the hands of citizens. And with gun reform, I want a specific targeting of making sure that gun reform does not indiscriminately affect people of color and that police officers also need to adhere to whatever gun reform happens,” she says. Being invested in politics gives Schaefer a solid view on the issue. “I hope that they sustain it and that the people that are involved realize that they should continue to be involved, whether it’s on that issue or something else, but my own personal view is I do not believe gun rights are absolute. I think, like all our free-

doms, there are limits. So, for me, I just think it’s frustrating to live in a country where there is this level of gun violence.” *Name changed because the source was not permitted to share information on the situation with those outside of school faculty.

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The sun is out and the dollar beers are ice cold. Central students everywhere are coming out of their winter blues and heading out to relieve the stresses of classes, impending graduation and the doom of the real world. If you are new to the bar and cannabis scene, a seasoned pro or just prefer the house parties, we have something for you. Stay informed, be smart and get turnt.



The best guide for a successful 21 st birthday. Everything you need to know and then some. Story by Mackenzie Trotter Design by Maddie Bush



Stereotypically, drinking and partying are a huge part of college culture. Because of this, most students look forward to the long-awaited day when they can go to the bars and drink; it’s seen as a rite of passage. The three long years after high school are spent waiting for the big day, and now it’s here— you’re finally 21. But before you go and let loose, there’s a few things you need to know.

BEFORE One of the most uncool parts of turning 21 is having to take care of business before you can go out. Most identification cards expire on your 21st birthday—cue everyone’s favorite pastime: visiting the DMV. What most people don’t know is that you can renew your ID up to a year in advance, according to the Washington State Department of Licensing. However, if you do this, the card that you will be issued is still going to be vertical. Therefore, after you turn 21 you have to go back and have it switched to horizontal. Karli Friese, a CWU junior double majoring in accounting

and finance says of her upcoming 21st birthday, “I wasn’t even going to go get it [renewed]. I was just going to bring my [current] ID. … That’s exactly what I want to do is have to go deal with that on my birthday. They take forever.” If you do renew your license, fair warning: the new temporary IDs are just an 8.5- by 11-inch piece of paper. And honestly, they look like something you could have made at home. “Every time I whipped it out it was the worst because I’d be like, ‘Can I show you my old vertical one that’s right here?’ and they’d say, ‘No, I need to see the paper one.’ And it’s like, ‘Okay, let me just unfold this giant map’,” says CWU Junior Computer Science Major Hailey Lawton. The temporary IDs aren’t the most convenient thing to carry around so plan to have a wallet, purse or something else to carry it around in where it won’t get lost or ruined. They might be a hassle, but they’re legitimate. The temporary IDs are still rather new, so if you go to a business that is unfamiliar with them you might have to explain the process. However, most

places have experienced them by now so you should be in the clear. According to Lawton who just recently turned 21, most people just laugh at the fact that you have to whip out this big piece of paper, but no businesses refused her service. Another tip for preparing for your night out: have an exit strategy. Arrange to have a DD or plan to call a cab or an Uber when the night is through. You don’t want to be drunk outside of the bars in the early hours of the morning trying to figure that all out—do yourself a favor and plan ahead. Also, a handy trick of the trade is to make sure your bed is clear of clothes, books, homework, etc. and that you have a filled water bottle on your nightstand. These are super easy things to do but if the chances that you’ll be stumbling into bed later that night are high, your future self will thank you. Now that all the logistics are out of the way, it’s time to rage... right?



“I’m excited for going to concerts that are 21 and over – not worrying about that anymore because that’s such a hassle.” She adds, “I can’t wait for the ability to purchase alcohol for my individual self.”

“Happy hour, ‘cause you can get cheap food and all these good deals. Plus, all my friends are 21 so it’ll be nice to go out. Also [my mom and I] always want to go eat at a bar or go to wineries and sip and paints and things like that and we can’t, because I’m not 21.” She also says, “I’ve seen a bunch of people in Ellensburg take the ‘stoplight shot’, so I really want to do that.” 39


DURING Wallet? Check. ID? Check. Squad? Check. You’re ready to go. Now for the real question— what are you going to do? There’s so much hype around the 21 run and a lot of expectations as to what your big day is supposed to look like, but the truth is it’s different for everybody. Some people are more social and want to hit the town, while others would rather enjoy a night in. For Lawton, the night of her birthday was spent playing beer pong and taking Jell-O shots at her apartment with close friends. Friese says for her upcoming birthday, “I think I’m going to have a party at my house and have some friends over. And then when it turns midnight I’m going to go out to a couple of the bars that are still open.” Whereas Kira Riley, a CWU junior double major in professional and creative writing and ITAM, says, “I’m planning on going out with three of my best friends. They have an old-school arcade bar in Spokane, so that’s on the list and that’s the plan right now. ... Anything else that happens is whatever.” There’s always the classic approach to bar hop around town trying to score free drinks along


the way, but another idea could be to hold a ‘paint and sip’ party where you drink wine and get in touch with your creative side. To each their own—after all, it’s your day. Just do what’s going to make you happy. But whatever you decide, just know that drinking—while fun for some—doesn’t have to be part of your experience. If you’d rather be sober, more power to you. Have some cake and keep on living your best life. It’s important to remember, too, that 21st birthdays aren’t limited to just alcohol consumption. Here in the state of Washington, once you turn 21, you’re legally allowed to purchase marijuana. So if drinking isn’t for you but you still want to experiment, that’s an option as well. Wherever your day takes you, just make sure you remember the basics: stay hydrated and don’t forget to eat. When asked what she would have done differently if she could do it over again, Lawton says, “I should have been drinking a lot more water throughout the day. I thought that I was drinking enough but I should have been drinking more … [Also] I hadn’t eaten enough throughout the day to do okay once I started drinking. So just eating more and drinking water—all those things that are common sense to do.”

AFTER Few people are lucky enough to have their 21st fall on a weekend, and therein lies the return to reality that is the next day. If you fail to avoid a hangover, then the real world might hit you like a brick wall the morning after. If you plan to go out drinking and have to work the next day, it might be best to either arrange to have the day off or switch shifts with someone to work later in the day. That way, you have a longer recovery time. Or you can tough it out and power through the day knowing the aftermath was worth it. Though, perhaps one of the best pieces of advice for the entire occasion: surround yourself with people you trust. “Make sure that you’re with [people] who will take care of you when you start to get super sick and when you start to get too messed up to take care of yourself,” says Lawton. Have friends or family who are actively looking out for your best interest. Not to say that you can’t handle yourself, but if an unfavorable situation arises, you’ll be much more comfortable in the company of people who care for you.

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On my 21st, I blacked out at the bar around midnight and had taken some molly beforehand. The next thing I remember was 7 a.m. and I was sitting inside Zips in Cheney. A worker brought me a charger and I looked down and then asked how he knew my phone was dead. He said I had been in there for four hours just hanging out with the night crew. Needless to say, I was beyond confused so I went home and fell asleep. To this day I get free food and discounts from the night workers who know me very well now,” says EWU Senior Nicholas Evans.**

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Let’s face it—certain foods taste better when you’re drunk. Whether it’s a simple grilled cheese, a greasy hot dog or some tacos on a Tuesday, food is an essential part of a night out on the town. In Ellensburg, most businesses close before the night can really get going, so it’s up to the few latenight places to feed the intoxicated crowd. To get a better look at the small-town nightlife, PULSE spoke to businesses and CWU students both past and present for all that Ellensburg offers to the hungry and boozy.

Hot Diggidy Dog 300 N Main St.

Monster Melts & Cravens Coffee 107 W 3rd Ave

Hours: Thurs. - Sat. 10 p.m. to 2a.m. Price Range: $3 to $7


ot Diggidy Dog has a selection of hot dogs Hot Diggidy Dog, which opened over 18 years ago as a food cart and has since upgraded to a food truck, serves hot dogs (and veggie dogs) specifically to the late-night crowd. “We just try and serve a quality product that is in demand in the downtown to people who don’t have a lot of choices late at night,” says Josh Bender, who owns the establishment with his wife, Erin Bender. Hot Diggidy Dog has a selection of hot dogs which can be topped with things like grilled onions, cheddar cheese and sauerkraut, and several “specialty dogs” like the Ellensburg Dog, an all-beef hot dog topped with cheddar cheese, grilled onions and barbecue sauce. Of course, your drunk self probably won’t be in the mood to wait in any lines when you’re looking for a bite to eat. Josh Bender says there aren’t any specific days or times that are guaranteed to be the busiest. “It’s kind of hit-or-miss; some weekends are steady all three nights, some are busier than others,” he explains, adding that it all depends on what’s going on in town. Events, finals week and even refund check time all have an effect on business. As for the crowd, Erin Bender says, “Our employees have gotten to where they really are getting to know a lot of the regulars. … Most everybody is very sweet and a lot of fun, so it’s fun to get to know them.” Josh Bender adds, “If you’re into people-watching, it’s a pretty good place to be at night.”

Hours: Mon. - Wed. 9 a.m. - 12 a.m. Thurs. 9 a.m. - 2:45 a.m. • Fri. - Sat.: 9 a.m. - 3 a.m. Sun. 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. • Price Range: $4 to $8


ix months ago, Monster Melts & Cravens Coffee opened for partiers and late-night workers alike with their coffee and the infamous two for $4 deal on grilled cheese. “I just saw a need for more options late [at] night, not just on Fridays and Saturdays,” says owner Lori Gadini. Originally, the two for $4 deal was only available during nighttime, but its popularity pushed Gadini to make it an all-day, every-day bargain. “I just decided to … make that our signature,” she says. Monster Melts has more than just grilled cheese, though. Their menu includes a variety of sandwiches (including vegetarian options), coffee drinks, pastries and desserts. In addition to a wide selection, CWU students receive a 10 percent discount for each purchase. With their location nearby to Club 301, it’s not surprising that one of their busiest hours occurs at nighttime. According to Jordan Swofford, an employee, “One of our most popular times at Monster Melts is 1 a.m. because of the two for $4 grilled cheese.” Monster Melts is also next door to Pita Pit—another spot open late—making for some interesting occurrences. According to Swofford, his favorite experience with an intoxicated customer was shared on the Monster Melts & Cravens Coffee Facebook page by customer Zach Turner: “This drunk guy walked in and asked for a sandwich that he could take to the Pita Pit next door to put inside of his pita,” Turner wrote. “I don’t know if the workers at Pita Pit were able to fill this man’s order but I was definitely jealous I didn’t come up with the sandwich pita first.”


A look at Ellensburg’s Late Night Food Options

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Tales from the All-Nighters

While Hot Diggidy Dog and Monster Melts are two of the most popular late-night spots in town, they certainly aren’t the only ones. When asked via Twitter and Facebook where Ellensburg residents liked to go during a night out, people responded with everything—besides the aforementioned businesses—from pizza to fast food chains. “Lately we’ve been going to Monster Melts, just because it’s the cheapest and grilled cheese is amazing,” says Steven Baril, a CWU senior double majoring in film and physics. “For a while, I went to Pizza Collin, but that closed. I used to go to Hot Diggidy Dog, because they have the vegan hot dog, so I used to always get that.” CWU Alumnus Jonathan Glover says his favorite places to go are “Pizza Colin or any of the food trucks.” He adds, “It’s not uncommon for there to be a … semi-party outside of Pizza Colin at 1 a.m.”

What’s Next?

With still so few late-night spots open in town, there is a desire for more—and not just food joints. “I wish there were more options. That’s the only thing I wish. It’s not that I’m getting tired of grilled cheese sandwiches, but I could use another pizza place,” says Baril, adding that he could use more dispensaries as well, “so I can smoke.” For CWU Alumna Megan Winter, fast food isn’t the priority. “If you’re out downtown or even just up late studying on the weekend, there are no food options other than fast food. Even places like The Palace or Starlight close around 10 [p.m.] for food,” she says. “I think more casual late-night food would make good money downtown.” Whether you’re partying with friends, working late or anything in-between, Ellensburg has got you covered for (most of) your coffee or greasy food needs. So go out, have fun and remember: eating can help stop a hangover.



WEED 101

Getting to know your good friend Mary Jane Class is in session. If you’ve ever considered dabbling in the high life, then there’s a few things you need to know. There’s no better place to immerse yourself in weed culture than the PNW. So, if you’re new to the game, take advantage of all the resources at hand. Smoke smarter, not harder. When you enter any of the dispensaries here in Ellensburg, mention that it’s your first time. The employee will ask you if you are either looking to smoke or take edibles and then they will take it from there. Margo Massey, the manager of Cannabis Central, is prepared to answer questions and explain misconceptions that customers bring in. “People think weed ... will make them lazy and sit on a couch,” says Massey. “For those thinkers, try a sativa because that will change your idea of weed and make you want to clean your house or something.” Weed

can affect your body in many different ways, so specify whether you want an energetic high or a relaxing one. With edibles being trendier, she recommends 10 mg of THC. THC is a chemical compound that offers the mindaltering effect one experiences while smoking or consuming weed, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. If you don’t feel comfortable with that dosage, then split with someone else because you’ll still get the effect from a smaller dosage. “Maybe even start out with a joint from a tube because people can light it, smoke it and put it back,” says Massey. She does

want her customers to know that smoking weed for the first time might not get you high right away. “The receptors in your brains aren’t ready for it, so I always warn people to smoke, try it out again in an hour, then once more,” says Massey.

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Doug Fulp, assistant director at the Wellness Center, has some information to disclose for those who smoke or consume marijuana. As a health educator, he appreciates the legalization of marijuana. “I think it’s better now with our legalized recreational laws because if you look at the package, it says what the percentage of THC is. If you buy it off a person on the streets, you aren’t going to know what the percentage in your purchase is,” he says. For gummies, Fulp says, the recommended serving is two to three, and no more. Eating the whole bag will give you a bad time. Be patient, because it will take time for it to take effect when you ingest rather than smoke marijuana. “For those who have experience with smoking, that happens rather quickly because when you inhale it, it goes into your lungs, your lungs are open to your bloodstream and gets pumping real quick,” says Fulp. However, he adds, “when you do an edible, it has to go all the way into your stomach and get absorbed through there with everything else you are doing, and it takes longer to feel its effects.”

Also, a word of warning: dabs are not for beginners. “Dabs are straight-up THC with the possibility of it being 80 to 90 percent THC, which isn’t stair stepping your way into substances. That’s all in, all at once,” says Fulp. Pace it and start slowly. According to Fulp, the reason for people ingesting more than they should is because as humans, we are inpatient and expect results to happen immediately. It normally happens in one to two hours, but even that might be incorrect because it varies person to person. Mixing it with alcohol? Just don’t. “We can see the effects of one substances, but it changes when you add another substance from a totally different category. THC is a hallucinogen and alcohol is a depressant, so the effects of mixing the two will not be the normal, expected response,” says Fulp. Most importantly, Fulp wants everyone to wait two to three hours before you drive when you are using marijuana. Either walk or hang out at your friend’s house. So, whether it’s your first time or your a seasoned pro, remember: blaze responsibly, people.

Students’ Experiences

The names of the students are changed because they wish to be anonymous or they are under the age.


Wesley’s worst time under the influence was when he tried entering the door of his building all while being cold and paranoid. Maintenance installed a new door at his residence hall, and his keys weren’t fitting the doorknob quite right. “Other students were watching me carefully because they thought I was an intruder, and when they saw me with my back turned, they yelled ‘GO NOW GO NOW, he’s distracted,’ and they ran to their Barto.”


When describing their experience, Jamie still doesn’t know if it was the best or the worst time of their life. “I had an edible and it was pretty powerful for being my first time. And in about 45 minutes to an hour later, I was on the floor and I thought that the Rice Krispies I was holding were palm trees and that I was at the beach.”

Work your way into it to understand your own personal limits.




PULSE Party Playlist Everyone has their pump-up playlist—that handful of songs that gets you hyped and ready for the night. Whether you’re hosting a small kickback or a rager, PULSE staff gathered their list of the perfect songs for any party—now get out there and dance.

Design by Elizabeth Mason





Love on Top



Party People (ft. Fergie)


Brass Knuckles

Finesse (Ft. Cardi B)

Bruno Mars

Finesse (ft. Cardi B)

Crooked Smile

J. Cole, TLC

Born Sinner

Let’s Dance

David Bowie

Let’s Dance

Somebody Told Me

The Killers

Hot Fuss

Sunday Candy

Chance the Rapper


Norf Norf

Vince Staples

Summertime ‘06

Freaky Friday (ft. Chris Brown)

Lil’ Dicky

Freaky Friday (ft. Chris Brown)

Just A Friend

Biz Markie

Just A Friend - EP

Drop the Game

Flume, Chet Faker




Polishing Peanuts EP

Oblivion (ft. Lola Blanc)

The Fat Rat


O’u va le Monde

La Femme


Return of the Mack

Mark Morrison

Return of the Mack

I Can’t Wait

Nu Shooz


The Rain

Oran Juice Jones


Gucci Gang

Lil’ Pump

Lil’ Pump

The Less I Know the Better

Tame Impala


How Long

Charlie Puth

How Long

No Excuses

Meghan Trainor

No Excuses



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Chocolate can be good for you. Yes, you read that right. PULSE went out searching for the benefits of chocolate and what makes it so appealing and we’ve got all the deets. Candy lovers, sweet tooths and chocoholics alike, this one’s for you. Finally, justification for your obsession with the sweet treat. From health benefits to skin care, there’s more to this dessert than meets the eye. As many of you know, chocolate has been around for a long time and although it is delicious, have you ever wondered what makes you crave it? Well,


according to Psychology Professor Dr. Kara Gabriel, “The aroma, texture and sweetness of chocolate have all been shown to be important in promoting chocolate craving.” In addition, it turns out that chocolate can “activate neurotransmitter systems in your brain such as dopamine and naturally-occurring opioids that are also activated by addictive drugs,” says Gabriel. Gabriel also mentioned that in 2011, “Dr. Jennifer Nasser and colleagues from Drexel University compared cravings after volunteers ate different kinds of

white, milk and dark chocolate. They found that the volunteers reported higher cravings after eating chocolate with high sugar and cocoa content.” Dark chocolate has a lot more cocoa than both white and milk chocolate. However, milk and white chocolate have a lot more sugar than dark does. So, you could say all three types of chocolates are equally addicting in their own ways. Now enough with the craving lesson—what exactly are the benefits of chocolate?


Eating Clean Just like you limit how much food you eat when you want to lose weight, you can also limit how much chocolate you consume to gain some benefits. According to a 2017 Healthline article written by Kris Gunnars, dark chocolate has a high source of antioxidants that helps skin against UV rays, infrared radiation, pollution and prematurely-aging skin. Dr. Susan Hawk, a clinical nutritionist, adds, “Cocoa is also linked to helping improve blood pressure in both healthy individuals and in people who are hypertensive.”

Hawk also mentions that cocoa can “improve insulin sensitivity in people who have diabetes,” while also lowering your risk of cardiovascular disease. Now that you know what eating chocolate can do for you, let’s see how you can apply its benefits in other ways.

Chocolate Masks Yeah that’s right, we’re putting chocolate on your face. Before we get into how to make these chocolate face masks, you’re going to learn a little lesson on what good can come from having chocolate on

your face—other than your face smelling sweet. As we previously mentioned, chocolate contains antioxidants. It also contains compounds of vitamins and minerals that make skin healthier and fresher. This can be helpful for those of you who have dry, rough skin or black spots. Chocolate face masks can also help reduce pore size which then prevents a lot of dirt and bacteria from entering your skin. Everything is fine in moderation—chocolate included So, whether you want to taste it or use it for your skin, there are benefits to chocolate! You’re welcome.

DIY chocolate face masks Option 1: For oily to combination skin Make a paste mixing cocoa powder with water Add 2 tbsp of sea salt Add a teaspoon of raw milk and mix well Apply it evenly onto your face and gently scrub in circular motion Leave on for 10 minutes Rinse off with warm water





f loral MEN’S

FASHION Story by Ted Wolfe Photos by Zahn Schultz Design by Vanessa Cruz

Floral is the highly-anticipated men’s fashion trend of spring—something we can see in the vibrant-colored suits on the runway. According to Malea Lee, a senior apparel, textiles and merchandising major, "Much of men’s new fashion transitions from women’s fashion trends." The floral craze is not just seen in Hawaiian shirts, which is what is normally thought of when floral is mentioned. Flower prints and patterns will bloom as spring starts to surface. "Floral will be seen in formal wear on the runway, but more likely will be seen in the casual day wear such as t-shirts or shorts," says Lee. Emily Martin, a fellow senior and apparel, textiles and merchandising major, states that "men are starting to feel more comfortable with bright colors and are transitioning into more feminine-inspired clothing." Flowers and bright colors, like yellow and pink, typically aren’t associated with the rough and rugged male persona, but times are changing. Men, if you're looking for a new style this spring, floral could be just what you need.





“Guys are

starting to get



conventional box.” Jamar Pelletier SENIOR


floral button up




“[It’s] a

contrast between

manly and something normally feminine.

Contrast is

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floral button up PL ATO’S CLOSET









spring time

vibe.” Austin Harley


floral hoodie





PULSE8 G AV I N M A H E R f eatures

Story by Ted Wolfe Design by Hannah Brooks Photos by Zahn Schultz

If you haven’t heard of Gavin Maher, you’re missing out. A junior English major and aspiring musician at CWU, Maher says his style is modern pop centered on his personal life experiences. The young musician was an active participant in musical theatre and choir at his Puyallup high school but didn’t start making music until his first year at Central. Since then, Maher has made a name for himself and is an avid open mic night performer who also mixes music for other hopeful musicians. Gaining popularity on music platforms like Soundcloud and Spotify, the sky is the limit for Maher.







Kill them with kindness. My dad used to say this to me when people would make me angry growing up, because there was no point in being mean back to them.

I have a really long tongue that goes past my chin, like for real.





My ability to use the negative things that have happened to me in my life to motivate and inspire him.

Taking people for granted.


WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR IN A PARTNER? Someone that can make me laugh and who likes the same music I do. Physically: a tall brunette.


WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SONG? “80s Films” by Jon Bellion





Great Gatsby. The music and the actors. I like the modern music combined with 1920s culture.

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Spring 2018 | Issue One