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Spring quarter as a Greek student

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By Emily Driskel, Reporter

May 18, 2020

  Last year around this time, spring quarter was in full force. People were gathering together in hammocks, planning outdoor trips with friends or enjoying the fresh air on campus. With the current circumstances, many EWU programs have made some adjustments with their planned activities, inclu...

EWU’s ROTC program explores creative ways to train during the pandemic

Cadet Andreas Brazier conducts briefing via Zoom

By Aaron Hutchinson, Reporter

May 12, 2020

  Training and educating the next generation of U.S. Army officers has always been the mission of EWU’s Reserve Officer Training Corps, “Fighting Eagle” Battalion. That mission has become much more challenging due to the COVID-19 pandemic, relegating all classes and activities to a vir...

The search for an apartment during quarantine

Some future and current EWU students are unsure where to live next year due to uncertainty caused by COVID.

By Emily Driskel, Reporter

May 11, 2020

The pandemic has caused many unexpected changes to occur, including how students are searching for housing. Everyone has been affected by the development of COVID-19, making safety a priority for individuals. As spring quarter goes by, students have been making accomodations for living situations...

Where to hike in Spokane area (now that you can)

Where to hike in Spokane area (now that you can)

By Lauren Reichenbach, Copy Editor

May 5, 2020

Phase 1 of Gov. Inslee’s four-phase plan for reopening Washington State started on May 5. With Phase 1 comes the reopening of most outdoor recreation, such as hunting, fishing, boating and hiking. The surrounding Cheney area has plenty of places to get back outdoors while still maintaining soci...

Working at grocery stores during a pandemic

The Cheney Safeway is one of many grocery stores that have had to make COVID-19-related guidelines for their customers and employees.

By Emily Driskel, Reporter

May 4, 2020

With grocery stores labeled as essential during the stay-at-home order, it has been crucial for individuals to shop for food while remaining safe. This quarantine has brought changes for EWU student employees.  Grocery stores have been impacted greatly during the pandemic, leaving people rushing...

How to stay motivated while taking only online classes

Image obtained from Flickr

By Ben Blakney, Reporter

May 4, 2020

EWU, in wake of Washington’s social distancing measures, has gone to an entirely online format for the spring quarter of 2020. Summer quarter 2020 is confirmed online. It’s even being discussed that fall quarter 2020 will be online as well, depending on how quickly the COVID-19 curve can be flatt...

Career Center still working to get students work

The Career Center is a resource that can help students find internships. It’s located on the 3rd floor of the PUB next to the Multicultural Center.

By Aaron Hutchinson, Reporter

May 4, 2020

As unemployment claims in the U.S. continue to rise due to the COVID-19 pandemic, EWU’s Career Center has moved to a virtual environment in order to keep providing services to EWU students and alumni. “The Career Center is one of the departments on campus that spearheaded the transition to vi...

Encountering relationships during quarantine

Kylie Stark (left) and Kayla Willms smiling at Monterey's Pub & Grub

By Star Dragon, News Reporter

May 4, 2020

  COVID-19 is a global pandemic but it affects everyone on an individual level. The impact the virus has had on someone’s life may not be like anyone else’s. While there is not a single confirmed case of COVID-19 at EWU’s campus as of May 4, it still has shaped students’ lives by cha...

EWU chemistry professors, design professor and design student team up to create “Eagle Sanitizer”

Biochemistry professor Jeff Corkill (left) and lab manager Fred Joslin (right) prepare

By Karlee Van De Venter, Reporter

April 27, 2020

About a week into spring quarter, EWU professor of biochemistry Jeff Corkill had the idea to make hand sanitizer on campus and give it away to the community.  Chemicals like isopropyl alcohol and hydrogen peroxide had already been ordered for spring quarter when EWU announced all classes would be onl...

Possible effects of COVID-19 on pets

Humans aren't the only ones feeling the effects of COVID-19. Many furry friends are also impacted by the crisis.

By Star Dragon, Reporter

April 27, 2020

Animal shelters, vets, pets and pet owners everywhere are having to change in new and unexpected ways.  Although this is unusual, it isn’t the first time that pets have had to endure a pandemic. According to Vox, in 1918 there was an outbreak of the Spanish Influenza, and some pet owners resorted...

EWU police create masks for campus community

The EWU police department has been creating masks on their own time to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

By Karlee Van De Venter, Reporter

April 21, 2020

This month the EWU police team has gone beyond their usual tasks for protecting students. While still going about their daily duties, they also started distributing homemade face masks for the campus community.  According to Chief of Police Tim Walters, it all began with Sargeant Lorraine Hill, who h...

EWU students share experiences with online learning

Many EWU students are experiencing confusion in their online-only classes.

By Ben Blakney, Reporter

April 20, 2020

In a story originally published in The Easterner on April 15, professors at EWU provided their input on the new quarantine learning environment, Zoom. A range of opinions came forward, stemming from differing experiences as well as varying optimism. This week, The Easterner was focused on student perspect...

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