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State of the University Recap

State of the University Recap

By Lauren Reichenbach, Co-Managing Editor/Copy Editor

October 1, 2020

  David May began his 21st year at Eastern Washington University stepping in as interim president. In a State of the University address given on Sept. 22, May talked about how grateful he was for this opportunity and addressed his short term and long term plans for the university’s success....

A catalyst for change

Graphic of Cheney catalyst building .

By Karlee Van De Venter, Reporter

September 30, 2020

For over two years, construction has been underway for the new Catalyst Building on EWU’s Spokane campus. On September 17, the completed building was unveiled to the world through a live-streamed grand opening. It began with words from Scott Morris, chairman of Avista, the energy company involved in ...

Campus Changes 2020

Brewster Hall, located in Cheney on Second St., is a residence hall at EWU.

By Emily Driskel, Reporter

September 30, 2020

  This year, EWU’s campus looks different than the previous years. Last fall quarter, the campus mall was filled with booths for new students to check out the clubs and programs EWU had to offer. But for this fall, new precautions have been made to keep students safe on campus. EWU had to m...

EWU theater gears up for an all-Zoom fall performance

The early stages of a Silent Sky. Silent Sky came to EWU in March, 2020.

By Ben Blakney, Technology Director

September 29, 2020

“She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms” is the theatrical experiment EWU Director Jeff Sanders has decided upon for our new socially-distanced-learning fall quarter. This year, alongside many new theater performers, Sanders has elected to perform “She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms”, a story S...

EWU to eliminate Office of Diversity and Inclusion, consolidate all ethnic departments

EWU to eliminate Office of Diversity and Inclusion, consolidate all ethnic departments

By Karlee Van De Venter, Reporter

June 8, 2020

Along with university-wide budget cuts, EWU’s Board of Trustees decided to eliminate the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and consolidate all ethnic departments. This was announced to all students and employees in an email from EWU president Mary Cullinan on March 6.  The email outlined EWU’s plans for this ch...

Cheney businesses reopen during Phase 2

The Zip's in Cheney

By Aaron Hutchinson, Reporter

June 8, 2020

  Several Cheney-area businesses are back open during Phase 2 of Washington’s four-phase reopening plan.   Phase 2 allows restaurants, hair/nail salons and retail stores to reopen with some restrictions. Restrictions include masks and heighten sanitary measures, as well as capacity limi...

EWU students share online midterm experience

EWU students share online midterm experience

By Ben Blakney, Reporter

June 5, 2020

  EWU, as the quarter has progressed, has continued to facilitate online learning. All tests, quizzes, and assignments are newly formatted for distance learning. However, the testing environments have still been points of contention between some students and professors.  Tests, quizzes, midterms and finals are all ...

EWU choir sings to inspire, inform

The Vocal Jazz Choir gathers around the piano in the choir room to practice their parts

By Karlee Van De Venter, Reporter

June 1, 2020

When EWU announced that spring quarter would be fully online, many departments were left questioning how they could make their student learning objectives work. The choir program was one of these departments, and professor Kristina Ploeger-Hekmatpanah had only two weeks to design an all-new approach t...

Emergency grants explained

Sutton Hall, the home of Student Financial Services

By Aaron Hutchinson, Reporter

May 18, 2020

Eligible EWU students will receive emergency grants from the financial aid office as part of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). HEERF, which provides money to higher education institutions experiencing extreme financial distress in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, is part of th...

EWU Confessions account promotes supporting local business

EWU Confessions account promotes supporting local business

By Karlee Van De Venter, Arts and Features Reporter

May 5, 2020

    To encourage supporting local businesses, the man behind the EWU Confessions account collaborated with The Basement, a local bar. On Friday, April 17, the 10th order placed would receive $10 off their purchase, courtesy of EWU Confessions.       “It was their first week of being reopened so I wanted to help them out,” the Confessions guy said.    ...

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...

Having trouble coping? CAPS is here to help

Psi Chi hosted a mental health fair in 2019 to raise awareness of mental health issues and resources on campus

By Aaron Hutchinson, Reporter

April 28, 2020

EWU students seeking mental health services during the COVID-19 pandemic will still be able to use EWU Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), albeit with some changes. CAPS’ stated mission is to: “Support and promote the emotional, intellectual, physical and spiritual health and wellnes...

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