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The Easterner’s local elections guide

Republican Mike Volz (left) and Democrat Kay Murano (right) are both running for a seat in Washington's state House in 2018. Volz has held the position since 2016.

By Karlee Van De Venter, Arts and Features Editor

October 20, 2020

In a national election year, it’s easy to forget about local elections. Residents of Cheney have legislative, judicial and county races to vote in. The Easterner collected information about each candidate and links for more details.    Legislative District Six  State Representative, Positio...

White nationalist propaganda found on EWU campus

Students gather at the Campus Mall to speak out against racist flyers posted around campus in 2018. The unity Rally was to show that EWU dopes not stand for hate and discrimination | Jeremy Burnham for The Easterner

By Karlee Van De Venter, Arts and Features Editor

October 16, 2020

An email went out to all EWU students and employees on Oct. 12 regarding white supremacist propaganda found on campus. It reiterates that the school does not tolerate any sort of hate here.  “We are all in,” the email from EWU Public Information said. “As Eagles, we respect each other’s i...

Student Town Hall Meeting Recap

(Left to right) An atendee of the meeting, graduate student Maria Petsch, graduate affairs representative Taylor Larsen, President Dante Tyler (on screen) and superior court chief justice Raúl Sánchez discuss concerns of Spokane campus students on April 15, 2019.

By Emily Driskel, News Editor

October 16, 2020

  During the Virtual Town Hall Meeting on Oct. 14, several of the EWU administration members discussed topics regarding budget impacts, student services, diversity initiatives and the changes within the academic programs. Mary Voves, vice president of Business and Finance, discussed the 2.5% rais...

Congress reexamines the 25th amendment

President Donald Trump delivering a speech at a campaign rally in Phoenix. Trump will be seeking his second term as president in 2020.

By Karlee Van De Venter, Arts and Features Editor

October 13, 2020

President Trump announced on Oct. 1 that he and the First Lady tested positive for COVID-19. Trump is considered high-risk because of his age, meaning this could be very serious for his health. This has brought up the future of his presidency as well as the election, in the event he does not recover....

President’s eagerness to help students

President’s eagerness to help students

By Emily Driskel, News Editor

October 13, 2020

  Over the course of the summer, EWU has seen many transitions, such as the new leadership roles in administration. David May, who previously held the provost position at EWU, started his new role as interim president early August.  During the State of the University Address, May mentioned many c...

Former EWU president takes 9-month paid sabbatical

Dr. Mary Cullinan speaks at the investiture in Showalter Auditorium on May 1.

By Lauren Reichenbach, Co-Managing Editor/Copy Editor

October 8, 2020

Mary Cullinan stepped down as president of EWU on August 4, following a no confidence vote from the university’s faculty senate. “Long-standing concerns about her leadership have been discussed quietly for years,” the senate’s statement said. “As it's become clear that those quiet conversations...

Rise in tuition

Washington state universities and colleges objected in 2013 to budget proposals put forward by the state legislature that may cause a tuition increase of up to 10 percent by 2015. There is also a potential for tuition to increase by 20 percent for international students through a bill proposed by Sen. Rodney Tom.

By Randle Kinswa, Co-Managing Editor/Sports Editor

October 7, 2020

Just over a month ago EWU  announced that tuition for students would increase.  Some students, like Hamine Mendez, were frustrated to hear the university raise tuition, considering the current economic situation. “I thought it was a little ridiculous to be paying more for a less quality educat...

How EWU is handling COVID cases in the dorms

How EWU is handling COVID cases in the dorms

By Ben Blakney, Technology Director

October 7, 2020

  As fall classes have begun again at EWU, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect student life. Following a recent surge of on-campus cases, EWU has developed specific practices in order to keep new and returning residence hall students safe.  The EWU COVID response team is the merging o...

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...

President Cullinan resigns weeks after ‘vote of no confidence’

Former president Rodolfo Arévalo points out different faculty members to incoming president Dr. Mary Cullinan (2014)

By Randle Kinswa, Co-managing Editor

August 4, 2020

EWU President Mary Cullinan, the first female president of the university, resigned after a Board of Trustees meeting earlier this morning. In her closing statement, Cullinan said she was, "... honored to serve as Eastern Washington University's first female president," and that, "EWU is a valuable...

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