Hyped for Homecoming

CWU’s campus is about to experience a new level of school spirit in the next several days. So what is this event that brings our Wildcat community out from their cozy dens and into all of the fun? Homecoming!!

125 years of Wildcat pride are culminating into one fun-filled week. So get your homework done and brace yourselves because there isn’t a single event that you’re going to want to miss!

Wildcat Homecoming Events

Pull out your planners and get your pencils ready! Here is the full list of events for Homecoming Week:

Monday, Oct. 10

Spirit Door & Hall Decorating Contest
Judges will check out displays of Wildcat pride throughout CWU residence halls, campus departments and downtown businesses and reward the displays with the most spirit. Winners will be announced on Wednesday.

Monday Movie Madness: Secret Life of Pets
SURC Theatre | 7 & 9:30 p.m. | Free w/CWU ID, $3 General Admission
Catch these adorable furry friends face their wildest adventure yet! Bring the little ones along for this family-friendly feature.


Tuesday, Oct. 11

Mr. and Ms. Central
SURC Ballroom | 7 p.m. | Free | Open to the public
Winners from each residence hall will all-out-battle for the coveted titles of Mr. and Ms. Central in this long-standing Homecoming Week tradition! Everyone is invited to enjoy this epic talent competition.

Who knows, you may even see Wellington show off a few of his talents…

Wednesday, Oct. 12

Oktoberfest Dinner
Holmes Dining | 4:30-7 p.m. | $14 +tax  (meal discounts apply) | Open to the public
Grab a friend and head down to Holmes Dining for a delicious, authentic German feast!
What’s on the menu?
Meat & Cheese Platter
German Harvest Salad
Potato Pancakes
Bratwurst & Sauerkraut
Grilled Onions
German Chocolate Cake
Ice Cream
Spiced Cider
And so much more!
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If this menu doesn’t make you hungry, we don’t know what will…

Wellington’s Wildfire
Alder Recreation Complex | 6 – 9 p.m. | Free | Open to CWU students and alumni
Gather around a bonfire and celebrate being a Wildcat! 88.1 The ‘Burg will provide music as students and alumni enjoy a BBQ, the Challenge Course, games and contests while hanging out with CWU athletes and friends.

Thursday, Oct. 13

Volleyball vs. Alaska Anchorage
Nicholson Pavilion | 7 p.m. | $8, $5, CWU students free w/ ID

Women’s Soccer vs. Saint Martin’s
CWU Soccer Complex | 3 p.m. | $6, $3, CWU students free w/ ID

Friday, Oct. 14

ASCWU Clubs Fair
SURC E Patio, SURC 137 | 1-3 p.m. | Free
Take the time to find the perfect club for you on campus!

Homecoming Dance
SURC Ballroom | 9 p.m. | $5 | Open to CWU students
This year’s dance will send everyone back in time to celebrate Central’s 125 years.

Saturday, Oct. 15

Wildcat Color 5K
SURC East Patio | 10 a.m. | $15 per runner | Open to the public
Register by Oct. 7 for a free long sleeve event shirt.

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Women’s Rugby vs. Quinnipac
Rugby Pitch | 11 a.m. | $6, $3, CWU students free w/ ID

Wildcat Pep Rally
SURC East Patio | Noon | Free | Open to the public
Bring your school spirit, meet at the wildcat statue and cheer on the CWU Wildcats.

Football vs. Western Oregon University
Nicholson Pavilion | 1 p.m. | $12, $10, $7, $5, CWU students free w/ ID

Volleyball vs. Alaska Fairbanks
Nicholson Pavilion | 7 p.m. | $8, $5, CWU students free w/ ID

Comedian Brian Regan
SURC Ballroom | 7 & 9:30 p.m. | $20 CWU Student w/ ID, $35 GA, $45 Reserved
Share some laughs with fellow Wildcats at either of Brian Regan’s shows on Saturday night as he entertains with his hilarious observational comedy. Get your tickets at http://www.cwu.edu/tickets.

Can’t wait to see you there, Wildcats! 🐾

Celebrate Student Appreciation Day and the SURC 10 Year Anniversary

Since 2006, the Student Union and Recreation Center (SURC) at Central Washington University has been servicing students, faculty and the Ellensburg community. Operating within 220,000 square feet, the SURC is the largest facility in Kittitas County and home to a diverse range of programs and services. Through the collaborative effort of Student Union partners, May 23 through May 26 will be dedicated to celebrating the SURC Ten Year Anniversary and Student Appreciation Day.

“This gives students an opportunity to enjoy what they have and it gives us an opportunity to show that we are grateful,” said Blaine Land, special events coordinator at Campus Activities.

The four-day celebration will highlight SURC partners: The Student Union, Wildcat Shop, Dining Services and University Recreation. Students, faculty and staff can enjoy a variety of free activities, food, discounts, giveaways, live entertainment and more.Ten Year Access.jpg

“The SURC Ten Year Celebration, I feel, is not just a celebration of the physical building but it’s also a celebration of collaboration between the faculty and staff that are here, between the students,” said Mary Rill, merchandise, sales and marketing manager at the Wildcat Shop.

The Wildcat Shop is one of several partners that will be offering discounts, prizes and activities as part of the SURC Ten Year Anniversary. Each day will be filled with exciting ways to engage with the university and get to know the many different departments and clubs.

“The more you get involved, the more you feel a part of something,” said Jordan Stinglen, special events coordinator at University Recreation.

Most importantly, the SURC 10 Year Anniversary is a chance to celebrate. After all, the SURC is run almost entirely by students and was formed with the help of student government and student input.

“I’m excited. I’ve been here almost twenty years and I think it’s just an absolutely amazing facility,” Cherie Wilson, director of the Student Union, said.

Whether you enjoy rock-climbing, lively music, movies, food or simply socializing with friends, the SURC 10 Year Anniversary and Student Appreciation Day will provide fun opportunities for all who attend.


Head over to our Facebook Page for a complete list of activities.

“One Proud World” EQuAl presents Pride Week Queer Art Show

Gallery 420 in Downtown Ellensburg
May 30 – June 5, 2016
Reception during First Friday Artwalk 5 – 7 p.m. on June 3, 2016.

Student Union Digital Exhibition
May 30 – June 3, 2016

About the exhibition

The purpose of this event is to create a positive space for Queer Expression. Help us build and affirm Central’s Queer Community, challenge traditional notions of identity, art, and the Queer Experience.

Submissions were accepted for consideration in all mediums, from all CWU and Ellensburg Artists.

A limited number of works were chosen by the jurors for exhibition at Gallery 420 in Downtown Ellensburg May 30 – June 5, 2016. Additionally, every entry received will be featured in a digital exhibition displayed during CWU Pride Week in SURC 137B starting May 30.


Philippe Pirrip
Graduate Art Student, Central Washington University

Monica Miller
Executive Director, Gallery One Visual Arts Center

Justin Colt Beckman
Board President, PUNCH Gallery, Seattle WA

Awards will be selected by the jurors, including:
Best of Show ($500 scholarship or cash prize)
Inclusivity and Diversity Award ($200 cash prize)


Works To Be Exhibited at Gallery 420

and this poem by Pyper Stever.

Works To Be Exhibited at the Student Union Digital Exhibition

… and this poem and this poem by Pyper Stever.

A Conversation with Norm Stamper, Former Seattle Police Chief


Image Courtesy of Norm Stamper

Who polices the police? According to Norm Stamper, former Seattle police chief, the community.

On April 5, at 7 p.m. in the SURC Ballroom, Stamper will give a talk titled “Community Policing in the Age of Police Militarization” about the importance of community involvement in policing on local, national and global levels.

Stamper was a career cop, serving on both the San Diego and Seattle police forces for a total of over 30 years that stepped down from the position of Seattle Police Chief in 2000 following his hotly contested use of aggressive policing tactics, including tear gas, on protesters at the WTO riots in 1998.

Since his retirement, Stamper has advocated for revision in policing, including an end to The War on Drugs and a denouncement of increasing police militarization.

CWU HYPE Staff exchanged emails with Stamper to get some insight into his coming talk, what it will touch on, why it’s important to him, and why it may be important to you, too.

What will your talk, “Community Policing in the Age of Police Militarization” touch on?

The current state of community policing in America, the drug war and the damage it’s done to individuals, families, communities, as well as the costs to community-police relations and civil liberties. The spate of controversial police shootings and in-custody deaths at the hands of police. What we can do to strengthen constitutional policing at the community level.

Why are those topics important to you personally? 

I’ve spent my entire adult life as a cop or, as a consultant-trainer-expert witness, studying and commenting upon police policies and practices. I’ve witnessed the demoralizing effects of police misconduct on good cops, and seen damage done to the reputation of entire organizations caused by poorly trained or undisciplined individuals. It’s also heartening when I see community and police come together to police a city’s neighborhoods, and build a strong, mutually trusting relationship.

Why do you feel those topics are, or should be, important to the students and faculty at CWU?

I think it’s important to all Americans who value freedom, civil liberties, and safe communities to band together, with their police, to make that all happen. By definition, students, including those at CWU, are all about intellectual curiosity, and the search for answers to problems within their chose discipline. For those who’ve been disturbed by controversial shootings, and/or policing’s overly aggressive, militarized response to political protest–or who have been bothered by the tactics of the protestors themselves–the topic couldn’t be more relevant. 

Do you feel your experience in law enforcement has uniquely shaped your view on the issues of racial tension and mass incarceration from that of other, non-police, citizens? In what way? 

Yes. Like other cops, I’ve seen, up-close and personal, the harmful effects of race discrimination and mass incarceration on individuals and families, particularly in communities of color. 


Stamper, not long before his resignation as Seattle Police Chief

Does your message differ if it is directed at college-aged people as opposed to older generations? How so?

Not really, not at all, actually. I may vary the way I approach these topics based on age or other demographic factors. But the message remains the same.

What does your message mean for small towns like Ellensburg? Or even more microcosmically, for college campuses like CWU?

I think smaller towns, and college campuses generally have an advantage in identifying, analyzing, and developing remedies for social problems in their “own backyard.” It’s a function of scale, really, and diversity (or lack thereof, a problem in itself). Generally, the smaller the political jurisdiction, the less complex its social, economic, demographic variables, the more likely it is — in theory — to reach consensus. Again, if guided by the “wrong” values (nativistic, racist, misogynist, homophobic, exclusionary, etc.), any community, large or small, is likely to reach agreements that, in my opinion, are unhealthy if not dangerous…and quite possibly unlawful. Fortunately, from my visits to your town, your university, that does not describe Ellensburg or CWU, though there are challenges in every community

What do you hope attendees walk away knowing or feeling after your speech? 

That the police belong to the people, not the other way around. That a strong, authentic partnership between the community and the police will create safer, healthier neighborhoods, improve officer safety and morale, and help to guarantee constitutional law enforcement.

Stamper’s talk will be immediately followed by a Q & A with students. The event is free, open to the public and is sponsored by the College of Arts and Humanities.

Dr. Corey Hebert – A Passion for Healing, A Knack for Inspiring


Dr. Corey Hebert

“When you have someone that has an open mind, which is the college student, that’s the best group to get to make change in the world.”

Renowned pediatrician, speaker and television health correspondent, Dr. Corey Hebert, will speak at CWU on March 9 in the Student Union Ballroom at 7 p.m. The talk is free and open to the public.

Dr. Hebert, whose primary medical care practices in New Orleans were some of the few to stay open and provide care following Hurricane Katrina, has been on “Oprah,” “The Doctors,” and a number of other news and health programs. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Community Health TV.

Herbert currently holds faculty positions at Louisiana State, Tulane, Xavier and Dillard universities and is the medical director for the State of Louisiana Recovery School District. He feels that it is his responsibility to educate, guide and inspire young people.

“You’ve got these kids out there throwing rocks at people for the Black Lives Matter movement,” Hebert said. “Not that I don’t want them to be showing their civil unrest…my talk is about how we can bridge the gap so young people that are learning about this activism also have a good knowledge base on who they are, why they should demand for things to be equitable, and what their role is in making it so.”

His talk, titled “KNOW THYSELF? Keys to the Pursuit of Excellence in the African American Community in the Age of New Black Activism,” will touch on the importance of black involvement in the medical community.

Hebert feels that his long and illustrious career as a medical practitioner has given him a unique, but vital, outlook on the current racial tensions and struggles against injustice in America, particularly among young, college aged people struggling to make a change.
“I see people at their worst,” Dr. Hebert said. “They tend to be very honest. You can’t lie to your plumber, your accountant, the police, your lawyer or your doctor. I get to find out how they [young people trying to make a change] are really feeling. It gives me more insight into the psyche of people that are wanting to do a lot of things, but they either don’t know how, or are too scared or defeated.”

Hebert’s appearance at the university is a continuation of CWU’s Social Justice and Human Rights Series. This year’s inaugural theme, Mass Incarceration and Racial Justice: Black and Brown Lives Do Matter, aims to educate Central’s community and initiate discussions about race. He will be meeting with students before his talk to discuss the importance of student academic achievement, activism and involvement on and off the campus.

“It’s a really great place for an open-minded discussion and I think that is what our country needs,” Dr. Hebert said about coming to the university to speak. “When you have someone that has an open mind, which is the college student, that’s the best group to get to make change in the world.”

That’s us, CWU!

(If it helps, he was named the best dressed man in Louisiana.)

Dr. Stefan Bradley – Coming Home With Something to Say

Director of African American Studies at Saint Louis University (SLU), longtime activism scholar and Yakima native, Dr. Stefan Bradley is coming home with something to say.

His upcoming talk, “Freedom and Beyond: Activism, Access and Achievement in the Age of Ferguson” about black student achievement and activism on Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. in the CWU Wellington Event Center, has people in the area excited, Hype staff included.

“It’s my opportunity to share with people in the audience what the uprising in Ferguson looked liked at the ground level as a professor in the area,” Bradley said, referencing the fact that he had taken students from his classes out to the protests in Ferguson that followed the death of Michael Brown in March of 2014.

Stefan Bradley

Dr. Stefan Bradley

Bradley, also an associate professor of history at SLU, feels it is his responsibility as an educator and scholar to share his experience and passion for activism, particularly student activism, with those younger than him.

“It would be sinful of me to let the older generation sacrifice themselves and for me to not pay the favor forward to the younger generation. It would be wrong for me to not say something when I could,” Bradley earnestly explained, saying that he’s excited to come home with experiences to share.

“It’s about what we can do to motivate and inspire on a 21st century college campus,” Dr. Keith Champagne, associate dean of student development and success, said. “He knows that what’s happening outside of the campus can inform what happens on the campus. He’s someone they [students] can emulate and imitate.”

Champagne explained he’s excited students like Nina Caldwell, ASCWU vice president for legislative affairs and S.I.S.T.E.R.S. president, are taking an active roll in bringing speakers like Bradley to campus as part of the university wide Social Justice and Human Rights Series.

“I’ve always lived off this whole model that without knowledge, you’re ignorant,” Caldwell said. “If you don’t engage in these conversations, you’re living off a stereotype.”


Nina Caldwell

Being a student is a lifelong endeavor, it takes constant listening, engaging and discussing to learn more about yourself and the world around you. Reading Dr. Bradley’s book, “Harlem vs. Columbia University: Black Student Power in the Late 1960s” is a good start to learning about student activism, but coming to his talk will work equally well. Hype staff will be there because we, like you, are excited to learn.

“The one thing I hope students get from it is empathy,” Caldwell said about her wishes for the event’s effect on her fellow students. “The more people we have on the topic, on the subject as a whole, the easier it is to have a resolution.”

This year’s Giving Tree was a fruitful harvest

When the Giving Tree was erected on Nov. 8, there were 362 tags dangling from the green, leafy limbs. Inscribed on each small piece of paper were the holiday wishes of boys and girls at elementary schools across Kittitas County.

A full month later, presents of all shapes and sizes now line the walls of the Center for Leadership and Community Engagement — the office that has sponsored the event for 18 years running. With today being the last day of the season to return gifts, the overflowing piles of gifts get bigger and bigger as people pour in with presents in hand.


CLCE student programmers Binh Vo and Jasmine Gonzalez both worked on the Giving Tree this year. 

Some could say it’s a Christmas miracle. Others could say it’s not a miracle; it’s the goodwill and benevolence of the community giving to children at a time when they need it most. Not everyone gets to experience the holidays the same way, and it’s through the Giving Tree that the CLCE has ensured every kid — regardless of their family’s economic situation — receives a gift.

When I walked by the CLCE office, I was blown away by the literal piles of presents waiting to be distributed to children in the county. I could see the presents in the main entryway and in the bookcases to the left and right of the doorway, but what I couldn’t see were the larger piles of presents in the back of the office.

362 tags were taken within weeks of the Giving Tree going up, and while the CLCE doesn’t know how many presents have been returned yet, it’s safe to assume this year has been one of the best yet. People in the community are really giving Santa a run for his money.

So if you’re still waiting to return a gift for the Giving Tree event, remember to drop them off at the CLCE office by 5 p.m. today.

Oh, and happy holidays from CWU Hype!