CWU Women’s Poetry Slam

Blog Written By: Miraclejoy “MJ” Curtis

Look forward to powerful, enticing and provocative words spoken at Central Washington University’s 2nd Annual Women’s Poetry Slam. This is an event that you’d typically pay for, trust me! But it’s free and open for everyone to attend.

It’s not your typical slam, the atmosphere will be set with a tall stage, back drop of fluorescent lighting, music, snapping of the finger and cheer-ons from the crown as the women recite their poem of their truth.


Last year, I was a participant and boy, I’ll tell ya, what an inspiring experience. Thinking back to my first time, I was quivering as I stepped onto the stage to speak my reality of being a woman in a time of grief and vulnerability. But I stood with confidence and found power within to share a piece of myself with my fellow wildcats.

This year, the Women’s Poetry Slam is a going to feature tap-dancing, live paintings, a Beyoncé piece, and even a dance party after the performances of each poet.


“It will be fun and invigorating to hear people from this school speak their truth. The atmosphere will be an open and real space for folks to be themselves.” says Taylor Boteilho, event coordinator.

Mark your calendars for May 11, at 6:00 p.m. in the Student Union and Recreation Center (SURC) Ballroom. For more information please contact Taylor Boteilho, Student Programmer, CDSJ via email at


Check out this recap video of last year’s poetry slam!


Calling all Freshman and Sophomores! Celebrate your first or second year at Central

FYE-SYEcelebration2By Julia Moreno, Publications Writer

Freshman and sophomores, don’t miss out on this fun and, quite frankly, really awesome celebration of your first year or second year here at Central!

The Freshman Year Experience End of the Year and Sophomore Year Experience Halfway to Graduation will be outside the SURC East Patio on May 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There’s 600 mini tassel keychains for both sophomores and freshman. And get this: 19 t-shirts are available for the first 19 freshmen who sit down for a quick video interview. And for sophomores there’s 30 shirts available for anyone who does a short video interview.


Not only that but there’s FYE and SYE water bottles students can get after filling out a short survey at any of the tables on the patio. And The ‘Burg will provide music. You can even commemorate the event with photos from a photo booth. And if you get hungry, stop by the popcorn machine to snag a free bag of buttery, yummy popcorn.

tasselAndBottle“It’s an opportunity for students to learn about and ask questions of different departments, take fun pictures with their friends in the photo booth, get free stuff, and have a good time,” said Warren Murray, graduate assistant for Sophomore Year Experience.

And if you aren’t totally sure what you want to major in yet, there will be programs tabling to give you information about programs and majors. Some of these include: First Year & Exploratory Advising, College of Business, College of the Sciences, Campus Activities, Medical and Counseling Clinic, Douglas Honors College.

For more information, contact Eric Scott at

This Week’s Events: May the HYPE be With You!


From Star Wars-themed concerts and housing fairs to political lectures and midterm cram sessions, we have all of the details right here! 

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#GiveCentral – Support future Wildcat leaders with a donation to the John Drinkwater Leadership Scholarship

Have you enhanced student life on campus through your involvement in clubs and leadership organizations? Are you excited to watch the next generation of student leaders build up your campus community? Today and tomorrow, you can show your support for student involvement and donate to the John Drinkwater Leadership Scholarship!

This scholarship is specifically for students involved in leadership positions and/or involved with clubs and organizations on campus. Follow the link below, select “other” and specify the John Drinkwater Leadership Scholarship. The smallest amount helps — support #GiveCentral today!

Welcoming Celebrated Author and Vietnam Veteran Tim O’Brien to CWU: NEA Big Read Event

April 25 • 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
McConnell Auditorium • Free

As part of the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read event, CWU will host the award-winning author of “The Things They Carried,” Tim O’Brien. CWU is the only university in the Pacific Northwest to receive the Big Read Grant.

O’Brien, a Purple Heart recipient, crafts interrelated short stories about his experiences as a Vietnam Veteran. “The Things They Carried“, a book that has impacted readers from all walks of life, blends fact with fiction and portrays different perspectives of the same event, taking readers on an insightful journey about not only warfare but also the contrast between the truth and reality soldiers face during war.  Continue reading