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! 🐾

Sitting down with standup comedian Iliza Shlesigner

You read the story in Hype, now get the full scoop. CWU Hype had a chance to catch up with Iliza Schlesinger, who is busy shooting her new TBS relationship game show, “Separation Anxiety,” performing live and writing new material.

She answered a few our questions, and we couldn’t be more excited to share with you her opinions on social media, how her life changed after winning “Last Comic Standing” and her role in creating entertainment content for a streaming-centric youth.

What inspired you to become a comedian? Were you class clown and it’s something you’ve always dreamed of or did it come to you later in life?

It literally never occurred to me to do anything else. I knew all roads would have to lead to this end result. Also? I can’t do math, so that really limited my horizons.

What’s your favorite type of venue to perform at? What’s your least favorite? Do you have a story of a worst/best experience?

I like big venues because I enjoy feeding off a crowd’s energy. I love commanding a large crowd and I’m used to it from touring so much. That being said, an intimate group is a beautiful thing because you have to really pause to take the time to be mindful of your energy and theirs and how they fit, if it sounds like a new age holistic approach, it isn’t, it’s just a fancy way of talking about timing. I believe there is a lesson to be learned from every show, so I always try to book mainstream and alternative venues, that way I am always prepared. I love it all. 

Did your life change drastically after you won “Last Comic Standing”? How?

Yeah, I had only been doing comedy for three years, so I went from having no career to being a headliner basically overnight. It taught me a lot fast, but I’m glad I got a head start on my life.

You probably get asked this all the time, but I think it’s necessary in today’s climate: How has performing as a woman been throughout the years?

Yeah, I do get asked that lot. Can’t answer it since I’ve never performed as a man.

Were you ever discouraged in becoming a comic because you’re a woman?

No. When you’re funny, people love to tell you that you’re funny. The sad part is when you aren’t funny and people tell you that you’re funny and you try to have a career in it anyway, that’s how you end up holding a sign on a corner to an open house for eight bucks an hour or you get a TV show… Could really go either way.

How has it been working with Netflix and more online-centric entertainment partners? Is this the future for stand-up comedians (rather than Comedy Central specials being the gold-standard)?

Netflix kicked the door in and took no prisoners. They basically pioneered the whole idea of non-linear programming. They put creative people in charge and gave them license to create what they wanted – a great example of that is OITNB. They are exceptional at spotting talent and letting that talent shine. They totally changed the stand up game. It used to be you got a special and it aired whenever a network aired it.

Netflix came in and was like, “How about we give you creative control, put a ton of money behind you and give fans access 24 hours a day?” You would have to be insane not to think their formula is better.  

Have you noticed a change in your style of humor and how well you can craft a joke throughout the years? What was that like and when/how did you start noticing?

The more I do it the more syntax and detail matter. Comedy is a science and pacing, syllables and word choice are huge factors – once you have the heart and the intention, the icing on the cake is the perfect word choice and order.

You’re an avid user of social media; what do you like and/or hate about the experience? Do you feel more connected to fans this way or do you find yourself using it almost as an outlet for distraction like the rest of us?

I hate that total losers feel that they have the right (and no you don’t just because you have the opportunity) to be horrible to people and hide behind the anonymity of a screen. It’s gutless to harass someone and have a locked profile; it just shows how weak they are.

I don’t mind it as much for me because I have a tough skin and don’t read THAT many tweets. I feel for women who are harassed, I feel for any kids that get bullied – I just wish people would remember that the person being mean to you is more afraid of themselves than anything and them lashing out is just them demonstrating how much they hate themselves. No two ways around it.

That being said, I think having a direct connection to fans gives you insight and, if you do it right, you can really lean on them in times of need – I look at my fans like a big group who is all in on a great inside jokes. I love them so much. They are my #PartyGoblins. And yes, I use social media as a remedy to how bored I am (sadly) with every moment my mind isn’t occupied with something worthy of my full attention – like most conversations.

What kind of humor can a crowd of college students expect from your live set? Do you have different material than you’d normally perform?

Do you guys like blood? Do you like balloon art? No? I’d say go watch my Netflix special to prepare, and then come to me with your Raptor Claw sharpened and an open mind.

That’s ‘Two’ Funny: Comedy Night at CWU with Andrew Rivers and Drew Barth

What’s better than one comedian? If you said “two comedians,” you’re correct. If you said “three comedians” then get the heck out of here, that’s obviously way too many comedians. Don’t even get me started on four comedians.

Two of the Northwest’s own comedians, Drew Barth and Andrew Rivers, will bring their humor to CWU on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 9 p.m. in the CWU Student Union and Recreation Center (SURC) Ballroom. Admission is free for CWU students $5 for general admission at the door.

Seattle native Barth attended the University of Washington, where he got into the comedy scene by performing at open mic nights. Since then, he has been hard at work transitioning from performing comedy as a hobby to turning his humor into a career.


Barth performed just last quarter at CWU where he absolutely killed it. If you haven’t heard his set then shame on you. Okay, I don’t mean that, but at least you have a chance to redeem yourself! Barth has opened for such big names as Nick Swardson, Jim Gaffigan and Greg Behrendt, which suggests that he is on the fast track to a lasting comic career.

Rivers’ style of comedy focuses on storytelling, including many personal anecdotes that make him relatable and believable. Known for his work ethic, Rivers has earned high praise from some of the business’ top comedians, and has opened for Christopher Titus, Mike Birbiglia and Billy Gardell.


Don’t miss your chance to laugh with other students in a large, dark room while people on stage say things through a microphone. In other words, come on out to Comedy Night Saturday evening and have a blast.


Come healthy, leave in stitches at ‘Comedy Night with Dan Ahdoot’

The Winter chill have you feeling down? Well don’t fret, laugh instead! National headlining comedian Dan Ahdoot is set to make your gut bust from laughter this Friday, Jan. 23 at 9 p.m. in the Student Union and Recreation Center (SURC) Theatre.

Open Mic Night Thursday, Sept. 25

Are you a singer or musician? Do you think you have what it takes to be a comedian, or have you written poetry you’d like to share with a live audience? Show off your talents at Open Mic Night Thursday, Sept. 25 in the CWU Student Union and Recreation Center (SURC) Pit. Sign ups begin at 7:30 p.m. and performances begin at 8 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

Here’s a video from winter 2014 Open Mic Night.

If you prefer to just watch and listen then come enjoy the free sights and sounds anyway.

For more information contact Campus Activities at 509-963-1450 or Drummond@cwu.edu.