Party, Mardi Gras Style!

Didn’t book your ticket to New Orleans for Mardi Gras? No worries! As a part of the annual Black Film Series going on now at CWU, the Center for Diversity and Social Justice (CDSJ) is inviting everyone to the 3rd annual Mardi Gras Party. The music and cuisine will bring the festive and fabulous style of New Orleans to campus, and everyone is welcome to attend the party, for free! There will be traditional bayou delicacies including red beans and rice, creole gumbo, white beans and sausage, curry chicken, dirty-rice, bread and banana pudding and more. The festivities will kick off at 6 p.m. in Michaelsen Hall room 126.

Image: Mardi Gras weekend in New Orleans, Louisiana USA

A brief history of Mardi Gras:

Mardi Gras translates into English as “Fat Tuesday,” which is appropriate because Mardi Gras falls on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, and is a chance for people to indulge for a last time before the beginning of Lent. Many branches of Christianity observe Lent, in which people give up something, like eating meat, for about six weeks until Easter Sunday.

Whether or not you’re observing Lent, Mardi Gras is a fun holiday for everyone, and the Mardi Gras Party at CWU is a chance to learn about the history and tradition behind what has become one of the world’s largest celebrations.

Warming the winter one community at a time with Unheard Voices

On November 13 at 5:30 p.m. D&M Coffee downtown on 3rd ave and Pine st. in Ellensburg is going to be turned into a haven for all things caffeine, music and of course, warm fuzzy attire. In a time that literally couldn’t be any colder, Unheard Voices: Warming the Winter aims to add another layer during these harsh winter months with a coat, glove, hat and scarf clothing drive.


Unheard Voices is an event sponsored by the Center for Leaders and Community Engagement (CLCE) and Growth International Volunteer Excursions (GIVE) where live music and community service are melded together for one kick butt event.

Music makes the world go ’round

This year, in addition to live music performed by local talent, a clothing drive will be the main focus, with additional locations throughout Ellensburg including: Ellensburg Public Library, CWU Student Union and Recreation Center (SURC) room 256, SURC Pit, D&M Coffee downtown, D&M Coffee on Water St. and Super 1 Foods.

CWU students David Stevens, Tabitha Hardy, Joshua Arquette-Rotman and community member Kyle Bain will all be performing live. Oh and did I mention it’s free? That’s right, the only thing you’ll have to spend money on is that PSL.


Donate to spread warmth

The materials donated through the clothing drive will all be transferred to benefit Abuse Support Prevention Education Now (ASPEN) where they will be distributed to abuse victims throughout Kittitas County.

Help support community members in need by coming on down to Unheard Voices: Warming the Winter. There’s nothing like a free concert to get you going after you’ve downed copious amounts of caffeine. And don’t forget to bring your old winter clothes you haven’t worn in years, or if you’re feeling generous, feel free to buy new clothes as well. Anything and everything helps.



A Haunting at Central – Extra underwear not included

Do you like scary movies? Scary video games? Scary novellas? If you answered yes to any of these, then you’re in luck. On Friday, Oct. 24 and Saturday, Oct. 25 from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Alford-Montgomery Hall (Al-Monty) on 1505 N Alder St. will be transformed into a haunted house paradise. If you answered no to any of those, then just kidding, it’s a house full of corgi puppies wearing blazers.


A spooky good time

The event will feature some serious scares (err, corgis), however, University Housing and New Student Programs have collaborated with different campus clubs and organizations to pull out all the stops for a night full of fun and excitement.

The Biology Club will have a table of snakes (the non poisonous kind, hide the corgis) that students can touch and feel. There will also be a skeleton and organ puzzle that students can try to reassemble correctly.

Students who partake in the haunted house portion will have the option of their picture being taken directly after the scares, so the memory of being traumatized can live forever.

Scaring is caring

In addition to a night full of scares, perhaps the most important part of the event is the chance to help feed those in need. Non-perishable food items will be accepted for donation, which will go to Fish Food Bank. All attendees are encouraged to help out their community and donate.

If you’re not sold on this event, then I’m not sure what else will. Perhaps the Pumpkin Pong or free candy? Live music sponsored by 88.1 The ‘Burg? How about a glow-in-the-dark activities?

Come on out to Al-Monty tonight at 6:30 p.m. and let your freak flag fly. Just don’t forget to bring extra underwear.

Taglianno’s Pasta – the SURC’s Garden of Olives

I’m not sure if you knew this, but, Taglianno’s is actually really good. I always forget we have pasta in the SURC, but when I remember, it’s almost like discovering the ocean for the first time.

Big servings

Perhaps Taglianno’s best claim to fame is the generous serving size. For only $4.60, you can get a large plate of pasta with sauce, and for just $1.10 more, add some veggies to the mix. Adding meat ups the price to $8.20, but as a vegetarian I’ve never tried it. I have, however, heard it’s worth it.

For just $1.05 you can get a breadstick to go with dinner, and believe me, they’re legit. Or, size up a plate from the amazing salad bar right next door.


Big flavor

Just like a traditional pasta joint, Taglianno’s pan fries the sauce and noodles together into delicious medly. Unlike a boring a pasta restaurant, though, they do it right in front of your eyes!

Starting with garlic or oil, you have a choice of pasta noodles including: gluten-free, whole grain, or regular.

Don’t forget the most important part, the sauce! I like to think of myself as a self-proclaimed sauce guru (I’m really good at heating up Ragu I’m told) and take it from me, Taglianno’s pesto sauce is ungodly. The rest of the mix are delicious on their own right, but the pesto is out of this world – definitely recommend.


On top of that, you can add a number of protein options ranging from the classics like meatballs and sausage, to the fancy kind of chicken and shrimp. And don’t forget the veggies.

Big personalities

In-between firing up confectionary art for students, the staff at Taglianno’s like to create another kind of….art. Meet this unicorn.


I’m told it was made from noodles. And don’t worry, no real unicorns were harmed in the making.


If you’re a student looking for some grub, be sure to check out Taglianno’s. I can guarantee you’ll enjoy it. And if you’re feeling brave, ask to try the unicorn pasta.

Holy Homecoming! A week’s worth of events.

It’s that time of the year again. Leaves falling, sweaters draping, pumpkin spice lattes flowing – basically, the best time of the year. Oh, and maybe a little something you may have heard about….Fall Homecoming!

CWU has a slue of events planned for Homecoming including a performance by special guest and american idol fame, Phillip Phillips. Get ready, get pumped, and get out there!

MONDAY, Oct. 13

Celebrate YOUR Student Union and Recreation Center

Get the inside scoop on the updates and improvements to the SURC! There will be a celebration with tours, treats and more.

Wildcat Photo Project Begins

Ready, set, shoot! What does Wildcat Spirit mean? Take photos during Homecoming Week and post to CWUHype Facebook. Don’t forget to tag #wildcatphotoproject to be entered into a drawing for prizes!

Spirit Splash Competition Entry Deadline • 5 p.m.

The SURC will become Homecoming headquarters as the variety of offices and centers get decked out in crimson and black for the decorating contest. Judges will pick winners on Wednesday, so all entries must be completed by 5 p.m.

TUESDAY, Oct. 14

Mr. & Ms. Central

7:30 p.m. • SURC Ballroom • Free

Best of the best talent winners from each residence hall will battle for the coveted titles in this long-standing Homecoming Week tradition!


Spirit Splash Competition Judging

Whose decorative display will come out on top? Judges will be making the rounds to determine winning entries.

Steak Night

4:30 – 7 p.m. • Holmes Dining • Meal plan or cash

Wellington’s Wildfire

7 – 9 p.m. • Alder Street Rec. Complex • Free for CWU students

Gather around the bonfire to celebrate CWU Homecoming with Challenge Course activities, games and contests. 88.1 The ‘Burg will provide music as you enjoy a delicious BBQ and hang out with Wildcat athletes, cheerleaders and the band!

FRIDAY, Oct. 17

Distinguished Alumni Dinner

5:30 p.m. • Sue Lombard • $25

Register at

Homecoming Dance

9-11:30 p.m. • SURC Ballroom • $5 at or $10 at the door

All Wildcats can dance the night away to some of the best music around provided by 88.1 The Burg. This event is for all CWU students, alumni and guests to enjoy.


CWU Fall Open House

7:30 a.m. – noon • SURC and other campus buildings • Free

Future Wildcats will be on campus to check out all that Central has to offer. CWU will roll out the crimson carpet with tours, presentations and a rally at the SURC before heading up to the game!

Homecoming Hike

All day • Sign up at OPR • $25

Join the OPR trip leaders on a hiking adventure to Lake Stuart. Experience serenity and breathtaking views, as well as some great company along the way. Price includes equipment and transportation costs.

Call 509-963-3537 or stop by OPR for info.

Wildcat Color 5k

9:30 a.m. registration begins, 10:30 a.m. race start • OPR Patio • $20 pre-registration fee (on or before Oct. 13), t-shirt guaranteed, $25 registration after Oct. 13

Register at the Recreation Center front desk or at

Get ready for Homecoming with the only color run on Central’s campus! This year brings much more paint, new t-shirts, and awesome sunglasses.

Wildcat Alley & Pre-Game Activities with 88.1 The ‘Burg • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. • Tomlinson Lot S & Walnut St.

No one pumps up Wildcats before the big game like CWU’s awesome campus radio station! Join The ‘Burg crew for some music, prizes and more, and check out a variety of booths and activities!

CWU Football vs. Western Oregon

1 p.m. • Tomlinson Stadium • Free for CWU students and kids 5 and under, $12 GA; $10-CWU staff/faculty; $7-seniors/emeritus faculty; $5-non-CWU students

For tickets visit

CWU Homecoming Special Entertainment: Musician Phillip Phillips with special guest Christian Burghardt 

8 p.m. • SURC Ballroom • $20 for CWU Students (w/ ID), $30 General non-CWU student Admission, $40 Reserved Seating (handling fees will apply)

For tickets visit

Don’t miss this performance from “American Idol” season 11 winner and multi-platinum artist Phillip Phillips. Attendees are sure to recognize Phillips’ smash hits “Home” and “Gone, Gone, Gone.” Portland native singer/songwriter Christian Burghardt will open the show.