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.

But wait, there’s more! After undergrad at CWU, that is.

Completing an undergraduate degree can seem to take a lifetime, so students might lose sight of what they want to accomplish once they’re done. So, to help us students at CWU avoid that, and give us an answer to the inevitable, “So, what are your plans after graduation?” question from our relatives (the holidays are coming people, you’re going to see those relatives so be prepared) there’s the CWU Job, Internship and Grad School Fair. Attending the fair can help you avoid snapping under the pressure of the “Shouldn’t you have a plan?” “What options have you looked at?” “Where are you going from here?” pressure and being all like:


Come out tomorrow, Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to the Student Union and Recreation Center (SURC) Ballroom for a great networking opportunity, and the chance to explore jobs, internships and grad schools within your field. Students, alumni and community members are invited, and its free!

So seriously, how great would it be to be able to answer the “So, what are your plans after graduation?” question with a more specific answer than, “I guess keep breathing..”? Pretty great, so don’t miss the fair tomorrow!

Idol Star Brings Homecoming Week to an End

American Idol star, Phillip Phillips and opener Christian Burghardt blew the crowd away on Saturday evening with their amazing performances. 26 year old singer/songwriter Christian Burghardt is described by professionals in the music industry as having a “diamond in the rough type of talent with limitless potential”. He performed a handful of songs from his new EP Safe Place to Land, telling the crowd of his inspirations for the single itself as well as the rest of the EP. He told us that he was dealing with a pretty hard break up, he said, “We dated for a long time, I was going to marry her”. But with his music career taking off and all of the traveling, it just didn’t work out. Before performing his last song for the night, his new single, Safe Place to Land, he told the crowd, “Safe Place to Land was my attempt to tell her ‘I’m always going to be the guy you can depend on when things go wrong.'” You could really see and hear the emotions not only in his performance, but all through the crowd during that last song. He was and is an amazing artist that has tons and tons of talent, check out his newest EP Safe Place to Land, you won’t regret it.

Phillip Phillips performed Alive for the opening song and that could not better describe the way the crowd was feeling once he hit that stage! The winner of American Idol’s 11th season has toured with artists such as Matchbox 20 and John Mayer and is getting ready to co-headline a summer tour with O.A.R. Phillips performed songs from his newest album, Behind the Light, but did not let his fans leave without hearing him perform what is said to be one of his most popular songs, Home, during his encore. Home is marked as the most successful coronation of song of any American Idol winner, as well as the highest-ever debut on the Billboard Digital songs chart with 278,000 downloads sold. Phillip Phillips really blew the crowd away and left them all wanting more!

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A conversation with Peter Mortimer, REEL ROCK co-founder.

For the upcoming REEL ROCK Film Tour screening of “Valley Uprising,” I had a chance to sit down and talk with Peter Mortimer, co-foudner of REEL ROCK and founder of sender films. For the 30 minutes I spent talking to him, I learned a lot about the world of climbing, film making, and how to work iPhones.

Would you rather fight a hundred duck sized horses or one horse-sized duck?

“I see where you’re going with this. One horse sized duck. In fact, that is REEL ROCK every year. Do we make one monstrous horse sized duck film or a hundred duck sized horses films?

What was your reasoning for starting REEL ROCK?

“I started making climbing videos in my twenties and kind of realized it was super fun and a little business model. It grew from there so I teamed up with my good friend, Josh Lowell,  and we started making money. We then pooled our resources and hired a team to run a tour.”

What is your favorite thing about filmmaking or the filmmaking process?

“I like the big picture stuff and the idea of taking something in your head or something that you see and communicating it in the big sense. I like the emotion and the feeling of it on film and ow its so multifaceted that a day on the job can differ so greatly.”

He insisted on telling me what he doesn’t like about filmmaking. 

“One, how f@#$ing long it takes to get anything done, and you can quote me directly on that. It’s so f@#$ing hard to get stuff done right. Second, I still get so incredibly stressed out when the films get screened. I get so hung up on the little details. Emotions I can keep at  bay in my emotional landscape, but when my films get screened its so miserably stressful.”

How did you get introduced to the world of documenting rock climbing?

“I grew up climbing in Boulder, Colo. and then went to college in New York and I knew I wanted to do film. A professor asked me to make a film about something I know. I was really passionate about climbing and Josh Lowell had just made his first climbing video so I went all in and raised $10,000 to put my first product out there.”

At this point our call dropped, so I had to call him back. He answered and apologized. He was getting a lot of phone calls on his phone and it was distracting him so I told him how he can turn it off. 

“Dude, no way! I can’t believe it! Thank you so much, you have no idea how helpful that is. I’m going to send you something in the mail.”

I could hear a voice in the background.

“Do you know of a way to turn off people notifications?”

I decided to move on. What was the inspiration behind “Valley Uprising”?

“This is the big film in our world. This is Yosemite, the birth of the lifestyle. All of the major evolutionary steps in American climbing happened here, it’s like the proving ground for the rest of the world. [The film tells the story of]  an incredible lineage of guys who dropped out of American conformist style, [and] went to Yosemite to explore the walls.”

He mentioned the name of Alex Honnold, one of the most talented free-solo rock climbers in the world.

“For me what’s really powerful is, you are understanding that Alex is just part of this linage and this history. [He is] the latest super human who has dedicated his life to this pursuit. I just think it’s really powerful, it’s the cradle of counterculture.”

What’s the scariest rock climbing story you have?

“Not my personal climbing, but it was with Alex Honnold [while he was] free soloing on the phoenix in Yosemite, the first ever attempt. [He's] in this outrageous position, just hanging by his fingertips in this little crack. When I zoomed in through the lens, I could see how precarious his connection to the rock was. It was so frightening that I had to zoom out so I could see him in a broader scale, it was so sickening to see.”

As the conversation ended, Mortimer said he hoped people come out of the film feeling energized and happy for life. Don’t miss your chance to catch a glimpse into the exhilarating world of mountain climbing and the individuals who pioneered the whole movement.

Watch “Valley Uprising” on Thursday, Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m in the CWU Student Union and Recreation Center (SURC) Theatre. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and advance tickets are $10 for Recreation Center members and $15 for non-members. Day of, tickets will be $15 for all attendees. Pre-sale tickets can be purchased at the Outdoor Pursuits and Rentals office by the SURC East Patio, or at the SURC Theatre on the day of the event.

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 http://www.cwu.edu/alumni

Homecoming Dance

9-11:30 p.m. • SURC Ballroom • $5 at http://www.cwu.edu/tickets 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 http://www.cwu.edu/tickets

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 http://www.cwu.edu/tickets

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 www.cwu.edu/tickets

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.

Phoning Phillip Phillips

Have you ever imagined what you would talk about with a famous musician if you ever got the chance? Well, when Phillip Phillips called me Thursday afternoon for a phone interview about his upcoming performance at CWU, we did talk a little about the obvious, his incredibly successful career, but we also talked about his having worked at his family’s pawn shop in his home state of Georgia and his friends’ views on his nose hair. It got a little weird, which is proof that despite being famous, Phillips is still a human, or to use his words, “just a guy.”

“I’ve always been myself,” Phillips said. “That’s just the way I was raised, and I try to stay true to how I feel.”


Ideal Idol

Unless you’ve been living under a very large, very soundproof rock for the past few years, you probably know that Phillips won season 11 of “American Idol” and his songs have been dominating the radio waves and iTunes ever since. “Home” and “Gone, Gone, Gone” are two of his most popular songs, and have propelled the 24-year-old to multi-platinum stardom. “Home” was released the day Phillips was crowned winner of “American Idol,” and became the most popular coronation song of any “Idol” winner.

“I didn’t even want to try out (for American Idol), but my family kept telling me the worst that could happen was they would say no, so I gave it a try,” Phillips said. “I had just been playing in bars or wherever they would take me, so I didn’t think (American Idol) was for me, but I got lucky with it.”

Since his “American Idol” win, Phillips has released two albums: “The World from the Side of the Moon” and “Behind the Light.” He has toured with Matchbox 20 and with John Mayer on Mayer’s “Born and Raised” tour last summer. Despite his level of stardom, Phillips hasn’t forgotten his friends and family.

Phunny Phillips

He told me that his family supported his music from the beginning, and that they and his friends have been praying for him and calling him with encouragement since he’s been on the road. I asked Phillips how he thought his friends and family would describe him, and there was a pause.

“Well… man I’m scared to answer that,” he said.

I laughed, and said, “Not sure you want to pull at that thread?”

“Well yeah,” he laughed. “I mean, I guess they’d say I’m quiet, a little shy. I’m weird. I have a hairy nose, I don’t know.”

That begged my obvious next question: “Hairy, like, just on the inside? Or really bad like the outside too?”

“Maybe both!” He said.

I guess we’ll all have to turn out for his show to find out. Phillips will perform as the Homecoming entertainment headliner at CWU on Oct. 18 at 8 p.m. in the SURC Ballroom. Tickets are on sale at http://www.cwu.edu/tickets, and are $20 for CWU students, $30 for general admission and $40 for reserved seating. They’re already almost sold out, so getting them now-ish would be a good plan.

“I love playing colleges, because that’s my generation, and it helps me build my fan base,” Phillips said. “College kids know how to have fun, and I want to see ‘em dancin’ and movin’.”

Make connections at the CWU Friendship Gathering and Pow Wow

Friendship and love are just two words you could use to describe the Friendship Gathering and Pow Wow happening today from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Hosted by the Center for Diversity and Social Justice (CDSJ), the Department of Film Studies and the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, everyone is invited to join in the celebration of Native American culture while learning about Native American traditions and history.

Pow Wow Poster

There will be a variety of events and activities for all ages. From dancing and storytelling to a special performance by one of the Black Lodge Singers, a Grammy nominated Native American northern drum group, there will be entertainment for all.

Attendees are welcome to come to the event at 10 a.m. and peruse the vendors until the grand entry at 10:30 a.m. Following the grand entry, there will be honor, exhibition and social dances throughout the day, as well as a sign language performance and Native American storytelling.


There will be plenty of entertainment for children, including arts and crafts and special activities for children eight and under. One of the Black Lodge Singers will perform traditional pow wow songs, some of which are for children. All attendees are invited to join in the friendship feast, which is a traditional meal in which people get to know one another and celebrate each other’s cultures.

Come on out to the Friendship Gathering and Pow Wow today and join in the festivities and fun. You won’t regret it!