Collegiate Sport Clubs: NIRSA Region VI Men’s Northwest Soccer Tournament – Central makes Second Round

Central made the second round in NIRSA Region VI Men’s Northwest Soccer Tournament this last Saturday. After a 1-0 against Boise State, the wildcats fell to Utah State by a score of 3-0. Utah would go on to win tournament against Gonzaga, 1-0.

The win ensures an automatic bid to nationals.

Central plays again on Saturday, Nov. 8 at the Varsity Soccer Fields and the event is free for everyone.

Women’s soccer starts at noon, and men’s at 2 p.m.

Don’t be late!

CWU Made a Difference in Downtown Ellensburg

Last Saturday, CWU students volunteered for the National Make a Difference Day held in downtown Ellensburg. Make a Difference Day features millions of volunteers across the country, making it the single largest national day of community service.

Central students took to the streets to prepare the plantar boxes in Ellensburg for winter festivities.

Here are students and staff adding greenery to the boxes in the crisp, fall sun.

National Make a Difference Day takes place every year in October. Check for updates and don’t forget to volunteer next year!

Lion Rock Returns to Campus!

Lion Rock packed the house last night.

With standing-room only, the first installment of the 2014-15 Lion Rock Visiting Writers Series landed at the Wildcat Shop, and what a blow-out success it was.  Poet, essayist, and educator Dr. Adrianne Kalfopoulou shared the evening with the CWU and Ellensburg communities, reading from her newly-published collection of essays “Ruin: Essays in Exilic Living,” as well as poetry from “Wild Greens” and “Passion Maps.”


I had the opportunity to interview Adrianne a week ago, while she was in New York City for a reading at NYU.  I mean literally, she was on the sidewalk outside of NYU, on the phone with me for the better part of half an hour.  There was no reason for me to expect this level of attention and dedication from her, considering the tight schedule her book tour had her under, but she offered it to me regardless.

The genuine grace and attention she offered me, despite her busy schedule, was refreshing and offered me first-hand insight into her compassionate approach to her craft and her readers.  Meeting Adrianne last night was a treat, and the depth of emotion within her reading was lived up to and exceeded what I have come to expect of Lion Rock presentations.

What a wonderful time we all had; if you were in attendance, I’m sure you agree.  Lion Rock’s next installment features writer and educator Debra Marquart on Wednesday, Nov. 5.  Please be there, this series is one of the gems of our campus.

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.

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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