CWU Rodeo Club Hosts Todd Anderson Memorial Rodeo

It’s rodeo season in Ellensburg, and competitors and fans alike are chomping at the bit for the CWU Todd Anderson Memorial Rodeo this weekend at the Kittitas County Fairgrounds Rodeo Arena. The CWU Rodeo Club will compete against students from ten other schools across Washington, Oregon and Idaho. All events are free and open to the public.

The competition kicks off Friday with Slack from noon to 3 p.m., which consists of a variety events including Barrel Racing, Tie-Down Roping, Goat Tying, Breakaway and Team Roping. The Performance round will be that evening from 6 to 9 p.m. and will include Bareback Riding, Saddle Bronc, Steer Wrestling and Bull Riding. Competition continues on Saturday with the Slack from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Performance from 6 to 9 p.m. The competitive events wrap up Sunday with the Championship Short Go from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Erika Rocha, now in her fourth year as a member of the CWU Rodeo Club, expressed her excitement for the upcoming rodeo.

“I think that spectators probably enjoy watching the Bull Riding and the Barrel Racing the most, and college rodeos are special compared to other rodeos because in college rodeo we have a couple of events that aren’t in the big Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) rodeos like Goat Tying and Breakaway,” Rocha explained.

Alongside the competitive events, the weekend includes a variety of special events for the family. Kids are sure to love the Stick Horse Race Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and the Calf Scramble at 7 p.m. Everyone is also invited to join in Cowboy Church, Sunday at 9 a.m.

 “I would recommend for anyone and everyone to attend at least one rodeo because they’re exciting and fun to watch, plus there are events the crowd can also be involved in,” Rocha added.

For the past 11 years, the CWU Rodeo Club has honored the memory of Todd Anderson, for whom the Rodeo is named. Anderson was a member of the CWU Rodeo Club for four years and was serving as the Club’s president when he tragically lost his life in 2003.

By Chloe Allmand, Publicity Center


Cesar E. Chavez Remembering and Celebrating Week!

Cesar Chavez was an American farm worker, labor leader, and civil rights activist who co-founded the National Farm Workers Association (Also known as the UFW). Chavez became the best known Latino American civil rights activist, and was strongly promoted by the American labor movement, which was eager to enroll Hispanic members. His public-relations approach to unionism and aggressive but nonviolent tactics made the farm workers’ struggle a moral cause with nationwide support. By the late 1970s, his tactics had forced growers to recognize the UFW as the bargaining agent for 50,000 field workers in California and Florida. However, by the mid-1980s membership in the UFW had dwindled to around 15,000. Since his passing (April 23, 1993, age 66) he has become an icon for organized labor and leftist politics, symbolizing support for workers and for Hispanic empowerment based on grass roots organizing. He is also famous for popularizing the slogan “Sí, se puede”, which is Spanish for “Yes, one can” or, roughly, “Yes, it can be done”, which was adopted as the 2008 campaign slogan of Barack Obama. This week, April 21st – April 24th, CWU will be celebrating and remembering Cesar Chavez and all that he has done. Below are a list of events happening this week in honor of the celebration:

  • Tuesday, April 22nd in the SURC Pit at noon to 2pm, come help start a week of celebration for the life and accomplishments of Cesar E. Chavez. His birthday celebration will feature music, food, and lots of cake! Please join in on the fun, the event is free and open to the community.
  • Tuesday, April 22nd at 6pm in Black Hall 151, join our keynote speaker Rosalinda Guillen, a widely recognized farm worker and rural justice leader, as she talks about Community to Community Development. She is heavily involved with United Farm Workers (UFW) and is extremely passionate about the cause. It is free and open to the public.
  • Wednesday, April 23rd at 7pm in Black Hall 152, come watch this documentary film about Cesar Chavez’s 36 day fast in 1988 that features never before seen footage of Cesar’s “Fast for Life.” Cesar’s struggle is a powerful message that encourages all of us to continue the fight against the inequalities we still see today. This event is free and open to the public.
  • Thursday, April 24th at 7pm in the Music Building, join us for a special musical performance by José Iñiguez, where he will sing opera and Mexican mariachi music accompanied by classical pianist Jeremy Neufeld and Mariachi Guzman de Pasco. The event is free and open to the community!

Hope to see you at events throughout the week, and if you can’t remember what is happening on which days be sure to check the Hype twitter/facebook!

Earth Day Family Festival & MCE’s Second Annual Salmon Run 5K/10K


Earth Day Family Festival & MCE’s Second Annual Salmon Run 5K/10K

Come to CWU tomorrow, April 19th, to celebrate Earth Day by participating in the Earth Day Family Festival and the Second Annual Salmon Run! The Earth Day Family Festival will take place on the lawn of Dean Hall from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. and is FREE for everyone! There will be dancing troupes, face painting, and fun educational activities! The Museum of Culture and Environment will be hosting a variety of information tables and activities to teach conservation and preservation to all ages!

Are you a runner? The Museum of Culture and Environment will be hosting their Second Annual Salmon Run 5k/10k as well! There is a 9 a.m. check in at Dean Hall and the race will start at 10 a.m.! It’s $20 to register for the 5k and $25 to register for the 10k and there will be a Small Fry Kid’s Dash that is free! You can register at and all registered runners will be entered into a raffle for great prizes from local businesses!

Museum of Culture and Environment Spring Reception and Opening of “How Did the Cougar Cross the Road: Restoring Wildlife Passages at Snoqualmie Pass”

Come enjoy refreshments and explore the museum’s new exhibition “How did the Cougar Cross the Road: Restoring Wildlife Passages at Snoqualmie Pass!” The spring reception and opening happens tonight, April 17th, at 5:30 p.m. in the Museum of Culture and Environment located on the first floor of Dean Hall. Best of all, this event is free! For more information you can contact: • • 509-963-2313!


Youtube Comedy Series Brings the Laughs!

Campus Activities is going viral with its YouTube Comedy Series every Wednesday, throughout the month of April and into the start of May, beginning at 8pm in the SURC Pit. Admission is free and open to the public.

Each night will feature a different theme with two hours of the funniest YouTube videos. Tonight, April 16th, the theme is Sports! Other themes include “Animals” on April 23rd, “Celebrities and Music” on April 30th, and “Throwback Comedians and All Time Classics” on May 7th. Students with suggestions for videos may post the link to the Campus Activities Facebook page.

If you’re looking for some great laughs, don’t miss out tonight! Here’s a preview for tonight’s comedy series:



Route to Hope 5k to Benefit ASPEN!

To support victims of abuse, runners of all skill levels can participate in the CWU Wellness Center’s Route to Hope 5K. Through partnering with the CWU Wellness Center, Abuse Support and Prevention Education Now (ASPEN) will receive all proceeds from the 5K. ASPEN is a non-profit program of Central Washington Comprehensive Mental Health, and provides confidential services and aid to victims of abuse, sexual assault and other forms of oppression. Check in begins at 8 a.m. and the race will take off at 9:30 a.m. from the CWU Welcome Center located on the corner of University Way and Pearl Street. Participants can register at the CWU Recreation Center front desk, and registration fees are $15 for CWU students and $20 for general admission. Through participants’ generosity and the Wellness Center’s dedication, over the last two years the Route to Hope 5K has raised over $2,600 for ASPEN.

Participants of the Route to Hope 5K will not only be able to enjoy a Saturday in the sun, but they will also provide valuable support to those in need. Don’t miss the opportunity to help ASPEN continue to encourage hope and health.

For more information please contact the CWU Wellness Center at 509-963-3213 or


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