CWU Celebrates Pride Week!

What is pride? Pride is courage. Pride is confidence. Pride is acceptance of oneself and celebration of individuality. Pride is love, laughter and letting go of insecure stigmatizations. Pride is diversity.

CWU’s Pride Week is happening right now, and in support of the LGBTQIA+ community on campus, the Center for Diversity and Social Justice (CDSJ), the Equity and Community Services Council (ESC) and Equality through Queers and Allies (EQuAl) are hosting a series of events celebrating the diversity of our student body.

Events occurring throughout the week range from drag shows to live music to pride parades, and the event organizers urge anyone and everyone to come, have fun and show their support.

Queer Art Show:

The Queer Art Show strives to create a positive space for queer expression. Everyone is invited to help build and affirm Central’s queer community and to challenge traditional notions of identity, art and the queer experience by either submitting work or attending the show to support the artists.


Submit your work at
or by emailing


Amateur drag show:

One of the favored and most anticipated annual events is the Amateur Drag Show Friday, May 29 at 11 a.m. on the Student Union and Recreation Center (SURC) West Patio. Everyone is encouraged to attend this popular free event.

In addition, a Pride Parade will follow and anyone and everyone is welcome to march. Grab a sign or a flag and join the group!

Drag-hosted bingo:

Come unwind and have fun with EQuAl by playing a game of Drag-Hosted Bingo Tuesday, May 26 at 7 p.m. in Student Union and Recreation Center (SURC) room 137 A/B. There will be a bake sale and fun prizes. One Bingo card will be $0.50 and three will be $1.00.

Other events of the week celebrating LGBTQIA+ pride will be highlighted tomorrow in a follow-up post by my colleague, comrade, contemporary and confidant Jonathan Glover. Stay tuned, Wildcats.

Dr. Edith Eger: “A Survivor’s Story”

Life is full of challenges. Each and every one of us has faced, is facing, or will face challenges that will shape our lives and contribute to our individual identities.

Defining qualities we as humans possess are our intellectual strengths, our decision-making abilities, and our problem-solving capabilities. Our capacity to design our destinies and choose our paths in life is what has us at the top of the food chain, and nobody is exempt. Each one of us is in control of our own lives.


Dr. Edith Eger might have one of the most admirable and fascinating stories of survival, perseverance and triumph I’ve ever heard. Today, she is a Ph.D, an author, a college professor, and a public speaker. 71 years ago, however, she was a teenage girl imprisoned at the Nazi death camp Auschwitz, condemned to the same horrific fate that claimed the lives of six million innocent Jewish people, including both of her parents.

But Eger survived the war, and after her rescue by American troops she began rebuilding her life. The challenge of moving forward from such a traumatic experience is simply unimaginable, but she did, and tonight at 7 p.m. in the SURC Ballroom, Dr. Eger will be in attendance to share her story and offer words of wisdom and encouragement to those who may be facing challenges of their own.


Success is subjective to each of us, and is defined by our wants and goals in life. Success is refusing to settle. Success is conquering that which stands in our way and creating our own realities in life. Success is always within reach.

Do you ever feel like giving up? Like accepting defeat would be easier than battling challenges, and that maybe it’s just inevitable? I’ve felt like that too. In fact, I’ve succumbed to it; I’ve dropped out of college. Twice.

It is not easy to fight your way forward when it feels like the world is pushing back, but you most certainly have the strength to overcome what may feel like the weight of the world on your shoulders.


We have a funny way of rationalizing defeat. It’s easy. It’s easier to concede to a challenge than to prevail over it. Some challenges are minor, like overdue bills or a flunked class. Some are major, like academic or financial aid suspension. But it is what you decided to do when faced with a challenge, how you decide to respond to it, that speaks of your character and resolve.

An Evening at the Symphony, Right Here at Central

You listen to rock.

You listen to rap.

You listen to alternative.

You listen to EDM.

MADRID - SEP 13: Crowd in a concert at Dcode Festival on September 13, 2014 in Madrid, Spain.

You listen to them all, and that’s awesome. Music is food for the soul, and sometimes our souls crave some variety.

I mean, we all love pizza, but do we really want to eat it every night? Sometimes you just need to treat yourself to some prime rib.

To satisfy this craving, the CWU Symphony Orchestra has some savory metaphorical rib roast to offer you: Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, served on a platter with the CWU Men’s and Women’s Choir and members of Yakima’s Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Choir.

That’s quite a dish.

Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, dubbed “The Resurrection,” was the piece that set him decisively on the path toward the grand-scale, high-individualist and confessional style of symphony that became his legacy. He said “The term ‘symphony’ means creating a world with all the technical means available.” In the spirit of this view, The Resurrection Symphony is the first all-embracing work of the Austrian composer’s symphonies to make use of voices as well as the orchestra.

This forthcoming epic production in the Jerilyn S. McIntyre Music Building Concert Hall will be led by CWU Director of Orchestras Nik Caoile and will include over 200 musicians harmonizing on a single stage.

200 musicians. At once.

You may not listen to classical music and you may think you don’t understand it, but that’s false. You only tell yourself that this is the case. Fact is, you understand music. Music is an experience, and the all-encompassing feeling of being surrounded by hundreds of individual musicians harmonized into a single entity is a spiritual experience.

Want a taste? Here’s the CWU Symphony Orchestra performing Danzon No. 2:

Do yourself a favor and be there. The concert is on Sunday, May 17 at 4 p.m. and costs only $10 with your CWU student ID.

That’s pretty cheap for prime rib. Your next pizza will cost more than that, guaranteed.

Spring concert is almost here, so have a rap to spread some cheer

Wait, who’s coming to CWU on Friday, May 15? Sol? Grynch? Nacho Picasso?

These aren’t the names of nursery rhymes. In fact, they spin rhymes of their own, all of the time. I’m not the one to tell you what to think in your mind, but in fact, this concert coming up is one of a kind.


Sol is mainlining and he may have to keep up his timing if he’s going to show other artists he’s the one who’s shining. He’s straight out of the University of Washington and if you’re watching him make sure to pay attention because he’s the real deal, son.


Grynch loves his Volvo and he’s not afraid to show it, he makes raps featuring Macklemore, they both know how to flow it. He tours regularly in the Pacific Northwest, but it’s his first time in Ellensburg, let’s show him our best.


Nacho Picasso_dungeon beach-2

What can I say about Nacho Picasso that hasn’t already been said? He was born in San Francisco, but Seattle is where he lays his bed. Described by the Seattle Times as an “anti hero,” this well-known artist is known for his humor.



That was really hard. I almost gave up a few times and while I’m not proud of every line, at east I tried. If it wasn’t clear, Seattle rappers Sol, Grynch and Nacho Picasso are coming to Ellensburg for a spring concert unlike any other.

It’s a big deal as each one of them has a robust career full of amazing moments. Each artist is known for their distinct sound and it’s rare to get all three talents under one roof at the same time. The SURC Ballroom is the place to be Friday, May 15 at 8 p.m.

Ticketing information and details can be found here. The show is 18 and over, so make sure to bring a valid I.D.

CWU Family Weekend on the horizon, get ready for papa cat and mama cat

As corny as the headline sounds, it doesn’t make it not true. As you may have heard, Mother’s Day is right around the corner and if you’re like me, you’re freaking out right now.


But worry not! Family Weekend is here and what better way to impress your mother (don’t forget father…brothers and sisters can wait…JK, they’re cool too) than a weekend with their kids at college.

It’s well known and documented that college kids thrive in their natural habitat of sweat pants, greasy food and sleeping in until 1 p.m. on weekdays, 3 p.m. on weekends (might be a bit too early actually, 4 p.m.?).


Luckily, your parents will be there to break you out of the habit. Yay!

But seriously though, Family Weekend is chocked full of fun events for the whole fam, including comedians, brunch and live music. That means you can laugh, eat and rock-out with the family without ever having to leave campus!

Now pick up your room, buy some flowers and don’t forget to give mom some smoochies, cause Family Weekend is here. You’ll like it, I swear.

A full Family Weekend schedule can be found here.

Elections are here, don’t forget to vote

Hey Wildcats, check your email. I know you don’t want to, but trust me, it’s important. You should have one telling you to vote, and in it, there’s this pretty cool poster. If you click on it, viola! You’re transported to CWU’s online voting ballot.


(Psssst, here’s what the poster looks like)

Now, I know politics are boring and that you’d rather take a nap, watch leaves blow away in the wind or marathon Daredevil on Netflix (it’s so good). But it only takes a few minutes to vote. I know, I just did it (not to brag).

Before you vote, though, get educated. When you click the link there will be relevant information on candidates, revisions to the constitution and the $50 per-quarter arts fee. All of this is super important as it directly impacts you, the students.

As George W. Bush once said, “you cannot escape the the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” Or was that Abraham Lincoln? This political stuff is hard.

The point is, don’t put off voting. It’s your civic duty as a student of Central Washington University to share your voice and vote with pride.

Now, back to watching Daredevil.

If you didn’t get the email yet, here’s the link to vote: Just copy and paste and you’re on your way!

‘And in the mornin’ I’m makin’ waffles!’

The CWU Center for Diversity and Social Justice (CDSJ) is firing up the iron and mixing the batter for a non-traditional waffle feed Saturday, May 2 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Wellington Event Center.

Non-traditional students traditionally (pun intended) have families to care for, including children and spouses, in addition to their studies. The CDSJ would like to help take a load off and offer a sweet meal for breakfast. Who knows, maybe it means skipping at least one morning of cooking and having to clean up afterward. Every little bit helps.


It wouldn’t be a waffle feed without toppings, so naturally, there aren’t any. Just kidding. Fruits, berries, whipped cream; you name it, it’s all there. If you want it, chances are they have it. Except blood oranges. Who even eats those? Gross.

Refreshments are also available including juice and coffee (children, no coffee please, you’re already little balls of energy).

Oh and one other thing, it’s all FREE.

Traditional students and community members are welcome to join, though non-traditional students and their families will get first priority. But don’t let that stop you, I mean, it is free waffles.

Mmmmmm, waffles.