But wait, there’s more!

It’s not summer just yet, so let’s pump the breaks on all this “summer’s finally here,””so glad classes are over” or “excuse me, you’re sitting on my hair.” Maybe that last part is just me?

While summer is right around the corner (literally, I can see it right now) there’s still some spring quarter left. In fact, we still have a week of events going on that you really shouldn’t miss. Also, there’s still finals to complete and, not trying to make you freak out or anything, but I’m freaking out (send help).


If you still haven’t filled them out, SEOI’s are still open and will remain open until Sunday, June 7. A good way to make that little notification go away when you sign into Canvas is just to fill the darn thing out. Seriously, it doesn’t even take that long (three hours isn’t that bad).

Fish Food Drive

There are a lot of hungry fish out there and it’s our job to make sure they have plenty of food. All jokes aside, Fish Food Bank is still recovering from the devastating fire that happened in November of last year and could use all of the help the community can give.

Donation boxes will be set up at Super 1 Food and Grocery Outlet June 5 through June 7 with boxes set up at C-Store in the SURC June 1 through June 11.

International Games Night

It’s basically what it sounds like. On Monday, June 1 at 4 p.m. in the SURC room 137, board games of all nationalities will be available for participants to jump in and play. The event is free to attend but really shouldn’t be because the fun you’ll have while attending is priceless (MasterCard lawsuit now pending, I’m sure).

Tea at 3 with Phil Backlund

What’s better than a conversation and a spot of tea? If you were British, you may have answered “literally nothing.” If you aren’t British, well come hangout anyway. It’s fun.

On Thursday, June 4 at 3 p.m. in the SURC Pit, Communication Professor Phil Backlund will share his journey of how he got to where he is and the road that took him here. It’s all really quite fascinating. Plus, there’s free tea (don’t worry, it’s iced, cause sun and stuff).


These are only a few examples of fun events still happening at CWU this week. For a full list, check out the Hype posters near and in the bathrooms in the SURC or online at the CWU calendars. So put away your suntan lotion and get involved!

Unless you’re in the sun, please wear it.

Farewell and Bon Voyage, See You in the Fall

Do you have a summer job? Summer jobs are great.

They offer you escape; they’re an opportunity to live a completely different life for a couple months. You finish your finals, put your books away, and completely refocus your energy and efforts until it’s time to return to school in the fall.

My summer job is pretty unique, and I want to tell you about it: I’m a commercial Alaskan salmon fisherman (which is fitting, given my last name), and in a mere four days I’m getting on a plane to head back north for my seventh (seventh!) season on the waters of Bristol Bay.

It’s awesome, it really is. Sure, the hours are long and the work is hard, but it is such an irreplaceable way of life. Fishing commercially is the epitome of self-employment and is the essence of capitalism. We do not punch a time clock, we are paid on percentage. The harder we work, the more money we make. The fish only run for a short period of time, and it is within this window, and only within this window, that we are able to earn our living. It’s a rewarding feeling when we do well, and, conversely, a desperate and heartbreaking feeling when we do not do well.

I have paid my dues, put my time in on the back deck, and the rewards have been pretty wonderful. I am now the captain of the same boat that took a chance on me as a deckhand seven years ago. I run the ship.

What’s your summer job? Are you a lifeguard? A barista? A clerk at a department store? Take my advice: be serious about it. Be the best at it. It may not seem like it in the here-and-now, but your summer job is much more than a few month’s pay; it could very well be what you become in your future. It could be what you’re best at, and you don’t even know it yet. If, eight years ago, you had asked me “what are you going to be?” I never would have imagined the answer would be “Alaskan salmon skipper.”

Opportunities come when you least expect them. Maximize what you are given today; it could benefit you tomorrow. Oversee that aquatic center. Own that coffee stand. Manage that Macy’s. Be the boss.

Bye-bye, Wildcats. Have a blast this summer, and go do work. The possibilities for are endless.

Orchesis Dance Company Shines Bright on Thursday Night


I grew up in Forks. “Pre-Twilight,” practically none of you would have had a clue where that is. In this “Post-Twilight” era, however, you all know of the town I’m referring to; and to offer a proactive answer to the question that is undoubtedly on the tip of your lip, no, I am not a vampire. Nor am I a werewolf. When I was in Forks, it was a simple logging town and nothing more.

It has been 20 years since my family moved to Bainbridge Island, but I still remember my years of isolation in the Washington wilderness. We had no theatre, no concerts, no art galleries. We had no cultural exposure. Had it not been for my mother, I never would have known what exposure to the arts does for a person’s emotional well-being.

My mother was a schoolteacher and a natural nurturer (she still is), and she was determined to offer my sister and I a view of the world outside our little corner of the state. She did this via Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB), Seattle’s professional ballet company. We had season tickets, and made the trip regularly.

I was a small town kid, and the experience of big-city fancy-people performing arts, and the cultural atmosphere of a professional venue in the heart of Seattle, opened my eyes to the world around me. I would sit there in my little suit, in the middle of The Seattle Opera House, surrounded by city-dwellers who consumed the performance in a silent state of appreciation that I did not yet understand, and I liked it. I felt like I was a part of something, of a culture, that was a whole new world to me.

My exposure to the Seattle scene and its performing arts opened my eyes, my mind and the scope of my aspirations in life. When the time came to leave Forks for good, I didn’t even glance back at the road behind me.

Present Day:

Last night I attended the CWU Orchesis Dance Company’s Spring Performance, and as I sat in silence taking in the show, my thoughts brought me back to those years in Forks and our trips to the PNB. I watched the jazz, I watched the tap, I watched the ballrOrchesi Poster 2015 - Copy (518x800)oom, I watched the ballet, and I reminisced.

Performing arts give us a means of emotional growth. They offer us opportunity to connect with artists and to consume their art. They provide a medium through which to bond with our neighbors. Performing arts express the nuances of humanity.

Orchesis gives the CWU community all of these benefits while also providing performance and development opportunities to the dancers among the student body.

Thanks, Orchesis, for doing what you do. Oh, and bravo; the show was magnifico.

CWU Pride Week is Still Going Strong

On Tuesday, the Publicity Center’s Daniel Fisher wrote about a few events happening this week at CWU Pride Week. Well, the week is almost up as the weekend looms on the horizon, but fret not: the best is yet to come for Pride celebrations!

The Center for Diversity and Social Justice (CDSJ), the Equity and Community Services Council (ESC) and Equality through Queers and Allies (EQuAl) are all working hard to bring you the best Pride Week yet and believe you me, they’ve really out-done themselves.

Lavender Graduation

No, this isn’t a graduation ceremony for flowers at some botanical university, though I’m sure that would be pretty cool too. Lavender Graduation is a cultural celebration that recognized LGBTQIA+ students of all races and ethnicities. Hangout with other students, meet new people, and have a great time.

– Thursday, May 28 at 6 p.m. in Black Hall room 151.

Pride Parade

If you’ve ever been to the Pride Parade in Seattle, then you know just how fun parades can be. Grab a flag, make a sign, wear some cool clothes and express yourself as you march through Ellensburg. Anyone is encouraged to join and as parades go, the more the merrier.

– Friday, May 29 around 1 p.m. following the Amateur Drag Show at 11 a.m. on the SURC West Patio.

Professional Drag Show

Pro Drag

The crème de la crème. The bee’s knees. The main potato. Main potato? I don’t know. It could be a thing if we just let it.

This is the big one. Featuring a live musical performance by the award winning CWU a capella group Fantastic Forte and hosted by well-known drag performers Aquasha DeLusty and Jenuwine Beauté, this free show is set to close out Pride Week in style.

In addition to the drag show, a “Queen Fling” is scheduled following the performance, which includes an all-inclusive, all-ages dance at the Elmira in downtown Ellensburg at 117 E 4th Ave. Free transportation from the SURC to the Elmira will be provided by the CWU Access, Belonging, Learning and Equality (ABLE) club.

If you can only come to one CWU Pride Week event this week, make sure you to come to this (but please go to all of them, because they’re all totally awesome).

– Friday, May 29 at 7 p.m. in the SURC Ballroom.

‘So we put our hands up, like the ceiling can’t hold us’

Winner winner, chicken dinner. I don’t mean to be THAT guy, and I’m sort of sorry for using Macklemore lyrics as a title, but I just can’t contain my excitement! The thing is, the Publicity Center won some pretty rad awards recently, and we’re all pretty pumped.

If you’ve never heard of Visix, Inc. before, don’t worry. You’re not alone. It’s a company that runs the software behind the Wildcat Access ads you see on the T.V. screens in the SURC and all throughout campus. Those ads are designed by students and staff at the Publicity Center, with the ads themselves being coordinated with clients by a student in charge of Wildcat Access, Megan Schmitt.

For the 8th year now, Visix, Inc. has been holding a design competition called the Expression Awards, of which companies can enter if they license the Visix, Inc. software. This year, the Publicity Center entered multiple works and…

We swept the competition! (sort of). In the Best Video Design category, the winner and runner-ups were all videos produced by the Publicity Center.

The Best Video Design was awarded for a 15-second “ASCWU Elections” spot, with design elements created by senior Graphic Design major Taylor Froberg and motion graphics created by junior Film and Video Studies major Catherine Johnson.

Finalist awards in the video category were for “Mapworks” with design by Justin Beckman, Publicity Center’s senior graphic designer, and motion graphics by Johnson.

The final runner was “SEOI’s” filmed and edited by Johnson.

For being amazing in this category, we won a GoPro HERO3+ Silver camera, and a mounted, personalized Expression Award. Pretty cool huh? Now we can finally to do those extreme skateboarding videos we’ve been dreaming about.


In the Best Still Design category, the Publicity Center was a finalist for “Wildcat Shop Spring Sale” designed by Beckman.

Spring Sale WCA

We also received honorable mention nods for “Fiddler on the Roof” designed by senior Graphic Design major Kristina Von Essen.

Fiddler WCA

And finally, “Cornhole Tournament” by Beckman.

Cornhole WCA

Obviously, there’s a whole lot of talent up in this center of publicity. I didn’t win an award for “Best Snarky Writing Style” in the Blog category, but I’m still trying.

If you ever need something publicized – whether it’s a video, poster or press release – don’t worry, we’re professionals. And we have an award to prove it!

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 http://www.cwu.edu/equal/queer-art-show-submissions
or by emailing equal@cwu.edu.


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.