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Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

By Weston Morrow

News Editor


Central Washington University had over 200 biology majors as of winter 2011. If United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have their way, Central's biology department may find itself with one fewer honor roll student.

Al Okere, junior biology, has been informed that he is to be deported. The deportation could happen any day.

Al, 21, has lived in the United States for 16 years. When he was five, he and his mother fled Nigeria and sought asylum in America after his father was assassinated.

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012


After working in law enforcement for 15 years, Wava Miller suddenly lost her job after calling in to take care of her wife who was sick after a recent surgery.

This is what domestic partners Wava Miller and Kim Hitchcock dealt with when Miller was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation and termination at the Clackamas County Sheriff ’s Department on April 26, 2008.

“At the time I wasn’t given a reason,” said Miller, freshman behavioral psychology, about why she was being placed on administrative leave.

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

• A man was reportedly urinating in the bushes on North Ruby Street and talking to himself.

• A UPS package was reportedly stolen from in front of a residence on Mountain Top Drive.

• An older man reportedly borrowed $40 to buy cigarettes then denied borrowing the money.

• A person called to ask if there were arrest warrants out for him from the Yakima Municipal Court.

• A tree reportedly fell on a house on East Idaho Avenue.

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012


War Horse, Racing Stripes, The Legend of Zorro, Unstoppable and Evan Almighty are all Hollywood movies, but they also have something else in common: Bill Lawrence.

Lawrence, an Ellensburg native, is a horse trainer who uses a technique called “liberty work” to train certain animals in feature films.

This means that the animals are at liberty when they are being trained. Lawrence uses whips to direct the horse, not to punish the horse. The whips are used as a guide only.

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012


“Thanks y’all, now go back to studying! LOL” is what pop star Britney Spears tweeted when she saw a YouTube video created by Central’s very own Jake Updegraff, senior broadcast journalism, wishing her a happy 30th birthday.

Updegraff has always been a huge Britney fan.

“I used to get in fights with kids at school cause they said she had fake boobs,” Updegraff said.

He has always wanted to do something like this and since Britney was turning 30, it was the perfect opportunity.

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012


MENDE SMITH, assistant scene editor

The Tav

The Tav has long been the best bar in Ellensburg. THE VIBE: A local hang out—filled with drinkers playing a set jukebox of classic tunes. This is not a “party” bar. It is a brick-and-mortar tavern with dark corner booths where you can watch the ball games and the names of drinkers and diners over the years have been chiseled into the walls. The Tav is the warm-up for the bar beat. KNOWN FOR: Beer, wine and the best burgers in town.

Drink Specials:

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012


Central Washington University’s women’s basketball team traveled to Nampa, Idaho over the weekend to take on conference rival, the Northwest Nazarene Crusaders. While the junior duo Alex Dunn and Jessica Vandyke combined for a total of 55 points, it was not enough to get the win as the Wildcats fell to Northwest Nazarene in a close overtime battle.

The Wildcats are now 1-4 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC), leaving them at 4-6 overall on the season.

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

BY EVAN THOMPSON, Senior Reporter

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

BY MICHAEL NAJERA, Staff Photographer

A new gym ushered in disciples of the new Crossfit fitness program at its grand opening on Jan. 7.

Ellensburg Crossfit, owned and operated by head trainer Taylor Clark, offers a place for community members and Central students to burn fat and calories. Located off Vantage Highway, the gym is about a five-minute drive east from Central’s campus.

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