CWUASCWU NewsASCWU Newshttp://www.cwu.edu/ascwu/newsen-usCWU Red Sand Project Breaks Silence of Human Traffickinghttp://www.cwu.edu/ascwu/node/2935Wed, 11 Jan 2017 16:45:40<p>A Human Trafficking Info Graphic steady stream of red sand will begin to appear in sidewalk cracks across the Central Washington University campus starting at noon on January 13, outside the west SURC entrance.</p><p>Through a methodical campaign called the Red Sand <a href="/ascwu/sites/cts.cwu.edu.ascwu/files/documents/Human Trafficking Info Graphic.pdf"><img style="margin: 3px; width: 154px; height: 600px; float: right;" alt="Human Trafficking Info Graphic" src="/ascwu/sites/cts.cwu.edu.ascwu/files/Human%20Trafficking%20Info%20Graphic.jpg"></a>Project, CWU Student Art Club hopes to raise awareness of human trafficking.</p><p>“Hundreds of thousands of people are trafficked every day,” said student art club vice president Hailey McGraw. “People tend to think they’re adults and teenagers, but it’s children too.”</p><p>Each week more sand-filled cracks will continue to spread throughout campus, while posters that were designed by McGraw are strategically placed. As time progresses and the environmentally-safe sand begins to spread throughout campus, the poster messaging will become more and more impactful.</p><p>The project will continue through spring quarter, culminating in a panel discussion about trafficking.</p><p>Bringing the project to CWU was the idea of Ellen Avitts, associate professor of art history and the art club advisor. Avitts became aware of the issue when, through a journal assignment, she discovered that one of her students was a survivor of human trafficking.</p><p>“I was really blown away at that and realized, man, am I living in a bubble,” said Avitts.</p><p>This new reality stuck with Avitts and moved her to research the topic, but she didn’t know what she could do. That was until this past fall, when she met with the art club to discuss their goals for the year. After sharing the Red Sand Project idea, the club unanimously agreed.</p><p>“Rather than just making it (art), it was making art with a purpose,” said McGraw.</p><p>McGraw has seen the club membership grow significantly since they decided to take on this project and credits the increase to people’s desire to make a difference.</p><p>Students from other clubs are invited to join the art club in spreading sand throughout campus. All students are encouraged to join the project by helping in the campaign or researching the topic on their own. To join the project, contact art club advisor Ellen Avitts at <a href="mailto:avittse@cwu.edu">avittse@cwu.edu</a>.</p><p>The original <a href="https://redsandproject.org/">Red Sand Project</a> was created by experimental artist and activist Molly Gochman in Houston, Texas in 2014 and has spread nationwide.</p><p>Media contact: Dawn Alford, public affairs coordinator, 509-963-1484, <a href="mailto:dawn.alford@cwu.edu">dawn.alford@cwu.edu</a>.</p><p>January 11, 2017</p><p>&nbsp;</p></a href="mailto:avittse@cwu.edu"></a href="mailto:dawn.alford@cwu.edu">Club Fair and Food Drive: Donate Food and Find Your Place on Campushttp://www.cwu.edu/ascwu/node/2931Wed, 11 Jan 2017 10:11:49<p>One of the goals of this year’s Club Fair and Food Drive is to give students a chance to find their place on campus. But another goal is to donate to President United to Solve Hunger (PUSH). The event will be held in the Student Union and Recreation Center room 137 from 1 to 3 p.m. on Jan. 17. It’s free and open to students.</p><p>Stan Southern, ASCWU club events coordinator, said the hope is that by holding these events on a regular basis the students will find the club that works for them.</p><p>PUSH is a national organization that helps universities in the fight against hunger, malnutrition and homelessness on campuses. Here on CWU’s campus, every ASCWU event will be linked with PUSH and give students a chance to donate food. The clubs will be competing to see which one can raise the most amount of cans to win a pizza party. In addition, there will be a dessert bar open for everyone to enjoy.</p><p>For more information, contact Stan Southern at 509-923-1523, clubevents@cwu.edu, or in SURC Room 236.</p>Not In Our KittCohttp://www.cwu.edu/ascwu/node/2904Mon, 07 Nov 2016 13:57:46<p>Monday November 14th @ 4-6 p.m there will be a peaceful march in support of this movement we will start at the SURC pit and walk throughout the community holding peace signs (They will be provided at the beginning of the march) and return back to the campus SURC pit @ 6 p.m. We ask that you bring a flashlight and dress warm, the march will happen rain or shine.</p>Public Statement: Nina Caldwellhttp://www.cwu.edu/ascwu/node/2779Wed, 28 Oct 2015 15:33:59<p>Recently the Observer published an article on the ASCWU&nbsp;Student Government where one of our officers was misinterpreted, Nina Caldwell has released a Public Statement for clarifications on her stance.</p><blockquote><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="/ascwu/sites/cts.cwu.edu.ascwu/files/Public%20Statement%20-%20Nina%20Caldwell.pdf" target="_blank">Public Statement on Observer Article of October 14,2015</a></p></blockquote></p style="text-align: center;">ASCWU Student Government Election Season Openshttp://www.cwu.edu/ascwu/node/2727Sun, 01 Mar 2015 21:43:01<p>(Ellensburg, Wash. - March 1, 2015) &nbsp;There are more than 11,000 reasons to run for student government office: the interests of CWU&nbsp;Wildcats in Ellensburg and at seven other campus locations statewide! The election season kicks off Monday, March 2, when candidate registration opens. Those interested in learning more can register to receive an election packet by submitting a form at <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/ascwu/election-candidate-registration" target="_blank">www.cwu.edu/ascwu </a>or stopping by the Campus Life office in SURC 263. &nbsp;</p><p>Student Government officers work 14-19 hours per week, receive a stipend and private office in the SURC, and are the elected voice of CWU students on a wide variety of issues at all levels of the university and state government. Register to pick up an election packet with all of the details; talk to your friends, teammates, and classmates about what issues and opportunities are important to CWU students. Whether you decide to run for office or support another's candidacy, every student opinion and vote counts!</p><p>&nbsp;</p>Board of Trustee Opted Not to Raise Tuition for the 2014-2015 Academic Yearhttp://www.cwu.edu/ascwu/node/2700Wed, 26 Mar 2014 15:40:40<p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">(Ellensburg, Wash. – Mar. 26, 2014) On Tuesday, March 25 the Board of Trustees opted not to raise tuition or expand the number of credits that students pay for in the 2014-2015 academic year. The Student Board of Directors released this statement in response to that decision:</span></p><p>The ASCWU-BOD recognizes the difficult situation that the Board of Trustees and the Administration are dealing with in regards to the Universities financial situation. It is regrettable that the institution has been placed in a position where it must make decisions on whether to increase the cost of attendance to students or cut vital programs and services. As we move forward we will work with the Administration to mitigate any negative financial impacts to student academic programs. In addition to that we will collaborate with the Administration to develop potential strategies promoting state reinvestment in higher education.</p><p><br>For more information contact Arturo Arellano Jr. at 509-963-1769 or BODpr@cwu.edu or Bryan Elliott at 509-963-1700 or BODpresident@cwu.edu</p></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></br>Winter Quarter Public Meetingshttp://www.cwu.edu/ascwu/node/2682Mon, 30 Dec 2013 14:03:08<p>There are just three meetings remaining for Winter Quarter 2015. Make plans to attend Mondays at 7 p.m. in the SURC Pit, and take advantage of the public comment period if you have any questions you'd like to bring to your student government.</p>Election Assistance Center at CWU Nov. 4 & 5 http://www.cwu.edu/ascwu/node/2674Wed, 23 Oct 2013 12:01:38<p>(Ellensburg, Wash. – Oct. 22, 2013) Have a question about the state’s upcoming General Election? Not sure where to turn in your ballot? The Associated Students of CWU-Board of Directors (ASCWU-BOD) and the CWU Center for Leadership and Community Engagement (CLCE) will be hosting an Election Assistance Center Monday, Nov. 4 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Tuesday, Nov. 5 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Student Union and Recreation Center (SURC) room 137. The Election Assistance Center is free and open to all voters.</p><p>“We will have computers set up so anyone can come in and print out their ballot for any county in Washington state. They can fill out their ballot and drop it off right there,” says Cassandra DuBore, ASCWU-BOD vice-president of Legislative Affairs.</p><p>Constituents will be voting on statewide ballot measures including I-517 regarding penalties for interfering with or retaliating against signature gatherers and petition signers as well as I-522 concerning the labeling of genetically engineered food, just to name a few. There are also three special state Senate races as well as numerous local and county races and measures.</p><p>Kittitas County Auditor Jerry Pettit will be providing the Election Assistance Center with two temporary ballot boxes to make sure every vote is counted.&nbsp;</p><p>For more information contact DuBore at 509-963-1696 or BODLeg@cwu.edu.</p><p>This event is sponsored by CLCE and the ASCWU-BOD. Persons of disability may make arrangements for reasonable accommodation by calling 509-963-1696 or by e-mailing CDS@cwu.edu.</p><p>Central Washington University is a master’s degree-granting institution with approximately 10,000 students and 1500 faculty and staff. More than 160 undergraduate and master’s degrees are offered. Founded in 1891, the Ellensburg campus is located in the heart of Washington State, nestled between the Cascade Mountains and the Columbia River. Since 1975, CWU has served the needs of place-bound students at six university centers throughout the state. Central Washington University is an AA/EEO/Title IX Institution.</p>Quarter to Semester Conversion Surveyhttp://www.cwu.edu/ascwu/node/2673Wed, 23 Oct 2013 12:00:37<p>(Ellensburg, Wash. – Oct. 4, 2013) One of the ASCWU-BOD’s goals for this year is to seek and receive more student input than ever before. Central is considering converting from quarters to semesters and the BOD is providing students with a forum to give feedback on the matter. The BOD will send out a survey via email to all CWU students Oct. 9, which will stay open until midnight on Oct. 27.</p><p>“I think the survey is important to each student because it directly affects their academics and can have a direct impact on their lives. Many times I’ve heard students wonder why they don’t have a voice in major decisions around campus and this survey gives everyone that chance so I urge all students to participate,” commented Jacob Wittman, ASCWU-BOD Vice President.</p><p>Students should be sure to check their email for the survey and respond as thoughtfully and honestly as possible. The BOD always values students’ opinions, particularly in cases such as this where all students would be affected. Don’t miss the opportunity to make a case, whether for or against the conversion.</p><p>For more information please contact Arturo Arellano at 509-963-1769 or BODpr@cwu.edu.</p><p>This event is sponsored by ASCWU-BOD. Persons of disability may make arrangements for reasonable accommodation by calling 509-963-1693 or by e-mailing CDS@cwu.edu.</p><p>Central Washington University is a master’s degree-granting institution with approximately 10,000 students and 1500 faculty and staff. More than 160 undergraduate and master’s degrees are offered. Founded in 1891, the Ellensburg campus is located in the heart of Washington State, nestled between the Cascade Mountains and the Columbia River. Since 1975, CWU has served the needs of place-bound students at six university centers throughout the state. Central Washington University is an AA/EEO/Title IX Institution.</p>FIRESIDE CHAT 4-5pmhttp://www.cwu.edu/ascwu/node/2663Wed, 02 Oct 2013 08:56:01<p>Thursday, Oct 3, 2013<br>&nbsp;</p><p>SURC Pit · Free 4-5 p.m.</p><p>Join the students of the ASCWU-BOD as they host an open forum with the CWU Board of Trustees. Everyone is welcome to ask questions, give feedback or voice concerns.</p><p>SURC 236 · 509-963-1693 · ascwu@cwu.edu · www.cwu.edu/ascwu</p></br>