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<ul><li><p>Vol. 92 No. 3 Oct. 11 - 17, 2012</p><p>The BSERVERby the students &amp; for the students of CWUcwuobserver.com</p><p>O Two-Time ACP Pacemaker Award Finalist</p><p>CWUObserver</p><p>PAGE 3</p><p>Presidentialdebate Gallup poll: Romney takes two-point lead after debate </p><p>InsIDENews.........2</p><p>Opinion....6</p><p>Scene........7</p><p>Sports......12</p><p>PAGE 7</p><p>blackburnLocal band gains </p><p>exposure, plans to </p><p>record full-length </p><p>album. Show at </p><p>Prosody Oct. 19</p><p>A 'Nac for success Ranked 22nd nationally, the </p><p>Wildcats are rolling over opponents</p><p>PAGE 12</p></li><li><p> e Observer Oct. 11 - 17 , 20122</p><p>EDITORSDanny SchmidtEditor-in-Chief</p><p>Santos HerreraNews EditorJayna SmithAssistant News Editor</p><p>Chant StevensonScene EditorJeanette GensonAssistant Scene Editor</p><p>Connor VanderweystSports EditorEvan ThompsonAssistant Sports Editor</p><p>Seth LonborgPhoto EditorMichael HarrisonAssistant Photo Editor</p><p>Chloe WestOnline Editor</p><p>Landan GarciaCopy Desk Chief</p><p>Advertising SalesMikel HansonW. EllensburgJessica LibeyE. EllensburgDerrick ClaritS. Ellensburg</p><p>About The Obser verDEADLINESWeekend sports information: Sunday 5 p.m.Letters to the editor: Sunday 5 p.m.Entertainment, meetings, calendar events, display ads, classi ed ads: Friday 5 p.m.</p><p>SECTIONSEditor-in-Chiefcwuobserver@gmail.comNewscwuobservernews@gmail.comScenecwuobserverscene@gmail.comSportscwuobserversports@gmail.comOpinioncwuobserveropinion@gmail.comPhotocwuobserverphoto@gmail.com</p><p>CONTACT USThe ObserverCentral Washington University400 East University WayBouillon Hall 222Ellensburg, WA 98926</p><p>M-F 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 509-963-1073</p><p>ADVERTISINGKristin GaskillCentral Washington University400 East University WayBouillon Hall 232BEllensburg, WA 98926</p><p>509-963-1026</p><p>gaskillk@cwu.edu</p><p>Editorial policy: The Observer is a public forum for student expression, in which student editors make policy and content decisions. The mission of the Observer is two-fold: to serve Central Washington University as a newspaper and to provide training for students who are seeking a career in journalism. The Observer seeks to provide complete, accurate, dependable information to the campus and community; to provide a public forum for the free debate of issues, ideas and problems facing the community at large, and to be the best source for information, education and entertainment news. As a training program, the Observer is the practical application of the theories and principles of journalism. It teaches students to analyze and communicate information that is vital to the decision making of the community at large. It provides a forum for students to learn the ethics, values, and skills needed to succeed in their chosen career. If you have questions call (509) 963-1073.</p><p>CWU is an AA/EEO/Title IX Institution. For accommodation: CDS@cwu.edu</p><p>Grand Opening Ceremony for Central Washington Universitys New Residence Hall </p><p>Barto Halland Susan rancourt Memorial</p><p>Friday, Oct. 12, 2012 Begins at 4:15 p.m.Join us for tours and refreshments.</p><p>For more information, contact: University Housing and New Student Programs at 509-963-1831 or </p><p>housing@cwu.edu</p><p>Correction:In the story titled Nicholson Pavilion remodel nears completetion in the Oct. 4 issue, Director of Facilities Planning and Construction Bill Yarwoods name was misspelled within the article. </p><p>REPORTERSNewsAlea ThorneHouston CarrZach Smith Andrew EvansMikey RigginMatthew ThompsonChase PackmanSceneJoe ColuccioLisa CumminsMargaux MasseyBen NewbyDerek ShuckJoie SullivanSportsJeryd ClineChace DavyScott HermanKatelyn PotaskySarah RuizAmber ThorpCopy DeskCourtney BrunnerAlyssa McKinneyTi any McLeodAnya MontroseJamieToriliePhotographersCasey DemoryCindy GamboaGrace GutierrezMikel HansonQuan LamZach OlneyWade SmithLaura Walp</p><p>OnlineMeaghan KalischLacey KinsellaAlex ManenicaSuzi MirchelElliot Niederstadt</p><p>Graphic DesignDarren Stankey </p><p>STAFFCynthia Mitchell Faculty Advisermitchelc@cwu.eduKristin GaskillBusiness &amp; Ad Manager509-963-1026O ce AssistantJessie Fisher</p><p>BY SETH LONBORG</p><p>Photo EditorCentral Washington University Presi-</p><p>dent James Gaudino addressed the State of the University. He recounted how Central has met its budget challenge by focusing on enrollment.</p><p> Rather than succumb to the inevi-table cuts, we put together a leadership team to study our capacity, our enrollment trends, state demographic patterns, and other similar data Gaudino said in his prepared remarks.</p><p>He said a new and unique brand has been created for Central. </p><p>We agreed to increase enrollment by 1,000 studentsa tall order, but one that our staff and faculty have achieved, Gaud-ino said. We also agreed we would not lower admission standards in the process. </p><p>Centrals online academic programs have also increased. The number of stu-dents that enroll in online courses has grown by 20 percent every year. </p><p>According to an earlier interview with John Swiney, associate vice president for enrollment management, </p><p>Gaudino said Central now offers more online degree programs and has more students enrolled in them than any other state comprehensive university. </p><p>In another effort to increase student re-cruitment, the university has emphasized the unique connections between the stu-dent and faculty. </p><p>One campaign spotlights student-fac-</p><p>ulty connections that make Central special and allow us to add tremendous value to students education, he said. The tag line for these ads? My professor knows my name.</p><p>The president said he just received a national survey of student engagement and it showed improvements in ve key areas: level of academic challenge, active and collaborative learning, student-faculty interaction, enriching educational experi-ences, and supportive campus environ-</p><p>ment.These indica-</p><p>tors are dif cult to move in the best of times; that we have managed it against formidable odds is nothing short of remarkableand I congratulate all of you, Gaudino said.</p><p>Gaudino said he is planning to meet with depart-</p><p>ments this fall about a new innovation fund he is setting up.</p><p>Youll have to demonstrate how your idea will eventually support itself and con-tribute to the vitality of the university, Gaudino said. </p><p>If the program is successful, the spon-soring department will keep much of the revenue it generates.</p><p>Gaudino addresses the State of Central</p><p>JAMES GAUDINOUniversity President</p><p>President proposes new innovation fund</p></li><li><p> e Observer Oct. 11 - 17 , 2012NEWSEditor// Santos Herrera</p><p>3cwuobservernews@gmail.com</p><p>BY MATT THOMPSON</p><p>Staff Reporter</p><p>President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney debated over domestic poli-cy issues last Wednesday at the University of Denver in the rst presidential debate of this election season. </p><p>Courtesies between the two were quick-ly extinguished after a long friendly hand-shake marked the beginning of a heated discussion on. Topics included the role of government, the economy, healthcare and Big Bird. </p><p>Having won the coin ip, Obama spoke rst on the topic of the economy. Within the rst couple of sentences, a different president was revealed than the American public might be used to. </p><p>Obama was more passive, said Todd Schaefer, political science department chair. He looked down, didnt talk force-fully or get rattled.</p><p>Romney delivered big in Denver, ac-cording to the polls, showing that he could indeed stand toe to toe with Obama. Going into the debate, polls showed that Romney trailed Obama in several swing states, which emphasized the need for a strong performance. </p><p>The way in which you beat Republi-</p><p>cans is you either call them stupid or you paint them into a corner as radicals, said Matthew Manweller, a political science pro-fessor. I think that Romney weaved and bobbed to avoid both of those punches.</p><p>As the battle raged on between the </p><p>two politicians, facts and numbers were thrown left and right, leaving fact checkers scrambling to validate some of the claims. Both Romney and Obama were guilty of stretching the truth from time to time.</p><p>Im not looking for a $5 trillion tax cut, Romney said. What Ive said is I wont put in place a tax cut that adds to the de cit.</p><p>Romney claims that his tax plan, which includes a 20 percent tax rate reduction and an extension of Bush-era tax cuts, </p><p>would be revenue neutral. Based on the speci cs of his plan re-</p><p>leased so far it is not possible to make up that tax revenue, according to the nonpar-tisan Tax Policy Center.</p><p>Obama was not innocent of miscon-struing the facts either. When Romney made the claim that he would repeal Obamacare, Obama responded that the results would be devastating.</p><p>By repealing Obamacare, youre look-ing at 50 million people losing health in-surance, at a time when it is vitally impor-tant Obama said during the debate. </p><p>That number is actually based on an approximate calculation 10 years in the future and includes those who currently do not have any insurance, according to Politifact, a fact-checking organization. </p><p>Obamas claim also incorporates num-bers that are based on changes to Med-icaid that are not in the health care law, according to Politifact.</p><p>Its important to note that no matter who wins the debates, a presidential election is rarely determined by a debate victory. </p><p>Its generally agreed that John Kerry won his three debates with President Bush in 2004, Schaefer said. But he didnt become president.</p><p>Barackness monster vs. the stormin Mormon</p><p>BY MATT THOMPSON</p><p>Staff Reporter </p><p>As Election Day approaches, the Of- ce of Legislative Affairs is teaming up with the Washington Student Association (WSA) and the Center for Leadership and Community Engagement to prepare stu-dents to cast their ballots.</p><p>These three groups have expanded the week-long Register, Educate and Vote campaign to become a quarter-long pro-gram leading up to Election Day, Nov. 6.</p><p>Volunteers have been registering vot-ers in the SURC from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. The group has exceeded its goal of 500 student registra-tions with a grand total of 706 as of Oct. 8.</p><p>I dont care how many we get as long as we are able to increase voter participa-tion on this campus, said Brianne Wood, BOD vice president of legislative affairs. Because then it makes our jobs easier, in this of ce, to be able to advocate for what students want in Olympia.</p><p>The campaign will put on several events </p><p>that will present unbiased information on various of ce contests and referenda.</p><p>We have to educate our students, to let them know what the issues are, so they make a proper choice on their bal-lot, Wood said.</p><p>To eliminate the cost of postage, a ballot box has been placed on campus on the East patio of the SURC. Ballots from every district in Washington will be accepted at the ballot box and will be redirected to the proper county auditor. </p><p>The cost of providing this has been paid in part by the Central chapter of WSA along with the BODs Of ce of Leg-islative Affairs.</p><p>We decided to go even bigger and try to do a polling location on campus, Wood said. No one has done a polling location on campus for any of the [Washington] public universities.</p><p>An Election Assistance Center will be open on campus where students can cast their votes in person. On Nov. 5-6 citizens will have the option to print out their voter </p><p>information along with their ballots at the polling station.</p><p>Although the campaign reaches out to students to offer balanced in-formation, some students have al-ready made up their minds on who they will vote for </p><p>come Election Day. Students cite party platforms and can-</p><p>didates beliefs as the basis for their deci-sions.</p><p>I identify more generally with the Democratic party and particularly Barack Obama, said Nate Hauger, junior politi-cal science major.</p><p> Other students have had enough of partisan politics and are marking their </p><p>ballots based on the past experiences of candidates rather than which side of the political spectrum they stand.</p><p>Regardless of [their] politics Im go-ing for the person who makes the right decisions in the end for the government and the country said Ellen Urness, senior major in Paci c Asian studies.</p><p>Students also had varied responses when it came to the method in which they acquire their facts about popular topics. </p><p>Some said they get their information from the British Broadcasting Corpora-tion to ensure an unbiased presentation of data. Others are just looking for a laugh.</p><p>Hauger said he watches The Daily Show, and Colbert Report. </p><p>I like to be entertained while I learn, Hauger said.</p><p>Wood said she believes casting a ballot can make a difference.</p><p>I dont care if you mark one thing on the ballot, as long as youre actually cast-ing a ballot and showing that you actually care about something thats happening around you, Wood said.</p><p>Central brings new polling location to campus</p><p>There would have had to been more honesty and transparency for there to be a winner in that debate.</p><p> JACLYN SPERLICHSenior, political science</p><p> JASON FELLER Junior geography</p><p>I think it was interesting how sometimes they looked like they wanted to almost ght each other.</p><p> KAIRA KRUMINS Senior political science</p><p>Well I think that Romney was more uid than Obama. Obama seemed pretty shaky.</p><p> PABLO GONZALEZ Senior political science</p><p> REBEKAH SCHOONOVER Senior theatre</p><p> REED SKYLLINGSTAD Senior political science</p><p>I was actually very impressed with Romney. I was expecting him to say some things that he shouldnt have said.</p><p>I thought Obama struggled on try-ing to make his points.</p><p>Romney seemed a bit shifty, although I am a democrat.</p><p>50%</p><p>45%</p><p>Likely voter polls</p><p>Voters before the Oct. 3 debate</p><p>47%49%</p><p>ROMNEY</p><p>OBAMA</p><p>Romney inches past Obama in polls following rst debate</p><p>Voters after the Oct. 3 debate</p><p>OBAMA</p><p>ROMNEY</p><p>Upcoming debatesTonight: Vice President Joe Biden vs. </p><p>nominee Rep. Paul Ryan, at Centre </p><p>College, Danville, Ky.</p><p>Tuesday: Romney vs. Obama, Ho stra </p><p>University, Hempstead, N.Y. </p><p>I dont care how many we get as long as we are able to increase voter participation.</p><p>increase voter participation.</p><p>increase voter participation.</p><p>-BRIANNE WOODBOD vice president of legislative affairs</p><p>www.gallup.com</p></li><li><p>NEWS e Observer Oct. 11 - 17 , 20124</p><p>BY CHASE PACKMAN</p><p>Staff Reporter</p><p>Students and community members have been concerned about the poor air quality as resulting from recent forest res. Some people have limited the amount of time they spend outside, and many others have chosen to wear masks in an attempt to protect themselves. </p><p>It is better to stay inside than wear a face mask. Most people do not know how to use one properly, said Robin Read from the Department of Health. If it is not being worn properly then it is completely ineffective.</p><p>Although the smoke affects everyone, certain groups are at greater risk. </p><p>People over the age of 65, people with breathing problems such as asthma, and smokers are all at greater risk of being af-fected by the smoke, Read said. </p><p>People with none of the above condi-tions arent necessarily safe from coming down with serious breathing problems as a result of the smoke. Samantha Bradley, a student and member of the dance team at Central, can attest to this. </p><p>I woke up around 2 a.m....</p></li></ul>