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WSU will not refund student fees

Mary Jo Gonzales,  Vice President of Student Affairs, said students fees are used to help WSU pay for outstanding deficits.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

May 15, 2020

WSU officials confirmed in an online town hall that the university will not refund spring semester student fees, following a national trend of universities who either only partially refunded fees or did not at all. Mary Jo Gonzales, vice president of Student Affairs, said the Center for Civic Engageme...

‘Lost’ apple rediscovered near WSU

David Benscoter, founder of the Lost Apple Project, said the Mihalyfi was one of 20 Hungarian apple varieties brought to the then Washington State Agricultural College in the late 1800s.

JAKOB THORINGTON, Evergreen reporter

May 15, 2020

Approximately seven miles southeast of WSU’s Pullman campus on Rocky Butte, a historic apple was rediscovered by the Lost Apple Project. Roy Druffel, a farmer who owns land on Rocky Butte, is a committee member of the Lost Apple Project and discovered the Mihalyfi apple. Project founder David Bensc...

New COVID-19 case confirmed in Whitman County

New COVID-19 case confirmed in Whitman County

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

May 15, 2020

A new case of COVID-19 was diagnosed in Whitman County on Thursday, which brings the number of confirmed cases to 17.  The patient is a 20-39-year-old female, according to a press release from the Whitman County Emergency Operations Center. She is stable and isolating at home.  Health officials are working to identify the individual’s close conta...

WSU offers employees tuition waivers for online classes

Cathy Lentz, program manager for Academic Outreach and Innovation, said some WSU employees are eligible for tuition waivers which will be applied for courses this summer.

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter

May 15, 2020

For the first time, WSU employees are able to waive tuition for Global Campus’ summer classes. Global Campus lets students take courses online. Students are not required to be online at a set time during the day, said Dave Cillay, WSU Global Campus chancellor. Cathy Lentz, program manager for Acad...

Athletic department reports $1.9 million increase in deficit

Matt Kleffner, CFO of the athletic department, said the $3.3 million loss in revenue was due to loss of proceeds from baseball games, concessions and reductions in contributions.

BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter

May 15, 2020

With spring sports being cancelled due to COVID-19, the WSU Athletic Department has reported a $1.9 million increase to their deficit this year. Matt Kleffner, CFO of the athletic department, said the deficit increase was caused by a lack of revenue from the NCAA. WSU lost about $3.3 million in rev...

Shirts designed to raise money for student emergency funds

Tony Poston, president of College Hill Custom Threads, said he had the idea to create shirts with the WSU logo and the word

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter

May 15, 2020

A virtual pop-up shop is selling WSU campus-themed shirts in which proceeds will go toward helping students. Six shirts have been designed — one for each WSU campus — with the university logo and name of the campus, said Tony Poston, president of College Hill Custom Threads.  The pop-up shop...

Neill’s Coffee and Ice Cream to replace Daily Grind on Main Street

Neill's Sweet Shop used to sell flowers and ice cream. The original store on Main Street opened 100 years ago.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

May 13, 2020

The owners of Neill’s Flowers and Gifts will open Neill’s Coffee and Ice Cream, a new store modeled after old-fashioned soda counters, this summer at the location formerly occupied by Daily Grind on Main Street.  Chris Chandler, special projects manager at Neill’s Flowers and Gifts, said they hop...

Whitman County submits waiver for Safe Start Washington Phase 2

Whitman County submits waiver for Safe Start Washington Phase 2

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

May 13, 2020

Whitman County has not had any new positive cases of COVID-19 since April 22, which means the county is now eligible for a waiver to progress to Phase 2 of Safe Start Washington.  Whitman County has had 16 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 for the last three weeks, according to a press release fro...

City Council discusses Pullman reopening

Mayor Glenn Johnson said the Whitman County Health Department, Whitman County commissioners, and mayors of each city within Whitman County are backing the application for transitioning Whitman County to Phase 2.

BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter

May 13, 2020

Councilmembers addressed the effects of COVID-19 on the city and the possibility of Pullman moving to Phase 2 of reopening during the city council meeting Tuesday. Mayor Glenn Johnson said the Whitman County Health Department, Whitman County commissioners, and mayors of each city within Whitman C...

Essential workers on a quiet campus

About 10 people out of 40 are reporting to work for the Mailing Services in the Cooper Publications Building, said Ed Sala, director of WSU Press.

JAKOB THORINGTON, Evergreen reporter

May 13, 2020

As essential workers abide by the state’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order, WSU Police has more officers working over the summer compared to prior years. “People have canceled their vacations so there’s more [officers] working,” WSU Police Cpl. Kelly Stewart said. While many people across the na...

Harbor Freight Tools makes its debut

Harbor Freight Tools soft-opened Tuesday morning. There will be a grand ceremony on May 30 to celebrate its opening.

MADYSEN MCLAIN, Evergreen reporter

May 13, 2020

Harbor Freight Tools opened its doors for the first time Tuesday morning.  Sales Manager Daniel Loebs said the first day of business for the store maintained a steady flow of customers, even with it being a ‘soft open.’ The store, 1450 S. Grand Avenue, replaced the old Shopko. Loebs said Ha...

WSU to demolish Johnson Hall

The demolition of Johnson Hall will cost about $8 million and will be replaced by a new USDA Agricultural Research Services building.

ANDREA GONZALEZ, Evergreen reporter

May 13, 2020

WSU hopes to receive state funding between the 2021 and 2023 fiscal year in order to demolish Johnson Hall, which would cost about $8 million.  Phil Weiler, WSU’s vice president for marketing and communications, said they plan to replace Johnson Hall with a new USDA Agricultural Research Services...

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