The Daily Evergreen

Mom’s and Dad’s Weekends change to ‘Family Weekends’

Family Weekend is open for people who support WSU students including parents, siblings, aunts and uncles.

HUNTER ORCUTT, Evergreen reporter

September 21, 2020

After last year’s Coug Dad of the Year Award went to a student’s brother, a committee of staff members rebranded WSU’s Mom's and Dad’s Weekends to Family Weekends.  The rebrand was done to increase inclusivity, said Kari Sampson, assistant director of student experience and external relatio...

Researcher made chair of plant pathology department

André-Denis Wright, dean of WSU’s College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences, said the $3 million endowment will result in reliable revenue for the college.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

September 21, 2020

A WSU plant pathology researcher will be the first to serve in the newly established Rosalie & Harold Rea Brown Distinguished Endowed Chair in Plant Pathology after his uncle gifted the WSU Foundation $3 million for wheat production research.  Tim Murray’s grandparents were Rosalie and Harold Rea Brown and the donor, ...

WSU Board of Regents approves financial plan

The university expects a revenue loss of $54.4 million, assuming WSU plays football, during the 2021 fiscal year. WSU will fully repay the debt over a maximum period of 10 years.

MICHELLE PAREDES STRONG, Evergreen reporter

September 18, 2020

The WSU Board of Regents approved a financial plan for the university during its virtual meeting on Friday. WSU will not take out more than $30 million in loans. The money will go toward the $54.4 million revenue loss that is expected to occur, assuming WSU plays football, during the 2021 fiscal ...

WSU Board of Regents reviews financial impacts of athletics, COVID-19

WSU is still asking for full funding for the athletics budget. The athletics deficit has grown by $25 million, partly due to the loss of PAC-12 ticket sales.

MICHELLE PAREDES STRONG, Evergreen reporter

September 18, 2020

The WSU Board of Regents discussed WSU’s previously-created financial plan and the athletics deficit during its virtual meeting on Thursday. Financial Planning  A new financial plan will help the university recover from the financial challenges brought on by COVID-19, said Stacy Pearson, vice president ...

WSU will not defer employees’ social security tax

To qualify for deferral, employees must make  less than $4,000 every two weeks.

BROOKLYNN HILLEMANN, Evergreen reporter

September 18, 2020

WSU is not participating in President Donald Trump’s executive order to defer social security tax for employees.  At the beginning of the month, employers across the country were given the option to defer employees’ social security tax until Dec. 31, said Kimberly Lawton, WSU director of Payroll...

WSU offers virtual conference service

The virtual conferences have a vendor hall feature clients can use that allows participants to look at a 2D rendering of the exhibit hall with vendor logos. Participants can click on the logos to join solo and group conversations.

BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter

September 18, 2020

WSU Professional Education offers a virtual conference service, in which staff members put on customized conferences and help behind the scenes. PE is a division of Academic Outreach and Innovation that provides event management and conference planning to clients, such as WSU departments or governm...

WSU students’ attempt to return to normal is ‘fueling the epidemic’

WSU’S COVID-19 testing sites moved to the entrance of Beasley Coliseum due to wildfire smoke on campus Tuesday. The testing at Beasley is being conducted by the National Guard and is free for all WSU students. Testing is available on site 12-6 p.m. through Friday.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

September 17, 2020

Despite local restrictions on social gatherings and WSU’s switch to distance learning, Pullman currently has the second greatest daily COVID-19 case average by population in the U.S.  In the last 26 days, 924 cases were confirmed within Whitman County. Before that, there were 142 confirmed positive cases over an approximately five-mon...

Comedian with muscular dystrophy advocates universal health care

Comedian Steve Way has muscular dystrophy. When he was 14, he ended up with a $750,000 hospital bill because of a back surgery to fix his curved spine that went wrong. He is now an advocate for universal health care.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

September 17, 2020

Steve Way was 14 when the back surgery that was supposed to fix his curved spine nearly killed him. He knew returning to the hospital in the days after the surgery, which involved the installation of a metal rod in his spine, would mean more in cost. So, even though he was feeling “pretty sh*tty,”...

ASWSU Senate appoints communications senator

The ASWSU communications team has been working on the “Why I Wear a Mask” campaign to inform students about COVID-19.

BROOKLYNN HILLEMANN, Evergreen reporter

September 17, 2020

The ASWSU Senate filled the communication position and confirmed the Asian Pacific American Student Coalition chair during Wednesday night’s meeting. The Senate confirmed Bailey Halpin, senior human resource management major and current president of the APASC, as the organization's chair. Ha...

Greek community responds to pandemic

Greek chapters must do non-social events virtually because of CORE. The COVID-19 Organization Response Expectations document outlines guidelines for sorority and fraternity members to follow so they comply with COVID-19 guidelines. Non-social events that cannot be done virtually require masks and social distancing.

LOREN NEGRON, Evergreen reporter

September 17, 2020

Greek chapter facilities are required to follow COVID-19 guidelines set forth by the state and Greek councils and may be liable to a conduct review process if an alleged violation is reported. The Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Council and Multicultural Greek Council developed a COVID-19 Organizat...

Students speak about high school experience amid pandemic

Classes at Pullman High School began Aug. 31. Students say classes are more populated and teachers are more flexible than last school year.

HUNTER ORCUTT, Evergreen reporter

September 16, 2020

As local COVID-19 numbers continue to rise, students attending high school discuss adapting to online learning, missing social interaction and worrying about the pandemic. Not being able to attend physical classes and socialize with other students is frustrating, Steven Burkett, senior at Pullman ...

Instructors receive extension for UCORE course revisions

Mary Wack, vice provost for academic engagement and student achievement, said UCORE courses are revised every five years.

JENAE LAXSON, Evergreen reporter

September 16, 2020

WSU postponed the renewal of University Common Requirements classes for the 2020-21 school year, which means UCORE professors have a one-year extension to rewrite their courses.  The UCORE committee and instructors will revise course designations because the curriculum’s current structure does ...

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