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WSU submits biennial budget proposal for 2021-23

WSU submitted a capital budget request for $139,400,000 to the state, which will finance 10 projects, said Kate Kamerrer, WSU executive director of facilities, finance and building services.

JENAE LAXSON, Evergreen reporter

October 19, 2020

WSU submitted a $422.1 million budget proposal for 2021-23, which will finance the construction and renovation of buildings on the WSU Pullman campus. The proposal includes the capital and operating budget requests, said Kelley Westhoff, WSU executive director of budget, planning and analysis.  ...

Zip’s Drive-In fined for mask mandate violations

Zip's Drive-In fined for mask mandate violations

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

October 9, 2020

Zip’s Drive-In in Colfax was fined $1,800 by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries for three violations regarding the governor’s public health orders. The restaurant did not require customers without masks to wear one and did not have any visible signs that required customers...

Pullman saw $700,000 drop in yearly revenue, finance director says

City officials say Pullman will bounce back from the economic turmoil caused by the pandemic, but a yearly budget may be difficult to plan for as of now.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

October 7, 2020

The City of Pullman saw more than a $700,000 drop in overall revenue during 2020, with much of the loss coming from a decrease in sales, gambling, admissions and public utilities taxes, according to a city official during the virtual city council meeting on Tuesday.  Mike Urban, director of finance and administ...

WSU offering COVID-19 testing to employees

The National Guard sets up for COVID-19 testing at the Steptoe apartments on the WSU campus Sept. 8, 2020.

MICHELLE PAREDES STRONG, Evergreen reporter

October 2, 2020

Voluntary, asymptomatic, free COVID-19 testing is available on-campus for WSU employees until Nov. 20 without need for an appointment. Student employees are not eligible to be tested, said Phil Weiler, WSU Vice President for Marketing and Communications. Unlike with the student testing, the Nationa...

City council supports police issuing tickets to COVID-19 partygoers

Pullman City councilmembers approved thousands of dollars in public works projects during a meeting Tuesday night.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

September 16, 2020

Pullman City Council unanimously approved higher penalties for violating public health orders in an attempt to mitigate the recent COVID-19 spike in the city during a virtual meeting Tuesday night. Pullman Police will now issue tickets to partygoers and increase the first-offense fine to $250 and ...

WSU testing locations offer testing free to all students

Students must have their Cougar Card when they get tested as proof of identification.

BROOKLYNN HILLEMANN, Evergreen reporter

September 9, 2020

COVID-19 testing at the National Guard and Cougar Health Services testing sites is free for all WSU students. Testing was originally only free for students who did not have insurance, according to an Evergreen article. Students must bring their Cougar Card to the site as proof of identification and will receive a test, said Phil Weiler, WSU vice president for marketing and commu...

WSU waives fall course fees for undergraduate, graduate students

Elizabeth Chilton, provost and executive vice president, said lab fees are waived for undergraduate science and art classes.

JENAE LAXSON, Evergreen reporter

August 24, 2020

WSU Student Financial Services will waive student course fees for undergraduate and graduate students for fall because of the financial impact caused by COVID-19.  Waiving course fees will help lessen the financial burden on students and parents, said Elizabeth Chilton, provost and executive vice presid...

Local cinema temporarily closes

Pullman Village Centre Cinemas might reopen late August if new movie titles become available.

ANDREA GONZALEZ, Evergreen reporter

August 17, 2020

Pullman Village Centre Cinemas is temporarily closed because no new movie titles are available. However, the cinema is offering private screenings.  Sean Warner, Village Center Cinema chief operating officer, said movie studios have not released new movies since March. The cinema was playing older...

WSU’s move to distance learning will not cost less, university officials say

Stacy Pearson, WSU vice president of finance and administration, said the university is still reviewing the mandated 10 percent budget cuts.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

July 31, 2020

The move to remote instruction will not come with fewer expenses, WSU officials said Friday afternoon in the online COVID-19 Town Hall.  “Certainly it’s not less expensive,” WSU Provost Elizabeth Chilton said. “As someone who has taught courses in both remote environment and face to face, it...

Pullman faces economic uncertainty, city finance director says

Councilmember Al Sorenson said he noticed problems with spacing between barriers and parking spots in the pop-up parking trial.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

July 29, 2020

The City of Pullman may face a 12 percent drop in revenue in the coming months, but city officials said they expected worse after months of economic slowdown.  Financial update 2020 Pullman Finance Director Mike Urban gave a presentation during Tuesday’s virtual city council meeting on the fi...

Schulz says tuition stays the same; student fees to be reevaluated

WSU President Kirk Schulz said he acknowledges the financial hardships of students and families, but tuition dollars fund the valuable educational experience at WSU. 

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

July 25, 2020

WSU will not reduce tuition for any students, WSU President Kirk Schulz confirmed Friday afternoon in an online town hall.  “I would ask our Coug family to remember we’re also in the midst of a pandemic, and the university is cutting back on a lot of our expenses,” Schulz said.  WSU upd...

Crimson Community Grants provide emergency funding for students

Kelly Demand and her team looked through grant applications. She said they

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

July 24, 2020

Nearly 800 students received funding from the Crimson Community Grant project, which distributed more than $500,000 worth of funding in partnership with BECU. Each recipient was given between $200 and $1,000.  “With your generosity, I will be able to continue my research from home,” wrote Azdren Coma...

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