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WSU implements freeze on non-essential contracts, discretionary purchases

Matthew Skinner, associate vice president for WSU Financial Services, said the freeze will help staff prepare for funding reductions and offers some financial flexibility.

BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter

July 13, 2020

WSU has placed an immediate freeze on all non-essential contracts and discretionary purchases of equipment and software to compensate for a 10 percent reduction in funds. Matthew Skinner, associate vice president for WSU Financial Services, said the freeze works as a tool to help staff prepare for fu...

WSU amends housing policy after petition gains over 5,000 signatures

In order to be assigned a dorm, students were required to agree, in the original housing contract, to not cancel their contract even if they were not able to stay in the dorms due to COVID-19.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

July 8, 2020

Writer’s note: The comments made by Curtis Cohen and Riley, the other student quoted, were made before either student, or myself, was aware of the amendment made to the addendum.   WSU updated its housing policy, which originally told students it would not refund housing costs should the coronav...

Fulbright Academy delays trips abroad to prevent possible COVID-19 infections

The Fulbright Academy has deferred all travel abroad plans for students, staff and faculty due to COVID-19.

BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter

July 8, 2020

The Fulbright Academy has deferred all trips abroad for scholars and members due to COVID-19, which affects the plans of many WSU students and faculty. Erin-Kae Rice, director of external affairs for WSU’s Office of International Programs, said the academy offers students, faculty and staff the chan...

Board of Regents increases tuition; WSU Athletics faces $99 million deficit

WSU Athletics Director Pat Chun, left center, said the department's revenue will drop about $6 million. WSU President Kirk Schulz, far right, said he believes football will continue fall semester.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

June 29, 2020

The WSU Board of Regents approved the WSU Athletics Budget, increased student tuition by 2.5 percent, and made cuts to President Kirk Schulz’s salary during the virtual meeting on Friday.  Board members approved the budget for WSU Athletics. Athletic Director Pat Chun said the department anticipat...

WSU officials solidify plan for fall instruction

WSU Interim Provost Bryan Slinker said signage will be used to direct students through hallways and maintain social distancing.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

June 26, 2020

WSU still plans for in-person fall instruction, but officials confirmed the semester will move to online learning after Thanksgiving. This is among many changes addressed during the WSU COVID-19 Town Hall held on Wednesday afternoon. Class sizes will not exceed 50 students, and students will have...

Employment of certain groups more likely to be affected by pandemic, study says

A study examining unemployment during COVID-19 found that women with children, people with disabilities, as well as certain racial and ethnic groups were more likely to lose employment or experience a decrease in hours.

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter

June 24, 2020

A WSU associate professor interested in the effects of the pandemic and resulting recession authored a paper on groups of people whose employment is more likely to be affected during COVID-19.  Ben Cowan, associate professor for the WSU School of Economic Sciences, conducted a study that found peop...

Farm workers describe struggles during COVID-19

One employee at a cherry orchard said she works at least 12 hours a day from 5 a.m. to 5 or 6 p.m.

ALANA LACKNER, Evergreen reporter

June 15, 2020

Every morning, Neida Regis is out of her house by 4:30 a.m., so she can make it to the orchard by 5. She makes sure to grab her face mask, knowing she will not be back until 5 or 6 p.m., the same as every day during cherry season.  For a month and half, she will have no weekends or time off, jus...

WSU proposes 2.5 percent tuition increase for all students

Stacy Pearson, vice president of WSU's Finance and Administration, said 2.5 percent is the maximum amount tuition can be increased this year, as allowed by the state of Washington.

ALANA LACKNER, Evergreen reporter

June 12, 2020

WSU plans to request a 2.5 percent tuition increase for the 2020-2021 academic year. The increase will apply to all students, regardless of residency and undergraduate or graduate status. The only exception is professional students, as their tuition increase will vary from program to program, said Stac...

City council considers new parking, ‘streatery’ on Main Street

A plan was presented to Pullman City Council during the meeting Tuesday. The plan would add a bicycle lane and a pop-up trial of three temporary parking stalls on Main Street.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

June 10, 2020

The Pullman City Council voted to apply for additional parking and a new streatery on Main Street during its virtual meeting on Tuesday.  The council unanimously chose to file a grant with the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee to get the funds needed for the new parking and improved plaza design. If...

Most remaining businesses now open in Phase 3

Whitman County entered Phase 3 on June 6. Several business are still closed, awaiting opening guidelines from the governor's office.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

June 10, 2020

John Wiesman, Washington's Secretary of Health, approved Whitman County to enter Phase 3 of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Safe Start Washington Plan on June 6. Phase 3 allows most remaining closed businesses to reopen once they can meet safety guidelines from the governor’s office.  Whitman County has ...

WSU Athletics reduces spending in effort to maintain budget recovery

Matt Kleffner, WSU Athletics chief financial officer, said their main priority is to keep the student-athlete experience the same.

LUKE HUDSON, Evergreen reporter

June 8, 2020

The WSU Athletics Department is expecting a drop in revenue due to COVID-19. It will reduce spending this year to maintain its financial recovery plan. Matt Kleffner, WSU Athletics chief financial officer, said the department expects lower revenue from ticket sales, donations and concessions. A...

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