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Creating a community for resident students

OPINION: by Olivia Dunn St. Catherine University’s Residence Hall Association (RHA) is primarily known for one thing: programs. Programs such as Grocery Bingo and Late Night Breakfast have been popular with St. Kate’s student for years. But are you aware of what else RHA can do for you? “One of our team goals is to be known on campus as a resident resource and increase active participation/membership” says Franceska Moua, Sociology and Women in International Development double major, ’20. Moua was elected RHA president for the 2017-2018 school year. “Many resident students don’t recognize all the resources our organization has to offer.” RHA Continue Reading

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New student-authored administrative policy makes space for non-Christian students’ religious practices

Prior to November 6th, 2017, non-Christian St. Kate’s students were forced to make a tough decision about observing religious holidays: miss class and face a potential academic penalty, or put their faith tradition on the back burner and go to school. Thanks to the hard work of Sadia Farah, Nursing major, ’19, that decision no longer needs to be made. Farah has spent the past year and a half working on the St. Catherine University Religious Holiday Accommodation Policy, which states that “students may observe religious holiday without academic penalty.” The policy was unanimously approved for implementation by a faculty Continue Reading

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High prices at St. Catherine University impact students

OPINION: By Lauren Herr When you walk into the Marketplace on St. Catherine University’s campus, the options range from fruit to chips to microwavable dinners; anything you want is there for the taking. With all these different options, there is one similarity: most prices are higher than store value. If you are a commuter student then you are required to purchase $100 worth of points per semester. However, $100 does not go far if you need to purchase a meal every day. Also, some commuter students may have more financial responsibilities than tuition. Having to pay for a very expensive meal Continue Reading

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Senate Charters New Yoga Club

The St. Catherine University Student Senate met on October 31st and chartered a new club despite some members worries of cultural appropriation and exclusivity.   Student Senate met in the Rauenhorst Ballroom on the second floor of the Couer de Catherine (CDC) to discuss student worries and go over Senate plans. During this meeting Cassidy Hanson and Mikaela Kauma presented their new club, The Yoga and Meditation Organization, for Senate consideration. They presented the club as a place for students to destress from exams and classes, and to spread kindness while teaching students yoga and meditation practices. While many members Continue Reading

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Opinion: St. Kate’s Parking Expansion Plan isn’t the Best Solution

On October 31st, the student body at St. Catherine’s University received an email from Mark Johnson stating that there is going to be an expansion to our parking on campus in the future. This was great news considering how our difficult parking situation affects so many people. Parking on campus can be a struggle for students, faculty and staff, and guests. St. Catherine University’s biggest parking lot is the O’Shaughnessy lot and it is usually full every day. As a commuter, I am completely okay with having to walk 10 to 15 minutes to get to my class when I Continue Reading

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University students studying abroad find solace in their professors

    When students arrive in their host country, the professor to student relationship can be radically different from how it is in the United States. In the case of Chile, many students have observed a certain closeness they find with their professors that they didn’t have before. Some professors even invite their students over for dinner, to expand the cultural experience they’re having outside of the classroom. One such professor is Dr. Sonia Toledo Azócar, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV) international program director. She gave me some insight into how she interacts with the many foreign students that Continue Reading

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String Chamber Orchestra will have free concert on Nov. 20

St. Kate’s String Chamber Orchestra will have a free concert on Nov. 20, at 7:30 p.m. The event will feature classical pieces and will be held in Our Lady of Victory Chapel. Ewa Bujak, conductor of the String Chamber Orchestra, has been conducting the orchestra for years. She also teaches violin lessons at St. Kate’s. She graduated from the Music University in Warsaw Poland, as well as the University of Minnesota School of Music. Bujak’s primary instruments are the violin and the viola. She has played both for over fifty years. She comes from a long line of musicians, artists, Continue Reading

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Celebrating 35 years; MIAC membership and the rise of St. Kate’s athletics

The Wildcats soccer team took home a victory from the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletics Conference (MIAC) Playoffs on Nov. 4 and will move on to represent St. Kate’s at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) tournament for the first time. The MIAC victory is also a first for St. Kate’s since becoming a member in 1982.   It might be difficult for some St. Kate’s students to imagine their school without elite athletics. Though Katies celebrate their 35th anniversary as a member of MIAC along with their first win this year, the rich history of athletics at St. Kate’s extends far prior to 1982. The club sports Continue Reading

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Apology for music and theater article

The Wheel sincerely apologizes for our recent article published on the future of the music and theater programs. It was not a balanced representation of the news on the theater and music department, and we apologize to whoever this may have negatively affected. The article has been retracted. Sincerely, Amber Dunlap, the Editor-in-Chief of the Wheel

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Opinion: Study abroad programs should aim to get students from the U.S. out of their own bubble

The spring semester here in Chile is nearing a close, and many of my foreign friends will be leaving in about a month to return to their home universities. They have traveled throughout many parts of Chile, ate local food and gone out partying. They’ve done many of the essential things you have to do before leaving Chile, but many of them will leave without having a single Chilean friend. It seems logical that we would make many local friends here, but the natural instinct is to stick in groups of people that are similar to you.   The university Continue Reading

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