Label Jars Not People: Welcome to Chemistry Club

Chemistry Club hosting Birthday Bash for Bill Nye the Science Guy.  The saying “Label Jars, Not People” has become the core of what St. Catherine University’s Chemistry Club has evolved into. Chemistry Club gives students the opportunity to explore what the exciting world of chemistry has to offer. One of their main initiatives is creating an environment where social justice can flourish by encouraging a connection between women and science. The club meets every other week on dates chosen by members at the beginning of every semester. Everyone is welcome to attend the meetings regardless of your major. The goal Continue Reading

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Moving Forward: Student Senate Debriefs on Arson Incident

St. Catherine University’s Student Senate held their first weekly meeting of the 2018 spring semester on Tuesday, Jan. 30 in the Rauenhorst Ballroom.  The Senate primarily discussed future steps to take in the wake of the arson incident that occurred on campus on Jan. 17, 2018. Tnuza Hassan, a 19-year-old former student at St. Catherine University allegedly started eight fires within seven different buildings on campus.  The fires were small and quickly contained by the St. Paul Fire Department.  No injuries to people or significant damage to university property were reported. Student Senate President Biftu Bussa, Public Health Major, ‘18, Continue Reading

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The new Berlin: studies in a startup city

It’s prime territory for Instagram. The big windowed cafes and the streets riddled with clean graffiti and muted jazz. It’s obvious why Leipzig has been called “the new Berlin.” It’s also the place to encounter Germany’s confident youth; off on their own for the first time in a new city to study, party, and make art and music. A new attitude of communalism is adopted by this generation unafraid, parted from their parent’s hazy memories of the partitioned Soviet state. The austerity and order of Leipzig’s streets speak to scenes of recent unification. The wealth is gated and cold. The Continue Reading

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Feminist Ecoeconomics and the malevolence of competition: a student guide

My host father, Santi Peraita Ugarte, is not a man to shy away from big issues. While I backpacked through the appropriated ruins of Al Andulus in southern Spain, my host parents spent the weekend at a conference on environmental degradation and global inequality. Not exactly light material, but the conference offered an important analysis of global power structures based in the undervalued field of Feminist Ecoeconomics. In other words, an aspiring political scientist’s nirvana. I returned from Seville to find my host mom hunched over her laptop completing an article. Amidst the contemplative hush, I grabbed a cup of Continue Reading

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The Vagina Dialogues: Judy Chicago at the Catherine G. Murphy Gallery

Judy Chicago Creation Scroll, color trial proof – section one, 1981-1983 lithograph, gold leaf and Prismacolor on handmade paper 31.5 x 93.5” Courtesy: Through the Flower ©Judy Chicago  From now through March 16th, the Catherine G. Murphy Gallery is showcasing the work of trailblazing feminist artist Judy Chicago. Chicago came to the College of St. Catherine in the January interim of 1975 to hold a Feminist Art Workshop where students participated in consciousness-raising, assertiveness training, studio and individual work, and journal reading. The artist broke into the art world with power and confidence, and wanted other women to do the Continue Reading

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Behind St. Kate’s Swimmers’ Success of CSCAA Honor

2017-18 swim team group photo On Jan. 29, the Wildcat swim team found out they earned the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Fall Scholarship All-American honors. The Wildcat swim team also achieved the highest average GPA (3.8) out of the seven teams in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) and second highest average GPA in the nation against other Division III teams. This is a major improvement from last year when they were sixth with a 3.69 team GPA. Founded in 1922, the CSCAA is the oldest coaches association in America. From the beginning it was Continue Reading

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Making moves while you’re out of the country

Exchange student Jarred Booth chose to work three months in a hostel in Pucón, Chile instead of returning back to the United States for the long break in between semesters.  When I first decided to study abroad for a year, one of the first things I thought of was… how in the world am I going to make money? It’s tough to get a service job, especially with your student visa in tow, and even more difficult if you’re not completely fluent in the native language. However, not to worry… there are numerous ways to fill your time and your pockets while Continue Reading

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Wisdom from 1905

In 1905 St Catherine University opened its doors for the very first time. This move was part of a larger movement of women’s colleges, today a small handful of these original homes of learning exists. In 1905 this place of learning for women was rather revolutionary for its time. In 1905 women did not have the right to vote. In 1905 women’s paths in life were rather limited; you could marry a man and start a family or join a group of women religious like the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. For the women that attended St. Kate’s this Continue Reading

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Incendiary Student Responses to Arson on Campus

On Wednesday, January 18, 2018, an otherwise quiet January term was lit up when former student Tnuza Hassan started eight fires in seven buildings across campus. Hassan was arrested and removed from campus within hours of the St. Paul Fire Department arriving on campus. No injuries were reported. The Department of Public Safety emblazoned emails, social media posts, and text messages, and the LiveSafe app with updates for the St. Kate’s community every 15 minutes. While the situation was handled quickly and efficiently, some students were left feeling burnt out with the administration in the wake of the second campus-wide Continue Reading

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J-Term multiple contained fires on campus

Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 1:00 p.m., St. Catherine University Public Safety officer Victor Juran alerted students of multiple on-campus fires. At this point, fires have been reported and contained in the Couer de Catherine (CDC), Derham Hall, the Chapel, Fontbonne, Mendall Hall, the Butler Center, and St. Mary’s. There have been no injuries. Fires have been set to garbage cans and chairs. Public Safety did not provide any further information over the phone. Later that evening President Roloff sent out an email to students further explaining what happened. In her email, she said Public Safety worked with police and the fire Continue Reading

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