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First-year overload: Class of ’18 brings record enrollment

Due to this year’s large first-year class, many on campus organizations and resources have needed to make changes in order to in accommodate the growing student population. When it comes to the social aspect of St. Kate’s, the various organizations are near and dear to students’ hearts. An example of an on campus organization that has changed due to expanding enrollment is Campus Ministry. “It’s been awesome for us. With the high numbers, more students show up and are engaged,” said Laurie Svatek, Director of Campus Ministry. This engagement from the students has influenced the Campus Ministry as they witness Continue Reading

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Food for thought

Who doesn’t love to bite into a savory muffin or delicious apple fritter from the local street side cafe? Or how about a home-style meal of mac-n-cheese, or a burger and fries? Whether one is coming or going, it’s always a wonder of where the good stuff that all the locals know about is served. Luckily for Katie’s, there are a great deal of intriguing restaurants waiting just around the corner. The Wheel presents the top five must-try restaurants within walking distance. 1. Punch Pizza – 704 Cleveland Ave S, St Paul, MN 55116 ~ 10 minute walk A little slice Continue Reading

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The music of flight: “Test Pilot” dance opera at the O’Shaughnessy

By Maggie Weiss The story of how the Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, first took to the skies on a cold December morning has been told and retold to young students throughout the world for over 100 years. Today, thousands of people board airplanes of all shapes and sizes, most of them taking for granted what was, only a century ago, brand new technology that many people believed would not even get off the ground. Composer Jocelyn Hagen’s Test Pilot is the musical interpretation of the events surrounding the Wright Brothers’ controversial and historic flight. Described as a “chamber dance Continue Reading

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Town hall for the 100% – ‘Nuns on the Bus’ tour visits St. Kate’s

On Wednesday, September 24, 2014 NETWORK’s Nuns on the Bus arrived at St. Kate’s to discuss “We the People, We the Voters!”, the Nuns on the Bus current tour around the country. At 3:00 p.m.  St. Kate’s and Minnesota community members gathered in the Rauenhorst Ballroom, Coeur de Catherine at St. Kate’s to listen to the Nuns on the Bus discuss the importance of civil voting, how we should encourage others to vote and how we should demand that candidates be responsible for their decisions and actions once elected. NETWORK’s Nuns on the Bus is a campaign of NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Continue Reading

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Who’s who at SCU: Scott Pakudaitis

By Jessica Busch Who’s Who at SCU: Scott Pakudaitis Scott Pakudaitis is an Institutional Research Analyst at St. Kate’s. Having been at the University for 17 years, he has gotten involved in many areas at St. Kate’s. Pakudaitis is often seen keeping score or operating the clock at sporting events, befriending the squirrels on campus or snapping pictures of the performances at the O’Shaughnessy. The Wheel interviewed this man of many hobbies to get a glimpse at his daily life. The Wheel (W): How did your career start at St. Kate’s? Scott Pakudaitis (P): I graduated with a B.S. degree in Continue Reading

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The experience of a lifetime

Sitting on the plane on the tarmac in the Minneapolis/St. Paul International airport, reality had finally hit me. I was going to be in Buenos Aires, Argentina in less than twenty-four hours and would not be returning to the place I have called home for my whole life, for one whole year. This year while I am abroad, I will be writing about everything study abroad-related, including how to plan for it, finance it, and what I’m actually experiencing in another part of the world. You may be surprised to find out that study abroad is not as common in Continue Reading

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St. Kate’s is more magical than meets the eye

Have you waited your whole life for your Hogwarts acceptance letter? Have you always dreamed of discussing the wizarding world with other Potter fanatics? Does the mention of Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff and Slytherin send your mind whirling? Then Gryffindor Tower here at St. Kate’s is for you! About six years ago, the English Club and the English professors gathered and discussed what kind of classes they would like to see in the future. One student said that they wanted a Harry Potter class; from the work of that student and two devoted professors, the Six Degrees of Harry Potter Literature Continue Reading

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Compost collection: St. Kate’s becomes a more eco-friendly university

After a long year of meetings, going over contracts, meeting with potential compost companies, and viewing other schools’ compost programs, St. Kate’s will become a more eco-friendly university. A new organic compost program has begun, and compost bins will be put all around campus by the end of the fall semester. The Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG) has been working on creating a compost program for years, which was finally put into action through the collaboration of the MPIRG Environment Justice Taskforce, St. Kate’s Green Party, St. Kate’s Student Senate Environmental Taskforce, and St. Kate’s Food and Justice Coalition. Continue Reading

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Haste to no waste: Participants needed to complete food waste study

You are invited to sign up to participate in an on-campus food waste study. In an effort to better understand students’ perceptions, knowledge, and behaviors around food waste, Lynn Luecke ‘15 invites you to participate in a food waste study at St. Kate’s during the Fall semester. The study will include two 15-minute surveys and two food waste analyses. Participants will receive sustainability and educational information via text messages throughout the study. Recruitment for study participants will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 24th and Tuesday, Sept. 30th from 11:30-1:30 p.m. in St. Kate’s dining hall. Questions or concerns may be Continue Reading

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The newest art exhibits at the Catherine G. Murphy Gallery

Starting Sept. 8, the newest art exhibits opened at the Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at St. Kate’s. The galleries opening reception was held Saturday, Sept. 13 for Near and Far, Temporary Landscape Paintings and for Adé Bethune, The Power of One Person. Many alumni, faculty, staff, community members and current students were in attendance to take in the contemporary and historical art as well as to mingle amongst each other while basking in the beauty of art. Near and Far, Contemporary Landscape Paintings – Sept. 8-Oct. 23, 2014 Near and Far, which showcases artists Abigail Anderson, Dan Bruggeman, Rod Massey, Rebecca Silus, Carolyn Swiszcz and Continue Reading

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