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Letter to the editor: The toxic reality

As American consumers, we live in a capitalist society where we indulge in purchasing products to temporarily satisfy our happiness. What we do not pay attention to, are the labels on the personal care products. We expose ourselves to deadly chemicals every day, even though these labels often indicate that the products we use are harmful. Typically, we wake up in the morning by brushing our teeth, showering where we run soap throughout our body massaging shampoo into our hair, rubbing deodorant under our arms, spraying our bodies. Standard personal care products consist of shampoos, conditioners, lotions, perfumes/colognes, mouthwash, toothpaste, Continue Reading

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Ask Katie: AIDS awareness

  In the month of December, we wanted to focus on personal health as well as expanding our world view. With finals approaching, it is important to focus our attention on our own health. Healthy sleep is a crucial component to an overall healthy life. Included below are some facts about how to achieve a better night’s sleep as well as information regarding an event put on by Ask Katie regarding healthy sleep. The other topic we focused on this month was AIDS. Regardless of whether or not if AIDS has affected us personally, it has become a world problem. Continue Reading

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How to beat the Winter Blues

‘Tis the season of snow and fast-approaching holidays filled with family and friends.  It’s a happy time for many people… but not for everyone.  The beginning of the winter months can mean a rise in anxiety, changes in sleeping patterns, overeating, and increased irritability as it begins to get dark earlier.  This condition is called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) but also comes in a milder variety simply referred to as the Winter Blues.  The average person that suffers from SAD is female between the ages of 18 and 30 (MentalHealthAmerica.net) which sounds like a number of St. Kate’s students.  Between Continue Reading

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Letter to the editor: The benefits of organic eating

By Claire Thompson Around three years ago my family began to farm organic products. When they began the process, I knew very little about organic farming and food. Organic, for those that do not know, means something that is made without pesticides, antibiotics, hormones or anything fake. As my family has continued over the years, I have grown in my knowledge about organic foods. I have learned about the personal health benefits as well as the benefits to communities. Organic food positively affects our bodies by decreasing the number of chemicals we ingest. Food that is not grown organically still Continue Reading

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Is St. Kate’s failing to value its female professors?

Since coming to St. Kate’s a few months ago to begin my graduate work in Theology, I have felt empowered both as a student and as a woman. This has been my first experience at a school that caters mainly to women and I was drawn to the university’s commitment to recognizing “the accomplishments of women and their distinct approaches to teaching and learning,” as quoted in the St. Kate’s mission and vision statement. As you can imagine, I was stunned, but skeptical, when I heard that male professors make more money than female professors at St. Kate’s. I began Continue Reading

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Black mold in Morrison

Now that the fall semester will soon be coming to an end, many students living on campus feel right at home in their dorms. Students will have decorated their rooms with posters and pictures and say at the end of a long day how happy they are to be back in their rooms. However, for the four students living in Morrison 115, this is not the case. “We were told by the RA on our floor before move-in day that there was mold in the room and that she already talked to facilities about it,” said Jade Rundquist, ’18, an Continue Reading

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Ask Katie: Sleep promotion

  Ask Katie Peer Educators will host ‘Got Sleep?’ on Dec. 8 in the Rauenhorst/Morrison Seminar Room from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., providing information on healthy sleep, as well as offering hot tea and lavender oil pillow spray. Promoting Healthy Sleep There is no surprise that college students are one of the most sleep deprived groups around. It’s difficult to find time to sleep in college when you’re trying to balance school, work, and friends. College students need on average at least seven to nine hours of sleep a night. There are many things that can interfere with a good Continue Reading

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Studying Abroad in the United States

Studying abroad in different countries and continents can have a major influence on a student and can be a life changing experience, but have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a study abroad student at St. Kate’s? What must it be like to come from another country and go to school all the way in midwestern America? What does Minnesota look like through the eyes of an international student? There are a host of unique issues that studying abroad in America presents. We’re likely all aware of the requests to stay on campus over the breaks, Continue Reading

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The two must-have drinks for the holiday season

With the first official snow fall, it is time to start drinking those famous holiday drinks. While Starbucks is sure to offer a top notch hot chocolate, why not try creating one at home? Here are two recipes for the best holiday drinks. Peppermint Hot Chocolate is a classic beverage nearly everyone enjoys. There is white chocolate, peppermint, egg nog and a million other versions that tingle taste buds, but for the best hot chocolate, follow this recipe. The best hot chocolate 2 cups of milk 4 ounces of bittersweet chocolate 1 teaspoon of peppermint extract 2 tablespoons of sugar Continue Reading

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In a divorce-heavy society, prenups become an important option

You may vaguely know what a prenuptial agreement is, more commonly referred to as a prenup, from Legally Blonde or Kanye West’s “Gold digger” song, but do you really know how it is defined in legal terms? Upon entering my fourth and final year of my undergraduate degree, it feels as if everyone around me is becoming engaged, getting married, and starting a family, not only at St. Kate’s but at other universities as well.  However, there is background information that is important when considering marriage in the case of prenuptials:  what they are,  why  might you consider one in Continue Reading

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