Monthly Archives: April 2016

A letter to my single mom as graduation from St. Kate’s approaches.

Mom,

We did it! We defeated the odds, overcame struggle and hardships and crushed stereotypes. You took out loans for me, worked overtime and sacrificed things you wanted and needed in order to finance my education. I attended classes, stayed up late many times writing long papers and prepared for endless presentations and exams, never taking the opportunity to attend St. Kate’s for granted. Continue Reading →

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Trump: Riding the rise of fear in America

By Colin Gulling

The American president often resembles the emotional state of the country within history. What does it say when seven out of ten people have an unfavorable view of Donald Trump, yet he is the current front-runner for the Republican Nomination? A Time article published in early April highlights those inconsistencies between Trump’s success and his likability. “Even in the South, a region where Trump has won GOP primaries decisively, close to 70 percent view him unfavorably. And among whites without a college education, one of Trump’s most loyal voting blocs, 55 percent have a negative opinion,” said Julie Pace and Emily Swanson of Time Magazine. Continue Reading →

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Safe and Inclusive: How and why Senate’s Diversity Chairs are creating gender neutral housing

It’s possible that there will be a new floor implemented in one of the St. Kate’s residence halls. Pixie Rock, an ACTC Anthropology major, ‘19, is half of the Diversity Chair in Student Senate and has been advocating for a safe community for those who identify as trans* (the asterisk indicates a variety of identities under this umbrella) or whose gender identity doesn’t fit the gender binary (male/female) system that exists in our society. Their solution? Create gender neutral housing on campus in order to be more inclusive of all students who want the experience of living on campus. Continue Reading →

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Seven ways you can reduce the amount you waste

Many people are starting to grow up learning the mantra “reduce, reuse, recycle”. In fact, many students on this campus have adapted to these practices and adhere to putting our stuff in the right “slots”. It has become second nature, and yet there is so much more that we can all be doing to reduce how much waste we produce. So here is your handy guide on what you can do to reduce your waste (and, by cause-and-effect, help the environment):
1. Recycle old and used clothes: Yes, you can donate some clothes to shelters like Sarah’s…An Oasis for Women or other clothing donation centers. Continue Reading →

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An inside look at the study abroad student

When one makes the choice to study abroad, they go into it expecting a changed person to result from it. What many may not realize is that the impact on their life comes sooner than expected. The application process itself does not change you, but once you are accepted, you find yourself making incremental changes to your life. Whether it be adjusting your study time to research more about what to expect while abroad or thinking more on how to make yourself less of an American in your day to day living so you won’t stick out. You are also required to do an additional list of tasks, ones far more tedious than the ones needed to do for the original application. Continue Reading →

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My Mississippi Market adventure

In remembering Earth Day this year (April 22), I have been reflecting on my shopping choices that affect not only my own health, but also those who produce the food I purchase. I discussed this with a friend, and she suggested I go to the local food co-op, Mississippi Market. “This is one of my favorite places to go. I’m so excited to show you,” Betsy Schmitz ’17, Master’s of Arts in Theology, said as she led me into Mississippi Market, a co-op on the corner of East 7th and Maple Street. She wove through the produce, grabbing a few things for home, and continued to “the best part”—the bulk food section where you can weigh out the amount of food you need. Continue Reading →

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Dogs: Student’s best friend

Earlier this week, I found myself on the grounds of the Macalester College campus, holding the leash to my dad’s dopey dog,  a shelter mystery-mutt named Berly. We were waiting for my sister, so we wandered around for a little while then sat down on a bench just outside one of the buildings. We had been sitting there less than a minute when the first student approached us, asking “Can I pet your dog?” I said yes, of course, as Berly flung himself to the end of his leash, climbing into the girl’s arms.

Other students saw that she had been allowed to pet him, and rushed to join. Groups of three or four would approach, ask me his name, and pet him for a few second before rushing on to their next class. In the five minutes that it took for my sister to find us, Berly had been pet by more than fifteen people, after which I stopped counting. Continue Reading →

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What is ‘It’s On Us?’

For those of you who watched the Oscars this year, you may remember Vice President Joe Biden’s introduction to Lady Gaga’s performance “Til It Happens To You.” In it he, mentions a new campaign about preventing sexual assault, It’s On Us. This event is one that has been happening for decades around the world and since the 1970s in the United States. The major focus of the event is on eliminating sexual and domestic violence in all forms.

What many of you may not know is that there are a group of student leaders here on campus that have been working on contributing to this campaign. Last October, the St. Kate’s Violence Protection Collective was approached by Sarah Eisenhower from the Athletic Department about starting this initiative on campus. Continue Reading →

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St. Kate’s tabletop gaming club: The club with cards, games, logic, and fun

When students are touring St. Kate’s, tour guides will often point out that St. Kate’s has a wide variety of clubs and organizations for student to participate in. The SCA website promotes that, “If you are unable to find an organization on campus that matches your interests, Student Center and Activities is happy to help you start your own organization”. Students have been able to receive chartering for clubs such as the Tabletop Gaming Club. Continue Reading →

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