Monthly Archives: February 2017

Katie’s speak on reproductive health

It’s not surprising that, post-election season, different policies are being discussed, laws are being debated, and serious changes are occurring in our country. However, it is vital that we continue to pay attention to the legislation being discussed and how the proposed changes will affect us. One of the most controversial topics being discussed is reproductive health, whether or not it should be covered under insurance, and if employers should have the option to say whether or not they will choose to cover things such as birth control based on their religious beliefs. This issue affects many students here at St. Kate’s because we are a women’s college. Continue Reading →

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Minnesotan girl’s pre-departure traveling tips

A new journey presented itself to me when I flew solo for the first time out of Minneapolis on Jan. 23 to the city of Rome.  This is coming from me, someone who has done mostly road trips across the country with my family. Because this is my first journey out of the country, I thought I would share some of my pre-departure traveling tips. Arrive at the airport three hours prior to departure: You never know how crowded the airport will be when you get there.  In my case, my flight left at 1:05 p.m. in the afternoon, therefore I arrived at the airport at 11:00 a.m. and had plenty of time to spare. Continue Reading →

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Women’s March on Washington: Origin and impact

On January 21 nearly 5 million people gathered around the globe in a historic feat of peaceful protest called the ‘Women’s March.’ It began with a woman named Teresa Shook, a retired lawyer and grandmother currently residing in Maui, Hawaii. “I went to bed the night of the election just discouraged and woke up feeling worse the next day thinking ‘how could this be?’ I was just sad and dumbfounded from the rhetoric of the campaign and the hatred and bigotry,” she said in an interview. That night (with the help of some members of the pro-Hillary Clinton facebook page “Pantsuit Nation”) she created an event on facebook to be held the day after the presidential inauguration titled ‘Women’s March on Washington.’

She reports “[I] went to bed with about 40 people coming, 40 maybes. And woke up to more than 10,000 coming and 10,000 maybes.” Continue Reading →

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Students and staff gather to stand in solidarity with Muslim students

On January 27, President Donald Trump issued an executive order temporarily prohibiting refugees from seven majority Muslim countries from settling in the United States. St. Kate’s is home to students of many race, ethnicity, and background. Concerned that the executive order may dishearten St. Kate’s Muslim students, Sia Vang, assistant director of the Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women, and Sharon Doherty, director of the Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women, surprised the Muslim Student Association on Thursday with a room full of supportive staff and students. Continue Reading →

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St. Kate’s students offer advice on where to hang out off campus

On such a small campus, it’s not surprising that Katies need to get away every now and again. St. Kate’s students have an advantage; with the Twin Cities at their fingertips, it’s hard to decide where to begin their off-campus adventures. I sat down with Sylvia Vandenberg-Daves, ’18, who is an English and Women’s Studies major, and Shelby Batterson, ’18, who is a Political Science major, to see what they like to do in their free time. Vandenberg-Daves became well-acquainted with the public transportation system in the Twin Cities after a semester of three classes, two of which being the 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. classes. Continue Reading →

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Claire Thompson: A day in the life, changing the face of homelessness

I find it hard to go to bed Tuesday night as I am so nervous for Wednesday morning to come. Wednesday is the day my GSJ class will be living a day in the life of a homeless person. I toss and turn for most of the evening, although I have been in bed since 10 p.m.. I wake up around 6:30 a.m., a full hour before my alarm is supposed to go off. I slowly roll out of bed dreading the day already. Continue Reading →

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