Monthly Archives: April 2017

Winners for the St. Kates 2017 Study Abroad Photo Contest

The Office of Global Studies has announced the winners of their Study Abroad Photo Contest. Each year, the Office of Global Studies holds a photo contest where students who have studied abroad can submit their best travel photos for a prize. Below are the winners of the 2017 Study Abroad Photo Contest. Cultural Connections

1st Place – Laura Bush, “All shall be equal before the law”

South Africa – J-Term 2017
“A street mural in Capetown, South Africa. “All shall be equal before the law” is a commendable saying, but chain link fences and barbed wire still separate many.” Continue Reading →

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Senate day entices in new student voters

Student Senate held Senate Day on Wednesday, April 5 to promote the senate elections and encourage students to participate in voting. Senate members called over passer-bys, asking them to vote and showing off the various prizes they could win if they participated. Students also answered trivia questions and offered feedback of their perceptions of the St. Catherine University (St. Kate’s) Senate. Continue Reading →

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The increase in textbook prices and what students can do to save money

On college campuses around the country, there is anxiety around paying for tuition and textbooks every semester. And that anxiety is growing. Not only is tuition increasing every year but also textbooks prices are increasing rapidly. According to The Huffington Post, “College textbook prices have increased faster than tuition, health care costs and housing prices, all of which have risen faster than inflation.” Students can’t keep up with the insane textbook prices that colleges require them to pay. According to Tyler Kingkade from the Huffington Post, on average students pay $655 on textbooks each year. Continue Reading →

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Little free library and floating library offer fun ways of accessing books

A bookstore or a library, that is what most people think of when they want to find a new book to read. Books can be expensive, and borrowing one from the library means trying to remember a return date. So, where can you get a book other than at the library or bookstore? Here are two fun and alternative ways to do that. The Little Free Libraries at St. Continue Reading →

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Your browsing history is now for sale and companies are out shopping just for that

Since the year of 2015 when the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) under President Barack Obama set up a regulation to protect internet users privacy, people in the United States may have been able to freely browse the internet without being hounded by advertisements related to the websites we visited. The FCC, due to this new bill( Senate Joint Resolution 34- A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, united States Code, of the rule submitted by the FCC relating to ‘Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services”) (ProPublica), is prohibited from making new regulations in the future. While that happens a bit now, it is likely that it is nothing compared to what is to come. On Tuesday, March 28 a bill was barely passed to invalidate this regulation. Sean Spicer, the White House Spokesperson hasn’t announced when Donald Trump will sign this new bill. Continue Reading →

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Escaping the Cage: A Guide for the Manipulated Adolescent

Romantic love is a rarity and if you’re naïve enough to disagree, you could find yourself in my situation.  Manipulation, on the other hand, is happening everywhere.  I escaped a domestically abusive relationship four years ago.  It changed my perception on love, victims, abuse, and life in general.  Abuse can be blatantly obvious to the ones witnessing it, but less obvious to the victim.  Escaping is like trying to escape a cage that bears your pride.  You must accept the fact that there will be no crutch to hold you.  Then set fire to the weeks/months/years wasted on the abuser.  With enough bravery, you can find the justice you deserve and escape abuse. The interesting thing about abuse is the cage you are in may appear blatant, fuzzy, or hidden.  Everyone saw my cage because my abuser isolated me from my friends and family.  This did not change my chances of escaping the abuse or noticing the cage myself.  To me, it was invisible; it did not exist.  Posts on social media told me “When I fight with you, I’m fighting for us.”  Of course, I read those in my abuser’s voice that reassured me he loved me. Reassurance should never exist in a healthy relationship.  But all I could do was beg for it every time my abuser told me I was “bitch.”  He referred to me as a bitch when I refused to do something from him, certain things I was not comfortable with proceeding in doing.  If I rejected him, he would hit or bite me, and not in a playful way.  His favorite form of abuse was shooting me with an airsoft gun with the safety off.  My motionless body was a target to little pellets that stung and left bruises.  There is no lower feeling than being a literal target for mockery.  I held in tears when he did this.  They would burn my nose, but I knew the tears would be followed with a sardonic comment from my abuser, telling me I was being too sensitive.  In the midst of this,  the back of my mind patiently waited for him to cool down and reassure me that I was important. You should already know your significant other loves you without reassurance.  If support does occur in an abusive relationship, it usually happens in two steps of the abusive process: reconciliation and the honeymoon phase.  My abuser would apologize and beg for my forgiveness, lacing his words with glimmers of hope.  “I love you so much,” he would say, “I was only kidding, but what I did was wrong and I am a fool for it.” He would proceed by taking me on extravagant dates, spending loads of his paycheck on me. “This can’t be abuse. Continue Reading →

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1,000 Who CAIR event prompts Minnesotans to take action against Islamophobia

Around 1,500 supporters gathered at the O’Shaughnessy on Saturday, March 25 for a Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) fundraiser and show. The lineup of speakers featured many notable Muslim figures and activists. The event was titled “1,000 Who CAIR,” and was an initiative to build up support and funding for the Minnesota chapter of CAIR. Victims of Islamophobia spoke about their experiences and the importance of action against it in these political times. “Let’s not just be frustrated, but let’s turn all these emotions into action,” said Jaylani Hussein, executive director of CAIR MN. Continue Reading →

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There are better ways to stay healthy as a non-athlete college student


Statistically speaking, the most common New Year’s resolution is to get fit and live a healthier lifestyle. Magazines are littered with articles telling us how to make the best weight loss smoothie with at least three ingredients you’ve never heard of and five you don’t have on hand, or what workout is going to earn you the posterior of a Kardashian. I, for one, have attempted to integrate some of these ‘hot tips’ in my lifestyle but, overwhelmingly, I have found them to be unrealistic. As far as I know, very few college students have the time or money to devote to weird dieting fads that may or may not (and, as the case stands, probably not) make you healthier. Nor do they have the dedication or self-directed humor to do the 15 minute “Build A Booty” celebrity workout which again, may or may not work the miracles it promises. Continue Reading →

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