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Incendiary Student Responses to Arson on Campus

On Wednesday, January 18, 2018, an otherwise quiet January term was lit up when former student Tnuza Hassan started eight fires in seven buildings across campus. Hassan was arrested and removed from campus within hours of the St. Paul Fire Department arriving on campus. No injuries were reported. The Department of Public Safety emblazoned emails, social media posts, and text messages, and the LiveSafe app with updates for the St. Kate’s community every 15 minutes. While the situation was handled quickly and efficiently, some students were left feeling burnt out with the administration in the wake of the second campus-wide Continue Reading

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Student Senate looking to use an unallocated $5 out of each undergrad’s tuition by the end of the academic year

As the semester wraps up, so too does the work of the Student Senate ad-hoc committee for the unallocated Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG) funds. Since the St. Kate’s chapter of MPIRG, a third-party student-directed organization that empowers and trains students and engages the community to take collective action in the public interest throughout the state of Minnesota, lost its charter in the spring 2017 semester, Student Senate has been tasked with finding a use for the $5 from the activities fee included in each undergraduate student’s tuition. MPIRG, as some seniors may remember, was an active presence on campus during the 2014-15 academic year. Student Senate President Biftu Bussa, Public Health Major, ’18 remembers her involvement with MPIRG fondly: “It was Continue Reading

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New student-authored administrative policy makes space for non-Christian students’ religious practices

Prior to November 6th, 2017, non-Christian St. Kate’s students were forced to make a tough decision about observing religious holidays: miss class and face a potential academic penalty, or put their faith tradition on the back burner and go to school. Thanks to the hard work of Sadia Farah, Nursing major, ’19, that decision no longer needs to be made. Farah has spent the past year and a half working on the St. Catherine University Religious Holiday Accommodation Policy, which states that “students may observe religious holiday without academic penalty.” The policy was unanimously approved for implementation by a faculty Continue Reading

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Celebrating 35 years; MIAC membership and the rise of St. Kate’s athletics

The Wildcats soccer team took home a victory from the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletics Conference (MIAC) Playoffs on Nov. 4 and will move on to represent St. Kate’s at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) tournament for the first time. The MIAC victory is also a first for St. Kate’s since becoming a member in 1982.   It might be difficult for some St. Kate’s students to imagine their school without elite athletics. Though Katies celebrate their 35th anniversary as a member of MIAC along with their first win this year, the rich history of athletics at St. Kate’s extends far prior to 1982. The club sports Continue Reading

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Building hope and resistance in local government

What role do LGBTQ people play in politics when, according to The New York Post, President Trump was rumored to say Vice President Mike Pence, “…wants to hang them all!” Seeking to respond to this question, People Respecting Identity Differences for Equality (PRIDE) sponsored the Oct. 18 event “Queer in Politics”. PRIDE hosted local politician Erica Mauter, Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership ’14, for a question-and-answer session. Attending students, mostly LGBTQ-identified and students of color, enjoyed the event. These students, often politically active, or at least savvy, can feel parched to see someone who looks like them living out their goals. Mauter’s platform and advice closely reflected the progressive politics of many left-leaning Katies. Mauter is running for Ward 11’s Minneapolis City Continue Reading

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Opinion: Imagining an un-policed St. Kate’s

“I am not welcome here!” proclaims local activist John Thompson’s to a packed Rauenhorst Ballroom. The room at the heart of the campus is packed with students, community members and visitors for the Sept. 20 event, Dismantling Systemic Racism: a Community Conversation, hosted by St. Peter Claver Church, the Myser Initiative, and the Multicultural and International Programs and Services (MIPS) office. President Roloff’s opening statement, which extolled the campus’s beauty and complete with canned, liberal anti-racism mantras, was interrupted by Thompson after she said “all are welcome here”. Thompson was stopped on his way to the ballroom by campus public safety and Continue Reading

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