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J-Term multiple contained fires on campus

Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 1:00 p.m., St. Catherine University Public Safety officer Victor Juran alerted students of multiple on-campus fires. At this point, fires have been reported and contained in the Couer de Catherine (CDC), Derham Hall, the Chapel, Fontbonne, Mendall Hall, the Butler Center, and St. Mary’s. There have been no injuries. Fires have been set to garbage cans and chairs. Public Safety did not provide any further information over the phone. Later that evening President Roloff sent out an email to students further explaining what happened. In her email, she said Public Safety worked with police and the fire Continue Reading

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Student Editorial; A SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) state of affairs

Written by Carley Sorensen It’s the holiday season, which means lots of shopping, decorating, cookie-making, and time with family. For many people blasting Christmas music while wrapping presents and making cookies is the most wonderful time of the year. However, the holiday season is also the time of year where many people have an increase in mental health symptoms, because of the cold and lack of vitamin D. The stress of the holidays while coping with a mental illness is especially difficult when you don’t have access to mental health resources.   One of the largest populations that are unable Continue Reading

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Creating a community for resident students

OPINION: by Olivia Dunn St. Catherine University’s Residence Hall Association (RHA) is primarily known for one thing: programs. Programs such as Grocery Bingo and Late Night Breakfast have been popular with St. Kate’s student for years. But are you aware of what else RHA can do for you? “One of our team goals is to be known on campus as a resident resource and increase active participation/membership” says Franceska Moua, Sociology and Women in International Development double major, ’20. Moua was elected RHA president for the 2017-2018 school year. “Many resident students don’t recognize all the resources our organization has to offer.” RHA Continue Reading

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Opinion: My deaf experience on campus

I remember the very first day I arrived at St. Kate’s. I was picked up at the airport by advisors from the international student’s office, they were both hearing and I felt a bit overwhelmed trying to lipread and talk. I came from a community college in California, with 200 other deaf students, and I used my hands to communicate the two years before transferring to St. Kate’s. I forgot how to use my voice, which I used when growing up, I used sign language mostly, but I learned how to talk just in case people do not know how Continue Reading

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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.” 2nd Place 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.  Continue Reading

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An open letter to the St. Kate’s community from your student newspaper

Dear Katies, We realized recently that we may have been failing you. We have taken an inventory of ourselves and want to formally address our concerns to you all. Recently, President Donald Trump has said that as a whole, journalism is “false, horrible, fake reporting.” We do not believe this to be the case, nor do we want it to be reflective of the news reported at St. Kate’s. We accept that, since transitioning to an online publication, we have lost the pressing and pertinent nature that attends to timely issues on our campus. We recognize that we have been Continue Reading

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Letter to the Editor: St. Kate’s should reconsider the Flex Points Policy

Dear Editor, St. Catherine University has been educating and preparing women for more than a century. One way the school helps students prepare for the real world is budgeting. College is expensive and many students do not have much discretionary income. Students need to juggle large tuition payments, book fees, and lab fees. Resident students need to choose between five different meal plans. Even commuter students now have a $100.00 meal plan assigned to them. One way St Catherine University can improve on preparing students for the real world is the meal plans, specifically do away with converting the meal Continue Reading

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AMP team decides “It’s On Us” to address sexual assault on college campuses

With sexual assault so prevalent on college campuses across the country, in 2014 President Obama began It’s On Us, an initiative to increase college communities’ awareness and prevention of sexual assault. This fall Brigette Marty, Associate Director of Student Center and Activities (SCA), and junior Mary Beth Becker have partnered to create an It’s On Us campaign at St. Kate’s. Last year, Becker approached Marty with the idea and the two applied for funding from St. Kate’s Assistantship Mentoring Program (AMP) to support the project. So far Marty and Becker have had a very positive experience working together, although they Continue Reading

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Professor Deb Sheats and student Maia Labrie reflect on the benefits of AMP collaboration

“It’s really rewarding to see how much [students] change over the course of the semester,” said senior Maia Labrie about her experience as a teaching assistant (TA) for Professor Debra Sheats’ section of The Reflective Woman. “Students become more open minded because of a lot of the discussions we have.” This fall, through the Assistantship Mentoring Program (AMP), Sheats and Labrie have had the opportunity to collaborate for a second year on this course. AMP, one of three student employment programs offered by the Center for Community Work and Learning, is designed to support student and faculty/staff partnerships on teaching, Continue Reading

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