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Opinion: Study abroad programs should aim to get students from the U.S. out of their own bubble

The spring semester here in Chile is nearing a close, and many of my foreign friends will be leaving in about a month to return to their home universities. They have traveled throughout many parts of Chile, ate local food and gone out partying. They’ve done many of the essential things you have to do before leaving Chile, but many of them will leave without having a single Chilean friend. It seems logical that we would make many local friends here, but the natural instinct is to stick in groups of people that are similar to you.   The university 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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Exchange students from the U.S. have to learn different side of their own country’s history

Leaving your country to study abroad should mean that you would become out of the loop on what is going on back home. However, the news that comes from the United States is inescapable and overpowering. Everyone here in Chile seems to know about the political climate of the United States, while most of the students from the United States that arrive to Chile are unfamiliar with what the biggest issues here are. In general, most of the other students that come from the United States are not so familiar with Chilean history or government, meanwhile most Chilean people know Continue Reading

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St. Kate’s students gain global, historical perspectives on Campus Ministry trip to Peru

On January 13, ten students and two Campus Ministry staff members flew to Lima, Peru for a social justice immersion trip. Leaving the frozen Minnesota tundra for warm, sunny Peru may sound like a vacation for many, but this group did not waste any time lounging. They stayed in four different cities over 17 days where they explored diversity, joined in social justice work with the Sisters of St. Joseph and learned about the impacts of history on society and culture. Sam Kelly, Campus Minister for Social Justice, said, “We had a lot of goals for this trip but the Continue Reading

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A deeper look into the Deaf culture on campus

St. Kate’s is highly regarded in the Deaf community. It is also a huge draw for prospective students seeking to study American Sign Language (ASL) interpreting. Walking around the St. Kate’s campus, it seems as if we have a pretty diverse campus, and many schools around the U.S. advertise to prospective students as diverse. It’s true, St.Kate’s is diverse, we see a whole range of ethnicities, genders, and religions. Such a diverse community, especially in a Catholic university, is certainly something to boast about. However, one thing that separates St. Kate’s even more so from other diverse campuses is our Continue Reading

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Five Graduating Seniors of 2017: Ikram Koliso

Ikram Koliso, a Social Work and Public Health double-major, is a very well-known member of St. Kate’s graduating class of 2017. She has been an active member the St. Kate’s community all of her four years here and just won the Mary E. McCahill award, the University’s highest award. Because graduation is coming up in a few short weeks, The Wheel is asking graduating students, such as Ikram, about their St. Kate’s journey and what the future holds for them. Q: What have been some of the highlights of your time at St. Kate’s? Include favorite events and social aspects Continue Reading

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Five Graduating Seniors of 2017: Alexa Harnagel

Alexa Harnagel is the second graduating senior of 2017 we are highlighting in this series. This innovative, passionate chemistry major has been extremely active in the St. Kate’s community during her past four years, and they have some pretty big plans for next year. Because graduation is coming up in a few short weeks, The Wheel is asking graduating students, such as Alexa, about their St. Kate’s journey and what the future holds for them. Q: What have been some of the highlights of your time at St. Kate’s? My highlights at SCU have been split evenly between the chemistry 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. A single textbook can cost 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. Kate’s were built in 2012 by the student chapter of the Progressive Librarian’s Guild, a St. Kate’s graduate student group. One is located at the entrance of Gate Two. The other Continue Reading

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The exciting process of career and job searching

Questions about the future surround every college student at an entirely new level now that we have graduated high school. Instead of people asking where we want to go to college, they are asking where and what we want to do with our degrees. Graduate school? Medical school? Law school? College students have a lot of decisions to make about their future. The great thing about St. Kate’s is the newly expanded career development office. Here, students can talk with a counselor about career options, take one or a few pamphlets on resumes, cover letters, and so forth, or rent Continue Reading

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