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Sugar: The delicious devil

Walking into the Dining Hall, the array of sugary foods that are on display can be hard to resist. The assortment of desserts that are available have any type of sweet someone is looking for. We have pastries, cake, pie, cupcakes, candy bars, soda, shakes, and much more. With all of these desserts, picking a healthier option is sometimes a challenge. After talking with Maggie Sciortino ’18, English major, she told me her feelings about what is offered in our dining hall. “It’s not just the large quantities of unhealthy food, but the lack of healthy options.” It is no shock Continue Reading

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A mom’s advice on eating well in college

Among the many college stereotypes, a diet of pizza, potato chips, and ramen always seem to be present. Around 75% of St. Kate’s students around campus said that they ate better at home than they did while at school. Since Spring Break just passed St. Kate’s, many students had an opportunity to go home and visit family, myself included, so I took the opportunity to see what a mother’s advice is on eating healthy while at school. Gena Sciortino, my mom, is a fan of healthy eating and has been making sure my brother and I ate well since birth. Continue Reading

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How to go green, in a dorm, on a budget

Spring is hopefully on its way any day now. Winter is well known for bringing on the blues for just about anybody and many Minnesotans are more than ready for warmer weather and brighter skies. As the weather warmed up in the middle of February, we all enjoyed it thoroughly, however, for most, it’s fair to say there was a bit of concern as climate change showed itself during those warm days. Helping the environment and going the route of eco-friendly is never a bad choice. While it may not be the most convenient to have a compost bin in Continue Reading

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Butler Center amenities and public memberships

The Butler Center is a modern fitness facility that is used by faculty, students, and even members of the public. Members of the St. Paul community can purchase memberships to the facility, which includes a parking permit. Almost every student has had a day where they could not find parking. Knowing that there is an ongoing limited parking issue, are these public memberships adding to the parking congestion? Built in 1994, the Butler Center is an up to date building with new and accessible equipment. It was renovated in 2015 to update the old pool, add a cardio space and Continue Reading

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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 Continue Reading

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The 12 days of an active Christmas

“On the first day of Christmas, it was frigid and cold.” In the past week, Mother Nature has been reminding us what winter is supposed to really feel like in Minnesota. And with the cold weather and Holiday sweets, it’s hard to be motivated to stay active and continue to eat well. “Based on studies, the majority of people tend to gain additional weight during the holiday season that starts on Thanksgiving Day and ends with the New Year celebrations, ” says Craig Wilson in his article, “Ways to Stay in Shape During Winter.” How does one stay healthy and Continue Reading

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Vaccines won’t make you sick, but Flu Season will!

The cold and flu season is upon us and now it’s time to think about getting the flu shot. Too often when it comes to flu shots, thinking is as far as we get every year. If you are once again on the fence about whether or not you should get the flu shot, look no further. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), influenza, or the flu is “a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses.” This illness is characterized in adults by a combination of these symptoms: fever, cough, sore throat, a runny or stuffed Continue Reading

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College students cope with anxiety

The start of a new college year never fails to bring on new challenges.  Maybe you’re taking on upper level courses, adding an internship to your schedule, or juggling other commitments.  If this is your first year of college, home might be hours away, and you’re trying to live on your own for the first time.  All of these things have different types of stress attached to them and anxiety can be a common response to these things.  But what happens when these feelings of excessive worry and nervous energy don’t stop after you turn in that final paper of Continue Reading

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My Mississippi Market adventure

In remembering Earth Day this year (April 22), I have been reflecting on my shopping choices that affect not only my own health, but also those who produce the food I purchase. I discussed this with a friend, and she suggested I go to the local food co-op, Mississippi Market. “This is one of my favorite places to go. I’m so excited to show you,” Betsy Schmitz ’17, Master’s of Arts in Theology, said as she led me into Mississippi Market, a co-op on the corner of East 7th and Maple Street. She wove through the produce, grabbing a few things Continue Reading

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Dogs: Student’s best friend

Earlier this week, I found myself on the grounds of the Macalester College campus, holding the leash to my dad’s dopey dog,  a shelter mystery-mutt named Berly. We were waiting for my sister, so we wandered around for a little while then sat down on a bench just outside one of the buildings. We had been sitting there less than a minute when the first student approached us, asking “Can I pet your dog?” I said yes, of course, as Berly flung himself to the end of his leash, climbing into the girl’s arms. Other students saw that she had Continue Reading

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