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Moving Forward: Student Senate Debriefs on Arson Incident

St. Catherine University’s Student Senate held their first weekly meeting of the 2018 spring semester on Tuesday, Jan. 30 in the Rauenhorst Ballroom.  The Senate primarily discussed future steps to take in the wake of the arson incident that occurred on campus on Jan. 17, 2018. Tnuza Hassan, a 19-year-old former student at St. Catherine University allegedly started eight fires within seven different buildings on campus.  The fires were small and quickly contained by the St. Paul Fire Department.  No injuries to people or significant damage to university property were reported. Student Senate President Biftu Bussa, Public Health Major, ‘18, Continue Reading

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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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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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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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The Las Vegas Shooting and its impact on our community

    On Sun. Oct. 1, around 10:08 p.m., Stephen Paddock committed one of the deadliest mass shootings in modern U.S. history. Paddock began shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival from his hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino hotel. The Las Vegas police have reported that the shooting went on for 9 to eleven minutes. At this time it is unknown what Paddock’s motivations were. Authorities believe at this time that he was working alone. They have interrogated his girlfriend to see if she had any connection to this mass shooting. In Continue Reading

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St. Kate’s LEAD Team exemplifies university’s leadership statement with on-campus event

On Thursday, May 4, the St. Catherine University (St. Kate’s) Leadership, Encouragement, Assistance, and Development Team (LEAD Team) held an event outside of the O’Shaughnessy to teach St. Kate’s students about the university’s Leadership Statement. The event ran over the lunch hour on a beautiful sunny day. Five different activities were provided for students to participate in, each representing an aspect of the St. Kate’s Leadership Statement, according to Deb Miner, LEAD Team advisor. For one activity, students were given a sheet of paper asking them to reflect on how they have “[committed] to the values of justice and caring” Continue Reading

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Campus Ministry helps homeless population in Denver, Colorado

This Spring Break, Campus Ministry held the Denver Immersion Trip to Denver, CO. The purpose of this trip was to bring students to work with Denver’s homeless population. The students who went on the trip found this to be an opportunity to apply what they have learned about social justice in the classroom to the real world. “We learned about these issues in class, but this was first hand. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who was interested in getting an eye-opening, real world experience,” said Leah Bates ’20, pre-nursing major. Some of the most memorable student experiences included Continue Reading

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This year’s Catherine’s Monologues

Catherine’s Monologues hosted many talented and passionate students whose work inspired a lot of creative thinking on important issues this year. The Monologues gave the students a way to express their concerns on contemporary issues in an artistic setting. Each performer tackled a tough issue that was personal to them and had affected them in some way. Not all of the writers performed their own monologue and some writers decided to remain anonymous. When talking with Jordan Lena, one of the performers, she told me “ These authors bared their souls through these Monologues and many of them published anonymously Continue Reading

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Food shelf in Carondelet Center opens for St. Kate’s students

On April 20, a soft launch for a food shelf took place in the kitchen of Carondelet Center for St. Catherine University (St. Kate’s) students. The shelf contains non-perishable and dry good items such as canned fruits and vegetables, rice, soup, as well as items for cooking, such as olive oil, spices, beans, rice, and jalapeño peppers. The shelf plans to be open from 2-4 p.m. on the first and third week of every month for its official launch in Sept. 2017. Those who wish to use the food shelf can go in two at a time where they can 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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