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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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High prices at St. Catherine University impact students

OPINION: By Lauren Herr When you walk into the Marketplace on St. Catherine University’s campus, the options range from fruit to chips to microwavable dinners; anything you want is there for the taking. With all these different options, there is one similarity: most prices are higher than store value. If you are a commuter student then you are required to purchase $100 worth of points per semester. However, $100 does not go far if you need to purchase a meal every day. Also, some commuter students may have more financial responsibilities than tuition. Having to pay for a very expensive meal Continue Reading

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Opinion: St. Kate’s Parking Expansion Plan isn’t the Best Solution

On October 31st, the student body at St. Catherine’s University received an email from Mark Johnson stating that there is going to be an expansion to our parking on campus in the future. This was great news considering how our difficult parking situation affects so many people. Parking on campus can be a struggle for students, faculty and staff, and guests. St. Catherine University’s biggest parking lot is the O’Shaughnessy lot and it is usually full every day. As a commuter, I am completely okay with having to walk 10 to 15 minutes to get to my class when I Continue Reading

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University students studying abroad find solace in their professors

    When students arrive in their host country, the professor to student relationship can be radically different from how it is in the United States. In the case of Chile, many students have observed a certain closeness they find with their professors that they didn’t have before. Some professors even invite their students over for dinner, to expand the cultural experience they’re having outside of the classroom. One such professor is Dr. Sonia Toledo Azócar, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV) international program director. She gave me some insight into how she interacts with the many foreign students that 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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First year students’ experiences with the hoax shooting

On Sept. 12, 2017, there was a report of a shooting on the St. Kate’s University campus around 9:30 p.m. The report was that St. Kate’s Public Safety Officer, Brent Ahlers, had been shot by a young black man in the woods near Cleveland Avenue. Within the first half hour of the shooting, the campus was placed on lockdown and remained on lockdown for the next four hours until the all clear was given at 2:08 a.m.  At noon, there was a community gathering in the chapel for processing and conversing about the events on campus the previous night. That Continue Reading

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Opinion: Let Ann Coulter speak

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” – The First Amendment of the United States Constitution. Republican students at Berkeley College in California invited Ann Coulter, a conservative news commentator, to give a speech on campus. The event was planned for April 27. According to NPR News, after some back and forth with college administrators the event was eventually canceled, with Berkeley 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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Let St. Kate’s have the fun it deserves: Dancing at every opportunity

Last night I realized what I had been missing during my entire first year at St. Kate’s: dancing my heart out until I’m too tired to continue! After the much-awaited International Potluck, many remained for the after party. It was so joyful to dance and celebrate with other wonderful St. Kate’s students, under the purple and pink lights, on the floor of the Rauenhorst Ballroom. There are very few chances at St. Kate’s to go out and dance with your friends while staying on campus. My friends Kingsley Zheng and Amy Li, two Chinese exchange students here for the semester, 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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