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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. 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 have passed through her office over the years. 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”. 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. 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 officials stating safety as a problem. Milo Yiannopoulos had his speech canceled in January, with Berkeley officials citing the very same reason. 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. 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. 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.  With enough bravery, you can find the justice you deserve and escape abuse. The interesting thing about abuse is the cage you are in may appear blatant, fuzzy, or hidden.  Everyone saw my cage because my abuser isolated me from my friends and family.  This did not change my chances of escaping the abuse or noticing the cage myself.  To me, it was invisible; it did not exist.  Posts on social media told me “When I fight with you, I’m fighting for us.”  Of course, I read those in my abuser’s voice that reassured me he loved me. Reassurance should never exist in a healthy relationship.  But all I could do was beg for it every time my abuser told me I was “bitch.”  He referred to me as a bitch when I refused to do something from him, certain things I was not comfortable with proceeding in doing.  If I rejected him, he would hit or bite me, and not in a playful way.  His favorite form of abuse was shooting me with an airsoft gun with the safety off.  My motionless body was a target to little pellets that stung and left bruises.  There is no lower feeling than being a literal target for mockery.  I held in tears when he did this.  They would burn my nose, but I knew the tears would be followed with a sardonic comment from my abuser, telling me I was being too sensitive.  In the midst of this,  the back of my mind patiently waited for him to cool down and reassure me that I was important. You should already know your significant other loves you without reassurance.  If support does occur in an abusive relationship, it usually happens in two steps of the abusive process: reconciliation and the honeymoon phase.  My abuser would apologize and beg for my forgiveness, lacing his words with glimmers of hope.  “I love you so much,” he would say, “I was only kidding, but what I did was wrong and I am a fool for it.” He would proceed by taking me on extravagant dates, spending loads of his paycheck on me. “This can’t be abuse. Continue Reading →

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There are better ways to stay healthy as a non-athlete college student

 

Statistically speaking, the most common New Year’s resolution is to get fit and live a healthier lifestyle. Magazines are littered with articles telling us how to make the best weight loss smoothie with at least three ingredients you’ve never heard of and five you don’t have on hand, or what workout is going to earn you the posterior of a Kardashian. I, for one, have attempted to integrate some of these ‘hot tips’ in my lifestyle but, overwhelmingly, I have found them to be unrealistic. As far as I know, very few college students have the time or money to devote to weird dieting fads that may or may not (and, as the case stands, probably not) make you healthier. Nor do they have the dedication or self-directed humor to do the 15 minute “Build A Booty” celebrity workout which again, may or may not work the miracles it promises. Continue Reading →

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