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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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Student Senate looking to use an unallocated $5 out of each undergrad’s tuition by the end of the academic year

As the semester wraps up, so too does the work of the Student Senate ad-hoc committee for the unallocated Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG) funds. Since the St. Kate’s chapter of MPIRG, a third-party student-directed organization that empowers and trains students and engages the community to take collective action in the public interest throughout the state of Minnesota, lost its charter in the spring 2017 semester, Student Senate has been tasked with finding a use for the $5 from the activities fee included in each undergraduate student’s tuition. MPIRG, as some seniors may remember, was an active presence on campus during the 2014-15 academic year. Student Senate President Biftu Bussa, Public Health Major, ’18 remembers her involvement with MPIRG fondly: “It was Continue Reading

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Senate Charters New Yoga Club

The St. Catherine University Student Senate met on October 31st and chartered a new club despite some members worries of cultural appropriation and exclusivity.   Student Senate met in the Rauenhorst Ballroom on the second floor of the Couer de Catherine (CDC) to discuss student worries and go over Senate plans. During this meeting Cassidy Hanson and Mikaela Kauma presented their new club, The Yoga and Meditation Organization, for Senate consideration. They presented the club as a place for students to destress from exams and classes, and to spread kindness while teaching students yoga and meditation practices. While many members Continue Reading

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Climate change and what the St. Kate’s community can do about it

Climate change is happening right now and affecting people worldwide. Natural disasters are increasing in both size and frequency because of climate change. One quantitative effect, the according to the EPA, is that people have increased the amount of carbon dioxide in the air by 40% since the late 1700s. According to NASA, “The year 2016 ranks as the warmest on record.” NASA also states that since 1900 the global land-ocean temperature index has risen by around two degrees fahrenheit. These are just some of the facts surrounding climate change. In early November, President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Continue Reading

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St. Kate’s Supports DACA Students by Hosting Rally

    On Thursday, October 5th, St. Catherine University Senate hosted their Defend DACA Rally on the steps of the O’Shaughnessy. In attendance were students, staff, Sisters of St. Joseph and President Roloff. The rally focused on bringing together the student body to support students and their families that are affected by the ending of the DACA program by President Trump. The rally at St. Catherine University offered students and staff a chance to show that they support DACA students. Katies demonstrated that taking away the program will severely affect DACA students on our campus. Taking away these students from 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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The visions of newly elected Senate members

The Senate election result for 2017-2018 academic year is in! Students voted and their voices were heard. Seats on the ballot were: Senate president, senate chair, sophomore representatives, junior representatives, senior representatives, and resident senators, commuter senators, international senator, and student parent senator. Some of the candidates are presented here. Biftu Bussa, Senate President A junior at St. Kate’s, Biftu Bussa is majoring in Public Health with concentrations in Health Science and Public Policy, along with a minor in Psychology. She will be graduating next spring. “As Senate President, I must attend all Senate meetings and required committee meetings,” says Continue Reading

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Senate day entices in new student voters

Student Senate held Senate Day on Wednesday, April 5 to promote the senate elections and encourage students to participate in voting. Senate members called over passer-bys, asking them to vote and showing off the various prizes they could win if they participated. Students also answered trivia questions and offered feedback of their perceptions of the St. Catherine University (St. Kate’s) Senate. The Senate elections’ purpose is to choose what students will be represented on the Student Senate in the coming year. This year, the ballot also asked of students their opinion on lowering the budget for The Wheel student newspaper. Continue Reading

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Your browsing history is now for sale and companies are out shopping just for that

Since the year of 2015 when the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) under President Barack Obama set up a regulation to protect internet users privacy, people in the United States may have been able to freely browse the internet without being hounded by advertisements related to the websites we visited. The FCC, due to this new bill( Senate Joint Resolution 34- A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, united States Code, of the rule submitted by the FCC relating to ‘Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services”) (ProPublica), is prohibited from Continue Reading

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Katies react to the current Presidential Administration

On a campus that is politically active, election season had tensions high for students at St. Kate’s. Some were happy, while others did not receive the outcome they’d been hoping for. The change of politics from the Obama Administration to the Trump Administration raises concerns for many students, and after an evening at the Pulse, I caught up with some Katies to see what their opinions were about the current policies.   Sophie Everetts, ’18, Communication studies major, considers herself to be a liberal and is not happy with the outcome of the election. Among her many concerns, she says that Continue Reading

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