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December 2017

The better of being a proud Indian: Aikytha Night 2017

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On Nov. 18, 2017, the India Student Organization hosted Aikytha or India night and there are only three words that can describe such an event: colorful, exciting and creative. As you walk into the Atwood Ballroom you are surrounded by a feeling of friendliness and overall positive energy, and that never dimmed once throughout your time there. The evening was made up of dancing, food, fun and enthusiastic vibes, that as an audience member, it makes you feel as if you were in India that very night. This was the idea the organization had gone off of when the whole event was staged as a flight simulator. When the audience has arrived into “India,” right away we started to witness the culture of the country. Creatively, they expressed their traditions with a story of a couple, one from northern India and the other from southern India, and their desire to…

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Have yourself a furry little Christmas

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If you’ve never considered adopting a pet before, a quick trip to the St. Cloud Tri-County Humane Society might change your mind. With so many furry friends looking for a home it’s hard to not want to take one home. With the holidays fast approaching, these pets might just be the perfect gift. It’s not something you can wrap up and put under the tree but it could be the best gift your loved one receives this holiday season. Tri-County Humane Society marketing coordinator Kayla Koscielniak said that seeing an influx of adoptions and interest in adoptions is fairly common this time of year. “[An adoption] usually works out really well. We do see an increased amount of adoptions this time of year because people do like to see pets go home for the holidays,” Koscielniak said. Despite all the excitement that surrounds the adoption of an animal, volunteer and humane…

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Let’s talk politics: students speak out

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With finals week right around the corner, students are stressed. But that’s not what was stressing some students out this week. With political student groups tabling in Atwood, finals were the least of these students’ worries. The Republican Student Organization was especially drawing a crowd and one debate got so out of hand that Public Safety had to be called in. “We had a little incident where our president was surrounded by probably 30 or 40 people and he was pretty much attacked,” member of the Republican Student Organization Carson Grand said. These students appeared calmer as the incident simmered but political dialogue continued throughout the day and the attention the Republican Student Organization was getting didn’t dwindle. Democrats, Republicans and even curious bystanders, gathered to share political opinions and experiences. Despite the obvious differences these students shared, one common theme was evident: talking. Many students spoke of the need…

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Is SCSU really tobacco-free?

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In 2011, St. Cloud State University implemented a policy saying the University would officially be tobacco-free, by not allowing the sale, advertisement or use of any tobacco throughout the University. According to Health Services Assistant Promotions and Marketing Director Erica Karger Gatzo, this was a way to limit the amount of second-hand smoke exposure to the community. Despite these measures, people can find plenty of cigarettes lying around parts of campus, which may confuse some. While smoking is still illegal in a few areas, the way the University intertwines with city streets leaves 20 designated places to take a drag, exposing others to secondhand smoke. “Those are legal zones for smoking,” Gatzo said. “That’s not our realm for making policy decisions.” According to the CDC, nearly 41,000 people die of secondhand smoke exposure each year. Despite the statistics, data released by SCSU Student Health Services shows the number of smokers…

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Murder on the Orient Express: An average mystery with a star-studded cast

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Kenneth Branagh’s “Murder on the Orient Express” paints a suitable picture of a classic murder mystery. It stars Branagh as the famed detective Hercule Poirot and he has one of the most talented ensemble casts you’ll see all year. Johnny Depp, Judi Dench, Leslie Odom Jr., Daisy Ridley, Penelope Cruz, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Willem Dafoe play a group of passengers on the Orient Express, a train in which Poirot finds himself on in search of a short vacation from solving mysteries. Branagh’s direction of Orient Express creates a sinister atmosphere after the train finds itself caught in an avalanche and ends up stuck in the mountains, leaving the passengers and Poirot all trapped together with a dead man, who was killed the in the middle of night. Poirot then must investigate every person as everyone becomes a suspect. While the movie focuses intently on the mystery…

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