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Opinion: Sadly, Freedom of Speech Loses Again

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The following opinion piece was submitted by Kathy Uradnik, Professor of Political Science at St. Cloud State University.  There were no winners in last week’s controversy over the display of political messages by the SCSU College Republicans, but there were plenty of losers.  They included our student body, which once again witnessed what has become all too common on college campuses:  that the constitutional rights of some can be canceled by the objections of others. Whatever one thought about the College Republicans’ display in the Atwood Student Center, there is no dispute as to its constitutionality:  it was protected free speech.  America has a deep and abiding commitment to freedom of speech; it is a core right.  The first amendment protects many forms of speech, but reserves its highest protection for political speech.  If a nation is to be based on diversity and the diverse viewpoints that come with it, speech…

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University Chronicle places 1st in 5 categories at college journalism contest

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Reporters, photographers, and editors at the University Chronicle won five first-place awards, six second-place awards and one third-place award at the Minnesota Newspaper Association (MNA) College Better Newspaper Contest on Thursday, Jan. 25 in Bloomington. The College Better Newspaper Contest recognizes work among student journalists in a wide variety of categories with work published between Sept. 1, 2016, and August 31, 2017. The submissions were judged by the Illinois Press Association this year. Submissions were judged on various criteria based on each unique category, with comments often attached to the winning pieces, including for Best Website, “Many community newspapers could learn from the quality of this website.” The Website category was judged based on the quality of content, ease of navigation, visual design and layout, advertising and a gatekeeper’s role in the community. The Local Breaking News Coverage category was judged on excellence in reporting breaking news coverage within a…

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SPJ recognizes University Chronicle for Best Independent Online Student Publication

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The Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Award recognized the University Chronicle from region 6 for Best Independent Online Student Publication. The award is given in honor of best collegiate journalism for the year. Region 6 is made up of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The spring conference was in Minneapolis this past weekend, at which time award recipients were recognized for their work. Organizations that placed first move on to compete for the national Mark of Excellence Award. Twelve regions compete nationally. According to the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), the work produced by organizations entering the competition are judged by journalism professionals with at least three years experience. SPJ released a statement: “The awards honor the best in student journalism. As such, judges were directed to choose only those entries they felt were outstanding work worthy of such an honor.” For student media organizations, divisions…

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DNR to request $33m for state parks and trails improvements

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) plans to request $33 million from the Legislature this year to help fund upgrades and repairs to assets including buildings, trails and roads. According to the department, 737 of the buildings the DNR owns are in “crisis” or “poor” condition. This request is a part of the department’s larger capital bonding request set at $72.5 million. The DNR’s list of projects Campground renovations at Jay Cooke State Park Improvements and upgrades to fish hatcheries statewide Rehabilitation of substandard buildings components and accessibility improvements Reforestation of roughly 12,500 acres of state land Acquisition and development of recreational features in state parks and trails Acquisition of land for the state’s scientific and natural areas, native prairie bank and wildlife management areas for pheasant habitat Flood hazard mitigation Chris Niskanen, communications director, explained the department looked at all of the buildings the DNR owns, which is…

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Time for Minnesota Twins to put it together

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Although you probably wouldn’t be able to guess based on the amount of attention they receive, the Minnesota Twins have improved their record each of the last three seasons, and in 2015 finished with their first winning record in five years. They finished last season with an 83-79 record, but now must take one last step towards being playoff contenders. Management has spent money freely the last few years on free agent pitchers Ricky Nolasco and Ervin Santana, but their crop of young fielders is what will push them forward. Top prospects Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton spent time at the major league level last season, as did Eddie Rosario, the left fielder of the future. Going around the field the Twins have a blend of youth and experience, with the most intriguing player being Byung Ho Park, a 29-year-old rookie first basemen who the Twins signed from South Korea…

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Beaver Island Trail extension to be completed this summer

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In the midst of another construction season here in Minnesota, one project is almost nearing its completion. St. Cloud’s Beaver Island Trail has been a project for the city of St. Cloud for quite some time. “The federal funding, almost ten years ago we were authorized for, so this is how long this planned but finally, thanks to the voters, the project is under construction and should be complete by the end of the summer,” said Mayor Dave Kleis. The project was underway last June, with the hopes that it would be completed that season, however the cold suspended the work in November of last year. “After last fall we had to shut down over the winter because of the river freezing up but now, I think we have four piers left to do, and one we’re done driving those we can start decking after that,” said Craig Hennen, the…

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SCSU takes third in regional cyber defense competition

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SCSU took third in the Midwest Regional cyber defense competition that took place April 1st through 2nd. The competition occurred in three stages: state, regional and national, beginning as a statewide competition among universities and two-year colleges in certain states. Minnesota is one of the 10 states in the Midwest Regional competition, and each state in this region held its own state competition. The state competition was a single-day event beginning the morning of Feb. 27. Each college had an eight-student team that was given a network of computers to keep secure and running. St. Cloud’s team was guided by adviser Tirthankar Ghosh. A professional team of ethical hackers created the challenge, invading each team’s network. Every half an hour to an hour, teams were given a task to complete and were required to submit a report within a certain timeframe. The team that ended with the most points won the competition. The regional…

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Lindgren and Prow receive First-Team All American honors

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St. Cloud State defensemen and senior captain Ethan Prow and goaltender Charlie Lindgren both were honored Friday night at the NCAA Frozen Four in Tampa Bay, Fl. They were two of the 24-man roster that were selected as the 2015-16 ACHA/CCM Men’s Hockey Division I All-American roster. Lindgren started in 40 of 41 games for the Huskies this season, amassing a 30-9-1 record. He also received NCHC Goaltender of the Year honors after compiling a .925 save percentage as well as a 2.13 goals-against average. Lindgren is a finalist for the Mike Richter Award, which is given annually to the nation’s best goaltender. After the season, Lindgren immediately got eyes of NHL teams who wanted him in their sweater. He ended up signing with the Montreal Canadiens, and immediately moved up to their first team as the backup goalie. He got his first start Thursday night against the Carolina Hurricanes…

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Decades drag show rocks Atwood

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Campus organization OUTLOUD! Along with the LGBT Resource Center put on a Decades of Drag Show on Thursday, April 7 in the Atwood Ballroom.   The event was a fundraiser for the organization that showcased some excellent talent in both lip syncing and dance techniques by local drag queens and SCSU students.   Organization leaders decided to up the ante from past shows by making this event more adult-themed to attract a larger audience. SCSU students with ID had free admission. All others were charged $5 admission at the door. Free glow sticks were handed out among the crowd. Hosted by St. Cloud’s own Fusion Cabaret Show, drag queens Carmen Love and Dexter Maine-Love issued a fair warning at the beginning of the show that it was mainly for mature audiences and no discrimination would be tolerated throughout the show.   They also suggested that any audience members questioning sexuality…

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