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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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DFL Committee breaks down election process

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It seems like just yesterday America was enduring the 2016 presidential elections and now with gubernatorial races behind us, midterms are now less than a year away and for Minnesota, there’s a lot at stake. The Northstar state currently has all 134 seats in the house and a governorship up for grabs in 2018 midterms, meaning both Democrats and Republicans are starting to fuel their bases. Last week, the Central Minnesota DFL met in the Greater St. Cloud Public Library to give their supporters a rundown of what to expect starting in 2018. Many people think it’s plain and simple, they can just run to the polls in November, cast their votes and go on their merry way. However, that’s not the case. Primaries and Caucuses hold special value in a democracy as it helps narrow down the number of candidates running in the election, but caucuses hold special importance. Benjamin…

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SCSU Veteran talks about what it’s like to have PTSD

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On November 11, Americans take the time to remember and reflect the Veterans who’ve served the country in all branches of the military. Many may think if you make it back in one piece, it’s a blessing, but war doesn’t always leave the mind of a soldier. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, nearly 20 out of every 100 Veterans who return from war, suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.   This is something St. Cloud State University student Mckenzie Warne lives with every single day. “It’s hard to explain,” he said. “[I] kind of feel like an outcast because there’s little things that make me tick that would seem crazy to other people, little things that are a big deal to me that aren’t as big of a deal to other people, so it makes me look like I’m crazy or I’m a bad person, even though…

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Some safety tips for your Halloween weekend

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It’s Halloween weekend at St. Cloud State University. While the neighborhoods and 5th Ave are usually a dead zone – college students will be flocking to houses for parties and down to the bars. But with all of the ghouls, goblins and crazy college students roaming about, there comes increased risk. While Halloween weekend is a fun and memorable (maybe) there’s a lot of precautions students should consider certain or troubles they might run into before dressing up and going out. Some increased risks include: Rape/Sexual Assault Drugged Drinks Masked Criminals  Robberies  Arrests However, Campus Police Officer Kelly Holden said students should be just fine if they are aware and prepared. “This weekend is no different than any other weekend, in terms of safety and being aware of your surroundings and being cautious, if you’re drinking and partying or whatever with your friends.” One of the biggest things Universities see this…

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School of Public Affairs prepares for strategic plan refresh

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In the past year. St. Cloud State University has gone under what they call Strategic Plan Refresh, a way to revitalize academic curriculums to make the University adaptable to changing times. While SCSU is working on revitalizing itself as a whole, the School of Public Affairs is one of the first departments within the University to start making changes to its curriculum, as they said they want to ensure students who are in SOPA get the best education the possibly can, aligning their mission as a school with SCSU as a whole. On Wednesday, graduate students, professors, student government officials and former alumni all met at the SCSU Welcome Center to discuss the strategic plan and the schools future at SCSU. Rick Osborne, College Senator for the School of Public Affairs said he think’s a good idea to revitalize how they’re doing things right now and strive for improvements. “It’s really a…

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Local Girl Scouts remain confident despite new policy change

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This past Wednesday, the Boy Scouts of America retracted a nearly century-old policy, by allowing girls to join in an attempt to make the organization more gender neutral and bring in more members. Some are praising the organization for their efforts to be more inclusive, however, not everyone has that same feeling — especially leaders in the Girl Scouts. In a recent release from Girl Scouts of America, they express concern, saying the merger could diminish girls from gaining positions in higher rankings or make them more vulnerable to sexual assault. But others worry Girl Scouts may hop across the pond to gain opportunities they weren’t offered before. This is not the case for troops in Central Minnesota. Tuana Quimby, Marketing Director for Girl Scouts of Central Minnesota and Northern Wisconsin said she’s not worried about their fleet from disappearing. “I have no reason to believe women won’t continue to…

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Student athletes respond to national anthem protests

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The First Amendment is one many Americans hold near and dear, but with members of the NFL and other sports organizations protesting the National Anthem, the limits of what people deem as appropriate have been tested significantly. The conflict is so widespread that it’s even reaching college campuses, including St. Cloud State University. On Wednesday, student-athletes met with Interim President Ashish Vaidya, coaches, and other administrators, to discuss the recent events and talk about what the University can and cannot let them do. Since SCSU is a public institution, the university is not allowed to punish students for sitting or linking arms during the national anthem and says if they choose to do so, they will support them in their efforts. However, some coaches want their players to take into consideration why they are protesting and how it might make some of their loyal fans feel. But for most of the athletes, it…

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MNSCU to waive college app fees for month of October

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Minnesota State Colleges and Universities are planning to drop application fees from October 23rd-27th in part of a national movement to support of College Knowledge Month. “Minnesota State Colleges and Universities are the most affordable and accessible in higher education,” said MnSCU Interim Chancellor Devinder Malhorta. “There has never been a better time to explore the many school program choices offered by the Minnesota State Campuses. I encourage all high school seniors, and anyone else considering how education can shape their future, to contact our colleges and universities to learn more about preparing for and embarking on their transformational path.” They also mention the schools waive fees for low-income students and those who serve in the military. MnSCU plans to do this for all of its institutions including both State Colleges and Universities. For more questions and information you can contact any school in the MnSCU system or visit their…

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Friend reflects on Tom Bearson’s passing

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It was just three years ago this month Tom Bearson disappeared one Saturday night at North Dakota State University. For his friends and family, the wound still feels fresh as the longing for his presence continues. His death was ruled as a homicide and many are still looking for answers, but the investigation is a ghost in the closet, with many being kept in the dark. He was a friend, an athlete, and a son. As for now, Tom’s loved ones reflect on their time with him, remembering his friendliness and good spirits. SCSU student TJ Beavans was one of Tom’s best friends and while he may be gone, he reminisces about all the qualities that Tom had. “He was charismatic, outgoing, he was really outspoken, opinionated, but you know just all around a good person,” Beavans said. He also said there’s not a moment where he doesn’t miss him.…

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