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Have yourself a furry little Christmas

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… Keep Reading

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Is SCSU really tobacco-free?

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… Keep Reading

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The Grey Area of Sexual Abuse

Everyone in society needs to be aware of the struggles that certain communities go through on a daily basis. Understanding these struggles help to limit certain problems that groups deal with every day. Helping to create a bigger resistance to these issues, and a possible end. Sexual abuse is a struggle that no one should ever have to deal with. While we understand the solid definition of sexual abuse we sometimes forget to look at and understand the grey area surrounding sexual abuse, especially when it comes to women.  “I do believe there is a grey area,” Brad Buchman, a senior at St. Cloud State University said.  “I believe that not many people know what all falls into the category of harassment or abuse. There needs to be a greater overall understanding.”  We see this grey area in almost every facet of our communities, yet nowhere else more prevalent than… Keep Reading

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DFL Committee breaks down election process

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… Keep Reading

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Fire Explorer Program offers opportunities

For the last 22 years, the St. Cloud Fire Department has organized and played host to the Fire Explorer Post 2032 and is back for another year of fun for young firefighters. The Fire Service Explorer post is a program that offers a wide variety of activities for adolescents from ages 14 through 20. “We do basic fire one and two training and it’s just a way to see if this is something they want to do as a career,” St. Cloud Firefighter and Fire Explorer lead advisor, Andrew Rasmussen said. The program operates nationwide and only costs $50 a year to get involved. The affordable amount pays for things such as insurance for the program and a tee shirt, along with safety equipment like glasses, a helmet, boots, and more. “It kind of helps bring some of these kids up just from the local community and let them know… Keep Reading

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Internships can lead us to our dream jobs

“Internship” According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary is a period of undergoing practical instruction in one’s job or career: seeking a summer internship at a local television station. “Job” According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary is a regular remunerative position. An example is working at Chick-fil-A as a server. The difference between a job and an internship is that an internship is temporary and a job may be permanent. Another difference is that an internship is a field directly related to your career while your job can be any means of making money to pay bills. If I am a political science major and I get an internship with the United States Senate that means I am building my career. I could also get a job as a waitress in a restaurant around my school and that does not relate to my career. I remember how I got my first internship. I… Keep Reading

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

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… Keep Reading

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SCSU Interim President Ashish Vaidya accepts position at NKU

St. Cloud State University’s Interim President, Ashish Vaidya will be leaving the university come June 30, 2018. Vaidya has accepted the position of president at Northern Kentucky University, effective July 1, 2018. Vaidya came into the role of interim president at a challenging time after the previous president, Earl H. Potter III died unexpectedly in a car crash in June of 2016. Vaidya was signed onto a two-year contract with St. Cloud State University. Minnesota State Interim Chancellor, Devinder Malhotra, said after Potter’s passing, St. Cloud State University needed a leader who could both keep the university moving forward in a positive direction, as well as one that could help the school heal. “He did just that,” Chancellor Malhotra said. “President Vaidya mourned along with students, faculty, staff, and the community but also gave them something to hope for. A stronger and better university – a stronger and better St.… Keep Reading

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How to survive a Minnesota winter: some advice to newcomers from veterans

This upcoming winter isn’t staying shy, in fact, mother nature is already giving us a taste of the cold front coming ahead. Only a couple weeks ago, did Minnesota hit a high of 68 degrees and now in the beginning of November, we are plummeting into a new average high of 34 degrees. With winter coming quicker than ever, it’s that time of the year again where the swimsuits are tucked away, and the snow boots come out. As St. Cloud State is the home to many from Minnesota, who are used to this type of weather, the school also has students coming from across the country and across the world. With that being said, there are students who have never lived through a Minnesota winter or have even seen snow for that matter. The University Chronicle had the opportunity to sit down with three Huskies who have grown up in… Keep Reading

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