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All about TPP: Trans Pacific Partnership

If you have been paying attention to the news the past few months, you have probably heard about the terms TPP and TPA. You may wonder what that means and why you should pay attention to it and it’s not easy to follow along with. Luckily, we here at the University Chronicle are here to help make it easier for you to understand why it is important and how it will affect you (the college student) in today’s competitive job market. Let’s start off with the basics. TPP stands for Trans Pacific Partnership which could be the largest trade accord in history, if passed. It could be one of the most audacious trade deals since the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1994, which opened up free trade amongst the United States, Canada and Mexico. The deal would open up trade with the Asian Pacific countries such as China, Japan,… Keep Reading

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Pakistan Night draws in unexpected crowd

About 400 people attended Pakistan Night in the Atwood Ballroom Saturday evening. The agenda included a line up of dozens of performers from four different student organizations. A steady applause and cheers rang through the room as the numerous cultural performances drew attention to the stage. In between performances, moderators Warda Saif and Ismail Waseem took the audience through Pakistan culture, history and the diversity that Pakistan offers the world. Performers practiced behind a standing curtain while the stage was being readied for them. Some women wore hijabs, while the men were formally dressed in salwar kameez. Dancing, swaying and moving to the music, cheers sounded from the audience and supporters standing on the side of the room. Moving closer to 8 p.m., Moderator Areej Zahra began walking the audience through what a wedding could look like in the Pakistan culture. Going through a brief presentation and video, a dance… Keep Reading


Sweatshops play important role in third world countries, speaker says

Ben Powell paid a visit to St. Cloud State Tuesday to discuss his new book on sweatshops to a full house in the Atwood Theater. His book, “Out of Poverty: Sweatshops in the Global Economy,” provides a comprehensive defense of sweatshops in third world countries. It explains how these sweatshops provide the best available possible opportunity to workers and how they play an important role in the process of development, that eventually leads to better living wages and working conditions. The book builds off of Powell’s plethora of research on sweatshops, spanning more than a decade. The morality of sweatshops, and their effect on the economy, has been heavily criticized in the national media. These factories are usually operated in third world countries and often times have low wages, unsafe working conditions, and unstable hours. Powell’s book looks at sweatshops from an economist point of view and the value of the… Keep Reading

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Community marches together to Take Back the Night

Community members banded together Thursday night in a movement to unify women, men and children against violence and sexual assault for the 25th annual Take Back the Night. Zachary Dorholt, former state representative, has attended the event since the early 2000s. Through his work as a therapist, he can attest to why the issue of sexual violence is important. “I work in a program specifically for adults and over 50 percent of the women in the program have experienced sexual assault,” he said. “It’s just too common, and I think people forget how significant these incidents can be.” “If you don’t educate people at this age, coming to college, they’re going to lose the ability to have a healthy thought process of the significance of the impact,” he said. The event, which first took place in St. Cloud in 1982, featured the Clothesline Project, music, speeches and a march through… Keep Reading

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Speaker’s ‘Art of Giving’ philosophy inspires community

The action of “giving,” according to Oxford Dictionary, is defined as: “freely transfer the possession of (something) to (someone).” For Doctor Achyuta Samanta, founder of Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) and the Kalinga institute of Social Sciences (KISS), “giving” means much more. Hosted in the Atwood Ballroom, Samanta, the guest speaker, talked about his life and the feats he accomplished by simply giving. Though he was born and raised in one of the most impoverished destinations on earth, Samanta used his philosophy of giving to change the world around him, and in turn, changed thousands of lives after. Samanta founded both KIIT and KISS with only $100 in 1992. From then on, momentum has driven both institutions to be recognized world wide for their groundbreaking achievements in health education and post-graduate education. Samanta grew up in a remote village called Kalarabank, located in Odisha, India. Kalarabank was home to “the poorest of… Keep Reading

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Ireland is now on SCSU’s study abroad list

SCSU’s Education Abroad office entered into a new partnership this June with Mary Immaculate College (MIC) in Limerick, Ireland to help expand study abroad opportunities for students. The new study abroad destination also comes with more scholarships as a result from another partnership SCSU entered with the Institute of International Education (IIE) earlier this year in February. The College MIC was founded in 1898, and is a Catholic college of education and liberal arts, according to the university’s website. The university has about 3,000 students enrolled. The International Students Guide put out by MIC describes Limerick as the third largest city in Ireland, being apart of the midwest region of the republic. The guide also said that Limerick is a cultural destination, and because of its live music, theater and sports, the city was designated as a “National City of Culture” in 2014. According to Center of International Studies (CIS), the university’s location… Keep Reading

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Student organization sending donations to Nepal

SCSU student organization Helping Nepal International is fundraising and helping to spread awareness about the earth quakes and damages in Nepal throughout the week on campus. Members of the student organization will be talking with passers-by in Atwood from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through the week until Friday, May 1. The donations are going to the American Red Cross to help provide aid for those affected by the destruction in Nepal. “There was a massive tragedy in Nepal that took more than 4,000 lives,” said Shrijit Koirala, vice president of Helping Nepal International. “We’re trying to do whatever we can, and donate all of our donations to people back home.” Holding their first fundraising event on Wednesday, April 29, members are hosting an art sale. Members collected images and photographs of the destruction and aftermath of the earth quakes. Friends of the student organization in Nepal are sending photos… Keep Reading

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Keynote speaker lectures on fair pay for workers

The 2015 “Global Goes Local conference: the Social Conditions of Immigrant Workers and Families in Minnesota” featured keynote speaker Veronica Mendez Moore, an organizer from Cetnro de Trabadajores Unidoes en Lucha (CTUL), on Tuesday in the Cascade room. Starting at 12:30 pm, she started her lecture titled “Immigrant Workers and Building Low Wage Workers’ Power in the Twin Cities.” Moore began her lecture explaining what CTUL does, citing an example as workers in need of aid from wage theft, receiving fair wages and safe working conditions. “The reality is, we’ve forced the employer to follow the law,” she said. She explained that because of the economic shift, millions of jobs are going overseas, not on U.S. soil, and many companies are taking advantage of this by getting away with something illegal. The Minnesota department of Labor and Industry has four people investigating cases of illegal action in the entirety of the… Keep Reading

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Panel discusses the meaning of forgiveness

In part of “The F Word: Stories of Forgiveness” exhibit at SCSU, a three-person panel discussed ideas of conflict resolution and forgiveness last Wednesday, April 8, in Atwood. After March 30, anybody passing through Atwood could stop by and read any of the numerous panels that carried personal testimonies of conflict and forgiveness. The panels were displayed for nearly two weeks in light of United Kingdom-based charity, “The Forgiveness Project.” To help expand on these stories, the three-person panel, titled “Forgiveness: What? Why? How?” gave perspectives on what forgiveness means, starting around 4:30 p.m. in the Oak room. After introducing the panel, Roseanna Ross, the mediator of the panel and coordinator of the SCSU Mediation Program, asked the panel “why would anybody want to forgive?” “Often times people don’t want to forgive, because they don’t want to let the other person off the hook,” said Karmit Bulman, executive director of the… Keep Reading

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