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The first Minnesota water trails summit focuses on paddle sports economic value

St. Cloud hosted the first Minnesota Water Trails Tourism Summit at the River’s Edge Convention Center. The two-day summit started Sept. 29, with paddlers getting ready for the ‘Experiential Day,’ which included paddling on the Mississippi River, then on Tuesday the summit offered ‘break out sessions’, and speakers for attendees to learn about the economic benefits of paddle sports. “What this is attempting to do is to engage communities, conventional visitors and bureaus on how to promote the water trail resources in their communities and to help them develop economically…really, it’s to help push what is the best water trail system in the [United] States and to get it used more widely,” Alexander Watson, a DNR regional naturalist, said. The second day of the summit started with breakfast, followed by keynote speaker, Natalie Warren, founder of Wild River Academy—a non-profit organization aimed to engage and educate students in communities about… Keep Reading

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Students and staff help to clean up the Mississippi

Five hundred and thirty pounds of garbage was collected from the Mississippi River Cleanup on Saturday. Volunteers gathered in the Outdoor Endeavors office around 9 a.m. to sign-in, followed by breakfast. As more volunteers showed up and time drew closer to 9 a.m., student-leaders began distributing gloves and yellow bags from the DNR Adopt-a-River Program’s ‘How-to’ kit. Just after 9 a.m., groups were sent to the one of the five divided sections of campus to begin the cleanup. Volunteers weaved in and out of the wooded areas to retrieve garbage from the steep banks. Garbage, including plastic bags and bottles, glass and a 75-pound metal pipe, found its way to the river’s edge where it stayed until that morning. Micah Most, a computer science major at SCSU, said that his desire to help came “after hearing the statistics about how much garbage ends up in the Mississippi River per year.”… Keep Reading

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Second Campus Cruise a success

The Youth Shelter Supply, St. Cloud’s local skate and snow shop, hosted their second ‘Campus Cruise’ on Wednesday. Starting at 5 p.m., participants met at the Youth Shelter Supply, 305 5th Ave. S., to get a map leading to the locations of prizes. Local skateboarders helped co-owners, Mike Thienes and Mike Pettit, hide tickets around the SCSU campus. Descriptions of prizes were written on the tickets, and once the tickets were found and brought back, winners were rewarded with free merchandise from the shop. With over 30 prizes, participants had their chance to find merchandise including headphones, t-shirts, jackets, shoes and more. Participants met at the shop around 5 p.m. Maps were handed out, and almost like a starting line; participants took off to seek out prizes. Thienes said it takes about an hour for all of the prizes to be claimed. Around 6 p.m., after participants started bringing their… Keep Reading

Bartha receives national award

Ivan Bartha, coordinator of experiential education and outdoor programing at SCSU, gives insight about his position as Chair of the Midwest division for the American Canoe Association. Bartha arrived in St. Cloud last Tuesday after being in Michigan for just over a week visiting friends and family. While he was there, he accepted the ‘Volunteer of the Year’ award from the ACA—the largest non-profit paddle sport organization in nation, he said. Now starting to settle into fall semester, Bartha said a part of being Chair of the Midwest Division, which covers 11 states and is a volunteer position, he did quite a bit of travelling over the summer. Some of the goals and responsibilities of being Chair is to try and connect paddlers from various states and to hold bi-annual meetings, Bartha said. And, along with building networks of paddlers, the ACA chose Bartha to administer the United States Coast… Keep Reading

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Michael Brown seminar sparks discrimation talks

Race has been a topic of discussion since the civil rights movement and as of recently, discrimination and police brutality have been in direct correlation of each other. Incidents like Eric Garner with the NYPD, Christopher Lollie with St. Paul Police Department, Luis Rodriguez with Oklahoma police and now, the incident that has been making national attention for over month now, the deadly shooting of 18 year-old Michael Brown of Ferguson, Missouri. On Thursday, St. Cloud State University held a Q and A seminar regarding the incident and racial issues on campus, in the St. Cloud area and around the nation. At the seminar a diverse crowd was in attendance all the way outside the door. People from all walks of life engaged in the conversation that went over the allotted time it was scheduled for. “The purpose of the panel was to have a beginning dialogue for a conversation… Keep Reading

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Different sides of conflict learn to live side-by-side

In our world today, we are faced with many conflicts. Some of those conflicts being rooted from years of mistreatment, injustice and hatred towards the other side. The longest lasting battle still prominent today is, by far, the Israeli- Arab conflict. The Israeli-Arab conflict has been a non-stop predicament ever since the establishment of the Israeli state back in May of 1948. Today, the world has been scratching theirs heads trying to find a peaceful solution in order to stop the violence and maintain peace throughout the region. Walid Issa, SCSU alum and now a grad student, along with Lior Frankiensztajn, a very close friend of Walid may have found the solution. The program is called “Shades” and it preaches that if you have the right “problem solving tools”, two conflicting parties can find there way to a solution. On Wednesday, they both hosted a seminar in the Atwood Theatre.… Keep Reading

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Events galore at Family Weekend

Family Weekend is one of the big attractions for students and families at SCSU that is set to get underway this weekend. The event is being put on by SCSU’s Department of Campus Involvement and kicks off Friday, September 12. Registration for families runs from 5:00p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with the Atwood Underground becoming available for free if you’re with a registered family at the same time. More options to occupy the Friday schedule include a special showing of “UP”, stuff-a-husky, and crafts in the Atwood Theatre. Maleficent will be showing at 8:00p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Campus Rec will be putting on the St. Cloud Vibe 5K Color Run Saturday morning starting in K lot at 8:00 a.m. with the first wave of runners taking off at 9:00 a.m. Another window for registration opens from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Saturday for those families that elect to come later… Keep Reading

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Downpour on Mainstreet, rescheduled for Wednesday

This past Wednesday, constant heavy rain and thunderstorms flooded SCSU’s campus as well central Minnesota ensuing terrible road conditions as well as the cancellation of one of the biggest events held on the campus of St. Cloud State University, Mainstreet. By 9:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, hundreds of clubs, organizations, companies, and even political party representatives flooded into the center of campus with banners, tables and all types of memorabilia, display items, sign up sheets and flyers all with the intention to recruit students involvement. Unfortunately, by 11:00 a.m. the entirety of the population crowding Main street were forced to pack up quickly and bolt to the nearest building to avoid the storm. A once crowded and buzzing area on campus now left barren and very, very wet. Many student clubs and organizations expressed growing concern towards the unfortunate cancelation due to the fact that Main Street is a big recruiting… Keep Reading

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The 20th anniversary of the Hunger Strike

Twenty years ago multiple cultural organizations at St. Cloud State University felt underrepresented and mistreated on campus. To gather the attentions of the student body and faculty, this group of determined students decided to take action to voice their concerns; they had 13 demands in total and vowed to fast until the agreements were met. Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán, or MEChA, was at the forefront of this battle between the underrepresented student population and university officials. Some of the demands include the creation of the multi cultural resource center, the establishment of the student cultural center, a commitment to retain and recruit more faculty/students of color, and for the student government system to add the cultural diversity chair to the student senate. Currently, the cultural diversity chair is empty and student government has been in the process of urging potential students to run for the position. “It’s an awesome… Keep Reading

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