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School of Public Affairs prepares for strategic plan refresh

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… Keep Reading

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Trouble among Garvey Commons: SCSU students are not thrilled

Food, health, and wellness are all things that are required for a college student to have a successful year at school. The way St. Cloud State University tries to help out is by providing the students with meals on campus, made and produced by a company called, Chartwells. Although, it seems those who have bought a meal plan and eat at Garvey Commons are unsatisfied with what they paid for. With money being so tight for most college students, it can be frustrating when they feel it’s been put to waste. Especially on something like basic meals and for a hefty cost. There’s also an expectation that is held for food services on campus, ensuring that students are getting their money’s worth. However, a lot of students say Chartwells is not meeting there standards. The University Chronicle took a survey of approximately 125 students in order to gain feedback about… Keep Reading

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How the $5 million STEM scholarships will help students

St. Cloud State University is partnering with other community colleges across the state, promoting a 5-million dollar scholarship from a grant received from the National Science Foundation. The grant, the Academic Collaboration and Coordination Model to Ensure Student Success in STEM, or better known as, ACCESS STEM, will help students complete bachelor’s degrees who are interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math fields. Their target goal is to help 100 students attending SCSU or any one of the partnering institutions, to help obtain those degrees in a 5-year period. According to the criteria, the scholarship has five standards that students must achieve in order to receive them: 1) Students must be citizens, nationals or aliens who were admitted as refugees or lawfully admitted to the U.S. for permanent residency. 2) They must be a full-time student in a STEM program, either at a community college or university and must continue to… Keep Reading

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How 90 Minutes of no power made its impact on St. Cloud State University 

On Friday, September 22 at approximately 8:14 a.m., electrical power at St. Cloud State University and other parts of St. Cloud had failed. Xcel Energy, the local electric company, had shared exactly what went wrong that morning. “The failure was due to the splice of a wire,” stated a repair representative from the company. “That one wire and overall equipment failure had caused 1,900 customers of Xcel Energy to lose power.” Even though the incident did not last long – an hour and a half to be exact – it still caused some serious effects that occurred on campus. Staff at the Department of Residential Life were quick to act, making sure all of the residential halls were as functional as possible. Action by staff in each hall was taking place the moment the lights started to flicker on and off. Hall Directors and Community Advisors had reported immediately to… Keep Reading

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President Vaidya says we must tackle economic disparity

Since the birth of academia, higher education has been a gateway to opportunity. With a little hard work, some passion and vision for the future, American’s could live a happy and secure life if they put in the effort to obtain their degree. However, those times seem to be on a steep decline. A recent study from the American Association for the Advancement of Science shows upward mobility going in reverse, meaning it’s tougher for kids to do better than their parents financially. The graph above shows upward mobility in the 1940’s was at 90 percent but is now down to 50 percent as of 1984, creating a large split in the achievement gap. Researchers are finding these high levels of disparity are occurring for two reasons, the lack of increase in GDP and higher levels of income inequality. St. Cloud State University Interim President Ashish Vaidya says this is “the… Keep Reading

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New school year, new stress: learning to cope with life’s changes

With each new stage of life we enter, we experience many new things. Unfortunately, amongst that list are new kinds of stress. The first days, weeks, and sometimes even months of a student’s transition into college can be some of the most challenging and exhausting times in their life. No family to go home to at the end of the day, a completely new routine, financial stress, and much more can all contribute to students feeling overwhelmed. Finding ways to cope with stress can be more than upsetting and, at times, even seem impossible. For many, the struggles that accompany these kinds of changes in life are inevitable. But help is always within reach as long as you know how to address it and look for assistance in the right places. Holly Schuck, Associate Director of Advising and Student Transitions at St. Cloud State, says poor time management can cause… Keep Reading

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Education Abroad offers more good than bad

During a time where chaos seems to reign supreme in the world and college debt scares more than a fraction of students, studying abroad is not high on everyone’s list. Although you have to sometimes shell out more than you would like for an opportunity to study in a foreign country opposed to going on a vacation to that place, the benefits when you return seem to be more heavily in your favor. “Study abroad boosts students self-confidence and helps them find their place in the world,” Peggy Johnson-Finnerty, Associate Director of Education Abroad at SCSU said. “[It] pushes students in a good way to learn.” Immersing yourself in another culture with a language barrier bodes well for many students who are working on improving their skill set. “The Chile program here at St. Cloud State is where many students go to improve their Spanish,” Johnson-Finnerty said. Kate Fearing, a… Keep Reading

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The financial burden of a college education

“College is like paying $40,000 to be punched in the face,” said Elizabeth Rudd. One of the leading causes that determine whether or not a student will pursue college is cost. It is no secret that college is expensive. Travis Mitchell of U.S. News said from 2000 to 2016, tuition for public institutions rose by approximately $6,000. “There is a tuition rate that is determined by the state legislature that is usually agreed upon in May or June, before the semester starts in fall. There’s also different types of fees that each student does have to pay based on the number of credits they attend. Those fees are usually determined by the student fee committee along with the business office. They have some part in determining exactly what fees are placed on each student’s bill,” said Simon Bauer, assistant director of financial aid at St. Cloud State University. When a… Keep Reading

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Metro Bus proves challenging for students

Being away from home or not having a car up at college could prove a challenge to some people, especially if they are not used to riding public transportation. In interviews, St. Cloud State’s students discussed some of the difficulties of relying on public transportation to get around St. Cloud. Sophomore Megan Howell, from Rochester, Minn., rarely took public transportation at home. Howell said the maps are confusing and the routes that Metro Bus takes do not seem clear to her. “When I tried to go donate plasma, I ended up taking three different buses and actually got let off in the middle of the road by one of the drivers because none of them knew where I was going when I asked for directions,” Howell said. Finally one of the bus drivers at the Metro Bus hub downtown took out a map and circled her destination and explained in… Keep Reading

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