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St. Cloud community come together in Unity

Over 200 people gathered in Atwood Mall at SCSU on Tuesday evening for the #StCloudUNITED event, just three short days after the attacks at Crossroads Center by previous SCSU student, Dahir Adan. The idea for the event came after the Somali Student Association contacted Student Government on Monday morning, wanting to collaborate on a peaceful celebration in light of the recent occurrences. “We didn’t know what kind of event we wanted,” Randy Olson, Vice President of Student Government said. “But this is just about unity. It’s about building a bridge where I think people didn’t think there was one.” Olsen said numerous organizations were happy to support the event, as well as community leaders. Among the leaders was SCSU Interim President, Ashish Vaidya, who spoke proudly of the student leaders who organized the rally, as well as those gathered in Atwood Mall. “We are a family, a community, and we… Keep Reading

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City Council approves liquor sales at athletic events

Fans attending St. Cloud State University athletic events will now be able to buy alcohol at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center and adjacent facilities according to St. Cloud City Council documents. The St. Cloud City Council approved the law on August 8th after the State Legislature earlier this year approved a law that will allow the city of St. Cloud to issue St. Cloud State University on both sale wine and 3.2 liquor licenses. Beer was sold at two SCSU hockey games last season under temporary licenses as a means to test out the program. City staff has met with representatives from St. Cloud State University to ensure both parties have the same expectations for liquor service on campus. A diagram of the proposed liquor service area is included in the application documents. Other on campus events are not authorized to sell liquor as part of the licensing process.… Keep Reading

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Lemonade Concert & Art Fair hits SCSU campus

The 43rd annual Lemonade Concert & Art Fair took place on the St. Cloud State University campus this past Thursday, with a collection of home-made art ranging from photography to robot sculptures welded from car parts. Live music played throughout the day and was concluded with the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra concert in the Atwood Mall. Keep Reading

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SCSU President Potter dies in I-694 crash

St. Cloud State University’s President, Earl H. Potter III died on Monday night in a one-vehicle crash, according to a statement from Steven Rosenstone, Chancellor of MNSCU at approximately 1:00 am on Tuesday morning. Potter was on his way to the Twin Cities to meet with the Foundation Board Chair. “Earl’s passing is a huge loss to SCSU, to the state of Minnesota, and to higher education,” said Rosentstone. “His leadership, on so many fronts, will be missed. Earl was a colleague and a friend – a thoughtful, insightful leader – who cared deeply about the university, its students, and the St. Cloud Community.  I know he was deeply respected on your campus, as well, and my condolences go out to you all.” Rosenstone released that SCSU Provost Ashish Vaidya will serve as Acting President and consideration will be brought to the board next week of his appointment as Interim President. According to the… Keep Reading

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Budget cuts affect SCSU students and faculty

Over the course of 2016, St. Cloud State University has endured extensive budget cuts in order to meet financial demands. This has cost students, faculty and community members a lot of anger and hardship. To understand what is being cut and why, we have to take a look at the state and federal budget, along with financial incentives that the university has. St. Cloud State’s Financial Recovery Plan Before 2015, St. Cloud State relied on a lot of its income from financial reserves. SCSU President Earl Potter calls this “The Bleeding.” In 2011,  St. Cloud State reached its highest student population, but the fiscal year ended and enrollment declined. The slow decrease in student population made the university rely on more money from these reserves. This is around the same time Minnesota stopped spending as many resources on education, with state money covering 60 percent of costs. Now the state… Keep Reading

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Faculty recognition program shines light on St. Cloud State’s storied past

Every spring St. Cloud State University hosts a Retirement and Years of Service Recognition Program to show appreciation for faculty and staff. Those who spent more than 10 years at the university were recognized for their service, and those retiring were thanked for their many years this past Tuesday in the Atwood Ballroom. This year the list of retirees totaled 31 names, but only if you include Stephen Frank, who will officially retire in the fall after 38 years at SCSU teaching political science, as well as starting and organizing the nationally recognized SCSU Spring Survey. “What I’ll remember most is previous students of mine coming to my retirement party to thank me, as well as the many colleagues who have been contacting me to share memories,” said Frank. His words were echoed by many of the other attendees, including Teresa Weihs, who helped organize the ceremony for her fourth… Keep Reading

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Spring athletics continues, transfers rise

As the spring season for athletics is rounding the corner, many athletes have come forward to acknowledge that lacing up and competing under red and black will soon be over. St. Cloud State’s Interim Director of Media Relations Tom Nelson confirmed a minimum of 16 athletes from the men’s track and field team have announced they will be transferring schools this fall. This all has taken place since the school administration’s March 2 announcement that as many as six sports were being cut in a cost-saving effort. Altogether, sports affected include men’s and women’s tennis, men’s indoor and outdoor track and field, men’s cross country and women’s Nordic ski. Many athletes are still deciding what their next move will be for the upcoming year. For the men’s track and field team, not all are splitting ways. So far six huskies have announced they will become mavericks in a transfer for… Keep Reading

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The Office of Civil Rights visits St. Cloud State

A branch of the Department of Education, the Office of Civil Rights made a 3-day visit to St. Cloud State University, following a complaint to the Department of Education by an SCSU student. The complaint involved a sexual assault allegation made by the student. The student then filed a complaint with the Department of Education referring to St. Cloud State’s investigation about the matter. All the persons involved in the investigation as well as the complaint have been and will remain confidential until the investigation by the Office of Civil Rights is complete.   When complaints are filed with the Department of Education, the Office of Civil rights gets involved, depending on what the case pertains. Title IX also plays a factor in this case due to subpart A and B, which focus on sexual violence and sexual assault. The department focuses many of its efforts on investigating St. Cloud… Keep Reading

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SCSU students honor Earth Day by cleaning up campus

Friday was the annual Earth Day, a day in which the world officially recognizes the need to be clean. SCHEELS sponsors its annual Earth Day Run, but for some SCSU students the day is a day of community service instead of community exercise. The campus organization Students Organized for Change (SOC) spent the early afternoon walking around campus picking up discarded garbage. Wielding gloves, plastic bags, and grabbers, the cleanup crew could be seen getting rid of everything from discarded plastic bottles to dead bats. SOC member Emily Herne is happy about the turnout they had to help clean, and the support they got from students. “There have actually been a lot of people who have stopped by the tent just to check out what we’re doing,” she said. “A lot of people seem really interested in our organization.” This is the first year that SOC has done an Earth Day cleanup,… Keep Reading

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