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Budget deficits raise concerns around SCSU

As faculty, staff, and students dive into the 2014-2015 academic year, St. Cloud State University is already being faced with financial adversity between eight to ten million dollars. St. Cloud State University’s 200 million dollar budget will be reduced this year as a result to several different causes. The main cause of the financial deficit is the decrease of student enrollment over the past three academic years. In relation to the drop in enrollment, the campus’s number of faculty and staff on the universities payroll has remained the same. With the expected decrease of enrollment this fall, the universities revenue from tuition is expected to be down four to five percent. In the midst of this financial adversity, Tammy McGee, as well as the rest of the financial and administration department, has already put together an estimated two to three year plan to work the university out of the deficit.… Keep Reading

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Push and pull with smokers and new policy

The recent electronic cigarette ban, in association with the Minnesota Clean Air Act, has stirred up much controversy throughout many public establishments, including the SCSU campus. In July of 2014, SCSU added electronic cigarettes to its “Tobacco-Free Campus” campaign. This advance by the university now makes the use of electronic cigarettes on any part of campus against university policy, including outside university buildings and any sidewalks or walkways on university property. “I think it’s kind of ridiculous,” Josh Perkins, a junior mass communication major said. “It makes sense not to smoke it indoors just because of the social stigma that’s attached to it and some people just don’t like that, but there’s no reason not to be able to smoke it outside,” Many students like Perkins share the same views, disgruntled at the fact that more and more restrictions are being implemented on nicotine users. “I don’t really see the… Keep Reading

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Student Government kicks off the 2014 academic year

On Thursday, SCSU’s Student Government met for the first time this year, kicking off a hopeful year in student politics. Around 30 new and veteran senators were in attendance for the meeting, all eager to begin the new political year. The meeting was led by the president of the student body, Lindsey Gunnerson, and Vice President Alex Bryson.    It was a quick meeting. However, many important topics were brought to the attention of the senators. Before the meeting kicked into full swing, an ice-breaker challenge was initiated. Groups of student government were challenged to a “Selfie Scavenger Hunt.” After the scavenger hunt, introductions, and a basic breakdown of the student government system,and hot topics that have been circulating throughout campus were brought up.  Gunnerson and Bryson both talked in a synchronized fashion to the senators, reiterating that all of the new policies that have been implemented on campus should… Keep Reading

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Summertime by George attracts community

Ryan Japs, Contributing Writer The weather could not have been more perfect in central Minnesota as the final installment of the fourth annual Summertime by George 2014 went underway August 27. There were an estimated 1,500 people in attendance on a sunny Wednesday evening coming to enjoy free music, good food and great people. Lake George was full of paddle boats and canoes as well as community members surrounding the water simply enjoying the view of the unofficial last day of summer in St. Cloud Eastman Park was absolutely jam packed with folding chairs and blankets pointed towards the newly built performance stage. The stage itself has its own success story. It was built in collaboration with the city of St. Cloud and the Rotary Club of St. Cloud as well as the help of a single anonymous donation of $130,000. “This entire event is run by our club and… Keep Reading

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Faculty and staff gather to start off the new school year

With the start of the new academic year, faculty and staff members were present on campus with the kick off of the 2014 Convocation. Held in Ritsche Auditorium on Wednesday morning, the packed seats were filled with members of the SCSU community coming together to start off the new academic year. “We are a family. Some may say a dysfunctional family. There may be times we fight with each other. But through thick and thin we are a campus family,” SCSU staff member Laurie Luethmers said. The 2014 Convocation started with opening remarks from the newly appointed Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Richard Green. Introducing the panelists, the first speaker, SCSU Student Government President Lindsey Gunnerson spoke about her experiences on the campus of SCSU. Gunnerson spoke about how SCSU had shaped the person she has become, the leader she has become and how the university had… Keep Reading

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Treaties highlighted in new exhibit

Starting on Monday, August 25 and lasting through September 12, St. Cloud State University will be host to a traveling exhibit titled “Why Treaties Matter: Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations”. A collaborative project between the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, the Minnesota Humanities Center and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian the exhibit will be traveling around the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system over the next two years. Profiling the importance of treaty agreements between the Dakota and Ojibwe nations and the U. S. federal government the exhibit will utilize a variety of media including video, historical and contemporary photographs and maps to explain how treaties have not only shaped the land of Minnesota but also the people who had inhabited it for generations. “I never cease to be amazed at how the exhibit is traveling through the state,” Executive Director for the Minnesota… Keep Reading

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