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Paying student athletes

Life is so difficult, and I believe its because we have so much to do and our time here is so limited, with that being said we can all agree on a phrase that has rang true to our ears for years, “time is money.” When you dedicate your time, in some type of way you will be compensated, and wasting your time is equivalent to cutting a hole into your pocket and watching the cash fall out. That’s a fair statement and I think it holds true in some respect, for instance what I am doing right now. I am currently working for a school newspaper and I am most definitely being compensated for the time I spend doing what I do. Many students involved in activities like mine are compensated, maybe not to the extremity of a high paying salary job but enough to put a little cash… Keep Reading


Ethical eating–meat or veggies?

“Become a vegetarian” is one of America’s most popular New Year’s resolutions. You may even try it yourself after putting away a few too many pounds of turkey this holiday season. But you don’t have to become a vegetarian to make a positive impact on the planet or on your health. Instead of automatically axing all meat from the diet, potential vegetarians should first look at the positive aspects of what many meat eaters have in common with vegetarians. Most of us want healthy, tasty, nutritious foods for ourselves and our loved ones, and we want to do what’s right for the environment. Vegetarianism does not hold exclusive rights to ethical eating. One can be a healthy and responsible person while still eating animals. There are studies showing that vegetarians are healthier than the average person, and there are studies showing the polar opposite. Why not try for yourself and… Keep Reading


Black Friday Steals Thanksgiving

On Thanksgiving Day, I have a feeling we’re going to do the same thing we do every year. Get together with family, eat that delicious spread of Thanksgiving dinner and carry on into the night until all go home, or pass out on the couch. After the last few weeks of classes, a relaxing evening is in order. The last thing that appeals to me is more stress. For the folks that eat all day, and then force themselves through two miserable hours of sleep before the alarm sounds to get up and haul out into the cold, busy-body filled stores and shopping malls. Not to sound like a broken record, but I can’t seem to understand why people pile into their cars, trucks and vans at all hours of the night to buy a television or foot massager that they simply don’t need, won’t use, or already have two… Keep Reading


SCSU alum shows the hostility of men and forges a movement on Instagram

The other day I read a St. Cloud Times article about an SCSU alum that created an Instagram account called ‘Bye Felipe’, which posts screen shots of rude messages that women have received from men on dating sites, social media, or elsewhere. This Instagram account was made in October, but it already has a quarter of a million followers. The SC Times article sought to show how men can easily become rude and aggressive to women once they have been rejected. It seems that men have large enough egos that even a simple and polite rejection from a woman can result in the firing back of a hurtful and obscene comment. Men seem to feel entitled that they should have women begging to date or have sex with them. They also don’t seem to know how to take a hint when a woman isn’t interested either, from the several Instagram… Keep Reading


Parking on campus is a nightmare

Parking on campus has always been a problem for many students and visiting family members and friends. The list is son long, I’m not even sure where to begin. Parking Lots  Purchasing a parking pass for any lot on SCSU campus is expensive. My freshman year, I bought on for Q Lot, all the way on the end of campus, costing me around $200; and that was the cheapest one I could get. Why are the passes so much? Are we not already paying for our classes and textbooks? The only logical reason I can think as to why the students have to pay for the lots is because there are certain lots for faculty only and they don’t want students taking those spaces. Parking Tickets  It seems like every year SCSU raises prices on parking tickets. Two years ago if you got a parking ticket it was only $20 and… Keep Reading


“Our state fair is a great state fair”

A heart-attack paradise where all you need is a stick to delve into a unique cuisine. Ostrich-on-a-stick anyone? The crowds, the heat, the music, the animals, the tradition. Thursday kicks off one of the best times of the year. That’s right, it’s the Minnesota State Fair. And for the following 12 days, there will be non-stop fun and excitement for people of all ages. It’s a time when you really are excited to be from the frigid tundra of Minnesota. That’s because as Minnesotans you can boast as having the second largest state fair—aside from Texas. And in my humble opinion, Minnesotans can also claim the title of best state fair around. First off, we have the food. Anything and everything you can imagine on a stick, we have it and we eat it. From fair food staples like corn dogs (however, at the fair they are called pronto pups)… Keep Reading

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