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Education should be a guaranteed right. Period.

The time has come for education to be treated as a right. Period. The idea that higher education is simply for those who can afford it is decidedly not just, fair, or good for our democracy. You see, friends and fellow citizens, we all agree that K-12 education is good. We all agree that preschool is good. Many, many of us agree that trade schools, community colleges, and universities are good. The question becomes, then, why is it that those who choose to go onto trade schools, community colleges, and universities must place themselves in debt in excess of a year’s salary at a minimum? It’s illogical. Minnesota and my home state of Wisconsin aren’t that different. We value hard work, personal responsibility, neighborliness, self-reliance and education, among other things. Lately, however, both of our great states have dropped the ball. According to the Institute of College Access, in 2014,… Keep Reading

Opinion

Students, Rise Up! Your Country Needs You!

My fellow college students, we have more power than we can dream of. We only lack the will and knowledge to use it. In the 1950s, 1960s, and even the 1970s, college students drove issues like divestment from South Africa, environmental protection, gay rights, disability rights, ending Vietnam, and dozens of others. Today, outside of a relative few, we aren’t that engaged and don’t know how to be. This is not by accident. This has been through decades of deliberate action by the economic and political elite. The weakening of our civics curriculum, decreased funding for education, breaking the power of unions, crushing mom-and-pop businesses in favor of corporatism, and the rise of corporate personhood have all contributed to our lack of solidarity and reduction of intellectual freedom. Socrates, the father of philosophy, said that even if one was a slave, one was still free if they were intellectually free.… Keep Reading

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Student Government: an insight into how it runs

This last Thursday, Saint Cloud State’s Student Government, led by President Mikaela Johnson, held a meeting with the entire student government at SCSU. I had the pleasure of attending this meeting and finding out more about how they work. Student Government holds their meetings every Thursday at 5 PM in the Cascade room on the second floor of the Atwood Memorial Center. All of the senators, chairs, along with President Johnson and Vice President Randy Olson were seated around the room in a horseshoe shape for this meeting. Student Government is an integral part of this university and is the best way to make a difference as a student here, so I was very intrigued to see how a meeting is run. The meeting started off with students who applied for an at-large position on student government. Each student was given two minutes to give a statement bolstering their credibility for… Keep Reading

Opinion/Sports

Vikings’ offseason filled with mystery

Any Minnesota Vikings fan can tell you this last season was a classic Minnesota Vikings season. It all started with unbelievable optimism among fans with a 5-0 start to the year and was the last undefeated team in the NFL. For the most part, it was the injury bug that ended up dooming the Vikings. Losing the team’s starting tackles and then the rest off the offensive line starting dropping like flies. The losses of the team’s starting quarterback and All-Pro running back did not help matters either, which resulted in an 8-8 finish. That’s where the majority of the question marks begin for the team this offseason. After Teddy Bridgewater went down with a brutal knee injury, the team traded a first round pick to trade for former Eagles QB Sam Bradford. Bridgewater’s knee injury was a lot worse than people had originally thought. According to the most recent reports,… Keep Reading

Opinion/Sports/Sports Columns

In a season full of optimism, only disappointment clouds the Timberwolves

Coming into this season, Minnesota Timberwolves fans everywhere salivated over the addition of new appointed head coach. Tom Thibodeau teamed up with three of the most promising young players in the NBA, Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins, and Zach LaVine. With a young team struggling to play defense, and Thibodeau being known for one of the best defensive coaches in the league, this seemed like a match made in heaven. However, it’s been anything but. The defense is still stalling, too many winnable games have been lost, rookie Kris Dunn hasn’t played up to Rookie of the Year standards as many hoped, and one of the three centerpieces, Zach LaVine, tore his ACL. It couldn’t be a rougher start for the Wolves. The start of the season started out very promising, yet very disappointing. Through the first 26 games, the Wolves lost 19 of those and 9 of those losses they… Keep Reading

News/Opinion

The importance of Black History Month

Black History Month continues to spark annual debate about the usefulness and fairness of a designated month dedicated to the history of one race. Criticisms include questions over whether it is appropriate to confine the celebration of black history to one month (which in my opinion is not possible), as opposed to integration of black history into the mainstream education the rest of the year (which does not happen). Another criticism is that the original inspiration for Black History Month was a desire to address the fact that British schools failed to represent black historical figures as anything other than slaves or colonial subjects (which is still an issue in our school systems today). “Black History Month reduces complex historical figures to overly simplified objects of hero worship”. Is another criticism that is often brought up usually by whites. Who state that the celebration is flat out racist. Black celebrities… Keep Reading

Opinion

Why I Don’t Watch The Grammy’s Anymore

In recent years, the Grammy Awards have transformed from what was once one of the most prestigious honors in the recording industry into a lack-luster event, primarily for hip-hop and alternative artists. The Grammy Awards are presented annually by The Recording Academy and is said to honor artists’ excellence in the recording arts. According to their own website, The Recording Academy claims that the Grammy is intended to award artists for their artistic or technical achievement, regardless of sales or chart positions. To me, the awards, primarily in the hip hop and alternative genres, have failed to nominate artists based on this criteria, and have made it nearly impossible to capture a Grammy without multiple radio hits or high chart ratings. This is why, this year, I will once again not be watching the Grammy’s on television. The Grammy’s have become a platform for mainstream artists to thrive, rather than… Keep Reading

Opinion

The greatest Presidents in American history

In the world of political science it is very hard to come to an agreement on anything. In addition to logic and reasoning, opinion plays a huge role in the field. One constant, however, is the agreement that George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt are the greatest presidents in American history. Let us review their accomplishments. Note: these are in order of dates served. The Washington Post has a survey of Presidential scholars that ranks the Presidents in order. George Washington (1789-1797) was the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. Known as a man of honor and integrity, he was the one person the Continental Congress could agree on to lead. After the war, when he was offered a position as King, he refused it. His allegiance was to our Republic, to our Democracy, and he would not threaten it. His serving two terms went… Keep Reading

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