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Minnesota senator speaks about race and gender in politics

The SCSU Women’s Center welcomed district 63 Senator Patricia Torres Ray (DFL) as a guest speaker for the second session of their weekly event “Women On Wednesday,” which introduces new topics dealing with women’s issues for discussion each week. According to the DFL senate caucus website, she is the first Hispanic American to be elected to the Minnesota Senate in 2006 and the first minority woman to run as lieutenant governor in Minnesota.   Now in her tenth year of office, she currently serves as the chair for the Education Policy Committee and the Senate’s Education Finance, Higher Education and Workforce Development Division, and State and Local Government Committees. It hasn’t been an easy road for Torres Ray. Originally born in Columbia, she immigrated to the U.S. with her husband. Soon after, she began to learn English and became a U.S. citizen. She received a B.A. in Urban Studies from… Keep Reading

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GOP vs. DFL Debate covers police relations, achievement gaps, MN bonding bill

On Wednesday night, students, staff, and St. Cloud community members gathered inside the Miller Center Theatre for the GOP vs DFL debate for Senate and House districts 14 A and B. The candidates traded jabs and discussed hot topic policy issues facing central Minnesota, including police and community relations, bonding bills, and sexual assault on college campuses. Each party had three contenders including Republican Party of Minnesota members; Jerry Relph, State Senator for district 14; Tama Theis, State House district 14 A; and Jim Knoblach, State House district 14 B. For the Democrats there was Dan Wolgamott from Senate district 14; Aric Putnam, State House district 14 A; and Zach Dorholt of House district 14 B. The evening started off with Senate district 14 Dan Wolgamott facing against current State Senator Jerry Relph. Their first topic of discussion was systemic issues within the criminal justice system, a similar topic brought up… Keep Reading

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1st Presidential Debate: Performance review

With the first Presidential debate in the books, it’s still difficult to know which candidate will make it to the White House, considering both are widely unpopular by a very large demographic. Both performances in the debate were deemed by most to be below par, especially Donald Trump. Trump repeated his same slogans multiple times throughout the 97 minutes they were allowed, denying past claims and scapegoating others for his shortcomings. Sweeping things under the rug… While Clinton was the apparent winner, her performance was also quite lackluster. She may have been prepared, but all of her answers seemed very scripted and memorized out of a public policy textbook, which is not the way you want to present yourself for a debate. Had she gone up against someone else aside from Donald Trump, she most likely would have lost. The debate topics surfaced around the economy and global trade with… 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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Election results show higher voter turnout, next year plans begin

A total of 641 ballots were counted for Student Government elections at St. Cloud State, showing an increase from last year, where there were only 307 total responses for presidential elections. There are 14,182 eligible voters on campus, which means that 4.52 percent of eligible voting students made it to the polls, according to a statement from Student Government. Even with the election results showing an increase, changes to Student Government’s Constitution can’t be made without at least 8 percent of the student body voting, explained Summer Vogl, president of the organization. That means the GPA increase for members of Student Government’s executive board won’t be enacted. But, this year’s turnout was still enough to appoint candidates to their positions for next year. The breakdown 361 votes (58.2%) went to Johnson-Olson 236 votes (38.1%) went to Mitchell-Kennedy 1 vote (.001%) went to Neuman-Maskey 22 votes (3.5%) went to no candidates For Senators At-Large… Keep Reading

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Protestors continue to fight for justice for Jamar Clark

In the weeks after Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced the officers involved in the shooting of Jamar Clark will not be charged, Black Lives Matter Minneapolis (BLM) and the NAACP are demanding the case be reopened. Months of protests and rallies have ravaged Minneapolis in the months after the fatal shooting of Clark, a 24-year-old African American, by officers responding to a domestic abuse call on Nov. 15. Since then, protestors have been fighting for charges against the officers involved. Freeman announced on Wednesday, March 30, during a press conference that the officers, Dustin Schwarze and Mark Ringgenberg will not be facing indictment in the shooting of Clark in November. During the conference, he played the long-awaited video footage witnesses took in the aftermath where the shooting took place and provided a step-by-step testimonial of the events and investigation. BLM issued a press release last week stating, “Mike Freeman… Keep Reading

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Student Gov. president Vogl lobbies Washington to lower college costs

Last month, a group of ten student body presidents from various universities in Minnesota were sitting in the U.S. Senate gallery in Washington D.C., listening to the political leaders of the country discuss a bill on GMO’s. Among the group was St. Cloud State Student Government president Summer Vogl, who was fascinated by the exchange happening on the Senate floor. “I sat there and listened to a bill on GMO’s. It was very dry but I just sat there and I was like, ‘Oh my goodness, this is so cool,’” Vogl said. Vogl says she’s always been interested in politics and that this trip to D.C., her first ever, only cemented her aspirations. “I’ve always wanted to be in politics. I thought my first stepping-stone would be to teach about politics, so that’s why I’m going to be a social studies education teacher,” Vogl said. “I love policy. I love… Keep Reading

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Student Government election results

Student Government election polls closed Wednesday afternoon and anticipation was high for both candidates. The Johnson and Olson campaign won with 355 votes out of a total of 613 votes. The Mitchell and Kennedy campaign scored 236 votes. A recent poll taken by St. Cloud State students shows that 69 percent of students voted for the Johnson/Olson ballot while only 31 percent of students voted for the Mitchell/Kennedy campaign. This was the highest voter turnout in Student Government elections in the last five years. There were a lot of topics discussed by each party, looking to fix issues on campus such as budget cuts, student diversity and freshmen retention rates. For the past few years, retention rates at Minnesota state colleges and universities have been significantly low. This means that a lot of first-year students only stay one year before they decide to transfer or drop out. Going to college… Keep Reading

HF 3396 creates inner conflict for the millennial Republican

My name is Kayla Shelley and I am the chair of SCSU College Republicans. I’ve supported collegiate leaders that represent this party’s platform and interned for national campaigns, believing that conservative leaders are best for this country. I believe in a smaller central government, the preservation of individual rights, the importance of a private business sector, a balanced budget and tax cuts to support individual economic growth. All this being said, I am also a student at SCSU, and many members of our community identify as transgender, or see themselves as part of the LGBTQIA community. Some of these individuals are my friends, active members of SCSU, and are people who uphold the code of conduct policies at this university. What is shameful to me is that after actions taken by members of Congress both in Minnesota and across the nation, is that when I look at these people that are a part… Keep Reading

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