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SCSU’s Naasz takes home fourth overall at Crashed Ice

An estimated 140,000 spectators crowded together on slippery, muddy grounds Saturday night to watch as the top Ice Cross Downhill athletes raced for a winning spot in this year’s Red Bull Crashed Ice event in St. Paul. People were already securing their spots near the boards around 4 p.m. The Crashed Ice finals consisted of the top 64 men and top 16 women Ice Cross Downhill athletes battling for a place on the podium. Starting at 6:45 p.m., the first heat of the women’s quarter finals was underway. Before heading into the heats, LaTasha Lee, Red Bull sounds select performer, sang the national anthem. Standing anywhere near the event that night, one could see the red glow from the fireworks way over head, and the cheering and banging on the sideboards from the crowd. After Lee’s performance, the first race got underway. Four athletes from the US, Russia and Finland… Keep Reading

Red Bull rider prepares for Crashed Ice

Focused on the upcoming Crashed Ice event in St. Paul this January, Cameron Naasz, international Red Bull rider, is getting ready for another world tour with Red Bull’s Team USA. With his sights set, Naasz began training intensively for the event, Jan. 17, just over a month ago. He said that he keeps in shape year round, staying fit for Crashed Ice, but now he’s “religious” about getting to the gym every day. “I say it every year. I’d love to win the event in St. Paul. It’s definitely what I’m shooting for; not second, not third, but first place,” Naasz said. “I’ve come in third place two years in a row now.” Working with a personal trainer in Minneapolis, he said that he’s been doing a lot of legwork, and “fast-twitch muscle work” to help build his endurance and to get in shape for the event. “I’m really just… Keep Reading

International/Local Sports/Sports

Traveling tips for the winter

As winter break approaches, the opportunity for traveling comes with it. Whether shipping off to Europe or doing some winter camping, here are a few travel tips to ensure a positive winter travel experience. Make a plan Planning travel details can be a great way for travelers to stick to a schedule, especially for short trips. Travel books can be a great resource in planning your travels and serve as a great idea-starter. Providing lodging information, maps and top sites to see, books are definitely a travelers tool-of-choice. They can be a great asset for getting you out of sticky situations, especially missed train connections and unsafe areas. Though a plan is important, especially for flights, following an itinerary can be a disappointment; you can’t always see everything you want to see. Making a list of the top three sites-to-see will be a good way to avoid disappointments. Lets face… Keep Reading

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Department efforts help combat crime

Partnerships between campus departments and programs come together to provide a safe environment for students and to break down the already decreasing crime on campus. The annual security and fire report put out by Public Safety shows that crime on campus has gone down in recent years. Though crime statistics sometimes follow enrollment trends, numerous departments and programs have narrowed their efforts to deter campus crime. Starting in August 2013, SCSU teamed with the St. Cloud Police Department to bring the Campus Area Police Services (CAPS) initiative to campus. Continuing on through its first academic year, Assist Director of Public Safety, Jennifer Furan Super, said that the CAPS program has been successful so far. “As a criminal, you don’t want to live in the CAPS area, because these three officers are focusing in on that, and they’re having a lot of successes on that,” she said. From 2009 to 2013,… Keep Reading

Civil rights addressed at book discussion

Christopher Lehman, ethnic studies professor, led a discussion of his newest book, “Power, Politics and the Decline of the Civil Rights Movement,” Thursday morning in the Miller Center that sparked conversation about contemporary issues around civil rights. Just after 9 a.m., faculty, staff and students took their seats around the table. Lalita Subrahmanyan, director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, said that they put on the ‘Conversations with Campus Authors’ discussions to “celebrate” SCSU faculty for their scholarly work. She then followed by reading a poem to those in attendance, and had everybody go around the table for introductions. Subrahmanyan introduced Lehman and welcomed him back for his third book discussion. Lehman, sitting at the head of the table with a copy of his book and photocopied documents in front of him, began by asking, “How many of you around the table are free, American citizens?” Lehman… Keep Reading

Local Sports/Sports

How to Stop Hibernating and Start Enjoying Winter

Now that Central Minnesota has officially assumed its annual destiny as a six-month icebox, many of us are prepared to spend that time making a steadfast effort to stay outdoors for as little time as possible. But just because being outside may require a little more ardor and quite a few more layers, that doesn’t mean that we have to give up the enjoyment of the outdoors for the winter months. St. Cloud residents, and SCSU students in particular, have a vast array of options available for outdoor leisure and adventure. Outdoor Endeavors, part of SCSU’s Campus Recreation department, is one resource students can utilize for trip planning and equipment rental. Equipment offered for rent through Outdoor Endeavors includes snowshoes, expedition sleds, ice fishing equipment, snow sleds and winter camping gear. Nordic Skiing While they don’t rent out nordic ski equipment at Outdoor Endeavors, you can rent some at local ski… Keep Reading

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Guide for surviving a St. Cloud Winter

With temperatures reaching well below zero, this ‘”winter survival guide” aims to help keep you comfortable and cozy on even the coldest Minnesota days. For those that have survived the unforgiving Minnesota winters, it’s almost needless to say that preparing for winter can make a difference when facing the windy, icy and slushy season, but with people arriving to SCSU from all over the world, it might be time to go back through the winter checklist. Going through this guide, you’ll find tips that were compiled from the University Chronicle staff to keep in mind when venturing out during the winter months here in Minnesota. It’s Simply Not a Race The foot of snow that St. Cloud received on Monday might have caught some folks off guard, because on Tuesday, driving toward campus on Division Street, one could see the hood of a car lodged in a snow bank near… Keep Reading

The Appalachian Trail adventure with Alex Voigt

On Sept, 21, Alex Voigt snapped a picture of himself atop Mount Katahdin, the highest mountain in Maine. The picture was not only symbolic of the nine-hour hike Voigt took with his father that day, but marked the end of a more than six-month journey that began in Elk River, Minn. and ended here, at the northern end of the Appalachian Trail. When Voigt biked out of his father’s driveway in Elk River on April 7, with food and camping supplies strapped to his bike, there was no way of knowing what the next six months would hold for him. All he knew was he needed a change, an experience that would pull him out of a life that had started to seem static and uninspired. “I felt my life was stagnant,” Voigt said. “I felt there wasn’t much room in my job for personal growth. I felt that things… Keep Reading

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Men’s hockey quiets Gophers Friday

The battle between the No.1 Golden Gophers (5-1-0, 0-0-0 B10) and No.7 SCSU Huskies (3-3-0, 0-0-0 NCHC) resulted in an entertaining split between the two old WCHA rivals. With the home-and-home series kicking off at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center, Husky fans got to see their team take advantage of mistakes, propelling them to a 4-1 victory. Saturday afternoon produced an overtime game-winner and a hat-trick for Minnesota’s Justin Kloos, leading the Gophers to a 4-3 win. Friday The SCSU men’s hockey team got out of their Friday funk that plagued them in the first two series of the season, taking it to the Gophers of Minnesota with a commanding 4-1 victory. Two SCSU goals in the first period sparked the Huskies and the fans on the Halloween night showdown at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. Kalle Kossila ignited the Husky offense, notching his first goal of the… Keep Reading

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