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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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Strides Against Breast Cancer walk

On Oct. 18, SCSU hosted the annual, ‘Making Strides Against Breast Cancer’ fundraising walk this weekend. This event gathered a wide variety of people including students, alumni, community members, and sponsors. Participants had the option to walk a one to three mile route in order to raise money for breast cancer research. There was an estimated 200 people in attendance for the event, along with vendors and various student organizations that set up booths in the field house. Groups such as PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America) and Campus Recreation were there helping students get motivated for the event. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign that increases awareness of the disease. National public service organizations, medical associations and government agencies aid in raising awareness for the disease by wearing the color pink this month. Beyond the awareness, the campaign included tips and resources on… Keep Reading

The first Minnesota water trails summit focuses on paddle sports economic value

St. Cloud hosted the first Minnesota Water Trails Tourism Summit at the River’s Edge Convention Center. The two-day summit started Sept. 29, with paddlers getting ready for the ‘Experiential Day,’ which included paddling on the Mississippi River, then on Tuesday the summit offered ‘break out sessions’, and speakers for attendees to learn about the economic benefits of paddle sports. “What this is attempting to do is to engage communities, conventional visitors and bureaus on how to promote the water trail resources in their communities and to help them develop economically…really, it’s to help push what is the best water trail system in the [United] States and to get it used more widely,” Alexander Watson, a DNR regional naturalist, said. The second day of the summit started with breakfast, followed by keynote speaker, Natalie Warren, founder of Wild River Academy—a non-profit organization aimed to engage and educate students in communities about… Keep Reading

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Students and staff help to clean up the Mississippi

Five hundred and thirty pounds of garbage was collected from the Mississippi River Cleanup on Saturday. Volunteers gathered in the Outdoor Endeavors office around 9 a.m. to sign-in, followed by breakfast. As more volunteers showed up and time drew closer to 9 a.m., student-leaders began distributing gloves and yellow bags from the DNR Adopt-a-River Program’s ‘How-to’ kit. Just after 9 a.m., groups were sent to the one of the five divided sections of campus to begin the cleanup. Volunteers weaved in and out of the wooded areas to retrieve garbage from the steep banks. Garbage, including plastic bags and bottles, glass and a 75-pound metal pipe, found its way to the river’s edge where it stayed until that morning. Micah Most, a computer science major at SCSU, said that his desire to help came “after hearing the statistics about how much garbage ends up in the Mississippi River per year.”… Keep Reading

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Second Campus Cruise a success

The Youth Shelter Supply, St. Cloud’s local skate and snow shop, hosted their second ‘Campus Cruise’ on Wednesday. Starting at 5 p.m., participants met at the Youth Shelter Supply, 305 5th Ave. S., to get a map leading to the locations of prizes. Local skateboarders helped co-owners, Mike Thienes and Mike Pettit, hide tickets around the SCSU campus. Descriptions of prizes were written on the tickets, and once the tickets were found and brought back, winners were rewarded with free merchandise from the shop. With over 30 prizes, participants had their chance to find merchandise including headphones, t-shirts, jackets, shoes and more. Participants met at the shop around 5 p.m. Maps were handed out, and almost like a starting line; participants took off to seek out prizes. Thienes said it takes about an hour for all of the prizes to be claimed. Around 6 p.m., after participants started bringing their… Keep Reading

Bartha receives national award

Ivan Bartha, coordinator of experiential education and outdoor programing at SCSU, gives insight about his position as Chair of the Midwest division for the American Canoe Association. Bartha arrived in St. Cloud last Tuesday after being in Michigan for just over a week visiting friends and family. While he was there, he accepted the ‘Volunteer of the Year’ award from the ACA—the largest non-profit paddle sport organization in nation, he said. Now starting to settle into fall semester, Bartha said a part of being Chair of the Midwest Division, which covers 11 states and is a volunteer position, he did quite a bit of travelling over the summer. Some of the goals and responsibilities of being Chair is to try and connect paddlers from various states and to hold bi-annual meetings, Bartha said. And, along with building networks of paddlers, the ACA chose Bartha to administer the United States Coast… Keep Reading

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Yoga in the park

Group fitness instructors led over 30 participants through various sun salutations to celebrate National Yoga Month on Sunday. Campus Recreation sponsored ‘Yoga in the Park’ in honor of National Yoga Month. ‘Yoga in the Park’ was a free event and open to the public. The event started at noon with music, deep breathes and warm-up sun salutations. At noon, Nora Gyarfas, a group fitness instructor on campus, led the group through simple poses and stretches to ease into the session. Gyarfas set the pace for the group but encouraged individuals to go at their own speed. Gyarfas said that yoga is meant for anybody who wants to try it, since it can be tailored to the individual. “People from 6 to 60 year-olds can do it,” she said. The various muscle movements and muscle repetitions are good exercise, she said. During the session, Gyarfas said to the group that yoga… Keep Reading

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