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A & E/Reviews

“Happy Christmas” proves perfect only for Netflix

Finals are looming close and with it students like myself are probably yearning for the comfort of a fuzzy blanket and some Netflix. Whether you take in this comfort now or wait until winter break, you might come across a new movie to Netflix titled “Happy Christmas”. Don’t be mislead by the title, you probably won’t feel happy after watching it. “Happy Christmas” is an indie film written and directed by Joe Swanberg, who also wrote and direct the 2013 sleeper indie “Drinking Buddies”. The film, which is set during the holiday season, was released on June 26 but its arrival to Netflix is perfect for this time of year. The film stars “Pitch Perfect” star Anna Kendrick, who was also in “Drinking Buddies” as a selfish twenty something party girl who crashes at her brother (played by Swanberg) and sister-in-law’s kitschy Chicago house following a break up, with their… Keep Reading

A & E/Reviews

‘Highways’ is a road trip of a lifetime

Shortly after shooting last year’s documentary “Sound City”, Foo Fighters lead singer Dave Grohl was inspired to further explore music and its stories.  Within this concept came their inspiration for the Foo Fighters eighth studio album titled “Sonic Highways”.  The concept is simple, come up with a list of cities that are either personally or culturally significant in the band’s influence.  So the band came up with Chicago, Washington, D.C., Nashville, Austin, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Seattle, and New York City.  In this tidy 48 minute record, the band gets to the point with the where and the whys of each track.  Every track was conceived, written, and recorded in each city. This made for a more personal effort than many can even claim.  The songs are a love letter to each city involved, and the recording process is documented in the miniseries currently airing on HBO.  For a review… Keep Reading

Opinion

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

News/SCSU News

Declining enrollment forces SCSU to face financial deficit

Financial difficulties due to declining enrollment have effected almost every institution in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system. However, as one of the largest institutions among the 31 different colleges and universities, St. Cloud State University’s nearly $10 million deficit for fiscal year 2015 has left the university facing tough budget cuts campus wide. Enrollment numbers and trends “I don’t know if I would call it a surprise,” Vice President for Finance and Administration at SCSU Tammy McGee said. “Enrollment has been trending downward the last couple of years.” From its height of 18,319 students enrolled during the fall of 2010, SCSU has experienced a decline of approximately 1,000 students every year since, culminating in the current fall 2014 30th day enrollment numbers of 15,416 released at the beginning of October. In comparison to the 2013 academic year, SCSU has lost 829 students, a decrease of 5.1 percent,… Keep Reading

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Hunger and awareness on the rise

On Wednesday, St. Cloud State hosted its fourth Oxfam Hunger Banquet at the Garvey Commons. The event, which is hosted by a number of different departments and organizations, including the Department Of Campus Involvement and Civic Engagement, Multicultural Student Services and the Department Of Residential Life, sheds light on the subject of hunger and food insecurity locally, nationally and worldwide. The event was also sponsored by other charitable organizations that were present at the Oxfam Hunger Banquet such as Kids Fighting Hunger, Catholic Charities, Central Minnesota Sustainability Project and United Way Of Central Minnesota. The Oxfam Hunger Banquet focuses on putting attendees in the shoes of every economic demographic present in society today and how their income affects how they eat on a daily basis. The majority of attendees were put in the lower class to signify the majority of the population, however at the other end of the spectrum,… Keep Reading

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Women’s Center talks Title IX and women in sports

The SCSU Women’s Center continued its 25 years of “Women on Wednesday” speaking engagements. This anniversary is called “25 years of Women who WOW.” The second to last seminar was titled “Four Generations of Title IX: Personal Stories of Women Athletes.” The panel went from noon to 1 p.m. in the Atwood Little Theater. Title IX is a specific law stating that “no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. To clarify, this means that no one is to be excluded from participation in any university related function based on gender. This particular talk was centered on women’s participation in sports. Through Title IX all athletes, girl and female are allowed equal playing time, practice time and afforded equal education opportunities… Keep Reading

International/News/SCSU News

Hong Kong’s actions for local geopolitics

Dr. Alvin HungChi Yu, professor of Geography and Planning, gave an informative presentation on Tuesday about the Umbrella Revolution happening in Hong Kong. This presentation was part of the International Education week at SCSU. According to Yu, from September 26 people in Hong Kong have been protesting due to a new law set by the Chinese government. Students from the University of Hong Kong are protesting for more political freedom. The ‘umbrella’ symbolizes the protection from law enforcement due to the major pepper spray. The name came into play relatively quick during the pro-democracy protest. This social conflict has brought about great media attention, and even though the protestors believe it’s more of a “civil-disobedience movement,” the Umbrella Revolution stayed consistent in the media. A professor from the University of Hong Kong, Benny Tai, and a group called Occupy Central started the protests. In addition to political freedom, students are… 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

News/SCSU News

Speaker educates about American Indian culture

A speaker representing the Red Lake Indian Reservation came to Atwood last Wednesday evening, as a part of the American Indian Speaker Series, sponsored by the American Indian Center. Bianca Mendoza, a descendant of Red Lake Ojibwe and Nevada Paiute, spoke about various aspects of her culture, experiences as an American Indian and the work she does on the Red Lake reservation. Red Lake Indian Reservation is one of 11 reservations in Minnesota, but is the only closed reservation in the state. This, Mendoza says, is an important distinction. “This is a big deal. Our chiefs decided not to sell the land and to protect their hunting and fishing rights, because that’s the only way of life that they knew,” said Mendoza. In a closed reservation, there is no private property and all of the land is held in common by the tribe. It also means that the tribe has… Keep Reading

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