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“Our state fair is a great state fair”

A heart-attack paradise where all you need is a stick to delve into a unique cuisine. Ostrich-on-a-stick anyone? The crowds, the heat, the music, the animals, the tradition. Thursday kicks off one of the best times of the year. That’s right, it’s the Minnesota State Fair. And for the following 12 days, there will be non-stop fun and excitement for people of all ages. It’s a time when you really are excited to be from the frigid tundra of Minnesota. That’s because as Minnesotans you can boast as having the second largest state fair—aside from Texas. And in my humble opinion, Minnesotans can also claim the title of best state fair around. First off, we have the food. Anything and everything you can imagine on a stick, we have it and we eat it. From fair food staples like corn dogs (however, at the fair they are called pronto pups)… Keep Reading

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Marvel movie’s outta this world

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ is the latest of the Marvel universe films to draw in crowds to the big screen. And overall, it does quite a fair job of capturing the attention and emotions of the audience. While a far different sort of Marvel film from the popular Avenger series and super hero movies such as ‘Thor’, ‘Captain America’, ‘Iron Man’ and the ‘Incredible Hulk’, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ focuses heavily on the main character, Peter Quill played by actor Chris Pratt and his quest to earn a quick buck. After being abducted from Earth as a child—after a very sad and tear-jerking first scene—Quill is later taken under wing of an intergalactic ring of thieves, known as the Ravagers under the leadership of Yondu, played by Michael Rooker. Fast-forward 26 years to 2014 and we find Quill on the planet Morag attempting to steal an object called the Orb. … Keep Reading

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Faculty and staff gather to start off the new school year

With the start of the new academic year, faculty and staff members were present on campus with the kick off of the 2014 Convocation. Held in Ritsche Auditorium on Wednesday morning, the packed seats were filled with members of the SCSU community coming together to start off the new academic year. “We are a family. Some may say a dysfunctional family. There may be times we fight with each other. But through thick and thin we are a campus family,” SCSU staff member Laurie Luethmers said. The 2014 Convocation started with opening remarks from the newly appointed Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Richard Green. Introducing the panelists, the first speaker, SCSU Student Government President Lindsey Gunnerson spoke about her experiences on the campus of SCSU. Gunnerson spoke about how SCSU had shaped the person she has become, the leader she has become and how the university had… Keep Reading

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Treaties highlighted in new exhibit

Starting on Monday, August 25 and lasting through September 12, St. Cloud State University will be host to a traveling exhibit titled “Why Treaties Matter: Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations”. A collaborative project between the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, the Minnesota Humanities Center and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian the exhibit will be traveling around the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system over the next two years. Profiling the importance of treaty agreements between the Dakota and Ojibwe nations and the U. S. federal government the exhibit will utilize a variety of media including video, historical and contemporary photographs and maps to explain how treaties have not only shaped the land of Minnesota but also the people who had inhabited it for generations. “I never cease to be amazed at how the exhibit is traveling through the state,” Executive Director for the Minnesota… Keep Reading

Local Sports/SCSU Sports/Sports

Yoga seeks to strengthen both body and mind

What once was practiced more than 5,000 years ago as part of a quest for improved health and being in-tune with oneself has now spread across the world as a way to improve both mental and physical states of being. “The thing about yoga is that it improves endurance, flexibility, balance and postures,” SCSU Fitness Coordinator Chris Haukos said. “When you do yoga you focus on breathing. It helps improve imbalances in your body as well.” Offered during the fall semester Monday through Friday at 8 a.m. and then again in the evenings Monday through Thursday at 7 p.m. Haukos said yoga is something that has tremendous benefits for participants. “In our industrial world, some of our muscles get strong and then they get over tight,” Haukos said. Attributing this to the basics of most students’ daily lives of sitting at a computer or engaging in other physical activities such… Keep Reading

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Reduce, Reuse and Husky Re-cycle

Originally started by a local eagle scout to help benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Central Minnesota, SCSU’s Outdoor Endeavors has taken the concept of reduce, reuse, and Re-cycle to a whole other level. Taken over the by university around 2005, the concept of a bike sharing program on the SCSU campus was modeled after the bike sharing programs in European countries, particularly in Scandinavia. Using old bikes donated from the community, Outdoor Endeavors soon embarked on a project that would help students get around campus. And while the program was started with good intentions, Coordinator for Experiential Programs for Outdoor Endeavors Ivan Bartha said multiple problems plagued the new bike sharing project called the Yellow Bike Program. “We would start with about 25 to 30 bikes during the fall and the spring semesters,” Bartha said. “Each bike would be painted yellow. And they would be located near the… Keep Reading

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