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Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War

‘Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War’ is a collection of stories from authors who came in direct contact with the recent American wars. Published as fiction, these stories share accounts of being stationed overseas, and the daily struggles of a returning soldier. Trends like readjusting and finding a place in society, alcoholism, coping with traumas and building functional relationships with friends and family are all prevalent within these stories. At certain points, the tales get gritty and can be hard to stomach. They give various perspectives of what war is like and how it can have such profound effects on the people involved. After reading this book, the mindset and experiences that are told within these stories are still a bit unreal for me. It’s hard to really grasp onto such things that seem like a nightmare. However, not every story shared the same intensity as others,… 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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Michael Brown seminar sparks discrimation talks

Race has been a topic of discussion since the civil rights movement and as of recently, discrimination and police brutality have been in direct correlation of each other. Incidents like Eric Garner with the NYPD, Christopher Lollie with St. Paul Police Department, Luis Rodriguez with Oklahoma police and now, the incident that has been making national attention for over month now, the deadly shooting of 18 year-old Michael Brown of Ferguson, Missouri. On Thursday, St. Cloud State University held a Q and A seminar regarding the incident and racial issues on campus, in the St. Cloud area and around the nation. At the seminar a diverse crowd was in attendance all the way outside the door. People from all walks of life engaged in the conversation that went over the allotted time it was scheduled for. “The purpose of the panel was to have a beginning dialogue for a conversation… Keep Reading

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Different sides of conflict learn to live side-by-side

In our world today, we are faced with many conflicts. Some of those conflicts being rooted from years of mistreatment, injustice and hatred towards the other side. The longest lasting battle still prominent today is, by far, the Israeli- Arab conflict. The Israeli-Arab conflict has been a non-stop predicament ever since the establishment of the Israeli state back in May of 1948. Today, the world has been scratching theirs heads trying to find a peaceful solution in order to stop the violence and maintain peace throughout the region. Walid Issa, SCSU alum and now a grad student, along with Lior Frankiensztajn, a very close friend of Walid may have found the solution. The program is called “Shades” and it preaches that if you have the right “problem solving tools”, two conflicting parties can find there way to a solution. On Wednesday, they both hosted a seminar in the Atwood Theatre.… Keep Reading

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Events galore at Family Weekend

Family Weekend is one of the big attractions for students and families at SCSU that is set to get underway this weekend. The event is being put on by SCSU’s Department of Campus Involvement and kicks off Friday, September 12. Registration for families runs from 5:00p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with the Atwood Underground becoming available for free if you’re with a registered family at the same time. More options to occupy the Friday schedule include a special showing of “UP”, stuff-a-husky, and crafts in the Atwood Theatre. Maleficent will be showing at 8:00p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Campus Rec will be putting on the St. Cloud Vibe 5K Color Run Saturday morning starting in K lot at 8:00 a.m. with the first wave of runners taking off at 9:00 a.m. Another window for registration opens from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Saturday for those families that elect to come later… Keep Reading

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Downpour on Mainstreet, rescheduled for Wednesday

This past Wednesday, constant heavy rain and thunderstorms flooded SCSU’s campus as well central Minnesota ensuing terrible road conditions as well as the cancellation of one of the biggest events held on the campus of St. Cloud State University, Mainstreet. By 9:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, hundreds of clubs, organizations, companies, and even political party representatives flooded into the center of campus with banners, tables and all types of memorabilia, display items, sign up sheets and flyers all with the intention to recruit students involvement. Unfortunately, by 11:00 a.m. the entirety of the population crowding Main street were forced to pack up quickly and bolt to the nearest building to avoid the storm. A once crowded and buzzing area on campus now left barren and very, very wet. Many student clubs and organizations expressed growing concern towards the unfortunate cancelation due to the fact that Main Street is a big recruiting… Keep Reading

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The 20th anniversary of the Hunger Strike

Twenty years ago multiple cultural organizations at St. Cloud State University felt underrepresented and mistreated on campus. To gather the attentions of the student body and faculty, this group of determined students decided to take action to voice their concerns; they had 13 demands in total and vowed to fast until the agreements were met. Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán, or MEChA, was at the forefront of this battle between the underrepresented student population and university officials. Some of the demands include the creation of the multi cultural resource center, the establishment of the student cultural center, a commitment to retain and recruit more faculty/students of color, and for the student government system to add the cultural diversity chair to the student senate. Currently, the cultural diversity chair is empty and student government has been in the process of urging potential students to run for the position. “It’s an awesome… Keep Reading

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Budget deficits raise concerns around SCSU

As faculty, staff, and students dive into the 2014-2015 academic year, St. Cloud State University is already being faced with financial adversity between eight to ten million dollars. St. Cloud State University’s 200 million dollar budget will be reduced this year as a result to several different causes. The main cause of the financial deficit is the decrease of student enrollment over the past three academic years. In relation to the drop in enrollment, the campus’s number of faculty and staff on the universities payroll has remained the same. With the expected decrease of enrollment this fall, the universities revenue from tuition is expected to be down four to five percent. In the midst of this financial adversity, Tammy McGee, as well as the rest of the financial and administration department, has already put together an estimated two to three year plan to work the university out of the deficit.… Keep Reading

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Push and pull with smokers and new policy

The recent electronic cigarette ban, in association with the Minnesota Clean Air Act, has stirred up much controversy throughout many public establishments, including the SCSU campus. In July of 2014, SCSU added electronic cigarettes to its “Tobacco-Free Campus” campaign. This advance by the university now makes the use of electronic cigarettes on any part of campus against university policy, including outside university buildings and any sidewalks or walkways on university property. “I think it’s kind of ridiculous,” Josh Perkins, a junior mass communication major said. “It makes sense not to smoke it indoors just because of the social stigma that’s attached to it and some people just don’t like that, but there’s no reason not to be able to smoke it outside,” Many students like Perkins share the same views, disgruntled at the fact that more and more restrictions are being implemented on nicotine users. “I don’t really see the… Keep Reading

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