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SCSU College Republicans build a wall in Atwood, stirring a protest among students

Dozens of St. Cloud State University students crowded around a brightly lit display case on the second-floor of Atwood, late Wednesday afternoon. To some students, what laid behind the glass was an act of free speech – to others, it was hate speech. The SCSU College Republicans organization had white boxes out on their table at Sidestreet, welcoming their members to draw political expressions on them, stating they would be displayed later on in Atwood. “This is to promote our organization, not the exact opinions of our members,” Vice President, Carson Grand said. “We don’t necessarily agree with all of the opinions.” Many of the boxes show opposition to the LGBTQ community and immigration, including phrases such as “LGBT – Liberty Guns Brews Trump,” “Marriage is between a man and a woman! Support traditional marriage!” and “Legal Immigrants Welcome!” with more than one box including the words, “Trump Train,” and… Keep Reading


Anti-Porn Protest is Anticlimactic

Protesters held a demonstration against the pornography industry in downtown St. Cloud on Friday, Jan. 26, saying that the industry exploits women and is fueled by human trafficking. Members and supporters of the event stood on the sidewalks along Hwy 23 and 5th Avenue holding signs condemning the $15 billion a year industry with maxims like, “She doesn’t like it. She is paid to smile,” and “Honk if you hate porn.” The Central Minnesota Sexual Assault Center (CMSAC) and the Women’s Center of St. Cloud State University (SCSU) both sponsored the event. “We wanted to raise awareness of one of the forms of trafficking that is completely legal and very much normalized,” said CMSAC Trafficking Services Coordinator, Rebecca Kotz. “We see that 70 percent of men are regularly using pornography and so there’s a hypocrisy when you’re pro-porn and against trafficking because pornography is videotaped trafficking.” According to a flyer… Keep Reading


Government shutdown or government showdown?

Last week, the federal government shut down for about two and a half days because  Senate Democrats, Senate Republicans, and the Doofus-in-Chief were unable to come together about a variety of issues, including parity for defense and non-defense spending, border security, and the plight of the Dreamers. The President took about a half-dozen different viewpoints on these issues, including diametrically opposed positions on immigration alone. In his negotiations with Senate and House leaders, he stated “I’ll take the heat….Send a bill to me and I’ll sign it.” Unfortunately, Donald forgot what Tuesday Donald said. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer spent hours with President Trump on Friday, trying to find some common ground for a compromise, but was ultimately unable to reach a satisfactory conclusion. The government shut down that Friday at midnight Eastern Time. It would reopen on Monday based on a Continuing Resolution, which kept government funding constant based… Keep Reading


Trump and Obstruction of Justice… Are we nearing the end?

I can’t hold back any longer. I have deliberately held back from discussing the ongoing investigation into the President by Special Counselor Robert Mueller in any particular depth because there have been so many other things going on and this investigation is the least of my concerns. Alabama or any number of other things happening at the Federal level are much more important to me. Now, with a report being released that Trump wanted to fire the Special Counsel, I believe that we must speak candidly of this matter. The appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller occurred after the President fired FBI James Comey. The President admitted he fired Comey over the Russia investigation in an interview with Lester Holt. That confession stunned the world and made Deputy Director Rod Rosenstein hire Mueller. Since Mueller’s appointment, he has pursued key members of the Trump presidential campaign, including Paul Manafort, for… Keep Reading

The Big Sing on the big stage

Having a project last for 10 years is no small feat, and St. Cloud State’s annual choir concert and recruitment series, “The Big Sing”, is no exception. Having gone to the tenth annual Big Sing concert, you can just get a feel for the amount of work that went into this project as an outsider. For people that have played instruments, or performed in a choir themselves, you gain an even greater appreciation for pleasantly or complicated sounding compositions. The amount of hours required spent practicing to produce something that sounds pleasant to the ears is not as easy as one might think; playing the right notes or singing at the right pitch at the right time is a learned process. I am in the latter camp, a former trumpet and baritone horn player, and even still I was impressed by the performing choirs. As the nature of this concert… Keep Reading


University Chronicle places 1st in 5 categories at college journalism contest

Reporters, photographers, and editors at the University Chronicle won five first-place awards, six second-place awards and one third-place award at the Minnesota Newspaper Association (MNA) College Better Newspaper Contest on Thursday, Jan. 25 in Bloomington. The College Better Newspaper Contest recognizes work among student journalists in a wide variety of categories with work published between Sept. 1, 2016, and August 31, 2017. The submissions were judged by the Illinois Press Association this year. Submissions were judged on various criteria based on each unique category, with comments often attached to the winning pieces, including for Best Website, “Many community newspapers could learn from the quality of this website.” The Website category was judged based on the quality of content, ease of navigation, visual design and layout, advertising and a gatekeeper’s role in the community. The Local Breaking News Coverage category was judged on excellence in reporting breaking news coverage within a… Keep Reading


Massive blizzard draws attention for road safety in Granite City

As the Minneapolis/St. Paul area got hit with a massive blizzard on Monday, St. Cloud has steered clear of the storm. However, local officials are saying citizens should still be taking precautions. “When snow freezes and packs down, it basically turns into a skating rink,” Public Works Asst. Street Supervisor, Frank Froelich said. According to a report from the Minnesota State Patrol, since early Tuesday morning, there have been 184 crashes, nearly 300 spinouts, and three semi-truck jackknifes which have created a variety of unsafe driving conditions. With many citizens in the Granite City commuting to the Twin Cities daily, people need to be aware of what’s coming their way. Lori Ellering, St. Cloud Police Department lieutenant of investigations said these types of accidents are quite common around this time of year, but luckily there’s plenty of ways to prevent them. The first one she mentions is leaving a little… Keep Reading


Jessica Kraus named Student Government VP

After the resignation of former Vice President Kayla Shelley, SCSU Student Government held an election for the office this past Thursday. Usually, the position would be filled by the President Pro Tempore – however, the current seatholder declined, so they had to use an alternative method. To fill a position held by Shelley for nine months, each chair nominated someone in Student Government for the position. The three who accepted the nomination include. “I had a few senators and chairs approach me, and I was definitely interested in the position,” said eventual winner Jessica Kraus. Although these candidates were not allowed to campaign within the office, they were allowed to talk to other students on campus. On election day, each candidate got approximately three minutes in front of the Senate to make their case for the position. Afterwards, the candidates were sent to the hallway so Student Government could discuss… Keep Reading


Huskies Fall to Mavericks in Hockey Day Matchup

Before the Hockey Day Minnesota matchup between the Huskies and Mavericks, St. Cloud State‘s Head Coach Bob Motzko said we were going to see a great hockey game.   The Mavericks skated into the Granite City ready to play, and they came out strong. Connor Mackey scored less than two minutes into the first for the purple and gold to take the early 1-0 lead. Over halfway into the first period, Zeb Knutson lit the lamp on the power play to stretch Minnesota State’s lead to 2-0. With less than two minutes to go in the first period, Jon Lizotte netted one past Connor LaCouvee to get a point on the board for the cardinal and black.   The momentum skated back Minnesota State’s way as they came into the second period. Jake Jaremko extended the lead 3-1, and that goal would ultimately be pinned as the game winner. Robby Jackson responded… Keep Reading

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