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Letter to the Editor

by , June, 2017

To the Editor:

The Metro State Distance-​Learning/​Intellectual Prop­erty Com­mit­tee of fac­ulty read with inter­est C.T. Corum’s arti­cle, titled “Break­ing the Piggy Bank: Why Online Classes Cost More Money Than Tra­di­tional Classes” in your March 2017 issue.

Our com­mit­tee was dis­ap­pointed that no fac­ulty were inter­viewed for this piece, because we work hard to advo­cate for improve­ments to online learn­ing. These include: ADA accom­mo­da­tion needs in online courses for stu­dents (e.g., closed cap­tion­ing, uni­ver­sal design); SCORM (Sharable Con­tent Object Ref­er­ence Model) for ensur­ing con­tent func­tions con­sis­tently across the learn­ing man­age­ment sys­tem; an online ori­en­ta­tion for stu­dents new to online course­work; and course tem­plates for con­sis­tency of nav­i­ga­tion and user expe­ri­ence as stu­dents move from course to course.

We would very much like the stu­dent body to know that our fac­ulty com­mit­tee has reviewed and ques­tioned the devel­op­ment of extra tech­nol­ogy fees asso­ci­ated with online learn­ing. As a com­mit­tee, we have advo­cated reg­u­larly for the most effec­tive, eco­nom­i­cal, and effi­cient uses of any tuition dif­fer­en­tials that may be needed for online and hybrid courses.

If any stu­dent would like to speak with our com­mit­tee regard­ing our committee’s research on this issue and our pro­pos­als for exam­in­ing the use of tuition dif­fer­en­tials for improv­ing stu­dent suc­cess, please feel free to con­tact Pro­fes­sor Car­olyn Whit­son, our committee’s chair, at carolyn.​whitson@​metrostate.​edu

Sin­cerely

Metro State Fac­ulty Distance-​Learning/​Intellectual Prop­erty Committe

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Healthcare and Wellness services are now available at Metro State!

by , April, 2017

What is Health­care and Well­ness Services?

Dur­ing spring semes­ter 2017, stu­dents were charged a $2.50 per credit fee for Health­care and Well­ness Ser­vices, that was approved by the Met­ro­pol­i­tan State Uni­ver­sity Stu­dent Sen­ate in 2014. As a result, stu­dents will be able to have access to Zip­no­sis, a telemed­i­cine plat­form avail­able at no cost. In addi­tion, other health and well­ness ini­tia­tives will be avail­able to stu­dents through­out the year.

What is Zipnosis?

Zip­no­sis is an online telemed­i­cine por­tal that will enable stu­dents to access online health­care in min­utes, twenty-​four hours a day, seven days a week, includ­ing hol­i­days. The ser­vice is free for stu­dents to use. Stu­dents will be able to get quick care for a num­ber of con­di­tions, including:

  • Colds, flu, strep throat
  • Hay fever and allergies
  • Swimmer’s ear
  • Whoop­ing cough (Per­tus­sis) exposure
  • Pink eye (Conjunctivitis)
  • Uri­nary Tract Infections
  • And more

Jodee Fitzger­ald, the Coor­di­na­tor of Health­care and Well­ness Ser­vices, can answer ques­tions you have in regards to Zip­no­sis, the telemed­i­cine plat­form that is now avail­able. In addi­tion, she can also assist in iden­ti­fy­ing both inter­nal and exter­nal com­mu­nity health and well­ness resources. If you have addi­tional ques­tions, please check out the web­site for more details or con­tact Jodee Fitzgerald.

Reg­is­ter here.Once reg­is­tered please use this link to access Zip­no­sis.

If you need a ZipTicket for a Strep Test, the promo code is MSUTICKET. Please see the Health­care and Well­ness Ser­vices web­page for more details.

Scholarship Alert

by , March, 2017

Would you like a lit­tle boost towards pay­ing for your edu­ca­tion? Well, so does Stu­dent Sen­ate because they would like to invite you to apply for scholarships!

In con­junc­tion with Stu­dents United, a non-​profit that rep­re­sents stu­dents on the capi­tol and to MnSCU, Sen­ate would like to invite you to apply for a vari­ety of schol­ar­ships. Includ­ing the Penny Fel­low­ship, the Friends Schol­ar­ship and the Hull Edu­ca­tion Foun­da­tion Scholarship.

In total, there are six schol­ar­ships in total — some with mul­ti­ple grants. Any stu­dent can apply; many schol­ar­ships have no min­i­mum GPA require­ment. The schol­ar­ships range from $500-$5000. Apply before the dead­line of April 1, 2017.

Ques­tions can be directed to Car­lee Dig­gins, Direc­tor of Pro­grams and Alumni Out­reach: cdiggins@​studentsunited.​org

Appli­ca­tion Dead­line: April 1, 2017

Metro State Debuts “Urinetown” Musical

by , February, 2017

In col­lab­o­ra­tion with Min­neapo­lis Com­mu­nity and Tech­ni­cal College’s The­ater on the Park, Metro State’s The­ater Under­ground will be pre­sent­ing the musi­cal “Urine­town” for the spring semes­ter pro­duc­tion. Directed by Justin Kirk­berg, the Tony Award-​winning play by Mark Holl­mann and Greg Kotis cir­cles around a town where a 20-​year drought has led to a gov­ern­ment ban on toi­lets — lead­ing to the pri­va­ti­za­tion of the toilets.

Urine­town is an irrev­er­ent take on what is quickly becom­ing our national real­ity,” said direc­tor Justin Kirke­berg, “where the line between the gov­ern­ment and cor­po­rate Amer­ica is blurred — almost to the point of non-​existence.”

Street Park­ing is avail­able, but ramp park­ing is also avail­able for $5, or free for any Metro State stu­dent with a col­lege ID card. Please visit The­ater Underground’s Orgsync page for more infor­ma­tion. Advi­sor Gail Smog­ard is avail­able for any addi­tional infor­ma­tion at gail.​smogard@​metrostate.​edu. Stu­dents and Fam­i­lies may attend with no cost, but are encour­aged to bring an item to donate to the food shelf.

Per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties who would like accom­mo­da­tions to par­tic­i­pate in the event should con­tact the Cen­ter for Acces­si­bil­ity Resources at 6517931549.

Show­times

Feb. 1518: 7 p.m.

Addi­tional Mat­inée held Feb. 18 at 1 p.m.

Loca­tion

Whit­ney Fine Arts The­atre Center

1424 Yale Place, Minneapolis

Edi­to­r­ial Note: The Metropolitan’s Edi­tor, Bray­den Mann, went to a pro­duc­tion of “Urine­town” at his pre­vi­ous col­lege, Anoka-​Ramsey Com­mu­nity Col­lege, and he had a blast.

Theater Underground Student Playwright Double Showcase

by , November, 2016

In col­lab­o­ra­tion with Min­neapo­lis Com­mu­nity and Tech­ni­cal Col­lege (MCTC), Met­ro­pol­i­tan State’s The­ater Under­ground and The­ater pro­grams are pre­mier­ing two student-​written plays as a part of the pro­grams’ play­wright con­test held every year. Fea­tured in this year’s dou­ble bill show­ing is “Dream Big” by Mark Stew­art, and “58 Months” by Ben­jamin Granger. Both won last year’s play­wright con­test, and then went through months of devel­op­ment to pol­ish and focus the sto­ries to be stage ready.

58 Months” is an inti­mate story focused around a man who has been arrested for numer­ous hard drug vio­la­tions. While his fam­ily fails him, he seeks sol­i­dar­ity with friends he made in prison. Whereas the for­mer is an unflinch­ing look at the prison sys­tem, the lat­ter, “Dream Big,” is an absur­dist com­edy. It revolves around an arche­o­log­i­cal dig attended by an ener­getic stu­dent who needs to fig­ure out how to pay for his study abroad.

Both will be per­formed in a dou­ble bill at 7 p.m., Nov. 1619, at MCTC at the Stage­door The­ater — with a 2 p.m. mat­inée on Nov. 19. Gen­eral admis­sion is $10, and stu­dents with IDs can attend for free.

Urine­town” Cast­ing Call

In col­lab­o­ra­tion with Min­neapo­lis Com­mu­nity and Tech­ni­cal Col­lege (MCTC), Metro State’s The­ater Under­ground and The­ater pro­grams are hold­ing audi­tions for the musi­cal “Urine­town” for the spring semes­ter pro­duc­tion. The Tony Award-​winning play by Mark Holl­mann and Greg Kotis cir­cles around a town where a 20-​year drought has led to a gov­ern­ment ban on toilets.

11 mul­ti­cul­tural men and women of all ages are needed for cast­ing. To audi­tion, a two-​minute mono­logue, a pre­pared up-​tempo song — ide­ally from a musi­cal com­edy — and a bal­lad are to be sung with­out accom­pa­ni­ment. A head­shot and resume are encour­aged. Dress for movement.

Audi­tion loca­tion: Whit­ney Fine Arts The­atre, F1200

Audi­tion dates: Wednes­day, Nov. 30 through Sat­ur­day, Dec. 3.

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Fallfest 2016

by , September, 2016

At the begin­ning of the school year, a few inevitable signs of the season’s change: the air becomes cooler; leaves begin to change. The cost of text­books causes the moans of stu­dents to cas­cade through­out the Twin Cities; and Metro State’s annual tra­di­tion, “Fallfest,” jumps onto cam­pus. It hap­pens every year, and the col­lab­o­ra­tion of stu­dent orga­ni­za­tions and the Uni­ver­sity to strive towards bring­ing the stu­dent pop­u­la­tion together is admirable. It is an event that legit­i­mately com­bines Metro’s fan­tas­ti­cal ele­ments of out­ward com­radery with shades of pro­fes­sion­al­ism. The event is, indis­putably, our home­com­ing. This is our oppor­tu­nity to invest in pas­sion­ate clubs and organizations.

About 40 orga­ni­za­tions – with bells and whis­tles – will be in atten­dance for the Sep­tem­ber 24th event. Stu­dents, fac­ulty, staff, alumni, and friends of the col­lege are invited to join the fun; nat­u­rally, a fam­ily event. Clos­ing gaps and build­ing bridges will be at the fore­front of the event, with Pres­i­dent Ginny Arthur open­ing the festivities.

When you’re at the event, swing by The Met­ro­pol­i­tan Booth and say hello. We would love to see you there!

Balancing in Times of Calamity

by , August, 2016

It always seems like when­ever a police shoot­ing hap­pens that ignites the coun­try. This news is dis­heart­en­ing to hear. The inci­dents of the recent Twin Cities, Baton Rouge, and Dal­las inci­dents weigh espe­cially heavy. Another unarmed black man being unfairly shot? Another planned mass mur­der? It’s become the grue­some stan­dard of America.

With three major national sto­ries break­ing within 72 hours, some­thing was dif­fer­ent. Dif­fer­ent from Sandy Hook; even dif­fer­ent than Columbine: there was a moment, even for just a brief breath, the coun­try felt defeated. The wear and tear of so much injus­tice had become slightly heav­ier than pre­vi­ously thought to be han­dled. It was no longer just a sense of fear and anger, but defeat.

Most of us either know of or have a loved who is a cop. Most of us either know of or have a loved one who has been racially pro­filed. This isn’t much of a sur­prise. What is a sur­prise is how the con­ver­sa­tion on improv­ing the sit­u­a­tion became so eas­ily hijacked by dem­a­gogues who think solely in extremes rather than compromise.

That’s what became most sur­pris­ing: com­pas­sion and empa­thy have been put on the backburner.

By no means should either extreme thoughts of ignor­ing an obvi­ous sys­tem­atic bias against col­ored indi­vid­u­als or com­pletely abol­ish­ing the police depart­ment be humored. But the fact that, yes, racism is very much alive in the U.S., and the Twin Cities is one of the more despi­ca­ble exam­ples of racial wealth dis­par­i­ties, needs to be addressed. The belief that every sin­gle cop is sim­ply a power-​tripping, trigger-​happy racist is sim­ply illogical.

Where progress and heal­ing begin to take place is when we are able to look at each other and see the hap­pi­ness, pain and con­cern that defines the human con­di­tion. There is a lot of work that needs to be done just to work through the frus­tra­tion alone.

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10 for $10

by , June, 2016

The tan­ta­liz­ingly good weather in late spring has been a dis­trac­tion for every­one try­ing to fin­ish up school projects, but we’ll all soon have time to release our pent-​up desire to break free from acad­e­mia. How­ever, whether you’re grad­u­at­ing or not, you prob­a­bly don’t want to blow a lot of money on recreation.

Here are a few things around the Twin Cities that the Met­ro­pol­i­tan staff is going to take advan­tage of this sum­mer. Sure, you can do a num­ber of these things all year, but if you’re like us, you were too busy, tired, or guilt-​ridden (“I really should write this paper now”) to enjoy them.

Since the Uni­ver­sity draws stu­dents from 24 coun­ties, we’ve included a cou­ple des­ti­na­tion attrac­tions. In other cases, we hope to inspire your own local­ized ver­sion of this list.

Flat Earth Brew­ery (688 Min­nehaha Avenue East, Saint Paul, Min­nesota 55106)

The Twin Cities is now home to at least a dozen inde­pen­dent brew­eries that have tap­rooms and sell growler, but we wanted to high­light Flat Earth (see arti­cle) because it’s been around a while and is near Met­ro­pol­i­tan State.

Other tap­rooms include the nearby Sidhe brew­ing on Payne Avenue as well as Surly, Insight Brew­ing, 612 Brew, Dan­ger­ous Man and a host of oth­ers that can make for an inter­est­ing tour (as long as you des­ig­nate a dri­ver!). Pints and flights at tap­rooms are typ­i­cally less than at bars or restau­rants, and each brew­ery seems to have its own dis­tinct atmosphere.

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We know what you'll do this summer!

by , May, 2016
Portrait of Sarah Elbasher Portrait of Denny Yang Portrait of Nic Liu Portrait of Allison Cole Portrait of Steve Le

The Met­ro­pol­i­tan staff asked some of your fel­low stu­dents what they were excited about doing this sum­mer. The responses piqued our inter­est and may spur some adven­tures of your own.

Metropolitan State to expand bachelor’s degree options offered at North Hennepin

by , April, 2016

Start­ing this fall, stu­dents will be able to com­plete their Eng­lish and eco­nom­ics majors at the North Hen­nepin Com­mu­nity Col­lege (NHCC) cam­pus in Brook­lyn Park. Com­mu­ni­ca­tions stud­ies and health sys­tems will be offered in Fall 2017 and psy­chol­ogy will begin in Fall 2018.

This is an expan­sion of the part­ner­ship in which Met­ro­pol­i­tan State offers courses on the NHCC cam­pus to serve stu­dents liv­ing in the West metro area. The cur­rent Met­ro­pol­i­tan State bachelor’s degrees in nurs­ing and busi­ness admin­is­tra­tion will continue.

The new pro­grams were cre­ated in response to increas­ing demand for degrees at the bachelor’s and master’s levels.

News Briefs

by , April, 2016

Met­ro­pol­i­tan State to expand bachelor’s degree options offered at North Hennepin

Start­ing this fall, stu­dents will be able to com­plete their Eng­lish and Eco­nom­ics majors at the North Hen­nepin Com­mu­nity Col­lege cam­pus in Brook­lyn Park. Com­mu­ni­ca­tions stud­ies and health sys­tems will be offered in fall 2017 and psy­chol­ogy will begin in fall 2018.

This is an expan­sion of the part­ner­ship in which Met­ro­pol­i­tan State offers courses on the NHCC cam­pus to serve stu­dents liv­ing in the west metro. The cur­rent Met­ro­pol­i­tan State bach­e­lor degrees in nurs­ing and busi­ness admin­is­tra­tion will continue.

The new pro­grams are in response to increas­ing demand for degrees at the bac­calau­re­ate, bachelor’s and master’s levels.

Search for Metro State’s new pres­i­dent nar­rowed to two candidates

Vir­ginia (Ginny) Arthur and Fer­nando Del­gado have been named as the two semi-​finalists in the search for Met­ro­pol­i­tan State University’s next pres­i­dent. Arthur has been Metro State’s exec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent and provost since 2015, and as provost and vice pres­i­dent for aca­d­e­mic affairs from 2012 to 2015. Del­gado has been vice chan­cel­lor for aca­d­e­mic affairs and provost Uni­ver­sity of Wisconsin-​River Falls as since 2009.

Min­nesota State Col­leges and Uni­ver­si­ties’ (MnSCU) board of trustees will select the next pres­i­dent, and will con­sider Chan­cel­lor Steven Rosenstone’s rec­om­men­da­tion at their April 20 meet­ing. The new pres­i­dent is expected to start by July 1, 2016.

Rush Line tran­sit study meet­ing April 19

Tran­sit options that will poten­tially affect Met­ro­pol­i­tan State’s Dayton’s Bluff cam­pus will be dis­cussed 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tues­day, April 19, at the Hay­den Heights Library at 1456 White Bear Avenue in Saint Paul.

Por­tions of White Bear Avenue and Mary­land Avenue are being con­sid­ered as a poten­tial route for light rail tran­sit (LRT) or Bus Rapid tran­sit (BRT). The entire route would con­nect down­town Saint Paul to White Bear Lake or For­est Lake, or poten­tially fur­ther north.

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News Briefs: Student Activities Abound On and Off Campus

by , February, 2016

Cor­rec­tion:

In the Decem­ber 2015/​January 2016 issue, the arti­cle titled “Metro State: The Early Years,” iden­ti­fied Susan Rydell as a for­mer asso­ciate pro­fes­sor of edu­ca­tion at the Uni­ver­sity of Min­nesota. In fact, she was an assis­tant pro­fes­sor of education.

Metro State Stu­dent Appointed to Serve on US Advi­sory Coun­cil on Human Trafficking

Bukola Ori­ola, stu­dent at Met­ro­pol­i­tan State Uni­ver­sity and founder of Min­neapo­lis based non-​profit orga­ni­za­tion, The Eni­tan Story, was appointed to serve on the US Advi­sory Coun­cil on Human Traf­fick­ing on Dec. 21, 2015.

I am hon­ored that these tal­ented indi­vid­u­als have decided to serve our coun­try,” said Pres­i­dent Barack Obama in a press release. “They bring their years of expe­ri­ence and exper­tise to this Admin­is­tra­tion, and I look for­ward to work­ing with them.”

I will like to com­mend the United States gov­ern­ment,” said Ori­ola. “They took a great step to ele­vate those that have been tram­pled upon, beaten, bat­tered and hope­less, by giv­ing them a his­toric plat­form to be part of the pos­i­tive change in the community.”

The Ent­ian Story pro­vides ser­vices to vic­tims and sur­vivors of human traf­fick­ing. In Sep­tem­ber, Ori­ola and The Eni­tan Story spent ten days at Niger­ian col­leges dur­ing a tour dubbed “Bring­ing the Story Back Home.” The tour reached 20 mil­lion view­ers world­wide and pro­vided infor­ma­tion on human traf­fick­ing. Like­wise, the orga­ni­za­tion offers ser­vices, sup­port and advo­cacy for vic­tims and sur­vivors of human traf­fick­ing across the nation.

Stu­dent Cen­ter and Sci­ence Cen­ter Open

Metro’s Stu­dent Cen­ter and Sci­ence Cen­ter are now open. A grand open­ing event for the Stu­dent Cen­ter was held on Jan. 22.

Interim CFO Appointed

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Letter to the Editor

by , November, 2015

Octo­ber 15, 2015

To the Editor,

At the begin­ning of Sep­tem­ber, I was work­ing in the library on the Saint Paul cam­pus and, in a hurry to meet with my instruc­tor, left the com­puter work sta­tion before remov­ing my flash drive. Return­ing soon after­wards, I found the flash drive was miss­ing. The secu­rity offi­cer at the library was extremely help­ful in review­ing the recent video his­tory of that work sta­tion, and soon iden­ti­fied the culprit.

While I was work­ing with the secu­rity offi­cer, another stu­dent came up to report that his iPhone was miss­ing. He was work­ing at a com­puter and also briefly walked away, only to return to find the phone miss­ing. While the guard was work­ing with him, I asked how many of these reports they get. The guard responded by say­ing, “At least three a week, some­times more.”

In look­ing at the recently released crime sta­tis­tics, I noticed that thefts was a cat­e­gory that seemed to be miss­ing. From my obser­va­tions, there appears to be a small epi­demic of these thefts at the library alone. My ques­tion is this, is any­one track­ing these thefts? I am unaware of any place to go that tracks this data.

I sug­gest that there be a web page that would inform stu­dents of thefts and other crimes occur­ring on cam­pus. It would func­tion as a “crime watcher” forum, or bet­ter yet a “crime stop­per” page. This would allow us to report these crimes our­selves, so that we could become aware of prob­lem areas. Or, more impor­tantly, we could assist each other by keep­ing an eye out for sus­pi­cious activ­ity. We have a robust crim­i­nal jus­tice pro­gram on cam­pus; it seems that this would be an ideal project for that sector.

Regard­ing my flash drive, the cul­prit reap­peared at the library. Although he was con­fronted and vol­un­teered that he had “at least seven flash dri­ves,” he denied any involve­ment in the dis­ap­pear­ance of mine. In the mean­time, the library staff seems to have lost patience in my many inquiries at the lost and found desk — per­haps the per­pe­tra­tor will read this and return what is left of it.

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