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October, 2016 - The Metropolitan

In Our October, 2016 Issue:

An Open Letter to For Profit Colleges

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Hey companies, how is it going?

Well, not great if the news has anything to say about it. With ITT Tech (originally International Telephone and Telegraph) closing its doors, it seems that the Department of Education and the government as a whole has been having a decreasing tolerance towards for-profits. But, is this necessarily a good thing?

As always, it never is that simple. Good or bad are meaningless: is it fair?

It’s been a trend in the last ten years; long standing for-profit colleges that had a relatively large student population with comfortable profit margins to boot. With a decrease in government funding in for-profits and decreasing enrollments, resources for the colleges were dwindling rapidly. If anything, the former reason was almost more detrimental than the later. Enrollment is quintessential, absolutely, however when for-profits students already have restrictions on how much federal loans can be put towards classes, the colleges tend to be cut at the knees from the start.

The government has every right to be restrictive. According to forprofitu.org, 47% of students that have defaulted on their loans attended for-profit colleges; almost half. That’s not simply an issue of camaraderie of private versus public colleges, but that is viewed as a significant burden on the economy. Even if students don’t default, the department of education shows the significant of difference in the median debt. According to the DOE, Students at for-profit colleges carry a median debt of $32,700, while at public schools students have a median debt of $20,000 and $24,600 at private non-profit schools.

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Health Tips For Cold Season

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This is the time of year when the temperature drops and so do immune systems. The change in weather means a few things, and the one I hate most is cold and flu season. During this time of year extra caution should be taken to avoid public nose pickers, and take a little extra care of yourselves.

I’m a germaphobe to the extreme. However, it isn’t out of ignorance. Growing up I had horrible asthma. The year round wheeze that made colds deadly. I would miss weeks of school when a simple head cold would turn into bronchitis and then some times pneumonia. I thought that was all in the past until three years ago. It started with a simple cold, and then went to my lungs. That cold turned into bronchitis.

Luckily, I was attending Minneapolis Community and Technical College at the time, and the student clinic just opened. I was able to get free health care and affordable medication to treat my illness. My husband then boyfriend cared for me and unfortunately came down with the same illness. Both of us missed work (losing wages), and missed classes (falling behind on school work). Being sick as an adult sucks even more than as a kid.

So, try your best to avoid getting sick with these tips:

Don’t push a door when it says pull. What I mean to say is pay attention to what you are touching. How many times do we open a door and then touch our faces or eat. Just be aware.

Respect your body. As the weather gets colder immune systems weaken. I’m not saying to totally slack off. However, if you are feeling tired. Listen to your body, take naps, take in extra vitamins. Give yourself time to unwind at the end of the day. Stress can wreak havoc on your body.

Carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer. At the main campus hand sanitizer is plentiful and spread all over. However, for some reason at midway campus I could not find one sanitizer dispenser. Spend a couple bucks for the added safety.

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Tech Corner: A Quick Resource for PC Building

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Here's what the inside of a PC looks like when you've put it together yourself.

For most of the past decade, desktop computers have been sold with insane price markups. Even if the total cost of a computer’s components was only about $500, manufacturers would sell it for around $800.

Within the past two years, however, this has changed. Desktops were first set aside by consumers for laptops, and now for tablets. In order to compete with these smaller devices, manufacturers have started selling desktops for only minimal profit.

As recently as three years ago, I would have urged consumers with even a modicum of technical knowledge to spend a few hours learning how they can build their desktops from off-the-shelf parts. Today, there is rarely any price incentive to do so.

Instead, I would like to lay out the more nuanced benefits of PC building and, in the next issue, I would like to give you a few pointers for how you might build a PC.

Okay, So Why Should I Build My Own PC?

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Psych Club: A Passion for Helping People

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Although many pursue a psychology degree for a chance to study diverse topics, students mainly select this major for an opportunity to help other people. Future psychologists typically have an innate desire to assist and provide relief to those that need guidance. In a world that can be negative and dark, these individuals see the world more optimistically. They like to see people for their positive attributes and their potential for growth. They also enjoy working with people from all walks of life, including children, teens and the elderly.

Luckily, psychology students (major or non-major) do not have to face challenges alone. Whether they are seeking graduate school or trying to do well on the next exam, students can find assistance with their friends at the Psych Club. The Psych Club is connected to helpful faculty and students. They have an interest in seeing students succeed this semester and beyond. Students that are Psych Club members have the “training partners” they need to help them stay on course. The Psych Club also has many programs that supplement classroom learning.

Before finding work where they can make a difference in someone’s life, future psychologists must complete rigorous training. Sometimes a bachelor’s degree is all they need to secure a job in their chosen occupation. Many, however, realize a need to obtain a graduate degree. A graduate degree in psychology will help open the door to more opportunities in this field. Admittance to graduate school is a very challenging endeavor, though. Students seeking entry to a program will experience competitiveness. Admission representatives critically analyze student grades and GRE (Admission Test) scores. They also assess an applicant’s commitment and ambition through written statements and interviews. These guidelines can overwhelm students.

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More Mass Transit Coming to the Eastern Metropolitan Area

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Railways and other types of public transportation are proposed to expand to the East Metro.

With the development and utilization of light rail transit (LRT), the Twin Cities continues to expand its mass transit capacities. The Northstar Line and Blue Line LRT serve areas in the western and central metro while the Green Line LRT runs through the central corridor, connecting the downtowns of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

The ongoing transit development also includes several future expansion proposals, some of which involve much needed service in the east metro area. This includes Metropolitan State’s main campus in Dayton’s Bluff, as well as east St. Paul and its suburbs. As of now, the Green Line’s easternmost stop is at Union Depot in St. Paul’s Lowertown district.

At one point, one of the proposals on the table was a transit line running through Swede Hollow Park, just next door to Metro State. A railroad once ran through Swede Hollow, so technically, it is a “transit right of way,” according to Tom Cook, who is special assistant to the president at Metro State.

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Halloween Events

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The Mounds Theater

Built in 1922 The Mounds Theater is hosting Real Haunted Tours for the last three weekends of October. The historical Mounds Theater’s haunted claim is the perfect event to get you in the mood for Halloween. It includes ghost stories about their residential spirits. Like Mary the little girl, or Red the man in the projection booth. Devices to catch paranormal activity are suggested to visitors. One hour-tours held every Friday and Saturday 6 p.m. to midnight.

The last tour of the night has three-hour tour available for those who aren’t the faint of heart. These tours cost extra but not only do you get the original tour; you also get to see the basement and time to roam around on your own. The real Haunted Tours are 16+. In addition they will have sunset tours for a younger crowd. Before the sunsets on October 30th kids 8 to 15 will be able to tour the theater with a less intimidating atmosphere. It is highly suggested to make reservations online before you head out due to sold out tours.

Cost: 1 hour tour - $20, 3 hour tour - $40 Kids - $15

Location: The Historic Mounds Theater, 1029 Hudson Road, Saint Paul, MN 55106

Date: October 14-15, 21-22, 28-30

Contact Info: www.moundstheatre.org, (651) 772-2253

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[OpEd] Colin Kaepernick is a Hero

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Colin Kaepernick in a 2013 game.

One pitfall of a month-long editorial process is that something that’s “in the news” when you start writing about it may no longer be “in the news” once it goes to press. I would guess that, by the time you are reading this, Colin Kaepernick will no longer be in the headlines. Yet, I feel his actions have been momentous enough to merit an article.

Colin Kaepernick, as you are probably well aware, refused to (and, possibly, continues to refuse to) stand for the national anthem. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color," he told NFL Media on August 27th. "To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder."

The Santa Clara Police Officer’s Association, some of whose represented officers contract as security for the 49ers, called Kaepernick’s statement “obviously insulting, inaccurate, and completely unsupported by facts.” The officers have a right to not contract for the 49ers, but are they correct in saying Kaepernick’s statement is “completely unsupported by facts”?

Who’s Right?

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The Metropolitan State Morgue

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October is the time of orange leaves, orange pumpkins, and Halloween—which, of course, means orange jack-o’-lanterns. It’s when we dress up as zombies, vampires, goblins and ghosts. We willingly visit haunted houses to have the wits scared out of us.

For whatever reason, many get a charge out of getting spooked. There seems to be a certain invigorating feeling of being alive when facing the darker side and our inevitable demise, even if it’s just for fun. In the spirit of All Hallows Eve, keep that in mind as you read: the Morgue of Metro.

The site where Metro State’s Dayton’s Bluff campus now resides was purchased in the late 1980s, and was the former home of St. John’s hospital. The buildings, where the New Main and Founder’s Hall now stand, were torn down and rebuilt. The structure for St. John’s Hall, however, was left intact and the interior refurbished to suit Metro State’s needs.

Across the street (where the library is now located) was the Nobles building; this according to Thomas Maida, director of public safety and security at Metro State. The Nobles building housed Metro’s Fine Arts program, among others.

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VOICES: Fighting DAPL at Metro State

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Turmoil has been filling North Dakota’s “Standing Rock Reservation.” This stems from the company Energy Transfer building the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) through the Dakotas, Iowa and Illinois. Right off the bat, the pipeline has been redirected from more populous areas of North Dakota into the Standing Rock Tribe’s territory. That is a breach of tribal agreement. But, on a broader level, the proposed path of the pipeline crosses under the Missouri River multiple times, which reasonably allows pause for concern with the possibility of corrosion and poisoning of the river.

Needless to say, this has caused protests and legal action from multiple camps against the state of North Dakota as well as Energy Transfer—rightly so. For many organizations around the country, even if they are not on the ground in North Dakota, the ground in which they walk shows compassion, support, and commitment to the Standing Rock Tribe.

The Voices of Indian Council for Educational Success (VOICES), the Native American Student Group at Metro State, are one of those clubs. Throughout September, VOICES has put out donation bins at the St. Paul and Midway campuses. According to Club Advisor Renee Beauliue Banks, the club has already collected 6 bags of clothes, food and various hygiene products. Additionally, through a Go Fund Me account the group started, donations of over $300 have been raised to go towards the Sacred Stone Camp—the grounds on which the protests have been taking place. “[The camp workers] are really amazing,” said Beaulie Banks. “They feed [the protesters] at the camps every single day.”

Which brings up the question of what role a group like VOICES plays: are they an organization whose role serves as a collection of Metro students, or rather an avenue of activism? The line may be blurred between the two, but members of the group clarify, “When issues like this arise,” said Vice President Lorissa White, “we have to stand.” It’s a healthy philosophy for the group. But, with this resource building, they hope to have the momentum carry into the school year. “We need cultural resurgence,” said Co-Advisor David Isham. “We need VOICES out there for that future process.”

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