In Our October, 2016 Issue:

An Open Letter to For Profit Colleges


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 for​prof​itu​.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


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

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?

Because just as know­ing how to change your own oil is non-​essential, but still very help­ful knowl­edge, know­ing how to build your own com­puter is an optional skill worth hav­ing. The expe­ri­ence you’ll gain will make it easy to upgrade and replace com­puter com­po­nents with­out hav­ing to buy a whole new desk­top. This will save you money down the road, and it will give you greater appre­ci­a­tion for which PC com­po­nents are worth upgrading.

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Psych Club: A Passion for Helping People


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

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


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 1415, 2122, 2830

Con­tact Info: www​.mound​sthe​atre​.org, (651) 7722253

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[OpEd] Colin Kaepernick is a Hero

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?

Unfor­tu­nately, it’s hard to obtain reli­able sta­tis­tics when it comes to polic­ing, as depart­ments are gen­er­ally stingy when it comes to releas­ing data. For instance, the most recent Beaueu of Jus­tice Sta­tis­tics (BJS) report relied on a sur­vey of dri­vers. It found that black indi­vid­u­als (12.8 per­cent) were more slightly likely to be pulled over than His­panic indi­vid­u­als (10.4 per­cent) and white indi­vid­u­als (10.2 per­cent), while blacks (6.3 per­cent) and His­pan­ics (6.6 per­cent) were sig­nif­i­cantly more likely than whites to be searched once pulled over (2.3 percent).

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The Metropolitan State Morgue


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


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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