In Our February, 2017 Issue:

The Midtown Global Market—A New Experience

The historical  Minneapolis building housed the Sears, Roebuck, and Company  Warehouse and Store until it closed in 1994.

For over 20 years, a build­ing sat vacant on East Lake Street in Min­neapo­lis. After many years of busi­ness, this awe­some feat of con­struc­tion closed its doors in 1994. It was an active site that con­tained the renowned Sears, Roe­buck, and Com­pany Ware­house and Store. A prop­erty known as a bea­con of oppor­tu­nity was now des­o­late and abandoned.

Today, with the help of many sup­port­ers, the build­ing is open and ready for busi­ness! In 2006, the Mid­town Global Mar­ket became ten­ants of this his­tor­i­cal loca­tion. This unique mar­ket includes sev­eral small busi­nesses that have brought energy and new life to this area. These estab­lish­ments have great sat­is­fac­tion in serv­ing their com­mu­ni­ties and bring­ing cus­tomers excel­lent prod­ucts and services.

If you have never vis­ited the Mid­town Global Mar­ket, I rec­om­mend that you check it out soon. It is a fun place to visit and behold some­thing new. For me, the Mid­town Global Mar­ket expe­ri­ence reminded me of my time going to the Min­nesota State Fair — with­out the added entrance fee. This Mar­ket has an abun­dance of food choices and many things to notice.


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Give Love to All on Valentine’s Day


Valentine’s Day sucks. Not the day specif­i­cally, but how peo­ple behave in regard to the day. Florists mark up the cost of roses, mushy love para­pher­na­lia becomes immensely pop­u­lar, and peo­ple who may not have roman­tic love are made to feel iso­lated. I’m one of those people.

In a time long, long ago, my spouse was against cel­e­brat­ing Valentine’s Day. I came home from class to an empty house on a dreary Feb­ru­ary 14 evening. On the kitchen table sat a pound of pre-​cooked bacon and a 24 case of Pabst Blue Rib­bon. This, I believed, was a gift from my boyfriend. I called to thank him for the con­fus­ing items, only to find they were not for me. This was the moment when I warmed up the bacon, cracked a beer, cried, and decided from that point on Valentine’s Day should be about giv­ing every­one love and respect­ing myself. Oh, and feed­ing my boyfriend’s heart to the cat.

I’m not the only one who has got­ten down in the dumps about this hol­i­day. In a study done by the Uni­ver­sity Depart­ment of Psy­chi­a­try in Queen Eliz­a­beth Hos­pi­tal, pub­lished over­seas in the British Med­ical Jour­nal, rates of attempted sui­cide increased on Feb­ru­ary 14. Con­trol dates of Feb­ru­ary 7, and August 15, where used, also Christ­mas. With a median age of 2122, a mea­sured 45 per­cent increase of peo­ple attempted to take their own lives on Valentine’s Day. A day meant to cel­e­brate love can also bring up feel­ings of dis­ap­point­ment and lone­li­ness. Let’s band together and give grat­i­tude to our­selves and oth­ers to avoid the stress.

Down with gross com­mer­cial­ized love! This Valentine’s day, revolt and love your­self, friends, pets, and even strangers. Life is too impor­tant to live it feel­ing alone. You are never alone. I’m not say­ing that to boost your self-​esteem or to inflate your ego. I’m say­ing it because every­one deserves love, accep­tance, friend­ship and joy.

On a day that is all about com­mer­cial­ized, gush­ing red-​cartoon hearts, how do you love your­self? Do some­thing for oth­ers or with friends. Here are some tips to revolt against Valentine’s Day and still send love to your­self and the community.

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Art exhibit asks students to be part of “experiment of sorts”

The Gordon Parks Galley is on the third floor of the Library and Learning Center at the Saint Paul Campus

A new art exhi­bi­tion in the Gor­don Parks Gallery at Met­ro­pol­i­tan State trans­forms the space into a “tem­po­ral class­room” that invites view­ers to pon­der their edu­ca­tional expe­ri­ences. “How Do We Remem­ber?” fea­tures objects and mixed media works by Kinji Aka­gawa, a retired pro­fes­sor of sculp­ture at Min­neapo­lis Col­lege of Art and Design. His art­work is also in the col­lec­tions of the Smith­son­ian Insti­tu­tion, the Min­neapo­lis Insti­tute of Arts, and the Walker Art Center.

Pro­fes­sor of Stu­dio Arts and direc­tor of the gallery Erica Ras­mussen noted this is an unusual show by Aka­gawa, who is best known for his out­door sculp­tural instal­la­tions. “I invited him to look at our space and asked what he would like to do,” Ras­mussen said. “He’s been col­lect­ing desks and think­ing about the role of edu­ca­tion in our lives. He wanted to make an exper­i­ment of sorts.”

The result is an inter­ac­tive, play­ful exhi­bi­tion of vin­tage stu­dent desks and mixed media works on paper. To put vis­i­tors in a reflec­tive state of mind, Aka­gawa altered the gallery signs to read “Gor­don Parks Tem­po­ral Class­room.” He uses uni­ver­sal sym­bols and tools of edu­ca­tion— desks, paper, pen­cil, ink, rulers, tape, thumb­tacks — to explore how we edu­cate and how we learn.

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The Discounts and Freebies of an .edu Email Address


In talk­ing with stu­dents all over cam­pus, I’ve found that many aren’t aware of the var­i­ous dis­counted and free ser­vices avail­able to any­one with an “.edu” email address. Due to my major and even­tual career path, I’m more aware of the ser­vices avail­able to those pur­su­ing degrees in Com­puter Sci­ence, Com­puter Infor­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy, Man­age­ment of Infor­ma­tion Sys­tems, and so on. But there are also more uni­ver­sal prod­ucts like Ama­zon Prime and The New York Times that have dis­counts avail­able to .edu email holders.

Ama­zon Stu­dent Prime

Most peo­ple are aware of Ama­zon Prime, a subscription-​based pack­age of Ama­zon Prime video stream­ing, photo stor­age and, of course, two-​day deliv­ery. How­ever, what many don’t know is that stu­dents can get all of Ama­zon Prime’s ben­e­fits for 50 per­cent off and, in fact, can get their first six months of Prime for free right now, thanks to a pro­mo­tional offer.

NewEgg Pre­mier

NewEgg, the pre­dom­i­nant online com­puter part empo­rium, also offers a dis­count for its pre­mier (two-​day ship­ping) ser­vice. Those with an .edu email address will pay only $29.99/yr. instead of the usual $49.99/yr. Exist­ing Pre­mier sub­scribers can even con­nect their .edu email address and receive an imme­di­ate $20 refund.

The New York Times

The New York Times is arguably the most sig­nif­i­cant provider of news in the coun­try, but get­ting a copy comes at a cost: $15/​mo for a dig­i­tal sub­scrip­tion, or $80/​mo for Monday-​Sunday paper delivery.

With an .edu email address, a dig­i­tal sub­scrip­tion is just $4/​mo, and all phys­i­cal deliv­ery options are 50 per­cent off.

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The Search for Textbooks


Try­ing to afford books for classes can be really expen­sive and time con­sum­ing. This is a con­stant strug­gle for stu­dents and deci­sion that needs to be made each semes­ter. One deci­sion is to deal with it, fork over the money to a cor­rupt busi­ness prac­tice that takes advan­tage of stu­dents try­ing to advance their futures. The sec­ond way is to assume what the teacher is want­ing before class even starts then go ahead and look online. How­ever, it is ques­tion­able what web­sites are reli­able for the best deals.

The best way to approach these issues is to start research­ing your books quickly. When you have fig­ured out your class sched­ule for that semes­ter, email your teacher about what options they know about. Your teacher has prob­a­bly heard from other stu­dents about cheaper options other than the book­store. Hav­ing more time for book research will make fig­ur­ing out the most afford­able way to get your books.

Shop­ping online is a great way to start see­ing what options are avail­able to you. There are many online com­pa­nies focused on get­ting stu­dents the best price. Remem­ber to con­sider reli­a­bil­ity and service.

If you’re look­ing for reli­a­bil­ity, Ama​zon​.com is the way to go. It is such a large com­pany, which often is to the buyer’s ben­e­fit. Ama­zon might not be the cheap­est around, but if you want vir­tu­ally no risk involved they are a great choice. Grow­ing with their suc­cess is Amazon’s huge inven­tory. This is great for stu­dents because there is a good chance they will have your book in stock. If new books aren’t your thing, there are cheaper options. Ama­zon will rent books to you for a dis­counted price and by the end of the semes­ter they will email you the impor­tant ship­ping infor­ma­tion. All you need to do is to print out the infor­ma­tion, find a box and ship it by the desired date. No need to worry about pay­ing for ship­ping, that’s cov­ered in the rent­ing program.

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Student Senate and SAFAC Looks Towards Spring 2017

The Student Senate of Metropoltan State University

When it comes to the activ­i­ties of Metro State stu­dents, and the dol­lars needed, vir­tu­ally all fund­ing flows through the pock­et­book of the Stu­dent Activ­ity Fees Allo­ca­tion Com­mit­tee (SAFAC).

SAFAC is one of seven sub­com­mit­tees of Stu­dent Sen­ate. “It’s a lit­tle dif­fer­ent than the other sub­com­mit­tees, as they have their own set of gov­ern­ing bylaws,” said Dhibo Hus­sein, pres­i­dent of Stu­dent Sen­ate. “SAFAC answers to Sen­ate, but they are in charge of all finan­cial deci­sions when it comes to such things as stu­dent activ­ity fees, club funds and bud­gets. SAFAC makes the deci­sions and then rec­om­mends them to the Sen­ate where it gets voted on.”

Before the Stu­dent Sen­ate meet­ings (held twice a month), SAFAC will hold their own meet­ing to decide on fund­ing requests to be brought before the Sen­ate for vot­ing. If a request is denied by SAFAC, the stu­dents or orga­ni­za­tions have a right to appeal and lobby before the Sen­ate for approval.

SAFAC is allowed to approve any allo­ca­tion requests up to $3000, but any requests over that amount are brought directly to the Sen­ate. Any dis­agree­ments between SAFAC and the Sen­ate are debated by the Senate’s exec­u­tive com­mit­tee and SAFAC’s chair­per­son (cur­rently Kelly Con­don), where it’s decided whether the fund­ing request will be brought before the Sen­ate for voting.

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An Open Letter to Students with Depression


Hey Guys, how’s it going?

Hon­estly, it would be tact­less if I decided to open with a “Top 10 ways to beat your sea­sonal depres­sion!” arti­cle rather than sim­ply address­ing depression.

Fam­ily Ties

I have depres­sion. As I recently found out, I am the most recent link of a gen­er­a­tional chain of Manns, Biskeys, McPar­lands, and Mahoneys to have it. I feel bit­ter­sweet in this rev­e­la­tion because it upsets me that this has hap­pened to so many of my loved ones and that they were silent for so long. Then an odd sort of euphoric calm washes over me:

Good lord,” I mut­ter to myself. “I’m not the only one!”

In my fam­ily, we tend to deal with things head on and per­son­ally, but rarely dive deeper than the sur­face con­flict. We would much rather han­dle a sit­u­a­tion by our­selves so we don’t worry those around us. As I have quickly come to real­ize in recent years, that doesn’t make peo­ple less wor­ried, but more so. Plus, it does noth­ing but cre­ate inter­nal­ized pres­sure that eats at you. Depres­sion often wors­ens that complex.

Yeah, It’s Complicated

Instead of hav­ing a sort of even­tual res­o­lu­tion as a con­flict with a res­o­lu­tion, my depres­sion sim­ply lives with me. I think of it in two ways: I’m dri­ving in the mid­dle of a val­ley; some weeks, I’m at the peak, other weeks I am tra­vers­ing its bot­tom. How­ever, I know I will soon move to the top.

The other way is a small crea­ture is slowly dig­ging into me, as I look at it, it sim­ply stares at me, not mov­ing. When I look away, I can slowly feel it dig­ging all the more sub­tly, plan­ning its posi­tion in my life. As I stare into it, I learn more about it, I focus too much on it. As I am dis­tracted, I lose sight of the fact that it’s there, and risk the naïve notion that it’s gone.

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Metro State Debuts “Urinetown” Musical


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.


Feb. 1518: 7 p.m.

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


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.

The NDC—Revitalizing Communities through Small Businesses

The Rondo Community Outreach Library is the location for a Small Business Resource Center and NDC events.

Stu­dents lis­tened atten­tively as Kathy Mori­arty the Chief Admin­is­tra­tive Offi­cer at Neigh­bor­hood Devel­op­ment Cen­ter (NDC) described the char­ac­ter­is­tics of suc­cess­ful entre­pre­neurs. She stated her admi­ra­tion for the guts of these indi­vid­u­als and their will­ing­ness to face risks. Fur­ther­more, Mori­arty men­tioned her respect for the entre­pre­neurs’ desires to become lead­ers in their com­mu­ni­ties. Then she gave stu­dents an oppor­tu­nity to share their dreams with the class. They expressed a desire to ful­fill cus­tomer needs and their unique visions on how they can make the world a bet­ter place.

On this night, Kathy was lead­ing an NDC work­shop called First Steps to Start­ing Your Small Busi­ness. The NDC pro­vides many ben­e­fits for small busi­nesses. Their ser­vices include entre­pre­neur train­ing, busi­ness lend­ing, small busi­ness con­sult­ing and leas­ing assis­tance. They aim to help small busi­nesses and revi­tal­ize the neigh­bor­hoods they serve.

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Strike Three: Why sports are non-existent at Metro State


The Foot­ball Foun­da­tion states that there was close to 2 mil­lion view­ers who watched the col­lege foot­ball games aired dur­ing 2015. In a lit­tle more than a month, March Mad­ness, a col­lege bas­ket­ball tour­na­ment con­sid­ered to be one of the biggest sport­ing events in the US, will dom­i­nate pub­lic con­ver­sa­tions and social media sites. Thou­sands of fans will put together their brack­ets and watch the games. Even with all this pop­u­lar­ity, there are a small num­ber of col­leges that refuse to par­tic­i­pate in the may­hem. Met­ro­pol­i­tan State is one of them.

The rea­son we don’t have sports at Metro has to do with the gen­e­sis of the uni­ver­sity,” said Phil Fuehrer, the direc­tor of Stu­dent Life and Lead­er­ship Devel­op­ment. Metro State is unique from other uni­ver­si­ties because it appeals to a non-​traditional stu­dent group. It is com­prised largely of adults between 24 and 35 years old. These stu­dents usu­ally lead busy lives and have com­mit­ments to their fam­i­lies and careers. This is very dif­fer­ent from most uni­ver­si­ties where stu­dents attend full-​time and have the free­dom to par­tic­i­pate in sports.

Most sports are not money mak­ers,” Fuehrer said. When look­ing at sports, a uni­ver­sity has to pur­chase and main­tain a facil­ity, a staff of coaches, a direc­tor, team uni­forms, and observe dif­fer­ent reg­u­la­tions, such as Title 9. This title states that with each male team there must also be a respec­tive female team. This absence of sports at Metro State def­i­nitely denies stu­dents a sense of uni­fied cul­ture and com­radery out­side of the class­room. How­ever, the admis­sion of sports would cause major finan­cial prob­lems to the infra­struc­ture of the university.

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