In Our February, 2017 Issue:

The Midtown Global Market—A New Experience

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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.

Food

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Give Love to All on Valentine’s Day

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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”

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

The NDC—Revitalizing Communities through Small Businesses

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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

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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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