In Our September, 2017 Issue:

OPINION: Charlottesville on my mind


There comes a time when we are forced to face our deep­est, dark­est fears. And it is dur­ing these times that the true nature of our being presents itself. For me, that time came on August 11, with the spec­tre of white nation­al­ists march­ing with torch­lights on the Uni­ver­sity of Vir­ginia campus.

They had fore­gone the pointed white hoods of their fore­bear­ers. Instead, they proudly bared their faces and clenched their fists. I could tell they had raged among them­selves in their “safe space” of the inter­net for far too long. Not anymore.

The clar­ion call of ‘now or never’ had been rung by their lead­ers, Richard Spencer and David Duke. It was time for them to stand up and defend their ver­sion of the United States of Amer­ica — red-​blooded, white-​skinned and blue-​eyed.

Their chant of “White Lives Mat­ter” was heard around the world when they marched. It was met on cam­pus by stu­dents in a counter-​protest. Heated argu­ments led to push­ing and shov­ing, kicks and punches, clouds of pep­per spray.

Their march con­tin­ued through down­town Char­lottesville the fol­low­ing day. The vio­lence esca­lated. Heather Heyer, a Char­lottesville para­le­gal, was there to stand up to hate and dis­crim­i­na­tion. A white nation­al­ist plowed into the crowd of counter-​protesters and killed her.

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Find your fun at Fall Fest 2017

At the 2016 Fall Fest, attendees met student organizations and picked up flyers and giveaways. Individuals visited each table to complete their sign-off sheet and win a prize.

Are you inter­ested in get­ting more involved on cam­pus this year? Do you won­der if there is more to Metro State than classes and home­work? At this year’s Fall Fest, you can dis­cover a mul­ti­tude of ways to get included in Metro State activities.

Fall Fest is Sat­ur­day, Sept. 16 from 12:30 to 4 p.m. in the park­ing lot at the cor­ner of 6th Street E. and Maria Ave. on the St. Paul cam­pus. If it rains or snows, the fes­tiv­i­ties will move inside the Stu­dent Center.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of more than 30 stu­dent clubs and orga­ni­za­tions will be present at the event. Stu­dents can visit orga­ni­za­tions’ tables to learn about their mis­sion and membership.

The five stu­dent lead­ers of the Uni­ver­sity Activ­i­ties Board (UAB) are the orga­niz­ers of Fall Fest. Andrew Mueller, Guyo Kotile, Mohamed Nur, Sindy Griggs and Nut­thar Sou­van­nachack selected “Fall Fun Since ’71” as this year’s theme. They plan to high­light Metro State’s his­tory since its found­ing in 1971.

UAB advi­sor Alysia Lajune said the board hopes atten­dees will get into the spirit and wear ’70s attire like bell bot­toms and tie-​dye. “DJ D-​Mil is return­ing to Fall Fest this year and he’ll play a wide range of music that appeals to our diverse audi­ence, includ­ing a series of ‘throw­back’ chart-​toppers dat­ing back to 1971,” she said.

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Human Subjects Review Board protects research participants


Before an exper­i­ment can be con­ducted on human beings at Metro State, it must pass muster with the Human Sub­jects Review Board (HSRB).The HSRB is respon­si­ble for review­ing research pro­pos­als from fac­ulty and stu­dents. The board deter­mines whether any eth­i­cal con­cerns must be addressed by the researcher.

Dr. Therissa Libby, incom­ing chair of the HSRB and assis­tant pro­fes­sor of Human Ser­vices, strongly believes in the impor­tance of the HSRB’s role in pro­tect­ing vul­ner­a­ble pop­u­la­tions. The HSRB was estab­lished by uni­ver­sity pol­icy #2060 and requires that research study “par­tic­i­pants must also be guar­an­teed free­dom from coer­cion and unde­sir­able con­se­quences.” The board is an advo­cate against exploita­tion and malfea­sance in all research stud­ies, Libby said.

The HSRB con­sists of one rep­re­sen­ta­tive from each col­lege, plus a Metro State senior or grad­u­ate stu­dent, an admin­is­tra­tive mem­ber, and an indi­vid­ual who is not affil­i­ated or related to some­one within the uni­ver­sity. Train­ing is pro­vided to the mem­bers, and they are expected to serve three years to gain mas­tery of the review process. The board meets monthly.

Are stu­dent research pro­pos­als sub­ject to review?


Inde­pen­dent stu­dent research projects involv­ing human sub­jects must be sub­mit­ted to the HSRB:

  • Senior or cap­stone theses
  • Under­grad­u­ate or Master’s research projects

Even if stu­dents are the pri­mary inves­ti­ga­tors, fac­ulty advi­sors or instruc­tors will sign the pro­posal as the Respon­si­ble Project Inves­ti­ga­tor (RPI).

Class assign­ments that gather and ana­lyze data from par­tic­i­pants out­side class are con­sid­ered research and must be sub­mit­ted to the HSRB:

  • Sur­veys
  • Exper­i­ments
  • Focus groups
  • Inter­views

Source: Met­ro­pol­i­tan State Uni­ver­sity Human Sub­jects Review Board web­site

Research pro­pos­als are cat­e­go­rized based on their assumed risk fac­tor to par­tic­i­pants, and then reviewed by the HSRB in smaller groups. This speeds up the review process in an effi­cient and effec­tive way.

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Never miss a message: Merge your student and personal email


If there’s one thing I’ve noticed in my two years at Metro State, it’s that most stu­dents rarely check their uni­ver­sity email accounts. But did you know it’s offi­cial uni­ver­sity pol­icy (#1050, no less)? Stu­dents must “use their university-​provided e-​mail address for university-​related business.”

Fur­ther­more, the pol­icy requires that employ­ees “use the offi­cial uni­ver­sity email sys­tem when send­ing emails of a sen­si­tive and con­fi­den­tial nature.” As a result, fac­ulty and staff may be unwill­ing to respond to stu­dent mes­sages that weren’t sent from a Metro State email address.

Steve Reed, Chief Infor­ma­tion Offi­cer and Vice Pres­i­dent of Tech­nol­ogy and Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions, said the rea­son behind the pol­icy is so the uni­ver­sity has an unchang­ing point of con­tact to stu­dents. “Phone num­bers change … [but a student’s] email will not change.”

Things that have a real impact on stu­dents,” like emer­gency alerts and class can­cel­la­tions, may not be received, said Reed. “We can­not uphold our com­mit­ment to what we do” with­out a cer­tain means of con­tact­ing stu­dents, he said.

So let’s make man­ag­ing your stu­dent email more con­ve­nient. First, I’ll show you how you can receive Metro State emails along­side your pri­mary per­sonal email account. Then, a how-​to on send­ing a met​rostate​.edu email from any email account.

Receiv­ing emails sent to StarID@​metrostate.​edu

The quick and dirty approach: For­ward from Out​look​.com

The eas­i­est way to receive your stu­dent emails in any other email inbox is to for­ward them from Out​look​.com. When you receive an email at StarID@​metrostate.​edu, you will receive an iden­ti­cal copy in your pre­ferred email inbox.

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President Arthur talks past, present and future at Convocation

“I don’t see any other higher education institution in the state… that is more capable of serving a diverse Minnesota than Metropolitan State University.

“We’ve got challenges ahead of us. But I believe that, unlike other universities, who are locked into a traditional model of education, that won’t fare well in the future by their heritage and traditions... Our heritage, our core principles enable us, maybe even compel us, to take risks and step into the role of an education leader...”

--President Ginny Arthur, Convocation address, August 16, 2017

Pres­i­dent Vir­ginia “Ginny” Arthur kicked off the 20172018 school year with her live-​streamed speech at Con­vo­ca­tion on August 16.

Con­vo­ca­tion is a gath­er­ing of the uni­ver­sity com­mu­nity at the start of the aca­d­e­mic year. It is an oppor­tu­nity to “mark our stu­dents’ pas­sage into higher edu­ca­tion, or their progress toward another aca­d­e­mic year,” Arthur said. She wel­comed new stu­dents and col­leagues to Metro State.

Arthur lauded the con­fer­ral of nearly 2,200 bachelor’s, master’s, and doc­toral degrees dur­ing the 2017 aca­d­e­mic year, the university’s largest num­ber of grad­u­ates ever.

She announced the reaf­fir­ma­tion of accred­i­ta­tion by the Higher Learn­ing Com­mis­sion this past spring. The next accred­i­ta­tion check comes in 10 years.

Arthur expressed her grat­i­tude to every­one who assisted in the process.“Responding to the feed­back from our sys­tems port­fo­lio report, mak­ing improve­ments to our processes, and doc­u­ment­ing all that good work, really was a Her­culean task,” she said.

Sev­eral new grants were announced dur­ing Arthur’s speech. These grants will help pay for stu­dent intern­ship stipends, sup­port teacher can­di­dates of color, pro­vide sui­cide pre­ven­tion resources, and sus­tain a stu­dent emer­gency fund. She also announced a “post-​grant sup­port” posi­tion, an idea greeted with applause.

Amidst cel­e­bra­tory announce­ments, Arthur also noted the sud­den loss of Asso­ciate Provost Doug Knowl­ton, who died July 5. Arthur remem­bered him as “a kind and help­ful per­son who was extra­or­di­nar­ily sup­port­ive of our stu­dents.” She com­mended Knowl­ton for his “care and tact,” while deal­ing with the most dif­fi­cult of stu­dent cases.

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Metro State Library offers free films online, on demand


Metro State joins 3,000 other col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties in pro­vid­ing stu­dents free access to films via Kanopy, an on-​demand stream­ing ser­vice sim­i­lar to Net­flix and Hulu. Kanopy makes a col­lec­tion of more than 26,000 films avail­able to edu­ca­tional insti­tu­tions and pub­lic library users.

To get started, go to met​rostate​.kanopy​s​tream​ing​.com. Click “Watch now” on any film. If off cam­pus, you will prompted to enter your StarID and pass­word. On cam­pus com­put­ers, you can play movies with­out log­ging in. You can also access Kanopy through the Metro State Library’s “Data­bases A-​Z.”

Once you are signed in, you can start explor­ing your view­ing options. Use the Kanopy search box to find spe­cific film titles. Click on the “Sub­jects” menu to browse titles by genre, includ­ing movies, doc­u­men­taries, instruc­tional films and lessons.

You can stream con­tent to your tele­vi­sion via Kanopy’s Roku chan­nel, Apple TV or Chrome­cast. Apps for Android smart­phones, iPhones or iPads are also available.

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Film Space brings best in movies to Metro State

Before It Hits Theaters

Film Space will show “Blade Runner 2049” on September 29 at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free with Metro State ID. “Blade Runner 2049” stars Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling. It is the sequel to “Blade Runner,” the 1982 sci-fi film based on the popular novel written by Philip K. Dick. “Blade Runner” will be shown at Film Space on September 22 at 7:30 p.m. (UPDATE: The planned showing of “Bladerunner 2049” on September 29 has been cancelled. According to Professor James Byrne, the Northstar Science Film Festival was unable to obtain showing rights for the film.)

What is the only inde­pen­dent the­ater in St. Paul with a Dig­i­tal Cin­ema Ini­tia­tives (DCI) com­pli­ant pro­jec­tor? Metro State’s own Film Space, a 300-​seat the­ater located in Founders Hall.

We have a 7.1 sur­round sys­tem, which other the­aters don’t have,” said Pay­ing Lo, who interned for Film Space. “The sound is really beautiful.”

Film Space offi­cially opened in April 2016 with fund­ing from a $30,000 Knight Arts Chal­lenge grant.

Accord­ing to Pro­fes­sor James Byrne, pro­gram direc­tor for Film Space, very few stu­dents know that there is a film the­ater at Metro State. This means that most of the films shown at Film Space go unno­ticed by students.

I had never heard about Film Space before my intern­ship,” said stu­dent Jackie Vang, “But I ended up really enjoy­ing some of the films shown.”

Film Space has shown “Hid­den Fig­ures,” star­ring Taraji P. Hen­son, and “No Blood of Mine,” a thriller set in Duluth, Min­nesota. Dur­ing the yearly Min­neapo­lis Inter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val, Film Space fea­tures works from film­mak­ers all over the world.

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Metro State mourns loss of Associate Provost Douglas Knowlton


Dr. Dou­glas D. “Doug” Knowl­ton, Asso­ciate Provost for Stu­dent Suc­cess at Met­ro­pol­i­tan State Uni­ver­sity, died July 5. He was 67 and a res­i­dent of St. Paul.

Knowl­ton came to Metro State in July 2013. He had been serv­ing as Vice Chan­cel­lor for Aca­d­e­mic and Stu­dent Affairs for Min­nesota State Col­leges and Uni­ver­si­ties, but missed day-​to-​day inter­ac­tions with stu­dents. He jumped at the oppor­tu­nity to work on a cam­pus again.

He brought with him a wealth of uni­ver­sity lead­er­ship expe­ri­ence. Knowl­ton was a for­mer pres­i­dent of Dakota State Uni­ver­sity, and Vice Chan­cel­lor for Aca­d­e­mic Affairs of Uni­ver­sity of Min­nesota, Crook­ston. “He was well-​respected across the sys­tem,” said Greg Mel­las, direc­tor of Metro State’s Insti­tute for Com­mu­nity Engage­ment and Schol­ar­ship (ICES).

A sea­soned leader

Knowl­ton made an impres­sion on cam­pus with his friendly and per­son­able man­ner. Col­leagues val­ued Knowlton’s expe­ri­ence, wis­dom and the work he had done at other insti­tu­tions. He had a knack for keep­ing meet­ings pro­duc­tive and on sched­ule, Mel­las said.

As asso­ciate provost, Knowl­ton over­saw the depart­ments that sup­port stu­dent suc­cess. He worked with advi­sors, the Cen­ter for Acces­si­bil­ity Resources, the Dean of Stu­dents, Health­care and Well­ness Ser­vices and the Stu­dent Par­ent Center.

A rela­tion­ship builder

Ear­lier this year, Knowl­ton was part of a nine-​person search com­mit­tee to hire a new chief advance­ment offi­cer. When Rita Dib­ble was selected, Knowl­ton arranged a cof­fee meet­ing for her and the search com­mit­tee. This gath­er­ing gave Dib­ble a chance to recon­nect with peo­ple she met dur­ing the screen­ing process. It was a “warm way to wel­come her to cam­pus,” said Greg Mel­las, ICES Director.

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Editorial: Respond to Charlottesville with RIGR


Metro State seems so far from the fray. Our cam­puses hold no sym­bols of the Con­fed­er­acy and white supremacy. Our library’s rain­bow signs declare “All Are Wel­come” in Eng­lish, Ara­bic, Hmong, Somali and Span­ish. Our col­lege class­rooms are filled with per­haps the most diverse stu­dent body in the state of Minnesota.

We are every color and creed. We are allies. Together, we forge an anti-​racist community.

Char­lottesville could never hap­pen here.

And yet…

Some­one scrawled racist graf­fiti in a restroom in the Library and Learn­ing Cen­ter in Decem­ber 2014.

Every year, a mem­ber of the uni­ver­sity com­mu­nity is rec­og­nized with the Anti-​Racism Legacy Award. Past recip­i­ents include Pro­fes­sor Nantawan Lewis, Eth­nic and Reli­gious Stud­ies, and Pro­fes­sor Daniel Abebe, Indi­vid­u­al­ized Studies.

We rightly honor them. They do right­eous work. But does the fact that they work so hard expose an under­ly­ing and trou­bling truth? Per­haps they work so hard because we are not the com­mu­nity we think we are?

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Psych class raises $63K to pay off St. Paul school children lunch debt

Pamela Fergus and the students of PSYC 212, Introduction to Diversity and Ethics in Psychology, meet Monday evenings on the Midway campus. The class is a pre-/co-requisite for the Psychology major and satisfies the Racial Issues Graduation Requirement (RIGR).

In the first few weeks of the fall semes­ter, Pamela Fer­gus and the 32 stu­dents in her PSYC 212 class have already taken com­mu­nity engage­ment to a new level. Thanks to them, nearly all the lunch debt in the St. Paul Pub­lic Schools will be retired. Their online fundrais­ing cam­paign, “Phi­lando Feeds the Chil­dren,” has raised over $63,000 from more than 1,800 donors.

The lit­tle seed for it got planted this sum­mer when the police offi­cer was acquit­ted [in the shoot­ing death of Phi­lando Castile]. Which shocked me and every­one. I am angry. What do I do with my anger?” said Fer­gus, com­mu­nity fac­ulty in Psy­chol­ogy. “I real­ized there had to be some way to con­nect with peo­ple who were as upset and angry and out­raged as I was at the whole situation.”

Fer­gus decided to offer a new option to ful­fill the “diver­sity expe­ri­ence” require­ment in her fall course, Intro­duc­tion to Diver­sity and Ethics in Psychology.

She heard that Phi­lando Castile would per­son­ally pay for kids’ lunches at his job as cafe­te­ria super­vi­sor at J.J. Hill Montes­sori Mag­net School in St. Paul. It made her won­der how much debt the school incurs from unpaid lunch accounts.

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Green light for campus greenhouse renovation

Formerly the site of a biological pest research facility, the greenhouse will be renovated and expanded to include classrooms and space for plant cultivation. Governor Mark Dayton signed off on the legislative appropriation for the GROW-IT Center on May 30, 2017.

A vacant green­house next to the Library and Learn­ing Cen­ter on the St. Paul cam­pus will gain new life thanks to a $400,000 appro­pri­a­tion from the Min­nesota State Leg­is­la­ture. By 2019, the build­ing will become the GROW-​IT Cen­ter, an inclu­sive research cen­ter for stu­dents, fac­ulty and the community.

GROW-​IT is an acronym for Gate­way for Research, Out­reach, Work­force Devel­op­ment, Inno­va­tion and Teaching.

The green­house will be ren­o­vated exten­sively. Three research bays will be con­verted into one large grow­ing space. An addi­tional restroom will be built and an office will be moved. A front room will host work­shops and classes.

Pro­fes­sor Mark Asplen of the Nat­ural Sci­ences Depart­ment has over­seen the sci­en­tific side of the project. The plan­ning team believes that the GROW-​IT Cen­ter will be a boon to stu­dents study­ing a vari­ety of sub­jects, from chem­istry to nurs­ing to psy­chol­ogy. “You’re going to have sci­en­tists work­ing right next to psy­chol­o­gists and peo­ple in other pro­grams,” said Asplen. “Being close together can build collaboration.”

The build­ing has a long his­tory as a space for sci­en­tific research. Com­mis­sioned and built by the Min­nesota Bio­log­i­cal Pest Con­trol Research Pro­gram in 1998, it was used to study the impact of inva­sive insects.

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Campus News Briefs


Stu­dent Sen­ate spon­sors St. Paul may­oral can­di­date forum on Sept. 22

Met­ro­pol­i­tan State will host the six lead­ing St. Paul may­oral can­di­dates for a forum on Sept. 22, 6 to 9 p.m. in the Great Hall in New Main. The par­tic­i­pat­ing can­di­dates are Melvin Carter, Eliz­a­beth Dick­in­son, Tom Gold­stein, Pat Har­ris, Tim Holden and Dai Thao.

We had one objec­tive: increase polit­i­cal par­tic­i­pa­tion on cam­pus and the East Side,” said Stu­dent Sen­a­tor Andres Boland, one of the orga­niz­ers of the event. He said the forum will be “town hall style.” He encour­ages stu­dents to attend for a civil, respect­ful dis­cus­sion with can­di­dates. The event is open to the public.

Elec­tion day for munic­i­pal and school dis­trict races is Novem­ber 7. Absen­tee vot­ing begins Sep­tem­ber 22. St. Paul vot­ers will use ranked choice vot­ing for mayor, in which they indi­cate their order of pref­er­ence for up to six candidates.

Stu­dent Sen­ate and admin­is­tra­tion sub­si­dize Metro Tran­sit “Col­lege Pass”

Thanks to sub­si­dies from the Stu­dent Sen­ate and uni­ver­sity admin­is­tra­tion, Metro State is sell­ing Metro Transit’s “Col­lege Pass” to enrolled stu­dents for $100 instead of $175.

On Sep­tem­ber 8, the Stu­dent Sen­ate unan­i­mously approved an allo­ca­tion of $25,000 from their reserve funds to sub­si­dize 200 passes for both fall and spring semes­ters, and 100 for sum­mer. Uni­ver­sity admin­is­tra­tion will con­tribute $25 toward each pass.

We don’t want trans­porta­tion to be a bar­rier to [stu­dents’] edu­ca­tion. Offer­ing or sub­si­diz­ing a bus pass is a really great way to make it afford­able,” said Sen­ate Pres­i­dent Dhibo Hus­sein. “It doesn’t mat­ter whether you bike, bus, swim. How­ever you get to class, we want to make sure that is an afford­able way for you to get there.”

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