In Our September, 2017 Issue:

Campus News Briefs

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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.”

Metro Tran­sit fares will increase by $0.25 per ride start­ing Octo­ber 1. At the Uni­ver­sity of Min­nesota, the “U-​Pass” tran­sit pass for their stu­dents increased from $100 to $114 in response to Metro Transit’s fare increase.

Tran­sit passes are sold on a first-​come, first-​serve basis at Gate­way Stu­dent Ser­vices loca­tions. They are valid for unlim­ited rides on Metro Tran­sit buses and light rail from August 15 to Decem­ber 31.

To pur­chase a Col­lege Pass, stu­dents must present a valid photo ID. They must be enrolled fall semes­ter and can­not have any finan­cial holds on their accounts..

Stu­dents are advised to reg­is­ter their Col­lege Pass online at metro​tran​sit​.org/​r​e​g​ister. If a pass is lost, replace­ment cards cost $20 if reg­is­tered, $175 if unregistered.

Prayer rugs avail­able for bor­row­ing at Stu­dent Cen­ter

Four prayer rugs are now avail­able for stu­dent use at the St. Paul cam­pus. They are stored at the wel­come desk in the Stu­dent Cen­ter lobby. They may be checked out with a stu­dent ID.

The ini­tia­tive to bring prayer rugs to the Metro State cam­pus came from Heather Moenck, the Stu­dent Sen­ate Vice Pres­i­dent. Moenck dis­cov­ered this ser­vice for Mus­lim stu­dents while vis­it­ing Min­nesota State Uni­ver­sity, Mankato.

After receiv­ing approval from Stu­dent Sen­ate and uni­ver­sity admin­is­tra­tion, she found a class­mate will­ing to donate prayer rugs. The pro­gram began in May.

Mus­lims offer for­mal prayers five times a day. The prayer rugs pro­vide a clean, per­sonal space for pray­ing, kneel­ing and bowing.

In the future, we are going to hope­fully have them avail­able in more build­ings and even­tu­ally at other cam­puses,” said Moenck.

For more infor­ma­tion, please con­tact the Stu­dent Sen­ate at student.​senate@​metrostate.​edu.