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 metrotransit.org/register. 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 email@example.com.