Security staffing overhauled over summer
G4S Security Officer Whitney Moore sits in the Founders Hall security station at the start of fall semester, 2019. Over the summer, G4S became the new security contractor at Metropolitan State University, replacing American Security. The large monitor (left) displays footage of the security cameras in the building. Students who would like escorts or have concerns are encouraged to speak with one of the officers posted at stations around campus. (April Carlson / The Metropolitan)

Security staffing overhauled over summer

Metro State restructures operations, hires new security personnel and contractors.

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Metro State grad Alan Lessik returns to campus to discuss debut novel
Alan Lessik (left) and Alumni Relations Director Kristine Hansen stand together in the first floor lounge of the Library and Learning Center prior to a reading from Lessik’s debut novel, “The Troubleseeker.” Lessik also read an excerpt from his upcoming novel, “The Kenzo Koan.” Metropolitan State University’s Alumni Association hosted the Sept. 5 literary event. (Brandon General / The Metropolitan)

Metro State grad Alan Lessik returns to campus to discuss debut novel

Alan Lessik explores themes and motivations in his "gay global" novels: 2016's "The Troubleseeker" and the forthcoming "The Kenzo Koan."

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Part-time PCA jobs are a good fit for nursing students
MANE BSN students (from left) Molly James, David Cox and Leonard Crain practice checking pulses in Metropolitan State University’s New Main nursing lab. (Julie Walling / The Metropolitan)

Part-time PCA jobs are a good fit for nursing students

Part time work as a personal care attendant (PCA) can provide busy nursing students with direct medical work experience.

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All the world’s a stage for On Stage
Students in two MAPL classes break into small groups to read lines from the play “Escaped Alone” during a visit from On Stage on September 13. The students were encouraged to bring their own voice and feelings to the lines as they explored the dialogue together. (Mandy Hathaway / The Metropolitan)

All the world’s a stage for On Stage

On Stage returns to Metro State for the third year, engaging students in dialogue about theater and community issues.

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The Metropolitan mingles with journalists at the College Media Mega Workshop
College journalists practice taking cell phone photographs on the University of Minnesota (U of M) campus. Students from all over the county descended on the East Bank for the Associated Collegiate Press Mega Media Workshop on July 11-14, 2019. In the story-telling and reporting track, instructors stressed the importance of capturing good visual content. (Lucia Rivas / The Metropolitan)

The Metropolitan mingles with journalists at the College Media Mega Workshop

Campus content creators congregate on the University of Minnesota campus for journalism training.

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Game tables serve up fun in the Student Center
Foosball is one of the new game options available in the Student Center on the St. Paul campus. Students can check out game equipment at the security desk and play on one of three large gaming tables. (Emilie Peck / The Metropolitan)

Game tables serve up fun in the Student Center

Stressful classes? Don't flip out; flip foosball guys in the Student Center instead.

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Security situations prompt campus conversations
View of the skyway to the Library and Learning Center on the St. Paul Campus. The library was the location of two physical altercations over the 2019 summer semester. G4S security contractors are stationed around Metro State to handle such incidents and summon St. Paul police if necessary. Exterior cameras, such as the ones located on the skyway pillar and around the library, also help to monitor campus for security threats. (April Carlson / The Metropolitan)

Security situations prompt campus conversations

University representatives reach out to students and staff following summer assaults.

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