Alternative Spring Break

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by ALEJANDRO REYES VEGA, CSU Public Relations Assistant

Do you want the opportunity of volunteering and serving the community while traveling to another state?

Then maybe Kingdom House might be right for you. Kingdom house is located in St. Louis Missouri and it provides exciting opportunities if you are looking to do something different and affordable for spring break. Their mission is  “To help people achieve better lives. In fulfilling our mission, we teach people to fish, rather than just feeding them fish.” Their goal is “Through holistic programs and services, we help the economically disadvantaged achieve economic independency, self sufficiency and a path out of poverty.” Moreover, they serve infants, toddlers, children, teens, adults, and seniors.“There aren’t many opportunities where you can go and serve for a week, if you already have a somewhat of a passion for service you can always build your experiences from this trip. You don’t just serve, you learn a lot about each other and the surrounding communities.” Kennedi Alstead

Their programs include:  Early Childhood Center, After School Program, Summer Camp, Kingdom Academy Teen Program, Financial Stability Services, Health & Wellness, Maternal Mental Health for Latinas, Social Capital Building and Senior Programs.

If you are interested and would like to make a positive impact in a community by working with children and those in need then, make sure to check them out HERE.



University Enforces Yes-Means-Yes Consent Policy

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by: MORGAN STOLPA, CSU Public Relations Intern

The Affirmative Consent Policy at Minnesota State University, Mankato is there to keep you


At Minnesota State University, Mankato the Equal Opportunity Office is dedicated to preventing sexual violence, discrimination, harassment and will respond to reports of sexual misconduct.

In February 2018, Mankato State University adopted its own Affirmative Consent policy which highlights the importance of having consent when engaging in sexual activity.

The system-wide Minnesota State Sexual Violence Policy adopted by Minnesota State Mankato states: “Consent is informed, freely given and mutually understood. If coercion, intimidation, threats and or physical force are used, there is no consent. If someone is mentally or physically incapacitated or impaired—including from drug or alcohol consumption—and doesn’t understand the situation, there is no consent. Silence does not necessarily constitute consent.”

‘Consent is informed, freely given and mutually understood….Silence does not necessarily constitute consent.’ 

The Affirmative Consent policy creates clarity. If both parties cannot meet the standards of the policy and confidently say, “Yes,” it is not considered consensual. Prior to this policy, a student would have to verbally say, “No” for the incident to be considered sexual assault.  To ensure students are aware of the policy and what is expected of them, Mankato State University provides educational training.

“Students are required to complete the Consent and Respect course. Our office does presentations and trainings on campus to students and employees. The Women’s Center and Violence Awareness and Response Program (VARP) collaborate with other campus offices to offer programming on topics related to sexual violence prevention and awareness. Our office participates in some of this programming,” said Quenter Ramogi, Equal Opportunity & Title IX Specialist, Deputy Title IX Coordinator.

If you or anyone you know has been the victim of sexual, dating or relationship violence, call University Security at 389-2111 immediately, or talk to someone you trust, like your Resident Advisor. To submit a complaint please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity & Title IX at 507-389-2986. You may also consider filing a report with local law enforcement. To report in the city of Mankato, please dial 911.

Be A Hero: Bystander Intervention Can Be A Simple Yet Courageous Act

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by ALEJANDRO REYES VEGA, CSU Public Relations Assistant

Bystander intervention is one of the simplest and most significant things you can do to protect someone. Stepping into a situation can be as simple as taking someone home after they have had too much to drink, or making sure that someone is aware that rape or assault jokes are not funny.

This week we asked some interns in the Women’s Center to talk about an event that discussed the importance of bystander intervention and what students can do.

Why you chose to do this event:

“We chose bystander intervention as our topic because it is important to be an active bystander. It is also important to remind ourselves and our peers the importance of intervening and what intervening (if not experienced yet) may look like.

“We specifically chose this topic around the time of Halloween. This is because on college campuses, and elsewhere, Halloween costumes can be used as an excuse to do sexual activities without the person’s consent. Please bear in mind that the costumes are not consent and that people have the right to wear whatever they want to and stay safe. The problem in this is the people who take what someone’s wearing as a yes without getting a free verbal and enthusiastic yes from the wearer before engaging in any sort of sexual activity. 

“Bystander intervention and primary prevention (stopping unwanted sexual activities at the source: the attacker and deconstructing the misconceptions about consent) are proven to be effective in the short term, so right away, rather than waiting.”

What the event is focused on:

“For our event, we conducted a survey that asked the students about whether or not they knew what bystander intervention was or if they had ever used it.

“Through this survey, we were able to see that most students have a basic knowledge of what bystander intervention is, but many have never used this form of primary prevention before.

“Speak Up, focused on what bystander intervention was, what it looked like in a couple different settings, why people might be hesitant to intervene/why they need to, and it gave them ideas on how to intervene and what kind of thinking process goes into planning on stepping in.”

Why bystander intervention is important:

“Bystander intervention is important because it can stop unwanted sexual activity either before it starts or break it up if it is in the midst of happening. It is important to make sure that the people around us are safe and enjoying their time.

“Nobody deserves to have any unwanted sexual advances or actions used against them and it is our job to enforce that.

What have you learned about ways that people do or do not intervene:

“People often chose not to intervene for a few reasons.

“The first being that they are in a roomful of people and hope that someone else who is more qualified will step in instead.

“However, this is not true and most likely everyone else in the room thinks the same thing. Then nobody steps in and bad things happen that could be prevented through bystander intervention.

“Next, is that people who believe in rape myths are less likely to step in or speak up.

“Rape myths are untrue ideas that are harmful to the victim or survivor. These are thoughts like ‘Well, they shouldn’t be wearing that if they don’t want that to happen,’ or ‘I mean, they are like that way so they deserve it.’  Thoughts like these are incorrect and harmful because they pose as excuses to act in unacceptable ways.”

For more information, contact or visit the Women’s Center/Violence Awareness and Response Program in CSU218.

RSO of the Month

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by ALEJANDRO REYES VEGA, CSU Public Relations Assistant

This month we look into a recently established Organization on our campus. This is AIESEC’s first semester and they might seem appealing to many of you, so make sure to check them out.

What is your RSO?

AIESEC is the largest youth-run organization in the world. We develop leadership through challenging cross-cultural experiences and we do that across 127 countries and territories.

What do you do, what makes you special, what do u have to offer? 

We’re a leadership organization that facilitates cross-cultural experiences for youth to unlock their leadership potential. We’re in consultative status with the United Nations; we represent youth in the UN. The UN looks to us when it comes to youth-related matters.

Do you have to apply, how selective are you, do you target a specific audience?

The application process is as follows: Fill an online application form, attend an interview, find out your result and then attend your induction day.

What is your ultimate goal?

Provide more challenging leadership opportunities to the youth of Mankato and help them unlock their potential.

How many members do you have?


How many years have you been at the University? 

Less than a year

What other Universities have your organization?

Appalachian State University Georgia Institute of Technology The University of Texas – Austin
Suffolk University The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill The University of Texas – Dallas
The University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire The University of Georgia The University of Wisconsin – Madison
Minnesota State University, Mankato University of Maryland Florida International University
The University of Michigan – Ann Arbor The University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee The University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
The University of Missouri – Columbia CUNY Baruch Northwestern University
Ohio University San Jose State University The University of Washington – Seattle
St. Edwards University Texas A&M University The University of California – Los Angeles
University of Southern California The George Washington University Yale University


Something funny: what meme would your RSO relate to?


Life Tips: Healthy Relationships Are Everyone’s Right and Responsibility

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by AFURE ADAHCSU Public Relations Assistant

Living a healthy lifestyle is super important. Exercising, and eating healthy are the main things people think about when talking about a healthy lifestyle, but maintaining healthy relationships is a big part of that too. 

Healthy relationships are the right and responsibility of everyone involved, and they have certain characteristics. Here are some that you should expect:

  • Mutual respect. Respect means that each person values who the other is, and understands the other person’s boundaries.
  • Trust. Partners or friends should place trust in each other and give each other the benefit of the doubt.
  • Honesty. Honesty builds trust and strengthens relationships.
  • Compromise. In relationships, each person does not always get his or her way. Each should acknowledge different points of view and be willing to give and take.
  • Individuality. Neither person should have to compromise who he/she is, and his/her identity should not be based on the other’s. Each should continue seeing his or her other friends and should continue doing the things he/she loves. Each should be supportive of his/her partner or friend wanting to pursue new hobbies or make new friends.
  • Good communication. Each person should speak honestly and openly to avoid miscommunication. If one person needs to sort out his or her feelings first, the other partner should respect those wishes and wait until he or she is ready to talk.
  • Anger control. We all get angry, but how we express it can affect our relationships with others. Anger can be handled in healthy ways such as taking a deep breath, counting to ten, or talking it out.
  • Fighting fair. Everyone argues at some point, but those who are fair, stick to the subject, and avoid insults are more likely to come up with a possible solution. Partners and friends should take a short break away from each other if the discussion gets too heated.
  • Problem solving. Dating partners can learn to solve problems and identify new solutions by breaking a problem into small parts or by talking through the situation.
  • Understanding. Each person should take time to understand what the other might be feeling.
  • Healthy sexual relationship. Dating partners engage in a sexual relationship that both are comfortable with, and neither partner feels pressured or forced to engage in sexual activity that is outside his or her comfort zone or without consent.

Know these characteristics so you can maintain healthy relationships as well as discern which relationships might not be so healthy.

Athletic AND Smart

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The Maverick Athletic teams collectively achieved their second highest semester GPA in spring of 2018 by earning a 3.26 GPA.

This achievement was highlighted by the women’s teams collectively earning a 3.40 GPA, 33 percent of athletes making the Dean’s List and 13.3 percent of those athletes earning a 4.0 GPA. Women’s soccer paced all team’s with a 3.69 team GPA and was one of 18 of a total of 20 teams to have higher than a 3.0 GPA.

To read more about Maverick Athletics’ academic success, check out this press release.

What It’s Really Like to be an Athlete in College

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by Afure Adah, CSU Communications Student Assistant

My name is Afure Adah, I am a senior on the women’s track team here at MSU and this is my experience in college life as a student-athlete.

Coming into college I didn’t have the same fears my older sister had when she went off to school. She didn’t compete in collegiate athletics, so some of her initial worries were making friends, liking her roommate, staying fit, staying on task with studies…etc.


I felt calm coming in because I already knew that being in a team environment everyday, and that would help me make a friend or two at least! I also knew I wouldn’t have to worry about being motivated to workout because it would be mandatory for my livelihood. My coach paired me with a roommate in the dorms that is on the team as well. We are currently best friends and have been roomies ever since!

As a freshman my coaches and academic advisor were like second parents…or uncles and aunts, whatever you want to call it. They kept an eye on us freshman, all the way from making sure we were keeping up with our school work (doing monthly grade checks), to sneakily seeing if we were going to bed late by checking how late we were up subtweeting on twitter.

Up until last year, the men’s and women’s track team had study tables. My freshman year it was mandatory for all freshmen and transfers so our coaches could make sure we were staying on task with our school work. After the first year, if an athlete’s GPA wasn’t above a 2.7, they had to keep doing study tables until it went up. I hated study tables because it was always in a specific room and it just wasn’t my study vibe, so I made sure to keep my grades up so I could get out, and I did.

As student athletes we get priority registration for classes. We register for classes, no matter what year in school, at or around the same time as senior students. This is so we can create schedules that work around practice and lifting times. I always find this beneficial because there is nothing worse than having to do 400 repeats on your own because you had a class during practice.

The Struggle… It’s Real

Although there have been a lot of benefits from being a student-athlete like traveling, meeting new people and being a part of something at school, there are definitely a lot of challenges. Track and Field is one of the longest sports because we compete in two different seasons, indoor and outdoor, all in one academic year. Cross Country athletes can actually have the longest seasons because some do their whole fall season (which starts in August), along with running distance indoors and outdoors for track. Track and Field starts training Sept. 4, starts competing in December and January and officially finishes at the end of May.

I have found that it’s important to be mentally, emotionally and physically strong because it’s a long season let me tell you! There are a lot of wins, losses, sore muscles, injuries, trips for meets, missed classes, agreements, disagreements…it’s a lot. And put on top of that, school work, exams and having a job!

Sappy Overall Outlook

I know myself, and being a student-athlete, – while it definitely has its many challenges – has honestly been a blessing for me. I think personally if I wasn’t a student-athlete I would have learned the the hard way the importance of being a motivated and hardworking student and employee. Because I’m as student-athlete, I have learned and grown with my peers, been guided by coaches and mentors and been supported by friends and family all along the way.

Hockey Fast Pass: The Ticket Line Power Play

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By ALEJANDRO REYES VEGA, CSU Communications Student Assistant

A great way to show your Mav Spirit is going to events. The men’s hockey team at Minnesota State University, Mankato, started off its 50th season by hosting Boston University Terriers. The Mavericks beat the Terriers4-3 and 5-3, sweeping the opening weekend. They enter the season as defending WCHA (Western Collegiate Hockey Association) Champions and have an all-time record of 887-645-153. (.572).

If you are interested in going to the games and supporting your University, make sure to get some tickets. The tickets are free and can be obtained in the CSU every Wednesday during home game weeks from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Any remaining tickets are taken back to MF 135 (Myers Field House) until 5 p.m. and can be picked up by any student and don’t forget that the student section most commonly known as the Herd is where you can get riled up with fellow Mavericks.

You can also register for the Maverick Fast Pass Program for $30. It is designed for interested students to get hockey passes for every home game including premium games. This way students avoid the distribution lines, but they are limited, so make sure you register HERE. After registering, students can pick up their tickets in the athletic office during business hours as long as they show their MavCard and they come in on Monday or Tuesday on the week of the game before the general tickets are distributed.

One of the premium games is happening on Nov. 3 when the Mavericks play host to the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers.

Rethink That Energy Drink

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By ALEJANDRO REYES VEGA, CSU Communications Student Assistant

Caffeine and Sugar Content

College students commonly consume energy drinks.

The only other dietary supplement consumed more than energy drinks are multivitamins. On average an energy drink has between 70-240 mg of caffeine in a 160z can and 113-200 mg in a “shot” 2-2.5oz. By comparison, a can of soda such as CocaCola or Pepsi contains about 35mg of caffeine in a 12oz cup and an 8oz cup of coffee contains about 100mg.

In addition, a 16-ounce energy drink contains around 54-62 grams of sugar, which exceeds the recommended intake per day.

Why would you drink an energy drink?

There are few benefits in energy drinks. Energy drinks can help people feel less tired, sleepy, stressed, anxious (sometimes) and can improve energy levels and alertness.

They do not always equal better performance. They also come with possible side effects.

Common Side Effects:

  • Lack of Sleep
  • Increased Anxiety
  • Shakiness
  • Dehydration

Other possible side effects include increased nervousness, headaches, nausea, restlessness, dizziness, energy jolts and then crashing, increased or irregular heart rate, difficulty concentrating, faster-talking speed, increased blood pressure, flushed face, sleep difficulties, rapid breathing and gastric upset.

What you can do?

Feeling tired? Need a quick fix? Energy Drinks aren’t your only option. The next time you go to grab an energy drink, think about your other options.

To ensure you maximize your energy and brain power and maintain a steady energy level throughout the day, eat often, eat light, balance your plate (whole grains, protein, fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy), protein and high fiber snacks, and avoid sodas, sugary coffee, and energy drinks.

The right protein, fibers, and hydration are the key to high steady energy levels. Proteins digest slower allowing for a slow release of energy throughout the day. Some options include almonds, lean meats (fish, turkey, and chicken), peanut butter, salmon, pistachios, low sugar yogurt, cottage cheese, and other cheeses, cashews, and other seeds and legumes. Foods high in fiber slow down digestion which decreases energy spikes. Foods such as fruits and veggies as well as whole grain bread and cereal, beans and legumes are high in fiber.

Make sure you keep hydrated because it prevents fatigue and tiredness. Good liquids include water or infused water, unsweetened tea, skim or low-fat milk and low sugar natural fruit juices.

Reflecting on the Holocaust

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by Morgan Stolpa, CSU Public Relations Intern

Spotlighting Minnesota Holocaust survivors is the focus of a series of free events through the Social Justice Lecture Series.

The series is presented by the Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Sociology and Corrections, the Kessel Peace Institute and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas.

“These events focus on the Holocaust, both its past and the lessons we can learn from it today to create a more peaceful world,” Carol Glasser, director of the Kessel Peace Institute, said.

Transfer of Memory Photography Exhibit (Oct. 8 – Oct. 23) (CSU Art Gallery)

The gallery is located in the basement of the Centennial Student Union and will be open during CSU operating hours:

Mondays-Fridays 6:30 AM – 12:00 AM

Saturdays 8:00 AM – 12:00 AM 

Sundays 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM 

The exhibit illustrates Holocaust survivors living in Minnesota, in their homes, in full colors. Each story is about survival during unfathomable circumstances. However, the collection focuses on life and hope.

Echoes and Reflections Teacher Training (Oct. 16, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.) (Morris Hall 103)

Echoes and Reflections is a training for teachers dedicated to reshaping the way that teachers and students understand, process and navigate the world by supporting effective teaching of the Holocaust. This is a program for K-12 educators and educators-in-training. The program provides access to a range of classroom-ready content, sound teaching pedagogy and instructional strategies — all designed to engage students in a comprehensive study of events and to explore how the Holocaust continues to influence social issues in the world today.

An RSVP is required to attend, due to the targeted audience for this training. Please contact Dr. Kyle Ward at kyle.ward@mnsu.eduto RSVP.

Finding Art in my Photography with David Sherman (Oct. 17, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) (Morris Hall 103)

NBA Team Photographer for the Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx, David Sherman is another creative mind behind the Transfer of Memory exhibit. In this talk Sherman will discuss how Transfer of Memory opened his creativity and allowed him to think of his daily and personal work in terms of art instead of only its commercial application.  He also will discuss how creating Transfer of Memory allowed him to develop an artful voice.

Closing Reception for the Transfer of Memory Exhibit (Oct. 22, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.) (CSU Lounge, next to the Art Gallery)

 The closing reception of the Transfer of Memory Exhibit will allow attendees the opportunity to talk with the speakers, one another, tour the exhibit, and to celebrate this powerful series of events.

If you are a professor and would like to incorporate any of these events into your classes, you can request attendance and sign-up sheets for class participation or individual extra credit. Students will be provided with FREE copies of the book, Witness to the Holocaust: Stories of Minnesota Holocaust Survivors.

If you have any questions about these events contact Carol Glasser at carol.glasser@mnsu.eduor (507)-389-1345.