Cheer on Mavericks Football For Opportunity To Win A $500 Scholarship

By Alejandro Reyes Vega, CSU Communications Student Assistant

Students are always in search of money, after all, we have a lot of bills to pay and not a lot of time to make money. With that being said, how does a $500 scholarship sound?!

At every Maverick home football game, there will be an opportunity for a lucky student to obtain a $500 scholarship given by Dr. Pepper. If you are a student and would like the chance to win, then stop by the Hot 96.7 van before the game or at the Student’s Rewards booth before the end of the first quarter.

You must have a current MSU student ID!

At halftime, the lucky student will be drawn, and they have 96.7 seconds to get to the midfield and claim their reward.

You must be present to win!

Here are the dates of the Maverick home football games:

  • Sept. 29 (Homecoming) at 2 p.m.
  • Oct. 13 at 1 p.m.
  • Nov. 3 at 12 p.m.
  • Nov. 10 at 12 p.m.

FAST PASS WEDNESDAYS COMING TO THE CSU

Every Wednesday in the CSU, Athletics does tabling, so make sure to stop by and see Stomper as well as some of the student-athletes. Later in the year, students will be able to pick up their Hockey Fast Passes on Wednesday’s in CSU123. Watch for more info!

Students Can Grab a Bus To the Homecoming Parade

By Alejandro Reyes Vega, CSU Communications Student Assistant

For the first time in decades, the MSU Homecoming Parade will march through Downtown Mankato to celebrate the 150th (Sesquicentennial) Year of Minnesota State University, Mankato.

More than 100 units will participate in this year’s parade making the largest one in recent history.

The route begins at the corner of South Broad Street and East Liberty. It will meander down Broad,  Cherry, Second,  and Main Streets before turning onto Riverfront drive and ending at East Rock Street.

The best place to watch the parade will be on South Broad Street between East Liberty and East Cherry. The second-best place is in South Second Street between East Cherry and East Main.

The City of Mankato will provide specific Homecoming shuttles for students and other community members from campus to downtown the morning of the parade.

Look for purple wrapped sesquicentennial University buses for transportation from campus to the parade.

Buses start their routes at 7 a.m. and additional buses will be added after 8 a.m. and will make trips every seven minutes up until 2 p.m.

Buses will run from the Nelson Hall Bus Bench and the McElroy Bus Shelter to a temporary transit hub in the 600 block of Broad Street in downtown Mankato.

Students will depart near the St. Johns Baptist Catholic Church, just two blocks from the parade route on South Front Street. The free President’s Pancake Breakfast (7:30 a.m.-10 a.m.) will be four blocks away near the Civic Center Plaza by the Verizon Wireless Center.

For parade participants, if you’re not using the shuttle buses, park in the Mankato West High Parking Lot. At the end of the parade, the City of Mankato will start shuttling parade participants near the termination of the route at East Rock Street back to the West High Parking Lot. The estimated frequency for this shuttle is 20 minutes depending on traffic.

MSU’s Mavathon

by: Brett Marshall

One way the fraternities and sororities are giving back and shifting the conversation is their active involvement in MSU’s Dance Marathon, a student group dedicated to raising money for the Children’s Miracle Network and Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare. They also plan an event known as “Mavathon,” which is a 10-hour celebration of the year’s fundraising and also a final push to raise as much money as they can “For the Kids.”

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Image courtesy of MSU Dance Marathon on Facebook

The committee that organizes the year-long fundraising is led by the IFC and PHC Vice Presidents of Community Service and Philanthropy.

“Dance Marathon is a good way to meet new people and get involved in something that creates an impact on campus, especially because we are MSU’s largest philanthropic organization,” Sarah McClain, the PHC VP of Community Service and Philanthropy, said.

MSU’s Dance Marathon has raised more money than any other dance marathon in Minnesota, already over $150,00 in its eight-year history, and is just one of the many ways that fraternities and sororities are making a positive impact on the campus and community and creating the ultimate college experience.

Sorority recruitment begins Thursday, Sept. 6 and runs through Sunday, Sept. 10. If you have interest in signing up, you can register by visiting https://maverickgreeks.mycampusdirector2.com/landing/. Any questions about sorority recruitment can be directed to Lexi Stauffacher at Alexandra.Stauffacher@mnsu.edu

Fraternity recruitment begins Thursday, Sept. 20 and runs through Sunday, Sept. 23. If you have interest in signing up, you can register by visiting https://www.mnsu.edu/activities/greek/prospective/fraternities.html. Any questions can be directed to Kevin Hines at Kevin.Hines@mnsu.edu.

If you have interest in learning more about or becoming a part of MSU Dance Marathon, you can contact Sarah McClain at Sarah.McClain@mnsu.edu. Also, be sure to mark your calendars for the weekend of February 23-24 as that is the weekend the dance marathon committee is planning on hosting Mavathon.

Sixth Annual Foam Party!

by: Afure Adah

Hey Mavericks! On September 8th from 8:00PM-11:00PM, The Students Event Team will be hosting the 6th Annual Foam Party at the CSU Loading Dock! This year the Foam party goes along with an Afterparty, 9:00PM-12:00AM that will feature giant outdoor Mario Cart on the Nintendo Switch, inflatables, a photo-booth and free food! Who doesn’t like free food?!

My freshman year I went to the Foam Party and honestly was not entirely impressed, but I still had a good time and made fun for myself. I think I was more worried about not getting my hair wet. But I have heard from multiple people that it has gotten better over the past three years. There are going to be more foam machines this year, neon paint and a live DJ!

Students are required to wear shirts, shoes/sandals and shorts (or pants). A little tip, wear a swimsuit under your clothes because they will most likely get wet. The Student Events Team is kind enough to provide students with a plastic baggy to protect their phones and other valuables. So NO EXCUSES!

Get out to the CSU Loading Dock this weekend everyone! Have fun and meet some new people!

Campus Rec/Intramurals

by: Afure Adah

Campus Recreation

The Campus Rec is a great place to go if you want to workout, train, play a friendly game of basketball or compete in some intramural tournaments.

Campus recreation’s mission is to promote long-term healthy lifestyle behavior through participation in multi-faceted recreational, educational and leisure opportunities.

Intramural Sports

There are countless intramural sports here at MSU and the link will lead you to their schedules and registration forms. Get involved, check it out!

Here are the fall sports for 2018, and their informational meetings times:

  • Flag Football
    Tues. 9/11/18 @ 4pm
    Highland Center 1700B
  • Slow Pitch Softball
    Tues.  9/12/18 @ 6pm
    Highland Center 1700A
  • Volleyball
    Tues. 9/19/18 @ 4pm
    Highland Center 1700A
  • Outdoor Soccer
    Tues.9/19/18 @ 6pm
    Highland Center 1700A
  • Co-Rec Basketball 
    Tues. 10/30/18 @ 4pm
    Highland Center 1700B

 

Upcoming Sports!

by: Afure Adah

Fall Sports

As many of you already know, it’s Football Season! Football is our biggest sport that will be playing and competing this fall, but they aren’t the only sport that has been putting in the blood, sweat, and tears this summer to prepare for their fall season. Some of the other sports that will be competing this fall, and some that have already started are:

  • Women’s Soccer
  • Women’s Volleyball
  • Men and Women’s Cross Country

Being a member of the Track team at MSU, I know that every single one of these athletes puts in a lot of time and hard work for their sport. So, take some time out to go and support our MAVS!

Our Maverick Athletics page will be linked so you can check out all of our sports pages, schedules, rosters etc…

Check it out!

Club Sports

If you are not a Maverick Athlete and want to be one, there are a ton of club sports that compete for MSU.

As you can see, there are so many teams and sports to choose from. Many of them could use some more members so definitely check them out, fill out some forms and join!

The Importance Of A Student Union

What Does ‘House of Serendipity’ Mean?

by LENNY KOUPAL, CSU Communications Coordinator

How important is a student union to a students’ overall college experience?

At the Centennial Student Union at Minnesota State University, Mankato, validating our campus presence through a random student survey is something we do every couple of years. It provides valuable information and a reality check against what we say we do and what students generally and actually think of us.

And the survey says…our 2018 overall results graphically indicate that we are steadily advancing our overall effectiveness. Students further shared that, in 2018, we are ahead of the curve when compared to six national student unions of comparable size and services, reputable “Carnegie Class” institutions as well as all institutions completing surveys in 2018.

Student opinions show overall progressive growth in effectiveness of Centennial Student Union services and programs.

A comprehensive view of the Centennial Student Union shows satisfaction higher than comparative universities across the country.

We can pat ourselves on the back, but we know there’s no resting on our laurels when it comes to our own expectations and, more importantly, our students’ expectations. As student union administrators, we know that college is more than classrooms and textbooks. So much of learning is accomplished outside the classroom – personally, socially and globally. We know that a strong student union presence plays a pivotal role in student success and growth. We know that a student union is more than brick and mortar. To help students, we know that a student union must be a living, evolving culture. It’s pulse must be the pulse of the campus.

Back in 2010, the CSU set out to define that culture by branding itself the “House of Serendipity.” The moniker seeking a place for unexpected discoveries – pleasant surprises – was taken from the words of the late C. Shaw Smith. Along with being a student union director and the former president of the Association of College Unions International, Smith was an accomplished magician.

That may have accounted for his philosophy that a quality student union should be a surprising, life-changing experience. “I like to call the Union the House of Serendipity,” Smith said. “You go for one thing and you get more than you bargained for. It’s inescapable. It gets into your head and into your heart, and you’re never quite the same again. The right Union will change you.” His words have become the mantra behind the mission and vision of the CSU.

Providing our students with a Serendipity experience started with our tagline “offering pleasant surprises ’round every corner.” That literal application morphed a few years later into a philosophical message that helped express the vision of the CSU. Now “offering pleasant surprises that INVITE, INVOLVE and INSPIRE,” the CSU views those three words as a Maslow-style progression of personal growth.

We seek to create an inviting environment where students can find the creature comforts – food, essential services, corners for studying or sleep and, most importantly, social interaction.

Once achieved, that level of comfortability encourages student to get involved. Coming into the CSU could lead to joining a fraternity or sorority, getting involved in student government, writing for the student newspaper or helping to plan homecoming, concerts or campus activities benefitting all students.

Such personal engagement inspires students to spread their wings as they explore and achieve personal confidence and leadership skills that will shape their careers and adult lives.

Along this journey of personal growth, students are supported by the CSU’s core values that seek to engage students along six prime objectives – Leadership, Integrity, Community, Personal Development, Innovation and Celebration.

So how does this all get back to the original question: How important is a student union to a students’ overall college experience?

Retention is such a key focus for Minnesota State Mankato as it is for universities across the country. At the heart of that discussion is the ability for a university to meet a student’s needs and expectations. As the student-centered heart of campus, the CSU sees the student union’s important role in adding broad-based value to the college experience. Sometimes to the surprise of our students.

Recently, the Washington Post offered a perspective from Jim Troha, a private college president who was also the parent of a prospective college student. The article – entitled VALUE MATTERS IN CHOOSING A COLLEGE. BUT NOT JUST THE PRICE KIND – shared Troha’s view of higher education from a different angle. Too often, college administrators size up value along yardsticks that measure scholarships, job-placement rates, graduate school enrollments and students’ marketable skills.

“What I don’t see, however, are people talking about value — and not the way grocery stores do — but value in terms of ideas, aspirations, the kind of person you want to become, the kind of experiences and environments that will bring out the best in you,” Troha said. “The kind of place where you will be surprised by uncovering your potential.”

By looking past price to value based on the culture of a university campus – in our case, a university student union – Troha said parents and students are better equipped to ask deeper questions.

“They realize potential, networks and the long game (so to speak) are of equal if not greater importance than the immediate details of cost comparisons,” he stated.

At Minnesota State Mankato, the goal is for each of us to visualize “Big ideas. Real-world thinking” in every one our students. The Centennial Student Union works to accept that calling by striving to offer a culture of value that pleasantly surprises students into realizing their full potential. Their big idea may be Serendipity of Self where global thinking is shaped through personal experiences that apply leadership, integrity, community, personal development, innovation and celebration. For the CSU, helping students equip themselves with those shared tools will maintain the student union’s important role in a valued and enduring college education.

Taylor Zenz—Graduating Senior

by TAYLOR ZENZ, CSU Public Relations Intern

With an assignment of writing a personal reflection of my past 4 years at MSU, I’m sitting here with a blank page and a million things to say, yet I can’t seem to move my fingers across the keyboard.

Maybe it’s because I’m in denial that I’m graduating. Maybe it’s because I’m excited or actually very sad. Maybe it’s all the above.

I’ll start here – my time here at MSU has been everything that I had ever hoped for and much, much more.

From crying because I didn’t want to leave my mom and sister behind when I moved into the dorms to now tearing up writing this article because I don’t want to leave Mankato, it’s been quite the ride. In high school, I was an incredibly shy and quiet girl who didn’t know her place. When I tell people that now, they don’t believe me for a second. I have MSU to thank for turning me into an independent, enthusiastic, social human being who found a passion for leadership.

Of course, learning these things didn’t come easy, however, I got extremely lucky with my journey.

Being involved with MSU was one of the greatest decisions that I’ve made. Whether my time was being dedicated to my studies, Greek Life, Dance Marathon or the CSU, every long-hour day and sleepless night was worth it. With my involvement, I met the most influential people that this campus has to offer. From their teachings, I have become someone who I, myself, have become proud of.

The most important thing that I’ve learned is that growth only comes from being uncomfortable. From making friends, pursuing relationships and taking on leadership roles, stepping out of my comfort zone gave me my most cherished items and people.

Yes, we’re here in college to get a degree, but our time here is so much more than that. It’s about learning what it takes to succeed. It’s about learning how to get back on our feet after being down. It’s about meeting people we connect with. It’s about finding our lifelong friends and people who will be in our weddings. It’s about meeting those who we want to go into business with or spend the rest of our lives with.

I’d like to thank my freshman dorm neighbor who ultimately was responsible for breaking open my shell. To my squad who took me in as one of the “bros”, thank you for looking out for me the past 4 years. To my sorority best friends and roommates, thank you for being the best dang comedians, therapists and dancers that Mankato EVER saw. Thank you to my mom and sister for always being of constant support. And of course, thank you to my professors, advisors, mentors and co-workers at the CSU – you’ve all taught me so much. But mostly, I’d like to thank myself for the allowance of being open to different opportunities and endeavors.

I hold very high hopes of the future and I know that I can achieve them because of the valuable time that I’ve spent on this campus. When you’re in my shoes, a week shy of graduation, I know that you all will feel the same way.

Toilets on Campus: Student Favorites

by REED CARR, CSU Public Relations Intern

Minnesota State, Mankato campus is packed with great places to go number two.

While most of us would rather be in the comfort of our homes while dropping the kids off at the pool, we have classes to attend. Luckily, there is a variety of different bathrooms at MSU.

“I spend most of my time in the library, so that’s where the majority of my bathroom time is spent,” said a marketing major. “The library doesn’t have any individual bathrooms, but there are shared rooms on every floor that have plenty of stalls. I usually go up to the third floor because it has the least traffic and it’s hidden pretty well.”

The library may have plenty of reading material, but some people need more seclusion while letting the dogs out.

“CSU 107 is the only way to go if you’ve really got to go,” said an international business major. “I make sure I only use individual bathrooms that have a door that locks when I got to do my business. There are only a few really good ones on campus.”

Individual restrooms are a must if you’re having a true emergency. Unfortunately, even single occupancy lavatories can have their downsides.

“The single person bathrooms in Trafton South are risky because, for some reason, the locks don’t work,” said a mechanical engineering major. “I still use them when I’m in a rush though. I just put my bag in front of the door in case someone tries to walk in. Hopefully they’re fixed soon, or I’m going to change my spot.”

If you haven’t found the best spot in school to take a royal squat, take a long walk around campus when you get the chance. It’s best to have a strategy before duty calls.

5 Things I’ll Miss About MSU

by REED CARR, CSU Public Relations Intern

Memorial Library

There is something mystifying to me about sitting in a library surrounded by mountains stories and philosophies I have no knowledge of. Even more so when it’s pitch black outside, a cup of black coffee in hand, in one of the unoccupied corners of the second floor of the Memorial Library. I spent hours ignoring homework in exchange for hours of being lost between the dusty pages of James Joyce, Ernest Hemmingway, Edgar Allan Poe and countless others. It made studying the next day a rigorous, hurried process, but I feel nighttime in the library is when and where I learned most.

 

The Newsletter

 My final semester at MSU has been my best yet as I’ve worked with some really great people to deliver weekly events and news through the MSU newsletter, inSIDER. I came to MSU as a marketing major and realized my talents laid in writing to the masses, not selling to them. The inSIDER has evolved my writing in a way I didn’t expect and I was able to have a blast with fellow writers and mentors while doing it. If you’re looking for an internship in writing next year, talk to Leonard Koupal in the CSU. He’s the man!

 

The Professors

 Mass media and English department professors at MSU are a large part of the reason I was able to keep a positive attitude with my schooling and my future. While they are the ones that assigned 10-page papers and at times asked class to read an entire book in one day, those hurdles taught the most. They have always been up for a chat about class discussion, travel, food and anything in between.

 

Campus and Changing Seasons

 There’s nothing quite like the beginning of a new school year. As the trees burst into reds and oranges, the MSU campus’ artistic, monumental and memorial decorations give the campus a nostalgic feel. Students sport purple and yellow as Blakeslee Stadium rumbles on the other side of Stadium Rd. Minnesota autumn is second to none, but I suppose the beginning of May isn’t such a bad time of the school year either.

 

The Diversity

 Growing up in Kilkenny—a town of 108 people—and moving to Mankato opened my eyes in so many ways. I met people who have helped me grow academically, spiritually and culturally. I’ve met friends that made class not only knowledgeable but fun. I’ll miss walking through the halls seeing all the friendly faces. No matter what I do after graduation, I’ll always be proud to have been a MSU Maverick.