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.


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.

Brandon Weideman Carries the Torch That Sparks Tradition and Campus Pride

By Morgan Stolpa, CSU PR Intern

Greek Life, Coronation and the Homecoming Parade are all part of the spirit and tradition of college life at Minnesota State Mankato that build lifelong memories, friendships and the sense of Maverick Pride.

Creating memories on-campus is a vital part of the college experience.

At Minnesota State Mankato there’s an activity or event for everyone. Whether you’re a new student or alumni, there are plenty of opportunities to meet new people, create memories and be a part of some memorable Minnesota State Mankato traditions. Sustaining and building upon those student-focused traditions rests with Brandon Weideman,2018-19 spirit and traditions chair on the Student Events Team.

“We need traditions because they reinforce values and give students a sense of history and what came before them. They also provide students with something exciting they can look forward to year after year,” said Weideman.

You may not have realized you’ve been a part of a tradition on Minnesota State Mankato’s campus, but if you’ve ever attended a homecoming football game, participated in the Maverick Day of Service, watched a movie at Stomper’s Cinema or attended a number of events and activities on-campus, you have been.

“We are using these traditions to pass on the history and spirit of this university through the generations. So that when a graduate from 2018 talks to a graduate from 1988, they can both relate and talk about the same things they did in college and the fun they had because the traditions created a commonality between them and this wonderful University,” said Weideman.

As with many traditions, the more things change – the more they stay the same. Current student may put a modern twist on time-tested event. Still, the memories remain basically the same between current students and alumni. It’s a bond that is shared and passed along as part of the Minnesota State Mankato college experience.

“We maintain the energy around building a tradition by continuing to do it year after year, improving it and getting feedback, and then cementing the tradition in place,” said Weideman.

Throughout the year, there are so many traditional events and activities on-campus that the university has created a bucket list of activities students MUST attend. If you’re interested in being a part of history go to:


Therapy Dog Sessions Return Sept. 20 at 6:30 p.m.

Health 101 Students Can Attend To Fill Class Requirement

The dogs are back!

Hound Hugs and Kanine Kisses, the monthly therapy dog session hosted by the Centennial Student Union, will be Thursday, Sept. 20 in the CSU Lincoln Lounge.

This year’s sessions will have minor changes from last year’s popular event said Lenny Koupal, CSU communications coordinator.

“The new time will be 6:30 to 8 p.m.,” said Koupal, who coordinates the CSU Program. “The group is now known as Paws for Friendship. It will be the same volunteers and their wonderful dogs. They just go by a different name.”

For several years, the CSU has offered therapy dog sessions – first as a Finals Week StressBuster event.

“We added monthly therapy dog sessions after students requested more frequent therapy dog visits. We’ve designated the third Thursday of each month throughout the academic year as Hound Hugs and Kanine Kisses night.” Koupal added.

The event is free. Visitors need only to sign University’s liability waiver.

Koupal said the event remains among the most popular activities in the CSU.

“In last spring’s CSU student survey, students ranked the therapy dog sessions as the third most popular reason for coming to the CSU behind Career Fairs and Stomper’s Cinema,” Koupal said. “These sessions are both welcome and needed as students move through their academic year.”

Dr. Mary Kramer, faculty member with the department of health science, said students enrolled in the Health 101 are encouraged to attend therapy dog sessions as part of three required wellness activities. Students then share their experiences as part of their assignment.

“The reflections are phenomenal,” Kramer said. Some share personal reflections. Others observe the impact the dogs have on other students.

“For some, it reminds them of home and their dog,” Kramer added. “It helps them forget about high anxiety issues in their lives.”

Kramer said the health science department is working on a survey on the impact of therapy dog sessions on college students.

“We are interested to learn more about therapy dogs and students.There’s so much research on the benefits, yet there’s almost nothing out there on (the impact on) college students. ,” Kramer said. “There’s just something we don’t understand on the power of the dog – just putting a hand on a dog – that energy transfer between the person and the dog. It’s magical.”

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 Any questions about sorority recruitment can be directed to Lexi Stauffacher at

Fraternity recruitment begins Thursday, Sept. 20 and runs through Sunday, Sept. 23. If you have interest in signing up, you can register by visiting Any questions can be directed to Kevin Hines at

If you have interest in learning more about or becoming a part of MSU Dance Marathon, you can contact Sarah McClain at 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.

The Ultimate College Experience

by: Brett Marshall

If you came to Minnesota State seeking the ultimate college experience, everything you’re looking for may be right in front of you.

The Ultimate College Experience is the marketing campaign the MSU fraternity and sorority community has embraced for the past three years. The idea came about when previous fraternity and sorority leaders wanted to rebrand the community. They thought about the community’s values of friendship, scholarship, service and leadership and decided that those four things combined created the “ultimate college experience” for their members.

“It’s called the Ultimate College Experience for a reason. If you think about every aspect of college that would make it memorable, fraternity and sorority life covers it all,” Kevin Hines, the Interfraternity Council (IFC) Vice President of Recruitment said.

Image courtesy of MSU Fraternity & Sorority Life

Each of MSU’s fraternities and sororities have been hard at work recruiting motivated individuals who are seeking their ultimate college experience. They’ve already hosted several campus events including the Backyard Bash and Cosmic Bingo where they’ve met and interacted with prospective members.

Hines said there’s nothing to worry about when considering joining a fraternity or sorority and that it’s okay to take a leap of faith and go through recruitment.

“If you’re on the fence, go for it. You can really feel it out your first semester during the new member process. If you realize you don’t think it’s the right fit, you can always leave,” he said. “If you never try it, you will never know if it’s really something you will love forever.”

Lexi Stauffacher, the Panhellenic Council (PHC) Vice President of Recruitment, also encourages those on the fence with recruitment to give it a try.

“Even if you’re unsure about joining fraternity & sorority life you should give it a try because you have nothing to lose but everything to gain,” she said.


The two offered great insight into how fraternity and sorority life has given them the ultimate college experience. Hines reflected on the ability to recognize people everywhere he goes.

“I love getting to walk around campus and see familiar faces everywhere I go. I have at least one familiar face in each of my classes from fraternity and sorority life,” he said. “I also love how involved you get to be. The events we do as a community, like Greek Week and homecoming are so much fun and always bring smiles to everyone involved.”

Stauffacher said being in a sorority helped her grow individually and helped her build connections.

“Sorority life has helped me become the confident and more outgoing person I am today,” she said. “It’s also introduced me to some of the most important people in my life and I’m so thankful for that.”

Hines also touched on how the fraternities and sororities at MSU are trying to shift the conversations and stereotypes surrounding Greek organizations from negative to positive.

“We don’t haze on this campus and we are a community dedicated to giving back,” he said. “So many people just see the negative and we’re not like that on this campus. We really do emphasize all the positive aspects being in a fraternity or sorority.”

Sorority recruitment begins Thursday, Sept. 6 and runs through Sunday, Sept. 10. If you have interest in signing up, you can register by visiting Any questions about sorority recruitment can be directed to Lexi Stauffacher at

Fraternity recruitment begins Thursday, Sept. 20 and runs through Sunday, Sept. 23. If you have interest in signing up, you can register by visiting Any questions can be directed to Kevin Hines at

New MSU RSO Aims to Solve Some of the Internet’s Most Heated Debates

Are you very passionate about whether or not a hot dog is a sandwich or if water is actually wet? If so, the Pointless Debate Club may be an RSO for you!

The Pointless Debate Club (PDC) was started in Spring of 2018 by Wallace Pope and Brett Marshall after they witnessed their friends “continually arguing about the dumbest things.” They thought starting an organization that debated these topics and came to a solution could be a fun way to dissolve these arguments among their friend group while making new friends along the way.

Image courtesy of @msupointlessdebateclub on Instagram

“The idea started as a bit of a joke. But the more Wallace and I thought about it, the more we realized this could be a really fun club where people could come together for an hour or so and be goofy and let loose a little,” Marshall said.

The PDC’s Engage page cites the club as “a great way to meet new people and improve communication skills.”

“The way the debates are formatted require you to really listen to the other side’s argument because you have to have a counter to their points in order to persuade the jury.”

The PDC met just once last spring, but Marshall and Pope said they hope to have at least one debate each month throughout the school year.

“We only had one debate last semester, but it was a lot of fun,” Marshall said. “Things got a little heated, but in a good way. People really took it seriously and pleaded their case to the other side and tried to convince the jury that they were right. In the end, we concluded that water isn’t wet and that a hot dog is a sandwich.”

The debate structure is pretty simple. According the official rules found on the PDC’s Instagram page (@msupointlessdebateclub), the club is split into three groups: Side 1, Side 2 and Jury. Each side gets 10 minutes to come up with their argument for why they’re right. After those 10 minutes are up, they then get five minutes to present their case to the Jury and other side. Three minutes are then given to come up with any rebuttals as well as a closing statement, which are both presented to the other side and Jury in the same fashion as the opening statements.

The Jury then gets to deliberate and decide the winner and end the debate by a majority vote.

“The debates take about 20-30 minutes and we usually do two debates at each meeting,” Pope said. “Whatever the jury decides is the final answer and is accepted as the truth.”

One of the best experiences Marshall and Pope had from their first debate was the interaction they received on their Instagram page when they live streamed the debate.

“We had total strangers chiming in with comments and opinions,” Marshall said. “It was awesome to see because we weren’t expecting it and it also gave people the chance to participate without having to be at the meeting.”

“We feel that’s a feature of our club that separates us from other student organizations,” Pope said. “We’re proud of it and can’t wait to see where the club goes this year. Maybe we even go viral.”

There is no membership fee to join the Pointless Debate Club, but interested members can find out more information by emailing or The two also encourage following the Instagram page, @msupointlessdebateclub, as that is where they post their meeting times and club updates.

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


Fraternity and Sorority Recruitment

by: Afure Adah

“Wherever you roam, discover your true home!” Greek recruitment is coming up. If you are thinking about joining, these dates will be important for you.

Community Cookouts

  • Thursday, August 30

Performing Arts Lawn, from 4-6pm

  • Tuesday, September 4

College Town Courtyard, from 7-9pm

Sorority Social

  • Wednesday, September 5

             CSU 253, from 8-10pm

Fraternity Social

  • Wednesday, September 5

Maverick Bullpen from 8-10pm

Sorority Formal Recruitment

  • September 6 – September 9

Fraternity Formal Recruitment

  • September 20 – September 23

Check out for more information!