“Take Your Heart” To The MavSMASH

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by ABIGAIL SKAALERUD, CSU Public Relations Intern

Do you have an interest in video games such as Smash 4, Melee, or Tekken?

On May 2, MavSmash will be hosting a tournament for these different video games at the Maverick Bullpen. Check in and signing up for a bracket starts at 6 p.m. and the actual tournament starts at 7:30 p.m.

MavSmash is a newly developed club right here on campus at MSU. It is meant for video gamers alike and anyone who would like to join is welcome to become a part of it!

“MavSmash is open to anyone wanting to play,” said Luis Angel Ruiz, a member of MavSmash.”We have students who aren’t MSU students, as well as people who aren’t students who come and play. MavSmash is open to the public and to MSU students.”

Even if you are at best average at playing video games, they are willing to teach anyone.

“We are very welcoming and want more students to be enrolled and engaged,” Ruiz said.

So come out for a fun event of video games and getting to know people who have similar interests!

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Fashion Show Spotlights Multicultural Attire


by ABIGAIL SKAALERUD, CSU Public Relations Intern

Do you ever look at your fashion and wonder what the similarities and differences are between what you’re wearing and what different types of cultures are wearing today?

On Tuesday, Feb. 19th, the Student Events Team will be hosting a Multicultural Fashion Show. Students from different backgrounds and cultures will be modeling cultural attire from their home countries and cultures.

The fashion show will begin at 8 p.m. and will be hosted in the CSU Ballroom. It is free and open to both students and the public. The goal of this event is to help the campus and MNSU as a whole to become more aware of the different cultures around us and how special and unique they each are.

“This event is something that is so unique on our campus. Having a fashion show on an actual runway is something that most college campuses don’t have,” Lucas Arndt, Mavericks After Dark chair, said. Come out for an opportunity to learn about the difference and uniqueness of all different types of cultures!


Tubing at Mt. Kato

by ALEX BAUMANN, CSU Public Relations Intern

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On Jan. 26th, 2019 the Student Events Team and Mount Kato will host free tubing for MSU students at Mount Kato from 7:00pm-11:00pm. Students can either take the free shuttles to and from the event or drive to Mount Kato and show their mavcard before tubing. 

Follow Student Events Team on Twitter for 
time updates throughout the night.

ROUTE 1 (Starting Times) Runs about every 40 minutes:
1. 6:30 CSU
2. 6:34 Preska
3. 6:37 Maywood Ave/ Warren St. (Highland West)
4. 6:42 Live Active
5. 6:47 College Station
6. 6:58 Mt. Kato

ROUTE 2 (Starting Times) Runs about every 40 minutes:
1. 6:30 Stadium Heights
2. 6:35 Summit and Jacob Heights
3. 6:38 Lot 20 (U Square/ Parking)
4. 6:43 Monks Ave/ Bunting Ln (Quads/ East Highland)
5. 6:47 Quarters/ College Town
6. 6:58 Mt. Kato

** Look for a coach bus and the STUDENT EVENTS TEAM Event Sign at each of the bus sign locations**

First Bus will pick up at 6:30pm.
Last bus will Leave Mount Kato at 11pm.

In addition to tubing, Mount Kato offers skiing and snowboarding, group events, lessons and more. You can visit their website for more information.

You can RSVP for the event by clicking here

University Policies and Protocols

By CYDNEY COFFEY, CSU Communication Graduate Assistant

For incoming students keep in mind that there are various consequences for drug and alcohol offenses. The general consequences for students for drug and alcohol are as follows through Residential Life:

  • First offense:
    • Probation for up to a semester
    • Completing an online course that covers being under the influence of marijuana or alcohol depending on the students’ offense
  • Second offense:
    • Probation for up to a year
    • Completing an online course that covers risk reduction and involves talking with other students
  • Third offense:
    • The students housing contract is terminated

The more a student racks up offenses the longer their probation will be, the disciplinary sanctions will become more serious and the educational sanctions will become more expensive as well. Dr. Mary Dowd, Dean of Students and Director of Student Conduct stated “We try and make it an educational process.”

A couple of important things to keep in mind for incoming students:

  • The police provide the University with weekly lists of names of students who are cited for drug and alcohol uses off campus. This includes DUIs as well as students who were transported to detox.
  • Police are out in MASSES on campus during the first 8 weeks of school. Take into consideration that there have been situations where a student has been arrested 3 times in just one week!

Dr. Mary Dowd, stated “Bottom line, it’s all about safety.”

The University strives at having the student’s best interest at heart.



How the University Takes Disciplinary Action

By ALEJANDRO REYES VEGA, CSU Communications Student Assistant

Minnesota State University, Mankato has made many changes to its student disciplinary process. One of the major changes happened after the landmark case Dixon V. Alabama State Board of Education.

The 1961 case allowed the establishment of the rights of students to be given notice of the allegation and an opportunity to be heard prior to expulsion. Moreover, students are not entitled to the same degree of due process as afforded in criminal and civil actions meaning that students have a different protocol when their disciplinary action is being decided.

The University has adopted the philosophy of educational discipline that promotes personal growth and accountability. It strives for fair and consistent policies and practices. For parents this means that we want students to learn from a “teachable moment” to consider consequences of their actions before acting on impulse or acceding to peer pressure.

It is important for parents to know when and how to intervene. Intervention sends a message to your students that you don’t trust their ability to handle their own affairs. Helicopter parenting can hinder the development of independence, self-esteem, and self-confidence.

The college experience strives to provide opportunities for your students to grow in the following areas:

  • Developing an identity separate from parents
  • Developing interdependence and competency
  • Managing emotions
  • Strengthening integrity and personal accountability
  • Establishing meaningful friendships and connections

To access the school’s parents’ resources CLICK HERE.


Types of Drugs and their Consequences


The possession of Schedule Drugs has different consequences:

First Offense: Imprisonment of no more than 1 year and a minimum fine of $1000

1 previous drug/narcotic/chemical conviction will result in Imprisonment of 15 days-2 years, and a minimum fine of $2,500

2+ previous drug/narcotic/chemical conviction will result in imprisonment of 90 days-3 years, and a minimum fine of $5,000.


They are all illegal:

Drugs are illegal in the state of Minnesota. The only exception is medically prescribed marijuana; however, it is against University policy for students to possess any type pf drug including medically prescribed Marijuana.

The possession and use of Marijuana is a violation of federal law and since the University belongs to the State and accepts federal dollars for financial aid it must follow the Drug-Free Schools and Community Act.

There is no exception on the use of drugs and they are classified in five Schedules.


According to the DEA, these are the different schedules and drugs:

Schedule I.

These include drugs, substances, or chemicals are not currently accepted in any medical use and have a high potential for abuse.

Ex: Heroin, LSD, marijuana, ecstasy, methaqualone, and peyote.


Schedule II.

These include drugs, substances, or chemical that have a high potential for abuse potentially leading to severe psychological or physical dependence and are considered dangerous.

Ex: Vicodin, cocaine, methamphetamine, methadone, dilaudid, Demerol, oxycodone, fentanyl, Adderall, and Ritalin.


Schedule III.

These include drugs, substances, or chemicals with a moderate to low potential for physical and psychological dependence.

Ex: Tylenol with codeine, ketamine, anabolic steroids, testosterone.


Schedule IV.

These include drugs, substances, or chemicals with a low potential for abuse and low risk of dependence. Schedule III drugs have a higher risk of abuse.

Ex. Xanax, Soma, Darvon, Darvocet, Valium, Ativan, Ambien, Tramadol.


Schedule V.

These include drugs, substances, or chemicals with a lower potential for abuse than Schedule IV and consists of preparations containing limited quantities of certain narcotics. Schedule V drugs are generally used for antidiarrheal, antitussive, and analgesic purposes.

Ex. Lyrica, Parepectolin, Motofen, Lomotil.


The previously named drugs are just some examples, this is not by any means a full list of drugs that are considered illegal.




Alcohol and its Effects

by: Afure Adah

People often drink alcohol to celebrate, socialize or relax. But alcohol can often have strong effects. These effects vary from person to person and they depend on many different factors, including:

  • How much you drink
  • How often you drink
  • Age
  • Health status
  • Family history

The effects of alcohol can appear in about 10 minutes and as you continue to drink, your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level, increases. The higher your BAC, the more impaired you become. These effects include:

  • Slurred speech
  • Reduced inhibitions
  • Motor impairment
  • Confusion
  • Concentration problems
  • Breathing problems
  • Coma
  • Death

Some other risks can include:

  • Accidents and car crashes
  • Violent and risky behavior
  • Suicide and homicide

Long-term effects can include:

  • Alcohol use disorder
  • Health problems
  • Increased risk for certain cancers

REMEMBER: The legal minimum drinking age in the United States of America is age 21. In Minnesota, it is a misdemeanor violation punishable by up to a $1,000 fine and/or 90 days in jail.  The penalty typically starts out with a fine that is increased each time you get caught. Stay safe and make good choices!


CAs and ResLife During Welcome Week

by AFURE ADAH, CSU PR Student Assistant

In preparation for school to start, Residential Life and our helpful resident hall CAs will be working to help students prepare and feel confident in their first days of school.

Floor Meetings

Every resident hall will have occasional, scheduled floor meetings with their CA. From what I can remember, the first meeting was held to meet our CA, introduce ourselves to each other in the hall and chat a bit about what our CA would expect from us, what we should expect from our CA, and the things our CA can help us with.

Class Tours

Class Tours will be given by the CAs on Sunday of Welcome Week. I remember as a freshman, my hall, Crawford A-1, had a floor meeting to discuss when we all would want to go. Some of us went with our CA, and some went with other CAs.

They took us to the different buildings on campus, to the major lecture halls, and even to some class rooms. Make sure to bring your class schedule on the tour so you can ask for directions if you need to. Don’t feel uncomfortable that the whole tour will be taken to your class, it is no problem at all! Plus, someone else might be in that class as well, you never know!



On Friday of Welcome Week there is a campus-wide scavenger hunt called the Choose-A-Palooza. CAs lead students to various offices around campus where students can collect giveaway tickets for prizes (in CSU220 new students get balsa planes for the Prize Flight event). It’s a great way for new students to get familiar with campus and services. Students gather in the CSU Hearth Lounge at 3pm, deposit their tickets in the prize basket of choice and await the selection of prize winners. The Prize Flight immediately following Choose-a-Palooza will have students launching their planes from the Hearth Lounge overlook for a chance at great prizes including a GoPro and $300 cash.  Choose-A-Palooza and Prize Flight offer lots of prize opportunities and goodies, so definitely check it out!