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 www.maverickgreeks.com for more information!

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!

New Found Freedom Comes With Alcohol Awareness

by LENNY KOUPAL, CSU Communications Coordinator

Weekly throughout each academic year, campus events at Minnesota State Mankato provide free activities and events offering a safe alternative to alcohol-induced partying. But as Stomper says, “This ain’t our first rodeo.”

Well aware that drinking is generally the unsanctioned part of the college experience, Minnesota State Mankato maintains offices where keeping students safe is part of their daily duties.

For Lori Marti, health education with Student Health Services, such services start with a dose of reality.

“By the time students graduate from high school, over 50 percent have experienced drinking. explained. “Drinking is not a new experience.”

She added what is different for students arriving to college is that parameters – often established by parents – no longer exist for helping them stay safe.

“Out of lack of experience and no more ‘guard rails,’ new students often learn through the school of hard knocks,” Marti said. “They don’t know how to self-monitor.”

Staying Safe

Here are pointers Marti offers for staying safe:

  • Eat before you go out. Something in your stomach helps slow down the body’s absorption of alcohol.
  • Don’t make drinking the focus. If it is, it may be time to find a different group of friends.
  • Come up with reasons for not drinking. It doesn’t have to be a “big story.” It could be simply stated as: “I am the sober driver” or “I took my allergy meds and they don’t play well with alcohol.”
  • Pace yourself. Try limiting yourself to one drink an hour. When your drink is gone, substitute water. Stay hydrated and keep your stomach full.
  • Avoid drinking games, especially one doing shots. Shots can have a delayed reaction. You don’t think they are having an effect until it’s too late.

The ‘Sweet Spot”

Among alcohol awareness information available through Student Health Services is a small packet containing information on what is termed “the Sweet Spot.” That represents the number of drinks a person can have and stay in a safer, “buzz” range.

“Contrary to popular belief, we actually feel the every best (when drinking) when our blood alcohol concentration is between a .02-06. Whaaaat? You heard right – it doesn’t take much alcohol to catch a great buzz, feel relaxed and sociable,” the handout states

For a 120-pound woman, that is about 2.5 drinks over a two-hour period.

Legally Intoxicated Is Closer Than You Think

The packet also includes a blood alcohol calculator. That same 120-pound woman can be legally intoxicated after drinking 2 drinks within an hour’s time. The chart determines a drink as one 12oz. beer or 5 ounces of wine or 1.5 oz of hard liquor.

Many students today conceal their alcohol in soda or water bottles. If you fill a one liter soda bottle with hard liquor that is the equivalent of more than 22 shots.

Save A Life: Know The Signs Of Alcohol Poisoning

A third handout in the packet include life saving information for instances of alcohol poisoning. The magnet uses the acronyms MUST HELP that spell the signs of alcohol poisoning – Mental confusion, Unresponsive, Snoring (gasping for air), Throwing up, Hypothermia, Erratic breathing, Loss of consciousness, Pale or bluish skin.

Marti added that symptoms of alcohol poisoning, if not treated, escalate because blood alcohol levels can continue to go up even after a person passes out.

When this happens during a party, fellow parties can react in ways that range from ignoring the individual to pulling pranks at their expense.

“There’s times when people think its so funny to drawn or mark all over the face of someone who is passed out,” Marti said. “That is totally unacceptable behavior because if that person is not responding, that person is unconscious.”

The proper action is to stay with that person. Be aware of the MUST HELP signs and try to determine the state of the intoxicated individual. A brisk sternum rub or pulling a whisker or hair can help determine alertness. If the individual is non-responsive, it is time to call 911.

Under Alcohol Amnesty laws, an individual who calls for emergency assistance and stays with the person until medical help arrives cannot be charged with an alcohol related offense.

Marti adds that it takes a brave sense of maturity to come to the aid of an individual, particularly when it means “being brave enough to call 911 and get a party busted.”

Marti added a more important consideration is the long-term impact on your life and death decision.

“Can you help a friend – or maybe a complete stranger? Do you want to call 911 and save someone’s life or say ‘I don’t know that person.’ You just never know whose life you may save,” Marti said.

While the University has not experienced a death related to alcohol poisoning since 2008, Marti said educating students to keep them safe and healthy is a prime directive in sharing the sobering facts about the dangers and consequences of excessive alcohol use.

The Student Health Services offers helpful online information including the archives of “Take A Shot Q&A” with timely topics addressing facts and myths about substance use and abuse. Their site also includes information on Drug and Alcohol Information

Police Enforce ‘Zero Tolerance’ To Alcohol Violations As Classes Resume

by LENNY KOUPAL, CSU Communications Coordinator

In your first week of college life, you probably imagine settling in, finding your way around campus, socializing and making friends.

You may not be thinking about a $200 fine, spending a night in the “drunk tank” or a weekend in detox – or worse yet – getting a DWI or ending up in the hospital.

But it happens. Officer Stephanie Wilkins with the Mankato Department of Public Safety sees it all as Mankato DPS takes a “zero tolerance” approach to alcohol-related violations during the opening weeks of college.

‘We want to set the tone that this is not the party town.’

– Officer Stephanie Wilkins, Mankato Department of Public Safety

“If we can cite you for something, we will cite you,” said Wilkins, who serves as the campus liaison officer frequently seen on the Minnesota State University, Mankato campus. “We want to set the tone that this is not the party town.”

Starting the week before classes begin, Mankato DPS posts overtime shifts among its officers. Two to four officers are assigned to handle calls around campus and the surrounding apartment complexes and neighborhoods.

“That is their sole duty,” Wilkins said as college classes resume around Mankato. She added that police respond to calls throughout Mankato, among the calls are loud party complaints.

“One of the frequent calls in those first few weeks of school is the loud party,” Wilkins said.

Generally, two to three officers respond to a loud party. The officers request to speak with the tenants of the residence. They see if alcohol is present and if people at the residence appear under the age of 21.

If they suspect underage drinking, they begin processing the party. All individuals over 21 are identified and are allowed to leave. Those under age are submitted to a preliminary breath test. If they’ve been drinking, they are cited.

Wilkins said the fine starts around $187. Individuals may also be detained or sent to the hospital if they are found to have excessive alcohol levels. After everyone else has been processed, the police will visit with tenants of the residence. Those individuals can be cited for a social host violation; for providing a place for underage alcohol consumption.

Among the heavy list of citations are such violations as underage possession, underage consumption and open container. Sometimes those arrests are made as individuals try to transport alcohol to and from a party.

While the police don’t make random stops, officers will approach an individual if a situation looks suspicious. A late-night weekend walk with an oversized backpack can attract attention. So can a soda bottle often used for concealing alcohol or a mixed drink.

“We have seen a number of open containers walking around campus,” Wilkins said. “And if you have a big backpack we know you’re not studying at 2 in the morning.”

Wilkins said heavily intoxicated individuals will be detained until they can be released to a sober adult. If no one is available, the individual may go to detox. When warranted, individuals will be transported to the hospital.

Drunk individuals detained by police are first taken to the “drunk tank,” – a small room with a plastic chair and a waste basket. An individual may later be transported to the regional detox facility in New Ulm. That generally means a day or weekend stay in the facility along with an additional daily charge of around $300.

Wilkins said the police also handle higher than normal cases for driving while intoxicated or cases involving drugs. Often that involves marijuana. Getting caught with pot is a petty misdemeanor. Smoking in a vehicle raises the charge to a misdemeanor. Drug paraphernalia that appears to have been used results in another charge, whether or not any drugs have been discovered.

Wilkins said another type of violation is the use of fake IDs. Overseas online sites now offer fake IDs for $200-$300. Bouncers and other bar employees are skillful at detecting false identification.

“If they have any questions, they call an officer,” Wilkins added. Police can access various records to check on the accurate age of an individual. Getting caught with a fake ID is a gross misdemeanor.

Wilkins advice to anyone stopped by police is to cooperate. If a resident refuses to answer the door at a suspected party, Wilkins said the officers can get a search warrant. With today’s technology, an online warrant electronically signed by a judge can be processed in a short amount of time. With a signed warrant, police can legally enter a residence.

“Our goal is for everyone to have fun, but be safe and be smart,” Wilkins said. “Be cooperative. Cooperate and be polite and honest.”

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.

FOR ALL SAFETY MATTERS, INCLUDING CONCERNS ABOUT A STUDENT’S MENTAL HEALTH – CALL UNIVERSITY SECURITY 24/7 (507) 389-2111; or DIAL 911 IN AN EMERGENCY.

 

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

By ALEJANDRO REYES VEGA, CSU PR Student Assistant

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!

 

Move-In Information

By ALEJANDRO REYES VEGA, CSU PR Student Assistant

Move-in can be an exhausting and chaotic time. Hundreds of students and parents are all trying to move in at the same time. Most students will want to move in Thursday and we encourage them to do so, that way they can participate in Welcome Week.  So, what should you do?

Here are some helpful tricks and suggestions to make move-in go smoother:

  • Dress comfortably, it’s going to be a long day and you might have to carry a lot of stuff so try to be as comfortable as possible.
  • Prepare yourself for any weather, this is the Midwest and the weather can change quickly and easily, so it can either be hot and humid or cool and rainy.
  • Move-in what really is necessary, some things are not needed in the dorms right away. Some examples include winter jackets, formal wear, all your shoes, etc.
  • Keep a good sense of humor, hundreds of students and parents are going to be moving it at the same time so there will be lines in the elevators and the hallways will be crowded, so a good sense of humor will take you a long way and will make everyone’s day easier.

 

Traffic will be routed in a specific way and it will be heavy. Therefore, during move-in each specific residence community will have maps to inform on the route you should take as well as where you can unload your vehicle, and how to check-in.

 

Each residence community has designated areas for unloading, check-in, and shuttles. Follow the rules to prevent being ticketed and make the process smoother. It is important that vehicles should never be left unattended in an unloading zone, volunteers will be present to help unload belonging and watch them when necessary.

 

Here are the links to all the residence Community’s Move-In Information and their respective map:

 

McElroy

McElroy Map

 

Preska

Preska Map

 

Crawford

Crawford Map

 

Julia Sears

Julia Sears Map

 

Stadium Heights

Stadium Heights Map

 

Here is the link for the general move-in page: http://www.mnsu.edu/reslife/housing/new/move_in/move_in_fall/