Reflecting on the Holocaust

October 10, 2018, inSIDER

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.


The Freshman 15: What Foods to Eat and Which to Avoid

October 10, 2018, inSIDER

by AFURE ADAH, CSU Communications Student Assistant

The Freshman 15 is something that can affect anyone during their first year of school.  Common reasons students tend to get the “freshman 15” is a decline in physical exercise and unhealthy diet. Below are some tips and tricks to help you manage your diet and avoid putting on that unwanted weight.


  • French fries, pizza, burgers, hot wings, onion rings, etc…
  • Okay: raw fruits and vegetables


  • Ice cream, chocolate bars, sorbet, gelato
  • Okay: fat-free fro-yo, popsicles, fruit and juice bars


  • Beer, peanuts, nachos, hot dogs, popcorn
  • Okay: bottled water, popsicles


  • Potato chips, soda, candy bars, cookies
  • Okay: sugar free gum, water, mini pretzels


  • Tortilla chips, cheese puffs, snack cakes, potato chips
  • Okay: ready-to-eat salads, cereal, pre cut vegetables, frozen vegetables


  • Bacon, hot dogs
  • Okay: none

I hope these tips were helpful to you all. It is an interesting way to look at different foods and in a fun way to make better eating choices. Don’t let the Freshman 15 creep up on you this Spooky Szn!

150th Celebration

by ALEJANDRO REYES VEGA, CSU Communications Student Staff

The University is celebrating 150 years! It is not every day that an institution reaches such a milestone. The University has already had over 150 events in the past year but this is the grand finale week.

So make sure you attend the last few events because they are open to every member of the MSU community. The upcoming events are:

Thursday, October 4

Maverick Icons: Leaders with Big Ideas

This is a ticketed event and will happen in the Verizon Center

Saturday, October 6

The Birthday Bash

This event from 7-11 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union is open to all and offers a wide range of activities. Highlighting the night will be outdoor laser show. The full list of activities follows:

Sunday, October 7

Happy Birthday to the University! The date marks the 150th anniversary of the official opening of Mankato Normal School which we know today as Minnesota State University, Mankato.

For the full schedule click here.

Your College Student Still Needs You

by MORGAN STOLPA, CSU Communications Student Intern

College students need your support, advice and knowledge as they begin to take on adult responsibilities. It is vital that parents adapt to their new role as the resilient force in their student’s educational journey.

Supporting Your Student is Essential

After the first few weeks of class, students need several things from their parents. However, one of the most important things is support. Regardless of how well your student says college is going, there are always going to be bumps in the road. As a parent, it’s important to know the resources available for your student on-campus. Alert your student on the academic advising and health services available to them. Whether it be the the center for students with disabilities, the writing center, health services, the career center or many of the other services offered on-campus, encourage your student to utilize the numerous valuable campus resources. To locate these resources and more, consult the university’s website and find more information about them at:

Plan to Visit Your Student

There’s nothing quite like seeing how your student is managing the college lifestyle. One way for parents to do this first-hand is by planning a visit. Whether it be for a football game or the traditional Family Weekend (Oct. 12-14). One of the benefits of Family Weekend is the opportunity to participate in many events happening on-campus. For a list of all the events happening over Family Weekend, visit the New Students and Family Programs page on university’s website and select register for Family Weekend.

Keep in Contact

Contacting your student can be done in a number of ways. Whether it be texting, emailing, calling, sending packages or facetiming. Remember that your student won’t always have time to respond to all of your contacts. However, they want to hear from you. Your student misses you and appreciates hearing from you. Be sure to let your student know you’re thinking of them.

Stay Informed

If you’re interested in staying up-to-date on events, important issues and dates in the university calendar. Visit the New Student and Family Programs page on the university website, scroll down and select subscribe to updates.

When the Family Comes: 5 Tips to Prep for Family Weekend

by BRETT MARSHALL, CSU Communications Student Staff

Family Weekend is upon us! For some of you that means seeing your mom or dad and siblings for the first time since you moved in a little more than a month ago. For others, it just means your parents are the ones making the drive this time around. But now that they’re coming to see you, you need to get ready? I’ve compiled five helpful tips that will impress your family:

  1. Clean your room. It sounds pretty self-explanatory, but making sure your room is clean is a key to showing your parents and family that you’re able to handle life on your own. Make your bed, take out the trash, scrub down the sink and bathroom and make sure everything is in order. First impressions are everything.
  2. Let your roommate know they’re coming. The last thing you want is your family to come to town and walk into your room to a snoring/sleeping roommate. Make sure you contact your roommate and let him or her know when you’re family is coming. Coordinate with them and you may even be able to solicit their help for cleaning your room.
  3. Make a plan. A pleasant surprise for your family is having something planned for when they arrive. MSU sponsors lots of Family Weekend Events, but there are plenty of things to do (and places to eat) in Mankato! Suggest an activity to them when they arrive and you’d be surprised at what they’re willing to do.
  4. Show them around campus. Now that you have a better feel for campus, take your family around campus and show them some of your favorite places and where some of your classes are. They’re sure to be interested in what you’ve been up to since they last dropped you off.
  5. Thank them! Before they hit the road and head home, be sure to thank your family for coming. It’s a small gesture, but gratitude always goes a long way, especially with your loved ones.

And that’s it! The most important part of Family Weekend is to simply enjoy your time with family and have fun!

Host A Family Visit Oct. 12-14

Family Weekend Offers Activities For Family Fun

by AFURE ADAH, CSU Communications Student Staff

Family Weekend is almost here.

Every fall semester, Family Weekend provides a great time to have your family visit and join you for some awesome events.

Here is a run down of all the events that will be happening during Family Weekend, October 12-14.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Noon – 6:00 p.m.: Registration / Check In (for those that did not pick up their registration information prior to the event), New Student and Family Programs Office, Preska Residence Community 103

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.: Memorial Library Open House and Tours, Memorial Library – Brief tours highlighting the different library services and resources available on the Minnesota State Mankato campus.

5:00 – 11:30 p.m.: FREE Cosmic Bowling and Billiards, Maverick Bullpen, lower level of the Centennial Student Union – All lanes/tables will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.

5:00 p.m.: Stomper’s Cinema – Incredibles 2, Ostrander Auditorium, Centennial Student Union – Free admission to registered families. Concessions available for purchase.

6:00 – 9:00 p.m.: Open Recreation Time, Otto Recreation Center – Head for a great workout, play some basketball, or do many other activities in our campus recreation center. Just sign in at the desk and enjoy your time at the Rec Center! Free access for our Family Weekend Guests. Open Gym, Walking/Jogging Track, Weight Room, Cardio Area and Racquetball Courts. No minors in Weight Room or Cardio Area.

7:00 p.m.: Stomper’s Cinema – Incredibles 2, Ostrander Auditorium, Centennial Student Union – Free admission to registered families. Concessions available for purchase.

7:07 p.m.: Maverick Hockey vs Boston University, Verizon Center, 12 Civic Center Plaza (off campus) – Individual game tickets go on sale the first Monday of October at the Verizon Center ticket office and all Ticketmaster locations or call 800-745-3000. Reserved Adult $16-35; Reserved Youth $8-14 (ages 3-17)

8:00PM – 9:00 p.m.: Family Weekend Feature: Wacky Chad, Bresnan Arena, Taylor Center- Wacky Chad is an award-winning pogo stick performer who appeared twice on America’s Got Talent twice and at a Superbowl event. Prepare to be amazed! Show includes:

  • Award Winning Pogo Stick Tricks
  • Tall Unicycle (5′, 7′, or 9′)
  • “Dangerous” Juggling
  • Skateboard Tricks
  • Tiny Bicycle
  • Balancing
  • Comedy with Audience Participation
  • Other Miscellaneous Tricks

8:00 – 10:00 p.m.: Star Gazing, Andreas Observatory – You can reach the observatory by a short walk south on the gravel road from Green Parking Lot 1. Weather permitting; check the Family Weekend Schedule online for cancellation updates.

9:30 p.m.: Stomper’s Cinema – Incredibles 2, Ostrander Auditorium, Centennial Student Union

Saturday, October 13, 2018

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Registration / Check In (for those that did not pick up their registration information prior to the event), Myers Field House (near the entrance to the track)

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.: Learning Community Meet and Greet, Heritage Room, Centennial Student Union – Meet and greet for Learning Community students and their families. Members of the Learning Community team will be available to answer questions or just say hello!

9:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.: FREE Cosmic Bowling and Billiards, Maverick Bullpen, lower level of the Centennial Student Union

9:15 a.m.: Family Weekend Kids Stomper Sprint, Fitness Trail Entrance/Outdoor Track, near the MSU softball fields and Green Parking Lot 1 – Calling all kids to join Stomper for a Kids Fun Run on our outdoor track! Event includes 100-meter fun run for kids ages 4 and under and a 400-meter (1 lap) fun run for kids ages 5 and up. No pre-registration. Meet at the entrance to the track (right next to the start of the 5K) by 9:10 a.m. A waiver must be signed by a parent or guardian the morning of the event in order for the child to participate.

9:30 a.m.: Family Weekend 5k Fun Run/Walk, Fitness Trail, near the MSU softball fields and Green Parking Lot 1 – Join us for a FREE non-competitive 5K fun Run/Walk on our paved fitness trail by the softball fields and Green Parking Lot 1. T-shirts are provided to the first 200 participants who check in at the 5k registration table on the day of the event starting at 8:45 a.m. A separate pre-registration is required for this event. Registrations are accepted starting at 8:45 a.m. A waiver must be signed by all participants the morning of the event in order to participate.

10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Family Fun Carnival, Myers Field House – Enjoy games, caricatures, photo booth, indoor rock wall climbing, inflatables and other fun things for the entire family, brought to you in part by the Residence Hall Association (RHA).

10:30 a.m.: Alumni Legacy Brunch, Centennial Student Union Ballroom – The Office of Alumni Relations presents a brunch for students who have family members who are MSU alumni. Invitations will be sent via email to Legacy Families. If you are a Legacy Family and have not received an invitation, please contact the Alumni Office at 507-389-1515 or An RSVP is required.

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Pictures with Stomper, Myers Field House – Have a professional photo taken with the Maverick mascot, Stomper. You will have the opportunity to have a photo emailed to you or order online after the event.

11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.: Open Recreation Time, Otto Recreation Center – Free access for our Family Weekend Guests. No minors in Weight Room or Cardio Area.

12:00 p.m.: Stomper’s Cinema – Incredibles 2, Ostrander Auditorium, Centennial Student Union

1:00 p.m.: Maverick Football vs. Minot State, Blakeslee Stadium- General admission is $5 for adults (normally $10) and FREE for youth ages 17 and under (normally $5). Current MSU students get in free with MavCARD.

2:00 – 4:00 p.m.: Open Swim, Highland Center Pool

3:00 – 5:00 p.m.: Disc Golf, near Parking Lot 1 – Play a round on MSU’s 9-hole Maverick Disc Golf course! Our very own par 3 disc golf course is open for you to play year-round, dawn till dusk. Meet the Campus Recreation staff at the northwest corner of Lot 1 (right field fence of the Women’s Softball diamond) to grab a scorecard, map and check out a disc to use. Feel free to bring your own disc golf discs, too.

3:00 p.m.: Stomper’s Cinema – Incredibles 2, Ostrander Auditorium, Centennial Student Union

4:00 – 7:00 p.m.: Outdoor Rock Climbing, Outdoor Rock Climbing Wall – Enjoy our outdoor rock climbing wall! The feel and texture of this climbing wall is amazingly realistic, allowing climbers to use natural features and attached handholds to climb unique routes up the wall. Take on the challenge of climbing this 35-foot pinnacle! Come to Green Parking Lot 1 and take a short walk down the gravel road.

7:07 p.m.: Maverick Hockey vs Boston University, Verizon Center, 12 Civic Center Plaza (off campus) – Individual game tickets go on sale the first Monday of October at the Verizon Center ticket office and all Ticketmasterlocations or call 800-745-3000. Reserved adult $16-35; Reserved youth $8-14 (ages 3-17)

8:00 – 10:00 p.m.: Star Gazing, Andreas Observatory- Weather permitting; check the Family Weekend Schedule online for cancellation updates.

8:00, 9:00, and 10:00 p.m.: Mavericks After Dark: The Price is Right, Ostrander Auditorum, Centennial Student Union – Three shows!  Please arrive 30 minutes early to the show. Limit 350 people per show – get your free tickets now! mnsuevents.comOver $2,000 in prizes! Back by popular demand, the Student Events Team  will be hosting the “The Price is Right” game show. Students and families will have a chance to win prizes such as groceries from Hy-Vee, kitchen appliances, free bowling at Wow Zone for a Semester, and so much more!

Sunday, October 14, 2018

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.:  2018 Deep Valley Book Festival, Mankato Event Center, 12 Civic Center Plaza (off campus) – The FREE, day-long festival includes authors Lorna Landvik, David Geister, and more than 40 Minnesota authors, illustrators, publishers and literary organizations. The Festival provides the chance for guests to interact with their favorite authors and meet new ones. For more information, visit

11:00 a.m.: Mass with the Catholic Mavs, St. Thomas More Catholic Newman Center, 1502 Warren St. – Begin your day by celebrating with the CatholicMavs. Coffee and donuts to follow Mass. All are welcome!

Noon: Watch Minnesota Vikings vs the Arizona Cardinals, Maverick Bullpen, lower level of the Centennial Student Union – Watch the game on one of the many TV’s in the Maverick Bullpen lounges.

1:00 – 6:00 p.m.: Open Recreation Time, Otto Recreation Center – Free access for our Family Weekend guests. Open gym, walking/jogging track, weight room, cardio area and racquetball courts. No minors in weight room or cardio area.

2:00 – 4:00 p.m.: Open Swim, Highland Center Pool

Individuals with a disability who need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this event, please contact New Student and Family Programs at 507-389-5498 (V), 800-627-3529 or 711 (MRS/TTY) at least five days prior to the event. This document is available in alternative format to individuals with disabilities by calling the above numbers.

Time Capsule

If we were to do a time capsule, what are some of the things that would represent us best? What would we like to save for 25 years and revel in the world again?

Trends come and go and some of them never come back (hopefully). Others, seem to always resurrect, like Converse. Others die and most people don’t seem to even remember them like the Kylie Jenner lip challenge.

Music changes and evolves as time passes and so do many other things like video games, tech gadgets and even lingo.

Just imagine all the iPhones we have gone through in the past 20 years. From the very first ones to the 4, 4s, 5, 5s, 5c, 6, 6s, 7, 8, and the X. Then, we have fidget spinners, and somehow we should definitely include how games have evolved, from Minecraft to Fortnite.

Other trends we should include in our time capsule are snap spectacles, a Mac Miller CD, and maybe a pair of high-waisted jeans since those seem to be back again.

What else would you like to include in our time capsule?



Celebrating 150 Years of MSU: What It Means for You!

Minnesota State is set to celebrate a major milestone in 2018 as it will celebrate its 150th birthday.

“It’s a huge milestone for our institution,” Paul Hustoles, chair of the 150th observance, said. “It gives us an opportunity to really look at our past and an opportunity to think about the next 150 years. It’s not every day you get to celebrate your 150th birthday.”

Founded on Oct. 7, 1868, MSU is Minnesota’s third oldest university behind Winona State University (1858) and the University of Minnesota (1851). MSU has been celebrating over the last year and it will cap off the celebrations with homecoming and a few other events in the coming weeks.

“We have had more than 150 events during the past year, including this past summer,” Hustoles said. “We are just coming into our ‘grand finale week.'”

The full schedule of events for the 150th Celebration Week, courtesy of Paul Hustoles.

Celebration events include the “Stomping Through the Decades” Homecoming Parade, several presentations, dedications to MSU buildings, speakers and more. Saturday, Oct. 6 marks the finale of the celebration and will be the Birthday Bash party in the CSU.

“We are taking over the CSU and it should be a great time,” Hustoles said. “Of course we will have cake and ice cream, but also fun and games, a variety show, a big dance and an amazing laser show projected onto to the CSU.”

Hustoles said the event is free to “every member of our MSU community” and more details regarding the event should be available soon. He also stressed the importance of celebrating the university’s milestone.

“Current students will forever be part of our history. [There’s] no time like the present to celebrate our collective past and our anticipated future,” he said.

For more information about MSU’s 150th Observance, please contact Paul Hustoles at or visit

The Best Weekend Yet

by: Brett Marshall

Homecoming weekend is usually one of students’ favorite events of the year and that’s largely due to the exciting events that take place.

You’ve probably seen the event names all over the place, but what exactly should you expect? Luckily for you, this is my fifth homecoming, so I’m here to provide you with a little rundown of the week’s remaining events.

Lip Sync & Coronation

By far one of my favorite events of the year. During the last two or three weeks, RSOs have formed teams and have been practicing a full-blown dance routine. The routines usually last five to six minutes and include props, flips, lifts, one person always lip syncing and much more. Thursday at 7 p.m. in Bresnan Arena, the teams perform their routines live in front of a panel of judges and students and are scored on certain criteria including, but not limited to, originality, creativity and incorporating the homecoming theme.

After each of the teams has performed its routine, the Student Events Team reveals the MSU Homecoming Royalty. Two people are crowned and win based on interviews and votes from MSU students. Following that, the judges announce the winners of the Lip Sync competition. The atmosphere of this event is electric and the performers always put on dazzling routines. If you only make it to one event this weekend, make sure it’s lip sync!

Homecoming Concert

Fetty Wap comes to Kato as one of the biggest names the campus has seen in recent memory. He’s sure to put on amazing show, which will begin with a performance from Silento. The concert is always packed, loud and exciting. Grab some friends and catch a one-of-a-kind concert in Myers Field House Friday at 7 p.m.

Homecoming Parade

This should be one of the best parades MSU has ever had. Saturday’s Stomping Through the Decades Parade will be downtown for the first time in years. The parade, which begins at 10 a.m., is packed full of Maverick pride including royalty, handmade RSO floats, local law enforcement and fire vehicles, Maverick Machine pep band, city officials, academic clubs and many other entries. RSO’s compete by trying to create the best float and are again scored by a panel of judges. They go all out for these and often have jaw dropping setups as they stroll down the street. To find out more details and to find transportation information for the parade, check out last week’s article.

Football Game

The rival Huskies of St. Cloud State University come town for the Homecoming Finale. The Mavericks enter the weekend ranked as the #1 team in Division II setting the stage for a terrific matchup. Grab your friends, pack Blakeslee Stadium Saturday at 2 p.m. and cheer the Mavs to victory.

CSU Journey Painting

by AFURE ADAH, CSU Communications Student Staff

In honor of the 150th Anniversary of our school, I thought I would throw it back to the “Journey” painting in the CSU. I am sure many of you have noticed and walked by the beautiful painting by  nationally renowned painter, Marian Anderson. Since it is such an iconic historical painting here at our school I’m going to give you some back story on the piece.

Let’s first take a look at the image and some of the iconic locations featured in it. Notable buildings include the Taylor Center (bottom middle), Ostrander Bell Tower (top right) and the fountain (middle). The right side features a highlight on athletics including a tip of the hat to the 2009 Women’s Basketball Team, who won the National Championship. The planes in the top left corner are a metaphor to “represent the promise of tomorrow.”

The painting was created by Minnesota native, Marian Anderson, who said she had to experience and get a feeling of campus before she could paint it. Her vision for the piece came from enthusiasm shared by alumni and the campus community after a tour of campus. Anderson said her vision wasn’t about capturing a collection of campus buildings, but instead, about bringing pride and promise to the canvas.

The montage is a journey that carries the viewer through the past to the ever evolving future at MSU Mankato. The amount of symbolism in the piece is almost endless, but as a whole, Marian said she wanted to “ignite people’s thinking so it will bring out their memories on their own” and to “deliver the promise of the future.”

So now that you know the story behind “Journey,” I encourage you to take a closer look and be inspired.