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Importance of student organizations

The transition from high school to college is hard. Not only are you leaving your parents’ house, but now you have to deal with sharing your space with someone you don’t completely know, trying to find your classes, and most importantly, making friends. If you’re an introvert that just makes it harder. My first semester wasn’t the greatest because I was super shy and put all my attention on my academics, but after a while, that got tiring. So during my second semester, I decided to put myself out there and try out for UTVS News. I figured “why not?” It pertained towards my major and it would help me make friends. Being part of UTVS helped me to become more social and actually leave my room often. Being in the library all of first semester helped me in the long run as well because I got into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Being in these two student organizations has helped me grow as a person by learning my strengths and weaknesses, becoming more social, and boosting my resume. So if you are like the typical SCSU student, you have seen Main Street and Side Street lined up with student organizations vying for student membership at the beginning of every semester. Don’t do yourself a disservice by dismissing all of the student groups as boring and consider the benefits of joining or possibly starting your own student organization. SCSU has 228 registered student organizations you can choose from.

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Don’t be fooled by false claims at crisis pregnancy centers

As fires, heat and storms rage in various parts of the country, so do local reproductive health issues impacting the lives and choices of women in the St. Cloud area.

A recent meeting with our local Crisis Pregnancy Center (CPCs), the Pregnancy Resource Center (PRC), reinforced concerns about the accuracy of their advertising and the information provided to women experiencing crisis pregnancies.

One of my disagreements concerns the question of truth in their advertising.

For example, their mission statement clearly articulates their focus as a Christian-based organization dedicated to stopping all abortions, but their introductory materials don’t include either fact.

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Let’s end the war on women

I am a pro-choice feminist and yes, I have a vagina.

Girl, is that a loaded sentence.

But why should it be? Is it so bad to say that I support a woman’s right to make decisions about her own body? Is it bad to say that I support full equality between men and women? And is it so bad to use the anatomically correct term for my lady parts?

Apparently, the answer is yes.

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Minnesota has a long way to go on women’s issues

The Women’s Foundation of Minnesota conducted research to update a bi-annual publication entitled Status of Women & Girls in Minnesota, and presented highlights at a meeting in St. Cloud in June. They found that women and girls continue to face inequality as compared to their male counterparts in areas such as economics, safety, health, and relationships. These inequalities are even greater for women of color, rural women, LBT women, and women with disabilities. The following is information from the report.

If you are interested in further information, please visit

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