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MSU, Mankato Reporter

Transcript of January 28, 2014

  • www.msureporter.comMinnesota State University, Mankato H 86L 66TUESDAY H 86L 66WEDNESDAY H 86L 66THURSDAY



    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

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    Tuesday, January 28, 2014


    Manicled MondayMSU closes campus for first time in 12

    years, cancels Monday daytime classes

    A dull roar echoed through the hillside of southern Minnesota Sunday night as the students of MSU-Mankato rejoiced while re-ceiving an update that their Uni-versity had done the unthinkable: cancelled classes.

    As undergrads, masters stu-dents, professors and faculty alike huddled around television sets all evening for the continued and never-ending list of school cancellations and closings across the state, a text message from the MSU, Mankato STAR ALERT system appeared on most stu-dents cell phones at 7:58 p.m. bringing in the joyous news.

    Daytime classes for Mon-day, Jan 2 are cancelled due to weather conditions, the text alert read, making yesterday the first snow day for most students at MSU. The University also closed all offices on campus from 10:30 p.m. Sunday night to noon Mon-day due to road conditions in the southern part of the state.

    Class cancellations have hap-pened often, but president Rich-ard Davenport does not remember the University closing like this in his 12 years at MSU.

    Theres quite a process for determining whether we are go-ing to cancel classes or to close the University, Davenport said. Closing the University rarely ever happens so that was a big decision but we have cancelled classes many times because of weather.

    Along with MSU, the Univer-sity of Minnesota, St. Cloud State University, College of St. Bene-dict/St. Johns University, Augs-burg College, Hamline University and many other technical colleges were among the list of schools to close their doors Monday, along with a majority of high schools around the state.

    Often youll see community colleges close but universities stay open, Davenport explained. One of these reasons is they are typically not a residential campus and their students are coming

    from all over the place.The private colleges go off

    their own checklist for closing school, but MnSCU has its own policy for emergency closings that puts the responsibility of de-ciding the outcome towards the president of the University.

    According to MnSCU board

    policy 4.4, the authority to can-cel classes due to weather condi-tions or other short term emergen-cies resides with the college or University president or the presi-dents designee.

    MSUs strategy for such

    events is under the emergency closing policy, where a definition is laid out for severe weather. It reads that sever weather is typi-cally defined, but not limited to, heavy snowfall (typically greater than 6), ice storms or excessive winds which result in the closure of multiple, surrounding major roads and create significant safety

    concerns.The unreasonable road condi-

    tions, along side winds reaching 20-plus miles per hour left Presi-dent Richard Davenport with the tough task of deciding whether MSU students would be forced to make the trek towards campus

    Monday.We were hearing other col-

    leges and public schools closing but in this particular case, we saw highways closing, Davenport said, who noted that many of the major highways surrounding the city were closed last night. That means our students, faculty and

    staff would have a hard time get-ting home (Sunday night) and get-ting here (Monday morning).

    Though University offices re-opened at noon and evening classes were still in session, the feeling was mutual across cam-

    pus that a day away from frigid temperatures and unsympathetic road conditions was reasonable.

    Nicholas Nothom, a sopho-more in the mechanical engineer-ing department still rode his mo-ped four miles to campus Monday morning through the cold to study in the warm confines of the Cen-tennial Student Union. He under-stood that with people coming into Mankato from the outside, it would have made for tough condi-tions on the roads into town.

    I think it was probably a good decision to cancel school for the day since some people might not have been able to get here, Noth-om said.

    Sean Anderson also agreed that daytime classes should have been cancelled, though his sym-pathies lay more with students walking in than driving.

    Its smart, especially with people that live in the dorms and have to walk anyway, Anderson, a junior elementary education major said. They dont want to be out in the cold.

    Andersons reasoning for walking to campus from down the hill even through the cancel-lation is due to the partial closing of University offices Monday, as his place of business, Barnes and Noble, was still open partially throughout the day. He, like oth-ers still had to work on this free day, but still felt the University made the right decision regarding the roads and temperatures.

    That or a lot of snow, Ander-son explained. I guess in Minne-sota it depends on snow or cold.

    As for Davenport, he was hap-py with his decision to keep the campus inhabitants safe while cancelling classes and shutting down campus for a part of the day. He did receive one distraught e-mail from a parent about the cancelling of classes, where he recognized their reasoning, but reiterated the idea of keeping the campus safe.

    I understood that they were unhappy about not getting their moneys worth, Davenport said. But in this situation safety is the first concern.

    REECE HEMMESCHEditor in Chief

    For the closing of the University, we wanted to make sure all of our employees got home safely. In the cancelling of classes, we do certainly make sure that the safety of our students and faculty is first and foremost. -Richard Davenport, MSU President

    Photo Courtesy of Associated PressHigh winds and low temperatures and blowing snow made outdoor activities dangerous for the unprepared Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014

  • 2 MSU Reporter News Tuesday, January 28, 2014

    Stalking, a crime that often leaves no trace of a suspect, can leave unsuspecting victims dam-aged, afraid or dead.

    Stalking comes in various forms, including through an intimate source- these people have typically been in a close relationship with the victim be-fore becoming obsessive. Family members, close friends and oth-er close relationships can cause stalking.

    Stalking through intimate sources can sometimes be the deadliest, since the stalkers have the easiest pathway to fulfill their obsessions. They can ex-press love and caring one mo-ment and become vicious and angry at other times.

    Stalkers also may want to help heal their damaged self-es-teem by continuing to focus on one object, hoping that one day their dreams and desires will be fulfilled.

    Resentful stalking is when a

    January: Stalking awareness monthImportant tips about stalkers can lead to

    a greater awareness to help save your life.

    SAM WILMESNews Editor

    stalker feels as though their vic-tim has committed an injustice to them in the past. Often cen-tered out of irrational beliefs, the stalker is oftentimes a paranoid personality who wants to even the score.

    Intimacy-seeking stalking arises when arises out of the context of loneliness and severe mental trauma. Stalkers of this type are often strangers or ac-quaintances, however distant, of the victim. This type of stalker is often extremely detached from reality- many feel that they are already in a relationship with the victim. Stalking is usually maintained by the stalker fuel-ing his fire of unbridled passion for the unwitting and oftentimes unknowing victim.

    Incompetent stalkers do so out of a context of lust or loneli-ness. This type of stalker, how-ever, is not interested in fulfill-ing a long-term relationship. Stalkers cut from this cloth typi-cally suffer from disorders on the autism spectrum, making it hard for them to interpret social cues. These stalkers often cant

    comprehend the anxiety they put their victims through.

    Predatory stalkers arise from the context of devious sexual practices and interests. In this case, stalkers usually gain great satisfaction out of stalking, mainly due to their feelings of control over someone.

    College age students are the

    most likely victims of stalking. A whopping 53 percent of stalk-ing victims are under the age of 25.

    Intimacy stalking is the far most common form of stalking. 66 percent of people who report-ed having been stalked in the past year attributed it to some-one who had previously filled a

    close bond in their life. Be wary of the first signs of

    stalking because oftentimes the stalker can climax his obses-sion before you even realize that there is a threat on the horizon. Helping recognize the signs can prevent you from becoming an-other statistic, or a stalkers next victim.

    ALEX KERKMANStaff Writer

    Web PhotoJanuary calls attention to the important issue of stalking.

  • Tuesday, January 28, 2014 News MSU Reporter 3

    January: Stalking awareness month

    For many Americans, the Su-per Bowl is the most anticipated and watched viewing spectacle

    in the country all year long. One MSU student will view the event from a slightly different perspec-tive.

    Jessica Gumbert, a Minne-sota State University, Mankato

    MSU student to attend Super BowlJessica Gumbert, a leader on campus across many fronts,

    will be working on the grandest stage of them all.

    ALEX KERKMANStaff Writer

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