• Student-led initiative aimsto make campus moreenvironmentally friendly
By Elyse Johnson
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Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple andtechnological visionary, lost the battlewith cancer dying at the age of 56. Jobsis known for helping develop the largedata collecting computers into personalcomputers and simplifying navigation withclickable images. In full acknowledgementof his medical well-being, he stepped downas CEO of Apple in Aug. and went for aNew to the academic curriculum at St.Catherine University (SCU) is the Women*in the Arts minor, which is the rst of itskind in the state of Minnesota. The detailsof the curriculum for the minor have beencritically mapped out, even the requirementof the asterisk in its title.“This minor[’s asterisk] emphasizes thatit will recognize all people from all differentspheres of gender preference. This has beensomething that I have, disappointingly, notrecognized before in a course of study,” seniorAnna Ruhland said. “This factor of the minoris the most important and signicant aspectof the course; everybody and anybody shalland will be recognized and acknowledged.”Multiple disciplines of artistry are combinedinto the Woman* in the Arts curriculum,and this can be an easily achieved minorfor students.“This minor is a great way to showcase thevibrant arts offerings that we have on campusand to cross-fertilize our artistic communities.As a teacher of creative writing, I would loveto have more musicians and fashion students
• Women* in the Arts minor introduced this academic year
By Becky Doucette
The student-led Senate, Minnesota PublicInterest Research Group (MPIRG), andSodexo are striving to make the 2011-2012academic year a time that inspires studentsto become more environmentally conscious.Reusable water bottles and recycling haveseemingly become the norms, but St. CatherineUniversity (SCU) is making it a point to goeven further.“Going green” is nothing new for SCU. In2008, President Andrea J. Lee, IHM, signedthe American College & University Presidents’Climate Commitment (PCC). Under thePCC, SCU is devoted to becoming carbon-neutral, which requires SCU to measure itsgreenhouse gas emissions. This will eventually lead to eliminating greenhouse gas emissionsfrom certain areas on campus. The issue wasbrought to the President by the Senate’s 2008Environmental Issues task force.SCU is taking smaller steps as well. In thecafeteria, consumers have access to reusablecold cups as well as “eco-clams.” Aftercustomers buys into the “eco-clam” program,they avoid paying the extra money for usingother compostable to-go containers.“It’s an exchange program. So you buy intothe program for $5.00 and that’s for the entiretime you are here at SCU,” Sodexo RetailOperations Manager Theresa Cianni said.Providing SCU students with producefrom a local Elk River farm is another way Sodexo is supporting SCU’s movement intoa “greener” future. Fresh goods like peppersand apples are available and Cianni statesthat they are looking forward to doing morelocal-purchasing in the future.“We’re trying to do a lot more sourcingof local or regional (food), and by regional Imean, made in the U.S.,” Cianni said. Sodexo
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less demanding position. He passed away on Oct. 5.
Occupy Wall Street:
A growing movement that has beensweeping the nation is the series of protestsagainst corporate greed within major cities.There is no one single leader or list of demands created yet, however the spread andupdates of the protests have been availablewith the help of the media by the coinedphrase “We are the 99%.” These protestshave been gathering media attention withan incident of pepper spray from a policeofcer and the arrest of 700 protesters inNew York. Recently, unions have beengetting involved with the protests, such asthe AFL-CIO, UAW, the Professional Staff Congress of CUNY, the United Federation of Teachers and National Nurses United. Thereis a current Occupy MN that began Oct. 7.
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writing stories and poems. It would be greatto have more poets taking drawing,” EnglishProfessor Gabrielle Civil said.Since 2010, professors across variousdepartments have visualized what they couldadditionally bring to the Women’s Studies(WOST) curriculum, and the minor wasapproved in April of 2011.To fulll the minor, a student needs tocomplete three courses cross-listed with WOST,one cross-listed with Critical Studies of Raceand Ethnicity (CRST) and one elective. Theve courses are required to be spread acrosstwo different artistic disciplines.“We have great arts programs here and wehave great women’s studies programs. Someof the most worth-while classes offered atSCU relate to woman and the arts,” seniorMolly Davy said.Students pursuing the minor will observehow it connects to women studies throughan artistic landscape.“Art history in general seems to be a study of men’s accomplishments, and only a smallsection of studies seems to be dedicated towomen’s involvement, and even less so towomen outside of the white-privileged-American-woman category,” Ruhland said.“I feel like this minor will pave the way forfuture feminists and women who share thesame interests as I have.”Davy expressed the importance of educatingwomen about women.“I have always loved the arts, but it wasn’tuntil I started studying at SCU that I realizedhow far sexism stretches. It’s everywhere,”Davy said.The program is geared to push students intoworking in the arts, non-prot organizations
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and women’s advocacy in communities.This minor is not only new to SCU; thereis no other program like this available inMinnesota. This unique program comeswith little surprise to the SCU student body.“This minor is important, especially to[SCU]’s women, since it is an all women’suniversity. To be women* at this school andto be surrounded by like-minded (or not),independent women means that we must,in turn, educate ourselves and each other,”Ruhland said.The Women* and International Developmentmajor is up for approval as a way to continueconnecting women’s critical studies withother programs on campus.“...by becoming women artists ourselves,we are actively engaging with and protestingagainst the patriarchy that has been builtaround us,” Davy said.For more information about the Women*in the Arts minor, there will be an open houseavailable in the Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women on Tuesday, Nov. 8.Becky can be reached at