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Members of the Winona State sorority Sigma Sigma Sigma finish a performance for the lip sync battle during this semester’s Greek Week. After a post put on Facebook declaring one of the sororities on campus to be hazing their members, Sigma Sigma Sigma decided to show their stance on the matter on Wednesday, April 5 in Harriet Johnson Auditorium. (Photo contributed by Allison DeRome)

Greek Life takes stand against hazing

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Olivia Volkman-Johnson / Winonan Every fall, Winona State University’s Greek community invites new and current students to join their organizations to get involved on campus, make new friends and raise awareness for different charitable causes. Winona State currently recognizes 12 Greek organizations, which includes four sororities, three fraternities, and four Greek associations, such as…

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This “Still a Safe Space” sign in Minne Hall is in place of the usual sticker that is suppose to symbolize a place for Winona State University studnets to go for no judgements. “Safe Space” signs have recently been reported stolen. (Photo by Nicole Girgen)

“Safe Space” stickers stolen from campus offices

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Cheney Mason / Winonan Faculty and staff have reported stolen “Safe Space” stickers from office doors around the Winona State University campus. “I came into my office and noticed that a personal safe ‘Space Sticker’ of mine was gone on the outside of my door,” women’s gender and sexuality studies professor and LGBT advocate Mary Jo Klinker said. “I was contacted by another…

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New Student Senate executives begin transition

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Sara Tiradossi / Winonan As the school year is wrapping up, junior public administration and legal studies major Ben Reimler, sophomore political science and public administration major Christina Melecio and sophomore nursing major Chris Latzig will take over new seats in the Student Senate executive committee. Raimler was elected as the future student senate president, with Latzig as vice…

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Winona State renegotiates Adobe license

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Nate Nelson / Winonan Winona State University is in the process of renegotiating its licensing of Adobe programs, moving from a site-wide license to individual licenses, with precise numbers coming this summer. For the past four years, Winona State has been paying approximately $140,000 a year for every student on campus to have access to the Adobe Creative Suite, Kenneth Janz, associate vice…

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Junior Public Health Stephanie Shaw attended a conference on Thursday, March 30, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. for the American Diabetes Association’s 2017 Call to Congress advocacy day. (Photo contributed by Stephanie Shaw)

Student advocates for diabetes awareness

Posted on Apr 19th, 2017 - By Zach Bailey - 0 Comments

Sara Tiradossi / Winonan Junior Stephanie Shaw was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2006, when she was nine years old. Her brother was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes on his 16th birthday in 2015, which made paying for insulin and medical costs not easy for her family, according to Shaw. On Thursday, March 30, Shaw attended a conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. for the American…

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Students fund company with WarriorsINNOVATE challenge

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Cheney Mason / Winonan Four finalists at Winona State University competed in the WarriorsINNOVATE challenge on Monday, April 10, for $5,000 each to jump start their companies. Treedome Productions and Children of Incarcerated Parents were the two winners of the challenge. Children of Incarcerated Parents is a nonprofit summer program to support children dealing with incarcerated parents and…

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Senior Calvin Johnson long boards across campus on Saturday April, 15. Johnson designed board racks that will be installed at different locations on campus. (Photo by Colin Kohrs)

Student designs longboard racks

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Colin Kohrs / Winonan Longboarders and skateboarders grab a padlock, because board racks are coming to the Winona State University campus. These racks are being locally manufactured by Winona Welding and Sand Blasting—and they were designed by a Winona State student, Calvin Johnson, a fourth-year public relations major. Calvin Johnson like many other students close to campus, enjoys…

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Students learn peacebuilding career skills

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Maddie Swenson / Winonan David Smith, author of “Peace Jobs and a Students Guide to Start Working for Peace”, said “there are a lot of challenges in society.” This idea is the centerpiece for the workshops Smith gives on building careers in peace. On Tuesday, April 11, Smith gave one of these workshops on the Winona State University campus, through a grant from Minnesota State for all…

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Winona County hosts discussion against stalking

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Cheney Mason / Winonan More than a dozen students from Winona State University and members of the Winona community gathered at the Winona County History Center for a National Crime Victims’ Rights Week event. Jane Straub, victim assistant specialist from the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center in Minneapolis, talked to the group about stalking. “I think it’s a crime that’s very…

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Students present at annual research conference

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Olivia Volkman-Johnson / Winonan For the third time, Winona State University hosted the sixth annual Minnesota Conference of Undergraduate Scholarly and Creative Activity. The event, which featured 62 poster and oral presentations by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities students, took place on Monday, April 3 in Kryzsko Commons. Conference coordinator Mingrui Zhang is a professor of…

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Winona State joins The Red Tape Project

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Sara Tiradossi / Winonan A new initiative at Winona State University will bring awareness to the issue of sexual assault, specifically those occurring on college campuses, legal studies senior Joelle Beyer said. The new initiative is called The Red Tape Project. According to the goal of the project, it aims to end the stigma around sexual assault and create a safe space for survivors to…

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The new bike racks on campus are part of upgrades coming to the Winona State campus. Facilities will also be adding recycling bins and longboard racks outside the buildings on campus. (Photo by Nicole Girgen)

Winona State installs bike racks, recycling bins

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Colin Kohrs / Winonan There are new bike racks on the Winona State University campus, and this is just the start of improvements to the campus. “There’s going to be more [upgrades],” Lisa Pearson, Arboretum Director and Interim Director of Planning & Construction at Winona State, said. Facilities recently placed 50 “u” shaped racks outside of Kryzsko Commons and on the…

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Wells Fargo ATMs voted off campus by Student Senate

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Olivia Volkman-Johnson / Winonan Wells Fargo & Company has caused controversy in national news outlets for their investment in the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL)—a project that will be constructed through land owned by the Standing Rock Indian Reservation and covers land stretching from North Dakota to central Illinois and has been highly protested because of its location on the…

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Winona State unveils new technology

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Nathaniel Nelson / Winonan The upgrades to Winona State University’s laptop program for the 2017-2018 school year were officially announced last week, simplifying the program to one choice for Mac and one for PC. In the fall, when new and returning students receive either their new or upgraded laptops, they will now be able to choose between a HP Elitebook X360 G2 and a MacBook Pro, a…

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Education Village continues progress

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Maddie Swenson / Winonan Winona State University is in the process of building Education Village, a facility that will enable undergraduate education students to get out into the community to obtain experience. Wabasha Hall, Wabasha Recreation Center and the Cathedral School are the three buildings included in Education Village, currently in phase one of production. The cost for the first…

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Pedestrian tunnels still underway

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Completion date not guaranteed, Phase Two in progress Kilat Fitzgerald / Winonan The light at the end of Winona State University’s pedestrian tunnel project is slowly revealing itself after years of planning and construction. Though a solid opening date has not been confirmed, if Mother Nature permits, the tunnels could be operational within one year or as soon as the fall 2017…

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Left to right: Sophomore Remington Schmidt, junior Nick Gabriele, and sophomore Christina Melecio give their statements for treasurer responsibilities during the Student Senate candidate forum in the Smaug of Kryzsko Commons on Monday, March 27. (Photo by Taylor Nyman)

Student Senate candidates speak at open forum

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Sara Tiradossi / Winonan Students were able to hear from their possible representatives at the candidate forums hosted by Winona State University on Monday, March 27. Nine students running for three different Student Senate positions for the 2017-2018 academic year spoke to the Winona State community. Each candidate had one minute to give their own opening remark, explaining the reason why…

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Deputy John Hazelton gives guidelines for participants in the ALICE Active Shooter Response Training on Sunday March, 26 in Minné Hall. The acronym ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evaluate. (Photo by Nikko Aries)

Security, sheriff’s department simulate active shooter

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Cheney Mason / Winonan Bystanders in Minné Hall waited as Deputy John Hazelton held a gun, ready to fire. The blank shots, loud and booming as if the gun were full of real bullets, were fired during the ALICE Active Shooter Response Training on the afternoon of Sunday, March 26. “It definitely makes you think if it was a real situation what you would do,” junior Molly Rossbach said…

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Left to right: Winona State students Ashlyn Crawford, Alison Bettin and Adam Thomson accept an award from Secretary of State Steven Simon for placing first among the four-year universities in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. Volunteers on campus registered 1,861 new voters to win Simon’s challenge, the Ballot Bowl. (Photo by Brianna Murphy)

Winona State students win statewide Ballot Bowl

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Maddie Swenson / Winonan Winona State University was awarded for its participation the Ballot Bowl, created by Minnesota Secretary of State, Steve Simon. The students were rewarded for registering 1,861 new Minnesota voters. The percentage of student voters was 21 percent. “Those are mind blowing numbers,” Simon said. “[They] didn’t let the intensity of the election turn people away…

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Winona State student Brittany Dooley plays with Winston, a therapy dog who helps students relax and reduce stress levels during his weekly “Wednesdays with Winston” event, which happens every Wednesday in the Integrated Wellness complex, room 138. Winston’s handler, Lynda Brzezinski said Winston has become a campus celebrity. (Photo by Sara Tiradossi)

Winona State’s famous K9 relieves student stress

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Sara Tiradossi / Winonan At a time of the semester when deadlines are quickly approaching and students find themselves wrapping up their classes, Winona State University provides a chance to relax with a furry friend. Winston, a therapy dog, is trained to provide affection and comfort, according to Winona State Counselor and Winston’s handler Lynda Brzezinski. Brzezinski has led…

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Left to right: Winona State junior Student Senators Max Gonzalez and Megan Grochowski, moderator professor Kara Lindaman, junior Adam Thompson and sophomore Chris Latzig discuss during the Warrior Debate on Tuesday, March 21 in the Phelps Hall TV Studio. The debate focused around the question “Should elected officials support the majority vote of their constituents even if it conflicts with their own judgment?” (Photo by Nicole Girgen)

Warrior Debate: delegates versus public opinion

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Olivia Volkman-Johnson/Winonan Winona State University Student Senate has been grappling with the debate over whether the outcome of elections and votes should be based on the popular vote, or a governing body of delegates. Student Senate held its fourth Warrior Debate last Tuesday in the Phelps Hall TV Studio. The debate focused around the question, “Should elected officials support the…

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Student Senate hears budget plans, new residence life proposal

Posted on Mar 22nd, 2017 - By Allison Mueller - 0 Comments

Sara Tiradossi / Winonan Winona State University Chief Financial Officer Scott Ellinghuysen said the university will put continue a $4 million budget reduction for the 2017-2018 school year, to combat the budget deficit of that same size. The student senate discussed this budget reduction as well as other topics at the weekly meeting on Wednesday, March 15. Ellinghuysen said the…

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Interactive project challenges cultural views

Posted on Mar 22nd, 2017 - By Allison Mueller - 0 Comments

Olivia Volkman-Johnson / Winonan Optical illusions make viewers believe they are seeing an image as one thing, then challenge them to see it in another way. Similarly, professor Chun Lok Mah said he wants his newest art pieces to challenge viewers to see their cultural beliefs in a different way. The “WE”nona Project, an art installation created by Mah, debuted in the Paul Watkins…

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Minnesota State names interim chancellor

Posted on Mar 22nd, 2017 - By Allison Mueller - 0 Comments

Maddie Swenson / Winonan Minnnesota Sate Colleges and Universities, of which Winona State University is part of, named Devinder Malhotra as interim chancellor of the Board of Trustees on Feb. 9, effective Aug. 1, after the current Chancellor Steven Rosenstone retires on July 31. Until the change, the two “will work together to ensure a smooth transition,” Doug Anderson, the…

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Lutheran Pastor Corrine Haulotte speaks at the “We Are More Alike Than Different: An Interfaith Conversation” panel discussion in Stark Hall Auditorium, room 103 on Wednesday, Feb. 22. The presentation brought together leaders from different religions for a discussion on their similarities. (Photo by Nikko Aries)

Religious leaders connect separate faiths

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Olivia Volkman-Johnson / Winonan The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution allows U.S. citizens the freedom to practice their religion of choice or abstain from practicing a religion. Despite this, differences in religion have been the basis of numerous hate crimes and attacks against faith groups across the nation, such as the recent vandalism of a Philadelphia Jewish cemetery or bomb…

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