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  1. Don't Extend Paid Parking Until 7:00!

    I know there's a lot of complaints about parking on here, but this is a little different. I've heard that Parking Services is going to extend paid parking on campus until 7pm! Anyone who's been on campus after 5pm knows that parking at that time isn't an issue--it's really just from 10am to 3pm. Extending the hours isn't a solution to the parking problems, it's just a way for the school to make more money. In addition, this change makes it even harder for people without parking permits (Mines Park residents, etc.)/with commuter permits to access the gym, library, or…

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    Good afternoon! Thank you for voicing your concern to us! After talking with President Johnson and confirming with Parking Services, we have confirmed that they will not be extending paid parking restricted hours on campus! As verified in the Daily Blast on 9/17/18, parking confirmed this to be true. FEAR NOT MINES, PARKING SHALL REMAIN 7am-5pm Monday-Friday! Let us know if any other concerns should arise! Thank you.

    -USG

  2. digger den open later instead of mines market

    Digger den should stay open later rather than Mines Market. Digger den is for snacks and late night runs when your hungry and the late night options for Mines Market are not sufficient.

    Digger den is also in closer proximity to a large number of students because of the dorm system.

    The options available and the proximity are importany for students to have accessible for students. Another option would be for Mines market to have snack and the store like atmosphere of digger den.

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    Below are all the details associated with this issue:

    On Thursday, January 15th, Undergraduate Student Government had our first meeting of the semester. The main topic of the evening was Mines Market. With the opening of Mines Market and closure of Slate Café, there were changes in the hours of Digger Den. Mines Market is now open late at night while Digger Den’s hours were cut back. Also the previous to go option where students were allowed to grab anything Slate was offering that day was replaced with a to go sandwich with two sides. This has caused a lot of upset with the campus. As a result, USG asked a few staff members involved in this decision making process to come and speak about why this decision was made and take input on how things could be improved. Rebecca Flintoft, VP of Student Life, Gayle Witzke, Campus Dining, and…

  3. "Meaningful Expansion" Unjustly Taking Precedence over Mental Health, Parking, Housing, & Classroom Sizes

    We believe PCJ and the Mines Administration's goal of "meaningful expansion" is being inappropriately prioritized above more pressing issues such as: mental health, classroom sizes, parking, and housing availability.

    We acknowledge the attempts at addressing these issues currently underway, but our point is that not enough effort nor focus is being dedicated. Instead of focusing on expanding the campus, PCJ and the Mines Administration must resolve these issues first. It is our right as students and human beings. See full essay (attached) for specific viewpoints and arguments.

    If you have connected with any or all of these points, join us…

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  4. The Language Program Should not be Cut

    The LAIS department is attempting to cut all languages except Spanish. This is unfair to those of us who have already taken Spanish and wish to learn more languages and to people who just really want to learn a new language. Cutting the program also leaves multiple faculty jobless starting December 17th. Engineering is such a global and international profession that we should be given access to language programs in order to help us become more successful. Language skills are highly marketable in the job market, and it is unfair to rob students of the opportunity to expand our horizons.

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    USG worked hard last year with the LAIS language department to stop certain language classes from being cut. Unfortunately there was a lack of enrollment for some of these classes and the funding moved elsewhere in the LAIS department.

    If you feel that the language program should be added to in the future, and not cut, please make a new post and get people to vote for it. USG will fight for you if you show there is a need.

    -USG

  5. Keep Dave Gabrielson and Stephanie To as President and VP of USG

    Because of a minor technicality that USG knew about leading up to the elections, USG determined that Dave and Steph are disqualified. The Student Body spoke and elected Dave and Steph. The technicality should have been addressed well before the elections, not afterwards. Let USG know that we want the President and VP to be the people that we elected!

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    Campus,

    First of all, USG would like to apologize for all of the confusion and our error over the elections. It was determined after elections closed that the ticket that held David and Stephanie’s name was actually ineligible. USG made the mistake by putting them on the ballot; we knew the election packet was turned in late, but we did not realize it was a blatant violation of our bylaws. If we would have known this prior, their names would not have appeared on the ballot. Due to this mistake, and the fact that the ineligible candidates won the election, we are reopening the elections for the Student Body President and Vice President positions.

    This election is open to any students who are interested in the positions of Student Body President and Vice President. A new timeline has been created, and is as follows.

    April 16th: Election packets available for…

  6. Modify the +/- grading system or get rid of it all together.

    The +/- grading system in its current state (93-100 for an A) is unfair. The idea behind the plus/minus system is to reward students in the plus range while penalizing students at the lower end of the minus range. However, there is no reward for earning an A+, but there is a penalty for earning an A-. This isn't fair. Either go back to the old grading system or modify the current one (like Statics does) so that a 90-100 is an A and then everything else follows the plus/minus scale.

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    UPDATE: We took the concern to faculty senate. Overall, the plus minus system has brought up average GPA. However, we do see how the A- might hurt the students who normally get A’s. Faculty senate has asked us to poll the students to get more information on the issue, so that will be going out in an email soon.


    UPDATE
    Right now it’s up to the teacher’s discretion whether or not their class has a +/- grading system. When we polled the student body there was not enough interest in making this change. Thank you for your time and if you still have concerns you can try to speak with your professor about it.

    Sincerely,
    USG

  7. MAC should choose artists that don't harass women

    When B.o.B. brought female students on stage and was grinding on them, I felt that it was extremely inappropriate. I feel that at the very least, MAC could choose artists capable of being respectful to the students of the school. I think that it is important to raise awareness of the issue of sexual harassment and for MAC to make choices that don't contribute to a culture that is accepting of such behavior.

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  8. Graduation Hat Decoration

    A really long time ago the person in charge of graduation did not like us decorating our graduation caps. Now, that person is gone but the policy still exist even though it is outdated. There is no valid reason for it. Graduation is crowded and this would make it easy for families to identify them. This issue could be a quick fix and good way for mines graduates to get creative.

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  9. E-Days Concert Lineup

    E-Days Concert Lineup

    I'd like to suggest a re-selecting and structuring of the E-Days concert lineup to something that more accurately represents the student body and their tastes across genres. Of all of the people I've talked to there aren't many who are all too pleased with the options presented in the Survey.

    This year has shown the exclusion of anything with a resemblance to EDM. Electronic music is the concert genre of choice for much of the student body and I'd like to suggest another look at the drawing board of ideas we can afford. This year has two…

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  10. Mines Park Price Increase

    In case anyone has not heard, Mines Park is planning on increasing rent prices next year. The new prices are as follows
    Single: 1196/month
    Double: 819/person/month
    Triple: 749/person/month
    For a double apartment, which is the most common, this is an increase of $164/person/month. (All prices below will be for doubles) While the new rent prices now include electricity, this is a cost of about $35/person/month and in no way justifies the major price increase. For a 10 month first year lease, that is $496 than the new res hall prices for 2 semesters, and for a year long lease it…

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  11. The SRC Hours

    Physical wellness is extremely important for students for academic and emotional success. Most students have classes all day and need to de-stress after finishing their homework late at night. With the SRC closing so early, many have to resort to running around the streets at late hours such as 12am which can be extremely hazardous. So, could the SRC hours be changed to as late as the library hours (2am) or even 24hrs during the week? Certain areas, such as rock climbing or the pool which may be viewed as needing an SRC worker to be there could be closed…

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  12. AP/IB classes should count HASS/LAIS/EBGN elective credit

    I do not understand why liberal arts AP/IB tests only count as free elective credits. There are so many HASS/EBGN elective credit hours required to graduate, and many AP/IB classes are parallel to the liberal arts electives provided here. Why wouldn't a 4 or a 5 on AP (or a 5-7 on IB) tests for classes like the following count?

    ~ English Literature and Composition
    ~ English Language and Composition
    ~ Macroeconomics (yes, this can count for EBGN 201, but only if you have received a 4 or a 5 on both this and Microeconomics)
    ~ Microeconomics (see above)
    ~…

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  13. Stop letting other departments reserve the Mining computer lab!

    We didn't have a computer lab with mining software all last semester (I want my technology fee refunded) and now with a new computer lab the Registrar allows non-mining classes to reserve the lab. We routinely get kicked out by EPICS, MechE, and other classes and THIS IS THE ONLY LAB WITH THE MINING SOFTWARE THAT WE NEED! Stop letting other classes reserve our lab. It is especially frustrating when a mechanical class uses our lab and their lab upstairs is available.

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  14. The Wellness Center needs to be open on the weekends.

    Injuries and sickness don't just stop on the weekends, and plenty of out-of-staters can't go home to be tended to. It's foolish to pay to see an off-campus doctor when we're supposed to have covered visits here. What's the point of living on campus and paying for health coverage if it's not available to us everyday?

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    Hey!

    After many conversations with the Director of the Health Center and Student Life, it has been decided that keeping the Health Center open on the weekends is not feasible. Trading the high level of care and great services students receive during the year for staying open extra days is not an option.

    Fortunately, the new Urgent Care Center on Heritage and 6th has quick, friendly service and has reasonable co-pays. It is an ideal option as it is close and open 24/7.

    Love,
    USG

  15. Q lot is now General Parking (but no new Commuter parking!)

    Changing the Q lot to General Parking makes no sense unless the objective is to force more people to buy more expensive General Parking permits. Commuter lots are already full during peak hours (see "Stop giving commuter pass holders parking tickets..."). General parking permit holders can park in commuter lots if General parking is full, but now it is assured that Commuter pass holders will be forced to the K lot or off campus.

    CHANGE IT BACK until the parking garage is finished, or tell us where to park when everything is full.

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    Hello followers:Colorado School of Mines is proud to announce the opening of new Interfaith Meditation and Prayer Room available to all students, faculty and staff located in the MEP House at 1400 Maple Street.

    This space offers a tranquil setting to pray and meditate. The room is available for people of all religions and those without a practiced religion as well.

    The hours of use are 8:00 am to 5:00pm. Please be respectful of the space and the others using it.

  17. The Registrar Office Permanent Staff are very Rude to Students

    When students go to speak about their class schedules, graduation requirements, or transfer details, the registrar's permanent staff are rude. The email communications from the staff are short, uninformative, unorganized, etc., and when a student asks for clarification, the response is unnecessarily hostile and still unhelpful.

    Direct communications are no better. However, if you complain or ask to speak to anyone who is higher in rank, you find out that their mother is their direct boss, and therefore your complaint falls on deaf ears.

    If the registrar does not wish to interact with students, my suggestion is to go completely…

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    UPDATE:
    USG recently met with the registrar’s office. They are continuing to address this concern in new ways besides the survey. If you disagree or agree please let us know down in the comments or by visiting USG office hours.

    Love,
    USG
    ___________________________________

    After the joint focus group between USG, students, and the registrar, we have come up with some solutions: 
    1) The registrar is developing a survey that will be sent to all students who come into the office for assistance in order to get feedback on whether they completed their job effectively and to the satisfaction of students.
    2) The registrar has had two vacant positions recently, putting them slightly behind in processing.  Both of these positions should be filled by the end of the month so that they can better address students’ needs.
     
    This is an ongoing process so please continue to leave comments…

  18. Mines International Office should not move to the Green Center (when it Re-Opens)

    With all of the re-organization on campus, it has come to my attention that the Mines International Office will be moving to the Green Center when the building re-opens. I am a student employee in the office, so I know how important it is to have the office in a convenient spot to serve the Mines community. (For reference, it is currently in the student center)
    I think that moving the office is an absurd idea. I know that office space is tight on this campus, but the International Office (IO) is a crucial spot for international students to deal…

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  19. Access to E-mail After Graduation

    It would be nice if we could have access to our Mines e-mail addresses even after we graduate. Other universities allow their students to use their e-mail addresses indefinitely and this will help graduates keep social, academic, and career ties.

    148 votes
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    Hello!

    We’ve been talking with the CIO about this and it looks promising! We will keep you posted on our progress!

    Love,
    USG
    ______________________
    The Graduate Student Government is trying to extend the Mines email address out to 5 years. We will keep you updated on their progress!
    UPDATE:

    This is a big topic and CCIT knows students want this. Last year there was not enough time to make the change but this year CCIT is starting earlier so current seniors can have this for when they graduate. USG can not promise this will happen this year but working with CCIT we hope it does.

    -USG

  20. 24 hour dedicated computer lab for Mechanical/Electrical/Civil/Etc students.

    It seems patently unfair that one of the largest departments/colleges at this school doesn't have a dedicated 24 hour computer lab. To access computers on off-days, you have to hope that someone didn't lock brown, and hope that someone didn't lock 316, and hope that they are going to let you log on in the first place. With a lot of my homework requiring specialty software that is not provided for free, I am frequently enraged when I am unceremoniously kicked out of a computer lab at 11:00 when I still have a small dump-truck of work to be done.

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    UPDATE:
    Currently CTLM has a dedicated 24 hour computer lab with a lot of computers and software! Any student, no matter what major or year, can use these computers. USG acknowledges that there should be more space on campus for 24 hour dedicated computer labs. We will continue in the future to advocate for new computer labs. For example, the new library renovation project will create new space for more computer labs accessible to all students.

    Sincerely,
    USG

    Update: It is in the short future of capital planning to create two more computer labs. One will be a teaching lab in Chauvenet and the other will be in Brown building. A definite timeline is not yet known. It is still a class project to work on longer access in Brown.
    ___________________
    Update: One of the main reasons why getting access to this building is so difficult is because of…

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