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  1. 1 vote
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  2. 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.

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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

  3. More bike racks

    The bikes racks are completely full during the non-snowy times. There is not enough parking for cars so it would be nice if campus was more biker friendly.

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  4. The Wifi in Weaver Towers

    The Wireless internet needs attention in weaver towers. I literally cannot access anything, and since almost all my homework is online this is a tremendous pain in the a$$. For 30,000 a year I should be able to have wifi that works.

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    Hello!

    All of the campus wifi has been updated and throughout the year it has been (nearly all done now) pushed through all the buildings. All wifi throughout campus should be improved. If there are any bad spots reach out to any of us and we can relay the information to the CIO. There is also a mines help desk and if you contact them they will also be able to tell where dead spots are to improve them. helpdesk.mines.edu. Hope this helps!

    Love,
    USG
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    Yes, this is a huge pain! USG has created Wi-Fi committee to address and solve this problem.

    James DeBartolomeis is the head of the committee. If you are interested in getting more involved with the WI-FI committee he is available in the USG office (in the back of the student activities office) from 4:00pm – 5:00pm on Wednesdays. He is also available via…

  5. iClickers Should Be Rented

    Why do we buy iClickers? We're only using them for (generally) the first two years of school and then what happens after that? We sell them to the bookstore at 10% of the original cost? Lame. Seniors and juniors (and sophomores) who are no longer using their iClickers should donate them so that the incoming freshman will not need to buy them! Over time, it would be like a rental program--you borrow one and you return it in working condition, because honestly, you have to really beat up your iClicker for it to be no longer functional. iClickers should not…

    6 votes
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  6. Kafadar lights

    Lights on the trees in the center of Kafadar (the wee little ones, similar to holiday lights). Would make campus more pleasant at night. Perhaps solar-powered lights... We have enough sun in Golden!

    Lights between the trees instead? Similar to the Celebration of Mines lights, but all year round (or part of the year... as finals approach or somethin!).

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  7. Repave Streets and Q-Lot

    Q-Lot is hideous, needless to say. It'd be really nice if they did it up like the Jones Road apartment lot. There are several potholes around campus too. The streets are looking really patchy due to different stages of construction/repairs. I think that it would improve the overall visual appeal of campus for visitors, prospective students, and professional corporate business men/women who come for events like career day. I don't know how plausible this is since the streets technically are not school owned,l but can we please fix Q-Lot?

    4 votes
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  8. Get rid of the pedestrian zone in the middle of campus!

    No one's going to get run over by letting kids ride bikes there, there aren't any problems of people being hit by bikers in the rest of campus. A bike is an easy thing to maneuver, unless you suck at biking you're not hitting anyone. Even if someone got hit by a bike I doubt it would really injure them too much, I've taken much worse falls on my bike and walked away fine. I'd like to know how many people had an injury serious enough to require hospitalization as a result of a bike accident in that area before…

    20 votes
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  9. Bring Back the Sherpa House CSM student discount!

    So Sherpa house recently stopped giving their student discount for the buffet lunch and this makes me both sad and hungry. Is there anything to be done?

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    We spoke to an employee at Sherpa House and they said that the discount was taken away for financial reasons. When we asked if there was any chance that they would bring it back they did not sound optimistic. Sorry we can’t do anything to fix this!

    Love,
    USG
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    This also makes me sad and hungry! I will take this to our next USG meeting to see how we can help. I’m thinking of sending them a letter from USG on behalf of the students.

  10. Last minute class location and time changes

    The registrar often changes the times and locations of classes which is very inconvenient and makes planning tough.

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  11. The CASA webcam should be taken down

    Does anyone think its a bit creepy that there is a webcam looking directly at the street recording and livestreaming people walking by? I know quite a few people that park there, and it just feels like an invasion of privacy.... especially since it is broadcast. Link is as follows:

    http://casa.mines.edu/casawebcam

    Looks like big brother is watching you as you enter campus...

    9 votes
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    USG has met and talked about this. We agree that it is a little strange to have a webcam there, however, it does not seem to be having a large affect on students at this time.

    Currently USG believes that there are other ideas that we should first explore before trying to take down the CASA webcam, such as getting 24/7 access to labs or faster grades from teachers. We only have so much time (we go to Mines too!) and we want to make sure we are first addressing the ideas that improve the lives for the largest number of undergrads.

    Feel free to contact me with any questions.

  12. The transfer student department is terrible.

    As a transfer student, I understand that Mines students get top priorities over me but what I'm experiencing is outrageous. Registering for classes is such a hassle; I don't have a true adviser and my transcripts aren't being entered. As an ethnic student, I feel that I'm not being treated equal ; my (white) friends emails gets instant response and every problem (transcript, class registrations) are taken care of immediately. I have to show up in person and ask in order to have my problems addressed. I pay just as much as they do, shouldn't my problems matter the same?

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    Hello, I realize this is an older post but we have a bit of information. The transfer student department got restructured rather recently, and has two new full time employees who are completely dedicated to transfer students. Their names are Lisa McDowell and Kat. Hopefully with this increase in employment things have gotten better. If not, please respond and we will look in to this further. Always feel free to email us at minesusg@gmail.com.

  13. Mines Needs a Sign on 6th Av.

    I think Colorado School of Mines needs a sign on 6th av. going west onto 19th street. There is no real indication that this turn is how you get to our school. I think we should invest and get a sign indicating the colorado school of mines on 6th avenue. This would help parents, prospective students, and other visitors get on campus. Just an idea, but might be useful..

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  14. Parking Garage

    We all know parking sucks and of course they're constantly looking into ways to make it more affordable and better for all. The fact is, though, the school is growing. Band-aids aren't going to fix the problem but provide only a little relief. We need to move up! Into the sky! We are running out of space. Use an existing parking lot and turn it into 3, 4, or even 5 different parking lots!! And, if you do it in the right place, it won't obstruct anyone's lovely views of the mountains. We go to an engineering school. Let some…

    24 votes
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    A parking garage will not happen in the near future. There are more spots than there are passholders. Much of the parking just isn’t centralized, like Q lot and Ford lot, and people don’t want to walk from that far away. Even if a parking garage was going to go up it would be in one of these locations, so people would still have to walk from those ends of campus. Also it’s extremely expensive, thousands of dollars per spot, and the school does not have the money.

  15. We need better signage on campus

    We need better signage on campus. Too many visitors don't know where they are going once they are here or end up in the wrong building because they sound alike (i.e. Student Center vs. Student Recreation Center). Signage along the roads as well as campus map kiosks on campus would help immensely.

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  16. The Rec Center's Pool hours should be made more available during the weekdays!

    I really like the rec center's pool - but its hours during the weekdays are horrible! If you can't make it around the lunch hour then you can't go until 6:30 pm...I usually work out around 2pm so I'm not going to wait around on campus for 4 hours until I can get access...No one is using the pool either which is weird....

    17 votes
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  17. The racquetball courts should be open later/on weekends.

    Considering there are only two racquetball courts on campus and they are used by both people who play racquetball and those who play handball, it would be really nice to have access to the courts during more hours.

    21 votes
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  18. A real solution to the parking issues on campus.

    There's a couple things I think could be done about the parking situation on campus (including some that are currently being done) to help improve the overall parking scenario on campus, including making parking more affordable for all students.

    What's been done: Students who live on campus can't buy general passes. Students who live on mines park can only get MP passes.
    Suggestion to improve further: Students who live on campus can only park overnight in MP, and enforcing this.

    A motorcyclist pass:
    I know of quite a few people who have motorcycles on campus, and I'm one of them.…

    89 votes
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    Pricing based on vehicle size: Most of the spots on campus are not on the street so we do not think that pricing based on vehicle size would be a good option.

    Pass enforcement: It makes it easier for the student workers to have the pass be consistently in one place.

    Parking office: We will bring up in our meeting that this is “hostile” but it’s a joke it is not meant to be taken seriously,

    Buying passes based on the day: We can bring this up in a meeting on the logistics of buying passes for specific days. Most people have classes at least four days of the week, however, so I don’t know how much of a benefit this would be.

    Motorcycle pass: We discussed this issue and decided that we are not going to pursue it. There are a lot of other issues that we are working…

  19. The intellectual property policy is an unfair to students.

    Improvements could be made by removing the "has bearing on a class the student is currently taking" clause, which is ambiguous and would be easy for the school to exploit in nearly every case; adding an exemption to claims on IP developed using any "school resources" for the campus internet, to which all students have alternatives, but the use of which is certainly convenient; and removing the burden of proof from the student as far as school resource use is concerned.

    Also, it seems a little silly to claim all IP developed by ALL school employees, RA's and janitors included.

    52 votes
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  20. Students should have much quicker/easier access to their grades during the semester.

    It's hard to know which classes we're doing poorly in when some teachers don't hand back any work and no grades are received until long after the material is taught. Keeping up with grades and posting them online would facilitate our learning.

    101 votes
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