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  1. Fall 2020 Pass/No Pass option

    http://chng.it/255GsKgzDD

    In light of the transition to a new and unfamiliar course delivery method for a normally in-person university, there should be a pass/no pass option for students and their classes.

    Online classes present a challenge to STEM students because of the need for hands-on learning which has been sparse even in "hybrid" style classes. It has been evident that students struggle to uphold the same level of comprehension, and professors find it difficult to provide the same level of teaching in this enviornment.

    Giving students this option will allow for more peace of mind when dealing with unforeseen circumstances…

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  2. Elements is overpriced

    Why is Elements so insanely expensive? The prices for Elements have been high for at least the past few semesters (since I've been noticing). From what I have noticed many items are priced 20-30% higher than gas stations. Even the drinks in the Book Store are cheaper than Elements. Not sure who sets these prices but they have forced me to look elsewhere. I feel like they get away with this because most students just swipe their card and don't even pay attention to price (whats a 4$ monster when you're $80,000 in debt?). I think Mines should run this…

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  3. Please don’t shut down Blaster’s Brew and Marlene!

    If you’ve ever walked through Brown building you’ve probably seen Marlene serving up some delicious coffee and taking care of her students at Blaster’s Brew. As of this week they will be shutting down Blaster’s Brew for the foreseeable future! Please don’t! Getting coffee from Marlene in Brown building is consistently the highlight of my and many students’ days. While we understand demand has decreased, Brown building is still one of the most used buildings on campus for senior design, homework study areas, and classes. Please consider keeping it open, Marlene and Blaster’s Brew together are a staple of the…

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  4. Do we (or any other school) really need homecoming royalty?

    I realize this is meant to be a good-natured diversion, but this sanctioned popularity contest is an antiquated tradition rooted in classism and gender-binarism. Isn't it time to end the monarchy?

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  5. Pre recorded video lectures

    While I appreciate the thought of offering flexibility to students by having lectures pre recorded, some classes are using the fact that lectures are available to not cover all the pertinent material during class meetings. This means that students have to take time out of their schedules to watch a lecture series as well as attend classes since the professors often discuss worksheets, homework, or other valuable material during class times. For students trying to juggle clubs, jobs, homework, commutes, or other activities during an already trying semester the fact that some classes have material during class and lectures to…

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  6. Mines Registrar Ineffectively Communicates

    Mines Registrar has made several major mistakes in their communications with me including telling me I had passed a class I had actually failed and failing to inform me that a summer course I was taking elsewhere would not satisfy Mines requirements. I have heard from other students that the registrar has made similar mistakes in their communications with them regarding passing/ failing classes, study abroad credit, and transfer credit. Such miscommunications can lead to significant wasted time and effort by students and much frustration. It is unacceptable that this is a recurring problem at our institution. I would like…

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  8. The gym is too small (new dorm, covid-19, mental health)

    The Mines gym is not large enough to accommodate peak hours. After many students are done with classes around 3 pm the gym is packed until around 7 pm. Although there are some times when there are very few people there, most Orediggers have to workout during this extremely busy time span in the afternoon. Previous solutions have been to try to have as high a density of equipment as possible to cram as many students in the gym as possible, but during peak hours nearly all of the free weights are in use. The current situation with Covid-19 does…

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  9. Campus should not be open at such high capacity in August.

    As of writing this, on June 23rd, Colorado's daily COVID cases are in the same place they were in April. They're the highest they've been excluding the three peak weeks in May. Denver, Littleton, and JeffCo public schools all have plans in place to start remote, or start late. As time goes on, we'll likely see more schools switch.
    Administration admitted that they do not have a metric for determining when the re-opening of campus to a majority of students is unsafe. Maybe it's time they come up with one.

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  10. Disallow incoming freshmen (Fall 2020) living on-campus to purchase parking permits

    This year, Mines is waiving the requirement for freshmen to live on-campus. Therefore, it's understandable to allow freshmen who choose to live off-campus to have parking permits.

    However, as confirmed with an email I've attached below, freshmen living on-campus will be allowed to purchase parking permits. As everyone knows, the parking situation at Mines is than optimal. The number of commuters, freshmen and returning students, will certainly increase this upcoming school year (especially with reduced dorm capacity). Sufficient parking space is an absolute necessity.

    Allowing on-campus freshmen to occupy parking spaces indefinitely throughout the school year defeats the purpose of…

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  11. Canceling sections to make classes larger?

    Mines is canceling sections making online classes larger than before as part of a COVID restructure. I thought online as bad as it was. What gives! Can teachers really not teach there original amount of classes?
    This leaves absolutely no hope for classes returning to campus in the fall. I feel like I'm paying for a much much lower quality education.

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  12. Tuition and Fees refund???

    We are inquiring if anyone has received or been notified of any financial refunds for the previous semester (Spring 2020) due to Covid campus closing mid semester? In addition is there any financial discount for same tuition and fees anticipated for Fall 2020 semester due to virtual classes and restricted services? Like summer sessions mentioned below, it is unreasonable that there is no change in tuition and fees when the majority of campus and services is closed and/or unavailable.

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  13. CSCI 101 In-Person for Fall 2020?

    I'm noticing several of our classes are being moved to online instruction, but not CSCI 101. In fact, it looks like accommodations are being made specifically so it can be in person, such as booking large rooms in the Green Center and Student Center. I was hoping for some clarification as to why this, of all classes, has been prioritized for in-person instruction, when it consists of lecture by powerpoint and python assignments.

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  14. Online Tuition Unchanged

    Summer I classes are going to be online, and the school is not lowering the tuition. This seems unreasonable since we are not getting the same instruction and experiences that the Mines tuition usually covers. Remote learning is nowhere near as beneficial as in-person instruction. While Mines is doing the right thing by still offering classes online given the situation, they should do so fairly.
    The school should lower tuition for the online courses to more accurately cover the education we will be receiving.

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  15. Make Existing Parking More Efficient

    Engineers like efficiency. So, while we're waiting for the new parking garage, here are some ideas to help with parking:

    1) Put lines on streets like Illinois to guide parking (like there are in CT Lot for the paid parking spots). This wouldn't cost a lot and would make parking more manageable.

    2) Don't charge faculty more for faculty parking spaces. Even at the worst parking hours, the faculty spaces in places like CT Lot aren't full. This would mean faculty would park in these empty spots, making more spots available for students and easier parking for all.

    5 votes
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  16. New parking meters, bring back the 1/2 hour!

    When Mines put in the new parking meters this year, it had the option to pay by hours and minutes, so you could pay for 2 hours and 34 minutes for instance. Now, they've taken away that option so that you can only pay by the hour again. It's bad enough that we're screwed for parking availability and cost in the first place, why would they purposefully limit the meters to only hour intervals to rip us for more money? The least they could do is have half hour intervals. It is unjust that they would purposefully remove that feature…

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  17. Sodexo

    Talking to many students here on campus I believe that Mines should look into a different food provider. I believe that it will not be easy and that Mines is probably in a contract with them. But after hearing many complains and not enjoying the food I believe that there is a strong support in possibly changing the food source. Or better options I sometimes see that they are making food for events and that looks very different from what is at Mines Market.

    7 votes
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  18. Mines Market

    Mines Market should have more fruit including fresh berries instead of just apples and bananas.

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  20. Buildings with computer labs should have general blaster card access

    ... at least one door.
    It is notably inconvenient when leaving a building at night for a short beak and being locked out with my belongings still there. Given that a significant amount of students are awake past 7pm, allowing more accessibility would be widely beneficial.
    I have no research to back this up, but this ain’t no liberal arts college where we can afford to just frollick around for more than an hour.

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