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  1. 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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      8 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      Thanks for reaching out to USG! We don’t have all of the answers, so we reached out to Residence Life to get a response. See the response below. We will keep this project as ‘Started’ for any future developments.

      Love,
      USG

      Dear students,

      Thank you for your feedback and your thoughtful approach to ask questions and share your stories with Residence Life and with others in the Administration. We value your thoughts and your experience here at Mines. Based on the feedback we have received we continue to look at every option available to us to find a balance between being able to pay for the continued rising costs of maintaining our buildings while providing a place to live that our students can afford.  I ask for your patience as we continue to work on this, we will provide an update to our residents and the rest of the…

    • Non-Varsity Use of the McKee Weightroom in Volk Gymnasium

      As it stands currently, the McKee Weight room is allowed only to Varsity athletes, but I feel that due to the amount of fees that each individual student is paying the McKee weight room should be open to reservation by student organizations. As it stands right now the Rec Center is always packed, and a group of students who wish to lift together are completely out of luck when it comes to using the free weights/bars if they want to and being able to get out of the gym in under 2 hours.

      My proposal is as follows:
      Allow students…

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        1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        Thank you for voicing your opinion on this matter. We agree that the SRC has had a large increase in usage to correspond with an increased enrollment at Mines. This in turn has overcrowded the Rec. gym at peak hours. Allowing club sports, ROTC, and other student groups to use the McKee weight room would decrease the strain on the SRC.
        Last semester your Junior class representatives began working on a solution to this issue and come up with a similar idea to the one posted. There are a handful of problems that must be addressed for this to happen. Scheduling around Varsity sports, supervision of users, implementation of a portal, and administrative approval are few.
        Unfortunately, these problems take time to overcome. In the short-term we will contact the SRC staff to see about maximizing the usable space in the gym and increasing students access to workout…

      • 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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          3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          We understand and agree that physical wellness is very important for student success here at Mines. This is one of the reasons we offer students the chances to take specialized PA classes. We have one of our representative classes looking over this suggestion so stay tuned for updates. Please note however that later SRC hours could result in higher student fees as well as later shifts for our own working students.

        • (Lack of) Ping Pong Tables

          The Rec Center Ping Pong table is always in use. I try to practice with my friend but it is often full or someone is waiting for us to finish. Also sometimes the room is reserved for cycling or other events. I believe there should be more than 1 table as 1 table does not sustain the demand for the use of the table.

          Thanks USG!

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          • Mandatory Fees for Official Transcripts

            To order an official transcript students must pay between $10 and $20 for every semester they need one. This could add up to $200 or more for a standard student over the course of their mines career and doesn't include the even larger fee for purchasing diplomas. This fee is unfair for students. Mines clearly has the information at all times, they should be able to just give us a copy. Furthermore, most requests for transcripts are for use in applying for scholarships and jobs. If a student is applying for scholarships especially, it's pretty clear that they are already…

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            • Computer science field needs to allow students to count an internship for coursework or let them get payed for doing field session

              It's ridiculous that it's illegal to not pay an intern for work that a company profits off of and the computer science department has the audacity to have students do work for a company and not only not pay them, but charge them for it and ban companies from paying them. The department recommends to take it during the junior year, when most students would get their best internship. I, and many people I know, have lost internship offers after companies learned that we need to do field session. Mines charges over $3,000 to in state students and over $5,000…

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              • Parking Garage Under New Buildings

                What I am suggesting is when planning new buildings, design for a level or two of parking underneath. This is much cheaper than building a separate parking garage detached from the building. It also lowers the maintenance cost of a parking garage as the most expensive maintenance is the upper deck. This is done in many buildings including schools that we compete with. Attached are images proving my point.

                As a school that does not promise on campus housing for 4 years, it is the school's responsibility to provide parking or transportation to and from campus. As Mines does not…

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                • Mandatory Rec Center Fees! (Junior)

                  The rec center is expensive! Every semester the charge is pretty substantial. I really appreciate the rec center and everything it has to offer, yet it seems like the rec center should be something people can opt out of after their Freshman year. If you don't use it, you shouldn't have to keep paying for it!

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                    0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    While we completely understand your concern, the Rec Center fee is for the greater good of the school. Not only does your fee grant you access into the SRC, but it also allows you to participate in intramurals (for free) and helps keep the Rec Center operational. Physical activity is vital to a healthy atmosphere here at Mines and the Rec Center fee contributes to that. Thanks for your concerns.

                    Best wishes-USG!

                  • JUNIOR -- PRINTING

                    The Petroleum Department makes students print very large (20+ pages) lab reports and papers weekly for several different classes, making students pay a large sum of money every semester on printing. Many students on campus do not have their own printers, but should not be forced to pay so much just to turn in their assignments.

                    Here are a few possible solutions for this problem.

                    1. The Petroleum Department should allot students more than just 100 pages a year for printing, this hardly covers the printing cost. The Chemical Engineering Department gives their students more money and gives them free…

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                    • Online Assignment Cost

                      I do not believe that we should have to pay for online assignments in classes where it isn't included with a textbook. How it normally works; a student pays tuition, a professors assigns homework, a TA grades the work, the TA is paid by the school. Because online homework is automatically graded, the cost for the online resources should come from the money that they aren't paying TAs, not out of our pocket on top of tuition.

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                      • Study Rooms Being Locked - Junior

                        In many buildings on campus some study rooms are locked and require a reservation. I understand the need for this on campus (for meetings and such), however there is no reason to lock these study rooms when they are not in use. At night I have a difficult time trying to find a quiet yet comfortable place to study on campus. Study rooms are also great if you want to be louder and talk among your study group without disturbing others in public areas who want the environment to be quiet. There should be a way to allow those locked…

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                        • We should give less money to the athletic department and more money to departments that need more faculty or more funding for research

                          So doing research on this, I could not find an itemized expenditure sheet as for what this institution pays for certain departments (which raises another issue that the institution should be more open about how they are handling our money). If I am wrong in what I am saying, then please attach an itemized expenditures sheet to this post proving such and I will be on my way including the means that this department makes revenue off of. With that being said, I am assuming that Mines pays a lot of money for our athletic department because of 1) Travel…

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                          • JUNIOR

                            Online homework shouldn't cost students an arm and a leg! Paying $100 for a basic online submission system to use 10 times is not fiscally smart.

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                            • Counseling Resources

                              Two friends of mine recently went to the counseling center. One was immediately given referrals elsewhere. The other was seen for about twenty minutes and was then done because he wasn't "in a state of crisis". Our counseling center does not have the resources it should have! They don't have the capability to see students regularly unless they are in crisis, but so many students are left without help because of this, and they end up becoming those students in crisis because they didn't get help sooner. Any time a person makes an appointment, they are actively trying to better…

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                              • Tissues in academic buildings

                                Its been a pretty rough flu season. Could we get tissue boxes placed in easily accessible spots in the academic buildings?

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                                • Removed Bike Racks

                                  The construction and landscape work around the Coorstek building caused the removal of 2 bike racks outside of Green Center, without the addition of any nearby. There is a small rack on the Hill Hall end of Green Center, and the one between Marquez and CTLM, the latter of which is usually full. We need a rack for students to park their bikes on that is nearer to the Coorstek/Green walkway.

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                                  • EPICS 151 should be restructured

                                    EPICS 151 is a horrendous class for students taking a full schedule. The professors, at the beginning of the semester, tell the students that they are going to be pretty hands off, allowing students to format their own designs. They then proceed to hand out a ton of busy work, very little of which actually contributed to the final goal of the class. In addition to this, once teams have narrowed down their design ideas, the professor imposes additional, unnecessary parameters, such as the minimum number of subsystems required; these parameters are only put in place so that the professor…

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                                    • Minimum number of student for a class is too high

                                      Mines has a variety of classes offered, which suits different people's interest. However, the minimum number of 10 students is required to have a class is too much, especially if the class is specific. Consequently, this destroys the variety of classes Mines offers, as classes with not enough students are canceled.

                                      Some classes aren't even offered at other places, so let's keep the variety of classes being offered here.

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                                      • JUNIOR-- Availability of LAIS Classes

                                        Please consider revising the availability of LAIS classes, such as the number of sections of each class, class times, and number of seats in each class. As a student entering my second semester of junior year, it should not be this difficult to find an LAIS class that fits into my schedule without displacing other major specific courses, especially since LAIS classes are required for graduation. Diversification of LAIS class hours and opening larger LAIS classes would greatly simplify scheduling classes. Thanks!

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                                        • idigmines Soliciting Funds from Students

                                          Mines should not have to resort to soliciting funds from students to fund programs for students. We have one of the highest average starting salaries out of any school in the world and have a huge number of corporate sponsorships. There is no need for Mines to ask students to donate money on top of what we pay in tuition, especially when the foundation could easily concentrate their attention on soliciting funds from other sources.

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