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  1. The Registrar has put senior finals the night before graduation.

    The last two final time slots on the night of 5/11 have been scheduled for two all-senior classes. These should be moved to an earlier date, as we will have graduation activities to participate in and these exams are scheduled at ridiculous times for graduating seniors. Additionally, most of us have families travelling here to attend graduation and it would be nice to spend time with them the night before graduation versus studying and taking exams.

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      1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      After meeting with the Registrars Office, they believe that changing the final exam schedule now would create more problems. However, we disagree. Please email President Johnson or Derek Morgan if not changing the common exam schedule is negatively effecting your graduation experience and putting undue burden on your families during graduation.

      President Johnson: paul.johnson@mines.edu
      Dean of Students: dmorgan@mines.edu

      Love,
      USG

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

        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 of your experiences with the Registrar’s Office below (good or bad). 
         
        Love,
        USG

      • Getting rid of sanitary product machines is not an answer.

        Let me explain this to everyone. Sometimes your period starts and you were unaware of the fact that its coming. In that cast having access to sanitary products is massively important. Girl have to miss class periods some times because there period started unexpectedly and there are literally no where to get tampons.
        The percentage of women at this school is going up, and that means that the sanitary products would be going bad less often.
        Having working tampon machines at the busier buildings such as the student center, ctlm, brown, and MZ is immeasurably important. Access to sanitary products…

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        • The gym is almost always full.

          For the gym, it is almost always full. I know that the school is expanding... ie. Elm Hall was built for a reason. Also, I understand that students can work out at any time, but even at low density hours, the gym is quite busy. Trust me, I have been to the gym during all of its hours during the school year. I would recommend building *gasp* another building or supplementing students with alternative places to work out.

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          • Math 201 $100 Homework System

            Prob&Stats uses McGraw Hill Connect for their homework assignments. On top of tuition and a textbook, it costs $100 to students. To my knowledge, there are over 150 students enrolled in the course. This wouldn't be a huge issue, except that a high school student could have written the software. Requiring students to purchase this expensive yet poorly implemented homework program is ridiculous. Not even kidding, lon-capa is better by most standards. Is there anything that can be done to stop using this system in the future?

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            • Extended time past just the first day of school to fill out Minor/ASI Form

              The registrar currently makes it so that you must have new Minor/ASI forms due 1/10, which is the first day of school. They will not give an extension or anything. If you do not turn your form in on that day (which again, the first day of school), your minor/asi will not be counted. This is ridiculous. I believe this should be changed to be census day. It is difficult to get ahold of your department head, your advisor, and your minor department head all on the same day to sign the form. This is exceptionally ridiculous as students often…

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              • Parking at Mines

                I think that the changes made to parking at Mines have royally disordered the already broken parking system. Making the lowest CTLM lot a commuter was one of the most ridiculous things parking services could have done. I pay close to $100 dollars more for a General Permit and it gives me the ability to park 20 foot closer than a lucky commuter? And thats only on a good day when I can even find a place to park ANYWHERE. Now they tried to make things right by adding a general lot by the ROTC building by Q lot. Sweet…

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                  5 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                  This is something USG has been working on over the past few years. In the school’s 5 year plan they’re planning to construct a parking garage that would bring around 700 new spots. This is a project will take multiple years to complete and the recent price increases are going towards the construction of this parking garage. Feel free to comment below with anymore questions or concerns, come in to our Senate meetings, or come to our office hours!
                  Sincerely USG!

                • Clean or replace keyboards and mice in CTLM Commons

                  After many years of use, the keyboards in the CTLM Commons are looking pretty disgusting. If they can have a deep clean to look nice again or, if it's more cost effective, replace the keyboards and mice. It also can cause ergonomic issues (and general frustration) since not all of the keys on some keyboards function properly, requiring hard presses to move or not registering keystrokes with lighter presses. And, based on prior experience, it looks like the build up on the surfaces (and under the keys) aren't entirely due to food, but mostly due to sweaty engineers working hard.…

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                  • Get rid of John Howard

                    John Howard is totally unorganized and impossible to deal with. The school can easily find somebody better.

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                    • Printing, Parking, and Working Areas

                      Over the last year or so, I've noticed a huge lack in parking availability, free printing locations that are convenient, and places to work on homework in many buildings.

                      As for parking, I know we are currently in the process to build a parking structure, but for people who are in their last year or two at Mines, that doesn't do anything for us and we are paying for something we most likely won't ever use. There should be some solid interim solutions to alleviate this situation, like reducing pay-to-park prices (I have to pay to park at least one…

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                        • Mines should have a better campus Map!

                          The maps of Mines suck! The only one that is any good is the parking map but that is only useful for parking. I want a campus map that it is easy to see where to go to get to different buildings. Having all buildings numbered and a chart beside the map is outdated. Adding on to that, it would be great if Mines partnered with google maps so we can see the insides of buildings. Brown already has this but it's just the second floor and has no room numbers. It would be really cool if all buildings on…

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                          • Mines Park Shuttle

                            With the construction going on around campus and the general traffic of 6, I think it would be beneficial if there was a shuttle that could bus Mines Park residents back and forth from campus to MP. On Career Day when there is transportation to campus, many residents use it. This would be a great fix to the parking requests made by Mines Park residents and would also be a safer way to get to class.

                            In addition to safety, it could also allow MP residents to be more efficient with their time by getting 10 extra minutes of homework…

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                            • The Starzer Welcome Center as a study space?

                              Its seems as though the welcome center is very underutilized in the sense that there are a lot of empty rooms. Would it be possible to use the welcome center as a study space? especially around finals? I feel like this will be a great alternative to the library once renovations begin there.

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                              • replace lon kapa

                                replace lon kapa with sapling or webassign. Lon kapa is an out dated web site that needs to be replaced.

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                                • Get rid of the old maroon Nissan Altima in F lot

                                  That marooned maroon Nissan Altima in F lot. The one with like a dozen parking violation envelopes on its windshield? There's no way in hell it isn't a stolen vehicle the thief left here over break. It's been poorly parked in the same space all semester and continues to collect violations. Parking Services are a joke. That should have either been a) towed or b) handed over to Jefferson County Sheriffs by now, but for some reason the dude who hands out those violations seems to think that having them stack up will magically move it.

                                  Seriously, if you ever…

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                                  • Why not play Mines Internet Radio instead of the Ordigger Radio?

                                    I've heard a lot of complaints about the new "Ordigger Radio" played it the Rec Center and in Mines Market, and was wondering why they don't play Mines Internet Radio. It seems like a fairly reliable service, is run by a school club, and would give our student DJs more exposure.

                                    I don't know about any of the financial or logistic issues, but it seems silly to have a separate service for music in buildings when a school club could provide the same service, since I'm pretty sure MIR plays music all day, even when they don't have a student…

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                                    • The credit card scanners at einsteins, subway, etc take way too long

                                      It shouldn't take 2 minutes to process a credit card order at einsteins. The machines are ridiculous and it causes huge lines

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                                        Thank you for your feedback! We recently discussed this in a meeting with the head of CCIT and we just sent him another email to ask for an update about how they have been addressing the problem. We will keep you updated!

                                        UPDATE: The Sophomore Class contacted the head of CCIT and he forwarded our email to Mrs. Goberis from Sodexo. She informed us that they have ordered a new credit card scanner for Einstein’s and that they are updating all credit card scanners over winter break. We hope that this will solve the problem!

                                      • Make sapling work on school computers

                                        In the library most of the computers won't let sapling download the questions on the homework. This is extremely frustrating when I'm trying to do my homework because I have a little extra time on campus. I will check the adobe flash player and even if it's up to date, the homework will still not work on most of the computers. Anyone that takes chemistry at this school has to use sapling to do homework, so I don't think this would be a wast of time to consider.

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                                        • Tables & Furniture for Brown's South Patio/Deck

                                          Please add picnic tables, benches, or outdoor patio furniture to the sunny south-facing patio just outside WBB210. This could be a beautiful space to study or relax between classes - it is warm and sunny in the mornings and in winter months when the tables on the west side of the building are in the shade and too cold.

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