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  1. 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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      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.

    • 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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      • Make fall break a part of thanksgiving break

        I understand that a 4 day weekend in the fall can be nice, but the fact that we have that 4 day weekend and then thanksgiving week still has class that Monday and Tuesday is messed up.

        For out of state students, it means many of them can't go home for thanksgiving and spend some (probably) much needed time with their family. While not all of them would do this, it sucks that the choice is then taken out of their hands.

        There are also students (like me) who are in-state but grew up elsewhere, and the only time we…

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          Hello!

          So we have just started the discussion on this topic. We have a calendar committee working with those in administration right now to address this and other topics.

          About half of our senate believe similarly to your comments. We will update you once a verdict is reached. We will also bring up the topic of holding tests during that week. Thank you!

          Love,
          USG

        • Chemical and Biochemical Engineering on DiggerNet

          Many employers only check Chemical Engineering on DiggerNet for jobs, which disqualifies the Chemical/Biochemical Engineering students from applying. Considering that Biochemical Engineering students essentially have all the same chemical engineering classes and learning, it would be nice if something could be done about this to make the job search easier.

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          • Can Mines Market not play the same song at the same time every day?

            Oredigger Radio should play different songs or least shuffle them so students don't have to listen to the same songs every day.

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            • Recycling Bins next to Oreprint Stations

              I've noticed at some Oreprint stations there is no recycling nearby and people just end up piling their misprint papers on top of the printers. Recycling bins at all stations would be an easy fix for this.

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              • Field session should be re-thought

                Field session should be reevaluated. It does not truly offer skills for future employers like an internship would. For those that have long field sessions, they cannot have an internship which makes it way harder to be employed at the end of graduation. Employees are also looking for students to start directly after graduation, which often is not possible with field session. Plus, not all families plan for an extra 6 credits during the summer to pay which puts a strain on the family. It is also impossible to have a job and do field session to pay for tuition…

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                • RTD College Passes Should Work During Summer

                  I attend classes every summer, but the RTD pass we have is not active during this time. This leaves students to pay an extra $300-$400 just for transportation during May, June, July and August if you regularly use the RTD to get to and from school, work, or home.

                  There should be an option to add the transportation fee during summer, and keep the RTD cards active, or even just keep them active for everyone year round.

                  People that live in colorado will still make use of them, especially during summer when they will have more time to work between…

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                    Hey there!

                    Yes, unfortunately, the fee collected for the academic year only provides us service to RTD for the academic year. After talking with several students this summer alone, USG will be pursing this matter.

                    If students who take summer classes still need the RTD service, it would most likely require an extra fee for students taking summer classes. However if the full year service is pursued, we would look into an increase in the overall fee for transportation.

                    Keep checking back for more updates on the matter, and thanks for reaching out!

                    Love,
                    USG

                  • Teacher Training for Higher Education Professors

                    Can Mines please provide teacher training for its higher education professors? Apparently teacher training is not required for higher education professors and it is a detriment to the students. It seems like some of the more established professors have become so expert in their fields that they are unable to empathize with fledgling scientists/engineers/students, and have forgotten that the process of learning for the human brain requires review, revisiting fundamentals, and structuring the class and class assignments to develop good study/learning habits.

                    For example, it is not an effective teaching approach to assign bulk portions of a textbook for reading…

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                    • Better Enforcement of Anti Smoking/Vaping Laws

                      Work with Mines PD/start a publicity campaign to discourage people from smoking or vaping where they aren't supposed to. It's supposed to be 25 feet from buildings but people rarely follow this rule.

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                      • 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…

                        • Why does Mines require us to take summer field session, but refuse financial assistance?

                          If we are required by the school to take field sessions during the summer semester, why is it that the financial aid office "recommend you apply for a private education loan to cover your costs for the summer..."?

                          As a student who is personally left, after aid offered, more than $16,000 short of estimated costs of attendance every year, I get absolutely no assistance from anyone and don't have the ability to work because I spend every waking minute working toward getting reasonable grades.

                          As one of the many minority, underprivileged students who have to work extra hard just to…

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                          • The gym hours

                            The gym should be available to students 24 hours due to the intense schedules we have. Being able to work out at night would be convenient and allow students to relieve stress (in a less crowded environment). If this is not possible under current conditions, students should be allowed to purchase 24 hour memberships and be required to swipe into the building after hours.

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                            • 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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                              • Transcripts should have GPA on the first page

                                The first page of academic transcripts show your first semester of your first year's performance (or even high school transfer credit). Employers and/or graduate schools will not be focused on your first year's performance in general classes, they will be worried about your overall performance and current gpa. There should be more relavent information on the first page to effectively communicate our academic success.

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                                • Water Fountain Filtering Monitoring

                                  If we are going to have refill stations put in on campus the filters need to be checked and replaced regularly. The one in brown by BBW280 has been red since the start of school (2 months) and probably discourages people from using it. A bad filter can often be worse than just the regular fountain water.

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                                  • Stop cancelling our RTD passes!

                                    Since about last October, some of us have had our bus passes cancelled or invalidated with no warning for no stated reason.

                                    That shouldn't be happening, considering we pay to have bus passes that work during the school year!

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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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                                      • Plant more trees on campus

                                        It seems that the campus has lost a lot of trees to construction projects and other things. It would be nice if more trees were planted... help make this place more pretty and provide shade to relax in.

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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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