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  1. AP/IB classes should count HASS/LAIS/EBGN elective credit

    I do not understand why liberal arts AP/IB tests only count as free elective credits. There are so many HASS/EBGN elective credit hours required to graduate, and many AP/IB classes are parallel to the liberal arts electives provided here. Why wouldn't a 4 or a 5 on AP (or a 5-7 on IB) tests for classes like the following count?

    ~ English Literature and Composition
    ~ English Language and Composition
    ~ Macroeconomics (yes, this can count for EBGN 201, but only if you have received a 4 or a 5 on both this and Microeconomics)
    ~ Microeconomics (see above)
    ~…

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    • [SERIOUS] There are too many cum trees on campus

      While the title may read as a joke, the cum tree is a real thing. Its scientific name is pyrus calleryana and here's the link to the Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyrus_calleryana
      Googling "cum tree" will also pull up this page.

      This tree is called the a cum tree based on the smell that it produces while blooming. It has been described as rotting fish or semen. Unfortunately for us, there are several of these trees all over campus and they all bloom at the same time. This causes our beautiful campus to smell like someone just finished having sex with the…

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      • 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…

        • 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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          • Wooden Floors in a Ballroom in the Student Center

            A large space with wooden floors on campus is highly sought after, and while the Green Center is being renovated, there are few affordable options. If Ballrooms D and E, for example, had wooden floors, the space could be used to host events, offer easier clean-up, and help even demand for the wooden floored rooms in the Student Recreation Center (McNeil and Isaacs). Wooden floors would benefit many clubs and events on campus, such as Ballroom Dance and Karate club, and could be used for many activities and events that benefit from wooden floors such as conference events, cultural events,…

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            • 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.

              • "Where my sign at" -David

                You know that amazing sign that used to live outside Meyer Hall?...Yeah where's that at tho? Y'know that one that said things like "No grandma it's Mines not MIMES." Excuse me, bring it back, please!

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                • No Exams the Night Before E-days

                  I have a 7:30pm exam on Thursday, April 12 which is the night marking the start of E-days. The exam is for Math454 and there are approximately 50 students in the class. Therefore, I will have to miss Casino night and Mr. Big Digger.

                  I find it unfair that I will have to skip out on a school-sponsored event due to a scheduled exam. I urge USG to consider working with the registrar to not only move my exam to a different night, but also to disallow exams in the future on the night of E-days.

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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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                    • (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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                      • USG Doesn't Actually Address What's Your Beef Issues

                        As of when I am making this post, May 15th 2018, the last post USG commented on was made at the end of January. It is unacceptable that USG provide What's Your Beef as a place for students to air their grievances but then ignore them for months. Of the issues that do get addressed, the majority are rejected or stuck in the limbo that is "planned" or "started" without any action. This makes the students feel ignored and that USG is doing nothing for them.

                        Please USG, at least comment on all the issues so students can have closure.

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                        • Stop giving commuter pass holders parking tickets when the commuter lots are full

                          I have classes at 11 am on Mondays and Wednesdays. These are peak hours for parking, and lately when I've arrived on campus all of the commuter lots are full, including Lots A, F, FF, J, Q, and the spots available around sororities and fraternities. I tend to arrive about 20 minutes before classes start, and I and many other students must drive around to all of these lots, waiting for spots to open up. In some cases, no spots are available, so lately many students have been parking outside marked spaces in Q lot, without impeding the flow of…

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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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                            • Meal Plans for Fall 2018/Spring 2019

                              For next year, the highest level meal plan for freshmen is a 19 meal swipes a week.

                              This is absolutely unacceptable because this does not even allow the residential students to have three meal a day at Mines Market. I feel like this is an absolute travesty because as a freshmen some of the best memories I had was going to Mines Market with my friends and decompressing after a long day. Without the freedom of at least three meals at Mines Market a day, these freshmen are loosing an important and fun part of Mines

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                              • MAC (Mines Activity Council)

                                MAC (Mines Activity Council) needs to have more checks and balances in place. I understand they plan a lot of the events on our campus but their organization should not be so much above all other campus clubs. Not only do all of their members get paid for the time they “work” but their funds also pay for them all to receive +$100 embroidered jackets every year, expensive retreat dinners (nice sushi restaurant) and a weekend trip to Boston (which I understand was for a conference but all other clubs have to pay for their own way to most events…

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                                • E-Days Packets Filled with Free Beauty Samples

                                  On a very shallow level, I am disguntled with MAC for filling my E-Days packet with free samples of beauty products I do not want or need, but potentially paid money for.

                                  On a more societal level, this is an irresponsible use of resources in addition to reaffirming society's view of beauty for women. (On a separate note, were the packets separated based off of gender, or did men also receive women's razors, shampoo, and various other beauty products)? I understand that Home Advisor helped sponsor the concert, and maybe some of the other brands did as well. I get…

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                                  • Summer use of the SRC

                                    In the same vein as the lack of field session financial aid and RTD passes, access to the student rec center is revoked in the summer months for everyone except those in official mines summer classes. I understand that we technically aren't paying the exorbitant gym fee during the summer, but we pay so much for the gym during the year two more months that don't even include private classes shouldn't hurt. The gym staff is already being paid to be there and the gym is hardly at capacity. This is especially relevant for summer employees, many of whom live…

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                                    • Transparency Regarding SRC Fees

                                      Currently, I am paying about $200 for the "rec center fee" each semester, and I would just like to know exactly what is being done with the money I pay. As far as I can tell, the money is being used in an extremely inefficient fashion. Local gyms charge about $30-$50 a month, depending on level of contract commitment, relevant student discounts, etc. Assuming a four month term at $50 dollars an hour, then the SRC is right on par with these gyms. The only difference is that local gyms often service 500-1000 people, give or take. At the bare…

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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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                                        • 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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                                            1 comment  ·  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!

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