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

        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

      • 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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        • 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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          • Unofficial Transcripts

            The registrar should update the unoffical academic transcript to say "Colorado School of Mines" somewhere on it. I recently noticed while applying to different opportunities that the current page doesn't say CSM anywhere on it, which for a few of the places I am submitting to is a stated requirement. This could be a very easy fix.

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            • PA classes (JUNIORS)

              The idea of having physical activity class should be re thought.The students who are going to work out are already going to outside of this class, and the students who are not are not going to be convinced by having a class. This leads to many students walking in circles for 30 minutes. I don't like that we are forced to pay to walk in a circle.
              In my experience many students end up hiding from the coaches and playing on their phones. If more interesting classes could be offered that would fill this credit slot that would be much…

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              • Registration Problems (JUNIOR)

                I understand that registration is a stressful and very complicated, but sometimes the options are just ridiculous. For example, many freshmen tried to sign up for Chemistry 2 but were not able to get in as it filled way too fast.

                Personally, I am having issues to sign up for Physics 1, which is ridiculous. Why would it be difficult to fit into a core class? Same with economics, all the seats filled up so rapidly I must wait until next semester in order to take the course.

                It would be nice if some more planning was put into the…

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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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                    Hello,

                    USG has addressed this issue and we are currently working with Mines Market through our food committee. We are helping them transition to Mines Internet Radio (MIR). Expect this to occur soon and stay tuned. Any further commentary on Mines Market can be received through this service or can be sent directly to our food committee. You can do this by emailing our Vice President, Willie Konishi, at wkonishi@mines.edu. Thank you!

                    Love,
                    USG

                  • Mines Market (JUNIOR)

                    This may seem like a silly request but can we get trash cans in Mines Market? It is simply just inconvenient to not have trash cans! Sometimes I'll be doing homework and I have papers to throw away but I have to hold onto them until I get to my dorm. I feel like it would make Mines Market cleaner if we had access to trash cans. I also feel (maybe its just me) but I feel bad giving banana peels and apple cores to the dish crew and I find it unnecessary to give them my used napkins when…

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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

                      • 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…

                        • 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 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!

                              UPDATE:
                              We contacted Sodexo and CCIT again and they said they would work on improving the software for the credit card scanners over spring break. Please keep us informed if you don’t see any improvements after spring break so we can contact them again.
                              Thanks!
                              Sincerely,
                              USG

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                              • update the mines.edu website

                                i think it's time to update or even better, change our mines.edu website. while other university's webs are going through some redesign, mines.edu remains the same year after year. The photos are old, some typos, not user-friendly, using "google search" to find something in mines.edu most of the time works much better than using the "search" of mines.edu itself. Our current school website does not really represent anything of the top school in the country.

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                                • Why is Oreprint a cash only service?

                                  I'm not sure what the justification was for Mines implementing the Ore Print system but I think its a little ridiculous that we have to buy credits on prepaid cards and only with cash. The current system makes no sense, if I need to print a 5 page paper and I come up $0.06 short for just one page and I don't have cash the only option is to trek across campus to an ATM, which may or may not have money, get the minimum $20, come back to wherever I was printing, break the $20 so I can get…

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                                    • Meal Exchanges Should be Reinstated

                                      I noticed after not having a meal plan last semester that subway, as well as the Periodic Table no longer do meal exchanges unless you have the agate plan I believe, and that only gives you 5. Is this a way to force us to eat at Mines Market everyday? That makes me angry as I think it is important to provide more variety in our meals. Also this could have been made up for with an increase in munch money but it was not. So what's the deal?

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                                        USG has engaged in a conversation with Sodexo about the meal exchanges. We are looking into the contract with them to see if we are able to bring them back. We will keep you updated as we work on this.

                                        You can also attend the Food Committee Meeting on Friday at 12pm in Mines Market to voice this concern.

                                        UPDATE

                                        USG has been able to extend hours at Mines Market, but not yet bring back meal exchanges. Thant is something we will continue to work toward for next school year.

                                      • Crosswalks on Campus

                                        Has anyone noticed that, though the concrete on the sidewalk will dip and imply that a certain path is ideal for pedestrian crossing, there are technically zero painted cross walks on campus?

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                                        • Why must Blackboard Course Evaluations Close so Early?

                                          I feel participation rates for the Blackboard course evaluations would increase if they did not close on dead day. I cannot speak for everyone, but personally I am much more likely to complete the evaluations once I have completed my finals and am no longer spending time studying. Is there a reason they close the evaluations on dead day?

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                                            UPDATE;
                                            We contacted the people from Academic Affairs and asked them about extending the deadline for the Blackboard Course Evaluations. We will keep you informed and thanks for your suggestion!

                                            Sincerely,
                                            USG

                                            Thanks for the feedback! We will ask to see why they choose dead day to end the evaluations and if they can be extended further in the future.

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