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  1. 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

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

                        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.

                          • The HDMI cables in Brown should be longer

                            Currently, almost all of the HDMI cables in the Brown conference and study rooms are inaccessible because they are only a foot or two long. The cables don't even reach the tables in most cases, which makes it difficult to host meetings and group study sessions, which is what the rooms are designed for.

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                            • Access to E-mail After Graduation

                              It would be nice if we could have access to our Mines e-mail addresses even after we graduate. Other universities allow their students to use their e-mail addresses indefinitely and this will help graduates keep social, academic, and career ties.

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                                Hello!

                                We’ve been talking with the CIO about this and it looks promising! We will keep you posted on our progress!

                                Love,
                                USG
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                                The Graduate Student Government is trying to extend the Mines email address out to 5 years. We will keep you updated on their progress!
                                UPDATE:

                                This is a big topic and CCIT knows students want this. Last year there was not enough time to make the change but this year CCIT is starting earlier so current seniors can have this for when they graduate. USG can not promise this will happen this year but working with CCIT we hope it does.

                                -USG

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