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Something Mines should change...

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  1. Can we have a chick-fil-a on campus?

    I think the student population would benefit greatly from a chick-fil-a on campus. Most people love a fantastic chicken sandwich while studying. I know it would be a logistics issue but if there's a spot for a chick-fil-a on campus that would be amazing.

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      USG has brought this issue up to the university’s food management team and we are unfortunately not going to be able to pursue this topic. WOW Cafe serves a lot of chicken items and, logistically, due to the size of our institution, it would be financially unsuitable to have two chicken eateries. The only possibility would be to change out WOW for Chick-fil-a, yet WOW offers more options for students. If you have any other dining suggestions please contact USG directly or continue to post on this forum. Thank you for your comment and support for engineering change!

      Love,
      USG

    • The title of what's your beef is so negative, what about how can Mines improve or what can Mines do better?

      The title of our forum is just so negative. It basically says what's f***** up about Mines. Why don't we make it more positive? For example

      How can Mines improve?
      What can Mines do better?

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        0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        Thanks for reaching out!

        USG has had What’s Your Beef for several years and the main function of it is to elicit ideas, comments, concerns, and questions from the student body that way we can address them by taking them to administration, or speaking with those who would be able to assist in those endeavors.

        In pursuing an alternate name, it would still most likely draw in those ideas and comments which might be seen as negative. This is by no means what this forum should represent, but instead address matters concerning the student life on campus. We hope the name does not distract from the overall point of the service, which is to make it easier for you and everyone else to get in contact with USG.

        Please feel free to reach out to us by email, stopping by our office in the Student Center, or attending Senate…

      • All of my classes are on different websites this semester...

        All of my classes are on different website this semester. One is blackboard, one is canvas, and two are on course specific inside mines websites. Last semester I dealt with similar issues as well, including piazza. It is very annoying and inconveinent to have to check 4 different websites every day to check for homework, slides, and updates. I understand that canvas is being rolled out this semester, but it is incredibly annoying to have classes spread over many different websites.

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          This has always been teacher discretion. Teachers use the websites that help them teach best. As for Canvas/Blackboard, next semester there will be no Blackboard and every class will move to Canvas. Canvas also has a feature where you can use other websites such as Piazza within Canvas without leaving the page. Hopefully this will address concerns.

          Sincerely
          USG

        • Why does subway close at 4??

          I don't understand why Subway closes at 4 on weekdays and isn't even open on weekends... You can't even get dinner at 4... Doesn't make sense to me.

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            We asked Mines dining about why Subway closes at the times it does and they responded by telling us that they monitor how many people come into Subway at a time. Since not as many people frequent Subway as the other dining locations they felt it was in the student’s best interest to close it earlier because if it was open longer and more often it would raise the overall Meal Plan costs for all of the other students. So since, it is not as frequented as other establishments it’s not open as long because it is not cost effective to keep it open for longer. If you feel strongly about this matter and are okay with potentially raising the costs, feel free to email us or come stop by our office hours!

            Sincerely,
            USG

          • Anyone else notice the crazy amount of dog poop on SAE's lawn?

            Just an observation, but there is a lot of dog poop on SAE's lawn that you see, and sometimes smell if you are walking on that side of the road into campus. Just a suggestion to clean it up - it's been accumulating there for a while...

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            • Uniform access and software across all campus computers

              CSM needs to understand the growing interdisciplinary nature of engineering. Many students take at least one elective outside their major. For example, say I am a materials science major taking a mechanical engineering course that requires Solidworks. Now, there is a computer lab in Hill Hall that doesn't have Solidworks, so if Computer Commons is booked I have to access it with the VPN. The labs in Brown have the software but without submitting a written statement to CTLM, I cannot log onto those computers. I am unsure the reason all students shouldn't have automatic log-in access to all computers…

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                We looked into this and were told that the costs of having the same programs and software on all computers on campus would require a massive economic investment and thus increase the technology fee by a lot. This is why CCIT chooses to put select software in certain computer labs. However, CCIT created a list with which computer labs have specific software installed and we hope that this helps you.

                http://ccit.mines.edu/CCIT-Campus-Computing-Labs

                Sincerely,
                USG

              • fix website problems

                Can't log into CANVAS except through the linked emails sent from the school and TRAILHEAD still sucks. Self-Service on trailhead is inaccessible from the main log-in. Errors are produced and students need to creatively press buttons to access the page. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Mines IT is embarrassing.

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                • Library Hours

                  The library closes too early on weekends. It closes at 5pm on Saturdays and I think that's a bit ridiculous because people are trying to get homework and projects done but are interrupted by the library closing.

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                  • Limit on washers per person

                    Can we please get a limit on how many washers one person can use in mines park on more than on occasion I've been unable to do laundry because one person is using every washing machine in the building, it's inconsiderate and despite talking to thsee people several times they continue to do it because "it's allowed".

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                    • Move the Brown Piano

                      This has already been brought up but if the Brown Piano is distracting to half of the students it should be moved. The Brown study area should be conducive to all students and it is not even played all the time for those who like it anyways.

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                        USG has talked extensively with administrators in Brown as well as with students in the space. We have found that administrators want to keep it where it is. Students on the other hand either like it or if they do not like it, use have a pair of headphones. If you are annoyed while working in Brown there are several other quieter places on campus in which to study.

                        Love,
                        USG

                      • Limit smoking on campus

                        Breathing in second hand smoke while walking to class, or having to quickly pack up and move from your quiet outside oasis to avoid the fumes is inconvenient. Everyone should be allowed to enjoy all parts of campus without worrying about their lungs or going into coughing fits. Students shouldn't feel confined to indoor study spaces. Campus is small enough to allow smokers to walk an extra block or two to take their smoke breaks away from the high traffic and outdoor areas on campus. There are also cigarettes everywhere. Designate smoking and non-smoking areas as a compromise.

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                        • Don't get rid of Blackboard!

                          Okay, I know what you're thinking. "Blackboard sucks. It's always down. It's buggy. I hate it. Why should we keep it?" But hear me out.

                          As annoying as it can be at times, Blackboard is free and easy to use. Switching to another system would mean that students and faculty would have to learn yet another online platform (on top of Sapling, Mastering, LON-CAPA, and a myriad of others). And that system is going to have its own issues. It's not like server crashes are unique to Blackboard. CCIT would also have to get used to maintaining and dealing with…

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                            As you probably saw in an email earlier this week, the school is officially moving to Canvas software. This change was decided by a committee that included students and various other perspectives on campus. The schools contract with Blackboard is up at the end of the year and the alternative decided was canvas.

                            The system has an app and connects to more services than blackboard, such as google drive and others. Overall change is hard but the software seems to be better than blackboard.

                            -USG

                          • Blaster card access should be implemented on the top floor of the recreation center on the door across from Subway.

                            It's the principle that I have to walk all the way around the rec center just to enter it. Worried about people getting in without blastercards? Just put a camera that runs a live feed to a computer at the desk in the weightroom. Furthermore the scan for the door could also be your scan to "check in" to the rec center.

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                                The sophomore class is taking this up as a project. If you want to communicate with them they have office hours from 4-6pm on Mondays!

                                UPDATE
                                USG talked to Sam Crispin the director of facilities management at Mines. He says there are no plans to put bike racks in front of brown because the racks by the south side of Berthoud are never full and they are right across the street from Brown.

                                If you disagree with this, please comment or make a new post with updated information.

                                -USG

                              • USG Should not be allowed to do their own allocations

                                USG currently gets to set their budget through allocations. While pretty much everybody else was cut this year, they had their budget increased. While I support the safe ride initiative and increase, they increased more than just the safe ride. Additionally, they have ridiculous spending on things. For example, USG PAYS to book the room across from Metals, which is something like 3,000 a year. If any other organization did that, they would have an uproar. Additionally, for allocations other governing bodies are present (BSO, Greek life, international societies, etc.). However, if any of these organizations talk about cutting USG,…

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                                  Thank you for your comment:

                                  You are correct that USG’s allocated amount went up this year because of our new SafeRide initiative. USG is glad you support it! As for the room in Metals (Petroleum Hall), USG no longer reserves that room because of its expense. We believe our budget is better used on other initiatives. As for the process being one-sided, other governing bodies did talk and vote to cut USG substantially and USG was cut by around 45% of what we requested last allocation cycle. Lastly, burrito day was a way to get student feedback from the school and was not just a “class activity”. USG wants feedback, which is why burrito day was created last year and why this website exists.

                                  If you have any other questions and concerns about this topic, please comment below.

                                • Remove the required cost of the rec center

                                  All students are required to pay a very expensive cost for the rec center but only a small fraction of us actually use the rec center. I want the option of adding it to my tuition bill so I am not wasting my precious money for tuition and books or I choose to pay for it making me more motivated to go to the gym. I find it ridiculous how much we pay for it. Especially during the summer. Make it optional!

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                                  • A digital version of the carer day guide not just a pdf

                                    Its 2016 and we are a science and engineering school. That being said i think it would be great if we had the spreadsheets used to generate the career day guide "who wants to talk my major" sections. Then i could quickly select only the companies that actually want to talk to my major and degree level. It would also be nice if the companies had industry tags. So I could exclude an industry I know I am not interested in. Plus it would be easy for the career center to update the list as companies are added last minute.…

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                                    • Let residents get to Mines Market directly from Elm

                                      Put a Blastercard scanner between Elm and the top floor of Mines Market that not only allows access through the door, but takes a meal off the plan for the week. Could be useful in the winter.

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                                      • Don't screw over the arts clubs on campus

                                        This year, the arts clubs all over campus have had their budgets significantly cut. Theatre and Ballroom Dance received less than half of what they had previously received and it makes them significantly harder to run, causing these clubs and many others to significantly change how they are run. The arts can't survive on this low of a budget, especially when MAC easily receives a budget that can run many or most of the clubs at school

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                                          You are correct that a lot of arts clubs were cut, however most other clubs were cut as well. BSO (board of student organizations) is in charge of the allocations for clubs and they would be a great resource to communicate with.

                                          As for MAC, they are always willing to collaborate with clubs and help them out. By pairing with MAC you can get some great resources and help with event planning.
                                        • Make high-demand tickets illegal to scalp

                                          There are people entering the ticket lotteries with zero intent of going to the event and just picking them up to sell upwards of fifty bucks apiece. We should try and mitigate this by directly attaching them to blastercards or otherwise.

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