Public Safety partners with St. Stephen’s to combat homelessness on campus

December 8, 2016 // 0 Comments

In an effort to help the homeless around campus Public Safety has partnered with St. Stephen’s Street Outreach program to provide services to the homeless around campus. The partnership, which began a formal connection this past summer but has been informal for years, attempts to connect those that are homeless with shelter, medical help, rides to the hospital and drug or alcohol treatment if needed. The program’s involvement at MCTC is spearheaded by Mark Deree, Public Safety Supervisor at MCTC, who said, “We’re not enforcement focused…this is a different approach. This approach revolves around active engagement by St. Stephen’s staff and Public Safety by patrolling and making contact with homeless individuals around campus.” Once contact is made St. Stephen’s conducts a Vulnerability Index Service Prioritization […]

Tiffin Man provides food for vegan, and gluten-free students

December 8, 2016 // 0 Comments

Sodexo, a big four year college institutional food service, was in the middle of a five year food service contract with MCTC when they exercised their option to stop serving in 30 days. In response, MCTC decided to take a chance on one of their own graduates. Jag Arora took just 24 days to set up Tiffin Man after he was approached by Gary Westerland, director of auxiliary services at MCTC. Adam Doom, Executive Chef for Tiffin Man, said, “We were negotiating with MCTC to set up a burrito stand on the first floor by the old culinary classes in the Technical Building and [Arora] keep hesitating if the deal was done. He then told me that we had a deal, but that instead we […]

Cool Jobs: Dead Media Records

November 17, 2016 // 0 Comments

Biking down 25th Street in the Seward neighborhood, a person wouldn’t think twice passing the ‘Dead Media’ sign painted onto an unassuming building.On the inside is a store loaded with a collection of ‘zines (locally produced DIY publications, typically with a focus on art), vinyl records, tapes, books and even VHS, which makes it seems obvious where the name came from. “It’s a record and tape store that’s mainly run for the benefit of the local arts community and the independent arts community in general,” said Theo Pupillo, a first-year transfer student who loves volunteering at Dead Media. “No one turns a profit from the store, it’s all volunteer-based and organized. The staff is people who want to be there, people who want to talk […]

Tragic car crash gives rise to Northside Promise Scholarship

October 28, 2016 // 0 Comments

When Felicia Clark first heard her friend and former MCTC classmate Kirk Washington Jr. had died she had to pull over her car. Clark was so shaken she couldn’t drive. Washington, who graduated with Clark from the Community Development program in 2015 was a poet, artist and activist who was well known and admired in the North Minneapolis community. “His funeral was … standing room only. Public officials, poets, artists, run-of-the-mill bum off the street, preachers, pastors – all sorts of people, all races of people, all kinds of cultures. He knew and loved everyone and everyone knew and loved him,” she said. When her friends showed up to give her a ride Clark’s first thought, through her tears, was Washington’s widow Aster Nebro, and […]

Student Success Day

October 25, 2016 // 0 Comments

Tara Martinez from Student Life was correct in saying that “We are off to a great start,” with the first Student Success Day which was held on Sept. 14. It was a one day event where different student services and college programs of MCTC set up and answered student questions all day. The event was held in the second floor atrium of the Technical Building. This is a biannual event held every fall and spring semester by Student Life Services. In the afternoon, Student Life set up different speakers covering financial wellness, graduation, transferring, clubs, and had special speakers such as Kate Fitzgerald from the Minnesota NOW. There was no way to see it all! Again, Student Life is planning another Student Success Day which […]

New College President

October 25, 2016 // 0 Comments

Some MCTC students may not know that we have a college president. They may wonder, “Why would we need a college president?” “Is she important?” “Can’t we have anyone run the school?” It’s not uncommon for students to just show up to the classes, then go home or stay after school to finish some homework, without thinking about the many student clubs, or who makes sure things on campus run smoothly. However, the position of college president is important and significant to the school. President Sharon Pierce and her leadership play a large role in steering the direction of this college, so it is only fair that students get to know her. Pierce found out about the position from, “a search firm that had information […]

Planning a Celebration of Diversity

March 22, 2016 // 0 Comments

Festival of Nations – Arts & Features desk Leading on her own Laporsha Allen (Reporter) Corinne Salone sits behind a laptop and piles of paper. She is the Special Events Coordinator for the Campus Activities Board (CAB) and the Vice President of Student Senate. In the middle of planning a meeting, she commented that she’d “just emailed” one of her committee members. “I have a lot of stuff to do, and I don’t know how I’m going to do it.” She decided that she may have to do the “to do list tomorrow” for One World Week. One World Week is a week of events featuring cohesive themes from day to day bringing cultures together, with the Festival of Nations as the capstone. Each day […]

A student mother aims to trick or treat with her son

October 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

Anna Allord has her own truth to share. The way she sees things here at MCTC may be different than some, but can be applicable to all. Allord, is the mother of a two year old son named Wyatt, who has helped to recenter her life, still it’s hard. “There’s a lot of problems that parents have with trying to go to school, go to work, and still trying to provide for their kids. I’m a single mom…I live at home with my mom, so it’s hard for me to be able to provide for my son.” MCTC tries to address these problems, Allord herself is an active participant in student life activities. Allord is the office coordinator at SAHH (Students against Hunger and Homelessness), […]

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