Tainted Conversations

May 2, 2012 // 0 Comments

Tensions at MCTC have been mounting throughout the semester. Faculty vs. administration, black vs. white, students vs. everybody. As this tension has grown, the conversation across dividing lines has grown angrier, and more like shouting. Within the editorial board, we talk about everything that you’ve said to us. We’re students too. We’re black, white, Latino, and everything in between. We try to reach each other from across the same gulfs that we see widening in the rest of the community. In discussing the topic of this editorial, the communication broke down. It wasn’t until we walked away that we began to understand what had just happened. Today, we write to you as human beings.   Cassiopaea Tambolini   All I can think about as the […]

What are we really learning?

May 1, 2012 // 0 Comments

A lack of focus seems to pervade many of the courses here at MCTC. A science course that turns out to be about the politics of medicine. An English course that turns out to be about the wars in the Middle East. A general poli sci course that turns out to be about racism almost exclusively. An ethics course that turns out to be predominantly about feminism.     From our own experiences and those we’ve shared with other students as peers, tutors, and editors, it seems that what the name of the course is has increasingly little to do with what it is actually about. Many professors seem to have their bone to pick, and pick at it they do, through 16 weeks of a […]

Lessons from the first of April

April 5, 2012 // 0 Comments

Social mores are the accepted, expected ways of behaving in a culture. In America, these are things like saying please and thank you and telling the truth. Violating these social rules is abnormal and rude for most of the year, but not on April Fool’s Day. On April Fools Day many of these accepted rules are flipped – the goal is to fool people, after all. On April Fools Day, mores are broken acceptably. Lying becomes expected (and people become paranoid). Trickery is just for a good laugh. People do not take offense at having the wool pulled over their eyes on April first. So, how did the day get started? We don’t know. End of article, roll the credits! Still here? Darn. Truth is, […]

MCTC is not the enemy

March 20, 2012 // 0 Comments

MCTC, and all public schools, are the middle of a very tough battle. A battle which, to most people, is invisible, except for its end result. At MCTC, the end result is in the incredibly long lines at Financial Services and Counseling and Advising. It’s in the eyes of harried staff who never seem to have their complete attention on what you’re trying to convey to them. It’s in all the little things that the student body has wanted fixed, but never seem to get done. It’s in the choice we came down to in 2009, between the intercollegiate basketball team and the free Boynton clinic. It’s in the cutting of programs – even those that made MCTC unique. At each college, the end result […]

Education for the present

February 14, 2012 // 0 Comments

The Accuplacer test is designed to ensure that colleges are able to meet students where they’re at – where ever that may be. From math to reading to writing, all MCTC students take the Accuplacer to get on appropriate path to get to college-level learnig if they’re not there yet. The concept is a great one — that we all deserve an education, no matter what our background is, how many years we were out of school, or how badly the schooling we did get failed us. All of us deserve a chance. But as the new millennium settles in, it’s clear that we’re overlooking one of the most fundamental needs of students. Education relies more and more heavily on technology as the years pass; […]

SOPA: Stand up for your rights

February 2, 2012 // 2 Comments

It’s the communication age, but outside the realms of sci-fi, we seldom stop to consider what that means. What does it mean to be a citizen of the internet? The internet has become a sort of second home for many in our society, and our world. We have identities, personalities, hobbies, and friends, but it’s more than that. We also have art, law, expression, and ethics. The internet is not just a place where we entertain ourselves. It’s a place where we voice – perhaps louder than most of us can anywhere in RL (or Real Life, for those not in the know) – our vision of the world. Where we air our grievances, take up our missions, and share our knowledge. Ithas always had […]

What do advisors have in common with cakes and butter?

December 9, 2011 // 0 Comments

“We need more and better advisors!” say the students. “The tuition is too high!” we shout. The thing is, while all of these statements are true, you can only choose one option. Perhaps it’s unfair, but such is the cruel game of life: you can’t have it all. ‘You can’t have your cake and eat it too,’ we say in English. ‘You can’t want the butter and keep the money for the butter’ say the French… apparently. If you buy the product you must spend the money on it. There are alternative methods for coming into possession of butter without spending any money, but if Les Miserables taught us anything, you don’t want to get caught stealing in France. True, Jean Valjean is a fictional […]

Student Senate could be doing more to accomplish their goals

October 26, 2011 // 6 Comments

Recently, members of MCTC’s Student Senate went to the Minnesota Student Leadership Summit 11. In a program book given to all attendees, various school’s accomplishments were listed. MCTC’s Student Senate boasted of Higher One, a ban of plastic bottled water sales and student textbook donation. But, where is this financial aid service? Why are water bottles still sold on campus? What did the Student Senate do to make it so people could donate textbooks? On Sept. 28, senate made a motion “to move forward with Higher One.” What does moving forward with mean? We have no idea what fees could possibly be associated with this service and we have had no updates on the negotiations going on for this service. Clearly, plastic bottled water is […]

Words over bubbles

October 8, 2011 // 1 Comment

How many students really know what’s going on in their classroom? How much of a professor’s content is actually being processed and committed to memory? The answer to these two questions is found in the most traditional and uniform way, dating back to the beginning stages of evaluating or assessing any sort of knowledge, procedure, or module: test it. Tests are performed to determine the success of a course, which will in turn hopefully provide a result trusted to be accurate and truthful to the subject at hand. But if the test itself is inaccurate, as will the results. A test and its material depends on the situation, which is why there are a multitude of different types of tests out there for specific and […]

Editorial Letter to the Students of MCTC

September 7, 2011 // 0 Comments

We at City College News want to welcome everyone back to another semester at MCTC. As the student newspaper, it is our job to make sure the voices of MCTC students are heard, as well as to make sure that the students are well informed about the current happenings around campus. In their book “The Elements of Journalism,” Bill Kovack and Tom Rosenstiel list nine principles that journalists should strive for in their reporting. The first is that journalism’s first obligation is to the truth.  We at City College News do this by making sure we are always quoting our sources accurately and maintaining fair coverage. We are a non-partisan publication dedicated to sharing information about life at MCTC so our fellow students can stay […]

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