An Open Letter to President Davis

March 4, 2011 // 0 Comments

Dear President Davis, The editors of City College News are deeply concerned with MCTC’s media policy pertaining to faculty and staff of the college. The policy restricts the freedom of both media organizations (including this newspaper) to report the news and of the faculty and staff of the college to speak their minds freely. Perhaps more importantly, though, it restricts the community’s and the students’ right to know what is happening at this public institution. We write specifically in response to the withholding of information surrounding the termination of Vincent DeLusia’s employment from the college. When a beloved teacher is quietly and mysteriously fired, it causes the students of this college to wonder what the administration is hiding. The culture of secrecy that the institutional […]

MCTC needs transparency in finding a replacement for Irene Kovala

December 10, 2010 // 0 Comments

Irene Kovala’s departure as Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs leaves a huge hole in the top tier of MCTC’s administration. For this important position, MCTC’s students, staff and faculty deserve a national, public search to find Kovala’s replacement. Any other method of finding a replacement would short-change the MCTC community. With a position that directly affects the students of MCTC in the way in which the vice president of academic and student affairs does — several deans report directly to the vice president — the college must make all possible effort to find a quality replacement for Kovala. When the position of University of Minnesota president became vacant in May, university Board of Regents Chair Clyde Allen said that the group tasked with […]

Up in Smoke, thoughts by Amber Wells

November 15, 2010 // 0 Comments

Dear President Davis: I am writing to you as a concerned student for the placement of the designated smoking area that is currently provided for the MCTC students. I know in the past years, there have been designated permitted smoking areas under shelters which look like “bus stops” next to the buildings. We are all exposed to second hand smoke any time and place that people smoke outside the doors. I do think that a smoke free campus could work, and student would be required to smoke in Loring Park or distanced from the main door. I think the placement of the smoke section is in a wrong area, if people were to walk by, the section is small and too contained which allows the […]

Up in Smoke, thoughts by Alley Rausch

November 15, 2010 // 2 Comments

Dear President Davis: A 2006 Surgeon General Report on secondhand smoke says “No amount of secondhand smoke is safe.” My name is Alley Rausch; I am a student at Minneapolis Technical and Community College, and recently I have become aware of the permanent signage positioned around the MCTC campus directing students as to where they can and cannot smoke. Although I appreciate the effort that has been shown by the MCTC Administration to regulate where students can smoke, I have discovered that smoke still infiltrates the rest of the campus on some level. Whether it is the smoke smell on the clothes of someone standing close to me in the elevator or sitting next to me in class; the wafting cloud of smoke that moves […]

Up in Smoke, thoughts by Laura Geronsin

November 15, 2010 // 0 Comments

Dear President Davis: I am writing you today out of concern surrounding the potential smoking ban on campus. As a former smoker I hope to offer some insight into this decision. Also, I am also interested in your motive for the ban. Is it just out of concern for the health and welfare of students and staff? Do you think the ban will decrease smoking among students? Personally, I wouldn’t mind a smoking ban. I really hate being around smoke and don’t like the potential health risks. However, smoking tobacco is a legal activity. I think it is a personal choice and if someone is outside they should be able to smoke. Many people will probably smoke despite the ban. People continue to smoke around […]

Editorial: Students deserve accountability, consistency from student senate executive board

October 5, 2010 // 0 Comments

In the student senate meeting on Sept. 22, ousted Vice President Tau Kotoni posed the question, “Is everyone clear? We’re going in circles.” Over the past year, as our senate has appeared to do just that, this newspaper has struggled to comprehend the events and actions coming from that body’s chambers. Petty personal squabbles and political maneuvering have reigned over the proper business of an institution of student government. Moreover, the leadership of the senate has effectively marginalized students who attend senate meetings simply out of their passion and initiative for advancing causes to the benefit of the MCTC community. To review, we have seen T.J. Malaskee leave his role as president during his re-election campaign. On the same day of the spring 2010 election, […]

Get Involved, Make a Difference

September 9, 2010 // 0 Comments

Welcome new and returning students! For those who don’t know, I am the former Student Senate President and as of last Spring, your elected Vice President of the Minnesota State College Students Association (MSCSA). I just wanted to give everyone at MCTC a big welcome and let them know what this year will have in store for them regarding student advocacy at the state level. First and foremost, unless you have somehow evaded the barrage of TV ads, news reports and mailers you know that we have state and congressional elections on November 2. What does this mean for MSCSA? This means its game time. As the Vice President, I have the big responsibility of running our statewide Get Out The Vote (GOTV) campaign. I […]

CCN Constitutuion

August 25, 2008 // 0 Comments



The following policy is the product of the best thinking of the students on the City College News staff at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. It has been revised many times. Each revision has been an effort to improve procedures that are the backbone of the newspaper.

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