Summertime experiences of fellow students

Before classes started, many students had fun and educational opportunities over the summer. These included internships, volunteer opportunities and more.


Megan Anderson

“I went on a Mission Trip to the Dominican Republic where we laid the foundation for a three story youth ministry building. We also spent the afternoons in various villages with children. We played sports with them as well as encouraged them to participate in our vacation bible school activities. The trip was from July 1-8 in Santiago, Chile. We dug six foot trenches and began to lay the cement foundation for a youth ministry building. It had been a dream for the Dominican government for over 30 years but they never had the funds, work or resources to begin to build this building. Our church group went down to the Dominican Republic to assist them with this ongoing struggle.

“After construction in the morning, our big group separated into smaller ones. We dispersed to various villages and ran sport camps as well as vacation bible school with the children. The culture in the Dominican Republic is a very happy one, despite the extreme poverty many of the people live in. They knew nothing other than what they have. I was very fortunate to go on this trip and will forever cherish the experiences I had and the people I met.”

PHOTOS BY JILLIAN SCHULZ • [email protected]

James Macias

“I’m a political science major. I worked for Congressman Dan Lipinski of IL’s 3rd district. I was in Washington D.C. from June until August. My day to day tasks varied; some days I’d be sending flags to people, other days I would find myself in the Senate buildings looking for signatures on a bill. It was crazy to be in the same buildings of big-name politicians who ran for President of the United States. I had a great experience in that office and I made lifelong friends with the other interns and staff members I worked with.”

Daniel Yang

“I am a senior at St. John’s University pursuing a degree in communication with minors in Asian studies and political science and this summer I had the wonderful privilege to return as a second-year scholar for the Urban Scholars Program. The program is a leadership and professional development internship that provides students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds with distinctive professional experience.

“For 12 weeks over the summer, scholars are placed with partner organizations such as the State of Minnesota, City of Minneapolis, United Way and the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board. Scholars spend four days a week working on meaningful projects and work in collaboration with organizational leaders at their host sites. Scholars also participate one day a week as a cohort to learn and apply skills in leadership, professional development and public speaking.

“This summer as an Urban Scholar I was at Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB). My main project this summer was creating a central and accessible database for retention records for all MMB agencies. My time at MMB was a very meaningful experience, I got to be a part of a project that was crucial to the agency and created genuine relationships with people in my workplace.

“I strongly believe that this internship has helped me both on a personal and professional level. As an Urban Scholar, I have established and enhanced my professional network, strengthened knowledge in my areas of interest and fueled some change to advance social justice and equity in the workplace and communities. All in all, I am incredibly thankful for the memories I have made as an Urban Scholar; I feel humbled and at peace to have a loving community, with whom I wish to create safer, inclusive and compassionate communities.”

Aimee Hanson

“I am a senior this year, and spent six weeks in Israel on an archaeological dig with one of my professors, which was funded by a grant from the college. This is the second summer that I’ve dug in Israel.”

Sexton changes cause controversy

JILLIAN SCHULZ • [email protected] • Earlier closing times have students annoyed at the Sexton Caf, while Johnnie Java takes on a new role.

By Cormac Quinn
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A new school year often brings new changes, but not all of these differences come with approval. Changes in management at Sexton have subsequently brought changes to their operations that has left some students disgruntled. To cut costs and improve student workers’ livelihoods without sacrificing student satisfaction, the Sexton Caf began closing at 10 p.m. this year, with the Johnnie Java space operating new late-night hours. Now they must survive student scrutiny, some of whom feel their punch has lost value, or that the dining area has lost some social appeal.

The new management team, Julie Neuwirth and Br. Richard Crawford, started in February, giving them the summer to envision a profitable and effective new design. With a noticeable drop in sales in the late evening, there was a financial incentive to close the Caf earlier. An earlier closing time meant the clean-up process would finish-up earlier, so student workers could get home quicker. Despite these new efforts, workers have said they still aren’t returning to their dorms until past midnight; some of whom have 8 a.m. classes. The new closing time was compensated for through converting Johnnie Java into a snack bar and having it open until midnight. This reduced costs by requiring less space, products and personnel late at night.

Student responses have been mixed, with upperclassmen adjusting their habits, and first-years content with how things are.

A common critique of the new system came from Johnnies on the continuous plan. In the past, after dinner at the Reef, they used their “one-punch-a-day” on a midnight sub for the energy to keep studying into the morning hours. Since Johnnie Java doesn’t accept punches, they feel their punch has lost value.

Other upperclassmen were disappointed that their late-night hang out space had become desolate of student activity. With the Caf closed at 10 p.m., but the dining area remaining open until midnight, students have been reluctant to do homework or hangout there. A lack of communication gave a rocky landing for the new management’s overhaul at Sexton. They left the dining area open until midnight so student life could still be fostered within; but, without the Caf,
most students don’t find themselves in there past 10 p.m. When asked if they ate their late-night snack from Johnnie Java in the dining area, there was a look of surprise on the faces of first-years and seniors alike. Most were unaware Johnnie Java is open late, and that it serves pizza. The management at Sexton has been reactive to student opinion, and since Sunday have extended their hours to 10:30 p.m. every night. After an open forum during a SJU Senate meeting last Monday, by the end of the week they had changed their hours of operation. At the meeting, concerns were raised by students about their post-event get-togethers; citing Praise in the Pub and Sunday mass as examples.

The management has expressed its primary desire is to fulfill students’ needs, but finances cannot be overlooked. Neuwirth realizes this. “And now we know,” Neuwirth said.

A lack of clear communication has left students sour at the changes, but the management has reacted accordingly. The new system has left students vying for the old days, their traditions askew and stomachs rumbling. Over the semester, the new management must juggle economics, student life and customer satisfaction in the spotlight of the new academic year.

CSB’s recording studio, an unknown resource for student use

PHOTO COURTESY OF JOSHUA AKKERMAN • Tools like the standing mic and keyboard pictured above are able to be used for free.

By Anna Smisek
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The recording studio at the CSB campus is a resource most students may not be aware of. Tucked away in the Music Library of the Benedictine Arts Center are three rooms that allow for professional vocal and instrumental recordings. These services are offered for free to faculty and students.

The first room is the main space that contains a desk microphone and a 20-channel audio mixer. This mixer runs into a recorder that will hook up to a USB flash drive, SD card, CF card or directly to a personal laptop. This means that after a recording is finished, it can be saved on alternate media. Also in this room are multiple kinds of instrument and vocal microphones, along with any kind of cable one might need.

Beyond the main space are two sound proof isolation rooms. This way, two sets of recordings can be done separately. For example, one room could have someone playing an instrument while the other could have a vocal artist. Users can hear the sound from the other rooms through headphones, but each room will be registered independently. Then, both recordings will be sent to the main board and can be put together.

The recording studio can be booked online through the
campus website. To help get new users started, there are
step-by-step instructions provided, and a training session can be scheduled with Media Services. While the equipment is beginner-friendly, it is also advanced enough to handle larger recording sessions.

Before the recording studio was installed, musicians had no place to practice. Instead, they had to find empty classrooms or work in their apartments and dorms.

“Students have limited resources, so this addition provides a great opportunity,”
English professor Mike Opitz said. He also emphasizes how having a musical outlet can be beneficial to a student.

With the studio present, Media Services and the library have worked with instructors to help integrate media literacy projects into a variety of classes. Most of these projects are video and audio based.

One misconception is that the recording studio is only used by music majors; however, a wide range of majors use this type of media technology. People have set up interviews, recorded podcasts, recorded speeches and produced video with this professional sound system. One example is the campus radio
station KGNB.

“I always enjoy seeing the Recording Studio get utilized, and I’d highly encourage anyone who has an interest in doing audio recording, voiceovers, music, podcasts or any multimedia project to try it out. We have many talented people on campus and it’s amazing to see what’s been created in that room,” multimedia technician Aaron Utke said via email.

Other schools are also developing their own recording mechanisms.
In addition, Alcuin has added more advanced rooms and audio features to its Learning Commons for student use too.

Student “stands-up” for new opportunity

Student “stands-up” for new opportunity

JILLIAN SCHULZ• [email protected] • Zach Eichten performed stand-up during his Washignton, D.C. internship. He had no previous experience before, but felt that the trip allowed for him the ability to try stand-up.

By Katarina Podewils
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This past summer, students from CSB/SJU participated in a Washington, D.C. internship program run through the Political Science Department. During this time, one student decided that this would be an opportune time for him to try his hand at stand-up comedy. SJU senior Zach Eichten was this same student.

Eichten performed at a bar called the Chinese Disco in Georgetown. The venue hosted weekly stand-up shows, and Eichten performed five weeks during his 12 week stay in D.C.

He discovered the venue by first watching an open mic-night.

“I saw that some of the comics were really good, and some were okay,” Eichten said. “I told myself at the time, ‘I can do that. I can be okay at this. If these guys can do it, I can do it too.’”

In order to participate, Eichten had to bring a minimum of ten guests to see his first show. Before his first gig, Eichten extended an invitation to other CSB/SJU students on his trip, and they came to watch.

During his shows, Eichten described how it was hard to judge how well he was doing.

“What you don’t think about is once you get on stage, you can’t see the audience because the lights are right in your eyes,” Eichten said. “I could see the front row of people, and that was it. So I used those people as my metric to see how I was doing.”

Eichten stated that he has always enjoyed comedy, but he needed a change of scene in order to have the confidence to try stand-up.

“Two summers ago when I was working in St. Paul, I wrote a bunch of material and never did anything with it because I lived there and I was nervous to run into someone I knew,” Eichten said. “By going out to D.C., this seemed like the opportunity to try it out.”

In addition, Eichten attributes his story-like comedic bits to comics like John Mulaney, T.J. Miller and Pete Holms.

“I especially like story-like bits,” Eichten said. “I don’t do shock value jokes.”Eichten states that he hopes to continue performing stand-up on campus if given the opportunity. He also hopes to try stand-up at one of the open mic-nights available in St. Cloud.

Lastly, Eichten offers advice to other students interested in stand-up on campus.

“If you have jokes, you can always try,” Eichten said. “If you fail, who cares. Those twenty people who saw you are not going to care two days from now.”

OUR VIEW: Active readership fosters a better paper

“Our view” is prepared by the Executive board and should be considered the institutional voice of The Record.

By Meredith Jarchow, Sean Kelly, Brett Zallek and Nick Swanson

As students are settling into their class schedules and first-years are learning their way around campus, it can only mean one thing: The Record’s first issue is here. Welcome back.

We are a student newspaper, but one of our enduring goals of the editorial board is to strive for the same journalistic integrity of major publications such as The New York Times or The Wall Street Journal. Our biggest challenge is often producing journalism and not crossing into the realm of public relations.

Public relations, when done well, is clean cut. The goal is to make a group, company or institution look good, to put it simply.

Journalism is messier than that. It includes tracking down both sides of the story, and holding members of our community accountable. Our job at The Record involves taking an objective, well-rounded approach to the issues that matter to our campuses.

That is not to say that we are perfect.

At CSB/SJU, we often pride ourselves on being an interconnected campus. While this often has a positive influence on student life, it can become an obstacle in producing an unbiased paper. We try our best to hold ourselves to high journalistic standards. We hope that you—the reader—will do so too.

We hope that you will write a Letter to the Editor under our Readers’ Letters section when you feel that The Record has fallen short. We believe that this open line of communication and transparency will make us better journalists and consequently we will have a more informed campus.

The Record is more than just 11 students staying up until 4 a.m. on Wednesday nights. This is your paper, too. We are simply a vehicle to deliver the news in the hopes that we will foster dialogue among the members of our community.

So write to us. Tell us what is wrong on campus. Tell us what is right. We want to hear your side of the story.