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Campus in the Summer: Dead or Alive?

​Many refer to Winona as a “college town,” so people assume Winona must be a ghost town during the summer when all the of the college students head in various directions. However, there is still a lot of activity in Winona during the summer months – especially on Winona State’s campus! This is because Winona State hosts many different camps and conferences over the summer and invites individuals of ranging age groups with varying interests on campus.

So, don’t think once college students conclude classes in the spring that campus is bleak and empty awaiting the return of students in the fall. A few camps have already taken place this summer such as Lego MindstormsGrandparents University and Summer Jazz Workshop. Learn about the types of camps and campers that are scheduled to inhabit campus the remaining months of summer while you are (most likely) gone:

Students of this year's H.O.P.E. Academy were excited to begin their Intro to Engineering class!

Students of this year’s H.O.P.E. Academy were excited to begin their Intro to Engineering class!

H.O.P.E Academy  (June 22 – July 2) – An important camp held on campus over the summer, H.O.P.E stands for Harnessing Opportunities for Post-Secondary Education Academic and Leadership Academy. The organized event gives underrepresented high school students the opportunity to experience college life by participating in college courses and workshops while staying on campus in a residence hall.

The 2016 Scrubs Camp participants.

This year’s Scrubs Camp participants.

Scrubs Camp (June 26 – July 1) – During this camp, high school students get to explore career fields in healthcare while staying in the residence halls. After a day of learning about the healthcare field, campers spend their evenings playing volleyball and hanging out with fellow campers.

College For Kids 2013.

College For Kids 2013.

College For Kids (July 11 – 14) – This is one of the bigger events and takes place in many of the buildings on campus during the summer. Students in grades third through eighth participate in a full day of 90-minute lectures 0n a range of topics including math, science, language arts, social studies, art, music and more! On the final day of College For Kids, students will graduate and receive their certificates during a commencement ceremony in East Hall.

Camp Explore (July 24 – 29) – This camp is for high school students and explores a range of STEM-industry career fields which include engineering, healthcare, agriculture, transportation and more!

Camp Invention 2013: Students were eager to show off their creatures they made during Atlas Games. (Photo by Maire McMahon '15)

Camp Invention 2013: Students were eager to show off the creatures they made during Atlas Games. (Photo by Maire McMahon ’15)


Camp Invention (August 1 - 5) – Students in grades first through sixth engage in activities which encourage 21st century learning skills as they work in teams to problem-solve real-world challenges.

Lastly, there are numerous athletic camps offered throughout the summer including football, soccer, volleyball, basketball and cross country! The athletic department hosts these camps. More information about the athletic and academic summer camps are available online.

It’s also important to point out that the Great River Shakespeare Festival takes over Winona during the summertime. Not only are the plays performed at the Perfoming Arts Center on campus, those who particapte in GRSF live in East Lake over the summer.

Hopefully you now feel more in the loop of what happens on campus in the summer!​

 -Dana Scott

5 Simple Steps to a Greener Lifestyle

We live on the raddest planet in the solar system. There’s no other place that has all the things we, as humans, need to survive and thrive. But to keep the chill vibes rolling, we need to start giving back to this tiny blue dot of ours. Here’s a few easy ways to do just that:

1) Recycle


This is the first and most obvious way to help clean things up. Recycling helps the environment in a mass variety of ways. First, it keeps harmful materials like plastic, glass and aluminum out of landfills and puts them into the hands of people who can use them. Second, it lessens production costs for companies, helping them to keep their product up and running but without the constant need to make more material. Finally, recycling keeps trash away from cute little animals who’d probably end up getting stuck in them or eating them. We don’t want to hurt animals, do we?

2) Get a totally rad water bottle


Now, I’m sure that many of you already own a water bottle. It’s pretty much a staple of the college arsenal. But do you have one that is totally rad? The reason I say this is that having a cool looking water bottle, or one that you enjoy drinking out of, can push you to use it more often. You don’t want drinking water to feel like a chore. I, for one, have a steel bottle with a pinewood print on it, and I keep it filled constantly. By using your water bottle often, you minimize waste from bottled water. In addition, drinking water instead of other, less natural beverages will make you feel healthier and happier. True story.

3) Choose the bike, not the car


In Winona, everything is tightly knit together. For the most part, you can make it anywhere in town in less than 15 minutes on a bike. So, why drive a car? While the weather may make this a bit more difficult in the winter months, use alternate methods of transportation when you can. Biking or walking helps eliminate pollution for car and gas-based vehicles. Also, you get some free exercise so it’s a win-win. If biking isn’t an option, there’s a plethora of other ways to get around, from skateboards, to longboards, to roller blades, to just plain walking.

4) Buy local when possible


Supporting your local businesses should be a no-brainer, but that doesn’t just mean shopping at the comic book shop downtown or going to one of many thrift stores. There’s also a full industry of farmers that also need some attention. Local produce is able to forgo the dangerous pesticides and pollutants that many big-name produce companies use, and by buying local, we can help create a sustainable atmosphere for food. We’re lucky in that we have a few places to get local foods, so it’s a simple matter of making the switch. Try hitting up Winona’s Farmers Market on Saturday mornings in the summer or shopping around Rochester Wholesale or Bluff Country Co-op. These are just a few options!

5) Go for a hike, or just chill in nature


Trust me, I know the draws of staying in and watching a movie instead of going outside. Plopping down on the couch with the A/C blaring and the new season of Orange is the New Black sounds like a dream. But there’s no reason to do that all the time. Get outside and go explore the wondrous little area we live in. There are hundreds of trails and places to go have a little adventure in nature, so take advantage! The more you’re outside, the less energy and resources you consume in your home. Also, being outside has been linked to increased happiness and decreased stress. If you’re not a hiking person, grab a blanket and lay out in the sun for a while. Nothing is better than chilling under the bright blue sky for an afternoon. Whatever you choose to do is up to you, but just make sure to go and soak in the sweet beats of life.

For more ideas on easy ways to help the environment, take a look at WSU’s Purple Going Green Pinterest board!

-Nathaniel Nelson

Music to Your Ears: FREE Concerts on Campus

If you’re like me, then you appreciate food, music and trying new things. What’s even better is when all of these things are free (because we’re in college and who doesn’t love free?)! That’s why I was thrilled when I heard about Concerts on the Green. This is one of many events brought to the Winona community by the Great River Shakespeare Festival. Beginning this Friday at 5pm, there will be FREE music, yard games and food on campus in front of the PAC. It’s the first concert of the 2016 season, and I can’t think of a better way to enjoy our beautiful campus in the summer! Concerts on the Green will be on Fridays and Saturdays from 5-7pm until the end of July.

The stage for tomorrow night's concert is already set up outside the PAC and ready to go!

The stage for tomorrow night’s concert is already set up outside the PAC and ready to go!

If you’re not really into music, I still highly encourage you to attend! It’s a great opportunity to open yourself up to something new without any cost to you. So, you’re not a fan of jazz? Then you should definitely attend nights like Saturday, June 25 that feature jazz bands and music you are not particularly attuned to. Fully immersing yourself in a fun environment with live music you aren’t used to will give you a greater appreciation for different styles of music. For instance, in early high school I used to only like mainstream pop music. But when my older sister began driving me to school I was forced to listen to alternative rock in her car every day. Even though I definitely did not start out as a fan of her style of music, I ended up loving it and now that’s pretty much all I listen to. Sometimes you don’t know what you really like until you try it a few times.

I’m so happy to be spending my summer in Winona for many reasons – one definitely being Concerts on the Green. Hope to see you there!

Allison Mueller

Find a Hobby, Find Your Happiness


“What do you like doing in your free time?”

As college students we don’t get a lot of free time, and this question makes it even more stressful to find an interesting hobby to fill our free time. This is just one of the reasons finding the right hobby for you is important. It is also important to have something that provides personal enjoyment and fulfillment.

As college students, many of the activities we find ourselves doing have other benefits other than our happiness. Such as studying for classes to get good grades with the goal to eventually graduate. Many of us also work part time or full time jobs in addition to taking classes to make money or gain experience in a certain field, regardless if you enjoy your job or not – its sole purpose is not to bring happiness, but rather to fill your pockets and resumé.

We all also fill many other roles as friends, parents, significant others, siblings, children, etc. These can all be very fulfilling roles, but the most important role you will fill in your life is being yourself and part of that job includes providing your own happiness. To do this effectively and without the risk of also draining yourself, you need to find a hobby or activity you can participate in solely for your own fulfillment and enjoyment.

It may take some time to find the perfect hobby for you, so don’t get discouraged! Don’t be afraid to try something new and don’t worry about whether you will be “good” at this hobby because as long as it provides happiness and enjoyment, that’s all that matters. Here is a list of some hobbies for you to try out:

 1) Reading

Many college students do a lot of reading already, so try to find books you can read at your own leisure. You could also join or create a book club for motivation or discussion.

2) Writing

Many college students also do a lot of writing, so again, do this for leisure. There are many things you could start writing: daily journals, letters to friends, short stories, poetry, or start a blog.

3) Hiking, biking, running and other outdoor activities

Winona is a great place for this! Between the bluffs, the lakes and the river, there are a lot of outdoor activities to pick from!

4) Photography

Even if you don’t want to buy a new, expensive camera, you can always go out with your phone in the search for the perfect Instagram-worthy picture!

5) Painting

If you are 21 or older, you could start by attending a wine and canvas night for a fun and interesting experience.

6) Cooking or baking

Hit up Pinterest for recipes to try. Follow WSU’s College-Friendly Recipes Pinterest board for some cheap and delicious ideas. You could even invite friends over and host a dinner party!

7) Knitting

This skill could come in handy around the holidays to make all your loved ones scarfs or hats for gifts.

8) Scrapbooking

You get to reminisce on old times and create something that will allow you to look back on great memories.

9) Yoga

Attend yoga in the park, go to a class at the IWC or even look up videos on YouTube.

10) Gardening

This is great during the summertime!

11) Teach yourself something new

Whether it’s learning to play an instrument or a speak a new language, trying something new is always fun!

12) Volunteering

Donate your time to a cause you are passionate about.

13) Sports

Join an intramural team or league for fun.

14) Collections

Start a collection of anything from stamps to coins, and go out in search for the perfect additions to your collection.​

Now, get out there and find your next hobby and find your happiness!

Dana Scott

#WarriorFresh Wazoo Photo Contest


It’s June Registration Week, and as future Warriors, you are stepping on the grounds of your home to-be. Welcome!

As you make your way around campus, be sure to look for Wazoo in the lower hyphen of Kryzsko Commons between 11 and 12:30 this week and get your picture taken! Then, share your Wazoo picture to Instagram, Twitter or Facebook using #WarriorFresh, and you could win a cool prize. The three winners will be announced Monday morning in the Class of 2020 Facebook group. Please make sure your privacy setting is set to public or message your photo to WSU’s Facebook page if you prefer not to change your privacy setting.

Happy Registration Week!

If you don’t have winonastateu on Snapchat, add us by snapcode!

If you don’t have winonastateu on Snapchat, add us by snapcode! 

Why Pacifism?


Pacifism : the belief that it is wrong to use war or violence to settle disputes. 

Pacifism is an ideology as old as time itself, but for many of us, it seems like a pipe dream. It seems there’s never an end to the constant stream of wars and violent acts, so what’s the point of being pacifist anyways? Well, here are 4 distinct and immediate benefits from denouncing violence and following a peaceful way of life:

1) Low level of stress

Part of pacifism is avoiding conflict. But this isn’t just war-based conflict. It can be everything from conflict between workers, to between friends, to the short fights in a relationship. Oftentimes, stress is caused by the worry about these sorts of conflicts. Without them, stress flows right off of you like you’re a stone in the Mississippi.

2) Understanding of the individual

Pacifism’s number one ideological fact is the importance of every person, no matter who they are on the inside or out. Each person is just as special and interesting as anyone else. You may find people you don’t like, but you can understand that they matter. In this crazy messed up world of ours, everybody is in the same boat going down the same river. Though people may take different routes, they are all just as important.

3) Certainty of safety

This one is a bit strange. “How can you be sure of your safety with how much violence there is in the world today?” Here’s the thing: by avoiding violence and actively denouncing it, other people will learn to see life from the same angle. Not only that, but nobody wants to pick a fight with a pacifist. There’s no gratification from fighting with someone who finds no reason to fight, after all.

4) Living a peaceful life

This is the biggest, most obvious benefit from pursuing a pacifist lifestyle. When you live a life devoid of violent anger and hatred, and see the beauty in the individual, life becomes a peaceful journey without fear and without stress. You can spend your days awing at the wonders of the natural world, and of the individuals who work to keep people wondering. Without war, without violence, without hatred, the world is just a much better place.

Nathaniel Nelson

Take Your Dad and the Fam to Steamboat Days!

Looking for something fun to do with your dad or the family over Father’s Day weekend?

Well, Steamboat Days in Winona is where it’s at. A wide range of activities for the whole family to enjoy makes Winona a great place to spend the entire weekend together, as a family! Show them around the beautiful city in which you will, or currently, attend college and enjoy Steamboat Days, which runs from Wednesday, June 15 through Sunday, June 19. A few of the scheduled events being held throughout the long weekend are a BMX bike show, craft fair, parade, the play ‘Shrek’, a pancake breakfast, concerts, and last but not least, a spectacular fireworks show. Although a craft fair might not be as appealing to a 7-year-old kid as it is to teenage girls and their mothers, there are tons of fun events planned for kids. Such as constant rides, a kid’s fishing contest, a treasure hunt, a kiddie parade and the Kids Power Pedal.

Photo of the Kiddie Parade taken from the Steamboat Days' website.

Photo of the kiddie parade taken from the Steamboat Days’ website.

However, the fun doesn’t end there. Winona is a beautiful city with endless opportunities for outdoor entertainment. Therefore, there is more to do than just the scheduled events throughout Father’s Day weekend. Maybe you wish to have a relaxing weekend with your family and desire a nice walk around the Winona Lakes or a picnic in the park. Maybe you are a bit more adventurous and want to climb to the top of Sugar Loaf with your dad or go kayaking down the Mississippi. The opportunities for entertainment and a good time with your family over Father’s Day weekend are endless in the city of Winona. If you are stumped as to what to do over Father’s Day weekend with your family, fret no more. Winona is the place to be!

Erin Kloepping

6 Reasons Why Working on Campus Rocks

As either an incoming freshman or a current student who is in search of a new job in Winona, it can be hard to find work that is close by and flexible with your school schedule during the year and vacations in the summer. Well, as an assistant in Web Communications on campus, I can say that applying for jobs on campus is the way to go! There are so many perks to having a campus job, and many times students overlook this option when searching for work. Here are 6 reasons why you should look into positions on campus:

1) You can utilize your major and continue to learn


As a college student working towards your degree, it’s hard to snag a job that applies to what you are currently studying. On campus there are positions available that allow you to put the knowledge you are gaining to use! My major is journalism, and my roles as a web communication assistant allow me to write and edit on multiple platforms. My job on campus has taught me a lot! For example, If you are going for a public relations major, there are students who work for PR on campus; if you’re pursuing a major in computer science or the like, a job in tech support would be perfect.

2) Your job is in walking distance from your place


If you’re a student and have a job on campus that means you must be in walking or biking distance from work! Unless you commute to Winona State for classes, of course. In the summer I try to rollerblade to Somsen Hall every day where I work since I’m so close. Also, you save a lot of time not having to run back and forth from classes to an off-campus job – you’re able to just go right from class in one building to work in another.

3) Campus jobs are the most understanding about school/class obligations


As a student, your education is what should take priority over a job. Campus jobs understand this and are the most understanding about needing to tweak your schedule given finals week or a week filled with projects. Obviously your campus job is still important, but if you communicate with your boss they are extremely understanding!



That’s right, you are often given free food. Student appreciation potlucks are held during the year and people aren’t afraid to bring in snacks to the office. For instance, this summer there is one day a month where free coffee, juice and donuts will be handed out at the gazebo to all employees and student workers.

5) There’s no requirement to work over school breaks


You can choose whether or not you want to work over spring, winter or summer breaks. This is especially nice if you land an internship one summer and want to return to your campus job when school resumes.

6) You meet great people your age


As a student worker, you’re surrounded by coworkers your age. You meet fellow students and have the opportunity to create great friendships. I’ve met a ton of amazing people who have turned into close friends through my campus position.

If you’re interested in working a job on campus, visit Warrior Jobs for available positions!

-Allison Mueller

Winona’s New Food Round-Up

We all have our favorite go-to spot for our meals or a quick bite. Whether that is on campus or not, it’s safe to say Winona could use a few more food places that offer variety and quick services. Well, Warriors, I’m excited to bring to you a list of eateries on campus that are being built or improved!

1) Coffee & Bagels in the library


If you haven’t already heard, Darrell W. Krueger Library on campus will be adding an Einstein Bros Bagels and Caribou Coffee to offer Coffee & Bagels. The new spot, located to the right of the first floor upon entering the library, will be open to students and the Winona community this fall. Read more about this cool addition in The Winonan!

2) Jack Kane Dining Center revamped


Winona State is currently constructing a new and improved cafeteria! If you’re wondering what’s going on behind the walls of wood surrounding the dining area on campus, Chartwells explains that the new area will have an open concept space that allows for smoother traffic flow and more space between stations for guests to walk around, a made-to-order menu and a wide variety of foods. The dining center will also have a dedicated allergen-free zone! This new and improved eatery will be finished by the start of fall semester.

3) Somsen Hall Caribou transformation


Mugby Junction in Somsen Hall will close June 23rd and transform into We Proudly Brew Caribou. This spot will offer Caribou Coffee favorites along with expanded seating and a fresh look.

Along with these great projects that are underway on campus, the city of Winona is also adding a few more spots to eat! Right now, Ocean Sushi is now open on Gilmore Ave. and offers Japanese and Thai food. In addition, Nate & Ally’s Frozen Treat Creations on East Third will be opening this month. An expansion to the Bluff Country Co-Op food market and a new Jimmy John’s is currently under construction as well.

-Allison Mueller

Prepare Yourself: 7 Must-Visits for Decorating Your Space


The beginning of June brings with it the start of new leases in Winona! This time brings change for many upperclassmen and sparks dorm room thoughts for incoming freshmen and those planning on living in the residence halls again. Whether you are moving to an apartment now or a dorm room in August, it can be difficult to make the place feel homey. This is especially true when you are on a budget, because we all know decorations and furniture are not cheap. Here are a few sites, stores and ideas that have helped me make myself at home in all of my living situations in my years at Winona State:

1) Pinterest 

I get most of my decorating ideas from Pinterest. Typically, you cannot buy directly from the site but they usually have some sort of link for you to track down the product. It’s also a great way to find cheap DIY projects! Keep track of sites and ideas you like by creating a specific board for your dorm, apartment, etc. to pin to. Winona State has its own Pinterest account with a range of creative and helpful boards, one being the Res Hall Decor board.

2) Dormify

Not only does this website carry some awesome decorations, but it now has a new Design Plan Generator. All you have to do is answer some questions about your style and personality and it generates themes that fit your answers.

3) Target

Target is pretty good at having reasonably priced products, give or take a rug. Plus, if you go at the right time you can get some good discounts. Last year I went in the middle of fall semester and bought lamps for 60% off! Try to avoid shopping in the summer because that’s when the prices are the highest.

4) Etsy

Honestly, I had doubts about this site at first. It is all online and products are made and sold by people you probably do not know. Like other stores, it can be pricey too. However, they have some great stuff that can be cheap and if you are willing to splurge a little there are some amazing things available.


I have this weird obsession with storage containers and organizations so IKEA is pretty much heaven for me. They have so many options, you can make it unique to you and they are pretty cheap! They also have “inspiration rooms” that workers have designed where you can see how things are set up and decorated for ideas. The only downfall is that the nearest IKEA is in the Twin Cities, but if you’re from that area you’re in luck! If not, a road trip is in order.

6) TJ Maxx

This is easily one of my favorite stores. You can find designer brands at a fraction of the price. I mean, who in college can afford to drop $400+ on just one chair? They have everything from clothes to photo albums to bedding.

7) Rummage sales/garage sales and thrift stores

I will admit, a lot of things you find at these places are either not in the best shape or are just junk, but sometimes you can find a treasure. Some things may require a little TLC and redesigning, but that just gives you an excuse to be crafty.​ Also, it’s a good idea to utilize Pinterest and other sites to get ideas for DIY projects with garage sale or thrift store items!

Kayla Severson