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Ethernet/LAN
Food Services
Kent Library
Parking
Residence Life
Rumors/Myths
Transportation Issues
Tuition





 

Academic Guidelines


QUESTION:
QUESTION: I was wondering if it is true that you can leave class after 15 minutes if the teacher does not show up?


RATING:
more false than true



RESPONSE:
There is no written policy at the University concerning the amount of time a class should wait for a professor to arrive. It is just considered common courtesy as a part of the University culture to wait 10 to 15 minutes before leaving.

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Buildings and Grounds


QUESTION:
I have been down in the closets in the back of ****** chapter room and there are filled in tunnels, is it true that there are underground tunnels all over campus that were once used as Fall out shelters? And if so why are there still signs up on the groups houses that say "fall out shelter" since we all know that a "fall out shelter" would do no good in the event of a nuclear attack,why are they still up? Thanks


RATING:
more false than true



RESPONSE:
There is a network of utility distribution tunnels carrying steam, water and electricity that run underneath a large portion of the campus. They are for the distribution of steam and accessible only to maintenance personnel. There are no fallout shelters in the Greek buildings on campus, and the underground tunnels were never used as fallout shelters. Dr. Frank Nickell, director of the Center of Regional History, said there were discussions many years ago about the possibility of using the tunnels as a safe location in the event of a natural disaster, but a formal plan to actually use them as such was never developed. The Fallout Shelter signs you mentioned were installed when the Greek housing buildings were constructed in the mid-1960s, during the "Cold War." Like the tunnels, the Greek buildings were never used as Fallout Shelters, but there were discussions, at the time, that the basements could be used as a reasonably secure location in the event of an emergency. The signs were likely posted for this reason, Nickell said. Facilities Management officials plan to remove the old signs in the very near future.

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Carillon in Academic


QUESTION:
I've always enjoyed the carillon selections even from way back, but have wondered why the tempo of "The Missouri Waltz" is so slow, why some evenings we listen to "Oh What a Beautiful Morning" and why we hear such a limited variety of selections? I also thought it might be interesting to have a contest to see if others actually know the names of the tunes that are played.


RESPONSE:
The company that produced the scrolls for the University's carillon set the tempo of "The Missouri Waltz." Since that company, Schulmerich, which is based in Sellersville, Pa., no longer makes scrolls for the type of carillon at Southeast, another version of "The Missouri Waltz," cannot be produced. In addition, "Oh What a Beautiful Morning" is one of several selections on a scroll, which plays on the University's carillon. The carillon plays three times a day, and the paper on that particular scroll moves systematically through the carillon. Hence, that is why "Oh What a Beautiful Morning" sometimes is heard in the afternoon. If that selection is the next one queued on the scroll when the carillon plays at 3:55 p.m., the "Oh What a Beautiful Morning" is, in fact, the selection heard by those strolling across campus.

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QUESTION:
Who would we speak to about getting our alma mater played on the "bells" of Academic? I've noticed many other songs being played, but not our alma mater. I think it would be great to have our school song on there! Thanks for the input!


RESPONSE:
The alma mater is played periodically as part of the entire repertoire of the carillon music at Southeast Missouri State University. Perhaps you have missed it or just did not notice it. The alma mater is among eight selections on a scroll currently being played on the University's Schulmerich carillon.

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Ethernet/Lan


QUESTION:
I have heard that the University blocks all internet downloads from programs such as KaZaA and Morpheus during the week due to them supposedly slowing down academic purposes on campus. Is this true? If so, will this always be how it is? Because last year we agreed to pay extra this year to have ethernet access. Myself and MANY other students on campus believe that if we pay to use campus internet access, we should be allowed to use every aspect of it at all times and not just on weekends.


RATING:
true



RESPONSE:
Yes, the University has blocked certain web-based file-sharing systems, such as Morpheus, during the week. They are blocked from 8 a.m. on Monday until 5 p.m. on Friday because connections to these sites were interfering with other Internet traffic and with high-priority instructional television (ITV) classes. Computer Services sees blocking the sites as a temporary situation and the staff plans eventually to implement a traffic prioritization system. They appreciate your patience as they exlore a new solution to this problem.

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Food Services


QUESTION:
Why is it that when students go to purchase a meal at the UC it goes over the allotted amount and we are forced to use points (if we don't want to use a bonus meal) for a meal that normally wouldn't go over anywhere else? Example: Say I get a meat sandwich (usually $2.79) and then I get a small drink ($.89). That's already over and most college students eat much more than a sandwich and drink at any one meal. I think that you should make the prices cheaper since we are paying so much anyway for the meals... Just a thought....


RESPONSE:
The University Center is a retail-style facility designed to serve students, faculty and staff. Last year students expressed in over 20 focus groups conducted by two national consulting teams a desire to create a true retail restaurant style facility in the UC, and to be able to purchase brand names such as Chick-Fil-A, Blimpie's Subs & Salads, Noble Romans Pizza and Columbo Frozen Yogurt. To accommodate students who wish to dine on occasion in a retail-type facility instead of eating in Towers, the UC accepts meal plan Value Exchange (transferable credit), has expanded branded options, and is now open for dinner on Fridays and Sundays. It is important that the UC food court provides reasonable portion sizes and prices and, perhaps most importantly, provides as much value as possible. While not every item can be purchased within the pre-set Value Exchange amount, the University's contract with Chartwells requires that specially priced "Combo Meals" be available at every meal. Currently, 29 of the 38 (76%) possible Combo Meals are at or below the Value Exchange amount and require no additional points, cash or use of a Bonus Meal. Of the remaining nine (most at Market Carvery which offers more expensive items like London Broil or Chicken Kiev), the average amount needed above Value Exchange is only $.33. For example, the Cheeseburger Combo Meal that includes onion rings and a 16 oz soda is $3.39 - under the lunch Value Exchange amount of $3.40. We believe that creating reasonable priced and sized Combo Meals gives more flexibility to meal plan students eating at the UC, while still providing national brand names which require national pricing structures set by the brand company. Sandwiches, which you reference, are also competitively priced. For example, in the UC a Turkey Sandwich, potato chips and pickle costs $2.89 compared to $4.45 at St. Louis Bread Company, a Tuna Sandwich with potato chips and pickle costs $2.49 compared to $4.55 at St. Louis Bread Company, and a Ham Sandwich with potato chips and pickle costs $2.29 compared to $4.55 at St. Louis Bread Company. Readers might also find it interesting to know that we serve 8,000 meal plan students a week in Towers Dining Hall but 8,700 meal plan students a week between the UC and Geronimos - both retail facilities with the same pricing. Customer feedback is helpful in refining our program. We're still refining and we appreciate hearing how we can better serve customers. Don't hesitate to give direct feedback to the staff in Chartwells or Student Auxiliary Services.

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QUESTION:
Why is the cafeteria food worse than last year's? I know students have complained about it and what are they going to do about making it better? Also, why are they always serving that fake Chinese food?


RESPONSE:
Feedback from students throughout the academic year has been primarily positive regarding the quality of the food. This year, the menu cycle has expanded from four weeks to seven weeks (menus rotated every seven weeks instead of every four weeks); a Certified Executive Chef has been added; the corporate selection of available recipes has increased to over 1,000; a web page (www.chartwells-semo.com) has been developed and linked to the University's home page where feedback can be offered; and interviews are in process for a Marketing Director, whose job, among other duties, will be to collect customer feedback. The best feedback is that which is specific to a particular meal or selection, so we can investigate and fix any specific problem.

The Asian-style foods served on campus are very authentic and use only authentic ingredients. The sauce bases are made by "Lee Kum Kee" and are imported directly from Hong Kong. "Chinese 5-Spice" is purchased locally at Global Trading, an Asian food store. These sauces and spices are much more authentic and expensive than generally available consumer products made in most American homes.

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Kent Library


QUESTION:
I was wondering if there are any plans to update the library. I had to do a research paper on a current topic and I had to go to St. Louis to find any material to use for the paper.


RESPONSE:
During the 1998-1999 school year, a 25-person committee worked to establish a master plan for the library. Concerns about the age of the book collection and lack of new materials were noted. The library is currently working with faculty to establish subject profiles for a book approval plan. This should aid in getting more new and relevant books on the shelves more quickly. Library users are encouraged to ask at the reference desk for assistance in finding materials. For most subjects there is a wealth of information available in the online full-text databases. The librarians are there to assist you in locating that information.

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Other topics


QUESTION:
I have heard that the University of Missouri-Columbia receives St. Louis television stations. Why don't we have that seeing as the majority of students here are from the St. Louis area?


RESPONSE:
Questions regarding programming provided by the local cable franchise should be directed to Charter Communications. The City of Cape Girardeau's Cable Television Board currently is considering making a request to Charter that it survey its subscribers about cable programming. City officials say the survey may be distributed sometime over the next six months. you will be invited to voice your opinions in response to survey questions. Please be advised that the City of Cape Girardeau can request the survey, but changes regarding programming ultimately rest with Charter Communications.

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Parking


QUESTION:
I heard that after 1:30pm anyone with a parking pass is able to park in the prefered commutor lots.


RESPONSE:
This is not a rumor. All information about parking on the campus may be found on the "Parking and Transit Services" page of the University's Web site, http://www5.semo.edu/dps/Parking/ Please refer to this site if you have other questions about the parking regulations. But in answer to your question, vehicles displaying perimeter parking permits and "Evening Only" permits may use Preferred Commuter lots between the hours of 1:30 p.m. and 7 a.m. Employee lots at academic buildings also may be used between the hours of 5 p.m. and 7 a.m. Evening permits are valid between the hours of 1:30 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. in any preferred commuter lot, and between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. in employee lots at academic buildings.

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QUESTION:
Is it true that you can park in Lot 18 (across from the U.C.) with any SEMO permit? I have a preferred resident permit and I have heard that. Would that mean I would be allowed to park there? If so, is that whenever or only during certain hours of the day? I have also heard that you can park in faculty/staff lots after 5:00 p.m. if you have a preferred permit. Is that correct? What about on the weekends? What other parking lots on campus can be used if you have a preferred permit during weekdays? What about after 5 p.m. and during weekends?


RESPONSE:
Students with a Southeast parking permit may park in Lot 18, across from the University Center, for up to one hour, at any time of the day. You may not park in this lot, however, if it has been reserved for a special event. If you have a preferred permit, you may park in Faculty/Staff designated lots located at academic buildings (not at residence halls) after 5 p.m. and on weekends. If you have a preferred permit, you also may park in preferred commuter lots after 1:30 p.m. and on weekends, and in any other student permit lots any time of the day.

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QUESTION:
Is it true that the University will be building a parking garage on Henderson Street across from the bookstore?


RATING:
false



RESPONSE:
The University originally had planned to build a 182-space parking deck on the west side of Henderson Street between Broadway and Normal at a cost of $3.25 million. However, when the University acquired the properties of First Baptist Church and the Baptist Development Association at 926 Broadway last year, that provided an opportunity for the University to increase student parking without building a parking garage. If the University had built the parking garage, the current 180 surface parking spaces now available in the lot on the west side of Henderson would have been removed from service until the parking deck was completed. The University has since dismissed this plan. Acquisition of the First Baptist Church parking lot provided immediate access to 161 regular parking spaces and eight handicapped spaces when the fall 2003 semester began. An additional 60 spaces will become available when the church fully vacates the property.

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QUESTION:
I heard that the parking lot across from Johnson (the one closest to Rosengarten) is "free parking" after a certain time of the day. I was just wondering because I have gotten 2 tickets there on one day and want to appeal them if this is true. And also, can you be written another ticket (2) on the same day if it is obvious that you haven't even gotten the first one or a chance to move your car?


RESPONSE:
Students who have a perimeter permit may park in the Preferred Commuter section of the lot to which you referred after 1:30 p.m. Please note, however, that you may only park in the Preferred Commuter section of that lot and nowhere else. In response to your second question, yes, you may be issued more than one ticket for the same violation because officers have no way of knowing whether you have seen the first ticket. Nonetheless, DPS encourages you to appeal your case if you do, in fact, have a perimeter permit and you received your tickets while you were parked in the Preferred Commuter Section of that lot after 1:30 p.m.

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QUESTION:
Are there any plans in the future to clean up or refinish the outside area around Houck Field House? I know its old, but it looks really bad and is one of the first things people see when visiting campus or passing by on Broadway. Also, are they ever going to build a parking garage across from New Hall. I know the University has demolished a couple of houses on the corner and have put in more unpaved parking spaces. If there are not plans for a garage, there should be.


RESPONSE:
The University has been planning for several years to make a number of improvements around Houck, including paved and landscaped parking, new windows and new surface to the fašade. These improvements have had to be made in phases due to budget constraints, but progress is being made. We will be replacing the wooden windows on the south side this year, as well doing some painting on the east windows and possibly replacing windows on the west side. We are starting the design for the paved parking in conjunction with the city's plans to widen Broadway to four lanes down to Houck Place. Construction of the parking should occur next year and the Broadway widening by the city in 2005. In response to your second question, no, the University is not going to build a parking garage along Henderson across from New Hall. In September, the University's Board of Regents decided not to build a garage there since the University purchased the former First Baptist Church property along Broadway last spring. The First Baptist Church property provides immediate access to 161 parking spaces without taking a considerable number of spaces off line in Lot 4, which would have been necessary during construction. When the congregation relocates, the University will have access to 60 more spaces on the church property at a lesser cost than the cost of constructing a garage. Thus, the University will have more spaces at the church property than the 180 spaces originally planned for in the garage.

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QUESTION:
Do you offer a hang tag parking permit? If not, why not?


RESPONSE:
The University does not offer a hang tag parking permit for students. Rather, the University issues parking stickers to students who purchase on-campus parking permits. Research by the Department of Public Safety has shown that stickers and hang tags are used equally in the industry. However, when students were issued hang tags a number of years ago, a high degree of theft and counterfeiting was reported to the Department of Public Safety. Therefore, the University plans to continue the use of student parking stickers.

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QUESTION:
I've seen student workers parking in faculty/staff parking areas taking full-time employee parking spots. Since when do student workers get to park in employee lots?


RESPONSE:
Student workers are allowed to park in Faculty/Staff lots after 5 p.m. or at the request of departments employing students. Based upon special requests by departments, DPS will grant special permits for student workers to park in Faculty/Staff lots during daytime hours, but only for the hours during which the students are working.

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QUESTION:
I have heard that the President is looking into the parking problem for faculty and staff, is this true? And if so, what exactly is being done?


RESPONSE:
Parking is an ongoing issue at the University, and we are well aware of the fact that parking spaces are in short supply. Parking is always an issue that is under continuous review. If you have a particular question in regard to parking, please call the Department of Public Safety at 651-2215. Beth Glaus, parking coordinator, would be happy to answer any specific questions you might have.

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QUESTION:
What does it take to get an employee hang tag for your car? I see lots and lots of workers/students who use these as universal parking permits because they know they can park almost anywhere, hang the permit, and not get a ticket when they're not even going to work. I know there's not much you can do to check, but I think they abuse the tag. Can anything be done?


RESPONSE:
All students are allowed to park in Faculty/Staff lots after 5 p.m. Student workers may park in Faculty/Staff lots at the request of departments employing students. Based upon special requests by departments, DPS will grant special permits for student workers to park in Faculty/Staff lots during daytime hours, but only for the hours during which the students are working. When DPS issues a special permit for a student to park in an employee lot for work-related reasons, DPS makes every attempt to issue the permit specifying which lot the student may park in and only during work hours as designated on the hang tag. DPS, however, currently has no method to control employees who let their student workers, children, friends or associates borrow their University parking hang tag. If DPS has probable cause to believe that a hang tag being displayed does not belong with a particular vehicle, DPS can run a check to correlate the hang tag number with make and model of the vehicle. This sort of check can lead to confiscation of lost or stolen hang tags. If hang tags which have been lost or stolen are recovered, DPS makes every effort to return them to their rightful owner.

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QUESTION:
When I first moved to campus DPS told me that people with resident perimeter parking stickers were allowed to park in preferred everyday after 3:00 p.m. and all day on the weekends. Since then, people have received tickets for parking there. My question is are we allowed to park there or not?


RESPONSE:
Preferred commuter lots are open on weekdays after 1:30 p.m. and all day on the weekends.

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Pool


QUESTION:
What are the odds of the student rec people getting smart and scrapping the idea for an aquatic facility that will never be used and putting up a Roller Rink for our successful hockey team on one of the basketball floors in stead?


RESPONSE:
According to Recreational Sports staff, both ideas for possible additions to the Student Recreation Center have merit. Each would meet the needs of different types of participants and students. Recreational Sports has been investigating the possibility of adding a Sport Court to the Student Recreation Center in the future. The addition of this type of court would allow the division to better meet the diverse recreational needs of our students through popular activities such as indoor soccer, inline or roller hockey and floor hockey. The unfortunate news is that such a court is very expensive and the budget does not allow consideration of such additions at this time. In the interim, student needs are being addressed through the use of the gymnasium in the Student Recreation Center South Campus where the Roller Hockey Club has held practices and floor hockey was added to the Intramural Sports schedule this past spring.

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QUESTION:
I would like to know what the reason for taking our second pool away from the students other than you needed space for D&P? Was it really because parker was not repairable? Or was it a joint scam with the city to get $2 out of students every time they want to swim and have to go to a municipal pool? If you were really concerned about student's involvement on campus, why do you keep taking our activities away and then keep the same activity fee that paid for the pool in the first place. If parker could not be fixed, that is fine, but there should have been a replacement built before the other was demolished and/or a deal with the city for students to continue using pool facilities all over town free of charge. Actually in all fairness you should pay us now that we would have to drive and use gas to get to the pool, instead of walking. I don't understand your reasoning and wish you could explain yourselves.


RESPONSE:
Parker Pool, built in the mid 1960's, developed major mechanical problems that were cost prohibitive to maintain, upgrade or repair. While the decision to close the pool was difficult, the need to be fiscally responsible outweighed the emotional attachment the University community and administration had to the aging facility. Given the budget constraints that the University has, and continues to face, it was not financially feasible to build a new Aquatic Center when Parker Pool was closed without significantly increasing student fees, or the identification of a major donor. We are hopeful that at some point in the future, a pool will once again be available for recreational use on our campus. Student involvement on campus is very important within all areas of Campus Life. Within the past few years recreational opportunities have increased rather than decreased. As you may be aware, the addition of the Student Recreation Center South Campus has significantly increased the amount of student involvement opportunities to students specifically on the south side of campus, as well as the entire student body. This facility allows Recreational Sports to offer more recreational opportunities through structured and non structured activities. With the increase in gymnasium space comes the addition of Intramural Floor Hockey and more space for late night events and social opportunities. In addition, two new sand volleyball courts are being built on part of the Parker field. These facilities are in addition to many new and innovative programs that have been added and/or sponsored within Recreational Sports, the University Center, Student Government and the Student Activities Council. While we understand your disappointment in having to pay the $2 daily fee associated with usage of the city pool, it is unrealistic to expect city leaders to waive the usage fees for students at the expense of city residents. The city does offer a slightly less expensive option to swim by purchasing a book of 25 swim coupons for $40. The Web site with additional information on the city pools and fee structure can be found at: http://www.cityofcapegirardeau.org/depts/parks/central.htm

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Residence Life


QUESTION:
When is room change night? And what are the chances of me moving out of Dearmont and into Towers, whether it be a suite or a double room?


RESPONSE:
Room Change Night is in the fourth week of the fall and spring semesters. The chances of moving out of Dearmont and into Towers is dependent on availability and whether there is someone currently living in Towers who wants to swap with you for your space in Dearmont. Room Change Night is planned for the fourth week of the fall and spring semesters. Because Group Housing will be re-opened then, there should be more flexibility for moving to take place.

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QUESTION:
I heard that if the fraternities and sororities that live in group housing cannot fill their houses by April 1, it is quite possible for groups to petition to live in our houses. Currently there is talk that a group has recently petitioned to live in one of the houses or a floor of a house. While I understand that it is group housing, not Greek housing, it would not be right for a group to get part of our house that we could conceivably fill in the fall. If you could clear this up, I would greatly appreciate it.


RATING:
more true than false



RESPONSE:
To accomplish the renovation of Group Housing facilities, the University had to incur substantial debt that is being paid back over a number of years. As communicated prior to beginning the renovation, in order to pay back those loans, the Group Houses must maintain at least 90 percent occupancy per chapter. Occupancy will be measured at spring housing signup and again during the early part of the fall semester. Groups that don't achieve 90 percent occupancy during spring signup could be consolidated on fewer or different floors in order to maximize occupancy and meet debt obligations. The University Center professional staff will be happy to work closely with any chapter that requests help in developing membership recruitment and retention plans to achieve at least 90 percent occupancy. The Residence Life professional staff also is available to talk with any group that would like to know more about specifics to occupancy requirements, debt obligations, or to strategize as to how to achieve optimal occupancy. We currently know of no other non-fraternal group that has requested space in Group housing.

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QUESTION:
I heard it through the grapevine that housing for next year will only be year long. What about those people who are graduating or have to do student teaching or are participating in a foreign exchange program? What are they supposed to do??? You can't get semester housing anywhere in Cape! Also, what about break housing -- if I go home over breaks would someone be staying in my room?


RATING:
more true than false



RESPONSE:
The contract for University Housing is an academic-year contract and has been for the past two years. Students who graduate, leave the University, student teach outside of the Cape Girardeau area, get married or study abroad are allowed to cancel the contract. All other students who sign the full-year contract (including those who are 21, have more than 57 credit hours and/or have lived on campus for four semesters) are required to fulfill their contract by living on campus for the full academic year. However, since occupancy likely may be high in Myers, as is anticipated in all of Southeast's residence halls for next academic year, another student may be temporarily assigned to your room during a break, if you choose to live in Myers Hall and elect to leave campus for a break. A student needing break housing will only be assigned to your room if there are no other available rooms in Myers Hall during a break period.

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Rumors/Myths


QUESTION:
I heard there are access tunnels running from building to building under campus and that if you access these tunnels that are only about 20 inches to crawl through, you can even access the buildings on campus. Is that true?


RATING:
more true than false



RESPONSE:
RESPONSE: There is a network of utility distribution tunnels carrying steam, water and electricity that run underneath a large portion of the campus. They are for the distribution of steam and accessible only to maintenance personnel.

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QUESTION:
I heard that southeast actually imports squirrels to campus so that there is more wildlife. Is that true?


RATING:
false



RESPONSE:
This same question has been asked a couple of times. The Campus Beautification Committee continually studies ways to beautify and enhance the Southeast campus. Importing squirrels and rabbits and setting them free on campus is not one of them. Southeast is very fortunate to have a magnificent rolling campus with many large trees that provide a perfect habitat for squirrels. Sprawling grassy areas that are safe from predators also help to boost the rabbit population. Rabbits and squirrels thrive in urban areas where there is an adequate food supply, good cover and little threat from natural predators such as hawks and owls. This is a natural phenomenon without a budget line item at Southeast.

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QUESTION:
Is it true that all of the old buildings around campus are haunted?


RATING:
false



RESPONSE:
Rumors have circulated for many years about ghosts in a couple of buildings on campus, including Cheney Hall and Rose Theatre. From time to time, the Rumor Mill receives an inquiry about a Cheney Hall ghost that supposedly haunts that building.

Another rumor that surfaces from time to time concerns a ghost in Rose Theatre. Rumor has it that a murder occurred at the Kochtitsky house, which was located on the property where Rose Theatre now stands. According to legend, a blood stain from that event is still believed to be on the floor in Row R of Rose Theatre and that a ghost named "Mary" haunts the building.

Although these legends seem to be passed from student to student and some still like to believe that all old buildings are haunted by their past, University officials have no credible reports of ghostly sightings on campus.

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QUESTION:
I have heard that there is a (earthquake) fault line running under one of the towers. Is this true?? If it isn't true then how close are we to the fault line. If it is true, which Tower does the fault run under?


RATING:
more false than true



RESPONSE:
There is an inactive fault, which runs through the center of campus and under the Towers complex. This is NOT an earthquake fault, and there is no seismic activity associated with it. The nearest major seismic zone to Cape Girardeau runs between Charleston, Mo., and Cairo, Ill.

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QUESTION:
I've heard that in Cheney Hall in Room 306 that a girl committed suicide in the bathroom, and the bath tub was just covered up with a book shelf. Is it true that a girl killed herself in this hall or room?


RATING:
false



RESPONSE:
Rumors have circulated for many years in regard to a supposed Cheney Hall ghost. Although this legend seems to be passed from student to student and surfaces periodically, University officials have no record of any such event occurring at Cheney Hall.

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QUESTION:
I heard a rumor that when the Towers complex was built, they dug a hole to put it in, which is why in most cases you can't leave Towers without going up a hill. I also heard they did this so that the Towers would not be higher than Academic Hall, which from what I understand is the highest point in Cape.


RATING:
false



RESPONSE:
This rumor has circulated on the Southeast campus for more than 30 years, according to Dr. Frank Nickell, director of the Center for Regional History. There is no truth in it, however. The Towers Complex was built on the site of a former gravel pit and, as such, this area already was dug out for this purpose, Nickell said. Towers was not built in a hole. The Towers Complex was built in the 1960s when Southeast was experiencing an enrollment surge and more on-campus housing was necessary. The height of Academic Hall had no bearing on the height of the Towers Complex.

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Transportation Issues


QUESTION:
After returning from an activity on Friday night, I quickly gathered my stuff and waited on a shuttle. I waited for over 45 mins being assured by everyone I talked to that the shuttles were running. After 45 mins, a friend informed me that indeed the shuttles had shut down early for the holiday weekend. My stuff was too heavy to carry to the piglot so I had to go get my car, return to towers, and load it. I was running over an hour behind and still had an hour drive ahead of me. I think it is very inconsiderate for the shuttle service to shut down early on a day everyone is trying to go home. People who have night classes and other activities deserve the same service as those you don't. The time the shuttles were suppose to shut down was not posted. Even my CA didn't know they were shutting down early. It's bad enough that we have to park in the piglot, but then to be denied shuttle service is even worse. I realize those you run the shuttles want to go home as well, but they could at least run one shuttle until dark on the day most people are leaving for home. My question is why do they not post the times when the shuttles are going to stop early? They went to great lengths to tell us about the hours of the cafeteria.


RESPONSE:
You are absolutely right . Although shuttle hours are available in a Department of Public Safety brochure, we could have done a better job of posting shuttle hours for a holiday weekend. Shuttles run until 4:30 p.m. on the last day of classes before a break. Shuttle service resumes on the evening before classes begin again. We appreciate you calling this matter to our attention, and we apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you. Because of your comments, additional emphasis is being placed on posting shuttle hours, especially those concerning hours of operation around holiday breaks. In the future, we will try to post those hours inside the shuttle buses. If you have any further questions about shuttle service on campus, please feel free to call the Department of Public Safety at 651-2215.

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Tuition


QUESTION:
Is it true that the University is thinking about raising the price of tuition again?


RESPONSE:
These matters are taken up during the Budget Review Committee deliberations each year. The Budget Review Committee has broad representation, including students. Any decisions about incidental fees are not made until this process is complete.

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