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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

2017-2018 Common Read Learning Activites

This LibGuide is an easy way to access all of the Learning Activities available for Out of Chaos, the 2017-2018 Common Read.

Law Enforcement

For background on Law Enforcement, read the following sections in Out of Chaos

1. Charles Mundale  (pp. 102-104)
2. David Phelps (pp. 106-119)

3. Edger Twedt (pp. 165-168)

Mankato Police Chief, Charles Alexander

A.  According to the readings what was Police Chief Charles Alexander's relationship with President Nickerson?

B.  On page 104 Charles Mundale describes a protest action that took place on the intersection of Main Street and Second Street.

  1. What action did the students take in the intersection? 
  2. What did the driver of the truck try to do?
  3. How did Police Chief Charles Alexander respond? Do you think Alexander actions were appropriate?  Why or why not?

C.  On pages 108 and 109 David Phelps writes about the student take over of the Post Office.

  1. According to Phelps, why did Police Chief Alexander choose to be at the Post Office?
  2. What were students opinion of Police Chief Alexander?

Nicolett County Sheriff, George Witty and the Minnesota State Patrol

D.  On pages 166 and 167 Edger Twedt writes about the "taking over of the bridge."

  1. During that event how did the behavior of the Nicolett County Sheriff (George Witty) differ from the Mankato Police Chief Alexander?
  2. According to Twedt what was the sergeant from State Patrol doing behind the scenes?  Did his actions help or hurt the situation?  Please explain.

Holding a Rally or March in the City of Mankato

E.  If you wanted to hold a legal public rally or march in Mankato according to this online list, what kind of permit would you need to submit?  (Hint: The form you would use can be accessed under more than one item on this list.  Read through the applications.)

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