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Who’s who at the U --------------------------- 2 Know your instructors ------------------------ 4 Campus cultural centers at a glance ---------- 6 Biking guide to the U ------------------------ 8 Know your res hall rights ------------------- 10 Freshmen fervor ----------------------------- 15 Writing in college ------------------------- 15
Match up with the Twin Cities music scene------ 11 Getting Lit --------------------------------- 11 Where to take your visiting parents --------- 12
Sports Fall recap ---------------------------------- 22 Winter recap -------------------------------- 34 Summer recap -------------------------------- 37
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Who’s who at the U
Hanson began this position at the University, her alma mater, in February 2012. She graduated from the University in 1970 and later received her master’s degree and doctorate from Harvard University. Hanson manages University academics, including tenure, undergraduate and graduate education, and interdisciplinary collaboration.
Phenix manages various parts of the University that report to the president’s office, including communications, marketing and the University Senate office. She was director of news and public information at the University from 1999 to 2004. Before becoming Kaler’s chief of staff, she worked as director of communications and public relations at Macalester College in St. Paul.
Rohloff, a University alumnus, has led the University’s government relations, including grassroots local, state and federal advocacy efforts, since 2011.
Herman replaced Tim Mulcahy as the vice president for research at the University in January. He oversees all aspects of research at the University’s five campuses and also provides guidance to individual researchers. Studham was named vice president and chief information officer in 2012. He’s responsible for both academic and administrative information technology for all five University campuses. Brown was appointed to her current role in 2011. She oversees University employee hiring and training, benefit packages, payroll and labor negotiations. Prior to her current role, Brown served in many University positions, including Associate Vice Provost of Student Affairs and Associate General Counsel.
Pfutzenreuter has served as a University vice president since 2004 and as chief financial officer since 1998. He received his bachelor’s degree from Hamline University in St. Paul in 1974 and has a long history in Minnesota state government, legislation and budgeting.
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Karen Hanson
Special Assistanttothe President for Government Relations Jason Rohloff
The Board of Regents is the main governing body of the University of Minnesota. It’s responsible for approving major University policies, plans, staffing changes and annual budgets. The 12-person board is made up of one representative from each of Minnesota’s eight congressional districts and four at-large representatives for the entire state. One of the four regents representing the state at-large must be a University student when they are elected. The board chair is Richard Beeson.
Board of Regents
Kaler replaced Robert Bruininks as president of the University of Minnesota in 2011, making him the second University alumnus to take the presidency. Kaler has a team of vice presidents and chancellors at each of the University’s coordinate campuses, which include the Twin Cities, Crookston, Rochester, Morris and Duluth.
Brown replaced Jerry Rinehart in July as the leader of student services and programs in the Office for Student Affairs. She oversees administrators and educational affairs and works as a representative of the University’s student body.
President Eric Kaler
President’s Chief of Staff Amy Phenix
Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Danita Brown
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Wheelock became vice president for University Services in 2012, replacing Kathleen O’Brien. Wheelock is also the chief operations officer for the University. She is responsible for the department’s annual operating budget of nearly $400 million and oversees campus operations in everything from capital and construction planning to public safety.
Friedman assumed his current position in 2011. Prior to this role, he spent most of his career researching kidney disease in children and spent two years in highlevel pediatric roles at the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital. Friedman announced in February that he plans to step down at the end of 2013.
Albert was chosen for her position in June after the role had been vacant at the University for more than two years. She spearheads diversity and multicultural programs to close the achievement gap and put equity at the top of the University’s priorities.
Athletics Director Norwood Teague
Teague replaced Joel Maturi in 2012 after serving as athletics director at Virginia Commonwealth University for six years. He oversees all of the University’s athletics teams, facilities and budget.
President and CEO of the University of Minnesota Foundation Steven Goldstein Goldstein is the president and CEO of the University of Minnesota Foundation, which raises funds for the University through private gifts and donations and manages the University’s endowment.
Interim General Counsel William Donohue Donohue served in the Office of the General Counsel, which represents the University in all legal matters, for more than 30 years before he was appointed to interim general counsel in May. Donohue, who had served as deputy general counsel since 1996, replaced Mark Rotenberg, who held the position for two decades.
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Know your instructors A quick guide to the many job titles of your University instructors. BY HAILEY COLWELL email@example.com
Not all instructors are the same. At the University, you’re in the world of adjuncts, teaching specialists and the all-powerful tenure track. But what do these titles mean? How are these professors’ jobs different? Who’s paid more? Here’s a quick guide to the most common types of instructors you encounter at the University of Minnesota. Teaching Assistant Minimum yearly salary: $35,526 Maximum yearly salary: $55,349 There are many types of TAs, and their responsibilities vary, but most of them take care of grading, supervising discussions or
labs and preparing class material. TAs are students at the University, usually enrolled in graduate school or professional programs, so many of them could be just a few years older than you. They too are at the University to build their careers. Teaching assistants need a bachelor’s degree to teach, but no experience is required. Teaching assistantships help students earn financial aid and career experience. Some TAs help professors with classes, while others may be responsible for teaching a class on their own. Instructor Minimum yearly salary: $34,043 The instructor is the first position in the tenure track, meaning one day he or she will probably go on to be an assistant professor, associate professor or even a full professor. Instructors hold master’s degrees, and if they earn a doctorate, they must be promoted to assistant professor.
There were 223 instructors at the University in 2012. Assistant Professors Minimum yearly salary: $39,456 Assistant professors are in the middle of the tenure track. They typically have more experience than instructors but may wish to become full professors. There were more than 1,000 assistant professors at the University in 2012. Adjunct Professors Minimum yearly salary: $39,456 Some adjunct professors come from a different department of the University and are usually appointed for one year. Other adjuncts may hold another job outside of the University that’s related to the courses they teach. Adjunct positions include instructor, assistant professor, associate professor and
professor. Professor Minimum yearly salary: $39,456 Professors hold the highest spot in the tenure track system, meaning they’ve surpassed the rank of instructor, assistant professor and associate professor. Generally, professors have gotten where they are because of their merits in research, teaching and advising — skills many of them have developed over 10 or more years. Professors teach courses, advise students on their courses and career plans and do research or creative work, which they may publish or share with the University, the country and the world. If you have a class taught by a full professor, know that he or she has been teaching for a long time and has a lot of expertise in the subject you’re trying to get your first A in. There were almost 1,500 professors at the University in 2012.
Campus cultural centers at a glance BY BRANDEN LARGENT firstname.lastname@example.org
ues to support the still-small black population on campus.
The second floor of the University of Minnesota’s Coffman Union has traditionally been packed with cultural centers for new and returning students. After a $2.5 million renovation this summer, several groups will get a fresh start in new second floor offices this fall. Here’s a breakdown of the student cultural centers the University has to offer — and if these don’t suit your fancy, there are also dozens of other student organizations rooted in diversity and multiculturalism.
Disabled Student Cultural Center The center offers a place where students with disabilities can go to promote awareness, as well as a social space with monthly events. Although different from the University’s Disability Services —another resource for students with disabilities — the two organizations often work together throughout the year.
Al-Madinah Cultural Center Before the center was founded, Muslim students had a hard time finding a quiet place to pray between classes. Now, AMCC has the resources for Muslim students looking for a study space or a safe place to pray or who want to learn more about the Muslim community. American Indian Student Cultural Center The center’s mission is to build understanding of American Indian people, issues, history and culture through various events, including visits from native scholars With events like Frybread Fridays and Spring Powwow, the center offers educational experiences while giving students a way to make new friends. Asian-American Student Union Students can visit the union from on weekdays to socialize, watch TV, study or learn more about the center’s mission. The union is affiliated with 13 other campus organizations, so there are many different ways to get involved and promote an understanding of diverse Asian/Pacific cultures to the larger campus. Black Student Union Operating since 1969, this center offers advocacy and support for black University students. This center has a long history of defending the rights of students of color and contin-
La Raza Student Cultural Center This Chicano and Latino center works to connect the University with Latin American Culture. El Grito and Día de Los Muertos are among the several events and celebrations the center gets involved with throughout the year. Minnesota International Student Association This non-political, non-religious and nonprofit group works to represent international University students and help bridge the gap between international and local students. Any student from around the globe can check out this association for help getting familiar with the local environment. Queer Student Cultural Center Whether a student is gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning, an ally, closeted or just looking for a non-judgmental environment, the QSCC has a group for them. The QSCC has 10 different group meetings every week and features a Safe Space that keeps students’ sexual orientation confidential. Women’s Student Activist Collective This group opens its arms to women, transgender and gender non-conforming people who are looking for a safe space and a forum for sexuality and gender issues and other social justice topics. WSAC not only works toward gender equality, but also addresses other forms of oppression with weekly meetings and events.
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Biking guide to the U Biking is the choice mode of transportation for many students. BY ROY AKER email@example.com
Located in one of the most bike-friendly cities in the U.S., the University of Minnesota has a thriving cycling community. For many students, cycling is the cost-effective, go-to mode of transportation — even in the winter. Whether you’re looking to reduce your carbon footprint or just want to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle, we’ll give you the lowdown on everything you need to know about biking on campus. Routes Nearly six miles of lanes and paths on
campus are designed specifically for biking. High-traffic areas include the Washington Avenue Bridge and Dinkytown.
tered as you speed down University Avenue.
When your bike needs a minor tuneup, there are three manual “fix-it” stations around campus. Locations include outside Coffman Union, the north side of Wilson Library on West Bank and a station at the St. Paul Student Center. Most bike shops near campus, including the U of M Bike Center, do repairs and maintenance.
Like most urban areas, biking on the sidewalk is prohibited. Bikers should ride on the street, as far right as possible. Remember to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk. This is especially true in accidentprone areas such as outside the Science Teaching and Student Services building. Winter biking Despite Minnesota’s frigid temperatures, many students choose to bike in the winter. Investing in snow tires is an essential aspect to riding safely. Adding a pair of fenders to your bike will keep you from getting splat-
Maintenance and repair
Safety Staying in bike lanes and wearing a helmet at all times is your best bet to staying safe. A Minnesota statute requires all cyclists to illuminate their bikes after dark. Students can outfit themselves with lights and a helmet for just $20 at Boynton Health Service.
Buying a bike When you’ve decided to ditch your metro pass and hop on a Schwinn, know that you have choices. Erik’s Bike and Board Shop and Varsity Bike & Transit, both located in Dinkytown, sell not only bikes but all the gear you’ll need. In the fall, students on a budget can check out the ReUse Program warehouse, which sells gently used bikes for less than $50. ZAP Program The ZAP program is a free service that electronically verifies and logs bike trips. The program rewards bicycle commuters with prizes by electronically registering bikers as they ride past certain locations on campus. An online component tracks bikers’ miles, u See Biking Page 29
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Know your res hall rights Students in residence halls have fewer rights than those in apartments or houses. BY KIA FARHANG firstname.lastname@example.org
Living in a residence hall isn’t quite like having your own place. Students living in residence halls or University apar tment buildings have fewer rights and may face dif ferent consequences for alcohol or dr ug violations. “There are dif ferent r ules and laws that apply to private kinds of housing,”
said University Student Legal Ser vice director Mark Karon. When students agree to live in University proper ty, they have to sign a contract waiving some of their Four th Amendment rights, Karon said. For example, police don’t have to get a search war rant to enter dor m rooms like they do when tr ying to get into houses or apar tments. But unless someone’s in immediate danger, University of Minnesota Police will tr y to get a resident’s consent before entering a dorm room, said Deputy Chief Chuck Miner. “In most cases we tr y to treat a resi-
dence hall room like any other dwelling,” Miner said. The police get “a fair amount” of calls when residence hall staf f smell marijuana or notice a par ty, he said. Students under 21 years old with dr ugs or alcohol in their dorm rooms are breaking three dif ferent rules. First, they’re violating the r ules of the residence hall and may be put on probation or evicted. They may also be investigated for breaking the University’s student conduct code, which can lead “anywhere from a slap on the hand to expulsion,” Karon said.
But students will also suf fer the legal consequences of their actions. “[The police] can’t throw you out of school,” Karon said, but fines or jail time can go on students’ permanent criminal records. Miner said police can cite students for underage consumption, a misdemeanor that may come with fines or community ser vice. But the University’s of fice of Housing and Residential Life usually handles violations, he said. “We can’t evict somebody from a residence hall room,” Miner said, “but they can.”
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Editorials & Opinions
Freshmen fervor Freshmen face natural anxieties when entering college, but these are only temporary.
o you have been accepted to the University of Minnesota, and you are waiting anxiously for your first semester as a college freshman. When you received your cap and gown from your old high school, you realized that it was only another step toward your academic and career goals. As you spend time enjoying the summer, you begin to ponder some of the unknown expectations about college that you have not had exposure to yet. For most new college students, this is a time of great anxiety, where the prospects of converting from high school life to college life both excite and worry you.
Thankfully, you are not alone. You will be joining more than 5,000 other freshmen during Welcome Week, and you will have the capacity to utilize the countless upperclassmen who also study at the University. In this column, I hope to assuage some of the concerns and answer the questions that freshmen and their families currently hold. Will the classes be difficult? Obviously, this question can only be answered relative to what classes you choose to take or have already decided to take. If you are a prospective chemistry or astrophysics major, for ex-
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ample, you will have to take challenging coursework in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics courses that you may not have been exposed to before, even during Advanced Placement high school classes. If you are a student of the College of Liberal Arts, the broadest college within the University, then you will need to use previously obtained analytical skills and critical thinking to parse
and comprehend the various courses and fields offered within the humanities. Overall, though, if you have a passion for a specific area of study, whether it is in accounting, political science or biomedical engineering, chances are you are going to do well in those classes. After all, if one has a deep interest in those courses, and if you did well in the classes in high school that initiated the spark that led to the interest in the study, then you will have a better time understanding the material. If you want to be a mathematics major but did horrible in pre-calculus in high school, then you may consider a different field of study. Remember that you’ll have a lot more competition in col-
lege, so the playing field has changed since high school. Living at the University As a first-year student, I lived in Middlebrook Hall, the only dorm on the West Bank. Overall, I enjoyed the living experience, but there are several issues to consider. If you have a picky taste for food or prefer peace and quiet, then you may want to consider renting an apar tment. If your parents live close enough to campus, stay with them during college. Personally, I am living at home next semester to save money but found the dorm experience to be priceless. Will I get lost on campus? As long as you can find
Writing in college Writing in college is different than most other contexts.
riting at the University of Minnesota — or any university — is fundamentally dif ferent than most other contexts. Such writing requires you to compose for an imaginar y audience and often in places where you have nothing more than flickering fluorescent lights and a blank gray wall. Certainly, this doesn’t always encourage creativity or invention,
which are two impor tant aspects of the writing process. So, how can you survive writing in college? There are many ways to survive writing in college, and you’ll find many how-to guides online about writing. Even so, as a writing teacher, I recommend four main considerations to my students. Find your space College classroom spaces aren’t always the best for productivity. They’re designed to be spaces where
the instructor lectures and the students passively consume said lectures. Therefore, it’s imperative for you to find your space to write. Some people write best at their desk. This certainly is the case for many students, but a desk isn’t the only place writing can happen. It can happen at coffee shops, in the library, in a commons area, on a couch, in the bathtub or any other space. My writing space is often my living room, though I can write anywhere. My living room just happens to be the most productive space for me.
Your space should be comfortable, secure and flexible. You should tr y out a few spaces until you find one that really works for you. Find your groove Transitioning to college life can be difficult for some. The same is true of transitioning your writing. Often, you’ll be asked to write for assignments that you have little to no interest in. But, you still have to do it. You should find your writing groove. Find a time of the day where you are most productive and use that
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time to write. I know it becomes increasingly difficult as your college career progresses, but it’s strategic to find your groove and stick with it. Some people write better at night, while others write better in the morning. My most productive writing time is in the late afternoon
the halls where each of your classes are, you should be fine. Carry a map with you just in case, or utilize a smartphone to confirm your location. This campus has more than 50,000 students and is sur rounded by busy neighborhoods. The urban atmosphere will take some getting used to for some, but that usually isn’t a longterm problem. Attending the University of Minnesota will be an exciting and fulfilling social and academic experience. Yes, there will be worries, but by the end of your first semester, you will feel at home at the University. Ronald Dixon welcomes comments at email@example.com.
or around midnight. Find yours, and write every single day, even if it’s only for 10 or 15 minutes. If you develop a habit of writing, it’ll become second nature, and you should find composing a bit easier. Find your process Every writer has a process, and all writing is a process. The process isn’t always about being done but more about getting to a place where you’re satisfied. u See Writing Page 24
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A&E Match up with the Twin Cities music scene Here’s a starting point for Twin Cities rookies. BY SPENCER DOAR firstname.lastname@example.org
Standardized testing-style analogies blow, so excuse me, but a new local music scene is just like jet lag: For a while, you’re disoriented, but with a little effort, recognition and time, your system becomes acclimated to its surroundings. Nonetheless, it can be overwhelming. Those weary travelers wishing to make a few quick connections between their musical palette and what the Twin Cities have to offer can do so with the following associations. Do you think you’d like Simon and Garfunkel mixed with a little Modest Mouse while of Montreal looks on? Try Cloud Cult. Founder and frontman Craig Minowa eschews the industry, recording all the group’s records at his organic farm
in northern Minnesota. It’s all a part of the band’s holistic approach to music. They’ve been around for almost two decades and get a lot of love from the likes of Pitchfork, so they’re far from unknowns. But if you’re looking for the epitome of college radio sensibility, look no further. Diggin’ glitchy, ethereal dance beats that sound like they’re oozing in from another dimension? Like pop in the vein of newer Justin Timberlake? Try Tickle Torture. Don’t be put off by the name: Sleeping in the Aviary member Elliott Kozel’s R&B jams are not laughable nor do they inflict any kind of listening pain. Rather, the soulful Tickle Torture is more evocative of sexual frustration released — and at the same time built — through foreplay. Let the cover to the album “Spiritual Machete” inform the listening experience — a bare-chested, deer-headed male in stripper pumps and a garter belt appears ready for a Rocky Horror rave.
You might be undeclared, but A&E found five of the best local literary outlets to exercise your latent English major muscles. BY JOE KLEINSCHMIDT email@example.com
Before you start out this new year getting toasted every weekend, try to find some reading time in between all the boozing. Better yet: Combine the two activities. And no, we’re not talking about the Library Bar and Grill here. Whether you’re the English major who needs to show off to an unsuspecting public or an engineering student looking to unwind, the Twin Cities are alive with social gatherings behind books. From the best visiting author series to the liveliest social gatherings between the pages, A&E searched the stacks for the least pretentious and easily accessible literary events. Reading alone is only fun for so long, anyway.
Wonder what energetic, family-friendly pop-punk does for your soul? Well, put down the chicken noodle soup, and amp it up with Teenage Moods. The band met working retail, a fact that jumps to mind when their music plays, not because it’s workmanlike, but because you can imagine the frustration of an eight-hour shift being purged from their system during a sweaty rehearsal. Already anxious that this guide hasn’t made a reference to hip-hop? Greg Grease’s last two works, “Black King Cole” EP and “Cornbread, Pearl, and G” are worthy installments in any music library, regardless of location. He’s a lyrical creativity type with R&B inspirations; if more trapped-out rap is your style, ignore Grease — and Minnesota in general, for that matter. However, Sims of local rap collective Doomtree could fill the party-now demands of your playlist.
vary (see booksandbars.com for upcoming events) Cost: Free
If you’re not sure what any of that meant, get yourself to the Grease — his tracks are intensely listenable. Want propulsive percussion and sultry vocals? Try Polica. They popped the proverbial cork in 2011 and in the past two years have gathered enough accolades to fill one of lead singer Channy Leaneagh’s playsuits. Look to Leaneagh and fellow bandmate Ryan Olson’s former group, Gayngs, a collective of more than 20 musicians, for other new-to-you artists — almost all are currently involved in worthy projects. As a word of general advice, bone up on your Bob Dylan and Prince repertoire, too. It’s darn near impossible to spit and not hit someone or something that’s related to one of those two titans in some way. For that matter, might as well get familiar with everything the Rhymesayers label has to offer.
Where: Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis Cost: Free
Books & Bars Talk of the Stacks Save this one until you’re 21. Forget everything you think you know about the book club. Books & Bars treats its bar audiences to the best current novels without the stale conversation trying to replicate Oprah. Instead, moderator Jeff Kamin provides an entertaining mix of audience participation and author interviews the first three Tuesdays of each month. Recent books include “The Dog Stars” by Peter Heller and “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” by Maria Semple. The spirited conversation often takes over joints like the Amsterdam Bar and Hall and Bryant-Lake Bowl. Where: Drinking and reading locations
Luckily, you don’t have to be over the age of consumption to enjoy some fine contemporary literature via your local library. Do as PBS always told you, and visit the author interviews for Talk of the Stacks. Always free and usually entertaining, the program features all stripes of authors, from cooks to cartoonists. Past guests include novelists Colum McCann, Michael Chabon and Richard Ford. Where else can you hear Pulitzer Prize winners in the flesh for free? Most of the time, you can geek out afterwards and get your favorite writer’s John Hancock on the inside cover of your book. Just make sure it’s not the library’s copy.
Talking Volumes When you grow tired of the library’s selection of authors, try the Fitzgerald Theater. Although you have to pony up a solid Jackson and a five-spot, the cost is well worth the engaging interviews. Minnesota Public Radio host Kerri Miller leads most of the conversations, with novelists like Junot Diaz, Jennifer Egan and Chuck Palahniuk. If you can’t make it to St. Paul on Metro Transit routes 16, 50 or 3, try streaming some of the interviews online from the MPR website (minnesota.publicradio.org). Maybe you’re not meant to see public radio personalities in person anyway. u See Books Page 22
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Where to take your visiting parents BY SARAH HARPER firstname.lastname@example.org
As a freshman, I made the mistake of taking my visiting dad to Chino Latino. I didn’t realize it when I Googled “nice restaurant Minneapolis,” but the Uptown restaurant isn’t exactly the kind of daddy-daughter date spot I was looking for — it’s more of a gimmicky playground for yuppies on the prowl. With my crude search methods, what more could I have asked for? In the couple of years since that fateful night when my dad and I sat at a sparkly bar and ate pricey sushi, I’ve discovered a lot about the art and science of taking the ’rents, and any visiting family, out to dinner in the Twin Cities. Avoid the trendy spots, flock to the good booze and opt for the casual in consideration of your family’s traveling wardrobe. Here are a few good spots to take visiting relatives, guaranteed to not embarrass — that’s a task best left to your little brother anyway.
Victor’s 1959 Cafe 3756 S. Grand Ave., Minneapolis Here’s hoping your folks have a set of wheels, because this place is more than a stone’s throw from campus — but even if you have to let your grandma borrow your roommate’s bus pass, Victor’s 1959 Cafe is worth the journey. It’s ver y small and homey as heck, with walls covered in diners’ signatures and inspirational phrases. The spicy breakfasts pair beautifully with sweet juices (we’re talkin’ Guava mimosas) for a breakfast that puts the dining hall to shame. They ser ve lunch here, too, and early dinners Tuesday through Saturday. Reser ve a table if you’re bringing the whole family. Birchwood Cafe 3311 E. 25th St., Minneapolis Of all the spots on this list, this is the best option for your health-conscious relatives and your picky eaters. Vegan? Vegetarian? Paleo? Gluten-free? Fine. Yep. You’re fine. I see some of you rolling
your eyes — just know that this vaguely hippie-ish cafe can satisfy your carnivore family members, too, with burgers and pork dishes. The colorful restaurant puts a premium on fresh ingredients, so your parents will stop worrying that you aren’t eating right. The Bulldog Northeast 401 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis So your mom tweaks out over a great burger, and your uncle refuses to drink anything less than the craftiest of beers. The Bulldog is your spot. Located on University Avenue but all the way down in Northeast, this bar and restaurant has a spor ty, international feel. The booze selection might just be the best in Northeast — get your aunt to take you here for your first flight of beer. Brasa 600 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis It’s Thanksgiving all year round at this Northeast hot spot — but not in the
heavy, sleepy, sad way. The down-home fare at Brasa is locally sourced and flavorful. Your best bet is to order a few meat plates and a smattering of sides; Brasa offers rich (and surprisingly light) sides like cornbread and black beans, creamed spinach and yams with Andouille sausage. The vibe will delight your old-fashioned relatives and hip ones alike — it’s rustic, cozy and warm. Black Sheep 512 N. Robert St., St. Paul When it comes to the visiting parent, perhaps no side trip is as appropriate as a little jaunt to the Saintly City. Take your fam down to see the boats on the river front and check out the giant toy airplane hanging in the Minnesota Histor y Center. When you’re all good and hungr y, head to the Black Sheep, where they fire pizzas in a coal oven for a smokey flavor. Get ’em covered in veggies, meat or both. If for some reason ’za isn’t your thing, the salads here are decent, too.
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Where: Fitzgerald Theater, 10 E. Exchange St. St Paul Cost: $25 University Bookstore at Coffman Union Stop rolling your eyes and actually pay attention to the author events held in Coffman Union’s bookstore. Yes, usually a professor reads from a rather esoteric piece of non-fiction. True, the setting adjacent to a Starbucks and a Panda Express doesn’t necessarily activate your literary senses. But what the environment lacks, the selection of authors often makes up for. Comedians like David Cross have read from their works, for instance. Plus, it’s extremely convenient, and you’ll be able to ask all the questions you want because you’ll likely be in a small group. Where: 300 Washington Ave. SE, Minneapolis Cost: Usually free
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Fall sports recap by daily sports staff
Football Gophers head coach Jerr y Kill has a histor y of improving teams over a threeyear period. The Gophers are entering their third year under Kill after making their first bowl game since 2009. Minnesota used a 4-0 nonconference record to propel itself into the Meineke Car Care Bowl, where it lost a heartbreaker to Texas Tech last December. The Gophers allowed 10 points in the last 70 seconds to the Red Raiders and fell 34-31. The Gophers struggled in Big Ten play for a third straight season, finishing 2-6. But they showed significant improvement on defense. Senior defensive end D.L. Wilhite made the media’s All-Big Ten second team, and senior cornerbacks Michael Car ter and Troy Stoudermire received honorable mention. Junior Ra’Shede Hageman, another honorable mention selection, emerged as a dominant defensive tackle and showed more strides during spring practice. Hageman is projected to be a 2014 NFL draft pick. While the Gophers have steadily improved under Kill, the 51-year-old coach’s health remains a major issue. Kill had a seizure during halftime of the Gophers’ regular-season finale to Michigan State, causing him to miss the second half of an ugly loss. He also had a seizure after a midseason loss to Northwestern. Kill’s seizure disorder entered the public spotlight in September 2011, when he was carted off the field after a seizure during the Gophers’ home opener. The coach’s soft scheduling philosophy has made him even more of a polarizing figure among fans. Kill has publicized his desire to play weak nonconference teams while the Gophers are rebuilding. The Gophers drew criticism in October for paying $800,000 to cancel a two-game series with North Carolina, a mediocre football school. But they recouped that money in April when they scheduled a
Gophers players scrimmage on Aug. 10, 2012.
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two-game series with Texas Christian University. Minnesota will face a tougher Big Ten schedule in 2013 with a pair of promising young quarterbacks, but it will likely be favored in all four nonconference games. Volleyball Olympic gold- and silver-medal coach Hugh McCutcheon led the Gophers to the Elite Eight in 2012, his first season at the helm of the program. McCutcheon joined the Gophers two weeks after leading the U.S. women’s Olympic team to a silver medal at the London Games. He led the U.S. men’s team to gold at the 2008 Beijing Games. McCutcheon’s calm leadership helped an inconsistent Gophers team steady the u See Fall sports Page 31
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Gophers outside hitter Ashley Wittman tips a ball over the net against Miami on Sept. 1, 2012, at the Sports Pavilion.
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We can always improve as writers. For those who haven’t really considered their writing process, it can be daunting. Where do you start? How do you start? The great thing about writing is that you can start again. You need to consider your writing process. What are the things you need in order to write? I write best with a diet cola at the ready, my cat in my lap and the television on low in the background. I need a little background noise. Do you write best with music? Do you write best while eating? Do you write best in 20-minute spurts? These are all important process questions. Consider your ideal writing situation and try to create it. Find your resources University resources are plentiful, and you should use them. I often hear my students say they’ve never been to the writing center. Why not? If you need help with your writing, go to the writing center. While many colleges have them, the University of Minnesota has a stellar and well-staffed writing center. You can schedule an online or face-to-face appointment, and the writing tutors are spe-
cially trained to assist you with your writing. There are also online resources and writing labs. For example, the Purdue Online Writing Lab has fantastic handouts and writing aids. There are plenty of resources on campus and off campus, and if you don’t make use of them, you’re only hurting yourself. Perhaps the most important thing you can bring to your writing is revision. Revision runs in the background of the four considerations I’ve outlined. Always revise. Always proofread. Revising is often much harder than the act of writing, but it is necessary. The more we revise and refine our writing, the more it becomes cleaner, stronger and clearer. As you read one of your sentences, you should think to yourself, “What can I remove from this sentence to make it clearer?” The same applies to paragraphs, pages, etc. The wonderful thing about college is that there are people to help you. If you need help with your writing, just ask. There’s no such thing as bad or good writers. There are only inexperienced and experienced writers, and it’s okay to be either. You have to start somewhere. Trent M. Kays welcomes comments at email@example.com.
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calories burned and gallons of gas saved. Students can get their bikes tagged at the U of M Bike Center. Preventing Theft Bike theft is a common occurrence around campus. The most useful way to prevent theft is to invest in a U-lock. According to University police, most thefts of bicycles occur because cable locks are easily cut. If possible, park in high-traffic, well-lit areas. Nice Ride If you don’t have a bike but still enjoy the occasional ride, check out Nice Ride
Minnesota — the metro area’s bike rental program. For a one-day $6 and added price per hour, you can pick up and drop off a Nice Ride bike at any of the 170 stations, 10 of which are located on campus. Bike Parking With 6,500 racks on University property, finding a place to anchor your wheels is a breeze. You can find a place near almost every building.
Bikes and Transit Bike racks can be found on the front of all full-size campus shuttles and city buses. When riding the light rail, you can find ver tical racks on the inside of the trains. The racks are free and easy to use.
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ship in 2012. Minnesota maintained a top20 spot in the national polls and had only three upset losses all season. The Gophers graduate Katherine Harms, their top hitter last season, but they return two other elite hitters in seniors Tori Dixon and Ashley Wittman. The team will also continue to develop sophomore Daly Santana, a Puerto Rico native who gave Minnesota another offensive weapon with her energy and powerful jump serves. Defense was Minnesota’s weakness in 2012, but Morgan Bohl provided a spark at libero late in the season. Bohl, a junior, will likely compete with sophomore Lindsey Lawmaster for the starting libero job this year. McCutcheon’s first recruiting class was rated third in the nation by PrepVolleyball.com. Soccer Top scorer Taylor Uhl asked for and received a release from her scholarship in April, leaving a significant void in the Gophers’ offense entering the 2013 season. Uhl had a hand in 68 percent of Minnesota’s goals last season as a sophomore and led the Big Ten with 51 points. She was the conference’s freshman of the year in 2011. The Gophers tied for fourth in the Big Ten in 2012, head coach Stefanie Golan’s first season with the program, but they haven’t made the NCAA tournament since 2010. Minnesota also loses top defender Tamara Strahota and goalie Cat Parkhill to graduation. The departures will likely send the Gophers to the bottom half of the Big Ten — unfamiliar territory for a team that hasn’t had a losing conference season since 2006. Men’s cross country Set back by an inexperienced roster, the Gophers missed the NCAA championships last season for the first time since 2006. Minnesota had to rely on a balanced roster in 2012 rather than a single runner. The absence of three-time All-American Hassan Mead, who led the team from 2007-11, was too much to overcome.
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The Gophers’ Laura Docherty runs at the Jack Johnson Women’s Gold - Division I on Sept. 29, 2012, at Les Bolstad Golf Course in St. Paul.
The Gophers’ balanced approach paid dividends in September when it won the 27th annual Roy Griak Invitational for the first time. But the team placed fifth at the Big Ten championships, two places worse than in 2011, and seventh at the NCAA Midwest Regional. Junior John Simons placed 11th at the conference meet. He will be one of the team’s top runners on this year’s more experienced roster. Women’s cross country Sarah Hesser will transition from volunteer assistant to head coach this season, replacing Gary Wilson, who retired after 28 years leading the Gophers. Junior Laura Docherty emerged as the Gophers’ best runner in 2012 as Minnesota made the NCAA championships for the eighth year in a row. Minnesota improved on its postseason results from 2011, finishing fourth at the Big Ten championships and 22nd at the NCAA championships.
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Former Gophers forward Taylor Uhl attempts to score a goal against Wisconsin on Aug. 30, 2012, at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium.
Docher ty placed ninth at the conference meet and 107th at the national meet. The Gophers should continue their
improvements this season as top r unners Docher ty, Molly Kayfes, Katie Moraczewski, Ashlie Decker and Maggie Bollig return.
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Former Gophers guard Leah Cotton shoots a free throw against Robert Morris on Jan. 6 at Williams Arena. BY DAILY SPORTS STAFF
Men’s basketball Head coach Richard Pitino, the son of legendar y coach Rick Pitino, has revived optimism in Gophers basketball since his hiring in early April. Pitino replaced Tubby Smith, who was fired at the end of a disappointing 2012-13 season. The season featured the program’s first win against a No. 1 team since 1989 and its first NCAA win since 1997, but the Gophers tied for seventh in the Big Ten at 8-10. Many fans expected better of a team that was loaded with talent and stayed healthy. While the Gophers struggled to win consistently, sophomore Andre Hollins emerged as a star. The point guard averaged 14.6 points and 3.4 assists and provided the Gophers’ only of fense at times. He scored 41 points in an upset win over Memphis in November and averaged 26.5 in two NCAA tournament games. Junior Austin Hollins also showed steady improvement, and he’ll be expected to carr y a bigger load in 2013. Minnesota loses three of its star ters in
Trevor Mbakwe (graduation), Rodney Williams (graduation) and Joe Coleman (transfer). Pitino came to Minnesota after a season at Florida International University — his only season as a head coach. He led FIU to its first winning season in 13 years. The 30-year-old has said he’ll bring a fast-paced, pressing style of basketball to Minnesota, but some fans question if he’ll have the players to do it against physical Big Ten opponents. Smith preferred to play fast, too, but his Gophers teams often resor ted to a halfcour t game during conference play. Pitino has brought in several recruits and transfers since his arrival but no big names. Expectations for Pitino’s first season are relatively low, but fans are hoping the new coach will cour t one of the “Big Three” local recruits for 2014: Tyus Jones, Rashad Vaughn and Reid Travis. Women’s basketball The Gophers finished a promising 2012-13 season with a whimper, losing in the first rounds of the Big Ten tourna-
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Former Gophers forward Rodney Williams dunks against Minnesota State-Mankato on Nov. 1, 2012, at Williams Arena.
ment and the Women’s National Invitation Tournament. Sophomore Rachel Banham continued her development as an elite player. She averaged 20.7 points per game, which ranked second in the conference. But the Gophers lacked a consistent
second scorer and struggled on defense. They finished with a losing Big Ten record (7-9) and missed the NCAA tournament for the fourth year in a row. Head coach Pam Bor ton’s job may be on the line in 2013-14, when expectations will be high again. Swedish recruit
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Former Gophers wrestler Cody Yohn defeats Hofstra’s Nick Terdick in the 165-pound class at the Sports Pavilion on Nov. 9, 2012.
Amanda Zahui B. will likely join Banham in the star ting lineup. Junior star ters Sari Noga and Micaëlla Riché will retur n as well. Men’s hockey The Gophers entered the 2012-13 with a loaded roster and national championship aspirations under coach Don Lucia. They left with a depleted roster and an early exit in the NCAA tournament. Minnesota, which was ranked No. 1 or No. 2 for most of the season, lost 3-2 to underdog Yale in the first round of the tournament. In the weeks following the
loss, star players Nick Bjugstad, Nate Schmidt, Zach Budish and Erik Haula decided to forego their senior seasons to play professionally. Junior Mark Alt also signed a professional contract. Goalie Adam Wilcox will return to an inexperienced team after a solid freshman campaign. Wilcox earned the starting job early in the season and helped the Gophers win a share of the WCHA’s regular-season title. The Gophers will compete in the new Big Ten hockey conference this season with Wisconsin, Michigan State, Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State. The
switch will put some rivalries, such as the one between Minnesota and Nor th Dakota, on hold. Minnesota hasn’t won a national championship since 2003 and won’t be one of the favorites this season. But a strong 2013 recr uiting class should help the program compete at a high level for the next few years. Women’s hockey A per fect record and second straight NCAA title under coach Brad Frost gave the Gophers national attention in 2012. Minnesota finished one of the most dominant seasons
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in spor ts histor y with a 41-0-0 of f weekend. They won three over time games in the last record. The Gophers broke dozens month and a half, including two of records during the season, in the NCAA tournament. Minnesota has won 49 and their players won many awards. The team produced straight games dating to the all three of the finalists for the 2011-12 season, when it capPatty Kazmaier award, which is tured its first national title since given to the nation’s top Divi- 2005. Kessel will likely play in the sion I player. Junior Amanda Kessel won 2014 Winter Olympics and postthe award after leading the na- pone her senior season until tion in scoring. Senior goalie 2014-15. But the Gophers’ deep and finalist Noora Räty capped roster will likely make them faa dominant career by breaking vorites to three-peat. Division I records for shutouts Wrestling in a career and season. Junior Tony Nelson repeated The Gophers won each of their first 31 games by two or more goals and rarely had an u See Winter sports Page 44
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Baseball The Gophers debuted their new Siebert Field in 2013, fulfilling a 20-year dream of longtime head coach John Anderson. Minnesota played 18 games at the oncampus facility in April and May despite lingering winter weather. A dominant pitching staf f brought the Gophers close to a Big Ten title, but Minnesota’s of fense faltered late in the season, which ended with a loss on the third day of the conference tournament. Minnesota’s team ERA of 2.89 ranked second in the conference. Junior MLB draft prospects Tom Windle (2.14 ERA) and DJ Snelten (2.15) led the staff at the top of the starting rotation. But the Gophers batted .258 with just 10 home runs, and they scored four or fewer r uns in each of their last 12 games. The hitting woes caused Minne-
sota to nearly miss the six-team Big Ten tournament after leading the conference with three series left. Minnesota will lose several key seniors, and Windle and Snelten will likely turn professional in the of fseason. But the team returns several young pitchers who showed promise in 2013. Softball Head coach Jessica Allister continued to improve the program last season, leading the Gophers to their first NCAA regional since 2003. The Gophers lost to Hawaii in their third game of the double-elimination regional to end the season 36-19 — a fivewin improvement from 2012. Minnesota overcame a challenging schedule to finish third in the Big Ten and make the conference tournament’s title game. The team played only six times at home and frequently had games canceled, postponed or moved because
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Gophers shortstop Michael Handel swings at a pitch against Ohio State on April 5 at Siebert Field.
of weather. The Gophers have won 30 or more games in all three of Allister’s seasons
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stretch with 30 or more wins since 200204. Junior ace Sara Moulton won 32 games and posted a 1.57 ERA. Sophomores Kaitlyn Richardson and T yler Walker combined to hit .402 with 22 home runs to lead Minnesota’s offense. The Gophers graduate only two starters and will return as one of the favorites to win the Big Ten in 2014. Men’s tennis The Gophers surged into the NCAA tournament late in the 2013 season and made the second round for the first time in three years. Minnesota avenged an early season loss to Virginia Commonwealth in the first round before losing to third-ranked Virginia. Senior Rok Bonin capped a solid career with his best season yet. He went 14-7 at the top singles position while maintaining a spot in the top 100 of the national rankings. Sophomore Leandro Toledo will likely take Bonin’s spot in 2014. Toledo went 17-3 at No. 2 singles last season and won his last seven matches. The hard-hitting lefty has upset or nearly upset many of the nation’s top players in his two years at Minnesota. The Gophers have been one of the best teams in the Big Ten under head coach Geoff Young, but they likely won’t win the conference or make a deep NCAA run soon. Eight-time defending Big Ten champion Ohio State has won 106 of its last 107 conference matches. Women’s tennis Injuries and losing streaks defined Chuck Merzbacher’s first season as Gophers head coach. Minnesota finished 3-8 in the Big Ten last season and missed the NCAA tournament after making it in 2012. The inexperienced Gophers str uggled to piece together a healthy star ting lineup early in the season. They rebounded to win six straight midseason matches before losing nine of their last 11. Merzbacher praised his team’s youth
throughout 2013. The Gophers’ increased experience in 2014 should make them more competitive. Men’s golf Senior Erik Van Rooyen finished second at the 2013 Big Ten championships, helping the Gophers achieve the same result, to cap one of the best careers in program histor y. Minnesota exceeded expectations at the conference meet after an up-anddown regular season. Van Rooyen was the only Gophers player to compete past the conference meet. He tied for fifth at his NCAA regional to fall one stroke short of the national championships. Minnesota may str uggle without Van Rooyen this season, but freshman Jon DuToit will give them hope for the future. DuToit had the team’s secondlowest stroke average in 2012-13. Women’s golf The Gophers placed eighth at the Big Ten championships for the second year in a row in 2013. Minnesota missed the NCAA championships but showed slight improvement during the season. Rain and snow kept the Gophers indoors for much of the season, which limited their preparation for the conference meet. Carmen Laguna improved her average by nearly three strokes from her solid 2011-12 freshman season. She posted better scores as the spring progressed to average 74.93, the second-best stroke average in program histor y. Minnesota retur ns most of its top golfers this season. Men’s track and field The Gophers enjoyed successful indoor and outdoor seasons in 2013 thanks to a balanced, experienced roster. Minnesota sent 10 athletes to the NCAA outdoor championships June 5-8. Several athletes earned All-America honors at the NCAA indoor championships in March, where the Gophers tied for 12th. Harun Abda starred as a senior, making the All-Big Ten First Team and the national meet in both seasons. The Gophers finished fifth at the Big
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Minnesota’s Jack Hamburg returns a shot against Purdue on April 14 at Baseline Tennis Center.
Ten indoor championships and second at the conference outdoor meet. Minnesota graduates Abda and a few other key veterans, but it returns many promising athletes such as Wally Ellenson, a high jump star who also plays on the basketball team. Women’s track and field Junior Laura Docher ty carried her success from the cross countr y season into the spring, but the Gophers struggled in both the indoor and outdoor seasons. Minnesota sent just one athlete — Docherty — to the 2013 NCAA outdoor meet after sending no one to the indoor meet. Docher ty qualified for the outdoor championships in the 5,000-meter run, and she broke the school record in the 10,000-meter r un early in the outdoor season. The Gophers finished seventh and eighth at the two Big Ten meets, showing improvement from the 2012 season. But the team will likely need several more seasons to establish its spot among the conference’s top teams. Rowing The Gophers showed improvement throughout 2013 but finished a disappointing fifth at the Big Ten championships for a fourth straight season. Minnesota cracked the national rankings in April after rowing well against quality opposition, but it couldn’t sustain
the momentum. The team graduates several key seniors, including All-Big Ten honorees Cassie Drozynski and Christine Beauparlant.
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as the NCAA heavyweight champion in 201213, and the Gophers finished third at the national meet behind Penn State and Oklahoma State. Minnesota battled the Nittany Lions and Cowboys atop the national rankings all season. It avenged a regular-season loss to Oklahoma State in the final of the National Duals, winning the event for a second straight year. The Gophers’ upper weights dominated in 2013, but their lower weights wrestled inconsistently and fell short in some key moments. Sophomore Logan Storley was the topranked wrestler at 174 pounds, but he underachieved at both the Big Ten and NCAA championships. The Gophers should be among the favorites to win the national title this season, as they graduate only one starter in Cody Yohn. Men’s gymnastics The Gophers finished eighth at the NCAA championships for the second
year in a row to cap a solid 2013 season. Sophomore Ellis Mannon finished second in the pommel horse — the Gophers’ weakest event — at the national meet. Minnesota finished third out of seven teams at the Big Ten tournament, one place better than in 2012. The Gophers finished strong despite losing one of their top gymnasts, Zack Chase, to a fractured tibia in late Februar y. Mannon, Chase and the Gophers’ other top gymnasts will return to an experienced roster this season. Women’s gymnastics An energetic freshman class helped the Gophers make their first NCAA championships since 2002 last season. Lindsay Mable and Hanna Nordquist capped impressive freshman seasons with top-five finishes in the NCAA event finals and All-America honors. The Gophers finished eighth as a team, the best result in program histor y. Mable led Minnesota throughout the
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The Gophers’ Logan Redondo swims in the men’s 1,650-yard freestyle against North Dakota on Jan. 25 at the University Aquatic Center.
season as a solid all-around performer. Minnesota star ted the season 12-0 and tied Michigan for the Big Ten’s regular-season title. The Gophers clinched a share of the title by posting their second-highest score in program histor y in a victor y against Ohio State. The Gophers retur n with most of their top gymnasts this season and should contend in the Big Ten again.
But they’re still far from competing on the same level as top schools such as NCAA champion Florida. Men’s swimming and diving The Gophers bounced back in 201213 from a disappointing finish at the previous season’s NCAA championships. Led by junior swimmer Derek Toomey, Minnesota improved its NCAA finish by eight spots — from 24th to 18th. The program finished in the top 15 ever y year from 1990-2011. Toomey earned four All-America honors at the national meet, increasing his career total to 10 and solidifying him as one of the most decorated Gophers swimmers in recent histor y. Eight Minnesota swimmers and divers earned All-America honors in total, but only four will return this season. Women’s swimming and diving A Big Ten title and 10th-place NCAA finish highlighted one of the best seasons in Gophers histor y in 2012-13. The Gophers dominated their conference foes to repeat as the Big Ten champion. They ear ned the highest team score at a Big Ten meet since 1996 while winning nearly half the events. The team’s success stemmed from a balanced roster. Senior swimmer Haley Spencer and junior diver Maggie Keefer posted top-five finishes at the NCAA meet, where Minnesota placed in the top 10 for the third time in program histor y. Twelve swimmers and divers earned All-America honors, and 10 will return this season.