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Cedar-Riverside weighs safety priorities Recent shootings have drawn residents, businesses, police and officials to conversation.


LEFT: Kowsar Mohamed, a University graduate student at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, poses for a portrait outside Wilson Library on Tuesday, March 9. Mohamed grew up in Cedar-Riverside and hopes to help communities similar to it through her career in urban planning. RIGHT: Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center Manager Saeed Bihi poses for a portrait at the center on Tuesday, March 9. Bihi is working to increase activities and programs for youth in the neighborhood in an effort to keep them off the streets.


The Cedar-Riverside neighborhood is known for its diversity, which extends beyond residents’ cultural backgrounds and into recent conversations surrounding public safety. Some residents and business owners have called on the City of Minneapolis to increase police presence in Cedar-Riverside and allocate more resources to address recent violent crime incidents in the area. Other members of the community feel increased dialogue, specifically by giving younger residents a seat at the table, should be the priority. According to Minneapolis Police Department statistics, crime in CedarRiverside is down in 2019 so far compared to this time last year. But recent incidents, including a shooting Feb. 19 near the Cedar Cultural Center and a triple shooting March 1 that resulted in the death of 17-year-old Abdiwasa Farah prompted the community to mobilize.

City officials respond

After meetings with community members on March 5 and 6, MPD temporarily changed the shifts of two Somali beat officers assigned to the neighborhood in February from mornings to evenings. As the weather gets warmer and Ramadan approaches, the community is u See CEDAR-RIVERSIDE Page 3

“I don’t feel like they have the avenue or the spaces or the platforms that have been built for them to feel like they’re safe to share what their narratives are, what their big questions are, what their big ideas are.”

“When we treat [that] core problem [of a lack of resources for Cedar-Riverside youth], sometimes it would address more for the community than to bring more officers into the streets.”

KOWSAR MOHAMED University graduate student

SAEED BIHI Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center manager



City aims for victim-centered sexual assault policy

U students paid $620K in TCF fees

The policy will use traumainformed interview tactics during police investigations. BY MIGUEL OCTAVIO

A new policy aims to make sexual assault investigations in Minneapolis more victim-centered. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and Minneapolis Police Department Chief Medaria Arradondo rolled out a new set of

sexual assault policies for MPD last week, according to a press conference recorded by WCCO. Based on state recommendations, the policy incorporates guidelines for officers and investigators on how to best interview and support victims. “Survivors experience unspeakable trauma,” Frey said at the press conference. “Honoring their bravery requires that we make every effort to ensure investigations are handled with compassion and ultimately guided by the goal of delivering justice.” The policy is modeled after the attorney general’s task force’s recommendations and

the Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training’s guidelines. Frey and Arradondo also collaborated with sexual assault survivors and advocacy groups like the Aurora Center for Advocacy & Education earlier this year to help inform the policies. The new policy comes after a Star Tribune report exposed police misconduct in several sexual assault investigations and prosecutions state-wide last year. One aspect of the guidelines is “trauma-informed” interview tactics for u See MPLS POLICY Page 3

But inherent to that, there’s a history of forgetting,” said University history professor William Jones. “[Former president Lotus Coffman] encouraged students to embrace the idea of going into a place and establishing a society. But implicit in that is forgetting that that place was already occupied by Dakota and Ojibwe.” Jones was a member of the Task Force on Building Names and Institutional History, which created a report that u See PIONEER Page 3

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LEFT: Pioneer Hall on the Minneapolis campus in 1934. RIGHT: A view from the top floor of Pioneer Hall during renovation on Thursday, June 14.

The fifth name: History hangs on U’s Pioneer Hall


Next fall, the newly renovated residence hall will welcome students to live in a new multicultural living-learning community in a building that once contributed to segregation on the University of Minnesota campus.

But what has changed since the hall opened in 1931 highlights what hasn’t. The ongoing debate over building names and institutional racism at the University has cast fresh eyes on the building’s 88-yearold name. By keeping the name “Pioneer,” some members of the campus community say the residence hall notorious for its ghost stories will remain haunted by an unacknowledged history of land theft and ethnic cleansing. “Choosing names is a way of marking and sort of memorializing a particular history.


The U.S. Public Interest Research Group released a report last week that found University of Minnesota students on the Twin Cities and Duluth campuses paid more than $620,000 to TCF National Bank in card fees during the 2017-18 school year. According to the study, 44 percent of the University’s student body hold TCF bank accounts. They pay an average of $22 in fees annually, which mainly include overdraft and out-of-network ATM fees, according to Kaitlyn Vitez, the higher education campaign director at U.S. PIRG — an advocacy group that works to protect consumers. Inactivity fees were also cited in the report as a source of fees. TCF Bank debit cards are heavily marketed to students as a “simple, easy” choice, and these accounts can be linked to U-Cards and used to deposit financial aid. Vitez said while $22 in fees per year may not seem significant, these fees have serious implications. She noted there are banks available to students that carry no ATM or overdraft fees and there was a wide disparity between the amount of fees paid by individual students. While many paid only a few dollars in fees throughout the year, others were hammered with potentially hundreds of dollars in fees, she added. The University entered into a paid marketing agreement with TCF Bank in 2003. It granted broad rights to the national bank, including rights to open bank locations, marketing rights on campus and to install TCF Bank ATMs, in addition to other stipulations. “These types of agreements generally involve a payment from the bank to the school, and may also include non-monetary support, such as staff support, publicity, etc.


As renovations conclude, some question the name of UMN’s first residence hall.

A report found UMN students pay an average of $22 in TCF Bank annual debit card fees.


UMN Senate resolution seeks mandatory training to accommodate those with disabilities The resolution advocates for better disability accommodation training for University faculty. BY KAIT ECKER

University of Minnesota Senate committee members have greenlighted a resolution asking for required training for faculty, instructors and student teaching assistants

on best practices for accommodating disabilities, solidifying its path to the full senate in May. The Student Senate and the Senate Consultative Committee voted in favor of the resolution last week. The Council of Graduate Students unanimously supported the resolution at the end of March. Last year, 3,736 students registered with the Disability Resource Center, according to DRC Director Donna Johnson, and there are other students with disabilities who are

not registered. As the population of students with disabilities has increased, more students have registered with the DRC. The resolution, originally crafted by the Organization for Graduate and Professional Students with Disabilities and the Disabilities Issues Committee, would help serve the growing population of people seeking DRC services. “We think that having that common dialogue and foundation in order to better serve this group of students is critical, because the

number of students with disabilities in universities, including ours, is only going to increase over time,” said Ryan Machtmes, vice president of OGPSD. The resolution would help faculty understand their role in accommodating a disability and the role of the DRC in carrying out those accommodations. “As more faculty are receiving letters, they’re interested in learning more u See RESOLUTION Page 3






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Bills aim to clarify financial aid Tina Smith recently proposed legislation to demystify college costs and loans. BY ERIN WILSON

A set of bills brought forward in Congress by Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minn., aims to demystify loans and the cost of college for students and families. Smith introduced the Know Before You Owe Federal Student Loan Act, Understanding the True Cost of College Act and Net Price Calculator Improvement Act in late March to provide more information to students making important financial decisions and push schools to be more transparent about costs. Smith said this legislation is in response to feedback from Minnesota students. “I’ve talked to dozens and dozens of college students all across Minnesota, from the University of Minnesota to community and technical colleges all over the place,” Smith said. “And I hear over and over worries about the cost of college and how we can make college more affordable, and also just the challenges of understanding

what students and families are getting into when they take out loans.” The Know Before You Owe Act would require financial counseling for students any time they take out a loan, as opposed to current requirements that only apply to first-time borrowers. Smith said this act would help inform students as they take out additional d e b t t h ro u g h o u t t h e i r college careers. Colleges also need to be consistent in language used in financial aid letters so students can adequately compare costs between schools, Smith said. Under the Understanding the True Cost Act, schools would send out a universal financial aid letter. Finally, the Net Price Calculator Improvement Act would require colleges to provide calculators “up front and center” on their websites so students can calculate the total cost of attendance, Smith said. “The goal is to bring greater clarity and transparency to the financial decisions that students and families are making as they go through higher education,” Smith said. “And we want people to know what they owe, we want them to be able to compare across


A student-led coalition is providing a platform for sustainability and social justice-focused groups at the University of Minnesota and the local community. The Sustainability Network Coalition is a network of 12 student groups that share resources and receive support from other groups in the coalition. The network came out of a project within the Minnesota Student Association to increase collaboration between sustainabilityfocused student groups. If a student group is working on an initiative, they can be backed by others in the coalition. “One group may not have as much voice on their

own,” said Jessica James, a facilitator for SNC. The three-year-old coalition received funding last month to develop a website for students and community members to find and share information about the groups. The website will also promote poetry, art and events from members within SNC. Part of the reason for the website is to make it easier for students who want to become a part of a student group to find sustainability and social j u s t i c e - f o c u s e d g ro u p s on campus. James said students often learn about a student group they are interested in while attending the University’s Welcome Week activities fair during their first year and do not have many opportunities afterward to find other groups they may be interested in. The group branched off from MSA and became an independent group in






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institutions so that they can make the best decisions for themselves.” Julie Selander, director of One Stop Student Services at the University of Minnesota, said incoming students’ financial aid knowledge is “all over the board.” “I think sometimes there might be a misunderstanding like, ‘I better just take it now because I don’t know if I’m gonna need it later in the semester and later in the

year, and we keep trying to reassure students that you can always ask for it later if you come to that situation,” Selander said. University sophomore Lauren Foley said while the Free Application for Federal Student Aid was straightforward, her month-tomonth loan payments were still “hazy.” “As a student, I wish I would’ve been forced into taking it slower so I would

actually intake more of the information,” Foley said. Jacques Frank-Loron, academic affairs committee leader for Minnesota Student Association, said MSA supports Smith’s efforts. “I am excited that there is work being done to make financial aid processes more accessible for students and illuminating the process of student loans,” Frank-Loron wrote in an email to the Minnesota Daily.

2018 in an effort to be more inclusive for groups outside the University community. “At the time, MSA had the resources ... and platform … to help get the coalition off the ground,” said Will Macheel, an SNC facilitator and former director of MSA’s sustainability committee in an email. While rolling out the program, SNC facilitators met with groups to gather input on what they wanted from the platform, Macheel said. These meetings helped shape the coalition to the resource hub it is today. MSA’s Sustainability Committee is now a member of SNC and communicates with University administration on things SNC groups want, James said. “We are a community [student groups] can lean on if they need support on something,” James said. Voices for Environmental Justice, a member of SNC, sought help from the


With a new tenant moving in, the University of Minnesota’s presidential residence will undergo renovations this summer that will cost almost $1 million. The University will spend up to $970,000 to update Eastcliff’s heating and electrical system. The improvements include replacing 1960s-era gas-fired boilers and cloth-insulated wiring throughout the 20-room mansion. The projects are expected to be completed in August. Eastcliff has housed University presidents since the 1960s and served as a venue for major events, hosting thousands of visitors every

year. The residence needs infrastructural repairs before President-designate Joan Gabel starts at the University, said Lyndel King, director of the Weisman Art Museum and chair of the Eastcliff Technical Advisory Committee. “It’s some deferred maintenance that needs to be done,” she said. “It needs to be safe for the occupants, it needs to be comfortable for the occupants and it needs to be appropriate for a special place for the University to hold honors ceremonies, fundraising dinners and other hospitality events.” President Eric Kaler and Karen Kaler lived in Eastcliff for the past eight years. With the Kalers moving out in the coming months, King said it’s the right time to make repairs. “We try to do those kinds of things that are disruptive to the house during a transition time of

presidents so that it doesn’t disrupt the new occupant of the house too much,” she said. University officials will not use state funding nor tuition revenue to fund renovations. Instead, the money will come from rental income on University lands, including lease payments from the Graduate Hotel. “When we do projects of this size and magnitude, we always seek to use resources that are not state appropriation or tuition,” Mike Berthelsen, vice president of University Services, said at a Board of Regents meeting last semester. “It’s important for the University to be prudent about how to invest in this facility at any given time.” Built in 1922, East cliff overlooks the Mississippi River in St. Paul. The residence, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, has



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Knighton, a facilitator for Voices for Environmental Justice. Facilitators of SNC help connect groups and spread information, but do not think of themselves as leaders. “We provide speed. You don’t need to contact 10 different groups about something,” James said. “You can contact one group and we can connect and spread the information to everybody.”

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undergone several renovations since it was gifted to the University in 1958. Before the Kalers moved into Eastcliff in 2011, the University spent $550,000 on renovations, including adding a kitchen to the second floor to provide more privacy when events are catered on the main floor. Eastcliff has also been a source of controversy. A scandal involving $1.5 million renovations to the residence forced President Kenneth Keller to resign in 1988. After the scandal, the University took renovation decisions out of the hands of presidents. Instead, the Eastcliff Technical Advisory Committee — a group of faculty, administrators and University members — recommends improvements to the property. Renovating Eastcliff during presidential transitions

can help public perception, a concern raised by several regents at a meeting last semester. “Where the public seems to attach a concern is when there’s a resident is in the building,” Regent Darrin Rosha said at the meeting. “This is really the time [for renovations].” King said that ETAC wants to complete necessary maintenance while protecting the University’s reputation. “We make sure that things are being done, are being done in a prudent way to maintain the property ... to make it function in a way that it’s intended to function for the University,” she said. Though Gabel and her family will live in the manor, King said Eastcliff serves more than just the president. “This is much more than just a residence. This is a resource for the entire University,” she said.

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bracing for more criminal activity, said Russom Solomon, owner of The Red Sea restaurant and chair of the West Bank Business Association’s safety committee. MPD will also add two mounted officers in early May to work a few hours on Friday and Saturday nights. “When the weather is good, you have more people outside hanging out; kids are out of school [and] during Ramadan people stay out late,” Solomon said. “That may, from our experience, bring crime spikes during the summer.” The MPD 1st Precinct covers downtown Minneapolis and adjacent Cedar-Riverside. Solomon said he believes the City has been focusing the precinct’s resources on the downtown area and neglecting the neighborhood. A few weeks ago, Solomon and a few community members met with MPD officials and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey to discuss adjusting the distribution of the precinct’s officers and resources. “We’re trying to make sure that the mayor and policemen understand the situation we’re in and give us the necessary attention when they make decisions,” Solomon said.

Residents seek alternative solutions, better communication

Although some residents and business owners have requested more officers in the neighborhood, other community members believe a bigger police presence in the area isn’t necessarily the right course of action. “I feel like a lot of times they’re just trying to be reactive rather than trying to understand the people and what’s going on,” said

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These agreements primarily allow banks to market directly to students with the help of the school,” the report stated. The report found that TCF Bank paid $1.6 million to the University in its last reported contract, which included $200,000 specifically for marketing. Vitez said as part of this massive incentive for the University to push TCF Bank cards, the school also gets a $37 royalty per student who opens a TCF account. While Vitez said direct marketing leads students to be taken advantage of at some schools, George John, a marketing professor in the University’s Carlson School of Management, said the agreement isn’t entirely insidious. John said many brands

University of Minnesota graduate and current University of St. Thomas graduate student Muhubo Mohamed. Mohamed, 23, has lived in Cedar-Riverside for 19 years and said she felt safe in the tight-knit neighborhood growing up. She said an influx of new residents, many of whom moved into the Five15 On The Park apartments on 15th Avenue South, changed the dynamics of the neighborhood she knew. “I’m more concerned because I just don’t know the people that live in my neighborhood as much as I used to back in the day,” Muhubo Mohamed said. At a monthly community safety meeting April 2 with MPD and Metro Transit officers, some residents expressed concerns about outsiders coming into the community to cause trouble. Residents said police haven’t been responding to calls about such suspicious persons. MPD officers stressed better communication between police and the community in order to more effectively do their jobs. “You have to call for us to respond to deal with the situation,” MPD Officer Mohamud Jama said at the meeting. “Since we started a couple of months ago, we have never gotten a call about anything like that. We don’t know, so you have to call for us to know.” Residents attributed fear of police and a lack of understanding between residents and law enforcement to poor communication. Somali beat officers Jama and Daadir Galayr were assigned to the predominantly East African neighborhood at the community’s request in order to bridge the divide. “We want to teach our youth and our youngest that the police are safe,” said Fartune Del, owner of Sagal’s Restaurant and member of the Somali Mothers Group

that protests gang violence and holds community safety discussions. “If the police are there and you’re not doing anything wrong, I don’t think there’s a threat.”

team up with one another to capitalize on a bigger audience. The agreement came into being, saying the bank is providing a social service to its students, while hoping these students stay with TCF Bank into adulthood, he added. The report found at schools with paid marketing agreements, which give the school an incentive to market the card, students pay 2.3 times more in fees than at those schools without paid marketing agreements. In addition, the study found financial protections for students are less robust at schools with paid marketing agreements. “These fees are not in students’ best interests. Especially when we know that there’s lower fee options available for students,” Vitez said. Paul Vaaler, an associate professor in Carlson, said these relationships came

Community aims for youth-focused approach

While some residents differ on whether to increase police presence as the answer to violence, they find common cause in emphasizing the importance of community involvement in finding solutions. Kowsar Mohamed, a University graduate student at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, grew up in Cedar-Riverside and co-founded the neighborhood’s Youth Council as a teen to organize and advocate for young people like herself. Providing the next generation of young people in Cedar-Riverside with a voice in the decision-making process leads to successful results, she said. “I don’t feel like they have the avenue or the spaces or the platforms that have been built for them to feel like they’re safe to share what their narratives are, what their big questions are, what their big ideas are,” Mohamed said. Young people and their parents deal directly with issues of violence, Mohamed said. Instead of making the violence solely a policing issue, the community needs to focus on providing spaces and resources for families dealing with the trauma of losing a loved one, she said. “They’ve lost siblings, they’ve lost friends and I don’t think there has [sic] been spaces created for youth and parents to heal,” Mohamed said. Youth in the area don’t have enough things to do that would keep them off the street, said Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center Manager

Saeed Bihi. Part of achieving that goal means working to create more resources for young people in the form of educational and recreational

opportunities, he said. “When we treat [that] core problem, sometimes it would address more for the community than to bring

more officers into the streets,” Bihi said.

into existence as banks realized universities have a large, ever-turning-over population that could utilize their services. “The economics of these partnerships can be really lucrative,” Vaaler said. “It’s a stream of income for the University.” The University of Minnesota is the only remaining university in a paid partnership with TCF Bank. The University of Michigan and other schools ended their partnerships with TCF Bank in 2015 on mutual terms. Vitez said these paid marketing agreements began to increase in the early 2000s to help to fill holes in universities’ budgets as federal contributions toward education began to dwindle. “You should pick a bank the same way that you are picking out a school,” Vitez said. “Explore your options before signing on.”

MPLS Policy investigators. Frey said survivors should share details at their own pace in welcoming environments because trauma may affect memory. Investigators are also encouraged to follow-up with survivors. A sexual assault survivor advocate helped train MPD officers about the trauma-informed approach. Frey also announced new protocols to collect evidence, interview witnesses and communicate with survivors more effectively to improve responsiveness. Frey said investigators and elected officials must be held accountable for their work, but he recognized that understaffing can hinder the department. MPD receives more than 700 reports of rape every year with eight investigators to handle cases, Frey said.

“One of the leading indicators for the erosion of trust in our communities is when there are victims of crimes who know that their perpetrators are out there and our investigators do not have the resources or the case file attention to bring them to prosecution,” Arradondo said at the press conference. Under the new policy, individuals reporting sexual assault would not face minor charges like underage drinking. Supervisors must now also review the officers’ case work. Rape survivor and University of Minnesota graduate Abby Honold recalled her experience reporting her assault to officers, which she said was re-traumatizing. “I felt angry for all the other victims of my rapist who did not feel comfortable reporting because they knew the kind of experience that I had,” Honold said at the press conference. “I’m happy

that the stories of myself and other really, really brave survivors who have spoken out for change has made a difference.” Honold also stressed the importance of access to advocates within MPD’s sex crime unit under the new policy. Minnesota Student Association Sexual Assault Task Force Chair Meara Cline said the trauma-informed approach should not be limited to sexual assault survivors but include any victim of violence. She said the traumainformed interview process may allow survivors of any form of relationship violence to disclose information they would otherwise not share with officers. “There could be more opportunities for the person being interviewed to disclose about an incident involving sexual violence or sexual assault,” Cline said in an interview. “This approach would hopefully make them more comfortable.”

Pioneer recommended renaming four campus buildings: Coffman Union, Nicholson Hall, Middlebrook Hall and Coffey Hall. In deliberating over the report, Jones said Pioneer was impossible to ignore. Near the end of its 125-page report, the task force calls Pioneer “a case ripe for review.” “One reason Pioneer Hall was so central to our work is because it was one of the main sites of conflict over the exclusion of Black students from University housing,” the report reads. In 1931, a Black student living in Pioneer Hall was “removed ... after a single night.” Another Black student was assigned to Pioneer Hall in 1934 but was turned away before he could move in.

The administration’s plan for the University’s first residence hall was far more ambitious than housing students. Mark Soderstrom, who published his Ph.D. dissertation on segregation at the University in 2004, said the hall was engineered to instill civic values into its white residents. “These dormitories furnish us with the opportunity of elevating the general tone and social life of the students housed in them,” Coffman wrote in a 1930 letter. “It would be a mistake to assume that the dormitories are merely a place for the students to sleep, eat and work in.” Pioneers were thought of as virtuous, having brought civilization and Christianity to the frontier. Ironically, Coffman didn’t believe in naming buildings after people. He wanted to give the residents an ideal to

aspire to, Jones said. At Pioneer’s dedication in 1931, Walter Coffey, dean of the Department of Agriculture at the time, said he hopes the students who reside in the hall embrace the “pioneer spirit” of these men. “Within society there are always conditions quite as stubborn as swamp and wilderness which must be conquered if progress is to be made.” American Indian Student Cultural Center president Summer Lara said the University should consider the history attached to the name. The Morrill Land Grant Act of 1862 gave Dakota territory to the state to establish the University the same year 38 Dakota were executed in Mankato and hundreds were interned at Fort Snelling. At the Board of Regents’ March 8 meeting, Regent

Richard Beeson said he thinks the University should consider renaming Pioneer and Frontier Hall. “Those names are really inappropriate for today’s world,” he said. “I would hope we could move to look at those buildings almost immediately.” With the board split on the initial recommendations to rename four buildings, it’s uncertain if the University will examine the names of other buildings. Robert Cohen, a professor of history and social studies at New York University, said it’s easier to acknowledge racist history when nobody is assigned blame. “The difference that I see between Pioneer Hall and [the four named buildings] is that these are individuals that did good things for the University and are thought of well,” he said.

Machtmes said. The resolution has been at least two years in the making, with the OGPSD and the DIC strategically taking the resolution to numerous committees. “The disabilities community on campus has always been interested in getting as many people to do training as possible and has always been interested in making these issues front and center in campus discussions,” said Benjamin

Munson, chair of the DIC. Several years ago, the DRC offered training on disability accommodations, but less than 20 percent of the people who could take it actually did, Munson said. “I think understanding the ways that disability can affect people is really tough for people who are able-bodied and who’ve never had to deal with a chronic illness,” Sarah Huebner, president of OGPSD. “There’s not widespread recognition of what

it’s like to be a student with disabilities on this campus, and we really feel like those stories need to be told.” That lack of understanding and knowledge can make it more difficult for students to receive the accommodations they need. “There have been questions about, you know, ‘When someone comes to me, as a professor, with an accommodation request, how do I know that it’s genuine?’” Machtmes said.

Better understanding could make the accommodation process smoother for students and faculty. “We hope that the resolution accomplishes improved campus climate for, really, all people,” Machtmes said. “The University does better when it is diverse, when everyone is able to bring their unique perspectives, values, differences or life experiences to bear in a community environment for a collective good.”

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Pioneer Hall on the Minneapolis campus in 1931.

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about what is a reasonable accommodation and how do they implement it, what’s their role in the process,” Johnson said. Despite the letters of accommodation, some students have difficulties getting their needs recognized by their professors. When those issues arise, students are supposed to

contact the DRC, Johnson said. But some students feel uncomfortable doing so because of the power differential between instructors and students, she added. “There’s been a number of professors and also graduate teaching assistants who have expressed a desire to understand better how to serve these students, but they don’t feel like they are equipped with the knowledge in order to allow them to do so,”


ABOVE: Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center Manager Saeed Bihi poses for a portrait at the center on Tuesday, March 9. Bihi is working to increase activities and programs for youth in the neighborhood in an effort to keep them off the streets. BELOW: Kowsar Mohamed, a University graduate student at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, poses for a portrait outside Wilson Library on Tuesday, March 9. Mohamed grew up in Cedar-Riverside and hopes to help communities similar to it through her career in urban planning.

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Tif fany Bui contributed to this report.







UMN relocates and cancels sporting events during winter’s renaissance Minnesota adjusted a track meet and its softball and football games this week. BY DREW COVE

Winter is coming? The cold and snowy weather is back, and it’s not good news for sports teams at the University of Minnesota. Mostly the teams plan for this kind of weather when it is seasonably expected. But this year, the climate threw the

schedule makers and teams another curveball. The athletics department announced on Tuesday that the Minnesota Spring Open, a track and field meet, is canceled. It was originally scheduled for Saturday, and it will not be rescheduled for a later date. The meet was going to be the first official track and field meet at the new track and field stadium, located in the shadows of Athletes Village. Later on Tuesday, the University canceled Minnesota’s non-conference,

mid-week softball matchup between Minnesota and South Dakota State. Like the Minnesota Spring Open, the softball game will not be rescheduled. The Gophers’ football team announced a change of its own: the annual Spring Game scheduled for Saturday morning is being moved from TCF Bank Stadium to its indoor practice facility in Athletes Village. The team announced that the event will no longer be open to the public due to space constraints. Although fans will no

longer be able to attend the Spring Game in person, the game is still being broadcast on BTN2Go and on KFAN radio. As of Wednesday evening at the onset of the storm, the forecast calls for anywhere between 4 and 8 inches of snow in the Twin Cities metro area, according to KARE 11. The Gophers’ spring sports are familiar with this type of occurrence, even though their schedules are largely built to avoid storms like this. The softball team’s

schedule was created to have 31 consecutive road games to open the season before the team returned home for games at the very end of March. The baseball team is in a similar situation with 21 straight games to open the season away from Minneapolis. The golf teams both play in the Twin Cities in the fall season, but don’t have a tournament hosted in Minnesota in each team’s entire spring season. Last year, Minnesota experienced a similar weather situation. In April 2018, the

Twin Cities experienced a massive snowfall and unexpected cold, with similar results to this year’s situation. The football team’s spring game was moved two days early to beat the snow and cold. Along with the football team, the softball, baseball, tennis, rowing and track teams were all affected by the inclement weather. More schedule alterations could be imminent if the weather continues to be unseasonably cold. The baseball and softball teams have home series scheduled for Friday through Sunday.


Gophers sophomore adjusts to new roles on the fly Max Meyer served as the closer last season and tied a program record. BY JACK WARRICK

Minnesota’s best hitter and pitcher has a relaxed approach to the game. Gophers starting pitcher and designated hitter Max Meyer approaches the game of baseball like he’s playing whiffle ball in the backyard with his childhood buddies. “Either they get a hit or I get them out. It’s just how the game works,” Meyer said. “Just having a relaxed mindset on the mound, too, is always good for me.” Meyer, a sophomore, doesn’t throw in the bullpen to warm up — he plays catch and heads out to meet the top of the order. “I just let my arm go when I’m on the mound,” he said. Last year, Meyer would have to be clutch when he would come in to pitch in the last couple innings of a game. The Gophers would be up by one run with two outs and he would need to get a talented batter out to get a victory. Those types of games were natural for Meyer, as he tied a program-record of 16 saves last season. This year, as pitching needs have changed, Meyer has taken on the role of the Friday night starter. “He’s figured it out. It’s a whole different game than going out there and getting three outs,” said head coach John Anderson. “There’s a big difference going from being a Division I closer. ... I don’t care what your stuff is ... to going through the lineup and throwing 100 to 110 pitches.” Though Meyer has already pitched more innings than last year in almost half


Max Meyer watches the ball at Siebert Field on Tuesday, April 9.

the games, he boasts a lower ERA than last season: a 1.64 with 50 strikeouts. This season, he has taken wins in all three of his Big Ten games starting so far. Meyer is the hardest Minnesota pitcher to hit off of this season; opponents have a .188 batting average against him. “I’m just throwing everything with conviction,” Meyer said. “I’m going in saying, ‘No one’s going to get a hit off me at any time.’” The new closer, junior Brett Schulze, was a starter as a freshman and

slowly worked into a closer in his third year with the program. He has the most saves this season with four, and the best record on the team (5-0). “For me, it’s been a part of growing as a person, getting a little older, kind of embracing those challenges a little bit more,” Schulze said. “I don’t really know if, as a freshman, I’d been able to handle that kind of pressure.” Meyer had just 30 atbats last season and a .167 batting average, but he’s

broken out as one of the top hitters on the Gophers this season, with the secondhighest batting average on the team. He worked hard in the offseason after gaining 20 pounds and a starting spot in the batters box. “I promised him when we recruited him, we’d give him a chance to be a two-way player,” Anderson said. “He had a few at-bats last year, but I just didn’t want to pile too much on his plate, and we didn’t need to last year.” Now, he’s put up a .311

batting average on triple the at-bats this season and earned a reputation as a clutch hitter. He works at the designated hitter position often when he isn’t starting a Friday game. He said the hitting helps his pitching because he’s busy getting an at-bat every couple innings instead of waiting around to take the mound like last season. On Tuesday, Meyer hit the first home run of his college career to score two runs and beat North Dakota State University 4-3

in a walk-off. The last Gophers player to start at pitcher and hit regularly was Matt Fiedler. Fiedler was drafted his junior year during the 2016 MLB Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. He tallied a 4.32 ERA on 89.2 innings pitched and a .366 batting average on 238 at-bats in his last season with Minnesota. Meyer is expected to start Friday in the first game against Illinois (20-11, 1-5 Big Ten) at Siebert Field if the team doesn’t cancel it due to weather conditions.


Freshman Natalie DenHartog makes waves in Minnesota offense DenHartog is one of the top players both in RBIs and in home runs. BY ERIK NELSON

Gophers left fielder Natalie DenHartog has appeared in 36 of Minnesota’s 37 games this season. It didn’t take long for the freshman to make an impact for the Gophers offensively. In her fourth career game, which was against Notre Dame, on Feb. 16, DenHartog hit her first collegiate home run, a three-run shot, in Minnesota’s 10-0 victory over the Fighting Irish. Since then, she has driven in at least two runs in nine out of 32 games. Head coach Jamie Trachsel said DenHartog’s success is a result of hard work. “She’s committed [and] dedicated,” Trachsel said.


Freshman Natalie Denhartog hits the ball on Friday, March 29 at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium in Minneapolis. The Gophers beat the Purdue Boilermakers 5-1.

“She has a desire to be great, not good. She puts in the work to back that up. She doesn’t want what she’s not

willing to work for.” DenHartog comes from a family of athletes. Her father played three sports at

Luther College and is the head coach of the varsity football team at Hopkins High School in Minnetonka,

Minnesota. Her brother played football at MinnesotaDuluth and WisconsinEau Claire and her sister played softball. DenHartog said her siblings inspired her to play softball. “I looked to my older siblings as to where I got into the different sports that I played growing up,” DenHartog said. “I started out playing baseball and then I switched to softball [after] watching my sister play. It’s been a lot of fun ever since.” The highlight of DenHartog’s season so far was on March 23 when she drove in six runs and hit her first career grand slam in Minnesota’s 19-5 victory over Maryland. Her first multi-home run game of her career came against Texas Southern on March 8. DenHartog hit a three-run home run in the third inning and a solo home run in the fifth inning.

“She’s a force to be reckoned with,” right fielder Maddie Houlihan said. “I have all the confidence in the world that she’s going to hit the ball hard.” As of this weekend’s series against Illinois, DenHartog is third on the Gophers in batting average with .353. She is second in both home runs and RBIs with 11 and 41, respectively. The Gophers can also rely on DenHartog defensively. She has made 13 catches and 12 putouts and has not committed an error. DenHartog said her goals for the next few games are to contribute at opportune moments and to be a good teammate. She describes herself as a competitive person on the field and in the dugout. “I show it through being intense,” she said. “I know every moment matters and our team does a good job of understanding that and not taking it too hard when things don’t go our way.”






Indie band Early Eyes has big visions


Early Eyes poses for a portrait in their Northeast Minneapolis backyard on Thursday, April 4.

The indie rock band brings passion and intimacy to their sold-out sets. BY BECCA MOST

At the Fine Line on Friday, the drums boasted the characteristic logo of an eye with five lashes, a hint at the next band to take the stage. After rocking out to local girl group Last Import, fans waited anxiously for Early Eyes to begin their set. Filled with funky energy and a grooving rhythm, the band connected with the crowd almost instantly. Sprinkling in new songs with some of their older hits, it was almost

impossible to watch while standing still. Nearly halfway through their set, the group paused for a quick introduction before getting straight to what fans came out to see: “Let’s play some more tunes!” vocalist Jake Berglove shouted. Early Eyes (made up of Jake Berglove, Des Lawrence, Joe Villano, John O’Brien and Wyatt Fuller) started out as a pop-up band. Music-making was something the group of mostly former University of Minnesota students would do for fun outside of classes. But after getting a positive reaction from their first couple of shows and selling over 300 tickets to their gig at the Paper

House in 2016, the five realized this could be something much bigger than a hobby. “Yeah I think it was after our third show [when] we were like, ‘Guys, when are we going to drop out?’” laughed bassist Lawrence. Living in the dorms made it difficult to get instruments and sound equipment to shows. The band had to resort to other means to make it work. “We had no van. We didn’t even have, like, a car. We were taking our gear on the fucking Green Line,” Berglove said. “We’d steal the moving carts from Middlebrook Hall and throw all of our shit on it and walk it across Minneapolis. That’s what we did. We took it to

the Triple Rock sometimes, just walked it through West Bank, full of music shit. Since then, Early Eyes has played sold-out shows at First Avenue and performed at the Basilica Block Party. At the end of the month they’re heading out on a national tour, hitting places like Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Cleveland. “We’re so lucky because we’re the 1 percent of the 1 percent of bands that get to go on tours and have a manager and all that shit,” Berglove said. “It’s really nice and flattering [but] also really weird to come to terms with because you’re always like, ‘What ... us?’” Many Early Eyes members said it’s a new feeling to

be recognized by fans while at work or while sitting in a coffee shop (although they do encourage you to come over and say “hi”). “We’re so un-intimidating you probably saw us trip over nothing and [walk] into a door,” assured guitarist O’Brien. “Yeah, we’re all dumbasses,” Berglove added. Christian Roreau, the band’s manager, said Early Eyes was the first band in a while to make him stop and go huh. “It’s just a different world [fans] sort of escape to when they’re watching their favorite performers [live],” he said. “And those guys put forth an energy that people like, I guess. It’s a bit intangible — some

bands connect with the audience, some don’t. And there’s still a ton of work to do for this band, but there’s definitely some sort of spark [there].” Although Early Eyes continues to gather new followers and listeners, the band says many fans have been with them since the beginning. “I think the magic is being on stage and looking out and seeing faces that you saw last time,” said O’Brien. “The room got a little bit bigger and a little more compact, but it’s cool to know that ... we’re involved with a community to the degree that they will show up to shows regularly. It feels very remarkable to be a part of that.”


Q&A: Paul Knuth talks flower shows, houseplants A&E caught up with Paul Knuth to learn about being a Como horticulturist.

shows at the same time. We try to be one year out, so right now we’re trying to think about next year’s spring show [because] we have to order that stuff pretty soon here. We’re continually planning, ordering, receiving, growing and showing. It’s just this thing that never begins or ends. It [can be] 30-below out and we’re in here talking about buying tropical hibiscus for the summer show. It’s a very organic, brainstorm-y type of process. I always think of [the Sunken Garden] as more of a cut flower arrangement you get for your birthday, [rather than] a landscape like your garden outside. ... It’s go time, Skippy. Every day.


The setting: Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. More specifically: the Sunken Garden. A man stands near the door. As A&E steps into the garden, he reaches out his hand to introduce himself. “Hi, my name is Paul,” he says. “Welcome to my office.” Paul Knuth, a University of Minnesota alum, is a horticulturist and supervisor at the Como Conservatory. He’s been planting, ordering and growing here for almost 30 years. A&E sat down with Knuth to learn more about where his interest in flora came from and what it takes to put on a flower show. What made you interested in horticulture? I was a sophomore in high school looking for a summer job and there was a local greenhouse. It had a strawberry farm, so I started working in the strawberry fields when I was in high school. In the fall when the strawberries were done, they needed help in the greenhouse.

Horticulturist Paul Knuth poses for a portrait at the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory on Thursday, April 4.

The rest is history. I just loved working in a greenhouse. What’s a typical day at the conser vator y like? With a greenhouse, you have to make sure the environment is correct and that all the equipment to create that environment is running properly. It’s like

a car: if you don’t have any brakes, you won’t be able to stop. You’re creating an artificial environmental system so you’re relying on the cooling system, the fog, the lighting, the heating system. We’re out in the conservatory from 7 to 10 a.m. Our staff are in various rooms and they’re planting and

watering and fertilizing, and [in the Sunken Garden] we’re changing plants every day. After 10 [p.m.], we go behind the scenes in our production greenhouses where everything you see there is growing. I do a lot of ordering, planning, buying supplies — all of the things that go into producing all of this. I bop


on out [to the Sunken Garden] a couple times during the day to make sure the environmental systems are working properly. What goes into planning a flower show? Planning for all of these shows — it never stops. It’s continuous [and] sometimes we’re planning multiple

What plants would you recommend for apartments and dorm rooms? There are so many good, tough houseplants that can take abuse — like if [you] over water or under water. Pothos is one of them, it’s got vine-y green and gold leaves. The Chinese evergreen is another good one. These plants actually clean the air. Like say you’ve got formaldehyde coming out of your couch, it’ll clean it out of the air. It humidifies and it’s pretty. They’re really tough. You can’t kill them ... almost.

6 THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2019



Editorials & Opinions


All Campus Error Commission, part II ACEC botched its voter guide for elections this semester, leaving voters and candidates out to dry.


he Monday morning of election week at the University of Minnesota, Caroline Pavlecic, an MSA atlarge representative running for another term, went to the All JONATHAN ABABIY Campus Eleccolumnist tion Commission (ACEC) website to vote. She was surprised when she noticed the voter guide for candidates directly below the link to vote. She clicked on it. “I wasn’t in it,” she said. She searched her email, but found nothing about a voter guide. Thirty-one candidates ran for at-large representative seats, but only 15 were on the voter guide. Pavlecic was one of the 16 candidates not included and one of the nine who didn’t even receive an email about the voter guide. The voter guide was going to be an excellent reform by ACEC. It was a chance for candidates to show voters in-depth information about themselves to supplement the short campaign statement on the ballot. Instead, it

turned into one of the many missteps ACEC had this election cycle. The voter guide exposed basic communication failures of the ACEC and demonstrated broader competency issues. It was a lost opportunity for meaningful reform. Brayden Rothe, an at-large representative running for another term, said he was frustrated about not being on the voter guide. He did all of his paperwork correctly and on time, and had even gone to an ACEC event. “It was before the debate — the [Minnesota Student Association] presidential debate. People from ACEC were there. I know several were in attendance. It was essentially candidates meeting other candidates,” he said. Apostolos Kotsolis, another at-large representative running for re-election, had an even more frustrating experience. “The first time I heard the voter guide questions was actually in that meeting, before that whole thing happened. They mentioned voter guide questions. I didn’t receive that email [about voter guide questions], so I was completely unaware,” Kotsolis said. He said he assumed they were talking about basic descriptions of candidates, where they could attach their name. “They said a lot of people have not done the voter guide questions. ... I assumed they were probably talking about this one question we had to answer [during registration],” Kotsolis recalled. “They obviously have a list of all the people who haven’t responded to those questions. I am one of them. I am in this room. No one said, ‘Hey, you’re one of them. You haven’t responded to the voter guide questions.’” Although it was easy to follow up with

Kotsolis, nobody said anything about the voter guide. It went up the following Monday without his information on it, despite his presence at the meeting where the commission discussed the low voter guide response rate. The voter guide that did go out was an unfair one. How can a voter responsibly decide who to vote for if half the potential candidates aren’t in the guide? Pavlecic said Student Unions and Activities took the voter guide down after she called, and ACEC soon instructed her that she would be able to resubmit her info on a new voter guide. However, SUA later said the voter guide wouldn’t go back up at all because a significant number of candidates were not contacted about the voter guide. Campus election reform ended before it ever really began. These kinds of mistakes cannot happen as frequently like they do at ACEC, a student group that runs elections for the entire University system. “I guess it kind of just falls under oversight, like a simple check,” Rothe said. Rothe is right, but sometimes when it comes to elections on campus, student government and University administration, some ideas just make too much sense.

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Housing may be a human right, but we don’t treat it that way in Minneapolis High rises, like the Elliot Twins, may displace residents from the most vulnerable communities.


he Elliot Twins Apartments are public housing units with hundreds of residents. The Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (MPHA) is reALEEZEH HASAN sponsible for Elcolumnist liot Twins’ funding. There is a threat of privatization coming from Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD), according to Star Tribune reporting. Although RAD is meant to improve and renovate the building, local activists say it could lead to gentrification and the displacement of citizens. The MPHA and RAD cannot move forward with renovations and privatization without consulting residents. Some of the residents living in Elliot Twins are elderly, come from East African backgrounds and do not speak English, as I witnessed during a Defend Glendale and Public Housing Coalition meeting. As demonstrated by some complaints raised during a protest last August, the language barrier has led to some of these vulnerable people being manipulated throughout the discussions of privatization. When presented with documents and asked to sign, some residents aren’t able to to understand what they are agreeing to. The injustices taking place against the

elders and immigrants motivated local activist Ladan Yusuf of the Public Housing Coalition to step forward. When the Glendale Townhomes went through a similar threat in 2014, the Public Housing Coalition was formed as a way to stand up for justice and vulnerable communities. Yusuf and residents of Elliot Twins held a meeting last Friday to discuss the latest leaked draft of an MPHA document. It was meant to be a relocation plan with seven points on how residents would be protected and not displaced, but none of the language within the document said that anything was set in stone. The phrase, “to the maximum extent feasible,” can be interpreted as there is no guarantee that MPHA will thoroughly aid residents during potential building renovations. Yusuf went through the plan and told those attending the meeting why each point was going to fail them and would likely lead to homelessness. “Residents will face multiple evictions [with the plan] and this is a huge issue for the elders and disabled,” Yusuf said. An article on the MPHA website claims that privatization is not going to happen. However, that seems unlikely based on the document outlining MPHA’s renovation plans. Housing is a human right and the people within public housing need to be protected. Yusuf brought up that even local politicians do not seem to have any vested interest in the matter. Despite publicly sharing that they disagree with the privatization of public housing, Hennepin County District 4 Commissioner Angela Connelly and Rep. Hodan Hassan, DFL-Minneapolis, failed to show up to the meeting. Yusuf explained they worked hard to

When it comes to the basic need of housing, more people need to make an effort to protect their own communities.

contact Connelly and Hassan, as well as Ward 6 Council member Abdi Warsame and Rep. Mohamud Noor, DFL-Minneapolis. Despite efforts to accommodate their schedules, Warsame and Noor also failed to show up. These politicians were voted in by Elliot Twins’ residents and should do more to be there for them. Resident Adar Noor explained through a translator that she tried to call Warsame’s office many times and had asked him to come and talk to them, but it never happened. Noor stated the only faith she had was in activists like Ladan. Ladan was the only one who provided information to protect them, she said. When it comes to the basic need of housing, more people need to make an effort to protect their own communities.

Aleezeh Hasan welcomes comments at


Admissions is about merit, not student trauma College application essays should not ask students to bear their souls in exchange for admission. Applying for college is a rigorous process that can be overwhelming for many prospective students. But it can be particularly stressful for students who have experienced trauma or other hardships in the years leading up to sending out applications. Embedded into many college applications is an essay often requiring students to extensively describe hardships they’ve have to overcome in order to be academically successful. The Common App, a widely-used platform that allows students to send applications to multiple schools, doesn’t directly ask prospective students to share their deeply personal stories. But often, students who think their grades are inadequate or that they bring nothing else to the table may feel that describing their trauma will make them stand out.

Trauma, whether it be an eating disorder, self-mutilation or drug addiction, should not be expected in college applications. Prepping for college essay writing starts in high schools. High school teachers should not expect or encourage students to choose some of the most difficult moments of their lives and write about them in an effort to gain the attention of college admissions boards. While it seems like an easy route to develop content for an essay, it opens the door for colleges to tokenize students. Character expectations for potential students should not be hinged of the trauma they’ve experienced — or lack thereof. Trauma, whether it be an eating disorder, self-mutilation or drug addiction, should not be expected in college applications, unless that’s what a student wishes to share. It shouldn’t be the expectation. Most universities require an essay component in their applications, in addition to a high school transcript and extracurricular information. The University of Minnesota - Twin Cities doesn’t require an essay or letters of recommendation. Eliminating that aspect of the application process allows for students to be admitted to school based on their academic merit and extracurriculars, rather than taking into account traumatic life events. This is even an issue at the graduate level. Deena ElGenaidi, a writer and editor from Brooklyn, recounted her experience applying to graduate school where was told by an adviser to “play up” her experiences. She felt that saying she was a person of color was not enough, and she was concerned that colleges were looking for students who fit into a certain stereotype. But she resisted her adviser’s suggestion, feeling that, as a minority, she shouldn’t be required to show off issues she had faced. The point is not for colleges to ignore these experiences. Dealing with any traumatic issue has an impact on your education and overall life experience. But that does not mean students want to be reduced to their adverse experiences while they are in school figuring out who they are and what they want to be. Students should be fostering their own success stories. High schools and colleges should not be the ones writing that narrative. EDITORIALS & OPINIONS DEPARTMENT Editorials represent the voice of the Minnesota Daily as an institution and are prepared by the editorial board. SHARE YOUR VIEWS The Minnesota Daily welcomes letters and guest columns from readers. All letters must include the writer’s name, address and phone number for verification. The Daily reserves the right to edit all letters for style, space, libel and grammar. Letters to the editor should be no more than 500 words in length. Guest columns should be approximately 350 words. The Daily reserves the right to print any submission as a letter or guest column. Submission does not guarantee publication. Fax: (612) 435-5865 Phone: (612) 435-1578 Letters and columns to the editor 2221 University Ave. SE Suite 450 Minneapolis, MN 55414







HOROSCOPES Today’s Birthday (4/11): Expand your boundaries this year. Your professional status rises with disciplined consistency. Find buried treasure. Home and family blossom this summer, before a professional obstacle shifts your path. Your career takes off next winter, as you adapt to shifts at home. Pursue a passion.

To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. Written by Nancy Black

Aries (3/21 - 4/19): Today is a 6 — Plan carefully before launching into a domestic project. Take advantage of a golden opportunity for a long-desired change. Do your research.

Libra (9/23 - 10/22): Today is a 7 — Find another route around a professional obstacle. Don’t get casual about keeping your promises. Integrity provides workability.

Taurus (4/20 - 5/20): Today is an 8 — Connect with a clever crew over a brilliant idea. Take their comments into consideration. Discuss plans and preparations. Discover an unexpected solution.

Scorpio (10/23 - 11/21): Today is an 8 — Expand your territory. Traffic and travel obstacles could arise. Technology makes things easier. Can you explore from home?

Gemini (5/21 - 6/21): Today is a 7 — An error, misunderstanding or repair could get expensive. Extra income could become available due to an insider advantage or windfall.

Sagittarius (11/22 - 12/21): Today is a 7 — Handle a financial difficulty before it grows. Stay in communication. Change or keep your agreements. Postpone what you can.

Cancer (6/22 - 7/22): Today is an 8 — A disappointment could thwart a personal project. Miscommunication or mistakes cause delays. Don’t discuss unfinished plans.

Capricorn (12/22 - 1/19): Today is an 8 — Resolve a challenge with your partner. Take time to iron out misunderstandings or discord. New information threatens assumptions.

Leo (7/23 - 8/22): Today is a 6 — Slow down and contemplate. Avoid crowds and expensive scenarios. Peace and quiet satisfies your spirit. Get introspective as you clean house.

Aquarius (1/20 - 2/18): Today is a 7 — Slow the pace to balance your work, health and energy. Fix something that is broken. Avoid accidents or injury. Keep your equipment in good order.

Virgo (8/23 - 9/22): Today is a 7 — Huddle with your team to resolve a challenge. Share the load for greater ease. Hold off on big changes, and wait for better conditions.

Pisces (2/19 - 3/20): Today is a 6 — Your perfect romance may not look like what you imagined. Share a passion. Consider what is most important to you. Find love in unexpected places.

Dr. Date,

There’s this guy I’ve had my eye on for a few months now, but there’s one not-so-small problem keeping me from making a move: we’re both in MSA. To quote Maybe Sexual Activism from Monday’s Dr. Date, many of us prefer our pillowtalk to be about activism. But the most convenient dating pool to satisfy that desire is difficult to break into. We usually avoid having romantic and/or sexual relationships with each other, and if we do, we keep it lowkey. But unlike in Maybe Sexual Activism’s case, this guy and I are voting members, so we don’t have any restrictions on dating or having sex with each other. However, there’s still a stigma around members dating each other. MSA is all about breaking stigma, but how do I go about doing that? I want to put some of the office stash of condoms to good use.

—Lonely in Room 202

Dear Lonely in Room 202,

Come on, what are you afraid of? I firmly believe the days of crushing on someone for a long time without doing anything should be left behind when you get to college. Yeah, maybe you still only know how to make ramen and PB&J sandwiches, but you can ask someone out, damn it! When it comes to breaking stigma, remember most positions end soon. As long as you keep it lowkey and don’t let your relationship influence your work, there won’t be anything for your peers to complain about. And buy your own condoms — an open bowl in the office screams tampering. You can have an MSA relationship, but are you ready for an MSA STD?

— Dr. Date

Dr. Date,

While some people use college as a time to party and hook up, I tend to spend my time studying law textbooks. I’m the political type and go all out on everything I do, whether it’s taking on a full-time job while in school, spending months working on political campaigns or taking 20 credits a semester. I’m driven, busy 24/7 and satisfied with my life, but my friends think I’m missing something. I’m notoriously single among my group of friends. The girls I talk to

most often tend to be coworkers, reporters, dating advice columnists or fellow aspiring lawyers and politicians. While I’ve considered dating, I don’t think I have the time. Apparently that’s weird in college, and everyone in my life harasses me over why I don’t date. All I hear is I should try Tinder or ask out people I work with, both of which I’m not interested in. They’re pushing me to confess who I may have a crush on and asking about every email or text I send — at this point they’ll ask if you’re interested! Dr. Date, I feel like I’m in middle school again. How do I get my friends to get off my back about girls and realize I’m meant to be single?

—Celibate Scholastic Penitence

Dear Celibate Scholastic Penitence, While I firmly believe you should date if only so I receive more questions (, everybody), I get where you’re coming from. Let’s be honest, dating kind of sucks — otherwise, I wouldn’t exist! If your friends really won’t back off, you could always go with the “my girlfriend goes to another school, you wouldn’t know her” thing. Find a friend back home who is OK with you showing them her picture and pray your friends don’t find her real name. This has the added bonus of being able to ignore your friends for a few days a month — just say she’s visiting! But here’s an unrequested piece of advice: while you might not want to date right now, keep yourself open to the idea of love. College is a time to try new things and meet new people, and one date doesn’t mean you’re committed to the person forever. After all, who knows when some interested lawyer, reporter or politician girl might ask you out for a drink?

— Dr. Date

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

U hunts for new policy on wildlife crisis BY DYLAN ANDERSON

Seeing inaction on the spread of a neurological animal disease, University of Minnesota researchers are ramping up a new program to bolster policy controlling the health emergency. The Chronic Wasting Disease Response, Research and Policy Program, a University-led initiative announced March 19, intends to foster collaboration between hunters, legislators and researchers to combat the threat of CWD. Public concern on the issue was reignited in January, when a wild deer with CWD was discovered in Crow Wing County, the state’s first case outside of Southeastern Minnesota. CWD is a neurological disease in the same family as mad cow disease. It has been found in various cervids, such as deer and elk, and is always fatal. Symptoms, such as severe weight loss, may not show for up to three years while the deer is continually spreading the disease. The disease is transferable through bodily fluids and antler velvet. Research shows it can also transfer through plants and may stay in the soil for years. Officially declared an emergency by the Department of Agriculture in 2001, CWD has now been found in at least 25 states, including Minnesota. “It’s important to consider the public health risk,” said Cory Anderson, a graduate student in the program. “Regardless of whether this can transmit to humans, it is currently a wildlife crisis.” The effects of CWD on humans, if any, are unknown. There have been no reported cases. An ongoing study out of Canada, yet to be peer-

reviewed, found CWD in macaque monkeys after they ate CWD-infected meat, suggesting the disease could spread to animals that are genetically similar to humans. A 2017 report from the Alliance for Public Wildlife estimates as many as 15,000 CWD-infected deer are consumed by people each year. Michael Osterholm, director of the University’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, leads the program. “It is probable that human cases of chronic wasting disease associated with consumption of [CWD]-contaminated meat will be documented in the years ahead,” Osterholm testified to the Minnesota House of Representatives in February. “It’s possible that the number of cases will be substantial.” Anderson said misinformation hinders control of the disease. He said characterizations such as “zombie-deer disease” detract from the seriousness of the problem. “There is great research out there right now that points to best practices,” Anderson said. “At this point, we are not seeing public policy accept these research answers.” Anderson, a hunter himself, said hunters are the best tool for controlling deer populations. If the number of hunters decline because of the disease, controlling it will only get tougher. “You have 200,000 [deer] that get harvested every year in Minnesota,” Anderson said. “If half of your hunters drop off, that increases your deer populations and essentially amplifies the problem.” Brenda Hartkopf, a member of the Minnesota Elk Breeders Association and an elk farm owner near Howard Lake, Minnesota, said she welcomes anything to address the spread of the disease. She said the threat to farms like hers comes from wild deer and carcasses moved by hunters. “There is just a lot of gray

area,” Hartkopf said. “A lot of hunter education that could take place. They don’t realize the ramifications of what is happening.” Dr. Jeremy Schefers, assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary Population Medicine, testified before the House of Representatives in February, stressing the need to take action. “I’ve just watched it march across North America without anything getting in its way,” Schefers said. “I think it’s time to start fighting back.”

“Regardless of whether this can transmit to humans, it is currently a wildlife crisis.”


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