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Lawmakers could give the U $1.2M to stave off a deadly swine disease.

Rodrick Williams missed the second half of the season because of an injury.

If you’re buying $35 lipsticks, you’re probably doing it wrong.

Leg. may fund research to slow pig virus

Williams shines with hope of a comeback

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Makeup: When to save and when to splurge

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Housing studies hits pause




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Apt. boom pushes fixes

The CDES major program is discontinuing temporarily so faculty can re-evaluate it. BY VANESSA NYARKO

The University of Minnesota’s College of Design will put its decades-old housing studies major on pause starting next year. College administrators decided to temporarily stop admitting new students to the program after fall semester 2014, citing low enrollment. Still, some faculty members and students are at odds with the decision. “We’ve vested our lives in this curriculum with our students, so it’s disappointing because it is a good major,” said housing studies professor and program director Becky Yust. CDES Dean Tom Fisher made the call in November to stop new students from enrolling in the major, with the intention of allowing faculty members to modify coursework to focus more on community development than on traditional classroom work. “My hope is not to close it, but to relaunch it in a new way,” he said.


The apartment complex The Bridges is under construction at University and 10th avenues southeast and is set to open this fall.

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Landlords aren’t feeling threated by the luxury apartment boom — in fact, they say it’s improving their neighborhoods.


Feds urge transparent bank deals


hile the luxur y apar tment com-

the Dinkytown and Marcy-Holmes area,

plexes popping up around the Uni-

said the increased demand for student

versity of Minnesota give students more

housing will put pressure on the market,

housing options, off-campus property own-

encouraging property owners to renovate

ers are confident they can compete with the

older properties and make the area safer

new development.

and cleaner. This, in turn, will push busi-

nificant impact on their business due to the


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sen, who owns more than 50 properties in

Landlords say they haven’t seen a sig-

Lawmakers want colleges to tell more about bank contracts and to dial down marketing.

For students nationwide, the bank tied to their college is as much a part of the campus experience as the bookstore or the sports team. But that relationship between colleges and banks may soon change, due to federal recommendations for increasing transparency, including requiring schools to share details of their agreements with banks and banning marketing incentives for schoolsponsored debit cards. The idea is that this transparency would help students better weigh the pros and cons of those banking plans. “It seems that universities need to take a closer look at these agreements to determine whether they are in the best interest of students,” said Rohit Chopra, student loan ombudsman for the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. A Febr uar y U.S. Gover nment

Dinkytown Rentals owner Tim Harm-


nesses in the area to offer more services to students, he said.

new buildings yet, but they expect them

“The campus town itself is going to con-

to affect the surrounding market — and

dense,” he said. “Next fall, you’re going to

neighborhoods — in the future.

plunk probably 3,000 people here, and they

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Minneapolis patches pothole fund with $1 million The University fixes its own potholes but says its streets don’t need many repairs. BY T YLER GIESEKE

This year’s harsh winter conditions have created massive potholes throughout Minneapolis, prompting City Council members to pass a budget measure Friday to help speed up repairs. But the streets that the University of


Minnesota operates won’t receive extra help. The Minneapolis City Council approved an extra $1 million for pothole repair this spring. Although University roads may be suffering, too, officials say they aren’t worse than in past years. University Parking and Transportation Ser vices spokeswoman Jacqueline Brudlos said the extreme cold has increased the number of potholes citywide, but the severity is relatively average on campus. The University is responsible for maintaining on-campus roads, including Church

and Beacon streets southeast, and most damaged roadways around campus aren’t under the institution’s control. For example, Brudlos said Pleasant Street Southeast by Jones Hall and Eddy Hall was particularly hit with potholes this winter, but it’s owned by the city. “This winter, we saw the perfect ingredients to create a significant pothole problem on streets metro-wide,” said Mike Kennedy, Minneapolis public works’ director of transportation maintenance and repair. u See POTHOLES Page 5

U alumnus wins Pulitzer Former Minnesota Daily cartoonist Kevin Siers won a Pulitzer Prize on Monday. BY MEGHAN HOLDEN AND ANNE MILLERBERND


Minnesota Daily alumnus Kevin Siers, now of the Charlotte Observer, won a Pulitzer Prize on Monday for cartooning. At the Daily, he drew poliltical cartoons like this one, about then-Gov. Al Quie.

A former Minnesota Daily car toonist and University of Minnesota alumnus was awarded journalism’s highest honor Monday. Kevin Siers, 59, received a Pulitzer Prize for his editorial cartoons on national hotbutton topics ranging from gun control to health care. He works for the Charlotte Obser ver newspaper in Nor th Carolina, and hundreds of publications syndicate his cartoons nationwide. Siers attended the University in the 1980s and worked as a cartoonist at the

Daily for six years, winning national awards for his work. His cartoons frequently poked fun at political topics, including former President Ronald Reagan’s foreign policy, using a satirical style that he maintains today. “He uses humor and satire effectively to make his point, and the originality really stands out,” said Steve Sack, the Star Tribune’s 2013 Pulitzer-winning cartoonist. Sack has been a longtime mentor and friend of Siers — the two met while working at the Daily. He said Siers’ distinct drawing style and strong views make him a top car toonist and the ideal candidate for a Pulitzer. But Siers is also a great journalist, said his editor at the Observer, Taylor Batten. “He’s not just drawing a funny picture about something,” Batten said. “He is becoming an expert on whatever he is drawing about.” u See PULITZER Page 3



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Unrest in Dinkytown followed the Gophers men’s hockey team’s NCAA semifinal and championship games Thursday and Saturday nights. A total of 29 people were arrested.

Felony charge in hockey riot Michael Juberian allegedly threw bottles, a rock and concrete at police. BY KIA FARHANG

A man allegedly threw a rock, bottles and a chunk of concrete at police in Saturday’s Dinkytown riot before they brought him down with a stun gun, ac-

cording to charges filed Monday in Hennepin County District Court. Michael Juberian, 22, faces a felony charge of rioting with a dangerous weapon and a gross misdemeanor charge for assaulting a police of ficer during the chaos after the Gophers hockey team’s national championship loss. If convicted, he faces up to six years in prison and $13,000 in fines.

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Pistorius accused EU moves to sanction of staged outbursts Russian interference during questioning BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS


PRETORIA, South Africa — Oscar Pistorius came under intense pressure Monday at his murder trial from the chief prosecutor, who dismissed his account of how he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp as a flimsy web of lies and accused the Olympian of staging emotional outbursts to mask difficulty in answering a barrage of probing questions. His voice quavering at times, Pistorius struggled to explain alleged inconsistencies in his testimony and broke down sobbing on two occasions, forcing Judge Thokozile Masipa to temporarily halt proceedings. Prosecutor Gerrie Nel was sometimes quick to acknowledge Pistorius’ distress — possibly to allow him time to recover and avoid any defense argument that he is not getting a fair trial — but also said the athlete was frantically trying to shore up a fabricated story. “You’re getting frustrated because your version is improbable,” Nel said, standing at a lectern and gesturing with his spectacles in his right hand. “You’re not using your emotional state as an escape, are you?” Pistorius said he wasn’t in a “rational frame of mind” at the time of the shooting in his home in the early hours of Feb. 14, 2013, suggesting he was therefore unable to remember some things about that night or explain some of his actions, such as rushing around with a cocked gun after he killed Steenkamp. The cross-examination, which resumes for a fifth day Tuesday, is at a pivotal stage in a trial watched on television around the world by viewers who had admired the doubleamputee runner for his track achievements. Once a role model with lucrative sponsorship deals, Pistorius is now a suspect in a witness box, challenged by an accuser in a black robe. Pistorius faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted of premeditated murder, and Nel’s challenge is to prove the state’s case beyond a reasonable doubt. Meticulously, he has sought to pick apart the runner’s account, exposing what he describes as a pattern of improbabilities that, taken as a whole, prove Pistorius is lying when he says he mistakenly shot Steenkamp through the closed door of a toilet cubicle because he feared an intruder was inside.

LUXEMBOURG — European Union foreign ministers decided Monday to sanction more Russians with asset freezes and visa bans as a sign of the trade bloc’s outrage over Moscow’s ongoing interference in Ukraine, a highranking EU official announced. EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton declined to make public the number or the names of any of the Russian officials or citizens affected. Another European Union official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of a lack of authorization to reveal details, said the decision, adopted unanimously by the trade bloc’s 28 foreign ministers, needed to be enshrined in legal documents, and that they will be drafted quickly. The decision was reached at a meeting of the ministers dominated by the crisis in Ukraine and how the EU should respond, Ashton told a news conference. “Foreign ministers roundly condemned the illegal armed activity in eastern Ukraine over recent days. We are issuing a very direct call on Russia to publicly repudiate this activity,” Irish Foreign Minister Eamon Gilmore said. Some ministers arrived in Luxembourg talking tough. The coordinated action of armed pro-Russian groups occupying government buildings in eastern Ukraine “is something that is being planned and brought about by Russia,” and needs to be met with further sanctions, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said. Russia has strenuously denied involvement in the escalation of armed violence in eastern Ukraine, but several EU ministers noted events there have echoed what happened in the Crimean Peninsula before Russia unilaterally annexed it. “The problem is it looks very, very similar to what happened previously in the Crimea. So you know, if it looks like a horse and it walks like a horse, it’s usually a horse — and not a zebra,” said Frans Timmermans, foreign minister of the Netherlands. Like many matters in the European Union, though, levying sanctions requires the unanimous consent of member states. What ministers were able to agree on Monday was a public warning that “any fur ther steps by the Russian Federation to destabilize the situation in Ukraine would lead to additional and far-reaching consequences in a broad reach of economic areas” between EU countries and Russia.


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Leg. may fund research to slow pig virus Lawmakers could give the University $1.2M to stave off a deadly swine disease. BY ROY AKER

University of Minnesota researchers are fighting a deadly hog virus, and extra funding is on the table to help speed up the process. Researchers from the University’s College of Veterinar y Medicine and the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory are working on plans to battle the infection and are hoping that state legislators join their cause and boost their labs’ funding. Last summer, the veterinary experts developed a diagnostic test to help spot the virus, and now, with more research, they are hoping to slow its spread. Minnesota legislators are mulling a large funding proposal this legislative session in order to help their efforts. Sen. Gar y Dahms, RRedwood Falls, who is leading legislation to give the research lab $100,000, said it is important to help researchers fighting the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus because its effects are far-reaching. Another proposal that would provide $1.2 million to help University researchers surfaced in the House. Dr. Thomas Molitor, who chairs the University’s Department of Veterinar y Population Medicine, said livestock owners are suffering, pork prices are increasing and millions of pigs are dying. “In a year’s time, [the virus] has had devastating effects, not only in Minnesota, but all parts of the country,” he said. The deadly disease has affected more than 200 Minnesota farms so far, Molitor said. The virus, which originated in China, mostly affects piglets and gives them severe diarrhea and vomiting. But unlike the swine flu, it can’t affect humans. The University’s swine on the St. Paul campus haven’t contracted the disease, because the facility has strict security measures and researchers take extra

precautions. Those who enter the buildings must wear special gear to protect the pigs from contamination. Dr. Montse Torremorell, an associate professor in the Department of Veterinar y Population Medicine, said the virus usually spreads through swine feces and bile. She is currently studying how dust particles can also transmit the disease. Veterinar y Diagnostic Laboratory Director James Collins said that it’s unclear how the disease spread to the U.S. So far, at least 4 million pigs have died across the country. Understanding transmission is crucial because then it’s easier to try and stop the spread, Torremorell said. If it can move through the air, she said, there is a need to heighten biosecurity. Because piglets are usually held close together in small enclosures, the virus spreads swiftly. Its mortality rate ranges from 50 to 100 percent. Consumers face high pork prices because of the epidemic, which Molitor said he doesn’t see decreasing anytime soon. The epidemic is causing a “ripple effect” throughout the economy, Dahms said. “This is about the consumers and the wage earners, too,” he said. “We need to try to get ahead of this as much as we can.” The biggest issues livestock owners voice to researchers involve how they can keep non-infected swine protected and recover from a major loss of animals, Molitor said. When the University developed a diagnostics test — seven weeks after the first national reports of the virus — researchers made them available for pig owners immediately. As of Feb. 27, more than 28,000 tests had been administered. Other institutions, like Iowa State University, are working toward similar goals, and Molitor said researchers are talking with each other to ensure they


Researchers at the University of Minnesota are leading efforts to slow the spread of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, in hopes of keeping non-infected pigs like this one on the St. Paul campus safe.

aren’t duplicating efforts. Collins said Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn.; and other federal leaders alerted the U.S. Department of Agriculture about the situation. Also, Gov. Mark Dayton has been discussing the issue with the state’s Commissioner of Agriculture. The state Legislature is set to approve a significant funding boost to help the University. State legislators will decide on a final amount in the coming weeks. “This will be a burst of money that will be very helpful to leverage with other funding,” Collins said. Even with the extra funds, Torremorell said researching a vaccine is difficult because the virus is hard to grow and requires special environments to maintain. “The process is laborintensive and costly, and we have to do it under isolated conditions,” she said. By the end of the week, researchers will form a plan to outline how to use the


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8 Calif. 5 Ariz.

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57 S.D.

13 Wis.

1745 Iowa

80 Neb. 228 Kan.

119 Mo.

492 Ill.

341 Okla.

6 N.Y. 107 Mich. 275 Ind.

251 Ohio

15 Ky. 9 Tenn.

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extra funding most ef fectively. Once finalized, College of Veterinary Medicine Dean Trevor Ames will review the budget plan before

it’s approved. Extra state funding is just a small part of the pie for University researchers, who hope to receive more from

federal government and pork industry leaders. “Ever ybody is going to feel the brunt of this,” Dahms said.

City support helps keep small businesses alive

Abuse task force recommends archdiocese oversight changes

The city has helped small businesses get millions in startup funds since 1986.

MINNEAPOLIS — There have been serious shor tcomings in how the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has handled allegations of sexual abuse by priests because too much decision-making power was given to one or two people who weren’t subject to adequate oversight, a task force commissioned by the archdiocese repor ted Monday. The task force recommended forming a single clergy-review board with a majority of laypeople to review all allegations of clergy misconduct. It said a lay person should be hired to take charge of all issues related to clergy sexual abuse and to repor t allegations to police. And it called for a comprehensive auditing and monitoring program to ensure that efforts to provide a safe environment are effective. Archbishop John Nienstedt has pledged to accept the recommendations, the archdiocese said in a statement. The Rev. Reginald Whitt, a law professor at the University of St.


Kafé 421 owner Jim Sander, his wife and their business partner had raised $200,000 by 2003 to start a restaurant in Dinkytown. Some minor miscalculations made money tight in the beginning, but when the Sanders’ business partner became ill and pulled out of the venture, the business was in turmoil before it had even begun. “We were just running out of cash and really needed the help,” Sander said. “No one realizes how much it costs to start a new business.” The Sanders’ problems compounded when banks turned them away for other loans. Sander said banks are reluctant to lend to new restaurants because the industry’s failure rate is so high. But when the city of Minneapolis signed on as a guarantor for the Sanders’ $12,500 loan as part of the city’s Small Business Revolving Loan Program, the banks said yes. “It was one of those things that was life or death at the moment,” Sander said. “We’ve survived and are now an asset to Dinkytown and the University [of Minnesota], in part because we got help when we needed it.” The City of Minneapolis lent retailers more than $2.4 million in 2013 while also leveraging about $14.6 million from private lenders, according to a city report released last month. Minneapolis Business Development Manager Kristin Guild said the program provides small businesses

with loans below market rate from the city while leveraging millions from private lenders. The combination gives businesses the startup capital they need to get going. The city established the Small Business Revolving Loan Fund Program in 1986 to keep businesses within city limits and to encourage overall growth. The report said the city expects repayment of the 49 loans issued in 2013 to earn Minneapolis $2.2 million in 2014. “The city works with business in a lot of different ways to help them start, stay and grow here,” Guild said. “That’s really what we want to see. That’s the mission.” Multiple small business owners who received financial assistance from the city said they couldn’t have opened shop without the program or may have had to leave the city to do so. In partnership with the African Development Center of Minnesota, the city provided Layla Mohamud a $20,000 loan so she could open the Cedar-Riverside Child Care Center last August. Mohamud said she started the day care because the community had a “great need” for child care. She said that she and her team care for 53 children, ages infant to school age. “[The loan] was ever ything,” she said. “It was the basic piece I needed to open. It was very helpful, and I am very grateful.” Guild said among the eight loan programs the city offers, the most popular is the Two Percent Loan Program, which offers up to $75,000 at 2 percent interest. A private bank needs to match the amount and then can issue the loan at its own rate. Since 1996, the program

has issued 1,159 loans for $35.9 million in city dollars and another $130 million from private lenders, Guild said. Bauhaus Brew Labs cofounder and University alumnus Mike Schwandt plans to open a $1.4 million brewery and taproom in northeast Minneapolis with his brother this summer. Without the Two Percent Loan Program, he said, they probably wouldn’t have had enough money to start the brewery. The city repor t said it helped Bauhaus leverage $550,000 from a private bank. The financial incentive gave Bauhaus an additional reason to stay in the city, Schwandt said. “I wouldn’t say that we were ever going to go anywhere else, but this definitely tipped the scale in Minneapolis’ favor,” he said. “If this wasn’t there, and we found a building in another city, who knows? In the end, we always wanted to stay in Minneapolis.” Guild said the city benefits in numerous ways when a small business succeeds: Neighborhoods become more appealing, the tax base grows and jobs multiply. The city report estimates that the program created 273 new jobs last year and retained another 339. The revolving loan program is one of many tools the city uses to help small businesses, Guild said. The city will also help retailers find a location, support business associations, assist in bookkeeping and of fer façade grants to provide new signs, awnings and doors to spruce up storefronts. “Small businesses are essential to the city of Minneapolis,” Guild said. “They’re part of what makes the city a really amazing place to live and work.”


Thomas who named the seven-member task force last October, will oversee the implementation of the 53-page repor t, the statement said. The report drew an immediate rebuke from the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, which said the task force wasn’t really independent. The group predicted nothing would change. “It’s laughable that this panel blames ‘outdated systems’ for deliberate decisions by dozens of Catholic officials. As long as we act like these are ‘mistakes’ and not intentional, self-serving choices by smart but selfish men, kids will continue being hurt and crimes will continue being concealed,” SNAP’s outreach director, Barbara Dorris, said in a statement. The report noted that the archbishop’s top deputy, his vicar general, was also in charge of the archdiocese’s efforts against clerical sexual misconduct for many years. It said he held both positions “too long” and was “allowed to exercise too much discretion in the handling of cases without over-

sight or review,” the report said. While the report did not give the top deputy’s name in that context, it was a clear reference to the Rev. Kevin McDonough. He served as vicar general for 17 years until 2008, and oversaw abuse prevention until last September. The task for ce also criticized communications within the archdiocese and with Catholics, the public, the media and victims as “inadequate and, at times, non-existent.” Pertinent information was compar tmentalized, preventing decision-makers and oversight board from catching early war ning signs of future problems, it said. While the task force was able to inter view Nienstedt and a number of other church of ficials, it said McDonough declined an inter view, as did Jennifer Haselberger, a former canon law exper t for the archdiocese who resigned last April and became a whistleblower over her concerns about how Nienstedt and his top deputies handled problem priests.

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Although Siers’ Pulitzer-winning por tfolio focused on national issues, some of his more popular drawings at the Obser ver jab at local and state officials. In Batten’s letter to the Pulitzer judges, he wrote that Nor th Carolina legislators and gover nors open the editorial section with a “touch of dread”

each morning. Siers’ car toons aren’t just well-known in his state. His work is distributed to more than 400 newspapers nationwide, including The New York T imes, The Washington Post and USA Today. But Batten said that Siers would never boast about that. Though his pieces are loud and punchy, Siers is known as one of the most low-key employees at the O b s e r v e r, w h e r e h e ’ s

worked for more than two decades. “He kind of has an influential voice for a guy who’s so quiet personally,” Batten said. Siers is the third Obser ver car toonist to win a Pulitzer, an award his editor said was overdue. “We’ve long thought that he was among the best in the nation,” Batten said, “and so we’re just gratified that the Pulitzer committee now recognizes that as well.”


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Deliveryman robbed at gunpoint outside Lunds Also, one University staff member threatened another Friday night. BY NICK STUDENSKI

Land O’Lakes truck driver Carlos Sinche was making a delivery to the Lunds store on University and Central avenues southeast at about 5 a.m. Friday when two men approached him and asked for his money. Sinche said his was the only truck in the delivery alley. He said he was opening the truck’s rear doors when the two men approached, one showing a gun. He told the men he wasn’t carrying any money, but they took his wallet and cellphone, according to the Minneapolis police report. One of the men punched Sinche in the face before running away. Sinche said he wasn’t seriously injured. Following the incident, Sinche went inside the store to call police and then his manager. To his knowledge, Sinche said, it was the first time something like this had happened to a driver

for his company. He said he was unprepared for it, and it was difficult for him to return to work the next day. “It scared me,” he said.

Staff member threatened

A University of Minnesota Facilities Management staff member verbally threatened coworker David Hausauer on Friday night. After giving the man his assignment at the beginning of the shift, Hausauer said, he ran into the man in the basement of Shepherd Laboratories. Hausauer said the man was voicing a complaint and star ted to get worked up. The man became increasingly aggressive, shouting and holding up his fists, Hausauer said. When the man star ted to walk toward him, Hausauer said, he walked away and called University police. Police ar rested the alleged aggr essor and booked him at Hennepin


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Damage to property Friday Northrop Auditorium A security monitor noticed a roof access door unlocked and found graffiti on a concrete wall on the roof. The graffiti read “Wolfpack Schnell We Got You” and “#1 We Are.”

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Theft Friday The Commons Hotel A cellphone charger was reported stolen from a hotel room.

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Damage to property Friday Pillsbury Hall Officers heard unusual noises coming from near the building. Upon investigation, the officers saw three men who fled from the officers on foot. Two of the males were caught, and the officers noticed damage to a window screen on the building nearby. The men admitted to causing the damage and were found to be consuming alcohol underage. SOURCES: MINNEAPOLIS POLICE DEPARTMENT, UMPD

County Jail for fifth-degree assault. According to Minnesota law, a person is guilty of fifth-degree assault if they intentionally inflict or attempt to inflict bodily harm on another person, or if they commit an act “with intent to cause fear in another of immediate bodily harm or death.” The man had threatened him once before, Hausauer said, and he repor ted it

Helium leak in space station cargo ship delays its launch BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A space station cargo ship will remain Earthbound for a while longer because of a rocket leak. With just over an hour remaining, the SpaceX company called of f Monday’s planned launch. Of ficials said they believe the problem can be fixed by Friday, the next oppor tunity for flying and the last chance before astronauts do urgent spacewalking repairs. A helium leak in the firststage of the unmanned Falcon rocket forced a halt to the countdown, the latest delay spanning the past month. Over the weekend, NASA almost postponed the launch attempt because of a computer outage at the Inter national Space Station. But mission managers decided Sunday that ever ything would be safe for the arrival of the Dragon capsule and its 2½ tons of supplies. The computer, a critical backup, failed outside the space station Friday as flight controllers were trying to activate it for a routine software load. The primary computer has been working fine.

It’s the first breakdown ever of one of these so-called space station MDMs, or multiplexer-demultiplexers, used to route computer commands for a wide variety of systems. For ty-five MDMs are scattered around the orbiting lab. The failed one is located outside and therefore will require spacewalking repairs. The Dragon capsule holds a gasket-like material for next week’s computer replacement. This new material was rushed to the launch site over the weekend and loaded into the Dragon. NASA said astronauts can make the repair without it if necessary. NASA astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Steven Swanson will per form the spacewalk next Tuesday — regardless of whether the Dragon flies by then. It will take several days to get the replacement computer ready, thus the one-week wait before the job, NASA’s Kenny Todd, a station operations manager, said Monday. SpaceX — Space Exploration Technologies Corp. of California — is one of two American companies hired by NASA to fill the cargo

Man sentenced 20 years for synthetic drugs

gap left when the space shuttles retired in 2011. Orbital Sciences Corp. of Virginia is the other. If the SpaceX Dragon isn’t flying by Friday, the company may have to get in line behind Orbital, on track for a May delivery run from its Virginia launching site. The Dragon should have soared in mid-March, but SpaceX needed two extra weeks of launch prepping. Then an Air Force radartracking device was damaged in a fluke accident; an electrical short caused the instrument to overheat. Monday’s helium leak apparently came from a system that separates the firststage during the first few minutes of flight. Earlier in the afternoon, SpaceX signed a 20-year lease with NASA to take over the launch pad used during the Apollo and shuttle programs. Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39-A would be used for SpaceX launches with astronauts bound for the space station in three or four more years, if NASA approves the venture. Russia currently provides the only way to get astronauts to and from the space station.

to a supervisor. Hausauer said he isn’t sur e whether the man will face disciplinar y action at work, but he said the incident has made him ner vous and he wouldn’t feel comfor table working with the man in the future. “My heart’s been beating all weekend like I’m running around the block,” he said.

FARGO, N.D. — A former University of Nor th Dakota student who pleaded guilty to financing a man who manufactured the synthetic drugs that resulted in the deaths of two teenagers in the Grand Forks area was sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison. Casey Rosen, of Minneapolis, pleaded guilty in January 2013 to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances resulting in serious bodily injury and death. The charge carries a maximum sentence of life in prison. Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Myers said Rosen, 24, was a partner with Andrew Spofford, who pleaded guilty earlier to cooking up chemicals he ordered online. Rosen, Myers said in court Monday, was “essentially the money man financing the operation, for one sole purpose, to make money.” Spofford, who was sentenced last month to 17½ years in prison, said in a letter to U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson that it would be unfair for Rosen to receive

more prison time than him. But Judge Erickson noted that Rosen, unlike Spofford, had a prior felony conviction. Rober t Paule, Rosen’s attorney, argued for a sentence of 15 years for Rosen, who has a history of depression and a chronic sleep disorder. Paule acknowledged it was a serious crime and said he “wasn’t here to make excuses” for Rosen’s conduct. Rosen is one of 15 people charged and the 13th person sentenced in the case federal authorities have dubbed “Operation Stolen Youth.” The investigation began when Christian Bjerk, 18, of Grand Forks, and Elijah Stai, 17, of Park Rapids, Minn., died within a week of each other in June 2012 after ingesting the drugs. Erickson said it’s a “remarkably sad case” that is unique because most of the defendants come from “good families by and large” and are not connected to drug cartels. He said the conspiracy involved “a bunch of college kids” who fancied themselves as amateur chemists but didn’t know what they were doing.

Housing studies major hits a pause Housing u from Page 1

The housing studies minor and graduate-level program will remain intact, and students currently in the major will be able to complete their degree. The program includes courses related to all areas of housing. Students specialize in one of five areas: community development and policy, housing technology, management and finance, selected populations or sustainability. The major has never had high enrollment, Yust said. Housing studies had 17 students this semester, only one of whom is a freshman. Fisher said CDES administrators were puzzled that a major focused on housing — a basic human need — was struggling to attract students. Now, Yust said she wants to increase the major’s visibility on campus and make it easier for students to understand what the curriculum entails. But student feedback showed there wasn’t a problem with the major’s quality, placement and curriculum, Yust said, and she doesn’t understand exactly what changes will be required for the major to be relaunched. Faculty members’ strat-

egies to boost enrollment haven’t been successful so far, Fisher said, so they must “rethink, repackage and relaunch” the major. The housing studies faculty consists of five tenured professors, Yust said, so all will be able to continue teaching minor and graduate courses after the major is paused.

Low enrollment, high benefit

Enrollment in housing studies began slipping when its old home, the College of Human Ecology, disbanded in 2006 and the major moved to CDES. Yust said the design college may be considered an odd fit for the major, leading some students to overlook it. But for other students, the major is unique and beneficial to their career path. While sitting in Espresso Exposé last Wednesday, housing studies sophomore Trevor Mercil analyzed and explained different University-area housing developments. Mercil grew up learning about housing development and management from family members, which led him to the major. “Every college has architecture, ever y college has civil engineering, every college has the basics, but the U

has something called housing studies, which a lot of people don’t know,” he said. Housing studies has social science roots and is a broad, interdisciplinar y major that encompasses classes from other majors, Yust said. Karly Howg, the only housing studies freshman this year, said she came to the University wanting to focus on architecture. But after attending a housing studies event, she realized she wanted to work on increasing af fordable housing rather than designing and building structures, she said. Cher yl Steeves graduated with a housing studies degree in 1997 and landed a job with a local government office after graduation. She left that job to work at a nonprofit women’s shelter because, she said, she wanted to get involved with the human and community aspects of housing. When Steeves was in the major during the 1990s, she said, housing studies was already under the radar — so she understands why it’s now being put on hold. “I think it’s unfortunate,” she said, “but it makes sense since they had to make some decision about it.”

French school carries out DNA dragnet in investigation of rape case BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

PARIS — French investigators began taking DNA samples Monday from 527 male students and staff at a high school — including boys as young as 14 — as they searched for the assailant who raped a teenage girl on the closed campus. Testing began Monday at Fenelon-Notre Dame high school in wester n France. All those who received summonses last week were warned that any refusal could land them in police custody, and no one rejected the sweeping request to test the high school’s male population. The testing of students, faculty and staf f at the school is expected to last through Wednesday, with 40 DNA swabs recovered inside two large study halls. Prosecutor Isabelle Pagenelle said investigators had exhausted all other leads in the Sept. 30 rape of the girl in a dark bath-

room at the school. “The choice is simple for me,” she said. “Either I file it away and wait for a match in what could be several years, or I go looking for the match myself.” While there have been other situations in which DNA samples have been taken en masse, the case is complicated for France, where acceptance is widespread for DNA testing and a national database maintains profiles of people detained for even minor crimes. But children’s civil liber ties are considered sacred, especially within schools. France has stringent privacy pr otections — Google, for example, has come under legal attack for storing user data, as well as for lapses in images from Street View. Questions of criminality are a dif ferent matter — the government’s DNA database has expanded radically since it was first created in 1998, and now encompasses 2

million profiles, or about 3 percent of the population. “It’s clearly a situation where people do not have a choice,” said Catherine Bourgain, a genetic researcher and author of “DNA, Superstar or Supercop.” ‘‘One you have a DNA file it’s ver y difficult to get that infor mation erased.” Authorities have promised to discard the DNA collected once a donor is eliminated as a suspect, but Bourgain said she hoped that would also include the profile information, which during the usual course of French investigations is computerized and transmitted to the database. Police recovered genetic material from the girl’s clothing but found no matches among current profiles. “This happened during the school day in a confined space,” Chantal Devaux, the private Roman Catholic school’s director, told French media. “The

decision to take such a large sample was made because it was the only way to advance the investigation.” Summonses went out last week to 475 teenage students, 31 teachers and 21 others — either staff or males who were on campus at the time. Pagenelle’s office, which required parental permission for minors, promised to discard any DNA results from people who were eliminated as suspects. “Even if they have the agreement of their parents they could refuse,” Jean-Francois Fountain, La Rochelle’s mayor, told R TL radio. “I’m tr ying to put a more positive view of things: If you do this, you clear yourself. There are hundreds of people today who will be cleared.” Devaux acknowledged that all the results could still come back negative, sending investigators back to the drawing board. Fr om a legal stand point, the decision is com-

pletely logical, said Christopher Mesnooh, an American lawyer who works in Paris. “Of the 500 or so men there’s really only one who should have any concern,” Mesnooh said. “What you have to do in this kind of case is you have to balance each person’s right to privacy against what happened to this girl.” Such testing has occurred in the past. A small town in r ural Australia, Wee Waa, tested the entire male population or about 500 men in 2000 after the rape of a 93-year-old woman. It led to the conviction a farm laborer, Stephen James Boney. English police tr ying to solve the rape and murder of two teenage girls in the village of Narborough were the first to use mass DNA collection in 1986, sampling 5,000 men in the earliest days of genetic testing. Police found the killer, Colin Pitchfork, after he asked a friend for a

substitute blood sample. France has also used DNA dragnets, including in 1997 when police tr ying to solve the rape and murder of a 13-year-old British girl ordered testing for about 3,400 men and boys. In 2004, investigators tr ying to solve the murder of an 11-year-old boy took 2,300 samples. Neither crime was solved. Last year, a judge in Brittany or der ed DNA tests for all 800 men and boys ages 15 to 75 living in a town plagued with arson fires. The man ultimately charged, a local grocer, had been tested but was ar rested only after two more fires and more investigation. When the DNA database was created, French privacy rights advocates said they were comfor table with it because it had clear limitations, said Jean-Pierre Dubois of the French League of Human Rights. Over time, he said, those limits have blurred.

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Feds urge transparency in bank deals Banks


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Accountability Of fice repor t looked at a sample of large universities in the countr y and recommended that institutions make their contract infor mation mor e public so students can have the best possible banking options. “[Universities] need to disclose more information,” said GAO spokeswoman Alicia Puente Cackley. “And if they’re going to do [student debit cards], they need to do them in a way that doesn’t disadvantage students.” The University of Minnesota discloses some d e t a i l s a b o u t i t s p a r tnership with TCF Bank online. According to a University statement, the school is already in line with the proposed guidelines. If federal leaders were to ask for more transparency between students and University-endorsed debit cards, the school would make those necessar y changes, according to the statement. A March proposal from


HORLIVKA, Ukraine — The fuel is local, but the matches are Russian. That in a nutshell is how the insurgency threatening the survival of Ukraine as a unified state is increasingly unfolding. Over the past 10 days, more than a dozen government of fices in easter n Ukraine have been taken over by pro-Russian forces, with most of the seizures following the same pattern. Aggressive gangs, sometimes carrying firearms and wearing military fatigues, storm the buildings. The Ukrainian flag is replaced with a Russian one. Then local men move in to hold them. Those capturing the buildings insist they are carrying out the will of the people and have demanded a referendum on autonomy for the eastern Donetsk region. Relatively small numbers have hit the streets in support, however, and it is increasingly evident the purported uprising is far from spontaneous and is being carried out with unerring coordination.

UNITED NATIONS — Israel’s U.N. ambassador on Monday denounced a U.N. agency head for tacitly comparing the Jewish state to Nazi Germany and has demanded her suspension. Israeli Ambassador Ron Prosor castigated Rima Khalaf, the head of the Arab-oriented Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, and called on the Secretary-General to suspend her. In a speech in late Februar y, Khalaf referred to “Israel’s adamancy that it is a Jewish State, which violates the rights of both the Muslim and Christian indigenous populations and revives the concept of state ethnic and religious purity, which caused egregious human suffering during the 20th century.” U.N. diplomats generally refer to massive “human suf fering during the 20th centur y” as a way of referring to the Holocaust without having to name Hitler in every speech, or gratuitously slur Germany, a major U.N. member state, ever y time the issue comes up. Khalaf, who is Jordanian, ‘did not name Nazi



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the U.S. Depar tment of Education would require universities to limit how they market debit cards to students. TCF Bank gives sweatshir ts to students when they open checking

Russia has tens of thousands of troops massed along Ukraine’s eastern border. Western governments accuse Moscow of fueling the unrest and worr y that the specter of bloodshed could be used as a pretext for a Russian invasion, in a repeat of events in Crimea a few weeks ago. The Ukrainian government’s inability to quash the pro-Russian insurgency was highlighted by acting President Oleksandr Turchynov’s call Monday for the deployment of United Nations peacekeeping troops in the east of his country. He said the presence of Russian meddling was clear in the unrest gripping his country. “The Russian Federation is sending special units to the east of our country, which seize administrative buildings with the use of weapons and are putting the lives of hundreds of thousands of our citizens in danger,” Turchynov said, according to the presidential web-site. Peacekeepers, however, would have to be authorized by the U.N. Security Council, where Russia holds a veto.

Israel calls for diplomat’s dismissal over remark BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Ukraine loses eastern region to pro-Russians BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS


Germany or make a specific comparison. The Holocaust would be one obvious inference from her speech, though there were many ethnic and religious purges, massacres and wars in the 20th century. She clearly had issues with Israel, as she also said in her Feb. 25 speech in Tunis, “Foreign interference comes in various forms, such as violations of Arab rights and dignity, but its worst manifestation is the Israeli occupation of Palestine, the Syrian Golan Heights and Lebanese territories, in flagrant breach of international conventions and resolutions.” Khalaf was introducing a repor t on development in Western Asia, and said: “The authors of the report claim that the damage caused by Israeli policies is not limited to occupation activities, but they believe that aggressive Israeli policies, including its support for discord aimed at establishing Arab sectarian mini-States and its nuclear program that is not subject to international monitoring, pose a continuous threat to the security of Arab citizens in the region as a whole.”

accounts, which the University said it considers a “modest” incentive. The University’s relationship with TCF Bank is not unique. Several Big Ten schools have similar

banking par tnerships, allowing students to link their personal checking accounts with their student identification cards. This isn’t the first time that this kind of transpar-

ency has been requested. The Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure Act of 2009 put more restrictions on universities and forced credit card companies to stop

of fering incentives to students on campus. The act didn’t include marketing for debit cards. Some lawmakers say the 2009 restrictions didn’t go far enough. “These agreements look far too similar to the student loan and credit card abuses we cracked down on in the past,” Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, who’s leading the push, said in a statement in Februar y. Rep. George Miller, DCalif., another suppor ter of increased transparency, expressed a similar sentiment in a statement in Februar y. “These ar rangements often leave students who are already coping with risin g education costs even deeper in debt,” he said. Chopra said while changes need to be made, the agr eements between banks and universities to provide debit cards aren’t necessarily harmful. The GAO repor t provided recommendations to the U.S. Depar tment of Higher Education, which will likely draft restrictions before next year.

Minneapolis patches pothole fund with $1M Potholes u from Page 1

Pothole severity usually stays steady, Kennedy said, but this year’s level of damage is relatively high. The extra funding will extend ser vices for the next two months, which Kennedy said will hopefully be enough time to make up lost ground. Potholes form during cycles of freezing and thawing in winter months, he said. Moistur e seeps into cracks or fissures in pavement, Kennedy said, causing the street to disintegrate as water expands and contracts in cycles. Because of several deep freezes and extra moisture from thick layers of ice, this winter gave Minneapolis streets an especially brutal pounding, Kennedy said. But with the extra funding, the city’s public works department can rent more equipment and hire additional workers, bumping the number of crews from six to nine. Kennedy said the department will also use contractors and construction crews when necessary. City crews should minimize the future harm to streets with prevention strategies, Kennedy said. Since 2008, city leaders have promoted these tactics, which include coating str eets with a sealant. The City Council didn’t grant additional funds for pothole repairs the past two years, Kennedy said, but boosted funding by $1 million in 2011 and by $500,000 in 2010. At the University, Parking and T ranspor tation Ser vices promote a pothole hotline, which allows


One of the many potholes that cars attempt to avoid hitting on Pillsbury Drive Southeast on the University’s East Bank on Thursday.

members of the University community to call when they want a pothole fixed, Brudlos said. This year, there hasn’t been an unusual surge in calls, she said. Still, students are noticing the large number of deep potholes throughout the city. Neuroscience junior Jen Richie said she sees potholes while driving from Minneapolis to St. Paul and most of them are on small streets. The city star ts making repairs on large roads first and then moves to residential areas, Kennedy said. Genetics junior Gillian DeWane said she hopes the potholes are filled as soon as possible. “They’re kind of annoying,” she said.


Pothole formation is caused by infiltration of water and moisture into the pavements, through cracks and fissures.


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As traffic runs over it, the cracks open up further.


When it thaws, the water contracts and pops the asphalt out.


Killing of environmental activists rises globally BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

BANGKOK — As head of his village, Prajob Naowaopas battled to save his community in central Thailand from the illegal dumping of toxic waste by filing petitions and leading villagers to block trucks carrying the stuff — until a gunman in broad daylight fired four shots into him. A year later, his three alleged killers, including a senior government official, are on trial for murder. The dumping has been halted and villagers are erecting a statue to their slain hero. But the prosecution of Prajob’s murder is a rare exception. A sur vey released Tuesday -- the first comprehensive one of its kind - says that only 10 killers of 908 environmental activists slain around the world over the past decade have been

convicted. The repor t by the London-based Global Witness, a group that seeks to shed light on the links between environmental exploitation and human rights abuses, says murders of those protecting land rights and the environment have soared dramatically. It noted that its toll of victims in 35 countries is probably far higher since field investigations in a number of African and Asian nations are difficult or impossible. “Many of those facing threats are ordinary people opposing land grabs, mining operations and the industrial timber trade, often forced from their homes and severely threatened by environmental devastation,” the report said. Others have been killed over hydroelectric dams, pollution and wildlife conservation.

The rising deaths, along with non-lethal violence, are attributed to intensifying competition for shrinking resources in a global economy and abetted by authorities and security forces in some countries connected to power ful individuals, companies and others behind the killings. Three times as many people died in 2012 than the 10 years previously, with the death rate rising in the past four years to an average of two activists a week, according to the non-governmental group. Deaths in 2013 are likely to be higher than the 95 documented to date. The victims have ranged from 70-year-old farmer Jesus Sebastian Ortiz, one of several people in the Mexican town of Cheran killed in 2012 while opposing illegal logging, to the machinegunning by Philippine

armed forces of indigenous anti-mining activist Juvy Capion and her two sons the same year. Brig. Gen. Domingo Tutaan Jr., who heads the Philippine military’s human rights of fice, told the Associated Press that a militar y investigation showed the three died in crossfire as troops clashed with suspected outlaws. “We don’t tolerate or condone human rights violations and we hope Global Witness can work with us to pinpoint any soldier or officer involved in those killings,” Tutaan said. Brazil, the report says, is the world’s most dangerous place for activists with 448 deaths between 2002 and 2013, followed by 109 in Honduras and Peru with 58. In Asia, the Philippines is the deadliest with 67, followed by Thailand at 16.


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College riots overlook student effort Pass the Women’s Economic Security Act The trend of rioting on college campuses only serves to make students look immature and unruly.


hursday night’s Frozen Four semifinal game ended with an unforgettable buzzer-beater goal to sink our oldest hockey rivals, the University of North Dakota. Dinkytown went nuts after the game, as fans took to the streets and star ted a ruckus. The students rioted again after the Gophers’ loss to Union College on Saturday, as fans decided to make fools of themselves for the second time in three days. Although many of my fellow students went to Dinkytown to people-watch Saturday, I chose to stay away. University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler sent students an email beforehand, warning that even bystanders of potential rioting Saturday would be breaking the Student Conduct Code. That wasn’t a chance I wanted to take. So when I saw the news


reports on the Dinkytown riots Sunday morning, my first reaction was laughter. Many students and Gophers fans were willing to take paintballs or other nonlethal projectiles, risk their standing with the University and face jail time. Was it worth it just to display their pride in the school’s hockey team? The University is not the only school that has been on the news recently for hosting riots. The University of Arizona, the University of Kentucky and the University of Connecticut all had similarly large riots during the NCAA tour naments a few weeks ago. Iowa State University canceled its yearly VEISHEA festivities last week because students were already out of

hand Tuesday night, and the event has a history of arrests and injuries. Rioting is popular, but it’s a trend that University students should not continue. University students notoriously rioted in 2009 during Spring Jam weekend, leading to 12 arrests. After the events of last weekend, should law enforcement expect a riot when any event gets rowdy? People may blame the police in this type of situation. They may feel that students are somehow victims of law enforcement in this situation and that students and fans are only partially at fault. I stand by the police in this particular incident, as they did ever ything that they could in their efforts to break up unruly rioters and take away the fans who had only destruction and chaos in mind. Some bystanders may have received scars and bruises from tear gas and rubber bullets, but they made the choice to be at the scene of the chaos. Despite a nail-biter victor y or a hear tbreaking loss, neither game justified a riot. Inequality, government


inaction or war could be appropriate reasons for such behavior. However, there was no logic to participating in the Dinkytown riot, other than to show misguided pride in school athletics. I enjoyed rooting for the Gophers to the bitter end, but what I saw over the weekend — running through the streets and taking selfies with riot police — was not what I had in mind. While our school has a histor y of rioting, this behavior can’t continue to be the expectation when our school sees a national championship. University students and Gophers fans are better than that. We have worked our butts of f to earn spots in one of the most respected schools in the Midwest, and we should not throw away our efforts for one night of partying. All that our rioting accomplished was to take attention away from an excellent Gophers hockey season and shift the public’s eye to the decisions of a few reckless fans.

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Put an end to runaway Pentagon spending The U.S. government should redirect its huge defense budget.

F Walt Hendalsman of the New Orleans Advocate. Please send comments to

LETTER TO THE EDITOR The widget factory A recent graduate, a friend of mine, likened his graduate school experience to a widget factory, where each student is a mass-produced commodity used for public consumption with economic value measured by grades and degrees. I was upset by this analogy, feeling objectified and reduced to a product in an economic system. I cannot be a widget. I am unique. My desire to feel special stems from years of hard work. These sentiments are understandable after eight years of post-secondary education and more than $400,000 of educational expenses. I want to feel comforted by my educational achievements and milestones. My response to my peer’s statement tells me the essence of the underlying problem. The educational system teaches us to measure our self-worth by defined, fixed achievements and personal attributes: degrees, grades, honors and awards. Professional and graduate schools use these measures to admit students, pressuring students to adopt these values for their own motivation. If one observes an 8-yearold in a music lesson, it’s obvious that children learn through playful experimentation and genuine curiosity. We are programmed to be curious. Curiosity is how we learn about our world, absorbing massive amounts of information in the first decade of life. The objective and performance-based measures in education gradually reduce children’s pure interest and curiosity in the world to linearly focused career training

that does not adequately prepare them for the real world. On March 14, the Obama administration announced that the government is raising awareness about the lack of gainful employment for recent graduates from for-profit colleges, leading to high debt and low wages. College students wrongly think their degree and grades will be the key to their career success. Linear thinking and objective-focused learning are resulting challenges from our modern higher education system that provides advanced training for the masses, a feat once unimaginable. Technological advancements in communication, production, agriculture and health care have given us the luxury to pursue lofty artistic, scientific and business feats through education and specialization. The massive growth in education in the last century has greatly increased our productivity as a society. These same fruits create new challenges that require reform in higher education. Large universities with tens of thousands of students no longer have the best capacity for fostering individualized learning and creativity for every student. Online courses and nontraditional colleges offer alternative options, but a degree does not guarantee transferable job skills or gainful employment. Last June, the New York Times inter viewed Laszlo Bock, senior vice president of people operations at Google, who said, “One of the things we’ve seen from all our data crunching is that GPAs are worthless as a criteria for hiring, and test scores are worthless — no correlation at all except for brand-new college

grads, where there’s a slight correlation.” The process of learning, applying and transferring knowledge remains more significant than a degree label. Nevertheless, the focus of programs and students is still more on grades instead of learning itself. It is never too late to adopt values for lifelong learning and personal development. People have the capacity for growth, given that their mindset is focused on the joys of learning and challenge, rather than the pressure of performance-based and objective measures. The power for reform lies with the individual. While the structure of education and the workplace motivates linear trajectories, the answer is in the mindsets of the students themselves. If a student can make connections and learn outside of the curriculum of a specific degree, then there is hope. All it takes is listening to your passions and developing all your interests. You want to be a doctor, great, but don’t discount the value of your literature courses, which develop your ability to empathize and critically analyze other points of view. Don’t forget the performing arts, which allow one to embody emotion and expression in a physical manner. As college students, we may be widgets in some form or another, small components of a complex global economic machine, but nothing is stopping us from following our passions and nurturing our curiosities to invent new machinery with which we will improve our world. Kyle Holmberg University student

ifty-five percent. Fifty-five percent of the discretionar y budget of the United States goes to the Pentagon. Education? Six percent. A sliver. Transpor tation? Another tiny fraction — 2 percent. Even veterans, the men and women whom our leaders have sent to wage various fickle international interventions, only receive a measly 6 percent toward their benefits upon returning home. Hawks like Condoleezza Rice — whom we have the pleasure of hearing from this week at the University of Minnesota — chide those who oppose inter ventions in Syria but hardly lift a finger to fight the backlog of benefits claims in the Department of Veterans Affairs. They are content with sending troops into Iran but scoff at the millions of Americans who live in pover ty. They say we must reassert our dominance over Russia in Ukraine but ignore the single parent who is forced to work multiple jobs because they are not able to earn a living wage. Let’s face it: This nation’s spending priorities ar e backward, and they aren’t changing. In 2001, about $400 billion went to the militar y. By 2012, $668 billion was funneled into the Pentagon. These numbers don’t even include the more than $1 trillion that was spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. This is why the Minnesota Arms Spending Alternatives Project is utilizing the simple resolution process to fuel a public debate on militar y spending. Several city councils, including those in Minneapolis and St. Paul, and more than 150 organizations and leaders throughout the state have endorsed the MN ASAP resolution to reduce Pentagon spending and transfer that money into more responsible programs. As one of the wealthiest nations in the world, the U.S. is privileged. Let us use that wealth responsibly and humanely by investing in public education, fixing our crumbling infrastr ucture, creating healthy food options for all people, relieving the burden of student loan debt, making public higher education more affordable and countless other problems that have been neglected by our politicians. Decrease Pentagon spending. Invest in our communities. Patrick Alcorn Volunteer Minnesota Arms Spending Alternatives Project

Recent equal pay legislation would help adjust wages fairly and benefit Minnesota’s economy.


innesota may take a big step forward on pay equality if the state Legislature passes the Women’s Economic Security Act. The Humphrey School of Public Affairs Center on Women and Public Policy supported the bill with its own research. Minnesota women currently make 80 cents to their male counterparts’ dollar, according to the Humphrey School’s report. The bill would enforce equal pay laws for businesses with state contracts over $500,000. It would also provide a new grant program that aims to increase the number of women in high-wage, highdemand and nontraditional occupations, the Minnesota Daily reported last week. The House passed the bill Wednesday. The Senate will vote on it in the coming weeks. Opponents of the bill claim it would affect the bottom line of Minnesota businesses, but research from the Humphrey School found that if efforts narrow the gender pay gap, the state’s economy would benefit because female workers would be earning and spending more money. It’s particularly important that we narrow the pay gap as more women become the primary providers for their families. Unequal pay not only hurts women, but it also negatively affects families. A similar equal pay bill is making its way through Congress, but lawmakers rejected it earlier this month. We are grateful that our state lawmakers passed an equal pay bill in the House with bipartisan support. It’s fortunate that the University has been able to provide integral research and advocacy for the Women’s Economic Security Act, and we hope the Senate considers the Humphrey School’s research and brings the bill to Gov. Mark Dayton’s desk.

U diversity is a shared issue Students and administrators share goals, but they need to work together.


student collective has caused a stir on campus recently with demands for a renewed focus on diversity at the University of Minnesota. The group Whose Diversity? takes inspiration from past civil rights activism on campus, emphasizing action over education and firmly but misguidedly disassociating itself from the administration. The University has, of course, taken steps to increase diversity and address disparities on campus. New Vice President of Equity and Diversity Katrice Albert has announced new initiatives this spring, and conversations about potential racial profiling this past fall seemed to be at least a productive first step. Both sides share important goals, and their efforts are commendable, but shutting down discussion is a mistake. In a recent letter to the editor, a member of Students for a Democratic Society and Whose Diversity? supporter conflated the University’s willingness to talk about administrative pay and other budget issues with its willingness to talk about diversity. The University has invited dialogue on the issue, and that invitation should be taken in good faith. SDS has organized discussions with Whose Diversity? and other groups. That’s a great start, but they must reach out to the administration if they want to see real action. The University’s diversity efforts are far from perfect — they put a disproportionate emphasis on black students over retaining other students of color, for example — and the administration needs to hear why SDS, Whose Diversity? and other groups are equipped to give that feedback. Whether all of these parties are talking or not, they share the same goals. Shutting down discussion will only protract the University’s diversity issues.


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Tyler Oakes will return to Minnesota to take on his father, Todd Oakes, as a pitching coach at North Dakota State on Tuesday night.

Tyler Oakes will face off with his father, Todd Oakes, on Wednesday. BY BETSY HELFAND

Minnesota’s game against North Dakota State on Tuesday will double as a family reunion for Todd and Tyler Oakes. Both pitching coaches, Todd Oakes will post up in Minnesota’s dugout, and Tyler, his oldest son, will be in North Dakota State’s. Tyler, who pitched for Minnesota from 2006-09, served as a pitching coach for two years at South Dakota State and then as a volunteer pitching coach at Minnesota before taking his current job. Though Tyler’s coaching career has just started to take off, his father said he’s been a coach of sorts ever since he was a kid. “He had a coach’s mind way back when he was 7 or 8 years old,” the elder Oakes said. “It doesn’t surprise me at all that he gravitated to the coaching world.” When Todd was working within the San Francisco Gi-

ants organization in the late 1990s, his three sons often sat in the stands and observed. “You can learn a lot about the game if you just sit and watch,” Todd said. “That’s where they lear ned the game.” Todd said Tyler has always had an awareness and love for the game. “I’ve always kind of had that coach’s brain, I guess, where I’m kind of digging deeper into things than maybe someone else might,” Tyler said. Tyler played rookie ball for a year after his collegiate career ended, pitching for a minor-league affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays. “I got the opportunity in pro ball, but I was realistic about it,” he said. He eventually moved on and earned his master’s degree at South Dakota State while serving as a graduate assistant coach. Tyler searched for the next step in his coaching career after finishing his degree and found it at Minnesota. He stepped in as a volunteer pitching coach last season after his father was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. “There are a lot of base-

ball similarities in terms of philosophy between his dad and [him],” head coach John Anderson said. “That’s why we had him in here in our program while his father was battling leukemia.” The younger Oakes said he and his father both sport a “flatline personality” — never too high or low. Minnesota sophomore pitcher Lance Thonvold has been a first hand observer of the similarities between the two. He was recruited by Todd at Minnesota and by Tyler at South Dakota State. “I told him no for his dad, Todd,” Thonvold said. Now, he’s been coached by both of them. “You can tell they come from that same family tree,” Thonvold said. That family connection and Tyler’s familiarity with the program made it slightly easier for Gophers pitchers when Todd was away from the team. Tyler was set to return for another season as volunteer pitching coach at Minnesota after last season when he got a call from North Dakota State coach Tod Brown. “A year ago, I probably wouldn’t [have] been able to … be here without his help just because of my health is-




3:05 p.m. Tuesday at Siebert Field

MINNESOTA: The Gophers will look to move past a weekend sweep at the hands of Nebraska in Tuesday’s game against North Dakota State. Minnesota was originally supposed to play against North Dakota State in early April, but that game had to be rescheduled. The Gophers were supposed to play Hamline on Tuesday, but that game was postponed because Hamline had a conference schedule conflict. NORTH DAKOTA STATE: North Dakota State is currently 8-15 on the season, and has lost its last two games. The Gophers are 17-14. Minnesota beat North Dakota State twice last season, 4-2 and 5-3. This it the only scheduled matchup between the two teams this season. SOURCE: GOPHERSPORTS.COM

sues,” the elder Oakes said. Todd is now recovered, and Tyler said the stars aligned for the North Dakota State job. It allowed him to coach at the Division I level and stay close to home. “It’s been my goal to continue my coaching career [and] take that next step in the pecking order, and I can only be a volunteer for so long,” Tyler said. “You need to have the paychecks coming in, too, every once in a while.” Tyler’s move to Nor th Dakota State was made official in early December, and

Tuesday’s matchup will be the first for the two teams with an Oakes on each bench. Todd and Tyler have already faced off three times while Tyler was with South Dakota State — Tyler holds a 2-1 advantage over his father. Todd said his son subtly rubs it in from time to time. “If we’re going to lose to somebody,” Todd said, “[no one] better to do it to than your son.” The Gophers have a chance to even out that record for Todd on Tuesday night.


Williams shines with hopes of a comeback Running back Rodrick Williams missed half of last season after a foot injury. BY DANE MIZUTANI

Rodrick Williams hasn’t taken a meaningful carr y in a game in more than six months. He started last year as part of a two-headed monster in the backfield, but a foot injury in the middle of the season derailed his sophomore campaign. Williams missed two games with the injury, and by the time he returned, fellow running back David Cobb had taken a strong hold on the starting spot. It’s been clear throughout the spring that Williams, a Lewisville, Texas, native, is gunning to be the No. 1 running back when the season opens up in August. “It’s always tough,” he said. “It seems like all we’ve got is good backs. It’s fun because competition makes practice fun … but we all know we’re competing for the same spot.” Williams shined brightest of all the backs at the Gophers’ spring game Saturday afternoon. He ran with his trademark power and finished with a game-high 52

rushing yards. Not far behind were Berkley Edwards with 46 yards, Donnell Kirkwood with 39 and Cobb with 29. “I think all our backs played well, and I think a lot of that has to do with the competition,” head coach Jerry Kill said after the game. “That’s why Rodrick stepped it up. I don’t think there’s any question.” Edwards may have finished second to Williams in rushing yards Saturday, but he was first in electrifying plays. He flashed the speed so many have raved about with a 33-yard scamper for a score down the left sideline. “That’s nothing new for us,” quarterback Chris Streveler said of Edwards. “He’s definitely a game-breaker. He can take it 80 [yards] at any point.” That fact alone has served as inspiration for Williams. “I feel like he’s going to be real good, so I’ve got to work that much harder,” Williams said. “I can’t let the underclassmen show me up.” Williams admitted that one of the biggest differences compared to last season is that he trusts his foot again. “When I first got hurt, I was kind of scared to push off


Minnesota running back Rodrick Williams scampers for a 37-yard touchdown run against Western Illinois on Sept. 14, 2013, at TCF Bank Stadium.

of it, but now it’s just stopped hurting me,” he said, adding that not getting carries in last year’s Texas Bowl loss to Syracuse has motivated him throughout the offseason. His spring game performance shows that drive. “I guess I had a point to prove, not really playing since the middle of last season,” Williams said. “I want to get back on the field.”







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2014 (Junior) Season starts in August SOURCE: GOPHERSPORTS.COM

attended Minnesota’s spring football games in 2011, 2012 and 2013. I did not attend this year’s. And by the looks of it, not many other people did, either. I skimmed a box score and talked to people who did opt to spend their Saturday after noon at an empty TCF Bank Stadium. From what I gathered, this year’s spring game was like ever y other Gophers spring game in recent memor y — boring as hell. I lear ned from my past experiences that there’s nothing to see at spring football games. They’re actually quite meaningless. That’s especially tr ue for the Gophers but applies across college football. Though big programs like Ohio State and Florida State at least par tially fill their r espective stadiums, ther e’s little to gain from a spring football game. In general, the playcalling tends to be conser vative, the quar terbacks don’t get a chance to play real football because of injur y precautions and the fans don’t create a game-like atmosphere. I’m hard-pressed to believe other guys are giving their 110 percent in a game they know is meaningless. Nobody wants to get hurt. I get the notion of wanting to lur e fans out in hopes of sparking interest for the 2014 season. Still, the best way to keep fans interested is by being good the year before — something Minnesota accomplished last season. The Gophers opened most of their spring practices to fans and media, of fering a more candid look at Minnesota’s football team. This Saturday’s spring game was essentially another public practice. As a whole, the real merit in spring football isn’t the game, but the 10 to 15 practices, which are chances to begin laying the groundwork for a team that’s going to have a new identity — an identity the spring game doesn’t do any justice in showcasing. Nobody saw what Mitch Leidner was truly capable of because he wasn’t allowed to be touched. Nobody saw what the defense is capable of because so many key players were hurt and didn’t play. Nobody saw what the total package is going to look like because nobody is going to show all their cards for a sparse spring game crowd. If you came to any one of the spring football practices, you probably saw more meaningful football than you did Saturday. On Saturday, nothing that happened mattered. Ya feel me? Sam Gordon welcomes comments at or on Twitter.



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Todd Barry wings it Todd Barry’s sardonic wit and low-energy charm lends itself to fully improvised sets on the final leg of his “Crowd Work Tour.”


Todd Barry employs just the right mixture of smarm and charm in his comedy.



omedian Todd Bar r y tells jokes like your smart-ass friend at the bar — except he manages to stay endearing to the last punch line. The New Yorker approaches the stage with a subdued confidence, finding humor in irreverence and scathing sarcasm.

On his 2008 album, “From Heaven,” Bar r y per formed in a Chinese restaurant, proclaiming he could sell out “virtually any Chinese restaurant” before quickly stipulating, “The chances of me actually selling out a Chinese restaurant in China are astronomical.” It’s this brand of humor that’s landed Barr y three Comedy Central specials and consistent acting gigs. “I’ve been per forming

comedy for 26 years. I can’t turn back now,” he said. “I think it’s what I’m meant to do.” With his relaxed swagger, a last-sip-of-whiskey quiet deliver y and a whole lot of quick thinking, Barry has been hard at work performing the last leg of his “Crowd Work Tour.” “I didn’t have a brandnew hour of material ready to go,” he said. “So this is what I came up with.”

In comedian’s terms, crowd work is exactly what it sounds like. Barr y’s act for this tour consists solely of speaking with the crowd, asking questions and commenting on ever ything he can observe about the audience member he just met. While many performers employ crowd work in their act, Barr y’s tour is unique in its sole use of the technique. “It came up really quick,

and it was planned really quick,” he said. “It was a lot of split-second decisions.” One of those split-second decisions was suggested by Barry’s longtime friend and colleague Louis C.K. C.K. asked Barry if he’d be interested in filming sections of his tour to release as a special on C.K.’s website. Barr y didn’t miss a beat and accepted the offer. Barr y recently filmed a

special with Comedy Central and thought his experiment would translate well to a tour-style documentar y. Lucky for him, the quality of the material and the spotlight on C.K.’s website has made this thrown-together project into something more than he anticipated. “People for the most par t were pretty polite; it was kind of surprising,” he said. “I didn’t really end up getting a lot of material out of it.” Bar r y’s “Crowd Work Tour” special does include a lot of folks who play along with his game, but there are definitely outliers. Barry recalled an intoxicated audience member in Por tland, Ore., who went on a lengthy diatribe about urban farming and the high quality of local eggs. “What if I walk out of here right now?” Bar r y said. He turned to another audience member. “If I could walk out with you, I would,” as the egg rant went on. Barr y has no problem finding the humor in the inebriant and said he usually enjoyed when people threw challenges at him. These situations quell his anxiety about going onstage without any material. “There were moments where I questioned whether or not anything would happen at all when I was out there,” he said. Now that this tour is coming to a close, Barr y said he’s looking forward to taking on joke writing and more traditional sets. He won’t rule out playing with this concept again, though. “I mean, there’s always a chance someone will want me to do it again for a million dollars,” he said.

Todd Barry Where Cedar Cultural Center, 416 S. Cedar Ave., Minneapolis When 8 p.m. Wednesday Cost $17 Age All ages


Makeup: When to save and when to splurge Back away from the $35 lipstick. BY MELANIE RICHTMAN


ith an overwhelming array of makeup options available, it can be tricky to know where to spend your money. Should you splurge or save? The Fashionista is here to break it down for you.

Foundation: Splurge For those of you with per fect skin and average skin tone, you can get away with buying cheap foundation with ver y few issues. However, if you have sensitive skin, blemished skin, ver y fair skin or ver y dark skin, you’re going to be much better of f spending money on a quality product. Drugstore foundations just don’t have as many color or formula options as their luxurious counterpar ts. For example, Covergirl’s “T r uBlend” liquid foundation has only 21 shades, whereas MAC’s “Studio Fix” has 40. If you want your foundation to match your skin, you should splurge.

Blush: Save There is really no reason to spend a lot of money on blush unless you’re truly convinced that Nars “Or-


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gasm” is per fect for your face. (We all know you’re just buying it for the name.) Unless you want something dramatic like coral or orchid on your cheeks, most regular pink blushes will give you the rosy glow you desire. As far as texture, you should definitely go with a cream blush, which is easier to blend and has higher pigmentation than its powder equivalents. At about $8, Maybelline’s “Dream Bouncy Blush” is a great option.

Bronzer: Splurge Expensive bronzers have more finely ground pigments than the basic ones you might buy at Target. Bronzer can break your look if it appears orange, sparkly or ruddy. The finer the pigments, the better results you’ll have. Look for a bronzer with shimmer, not sparkles, and make sure it’s only one or two shades darker than your skin tone. Finding a good bronzer is especially important if you have fair skin. Choose one with peach undertones, because brown tones will look orange. Too Faced “Snow Bunny” bronzer ($30) will give you a nice glow without looking like you rubbed dirt on your face.

Powder: Save If you use powder to set your makeup, you don’t need to spend a

lot of money on it. Most powders are translucent anyway, so matching the color to your skin is not a concern. An af fordable setting powder will work just as well as an expensive one. NYX Studio finishing powder ($10) is super-fine but keeps makeup intact for hours.

Eye shadow: Splurge Not only do expensive eye shadows generally have better colors, but they’re more blendable and have increased staying power. If you want to wear that trendy aqua blue eye shadow once, go ahead and buy something inexpensive. If you want eye shadow you can wear ever y day or blend into a perfect smoky eye, you should spend a little more. Consider it an investment: Eye shadow is going to last you a ver y long time. Buy an Urban Decay “Naked” palette. It’s totally worth the $50.

Eyeliner: Save This is more of a personal preference, but I have tried a lot of eyeliners in my day, and nothing compares to the Maybelline “Lasting Drama” gel eyeliner. It goes on smooth, stays forever and makes winged eyeliner so easy to do that people will probably think you spent hours drawing it when in reality it took only



Some must-have makeup products are worth splurging on, but others are a chance to save.

a minute. The best par t is that it usually doesn’t cost more than $7. There’s no reason to spend more when the affordable option is so good.

Mascara: Splurge (or save) The mascara you use depends on the kind of lash look you want to achieve. If you just want to enhance your naturally long eyelashes, cheaper mascara will be totally fine. However, if you want long, thick “notice me” lashes that don’t get flaky, you’ll have to splurge on something


more high-quality. Benefit’s “They’re Real!” mascara is life-changing. The full-size tube is pretty pricey at $23, but you can buy a smaller one for $10 (the better option in the long r un, because mascara is supposed to be thrown away ever y few months).

Lipstick: Save If you have one lipstick color that you love and want to wear ever y day, feel free to buy an expensive one like Chanel or MAC. In general, though,

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lipstick is a place to save — especially if you like to experiment with colors. Unless it’s really cheap, it’s not going to dr y out your lips. You might think buying expensive lipstick will ensure that it lasts longer on your lips, but any lipstick can have staying power if you know the right tricks. After applying your lipstick, blot it with a tissue, layer it with translucent powder (yep, the same kind you use to set your foundation) and then apply another coat and blot. It’ll last all night.

4. Future Islands, Seasons (Waiting on You) 5. St. Vincent, Digital Witness 6. Tune-Yards, Water Fountain 7. Sisyphus, Rhythm of Devotion

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Today’s Birthday (4/15): Your creative year launches with today’s Full Moon lunar eclipse, impacting partnerships and agreements. You see newly what’s important. Collaborate for good causes.

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

Aries (3/21 - 4/19): Today is a 7 — The Full Moon lunar eclipse begins a new phase in a partnership. It could get spicy. Independent efforts advance.

Libra (9/23 - 10/22): Today is a 7 — Today’s Full Moon eclipse is in your sign, empowering independent thought, a new look and a strong stand. Fly and be free.

Taurus (4/20 - 5/20): Today is a 7 — Today’s Full Moon lunar eclipse in Libra opens the door to a new level in work, health and service. Changes require adaptations.

Scorpio (10/23 - 11/21): Today is a 7 — This Full Moon eclipse presents a turning point regarding sorrows, secrets and mysteries.

Gemini (5/21 - 6/21): Today is a 7 — What you’re learning is broadening your perspective. A new six-month phase in fun, romance and games opens with the Full Moon lunar eclipse.

Sagittarius (11/22 - 12/21): Today is an 8 — Friendships and community participation take focus during this eclipse. Group involvement flourishes over the next six months.

Cancer (6/22 - 7/22): Today is a 7 — A turning point with home and family arises with the Full Moon eclipse.

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Leo (7/23 - 8/22): Today is an 8 — Get things in order today and tomorrow. File papers. Avoid risk, travel and stress.

Aquarius (1/20 - 2/18): Today is a 5 — A new six-month phase begins with the Full Moon eclipse regarding your education, studies and travels.

Virgo (8/23 - 9/22): Today is a 7 — Keep confidences today and tomorrow. A financial turning point arises with today’s Full Moon eclipse.

Pisces (2/19 - 3/20): Today is a 7 — A turning point develops with this Full Moon lunar eclipse in the area of shared finances.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


from the archive

Thursday, April 15, 2004





From Shirts_vs_Blouses

Hey Network, Once again there is a rampant problem on this campus, and that is ... bikers. Not all of them mind you, just the ones who don’t know that the sidewalk across the 10th avenue bridge is not the place to ride your rusted out Huffy piece of NUTT. That bridge is barely wide enough for two people to pass each other, let alone some tool with no idea how to ride their bike. I mean you gotta love it when you’re walking along, and suddenly there’s a bike within an inch of taking off your damn feet. The best part of it is, that the person who’s on the bike, acts like a total and complete asshole. I mean who wouldn’t get pissed that there are people walking?? So I’ve come up with a solution: Why don’t we all walk in the bike lanes?? They’re nice and spacious, plus if you get hit by a car, your tuition is as good as paid. Net: Yeah, if the Bursar’s Office starts accepting weed and Black Label in lieu of tuition. Or even better, the next person who hits me with their god damn bike, is going to have to fish it out of the river. That is if I don’t throw them in after it. Net: Tell it, sister!

From JD McNuggent

Neil Diamond is a god. So, Net, the other night I was at the bar and I see this lady over next to the dance floor. She is an attractive looking girl and I thought it would be nice to go up and ask her to dance. So I walk over and say, “Hi would you like to dance?” Her reply “NO! Go away!” or something like that, you get the drift. When I walked away it downed on me. Net: That you weren’t gettin’ any that night? It is more acceptable for chicks these days to be rude to men. It used to be that you would walk up to a girl and politely ask her out or ask her to dance, and she would let you down easy. She would say something like “I’m sorry, I’m involved” or “I have AIDS.” You see the women these days can be cruel and harsh to men and it’s HEY! SEND YOUR ENTRY, NAME & PHONE TO:

acceptable. Net: Betcha didn’t think that 5,000 years of patriarchy was gonna come back and bite ya in the ass like that, did ya? A chick is dancing on the floor or is at the bar and looking like she wants to be hit on so you walk up and make your move only to be struck down in a harsh manner. So, what, you’re supposed to take it. I think that is a bunch of NUTT... if a chick is fed up with guys hitting on her or trying to dance with her then why the NUTT is she out at the bar and why the NUTT is she dressed the way she is? Net: Maybe she likes to get lit and likes to lick … ice cream cones. So my solution to the problem ... guys, the next time you hit-on a chick at the bar and she is harsh and rude to you. Then you should be harsh and rude to her. Let her know how bad it feels to be burned ... Slap her in the face. For my boys at the forum. Net: Hmm, so the remedy for not scoring is aggravated assault? Why didn’t we think of that?

From OhCanadia!

Time to remind all of the ladies that tomorrow’s forecast calls for the First Day of Spring (i.e. first day forecasted above 70 degrees). As such, I am guessing that none of the ladies will need a reminder to show us men what they have by wearing their finest sundresses, short skirts, sports bras, et al. Net: They might not need a reminder, but now you’ve given them a warning, you wanker. The First Day of Spring is the only thing that kept me from transferring to Arizona State, the University of Florida or any other school with racked out boombolatties. Net: Do we have those here? Doesn’t the frost kill them? C’mon Minnesota girls, shed your midwestern values and make the long, cold winter worth while. Do you really want all of us men to transfer to schools where the girls know how to take care of their men???? Strut your stuff tomrrow outside of Sally’s during the daylight hours. Much obliged. Net: Eew. Sally’s.


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dr. date Dr. Date,

My boyfriend writes about music for a fairly well-known website. I’m also a writer and really like music, although I write about different things. Of course, I always read his pieces, and there have been a few times when I’ve noticed he’s used something that I’ve said in a conversation (i.e., something he didn’t think of on his own but is writing as though he did). The first couple of times, I thought it was just a fluke. But then it kept happening, and with increasingly specific things — including references he made to bands that I know he’s never listened to. I tried to talk to him about it, but he just acted confused. It let up for a while, but recently it’s started back up again. I’m really frustrated and hurt by this. Music is one of the things we talk about most, but this makes me not want to talk to him about it anymore.


Thievin’ Beau,

I think this is the first time I’ve heard of relationship plagiarism. And that is what he’s doing. He’s taking your ideas and thoughts and appropriating them as his own in writing — he’s stealing. Is he the kind of guy who eats almost a whole pack of your Girl Scout Cookies, sparing the last Thin Mint so he can claim he left some for you? Because he seems like that kind of guy. Also, forget dogs — confusion can really be a man’s best friend. Acting bewildered and at a loss for an explanation can get a dude out of some tight situations. Bottom line: It’s an act. He knows what he’s doing. The lack of your references included in his pieces after the confrontation is proof that he knows. Like you said, there was an ever-so-brief window when this could have been an accident. If you’re around someone all

the time and you’re talking about the same things, I can see how something could slip into his writing that actually came from you. But that time is gone — he’s a chiseler, and a not-so-great one at that. He’s not treating you or your noggin with respect (besides engaging in a practice that his superiors would undoubtedly find troublesome). It all boils down to honesty. If he can’t own up to you about this, what else is he doing and not telling you?

—Dr. Date

Dr. Date,

I have a crush on this guy, but I honestly can’t tell if he’s gay or straight. I feel like the only way to find out is by getting closer to him, but I’m also worried I’d be setting myself up for heartbreak down the road. Should I just ask him? Or would that be crazy?

—Reading The Signs

Inconclusive Radar,

I would absolutely not ask him if he’s gay. That could go a number of ways, most of them not that great. Just ask him out. That way you avoid the question and it’s on him to decide how to respond, which then solves all of your problems. If he’s gay, he’ll tell you (and probably take the offer as a compliment). If he’s straight and not interested, he’ll turn you down, and then you’ll know. If he’s straight and interested, then you’ll have a date. If he’s bi, well then the world’s your oyster. Avoid trying to ingratiate yourself with him or attempting to weasel your way into his friend group. That will be a waste of time and eventually lead to the same possible set of results as laid out above.

—Dr. Date

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Apt. boom pushes fixes

MN minimum wage increases to among the nation’s highest BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

A resident walks into the apartment complex The Knoll on Monday.

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all need to eat — they’re all going to need to get some groceries — so services are really going to be under pressure to grow.” Even with the luxur y housing boom, Harmsen said he’s seen an increase in demand for older houses in the area. Harmsen said he’s noticed that the newer apartment buildings in central Dinkytown are built to appeal to a particular market of students — a market he doesn’t think goes that deep. “I still think that there’s a lot of pent-up demand; there’s lots of people who want to live in Dinkytown, but they just can’t find anything that really fits their needs yet,” he said. Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association President Cordelia Pierson said the neighborhood welcomes the growth brought by new developments and hopes to

see even more diverse housing in the future so that more University students, faculty and staff can live in the surrounding neighborhoods. “We’d like to see increased housing options locally so that University community members, including faculty and staff, spend less time driving and parking and more time living and participating in community activities,” she said. Vaith Rentals co-owner Grant Vaith said he hasn’t felt the effects of the market pressure and doesn’t think he will because the company takes care of its properties. “I think it’s going to affect the people who haven’t kept their proper ties nice and who aren’t good landlords,” he said, “and the same with apar tment buildings who haven’t remodeled or kept their places competitive.”

Freedom versus amenities

Math junior Kyler Vossen said he chose to live in a Southeast Como house

for the freedom it gives him. The distance from campus is a benefit, he said. “I personally kind of like the distance,” he said. “It makes me feel like it’s more of a neighborhood feel versus living in a real metropolitan area.” Dance and kinesiology freshman Callie Rosenbaum said she signed a lease with The Bridges for next year because of its central location and amenities. The fact that the apartment is brand-new also played a big part in her decision. “No one has used the shower or slept in the beds, which is kind of nice,” Rosenbaum said. With more options, both Harmsen and David Klabanof f, community manager at The Marshall, said they’ve seen students take more time to sign their leases. Apar tments like The Marshall and The Bridges aim to attract students


with their amenities, security and convenience, Klabanoff said, and they’re popular because of it. But Harmsen said many students are looking for a dif ferent kind of experience — one with more freedom and space. “There’s so much control [in new apar tments], you can’t make a key for your boyfriend or girlfriend; you’re just controlled. Completely controlled,” he said. “It’s just a dif ferent animal, and a lot of people don’t want that.” Vossen said he wanted to live in a house so he could have his own bedroom at a reasonable price, which is something Vaith said he hears a lot from students. “[In Como], you can get a nice place for a little less rent, so we see a lot of people who are sharing a room in more expensive apar tments wanting their own bedroom for between $500 to $600,” Vaith said.

ST. PAUL — Tens of thousands of Minnesota workers have big raises coming their way, cour tesy of a new minimum wage law that Gov. Mark Dayton signed Monday, which will take the state from one of the nation’s lowest rates to among the highest. At a ceremony in the Capitol’s Rotunda, Dayton hailed the hourly jump of more than $3 spread over the next few years as providing “what’s fair” for hard work put in. He said he has been stunned by GOP resistance — it passed the Legislatur e with only Democratic votes — to increasing the guaranteed wage fr om $6.15 per hour now to $9.50 by 2016 and then tie it to inflation. “We’re not giving people any ticket into the upper-middle class,” Dayton said. “We’re giving them hope.” Minnesota goes from having one of the nation’s lowest minimums to among the highest. With federal wage legislation stuck in Congress, states are rushing to fill the void. Califor nia, Connecticut and Mar yland have passed laws pushing their respective wages to $10 or more in coming years, and other states are going well above the federal minimum of $7.25 per hour. Not all Minnesota workers have qualified for the federal minimum, which is required if someone engages in an interstate transaction such as swiping a credit card at the cash register. For large Minnesota employers, mandator y hourly pay will climb to $8 in August, $9 a year later and $9.50 in 2016.

Smaller employers that have gross sales below $500,000 will also have to pay more, though their rate reaches only $7.75 per hour by 2016. There are also car ve-outs for teen workers or those getting trained into new jobs. All told, some 325,000 workers could be in line for a raise at some point during the phase-in period. Jacquita Berens, a single mother of three from Robbinsdale, said she’s been working three jobs to barely get by. Standing next to Dayton, she said the hike will give her more money for groceries, gas and other essentials and maybe allow her to af ford extracur ricular activities for the kids. “I work incredibly hard but constantly fall behind,” Berens said. “Those of us working low-wage jobs are willing to work hard. We want to get ahead so we are not in sur vival mode.” Business groups, such as those representing restaurants and retail shops, have warned that Minnesota would be out of step with its neighbors that are all at $7.25 per hour. Republican Rep. Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington, called the increase “ir responsible” and argued it will drive up unemployment as companies adjust. The law authorizes automatic raises in the years to come that will compensate for inflation. Unless state officials take steps to suspend the raises, minimum wage pay could rise by up to 2.5 percent annually beginning in 2018. Those increases could be suspended if rough economic conditions sweep in, but catch-up raises can be ordered later.

April 15, 2014  
April 15, 2014