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Student stress sparks new program New UMN resources to address an influx in student stress-mangement cases.

BY CLEO KREJCI An increase in demand for stress management services at the University of Minnesota led to the creation of a new program last spring that hopes to expand its aid to students in the fall. In April, the Office for Student Affairs

created the OSA Care Program, which supports students and provides them with resources to navigate the University. The program is using the summer to find ways to accommodate students for the upcoming academic year. The Care Program consists of two care managers — trained professionals who help students manage their mental health and utilize the University’s care resources. The University started employing a sole care manager in 2016, and hired a second to meet rising demand as part of the program. Demand for case management at the

University rose from 192 cases in the 201516 school year to 349 in the 2016-17 school year. Now a team of two, care managers Emily O’Hara and newcomer Sarah GustafsonDombeck manage cases which range from chronic student stress to working with insurance providers and hospitals in the transition back to school after a crisis. “It just felt like a program that gave students more agency than I feel like a lot of other resources we have at the [University] do,” said University graduate Jasmine Gill, who sought out care management services


and worked as O’Hara’s assistant in the spring of 2018. Gill said the program helps manage stressors which students find become more real and significant during college. O’Hara said her role reminds her of when she sought help from a faculty member after feeling lost during her first year of college. “[The faculty member] guided me, put me under her wing and helped me to u See STRESS Page 3


Construction leaves tenants with worries Redesign to historic Prospect Park building may displace businesses early next year. BY TIFFANY BUI Tina Rexing, owner of T-Rex Cookie, understands being a small business owner comes with challenges. Rexing’s latest challenge is securing the future of her business after redevelopment of the Art and Architecture building in Prospect Park. Vermilion Development, a Chicago-based real estate developer, has plans to redesign the building and adjacent businesses into condominiums, apartments and retail space. The development, approved by the Prospect Park Association’s project task force and is awaiting approval from PPA’s land use committee on June 12, has caused uncertainty among tenants about whether they will still have a space when construction is finished. u See REDESIGN Page 3


National policy limits intl. student visas

Local musician poised for homecoming show at Rock the Garden

Visas for some Chinese international STEM students will be shortened to one year following new federal policy.

Despite struggles, Chastity Brown finds ways to share her story through soul and rock.


topics, such as aviation and robotics. The


policy came amid growing tension between


the U.S. and China.

new federal policy will reduce

A visa allows students to enter, leave and

visa lengths for some Chinese

re-enter a country, with a requirement that

international graduate students

they pass their classes to stay in the country.

studying in STEM fields, and many at the

Marissa Hill-Dongre, director of the

University of Minnesota say it will have a

University of Minnesota’s Immigration Re-

negative impact on graduate programs.

sponse Team, said the regulations will not

On June 11, visa lengths were shortened

impact current Chinese students. Instead,

from five years to one year for STEM stu-

she said the changes will affect certain

dents studying high-tech manufacturing

incoming STEM students and those

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Towerside Gardens is open to the public in Prospect Park on Monday, June 11. The Good Neighbor Fund is money allocated from the university to help with projects such as the Towerside Gardens, which has 42 raised beds to grow fruits and vegetables and provide gardening opportunities for the public.

BY MARAYA KING Homegrown Tennessee roots, Midwestern inspiration and a voice that sounds as if it’s lived through one hundred lifetimes — this is Chastity Brown. At the age of 12, Brown took up the saxophone. She listened to the saxophone, played the saxophone and even slept alongside her saxophone. More than 20 years later, Brown has shaped her life around music. Or rather, it has shaped her. Brown’s sound has been described as folk, pop and rock. But what sets the artist apart from the rest is her songwriting. She is unapologetic as she bares her soul with each verse. Her lyrics could move a cynic. u See BROWN Page 5


University-area neighborhood funding slashed by MN United FC relocation The move out of TCF Bank Stadium means a decrease of $25k annually for area fund. BY J.D. DUGGAN At the end of the year, neighborhoods surrounding the University of Minnesota will lose nearly half of their funding from a TCF Bank Stadium endowment, which many use for arts and community projects. The Good Neighbor Fund (GNF) is

a grant program intended to offset the environmental impact of TCF Bank Stadium by funding arts, community and green space improvement projects. The GNF will lose about $25,000 of annual funding when Minnesota United FC finishes its current season and moves to the new Allianz Field in St. Paul. “The Good Neighbor Fund is … intended to bring in resources to support projects that enhance the vitality and livability of the neighborhoods around the University,” said u See FUNDING Page 3






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Visitors at the top of Witch’s Hat Tower on Saturday, June 1. Built in 1913, Witch’s Hat has been a major landmark in Minneapolis for generations.

Witch’s Hat dictates apt. heights Prospect Park’s residents hope to keep the landmark’s unobstructed view. BY J.D. DUGGAN

The height of a new a p a r t m e n t i n P ro s p ect Park has drawn concern from residents who fear the neighborhood’s iconic Witch’s Hat Tower will not stand out amid heavy development. The Prospect Park Association has welcomed density in the past, but neighborhood residents are requesting to limit the height of new developments to retain a view to and from the Witch’s Hat Tower that stands at an elevation of 1,080 feet. Vermilion Development’s newest Art and Architecture

building redevelopment has sparked a petition after the developer’s original proposal was taller than the nearby tower. “[The petition] came into being in response to the fact that we have transit along here now. So this area has become of interest to developers, and so building height is a concern,” said Lynn Von Korff, a Prospect Park resident. “It isn’t really a direct response to Vermilion.” The petition, which was published online, is partially a response to the Vermilion development, but is also meant to guide future projects near the tower. As of Wednesday, the petition had nearly 700 signatures. Von Korff said that while many residents welcome density in the neighborhood, they want developers to respect the views

to and from the tower, which many locals view as a symbol of Prospect Park. “It’s a treasured icon,” she said of the landmark, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997. Vince Netz, president of Prospect Park Association, said while the height of incoming developments often draw the attention of PPA, most of the proposed buildings are far enough away from Tower Hill Park. But the Vermillion project’s proximity to the park made it an issue in the neighborhood. Ari Parritz, development manager for Vermilion, said although the height request was not made clear from the beginning, he has since tried to balance different neighborhood interests, including height and density.

“You’re never going to have 100 percent consensus on what you’re doing [in development], you’re just hoping to have the right consensus,” Parritz said. Parritz and PPA’s task force assigned to the development have deliberated the project for approximately six months, with over six weeks spent discussing the height. The project has dropped 50 feet, from 17 stories to 13 stories, which puts the condo building level with the observation deck floor of the tower. Parritz said the evolution of the project has broken up the apartment into differing heights, rather than a uniform one, which was present in original concepts. Wednesday’s task force meeting ended in a unanimous consensus in favor of the project’s most recent

“You’re never going to have 100 percent consensus on what you’re doing [in development], you’re just hoping to have the right consensus,.” ARI PARRITZ Vermilion development manager

iteration, with many task force members expressing appreciation for Vermilion’s efforts to find a compromise. “The unanimous vote [shows] a really nice community-based compromise … it’s really gone a long way to bridge the divide,” Netz said.

Regents approve Kaler’s proposed budget The budget includes a 2 percent tuition increase for in-state undergraduates. BY KATRINA PROSS

The University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents passed the fiscal year 2019 budget, discussed ways to increase enrollment and reviewed a drafted plan for a system-wide task force at their June meeting. The board also held a non-public meeting to conduct an annual performance review of University President Eric Kaler. President’s budget proposal The Board approved Kaler’s proposed annual operating budget for fiscal year 2019, which passed with an eight to four vote despite opposition from several regents regarding tuition increases. The budget raises tuition for in-state undergraduate students by two percent at the Twin Cities campus and one percent at the Morris campus. The board approved a 15 percent increase for nonres-

ident incoming undergraduates at the Twin Cities campus in December 2017. Several regents expressed dissent for the budget over the tuition increase. Regent Randy Simonson proposed that resident tuition be decreased by one percent across all campuses, and Vice Chair of the Board Kendall Powell suggested increasing resident tuition on the Twin Cities campus by only one percent. Neither amendment gained enough votes to pass. “I just don’t think that 2 percent is a sustainable rate increase. I worry that if we do two percent now, we will come back next year and say, ‘we did it a year ago,’ and three or four years down the track this place is going to be $800 to $900 more expensive. I think that’s a bad place for us to be,” Powell said. The approved budget also includes an amendment calling for a more extensive review process for hiring positions supported by operations and maintenance funds and a funding request for the law school. Beginning July 1, hiring for University positions entirely paid for by operations

and maintenance funds, which are made up of state appropriations and tuition, must be approved by Provost Karen Hanson and Senior Vice President for Finance and Operations Brian Burnett. Board of Regents chair David McMillan proposed an amendment in the budget to alter funding for the law school.The law school requested additional funding in May to maintain their national ranking. McMillian proposed that the board should only approve the first year of the law school’s requested $1.7 million and later re-evaluate if additional funding is necessary. “We can’t continue this much longer, it’s extremely expensive for the University,” McMillan said at the meeting. Plans to bolster enrollment The board discussed a plan drafted by the Systemwide Enrollment Planning Taskforce, which aims to create strategies to increase enrollment by 2024. The task force identified several goals such as increasing enrollment by 3,000 students across all campuses and offsetting the migration of Minnesota students who

leave the state to attend competitor universities. According to data presented to the board, more freshmen left Minnesota to go to public universities in the upper Midwest than came into the state in fall 2016. The task force identified several potential strategies for achieving these goals, such as improving the brand of the University, building more awareness about the smaller University system campuses and offering applicants admission to other campuses if they are not accepted to their preferred school. Regent Dean Johnson said the University should work to make sure recruitment and admissions staff are properly trained to give all prospective students a welcoming campus visit, and suggested that staff call prospective students to find out how the University can cater to their academic and personal needs. System-wide strategic plan As part of a system-wide strategic plan to improve the University campuses, the board discussed teaching and learning as potential areas of focus. This was the

“We can’t continue this much longer, it’s extremely expensive for the University.” DAVID MCMILLAN Board of Regents chair

board’s fourth presentation about potential focus areas for the plan. Provost Karen Hanson identified several recommended strategies including expanding scholarship programs, growing more partnerships with Minnesota high schools and articulating the differences in campus climate between the five University campuses. Regent Steven Sviggum questioned the proposed financial aid strategy in the presentation that expanded select scholarship programs. “The money we get from the Legislature should be for University programs and University missions for all students, not concentrating benefits to some at the expense of others,” Sviggum said.

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National policy limits intl. student visas Visas u from Page 1

attempting to renew their visas. Matthew Wu, advocacy chair for the Chinese American Student Association, is concerned about the impact the program will have on incoming students. Adding, he thinks the policy will make the visa application process more difficult. “We’ll lose a lot of talented

people who would have otherwise been interested in coming here and learning,” Wu said. Chinese international students make up the largest portion of University graduate students, with nearly 1,200 Chinese international graduate students enrolled at the University, according to fall 2017 enrollment data from the University’s International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS). “I think it’s really unfair

to those students... to limit the visas just because students are interested in a certain field,” Wu said. “[It’s] a bad move for us in the long run.” Wu said CASA, whose members includes Chinese international students, does not support the new visa time limit. A large portion of Chinese international graduate students are studying in STEM fields, said Barbara Kappler, assistant dean of ISSS. Students who leave

after their visa has expired must reapply to return to the University, which is a time -consuming process, Kappler said. The new program will also limit students’ ability to return to China to visit family and friends, she said. Sherry Gray, director of the International Fellows and Scholars Program at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, said the new policy will have negative effects on the U.S.

“If the U.S. is going to close itself off and keep international students out of the sensitive technology areas, then I’m assuming we’re also going to be concerned about international researchers and people who are already done with their degrees,” Gray said. “If we close off, we’re not going to be part of that international dynamic of sharing research and scholarship. We will fall behind.” Gray also expressed concern over the harm the

program will have on the students impacted by it. Studying in countries, like the U.S., allows Chinese students to find better work experience because job priority is given to older people in China, Gray said. M an y s t uden t s al s o choose to study outside of China because of the country’s large population, which makes admission into its universities much more difficult, Gray said.

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The next step for T-Rex Cookie T-Rex Cookie occupies the first floor of the Art and Architecture Building. Rexing, who has been in the building for two years, said she was taken aback when she first heard she would need to move this upcoming January due to construction. “Any small business owner doesn’t go into business assuming everything is going to stay the same. [Being] forced to move is really helping me reevaluate how we are doing as a business,” said Rexing. Rexing has plans to franchise the company and is working with Vermilion to create a space for T-Rex Cookie in the redesigned building. She said the developer has worked closely with her in the negotiations. In the meantime, she is looking to set up shop in south Minneapolis. “It’s not easy to move a business … I’m starting to get people to know where I am and now I have to move, it sucks. This entire situation sucks. But I have to be a smart and good sport about it and show everyone that I’m adaptable enough to take my business to whichever way it works,” said Rexing. Long-term tenants look to a more uncertain future Adjacent to Rexing’s cookie shop is Art and Architecture, Inc., an architectural salvage store filled with furniture from old houses. CoCo Hohman is a long-time employee and artist who lives and works in


Tina Rexing, owner of T-Rex Cookie takes out fresh cookies on Saturday, June 9. The arts and architecture building that TRex Cookie is in will be replaced by new apartments and retail space sometime in 2018.

the building. Hohman said the space has been affordable because Jim Schmitt, landlord and owner of Art and Architecture, Inc., keeps the rent down for long-term tenants like her. After the building changes ownership and goes through redevelopment, she and other artists are concerned the space won’t be affordable enough for them to stay. “I don’t believe that I could afford to keep a space here … because the condos will be next door to the apartments. I think the rents are going to be too high,” said Hohman. Schmitt plans to relocate Art and Architecture, Inc. following construction, but hopes to stay in Prospect Park. On the second floor above Art and Architecture, Inc. is another tenant considering its future location. Youth Performance Company, a non-profit theatre company that serves young performers, was offered a spot in the Vermilion redesign. But founder and artist director of YPC Jacie

Knight doubts the company can afford the new space. “We’re a non-profit that works with kids. We don’t want to spend our money moving back and forth and back and forth,” said Knight. While the City of Minneapolis stresses density along the Metro Transit Green Line, Knight said long-time tenants don’t always get to reap the benefits the light rail brings when new developments raise rents. Knight said the future of the nonprofit is uncertain, but will continue looking for a new location. Ari Parritz, a development manager with Vermilion, said tenants that wish to come back are welcome, but there is no guarantee the same space or rent will be available to them. “We need to make sure the tenants that are coming in make the structure financially viable,” said Parritz. Vermilion will appear before the Minneapolis City Planning Commission on June 25 and plans on purchasing the building by the end of the year, Parritz said.


Senior care manager Emily O’Hara and care manager Sarah Gustafson-Dombeck pose for a portrait.The two are a part of an Office of Student Affairs care program which formed after care managers saw a 21 per cent demand for their services over the past year.

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succeed … I think about that, and my hope for this program is that we could be that person for students,” O’Hara said. Care managers aid in housing and food security concerns, areas which other mental health services do not necessarily focus on, said Glenn Hirsch, assistant vice provost for Student Affairs and director of Student Counseling Services. O’Hara and GustafsonDombeck plan to expand their support network over the summer by connecting with local hospitals, physiatrists and other resources for off-site referrals when University services are not enough. They will also continue

to train faculty on reaching out to the Care Program if they see students who may be struggling. Hirsch said care managers can reach out to atrisk students in the event that a faculty member becomes concerned for their well being. “[Before the program] we didn’t really have a central person who would be available to reach out to that student, and the care manager really fits that role,” Hirsch said. The two managers are also working to find ways to make drop-in hours available to students. The Care Program relies on data from 2015, in which about 35 percent of University students say they are unable to manage their stress levels and one third have a diagnosed mental health condition.

“Students are bringing a lot more distress with them to campus than maybe they had with them in the past, or that we had been aware of in the past,” said Jennifer Larson, president of the Higher Education Case Managers Association. This is reflected in the rise in care managers working in higher education institutions across the country. HECMA membership has risen about 30 percent annually since it formed in 2012. “If you build a way for people to start telling you they’re worried about someone, they will tell you they’re worried about someone,” Larson said. “And the more they do that, the more people you have to serve, the more… need for more case managers.”

Neighborhood funding U prof makes website to help diversify syllabuses slashed by MN United FC The website rates technology experts. awareness of women in eradication of well-known Jane Sumner, a Univer- institutional environments. material authored by Funding u from Page 1

Erick Garcia Luna, director of community and local government relations at the University. Since the team’s inception in 2015, Minnesota United’s $25,500 annual contribution has supplemented the GNF’s existing approximately $35,000 yearly budget. The team also donated a significant number of tickets to youth organizations in the campus area. With no outside teams utilizing the site, the Good Neighbor Fund will only offer its regular funding for community projects. “It’s kind of a bump depending on who is using the stadium,” said Vince Netz, a member of the Good Neighbor Fund Management Committee and president of the Prospect Park Association. “We’ll go back to ‘normal’ after this year.” When the Vikings temporarily used TCF Bank Stadium during the construction of US Bank stadium, they contributed around $250,000 per year. Netz said the extra funding enabled multiple projects during the Vikings’ tenure, such as construction on bike trails in local neighborhoods. The fund enables many unique undertakings which might otherwise not be possible, Netz said. Past GNF projects include Pianos in the Park, Preserving the Dinkytown Murals and Hanging Gardens of Towerside. The fund also enabled projects with local artists such as concerts in Luxton Park in Prospect Park and a composition for the church bells at First Congregational

Church of Minnesota in Marcy-Holmes. Several ventures are planned for the upcoming year using the GNF funds supplemented by Minnesota United. These include an oral history project undertaken by Southeast Seniors and the Roadmap for the Future of Historic Dinkytown, a project by Preserve Historic Dinkytown. Lydia McAnerney, volunteer coordinator for Southeast Seniors, said the organization is planning the oral history project as part of their 30-year celebration. “We’ll recruit volunteers from Prospect Park, MarcyHolmes and Southeast Como neighborhoods to collect stories about community life from residents 65 and older,” she said. The Roadmap for Historic Dinkytown hopes to create a vision for the area which connects the residential and business communities with technical and organizational support and assistance said David Feehan, co-chair of Preserve Historic Dinkytown. “We all realize that Dinkytown is not going to be what it was in 1968,” Feehan said. “But what we’ve got to do is … discover and design a new future for the business district and the surrounding residential community that serves the students … local residents ... [and] the purposes of the University.” The contracts for this year’s Good Neighbor Fund grant recipients will be finalized this week and are expected to be completed within the year. Netz said GNF’s Management Committee is beginning to discuss fees for future non-University usage of the stadium.

the diversity of syllabuses based on gender, race. BY MICHELLE GRIFFITH

Following recent national trends pushing for diversity in higher education materials, a University of Minnesota professor hopes more will utilize her website that tracks the diversity of professors’ syllabuses. The website, called the Gender Balance Assessment Tool, allows professors to check the gender and race balance of authors listed in their syllabuses. The push to make syllabuses more diverse is part of an increase in programs that work to make fields more inclusive, including a database launched by the Brookings Institution in May that compiles female

sity political science professor, created the Gender Balance Assessment Tool. “The basic idea is that a lot of people were interested in the idea of having syllabuses that were more diverse in terms of who the authors were,” she said. Sumner said she hopes professors will use the tool to help diversify their syllabuses when preparing for the upcoming academic year. The website, created in 2016, generates an estimate of a syllabus’ racial and gender makeup using a probability algorithm, making it easier and faster for professors to diversify their course content. Elmira Bayrasli, cofounder of Foreign Policy Interrupted, an organization that works to promote and train women in the foreign policy field, said “numerous” organizations are also focused on increasing

Sumner said her interest in the topic was sparked in graduate school when she noticed white males authored much of the material on her class syllabuses. Diversifying syllabuses is important because it makes varied perspectives accessible, Sumner said. Incorporating diversity in syllabuses can be difficult because of professors’ heavy workloads and time constraints, she said, adding that some professors may not change syllabuses because they do not know about syllabus diversity. The issue has sparked conversation across numerous academic fields. Materials authored by women and minorities can provide students with a well-rounded education, said Lorena Muñoz, Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies associate professor. The push for diversity does not mean the

white males, Muñoz said. Samara Klar, assistant professor of political science at the University of Arizona, said it’s important all groups are equally represented in content “because anything else would indicate systemic bias.” Klar is an editorial board member for Women Also Know Stuff, a database of political science research exclusively authored by women that is a partner on Sumner’s project. “So much burden is placed on minorities to work extra hard to get noticed, but what we really need to emphasize is that it is everyone’s benefit to cite a diversity of work,” Klar said. Sumner said she recommends professors pursue additional material written by minorities, as well as including them in an additional reading list.

Trump sees ‘new future’ for North Korea, but path unclear BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SINGAPORE — President Donald Trump wrapped up his five-hour nuclear summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un with surprisingly warm words and hope for “a bright new future” for Kim’s isolated and impoverished nation. Yet he immediately faced pointed questions at home about whether he got little and gave away much in his push to make a deal with the young autocrat — including an agreement to halt U.S. military exercises with South Korea. Meeting with staged ceremony on a Singapore

island, Trump and Kim signed a joint statement Tuesday agreeing to work toward a denuclearized Korean Peninsula, although the timeline and tactics were left unclear. Trump later promised to end “war games,” with ally South Korea, a concession to Kim that appeared to catch the Pentagon and Seoul government off guard and sowed confusion among Trump’s Republican supporters in Washington. The head-scratching was a fitting end for a meeting marked by unpredictability. The face to face was unthinkable just months earlier as the two leaders traded insults and

nuclear threats. In agreeing to the summit, Trump risked granting Kim his long-sought recognition on the world stage in hopes of ending the North’s nuclear program. While progress on the nuclear question was murky, the leaders spent the public portions of their five hours together expressing optimism and making a show of their new relationship. Trump declared he and Kim had developed “a very special bond.” He gave Kim a glimpse of the presidential limousine. Kim, for his part, said the leaders had “decided to leave the past behind” and promised, “The world will see a

major change.” Soon, Kim was on a plane headed home, while a clearly ebullient Trump held forth for more than an hour before the press on what he styled as a historic achievement to avert the prospect of nuclear war. Before leaving himself, Trump tossed out pronouncements on U.S. alliances, human rights and the nature of the accord that he and Kim had signed. The details of how and when the North would denuclearize appear yet to be determined, as are the nature of the unspecified “protections” Trump is pledging to Kim and his government.







Former Minnesota QB looks to future Mitch Leidner was in football action this spring, now is done playing. BY DAVID MULLEN A dream started with an opportunity to play quarterback for his hometown university, which eventually led to taking snaps at U.S. Bank Stadium. Former Gophers quarterback Mitch Leidner has done it all. He recently participated in The Spring League, a league designed to develop skills and give players the opportunity to play in front of professional teams. “I enjoyed it... There were a lot of really talented quarterbacks and it was fun to compete with those guys and learn from them,” Leidner said. Despite the great opportunity he had with The Spring League, Leidner said nothing beats the time he spent with the Minnesota Vikings. “It was probably the best couple of weeks of my life,” he said. The Lakeville native was not drafted in the annual NFL Draft. The 2017 draft was held in late April, leaving Leidner a free agent. He was then invited to the Baltimore Ravens’ rookie mini-camp, but he left camp without a contract. In late August, Leidner

had another chance in the NFL when the Vikings signed him as their thirdstring quarterback in the preseason. He did not see time in the Vikings’ third preseason game, but Leidner said his favorite moment with the team was learning he would go in during the fourth preseason game against the Miami Dolphins. “I remember being in the locker room and them giving me the nod. I remember the guys from Adam Theilen, to Stefon Diggs, Xavier Rhodes, Sam Bradford, and Case [Keenum]; all of those guys were rallying around me and pumping me up,” Leidner said. “It was a pretty unbelievable moment that whole time from half-time to the second half. I had a lot of fun with it.” Leidner completed 14 of 19 passes for 129 yards, with a quarterback rating of 91.8. Former Gophers wideout and current wide receiver in the Canadian Football League for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Drew Wolitarsky, says Leidner’s play that day showed who he is. “[Leidner] went in there with a short amount of time to prepare but was ready. He made plays, was reliable and that’s a true representation of who he is,” Wolitarsky said. Former Gophers quarterback and current Blue Bombers quarterback


Gophers quarterback Mitch Leidner winds up a throw on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 during a game against Rutgers at TCF Bank Stadium.

Chris Streveler said Leidner’s moment did not happen just because of luck. It happened because of hours of hard work and determination, he said. “People only see what happens during the games on Saturdays, but they don’t see the countless hours of film work, or

extra work in the weight room,” Streveler said. “He was always one of the first guys in and last guys out.” Streveler was the backup to Leidner on the Gophers, he said. Adding, they were close and constantly competing with each other, which made the team better.

“He’s an extremely hard worker, and being around a guy like that makes you want to work harder,” Strevler said. Leidner was released by the Vikings after his appearance against the Dolphins, the Vikings’ final preseason game, but said he still appreciates

the organization. “It is truly a top-notch organization and the way they run things. I have nothing but good things to say about my time there,” Leidner said. Since leaving The Spring League, Leidner decided to move from football to construction.



Shortstop Terrin Vavra rounds third base to score the Gopher’s third and final point during the game against UCLA on Saturday, June 2 at Siebert Field. The Gophers won 3-2.

Gophers finish season in second round of NCAAs Minnesota moved past the first round for the first time in more than 40 years. BY DAVID MULLEN The Gophers’ historic run into June came to a halt Saturday. Minnesota’s (44-15) season came to an end Saturday after a second-consecutive loss to Oregon State (49-10-1) in the Super Regional round of the NCAA Tournament. While the Gophers had a 3-2 lead late in the game, the Beavers came back in the ninth inning to secure a 6-3 victory, ending Minnesota’s season. After a pair of hits and a walk, the bases were loaded with one out in the top of the ninth for the Beavers. The Gophers put in pitcher Jackson Rose, who recorded the second out of the inning. Beavers catcher Adley Rutschman was the next batter, who singled up the middle and scored two runs, leaving runners on first and third. The next two batters were hit by pitches, the last

of which scored the final run of the game. The bats for Minnesota were alive during the middle innings— they scored in three consecutive innings and were ahead most of the game. The Gophers had the bases loaded in the fourth inning with one out, but only came away with one run. “[We] weren’t able to get a big hit to get us space,” head coach John Anderson told the media. Left fielder Ben Mezzenga lead the Gophers, going 2-4 with an RBI. Minnesota falls in the first game of the series In the opening game for the Super Regional round in Corvallis, Oregon, Oregon State’s bats were on fire. The Beavers scored three runs in the first inning and never looked back. They beat the Gophers 8-1. “It was an uphill climb for us being down 3-0 against a great pitcher,” Anderson told the media. The Beavers started their offensive onslaught with a single up the middle. It was followed by back-toback home runs with two outs. Outfielder and Minnesota Twins draftee Trevor Larnach hit the first bomb.

“First inning we had two outs there, then we went through three, four and five. They hit a base hit up the middle, we made a couple mistakes and they hit a couple of balls out of the park,” Anderson told the media. The Gophers scored their lone run of the game in the top of the eighth inning. Designated hitter Toby Hanson hit a solo home run to left field. “Obviously, it was a tough game today… they’re a good team and we are too. We’re looking forward to giving it our best,” Hanson told the media. The Gophers had a historic season. They advanced past the opening round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 41 years. They won their 24th Big Ten championship and Anderson won Big Ten coach of the year. “I would hope this senior class has laid a foundation of playing the game the right way, preparing the right way, and doing the right things on and off the field,” infielder Micah Coffey told the media. “I really do think we laid the foundation for guys who are ready to continue to compete at a high level.”







By Maddy Folstein

Listen to this: “Dissect” Like Genius, but long-form audio. “Dissect” devotes a season of its show to a single album; each episode delves into a song and the meanings you may not have picked up on first listen. The newest season will examine Frank Ocean’s “Blonde,” with bonus episodes looking at “Channel Orange.” Listen on Spotify.

Watch this: “Mamma Mia” Yes — we mean that “Mamma Mia!” The sequel comes out in a month, so it’s the perfect time to start getting excited for the return of everyone’s favorite ABBA musical. Plus, if you’re stuck in the Twin Cities for a while with no vacation in sight, the Greek setting will tear you away from this summer’s clouds and humidity.

Try this:


A new brunch location It’s patio season! Take advantage of it while it lasts. Open Yelp, grab your bike (or a Nice Ride) and head to a new corner of the city — the fresh air will never disappoint. If all else fails, the Loring Bar and Restaurant in Dinkytown now offers a $15 allyou-can-eat brunch for students, with orange juice and coffee included.


Friday Retro Game Show Take your average game night up a notch by heading over to Can Can Wonderland in St. Paul this Friday. The weekly event brings shows like "Family Feud," "Let’s Make a Deal" and "The Price is Right" together. Can Can Wonderland sweetens the deal by adding prizes and local comedians.

Where Can Can Wonderland, 755 Prior Ave. N., St. Paul Hours 9 P.M. Cost Free

Saturday Northern Spark Festival In the summertime, the Twin Cities is a hub for outdoor festivals. The Northern Spark Festival puts a spin on this theme. Temporary art installations will take over downtown Minneapolis overnight, from sunset to 2 a.m. You can travel by foot, bike or public transportation (Metro Transit passes are free for the event if you fill out a survey online).

Where Multiple locations Hours 9:02 P.M. to 2 A.M. Cost Free

Sunday Stone Arch Bridge Festival Everyone’s favorite Instagram location, now transformed into a weekend-long festival. Think about it: over 200 artists and three stages of live music — a people watcher's dream. Grab brunch with your dad first if you're planning on celebrating Father's Day, then follow your meal with a stroll along Historic Main Street.

Where Historic Main Street, 43 Main St. S.E., Minneapolis Hours 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. Cost Free

Chastity Brown, storyteller Brown u from Page 1

Originally from Knoxville, Tennessee, Brown moved to Minneapolis on a whim with a friend. She says genuine curiosity is what kept her here. “I had never been to the Midwest... but I fell in love with the music scene,” Brown said. As the diversity of Minneapolis’ music scene continues to evolve, so does Brown’s music. “It blows my mind how many artist friends I have where we create completely different types of music, but we still support each other,” she said. Sarah White, a singer, songwriter and guitarist,

has supported Brown since 2006. White even sang backup for Brown for a brief time. White classifies her own work as “neon soul” with hints of electronica and experimental sounds. “Me and Chastity do a lot of song workshopping together, we work through our processes together,” White said. While music originally brought them together, Brown and White also tackle non-melodic obstacles. “We also have support for each other around the emotional labor that goes along with being an artist, an entertainer... different things that come up with your race, your heart, your process and your spirit,” White said.

Brown said her sound is repeatedly called into question. “Being a woman, being a woman of color, being a queer woman... I have so often been asked, ‘What does it feel like to be a woman of color writing these types of songs for the world?’” B ro w n s a i d s h e h a s many white, male friends who are talented musicians that are never asked to answer these types of questions. “It gets exhausting when the reality is that every person of color cannot just be good. You have to be better than the best,” she said. “There are no bootstraps.” Despite these ongoing struggles, Brown is still finding a way to share her

story through soul and rock. “We met, we jammed and the rest was history,” said Robert Mulrennan, a longtime friend, co-songwriter, guitarist and producer for Brown. “I love creating music and building songs and sending them her way for inspiration. The ones that resonate with her, she’ll start to write lyrics for. And then we’ll do the arrangement and build the song up from there.” Mulrennan said Brown has only sharpened her craft over the years, improving everything from lyrics to arrangement and production. “She has made me such a better musician and composer,” Mulrennan said. All of this painstaking

work does come at a price for Brown. She’s spent the last five years traveling back and forth between North America and Europe on tour. Later this year, Brown is hoping to take a break to “rest and write.” But before she takes some down-time, she’ll be performing at Rock the Garden this Saturday. “[Rock the Garden] is no small feat... that’s for sure,” Brown said of the upcoming performance. Ultimately, Brown is extremely grateful to play for the community that has supported her through it all. For Chastity Brown, playing in this festival will be like coming home.


Well-dressed, well-read Who says you can’t be bookish and stylish? BY MARAYA KING


n Saturday, Lit Crawl MN brought out the best dressed and most well read of Minneapolis. The third annual Lit Crawl featured readings from local authors, hands-on workshops, Instagram competitions and more. From Graywolf Press to Magers and Quinn, A&E scoured the events. We were not disappointed. Elton Garananga Cyber security advisor for Wells Fargo What they wore: Asos hat, shirt and jeans, Levi’s denim jacket, Banana Republic shoes, Wilsons Leather messenger bag Rightly so, Garananga exuded confidence as he roamed the aisles of Magers and Quinn. With neutral tones and a splash of color from a perfectlyworn leather bag, he was doing everything right. Sammi Gullman Manager at Core Power Yoga What they wore: Urban Outfitters shirt and gold accessories, Corner Store Vintage jeans, Sven shoes found at local flea market Gullman looked as if she’d sauntered off a Pinterest “dream clothes” board —

her shades of blue paired perfectly with a variety of gold accessories. Gullman and her husband were out last Saturday hunting for first editions — it’s safe to say they have sharp eyes. Dan Gullman IT for a digital reading company What they wore: Urban Outfitters quarter-length shirt, Levi’s jeans, Dr. Martens boots Gullman’s outfit was timeless. Black everything and subtle stripes ... and who could overlook those Dr. Martens? Gullman said a majority of his clothing comes from Urban Outfitters, which is always a safe bet. Abigail Gullman Infant What they wore: Does it matter? Cute from head to toe. Arthur Ramirez Caribou barista What they wore: Thrifted button-up and shoes, Target jeans With complimentary earth-tones and a rugged beard to match, Ramirez’s outfit was a classic. Ramirez, who is originally from California, said finding weatherappropriate clothing in the Midwest is no small task. Clearly he was up for the challenge.


Photos from top to bottom: Elton Garananga, Arthur Ramirez and Dan Gullman and Sammi Gullman holding Abigail Gullman.

6 WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13, 2018



Editorials & Opinions



Mindset around plastic use needs change

U should restore reproductive rights fellowship

Recycling in the 21st century has gotten better, but is not nearly enough.


e know that plastic is everywhere and has taken a place in modern life that’s only natural. Plastics are boons to medicine, delivering sterility, preservation and aid in transplants and prosthetics. ElseUMA VENKATA where in industry, plascolumnist tics are lightweight, cheap and extremely durable, reducing mass and increasing mileage in vehicles. Plastics are often still the best choice. Nevertheless, far too much globally consumed plastic is not vital, but flippant. Plastic’s durability is a double-edged sword — wood-plastic composites won’t rot, and plastics won’t decompose. I can justify some amount of permanent plastic pollution, but not for a granola bar wrapper. Since the widespread use of convenient commercial plastics began in the 1950s, we’ve produced about 8.3 billion tons of plastic. Less than one-tenth of this has been recycled. The largest plastic graveyards exist in the oceans, where we deposit about 12.7 million tons annually — nearly 90 percent of this is single-use plastic. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric

Administration recognize it, is now three times the size of France. And contrary to popular belief, it is not actually an islandlike mass with dry land to stand on. It’s a vast collection of trash beneath the water’s surface, tossed and mixed by ocean current. But terrain is neither here nor there. Ocean and marine life are not the only casualty of plastic pollution — so are abovewater lands and all life there, including humans. And what goes around comes around; plastics degrade into microplastics, which infiltrate sources of food and water. Microplastics carry yet-unknown consequences for human health, because no one has studied it yet. We shouldn’t have to wait until humans are harmed for us to start caring about the detriment to flora and fauna. But it is, if you’ll forgive the pun, human nature. The biggest offenders, whose elimination will put a great dent into ongoing plastics pollution, are single-use plastics. To stop them from polluting, we must stop throwing them away. To stop throwing them away, we must recycle properly or stop using them. Therein lies the problem. Where a concern of recycling exists, there is a glaring lack of self-sustained recycling infrastructure in the United States. We exported a lot scrap to China — $5.6 billion worth in 2016, according to the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. — until China implemented a ban on those imports in January. And even if here in the U.S. we do manage to pull together the necessary infrastructure — we’re the global superpower, I bet we could — we’ll still need to revamp our collective attitude

“We shouldn’t have to wait until humans are harmed for us to start caring about the detriment to flora and fauna. But it is, if you’ll forgive the pun, human nature.” toward recycling. Other countries have astoundingly effective methods. For example, Norway taxes every bottle that isn’t recycled, resulting in 97 percent of bottles being successful recycled. Another option could be to fine consumers for mis-categorizing recyclables. Barring these logistical uphill battles, we could just refer to the pre-plastics world for replacing nonessential plastics. We could incentivize consumers to bring their own reusable containers and offer cleanrecyclable buyback or free-processing programs, much like supermarkets do with plastic bags. It was done once, and we can do it wagain. Reducing, reusing and recycling, in that order, are more important now than ever — and they’ll only get more pressing. The consumer’s voice is the most powerful. We need to use it well.

Uma Venkata welcomes comments at

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Ancel Keys discredited over insuf ficent research

In his May 3, 2018, article, “Ancel Keys’ Complex Nutrition Legacy,” Minnesota Daily editor Nick Wicker took on the ambitious goal of describing the groundbreaking work of a famed University of Minnesota scientist along with the recent challenges to Keys’ work and the very definition of a “healthy diet.” The article provided a reasonable summary of Keys’ pioneering Seven Countries Study, but overlooked some important pieces of the story: the historical context of Keys’ research and the unreliability of today’s campaign to discredit his findings. Keys and colleagues launched the Seven Countries Study at a time (late 1950s) when there was a “need to know”on the effects of specific nutrients, based on thenrecent discoveries about vitamin- and protein-deficiency diseases. Saturated fat was the nutrient they found to be strongly asso-

“It’s hard to believe that analysis of the health of thousands of middle-aged workers among 15 contrasting diet cultures of seven countries over the course of 50 years would not qualify as the “smoking gun”...” ciated with heart disease rates. This focus on nutrients is now sometimes dismissed as “reductionism,” but was a natural part of the evolution of the science. But Keys and his wife, Margaret, also were aware of the need to communicate a clear, practical message about foods and health to the public. In three popular cookbooks, including one called “How to Eat Well and Stay Well the Mediterranean Way” (1975), they described the actual foods and eating traditions that reflected the nutrients Keys found to be associated with heart health and longevity. Their recipes and menus are as useful and delightful today as they were when the books were published. Wicker’s apparent commitment to presenting “both sides” of the current debate over dietary fats vs. carbs gives the impression that the sides are equally well-supported by scientific evidence. They are not. The Daily article gives credence to charges by scientists who appear to have no accurate knowledge about Keys’ methods or findings. It’s hard to believe that analysis of the health of thousands of middle-aged workers among 15 contrasting diet cultures of seven countries over the course of 50 years would not qualify as the “smoking gun” one interviewed source claims he cannot find. Other quoted non-scientist, non-journalist opinion writers have accused Keys of bias in selecting populations and of design and methodological faults. These claims are systematically nullified in the comprehensive, independent analysis. “Ancel Keys and the Seven Countries Study: An Evidence-based Response to Revisionist Histories” should have been a central source, not just a brief mention in the article. Ancel Keys made our campus a mecca for research and training in the causes and prevention of heart disease for more than half a century. The Minnesota Daily is the right media outlet to give this fascinating, and yes, complex story more thoughtful coverage in the future. This letter has been lightly edited for clarity and style. Henry Blackburn is professor emeritus in the UM School of Public Health.

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It takes efforts and strides to move into a new place


Relocating, with practice, gets better and better.

hate moving. I’m an awful packer. I feel like it takes me weeks to organize a new living space, and I’m perpetually aware of the distance between me and my family and friends Palmer Haasch every time I relocate. columnist Somehow, despite my general disdain for relocation, I’ve managed to do it four times within the past year – spending between three and four months in each new location before moving on to the next spot. Now in my fourth city of the year after relocating for a summer internship, I’ve reluctantly worked out some solid strategies for settling into a new city, even when it feels like I know less people than I did when I first moved onto campus as an out-of-state freshman. The cities that I’ve lived in over the past year have all been fairly large, and it’s been easy to feel lost in an urban sea of people. I don’t think I’ve ever felt as lonely as I did sitting alone in my apartment in a metropolis of 4 million people. So without further ado, here are my survival strategies for settling into a new city, no matter how temporarily you’re living there. The first: establish yourself as a regular. It really doesn’t matter if this is a coffee shop, restaurant, gym, whatever, as long as you show up there enough that someone will recognize your face. Task #1 for me in a new city is finding a coffee shop with a good study space as well as affordable (and, at minimum, decent) coffee, and then going there about as much as my budget can sustain. When you don’t know anyone in a new city, the value of having someone recognize you and call you by name can’t be understated. Plus, after making friends with the baristas, you may start to receive free drinks. My second strategy: make friends with your coworkers. Whether you’re in an office, behind a coffee bar or testing out products, it’s important to form genuine connections that move past

“At the end of the day, the more that you stick your neck out the easier it gets. Relocating isn’t simple, but it’s absolutely a task that gets easier with practice. ” circumstantial acquaintanceship. Not only does this make work more fun, it gives you much-needed social interaction. Whenever I move, 95 percent of my social interaction happens at work. It becomes important for conversations to extend past water-cooler talk. Whether you’re chatting in the break room or over Slack, make an effort to get to know the people you’re working with and incite meaningful conversations. Strategy three: Put yourself out there. This can take a lot of different forms. It may tie into work; jump into discussions even if you’re intimated – often the case with me – and initiate conversations with your coworkers. Putting yourself out there may also mean getting on apps like Tinder. Safety while using online dating apps is always crucial, but in my experience I’ve been able to chat and meet new people that have helped me experience a city in a new way. Above all, though, I recommend physically getting out. I spent the greater part of my first two weeks in Los Angeles holed up in my room because I was terrified by the sheer scale of the city. At the end of the day, the more that you stick your neck out the easier it gets. Relocating isn’t simple, but it’s absolutely a task that gets easier with practice. By the time I’m finally settled in, I usually find myself not wanting to leave.

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Last month, the University of Minnesota delayed a reproductive rights fellowship after an outcry from a conservative media source and anti-abortion groups, with Medical School Dean Jakub Tolar ultimately stating the school would examine the “value of this training in the context of our mission” over the coming year. The University’s reactionary decision to delay sponsoring this fellowship has potential for a myriad of negative short- and long-term consequences for the University, as well as for the entire state of reproductive health care. The fellowship would have been sponsored by the University, but ultimately funded by the Reproductive Health Access Project in partnership with Planned Parenthood. This fact is crucial because it doesn’t mean student “tuition dollars would be complicit with this,” as Noah Maldonado, president of anti-abortion student group Bulldog Students for Life, claimed. The recipient of the fellowship would have worked in a Planned Parenthood center in St. Paul and would then be encouraged to remain in reproductive health after the fellowship ended. The loss of a trained reproductive health care provider to our community is incredibly disappointing, especially in our current climate around reproductive rights. Iowa, for example, recently passed a bill banning abortions as early as six weeks, before most women even know they’re pregnant. While the recipient of the fellowship would have been trained in abortion procedures, they would have also been trained to perform intrauterine device (IUD) insertions and endometrial biopsies, as well as instructed about reproductive rights advocacy. There are precious few of these kinds of fellowships in the U.S. In fact, this fellowship would have been the first of its kind in the Midwest, and only the fourth in the nation. Since the University is a prominent research university, it only makes sense that our school would support research and training in this under-supported field. And this training is absolutely necessary if reproductive rights and healthcare are justly valued. The data is clear: countries in which abortion is illegal still have abortion rates at comparable levels to those in which abortion is legal. Some studies even suggest abortion rates are actually higher in countries where the practice is illegal. Removal of legal abortions only serves to make safe abortions inaccessible. A society that values the health of women should not only make abortions legal, it should also make available the training necessary to provide those procedures. If we support the right to choose, we should also support safe and rigorous health care that provides women with the services they need. The precedent this decision sets is a disheartening one for our university. An area of research being controversial does not mean that it should be avoided — in fact, it likely means research is all the more crucial. The University bowing to pressure from lawmakers who threatened to pull funding indicates an institution that values partisan politics over necessary education and progress. The Medical School’s mission is to deliver “innovative, accountable and compassionate care” and to make health care available throughout the state as a “fundamental human right.” This mission will only come to fruition if the University prioritizes advancement of our knowledge and resources, or else the University will become strangled by the limitations of its own cowardice.

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DR. DATE Dr. Date,

There are two girls who like me, and I can also see myself dating both of them. I’m not sure who should be the object of my affection. I suppose I’ll start by listing their strengths and weaknesses: Girl one: • 22 years old (like me) • Naughtier ;) • More personality Girl two: • 18 years old • Inexperienced when it comes to the dating game • Nicer • Wifey type <3 <3 <3 :) Dr. Date, I’m so confused. This list confuses me sometimes. My friends have recommended that I date and sleep with them both multiple times before determining, but I question the ethics of that method (even though it sounds appealing). I’m completely conflicted with this situation; I sometimes wonder who I am.


Hey Buddy,

I’ve got to say, you’re talking about these girls the same way someone would talk about whether or not he or she should get a PlayStation or an Xbox. That’s just plain gross. We all make judgments based off of the information before us, but man, this seems a little overboard, and I think this frame of mind is why you’re facing this issue. You need to step out of this dehumanizing mindset and step in to a world where you recognize that who you love, or even just who you have sex with, can’t be determined by a list. Trying to solve the situation by sleeping with both of them and then checking off the markers in your head — until one proves “better” than the other — is just plain wrong. You need to think long and hard about what you’re feeling. Meditate,

take a walk, feel the midnight air and then see if you feel strongly about either of these women.

—Dr. Date

Dr. Date,

I’ve had a pretty long streak of not getting laid. I keep saying I’m barren, but that’s not true. I mean I’m 21; I still have time to have kids. I don’t know if I want to have kids, but that’s not the point. Listen, I’m hot. I am really, really hot. But I feel like I pull back right before things start heating up. I came out of a horrible, possibly even abusive, relationship about a year ago, and I don’t know if I’m ready for a new partner — even for a night. But that doesn’t mean I’m not hella horny.

—To Lay Or Not To Lay

Listen To Your Instincts,

Hey soul sister, coming out of a really rough and maybe abusive relationship is tough, but getting back to the point where you can let another person into your life in that way, even just for a little while, can be even more difficult. Don’t fight your instincts. Even if the guy or gal is the perfect partner, if you feel some personal reticence, you’ll likely feel horrible after the one night stand if you follow through. And that’s OK because eventually you are going to get to a place where you can accept and give out the love and pleasure that you seek. I really hope you’re talking to someone about your feelings (besides me, a newspaper love doctor) because they might take a while to unwrap and understand. A therapist can be a caring guide on that journey. Nonetheless, no matter what you’ve gone through, it seems you’ve still got your sense of humor, and thank god for that.

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—Dr. Date

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Experts, lawmakers reflect on Dayton’s legacy, future of higher education policy The next governor will impact Minnesota state support of the University, according to lawmakers and political experts.








GOP-endorsed candidate for Minnesota Governor Jeff Johnson shakes hands with parade spectators at the Father Hennepin Parade in Champlin, Minnesota on Saturday, June 9.


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*The legislature failed to pass a bonding bill during the 2016 legislative session



As midterm election campaigns heat up following DFL and GOP endorsement conventions, higher education policy in the state could shift with the election of a new governor, lawmakers and political experts say. DFL Governor Mark Dayton — a vocal supporter of the University of Minnesota — is retiring after serving as Governor for nearly eight years, leaving room for his replacement to have a significant impact on the school’s future. Representative Gene Pelowski, DFL-Winona, who chaired the House higher education committee in 2013, said Dayton’s support of the University led to increased funding

for the school. Dayton also stressed accountability as governor, he said. “When Dayton had a Democratic Legislature, there were record increases in higher education, we froze tuition and paid for it, we made a record investment in the state grant program and we held accountable higher education for excessive administrative costs,” Pelowski said. “There is a pattern that will have to be matched for anyone who follows Dayton.” Last session, Dayton recommended full funding for the University’s bonding bill request. But Republican lawmakers pushed back on the proposed bill, resulting in partial funding for the school. Dayton also proposed full funding for the University’s fiscal year 2019

supplemental budget ask, which the school claimed would hold tuition flat for undergraduate resident students. Republican-controlled higher education committees in the House and Senate voted down amendments to allocate this funding, resulting in a 2 percent tuition increase approved by the Board of Regents Friday. “I would give Dayton high marks for effort, even though he wasn’t as successful as he could have been,” said David Schultz, professor of political science at Hamline University. While a Republican governor would still offer support to the University, Senator Jim Abeler, R-Anoka, said members of his party are concerned there is a lack of accountability in how the University

spends its money. “The Democrats are willing to give more money without being particular about what happens to it, and Republicans are concerned that there is waste in higher education that could be cleaned up [so] the money could go further. There is a lot of unnecessary administration cost,” Abeler said. Republicans represent a large part of Greater Minnesota and are also increasingly focused on the Minnesota State system. This is illustrated in the party’s fiscal priorities, said Larry Jacobs, director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for the Study of Politics and Governance. In the last bonding bill, the Minnesota State system, which is significantly larger than the University’s five campuses,

received around $129 million compared to the University’s $79 million. “[Republicans] see [Minnesota State] as literally the University in their district, while the University of Minnesota is a theoretical thing,” he said. In the last five years, Dayton has proposed University bonding bill and budget bill allocations greater than those passed by the Legislature. In both

2015 and 2018, he proposed bonding bills that exceeded the request made by the University, which was an attempt to solidify his legacy as a supporter of the University, Jacobs said. “Mark Dayton will have a legacy up there with some of the greatest supporters of higher education,” Jacobs said. “He’s someone who believe in the University and has been in their corner.”

“Mark Dayton will have a legacy up there with some of the greatest supporters of higher education... He’s someone who believe in the University and has been in their corner.” LARRY JACOBS UMN Center for Study of Politics and Governance director

Researchers hope to continue the U of M’s spintronics research


C-SPIN Director Jiang-Ping Wang stands in front of a homemade, modified manufacture semiconductor device system in Keller Hall on Thursday, May 31.

Research works to make electronic devices even more energy efficient. BY AMIE STAGER

Researchers at the University of Minnesota are searching for funding to extend a spintronics research program that concluded this past year. Center of Spintronic Materials, Interfaces and Novel Architectures (C-SPIN) funded the $28 million spintronics research program, which concluded this year after a five-year run. Spintronics is an area of research that studies how to make electronic devices more energy efficient and expand memory storage. “Each electron has a charge and that is what we use nowadays to power [electronic] devices. In spintronics, we go further and use an electron’s spin to make devices with lower energy consumption,” said Jian-Ping Wang, director of C-SPIN at the University. The additional funding

would help researchers continue the progress that spintronics has made, Wang said. Wang’s spintronic explorations may be able to aid in the treatment of brain disorders such as Parkinson’s by using spintronic devices to stimulate brain function through localized magnetic fields, which can aid in therapy. Wang is seeking funding from the University, the state and industry partners to continue spintronics research. The program has also applied for federal funding grants. Wang said that C-SPIN wants to go one step beyond what they have already done, including the use of spintronics for neuromorphic computing, which involves making devices that mimic the brain’s thinking process. Several researchers, including Wang, are currently receive sponsorships from the Nanoelectronic Computing Research program, but Wang continues to seek additional help. Paul Crowell, University physics professor and C-SPIN co-director said

“I’m optimistic about the future of spintronics in Minnesota,” PAUL CROWELL C-SPIN co-director

that Minnesota has been a leader in spintronics research. When the Semiconductor Research Corporation began sponsoring the spintronics program in 2012, Wang was a “natural leader,” Crowell said. He said Wang’s strengths included figuring out what companies want, recruiting researchers and encouraging them to try new ideas. The SRC has moved on to sponsor a different program, but spintronics research at the University is still moving forward, Crowell said. “I’m optimistic about the future of spintronics in Minnesota,” he said. “While it’s true that C-SPIN as an administrative entity does not keep going, everyone in it does.”

June 13, 2018  
June 13, 2018