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The City Council member hopes a new development will meet residents’ needs. BY MOHAMED IBRAHIM Though both his father and stepfather were politically active back in Somalia, Ward 6 Minneapolis City Council member Abdi Warsame did not intend to follow their lead. But circumstances changed after settling in Cedar-Riverside. Issues like affordable housing, lack of recreational space, but most of all unemployment and underemployment, inspired his run for office, he said. “For me it was never a first choice,” Warsame said. “In a way, we got involved by accident.” The Africa Village Public Market Project in Cedar-Riverside, announced by city officials earlier this year, would attempt to improve on many of those issues simultaneously. As the next step of the project is slated for later this month, with the community’s help and input, Warsame said the space can help fulfill his campaign promises.

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Disciplined Humphrey prof. resigns The U suspended James Ron after investigating him for violating sexual harrassment policy. BY DYLAN ANDERSON AND TIFFANY BUI,

Minneapolis City Council member Abdi Warsame sits for an interview at his office in City Hall on Thursday, Oct. 17. (Kamaan Richards / Minnesota Daily)

Warsame, his mother and five siblings arrived in London in the late 1980s, seeking asylum in the years of political unrest before the civil war that would send Somalis around the globe. He immigrated to the United States with his wife in 2006, taking up residence in the predominantly East African neighborhood of Cedar-Riverside. Through activism, specifically his time with a tenant advocacy group, he became aware of various concerns his community was facing. “The fact that we live in a very rich state and a very rich city, and a large number of Somali and East African community members were either unemployed or underemployed,” Warsame said, “that’s one of the reasons why I ran.” Warsame beat out incumbent Robert Lilligren in Minneapolis’s 2013 municipal election to represent six downtown and south Minneapolis neighborhoods, including Cedar-Riverside. He won his reelection four years later in a much more contested race, beating out now-Rep. Mohamud Noor, DFL-Minneapo-

lis, for the seat in 2017 after a reBeing one of the first Somalicount initiated by Noor. Americans in the country to win a Ryan SanCartier, Warsame’s municipal election came with nocurrent senior policy aide and toriety in the Somali community, campaign manfrom interviews by ager during his the BBC World Ser“We live in a very vice shortly after reelection effort, said Warsame his victory to being rich state and a has always been recognized at his lovery rich city, and cal mosque. Fellow an ally to his constituents. a large number of worshipers even “If his oppohim Somali and East recognized nent at the time when he journeyed African community halfway around the said something that he felt diworld to Mecca for members minished the Hajj. were either qualities of the Warsame said unemployed or Ward 6 commuhis office deals with nity, or if people underemployed.” the needs of his do that now while ward and the Somali ABDI WARSAME he’s in office, a community from City Council member lot of the time I’ll other areas about have to text him issues ranging from and be like, ‘keep immigration to Isyour cool’,” SanCartier said. “If lamophobia and racism. Managing anyone throws any type of shade the expectations of his commutowards them, he is ready to come nity and the limits of his position out swinging for that person or for is a challenge, he said. that group.” “It’s a privilege to have that kind of influence, but it’s also a Challenges and successes u See WARSAME Page 3 “bigger than any office”


UMN-hosted conference criticized by pro-Israel groups The groups launched campaigns calling on U leaders to condemn or cancel the conference. BY FARRAH MINA

The ninth annual National Students for Justice in Palestine conference, which will be hosted at the University of Minnesota in November, has received backlash from pro-Israel groups, who are calling on the University to condemn the conference. StandWithUs, a pro-Israel advocacy group based in Los Angeles, launched a petition claiming the University has a responsibility to condemn events that “promote hatred, intolerance, and opposition to the free exchange of ideas.” SWU also claimed that “SJP has a

long record of spreading hate, supporting violence, and violating the free speech rights of people they disagree with on campus.” According to the SWU press release, each signature of the petition triggers an email to the University administration asking them to condemn the conference. The University’s Students Supporting Israel also launched a petition calling for President Joan Gabel to cancel the conference. The theme for this year’s NSJP conference is titled “Beyond Struggle: From Roots to Branches Towards Liberation” and will explore topics relating to the growing visibility of Palestine in mainstream politics. “We’re trying to really work toward addressing the growing visibility of Palestine in u See SJP Page 3

President of Students for Justice in Palestine Malak Shahin speaks about divestment efforts to a group at the La Raza Student Cultural Center in Coffman Union on Wednesday, Feb. 28. 2018. (Maddy Fox / Minnesota Daily)


James Ron, a tenured professor at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, resigned Monday, according to his faculty mentor Ragui Assaad. Ron, a preeminent human rights scholar, was placed on a five-month unpaid leave earlier this year by Humphrey Dean Laura Bloomberg after a University investigation found that he “more likely than not” violated University sexual harassment policy. He returned to teach at the beginning of fall semester. Bloomberg assigned Assaad, an economics professor at the Humphrey School, to act as Ron’s postdiscipline faculty mentor. Assaad said Ron told him of his resignation, and that Ron is “mentally and physically well.” According to Jake Ricker, University director of public relations, Ron’s is currently still a University employee. Ricker said because of legal limitations, he could not share anything other than his current employment status. In an email sent Friday morning, Bloomberg informed students Ron is no longer teaching his fall semester classes The Humphrey School declined to comment, according to Director of Communications Keith Hovis. Ron could not be reached for comment by the time of publication. In the email, Bloomberg said arrangements are being made to cover Ron’s course load and the “primary goal right now is to minimize any disruption this may cause for students enrolled in these classes.” Ron was teaching two courses this semester and each are now being covered by other instructors within Humphrey. The email said Associate Dean Carissa Slotterback is “working closely with both instructors to ensure coursework continues as seamlessly as possible.” Bloomberg also wrote that she hopes to “share more specific information with [students] in the very near future.” Ron was slated to teach the school’s only human rights capstone course in the spring, leading some students to raise concerns with administration. Some students have criticized Humphrey administration for what they call a lack of transparency in informing students about sexual harassment allegations against Ron and another Humphrey professor. A coalition of students are demanding policy changes from Bloomberg’s office, calling for modifications to the tenure code.


Students rally for menstrual equity in natl. demonstration

Arabic department works to address history of Arabic-English dictionary The book’s author, Hans Wehr, wrote it while he was a member of the Nazi Party.

Several student groups at UMN co-hosted the event on campus as part of a national movement.



Supporters gather in front of Northrop for the first annual National Period Day on Saturday, Oct. 19. (Sydni Rose / Minnesota Daily)

A red and pink wall formed around the front of Northrop Plaza as supporters of menstrual equity and education filed in for the first annual National Period Day on Oct. 19. Passersby could hear cheering and chants halfway down the mall as the rally basked in one of the last warm, sunny afternoons of the season. The rally was one of many happening around the country on Saturday.  A group of about 14 speakers championed issues like menstrual equity, the end of the ‘tampon tax,’ strengthened education on menstruation, better support for sufferers of endometriosis and

an end to the stigma surrounding menstruation and menstruators. Speakers included various supporters of the Period at University of Minnesota student group who helped spearhead the Period Day Rally on campus, an event which was sponsored by Seventh Generation and co-hosted by 19 other groups. Period at University of Minnesota is a subsidiary of an international nonprofit, Period. Inc., that works to fight for menstrual equity, or the equal access to menstrual products for everyone, and the end of period poverty through education, advocacy and service.

Samantha Holtz, president of the Period chapter at the University, contextualized the impact menstruation can have on a menstruator’s educational career. “There’s a statistic … that one in five girls have to miss class due to the fact that they don’t have access to menstrual products within their schools,” Holtz said. “This is an example of what we call period poverty. Menstrual equity is the fight against period poverty.” The group advocates for environmentally-conscious u See PERIOD RALLY Page 3

After professor Katrien Vanpee went over the syllabus with her Arabic class this semester, University of Minnesota student Lauren Meyers saw her usually lighthearted professor grow serious. Vanpee, the director of Arabic language instruction at the University, told her students she never thought she would have to talk about Nazis on the first day of class, Meyers said. She proceeded to inform her students about the background of a text that was on the course’s book list: the “Arabic-English Dictionary: The Hans Wehr Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic.” Vanpee told her class that this dictionary — the most widely used Arabic dictionary in the world — was published in 1952 by a member of the Nazi party. Hans

Wehr’s dictionary project was funded by the Nazi government with hopes of producing an Arabic translation of Adolph Hitler’s “Mein Kampf.” In addition, Hedwig Klein, a Jewish contributor to the dictionary project, died in a concentration camp in Auschwitz before the dictionary was completed. Though the book had previously been required at all language levels of Arabic at the University, Vanpee told her students she would not be requiring it in her classroom. The Arabic department is currently working on a policy that will apply to all Arabic classes to address the dictionary’s history. Her disclaimer to her class about the dictionary came after second-year student Rodrigo Tojo Garcia found information online about Wehr’s background after having already purchased the dictionary some months ago. “...I was amazed that it hadn’t come up, that no one had talked about it,” Tojo Garcia said. “You would think with something u See DICTIONARY Page 3 VOLUME 120 ISSUE 15





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Students attend Hong Kong rally The Hong Kong protest to advocate for a united China drew around 100. BY JIANG LI AND GWIWON JASON NAM gnam@mndaily A march at the University of Minnesota advocating for liberty and democracy in Hong Kong d r e w a ro u n d 1 0 0 s u p porters and protesters in front of Coffman Union on Friday. The march started around 3:10 p.m., with both Hong Kong and mainland Chinese students marching around campus. After the march, participants had an information session to talk about the current situation in Hong Kong a n d p e r s p e c t i v e s f ro m different parties. While Hong Kong students held their session, students f ro m m a i n l a n d C h i n a shouted out slogans, like “Treasure China! No violence!” and sang China’s national anthem. Participants chanted “Hong Kong! Stay strong!” as they marched from East Bank to West Bank and back. The organizers of the march, who are also University students, said about 60 people attended the rally in support for Hong Kong. The march’s organizers wanted to remain anonymous for this story to protect their identities in case of potential retaliation. Protesters also wore masks at the rally for anonymity, which has been a symbol of Hong Kong’s recent social movement. “We want to raise awareness in this community and in this neighborhood,” said one of the organizers. “We wanted to relate, try to get people to think about why should they care. We want to show that there is someone all the way in Minnesota, all

the way across the road, supporting people in Hong Kong for this protest,” the organizers said. In June, the movement first began in Hong Kong to stand in solidarity for the Hong Kong people against oppression of democracy and human rights. “It’s stupid,” said Bary Shi, a nutrition freshman f ro m m a i n l a n d C h i n a . “Hong Kong is always a part of China. So, it is meaningless to do a march like this because it is not going to change anything.” The University of Minnesota Police Department was also at the march for security. “The Hong Kong students did come in and have a meeting with us,” said Troy Buhta, a lieutenant with UMPD. “This was like any other protest rally that we have here on campus. We always provide security for them ... So we’re just here to stand by and make sure everything is safe for everybody.” Organizers said they believe half of the counter-protesters, many of whom were students from mainland China, were respectful of them. “Counter-protesters do value what we fight for, and they are just there to voice their own opinion. So we’re totally fine with that,” they said. Some organizers, however, also said the other half of the counter-protesters had a limited understanding of the purpose of the march. “They keep shouting ‘One China! One China!’ which is really not part of the discussion because we’ve never argued for the independence of Hong Kong. It’s just not an issue at all,” one of the organizers said. University psychology student Harlequin Mao, a student from mainland China, said the counterprotest was a personal


Senior citizens turned out at a Hennepin County budget hearing Thursday to oppose the elimination of county funding for three senior services programs, including one serving seniors near the University of Minnesota. The proposed 2020 county budget would cut a total of $110,000 in funding from block nurse programs South East Seniors, Longfellow/ Seward Healthy Seniors and Nokomis Healthy Seniors. Each program provides local seniors with nursing, transportation, programming and other resources. County money provides the programs with a reliable source of funding that helps them maintain core programming, staff say. SE Seniors, which serves more than 300 seniors living in Southeast Como, MarcyHolmes and Prospect Park, relies on the $22,000 in county funding to match other grants, said Erica Schmiel, the nonprofit’s community outreach coordinator. County money makes up

part of SE Seniors’ $197,000 budget. If eliminated, staff would have to supplement program funding by writing other grants, Schmiel said. “They’re just asking us to spend our staff time ch a sin g m on ey v ers u s serving people,” she said. Carol Cooke, an 89-yearold Marcy Holmes resident, said she relies on SE Seniors for information about resources in the community. “It’s just a wonderful resource,” Cooke said. “I would miss it if it weren’t available. I can’t imagine

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Wearing masks in solidarity with protesters in Hong Kong, a group of demonstrators crosses the Washington Avenue bridge Oct. 18. (Kamaan Richards / Minnesota Daily)

reaction and she hopes to dispel the misunderstanding toward people from mainland China. “I really hope that we can raise awareness that not all Chinese are brainw as h ed,” M ao s aid. “ It seems to me like on the internet, if you are Chinese, you are wrong, you are from China, you work for the government, which is not the truth ... I am not going to say there is a discrimination to Chinese people. But like, I am afraid. I am really scared.” Students from mainland China said that media coverage from mainland China and Hong Kong are often different, making it hard to know what is really happening. “There is a difference of information we get. A lot of Western media videos say that policemen are actually beating t h os e pro t e s t e r s ,” s a id statistic senior Dante Liu. “But before those so-called violence, they started the violence first at least according to our mainland media. It is really hard to tell what the truth is.” University student Tenzin Choesang, who is

Tibetan-American, held a Tibetan flag during the protest. Choesang said he understands what is happening in Hong Kong and wants to show solidarity with the Hong Kong student protest. “In Tibet, you know, there is a lack of human rights, no religious freedom, no freedom of speech,” Choesang said. “I just want to make sure that the voices of [the] Tibetans [who] were silenced under the communist China are heard wherever it is in the world.” A week ahead of the protest, tension had already escalated between the two groups. A group chat of roughly 200 people was created to discuss and prepare for the counterprotest. Many students f ro m m a i n l a n d C h i n a said they heard about the march from group chats and official accounts. Both the Chinese Students and Scholars Association and the Chinese Student Union declined to comment on the protest. The protest also drew many people who were not students. “I am so proud of the

Hong Kong students because even though mainland Chinese are threatening and intimidating, I feel like Hong Kong is holding their own and carrying on in a peaceful non-violent way,” said Mary Voight, a retired teacher who used to study at the University of Hong Kong, while holding a British flag amid the crowd. “They came here to share their message to inform people in Minneapolis what is going on.” After the March, organizers and a couple of students from mainland China met to discuss their political views. “[They are] constructive conversations, which is good because that is actually what we want. That is the exchange of values and different views,” they said. They talked for an hour and said they believe it is a good stepping stone for more peaceful conversations. “We are not advocating for violence or undermining your democracy or freedom. It’s just a good way to express our own opinions,” the organizers said.

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what they would cut back.” Cooke also participates in the Connection Club, a program which pairs University students with local seniors. For more than two years, Cooke has met weekly with Masturina Mohd Yazid, a University senior from Malaysia. “Carol is a good listener and gives me lots of advice,” Mohd Yazid said. “It’s nice to have someone. I feel like I have a grandma here.” Services provided by SE Seniors help keep seniors from becoming dependent

on the county, said SE Seniors co-interim director Vince Netz. “We help prevent dependency on county services for many seniors by keeping many of our clients … from entering the churn of people in crisis,” Netz said. “Many seniors need just a little help to stay independent and out of the churn.” The cuts to the block nurse programs do not reflect the value of the p ro g r a m , b u t i n s t e a d represent a need to balance the county’s budget,

Carol Cooke poses for a portrait in her home on Thursday, Oct. 17. She participates in the Connections Club, a pen pals program and uses SE Seniors as a resource when she has questions about senior services. ( Minnesota Daily / Jasmin Kemp)

said Jennifer DeCubellis, deputy administrator of the county’s Health and Human Services Department. “This is not a value statement. The charge that we were given by the board is to live within the means of what’s allocated to us,” DeCubellis said during the hearing. “When seniors are kept healthy at home, health plans make money, the state of Minnesota makes money, Hennepin county does not.” DeCubellis and County Administrator David Hough said the programs could replace county funds with additional state or health plan financing. District 4 Hennepin County Commissioner Angela Conley, whose district includes the University, said she would like to see the block nurse programs receive yearly funding in the county’s budget. “I’m not a believer that we balance our budget on the backs of poor people, vulnerable people, people who need us,” Conley said. “That’s not the way government is supposed to be working.” Over the next month, county commissioners will hold budget hearings for other county departments and will approve a final budget in December.



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huge burden at the same time,” Warsame said. “You’re the one who’s supposed to chart the course or find a remedy when these are issues that are much bigger than any office.” Despite certain obstacles, Warsame has seen some of his goals come to fruition. Among them was the creation of the Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center, a space that helps community members find employment. The center, that

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American political spaces, especially what that means as a solidarity group that is grassroots,” said Raphael Eissa, a member of the NSJP steering committee which organizes the annual conferences. “What does that mean for us as students ... and how can we sort of transform the rhetoric and the language into something that is actionable?” Eissa said responses like SWU’s are common. He said SWU’s opposition was “tame” compared with backlash from previous years. Last year’s conference, held at the University of California, Los Angeles, was met with fierce opposition after its announcement. The Los Angeles City Council passed a resolution to call on UCLA to cancel the event, NSJP received a cease-and-desist letter from UCLA over the logo used to promote the conference and Zionist groups gathered to protest it. More than 500 people attended the 2018 conference. “We always expect some-

opened in 2017, helped hundreds of residents find employment in its first year. “He advocated very aggressively and very seriously, and he put all his weight behind having the center established,” said Saeed Bihi, manager of the center. “Without him, I don’t think that it would have been possible.” A market met with mixed reactions This past summer, Warsame, along with Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, announced the development of an Africa Village public market. The space,

which is currently a cityowned parking lot, would feature space for aspiring vendors, affordable housing and recreational space for youth. “This came about because of the community’s interest and the community’s needs and the lack of space,” Warsame said. The announcement was met with disapproval by many community members, citing a lack of public engagement in the process. A listening session held by city officials at the Brian Coyle Center in late August was cancelled midmeeting after protesters

disrupted the event. Russom Solomon, owner of the Red Sea bar and grill and West Bank Business Association member, said he and many others were surprised by the announcement because they were not consulted beforehand. “Why don’t you have legitimate engagement with the whole neighborhood [and] people who live there, and have an open mind to what people are saying, and then go to the drawing board?” Solomon said. City officials have continued efforts to get resident input through listening sessions and meetings

thing,” said Reem Zaitoon, another member of the NSJP steering committee. According to Zaitoon, community volunteers at the conference will receive training on de-escalation in preparation for the three-day event. “We’re walking on eggshells all the time, but that’s part of the work, and we’ve grown to accept it,” Eissa said. Eissa began SJP organizing in his college years at the University of Georgia. A few weeks after organizing a walkout at a pro-Israel event at UGA, Eissa and others involved in the disruption found themselves on Canary Mission, a website claiming to document “people and groups that promote hatred of the USA, Israel and Jews on North American college campuses.” Eissa said he expected this to happen. He knows many students who have been profiled as a result of their activism. But for people who have family in Palestine, being profiled on the website is a real source of fear. According to Haaretz, a left-leaning Israeli newspaper, data from Canary Mission has been used by the

Israeli government to ban activists from entering Israel. Following the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign on the University of Minnesota campus in 2016, several pro-Palestine students were blacklisted on Canary Mission for supporting BDS, according to a University SJP member who requested anonymity to avoid being targeted by the website. “If you so much as changed your profile picture to support the cause or were tagged in a specific location at the wrong time, that’s enough to land you on Canary Mission,” the source said. Because SJP board members are frequent targets of Canary Mission, the University SJP chapter does not list its board members on the GopherLink roster in order to protect themselves from being profiled. The threat of being being denied entry to Palestine as a result of a potential profile on Canary Mission causes the source to be cautious with what she posts on social media. “What really is unfortunate is that the Israeli government uses it and can use that

to prevent you from seeing family in Palestine, so I think that’s a motivator to a lot of people to not be on the website,” she said. The source, who has attended past NSJP conferences, said the annual event is a chance for pro-Palestine activists to learn from each other. “I think it’s an excellent opportunity for people to not only learn from each other but meet other people fighting for the same cause, because it can be sometimes isolating to work in one community and think that the same thing isn’t happening elsewhere.”

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“We are walking on eggshells all the time, but that’s the work, and we’ve grown to accept it.” RAPHAEL EISSA NJSP member


Two robberies occurred

Friday night near the University of Minnesota, according to an all-campus safety alert sent out Saturday. The Minneapolis Police Department responded to the reports around 8:50 p.m. on Friday. The first robbery occurred near 15th Avenue

Southeast and 8th Street Southeast and the second occurred near 14th Avenue Southeast and 6th Street Southeast, according to the alert. The robberies are possibly related, according to the alert. The suspect was described as a man

wearing a white or off-white sweatshirt and potentially wearing dark pants. One of the victims, who is a University student, had their cell phone stolen. This is the latest in a series of roberies in the MarcyHolmes neighborhood.

MSA bill to track sexual assault history of transfer students The “safe transfer” bill would create a new, explicit transcript notation. BY SAMANTHA HENDRICKSON

As part of their sexual assault prevention advocacy, the Minnesota Student Association is seeking support for and drafting a “safe transfer” bill to bring to the next legislative session. The bill would place an explicit notation on a student’s transcript if they are suspended or expelled due to sexual misconduct. Though the legislative session does not begin until February, MSA is getting a head start on changing the current notation process, which affects all Minnesota colleges. If a student is suspended or expelled due to a violation of a university’s sexual misconduct code, including sexual assault, a notation is placed on their transcript, which is visible when they transfer to another university. With current policy at many universities, this notion also applies to academic misconduct, like plagiarism or poor grades. “The problem is there is no way to distinguish between [academic] violations and sexual violence, which is far more serious,” said MSA Government and Legislative Affairs State Coordinator Sam Parmekar. “The legislation we are pursuing would explicitly note when a student has been disciplined for sexual assault.” GLA and MSA’s Sexual Assault Task Force have been receiving feedback from the University of Minnesota’s Title IX office and the Aurora Center on the bill’s development. They have also been


gathering bipartisan support in the senate. Sen. Kari Dziedzic, DFLMinneapolis, agreed on the importance of the safe transfer bill, stating in an interview that it is “truly about public safety.” Sen. Paul Anderson, RPlymouth, said in a statement to the Minnesota Daily that it was great to see students approaching the legislature about this important issue, but noted concerns about privacy that have kept similar bills from passing in other states. Parmekar admitted to the issue of privacy being a concern, but pointed out that the information is only passed between institutions. The transcript notation would not be public record, he said. Title IX Coordinator Tina Marisam brought the issue of victim-survivor fears to MSA’s attention. “Instituting a process of notating transcripts may have the negative impact of reducing reporting of sexual misconduct as some individuals decide not to report their experiences because they don’t want the offender to get in trouble or because they fear

that the discipline will be unfairly severe,” Marisam wrote in an email. Parmekar and Gurtaran Johal, MSA’s Sexual Assault Task Force chair, deliberately decided to not require the explicit notation in all cases of sexual misconduct, instead opting to only use the notation in cases of higher sexual misconduct as defined in the 2013 Violence Against Women Act, such as sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. “While all instances of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking are very serious, it is important to note that the circumstances of each incident are different, and people have the ability to grow and change their behavior,” Parmekar added. If successfully drafted and passed, Minnesota would be the third state to enact a safe transfer bill, behind Virginia and New York. Ultimately, GLA and the SATF say they want to “create a climate of campus safety” with the safe transfer bill.

“Safe transfer legislation is extremely important because it ensures that institutions are holding individuals convicted of sexual assault accountable in a just and fair way by providing information to other universities about the student’s previous misconduct,” Johal said. “This is a necessary step towards ensuring that all students and victim-survivors are protected and heard in the process.” “When you have someone in a college or university setting committing that sexual assault ... if they’re going to transfer schools, we know that there is a decent chance that they could harm a student there,” Parmekar said. “We want the student body to be protected.”

“The legislation we are pursuing would explicitly note when a student has been disciplined for sexual asault.” SAM PARMEKAR MSA GLA state coordinator

posal for the market is set to go out later this month, in which developers will present bids to develop the project. Warsame said that while the project has a long way to go, community input will be a large component along the way. It is their market, not his, he said. “I’m not a developer,” Warsame said. “Is [the community] going to agree on every single thing? No — no community is homogeneous like that … but the main thing is that we’re listening to them, and we’re taking their points into consideration.”

Lauren Meyers uses a copy of the Hans Wehr Dictionary of Modern Arabic at O. Meredith Wilson Library on Friday, Oct. 18. (Nur B. Adam / Minnesota Daily)


Two robberies reported near UMN campus The robberies are possibly related, according to an allcampus alert.

with various community groups. The Cedar-Riverside partnership, a collective of organizations and stakeholders in the neighborhood, met on Sept. 30 and passed a resolution with 10 development goals for the project. In addition to the resolution, city officials received a petition on Sept. 27 that contained more than 1,200 signatures in support of the market. More than 1,000 of the signatures are from Cedar-Riverside residents, according to Warsame’s office. The request for pro-

like that, especially in the modern political climate ... that someone would’ve mentioned at some point that Hans Wehr did this — but they didn’t. And that was a shocking thing to know,” he said. After Tojo Garcia told Meyers about Wehr’s background, she went to Vanpee with her concerns about the history of the dictionary. Though Meyers said she was not expecting much to come from the conversation because she thought it was probably too late for Vanpee to modify any book lists, Meyers said she was happy to hear Vanpee talk about the book’s history on the first day of class and offer it as optional. “I don’t want to require a dictionary that is a product of Nazi Germany, even if you could technically argue that the Hans Wehr dictionary that’s being used here is not exactly the same as the original one,” Vanpee said, noting that the dictionary had been edited by an American academic. “...The fact that ‘Hans Wehr’ is still on the cover is, of course, still really problematic.” “What I find most problematic about the dictionary’s name is the fact that all of us who are familiar with the dictionary, refer to it as “Hans Wehr.” (i.e. automatically crediting him and only him, and not his contributors),” Vanpee said in an email. Despite the Hans Wehr dictionary’s disturbing background, it is the most useful dictionary for independent Arabic learners for various grammatical reasons, Vanpee said. It is also widely used in Arabic instruction across universities. In addition to starting a dialogue with her students

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menstrual practices, something they argue involves the use of products that are safer than traditional tampons. “Tampon companies and menstrual product companies don’t have to disclose what are in common or popular menstrual brands,” Holtz said. “That’s kind of a scary thought, that you don’t often know what you’re putting in your body.”   Jonathan “B” Burke is the director of education at the Period chapter on campus. As a non-menstruator, they are considered to be a nonmenstrual ally which has impacted their experience and involvement with the group. They said they felt “weird” being in an educational role due to their lack of personal experience with menstruation. “When I first got involved I was a little bit hesitant to go all in just because I didn’t want to fill in too much of a space in a movement that centered around menstruation,” Burke said. “When I started learning more about ... the menstrual movement ... I started to realize that menstrual equity really is gender equity and as a person that ...

about the topic, Vanpee is also consulting and evaluating with Arabic instructors and faculty about listing the print dictionary as a suggested work rather than a required one. Tojo Garcia, who bought the Hans Wehr dictionary about a year ago, said he was exploring purchasing a different dictionary. “I have the [Hans Wehr] dictionary, and it poses something of a problem because it’s not exactly completely ethical for me to resell it knowing exactly what that is,” Tojo Garcia said. “But at the same time, my use of this dictionary is also problematic, so at this point I am looking into alternatives.” Second-year student Nibraas Khan, who is in her first Arabic class this semester, is using a free PDF version of the dictionary. She said if the book was optional for her class, there is no way she would buy it. “I personally just don’t feel comfortable ever buying anything that incorporates any sort of Nazi ideologies, symptoms et cetera,” Khan said. To Meyers, the issue is reminiscent of University conversations about renaming several campus buildings. “I really do believe in the power of names,” Meyers said. “If we’re operating with a dictionary every day that was named after someone who learned this language as a tool to use the Middle East and Arabic-speaking countries for their heinous motives, that’s really disrespectful and really harmful.” Meyers is borrowing the Hans Wehr dictionary from the library because she said she does not feel comfortable giving her money to the dictionary in any way. “I think making the book optional and having that conversation is very important for Arabic learners to understand,” Meyers said.

believes in gender equity, I thought that being involved with this movement would be a really awesome way for me to get involved.” The group faces many hurdles in its race to equity, the biggest of which, they believe, is stigma. Emma Pringnitz, Period at the University’s director of marketing, said resistance from non-menstruators is especially challenging for the group to deal with.  “Whenever there’s a stigma it’s really challenging for people to talk about it, especially if they’ve never considered the issue before,” Pringnitz said. Ellie Stimmel, president of the Students for Reproductive Freedom — one of the 19 groups that co-hosted — said that awareness to the cost of menstrual products could be key to understanding the issue at hand.  “A lot of people have to choose between paying for food or paying for tampons,” Stimmel said. “A big focus of what the Period movement is [is] just making everyone aware that these products are so expensive.” Editor’s note: Ellie Stimmel is a social media intern for the Minnesota Daily.







Gophers down Rutgers, improve to 7-0 After starting slow, Minnesota heated up in the second half, winning 42-7. BY JOHN MILLER

In a sloppy performance, Rutgers gave the Gophers’ offense every opportunity to capitalize off of its mistakes. With sixth ranked Wisconsin losing to lowly Illinois right before the game, the Gophers knew they need to maintain focus to avoid being upset by Rutgers. “Anybody can lose any given day,” said senior safety Antoine Winfield Jr. “We just got to bring our game every single time.” The game followed a familiar formula. The Gophers’ offense got off to a slow start and their defense completely shut down the opposing offense to give quarterback Tanner Morgan and crew chances to take control of the game. In the end, the Gophers took the win 42-7. The Gophers’ offense sputtered to start the game. In the first half, Rutgers threw two interceptions and had a botched doublepass play that resulted in a fumble for a big loss, which eventually forced them to punt. The Gophers offense started off with great field position on almost every drive, yet they didn’t capitalize off of it until near the end of the first quarter when running back Rodney Smith punched in a 3-yard rushing touchdown. “We started out a little

slow,” said Smith. “We as running backs take pride in setting the tone.” As the passing game struggled against a defense that ranked 118th out of 130 teams in the country with 36 points allowed per game, the offense had to rely on Smith, who finished the half averaging 5.8 yards per carry on 12 rushing attempts for 70 yards. The passing game looked off all day. Morgan came into the game with the 16th best completion percentage in the country, completing 69.4% of his passes. In the first half, however, he was nowhere near that mark. Heading into halftime, Morgan was 10 for 22 in passing attempts and missed several wide-open receivers. “It starts with me in the first half,” said Morgan. “There was a lot of inaccurate throws, so I got to get better with that.” Despite his struggles, Morgan found star receiver sophomore Rashod Bateman for a 13-yard touchdown to give the Gophers a 14-0 lead with under five minutes remaining in the second quarter. The touchdown came after Morgan missed a wide-open Rodney Smith in the end zone on first down and a wide-open Bateman on second down. A missed Michael Lantz field goal would keep the score that way heading into the half. Whatever was said at halftime, it got the Minnesota offense back on track. On the first possession after the break, the Gophers drove the ball 72 yards down the field and scored

Running back Rodney Smith carries the ball at SHI Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 20. The Gophers defeated the Scarlet Knights 42-7 bringing their record to 7-0. (Courtesy of Dustin Niles / The Daily Targum)

on Smith’s second rushing touchdown of the day, a 16-yard run into the end zone. The Gophers would get another rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter, this one coming from sophomore running back Mohamed Ibrahim. He capped off a 71-yard drive with a 6-yard rushing touchdown to give the Gophers a 28-0 lead. The Minnesota defense was expected to have a good game; Rutgers scores the least amount of points per game in the country.

Third-string quarterback Johnny Langan was starting for the Scarlet Knights and their best rusher, Raheem Blackshear, was out for the game after deciding to redshirt this season instead of play. Minnesota would seal the deal on Winfield Jr.’s second interception of the day, a 33-yard interception for a touchdown to extend the lead to 35 points. Minnesota would show no mercy to the Scarlet Knights however. After a quick three-and-out by Rutgers on the ensuing possession, Morgan found

senior wide receiver Tyler Johnson wide open for a 56-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the drive to give the Gophers a 42-0 lead. Morgan knows that he just needs to give his playmakers opportunities to make plays. “It makes my job very easy,” Morgan said about the amount of talent at the skill positions around him on offense. “They just want a chance. More often then not, they’re going to make the play.” Rutgers scored its only touchdown of the game

off a five-yard rush from Kay’Ron Adams to make the score 42-7. “We wanted a shutout,” said Winfield Jr. Despite not getting the shutout, the Gophers defense has now allowed only 17 points in the last three games, all against Big Ten teams, and the Gophers now move to 7-0 on the season. The Gophers look remain undefeated next week against Maryland, then they have a bye week before a big game against a top-15 ranked Penn State team.

Defense continues streak of dominant performances A fourth-quarter touchdown was all Rutgers could put up against the U. BY NICK JUNGHEIM

In the team’s first ever visit to Piscataway, New Jersey, Minnesota’s defense led the way to victory, building upon its dominant performances from the prior two weeks. The Gophers defense had no difficulties against a Rutgers offense that had only scored seven points in four conference games. During the 42-7 victory, Minnesota forced three turnovers while allowing a mere 189 yards of offense. Although the Gophers didn’t jump out to a large lead immediately, the defensive effort ultimately allowed No. 20 Minnesota to pull away and improve to 7-0 (4-0 Big Ten). Despite entering as heavy favorites, head coach P.J. Fleck said

The Gophers tackle Rutgers’ ball carrier at SHI Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 20. (Courtesy of Dustin Niles / The Daily Targum)

his team wasn’t taking a victory for granted. “Always attack, never fold,” Fleck said was his message to his players before the game. “It’s about us, we’re going to play up and the moment you worry about your opponent, no matter who that is, you get beat.” Minnesota’s offense got off to a slow start, going three-and-out on

back-to-back drives to begin the afternoon. However, the defense forced Rutgers to punt on its first three possessions, allowing ample time for the Gophers to build a lead. The offense began to improve after halftime. Quarterback Tanner Morgan ended the game 15-28 passing, despite completing just 10 of 22 attempts in the first half.

“I thought in the second half we did a better job,” Morgan told the media. “There’s a lot for us to learn from, especially myself.” After struggling against Indiana the previous week, Scarlet Knights quarterback Johnny Langan managed just two completions on six attempts for one yard t h ro u g h t w o q u a r t e r s . Redshirt sophomore Antoine Winfield Jr. and redshirt junior Philip Howard both had first-half interceptions. Before halftime, the Gophers limited Rutgers to 29 yards of total offense. Trailing 21-0, the Scarlet Knights managed to move the ball 46 yards on their first possession of the second half, a 17-play drive that consumed more than seven minutes. However, defensive ends Carter Coughlin and Tai’yon Devers converged to sack Langan on a third down forcing a field goal attempt from kicker Justin

Davidovicz, who pushed the kick wide left. After the Gophers scored a touchdown on their ensuing possession, Winfield intercepted Langan for the second time, returning the ball to the end zone. Winfield’s touchdown pushed the lead to 35-0 and was the second of three Minnesota touchdowns in the span of two minutes and 22 seconds. “It’s always great when you can make plays for the team,” Winfield told the media. “It’s a great feeling.” Rutgers’ offense reached the end zone with 5:53 remaining in the game, but not until after Minnesota had pulled its starters from the game. That score was only the second touchdown the Gophers’ defense had allowed in the team’s past three games. The only concern for the defense following the game was the health of senior linebacker Kamal Martin, who leads the team with 46 tackles

despite missing two games. Martin left the game in the third quarter with what Fleck called a lower leg injury. “Usually when something really bad happens, [team doctors] tell me right away,” Fleck told the media. “They can’t do that right now. They have to get some more looks at it. We have to get him back to Minneapolis to get some more imaging on it.” Thanks in large part to a defense that has allowed 17 points over its last 12 quarters, Minnesota is now 7-0 for the first time since 1960, the last year the program won a national championship. The Gophers are now the last undefeated team in the Big Ten West after Wisconsin lost to Illinois on Saturday. “It’s exciting and we’re excited,” senior running back Rodney Smith told the media of the team’s undefeated start. “But we have to refocus ourselves tomorrow when we watch the film.”

Wide receiver Rashod Bateman jumps to catch the ball at SHI Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 20. The Gophers defeated the Scarlet Knights 42-7 bringing their record to 7-0. (Courtesy of Dustin Niles / The Daily Targum)






Underground Update: Brooklyn Park’s Soda Supreme

Minnesota rapper Soda Supreme stays true to himself as he navigates his rise to music stardom. BY ALEX STRANGMAN

Soda Supreme poses for portraits on Thursday, Oct. 17. (Parker Johnson / Minnesota Daily)

Rapper, photographer, dancer and creative director: Soda Supreme does it all. Donning a black leather jacket accented with hand painted lettering and Vans with painted flames, he surely looks the part of a multi-talented artist. While he does a little bit of everything, Supreme says music is his one true passion. “I’m into a lot of different things. I try to use my gifts to the best of my abilities, but music is my love for sure,” he said. Born Marcel Chambers, Soda Supreme hails from Brooklyn Park, a northwestern suburb of Minneapolis. An 80s baby and hip hop scholar, Supreme cites artists he grew up listening to, like Lil Wayne, Jay-Z and Nipsey Hussle as inspirations. While music has always been a part of his life, it wasn’t until he turned 15 that he decided to try his hand at rapping. He was inspired by his older cousin, a musician in his own right, to pursue a career in music. Recording on a home studio setup he built himself, the then 15-year-old Supreme dropped his first project in 2011, titled “First Impression.” In the three years that followed, Supreme began experimenting with his sound. According to longtime friend Bryan Crudup, it wasn’t until Supreme’s senior year of high school that he really found his path. The physical manifestation of his growth as an artist took form in his 2014 LP, a tape Supreme describes as his first “official” project, “BP,” which stands for his hometown, Brooklyn Park. His origins are important to him. Supreme says coming from Minnesota has shaped him as an artist, making him hungry for success, causing him to work harder. To say Supreme is a h ard wo rker wo uld be an understatement. He’s d ro p p e d t h r e e a l b u m s in the past two years, in

addition to maintaining a host of different side hustles. When he’s not working on his own music, he divides his time between writing for the record label Track Or Die and making cover art for local artists at Art Really Works. At the end of the day, Supreme is a rapper’s rapper. He is a musician with a focus on lyrical quality who is committed to staying true to himself and those around him. “I’ve always been a person that wants to tell my story … I always wanted to make sure the message I’m putting out in the world is, you know, my truth,” he said. On his latest album, “Rank Up Now,” a motivational album featuring track titles like “Marathon of Opportunity,” “Dreams to Catch” and “Playing for Keeps,” Supreme maintains his signature style with a focus on lyrics with substance. Fans can expect his upcoming album, “Painting With Words,” which Supreme says is dropping in November, to follow the same lyric-centered approach of his past projects. Ac c o r d i n g t o h i m , “Painting with Words” is his best project yet. Supreme says he feels like he’s finally found his place. “I feel like I’m comfortable. I’m the most comfortable I’ve been making music. Period,” he said. Supreme wants to see his name on concert rosters in 2020, but for now, he’s putting off shows in order to focus on his music.

I’ve always been a person that wants to tell my story … I always wanted to make sure the message I’m putting out in the world is, you know, my truth.” SODA SUPREME Brooklyn Park rapper


Student favorite Bun Mi is back after a three year hiatus with a new name: Bánh Appétit The Vietnamese restaurant reopened in Dinkytown after its original location closed for the Hub. BY NORAH KLEVEN

When the Stadium Village-based Vietnamese restaurant Bun Mi was forced to close its doors three years ago to make room for the Hub apartments, it left a void in the campus restaurant scene. But on Oct. 8, the restaurant — now called Bánh Appétit — reopened in Dinkytown, attracting business from the campus community that sorely missed its sandwiches. Bánh Appétit announced its reopening via a Facebook post that quickly garnered 1,200 likes. On its second and third days of business at its new location, the demand for banh mi sandwiches was so high that the restaurant sold out of food. “Wednesday, Thursday and Friday we got crushed,” said Sherman Ho, owner of Bánh Appétit and former coowner of Bun Mi. “It was totally unexpected [and] it was great.” Banh mi is a traditional Vietnamese sandwich served on French bread. The most traditional recipe includes

A pulled pork sandwich from the newly reopened Bánh Appétit is seen on Sunday, Oct. 20. (Parker Johnson / Minnesota Daily)

pork and liver pate, carrots, pickled daikon, cucumber, mayo spread, cilantro and jalapeños. However, the menu offers vegetarian sandwiches and gluten free options are in the works, Ho said. Bánh Appétit adds its own flair by incorporating other

Asian flavors such as Koreaninspired beef. Ho’s plans to resume the business’s operations have been in the works since the closure of Bun Mi. In the time between operating restaurants, Ho kept busy by traveling across the United States and visiting his family.

The restaurant, previously located in Stadium Village, has moved across campus to Dinkytown. Ho said he eyed locations in other parts of the city, but ultimately decided the best place for the restaurant was near campus. “The type of food that we

serve is really suited for people that are on the go,” he said. So far, Ho said, the restaurant has seen many loyal Bun Mi customers returning. One of these customers is Dustin Lattery, a graduate student studying mechanical engineering at the University.

Three years ago, Lattery said he was a regular Bun Mi customer, sometimes visiting the sandwich shop multiple times a week. Lattery, dining at Bánh Appétit for a second time in one week, noted one of his favorite elements of the restaurant are the fries that come with the bahn mi sandwiches. Ho said he’s heard customers refer to the fries as “crack fries” for their addicting taste. Despite a new location and name change, the menu is the same overall. Ho said the only major changes are to the names of menu items. Tenzin Dongag, a diner at the restaurant, said it was unique that the restaurant served their bread warmed. Dongag frequents different banh mi restaurants multiple times a month. He and his friends said they usually bring their business to a banh mi sandwich shop in St. Paul, but they stopped in to try out Bánh Appétit. “Everything’s delicious and it comes out fast too,” he said. Bánh Appétit is still in the process of a soft opening, but Ho said there are plans for a grand reopening event soon. In the meantime, customers seem content with having the restaurant back in business.

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Editorials & Opinions


Reactions to Warren’s pregnancy discrimination show reluctance to listen

The platitude of ‘believe women’ means nothing without serious consideration of how sexism affects women’s lives.


emocratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has recently highlighted the pervasiveness of discrimination against pregnant people by

speaking openly about the fact that she herself was fired for becoming pregnant. “When I was 22 and finishing my first year of teaching, I had an experience millions of women will recognize,” Warren wrote on Twitter. “By June, I was visibly pregnant - and the principal told me the job I’d already been promised for next year would go to someone else. This was 1971, years before Congress outlawed pregnancy discrimination — but we know it still happens in subtle and not-so-subtle ways.” Conservative leaning publications, like The Washington Free Beacon, attempted to rally against Warren’s story, saying that there was no proof and that records show that Warren resigned from her teaching position. Mainstream news sources also tried to cast doubt on Warren, pointing out inconsistencies in how she has spoken about the incident throughout the years. Warren has explained that she has been more open to sharing what happened than in the past. Despite many people sharing their own stories of pregnancy discrimination in



to the spectrum of thoughts that arise from our diverse society. However, the public debate of these opinions must be grounded in logic and fact, and I strongly disagree with the editor’s decision to make this poorly-elocuted student the public face of the dissenting opinion. In an era where the desire to share an opinion has almost become a reflex, it is important for readers to hold up-and-coming-professional journalists to the quality standard upon which their profession was built. Especially with contentious topics such as abortion, I implore the editors to utilize more discretion when deciding whose voice to amplify to prevent the newspaper pages from turning into another version of my Twitter feed.

Thomas J. Sorenson is a student at the University of Minnesota. This letter to the editor has been lightly edited for style and clarity.

About the paint the bridge event


he College Republicans panel has always been a point of controversy during each fall semester’s paint the bridge event. I believe what this issue speaks to is not what speech is protected by the first amendment, but what kind of speech is tolerated and promoted by the University of Minnesota. The panel that’s painted by the College Republicans each year doesn’t necessarily belong to the students who are painting it, but rather the University itself. The groups who paint panels during the event aren’t charged with vandalism because they have authorization to promote their groups from the University. The fact that the panels on the bridge belong to the University means that speech on the bridge can be interpreted as being affiliated with, and potentially promoted by, the University of Minnesota. Considering the panels are located on a very heavily trafficked part of campus, are surrounded by promotions for other University sponsored groups, are located on a bridge that is literally painted maroon and gold and are even a part of the campus tours for prospective students, it isn’t unreasonable to think that the speech on the panels is related to the University itself. The question then becomes whether or not the speech on the College Republicans panel is aligned with the values of the University of Minnesota, and does not contradict


University administrators fail to show proper concern for graduate students’ well-being


raduate students are fed up with the University administration. In early September, we realized that there was a substantial rise in health-related costs because of the switch from Health Partners to Blue Cross Blue Shield. The health insurance provided through the University, as per our employment package, has seen a dramatic increase in the co-pays for medications and doctor visits. In many instances, such as birth control and hormonal drugs, we have learned that the new insurance provider has no coverage at all, and many graduate students have yet to receive their health insurance card, which has affected our ability to access even the most basic of health services. Throughout September, concerned for our well-being, many of us spoke individually to representatives of the Office of Student Health Benefits and Blue Cross Blue Shield trying to figure out (to no avail) the reasons behind the changes in our insurance coverage. Many of us had assumed that there must have been some bureaucratic mistakes as the Office of Student Health Benefits (OSHB) emailed graduate students on March 12, 2019 stating that the switch to a new insurance provider would not lead to any changes in our health

When men are or have a desire to be fathers, employers see that as a commitment to paid work. Meanwhile, when others are or have to desire to be mothers, they are seen as less employable, without a commitment to paid work. They are held to a harsher standard by employers, and are less likely to receive promotions or raises. Parental status is an advantage for men, but a disadvantage for those who desire to be mothers. The point Warren makes in sharing her story is that this kind of discrimination is consistent, pervasive, and usually goes under the radar. The platitude of ‘believing women’ must expand beyond sexual assault. Believe people when they talk about sexism in all forms. As long as voices are being dismissed, there will be no substantive progress in gaining equal footing. Not just pundits, but everyone in their daily lives, needs to learn to listen when people speak up.


Responding to ‘Restricting abortion is not restricting access to basic healthcare’ letter

am writing in response to the Oct. 13 Letter to the Editor: Restricting abortion is not restricting access to basic healthcare. This letter responded to the assertion of two future physicians that access to abortion is basic healthcare, and that reasons for seeking such medical care should not be considered “good” or “bad.” The Oct. 13 letter was problematic, and I was frustrated by its publication because it largely ignored the purpose and arguments of the future physicians, instead using the space to poorly state a personal opinion in a high-emotion block of text that included double negatives, logical fallacies, and, at best, a loose grasp on the basic principles of science and medicine. Though I fully support their efforts to maintain an objective stance by publishing this dissenting opinion, the editors failed to recognize that the delivery of such opinions is of paramount importance. Men can and should be able to express opinions regarding the delivery of abortion care in the United States, and these male opinions are valuable contributions

solidarity with Warren, she has been forced to defend herself against incessant attempts to poke holes by male pundits. Pregnancy discrimination is difficult to prove. It is not a documented process and it is likely that records will not reflect many people’s experiences. The reaction of the media and Warren’s colleagues, particularly men, shows a disregard for anyone’s ability to speak about their own encounters with sexism. The perceptions of women are regularly dismissed, particularly when that woman is running for president. Warren’s story is more than just her own, however. Though pregnancy discrimination was outlawed 1978, pregnant people are still denied workplace equality. Pretending otherwise is not just ignorant, it is a malicious shutdown of individuals’ voices. Pregnancy and motherhood are still seen as workplace liabilities. In The American Journal of Sociology, researchers from Cornell University found that there is a “motherhood penalty” in employment.

coverage plan. This was simply not the case. But because of an absence of a common platform for graduate students to band together and share their concerns, it took a few weeks for students to realize the extent of the issue. In the wake of the negligence the U has shown towards graduate students’ health, we decided to petition the president to make changes urgently. Despite the lack of formal network among the graduate students of the University, in just two days the petition was signed by over 1,600 signatories, including 1,093 graduate students, 481 faculty and staff support, 43 undergraduate signatures and two alumni support. When a group of graduate students went to deliver the petition to President Gabel’s office on Oct. 10, we were told by the president’s senior assistant, Kate Stuckert, that the office was expecting us. Yet, President Gabel chose to ignore us by not being available to receive our petition. Despite their many claims, instances like this make us believe that for University administrators, the well-being of their students is not in their active interest. The University’s approach has been reactionary when it should have been proactive. For instance, consider this excerpt from the email sent a day before we submitted the petition: “OSHB was informed by some individuals that several birth control pills that Blue Cross charged copays for had been covered without copay under HP. We promptly reached out to Blue Cross to request that many more options be added to the formulary as covered at no charge to the participant. This has been agreed upon, but is still a work in progress.” To have overlooked such a crucial need while awarding the contract indicates the apathy and incompetence of those in charge of

processes that are detrimental to students’ well-being. The general tone of the email from OSHB has placed the burden of responsibility on individuals, instead of their administrative failure. It should not be up to individual students to figure out various copays on long phone calls with insurance companies in a language that is extremely difficult to parse out. The insurance industry uses the language of deductible, copays and out-of-pocket costs, and in-network and out-network to confuse their clients. When the OSHB communicates with students using this language it can be very hard to follow, especially to the hundreds of international graduate students who have no prior exposure to the American health insurance procedures. These ongoing healthcare issues have highlighted to us the need for more substantive and responsive graduate student involvement in the governance process. This means that representatives must be accountable and communicative with the graduate student body. In order to ensure that administrative failures are not a source of trouble for the student body, we demand from the University that a space be made for graduate students to form a collective bargaining organization to hold the University accountable and ensure transparency in future changes to healthcare, fees and working conditions. But a collective is more than the means to meet our necessities. It is, ultimately, a way to ensure the common good of our community. Written by UMN Higher Education Worker Center and Grads United. This letter to the editor has been lightly edited for style and clarity.

the goals of the institution. Taken directly from the Board of Regent’s mission statement, “In all of its activities, the University strives to sustain an open exchange of ideas in an environment that … provides an atmosphere of mutual respect, free from racism, sexism, and other forms of prejudice and intolerance … and empowers the individuals within its community.” The College Republicans speech on the bridge does not align with the values of our mission statement, and does directly contradict its goals. One of the most stark images painted on their panel this year was a portrait of a plane flying into the twin towers, placed directly next to a sentence pulled from a speech given by Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. It is hard to believe that anyone would feel empowered by, or even comfortable with an illustration of 9/11, especially when placed directly next to the name of a Muslim woman of color. Not only is a crude painting of 9/11 a distasteful depiction of a national tragedy, but also a painful reminder of the after effects it has had on the Muslim community, a community which is part of our University. This directly violates the goals of the mission statement. The University should not allow the type of speech that was depicted on the College Republican’s panel to be painted on the bridge. While it may be protected as free speech for the group members, the panel itself is under the jurisdiction of the University, and when the speech on the panel violates the very mission statement of this institution, it should be taken down. While I don’t believe vandalism is the solution to the problem, I can certainly sympathize with the motives of those who do it.

Kylie Smith is a sophomore at the University of Minnesota. This letter to the editor has been lightly edited for style and clarity.

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HOROSCOPES Today’s Birthday (10/21): Success takes root in creativity, connection and communication this year. Steadily contribute for home and family. Love enchants you anew this winter before your career takes a new direction. Some news requires adaptation next summer, leading to a professional growth phase. Share for what you love.


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

Aries (3/21 - 4/19): Today is an 8 — Create projects for romance, art and beauty. Enjoy favorite games, activities and people. Relaxation, nature and entertainment feed your playful heart.

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Taurus (4/20 - 5/20): Today is an 8 — Realize domestic dreams with soap, water and maybe a coat of paint. Imagine possibilities for textiles, lighting or color. Keep an inspiration journal.

Scorpio (10/23 - 11/21): Today is a 9 — Focus on practical professional tasks, especially regarding communications, sales and marketing. Edit, craft and polish for beautiful results.

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Virgo (8/23 - 9/22): Today is a 6 — Look back for insight on the road ahead. Consider ancestors, mentors and elders. What would they advise? Postpone crowds, noise or distractions.

Pisces (2/19 - 3/20): Today is an 8 — Your work and health seem energized. Discuss goals with advisers. For best performance, work with trusted doctors, trainers and coaches.

DR. DATE Dr. Date,

I know dorm romances can generally be a bad idea, but I really think that my new boyfriend and I are the exception. We met when he knocked on my door asking me to turn down my music, I told him he was cute, we exchanged numbers, and the rest is history. My friends have questioned me dating someone who lives next door to me in a dorm, but I don’t see any problems with it: he’s perfect! Well...mostly. See, we were coming back from a party on Friday pretty drunk, and he was pretty high energy. He was jumping up and down, trying to see if he could reach the ceiling, when the unthinkable happened — he smacked an Exit sign. It was like a slow-motion scene from a movie. He gasped, saw it was intact, smiled ... then smashed it as hard as he could anyway. Then, he ran down the entire hallway, broke every single one, and darted into his dorm room before I could say a word! Dr. Date, I cannot believe I am dating someone who breaks exit signs. Besides the general assholeishness it takes to do that, they’re really expensive and can make a dorm unsafe! I tried to bring it up with him, and he said he “loved the feeling.” Am I doomed to pretend I don’t know him when he starts smashing things, or can we overcome this together?

–Territorial Hell

Dear Territorial Hell,

Well, for one thing, “we” don’t need to overcome this. He needs to stop breaking exit signs. Seriously, why do people do that?! Look, I’m not necessarily going to judge you on your “floorcest” relationship, but I do think you need to address this right away or risk having an ex live one door over. Someone who doesn’t care about destruction of property (or what will happen if he gets caught) is not someone you want to be with. Hopefully you caught him early in his sign-smashing career and can stop it, but if he doesn’t see a problem, that’s a red flag. Exit that relationship while you still can — yeah, living next to each other will be weird, but it’s not as bad as having to admit you’re still dating a guy who does that.

–Dr. Date

Dr. Date,

Look, I can appreciate the majority of music. Electronic is fun at parties, jazz is the perfect mood music at restaurants, and country is fun to drunkenly sing along to. Even if I don’t like the genre, I can stand just about anything as long as it’s not playing for more than an hour. My girlfriend, however, is different. While she tolerates my Kendrick Lamar and Kanye West, I know she’s secretly judging me. She’s a fan of experimental music, also known as random sounds thrown together to make a mess of noise, in my opinion. Her favorite track is just a high pitched note with some bass under the sound of someone breathing and muttering phrases. I don’t get it, but I don’t have to listen to it, right? Until now. We’re now at the point of our relationship where one of us sleeps over on a regular basis. When we try and get it on, though, she’s been insisting on playing music in the background to “set the mood” — the louder and weirder, the better. And for the songs that do have some semblance of a rhythm, she … tries to do it to the beat, if you know what I mean. Frankly, it’s killing our sex life. Every time she gets up to turn on her speaker, I dread her getting undressed! I can’t take it seriously anymore, and she’s just getting angrier. What do I do?

–Just Play LoFi Beats

Dear Just Play LoFi Beats,

didn’t really understand your situation until I searched Spotify for experimental artists. Yeah, both of you would have to be REALLY into this to make it arousing. You’re sure she’s not cheating on you with a guy who has ProTools? While music can help set a mood, explain to her that in order for you both to enjoy it, you both have to be happy with the environment. I’m sure you both have a genre in common that you can test out in the bedroom, even if it’s more mellow than you would like. Find the common denominator between what she enjoys about the music and what you find acceptable and work from there. There’s so much out there you have to be able to find something normal, right?

–Dr. Date

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