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Whalen sets goals as new head coach

Gophers adjust to blizzard

Lindsay Whalen was named as the new women’s basketball head coach on Thursday. BY KALEB MEDHANIE

Lindsay Whalen said she would not be standing behind a podium at Williams Arena Friday if it wasn’t for her collegiate success at the University of Minnesota. Now, she wants that same experience for Gophers players on the team next season. Whalen, a Gophers alumna who went to a Final Four during her senior year in 2004, was introduced in front of fans and media as the new head coach of Minnesota women’s basketball. Whalen set a high bar for her team, saying she wants them to go to a Final Four and play in front of 14,000 fans. “Winning, that’s what it’s all about,” Whalen said. “It’s about going out, having fun and doing it together, so that will be my main objective, my main goal.” Whalen will continue to play for the Minnesota Lynx this season. She has, however, retired from international competition, meaning she will not compete in the International Basketball Federation World Cup come September. Whalen’s contract, which is pending Board of Regents approval, has a term of five years. Her first-year base salary will be $400,000, with salary increases depending on the approval of athletics director Mark u See WHALEN Page 4


The sign above the concession stand at Siebert Field gathers icicles during a blizzard on Sunday, April 15. Blizzard warnings and low temperatures have caused several sports at the University to cancel and postpone events.

Various Gophers teams adjusted their schedules to snow and cold weather. BY JACK WARRICK


Regent Rosha investigated for harassment The U cleared Darrin Rosha of a 2015 allegation after spending almost $40,000 to investigate. BY ELIANA SCHREIBER

The University of Minnesota spent more than $38,000 investigating a 2007 claim of sexual harassment against Regent Darrin Rosha. The Pioneer Press first reported the story Friday. In a complaint filed against Rosha in 2015 — just months after his appointment to the Board of Regents— a person claimed Rosha had sent sexually explicit text messages to a female undergraduate at McNally Smith College of Music and attended her music performances after being asked to stop. According to the documents, the University paid attorney Don Lewis more than $34,000 to investigate. Additionally, the board approved $5,000 to pay for Rosha’s own legal fees. The University’s investigation could not substantiate the allegations. Rosha, who previously served on the Board from 1989 to 1995, denied the allegations and said he left the school after changes in leadership. In his return to the Board in 2014, Rosha did not include his experience at McNally Smith on his application to the Regent Candidate Advisory Council. u See ROSHA Page 3

With blizzard warnings and low temperatures in April, spring sports at Minnesota have to adjust. The Twin Cities airport is closed amid the snowy conditions. Snow fell 1-2 inches per hour on Saturday, and the temperature in Minneapolis was around 25 degrees Fahrenheit most of the day. St. Paul declared a snow emergency on Saturday, while Minneapolis declared one the day after. The National Weather Service reported there was a zero percent chance that the snow would exceed 12 inches in Hennepin County Sunday.

For Gophers softball, the first home series of the season against Illinois was altered to a doubleheader on March 30 with the third game canceled due to the cold. The next series against Michigan State on the road had a game initially postponed, then canceled, with the teams ultimately playing a doubleheader to get a two-game series in on April 8. This past weekend in Iowa City, Iowa, the Hawkeyes and Gophers moved the series opener to Thursday night instead of Friday. The team traveled that five-hour drive the morning before the game and blew out the opponent 8-0. “I thought we did a great job handling our situation and that was getting the late notice to come down and play our series early,”


Snow covers Siebert Field during a blizzard on Sunday, April 15.

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Proposed state legislation would establish rare disease committee The committee would help connect rare disease patients with medical professionals. BY MADELINE DENINGER

A legislative measure introduced at the State Capitol would give patients of rare diseases access to information about clinical research, trials and drugs. The House and Senate bills would require the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents to establish an advisory committee of University and Mayo Clinic medical professionals, lawmakers and patients. Authors of the measure say the committee will bridge the gap between researchers and patients and inform lawmakers about future medical policies.

Ramaiah Muthyala, research associate professor at the University’s Department of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology, advocates for rare disease awareness and research internationally. He worked with rare disease advocates to develop the bill, which was sponsored by Rep. Matt Dean, R-Dellwood. “There are more than 7,000 rare diseases, more than any lawmaker or policymaker could ever know [about],” Muthyala said. “Because of our professions, I thought we would be able to help them.” The bill defines a rare disease as one that affects less than 200,000 people in the United States or one for which a drug would cost more to develop than it would produce in revenue. Patients of rare diseases, which often have no cure, would be informed of the latest clinical trials and treatments available to them. The stigma surrounding rare diseases can

sometimes prevent patients from seeking this information out, Muthyala said. One of his goals for the committee is to help patients navigate their treatment options. “Most people don’t talk very much about health,” he said. “But unless you talk about it, you cannot get the help.” Muthyala said the committee, which would be the second of its kind in the country after North Carolina, would let lawmakers consult doctors who specialize in rare diseases when considering legislation related to insurance policies, drug prices and screenings. Rare disease drugs are often expensive and are not covered by insurance policies, Rep. Matt Dean said. The committee could help patients and their families voice these concerns to the Legislature. “The idea behind the bill is to try to help u See DISEASE Page 2


University space discovery introduces detailed method for examining stars University researchers recently found a star located 9 billion light years away from Earth. BY WESLEY HORTENBACH

A University of Minnesota-led research team spotted a star 9 billion light years away — the farthest star ever seen. The discovery of the star Icarus, published in the journal ‘Nature Astronomy’ earlier this month, introduced a way for astronomers to look at singular stars in far-off galaxies. Scientists say these observations give a detailed analysis of the qualities of stars that have existed for billions of years. “I think this is the craziest thing because before we could only see singular stars from nearby galaxies like Andromeda or Milky Way,” said Patrick Kelly, a University astrophysics professor who led the international team of scientists. Icarus is 100 times further from Earth than the next-closest star ever observed. Astronomers can see this individual star because its light has been highly magnified

by an intervening galaxy cluster through a process called gravitational lensing, said Liliya Williams, University professor in the Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics. Any type of camera, from a smartphone to a telescope, requires photons — particles of light — to see, said Lawrence Rudnick, professor of astrophysics, who is in charge of the telescope in Tate Hall. “The further something is away from us in space, the more the light is spread out,” Rudnick said. “The key with telescopes lenses is that they work by increasing the amount of light they capture.” Before this discovery, astronomers could only observe far-away stars within clusters. The ability to see each individual star allows scientists to learn more about each star’s brightness, along with other characteristics that inform perceptions of what the universe was like earlier in its history. “Even though it seems less efficient to observe the universe one star at a time, it’s like if people on a different planet used a telescope to look at Minneapolis,” Kelly said. “You might see more looking at the entire u See STARS Page 3


This image composite shows the discovery of the most distant known star using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.



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The Gold team celebrates a win of the first Goldy’s Cup during the Gopher Football Spring Game at TCF Bank Stadium on Thursday, April 12.




U investigates Rosha harassment Rosha u from Page 1

“The University appreciated the seriousness of the issue and conducted a thorough investigation through outside counsel. Regent Rosha fully cooperated with the investigation,” University spokesperson Evan Lapiska said in a statement. “As the investigative report concludes, the investigator could not substantiate the allegations made in the September 23, 2015 UReport.” Rosha denied the claims in a letter to the Board earlier this week, according to the Pioneer Press and later sent to the Minnesota Daily. “We must take allegations of misconduct seriously,” he said in the letter. “However, it would be appropriate to confirm the existence of a bona fide complaint of misconduct before expending significant resources on a lengthy, broadreaching effort to prove a negative.”

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Regent Darrin Rosha speaks during a meeting on June 8, 2017.

Team finds farthest star yet Syria’s allies say airstrikes undercut Stars political resolution u from Page 1

city, but you would learn a lot more about the city from observing individual people.” The ability to test single stars also sheds light on the makeup of dark matter. A popular hypothesis is that dark matter is made of black holes, but the better understanding of star characteristics is likely to rule that out and instead support the hypothesis that dark

matter is smoothly distributed throughout the cosmos, Williams said. In the 1990s, astrophysicists used gravitational lensing to see far-away galaxies, but the technique has since been neglected by many scientists, Kelly said. “There were theoretical papers about this published 20 years ago, but no one really noticed or cared because they didn’t think it was possible,” Williams said. “We were caught off guard, but in a good way.” Finding this star sets

a precedent for more frequent discoveries in the future, scientists say. Kelly’s paper is the first in a collective goal among astronomers to document the details of every star in order to create a census of the universe. “All of what astrophysics is, is understanding the world we live in,” Williams said. “There’s no useful information from this. You can’t make microwaves from discovering stars. This is to satisfy our curiosity about the universe.”

Law would form new U disease committee Disease u from Page 1

families who have family members who are sick with a rare disease,” Dean said. “It’s really hard whether you have cancer or a chronic condition.” Erica Barnes, a citizen activist for rare diseases, has

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testified for the bill as it has progressed through legislative committees. After her daughter passed away due to a neural disease, she began to advocate for rare disease research at the University. She said having a child with a rare disease can be an isolating experience, and this committee could connect others going through

similar struggles. “The patient populations are very small, so it’s difficult to get information and communicate,” she said Tuesday at a House Health and Human Services Finance committee meeting. The measure was laid over at the meeting with the intention to be included in a House omnibus bill.


The leaders of Russia, Iran and the Hezbollah group in Lebanon said Sunday that Western airstrikes on their ally, Syria, have complicated prospects for a political settlement to the country’s sevenyear conflict. A day after the U.S., Britain and France bombarded sites they said were linked to a chemical weapons program, Syrian President Bashar Assad appeared briefly on state TV, seemingly unfazed by the military action — and even reportedly in high spirits. Assad told a group of visiting Russian lawmakers that the strikes were accompanied by a campaign of “lies and misinformation” against Syria and Russia in the U.N. Security Council. Moscow and Damascus are waging the same “battles” against terrorism and

“to protect international law based on respect of the sovereignty of countries and the wills of people,” Assad said in comments carried by state media, an apparent jab at the three Western allies. Russian lawmaker Dmitry Sablin, who met with Assad, said he appeared upbeat and believed the airstrikes would unify the country. Russia and Iran have called the action a “military crime” and “act of aggression.” The U.N. Security Council rejected a Russian resolution calling for condemnation of the “aggression” by the U.S., France and Britain. Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by phone with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, and they agreed the Western airstrikes were an “illegal action ... adversely impacting prospects for political settlement in Syria,” a Kremlin statement said.

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Apt. building proposed for SE Como

A rendering shows Elmwood Properties’ new apartment building planned for 1040 Como Avenue SE.

The development would primarily feature studio and one-bedroom units. BY J.D. DUGGAN

A new apartment proposed for development in southeast Como would bring dozens of studio and one-bedroom units to the neighborhood. The four-story, 52-unit building, developed by Elmwood Properties, would be constructed in an empty lot at 1040 Como Ave. SE. The

Minneapolis City Planning Commission discussed the project on Thursday. Craig Janssen, president of Elmwood Properties, said city officials have been supportive of the new property, only adding suggestions for landscaping details. Elmwood Properties currently owns various properties in southeast Como and Marcy-Holmes. The proposed complex would feature similar amenities to a nearby Elmwood property, including underground parking, study spaces on each floor and a bicycle garage and maintenance shop. The units of the building

would average around 670 square feet. Janssen said he hopes the new building will be a “visual cornerstone for the area.” “It’s not just for younger people … at the University … it could also be for people who live in the neighborhood who don’t want to maintain their homes anymore. It’s much more affordable for disabled people or retired people, so we’re very happy to have those people as residents in the building too,” he said. Janssen said average monthly rent costs are expected to exceed $1,000.

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Gophers football players wore ribbons on their helmets in support of MSA’s It Ends Here campaign during the spring game on Thursday, April 12 at TCF Bank Stadium.

The campaign is working to educate the U campus on sexual misconduct. BY AMIE STAGER

The giant screen at TCF Bank Stadium flashed footage of University of Minnesota students, athletes and coaches sharing their thoughts on campus sexual misconduct as hundreds of fans looked on Thursday night. The video was featured at the April 12 spring Gophers football game as part of the It Ends Here campaign, which was launched by the Minnesota Student Association on Tuesday. MSA partnered with Gophers Athletics to promote the initiative at the game, where players wore It Ends Here decals on their helmets and rushed the field with campaign-themed oars. The campaign aims to raise awareness and provide resources to the campus community regarding sexual misconduct, consent and bystander intervention

for all groups of students on campus. Several Gophers football players, along with MSA personnel, took part in the video, which includes statements from students on the thoughts and emotions they have about sexual misconduct. “We have a huge platform,” running back Rodney Smith said. “We’re ambassadors … we want to team up with students and be the forefront.” At the press conference, head coach P.J. Fleck said their platform gives the Gophers football team a responsibility to educate the community on sexual harassment. However, helmet stickers don’t do much more than raise awareness, he said. “We’ve put the pressure on ourselves to act right,” Fleck said. “Our players aren’t perfect … when things happen, they’ll be handled efficiently.” No matter how long Fleck is head coach of the football team, he said he hopes the principles and values of his program will be life-long practices.

The campaign was created by MSA’s Sexual Assault Task Force, a new initiative this year, and will be expanded upon next fall as part of the President Eric Kaler’s Initiative to Prevent Sexual Misconduct, which started spring 2017. MSA President Trish Palermo said they are partnering with several groups on campus for the campaign, including sororities and fraternities. The campaign is also promoting resources offered by the Aurora Center, University of Minnesota Police Department and University Student Legal Services, among others. It Ends Here is a campaign dedicated to raising awareness, but Palermo said the task force is also working wtih UMPD and the Minnesota State Legislature. Palermo said she loved seeing everyone in the stadium turn their heads toward the video seeing It Ends Here signs appear on the lawns of fraternities around campus. However, she said the prevalence of sexual misconduct is deeper than people think. “There’s a long way to go,” she said.

The proposed development is responding to current market demand in the neighborhood for smallerunit apartment buildings, he said. “Very few one-bedrooms have been built in the last 50 or 60 years anywhere in the metro area.” Cody Olson, executive director of the Southeast Como Improvement Association, said smaller units have just recently become a focus for large developers. “It’s something we’re definitely seeing in Como, but really it’s kind of a trend for the city as a whole,” Olson said. Ward 2 Minneapolis


City Council member Cam Gordon said development in southeast Como is on the rise, but a lack of vacant lots could stymie further growth. Incoming developers typically stick to smaller projects or renovations, he added. But Gordon said some

large-scale projects, like an incoming co-op housing complex and the re-purposing of the Bunge Tower, have found space in the crowded neighborhood. “There’s new stuff going on over there that’s maybe bigger than people expect,” he said.

“It’s not just for younger people … at the University … it could also be for people who live in the neighborhood who don’t want to maintain their homes anymore.” CRAIG JANSSEN president of Elmwood Properties



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Snow covers Siebert Field during a blizzard on Sunday, April 15.

Spring sports run into weather issues

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head coach Jamie Trachsel said on Friday. “[They] have to sit on a bus ride and play a game, then turn around and play two more.” The next two games were supposed to be played on Saturday and Sunday, but due to inclement weather in Iowa and the Twin Cities, the teams played a doubleheader Friday and Minnesota got on the bus back home Friday night. The football team

moved its spring game from Saturday to Thursday in anticipation of the snowfall. Head coach P.J. Fleck said after the spring game that he wanted to commend everyone involved who helped with the day switch. “It’s a decision that’s made and then everybody looks around and says ‘OK, well, do you know how much work that’s going to be?’” Fleck said after the spring game. “To pull that off within 12 hours takes a lot of people.” Three teams in the Big Ten recently opted to cancel


their spring football games — Michigan, Indiana and Wisconsin. Gophers baseball started its season at U.S. Bank Stadium and played its first 13 games indoors. The team was supposed to start its outdoor season at Siebert Field on April 6 against Penn State but cold weather moved the series to West Lafayette, Indiana, halfway between Penn State and Minnesota. On Tuesday, the Gophers were going to play North Dakota State University at home, but that was also

postponed due to weather. Then, in hopes of finally getting a game at Siebert field, the Gophers scheduled a last-minute game against Division III Augsburg on Wednesday. But again, it was canceled because of field conditions. “You feel for the seniors especially since this is their last year,” head coach John Anderson said. “I feel bad for them, but they also know they got to control the things that they can control.” Rain and mandatory travel curfew stopped the

final game of the threegame series at Purdue from being played on Sunday as the Gophers were going to try for the sweep of the Boilermakers. More snow threatens to cancel a Tuesday home game and a weekend series against Iowa as well. “There’s nothing we can do about it,” Anderson said. “We don’t get stuck here feeling sorry for ourselves.” Minnesota also had a twogame series at St. Louis canceled due to weather conditions on April 3 and 4. Gophers men’s track and

field had one of its events in the Twin Cities, the Hamline Invite on April 7, canceled due to weather. Women’s rowing was on the road versus the Badgers in the Wisconsin Double Dual on April 7, but those races were canceled due to cold weather. Men’s tennis postponed its final dual of the weekend, slated for Sunday, just a day before the matches were scheduled to start. Drew Cove and Max Bieger t contributed to this report.


Quarterback battle highlights spring game Minnesota moved the game up two days to avoid the Saturday storms. BY DREW COVE


Newly appointed head women’s basketball coach Lindsay Whalen fields questions during a press conference at Williams Arena on Friday, April 13.

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Coyle. Whalen is currently set to make $547,391 in the fifth year of her contract. When she is still under contract with the Lynx, Whalen will receive a full time equivalent .625 in pay. Once she is full time, she will receive standard benefits from the University. Minnesota players found out about the hiring by watching a highlight video. The clip showed Whalen on the video and she walked in shortly after. For the Minnesota players, it felt like a long time from former head coach Marlene Stollings leaving on Monday to the hiring of Whalen. “She knows how to win, she knows how to get us there,” Gophers women’s basketball player Gadiva Hubbard said. “I just think we’re in really good hands.” Whalen has played in the WNBA since she was drafted by the Connecticut Sun in 2004. She came to the Lynx after five seasons. Whalen and the Lynx have won four WNBA titles since 2011. Whalen feels prepared, she said, because of the

coach who have helped her along the way, such as Pam Borton, Cheryl Reeve and Mike Thibault. “They’ve taught me so much about what it is to lead and to lead a group of women,” Whalen said. Minnesota lost Marlene Stollings to Texas Tech last week after she was with Minnesota for four seasons, the team announced April 9. Whalen played for the Gophers from 2000 to 2004. She is second among all Minnesota players in scoring. She was also a two-time Naismith Award Finalist in 2003 and 2004. “Who she is, how she represents not only the institution but the Lynx, she is the Mount Rushmore,” Coyle said. “She’ll be able to get into any living room and recruiting is the backbone of any program.”

“She knows how to win, she knows how to get us there. I just think we’re in really good hands” GADIVA HUBBARD Guard

Minnesota played its annual spring game Thursday night, where fans and media alike got to see the next wave of Gophers football. The Gophers were split into two teams — Maroon team and Gold team — and the Gold team won 24-20. The format for the game this year was a fantasy draft with the coordinators as head coaches and a player as the captain of each team. Linebacker Thomas Barber captained the maroon team while running back Rodney Smith was the gold captain. None of the six quarterbacks on roster this spring have ever thrown a pass in Division I football. The one quarterback who had seen playing time last season was Seth Green, who shifted to tight end during spring practice. The front runners to become the starting quarterback next season are Vic Viramontes, a transfer from junior college, Zack Annexstad, an early enrollee walk-on, and redshirt freshman Tanner Morgan. The three players were divided amongst the two teams — Morgan on the Maroon team, Viramontes and Annexstad on the Gold team. Morgan took every snap for the maroon team, while Viramontes and Annexstad platooned the quarterback duties. While Morgan threw two passes that were dropped in the first possession for his team, he completed more


Quarterback Tanner Morgan throws the ball during the Gopher Football Spring Game at TCF Bank Stadium on Thursday, April 12. passes as the game went on. Besides the quarterbacks, “Tanner’s growing,” wide the running back situation MINNESOTA FOOTBALL receiver Tyler Johnson said. is more uncharted territory SPRING GAME “Knowing that he hasn’t for the Gophers. Shannon RESULTS played a down yet, I felt like Brooks was announced out THURSDAY 1 2 3 4 FINAL he went out there and played for the entire 2018 season in 3 7 7 3 20 his butt off today. He had a March, which made Smith Maroon Team 7 7 3 7 24 few up and downs, but that’s the only running back with Gold Team what a growing quarterback experience. SOURCE: GOPHERSPORTS.COM is going to have.” Smith saw limited action, Morgan went 18-28 for but made an impact for his Johnson showed off his 272 yards plus two touch- team. He had five rushing skills in the game after he downs. He ran for 24 yards, attempts for 67 yards and a was Minnesota’s leading wide which included a 15-yard touchdown. He had just one receiver in the 2017 season. long run. reception — a 56-yard touch- The junior recorded 120 Annexstad got the major- down pass from Annexstad. yards on six receptions and ity of the time for the gold Also, running back Kobe scored two touchdowns. team, with Viramontes see- McCrary is graduating this Morgan sent Johnson both ing little time in the second spring. of his touchdown receptions, half. Redshirt freshman Mo- including a highlight-reel, Viramontes had two hamed Ibrahim led all run- one-handed grab in the end fumbles in the game, went ning backs in the game with zone for his second score. 1-3 with one yard passing. 104 rushing yards on 19 carBesides the on-the-field He rushed for 21 yards on six ries. He also had 49 receiving play, defensive lineman Sam carries. yards on four catches. Renner was surprised on the Annexstad, the freshman, “He’s going to play a field with a prepared video kept the gold team in it and lot, he’s going to have to,” to announce he had won a led his offense down the field Fleck said. “You’ve got scholarship. in the fourth quarter for the Rodney Smith then him. ... “It was an amazing feelgame-winning drive. He went Behind Rodney, we’re go- ing,” Renner said. “I had no 11-18 with 186 yards and ing to be pretty young and idea it was coming until I saw a touchdown. inexperienced.” it on the screen.”

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UMN offense comes alive in short series The Gophers scored 40 runs on 39 hits in the two-game series against Purdue. BY JACK WARRICK Minnesota’s bats started hot over the weekend. The Gophers tallied 39 hits and 40 runs in two games on a return trip to West Lafayette, Indiana to face Purdue. Minnesota won 22-7 in the first game and 18-8 in the second. “We had contributions from everybody. I think that’s when you have a chance to score some significant runs,” head coach John Anderson said. “I thought we had a group that was prepared and focused and pretty determined.” The two highest scoring games of the season came as two victories over the Boilermakers (15-15, 4-4 Big Ten) at their own Alexander Field. Minnesota (23-10, 7-1 Big Ten) beat Purdue on Friday 22-7 and on Saturday 18-8. The final game of the series, scheduled for Sunday morning, was cancelled due to field conditions and Minnesota needing to catch a flight home. The scores for each game looked like football game scores. The team hit four total home runs in one game. Catcher Eli Wilson hit the first inside-the-park home run since 2012, and infielder Micah Coffey batted for 10 total RBI in two games. “It’s a good time,” Coffey said. “Guys are loose, guys are able to play a little bit freer, and the dugout’s always a good time when you’re scoring runs.” Though the team couldn’t play the final game to complete a sweep, it won the series with their seventh straight victory on Saturday after an 18 hit, 18 run effort. Minnesota wins the second game The Gophers got out to a quick lead of 11-1 after the top of the fourth inning. Freshman Patrick Fredrickson started on the mound for Minnesota. Fredrickson gave up three runs in the fourth inning, and junior Nick Lackney came in to secure the victory in an 18-8 rout for the Gophers. Lackney had three strikeouts and gave up one earned run in 3 1/3 innings. He said his team’s batting allowed


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the pitchers to be more comfortable on the mound. “It does take a little pressure off, especially when the offense is scoring that much,” Lackney said. “At the end of the day, our job is to get out of the inning.” Minnesota hit four home runs on Saturday, a feat the team hadn’t accomplished since 2015. The first came from Coffey, a three run blast to right field in the first inning to get things started. Infielder Terrin Vavra hit another three-run homer in the second. Infielder/catcher Cole McDevitt hit a two-run home run in the third and infielder/ outfielder Jordan Kozicky capped the scoring off with another three-run bomb in the eighth inning. Home runs accounted for 11 runs in the series-clinching game. Gophers take game one Friday’s game saw just one outside-the-park home run, but the Gophers managed 21 hits. “We are swinging the bats well, collectively, which is fun,” outfielder Alex Boxwell said. “I think a lot of it just came down to our approach, I think we all stuck to a pretty similar approach, and it worked for us.” Catcher Eli Wilson hit an inside-the-park home run in the seventh inning, the first since 2012. Kozicky hit one over the fence for three runs in the eighth inning. Pitcher Reggie Meyer got the start on Friday, but allowed six runs in 2 1/3 innings, letting the Boilermakers get up to a 6-5 lead in the bottom of the third. Brett Schulze relieved Meyer to record his seventh victory of the year by a score of 22-7. Schulze has zero losses this year. The Gophers look to have their home opener at Siebert Field on Tuesday against South Dakota State, although weather conditions threaten to cancel yet another home game. “There’s nothing we can do about it, as disappointing as it is,” Anderson said.


Utility Carlie Brandt winds up for a pitch during the game against the University of South Dakota on April 4, 2017.

U wins three games with 25 runs Minnesota moved the series earlier in the week to play all three games. BY DREW COVE Minnesota recorded its first three-game series sweep of the season on Friday. The games were rescheduled and not canceled, and the Gophers took advantage and won their series versus Iowa on Thursday and Friday. Minnesota (24-14, 7-3 Big Ten) won the game on Thursday 8-0, the first game of the doubleheader 6-2 Friday and earned the 11-1 victory in the second game of Friday. “It was a collective approach and a collective attitude and mindset about hitting,” head coach Jamie Trachsel said. “We did just that throughout each game.” The rescheduled series opener featured an early lead, and Minnesota never let go. The game finished early because Minnesota scored three runs in the top of the sixth to bring Iowa’s deficit to eight runs, prompting the eight-run rule to end the game if the Hawkeyes (19-21, 5-8 Big Ten) didn’t respond in the bottom of the sixth inning.


Gophers sweep Michigan State 7-0 Stefan Milicevic conceded just one point in his match win on Saturday. BY MAX BIEGERT A couple of slow starts for Minnesota set them back in its road trip to Illinois over the weekend. Minnesota (13-10, 5-4 Big Ten) lost to No. 12 Northwestern (17-4, 10-0 Big Ten) 6-1 on Sunday in Evanston, Illinois. The Gophers battled in the doubles portion of the dual, but still came up short. In singles, Cammy Frei was the only player to claim victory for the Gophers. “If we get into holes early against the top 15 teams in the country, then it is going to be really tough to climb out of it,” head coach Catrina Thompson said. In the No. 1 doubles spot, Mehvish Safdar and Caitlyn Merzbacher went up against the No. 4 ranked doubles duo in the nation and couldn’t create any momentum as they lost 6-0. Caroline Ryba and River Hart climbed back into their match in the No. 3 doubles position, getting to 5-5. They couldn’t get over the hump and fell 7-5, losing the doubles point. Northwestern carried momentum from its doubles victory into the singles portion of the dual, winning the first three singles matches in straight sets to clinch the dual win and remain undefeated in Big Ten play. No. 35 ranked Erin Larner defeated Ryba 6-1, 6-1 in the


Senior Matic Spec returns the ball during a game against Ohio State at Baseline Tennis Center on Friday, March 30.

No. 1 spot. In the No. 3 spot, Annemarie Emme lost 3-6, 1-6. Bita Mancera lost 2-6, 2-6 in the clinching match for the Wildcats. Tina Kreinis battled the No. 68 ranked player in the nation and took her match to three sets. Kreinis eventually lost, though, 1-6, 7-5, 0-1. Merzbacher lost her third match of the year in the No. 5 spot 4-6, 4-6. Frei won her match in the No. 6 spot 6-4, 6-4 to give Minnesota their lone singles victory of the weekend. “We knew coming in we were going to be in for a battle, but it opened our eyes that we can play at that level. But we just can’t keep digging ourselves holes early,” Thompson said. Minnesota Falls to No. 14 Illinois Minnesota traveled to Illinois to face No. 14 Fighting Illini (19-3, 8-2 Big Ten) on Friday evening in Champagne, Illinois. The Gophers lost 4-0 after

dropping the doubles point and the first three singles matches of the night. “We saw we can play with them and we had opportunities, but it was tough to climb out of the hole we dug ourselves in doubles,” Thompson said. The No. 44 ranked duo of Sasha Belaya and Daniela Novak beat the doubles team of Safdar and Merzbacher 6-2. Illinois clinched the doubles point with a victory over Hart and Ryba in the No. 3 doubles spot. Minnesota fell behind quickly in the singles portion of the match, too. Frei lost 3-6, 4-6 in the No. 6 spot to extend the Illini lead to 2-0. Mancera lost 1-6, 4-6 in the No. 4 singles spot. Kreinis lost in the No. 2 spot 1-6, 4-6, which clinched the dual for Illinois. “When we play the top teams in the Big Ten and in the country, we have to play aggressively, we can’t just sit back and think they are going to miss ... they are very disciplined,” Thompson said.



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Amber Fiser pitches against Northwestern on April 15, 2017 at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium.

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The Hawkeyes didn’t score and were shutout by pitcher Amber Fiser. Fiser gave up two hits and one walk in Thursday’s game and recorded six strikeouts for her 15th victory of the season. Catcher Kendyl Lindaman and shortstop Carlie Brandt led the way for Minnesota. Lindaman hit her 14th home run of the season for three RBI, and Brandt added two RBI on two hits. Friday Finales The first game of the doubleheader, a 6-2 victory, continued the trend of Minnesota’s bats coming alive late. Minnesota was held scoreless by Iowa pitcher Allison Doocy through six innings. Minnesota second baseman MaKenna Partain scored and gave the team some breathing room to send it to extra innings. In the ninth inning, Minnesota scored five runs, sending Doocy out of the game. The Gophers’ first

run that inning came thanks to a Partain triple. Partain had two hits and an RBI in the game. “I actually think I struggled a bit at the beginning of the game,” Partain said. “Coming up with that hit at the end really just made all the other at-bats OK.” The Gophers continued the scoring with pinch hitter Allie Arneson, collecting an RBI on a fielder’s choice and a two-RBI double from first baseman Sydney Dwyer. Pitcher Rachel Lowary made her second appearance of the season in relief of Fiser. The two pitchers held the Hawkeyes to eight hits and two runs. The second game of the doubleheader was delayed because of extras in the first, but Minnesota continued its scoring momentum from the first game and finished the game in five innings. The Gophers opened up the game with a three-run first inning. They went on to score six more runs in the

fourth and two in the fifth. Centerfielder Dani Wagner continued her resurgence as she returned from an injury that happened 18 games ago. She had two doubles in the game, the first scored one run and the second cleared the bases. Wagner finished the game with four RBI. Lindaman continued her long-ball success from Thursday and hit another home run, her second of the series and 15th of the season. Like Wagner, Lindaman finished the back end of the doubleheader with four RBI. Pitcher Sydney Smith got the start after Fiser started in the first two, Smith’s first appearance for the Gophers since March 24. She earned her third victory of the season. “It was good going into the game knowing that we already had three runs up on them in the first inning,” Smith said. “Just to get my feet back under me and trust my teammates.”

6 MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2018



Editorials & Opinions



Hunger across campuses calls for relief

MSA campaign is well-rounded

Food insecurity isn’t “living like a student.” It’s a problem that needs addressing.


t’s hard to exercise your mind on an empty stomach. But many college students are doing just that: skipping meals, surviving on ramen and peanut butter, jumping at the chance to ELLEN AILTS attend a catered campus columnist event — all while trying to succeed in their college careers. Three wellbalanced meals a day can seem like an impossible feat. Food insecurity, or the lack of reliable access to sufficient quantities of affordable, nutritious food, is a more pervasive problem on college campuses than some may realize. It’s been considered a bigger problem at two-year colleges and state universities, but new data suggests that 20-33 percent of students at four-year colleges are also food insecure. On average, around 12 percent of U.S. households experience food insecurity. It isn’t as though students aren’t attempting to feed themselves. The 2016 Hunger on

Campus report stated that 56 percent of food-insecure students work, 75 percent receive financial aid and 43 percent are enrolled in a meal plan. Depending on the school, students may receive additional support through campus programs. Here at the University of Minnesota, any registered undergraduate, graduate or professional student can visit Nutritious U Food Pantry at Coffman Memorial. Launched last fall, its doors are open Tuesday to Thursday during the last week of each month. Swipe Out Hunger is another successful initiative combating hunger on campus; students who are willing and able can donate up to 10 unused dining hall meal swipes to students experiencing food insecurity. And those donations are needed — a study conducted at the University of Minnesota showed 10 percent of students report experiencing food insecurity, and 17.5 percent of students report anxiety about running out of food. It goes without saying that hunger is a deterrent to academic success — grades and test scores suffer, as well as a decrease in chance of graduating. Hunger on Campus reported that 32 percent of students who experience food insecurity said it negatively impacts their academic performance. Despite students often cutting food budgets before other expenses, more than half didn’t have enough money to buy textbooks, according to the report.

More colleges and universities need to implement similar initiatives, like campus work groups and food resources, to address the needs of food insecure students. Expanding student access to federal, state and community food assistance is also important in helping food insecure students. Increased access to public benefits is more effective when coupled with other services, like financial aid, counseling and advising. It’s crucially important to increase awareness, reduce the stigma associated with receiving food assistance, provide information to students about assistance options and help students navigate assistance programs. Colleges and universities should be assisting their students in any way possible to provide a pathway to academic success and general wellbeing. The first step is to gather more data on the extent of the problem on individual campuses and then determine how to best address those needs. As more young people from all economic backgrounds are attending college and dealing with the increasing cost of college, it should be a top priority for institutions of higher education to address the basic needs of their students. Ellen Ailts welcomes comments at

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Not all Trump supporters are against human rights I was deeply disappointed by the front page article of the April 9 edition of the Minnesota Daily. The article, entitled “U researchers aim to learn how voters view rights,” seemed to imply that all Donald Trump supporters “have strong values that are nationalistic and at odds with the universal values traditionally tied to human rights.” The assumption is a generalization and, I believe, an unfair one. Many Trump supporters are obnoxious, immigrant-hating white nationalists. I won’t deny that. However, the real situation is a lot more nuanced than that. Labeling everyone who voted for Trump as “against or indifferent to human rights” ignores the huge number of people who voted for Trump not because they approved of everything he stands for, but because they saw it as the only way to stop the alternative, Hillary Clinton, from winning. I should know. I am one of them. The 2016 election was the first one I could vote in, and deciding whom to vote for was possibly the most difficult choice I have ever made. Let me be clear: I don’t like Donald Trump. I have never liked him, and I disagree with a lot of his past and present choices. However, I was more afraid of Hillary Clinton. As a young Catholic and as someone who cares deeply about human rights, I could not in good conscience vote for someone who supports abortion. The Human Rights Watch claims that abortion is a human right, but whose human right? The human rights of the baby are completely ignored. I hate to go into the gory details, but sometimes the truth must be told: abortion is barbaric. The common dilation and evacuation procedure is described by former abortionist Dr. Anthony Levatino: “After the amniotic fluid is removed, the abortionist uses a sopher clamp — a grasping instrument with rows of sharp “teeth” — to grasp and pull the baby’s arms and legs, tearing the limbs from the child’s body. The abortionist continues to grasp intestines, spine, heart, lungs and any other limbs or body parts. The most difficult part of the procedure is usually finding, grasping and crushing the baby’s head.” No matter what language it is cloaked in, abortion is ugly. How could I support a candidate who wants unrestricted access to such a gruesome procedure? I knew I could rule out voting for Clinton. I considered voting for a third party candidate, but no third party candidate has ever won a modern American presidential election. I felt like I would be throwing my vote away. That is why I voted for Trump. I don’t know if I made the right choice. However, it is deeply offensive when people like me are singled out as being against human rights. In the future, please be careful what judgments you make. This letter has been lightly edited for clarity and style. Abigail Franz is a senior at the University of Minnesota studying computer science.

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ust last week, the Minnesota Student Association launched a wide-spread campaign aiming to combat sexual assault on campus. This movement is what this campus needs. The “It Ends Here” campaign attempts to tackle many facets of sexual misconduct by attempting to curb culture, conversation and policy on the University of Minnesota campus. We believe that this is one of the most significant programs attempted by MSA in recent memory and every UMN student, faculty, and staff member should support this campaign and the goals it aims to accomplish. The MSA campaign addresses many aspects of sexual assault, making it a well-rounded, encompassing policy. Starting with prevention, it urges individuals to stop assaults as they happen and provides guides about how to approach perpetrators. Additionally, the campaign attempts to inform others about and combat relationship abuse, among other things. In this endeavor, MSA partnered with the Aurora Center, a center that assists students, faculty, staff and others at the University of Minnesota and Augsburg College who have experienced sexual assault, relationship abuse or stalking. On Thursday, after partnering with Gophers football, a video was shown at the spring game, raising awareness to people who may not follow MSA closely. Confronting and addressing such a multitude of issues allows no stone to remain unturned. We should lift up victims or survivors of abuse and bring light to any types of conduct that create a toxic and unsafe campus environment. “It Ends Here” starts with asking everyone to pitch in, which is the most important part. Too often, social campaigns or movements call for action or change, but end with words. Although awareness is crucial for inviting change, action on behalf of the campaign is really what solidifies its cause. One can encourage others to vote in an election, and spreading that message is important. However, the end goal should be to have people go their local polling places and help others register or provide them with materials in order to accomplish their goals. “It Ends Here” spreads awareness of needed changes, however, it also provides resources for individuals looking to combat sexual assault. Educating the student body about how to stop sexual misconduct of any kind, who to go to when experiencing relationship abuse or providing useful statistics matters. Finally, MSA incorporates policy changes into the movement. By addressing issues with resolutions, MSA proves that they are a mechanism for change. The MSA sexual assault task force continues to invoke policy and host a multitude of events spreading awareness and advocating for change. All of these discussions, rallies and resources will help create a culture in which sexual misconduct of any kind is not acceptable and consequences come to those who deserve them. Hopefully, given time, we can end sexual assault. Every student, faculty and staff member should help turn “It Ends Here” into “It Stopped Here.”

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Response to ‘Meat or no meat, that is the question’

Robert McGrady welcomes comments at


Native women and violence The government is doing nothing to prevent violence against native women.


here is a relatively littleknown crisis experienced by Minnesota women. For many years, Native American women across the state and country have faced exJONATHAN ABABIY treme levels of violence. columnist Many women have disappeared, never to be found again. Others have been dealing with violence since childhood. One Red Lake Nation woman’s mother mysteriously went missing when she was 2 yearsold. Later, the woman was raped when she was 9 years old, assaulted with a knife in middle school and kidnapped at 20 years-old. Testifying before the Minnesota House of Representatives’ Public Safety and Security Policy and Finance Committee, Mysti Babineau said: “My story is not rare. Many of my sisters and many of my relations go through this ... and oftentimes when we do speak up and when we do speak out, we are not heard.” Her story illustrates the epidemic of violence against Native Americans that has existed since colonization. Examining her testimony, one finds that it is rooted in completely preventable tragedy. The story she told is not rare. The Indian Law Resource Center reported that more than 80 percent of Native American women have experienced violence and more than 50 percent of native women have been sexually assaulted. The numbers show that there are extreme levels of violence happening to Native American women. The violence is generational. Grandmothers, mothers and daughters have experienced similar violence over generations. This violence has occurred since colonization, when European immigrants used violence to oppress natives. Things haven’t changed over time because

as the testifier said, no one is listening. On tribal land, federal law states that tribal police can only prosecute members of that tribe. Tribal police don’t have the same powers that police in a similar city or county have. Prosecution of non-Native Americans is instead done by state and federal government agencies, which have done a terrible job helping women pursue justice. This lack of prosecutorial power matters because native women experience startling levels of interracial violence. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, 88 percent of violence against Native American women is perpetrated by non-Native Americans. The tribal police are federally prohibited from prosecuting the main group of criminals who hurt Native American women. The federal government doesn’t do a good job prosecuting the cases referred to them, either. A federal report found that 52 percent of all violent criminal matter referred to U.S. Attorneys from Native American counties are not prosecuted. Shockingly, U.S. Attorneys fail to prosecute 67 percent of sexual assault cases, too. There really is no one dedicated to stopping violence against women in Native American communities. The victims are being ignored and not taken seriously. Justice is not happening. In our society’s broader #MeToo moment, when the injustices committed against women are finally being taken seriously, we need to listen to our Native American women. There is currently a bill in the Public Safety and Security Policy and Finance Committee that would create a task force to examine this epidemic of violence and legal flat-footedness. More people need to be aware of what is happening in American Indian communities. Our society needs to reconsider its current policy in Native American lands to bring American Indian women their deserved justice, preventing further violence — all so there aren’t more stories of trauma like the one belonging to the Red Lake Nation woman. Jonathan Ababiy welcomes comments at

When we talk about meat consumption, let’s not forget about the animals. While I believe there really is no question (in reference to the title of the column, ‘Meat or no meat, that is the question’ published on April 9 in the Minnesota Daily), kudos to the Daily and columnist Ellen Ailts for devoting quality print space to addressing some of the issues with meat consumption in their latest publication. Despite the statistic cited in the article that the number of self-identified vegans has increased six-fold over the past three years, vegans and vegetarians are still very much in the minority and the systems in place that allow meat eating to be such a prevalent culture norm are still very formidable. Nonetheless, I do agree with Ailts that if recent trends are any indication, there are reasons to be hopeful for the future. However, I do take issue with one glaring omission from the column: the effect that going vegan has on the lives of nonhuman animals. Of course the positive health and environmental effects are wonderful and merit discussion; however, to omit any mention of the immense suffering nonhuman animals endure due to the consumption of meat and animal products is to ignore the major issue that contributes to many (if not most) people deciding to go vegan. If you spend any time around animals like the ones typically exploited and killed by animal agriculture, you quickly realize they are complex, emotional, loving, caring, social beings that deserve to live their lives free from suffering and exploitation, same as you or I. For example, female cows are forcibly inseminated (i.e. raped) in order to stay pregnant for producing milk. They then have their babies stolen and slaughtered shortly after birth (veal). Knowing this, maybe they would be more likely to give up dairy? Additionally, if more people knew that male chicks are killed en masse because their reproductive systems cannot be exploited the same as hens’, maybe they would think twice about ordering scrambled eggs for breakfast? These are just two examples of the horrendous ways farmed animals are abused, exploited and killed for our consumption. I know that going vegan is not always as easy as some celebrities or folks on social media might make it seem. Everyone’s individual circumstances will dictate to what extent they are able to make the transition. My first recommendation would be to visit an animal sanctuary (I volunteer at Spring Farm Sanctuary in Long Lake – tours start soon!), where you can interact firsthand with formerly farmed animals. Then, visit one of the ever-increasing number of vegan (or veg-friendly) restaurants in the area and find out just how rewarding (and delicious) going vegan can be! Joe Goetzke works in the University area. This letter has been lightly edited for clarity and style.


MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2018



HOROSCOPES Today’s Birthday (4/16): Prosperity blesses your shared accounts this year. Disciplined and coordinated professional efforts raise your status. Spring strategizing gets ducks in a row for summer action, both at home and work.

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Aries (3/21 - 4/19): Today is a 9 — Cash flow rises today and tomorrow. Care for something you’ve been neglecting. Stick to basics. Act on previously laid groundwork.

Libra (9/23 - 10/22): Today is a 9 — Handle practical financial priorities. Work out project details and update the budget. Friends offer good advice and connections.

Taurus (4/20 - 5/20): Today is a 9 — You’re especially confident and powerful. Check your course, and then full speed ahead. A spiritual advisor helps you stay on the right path.

Scorpio (10/23 - 11/21): Today is a 9 — Make a special connection. An attraction is mutual. Collaborate on a shared passion, and profit from the fruits of your labors. You’re in sync.

Gemini (5/21 - 6/21): Today is a 7 — Benefit from the foundations you’ve built. Don’t spend what you don’t have. The action is behind the scenes. Clarify your direction.

Sagittarius (11/22 - 12/21): Today is a 9 — Take a step back to advance. Nurture your heart. Build your health, fitness and work upon previous foundations.

Cancer (6/22 - 7/22): Today is a 9 — Reach out. Connect and check in with your people. Teamwork provides satisfying results. Share nostalgic moments with friends.

Capricorn (12/22 - 1/19): Today is an 8 — Relax, and play for a few days. Prioritize family and romance. Beauty and strong emotion inspire. Enjoy beloved people and activities.

Leo (7/23 - 8/22): Today is a 9 — Provide leadership. Take on more responsibility over the next few days. Meet professional deadlines and goals.

Aquarius (1/20 - 2/18): Today is a 7 — Domestic comforts draw you in. Provide support to someone you love. Persuade with grace. You have what others want.

Virgo (8/23 - 9/22): Today is an 8 — Longdistance travel and long-term possibilities beckon for a few days. You can solve a puzzle. Use something you’ve been saving.

Pisces (2/19 - 3/20): Today is an 8 -Previously blocked communications channels open. Connect the dots. Think outside the box. Invest in efficiency.

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DR. DATE Dr. Date,

For a year now, my boyfriend has been living with a group of my close guy friends. Thus far, it’s been wonderful for all parties involved, including myself. Another really good friend of mine spends a lot of time with our group, and the two of us have spent some completely platonic time together as well. However, whenever alcohol enters the picture, he becomes rather affectionate with me if my boyfriend isn’t around. In the past, I’ve been able to pass it off as general drunkenness and brush him off, but lately he’s been more persistent. It hasn’t gotten to the point where I feel unsafe, but it has become overwhelmingly uncomfortable, and it puts me in an awkward position. The real issue is that he will be living in the same house as my boyfriend next year. I value his friendship too much to ask him not to live there, but how do I address something he probably doesn’t remember?

—Apple Of His Drunken Eye

Boozy Buddy Affection,

This guy hits on you nonstop after he’s slammed a few beers, and he does it behind your boyfriend’s back. Yet, you “value his friendship?” How can you separate his drunken sleaziness from his sober self? He’s one person. Besides, it’s disrespectful. Even if your boyfriend isn’t around, all the other friends are, right? That means they’re in this awkward situation just as much as you. I’ve known whole friend circles to get busted up when societal Venn diagrams start overlapping in the affection department. This is going to ruin something very soon. You’re lucky it hasn’t yet. As for how you tell him, be blunt: “Hey, [insert name here], you need to quit being so handsy/flirtatious/ affectionate with me when you hit the bottle.” And I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that this dude does remember what he’s done, but he

won’t cop to it. If he actually doesn’t remember, he is certainly aware of why he would be “rather affectionate.” It’s because, and you have to realize this, your guy friend has got a thing for you.

—Dr. Date

Dr. Date,

My best guy friend and I accidentally made out at a house party. We haven’t really talked since, and I feel super awkward about it. I know the conventional wisdom says men and women can’t be friends, but we’ve always been friends without sexual tension getting in the way. I don’t know what changed — it’s not like we’d never drank together before or anything like that. Anyway, it happened and now I feel weird, and I’m really worried our relationship is going to be different now.


No Take Backs,

I am unaware of any conventional wisdom that says men and women can’t be friends. That’s just not accurate. I do think that it’s extremely difficult, if not impossible, to be JUST friends and engage in sexual activity. Has no one seen “Ghostbusters?” Don’t cross the streams. Anyway, you’re right. It’s awkward. It’s weird. It’s stressful. And it probably won’t be the same relationship that it used to be. That’s what happens when you “accidentally” make out with your friends. In your question, you say that sexual tension has never gotten in the way before, not that there is no sexual tension. So, if you guys actually do dig each other, and it simply took a party for you to realize it, why not give it a shot? Being friends first can be a great aid in a new relationship. If that’s an unappealing direction, then you still need to address the necking. It won’t go away on its own.

—Dr. Date

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Monday, April 16, 2018

UMN admin focus on system-wide plan U administrators review potential priority areas for the strategic plan. BY KELLY BUSCHE

In the absence of a system-wide strategic plan, University of Minnesota administrators are emphasizing the plan’s creation this academic year. The University’s Board of Regents and President Eric Kaler are in the midst of a months-long review of potential plan focus areas. Regents hope a cohesive plan that applies to all campuses will result in better guidance on future University budgets and Minnesota State Legislature funding requests. The system-wide strategic plan outlines the University’s current and future “fundamental” priorities – influencing funding from the state Legislature as well as guiding the annual operating budget, biennial budget request and capital budget. Some areas the plan may consider prioritizing include student affordability, diversity, housing, research, online courses and enrollment management. “Everything we do moving forward is going to be based on those priorities in some way,” said Jon Steadland, the University President’s chief of staff. Although each campus already has its own strategic plan, the University has never implemented one systemwide. “We are trying to think more as a University system,” Steadland said. Representatives from the research and outreach


University President Eric Kaler speaks to the House of Representatives’ committee on higher education at the Minnesota State Office Building in St. Paul on Jan. 24, 2017.

focus areas presented to the board at the last two meetings. The board will hear the remaining areas — medicine and health, teaching and learning and funding these priorities — at its next three meetings. Regent Darrin Rosha said he pushed for implementing a strategic plan because it’s “essential” for guiding the University’s long-term financial planning. “As we go through making financial decisions, you

want to ensure that you’re being very deliberate about the system campuses,” he said. The plan would be used to check the University’s introduced budget against plan priorities. Steadland said the current budget is “decentralized.” “I think [the strategic plan] gives you general strategic direction for who we are as an institution, what every day we are trying to

The University of Minnesota receives grant for $42 million The U will receive funding for research and community health projects. BY LEW BLANK

The University of Minnesota was awarded one of its largest-ever federal research grants this month in a large show of support for University research. On April 6, the University announced it had received a $42.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to incentivize research in the field of health. The grant — a continuation of a similar $51 million NIH grant that lasted from 2011 to 2016 — went into effect March 30 and will last through 2023. “It validates us as one of the major institutions in doing these activities and improving population health,” said Bruce Blazar, director of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, which will manage the grant. The grant includes funding for research projects, administrative support for faculty and resources for dis-

covering new treatments. While most of the grant’s funding has already been allocated, a portion of the budget will be given to pilot grants for University researchers. Faculty will compete for the funding to implement research and statewide health programs. These community projects and research activities will give faculty the opportunity to have a direct impact on public health in Minnesota, Blazar said. “The community is part of the grant itself,” Blazar said. “It’s not just the health systems — it is a variety of community organizations, and we’re hoping over time to grow the trust and engagement with communities.” Although the specific projects are yet to be determined, the previous NIH grant demonstrated the large potential of funding community health projects. As part of the 2011 grant, Rebecca Shlafer, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University, researched maternal pregnancy in prisons. She kick-started the Minnesota Prison Doula Project, which provided birth support, prenatal education and parenting as-

sistance to incarcerated mothers in Minnesota. “The CTSI funding absolutely launched my career,” Shlafer said. In addition to research and community health projects, the NIH grant funding will be allocated to assist faculty with grant writing, data analysis and preparing budgets. The funding will also assist with an initiative to create a research support facility in the Phillips-Wangensteen Building, which would place 40 faculty in the same area, allowing for better in-person communication. “The center ... allows us to coordinate and integrate research that will lead to better clinical care,” said Allen Levine, vice president for research at the University, in a written statement. “Obviously, it is also an important part of our overall research portfolio.” Blazar believes that the NIH grant can have a transformative impact on health research at the University level and beyond. “We can incorporate locally, and conversely, we hope to contribute to the national agenda our best practices,” he said.

focus on,” he said. Plus, a clearly defined plan would improve the Minnesota state Legislature and constituents’ view of the University as a state-wide institution. “As we approach issues, how do we put a system-wide lens on them?” Steadland said. The University hopes to pivot Minnesotans’ view of the University by outlining the work it does across the state, he said, further influencing the Legislature.

“We are not simply the University of the Twin Cities, which [we] sometimes [get] characterized as,” he said. Rosha said the plan will also help convince legislators to invest more in the University. “It’s hard to tell them what the investment is going to be going forward if you can’t necessarily articulate what the long-term vision is of the institution,” he said. Final priorities will likely be released May 3 at a Uni-

versity Senate meeting, Steadland said. The Regents will then see a presentation of a draft plan at its September meeting, with a final approval vote scheduled for the October meeting, he said. Kaler said he’s “pleased” with the plan’s progress at March’s Regents meeting. “We are not simply the University of Minnesota. This University is Minnesota,” Kaler said at the meeting.

Stadium Village rally calls for UMPD to disarm U.S. students have organized rallies in response to gun violence recently. BY MAX CHAO

A Stadium Village student rally supported a growing nationwide movement calling for the disarmament of campus police departments. About 15 students and activists and two speakers gathered adjacent to the University of Minnesota Police Department’s headquarters to call for the department to disarm. Students for a Democratic Society, an activist student group, organized the event, and attendees handed out fliers, spoke to passers-by and chanted anti-police slogans. “We think that this is a perfect opportunity for the University to leverage themselves on a progressive course in society and … nip in the bud any circumstances where police can murder people,” said Marty Branyon, a student and member of SDS. The last time a UMPD officer fired a weapon on duty was in 2012, when an officer shot a dying raccoon on the St. Paul campus. This is the only reported incident in the past 10 years. The event was part of the launch of a larger campaign by SDS, the end goal of which is the complete dismantling


Members of Students for a Democratic Society stand outside of UMPD headquarters on Thursday, April 12.

of UMPD. Fliers handed out at the protest claimed that UMPD owns 57 automatic assault rifles and spends $500,000 per year on new arms and supplies. The University is the latest college where students organized on this issue. Among others, Howard University, University of Pittsburgh and Stony Brook University have all seen student activity on a similar premise in the past year. Campus police officers at both Georgia Tech and University of Chicago have shot students in the past year, with the Georgia Tech shooting resulting in a fatality. The concentration of young liberals at colleges is likely the cause of the spread of activism on campuses, said

Michelle Phelps, professor of sociology at the University. Phelps added that these movements are indicative of a decades-long shift in American activism and in the way people view weapons. “The more you have police officers armed to respond to folks in the community who are armed and potentially pose a threat, the more that there’s a risk of that threat actually coming from the police officers,” she said. UMPD has no plans to discontinue its use of standardissue handguns or rifles, said UMPD Chief Matt Clark in an emailed statement, citing the need to be prepared for active shooter events. SDS hopes to hold another similar event at the end of the semester.

Starbucks CEO apologizes to 2 men BY ASSOCIATED PRESS

PHILADELPHIA — Starbucks sells itself as a community gathering spot as much as a coffeehouse, a welcoming place with comfortable chairs for lingering, trendy music and Wi-Fi. That’s one reason the arrest of two black men who were sitting in a Starbucks struck a nerve for so many: They were doing exactly what people do at most any of the chain’s 28,000 stores worldwide. The CEO of Starbucks Co., Kevin Johnson, called the arrests a “reprehensible outcome” and said he

wants to personally apologize to the men, saying the company “stands firmly against discrimination or racial profiling.” But that didn’t stop protesters from gathering Sunday outside the store in downtown Philadelphia where the arrests occurred. As people ordered coffee inside, the Rev. Jeffrey Jordan led a crowd of a couple dozen in chants of “I am somebody, and I demand equality now.” “It is a shame that (in) the year 2018 we’re still putting up with this mess,” said Jordan. “This country was built on the backs of

black and brown people and now Starbucks is going to treat us like we’re secondclass.” In Washington, D.C., Gregory Wilkins usually visits one of three neighborhood Starbucks for about 45 minutes before work to read the paper with his coffee or smoke a cigarette at the outside tables. Wilkins, who is black, said he’d consider going elsewhere if something like the incident in Philadelphia occurred again. “If nothing is done about what happened, then yeah,” Wilkins, 56, said as he went into a Starbucks.

April 16, 2018  
April 16, 2018