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Landlord to renters: find new lease in five weeks U area Prime Place Apts. told lease holders in an email they couldn’t move in after delays. BY MAX CHAO firstname.lastname@example.org
Some University of Minnesota students are on a last minute housing hunt after a new apartment complex delayed its opening by several months. Last week, the management of Prime Place, a 195 unit apartment complex under construction at 117 27th Ave. SE, sent renters an email that part of the building would not be ready in time for move-in. Some tenants will still be able to move in to the finished areas. The news came roughly five weeks before the apartment’s Sept. 2 move-in day. Prime Place’s email said they expect to open the building Dec. 29. “This has been a difficult decision to make, but after evaluating all options relating to construction delays, we have decided it is in u See APARTMENTS Page 3
University to hear student feedback on dining hall food President Eric Kaler, Aramark and nutrition students will all be part of a quality conference. BY LAUREN OTTO email@example.com
University of Minnesota students and faculty are partnering with the Minnesota Student Association to improve University food ser vices. A group of students from the Depar tment of Food Science and Nutrition are developing ideas to improve sustainability and nutrition within University Dining Ser vices. Later this month, the group, along with MSA members, plan to meet with Aramark representatives and University administration to discuss the ideas. Improving on Aramark and the Uniu See DINING Page 3
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A cave explorer illuminates a portion of an underground cave.
Explorers brave Twin Cities underground For some, the maze of tunnels far below city streets is a set of adventures forced into secrecy.
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eep below St. Paul’s streets sprawls a web of abandoned utility tunnels, the remnants of a once-great underground ser vice system. These tunnels, known as the Labyrinth, now lie in semi-abandonment, discarded by their original owners and frequented only by the subterranean prospectors of our time: urban explorers. Just like their Wild West counterparts, the urban exploring community is a territorial, gritty bunch with often conflicting claims to the tunnels and caves that permeate the Twin Cities. This ter ritorial attitude has kept the 70-mile-long Labyrinth safe from excessive foot-traf fic, tourists and police pr esence. But some explor ers have found the ver y protective streak that guards the tunnels can also exclude the urban exploring, or urbex, community. “People are ver y territorial. They’re like, ‘This is my cave, I want to be able to come back here,’” said junior Nathan Anderson, an explorer in the Twin Cities.
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An explorer stands in portion of an underground passageway painted by other explorers.
Anderson has yet to crack into the Labyrinth, but not for lack of tr ying. With the aid of vague maps posted on urbex websites and a knack for spelunking, he’s
found eight entrances around the city. None so far have panned out. u See TUNNELS Page 8
Murphy ready to rebound from Gophers’ early tourney exit New policy could ask
more from University student soldiers
Forward Jordan Murphy was a star of the Twin Cities ProAm league this summer.
After a July rule change, some National Guard members will choose from fewer benefits.
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After a recent exit from the Pro-Am league Monday, Gophers basketball player Jordan Murphy is ready to get back to the collegiate season. Murphy played in the Twin Cities ProAm League this summer, a basketball league with professional and collegiate players, alongside many of his fellow Gophers teammates. The team is coming off a year where they went 24-10 and lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. “The Pro-Am is really big for us as a team,” Murphy said. “Ever y time we see each other on the schedule, we basically [are] really competitive and always talking trash to each other … in the locker room, making sure we give each other our best shot.” Twelve Gophers players are in the league, two on each of the six teams. Murphy’s teammate from Minnesota is someone he hasn’t played with yet, freshman Isaiah Washington.
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Junior Jordan Murphy looks around during the Pro-Am tournament on Wednesday, July 26 at DeLaSalle High School.
“[The league] gives us stuf f to work on,” Murphy said. “Basically, work on defense, work on some of your of fensive game as well, and make sure to work on
stuff that we would really like to try during the season.” u See MURPHY Page 4
Some Minnesota National Guar d members will lose access to higher education benefits after a recent policy change. The July 1 change requires Guard members to use all available Federal Tuition Assistance dollars before other benefits, causing some to lose initial access to federal GI Bill money since federal policy prohibits using both at once. Before the change, students would first go through the State Tuition Reimbursement program, which allowed simultaneous use with the GI Bill. The GI Bill, which grants up to $369 a month for full-time students, functioned as a supplement to STR funding and could be u See GUARD Page 8
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Danylo Loutchko and Kiaran Hartnett rehearse a scene of “What You Will” on Monday, July 31 at Phoenix Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
STATE REPORT PTSD PATIENTS CAN NOW BUY MINNESOTA’S MEDICAL MARIJUANA ST. PAUL — Minnesota residents suf fering from post-traumatic stress disorder can start buying medical marijuana. Tuesday brought the latest expansion of the state’s medical marijuana program that launched in July 2015. Patients suffering chronic pain that couldn’t be treated with other means were allowed to use the drug starting last summer, a move that added thousands of customers to the state’s pool. But manufacturers aren’t expecting the same rush of new patients to help offset their heavy financial losses in the first years of legal sales. State data shows just 105 patients with PTSD had star ted or completed the registration process in the month leading up to legal sales. Meanwhile, patient advocates are pushing to add even more conditions like autism, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.
ISLAMIC CEMETERY IN SUBURBAN MINNEAPOLIS IS VANDALIZED MINNEAPOLIS — An Islamic cemeter y that was initially denied a permit in suburban Minneapolis has now been vandalized. The Minnesota chapter of the Council on AmericanIslamic Relations says vandals recently entered the Al Maghfirah cemeter y in Castle Rock Township and spray painted profanities and swastikas. CAIR-MN says the vandals also damaged walls, furniture and other property. One spraypainted message apparently says: “Leave, you R dead.” Last year, a court forced Castle Rock Township to issue a conditional use permit for the cemeter y, finding that the township’s initial decision to deny the permit was arbitrary. CAIR-MN executive director Jaylani Hussein says the vandalism comes at a time of increasing anti-Muslim incidents nationwide. FBI spokesman Jef f Van Nest says the bureau received information about the incident and is reviewing it. ASSOCIATED PRESS
University systems crash with unknown cause late Monday Some U systems have been restored while others are still unavailable. BY BELLA DALLY-STEELE Idallyfirstname.lastname@example.org
Late Monday night, the University of Minnesota’s data center experienced an outage, crashing the University’s IT systems. The outage, which af fected “the brains” of many University systems, was noticed almost
Tuesday night. PeopleSoft is the software system that r uns ser vices like MyU, Human Resour ces and Student Administration. “We’re in the process of tr ying to recover the systems in the most expeditious way possible,” Gulachek said. The of fice needs to reboot the systems in a cer tain sequence to ensure proper functioning because the systems communicate with each other. For the time being, of ficials are focusing on
r etrieving the crashed systems, but will star t investigating the root cause of the data center’s outage as soon as the systems are back up. Gulachek said an outage of this kind has not occur red for quite a few years, but its timing in the summer may have softened the blow. “I would never say that a system outage like this is ideal,” he said, “[but] the impact of things like this changes depending on the time of year that we’re in.”
Planetarium construction begins St. Paul campus will soon have a planetarium at the new Bell Museum. BY LAUREN OTTO email@example.com
Construction of the new Bell Museum’s planetarium dome on the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus began Tuesday.
According to a University press release, the 12,000-pound dome structure will be installed over the next 45 days. The projection screen panels’ invisible seams are a “cutting edge” form of technology that will make the planetarium “the first of its kind.” Andria Waclawski, the Bell Museum communications manager, said that
the planetarium will be able to show ever ything from a tour of the brain or hear t to the flight of a monarch while it is in migration. “The technical capabilities are endless,” she said. “The ability to highlight so much more of the really incredible research projects that are ongoing at the University of Minnesota is probably one of the biggest
areas of excitement.” The Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Planetarium is scheduled to open in the summer of 2018 and will be the first public planetarium in the Twin Cities in over 15 years. As construction continues, private financial support will continue to fund programming resources and other planetarium experiences.
Lawmaker faces $20k fine for fund misuse ST. PAUL — Minnesota’s campaign finance watchdog on Tuesday slapped a longtime Democrat lawmaker who is running for attorney general with $20,000 in fines, including a $15,000 personal penalty for misusing campaign funds for personal use. The Campaign Finance Board’s investigation of Rep. John Lesch’s campaign formally began in 2015 but goes back to campaign activity in 2010. While inquiring about several discrepancies in campaign payments and year-end balances, the board found more than $8,700 in campaign payments made from 2010 to 2013 to Lesch’s personal accounts. But even after years of inter views and subpoenas, Lesch could not provide
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i m m e d i a t e l y, a n d I T professionals have been working to recover the affected systems ever since, said Ber nard Gulachek, Vice President of the Office of Information Technology. Gulachek said the office does not predict any data loss from the outage. Some indispensable systems, like the University’s network and Wi-Fi, were restored before the beginning of the business day, Gulachek said, but the of fice is still working to recover PeopleSoft as of
receipts to prove that he was reimbursing himself for covering campaign expenses out of pocket, as he had claimed in filings. “In most cases, the Committee funds transferred into Rep. Lesch’s personal account were used for payments by Rep. Lesch for which there would have been insufficient funds without the deposit of the Committee funds,” the board wrote in its investigation, which also hit the campaign with $5,000 for shoddy record keeping and false filings. Lesch has 30 days to pay the civil penalties. An eight-term Democrat from St. Paul, Lesch acknowledged shoddy bookkeeping of his campaign accounts which he faulted
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in par t on having three different campaign treasurers during the five-year period in question. But he disputed the board’s conclusion that he shifted campaign money for personal use. “It remains based solely on the absence of receipts. I deny using any campaign funds for personal purposes,” he said in a statement. “The record keeping, passage of time, and changes in campaign treasurers made it difficult to reproduce the details of transactions that occurred between four and seven years ago.” The board also discovered several other transfers to personal accounts in its investigation, but Lesch swiftly repaid those, saying they were mistakes made due to holding several accounts
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within the same bank. Lesch is not the first lawmaker to fall behind on campaign finance records. After years of inquiry, the board determined this year that former Sen. Branden Petersen had also improperly used campaign funds on personal expenses, among other bookkeeping issues. Petersen resigned abruptly in 2015, later telling the board that his campaign’s issues were a driving factor. But the fines in those cases paled in comparison to the penalties levied against Lesch on Wednesday. Petersen’s was required to pay a total of just $4,000 in civil penalties — and no personal fines. Candidates are generally required only to repay the amount of misspent money.
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Wednesday, August 2, 2017
U students’ balloon to record eclipse NASA to fund the filming of August solar eclipse for a livestream event. BY SYDNEY BAUM-HAINES email@example.com
At about 60,000 feet in the air, a tiny camera in a plastic foam box will livestream a solar eclipse for the first time. The University of Minnesota’s Gopher nauts , the campus ballooning team, will attach the foam box to a weather balloon on Aug. 21 to record the coming solar eclipse as part of a nationwide NASA project. About 50 college teams in the U.S. are working on their equipment as par t of NASA’s Space Grant program , an educational astronomy project, said James Flaten, associate director of the MN Space Grant Consortium and advisor of the University’s 12-person team. The eclipse will trace what astronomers call a path of totality between Oregon and South Carolina from the morning to the after noon. The path is the only area where the moon will completely block out the sun. In Minnesota, the about two-minute eclipse will be about 84 percent complete, said Sarah Komperud, planetarium educator at the University’s Bell Museum. A solar eclipse happens when the moon passes between the sun and the ear th and casts a shadow on the moon, said Austin Eiler, team member and aerospace engineering senior. While solar eclipses occur about twice a year, they generally are not visible to large portions of the world, Eiler said. “Coast to coast eclipses like this are ver y rare, the last one happened while World War I was still going on, 99 years ago,” said
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From left, University engineering students Simon Peterson, Garrett Ailts, Michael Waataja and Austin Eilers pose with weather balloon technology they created to live stream the solar eclipse later this month on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at at the Physics and Nanotechnology Building on East Bank in Minneapolis.
Flaten, who also works as a contract associate professor in the Depar tment of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics . Pi in the sky The Gophernauts built two payloads — the name for anything attached to the balloon — to record video, take pictures, and send GPS locations and live video to the ground, said Josh Nelson, full team ballooning lead and aerospace engineering senior. The payloads are plastic foam boxes containing a small computer called the Raspber r y Pi and a camera, he said. When the balloon is
Construction delays leave some students in search of housing Apartments u from Page 1
the best interest of all to postpone the opening of portions of the complex until next semester,” the email said. The apartment’s management is offering residents two options: end their lease early and get their security deposit back or delay the lease until the December move-in day and receive a $1500 bonus. “I read the email three times in total because I wasn’t able to believe it,” said senior Connie Kim , who planned to move in to the complex with her three roommates. “I was so surprised that they did that a month before the move-in date.” Kim, a native of Newark, New Jersey, has so far been unable to find new housing. “The more we’re looking for houses, the more stressed we are and I … just can’t believe the [company] is doing this to us,” she said. While Kim was surprised by the announcement, sophomore Trevor Wolf was “half-expecting” it, as after his frequent commutes to campus take him past the building, where he has seensaw little progress being made. “I was preparing myself for the worst,” he said. The apartment’s management assured Kim and Wolf that construction would be completed on time when they signed their leases, and neither received warning on the status of the construction before the email. Both students, along with others who were displaced, have contacted the University’s Student Legal Service for assistance. The center aims to help students find housing and determine whether they
are eligible for financial remedies, said USLS Director Mark Karon . The situation may be classified as a breach of contract, and residents may be able to receive money to cover additional costs caused by the delay, Karon said “Honestly, we don’t want a lot from them,” Kim said. “We just want to make sure that we have somewhere to stay.” The Kansas based Prime Place owns and manages several student housing apartments throughout the U.S., including at University of Nebraska – Lincoln and Oklahoma State University . Construction has caused issues for the company’s residents in the past. Residents in Lincoln arrived to ongoing construction, dirty rooms and neighboring residents submitting noise complaints, according to the Daily Nebraskan. At Oklahoma State, construction also led to resident noise complaints, according to the school’s student publication, The O’Colly. The management of Prime
“This has been a difficult decision to make, but after evaluating all options relating to construction delays, we have decided it is in the best interest of all to postpone the opening of portions of the complex until next semester.” A QUOTE FROM THE EMAIL SENT FROM PRIME PLACE
in the air, the team points a “ground station” made up of antennae at the balloon and its payload to receive the balloon’s signals ever y three seconds, Nelson said. The antennae automatically track the payload, moving as the balloon moves, he said. The team is still preparing its payloads for eclipse day and regularly practice launching the balloons. “ Yo u n e e d a l o t o f practice with [the ground station] because you don’t want to screw it up the day of the flight. You [have] one shot at the eclipse,” said Kate Kwiecinski , team member and aerospace engineering junior.
When in the air, the payload box spins, causing filming dif ficulties. To address this, Kwiecinski is building a payload with eight cameras all around the box. For the eclipse, the team will drive to Nebraska to set up its equipment. Flaten expects they will fly three balloons with livestreaming payloads. But the group won’t know the final launch site until the day of the eclipse because of how wind can alter balloon flight, he said. Once in the air, the balloons expand as they rise and pop at about 90,000 feet, Flaten said. The team then recovers the balloon
and payload. He said they plan to time the launch so the balloons will be at around 60,000 feet during the eclipse, above the height that commercial airplanes fly. Space on a college budget About three years ago, Flaten and other universities’ space grant directors met and came up with the idea of doing a nationwide livestream project. “NASA didn’t think it could be done,” he said. “NASA does livestream from balloon platforms, but their ground stations cost millions of dollars and their flight equipment is
thousands of pounds.” The team is tr ying to do the same on a college budget and with only 12 pounds — the federal limit due to airplane safety — on their balloon. Flaten allocated $3,000 for each of the three ground stations and payloads. After paying the students involved, the total came to about $100,000 — a miniscule amount c o m p a r e d t o N A S A’ s budget for similar projects. “We had to invent a fair amount of stuff just to pull this of f. It’s not as high quality as what they can do, but golly gosh we’re doing it,” Flaten said.
U to hear student dining hall input Dining u from Page 1
versity’s food offering has been a years-long push by MSA. In 2016, MSA conducted surveys that showed students were displeased with UDS food quality. This year in March, the University Student Senate and University Senate passed resolutions calling for Aramark to be held accountable for business ethics concerns and lack of dietary accommodations. The push by the senates led to student representation on the University committee that reviews contracts like the one the University has with Aramark, and the creation of a student advisory council to consider complaints with Aramark. While MSA and the Student Senate have been pushing for the changes in recent years, the Depar tment of Food Science and Nutrition has been brainstorming improvements in classes for the past year. The classes, taught by Professor Len Marquar t, star ted as an experiencebased lear ning project, Marquart said. “That came down to really focusing on UDS and Aramark, and what we can do as students, particularly Food Science and Nutrition students, to help improve meals here on campus,” he said. He said the ideas ranged from long-term projects like a food innovation center, which would conduct food research to improve options, to short-term improvements like raising nutritional standards. One of the students from those classes, recent University graduate Jamie Freier, attended a conference in New York called Menus of Change to find ways to implement the ideas and bring them to the University.
Freier said the conference focused on finding feasible ways to implement things like plant-forward diets and sustainably grown food sources. Graduate student William Lendway attended with her and said representatives from Aramark were present as well. “[Aramark has] got to be interested. They’ve got to be curious,” Lendway said. “Maybe a Big Ten school would want to be on the forefront of this change, with these 49 other universities and colleges. That’s what I’m hopeful for.” MSA Campus Life Committee Dir ector James Farnsworth said listening to the ideas from MSA and food science students is a “no brainer” for the University. “Again, it’s a research institution, it’s supposed to
be collaborative in using research and other academic principles in order to guide administrative decision making, so I think it’s kind of a win-win for the University,” Farnsworth said. Freier said moving forward in improving dining will be gradual. They will need to make clear how important these changes are for students and the environment, she said, while fine-tuning details that make the changes realistic. “It’s going to take a lot of effort. It’s going to take collaboration,” she said. In a statement regarding the upcoming meetings with MSA and members of the Food Science and Nutrition depar tment, the University expressed excitement for the upcoming initiatives. “Par tnering with
“Maybe a Big Ten school would want to be on the forefront of this change, with these 49 other universities and colleges. That’s what I’m hopeful for.” WILLIAM LENDWAY Graduate student
students in Food Science and Nutrition is a unique and interesting oppor tunity,” the statement read. “We’re excited to lear n more and will continue to work with students, Aramark and the Minnesota Student Association as we move for ward.”
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Murphy trains for season with Pro-Am Murphy u from Page 1
Murphy is originally from San Antonio, Texas, where he scored almost 24 points per game at Brennan High School. “Being far away from home, being away from my parents [was a tough transition],” Murphy said. “I’m so used to them being at all my games, [so] them going to none of them my freshman year was something I really had to get adjusted to.” Murphy said they watch his games on TV, but it was hard to get used to not seeing them in the stands when he played. Not just his parents’ presence, but also their advice, especially his father Bernard’s, is farther away now too. “He was my influence when I was a kid,” Murphy said. “He really taught me how to play the game, and [he] taught me the basics of how to play the game.” Murphy has been with the Gophers for two seasons, and he has quietly improved his game. The junior for ward was fourth in the Big Ten last season with 300 total
“I think he could even become a better defensive rebounder. That’s scary because he already is a really good rebounder.” RICHARD PITINO Gophers head coach
rebounds, averaging almost nine per game. The season before, he averaged eight rebounds per game to total 249. “I think he could even become a better defensive rebounder,” said Gophers head coach Richard Pitino. “That’s scar y because he already is a really good rebounder.” Murphy had 300 rebounds, 218 of which were defensive boards, compared to the previous season when he totaled 249 and 162 defensive. “When you’re a sophomore captain like he was, it means that people really respect you,” Pitino said. “They follow him … [and] most importantly he is a, ‘do as I say’ type guy which is really important.”
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Junior Jordan Murphy looks to defend after a shot during the Pro-Am tournament on Wednesday, July 26 at DeLaSalle High School.
Murphy was one rebound shy of his 13th double-double of the season in the Gophers loss to Middle Tennessee State in
Steven Richardson: videogaming, country-listening ‘staple’ of UMN football Steven Richardson, called “the stove” by teammates, is on three different major award watch lists for this season.
the first round of the NCAA Tournament in 2017. The team will look to move fur ther in the tournament as they return all
rotation players except one. “[I’m] pretty motivated,” Murphy said. “We definitely want to go farther than we did last year. I think just
when the expectations are so high that we [set] for ourselves... it can be hard to reach them, but I think it’s very doable.”
LA businessman, who bought Gophers’ Heisman in 2005, considering selling it to the U Bruce Smith was the Gophers player to win the award, doing so in 1941. BY JACK WARRICK firstname.lastname@example.org
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Defensive lineman Steven Richardson fields questions during the Big Ten media days event Tuesday at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago. BY JACK WARRICK email@example.com
His teammates call him “the stove”. “Stove because a stove in the house is just solid,” said linebacker Jonathan Celestin. “It’s har d to move. You can’t really pick it up.” Listed at 6 feet, 292 pounds, defensive tackle Steven Richardson was given All-Big Ten third team honors with 31 tackles and 11 tackles forloss last year, which was enough to put him on three watch lists for best defensive tackle, best interior lineman and best defensive player in college football throughout July.
‘A familiar face’ Head coach P.J. Fleck and Richardson both grew up in the Chicago area and both were considered undersized for playing college football. The only other Division I of fers Richardson received other than Minnesota were from Western Michigan and Northern Illinois. Fleck was head coach at Western Michigan when it of fered the defensive tackle.
“I got a chance to recruit him when I was at Western Michigan,” Fleck said. “I got a chance to get to know his family. That’s what it’s about, family suppor t groups.” Richardson said he was close to committing to Western Michigan because of how much of a salesman Fleck was. “I knew him before he even got [to Minnesota],” Richardson said. “It was good to still have a familiar face with a new coach.”
After practice To relax and recharge after practices and workouts, Richardson said he takes an ice bath and then goes home and plays video games with teammates. “My relationship with video games is a little concerning,” Richardson said. “There’s a lot of my time taken up that I would be playing video games, but I still find time, maybe two to four [hours per day].” He said he would like to go into video games for a career after football and he plans to get a minor in graphic design. Richardson has other ways of kicking back after practice, too. He listens to countr y
music, Frank Ocean and John Mayer when rap gets old and he wants to relax. His favorite place to eat at the University is Blarney Pub and Grill.
Final year Richardson star ted at least nine games his last three seasons with the Gophers. Last season, Richardson led the team in tackles for loss with 53. This year, Fleck chose Richardson as one of the three Gophers players to represent the team at the Big Ten media days in Chicago on Tuesday and Thursday. “He’s a staple of our program,” Fleck said at the Big Ten Media Days. “He’s a tough, hard-nosed, blue collar, [from] Chicago, young man.” Though Richardson str uggled with calf and back related injuries in the past, r unning back Rodney Smith said he’s moved past it. “He’s in a lot better shape than years past,” Smith said. “Coming into this fall training camp, he’s as healthy as I’ve ever seen him and he’s explosive, and I’m excited to watch him play this fall.”
Minnesota has won a single Heisman trophy since the award’s inception in the 1930’s. Bruce Smith — the player who earned the award — died in 1967 and the trophy was sold to a Los Angeles businessman, Gary Cypres, in 2005. Now, Cypres is 74 and considering selling the Heisman to the school. “In the history of football, the Heisman award was certainly the key award,” Cypres said. “I thought it would be a wonderful addition to my collection and a wonderful addition to the story I was trying to tell in the museum about how football evolved.” When Smith’s Heisman trophy was sold for $395,000 in 2005, his family needed money for the medical expenses of Gloria Smith, Bruce’s wife, as she got older. Cypres bought the Heisman award through the online auction. It is the most expensive Heisman trophy ever purchased, as of 2014. He currently owns a sports memorabilia collection valued at more than $1 million. “When it’s all said and done, it’s just a trophy,” said Scott Smith, Bruce’s youngest son. “It doesn’t tell the story of the man; it’s just a material thing.” Cypres put all his sports ar tifacts into one 32,000 square foot building to create the Los Angeles Sports Museum. The Heisman, along with Smith’s uniform and the Gophers’ championship footballs make up a part of an exhibit in the museum that tells the history of football through sports memorabilia. The museum is currently closed, however. Cypres, said the sale of his millions of dollars-worth of memorabilia is on the horizon, though he never thought in terms of resale value when he was collecting for the museum. Smith played from 1939 to 1941, leading the Gophers to two consecutive undefeated
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The Heisman award sits on display in Gibson/Nagurski Football Practice Facility on Wednesday, July 26. Halfback Bruce Smith won the award in 1941.
“[Smith] was a hell of a good player. He could kind of do everything. He could pass, he could run, he was a really good defensive player.”” GEORGE ADZICK ‘M’ Club director
seasons and national championships in 1940 and 1941. “He was a hell of a good player,” said ‘M’ Club director George Adzick. “He could kind of do everything. He could pass, he could run, he was a really good defensive player.” Last year marked the 75th anniversar y of Bruce Smith winning the Heisman Trophy. His No. 54 was the first number to be retired by Minnesota. Cypres said he’d give the University of Minnesota preferential treatment if they wanted to buy Smith’s copy. “It actually belongs [to Minnesota], quite honestly,” Cypres said. “It reflects basically a golden age of football in Minnesota.” The school’s copy of
Smith’s Heisman sits in Bronko Nagurski complex, for all the Gophers players, coaches and fans to see and think about a different era of the Gophers and the sport itself. “It’s Americana at its best,” Adzick said. “You got to play college football at the highest level to even be considered for it.”
“It actually belongs [to Minnesota], quite honestly. It reflects basically a golden age of football in Minnesota.” GARY CYPRES Los Angeles businessman
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Our laziest season is one of the best for self-reflection Logging another summer, I take a moment to reflect on the lessons I’ve learned.
here’s a sector of the population that does not, in fact, pine for summer. It may be a small group of diehards, but they are out there. During elementar y and middle school, I dove headlong from school into various summer programs — from one routine to another, some of us can’t do without structure and schedule. As this summer begins to see its end peaking on the horizon, I’d like to of fer up some cumulative thoughts — what I learned this summer, if you will. First, patience. I sped from Minneapolis to Chicago as soon as I was offered an internship, and was eager to build a life immediately. I wanted to find a real paying job, I wanted to dig into this internship immediately and I wanted to entrench myself in the scenes of Chicago I desired to be a part of. These things came in time, but in the interim, it was so hard to see my way through to the other side. Summer makes
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you acutely aware both of how long and how short our time is. The three months fly by in an instant, but by the end of them you also see just how absurdly small an amount of time that is to do ever ything. This leads to my next stand out lesson: summer openness. Maybe your summer will not look like you think it will. Maybe you’ll be busy with more, or relaxing with less. Maybe one weekend you’ll hardly be at home, and another weekend you’ll be curled up in the same chair with books or projects for hours. Moment to moment, my summer mood was constantly changing. Elated then contemplative, goofy then nostalgic. Summer feels like ever ything is breathing a little bit more, expanding, airing out — like someone has opened a
I was eager to know every little thing, how everyone’s doing, who’s hanging out with whom, what’s going on, and, oh yeah, are you all still my friends? bottle of wine to let it sit on the counter for a while, or the top button on a nice pair of pants has been gratefully released. This gives you more room to reflect and think, and I say let it all happen. Be open to whatever this time brings you. One layer added to my summer was long distance from ever yone else in my life. That meant a lot of longing to be in on things that I simply couldn’t be. Another lesson of mine: independence and letting things go. I was eager to know ever y little thing, how ever yone’s doing, who’s hanging out with whom, what’s going on and, oh yeah, are you all still my friends? Your friends still love you; they’re just going about business as
usual, while you do the same. Enjoy the time away, be ver y quiet and thoughtful for days on end, or chat up anyone who will listen around the of fice or in improv class. As the poet Rupi Kaur writes, “Loneliness is a sign you are in desperate need of yourself.” So lean in and be your own best friend for a while. The unexpected thing about being only mild about summer is that no matter how it goes, I’m still begging for it to stretch just a little longer. The hazy days and languid nights are intoxicating in that way. As the weeks inch towards September, I will be wracking my mind for things I have not done yet, parts of my summer I still need to acquire. I will be hoping I did it all right, so that deep amid winter finals I won’t be left wondering if there was more I could have done to enjoy this time. I will, and so should you — simply enjoy.
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2017 U.S. GUN VIOLENCE
Total gun-related incidents: 36,472 Total number of deaths: 9,047 Total number of mass shootings: 211
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DAILY DISCUSSION Importance of President Kaler’s Prevent Sexual Misconduct Initiative As chair of President Eric Kaler’s Initiative to Prevent Sexual Misconduct, I thank you for your editorial July 19 commending the University of Minnesota School of Public Health’s new sexual health minor and calling for the U to do more.
For the president’s initiative, we are recruiting work groups of faculty, staff and students to develop a comprehensive public health approach (multipdisciplinary, communitywide) to address sexual misconduct. The SPH also offers a course for undergraduates called Sexuality Matters that takes the positive approach to relationships you support. For the president’s initiative, we are recruiting work groups of faculty, staff and students to develop a comprehensive public health approach (multidisciplinary, community-wide) to address sexual misconduct. The focus is prevention, health promotion and long-term culture change, complementing the many excellent services the University provides survivors of sexual misconduct. We owe the president a report in early October. It includes plans for engaging the entire University community in this effort. John R. Finnegan Professor and Dean of the School of Public Health
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Real change needed in MPD Cutting corners has negative consequences, as the shooting of Justine Damond shows. The recent shooting of Justine Damond has sparked mass outrage and garnered a considerable amount of media attention, national and international. It is appalling there was no body cam footage available for this incident, especially so soon after the Philando Castile shooting. The Minneapolis Police Department has decided to expand body cam usage and now requires officers to activate them before “any contact with a reporting person, victim, suspect or witness” — but it is imperative that these updated rules arew strictly enforced and that the public has increased access to that footage. More transparency between the police and the public is absolutely necessary at this point. The fact these officers did not turn on their cameras, even while in contact with civilians, as was protocol at the time of the shootings, doesn’t indicate that the department was truly committed to making changes in the wake of previous shootings. Issues of accountability are at the forefront of this incident. Our government and law enforcement agencies need to reassess how to hold their own employees responsible. It
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Spurring innovation by cutting red tape From restaurants to fitness centers and ar t studios to learning centers, we rely on franchise businesses to help make our lives easier, more productive and more fun. Franchising of fers innovators the chance to go into business for themselves but not by themselves. Franchise businesses create jobs, ser ve as vocational and leadership training for thousands of young people, and create revenue for communities. If you are a young entrepreneur, franchising is a great way to jumpstart your business. I have been franchising for 33 years and witnessed the growth in a proven system for small business ownership. Franchising also suppor ts Minnesota-based charities and community
organizations. My Taco John’s, for example, works with local charities, like Second Har vest Heartland, and supports schools with donations and sponsorships. I consider our neighbors and civic leaders part of our Taco John’s family. Innovators and business owners face one big barrier to growth: red tape. Rules and regulations, mandated by ever y level of government, place a heavy burden on small businesses, making it exceedingly complicated and costly, which stifles growth and discourages people from opening businesses. Last week, Congress moved to cut some of that red tape. New legislation, called the Save Local Business Act (H.R. 3441), would protect workers and futur e business owners by leaving decisions about hiring, work schedules and pay increases in the hands of employers, where they belong. We are
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seems a theme of our era that, throughout our government, public servants fail to be transparent and be held answerable to the public, and this demands a need for changes within the practices of our government, specifically through elevating values of transparency and accountability. There are glaring flaws in the current practices of police beyond issues of body cams — accountability culture within our institutions of authority needs to be developed, aided by an improved system of internal prosecution. The government cannot continue going on as it has been, with such an obvious lack of respect for its citizenry. In making future decisions regarding accountability standards, the city of Minneapolis should keep in mind the current tenuity of public trust.
On July 27, President Donald Trump issued an order to ban all transgender people from the militar y. In a tweet, President Tr ump questioned the militar y readiness of transgender troops. For tunately, this wasn’t interpreted as a legitimate directive by either the Joint Chiefs of Staf f, or senior of ficials in our national security apparatus. However, Tr ump’s willingness to crassly object to a policy that has promoted gender diversity in the militar y is staggering, and points to the systemic issue of gender discrimination, specifically against those who are transgender and par t of the LGBT community. The policy, initially put in place by President Barack Obama, was called into r eview by Secr etar y of Defense James Mattis, who halted the expected implementation of the inclusion policy. While changing policy directives from the Oval Of fice may prove to be impossible, our campus should do more to ensure a more inclusive atmosphere. The University of Minnesota has many oppor tunities and resources to build inclusion, like the Queer Students Cultural Center. It’s also impor tant not to generalize views from Trump’s of fice. The dissenting opinions against the implementation of such a policy should indicate that there are important allies in the militar y that suppor t transgender rights and respect the ser vice of cur rently ser ving transgender militar y personnel and veterans. Though the militar y has a histor y of discrimination, we ought to capitalize on change and progress in addition to demanding improvements.
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excited to see this legislation move for ward. Franchising is where hard work, collaboration and community come together. It is an avenue for young people to pursue their business dreams with a model that works. Worldwide brands such as Anytime Fitness star ted in Minnesota and still call our great state home. I would like Minnesota to remain a capital of business innovation. By encouraging our next generation to pursue franchising — and implementing sensible rules and regulations to support them — I think it will. Tamra Kennedy Franchise owner
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The urgency of Shakespeare U students bring exploration of transgender identity to Fringe Festival with “What You Will.”
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In the wake of President Donald Trump’s transgender militar y ban, a group of University of Minnesota students aimed to present transgender voices in a traditionally patriarchal medium. Under the organization of senior theater major Henr y Ellen Sansone, five students will perform Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night, or What You Will” at the Minnesota Fringe Festival — with a contemporary twist. The play follows a woman who is shipwrecked. To ensure her safety in an unknown territor y, she presents herself as a man. From there, love triangles emerge, taking the form of man and woman, woman and woman
and man and man — it can get confusing. But this gender confusion is exactly what the cast uses to speak on a more contemporar y topic: transgender identity. Sansone, who identifies as transgender, connected immediately with the main character, Viola. “This character is ver y clearly trans to me,” Sansone said. “I decided I wanted to explore [the play] through that lens.” Despite Sansone’s immediate relation to Shakespeare’s character, this reading is in no way mainstream. “It’s almost always someone who’s cisgender playing that role,” Sansone said. “So it felt urgent, because that’s not a very visible lens in Shakespeare and the theater.”
“I don’t care what Shakespeare’s original intention was. I think people claim original practices, but let’s be real — we know 10 things about Shakespeare for certain. It’s kind of been our [mantra] that ‘Shakespeare’s dead; we’re not. Let’s do this play.” ELLEN SANSONE Senior theater major
Fourth year theater major Laura Torgeson, who plays Olivia, attributes the “cis-white-hetero-patriarchy” with “training people not to think of [Shakespeare] in certain ways.” For the cast, however, these academic norms are irrelevant. “I don’t care what Shakespeare’s original intention was,” Sansone said. “I think people claim original
practices, but let’s be real — we know 10 things about Shakespeare for certain. It’s kind of been our [mantra] that ‘Shakespeare’s dead; we’re not. Let’s do this play.’” With that said, the cast is still respecting the script. “We haven’t changed the text, we haven’t manipulated anything,” said Kiaran Hartnett, a theater and psychology double major who plays Feste and Antonio.
“So it might not have been Shakespeare’s original intention, but it’s actually all there.” Danylo Loutchko, a theater and English double major who plays Sebastian, explained it’s not about the author at all. It’s about the play. “We’re working with the text, and not thinking of the author as an author. It’s more like Shakespeare is an artifact we’re working with. [ … ] From a theatrical perspective the text is more neutral.” The cast’s take on “Twelfth Night” raises questions about what the literary canon even means in a world starting to recognize a multiplicity of historically disregarded voices. For Sansone, it’s not necessarily about scrapping the entire system. “What I think we need
to do is both include new people in this canon and do the work of expanding what these old stories mean,” Sansone said. “I think there’s something powerful in taking this thing, which is apparently a cultural language, and flipping it. Realizing that other people have always been in these stories but have been ignored.” In other words, for the cast, Shakespeare is far from irrelevant in the modern world. “Gender has always been an important theme, even in Shakespeare,” Sam Bates Norum, who plays Orsino, said. “So yes, Shakespeare lived 400 years ago, but it’s urgent.” Editor’s Note: Danylo Loutchko formerly worked for the Minnesota Daily.
At LALA Festival, art and intimate conversation The event worked to present voices from artists identifying as women, people of color and LGBTQ. BY KATIE LAUER firstname.lastname@example.org
A circle of wooden table chairs, beige floral ottomans and a red cloth couch set the stage for artful dialogue at the Red Eye Theater Saturday. Par t of the three-day LALA Festival, a group of around 25 ar tists and attendees, discussed identity, voices and inspiration openly and cozily. Festival executive director Billy Noble said that was one of the main goals of the inaugural event. “We create this artificial divide between audiences and ar tists,” Noble said. “There’s not always that chance to engage in natural conversations.” He said the act of consuming art involves seeing it, processing it and then responding to it, which isn’t always possible. Noble and LALA’s Artistic Director Chantal Pavageaux wanted to make
an atmosphere that felt more open and accessible to all, different from many events at spaces like the Walker and the Guthrie Theater. “We’r e tr ying to do something dif ferent,” Noble said. And “different” was exactly how the day’s events started. A “speed dating” session worked to pair attendees with each other to discuss their own art, collaboration possibilities and any other concepts they enjoyed. While the room was initially filled with quiet trepidation (a lack of morning caffeine or the idea of actual audience participation could have been to blame), time and conversation gave way to more free-flowing discussion. New York City director, filmmaker and actor Mtume Gant is a supporter of such dialogue. “It’s really impor tant for artists to talk outside of
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Artist and attendees gather at the Red Eye Theater for the first LaLa festival. The festival featured artist who identify as women, LGBT or people of color and looked at the role of critical conversations and criticism within art.
commerce,” Gant said. “It allows people to be who they are.” Interested in concepts of narrative, content and time in film, his artist talk examined how he works to tr y
and capture the power of long shots, creating monologues of possible tension and passion. Along with clips of his work — including the short
film “White Face” which looks at the embodiment of and interest in “whiteness” within society — he discussed identity. “I think for the
majority of people in this country, the idea of identity is a very immediate thing in regard to race, gender, class,” Gant said. “They’re the main reason why people consume art, especially things like movies. And I think we’re actually taught to be that way.” Projecting voices from women, people of color and LGBTQ artists, this sense of honesty in conversation and questioning was the festival’s aim. Additional performances and discussions over the weekend from Adrienne Truscott, Jess Barbagallo and SuperGroup tied into these explorations and conversations. Overall, Gant said he thinks events like the small yet open LALA Festival are important in art communities because they provide chances to talk as both artists and individuals, simultaneously. “There’s no expectations in spaces like these,” Gant said. “We come and share, see where people are at and let that inform ourselves. Humanity is humanity at the end of the day.”
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Uptown Art Fair
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This weekend, artists of all media from all around the world will come to Uptown to show and sell their art. There will also be 25 different food vendors and live music ranging from folk to hiphop. The Kitchen Window Culinary Arts Competition will also be featured at the festival, where teams will compete to make the best culinary art.
Yes, it’s a very nerdy name, but it’s also free entertainment. The Okee Dokee Brothers are bringing their Americana folk tunes to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Known for their passion for nature, the band is coming to spread enthusiasm for the outdoors amid modern art sculptures. The Walker Art Center will also be free this Saturday.
If you’ve long wanted to be porcupined for health and wellness but couldn’t afford it, now’s your chance. The NE Community Acupuncture and Wellness Center is offering its needle services for free for the eighth year in a row. They didn’t stop there, though — they’ll also offer free cupping, massages and aromatherapy. It’s first come first serve, but this is worth camping outside the night before.
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HOROSCOPES Today’s Birthday (8/2): Expand your networks and connections this year. Fun and romance come intuitively. A door that was locked opens with a collaboration this summer, leading to a breakthrough in self-expression. Upgrade your personal image next winter, before partnership sparks. Share your heart.
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Aries (3/21 - 4/19): Today is a 9 — Expand your territory. Put on your traveling shoes. New opportunities for discovery present themselves. The facts you need can be found. Taurus (4/20 - 5/20): Today is a 9 — Review finances and save for the future. Steady contributions grow over time with care. Your influence is spreading. Gemini (5/21 - 6/21): Today is a 9 — Have fun with your partner. Fantasies prove flimsy; don’t get overly grandiose. Enjoy simple pleasures together. Share good food, music and conversation. Cancer (6/22 - 7/22): Today is a 9 — Physical action gets results. You’re growing stronger, and so is your work. Stick to practical goals, one at a time. Practice your moves. Leo (7/23 - 8/22): Today is an 8 — Romantic fantasies could fall flat. Avoid pretty illusions, and get to the heart of the matter with someone special. Take new ground together. Virgo (8/23 - 9/22): Today is an 8 — Domestic activities have your focus. Clean, organize and beautify your space. An illusion you’ve been tolerating has become obvious.
Libra (9/23 - 10/22): Today is a 9 — Cash flow increases. It can go out as fast as it is coming in. Focus on diverting some to savings. Don’t invest in ephemeral ideas. Stay practical. Scorpio (10/23 - 11/21): Today is a 9 — Step into the spotlight and shine. Stand for what you love with all your heart. Follow practical plans for steady growth. You’re learning new tricks. Sagittarius (11/22 - 12/21): Today is a 6 — You’re especially thoughtful when left to your own devices. Peaceful introspection, organization and planning all produce satisfying results. Relax and consider the possibilities. Capricorn (12/22 - 1/19): Today is an 8 — Ask friends for ideas and solutions. Teamwork goes further than playing Lone Ranger. Choose your steps carefully. Stick to solid ground. Aquarius (1/20 - 2/18): Today is an 8 — Focus on your performance, as someone important is watching. Provide excellent service. Something you try doesn’t work. Apologize gracefully. Persist and win. Pisces (2/19 - 3/20): Today is an 8 — Follow an adventure. New information conflicts with old. Dig into the backstory and research latest updates. Check things from another perspective.
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Last time I had sex with my boyfriend, he prefaced it with, “Let’s make a baby.” What should I do?
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My hope in writing this column is that my readers are already versed in the basics — that you all know how sex works, have a simple grasp on how babies are made and are comfortable with the ins and outs of Grindr and related apps. But sometimes, a letter like this comes along, and I have to sit ALL of you down for a serious chat. Speaking of serious chats, we need to briefly go over the ones you and your boyfriend have had: Y’all have discussed your contraceptive plan of action, right? If you haven’t, there’s a wild chance he meant this literally. Like, if he said the baby line and then your sex was unprotected, then, uh, maybe he wants a baby? And maybe you have a baby, right now, growing inside of you? In this case, you should saddle yourself up on a CVS horse and
out. Then you deal with it how you want to deal with it. Let’s talk the more likely case, which is that you and your boyfriend have a pretty simple no-babies plan and his sexy time comment flew in the face of that. It’s easy to raise your legs Whoa Nelly style, but imagine with me for a moment how gosh dang hot this prospect is for him — the thought of effing you so good that you get pregnant probably made him feel powerful, virile, close to you. I don’t think there’s anything inherently wrong with this, but if it turns you off or makes you feel stressed, let him know. Tell him you’re not into the baby talk because it hits way too close to your pregnancy-fearing home. If you’re into it, though, then fly with it. Your bed is a sanctuary where you can say whatever you want, and hell, you can even pretend like you want to get pregnant for the sake of better sex. The fact of fertility may be the stuff of nightmares for a lot of us, but its power is sometimes the reason for the season, isn’t it?
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The Labyrinth’s call “About three months into exploring, I found out about [the Labyrinth],” Anderson said. “And I was like, ‘this is the holy grail.’” On Jul. 27, Anderson gave a photographer and I a tour of one of Minneapolis’ slightly less lauded subter ranean venues, a sandstone cave. W ith eight offshoots, this grotto was just a fraction of the Labyrinth’s size. Before scheduling the visit, Anderson asked us not to name the cave. While not nearly as prized or occult as the Labyrinth, he fears it will be closed if police catch wind it has reopened. Of course, “reopened” is a loose term, given urban exploring was the main reason the cave was shut down. That, and the “opening” we scrambled down was barely a foot wide. Anderson checked before the expedition that both journalist and photographer could squeeze in; at a relatively lean 5 feet, 7 inches and 5 feet, 11 inches, we scraped through. As we bumped our way down into the cave, Anderson explained how a friend of his reopened the location a month ago by car ving a new hole in the cave’s soft sandstone. Though a fellow adventurer tipped Anderson of f to this new entrance, he has not been so lucky with other urban explorers, leaving him with few resources to track the Labyrinth. Dating back to 1865, the Labyrinth’s massive tangle includes telephone, gas and trolley line tunnels. Now mostly abandoned, the Labyrinth is so vast it has been compared to Paris’ Catacombs. But like most well-preser ved locations, it remains under lock and key, masked by explorers who want to protect it. While he understands the importance of preser ving the tunnels, Anderson said the territorial attitude has driven him away from the community and the Labyrinth itself. Exploring against the odds Pushed out of the community by the ver y people they seek to network with, many explorers turn to online resources. “The biggest problem in this community is actually
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used on education costs like housing, tuition and books. “I wouldn’t have been able to make it as a student [without GI money,]” said Mike Pur tell, a specialist in the National Guard and a University of MinnesotaDuluth teaching social studies senior. Students would rarely go through the FTA program first because the combination of STR and GI Bill was enough, Purtell said, adding the FTA process is cumbersome. “We signed up to ser ve our state and community and the programs that were promised are slowly eroding,” Purtell said in an email. Matthew Fulton, a National Guard specialist and University of MinnesotaDuluth chemical engineering senior, said he dropped his initial housing plan for the school year after realizing he wouldn’t get any GI Bill money. “I had to redo my entire budget for the year, and I could not justify paying for the nicer place,” said Fulton, a friend of Purtell. Kendra Cleveland, president of the Chapter 28 Minnesota National Guard Enlisted Association, said her friend in the Minnesota National Guard faced the prospect of dropping out of college after anticipating the lost GI benefit. She said her friend quit the school’s track and field team to find a better-paying job. Originally, the state
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Cave explorers light up spots in the cave with candles. Here, explorers set up 100 candles to illuminate a portion of the cave called “stairway to heaven.”
that there’s this elitist level of thinking… We eventually learned there’s a couple people we can talk to, but as far as other groups… most of the time they’re dicks,” said explorer Alex Dittes. Dittes is one-third of Forgotten World Productions, a New Jersey urban exploring trio he star ted with partners Josh Jacoby and Patrick Williams. Like Anderson, the three are disenchanted by the community and hunt for new locations on foot and on the web, rather than with networking. “It was hard at first, but once you get that sort of explorer mentality … you can find places like that,” Josh explained, snapping his fingers. Among Forgotten World’s most treasured resources is a communal Google Map of urbex locations around North America with over 100 contributors. This, they said, is one of the only urbex spaces they’ve enjoyed. Aside from a handful of friends, the map is the group’s only way of exchanging information with the urbex community. Back in the Twin Cities, a more prolific, if slightly less detailed, urbex web-
program was intended to supplement existing federal benefits, said Captain Mindy Davis, a Minnesota National Guard Education Services Officer. In 2014, the federal Department of Defense decided the two federal benefits duplicated each other and prohibited their simultaneous use. As a result, the Minnesota National Guard chose to let ser vice members pick between the two programs, giving them flexibility to maximize the money they receive. This led to a dramatic decrease in Minnesota National Guard members using FTA money, she said, and put pressure on the state funding. “The state of Minnesota gives us a generous annual appropriation, but it is not a blank check,” Davis said, adding the only way to continue of fering the same level of state benefits is to make students use the FTA. Davis said members have been disappointed and frustrated yet understanding of the National Guard’s situation, adding there are other education benefits for members. A policy change currently in the works might lift wait periods on using benefits, said Don Kerr, the Minnesota Department of Militar y Affairs’ executive director. The State Legislature was also supportive of the National Guard this session, Kerr said in an email, allocating $8.4 million of the $11.5 million request from the department.
site known as Action Squad serves a similar purpose to bolster alienated explorers. The website remains popular even though the group has disbanded. Founded in 1996, Action Squad was a band of curious Twin Cities explorers who documented years of “missions” into the area’s depths. The Squad r eleased heaps of information on urbex sites in the Cities and, because of their prolific writings, remains a point of contention in the community. One of their most disputed posts was an intricate map of the Labyrinth in 2001. But details, like street names and entrances, were later stripped from the map, plunging the Labyrinth back into obscurity. Today, groups like Action Squad and Forgotten World struggle to strike a balance between helping fellow scouts and protecting tur f from vandals, arsonists, police and inexperienced scouts who could get injured. Their fears are not without merit. Last year, urban photographer Ian Talty died in the Labyrinth. The ad-
vent of the 2008 Republican National Convention also upped the security in the Labyrinth, and a maze of functional steam tunnels under the University of Minnesota lost its loyal adventurers to increased security measur es like high-definition cameras and alarm systems. University of Minnesota Police Depar tment Lieutenant Erik Swanson said added security in University tunnels is heartening, but urbex locations of f campus still worr y officers. “That’s where the real d a n g er l i es , ” S w a n s on said. “Because you don’t know what’s down there.” Abandoned buildings, caves and sewers — like some par ts of the Labyrinth — aren’t built for humans and pose greater threats. To prevent injuries and deaths, as well as vandalism and information leaks, Forgotten World has a de facto vetting process. The first destination they share is less interesting, and they accompany any curious newcomers, obser ving how the explorer interacts with the space. If the scout is respectful to the site, they may reveal
more precious finds in exchange for other secret spaces. Navigating these initiations can be tricky. Not only do explorers feel responsible to protect their spaces fr om too many visitors, they also risk bringing the wrath of a community that often feels betrayed. A pressure for silence The cave Anderson navigated for us showed ever y sign of constant visitors. Nearly ever y wall was covered in tags and cr ude sketches. In one alcove, small candles littered the ground and Anderson explained that the pockmarked wall, dubbed “Stair way to Heaven”, is a popular spot for candle-lit Instagram photoshoots. A past explorer had tagged “Prom?” on a nearby wall. But Anderson said it was a YouTube video featuring a common hideout like this one that prompted a fellow explorer to send him death threats. His aggressor believed the video, posted to Anderson’s YouT ube channel, Unseen Minnesota, overexposed “his” cave. “They were saying ‘The next time I see you
in my cave, I’ll kill you,’” Anderson said. “It’s happened multiple times.” Similarly, a University p r o fes s o r who p en n ed a book on the historical and geological aspects of Twin Cities’ underground world, was disparaged by the urbex community for ever ything from criticizing online urbex resources to revealing cave and tunnel entrances. He declined to comment to avoid further criticism. Though less hesitant to give insights on the Cities’ depths, Anderson isn’t eager to attract the urbex community’s attention — and vitriol — either. After squeezing back through the claustrophobic entrance, he tur ned around to carefully obscure the por tal from v i e w, a n d c h e c k e d i n again to ensure the entrance of the cave won’t be published. The rest of Anderson’s summer will be consumed by ef for ts to infiltrate the Labyrinth and to finish his book, “Unseen Minnesota: The Stor y of an Urban Explorer,” but while he may not come back for quite a while, he wants to keep this cave open for his fellow explorers.
Legislative audit proposes to limit officials’ use of sports facilities for friends, family Regents and state auditors disagree over whether free tickets are an issue. BY CHRISTOPHER LEMKE firstname.lastname@example.org
A legislative audit published on July 26 raised concerns over how public of ficials use TCF Bank Stadium and five other publicly -owned Twin Cities sports facilities. The repor t found inconsistencies in public officials’ use of the facilities and listed recommendations, citing oppor tunities for the facilities to “operate with greater consistency, transparency or fulfillment of public purposes.” State legislators asked for the audit of the six facilities after a Febr uar y 2017 review of US Bank Stadium suites. The Febr uar y r epor t said that free suite tickets given to public of ficials’ friends, family members and other non-marketing people “violated a core ethical principle.” Regarding TCF Bank Stadium, the July 26 audit reviewed how the University of Minnesota’s President and Regents provide free access for friends and family to a suite. State, county or city money paid for $137 million of TCF Bank
Stadium’s total $289 million cost, according to the audit. TCF Bank Stadium is dif ferent from the other facilities because both its owner and the team that uses it are publicly -owned, said Joel Alter, director of special reviews with the Office of the Legislative Auditor. The audit recommended the University consider adopting a policy that is more restrictive of free tickets for friends and family. “I do think the University has latitude to manage its own facility,” Alter said, adding there isn’t an issue with having a suite for the president, regents and guests of the University. However, Alter said once this privilege is extended to friends and family members of public of ficials who oversee the University, that’s where potential violations can occur. “You’re beginning to provide some things of value to people that others … don’t have access to in the same way … I think the public is a little leer y of that,” he said. Regent Dar rin Rosha said it’s fair for the public to question these kinds of practices, but he said, as someone who has been a public citizen longer than a board member, he doesn’t see it
as objectionable. The audit also pointed out how governing board members attending events together at any facility has the potential to violate the state’s Open Meeting Law, which requires that meetings of governmental bodies be open to ensure the public is informed. The repor t proposes that Regents make a policy prohibiting members from discussing of ficial business when present at sports facilities. Brian Steeves, the Board of Regents’ executive director and corporate secretar y, said in a letter responding to the repor t that the Minnesota Open Meeting Law is already adopted in the boar d’s policy. According to the audit, the President and Regents’ suite can be used by the University as a for um to host strategic invitees, like financial donors, elected of ficials and community leaders. The University also allows invitees to bring family and friends. “Infor mal gatherings like attending a Gophers game or other neighborhood events are a way for me and other community leaders to connect with President Kaler and the Regents and discuss the cur rent issues facing the U and Southeast Minneapolis,” said Sen. Kari Dziedzic, DFL-Min-
neapolis in an emailed statement. According to her office, Dziedic attended a game in 2016 with a guest and did not reimburse for the ticket. While the audit points out the use of the suite does not violate any state laws, it said that when public officials and employees use their public positions to obtain benefits not generally available to the public, it is a “violation of core ethical principal.” The audit also recommended the legislature to consider bar ring the spor ting facilities, including TCF Bank Stadium, from charging fees and r ent to the Minnesota State High School League during tournaments at the facilities. Steeves’ letter responding to the audit said “asking any public institution to provide ser vices at no cost simply shifts those costs elsewhere. The University operates the stadium on a cost recover y basis, so the hard costs associated with any event … are recovered through the fees we charge.” Rep. Sarah Anderson, R-Plymouth, who requested the audit, said in an email that there will be a hearing to talk about and take action on the audit’s findings when the legislatur e r econvenes in Februar y.