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#MeToo founder comes to Coffman Tarana Burke talked about her lifelong involvement in activism and the movement. BY TIFFANY BUI

A hashtag that brought national attention to the prevalence of sexual assault has been highly visible on social media and the news. On Friday, University of Minnesota students gathered at Coffman Union to meet the person behind the #MeToo movement. Students and other members of the public filled Coffman’s Great Hall to hear #MeToo founder Tarana Burke give a presentation and answer questions. Afterward, the audience got to engage with Burke personally. Burke sat on stage “fireside-style” and spoke about her roots and the beginning of the #MeToo movement. “I think that every great movement in the history of our country has been, the needle has moved because of the movement of young people,” Burke said in an interview. ”It’s really important to me that young people, who have largely been left out of the #MeToo conversation nationally, are taking the banner.” Burke spoke about how her experience as a youth activist led to future success. She also commented on high-profile cases of sexual assault in Minnesota. She talked about the University of Minnesota’s handling of campus sexual u See #METOO SPEAKER Page 2

#MeToo founder Tarana Burke speaks to students during her appearance at Coffman Union on Friday, Feb. 16.




CFANS students lead push to deregulate GMOs

Businesses to close in Dinkytown

The group members said misinformation has led to many restrictions on their research. BY KATRINA PROSS

Some University of Minnesota graduate students, frustrated by what they call outdated regulations on genetically modified organisms, are asking their congressional representatives for help. After sending a letter to U.S. representatives asking for a bipartisan bill to deregulate GMO crops for fiber and fuel earlier this month, the seven graduate students from the University’s College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences are directly contacting Minnesota politicians in hopes of affecting policy change that would allow them to conduct research more efficiently. “We wrote the letter because we feel

like we have our hands tied when it comes to implementing crop improvement strategies,” said Matthew Ott, one of the letter’s authors. After receiving an underwhelming response to their congressional letter, the students are reaching out to Minnesota’s Republican Reps. Collin Peterson, Tom Emmer, Erik Paulsen and Jason Lewis, along with Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who sits on the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee. The process to obtain government approval of one GMO crop can cost between $20 million and $30 million, said Leanna Leverich, another student who signed the letter. Generally, only big corporations can afford to pay, which limits marketplace competition. The price to approve a GMO remains at a price that’s out of reach for most farmers, she said. “This ends up in the public perception of conflating GMOs with big businesses, and a lot of people don’t trust big businesses.

[GMOs and big businesses] don’t need to be tied to each other,” said Nicole Mihelich, another student who signed the letter. While GMOs would make Ott’s work to domesticate pennycress, an oilseed cover crop, more efficient, the high cost and regulatory burdens associated with GMOs mean he has to make random DNA changes — a non-GMO approach — on about 10,000 plants to achieve the same domestication goals. “Public land grant universities like the University of Minnesota will never really be able to release a GMO on their own because of this very expensive regulation process,” Leverich said. The decades-old regulations that control GMOs use outdated terminology, Mihelich said. GMOs are still defined by the government as organisms that harm plants, though that’s not the case, she said. And while GMOs for fiber and

then split into smaller groups to discuss specific affordable housing issues and develop ideas for potential solutions. Ward 2 Minneapolis City Council member Cam Gordon, who chairs the City’s Housing Policy and Development Committee, attended the forum. “I hope [people] see the city is serious and wants to do something [about] affordable housing,” Gordon said. Gordon mentioned his plan to roll out a community advisory committee on housing, which Minneapolis residents could u See FREY HOUSING Page 2


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Frey lays out housing plan at University forum in North Minneapolis


Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey laid out his affordable housing plan and listened to community input at a forum Thursday night. The event, held at the University of Minnesota Urban Research and OutreachEngagement Center, allowed community

members to hear from the mayor and other city leaders and discuss issues of affordable housing in Minneapolis. “We are confronting what is literally the number one priority for my administration. I believe it is a crisis right now in the city of Minneapolis, and that issue is affordable housing,” Frey said during the forum. Frey outlined some of his key strategies to combat the issue: providing “deeply affordable housing” at 30 percent of the area median income, improving energy costs and preserving existing affordable housing in the city. Community members and city leaders


Several Dinkytown businesses on 4th Street Southeast adjacent to the Varsity Theater will close in the coming months. Shops located in a building to the right of the Varsity Theater on the corner of 13th Avenue Southeast were recently informed by their landlord that they have until midsummer to leave. Affected businesses are Milo’s on Fourth barbershop, Dinkytown Optical, Underground Printing, Blue Serge Alterations and the Hair Shaft barbershop. “Honestly, the tenants here were just notified two weeks ago by a letter saying that people need to vacate by a certain date. That’s all,” said Jason Davis, owner of Dinkytown Optical. Dinkytown Optical has been in business since 1972. Davis said the store plans to relocate within the area. Businesses weren’t informed of what would happen to the location, he said. Detronza Kirksey, owner of Milo’s on Fourth barbershop, said he also plans to stay in Dinkytown. “This is the oldest barbershop in Dinkytown’s history,” Kirksey said. Kirksey has owned Milo’s on Fourth for seven years. He stepped into the role in 2011 after Milo David, the store’s original owner of 42 years and its namesake, retired.


The Minneapolis mayor spoke to community members and local politicians on Friday.

Shops located to the right of Varsity Theater are being forced out before mid-summer.


Minnesota adds to NCAA tourney resume with win over No. 10 Maryland The win was the Gophers third top-25 win of the season and the second since Wednesday. BY DREW COVE

The No. 10 team in the country was no match for the unranked Gophers. Minnesota (21-6, 10-4 Big Ten) upset another top-25 team, this time a rout of No. 10 Maryland (22-5, 11-3 Big Ten) 93-74 at Williams Arena Sunday. “A phenomenal game for our team,” head coach Marlene Stollings said. “We’re really on a high right now. We’re playing extremely well [and] we’re peaking at


exactly the right time.” Maryland came to Minneapolis as the favorite against unranked Minnesota, but the Gophers had momentum on their side with the win over No. 23 Michigan just four days prior. T h e s t a r t e r s c a m e t h ro u g h f o r Minnesota, with three of them reaching at least 20 points. Guard Gadiva Hubbard led the way with 22 points, and guard Kenisha Bell and forward Destiny Pitts followed with 21 and 20 points, respectively. “At this point it’s confidence, we have momentum and maturity on the floor,” senior Carlie Wagner said. “The ball is really rolling for us right now.”







Guard Gadiva Hubbard eyes the hoop during the game against Maryland at Williams Arena on Sunday, Feb. 18. The Gophers won 93-74.






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assault cases, like the recent accusations against men’s basketball player Reggie Lynch and those made against members of the Gophers football team in 2016. University administration’s response was “ahead of the curve” in comparison to other schools, Burke said, but there was room for improvement. “The reaction of how the school responds should be in tandem with how it prioritizes safety for the student body. If you prioritize safety as a premium, as a top thing, then your response should reflect that,” Burke said. Media coverage of Garrison Keillor and former Sen. Al Franken’s alleged sexual misconduct was mishandled, Burke said in an interview, as perpetrators were given more attention than the victims. “There’s little stories about how these women are

doing, what resource do they need and who is supporting them. These questions don’t get asked,” she said. Burke said she hopes the traditional narrative of sexual violence will expand to include communities that often go unrecognized. “I’d love to see more reporting on people of color, and more reporting on trans and queer people, and disabled people and native folk who really experience the highest rates of sexual violence,” she said. The inspiration to bring Burke to campus came from student requests, said Logan Sweeney, campus event chairwoman and University junior. “We were looking for someone students could show interest in. A lot of students … have talked to us about directing attentions toward sexual assault prevention … it was really all luck that got us Tarana Burke,” Sweeney said. Students have remarked that the school often brings in comedy acts and other

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#MeToo founder Tarana Burke speaks to students during her appearance at Coffman Union on Friday, Feb. 16.

entertainment, Sweeney said, but more serious discussions should also be encouraged. Katie Eichele, director of the Aurora Center, noted

how students she’s worked with have been affected by the campaign. “A lot of the students who come to my office are a part of the #MeToo movement.

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Mayor Jacob Frey speaks about affordable housing at a community event at the University of Minnesota.

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apply to serve on and inform the council on housing issues. Ward 5 Minneapolis City Council member Jeremiah Ellison, who vice chairs the committee, was also in attendance. “I’m really excited that the mayor has invited us here because I think that this collaboration with the council, being in conversation with the council is really important,” he said during the forum. “It demonstrates that the mayor sets a vision. I think it’s a good vision, but it’s the council passing the laws. I think it’s important that this entire body be in conversation.” Rep. Raymond Dehn, DFL-Minneapolis, who ran against Frey in the 2017 municipal election, said he came to the forum to listen to the concerns of the community. Dehn said affordable housing has long been talked about, and he hopes the council can implement effective policy. “Ultimately it will come down to the policy changes that the council and the mayor make, and if the resources will follow,” Dehn said. One of the ways Frey hopes to make housi n g a f f o r d a b l e a c ro s s Minneapolis, including in student neighborhoods, is to get rid of the city’s maximum occupancy limits. An ordinance that Frey authored while serving as city

council member of Ward 3 would allow more than five unrelated residents to live in the same household. The ordinance did not pass while Frey was on the council, but it was reintroduced by Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender and referred to the Zoning and Planning Committee on Thursday. “I’m pleased that Council President Bender is moving forward to lift those,” Frey said. “That has the potential to add substantially to the affordable housing stock we have in our city.” Frey said his affordable housing plan will include student housing. Along with lifting the occupancy limits, Frey said he wants to keep market prices in check and provide subsidized housing for students who need it. “Students are encountering a similar crisis to that which people in other parts of the city are experiencing. They’re also getting sacked with a heap of tuition debt,” he said.

“We are confronting what is literally the number one priority for my administration.” JACOB FREY City of Minneapolis Mayor


Justin Hui and fellow University graduate students play soccer at Van Cleve Park in Minneapolis on May 25, 2014.

The park board is outlining a plan for improvements on parks in the city. BY TIFFANY BUI

Minneapolis residents in communities east of the Mississippi River are envisioning a comprehensive plan for neighborhood parks. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and community members are working to develop an East of the River Park Master Plan that will examine all parks east of the Mississippi River and outline future improvements. The plan is funded by the 20-Year Neighborhood Park Plan, which allocates funds based on racial and economic equity criteria. “This master plan is … developing long-term visions for all the local neighborhood parks in southeast Minneapolis and northeast Minneapolis around the U. It’s basically creating park designs that we will be implementing over the next two decades,” said Carrie Christensen, project manager of the park plan. Last week, members of a park board Community Advisory Committee (CAC) met at the Water Bar in Northeast Minneapolis to discuss the master plan and look at park designs on an in-

dividual level. At the meeting, community representatives listened to resident input, which they will pass on to the park board. Cordelia Pierson, a CAC representative for MarcyHolmes, said resident and committee members have discussed aesthetic improvements to parks in Marcy-Holmes. Some suggestions included installing art and native plants alongside 11th Avenue Southeast by Marcy Park, and connecting the sidewalks of 6th Avenue Southeast and 11th Avenue Southeast to the Mississippi River. “As we have public space, streets, sidewalks ... we also can manage them as ecological and creative connections as well, bringing people together with each other, connecting people with nature and our pretty amazing Mississippi River,” Pierson said. Development of green space has been a central theme to park planning in Prospect Park. Some community members have voiced desire for a new park in the Towerside area, but what the park will include will be open to discussion, said Del Hampton, CAC representative for Prospect Park. Residents who use Van Cleve Park in Southeast Como have told committee members they want to see layout improvements to neighborhood parks. The creation of a multi-use recre-

ational field is an important issue, said Abdu Ahmed, CAC representative for Southeast Como. “If somebody wants to play in the middle field, nobody can use the baseball field,” Ahmed said. Ahmed would also like to see the plan encourage minority groups to use the park and connect communities who rarely interact with one another. “The white community and the Somali and immigrant community are as far apart as the sunrise and the sunset,” he said. “I believe the park can be a major role in connecting the two communities.” Those directing community outreach for the plan, like the CAC members, have voiced concern about a lack of student engagement. Luke Nichols, a University graduate student on the CAC team, said busy schedules and the wide geographic distribution of student living can hinder student involvement. But a key reason for low student turnout at community meetings is that there isn’t anyone to officially speak for students in neighborhood organizations, he said. “Students are not represented in traditional residential associations,” Nichols said “There isn’t a neighborhood association that represents the University community. There’s not one for the campus.”

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“Our lives depend on [the businesses]. Everybody’s lives depend on this, and these locations are all independent locations,” Kirksey said. Brett Naylor, the building’s landlord, declined to comment on the future of the building. Randal Gast, president of the Dinkytown Business Alliance, said the building, which was constructed in 1921, wouldn’t lend well to residential usage without being torn down. The commercial building was designated as part of the Dinkytown Commercial Historic District by the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission in 2015. Owners of properties designated to the HPC must submit applications for any alterations, including demolition and construction, to the city. The building’s west-facing wall features Dinkytown’s famous mural of Bob Dylan. Gast said this change would be one of many recent changes to the area, adding that he can “hardly keep up.” The business landscape of Dinkytown has shifted over the past few months, with the December closure of Espresso Royale and the recent announcement that


People walk past businesses on Fourth Street Southeast in Dinkytown. A group of businesses will be forced to close since the building’s owner decided to sell the property.

Vescio’s Italian Restaurant will close in March. Dinkytown has also seen new

additions like the Pourhouse and Ichiddo Ramen & BBQ. Gast said Dinkytown’s

changing appearance has caused concern for some residents, especially those that

have been in the area for a long time. “We have some people

who have been in Dinkytown for 50 years,” he said. “It’s traumatic for some people.”

U researcher aims to make MRIs faster, more precise Mehmet Akçakaya was recently named a McKnight LandGrant Professor. BY WESLEY HORTENBACH

A University of Minnesota professor and researcher was named a McKnight Land-Grant Professor this month for his work to

make MRIs faster and more precise. Mehmet Akçakaya, assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, developed a new MRI technique experts say could cut medical costs and improve patients’ experiences during scans. Patients are participating in the research at the University, which will be presented at a conference this summer.

“I did more hardcore math in my Ph.D., and I proved theorems, which is also satisfying, but with MRI … there’s a feeling of helping improve something in people’s lives,” Akçakaya said. Akçakaya’s method makes images from MRIs clearer overall and reduces bright spots. This limits image distortion and makes it easier for doctors to identify visual elements like internal

scars. Akçakaya uses image compression — which simplifies the image’s data — to reduce the number of measurements in an MRI while improving quality. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, MRIs usually require 30 to 60 minutes, but may take longer. Michael Garwood, professor in the University’s Center for Magnetic Resonance Research, said

patients tend to become restless the longer they have to sit under an MRI machine, and any movement can impact image quality. Plus, the tight space and time-consuming process can make patients anxious or claustrophobic, meaning many are less willing to undergo MRIs, especially children, Garwood said. “If it currently takes an hour per person, a doctor

could see up to 12 patients per day at best [for MRIs]. If we are able to get people in and out within 20 minutes, then I’d hope that medical costs would go down,” he said. The research on this technique in the University’s CMRR has 300 participants, and the results will be presented at an MRI conference this summer, Akçakaya said.






Street style: Outside with the cuties Last Wednesday, a 30-plus degree heat stroke called for pastels and funky textiles. Only some gave the weather its due.


From left to right, Maxine Britt, Max Wagner, Annie Judd and Emely Sanchez.



eah, Valentine’s day is super sweet. But the pops of color seen around campus on the first nice day after a couple weeks of raw winter are sweeter. Last Wednesday, A&E took to the streets (biking and pedestrian) of the University of Minnesota campus to find what our scholars had to offer in the way of spring fashion sneak peeks.

We weren’t too impressed. Cut it with the black parkas and Carhartt beanies, people! Give us more hue variety, funky jackets and eyeshadows. Like these fine folk. Just a few glimpses of sunshine brought multiple shades of pink, colorblocked bags and heads full of Frankie Cosmos’ lyrics to the table. So, for the rest of you: when spring actually rolls around we’re going to expect a little more.

Maxine Britt, Sophomore Apparel Design

Max Wagner, Freshman Sports management

Annie Judd, Junior Graphic design

Emely Sanchez, Junior Gender studies

What they wore: Warby Parker glasses, Forever 21 shirt, Urban Outfitters skirt, shoes from mountaineering shop, No. 7 lipstick, gifted jacket. As an apparel design major (of course!), Britt likes to mix traditionally feminine or masculine elements to create a style all her own — take her jacket shape and color as a perfect example. And then the darker hued lipstick and ideal-for-sidestepping-puddles boots … Maxine freaking Britt! We adore you.

What they wore: Palace sweatshirt, Urban Outfitters overalls, Nike shoes. Oh so humble with his outfit choices, Wagner’s only quip on his creative method was: “I guess [I wore this] because it’s warm out.” But rose covered overalls? He must just have an eye. Honestly, the whole look can be summed up with one overdone Meryl Streep allusion: Florals for mid-winter? Actually groundbreaking.

What they wore: Goodwill jeans, Urban Outfitters tee, Adidas shoes. Judd’s outfit is a blend of galentine’s celebration and “night class comfy chic.” She’s got the ladies (Phoebe, Rachel and Monica!) and she has the pastels. Mom jeans are not yet on their way out, but Judd wears them in such a way that — next time they make their way in — she’ll have us taking cues from her choice.

What they wore: Thrifted everything. When getting ready, Sanchez went for makeup first. This prompted the pops of red which led to the choice of pants as grand finale. We spotted the color-blocked bag from across Lilly Plaza and ran to get more information. A closer look revealed the lip color and jewelry, tying the whole look neatly — and fabulously — together.


Review: ‘Black Panther’ promises and delivers The film’s rich display and unapologetic celebration of African and African-American culture entertains and empowers. BY KATE DRAKULIC


idway through Black History Month, Marvel released its highly anticipated film, “Black Panther.” With a dominantly black cast, director and writers, Black Panther earned $75.8 million by Friday’s end, the eighth largest opening day in history. How did Black Panther manage to create such an impact? Fans worldwide have been anxiously waiting for the film’s release, which was said to encompass modern social-political issues while celebrating African and African-American culture. Exemplified through casting, intricate costumes, native language, narrative soundtracks and story, Black Panther managed to do just that and more. The film begins with the story of the creation of Wakanda, a fictional African nation built on a plethora of “vibranium,” the world’s strongest and most valuable metal. Wakanda and its people isolate themselves from the rest of the world, choosing to protect their nation and resources while becoming an incredibly intelligent and technologically advanced society in the meantime.

For extra security, and because this is a superhero movie, the Black Panther protects Wakanda from outside forces, and has since the beginning. After his father’s death, T’Challa, (Chadwick Boseman) becomes his nation’s king and is given the strength and power of the Black Panther through Wakandan tradition and ritual. Occasionally spoken in the South African language isiXhosa, much of the conversation and plot tells of Wakandan tradition and T’Challa’s background. Protected by the Black Panther and an army of bold women led by Okoye (Danai Gurira), Wakanda thrives. T’Challa is supported and encouraged by his mother and sister (Angela Bassett and Letitia Wright), and painfully in love with his ex, Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o). Surrounded by strong women in seats of power, knowledge and authority, Wakanda’s sense of feminism is apparent and appreciated. There is also a beautiful display of masculine emotion throughout the film, fighting the stereotypes of cold masculinity and the anger and emotional hardness often associated with black men. Tears run rampant as characters are confronted with


death, loss, love and loyalty. These displays of emotion add authority and humanity to the characters instead of shaming or weakening them. As the film progresses and villains emerge, the audience is faced with a major dilemma. Wakandan tradition is tested when outsider Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) demands T’Challa’s throne to provide aid to the black lives that are oppressed and deprived

in the United States. Chaos results and the audience is left feeling every pain that our protagonist T’Challa endures as he defends his throne, while simultaneously hoping all hell breaks loose in the name of social and political reformation in the U.S. As characters are pushed to the limit, the audience and its priorities are tested. “Black Panther” confronts a number of relevant issues, including the role

of the social reformer, the effects of diaspora and privilege in isolation. The release of Black Panther has already proved to have a major social impact. The “Black Panther Challenge,” which began as an online fundraising effort in Harlem, raised money to send as many kids as possible to see the film. Similarly, Kendrick Lamar, a huge force in the “Black Panther’s” critically acclaimed soundtrack,

was also noted to buy out a number of screenings for kids, and many celebrities followed suit. It’s safe to say Black Panther is not just a movie, but a long-awaited movement. Packed with action, emotion, complex characters and imperfect solutions, Black Panther is a crucial addition to the Marvel franchise as well as to the film industry as a whole. Grade: A








Minnesota starts the year with 2-2 record


Redshirt sophomore Jordan Kozicky watches the pitch during a game against North Dakota State University at Siebert Field on Tuesday, April 4.

The Gophers won both of their games against Kennesaw State on Saturday. BY JACK WARRICK

The Gophers went down to Georgia for the start of the season and came back to Minneapolis with a .500 record. Minnesota beat Kennesaw State twice on Saturday and lost to Georgia Tech and Georgia State on the road trip. “Kids competed and battled, and played with some grit and some passion,” head coach John Anderson said. “I’ve got no issues with what’s going on here.” Minnesota rallied Saturday after a close loss against Georgia Tech to sweep Kennesaw State (1-3) in a Saturday double-header. First baseman Toby Hanson led the Gophers’ 12hit game with three hits of his own to make it 9-0 going into the bottom of the ninth. But the first Gophers’ freshman to play in 2018, Joshua Culliver, stepped up to the mound and let up three runs to end with a first game score of 9-3. The second game of the double-header started with a grand slam for the Owls in the second inning, putting a damper on Gophers’ pitcher Jake Stevenson’s first start of the season. But the Gophers, led with RBIs from Micah Coffey, Terrin Vavra and Cole McDevitt in the third, fought back with six runs of their own to give Minnesota the 6-5 lead. The Owls retook the lead briefly in the bottom of the third, but the Gophers closed the game out with five unanswered runs to win 11-8. The Gophers finished the double-header with 20 runs in the two games. “We have a lot of juniors and seniors that have a lot of college at bats, that have some talent and skill,” Anderson said. “I expect us to have a strong offense and I expect us to be very good on defense, and that’s going to have to carry us here the first 10 or 15 games ‘til we get our pitching staff squared away.” The Gophers started out their season by dropping a close game to Georgia Tech (1-2) on Friday. Gophers infielder Jordan Kozicky provided all of the runs for the


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Gophers with two solo home run blasts in the first and third inning. Kozicky, who had his birthday that day, hit the homers on his first two at bats of the season. “I guess I was just excited and batting practice went well. I was hitting the ball really well in practice, and then I just got fast balls which I’m usually pretty aggressive on,” Kozicky said. “And I just put good swings on those two home run swings.” However, the 2-1 lead that Kozicky’s second homer provided for the Gophers would get tied by a Yellow Jackets. Georgia Tech’s Tristin English RBI single to left field in the third tied it up. Then, Georgia Tech took the lead in the bottom of the fourth with a sacrifice fly to center field. In the road trip’s final game, at Georgia State (21) in Decatur, Georgia, the Gophers gave the start on the mound to freshman Sam Thoresen. In his first college game, the pitcher beaned four batters and allowed five runs before getting pulled for freshman Patrick Fredrickson. “Not everything went his way, in fact a lot of things didn’t at all,” senior pitcher Jackson Rose said. “It’s a learning experience every time you fail, and you shouldn’t look at it as a bad thing.” Anderson said he’s seen young pitchers struggle with the adjustment to the college game, and he’s not worried about Thoresen. “I’ve seen that many times,” Anderson said. “And I’ve seen players go through that, and recover, and get back on the right path here, and become outstanding players.” The Gophers bats could not dig the Gophers out of the hole Thoresen’s pitching had created, and the Gophers lost 9-6 to end the weekend with a 2-2 record.


Guard Gadiva Hubbard shoots the ball during the game against Maryland at Williams Arena on Sunday, Feb. 18. The Gophers won 93-74.

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Pitts and Hubbard dominated from three-point range, Hubbard was 7-12 and Pitts was 6-11 in the contest. Beyond Pitts and Hubbard, the Gophers shot 58 percent from three-point range in the game. Williams Arena fell completely silent only one time after the start of the game. Pitts went down to the floor near the end of the fourth quarter as the 4,625 fans were intently watching the freshman. She was

helped to the locker room and made a return to the game before it was all over. The turning point of the game was when Maryland took the lead in the first quarter 15-10, but from that point into the beginning of the second quarter, Minnesota went on a 16-4 run to take a 26-19 lead under a minute into the second. From that point, the Gophers never lost the lead and kept building from their five-point lead after the first quarter. “The way we shoot, we have confidence in our shots,” Pitts said. “It’s like

everybody’s on your side. The fans played a big role in today’s win and after that, you see a shot and you know it’s going to go in.” While Minnesota has been on a roll lately, the Terrapins have been on the reverse of that. They fell to unranked Purdue in the last game before losing in a rout to Minnesota. Prior to the last two losses, Maryland was riding on a seven-game winning streak. B e l l r e a c h e d a p e rsonal and program milestone in the game Sunday. In the first half, she scored her 1,000th point


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for Minnesota. The Gophers are ready for the next matchup where Wagner will play her last game at Williams Arena. “We’re so excited,” Wagner said. “I’m going to go out and have a blast with my teammates, and let’s go get Indiana.”


U loses final two games of regular season to Badgers Minnesota lost all four of its games to Wisconsin by a one-goal margin. BY MAX BIEGERT

Wisconsin swept the Gophers this weekend for the second time this season. No. 7 Minnesota (2010-3, 13-8-3) lost to No. 1 Wisconsin (29-3-2, 20-2-2-2) 1-0 in the final regular season game Saturday afternoon in Madison, Wisconsin. The Gophers went 0-4 on the power play and didn’t register a single shot on net during the power play all game. The Gophers lost all four games to the Badgers this year by one goal. “I wish we could have put one or more on the board

Baldwin soon after the extra attacker came on the ice. Minnesota will return home next weekend to face St. Cloud State in the first round of the WCHA playoffs. “[I’m] Really proud of our players of how hard they competed and battled,” Frost said. “Looking forward to getting into the playoffs knowing there is a lot of important games left to be played.”


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there,” said head coach Brad Frost. “Defensively, we were really sound tonight, and we gave ourselves an opportunity to win.” The game-winning goal came in the first period. The Badgers’ Maddie Rolfes scored when the puck took a bounce of the wall went right to her stick, and she was able to bury the puck in the net with 3:51 left in the first period. The Gophers had their chances in the second period


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with three different power plays, but only Grace Zumwinkle’s shot forced a save from the Wisconsin goaltender, Kristen Campbell. The Gophers entered the third period needing a goal

to tie the game up and two goals to avoid being swept by the Badgers, but they couldn’t get anything going. Minnesota pulled their goalie with a minute remaining in the game, but a penalty was called on Sydney

Gophers suffer comeback loss in game one Minnesota lost to Wisconsin 4-3 on the road on Friday night in Madison. The Badgers came back from being down two goals, two separate times to get the victory. Wisconsin’s Claudia Kepler scored two goals in the third period which resulted in the game-tying

and game-winning shots. Baldwin had two goals, both in the first period. Zumwinkle added a goal in the second period. Wisconsin’s Sam Cogan also had two goals. The game-winning goal came from Kepler, who ripped a shot past senior goaltender Sidney Peters with 5:58 left to play in regulation. Just 32 seconds into the third period, Kepler scored her first goal of the game during a power play. She charged the net and put the puck past Peters. Wisconsin had the puck in their end of the ice most of the period as the Gopher sufficed 15 shots. The Badgers ended the game with 38. “In the third we had some chances there, Wisconsin did a nice job of finding a way to win,” Frost said.


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Gophers end series in shootout defeat Mat Robson had 38 saves on 39 chances before the shootout in Saturday’s game. BY DREW COVE

After 60 minutes of play, the Gophers’ last home game of the regular season couldn’t be decided. The game went into overtime and later a shootout as No. 10 Minnesota (19-13-2, 1010-2 Big Ten) tied No. 6 Ohio State (19-8-5, 12-8-2 Big Ten) 1-1 after going scoreless in the overtime, only to have an eight-round shootout end with the Buckeyes taking the extra conference point in the shootout victory. “I think we did a great job fighting back coming out in the third,” said forward Brent Gates Jr. “I thought we did a good job in overtime too, just having energy and believing we could do it.” The extended game came down to the two goaltenders — Mat Robson for the Gophers and Sean Romeo for the Buckeyes. Each goaltender had more than 30 saves and allowed only one goal through in 65 minutes of play. Romeo prevailed in the shootout for Ohio State. He allowed only Gophers’ captain Tyler Sheehy to score in the shootout. The rest of the game, he made 34 saves to keep his team on top. Robson looked sharp early as he stopped a pair of breakaway chances for the Buckeyes, foreshadowing the end of the game. He gave up two goals in the shootout, with the shootout-clinching score coming from Ohio State defenseman Gordi Myer. Otherwise, through regulation and the overtime period, Robson stopped 38 of 39 shots. “I like to go against the best,” Robson said. “It’s easy


Forward Brent Gates Jr. chases after the puck during a game against Ohio State on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 at 3M Arena at Mariucci Arena.

to get up for these types of games.” Robson started seven consecutive games for Minnesota dating back to Jan. 20 against Michigan State. In those seven games, he is 5-1-1 with a 1.43 goals-against average. The Minnesota goaltender said the defense in front of him has been solid all season, and they have put themselves in front of pucks and sacrificed themselves to help him out. Unlike Friday’s game, the game Saturday got off to

a slow start, with just three shots between the two teams in the first seven minutes. “We knew they were going to come out with a push,” Gates Jr. said. “I thought we did a good job weathering it.” It took almost 40 minutes for the game’s first goal. For the sold-out crowd at 3M Arena at Mariucci, the first goal was not one they wanted to cheer for. Near the end of the second period, Ohio State captain Mason Jobst scored the initial goal and sent the Buckeyes into the locker

room up 1-0 after two frames. Minnesota rebounded with Gates Jr.’s second goal of the weekend. He tied the game mid-way through the third period and gave the Gophers new life. The junior forward now has 11 goals on the season, tied for second on the team. The Gophers were given an opportunity to gain the lead in the second period with a 5-on-3 power play, but they didn’t capitalize on it. “We had some good looks,” said head coach Don Lucia.

“The goaltender made, I think, half a dozen saves in that period.” If the Gophers won the game outright — in the overtime or in the shootout — they would have clinched homeice in the first round of the Big Ten tournament. They now sit five points ahead of Wisconsin and Penn State, and they have a chance again to clinch that spot with a win next weekend. Minnesota takes on Penn State from University Park, Pennsylvania in the final



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After starting 5-0, Gophers lose four straight games Minnesota suffered two losses to Notre Dame and two to No. 8 Florida State. BY DREW COVE

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could not be more different. No. 14 Minnesota (5-4) lost all four games of the weekend after starting the season 5-0 last week. “When you’re playing good opponents and the matchups are even, that’s probably going to come down to one or two things,” head coach Jamie Trachsel said. “They ended

up getting that one play that made the difference.” The Gophers kept some of the games close. The first and second games were kept within a run, but they weren’t able to get the magic to pull off victories. M i n n e s o t a f a c e d -o f f against No. 8 Florida State and Notre Dame in the Big Ten/

ACC Challenge, but it didn’t end up with a win in any of the four contests. The Gophers opened the weekend against Florida State on Friday and despite trying to mount a comeback, lost 3-2 in the opening game. Minnesota was down 3-1 going into the seventh inning and scored a run in the final frame. One was not enough, though, as the Gophers suffered their first loss of the season. “It was super cool to see the team develop over the weekend,” utility player Carlie Brandt said. “We had some tough competition, but I think we were really tested this weekend.” Brandt got two hits in the first game and pitched three


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innings for Minnesota in the last game of the weekend. Beyond the first loss of the season, Minnesota came back Saturday for a doubleheader, one against Notre Dame and another against the Seminoles. The first game against Notre Dame was reminiscent of the prior day’s game against Florida State. While the score was higher, Minnesota attempted another late-inning comeback only to fall short by a run, losing 6-5. As the Gophers went into the final frame down 6-2, the offense over doubled their runs from the rest of the game, but the three runs in the late comeback weren’t enough to get the team the victory against the Fighting Irish. “I think we could have done something differently at the beginning of the games,” outfielder Maddie Houlihan said. “There’s things we have to work on. Knowing we can compete with a top-10 team in the country is encouraging.” Houlihan drove in two of the Gophers runs during the final inning in the comeback attempt. The score was 6-3 Seminoles going into the seventh inning and a

“It was super cool to see the team develop over the weekend. We had some tough competition, but I think we were really tested this weekend.” CARLIE BRANDT Utility player

three-run home run doubled the Seminoles lead on the Gophers. The game ended 9-3, with the Gophers finishing the weekend against the Seminoles 0-2. Sunday featured an early game to close out the tournament, with the Gophers going for the victory in the final game of the weekend. They fell to Notre Dame 3-0. Minnesota returns to action next week in the Diamond Nine Citrus Classic from Orlando. “We need to get better in every single area,” Trachsel said. “We’re coming back here to focus on every part of our game to keep getting better.”


Gophers sophomore Maddie Houlihan hits the ball against Purdue at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium on Saturday, April 30.

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A Minneapolis City Council committee recently approved a new proposal that would update and expand existing bike lanes around the University of Minnesota. On Tuesday, the city’s Transportation and Public Works Committee approved the University of Minnesota Protected Bikeways layout, which would add protections to bike lanes as well as bicycle safety features to roads on campus and in surrounding neighborhoods. The proposed 2.6 mile stretch of protected bikeways

is part of an update to the Minneapolis Bicycle Master Plan and will include streets in the Cedar-Riverside, Como, Marcy-Holmes and Seward neighborhoods, as well as on campus. “The U of M was definitely a focus of that plan update since it’s such a high demand area for biking,” said Simon Blenski, transportation planner for Minneapolis Public Works. Unlike conventional bike lanes, protected bike lanes feature a physical barrier between the cyclist and traffic, usually in the form of a marked post. Other safety features will include marked “bike boxes,” which allow bikes to get ahead of vehicles for easier left turns, and a bike signal at the intersection of 10th Avenue SE and University Avenue SE.

The project also includes adding “No Turn on Red” signs at certain intersections. A bicycle boarding island at the Campus Circulator bus stop on 19th Avenue SE would help separate cyclists, pedestrians and bus riders. Areas outlined in the project have the highest demand for bicycling in the city. According to the proposal, as many as 4,000 people use these bike lanes each day. Ward 3 City Council member Steve Fletcher said the project will help increase bicycle traffic. “I think the goal is getting more cars off the street, and getting bikes on the street is the way to do that,” he said. In 2017, the city’s Public Works department held several engagement sessions with affected neighborhood organizations and the University to gather feedback and help

Lecture connects diversity to AMC’s ‘Walking Dead’

inform the proposed layout. One concern specific to the Southeast Como neighborhood was the removal of parking along certain blocks to accommodate the addition of new protected two-way bike lanes. The current layout calls for on-street parking removal on Rollins Avenue SE between 15th Avenue SE and 17th Avenue SE, and on a stretch of 18th Avenue SE between Como Avenue SE and East Hennepin Avenue. “We understand it’s by the University of Minnesota, it’s always going to be busy. But overall we think the trade off is important because it’s also increasing bike access around campus,” Blenski said. “That’s really important.” Residents were informed of these parking changes at two community meetings and via mail and door-knocking. Blenski said all but one


A lecture on campus tied the TV show to the trauma of marginalized people. BY LEW BLANK

Last week, a new lecture series at the University of Minnesota demonstrated the commonalities between marginalized communities and “The Walking Dead” — a TV show chronicling apocalypse survivors escaping zombies. Wellness Wednesdays, a new project led by the University’s School of Public Health, is a series dedicated to “pursuing wellness in less than traditional ways,” said project organizer Lauren Eldridge, the School of Public Health’s coordinator of diversity, equity and inclusion. Over the course of the semester, SPH will offer two more Wellness Wednesday lectures featuring women of color sharing their unique perspectives on health-related issues. The first Wellness Wednesday speaker was Irna Landrum, a social justice organizer and activist whose lecture drew a parallel between social justice and “The Walking Dead” to make a point about privilege and inequality. “It just illustrated what [it

is] like for a group of people to share their collective hope, but also have gone through collective trauma together,” Landrum said. In the post-apocalyptic TV series, the world has been overtaken by zombies and a group of survivors form a team, fight the zombies and eventually reach the Alexandria Safe Zone, a community protected from zombies. Once in the Safe Zone, the survivors encounter residents living a more affluent lifestyle, shielded from outside dangers. Landrum said her talk covered how the show’s contrast between a life of trauma and a life of wealth and stability exemplifies the disparity between marginalized and privileged groups in the U.S. “They have experienced a great lack of resources. They’ve experienced unprecedented danger,” she said of the show’s team of survivors. “They walk into a community that doesn’t fully understand what it is that they’ve been through.” For the lecture’s 10 to 15 attendees, many found Landrum’s parallel unique and eyeopening, and Landrum said the feedback was positive. “I think people were really self-reflective in ways that I was pleasantly surprised by,” she said. “I think some people were just really processing that anyone could think this

deeply about The Walking Dead.” Some students hope that this Wellness Wednesday event will provoke deeper conversations about privilege, specifically when it comes to trauma and health. “Historically, and including today ... there are enormous disparities in treating healthcare for marginalized groups,” said Aparna Ramen, a master’s student studying epidemiology at the University. “It’s not just marginalized people who need to care about this because it has to be everyone, and otherwise change isn’t going to happen.” Landrum said she hopes her lecture inspires students in the SPH to view health and wellness through the lens of diversity and inclusivity. “If the goal for people who are in the School of Public Health is to think about broader community health, then inequality and inequity and disparity have to be a core part of that thinking,” she said. Elizabeth Stangeland, a human resource development senior at the University who attended Wednesday’s talk, said her worldview was broadened by the lecture. “Everybody has the responsibility to pass on the wisdom and start conversations … with the intention of positive change and inclusivity,” Stangeland said.


property along the affected area have off-street parking, and the remaining property has plans to implement it soon. Southeast Como Improvement Association Executive Director Cody Olson said while some residents of the neighborhood are excited about the proposal, others

have expressed concerns about reduced parking. “This is an issue that’s really, really divisive in the community, so we can’t really say something either way because there are people who live on the route who are very, very upset with this,” Olson said.

University of Minnesota campus scores low in new safety rankings The school landed 199th in the list after multiple robberies in early February. BY ISABELLA MURRAY

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The University of Minnesota recently ranked in the bottom half of a report on America’s safest college campuses. The National Council for Home Safety and Security ranked the University 199th in campus safety out of 243 American universities with over 10,000 students in its report released Tuesday. Each school’s safety was measured by analyzing crimes reported by universities, including rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, motor vehicle theft and arsons. The schools were ranked using the most recent data from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting and the Campus Safety Security Survey put out by the U.S. Department of Education. Data from the Department

of Education reflected incidents between 2014 and 2016, while the FBI’s UCR reflected data from January through June 2017. The University’s Twin Cities campus saw eight violent crimes and 485 property crimes on a campus of 50,678, the report found. The University of Minnesota Police Department, however, is skeptical of the data. “It’s hard to determine how the rankings occurred,” said UMPD Chief Matt Clark. “There were some descriptions to it, but it was very hard to tell.” Clark said the University’s high population and metro location should be accounted for when analyzing the ranking. “We average anywhere from 10 to 20 violent crimes events on campus per year. The City of Minneapolis gets anywhere from 3,000 to 4,000,” Clark said. “Compared to our neighbors, we’re doing really well.” While the University’s safety ranking was based off the past few years, the Minneapolis Police Department

noticed a reduction in overall violent crime in 2017 in the Second Precinct where campus is located. “We had a reduction in homicide, sexual assault, robberies, aggravated assault,” said MPD Second Precinct Inspector Todd Loining. “We can hang our hat on success.” The University’s ranking comes amid a recent spike in crime near campus. There were 10 robberies in Minneapolis’ Second Precinct in the first week of February — more than double the amount that occurred in the same period last year. Two gunpoint robberies also occurred near campus in the latter half of January. Five robberies have occurred in Marcy-Holmes and two have occurred in Prospect Park so far this year, said Nick Juarez, MPD crime prevention specialist. Violent and property crime rates in the cities surrounding each school were also considered in the ranking, as well as the number of law enforcement officers employed by the institution per 1,000 students.




Editorials & Opinions



The U should reconsider its sick note policy

Student Conduct Code changes are not the problem

Students should be allowed to prioritize their health without being penalized.


his year’s flu season has been a particularly vicious one. With both influenza A and B strains circulating at the same time, and the CDC reporting ELLEN AILTS that the vaccine was columnist only 36 percent effective this year, there’s certainly cause for concern. One of the worst flu seasons in recent years has swept across the nation, affecting everyone from children to the elderly — the severity of the outbreak in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area was rated a 9.5 out of 10 by the Doctor’s Report Illness Tracker. Medical professionals recommend that those with the flu should stay home and avoid contact with others in order to prevent spreading the virus. This isn’t only good advice for those infected with the flu, but also those infected with milder, but still debilitating, manifestations of illness. While students on our campus should have the right to stay home and take care of themselves while sick, the University’s

sick note policy might make that difficult in some cases. According to administrative policy regarding verification of absences, “The instructor has the right to request, and the student must provide if requested, verification for absences,” and professors have the right to ask for a doctor’s note for a single medical absence if the student has had more than one medical absence in the class, or if the medical absence caused them to miss “laboratory sessions, exams or important graded in-class assignments.” The net benefits of this policy are dubious. While tangible proof might give an instructor the peace of mind that students aren’t just lying to get out of class, it also harms public health — forcing sick students to trek to Boynton, just to confirm that they are, in fact, sick, unnecessarily exposes healthy individuals. To that point, it also wastes scarce medical resources. Thousands of sick notes are written every year at Boynton, enough work for one full-time employee — despite the fact that the vast majority of these students do not need medical attention, and the time they spend at a clinic increases the wait time for those who actually do need to be seen by a doctor. And there is another, underappreciated point: it puts a needless strain on sick students. Those who don’t require medical attention might just decide to go to class

while sick, weighing the burden of going to get a doctor’s note against spending the same amount of time in class, but ensuring they’ll maintain their grade. This is harmful to both the individual student, who should be recovering, as well as other students, who could be infected. Students should be taught to prioritize health, both their own health and public health. Considering the severity of this year’s flu season, it’s especially important that we care for one another by taking care of ourselves. Some students might fake illness to get out of a day of class, but the decision is theirs to make, and might be for valid reasons that are less easy to “prove” — if it becomes a recurring behavior, however, that entails its own concerns and penalties. Still, University students should be trusted to make these decisions and deal with the consequences in terms of making up their work, not made to feel distrusted by being asked to justify choices related to their health. The University should review its policy on verifying absences in cases of one-time medical leaves, in the interest of supporting public health, effective use of resources and their students’ well-being. Ellen Ailts welcomes comments at


An estimated 29.1% of African American females are victimized by intimate partner violence in their lifetime (rape, physical assault or stalking). SOURCE: Women of Color Network

LETTER TO THE EDITOR President Eric Kaler and Provost Karen Hanson: take a stand for liberalism I have not yet seen sufficient evidence to suggest the University of Minnesota is attempting to “quarantine” or silence Ben Shapiro. However, I am concerned that the University is allowing the heckler’s veto to triumph over free expression. A university that purports to value the free exchange of ideas cannot allow this to happen. There are thousands of students who want to hear Shapiro speak and engage with him in discussion. The University must make every effort to make that possible. I understand the very real practical, logistical and security concerns here. The security issue seems particularly concerning to the University, and rightly so. Shapiro’s detractors have demonstrated they are willing to employ violence to silence his voice. Unwilling or unable to wage intellectual combat — Antifa and similarly thuggish and illiberal groups have decided to wage actual physical combat. The University, considering its obligation to maintain security on campus, is right to be concerned. But these concerns must never trump freedom of thought, expression or dialogue. Liberty is always worth the danger that may accompany it. We are at a pivotal moment in our society’s history. Our politics and discourse have become bitterly tribal and destructive. The far left and far right urge those of us in the middle to choose a tribe and destroy the opposition by any means necessary. The notion of civility and good-faith discussion is anathema to these fringes. They posit a black-and-white world devoid of gray and nuance; “You’re either with us or against us.” Shapiro refuses to comply with these demands and is thus a highly relevant and important figure in this historical moment. In this context, Shapiro finds himself in the unique position of being equally hated by far left and right alike. Unwilling to endorse blood and soil nationalism or economic populism, Shapiro is attacked as a “globalist” and “cuck” by the far right. Shapiro is unwilling to discard his traditional values regarding the nuclear family, sexuality or gender to worship at the altar of the postmodern left. Consequently, he’s been maligned as racist, sexist, homophobic and bigoted. Ironically, both sides find common cause in their hatred of Shapiro for his Orthodox Judaism and unabashed defense of Israel. Strange times produce strange bedfellows. Whether you agree or disagree with Shapiro, or find yourself in between, it’s simply false to assert he’s doing anything other than advocating in good faith for ideas he truly believes in. He has staked out a position and he’s willing to defend it with reason and empiricism against all comers — precisely what the academy has long stood for. I am a proud Gopher. I believe the University is a world-class institution with a proud history of honest inquiry and a tradition of championing the free exchange of ideas. In light of this history, I implore you, President Eric Kaler and Provost Karen Hanson, to make a stand for liberalism. History has shown that the only reliable defender of speech and inquiry has been the academy. Today you are called upon to make that defense. How will you answer? This letter has been lightly edited for clarity and style. Aaron Waaraniemi is a political science junior at the University of Minnesota.

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Let’s close the loophole Our state’s laws should protect the most vulnerable, and need to be amended.


t’s painful. I didn’t know what to expect. I still really don’t,” is how Anna Chambers described her ongoing rape trial. Last year, two New York cops sexually JONATHAN ABABIY assaulted her after columnist taking her into custody for a drug charge. The legal process has dragged on painfully for Chambers, who was 18 at the time of the crime. The defense lawyers of the officers have subjected her to rounds of questioning, digging up her old social media posts to try to prove that she had not undergone the trauma of a sexual assault. The two cops accused of sexually assaulting her don’t even deny a sexual encounter happened, instead they are simply arguing that the encounter was consensual. Under New York law, consensual sex between cops and detainees isn’t explicitly outlawed and only carries a misconduct charge with a maximum one-year sentence. Their legal reasoning has worked in other states with similar laws; Buzzfeed News’ Albert Samaha reports that officers in Arizona and California have been acquitted from sexual assault charges by arguing that the sex was consensual or the women “seduced” them. Shockingly, Minnesota’s laws aren’t any different. Under the Minnesota Criminal Code, it is unlawful for what it calls “positions of authority,” like your parole officer, jail guard and even therapist, to engage in sexual acts with you. But, according to University Student Legal Services lawyer Karmen McQuitty, police officers are conspicuously absent from the law’s list of “positions of authority.” A medical attendant can be charged with criminal sexual conduct in a position of authority, but a police officer can’t. Defense lawyers do have to prove consent to beat rape charges — the Arizona and California cases prove this is not especially difficult — but there is, effectively, a legal loophole, or large opening for police officers who engage in inappropriate behavior. The loophole is particularly outrageous

Under the Minnesota Criminal Code, it’s unlawful for what it calls “position of authority,” ... to engage in sexual acts with you. Police officers are conspicuosly absent from the law’s list. because the Minnesota statutes about parole officers, jail guards and therapists all make sense. They state that “consent by the complainant is not a defense.” The state has recognized that proper consent can’t be given when one of the actors is in a much higher position of power. Parolees, prisoners and patients are all vulnerable and can be taken advantage of. They may give permission, but the consent they give is not proper consent, so the sex that results breaks the law. People in “positions of power” should altogether avoid sexual contact. In the same vein, it is ludicrous to consider that there is any semblance of validity in the consent between a police officer and civilian. Interactions with police officers are often emotionally strenuous for people, even if someone hasn’t committed a crime. You’re scared that something you do or say can be misconstrued for something illegal. Police officers’ legal ability to restrain you further complicates any notion of consent. In the case of Chambers, she was taken to a police van and handcuffed. Additionally, as the Arizona and California cases have shown, people will initiate sex to avoid tickets or jail time. Weak misconduct charges and policy manuals don’t reflect the scope or injustice of police sexual misconduct. A law that explicitly outlaws sex between police officers and detainees is needed in Minnesota. Of course, most cops won’t engage in this kind of inappropriate behavior. A new law, though, like the one that pertains to parole officers or therapists, would catch the rotten apples that otherwise slip through. Other states, like Oregon and Alaska, have closed the loophole in their state’s laws. It’s time Minnesota does, too. Jonathan Ababiy welcomes comments at


Student Conduct Code change was recently proposed that would include an updated policy holding student groups liable for any conduct they direct, sponsor or endorse that violates the University’s conduct code. The groups would also be held liable if a student group’s officers fail to prevent misconduct that occurs during a group event. Previously, student groups were exempt from such punitive actions. Over the past few weeks, many students have become frustrated with the potential implications of this change in the conduct code. Their frustrations mainly arise from the impact it will have on student protest. We believe the frustrations that students have on this proposed policy are severely misplaced. If anything, students should be protesting the usage of disruptive behavior on the SCC. Rejecting this policy will not fix the issues with the code, and will not yield the results that concerned students want.

Unfortunately, many students have not taken the time to understand the real implications of the change in the SCC, and the root cause of their concerns.

The term “disruptive behavior” is utilized verbatim in the SCC. To summarize, the SCC defines disruptive behavior as the disruption of any normal operation of the University, violation of individual rights including the freedom of movement or disturbance of authorized University activities. We believe that this definition is still vague and has been enforced with various degrees of consistency. Just in the past few years, various notable campus student groups and students, including the previous presidents and vice presidents of student government, have led protests against the administration. Many students have also protested Board of Regents meetings. Hardly any punitive action has been yielded in many cases, which makes the enforcement for such a policy very unpredictable. This should be explicitly outlined and detailed. More importantly, this policy against disruptive behavior has very little to do with the proposed change in the SCC. This policy not only applies to the SCC in this instance — it is applied to all cases of sexual assault, violence and other gross violations of the SCC. Concerned students ought to be protesting the established clause of disruptive behavior, not the recommended policy change. Unfortunately, many students have not taken the time to understand the real implications of the change in the SCC, and the root cause of their concerns. Changes to the language of parts of the SCC, especially around permissible types of protesting, ought to be a priority for students on campus and the University. This will help ensure a level of consistency. But this is neither the time nor the place to debate this issue. The policy issues with disruptive behavior have existed for quite some time, and will probably continue unless students focus on the real problem. We believe that the Board of Regents should pass this change to the SCC, and listen to student concerns about the separate issue of the permissibility of protest and disruptive behavior.

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DR. DATE Dear Dr. Date, I’m sexually attracted to magnets? Sincerely, Neo Dynium Hey, Neo Dynium. You put a question mark at the end of that sentence like I’m supposed to know what that means. Are you a real magnet? If so, what are you confused about? That makes sense, although, I didn’t know magnets had sex drives. If you’re a person, I can understand a little better where your concern is coming from. The smooth, cold metal, the drama of intense attraction or polarized opposition, it’s … compelling. But this is a dangerous alliance you’re talking about. Careful where you put those things. Those hockey puck-sized ones are just going to cause misery and regret, and then embarrassing Reddit posts at 3 a.m. asking whether you should go to the doctor. Find something a little less extreme, and maybe don’t put them where you can’t retrieve ‘em. -Dr. Date Dear Dr. Date, I was hanging out with some high school friends this weekend. Their parents are loaded, so they live in a cushy high-rise Downtown, but the fun part? They don’t even go here. They go to Carleton. They drive up here every other weekend to drink and take pics of the Minneapolis skyline to post on Facebook and Instagram, and the sweet apartment is where they crash. This time, though, they

brought along a school friend, someone I’d never met or even heard of. Her name is Guinevere. Actually. And she looks like a princess too. I never realized I was into girls until she dragged her feet in the door wearing black and white checkered pants and more eyeliner than Taylor Momsen. She’s the funniest girl I’ve ever met, and she can drink me under the table. She wants grunge to make a comeback a little too much, though. I’m into her, but how do I know whether we’d be the next Courtney and Kurt if we got together…? Sincerely, Smells Like Teen Spirit Dear Smells Like Teen Spirit, This sounds like a (potentially) volatile union. Take it easy. Want to get to know her? Ask her to hang out. Offer to dye her hair dark red. Make friends. Maybe you can convince her that grunge is dead. Maybe she’ll convert you and you’ll find yourself spending the summer in a black tee and jeans, Jackie O-sized sunglasses a la Cobain to complete the look. Maybe she’ll compromise and you guys can listen to something other than Nirvana or Bikini Kill when you’re driving to Hot Topic (we all know where you got those pants, Guinevere). Careful, though. If you slip back too many decades musically you’ll just end up as Sid and Nancy, which is not ideal either. -Dr. Date Want advice from the love doctor? Email Dr. Date at

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fuel aren’t for consumption, they still need approval from the Food and Drug Administration, which is a cumbersome process, Leverich said. ”In addition to getting exposure for this issue, this is also a call to update the regulations to keep up with technology,” Mihelich said of the grad students’ efforts. The students’ advocacy work is unusual among scientists, who don’t often demand political change, said Robert Stupar, a professor from the University’s Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics. The students said deregulating GMO crops would benefit the environment and can help solve issues such as climate change and world hunger. “All these things are very difficult for farmers to cope with. So GMOs are just one tool in the toolbox, but they are extremely valuable to us,” Leverich said. GMOs can make crops more resilient to climate changes and can guarantee that a crop will be produced despite weather insecurities, which will be increasingly important as the climate changes, she said. GMOs can also prevent diseases that devastate crops and ensure that fewer pesticides and insecticides are required. For example, the only way to address citrus greening disease


in oranges is with a GMO, Ott said. The world population is expected to rise to 10 billion by the year 2050. To sustain and feed that many people, more food needs to be grown on less land, which GMO

crops could accomplish, he said. “If everyone only chose to do organic agriculture, and only to buy organic food, then we would only be able to feed 3 of every 5 people on earth,” he said.

The anti-GMO movement has spread many misconceptions about GMO safety and environmental impact, said Sarah Davidson Evanega, a professor at Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and

Life Sciences. She said the anti-GMO movement is often led by radical groups that communicate their beliefs by instilling fear in the public, despite scientific evidence demonstrating that GMOs are safe

and beneficial. Food items are often labeled as “non-GMO” even though a GMO equivalent of the food doesn’t exist. “It’s really easy to spread fear, but it’s hard to explain science,” Evanega said.

Survivors of deadly school shooting lash out at Trump BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

PARKLAND, Fla. — Students who escaped the deadly school shooting in Florida focused their anger Sunday at President Donald Trump, contending that his response to the attack has been needlessly divisive. “You’re the president. You’re supposed to bring this nation together, not divide us,” said David Hogg, a 17-yearold student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in South Florida, speaking on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “How dare you,” he added. Hogg was responding to Trump’s tweet Saturday that Democrats hadn’t passed any gun control measures during the brief time they controlled Congress with a supermajority in the Senate. Trump also alluded to the FBI’s failure to act on tips that the suspect was dangerous, while bemoaning the bureau’s focus on Russia’s role in the 2016 election. Trump was at his Florida estate Sunday but did not mention the attack in a series of tweets. After more than a day of criticism from the students, the White House said the president would hold a “listening session” with unspecified students on Wednesday and meet with state and local security

officials Thursday. Florida politicians, meanwhile, scrambled to produce legislation in response to the Feb. 14 attack that killed 17 people. Nikolas Cruz, a 19-year-old who had been expelled from the school, is being held without bail in the Broward County Jail, accused of 17 counts of first-degree murder. In a TV interview, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio embraced a Democratic bill in the Florida legislature to allow courts to temporarily prevent people from having guns if they are determined to be a threat to themselves or others. Gov. Rick Scott, also a Republican, attended a prayer vigil at the First Church Coral Springs, a few blocks from the shooting site. He is expected to announce a legislative package with GOP leaders of the legislature this week. Emma Gonzalez, another student who survived the attack, cited Trump, Rubio and Scott by name in a warning to politicians who are supported by the National Rifle Association. “Now is the time to get on the right side of this, because this is not something that we are going to let sweep under the carpet,” she said on “Meet the Press.” The students’ pointed

comments are the latest signs of increased pressure for gun control after the massacre. The students have vowed to become the face of a movement for tighter firearm regulations and plan to visit the state capitol in Tallahassee this week to demand immediate action. They are also calling for anti-gun violence demonstrations in Washington and other cities March 24. Organizers behind the Women’s March, an antiTrump and female empowerment protest, called for a 17-minute, nationwide walkout by teachers and students on March 14. The Network for Public Education, an advocacy organization for public schools, announced a day of walkouts, sit-ins and other events on school campuses April 20, the anniversary of the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado that left 12 students and one teacher dead. Not every student at the Florida school was calling for more gun control. James Ciaramello, a freshman in the school’s JROTC program, on Friday paused at a memorial in a park in front of a photo of one victim, 15-year-old Peter Wang, another JROTC student who was killed after holding open a door so others could escape.

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