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Kaler calls for funds to start session The University president asked legislators to fully fund campus renovations in their budget. BY MICHAEL ACHTERLING

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler advocated for funding the University system’s aging infrastructure at a press conference at the Capitol Wednesday. A day after lawmakers returned to work, Kaler pushed for over $238 million in total funding for the University system. He stressed that failing to fund maintenance projects will only increase costs later. “Simply deciding not to fix something doesn’t mean it gets better on its own,” Kaler said. This University state funding request included $200 million in Higher Education Asset Preservation and Replacement funding, $24 million for a Pillsbury Hall renovation and $10.5 million in coordinate campus funding. Gov. Mark Dayton’s public work proposal calls for $250 million in HEAPR funding. In previous years, the Legislature has not allocated the University’s total requested amount. A year ago, the University requested $245 million, but received $119 million in the Legislature’s final allocation.



Minnesota rapper Dessa’s intellectual history preceded her spot on Scholars Walk. BY SOPHIE VILENSKY


ocal rapper Dessa is double-jointed and a triple threat. At least that’s how she labels herself in the first bar of her new song, “5 out of 6.” And yes, Dessa has the talent — and the flexible joints — to make this true. In January, the University of Minnesota quietly removed a plaque of Garrison Keillor from Scholars Walk and added one of Dessa, along with others. The plaque features a photo of Dessa, her graduation year and a quote about failure. “I’m not sanctimonious about failure — it hurts, it’s embarrassing. But it’s also the only reliable tool we have to demarcate the parameters of our capacities, to test our strengths and learn what we can really do. A target you



Grad students voice support for U child care

hit every time is a target set too close,” reads the plaque. So … Dessa’s also a scholar — an unpretentious one at that. And a number of other things she may be too humble to announce. “She’s very smart, relentless, an excellent listener, very considerate,” Dessa’s father, Bob Wander, said. “Vivacious, lots of fun, a terrific daughter.” “She’s rad as hell,” said University mechanical engineering freshman Jack Dockendorf, who has listened to Dessa since he was about eight. “She’s a poet who raps.” It’s hard to tell when these attributes really developed in Dessa. What is certain, however, is that she is still evolving. As are her talents. And even though she’s now a publicized scholar and artist fifteen-years post-grad, Dessa still allows herself to be a student.

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Students gathered signatures opposing the new plan to close COPS a campus day care center. BY MARAYA KING

Instead of engaging in marches and protests, the University of Minnesota’s Council of Graduate Students decided to advocate to keep on-campus child care through a written resolution. In late January, after the University announced its decision to close one child care center and drastically cut funding for two others in 2019, COGS decided to draft a resolution calling for action, which will be given to administration in the coming weeks. The biggest impact of the University’s decision was caused by the closure of the University’s 43-year-old Child Development Center, which cares for 140 children. Jonathan Borowsky, COGS chief of staff, said the first part of the resolution outlines a need for an increase in the current number of day care spots on campus. “We should not be closing the CDC, we should be doubling it,” Borowsky said. Secondly, the resolution called for the higher levels of University administration to be responsible for on-campus child care. u See CHILD CARE Page 3

Three arrested after fight with golf clubs near Blarney Pub & Grill The past week also brought a number of thefts near campus, mostly inside buildings. BY ISABELLA MURRAY

While the Minneapolis Police Department responded to multiple thefts and robberies in neighborhoods around the University in the past week, the University of Minnesota Police Department noticed more crime indoors. MPD officers responded to a fight involving three men and golf clubs outside of Blarney Pub and Grill on Thursday around 10:30 p.m. MPD arrived to the scene and arrested the three men after they bailed from a vehicle. Officers identified that the vehicle was stolen by the suspects. A University student was robbed of the money in her purse on Friday on Essex Street Southeast, near the University Commons student housing center. The incident occurred while the victim was on the sidewalk around u See CRIME Page 2

A biker passes by Blarney Pub & Grill on Sept. 30, 2015.



Recruit Gabe Kalscheur brings ‘quiet demeanor,’ but ‘internal fire’ to Gophers The DeLaSalle guard is one of three incoming freshmen for the Gophers basketball team. BY JACK WARRICK

When Gabe Kalscheur committed to Minnesota last summer, his team looked to be moving in a positive direction after making the NCAA tournament. That was good while it lasted. Minnesota is 14-16 overall, but Kalscheur isn’t worried about the team’s struggles. “That doesn’t bother me at all,” Kalscheur said. “They have some injuries, I mean that hurts them a lot right now. But I mean they’re looking good, everything’s up in the right direction and the coaching staff’s doing a great job right now.” Kalscheur is one of three incoming freshman who will look to add depth to the team next season. In his last game, he scored 33 points Tuesday night against Brooklyn Center, which resulted in a 83-56 victory. The DeLaSalle guard has helped his high school team to an 18-4 record. Next year’s recruiting class consists of Jarvis Omersa, Daniel Oturu and Kalscheur, all from Minnesota. They know each other well from playing together at Howard Pulley,


High school senior Gabe Kalscheur advances toward the hoop during the game against Brooklyn Center at DeLaSalle High School on Tuesday, Feb. 20. Kalscheur, who scored 33 points during the game, will play for the Gophers next season.

an AAU basketball team. “I feel like we bring a lot of energy and also a lot of defense,” Kalscheur said. “We also bring communication, and I feel like for

freshmen that’s very important.” At 6 feet 8 inches, Omersa is a forward from Orono High School. He leads his team in points, averaging 19.1 points and 11 rebounds

per game. Oturu is a 6-foot-10-inch center from Cretin-Derham Hall High School who leads the Raiders with 18.8 points and 11.8 rebounds per game, and leads the state in blocks with 131. The three players might factor into the team sooner than they expected. The Gophers returned all but one rotation player from last year’s tournamentbound team, but after injuries and expulsions, Minnesota lacks depth. Forward Eric Curry tore his ACL and center Reggie Lynch was expelled from the school for sexual misconduct violations. Guard Amir Coffey needed season-ending surgery on his shoulder as the Gophers have lost 12 of the last 14 games. “Anybody that suffers what the Gophers have lost would be lucky to even still be competing,” Omersa said. Kalscheur is just five minutes away from the Minnesota campus. He leads the trio in average points per game this year with 21.6. His head coach at DeLaSalle, Travis Bledsoe, said Kalscheur will be able to help the Gophers with lock-down defense and good shooting. “Gabe is a tough-minded kid,” Bledsoe said. “He’s going to play hardcore defense, do the dirty work. And then offensively, he’s going to be able to make shots, stretch the floor for the Gophers, and be a vocal leader on the team.” u See KALSCHEUR Page 4






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2:35 a.m., and she reported the incident to MPD nearly an hour later. Before she was robbed, the suspect grabbed the student,

asking to look in her purse. The suspect fled the scene on foot. MPD responded to another robbery report on Friday near the University Avenue Super America in Prospect Park. The victim was walking on the sidewalk around

8:13 a.m. when her purse was snatched from her shoulder. The suspect then fled the scene in a vehicle. An assault occurred in the 1000 block of 14th Avenue Southeast in Como on Sunday around midnight. The victim went to the University of

Out of ‘the dungeon’: U wrestling gets new facility

Minnesota Medical Center. On campus, most thefts occurred inside. From Feb. 14 to 21, there were seven thefts from buildings on campus, five of which happened in Coffman Union, according to UMPD Lieutenant Chuck Miner.

Huntley House LLC sees new leadership Huntley House for African-American men is increasing its outreach efforts. BY ELIANA SCHREIBER


Luke Becker and Steve Bleise practice in the current wrestling space in Bierman Athletic complex.

The team has been practicing in the Bierman basement since the 1970s. BY HELEN SABROWSKY

When University of Minnesota head wrestling coach Brandon Eggum was a member of the team in 1995, the squad practiced in “the dungeon” – the wrestling team’s room deep in the basement of the Bierman Field Athletic Building. Today, the team still practices in “the dungeon,” as it has since the early 1970s. But starting next year, the team will practice in a new, privately funded wrestling facility. The new wrestling facility will take over space on a higher floor in Bierman, which used to be the men’s basketball practice facility, Eggum said. The space became available after Athletes Village was completed.

“This is a great opportunity for us to take an existing space and give it to a program that is in dire need of a new space,” said Tom McGinnis, a senior associate athletics director. The Board of Regents approved the project earlier this month. Construction will start this spring and end around November this year, in time for next year’s season, Eggum said. Eggum said while he believes “the dungeon” has character and appeals to wrestlers because it represents toughness, the new space will provide the team with better resources. The new practice space will include 2,000 more square feet of mat than the existing facility, he said. Additionally, the renovated space will have a separate cardio room. Currently, the team’s cardio equipment is next to the wrestling mats, which has caused wrestlers to run into the equipment, Eggum said. The new wrestling room

will also help the team recruit new players, he said. While sophomore wrestler Mitch McKee always knew he wanted to wrestle for the University, recruiting out of state players is difficult, he said, and new facilities can help win over recruits. “There are so many more tools to use in improving your performance and finding success in the new wrestling room,” McKee said. The new wrestling room reflects a trend in the University’s athletics department, McGinnis said. Providing student athletes with adequate facilities is an ongoing emphasis. “You don’t have to have the fanciest room, but these resources are helpful and helps in recruiting, and that’s a big part of the battle. Getting the right kids in the program is always going to help performance,” Eggum said. “I came here in 1995 and the athletic department has changed a lot, and for the better.”

Items most commonly stolen in University buildings are laptops and wallets, he said. “We get vagrants and homeless people in the building,” Miner said, “We do step up patrol ain areas like Coffman this time of year.”

After a Living Learning Community for AfricanAmerican men at the University of Minnesota got a new director last year, members are noticing a revised approach to student involvement and community outreach. Jonathan Brown, the new director of Huntley House and director of the Community Outreach, Retention and Engagement program at the University, took on the leadership role in spring 2017. His priorities are to increase member involvement between upperclassmen and freshmen and organize community outreach events for the men of Huntley House, located on the second floor of 17th Avenue Residence Hall. Huntley House was formed in 2012 as a community for black men. The house is named for Dr. Horace Huntley, who led a Morrill Hall takeover in 1969. A group of African-American students occupied the building, which led to the formation of the AfricanAmerican and African Studies department at the University the following year. Brown said when he became director last year he realized that Huntley House wasn’t fulfilling community outreach goals. Over the past year, Brown has organized opportunities for the group that will benefit the men and advance their careers. “I’ve been careful … to vet it,” he said. “We do community service with a purpose to get guys to realize that, doing service, you can improve the caliber of your society and your world.” Some examples include group trips to Feed My Starving Children, working with

current and former NFL players and Fortune 500 companies during Super Bowl LII and an outing next month with at-risk youth in the Twin Cities. Biology sophomore and Huntley House member Ebenezer Chinedu-Eneh said he noticed that Brown has pushed for more involvement from the group’s members since he started coordinating. Chinedu-Eneh said the group is much more motivated and connected than in previous years. “It really catalyzed a tighter bond between all of us,” Chinedu-Eneh said. Huntley House is both an LLC and a student group on campus, Brown said, which is unique for the University. Despite his own efforts to further involvement, Brown said the men of Huntley House are already highly driven, and this year the freshman class have an average GPA of 3.48. He said many of the men formed their own study groups without his advising. Julian Green, a first-year student studying English and living in the LLC this year, said the men in the house keep each other motivated and focused. Green said the group has weekly meetings, and Brown encourages them to set goals at the beginning of each semester. “You can tell that Jonathan really does care about us, not only as a group, but as individuals,” he said. Green said he joined the Huntley House not knowing what to expect, but that it’s shaped his time in college. “This is the one place where they don’t have to explain themselves,” Brown said. Chinedu-Eneh said he sees a unifying change in Brown’s direction and tries to go to meetings and stay involved despite not living in the LLC. “I want to really help Huntley get to that point where it’s self-sufficient,” ChineduEneh said.

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Maggie Perrel, a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota-Crookston who was at the press conference, said she worked at labs in Crookston that are in need of improvements to remain competitive with other universities. “These spaces are in high demand,” she said. Kaler said he expects the University system’s tuition to increase in response to inflation. Legislature back at work The 2018 legislative session convened at noon on Tuesday amid protests for gun control measures in response to the Parkland, Florida high school shooting. Controversies from the last year continued into the start of this session. Concerns were raised on the Senate floor over Lt. Gov. and Senate President Michelle Fischbach, R-Paynesville, whose dual role has raised controversy and a constituent lawsuit from her home district. Lawmakers spent Wednesday attending a mandatory harassment training in response to legislature resignations over sexual misconduct allegations. “Our responsibility is to provide an environment that is free from harassment and

University of Minnesota president Eric Kaler answers questions from members of MSA during a meeting on Nov. 21.

discrimination,” said House Minority Leader Melissa Hortman, DFL-Brooklyn Park. “People often would

like to express [harassment] concerns, but they don’t want to come forward publicly.” New lawmakers Rep.

Jeremy Munson, R-Lake Crystal and Sen. Karla Bigham, DFL-Cottage G ro v e , w e r e s w o r n i n

following their special election victories in districts occupied by former lawmakers Rep. Tony Cornish, R-Vernon


Center and Sen. Dan Schoen, DFL-St. Paul Park, who resigned due to sexual harassment allegations.

Student conservatives feel quieted by event handling Shapiro will speak at the North Star Ballroom in St. Paul on Monday night. BY CARTER BLOCHWITZ

Ahead of Ben Shapiro’s speech on campus next week, conservative student groups at the University of Minnesota say the school’s choice to move the event away from its main campus sets a bad precedent. Several conservative leaders on campus have been understanding of the University’s effort to keep the event safe, but believe the decision caters to far-left protesters. “I think they’re making the wrong decision based on their [safety] stance,” said Jacob Strinden, chairman of College Republicans at the University of Minnesota. “Pushing us out

instead of dealing with the underlying problems of hard leftwing violence.” Strinden said the October protest of conservative speaker Lauren Southern was an example of violent protests against conservatives. The protest of Southern’s event drew nearly 200 demonstrators and resulted in riot police mobilization and an arrest. During a press conference earlier this month, University Relations Vice President Matt Kramer dismissed claims of anti-conservative bias in the administration’s decision to move the location of Shapiro’s talk to the North Star Ballroom on the St. Paul campus. “I have seen remarks that St. Paul is ‘exile,’” Kramer said at the press conference. “St. Paul campus is integral to the University of Minnesota. It is no different than the East Bank or the West Bank campus.”

Though Strinden doesn’t claim direct bias from the University administration, he said security fees and lack of control over location make it difficult for conservative groups to organize and invite speakers to campus. “We’ve met with [University administration] and they’re nice enough people. They’re not intentionally trying to push us off campus,” Strinden said. “But they put us through the ringer to make [these events] happen.” Aside from difficulties with the administration, conservatives on campus have been met with a chilly campus climate. Strinden said members of College Republicans received death threats last year. “We get messages that are not kind,” said Madison Dibble, editor-in-chief of the Minnesota Republic. “And I

COGS advocates for support of University child care centers


Parents and children from the Child Development Center gather around Vice President of University Relations Matt Kramer in President Kaler’s office in Morrill Hall on Thursday, Feb. 8.

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“Make it somebody’s job to oversee all of the day care service provisions because right now, that responsibility is split up in a really illogical way,” Borowsky said. Currently, the CDC is funded and overseen by the College of Education and Human Development. The Community Child Care Center and the Como Early Learning Center, two University-funded day cares, will also be affected by the new funding capacity. Both centers have waitlists up to two years long and are funded by Student Service Fees. Scott Petty, a Ph.D.

candidate, said professional and graduate students account for almost a third of the SSF budget. Child care is one of the few services that directly benefits graduate students, Petty said, adding that he feels the rest of the funds primarily serve undergraduate students. Zach Sheffler, COGS speaker of assembly and a new father, said he and his wife toured the CDC once they knew they were expecting, but it had a two-year waitlist. Sheffler said their now 14-month-old son is not enrolled in a day care. “Day care is more expensive than I can afford on a graduate student salary,” he said. “My mother moved out

from San Diego to take care of him.” Tamas Varga, a doctoral student at the University, said his 2-year-old daughter attends one of the co-op day care centers on campus affected by SSF funding changes enacted last year. “My position, as well as many of the graduate students, is to have available child care … not diminishing all the available places at the University,” Varga said. With the CDC closing, he said he fears it will burden the two co-op child care centers around campus. The resolution will be presented at COGS’ next general assembly on Feb. 26 in Tate Hall before being given to University administration.

wasn’t scared [a year ago], but I was scared during the Lauren Southern event.” Braxton Haake, president of College Democrats at the University of Minnesota, believes the administration isn’t discriminating against conservative speakers in its decision to relocate Ben Shapiro. “I think the administration is doing everything it can to strike a conciliatory tone,” Haake said. “It is trying to ensure the safety of the speakers

and the conservative students that want to see them speak.” Haake said campus consists of mostly liberals, adding he feels sympathy for conservative groups. “If 90 percent of the administration was conservative — I might suspect there was some bias,” Haake said. Haake, Dibble and Strinden all said they believe outside agitators are the root of violence at protests on campus.

“There were plenty of students present [at the Lauren Southern event] peacefully protesting. But there seemed to be some sort of contingent of outside agitators — antifa members — and those were the people that were causing the protest to turn south,” Haake said. Strinden said conservative students should be able to enjoy the event considering its partial funding from student service fees.







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Bledsoe, who played basketball at North Dakota, said Kalscheur needs to work on ball handling and be prepared for tough times that happen in college if he wants to be successful at the next level. “He’s got a quiet demeanor to him, but he’s got internal fire,” Bledsoe said. “He’s always going. He is very, very competitive. And he wants to win, he’ll do anything it takes to win.” Though they will be teammates next season, the three recruits are in competition during their high school careers. Oturu and Kalscheur faced off in the regular season, and Oturu’s C r e t i n - D e rh a m H a l l beat DeLaSalle 77-66. If Kalscheur wants to make it to state this year, he will likely need to defeat Omersa as No. 5 Orono and No. 1 DeLaSalle are in the same section. “Obviously, we’ll butt

“He’s got a quiet demeanor to him, but he’s got internal fire. He’s always going.” TRAVIS BLEDSOE Head coach at DeLaSalle

heads a little bit during the game, because we’re just both competitors,” said Omersa about a possible matchup with the Islanders. “It’s a big game and it’s senior year and it’s a seasonending type thing, so it’ll be a little bit more personal.” Minnesota mounted the biggest one-season turnaround in the NCAA in 2016-17. They will look for a similar comeback next year with three new faces on the roster. “Next year will be a totally different season. Daniel Oturu’s coming in there [and Omersa],” Bledsoe said. “So it’ll be a new culture, I think, by the time [Kalscheur] makes it there.”


High school senior Gabe Kalscheur jumps for a dunk during the game against Brooklyn Center at DeLaSalle High School on Tuesday, Feb. 20. Kalscheur, who scored 33 points during the game, will play for the Gophers next season.


Carlie Brandt embodies utility with the Gophers Brandt primarily was the designated player and pitched the last four games.




In a weekend of results they didn’t want, the Gophers found value in a utility player. No. 22 Minnesota looks to redeem itself after a weekend of four consecutive losses in five games at the Diamond 9 Citrus Classic in Orlando. A player who saw time in many different areas around the field last weekend was sophomore Carlie Brandt. “It’s instrumental,” head coach Jamie Trachsel said on Brandt’s skillset. “The fact that she can do it at a high level makes her extremely valuable.” She played in the first game of the season at shortstop and didn’t see additional action until the most recent weekend, where she played in all four games. She earned time primarily at second



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

base, and in two games, she played designated player. Brandt also got the call to pitch during the series. Though Brandt’s first time pitching this season came in a 3-0 loss, she went three innings and allowed no runs on two hits.

“I practice everywhere. I’m flying all over the place during practice,” Brandt said. “I’ve spent some time in the infield, I’ve even taken some outfield reps.” For Brandt, this season has been similar to last year in terms of her role.

As a freshman with the Gophers last season, she played in 22 games. She started 11 in the outfield, somewhere she hasn’t played yet this season. Brandt also earned time pitching. She made 14 appearances as a pitcher last

season and emerged 6-0 with a 0.84 earned run average. It’s no fluke that this utility player has pitching stats like that. In high school, she recorded 1,000 strikeouts over her career there, though Brandt said she played from seventh to 12th grade at the high school level. “I was mainly a pitcher, I think I pitched 95 percent of

games,” Brandt said. “My seventh grade year I got to see some outfield time and some third base.” Brandt is a native of LeSueur, Minnesota and her goals and style on and off the field haven’t changed. “She does anything that the team needs her to do, which I think is very rare,” outfielder Maddie Houlihan said. “She’s open to trying a different position [and] playing whatever position the team needs her to do.” Houlihan reiterated what her coach said. They both remarked how great Brandt is at doing the work that not everyone on the team can, and that she does it so efficiently. Their relationship off the field is also something that speaks to Brandt’s attitude. Houlihan said Brandt is willing to help her with anything she needs, similar to the way she helps the team on the field. “She’s one of my closest friends on the team,” Houlihan said. “She’s someone that I definitely could go to if I needed anything.”


Agnew improves from Nations Cup Lindsay Agnew competed in the four-day event for the Canadian team.




Sophomore forward Lindsay Agnew scored two first period goals off of two assists from fellow sophomore linemate Taylor Williamson the last time the Gophers took the ice against the Huskies. Agnew will hope to find that form once again as the No. 3 seed Gophers take on the No. 6 seed this weekend at Ridder Arena for the WCHA first round. The third line of Sophie Skarzynski, Agnew and Williamson combined for three goals in the most recent series against St. Cloud. “The last few weeks we were talking about moving our feet, that will put us in good spots out there,” Agnew said. “Playing unselfish hockey out there too which we did in that Saturday St. Cloud game will put us in a good spot to do well this weekend.” Since she had time off from the Gophers before the second half of the season, Agnew competed in Nations Cup, a four-day competition between various national teams around the world. She represented Canada in the event. Agnew played with three other players who have ties to Minnesota. Agnew faced

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off against former Gophers Noora Raty and Mira Jalosuo when Canada played Finland. Raty and Jalosuo just took the Bronze medal in the Olympic Games. Amy Potomak, the sister of Sarah Potomak, also played for Canada. Agnew’s team went 1-2 in the tournament and took fifth place. Still, the experiences she took from that are helping her as the Gophers lead up to the playoffs. “Playing in the Nations Cup you just kind of learn to play at a higher level, playing against bigger and stronger girls who are also older,” Agnew said. “That gave me more confidence coming back after break with our team.” Agnew has tallied 10 points on the season with five goals and five assists. Three of the goals have come in the second half of the season, building off of that confidence-boosting experience at the Nations Cup. Williamson said something that makes Agnew so valuable for the Gophers

is her unique high IQ of the game of hockey. “What sets her apart from other players is that unselfishness, yet she knows when she has to shoot the puck,” Williamson said. “The way she thinks about the game is fun and I am able to think about how my strengths work with her.” The two sophomores will need to continue to be unselfish as the Gophers enter the playoff season. The last time the Gophers didn’t make it to the Frozen Four was the 2010-2011 season. The No. 7 Gophers have a 39-game unbeaten streak over the Huskies and have only lost to them a total of three times in the program history. This will be Minnesota’s sixth time playing St. Cloud State this year and they have a 4-0-1 record against them. “It’s a fresh start and a new series here and we know we got to win it to keep playing and we haven’t been in this position in quite a few years,” head coach Brad Frost said.




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Friday 35 mm Feminist Silents A world of male homemakers might sound like an episode of “Black Mirror,” but a screening of 35 mm Feminist Silents at the Trylon Cinema will prove the concept is far more antiquated. Curated by University of Minnesota assistant professor Maggie Hennefeld, the screening will show three short, feminist films from the early 1900s, proving the suffragettes might have been much cooler than we thought.

Where Trylon Cinema, 2820 E 33rd St, Minneapolis Hours 7 P.M. Cost $12

Saturday A Midsummer Night’s Dream The Shakespearean comedy is well known for its love triangles and comedic moments. By imagining the world in a chaos caused by the warring fairies Oberon and Titania, this University production blurs the line between dream and nightmare. If nothing else, a night in the magical summer forest can take your mind off the grueling Minnesota winter.

Where Rarig Center, 330 21st Ave S, Minneapolis Hours 7:30 P.M. Cost $7 student tickets, $17 general tickets

Sunday Guthrie Theater’s Solo Emerging Artist Celebration Three solo performing artists will take over the Guthrie’s Dowling Studio through March 11. The Solo Emerging Artist Celebration allows the performers to fully explore their artistic lens. On Sunday, two of the performers will take the stage of the Dowling Studio. A.P. Looze will perform “Foray Softly,” an examination of transgender identity and journeys, at 1 p.m., and at 7 p.m., Ifrah Mansour will perform “How to Have Fun in a Civil War,” a story of resilience in the Somali Civil War.

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University philosophy professor and departmentchair Valerie Tiberius remembers having Dessa in class. She stood out for being an outspoken, confident woman in a program full of men (philosophy is the least gender-diverse major at the University). She also stood out simply because she was an outstanding student. “There was one time in particular … she came to my office,” Tiberius said. “She was quite convinced that she had an argument that would refute a philosopher we were reading. I was a young professor and thought, ‘Wow, she’s so full of confidence.’ But at the same time I thought, ‘Confidence is good, but really smart students should also learn that they don’t know everything.’” Years later, during a commencement speech for the College of Liberal Arts, Dessa mentioned that time in the office — how Tiberius had turned the question back to her, ultimately teaching a lesson on intellectual humility. “That speaks to the kind of student that [Dessa] is,” Tiberius said. “She learns things from people that they’re not explicitly trying to teach her.” Dessa grew up in ’80s and ’90s Minneapolis as part of a family that relished curiosity. “She’s had the personality that she has right now from the beginning,” said Dessa’s mother, Sylvia Burgos Toftness. “She always looked you straight in the face and was so very willing to be taught. And to try things! She was always willing to try, and to be a student.” As a child, Dessa would devour books. Burgos Toftness remembers reading to her daughter at night, glossing over coarser paragraphs in adult science fiction novels.


Dessa performs at Rock the Garden in 2014.

“I knew from early on that she had a strong literary bent,” Wander said. “She was articulate as a child … interested in language and very good at it — remarkably good.” Dessa did things besides read, too. She worked with Burgos Toftness in efforts to preserve heirloom seeds. They would listen to Cher and practice harmonies in the car. At one point, 11-year-old Dessa and her friend set up a cappuccino and biscotti stand by Minnehaha Park (lemonade was too simple). They were driven out by actual vendors, but not before bringing in a couple bucks. Dessa was part of Minnesota’s first all-Montessori class (Wander said she was “made to order” for the system). She attended Southwest High School (taking public transportation to her job at Orange Julius) before moving to the

University where she finished her undergraduate degree in three years. Some time after Dessa graduated, Tiberius was attending a show at Cedar Cultural Center. Dessa was the opener. “I didn’t go there to see her or realize that she was a singer,” Tiberius said. “The main act came on and I remember thinking, ‘Oh, Dessa was so much better.’ [ … ] Her lyrics are very — in a way — intellectual. There’s a literary beauty to them.” Dockendorf agrees: “If you asked anyone to guess what her major was they’d say philosophy.” A member of Minneapolis rap collective Doomtree, Dessa released her first solo album in 2010. Her fourth, “Chime,” comes out Friday. Physics and astrophysics senior Taylor Chadwick has seen Dessa perform multiple times, the most

memorable of which was during a welcome week event when the artist held her hand. “I almost cried,” Chadwick said. “She does a mix between jazz, hip-hop and like … almost alternative. I like her old stuff and her new stuff, and whenever she speaks at concerts she’s so eloquent.” Tom Haley was a graduate student TA at the University when Dessa was enrolled. He worked with her in a creative writing class. “Her personal essays resonated,” Haley said. “But now she’s doing her own form and format. It’s very essayistic. She’s someone that studies and learns and turns what she gathers [into art] — forging her own path.” And though it’s easy to map out Dessa’s journey to success, she’s never made it seem a big bowl of cherries.

Remember that plaque quote? “Dessa feels failure,” Burgos Toftness said. “She will cry and be chagrined. She will let it hurt her so she can then deal with it.” “Good Grief,” a single off “Chime,” alludes to this emotional relationship with failure. “They say there’s good grief, but how can you tell it from the bad?” Dessa sings. “Maybe it’s only in the fact good grief’s the one that’s in your past.” Dessa’s scholarship is about always exhibiting a willingness to learn. From failure and from success, grief and elation. This is something people — regardless of their relationship with Dessa — see in her. “Across all disciplines, the very best people are kind of like Dessa,” Wander said. “They still consider themselves students — not masters — of their art.”


Hippocrates Cafe connects medicine with art Started by a University family medicine professor, Hippocrates Cafe explores the perspective performing arts can bring to medicine. BY MADDY FOLSTEIN


ven throughout medical school and his work as a physician, Dr. Jon Hallberg, a professor of family medicine at the University of Minnesota, never let go of his interest in the arts. A ft er w orkin g w it h performing artist patients and serving as a medical commentator for Minnesota Public Radio, Hallberg found a way to combine his two specialties: Hippocrates Cafe, a performance series dedicated to discussing individual healthcare topics through storytelling and song. “The show concept came together about nine years ago. My clinical had this empty space. ... And the light bulb went off,” Hallberg said. “It would be an inspired-by-radio show that talks about health care topics through music and story.” Over the years, Hippocrates Cafe has covered cancer, aging and, last Wednesday, the heart. Instead of telling longer narratives, Hallberg fills the hour-long performances with multiple short pieces laced together with brief musical interludes. “I just like the way it comes together when there


Actor T. Mychael Rambo speaks during a performance of Hippocrates Cafe in January 2017.

are a lot of little pieces. ... It lends itself to shorter attention spans, but it’s also, in its own way, a little zen-like,” Hallberg said. “It’s also got this slow, calming pace to it. It’s a little more artful and highly intentional.” For actors and musicians working on Hippocrates Cafe, examining the intersection of the arts and health care is a welcome opportunity. “I have, for a long time, been interested in … the crossover between the arts and healing,” said Candace



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Barrett Birk, a local actor. “It emerged pretty quickly that there was something in story … and healing stories … I didn’t have the background to know how to develop it from the medical side, so it has really been a gift for me to be able to work with him.” Accordionist Dan Newton frequently collaborates with Hallberg to produce the music for Hippocrates Cafe performances. Hallberg searches through poetry, newspaper articles, fiction and other stories to find the material that the music,

both composed and original, will complement. “The scope of the material is immense, and I always learn something from one of these shows,” Newton said. “It also gives me just as wide of a scope of music to draw on. … To find [music] that relates to pieces that are read and are only maybe 15 seconds long or sometimes five to ten minutes ... is a challenge.” Hippocrates Cafe is performed for a variety of audiences, and the most powerful experiences for the performers are often for crowds

who are not expecting to be moved by health care discussions. “One time, we did an early morning performance for a convention of medical school administrators,” Newton said. “We were the first official event of their conference, and it came at a spot where they usually would have somebody do a PowerPoint presentation. … By the time we were done, they were jumping out of their seats and applauding. … [Hippocrates Cafe] woke them up so much better than another PowerPoint.” However, in more intimate performance settings, the impact Hippocrates Cafe has is more direct — by breaking down health topics that can be intimidating, the performance series can make direct connections with audience members. “As performers, we have to slow down to deliver the material … and I think there’s something about that kind of communication that we just don’t get very much anymore,” Birk said. “It’s incredibly important for just being human, certainly for creating community and for expanding our knowledge of the world … I think that happens in this material. It’s created by [Hallberg] with such intelligence and knowledge and also extraordinary care and love.”

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How MN can start to address gun control

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Legislators should address gun control by regulating gun shows and semi-automatic weapons.


here was yet another mass shooting in Florida on Valentine’s Day. A 19-year-old named Nikolas Cruz entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High ELLEN SCHNEIDER School armed with a columnist semi-automatic AR-15 rifle — a weapon he obtained legally — and brutally murdered 17 people including students and school staff. This tragedy was followed by another fierce debate over gun control. These arguments are ones we’ve all heard before. Republicans wag their fingers at the left for politicizing a catastrophe in the interest of their own agendas, and liberals make empty emotional calls to action in the absence of tangible policy prescriptions. The one thing that they seem to agree on is that there are “no words” to describe such an atrocity. But there have to be conversations. You will never convince me that the recreational use of fire arms ever trumps the public safety of those in movie theaters, churches, elementary schools, concerts,

LETTER TO THE EDITOR There is no sexual misconduct crisis at the University of Minnesota

President Eric Kaler sounded quite reasonable on the subject of sexual misconduct in his interview with the Minnesota Daily on Feb. 9. However, his Feb. 12 broadcast email to faculty (which permitted no response) revealed an unfortunate perspective on the issue. It began as follows: ”We have a sexual misconduct crisis in our nation, and from the classroom to the laboratory, from the department meeting to the tailgate party, the crisis is on our University of Minnesota campuses, too.” That statement is highly debatable and suggests an unfortunate and probably ineffective administrative direction for addressing any problems that may exist. While there is certainly heightened awareness, nationally and locally, of sexual conduct in the workplace, there is no crisis. Many of the events generating media coverage (and career destruction) in the recent months occurred years ago. No evidence is presented that sexual misconduct is more frequent than it has been for centuries. The problem is not getting worse. What does seem to be happening is a change in the implicit and explicit rules governing sexual relations at work. That may be a good thing, but the institution of new behavioral standards is generally best implemented by development of consensus and education, not by administrative fiat and threat. Faculty are told that they must watch a 60-minute online ’training’ (which I have not yet seen) that presumably sets out the new standards. There is an implication that the standards are already known, not new, and that the problem is people are flouting them. But that is not what is happening. New standards are being introduced. However, I am unaware of any process of discussion, debate or vote, which could, for example, have taken place in the University Senate, by which a consensus on those standards was developed. It is particularly objectionable that the Kaler letter encourages, and practically demands, that the entire University community start reporting on one another regarding these matters that have traditionally been regarded as private, except in the most egregious cases. The letter says in part that it is his administration’s intent “to create an environment that prevents sexual misconduct, encourages bystander intervention and lowers barriers to reporting.” Following that route without consensus will very likely, in my opinion, lead to widespread mutual suspicion, resentment and noncooperation. It is reminiscent of totalitarian tactics that control people by division. For example, in the former Soviet Union the rules were intentionally made numerous and obscure so that they were virtually impossible to avoid violating. Then, everyone was vulnerable to being turned in by a personal enemy and mutual suspicion and sullen acquiescence were the norm. The current national environment concerning these issues borders, in my opinion, on hysteria. I am not the first to note a similarity to the panic over child abuse which swept the U.S. in the ‘80s as chronicled in a recent book by Richard Beck “We Believe the Children,” Public Affairs (2015). In that episode, many were unjustly accused and prosecuted and careers were ruined. I have the disappointing impression that our university president is more caught up in a similar hysteria than he is representing the voice of calm reason for which I would hope to come from one in his position. Perhaps Kaler is truly motivated by concern for the problems of people who have experienced sexual misconduct. One wonders however, whether the fate of the recently resigned president of Michigan State University might not also loom large in his consciousness. In any case, the approach suggested by his letter is, in my opinion, not entirely constructive. This letter has been lightly edited for clarity and style. J. Woods Halley is a professor in the University of Minnesota School of Physics and Astronomy.

night clubs and malls. It is legal to own semi-automatic rifles, like the one used by Cruz, in Minnesota. AR-15 rifles were originally designed for the Vietnam War. They were somewhat revolutionary in that they were incredibly fast and easy to reload with little kickback, so you could fire dozens of rounds in seconds. Put simply, it was designed to be deadly. AR-style assault rifles have made an appearance at almost every major mass shooting. Despite this, you can still go out and buy your very own in Minnesota, at the ripe age of 18, while you must be 21 to purchase a handgun. To be frank, there’s no excuse for this. If you’re feeling persecuted because your hobby involves rifles created for warfare, find a new one. Minnesota should carve a new path and set an example for more realistic gun control laws. While Minnesota did attempt to institute a ban on assault rifles in 2013, the legislation ultimately failed following fierce backlash from concerned gun owners all over the state. Legislators like Sen. Ron Latz, DFL-St. Louis Park, opted for a less divisive approach, and turned their focus to universal background checks, citing more popularity among constituents. However, this proposal was also passed over. Shocker, I know. You’ve probably heard of the “gun show loophole” which allows citizens to buy

and sell firearms without a background check or identification at gun shows and online. Despite the significant number of gun purchases that go unchecked, and the overwhelming citizen support of universal background checks, this obviously sensible approach was continually squashed by gun enthusiasts like former Rep. Tony Cornish, R-Vernon Center. Our current laws concerning background checks are almost laughable, considering the ease with which someone could circumvent them. Gun shows and online sales often attract a myriad of people who wouldn’t otherwise be able to purchase guns, like domestic abusers, felons and the mentally ill. Universal background checks are a must. Not only should we be trying to enforce restrictions on private sales, but we should simply ban gun shows all together. As it becomes increasingly clear that what we’re facing is a crisis, events that promote the selling of arms without even the most basic of restrictions aren’t risks we should be willing to take. While guns are a large part of our Midwestern culture, we need to realize that this issue goes far beyond the recreational use of firearms. We have been dubbed the mass shooting generation. This issue is ours to address. Ellen Schneider welcomes comments at


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A mining lease threatens the Boundary Waters in exchange for jobs.


n January of 2017, the Obama administration proposed to ban mining in 230,000 acres of the Superior National Forest in northern Minnesota. This would require that the U.S. Forest Service submit to the UMA VENKATA EPA an Environmental columnist Impact Statement, a decision-making document to determine how certain high-profile federal actions could affect the surrounding human environment. An EIS generally takes about two years to complete. But a few weeks ago, the Trump administration rescinded that decision and reduced the investigation to an Environmental Assessment, which examines to a fraction of the depth of an EIS, so that the land be more readily opened up to mining with less time spent on environmental effects. Then, Chilean mining company Antofagasta PLC took the land lease, and their direct subsidiary Twin Metals is now preparing to begin an underground mine nine miles southeast of Ely, Minnesota in the Maturi mineral deposit. The primary statement of Twin Metals is “providing significant economic impact for northeastern Minnesota.” Antofagasta PLC has a dreadful environmental record. The underground mine is expected to mar the South Kawishiwi River and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. For this kind of environmental effect, a quick fix is never an option. But, predictably, this mining decision has become a ‘Sophie’s Choice’ between jobs and wild lands. Northeastern Minnesota, the “Iron Range,” has enjoyed significant economic benefits from iron mining, though in recent years there’s been a significant general-market slowdown. Twin Metals anticipates being a welcome regional addition by creating 650 jobs directly and 1,300 indirectly. The company cites the Bureau of Labor and Statistics to say that Minnesota mining salaries at around $79,000 are 45 percent higher than the all-industry statewide average. Tax and royalty revenue to the state from mining quite benefits the state — mining currently contributes $3 billion to state K-12 education, for example. More mining does bring fiscal benefits — but on the other hand, they’ll eventually run out, and we’ll be left with a diminished BWCA and river. This process has always caused a cascade of effects on wildlife, and inevitably, human life. Since 2014, for example, Appalachian coal miners exhibited the highest-ever reported frequency of black lung disease. But again, the choice has been between finite time for economic uptick for one region, or protecting human and wildlife health. Alyssa Brault, a University of Minnesota undergraduate studying environmental science and public health, is an officer in the Gophers for the Boundary Waters and Outdoors Club. Her reminder to the student body is that the BWCA is not just the concern of students of environmental science, volunteers or the politically active; our at-risk public land is everyone’s business. Becky Rom of Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters claimed that “a pristine environment can provide an economic boost as big or bigger than mining.” Robert McGrady welcomes comments at Our country is economically powerful and geographically gorgeous — but our reliance on foreign, rather than domestic, industry hurts tens of millions of Americans just like the Iron Range residents. A huge demographic needs a boost of economic self-sufficiency. But it doesn’t LETTER TO THE EDITOR seem like the way to do that is to ruin our own Proposed change to the Student is written is not specific to those viola- lands for the sake of instant, temporary imtions and is instead broadly applied to all provement. Conduct Code has many flaws violations of the SCC, belying the claim Maybe we could take a leap backward and While I appreciate the nature of the that this change is specifically targeted actually, truly bring manufacturing and other Minnesota Daily’s editorial comments, as toward cases of sexual misconduct. evaporated jobs back to American soil. If it the author of one of the main complaints In addition, while there might be some makes things more expensive, I can live with regarding the Student Conduct Code, I issue with the nature of the language of less — it’s the price of pride I’m willing to pay to take offense at the claim that I do not undisruption in regards to free speech, there strengthen working Americans and beautiful derstand the core complaint with the SCC. must be a limit to the lawfulness of such lands. To boil it down, I would much rather see While the SCC has been in the news activity. Note that this does not mean the an emphasis on “made in the USA” than “mined lately for its disruptive behavior policy, morality of such speech, but the lawful- in the USA.” Especially when the mining lease this policy is not the sole dissension with ness. The whole idea of civil disobedience goes to a foreign company. the expansion of liability that was prois that an issue is so important that the posed. The free speech argument for dislaw itself must be violated, and the law Uma Venkata agreeing with the change is the strongest, must consequently also be satisfied. That welcomes comments at but it is not the only one. 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This charge places a Damoclean is important, the language of the rule is Daily reserves the right to edit all letters sword over the head of every organizajust as critical, as it’s the last bulwark of for style, space, libel and grammar. Letters tion to root out anything that might even appeal and where judgement ultimately to the editor should be no more than 500 remotely be considered in violation of the words in length. Guest columns should rests. SCC. I would ask that the Daily reconsider be approximately 350 words. The Daily I also take issue with the Daily’s comreserves the right to print any submission as its examination of the issue. plaint that the motive of sexual miscona letter or guest column. Submission does duct is a pure motive and should be supThis letter has been lightly edited for style not guarantee publication. ported on its face. If the expansion of the and grammar. 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DR. DATE Dr. Date,

I want to ask my boyfriend to marry me. We’ve been together for three years, we live together, and it’s something we’ve talked about. We’re both ready. Is it weird for the woman to ask the man, though? I know I shouldn’t give credence to gender binaries, blah blah blah, but I don’t want to step on his toes. As far as I know, he doesn’t have a proposal planned, and I really want to just go ahead and ask him. Should I?

—Let’s Put A Ring On It

Down The Aisle,

Do it. It sounds like you’re in a state of de facto marriage anyway. (Is a joint checking account in the works?) Heck, if I was him, it’d probably be a relief that the weight of proposing was off my shoulders. You, by breaking the unfor-

tunate status quo of man-asks-girl, have all of the freedom allowed by such a lesstrodden path. He has years of movies and television and magazines filling his head with all sorts of proposal drivel. Stadium Jumbotrons, hiding the ring so she finds it — why stress? Get down on one knee? What is that all about, anyway? The worst-case scenario is that he was secretly planning a crazy, intricate proposal and you “ruin” it. But even then, it’ll still save him the worry that comes with ensuring ever ything goes smoothly. Plus, you have talked about this before. This isn’t an out-of-left-field type of thing. If he does feel like you stepped on his toes, maybe consider that you don’t know as much as you should about this boyfriend of three years.

—Dr. Date

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Candidates prepare for graduate races

PSG and GOGS candidates, clockwise from top left: Jonathan Borowsky, Sean Chen, Scott Petty, Alanna Pawlowski, Ryan Machtmes, Sonya Ewert, Mike Sund.

Candidates look to lead graduate and professional student governing bodies. BY MARAYA KING

As student government elections are just weeks away

at the University of Minnesota, seven candidates — an increase compared to participation in recent years — are ramping up their campaigns for two presidential positions serving the graduate and professional student bodies. Professional Student Government presidential candidates

Sonya Ewert received her undergraduate degree in Environmental Science at the University in 2009 and is now working toward her master’s degree in business administration at the Carlson School of Management. Ewert serves as a Minnesota Business Administration representative to PSG. She said her goals for

professional students include increasing PSG’s involvement around campus, ensuring fair funding for professional students and utilizing PSG’s ambassador positions to make sure all voices are heard. Ewert’s campus-wide goals include resolving campus security concerns and continuing the current work on sexual harassment prevention and mental health awareness, she said. Alanna Pawlowski is a graduate student working toward a dual-law degree, including a master’s in public policy. Pawlowski said her platform focuses on the involvement of PSG throughout interdisciplinary connections, racism and bias and sexual violence. Though not a member of PSG, Pawlowski believes that her experience as co-president of the University Law School’s Minnesota Justice Foundation and her position as a student representative on the Law School’s Interdisciplinary and Joint Degree Committee has given her a unique perspective into the policies that affect the University. Michael Sund said he dedicated his life to public service the day George Zimmerman, who shot Trayvon Martin, was found not guilty of second-degree murder. Sund is working toward a master’s degree in public policy with an emphasis on election administration and currently serves as a representative for the Humphrey School of Public Affairs to PSG. His platform includes

visibility of marginalized post-graduate students, building spaces to talk about racial and gender inequality and ensuring voices from coordinate University campuses are being heard, he said. “This is not a line on a resume. It is something I hope to do the rest of my life,” Sund said. Council of Graduate Students presidential candidates COGS Chief of Staff Jonathan Borowsky has been involved in the organization since 2015. The main goal of Borowsky’s campaign is to build effective committees to work on advocacy for students. Borowsky plans to reboot COGS’ current Mental Health and Wellness committee as well as introduce new committees to address sexual misconduct policy, diversity and equity. Additionally, he said he wants to address free speech and the right to protest on campus. “More than any particular policy issue, what I want to do is leave behind a structure for graduate students to have that experience of working together to make themselves heard,” Borowsky said. Sean Chen, a doctoral student studying chemistry, serves as COGS’ student representative to the Board of Regents and is running for president and vice president. Chen hopes to improve the overall campus environment through diversity, inclusion and increased safety measures regarding


sexual harassment. “Tenured professors are not held to the same standards,” Chen said regarding sexual misconduct. He said other critical issues facing graduate students are mental health services, advisor-advisee relationships, childcare and immigration. Ryan Machtmes lists three main pillars that he believes are essential for representing the needs of graduate students. He said the three pillars are advocacy for the needs of a diverse student body, improving student safety and transparency and ethical governance. Machtmes serves COGS as the student representative to the Graduate Education Council and chair for the Equity and Diversity committee. He received his master’s for applied statistics and is in the process of earning a doctorate in evaluation studies. Scott Petty, though not a current COGS member, was an officer for two years and helped to co-write the constitution and bylaws of COGS. Petty said he rejects the idea of a platform, but emphasized the need for social interactions and interdepartmental connections amongst post-baccalaureate students. “We live in silos. You get dropped into your department … and there is nothing provided by the University that connects you to anything outside it,” he said. Petty received his master’s degree in economics and is currently working toward a doctorate in applied economics.

Students across US walk out of class to protest guns BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

In a wave of demonstrations reaching from Arizona to Maine, students at dozens of U.S. high schools walked out of class Wednesday to protest gun violence and honor the victims of last week’s deadly shooting in Florida. The protests spread from school to school as students shared plans for their demonstrations over social media. Many lasted 17 minutes in honor of the 17 people killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Hundreds of students from Maryland schools left class to rally at the U.S. Capitol. Hundreds more filed out

of their schools in cities from Chicago to Pittsburgh to Austin, Texas, often at the lunch hour. Thousands walked out in Florida. At the protest in Washington, students held a moment of silence in memory of those killed in Parkland and listened as the names of the dead were recited. Daniel Gelillo, a senior at Richard Montgomery High in Rockville, Maryland, helped organize the protest and said students aimed to pressure lawmakers to act on gun control. Up until now, he said, nothing has quite fazed them. “The Orlando shooting, Las Vegas and now Parkland,” he said. “Something has to

happen. Innocent people are dying because of the easy access to firearms in this country.” At Dublin Scioto High School near Columbus, Ohio, about 200 students sat outside in silence for 17 minutes and wrote notes of support that will be mailed to survivors of the Florida shooting. Afterward, they gathered in a circle to discuss how they could push for stronger gun control. “No child should have to go to school and be scared for their life,” said Daviyana Warren, a 15-year-old sophomore at the school who walked out. “It hits close to home because it’s happening to us.”

February 22nd, 2018  
February 22nd, 2018