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A technical performance

CAMPUS

Ben Shapiro venue raises controversy University administrators said the St. Paul campus spot doesn’t harm his right to free speech. BY MADELINE DENINGER mdeninger@mndaily.com

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Adam Stirn, lead ice maker for University Facilities Management, poses for a portrait on Thursday, Feb. 1 at 3M Arena at Mariucci. Stirn has made ice for the past four years at the University to keep up with the needs of ice hockey practices, games and events that take place in the arenas.

This University ice technician is in South Korea to take on Olympic duties in Pyeongchang.

not really one for month-long trips.”

BY RILYN EISCHENS reischens@mndaily.com

will spend February making and maintaining the world’s high-

Stirn is one of just 16 ice-makers worldwide selected to work for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. He est-quality hockey ice for the world’s best athletes. Those who

The ice at Ridder Arena was dull and dirty the morning of

know Stirn say they are not surprised he was picked for the job.

Jan. 31. Adam Stirn, the University of Minnesota’s lead ice mak-

To them, his attention to detail and years of experience have pre-

er, doesn’t like dirt; not in hallways, not on rink boards and espe-

pared him for nearly a month of intensive work.

cially not on ice. Dirty ice not only looks bad, but makes for rough skating and dull hockey skates and Zamboni blades.

Paying dues over a career on the ice But before he could go, Stirn had more immediate concerns

Stirn was preparing to take out the Zamboni – which he calls

than his upcoming trip across the globe — the ice at Ridder was

a “zam” – before the women’s hockey practice, when his cowork-

still dirty and it was getting dehydrated. Stirn hopped into the

er stepped off the ice and asked if he was ready for his trip to the

Zamboni driver’s seat, and the machine rumbled to life.

Winter Olympics.

“I fell in love with working at the ice arena,” Stirn said. “The

“I’m a little nervous,” Stirn said. “I mean, I’m super confident in my ability. It’s just the whole being-away-from-here thing. I’m

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The University of Minnesota’s decision over what venue to host conservative commentator Ben Shapiro’s Feb. 26 visit has drawn criticism from the event’s sponsor. The event, hosted by student groups Students for a Conservative Voice, Collegians for a Constructive Tomorrow and Minnesota Students for Liberty, will take place at the North Star Ballroom on the University’s St. Paul Campus. Young America’s Foundation, the sponsor of Shapiro’s 2018-2019 campus lecture tour, published an article on its website Wednesday claiming the University was hosting the event in a “small, remote venue” to deter more students from attending. “Young America’s Foundation’s campus lecture with Ben Shapiro has been sequestered to a desolate venue, miles from the main campus, as the University of Minnesota shows its anti-conservative bias,” the statement read. In response, University President Eric Kaler issued a statement Wednesday saying the decision to host Shapiro in St. Paul was not politically motivated. “Student leaders with Students for a Conservative Voice and Collegians for a Constructive Tomorrow worked with Student Activities staff and UMPD to determine a space that would accommodate the 400-500 attendance the group was planning for, and that would allow for the appropriate security for the event,” Kaler’s statement read. The Daily Wire, the conservative news site of which Shapiro is Editor in Chief, tweeted out Young America’s Foundation’s statement Wednesday, encouraging followers to encourage administration to change the venue. In October, right-wing commentator Lauren Southern spoke at Anderson Hall on the University’s West Bank campus. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., also spoke in October at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs on West Bank. Members of Students for a Conservative Voice could not be reached for comment.

COPS

Stolen vehicles affect neighborhoods around UMN campus Super Bowl week showed a rise in crime, according to UMN and Minneapolis police departments. BY ISABELLA MURRAY imurray@mndaily.com

Three University of Minnesota students had their vehicles stolen in the past week, contributing to a spike in thefts on and around campus. The Minneapolis Police Department were called to the following incidents.

A University student was robbed at gunpoint at around 10 p.m. on Sunday. The crime occurred on the 600 block of 13th Avenue Southeast near Target Express in Dinkytown. The suspect demanded valuables from the student, and struck her with the butt of the gun until she surrendered her belongings. The suspect fled eastbound before entering a waiting vehicle parked on the corner of 6th Street Southeast and 13th Avenue Southeast. The victim required no medical attention, according to a University of Minnesota

Police Department neighborhood safety notice. A student’s parked vehicle was stolen on 7th Avenue Southeast near the Elysian Apartments at around 9 a.m. Sunday. Minneapolis police responded to the theft around 6 p.m. The doors of the vehicle were locked when it was stolen, and no broken glass was found around the scene. The vehicle has not been found. Another University student had her vehicle stolen at on 8th Street Southeast near Marcy Park Apartments at 7 p.m.

Saturday. MPD responded around 9:58 a.m. Sunday. The student legally parked in her assigned slot when the vehicle was taken. No one had permission to take or use the vehicle. On Thursday at 12:40 a.m., a woman reportedly had her car stolen behind the Hampton Inn & Suites in Prospect Park. The car had been running with keys left in the ignition. The crime is being investigated as the hotel has video footage of the suspects. u See ROBBERIES Page 2

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Varsity Theater in Dinkytown returns with new shows

U’s Rochester campus finds a new chancellor

Local business managers said the closure had caused fewer visits from late night patrons.

The newest administrative hire has worked on the Rochester campus for four years.

BY KASSIDY TARALA ktarala@mndaily.com

Varsity Theater will reopen its doors in Dinkytown on Friday for its first public concert since December 2016. The venue has undergone improvements in the past year in anticipation of the reopening. Businesses neighboring the theater saw a drop in traffic following its closure more than a year ago and are now welcoming the venue’s return. “In a nutshell, when the Varsity had large events, we had a huge increase in instore traffic,” said Nato Coles, manager of Mesa Pizza in Dinkytown. The longtime theater will again see long lines and heavy concert-goer traffic with a reopening party featuring DJ Jake Rudh, Kiss the Tiger, Chris Koza and Dirt Train. “We wanted to feature local bands, acts and DJs because we really wanted friends, family and neighbors to feel welcome here,” said Varsity Theater General u See VARSIT Y Page 3

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ABOVE: The exterior of Varsity Theater in Dinkytown on Wednesday, April 26. The theater was sold for over $2 million by former owner Jason McLean following four lawsuits alleging child sex abuse. LEFT: General B and the Wiz perform during a private event at the Varsity Theater in Dinkytown on April 7.

The University of Minnesota Rochester named Lori Carrell as its new chancellor Wednesday. Carrell, who has served as the campus’s interim chancellor since August, will officially take office on Feb. 12. “I am confident that Dr. Carrell will provide strong leadership for UMR,” said University of Minnesota president Eric Kaler in an email statement. Carrell has been working at UMR since 2014. She took over as interim chancellor when previous chancellor Stephen Lehmkuhle retired. “I’m delighted and honored to serve this innovative campus community,” Carrell said in an email statement. Carrell holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology/education from the University of Alaska-Anchorage and a Ph.D. in speech communication from the University of Denver.

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A University student was robbed at gunpoint at around 10 p.m. on Sunday. The crime occurred on the 600 block of 13th Avenue Southeast near Target Express in Dinkytown.

U M P D P ro f e s s i o n a l Development Manager Shannon McGoffin said there were six thefts and a burglary on campus in the past week. Charges have been brought to the man involved in a 38-hour standoff that started around midnight last Sunday at the Graduate Hotel near campus. 46-year-old Lincoln Bowman of Woodbury, formerly identified by police as Rashad Bowman, is now booked at Hennepin County Jail. Hennepin County prosecutors have charged Bowman with kidnapping and false imprisonment, according to Hennepin County Jail. “With the Super Bowl and the Graduate Hotel incident early last week, we were pretty busy,” said UMPD Lieutenant Chuck Miner.

UMN study finds potential male birth control The scientifically engineered version has no side effects and is not toxic. BY HELEN SABROWSKY hsabrowsky@mndaily.com

A version of a heartstopping poison could be an effective form of male birth control, according to a University of Minnesota study. Scientifically engineered ouabain — a poison traditionally used by African warriors and hunters — is nontoxic and effective at paralyzing sperm, researchers say. Experts hope this finding, plus the public’s increased interest, means scientists are one step closer to developing a reversible male contraceptive. Scientists have been working to create a reversible male contraceptive for decades, but the process has been difficult because male contraceptives must

“Men are unsatisfied with the options currently available to them.” KATIE ZIEMER Research scientist

be risk- and side effect-free, said Rebecca Cuellar, a University research assistant professor. Women tolerate a lot of minor side effects because of the risk of pregnancy, Cuellar said. Since men don’t worry about the physical burden of pregnancy, they don’t have to tolerate as many side effects, she said. “I’ve made the joke before that for the last 40 years we’ve been five to 10 years away from having a male contraceptive, but we are actually really excited about the research we have going on at the University,” Cuellar said. University researchers

have engineered the molecular structure of ouabain to eliminate its cardiovascular effects, said Gunda Georg, professor and head of the University’s department of Medicinal Chemistry. The compound inhibits sperm mobility, which leaves the man temporarily infertile, she said. While researchers have only completed animal studies where the contraceptive was delivered in pill form, they are looking at other long-term options like implants, Georg said. According to a national survey co-authored by researchers at Gustavus Adolphus College, men are open to and interested in taking male contraceptives, which they see as something that can make them equal partners in preventing pregnancy, said Katie Ziemer, a research scientist who worked on the survey. “Men are unsatisfied with the options currently available to them, which are

condoms and vasectomy,” she said. “Demand often drives science, so the more interest there is in male contraceptives, the more funding will be directed to scientific studies and clinical trials.” While some men worried that taking a birth control pill — often associated with female empowerment and feminism — would make them seem less masculine, the women surveyed didn’t hold this view, Ziemer said. Instead, women surveyed said they would appreciate their male partner taking the pill, and that it would

increase the level of intimacy in their relationship. While University researchers have made significant progress in developing a reversible male contraceptive, finding a pharmaceutical company to sell the drug is difficult, Georg said. “The female pill was introduced into the market in the 1960s, and now it’s 2018 and we don’t have anything for men,” Georg said. “It’s a bit discouraging, but we’re still hopeful that with the different approaches we’re taking, we’ll eventually succeed.”

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Zamboni driver is off to Winter Olympics Olympic ice u from Page 1

whole aspect of being around sports… [and] the freedom of so many different things going on. The days move by pretty fast.” Stirn applied for his first ice-making job while studying criminal justice at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan. In 2012 he moved to the University to take over its ice operations. He also works part-time at the Xcel Energy Center for the Minnesota Wild. Stirn has built a strong reputation among those who observe his work the most. Gopher women’s hockey head coach Brad Frost called him an “incredible professional,” and Craig Flor, Stirn’s University supervisor, said he was not surprised Stirn’s name came up for the Olympics since he is a “great asset” to the team. An official from the Olympics searching for ice-making recruits called Stirn’s supervisor at the Xcel Energy Center in the fall, and he referred Stirn. The offer fulfilled Stirn’s long-time “pipe dream” of making Olympic ice. The team was selected based on references, skill and attitude, said Don Moffat, chief ice-maker for the Olympics. “It’s really about personality and teamwork,” he said. “Our days are crazy long, so we really want to have positive people.” After several months of planning and paperwork, Stirn boarded a flight to South Korea Sunday and will not return until after the gold medal hockey game at the end of the month. He said he has never crossed the Atlantic Ocean, and the prospect of experiencing a new culture and the world’s biggest sporting event is both exciting and nerve-wracking. All in the details For Stirn and the other ice makers, the job is one of fine details. If ice is too soft, it can make pucks bounce and poses a higher risk of injury to skaters. If ice is frozen with too much oxygen, it is prone to cracking and chipping. Experienced skaters can gauge ice quality in an instant, and athletes and coaches often aren’t afraid to voice complaints. Stirn said Zamboni driving is a balancing act. Shave off too much ice, and the snow tank fills up

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Adam Stirn, lead ice-maker for University Facilities Management, poses for a portrait on Thursday, Feb. 1 at 3M Arena at Mariucci. Stirn has made ice for the past four years at the University to keep up with the needs of ice hockey practices, games and events that take place in the arenas.

too fast, requiring an extra trip off the rink to clear it out. Use too much water, and the supply runs out. Scrape or spray too little, and the ice won’t be sufficiently smoothed. The sharp blade behind the Zamboni shaves off about 1/32 an inch of ice to smooth the rink and keep it level. A snow tank gathers the shavings, and one stream of water cleans the ice while another forms a thin layer behind the Zamboni, leaving a glossy, smooth path of resurfaced ice. Ice-makers not only drive Zambonis, they also monitor refrigeration systems, manage air conditions inside the building and make repairs. For those who know his work, Stirn’s attention to detail sets him apart. “He’s always looking for little things and making sure it’s perfect,” said Craig Flor, Stirn’s supervisor at Ridder and 3M Arena at Mariucci. Driving the Zamboni makes up a small portion of Stirn’s day. He and the team have to maintain the machine, Flor said, and keep a close eye on the ice plant that runs the refrigeration system.

The labyrinth of green pipes keeps the ice cool, pumping up to 10,000 pounds of refrigerant through approximately 9 miles of pipe laid underneath the rink if the temperature rises too high. At $20-$30 a pound, a refrigerant leak would be a physical and financial disaster, Stirn said, so the crew monitors the apparatus closely. “If that [ice plant] goes down, then we’re in a world of hurt,” Flor said. “That’s the bread and butter of an ice rink.” From ‘Thingamajig’ to $100,000 behemoth Recently, the University purchased a new Zamboni for Stirn and his team. The University’s brandnew machine replaced a 25-year-old model which was old, rusty and messy. The new machine is boxy yet sleek, and a rainbow blends across its three exposed surfaces. The updated, user-friendly device was a necessity, Stirn said, and well-worth the nearly-$100,000 price tag. But over 65 years ago, Zambonis were still an emerging technology. The first Zamboni ice

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Manager Alex Bennett. “We want people who always loved the Varsity to come back and love it again.” The theater has undergone physical improvements since new management took over. Bennett said summer concerts were always too hot and winter concerts were too cold, so they’ve updated their HVAC system. Electrical repairs and Wi-Fi improvements have also been made inside and outside the theater, he said. “People who went to the theater a lot back in the day will notice that it’s still pretty much the same place that they know and love,” Bennett said. The reopening party has sold tickets quickly, although Bennett said they will not sell tickets to full capacity. “It’s just the reopening event, so we wanted to ease the first night for bartenders and other new staff and security,” he said. After much anticipation from local business owners and residents, theater staff chose this weekend to reopen to make sure everything was “put together and back up and running.” “We’ve been waiting a long time for the theater to

reopen, and we’re just glad that the [previous owner] is out and the theater is back in business,” Coles said. Mesa Pizza noticed fewer customers while Varsity was out of business. Mesa staff noticed whenever there was a show at the Varsity, concertgoers would come to the restaurant. “There’s somewhat of a spillover effect. When the long lines fill up outside of the theater, a lot of them go to Mesa, too,” Coles said. Local businesses aren’t the only ones who are excited to see the Varsity reopen. University of Minnesota junior Corinna Wiese said she’s happy to have a concert venue back on campus. Wiese said she didn’t attend any events at the Varsity before it closed due to sexual assault allegations against the previous owner, Jason McLean. McLean drew four lawsuits for sexual assault in 2016. “I chose not to go to the Varsity based on [the previous owner], but also they didn’t have the best concerts around and it was too small to host bigger acts,” she said. Wiese plans to attend the reopening party and is hopeful to find interest in future events. “If they have better acts, I would go again,” she said. “Otherwise, I’m

excited for this reopening party.” Overall, Bennett said people are just anxious to return to the theater. “Staff, both new and old, are just as excited as the guests to get back to the best venue in Minneapolis,” he said. With ticket sales up and new management enthusiastic to open the theater, Bennett is expecting the Varsity to receive a warm welcome from local businesses and residents. “It’s a literal yell-forjoy moment: the Varsity Theater is back!” Bennett said.

“We wanted to feature local bands, acts and DJs because we really wanted friends, family and neighbors to feel welcome here. We want people who always loved the Varsity to come back and love it again.” ALEX BENNETT Varsity Theater General Manager

resurfacer was invented in 1949 by Frank Zamboni, the owner of a southern California skating rink. At the time, workers resurfaced ice by hand with squeegees and tractors, said Eric Dregni, a professor at Concordia UniversitySt. Paul and the author of Zamboni: The Coolest Machines on Ice. Zamboni set out to make ice resurfacing fast and easy. He rigged up a Jeep and named it the Thingamajig, Dregni said. After several years of experimentation, the Zamboni was born and soon launched into the international market, he said. The entrance of a Zamboni between hockey periods – slow circles

of a humming machine, gleaming strips of near-perfect ice – offers a break from the aggressive, fast paced sport, Dregni said. An Olympic adventure As a general rule, Stirn avoids ice rinks outside of work. He finds himself analyzing ice quality even when he’s off the clock. “People ask me, ‘Do you still play hockey? You loved hockey,’ and I’m like, ‘I live with it every day. I don’t want to be here [outside work],’” Stirn said. “‘Get me home, somewhere warm.’” But Stirn will make an exception in Pyeongchang to learn more about icemaking for the other sports he won’t work on. Figure

skating ice is softer than hockey ice, for example, and speed-skating ice uses a super-sized Zamboni to cover the extra-large tracks. “I am excited for the culture, to see how this different culture carries themselves,” he said. “That’s probably what I’m looking forward to the most.” However, he likely won’t have much time off to explore. Don Moffat, lead ice maker at the Olympics, said the crew will be working long days to ensure the rinks are ready for hockey games three times a day. It’s an opportunity Stirn hopes he will have again. “I’m hoping maybe this will set me up for the future,” he said. “You never know.”


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Gophers set big goals with new coach Jamie Trachsel is in her first year as head coach, coming from the Cyclones.

SOFTBALL PREVIEW

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Job applications can involve a long, arduous process, with potential employees waiting months to hear back. While that may be the case for some, it doesn’t describe new Minnesota head coach Jamie Trachsel’s path to the Gophers. “It happened pretty fast,” Trachsel said. “[Former head coach] Jess Allister left and I had a phone call the next day.” Then, in a span of just four days, Trachsel came to Minnesota’s campus and was hired as the next coach. Trachsel went from preparing to start her second year at Iowa State at the beginning of the week, to packing her bags, to being head coach the Big Ten champion Gophers. A quick process was the result of something that wasn’t initially planned for

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the Gophers or Trachsel. Allister was head coach at Minnesota from 2011-2017. She left the position in July to take the job at her alma mater, Stanford University. At the time, former players expressed shock and the department moved into overdrive to hire a new coach. Minnesota had a 56-5 season, the best in program history. Trachsel said she acknowledged the strengths and successes of the team

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St. Cloud State alumna Jamie Trachsel was named head coach of the University of Minnesota softball team on July 24.

last season, but feels she has something to bring to the table. “I love defense and that’s my area of expertise,” Trachsel said. “I think I’ve maybe added some excitement to that side of the ball in this program, especially

because it’s such a strong hitting program and pitching program.” While Trachsel said she adds a defensive element to an already championship-caliber team, she brings other intangibles as well. Players described her as

enthusiastic, intense and encouraging. They said that not much is essentially different between Trachsel and their former coach. “She loves seeing us succeed,” catcher Kendyl Lindaman said. “She’s always telling you ‘good job’ and [is]

just always there for you, always backing you up.” Trachsel is a Duluth, Minnesota native and an alumna of St. Cloud State. She spent six years as the cohead coach for North Dakota State. Her stop at Minnesota is with a team that had accomplished program-highs last season. “She’s really passionate,” infielder Sydney Dwyer said. “It’s fun to see her fire on the side that we really haven’t seen in previous years. That aspect of her has been fun.” Her team describes her as passionate and intense, and Trachsel describes herself the same way. Trachsel said she most enjoys working with the girls and making them better people and softball players. The Gophers have a chance to repeat past success and go further than before with the help of returning players. “We’ll do whatever it is,” Trachsel said. “[We’re] trying to win and win as many championships as we can, and best prepare our kids to play our best when it matters the most.”

WRESTLING

Chris Pfarr’s legacy with U extends beyond wrestling performance Pfarr is in his final year with the team and he has a 50-55 overal record so far.

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With the Gophers lineup featuring six ranked wrestlers, redshirt senior Chris Pfarr can go unnoticed by the average fan. However, he doesn’t go unnoticed by his teammates and coaches. Pfarr brings much needed leadership and a respectful quality to the program. He said when other people see him working hard, they will work hard as well. One guy who has liked his style is sophomore heavyweight Rylee Streifel. “Chris is a great leader,” Streifel said. “He’s a great leader on and off the mat. He gets his work done on the mat as well as off the mat. He does a lot of homework and helps guys with tutoring.

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Senior Chris Pfarr at 174 takes on Northwestern’s Johnny Sebastian during the match on Sunday, Jan. 28 at Maturi Pavilion.

He’s just a very hard worker ... and a great example to be led by.” Pfarr’s work ethic not only sets an example for his teammates, it can wake them up when they’re not on their game. Head coach Brandon Eggum said Pfarr’s raw style is contagious and that it sets the team’s pace at a really high level.

“The momentum that Chris puts out on the mat, the way that he wrestles, that is something that is contagious,” Eggum said. “You see that fight and effort; I think everyone on our team respects it.” During his career with the Gophers, Pfarr has had some success. He has an overall career record of

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50-55. Throughout his tenure, he has piled up eight major decision victories. This year, he currently has a 1210 overall record and an 8-7 dual record. Pfarr’s favorite memory of his tenure with Minnesota came on Jan. 15, 2017, when Minnesota defeated Wisconsin 18-15 at Maturi

Pavilion. The dual was tied at 15 heading into the final match at 174. The unranked Pfarr defeated then-No. 20, Ryan Christensen 7-4 to give the Gophers an 18-15 victory. “It was really exciting,” Pfarr said. “The crowd was really into it. They were staying loud the whole

match and I got to celebrate it with my brother [Brett Pfarr] because he was on the team then.” Eggum said Pfarr is always talking with young fans after duals. He said it shows what type of person Pfarr is because he is busy and he has a lot of things to do. Giving up his time to interact with younger fans is a big deal. Pfarr attributed his willingness to hang around with kids after duals to just being respectful and what he would want if he were in the kids’ shoes. “I look up to other people and if I met them, I would want them to treat me with respect and be interested in what I have to say,” Pfarr said. “So, I do the same for anybody that looks up to me.” Pfarr’s work ethic will be on display Friday when Minnesota takes on Rutgers in the first of the three remaining regular season duals in Pfarr’s career.

MEN’S HOCKEY

Senior duo take different paths to final college season Steve Johnson and Jack Glover both have three college series left for UMN. BY DREW COVE dcove@mndaily.com

Minnesota needed a steady presence on defense this year.

Two of the team’s seniors have provided just that, but the duo have had different ways of getting there. Seniors Jack Glover and Steve Johnson will play their last regular-season border battle against the Badgers this weekend in Madison, Wisconsin in a fight for home-ice advantage in the

first round of the Big Ten tournament. Johnson has tallied more points than Glover and been a mainstay in the Gophers defense, while Glover fights for points and has earned his starting position back in his final year. “They both have had solid years,” said head coach Don Lucia. “They’ve done a good

job defending, they’ve done a pretty good job with the penalty kill [and] they both have a lot of experience.” Lucia has dealt with the problem of a lack of consistent scoring throughout his team’s lineup the entire season, and he has relied on his defense to shut down the other offenses in the Big Ten and around the country. Glover and Johnson fill similar roles with six games left in their final collegiate season, but that wasn’t always the case. “Steve, if you look at him right now, the way we use him, he’s playing on the power play, he plays on the penalty kill, he plays fiveon-five,” said associate head coach Mike Guentzel. “Jack has been a little bit different in that Jack’s not really been on the power play, Jack’s more of a penalty kill, five-on-five type of guy.” Johnson, an Excelsior native, has played regular minutes and earned time in nearly every game for the past three seasons. In his past seasons, Johnson has had at least 10 points and has been a player on the ice in many situations. He said part of his job as a senior is to make the younger guys feel comfortable. Glover, a Golden Valley native, has had more ups and downs than Johnson in his career with the Gophers. Glover got into twice as many games in his freshman season as Johnson and they both played full seasons as sophomores. Glover said he and Johnson

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Senior defenseman Jack Glover skates down the ice during a game against Michigan on Jan. 12.

need to help out younger guys like the older ones before them did. “Ever since I was a freshman, learning from the older guys [was important,]” Glover said. “Ben Marshall, Mikey Reilly and Brady Skjei, those guys taught us the way to do things on the back end.” Glover said it was a point of pride for the defensive unit and that the young guys have been learning from himself and Johnson, as the defense has been a point of reliance this season. As seniors, Glover and Johnson have come together and played consistently for the Gophers defense, with their paths aligning after three years. “In some ways, they’re like a security blanket for you,” Guentzel said. “A lot of it is just those guys growing and getting into the habits daily at practice.”

With the Gophers offense struggling compared to previous seasons, the team’s defensive corps has risen to the occasion. Though they aren’t vocal leaders, both Glover and Johnson lead by example on the ice, Guentzel said, setting the stage for a unified defensive group. Johnson said they might be quieter, but leading by example on the ice and working hard is what brings the unit together. Johnson and Glover are close to the final stretch of their collegiate careers, but their different experiences through the hockey program have culminated in a structured defensive unit, the duo both said. “Those guys, they’re just even-keeled,” Guentzel said. “They understand the day-today routine of practice habits, showing up every day and trying to have a steady day.”


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CULTURE to CONSUME By Sophie Vilensky

Watch this: Kylie Jenner’s birth announcement video On Feb. 1 at 4:43 p.m. PST, Kylie Jenner gave birth to a healthy, 8-pound, 9-ounce baby girl. And while we were all waiting for a big reveal, Jenner quietly announced the new legacy with a nonsponsored Instagram post and corresponding YouTube video on Sunday. No money grab, no “gotcha!” — just Stormi Webster. Here’s to baby’s first namesake matte lipstick color.

Read this: “This Is Why Uma Thurman Is Angry” by Maureen Dowd After a looming Thanksgiving Instagram post, Uma Thurman is finally telling her story — with the help of a New York Times op-ed. In the piece, Thurman recounts her time and turmoil at the hands of Harvey Weinstein, and Quentin Tarantino’s roll in it all, to columnist Maureen Dowd. It’s a toughie, but it’s important.

Enjoy this: Downtown There’s no doubt that “Big Game” traffic revitalized downtown, but how will it be without the crowds and $14 hot toddies? Now that the out-of-towners are gone, you have a chance to go exploring and see how much really changed. What’s a Target liquor store like? Which team placed the last hat on Mary Tyler Moore? Even without the “Crew 52” jackets, we’re sure people will be friendly.

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Attendees of the 2018 Maxim Party socialize on Saturday, Feb. 3, the night before Super Bowl LII. Tickets to the exclusive party started at $750 and featured special performances by Post Malone and DJ Marshmello.

Fresh on the

scene

Maxim’s annual Super Bowl party proves delightful for young attendees. The more seasoned crowd? Not so much.

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By Sophie Vilensky

s a 20 year old, I don’t have any first-hand experience with Saturday night’s 21+ Maxim Super Bowl Party. But I heard it was insane. That’s the word Lana Truong and Elizabeth West used to describe the event, anyway. And I suppose the word is fitting for a certain audience. No students ever describe a night on frat row as “insane,” do they? Instead of a freshman pledge and a Spotify Premium account, the event featured entertainment by Marshmello, Post Malone, Migos and Cardi B. Free-flowing “premium” liquor probably beats crushed water bottles filled with onsale flavored vodka. Truong and West, both sophomores at the University of Minnesota and majoring in management of information systems and marketing, respectively, decided to work the event after their sorority, Gamma Phi Beta, was contacted by a representative of the

Friday Varsity Theater ReOpening Party REJOICE! THE VARSITY IS BACK! Featuring Dirt Train, Chris Koza, Kiss the Tiger and DJ Jake Rudh, we can at last enjoy the beautiful venue without sacrificing our morals. An excellent warm-up for a schedule full of events in the coming months, and an opportunity for the under-21 crowd to dance the night away in Dinkytown once again.

Where Varsity Theater, 1308 4th St. S.E., Minneapolis Hours 7 P.M. Cost $8

Saturday “This Is Now” Apparel Design Fashion Show This year’s College of Design fashion show marks 50 years of outstanding student exhibition. At the show, 19 undergraduate designers will present their endeavors with a runway show. And while all collections will certainly be fabulous, designer Spencer Versteeg’s will feature over 30,000 individually applied crystals. Can’t miss it.

Where Rapson Hall, 89 Church St. S.E., Minneapolis Hours 5 P.M. and 7 P.M. Cost $10 - $55

Sunday “Make Believe Neighborhood” The Heart of the Beast has more to offer than the gorgeous puppets at its yearly MayDay Festival. Celebrating both Mr. Rogers and local Minneapolitan “neighbors,” “Make Believe Neighborhood” celebrates “the ordinary people who do extraordinary work to make [the theater’s] own south Minneapolis neighborhood a brighter, healthier, friendlier place.”

Where In The Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, 1500 E. Lake St., Minneapolis Hours 2:30 P.M. and 7:30 P.M. Cost $20

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party’s sponsor, Karma International. “It was total luck,” Truong said. “I run my sorority’s Instagram page and a woman messaged asking if there were a couple girls interested in working the Maxim party.” About 20 Gamma Phis worked the event. They were paid above minimum wage and offered wristbands that let them enter and enjoy the party during downtime. Told to wear “black cocktail attire,” Truong and West worked as VIP and celebrity escorts — a pretty good gig, as these celebrities and VIPs were one of the event’s main attractions. On its website, Maxim billed the party as the weekend’s “most anticipated.” Ticket holders were told to “expect A-List Celebrities, VIPs, tastemakers and athletes in attendance.” Tickets began at $750 for general admission, and tables ranged from $8,500 to upward of $20,000. Not rich but a little famous? Maxim also offered sponsored tickets to

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Attendees of the 2018 Maxim Party socialize on Saturday, Feb. 3, the night before Super Bowl LII.

“qualifying beautiful and stylish people.” You just had to fill out an application. And while many of Minneapolis’ Insta-famous were accepted, some were also willing to pay. “There was one party – I don’t know who they were – but they wanted a table and didn’t have it reserved,” West said. “They offered to pay $100,000. That’s like my college tuition.” To enter the ticket purchasing system, guests had to have a special invitation code. The code was available in the event’s Facebook page, prompting questions as to what “exclusivity” really means. And just as attendees

varied from college students to middle-aged men, online narratives provide differing perspectives of the night’s events. On Instagram, people (a number of them University students) stand grinning with friends. Most of the shots aren’t taken on the red carpet, as it was reserved only for celebrities and VIPs. Twitter features a number of sponsored advertisements, as well as news outlets’ red carpet shots. (Best dressed? The Bachelor’s Olivia Caridi.) Then there’s Facebook, where model Molly Rennick writes of lost coats, groping and misrepresentation. “Karma has been slowly

making parties worse and worse each time I go,” reads one of the post comments. Maxim is reportedly deleting reports of wrongdoing from its Facebook page. But for college students used to apartment parties and gripping coats they can’t risk giving up, the night was something special. “It can’t even compare [to parties at school],” West said. “The lighting was so cool, the dresses were beautiful. And obviously the music was insane.” “There were lots of people close together and an open bar,” Truong said. “It was like the adult version of a frat party.” Except Post Malone was live.

FASHION

CDES celebrates 50 years of student fashion Seniors prepare collections to be revealed at Saturday’s 50th anniversary fashion show. BY KATE DRAKULIC kdrakulic@mndaily.com

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aturday night marks the 50th Anniversary of the University of Minnesota Apparel Design Fashion Show. Completely student-run at one time, the show is now integrated into the curriculum of the College of Design’s (CDES) Apparel Design program. In celebration of the milestone, CDES is presenting “Then and Now: Fashion Show @ 50,” a retrospective exhibition featuring the evolution of student fashion shows through the years. Highlighting the designs of current students and alumni dating back to 1968, the exhibition is only a sneak peek of what has been and what is yet to come. “It’s the senior fashion show. This is what we’ve been looking forward to since we were freshmen,” said Quinessa Stibbins, an apparel design major and social justice minor, as well as a participating senior in the

“This is Now” fashion show. “I have a collection of dance costumes that are a social commentary on antiblack violence and the trauma that inflicts on black youth. My models will be dancing instead of walking across the runway,” Stibbins said. She said the dance and costumes were a way to connect her major and minor studies. Stibbins’ four looks are quiet and constructed from cool colors and movable, breathable fabrics. Once a dancer herself, designing costumes is a way for Stibbins to reconnect with the art form. “My ideal dream is to be making dance costumes on ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ or ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ or any sort of dance troupe,” Stibbins said. “I’m planning on going to grad school, but that’s more of the realistic path. The dream is to be making dance costumes.” “This is Now” is the result of an entire year’s worth

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Dustin Dorris instructs students on how to walk the runway in Rapson Hall on Friday, Feb. 2.

of coursework. Teaching Specialist and Apparel Design professor Lindsey Strange teaches Studio V, the class which incorporates research and concept development in preparation for the fashion show. “This year, I would say the students had a little more variety in their inspiration and who they were designing for,” Strange said. “There are a number of people who are interested in breaking fashion rules, going outside of the gender

binary and ignoring the rules of plus-size fashion and of nontraditional body types.” Strange graduated from the apparel design program in 2007. She began teaching when the current senior class were freshmen. “Every year is unique. The students work super hard on their collections, and this year was no exception. I’m really proud of their work,” Strange said. As a whole, the group’s collections vary immensely.

From artistic and sculptural to conceptual, from sustainability to social justice, each designer closely focused their lines on personal interests and experiences expressed through form, color and texture. “We encourage students to work in the industry, but also to challenge it. We empower them to go out and make [the industry] what they want it to be,” Strange said. Department head of the design, housing and apparel program Elizabeth Bye noted the significance of this year’s show. “There is so much enthusiasm about this being the 50th anniversary … this class of seniors is extremely strong and diverse, and the quality of their work is really top notch,” Bye said. “Then and Now: Fashion Show @ 50” will be on display in the HGA Gallery at Rapson Hall through April. “This is Now” will take place Saturday at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Rapson Hall. Students are encouraged to meet and greet designers after each show.


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EDITORIAL

The Super Bowl has left, good riddance

UMPD student initiative should be applauded

The amount of disruption for citizens outweigh any economic gains made from the Super Bowl.

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s my roommate and I sat on our broken futon streaming the Super Bowl on her laptop, I reflected on the couple days leading up to the big game. I’d spent most of week holed up in my apartment, trying to ELLEN SCHNEIDER avoid the out-of-towncolumnist ers and beer-guzzling Eagles fans. My friends and I contemplated venturing out, but ultimately decided against it in fear of the overcrowded streets and belligerent football enthusiasts. Darren Rovell, an ESPN reporter, tweeted on Friday that this would be “the last Super Bowl for Minnesota,” and I have to say, I’m not mad. According to Rovell, the frigid Minnesota weather prevented big corporate brands from sponsoring. However, that sentiment is debatable. The city was so papered with sponsored events for everything from Sleep Num-

ber’s virtual reality to the Bold North Zip Line that it was almost hard to avoid. Regardless, I won’t be sad if this was the last time Minneapolis hosts the Super Bowl. Minneapolis natives were largely disregarded as we prepped for tourists and bigspenders. The disruptions affected almost everyone. Students who use public transit to commute to campus had to make other arrangements, and many of the homeless citizens were left out in the cold. Literally. Those homeless, who could normally use skyways and bus stations to warm up, had been asked to leave by the surplus of security. While there was an increase in some efforts to provide shelter for the homeless, this was not enough. With only ticket-holders being able to use the light rail on Sunday and many other parts of the city being closed to the public, this surpassed what many can cope with. What’s the point in “cleaning up” our city for a few days to impress some flush sight-seers, if it marginalizes those who actually live here? The city opted to close the streets surrounding U.S. Bank Stadium before the Super Bowl took place. Because apparently the Earth stops spinning when men in tights start knocking into one another on a field. The closed off area spread to an eight by four

block radius in the week leading up to the game, which may not seem like a big deal until you’re trying to reach the Hennepin County Medical Center emergency room, or God forbid, you work downtown. Once we surrendered our city to the NFL and those rich enough to afford tickets to the game, the NFL only had a few more things to ask of its gracious hosts. They announced nearly a year before the Super Bowl that they would be accepting applications for up to 10,000 unpaid volunteers to help “welcome” the well-to-do visitors. Of course, after funding the construction of the U.S. Bank Stadium with almost $500 million in taxpayer dollars, what I feel I need to do is donate free labor to a multi-billion dollar corporation. This is only the second time that Minneapolis has hosted the Super Bowl, and all I can say is, at least I wasn’t here the first time around. If Minnesota is offered the chance to host the Super Bowl again, I hope they opt out. The supposed economic gains are not worth the complete and utter disregard of its citizens. Ellen Schneider welcomes comments at eschneider@mndaily.com.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Why we need a statue of Endesha Ida Mae Holland on campus At age 11, Endesha Ida Mae Holland, noted playwright and scholar, was raped by her boss, an elderly white man whose grandchild she was babysitting at the time. When he was finished, he tossed her a fiver. By the time Holland was a teen, she was a prostitute, charging white men ten dollars for services rendered and black men half that. She became a mother at 16 and spent the next several years in and out of prison on charges of prostitution, theft and street fighting. In 1963, Holland was fresh out of jail and looking for a customer on the street when she followed a man to his office. The man was headed to a Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee meeting, a group in Greenwood, Mississippi registering black voters. “I saw and heard things in that office I had never seen or heard before,” Dr. Holland would later tell Ebony magazine. “I had never seen black people sitting down using typewriters or heard black people talking about civil rights or voter registration.” The man she followed that day, Bob Moses, leader of the SNCC, gave her a desk and a typewriter and asked her to join the Movement. It was the beginning of something extraordinary. Holland, who died 12 years ago this month, earned her GED and eventually enrolled here, at the University of Minnesota, earning a bachelor’s degree in African-American studies in 1979. She would go on to earn a master’s in American Studies in 1984 and a Ph.D., also in American studies, in 1986. When she passed, she was professor emeritus of theater at the University of Southern California. “Ida Mae was one of our roommates in the little Movement house, which was home base for Civil Rights and anti-war activity off the University of Minnesota campus, in the late 1960s,” Heather Baum, of St. Paul, wrote in her eulogy of Holland. “Ida was a great friend. She never stopped talking about Greenwood ... and mesmerized us during many late night story and song circles. A raw, hilarious, brilliant and organic organizer; she was driven by a powerful sense of justice. She galvanized us all ... and gave us the courage we needed to do what had to be done.” Holland was a civil rights activist in the Twin Cities and beyond, marching, speaking and registering voters. As a vocal public activist, she was incarcerated an additional thirteen times. In 1965, the KKK torched her family home, killing her wheelchair-bound mother. When Holland published her memoir, “From the Mississippi Delta,” it was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and, with Oprah Winfrey as a backer, adapted as a play. An archive of Holland’s work, awards and papers are part of the Givens Collection at the University of Minnesota library, but she deserves to be celebrated on campus beyond this. She deserves to be celebrated more publicly, her statue prominently erected, her story told not just this month, Black History Month, but always. Through her life and legacy, Holland, sex worker, activist, alumna, mother, dramatist and author, shows us we each have the power to not just change our own personal circumstances, but to change the whole world. This letter has been lightly edited for clarity and style. Hilal Isler teaches social justice, peace, and youth studies at the University of Minnesota.

Robert McGrady welcomes comments at rmcgrady@mndaily.com.

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Some art should not imitate life We should have left “if he hits you, he loves you” in the brutal past where it belongs.

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onths ago, when Harvey Weinstein’s repugnant abuses were brought to light and catalyzed the #MeToo movement, Uma Thurman contributed that she was one of Weinstein’s UMA VENKATA many victims in the columnist film industry. Thurman said that when she was ready, she would talk about it, and last week she did. Her discussion with Maureen Dowd was printed in the New York Times on Feb. 3. I implore you to read the article. Flagrant abuses of power with a boys-club mentality aren’t unheard of, but there may be something in this story that punches your gut as much as mine. The prime example is the closing line: Thurman told Dowd that, “Personally, it has taken me 47 years to stop calling people who are mean to you ‘in love’ with you. […] As little girls we are conditioned to believe that cruelty and love somehow have a connection and that is like the sort of era that we need to evolve out of.” Many people may think we have already. After all, the rest of the world was shocked when in February of 2017, Putin and both houses of Russia’s parliament decriminalized certain domestic violence, with many supporters citing wife-beating as a traditional and private norm and that it would build “strong families.” Americans shake their heads at undisguised, primitive violence like this, but it’s not far off from our reality. Russian domestic abuse is reported at a low rate, but such is our American tendency. We do begin to conform to the pattern of normalization as young children, and we do have a lot left to evolve from. You may know of little kids who see repeated televised violence and go on to beat up Barbie dolls or classmates

for fun. Things didn’t get better for ladies in the films of Quentin Tarantino, a widely respected and sometimes-idolized director whose rapport with women is an embarrassment. My grievances — institutionalized acceptance of violence against women and audiences of men and women alike who accept, rationalize and fetishize it — all nicely culminate in your standard Tarantino film. Though both “Kill Bill” films pass the Bechdel test with flying colors (unusual for Tarantino), and though Thurman considers it a film of female empowerment, the set was far from being equitable for females. In Thurman’s Times interview, Thurman describes Tarantino’s willful neglect of her safety in a failed stunt—only one domino in the cascading effect of Weinstein’s rape of Thurman. The taste for violence exploiting females runs deeper than a car accident, as I’m sure the readership knows. Tarantino is the lady-beater gift who keeps on giving. On the set of “Kill Bill,” he took it upon himself to spit on Thurman’s face and choke her with a chain in the place of other actors doing it on screen; on the set of “Inglourious Basterds” he did the same, strangling that film’s muse Diane Kruger with his own hands. This is not uncommon; Woody Allen abused his muse and so did Alfred Hitchcock. But apparently it’s not a big enough deal that an artist should be sadistic in order to create his art. Uma Thurman is tired of violence, and so am I. I’m tired of violence against any sentient being, and a lot of the victims seem to be women. Violence is the basest instinct of which humans have the privilege to rise above, yet so many of us don’t. And when men violently harm women, you may have heard a person older and wiser than me say that it’s not about sex — it’s never about sex — it’s about power. Maybe cinematographic female battery and femicide trickle down to the mainstream psyche, as other televised traits are known to do. Maybe we could all move to try a new modus operandi: don’t abuse women, and don’t abuse power. Uma Venkata welcomes comments at uvenkata@mndaily.com.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR UMPD timely warning guilty of racial profiling

“We apologize for the confusion.” On Tuesday, the University sent out a timely warning to everyone on campus regarding someone who was assaulted with a bottle at the Mayo Building. Police described the suspect, detailing what he looked like, including his hair, clothing and height. They also identified his race. They identified a young man who appeared to fit the description of a “black male with shoulder length dread locks” and sent out this innocent man’s picture to the entire campus. Then, a later email from the UMN: “Due to an

earlier misidentification, University of Minnesota Police are no longer seeking the male pictured in this morning’s timely warning. We apologize for the confusion. The overall description of the suspect has not changed.” You’re telling me you misidentified an innocent man because he “looked similar” to a completely different young black man walking around campus? UMPD, do you know what happens every time a young black male is connected to a crime? Students throughout the community who identify as black males cringe at this. Again, they say. Again. Because nobody looks at a white man who committed a crime and counts this singular

action against every other young white man on campus. To students, staff, and community members on campus who are affected by racial profiling every day, we stand with you. We stand with you and we will fight with you against injustices, hidden or not. Because “we apologize for the confusion” doesn’t cut it. And it never will. This letter has been lightly edited for clarity and style. Amy Felegy is a journalism student at the University of Minnesota.

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ne of the newest MSA initiatives aims to create a University of Minnesota Police Department Student Engagement team. An email was sent to the student body, outlining the team’s goal of creating an outlet for student feedback and concerns to be heard by the UMPD and addressed swiftly and sufficiently. The email asked for students to apply to become board members, specifically students in minority groups on campus who can represent underrepresented communities at the University. We believe this initiative is important and a healthy stride in the right direction, however, it will take work for the engagement team to realize its full potential. Community engagement organizations should play a significant part of our community, both on and off campus. Law enforcement’s goal, according to their nationwide motto, remains to “protect and serve.” That goal cannot be accomplished unless an open line of communication is established and remains a factor in how policing gets accomplished. With police/ community relations tense, given the current climate, any peaceful way to engage with law enforcement should be welcomed and utilized. New strategies to policing were introduced during last year’s election cycle and community engagement organizations were a part of many candidates’ plans to increase community engagement and reform relations. These organizations and initiatives are part of the correct approach to improving the community and that does not change when applied to the community at the University. This initiative comes at a time when communication between the University, law enforcement and the student body is disjointed. Last week, the Daily Editorial Board penned an editorial outlining the troubles surrounding the standoff between a man in the Graduate Hotel and police. We stand by our claims wholeheartedly, however, confusion among the student body was nevertheless present as safety was a concern. This UMPD Engagement Team should aim to facilitate circumstances like that — possibly not in real time, but at least retroactively. We hope this team can become the number one source for improvements in policing on campus, but that means students really have to engage with UMPD in a thoughtful manner. With police/ community tensions high, there has been a rhetoric, with protests happening earlier in the 2017-18 school year, that the UMPD has acted unacceptably. Students have been given the opportunity to create a better campus and must seize it in order for the engagement team to work and for students to better understand their police. Hopefully, with students and the UMPD working together, the community can act as an ally with law enforcement and law enforcement can better serve the community they become increasingly familiar with.

SEXUAL VIOLENCE

42.2% of female rape victims were first raped before age 18. SOURCE: CDC 2012

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HOROSCOPES Today’s Birthday (2/8): Your career is on fire this year! Careful planning and preparation pay well. Your confidence rises with practice and personal growth this spring. Breakthroughs in physical health and fitness this summer lead to new self-image and a growing romantic partnership.

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

Aries (3/21 - 4/19): Today is a 7 — The next two days favor travel and exploration. Push your boundaries and frontiers, and try new ideas, cultures, flavors and points of view.

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DR. DATE Dr. Date,

Last night I asked my boyfriend to be FBO with me. He actually said no because he “doesn’t want everyone to know about” his personal life. We’ve been together almost six months! Why does he want to keep me a secret? His friends all know about me and like me!

—FB(u)O

(Dis)like,

I know this seems like the end of the world, but it’s really not. Some people don’t think a relationship is actually official until it’s on Facebook, but that’s ridiculous. Facebook was invented by a bunch of socially awkward guys who didn’t know anything about dating. Here’s your situation as I see it: You don’t have any problem calling this guy your boyfriend, so I’m guessing he calls you his girlfriend. He’s introduced you to his friends, and I’m sure he knows that they like you. You’ve been together for six months. Is this all accurate? You like him, he likes you and he’s not hiding you in an attic somewhere? Think about that, and then consider this one last time: Does it really matter if your name shows up as a link underneath his employment history?

—Dr. Date

Dr. Date,

My girlfriend and I started dating this fall, and it looks like we’re going to be long-distance for the summer. We both want to try phone/ Skype sex, but neither of us has done it before. Any tips? I’m worried it’ll be awkward.

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SUDOKU

—Long-Distance Lover

Sexy Time,

Oh, the miracles of technology. I’m sure waiting six months for love letters back in the day was romantic, but I’m so glad we’ve progressed. Of course, technology can (and often does) make sex awkward. As with regular sex, it’s important to communicate and have a sense of humor about whatever goes wrong — because something will go wrong. Think about how weird your face looked on the screen the last time Skype froze. Now add nakedness. You get the idea. That being said, you can still have fun even if things get weird. Whether you choose the phone or the computer, just have your charger handy, and make sure no one’s going to walk in during the middle of things. Then set a time, and see what happens.

—Dr. Date

P.S. If you’re Skyping, get rid of the box that lets you see yourself. Seriously.

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Grads see increased interest in elections Graduate and professional students prepare for campaigns after changes to election rules. BY KAYLA SONG ksong@mndaily.com

While past elections saw low candidate interest, the University of Minnesota’s graduate student governments have seen a spike this year in hopeful presidents and vice presidents. Candidates for each race in the Council of Graduate Students and the Professional Student Government were announced last week by the All-Campus Elections Commission. The presidential candidates for COGS are Scott Petty, Jonathan Borowsky, Ryan Machtmes and Sean Chen. The presidential candidates for the Professional Student Government are Mike Sund, Sonya Ewert and Alanna Pawlowski. Danielle Paciulli and Sean Chen are running for Vice President of COGS, and Jeremy Kobany is the only candidate running for PSG Vice President. This is a significant increase in candidates compared to previous years, and last year PSG had to extend its application deadline to find someone to run for president, said Chen, a fourth-year chemistry graduate student. Ewert, a first-year professional student pursuing her masters in business administration, said this increase in interest could be attributed to a rule change allowing

presidential and vice presidential candidates to run on separate tickets — unlike Minnesota Student Association elections. This rule was one of the major barriers keeping professional students from running, Ewert said. “I’d like to think that the ultimate reason is that we have an even more engaged student body, and I’d like for that to continue,” said Pawlowski, a third-year law student also pursuing a masters in public policy. Many professional student candidates are running campaigns based on better representation of dual-degree students. Candidate platforms also include connecting professional students with resources and information on available grants. A majority of the COGS candidates are focusing their campaigns on issues around campus child care, mental health, sexual misconduct policies, diversity and equity. “We just happen to have four COGS members this year who really want to step up and say this is how COGS should be led,” Erin Gilbert, Chief Justice of the Council of Graduate Students and graduate student in the Department of Plant Pathology, said. “They’re not afraid to fight for it.” In addition to the change allowing candidates to run unattached, the ACEC added new policies to prevent

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Candidates for Professional Student Government President Sonya Ewert, left, Alanna Pawlowski and Michael Sund chat while posing for portraits in Coffman Union on Monday.

candidates from breaking campaigning rules. Rules for campus-wide elections were previously ambiguous and unclear, so a system was initiated where the commission will remove points from a candidate if they do not follow the rules outlined in the

MSA to focus on student relationships with UMPD A new student engagement team will look to address multiple issues. BY MADELINE DENINGER mdeninger@mndaily.com

The Minnesota Student Association wants to help facilitate discussions between the University of Minnesota Police Department and students by establishing a student-led engagement team. MSA is currently looking for students to sit on the engagement team, which will launch its pilot in February. The team, which has been in the works for the past few years, would address minority and LGBT student issues as they relate to campus policing, said MSA President Trish Palermo. “My main goal, and the main goal of all the students interested in this, is to strengthen the relationship between students and UMPD,” Palermo said. Applications for students to join the engagement team are open until Friday. Palermo said MSA is reaching out to communities who have previously expressed concerns with police relationships, including students of color and LGBT students. University sophomore Michelle Abdon runs the

Facebook page Dear UMN, where she started t he #UMPDListen campaign. Abdon said she started the campaign after a personal experience with UMPD, and has since shared other students’ experiences on the page. She said she hopes to use the campaign to start a conversation about policing on campus, particularly how UMPD responds to mental health calls. “A lot of the stories that I’ve heard usually pertain to mental health. Another one was being misgendered,” Abdon said. “There have been a lot of stories, but the ones that have been consistent have been about mental health calls and how they’ve handled it or escalated it too far to where it became overwhelming for the student.” Palermo reached out to Abdon because of her work with the #UMPDListen campaign. Abdon originally worked to help outline the student engagement team, but eventually decided to join the team instead. Abdon said she hopes the engagement team is representative of the entire student body, including groups she says are often underrepresented. “It’s about what we can do as a community and who would be best to carry that out. It’s not exclusive to a certain group,” Abdon said. The #UMPDLis-

ten campaign can help complement the work of the engagement team, Abdon said. In March, the LongRange Student Safety Plan Committee, which is comprised of University administrators and students, will look at a report on communication about safety on campus. The work of the student engagement team will be included in the report. “We have a group looking at ‘how do we think about safety long-term?’ The central point of that effort is communications,” said Vice President of University Services Mike Berthelsen. MSA is currently working with UMPD Chief Matt Clark to establish an action plan. The team will be an outlet for students to express their concerns directly to Clark and UMPD. It will allow for better communication on both sides, Palermo said. The engagement team can also help advise UMPD on its response to campus protests and controversial speakers, Palermo said. “At the end of the day, students just want UMPD to protect all students,” Palermo said. “They want to feel safe on campus. I think strengthening the relationship with UMPD and student groups starts with the conversation of what both ends can do to improve.”

Woman faces terror charge after fires at Minnesota campus BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

MINNEAPOLIS — A Minnesota woman accused of encouraging two fellow college students to join a jihad months before she allegedly set several fires on campus was charged Wednesday with a federal terrorism count. Tnuza Jamal Hassan, 19, of Minneapolis was charged with one count of attempting to provide material support to al-Qaida, one count of lying to the FBI and one federal arson count. She also faces a state arson charge in connection with the Jan. 17 fires on the campus of St. Catherine University in St. Paul. Her attorneys had no comment Wednesday. Hassan

remained in custody. Hassan is a former St. Catherine student. According to a federal indictment, she attempted to provide material support to al-Qaida on Sept. 19 by trying to provide “personnel” to the terrorist group. Additional information about the basis for that charge is unclear and the indictment does not elaborate. The indictment also said Hassan wrote and delivered a letter to two fellow students in March in an attempt to encourage them to “join the jihad in fighting” and to join al-Qaida, the Taliban or al-Shabab. When asked about that letter on Sept. 22, she told FBI agents that she didn’t write it, didn’t know who wrote it

and didn’t know how it was delivered to her peers. According to state court documents, Hassan set fires on campus in January because she was angry about U.S. military actions overseas. No one was injured in the fires, but one was set in a dormitory that houses a day care. A sprinkler system prevented that fire from spreading beyond a chair to the day care center, where 33 children and eight adults were present. The state criminal complaint said Hassan admitted she set the fires because she read about the U.S. military destroying schools in Iraq or Afghanistan and she wanted to do the same thing.

election rule book updated in December. If a candidate drops below a certain number of points, they could be subject to fines or disqualification. “I think it’s important for the ACEC to be very explicit in what they say constitutes breaking the rules,” Gilbert

said. “It’s unfair for candidates to come into an election and not have the specific rules laid out before them.” Things like using monetary compensation in exchange for votes, handing out flyers too close to voting booths and getting large

amounts of funding from student groups will get a candidate disqualified. “You can’t just flood one campaign with a lot of money and give the advantage to someone,” Gilbert said. “I think it will be a learning experience for the University as a whole.”

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