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Divest push approved in UMN vote Three new student body leaders were also selected in this month’s all-campus elections. BY MAX CHAO

The all-campus elections came to a close last weekend, and several student groups at the University of Minnesota have new leadership. A controversial referendum also passed by a margin of 3.4 percent. The results for all elections were announced last week by the All Campus Election Commission, including new leadership for the Minnesota Student Association, Council of Graduate Students, the Professional Student Government and Student Senate representatives. Simran Mishra and Mina Kian were voted as the new MSA president and vice president, respectively, garnering over 83 percent of the vote. They will take over the positions that represent the undergraduate students at the University in the summer. Mishra and Kian got a total of 3,674 votes, compared to only 710 votes supporting their only opponents, Dobbs DeCorsey and Larranz Guider. A total of 4,405 votes were cast for the undergraduate election. Twenty MSA at-large representatives and over 30 student senators were also elected. Sean Chen and Scott Petty were elected COGS president and vice president, respectively. Chen grabbed 331 votes, with Petty and Jonathan Borowsky finishing as u See ELECTIONS Page 8


Freshen up your fall classes A&E scanned the University registration catalogue for its most appealing fun credits. BY MARAYA KING


Study: Opioid prescriptions often unwise

Registration for fall semester is quickly approaching at the University of Minnesota. Break up your usual course load with these eclectic classes. College is the perfect place to mix work and play, so why not in the classroom? Whether you are looking to stay in shape, sip wine in the afternoon or even spend hours in the Minneapolis Institute of

A recent University study found over-the-counter drugs can be as effective as harmful alternatives.



Opioids may not treat long-term, chronic pain more effectively than non-opioid medication, according to a new study from the University of Minnesota. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association earlier this month, suggests doctors may want to limit opioid prescriptions when treating patients with chronic pain from conditions like hip or knee arthritis. “A lot of prescribers have been waiting for a study like this,” said Laura Palombi, an assistant professor in the University of Minnesota’s College of Pharmacy who studies the opioid epidemic. “We’ve seen the harms of opioids, and we know people do benefit from them and not everyone gets addicted to them, but it’s nice to see how they actually compare.” Researchers recruited patients from Veterans Affairs clinics for the study, and treated some with opioid medications — including oxycodone or morphine — and others with non-opioid medications, like acetaminophen. The findings come in amid the worsening opioid crisis that has public health employees nationwide scrambling for solutions. Emergency room visits for suspected opioid overdoses increased 30 percent between July 2016 and September 2017, according to a report on data from 45 states published by the Centers for Disease Control this month. Lead author Erin E. Krebs, University Medical School associate professor, said that during her education in the early 2000s, experts said opioids weren’t effective, but that later physicians strongly recommended prescribing them. “I was a student at the time and it was interesting to see the advice change in a short period of time,” Krebs said. “That made me interested in looking into this.” Some researchers say this switch wasn’t prompted by any new studies or scientific developments, which has left them wondering why experts changed the narrative around opioids. Robert Levy, assistant professor of family medicine and community health, said he thinks the influence of drug companies in medical schools played a role. “Every doctor says they are impartial, and of course the drug companies never said what to do, but the education was shaped by drug companies,” he said. u See OPIOIDS Page 8

Art — you can get college credit for it. Death and Dying Across Cultures and Religions (Mor tuar y Science 3370) We’re all a little curious about what happens after you die. This course covers how people of different racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds understand death. For three credits and no prerequisites, this class might just take your breath away. Museum Histor y and Philosophy (Museum Studies 5011) Do you love to wander aimlessly for hours through museums? This course lets you do that while discussing emerging philosophical issues faced by museums today. Class size is limited to only 20 students

and meets once a week, which makes it the perfect social hour for three credits. Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis of Natural Resources and Environment (Forest and Natural Resource Management 3262) This class studies water quality, global change, land resources and more via satellite, aircraft and drone imagery. You can get three college credits for flying drones and becoming a whiz with Google Earth. Not enticed yet? There are no required prerequisites. Vines and Wines: Introduction to Viticulture and Enology (Horticulture u See REGISTRATION Page 5

Gophers left out of tournament for second time in three years Six teams won on Saturday to keep Minnesota out of the NCAA Tournament. BY DREW COVE

Minnesota came into Saturday looking to see if it would fall into a three or four seed at the NCAA Tournament. Instead, the Gophers were left empty-handed. Minnesota was kept out of the NCAA Tournament after six games across the NCAA on Saturday all went against what would’ve kept the Gophers’ season alive. The only scenario in which the Gophers wouldn’t make the tournament was if six teams — Princeton, Boston University, Air Force, Michigan Tech, Notre Dame and Denver — all won their games on Saturday, and that’s what happened. If just one of those teams had lost, the Gophers would’ve been in the NCAA Tournament. One by one, each of the results went against the Gophers and now they won’t see the ice until October. Head coach Don Lucia — the team’s coach since 1999 — will enter the final year of the contract extension he signed


Gophers players rotate on and off the ice during a game at 3M Arena at Mariucci on Feb. 16.

in 2016. The Gophers will not raise a regular-season conference championship banner at the start of next season for the first time since 2011. Minnesota hadn’t played since getting swept in the Big Ten quarterfinals

on March 3. In order for the Gophers to make the NCAA Tournament, they would have to get in with an at-large bid. Up until Saturday night, that looked promising u See HOCKEY Page 4


Minnesota eliminated from NCAA Tournament after loss to Wisconsin The Badgers beat the Gophers 4-0 in the opening round on March 10 to end their season. BY MAX BIEGERT

The last time the Gophers didn’t make the Frozen Four, the year was 2011. That changed when a trip back to Ridder Arena and a seventh straight Frozen Four was on the line against Wisconsin. Minnesota (24-10-3) lost to Wisconsin (30-4-2) 4-0 in the NCAA quarterfinals on March 10 at LeBahn Arena in Madison, Wisconsin. With the loss, Minnesota’s season ended. It was just on March 4 when Minnesota

beat the same Wisconsin team, however, on March 10, a trip to the Frozen Four wasn’t meant to be for the Gophers. “I think they played a much better game today than the last time we played them,” senior goaltender Sidney Peters said. “They came out today flying and they deserved that win.” Minnesota entered the third period down three goals. The Gophers registered one shot on net in the period. With 1:51 left in the game, Wisconsin’s Claudia Kepler sealed the victory and a trip to Ridder Arena for Wisconsin, scoring on a rebound. The Badgers came out strong, firing 14 shots at senior goaltender Sidney Peters, while the Gophers only managed to get five shots on the first team all-WCHA goaltender Kristen Campbell in the first

“I think they played a much better game today than the last time we played them.” SIDNEY PETERS senior goaltender

period. Minnetonka native Presley Norby scored on a rebound shot form her knees with 9:52 during the first. Sophomore Abby Roque extended the Badgers lead to 3-0 with two goals in a matter of 16 seconds. First, with 13:40 left u See HOCKEY Page 4



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THIS DAY IN HISTORY 2003 The United States initiated war on Iraq. President Bush built his case for war on the idea that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction.

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STATE REPORT THE LATEST: VICTIMS AND SUSPECT LIVED AT SALVATION ARMY COMPLEX ROCHESTER, Minn. — The Latest on two men fatally stabbed at a Salvation Army apartment complex in Rochester, Minnesota (all times local): 3:50 p.m. Police in Rochester, Minnesota, say a man was “definitely under the influence of alcohol” when he allegedly stabbed two neighbors to death at a Salvation Army apartment building. The 53-year-old man was arrested after the stabbings Saturday night at Castleview Apartments as police say he tried to flee from a rear stairway. He was being held Sunday on two tentative counts of second-degree murder. Rochester police Capt. John Sherwin says the suspect had reportedly “bickered” with the victims “quite a bit.” Sherwin told the Post Bulletin newspaper that the suspect was combative with arresting officers and would not tell investigators what happened after he was arrested. The victims are identified as 57-year-old Phillip William Hicks and 45-year-old Eric Alan Flemming. Sherwin says both men were stabbed in the chest and upper abdomen. Police say the victims and suspect all lived at the apartments. ___ 10 a.m. Police have arrested a man in the fatal stabbings of two men at a Salvation Army apartment building in Minnesota. The stabbings were reported around 7:15 p.m. Saturday at a building in Rochester. Officers found two men on the fourth floor of the building “suffering from critical stab wounds.”

MAN DIES IN NORTHEAST MINNEAPOLIS HOUSE FIRE MINNEAPOLIS — Officials say a man is dead after a house fire in northeast Minneapolis. Crews were called to the fire at a two-store home around 6:15 p.m. Saturday. Firefighters quickly put out a fire on the first floor and then found the victim on the second floor. The man was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he died. The name of the victim was not released. The fire remains under investigation. It’s the first fire fatality in Minneapolis in 2018. ASSOCIATED PRESS



Bridge victim’s grieving uncle lashes out at ‘incompetence’ BY ASSOCIATED PRESS

MIAMI — As crews removed bodies from beneath a collapsed pedestrian bridge Saturday, a victim’s uncle raged against what he called the “complete incompetence” and “colossal failure” that allowed people to drive beneath the unfinished concrete span. “Why they had to build this monstrosity in the first place to get children across the street?” said an anguished Joe Smitha, whose niece, Alexa Duran, was crushed in Thursday’s collapse at Florida International University. “Then they decided to stress test this bridge while traffic was running underneath it?” Authorities say six people were killed when the

structure fell onto a busy six-lane road connecting the campus to the community of Sweetwater. Crews removed two cars Saturday morning and said they found three bodies, but officials said there were still at least two more victims beneath the rubble. Late in the day they recovered a third car, and Saturday night they said they believed all victims had been found. The Miami-Dade Police Department confirmed the names of four victims Saturday. Rola ndo Fr a ga H ernandez and his gold Jeep Cherokee were pulled from the wreckage Saturday. Later, the bodies of Oswald Gonzalez, 57, and Alberto Arias, 54, were found inside

a white Chevy truck. N a v a r ro B ro w n w a s pulled from the rubble Thursday and later died at the hospital. Authorities have not released Duran’s name, but her family has said she died. The FIU freshman was studying political science. The National Transportation Safety Board has confirmed that crews were applying what’s known as “post-tensioning force” on the bridge before the failure. Authorities are investigating whether cracking that was reported just before the span fell contributed to the accident. Experts interviewed by The Associated Press were mixed on the significance of those reported cracks. Amjad Aref, a professor

with the University of Buffalo’s Institute of Bridge Engineering, said they should have been “a big red flag.” “Bridges are really very vulnerable when they are under construction, when there are just pieces,” he said. “It’s like still a flimsy structure. And when you see cracks, somebody has to raise really a big flag and say, ‘We need to do something. We need to figure out what’s happening quickly and do any mitigating actions to prevent further progression of damage and ultimately collapse,’ as we saw here.” But Ralph Verrastro, principle of Naples-based Bridging Solutions, was not surprised to hear about cracks, and said it was not necessarily a problem.

Police: Man kills ex Immigrant reunited child after months wife, wounds self with of separation by US at California mall BY ASSOCIATED PRESS

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — A man argued with his former wife at a Southern California mall before shooting her to death and turning the gun on himself, authorities said, leading shoppers to run into stores and out the exits Saturday. The 33-year-old Los Angeles-area gunman was wounded and taken to a hospital, officials said. He was in critical condition, the Ventura County Star newspaper reported . The man went to a store at The Oaks mall in the city of Thousand Oaks, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) west of Los Angeles, and had an argument with the 30-year-old victim before shooting her, Ventura County sheriff’s Sgt. Eric Buschow said. The divorced couple have children, who have been found safe, said Buschow, adding that initial indications show the shooting was a murder and attempted suicide. The gunshots at the shopping center with open-air and indoor shopping space led to some chaos and a lockdown. Jeffrey Simpson, 17, was shopping with his mother at a department store when an announcement came over the intercom about a threat outside the mall. “I went to Nordstrom to get pants, and the next thing I know, the doors are being sealed,” Simpson told The Associated Press. He said he and his mom were “a little shaken” but OK. They were in the store for more than an hour but shoppers were free to move around and employees were helping people stay comfortable and calm, Simpson said. Matt Lemieux told the newspaper that he was working on his computer inside a coffee store when he suddenly saw “a whole group of people” running by. “It was creepy,” he said.


CHICAGO — A Congolese mother has been reunited with her 7-year-old daughter months after they crossed the California-Mexico border seeking asylum and were separated by the U.S. government, an American Civil Liberties Union lawyer said Saturday. The daughter had been placed in a Chicago facility while the mother was held in San Diego, about 2,000 miles (3,200 kilometers) away, after they entered the U.S. in November and turned themselves in to U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents. The mother was released from detention earlier this month. Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project, said the woman was allowed to travel to Chicago from San Diego on Tuesday, after a DNA test requested by the government confirmed she was the girl’s mother. He says the daughter was released late Friday and brought to a Chicago shelter where she and her mother will be staying. “They were hugging each other and sobbing,” Gelernt said. “It was just incredibly emotional.” The woman is at the center of an ACLU lawsuit accusing the government of unlawfully separating immigrant families. Gerlent says the ACLU continues to pursue the lawsuit on behalf of other parents, many of whom are “facing the same trauma” as the Congolese mother and daughter. A hearing in the case is scheduled is scheduled next month in San Diego. The ACLU says President Donald Trump’s administration is targeting families seeking asylum under U.S. law. While no formal policy has been announced to hold adult asylum seekers separately from their children, top administration officials have said the system is overwhelmed by people making false asylum claims.


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Voter concerns as primaries begin BY ASSOCIATED PRESS

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — With the Illinois primary just days away, state election officials are beefing up cyber defenses and scanning for possible intrusions into voting systems and voter registration rolls. They have good reason to be on guard: Two years ago, Illinois was the lone state known to have its state election system breached in a hacking effort that ultimately targeted 21 states. Hackers believe to be connected to Russia penetrated the state’s voter rolls, viewing data on some 76,000 Illinois voters, although there is no indication any information was changed. Since then, Illinois election officials have added firewalls, installed software designed to prevent intrusions and shifted staffing to focus on the threats. The state has been receiving regular cyber scans from the federal govern-

ment to identify potential weak spots and has asked the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to conduct a comprehensive risk assessment. That assessment is scheduled but will not happen before Tuesday’s second-in the-nation primary. “It’s not something where you ever feel completely safe,” Matt Dietrich, spokesman for the Illinois State Board of Elections. “It’s something where you feel like you’re doing your best to protect against what could happen in a cyberattack.” Federal intelligence agencies determined that the attempted hacking of state elections systems in 2016 primarily targeted voter registration systems, not actual voting machines or vote tallying. Gaining access to electronic voter rolls can do as much damage, giving hackers the ability to change names, addresses or polling places.

California to get female and LGBT Senate leaders BY ASSOCIATED PRESS

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — San Diego Sen. Toni Atkins will make history Wednesday when she becomes the first woman and first lesbian to hold the California Senate’s top job. A former Assembly speaker, Atkins is taking over the post of Senate president pro tem from fellow Democrat Kevin de Leon as the chamber gears up for election season and faces a number of thorny challenges, including a reckoning over sexual misconduct, a loss of the Democratic supermajority and an icy relationship with

the state Assembly. Atkins, whose colleagues describe her as measured, said she’s not focused on making headlines. “I think you’re going to see my focus will be internally so you’re not going to get any big pronouncements,” she said in a brief interview with The Associated Press. Senate Democrats lost their supermajority last month when Los Angelesarea Sen. Tony Mendoza resigned rather than face an extremely rare expulsion vote over sexual misconduct allegations, and he’s running again for the same seat.


Putin heads for big win in fraud-tainted Russian vote BY ASSOCIATED PRESS

MOSCOW — Vladimir Putin headed to an overwhelming win in Russia’s presidential election Sunday, adding six years in the Kremlin for the man who has led the world’s largest country for all of the 21st century. The vote was tainted by widespread reports of ballotbox stuffing and forced voting, but the complaints will likely do little to undermine Putin. His popularity remains high despite his suppression of dissent and reproach from the West over Russia’s increasingly aggressive stance in world affairs and alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. election. Putin’s main challenge in the election was to obtain a huge margin of victory in order to claim an indisputable mandate. With ballots counted from 60 percent of the vast country’s precincts, Putin won more than 75 percent of the vote, the Central Elections Commission said. In a short speech to a throng of thousands of supporters near Red Square late Sunday, Putin hailed those who voted for him as a “big national team,” adding that “we are bound for success.” Russian authorities had sought to ensure a large turnout to bolster the image that Putin’s so-called “managed democracy” is robust and offers Russians true choices. By 7 p.m. Moscow time, authorities said turnout had hit nearly 60 percent. Putin had faced seven minor candidates on the ballot. His most vehement foe, anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny, was barred from running because he was convicted of fraud in a case widely regarded as politically motivated. Navalny and his supporters had called for an election boycott but the extent of its success could not immediately be gauged.

The election came amid escalating tensions between Russia and the West, with reports that Moscow was behind the nerve-agent poisoning this month of a former Russian double agent in Britain and that its internet trolls had mounted an extensive campaign to undermine the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Britain and Russia last week announced tit-fortat diplomat expulsions over the spy case and the United States issued new sanctions. Russian officials denounced both cases as efforts to interfere in the Russian election. But the disputes likely worked in Putin’s favor, reinforcing the official stance that the West is infected with “Russophobia” and determined to undermine both Putin and traditional Russian values. The election took place on the fourth anniversary of Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, one of the most dramatic manifestations of Putin’s drive to reassert Russia’s power. Crimea and Russia’s subsequent support of separatists in eastern Ukraine led to an array of U.S. and European sanctions that, along with falling oil prices, damaged the Russian economy and slashed the ruble’s value by half. But Putin’s popularity remained strong, apparently buttressed by nationalist pride. In his next six years in office, Putin is likely to assert Russia’s power abroad even more strongly. Just weeks before the election, he announced that Russia has developed advanced nuclear weapons capable of evading missile defenses. The Russian military campaign that bolsters the Syrian government is clearly aimed at strengthening Russia’s foothold in the Middle East and Russia eagerly eyes possible reconciliation on the Korean

Peninsula as a lucrative economic opportunity. At home, Putin must face how to groom a successor or devise a strategy to circumvent term limits, how to drive diversification in an economy still highly dependent on oil and gas, and how to improve medical care and social services in regions far removed from the cosmopolitan glitter of Moscow. Casting his ballot in Moscow, Putin was confident of victory, saying he would consider any percentage of votes a success. “The program that I propose for the country is the right one,” he declared. Given the lack of real competition, authorities struggled against voter apathy, in the process putting many of Russia’s nearly 111 million voters under intense pressure to cast ballots. Yevgeny, a 43-year-old mechanic voting in central Moscow, said he briefly wondered whether it was worth voting. “But the answer was easy ... if I want to keep working, I vote,” he said. He spoke on condition that his last name not be used out of concern that his employer — the Moscow city government — would find out. Across the country in the city of Yekaterinburg, a doctor also said she was being coerced to vote. When she hadn’t voted by midday, “The chief of my unit called me and said I was the only one who hadn’t voted,” said the doctor, Yekaterina, who spoke on condition her last name not be used because she also feared repercussions. Yekaterinburg Mayor Yevgeny Roizman said on his video blog that local officials and state employees all received orders “from higher up” to make sure the vote turnout was over 60 percent. In Moscow, first-time voters were given free tickets for pop concerts and health

authorities were offering free cancer screenings at some polling stations. Voters appeared to be turning in out in larger numbers Sunday than in the last presidential election in 2012, when Putin faced a serious opposition movement and there were violations of multiple voting, ballot stuffing and coercion. Some 145,000 observers monitored Sunday’s vote, including 1,500 foreigners, and they and ordinary Russians reported hundreds of problems. Some examples: ballot boxes being stuffed with extra ballots in multiple regions; an election official assaulting an observer; CCTV cameras obscured by flags or nets from watching ballot boxes; discrepancies in ballot numbers; last-minute voter registration changes likely designed to boost turnout and a huge proPutin board inside one polling station. Election officials moved quickly to respond to some of the violations. They suspended the chief of a polling station near Moscow where a ballotstuffing incident was reported and sealed the ballot box. A man accused of tossing multiple ballots into a box in the far eastern town of Artyom was arrested. Navalny, whose group also monitored the vote, dismissed Putin’s challengers on the ballot as “puppets.” He urged a boycott of the election and vowed to continue defying the Kremlin with street protests. The Ukrainian government, insulted by Russia’s holding the election on the anniversary of Crimea’s annexation, refused to let ordinary Russians vote. Ukraine security forces blocked the Russian Embassy in Kiev and consulates elsewhere as the government protested the voting in Crimea, whose annexation is still not internationally recognized.





Minnesota finishes in 17th place




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Senior Nick Wanzek at 165 wrestles against Fresno State’s Isaiah Hokit at Maturi Pavilion on Sunday, Dec 10, 2017.

Ethan Lizak came in fourth place and earned the U’s lone All-American finish. BY JACK WHITE

Redshirt junior Ethan Lizak went down two different paths to earn AllAmerican accolades. Lizak lost in the championship round in the 2017 tournament, but this year, he had to go through wrestlebacks to finish All-American back-to-

back. He lost his second-round match 4-2 in overtime, then followed that with five victories in a row to claim All-American honors and finish fourth. He was the only Minnesota wrestler to finish top eight, the qualification for All-American. “I wrestled a lot more matches,” Lizak said. “My body is a lot more beat up and sore. I just had to push through it.” Minnesota finished 17th in the NCAA championship, scoring 27.5 points in Cleveland by

the end of the tournament on Saturday. Besides Lizak, redshirt seniors Jake Short and Nick Wanzek, redshirt juniors Tommy Thorn, Brandon Krone and Steve Bleise and sophomore Mitch McKee competed in the NCAA championships. “I can’t say enough about these guys,” said head coach Brandon Eggum. “It’s a meat grinder, this tournament, but I’m proud of them.” McKee fell one victory short of All-American honors for the second year in

a row. Eggum said McKee t a l k e d a b o u t i m p ro v e ments after the match. “One of them [being] offensive attacks,” Eggum said. “I think another thing is trying to be patient on the bottom.” Wanzek and Short, both from Simley High School, concluded their collegiate careers in the NCAA championships. Wanzek lost his match that would have given him All-American honors. “I was just wrestling to be able to compete in one more match every time,” Wanzek said. “I’m thankful that I got to be able to compete in the NCAAs one more time.” Short lost in the third round of consolation matches. Bleise lost in the second round of the conso-


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lation bracket. Krone and Thorn were b o t h e l i m i n a t e d f ro m competition on Friday, the second day of the event. Thorn lost in the first round of the championship and fell in the consolation round the next match. Krone won his first match, but lost the following two.

for them. Due to the six victories, the Gophers missed the NCAA tournament for the second time in three years. The team finished the year 19-17-2. Late on Saturday evening, four of the six games had already gone against Minnesota’s bid, with Boston University, Princeton, Michigan Tech and Air Force all winning their conference tournament. Three of those four teams were outside of the top-16 in the PairWise ranking, which helps determine what teams make it to the NCAA Tournament. The last hope Minnesota had to get in was to see conference rival Ohio State win the Big Ten tournament over Notre Dame. The game went to overtime and Notre Dame prevailed. Minnesota’s seniors Jack Glover, Steve Johnson, Leon Bristedt, Mike Szmatula and Nick Lehr won’t see another game for the Gophers. Freshman Casey Mittelstadt, the 2017 Buffalo Sabres’ firstround pick, could leave early for the NHL. Minnesota-Duluth finished just 0.0001 over the Gophers in RPI points, which ended up being the slim difference between going to the tournament or staying home. After his team lost their fourth straight to Penn State in the Big Ten quarterfinals, Lucia was still optimistic about the team’s postseason chances. “Unless there’s a bunch of upsets, we still should get in [to the NCAA Tournament],” Lucia said on March 3. “We’ve left it into somebody else’s hands, not our own.”


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The Gopher women’s hockey team watches as defenseman Sydney Baldwin takes the puck down the ice on Dec. 1, 2017 at Ridder Arena.

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in the second period, Roque received a pass from Maddie Rowe on a 3-on-2 and beat Peters with a wrist shot that made it 2-0. On the ensuing faceoff, Wisconsin won the puck and Roque ripped a wrist shot past Peters once again just 16 seconds after the first goal. “You never want to let two goals in a row like that, so I think that was a big momentum shift for Wisconsin and really kind of got their knife in us at that point,” Peters said. Minnesota graduates four seniors — Caitlin Reilly, Peters, Sydney Baldwin, and Cara Piazza. They leave the


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program capturing two national championships and three Frozen Fours. “Proud of the growth our group has shown throughout the year and to get to this point,” head coach Brad Frost said. “ It has been a really fun year and I am proud of these guys.” Next year, the Gophers return gold medalist Kelly Pannek, along with Sarah Potomak and her sister, Amy.

Proud of the growth our group has shown throughout the year and to get to this point. BRAD FROST head coach

Sarah and Pannek were first and second in goals on the team, respectively, during the 2016-17 season. “It will be tough having the Frozen Four at our place, but it’s been a great run,” Frost said. “Just to get the tournament has been tough and we have been able to do that for a number of years as well.”






‘Love, Simon’ is as important as it is ordinary The film is one of the first mainstream coming-of-age movies about a gay BY MADDY FOLSTEIN

Simon Spier is just a normal teenager. He lives in an uppermiddle-class neighborhood. He has a close group of friends he spends all his time with. He performs in the ensemble of his high school musical, “Cabaret.” The thing that sets him apart in his mind, however? He’s gay, and no one knows, other than another closeted student. They met on their school’s gossip blog and use fake names to avoid giving away their real identities. Based on the young adult novel “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda,” “Love, Simon” follows its titular character through his senior year of high school. It’s charming, sweet and appropriately shallow. Movies about teenagers are tricky. Being current, when movies are filmed months before they are screened, is challenging because cultural references can feel stale seconds later. Technology doesn’t quite translate naturally onscreen. “Love, Simon” falls victim to this dilemma occasionally. The gossip blog seems dated — “Gos-

sip Girl” premiered over ten years ago, after all. For the most part, however, “Love, Simon” finds its footing. The teenagers onscreen feel lived in, and details of their life are appropriate. Simon has a “Hamilton” playbill on his bulletin board, and he drives an old, red Subaru that one of your friends from high school probably had. Most of the film’s conflict is derived from Simon’s fear of coming out, rather than the bullying he faces when he is out. Nick Robinson portrays this tension well — he plays Simon as a teenager facing an internal conflict who makes mistakes along the way. Katherine Langford, Alexandra Shipp and Jorge Lendeborg Jr. round out the rest of Simon’s friend group, and, while their characters do remain somewhat underdeveloped, they capture the platonic intimacies of high school. “Love, Simon” opens with its title character declaring just how normal he and his group of friends are. They see movies, drink too much iced coffee and eat too many carbs, just like the rest of us. The statement is a little cringe-y, and similar appeals to the young masses are made throughout most of


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1031) This class combines your two favorite things: drinking and getting college credits your parents can be proud of. Impress your family and friends with the correct use of terms like “arid” and “full-bodied.” Students 21 and older can become wine connoisseurs in just a semester with this three-credit course. Scuba and Skin Diving (Physical Education 1205) Looking for motivation to hit the gym? Look no further. This class meets once a week at the Aquatic Center on campus for an evening of diving. This class covers equipment usage, aquatic life and more. You can earn one credit while feeling your stress float away. Animal Diversity Laborator y (Biology 2005) Wish there were more hands-on learning exercises in your courses? This lab lets you dissect a different creature each week from grasshoppers to pigs and sea cucumbers. With only one lab a week, this two-credit course is a must. Digital Games, Sims and Apps: Storytelling, Play and Commerce (Journalism 1501) Turn your hobby into college credit by studying video games, computer simulations


Nick Robinson in “Love, Simon.”

the film. To declare a gay teenager normal is important; to allow this ordinariness to pervade the entire film gets boring. “Love, Simon” sometimes feels flat, despite its level of detail. The film is set in an unnamed wealthy suburb filled with accepting parents and snow-less

winters. The only suggestion of any time and place? A shot of the Atlanta skyline at the very end of the film. The richness of detail in “Love, Simon” is lost in these moments. If the film’s goal is to seem as “relatable” and “normal” as possible, its bland, suburban utopia seems foreign.

But “Love, Simon” still feels important, despite these drawbacks. Its bubblegum-pop soundtrack, helmed by Bleachers lead singer Jack Antonoff, and suburban dreamland allow Simon’s story to be placed among the ranks of other cheesy teen movies. But the film’s ordinariness is also what

makes it so groundbreaking — it has the hallmarks of a sometimes boring teen movie but with a gay teenager at the forefront. The result? A coming-ofage and coming out movie that is both radical and ordinary, charming and boring. Grade: B

ACTION and gaming designs. Knock out your requirements for arts/humanities and the technology and society theme with this threecredit course. Feminist Film Studies (Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies 3307) Remember the excitement you felt in elementary school when your teacher would roll in the movie cart? This is the college-level equivalent complete with class discussions of gender roles in film. This class is worth three credits and accounts for arts and humanities as well as diversity and social justice requirements. Rock Climbing (Physical Education 1045) Finally take advantage of the rock climbing wall you have been in awe of since Welcome Week with this one-credit course. Class sizes are limited to 15 people, so grab some friends and make it the highlight of your week. Aliens (Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature 3335) Have you ever wondered if life exists on other planets? Of course you have. This course explores novels, radio broadcasts and films’ use of “aliens” and how society perceives them. For three credits and a diversity and social justice requirement, you could spend two afternoons a week sharing conspiracy theories.

‘Tomb Raider’ fails to impress Alicia Vikander’s cool-girl take on Lara Croft might not be enough. BY SOPHIE VILENKSY

Norwegian director Roar Uthaug’s “Tomb Raider” ends with a cliffhanger. That doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty sprinkled throughout it, as vintage video game hottie turned action film hero Lara Croft leaps across chasms, clinging to any and every phallic symbol she can to save herself from falling to her doom (voids are yonic!). Croft, a “fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer” is played by Alicia Vikander. Based on the plot of a 1990s video/computer game (and its many reboots), “Tomb Raider” doesn’t go all “Riverdale” in its hints at good old consumer culture and character building. Croft is introduced in a boxing arena, stealing the owner’s apple before hopping on a food delivery bike, charming everyone she meets. It feels rom-com-y at first. Lily Allen-esque soundtrack and delivery girl/restaurateur flirting abound. Of course, the mood flips


Alicia Vikander takes on the role of Lara Croft in Tomb Raider.

quickly. Bye cutesiness, hello chase scenes. As an action movie, “Tomb Raider” is what it’s supposed to be and nothing more. You figure out who the bad guy is minutes after meeting him, the childhood flashbacks are shown in bad VSCO filter and secrets are discovered via security camera stills. The HD quality is almost too much for the stunts; Croft’s fall recoveries seem less likely with the dangers so vivid. But after Oscars season, it’s nice to simply be entertained. No real relationships are forged, no real feelings are required. Constantly surrounded by men (there are maybe two oth-

er named female characters), Croft’s self is based almost entirely on her relationship to her missing father. And boy, we could go into feminist theory. But we won’t. Forgoing crop tops and teeny shorts for athleisure, this Lara Croft isn’t necessarily concerned with her ranking in heroine sexpot shortlists. Vikander is lovely, sure, but more than that she’s strong. She’s muscular and often sweaty and grimy (because that’s how you get those arms). As Croft, Vikander reprises a role that Angelina Jolie took on in the early 2000s. There’s a sense that we’re supposed to remember Jolie — in all her leggy glory — as

Vikander takes the stage. Not necessarily by means of comparison, but by casting all our memories of one actress onto another. Maybe that’s what happens when you reboot a character franchise less than 20 years after the original (and less than 25 years after the character’s ultimate conception). The regularly marvelous Vikander is simply fine, doing what she can with the shell of a character. Maybe the next one will be different, with Vikander glistening in more ways than one. (Sweat). We know she can. But probably not. Grade: C+

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Pillsbury Hall needs your help, your voice

Change zoning in Dinkytown

Pillsbury Hall could receive legislative renovation funding, and your voice counts. English majors: our time has come. Pillsbury Hall is the second-oldest building on campus, and certainly one of the most distinctive. The building was built in 1889, and its ELLEN AILTS blend of Richardsonian columnist Romanesque, Victorian, Arts and Crafts and Gothic styles makes the building an unmistakable landmark. (You know, the one with the turret.) Pillsbury Hall is on the shortlist to receive renovation funding, and could be the future home of the English department. In fall 2017, the Board of Regents approved the Pillsbury Hall renovation as part of the 2018 Capital Bonding Request, presented to the Minnesota Legislature in hopes of receiving $24 million in state bonding to aid in raising the total $36 million needed to renovate. Pillsbury is currently in a state of disuse after the Department of Earth Sciences moved to Tate Lab in 2017, but it’s not like the space isn’t needed. Lind Hall is currently where much of the English department is housed, despite it being an engineering building.

If Pillsbury was renovated, open space in Lind could be used to expand programs in engineering and computer science, which would address growing demand for workers in the computer science field, especially. And since Pillsbury is on the National Register of Historic Places, the building can’t simply be torn down — it only makes financial sense to put it to use. Despite the fact that over 6,000 students take English classes annually, the English department is near-invisible on campus. A simple but significant benefit of the move would be to bring the English department out from the shadows. “People will be able to find the English Department,” department chair Andrew Elfenbein said. “Right now, we are in a building that is labelled in large stone letters, College of Engineering.” In our age of information, English as a focus of study is a worthwhile and important pursuit. English students learn skills that will never lose value; the ability to analyze and interpret information, empathize with diverse perspectives, and communicate well, whether through spoken or written word, will never be out of demand. Supporting English with resources such as modern classrooms and updated technology would attract more bright and passionate students to our program, and provide spaces that support engagement with their work and their fellow students.

Although current students won’t directly reap the rewards of the move — naturally, renovations will take some time to complete — your voice could help cement the legacy of the department, and of Pillsbury Hall itself. So, how can you help? Whether you’re an English major or just a Pillsbury Hall enthusiast, your voice is needed. The more students from across Minnesota contact their legislators, the more wide-ranging support will be garnered for the cause. Elfenbein considers this kind of support the most crucial. “Students might be surprised just how much it matters. Legislators really care about constituents in the age group represented by the University of Minnesota undergraduate population.” To find your legislators, go to https://www. and enter your zip code. The department has suggested that students might write an op-ed or letter for their hometown newspaper, write a letter to their representatives or meet with their legislators. So, if the study of literature at the U or the fate of Pillsbury Hall is important to you, make yourself heard—support is needed from all corners of the state, and your voice is absolutely essential. Ellen Ailts welcomes comments at


Projected uptick in housing will cost Minneapolis A recent report by the Star Tribune posited that by the end of next year, builders will have completed 13,000 units — mainly market rate and luxury apartments — in addition to the 24,000 apartments built since 2010 in the Twin Cities. This massive uptick in building is expected to end the supposed era of ultra-low vacancies and steadily rising rents in the area. The article posited that the arrival of new apartments is a testament to the economic health of the region because we have a growing population and lowerthan-national-average unemployment rate. While it certainly may be true that the increase in available apartments could stabilize the rent pricing due to cost, several issues with the construction of these apartments would undercut this utopic vision of unfettered growth. Though Minneapolis is likely to see this dramatic rise in units, the fact that many of these units are luxury and market-price is a testament to the lack of affordability of the area and a commitment to disregard the need for more affordable housing. During the recent mayoral election process, affordable housing was a central theme. Mayoral candidates rallied behind lowering rent costs through a variety of means. They relentlessly advocated that ridiculously high rent pricing was stripping many medium to low-income households of their economic freedom. An increase in the same type of housing across Minneapolis doesn’t show economic growth — it shows a regressive culture that simply doesn’t change by electing new local government representatives. It shows the city’s lack of commitment to improving the quality of life for the many people looking for affordable places to live in the Twin Cities. The city should start by imposing restrictions on unfettered development, establishing stronger rules to protect historical areas and empowering local communities to debate purchasing rights of apartments. This has worked in the past — for instance, in October of 2017, the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission denied a 25-story apartment that was expected to be much of the same luxury and market-rate apartments. It’s important that the City of Minneapolis take stronger action to shift the emphasis from market-rate and luxury housing. It is this increase in building that brought our city to a housing crisis. Doing the same thing at a much more vigorous scale and rate will not bring different results — it will further weaken any progress made to improve the availability of affordable housing.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR Student Ser vice Fees committee should defund conser vative student groups Dear Student Service Fees committee, This is a plea to consider the negative role that Collegians for a Constructive Tomorrow, Students for a Conservative Voice, Turning Point USA and Minnesota Students for Liberty have on campus climate and the University of Minnesota community in your upcoming allocation of student fees money. These groups, which have a small and overlapping membership with the College Republicans (a group SSF funds cannot technically be distributed to), have been embroiled in scandals for decades now, yet the fees committee continually provides each group with student fees money each year, amounting to literally millions of dollars over the years. I encourage you to defund these groups on the grounds that they foster a climate of fear and hostility toward students of color, trans and nonbinary students, immigrants and women. You may be aware of some of the scandals, but not all, or may consider their obviously improper behaviors more an opportunity to learn rather than something worthy of defunding. Either way, it is worth articulating a few of the things CFACT, SCV, TPUSA and YAL have been at the head of. In spring of 2014, the Minnesota Daily reported that in their SSF applications it was uncovered that the groups had been plagiarizing from MPIRG’s applications to pad their budgets. Sean Niemic, the CFACT president at the time, was on record stating the group routinely copied and pasted from other groups’ materials in previous years as well. The response was to reject their funding for that year and to encourage them to reapply with non-stolen material next year. This, after pushback from other groups and likely threat of legal action, was overturned by University bureaucrats and CFACT was given 90 percent of its plagiarized budget proposal by administrative decision. Now, CFACT is threatening legal action against the University again for the decision to move their Ben Shapiro speaking event to a more manageable space for University police and staff than Willey Hall. These are instances of technical and legal misconduct and have little to do with the day-today activities or programs of these organizations. Their programs actually pose a larger problem, which should make us wonder what these groups actually contribute to the University. This school year, they brought Ben Shapiro and Lauren Southern to speak on campus, both of whom cut their teeth and gained notoriety for attacking immigrants, Muslims and transgender individuals — things the SSF committee probably wasn’t intending to foster on our campus. In past years, the Minnesota Republic has run an

Zoning policies would reduce the displacement of businesses. Last month, several Dinkytown businesses located to the right of the Varsity Theater on the corner of 13th Avenue Southeast were informed by their landlord that they would have to leave by mid-summer. JONATHAN ABABIY Some of the businesses, columnist like Dinkytown Optical, have been operating in our beloved college neighborhood since 1972. The actual building itself is much older; it was built in 1921 and was designated by the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission as a part of the Dinkytown Commercial Historic District. The HPC would have to approve any demolition or construction to the building. No one knows yet what will happen to the property. The landlord has declined to comment, so the displaced businesses have been left scrambling to find new locations. Detronza Kirksey, the owner of the Milo’s on Fourth barbershop, told the Daily that “Our lives depend on [the businesses]. Everybody’s lives depend on this, and these locations are all independent locations.” Their coming eviction in summer has tossed Kirksey, their fellow tenants and their employees into a washing machine of financial uncertainty. If Kirksey would like to stick around in Dinkytown, he is stuck competing for the limited commercial spaces Minneapolis has designated around 4th Street and University Avenue. The neighborhood’s limited commercial zoning is well-intentioned — it makes sure businesses clump together in a coherent district — but, in our current building boom, Dinkytown’s zoning hasn’t kept up, leaving the historic neighborhood threatened by an influx of new money. Under Dinkytown’s current zoning, much of the lucrative land west of the main commercial strip on 14th Avenue is zoned as residential. Dinkytown does need more housing to help bring down prices, but new construction should be mixed use, not purely residential, like what has been built on the outskirts of the commercial district. The solely residential construction that current zoning supports constrains Dinkytown’s economic potential. The Knoll apartment complex is an example of this. As one walks west along University Avenue, away from Pleasant Street, it sits as a gateway to residential Dinkytown and its grid of decaying mansions that have been home to Gophers for years. It’s also conveniently across from two residence halls (Wilkins and Sanford Halls) and a University Circulator stop. Yet, unlike much of the new construction in Stadium Village or Dinkytown, the first floor isn’t a commercial space. The Knoll’s zoning forces it to be underutilized when it would otherwise be the perfect place for another retail location. Changing Dinkytown’s zoning isn’t farfetched. Businesses would definitely support a policy that reduces their property costs. Additionally, Marcy-Holmes’ current master plan suggests amending the city’s current comprehensive plan to enlarge Dinkytown’s commercial zone. The change has support from the neighborhood. Ward 3 Council-member Steve Fletcher should introduce an amendment to the city’s comprehensive plan to ensure that our beloved Dinkytown businesses do not end up displaced.

The contribution to campus climate is plainly visible here, and it amounts to, at best, bringing controversial professional trolls to campus and, at Jonathan Ababiy worst, fostering hate, distrust welcomes comments at and violence toward students of color, trans and nonbinary people, immigrants and LETTER TO THE EDITOR women. April issue entitled “White History Month,” both dismissing the need for Black History Month in February and replacing it with a vaguely White Supremacist masthead — again, SSF-funded. They have painted the now infamous “build the wall” bridge panel on Washington Avenue bridge, and in the previous year painted a zombie scene where armed right-wingers took aim at liberal zombies. They brought Ann Coulter and Milo Yiannopoulos to campus to attack feminism and debunk rape culture. They use SSF to bring conservative students to the shooting range. They spend SSF money to produce beer cozies mocking the legitimacy of the fees allocation itself. The contribution to campus climate is plainly visible here, and it amounts to, at best, bringing controversial professional trolls to campus and, at worst, fostering hate, distrust and violence toward students of color, trans and nonbinary people, immigrants and women. I encourage you to assess the role these groups have on campus, whether that role is in line with the mission of SSF, and then to defund the groups if appropriate. Very few student groups receive any money at all from the University, and most of them do just fine — let’s not choose to give students’ hard earned cash to the vilest and most hate-filled groups, they can do just fine without it as well. This letter has been lightly edited for clarity and style Matthew Boynton is a University of Minnesota student and a member of the Students for a Democratic Society CONTACT THE EDITOR Anant Naik THE EDIT ORIALS AND OPINIONS DEPAR TMENT IS INDEPENDENT OF THE NEW SROOM

Students should make use of ‘Let’s Talk’ There are many barriers preventing students from seeking mental health treatment, such as stigmas and costs. To help minimize those barriers, Multicultural Student Engagement and Student Counseling Services has launched a new initiative called “Let’s Talk.” “Let’s Talk” is a pilot program that delivers informal drop-in consultations at locations around campus for University of Minnesota students throughout the academic year. No appointment is necessary, so you can drop in during the scheduled times below. “Let’s Talk” is not a substitute for formal counseling and does not constitute mental health treatment, but we can listen to specific problems, provide support, help explore solutions and give information about other campus resources. We hope that through “Let’s Talk” we will minimize barriers students might face in seeking assistance by holding free services, advocating for undeserved students, promoting inclusion and increasing opportunities while reducing the stigma for students who might never seek counseling. Our goal is to increase support and decrease barriers through an intentional, creative and connected effort. Please visit “Let’s Talk” or refer anyone you deem appropriate this spring at: Tuesdays: 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. at Appleby Hall, Room 135 with Gina Liddell-Westefeld Wednesdays: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Appleby Hall, Room 135 with Sylvia Vue This letter has been lightly edited for clarity and style Gina Liddell-Westefeld is a counselor in Student Counseling Services, Nina Hernandez Beithon is the diversity liaison counselor in Student Counseling Services and Sylvia Vue is the student life adviser in Multicultural Student Engagement.


MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2018



HOROSCOPES Today’s Birthday (3/19): Renewal and family growth come to your house this year. Care for yourself so you can care for others. Financial teamwork with family and partners provides a positive balance.

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Aries (3/21 - 4/19): Today is an 8 — Concentrate on your message through tomorrow. Writing projects thrive with disciplined efforts. Stick to solid ground; avoid fantastical illusions.

Libra (9/23 - 10/22): Today is a 9 — News affects your decisions over the next few days, especially regarding travel or studies. Plan your route. Your wit and cleverness attract new opportunities.

Taurus (4/20 - 5/20): Today is a 9 — Cash flow increases over the next few days. Pay bills and handle obligations before spending on treats.

Scorpio (10/23 - 11/21): Today is an 8 — Work together with your partner to keep accounts current over the next few days. Discuss financial priorities, and align on a course of action.

Gemini (5/21 - 6/21): Today is a 9 — Assertiveness works in your favor today and tomorrow. Experienced connections can teach you the rules of the game.

Sagittarius (11/22 - 12/21): Today is a 9 — Compromise comes easier over the next few days. Coordinated efforts get through. Be receptive. Listen to your elders.

Cancer (6/22 - 7/22): Today is a 6 — Slow down and consider options. Finish your work in private today and tomorrow. Determine the results you’re after, and come up with a persuasive pitch.

Capricorn (12/22 - 1/19): Today is a 9 — Over the next two days, get your ideas into motion. Share them far and wide. Communications pay off. Talk about your work and health.

Leo (7/23 - 8/22): Today is an 8 — Team coordination pays off over the next few days. Good news comes through networking. Share information and resources.

Aquarius (1/20 - 2/18): Today is an 8 — Have fun with family and friends through tomorrow. Share resources and chores. Relax and entertain each other.

Virgo (8/23 - 9/22): Today is an 8 — Professional opportunities arise in conversation with your network. Forge ahead, and talk about the possibilities. Get expert support for the tricky stuff.

Pisces (2/19 - 3/20): Today is a 7 — Discuss what could be possible for your home with family today and tomorrow. Invest in efficiency. Share ideas and solutions.

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Dear Too Sweet, That’s awesome. I want a girlfriend like that. You definitely owe her — take her to the movies AND buy her dinner this week. Don’t buy her cookies though. Also, why are you calling your girlfriend a “chick”…? Is this 1965? Is that a thing again? What’d I miss?? Peace out, and be good to your gal, -Dr. Date Dear Dr. Date, I bought cute underwear this weekend. I wanted to make it through midterms by feeling especially confident in sexy lingerie that no one else could see. But then I wore my underwear inside out all day today and didn’t notice until I got home at 9 in the evening. Am I really cut out for this college dating life? Sincerely, Victoria’s Biggest Secret Dear Victoria’s Biggest Secret, Is that really a problem? I mean, you’ve just discovered a trick to go twice as long without doing underwear. If anyone catches on, though, I wasn’t the one who encouraged this. Stay sanitary. -Dr. Date Dr. Date, Coming back from break feels weird. I mean, it always does for me, but it feels especially strange this time around. Going home brought me back into the fold of all my old flings and girlfriends, and I’m having trouble not bringing back that baggage.

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DR. DATE Dear Dr. Date, Last night, my girlfriend watched me eat an entire box of Girl Scout Samoas. Then, three hours later, she held my man-bun while I puked. After that, she made me ginger tea and I napped in her lap while she played “Mario Kart.” I’m not writing for advice, I just wanted to publicly reiterate that she is the best and most brilliant chick I could ever ask for. Later, Too Sweet

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It’s mostly because of this one guy. I had a huge crush on him in high school but thought he was completely uninterested, so I never made any advances. But we matched on Tinder over break and “hung out” a few times, so now I’ve got that to think about. On the one hand, score for me. How many girls get to cash in on their unrequited high school crushes? On the other, though, he’s been texting me a lot and has already made plans to visit me in a couple weeks. Sure, he’s a cutie and I enjoyed spending time with him, but he’s moving way too fast for me. I was honestly just trying to hit it and quit it, maybe keep up a light friendship. I’m completely unprepared mentally or physically to maintain a long-distance romantic relationship. What do you think, Doc? How do I get this well-intentioned but naive hottie to back up off me? —Space Needed Space Needed, I’m calling it right now: 2018 is the year of fermented things, raw beds (which are just piles of blankets and cats that you sleep in, just as we were evolved to do) and women cashing in on high school dreams. I got nothing but congratulations for you making moves that your 16-yearold self didn’t yet have enough game for, but now you and this hottie have turned the tables. Now it’s his problem that he’s too hung up on you, probably cursing himself for not noticing how hot you always were under all that scene hair dye. Like with most situations involving people not taking hints very well, you have to be firm while maintaining some finesse — who knows, maybe he could be of use to you in the future. Just let him know that a visit wouldn’t really work because you have, I don’t know, school or work or a life that can’t really fit him in right now. Save the action for the home front and get an ego boost by finishing what your teenage self started. —Dr. Date

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West Bank job center aids residents

Five15 on the Park, an apartment building on 15th Avenue South, is home to the Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center, a space community members come to for help finding jobs.

The center has been training and placing locals in jobs since March of last year. BY KASSIDY TARALA

The Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center has connected hundreds of neighborhood residents with jobs in its first year. The employment hub offers residents educational and workforce resources to help prepare them for job placement. Last week, the opportunity center celebrated its one-year anniversary in the neighborhood. “The workforce staff placed 321 youth and adults into jobs. Also, 51 residents obtained credentials in short-term trainings and college enrollment assistance. The center has served 683

“The process is different for everyone. Some people have a high school diploma or a GED, so we help them look for higher level jobs. But we also have a lot of clients with limited English, so we help them look for jobs that have no language requirements” ASAD ISAAK Workforce coach

youth and adults,” said Mohamed Ali, director of the opportunity center. Workforce coach Asad Isaak said the center provides programs for people of all backgrounds who need employment. The center has also helped fund scholarships for residents to attend classes at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. “We help people apply for jobs, search for potential

jobs. We give trainings and we offer workshops five days every week,” Isaak said. Workforce coaches like Isaak conduct five-day training sessions to help residents prepare for employment. Isaak said his role involves training individuals who either don’t have a high school diploma or speak little to no English. Through the trainings, opportunity

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runner-ups. Petty was elected vice president with only six votes after Chen was ruled ineligible for the position after winning the presidency. Professional Student Government also voted in new leadership. Alanna Pawlowski was chosen as president with 343 votes and Jeremy Kobany, who had no on-ballot competitor, was voted vice president with 547 votes. The results for PSG and some Student Senate seats were announced on March 11 after some professional students were unable to vote on the referendum due to a technical difficulty. The referendum

The University student body also passed a controversial referendum on Sunday, calling administration to divest from pro-Israel companies. The ACEC announced shortly after 1 p.m. on March 11 that the referendum passed by 217 votes. The vote came after a contentious pre-vote debate between advocates, and 3,392 students voted “yes” and 3,175 students voted “no” on the referendum. The referendum reads: “Should the students of the University of Minnesota demand the Board of Regents divest from companies that are 1) complicit in Israeli violations of Palestinian human rights, 2) maintaining and establishing private prisons and immigrant detention centers,

or 3) violating Indigenous sovereignty?” The referendum was included on the ballot after garnering over 600 signatures, despite numerous complaints to the ACEC from campus groups such as Minnesota Hillel. Hillel claimed the referendum unfairly targeted Israel and gave inadequate time for debate before the election. After spring break ended on March 16, the ACEC began a complaint review process that could see the vote totals on the referendum change. If the referendum results stand after the review process, it will go to the Board of Regents for review. The Regents are not required to take any action on the referendum.

center staff help residents create email accounts, resumes and search for jobs that match their experience levels. On Fridays — the final day of the training sessions — Isaak and his team hold mock interviews to help clients apply what they learned throughout the week. “The process is different for everyone. Some people have a high school diploma or a GED, so we help them look for higher level jobs,” Isaak said. “But we also have a lot of clients with limited English, so we help them look for jobs that have no language requirements.” Staff members, policy makers, residents and other community members have already seen a positive impact on unemployment in the neighborhood. “We still have so much to do. We’re addressing the

key issue of unemployment and underemployment and presenting an actual physical location where people can go to solve this problem,” said Ward 6 Minneapolis City Council member Abdi Warsame, who helped found the opportunity center. Sean Sittnick, Minnesota United FC Senior Director of Ticket Sales, attended the opportunity center’s anniversary celebration last week. He said the soccer


team has been in talks with the center to see if they can hire residents who go through the employment programs. “[We] have many connections from that community that we wanted to celebrate this success with,” Sittnick said. Though Minnesota United FC hasn’t hired anyone from the opportunity center yet, Sittnick said he is hopeful they will in the near future.

“The workforce staff placed 321 youth and adults into jobs. Also, 51 residents obtained credentials in short-term trainings and college enrollment assistance. The center has served 683 youth and adults.” MOHAMED ALI Director of the Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center

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These companies have also guided prescription practices, said Susan Craddock, University professor and director of the Center for Bioethics. “They send representatives to physicians to talk up the advantages of the new drug just going on the market,” Craddock said. “It is quite easy to talk about advantages of a

drug without talking about disadvantages, or without comparing opioids to, say, ibuprofen.” Levy said the study will be a helpful tool for physicians discussing chronic pain treatment with patients. However, the findings alone won’t solve the crisis, since Americans are very accepting of opioid use and they’re easy for doctors to prescribe, he said. According to data collected by the International

Narcotics Control Board, Americans consumed about 30 percent of opioids produced globally in 2015, despite making up less than 5 percent of the population. The researchers said opioids should still play a role in pain treatment, but the drugs’ uses should be limited to end of life care and cancer treatment. Krebs will work on a similar, larger trial later this year involving patients who take high-dose opioids.

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MENLO PARK, Calif. — Facebook has a problem it just can’t kick: People keep exploiting it in ways that could sway elections, and in the worst cases even undermine democracy. News reports that Facebook let the Trumpaffiliated data mining firm Cambridge Analytica abscond with data from tens of millions of users mark the third time in roughly a year the company appears to have been outfoxed by crafty outsiders in this way. Before the Cambridge imbroglio, there were Russian agents running election-related propaganda campaigns through targeted ads and fake political events. And before the Russians took center stage, there were purveyors

of fake news who spread false stories to rile up hyperpartisan audiences and profit from the resulting ad revenue. In the previous cases, Facebook initially downplayed the risks posed by these activities. It only seriously grappled with fake news and Russian influence after sustained criticism from users, experts and politicians. In the case of Cambridge, Facebook says the main problem involved the transfer of data to a third party — not its collection in the first place. Each new issue has also raised the same enduring questions about Facebook’s conflicting priorities — to protect its users, but also to ensure that it can exploit their personal details to fuel its hugely lucrative, and precisely targeted,

advertising business. Facebook may say its business model is to connect the world, but it’s really “to collect psychosocial data on users and sell that to advertisers.” said Mike Caulfield, a faculty trainer at Washington State University who directs a multi-university effort focused on digital literacy. Late Friday, Facebook announced it was banning Cambridge , an outfit that helped Donald Trump win the White House, saying the company improperly obtained information from 270,000 people who downloaded a purported research app described as a personality test. Facebook first learned of this breach of privacy more than two years ago, but hasn’t mentioned it publicly until now.

March 19, 2018  
March 19, 2018