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Men’s hockey head coach Don Lucia stepped down Tuesday after 19 years. BY DREW COVE firstname.lastname@example.org
After 19 years on the job, Don Lucia is gone. The former men’s hockey head coach will remain as a special assistant to athletics director Mark Coyle until June 30, 2019. “In my mind, I kind of knew where I was at,” Lucia said. “I knew the last month or two, even when things were going well.”
Lucia and Coyle held a press conference Tuesday following the announcement and Lucia was content about his decision. Though he will not return behind the bench, he will spearhead the fundraising needed for the weight room at 3M Arena at Mariucci until his contract expires on June 30, 2019. Lucia was hired in 1999 and shortly became just the second head coach at Minnesota to win a national title with the Gophers. He won the national championship back-to-back seasons in 2002 and 2003, with 2002’s victory in front of a Twin Cities crowd at the Xcel Energy Center. Beyond his national championships with the Gophers, he led the team to five Frozen Four appearances, eight conference championships and 13 trips to the NCAA Tournament. Before his exit as coach, the Gophers had an unlikely path to missing the NCAA Tournament after the program’s first season not at the top of the Big Ten. This season’s absence in the tournament marks the second time in three seasons that Minnesota had not qualified. u See LUCIA Page 3
national titles; one in 2002 and one in 2003
trips to the NCAA Tournament with the Gophers
years coached at Minnesota, from 1999-2018
wins with Minnesota
‘He felt he had enough’ Who will replace Lucia? A former coach, players and fans of the team reflect on Lucia’s decision and legacy. BY JACK WARRICK email@example.com
The winningest coach in Gophers men’s hockey history stepped down on Tuesday after 19 seasons at the helm. Those who played for head coach Don Lucia spoke of their admiration for the coach, while some fans of the team expressed frustrations with Lucia’s performance. “I’ve always tried to do it the right way,” Lucia said at Tuesday’s press conference. “For the most part, we did a lot of good things and that’s what I remember. I’m sure a lot more people are going to like me now that I’m not coaching, but I’ve always tried to hold my head high and I’ve always tried to do it the right way.” Lucia named Doug Woog as someone who helped him with the transition. Woog was the head coach of Minnesota for the 14 years before Lucia’s hiring. Woog stepped down after the 1998-99 season. “I think he felt he had enough,” Woog said of Lucia leaving. “It’s never ending. I mean, it’s the same pressure the next week, then the next week, then the next week.” Minnesota won two national championships in Lucia’s tenure as the head coach. He also coached over 80 Minnesota players drafted by the NHL.
Two of those players, Jordan Leopold and John Pohl, were coached by both Woog and Lucia. Leopold and Pohl spoke on KFAN radio Wednesday morning about Lucia stepping down. “I’m happy for him that he was here that long, had all the success he had and affected so many lives,” Pohl told KFAN’s Paul Allen. “I feel bad for him that he kind of had to go out the way it ended by not making the NCAA Tournament.” Pohl said Lucia is a players’ coach. “We just put five guys over the boards that would play hard and play together and he was cool with that,” Pohl told KFAN. “I really appreciate that, just kind of letting the players play.” Lucia’s tenure ended with less sparkle than it started out with — failing to make five of the last 10 NCAA tournaments, including in his last season with the Gophers. The 3M Arena at Mariucci experienced dropping attendance in the last years of his tenure. “I think Don is somewhat relieved, in a way,” Leopold told KFAN. “Talking to him the last couple years, I could sense the tone in his voice where he knew [it] was coming to an end.” Reilly Tegan, a senior at the University of Minnesota, said he’s only been a fan of Minnesota men’s hockey with Lucia as the coach, since he was so young when Lucia was hired. u See REACTION Page 3
The St. Cloud State head coach and a Gophers assistant are possible options for the team. BY DREW COVE firstname.lastname@example.org
The Gophers are replacing a head coach for the first time in almost 20 years. Minnesota has had five head coaches since 1972, though that number will soon be six. Former head coach Don Lucia stepped down Tuesday, which opened up the role for the first time since 1999. It is now up to athletics director Mark Coyle to find a replacement; here are some names he could consider. There have been no official reports of the athletics program reaching out to any potential replacements thus far.
Bob Motzko - current head coach of St. Cloud State Bob Motzko is a familiar face for Minnesota. Motzko was an assistant coach under Lucia from 2001-05, helping Minnesota to its first two national championships since 1979. After his time at Minnesota, he moved to his alma mater, St. Cloud State, where he has coached for the last 13 years. Motzko has had one of his most successful seasons with the Huskies in 2017-18. He led the team to sit at No. 1 in the nation for much of the season, and kept them in
contention to get a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament that starts Friday. Motzko also coached the last two World Junior Championship teams for the United States. The team won gold in 2017 and Motzko coached Gophers forward Casey Mittelstadt on the 2018 team. In an interview with the St. Cloud Times on Tuesday, Motzko declined to comment on the Gophers’ opening.
Grant Potulny - current head coach, Northern Michigan Just a season ago, Grant Potulny was an assistant coach on Lucia’s staff. Before that, Potulny played at Minnesota under Lucia and graduated in 2004, after two national championships and three years as a captain. Potulny helped Minnesota’s offense garner success in his time as an assistant from 2009-17. Also, he posted a 19-7-2 record with Northern Michigan this season, his first as a head coach.
Mike Guentzel - current associate head coach, Minnesota Mike Guentzel has been a fixture around the Minnesota program ever since he suited up as a defenseman for the first time in 1981. After that, he went on to coach United States Hockey League teams, then he became an assistant at Minnesota under former head coach Doug Woog in 1994. He remained an assistant for the Gophers u See REPLACEMENT Page 3
New CFANS position hopes to diversify student population at University CFANS hopes to get diverse youth across Minn. engaged in agricultural education. BY LEW BLANK email@example.com
A former University of Minnesota student was hired this month to get precollege students of color more involved in agricultural education at the University of Minnesota, where 68 percent of the student body is white. Earlier this month, the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences created the Partnership Outreach Coordinator position and hired Brandon Roiger, a 2016 University graduate. The position was created to build partnerships between CFANS and youth organizations across the state of Minnesota in order to eradicate disparities in the University’s agricultural education program. “The basic premise of it is to engage new, nontraditional and diverse audiences and to generate increased interest in food, agriculture and natural resource careers,” Roiger said. “It’s really encouraging to see that the
University is putting a priority on it to serve our state.” According to fall 2017 enrollment data from the Office of Institutional Research, 72 percent of CFANS students are white, compared to 68 percent for the University as a whole. Roiger hopes to make CFANS’ demographics more diverse by working directly with pre-college students from underrepresented backgrounds in the Twin Cities and Greater Minnesota. Although only a few weeks into the position, Roiger has already begun work on the Grow North project, an initiative to engage multicultural students in north Minneapolis with food and agricultural issues. The students, who are almost entirely students of color, have done hands-on CFANS-related work involving planting potatoes, making soda pop, cutting pineapples and planting trees. “There’s … a whole array of career opportunities that most youth in a low-income community would have no knowledge of,” said Michael Chaney, the creator of the Grow North project. “The work that [Roiger] is doing is growing the next generation of u See CFANS Page 3
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Khafre Jackson cuts a pineapple in an ecology class at Minneapolis North Community High School. The University of Minnesota recently hired Brandon Roiger, a former student, to work with the Growing North Project, an initiative to get Minneapolis high schoolers of color involved in environmental issues.
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U to review misconduct appeals The review comes in response to an audit published earlier this month. BY ELLA JOHNSON email@example.com
In response to an audit of the University of Minnesota’s sexual misconduct policies, an official says the school will review its sexual misconduct appeals process. The review, conducted by the Minnesota Office of the Legislative Auditor and released earlier this month, came in response to several recent cases of sexual misconduct and a bill introduced last legislative session that called for a similar review. It found that the policies are well-enforced and largely consistent with state and federal laws, but that they lack an appeals process for both the survivor and the University employees accused of sexual assault.
Additionally, the audit compared University policies to the terms of a 2015 settlement between the school and the U.S. Department of Education. The settlement was the result of a complaint brought to the department by a former female student athlete that the University “subjected her and other student athletes to a sexually hostile environment,” according to the OLA audit. Though state and federal laws don’t require an appeals process in sexual misconduct cases, the settlement does. University policy outlines an appeals process in cases where students are accused of sexual misconduct; however, in cases where employees are accused of sexual misconduct, they can challenge disciplinary action, but neither party can challenge the decision about whether misconduct occurred. Because the settlement didn’t distinguish between
appeals processes for cases where students are accused and cases where employees are accused, OLA felt it was reasonable to ask that one exist for both, said Joel Alter, the OLA program evaluation coordinator. Tina Marisam, the University’s Title IX coordinator and director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, said University officials will begin looking into the recommendation to create an appeals process immediately. They plan to review other Big Ten schools’ policies, analyze current University policies to understand how an appeals process could affect them and consult with students and faculty. OLA also reviewed sexual misconduct policy enforcement in the 37 cases of sexual misconduct by employees that the EOAA handled in 2017, considering relevant laws, settlement agreements and discussions with
University officials. Jo Vos, the audit’s author, then judged each case based on thoroughness, timeliness and the proportionality of discipline assigned to the crime committed. She found that overall, the EOAA had done a good job of enforcement under these criteria, although completing investigations took a long time in some cases. Lengthy investigations were often the result of factors outside EOAA control, like cases where involved parties weren’t available to testify. However, the report’s accuracy is limited because many other University offices reviewed cases of sexual misconduct by employees that year, and documentation from those cases was not centrally aggregated. This made it difficult for OLA to review them, according to the report. A new policy implemented in 2018 requires that all offices report sexual miscon-
duct cases under review to the EOAA. The policy aims to improve organization and documentation of misconduct cases. “We’re continually working to conduct investigations more quickly … because we know that when it takes a long time, it’s hard on both parties involved,” Marisam said. Though the conclusions of the audit were mostly positive, Marisam said the school will continue working to improve its handling of sexual misconduct cases. “These are really important cases, and we need to … always be improving so that we can make sure to … come to the right conclusions,” she said. Information from the audit is also being used in a bill introduced in the House higher education committee that would amend how the University reports sexual misconduct incidents.
After all-campus elections, Minneapolis officer in shooting of policy could be changed charged Australian woman The policy allows a referendum’s sponsor to choose those eligible to vote. BY MAX CHAO firstname.lastname@example.org
The University of Minnesota’s 2018 all-campus elections were marred with setbacks, complaints and controversy, but the policy responsible for some of these issues could be changed in the future. On March 5, professional students who participated in the election found that they were unable to vote on a controversial referendum urging the University to divest from companies supporting Israel. Professional students were excluded from voting due to policy that allows the referendum’s sponsors to dictate which students are eligible to vote. The referendum’s sponsor, Students for Justice in Palestine, excluded professional students when filing the request. The decision was overridden by the All Campus Election
Commission after receiving several complaints. Rachel Cardwell, president of the Professional Student Government, hopes to change this policy in the future. “The people who put forth the referendum should not be dictating who is allowed to vote on it. I think if it’s a referendum that affects all of the student body, as this would have, then it should have been voted on by the entire student body regardless of what the individual student group asks,” Cardwell said. Cardwell is currently drafting a proposal that would automatically allow all students to vote on referenda that impacts the whole University. The proposal is planned to be presented at Wednesday’s PSG congress meeting and would be brought to ACEC if approved. Other students on campus also criticized the policy, including Sami Rahimim, the Israel culture chair of Minnesota Hillel. The group submitted a complaint regarding the referendum itself in February. “[It] seems like a very flawed process,” Rahimim said. “That sponsors of a
referendum get to choose who their voters are is inherently anti-democratic.” Cardwell said that she hopes to sit down with ACEC personnel in the wake of the election to discuss the policy. ACEC said they are willing to discuss the issue and the policy could be changed in the future, said communications commissioner Maria Versteeg. “ACEC is open to meeting with anyone who would like to meet with us and discuss what happened this election season, as well as ideas moving forward. We are very open to ways that we can improve,” Versteeg said. A quorum would need to be reached by the ACEC commissioners for a change to be made, she said. They plan to distribute a form to the student body to collect feedback on the elections in coming weeks, she said. Until this year’s election, MSA election voter participation had increased every year for the past 10 years. In 2017, 6,630 students voted, while this year, only 4,405 students voted.
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis police officer was charged Tuesday with murder and manslaughter in the fatal shooting of an unarmed Australian woman in July minutes after she called 911 to report a possible sexual assault behind her home. Officer Mohamed Noor turned himself in after a warrant was issued for his arrest. He shot Justine Ruszczyk Damond, a 40-year-old life coach, on July 15. Damond’s death drew international attention, cost the police chief her job and forced major revisions to the department’s policy on body cameras. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said the law makes it difficult to charge police officers unless they are “unacceptably reckless.” He said, “I agree with that.” But he added: “Clearly Officer Noor violated the rules and deserves to be charged.” Noor is charged with
third-degree murder “for perpetrating an eminently dangerous act” and with second-degree manslaughter for “culpable negligence creating unreasonable risk.” The murder charge is for a death caused without intent. Prosecutors often charge multiple counts if applicable to give the jury options, or to use as bargaining tools during plea negotiations. Conviction on the first charge carries a presumptive sentence of 12 1/2 years; the second, four years. Bail was set at $500,000. Noor has not spoken publicly about the case and declined to answer questions from investigators. His attorney, Thomas Plunkett, said Noor shouldn’t have been charged. “The facts will show that Officer Noor acted as he has been trained and consistent with established departmental policy. Officer Noor should not have been charged with any crime,” he said in a statement.
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Don Lucia steps down as men’s hockey head coach Lucia u from Page 1
“I’ve always tried to do it the right way,” Lucia said. “For the most part, we did a lot of good things and that’s what I remember. I’m sure a lot more people are going to like me now that I’m not coaching, but I’ve always tried to hold my head high and I’ve always tried to do it the right way.” The Gophers finished fifth in the Big Ten this season with a 19-17-2 overall record and a 10-12-2 Big Ten record, the first time they hadn’t finished first in the conference after the regular season. They lost their last four games of the season — all to Penn State. The Gophers won their regular season conference for six consecutive years until the 2017-18 season, an NCAA record.
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until 2008, and eventually came back after a break to be Lucia’s associate head coach from 2011 through this season. When asked about who he thought would be a good successor for the head coaching position, Lucia made the case for how passionate Guentzel is about the program and his loyalty to Minnesota hockey at his press conference Tuesday.
Mike Hastings current head coach, Minnesota State
Mike Hastings has brought the Mavericks to the NCAA tournament four of his six years at the helm. Similar to other potential options, he was a onetime assistant to Lucia in 2008-09.
Lucia and his staff had developed eight AllAmericans in his tenure, with captain Tyler Sheehy as the most recent example. The Gophers have 23 former players in the National Hockey League for the 2017-18 season, the most of any college hockey program. The Grand Rapids, Minnesota native will hold the title of the program’s winningest coach of all time for the foreseeable future, he tallied 457 wins over his 19 years, 67 wins over his predecessor Doug Woog. “I hope I’m there for [the next coach] like Doug was there for me,” Lucia said. “Doug and I had a really good relationship. I remember the first game we won, I would come down to the locker room and Doug [is] in the locker room eating pizza with the guys before I get in there.”
As for the next coach, it is too soon to tell. Lucia made sure to acknowledge his associate head coach for many years, Mike Guentzel, in regards to consideration for the next head coach when asked. Lucia said Coyle wants his help in finding the next coach, but Coyle said that he believes the hockey head coach job is a coveted position at Minnesota and that it is “the best hockey job in the country.” Lucia played his high school hockey in Minnesota with Grand Rapids, but went to college at Notre Dame and graduated in 1981. From there he went on to coach at Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska Anchorage, Colorado College to Minnesota. “I feel so blessed to do what I’ve done,” Lucia said. “Just like it was my time 20 years ago, it’s somebody else’s time now.”
Robb Stauber current head coach, USA women’s national team
Robb Stauber fits the bill as a Minnesota alumnus and a coach who has recent success. He coached the USA women’s olympic team to a gold medal in PyeongChang, South Korea. In addition to his coaching success, he was a goaltender and the first at his position to win the Hobey Baker award. Stauber served as the Gophers goalie coach under Lucia from 2000-2008.
Tom Ward - current assistant coach, Buffalo Sabres
Tom Ward was a defenseman for the Gophers from 1982-85 and was an assistant under Doug Woog from 1995-99. He now is an assistant coach for the NHL’s
Todd Richards current assistant coach, Tampa Bay Lightning
Todd Richards played for Minnesota from 198589. He became an NHL coach in the late 2000s and was a head coach for the Minnesota Wild and Columbus Blue Jackets before going on to be an assistant for the Lightning.
Steve Rohlik current head coach, Ohio State
Rohlik led the Buckeyes to a second place conference finish and a No. 1 seed in an NCAA regional this season. He is a native of St. Paul, but went to Wisconsin from 1986-90. He was an assistant coach at Minnesota Duluth before going to Ohio State to be an assistant then a head coach.
GoldPASS to get new look by summer Some students have complained that the current website is difficult to use. BY TIFFANY BUI firstname.lastname@example.org
GoldPASS, the University of Minnesota’s career networking database, will get a digital facelift at the end of April. GoldPASS will be powered by the software service provider Handshake starting April 30. The website is anticipated to have a more modern appearance and user-friendly interface. This change will also feature app accessibility for GoldPASS, allowing users to connect to the platform on their phones. The University decided to move away from its current software provider, GradLeaders, w h en the contract ended last spring, said Becky Hall, the University’s director of career services administration. She said Handshake will have a contemporary and ‘smarter’ interface, in addition to app functionality. “They have a machine learning function where students go in and they start entering some of their industry sectors, areas of interest,” Hall said. “The software becomes smarter and will start
recommending opportunities for student to explore that might not necessarily be with the company they thought about before.” Handshake expands student opportunities to connect with employers, said Ben Christensen, co-founder of Handshake. “One thing that Handshake does is connect all of the University of Minnesota campuses to the larger employer network that spans the country, including things from Tesla to Amazon, to companies that are certainly local favorites like U.S. Bank or Target,” Christensen said. Macalester College transitioned to Handshake last July, and has been using the platform for a year. The ease of access for employers has allowed the college to connect students to more job opportunities, said John Mountain, director of Macalester College’s Career Development Center. “Handshake makes it really easy on the employer side to post positions to multiple schools,” Mountain said. The Career Development Center has seen more student interaction with Handshake than their previous center, he said. More students are logging into the database and making appointments at the develop-
ment center office. “Clearly, from an engagement standpoint, we’ve seen positive results, which is very consistent with what Handshake sees from other schools that have launched,” Mountain said. Some students say they welcome improvements, as GoldPASS was not userfriendly, which impeded usage of the platform. University junior Alyssa Benson said GoldPASS is something she uses sparingly — only when outside links redirect her to the website. But this year, Benson has had problems using the site. “It has not worked for me every time I have used it. Using it to sign up for job internship fairs, I had trouble,” Benson said. Sophomore Bruno Indig said he uses the website to find jobs and internships, but doesn’t find it convenient. “It’s really cluttered and not super helpful all the time. I’ll look at something in education and then a whole plethora of options that are not at all related to education will come up,” he said. Both students said they value ease of use as the most important improvement. Students enrolled in the Carlson School of Management will continue to use The Edge as their career services system.
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PFLUGERVILLE, Texas — As a SWAT team closed in, the suspected bomber whose deadly explosives terrorized Austin for three weeks used one of his own devices to blow himself up. But police warned that he could have planted more bombs before his death, and they cautioned the city to stay on guard. Mark Anthony Conditt, an unemployed college dropout who bought bomb-making materials at Home Depot, was tracked down using store surveillance video, cellphone signals and witness accounts of a customer shipping packages in a disguise
that included a blond wig and gloves. His motive remained a mystery. Police finally found the 23-year-old early Wednesday at a hotel in a suburb north of Austin known as the scene for filming portions of “Friday Night Lights.” Officers prepared to move in for an arrest. When the suspect’s sport utility vehicle began to drive away, they followed. Conditt ran into a ditch on the side of the road, and SWAT officers approached, banging on his window. Within seconds, the suspect had detonated a bomb inside his vehicle, blasting the officers backward, Austin Police
Chief Brian Manley said. One officer then fired his weapon at Conditt, the chief said. The medical examiner has not finalized the cause of death, but the bomb caused “significant” injuries, he said. Police discovered a 25-minute video recording on a cellphone found with Conditt, which Manley said he considers a “confession” to the bombings. It described in great detail the differences among the bombs, he said, but no motive. “It is the outcry of a very challenged young man talking about challenges in his own life,” Manley said of the recording.
CFANS hires alum to improve diversity CFANS u from Page 1
growers, growing the next generation of [agriculture] educators.” In the future, Roiger hopes to collaborate with diverse Minnesota youth through a variety of other organizations, including Appetite for Change, which uses food to build community in north Minneapolis, and the Green Garden Bakery, a youth-focused small business that grows and sells vegetable-based desserts. Amy Smith, an assistant professor of agricultural education who works directly with Roiger, said CFANS — through this new position — is working to connect with students who are not involved in traditional agricultural-focused extracurricular groups, such as 4-H or Future Farmers of America. Smith said these students can still be “fantastic educators, communicators or leaders in ag., food and natural resources.” By reaching diverse students, Roiger hopes this recruiting process will make Minnesota’s agricultural educators more inclusive to reflect the makeup of the state as a whole. “We don’t really have a
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Brandon Roiger poses for portraits on March 20. Roiger, a former student, was hired by the University to work with the Growing North Project, an initiative to get Minneapolis high schoolers of color involved in environmental issues.
very diverse teacher population in our state,” he said. “We’re trying to make
sure that students can see themselves reflected in their teachers.”
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“It seems like they just kind of leveled off,” Tegan said. “Aside from getting a top-end talent like Casey Mittelstadt every now and
then, they don’t seem like a perennial powerhouse, so I guess it was time for change.” University junior and season-ticket holder Malcolm Lindsay said it might have been time for Lucia to leave the program.
“Whether it’s good or bad for the program, it’s hard to tell right now, but I don’t see it as that bad,” Lindsay said. “I appreciate what he’s done over the last 19 years and now I’m just kind of excited going forward to see what happens.”
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Barbara Mancera has fought through injury for winning record Mancera is 13-4 in singles play for the spring after a 6-10 record last spring. BY MAX BIEGERT email@example.com
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Infielder Allie Arneson throws to first base during a game against Northwestern on April 15, 2017 at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium.
Arneson back in lineup Arneson returned from an injury and had three RBI in a game last weekend. BY DREW COVE firstname.lastname@example.org After a few weekends of work, Allie Arneson is back in the swing of the season. The Gophers (17-11) begin Big Ten play this weekend against Northwestern in Evanston, Illinois and their roster is closer to full strength with Arneson back in the fold. “There’s a difference [in] getting back when you’re initially cleared to come practice,” head coach Jamie Trachsel said. “She’s literally at that point of starting to get her
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legs underneath her as a defensive player and swinging the bat.” Arneson is a shortstop for the team and has played in 15 of Minnesota’s 28 games this season, after an injury curtailed her to begin the season. She recently batted in her first three runs on the season in the final game of the Gophers’ series win over New Mexico State. “I’ve had this injury for a while now. We’ve been working through it over the summer, and it came back right after the summer,” Arneson said. “It was almost a slap in the face when they told me the week and a half before we started traveling for the season that ‘hey, you have to sit at least four to six weeks.’” After an MRI, the injury proved to be in her femur and not the hamstring, as she had thought. Once the injury was diagnosed correctly, Arneson said she could make a full recovery at a quicker pace. She recovered on the shorter end of that 4-6 week timeframe, Arneson said, and got back into full-game shape in practice
when she returned to play. Last season, Arneson recorded a .284 batting average in her first year with Minnesota. She had 26 RBI on 33 hits. She also missed just one game in the Gophers’ 56-5 campaign in 2016-17. While she made an impact offensively, Arneson’s arm strength is what comes to mind when teammate MaKenna Partain thinks of her. “Just a cannon of an arm,” Partain said. “You do not see many people with arm strength like Allie; it’s unbelievable.” Beyond her play on the field, Arneson is a vocal leader for the team. Softball is already a vocal sport, where teammates encourage each other from the bench and the field. Trachsel said Arneson is the team’s own “Tasmanian Devil.” Partain said she can hear Arneson between every single pitch. “You’ll never go through a game and not hear Allie,” Partain said. “She’s always in the dugout talking, cheering [or] making people laugh.” The leadership intangibles
“It was almost a slap in the face when they told me the week and a half before we started traveling for the season that ‘hey, you have to sit at least four to six weeks.” ALLIE ARNESON Shortstop
are one thing, but Trachsel said the team’s depth is improved with Arneson back from injury. Minnesota balanced some utility players in the shortstop position while Arneson was out with the injury, but Trachsel, the mainstay shortstop from last season, is back full time. “We’re starting to get healthy,” Trachsel said. “Piece by piece we’ve been getting better ... but our consistency with out health is going to keep improving as we move through conference.”
After she recovered from an injury, junior Barbara Mancera has improved with her new team. Mancera is 13-4 in singles play during the spring season on the women’s tennis team and plays predominantly in the No. 4 position. She went 6-10 in the No. 3 spot last season, her first year with the Gophers. “I had a broken foot, so I could not get as many matches in, but the coaches have helped a lot with the recovery,” Mancera said of her first season with the team. “The doctors have been great with physical therapy, and I just feel so much better than l did last year.” Mancera said, for most of her sophomore year, she dealt with a chronic sesamoid fracture in her right foot. She suffered the injury the summer before arriving in Minnesota. According to the American College Foot and Ankle Surgeons, a sesamoid fracture is caused by increased pressure on the ball of the foot beneath the big toe joint. Mancera said the key to her game is to run and use her athleticism to outhustle an opponent. She could not do that with this type of injury. At first, she just dealt with the pain and played through the fall and part of the spring season. However, the pain was eventually too much for her. She opted for surgery in April, cutting her 2016-17 season short.
Head coach Catrina Thompson said Mancera healing from an injury has made a big difference in her game. “She has been able to consistently practice with the team day in and day out, which is probably the biggest reason she has been able to play so well this year,” Thompson said. Mancera grew up in Mexico City before coming to Minnesota. There, Mancera said, she was given the nickname “Bita” by her mother, whose name is also Barbara. “Bita,” is short for Barbarita and means little Barbara. She’s been called that name since she was five years old. Mancera was recruited by North Carolina State and went 8-9 at the school as a freshman. She decided to transfer to Minnesota for academic reasons. “I knew that the University of Minnesota has a great economics program, so I came here,” Mancera said. “The weather might be a little iffy, but everything else is amazing.” Senior captain Caroline Ryba said Mancera brings a certain competitive edge to practice that is unique. The energy Mancera creates, Ryba said, with being so competitive, creates a fun atmosphere. Mancera will look to continue her current form when the Gophers play Michigan and Indiana over the weekend. Though she has gotten off to a winning record in singles play, Mancera said she is more focused on what the team needs to do. “I don’t think I personally have too many individual goals; I just want to help the team and we just want to work to be a top five team in the Big Ten and make the NCAA tournament,” Mancera said.
WOMEN’S TENNIS PREVIEW
VS MICHIGAN WHERE: Baseline Tennis Center
MINNESOTA WHEN: 2 p.m. Friday
VS MINNESOTA WHEN: 11 a.m. Sunday
INDIANA WHERE: Bloomington, Ind. SOURCE: GOPHERSPORTS.COM
Gophers alumni take victory lap after winning gold The U.S. national team defeated the Canadian women’s hockey team 3-2. BY KALEB MEDHANIE email@example.com Six current and former Gophers players helped the U.S. team win gold on Feb. 21-22 in PyeongChang, South Korea during the 2018 Olympics. Those players have since returned to the U.S. and stayed busy in the weeks that have followed. The team first celebrated with family and friends after the game, on the rink and at dinner. The players took three hours to get off the ice because of celebrations and media. One of the stops for the team was in Washington, D.C., where they helped with a hockey clinic that consisted of more than 250 girls, most between the ages of five and 11. “I think that was my favorite part about everything we did,” former Gophers hockey player and USA player Hannah Brandt said. “Being able to interact with fans and young girls that had been watching the game and following the Olympics and [were] so excited about what we had done.” The team stayed in South Korea for a few days after the game, then flew to Los Angeles, where they stayed
for one day. While they were in California, the team made an appearance on Ellen DeGeneres’ show and went to a Los Angeles Kings game. Then, the team flew to Tampa, Florida, which was the home of their training ground for around six months prior to the Olympics. They went to a Tampa Bay Lightning game and got to give thanks to the people that helped them while in training. Besides helping out kids at a hockey clinic, the team also went to the NHL Stadium Series game between the Capitals and Maple Leafs at the Naval Academy in Washington, D.C. At the game, they were celebrated alongside the men’s curling team, which also won gold at the Olympics. “It was breathtaking because it was at the Naval Academy,” former Gophers hockey player and USA player Dani Cameranesi said. “Before the game started, the ships all came out and there was so many of them that they surrounded the entire rink and the fighter jets that went over, and fireworks. We got announced during one of the intermissions and the roar from the crowd was so loud, I swear you could hear it from a mile away.” They made a stop in New Jersey to go to a U.S. women’s soccer game. The two teams have connected with each other as they both pursue opportunities for equal pay in their sports.
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Forward Hannah Brandt scores a goal at Ridder Arena on Nov. 14, 2015, when the Gophers defeated Bemidji State 8-3.
“Getting together with that group of athletes was cool because they’ve been going through the same thing we have,” former Gophers hockey player and USA player Kelly Pannek said. “It’s cool to bring that full circle.” The hockey team also went to New York, where they toured Sports Illus-
trated, met Jimmy Fallon and went to the top of the Empire State Building. Some of the team went to the New Jersey Devils game, while others went to the New York Rangers game during the trip. The group also went to the Tie Break Tens, a tennis tournament held at Madison Square Garden, which in-
cluded Serena and Venus Williams. The team sat courtside. “We were able to talk to them as they were playing,” Brandt said. “That was probably the coolest thing we did in New York.” The group as a whole went back to Tampa and the former Gophers players went to Minnesota after that. The
six current and former players were then honored for winning gold in the state they played college hockey. “My favorite part of it all has been being home,” Cameranesi said. “Bringing it back to the community and to the people that helped me along and essentially where my whole journey began.”
THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2018
CULTURE to CONSUME
By Maddy Folstein
College kitchen: Dinky dupes
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Do-it-yourself recipes for all your favorite Dinkytown dining staples. BY SOPHIE VILENSKY firstname.lastname@example.org
ometimes you really want to go out to eat. But most of the time you shouldn’t — wheth-
Watch this: “Ugly Delicious” Celebrity Chef David Chang of the Momofuku restaurant chain has a new Netflix show. Each episode of “Ugly Delicious” explores the history and influence of one food item or concept, ranging from tacos to home cooking. You’ll finish the season craving everything shown on screen and questioning the true meaning of “authentic.”
Follow this: The Fab Five on Instagram Recently finished the remake of “Queer Eye” on Netflix and wishing you had more of the Fab Five in your life? The solution is easy: follow all five on Instagram (@jvn, @antoni, @tanfrance, @bobbyberk and @karamobrown). Jonathan shows off his yoga and skincare routines, and Antoni shares proof that, yes, he actually can cook, regardless of what his critics say.
CULTURE COMPASS By Maddy Folstein
Friday Barista Throwdown and Taco Takeover Watch the best baristas flaunt their skills at this latte art contest. 32 competitors enter and three will emerge victorious, thanks to judges from the Star Tribune. If latte art wasn’t enough, James Beard Nominated Chef Jorge Guzman will be serving cochinita pibil, chorizo-potato and lentil tacos for $5 each.
Where Northern Coffeeworks, 1027 S. Washington Ave. Minneapolis Hours 5:30-10 P.M. Cost $5
er the reason be money or about-to-expire-ingredients sitting in your kitchen. However, you can’t stop cravings.
There are times when you need that milkshake from the
place on the corner with a huge light-up sign. Or that greasy breakfast from the place with a line out the door. We won’t name names, but we understand the struggle. Here’s A&E’s list of dupes for popular Dinkytown eats.
Because there’s no reason to spend $6 dollars on a single serving of this. Sorry.
Ingredients: 1 can chickpeas, drained 1/2 large onion 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley 2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro 1 teaspoon sea salt 1 teaspoon dried hot pepper 4 (or 5 if you want to have extra fun) cloves garlic 1 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon baking powder 4-6 tablespoons flour Vegetable oil for frying
Ingredients: 1 cup milk 1 cup ice cream 4 tablespoons malted milk powder 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract Choice of additional ingredients (chocolate, frozen fruit, syrups, etc) for flavor
Directions: 1. Place chickpeas, onion, parsley, cilantro, pepper, garlic and cumin in blender 2. Blend (but don’t puree!) 3. Add baking powder and 4 tablespoons of flour to blender, pulse mixture 5. Place mixture in covered bowl and refrigerate for a couple hours 6. Form the mixture into small balls 7. Heat around 3 inches of oil to 375 degrees in a deep pot 8. Fry balls on both sides (and do NOT let the oil splash you!) (if the balls are falling apart, add a little more flour!) 9. Drain on paper towel
Sunday Waffle Day March 25 is Waffle Day in Sweden, and the American Swedish Institute is celebrating with both sweet and savory heart-shaped waffles. The sweet option includes blueberry jam, while the savory option features country spiced sausage and herbs. Pick both — Sunday morning is the best time for brunch, after all.
Where FIKA at the American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Ave., Minneapolis Hours 11 A.M.-3 P.M. Cost $8-$10
Road trip to the Upper Peninsula or head down a Dinkytown alley? How about neither tonight (as long as you feel like chopping). Ingredients: 1 pie crust 1 tablespoon butter 1 small onion, chopped 1 leek, chopped 1/2 pound hanger steak, chopped 1 parsnip, chopped 1 potato, chopped 1 carrot, chopped 2 sprigs thyme, chopped 1 egg, beaten Salt and pepper to taste
No, it’s not that remarkable of a feat to create. And it’s oh so easy to make gluten free, too! Ingredients: 1 pizza crust (buy premade or DIY) 1 cup elbow macaroni 2 cups cheddar cheese 1/2 tablespoon heavy cream 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup ricotta cheese Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees, spray pan with cooking spray 2. Roll out crust on pan 3. Cook macaroni noodles 4. While still hot, add 1 cup cheddar and heavy cream to cooked noodles 5. Mix well 6. Drizzle olive oil on dough 7. Spread ricotta evenly on dough and sprinkle mozzarella 8. Spread macaroni mixture evenly, top with remaining cheddar 9. Bake until golden brown (about 20 minutes)
We won’t pretend to know how to make good kimchi. Get takeout for that. Ingredients: 3 cups cooked rice 3 eggs 1 cup scallions, finely chopped 1 tablespoon soy sauce Salt and pepper (to taste) 1/2 tablespoon sesame oil 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds Vegetable oil (for frying) Directions: 1. Beat eggs 2. Heat oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Add 2/3 of the scallions and fry until soft and fragrant.
3. Reduce the heat and add eggs. Scramble until eggs are set but still runny. Set aside. 4. Return the pan to stove and turn the heat to medium high, add oil and fry remaining scallions. Add soy sauce. 5. Add the rice to pan and fry, breaking up chunks as you go. 6. Return the egg to the pan and mix well with rice. Fry together. 7. Add salt, pepper, sesame oil and sesame seeds.
Eggs with hollandaise sauce
Use this recipe to avoid spending money at Dinkytown’s favorite greasy spoon. Ingredients: Sauce: 2 egg yolks 1/4 cup salted butter, melted 1/4 lemon, juiced Pinch of salt Pinch of cayenne pepper Directions: 1. Combine the egg yolks, lemon juice, salt and cayenne pepper in a microwave-safe bowl and beat until smooth. 2. Slowly add melted butter into the mixture, whisking to mix. 3. Microwave mixture for 15 or 20 seconds. Whisk until thick. 4. Prepare eggs any way you like ‘em, top with hollandaise.
Asian American Studies program creates literary journal and poetry contest The program is accepting submissions for both initiatives through April 6.
Where Guthrie Theater, 818 South 2nd St. Minneapolis Hours 1 P.M. AND 7 P.M. Cost tickets start at $29
Directions: 1. Combine ingredients in blender 2. Blend until creamy (30ish seconds) 3. Transfer to tall glass (or whatever you like to sip from) 4. That’s it!! Seriously
Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees 2. Melt butter in pan, add onion and leek and cook until soft 3. Remove from heat and allow to cool 3. Combine steak, parsnip, potato, carrot and thyme in bowl 4. Combine mixtures, season with salt and pepper 5. Roll out crust until 1/4 inch thick 6. Cut into four circles, each five inches in diameter 7. Spoon 1/3 cup filling onto one half of each crust circle 8. Brush edges of crust with egg and fold over 9. Brush outside of pasties with egg 10. Place in oven. When browning begins, lower heat to 350 degrees and bake for additional 25 minutes. 11. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
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Saturday The American dream is contested in “Familiar,” the Guthrie’s latest endeavor on its McGuire Proscenium Stage. Written by “Black Panther” actress and Macalaster College graduate Danai Gurira, the play follows Tendi as she brings her Minnetonkan boyfriend home to her Zimbabwean-American family.
Serve with a selection of sauces and some strong tea for the full experience.
Macaroni and cheese pizza and a cherry malted milkshake.
BY MADDY FOLSTEIN email@example.com
rt and activism have long worked in tandem. In its 15th year, University of Minnesota’s Asian American Studies Program is bolstering that connection. By establishing a literary journal and opening a poetry contest, the program allows students, faculty, staff and community members to explore their own forms of creative expression. “Asian Americans have always used creative outlets as a form of resistance to challenge … systems of domination because it’s a tool for us to uplift our voice, but also
“Asian Americans have always used creative outlets as a form of resistance to challenge … systems of domination because it’s a tool for us to uplift our voice, but also be politically charged.” JUNE KUOCH Asian American Studies student and ambassador
be politically charged,” said June Kuoch, an Asian American Studies student ambassador and a senior studying sociology. The Asian American Studies Program Journal’s first issue is centered on the theme “CTRL+F: Identities, Places, Connections,” which reflects one of the program’s goals on campus. Submissions for both initiatives will be accepted through April 6. “The focus is on finding your identity and placing connections. … We thought this would be a really great way to get students involved with this journal and Asian American Studies,” said Amanda Nguyen, an Asian American Studies student ambassador and senior studying biology. “It helps a lot of students who come from this background. … [With the journal,] maybe they can share what they’ve learned about themselves.” The student-led journal will reflect a variety of work, ranging from fiction to poetry to visual art, and students, faculty, staff and community members are all encouraged to submit. “It’s important to be student-led because a lot of students on campus don’t have
an outlet … for creative work. … We want to produce this horizontal idea that ‘yes, you are a student, but your voice is as valued as a professor’s,’” Kuoch said. The program’s poetry contest accepts entries inspired by Janice Mirikitani’s poem “Yea, She Knows.” The poem incorporates Mirikitani’s reflection on the Third World Liberation Front strikes of the late 1960s, which were influential in establishing ethnic studies programs in California universities, and the experiences of Mirikitani’s daughter 20 years later. “I thought it really captured both the spirit of what happened in the 1960s and, maybe after 20 years, the soul searching of where we have come since then,” said Josephine Lee, a professor of English and Asian American Studies. “The poem itself is retrospective. … There’s a lot of feelings in this poem about what’s going on, feelings about anger and frustration, but also the joy of doing something that you feel is politically progressive.” Anyone, from students to community members, is encouraged to submit to the contest, which will reward
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the winners with prizes. By looking to Mirikitani’s poem for inspiration, entrants will spark their own creativity and learn more about Asian American history. “To do the contest, you have to read the poem … and you have to know about the … Asian American student movements that led to the rise of ethnic studies. … It’s a historical bridging that I feel like, for me, is necessary for us to understand the ways in which Asian Americans have been oppressed in the past
and how our struggles are interrelated,” Kuoch said. Along with the journal and poetry contest, the Asian American Studies Program continues to support other creative interests, like hosting visual artist talks on campus. “We’re really interested in the ways in which Asian American experiences are not just about historical experiences and everyday things, but the ways in which arts and culture can make that a bigger space,” Lee said.
6 THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2018
Editorials & Opinions
Schools’ walkouts should be student-led
ACEC should reform policies and increase transparency
Students in MN had their protests planned for them, rendering them meaningless.
n March 14, high school students all over the state walked out of their classrooms to call for stricter gun control measures and to remember the victims of the Parkland shooting one ELLEN SCHNEIDER month after it took place. columnist Students stayed outside for 17 minutes, one minute for every person killed. The entire nation has been somewhat captivated by the mass action of students who refuse to stay silent. I applauded my own siblings for taking part in their school’s protest, until I realized how apathetic they were toward it. I preached to them the importance and value of partaking in civil action, until I realized their frustration — their school had planned the protest. According to KSTP News, some schools in the Twin Cities had “scheduled” the walkouts for their students. There are numerous issues in having a politically motivated protest be facilitated by school administration. Firstly, it undermines the value in student-led civil engagement. Students are receiving massive coverage and being praised
for their bravery and activism, when in reality they are only participating in school sanctioned events. I doubt students will learn anything about civil engagement or grassroots activism if they are only following directions. There is immense significance in young people engaging in political conversations in a meaningful way, and being taken seriously by the lawmakers who represent them. However, allowing school administrators to organize these protests compromises that. When students who participated were asked why they walked out, some couldn’t say why they were protesting or what action they’d like to see, according to KSTP coverage. These are not the voices of students that we’re hearing, it’s the reiteration of messages pre-approved by administrators. Not only do I believe these students are being deprived of an experience and lesson that could be incredibly valuable and spur more civil engagement later on, but the decision to plan these protests completely disregards students who may not agree. While I’m sure schools didn’t force anyone to participate, there is still a sense of forced inclusion. Students may feel compelled to take part in these protests because they are arranged by their schools, even if they don’t identify with the politics behind them. A student at New Prague High School has received national attention after he attended his school’s walkout holding a poster which supported gun rights. His sign displayed a fanfavorite NRA message: “Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.” The student was promptly
asked by his principal to leave school property or give up his sign. Politics aside, if a school is going to allow students who are advocating for stricter gun laws to speak their mind, they need to do the same for those who support gun rights. A video of the incident has since gone viral, as many feel students are being used as political pawns in a ploy to push gun control. While I don’t want to delegitimize the opinions of these students, I do feel that organizing a protest as an authorized school event impedes on students’ rights to freely speak and associate. Schools are not political platforms to be used to push just one side of a controversial issue. They can, however, be initiators of thoughtful discussion and debate if there is room for more than one point of view. I realize that this issue has put school administrators in a tough position, as they’ve been pushed into the partisan spotlight. But what I believe administrators should do, in a word, is nothing. They shouldn’t actively attempt to prevent demonstrations, but should also refrain from having a hand in the organization. Students shouldn’t receive a placated version of what it means to be politically engaged. If school policy permits that students who engage in disruptive events be disciplined, then so be it. Young people deserve to know the true risks, repercussions and rewards of engaging in these protests. Ellen Schneider welcomes comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
NCAA should value academics
Why Islam Awareness Week is necessar y on college campuses
Playing college sports is flawed. We can tip it back to the athletes’ favor.
he University of Maryland, Baltimore County may be an athletic underdog, but since 1966, it has discreetly soared to the top level of academic standards for every student — includUMA VENKATA ing athletes. Is it possible columnist for a school to focus this much on every student’s academics and still enjoy athletic fame? Yes, because UMBC beat Virginia in the NCAA basketball tournament on March 16 by a cathartic 20 points. (They lost to Kansas State on Sunday, 43-50). The NCAA raised academic standards for student-athletes, but it’s not enough. If you’re not a student-athlete, it’s difficult to put yourself in the shoes that some of them run around in all day. Let’s try to do that here. On a regular day, say you’ve got a team workout in the morning. Then you have class, team practice and finally you can go home to catch up on all the schoolwork you didn’t have time for yet. It’s fair to say that most student-athletes pour most of their energy into their sports rather than their majors. And unless they’re going to play professionally after graduation, this schedule isn’t a good investment in their futures at all. Plus, playing sports is basically a full-time job, but NCAA athletes are never paid. Unpaid status can spell disaster for some student-athletes. NCAA players have reported going hungry while pouring all their energy into their sport every day. Some student-athletes regularly spend 40 hours a week or more on practice, which clearly doesn’t leave much time for school, work and rest for their bodies. However, to the University of Minnesota’s credit, student-athletes are well taken care of in this respect — they receive clothing, iPads
and, to varying degrees of subsidy, housing, food and tuition. Free, regular private tutoring is available to every athlete. Land O’ Lakes has sponsored an excellent new private compound. But these endowments avoid the real problem. There have been arguments that NCAA athletes should be part-time students, given the minimal amount of time they have for school. But that’s just a disservice — by saying that, we tell student-athletes that we value sport entertainment more than their futures. A strong academic record ensures far more than four years of sports. I don’t think my entertainment is more important than student-athletes’ future incomes. The NCAA claims their athletes are students first, athletes second — but all I see is evidence to the contrary. College should be for learning, and shouldn’t be liable to disappear completely if a student-athlete is so unlucky as to be injured enough not to play. And when college is over, every student deserves to have spent that time on earning the degree and grades necessary for a fulfilling and desirable job. UMN could take a leaf from UMBC’s book — school should really be every student’s first concern. And if it is, sports aren’t doomed. Sports are fun, but they are no guarantee of post-collegiate employment. If the NCAA were so respectful to its athletes as to raise the GPA requirement even more — or if UMN were to raise it past the current 2.0 — then student-athletes would be forced to focus even more on school. Or we could reduce practice time, allowing student-athletes to study more and maybe even accrue work experience. P.J. Fleck tells us that while we row the boat, we can’t see the future, we can’t control it — but he doesn’t mention that nothing should stop us for preparing for it. And for all but a lucky few studentathletes, the future is going to be a whole new ballgame. Uma Venkata welcomes comments at email@example.com.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR Don Lucia’s resignation comes at the right time
Entering the final day of the men’s hockey conference tournaments, Minnesota looked like a lock to make the NCAA Tournament. To fall far enough in the Pairwise Rankings (the rankings which determine the at-large bids for the tournament field), the Gophers would need the outcomes of six games to go against them. The odds of that happening were slim, yet in a stroke of misfortune that could only be inflicted on perhaps the unluckiest sports communities in the world, exactly that happened. But before we can cast off this season’s shortfall as bad luck, it is worth wondering why the “Pride on Ice” needed to rely on a series of outcomes in the first place, however unlikely the fatal combination seemed. While injuries to star players may have held the Gophers back at the beginning of the season, the team went on a 6-1-1 tear heading into the final weekend of Big Ten play. A top 10 ranking in the Pairwise almost guaranteed a tournament bid, regardless of how the Big Ten tournament played out. But the Gophers were whipped in four consecutive games by Penn State, a program that celebrated its inaugural season a mere five seasons ago, including a sweep in the Big Ten quarterfinal. The season’s outcome underscores the inconsistency that has hit the program of late. This type of inconsistency has plagued coach Don Lucia’s squad the past several years. Despite winning each of the first four Big Ten regular season championships, the Gophers’ last NCAA Tournament success came in 2014 when they advanced to the Frozen Four, even-
tually losing to Union in the title game. Before that, Minnesota’s only Frozen Four appearances since their last championship in 2003 came in 2005 and 2012. Since entering the Big Ten, having left the more competitive WCHA (now broken to the NCHC and WCHA), the Gophers have lost ground in competitiveness and recruitment to the other hockey powers in the state of Minnesota. Prior to his resignation, there was speculation that, after this year’s disappointing end, Lucia may be fired by athletics director Mark Coyle. While Lucia’s teams have only finished below .500 once in his 17 seasons at the helm, progress can become stagnant after a long enough tenure for any coach. The winningest coach in Minnesota hockey history, Lucia will stay on as an adviser to Coyle, who has shown very few qualms with shelling out big money to hire and retain big-name coaches. There should be no doubt about the attractiveness of the head coaching job at a historic program nestled in the greatest breeding ground of hockey talent in the United States, and Lucia may be uniquely equipped to aid the search for a new bench boss. Lucia will be remembered for the team’s success throughout his career, but as Gophers athletics start fresh with the opening of Athletes Village, it’s a good time to turn the page to a new chapter in men’s hockey history. This letter has been lightly edited for clarity and style. Christian Rosenow is a 2017 University of Minnesota graduate with a degree in genetics, cell biology and development.
In the age of the “Muslim Ban” and increased Islamophobic hate crimes, Islam is at the forefront of political discourse. Although Muslims are at the center of attention in the media, the public and even at the dinner table, they are rarely involved in these discussions. From conservatives who try to restrict Muslims from entering the United States to liberals who strive to “save” Muslim women, debates and conversations about Muslims occur regularly, but Muslims are not being invited. Islam is discussed by CNN and Fox News, who constantly perpetuate false stereotypes and homogenize Muslims. Although we like to think university campuses are a space for critical thinking and open discourse, the ideas that are pushed by the mainstream media still make their way to schools like the University of Minnesota. On our campus, there have been several instances of Muslims being targeted. In early November 2016, the Muslim Students Association’s panel on the Washington Avenue Bridge was vandalized with “ISIS” written boldly across the Islamic calligraphy. Just a few weeks earlier, several Muslim Students were personally targeted and had their names and information posted on flyers around campus. Muslim students have reported being harassed on the streets of Stadium Village.
With disproportionately limited access to positions in media and political power, Muslims are being told what they believe in and what their religion is.
Many false claims about Islam made on the news and by people in positions of power are echoed on campus, having a wider impact on students pursuing ambitious careers in many diverse fields. With the constant negative stereotypes of Muslims, spectators often take these claims as the truth. With disproportionately limited access to positions in media and political power, Muslims are being told what they believe in and what their religion is. An awareness and understanding of Islam on college campuses is necessary. With the toxic discourse and false information about Islam spreading on campus and throughout the country, Muslim students at the University have been striving to take back the narrative of their religion to narrate it themselves. For over ten years, the Al-Madinah Cultural Center and the Muslim Students Association have collaborated to host an annual Islam Awareness Week. Islam Awareness Week is organized by a committee dedicated to creating events that are geared toward educating the general student body about what Islam is and isn’t. This year, Islam Awareness Week will be from Monday, March 25 to Friday, March 30. With ten events throughout the week, this initiative is intended to bring the student body together and help correct common misconceptions that are perpetuated about Islam. Islam Awareness Week is what this University needs during these times. With the goal of spreading peace and understanding instead of hate and ignorance, Islam Awareness Week has the opportunity to educate our student body and allow our campus to come together, unified as a whole. This letter has been lightly edited for clarity and style. Samia Abdi is a University of Minnesota freshman majoring in pyschology and a member of the Muslim Student Association.
The All-Campus Election Commission is tasked with the responsibility of ensuring a democratic transition of power between student body governments at the University of Minnesota. To accomplish this task, the ACEC hosts a number of student body leadership elections and votes on key issues facing the student body annually. This year, the election process demonstrated key gaps in logistics and management. While some deficiencies were specific to this year, the mismanagement of this year’s election process demonstrates fundamental issues with procedures in place ensuring fair elections. In 2018, the all-campus elections saw a substantial decline in undergraduate voter turnout — nearly 33 percent — ending a decade-long improvement in voter turnout. While the ACEC cannot be held solely responsible for low-voter numbers, it still could be a symptom of the badly run election. Since the debate was delayed and the referendum was passed with little time before the vote, many students felt disengaged with the process. Furthermore, with just over 10 attendees, the MSA debate hosted by the ACEC demonstrated a clear lack of advertising and planning. While the low number of candidates abetted the late announcement in slashing attendance, the lack of effort on behalf of ACEC cannot be ignored. Several problems occurred while handling the referendum mechanism in this year’s election. The proposed UMN divestment referendum, proposed by various groups like Students for Justice in Palestine, was added to the ballot only slightly before the ballot went live. We expressed in an earlier editorial that this short term addition of the referendum question offered too little time for meaningful discussion about the topic at hand, and the voters did not have enough time to learn about the referendum. Additionally, the ACEC excluded professional students from voting on the referendum due to policy that stated the student group or organization proposing the referendum could choose who votes. After outcry from the general public, the ACEC walked back this policy and afforded PSG students the right to vote on the referendum. Clearly, there is a discrepancy in policy and the wants of the public. There are three substantial reforms the ACEC must perform in order to improve the election process. First, they must improve their threshold for transparency. During any normal election process, there are many internal documents that are made public, including policy proposals and information about how internal decisions are made. While the average student may not read these documents, it’s important for the ACEC to provide them for transparency. Additionally, many groups complained about not being able to speak with ACEC leaders during the election process. Second, there must be a change in policy about referendums. While it may be permissible to allow groups to select the audience of their referendum, there ought to be an internal evaluation of these audience requests. A referendum that affects the whole campus should not be allowed to apply to a subset of the student body. Furthermore, the text and the wording of each referendum should be released weeks in advance, giving the opportunity for substantive debates throughout campus. The failure to provide this platform for dialogue is a failure to promote basic democratic procedures. Finally, the ACEC should re-evaluate their timing. Debates should be announced several weeks in advance to allow the candidates more time to prepare and the opportunity for more people to attend. The ACEC must change aspects of the election process to ensure that the bias of mismanagement does not affect the results. If the ACEC takes its vital function on campus with enthusiasm, lackluster attendance and turnout are simple facts of an election. However, given all the problems with this year’s election process, the deficiencies are too hard to ignore. We hope they heed our recommendation and adopt a policy that maximizes student engagement and fairness in the election process.
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HOROSCOPES Today’s Birthday (3/22): Your collaboration gets lucrative this year. Focus on your career for long-term gain. Household growth this summer leads naturally to family fun and romance. Team changes or challenges come together for a winter victory. Love is the bottom line. Share and give thanks.
Aries (3/21 - 4/19): Today is a 7 — Communication glitches could arise. Note what gets said and keep written records. Stick to simple plans rather than elaborate schemes. Fantasy and reality clash. Taurus (4/20 - 5/20): Today is a 9 — Track income and expenses. Don’t get sidetracked; distractions could get expensive. Figure out the numbers before compromising. Save up for something you’ve been wanting. Gemini (5/21 - 6/21): Today is a 9 — Expect energy surges. You may fluctuate between feeling confident and sensitive. Keep your feet on the ground. Pamper yourself with hot water and bubbles.
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Libra (9/23 - 10/22): Today is an 8 — Plan and budget for the future. Steady savings adds up over time. Don’t waste money on stuff you don’t need. Prioritize your family’s health. Scorpio (10/23 - 11/21): Today is an 8 — Invest in your family’s future. Don’t lose what you’ve got to get more. Wait for nebulous opportunities to solidify. Scrutinize options and plans. Sagittarius (11/22 - 12/21): Today is an 8 — Compromise with your partner for practical objectives. Keep your patience and your sense of humor. Don’t spend until you’re certain what you want.
Cancer (6/22 - 7/22): Today is a 6 — Pull into your shell to sort out your feelings. Peace and privacy soothe and comfort. Consider what your spirit and heart want.
Capricorn (12/22 - 1/19): Today is a 9 — The workload increases. Practice your moves for increased speed and performance. Learn a valuable trick. Nurture your health and wellbeing with good food.
Leo (7/23 - 8/22): Today is an 8 — Teamwork lightens everyone’s load. Strengthen your friendship networks and connections. Contribute your talents and invite participation and collaboration. Thrive in a healthy hive.
Aquarius (1/20 - 2/18): Today is a 7 — Have fun with friends, family and your sweetheart. Avoid expense or hassle and stick to simple pursuits. Play with someone whose talents you respect.
Virgo (8/23 - 9/22): Today is an 8 — Travel and studies offer new opportunities. Expand your boundaries and understanding of another’s views. Take a step toward an educational goal.
Pisces (2/19 - 3/20): Today is a 7 — Domestic matters have your attention. Simplify renovation plans down to basic elements. Strip away elaborate options that you don’t need. Less is more.
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Dear Dr. Date, My boyfriend and I are moving in together next month. I’m mostly really excited about it, but there’s one thing. His family gives him Furbies for his birthday ever y single year. As many as the age that he’s turning. And by that, I mean that when he turned six, they gave him six Furbies. When he turned 13, they gave him 13. He’s 25 now. And he keeps ALL of them on shelves above the headboard of his — what is soon to be our — bed. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s cute that he wants to keep a reminder of a tradition and of his family in an obvious spot in the house. But how do I get him to reduce the number of big, glassy, stonedlooking eyeballs leering over us while we sleep? My very best, Furb is the word Hey, Furb is the word, Furbies are terrifying. No debate there. But that’s adorable, albeit a little weird. How would you feel about parsing them throughout the apartment? Or maybe you could ask him to pick a few of his favorites. Or maybe you could sew them little hats so that they feel like they’re yours, too. (I like this plan best.) -Dr. Date Dear Dr. Date, Please excuse me if this is too much information, but I had to tell somebody about this. There’ve been a lot of fruit flies in my apartment in the past couple weeks. At first they were just in the kitchen, but now they’ve spread to the bedrooms too. Any-
way, it hadn’t been bothering me much. But this morning, I was, ah, pleasuring myself. I’d gotten pretty far and, at one point, inhaled sharply … right as a fruit fly flew past my face. I swallowed in surprise. Safe to say I ingested a little extra protein for the day. That’s not all, though. This made me think of Casey Affleck’s character in the movie “Good Will Hunting,” when he yells, “Have I swallowed a bug?!” Then I started thinking about white trash Casey Affleck, which led me to conclude my … session. I’ve never thought about a dude like this before. I like GIRLS, b ut n ow w h e n eve r I see a guy with dark curly hair in a striped
shirt … I have one simple question. No homo … or yes homo? Sincerely, Caught A Bug Dear Caught A Bug, Well, you can of ficially cross that off of your bucket list. How’d it taste? And I think you already know the answer to your question. It’s yes homo. Love, Dr. Date P.S. Who DOESN’T think about Casey Affleck when they get off … ? Want advice from the love doctor? Email Dr. Date at drdate@mndaily. com
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West Bank residents want diverse cops Cedar-Riverside residents are asking MPD to appoint diverse officers. BY ISABELLA MURRAY email@example.com
Cedar-Riverside residents and city officials are calling for greater diversity in the Minneapolis Police Department. Neighborhood residents argue that having more East African officers on the force will build trust between police and the community. Requests for more East African officers came after two Somali officers patrolling Cedar-Riverside were promoted to sergeants. “Constituents have come and asked for officers that speak their languages and understand them better,” said Ward 6 Minneapolis City Council member Abdi Warsame. “[Having East African officers] breaks down barriers of understanding between law enforcement and residents that can occur from language and cultural differences.” Just 8 percent of sworn MPD officers are of African American descent, according to MPD human resources consultant Dan Villarreal. MPD doesn’t segment minority groups further than African American, Hispanic, Native American, Hawaiian and Asian. While MPD numbers aren’t specified further than general minority groups, Sergeant Dave Burbank said the department does have community engagement teams to conduct outreach with certain minority groups. There is an engagement team specifically for the East African community.
“We are working to diversify our police force, so there is a need to get more East African officers on the department,” Burbank said. Community service officers are part of this diversification process. CSOs assist the police department and community by mediating between department personnel and local communities. CSOs can eventually become full-time police officers, according to Burbank. “We have three CSOs that are of Somali descent. We had four, but one was just promoted to the cadet academy to become a fulltime officer,” he said. Two Somali police officers, Abdiwahab Ali and Mohammed Abdullahi, previously served the community. But the two left their roles as patrolling officers after being promoted to sergeants. Though this was a success for the officers, Warsame said their departure has resulted in a loss of trust between the community and MPD. “ T h e n e i g h b o rh o o d knew Officers Mo and Ali by name and asked for them by name during emergencies,” Warsame said. “That extreme sense of trust and comfortability was built over time and is hard to replicate with officers not as familiar with the community.” Mohamed Ali, director of the Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center, said there’s been a notable shift in the officers community members confide in. “With Mo and Ali, we’d be praying with them at the mosque, sitting with them at the restaurants. On Friday, you’d see them in uniforms, and on Saturday you’d play soccer with them,” he said. Abdirizak Bihi, director
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Two children walk past police cars parked outside Riverside Plaza on Monday, March 19.
of the Somali Education and Social Advocacy Center, said some residents have noticed the loss of Ali and Abdullahi more than others, but the community has started to warm to their replacements. “I walk around a lot and do a lot of social services in the community, and I see officers all over the place,” he said. Still, Bihi acknowledged that Somali officers would better serve the community, as they could navigate language barriers and serve as role models for residents. Warsame said he will meet with MPD Chief Medaria Arradondo soon to discuss adding more East African officers to the department.
A view of the Cedar-Riverside Community School on Monday, March 19.
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Regent Patricia Simmons reflects on her 15 years
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The landscape of the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents will change this spring after a long-serving member’s resignation. Regent Patricia Simmons announced on March 7 her intention to resign from the board later this spring, which many say will leave an expertise gap. She was first elected to the board in 2003, then again in 2009 and 2015, and served a two-year term as Chair of the Board of Regents — serving in total for more than 15 years. “It’s been an extraordinary privilege to try to help faculty and students be successful — that’s the role of regents,” Simmons said. During her tenure as a regent, Simmons said the University has become more attractive to prospective students. And she has seen an increase in applications, causing more competitiveness among applicants. Additionally, she is “thrilled” with increasing graduation rates on all campuses. “We’ve always had wonderful students at the University, but it’s clear that we are
attracting and educating even more students who are going to be successful,” she said. Simmons said one of the most notable experiences during her 15-year tenure as a regent was leading the search for a new University president that resulted in current University President Eric Kaler’s appointment. She spoke with University stakeholders, including students, professors, farmers, physicians and business leaders statewide to gather input on what they needed in a president and from the University. “That was an extraordinary experience, and I treasure it,” she said. “I can still hear some of those conversations in my head. I can still see the people.” Simmons brought a medical background to the Board, with experience as a physician and professor, as well as in executive positions with the Mayo Clinic. Moving forward, Simmons said the board will need to fill her vacant position with someone who has academic medical expertise. University Provost Karen Hanson called Simmons’ understanding of medical operations important to the Board’s function. Simmons said a medical perspective is necessary not only because the University’s medical school is an important “force in the state,” but also because the school offers other health degree opportunities
in areas like nursing and engineering. Many administrators who have served alongside Simmons say filling the gap created by her resignation won’t be easy. Hanson said Simmons’ resignation is a “loss” to the board. “She has a wealth of experience and expertise and a kind of approach to things,” she said. “All those things have made her a hugely valuable member of the board.” Regent Darrin Rosha said Simmons’ departure after her unusually long tenure will affect the board because they won’t be able to draw on her experiences anymore. “It will definitely have an impact, considering that not only is she very experienced as a regent, but also having her breadth of experience as a professional and her application of that experience to the board. … Not having that will be a big change,” Rosha said. Simmons said spring is an optimal time to resign, as she has spent an increasing amount of time out-of-state visiting family and doesn’t want to “short-change” the University. Adding, she will pursue other ventures and likely serve on other boards. “It’s a great time for me to refresh. It’s a great time for the Board to refresh,” Simmons said. “I welcome the idea of a new person coming on to the board.”