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U to report minor NCAA violation involving Fleck The minor violation stems from contact P.J. Fleck had with a Western Michigan player. BY JACK WHITE jwhite@mndaily.com

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University students Antonio Elias, left, and Mitch Roldán, pose for a photo during their work on their new Spanish podcast, Hablando Franco, on Saturday at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis. “We want to connect to people like us, people who are bilingual,” Elias said.

‘Frank talk’ podcast tackles Latino topics — in Spanish A new Spanish-language podcast cofounded by a University student provides news commentary tailored for the Twin Cities Latino community. BY CINDY SIMBA csimba@mndaily.com

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fter working with Latino school kids and parents in Minneapolis, Antonio Elias and Mitch Roldan wanted to give local Latinos a new platform for news. Elias, a University of Minnesota student, and Roldan, a Minneapolis Public Schools employee, created Hablando Franco — a Spanish-language podcast that will fea ture news and commentar y. The podcast, which translates to “frank talk,” launched Monday. The goal of the project is to inform Spanish-speaking people and spark dialogue about impor tant issues relating to the local Latino

community. The pair’s target audience include Spanish speakers from various demographics. “It’s something that we need and something that our community can use to get informed,” Elias said. The duo met while working for Minneapolis Public Schools, where they teach young students and their families about higher education oppor tunities available to them. “There’s so much going on in our community,” Roldan said “We have a lot to talk about.” Roldan said the new presidential administration’s policies could impact programs and institutions such as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals — a policy that grants young, unu See PODCAST Page 3

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U ranks third in US for Peace Corps volunteers Seventy University graduates joined the program this year. BY RAJU CHADUVULA rchaduvula@mndaily.com

For the second year in a row, the University of Minnesota has the third highest number of graduates who signed on to be Peace

Corps volunteers. Seventy 2016 U graduates joined the Peace Corps — behind the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s 87 and the University of Washington’s 73. Since 2010, the University has been in the top 20 colleges in terms of Peace Corps volunteers. The University’s 70 volunteers is its highest number since 2008,

when 71 graduates became volunteers. Geof f Wilson, a 2004 University psychology graduate, worked with Minneapolis Public Schools immediately after graduating but always knew he wanted to be a Peace Corps volunteer. “I wanted … to step outside to really see things from a dif ferent perspective,”

Wilson said. Wilson volunteered between 2007 and 2009 in Romania, working with local nonprofits. “I really credit my service for where I’m at today,” Wilson said. He now works for College Possible, a nonprofit organization that works with low-income u See CORPS Page 3

The University of Minnesota will self-repor t a minor recr uiting violation to the NCAA regarding head Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck. An athletics depar tment spokesman said the violation stemmed from contact Fleck had with one of his former players at Western Michigan University but Athletics Director Mark Coyle told the Minnesota Daily Tuesday that the school isn’t recruiting any students from Fleck’s last team. The spokesman said the University would have no further comment. The violation centers ar ound communication Fleck allegedly had with former Western Michigan linebacker Rober t Spillane before he was granted per mission to transfer from the school last week. In a T witter post last

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week, Spillane denied that his decision to leave Wester n Michigan was influenced by Fleck. He has yet to announce where he’ll transfer. Kalamazoo, Michigan TV station WWMT-TV — which broke the stor y — also has repor ted that Wester n Michigan of ficials brought concer ns that Fleck has spoken with current Western Michigan players to the University. Mike Hendrickson contributed to this report.

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Lack of snow leaves some U ski groups scrambling Many snow-related campus groups have cancelled practices. BY SAMIR FERDOWSI sferdowsi@mndaily.com

With no snow, the University of Minnesota Nordic ski club has resorted to roller skiing on sidewalks. And withbarren slopes, practice for the school’s alpine ski team has been cancelled altogether. For the last 18 months, Minnesota has seen above average temperatures. Last month’s .3 inches of snow tied with the record for lowest Twin Cities February snowfall — first set in 1894. The lack of snow has forced University snow and ski clubs to cut practices and grapple with cancelled races. Some groups report a newfound interest in environmentalism and a reliance on social events for team building. “We want to get everyone who loves skiing and snowboarding together … but it’s definitely more of a struggle when you don’t have snow for

local trips,” said Taylor Stemler, president of the University’s Ski and Snowboard Club. While the group has planned larger trips to major ski resorts like Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, regular outings at local hills like Afton Alps have been canceled several times, Stemler said. The die-hard fans are still excited to go out west and ski, but overall membership has been falling. Stemler said he thinks the warm weather is to blame. “Around campus, it’s been a little bit harder to generate hype for events in the area,” Stemler said. “It just decreases excitement when there isn’t enough snow around here.” Since the group hasn’t been on the slopes too much this year, they are building camaraderie in other ways. “We did a fantastic camping trip in the fall, and there’s a prom in the spring. We even have a ‘waxing party’ where we teach people how to wax their skis. So, there’s still u See SNOW Page 3

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‘Day Without Women’ rally brings students to Coffman Students from the University of Minnesota and other nearby schools protested Wednesday. BY BELLA DALLY-STEELE Idally-steele@mndaily.com

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A student speaks to the crowd outside of Coffman Memorial Union during the Student Day of Action for International Women’s Day on Wednesday.

Around 50 students from Twin Cities colleges gathered in front of Coffman Union Wednesday for a daylong, nationwide strike, called “A Day Without Women.” The strike, which coincided with International Women’s Day, was aimed at levying resistance against President Donald Trump’s administration by skipping work and refusing to spend money. The protest was also centered on calls for equity and justice for women.

On campus, members of the University of Minnesota’s Socialist Students group — who planned the rally — led the crowd in various chants and held a moment of silence for seven transgender women killed in 2017. The rally included student groups like the University’s Women for Political Change and Augsburg College’s Students for Racial Justice, with speakers focusing on the importance of intersectionality. The demonstration began at 1 p.m. and ended at 2 — an hour earlier than planned due to cold weather. The crowd of protestors gathered to chant and listen to speeches and slam poetry performances. Between speeches, Student Socialists member Robin Wonsley led the crowd in a u See WOMEN Page 10 VOLUME 117 ISSUE 44


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STATE REPORT MN REPUBLICANS AIM TO LOOSEN STATE GUN LAWS ST. PAUL — Republican lawmakers in Minnesota want to remove permitting requirements to carry a gun and create a “stand your ground” law with pair of bills that a House committee heard Wednesday. The GOP-led Legislature is seeking to capitalize on its majority by passing the two bills that are popular with their constituents. The elimination of permit requirements and broader immunity for shooters acting in self-defense were debated at hearings a day after a gun safety rally at the Capitol in opposition to the two measures. Republican Rep. Jim Nash, who authored both bills, said they will strengthen the state’s Second Amendment rights without compromising safety. Supporters of the measures joined the Waconia lawmaker, saying felons and those in the criminal gang database would still be barred from carrying guns — similar to the state’s current laws. Under the proposed carry bill, the penalty for illegally possessing a gun would be raised from a misdemeanor to a felony. In 2016, Minnesota law enforcement issued a record 71,156 permits, over 26,000 more than the previous year. Opponents of the bills, which included the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association, used those record numbers to say that Minnesota residents have little trouble obtaining guns. “We think that the Legislature has struck a fairly good balance with our current law ... by the fact that it requires backgrounds and requiring applicants to complete training in gun safety,” said MPPOA Executive Director Dennis Flaherty. Minnesota law enforcements leaders agreed, saying they cause significant risk to the safety of officers and Minnesota residents. “(The bill) eliminates the safety training requirement for those who choose to constitutionally carry, allowing even people who have never handled a gun to carry one in public,” said Maple Chief of Police Paul Schnell, speaking on behalf of the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association. ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Deadly bus-train wreck brings scrutiny to railroad crossing BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

JACKSON, Miss. — The site of a train-tour bus crash that killed four people in Mississippi has a troubling histor y of accidents, including two this year, local and federal of ficials said Wednesday. National Transportation Safety Board member Robert Sumwalt said the crossing in Biloxi has a hump that has caused tractor-trailers to bottom out, and the federal agency is looking into whether the steep grade played a role in the crash Tuesday. The crossing has had at least 17 accidents involving vehicles and trains since 1976.

whether or not the train’s two-man crew could have done anything differently. Some of the tourists from Texas were getting off the bus when the crash occurred, said Mark Robinson, a Biloxi native who saw the crash. Body par ts were “thrown everywhere,” Robinson told WLOX-TV . The train was traveling 26 mph — almost 20 mph less than the track’s speed limit — when the crew put on an emergency brake about 510 feet from the bus, Sumwalt said. The train had slowed to 19 mph by the time it hit the bus. It pushed the mangled motor coach about 200 feet down the

tracks. Authorities said it took more than an hour to get everyone out of the wreckage. Two people had to be removed with metal-cutting equipment. Mayor Andrew Gilich attended the NTSB news conference and said he had personally known people who had died at the crossing. He stressed that changes need to be made. “As far as long-term improvements to this crossing and others in the city, I will continue to press for us to close crossings so that we can work with CSX to improve safety of others,” he said in a statement posted on the city’s website.

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HONOLULU — A federal judge in Honolulu said Wednesday that Hawaii can proceed with the filing of what would be the first lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson granted the state’s request to continue with the case and set a hearing for March 15 — the day before Trump’s revised ban is due to go into effect. Hawaii officials previously sued to stop Trump’s initial travel ban but that suit was placed on hold by Watson amid legal challenges around the country. On Tuesday night, a day after Trump’s administration announced its new ban, attorneys for the state filed their proposed revision in federal court along with a motion asking that it be allowed to proceed. Watson approved that motion and said the state will file the final lawsuit later Wednesday. The Hawaii attorney general’s office did not provide further details on when the lawsuit would be filed. The U.S. Department of Justice declined to comment on the pending litigation. At the March 15 hearing, the judge will also hear arguments from the state on a motion to impose a temporary restraining order that would prevent the ban from taking place until the lawsuit has been resolved. The lawsuit says the revised travel ban will harm the Muslim population of Hawaii as well as schools and employers. The president’s new order bars new visas for people from the six countries and temporarily shuts down America’s refugee program, affecting would-be visitors and immigrants from Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen and Libya.

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NEW YORK — A new statue of a resolute young girl staring down Wall Street’s famous Charging Bull was erected by a major asset managing firm for International Women’s Day to make a point: There’s a dearth of women on the boards of the largest U.S. corporations. State Street Global Advisors, the Boston-based investment giant, had the statue created to push companies to increase the number of women directors. Ar tist Kristen Visbal’s “Fearless Girl” drew crowds Wednesday that initially came to pose for pictures with the bull, but the novelty quickly became a New York hot spot. The girl is sculpted in bronze, her hands firmly planted on her waist, ponytailed head held high. “Know the power of women in leadership. SHE makes a difference,” reads a plaque at her feet. “As a steward of nearly $2.5 trillion of assets, we want to engage with boards and management around issues that we think will drive core results,” said Lori Heinel, State Street’s deputy global chief investment officer. “And what you find repeatedly is having more diverse boards and more diverse senior management will actually drive better results for companies.” Twenty-five percent of the Russell 3000 — a broad index of U.S. companies — have no women on their boards, according to State Street, which manages many of their assets. According to ISS Analytics, a business research firm, just 16 percent of board seats on companies in the Russell 3000 are held by women; the average board of directors has eight men and one woman. “It’s going to happen to the end of time unless you change something,” says Erik Gordon, a lawyer and professor at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. “It’s got to not just be the rules. It’s got to be the culture.”

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Marines say nude photos were taken in secret BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

LOS ANGELES — A for mer Marine and an active-duty Marine came for ward Wednesday to say photographs taken of them were secretly posted online without their consent along with nude photos of other ser vicewomen that have led to threatening replies and a militar y investigation. It comes as another former Marine who helped found a victims’ group said the social media postings have been going on for more than a decade but superiors ignored complaints from female ser vice members. Gen. Rober t Neller, the Marine Corps commandant, has condemned the photo sharing and urged victims to report abuse. Active-duty Marine Marisa Woytek and former Marine Erika Butner appeared at a news conference in Los Angeles to applaud the investigation into sharing of naked photos of women on a secret Facebook page called “Marines United.” Wo y t e k a n d B u t n e r each said they learned that clothed photos were posted without their consent. Butner, 23, who ser ved for four years before leaving the Marines in 2016, said she contacted investigators in Januar y and told them there was an online storage drive that contained “indecent photos of women from all militar y ser vices, organized by name, rank and even where they were stationed.” “As a Marine Corps veteran, I am dishear tened and disgusted with this scandal,” she said.

Podcast tackles issues in Spanish Podcast u from Page 1

documented immigrants “protected status” for two years, allowing them to work and study in the U.S. Elias said Hablando Franco is one of the first Spanish-language news podcasts based in Minnesota. Other outlets are based in areas of the U.S. with a higher number of Latinos, such as California or Florida, where media giants Telemundo and Univision are headquartered. “I watch Univision,” said Jorge Riera an economics freshman. “I think [the podcast] will be really nice, really informative. You could learn something you don’t know.” Youth studies senior Brenda Her nandez said that she would listen to the podcast to show support. “I think the Latino community in the state is one of the fastest-growing communities,” said Jimmy Patino, a Chicano and Latino studies professor and Texas native. “Most of that coming from immigration.” In areas such as the Southwest, much of the Latino population has roots in the U.S. that go farther back than those in Minnesota. Those of Hispanic heritage who live in Minnesota make up 5 percent of the state’s population, according to a Pew Research Center study.

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University students Antonio Elias, left, and Mitch Roldan, work on their new Spanish podcast, Hablando Franco, on Saturday, March 4 at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis.

But the state’s population is growing. The podcast will provide an oppor tunity for the community to stay informed. “We believe in our families,” Roldan said. “We believe in our communities.” Hablando Franco of ficially launched on March 6, and is recorded at the University. The podcasts are posted on Facebook and Twitter.

“I think the Latino community is one of the fastest-growing communities. ... Most of that coming from immigration.” JIMMY PATINO Chicano and Latino studies professor

Mild winter forces some University of Minnesota ski groups to adjust Weather u from Page 1

things like that to keep people’s enthusiasm up,” Stemler said. Other than teambuilding, the thaw has led to environmental activism for some. University of Minnesota Nordic Ski Team of ficer Christina Lundgren says she has seen environmentalism and climate change awareness become more prevalent within the Nordic ski community. She said she hopes increased awareness will catch on as skiers realize how climate change could affect their sport. “Because of the lack of snow we’ve been having to race on little man-made loops, which is a little sad,” she said. “You feel like you’re on a hamster wheel.” While some meets still have non-recyclable Styrofoam cups for soup, Lundgren said, others are beginning to adopt more environmentallyfriendly practices.

In addition, Nordic ski race organizers have allowed envir onmental groups to set up camp at their events. At the City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival, groups such as Citizens’ Climate Lobby and Cool Planet set up letter-writing stations for race-goers to write to their legislators about climate change. The Citizens’ Climate Lobby has been attending races for the last 30 years. The Cool Planet Skiers have attended races regularly for the last 10 years and usually try to raise awareness about various social issues, said Paul Thompson, who works with both groups. Lundgr en said that she is hopeful these

changes will spark a new level of environmental awareness. Luckily, groups are still having success in their sports. For the first time in years, the Alpine Ski Team is competing in the national tournament after placing third in regionals. “[The snow] was crazy dumping when we were skiing at [regionals], and we’re literally experiencing three to four feet of snow here in Oregon for nationals,” said Alpine Team secretar y Marlee Hein. Still, some extra snow at home couldn’t hurt. “That has been an unfor tunate downfall of the season,” Hein said.

“[The snow] was crazy dumping when we were skiing at [regionals], and we’re literally experiencing three to four feet of snow here in Oregon for nationals.” MARLEE HEIN Akpine Team secretary

University ranks third in nation for Peace Corps participation Corps u from Page 1

students to prepare college applications. The Peace Corps is a ser vice opportunity where volunteers go abroad for two years and work with local communities on education, infrastructure and development initiatives while learning the local language and culture. “Peace Corps seeks the best and brightest to make a difference through international service and create sustainable change,” said Kiiva Williams, a Peace

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Corps spokesperson. In 2010, the University started a Master’s program in collaboration with the Peace Corps to provide graduate students with field experience abroad. Leah Mower y, president of the student group Peace Corps Ambassadors, said there will be a send-off event in April for all volunteers accepted from the Midwest. Wilson and Mowery said the importance of service is heightened especially given today’s political climate. Wilson said volunteering abroad helped him make connections and friend-

ships with people he never would have met otherwise. “Your cultural similarities become more than your differences,” he said. Mower y said volunteering and ser ving time abroad through the Peace Corps shows the rest of the world that Americans care, adding that she plans on volunteering with the Peace Corps after her graduation. “It’s more impor tant than ever to show that we care,” Mower y said. “It’s important to show that we still care about other countries and we still want to make a difference in their lives.”

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Antonio Elias, left, and Mitch Roldan, students at the University, pose for a photo during their work on their new Spanish podcast, Hablando Franco, on Saturday, March 4.


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FILM

Monster house With “At Home with Monsters,” Mia carries Guillermo del Toro’s creepy companions over its threshold. BY SOPHIA VILENSKY svilensky@mndaily.com

“Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters”

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t age seven, Guillermo del To r o b o u g h t his first book — a collection of horror stories. Today, the award-winning filmmaker — best known for his film, “Pan’s Labyrinth” — has a large enough collection that he can construct an entire exhibit centered around his horror memorabilia. So he did. “Guiller mo del Toro: At Home with Monsters,” opened Sunday at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. It runs through May 28. Inspiration for the exhibit came from del Toro’s own “glorified man cave” — the Dickens and Ackermansion inspired “Bleak House” in Los Angeles. A number of the house’s features have been incorporated into the exhibit, including a replica of del Toro’s “rain room” — an imaginarium that of fers storms on demand whenever the need for bad-weatherbased inspiration hits. After stepping through the entr yway covered in blinking eyes, exhibit patrons are greeted by del Toro’s “Angel of Death” from “Hellboy II: The Golden Army.” As it so happens,

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A model of the Faun, a character from the movie Pan’s Labyrinth, sits on display at Guillermo del Toro’s “At Home With Monsters” exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts on March 2.

this signifier of the end is just the beginning. The exhibit is divided into several themed rooms. Guests start in the “Childhood and Innocence” room — which includes a picture of young del Toro posed as

a zombie attempting to eat his sister — and ends in the “Death and the Afterlife” room. An original score by Oscar-winning composer Gustavo Santaolalla serves as accompaniment throughout the exhibit. Don’t worry,

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there are no jump scares. Pieces from Mia’s own collection are dispersed throughout the exhibit. Curator Gabriel Ritter said seeing how del Toro chose these pieces to supplement his own served as an interesting curatorial exercise. Francis Bacon’s “Study for Portrait VI,” which is a permanent part of the museum’s

collection, is one piece that was chosen to be surrounded by del Toro’s oddities. There is no better way to view it. Without distinction of high and low culture, the exhibit features these paintings next to costumes and props from del Toro’s films, vintage comics, original books and life-size models of some of the filmmaker’s

“I believe that we all are birthed with a certain quality of glass within us, and that we resonate with specific vibrations — notes — of the universe. The note I resonate with is low, dark, and full of monsters.” GUILLERMO DEL TORO Filmmaker

real-life role models and movie monsters. You can say hello to H.P. Lovecraft and the Pale Man, but they won’t reply. Del Toro himself attended the exhibit’s opening night party. However, his attendance was one of necessity and not just enjoyment. He needed to drop off a couple of last-minute items for the exhibit, including his notebooks that he insisted on hand-carrying to Minneapolis. Over the course of the exhibit’s r un, Mia is par tnering with The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul to screen four of del Toro’s favorite films in 35mm. Three of del Toro’s own films will be screened, along with Boris Karlof f ’s 1931 version of “Frankenstein.” A whole room in the exhibit is dedicated to “Frankenstein and Hor ror,” complete with a humungous Frankenstein’s monster head taken straight from Bleak House’s foyer. Frankenstein, Ritter says, is del Toro’s spirit guide. “I believe that we all are bir thed with a cer tain quality of glass within us, and that we resonate with specific vibrations — notes — of the universe. The note I resonate with is low, dark, and full of monsters,” del Toro writes in his introduction to the exhibit’s accompanying catalogue. “Will you join us now?”

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A model of the Pale Man, a monster from the movie Pan’s Labyrinth, sits on display at Guillermo del Toro’s “At Home With Monsters” exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts on March 2.

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“The Carmichael Show”

“Semper Femina” by Laura Marling

“Get out”

Jerrod Carmichael’s NBC show is one of the best-written and acted sitcoms left on TV. I’ll admit, the sitcom as a form should die its inevitable death already, but Carmichael is giving his best shot at reinventing the form. The show’s season finale punctuated one of the best seasons of TV this year, so now you can binge watch it at your leisure. And come on, it has David Alan Grier.

There is no real way to emphasize just how good of a songwriter Laura Marling is. Each time she’s released a record over the last decade it has consistently topped the competition, and this LP is no different. I managed to find my copy on the deep web, but even the already-released single “Soothing” demonstrates Marling is undergoing a Joni Mitchell-like jazz phase. Exciting stuff.

I know, I know. You’ve been hearing about this thriller flick for the last few weeks and it’s getting tired. Obviously, it’s good, but is it THAT good? I’m not sure it lives up to the hype, either. But then again I’m not sure anything really can. It’s best to quell the hype and go see it with a clear head. Jordan Peele’s directorial debut is a scathing satire that seems worth a visit to your local movie theater.

THEATER

OnStage connects local audiences with local theater The discussion-based organization hosts workshops with students and community members about local theater BY MADDY FOLSTEIN mfolstein@mndaily.com

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ithin the theater community, engaging new audiences can be difficult — but a local group is lifting the cur tain and exposing the ar t form’s power to new viewers. The program, OnStage, seeks to connect T win Cities theaters with nontraditional theater-going audiences, and Lucas Erickson — a graduate student in the arts in cultural leadership program at the University of Minnesota — founded the program in order to solve some of the issues he saw in the local theater community. “I wanted to solve this issue of dwindling older audiences at a lot of the theaters I was going to,” Erickson said. “A lot of my friends don’t go to the theater, so I wanted to take on the role to be more of a promoter to drive future younger audiences, which is a big par t of my

THOMASINA PETRUS Actress

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Guest speakers Harry Waters Jr. and Thomasina Petris read sections of the play Anna in the Tropics during a class at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul on March 1.

research in my master’s program.” Erickson hosts discussions in local classrooms and community centers with non-traditional theater audiences. But beyond bringing in new

audiences, OnStage seeks to identify the audience’s personal connections to topics presented in local theatrical productions. “We’r e taking it to the classrooms, so we’re humanizing theater and

really tying in to a lot of the personal values of community audiences and non-traditional theater people,” Erickson said. OnStage discussions typically include a reading of a scene from the

show and an open-ended, flexible conversation about the script’s themes. “We really tr y to tie it in to the subject matter and whatever they’re talking about,” said Thomasina Petrus, one of the actresses who reads scenes for OnStage discussions. The most recent set of OnStage workshops centers around “Anna in the Tropics,” a play r unning at the Jungle Theater through March 12. The play tells the stor y of a lector in a Cuban cigar factor y and the passionate romances he induces through his reading of Anna Karenina. One such romance is a heated af fair between two of the play’s characters. “We had a whole discussion about the af fair

and how men and women deal with that subject and its sexuality,” Petrus said. The discussion’s focus often steers toward the students’ own lives. “It’s talking about theater without talking about theater,” Petrus said. This discussion of live theater is what lives at the core of OnStage’s mission. Theater, after all, is a communal art form. “If you’r e an introver t, you can literally go to a show and obser ve the show and the audiences,” Petr us said. “Being involved in someone’s conversation — or even hearing someone’s conversation — is important. You can hear people talking at intermission, buying concessions — it’s a natural talkback.”

STREET ART

Mad Mows Street artist Mows decorates the city with his simple, whimsical “mouse doors.” BY KATIE LAUER klauer@mndaily.com

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iny black-hinged doors, windows and doormats have popped up around Minneapolis in the last six months thanks to a new local street artist. Mows — pronounced “mouse” — who prefers anonymity for ar tistic and legal reasons, moved to the Twin Cities from San Francisco, bringing his little mouse door decals with him. The ar tist’s work can be seen anywhere from Spyhouse Coffee in Northeast to downtown by Pizza Lucé. “I think it adds to the quality of life in a city,” Mows said. “It adds variety. It repurposes ugly, unused, anonymous places.” Using a self-described “attached” street ar t style, the doors are usually made from small canvases that he designs. As seen on his Instagram — “mows510” — many also feature an accompanying welcome mat and window that he adheres next to the doors. Cur rent Minneapolis

Mows doors are limited to the ar tist’s signature textured, boldly-colored aesthetic. However, Mows is star ting to work on more “one-of f” pieces. His past door designs range from a painted Game Boy, an unzipped zipper and a Poke Ball. “I have no shor tage of ideas,” Mows said. “They come to me faster than I implement them.” Mows tried to choose more “ar tsy” and “hip” locations so he could reach an audience that would welcome the ar t. He even has a few pieces in parks and residential areas. “I want to put it where I think people will appreciate it,” he said. “They see it. They appreciate it. They get it.” The University of Minnesota campus is on his list of future homes for the mouse doors. Somewhat surprisingly, Mows doesn’t have any art background. “I never did a single bit of ar t until I was 54,” Mows said. “Like nothing. Not even doodles.” The now 55-year-old was first introduced to street ar t while traveling

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around the world. “I thought, ‘That’s so simple. I could do something like that,’” Mows said after seeing a piece in London that looked, at the time, like a Pacman ghost with two eyes — it was actually an upside-down paper bag, but it got Mows thinking. “What could I do down low?” he asked himself when he first star ted. “I could do the doors.” That was when Mows’s name and style were born. “Ar t’s a conversation between ar tists wher e they incorporate their ideas and influences,” he said. “I just wanted to be par t of that conversation rather than an obser ver from the outside.” In less than a year and a half, Mows’ work has gar nered national and global attention. Through collaboration and travel, he now has hundreds of doors around the world, including spots in Califor nia, the Grand Canyon, Australia and Switzerland. Despite the mass appeal, some negative connotations do exist around the work Mows does. It’s

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An artist by the name of Mows installs “mouse doors” in Minneapolis on Tuesday. This door located in a alley on N 4th street in Downtown Minneapolis.

technically illegal, and Mows said some people think street ar t, graf fiti and tagging are one in the same. However, Mows thinks the feel and style of his art allows for an element of acceptance. “It’s approachable and it’s whimsical,” Mows said. “It’s not threaten-

ing or ugly or aggr essive. So I think a lot of people don’t see it as graffiti.” Looking ahead, Mows hopes to build the street ar t scene in Minneapolis with the help of a few other local ar tists. While he doesn’t think the city will take off culturally, like Paris, London or Berlin,

he does think street ar t has a place in the T win Cities. “It adds a momentar y light,” Mows said. “You’re walking down the street not thinking about this stuf f and then you see it. “I would do it wherever I go,” Mows said. “For me, it’s all about the fun.”

By Joe Cristo, jcristo@mndaily.com

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Michael Kleber-Diggs and Sun Yung Shin Poetry Reading

Chris Rock to perform at the Orpheum Theatre

Panic! At the Disco, Misterwives and Saint Motel

Earlier this year, the Daily published a Q&A with Sun Yung Shin, a Minneapolis-based poet who has garnered acclaim from critics as well as audiences. Sun Yung Shin will be performing a poetry reading on Friday for the Banfill-Locke Reading Series along with poet and essayist Michael Kleber-Diggs. This is a great opportunity to see some of the best writers in town, so don’t sleep on this one.

Okay, sure, tickets are expensive. And sure, Chris Rock has been around for a while so it’s not like you’re in danger of never seeing him again. Still, as one of the greatest standups ever, it’s hardly a waste of money to splurge on this one. Keep in mind, Rock has been moving more toward movies and TV as of late, so he may go the way of Eddie Murphy and stop touring all together. You never know.

Where Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, 6666 E. River Road., Fridley Hours 7:30-9 p.m. Cost Free

Where Orpheum Theatre, 910 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis Hours 7 p.m. Cost $49.50+

I know nothing about the acts backing up pop-punk veterans Panic! At the Disco at this show. What I do know is that Panic! never lets an act unready for moderate acclaim open their shows. I also know that the last two Panic! albums have been more mature, adopting subtlety over style. You should go because there’s nothing more fun than belting middle school hits with a couple thousand people.

Where Xcel Energy Center, 199 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul Hours 7 p.m. Cost $47+


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Gov’t groups grant money running low MSA and PSG have given out most of their grant funds for the academic year. BY NATALIE RADEMACHER nrademacher@mndaily.com

Student governments at the University of Minnesota have struggled with saving grant money for this academic year. By March, the Minnesota Student Association and the Professional Student Government spent most of the funds for their grants, which are awarded to students for individual and community projects. While PSG is nearly out of grant money, MSA passed a resolution Tuesday to reallocate funds to support more grants. MSA’s spring event grants and mission-driven grants budgets had 51 cents and $5,130 remaining out $12,500 and $10,000 allotments, respectively. The three MSA grant categories cover MSA’s semester events, student group allocations and mission-driven initiatives such as mental health and campus climate. MSA star ted out the school year with $60,000 in its grant budget, which is the same amount it had for the 2015-2016 academic year. MSA did not provide data for years prior to 2015-16 or the number of grants it has given out in recent years. Viswa Challa, the head of the MSA Grants Committee, said the previous two years’ grant budgets were lower than in years past. He said this is because MSA reallocated funds to other

areas within the student government. The mission-driven grants, which now have the most funding, are awarded to projects that “align with MSA’s mission,” like the Nutritious U Pantry. The pilot food pantr y was funded completely by a $2,500 grant, which is the highest possible amount awarded with that grant, said founder Rebecca Leighton. During the 2015-2016 academic year, PSG had $105,000 to award. This year, the budget was $77,000, which was due to a decrease in student service fees funding, said. Kathleen Craig, who works as the office manager for PSG. “It was a pretty sizeable cut,” she said. PSG has awarded 241 grants this school year, a drop from the 283 it awarded last year, which was the first year after the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly split into PSG and the Council of Graduate Students. Before that, PSG — then GAPSA — awarded 342 grants in 2014-15 and 433 grants the previous year. Craig said that before the split, these grants were available to all GAPSA students and now are only available to paying members of PSG. Brynna Nelson, head of the PSG grants committee, said grant requests have increased this year. PSG didn’t have data available on the number of

grant applications it has received for the last four years. “Personally, I think that the biggest factor in PSG running out of grant money is that our requests have increased compared to last year.” This year, PSG has dis-

tributed $76,857 in grants from their $77,000 budget. However, the other main student government body, COGS, still has $37,372 remaining from its original budget of $87,500, according to data provided by COGS. The amount COGS has

distributed in grants has steadily increased over the last four years. COGS has seen more applicants at this point of the academic year than in previous years, said Jeanna Wieselmann, the director of grants for COGS.

COGS has received 281 grant applications so far and has awarded 67. In 2015-16, COGS awarded grants to 85 of the 356 applications. Viswa Challa is a former Minnesota Daily employee.

Before break, Kaler talks sexual assault, U dining The University president also went over potential tuition hikes. BY KEVIN BECKMAN kbeckman@mndaily.com

The Minnesota Daily sat down with University President Eric Kaler in his office Wednesday for the March edition of Kickin’ It with Kaler. Kaler discussed alleged recr uiting violations by Gophers head football coach P.J. Fleck, sexual assault prevention and changing federal immigration policies. Do you have any plans for spring break? Going to Cancun or anything? I am going to watch the Gophers play basketball in D.C., so that will take me through Sunday. Got that down? Because they’re going to be in the final game. Prediction. Then we’ve got a little fundraising trip out west. And then I’m going to try hard to get to our first round basketball game. I’m a pretty big Gopher basketball fan. Boynton’s 2015 Coll e g e S t u d e n t H e alth Sur vey found that 17 percent of University students worry about having enough money to buy food before it runs out. Does

the school have any efforts planned to help with that? I think the students have put together a food pantry, which is an important step … Boynton Health has the Student Nutrition Advocacy Collaborative, which is students who help other students shop and prepare meals. It’s a partnership with MSA and Nutritious U Food Pantr y. Those are resources that are available, but we certainly want our students to have adequate nutrition and hopefully these resources will help people who need it. A report commissioned by the Education Trust found that the University is among the worst schools in the nation for black students’ college completion, with a 23.8 percent graduation gap between white and black students. Is the University taking any steps to curb the gap? ... First off, that data is a little bit dated. The current, most recent gap is 17 percent, so it’s a pretty good improvement, but it’s still a gap that’s unacceptable ... We do work on graduation rates for all our students, and it’s just not acceptable to have a gap, much less a gap as large as that one. It is a focus of advisers and faculty and financial aid offices to try to make sure we

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have resources to help all our students graduate in time. Recently you mentioned that resident and non-resident students could see tuition hikes as early as next fall, but that those comments were pre-

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liminar y and depended on the state’s response to the school’s budget request. Would the hikes come even if the Legislature met the University’s full $147.2 million budget request? Any tuition adjustments that we make reflect the investment that the state makes in us. So until our state budget allocation is finalized, we won’t know what our tuition landscape is going to look like. We understand very well and desire greatly to minimize any tuition increases that we need to move forward. So far there are none planned for next fall? It just depends on the state? Well it depends on the state and it’s also relatively early in our budget process, and all of this ultimately goes to the Board of Regents for approval. So the March timeframe is a little early to be having that conversation about what we’ll need to do. Both the University Student Senate and the University Senate passed a resolution calling for Aramark, the school’s food ser vice provider, to be held accountable for business ethics concerns and a lack of dietar y accommodations and poor quality, among others. What are your thoughts on the

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resolution? I know that the students have been pushing on Aramark for a long time and they certainly are people who are upset with them. They’re not new concerns, but we will continue to work … Their contract is coming up in the not-too-distant future, and I expect them to be able to respond to our concerns. Do you think that Aramark needs to answer for the issues raised in the resolution? I do. Questions have been raised, and they need to provide an answer to them, for sure. In your State of the University address, you said immigrant and undocumented students are an important part of our campus, and that the University will soon open a new Immigration Resource Center ... Could you talk a little more about that? That is a set of resources that we’re still, actually as we talk, are in the process of assembling … We’ll pull them together, [provide] some more coordination and a simple point of access for our immigrant students … Again, it’s one bit of evidence to our commitment to supporting [and] helping those students. You also said in your

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State of the University speech that the University will increase ef forts to combat sexual assault. What will those changes be and how can they help? …Probably the most controversial is mandatory training for faculty and staff around sexual assault [and] sexual harassment … We need to work effectively to provide continued training and opportunities for learning beyond the first year … [sexual assault and harassment are] unwelcome and will be dealt with by our student conduct code or by the law in an appropriate way … Despite recent criticism, you said the University’s Bias Response and Refer ral Network doesn’t infringe on free speech. Do you think it’s up to the University to define what is free speech and what is harmful speech? I think we are asked all the time to define free speech, and I think the Constitution does a good job and the courts have defined free speech. And again, an external group looked at the network and determined that the network is not infringing on speech, so it’s not just our opinion, it’s been validated by an external group. Editors’ note: this interview has been edited for clarity and


Editorials & Opinions COLUMN

Inaction by the Indian Student Association ISA should speak out about recent events that impact Indian students on campus.

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n the past week, two specific hate crimes against people of Indian decent have transpired. Late last month, a gunman attacked two Indian men at a bar in Olathe, Kansas, killing one, and severely injuring the other. Just a few days ago, a Sikh man in Kent, Washington was shot outside his home after assailants yelled at him to “go back to [his] own countr y.” These attacks aren’t new — many news outlets have repor ted the long-standing histor y of Indian people being targeted in the United States. Like many Indian students, I am an immigrant. I have witnessed first-hand that these xenophobic attitudes do exist on our campus as well. The Indian Student Association claims to pr ovide “pr ofessional and social

ANANT NAIK columnist suppor t” for students in the Indian and South Asian community and to “strive to nur ture the feeling of together ness among Indians.” The concerns of safety are legitimate to many members of the Indian community. Considering that many people targeted by xenophobia have been innocent bystanders, the conversations that I have had with my parents are not isolated — they are happening in many households around the countr y. Being a member of the Indian community and part of communities in the broader Twin Cities area who have been vocal in their opposition to this hatred — and

who have expressed clear support for people who feel scared and marginalized — the ISA ought to use their platform to provide comfort to the many Indian students on campus. Earlier this year, the Jewish community and many student groups on campus became rightfully vocal in speaking out against a spate of hate crimes r epor ted acr oss the United States. Why this hasn’t occurred in the Indian community on campus is quite frankly appalling. Spring formals and dances may be a celebration of Indian culture — but when the threat against the Indian community is evident, failure to speak out is failure to lead. Being the face of the Indian community on this campus, ISA par ticularly bears such a responsibility — especially during a time like this. Anant Naik welcomes comments at anaik@mndaily.com.

2017 U.S. GUN VIOLENCE Total gun-related incidents: 10,718 Total number of deaths: 2,728 Total number of mass shootings: 62 Data compiled by gunviolencearchive.org

DAILY DISCUSSION Response to “Policy draft would make reporting process for sexual misconduct clearer at UMN” I hope that through amending the sexual assault policy, the University may offer more protection and suppor t to students throughout the entirety of the repor ting process. Victims should not have to worr y that their University will fail to validate their claims or work to help them in whatever capacity needed.

“Victims should not have to worry that their University will fail to validate their claims or work to help them in whatever capacity needed. I agree that the policy as it currently stands uses unclear and vague language. In addition, I agree that the school does not make great enough efforts to seek student input and consider the needs of those most vulnerable. Hopefully this draft is an indication that the school understands the severity of sexual assault and is making a greater effort to increase resources and their visibility to victims. If the amendment is approved by all committees, I hope that the University will continue increasing its efforts to expand the sexual assault resources. In that process, I hope that they will turn to the student body to gain insight on what needs remain unmet. Eva Weigman University of Minnesota student

Response to “University of Minnesota Police add mental health officer” The Minnesota Daily published an article on Feb. 27 about the addition of a mental health officer to the University of Minnesota Police Department. The article detailed how mental health needs on campus have greatly increased in the past 10 years and that the addition of an officer with mental health expertise will help significantly. Mental health is a serious issue and has been overlooked and thought of as a joke for a long time. It is nice to see that the UMPD and Boynton are working together to combat the previously unfit system.

“Mental health is a serious issue and has been overlooked and thought of as a joke for a long time. The University provides a handful of services, such as Boynton Mental Health Clinic, Student Counseling Services, PAWS and more for relieving stress and helping with mental health issues. Mental health is a serious issue and, as a current student at the University, I am proud that our school and police are working to help those who are in need. John Bush University of Minnesota student

Helen Teague welcomes comments at hteague@mndaily.com.

COLUMN

Broke but not hungry Access to a food assistance program great step to ensure students get their nutrition.

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he Minnesota Daily reported this week that Boynton Health is spreading the word about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, more commonly known as SNAP. You might get an email about it soon. And you could be part of the 17 percent of college students who worry their income won’t pay for groceries. Other than reading something about Alexander Pope, grocery shopping is the one thing I’m certain to do every week. And yet I’ve become ultra-sensitive at the self-checkout at Target, fearful that my card will be rejected and that my shopping cart is larger than my bank account. But I know that compared with many on campus, I’m living in the lap of luxury. For many, college is the first opportunity to try out new recipes or each other cuisines. At the same time, finances are a major impediment to such independence. Often budgetary restrictions persist regardless of the various jobs we work.

TAYLOR SHARP columnist

In the struggle between time, work, basic sustenance, and exploration, an accessible safety net is vital for all. We live, it seems, to accrue coupons in a coffee can in order to fulfill our culinary desires (or sometimes another Jack’s frozen pizza will suffice). Everybody has different wants and all are fine as long as we don’t have difficulty putting a nourishing serving of food in front of the futon. Though we might be learning adult values like restraint and thriftiness along the way, we need the assurance that there’s a means of support out there in case penny-pinching doesn’t cut it. In a cuisine-swollen city like Minneapolis, the likelihood that we’re filling our mouths can’t entirely hinge on our income or allowance. Introducing SNAP to students in an accessible way offers help when it’s needed and cements mealtime as a right, not a privilege. Taylor Sharp welcomes comments at tsharp@mndaily.com.

EDITORIALS & OPINIONS DEPARTMENT Editorials represent the voice of the Minnesota Daily as an institution and are prepared by the editorial board.

CONTACT THE EDITOR Grace Thomas jthomas@mndaily.com

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Response to ‘An obstacle to justice’: How Delta Upsilon leaders tolerated a culture that dismissed sexual assault Don Powell, the chapter advisor of Delta Upsilon, called the suspension of the fraternity “a first-class lynching of a group of guys,” and added, “compared to some of the other fraternities at the U., our guys are choirboys!” This statement is infuriating. I would like to know more about the number of sexual assaults required to place you on the sexual assault continuum from “choirboys” to “other fraternities.” And comparing the suspension of a fraternal organization to lynching? That is horrid on a whole other level when considering the historical implications of lynching in the United States, and the fact that fraternities embody the quintessential male privilege stereotype. This campus must be a safe place for all; this is the message President Kaler

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communicates to my campus email when disturbing incidents occur. Despite this rhetoric, reports of sexual assault are frequently revealed after being kept hidden by those in power and kept secret within the shame of the victims. The disgusting details that are exposed when these crimes come to light raise one question: When will the University enact a comprehensive plan to end the rape culture present on our campus? As a leader in so many areas, the University of Minnesota receives countless accolades. It is time to lead with a zero-tolerance culture regarding sexual assault that takes swift action instead of leading with headlines of sexual assault. Sorry “choirboys,” the fun is over, if that’s what this is to you.

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EDITORIALS After contentious elections, the campus must move forward

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he election is over, and the dust has settled. In the heavily contentious election, Trish Palermo and Erik Hillesheim ran a successful campaign to secure the Minnesota Student Association (MSA) presidency and vice presidency for next school year. They, along with a body of students passionate to make a difference, will be tasked with the duty to confront a variety of campus issues. The real fight starts now. Toward the end of the campaign, a series of contentious allegations divided much of the student body. However, a note released Tuesday by Abeer Syedah, the incumbent MSA president, confirmed that one of the primar y objectives moving for ward will be to heal the division and mistr ust among the student body that arose out of the latest election. By doing so, this will promote a better climate of cooperation and a movement toward progress. In a race where many of the nominees had strong leadership at the University, one priority of the next administration ought to be breaking down sources of division. By learning from what has worked during the campaign trail, hearing the voices of candidates and learning what issues are impor tant to their students, MSA can create a unified platform for the coming year.

“This year, the proposed tuition increase will also provide an opportunity for the MSA to become more vocal. At a time when college tuition and debt are at all-time highs, the role of student representation has become more defined. While the various campaigns covered a breadth of issues in great depth, we encourage the future administration to act on data. Data collection is uniquely different than petitioning. Petitioning relies on individuals signing specific policy changes they believe are valuable. However, data on the prevalence of mental illness, commonly used resources on campus, etc. are far less accessible. By constructing this type of data acquisition platform, MSA can make evidence-based decisions and expand on campus resources that face clear deficits. A great example of this was the ef for t made last year to attain class evaluations online — something accessible to all students. This year, the proposed tuition increase will also provide an oppor tunity for the MSA to become more vocal. At a time when college tuition and debt are at all-time highs, the role of student representation has become more defined. These issues also feed into the need to have student representation at Board of Regents meetings, which are a key deciding factor of University policy. As the MSA’s current leadership transitions — ushering a new group of student-leaders — MSA has its work cut out for itself. Bringing the campus together by soothing the divisiveness formed from aggressive campaigning and then working together to reform impor tant issues on campus — such as tuition hikes, student representation, resource accessibility and administrative transparency — are all par t of building a stronger and more functional campus.

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Sports

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MEN’S HOCKEY

Kloos thrives in last year at Minnesota The senior captain is currently tied for 28th in all-time program scoring. BY DREW COVE dcove@mndaily.com

In his last weekend at Mariucci Arena, Minnesota’s captain has the opportunity to break out of his tie for 28th place in all-time Gophers scoring. Senior Justin Kloos is about to play his last series on home ice this weekend against Michigan State and the emotions are up in the air. “[I’m] not really sure what to expect,” Kloos said. “I don’t want to get too emotional,

[we’ve] still got to play well and try to win two games, but it’s crazy, you don’t think about it.” Kloos has managed to showcase leadership as one of his most prominent abilities with the Gophers over the last four seasons. The senior is now in his second year as a captain. His leadership doesn’t go unrecognized from his teammates, coaches and even his former coaches. “I think he is still the same Justin Kloos,” said PK O’Handley, head coach of the Waterloo Blackhawks in the United States Hockey League. “There’s not many better people than Justin Kloos … I’m not in the Gophers’ locker

MEN’S HOCKEY PREVIEW

VS NO. 5 MINNESOTA WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Friday

MICHIGAN STATE WHERE: Mariucci Arena

WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Mariucci Arena SOURCE: GOPHERSPORTS.COM

room, but I would guess that their coaching staff saw the same things that we all did with [Kloos] and what a great young man he is.” O’Handley coached Kloos when he scored 87 points in 54 games with the Blackhawks. In addition to his captaincy, Kloos won the John Mariucci Most Valuable Player award and the Doc Romnes Leadership and Sportsmanship award as a junior. “He’s an unbelievable program guy.” said alternate captain Jake Bischoff. “Being able to play with him and watch him how he’s led this team and taken on a lot of pressure, and just performed and done a great job.” The captain has seen a lot throughout his career with Minnesota — a trip to the national championship in his freshman season, three consecutive Big Ten regular season titles, one Big Ten tournament title, and two seasons wearing the “C” on his jersey. Kloos has come a long way to find himself, playing the last two games at Mariucci Arena, and it all started when he was a kid.

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Senior forward Justin Kloos passes the puck up the ice against Wisconsin Feb. 25 at Mariucci Arena.

“[My] dad and brother got me started right away,” Kloos said. “I kind of followed everything [my brother] did growing up. My dad had the same passion for hockey, and I think me and my brother both took to that right away.” The native of Lakeville, Minnesota played his high school hockey with Lakeville South, winning the prestigious

“Mr. Hockey” award his senior season for the Cougars. Kloos has found a way to dominate the game at almost every level he has played at. He led all high school players in Minnesota in 2011-2012 with 103 points, and he was second in scoring in the USHL in 2012-2013, only behind current teammate and Waterloo teammate Taylor Cammarata.

He is now 28th in all-time scoring with the Gophers, tied with Ken Yackel Sr. and Don Micheletti. “Justin was really the kind of kid who really blossomed as he got older,” said head coach Don Lucia. “You watch a guy like Justin and how he just improved and got to the high school level and became a real dominant player.”

SOFTBALL

WOMEN’S HOCKEY

Strong pitching vital in Minnesota’s 18-0 start

Gophers set to begin NCAA run Minnesota will look to avenge a recent double-overtime loss on Saturday. BY TOMMY SLETTEN tsletten@mndaily.com

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Senior Sara Groenewegen pitches the ball at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium on April 23, 2016.

Added depth from three newcomers in the circle has given the Gophers a boost. BY KYLE STEINBERG ksteinberg@mndaily.com

Tori Finucane admits the thought of joining a new team was a bit intimidating at first. The senior pitcher transferred to Minnesota this year from Missouri, where she was a two-time 21-game winner and SEC Freshman of the Year in 2014. “I think it was more scar y than anything,” Finucane said of her transfer. “[My thought was] ‘If I do transfer, I have one last shot [to play].’” She joined a changed pitching staff from last season. Although three freshmen have seen action in the circle so far this year, pitching has turned into perhaps the No. 7 Gophers’ greatest strength through their program-best 18-0 start. “I think we’re deeper than we’ve ever been,” said head coach Jessica Allister. “The talent level of our staff is ver y high right now … we’re getting great starts, and we’re getting players closing things down.” While the Gophers lost three of their four pitchers from last season, they retur ned ace Sara Groenewegen, who has more than lived up to expectations. Groenewegen is 9-0 with a 0.50 ERA and 72 strikeouts in ten appearances, and she leads the Big Ten in opponent batting average, ERA and victories. During last weekend’s

SOFTBALL

PREVIEW WASHINGTON TOURNAMENT WHERE: Seattle, Wash.

NO. 7 MINNESOTA SEATTLE UNIVERSITY VS WHEN: 3:30 p.m. Friday NO. 7 MINNESOTA VS NO. 8 WASHINGTON WHEN: 5:45 p.m. Friday NO. 7 MINNESOTA VS SEATTLE UNIVERSITY WHEN: 2:30 p.m. Saturday NO. 7 MINNESOTA VS NO. 8 WASHINGTON WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday NO. 7 MINNESOTA SOUTH DAKOTA VS WHEN: 12 p.m. Sunday SOURCE: GOPHERSPORTS.COM

tour nament, she took a perfect game into the sixth inning against then-13th ranked LSU — a per formance which gar nered her Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honors for the second time this season. “[I] just tr ust in my teammates,” Groenewegen said. “[I trust] that they’ve put the work in, that they’re going to be behind me and they’re going to score runs for me.” While the senior duo of Finucane and Groenewegen have led the way, a pair of freshmen have also logged significant innings for the Gophers. Amber Fiser has provided a crucial third quality arm in the starting rotation, with a 3-0 record through seven appearances. Her performance as a rookie allows the Gophers to keep Groenewegen and Finucane fresh each weekend – a crucial element in a long season. Fellow freshman Carlie Brandt — a utility player — has proven herself a reliable reliever in her first

year of college softball. Brandt has pitched five times this season, all in relief, and has conceded just two earned runs, holding a 3-0 record of her own. “The transition to college ball is hard,” Allister said. “I think [the veterans] have shown [the freshmen] what it looks like to put in the work that is necessary.” For Finucane, what was once a daunting transition has, in hindsight, been smooth. After a rocky first two weekends, she has rebounded to hold an ERA of 2.50 over six starts with an unbeaten record of 3-0. The culmination of her transition came in Baton Rouge, where she threw a complete game one-hitter against Florida Atlantic. She racked up 124 pitches in the Gophers’ 4-1 victory. “It’s probably been one of the easiest transitions of my life just because of the people I’ve been surrounded by,” Finucane said. “I couldn’t have been put in a better place for [my] last shot [at college softball].”

Rivalries are fostered through games of high risk and high reward. The in-state rivalr y between Minnesota and Minnesota-Duluth will only grow more in the NCAA quarterfinal matchup on Saturday, with the winner advancing and the loser going home. With a Frozen Four bid on the line, the Gophers will look to silence the Bulldogs despite being eliminated by them in the WCHA Tournament last Saturday. “Even though we lost our last game and lost to Duluth, I still felt like we played really, really well,” said head coach Brad Frost. While Minnesota has seen tremendous historic success against its northern rival — holding a 51-27-7 lead in the overall series — MinnesotaDuluth is leading the season series 3-2, with the Gophers seen as the underdog this weekend. The teams have also only met once in the postseason in the past — a Frozen Four semifinal game in which the Bulldogs beat the Gophers in 2010, and Minnesota-Duluth went on to win its fifth and most recent national title. “We’re considered an underdog this year, but at the same time, we’re not really an underdog,” said sophomore for ward Sarah Potomak. “Ever yone wants to beat us, but we’re just excited to prove to everyone that we’re the number one team in the country.” Potomak could be a bright spot for the team heading into the postseason as she tallied five points in last year’s national title r un, which

WOMEN’S HOCKEY NCAA CHAMPIONSHP BRACKET WISCONSIN (31-2-4) VS ROBERT MORRIS (24-4-6)

BOSTON COLLEGE (27-5-5) VS ST. LAWRENCE (26-5-4)

WHEN: 3 p.m. Saturday (EST)

WHEN: 1 p.m. Saturday (EST)

WHERE: Madison, Wisc.

WHERE: Chesnut Hill, Mass. Semifinals WHEN: March 17 WHERE: St. Charles, Mo. CHAMPIONSHIP WHEN: 3 p.m. March 19 WHERE: St. Charles, Mo. Semifinals WHEN: March 17 WHERE: St. Charles, Mo.

CLARKSON (29-4-5) VS CORNELL (20-8-5)

MINNESOTA-DULUTH (25-6-5) VS MINNESOTA (25-7-5)

WHEN: 3 p.m. Saturday (EST)

WHEN: 3:30 p.m. Saturday (EST)

WHERE: Potsdam, NY

WHERE: Duluth, Minn.

SOURCE: NATIONAL COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATOIN

included an overtime-winning goal in the national semifinal. Minnesota also saw assistant captain Dani Cameranesi rejoin the lineup last weekend after missing 17 games due to injury, and the senior tied a program record for shots in a game with 14 in the final face-off tilt against the Bulldogs. The Gophers have been successful in NCAA quarterfinals with a 9-2-0 record alltime. It is Minnesota-Duluth’s first NCAA appearance since its 2010 national title but the 10th consecutive for Minnesota and the 15th overall appearance for the team. But this game comes with a challenge the Gophers haven’t seen in some time.

Minnesota faces a quarterfinal on the road for the first time since 2010. The last time out didn’t fare well for the Gophers as they lost 4-1 to Boston College. The team said that the hostile environment will have little effect, especially since the Bulldogs are a conference opponent for the Gophers and the arena is familiar. “I don’t think it changes much; you’re always playing for your season in a quarterfinal like that, so there’s always anxiety and excitement no matter whether you’re playing away or at home,” said senior defenseman Lee Stecklein. “It’ll be different because we’re on the road, but at least it’s somewhere we’ve been before.”

COURTNEY DEUTZ, DAILY FILE PHOTO

Redshirt senior Lee Stecklein handles the puck on February 4 at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis.


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Students rally at Coffman for Women’s Day Women u from Page 1

chant “Women’s lives matter, black lives matter, [transgender] lives matter, native lives matter, disabled lives matter.” “I think it’s exciting … this being our first layer of student organizing around socialism. I think it was a great action,” Wonsley said of the rally. Harper Ciha — a member of Feminist Student Activist Collective — emphasized the importance of transgender

voices in future rallies, and activist Sasha Suarez spoke on issues that disproportionately affect American Indian women. Wonsley and Suarez said although the rally was cut short, they were pleased with the performances and student turnout. Wonsley said the group hopes to encourage students to take action beyond marches and rallies, and concluded the rally by advising protestors to attend more rallies, but to do more than “take selfies.”

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Augsburg College student Kelton Holsen holds a sign which translates to “they shall not pass” during the Student Day of Action for International Women’s Day on Wednesday.

Survey of U graduate students finds satisfaction with advisers Graduate students rated their advisers through new survey questions. BY DAVID CLAREY dclarey@mndaily.com

In a recent sur vey, University of Minnesota’s Student Conflict Resolution Center has found that graduate student-adviser relationships fare mostly positive. The sur vey, conducted in summer 2016 by SCRC, found that most students felt respected and supported by their adviser. Still, some students reported a lack of guidance from advisers and that they didn’t know where to go for help if they had adviser issues. While 91 percent of students agreed or strongly agreed they were treated with respect by their adviser, 12 percent of respondents said they had significant difficulties with their adviser. More than 32 percent of students weren’t satisfied with the amount of guidance they’d received from their adviser and almost 77 percent said they’d recommend their adviser to other students. “The idea was to provide tools for the community that they could use,” said Jan Morse, SCRC director. She said she hopes programs use the results to find areas to improve the advising experience and that in most departments, advising training can be sporadic. “The idea was to provide tools for the community that

they could use,” she said. Lauren Mitchell, president-elect of the Council of Graduate Students, said she thinks average relationships between students and advisers could be strengthened. Early on in a student’s career, the relationship can be in a “honeymoon phase” where ever ything seems good, but like in any longterm relationship, there’s going to be bumps along the way, she said. “As graduate students go in their career they grow more asser tive, they become experts in their target area,” Mitchell said. Morse said many of the results differed from first or second year students to later-stage students. Students further along in their studies reported discontent at higher rates than first or second year students, she said. The SCRC conducted the survey on advising as an expansion on the surveys it has already conducted on academic harassment since 2007. Since then, the center has documented rising rates of harassment among graduate students. Morse said the resolution center plans to administer another academic harassment sur vey later this year to follow up on past results. Since advisers play a key role in addressing issues like bullying, Morse said, the center decided to add a sur vey examining student-adviser relationships. “If you had a good adviser, you’re going to make it

most likely, no matter what is going on in your experience there,” Morse said. Good advising comes from someone who is willing to understand each student’s unique situation and can be empathetic to it, said Teddie Potter, clinical associate professor in the school of nursing. Potter won the “Outstanding Advising and Mentoring” award in 2016, which is granted by COGS, Professional Student Government and the SCRC. “Some people feel that by being a good adviser it means that you somehow soften the expectations or lighten the load, and that’s not it at all,” she said. “It’s really helping people have high as [possible] potential for themselves, and [finding] what they need for that.” “There still exists in our society a narrative of education that, ‘I was pushed hard, I was treated poorly … therefore to make you strong, that’s how I’ll treat you,’” Potter said, adding that the culture of graduate school plays a role in adviser-student problems. Mitchell said advisers need to be supportive enough to be understanding when non-academic events affect students but also need to push students to perform well. “Your adviser is really both your boss and your coach in many ways,” she said. “I think we see problems when one of those types of things break down.”

Coyle discusses men’s basketball resurgence Mark Coyle talked about the softball team’s undefeated season and Fleck. BY MIKE HENDRICKSON mhendrickson@mndaily.com

University of Minnesota Athletics Director Mark Coyle sat down with the Minnesota Daily to discuss the softball team’s success, wrestling coach Brandon Eggum and the recent report involving P.J. Fleck. What have you been doing since Januar y? I’ve been staying with the winter sports — both basketball programs, swimming and diving, gymnastics, the hockey programs… I’ve been staying really busy there, and it’s an exciting time in the department because you have your winter sports winding down going into their championship season. Our spring sports have obviously star ted gearing up. Softball is of f to a ver y good start. How do you oversee that team? First of f, a credit to those students and head coach Jessica Allister]. Off to an 18-0 star t, beating LSU, Notre Dame, Texas — teams like that, all away games. They’re going on the road again this week to play Washington. I really enjoy my time with coach Allister. She talks a lot about how you just roll up your sleeves and you work hard. I think you see her team embrace that mentality, and they’re doing a wonderful thing. Is Allister an extension candidate? As you and I have talked before, you evaluate coaches daily. You have to in this business. We are so thankful for Jessica and what she brings to this program ... Obviously that’s somebody. I learned a long time ago you’re a lot better when you surround yourself with really good people. She’s a great person and there’s no doubt she has a huge impact not only on our depar tment, but with the students she

works with day in and day out. Brandon Eggum was recently promoted to full time head coach. Can you explain the decision behind that? Brandon, obviously he and I over the past nine-ten months have gotten to know each other. It’s been great to see how the students on that team responded to Brandon when he was our interim head coach and we named him head coach. You see our recruiting is going well, so him having wrestled here and been here so long, I think he embraces what we’re trying to do here … We have nine wrestlers competing in the NCAA championships next week in St. Louis. I think that’s the most since 2014. The team has responded well to him. The fans have responded well and I’m excited for Brandon… The narrative on the men’s basketball team has shifted since we first spoke in September. What has it been like to watch the tur naround? First of f, [I’m] excited for those students and I’m excited for [head coach Richard Pitino]. They were 8-23 last year and now they’re 23-8, a complete flip of the wins and losses — the biggest turnaround in Division I basketball … We had, I think, three kids get recognized on first team, All-Big Ten, third team. [Reggie L ynch] got defensive player of the year. I give them a lot of credit. Richard and that team took ownership with what happened last year. … They deser ve that success because they’ve worked really hard, which is great to see. After last year’s season, there were questions about Pitino’s job status. Was it hard to be patient? No. Richard and I, we never knew each other until I got here. A day after my press conference, I had a chance to sit down with him and I told Richard the same thing I tell all of our coaches... I feel

like my job as the athletics director is to do ever ything I can to suppor t our coaches and our students... Richard and I have a ver y strong relationship. I enjoy spending time with him. I think he enjoys spending time with me. Again, I’m just really excited because he and that team have worked so hard. The football spring season is underway. Anything you’ve noticed from them since we talked in Januar y? There’s a sense of urgency and excitement obviously, with [head coach P.J. Fleck] being a new coach. He gets to have his first practice, so I’m sure he’s excited. I had a chance to talk with him [Tuesday] afternoon. He’s excited to be out there and have a practice and spend time with those students. I think our students are excited. There was a repor t Fleck had communicated with a former player. Did you take that seriously? Note: This question was asked before it was repor ted Minnesota would be self-repor ting a NCAA violation. What was interesting about that is they were all anonymous sources and that type of deal. We’re not recr uiting any students from Wester n Michigan. There’s all these anonymous stories and so forth, and we’re not recr uiting any students from Western Michigan. How did you respond to the report? Ever y day, information comes across your desk. I can tell you, when information comes across our desk, we want to make sure we understand what that information is and most importantly, we react on any information that comes across our desk. Again, we didn’t see any recruiting of student athletes. We’re not recruiting anyone from Wester n Michigan and we move forward from there. Editor’s Note: This Q&A has been edited for clarity and length.

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Athletics Director Mark Coyle fields questions from the Minnesota Daily on Jan. 23.

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