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Unionists protest at Morrill Hall Members of Teamsters Local 320 led the demonstration for higher wages at the University. BY NATALIE RADEMACHER


Facilities Support Supervisor Dana Donatucci, known to many as “The Recycling Guy”, poses for a portrait among bales of recycled materials on Tuesday, Nov. 7 in Minneapolis. Donatucci has been in charge of all things recycling at the University for 30 years.

One campus employee spent his entire career so far trying to make the University zero-waste. BY NATALIE RADEMACHER


Facilities Support Supervisor Dana Donatucci poses in the Como Recycling Facility on Tuesday, Nov. 7 in Minneapolis. Donatucci, who is more commonly known at the University as “The Recycling Guy,” has lead the recycling process for 30 years.

While walking around campus, University of Minnesota Recycling Supervisor Dana Donatucci regularly stops by one of the many waste bins that litter the area. Distracted by stray bottles, Donatucci will dig through trash cans to hand-sort misplaced recyclables. At home, Donatucci’s family recycles or reuses almost all waste materials. They accumulate about one bag of trash a year. “He is not afraid to get his hands dirty,” said John McKeown, one of Donatucci’s employees. Donatucci is taking this hands-on approach in his quest to make the University a zero-waste campus. This semester, he is seeking faculty support for a resolution backing the creation of central collection and organics programs on campus. He hopes to present the document to the University Senate this spring. Donatucci — known to many as “the Recycling Guy” — pursued these programs since he was hired at the University nearly

30 years ago. Since then, roadblocks derailed the efforts. Now, he’s optimistic that increased public awareness of sustainability will make this attempt a success. “The times have never been more favorable,” Donatucci said. In centralized collection systems, individuals are responsible for emptying their personal trash cans in trash, recycling and organics receptacles placed in central building locations, Donatucci said. This encourages people to better sort waste materials and increases recycling, he said. Last spring, Donatucci reached out to the University Social Concerns Committee about sponsoring a resolution he wrote encouraging centralized collection and pushing University food vendors to use compostable food service ware. “He is leading this whole thing,” said Nicole Smiley, a Social Concerns Committee member. “He’s kind of a oneman show.” He has also partnered with the Minnesota Student Association to bring organics — a system for disposing of compostable waste — to residence halls. u See WASTE Page 8

Over 200 protesters gathered outside Morrill Hall on Friday afternoon around 1:30 p.m. to demand better contracts and fair wages for University of Minnesota employees. The picketing event was led by members of Teamsters Local 320, a Minnesota union group for public employees. “The goal today is to let the University of Minnesota know that we are serious,” said Brian Aldes, secretary and treasurer for Teamsters. This protest comes as union workers prepare to negotiate with the University over better wages on Nov. 27. The union has threatened to go on strike if demands are not met. “We are here standing in solidarity from the University of Minnesota,” said Bob Kolstad, a member of Teamsters. The group of protesters, which was made up of faculty, students and members of various groups including Teamsters Local 320 and 15 Now, marched around campus. They stood outside of Morrill Hall, the Dunhowe building and Coffman Union, calling for University administration to listen to their demands. “We are picketing because the U doesn’t want to pay people what they deserve to be paid,” said Bruce Ballentine, a union worker who has worked for facilities management for over 33 years. Many protesters said the University needs to change their structure of employment. “I think these workers should get the wages that are being negotiated for them and should be treated fairly,” said Isaiah Ogren, a first-year economics student who attended the event. “The price of everything keeps going up, we need a raise. We have families we have to provide for,” said Adi Meske, a University union worker for 13 years. Members of the student group Students for a Democratic Society were also present. “We are showing the public that these workers have an ally on campus and in the community,” said Marty Branyon, a member of SDS. After walking around campus, the protest finished outside of Coffman and dispersed around 3:30 p.m. Car ter Blochwitz contributed to this report.


University-area landlords identified on new housing violation list A finalized landlord list will be released Nov. 29 on the OffCampus Living office’s site. BY MAX CHAO

Well-known University of Minnesota-area landlords were notified a few weeks ago of their inclusion on a list identifying problematic leasing companies.

The list, created and published by the University’s Off-Campus Living office, identifies landlords that lease properties near campus and have repeatedly violated University housing policies. The landlords that have been notified are Dinkytown Rentals, the Miles Group, Millennium Management, Minnesota Rental Properties Group and Prime Place. Dinkytown Rentals leases houses in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood, the Miles Group owns The Rail on the north edge of

Dinkytown and Prime Place is constructing an apartment in Prospect Park. Millennium Management owns duplexes around campus and Minnesota Rental Properties Group also owns properties in the area. Prime Place declined to comment on the list, and three other landlords did not respond to requests from the Minnesota Daily. “Evidently, we got on that list either years or decades ago, and didn’t even know that we were on it. But we have applied for reinstatement and we’re just waiting for that

happen,” said Glen Rank, representative for Dinkytown Rentals. “I don’t know if it hurts us in any way specifically, but it’s not a reputation we want, or I believe deserve.” Though the list is public, a finalized version will be published and advertised to students on Nov. 29 through the Off-Campus Living office, said Bill Dane, staff attorney for University Student Legal Services. In the meantime, notified landlords are u See LANDLORDS Page 8


Northwestern wallops Gophers 39-0 in Saturday matchup amid rain and snow Quarterback Demry Croft threw for 43 yards and three interceptions in Evanston. BY JACK WARRICK

The game looked over at halftime. As the clock ran down to zero to end the half, the score was 25-0, Northwestern over Minnesota. In the second half, it didn’t get much better for the Gophers. Minnesota (5-6, 2-6 Big Ten) fell to No. 23 Northwestern 39-0 on Saturday at Ryan Field in Evanston, Illinois. “Before we could even have an opportunity to go win the game, we were losing the game so fast that it just got out of control, quickly,” said head coach P.J. Fleck. As the rain turned into snow in the third quarter, the Gophers were down by 25 points with 5:54 to play in the third quarter, and still nothing was going their way. The Gophers looked like they were going to put some points on the board late in the third quarter when quarterback Demry Croft threw a strike to receiver Phillip Howard. Instead, it bounced off Howard and Northwestern linebacker Nate Hall intercepted with five seconds left in the third quarter,

and brought the ball out of the end zone to the 18-yard line. In the wet, cold and windy game, the Gophers offensive line allowed six sacks and 11 tackles-for-loss. Croft ended the day passing 2-11 with 43 yards in the air. “It was a little tough, you know, wet balls, cold weather, wind — that’s a tough combination to work with,” Croft said. “But we have to make things shake.” C ro f t t h r e w a n i n t e r c e p t i o n t o Northwestern’s cornerback Montre Hartage with just under four minutes to play in the first half. Two plays later, Northwestern wide receiver Jelani Roberts ran 12 yards for a touchdown and a 19-0 lead. Northwestern (8-3, 6-2 Big Ten) tacked on another touchdown after a stagnant Gophers offense forced kicker Ryan Santoso to punt into the wind, and the Northwestern offense went 51 yards in seven plays for another touchdown with 26 seconds remaining. The score was 25-0 at halftime, with two of the four touchdowns coming off of Gophers turnovers in that half. Croft threw three interceptions and the offense had two fumbles, while the Wildcats never coughed it up. “The magnitude of the score is five turnovers, seven times five equals 35 — it was 39 to nothing,” Fleck said. “When you turn the ball over, and you turn it over inside your own


Running back Rodney Smith gets tackled by Northwestern players on Saturday, Nov. 18 at Ryan Field in Evanston, Illinois.

zone as many times as we did ... they’re going to score every time.” The 25 points scored in the second quarter were the most points the Gophers defense has given up in a quarter this season.

Northwestern ran the ball better than usual, with 176 rushing yards in the first half. Coming off a season-high 409-yard rushing u See FOOTBALL Page 4






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STATE REPORT MAN IN CUSTODY AFTER WOMAN KILLED IN ST. PAUL APARTMENT ST. PAUL — St. Paul police say a man is in custody after a woman was found killed in an apartment in the city’s Highland Park neighborhood. Officers responded to a weapons call about 2 a.m. Sunday and made contact with a man at the door of the apartment. Police made their way inside and found an injured woman. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The man was taken into custody and brought to police headquarters. Police say the victim and the suspect knew each other. Investigators are not seeking any other suspects. Investigators are interviewing witnesses. The Ramsey County medical examiner will determine an exact cause of death and positively identify the victim.

MILLE LACS BAND OF OJIBWE SUES COUNTY OVER LAX POLICING ONAMIA — An American Indian tribe in central Minnesota is suing Mille Lacs County over what the band contends is lax policing on the reservation. The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe filed a federal lawsuit against the county. Last year Mille Lacs County terminated its law enforcement agreement with the band, leaving tribal officials without the authority to investigate crimes. Minnesota Public Radio reports the band wants a judge to declare that tribal officers can investigate law-breaking on the reservation and to prohibit the county from interfering. Tribal leaders allege gangs and drug dealers view the reservation as a police-free zone, resulting in increased crime and opioid abuse. Mille Lacs County Attorney Joe Walsh has disputed that law enforcement on the reservation has gotten lax since the agreement was revoked.




Many Christian conservatives are backing Alabama’s Roy Moore BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

BIRMINGHAM — Alabama’s Christian conservatives see Roy Moore as their champion. He has battled federal judges and castigated liberals, big government, gun control, Muslims, homosexuality and anything else that doesn’t fit the evangelical mold. The Republican Senate candidate has long stood with them, and now, as he faces accusations of sexual impropriety including the molestation of a 14-year-old girl, they are standing with him. That steadfastness is shocking to many outside Alabama who wonder how any voter who claims to be Christian can stand with a man

accused of such acts. The answer is both complicated and deeply rooted in the DNA of a state that prides itself on bucking norms. The state’s motto — “We dare defend our rights” — is an upfront acknowledgement of a fighting spirit that has put Alabamians at odds with the rest of the nation for generations. Perhaps more importantly, there is a deep-seated trust that leaves many willing to accept Moore’s denials and discount the word of women speaking out weeks before the Dec. 12 election after decades of public silence. For some, Moore is more like a biblical prophet speaking out for God than a politician. Introducing Moore during a “God Save America”


LGBTI events are banned in Ankara, Turkey indefinitely BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

ISTANBUL — Turkish officials have banned all events by lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex rights groups in the country’s capital, in a move LGBTI organizations call illegal and discriminatory. The ban took effect Saturday for an “indefinite” period and applies to all LGBTI film screenings, theaters, panels and exhibitions. The Ankara governor’s office announced Sunday that the ban was imposed to protect “public security.” It said the events may cause animosity between different groups and endanger “health and morality” as well as the rights and freedoms of others. The governor’s office warned that some groups may be provoked by LGBTI events and take action against participants because of “certain social sensitivities.” Although homosexuality isn’t banned in Turkey and numerous LGBTI associations are legally registered with the state, rights activists say LGBTI individuals face discrimination and stigma. Two Ankara-based LGBTI associations slammed the “arbitrary” ban in a statement late Sunday, saying it violates domestic and international laws. Kaos GL and Pink Life organizations argued the vagueness and wide scope of the decision would legitimize rights violations against LGBTI individuals and turn them into targets. The organizations said the decision would cripple their work to combat discrimination and hate crimes, calling on officials to withdraw the ban. ILGA, a global organization for LGBTI rights, called the ban “a disgraceful breach of fundamental rights and freedoms” and warned that it constituted an example of the “shrinking space” for LGBTI civil society in Turkey.

rally at a south Alabama church this week, pastor Mike Allison said his support wasn’t wavering because Moore never has. “He has staunchly defended the Constitution of the United States, he has stood for the word of God ... he is against the murder of the unborn by abortion. He is for the defunding of Planned Parenthood. He is against a redefinition of marriage and believes firmly that it is only between a man and a woman. And he is against all threats against the traditional family,” Allison said. “He is a fighter and a champion for right ....” Since the allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced, leading Washington Republicans — though not

President Donald Trump — have abandoned him. At home, polls have shown a tightening race as some otherwise loyal GOP voters publicly disavow Moore on social media; GOP Sen. Richard Shelby has said he will write-in someone rather than vote for Moore. Yet Moore still holds almost magical appeal for many. Fearful of angering Moore’s supporters, the Alabama GOP has stuck with him, and voters like Larry Gibbs are putting their confidence in the Vietnam veteran long known as the “Ten Commandments judge,” for putting shrines to the commandments in his courtroom and then in the Supreme Court rotunda.

France wrestles with seduction, harassment BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

PARIS — France is in a bind over where seduction ends and sexual harassment begins. Since the allegations of rape and sexual harassment emerged against Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein, the country synonymous with love has been stumbling as it addresses the issue of sexual harassment and violence against women. Some have wondered if France can address men’s behavior toward women without throwing out its Don Juan national identity. “France is a country of men who love women,” Guillaume Bigot, who has written about the Weinstein fallout in France, told The Associated Press. “Seduction is a profound part of our national identity ... the culture of the ‘French lover’ and the ‘French kiss’ is in danger because of political correctness.” Yet many women in France reject his viewpoint, favoring instead the thoughts of French feminist writer Simone de Beauvoir on the oppression of women. Even before the hashtag #MeToo went viral, a cruder French version — #balancetonporc (“squeal on your pig”) — appeared online, prompting a deluge of anonymous accounts from women denouncing alleged abusers with unprecedented openness. It seemed to signal that France would lead the way in the fight against harassment, since the posts numbered in the hundreds of thousands and spoke of ubiquitous sexism and predation in France’s cultural, political and business worlds. But so far it appears the Don Juanists have prevailed. Although the accused include a former French minister, the former president of the Young Socialists party, a former TV news editor and the founder of a startup school, most have denied the allegations. More significantly, no powerful figures in France have lost their jobs or their reputations. Philosopher Bernard Henri-Levy has criticized the online movement, saying it’s unfair to compare alleged attackers to “pigs.” And French defenders of seduction have warned against a puritanical, American-style backlash that could demonize romance.


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Kaler addresses potential employee strike


University President Eric Kaler fields questions during an interview with the Minnesota Daily on Thursday, Nov. 16.

Kaler discusses students, a possible departure and a potential strike. BY ALLISON CRAMER

The Minnesota Daily sat down with University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler on Thursday for this month’s interview about campus news. Kaler discussed firstgeneration college students, a college dean’s possible departure and the potential employee strike. The University celebrated First Generation College Student Day [on Nov. 8]. You were the first in your family to attend college, as are 26 percent of current [Twin Cities campus] University undergrads. What is the University doing to support first-generation college students? Well, we do a lot, you know. It’s, I think, true that first-generation college students typically come from families with lower incomes, and we provide scholarship support for lower income students at a … very good rate. For a family, for example, with an expected family contribution

from the [Free Application for Federal Student Aid] of zero — that translates to about a $30,000 or less annual income — between the Pell Grant and the state grant and the Promise Scholarship, we provide financial aid gifts, not loans, that slightly exceed the cost of tuition. So for those families, in fact, tuition at the University is free. I think that’s a powerful message. This year, the University enrolled its largest freshman class in decades, overshooting its target numbers. Some professors have cited concerns about crowded classrooms and labs. Does the University have any plans to address these issues, and if so, what are they? Clearly, overshooting your target is not an unalloyed joy. There are consequences to doing that, and that’s one … we would expect over time as students begin to choose majors and move into those majors, that that overcrowding will go away. In other words, they’re not all going to be taking the same classes. But next year we certainly will need to be conservative in our target numbers so that we don’t have two over-capacity

[freshman] classes in a row. Sam Mukasa, the dean of the College of Science & Engineering who was hired at the beginning of last year, recently interviewed for the position of provost at the University of Connecticut. If he gets the job, how would the University go about finding and hiring a new CSE dean? We appreciate Dean Mukasa’s leadership and service, and it’s common in higher education for people to consider higher jobs, to be upwardly mobile. … Those kind of things happen frequently. ... If Sam were to leave us, we would do what we usually do, which is appoint an interim dean during that period of time. We would do a careful and thorough national search to bring the best candidate to campus and ultimately to be the next CSE dean. What candidate qualifications or traits would you prioritize? I always prioritize … two things. One is experience, so you want to have people who have had leadership experience in a similar kind of institution. That’s great. And the other one is academic chops, academic credentials and accom-

New coalition meets to improve local bike paths Midtown Greenway Partnership held its first meeting to discuss future plans. BY KELLY BUSCHE

A new coalition aims to expand the bike path network in the Twin Cities. The Extend the Greenway Partnership is looking to expand the Midtown Greenway, a protected bike path that spans from south Minneapolis to West River Parkway. Under the plan, the greenway would extend to Prospect Park and then into downtown St. Paul. Extending the Midtown Greenway is part of a larger plan to continue developing the Prospect Park neighborhood. The Prospect Park Association board will vote to adopt the plan Nov. 27. The greenway extension would cross the Mississippi River on the Short Line Bridge, run through Prospect Park and then span eastward to downtown St. Paul. Jeremy Bergerson, a PPA representative on the Extend the Greenway Partnership, said the new route would be a “crucial connection”

because University of Minnesota bikers would have a safe and speedy route for travel to St. Paul and south Minneapolis. Though the partnership is in its initial stages, Bergerson said he hopes the plan will show that the community is invested in the extension. Ethan Fawley, executive director of Our Streets Minneapolis, said more people bike to and from the University than any other place in Minnesota, so the greenway extension is a logical next step. “When we have things like the Midtown Greenway that are separate from streets, it becomes even easier and faster and you can avoid the stress of traffic, driving and parking,” Fawley said. Our Streets Minneapolis, a Minneapolis bike coalition, recently joined the partnership. Fawley said biking in Minneapolis has tripled over the past decade because of new protected bike paths like the greenway. “People are bike commuting more, and a big part of that is because it’s becoming safer and easier to do so,” he said. Steve Sanders, alternative transportation manager

“People are bike commuting more, and a big part of that is because it’s becoming safer and easier to do so.” ETHAN FAWLEY Executive director of Our Streets Minneapolis

at University Parking and Transportation Services, said extending the greenway may encourage more students and staff to bike. “It really can make a difference I think in people’s attitudes about biking … when they can be separated from car traffic,” Sanders said. Sarah Tschida, assistant director for programming at the University’s Learning Abroad Center, said her five-mile bike commute from south Minneapolis is mostly on the greenway. Tschida said she is excited for the possibility of a longer greenway. “It’s just a smart decision for Minneapolis and St. Paul to continue to grow a safe and protected bike network,” she said.

plishments that will be inspirational to the faculty in the college. So this is not, quote, ‘just an administrator,’ but someone whose scholarship is at the front ranks. If he doesn’t get the position in Connecticut, will you still have confidence in his ability to lead the college? If he doesn’t get the position, I think probably we’ll need him to consider what the right role and balance of responsibilities are here. Many union-represented University employees have recently threatened to strike over wages and working conditions. Is the University working towar d an agreement with these employees and how so? We don’t do labor negotiations in the newspaper, of course. So I’m not going to be able to give you any specifics. But the negotiating teams are meeting, and I have a lot of respect for those union members… I’m eager to get to a conclusion and sign a contract. University Director of Employee Relations Patti Dion said the University will remain open if a strike were to occur.

How would the University maintain ser vices like dorm cafeterias if [its] staff were to strike? Well I don’t know the details of our strike contingency plan, but we would do all we could to provide those services to students during that period of time, if it were … to occur. Three weeks ago, University police broke up a protest outside rightwing personality Lauren S o u t h e r n ’s s p e a k i n g engagement on campus. Some critics said you should not have allowed the use of student ser vice fees to pay for a speaker who some call a white nationalist. How do you respond to these criticisms? The people who invited Ms. Southern to the University were members of a registered student organization. Registered student organizations are eligible to receive student service fees, and I don’t think anybody wants to go down a road where we decide whether or not an organization gets student service fees based on its political orientation. You recently appointed Jakub Tolar as the new dean of the medical

school. What are you hoping he will bring to the position? Jakub is really a remarkable person… You know, it was clear to me he was going to be a very skilled academic leader of a medical school somewhere. And so, when the opportunity came for him to do that here, it was an easy choice to offer him that position... He brings those leadership skills that I mentioned earlier in response to your Mukasa question. He also brings scholarship. He’s a very active researcher and a terrific clinician. He was the senior academic leader next to Brooks in the school… I think he’s going to elevate everybody’s game … The school will move forward under his guidance. Thanksgiving is coming up... What are your plans? We will have our younger son and his wife in town, so we’ll have a family gathering and eat way too much food and dessert and just have a quiet family time together. I’m looking forward to it. It’s my granddaughter’s first Thanksgiving. Editor’s note: This Q&A has been edited for length and clarity.

Simmons accused of misconduct BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

LOS ANGELES — Model Keri Claussen Khalighi has come forward to accuse Def Jam Records mogul Russell Simmons of sexual misconduct in 1991 when she was 17 years old. In a report Sunday in the Los Angeles Times, Khalighi says that Simmons coerced her to

perform a sex act and later penetrated her without her consent in his New York apartment. She said the film producer and director Brett Ratner, who has also been accused by multiple women of sexual harassment, was present. Khalighi said she asked Ratner, then a music video director and Simmons protege, for help. “I’ll never forget the look

on his face,” she told the Times. “In that moment, the realization fell on me that they were in it together.” Simmons, now 60, has denied the allegations in a statement, which he also posted to his Twitter account. He says everything that occurred between himself and Khalighi was completely consensual and with her “full participation.”








Defensive lineman Nate Umlor avoids a tackle from Northwestern on Saturday Nov. 18 at Ryan Field in Evanston Illinois.

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game against Nebraska, the team didn’t take the momentum with them to Evanston. They had just 45 rushing yards in the first half — 139 at the end of the game — and no touchdowns to show. Croft

ran for a Gophers quarterback record 183 yards in the Nebraska game last week, he had -17 at Northwestern this week. “Their [defensive line is] pretty good. The front seven was pretty good. I mean one of the top in the Big Ten,” said Gophers running back Kobe McCrary. “They’re pretty

good, we’ve got to give them respect. Everything we got was hard.” The 39-0 loss was the worst margin of defeat to Northwestern in Gophers history. The previous worst was a 42-6 loss in 1943. The Gophers had not been shutout this season until Saturday.

“I told our team in there we never really had opportunities to go win the football game because of the turnovers that we had,” Fleck said. “Five turnovers, six drops, when you have that you’re not going to win many football games.” If the Gophers would have beat the Wildcats Saturday,

a bowl berth would be guaranteed. Now, they will play the No. 5 ranked Wisconsin Badgers. The Gophers need to pull off an upset to improve to .500 on the season and confirm a bowl game. “I mean, every loss is a disappointment,” McCrary said. “But we just got to come in tomorrow, watch film and


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Gophers finish 19th in the NCAA Championship Bethany Hasz led the team with a 70th-place finish in 20:29:32. BY ANTHONY BRYANT

With a young team and high hopes, the Gophers returned to the NCAA Championship after a year removed for the last race. Minnesota finished in 19th place Saturday, Nov. 18 at the NCAA Championship in Louisville, Kentucky. Bethany Hasz led the way for the team with a 70th-place finish and a time of 20:29.32. “The national meet is a little bit of a coin flip,” said head coach Sarah Hopkins. “You want to end up on the top of the heap but today we were a little bit back.” Megan Hasz finished 74th and posted a 20:31.01 time. Madeline Strandemo wasn’t far behind with an 83rd-place finish and a time of 20:35.74. It was Strandemo’s last cross country race of her career. Also in the mix were Bailey Ness (21:32.56) and Courtney Alama (21:34.77) in 195th and 199th place to round out the scoring for Minnesota. Elyse Prescott (21:46.40) and Abby KohutJackson (22:02.27) were also in action, placing 214th and 231st. This was the first time six of seven Gophers runners had competed in the NCAA Championship race, with the lone veteran Strandemo being the only person with prior experience. “Still a top-20 finish, lots of good experience for a bunch of people coming back next year and lots of freshman and sophomores that are getting a lot of experience figuring out how to run this meet,” said head coach Sarah Hopkins. New Mexico won the


Middle blocker Molly Lohman jumps to spike the ball against Purdue on Wednesday, Oct. 11 at the Maturi Pavilion.

No. 7 Gophers split weekend games Minnesota fell to Illinois in four sets on Saturday after a win on Friday. BY MARI BALLINGER


Freshman Bethany Hasz runs in the Jack Johnson Women’s Gold Race at the Roy Griak Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 at Les Bolstad Golf Course.

team title with 90 points. Following behind them included San Francisco (105), Colorado (139), Stanford (165), and Oregon (203) for the top five. In total, 31 teams competed. With so many young runners for Minnesota, the learning curve was steep on the national stage, but it was just the right kind of necessary evil they needed in order to grow. “It was a little bit of a deer in the headlights for some of those guys, but they learned a lot and that’s going to pay huge dividends for the next couple years,” Hopkins said. Though it may not have been the race the team was hoping for, the Gophers still


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had a lot to be proud about. After a nationally-ranked season and a second place finish at the Midwest Regional race, they’ll go forward motivated for even more. “Overall, really proud of the fight,” Hopkins said. “We’ll get better from this.”

Coming into the weekend hot, the Gophers kept up their winning ways against Northwestern Friday. In the second match, however, Illinois proved to the Gophers that unranked teams can still bring competition. The Fighting Illini took the match in four sets on Saturday night in Champaign, Illinois as Minnesota finished 1-1 in its road trip. The No. 7 Gophers (25-4, 14-4 Big Ten) started off with a 3-1 win against the Wildcats in Evanston, Illinois. “Coming in after last night’s win, we need to mentally prepare and be 100 percent focused, making sure our team is disciplined will help keep our energy alive,” said opposite hitter Stephanie Samedy. Samedy led the Gophers with 16 kills and 15 digs. Outside hitter Alexis Hart followed with 15 kills and middle blocker Molly Lohman had 12 kills. Junior Samantha Seliger-Swenson

came out with 45 assists, but Illinois’ setter, Jordyn Poulter, recorded 50 on the day. Libero Dalianliz Rosado had 13 digs and six assists. “I think our season is going very well,” Samedy said. “We are working towards our goals all while trying to battle and learn at the same time.” The Fighting Illini’s energy topped the Gophers. Illinois hit .333 versus Minnesota’s .190 and demolished the Gophers in kills 71-57. After Illinois took the second set, it went on to win the third and fourth as well. The Gophers put up a good fight, though. Kills from Hart and Samedy led the Gophers early in the third but a 3-2 run put Illinois at a 2-1 lead. In the middle of the fourth, Minnesota went on a 3-0 run to get within one at 17-16. Switching rolls, Illinois ended the game on a 3-0 run and took the match 3-1. Minnesota held an early lead, winning the first set 2927. Hart’s two kills made it 1-0 with the match tied at 27. In the second, the Fighting Illini hit .351 and went on a 6-0 streak. Lohman delivered an ace before outside hitter Brittany McLean added a kill, but even those weren’t enough to trump

Illinois. The Fighting Illini made it 1-1 in the second set. The Gophers solidified a 3-1 win over the Wildcats on Friday night. Samedy had a match-best 24 kills, Lohman with 13 kills and Hart added 12 more kills to the stat book. The first two sets were neck-to-neck, with points going back and forth. The Wildcats brought their game to the third set, hitting .467 to Minnesota’s .065 and finishing the set 25-13. The Gophers won the fourth set 25-19 and came out of top at in the road environment. “It’s important to understand that no match is given to us and we need to work for every single point,” Samedy said. “We need to stay humble and go into the match with the right mindset when playing unranked teams.”


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College kitchen: Friendsgiving This season, try out some new recipes to spruce up your Friendsgiving and make your preparations much easier.


Roasted brussels sprouts, chai-spiced pumpkin bars and turkey apple meatballs. BY MADDY FOLSTEIN


f you’re stuck on campus this Thanksgiving or you’re looking to host a Friendsgiving, you might be wondering how to serve a traditional turkey, stuffing and gravy this weekend. But, if you’re cooking in a small kitchen or only have a couple hours to put your meal together, traditional Thanksgiving courses can be tricky to prepare. A&E put together three recipes inspired by fall flavors to make your Thanksgiving preparations easier and your menu more exciting. Turkey-Apple Meatballs Inspired by the flavors of traditional turkey and stuffing. Ingredients: 1 pound ground turkey 1/2 cup of bread crumbs 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil 1 egg, beaten 1/2 of an apple, finely chopped 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon onion powder 3/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1 tablespoon sage

Instructions: 1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. 2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix with either your hands or a fork. 3. Roll mixture into small, two inch meatballs. 4. Place meatballs on a greased baking sheet. 5. B a k e f o r 1 2 - 1 5 minutes. 6. Serve on their own, or with a side of cranberry sauce.

4. Spread brussels sprouts evenly across baking sheet, and drizzle with more honey. 5. Bake for 30 minutes, or until brussels sprouts are crispy. 6. Drizzle with more honey and sprinkle with sea salt.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts The key to enjoying the vegetables you hated as a kid? Olive oil and lots of spices.

Ingredients: 4 eggs 1 and 2/3 cups sugar 1 cup of vegetable oil 1 can of pumpkin puree 2 cups of flour 2 teaspoons of baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon cinnamon 3/4 teaspoons of cardamom 3/4 teaspoons ginger 1/4 teaspoon of cloves 1 package cream cheese 1/2 cup of butter 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract 2 cups of powdered sugar

Ingredients: 1 pound brussels sprouts 4 tablespoons of olive oil 1/4 teaspoon of red chili pepper 1 teaspoon garlic powder Honey Sea Salt Instructions: 1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. 2. In a large bowl, toss brussels sprouts with olive oil, chili pepper and garlic. 3. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

Chai-Spiced Pumpkin Bars Somewhere in between a pumpkin spice latte and a pumpkin pie.

Instructions: 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 2.With an electric


The ingredients for chai-spiced pumpkin bars as seen on Thursday, Nov. 16 at Radius Apartments in Minneapolis

mixer, combine eggs, pumpkin, sugar and oil in a bowl. 3 . In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and remaining spices until well-mixed. 4 . Slowly add flour

mixture to pumpkin mixture until well-combined. 5. Spread batter into a 10-by-13-inch cake pan. 6. Bake for 25-30 minutes. 7. For frosting, mix cream cheese and butter with

electric mixer, and then add vanilla. 8. Add powdered sugar in small portions until the frosting is smooth and creamy. Spread frosting on cooled bars and cut into squares.


Designing the Land of the Dead Disney Pixar’s sets supervisor Chirs Bernardi presented sneak-preview clips and design insights in the making of the animated film “Coco” to the College of Design in McNeal Hall. BY KATE DRAKULIC


t McNeal Hall, design students can often be seen squinting into laptop screens, cursing Adobe software or snoozing in the lobby. Thursday morning was an exception. Students arrived excited and eager to hear from Chris Bernardi, sets supervisor of Disney Pixar’s “Coco.” Coco tells the story of 12-year-old Miguel and his family as they prepare for and celebrate Dia de los Muertos [Day of the Dead]. Passionate about music, Miguel struggles to comply with the rules of his family, who have banned music for generations for reasons he doesn’t understand. Angry and unable to stay away from music, he finds himself side-by-side with his ancestors in the “Land of the Dead.” With the help of old family, new friends and magical alebrije [spirit guides], Miguel navigates the “Land of the Dead” and his family history. “We worked really hard to provide a respectful

tribute to Mexican culture and to this holiday,” Bernardi said. “Coco” is overflowing with rich language, traditions and symbolism. As sets supervisor, or what Bernardi refers to as “the carpenters and masons of Pixar,” he and his team are responsible for the film’s constructed environment. They take the two-dimensional art direction from production designers, and transform it into a computer model that depicts threedimensional space. In preparation for the task, Bernardi and his team first traveled to Mexico to do research. “The research trips are a lot for inspiration. For me, sets are about a sense of place,” Bernardi said. In order to capture and communicate a specific sense of place, they spent time in a small town during Dia de los Muertos. They visited homes and graveyards, which were decorated with vibrant orange Marigold flowers, used to honor and lead the souls of the dead to the

family’s offerings. “There’s a richness to it. There’s even a smell to it. There’s these little incense burners [called] copal. It creates this beautiful smoke and there’s all of this orange and there’s an environment there that just has a feel to it,” Bernardi said. In his presentation, Bernardi gave a brief overview of “Coco” and shared a number of clips with the crowded auditorium. He spoke about some of the challenges he and his team faced while working on the film. “One of the biggest set dressing challenges was the ofrenda,” Bernardi said. The film depicted many different ofrendas, or altars, used to honor the dead. They were decorated with photos of ancestors, food, gifts, candles and, of course, marigolds. “We had this altar, and every flower was placed there by hand, every item was modeled and shaded by someone and put there with intent and purpose for the film,” Bernardi said. He additionally described the complex process of creating the “Land of the Dead,” a vast and detailed landscape, from beginning to end. The

enorm ous scal e of t h e environment was a challenge Bernardi feels his team successfully portrayed. “I was blessed with an amazing team on this film,” he said. As for advice for students who may be prospective animators or Pixar employees, Bernardi kept it simple. “Work hard and know what you love,” he said. “When I first applied to Pixar, they weren’t hiring. It was one of those things where you wait, and you work and you get better at what you do, and if that’s really where you want to be, you’ll find a way to get there.” “Coco” was released in Mexico on Oct. 27, a few days prior to Dia de los Muertos, and quickly broke box office records, becoming Mexico’s highest-grossing movie. The film’s U.S. release is Nov. 22.

“Work hard and know what you love.” CHRIS BERNARDI Sets supervisor


Designer Chris Bernardi sits down the Minnesota Daily to discuss his role in PIXAR’s new film “Coco” in McNeal Hall on Thursday, Nov. 16.




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Students are more motivated by money

Sen. Al Franken shouldn’t run for re-election in 2020

Our generation’s diminishing intrinsic motivation might cause us unhappiness down the road. t seems that students today are more motivated than ever by a potential paycheck. At least, that’s what a paper put forth by psychologists Jean Twenge and Kristin Donnelly suggests. ELLEN AILTS The study, pubcolumnist lished by the British Psychological Society, synthesized surveys conducted between 1971 and 2014, in which over 8 million students were asked about their reasons for enrolling in universities. Students across generations, born between 1944 and 1994, answered questions regarding how much they valued outcomes of their college education, like “to be able to make more money” or “to learn about things that interest me.” 55 percent of baby boomers felt that making money was important, versus 71 percent of millennials. Millennials were generally more likely to say they were extrinsically motivated, less likely to agree that they were in college to “learn about things that interest me.” Researchers said their findings supported observations that today’s students are more likely to have a “consumer mentality” than previous generations were. The trends in extrinsic motivation began to increase among Gen

Xers in the ‘90s; more motivated by money, less by learning. But it seems likely these trends are linked to the cost of college itself. In 1960, median tuition at private colleges was about $4,000 in today’s money, and in 1970, it was $3,015 for tuition at public institutions. Today, the average cost of a year at a public university is $20,000 (and rising) in-state, and $34,220 for out-of-state students — at private schools, tuition can be twice as high. Today’s young people simply don’t have the luxury of learning for learning’s sake. They have to think about the bottom line, or else drown in student debt before even they have a chance to get on their feet. We’ve also seen trends in depression, anxiety and various mental health issues increase drastically over the years. A paper from Jean Twenge shows that teenagers the 2010s were twice as likely to seek professional help for mental health issues than those in the 1980s, with issues of poor recall abilities and trouble sleeping on the rise when compared to their peers in the ‘80s. Student health centers are in higher demand, with college freshman who report being depressed increasing rapidly from even 2010 until the present. The fact that students don’t value their own interests as highly cannot help the mental health crisis that is occurring in our country. The rising prevalence of money-motivation can only lead to unhappiness, because, as we all learn at some point, money cannot magically transform a person into someone who is happy or fulfilled — in fact, it often leads to never feeling as though you have enough




But it seems likely these trends are linked to the cost of college itself. In 1960, median tuition at private colleges was about $4,000 in today’s money. money, enough things, because material goods cannot fill the fundamental sense of lacking that is inherent to the human condition. It’s a truth that feels like a platitude at this point, but it’s the truth nonetheless: if you seek happiness and fulfillment, that can only be achieved by money to a very limited extent. But college students today find themselves in yet another strange paradox of modernity, being motivated to go to college to make money, not in small part because they have to repay the debts of their education. It isn’t enough to simply say “value your interests, follow your dreams,” because truthfully, most of us can’t afford to. However, we should still keep those old platitudes in mind; in the long run, a bigger house or nicer car won’t fulfill you like your interests and your knowledge will. And who knows, they might even make you some money. Ellen Ailts welcomes comments at

Use gender-neutral language

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DAILY DISCUSSION Is sick-and-safe even a problem? Yes, of course workers in Duluth should be allowed to bank paid days off to take when they’re ill, when a family member is ill, or when they have to deal with an emergency related to their safety or the safety of loved ones. But the reality is that most full-time workers in Duluth already have and enjoy this benefit. The 46 percent figure that keeps getting bandied about with regard to workers here without access to paid sick-and-safe days refers “primarily” to “part-time workers. Most employers (in Duluth) provide some form of sick-or-safe leave,” the co-chairwomen of the Duluth City Council-appointed Earned Sick and Safe Time Task Force acknowledged in a commentary in the News Tribune on Nov. 12. In addition, the task force reported in its recommendations to the council that an overwhelming 90 percent of employers who responded to an online survey indicated they already offer earned paid time off. Nevertheless, a majority of the task force recommends that the council create an ordinance mandating the benefit for all workers. The task force is scheduled to present its recommendation at the City Council meeting today. The recommendation is in spite of any unease over government intruding on private business and in spite of the bottom-line burden such a local law would be expected to have businesses, specifically smaller ones. Business leaders have been quite outspoken with concerns, sometimes on behalf of businesses reluctant to speak up for fear of losing customers. Businesses in Duluth already are absorbing a 31 percent water rate increase, a 9 percent electric rate increase, property revaluations that drove up property taxes by as much as 30 percent, and the coming possibility of a half-percent sales tax for streets. There’s also the unknown costs of reconstructing Superior Street and of converting the Duluth Steam Plant. Like the rest of us taxpayers, how much more can they be asked to take? The recommendation also is in spite of the unknown and potentially sizeable costs that would have to be shouldered by us taxpayers. “You don’t know what the costs will be — but our City Council doesn’t know, either,” a task force member wrote in a dissenting viewpoint piece, also in the Nov. 12 News Tribune. Finding a way to pay for an earned-sickand-safe-time ordinance will be especially difficult with Duluth currently facing $2.1 million in proposed budget cuts, including the loss of 20 city workers. Sick and safe isn’t a core city service the way police and fire protection, clean water, and good streets are. Should it be a priority? Taxpayers can be concerned about potential legal fees, too. An earned-sick-and-safe time ordinance passed last year in Minneapolis has been entangled in expensive legal challenges since. City councilors can resist thrusting Duluth into a similar quagmire. And they can consider calling on the small handful of employers not currently offering a sick-and-safe-time benefit instead of imposing an unnecessary and potentially pricey mandate on all. Editor’s Note: This editorial was originally published in theDuluth News Tribune

language is a simple way to create a more inclusive space.


ecently, I spent a weekend among the queerest group of people that I’ve ever had the privilege to be around — and by queer I don’t mean PALMER HAASCH dictionary definicolumnist tion number one or two (“strange, odd, peculiar”) but rather number three: queer, as in “a sexual or gender identity that does not correspond to established ideas of sexuality and gender”. As a queer individual, it was both relieving and affirming to be around other LGBTQ people and be able to freely discuss LGBTQ topics. However, one of the most striking changes I noticed while interacting with solely other queer people as opposed to my primarily cisgender and heterosexual peers was linguistic in nature. Everyone was using gender-neutral language without even having to consciously make an effort to do so. It’s easy to miss the fact that the language we use is often heavily gendered. Phrases like, “hey guys” or “ladies and gentlemen” are commonplace but rely on notions of gender in order to produce meaning. Furthermore, this kind of language is commonplace almost to the point of mundanity. Personally, I know that I still use gendered language on a regular basis. I say “you guys” probably multiple times a day without even thinking about it because it’s so ingrained into the way I speak and popular vernacular. Although simple phrases like “you guys” or “his or hers” seem like they’d have little impact, they are by nature exclusionary of multiple genders, most commonly those which lie outside the gender binary. Using gendered language like the examples I’ve given not only reinforces the existence of a binary (think “his or hers”, “ladies and gentlemen” or “men and women”) but further excludes those who fall outside of it. And moreover, the number of people who fall outside the gender binary is

It’s easy to miss the fact that the language we use is often heavily gendered. Phrases like, “hey guys” or “ladies and gentleman” are commonplace but rely on notions of gender in order to produce meaning. extremely significant. Along with the fact that approximately 20 percent of youth ages 18-34 identify as LGBTQ, 12 percent of those ages 1834 identify as not cisgender, or not with the gender that they were assigned at birth, according to the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation organization. And even if the non-cisgender population wasn’t as large as it is, people still deserve to be included in day-to-day language. In any case, modifications to our regular language are incredibly simple. Start by identifying one gendered term that you use frequently. For me, it’s “guys”, whether I’m greeting friends with a quick, “hey guys” or saying something along the lines of, “wait for me, you guys” as I rush out the door after my roommates to catch the bus. After you’ve identified a term or phrase, choose a gender-neutral replacement. One of my favorite is “y’all” — it’s warm, inclusive and quick to roll off the tongue. Although it was odd to say at first, habit quickly set in and now it’s something that I say on a regular basis, making my language more inclusive in the process. As this year’s Trans Week of Awareness wraps up and as we celebrate Trans Day of Remembrance Monday, Nov. 20, it’s important that we work to make our language and by extension public space more inclusive for those who fall outside the gender binary. Using inclusive language like I’ve mentioned or even making “they” or “them” your default pronouns is easy and impactful – and there’s no reason why y’all should delay making a change. Palmer Haasch welcomes comments at

DAILY DISCUSSION In a hurr y to pass a badly flawed bill The U.S. House of Representatives plans to vote today on the tax cut bill. That vote will come with minimal public hearings and without a full evaluation by the Congressional Budget Office. They never learn, do they? The tax bill process being followed in both chambers mimics that of the so-far failed attempts to neuter the Affordable Care Act. It’s hyper-partisan, with legislation drawn up by the leadership outside of the committee process and then jammed through a floor vote without full consideration of its likely budget-busting effect on the federal deficit. And, oh yes, the legislation polls poorly. The House is expected to pass its version of the bill today; Speaker Paul Ryan. R-Wis., and company were reportedly not bothering to cajole reluctant Republicans during the weekend. But the legislation taking shape in the Senate, where the GOP majority is considerably slimmer, differs in several crucial aspects, and melding the two will not be easy. The Republican majorities are desperate for some sort of legislative achievement this year. Hence their vow to pass a tax bill by Thanksgiving. The CBO doesn’t have time to “score” the bill

before the votes? So what? We have to do something, no matter what the details, to appease our donors, and the less that’s known about that something the better. The GOP donors are the market for this legislation, and the party makes no attempt to hide the core motivation behind the rush to vote. “The financial contributions will stop” without a tax cut bill, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina declared last week. “My donors are basically saying, ‘Get it done or don’t ever call me again,’” Rep. Chris Collins of New York said. And so they hurry to pass a tax bill heavily tipped to favor the wealthy and corporations, a bill designed first and foremost to keep the money flowing to Republican candidates. The Senate GOP this week even jammed a key part of the failed Obamacare repeal into their tax bill to free up more money for their high-earner tax cuts, a provision that figures to destabilize the insurance markets and cost 13 million Americans their healthcare coverage. “You do wonder if these people have a political death wish,” muses “never Trump” conservative Jennifer Rubin. Legislate at haste, repent at leisure. Editor’s Note: This editorial was originally published in the Mankato Free Press


en. Al Franken (D-Minn.) was recently accused by Leeann Tweeden, a Los Angeles radio host, of kissing and groping her without her consent. This accusation of misconduct was from two years before Franken was elected, when Tweeden and him were traveling on a tour to entertain troops abroad. This allegation comes at a time where we as a society have become rightly sensitive to sexual misconduct, harassment and assault. Politicians like Roy Moore and other entertainers like Louis C.K., Kevin Spacey, Harvey Weinstein have drawn necessary criticism against their abhorrent actions. It’s important to note several observations before any call to action. First, sexual misconduct and harassment isn’t a black and white issue. While certainly we can all agree that sexual misconduct of all forms is grossly evil, not all sexual misconduct is equally despicable. The allegations of Harvey Weinstein, for instance, are substantially worse because of the history of the perpetrator against women he has worked with. We believe those allegations are substantially worse than the charges against Franken because there isn’t enough evidence yet to suggest a long-standing history of such behavior even though both actions are dehumanizing in their own way. On a spectrum from predatory to boorish, there is a clear separation from clear predators and Franken — that difference should not be ignored. Second, Franken has a proven record of supporting women’s rights. He has co-authored many bills and has a strong voting record in favor of many bills that advocate and protect women’s rights. This suggests that his attitudes have changed over the years. His statement indicates that he is willing to work hard to make up for his actions. However, this doesn’t change the facts. The reality is that this was still sexual misconduct. The picture released clearly describes a narrative that dehumanized Tweeden, regardless of the context. The photographer taking the picture was also complicit in this misconduct. The Democratic party has spent a lot of time in defending the indefensible. A victim who happens to be Republican is still a victim, and should be respected as such. The response to Franken’s misconduct should not be to point at other people with many accusations. This type of discussion diffuses the seriousness of the problem, and leads to an environment where we cannot confront our own hypocrisy. We urge the Democratic party to accept a stronger bipartisan norm against sexual misconduct and assault. Someone who engages in sexual harassment and other types of misconduct should not be viewed partially dependent on the party affiliation. Additionally, we urge Franken to make it clear that he will not be running for the next Senate election. This will give other people, namely female candidates, time to get political campaigns moving. Franken should vocally support a candidate that will advocate for stronger punishments against sexual assault, and protect the victims against such crimes. This type of political withdrawal will protect against any chaos from Franken resigning, as well as ensure that there is a smooth transition of power between him and whomever the next senator becomes. This way, Franken can begin to rectify his wrongs while still being held accountable for his actions.


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HOROSCOPES Today’s Birthday (11/20): Make your own dreams come true for two years. Love feeds you. Money is also useful; generate it and monitor carefully. Talk your way around career obstacles this winter, before your family gets into expansion mode.

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

Aries (3/21 - 4/19): Today is an 8 — Handle professional responsibilities over the next two days. Coordinate and plan an upcoming adventure. Back up your data, just in case.

Libra (9/23 - 10/22): Today is an 8 — The next two days are good for making changes at home. Hold family discussions to make sure everyone is on board. What do you envision?

Taurus (4/20 - 5/20): Today is a 7 — Explore and study your route today and tomorrow. Stay in communication, and make your connections.

Scorpio (10/23 - 11/21): Today is a 9 — Writing and creative projects come together today and tomorrow. Your muses are available. Accept advice from loved ones; especially children.

Gemini (5/21 - 6/21): Today is an 8 — Collaborate with your partner on shared finances. Talk about shared dreams and visions, before narrowing to focus on practical actions.

Sagittarius (11/22 - 12/21): Today is a 9 — Pursue lucrative ventures for the next few days. Do what worked before. Stick to tested routines, rules and budgets.

Cancer (6/22 - 7/22): Today is a 9 — Negotiate to refine the plan. Don’t be afraid if you don’t know how; work together to find solutions over the next few days. Envision success.

Capricorn (12/22 - 1/19): Today is a 9 — With self-discipline, you can make anything happen. Realize personal goals and visions with persistence and practicality.

Leo (7/23 - 8/22): Today is an 8 — Rest and eat well. Pay extra attention to health and wellness for a few days. Don’t overextend or overindulge. Discipline is required.

Aquarius (1/20 - 2/18): Today is a 6 — Get into a two-day pensive phase. Choose privacy over publicity. Listen to intuition and meditate on upcoming actions.

Virgo (8/23 - 9/22): Today is an 8 — Enjoy time with people you love today and tomorrow. Have fun with family and friends. Play by the rules. Avoid stress, and romance could spark.

Pisces (2/19 - 3/20): Today is an 8 — Teamwork gets a job done over the next few days. Stay in close communication. This shared process is a bonding experience.

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DR. DATE Dear Dr. Date,

So, this is a weird one. I’m in shock and I don’t know if I can process what has happened except maybe with years and years of intensive therapy. I brought my girlfriend of several months home to meet my parents this weekend. This in and of itself wouldn’t be odd except for what happened after dinner. First, some back story: “Amy” and I met in the wild and exciting early days of freshman year. We’d both just parted from our high school sweethearts and found comfort together in a Biblical sense. Things were steamy, believe me. But eventually a real love-connection developed and after all this time, we really need one another. Fast forward to after dinner this weekend. My mom sat Amy and me down in the living room and dropped a bombshell. Turns out, Amy is my long-lost twin. I didn’t know I was adopted, but my parents did, and they also knew the identity of Amy’s (and my) parents. So many thoughts have sprinted through my head by now, and I’m no closer to comprehending the spot I’m in. I simply can’t believe it. But here’s the weirdest thing: I don’t know what to do next. Should I stay with my lovely girlfriend/twin sister, or should I distance myself from the Game of Thrones-esque relationship that has developed between me and my twin? I love her and don’t know what to do. Help me Dr. Date,

—Twinning in the worst of ways

Dear Twinning,

Jesus. Just what the hell. I mean, are you sure you haven’t already fathered a pack of Baratheon brats? OK OK, I’m sorry I reacted poorly. Jesus. OK, now I’m fine. How didn’t you … know? Never mind, this situation clearly isn’t your fault. I guess. Here’s the deal. Both of you are young and rambunctious 20-somethings who didn’t know you were related when you started up your really creepy twincest relationship. What you can do is move on from Amy and this episode while taking away some moral lesson or something. Here, I think the lesson is the importance of biodiversity. If there are too many Birch trees in a given forest, one biological factor could wipe them all out. And if you stay with Amy, your kids might look like Sloth from The Goonies. As a general rule, Dr. Date lives by a certain code: anything between consenting adults. But Jesus mate, stop this now. Just quit. You can still be friends and stuff, but like … yikes.

—Dr. Date

Dear Dr. Date,

I’ve met these two guys and they’re really great. Attractive, I mean. I don’t know what it is they actually do or what they’re like. So anyway, one of them lives and takes classes on East Bank, but the other takes design classes on St. Paul campus and lives there as well. The point is, I think I could start seeing both these men and they would never know. I’d have it made in the shade and they’d be none the wiser. What do I do?

—Split Shot

Dear Split,

You may have to resend your letter because the first one makes you sound like a real asshole. I think those Communist post office people may have tampered with it. Also, this school has a St. Paul campus?

—Dr. Date

Dear Dr. Date,

Is root beer a vegetable? It is made of roots, after all. Also, is it alcoholic? Since, you know, it has beer in its name.

—Seriously Confused Dude Dear Dude,

Luckily, we have science to figure out these questions because I was just as stumped as you are. I contacted my friend at Harvard who conducts dietary studies. He said, “If you contact me again, I’ll call the police. This is a violation of the restraining order I have against you.” So that was a dead end. Nevertheless, your question sparked such a grand curiosity within me that I tapped into our Dr. Date travel budget and headed to Bangor, Maine to see if I could figure out our answer. As I was walking along the shore, I saw a man who told me he was dying after eating a watermelon seed. Poor soul. I continued on my quest and found a hooded, wise-looking figure sat atop a horse. I asked him your question. “What is root beer?” He said that he wasn’t sure, but was also captivated by your inquiry. We set off together on his horse and found ourselves in the plains of Nova Scotia to consult his master. Turns out the guy is a freaking wizard, how cool is that? His master was super dope and told us that root beer is not only a vegetable, but also a beer. What a journey.

—Dr. Date

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Grant aids international student parents A childcare grant is now offered to both international and out-of-state parents. BY ELIANA SCHREIBER

When Yuko Yadatsu moved from Japan to Minnesota to pursue her master’s degree, she had no plans of having a baby while in school. Almost two years later, Yadatsu balances classes at the University of Minnesota and cares for her 7-month-old son with support from a new child care grant. The $150,000 grant, called the University Student Service Fees Child Care Assistance Grant, is awarded to the University’s Student Parent Help Center each year. All feepaying University students are eligible, and individual awards are determined on a case-by-case basis. This grant differs from other University child care grants because it accepts applications from out-of-state and international studentparents, said SPHC Director Susan Warfield. The grant was made after the student service fee guidelines were updated last year to help underfunded childcare centers on campus, Warfield said. “I don’t know of another program that is serving international students on any type of child care assistance,” she said. After moving to Minnesota in April 2016, Yadatsu got pregnant in July. Despite discouragement from peers, she said she didn’t want to have to sacrifice her career and education to become a mother. Yadatsu said when Warfield first introduced her to the grant, she couldn’t believe the scholarship was available to international students. But as a first-year master’s


First year masters of public health student Yuko Yadastu views the primates exhibit at Como Park Zoo on Sunday, Nov. 19 in St. Paul. Yadastu received a grant from the University to supplement child care payments, a grant that was previously not available to international students like herself.

student in public health, she said she underestimated how hard it would be to balance her time. “I really wish other students without kids [could] know how my life is,” Yadatsu said. While other students may have more flexibility in their schedules, she said she has to keep a rigid schedule to leave time at the end of the day to spend with her son. For Johanna Nashandi, a first-year Ph.D. candidate in social work, the biggest challenge is missing class if her 5-year-old daughter gets sick. “I feel like it’s better for

me to sacrifice this year than [leave] her at home,” Nashandi said. There isn’t a lot of information about what graduate student-parents need, said Nick Ames, Council of Graduate Students member and Student Senate representative. In a meeting this month, the Student Senate passed a resolution to collect information on graduate studentparents and to continue the level of funding for SPHC and families who benefit from the grant. “The needs on campus are not being met,” Ames said.

The resources at the SPHC are still limited, and he said numbers to support the call for more funding will help COGS present a need for future funding. Warfield said most of the resources from SPHC have historically focused on undergraduate student-parents, who are an underrepresented group. Undergraduate parents are at higher risk not to complete their degrees and are more likely to be working students, students of color or first-generation college students, she said. Graduate students,

however, are usually more assertive in seeking help when they need it and are more likely to have longterm support from partners, Warfield said. Right now, she said there are 24 student-parents on the grant receiving aid and 10 more awaiting application review. Yadatsu said she started receiving money from the grant this fall, and uses it to help pay for daycare. She pays tuition with help from her mom, and part of Yadatsu’s husband’s income from a full-time job at the University contributes

to childcare expenses. “I feel like I’m selfish... that I’m leaving him in daycare, paying for expensive daycare and going to school,” Yadatsu said. Nashandi said the grant is a significant help to her as a single parent and international student. Her husband still lives and works in her home country of Namibia, so she takes care of her daughter while working as a research assistant, going to classes and adjusting to life in the U.S. “The money is such a big relief,” Nashandi said.

MPD unveils a new use-of-force data dashboard Now community members can track officer use-of-force incidents by area. BY MADELINE DENINGER

The Minneapolis Police Department recently unv e i l e d a n e w t r a c k in g system to provide online access to use-of-force and officer-involved shooting incident data. MPD Chief Medaria Arradondo, along with department crime analysts, unveiled the latest of the department’s public data dashboards on Nov. 14. The data dashboard tallies the amount of use-of-force and

officer-involved shooting incidents in the city and its neighborhoods. Arradondo said posting the data online is meant to promote transparency and boost trust in the community. “We are constantly seeking [community] input with how we can improve their safety and the City of Minneapolis,” Arradondo said in a press conference Tuesday. “This data is aimed at building the public trust in our police department, enhancing the public trust in our police department, enhancing accountability and highlighting and increasing our professional service.” The dashboard sorts

incidents by precinct, neighborhood, type of force used by the officer and race and gender of the individual who had force used against them. Arradondo said this system is the first of its kind in Minnesota. The dashboard is updated every morning, and data can be traced back as far as 2008. As of Nov. 19, 0.22 percent of citywide calls to the MPD resulted in useof-force. At the University of Minnesota, that number was 0.29 percent. Gary Hill, chair of the Minnesota Coalition on Government Information, said the data portal will help hold police accountable. “It’s definitely a step forward for both the police and

the public,” Hill said. The use of force dashboard follows similar systems for information regarding police stops, arrests and crime that MPD rolled out earlier this year. Arradondo said this was something the community had asked for. “We know that when it comes to the trust and legitimacy our communities want from us, this is key information that they wanted to have access to, so I was committed that we do that,” he said. Arradondo said any cases of use-of-force or officer-involved shootings are reviewed by MPD supervisors and internal affairs investigators.

“Our residents can see the very same data that we’re analyzing every week with our leaders and supervisors,” he said. “We firmly believe this data will open up new conversations with the communities we serve.” Use-of-force and officerinvolved shooting data also helps shape MPD policies and practices, according to Arradondo. The data will help the department keep policies, training protocols and disciplinary procedures up-todate, he said. “We will look at all of those aspects and also try and see if that weaves into our early intervention system and performance management,” Arradondo said.

Landlords in U-area put on housing violation list

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In spring 2017, they installed a pilot organics program in Yudof Hall and hope to expand to two more residential halls this year. “Dana has been integral to the work that has been done with recycling at the University,” said Will Macheel, head of MSA’s sustainability committee. “He is one of my favorite administrators to work with just because of the enthusiasm he brings.” Over the years, Donatucci has developed a reputation as an energetic proponent of recycling and campus sustainability. “He is an innovator… always looking for new ways to increase efficiency,” McKeown said. Donatucci, who holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry, is responsible for creating and implementing some of the most visible aspects of the University’s present-day waste disposal program as part of his long-term goal to make campus zero-waste. His designs include waste bin lids with slots for recyclables like newspapers or bottles, and the quad system, which sorts recycling into separate containers for different materials. “He is University of Minnesota recycling,” said

Use-of-force and officerinvolved shooting data was previously available upon request through MPD’s Public Information Office. Michelle Gross, president of Communities United Against Police Brutality, said the dashboard will encourage the community to analyze the information as well as aid the department. “The information was always public, but you had to ask for it, and people don’t always know how to do that,” she said. “The City can get flooded with requests. The more the City puts up voluntarily, the fewer requests the City has to deal with, and everybody benefits.”

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Facilities Support Supervisor Dana Donatucci sorts recycled bottles into the correct receptacle at the Como Recycling Facility on Tuesday, Nov. 7 in Minneapolis.

John Sundsmo, waste recovery service manager and Donatucci’s supervisor. “He has tenacity. He has stuck with [University recycling] this entire time.” Donatucci first tried to implement centralized collection at the University in the 1990s.

“I was told that [Facilities Management] was unable to support the program. If I wanted to do it, I had to do it on my own,” said Donatucci. “So I did.” He successfully installed receptacles in 63 buildings before the program was shut down due to conflict over

the centralized collection process, which some faculty found inconvenient. Donatucci then turned his attention to implementing an organics program, which stalled due to lack of interest and funding. “We would’ve been on the forefront — one of the

first campuses to do this,” Smiley said. D e spit e t h e vario u s setbacks over the years, Donatucci remains optimistic that the University will one day be a zero-waste institution. “Change like this takes time,” Donatucci said.

able to apply for removal from the list, Dane said, and many of the landlords have already done so. Landlords are placed on the list after they have three unresolved cases with student legal services in a year, he said. For some residents, their landlord’s inclusion on the list is concerning, even if they don’t feel mistreated. “With there being so many issues with them, at least three issues, clearly something is wrong,” said sophomore Cole Dubbels, who’s lived at The Rail since September. “I think it’s a really good idea to have this system in place… As first-time renters, for most of us, we can be easily taken advantage of.” The list’s publication is part of a Minnesota Student Association landlord accountability campaign, which will also include a multimedia awareness campaign this month and new state legislation to protect student renters, according to past Minnesota Daily coverage.

November 20th, 2017