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Student gov. lobbies for affordability

Possible Title IX shifts would affect campus

Students and campus area residential groups are trying to curb costly apartments.

The federal rules impact how schools across the U.S. handle sexual misconduct.


A residential project proposed for the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood could fill an entire city block, but residents and students aren’t sold on the project’s scale and price tag. Doran Companies and CSM Corporation are pitching several structures for a block along University Avenue SE near the General Mills site. Plans for the proposal will be presented to the city in October. The multifamily housing project calls u See TOWER Page 3



Doran Companies and CSM Corporation will present plans for a 25-story apartment tower in Marcy Holmes at a Heritage Preservation Commission meeting in October.


U debuts P.J. Fleck ice cream

Some University of Minnesota advocates say they are worried that a potential change to Title IX, the federal law governing how universities handle sexual assault, could be harmful to victim-sur vivors. Last week, U.S. Education Secretar y Betsy DeVos announced that federal guidance for university sexual assault investigations will undergo a public notice and comment period, driven by concerns about false accusations. The University will continue to follow current guidelines unless formal changes are announced, officials say. “As advocates, we are concerned about the direction and narrative around all of the false accusations. We know that the data doesn’t actually support it,” said University Aurora Center Director Katie Eichele. In her speech at George Mason University, DeVos said she consulted with victimsur vivors, administrators and university students falsely accused of sexual misconduct prior to opening up comment on potential new guidelines. No federal regulations have been changed. “One rape is too many. One assault is one too many. One aggressive act of harassment is one too many. One person denied due process is too many,” DeVos said. u See TITLE IX Page 3


‘Public benefit center’ promises more jobs in Cedar Riverside The area is known for its high unemployment rate, which is around 18 percent. BY KELLY BUSCHE


Pilot plant coordinator Ray Miller stands in front machinery used to make ice cream sold on the St.Paul campus on Wednesday, Sept. 6.

The University’s Dairy and Meat Shop launched its “Row the Boat” flavor this month. BY CHRISTOPHER LEMKE

Shoppers at the University of Minnesota’s meat and dairy store can now find a new product amid shelves of University-made cheese and meat: a P.J. Fleck-inspired ice cream flavor. A long-time University ice cream developer created the frozen confection, released last week, in a St. Paul campus lab that aims to educate students about food science. Called “Row the Boat,” the flavor is based on Gophers head football coach Fleck’s favorite treats, and combines fudge-coffee swirls and peanut butter-filled football candies in vanilla ice cream. Making ice cream is a trial-and-error

process, said Ray Miller, who developed the flavor and has made ice cream at the University for over 30 years. “The main thing is getting the ingredients in and just playing around with them a little bit,” Miller, the University’s food processing facility coordinator, said. “There’s unlimited potential with what you can try. You just have to kind of know what you’re doing before you try it if you want it to turn out right.” Each week, the Dair y and Meat Salesroom on the St. Paul campus stocks up to 15 types of both ice cream and cheese as well as a variety of meats, some of which come from University students’ and scientists’ research. Beginning in the 1950s, graduate students in the Meat Science Lab who made foods like ice creams or cheeses for class labs often ended up with leftovers, so they star ted selling them to the public, said Jodi Nelson, the senior lab ser vices

coor dinator at the Pilot Plant, the University’s food processing facility. Today, a portion of the profit from the Dairy and Meat Salesroom — which sees between 200 and 300 customers each week — goes to the Pilot Plant, and the rest goes to other University departments, she said. The shop also aims to limit food waste from food science classes, said Meat Lab Supervisor Tristan McNamara. He said about 70 percent of the proteins in the store come from classes where students evaluate the meats’ properties. The rest of the meats in the shop are extras from research, he said, such as animal studies or company-sponsored research on specimens like pig hearts. For store customer and University assistant professor Amy Smith, the salesroom’s products stand out for their quality and variety. “I’m an agriculturalist,” she said. “So I like knowing where my meat comes from.”

A new Cedar-Riverside employment organization seeks to slash unemployment rates in the community. Pioneer Staffing and Training, which will launch next week, will be the first employment center in Minneapolis that is a public benefit corporation — a for-profit business also focused on societal impact. Around 18 percent of Cedar-Riverside residents are unemployed, while the statewide unemployment rate sits close to 4 percent. Mohamud Noor, the company’s founder, said he chose the public benefit corporation model to assist the community. The organization aims to cut Cedar-Riverside unemployment rates by bridging cultural and language barriers that often exist between employers and applicants. “We can serve a huge number of community members who are seeking employment,” Noor said. Noor created Pioneer Staffing and Training because he sees a “huge gap in skills and … cultural awareness.” For a fee, job-seekers will submit a set of application documents. The corporation will choose where each applicant works u See JOBS Page 3


At Weisman, live acts bring a worthy start to school semester The WAM-O-RAMA event brought art, pizza and music to students on campus Friday. BY KATE DRAKULIC

Nothing brings broke college kids together like free art, music and pizza, and the Weisman Art Museum hit these marks Friday. Considered the Weisman’s kick of f to the school year, WAM-O-RAMA is an event curated by a collaboration of student groups, including the WAM Collective, Student Unions and Activities and Whole Music Club. It has been running for more than 20 years. “It’s nice to combine art and music in one space, and the Weisman is an awesome venue for that,” said Lexi Herman, a B.F.A. student and education assistant at the Weisman, who has been part of the WAM Collective for four years. “We want the Weisman to be considered part of people’s school experience.”

Consider it, they did — anxious from waiting in line, students flooded through the Weisman doors Friday at 6:30 p.m. sharp. Whether it was the screen printed Bohemian Press t-shir ts, the allnight line-up including DJ T iiiiiiiiiip (Tiiiiiiiiiip / tip w/ 10 i’s), Dwynell Roland, headliner Early Eyes or the free Mesa Pizza that brought them, we may never know. The museum vibrated with energy and DJ Tiiiiiiiiiip’s playlist. Students relaxed in the coloring corner and doodled in hand-drawn books designed by artists from WAM Collective. They stood in long lines for free Bohemian Press screenprinted t-shir ts, scarfed down hot slices of pizza and were extremely careful to keep a safe distance from the “BucketO-Condoms,” that the Student Health Awareness Disease Association (SHADE) tried to hand out. DJ Tiiiiiiiiiip kept the energy alive, but it wasn’t until Dwynell Roland’s set began that people broke out of their small cliques and crowded the stage. u See WAM Page 4


Local rap artist, Dwynell Roland, performs during WAM-O-Rama on Friday Sept. 8 at the Weisman Art Museum.






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Sisters Vicki Hanson and Mary Kleve feed each other souvlaki during the Minneapolis Greek Festival at St. Mary’s Orthodox Church on Saturday, Sept. 9.




First week at U marked by crime Multiple thefts, burglaries and an armed robbery were reported on and around campus last week. BY MADELINE DENINGER

The first week of the fall semester saw several incidents of crime occur on- and off-campus. Multiple thefts, assaults, burglaries and an armed robbery were reported near the University of Minnesota last week. Assaults and an ar med robber y A 22-year-old male was reportedly assaulted at the intersection of 14th Avenue SE and 5th Street SE — near Target Express — early Sunday evening.

Minneapolis police officers responded to a report of an assault around 7:20 p.m. The victim sustained “significant bodily harm” and was transported to the hospital, according to police. Police have yet to identify potential suspects, or whether weapons were involved. Minneapolis police also responded to a report of an armed robbery on University Avenue Southeast Sept. 6. A 31-year-old male victim was robbed at gunpoint in a park at 12:50 a.m., and reported the incident to police an hour later, police reports show. Police are still searching

for suspects. Thefts and burglaries Several thefts were reported near campus last week, according to police. A University student reported her iPad and iPhone were stolen from a classroom in the PhillipsWangensteen Building to UMPD Sept. 8. A man reported having his wallet and checkbook stolen from his car, parked at his apartment on 8th Street Southeast on Sept. 9. The suspect entered the victim’s car without force, which may have been unlocked. According to the victim, several charges have

been made to his stolen cards. There are currently no known suspects or available evidence. Twelve bicycle thefts were also reported on or around campus since Sept. 4. Two burglaries were reported near campus last week, police records show. A man reported a burglary to Minneapolis police after his garage was broken into Saturday evening. The suspect broke the door bolt to the garage, located on Arthur Avenue Southeast at 8:30 p.m. No suspects have been identified. Minneapolis police

officers responded to another burglary Sept. 4. A man reported his apartment on 6th Street Southeast had been burglarized three days earlier. Other notable incidents A woman was reportedly struck by a vehicle at 1110 6th St SE at 12 p.m. on Sept. 5, according to police. Minneapolis police responded to the hit-and-run call after the victim reported it later that day. The victim was not injured. Police have yet to identify a suspect, and the victim couldn’t recall the license plate number or vehicle model.

Students protest UMN admin at Coffman The students called for an end to the UMPD and tuition increases, and for the University to defend DACA. BY KEVIN BECKMAN

A small group of students stood in front of Coffman Memorial Union Wednesday afternoon to protest a list of perceived failures by the University of Minnesota administration during the school’s annual activities fair. About 10 students, who declined to give their names, stood on Coffman’s steps, holding one banner that read “We all belong here” and another that called on the University to abolish the University Police Department, stop tuition increases and defend Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The second banner also called on the University to support faculty unionization and “kill rape culture.” The demonstrators said the school isn’t tough enough on alleged rapists. The students also called on the University to increase funding for ethnic and gender studies and place more effort on sexual assault prevention. In the past two weeks, Kaler has sent out two different allcampus statements vowing support for DACA recipients, and plans to finalize an initiative to combat sexual misconduct. The banners were originally tied to the columns in

A banner hangs outside Coffman Memorial Union on Wednesday, Sept. 13.

front of Coffman, but Student Unions and Activities staff asked they be taken down, due to University policy.

Three UMPD officers were present at the demonstration, which protestors said made them feel

“unwelcome.” SUA did not call for the officers, said University spokesperson Steve


Henneberry. The officers may have been patrolling for the activities fair being held in front of Coffman.


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‘Public benefit center’ promises more jobs Jobs u from Page 1

based on their strengths, weaknesses, schedules and more, he said. Employers frequently have concerns when hiring someone with minimal skills, Noor said. “They don’t want to take that chance.” Pioneer Staf fing and Training will address the concerns by providing job training and workplace skills education, Noor said. The training will eventually help people find permanent jobs, he said, rather than temporar y positions other employment agencies offer. “We give people opportunity,” Noor said. “We want to give them hope.” He said the company will only work with employers who pay livable wages: “we’ll be raising the bar.” City of Minneapolis Workforce Manager Mark Brinda said the high unemployment rate has been tough to combat. “It’s one of the big challenges we have,” Brinda said. Residents across Minneapolis are demanding better employment prospects, he said, making organizations like Pioneer Staf fing and Training and the Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center important to the community. The Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center matches job seekers with employers, said Mohamed Ali, associate director of

Founder of Pioneer Staffing and Training Mohamud Noor poses for a portrait in Cedar Riverside on Monday, Sept. 11.

employment at EMERGE Community Development — which partners closely with the center. Ali said the center holds consultations with

Possible Title IX shifts would affect campus Title IX u from Page 1

Guidelines for universities handling sexual assault cases established by the Obama administration didn’t take public input into account, she said. “Rather than engage the public on controversial issues, the Depar tment’s Office for Civil Rights has issued letters from the desks of un-elected and un-accountable political appointees,” she said, alluding to the 2011 Dear Colleague letter authored by former Vice President Joe | Biden. The letter contains 92 specific recommendations on how universities could better handle sexual assault. Since the Of fice for Civil Rights deemed the letter informal guidance, it didn’t have to go through the notice and comment r ule-making process that other federal rules undergo. “Notice and comment rule-making is a time- and resource-intensive under taking that agencies frequently tr y to avoid by issuing less formal guidance,” said Kristin Hickman, a University professor specializing in administrative law. These comment periods

allow agencies to receive public input that can help them address complex issues mor e thoroughly, Hickman said. Eichele credited the Dear Colleague letter with raising awareness about sexual misconduct and motivating universities to analyze their policies and processes. “Due to the Dear Colleague letter, there was more awareness and voice that these types of violations were occurring at a student conduct level as well as law-violation level,” she said. Eichele said her and other advocates from across the Big 10 plan to use the notice and comment period to advocate for policies that suppor t victim-survivors. University policies won’t change unless new federal regulations are announced, said Tina Marisam, the University Title IX coordinator. “Cer tainly we care about due process and equity for all folks involved in the processes because we know as advocates that if due process is not afforded to all parties involved in the repor ting and responding of these kind of incidents, the reality is that it always comes back to hurt victimsurvivors,” Eichele said.

job-seekers to help them “apply their skills to the right job,” along with holding mock interviews to prepare applicants. Employers are on-site

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that part of a disorderly conduct law that bars people from disturbing public meetings is unconstitutional and violates the First Amendment, a decision that some say will have little impact on cities but others call a victory for free speech at a time when public dissent is critical. The ruling comes in the case of a Little Falls woman who was escorted from a City Council meeting in 2013 and charged with disorderly conduct after she refused to sit in the gallery. The majority found the statute under which Robin Hensel was charged and convicted is unconstitutional because it’s overbroad and can’t be reasonably narrowed. The justices said there are “countless ways” in which the statue could chill protected speech. They

invalidated the law and ordered that Hensel’s conviction be vacated. Hensel’s attorney, Kevin Riach, said the ruling was a win for free speech. “We’re at a time in our history where our democratic norms and values are under attack and it’s critical that people be able to publicly dissent and hold their government accountable,” he said. “This decision takes a tool away from those who would seek to squash that dissent.” Scott Flaherty, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, said other statutes can be used to address disruptive behavior and this ruling doesn’t legalize the broad interruption of meetings. He also said the decision provides a road map if lawmakers choose to rewrite the law to pass constitutional muster. Nathan Midolo, an attorney who represented the state, called the ruling disappointing and said its impact is being evaluated.

don’t leave them out there,” Ali said. Diverging from the norm, Pioneer Staffing and Training does recruit prospective employees, Noor said.

“It puts more pressure on us to find qualified individuals,” he said. “But it also gives us a pool of potential employees for that employer.”

Student gov. lobbies for affordability Tower u from Page 1

for the construction of a 25-stor y apar tment tower along University Avenue SE, a five-story L-shaped apartment building spanning the corner of 2nd Street SE and 3rd Avenue SE. The proposal contains one and two-story town home units between the two developments — totaling 374 units. Ward 3 City Council Member Jacob Frey said the proposed block is wellsuited for development. “The General Mills site is [a] large and predominantly vacant space that is right for growth in some form,” Frey said. Tony Kuechle, senior vice president of development for Doran Companies, said rent will likely cost around $2 to $3 per square foot. The development will include amenities like common rooms, game and entertainment rooms, a fitness center, exercise classes and more. “It’s going to be a higherend residential development on a more expensive side,” said Peter Crandall, senior city planner with the City of Minneapolis. But some are concerned over the development’s scale and price point. Chris Lautenschlager, executive director of

Supreme Court invalidates meeting law BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

doing the hiring, he said, rather than the center hiring employees. And the center stays connected to employees after they are hired. “We


Patricia Beety, attorney for the League of Minnesota Cities, said it’s too soon to tell whether lawmakers will revise the statute. But she said most of the time, cities deal with disruptions and maintaining order through warnings or their own procedures and rules of decorum, so she doesn’t expect this ruling to have any significant, immediate impact. Hensel has a history of being at odds with Little Falls leaders and sued the city when it forced her to remove signs from her property. Wednesday’s ruling stems from a 2013 incident at City Hall. Hensel went to a City Council meeting and sat in the public gallery with signs depicting dead and deformed children. She also wore a sign on her head that read: “Speech restricted here.” When others complained of obstructed view, they were allowed to sit between the gallery and the councilors.

the Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association, said his organization is concerned with the height and placement of the tower. The 25-stor y tower would exceed the height of the Pillsbur y A Mill’s red tile elevator, he said, which spans 16 stories. MHNA doesn’t want that. He said they don’t want the tower positioned right along University Avenue SE, either. “We would prefer it to be closer to 2nd street, not near the University,” Lautenschlager said. “We have no objections to the tower, however … we want to have more varied [layout].” The proposal has also spur red resistance from some students, who hoped for more affordable

housing options. The Minnesota Student Association is working with MHNA in hopes of persuading the developer to reserve units as affordable housing. This move is par t of a larger MSA goal to cut housing costs across campus neighborhoods. “Currently, af fordable housing is the biggest issue in Minneapolis, second only to policing,” said George Abdallah, MSA’s governmental and legislative affairs coordinator for local advocacy. MSA wants 15 to 20 percent of the apar tment units made af fordable for students — priced around $1000 per month, said Grant Simons, MSA student representative to the MHNA. “We should have these opportunities for students

to live in that area … in something that might be a bit newer,” he said. MSA hopes to influence city officials by sending students and members to lobby at city planning committee meetings. “This is the first time … that I can remember that the student body and [MHNA] are working together,” Abdallah said. Doran and CSM will present plans for the project to the Heritage Preservation Commission on Oct. 2. If approved, construction on the buildings would start between spring and summer of 2018, Kuechle said. “The five-story … structure should be … opened in about 18 months. And the tower will probably take about 24 months,” he said.






Music, art, condoms and community: All present at WAM-O-RAMA The Weisman Art Museum’s annual event drew a big crowd. WAM u from Page 1

The Nor th Minneapolis rapper had the previously apprehensive crowd waving their arms, jumping up and down and screaming, “Stop, drop and ROLAND!” By the time battle of the band finalists Early Eyes hit the stage, more people crammed into the performance room than had all night. “I think we lucked out a lot on being on a college campus,” John O’Brien said, Early Eyes’ guitarist. “Just like the fact that we’re based out of the University of Minnesota kind of wedges us inside a community that we may not have had access to otherwise.” In addition to working on new music, collaborations and “a couple things,” that they, “can’t talk about,” over the summer, Early Eyes toured around the Midwest. “The furthest we made it out was Ohio and back,” Jake Berglove said, the band’s lead singer. “We drove east until we were like, ‘Oh, we might as well stop.’ Like that scene in Forrest Gump where he’s like, ‘I think I might go home.’” Early Eyes is quickly coming up on their one year anniversary of becoming a band. “We never sat in a room


Abby Capistrant and Steven Bulfer, sophomores at the University, spend time coloring at WAM-O-Rama at the Weisman Art Museum on Friday, Sept. 8.

and said ‘we’re gonna go for this,’ Berglove said. “We just played music together and never tried to be any sort of pretentious or petty and just let music

come forth.” The band, which now includes five members, invited a friend and local vocalist, Sophia Cruz, to join them on stage

for the night. WAM-O-RAMA didn’t just put on a good show — they also managed to break some stereotypes about museum culture.

“I’m from Califor nia and just going to art museums is not a popular thing at all to do, and it’s just like not considered cool I guess,” Sydney Kanter

said, freshman and Sociology of Law, Crime and Deviance major. “People here are really into ever ything and I think that’s really amazing.”


Taste of Greece at weekend festival


LEFT: Festival goers dance to music performed by The Levendes at St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church on Saturday, Sept. 9. ABOVE: Freddy Riquelme Galicia prepares gyros for the Minneapolis Greek Festival. COURTNEY DEUTZ, DAILY

The 29th Minneapolis Taste of Greece Festival delivered great food and music. BY HALEY BENNETT


hat is souvlaki? What’s a Greek church doing in landlocked Minneapolis? How many gyros can one person eat in a day? A&E visited the Taste of Greece Festival this weekend to answer these questions. Just east of Bde Maka Ska (formerly Lake Calhoun), festival-goers sipped Greek wine flights and watched the sun set from the terrace. It was the closest the Twin Cities could come to resembling Santorini. “The festival is to show people what Greek Orthodoxy is about,” parishioner Dean Dovolas said. “It’s uplifting — the focus [of the church] is on forgiveness rather than punishment.” Although it took place at a church, the focus of the festival was on the savory

elements of Greek culture. For the sake of the festival, Christianity remained in the background. The Levendes band played to a cheery audience of circle-dancers and gyrosnackers. The three band members have played together for 43 years. “The more people that dance, the better,” John Trigas said, who plays the bouzouki (a classical Greek instrument that resembles a fiddle). In the past few years, Trigas left banking to perform fulltime, moving back and forth between Minneapolis and New Orleans. His advice for the people with two left feet that want to participate? “Find someone who can dance and hang on.” And we haven’t even gotten to the food yet. The festival, run by volunteers, boasted a full dinner menu with shish-kabobs, spanakopita (spinach pie wrapped in flaky dough) and more. Greek spots throughout Minneapolis, like Christos on Nicollet Avenue and Bill’s Imported Foods on Lake

Street, had a place at the festival table, but many of the cooks didn’t even have restaurants in the Twin Cities. Konstantinos Papadakis, a chef at the festival, has been a member of the church since he moved to Minneapolis from Athens 30 years ago, in the dead of winter “with no coat and thin-soled Italian shoes.” But he’s made it this far, and now he cooks souvlaki — “grilled pork shish-kabob served with tomato, onion, and tzatziki (cucumber) sauce on fresh pita bread” — for hungry festival visitors every year, though he is a woodcarver. And when they said fresh pita, they meant it. Many people also wandered around munching on desserts like Loukoumathes, which are fried Greekstyle doughnuts dipped in hot honey and sprinkled with cinnamon. A large portion of the treats was thanks to the Yia-Yias, or grandmothers, who spent months preparing and freezing treats for the festival. Once visitors had

their fill of delicacies, they headed into the main building for the Greek Boutique to ogle jewelry and housewares. The festival attracted parishioners and nonbelievers, Greeks and non-Greeks throughout Minnesota. “The modern world is a little divorced from the idea of community,” Dovolas said. He hopes people will recognize the importance of the community the church offers. What does St. Mary’s hope visitors of the festival will take away from it? “The culture,” Dovolas said. “Music, dance, food.”

“The festival is to show people what Greek Orthodoxy is about. It’s uplifting — the focus [of the church] is on forgiveness rather than punishment.” DEAN DOVOLAS Parishioner






Rhoda finds success with Tyler Johnson The quarterback and receiver have connected on two scores. BY DREW COVE

What does it mean for Tyler Johnson to see Conor Rhoda named starting quarterback? Rhoda and Johnson have connected on many passes in just two games this season, and now that Rhoda will be getting most of the reps at practice, and most of the playing time in games, his top target should see an increase in yards. “I think it’s developed well,” Rhoda said. “I think ... whoever is throwing him the ball is going to feel comfortable throwing him the ball.” Johnson is in his second season as a wide receiver, and he is proving why the switch was the right fit. The Minneapolis native played high school ball just a few miles from campus at Minneapolis North High School, where he was quarterback. Johnson found his way to the University of Minnesota, where he became a receiver. “[Our] relationship has been growing,” Johnson said. “I look forward to growing day by day with Rhoda, and I feel like it is going to be a good journey.” As a first-year wide receiver with Mitch Leidner at quarterback, Johnson totaled

just 141 yards and one touchdown last season. “I think he was very hungry,” said wide receiver Eric Carter. “He just took his game to another level [this offseason].” Now with more experience and Rhoda at quarterback, Johnson met his 2016 total in just the first half of the first game, and now, two full games in, he has 268 yards and two touchdowns. Head coach P.J. Fleck alluded to this chemistry not being for the long term. “Just like when you play multiple quarterbacks, I don’t think that necessarily changes,” Fleck said. “At times, I wish we had the position of ‘OK, well, this is going to be our four-year [starting quarterback].’ We’re not in that position yet. In a few years, maybe we will be.” While Rhoda is certainly not back with the team next season, Johnson is only a sophomore, with most of his collegiate career ahead of him. Rhoda and Johnson’s chemistry has been evident beyond just the completed passes. Rhoda so far this season has passed to Johnson 10 times of his 19 completions. Rhoda also had 334 yards on the season, with 268 going to Johnson alone. Even though Rhoda is not


Wide receiver Tyler Johnson waits for the snap on Aug. 31 at TCF Bank Stadium.

the solution for the long-term quarterback, he is the solution for right now. Monday it was announced that Rhoda won the competition for starting quarterback against co-starter Demry Croft. “It’s a really great feeling,” Rhoda said. “Just going through everything I’ve gone through over the last five years, a lot of days that I never thought this would ever happen, it really just brings

everything full circle.” The decision came from Fleck Monday after Rhoda’s convincing performance both on the field and as a leader. Rhoda was 7-8 last week with 158 yards and 1 touchdown, with four of his passes, 127 yards and the touchdown going to Johnson. “I think they have a great relationship,” said offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca. “[It’s] one that is continuing to grow with time.”


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New head coach brings ‘good change’ to Gophers women’s tennis Catrina Thompson played for Notre Dame in college and coached there. BY MAX BIEGERT

The Gophers will be learning under women’s tennis head coach Catrina Thompson, and the newly hired head coach might be learning, too. Thompson was hired in June to replace Chuck Merzbacher after she worked as an assistant at Notre Dame for the past three years. “Being in . . . the Big Ten was something I was very excited about when looking to come here,” Thompson said. “Everybody I talked to said great things about Minnesota and everyone was so welcoming when I got here. I’m excited to be here and now I have a chance to develop a team.” Thompson became the seventh head coach in women’s tennis history and the first female coach since Ellie Peden 1975-1983. Before working as an assistant at Notre Dame, Thompson was an assistant at both Boise State and Yale. When coaching at Notre

Dame, each of the teams she coached qualified for the NCAA regionals, along with three individual qualifiers from her teams. At Boise State, she earned the 2013 ITA Mountain West Assistant Coach of the Year. She also spent time playing in the pros, winning four professional doubles events. With those experiences, she understands where players come from and what it is like to be a college tennis player at a big time school. She hopes to use the successes from her playing days as learning tools to help coach her new team to new heights. “I have been in their shoes, I know what it takes to be successful and I want to help our girls reach their goals and help them to become successful,” Thompson said. With change comes an adjustment period for the players. Mehvish Safdar is a senior on the team who has played in many events for the Gophers. Safdar said she is excited for the new change. “It is definitely an adjustment, but I think it is a good change and the coaches are really pushing us to help us reach our full potential,” Safdar said. “They know what it takes to be

successful.” The main areas Thompson mentioned are discipline and hard work. With just over a week of practice, the team noticed a significant change in those two areas. “There has been a lot of good change; she is teaching us discipline on the court at all times,” said senior Caroline Ryba. “Not slacking off in practice and upping the intensity of everything.” Thompson inherits a team that has finished in the middle of the pack the last few years in the Big Ten and hopes to see a smooth transition with her becoming the new head coach. For Thompson, even though the end goal is to win, she looks forward to seeing progress in each of her players. “A goal this year would be competing to get an NCAA [berth] both as a team or individually, with that comes hard work,” Thompson said. “Also, just to see growth in the players, see that the transition is easy for them and just hearing from them that they are making progress are all good goals to have.” In one of her first moves as head coach, Thompson decided to bring in assistant coach Brian Ward to help her out.

She said Ward will be a major asset because he is from Minnesota. With both of them being hired recently, they will use this fall to see which players will match up well with each other and find out more about their team, so they will be ready to go come spring. Thompson and the Gophers will have their first fall meet this weekend at Drake University, starting Sept. 15. “I am excited to get this new season started, it seems like we have a great group, they are driven, we just have to continue to work hard,” Thompson said.




Head women’s tennis coach Catrina Thompson observes practice on Tuesday, Sept. 12.

Gophers finish ninth in the Minnesota Invitational USC finished first in the tournament, ending 33 strokes better than Minn. BY MAX BIEGERT


Senior Sabrine Garrison drives the ball during the Minnesota Invitational on Monday, Sept. 11 at Prestwick Golf Club in Woodbury, Minnesota.

The Gophers learned a lot about themselves in this week’s Minnesota Invitational. Minnesota took ninth place in the Minnesota Invitational at Prestwick Golf Club in Woodbury, Minnesota with contributions not only from the experienced upperclassmen of Muyu Wu and Sabrine Garrison, but also freshmen Katie Lillie and Grace Kellar. Wu led the Gophers tallying two under par, tying her for 17th, while Garrison captured a tie for 39th by posting a four over. “We had three freshmen in the lineup, we got a little tired, but I saw some good things and we will learn from that and move on,” said head coach Michele Redman. Lillie, Kellar and freshman Joanne Free all started with Wu and Garrison and all three contributed to the

team’s success. Lillie led the freshmen with a tie for 39th, while Kellar and Free finished tied for 46th and 59th. Coach Redman liked the way they played, especially in the second round when they combined to shoot even par. They will rely on the leaders of the team to continue to guide them in the right direction. “The freshmen couldn’t ask for better leaders, and as a coach, having them be able to talk ... will only help them improve,” Redman said. One of those leaders, Wu, posted a top-20 finish and took a relaxed mindset into the tournament. “I feel good about my score, I didn’t have a goal in mind, I just wanted to focus on each shot and it ended well,” Wu said. Wu said she had played a lot of golf before and played well, which she wanted to carry on into this tournament. Garrison, on the other hand, had not played much golf in a tournament setting the last few months and said it felt good to be back out there. “I was still figuring out my game, but I hit the ball really well and I am pretty happy

with the way I finished,” Garrison said. Though the Gophers placed ninth, they can take much away from the Minnesota Invitational. “It is so exciting to have freshman come in and have so much talent, and they really stepped up to the plate and it is fun to help them and create the culture we are trying to have,” Garrison said. The Gophers play their next tournament in Idaho and look to improve upon their start. “I like what I see with not a lot of practice or mental training, and the team chemistry is great,” Redman said. “The more we work on that, the better golf we will play.”


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Editorial & Opinions




My favorite spot on campus The Mississippi River makes the University of Minnesota a beautiful place to live and learn.


hile we labor to create the rest of our lives here, the Mississippi River beats incessantly against the concrete shoes of the Washington Avenue Bridge. While I stress about making that critical friend group, the leaves JONATHAN ABABIY begin their slow, fiery excolumnist plosion of color. While the pages of my sociology textbook yearn for my eyeballs, Ospreys plunge steeply into the depths of the river for fish. The Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, a unit of the National Parks System (NPS), bisects our campus and is critical to the University of Minnesota. I think we forget that a national park exists in the middle of the University. We seem to regard it as a dreaded obstacle to trek across in whipping winds or scorching sun. It is much more than that. It is a stabilizing anchor to the frenzy of our daily life at the University.

I’ve always loved walking the steps and path behind Coffman to the river. At the shore, the river becomes soft and lapping, unlike the abyss-like, brown chasm a solid three seconds below us on the Washington Avenue Bridge. The trees act like cotton balls and dim the sound of the city. You can hear the water, its fluidity lapping on the shore. It’s an incredibly calming noise to hear, when all the water you’ve heard lately has been launched jet speed through a million pipes. This national park needs care, however. It isn’t an ordinary national park, in that only 64 of the 54,000 acres are owned by the NPS. The rest of the park is a patchwork of private, state and federal agency land. That means that the park is not subject to the full protection or resources that other national parks have. Running through the the middle of a large metropolis doesn’t help the river’s health either. A 2016 State of the River Report found that although the health of the river has been improved, there are still many concerns. Two new pollutants have begun to undermine the quality of the river: microplastics and pharmaceuticals. Microplastics and pharmaceuticals are pollutants that we can directly lessen through our consumer actions. Microplastics are tiny plastic

particles found in our synthetic clothes, plastic goods and personal care products. Make sure to use reusable goods and buy personal care products with the natural exfoliates. Microplastics can fill up fish stomachs and starve them to death. Pharmaceuticals also cause environmental damage when they find themselves in our water supply. When not properly disposed of, they can cause behavioral changes in animals. The HealthPartners Riverside Clinic on West Bank disposes of medicine for free. There are many courses of action we can take to improve the Mississippi, but the easiest thing we can do is to simply go outside and enjoy it. Sit under the limestone bluffs and watch the river glide past you, knowing that long ago a Dakota girl once sat there, thinking about life just as you are. You are part of the longer history of this land. Someday, there will be someone sitting in your place on that bluff. Make sure future generations have as beautiful a view as you do. Do your part as a student, Minnesotan and human and contribute your time, money or voice to the Mississippi’s continued recovery. It has blessed our lives immensely: now it is our turn to return the favor. Jonathan Ababiy welcomes comments at


The need for campus debate We need institutions that promote debate on campus.


s a senior at the University of Minnesota, I’ve often found myself gazing in the past, scouring through the many memories stored in the patterns of synapses in my brain. Perhaps the ANANT NAIK most potent lesson I’ve columnist learned is the need to speak out against those I disagree with rather than pouting or internalizing differences, only to burst out when I’ve had enough. When interacting with my peers and other classmates, it’s become undoubtedly obvious that our University is losing the art of having debates and discussions. My romanticized reasons for attending a university were rooted in this art and skill. The ability to disagree with someone else with articulate thoughts and powerful arguments, but also to learn from what your peer articulated is deeply missing in our campus community. When faced with disagreement, many students tend to withdraw from conversations, retreating to ideological bubbles where their argument can neither be challenged or verified. It’s this mistake that will inevitably cost our generation greatly — quite frankly, it already has. Our frequent response to political and socioeconomic events is to immediately take to the streets in efforts to shut down our opposition, and is part of this problem. Our inability to listen to the opposition and understand their perspective has led to a widening chasm that divides campuses and communities rather than bringing people together. We generalize and homogenize populations so easily and readily contribute to a highly simplistic vision of the world, when in fact there is far more gray than splotches of black and white. The environment for debate is once again ripe with the student groups on campus rushing to the Washington Bridge to illustrate the fundamental theses of their respective groups in early October. Some groups will put messages that will be overtly offensive, some will put messages that will be entirely inviting. This will inevitably polarize our campus — it’s up to us whether that polarity will be productive or not, peaceful or not, educational or not. Will we once again examine this event as a time of discordance, or utilize it as an opportunity to learn the true skill and art of passionate and respectful debate? Will we respond to this event with logical and well-reasoned arguments or succumb to the sheer whim of our emotional subconscious? Perhaps this indicates the need for our campus to have forums for debates, like those in the time of Socrates and Aristotle. As Desmond Tutu, a South African politician and apartheid opponent, posited at the memorial of Nelson Mandela, “Don’t raise your voice, improve your argument.” Anant Naik welcomes comments at SHARE YOUR VIEWS The Minnesota Daily welcomes letters and guest columns from readers. All letters must include the writer’s name, address and phone number for verification. The Daily reserves the right to edit all letters for style, space, libel and grammar. Letters to the editor should be no more than 500 words in length. Guest columns should be approximately 350 words. The Daily reserves the right to print any submission as a letter or guest column. Submission does not guarantee publication. Fax: (612) 435-5865 Phone: (612) 435-1578 Letters and columns to the editor 2221 University Ave. SE Suite 450 Minneapolis, MN 55414

Student groups should be safe space for all


tudent groups are an important part of college life. For many students, they are a place to find a sense of purpose and community. International student groups are especially valuable because a significant portion of the University of Minnesota: Twin Cities undergraduate student body is from another country — 9.2 percent, as of 2015. Living in a foreign country can be exciting, but also challenging, and these groups become a space for students who are far from their own homes to feel more at home on campus. While many groups promote open entry, some are more exclusionary. There are students who have reported feeling like they don’t fully belong in their group. Students who have a partial or distant claim to their heritage may not be entirely accepted into those particular international groups. While it would seem that including people of all backgrounds in every group would be something positive, it can also cause internal anxiety and conflict. As these groups are meant to be a safe space for some students, it’s understandable that allowing members from other backgrounds could feel like an invasion. In some cases, like that of Madison Koch — who holds an executive position on the board of the Japanese club — this was not an issue. Koch articulated that though, as someone who is not herself Japanese, she felt a bit nervous upon entering the Asian Student Union’s room for the first time, she has now learned the group recruits based on passion and motivation rather than nationality. Members in the group, and many other groups on campus, do their best to stay true to their group’s mission, doing so by spreading cross cultural-awareness through interaction with all students. Creating an open discussion with those that might not fit the traditional demographics of these international groups is a worthwhile endeavor. As in the case of the Japanese student group, bringing non-Japanese students into the fold can foster an appreciation and understanding of different cultures. This leads to a stronger sense of unity within the community here at the U, making connections that diversity in the lecture hall alone cannot. President Trump’s recent actions against immigrants, including his attempt to reduce the number of H1B visas, have had direct a direct impact on international students here at the U. Now, more than ever, the rest of us need to show them support and solidarity. There is a learning experience to be had in entering a cultural environment that is not your own, and international student groups provide the chance to do so, and make the U a more inclusive community.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Leadership on menthol tobacco should be applauded

Board of Regents must act to protect DACA beneficiaries

The City of Minneapolis recently passed an ordinance restricting the sale of menthol tobacco to adult-only tobacco shops. The City Council recognized the danger that menthol tobacco poses to young people and passed an ordinance that will protect them. I applaud their leadership. As a student pursuing my master’s degree in the School of Public Health, I believe our leaders should work to create healthy environments for all young people to thrive. That includes regulating the sale of menthol tobacco so that it is no longer sold in stores where kids shop. Menthol tobacco makes it easier for young people to start smoking because menthol masks the harshness of the smoke. The tobacco industry knows it needs to attract young people to their products because 90 percent of smokers start before they turn 18 years old. To protect their bottom line, the tobacco industry relies on menthol tobacco to attract new, young users. I saw this firsthand because I grew up playing hockey — a sport where use of menthol dip was all too common. Menthol made chewing tobacco easier because it tasted better. Most of the guys on the team chewed. It wasn’t hard for minors to get because it was sold at every convenience and corner store in town. Thankfully, the City of Saint Paul has also proposed an ordinance that will limit sales of menthol tobacco to adult-only tobacco shops. I am glad to live in the Twin Cities where leaders aren’t afraid to take a stand against the tobacco industry in order to protect the health of young people.

President Eric Kaler, Regents of the University of Minnesota, and general public, On behalf of La Raza Student Cultural Center, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers — UMN Chapter, the Minnesota Student Association Executive Board, and the Alpha Beta Chapter of Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc., we publicly denounce the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program by President Donald Trump on Sept. 5. As diverse organizations, we find the decision especially damaging to our communities’ safety. DACA students and their families are among the most vulnerable people in the country, and to target the lives these people have built here is in direct opposition to the freedoms promised to us by the US. To those who are affected by this, know that you have all of our physical and emotional support in this fight, you are not alone. You can renew your DACA if it expires before March 5, 2018, but the application must be submitted before Oct. 5. No new DACA applications are being taken and no advance parole is being considered. To those not targeted by this, we need you to use your voice by calling your representatives, donating to organizations benefitting undocumented folks, attending protests, educating yourselves on DACA and similar legislation, and showing up when the community needs us. We are happy to know President Eric Kaler stands with DACA students per his statement on Sept. 5. The following actions should be enacted to ensure a basis of safety for students: - Bar Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from operating on all system campuses without a warrant. - Make every effort to protect student information, including residency status. - Continue support of the Minnesota Dream Act and financial support for undocumented students and their families, including wages, work-study, scholarships, and affordable on-campus housing.

Chris Gracheck Student in the School of Public Health

. This letter has been lightly edited for grammar and style.

- Provide distance-learning options for deported students to complete their degrees. - Widely promote resources available to students such as Immigration Response Team and Student Legal Services. - Reduce presence of UMPD at protests within its jurisdiction. - Protect worker and student worker labor rights. We urge the University of Minnesota Board of Regents to enact these items into policy in order to protect our students. We have 6 months to lobby and enact all of this on a university, state, and federal level. These students’ and families’ lives should be treated with respect and dignity not solely for their capital value, but because they are humans with inherent value. We want to reiterate our undivided support for your safety and existence. Resources: MN Freedom Fund, pays bail for detained undocumented folks Navigate MN, a Minnesota immigrants’ rights advocacy group (612) 314-6610 MIRAC, a Minnesota immigrants’ rights advocacy group (612) 888-6472 CTUL, a Minnesota labor rights advocacy group (612) 332-0663 UMN Immigration Response Team (612) 624-422 Student Legal Services (612) 624-1001 La Raza Student Cultural Center Society for Hispanic Professinoal Engineers MSA Executive Board Alpha Beta Chapter of Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity





HOROSCOPES Today’s Birthday (9/14): Your prosperity is on the rise this year. Persistent efforts at home pay off. Autumn brings two years of growth and benefits through communications. Introspection, reflection and planning this winter leads to a revitalizing energy surge.

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Aries (3/21 - 4/19): Today is a 7 — Household issues require attention. Stick close to home. Discover useful stuff you forgot you had. Make repairs and upgrades.

Libra (9/23 - 10/22): Today is an 8 — A rise in status is possible. You’re attracting the attention of someone influential. Abandon old fears. Polish your presentation and make your pitch.

Taurus (4/20 - 5/20): Today is an 8 — Creativity and communications come easier. Investigate and research a fascination. Master the rules to break and mold them.

Scorpio (10/23 - 11/21): Today is a 7 — Follow a dream or inspiration. Explore your own backyard. Study and discover something new about something familiar.

Gemini (5/21 - 6/21): Today is a 9 — More income is possible. Profit from sticking to your budget. Hold out for the best deal. You’re especially persuasive.

Sagittarius (11/22 - 12/21): Today is a 9 — Invest in a dream. Pursue a profitable venture and measure the results. Regular accounting practices grow your enterprise stronger.

Cancer (6/22 - 7/22): Today is a 9 — Use your power and confidence to forward a personal dream. Don’t worry about the future. Focus on one step at a time, here and now.

Capricorn (12/22 - 1/19): Today is an 8 — You and a partner can cook up something wonderful. Focus on immediate practicalities. Determine roles and responsibilities, and support each other.

Leo (7/23 - 8/22): Today is a 6 — Creative possibilities abound. Get nostalgic while sorting memories to create space for what’s next. Consider where you have been and are going.

Aquarius (1/20 - 2/18): Today is a 9 — Maintain health and fitness practices and routines even if work gets busy. Go for short-term objectives toward long-term gain without sweating it.

Virgo (8/23 - 9/22): Today is an 8 — Collaborate with your team to realize a shared dream. Focus on short-term strategies for practical results. Come together for a cause.

Pisces (2/19 - 3/20): Today is a 7 — Don’t listen to worries. Think about what you love. Focus on passion and indulge it. Develop your skills and talents. Share admiration and appreciation.

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Dr. Date, I’m straight. I’ve always watched “romantic” and missionary-style pornos. You know, just your average, run-of-themill vids. But recently, I accidentally clicked on a girl-on-girl, lesbian flick, and I ended up watching the whole thing and getting off from it. I’m confused. Why was I was so aroused when I know I’m attracted to men? What does this mean about my sexuality? —Porno Problems Fluctuating Sexuality, There’s no reason to feel alarmed. Sexuality is a broad spectrum, and it’s normal to get confused about where you fall on it. Remember that this discovery doesn’t mean you’re not attracted to men. Curiosity is natural, and there’s no reason to deny it when it arises. It’s perfectly OK to question your sexuality and explore your newfound attraction to women. If you find that you’re bisexual, that’s good. If you find, after questioning, that you’re still straight, that’s good, too. Accept your sexuality whether it changes or stays the same. —Dr. Date Dr. Date, I work as a receptionist in an office, and I love my job and the people I work with. But a recent three-way drama is making things really uncomfortable for me, and I don’t know how I can continue working there. My coworker and I had a “thing” a few weeks ago. I really started liking him, and he made me feel

like the feelings were mutual. But last weekend, another girl we work with came up to me and told me she recently hooked up with the guy. I was devastated. She said she didn’t know the extent of our “thing,” and when they hooked up, he told her that we weren’t together. It is so uncomfortable working with these two people now. I can’t even look at the guy, and the whole situation has made it really hard to do my job. I don’t want to quit, but I don’t know how I can work at a place where I have to see their faces every day. How do I approach him about the hookup without getting too heated and ruining our working relationship? How do I smooth things out so I feel comfortable at work again? —Stuck in a Love Triangle More Than a One-night Stand, People enjoy casual sex, and for some, it’s a preferred means of intimacy. But a high libido is not an excuse for nasty behavior, which this guy is guilty of. You mention discomfort with your female co-worker. This seems strange, since she’s another notch on his bedpost, just like you. In fact, you two should join forces to confront this guy on his misdeeds. Tell him your “thing” meant something to you. While it began as a casual affair, it deepened your connection to him, and he should know that. If his flippant disregard for your feelings continues, consider quitting your job. Life’s too short to spend it around assholes. —Dr. Date

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Tate renovations impress with new labs


The Tate Laboratory of Physics as seen from Church Street on Monday Sept. 11 on East Bank. The sculptures in front of the building hide scientific puzzles about the merging of physics and earth sciences.

John T. Tate Hall welcomes excited students from diverse disciplines. BY CLEO KREJCI

A glittering, three-part sculpture that hides a scientific puzzle made by University of Minnesota professors welcomes students entering the east side of the newly renovated John T. Tate Hall, which

opened for classes on Sept. 5. Although still awaiting final touches, builders raced to complete the $92.5 million renovation to the former Tate Laboratory of Physics and prepare for this year’s more than 4,000 physics, astronomy and earth sciences students. Academic additions include new research labs and equipment, classrooms and faculty and graduate offices. The renovated building also provides a public space for star-gazing and a rooftop

space open to classes and others during public outreach nights. “The labs were very obsolete, the classrooms very much outdated. What [the building] really badly needed was modern mechanical and electrical systems … modern classrooms,” said Kevin Ross, senior project manager for Campus Delivery Services. Other renovations include a Gopher Way expansion under Church Street, connecting Tate and the Mechanical

Engineering building, a project funded by the University’s Parking and Transportation Services, Ross said. The Minnesota Legislature funded two thirds of the total project cost, and the University provided the remaining funds. Projects funded by the legislature include the public art pieces at the building’s Church Street entrance. The sculptures, created by artist Catherine Widgery, double as a puzzle representing the two disciplines

housed in the building. The transition to Tate Hall consolidates the earth sciences and physics departments on campus. Before the construction, earth science students had classes in multiple buildings around the University. “There were parts of our school of earth sciences that we seldom saw,” said Donna Whitney, head of the department of earth sciences. “The fact that we’re in this central location ... will let us interact in a more powerful way with other

parts of the University.” Evan Skillman, professor and director of the Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics, said “we’re becoming reacquainted with everyone” after the renovation. Ronald Poling, head of the school of physics and astronomy, said consolidating the disciplines was a “very natural combination.” Built in 1926, the original John T. Tate Hall received additions to its wings in the 1960s. Besides a few cosmetic retouches, “the building hadn’t gone through any sort of major renovation at all in its lifetime,” Ross said. For many professors, renovations have been a dream for decades. “I have colleagues who remember from the ‘60s and even ‘50s being told that we were going to have a new building soon,” Whitney said. “This has been kind of a mythological event for us, and so to have it actually happen is very exciting,” Students exploring the building said they would like to see more seating in common areas but are excited about the building’s renewed atmosphere. Although classes are in session, the building is not quite done. Ensuring the building would be open for fall classes this year was a top priority for the planning committee. This delayed furnishing student gathering areas, constructing some labs and adding other finishing touches until after classes began. “The critically important thing was that we have to be ready for our classes, and [the planning committee] held us to that by giving us an office that does not have a reception desk,” Poling said. “But we do have lecture halls.” The building’s official grand opening is set for March 2018.

Conference aims to shift gun violence conversation Experts want the public to view gun violence as a health issue. BY SALLY SAMAHA

Health professionals, advocates and public officials hope to leave a first-annual conference co-hosted by the University of Minnesota School of Public Health this week with

a plan to address gun violence as a public health issue. The Northstar Public Health Conference, held Wednesday and Thursday on West Bank, seeks to clear up misconceptions about gun violence and mental health with research presentations from experts in fields from law enforcement to urban violence. “This is not about the Second Amendment,” said University School of Public Health Dean John Finnegan.

“What we do have an interest in is really looking upstream to what we can do to education, technology and public policy to prevent the damage of [firearm] misuse.” One of the conference’s primary goals during its 18 breakout sessions exploring the causes of gun violence is to dispel the idea that most gunrelated deaths are homicides, he said. “Even though homicide gets all the news coverage, in

GopherTrip app simplifies University-wide bus system

fact it’s suicide that is more of the cause of firearm-related violence than homicide,” Finnegan said About 60 percent of gunrelated deaths in the U.S. are suicides, he said. In Minnesota, the rate is even higher. About 80 percent of gun deaths in Minnesota are suicides, said Dr. James Hart, former president of the Minnesota Public Health Association, who will participate in the Nobel

Peace Prize Forum at the conference. The focus on gun ownership as a constitutional issue limits productive discussion about firearm violence, said Rev. Nancy Nord Bence, conference coordinator and executive director of Protect Minnesota, one of the conference co-hosts. Viewing gun violence as a public health epidemic instead would be a better way to come up with an action plan to

UMN leaf research could help in fight against carbon dioxide


University students get on and off the campus connector bus on Dec. 5, 2015.

A new University bus app shows routes and real-time locations on campus. BY ALLISON CRAMER

Thanks to GopherTrip, University of Minnesota senior Krista Hamann no longer wastes time in the morning waiting for a bus that’s running behind schedule or already full. The app, launched in July, shows the routes, locations and schedules of University buses. P a rk i n g a n d T r a n s portation Services communications manager Jacqueline Brudlos said the department launched the app after signing a

new contract with First Transit, its bus service provider. “Part of our University bus service is provided through a contract, and the contract was up for renewal,” Brudlos said. “This GopherTrip program was wrapped into the new contract, so it replaces our old NextBus service that we had.” Hamann said before GopherTrip she used NextBus, also a bus-tracking app, but thinks the new University app is easier to use and displays information clearly and in realtime. “I actually really like it better than the app that there was before because it’s just the Un ive r s it y b u s e s , ” H a-

mann said. “Before it was really confusing trying to find out which city buses were stopping where, and it wasn’t as accurate.” Freshman Casey McNichols said she likes the app and she’s been using it to help her ride the buses. “It helps in figuring out how to get around campus,” McNichols said. “But it’s not always accurate.” Brudlos said the University ended up launching the app earlier than planned to test it out before the school year started. “August was kind of a testing period, we were working out some issues, but we have heard good feedback from students and staff, which is great to hear,” Brudlos said.

prevent gun-related injury and death, she said. “Of all the developed countries in the world, America has the highest rate of gun violence … and we need to, at the very least, raise awareness,” said Imam Asad Zaman, the executive director of the Muslim American Society of Minnesota, who will also attend the conference. “Gun violence affects my community like it affects every other community in America.”


An up close look at leaves at the Cedar Creek Research center on Saturday in East Bethel.

The study focused on the environment that allows plants to grow large leaves. BY KAITLYN KUBAT

A new study from a University of Minnesota researcher aims to influence global conservation efforts by investigating some of the smallest parts of forests: leaves. Published in the September issue of Science magazine, Peter Reich’s research focuses on the e n v i ro n m e n t a l f a c t o r s that determine leaf size, which some experts say is key to environmental protection. “Leaves are the power

source for pretty much everything that happens on earth,” Reich said. While experts believed for years that water availa b i l i t y a n d o v e rh e a t ing are the main factors that determine leaf size, Reich’s study found that low nighttime temperatures and the likelihood of frost play the biggest roles. This explains why leaves in more northern regions tend to be small, like pine needles or maple leaves, compared to leaves in tropical climates where some, like banana leaves, can grow up to 9 feet in length, Reich said. Penn State professor Peter Wilf is one of many researchers worldwide who contributed data to

the project. He said studies like this help create models that predict leaf sizes in various climates, which help experts decide what to plant in different environments. These models also allow for better resource conservation, ensuring natural areas are preserved for years to come, said Bonnie Jacobs, a professor at Southern Methodist University and a contributor to the project. Ad d i t i o n a l l y , g l o b a l vegetation planning efforts also aim to reduce the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which contribute to climate change, Reich said. “Everything we need comes from [the environment],” Wilf said.

September 14, 2017  
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