Weekend Round-up: New surgery method, Klobuchar to campus

by Mike Rose

I can’t do anything about that 55-0 debacle. I can bring some news, briefly, from the weekend:

*Interesting story from the Star Tribune about a new type of surgery that is coming soon to Minnesota. It’s called natural orifice surgery and, yes, it involves going in and out of the body’s various openings. By doing so, surgeons can virtually eliminate the need to pierce the skin. At the University of Minnesota, surgeons are getting ready to perform weight-loss surgery with an experimental device that slides down the mouth to the stomach. Open wide!

*Ashley Nord, a senior in global studies, physics and astrophysics, was named a Rhodes Scholar today, the Pioneer Press reports via the AP. She and a senior from Augsburg will be among 31 students studying at Oxford University in England next year. Rhodes Scholarships were first awarded in 1904 and are generally considered prestigous academic honors. If you’re in class with Ashley, you may want to ask her for some help studying.

*Lastly, Sen Amy Klobuchar will be coming to campus Tuesday to host a national summit on health care reform, the Star Tribune via the AP reports.The event will be held at the Mayo Memorial Auditorium from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The "Prescription for Reform," as it has been dubbed (clever, eh?) will focus on ways to strengthen the U.S. health care system.


Mike Rose Managing editor