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Southwestern Advantage stirs controversy on campus

Southwestern Advantage President Dan Moore gives a presentation on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at the Courtyard Marriott hotel on West Bank. Southwestern Advantage is a direct sales company that helps college students start their own business selling educational books door to door.

Audrey Kennedy

March 4, 2019

After giving his personal information to a recruiter at the University of Minnesota, recent graduate John* trained for months to become a salesman for Southwestern Advantage. But after arriving in Ohio to begin selling for the company in 2016, he started questioning the decision. “They admire this disc...

Gophers offense finds power from new faces

Utility Carlie Brandt winds up for a pitch during the game against the University of South Dakota on April 4, 2017.

Paul Hodowanic

February 21, 2019

The Gophers have found success from unexpected places this season as new faces have emerged to lead Minnesota on offense. Of the eight home runs the team has hit this season, all of them have been from players who had never hit a home run in a Gophers uniform before:  Hope Brandner, Carlie Brandt, N...

Henry Meeker wants to pave his own legacy

Sophomore Henry Meeker competes in the still rings at the Maturi Pavilion on Saturday, Jan. 26.

Paul Hodowanic

February 21, 2019

The last name Meeker may sound familiar to many Gophers gymnastics fans.  Sophomore Henry Meeker currently competes on the team. However, years before him, his father Brian Meeker competed on the mats for the Gophers as a Big Ten champion gymnast and five-time All-American from 1979-1982. While his father may h...

Gophers newcomer Devin Skatzka continues to impress after downing his former team

Redshirt junior Devin Skatzka at 174 competes during the match against South Dakota State on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018 at Maturi Pavilion.

David Mullen

February 21, 2019

As the No. 13 in the 174-weight class, Devin Skatzka's transition to the Gophers has been nearly flawless. Skatzka transferred to Minnesota after a three-year stint at Indiana University. He matched up against his former team for the first time on Sunday. “I enjoyed it. It was fun, but I had a litt...

The cost of being student body president

University Student Body President Simran Mishra holds a meeting with Minnesota Student Association staff on Monday, Feb. 4  at her office in Coffman Memorial Union.

Michelle Griffith

February 14, 2019

As undergraduate student body president at the University of Minnesota, Simran Mishra’s days never look the same. On the first day of spring semester, Mishra woke up around 6 a.m. to get ready for a yoga class at 6:45 a.m. Then she went to three classes, checked in with her colleagues and called Un...

Ivy Lu seeks perfection once again

Junior Ivy Lu performs on the uneven bars on Saturday, Feb. 2 at Maturi Pavilion.

Paul Hodowanic

February 14, 2019

Nearly one year ago on Feb. 16, Gophers gymnast Ivy Lu achieved perfection. Lu wrote her name in the Gophers' record book that day as the second gymnast in program history to hit a perfect score on the balance beam. "It was my first year competing on beam, so honestly I didn't really have any expecta...

Professor’s ‘grave misconduct’ in UMN lab leads to discipline

Illustrated by Morgan La Casse

Cleo Krejci and Katrina Pross

February 11, 2019

A tenured neuroscience professor at the University of Minnesota faces disciplinary action for mistreatment of researchers after the University found "grave misconduct" in his lab. The University’s Medical School dean delivered a letter of reprimand in November to tenured neuroscience professor and lab m...

New men’s gymnastics captains hope to lead by example

Senior Shaun Herzog competes in the floor exercise at the Maturi Pavilion on Saturday, Jan. 26.

Paul Hodowanic

February 7, 2019

Following a second place finish at the NCAA Championships last season, the Minnesota roster went through a massive overhaul. Ten seniors departed the team, including team captains Joel Gagnon and Alex Wittenberg, making way for a youth movement as nine freshman were added to this season's team.  To fill the void th...

Now in his second year, Gophers wrestler Steve Bleise feels right at home

Luke Becker and Steve Bleise practice in the current wrestling space in Bierman Athletic complex. The University wrestling team received donations to move from their current practice facility to previous basketball practice facilities.

David Mullen

January 31, 2019

One year after arriving in Dinkytown from Illinois, Gophers wrestler Steve Bleise is starting to feel right at home.  Bleise transferred to the University of Minnesota from Northern Illinois last season, which he said was a big transition. This year has been a lot easier. “This year was a lot s...

Ona Loper regains confidence after return from season-ending injury

Sophomore Ona Loper watches her teammate on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019 at Peik Gymnasium on East Bank.

Paul Hodowanic

January 31, 2019

Ona Loper's freshman year was more than anyone expected from the young gymnast.  The Bluffton, South Carolina native was in the midst of a fantastic first few months, leading the team in floor exercise and vault scoring. She finished on the podium for both events four times each, including placing f...