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Audrey Kennedy, Features & Freelance Editor

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Protesters lay on the ground outside of University of Minnesota Police Department headquarters as part of a “die-in” demanding the University disarm and defund UMPD on Sunday, June 7. They laid on the ground for eight minutes and 46 seconds to honor George Floyd.

Students stage ‘die-in’ at University of Minnesota police headquarters

June 8, 2020

Over 100 people gathered outside of the University of Minnesota Police Department headquarters on Sunday for a protest and “die-in” to demand the University minimize police presence, create a student...

Protesters cheer as SWAT officers leave the intersection of Southeast 4th Street and 15th Avenue Southeast just after 8 p.m. on Monday, June 1. Several people were arrested during a mostly student-led demonstration halting traffic at the intersection.

Five arrested after Dinkytown protest Monday night

June 3, 2020

Five people were arrested in Dinkytown Monday night after law enforcement attempted to break up a peaceful protest blocking Fourth Street Southeast.  More than 50 officers and over a dozen law enforcement...

Student demonstrators gather outside of Northrup Auditorium on Friday, May 29 to protest the killing of George Floyd and the Minneapolis Police Department. Chalk marks were drawn 6-feet apart to help the crowd with social distancing.

UMN students continue organizing, demonstrating over Floyd killing

May 31, 2020

Several hundred University of Minnesota students gathered for an on-campus anti-police rally Friday evening. The demonstration, consistent with the overall message of some hosting groups, was also part...

Morgan La Casse

One found dead after homicide in Marcy-Holmes

October 16, 2019

A 27-year-old male was found dead at the intersection of 7th Street Southeast and 5th Avenue Southeast early Wednesday morning. The manner of death was ruled a homicide, according to a police press release. Police...

The Minnesota Daily’s Favorite study spots

August 23, 2019

Did your professor just assign a quiz for next class the very first day? Are you already sick of your roommate? Or do you just need a quiet place to sit and not think about anything? Sounds like you need...

Ph.D student Ryan Machtmes, president of the Organization for Graduate and Professional Students with Disabilties, poses for a portrait inside Coffman Union on Tuesday, May 30. Machtmes, who has low vision, is an advoate for other graduate students with disabilities.

For students with disabilities, in-class accessibility goes beyond paperwork

May 2, 2019

For Angela Carter, disability is more than a field of study. A Ph.D. candidate and instructor at the University of Minnesota studying feminism and disability studies, Carter identifies as a non-apparent...

Geography undergraduate student Cole Anderson poses for a portrait in the skyway between Blegen Hall and the Social Sciences Building on Thursday, April 18. Anderson's geography classes are in Blegen Hall and his advisor's office is in the Social Sciences Building, but he can't use the skyway because there aren't automated push plates to open the doors.

Day-to-day life differs for those with disabilities at the University

April 29, 2019

Cole Anderson uses seven elevators to get from his apartment to his first class of the day. He’s usually forced to wait to get in elevators because they’re too full —  often, he sees able-bodied...

Incoming MSA President Simran Mishra and Vice President Mina Kian speak during the final forum of the year at Tate Hall on Tuesday, April 24.

Multiple complaints filed against campus-wide election group

March 26, 2019

 The All-Campus Elections Commission (ACEC) is under fire for multiple alleged violations during the recent campus elections, including removing a Minnesota Student Association presidential candidate...

Psychology and nutrition junior Taylor Peterson poses for a portrait on Tuesday, March 12 at University Commons apartments. Peterson went to The Emily Program to recover from her eating disorder in high school. Now, she is studying to become an eating disorder therapist at the same institution.

An invisible fight: Students struggle with eating disorders, finding resources

March 14, 2019

University of Minnesota student Abby has suffered from food and body image issues for as long as she can remember. But when it started to take over her life last year, she realized she needed to seek help...

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.

Southwestern Advantage stirs controversy on campus

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...

The University's Board of Regents convene at the McNamara Alumni Center on Friday, Feb. 8.

Diversity is a priority in this year’s regent election

February 11, 2019

The recommended candidates for the Board of Regents are more diverse than ever, a change many say is necessary to better represent the University of Minnesota’s student body.  The regents take a...

Illustrated by Morgan La Casse

Students stress about future amid UMN’s tuition hikes

February 7, 2019

Sunny Raju, a high school senior from Pennsylvania, "fell in love" with the University of Minnesota during a tour of campus. He was planning to enroll at the University in 2019 and someday in medical school...

Kim Doyle, Becah Padilla and Martha Hardy research for the Mapping Prejudice Plan on Sunday, Dec. 9 at the Hennepin History Museum in Minneapolis. Part of their job is to find out how the plan will effect the Minneapolis 2040 plan. 

UMN faculty research guides Minneapolis 2040 plan

December 11, 2018

With the passing of a city-wide plan last week, which University of Minnesota researchers influenced, the City of Minneapolis is preparing for change over the next 20 years. Minneapolis 2040, a comprehension...

University junior Meara Cline, sexual assault task force chair for the Minnesota Student Association, poses for a portrait in Northrup Auditorium on Monday, Dec. 3. Cline says she holds her position because she wants to make sure every student feels safe and valued on campus.

Students, experts disgruntled by proposed sexual assault policy

December 6, 2018

Students and experts are expressing concern over a proposed policy released last month from the U.S Department of Education that would change the way sexual assault and misconduct cases are handled at...

University seeing uptick in reported on-campus bias incidents

November 27, 2018

There has been a consistent rise in reported incidents motivated by bias at the University of Minnesota. The University of Minnesota's Bias Response and Referral Network, which has collected bias incident...

An unidentified University sophomore poses for a portrait in her apartment near campus on Tuesday, Nov. 13 in Dinkytown. She dropped out of the semester largely because of her alcohol use. 

Shedding light on addiction: UMN students grapple with limited addiction resources

November 19, 2018

For one University of Minnesota student, trouble with alcohol started when she got a fake ID on the first day of her freshman year. Having a fake ID gave her easy access to alcohol, and she said it was...

Daniel Palmer marches across the University of Minnesota campus with a transgender flag on Thursday, Nov. 8. Members and allies of the transgender community marched across campus in support of transgender rights.

Demonstrators march to support transgender students after bridge controversy

November 8, 2018

Around 60 people marched across campus Thursday to protest a controversial panel on the Washington Avenue Bridge and support transgender and gender-nonconforming students.  The "We Won't Be Erased...

Illustrated by Jane Borstad

New swimming hours accommodate transgender and gender nonconforming students

November 5, 2018

For transgender and gender nonconforming people, swimming can be an uncomfortable experience partly due to gendered locker rooms and swimsuits. In an effort to provide a more inclusive space for non-cisgender...

Ninjas, memes and thrifting: new student groups come to campus

November 2, 2018

The University of Minnesota has over 800 student groups, with more being formed every year. The Minnesota Daily profiled three student groups created this semester.  University Ninjas Club After the...

Illustrated by Jane Borstad.

Amid growing therapy demands, Boynton expands group therapy program

October 29, 2018

New group therapy options at the University of Minnesota will offer tailored support to students, with groups ranging from animal therapy to anxiety support. After seeing a growing demand for mental health...

Illustrated by Jane Borstad

Humphrey School readies officials for midterms, future elections

October 29, 2018

Amid national concerns about election security, the Humphrey School of Public Affairs has taken steps to bolster its election administration certification program. The 12-credit, online certificate for...

New learning technologies minor aims to make students more tech savvy

October 18, 2018

The University of Minnesota is offering a new minor to teach students digital skills that can be applied to a variety of career fields.  The Learning Technologies minor includes three core courses...

New program aims to bring together residential hall student group leaders

October 16, 2018

A new Housing and Residential Life program debuted last week aims to connect resident hall student group leaders through monthly meetings with peers and staff.  While currently only available at 17th...

Hailee Schievelbein

University rolls out online language program, connecting Twin Cities to Morris

October 12, 2018

A recently-launched exchange program aims to connect the Morris campus to less commonly taught languages that are available on the Twin Cities campus.  The University of Minnesota  Language Center's...