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Farrah Mina

Farrah Mina, Campus Activities Editor

Name: Farrah Mina
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @FarrahWMina
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Farrah Mina is the campus activities editor at the Minnesota Daily. She joined the Daily in 2019 as a general assignment reporter, going on to cover student issues and later campus communities. She is currently majoring in journalism and global studies at the University of Minnesota, with minors in Asian and Middle Eastern studies and French. In addition to working at the Daily, she prides herself on her vast collection of earrings. When she's not reading, writing or editing, Farrah is likely watching videos of her sister's cat, Pepper, or trying out new recipes.

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UMN student body votes “yes” to both referendums, elect student government leadership

UMN student body votes “yes” to both referendums, elect student government leadership

Published March 29, 2021
All unopposed presidential and vice-presidential candidates for the Minnesota Student Association, the Council of Graduate Students and the Professional Student Government Associations won their elections.
Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro speaks in the Northstar Ballroom of the St. Paul Student Center on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. The speech drew a crowd of dozens of protestors in opposition to Shapiros presence on campus. 

Ben Shapiro loses free speech lawsuit against UMN over venue change

Published August 30, 2020

A judge determined Friday that University of Minnesota officials were driven by safety concerns in conservative speaker Ben Shapiro’s freedom of speech lawsuit, according to the Pioneer Press.  Shapiro...

Morgan La Casse

Robbery reported in Marcy-Holmes early Sunday

Published August 30, 2020

A robbery occurred near Fourth Street Southeast and 11th Avenue Southeast shortly after midnight, according to a SAFE-U alert.  The suspects were three males in a gray sedan who had handguns. The...

Ahmed Jamal, the first muezzin to give the adhan from the roof of Dar Al-Hijra Mosque in Cedar-Riverside on Thursday, April 23. Courtesy of Abdirahman Mukhtar.

Observing Ramadan during the pandemic

Published May 7, 2020

The observance of the holy month of Ramadan is different this year for Muslim students at the University of Minnesota as many learn to bridge social distancing with community. As the stay-at-home order...

Illustrated by Morgan La Casse

Student requests climb for COVID-19 emergency fund

Published May 5, 2020

As of last week, the University of Minnesota Foundation has disbursed $380,000 to students from an emergency fund set up in mid-March to support student finances amid the coronavirus pandemic. Over the...

Robbery reported in Dinkytown

Robbery reported in Dinkytown

Published May 4, 2020

A robbery took place in Dinkytown Saturday evening, according to a SAFE-U alert. The incident occurred at 8:00 p.m. near 4th Street SE and 15th Avenue SE where the suspect pushed the victim and took a...

Daniyal (4), left, and Nurali (2), right, play with toys in the Como neighborhood while following social distancing guidelines on Thursday, April 30. 

For parents, transition to online means combining work and home life

Published May 4, 2020

For University of Minnesota students, staff and faculty who care for young children, the online transition has meant adjusting their workloads with new home responsibilities borne out of the stay-at-home...

Courtesy of Ashley Groshek.

Corbett Laubignat, disability advocate, dies at 40

Published May 4, 2020

The University of Minnesota Disability Resource Center hosted a virtual celebration of life for Corbett Laubignat on Friday, May 1. Laubignat was a senior access consultant who died March 2. She was 40.  Laubignat...

New curriculum contributes to COVID-19 relief efforts

New curriculum contributes to COVID-19 relief efforts

Published April 23, 2020

The University of Minnesota Medical School is finding ways to create opportunities for its students to contribute during the COVID-19 crisis.  Due to the pandemic, medical students have been unable...

Illustrated by Morgan La Casse

UMN fraternities continue philanthropy online

Published April 19, 2020

With the cancellation of in-person fraternity events, the University of Minnesota Interfraternity Council is turning to online platforms to continue its philanthropy. To keep with social distancing guidelines,...

Students urge U to take action on climate change in two referendums

Students urge U to take action on climate change in two referendums

Published April 8, 2020

University of Minnesota students voted in the All-Campus Elections in favor of referendums asking the University to divest from fossil fuels and declare a climate emergency. Both referendums, sponsored...

Illustration by Eva Berezovsky

Queer pen pal project to keep students connected during pandemic

Published April 8, 2020

The University of Minnesota’s Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life joined a pen pal project to keep queer students connected in a period of social distancing and stay-at-home orders. The...

A community collection box for COVID-19 PPE donations sits outside of the Fay Thompson Center for Environmental Management on Tuesday, April 7. This collection is part of a larger campus effort to consolidate PPE and provide it to healthcare workers.

Hundreds of University researchers donate personal protection equipment from labs

Published April 8, 2020

A University of Minnesota task force is collecting gloves, masks and other supplies from labs across the University in an effort to aid clinics, testing labs and hospitals combating COVID-19. Hundreds...

Sarah Mai

UMN Foundation creates COVID-19 relief fund to support student finances

Published April 4, 2020

The University of Minnesota Foundation set up an emergency fund last month to support students grappling with new financial circumstances in the COVID-19 pandemic. Many University students have lost wages...

Illustration by Eva Berezovsky

Plans underway to create campuswide arboretum at UMN

Published April 1, 2020

Students and faculty at the University of Minnesota’s College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences are spearheading the creation of a campuswide arboretum. The project, aimed at enhancing...

Signs for businesses located inside Coffman Union, many of which employ student workers, are seen on Saturday, March 21.

Confusion about compensation leaves student workers scrambling

Published March 22, 2020

With the University of Minnesota closing all major campus venues in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, many student workers have been scrambling to find a source of income in the thick of uncertainty.  The...

Students petition U to go pass/fail amid the COVID-19 outbreak

Students petition U to go pass/fail amid the COVID-19 outbreak

Published March 18, 2020

Some students are asking the University of Minnesota to go pass/fail amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Students have created a petition, which as of March 18 has more than 5,500 signatures, calling the University...

John North, left, Issac North and mother Mary North view an installation from the exhibit Collecting Memory: Photographs and Installations by Jeff Millikan.

Bell Museum to increase support for visitors with sensory challenges

Published March 15, 2020

The Bell Museum is using a University of Minnesota micro-grant to increase support for visitors with autism and other sensory challenges.  With funds from the Campus Climate Micro-Grant program,the...

The Roasted Pepper Bánh Mì sandwich from Erbert & Gerbert’s, purchased from the E & G in Coffman Union on Monday, Feb. 24. 

Erbert & Gerbert’s red pepper bánh mì draws campus criticism

Published February 27, 2020

Several people, including Vietnamese students at the University of Minnesota, have voiced criticism toward a sandwich Erbert & Gerbert’s launched last month: a plant-based roasted red pepper bánh...

Eva Berezovsky

LGBTQ+ student group to host legal name change clinic

Published February 27, 2020

The University of Minnesota Law School’s LGBTQ+ student association is hosting a name change clinic next month to provide legal services for queer and trans students.  OutLaw is collaborating with...

Models showing Designer Ian Harris work walk the runway at the Amplified fashion show at Rapson Hall on Saturday, Feb. 15. The show features designs by University of Minnesota apparel design seniors.

Amplifying voices in fashion takes the stage at annual runway show

Published February 17, 2020

The University of Minnesota’s College of Design hosted its annual senior showcase Saturday, which highlighted a variety of unique voices and communities not often represented in fashion. The fashion...

Douglas Kearney, an assistant professor in the Department of English, fields questions from his colleagues in Lind Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. The department’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee developed its first-ever report which lays out a plan to improve diversity across curriculum and personnel.

‘To be or not to be’: English faculty members debate Shakespeare requirement

Published February 13, 2020

University of Minnesota English department faculty members are in contention over requiring English majors to take a course on William Shakespeare, a provision most top universities have discarded. The...

Attendees greet each other with a hug at the Muslim Alumni Network kickoff event at Masjid Al-Iman on Friday, Feb. 7.

Alumni Association creates first-ever group for Muslim graduates

Published February 10, 2020

Shamaila Usmani graduated from the University of Minnesota 10 years ago, but never got involved as an alumna until Friday, when the Muslim Alumni Network hosted its first event.  Though the University...

Economic disruption needed for men to consider taking female-dominated jobs, U research finds

“Economic disruption” needed for men to consider taking female-dominated jobs, U research finds

Published January 27, 2020

A University of Minnesota sociologist co-authored a study earlier this month examining what it would take for men to do something they have historically resisted: entering female-dominated jobs. While...

Speaker Sheila Rahimi addresses the congregation at a memorial for Ukraine flight 752 in John T. Tate Hall on Wednesday, Jan. 15.  The flight was mistakenly shot down by Iranian missiles on Jan. 8, leading to the deaths of all 176 passengers. (Kamaan Richards / Minnesota Daily)

Iranian community on campus copes with escalating tensions, plane crash

Published January 19, 2020

The University of Minnesota Iranian community gathered Wednesday at John T. Tate Hall to mourn the 176 passengers who died after a plane was mistakenly shot down by Iranian missiles on Jan. 8.   Dozens...

Performers dance at the Al-Madinah Cultural Centers Do It For the Culture Gala at the Weisman Art Museum on Friday, Dec. 6. 

Al-Madinah Cultural Center hosts first annual intercultural gala

Published December 9, 2019

The University of Minnesota’s Al-Madinah Cultural Center hosted its first intercultural gala Friday at the Weisman Art Museum. AMCC regularly serves as a site for cultural exchange by hosting monthly...

Two students study in Seven Corners Coffee Shop, which is owned by Wooddale Church, on Sunday, Nov. 24. (Liam Armstrong / Minnesota Daily).

MN church, which owns West Bank coffee shop, responds to concerns over conversion therapy

Published December 5, 2019

In late September, University of Minnesota LGBTQ+ student groups raised questions about the owner of West Bank’s Seven Corners Coffee, Wooddale Church, and its suspected ties to conversion therapy. OutLaw...

West Bank LGBTQ+ groups raise awareness about Seven Corners Coffee background

Published November 26, 2019

University of Minnesota student Lindsay Sacco went to Seven Corners Coffee almost every day since its opening, but after learning of the coffee shop’s potential connection to conversion therapy, she’s...

Breast pumps and bottles sit on the counter in a lactation space in the McNamara Alumni Center on Saturday, Nov. 23.

UMN works to increase access to lactation spaces on campus

Published November 26, 2019

The University of Minnesota is defining new standards for lactation spaces that could create more resources for users, adding on to the minimum criteria required by state law. Minnesota state law requires...

Sumaya Noor, left, and Fahima Osman, right, pose for a portrait outside of the University Recreation and Wellness Center on Saturday, Nov. 16. Noor and Osman initiated a women’s only fitness project after their project discovered many Somali women do not exercise due to a lack of available spaces. 

UMN students collaborate with RecWell to pilot women-only gym space

Published November 18, 2019

In an effort to create a comfortable space for women to work out, the University of Minnesota’s Recreation and Wellness Center is piloting a women-only gym space. Around two years ago, University students...

Cre.Ture Crew performs during the Hmong New Year event at the St. Paul Student Center on Friday, Nov. 8. The majority of the group’s performers are high school students. 

Hmong women student group celebrates, challenges tradition with New Year celebration

Published November 11, 2019

More than 200 people gathered at the University of Minnesota Friday to attend a Hmong New Year celebration hosted by Viivncaus, a Hmong women’s student group.  The Hmong New Year is a traditional...

Sarah Mai

National Students for Justice in Palestine conference hosted at UMN

Published November 4, 2019

Hundreds of pro-Palestine student organizers from across the country gathered at the University of Minnesota over the weekend for the National Students for Justice in Palestine annual conference. Leadership...

Courtesy of the American Indian Student Cultural Center.

American Indian student group campaign addresses culture appropriation during Halloween

Published October 31, 2019

Part of the Halloween season for University of Minnesota student Meenakshi Mattson – and for many people of color – is seeing her culture appropriated.  Mattson said she has seen saris, dubbed...

President of Students for Justice in Palestine Malak Shahin speaks about divestment efforts to a group at the La Raza Student Cultural Center in Coffman Union on Wednesday, Feb. 28 2018.

National SJP conference hosted at UMN faces backlash from pro-Israel groups

Published October 20, 2019

The ninth annual National Students for Justice in Palestine conference, which will be hosted at the University of Minnesota in November, has received backlash from pro-Israel groups, who are calling on...

Lauren Meyers works in the O. Meredith Wilson Library on Friday, Oct. 18. Meyers criticizes the use of the Hans Wehr Dictionary of Modern Arabic, seen on the table, due to Wehrs role in the Nazi party in the 1940s.

UMN Arabic department works to address history of Arabic-English dictionary

Published October 20, 2019

After professor Katrien Vanpee went over the syllabus with her Arabic class this semester, University of Minnesota student Lauren Meyers saw her usually lighthearted professor grow serious.  Vanpee,...

Morgan La Casse

Class registration proves difficult for late-summer orientation groups

Published October 13, 2019

Before moving from India to the United States, University of Minnesota student Isha Mody said her biggest concern was class registration. Mody, like the majority of international students, attended one...

Hanna Sun, a student in the College of Education and Human Development, poses for a portrait at Coffman Memorial Union on Monday, Sept. 30, 2019. Sun says she lives by the quote, “Be the change you wish to see!” 

After selecting new members, international student board sets goals for the year

Published October 2, 2019

In her undergraduate years at the University of Minnesota-Morris, international student Hanna Sun said she witnessed international and domestic students, staff and faculty struggle to communicate effectively. Sun,...

torrin a. greathouse poses for a portrait outside of Bordertown Coffee on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019. 

UMN grad student recognized for poem exploring transgender confinement

Published September 29, 2019

Earlier this month, University of Minnesota graduate student torrin a. greathouse won a major award from Poetry, a leading monthly poetry magazine, for her poem “On Confinement.” The poem, which was...

Illustration by Sarah Mai

Federal funding expiration threatens U’s Asian Pacific American Resource Center

Published September 29, 2019

The University of Minnesota’s Asian Pacific American Resource Center faces uncertainty as the funding for some minority-serving institutions expires Monday and its renewal is stalled in the United States...

Bias incidents reported to the Bias Response and Referral Network by method and location between May 2018 and and June 2019. Data from the University of Minnesota Bias Response Referral Network.

Vandalism, hate flyers persist among most reported bias incidents

Published September 9, 2019

The University of Minnesota’s Bias Response Referral Network compiled reported bias incidents, showing a continued presence of graffiti, vandalism and flyers in reported incidents. As indicated by three...

Morgan La Casse

Asylum seekers, immigrant communities highlighted in UMN Medical School department

Published September 9, 2019

Looking to support asylum seekers at the U.S. border, the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences launched an initiative that aims to provide medical...

An overview of some of UMN’s largest student groups

Published August 26, 2019

Asian-American Student Union The Asian-American Student Union serves to represent the diversity of Asian Pacific Islander and Desi American cultures on campus. It promotes inclusivity and cultural awareness...

University Medical School buildings are seen from Washington Avenue during a rain storm on Tuesday, July 16.

New administrative position to support inclusivity in UMN Medical School

Published July 31, 2019

In an effort to advance diversity, the University of Minnesota Medical School announced it will be creating a new administrative position for equity and inclusion. Following the announcement earlier this...

The University passport office as seen on Tuesday, July 23 in its new location on campus on Fourth Street. The new office opened on July 8.

University of Minnesota opens passport office on campus

Published July 26, 2019

The University of Minnesota opened a passport office earlier this month following a recommendation from the U.S. Department of State. The University’s Passport Office, which opened July 8, is an official...

Zahra Mohamed participates in a voters event going door to door to encourage people to vote.

After a student’s death in January, UMN student group aims to raise funds for a well in Somalia

Published July 26, 2019

To honor the late president of Students Devoted to Marginalized Communities, the University of Minnesota student group launched a fundraising campaign earlier this month to build a water well in Somalia...

Illustrated by Abby Adamski.

Failing is succeeding: UMN business school teams with new APM podcast

Published July 11, 2019

University of Minnesota strategic management professor Mary Benner headed to St. Paul a few months ago to talk to American Public Media about the shrinkage of the film company Kodak. Benner was recording...

The Gopher Express store in Coffman Memorial Union is open on Monday, July 1.

Gopher Express to feature more international snacks

Published July 3, 2019

It’s a 30-minute trip between University of Minnesota student Eric Hwang and his favorite snack from his home country in South Korea—Homerun Ball. When he craves the popular chocolate-filled cookie...

Illustrated by Abby Adamski

Textbooks linger with students as they look to sell

Published June 21, 2019

Although spring semester concluded more than a month ago, many University of Minnesota students are still in possession of their unwanted textbooks and are looking to sell. When it comes to selling used...

Asian language department renamed for better representation, employability

Asian language department renamed for better representation, employability

Published June 14, 2019

The name of the University of Minnesota’s Department of Asian Languages and Literatures has changed to the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies to provide a more accurate description of what...

Coffman Union as seen on Wednesday, June 5.

In wake of renaming controversy, new class to address University history

Published June 12, 2019

The University of Minnesota’s history department will offer a new course this fall in response to recent discussion on the University’s history elicited by efforts to rename campus buildings. The idea...

Hateful flyers on campus target student groups

Published May 17, 2019

Muslim students at the University of Minnesota were breaking their Ramadan fast on May 7 when they noticed flyers left by the door of the Al-Madinah Cultural Center in Coffman Union. Created by a far-right...

Illustrated by Morgan La Casse and Abby Adamski.

Muslim students prepare for intersection of Ramadan, final exams

Published May 6, 2019

In addition to juggling final exams and managing stress, many Muslim students at the University of Minnesota will be fasting without food and drink from dawn to dusk as they observe the holy month of Ramadan,...

Ilhan Omar enters her election party with her family on Tuesday, Nov. 6 in Minneapolis.

UMN students weigh in on Ilhan Omar controversy

Published April 22, 2019

As controversy surrounding U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., grows, University of Minnesota students are participating in the debate surrounding the first Somali-American elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. In...

Canvas to implement name pronunciation software

Published April 16, 2019

To ensure professors and students pronounce each other's names correctly, all University of Minnesota system campuses will implement a name pronunciation software into Canvas next month. The software,...

Law school creates podcast to increase accessibility

Published April 16, 2019

The University of Minnesota Law School’s journal recently launched a legal podcast featuring interviews with authors to make legal topics more accessible. The podcast, called “Experto Crede,” was...

Daycare kids Henley Gorka and Max Finney pretend to be horses next to the sign-in table at the University of Minnesota Child Development Center on Wednesday, Oct. 3 in Minneapolis. Both have parents who work at the University.

UMN researchers create child care access tool

Published April 3, 2019

University of Minnesota economists recently launched an online tool that reveals how families’ access to child care varies statewide.  The tool maps child care access in different neighborhoods...

‘Green Book’ producer for commencement speaker sparks criticism

Published March 25, 2019

Some University of Minnesota students are critical of the decision to have "Green Book" producer and University alumnus Jim Burke as the College of Liberal Arts’ undergraduate commencement speaker this...

Student group dedicates March to international students

Published March 12, 2019

Third-year University of Minnesota international student Helene Zheng had a phone interview that seemed to be going well until the recruiter asked whether she was a U.S. citizen or a green card holder.  After...

Biology junior Nyanna Wright does her hair for a job interview on Monday, March 4 at her house in Como. Wright said she intentionally slicks back her natural hair for job interviews to avoid bias.

UMN students battle hair bias as they seek jobs

Published March 5, 2019

Although Nyanna Wright, a third-year student at the University of Minnesota, normally leaves her curly hair out or wears it in a big bun on top of her head, she decided to wear it slicked-back for her...

Illustrated by Abby Adamski

UMN researchers incorporate solar panels in low-income housing

Published February 21, 2019

University of Minnesota researchers recently released a report that focuses on making solar energy more accessible to low-income households — a solution that could help homeowners meet mortgage payments. A...

Emily Ortlieb poses for a portrait on Saturday, Feb. 9 at Mondale Hall on West bank. Ortlieb serves as a certified student attorney for a new clinic for immigrants at the Universitys law school. 

Law School opens clinic for rural immigrants

Published February 11, 2019

The University of Minnesota Law School launched a new clinic late last month that aims to provide legal assistance to immigrants in rural areas. Because the need for immigration services is increasing...

University junior Faisa Ahmed demonstrates how a new health text messaging system, which aims to close the racial gap in healthcare, works on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at the Peoples Center Clinic in Minneapolis. This system is a research project at the University and is conducting some of the project with families in nearby Cedar-Riverside.

New text alert system aids child and maternal care in Cedar-Riverside

Published February 7, 2019

A team of University of Minnesota researchers are piloting a new text messaging system that aims to promote child and maternal wellness in the Cedar-Riverside community. The program, Reminders for Readiness...