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All content by Kathryn Nelson

Finding hope in the midst of darkness

October 8, 2007

When I left for Kenya, I believed that I would change the country more than it would me. I couldn't have been more wrong. I now see that my life has fractured into two halves: the before and the after....

Modern enslavement

October 1, 2007

As a white Western female living in Kenya, you sometimes feel that you're immune to the violence that afflicts everyone around you. But it was only when I was confronted with such violence that I truly...

Living through anguish

September 24, 2007

The strength of the African people can only be shown through their tenacity to continue moving through the most arduous of situations with the hope that respite will someday come. People often ask about...

Child hidden

September 17, 2007

By all accounts, Kevin Masengeli was born a normal child. But his possession began one year later and by his sixth birthday, he went down. That's what his grandmother, Norah Nasambu told me at the hospital. She...

Living in desperation: my life in Kenya

September 10, 2007

There's no real beginning or end to my story of Africa. The memories of my two months there have bled into every part of my existence and are completely inescapable. In Kenya, I was the story keeper. People...

South African leader speaks

May 3, 2007

Celebrating the twelfth anniversary of the African American Read-In, community leaders and local celebrities gathered to share their experience of discrimination, education and courage in a crowded conference...

Torture archives come to University library

May 2, 2007

Allegations of torture and degrading treatment of detainees held in U.S.-run prisons have caused outrage from the national and international community alike. With the help of Steven Miles, University professor...

Former political prisoner speaks at the U

April 26, 2007

Once a political prisoner during the 1976 military coup in Argentina, Juan Mendez knows what torture and repression feel like. Thirty years later, he was appointed as the special adviser on the prevention...

Roots affect student lives

April 25, 2007

For some students, staying connected to their heritage while in college and establishing their own identity can be a difficult task. Three students with diverse African backgrounds shared their stories...

Students celebrate Israel’s 59th birthday

April 24, 2007

University students celebrated Israel's 59th birthday with traditional food and festivities Monday in front of Coffman Union. The state's blue and white flags flew atop a pitched tent as volunteers passed...

U.S. ambassadors visit to discuss relations

April 17, 2007

Many Minnesotans trace their heritage to the Nordic region. On Monday, four U.S. ambassadors to Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland visited Minneapolis to discuss future relations between those countries...

Organizations host talk on African politics

April 9, 2007

During the past two decades, rebel leaders and regimes have taken control of several African countries promising positive change but have instead executed attacks on civilians. Last Friday, the University...

Pre-dental students help pay children’s med bills in Bolivia

April 6, 2007

A continent away, injured and ill children are receiving the medical treatment they critically need thanks to a handful of University students. Biology senior Jeni Iburg travels to Bolivia every winter...

Group aims to cut costs of traveling

April 5, 2007

Many students use the summer to catch up on sleep and lost wages, but others choose to dedicate their time off to volunteer abroad, often at a hefty price. Jane Berezovsky said her interest in volunteering...

‘Lost Boys of Sudan’ share art, stories

April 3, 2007

Atem Aleu stood quietly to the side as a crowd milled around the art gallery, taking in the paintings that had traveled thousands of miles from Kenya to Minneapolis. Aleu's quiet demeanor shows experience...

Students shed some light on Darfur

March 30, 2007

Students gathered on the grassy knoll of Northrop Mall on Thursday evening to light candles in remembrance of those who have died in the genocide in Darfur. Speaking in a circle of about 60 students, sociology...

Uncle Sam e-mails you

March 28, 2007

The University has acknowledged that it provides students' personal information to the military for recruitment purposes. And because of that, several University students reported receiving an e-mail from...

U students work with youths to end homelessness

March 23, 2007

Homelessness might be a visible problem in cities where the climate is mild, but when the temperatures dip below freezing, the problem often becomes unseen and forgotten. Wilder Research estimates there...

New series studies Iraq war’s impact

March 20, 2007

The sacrifices made by U.S. soldiers have permeated both the international and national community since the commencement of the Iraq war in 2003. The University's "Home and Away" series aims to highlight...

Student veterans adjust to new life

March 7, 2007

Getting shot feels like being hit with a baseball bat, said journalism first-year student Chris Holbrook. A ground soldier in Iraq in 2003, Holbrook was driving through the Sunni Triangle, an especially...

U hosts Women’s Day celebration

March 5, 2007

Coffman Union buzzed with action as presentations, speakers, activists and participants milled throughout the building to learn about women's rights in the 21st century. The 12th annual International Women's...

U professor investigates U.S.-led torture

March 1, 2007

The oath of medical professionals is to protect patients; yet the recent publication of a University professor paints a different picture of medical ethics in the war on terror. Professor of medicine and...

Students advocate for Ugandan children

February 28, 2007

Thousands of miles away, in a country slightly smaller than the state of Oregon, is a deadly secret that has stolen the childhoods of thousands of youths, according to the United Nations. Some call them...

Former professor discusses peace in the Middle East

February 22, 2007

Former visiting University professor Dr. Arie Zmora returned to campus Tuesday to discuss his new endeavor in international civic education. Zmora, who taught at the University in 2001 and 2002, is involved...

Students share faith and culture at the University

February 21, 2007

What Alia El Bakri misses most about her former home in the United Arab Emirates is the call to prayer that rang from the Mosques five times a day. "Just simple things like that made a big difference,"...

Students gather at U to celebrate Chinese New Year

February 19, 2007

Gathered around tables, festival guests learned techniques to making traditional Chinese dumplings. Yating Wang pinched the corners of a dumpling shell with a group of friends while jumping between English...

Student group practices despite controversy

February 15, 2007

On the third floor of Coffman Union, eight people move fluidly to the calming sounds of wind instruments and bells. Though it seems peaceful, the spiritual practice has a history of controversy, including...

Human rights advocate speaks to law school about war on terror, torture abroad

February 12, 2007

The ongoing war in Iraq and the policies of the U.S. administration have led to much controversy and haven't failed to touch even the University's politics. Gabor Rona, the international legal director...

Students aim to end trafficking

February 9, 2007

The current re-emergence of slavery might seem unbelievable to some, but across the world millions of people are being forced into a life of both laborious and sexual servitude. The University group Students...

Guthrie play sheds light on Darfur

January 30, 2007

Hope might be dwindling in Darfur as increased violence threatens humanitarian aid in an area wrought by mass killings since 2003. But this past weekend, hundreds gathered to acknowledge what the United...

Students aim for careers in human rights

January 25, 2007

Showing a picture of a refugee camp lined with identical makeshift huts, Tahir Hassan explained how he always could tell which one was his. Living in a refugee camp for 12 years, Hassan said he always...

Group gets feet wet in global issues

January 24, 2007

Buying a bottle of water from a vending machine might not seem like a luxury to many students, but according to UNICEF, more than one billion people drink from unsafe water sources every day. But one budding...

Students voice opinion on Somalia

January 18, 2007

Chaos ravaged Somalia after the overthrow of Dictator Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991. Now the East African country is in the midst of another major change, prompting questions from the University community. Adjunct...

Increase of troops in Iraq felt at home

January 17, 2007

The already strained United States military might pass its burden onto University students. Last Wednesday, President George W. Bush announced that he has committed more than 20,000 additional American...

The miracle of survival

December 7, 2006

Max Goodman, along with the other Romanian deportees, was forced to climb a steep hill toward an unknown destination. Many slipped on the muddy incline and were left to die while others stepped around...

Building a community

November 29, 2006

The skeletons of children's bicycles lay in heaps on a grassless patch of land surrounded by miles of concrete. Pigeons fly in migrant groups toward the aroma of East African spices wafting from the screen...

Melrose residents unable to vote Tuesday

November 9, 2006

Utility and rent bills just didn't cut it for students registering to vote Tuesday. According to apartment administration, election judges turned away approximately 100 students living in Melrose, University...

Madison charges admission to enter State Street on Halloween

October 31, 2006

Past Halloween celebrations in Madison, Wis. have been notorious for arson, looting and drunken brawls, sometimes instigated by students singing the Minnesota Rouser. But this year's festivities were much...

U partnership feeds infants with donated breast milk

October 27, 2006

For some women, pouring their excess breast milk down the drain feels wasteful. But now women can donate their breast milk to babies in need. The University Medical Center, Fairview partnered with Prolacta...

Rwandan pastor speaks at University about genocide victims

October 20, 2006

Entire families were slaughtered by their neighbors. Women were systematically raped and killed, leaving their children to survive alone. The gruesome killings were primarily carried out by friends, professionals...

Students learn the circus arts

October 19, 2006

The big top was filled with movement last Thursday as two spinning performers dangled delicately on ropes high above onlookers. One girl swung from a trapeze bar and suddenly fell with a scream, only to...

Students’ designs hit the catwalk

October 16, 2006

Art senior Danielle Swanson began making outfits for her Barbie as a young girl. Now she's designing couture-style clothing for shows that draw thousands of onlookers. Swanson submitted six pieces for...

Many look outside U to study abroad

October 3, 2006

Despite resources on campus for studying abroad, many students look elsewhere. Hundreds of travel organizations vie for student participation in study-abroad programs and many are supported by the University's...

Picking up garbage costs U time, money

September 27, 2006

For most people, picking up trash is not the ideal morning activity, but it's a daily reality for University Landcare workers. Landcare supervisor Adam Hawkinson said his crews spent more than 78 hours...

Sudanese students speak about violent situation in Darfur

September 21, 2006

Despite the conflict in Darfur that has left 400,000 dead and 2 million displaced, some students still call Sudan home. Rape, abductions and murders have been common occurrences in Sudan since 2003. Currently,...

U area sees assault increase

September 19, 2006

After an increase in assaults in the neighborhoods closest to the University, community associations and police are offering safety training. After a month in which reported assaults more than doubled...

3 sex offenders live near U

September 15, 2006

The mug shot shows a man who looks no older than 20. Closely trimmed hair, slender physique and a defiant expression make him look like a typical college student. But he isn't. He is a level 3 sex offender...

Facebook announces new open membership policy

September 14, 2006

Facebook will loosen its user registration requirements, allowing even parents to give their kids a "poke." The social networking Web site, which boasts 9 million users, announced Tuesday that anyone with...

Women’s studies department gets new name as part of changes

September 7, 2006

One of the longest-standing women's studies programs in the nation revealed a new identity this week. The University's department of gender, women and sexuality studies, formally the department of women's...

Dinkytown uses murals to prevent graffiti

September 5, 2006

Skott Johnson, a 17-year Dinkytown veteran, used to spend countless hours covering the graffiti that frequently appeared on his building's exterior. "I'd be out there twice a week painting over graffiti,"...