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A banner that says “Justice long delayed is justice denied” is raised in front of the Minnesota State Capitol by demonstrators on May 31, 2020.

Proposed bill would make protesters convicted of an offense ineligible for student loans

April 18, 2021
The bill comes amid many arrests at protests for Daunte Wright, a young Black man killed by police last Sunday. 
Following the police killing of 20 year old Daunte Wright, protests formed outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department and Kenyan Community SDA Church on Monday, April 12. Heavily armed officers stood anticipating the 7 p.m. curfew.

Brooklyn Center protests erupt in flash-bangs and fireworks past curfew Monday

April 14, 2021
The timing of Wright’s death, community leaders said, is not lost on Minneapolis and the surrounding cities, as many of the same messages from last summer’s protests rang out over megaphones.
A group of protesters stand outside of the barricaded Brooklyn Center Police Department on Monday, April 12.

[Photo] Frey issues second nightly curfew in Minneapolis after Daunte Wright killing

April 13, 2021

A group of protesters stand outside of the barricaded Brooklyn Center Police Department on Monday, April 12.

After a white man shot and killed 8 people, 6 of them Asian women, at Atlanta-area spas, protesters gathered at the Asian Solidarity Protest in Minneapolis to denounce white supremacy on March 18, 2021.

Asian and Asian American community members heal and process after Atlanta-area shootings

March 31, 2021
Amid the rise of anti-Asian crimes, the Atlanta-area shootings have sparked protests and rallies in the Twin Cities.
The redevelopment plan for Marcy Park aims to accommodate the needs and wants of college-aged residents. Marcy-Holmes has one of the highest percentages of residents ranging from 18 to 25 years old in Minneapolis.

Park board approves student-focused Marcy Park overhaul

March 18, 2021
Renovations to the park would include a basketball court, a small dog park and areas for bouldering and hammocks.
Robin Worlobah, a Ward 2 City Council Candidate, poses for a portrait in Coffman Memorial Union on Monday, March 1. Worlobah is also a current Ph.D. student at the University of Minnesota.

Minneapolis Ward 2 City Council challenger brings grassroots approach to change

March 4, 2021
Robin Wonsley Worlobah is vying for the seat in the November election with a focus on the working class and community organizing.
Dawn breaks over the Minnesota State Capitol Building on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. (Kamaan Richards / Minnesota Daily)

Young Women’s Cabinet program aims to decrease gender equity gaps by keeping women in legislative conversations

February 27, 2021
The cabinet, started by the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota and the governor’s office, appoints women from underrepresented communities to bridge the gap between youth and lawmakers.
Minneapolis City Council Member Steve Fletcher poses for a portrait at City Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 5. On data privacy, Fletcher asserts “We’re becoming a smarter and more responsive city, and we’re using data to do it. Our residents and visitors deserve to know that we are responsible with their information and respect their privacy – while also keeping our government open and transparent.”

Minneapolis City Council unanimously votes yes on facial recognition technology ban

February 20, 2021
Advocates are now pushing for the ban at the county and state levels, though some question how effective the ban will be.
Minneapolis District 1 Park Board Commissioner Chris Meyer poses for a portrait at Marcy Park on Tuesday, Feb. 16. One of Meyer's initiatives involves adding more college-age elements, like a dog park and hammocking area, to Marcy Park.

Chris Meyer cycles one last round as Park Board Commissioner

February 17, 2021
The District 1 Commissioner is leaving the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board after a tenure focused on student outreach and progressive, environment-oriented policies.
Governor’s office hopes to make higher ed more accessible through automatic enrollment program

Governor’s office hopes to make higher ed more accessible through automatic enrollment program

February 15, 2021
Minnesota high school seniors who meet certain requirements could receive a letter automatically enrolling them in state colleges.
Free tuition for select programs included in governor’s COVID-19 recovery budget

Free tuition for select programs included in governor’s COVID-19 recovery budget

February 14, 2021
The proposals outline millions for colleges around the state, but the University’s involvement is currently unclear.
Protesters march on Cedar Avenue South on Wednesday, Nov. 4. The rally was held to address a People’s Mandate requesting action be taken to end racism, COVID-19 and the recession no matter who wins this year’s presidential election.

Two charter amendments to restructure MPD could end up on city ballot

February 11, 2021
An amendment led by city Council members and another by community members show slight differences.
Morgan La Casse and Sarah Mai

UMN budget request lowest in 20 years

January 26, 2021
The biennial budget request for $46.5 million in new funding is the lowest in two decades due to the state deficit.
Despite pandemic, volunteer UMN advocacy soars

Despite pandemic, volunteer UMN advocacy soars

January 22, 2021
The number of students, faculty, alums and others lobbying the state Legislature on behalf of the University nearly doubled last year, though most students are no longer on campus.
The Board of Regents meet about the East Gateway Project Resolution, on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. The Board of Regents holds a meeting each month.

Twelve regent candidates recommended to Legislature

January 20, 2021
The candidates include four women, eight men and four people of color, including one who could become the first Native American regent in the University’s 200-year history.
A voter waits in line to cast their ballot outside Marcy Open Elementary School on Tuesday, Nov. 3.

Road trips and canvassing: UMN students got creative to make their voices heard

December 13, 2020
Some students tried to vote where it would count most, contributing to what is shaping up to be a year of record youth voter turnout.
A trash bin adorned with the silhouette of Minneapolis is half buried in snow in the Marcy Holmes neighborhood on Tuesday, Jan. 28. The neighborhood provides housing for a significant number of University students.

Here’s how the 2021 Minneapolis budget will impact UMN-area neighborhoods

December 12, 2020
The budget tackled issues like public safety, neighborhood funding and renters’ rights.
City council members Cam Gordon, Ward 2, and Steve Fletcher, Ward 3, answer questions about affordable housing and share bad landlord experiences during a “Housing Town Hall” event hosted by the MSA at Coffman Memorial Theater, Wednesday Jan. 31, 2018.

Minneapolis City Council seeks to replace some 911 calls with mental health response team

December 9, 2020
Callers would have the option to contact a mental health professional without the professional being accompanied by a police officer.
A University of Minnesota Police car is parked outside of the Graduate Hotel on East Bank on Thursday, June 21.

Campus crime update: Fall sees major crime upticks for University neighborhoods

December 5, 2020
University of Minnesota neighborhoods aren’t exempt from Minneapolis’ increase in both violent and property crimes.
Smith Hall reopens after reported chemical spill Friday

Smith Hall reopens after reported chemical spill Friday

December 4, 2020
Smith Hall houses the University’s Department of Chemistry.
City council members Cam Gordon, Ward 2, and Steve Fletcher, Ward 3, answer questions about affordable housing and share bad landlord experiences during a “Housing Town Hall” event hosted by the MSA at Coffman Memorial Theater, Wednesday Jan. 31, 2018.

Council member Steve Fletcher continues fight against facial recognition tech

November 24, 2020
Experts say the technology is largely inaccurate, especially in identifying people of color.
A protester wearing a

Trump supporters clashed with counter-protesters outside governor’s mansion

November 10, 2020
Heated debates quickly ensued between the two groups, with competing chants like "Black lives matter" and "all lives matter" ringing out from either side.
As speakers call out the names of people of color killed by police officers, participants sport apparel bearing parallel messages, such as masks declaring

‘There is still more work to be done’: Lake Street rally stirs community, stresses postelection action

November 9, 2020
Though activists were happy to see Trump out of office, many said it is just one step of many toward justice for underrepresented communities.
Protesters march on Cedar Ave. S. on Wednesday, Nov. 4. The rally was held to address a People’s Mandate requesting action be taken to end racism, COVID-19 and the recession no matter who wins this year’s presidential election.

‘It’s outrageous’: Over 600 protesters surrounded, detained and arrested on I-94

November 6, 2020
After 20 minutes of marching, police detained protesters for nearly five hours before arresting and citing 646 activists on the closed-off highway
Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minn., waves to those who came out to support Amy Klobuchar’s presidential bid on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019 at Boom Island Park in Minneapolis.

In close race, Tina Smith wins U.S. Senate seat

November 4, 2020
Smith beat Lewis by about 6 percentage points, winning the state with 49.4% of the vote.
Photo Courtesy of Cherno Bah.

One year later: Family, friends search for justice for murdered Marcy-Holmes man

October 29, 2020
Abdoulaye Cisse’s murder remains unsolved after he was killed on his 27th birthday last year, not far from the University of Minnesota.
Jessica Focht-Perlberg, the new executive director of Southeast Como Improvement Association, poses for a portrait on Saturday, Oct. 17. “The focus is really just right now trust-building and relationship-building to geniuinely inform what our priorities should be and our work should be based on,” Focht-Perlberg said. “However, it’s this constant kind of… tension, really… between the need to do that in a geniuine way that takes time to build those relationships and diversify our organization, but at the same time, there is such an urgent need. Like… people need things now.”

‘A lawyer with the heart of an organizer’: Southeast Como neighborhood organization appoints new executive director

October 19, 2020
Jessica Focht-Perlberg was selected from four candidates for the position in Southeast Como and has left her mark on several communities in multiple states.
The Minnesota State Capitol on Nov. 18, 2018.

Lawmakers pass long-awaited bonding bill, send more than $75 million to UMN

October 15, 2020
After five special sessions, the Minnesota Legislature passed a $1.87 billion bonding bill.
Demonstrators gather to protest former MPD Officer Derek Chauvin’s release on bail outside of the Hennepin County Government Center on Thursday, Oct. 8. The demonstration began with speeches and ended with a march.

Protesters push bail bond reform following bail release of former officer charged with murder of George Floyd

October 10, 2020
“... We’d like to know where the money came from,” said Trahern Crews, the lead organizer of Black Lives Matter Minnesota.
Cedar-Riverside Health Commons expands mental health services and other initiatives

Cedar-Riverside Health Commons expands mental health services and other initiatives

October 7, 2020
The expanded location in Riverside Plaza hopes to break down language and cultural barriers in the largely immigrant community.
Flyers passed out to residents of the Dinkytown area during a neighborhood safety walk put on by the Minneapolis Police Department, on Thursday, Sep. 24.

Masked man in Dinkytown raises questions on mental health, policing

October 1, 2020
The Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association, alongside Minneapolis police, hosted "crime walks" in the area last week to alert the community about Jeremiah Olson.
From left, Alexandria Alvarez and Alexander Stephenson would typically vote outside the bipartisan system, yet in an election such as this one, and despite problematic statements from Biden, they believe that they are choosing the lesser of two evils. They spoke on this outside their West Bank apartment on Wednesday, Sep. 23.

UMN students seek alternatives or settle in a Biden vs. Trump election

September 25, 2020
While Sen. Bernie Sanders swept around the University of Minnesota, some students are settling for the Democratic candidate or casting third-party ballots.
From left, Surly’s former and current hospitality workers Megan Caswell, Natalie Newcomer and Andy Magill sit in the backyard of Surly Brewing Co. in Minneapolis and drink Fair State beer on Saturday, Sept. 12. Fair State’s employees unionized last week in a similar manner; and their management voluntarily recognized their union. “We just want people to know (that) we’re trying to work on something better for everybody, not just like… we don’t just wanna be like ‘Fuck Surly.’ Like... that’s not the point of all this,” Caswell said.

‘I was really proud to work there’: Surly employees remain steadfast amid layoffs

September 17, 2020
Days after announcing an intent to unionize, Surly employees were laid off indefinitely.
Jamal Osman settles in to Ward 6 Council

Jamal Osman settles in to Ward 6 Council

September 14, 2020
The ward has been without City Council representation through multiple city crises.
Morgan La Casse

Robbery takes place in Dinkytown early Thursday morning

September 3, 2020

A robbery occurred near 15th Avenue Southeast and Washington Avenue Southeast early Thursday morning, per a systemwide safety notification.  At approximately 2:45 a.m., five suspects implied they...

Illustration by Sarah Mai

University student government showcases noncitizen, immigrant stories

May 4, 2020

The University of Minnesota undergraduate student government launched a storytelling showcase last month in an effort to create more awareness and advocacy for noncitizen and immigrant students on campus.  The...

Windows outside the Cancer & Cardiovascular Research Building Building as seen on Thursday, Oct 8.

MSA aims to make campus safer for birds in new resolution

April 27, 2020

The University of Minnesota undergraduate student government passed a resolution earlier this month asking for all University buildings to be installed with bird-safe glass after some students expressed...

Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein

Students with learning disabilities tackle online instruction

April 20, 2020

Cole Cooper, a foundations of special education major at the University of Minnesota, prepares for another hour of squinting, confusion and distraction.  As he logs in to his online class, phone...

From left, newly elected MSA President Amy Ma and Vice President Rebecca Cowin pose for a portrait outside of the Northrup Auditorium on Sunday, April 19.

New MSA leadership talks plans for future advocacy

April 20, 2020

Last week, the Minnesota Daily sat down with the newly elected Minnesota Student Association President-designate Amy Ma and Vice President-designate Rebecca Cowin. In the interview, Ma and Cowin discussed...

Presidential candidate Amy Ma, left, and vice presidential candidate Becca Cowin, right. Courtesy of the candidates.

Ma, Cowin win MSA election as students elect 2020-21 campus leaders

April 8, 2020

All University of Minnesota student governments have new leadership for the 2020-21 academic year, as election results were announced by the University's Campus Elections Team Wednesday afternoon. Amy...

Tiffany Welty, incoming business operations officer for the Minnesota Daily for 2020-21, and Dylan Miettinen, incoming editor in chief. 

Minnesota Daily selects incoming leadership for 2020-21

April 4, 2020

Last week, the Minnesota Daily’s Board of Directors selected the organization's top leaders for next year, with Dylan Miettinen as editor-in-chief and Tiffany Welty as business operations officer. This...

Freshman Marissa Mazzetta loads her belongings in preparation for her return to Illinois with her father, Jim Mazzetta, at Middlebrook Hall on Saturday, March 21. Mazzetta, like many freshmen at the University of Minnesota, is moving out of University Housing as a result of COVID-19.

State lawmakers call for 90% room and board refund

March 30, 2020

State lawmakers are drafting legislation calling for universities across the state to refund "at least 90%" of unused room and board fees to students, after many students were asked to leave on-campus...

Courtesy of Erika Sanborne.

How students are handling their mental health in the middle of a pandemic

March 30, 2020

Students and faculty on and off the University of Minnesota campus are exploring ways to maintain their mental health during change and transition brought on by the COVID-19 global pandemic.  Classes...

Freshman Marissa Mazzetta loads her belongings in preparation for her return to Illinois with her father, Jim Mazzetta, at Middlebrook Hall on Saturday, March 21. Mazzetta, like many freshmen at the University of Minnesota, is moving out of University housing as a result of COVID-19.

Students, parents express frustration with room and board refund

March 27, 2020

The University of Minnesota announced partial refunds for University housing Monday, prompting backlash from the campus community.  Students who have chosen to leave their University housing early...

Candidates for the 2020-2021 student body president and vice president at the University of Minnesota.

Meet the candidates for undergraduate student government

March 27, 2020

The University of Minnesota undergraduate student government election begins online Monday, and candidates are vying for votes on a nearly empty campus. The four tickets on the Minnesota Student Association...

Freshman Marissa Mazzetta loads her belongings in preparation for her return to Illinois with her father, Jim Mazzetta, at Middlebrook Hall on Saturday, March 21. Mazzetta, like many freshmen at the University of Minnesota, is moving out of University housing as a result of COVID-19.

Freshmen bid premature farewell to dorms

March 21, 2020

Freshman Catherine Perakslis dreamed of the ultimate college experience: making friends, heading to frat parties and rocking out to concerts after a day of classes. Instead, a few days ago she sat on her...

Attendees and Company Representatives interact at the CLA career fair at the Minneapolis Convention Center on Friday, Feb. 28.

Student government pushes for ‘coercive contract’ education

March 4, 2020

The University of Minnesota undergraduate student government presented a resolution last week calling for increased transparency and education surrounding employment contracts that limit employee legal...

UMN confirms investments in fossil fuels, including ExxonMobil and Chevron

UMN confirms investments in fossil fuels, including ExxonMobil and Chevron

February 27, 2020

Amid questions surrounding fossil fuel investment, the University of Minnesota confirmed it does indirectly invest in the fossil fuel industry, including companies like ExxonMobil, Chevron and Royal Dutch...

U to open new center, connecting those with disabilities to digital resources

U to open new center, connecting those with disabilities to digital resources

February 24, 2020

The University of Minnesota is working to create a center that would increase the accessibility of digital resources, primarily for individuals with disabilities, in the classroom and across campus. The...