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The Minnesota Daily

Samantha Hendrickson, Staff Reporter

All content by Samantha Hendrickson
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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published March 18, 2021
Renovations to the park would include a basketball court, a small dog park and areas for bouldering and hammocks.
Robin Wonsley Worlobah poses for a portrait in Coffman Union on March 1, 2021.

Minneapolis Ward 2 City Council challenger brings grassroots approach to change

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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 Meyers 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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, 2020.

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

Published 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

Published December 12, 2020
The budget tackled issues like public safety, neighborhood funding and renters’ rights.
City council members Cam Gordon and Steve Fletcher 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published December 4, 2020
Smith Hall houses the University’s Department of Chemistry.
City council members Cam Gordon and Steve Fletcher 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

Published November 24, 2020
Experts say the technology is largely inaccurate, especially in identifying people of color.
A protester wearing a Make America Great cap engages in a verbal altercation with a counter-protester at an event outside the Minnesota Governor Tim Walzs residence on Saturday, Nov. 7.

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

Published 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 I cant Breathe in honor of George Floyd in South Minneapolis on Saturday, Nov. 7.

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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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...

Students governments call for universities to divest from fossil fuels

Students governments call for universities to divest from fossil fuels

Published February 13, 2020

In a national effort to fight climate change, student governments nationwide are calling for their universities to stop investments in the fossil fuel industry.  The Association of Big Ten Students,...

Black Student Union and student government discuss criminal justice

Black Student Union and student government discuss criminal justice

Published February 3, 2020

University of Minnesota student groups collaborated with legislators and community leaders last week to discuss problems in the criminal justice system and what students can do to help fix them. The Black...

Minnesota Student Association President Jael Kerandi poses for a portrait in the Carlson School of Management on Wednesday Jan. 22.

New MSA president assumes role midterm, discusses student government advocacy plans

Published January 27, 2020

The Minnesota Daily recently sat down with Jael Kerandi, the new president of the University of Minnesota’s undergraduate student government, discussing advocacy and the spring semester. Kerandi’s...

Illustrated by Sarah Mai

Following years of complaints, student elections group dissolved

Published January 20, 2020

After several years of complaints and last spring’s controversial student government elections, the University of Minnesota is taking a larger role this year in the election process, which used to be...

Austin Berger speaks at an MSA forum on Tuesday, Oct. 8.

University of Minnesota student Austin Berger launches campaign for MN House seat

Published December 17, 2019

University of Minnesota junior Austin Berger launched his election campaign Tuesday for a seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives. Currently studying economics and political science, Berger is running...

Sarah Mai

Students gather, exploring relationship between climate change, Indigenous peoples

Published December 9, 2019

The University of Minnesota Human Rights Student Association explored what some call an overlooked part of the environment conversation — climate change and Indigenous peoples — during a week of awareness...

Mina Kian, President of Minnesota Student Association, poses for a portrait inside Coffman Union on Thursday, Aug. 29.

Undergraduate student body president to resign in spring

Published December 9, 2019

University of Minnesota undergraduate student body president Mina Kian plans to resign in the spring. Kian, who has been involved in various positions in MSA for the last four-and-a-half years, said she...

Sarah Mai

Student government continues push to strengthen UMN free speech policy

Published December 1, 2019

In what some call a divisive culture on campus, the Minnesota Student Association is pushing for First Amendment education and a stronger University of Minnesota free speech policy. While current University...

Hailee Schievelbein

Commuter students need lenient attendance policy in bad weather, MSA says

Published November 27, 2019

In the interest of student safety during harsh Minnesota winters, the Minnesota Student Association is drafting a resolution to change class attendance policies for students who commute to the University...

Morgan La Casse and Sarah Mai

Student government joins nationwide push to increase federal higher ed funding

Published November 21, 2019

The University of Minnesota undergraduate student government is joining a nationwide effort to push Congress to update a key piece of higher education legislation, potentially giving more federal funding...

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs as seen on Thursday, Sept. 19.

Humphrey School cancels lecture by potential presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg

Published November 16, 2019

On Friday, the Humphrey School of Public Affairs announced the cancellation of a lecture featuring former New York City mayor and billionaire Michael Bloomberg in light of his potential bid for the presidency...

The Metro Green Line pulls into the East Bank Station on Saturday, Nov. 9.

MSA pushes to expand free light rail stops for students

Published November 11, 2019

The Minnesota Student Association is gathering student support as they continue to work with state legislators to include additional free light rail stops for University of Minnesota students. The undergraduate...

Emilia Janik fields questions in the O. Meredith Wilson Library on Thursday, Oct. 31.

Punching numbers: UMN student analyzes data for campus advocacy

Published November 4, 2019

After completing coursework for her hectic senior year, statistics major Emilia Janik has an additional responsibility: sorting through multiple data sets to determine what more than 30,000 students at...

Student senators and representatives vote to move the forum to a closed session in Fraser Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 22. The vote passed, leaving only voting members and press for the remainder of the session. 

Tensions within undergrad student government cause concerns for future advocacy

Published October 31, 2019

The Minnesota Student Association, which represents more than 30,000 undergraduate students at the University of Minnesota, is currently in discussion over what some call a lack of direction, leadership...

Hailee Schievelbein

MSA drafting bill to better identify transfer students who have committed sexual misconduct

Published October 20, 2019

As part of their sexual assault prevention advocacy, the Minnesota Student Association is seeking support for and drafting a “safe transfer” bill to bring to the next legislative session.  The...

A salad is prepared for customers at Crisp & Green in Dinkytown on Saturday, Oct. 12.

Dinkytown Crisp & Green looks to collaborate with UMN

Published October 13, 2019

In response to the Minnesota Student Association’s advocacy for healthier dining options on campus, local restaurant chain Crisp & Green is trying to collaborate with University of Minnesota students...

The Board of Regents convene for their October 2019 meeting at the McNamara Alumni Center on Thursday, Oct. 10.

Regents vote to extend Aramark dining contract by two years

Published October 11, 2019

To explore new dining options for the first time in 20 years, the University of Minnesota Board of Regents unanimously approved a two-year contract extension with controversial food contractor Aramark...

Sarah Mai

UMN student data privacy policy goes under review

Published October 10, 2019

After about two years of advocacy by the Minnesota Student Association and other students, the University of Minnesota policy concerning student data privacy is eligible for a comprehensive review, with...

Robbery reported in Marcy-Holmes

Robbery reported in Marcy-Holmes

Published September 20, 2019

A woman was robbed in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood Friday morning, according to police. Around 9 a.m., the woman was approached from behind by who appeared to be an adult male on the 800 block of 8th...

Illustrated by Abby Adamski

MSA encourages student groups to hold zero waste events

Published September 20, 2019

In an effort to educate more University of Minnesota students about the importance of “zero waste,” the undergraduate student government is beginning to train student groups in making their events...

Sarah Mai

Wondering how to recycle denim? MSA has an answer

Published September 18, 2019

In an effort to bring awareness to textile waste, the Minnesota Student Association is calling on the University of Minnesota community to donate its denim.   The initiative, “Blue Jeans Go Green,”...

Jinghui Zhou of University Dining Services swipes in a student for dinner at Bailey Hall on Tuesday, Jan. 23.

UMN furthers discussion about disputed Aramark food service contract

Published September 16, 2019

After years of student complaints about the University of Minnesota’s dining service, the administration is taking the next steps in deciding whether to continue its more than 20-year relationship with...

Mina Kian, President of Minnesota Student Association, poses for a portrait inside Coffman Union on Thursday, Aug. 29.

MSA president discusses relationship with U president, dining contract

Published September 2, 2019

The Minnesota Daily recently spoke with Minnesota Student Association President Mina Kian about the student government's goals and initiatives for the upcoming school year. Are there any new goals and...