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Samantha Woodward

Samantha Woodward, Intern Reporter

Name: Samantha Woodward
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @samjwoody379
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Samantha "Woody" Woodward is an intern reporter covering business and housing at the Minnesota Daily. Woody joined the Daily in 2019 as an editorial board member, then wrote as an opinions columnist before moving to reporting this past summer. A second-year student, Woody is majoring in professional journalism with a minor in political science. She is originally from Shakopee, Minnesota. In her free time, she loves walking her dog with her family, listening to old-school One Direction, rewatching "Mamma Mia" (1 & 2) with no remorse and exploring Minneapolis with her friends.

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The Minnesota State Capitol on Nov. 18, 2018.

Controversial MN Supreme Court ruling fuels legislative change to protect sexual assault survivors

April 17, 2021
With student support, the Minnesota Legislature is working to close the "intoxication loophole."
Protesters march in downtown Minneapolis on Monday, March 29. A coalition of activist groups held a protest calling for justice for George Floyd on opening statement day of the trial against Derek Chauvin.

First day of Chauvin trial met with protests, demonstrator chaining herself to fence Monday

March 31, 2021
Kaia Hirt chained herself to a fence and organizers sought signatures on a petition for community control of police.
Chauvin trial: Local lawyers reflect on jury selection

Chauvin trial: Local lawyers reflect on jury selection

March 26, 2021
Two lawyers help understand the impact of the city’s settlement, the makeup of the jury and what to keep an eye on as the trial begins Monday.
National Guard and law enforcement officers form a perimeter around the Minnesota State Capitol on Sunday, May 31.

UMN College Republicans post and delete tweet saying Trump’s response to racial justice protests “not brutal enough”

March 22, 2021
After the student group posted a tweet calling for a “greater” state response to Black Lives Matter protesters, the group’s president quickly issued an apology.
The Hennepin County Government Center, on Sunday, Feb. 28. The trial of Derek Chauvin, the police officer charged with the murder of George Floyd, will be held here starting on March 8.

A timeline of events leading up to the State v. Chauvin trial

March 8, 2021
The trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin will start on March 8. Here were the events leading up to its start.
Minneapolis City Council Ward 2 Candidate Tom Anderson poses for a portrait on Franklin Ave. bridge on Tuesday, March 2. Anderson has been a Minneapolis resident for 14 years, 10 of which have been in Ward 2.

Minneapolis Ward 2 City Council candidate brings public service approach

March 6, 2021
Tom Anderson uses his skills as a past educator to contend for Ward 2 city council seat and unify the community.
Antony Maikuri, a Ph. D. student in the College of Education and Human Development pursuing Evaluation Studies, poses for a portrait in the St. Paul Student Center on Thursday, Feb. 18.

Hope and skepticism: U students look forward after Trump’s immigration policies

February 21, 2021
While some students impacted by Trump's hard line anti-immigration agenda are hopeful for reform under Biden, others have little faith that the new president will keep his promises.
Vitaly Brown, a second year student at the University of Minnesota, poses for a portrait in the Physics and Nanotechnology building on Friday, Jan. 22. “At the end of the day, I really don’t get why people can’t have normal conversations or normal protests,” said Brown, regarding the protest at the Capitol in Washington D.C. on Jan. 6.

Insurrection, impeachment and a lost election: Student conservatives consider the future of the GOP

January 25, 2021
One political expert said the party’s future is uncertain as impeachment proceedings continue next month.
Demonstrators march down East Lake Street Street in response to the Presidential Inauguration on Wednesday, Jan. 20. The protest lasted around two hours.

Inauguration Day protesters demand radical change from new president

January 22, 2021

Protesters gathered near South High School in Minneapolis on Inauguration Day to “demand a people’s agenda” as President Joe Biden’s administration enters the White House with promises of change. Local...

The Minnesota State Capitol as seen on May 13, 2013.

An early look at the legislative session and UMN

January 20, 2021
MSA hopes lawmakers will reintroduce multiple bills that fell apart in last year’s pandemic-laden session.
A small group of protesters gather in front of the Minnesota Capitol during the Hold the Line protest on Saturday, Jan. 16. The event was held to protest the presidential election results.

Scant turnout at State Capitol right-wing protests before Inauguration Day

January 17, 2021
State Patrol and media outnumbered right-wing protesters during a weekend of demonstrations outside the Capitol building.
The interior of Gray’s coffee shop in Dinkytown on Monday, Dec. 7. Gray’s has recently been redesigned to better appeal to the University population.

Loring Bar & Restaurant’s new lease on life

December 8, 2020
After a century of iterations, Loring Pasta Bar is revamping as a coffee shop-restaurant hybrid while paying homage to its history.
PoppedCorn employee Natalie Dufm makes a fresh batch of popcorn at the new Dinkytown establishment on Saturday, Nov. 28. This is owner Susan Michaletz’s second PoppedCorn store.

Popcorn joint pops up in Dinkytown

December 2, 2020
The family-run PoppedCorn opened its second location Nov. 5.
The George Floyd Memorial Square as pictured on Election night on Tuesday Nov. 3.

Winter descends on George Floyd Square

November 16, 2020
As snow falls, temperatures drop and winter approaches, the community dedicated to memorializing 38th Street and Chicago Avenue is not going anywhere anytime soon.
The green line light rail rushes past Fly Chix in Stadium Village on Tuesday, Oct. 27.

New chicken joint finds its home in Stadium Village

October 29, 2020
Fly Chix, a fried-chicken restaurant founded by two successful restaurateurs, opened last month in Stadium Village.
A sign announces a ballot drop-off location in the parking lot of Bossen Field Park, in South Minneapolis, on Saturday, Oct. 10.  On the ballot, alongside a number of national, state, and local elections, are two important questions regarding the city of Minneapolis.

There are two questions on the Minneapolis ballot. Here’s what you need to know about them

October 17, 2020
The Minneapolis ballot will feature two questions related to the city’s charter. Police reform will not be on the ballot.
Organizers blow their candle after the vigil for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and other lives lost to police and gang violence and authority negligence at Boom Island Park in Minneapolis on Monday, Oct. 12. The crowd went on to march after the vigil.

‘We live this every single day’: Vigil on Indigenous Peoples’ Day remembers Native lives lost to violence

October 14, 2020
A vigil was held at Boom Island Park in remembrance of missing and murdered Indigenous women and Native Americans who have lost their lives to gun violence and police brutality.
Left: Student advocate Jimmy Cooper poses for a portrait in Dinkytown on Thursday, Oct. 1. They are known for hosting student events that combine creativity and activism on campus.

Right: Student advocate Bri Sislo-Schutta poses for a portrait in Dinkytown on Wednesday, Sep. 30. She is the Executive Director of the Association of Big Ten Students.

‘A culture of care’: University students engage in citywide mutual aid

October 12, 2020
Students banded together in response to the Minneapolis protests to show support for their community and social justice.
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.
From left, Student Shaunassey Johnson and UROC Executive Director Makeda Zulu-Gillespie pose for a portrait outside of the UROC building on Tuesday, Sep. 22.

UROC: One decade as a community institution

October 1, 2020
With roots in North Minneapolis, the University’s research and outreach center is meeting its ten-year anniversary with a vision for the future and a portfolio of ongoing work addressing systemic racism.
John Fogarty, first-year student from Appleton, Wisconsin, moves his belongings into the carts with his parents while moving in to a University residential hall on Friday, Sept. 18.

A first-year move in like no other

September 19, 2020
Weeks after they were initially scheduled to arrive, students brand new to the University of Minnesota wrapped up moving into their on-campus housing Friday.
Protesters gather outside of the Hennepin County Family Justice Center in response to motions made by the police officers involved in George Floyd's murder on Friday, Sep. 11.  The four former officers filed motions to be tried separately.

‘An open wound still’: community members protest dismissal motion

September 11, 2020
Judge Peter Cahill started the hearing by saying dismissal motions wouldn't be discussed. Decisions have yet to be made regarding relocation or an anonymous jury.
Pedestrians stroll past the empty storefront that previously housed the Gina + Will store in Dinkytown on Saturday, Sept. 5.

Following the closure of Gina + Will, UMN students reflect on the lack of thrift fashion in Dinkytown

September 10, 2020
The closing of the store on Aug. 22 shrunk an already small clothing retail market in the neighborhood.
The corner of Fourth Street and 15th Avenue in Dinkytown on Sunday, Sep. 6.  Dinkytown businesses have been working with University groups to determine how to best operate during the pandemic.

UMN students partner with Dinkytown businesses to combat pandemic-related shortfalls

September 7, 2020

As Dinkytown restaurants struggled during a desolate and pandemic-stricken summer, some University members hope their recent initiative will help guide businesses through the coming months. This summer,...

The storefront of Gina + Will, as seen on Tuesday, Aug. 25.

Dinkytown’s Gina + Will shut its doors

August 25, 2020

On Saturday, Goodwill’s student-oriented resale shop Gina + Will closed its doors in Dinkytown after nearly six years in business. Nick Adams, senior director of retail stores for Goodwill, said the...

Woodward: Dating during quarantine

Woodward: Dating during quarantine

May 7, 2020

How’s everyone’s love life during this once a millennium pandemic? Not everyone has the pleasure of worrying about such a seemingly small and insignificant matter, but when you’re a freshman who...

Woodward: Reporting during a pandemic

Woodward: Reporting during a pandemic

April 28, 2020

Through my adolescent eyes, watching the evening news on Kare 11 brought me a peculiar feeling of excitement and wonder. Belinda Jensen and Sven Sundgaard held a special place in my hall of superheroes....

Woodward: The stimulus package loophole

Woodward: The stimulus package loophole

April 16, 2020

These past few weeks have only exacerbated the obstacles that college students face on a day-to-day basis. In response to economic turmoil caused by the spread of COVID-19, President Trump signed a bill...

Woodward: The invisible line between the artist and their art

Woodward: The invisible line between the artist and their art

April 3, 2020

I was 13 years old when I left the Southhampton Cinema. I had just watched the premiere of "Magic in the Moonlight," a Woody Allen film starring Emma Stone and Colin Firth. Between the dreamy, pastel color...

Woodward: Social distancing in suburbia

Woodward: Social distancing in suburbia

March 20, 2020

This past Thursday, President Joan Gabel sent out an email informing the University that it would be in the best interest of everyone’s safety to stay home off-campus due to the alarming acceleration...

Woodward: My Super Tuesday first thoughts

Woodward: My Super Tuesday first thoughts

March 5, 2020

Waking up Tuesday morning, my body was plagued with the familiar adrenaline of Christmas morning. My subconscious knew it was Super Tuesday before my mind could even recognize the Google Calendar notification....

Woodward: Listen to the screaming women

Woodward: Listen to the screaming women

February 24, 2020

The day after Valentine’s Day for most people is spent eating leftover chocolates and crying for one reason or another. For the friends and family of West Hollywood sex and family therapist Dr. Amie...

Woodward: Is it always worth standing up for what you believe in?

Woodward: Is it always worth standing up for what you believe in?

February 13, 2020

Last Wednesday, President Donald Trump was acquitted on two articles of impeachment: obstruction of justice and abuse of power. The vote for obstruction of justice was split clean, dividing Democrats voting...

Woodward: Catching xenophobia

Woodward: Catching xenophobia

February 6, 2020

Last Friday, the Trump administration declared a public state of emergency after the coronavirus outbreak spread globally. NBC reported that “at least 21 people are currently under investigation” for...

Hailee Schievelbein

Woodward: I’m greener than you

January 30, 2020

Our earth is undergoing drastic changes and it would be irresponsible to ignore our planet’s shifting climate. From the wildfires in Australia to the ice caps melting in Antarctica, our home is under...