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All content by Sarah Connor

New PHC president aims to unite sororities g

Published December 8, 2014

Katie Trebisovsky has plans to build a stronger sense of community among all campus sororities. As the new leader of the Panhellenic Council — the governing body of many of the University of Minnesota’s...

Students seek bathroom equality

Published December 3, 2014

Sarah Klyman searched the University of Minnesota campus to find bathrooms that weren’t designated for men or women. As a social experiment, the individualized studies junior limited herself to only...

Asian sorority comes to the University’s greek organization

Published December 2, 2014

When international students Sarah Sham and Faith Tan came to the University of Minnesota as freshmen two years ago, they sought out a greek community that recognized Asian culture. But after an unsuccessful...

Junior and Women of Asia event coordinator Ziyi Zhao dances to the stories shared by students at the Recreation Center Friday evening. Women of Asia hosted its first event informing students how to say no to relationship violence.

Student group raises awareness about relationship violence

Published November 25, 2014

A group of students stood at the front of a darkened room in the University of Minnesota’s recreation center on Friday, reading narratives from victims of relationship violence. “I could have...

Multicultural Greek Council welcomes new chapter

Published November 25, 2014

Changes are underway for the University of Minnesota’s Multicultural Greek Council, as its recently elected leaders were joined by a new sorority Sunday night. Brandon Bogan, one of four executive...

Junior JD Braun stands in his fraternity Tau Kappa Epsilon, Monday afternoon. IFC elections were held last week and Braun will take over as president.

New IFC leader set to build a stronger greek community

Published November 20, 2014

JD Braun never imagined himself joining a fraternity at the University of Minnesota. But when one of his close friends joined the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity during their freshman year, Braun found a...

Sophomore Davis Allen, left, slack lines Friday afternoon in the Knoll area on the East Bank. The slack lining club is for students who enjoy slacklining as a hobby and a sport.

Slackliners clash with U policy

Published November 18, 2014

They can be seen in the Knoll area, often surrounded by a group of curious spectators, precariously balancing on a thin line that sways with the wind and bends under the weight of its user. Sometimes,...

De-stress group aids students

Published November 13, 2014

University of Minnesota students are joining Boynton Health Service in a new group that aims to confront mental illnesses head-on. The student group, De-Stress, is part of Boynton’s larger goal to...

Phi Beta Sigma Vice President George Darvehn leads and mediates a discussion about masculinity in the Greek community in Fraser Hall on Thursday evening.

Greeks break down masculinity stereotypes

Published November 10, 2014

Some University of Minnesota fraternity members say they’re faced with the tough decision of staying quiet or standing up and saying something — and potentially putting their reputation on...

Students want to hold police accountable

Published November 6, 2014

Rows of pairs of shoes lined the Washington Avenue Bridge late last month, each pair representing a life lost in the United States since 2000 as a result of police brutality. Amid national controversies...

Student’s business promotes positivity

Published November 4, 2014

Jacob Giebel, who sports long dreadlocks and a laid-back disposition, realizes he may come across as somewhat of a “hippie” at first glance. But making snap judgments and stereotyping “just...

A haunting for the hungry

Published October 29, 2014

Two University of Minnesota student groups have been toiling away in the basement of an old church near campus for the past two months, building a haunted house for charity. Students Against Hunger and...

MSA aims to engage student groups

Published October 27, 2014

In the coming months, leaders of the Minnesota Student Association will visit more than 60 student groups. The meetings are part of a new initiative from MSA leaders who felt they weren’t sufficiently...

Fraternities crack down on robberies

Published October 22, 2014

The brothers of Phi Sigma Kappa prepared for a party late last month with their usual precautions — making a list of approved guests allowed to enter their house and designating members to watch...

U expands greek alumni involvement

Published October 20, 2014

The University of Minnesota is pushing greek alumni to keep close ties with their sororities and fraternities. After the school’s 2012 Greek Community Strategic Task Force Report pointed out a lack...

Homecoming artists ask for treats, celebrity appearances

Published October 16, 2014

Before performing in front of a packed TCF Bank Stadium on Friday, homecoming concert performers will snack on treats like Laffy Taffy candy, local root beer and mini cereal boxes. Along with dishing out...

Students irked by Iggy Azalea

Published October 14, 2014

The University of Minnesota had no trouble selling out of tickets for Friday’s homecoming concert with rapper Iggy Azalea. But some students are angry with the school’s decision to invite Azalea...

MN groups set up Ebola aid, outreach

Published October 14, 2014

As Ebola rages on, Minnesotans are shipping massive containers filled with hundreds of thousands of meals, facemasks and gloves to areas overseas affected by the deadly virus. And back home, they’re...

Skaters grind away stigma

Published October 9, 2014

A small crowd of students formed outside Nicholson Hall on Saturday to gawk as Jack Lunt and Ben Vaske nailed trick after trick on their skateboards. Soon after, they said, a University of Minnesota Police...

Student group space is hard to find

Published October 8, 2014

Instead of safely locking up the fruits of their labor in campus buildings, members of the engineering student group Tesla Works store their projects in members’ garages and basements. “We...

Martial arts group tries to kick low numbers

Published October 1, 2014

The University of Minnesota’s Tae Kwon Do club lined up on the Great Hall auditorium stage in Coffman Union on Tuesday, barefoot and dressed in all white. One by one, each member let out a guttural...

New sorority program aims to empower women on campus

Published September 29, 2014

A new group for greek sisters at the University of Minnesota is hoping to empower women and prepare them to become leaders in the workforce. The University’s Panhellenic Council kicked off its new...

Multicultural greek organizations hope to increase presence on campus

Published September 24, 2014

Chapter houses for the University of Minnesota’s multicultural greek organizations aren’t among University Avenue Southeast’s row of fraternities, nor are the groups’ letters displayed...

UMD adds nation’s first tribal program

Published September 18, 2014

Three years after the University of Minnesota-Duluth established the nation’s first-ever Master of Tribal Administration and Governance program, the school will begin offering an online bachelor’s...

Jewish students continue planning trips to Israel

Published September 15, 2014

Despite the intense fighting that shook Gaza this summer, most Jewish students at the University of Minnesota are not letting the potential danger get in the way of visiting their homeland. University...

Theta Chi members Blake Kraussel and Andy Buckley play pool in their house on 17th Avenue on Tuesday. Despite experiencing the two Greek organizations experiencing success at this locations, both chapters are planning to move out of 17th Avenue and find permanent housing in larger spaces off campus.

Chapters hope to expand after successful first year at 17th Avenue Residence Hall

Published September 11, 2014

With a year under its belt, the 17th Avenue Residence Hall has proven to be successful for two of the University of Minnesota’s greek chapters. The residence hall — the home to both the Chi...

Despite changes, SAE says numbers will remain strong

Published September 9, 2014

This fall’s newest recruits of the University of Minnesota’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter will sidestep a lengthy pledge process to gain membership in less than a week. The fraternity abandoned...

Attendees enjoy first grad student Welcome Week

Published September 3, 2014

Mallory Mitchell recently moved from southern Alabama to begin her graduate studies as a public policy student in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. For Mitchell, the events put on last week by the...

Iggy Azalea, Walk the Moon to headline homecoming

Published September 2, 2014

Rapper Iggy Azalea and indie rock band Walk the Moon will perform at the University of Minnesota’s 2014 homecoming concert, following in the footsteps of big-name artists who have performed at the...