IN-DEPTH


A large group of students walk past fraternities on Fraternity Row on March 10, 2017.

A large group of students walk past fraternities on Fraternity Row on March 10, 2017.

3/17/2017, 12:22pm

UMN greek leaders, advocates say more could be done to tackle sexual assault

Though University of Minnesota greek leaders condemn sexual assault, training members to confront one another about sexual assault remains challenging.

With the suspension of Delta Upsilon last month over sexual assault allegations and alcohol and substance misuse, renewed attention has been leveraged on the greek life community’s response to sexual assault. While University of Minnesota fraternity leaders condemn acts of sexual violence, they say they’re not adequately prepared to tackle the issue on campus. “It’s a much bigger issue than what [the Interfraternity Council] is equipped to handle,” said IFC president Simon Beck, adding that he thinks sexual assaults in fraternities represent one “bad apple” rather than a culture.


Haleigh Ortmeier-Clarke and Abby Honold, two University of Minnesota students, describe the aftermath of their sexual assaults.

3/2/2017, 10:13am

After reporting their sexual assaults, UMN students say they faced hurdles, distress

Haleigh Ortmeier-Clarke met her rapist on Tinder. For a week, the two chatted about school and their mutual greek life connection. They planned a date on a Friday night in mid-October — and she told him she wasn’t interested in sex. But when Ortmeier-Clarke’s perpetrator arrived at her apartment in Stadium Village, he smelled of alcohol and stumbled over his words.


Kayla Pederson and Maria, two University of Minnesota students, recount their experiences as victims of sexual assault by members of Delta Upsilon.

2/24/2017, 12:19pm

‘An obstacle to justice’: How Delta Upsilon leaders tolerated a culture that dismissed sexual assault

Kayla Pederson promised herself she wouldn’t drink too much at Delta Upsilon’s spring formal in late March 2015. At a cabin tucked away in northwest Minnesota, the University of Minnesota graduate — then a junior — stayed mostly sober Friday night. She fell asleep on a couch and woke up the next day feeling at ease. So when the sun set Saturday, Pederson downed a little more.


2/13/2017, 8:00am

Competing interests have complicated future of Glendale Community Townhomes

Glendale Community Townhomes residents were mingling with their Prospect Park neighbors in 2014 when they heard second-hand their homes could disappear. Three years later, some residents of the public housing development — which houses nearly 200 low-income families — still fear displacement. But with the possibility of a city historic designation, funding for heating improvements from a local nonprofit and the reinstallment of a resident council on the horizon, those invested in Glendale’s future say they could reach a decision on the townhomes soon. The Prospect Park Association drafted redevelopment plans in 2014 that mentioned the University of Minnesota-area townhomes.