IN-DEPTH


3/31/2016, 8:42pm

UMN officials push to find upperclassmen living accommodations

Though they bonded in freshman dorms, the four friends couldn’t wait to move into a place of their own off campus. First-year students Grant Zastoupil, Laurel Darling, Alex Mickelson and Alison Gould —  who belong to one of the University’s largest freshman classes — met in September after moving into the Centennial and Frontier residence halls. The group illustrates what University of Minnesota administrators have long called the goal of campus housing: creating a community that boosts connections in and out of class.


3/24/2016, 7:51pm

Though a quarter of young adults experience daily pain, research is slim

Aching muscles were no more than background noise to Claire Stephens until the pain started to creep into her wrists. Stephens, then a music education first-year at Winona State University, worried that daily violin practice could be inducing the pangs. One year later, she set down the instrument for good. Despite giving up the hobby she intended to make her career, the ache continued to spread — first to her back and ribs and then to her head, until Stephens noticed herself feeling dizzy and was unable to remember important moments in her life.


3/10/2016, 8:14pm

Despite holes in process, universities nationwide continue use of search firms

Finding an executive-level administrator to fill an open position at a university comes at a cost. Some officials say schools lack means to conduct large-scale searches to find the perfect fit, which can take months and lag on for even longer if candidates don’t accept an offer. So nationwide, colleges turn to companies to track down and vet candidates, in order to expedite what can otherwise be a long and tedious process.


3/3/2016, 7:01pm

Every day, every hour

By the end of wrestling practice, the Gophers’ basement training area is limp from exhaustion. Its cushioned floor is slick with sweat smears, and only the athletes’ jagged panting can slice through the thick, muggy air. The 90-minute practices are only part of a daily grind for the University of Minnesota’s 44 wrestlers, who equip themselves for competition through a disciplined lifestyle unique to the sport. Each wrestler maintains a regimen of healthy eating, sleeping and exercising, in hopes of making the most of their seven minutes on the mat. “Having the lifestyle of a wrestler is getting up super early to do extra lifts.