IN-DEPTH


4/28/2016, 9:00pm

Minnesota sex-ed programs go unregulated

Sitting in a circle with several other then-high school girls, Claire Loveall admitted she masturbated. One by one, so did the others. Now a University of Minnesota first-year student, Loveall said she divulged the secret to defend a friend who was ridiculed for mentioning female self-pleasure. Hesitation to discuss masturbation exemplifies the sex talk taboo, said Bielca Guevara, an HIV health educator at West Side Community Health Services in Minneapolis.


4/26/2016, 4:34pm

Beyond the classroom, UMN students find Instagram fame

Posing in a sun-lit, white brick studio space, Sami Huerta illustrated how to create a “geo-inspired silhouette” for a post on her blog.  The University of Minnesota apparel design junior initially started the project as a way to meet new people after transferring to the school.


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.