State health officials have confirmed six cases of mumps on the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities campus, Medical School Dean Brooks Jackson said in an email announcement Thursday. All six cases were mild, according to the email. Jackson said University students, faculty and staff who have been immunized against mumps have a low risk of being infected.
After a successful showing at the April 4 precinct caucuses, DFL Rep. Raymond Dehn walked into Kolthoff Hall Thursday with a wide smile. Dehn, a 2017 Minneapolis mayoral candidate, was there to meet with members of Students for Raymond Dehn, a University of Minnesota student group formed in March. He spent an hour in a small classroom reviewing the precinct caucuses and answering questions from the seven audience members, who laughed at is jokes and listened intently. The students asked about affordable housing, minimum wage and community policing after Dehn shared what his campaign took away from April 4. “It’s a tossup between [City Council Member Jacob Frey] and myself,” Dehn said.
Outside Dylan Singer’s door hangs a small, Hebrew-inscribed scroll. After a spate of anti-Semitic incidents raddled the University of Minnesota Jewish community, Singer thought about the consequences of leaving the parchment scroll, called a mezuzah, on his door. “It was difficult to be outwardly Jewish,” Singer said, a University senior and Minnesota Hillel’s — the school’s campus Jewish organization — president.
After four years, Betsy Hodges is running as a different candidate than when she made her first bid for mayor. Now the incumbent, Hodges is proud of a record in office that could give her opponents the opportunity to point out faults in her decisions as Minneapolis’ leader.
The University of Minnesota will pay $65,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging it fired an employee over her comments about racial profiling of African-Americans on campus.
The 2015 police shooting of Jamar Clark was life-changing for Nekima Levy-Pounds. After Clark was killed by the Minneapolis Police Department, Levy-Pounds, a then-law professor and NAACP chapter president, thought her message about problems surrounding policing wasn’t being heard by the city. Levy-Pounds announced her Minneapolis mayoral candidacy exactly one year after Clark’s death and has emerged as a serious, outside candidate ahead of the April 4 precinct caucuses. “You have a culture that allows violence to persist, particularly against some of the most vulnerable residents of the city,” Levy-Pounds said.
After hearing new research on safety concerns facing local strip club performers, Minneapolis city officials have pledged to explore new, stricter city ordinances. The University of Minnesota study — led by Lauren Martin, the Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center’s (UROC) director of research, and commissioned by the city — outlines key problems at local strip clubs, which range from performers’ frequent injuries on the job, to sexual harassment, and concerns over unfair wages due to performers’ independent contractor status. The study comes two weeks after the Minneapolis Health Department found bodily fluids in 11 out of 17 licensed Minneapolis adult entertainment clubs. Ward 2 Council Member Cam Gordon, head of the council’s health committee, said the results from the study were “shocking” when he initially saw them early this month, and said the City Council is already looking into ordinances and amendments that might help clubs’ conditions. “I didn’t have any idea this was how these businesses operated,” Gordon said.
A University student was assaulted and robbed near the Mechanical Engineering building Friday night, according to a University timely warning. Two suspects were arrested at the site of the assault, but the primary suspect and two or three other suspects were not captured. The assault and robbery happened around 10 p.m., according to the University of Minnesota Police Department report.
Minnesota’s crowd at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee suddenly had life late in the game. The Gophers had shaved a late 17-point deficit to four in five minutes, and the Minnesota fan base was on its feet for the first time in a while. But just as the Gophers had life, Reggie Upshaw hit a 3-pointer to spark a Blue Raiders’ run, spelling an early exit for the Gophers in an 81-72 loss in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
The University’s athletics department recently announced two engagement programs aimed at building a better relationship with the Gophers sports fan base. The first program is a fan advisory board that will start in May; the second is a loyalty system that will begin in August and will reward fans for going to multiple events. “We’ve got to earn people back,” said athletics director Mark Coyle.