Natalie Rademacher


UMN video game tournament attracts 300 competitors

The event, fueled by energy drinks and take-out food, was a competitive opportunity to be seen by professional esports recruiters for some. For others, like Chuck Baarsch, the event was more of a family affair. 

UMN will change fetal tissue research policy

The University of Minnesota will change its fetal tissue research policies next fall in response to a change in state law. Pending final administrative approval, the new policy will require researchers to justify the use of fetal tissue from elective abortions, as well as submit research applications to additional review boards. The state law mandating these changes followed an unsuccessful 2016 suit against the University alleging illegal research practices.

UMN employees push for parental leave equity

University of Minnesota employees are seeking support for a movement to make the institution’s parental leave policy more inclusive. Several governance committees have endorsed a resolution calling for equal amounts of leave for all parent-employees. Its proponents hope to present the document to the University Senate in the spring.

University personnel plan review underway

University of Minnesota administrators are working to strengthen college personnel plans.  Many colleges in the University hadn’t developed these plans — which detail how many faculty members are tenure- and non-tenure-track — for several years. Faculty hope to make these plans more detailed than in years past to ensure administrators are aware of colleges' needs.

'He is University of Minnesota recycling': U employee seeks campus sustainability

Last spring, Dana Donatucci reached out to the University Social Concerns Committee about sponsoring a resolution he wrote encouraging centralized collection and pushing University food vendors to use compostable food service ware. Over the years, Donatucci has developed a reputation as an energetic proponent of recycling and campus sustainability.  

Over 200 union protesters take to Morrill Hall

Protesters gathered outside Morrill Hall on Friday afternoon around 1:30 p.m. to demand better contracts and fair wages for University of Minnesota employees. Over 200 people gathered outside Morrill Hall, holding signs and chanting for higher wages and respect from the University. The picketing event was led by members of Teamsters Local 320, a Minnesota union group for public employees.