IN-DEPTH


University student Bella*, who used SeekingArrangement to cover her expenses, poses for a portrait on Monday, Jan. 14 in her apartment near campus. 

University student Bella*, who used SeekingArrangement to cover her expenses, poses for a portrait on Monday, Jan. 14 in her apartment near campus. 

1/20/2019, 11:07pm

The bittersweet life of sugar babies at the University of Minnesota

A growing number of college students are using the service SeekingArrangement to meet sugar daddies and mommies, who financially support them.

SeekingArrangement is an online companionship service, which markets itself to college students as a way to make money and mitigate student debt. Many students have used the service to connect with men and women by exchanging companionship, intimacy and often sex for fancy dinners, money and gifts. Though services like SeekingArrangement can be empowering, some say there are safety and legal risks associated with this type of work, which can take an emotional toll. 


3/3/2019, 11:02pm

Southwestern Advantage stirs controversy on campus

After giving his personal information to a recruiter at the University of Minnesota, recent graduate John* trained for months to become a salesman for Southwestern Advantage. But after arriving in Ohio to begin selling for the company in 2016, he started questioning the decision.


2/13/2019, 11:37pm

The cost of being student body president

Many student presidents need to pay for tuition, housing and cost of living without working other jobs during their presidential term. These steep requirements may preclude some from running for president.  


5/4/2018, 6:09am

Nutritionist Ancel Keys, once the pride of UMN research, presents a fat problem for modern science

In 1957, Ancel Keys and a team of researchers embarked on an ambitious, global mission to reverse the heart attack epidemic through studying diet. Two decades later, Keys’ work was published in a landmark study – the Seven Countries Study. It evaluated a range of diets and was one of the first studies to pin cardiovascular disease, or CVD, to diet. The work helped define national nutrition guidelines today. 


5/3/2018, 1:38am

Eric Kaler looks to stamp presidential legacy in term's final stretch

Kaler’s leadership of Minnesota’s largest university has been filled with triumph and turmoil. To his colleagues, Kaler is known for his fundraising prowess and holding resident tuition down. But his term has also been marred by numerous athletics department scandals, steep nonresident tuition hikes and scrutiny from state legislators. 


4/26/2018, 1:21am

Piecing the puzzle together: facing low-income life at UMN

Low-income students face lower graduation rates, strained schedules and a variety of hurdles that impede their collegiate careers. While the University has improved resources available to low-income students, resulting in increased academic performance, some low-income students' experiences still demonstrate the challenges they face.