IN-DEPTH


3/8/2018, 12:47am

'This is not over': UMN faculty reflect on the failed union movement

Professors, lecturers, teaching specialists and instructors, among other employees, joined the most recent University faculty unionization effort following conversations like these. Many hoped a union would force the University to address frustrations with working conditions and worries about higher education’s future. 


2/8/2018, 1:32am

Fulfilling a dream, UMN ice maker heads to Pyeongchang for Olympics

The ice at Ridder Arena was dull and dirty the morning of Jan. 31. Adam Stirn, the University of Minnesota’s lead ice maker, doesn’t like dirt; not in hallways, not on rink boards and especially not on ice. Stirn was preparing to take out the Zamboni – which he calls a “zam” – before the women’s hockey practice, when his coworker stepped off the ice and asked if he was ready for his trip to the Winter Olympics.


10/22/2017, 10:34pm

Aftermath of Mogadishu attack felt across Minneapolis and University

Diini Sabrie spoke to his longtime friend Ahmed AbdiKarin Eyow for the last time Oct. 14. The two exchanged messages that Saturday afternoon about Eyow’s trip to Mogadishu and what it felt like for him to be home again. Six hours later, a truck armed with explosives drove into the center of Mogadishu, killing hundreds and leveling a nearby hotel and other buildings.


10/17/2017, 11:14pm

Prime Place residents angry with living conditions, seek legal action

Moving into a half-constructed apartment clouded with dust and paint fumes a month later than promised was not on Hannah McMahon’s to-do list this fall.  Over 100 students like McMahon, frustrated by Prime Place Apartment’s unmet promises, joined a Facebook group this month to raise awareness and explore legal options.


10/16/2017, 1:37am

The new historians: 'Wikipedians' chronicle UMN

Growing up, Mike Hicks would leaf through volume after volume of his family’s encyclopedia set — at that time a household staple. Fast forward to 2002, when Hicks, a recent University of Minnesota graduate, started looking for jobs.   He found himself with a copious amount of free time, time his parents hoped he would use to find work. Instead, he began to explore a website still in its infancy: Wikipedia, the crowd-sourced online encyclopedia started in 2001. 


10/5/2017, 1:18am

As artificial intelligence makes the future, UMN researchers look to contribute

Twenty-five years ago, Nikos Papanikolopoulos started working in the University of Minnesota’s Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Vision lab. For the first five years, the lab researched and developed robotics that were largely unheard of. In 1997, his lab had its landmark moment, when his lab’s Scout robot was used by the U.S. Military to survey dangerous war zones in lieu of humans. It built the lab’s reputation into a national standout. Today, Papanikolopoulous and his lab are part of a rapidly emerging field of science that is fusing yesterday’s unbelievable with today’s unbelievable — artificial intelligence. 


9/21/2017, 1:03am

Life after MSA: Inside the many careers of former UMN student body presidents

From advocating for civil rights in the courtroom to managing political campaigns to kick-starting genetic research companies, the University’s student government has opened up avenues for its members beyond the public sector. They said the organization was instrumental in not only helping them make connections, but shaping their interests and developing their character.


8/2/2017, 6:59am

Explorers brave Twin Cities underground

Deep below St. Paul’s streets sprawls a web of abandoned utility tunnels, the remnants of a once-great underground service system. These tunnels, known as the Labyrinth, now lie in semi-abandonment, discarded by their original owners and frequented only by the subterranean prospectors of our time: urban explorers.


6/17/2017, 7:06am

Thousands march after Castile verdict

Since Philando Castile’s shooting death last July, his family, friends and the millions who watched his final minutes online waited for a verdict in the case against the officer involved. Now, after a year of marches, hearings and a growing number of national cases with similar verdicts, anger turned into resignation until Friday’s not guilty verdict in a prolonged trial struck many as unsurprising — and thousands took to the streets in protest. St.


3/17/2017, 12:22pm

UMN greek leaders, advocates say more could be done to tackle sexual assault

With the suspension of Delta Upsilon last month over sexual assault allegations and alcohol and substance misuse, renewed attention has been leveraged on the greek life community’s response to sexual assault. While University of Minnesota fraternity leaders condemn acts of sexual violence, they say they’re not adequately prepared to tackle the issue on campus. “It’s a much bigger issue than what [the Interfraternity Council] is equipped to handle,” said IFC president Simon Beck, adding that he thinks sexual assaults in fraternities represent one “bad apple” rather than a culture.


3/2/2017, 10:13am

After reporting their sexual assaults, UMN students say they faced hurdles, distress

Haleigh Ortmeier-Clarke met her rapist on Tinder. For a week, the two chatted about school and their mutual greek life connection. They planned a date on a Friday night in mid-October — and she told him she wasn’t interested in sex. But when Ortmeier-Clarke’s perpetrator arrived at her apartment in Stadium Village, he smelled of alcohol and stumbled over his words.


2/24/2017, 12:19pm

‘An obstacle to justice’: How Delta Upsilon leaders tolerated a culture that dismissed sexual assault

Kayla Pederson promised herself she wouldn’t drink too much at Delta Upsilon’s spring formal in late March 2015. At a cabin tucked away in northwest Minnesota, the University of Minnesota graduate — then a junior — stayed mostly sober Friday night. She fell asleep on a couch and woke up the next day feeling at ease. So when the sun set Saturday, Pederson downed a little more.


2/13/2017, 8:00am

Competing interests have complicated future of Glendale Community Townhomes

Glendale Community Townhomes residents were mingling with their Prospect Park neighbors in 2014 when they heard second-hand their homes could disappear. Three years later, some residents of the public housing development — which houses nearly 200 low-income families — still fear displacement. But with the possibility of a city historic designation, funding for heating improvements from a local nonprofit and the reinstallment of a resident council on the horizon, those invested in Glendale’s future say they could reach a decision on the townhomes soon. The Prospect Park Association drafted redevelopment plans in 2014 that mentioned the University of Minnesota-area townhomes.