IN-DEPTH


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.


1/17/2017, 6:11am

Turbulent month roils football program: Suspensions, boycott, protest, firings

A woman reported a sexual assault to the Minneapolis Police Department four months ago, and a storm ensued, roiling the University of Minnesota’s Athletics Department over winter break. Prior to the suspension of 10 University of Minnesota football players connected to the alleged assault, restraining orders were served and lifted, and angry reactions from Gophers players spawned a turnover in team leadership. Now, the team will kick off their 2017 season under P.J.


11/21/2016, 6:42am

Despite stigma, Somali parents find support for children with autism

Six-year-old Anas Ahmed could hardly be contained as he bolted across his playroom. His mother, Marian Ahmed, called Anas over, taking his head between her hands and squeezing gently. The pressure calms Anas from uncontrollable excitement often associated with severe autism — a disorder he was diagnosed with shortly after his first birthday. Of Ahmed’s four children, both of her sons — Anas and his eight-year-old brother, Ayub — have autism spectrum disorders.


11/18/2016, 8:57am

Reflections on Nov. 8

With the recent upset election of President-elect Donald Trump, many on campus have expressed shock, worry, confusion and joy.


9/28/2016, 7:55am

U athletics department knew of drug problem months before taking action

Evidence suggests several University of Minnesota Athletics Department administrators and staff members knew of at least one University of Minnesota wrestler using and selling drugs as early as December 2015 — exactly four months before an anonymous wrestler informed police of a drug ring within the team, documents obtained by the Minnesota Daily through a data request reveal. Senior Associate Athletic Director Marc Ryan sent an email on Dec.


8/25/2016, 4:17pm

In aftermath, city jolted

In the span of 36 hours, two fatal shootings of black men — one, Alton Sterling from Baton Rouge, La., the other, Philando Castile of St.


5/5/2016, 12:00pm

Pressured to punish

Buckling under enormous federal pressure, colleges nationwide have begun to impose newly sharpened sexual assault policies.  At the University of Minnesota, the number of sexual misconduct cases has also ticked up in recent years — though at its peak the school only investigated a dozen in 2014.  Offenders at the University have also faced stiffer discipline starting in 2011, the year the U.S.


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.


3/10/2016, 8:14pm

Despite holes in process, universities nationwide continue use of search firms

Finding an executive-level administrator to fill an open position at a university comes at a cost. Some officials say schools lack means to conduct large-scale searches to find the perfect fit, which can take months and lag on for even longer if candidates don’t accept an offer. So nationwide, colleges turn to companies to track down and vet candidates, in order to expedite what can otherwise be a long and tedious process.


3/3/2016, 7:01pm

Every day, every hour

By the end of wrestling practice, the Gophers’ basement training area is limp from exhaustion. Its cushioned floor is slick with sweat smears, and only the athletes’ jagged panting can slice through the thick, muggy air. The 90-minute practices are only part of a daily grind for the University of Minnesota’s 44 wrestlers, who equip themselves for competition through a disciplined lifestyle unique to the sport. Each wrestler maintains a regimen of healthy eating, sleeping and exercising, in hopes of making the most of their seven minutes on the mat. “Having the lifestyle of a wrestler is getting up super early to do extra lifts.