Ellen Schmidt


Student robbed near Washington Avenue

A University of Minnesota student was robbed at 11:30 p.m. Monday night near Stadium Village, according to a crime alert sent by UMPD chief Greg Hestness. The incident occurred at the intersection of Walnut Street Southeast and Washington Avenue Southeast. The victim had withdrawn cash from an ATM when the suspect asked her for directions. He threatened to harm her with his knife if she screamed, took the money she had just withdrawn and fled the scene, according to the report.

Shoplifting on the rise in Dinkytown

Dinkytown Wine and Spirits owner Irv Hershkovitz was dumbfounded when a University of Minnesota student slipped an $8 bottle of liquor down his pants.  

Tiny house, wide impact

Behind Rapson Hall on the University of Minnesota’s East Bank, architecture master’s student Ben Kraft spends 14 hours a day building a miniature home for him and his wife.  

Report puts college-bank relationships under fire

College and university partnerships with financial institutions are convenient for students to bank on campus, but there’s growing concern that they may not have students’ best interests in mind.   

Some ignore University smoking ban

Though the University of Minnesota grounds have been tobacco-free since last summer, some smokers continue to light up at their favorite on-campus spots. The University promoted social enforcement when it implemented the ban in July, but some students say that asking smokers to put out their cigarettes is uncomfortable and the school should work to increase awareness of the policy.

Experts worry about Palcohol

Some state legislators and health experts are worried about how powdered alcohol could affect young people if the substance is allowed in Minnesota.   Earlier this month, the federal government approved stores to sell powdered alcohol, or Palcohol, starting this summer.

Spring Jam shortens its schedule

For the first time, Spring Jam will be a one-day mini music festival, with daylong performances, carnival rides and food trucks. Rapper YG will headline the main event on April 25 after opening performances by hip-hop acts Travis Porter and Lizzo and pop artists Kiesza and Betty Who. The event will be held in a parking lot behind Mariucci Arena. Spring Jam’s host, Student Unions and Activities, tweaked the format this year, altering the normally three-day event into a one-day festival.

Gopher Chauffeur routes will not expand

After waiting a year for a response from the University of Minnesota, student leaders’ requests for expanded Gopher Chauffeur routes were denied. The Minnesota Student Association contacted University Services last year to request that Gopher Chauffeur have access to bus transitways on the Washington Avenue Bridge and between the Twin Cities campuses to increase the number of rides the service provides. Parking and Transportation Services told the group last week that the student ride service can’t use the transitways because it would require a policy change.