Keaton Schmitt


New collab. opens drone tech for all

Automated drones could soon be buzzing high above fields across the globe because of new University of Minnesota technology.     The University’s Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Laboratories recently partnered with a private drone company to create a

Big top brings physics to little ones

Teachers crunched 55-gallon barrels with atmospheric pressure and dropped a colleague from a magnetic winch 20 feet above Northrop’s stage last week to get children excited about science.  

Sorority chapter to return to campus after 40 years

A sorority set to join the University of Minnesota next year could potentially be the last campus newcomer for a long time.   When Phi Mu returns next fall to the University after a decadeslong hiatus, its debut will likely bookend a recent spurt in new sorority chapters on campus.

National fraternity conference reboots outreach

Help is on the way for fraternities nationwide, following an update for a national umbrella greek organization.   Earlier this month, the North American Interfraternity Conference — the body that oversees most fraternities in the U.S.

Four new professors to join RIGS departments

Nearly a year after protesters occupied the University of Minnesota president’s office to demand more support for school departments, four new tenure-track ethnic and gender studies professors are slated to be hired by April.   The cluster hire is designed to reenergize efforts to bring in faculty of color and increase

U leaders denounce hoax page

In what appeared to be a sudden growth in interest in a White Student Union, Facebook pages sprung up indiscriminately two weeks ago, claiming to represent college campuses across the country.   A Facebook page called, A White Student Union for the University of Minnesota, was created.

Aurora hires new men’s coordinator

After a yearlong search, the University of Minnesota’s Aurora Center hired a new employee earlier this month specifically to help engage men in conversations about sexual assault prevention. Jeni Kolb, the new men’s coordinator, said she will also focus on raising awareness for and supporting male victim-survivors. The center has been searching for a men’s engagement coordinator since early this year.

Campus IFC president elected

Entering the running two days before the election, Mitchell Kelley is set to help head off the greek community as the new president of the University of Minnesota’s Interfraternity Council. Kelley, a mechanical engineering junior, was elected to lead the body that oversees a majority of the fraternities on campus earlier this month and said he plans to continue his predecessor’s work. Kelley is the current president of Delta Upsilon, a fraternity he joined during his freshman year.