Layna Darling


Ilhan Omar target of "taunts" and "threats" by D.C. cab driver

Omar, who was voted in November the nation’s first Somali-American lawmaker, said in a Wednesday Facebook post that she got in the cab after a series of meetings at The White House and “became subjected to the most hateful, derogatory, islamophobic, sexist taunts and threats I have ever experienced.”

Recent events spurs flurry of interest for University, YMCA self-defense class

A self-defense class received unexpected interest from more than 2,000 people on Facebook after the presidential election early last month. The event, organized by University of Minnesota YMCA, eventually had to close off the event two weeks after the election because interest outnumbered the capacity of the original location.

She’s the First sponsors education for girls around the world

Young women at the University of Minnesota are raising scholarship money so girls in low-income countries can go to college. She’s the First is a nonprofit organization that conducts fundraising events — such as selling cupcakes on the Washington Avenue Bridge and an upcoming grilled cheese delivery sale — to sponsor education for girls in developing countries. The campus chapter nearly tripled its membership from about 30 people last year to 90 this fall.

New IFC president aims to boost membership, marketing

The University of Minnesota Interfraternity Council selected Simon Beck, a Phi Kappa Psi brother and finance, accounting, and applied economics junior, as its new president Sunday night. Beck, who previously served as Phi Kappa Psi’s philanthropy chair and the vice president of finance for the Interfraternity Council, will replace outgoing president Mitchell Kelley. In his year leading the governing body that oversees the University’s 30 IFC fraternity chapters, Beck said he hopes to expand membership through greater recruitment and marketing efforts.

Haeg elected to be new PHC president

 The University of Minnesota’s Panhellenic Council elected eight new executive board members on Sunday, including a new president, Molly Haeg. Haeg, a junior studying kinesiology and leadership, will leave her position as chapter delegate for Alpha Chi Omega and become president within the next month.

Crookston Chancellor Fred Wood accepts position in California

University of Minnesota-Crookston Chancellor Fred Wood announced Friday he will transition to chancellor at Contra Costa Community College District — his alma mater — in northern California. “While I am excited about returning home, until I do so I will remain committed to serving this great institution to the best of my ability,” Wood wrote in an email to the Crookston campus community. He announced his resignation as Crookston’s chancellor in September, citing a need to care for a relative living in California.

Person of interest identified in vandalism of Muslim Students Association's bridge panel

The University of Minnesota Muslim Students Association’s Washington Avenue Bridge panel was vandalized with the word “ISIS” late Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, the second instance of vandalism on the bridge in the last month. In another incident Tuesday, posters distributed on campus linked the Students for Justice in Palestine to terrorist organization Hamas, labeling the group as anti-Semitic. Cultural student groups have since spoken out on campus and over social media, condemning the incidents as hate speech. The Muslim Student Association, Al-Madinah Cultural Center and the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Minnesota (CAIR) held an impromptu meeting Wednesday afternoon to discuss the incident. Muslim Student Association President Sidhra Musani said Muslim University students are distressed by the vandalism. “[I was] shocked, hurt ... a lot of distress for everyone, all the Muslims who saw it,” she said.