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Cab driver found guilty in Rep. Omar discrimination incident

A district court judge has ruled in favor of Rep. Ilhan Omar, DFL – Minneapolis on charges stemming from a December taxi incident in Washington D.C. The driver, Uka O. Onuma, was charged with discrimination and offensive language towards Omar and her sister last year.

Trump’s proposed education budget would affect U

Some University of Minnesota students face potential student aid cuts following a White House budget proposal. The White House released its full budget proposal May 23, detailing the Trump administration’s goals for the 2018 fiscal year.

Report documents a year of UMN bias complaints

In the last year, religious bias caused the highest number of University of Minnesota bias incidents, according to a new report. The University Bias Response and Referral Network, a team of faculty, staff and administrators, released its first-ever annual report in May.

FBI investigating UMN athletics ticketing office

The FBI is conducting a fraud investigation on the University of Minnesota athletics ticket office. Former Gophers Assistant Athletics Director, Sales and Service Brent Holck was fired in February after an internal audit discovered some tickets to Gophers athletics events were reported as unused even when they were distributed. The audit found these incidents date back to 2011, said Athletics Director Mark Coyle in a press release. Findings from the audit were given to the FBI’s Minneapolis office for further investigation. “Based on the investigation, we determined that the matter should be referred to an outside entity with capabilities beyond that of the University’s auditor,” Coyle said. The statement claims the activities did not financially impact Gophers fans. The news is just now being reported due to the complexity of the situation and involvement FBI, with the University not wanting to compromise the investigation, said University spokesperson Evan Lapiska.

UMN medical students help create vaccine-promotion resources for physicians

Two University of Minnesota medical students are leading a project to help doctors talk with vaccination-hesitant parents. For the last year, 20 students from medical schools in the state worked to compile and distribute resources to help doctors and medical students discuss vaccination with wary parents.

UMN Greek life holds annual event to raise awareness of sexual violence

Hundreds of Greek life members and other students participated in an event to raise sexual assault awareness Tuesday evening. Several University of Minnesota Greek life leadership groups organized the fourth annual “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event to raise awareness for sexual and domestic assault and support survivors.

UMN announces new Humphrey School dean

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs announced Monday that Laura Bloomberg will be its next head dean. Bloomberg, a current associate dean at Humphrey, will serve a two-year term starting in June, pending Board of Regents approval.

Humphrey School launches new online social science collection

University researchers hope to make their work more accessible with a new online collection. The University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs launched a Civios, a new online collection,, April 10 after three years of development. Civios is meant to make Humphrey school more accessible to field practitioners, policy makers and the public, said Kathleen Conners, Humphrey’s director of technology enhanced learning. “[It] creates bite-sized, but not dumbed-down in any way, summaries of some of the key, most important research that is going on here," said Laura Bloomberg, a Humphrey School associate dean. Civios publishes content in various formats such as videos, podcasts, timelines and other visual mediums. So far, the program has published content on issues such as predatory criminal practices, bicycle infrastructure and immigration history in the United States. “I was very happy to have [this] opportunity because [it was] a free opportunity to make [my] work more impactful,” said Yingling Fan, an associate professor at the Humphrey School who made a video studying waiting time at transit stops for Civios. Faculty members hope the program will help people see the value of university research amid potential federal funding cuts. “We need to be very clear about public policy and planning research that's happening,” Bloomberg said.