Mike Hendrickson


University of Minnesota Police add mental health officer

With crisis intervention calls on the rise, campus police plan to add a new officer dedicated to mental health. The officer will become the University of Minnesota Police Department’s leader for crisis calls, which police say have risen 50 percent in the last five to 10 years.

UMN student accused of selling ecstasy out of his dorm room

Federal agents arrested a University of Minnesota student Tuesday in a dorm hall in connection to an ongoing drug investigation. Spencer Nichols, an 18-year-old bioscience student from Rochester, Minn., faces felony charges for two drug crimes – a first-degree charge for selling 50 grams or more and a second-degree charge for possession of 50 grams or 100 dose units, according to a Hennepin County court complaint.

UMN Law School professor charged with sexual assault and stalking

A University of Minnesota Law School professor was charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct and stalking Tuesday, court documents show. As of Tuesday at 5 p.m., the professor, Francesco Parisi, 54, was in Hennepin County Jail with a bail set at $500,000. Parisi was arrested on Friday by U.S.

In last week, two anti-Semitic incidents reported at UMN

The University of Minnesota continues to see an increase in anti-Semitic incidents. With the discovery of swastika-covered fliers advertising a neo-Nazi website Friday and the arrest of a student for allegedly committing vandalism using a swastika, the University has documented at least eight incidents involving swastikas, neo-Nazi propaganda and other anti-Semitic graffiti since December, according to the school’s Bias Response and Referral Network.

Lynda Welage named dean of UMN College of Pharmacy

The University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy named its new dean, Lynda Welage, on Wednesday. If approved by the Board of Regents in March, Welage will assume her role on July 31, according to a news release from the college. Welage held the same role at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque since 2011.

Minneapolis officials push to relax housing codes for UMN greek life

As greek life membership at the University of Minnesota increases, leaders are pushing for city housing codes to relax to accommodate more members. A proposed Minneapolis City Council ordinance could let University fraternities and sororities expand their houses. Currently, greek houses are limited to a maximum of 32 “served” residents and can only be two and a half stories tall.

Jewish UMN student finds anti-Semitic message in Pioneer Hall dorm room

A Jewish student at the University of Minnesota found an anti-Semitic message in his dorm room Wednesday night. The first-year, Pioneer Hall resident — who the Daily is choosing not to name — shared on Facebook that he came home and found the message that read “Nazis rule,” accompanied by a swastika and a depiction of a Nazi death camp.