Raju Chaduvula


University of Minnesota student takes on payday lending

For the past three years, one University of Minnesota student has battled payday lending. Adam Rao, a graduating MBA candidate at the Carlson School of Management, has worked with two different companies to help those effected by payday lending, a formof high-interest, short-term money lending. “[It’s] a horrible, predatory practice that primarily affects people with lower and moderate incomes,” Rao said. The total, usually an average of $500, is typically required to be repaid in two weeks, unless borrowers pay for an extension.

UMN Nursing School curriculum will focus to substance abuse among nurses

University of Minnesota nurses school is placing a new focus on issues of addiction among registered nurses — an issue rarely covered in nursing programs. The School of Nursing incorporated a specialized curriculum into its degree program last year to make students aware of addiction and to address stigma and attitudes surrounding the problem.

UMN gets $4.5 million to fight invasive species

Armed with $4.5 million from the state, the University of Minnesota is funding 11 new projects to combat the spread of invasive species. Species like oak wilt fungus, emerald ash borer and gypsy moth will be targeted with the research. Ecology professor Jeannine Cavender-Bares will use hyperspectral imagery to detect and monitor the spread of oak wilt in Minnesota.

UMN student has bailed 39 people out of jail — now he wants reform

Since last fall, Simon Cecil has bailed 39 people out of jail — some for as little as $78. Cecil, a third-year graduate student in a dual degree program at the Carlson School of Management and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, started Minnesota Freedom Fund — a nonprofit organization that bails people out on small, misdemeanor charges.

UMN creates team to help those affected by immigration policies

To address concerns over the effect of immigration policies on students, University of Minnesota administrators have created a new team to field questions. The new group, called the Immigration Response Team, was created by the University and provides resources and support to anyone affected by changes in federal U.S.

West Bank program helps seniors learn to manage health

While immigrating to the U.S. can be stressful, living in a small apartment with food readily available and not needing to walk long distances to work can also cause health problems for new arrivals. To help immigrants manage their health, Abdullahi Sheikh, a Pillsbury United Communities health programs manager, started a six-week course for people over the age of 60 in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood.

Group seeks to double amount of nonwhite teachers in state

Growing up in a small Dakota community in southwest Minnesota and attending public school, Vanessa Goodthunder never saw a Native American teacher leading her classes. Goodthunder, a teacher candidate at the University of Minnesota, said she never saw a strictly Native American curriculum taught, either; when it was, it was in a generalized and stereotypical fashion. The experience pushed her to go into teaching. “My goal was to become a teacher and change that for other students and change the curriculum,” Goodthunder said.