Rilyn Eischens


'This is not over': UMN faculty reflect on the failed union movement

Professors, lecturers, teaching specialists and instructors, among other employees, joined the most recent University faculty unionization effort following conversations like these. Many hoped a union would force the University to address frustrations with working conditions and worries about higher education’s future. 

Fulfilling a dream, UMN ice maker heads to Pyeongchang for Olympics

The ice at Ridder Arena was dull and dirty the morning of Jan. 31. Adam Stirn, the University of Minnesota’s lead ice maker, doesn’t like dirt; not in hallways, not on rink boards and especially not on ice. Stirn was preparing to take out the Zamboni – which he calls a “zam” – before the women’s hockey practice, when his coworker stepped off the ice and asked if he was ready for his trip to the Winter Olympics.

Voter turnout for Minneapolis municipal election highest in decades

High voter turnout for the Minneapolis municipal elections Tuesday caused ballot shortages and voting slowdowns at some polling locations.  Turnout reached about 43 percent, the highest rate in two decades, according to the city of Minneapolis. Election workers at some polling places resorted to photocopying blank ballots when they ran out of official documents near poll close.

Police break up West Bank protest of right-wing speaker

Protest, an arrest and fights marked the campus' reaction to right-wing commentator Lauren Southern's talk at the University of Minnesota Wednesday night. A group of nearly 200 demonstrators gathered outside Anderson Hall where around 80 listened to the Canadian YouTube personality give a talk on “the evils and inefficiencies of socialism and the necessity of free speech in political discourse." One person was arrested for disorderly conduct by the end of the event.

UMN task force releases mental health recommendations for faculty

A University of Minnesota task force released a report Thursday with more than 100 recommendations for instructors and administrators to structure their courses to support student mental health. In a 26-page report, the task force outlined suggestions encouraging faculty to pace coursework and interact with students exhibiting signs of mental illness, among other recommendations, in hopes campus-wide changes will follow. Instructors, University officials and students formed the Joint Taskforce on Student Mental Health last year in response to rising concerns around faculty response to student mental health. Still, faculty will require additional training, like workshops, before making adjustments.