News and Perspectives
Dear IonE colleagues,
During the past week, the jury verdict in the trial of Jeronimo Yanez, the officer who fatally shot Philando Castile last July, has weighed heavily on the hearts and minds of many, including those of us on the St. Paul campus. Neighbors and friends are hurting, and tensions run high. Larpenteur Avenue lies at the doorstep of our campus, and we bear some responsibility for what happens there. Racism and racial inequality exist in our country, state, and communities, and the Castile shooting and the Yanez verdict deserve our attention.
On Wednesday, the University of Minnesota’s Pet Away Worry and Stress initiative opened over the summer for the first time.
Students, staff and community members were able to spend the afternoon with dogs, a cat, bunnies and Tilly the therapy chicken. The project, also known as PAWS, typically only runs during the academic year, but expanded after students’ and the animal team’s calls for more.
“We had so many students say… ‘Why do you go away for the summer?’” said Tanya Bailey, animal assisted interactions program coordinator for PAWS.
The Trump administration’s decision this week not to immediately end a program that lets young undocumented immigrants remain in the United States on two-year renewable terms was cautiously welcomed by so-called Dreamers who still worry about their long-term status.
The Department of Homeland Security released the decision on Thursday, the fifth anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
If you’re spending time around University of Minnesota police, remember to smile — because you might be on camera.
After months of planning, the UMPD started distributing tester body cameras to officers June 14. For the next two months, officers will wear the cameras and give feedback on their usability.
If the department is pleased with the technology, it will request funds to secure the cameras for good.