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Campus Climate Event a Missed Opportunity

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Last week, the Paint the Bridge event sparked controversy on campus. The University of Minnesota student group College Republicans painted a mural with the words, “Build the Wall,” featured prominently — in part as a promotional statement for their student group on a panel on the Washington Avenue bridge. After much protest, President Kaler sent out two emails: The first email condemned the panel’s subsequent vandalism and promoted the idea of mutual respect, despite the diverse microcosm of opposing cultures and ideas on the University’s campus.


More than just victim blaming (trigger warning: sexual assault)

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

By Katie Eichele

“Love liberates.” - Maya Angelou

I tell myself this when I’m faced with times where hearts are hurting, anger brews, and there’s an ache to be heard and understood. I also tell myself this when I have the responsibility as an educator to hold individuals accountable or to reflect on their behavior. 

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200 protesters disrupt UMN event over pro-Donald Trump bridge sign

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Frustration over a pro-Donald Trump slogan painted on a University of Minnesota pedestrian bridge spilled over Thursday as student protesters disrupted a planned discussion on school climate.

The “campus conversation” event, planned weeks earlier, was to feature an hourlong question-and-answer session with U President Eric Kaler, another faculty member and student body president Abeer Syedah.

Read the Pioneer Press story


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