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Parents and children protest UMN Child Development Center closure

Friday, February 9, 2018

More than 25 families with small children piled into Morrill Hall and up the stairs to President Eric Kaler’s office at 4 p.m. Thursday.

Four days prior, parents from the University of Minnesota Child Development Center started a petition in response to the University’s recent decision to close the center in 2019. Parents and children from the CDC personally delivered the petition — which has 3,000 signatures — to the president’s office.


Editorial: Student engagement initiative for UMPD should be applauded

Thursday, February 8, 2018

One of the newest MSA initiatives aims to create a University of Minnesota Police Department Student Engagement team. An email was sent to the student body, outlining the team's goal of creating an outlet for student feedback and concerns to be heard by the UMPD and addressed swiftly and sufficiently. The email asked for students to apply to become board members, specifically students in minority groups on campus who can represent underrepresented communities at the University.


Letter: UMPD timely warning guilty of racial profiling

Thursday, February 8, 2018

“We apologize for the confusion.”

On Tuesday, the University sent out a timely warning to everyone on campus regarding someone who was assaulted with a bottle at the Mayo Building. Police described the suspect, detailing what he looked like, including his hair, clothing and height. They also identified his race. 

They identified a young man who appeared to fit the description of a “black male with shoulder length dread locks” and sent out this innocent man’s picture to the entire campus. 

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MSA looks to improve student relationships with UMPD

Thursday, February 8, 2018

The Minnesota Student Association wants to help facilitate discussions between the University of Minnesota Police Department and students by establishing a student-led engagement team. 

MSA is currently looking for students to sit on the engagement team, which will launch its pilot in February. The team, which has been in the works for the past few years, would address minority and LGBT student issues as they relate to campus policing, said MSA President Trish Palermo.


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