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Police break up West Bank protest of right-wing speaker

Thursday, October 26, 2017

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.

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Study shows students confused, divided on First Amendment

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Less than half of college students are aware that the First Amendment protects hate speech, and about a third of those believe hate speech shouldn't be protected, according to a new survey of students’ opinions on campus expression.

The October study from the nonprofit, nonpartisan group Foundation for Individual Rights in Education showed partisan divides on many subjects, like campus protests and guest speakers. Some members of the University community say they see this ideological gap growing more evident on the University’s campus.


Nutritious U

Thursday, October 26, 2017

There’s a philosophy out there that says it’s inevitable for college students to eat the “ramen diet”—cheap, inexpensive food that pack a lot of calories but little actual nutrition.

Rebecca Leighton is working to change that notion. She believes that proper nutrition starts with access to healthy and affordable food, and that’s why she founded Nutritious U—a food pantry for students on the U of M campus.

Read the full story here.


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