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Metro-based athletes make their marks

It’s not often that two former metro area athletes with the same last name (no relation) accomplish great things during the same time period. Realizing this provided me the opportunity to acknowledge their accomplishments. These accomplishments are preceded by a question and answer followed by information detailing their contributions and a brief history of each athlete’s connection to the metro area high school scene. One athlete featured is developing into one of the top NCAA Division I sprinters in the nation, while the other is finding his way as a guard in the NBA.  

The track phenom

Question: What former metro area girls’ basketball and track and field phenom was recently named Track Athlete of the Week at her Division I school? Continue Reading →

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This weekend, it’s jazz-related concerts galore!

Brooklyn-based ensemble Red Baraat makes its debut at Orchestra Hall on Friday, April 25 at 8 pm. Critics have described their performance as “a shot of pure adrenalin.” Established in 2008, Red Baraat is an eight-piece band from Brooklyn, New York. The brainchild of Sunny Jain, the group has been celebrated worldwide for its live performances of original sound — a blending of North Indian bhangra rhythms, New Orleans brass band, jazz, go-go, brass funk, and hip hop. Sunny Jain is known as a rising star in the jazz world. Continue Reading →

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U of M targets financial aid to low-income students

Determined students use Pell grant to graduate almost debt free
 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler recently announced a new four-year initiative to improve keeping low-income students in college. “We intend to lower the barriers for low-income students to attend the U and obtain their degrees,” said Kaler in a January 16 press release. According to school officials, research shows that low-income students are more likely to drop out of school or delay their degree work due to finances. Approximately 21 percent of U of M undergraduate freshmen (over 1,100) are Pell grant recipients — money from the U.S. government that provides for students to pay for college based on financial need. The MSR last week sat down with four first-year U of M students and Pell grant recipients. Continue Reading →

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Black suspensions more than double other students’ in suburban schools

 

 
Hopkins students feel disrespected by school officials
 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

 

On April 26, Black Hopkins high school students walked out during the school’s last hour of the day. They complained of unfair treatment when it comes to disciplinary issues. “We want equality. We are here for an education,” says Junior Malika Musa, who co-organized the protest with fellow 11th-grader Maray Singleton. “[School officials] are not really trying to acknowledge that we have these problems and that we need to change,” adds Singleton. Continue Reading →

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Prejudice for years at Hopkins High

 

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Many suburban schools in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area have experienced a rapid growth in students of color over the past two decades. With this growth have come problems of adjustment as virtually all-White schools struggle to accommodate much greater racial diversity. Hopkins High School, for example, has gone from two percent to 20-30 percent students of color in 20 years, and the adjustment appears to be far from complete. Some Black students and parents are expressing concerns to school and district officials that racial profiling, double standards, and other “obvious acts of racism” at the school need to be addressed. Continue Reading →

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Miss Black Minnesota USA shares her light through writing and service

 

 

 

By Chilonda Medlock

Contributing Writer

 

Despite the first snowfall in December, which quickly turned driving conditions on the road from typical to treacherous, the community came out in respectable numbers. Approximately 150 people came out to support a worthwhile event, the Miss Black Minnesota USA 2012 Pageant. The event took place Saturday, December 3, 2011 at the Hopkins High School in Minnetonka. Seventeen young ladies ranging in ages as young as five to 21 years old participated. The competition is an annual event that provides girls and young women an opportunity to showcase their talent and to speak about their future aspirations. Continue Reading →

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