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It’s Tubby Smith’s fault, or is it?

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This came as no surprise to readers of our columns that exposed the destructive race card played by the UM. March 27, 2014: “Was it Tubby Smith’s fault? Gophers miss NCAA Basketball Tournament.” April 3, 2013: “Thank you Tubby for an excellent run! Tubby Smith: a man of principle and integrity.” April 10, 2013: “Congratulations, Tubby! Texas Tech hires Tubby Smith while U of M keeps looking.” Continue Reading →

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U of M Sigma Alpha Epsilon Chapter ‘disgusted’ by U of Oklahoma racial incident

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Greek Life at the University of Minnesota spent Tuesday working to assure the community it does not condone the actions of fraternity members at the University of Oklahoma after a video was released over the weekend showing OU fraternity members on a party bus chanting racially offensive phrases. Continue Reading →

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U of M crime alerts revised to reduce use of race

Rahsaan Mahadeo (l), Katrice Albert (r)

University of Minnesota Black students and other students of color historically have not felt as welcomed on campus as their White counterparts, according to a new report. A school “Campus Climate Report” was released in January, and the key points included: “The campus would feel more welcoming for students of color if they saw more people like themselves on our campus,” and “Students are often unaware” of university activities and resources “to promote a positive campus climate, assist students, and advance diversity.”
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U of M workers want pay gap closed

Nasser Nur (left), Sophia Benrud (top right), Cherrene Horazuk, and Mike Johnsnon

Nearly 20 “frontline” University of Minnesota workers testified February 6 at a forum held at the school’s Coffman Union before three state legislators: Minnesota Senators Jeff Hayden and Patricia Torres Ray, and State Representative Rena Moran.

The U of M’s non-faculty workers say they “feel ignored and disrespected” and want school administration to seriously address the current wage gap. All told the lawmakers that they love working for the U but also complained about stagnant wages. Continue Reading →

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Hoopster’s final year of play prepares her for youth-work career

Shae Kelley
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There are approximately 100 African American and other student-athletes of color this school year at the University of Minnesota. In an occasional series throughout the 2014-15 school and sports year, the MSR will highlight these players

This week: Gopher senior basketball player Shae Kelley

Shae Kelley’s goal this season is to help the Golden Gophers make the NCAAs for the

first time since 2009. But her overall goal aims for a more lasting impact. “When I go back home [to Denver, Colo.], I want to build a 24-hour [youth] center, more for teenagers or college students when they come home, where we can play or give them something to do late at night — give kids something to do and stay off the streets,” pledges Kelley. After earning her bachelor’s degree at Old Dominion last spring, Kelley transferred to Minnesota and enrolled in the school’s youth development leadership master’s degree program.  When completed, which she expects to do later this year, Kelley will be able “to work with all type of youth,” she predicts. Continue Reading →

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Black female strength coach a true rarity

Conclusion of a two-part column


If it’s hard being a Black female coach in any sport, it’s more than likely harder still for a Black female strength coach. Mia Erickson of the Mayo Clinic Performance Center in Rochester, Minn. was the only Black among the four-person sport science panel at the U of M Tucker Center Women Coaches Symposium in February. “That’s just the way it is on seeing [strength] coaches that look like me,” she admits. “First of all, I’m in a male-dominated field, so there are not going to be a lot of female coaches. Continue Reading →

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A sports reporter’s spring notebook cleaning

Marlene Stollings’ second hire on her Gopher women’s basketball coaching staff is Nikita (Niki) Dawkins. She is a 23-year coaching veteran who has been a VCU assistant coach the last two seasons and held similar positions at Old Dominion, Michigan and Ohio State, her alma mater. In a released statement, Stollings called Dawkins, whose duties include recruiting coordinator, “one of the top assistants in the country.” She joins Tiffanie Couts, who Stollings named director of basketball operations. Couts was a grad assistant last season at VCU. The women are the only two Blacks on the staff. Continue Reading →

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