Northland Morning Interviews

Student Views: Music

Apr 16, 2018
Pavel Arkhipenkov

Student Views is a snapshot of life at UMD from a different perspective.  Alissa Hokr is our guest today at Student Views, talking about Vocal Jazz, being a member of a Lake Effect, in a band plus managing school and artistic work.

UMD Vocal Jazz

With a week and a half left before final versions of legislation are headed to the floor of the Minnesota Legislature,  Representative Mike Sundin (DFL District 11A)  brings us an update.

In addition, he pulls no punches in his disappointment at what he calls the "robbing of the general fund" to pay for transportation.

More information on the Minnesota Legislature and bills this session available here

"Learning Good Consent: On Healthy Relationships and Survivor Support"

In this neck of the woods, we're not exactly famous for talking about feelings.

But a recent workshop at UMD aimed to give people the words - and the motivation - to have some of those awkward conversations.

You can read more about Learning Good Consent: On Healthy Relationships and Survivor Support

There are two things Shaun Floerke is very clear about.

The Sixth District judge, one of the newest members to the National Judicial Opiod Task Force, credits Duluth ("a lot of good people doing lots of good things") for his appointment - and he says the time has come to find solutions.

Howl Arts Collective Montreal/Flickr

Duluth's ongoing conversation about Earned Safe and Sick Time is a critical one for people who risk their jobs if they take time off to care for a sick child or are seeking help in instances of domestic abuse.

In Duluth's Native American community, over 30% of the population is homeless.  80% of mothers are the primary breadwinners for their families. And 46% - compared to 26% of the general population here - are living below the poverty line.

So as you might imagine, issues surrounding income and job security - not to mention aid for victims of violence - are big deals.

Scott Ableman/Flickr

Fifty years after the assassination of Dr Martin Luther King and the year Nelson Mandela would have turned 100, Shades of Africa - Rise Up! at UMD brought together local activists, artists and community members - and their allies - to celebrate progress and support one another through these challenging times.

Maija Jenson

Uncertainties of current American immigration policies, particularly in regards to DACA--the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, is raising concerns for Minnesota college students. This week, the University of Minnesota Immigration Response Team came to the UMD campus with an Immigration Policy Briefing. Brianna Kaiser has the story.

UMD Clean Snowmobile Team

People would just love snowmobiles if they didn't dislike them so much.

They're noisy (think angry bees) and they can pollute up a storm.

But UMD's award-winning Clean Snowmobile Team is using the most amazing technologies to build a leaner, cleaner, quieter sled, and until someone figures out how to make a battery that works in the cold, they might be onto something.

Paul Deaner was awed by August Wilson's Fences.

That's where it started.

What he did with that feeling is coming to fruition tonight when Lake Superior Community Theater's production of the stage play opens in Duluth.

And in a town where directors insist they can't find actors of color to audition for their shows, Deaner hopes he may be laying the groundwork for some social change as well.

Babbletrish/Flickr

If the whole point of online gaming is to assume another identity ... what difference does it make who you are IRL*?

It turns out, it makes a lot of difference, especially to young, white males.

*In Real Life

©World Without Genocide

The Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) is an international treaty adopted in 1979 by the United Nations General Assembly.

189 countries have ratified it; six have not: Sudan, Somalia, Iran, Palau, Tonga .... and the United States.

©Community Action Duluth

Caught between the conversion to filing taxes online and being unable to hire them done, folks without computers, confused by computers or just plain confused by their taxes have a variety of options for free help.

More information on

Community Action Duluth's Free Tax Site

UMD's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA)

March for Our Lives - Duluth/Facebook

This Saturday, students and their families along with community members all over the country plan to march to end gun violence and mass shootings

Even as details are emerging about yet another school shooting this morning (3/20/18) in Maryland,  plans to hold a march and rally in Duluth - one of eight in the 8th Congressional District - are going ahead.

More information about March For Our Lives Duluth.

Pavel Arkhipenkov

Today, Student Views host Pavel Arkhipenkov welcomes Legislative Relations Committee Director Jacob Griffiths to discuss UMD lobbying efforts and plans for 2018. The LRC, is a Student Association sub-committee that "facilitates students to work with legislators at the local, state, and federal levels to pursue meaningful change pertaining to issues facing UMD students, such as higher education funding." ~ from the UMD Student Association website.

Student Association

©Mooster History

Twenty-five thousand kids across Minnesota put their history chops on display throughout the state earlier this year, and those winners are duking it out now in 12 regional competitions, hoping to make it to State at the end of April.

But the real story may be students as young as 12 developing thesis statements, researching their topics and doing the kind of thoughtful analysis that, the world tells us, we need more of.

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