City College News The Student News Site of Minneapolis Community and Technical College Wed, 19 Feb 2020 23:45:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Arts Profile: Professor Brian Grandison Wed, 19 Feb 2020 23:45:03 +0000 It’s not often you meet someone with a big stamp on the world. When I registered for “Acting for the Camera,” one of the humanities electives, I didn’t expect to learn much from the community college course. However, I had heard a former classmate praise the Professor, Brian Grandison. “I love the class! Brian is amazing!”

Yeah, ok. I’ll believe it when I see it.

I sat down on my first day in a classroom situated in the basement of Helland. We started class like all others, a syllabus drag. The professor, a calm, soft-spoken man stated, “We’ll be reading two books, one of them written by a good friend of mine who cast ‘Breaking Bad’ and ‘The Walking Dead.’”

Wait, what? No way does this guy have a connection like that.

The whole class endlessly pestered him with questions about it, eventually prying out the truth. It turns out, he actually does. Here I am with the rest of the class, sitting here like an asshole in what I thought would be the classic, “community college acting class.” Maybe I will learn something here.

A few weeks in, and I’m so excited about the performing arts. Something that has seemed so far away has suddenly been brought right to me, and it wants me to grab on and run.

According to Grandison, the life of a performer is hectic. I recently took the opportunity to sit down and hear what it’s like to juggle acting, writing, teaching, and parenting. The veteran theatre actor and writer has been teaching the art of acting to students for over fifteen years. Four of those have been here at Minneapolis College.

He has performed in many prestigious theatres around the country, including the Guthrie Theater here in Minneapolis, the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York, and the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. Locally, he has blessed the stages of many venues including the Mixed Blood Theatre, the Illusion Theater, and the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre.

Why did you start teaching?

I got burnt out. The hustle is, okay, I’m in a play, I’m doing this, what’s the next job? So you’re always kind of looking, and you don’t want to play the end and not know what you’re going to do. Which, you know, is a pain in the butt. I had no idea I’d be doing what I’m doing now. I just kept saying yes. Things just kind of folded into one another.

What are some of the bigger roles you’ve taken, either theatre or film?

I was part of the acting company at the Guthrie for a number of years. I worked at the Goodman Theatre, which is Chicago’s version of the Guthrie. I did a play at Brooklyn Academy of Music and toured the East Coast. Couple films. Lots of TV pilots. What’s great about the Twin Cities is that you can do both. You can do on-camera, and off. I did a bunch of Best Buy commercials in the 80’s.

Can you name any of the TV pilots?

I can’t even remember any of them. You know, TV is derivative. So, there was a version of an FBI show. The guys who were producers of it produced “Hill Street Blues” and “Law and Order”. It was about a team of FBI specialists, and I was their sound guy. And you think, “This is going to be the one!” Didn’t happen.

I was also hired by Don Cheadle, who’s a good friend of mine. He wrote a play, and I was in it. Showtime was going to option it, so he hired me to do the screenplay.

How did you meet Don Cheadle?

He did a play at the Guthrie, “Leon & Lena (and Lenz). We had a group of actors. We would meet at this church. Actors would come to town and they’d hear about this pick up basketball game – it was all actors, good, bad, whatever. And we’d play four on four in this little church basement. We would pay a dollar a day. Over the years, we paid them thousands of dollars, because they would just let us play. We had lots of famous [and] semi-famous folks come and play.

Don and I got to know each other there. We worked together at a play in St. Paul. When I was going out to LA, I’d stay with him, and we hung out. I wrote a script of a play that I had written that he was gonna be a part of. So he knew about my writing. So after I wrote it he said, “Dude, lots of actors out here. Not a lot of writers. Everyone wants to be an actor; not everyone can write.”

We had this meeting at Showtime. He said after the meeting “We’re gonna finish this draft, but I can’t do this. I just signed for a different project, and this will bump my salary up. I gotta do it.” I said, “It’s okay.” It was an opportunity for me to move back here, and you can do the work from wherever.

Why leave LA?

I was a divorced dad, and my daughter had come to visit.

Being a dad, every day she was with me, every day waking up made sense. Then she left, and nothing made sense. So the call came. Don said, “Hey, Showtime wants you to produce this film.” And I said, “I’ve got to go back to Minnesota. I gotta be dad.”

Have any of your students found success in film or theatre?

I had two students get signed by agencies locally. But that has nothing to do with me, I think. These students were determined on their own. It’s a 50/50 relationship. I’m 100% responsible for saying, here, pay attention to this. But if the student doesn’t pick up the book, doesn’t do the reading, doesn’t do their part, it’s just an experience.

What other schools do you teach at?

I teach at the University of Northwestern in Roseville. I just taught a class at Augsburg. I also teach for Children’s Theatre Company. I got a Fulbright to take what I do there to Jamaica. The work that I do with Children’s Theatre Company, they’re elementary school kids, and we use theatre as a tool to teach literacy. But you can use it to teach english, history, science. It makes kids active so your kinetic learners and visual learners have a way to enter it. It’s a lot of fun.

What are you working on right now?

Well, I’m directing “Our Town” here at the college, and I’m working on the Jamaica stuff. I just got asked to be in a piece for Illusion Theatre. I’m currently writing a piece for the History Theatre. I’ve got two other pieces that I’m doing, that are my own, and when the time comes I’ll decide “Hey, I think I’ll do it at this theatre.”

I’ve also been doing research for a piece on the Negro Leagues. There was a barnstorming team here in St. Paul from 1906-1909. The guy who owned it was considered the wealthiest colored man in the West. If you were a teacher, back in the day, you were paid maybe $35 a month. The lowest paid players on his team were paid $65 to $75 a month. And he never missed a payment. It’s amazing.

Do you have any advice for new actors?

I tell actors all the time, you can shoot your own video with your iPhone, edit it, and upload it on the web. There’s no excuse not to be working, writing, creating your own content. Work engenders work.


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How to get health insurance when you’re young(ish), poor, and single Tue, 11 Feb 2020 22:57:30 +0000 Background on MinnesotaCare and Medical Assistance

The health programs Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare are government sponsored programs to give low-income individuals insurance, accessible through the marketplace MNsure.

MNsure is the only place you can apply for health insurances that are state-sponsored, meaning the state will pay part- or all-of your insurance costs. (

Open-enrollment for insurance is from the beginning of November through sometime in December, depending on the year.

For the year 2020, enrollment ended December 23, 2019. However, if you qualify for Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare, OR you are a member of a Native American Tribe, you may enroll at any point during the year.

According to the MNsure website, Medical Assistance [MA] is Minnesota’s Medicaid program for people with low income. MA does not require you to pay a monthly premium. MA members have small co-pays for some services, usually $1 – $3.

MinnesotaCare is a program for Minnesotans with low incomes who do not have access to affordable health care coverage. MinnesotaCare may require you to pay a monthly premium, and it is based on your household size and income. MinnesotaCare members may have small co-pays.

How to apply

Gather this information and have it handy:

  • Social Security number (if you have one)
  • Date of birth for everyone in household (not just those applying)
  • Driver’s license, Tribal ID or other ID (if you have one)
  • For non-citizens, Green Card or other immigration documents
  • Last year’s 1040 tax form
  • Two most recent pay stubs (if applicable)
  • Documents for other sources of income (social security, unemployment, self-employment, etc., if applicable)
  • W2 form or Employer Tax ID Number (EIN) (if applicable)
  • Employer’s address and contact information (if applicable)

(Note: the application process will probably take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour, I strongly recommend making time to do it in ONE sitting so it’s more straightforward)

Type: into your web browser.

1.) Click on the orange “Create Account & Apply” button.

2.) It will bring you to another browser, click “Next.”

3.) It will bring you to the privacy agreement, agree and click “Accept.”

4.) It will have you register for an account by entering your name and personal information.

Important: on this page, check the box that states “I want to complete an application for health care coverage.”

5.) It will ask you a series of “identity” questions to prove who you are.

6.) Choose a username and password.

7.) Mark these down to remember them.

When the screen tells you that you are finished, click “Sign In” to start your application.

(Note: the MNsure website sucks and if at any point it crashes while you’re in this process, wait a few hours and try again.)

8.) Find the link to “Apply for health coverage WITH financial help.”

9.) Follow the prompts on each page, it will cover the following topics:

a.) your personal details

b.) your household information

c.) household income

d.) any insurance your job provides

e.) a summary and electronic signature

If you are unsure about any of the questions, don’t stress, just answer the best you can and they will contact you if they need more information—it’s not a test & most likely they won’t.

10.) When you finish the application, your eligibility results will appear.

11.) Take a screenshot/photo of the page for your records.

There are three options from here:

a.) if you qualify for a private health insurance plan (but not MinnesotaCare or Medical Assistance) and want to apply for that: enroll from that screen, DO NOT exit out,

b.) if you qualify for MinnesotaCare or Medical Assistance, the screen will tell you,

c.) if you qualify for MinnesotaCare or Medical Assistance, the Department of Human Services will contact you via phone, email or snail mail to set up a plan with you in the near future.



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Minneapolis College: to ditch or not to ditch degree requirements Mon, 10 Feb 2020 16:05:48 +0000 Last fall, I was enrolled in two different courses exclusively because they were required to earn an Associate in Arts degree at Minneapolis College. One was an online-only health course on fitness nutrition, and the other was “Information Literacy and Research Skills.” The requirements that led me to enroll in these courses in order to earn a two-year degree may well be eliminated for future students.

The requirement to take one health course and one physical education course is questionable at best. The only really positive here is that it doesn’t require the completion of specific courses, but rather the completion of one course for each category from a list of approved options. If I had it to do again, I might have taken a different health course that could have been more useful than Fitness Nutrition. While I did learn a few things—notably why whole grains have more nutrients—I could have probably gained an equivalent knowledge base from a one-day seminar. What was more comical is that because I was required to take a gym class, I actually took a course called Fitness Walking a couple summers ago. The main takeaway from that course was the intended purpose for each type of athletic shoe. Though there is certainly some value in that information, I could have undoubtedly put that college credit to better use.

Let’s move on to the topic of the information literacy requirement. This is the one where I can see significant merit, as long as we evaluate students on competencies gained rather than time spent in a classroom seat. During my INFS class last semester, some of the material was new to me, but much of it was review. That said, I feel that my information literacy is probably above average. I’ve always visited the library several times a year at a minimum. Some of my peers were less familiar with the physical library and were used to getting all their information from Google. Not everyone was sure how to find a book on the shelves if given a call number. All of us had room for improvement in deciphering what was a credible source versus what information should be labeled murky at best.

So what’s the problem? Doesn’t this mean we all needed the information literacy class? Yes and no. Everyone has room to improve their information literacy, but not everyone is at the same level of competency. This isn’t an insult—we are all graded on our competency upon admission to Minneapolis College through the administration of the Accuplacer. Some students test into college level math, while many others—myself included—need to take developmental courses (such as Math 0070 or 0080) to climb up to the college level. The system works…you don’t need to make students who already understand parabolas sit through a discussion about polynomial long division. In other words, I’m suggesting that Minneapolis College ask students to take an information literacy placement test.

What? Another test? Look, I get it…I don’t like tests either. But what I’m suggesting has already been done at Long Island University. According to Eduardo Rivera’s journal article “Using the Flipped Classroom Model in Your Library Instruction Course,” Long Island University requires students to demonstrate their competency in information literacy, which can be done in two ways. At some point in their first 2-3 years at the university, they must take an information literacy exam. If they pass, they’ve met the requirement. If not, they are required to take a 7-week developmental course (for no college credit), passage of which will meet the requirement. Rivera and his peers appear to be quite innovative in the administration of said course. But there is a flaw in what they’re doing…it requires people to take more courses for no credit. So how can we improve on what our friends from New York are doing?

I propose that we strengthen the Information Studies department by asking them to produce a wider variety of courses, and to tailor them to different levels of incoming student competency. Students could then be asked to take a placement test, and the college would use the results to place them in a course that would increase their information skills regardless of their starting point. The current INFS 1000 would be a baseline competency that they would expect everyone to attain, but if you scored higher, you could take a different course that would put you even further above the curve when you transfer to finish your bachelor’s degree. And by the way, if you score high on information literacy you really should get your bachelor’s degree. This proposal creates a win for everybody. It retains an extremely important requirement that is a major predictor of college success (people with higher information literacy do better in college), while avoiding the common problem of grouping everyone into the same ability level. Moreover, it avoids terming INFS as a remedial skill as they do on Long Island.

The administration is going to do what they will, and honestly their decisions are largely due to pressures they have from their superiors. It’s nothing personal and I don’t blame them. But at some point, we need to start thinking about how we can bring students at Minneapolis College up as high as we possibly can, rather than looking to see how simple it can be to get a two-year degree. Unless you’re in a technical program (in which case INFS may not be required anyway), an associates degree probably isn’t good enough for most employers. As such, AA degrees need to be geared towards preparing students for baccalaureate study, where students will need to do more reading and writing for each course (believe me, I’m already feeling the burn), and they darn well better be able to do quality research. I would rather ask students to take one more class to be sure that they understand information well than merely send them off on graduation day with an AA and a prayer.

Christopher David is a 2019 graduate of Minneapolis College and currently studies at the University of Minnesota.


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Editor-in-Chief Thu, 30 Jan 2020 22:42:53 +0000 City College News, the student newspaper of Minneapolis College, has an opening for the position of Editor-in-Chief. Students interested in applying should send a letter of interest and resume to Faculty Adviser Ben Lathrop at before 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6.

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30 Days Without Social Media: (hopefully) a life hack Sat, 25 Jan 2020 21:54:09 +0000 Over the years, I had ebbed further and further from any involvement on most social media platforms. Tumblr, Reddit, and Facebook had all slowly been pushed out of my life. All that remained was a select few, like Tinder and Instagram, that I hadn’t quite been able to shake. I was still spending about two hours every day on Instagram, according to my iPhone.

Why have I whittled down my social media? It’s become a detriment to my self-esteem and my moral system, particularly the business model that’s being enforced by Facebook.

Facebook has, over the years, become a monopoly, swallowing up any distinct platform in its way, from Snapchat to Instagram. This type of business leaves no space for competition from other companies that might bring new ideas, styles, or innovations to the patrons of the internet. Another problem I have with Facebook (whom, I feel, pretty much owns half the internet) is the censorship. Why can’t women and non-binary people’s nipples be shown? and also, Shouldn’t sex-workers have equal opportunity to build a business on Instagram as any other type of worker? It might be different if there were competing platforms that didn’t censor photos and provided a space where everyone was celebrated, but there isn’t. Have content that Facebook or Instagram doesn’t approve of? Good luck using the platforms to build your artistic career or connecting with like-minded people, and good luck finding a competing platform that will give you the same access to the public.

So, ditch Facebook. And while you’re at it, ditch everything else too, including—especially—Instagram. Or Tumblr. Maybe even YouTube too, depending on what you watch. These platforms have tormented me for years, imprinting perfectionism to my adolescent brain. I felt this unspoken standard of what you were supposed to look like, what your income was supposed to be, how you were supposed to act and so on, being pressed onto my brain like a temporary tattoo. And when, inevitably, I couldn’t meet the standard, I became hyper aware of any and every way I didn’t make the cut. Why is this such a big theme on social media? Because insecure people make the best market for products that tell you they’ll make you prettier or successful. There’s a lot of incentive for models or lifestyle bloggers—“influencers”—to sell you beauty products. I kept Instagram for years, trying to convince myself that I had been using it responsibly, finally concluding that although I’m avoiding the models, I’m still using it to compare myself to others. I see what I could be doing at any given moment and berate myself for not being at a given party, or not being successful with my art, and etcetera. Instead of being a tool for discovery, it was just a constant reminder of everything I’m not.

And so, without further ado, I am now deleting the very last social media I have. This journey will be treacherous. There will be memes I have never heard of. There will be new fashions and trends. I will have to trust my friends to update me on the newest queer theory or what’s newly cancelled. It will be scary, but I am dedicated. I will disregard my FOMO*.

Please join me on this journey, if you’re curious, by either reading my story to come or by trying it yourself. Reach out to me if you have any perspective or experience you’d like to add. I’ll be keeping my email,

(For the sake of transparency, I will be keeping Tinder because 1. I feel that I use it little enough that it doesn’t have much effect on my life, and 2. I am a—out and proud—slut.)

*Fear Of Missing Out


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Thank You for Your Service Fri, 06 Dec 2019 01:30:19 +0000 Whether they vote Democratic, Republican, or Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL), every day, military personnel answer the call to serve their country.

Every November 11, the United States honors its military veterans. Minneapolis College started the celebration early on November 7, 2019.

The theme was, “Our Families Serve with Us.” When many people think of the military, they only think of the infantry, but not everyone in the military are soldiers. There are also business managers, dietitians, entomologists, journalists and other professionals who work to keep our country strong and moving forward. Also, families of military personnel are also totems of resilience and selflessness, choosing to support daughters, sons, husbands, wives, and significant others who defend and protect the United States of America.

Military service personnel would die for each other and would die for their country. One retired attendee at the Minneapolis College ceremony said, “We stand behind freedom.” And their families stand with them.

We civilians can learn from our veterans’ selflessness and commitment to serving a higher purpose.

January 2015 Governor Dayton officially declared Minneapolis College a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Company (BTYR). BTYR is a program that connects service members and their families to resources providing training, community support and other services.

If you were not able to attend the “Our Families Serve with Us” event, look at these photos then read the speech given by Dr. Sharon Pierce, president of Minneapolis College, honoring our military veterans and their families. At the end of this article is a link to a video shown at the event.


Dr. Sharon Pierce’s Speech

Good Afternoon.  Thank you for being here today.

I’d like to begin by recognizing all of our Veterans, active-duty service members, Guardsmen and reservists present today and those in our Minneapolis College community who are unable to attend today’s ceremony. Through your military commitments, you have demonstrated exceptional citizenship and pledged your lives and livelihood to a level of service only fitting for the most courageous.

In recent times, the public has become comfortable thanking you for your service. Today we also recognize that you do not serve alone. Your families serve with you.

It is important to recognize your families and friends… the mothers and fathers who send their daughters and sons off to serve in an uncertain and often dangerous world. The husbands, wives, partners and significant others who wait for their loved ones to return home. So today, I say to them as well, thank-you for your service.

We know that Service has a price.  Minneapolis College has a long, proud history of veteran students, faculty, and staff who have served, and who continue to serve in many different ways.

Because of the oaths taken and commitments made by every active military service member and veteran, the Constitution of the United States and its Amendments have been protected and preserved for more than two centuries.

They have safeguarded separation and balance of governmental powers and the peaceful transition of power between political parties.

They have safeguarded the interests of majority rule and minority rights, of liberty and equality. They have provided protection on campuses like ours and other places across the nation so Americans can exercise our right to free speech and assembly.

Every year on Veterans Day, I am committed to saying “Thank You”.

Thank you for safeguarding our democracy and making government by the people for the people possible.

Thank you for safeguarding my individual rights:  freedom of religion, freedom of speech.

Thank you for safeguarding a free press and freedom of assemb

ly, and the right to privacy, and the right to vote and all the other rights we are entitled to as Americans.

Thank you for the safeguards of justice and due process under the law.

Thank you for safeguarding my civil rights.

These rights should never be taken for granted. In order to sustain our democracy and these rights we as a public must remain vigilant, we must remember and recognize the oaths and commitments you have made. Therefore, today I thank you and your families for your commitment to upholding these important foundations of our country.

Veterans, thank you for bravely doing what you are called to do so that we can safely do what we are free to do.

With respect and gratitude, again I say, thank you for serving.

Anya Savvy is a pen name for a Minneapolis College student who works as a reporter for City College News. To contact Anya, please email them at

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Uncontested Nominee for Senate Seat Elected Tue, 19 Nov 2019 20:58:16 +0000 *Editor’s note: The story has been updated to reflect that Ben Wadsworth is no longer president of the Student Senate due to personal reasons.

The only nominee for the director of advocacy was elected into office in a unanimous vote  on Thursday, Nov. 14.

Steven Slowbear, the new director of advocacy, ran unopposed and is now responsible for auditing current and new campus policies put into place by the school administration, overseeing the duties of some committees, senators, and delegates, and coordinating student advocacy days (when some senate members travel to the Capitol to speak with Minnesota state representatives).

“Student Senate is the voice of all Minneapolis College students,” said Jenny Thomas, student senate advisor, “so they do have a lot of power… because if students need to bring a concern about something relating to the college, or, you know, any concern the student senate will listen to them and follow up with them too.”

*Former Student Senate President, Ben Wadsworth said the ideas the senate brings forward have an impact with the school administration. “We do have a really good relationship with the administration,” said Wadsworth, “they do listen to what we say and they have taken into account different things we bring to them.”

Minneapolis College on average has 11,000 students enrolled every semester. The student senate has currently 34 representatives and 7 board members.

Two senate positions were also up for election on Nov. 14 that were not on the board. The Senator of Health and Sustainability, Khalil Yasin, was elected unopposed, and Ahmed Hussein ran for the Senator of Diversity unopposed but wasn’t present for the election so the seat is still empty.

The student senate has been struggling to pique interest and get students involved. “We are such a diverse population of students and are in no way reflective of that at the moment, but we really want to be,” said Wadsworth.

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Minnesota Viking safety Jayron Kearse arrested on suspicion of DWI and firearms violation Mon, 18 Nov 2019 23:07:16 +0000 By Scott Selmer

A Minnesota Viking player was pulled over on a Minneapolis highway early Sunday and arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and possession of a firearm without a permit, St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.

Jayron Kearse, 25, backup safety attracted the attention of a state trooper when he drove into a barricaded construction zone along Interstate 94E and Cedar Avenue around 4 a.m., according to authorities and the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Kearse showed signs of “alcohol impairment” and test indicated his blood alcohol content exceeded the 0.08 legal limit, according to a statement from authorities, Minneapolis Star Tribune reported. There was a loaded firearm in his vehicle.

Jeff Powell, Minneapolis college addiction and counseling student expressed some concerns about the arrest itself.

“He wasn’t even charged with it, right? It was suspected. I feel that I’ve been a victim of racial profiling myself. I was sort of in the same sort of situation. I don’t think it’s right. I don’t think that just because the way people look or the way they receive somebody should be justification of them charging them for anything or pulling him over for instance. I just think racial profiling is wrong. I think that probably a part of it was. If somebody else that wasn’t of color had done it, they probably would have helped him out, like hey hold-on let me get a tow truck. Let me get some pulling ropes for you, that type of thing; but, since it was a black man… And, they probably didn’t know he was a Minnesota Viking.” 

Caitlin Nelson

Caitlin Nelson, Minneapolis College student wanted to know whether the authorities had proof of Kearse was driving while intoxicated and had a firearm in his car without a permit.  She said, “I guess he deserved to be arrested if they had proof of those things.”

 Jesse Setterstrom, Minneapolis College IT student said he identified with the circumstances in which Kearse found himself.

Jesse Setterstrom

“It’s a tough situation. Carrying a gun is a felony. I know it carries prison time. I’ve been in recovery myself. People that have problems deserve to get help. People make poor choices. It happens. I think Minnesota is a pretty lenient state. I think he’s probably going to get a chance to avoid going to prison. Hopefully, he can make better choices and fix it.”

Kearse is in his fourth National Football League season, St. Paul Pioneer Press reported. The Vikings picked him in the seventh round of the 2016 draft. He has played in seven of eight Vikings’ games this season.

The Vikings played Thursday so are off this Sunday. The team is aware of Kearse’s arrest, Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.










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Skyway Runway Wed, 13 Nov 2019 02:17:15 +0000

MJ Johnson, photographer
Charles Watson, program coordinator for African American Education Empowerment (AME).

Six words to describe his style:

“Charles Herman Watson = Charisma Hulking Wildly”


MJ Johnson, photographer
Anthony J. Barger, a student majoring in Physical Education.

Six words to describe his style:

“Friendly, fashion, musician, diversity, trendy, abstraction”


MJ Johnson, photographer
Trinity Whittlef, a student on a Psychology Transfer Pathway.

Six words to describe her style:

“Dark, gothic, nerdy unique, wacky, lovely”


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Trump stokes the flames of animosity against Congresswoman Ilhan Omar at Minneapolis rally Fri, 01 Nov 2019 17:12:42 +0000 President Trump gave his base plenty of red meat at his first Minneapolis rally, October 18. He spent much of his time ranting against the Democrat lead impeachment inquiry and hurling pejoratives at local and national Democrats, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

In a profanity laden invective, Trump called Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey “rotten, Minneapolis Star Tribune reported. He labeled U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar an “America-hating socialist” and said former Vice President Joe Biden “was a good vice president because he knew how to kiss Barack Obama’s ass.”

Trump has a history of targeting Omar in tweets and at his rallies. He has called her un-patriotic along with Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, all women of color, who he has demanded to go back to where they came from, despite the fact that all except Omar, was born in the United States.

Minneapolis College is one of the more racially and ethnically diverse colleges in the metro area.  A substantial number of Somali students attend the college. The Minneapolis College campus is located downtown not far from the Target Center where the rally took place.

“How do you have such a person representing you in Minnesota? She is a disgrace to our country and she is one of the big reasons I am going to win,” Trump said, Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

Mohamed Sharif, Minneapolis College Student. Photo by Scott Selmer

Mohamed Sharif, Minneapolis College student said as to  Omar,  “I think she’s cool. I like how she speaks her mind. She doesn’t really hide anything. She comes for people if she thinks they are not doing something right.” As to the president, he said,  “I can respect Trump. I think he’s gutsy. He’ll say anything. And, it’s funny to me but at the same time I don’t agree with his political standpoints. He doesn’t like foreign people. He doesn’t like foreign people coming in from different countries. He’s doing all these things like the travel band, the wall. I remember watching the rally, he was talking about how Omar divorced her husband because she just wanted to get here to America. He was making a joke of it or something.”

James Heider, Minneapolis College student said, as to Omar “I voted for her.”  He said he thinks Trump’s “sentiments toward her are rooted in hate because of her gender and her skin color. It’s kind of just a political move because she speaks up against what he speaks for. It’s political turmoil between the two.”

James Heider, Minneapolis College student. Photo by Scott Selmer

Omar Mohamad said, “I am not that political but I asked my dad and he said he doesn’t support what she does sometimes. He doesn’t like the Democrats. He likes the Republicans. But, at the same time he doesn’t like Trump. I think Trump is like a kid in the White House. Imagine giving a kid under age a car so he can do whatever he wants with it. That’s what it feels like. He said he doesn’t think Trump should be saying the things he says about Omar because he is the president.”

Trump narrowly missed victory in Minnesota; however it was

Omar Mohamad. Photo by Scott Selmer.

not close in Minneapolis Minnesota’s biggest urban area, Minneapolis Star Tribune reported. Trump chose to come to the heart of liberalism, Minneapolis. In 2016 he gained only 18% of the vote in what is actually Omar’s district, the Fifth Congressional District district.

Trump emphasized his desire to change the existing refugee resettlement policies that generated Minneapolis’ large Somali immigrant community by giving individual communities more say over who they want settling in their neighborhoods, Minneapolis Star Tribune reported. The crowd reacted with boos at his mentioning the large Somali community.

“He shouted xenophobic conspiracy theories about me. He scolded my district for voting for me,” Omar tweeted in response, Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

Omar, who was out of town during Trump’s rally for safety reasons, used Trump’s attack to encourage her supporters to donate to her campaign, Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

Although Trump has little chance of winning in the Fifth District, or Minneapolis, next year his campaign has said it  intends to redouble its efforts and spend millions in a concerted attempt to flip Minnesota in the coming election, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Melisa Meyer-Thompson, 54, of Cannon Falls, carried a sign that said, “Trump is not Minnesota Nice,” Minneapolis Star Tribune reported. She said Trump does not represent what she believes America should be.

Craig Siewert said he supported Trump because they shared many of the same values, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Police had been on alert much of the night. In various parts of the downtown area,Trump supporters and opponents shouted insults at one another. In some instances, protestors yelled “racist” at people who attended the rally, Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

Some Trump supporters responded by flipping their middle finger, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Despite the cold and gloomy weather, thousands of supporters and protestors gathered downtown to air their feelings. Minneapolis police announced one person was arrested, Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.













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