U of M's Tone on Dan Markingson Changes Drastically After Legislative Auditor's Report

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Mary Weiss
Dan Markingson and his mother, Mary Weiss, who suffered a series of strokes after his death that left her disabled.

The University of Minnesota's steely defense of its human research program is finally unraveling after the Office of the Legislative Auditor released a lengthy roast of the University's treatment of a drug study subject more than a decade ago.

Following that report, the U voluntarily suspended recruitment for the Department of Psychiatry's ongoing projects.

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U of Minnesota's Human Research Program Could Get Jacked Over Ethics Violations

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Mary Weiss
Dan Markingson and his mother before he died by suicide in 2004.

Ten years ago, Dan Markingson, a mentally ill man, was recruited for a University of Minnesota medical experiment as an alternative to forced commitment in an asylum. He killed himself after months of taking a new anti-psychotic drug.

At the time, Markingson's mother blamed the university for exploiting him when he wasn't in the right state of mind to make decisions for his personal safety. U officials dismissed her complaints, citing their own internal investigations into the medical center's ethical standards for human research, which found the university to be above reproach.

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U of M Has Shiny New Renderings of Its $190 Million Athletics Village

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University of Minnesota
This is going to change everything

The University of Minnesota is in the home stretch of fundraising for its $190 million plan upgrading its athletic facilities.

Nothing gets wealthy donors more excited than cool new renderings (except winning), so yesterday the Gophers athletic department released a new batch on the project's website: nothingshortofgreatness.com.


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Conservative U of M Newspaper Warned Over Controversial Terrorist Photo

Categories: Media, U of M

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U of M later called the student-run committee's warning inappropriate, upholding the paper's right to free speech

Staff from the Minnesota Republic were hit with a bit of a surprise when they made their annual presentation to apply for money collected by the University of Minnesota's Student Services Fee.

Members of the student-run committee in charge of making initial funding recommendations objected to the back cover of an issue the conservative student newspaper published in 2011. It contained two photos showing a person dressed as a terrorist burning the paper, and in between the photos it read: "The Minnesota Republic: Terrorists Hate It," with Arabic writing underneath.

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U of M's Human Experimentation Program Hasn't Learned Much from Dan Markingson's Suicide

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Mary Weiss
Dan Markingson, who died in May 2004.

When Dan Markingson, a severely mentally ill 26-year-old, began to have schizophrenic visions of aliens in his apartment in November 2003, his mother Mary Weiss tried to get him help.

Markingson's psychiatrist, Dr. Stephen Olson of the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center recommended locking Markingson up in a mental asylum because he was a danger to himself and others.

Markingson was willing to do anything to avoid it. Olson provided an alternative -- he could be the guinea pig in a U of M drug study funded by pharma giant AstraZeneca instead.

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Amanda Zahui B Is the Best Minnesota Sports Star You've Never Heard Of

Categories: Sports, U of M

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The 6-5 sophomore from Stockholm is breaking records and taking names

It's time Minnesota sports fans got to know Amanda Zahui B. The 6-5 sophomore center from Stockholm, Sweden has been an absolute monster for Gophers women's basketball as it makes an unlikely push toward its first NCAA tournament berth in five years.

On February 17 she put up an eye-popping line of 39 points, 29 rebounds and four blocks, carrying the U of M to a victory over 13th-ranked Iowa. Four days later, it was 27 points, 27 rebounds and five blocks in a double overtime win over Michigan. After a down game at Nebraska (12 points, six rebounds), she returned to form yesterday, registering another 22 points, 21 rebounds and seven blocks in a Gophers loss at Iowa.

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U of M Arrests 13 Protesters Who Camped Out in President Kaler's Office

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Protesters camp out in President Kaler's office
Yesterday a group of protesters arrived at University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler's office around noon and refused to leave until they were eventually arrested and booked at Hennepin County Jail.

They were from Whose Diversity?, an organization unsatisfied with the U of M's commitment to supporting diverse and historically marginalized populations. They came with a hefty list of demands.

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Will UMN's Proposed "Yes Means Yes" Policy Actually Catch Rapists?

Categories: Crime, U of M

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Kissing the War Goodbye by Victor Jorgensen, from Wikimedia
Bad form, sailor.

Probably not.

But then again, jailing rapists may not be the ultimate goal of the University of Minnesota's proposed "yes means yes" bedroom rule.

For a long time, the litmus test for rape was whether one partner said "no" to sex, only to be ignored. Yet considering how natural it is for victims to freeze up in the moment, University of Minnesota's student government is now trying to decide whether mandating verbal consent at every stage of a sexual encounter will make campus safer.

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Badgers Fans Outnumber Gophers Fans in Dinkytown, According to Facebook

Categories: Sports, U of M

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Mark Danielson, via Flickr
Just give it a few more solid seasons under Jerry Kill
The Wisconsin Badgers kept their claws on Paul Bunyan's Axe for more than a decade by beating the Gophers in football 11 straight times.

Painful, yes, and it may help explain this: The New York Times determined Dinkytown and its surrounding neighborhoods actually have more Badgers fans than Gophers fans by mapping Facebook likes by zip code.

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Minnesota Men's Sports Teams Are on a Combined 26-Game Losing Streak

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Even for Minnesota this is getting ugly
All right, this is getting ridiculous. The Wild, Timberwolves, and Gopher men's basketball and hockey have combined to lose 26 consecutive games. Throw in Gopher football's loss in the Citrus Bowl on New Year's Day and it's 27 straight, with a combined 2-18 record in 2015.

Meanwhile Gophers women's basketball and hockey are both riding high, sporting records of 14-2 and 19-1-3, respectively. Maybe it's time to check out some women's games?

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