Clyde Bellecourt says U of M is "scholastically retarded" on Native American issues

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Bellecourt speaks during yesterday's news conference.
The National Coalition Against Racism in Sports and Media wants the University of Minnesota to prohibit the Washington NFL team from playing on campus at TCF Bank stadium on November 2 unless the team changes its nickname.

But U officials, citing the terms of its lease with the Vikings, say they don't have the authority to do that. Their stance prompted Clyde Bellecourt, a founding member of the coalition, to call everyone at the U from President Eric Kaler on down "scholastically retarded" on Native American issues during a news conference yesterday.

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U of M professor bashes review of university's drug research program

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Dan Markingson and his mother, Mary Weiss, in 2004

A University of Minnesota bioethics professor is criticizing the university's review into its drug research program, detailing many conflicts of interest and questioning the backgrounds of the appointed investigators, including one involved in an alarming medical malpractice case.

In a July 16 blog post on his website, U of M associate professor Leigh Turner criticized the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research (AAHRPP), an organization that the university hired last month to review its clinical trials on human subjects. In the post, Turner points to a number of questionable aspects of the organization's review, most notably that the group will only look into current research practices, despite the university's troubled past.

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Consumer advocacy group blasts U of M for handling of psychiatric drug research program

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Dan Markingson and his mother, Mary Weiss, in 2004
A Washington D.C.-based consumer advocacy group is calling on the University of Minnesota to revisit the events surrounding the suicide of Dan Markingson, a 26-year-old schizophrenic man who stabbed himself to death while participating in an experimental anti-psychotic drug study.

In a June 16 letter to president Eric Kaler's office, the director and founder of Public Citizen blasted the university for failing to conduct "an independent, transparent, and detailed inquiry" following Markingson's suicide. They say "serious ethical lapses in the conduct and oversight of the study remain" and have "cast a pall of suspicion" that undermines trust in the university.

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Bill Clinton's upcoming U of M appearance received more favorably than Condi Rice

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Clinton speaks at the University of Minnesota in October 2012.
On June 9, Bill Clinton will deliver a speech at Northrop Auditorium as part of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs' "Keeping Faith with the Legacy of Justice" series. The 42nd president will also accept the Dean's Award for Public Leadership.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, news of Clinton's appearance has been received much more favorably by liberal activists than former national security advisor and secretary of state Condoleezza Rice was before and during her appearance at the Northrop last month.

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Former U of M researcher Matthew Krause allegedly cooked meth on campus [MUGSHOT]

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:::: UPDATE :::: Alleged U of M meth cook's "friend" has a mugshot for the ages [PHOTO]

Former University of Minnesota research assistant Matthew Krause faces a first-degree methamphetamine manufacturing charge after police caught him cooking up a batch last Friday in the Minikahda Storage facility at 1441 Hunting Valley Road in St. Paul.

Krause, 30, could face more charges, as the U of M tells us it's investigating an allegation that Krause cooked meth on campus.

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Philip Nelson was upset over girlfriend when he delivered possibly fatal head kick, charges say

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Kolstad (left), a 24-year-old father with a pregnant wife, isn't likely to recover from injuries he suffered during an altercation that ended with Nelson (right) allegedly kicking him in the head.
:::: UPDATE :::: Mankato police arrest "man in red" who allegedly punched Kolstad before Nelson's kick [MUGSHOT]

Former Gophers starting quarterback Philip Nelson has been charged with first- and third-degree assault for allegedly booting former Minnesota State University linebacker Isaac Kolstad in the head early yesterday morning. (Read the full backstory here.)

The incident partially involved a case of mistaken identity, the charges say. Nelson, 20, was upset because earlier in the night, a bouncer at Mankato's Blue Bricks Bar and Eatery flirted with his girlfriend. Later in the night, for reasons that aren't explained in the charging document, Nelson and Kolstad started arguing near a downtown bus shelter. When one of Kolstad's friends pulled Nelson aside in hopes of deescalating the situation, Kolstad approached and struck Nelson in the back, knocking him down. That prompted an as-of-yet-unidentified man in a red shirt to punch Kolstad, knocking him out cold and causing his head to bounce off the pavement. Nelson then moved in and delivered one or two kicks to Kolstad's head.

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Ex-Gophers QB Philip Nelson allegedly kicked man in head, leaving him in critical condition

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:::: UPDATE :::: Philip Nelson was upset over girlfriend when he delivered possibly fatal head kick, charges say

Just after 2 a.m. yesterday, 20-year-old former Gophers quarterback Philip Nelson was arrested in connection with a Mankato assault that left former Minnesota State University linebacker Isaac Kolstad in critical condition with a brain injury.

According to a recording of the Mankato police scanner traffic pertaining to the incident, witnesses say Nelson kicked Kolstad, 24, in the head. Jail records indicate Nelson is being held in custody this morning on suspicion of third-degree assault resulting in substantial bodily harm. He hasn't yet been charged with any crimes.

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SDS says protestors dressed like Guantanamo prisoners will attend Condi Rice's speech

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The U of M characterizes Rice as "recognized for her effort to foster freedom and democracy," but to the SDS, she's a war criminal.
The University of Minnesota Senate recently voted down a resolution calling for the cancelation of Condoleezza Rice's Humphrey School speech, which is set for 5 p.m. tonight at the Northrop Auditorium as part of the "Distinguished Carlson Lecture Series."

But a group of students, faculty, and community members are planning a protest for 4:30 p.m. at the Northrop Plaza that'll continue throughout Rice's speech. One of the protest's organizers, U of M senior and Students for a Democratic Society member Nick Theis, says he expects up to 300 people to turn out for it.

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MPD cop isn't in trouble for taking photo of festive U of M women

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As Thursday's night Dinkytown hockey riot wound down, a Minneapolis cop took a moment to snap a photo of an officer dressed in riot gear posing with two school spirit-filled women.

The cop's photo is at right. At left is a photo of the photo taken by University of Minnesota junior Becca Leighton, who told us, "I thought it was too funny that he has his baton between his legs while he's holding up a camera and taking a picture."

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Michael Juberian, star Augsburg linebacker, faces felony charge for Dinkytown riot

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Michael Juberian's mugshot
As of this morning, the only person charged with a felony in connection with either of the Dinkytown riots is 22-year-old Richfield native Michael Juberian. (See our photo recaps of Thursday night's riot here and Saturday night's here)

Juberian faces a felony count of rioting with a dangerous weapon and a gross misdemeanor count of assaulting a peace officer for allegedly throwing bottles, rock, and a chunk of concrete at cops during Saturday night's mayhem.

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