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Six MCTC students among the nine sentenced in ISIL case

December 8, 2016 // 0 Comments

Nine young men, all between the ages of 19 and 22 at the time of their arrest, were convicted of “Conspiracy to Provide Material Support to a Designated Foreign Terrorist Organization” and sentenced last month in the federal court of Judge Michael Davis. The group was referred to as a terrorist cell by Davis many times, as well as referring to this particular conspiracy as “fake it until you make it,” insinuating these young men didn’t know what they were doing. As the largest ISIL conspiracy case ever, the outcome of this sentencing would create a precedent for future sentencing of American citizens who try to join ISIL or other foreign terrorist groups. The sentencing included the showing of graphic ISIL recruitment videos to the […]

Administration struggles to respond to anonymous reports of hate speech on campus

December 8, 2016 // 0 Comments

A note, allegedly slipped under the door of a faculty member on Nov. 8 at MCTC, urges the faculty member and their family to go back to North Africa and was signed “The Confederate States of America”. The suspect, Matthew Brown, is of interest to the Minneapolis Police Department regarding a separate but similar incident in Minneapolis. According to an email sent by Dr. Jay Williams, Interim Director of Diversity, the suspect has been put on the FBI’s watchlist. Special Agent Jeff VanNast of the FBI would not comment beyond saying, “We are aware of the incident…we do not confirm or deny a FBI investigation.” According to Jacqueline Roosevelt, Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs in the Student Senate, nine students have reported incidents of […]

Peace Rally held in response to hate speech on campus

November 22, 2016 // 0 Comments

A peace rally was held this afternoon at MCTC on the 2nd floor of the T-plaza by Green Dot, the Student Senate and the MCTC Diversity office. Over 60 students and faculty attended the peace rally with topics ranging from hate speech, inclusiveness, the Dakota Access Pipeline and the conversation about Islam. The rally is in response to multiple reported incidents of hate speech at MCTC directed at students and faculty. The most high profile being one that was mentioned in an email sent on Nov. 16 by Dr. Jay Williams, the Interim Executive Director of Diversity at MCTC, that reads in part, “On Tuesday, November 8th an individual, neither enrolled in nor employed at our campus, slid a hand written note under an outer […]

Community activists hold press conference and rally in defense of Somali youth following recent sentencing

November 22, 2016 // 1 Comment

A press conference and rally was held on Wednesday, Nov. 16 to oppose the sentencing of nine Somali-American youth. Earlier that day, Judge Davis sentenced 3 of those young men, Mohamed Farah and Abdirahman Daud to thirty years, and Guled Omar to thirty-five years, in prison for conspiracy to commit murder in a foreign country, providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization along with other charges. “These young men have hurt no one. We know they were convicted of nothing more than thought crimes,” said Jess Sundin, a community activist with the Anti-War Committee. She stated that the men will suffer unimaginable penalties due to exercising their democratic rights, which is a response to the other 4 Somali men taking a plea deal and […]

Activists in Standing Rock- and beyond -remain steadfast in defiance of Dakota Access Pipeline

November 17, 2016 // 0 Comments

Self-proclaimed ‘water protectors’ are still fighting against federal government and state police forces to protect their land from the Dakota Access Oil Pipeline. The Dakota Access Pipeline, which was originally projected to be completed at the end of 2016, is designed to transport over 470,000 barrels of crude oil from the Bakken/Three Forks formation in North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois. Hennepin County involvement On Oct. 23, deputies from the Hennepin, Anoka, and Washington County (along with forces from 5 other states) sheriff’s offices were deployed to North Dakota in response to the state’s request for assistance. This request was under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), which was written into law to allow states to share emergency management workers. “Morton county basically called for more […]

Anti-pipeline protesters march through South Minneapolis

November 17, 2016 // 1 Comment

A rally protesting the North Dakota Access Pipeline marched through South Minneapolis on Nov. 11. The rally, organized by Native Lives Matters, blocked multiple intersections and at one point stopped at Franklin Ave and Chicago Ave to do a round dance where the crowd joined hands and circled around Native American dancers and event organizers. According to the Native Lives Matters Facebook page, the rally was to show solidarity with those protesting against the construction of a pipeline near Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota. Simon Henderson, a Liberal Arts major from MCTC who was part of the rally, said, “I want to show my solidarity with a passive voice…all of the things going on with police brutality and Black Lives Matters and Standing […]

Anti-Trump protesters close I-94

November 15, 2016 // 0 Comments

Thousands of anti-Trump protestors blocked Interstate 94 in Minneapolis, MN for about an hour on Nov 11. The protest, organized by Socialist Alternative MN and a collection of other groups, began their protest outside of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs on the University of Minnesota campus. The night started with passionate speakers and a crowd that was upset – not only with Donald Trump becoming the U.S. President-Elect – but a host of other issues according to the chants and signs used by the crowd, including women’s rights, LGBT rights and police brutality. Eventually, the crowd moved to block the intersection of 3rd St and 19th Ave and continued to Franklin Ave while chanting and holding signs that ranged from, “Love trumps hate” to […]

Anti-Trump protesters close I-94

November 15, 2016 // 0 Comments

Thousands of anti-Trump protestors blocked Interstate 94 in Minneapolis, MN for about an hour on Nov 11. The protest, organized by Socialist Alternative MN and a collection of other groups, began their protest outside of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs on the University of Minnesota campus. The night started with passionate speakers and a crowd that was upset – not only with Donald Trump becoming the U.S. President-Elect – but a host of other issues according to the chants and signs used by the crowd, including women’s rights, LGBT rights and police brutality. Eventually, the crowd moved to block the intersection of 3rd St and 19th Ave and continued to Franklin Ave while chanting and holding signs that ranged from, “Love trumps hate” to […]

Collegiate Recovery Program proposed in front of MCTC student senate

October 27, 2016 // 0 Comments

Dr. Jonathan Lofgren gave a presentation in front of the student senate general assembly on October 5th proposing to implement a collegiate recovery program on MCTC campus. Citing that schools with some sort of program for people in recovery have been very successful at nearby schools, most notably Augsburg, he believes his program would be beneficial to students in recovery for drug abuse and alcoholism or for those who are seeking help. He stated that about 1/3 of the student body have substance use and/or mental health disorders which may attribute towards up to 40% of MCTC student attrition. Dr. Lofgren is currently on a sabbatical to learn more about what is working for other schools around the country who are implementing these sorts of […]

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