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Neighborhood Profile: Dinkytown

It goes without saying that the University of Minnesota campus is huge. From the calm of St. Paul to the hustle and bustle of Dinkytown, there is always something to explore. And since exploring isn’t always the easiest thing to do when you have a paper to write, a midterm to cram for, and hours to work, CEHD Undergrad has stepped in to bring you the must-see destinations of four campus neighborhoods: St. Paul, Dinkytown, Stadium Village, and West Bank.

Read on for the best of our first neighborhood, Dinkytown.


11133721_10205169494388421_3414045571303667639_nLoring Pasta Bar is great anytime, but don’t miss Sunday’s all-you-can-eat buffet filled with a variety of Loring’s signature pastas; breakfast favorites like French toast and scrambled eggs; and college luxuries like fresh fruit, sushi, roast beef, and mussels. And don’t even get us started on the dessert table: Crème brûlée chocolate covered strawberries, and cannoli anyone?

13126_10205169490668328_6243790982012511203_nLands End Pasty Company serves pasties, AKA Cornish pastries that look little giant hot pockets, but taste so much better. Visit the shop to try a meat or vegetables pasties for a delicious lunch or snack.

11150295_10205169486548225_1640683347246156436_nAl’s Breakfast is only ten feet wide and seats fourteen, resulting in a line that is out the door most mornings. The line seems to speak for itself in terms of the quality: guests rave about the Eggs Benedict, blueberry pancakes, and hash.

11133856_10205169487188241_1031536288258519816_nShuang Cheng Restaurant has been serving Cantonese food family style in Dinkytown for over twenty years.

1520630_10205169485468198_8937929704588293892_nJersey Mike’s is the newest restaurant to open in Dinkytown, selling subs “Mike’s Way” (with onion, lettuce, tomato, and a blend of red wine vinegar, olive oil, and spices) and slicing the meat right in the sub line. If you’re really hungry, the Jumbo sub is 15 inches.

644423_10205169494108414_4258926350705631291_nAnnie’s Parlor has burgers, fries, and THE. BEST. MILK. SHAKES.


11149335_10205169486868233_3657501139316690274_nEspresso Royale isn’t your typical grab-and-go coffee shop. Spend an afternoon studying while getting your caffeine fix (don’t miss the $2 Tuesday latte special!) and people watching the happenings of Dinkytown through the huge storefront windows.

purple_onionPurple Onion Café has a full menu and tons of coffee drinks, making it the perfect place for grabbing a bite to eat or cramming for a test—or both! 

10929973_10205169494828432_9034330555444365815_nBordertown Coffee is situated in an old fraternity house and serves up baked goods and ethically purchased coffee Monday through Friday.


gina+willGina + Will is a Goodwill resale shop selling sport and formalwear, interview attire, and casual clothing and shoes.

11082531_10205169490068313_4391769535370382558_n-1Fast Eddie’s Place has been repairing shoes beaten down by the elements and the daily walk to class for over thirty years.

Varsity Bike and Transit offers bikes, accessories, and repair to the local biking community.

Things to Do

Varsity Theatre brings national and international musical acts (past performers have included Ed Sheeran and Imagine Dragons!) to your doorstep. Weird bonus fact: the Varsity bathroom won Cintas’ America’s Best Restroom award in 2013.

Screen Shot 2015-04-07 at 11.20.26 PMStone Arch Bridge is less than a mile from Dinkytown and one of the best places to check out the Minneapolis skyline. Bonus: across the bridge is Izzy’s Ice Cream, which was named Reader’s Digest’s Best Ice Cream Shop in America in 2005.

4578043267_79d1d869c8_oAveda Institute is down University Avenue a mile outside of Dinkytown, but the prices of trainee-led haircuts and services, massages, manicures, and more make it noteworthy.

southeast_libSoutheast Library is part of the Hennepin County Library branch, allowing you access to virtually any book and providing a quiet place to study on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturday.

Photo sources: Aveda Institute, Izzy’s Ice Cream

Get on Your B-Term A-Game

If you’re looking to get caught up on credits, there’s no need to wait until spring or summer semester. APPS is offering several one-credit classes beginning  the week after spring break. Read on to find out if a B-term is the right fit for you.

Preparing for Meaningful Internships (68857)

Make your internship more than making copies and pouring coffee. This class will teach you how to get the most out of any internship.

Preparing for Meaningful Community Engagement (68903)

Be an asset in any job or situation by learning  successful strategies to engage people.

Teamwork: Surviving to Thriving (69078)

Do you cry a little inside every time your professor assigns a group project? Banish the stress  with a class that takes teamwork from no way to better than okay.

Graduate School: Exploring, Preparing, Applying (69244)

Whether you’re still making up your mind, or ready to apply, this class is an opportunity to decide if graduate school is the best fit for your future.

Building your Professional Network (69416)

LinkedIn lovers, unite! Learn how to make the connections that will help you in your collegiate and professional career.

Navigating Difficult Conversations (69677)

Difficult conversations are part of life. After taking this class, they get just a little bit easier.

Going Global: Planning, Preparing, Maximizing (69695)

This is the perfect class to take you from daydreaming in French class to living your dream in France.

Effective Interviewing (70223)

Your days of struggling through tricky interview questions like  “Why do you want this job?” and “What’s your biggest weakness?” are long gone thanks to the super-applicable tips this class provides.

 Your Future: Identity, Culture and Career Success (70224)

It seems like everywhere you turn, someone is freaking out about what they want to do after graduation. Thinking about the future is a huge part of college, but it’s not something that has to be done alone.

Leadership for International Students (70285)

It can be hard to take on a leadership role when you’re still adapting to a new culture and environment, but this class makes both of those things just a little bit easier.

Navigating Diversity (70881)

Diversity is a topic that is equally challenging and essential to address. This course will enhance understanding of diversity while providing a platform for discussion.

Two Ways to Register

Option 1:

Visit the OneStop Class Search tool

 Select the term as spring 2015 and  subject as Academic, Professional, and Personal Success- APPS

Find the courses listed as sections under APPS 1620 Current Topics: Strategies for Student Success.


Option 2:

Search the 5-digit number listed above in the Registration page.Register

The deadline to add spring second 7-week session classes without instructor approval is Sunday, March 29.


 “It goes without saying, but it’s one of the most storied, if not the most storied rivalry in college football. It’s certainly the oldest.”  Cameron Botticelli

It’s Axe Week, Gopher fans. Today, our beloved Minnesota Golden Gophers will take on the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium. It’s the final day of the regular season and there’s a lot on the line. Minnesota and Wisconsin have already battled 123 times on the gridiron, but today’s matchup is arguably the most significant one in the history of this Big Ten rivalry. This year these two teams are not only fighting for Paul Bunyan’s Axe, but they’re also vying for the Big Ten West crown, and a trip to the conference title game against Ohio State.  Continue reading THE BATTLE FOR THE AXE

Your Winter Break Study Abroad Options!

Have you thought about how you’ll spend your winter break? It’ll definitely be a nice break from the pressures of class, but maybe it will also be more. Maybe it’ll be spent relaxing in Japanese hot springs and visiting Temples; maybe it’ll be spent seeing the places in Ireland where influential books and plays were written; maybe still it’ll be spent doing volunteer work and exploring Senegal.

To learn more about the programs offered through the university’s Learning Abroad Center, attend an information session and read on! Also, as you’re considering winter break study abroad options, make sure to refresh you memory on some of the great CEHD-faculty led programs!

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Your study abroad resources!

Global Seminars

Global Seminars are three week, three-credit experiences in different countries. Each of this year’s five programs offers credit in a different subject areas and a cultural learning experience like no other! In each of the programs, students stay in hotels or apartments and are led through their program by a university instructor or staff member.


How many times have you read a truly great book and wished you could see the place it was written about? This program is a dream come true for those with the desire to study both dramatic and literary work in the place in which they were created. This Dublin-based program will also take students from the hustle and bustle of the city to the peace of the countryside with excursions ranging from Abbey Theatre, Glendalough, Belfast, the Hill of Tara, and more!

  • Estimated cost: $5,400 (including airfare)
  • Trip dates: December 28, 2014–January 18, 2015
  • Application deadline: October 15


Leadership has played a huge role in governing Turkey through recent protests and in preserving and celebrating the country’s rich history. Meet with public officials and community leaders to discover how leadership style can influence political change and how you can apply the same skills to help you become a better leader. This trip visits sites such as the Hagia Sophia mosque, the Grand Bazaar, and the Blue Mosque.

  • Estimated cost: $5,180  (including airfare)
  • Trip dates: December 27, 2014—January 18, 2015
  • Application deadline: October 15


Every college student needs to job hunt, so why not get some practice in Australia? This program compares American and Australian workplaces, while students practice job hunting skills such as resume workshops, networking, interviewing, and digital job searching. Don’t be confused; however, this trip may be about work, but it’s all fun. Excursions include the Great Barrier Reef and University of Sydney.

  • Estimated Cost: $6,650  (including airfare)
  • Trip Dates: December 27, 2014–January 18, 2015
  • Application Deadline: October 15


Get an inside look at Japanese culture and the importance that resilience has played in overcoming natural disasters and conflict. Although based in Tokyo, this program will explore parts of Japan many visitors never see, such as cities recovering from the 2011 tsunami. There will also be excursions to temples, museums, hot springs, and tea ceremonies.

  • Estimated Cost: $6,500- 7,000  (including airfare)
  • Trip Dates: December 27, 2014–January 18, 2015
  • Deadline: October 15


Social media plays a large role in motivating political change, but seemingly nowhere more than in the Middle East. Experience this first hand by venturing to the United Arab Emirates and Qatar to take classes about social media and the Arab Uprising. The trip will be supplemented by excursions to CNN Arabic, Al Jazeera studios, the Souk Wakif market, and the State Mosque of Qatar.

  • Estimated Cost: $6,500- 7,000  (including airfare)
  • Trip Dates: December 27, 2014–January 18, 2015
  • Deadline: October 15

Volunteer and Community Engagement Abroad

These programs offer a chance for students to see new parts of the world while benefiting local communities through volunteer work. Programs are home stay, do not offer credit, and do not require a language pre-requisite.


Visit Senegal’s capital, Dakar, and the more rural area of Toubacouta on a trip to Senegal. Dakar will offer excursions to museums, mosques, markets, and Gorée Island. After a six day stay with Senegalese host family, students will travel to Toubacouta to stay in a hostel and volunteer. Past trips have offered students to help the community through education, music, business management, social service, local governance, and human rights.

  • Estimated Cost: $4,082 (including airfare)
  • Trip Dates: January 2–17, 2015
  • Deadline: October 15
Note: There are two Volunteer and Community Engagement trips that over spring break, but their deadline is still quickly approaching on November 14! Visit the Learning Abroad Website to learn more about spring break programs in Guatemala and Ecuador.
*Photos from the Learning Abroad Center website.

A Motivational Makeover

Be it at the U, or on another college campus, one will primarily find 3 types of students. There are your Topangas, your Shawns, and your Corys. Your Topangas are the ones you haven’t heard from in awhile. They’re the ones who have a countdown to finals week and put studying before all else. These are your students that have barely left the confines of their bedrooms as of late. And if they have, it was simply to go to the lib. Your Topangas are the ones who color code their flashcards, and ruin the grading curve for your exams (grrr!). Conversely, your Shawns are the polar opposites of your Topangas. Shawns are infamous for procrastinating and they couldn’t differentiate Moodle from OneStop. When someone asks a Shawn if they have studied for a certain final, he/she will remark something along the lines of, “I stayed up late watching reruns of Cops instead. Yolo!”. In contrast to your Topangas and your Shawns, you will find your Corys. Corys don’t take school quite as seriously as your Topangas, however, they can’t just blow off studying altogether like your Shawns. The Corys of the world don’t really consider the implications of finals week until Sunday night rolls around. Then, they immediately begin to break a sweat. Also, they tend to develop what they like to call a “study grind” during the last week of every semester. This is when they enter a nocturnal phase in order to cram like crazy. At this point in the academic school year, one can typically find a Cory binging on caffeine and skimming chapter summaries on SparkNotes.

If you’re a Topanga, then consider yourself lucky- you go Glen Coco! You have nothing to worry about, and we recommend that you keep up the good work. If you’re a Shawn, we advise you to stop reading this blog post and to start studying. You have a lot to learn, and the clock is ticking. There’s no time for wasting time. And, if you’re a Cory, we’re going to give you the motivation you need to finish out finals week. Yes, finals week may be your enemy, but don’t you dare surrender to it. The following motivational movie clips will help you pull through. They’ll help you to both recharge and refocus. Check ’em out!

Since most professors don’t give inspirational pep talks before handing out a final exam, most of these clips pertain to the world of sports. However, they can still serve to motivate you. Simply substitute the word “exam” in for “game” and that should do the trick. These short video segments should prompt you to stick to studying and to try your best on each and every one of your finals. Undergrads, keep trucking along and finish strong!




Video Sources: Boy Meets World, The Pursuit of Happyness, Miracle, Friday Night Lights, and Coach Carter

UMN Field Trip: ReUSE Center

Who says that field trips are a thing of the past? In this new feature, CEHD Undergrad explores great campus locations for students to explore.


It’s a Thursday afternoon. You sit at your desk, deeply pained by the idea of taking notes and writing papers. You dream of adventure and wish there was something you could do to take your mind off of the boredom of everyday life. Then you remember.

You spring into action traveling past the Bierman Athletic Field and continuing down 15th Avenue, passing a colorful mural and two sets of stoplights. You find yourself in the Como Neighborhood. You turn right at the Crescent Moon restaurant, which advertises both pizza and kabobs. You don’t let yourself get distracted by the idea of pizza kabob, however. Not now. Not when there is such an important destination within reach. You continue on your journey until you reach 29th Avenue. There you again turn right, running until you can no longer. You collapse at the door of the University of Minnesota Reuse Center.

As soon as you recover from the toil of your journey, you stand and pull the door open. You blink rapidly, the glory in front of you being more than your eyes can handle. In front of you lies a prodigious warehouse filled wall to wall with treasures undiscovered by the common student.

You enter the warehouse, unsure of where to go first. In front of you stands a sign reading the day’s specials, such as buy one chair and get two free. The ReUSE Center is like a giant garage sale of all of the items that the university no longer has a need for. Here you can find everything from textbooks, to podiums, to desks, to trees, to… well, you name it! You let out a deep sigh of relief as you hold a used three-ring binder in your hands. You breathe in the delicious smell of old test tubes and chalkboard dust. You’ve made it.

You wander the aisles, each one filled with an assortment of objects that you can see being lifelong additions to your home.

picsThis hospital bed would be perfect for whenever you sustain a life threatening injury but are too tired to get out of bed and go to the hospital.

This tree would upgrade your bathroom in more ways than you can count.

You could use these weights if you ever have a life or death situation that requires you engage in unnecessary physical activity.

You could hang family photos on this swine directory!

This directory of the Wilson Library basement would complement the color of your kitchen walls.

Have you really been washing your hands if you haven’t gotten your soap from a monogrammed Minnesota dispenser?

As you wander the aisles, you think of what a shame it is that this fine establishment is only open to students on Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. Sixteen hours a week is not nearly enough time to relish in the beauty of these unique items. As you finish wandering the aisles of the UMN Reuse center, you feel a deep sense of satisfaction. Not only have you found some free printer paper, but you have played a tiny part in making the world a greener place. You remind yourself to keep the ReUSE center in mind whenever you need a new bike or furniture for your house. All in all, your day has gone from a mundane to magnificent, all thanks to the adventure provided by UMN ReUSE.

May Term Spotlight: Family, Culture, and Money

Self PixMay Term is just around the corner and if you’re still looking for a class to get you some credits and an interesting perspective, check out Family, Culture, and Money. To learn more about the course, CEHD Undergrad spoke with its instructor Dung Mao (right.) Read on for details!

What topics will be focused on in Family, Culture, and Money? The topics covered will be communications, family obligation, and financing weddings. We will be focusing on how culture and money intersect and affects how families make financial decisions.


 What students will find this class to be the most interesting? We believe money in itself is fascinating! However, we will acknowledge that not everybody shares the same view as us. With that in mind, we believe examining money in the context of one’s family and cultural up bringing will be the most interesting and meaningful part of the class because students will learn about their own culture and how that impacts their own financial decision-making. Students will also be learning about different cultures and how money influence decision making for individuals and families though current research, individual experiences and videos.


Describe what will take place on the online portion of this class? The online portion of the class will primarily involve a combination of online discussions based on the readings and different media. We will also dedicate some of that time for group work.


Will the class include any projects? Yes, students will be asked to do group work reflecting on money and culture. Students will also be asked to write a research paper at the end incorporating current research and materials covered in class.


 Tell us why a student should want to take this class in 10 words or less. Know your financial self! Explore money through family, and culture.


Picture source: Piggy Bank

Traveling Tanzania: Catching up with Mary Russell

Before winter break, CEHD Undergrad had the chance to interview Mary Russell, a Recreation, Park, and Leisure Studies senior, as she was preparing to embark on a study abroad trip to Kilimanjaro National Park in Tanzania. Over the course of her two-week trip, Russell had the opportunities to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro and explore the safari. We were fortunate enough to interview Russell again to hear a few stories from her trip.

What was your first reaction to seeing Mt. Kilimanjaro?

I was slightly overwhelmed… I couldn’t believe that I had actually made it to Tanzania and that this whole mountain climbing business was REALLY happening. It was pretty surreal. You see it all the time (Classic Africa pictures, Lion King, etc) and there it was.. so surreal. And I was about to embark on the hardest endeavor of my life… yeah I was a little freaked out.

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Describe the feeling of submitting Mt. Kilimanjaro.

It was unreal. It was the longest morning of my life and when I saw the sign, I just couldn’t believe it was there and we had made it to the top. I kept thinking “There it is. I did it. I ACTUALLY made it.” I bent over like I was about to start crying and my guide Samwel patted me on the back and said “No llore! No llore!” (somewhere along hike we started speaking in Spanish, cause why not, eh?) Of course that made me laugh and I did not end up actually crying but I was still happy to the point of tears.

 Did you have the opportunity to try any new foods while on your trip? 


I fell in LOVE with chapati! (Pictured at right.) A few of us tried some street food a couple times, and it was all pretty good. I don’t remember what any of it was called though.

What was the single most memorable part of your trip?

This is always the hardest question! Obviously, the whole summiting Kili thing was pretty unbeatable… But probably my favorite memory was one afternoon I was hanging out with the women in the village. Out of nowhere these rogue donkeys come running through the street and down the alleyway we were sitting in. We cleared out and I have no idea where the donkeys went but we spent a few minutes hysterically laughing and then settled back into our shaded spots. Some humor can surpass all the language barriers.

What was the itinerary of your trip? What places did you see and things did you experience?

The first week was spent on Kili and the second was doing safaris. We saw the big 5 (LLERB – Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo) in a few different National Parks- Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, and Serengeti. We also got to stop by Olduvai Gorge, “the cradle of mankind,” where some of the oldest fossil remains were discovered.

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How has the study abroad program impacted the way you see the world?

Hahah oh man, golden question. I’ve been blessed to have traveled to a lot of other places, and this particular study abroad trip and the educational piece of it made me really think about and appreciate preservation efforts… We as humans have a huge impact on this world and therefore have a huge responsibility to maintain it. The circle of life in the Serengeti is so efficient and doesn’t allow ANYTHING to go to waste. It’s literally amazing, and also depressing to realize how wasteful we are. We take everything for granted. The parks obviously don’t allow for piping or drainage systems, and so our shower water had to be brought in which forced us to be mindful of how much water we were using. It’s definitely made me take quicker showers back home, and also start thinking about other ways to limit my impact on our beautiful Earth.

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What elements of your trip surprised you or differed from your expectations?

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I have kind of learned to go in to things with low expectations so that I’m either pleasantly surprised or don’t get too bummed out when plans change. Hmmm… I guess I was pleasantly surprised with how close and open the group became about bodily functions on the mountain. Because we were all kind of struggling in different ways along the hike, we were able to support each other… And that was nice.

What advice would you give to someone who is planning a trip to Africa?

Be present and search out authentic experiences… Obviously enjoy the nature… the views and the wildlife and whatnot. But also, try and be present where you are… Don’t always go to bed early. Embrace the frigid mountain air to marvel at the stars and the backlit mountain peak. Sit around a campfire listening to the lions nearby, try and find the hyena eyes in the distance. But also, try and wake up early to get the sunrise, before the porters have started heating the water. Learn a favorite card game. Causally join a local dance troupe. ENJOY IT! And remember that when things don’t go exactly to plan, and things are a little different than back home- TIA. This Is Africa! 😉

Logically- bring toilet paper, pepto, and plenty of aloe vera for the sunburns that are bound to happen.

Thanks so much to Mary for sharing the story of her amazing study abroad experience. If you are interested in studying abroad, check out the Study Abroad Center website for details. If you have or are studying abroad and would like to be profiled, email

You Know You’re a UMN Student When… (Winter Edition)

Some may call it the Polar Vortex, others may cancel class, but for us University of Minnesotans, we just call it winter.

You Know You’re a UMN Student When… (Winter Edition)

Survival gear.


10. There are more people trying to cram into a single campus connector than in the 300 person lecture you’re trying to spare yourself the freezing walk to.

9. You don’t talk about the weather to make small talk, you talk about the weather to exchange survival tips.

8. You know how to accessorize snow pants.

7. After a while you actually start getting used to the cold and don’t really feel it (or actually anything) anymore… but maybe that’s just because of all of your frostbite.

6. It takes you longer to get ready to go outside than it takes for you to drag yourself out of bed in the morning.

5. 45,000 people turned out to watch your school play outdoor hockey… and it was eight degrees out.

4. Students at other colleges may look forward to the weekends for the promise of going out, but you look forward to weekends knowing that you can stay IN and away from the cold.

3. So maybe it got so cold that your car didn’t start. It’s not actually that big of a deal– snowshoes and skies are more convenient means of transportation right now anyways.

2. You could be a model used to show the symptoms of frostbite… and that’s only after a walk to class.

1. You’re still reading and relating to a post about winter. And it’s March.

Don’t worry. Spring is probably right around the corner… Or a few corners. (Try not to think about last year when it snowed in May.)


Photo sources: survival gear, air meme, car meme, doge meme