April 8, 2007

Grunge Music

A sub-culture of music exsists outside the norms of pop, rap, R&B, and rock--grunge. A mix of heavy metal, some screaming, and more chilled hard rock--it attracts a diverse crowd. I would seek to define this type of music, maybe providing a vignette about what a grunge concert is like for those readers from an older generation that might like to relive their woodstock days.

I will talk to:

Shane D. Kramer-handles bookings at the Triple Rock Social Club, which is a hot spot for grunge bands.
612 802 7743

Other sources would include:
people at a concert--every-day joe perspective
Chase DeGroy--provides a fan perspective--612.849.7779

the band--depends on the concert

Scott D. Lipscomb
Associate Professor: Music Education
-about history of rock, on the question of grunge music then and now

Also, would like to fun a scholarly perspecitve--where this music came from, how it orginiated...

East African Immigrants in Cedar-Riverside Neighborhood

The Starbucks in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood is frequented by many
east African immigrants, who have come to Minnesota from war-torn countries
in the past two decades. I want to know why and how they got here, what
brought them to this specific neighborhood, and how exactly this Starbucks
became a make-shift community center and gathering place (mecca) for east
African immigrants.

I will seek to place this in the larger context of Minnesota, making this
relevant to our leadership.

I will speak to:

Somali Education Center
Mr. Abdikadir Adan, Director
Dr. Ahmed Ali, Co-Director

Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota
Saeed Fahia, Executive Director

Oromo Community of Minnesota
Alemayehu Baisa, Executive Director
(612) 338-5282 ext 213

Tamara L Giles-Vernick
Associate Professor in History Department, specialities Africa, Anthropology

Rudolph Vecoli
Professor Emeritus
UMN Twin Cities
Specialities in immigration to America—might be able to speak to recent
migration to Minnesota and why

March 24, 2007

Housing Occupancy and Advertising

In my recent search for housing for the coming academic year, I encountered a few problems with landlords. Houses were advertised for more bedrooms than they either legally had, or were zoned for. For instance, one residance was advertised as a four-bedroom though was only zoned for three un-related occupants. Another house was advertised as having four bedrooms, though clearly all were not legal bedrooms. I would like to know how often this occurs, what landlords' responsibilites are, what tenants' responsibilities are, and what are the penalties for not following through. This is newsworthy because it potentially puts people in harms way--in the event of a fire at the home, or even being evicted because your house is not zoned for that many people.

I would contact:
Minneapolis Inspections Division--they enforce the zoning and bedroom requirement ordinances
South District Supervisor Jack Allison, (612) 673-5852

Student Legal Services at the University of Minnesota--because of the large population of students living off-campus, they have extensive experience with this issue.
Bill Dane
(612) 624-1001

Sydne Westorff, Marcy Holmes Representative to the Minnesota Student Association, this person, coming from one of the neighborhoods surrounding campus, might have experience with this issue or might be able to suggest people who might

March 9, 2007

Recycle Mania

The University of Minnesota is involved in a contest aimed at reducing waste on campus through better recycling and reduced trash. This is a nationwide campaign that pits university against university, and is sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through their WasteWise Program. There are brochures on tables in the dining halls on campus, but other than that, I haven't heard much about it. To make this relevant to a larger audience, I could discuss how the Recycle Mania is tied to a larger waste reduction program that pits business against business.

I would talk to:

Residence Hall directors-as to why we need this on campus
Residence Director at Middlebrook Hall—Tam Knapton 625-2049

Facilities Management-whether they were informed about this, and how this affects their jobs
I would specifically talk to the person overseeing the recycling program at 612-625-8084.
Cindi Cardinal, facilities management, ext. 56481

I would contact Recycle Mania for more specific information about the program at 866-626-4224.
Ed Newman of Ohio University, who is
one of the founders of RecycleMania, at 740-593-0231

March 2, 2007

Medical Tourism

Because of the relatively cheap cost of transportation, and the high cost of some elective surgeries in the U.S. that are not covered by insurance, it is actually cheaper to fly to India to get eye surgery than to have it here. The quality is supposedly just as good. I'd like to find out how big this phenomenon is, whether it's true, what the actual costs are, and how safe it is, whether this is beneficial or detrimental to consumers.

Minnesota Eye Consultants
Richard L. Lindstrom, M.D., founder of Minnesota Eye Consultants
provide with information about who could speak with me about this issue, long list of available doctors
Minneapolis Office
710 E. 24th Street
Suite 106
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Phone: (612) 813-3600
Toll Free: (800) 526-7632
FAX: (612) 813-3636

Apollo Hospital in India--actively advertising "medical tourism," in eye surgery
posted costs
Dr. Prathap C Reddy, Founder and Chariman of Apollo Hospitals Group
011 91 011 24646272, 011 91 011 24648409, ext. 1067, 1068

Gordon Smith, senator of Oregon, Chairman of last year's Special Committee on Aging, which performed an inquiry on medical tourism last June, Phone Washington office: 202.224.3753