ThreeSixty Magazine, January 2015

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Chasing truth with a camera: Why two local photographers joined the Ferguson fray

Nancy Musinguzi and Patience Zalanga believe that truth is determined by what perspective you are viewing it from. So they decided to change their perspective from “looking in” to “being in.”

Starting at the ground level: Michael Walker is focused on helping young black males

Michael Walker is seeking to create solutions to the negative labels attached to black students—in particular, black males. It’s a daunting task, he admits, but his new title is a start.

Overcoming odds: A Harding essay project

About this project

This fall, AVID seniors at Harding High School worked with instructor Cori Paulet and volunteer writing mentors Bob Franklin, Jenean Gilmer, Erin Heisler, Lynda McDonnell, Taya Sazama and Mary Turck to explore their personal stories and polish college application essays. The pilot project between ThreeSixty Journalism and two St. Paul schools on the Eastside—Harding and Johnson (in spring 2015)—is funded by the St. Paul Foundation.

@16: Timberwolves power forward Thaddeus Young embraces new scenery, season

Having just finished a hard practice at his new team’s Lifetime Fitness facility inside the Target Center, seven-year NBA veteran Thaddeus Young knocks down jump shots with a broad smile spread across his face.

Masks made by art therapy students

Coping through creative intensity: Expressing pain through art can help with healing

While walking through the Adler Graduate School, you’ll find an impressive array of artwork hanging from the walls, sitting on tables, and even hanging from the ceilings.

Don't let a disability get you down: Accepting new challenge can lead to major mental breakthroughs

It was 3 a.m. Instead of sleeping, I sat awake on the couch trying to finish the homework I had been working on since 4 o’clock that afternoon.

It’s late, and of course, I was tired.

Not just a teen problem: The truth about eating disorders is that they can affect anyone - even guys

Ten minutes of reading a fashion magazine is all that it takes for someone to feel worse about his or her own body.

Joy Nollenberg

The joy of educating others

Joy Nollenberg, founder of the Joy Project in Minneapolis, can vouch for the lack of awareness surrounding eating disorders. In February 2006, Nollenberg founded the nonprofit program following her own struggles with anorexia.

Raising flags, saving lives: Factors that contribute to teen suicide are often complex

“Honestly, when we found out the news, it was a complete shock.”

Into the darkness: The soul-crushing sadness of depression is impossible to escape alone

Living with depression is similar to taking a walk through an empty and abandoned forest during winter.

The trees stand lonely, naked without their green and bountiful leaves.

No laughing matter: "Harmless" jokes about mental illness and depression cut deep for many

Editor’s note: ThreeSixty Journalism has changed the names of teen sources in this story for privacy reasons.

Nobody likes being the butt of a joke or have a snide comment made about them, but te

Keeping kids close: Clinical resources in school give students free, convenient access

Kristie Anderson will be the first to admit that students probably think of it as “the sex clinic.” But as nurse practitioner at Minneapolis Washburn Clinic—one of several school based clinics offered

Illustration of a girl sitting down

Too much left unsaid: Shrouded in mystery, the death of a close friend leaves a lasting void

It was a day I won’t ever forget.


Comparison overload: Social media can connect us, but it also has a deeper psychological effect

With nearly every high school student owning a smartphone or accessing various social media accounts, the need for popularity and followers can be overwhelming.

Simmering acceptance: Embarrassment over cultural cuisine isn’t always easy to swallow

In any gathering of Asian people, there will always be food.

This past summer, I was selected to play Fredericka from Stephen Sondheim’s “A Little Night Music” with Mu Performing Arts, a nationally

Sagal Abdirahman with a friend

Holding onto your heritage: Somali traditions keep family roots intact while chasing the American dream

My mother came to America for one reason and one reason only.

Fartun Weli

Coming back to your community: A nonprofit aimed at Somali women pushes for empowerment, education

Walking through the Sabathani Community Center in Minneapolis, a long, winding hallway greets me. The lighting is dim and the walls are bare.

Name of the game: Outlaw artists are drawn to graffiti culture because of its creativity, duality

“The Way I Work”
Some people might need convincing that the words “graffiti” and “art” belong together in the same sentence.


From page to the stage: Spoken word poetry gives youth a potent platform to express individuality

Each Thursday night, performers shuffle into the Golden Thyme Coffee Cafe around 6 p.m. They chat with the baristas, the small cafe in Saint Paul a second home. They buy a drink, notebooks in hand.

Image of climate change activist gathering

Heating up the environmental debate: Caring about the climate comes to Minnesota’s doorstep in a big way next year

When it comes to the younger generation, it’s difficult to avoid the thought of how much responsibility for the planet they will inherit.

Changing the charitable model: Being disruptive can be a good thing—at least in philanthropic circles

Traditionally, the act of philanthropic giving has been categorized as charity done by the wealthy or someone from a well-established organization.

You have to be older.

Indie-pop group Whosah

Going for broke: Knowing when to make music a full-time career can be a tricky proposition

Musicians hear the warnings all the time—“You have to make it BIG in the music industry to be successful.”

But people had been quietly breaking that rule for awhile when popular hip hop artist Mac

customers at McDonald's

More than a fry cook: Getting a fast food job taught responsibility and even changed perspectives

If someone had told me five years ago that I’d be working at McDonald’s in the future, I would have laughed out loud.

Is college worth the cost? A future filled with debt shouldn’t be the only option for focused teens

Back in late November, The Atlantic began linking articles noting the statistics of Millennials on Tumblr. Millennials, or Generation Y, include anyone born post-1982 up to 2004.

Opening up the college playbook: Twin Cities-based College Possible gives low-income students a helping hand

College applications are a handful. They can be especially difficult for students who don’t have trusted adults guiding them through the process.


Blazing a trail to college

When I attended my first College Possible session in the eleventh grade, I had no idea what to expect for the forthcoming year.