IT USED TO be that messages from University of Minnesota student groups lined the pedestrian walkway atop the campus's Washington Avenue bridge. Painted annually during Campus Kickoff Days, the paint for the panels was paid for by the UM and the labor was supplied by students. But the university this year axed the event's small budget--little more than the cost of electricity, paint, and paint-sprayers--and instead paid for the paint-a-thon by selling space to advertisers. So students crossing from East Bank to West now pass billboard-style panels... More >>>