Ellen Sunshine tells the Minnesota Daily why Douglas Dokken, 60, punched Goldy twice after the University of Minnesota’s mascot was “messing with him” — tapping his shoulder and ruffling his hair at a gymnastics meet on Saturday:
“I know Goldy is all in fun, but he did kind of overstep a little bit. The way that Goldy was in his face would make anyone uncomfortable.”
(Goldy wasn’t hurt, but the mask was damaged. Dokken was arrested at the end of the meet.)
Alex Friedrich reports on higher education issues for MPR News. Among the stories he has covered: the fall of the Berlin Wall, aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis, 2003 Moscow suicide bombing and 2004 presidential elections in the Republic of Georgia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and a master’s in European political economy from the London School of Economics.