Daily Digest: 16,000 babies, U student on Idol and Campus Girls, UMR campus

by Lisa Zehner

Happy Monday, and hope you don’t catch a case of the Mondays. Let’s digest some University-related news out there.

*A retiring doctor, who did his fellowship at the University of Minnesota, has delivered 16,000 babies in his 47-year career as an obstetrician/gynecologist, according to an Associated Press report. Dr. John Battaglino has worked at the Wheeling Hospital in West Virginia and is now retiring at 78.

*Medica, along with others, put on the "Keep Movin’" event at Ridder Arena at the University of Minnesota Sunday, Kare 11 reports. The event allowed people to come and ice skate in the arena, as well as other activities aimed at getting families to come out and be active.

Casey Carlson at Campus Girls.

*Casey Carlson, a University of Minnesota student, is participating in American Idol and will appear on the show Tuesday at 7 p.m. CST, Star Tribune reports. Carlson caught some attention with a recent participation in a bikini calendar with Campus Girls, that boasts itself on featuring college girls in swimsuit calendars for a great cause, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to breast cancer research. Carlson, who is from Eden Prairie, is featured on the site’s main page.

 *Now that the University of Minnesota formally committed to having its Rochester campus in a downtown location, the search for the land has gained some momentum and could be tracked down within the next year, Post Bulletin reports. The University of Minnesota approved the master plan for the campus on Friday at the Regents meeting. However, it could take some 10 to 20 years to actually establish the campus, the chancellor told the Post Bulletin.