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Regents approve two weeks of online classes and move-in delay, discuss COVID-19 spread on campus

Illustration by Sarah Mai

Hana Ikramuddin and Abbey Machtig

August 24, 2020

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents voted 8-3 to move fall undergraduate classes online for at least two weeks and to delay residential hall move-in at a virtual special meeting Monday.  The delay will cost the University millions in revenue loss and online classes may cause a drop in e...

Big Ten cancels fall sports

A cloth mask and bouquet of flowers are seen on the Goldy statue outside Coffman Memorial Union on Wednesday, April 1. (Parker Johnson / Minnesota Daily)

Nolan O'Hara

August 11, 2020

On Tuesday, the Big Ten Conference announced the cancellation of fall sports due to the coronavirus pandemic, making it the first Power Five conference to cancel football.  “As time progressed and after hours of discussion with our Big Ten Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases and the B...

Gopher Chauffeur service suspended until further notice

A Gopher Chauffeur driver makes their rounds on Feb. 5, 2012.

Nat Jacobwith

August 1, 2020

Boynton Health Service announced its suspension of the Gopher Chauffeur service for the fall semester due to COVID-19, leaving some students out of work. Gopher Chauffeur is a free ride service available to students within the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities campus. The service will not be av...

Students look ahead to dorm life during the pandemic

Moving carts fill the mailroom at Middlebrook Hall on Saturday, March 21. Many freshmen at the University of Minnesota moved out of University housing as a result of COVID-19.

Hana Ikramuddin

August 1, 2020

As students file back onto the University of Minnesota’s campus next month, some have raised questions around how University housing will keep students safe and connected this school year. While some students say they remain largely unconcerned about the safety measures in place, others have expressed...

Regents vote to make no cuts to Student Services Fees

Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein

Nat Jacobwith

August 1, 2020

The University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents discussed its COVID-19 response, approved further Title IX changes and voted to make no cuts to Student Services Fees at a special meeting Thursday.  The board discussed COVID-19 testing for the upcoming year, but no new substantive plans were appr...

Breaking down the ‘July-mester’: A trial run for fall

Social distancing signs flag down seats in Hanson lecture halls on Tuesday, July 28 at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. All classes during July-mester are enforcing social distance protocols.

Abbey Machtig

July 31, 2020

The University of Minnesota is in the midst of its July-mester — select in-person classes serving as a trial run for the fall semester.  The University is using the July-mester to help determine how to implement health and safety precautions during classes amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The class...

University extends travel restrictions as logistics remain uncertain

Morgan La Casse

Abbey Machtig

July 30, 2020

The University is adapting travel experiences for faculty and students this fall as restrictions get extended to Sept. 30.  The details of travel operations across the University of Minnesota remain unknown amid the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is not yet known whether the Universit...

UMN research could help inform future COVID-19 vaccines

The University’s Center for Immunology is working to understand how the body develops antibodies once it has been infected with COVID-19. 

Madeline Deninger

July 30, 2020

Scientists across the world are in search of a COVID-19 vaccine, and University of Minnesota researchers are looking to contribute their own findings to the larger effort.  Possible vaccines have entered the trial stages in the U.S., including one by Massachusetts-based biotech company Moderna. ...

Quarantunes: A&E’s top ten albums from the first half of 2020

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Nina Raemont

July 29, 2020

10. “La Vita Nuova” by Christine and the Queens (EP)  If your semester abroad in Paris got canceled, perhaps this French pop EP can fill the void. “La Vita Nuova,” Christine and the Queens’ EP, released in late February, teems with perfect melodies and synth. The EP perfectly blends irresis...

Nearly 2/3 of all UMN Twin Cities classes will be online in the fall

Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein

Hana Ikramuddin

July 29, 2020

After faculty selected teaching formats for fall semester earlier this month, the University of Minnesota is now working through the logistics of holding in-person classes. Maintaining safe classes is expected to be a challenge for some departments. While many faculty say they want to teach in person...