The Minnesota Daily

All content by Allison Wickler

Daylight saving time: A public service announcement

October 31, 2008

This weekend marks the end of daylight saving time, which means we'll be "falling back" and gaining the hour we lost during the spring.  On Sunday (Nov. 2) at 2 a.m., set your watches and...

The community’s sacred heart

December 6, 2007

Though we couldn't deny the reality of what we watched, my classmates and I wondered about the dynamics of a community in which a parade of gang members' cars, rather than the car carrying the deceased's...

Chocolate rain storms U campus

September 6, 2007

University graduate student Adam Bahner can attest to the Internet's power of communication. Bahner, 25, known in his YouTube video fame as Tay Zonday, has received national recognition for his original...

Policy bans groups papering freshmen

September 4, 2007

As most first-year students experience information overload during the first days of school, the information from one type of source will temporarily stop flowing. The Student Unions & Activities office...

Student zips to class on Segway

May 4, 2007

People who see comparative and molecular biosciences doctoral candidate Cholawat Pacharinsak around campus probably notice he stands a little taller than most - about eight inches taller than he normally...

Prints tell viewers to go green

May 1, 2007

Joel Haskard looked for artistic pieces with a message about renewable resources, but had little luck finding them. That is until he left Borlaug Hall and found the answer to his search on the St. Paul...

U switches to cage-free

April 26, 2007

Animal rights activists earned a victory at the University based on some recent measures taken by University Dining Services. UDS began using cage-free eggs in all its residential dining facilities mid-April...

Vet school students care for kittens

April 25, 2007

For the past three weeks, first-year veterinary student Ashley Barott has taken her two six-week-olds to school each day. "I feed them in between classes," she said. "They get to play in the locker room." But...

Organization holds annual convention

April 23, 2007

While it's not unusual to see thousands of students on campus, in the next couple of days some of them might seem a bit younger than most college students. That's because nearly 3,000 of them will be. The...

Student group celebrates logging traditions by sawin’ and spittin’

April 20, 2007

The University's Forestry Club likes having fun the Minnesota way - with sharp saws, double-headed axes and fluffy pancakes. Today the 100-year-old club will host its 72nd annual Forester's Day on the...

Bull sculptures part of campus public art

April 19, 2007

Across the street from Haecker Hall, three large bulls rest in the shade on the southeast corner of the St. Paul campus mall. "Everybody knows them," said pre-veterinary first-year student Laura Biersach. The...

Minnesota Royal draws attention to St. Paul campus

April 16, 2007

University alumnus Neil Durhman said in 1956, a horse-drawn covered wagon and a cattle showmanship competition in front of Coffman Union got some publicity for the St. Paul campus. While Coffman Plaza...

Students share post-graduation plans

April 13, 2007

Though you wouldn't know it from the blustery weather of late, the school year is winding down and the class of '07 is about to make their way in the big wide yonder. As they hurry to their last classes,...

Groups make efforts to restore wetland

April 11, 2007

Amid student housing, facilities plants and the University transitway lies a natural habitat that sets itself apart from the surrounding urban sprawl. While unknown to many University students, the three-and-a-half...

Event celebrates women in agriculture

April 10, 2007

After a University graduate student's study a decade ago revealed that women were underrepresented in agricultural leadership in Minnesota, members of the Minnesota Agri-Women organized a conference to...

Student group hosts environmental fair

April 5, 2007

An environmental fair might be the first track of an environmental compilation, eventually bringing music to students' ears. After becoming an official student group this semester, Concerts for the Environment...

U papers hard to digest

April 3, 2007

Department of Soil, Water, and Climate professor Paul Bloom co-wrote what was recently named the best paper of 2006 by the journal "Environmental Science & Technology." The paper explains how mercury...

Students play party planners at St. Paul gym

March 29, 2007

While many University-employed students look forward to catching up on their homework while monitoring a desk during a work shift, one group of such students always has to be on their toes. On weekends...

Group hosts film fest, calls for student entries

March 28, 2007

From the whales in "Free Willy" to the water-polluting corporate scandal in "Erin Brockovich," the environment has been a major theme of many films. Organizers at the University's Ecosystem Science and...

Arboretum hosts maple syrup tours, sees reduction in sap yields

March 26, 2007

While warm spring weather doesn't usually bring maple sap harvesting to mind, many people had pancakes and maple syrup on the brain this weekend. The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, located in Chanhassen,...

Gates gives to U crop studies

March 22, 2007

The University's Center for International Science and Technology Practice and Policy and the International Food Policy Research Institute are beginning work that they hope will reduce poverty and hunger...

U participates in bird collision study

March 20, 2007

While many people see or hear birds collide into their homes, city buildings may be an even larger factor in the injury and death of birds migrating through the Twin Cities. Project BirdSafe, an effort...

Student choir serves the St. Paul community

March 8, 2007

While most 10-year-old musicians played from beginning lesson books, Nathan Kosbau was directing his church choir. Once he got to college, the applied plant sciences senior read a University survey that...

Experts chew over biofuel proposal

March 7, 2007

While University research supports developing clean biofuels from prairie grasses, some say other factors should be considered in the idea's early stages. In a December issue of Science magazine, University...

University adds to hybrid vehicle fleet

March 6, 2007

As the green movement grows, the University's Fleet Services is attempting to keep up with the trend. After recently purchasing 12 Toyota Prius vehicles, the University now has 28 hybrids in its 832-vehicle...

Gift shop welcomes green contest entries

March 1, 2007

An eco-friendly gift store in south Minneapolis is searching for community members with a little creativity and a knack for recycling. Re Gifts, which opened in September at 1832 E. 42nd St., is sponsoring...

Minnesotans more accepting of disabled

February 28, 2007

Less than a year ago Tim Moots became a self-advocate for his disability, Asperger Syndrome, which has given him a new focus. "I have a new power within me," he said of his new role model position. Moots,...

Culture meets housing design

February 26, 2007

University third-year interior design students worked in pairs last semester to create culturally sensitive living arrangements for the Ojibwe and Hmong cultures, prevalent and growing cultural groups...

Vet center to open on St. Paul campus

February 21, 2007

At first glance, it may look like campus cows will live in a new, state-of-the-art barn. In the meantime, University veterinary students will soon attend class in that structure. The historic dairy cattle...

Water conservation could become law

February 20, 2007

Minnesota is proving itself a leader in water resources management. Of the eight states surrounding the Great Lakes, Minnesota is closest to adopting the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources...

Large animal vets scarce

February 14, 2007

Minnesota's large animal farmers might need to worry about their animals' future healthcare. The number of large animal veterinarian graduates is declining, according to enrollment statistics at the University's...

Evolutionists celebrate Darwin’s birthday

February 12, 2007

Abraham Lincoln isn't the only famous historical figure with a birthday today. Evolutionists around the world have already begun celebrating the Feb. 12 birthday of Charles Darwin, who wrote the book "On...

Regional habitats inspire local artists

February 9, 2007

Sometimes another person's perspective on his or her surroundings can change the way people interact with them. That's what the artists of Project Art for Nature hope will prove true through their new...

‘Energy War’ pushes students to conserve

February 8, 2007

At the beginning of February, area universities armed themselves for a month-long battle. But their motives aren't the least bit dangerous. Students at Macalester College in St. Paul are challenging the...

St. Paul Gopher Spot wins national design award

February 5, 2007

Once a drab and ignored locale, the Gopher Spot at the St. Paul Student Center is now a nationally-recognized facility the University hopes will attract students to the St. Paul campus. The newly-renovated...

Ag student interns on Hill, works on farm bill with U.S. Rep. Peterson

February 1, 2007

Most University students are far removed from political debate in Washington, D.C., but one University sophomore is right in the thick of things. Lucas Sjostrom, an agricultural education sophomore who...

Owl ringtone a real hoot

January 30, 2007

Students shouldn't be alarmed if they start hearing owl, whale or wolf calls around campus - it's probably just a cell phone ringtone. Conservation biology doctoral candidate Jon Slaght, who studies the...

Global warming discussed in social context

January 26, 2007

Concerns about global warming are plaguing not only environmental scientists, but social scientists as well. Because of this, sociology professor Jeff Broadbent began bringing together researchers from...

U plans eco-friendly designs for existing campus buildings

January 24, 2007

University officials are taking the lead from state guidelines on sustainable buildings by improving their own. According to 2004 state legislation, the University must meet the Minnesota Sustainable Building...

‘Moneighs’ fund new Equine Center

January 22, 2007

The University's newest artistic talent doesn't spend his time in a typical studio - instead, he creates his paintings at the Large Animal Hospital on the St. Paul campus. Hercules, a Belgian gelding horse,...

St. Paul campus looks to recycle organic waste

January 19, 2007

The University currently generates about 9,000 tons of waste each year, University recycling coordinator Dana Donatucci said, and about 6,000 tons of that is sent to the incinerator. But a St. Paul green...

U to apply for $125 million research grant

January 17, 2007

At a university with a newly heightened focus on research, a $125 million grant could help get a lot of work done. University researchers and officials hope to receive one of two potential Department of...

Student group holds talk on white privilege

December 11, 2006

Ilana Lerman, a global studies and geography junior, said members of the Women's Student Activist Collective began thinking about white privilege when they noticed most of their members were white. The...

Moore earns prestigious award

December 5, 2006

Despite its status as a large public research university, the University is also recognized nationally for its teaching ability. Randy Moore, a biology professor in the Department of Postsecondary Teaching...

Surgery simulations a viable educational tool for students

November 22, 2006

Anyone who has dreamed of replacing a failing knee joint or cauterizing blood vessels can now come closer than ever to performing the procedures without attending years of medical school. A user-friendly...

Interfraternity Council selects new executive officers to start January 2007

November 16, 2006

The Interfraternity Council, which oversees the fraternity system at the University, elected new executive officers last week and Wednesday. Phi Kappa Psi member Alec Catsuros will replace Delta Tau Delta...

More chances to apply to be a CA

November 9, 2006

Students will now have two more chances each year to become a residence hall community adviser. Housing and Residential Life now offers a spring, summer and fall opportunity to submit applications to be...

Carp scare affects Minnesota

November 1, 2006

The silver species of Asian carp can jump up to 10 feet out of lakes and rivers, hitting boaters and causing injury and potentially death, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Although this...

House celebrates National Co-op Month

October 24, 2006

Many students who walk past the Students' Co-op at 1721 University Ave. know it as "the house with the clothesline out front," said house recruitment manager Hans Johnson. Even some current residents,...

Hakeem addresses challenges at forum

October 18, 2006

Minneapolis currently has three men of color and no women of color in City Hall positions, and Farheen Hakeem said she aims to change that in the upcoming election. Hakeem, the Green Party-endorsed candidate...