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Serving the UMN community since 1900

The Minnesota Daily

All content by Allison Wickler

Daylight saving time: A public service announcement

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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’

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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...

Students mind their manners at etiquette dinner

Published October 11, 2006

Students arrived at the McNamara Alumni Center in their best attire Tuesday night and sat up straighter than normal in front of an elegant table setting. Some of the 400 students in attendance knew the...

Student named one of Glamour’s Top 10

Published October 5, 2006

After winning the Harry S. Truman Scholarship, University student Rebecca Mitchell didn't expect to win another national award. But, in May, the biology, society and environment senior found out she was...

Dinkytown footbridge no longer in the dark

Published September 26, 2006

Students finally are seeing the light as they walk the edges of campus near Dinkytown. When students returned to campus this fall, some found the wooden footbridge next to Sanford Hall - emblazoned with...

Medical College Admission Test going paperless

Published September 20, 2006

Pre-med students no longer will need a No. 2 pencil to take the Medical College Admission Test, but there will still be other issues to face. The MCAT, a prerequisite for students applying to medical school,...

Campus renovations affect daily operations

Published September 20, 2006

Renovation projects usually result in safer, better-equipped facilities, but the process can cause headaches for those affected - especially if their office is moved to a gymnasium. While the renovation...

Store offers organic options

Published September 13, 2006

Surrounded by concrete and high-rises, the North Country Co-op offers city dwellers a taste of the organic farm life. On Tuesday, the grocery store had a back-to-school barbecue for the students, faculty...

U ranks in top third of nation

Published September 7, 2006

It may not be top three, but the University is starting to climb the ranks among top schools in the country. The University was ranked 67th out of 248 national universities, both public and private, on...