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A busy week for greeks

Published December 9, 2012

BY SAMANTHA ALISANKUS The University’s greek community saw a number of major changes last week.   On Dec. 2, the Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council held nomination speeches...

U says animal testing secrecy accusations ‘lack merit’

Published November 19, 2012

  A lawsuit filed by animal rights activists accusing the University of Minnesota of animal testing secrecy “lacks merit,” according to a statement released Thursday by University General...

Group brings suit over animal testing

Published November 12, 2012

Animal rights activists want to take the University of Minnesota to court over its alleged secrecy in animal testing. The Animal Legal Defense Fund and Minneapolis resident Isaac Peter filed a lawsuit...

Minnesota Orchestra to cancel more performances

Published November 9, 2012

BY SAMANTHA ALISANKUS On Nov. 8 the Minnesota Orchestra announced in a press release that it will cancel five shows for the remainder of the year and potentially reschedule an additional five. The decision...

One-sort recycling hits University neighborhoods

Published November 9, 2012

BY MARION RENAULT For University of Minnesota students living off campus, recycling is about to get easier with the implementation of the first phase of the city’s One-Sort Recycling Program beginning...

Reporter’s Notebook: Greek society honors late members

Published October 23, 2012

BY SAMANTHA ALISANKUS On Sunday, the University’s Chapter of Delta Chi hosted a 5k race in memory of alumnus Christopher Lifgren, who passed away this past April from Leukemia. A Minnesota Daily article about...

U fraternity sanctioned for alleged sex assaults

Published October 23, 2012

The University of Minnesota chapter of Sigma Chi Fraternity is under University sanctions following allegations of two separate sexual assaults that occurred during a Sept. 15 event at one of the group’s...

Students petition to oust Chick-fil-A

Published August 1, 2012

Ordering a fried chicken sandwich and waffle fries at the University of Minnesota’s Chick-fil-A restaurant used to be a campus favorite. Suddenly, since anti-gay comments made by the franchise’s...

Washington Avenue Bridge closure

Published June 15, 2012

After more than a year of construction, the Washington Avenue Bridge will reach its final configuration this weekend, according to the Metropolitan Council.  The bridge will reopen with one lane of...

Regents support regulatory oversight of admin compensation

Published May 25, 2012

A special committee expressed support for new policies that would give the University’s Board of Regents greater command over administrative compensation and severance pay on Friday, according to...

Video stirs up debate on stereotypes

Published January 26, 2012

For Maaso Kalema, the viral YouTube video of 27-year-old Franchesca Ramsey  âÄî an African-American woman in a blonde wig âÄî poking fun at âÄúSh*t White Girls Say to Black...

Somali-American students say hawala shutdown hurts them

Published January 19, 2012

Sharif Farah said supporting his family in Somalia âÄî including seven young children âÄî inspires him to get up and go to work every day. But he said his motivation and ability to support...

Student groups utilize CLA’s ‘Food for Thought’

Published December 13, 2011

Since 1998, the College of Liberal Arts Student Board has hosted âÄúFood for Thought,âÄù a program that allows curious or appreciative students to invite their professors, teaching assistants...

Senior Muhammad Md plays trombone in the Campus Orchestra Monday night in Ferguson Hall. Although a mathematics and economics major, Muhammad has an intense love for music.

For many, academic pressures STEM from home

Published December 6, 2011

 If Muhammad Taufik had his way, he would have majored in music. But instead, the University of Minnesota junior in the mathematics and economics departments opens a book full of equations and theories...

HIV/AIDS still tenacious, even at U

Published November 30, 2011

For years, Nini Tatah Mentan watched her mother fight against AIDS through her local nonprofit. Today, the University of Minnesota junior hopes to follow in her footsteps. For the second consecutive year,...

Mechanical engineering graduate student Johan Kolstoe Soenstaboe deploys his parachute into the wind while waiting for jumping conditions to improve over the drop zone Nov. 5 in Winsted, Minn.

Learning to fly with the U Skydiving Club

Published November 22, 2011

Sala YussufâÄôs family still doesnâÄôt know what he did last month. The University of Minnesota senior doesnâÄôt know when or even if heâÄôll tell them.  All he knows...

Kinesiology graduate student Tanksi Clairmont  dances during a Pow Wow Saturday in Minneapolis convention center.

American Indian traditions create a ‘culture for success’

Published November 14, 2011

The beat of drums calls dozens of dancers into motion. A circle of spectators surrounds them as they stomp and sway in unison with increasing speed and intensity, eventually becoming a blur of colors,...

Sophomore Mary Musielewicz and senior Jake Nath sell items Tuesday during their vegan bake sale at Coffman Union.  Musielewicz and Nath are student officers for Compassionate Action for Animals, a group that works to promote respect for animals and vegetarianism in the Twin Cities.

Campus dining fails to meet vegan, vegetarian demands

Published November 10, 2011

Sofia Huerter swore off eating meat when she was only 8 years old. âÄúIt occurred to me one day, even at that age, that when I ate meat it meant an animal had to die,âÄù she said. Eleven...

Attorney Rasheed Ali Cromwell presents the Miseducation of the Black Greek Experience Tuesday night at Coffman Union.  Cromwell spoke to various misrepresentations of black greek life and how to focus on leadership development.

Black greek life reborn on campus

Published November 3, 2011

Rasheed Cromwell, a historian and scholar of historically black greek organizations, said the University of Minnesota is experiencing a âÄúrebirthâÄù of black greek life on campus. By the...

Student robbed, assaulted on East Bank campus

Published October 31, 2011

A University of Minnesota student was robbed and assaulted near Church Street on the East Bank campus Friday evening. The victim was walking by the east side of Vincent Hall around 7 p.m. when a group...

More colleges enter $50k club

Published October 29, 2011

An increasing number of colleges and universities are charging more for annual tuition and fees than the average American makes in a year, according to a CNNMoney article. Students at 123 schools in the...

Minneapolis remains hot spot for recent grads

Published October 29, 2011

University of Minnesota graduates seeking job opportunites around the country may be better served looking closer to home, according to an article in today’s Star Tribune.  The Twin Cities continue...

Midterms crank up stress levels, mental health concerns

Published October 27, 2011

Two years ago, Claire Chappuis reached her breaking point âÄî she crumbled under the pressure of her sophomore year at the University of Minnesota. She was irritable, anxious and her personal relationships...

University of Minnesota freshman Kaoxue Vang, left, helps Pao Lee, center, and Pao Xiong, right, with an assignment on dinosaurs. Vang tutors every Sunday night through the Sunday Tutoring Program hosted by the Minnesota Center for Neighborhood Organizing. Vang was tutored in the program when she was in grade school.

Hmong refugee comes full circle with U program’s help

Published October 25, 2011

When Kaoxue Vang arrived in Minnesota seven years ago, the only English words she knew were âÄúI love youâÄù âÄî a common phrase in the Thai refugee camp where she was born and...

Psychology major Michael Dennis leans on his boyfriend creative english writing major Winfred Batess arm Saturday at Comstock Hall. This is one of the few places the couple said they feel comfortable showing affection after allegedly being attacked in late September.

Out in public: ‘Clouded by fear’

Published October 17, 2011

Michael Dennis and his boyfriend donâÄôt hold hands anymore. They hardly touch in public. Dennis said the last time they interlaced their fingers, something happened that forever altered their...

Panel urges support of U.S. role in rebuilding Libya

Published October 11, 2011

Hussam Alwafi made the equivalent of $150 a month as a pediatrician in Libya âÄî an amount he said didnâÄôt even cover gas for his trips to and from the capital city, Tripoli. âÄúMost...

Two former U professors win Nobel Prize for economics research

Published October 10, 2011

Two former University of Minnesota professors won the Nobel Prize Monday for their research on economic policy, according to a Star Tribune article.   Thomas Sargent and Christopher Sims – both...

Ray Roybal discusses his involvement with the development of the chicano studies program when he was a student at the University Friday at his home.

In 40 years, dept. has ‘come a long way’

Published October 6, 2011

Ray Roybal flipped through a notebook in his North Minneapolis living room. Since having eye surgery two weeks ago, heâÄôs filled its pages with more than four decades worth of names and memories...

After returning from his study abroad semester in Rome, senior Mike Senich now studies in Expresso Royale Wednesday afternoon with no view of the Pantheon in sight.

Students who study abroad struggle with return home

Published October 3, 2011

Last semester, Michael Senich would grab a cheap Panini and head to the Pantheon to do his homework after classes.   Instead of television, the University of Minnesota junior would watch people âÄî...

UN ambassador visits Minneapolis

Published September 26, 2011

Just 24 hours after debating the future of Somalia at a United Nations meeting with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, U.N. Ambassador to Somalia Augustine Mahiga stood before members of its largest diaspora...

Junior Christina Kramarevsky paints a panel for the American Institute of Architecture Students of Minnesota Friday on the Washington Ave. bridge.

Bridge painting tradition lives

Published September 19, 2011

  Heavy light-rail construction blocking half of the Washington Avenue pedestrian bridge did not deter nearly 300 student groups from participating in Student Unions and ActivitiesâÄô annual...

Students stray from stereotypes in search of belonging

Published September 15, 2011

Lonnie Hofmann is used to strange looks.  HeâÄôs used to being questioned and doubted.  Every time the redheaded University of Minnesota senior gets on stage to perform with his student...

Students help in north Mpls Mega Build

Published September 12, 2011

When Tawanda Miller needed to turn her life around, she packed up her two children and boarded the first Greyhound bus from Milwaukee to Minneapolis. She arrived in the Twin Cities with no friends, no...

Co-ed living brings confusion to freshmen

Published September 8, 2011

For freshman Trevor Wolff, the possibility of living right next-door to women in Middlebrook Hall was no big deal. âÄúIâÄôm in college,âÄù he said. âÄúIâÄôm going...

First impressions count for freshmen

Published September 7, 2011

About a month ago, Kaleb Osagie  left the University of Minnesota and moved to Chicago to pursue his dream âÄî to become an actor. He insists it wouldnâÄôt have happened without his...

Hot Diggity Dog to open near campus

Published August 10, 2011

When Andrew Jorgensen and Cody Swede decided to quit their full-time jobs to open a hot dog joint in Stadium Village this summer, their families thought they were crazy. But the two 20-something recent...

Students fundraise to feed Somalis during ‘month of giving’

Published August 10, 2011

Mohamed Abdinur will never forget the Somali famine of 1992. Not because he lived through it, but because of what he learned from his father. âÄúMy house was always filled with families arriving...

New pizza joint hopes to top the competition

Published August 3, 2011

Toppers Pizza will fire up its ovens for customers at its new Stadium Village location for the first time Saturday. The new restaurant on Washington Avenue will be the chainâÄôs third in the state...

Security officer Tim Ollom talks about receiving food from tenants Monday on West Bank.

Safety center divides community

Published July 27, 2011

  Mascud Dahir makes a point not to be in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood past 10 p.m. Though many of his closest friends live in the area, the 21-year-old said he doesnâÄôt want to risk...

Elijah Biggss, left, jokes with his sister Angelina and mother Keiko over lunch Monday at Van Cleve Community Center. The family plans to take advantage of the community services program at Van Cleve Park by receiving free lunches there several times per week.

Nationwide program lets local children eat for free

Published July 20, 2011

  Angelina Biggs doesnâÄôt usually eat much. But on Monday, the 5-year-old surprised her mother, Keiko Biggs, by eating every bit of her lunch âÄî even the fruit. âÄúThis makes...

Your Yoga, offering all-level Vinyasa classes opened early this week in Dinkytown

Beyond the mystique of yoga

Published July 13, 2011

  Walking past Hollywood Video in Dinkytown used to be an everyday occurrence for Megan Doll. As a University of Minnesota undergraduate five years ago, she stopped in a few times to pick up a movie...

Smooth sailing, then controversy

Smooth sailing, then controversy

Published July 13, 2011

While his classmates saw the sandbox and swing sets of his third-grade playground as a chance to let loose, Maxwell Arndt saw the location of his first business venture. When most stores in his area had...

Façade grant sparks change on West Bank

Published June 29, 2011

Ashanti Austin is a firm believer that itâÄôs whatâÄôs on the inside that counts âÄî but that doesnâÄôt mean the outside doesnâÄôt matter. While her neighbors at...

Sorority women opt for cheaper rent by looking to frat row

Published June 29, 2011

When Chelsea Kazmierczak visited her hometown of Fargo, N.D., last month, some of her friends and family members expressed concern about her summer housing. âÄúThey were afraid that itâÄôs...

Immanuel Jones shares his dream for an agricultural business with the entrepreneurship camp in the Carlson School of Management Tuesday morning. The five week camp is funded by local small business owners to help under-represented students like Jones learn about running a business.

U program turns youth into CEOs

Published June 22, 2011

Last summer, Immanuel Jones walked through the doors of the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management as a shy 16-year-old struggling at Wayzata High School. This summer, he entered those same...

Budget approved for frat row dorm

Published June 15, 2011

The University of Minnesota is continuing with plans to demolish the 1701 University Avenue classroom building this fall to make room for a new residence hall. The Board of Regents approved a $3.1 million...

Central Corridor construction hits local businesses hard in the University area. Businesses are looking for Marketing campaigns, grants and local non-profits for support.

Business down amid construction

Published June 15, 2011

It doesnâÄôt even seem like summertime in Stadium Village to Nancy Rose Pribyl. Once lined with planters and parking meters, Washington Avenue Southeast is now filled with dirt and barricaded by...

Schwartz to head Humphrey School

Published June 8, 2011

The semester-long search for the next dean of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs ended last Wednesday when the school announced Eric P. Schwartz will take over the position in early October. Schwartz...

Out with the old and in with the brew

Published May 25, 2011

After PrestonâÄôs Urban Pub closed its doors at the end of April, Heather Christian was forced to find a new favorite watering hole in her Seven Corners neighborhood. The 24-year-old didnâÄôt...

New Zeta Phi Beta sorority probates perform their step routine April 22nd in the Cube of Coffman.

Historically black sorority returns to U

Published May 2, 2011

For Ma Eyongerie Frambo, the path to becoming a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. began in her sixth grade homeroom class. She said her teacher, a Zeta, taught her more than what could be found in...

Phil Binns works with fourth grade students to prepare for the math section on the MCA tests at the Southside Family Charter School on April 18th. Binns volunteers every week with the school as part of a requirement for class but believes strongly in helping others the way he was helped.

Struggling to graduate black students

Published April 27, 2011

Against the odds, and even against his own will, Phil Binns applied to the University of Minnesota. He considered attending the University only after a staffer for the Upward Bound Program, which provides...

Sigma Pi member Travis Brevig cooks burgers Friday afternoon for the dinner Sigma Pi hosted honoring University custodians and grounds workers.

Fraternity’s annual dinner honors ‘unsung heros’

Published April 25, 2011

With co-workers sitting on either side of him, Lynn Jorensen called Sigma Pi FraternityâÄôs Unsung Heroes Dinner on Friday his âÄúlast supper.âÄù It was mere coincidence that the...

People walk past the window displays in front of Heartbreaker on Saturday in Uptown. The displays were designed by University students.

U design students find canvasses in Uptown storefronts

Published April 12, 2011

From across Hennepin Avenue, something caught LoAnne TurnerâÄôs eye as she waited to catch a Saturday movie with her girlfriends at the Landmark Uptown Theater. âÄúIt was the colors that...

Greeks split over Arkeo’s role ahead of April vote

Published April 7, 2011

Arkeo, a greek party police system that was months in the making, is receiving mixed reviews in the weeks leading up to voting day, when greek leadership will decide whether to put it into action. A network...

Lief Nelson looks at paintings with her mom Danielle Nelson Saturday at the Northrop King Building in Northeast Minneapolis.

Life intersects art in Northeast

Published April 4, 2011

As he drove around Northeast Minneapolis with his pregnant wife, Michael Rainville wondered if starting his family there made him a bad husband. At the time, in 1995, the cityâÄôs all-time high...

Unveiling truth behind the hijab

Unveiling truth behind the hijab

Published March 31, 2011

When 6-year-old Olivia Trembley was younger, getting a glimpse of a woman wearing the hijab, a traditional Muslim headscarf, was like being in the presence of royalty. âÄúShe used to think the...

Volunteer Marea Clarke helps third year Phd student Aditya Pal prepare his taxes. MuslimBUDDY, Inc holds free weekly clinics on campus to help non-resident aliens for the taxes.

Groups help international students file taxes

Published March 29, 2011

Mohamed MusaniâÄòs uncle was very excited to hear about his nephewâÄôs involvement with a new IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site on the University of Minnesota campus. Musani said...

Second year grad student Megan Meyer sorts through donated books Thursday March 10 at a warehouse in St. Paul.  Meyer started a non-profit in 2006 that aspires to send 1 million books to Gambia.

Student aims to send 1 million books to Gambia

Published March 22, 2011

Fanta, a 6-year-old girl in Bwiam Village, Gambia, keeps her familyâÄôs few valued possessions under the simple wood frame of her bed. There, alongside pots and pans, lies a tattered shoebox full...

Senior Evy Muench, left, gets interrogated by Matt Fitzgerald before being allowed entrance to see The Wall on Monday at the Rarig Center. The interactive play portrays a journey that many immigrants must make from Mexico to the United States.

From the border, students explore immigration and ‘The Wall’

Published March 8, 2011

Brent Grihalva led the cast of âÄúThe WallâÄù on a journey through one of the coldest nights of the Minnesota winter. Though he was playing the role of a âÄúcoyote,âÄù smuggling...

Sen. Sandy Pappas speaks at Friday’s Oxfam America Hunger Banquet in St. Paul. The banquet marked the end of the first International Womens Week and highlighted the struggles women across the globe share.

Banquet highlights food disparities

Published March 7, 2011

Deqa Muhidin was expecting a lot more than 4 ounces of rice and a glass of water for dinner when she attended Oxfam AmericaâÄôs Hunger Banquet on the University of MinnesotaâÄôs St. Paul...

Somali youth document the diaspora with their ‘sheeko’

Published March 3, 2011

Mustafa Jumale has no memory of Somalia. He cannot recall the war-torn country his family fled when he was a toddler. Though he may not remember the place he came from, he is taking steps to ensure that...

Each One, Reach One helps black students find future

Published February 24, 2011

If it were up to Naa-Adjeley Ablorh, her path to discovering what she wanted to do in life would have been a lot more direct. âÄúMy career path hasnâÄôt been completely straight,âÄù...

Patrick Jeffrey, left, and Eddie Oroyan rehearse Journey on Tuesday at the Rarig Center. Journey’s world premiere will be Thursday night.

Conference, play highlight Islam’s Western legacy

Published February 23, 2011

With the recent uprisings in the Middle East, University of Minnesota anthropology professor William Beeman has been able to say a lot about the region he knows best. "IâÄôve been doing a lot of...

Sigma Lambda Beta members Edwin Bonsil, Tommy DeMarco, Haroon Nekzad and Sherief Elabbady post flyers on the Washington Avenue Bridge on Wednesday in preparation for the Agora 8th Annual Cultural Celebration on Thursday in Coffman Union.

Fraternity offers a taste of cultures

Published February 17, 2011

Paolo Espanola thought he would never join a fraternity. His mother hoped he never would. "My mom nearly freaked out when she heard," the University of Minnesota accounting junior said. "In the Philippines,...

Campus workshop to focus on women and race

Published February 15, 2011

When Amy Neguse first heard the N-word on the playground in fourth grade, she did not know how to deal with it. "I had no idea how to react or how to feel," the University of Minnesota sophomore said....

Students of the MN veterans group watch a movie Friday afternoon in Westbrook Hall. The group has pizza friday every week where members can come and relax for a few hours before continuing with homework.

Student vets find campus family

Published February 8, 2011

If Kimberly Wooster had it her way, there would be no Facebook or texting in class. âÄúIn the military, we have a different way of handling that type of disrespect,âÄù the University of...

In historic move, black greek life coming back to U

In historic move, black greek life coming back to U

Published February 2, 2011

After his last high school football game, Josh Brandon pulled his blue and white jersey over his head and gave it one last hard look. Wearing those colors had become a part of him, a part that he never...

Minnesota School of Rock musician Sydney Johnson sings “The Boys Are Back in Town” by Thin Lizzie at Bogart’s Place in Apple Valley, Minn. on Saturday.

Student group puts money where the mic is for area youth

Published January 31, 2011

For Sam Mathys, it has always been about the drums. His mother and father can trace it back to him banging on a plastic drum as a baby. His older sister still remembers when he stole her fifth grade percussion...

U student has a sole obsession

Published January 25, 2011

Chris Hui is not sure what he will be doing in 20 years. Like most University of Minnesota students, he has his hopes: a career he is passionate about, a family and kids. However, the Carlson School of...

Freshman Lateef Oseni works on homework Thursday evening in the Black Student Union Office in Coffman. The mural behind Oseni was painted in 2004 and shows the timeline of African American heritage.

Questions of Coffman space leaves groups guessing

Published January 21, 2011

When Hassan Shahid leaves the Black Student Union for the last time before studying in Morocco this February, he will be sure to take a hard look at the place he has called his âÄúhome away from...

President of the Indonensian Student Association Asa Widiastomo, right, chats with her friend Sistha Darmawan on Saturday at the Korea restaurant.

Games, rides help int’l students beat winter break blues

Published January 18, 2011

âÄúCarnivorous. Mollycoddle. Anthropoid.âÄù While most of her peers were waking up to the familiar faces of family and friends over winter break, Chinese international student Jia Guo shook...