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U official pulls out of race

April 5, 2005

University General Counsel Mark Rotenberg announced Monday that he will not run for the U.S. Senate in 2006. In early March, Rotenberg said he was considering a Senate run, but he had not yet made a final...

U e-mail accounts go down

November 30, 2004

Technical problems caused an e-mail outage for some University students, staff and faculty members Monday. For one hour and 45 minutes, 28 percent of the University's 120,000 e-mail accounts were down. The...

U professor says lucky events saved solar research

October 22, 2004

Twenty-four screws and good luck might have saved a University professor's $1 million project last month. That lucky professor, Robert Pepin, talked to approximately 60 people Thursday about solar research...

Daily Briefs

August 18, 2004

The Minnesota Daily ranks ninth in the nation The Minnesota Daily was ranked ninth in the nation this year by the Princeton Review's book, "The 357 Best Colleges." The Minnesota Daily was the top-ranked...

Pawlenty speaks to group about current state issues

June 7, 2004

Gov. Tim Pawlenty spoke to a group of students, faculty and others at the Humphrey Institute for Public Affairs on Friday about the war in Iraq, the economy and health care. His speech was part of a series...

University community mourns former president’s death

June 7, 2004

University alumnus Max Kampelman met former President Ronald Reagan in 1978 at a fund-raising dinner. The two hit it off when they realized they were both friends of former U.S. Senator Hubert Humphrey,...

Fund-raiser aims to help students

May 24, 2004

The University began the largest scholarship fund-raising drive in its history this month, said University President Bob Bruininks at a Board of Regents meeting May 14. During the next five years, the...

Survey: Opinions often differ by gender

May 7, 2004

Although most University students support same-sex marriage and oppose the war in Iraq, their opinions are often divided by gender, according to a study conducted by a sociology class at the University. Professor...

U gives Yanni honorary doctorate

May 7, 2004

When University Alumni Association officials thought about who they wanted to speak at their annual celebration and 100th anniversary gala, they only thought of one person. Yanni. The well-known composer,...

Republicans, Democrats spar over education bill

May 5, 2004

A bill governing many aspects of student financial aid is expected to go before the U.S. House of Representatives in coming days, House spokespeople said. A Republican version of the bill has not yet been...

Survey: faculty members concerned about research material availability

April 30, 2004

Higher education faculty members are concerned about the availability and preservation of research materials, particularly journals available online, according to a nationwide survey released last week. The...

Proposal would kill fixed-rate loan plan

April 28, 2004

Market conditions might continue to determine student loan interest rates under a proposal to be introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives this week. Currently, those who have student loans pay interest...

College Bowl team wins national title

April 27, 2004

One day after winning the College Bowl National Championship Tournament, members of the University's College Bowl team were doing what any self-respecting champions would do - listening to Queen and watching...

Kerry pitches auction plan for student loans

April 22, 2004

Democratic presidential hopeful Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry proposed a plan Thursday that would change how banks make student loans and would increase funding for a national volunteer program. Under...

Probe targets former U doctor

April 20, 2004

The Minnesota Board of Medical Practice is investigating a former Boynton Health Service physician for sexual misconduct, according to documents posted on the board's Web site last week. The University...

U pushes study abroad in sciences

April 16, 2004

Faculty and staff from 120 universities around the world gathered Thursday at the University to discuss student enrollment in study abroad. The group of about 400 advisers, professors, administrators and...

Forum explores pros and cons of stem cell research

April 14, 2004

A guffaw and a hiss or two slipped from the mouths of a few audience members during discussions between the public and University researchers about the ethics and science of human embryonic stem cell research. But,...

Poll: Women more supportive of gays

April 9, 2004

University first-year men and women students have very different opinions and college expectations, but are more progressive than students at other public universities, according to a survey of first-year...

Groups demand information on U’s policies

April 6, 2004

The University should disclose its affirmative action policies if it is truly responsible to the community, said a letter sent to the University by three national groups in late March. The National Association...

Tax breaks can help students

April 2, 2004

After taking a course on taxes, University student Rob Amott embarked on a mission foreign to many young adults: He filed his own tax returns. In addition to saving money on an accountant, Amott, a Carlson...

MPIRG survey tests instant runoff voting

March 31, 2004

Presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., swept the presidential preference survey conducted by the Minnesota Public Interest Research Group at the University Tuesday, boasting 58.51 percent of...

Dayton blasts funding choices

March 29, 2004

Politicians at the state and national level are neglecting students and treating them unfairly at higher-education institutions, three legislators said Saturday. Sen. Mark Dayton, D-Minn., spoke to a group...

Students slam fees committee in hearing with U administrator

March 26, 2004

Students and University employees said Thursday at a hearing that the Student Services Fees Committee did not listen to their funding requests and misunderstood funding procedures. Approximately 50 students...

Senate approves more low-income college aid

March 24, 2004

Low-income students might be able to receive more Pell Grant money under a U.S. Senate proposal that passed March 11. Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., sponsored the plan - part of a larger Senate budget bill...

Protests mark year of U.S. action in Iraq

March 22, 2004

Approximately 2,000 people with flags, signs and costumes gathered Saturday at the State Capitol to show both opposition and support for the U.S.-led war in Iraq. The rallies marked the one-year anniversary...

Some veterans say military restricts free speech

March 10, 2004

When Sharon Haller enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, she traveled across the world representing her base on a volleyball team, and trained to become an air traffic controller. But Haller, a program associate...

Engineering group offers salsa classes

March 9, 2004

A group of chemical engineering students has advanced its studies of geometry and viscosity with evenings of fluidity and higher planes of coordination. They said they would like to teach fellow students...

Bill pitches larger grants

March 8, 2004

Low-income students who take demanding high school courses would be eligible to receive more Pell Grant money under a bill introduced in the House of Representatives on Thursday. The bill would give 36,000...

Group protests Haiti ‘intervention’

March 5, 2004

A group of protesters gathered near University Avenue Southeast and Highway 280 on Thursday evening to oppose what they said is U.S. intervention in the Feb. 5 overthrow of former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand...

GOP drops plan to punish schools for tuition hikes

March 4, 2004

U.S. House Republicans will not push legislation that would penalize colleges that significantly increase tuition, the congressman spearheading the proposal said yesterday. California Rep. Howard "Buck"...

Drug Web site meets controversy

February 27, 2004

Gov. Tim Pawlenty defended his Canadian prescription drug Web site yesterday after a Food and Drug Administration letter called it "unsafe, unsound and ill-considered." The site, which helps Minnesotans...

Bush stance sparks debate

February 25, 2004

With Minnesota's March 2 caucuses around the corner, the debate over same-sex marriage heated up yesterday when President George W. Bush announced his support of a constitutional amendment that would ban...

Report urges better access

February 23, 2004

Colleges and secondary schools must provide more financial access and academic opportunities to prospective students, according to a report published in Friday's Chronicle of Higher Education. The report...

More students learn to talk without saying a word

February 19, 2004

If Jenny Hansen ever got laryngitis, she would be able to use her second language, but not her first. Hansen, an elementary education junior, is one of an increasing number of University students taking...

Bill aims to curb Wis. students’ tuition edge

February 17, 2004

Under the current reciprocity program, Wisconsin-native undergraduate students pay 28 percent less than their Minnesotan counterparts while attending the University. A group of state legislators is working...

Distance learning catches on in U.S.

February 16, 2004

When Michelle Lappin decided to add a minor in business during her junior year at the University, she was faced with the possibility of taking a college algebra course that would require more classroom...

Some come to U to design their own major

February 11, 2004

When Nick Deffley began researching colleges four years ago, he had trouble picking a major because of his interest in a number of fields. He eventually settled on the University because it offered him...

Book costs plague students

February 10, 2004

At the beginning of the semester, Stefanie Benham decided she no longer wanted to pay the textbook prices at the University Bookstores. So, on friends' advice, the second-year University student decided...

U ReUse program hosts its first public auction

February 9, 2004

For people who have ever wanted to own a Roman sink tub, their wish might soon come true. This week, the University's ReUse Program Warehouse will hold its first public auction, which will include about...

Pilot online program aims to make paper citations easier

February 6, 2004

For Chantal Norrgard, writing papers will never be the same. Instead of spending a lot of her research time compiling bibliographies, the second-year graduate student will use RefWorks, an online tool...

U officials do the math on Bush budget plan

February 4, 2004

President George W. Bush unveiled a $2.4 trillion budget plan Monday that could affect the University and its students in many ways. The proposal included an increase in loans for first-year students,...

Women’s studies name change would not affect classes

January 30, 2004

Faculty and graduate students in the women's studies department are considering changing the department's name. The idea has been around the department for about five years, department chairwoman Amy Kaminsky...

Group looks to boost political engagement

January 28, 2004

If a group of students and professors at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs is successful, learning about events such as yesterday's New Hampshire presidential primary might soon be easier. The group,...

Democrats confront higher ed financing

January 22, 2004

As college costs escalate nationwide, President George W. Bush and the Democratic presidential candidates are mapping plans to solve the problems universities face. For students struggling to cover tuition...

IT Dean H. Ted Davis to step down after nine years at helm

January 20, 2004

After nine years of adding faculty members and successfully lobbying for new buildings and equipment, H. Ted Davis will step down as the Institute of Technology's dean in fall 2004. University officials...

Iowa caucuses draw student volunteers for candidates

January 20, 2004

Braving Saturday morning's frigid weather, Josh Dibley and Shaun Laden paced around a cherry-colored rental van, munching on oranges and preparing to depart on a 140-mile Iowa road trip to build support...

Students enjoy diverse holidays over break

December 12, 2003

Ling-Ya Wang will use winter break to relax and reflect on life with her friends but not to celebrate Christmas. Wang, a University graduate student and member of the University branch of the Minnesota...

University now offers an Asian-American studies minor

December 10, 2003

This fall, undergraduate University students could work toward Asian-American studies minors for the first time. Students and faculty said they hope the minor will increase education about Asian-Americans'...

More U students opt for less popular languages

December 5, 2003

University students taking foreign language classes are increasingly turning to less popular languages, according to enrollment information from the College of Liberal Arts. While the University population...

Students urge focus on business impact and ethics

December 1, 2003

Some Carlson School of Management students do not see one bottom line - they see three. Of these students seeing triple, about 25 are members of Net Impact, a national group of business students and professionals...

Students: U neglects S. Asian studies

November 25, 2003

When Charles Arndt arrived at the University in fall 2000, he expected to get a solid education in South Asian culture and history. Arndt had received a letter from the University in October 1999 that...

Electronic document storage raises concern in U libraries

November 25, 2003

The convenience of using electronic documents comes with drawbacks, University librarians said. Increased use of electronic documents can sometimes make preserving information difficult and also raises...

Some students, staff scoff at college helpline reform

November 20, 2003

Beginning next semester, those who call the University's College of Continuing Education helpline will get a live person, rather than the machine they get now - but not everyone thinks this is a good idea. With...

Classroom shortage blocks registration in 700 courses

November 17, 2003

When Luke Werner tried to register for a computer programming class last Wednesday, he had an unpleasant surprise. A message appeared on his screen telling him the course section was canceled, even though...

Students encounter few glitches registering online for spring

November 13, 2003

As University students began registering for classes this week, some encountered minor problems - but far fewer than in past years, according to information technology officials. At the Law School, many...

U gets grant to research tracking kids’ learning

November 12, 2003

University researchers will use $4.5 million in grant money to develop and improve methods for measuring children's progress in reading, writing, math and science. The department of educational psychology...

Computer error means higher loan payments for 1 million graduates

November 7, 2003

One million people whose student loans are managed by Sallie Mae, the nation's main guarantor of student loans, will be paying more than they expected because of a glitch in Sallie Mae's software. The...

U debates using ACT writing section

November 7, 2003

Representatives from the University Senate are debating whether future applicants to the University should write an essay as part of their ACT tests. The University Senate Educational Policy Committee...

Laptops let law students play hooky without leaving their classrooms

November 4, 2003

As laptop use in University classrooms has increased, so have the distractions and temptations they pose, University law students said. In classes where many students take notes with laptops, students...

Profs clash over whether Fla. woman should live

October 30, 2003

University professors are taking sides in the case of Terri Schiavo, the brain-damaged Florida woman who earned national attention when the governor ordered she be kept alive despite her husband's wishes. University...

Some students like U jobs, while others head off campus

October 28, 2003

Minneapolis provides a variety of job opportunities, but many students said flexible schedules, convenient locations and managers used to working with students attracted them to a University job. The University...

U’s Latino proportion below city’s

October 21, 2003

The percentage of Latinos at the University is half their proportion in the metropolitan population, according to fall registration enrollment statistics. Latino students make up 2.2 percent of University...

Students adapt to 13-credit policy

October 16, 2003

It only took two strained knees for first-year University student Tosha Brandt to fall below the University's 13-credit minimum. After her first week at school, Brandt learned she needed surgery. Forced...

U lecturer to join Steger’s arctic trek

October 14, 2003

University lecturer Aaron Doering will join a team of three other Minnesotans, one Canadian and a Danish explorer-educator on a 3,000-mile trek across the Arctic in December. Minnesota explorer and writer...