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Waseca’s sentence:

Published June 18, 1999

Editor's note: In light of the Board of Regents' approval of establishing a branch campus in Rochester, the Daily takes a look at the 1992 closing of its Waseca campus, located just 45 minutes away from...

U to offer graduate minor

Published June 16, 1999

In an effort to keep up with the growing demand for alternative healing options, the University will begin offering a graduate-level minor in complementary medicine this fall. The University will expand...

Campus closing still plagued with political strife

Published June 16, 1999

Editor's note: In light of the Board of Regents' approval of establishing a branch campus in Rochester, the Daily takes a look at the 1992 closing of its Waseca campus, located just 45 minutes from Rochester....

Campus funding falls short

Published June 3, 1999

A lack of funding could put a kink in the University's plans to establish a branch campus in Rochester. At the close of the legislative session May 17, the University made off with only half of the $5.3...

Governor’s $160 million slice saves all but small piece of U pie

Published May 27, 1999

Although Gov. Ventura sliced $160 million from 40 legislative provisions with his line-item veto power, the University escaped relatively unscathed with only $450,000 in cuts. The governor cut $250,000...

Veto expected from Clinton on tax measure

Published May 26, 1999

A bill passed by a congressional committee extending tax breaks to aid students, parents and employers paying for education costs will probably not earn the president's signature. The measure, passed by...

Special police division

Published May 18, 1999

The man who is accused of assaulting a state senator with a pie in March went on trial Monday in Ramsey County Court. Bob Greenberg, 31, faces gross misdemeanor charges of disrupting the state Legislature...

To the wire: Legislature grants funding

Published May 18, 1999

House and Senate leaders in the state Legislature reached an agreement late Monday night outlining a plan which would provide $377 million over the next three years in funding for medical education, including...

Ventura passes bill to make date-rape drug ‘GHB’ illegal

Published May 17, 1999

Gov. Jesse Ventura signed a bill into law Thursday making it illegal to possess the so-called "date rape" drug GHB without a prescription. Gamma-hydroxybutyrate, or GHB, is known as a date-rape drug because...

Legislators dogged into reconsidering funding proposals

Published May 12, 1999

Gov. Jesse Ventura's pet bulldog might be responsible for breaking the Legislature's impasse in budget negotiations and potentially saving an endowment for the University's Academic Health Center. In a...

Gender equity plan for U athletics includes

Published May 11, 1999

Varsity female athletes could be rowing their boats down the Mississippi River as soon as the 2000-01 academic year under part of University President Mark Yudof's plan to ensure gender equity between...

Ventura refuses to officially recognize day of prayer

Published May 7, 1999

As Minnesotans gathered at the state Capitol to celebrate Thursday's National Day of Prayer, some political groups criticized the governor's refusal to formally recognize the event. The sun broke through...

Legislature forms new tax refund bill

Published May 6, 1999

Professors are more likely than students to benefit from two tax-cut bills before the state Legislature. A joint committee of senators and representatives began hashing out the differences between the...

Faculty pay raise

Published May 4, 1999

As state legislators begin negotiating the higher education budget bill in conference committee, some University employees question the procedure the school must go through to obtain cost-of-living pay...

Rowlett, Kao make headway, raise issues despite defeat

Published April 30, 1999

Tense hours of waiting were punctuated by alternating bursts of laughter and hushed silence as Brett Rowlett, Irene Kao and their campaign crew watched "The Simpsons" in Rowlett's living room. "I feel...

Former senator addresses foreign policy

Published April 27, 1999

American politicians need to give foreign conflicts a tough review before U.S. forces get involved, said former Minnesota Sen. Eugene McCarthy on Monday. In his lecture, titled "Threats to American Democracy,"...

U funding

Published April 26, 1999

With only one more committee to pass through before final approval, the University's budget request is progressively losing steam. On Friday, the full Senate voted 62-2 in favor of its $2.61 billion higher...

U professor to retire next year, does not seek Senate re-election

Published April 26, 1999

The author of a bill to protect gays from discrimination in Minnesota -- and the first openly gay legislator in the nation -- announced Friday that he will not seek re-election next year. Sen. Allan Spear,...

Amendment to scratch Rochester campus fails

Published April 19, 1999

A proposal to establish a branch campus of the University in Rochester narrowly escaped the cutting room floor Friday as legislators' partisan interests intervened. House Minority Leader Rep. Thomas Pugh,...

Debated funding bill passes House

Published April 19, 1999

After efforts to nix funding for a branch campus in Rochester and plans to create a $35 million endowment for the University's Academic Health Center were shot down, the House of Representatives passed...

Task force to probe

Published April 15, 1999

One of Minnesota's top legislators called for University President Mark Yudof to appoint a community-led task force to examine academic standards in the intercollegiate athletics program on Tuesday. Assistant...

Memorial honors Holocaust victims

Published April 14, 1999

Lucy Smith hid in coal cellars and attics in the ghettos of Poland as she tried to escape the wrath of the Nazis' roundup and the extermination of Europe's Jews. She was nine years old. But she hid much...

Parallel programs to begin

Published April 9, 1999

Earning a degree from the University could get a little simpler with the changeover to semesters. Members of the Board of Regents' Faculty, Staff & Student Affairs committee discussed changes to the...

Pie-throwing protester charged with assault

Published April 7, 1999

A man who threw a pie in Senator Carol Flynn's face last week to protest the rerouting of Highway 55 could face up to a year in jail. Bob Greenberg, 32, of Minneapolis, was charged with disrupting the...

Students hit hardest by

Published April 2, 1999

Surcharges at automatic teller machines are rising across the state, even as merging banks post record profits, and students are among consumers hit the hardest. That was the conclusion of a study released...

Former professor of farm economics dies

Published April 1, 1999

University professor Paul Hasbargen was well-known to farmers throughout Minnesota for his seminars on managing farms and raising livestock. Hasbargen, who taught applied economics and helped farmers with...

U professor

Published March 31, 1999

George Tani, ophthalmologist and University clinical professor who spent time in a Japanese-American detention camp during World War II, died at his home March 22. He was 83. Although he retired from teaching...

Distinguished U professor dies from leukemia at 71

Published March 31, 1999

University professor Clark Starr died just four days after he was presented with a lifetime achievement award for his contributions to speech, language and hearing. Starr, who was the first chairman of...

World-renowned U dermatology authority dies

Published March 9, 1999

Milton Orkin, a Minneapolis dermatologist and clinical professor at the University, died Friday from a brain tumor. He was 69. A world-renowned authority on skin disorders such as scabies, Orkin was also...

University professor honored for laser study

Published March 3, 1999

The next time students pop a CD into their Discman or go through the check-out line at the supermarket, they can thank electrical engineering professor Marshall Nathan. Nathan helped develop the semiconductor...

Hiring on horizon;

Published February 26, 1999

Since history professor Hy Berman began teaching at the University in 1961, he has occasionally lectured to college students whose parents also took his classes. But Berman will give serious thought to...

By any measure,

Published February 25, 1999

A report released this week by the Chronicle of Higher Education ranks Minnesota sixth in compensation for full professors at state colleges and universities. But the ranking does not tell the whole story....

U fights to repeal public research legislation

Published February 19, 1999

The University Senate is spearheading a nationwide effort to repeal a law requiring researchers who get federal grant money to supply research data to anyone who wants it. Members of the University Senate...

University considers Rochester campus;

Published February 18, 1999

The University on Wednesday moved one step closer toward creating a branch campus in Rochester, Minn. The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities' Board of Trustees voted to approve a statement to establish...

Gopher mascot designer dies

Published February 11, 1999

Goldy Gopher was born a chipmunk. That's because when George Grooms originally drafted the design in the 1940s that would become the University's mascot, he lived in Iowa, where there were no gophers. But...

Committee

Published February 10, 1999

After a frustrating year for teachers and students, a state legislative committee agreed to scrap the state's $2 million graduation standard policy Tuesday. The House Education Committee voted 25 to 9...

Dairy producer issues

Published February 8, 1999

A local dairy company has recalled about 50 milk products over the weekend because of possible contamination with the listeria bacterium. The recalled products include several items from Land O' Lakes,...

Professor was pioneering force in psychiatric field

Published February 5, 1999

Burtrum C. Schiele, psychiatry professor emeritus, was known for using more than just psychoanalysis to help his patients. In a time when mental illness was just beginning to be recognized as a legitimate...

Number of women faculty

Published February 4, 1999

When students across the country go to class at the beginning of the year, chances are the courses won't be taught by women. Although more female instructors are teaching classes than 20 years ago, the...

Contaminated meats

Published February 1, 1999

Pregnant women, victims of the HIV virus and people who like hot dogs should all think twice before popping that wiener in the microwave. Twelve people across the nation have died and 79 people have reported...

White House

Published January 29, 1999

Although electrical engineering professor Guillermo Sapiro hopes his research in imaging might be used some day to diagnose breast cancer, he has no idea how the U.S. Navy is applying it because that information...

Numbers predict teacher shortage in Minnesota

Published January 28, 1999

As teachers in the baby boomer generation approach retirement age, Minnesota could face a shortage of elementary and secondary instructors. About 20,000 of the state's approximately 56,000 teachers will...

Outstanding profs honored with new distinguishing award

Published January 20, 1999

Seventy-five University faculty members were recognized for outstanding teaching Tuesday afternoon at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. These professors, representing all four University campuses,...

History professor moonlights in state Senate

Published January 15, 1999

University history professor Allan Spear has not written a book in more than 20 years. While that might land some professors in front of the tenure review committee, Spear has been applying his academic...

Committee evaluates plus-minus grading

Published January 14, 1999

Concerned professors and students can breathe a sigh of relief: The campus grade point averages for each of the University's four campuses has changed little since the University adopted its plus-minus...

Postal rate hike reflects increased service costs

Published January 11, 1999

For the first time in four years, the United States Postal Service is raising its rates for first-class mail. The new rate, effective Sunday, raised the price of a first-class stamp from 32 to 33 cents...

Additional digits

Published January 8, 1999

Making a local phone call in the Twin Cities will officially get a little tougher on Sunday. This weekend, the grace period for calls to phone numbers between the 612 area code and the new 651 area code...

Biological sciences vie for higher rankings

Published December 4, 1998

In its second year of accepting freshman applicants, the College of Biological Sciences nearly doubled its freshman class this year. In 1997, the college admitted its first freshman class of 117 students....

Haecker Hall completes three years of renovation

Published November 30, 1998

When University officials approached the Legislature three years ago for money to renovate Haecker Hall, the building had seen better days. Animal science professor Marshall Stern said when University...

Pyro takes out angst in kitchen

Published November 28, 1998

Charges brought against a University student for allegedly attempting to set a small fire on the kitchen floor at his parents' house Nov. 29 were dropped Friday in Scott County District Court. Ben Dover,...

Rural bankers chum up to loyal farming clientel

Published November 18, 1998

Most people meet with a banker on rare occasions, maybe twice every 10 years when a home mortgage or a car loan is needed. The meetings usually aren't fun either, especially for people already heavily...

Grant renewed

Published November 17, 1998

Georgina Jerricks knows what her students go through as teenage mothers trying to make ends meet. The nutrition educator had her first baby when she was 17. Now more than 40 years later, she uses that...

Women students outnumber men

Published November 13, 1998

Just a generation ago, women had only a small presence in the University's veterinary education program. But following a nationwide trend, more women are studying veterinary medicine now than their male...

Prof

Published November 12, 1998

While low crop prices and high production costs still mean many Minnesota farmers will face record low incomes for the year, one University researcher said the economic troubles might not be quite as dire...

Russian saxophonist lends talents to U jazz group

Published November 11, 1998

When jazz musician Sasha Boychouk was touring Canada nine years ago with a quintet from the Soviet Union, he made a momentous decision on the spur of the moment. "It clicked one day," said the 37-year-old...

St. Paul gala

Published November 6, 1998

About 150 University students, staff and faculty blatantly ignored the "no food or drink" signs as they enjoyed hors d'oeuvres and drinks in the corridor outside the recently finished racquetball courts...

U gets $3 million in grants for plant genetics research

Published November 4, 1998

Four University projects in plant genetics received the largest grant from the National Science Foundation ever awarded to the departments. The $3 million grant will help unlock the mysteries of plant...

Ecology

Published November 2, 1998

The University's ecology and environmental science program is ranked number one by a respected scientific periodical. The ranking, which appeared in the October issue of Science Watch, should propel the...

Senegal partners

Published October 28, 1998

An agreement between the University and the government of Senegal could have Senegalese scientists studying at the University just in time for the semester conversion. University officials reached an agreement...

First historic marker unveiled, honors Cyrus Northrop

Published October 26, 1998

University faculty, staff and students got a taste of history Friday morning as the University's founding father John Sargent Pillsbury rode up the sidewalk of Northrop Mall in a horse-drawn carriage. Pillsbury,...

Candidates milk

Published October 21, 1998

With milk dripping from their udders before the milking contest began, four of the University's dairy cows helped determine the fate of the 34 remaining Homecoming candidates Tuesday afternoon on the St....

Event

Published October 20, 1998

The clouds of cigarette smoke that fill bars often conjure alternate memories and smell differently than the sweet smell of tobacco smoldering in a grandfather's pipe. But scientists now have reason to...

Mike Martin leaves University

Published October 15, 1998

About 150 University administrators, staff and faculty members gathered at the St. Paul Student Center's Northstar Ballroom on Wednesday to bid a fond farewell and extend best wishes to Mike Martin. Martin...

Long-awaited St. Paul Gym

Published October 12, 1998

Editor's note: More than $400 million is earmarked to build and renovate numerous University facilities over the next several years, thanks to a 1998 capital budget windfall and private donations. This...

Sciences

Published October 9, 1998

A key Board of Regents committee voted unanimously on Thursday to approve a proposal to reorganize departments in the College of Biological Sciences. In what he called one of the "best faculty-driven efforts...

Proposed merger in biological sciences would reorganize life sciences departments.

Published October 8, 1998

A proposal going before the Board of Regents today could have some life science professors on the St. Paul campus packing their bags to move to Minneapolis. In an effort to accelerate University President...

New program would help

Published October 2, 1998

If state Sen. Linda Berglin has her way, this time next year Minnesotans with low incomes can start climbing out of poverty with help from a new pilot program. Berglin, DFL-Minneapolis, has been working...

Conference marks partnership between U, southern colleges

Published October 1, 1998

Twenty-five faculty members and administrators from four historically black colleges visited with University professors and administrators for the first time Thursday for a two-day conference. The conference...

U profs lend

Published September 30, 1998

While farmers in the Midwest lament the farm crisis that has rendered their crops less profitable than expected, University researchers are doing their part to alleviate the farmers' woes. Low market prices...

U research aided by

Published September 24, 1998

When 17-year-old Alison Boutin began her summer research project in botany with Bob Thompson, she never dreamed her work would take her to a symposium in France. Boutin, a high school senior from Burnsville,...

Gas leak causes

Published September 21, 1998

On Aug. 21, University employee Joyce Durand noticed an odor inside the St. Paul campus bookstore that smelled like natural gas. Durand and other employees called University police and Facilities Management...

Raptor Center incurs break-in

Published September 21, 1998

Burglars broke into the Raptor Center on Aug. 21, damaging property and stealing gift store merchandise, equipment and drugs totalling nearly $20,000 in value. University Police Detective Charles Miner...

Plant pathology prof named interim dean

Published September 21, 1998

Phil Larsen, a plant pathology professor, has been named interim dean of the College of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences. Larsen will replace Mike Martin as dean of the college, and become...

Boynton clinics treat students’ illnesses

Published August 24, 1998

Tucked away behind Coffman Union and the Basic Sciences Building -- almost out of sight from Washington Avenue -- lies one of the University's most important buildings: Boynton Health Service. Boynton...

St. Paul Gym renovations include rock climbing wall

Published August 24, 1998

A climber slowly works his way up the rocky face; his feet and hands hold tentatively. One after the other, he reaches up with one hand, slowly finding the next hold. Soon, he is at the top, ready to...

Connectors link

Published August 24, 1998

So you're new on campus. On the day before the first day of class, you realize your 8 a.m. Intro to Forestry course is in a building not listed on the map they gave you in orientation. You wander around,...

Cost of college deters children

Published August 19, 1998

Despite financial aid options, students from lower-income backgrounds who do well in high school are still less likely to attend college than their middle- and upper-income peers who have more financial...

Social work school unites on

Published August 14, 1998

After years of negotiating multiple buildings on two campuses, two parts of the School of Social Work look forward to celebrating the millennium by moving in together. McNeal Hall on the St. Paul campus...

Students win awards for park research

Published August 12, 1998

After three years of meticulously counting 150 animal and 125 plant species in Anoka County parks, University students were recognized Tuesday at the Anoka County Government Center for their work. The...

Students explore bacteria’s benefits hands-on

Published August 7, 1998

In the age of E. coli outbreaks and the proliferation of antibacterial soaps and disinfectants, it's hard to imagine that some bacteria are good for people and animals. But 51 junior and senior high school...

Hollywood Video to open near campus

Published August 3, 1998

The lot in Dinkytown where the old Burger King building stood, on the corner of 14th Avenue Southeast and 5th Street Southeast, will soon have a new occupant. But the new business might be a surprise...

Elementary students embark on

Published July 31, 1998

The sound of childrens' voices filled the laboratory as 15 elementary schoolers craned their necks to see Chirp the chinchilla cradled in teacher Kendra Hunding's arms. The children are part of a group...

Specialty care saves animal hospitals

Published July 27, 1998

Ten years ago, tight funding at the University's Veterinary Teaching Hospitals almost closed their doors. But instead of closing, hospital officials decided to make up for lost state funding by becoming...

Agriculture

Published July 24, 1998

Mike Martin, dean of the College of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences for the past three years, will leave the University on Oct. 12 for a high-ranking position at the University of Florida. In...

Animal

Published July 21, 1998

In the brightly lit operating room, all is quiet. Dressed in scrubs and protective gear, the surgeon looks through his surgical microscope. He carefully closes the incision in his patient's eye after...

U grad student, teammates win milk carton boat race

Published July 20, 1998

To University graduate Chuck Ley, nothing could be finer than boating on a Minnesota lake on a sunny, hot July day -- unless you throw in a $500 prize. Ley, from Richfield, Minn., and his teammates from...

Raptor migration soars on Web site

Published July 17, 1998

Farmington, Minn., Middle School teacher Steve Dibb was met with scoffs and sighs after he announced that the next unit in biology class would be birds of prey. But after a University Raptor Center educator...

Students enjoy summer research at U

Published July 13, 1998

Laughter filled the air as the smell of grilled hamburgers and hot dogs wafted in the breeze Friday behind Bailey Hall as more than 100 students gathered for a picnic. Students from the Life Sciences...

Biology students earn credits underwater

Published July 10, 1998

While studying for biology, a group of students recently went swimming with the fish -- literally. Instead of book learning and conducting laboratory experiments, 15 biology students spent a week at Anthony's...

Planned renovations will uproot departments

Published July 1, 1998

As buildings across campus close for renovation, 34 academic departments will soon pack their bags and move to new accommodations. In April, the University received $206.8 million from the Legislature...

Food altered by genetics is topic of forum discussion

Published June 29, 1998

Information Age consumers face a bombardment of data to aid in making informed decisions, especially in the supermarket. But ethicists say consumers need even more information besides fat content and...

Ewe roundup reveals sheep research

Published June 26, 1998

Jill McGinnity squints at an ultrasound monitor, pointing with a smile to the faint gray outline of a tiny beating heart. Although ultrasound is an increasingly common technique, at least one aspect separates...

Early spring spawns more wasps, hornets

Published June 19, 1998

With spring arriving earlier than usual, so will less happily anticipated signs of summer: wasps and hornets. University of Minnesota Extension Service entomologist Jeffrey Hahn said not only will the...

Speaker pushes for governmental role in domestic abuse prevention

Published June 17, 1998

Governments need to play a more prominent role in preventing the abuse of women, said Radhika Coomaraswamy in a speech Tuesday night. "The state has a role to prevent, prosecute and punish those who violate...

Door helps

Published May 1, 1998

For Paul Halacy, acknowledging his homosexuality meant getting cut off financially by his parents. But the former University student, who made the metaphorical emergence from "the closet" Thursday at...

Historian travels freedom route

Published February 19, 1998

Historian Anthony Cohen spoke to a group of more than 100 people Wednesday at Coffman Union about travelling along the Underground Railroad, which is the network of rail lines and waterways slaves used...

Discussion covers clinical depression

Published January 15, 1998

Though most people get the blues once in awhile, some people experience debilitating depression that affects the quality of their lives. That type of clinical depression was the topic of discussion at...

Patron’s donation buys new door for animal hospital

Published January 1, 1995

University faculty, staff and visitors gathered at the Small Animal Hospital on the St. Paul campus to celebrate the addition of a disability accessible door Monday. But the addition of that door would...