The Minnesota Daily

All content by Ashley Bray

Rest up: the top 5 places to nap on campus

May 2, 2011

ItâÄôs been a long year, but the end is finally upon us. Though the recent weather has been no indicator, summer is quickly approaching âÄî I can almost smell the beach. ThereâÄôs...

Pay up, you’re in the real world

April 12, 2011

ItâÄôs my favorite time of year. ItâÄôs a day when I receive a large gift that IâÄôve waited months to receive. No, itâÄôs not Christmas. ItâÄôs student loans deposit...

A different kind of report card

April 5, 2011

The only car I ever owned was a 2001 Cadillac DeVille âÄî four doors, V-8 engine and heated seats that worked sometimes. It was red. According to my credit report, however, I also own âÄî...

Saving the world a grain at a time

March 31, 2011

Many students have felt like they carry the weight of the world on their shoulders at some point during their college careers. While the road to graduation may be overwhelming at times, Being a student...

Playing with the boys

March 9, 2011

Two weeks ago my hometown high school girls hockey team made their first appearance in the state tournament. The Rosemount Irish were looking good, led by a powerful first line. Unfortunately the Irish...

Get out, get moving

March 3, 2011

Every Tuesday and Thursday my phone beeps to alert me itâÄôs time. I dread this text. It consists of only three letters âÄî a single word that makes me want to bang my head against the...

Go organic, invest in your health

February 22, 2011

Feeling sluggish lately? Are you tired, unmotivated, crabby or perhaps short-tempered? While, admittedly, some (OK, probably most) of those feelings may stem from 12 hours of homework, classes and work...

What not to do in Mexico

February 8, 2011

The day after Christmas, while my friends in Minnesota were buried under four feet of snow, I was departing the frozen tundra for warmer weather, exotic nightlife and new adventures. Never mind that I...

Money talks: don’t be deaf and dumb

January 27, 2011

Last Tuesday I had an epiphany. While sitting in my first day of personal and family finances class, I realized I am 23 years old, about to graduate from college and I have absolutely no clue how to manage...

Shaun Kennedy, Director of the National Center for Food Protection and Defense (NCFPD), a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence, is a leader in national food safety and food defense research.  Research and food security education takes place within the Andrew Boss Lab of Meat Science on the St. Paul Campus.

U helps prepare for food attacks

December 13, 2010

In the world of food safety and protection, Tommy Thompson, the former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, is often over-quoted. When the Secretary resigned in 2004, he famously said, âÄúFor...

U helps make businesses sustainable

December 7, 2010

Through broad discussions and corporate partnerships, the University of Minnesota has begun helping businesses make better, more impactful environmental decisions. The NorthStar Initiative, a program within...

Attendees listen to speakers at the Institute on the Environment’s E3 Conference at the River Center in St. Paul on Wednesday.

U makes strides toward wind energy

December 2, 2010

Wednesday was a typical winter day in St. Paul: cold and windy. While some might find the conditions unpleasant, close to 200 people gathered at the St. Paul RiverCentre to share ideas about how to use...

Students observe at U.N. Climate Change Conf.

December 1, 2010

Kendra Tillberry wants to be involved in talks about global climate change now because, at 19, she knows sheâÄôll be around when its effects become more visible. The political science junior travelled...

U helps to relieve farmers’ increasing debt

November 30, 2010

The current economic crisis has taken a toll on many in the state, and farmers are no exception. As a result of agricultural hardships and shifting consumer demand, the number of farmers reaching out to...

Gregory Burrell, an employee of the Sabathani Community Center, separates food into boxes to be given to people in need on Monday.

Food shelves feeling hunger pains

November 23, 2010

Each Thanksgiving, food shelves across the metro area prepare for a rise in hunger during the holidays. With the recession, however, that rise has lasted long after the festivities end, and food shelves...

University of St. Thomas mechanical engineering professor John Abraham discusses his role as a rapid response team scientist Tuesday.  As one of the founders of the program, Abraham has organized scientists from all over the country to be on call to provide accurate information about climate change.

Scientists take on doubters of climate change

November 18, 2010

John Abraham has been called a clown, a liar and âÄúa snake-like wretched manâÄù because he doesnâÄôt shy away from global warming controversy. The University of Minnesota alumnus...

Students campaign for wilderness protection

November 16, 2010

December marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge  in Alaska, and several University of Minnesota students are recognizing the date by fighting for the...

University hosts forum on effects of dams on rivers

November 12, 2010

By manipulating the flow of nature itself, large dams provide enough power to light up entire cities, but power comes with a price. Experts say dams disrupt the flow of the rivers they occupy, which can...

Richard Brand sits in the office of his farm that boarders Umore Park on Saturday in Rosemount, Minn.

U preps for controversial UMore Park mining lease

November 11, 2010

Richard Brand is no stranger to change. His farm, which lies just outside Rosemount, has been around since the 1920s and is one of the last remaining operations on the border of UMore Park. As the University...

Regents present sustainability report

November 11, 2010

 Following a top-notch report card in sustainability, the University of Minnesota Board of Regents  presented a plan detailing the UniversityâÄôs progress in sustainability over the past...

Study: Farming affects carbon levels

November 9, 2010

For many years, experts around the world have been making strides toward curbing world hunger, but researchers at the University of Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin have found another bump in...

Facebook gives insight into immigrant identities

November 8, 2010

Like most college students, Yuridia Ramirez spends a lot of time on Facebook. But unlike most college students, Ramirez, a University of Minnesota senior, used the popular social networking site in ways...

University group Incredible Engineers runs tests on their wind turbine on Saturday in St. Paul. The group built the turbine out of common objects and is sending it to Nicaragua.

U engineers aid Nicaraguan village

November 8, 2010

The residents of La Hermita, a small village in Nicaragua, have very little, especially when it comes to electricity. But Innovative Engineers, a University of Minnesota student group, is looking to change...

U offers course on sustainable design

November 8, 2010

Students at the University of Minnesota will have the opportunity to express their creative side while learning about sustainable design next semester. Students in the new course "Sustainability by Design,"...

University to offer new course on sustainability in design

November 6, 2010

 Students at the University of Minnesota will have the opportunity to express their creative side while learning about sustainable design next semester. Students in the new course âÄúSustainability...

University students use Facebook to research identity formation

November 5, 2010

Like most college students, Yuridia Ramirez spends a lot of time on Facebook. But unlike most college students, Ramirez, a University of Minnesota senior, found ways to use Facebook that most people do...

U gets straight A’s in sustainability

October 28, 2010

The University of Minnesota is the only school in the Big Ten to earn straight AâÄôs on its sustainability report card from the Sustainable Endowments Institute. The University was also one of...

U earns ‘A’ on sustainability report card

October 27, 2010

The University of Minnesota was the only school in the Big Ten to receive straight A's on its report card from the Sustainable Endowments Institute, according to a report released Wednesday. Furthermore,...

Graphic Design sophomore Bailey Sears shows the work she did as a part of her major’s intensive portfolio review process.

Tense, design students pitch portfolios

October 27, 2010

Design students at the University of Minnesota have two chances to prove to faculty they understand the concepts from their first year in the program. If they pass their portfolio review, theyâÄôre...

A dress from the South Asia and Southeast Asia Volume of the Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion is displayed in McNeal Hall on the St. Paul Campus.

U prof re-examines fashion abroad

October 26, 2010

After seven years of hard work and uncertainty, itâÄôs done âÄì the first-ever Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. The 10-volume tome was printed in July 2010 and, as of last month,...

It’s all in the family for U student up for FFA award

October 22, 2010

Update: Erin Daninger beat three other finalists to win the Dairy Proficiency award Friday at FFAâÄôs national convention in Indianapolis, Pat Daninger said on Friday. She will be honored on stage...

U and partners help organic farmers

October 21, 2010

Christa North of Minneapolis has been buying organic foods for 10 years. âÄúInitially I bought [organic] because the quality was better, but the more I shopped, the more I learned about pesticides...

Dr. Carlos Sere speaks at the Sustainably Feeding the World panel discussion Monday at the Cargil Building on the St. Paul campus.

Experts tackle world hunger worries

October 19, 2010

With 29 countries facing severe food shortages and the global population expected to increase over the next 40 years, experts have set a timeline to not only secure the worldâÄôs food supply, but...

Vet hospital technician Rachel Czachor takes staff dog Jada on her daily walk Wednesday on the St. Paul Campus.  Recently, more veterinary students have gone into practice to treat companion animals instead of treating food animals, which include cattle, swine and poultry.

U takes on nationwide vet shortage

October 14, 2010

There was a point in time when the University of MinnesotaâÄôs Veterinary Medical Center saw a lot more food animals than it does today. Over time, food animals âÄî cattle, swine and poultry...

U to provide free iPads for research

October 7, 2010

Approximately 450 University of Minnesota students will receive Apple iPads at the end of October as a part of a major research project. The College of Education and Human Development will be handing out...

U receives $45 million for education

October 7, 2010

The University of MinnesotaâÄôs National Center on Educational Outcomes has been awarded $45 million from the U.S. Department of Education to help students with severe cognitive disabilities. The...

University receives $45 million grant to improve K-12 education

October 6, 2010

The University of MinnesotaâÄôs National Center on Educational Outcomes has been awarded $45 million from the United States Department of Education to help students with severe cognitive disabilities. The...

CCE turns focus to work force

October 6, 2010

For many students, going off to college is a stepping stone to landing a job and a secure financial future. But for some, a bachelorâÄôs degree just isnâÄôt enough. For those students,...

Graduate student Sam Gale looks for wheat plants infected with Ug99 fungus Monday at the Cereal Disease Laboratory.  Ug99 is a stem rust fungus that can kill wheat and barley plants

St. Paul fights wheat disease

October 5, 2010

Few can claim that their work affects millions of lives. For researchers at the Cereal Disease Laboratory, that figure might be an underestimate. CDL Director Martin Carson and his colleagues are the foremost...

Students speak out against coal

October 1, 2010

When Penn State made a public commitment to transition its campus from burning coal to a cleaner fuel last week, some students at the University of Minnesota began to worry the Twin Cities campus is falling...

Grant aids in biomass solutions

September 28, 2010

Two University of Minnesota researchers will use part of a $16.5-million grant to lead the bio-industry in growing alternatives to traditional fossil fuels. Professors Jason Hill and Tracy Twine are leading...

Stillwater resident and bow hunter Tommy Gerlach holds the buck he shot on Saturday. Saturday was the bow hunting season opener in Minnesota.

Minnesota relies on hunters to keep deer populations in check as fall ushers in hunting season

September 23, 2010

Thursday is the first full day of autumn, and in Minnesota that means deer season is right around the corner. About a million deer roam Minnesota each year, making them the stateâÄôs most abundant...

U sponsors 71st nutrition conference

September 22, 2010

OWATONNA, Minn. – Participants from as far as Amarillo, Texas and Winnipeg, Ontario travelled to Owatonna, Minn., this week to hear the latest information on livestock nutrition from the University...

University hosts therapeutic riding program

September 17, 2010

Tim O’Malley is 25 years old and living with Down syndrome, among other problems. Most days, he can’t walk on his own. He breathes through a hole in his neck with the help of a tracheostomy...

Roger Thurow gives his keynote speech for the Global Sustainable Bioenergy Conference Wednesday night at The Minneapolis Marquette Hotel.

IonE sponsors bioenergy conference

September 16, 2010

Enough. That was the resounding message at Wednesday night’s keynote speech at the Institute on the Environment’s Global Sustainable Bioenergy Convention. The IonE is sponsoring the conference,...

U prof’s book examines controversial issues

September 15, 2010

Group selection theory is an idea that has been characterized by some as innovative and ingenious, and by others as ill-conceived and impractical. The once-forgotten theory — that natural selection...

Bryce Nelson shows how sudden death syndrome has affected soybeans across Southern Minnesota Thursday in Rose Creek, Minnesota.

Late-season disease could harm soybean yield

September 13, 2010

Soybean diseases with the potential to damage MinnesotaâÄôs yield this season have been appearing in more fields than normal. Sudden Death Syndrome, Phytophthora and white mold  are all diseases...

George Johnson, of Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc., mixes and bags samples of cow manure at the Fair Saturday.  He is part of a team researching the energy potential of these waste products for the University and the State Fair.

Fair waste tested as U’s clean energy

September 9, 2010

Taking advantage of the variety of food offered annually at the Minnesota State Fair, researchers obtained waste samples in hopes of creating a new type of soup âÄî manure soup that is. Fortunately,...

Landscape architecture graduate student Natalie Ross poses Thursday in Rapson Hall. She will join seven other interns in Geneva, Switzerland.

Architecture student selected to aid in Geneva

August 4, 2010

To some, working in a foreign country, staying with an American ambassador and designing a project that could benefit an entire nation may sound too good to be true. But for University of Minnesota graduate...

Researchers work to fill biofuel gap

July 28, 2010

Every day, Americans hear about the problems facing our nation — rising national debt, a warming climate and depleting natural resources. The University of Minnesota is tackling head-on one such...