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The University's Board of Regents convene at the McNamara Alumni Center on Friday, Feb. 8.

Board of Regents reviews alcohol sales at Mariucci, Williams arenas

May 11, 2019

The University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents reviewed expanding alcohol sales at sports arenas, discussed a changing environment for transfer students and welcomed the newly elected regents at meetings...

President Eric Kaler speaks during a meeting of the University Senate on Thursday, May 2 at Mondale Hall. The group discussed policy, budgeting and administrative matters. 

President Kaler’s final conversation with the Minnesota Daily

May 6, 2019

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler had his final conversation with Minnesota Daily before his presidential term comes to an end this July. Kaler discussed the Board of Regents’ decision not...

Regent Abdul Omari listens in on the Board of Regents' special session on Friday, April 26. The board voted against the renaming of four buildings on campus after more than a year of community discussion on the issue.

Reckoning with history: How the University’s efforts to rename buildings failed

May 6, 2019

 The University of Minnesota has not renamed a building on campus since its founding in 1851, a record kept after the Board of Regents meeting last month.  In spite of more than a year of student...

Regent Abdul Omari listens in on the Board of Regents' special session on Friday, April 26. The board voted against the renaming of four buildings on campus after more than a year of community discussion on the issue.

Reckoning with history: How the University’s efforts to rename buildings failed

May 5, 2019

The University of Minnesota has not renamed a building on campus since its founding in 1851, a record kept after the Board of Regents meeting last month.  In spite of more than a year of student advocacy,...

Professor John Wright faces the Board of Regents after receiving support from the crowd during the special session on Friday, April 26. The board voted against the renaming of four buildings on campus after more than a year of community discussion on the issue.

‘Frustrating, disappointing and enraging’: Reaction to regents’ decision on renaming

May 2, 2019

Even before an overwhelming majority of regents voted against renaming buildings Friday, it was clear that disagreement about the University of Minnesota’s complex history was far from over. Protesters...

‘Frustrating, disappointing and enraging’: Reaction to regents decision on renaming

May 1, 2019

Even before an overwhelming majority of regents voted against renaming buildings Friday, it was clear that disagreement about the University of Minnesota’s complex history was far from over. Protesters...

Professor John Wright faces the Board of Regents after receiving support from the crowd during the special session on Friday, April 26. The board voted against the renaming of four buildings on campus after more than a year of community discussion on the issue.

Regents vote against renaming Coffman

April 26, 2019

The University of Minnesota's Board of Regents voted against renaming four campus buildings despite protesters commandeering a special meeting Friday afternoon to decry the resolution.  Regents voted...

Illustrated by Abby Adamski.

On renaming, regents pursue own historical research

April 24, 2019

The debate over building names at the University of Minnesota hinges on different approaches to interpreting the same historical archive. After a University task force recommended renaming four buildings...

Illustrated by Abby Adamski

Amid regents’ accusations, some worry about distorted debate over building renaming

April 18, 2019

After weeks of back-and-forth about renaming buildings on campus, some people at the University of Minnesota are concerned that public focus has diverted from how the campus should reckon with its racist...

University Regent Linda Cohen poses for a portrait on Saturday, April 13 in her home in Minnetonka. The cardigan she is wearing was her father, Louis Gross' from his time at the University in the 1920s. 

Longtime Regent Cohen set to depart from board

April 15, 2019

Linda Cohen has served on the University of Minnesota Board of Regents for the past 12 years, a tenure marked by a term as board chair, steadfast support for education and, above all else, abiding love...

Eastcliff, the official resident of the president of the University of Minnesota, is seen on Wednesday, April 11 in Minneapolis. The house will get $970,000 in repairs this summer.

University’s presidential residence to get $970,000 in repairs

April 11, 2019

With a new tenant moving in, the University of Minnesota’s presidential residence will undergo renovations this summer that will cost almost $1 million.  The University will spend up to $970,000...

Diagram by Morgan La Casse. Photos courtesy of the University of Minnesota

Where do the regents stand on renaming buildings?

April 8, 2019

Board Chair David McMillan: Unknown Chair McMillan said in an emailed statement to the Minnesota Daily that the board would continue to have a “constructive and candid dialogue around these important...

Illustrated by Morgan La Casse

Trump’s executive order on free speech raises doubts at UMN

April 4, 2019

President Donald Trump’s recent executive order linking federal funds to college protections for free speech has stirred uncertainty at the University of Minnesota, with some on campus questioning how...

Coffman Union as seen on Saturday, March 30.

Renaming efforts turn into a contentious debate over the historical record

April 1, 2019

After more than a year of investigating racist and anti-Semitic actions in the University of Minnesota’s past, a push to rename buildings on campus has come to an impasse amidst pushback from members...

President Eric Kaler answers questions for the Minnesota Daily in his Morrill Hall office on Thursday, Feb. 14.

Kaler discusses renaming buildings on campus, mental health and reciprocity

March 25, 2019

The Minnesota Daily sat down with University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler before spring break to talk about his recommendations to rename controversial buildings on campus, rising concern about student...

University President Eric Kaler fields questions after stepping down as president one year before his term is scheduled to end on July 13, 2018 at McNamara Alumni Center.

Kaler reflects on presidency in final State of the University

March 14, 2019

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler gave his final State of the University address Thursday — a reflective speech that highlighted the University’s successes, setbacks and Kaler’s own regrets...

The University's Board of Regents convene at the McNamara Alumni Center on Friday, Feb. 8.

Student representatives ask regents for sustainability, mental health resources

March 11, 2019

The University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents reviewed recommendations from student representatives and discussed system campus’ enrollment plans at a meeting Friday. Report from student representatives Student...

Dean Garry Jenkins gives a tour of the Law School in Mondale Hall during the Board of Regents' West Bank professional programs visit on Thursday, March 7.

Annual regents tour explores West Bank professional programs

March 8, 2019

Members of the Board of Regents spent their Thursday meeting with academic leaders, faculty and students on the University of Minnesota’s West Bank as part of the board’s annual campus tour.  This...

University of Minnesota Rochester campus.

Implementing a ‘bold’ vision for the Rochester campus

March 7, 2019

The Rochester campus is the newest of the University of Minnesota’s five-campus system. But after a decade into an innovative approach to higher education, campus leaders are looking to the future with...

Passersby walk next to Coffman Memorial Union on Monday, Oct. 29, 2018.

Kaler calls for renaming Coffman, other buildings

March 4, 2019

Coffman Union sees thousands of students pass through it every day. The student union is home to an assortment of student organizations — including the University’s nine student cultural centers. Soon,...

Passersby walk next to Coffman Union on Monday, Oct. 29, 2018. 

Kaler calls for renaming Coffman Union and other campus buildings

March 1, 2019

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler is recommending renaming Coffman Union and three other buildings on campus that were named after controversial figures.  Kaler announced his recommendation...

Julie Tonneson, associate vice president for budget and finance at the University, looks through years of old files in her office at Morrill Hall on Thursday, Feb. 21.

Behind the budget: Julie Tonneson’s ‘invaluable’ expertise as UMN budget director

February 28, 2019

Julie Tonneson isn’t afraid of numbers.  It’s a skill that comes in handy for the University of Minnesota’s budget director, who is responsible for guiding the school’s multibillion-dollar...

Illustrated by Morgan La Casse

UMN looks to revamp long-standing lib ed requirements

February 25, 2019

The University of Minnesota’s liberal education requirements have been in place for two decades.  Now, a University committee is moving forward with overhauling the curriculum, aiming to simplify...

The University of Minnesota Law School is seen on Tuesday, June 5.

Rising enrollment, applications a good sign for Law School

February 20, 2019

Rising enrollment numbers and applications are among signs of progress for the University of Minnesota’s Law School as it works its way out of a multi-year, multi-million dollar deficit.  This fall,...

President Eric Kaler answers questions for the Minnesota Daily in his Morrill Hall office on Thursday, Feb. 14.

Kaler discusses tuition increase, building names, presidential transition

February 15, 2019

The Minnesota Daily sat down with University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler this week to talk about the University’s tuition hike for non-resident, non-reciprocity students, the issue of controversial...

The University's Board of Regents convene at the McNamara Alumni Center on Friday, Feb. 8.

Conflicting priorities emerge as UMN works to readjust tuition

February 12, 2019

As the University of Minnesota works to readjust tuition on the Twin Cities campus, there are conflicting priorities about how the University should balance costs for Minnesota students and those from...

Regent Kendall Powell speaks during the University's Board of Regents meeting at the McNamara Alumni Center on Friday, Feb. 8.

Regents approve tuition surcharge for CSE students

February 8, 2019

The University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents passed a tuition surcharge for College of Science and Engineering students, approved renovations to the University’s volleyball center and reviewed progress...

University President Eric Kaler answers questions from the Minnesota Daily on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 in his office at Morrill Hall. Kaler told the Daily his favorite part about the fall semester is watching Gopher football and volleyball games.

In final semester, Kaler maintains a full agenda

February 7, 2019

President Eric Kaler is taking on a full agenda to round out his time at the helm of the University of Minnesota.  From making a decision about Coffman Union to overseeing the University’s multi-million...

University President-designate Joan Gabel shakes the hand of Regent Ken Powell after being voted into the job on Tuesday, Dec. 18 at McNamara Alumni Center.

UMN presidential transition already underway

February 4, 2019

Joan Gabel will not take over as President of the University of Minnesota until July, but planning for her presidency has already begun.  A University transition team has six months to prepare President-Designate...

Passersby walk next to Coffman Union on Monday, Oct. 29, 2018. 

Examining the past: UMN efforts to rename buildings among longest in nation

January 28, 2019

The University of Minnesota's efforts to reevaluate four buildings on campus named after controversial figures have become among the longest in the country.  The University’s work to examine its...

Examining the past: UMN efforts to rename buildings delayed again

January 27, 2019

The University of Minnesota's efforts to reevaluate four buildings on campus named after controversial figures have become among the longest in the country.  The University’s work to examine its...

A University of Minnesota Health sign is seen on Wednesday, Jan. 23.

Long-awaited academic health restructure goes into effect

January 24, 2019

Following the restructure of its Academic Health Center, University of Minnesota administrators say they're looking forward to a more collaborative approach to health sciences. The overhaul, which went...

President Eric Kaler fields questions in his office in Morrill Hall on Thursday, Oct. 18.

University of Minnesota sexual misconduct prevention efforts show signs of success

January 21, 2019

The University of Minnesota’s plans to combat sexual misconduct set out with an ambitious goal: to stop the “epidemic” of sexual assault and harassment on campus.  Nearly two years into the...

Presidential finalist Joan Gabel wins over UMN community

December 13, 2018

There’s building excitement about University of Minnesota presidential finalist Joan Gabel as she heads into her interview before the Board of Regents this Friday. Among faculty, staff and students who...

Members of the Board of Regents converse during their meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 5, where they discussed the finalists for the next presidential of the University.

Concerns persist about another lone presidential finalist at UMN

December 12, 2018

University of Minnesota presidential finalist Joan Gabel was the only front-runner willing to be publicly named, even if other finalists remained in the running. That decision ended up placing Gabel on...

University Joan Gabel visits the Twin Cities campus on Monday, Dec. 10.

UMN presidential finalist comes to campus

December 11, 2018

University of Minnesota presidential finalist Joan Gabel made her first public appearance on Monday at Coffman Memorial Union — the start of a weeklong visit to all five University system campuses.  Gabel,...

University Joan Gabel visits the Twin Cities campus on Monday, Dec. 10.

[Photo] Joan Gabel takes over as University of Minnesota president

July 1, 2019

University Joan Gabel visits the Twin Cities campus on Monday, Dec. 10.

UMN works to fend off international student decline

December 10, 2018

Facing declines in international student enrollment, the University of Minnesota is bolstering efforts to combat what’s become an increasingly challenging problem for schools across the country.   The...

A provost at the University of South Carolina, Joan Gabel is the sole finalist in the presidential search at the University of Minnesota.

Joan Gabel: lone UMN presidential candidate

December 6, 2018

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents selected a lone finalist in the search for the next president: Joan Gabel, who could become the first female president of the University. Gabel, the provost...

UMN student, professor combine efforts on environmental advocacy

December 6, 2018

Savita Sidhu and Scot Adams bonded over two things when they met in Washington D.C. last summer: environmental advocacy and the University of Minnesota.  University undergraduate Sidhu and Adams,...

Minneapolis Police drive downtown on Tuesday, June 26.

UMN student hit by car on St. Paul campus

December 5, 2018

A jaywalking University of Minnesota student was hit by a car on the St. Paul campus last night after leaving class.  University student David Tambornino, 54, was struck near the intersection of Gortner...

With inflation rising, pay raises at UMN remain 'modest'

With inflation rising, pay raises at UMN remain ‘modest’

December 3, 2018

Some faculty and staff at the University of Minnesota have raised concerns about the amount of money designated for yearly pay raises, which has remained stagnant over the past decade. The University has...

UMN pays $137,500 settlement to student sexually assaulted in Cuba

November 28, 2018

The University of Minnesota paid $137,500 last year to settle a lawsuit brought by an undergraduate student who said she was raped while studying abroad in Cuba in 2014, according to the Pioneer Press.  A...

UMN members advocate for disability training

November 28, 2018

Amid increasing demand for disability resources at the University of Minnesota, members of the University Senate are pushing for mandatory training for employees on disabilities issues. The Disabilities...

David McMillan speaks during the University's Board of Regents meeting on Friday, Sep. 14 at the McNamara Alumni Center.

Will UMN name multiple finalists? The question re-emerges as the presidential search enters its final stages

November 26, 2018

As the search for the next University of Minnesota president enters its final stages, many are waiting to see if the University will publicly name multiple finalists for the position — a decision that...

Horticultural Science Ph.D candidate Seth Wannemuehler explains the science behind fruit breeding on Thursday, Nov. 15 on Saint Paul campus.

Better, sweeter, stronger: UMN’s fruit research program

November 21, 2018

University of Minnesota researcher Seth Wannemuehler wants to make the kiwiberry Minnesota’s next big fruit. The first step: explaining what a kiwiberry is.  The green berries — a close cousin...

Illustrated by Hailee Schievelbein

As search for next president narrows, diversity brought to the forefront

November 19, 2018

Last month, biomedical engineering professor Jonathan Sachs pointed out an issue that has become increasingly prevalent in the search for the next University of Minnesota president: diversity. “I’m...

Abdul Omari speaks during the University's Board of Regents meeting on Friday, Sep. 14 at the McNamara Alumni Center.

UMN presidential search committee announces short list of candidiates

November 17, 2018

The search committee selected to help find the next University of Minnesota president announced Friday the group had narrowed its list of candidates — the next step in the ongoing process to find President...

Changes to sabbatical policy run into headwinds

November 15, 2018

Proposed changes to the University of Minnesota’s sabbatical policy will undergo further review following opposition from several faculty members in the University Senate. University officials put forth...

Abdul Omari speaks during the University's Board of Regents meeting on Friday, Sep. 14 at the McNamara Alumni Center.

Concerns about vetting loom over search for new UMN president

November 12, 2018

The search for the next University of Minnesota president has raised questions regarding the candidate vetting process amid larger concerns about a lack of transparency.  Some faculty and transparency...