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Voters make their way into the gym on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at Marcy Open School in Minneapolis.

Voters start early in UMN campus area

November 6, 2018

Paige Reno has a tradition on Election Day: she always goes to Al’s Breakfast before heading to the polls. Today, she decided on the blueberry walnut pancakes, a coffee and mostly Democrats down the...

Voters entering University Lutheran Church of Hope in Dinkytown right after polls opened at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018.


November 6, 2018

Voters entering University Lutheran Church of Hope in Dinkytown right after polls opened at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018.

Incoming Vice President of Research Chris Cramer.

New VP of research looks to future of research funding

November 6, 2018

The University of Minnesota’s next vice president of research, slated to start next week, will face a challenging environment for funding.  Chris Cramer will lead the Office of the Vice President...

Illustrated by Hailee Schievelbein

UMN looks to aid struggling Minnesota farms

November 5, 2018

With many Minnesota farmers facing additional stress amid an agricultural economic downturn this harvest season, a University of Minnesota Extension program offering free financial counseling aims to lend...

Faculty provide input on the future of the St. Paul campus on Friday October 24, 2018 in Ruttan Hall.

University members provide feedback on St. Paul revamp plan

November 1, 2018

During listening sessions about the future of the University of Minnesota's St. Paul campus, many members expressed support for the University’s plans. However, some faculty and staff said they’ve...

Lecturer Marta Shore addresses false negatives in her graduate level biostatistics course on Monday, Feb. 26 in Bruininks Hall.

University members to look at non-tenure faculty member treatment

October 31, 2018

Members of the Faculty Senate are taking a deeper look at how the University of Minnesota treats non-tenure faculty amidst ongoing concerns and questions about their role on campus. The Faculty Consultative...

Grant Zastoupil sends his absentee ballot on Friday, Oct. 12 in Dinkytown. Zastoupil, a fourth-year student from Fargo, is voting in North Dakota for Sen. Heidi Heitkamp. “My vote would physically mean more in North Dakota,” Zastoupil said. “I felt confident enough that the district would be blue and stay blue that I felt my vote was more needed in North Dakota.”

Despite historically low turnout, students’ voices could make the difference

October 31, 2018

University of Minnesota students could be the difference in many of Minnesota’s close races during midterms.  Despite low turnout rates, political experts and student activists agree that student...

Secretary of College Democrats at the University Abdinasir Nourkadi, 19, fills out his absentee ballot on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at Coffman Memorial Union. Nourkadi said he is voting for Ron Case for Mayor of Eden Prairie. Case was Nourkadi's math teacher.

Voting where it matters: amid close races, University students prepare for midterms

October 29, 2018

University of Minnesota students Ben Allard, Michael Geiger and Sarah Lardy all plan on voting in upcoming midterm elections. That decision could make a big impact — they're voting in Minnesota's 2nd...

Doug Snyder of the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization explains how water flows through the East Bank campus into the Mississippi River on Wednesday, Oct. 17.

New exhibit at UMN highlights impact of water in Minnesota

October 18, 2018

Water researchers at the University of Minnesota are increasing collaboration with community partners in light of a new exhibit on water resources hosted by the University. We Are Water MN — a traveling...

Illustrated by Jane Borstad

Despite recent declines, cheating persists on campus

October 15, 2018

Reported cases of cheating at the University of Minnesota have declined in the past five years, but University officials say it’s difficult to know the full extent of cheating on campus.  Last school...

UMN sees out-of-state student enrollment decline

October 12, 2018

The number of non-resident, non-reciprocity freshmen at the University of Minnesota dropped dramatically this semester — hitting the lowest point in five years — after the University raised tuition...

Rod McDavis of the newly selected firm, AGB Search, addresses the senate in Mondale Hall on Thursday, Oct. 4. AGB Search will head up the University's search for a new president following Eric Kaler's resignation at the end of the 2019 academic year.

UMN Senate questions new presidential search firm

October 8, 2018

The University of Minnesota Senate held its first meeting of the academic year Thursday, where it hosted the search firm recently selected to guide the University's presidential search. The University...

Psychiatry Assistant Professor Kristina Reigstad drops her 4-year-old Eve off at the University of Minnesota Child Development Center before heading to campus on Wednesday, Oct. 3 in Minneapolis. The University announced that the daycare would close last January, but reversed the decision after backlash from parents.

Child care center to stay open, concerns remain

October 4, 2018

After months of waiting, parents with children at a popular child care center at the University of Minnesota were relieved to hear the center would remain open. Last month's decision to keep the Child...

The third floor of Sanford Hall as seen on Wednesday, Oct. 3.

Flooding in Sanford Hall caused by flying disc

October 4, 2018

Parts of Sanford Residence Hall flooded Tuesday night, the result of residents playing with a flying disc in the hallway, setting off sprinklers. The incident happened around 6:45 p.m. on the fourth floor...

Illustrated by Jane Borstad

Revised grading policy enters final stages

October 1, 2018

Following a year-long review, changes to the University of Minnesota’s grading policy could go into effect as early as next semester.  The revised policy — the University’s official guidelines...

Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein 

University researchers working in the Boundary Waters face an uncertain future

September 25, 2018

Amidst ongoing debate about mining near the Iron Range, University of Minnesota researchers in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness are continuing their work with a skeptical eye toward the future.  The...

Illustration by Jane Borstad.

Delayed fellowship potentially a breach of academic freedom according to UMN committee

September 24, 2018

Faculty at the University of Minnesota are investigating whether a delayed Medical School fellowship violated academic freedom – the latest response to ongoing controversy surrounding the reproductive...

Illustrated by Jane Borstad

University Senate launches comprehensive academic dishonesty review

September 20, 2018

In an effort to better understand academic integrity at the University of Minnesota, members of the University Senate are looking at ways colleges across the University system can prevent cheating. Starting...

Em Conway and Luna Johnson pose for a picture on the University of Minnesota campus.

Proposed UMN gender expression policy still in progress

September 17, 2018

In response to concerns about free speech rights and potential disciplinary measures, University of Minnesota officials are reworking a proposed policy that would require University members to use the...

UMN professors balance political commentary and academia

September 10, 2018

With the 2018 midterm election season in full swing, political science professors at the University of Minnesota are faced with a challenging, yet important side gig: punditry.  University faculty...

Two finalists selected to lead the UMN Office of Equity and Diversity

September 10, 2018

The University of Minnesota’s hunt for a new vice president of equity and diversity is almost over after a four-month-long process narrowed the search down to two finalists.  The University hosted...

Top journal suspends submissions, hurting UMN academia

September 5, 2018

The Review of Higher Education temporarily halted submissions last month, a decision that is affecting researchers at schools across the country, including the University of Minnesota.  The move comes...

UMN sexual assault prevention training updated for older students

September 4, 2018

The University of Minnesota recently updated its online sexual assault prevention training, tailoring it to adult-learners and graduate students. The revamped training, which is part of the University’s...

Dan Schlissel, founder of Stand Up! Records.

Records with resilience

May 5, 2016

Dan Schlissel has a lot of stuff.Myriad CDs, posters, stickers, limited edition vinyls, promotional T-shirts and recording gear chronicle Schlissel’s 20 years as the founder of the independent comedy...

Local comedian and host of

A sucker for silly

May 3, 2016

On stage, Maggie Faris dons an old-school cabbie driver hat, circular owl-framed glasses and a fun-loving attitude. She’s the same in person.      In a typical set, Faris may talk...

Left to right, graduate students Nai-Cha Chen, Maria Mannone, Nathaniel Akers, William Heinze and Yan Pang pose in a rehearsal room in Ferguson Hall on Saturday afternoon. They will be performing their Composition Recital this Friday to present their original works.

Composing original classics

April 28, 2016

When people think of classical music composers, names like Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and maybe a few other old, dead European guys are mentioned.     Graduate students in the School of Music are...

Comedian Kurt Braunohler, who will be headlining Acme Comedy Club through Saturday.

Constant comedy

April 26, 2016

Kurt Braunohler is just about everywhere. He lends his voice to characters on the hit show “Bob’s Burgers,” hosts a weekly comedy showcase and performs stand-up on a variety of late night...

Superior Siren, a four piece Duluth-based band who will performing at the

Minneapolis under siege

April 21, 2016

Al Church may have moved to Minneapolis more than 10 years ago, but his heart remains in his native town of Duluth, Minn.     A multi-instrumental musician, Church joked he left Duluth at the...

Comedian Mary Mack who will performing in

Let’s see how this goes

April 19, 2016

Stand-up comedy is difficult in its own right. It takes writing, revising and rehearsing — even then, a performance can go badly.     Chicago comedian Tim Slagle decided to raise these...

Pat Susmilch

Validation after all these years

April 14, 2016

Local comedian Patrick Susmilch’s stand-up routines are basically an attempt to win approval — he jokes about getting on stage and just yelling “Validate me!”     “That’s...

Comedian Emily Galati

Quick on the draw

April 12, 2016

Phoenix native Emily Galati moved to Chicago to attend graduate school and perform improv. She now does neither.      She’s an established stand-up comedian who performs around the...

University alumnus Brady Knudson sells movie tickets at the St. Anthony Main Theatre on Tuesday night. The theatre is one of the venues hosting the 35th annual Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival from April 7-23.

Around the world in 300 films’

April 7, 2016

If you’re going to pick out the titles that make it to the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival, you have to do more than enjoy a good flick. You have to be obsessed with watching movies.     Presenting...

Left to right, Kenny Bernard, Milo Bonacci, Rebecca Zeller, Wesly Miles and Mathieu Santos.

Rolling with the changes

April 5, 2016

Recording in Seattle, Brooklyn, upstate New York, Los Angeles and Milwaukee, Ra Ra Riot is used to working on the go.     Although their latest album, “Need Your Light,” was written...

Tommy Ryman

Up close and personal

March 31, 2016

From behind thick tortoise-framed glasses and underneath a head of wavy auburn hair, Tommy Ryman has no problem admitting he can only do one pull-up.     By accenting his physical looks and...

The cast of Shakespeare's King Henry VI run through a dress rehearsal at the Rarig Center on Monday night. The play opens March 30 and runs through April 4.

400 years later, Henry VI restaged

March 29, 2016

Bickering factions, swaying loyalties, backstabbing betrayals and a whole lot of political ambition — “Henry VI” is the perfect play for this election season.      Although...

Daniel Kibblesmith, left, and Eliot Rahal.

It’s a real job, we promise

March 24, 2016

After getting into comics at age 17 and interning at Marvel during his college years, Eliot Rahal fell in love with the genre.     One day, it eventually clicked for him that he could turn his...

Local sketch comedy group LESTARIL works on an upcoming video on Sunday.

Sketch in the city

March 22, 2016

Sketch comedy is changing its form in Minneapolis.     A longtime hotbed of humor, the city boasts an impressive collection of comedians dedicated to open mics, improv and weekly stand-up showcases.     However,...

Comedy and controversy

March 10, 2016

With a penchant for anything anti-authoritarian, a casual disregard for creating controversy and a steady diet of ’90s cartoons, comedian Justin Colucci is familiar to anyone who went to high school...

Left to right, Michael

Dive into success

March 8, 2016

    For Lake Street Dive, major success has been a long time coming.   Formed in 2004 while the members were students at Boston’s New England Conservatory of Music, the band released...

Perfume Genius

A live monster

March 1, 2016

Perfume Monster was never meant to be a band.      While finishing up on different music projects, lead singer Thomas “Hazen” Zimborski and drummer Kyle Steen began sharing...

Producer Katrah-Quey, left, sits with local rapper and community activist Guante.

Getting his “hands dirty”

March 1, 2016

Local rapper Guante is a jack-of-all-trades. In addition to music, he’s pursuing a Masters of Liberal Studies at the University of Minnesota. He also works as a community activist, educator, spoken...

Local band Poolboy runs through songs in their practice space on Tuesday night, ahead of their EP release show at the 7th Street Entry on Feb. 28.

Taking a dip

February 25, 2016

Born in chlorine, electrocuted and dropped as a baby, and taught to read from a weird uncle’s Playboy subscription — this is the off-kilter way Poolboy describes the origin of their music.     In...

Local comedian Robert Fones performs at an open mic at the Comedy Corner Underground on West Bank on Friday night.

Humor with humility

February 23, 2016

When he accidentally referred to his routine as “art,” comedian Robert Fones shook his head in embarrassment, half-joking, “God that sounded arrogant.”     Even though...

Actresses, left to right, Noa Beckham-Chasnoff, Simone Williams, Holo Lue Choy, Atlee Jensen, Alyssa DiVirgilio, and Jillian Duffy of GIRL Theatre rehearse

‘What womanhood is’

February 18, 2016

Scarlett Thompson and Alexandra Hatch, like most high school seniors, are busy handling school, applying to colleges and making time for friends.     But unlike most of their peers, the two students...

Left to right, Paul Rutledge, Paul LaNave and Spencer H. Levin.

‘Deceptively simple’

February 16, 2016

Although its title may suggest otherwise, “The Aliens” is a play about ordinary people in ordinary situations.      Set in a small Vermont town, the piece centers on an unlikely...

Jug band musicians, left to right, Amanda

Everything but the kitchen sink

February 11, 2016

Although the Battle of the Jug Bands has been around in one form or another, there is some doubt regarding the origins of the competition. This contributes to tall tales and folk-lore surrounding the...

The only girls in the room

February 9, 2016

Starting as a comedian can be difficult. Trying to figure out how to sign up for open mics, which local clubs to get booked at and what the heck the blinking red light on stage means — (it’s...

Anthony Atamanuik, left, and James Adomian, right, as Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders.

Arguing for laughs

February 4, 2016

If you’re disappointed after missing Bernie Sanders speak at the RiverCentre in St. Paul last week or saddened by the absence of Donald Trump at the last Republican debate, here’s a pick-me-up.     On...

Local comedian Adam Quesnell performs at Sisyphus Brewing on Saturday night. Quesnell will be performing two nights at the Comedy Corner Underground this weekend.

Starting the year off right at home

February 2, 2016

Even though he just quit his day job, comedian Adam Quesnell couldn’t be happier.     As he presented his future plans — getting married, settling down in Minneapolis, planning his...