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College of Education and Human Development dean steps down

August 13, 2008

The College of Education and Human Development announced last week that its dean will be stepping down on Sept. 1. Darlyne Bailey said she is leaving her position because of serious medical issues with...

University center gathers recent veterans’ oral histories

August 6, 2008

Kelly Heskett recently learned Air Force members do far more than fly airplanes to Iraq. Heskett, an English studies senior, is taking part in the Warrior to Citizen oral history project conducted by the...

Student group brings art to communities

July 30, 2008

T.J. Barnes likes the fact he can give a local Somali woman the chance to write "Peace in Somalia" on city walls just as large as the nearby Rush Limbaugh billboard. Barnes, a University graduate student,...

Gopher Grocery sees increase in customers

July 30, 2008

Despite the recent announcement that Simon Delivers will be closing, not every online delivery service is suffering. Gopher Grocery made its first delivery in February of 2006. Today, the company has more...

University law grad selected for U.S. Supreme Court clerkship

July 16, 2008

Teaching her debate students how to prepare and execute strong arguments, Amy Bergquist was always a little jealous that her students were the ones who got to go out and deliver their debates. However,...

Pride Week draws nearly 500,000

July 2, 2008

Fifty daring GLBT supporters marched down the Nicollet Mall in 1972, ending with a small picnic in Loring Park . Thirty-six years later, nearly 500,000 people enjoyed the third-largest pride week in the...

Regents vote to support Washington Avenue light rail route, approve budget

June 18, 2008

The Board of Regents voted to approve the Washington Avenue Central Corridor light-rail route and the 2008-2009 budget during their meeting Friday, and discussed plans for UMore Park. The board also approved...

U of M Children’s Hospital, Fairview breaks ground

June 18, 2008

The groundbreaking for the new University of Minnesota Children's Hospital, Fairview will take place at noon Wednesday on the Riverside campus. Children's services have been spread across the East and...

Sexy Spring conference highlights multiple sex education issues

June 11, 2008

Homemade sex toys, whip lessons and erotic writing are just a few of the workshops being offered at this year's Sexy Spring conference at Ford Hall from June 13-15. The event - supported by the Queer Student...

Students help at zoo butterfly exhibit

June 4, 2008

I click for related audio slideshow nternships can involve filing paperwork, answering phones or doing other grunt work, but at the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, some University students have a slightly...

Chinese students help earthquake victims

May 28, 2008

University student Pengyun Zeng's classmates urged her to call her parents immediately on May 12, though she didn't know why. Then she heard about the earthquake that hit her home province in China, Sichuan,...

U instructor inducted into handball hall of fame

May 7, 2008

More than 40 years ago, a young man serving in the Navy began noticing men congregating in a cement room - the men were playing handball. And the rest is history for Jim Carlson, who's loved the sport...

Jon Stewart’s ‘The Daily Show’ coming to town for RNC

May 5, 2008

Last week, "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" officials announced the show will air from the Republican National Convention in September. "The Daily Show," referring to its presidential election coverage...

Former neo-Nazi fights racism he once advocated

May 1, 2008

In the late 1980s, Tom "T.J." Leyden found himself in the center of the white supremacist movement, becoming an active recruiter to it. Leyden said he and his fellow neo-Nazis stuffed fliers with racial...

Engineering group wins national award

April 25, 2008

Images of small children running through trash-filled streets without footwear permeate an application video made by the University chapter of Engineers Without Borders. Their proposal for a Haiti water...

Environmentally focused jobs are likely on the rise

April 24, 2008

With graduation quickly approaching and a weary job market, "green-collar" jobs - employment related to renewable energy, environmental sustainability or efficiency - have become a widely discussed topic. Renewable...

Corpse Flower’s rare bloom draws visitors to Como Observatory

April 14, 2008

Early Wednesday morning, a potent, rotting flesh-like fragrance lingered through Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, bringing delight to staff and visitors alike. The culprit was not the adjacent Como Zoo,...

Minnesotans fight for polar bears’ rights

March 27, 2008

While drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge has been a hot topic for several years, a new territory is facing drilling threats under the radar. The Beaufort and Chukchi Seas, off northwestern...

Herbarium houses scads of plants

March 6, 2008

Inside a dark, concrete room filled with giant lockers, there exists approximately 900,000 plant specimens ranging from fungi and lichen to colorful flowers. The University Herbarium, part of the Bell...

Cancer exhibit educates and entertains at local museum

February 25, 2008

Scanning your face for skin damage, bracelets that change color with ultraviolet ray exposure and touching a brain tumor: All were on exhibit at the eighth-annual "Cancer and the Human Body" event. Staged...

Senators look for economic fix

February 21, 2008

A struggling economy has forced many middle-class Americans to make tough financial decisions requiring leaps of faith. Two Midwest senators want to create a financial safety net in case of a fall. With...

CFANS food symposium looks at a myriad of issues

February 15, 2008

Drinking coffee, eating red meat and indulging in a glass of red wine each night - with so many trends and debates surrounding food and diet, consumers are often baffled by varying evidence and recommendations...

University provides care for homeless horses

February 13, 2008

Shadowbox, a healthy-looking 10-year-old show horse, has a loving owner and trainer who made sure the Danish Warmblood had a successful recovery from leg splints at the University Equine Center. But not...

Students’ environmentally friendly lifestyles surveyed

January 25, 2008

Whether students believe changing a light bulb or recycling empty beer cans after a late-night soiree makes a dent in the larger system, The Minnesota Daily's "Green Survey" found that the majority of...

Xcel Energy rescues algae biofuel project

January 23, 2008

It's been more than a year since University researchers and the Metropolitan Council began studying the use of algae as a sustainable biofuel and there had been a fear of lacking funds. However, Xcel Energy...

U names first environmental engineering chairwoman

January 22, 2008

When Efi Foufoula-Georgiou was 13 years old and growing up in Greece, she was moved to the boys high school after expressing an interest in engineering. On her first day of math class, her teacher asked...

Sexual-health surveys clash

November 29, 2007

Most students remember the awkward sex education videos and lectures that took place as early as elementary school. Now at the University, students have been surveyed to see how much of those lessons rubbed...

Alumnus invents new form of transport: the iShoe

November 28, 2007

With walking, driving, biking, Rollerblading and running, students can now add motorized shoes to their list of options to get around campus. Ilya Kaganovich, University alumnus, recently developed the...

Int’l grad student enrollment on rise

November 26, 2007

Despite a dip in the number of applications of international students following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the University has seen the numbers climb back up in recent years. With successful recruiting,...

Exhibit challenges traditional views of feminine beauty

November 19, 2007

While many older women might cringe at the thought of taking off their clothes in front of people, Davida Schulman decided to expose her aged naked body to the world through painted self portraits. The...

Police honor fallen Minneapolis Park Police officer

November 15, 2007

Thousands of police officers and county sheriffs from across the state, including University police officers, lined the steps of The Basilica of St. Mary on Wednesday morning before the funeral of Minneapolis...

American Indian powwow honors native scholars

November 12, 2007

The St. Paul Student Center was transformed into a traditional American Indian celebration this weekend. Less than 1 percent of the University population is made up of American Indians, yet more than 500...

Somali businesses growing locally

November 12, 2007

The Twin Cities have one of the highest African immigrant populations in the nation and their businesses are developing a role in Minnesota's economy. However, a thorough business education and understanding...

Student parents find support

November 7, 2007

Kristin Morris discovered she was pregnant at 19 years old while attending the University. Two months into her first semester of college, Morris had a major decision to make: drop out or attempt the challenging...

Forensic science club mixes facts with fun

November 5, 2007

While the University doesn't have a forensics program, the presence of forensics-based career goals is strong on campus. Founded in spring 2002, the Forensic Science Club currently has an estimated 400...

Students celebrate lost loved ones during D

November 2, 2007

Costumed students danced and chanted through campus Thursday in celebration of the Mexican holiday, Día de los Muertos. The department for Chicano studies, student group La Raza and the Multicultural...

Good grief: Author shares insight into ‘Peanuts’ creator

October 31, 2007

Minnesotans are always proud of their native cultural icons: Bob Dylan, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Garrison Keillor and of course, Charles Schulz. Schulz, the creator of the legendary comic strip "Peanuts,"...

Modern art and American Indian culture

October 29, 2007

Ethnopoly, a revised Monopoly, tells life the way it really is: student loans, bankruptcy, racial relationships and the challenging, sought-after American Dream. Ethnopoly is just one of the pieces of...

A look at the age-old University Fencing Club

October 23, 2007

Sure, football and baseball dominate ESPN and primetime television, but historically, fencing has persevered generation after generation - claiming the spot as the oldest club at the University. The University's...

Lecture cites need for girls’ increase in physical activity

October 17, 2007

With video games, Internet and television constantly competing for Americans' attention, physical activity has become more important than ever to ensure healthy bodies and minds. The University's Tucker...

Writers, publishers gather to celebrate Twin Cities literary scene

October 15, 2007

Minneapolis is called the "Little Apple" for a reason. Similar to New York, the Twin Cities has a thriving music, arts and theater scene, but what many people don't know about is the strong presence of...

Students take action against genocide

October 15, 2007

With more than 400,000 people killed in the Darfur genocide, and the toll continuing to rise, some students on campus felt the need to take action. University chapters of STAND - a student anti-genocide...

Groups reflect on holiday

October 9, 2007

In elementary school, many students are taught about Columbus' heroic voyage to discover the Americas. Monday, student groups exposed the University to the flip-side of that story. La Raza and the American...

Comic book fans unite

October 8, 2007

Where else would grown men and women want to proudly display their Superman, Spider-Man and Jedi costumes? Not at an early Halloween party, but at a comic book convention. This weekend, nearly 5,000 comic...

600 fast for hunger relief

October 4, 2007

While some college students can't afford a trip to the grocery store, 600 students went hungry for 13 hours Tuesday - by choice. The Al-Madinah Cultural Center hosted its fourth annual Fast-A-Thon in honor...

Black Student Union hosts play

October 2, 2007

Although the University continues to cut the Black Student Union's funding, the group is increasing its role at the University and in the community through engaging events. Despite reduced funding, the...

Bell Museum plays host to wine-tasting event

October 1, 2007

While many students were tapping Budweiser kegs Saturday night, the Bell Museum of Natural History held a wine tasting event to address the growing local industry. An estimated 200 people attended the...

America Reads still going strong after 10 years

September 27, 2007

Like many University students, Lucia Yess found her small-town upbringing to be a little sheltered. However, through her experiences as a local tutor, Yess has been exposed to multiple cultures. Yess works...

Professor develops Hmong history course

September 24, 2007

The University's history department is making a little history of its own. That's because University history professor Mai Na Lee developed and still instructs the first Hmong history course in the nation....

Lecture series explores the soul of Western Civilization

September 20, 2007

A new lecture series discussing the musical talents of Johann Sebastian Bach and Kurt Cobain sought to dive beneath the surface of popular music to the underlying soul of Western Civilization - and its...