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Duluth campus reduces budget deficit to $6M

February 5, 2015

Administrators at the University of Minnesota-Duluth are making plans to further reduce the school’s budget deficit by $6 million over the next two years. On Tuesday, Lendley Black, the school’s...

Med students join nationwide “die-in”

December 10, 2014

The air was silent in the Malcolm Moos Health Sciences Tower on Wednesday as onlookers passed a group of about 70 students lying flat on the floor. The students, from the University...

Kaler talks ticket plan, budget surplus

December 9, 2014

As fall semester draws to a close, the Minnesota Daily sat down with University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler on Monday for the semester’s final installment of Kickin’ it with Kaler. The...

Regents’ top risk: losing freedom

December 9, 2014

University of Minnesota leaders operate independently of the state, and they want to keep it that way. The Board of Regents has put autonomy from the state at the top of its 2014 “institutional risk...

Universities react to cyber attacks

December 3, 2014

Incidents of cybercrime and data breaches have jumped in recent years — and higher education institutions like the University of Minnesota are responding. High-profile data breaches have hit several...

Invisible on campus

December 3, 2014

After a full day of studying or working, Adrian Martinez leaves school at about 5 p.m. each night to secure a space at a local homeless shelter. When Martinez migrated to Minnesota from New Mexico...

Legislators reform regent selection process

December 1, 2014

Criticism surrounding the process for choosing the University of Minnesota’s regents has prompted reform, as some state and school officials say it’s loaded with unnecessary political pressure. During...

University seeks funding for community issues

November 13, 2014

The University of Minnesota wants $6.25 million to boost faculty hiring, grants and undergraduate service learning and broaden its reach across the state. The “vital communities” initiative...

University president Eric Kaler sat down to discuss his recent trip to South Korea, the Washington riots and the University's 2016-17 biennial budget request Monday afternoon in Morrill Hall.

Kaler talks student-athlete stipends, federal funding levels

November 11, 2014

The Minnesota Daily sat down with University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler on a snowy Monday afternoon for its monthly Kickin’ It with Kaler interview. Kaler discussed a range of topics, including...

KSTP report claims Mayor flashed gang sign, prompts #pointergate

November 7, 2014

An allegation that Mayor Betsy Hodges flashed "a known gang sign" in a photo has created some buzz on social media, according to the Star Tribune.   According to a KSTP TV report, Hodges...

Dayton grabs a second term

November 5, 2014

The downtown Minneapolis Hilton hotel became a scene of jubilation Tuesday night as a large crowd learned Gov. Mark Dayton will continue to lead Minnesota in his second term as governor. The race concluded...

U wants state funding for health care

November 4, 2014

University of Minnesota health leaders want to tackle the state’s health care shortfalls — but they say they need more state funding to do it. The University is requesting $34.5 million from...

U seeks $6 million for studies on mining

October 29, 2014

The University of Minnesota is requesting $6.25 million from the state Legislature to address the environmental, health and economic impacts of Minnesota’s mining industry. The multimillion-dollar...

Whyte studies U’s death response

October 27, 2014

When University of Minnesota marching band member Robert Brau died in an August motorcycle accident, the 300-person band dedicated its entire 2014 season to his memory and School of Music students organized...

Hestness retiring in summer

October 27, 2014

University of Minnesota police Chief Greg Hestness will retire in June after serving more than 11 years as the University’s assistant vice president for public safety and chief of police, he announced...

Medical School gets board’s eye

October 22, 2014

University of Minnesota regents are keeping administrators on their toes as the Medical School’s leaders work to boost its prestige. This month, a Board of Regents committee reviewed the school’s...

U bracing for shifting Minnesota

October 20, 2014

Over the next six years, Minnesota’s high school graduation rates are projected to flatten. At the same time, the state’s older population will outnumber younger residents, putting a new strain...

A ‘jigsaw puzzle’ of funds

October 15, 2014

Editor’s note: This is the third installment in a three-part series examining the University of Minnesota’s efforts to garner state funds for building maintenance. The previous pieces were...

Old buildings hinder work

October 8, 2014

Editor’s note: This is the second installment in a three-part series examining the University of Minnesota’s efforts to garner state funds for building maintenance. The first part was published...

Kaler talks ticket policies, tuition freeze

October 6, 2014

Just a week before the Board of Regents will vote to approve University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler’s 2016-17 biennial budget request, the Minnesota Daily sat down with him on Friday for its...

Facing building decay, admins look to state

October 1, 2014

Editor’s note: This is the first installment in a three-part series examining the University of Minnesota’s efforts to garner state funds for building maintenance.   Inside Burton Hall,...

School of Social Work receives $1.28 million

September 29, 2014

The University of Minnesota’s School of Social Work received a $1.28 million grant last week to address the growing demand for professional training in mental health and substance abuse counseling. The...

The ‘Band-Aid’ solution

September 23, 2014

A day after University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler proposed to continue a two-year tuition freeze earlier this month, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system announced a similar extension. Universities...

Loan bill hits second roadblock

September 22, 2014

A bill that would’ve provided students with the option to refinance their federal student loans and potentially lower their interest rates was blocked Tuesday for the second time since its introduction...

Rochester campus seeks expansion, more students

September 22, 2014

The University of Minnesota-Rochester is planning for a future with double the campus’s current number of students and expanded grounds. Administrators are making a plan to accommodate an influx...

Regents: Don’t delay strategic plan

September 17, 2014

As the University of Minnesota’s strategic plan moves into its comment phase, regents, faculty members and students are saying they want administrators to commit to implementing its proposed policies. The...

Kaler aims to broaden freeze

September 15, 2014

Come next year, the University of Minnesota’s tuition freeze could cover more students. University President Eric Kaler’s 2016-17 biennial budget proposal extends the existing tuition freeze...

Proposed budget extends tuition freeze beyond undergrads

September 11, 2014

Come next year, the University of Minnesota’s tuition freeze could affect more students. University President Eric Kaler’s 2016-17 biennial budget request includes a continued tuition freeze...

A police officer ushers pedestrians across the street on Monday following a light rail power system issue that affected over seven green line stops. Silmultaneous to the issue was a gas leak in the Wahu apartment complex next to the intersection.

Train damage shuts down Green Line for hours

September 9, 2014

Green Line light rail service through the University of Minnesota area was temporarily unavailable Monday afternoon after a train was damaged in Stadium Village. A piece of metal connecting one of the...

Professor Art Erdman uses the 3D Immersive Touch Table System in the Medical Devices Center in the Mayo Building on Thursday. The MDC, which uses student and faculty research to create breakthrough medical devices, is a leading center in its field.

A push to sell research

September 9, 2014

The University of Minnesota is taking its “Driven to Discover” mantra outside of classrooms and labs by arming faculty and student researchers with new initiatives to turn their breakthroughs...

Kaler: Top priorities include safety, affordable tuition

September 8, 2014

About a week after University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler returned from a trip to Norway, he sat down with the Minnesota Daily for its monthly Kickin’ It with Kaler interview. On Friday,...

Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Karen Hanson and University President Eric Kaler answers a question from the audience Wednesday afternoon at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Administrators held the meeting to discuss the strategic plan draft, which they will present to the Board of Regents next week.

U’s strategic plan nears completion

September 4, 2014

After a year of discussions, the University of Minnesota’s strategic plan is nearly finished. The proposal — which includes objectives like increasing interdisciplinary work and jumpstarting...

Admins reveal newest version of strategic plan

September 3, 2014

The University of Minnesota’s newly developed strategic plan went through one of its final rounds of feedback Wednesday. The Board of Regents will review the document next week. Senior Vice President...

Kaler, admins expand partnership in Norway

September 2, 2014

In just two years, University of Minnesota adjunct professor Ron McRoberts published a total of nine papers and book chapters. As part of a research collaboration with two faculty members from a Norwegian...

University pumps funding into new tech startups

August 26, 2014

Last week, the University of Minnesota announced plans to invest $350,000 in startup technology companies that originate on campus. The University of Minnesota’s Discovery Capital Investment Program,...

Grad students kick-start their own Welcome Week

August 6, 2014

When this year’s incoming University of Minnesota graduate students come to campus, they’ll be greeted with local craft beer from Indeed Brewing Company and a free concert at Northrop Auditorium. The...

Council of Graduate Students member Scott Petty talks at the COGS meeting at Loring Pasta Bar on Tuesday July 22. Petty is one of four authoring the bill of rights for graduate students.

Graduate students draft their own bill of rights

July 30, 2014

Following the lead of graduate schools nationwide, The Council of Graduate Students is drafting a formal list of rights they believe graduate students should have while attending the University of Minnesota. A...

MSA lays out new goals for upcoming school year

July 30, 2014

With the summer nearing its end, the Minnesota Student Association is prepping for the upcoming school year by establishing new goals. The student association plans to continue focusing on issues they...

Minnesota student leaders team up for sexual assault prevention

July 23, 2014

As colleges nationwide continue talks on how to address sexual assault on campus, students from Minnesota colleges are banding together to discuss their own ways to address the problem. And though University...

Graduate student in the ecology, evolution and behavior department Maria Rebolleda-Gomez researches in her lab in Snyder Hall on St. Paul campus on Thursday. In her research she studies both biology and philosophy.

Cross-program research suffers from funding woes

July 16, 2014

Katherine Liu and Maria Rebolleda-Gomez work side by side in a laboratory studying how biology and philosophy can intertwine in their research. Both applied for the same fellowship to conduct their research,...

Acting Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Education Sally Kohlstedt poses for a portrait in her office in Johnston Hall on Thursday.

An interim advocate for grad students

July 9, 2014

When Sally Kohlstedt took her temporary post as acting vice provost and dean of graduate education last year, she said she wanted to bring optimism in light of the recent restructuring of the University...

Lawmakers push for Pell Grant changes

July 9, 2014

If a group of national lawmakers has its way, some University of Minnesota students could get more help paying for summer classes. As Congress works to renew the Higher Education Act, which expired in...

Psychology and criminology junior Kayla Latarte writes specials on a board Friday at Campus Pizza, where she is a bartender.

Fewer students are working while in college

July 2, 2014

Fewer college students are working while in school nationwide, despite rising costs and tuition rates. Nationally, about 45 percent of college students reported being employed last year, according to the...

University professor Benjamin Munson and his partner Kevin Burk look through used books at the Twin Cities Pride festival Saturday.  Munson and Burk received domestic partnership benefits before they got married last summer.

University employees won’t receive benefits for same-sex domestic partners next year

July 2, 2014

Before professor Benjamin Munson married his partner last summer, the two received University of Minnesota health benefits for being in a same-sex domestic partnership. Munson, a speech, language and hearing...

GAPSA facing complaint, potential changes

June 25, 2014

Current and past members of the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly are facing allegations of spending the group’s student services fees funding for an allegedly unapproved trip to Washington,...

Veterinary medicine students plan for tuition freeze

June 25, 2014

University of Minnesota veterinary medicine student Ashley Hall is planning how she’ll pay off her $300,000 student debt once she completes her program. To keep down costs that can be burdensome...

U to create campus climate survey on sexual assault

June 18, 2014

Amid an increasingly heated national discussion of sexual assaults on college campuses, the University of Minnesota plans to survey its students on the issue. This spring, the White House Task Force to...

Student leaders seek to unify University campuses

June 18, 2014

In their final report of the year, student representatives to the Board of Regents highlighted the need for the University of Minnesota to operate more efficiently as a multi-campus system last week. University...

A University security monitor stands outside Smith Hall after a research-related chemical explosion Tuesday afternoon.

Smith Hall explosion injures one

June 17, 2014

A small chemical explosion Tuesday afternoon at Smith Hall left one University of Minnesota graduate student injured. University spokesman Chuck Tombarge said the University’s Department of Emergency...

Graduate student in the applied plant science program Clemon Dabney III observes his crops in one of his plots on St. Paul campus. Dabney grows several varieties of grasses and hybridizes them to observe various favorable phenotypic differences.

Grad school works to grow black student population

June 11, 2014

Clemon Dabney III was one of only six black graduate students enrolled in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences last year. Dabney said he struggles with adjusting to the contrasting...