The Minnesota Daily

All content by Brad Ellingson

Regents approve raise for U police officers, sergeants

March 8, 2002

After more than a year of negotiations, the Board of Regents approved a raise for University police officers Thursday, putting their salaries on par with other metropolitan police officers. Law Enforcement...

U Senate votes down 12-credit course withdrawal limit

March 7, 2002

A University Senate committee voted down a proposal Wednesday to prohibit students from withdrawing from more than 12 credits throughout their University careers. Craig Swan, vice provost for undergraduate...

Former U student dies in hockey arena site accident

February 28, 2002

A former University student and construction worker died Tuesday evening after falling more than 40 feet at the future site of the University's women's hockey arena. According to police reports, Ryan Carmichael,...

National Academy honors U engineering profs with prestigious membership

February 27, 2002

When professor Frank Bates tells his mother what he does for a living, she doesn't understand. But when Bates - head of the University's chemical engineering and materials science department - attends...

U engineering team develops bobsled training treadmill

February 22, 2002

In bobsledding, a good start is crucial to winning the race. No one knows this better than former Olympic luger and World Cup bobsledder Bonny Warner, who set out last spring to find a way to improve U.S....

Extension Service cuts draw concern

February 21, 2002

Recent changes to the University's Extension Service have some state legislators concerned about the path Extension Service is taking. Rep. Bob Ness, R-Dassel, said that in the last month, 25 Extension...

Student sues West Bank parking lot management

February 15, 2002

Dana Svoboda, a senior in human resource development and a Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs employee, had parked in the lot behind Bob's Pizza on the West Bank since July. But she doesn't anymore. Last...

UMD employee to replace Kruse, split time between cities

February 11, 2002

Greg Fox, vice chancellor for finance and operations at the University's Duluth campus, is taking over as interim vice president for University services. On Monday, Fox will take the place of Eric Kruse,...

U police chief takes campus public safety position

February 5, 2002

As of last Saturday, George Aylward wears two hats. Aylward, University police chief for two and a half years, accepted a position as interim assistant vice president for public safety. But he will remain...

Extension Service reduces budget, lays off employees

January 31, 2002

Mary Jenkins, a University Extension Service educator, has taught food safety classes in Kittson County for 33 years. She will accept an early retirement package Thursday, an act that could save others...

Ventura proposes new Health Department building

January 25, 2002

Tired of working in an unsafe and outdated building with security concerns, many employees at the Minnesota Department of Health on the University's East Bank await a likely move to St. Paul. Citing safety...

Facilities Committee discusses budget, U improvement projects

December 14, 2001

The Board of Regents Facilities Committee met Thursday to discuss the Quarterly Capital Improvement Plan for fiscal year 2002 and review Capital Budget amendments. Projects approved for fiscal year 2002...

Grant, workshops aim to improve disability awareness

December 5, 2001

Not all professors have similar teaching styles, and not all classrooms provide the same physical experience. With the steadily growing diversity of student needs throughout the University, some University...

Snowfall means more work for Facilities Management employees

November 30, 2001

Snow is finally on the ground, and more is expected to accumulate. For students the onset of winter usually means more time inside studying, watching movies or covered in blankets. But for University Facilities...

Pioneer residents face cold walk to hot showers

November 29, 2001

Some students in Pioneer Hall could be seen traipsing through the halls, outside the building and in the lobby Wednesday, carrying shower caddies and wearing flip-flops. Because of mechanical problems,...

U graduate student researches graffiti writers

November 19, 2001

Not all research involves test tubes, lab coats and Bunsen burners. For Melisa Riviere, a graduate student in anthropology, the tools of academia are spray paint and concrete. "I started out in what I...

New Coffman Union theater will delay reopening 2 months

November 9, 2001

Students looking forward to the reopening of Coffman Union will have to wait longer. The Board of Regents Facilities Committee met Thursday to discuss the fiscal year 2002 capital budget amendments, including...

U executive Kruse receives design-build leadership award

November 7, 2001

Eric Kruse just won a national award for doing things backward. Kruse, the Vice President for University Services, was recently given a Distinguished Leadership award from the Design-Build Institute of...

Older campus buildings present challenges to disabled students

November 6, 2001

While many buildings on campus are accessible to people with physical disabilities, some aging buildings still present problems. "A lot of these buildings were constructed before there was really any kind...

Riverbend Commons to alleviate freshman housing shortage

October 25, 2001

While most freshmen checked into residence halls this semester, some were busy checking into hotels. With more than 100 students placed in hotel rooms at the beginning of the year, the Department of Housing...

Molecular and Cellular Biology Building to be completed in spring

October 25, 2001

Construction on the Molecular and Cellular Biology Building on Washington Avenue is on schedule and within budget, said Eric Kruse, vice president for University services. State-of-the-art instruction...

Most Gateway plaza work to be completed before first snowfall

October 19, 2001

Freshly planted trees connected by brick sidewalks amid piles of dirt are a familiar sight at the Gateway alumni center plaza these days. With winter approaching, University officials look forward to completing...

Officials consider returning U centennial showboat to Minnesota

October 18, 2001

Right now the dock located at Harriet Island on the Mississippi River sits alone, waiting to be occupied. Within the next few weeks, it might have some company. University officials are debating whether...

Civil engineering receives earthquake project grant

October 12, 2001

The Board of Regents Facilities Committee discussed plans Thursday for upcoming projects in the Gateway alumni center. A National Science Foundation grant has been awarded to the civil engineering department,...

Graffiti adorns campus bathrooms, viewed as vandalism, expression

October 12, 2001

Doors swing open and students trickle in and out with the clockwork frequency of running water. But some things remain in the hallowed stalls of University bathrooms after the traffic subsides. "Express...

Red Cross, UNICEF plan aid while war, winter ravage Afghan people

October 8, 2001

After Sunday's bombings in Afghanistan and with winter approaching, humanitarian organizations are heightening relief efforts for Afghanistan's refugees. The push to send more food and supplies to Afghanistan...

Coffman renovation under way, scheduled to open doors fall 2002

October 4, 2001

With a new look and more places for students to study and hang out, Coffman Memorial Union is projected to reopen in fall 2002. After several months of discussion and a new $71 million budget approved...

U officials unveil design for new art building

October 1, 2001

Despite a long struggle with swarming birds and scampering rodents in their classrooms, students and faculty in the art department have every reason to smile these days. University officials unveiled the...