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Media groups sue for names of presidential candidates

December 12, 2002

Lawyers for the five media organizations suing the University's Board of Regents for breaking state laws asked a Hennepin County judge to require that the University release the list of presidential finalists...

Board of Regents to meet with economist to discuss state finances

December 12, 2002

The University's Board of Regents will hear an update on the economy from state economist Thomas Stinson today for the first time since news of Minnesota's nearly $5 billion projected state deficit was...

Trial date set in media lawsuit

December 10, 2002

An initial court date was set Friday for a lawsuit filed against the University's Board of Regents for allegedly breaking state laws during its recent presidential search. The lawsuit was filed in November...

Regents might be deposed this week in joint media open meetings suit

December 3, 2002

Lawyers representing the five media organizations suing the University's Board of Regents for allegedly breaking state laws in its presidential search said Monday they hope to schedule depositions in the...

MSA passes resolution supporting on-campus Gophers football

November 27, 2002

The Minnesota Student Association passed a resolution Tuesday supporting the return of Gopher football to the University campus. The move comes one day after the University and the Minnesota Vikings parted...

Vikings pull plug on talks of an on-campus stadium

November 26, 2002

Citing too many problems with a proposed stadium site, the Minnesota Vikings have pulled the plug on negotiations with the University to build a stadium on the Minneapolis campus. Vikings Executive Vice...

Despite recent media reports, no joint stadium deal yet

November 25, 2002

University officials said they were surprised by newspaper reports saying they are close to a stadium agreement with the Minnesota Vikings with the deadline only days away. University and Vikings officials...

Alumni board resolution supports campus stadium

November 25, 2002

At its national board meeting Saturday, the University Alumni Association's board unanimously passed a resolution it hopes University President Robert Bruininks and the Board of Regents will hear loud...

Regents to respond to lawsuit

November 22, 2002

University General Counsel Mark Rotenberg said Thursday he intends to file a response next week to allegations that the Board of Regents broke state laws when it secretly interviewed presidential candidates...

Daily to announce interim editor in chief

November 19, 2002

The Minnesota Daily will announce today an interim leader to replace current Editor in Chief Todd Milbourn, who was suspended by the paper's Board of Directors on Nov. 14. Daily President and board member...

Legislature says joint stadium with Vikings is not a priority

November 14, 2002

Indicating that funding a Gophers-Vikings stadium is not a priority in the upcoming legislative session, Minnesota state legislators said it will be difficult to approve any public financing without a...

Twists and turns aside, stadium deal not yet dead

November 12, 2002

Despite news that Minnesota Vikings owner Red McCombs has removed his initial offer to contribute $100 million to the construction of the Gophers-Vikings football stadium, University and Vikings officials...

U has prepared response to media legal action

November 12, 2002

University General Counsel Mark Rotenberg said the institution has prepared its response to allegations that the Board of Regents openly defied Minnesota's Open Meeting Law and Data Practices Act by making...

Regents vote not to comply with open meeting law

November 5, 2002

The University's Board of Regents voted unanimously Monday not to comply with Minnesota's open meeting law in future meetings regarding the ongoing presidential search process. The decision follows a search...

Possible Vikings sale raises joint stadium concerns

October 25, 2002

News that the Minnesota Vikings might be sold has at least one University official concerned that a potential change in ownership could alter plans for a new joint football stadium on campus. University...

Students reps. on Board of Regents decry limitations

October 22, 2002

Frustrated by a limited ability to comment on issues before the University's Board of Regents, the board's student representatives are seeking a policy change that would create more opportunities to voice...

Telescope deal approved amid angry protests

October 14, 2002

The University's Board of Regents approved Friday the purchase of a $5 million share of a telescope in the controversial Mount Graham International Observatory amid opponents shouts of protest. The telescope...

State deficit spurs regents to request record-low budget

October 14, 2002

University regents got their first look Friday at the 2004-05 operating budget, the lowest request in 10 years. Interim President Robert Bruininks said the proposal addresses the institution's needs while...

Key panel recommends telescope contract

October 11, 2002

A University Board of Regent's subcommittee voted 3 to 2 Thursday to recommend approval to purchase a 5 percent share of the controversial Large Binocular Telescope. The vote was the last major hurdle...

Hazelden VP fills vacant University regents spot

October 11, 2002

.O'Keefe resigned Monday. By state law, the governor is allowed to name an interim regent to fill a vacant seat. Bell, who is the executive vice president for publishing and education services for the...

Bruininks withdraws name from candidate list

October 10, 2002

Interim University President Robert Bruininks confirmed Wednesday that he was nominated as a potential candidate for University president. He said academic search firm Korn/Ferry contacted him, but Bruininks...

Regents to vote on capital budget,telescope contract

October 10, 2002

The Board of Regents indicated it's leaning toward approving a $5 million contract to join the controversial Mount Graham International Observatory project at its upcoming October meeting. The board will...

U regent resigns, citing possible conflict of interest

October 9, 2002

University Regent Michael O'Keefe, who resigned as Minnesota's Department of Human Services commissioner in February to become president of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, resigned Monday from...

Bruininks to recommend contract with Ariz. telescope

September 30, 2002

Interim University President Robert Bruininks will recommend the University enter into a contract to use the controversial Large Binocular Telescope at Arizona's Mount Graham International Observatory,...

Telescope project spurs protest outside KSTP

September 26, 2002

A day after reports the University will likely proceed in the purchase of telescope time on Arizona's Mount Graham, opponents voiced their concern and disappointment. Fifteen people gathered outside Hubbard...

U official to recommend buying time at Mt. Graham telescope

September 25, 2002

University Vice President Sandra Gardebring said Tuesday she will recommend the University proceed with plans to purchase viewing time in the controversial Mount Graham International Observatory 70 miles...

Next tuition increase won’t be quite so big

September 23, 2002

University students can expect another tuition increase next year, but nowhere near the double-digit increases of the past two years, University officials said Friday. The proposed increase is part of...

DNR will use dogs, hunters to kill bear

September 18, 2002

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will use dogs and hunters to find and kill the bear that attacked a University researcher Sunday. Dennis Stauffer, spokesman for the DNR, said on Wednesday...

FBI searches evicted owner’s Dinkytown Tobacco

September 18, 2002

Minnesota Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and Hennepin County Sheriff's deputies searched a Dinkytown tobacco shop Tuesday morning during the eviction of the store's owner. Agents and officers used...

After attack, DNR might send hunters to kill bear

September 17, 2002

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officials are considering the use of conservation hunters to kill a black bear that attacked a University wildlife researcher near Milaca, Minn., Sunday afternoon. "This...

University to request budget totaling $61 million

September 16, 2002

CROOKSTON, Minn. - The University plans to ask the state Legislature in January to fund some of the projects vetoed by Gov. Jesse Ventura last session, officials told the Board of Regents here Friday. The...

New stadium depends on Vikings commitment

September 13, 2002

CROOKSTON, Minn. - University officials said Thursday the Vikings must commit to staying in Minnesota or devise a contingency payment plan before a deal can be brokered for a joint on-campus stadium with...

Regents prepare funding request at fall meeting

September 12, 2002

University officials are taking the first steps Thursday to regain state funding for six capital projects vetoed last May by Gov. Jesse Ventura. The Board of Regents is scheduled to review a $61 million...

U looks to fill four open positions on governing board

September 10, 2002

The state of Minnesota is currently accepting applications for four University Board of Regents seats that will open in 2003. According to the University's governing 1851 charter, the 12-member board,...

University reviews building project methods

August 26, 2002

n the last five years, the University has approved more than 1,300 University capital construction projects totaling more than $1.2 billion - the largest boom in the institution's 151-year history. But...

Texas lures Yudof; U search continues

August 26, 2002

Following the financial, athletics and administrative predicaments that highlighted most of the past year, the University is now looking to replace the man who led it through everything, former University...

Board of Regents plans coming year at retreat

August 19, 2002

ONAMIA, Minn. - During their August retreat Thursday at a golf course on Mille Lacs Lake, 10 of the 12 University Board of Regents members brainstormed for the upcoming academic year. With interim University...

Kathleen O’Brien to fill U services VP position

August 12, 2002

Interim University President Robert Bruininks named former Minneapolis city coordinator Kathleen O'Brien vice president for University services Thursday. She will take the position Sept. 15 - pending Board...

U grants contracts for Gophers/Vikings stadium pre-design

August 5, 2002

The University awarded four contracts for completion of the joint Gophers/Vikings football stadium pre-designs Thursday. The move is in preparation for another attempt to secure state stadium construction...

Bruininks names Kathryn Brown interim vice president, chief of staff

August 5, 2002

Interim University President Robert Bruininks named Kathryn F. Brown interim vice president and chief of staff Friday. Brown replaces Tonya Moten Brown, who is leaving to become vice chancellor for administration...

In the interim: Bruininks reflects on upcoming transition, ongoing issues

July 29, 2002

It's been two months since the Board of Regents announced Robert Bruininks would take over as the University's interim president when Mark Yudof left for the University of Texas System. When making the...

Regents OK president search advisory panel

July 22, 2002

The University Board of Regents appointed the 12-member Presidential Search Advisory Committee at an emergency meeting Friday. The committee will narrow the field of presidential candidates to seven for...

Regents fill administrative positions

July 15, 2002

The Board of Regents unanimously approved the appointment of four new University administrators while saying good-bye to outgoing University President Mark Yudof at its meeting last week. Regents officially...

Maziar named 2002-03 provost

July 1, 2002

Christine Maziar, vice president for research and Graduate School dean, will become the University's new provost July 15, pending Board of Regents approval. "We just immediately agreed this was the best...

U names Brian Atwood as Humphrey Institute dean

July 1, 2002

The University filled another of its open administrative positions last week, naming Brian Atwood dean of the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. Interim University President Robert Bruininks said he...

Yudof on Yudof: parting thoughts

July 1, 2002

When President Mark Yudof arrived at the University in 1997, the school faced problems that were emotionally and physically eroding the community. Faculty morale was low following a tenure battle. A federal...

Texas regents unanimously approve Yudof for post

June 24, 2002

The University of Texas System Board of Regents unanimously approved University President Mark Yudof as the UT's new chancellor Friday, three weeks after naming him the sole finalist. Under state law,...

Regents approve tuition hike, construction budget

June 17, 2002

While finalizing a 16 percent tuition hike Friday, Board of Regents leadership promised to help keep lower-income students in school. The regents approved University President Mark Yudof's $2.3 billion...

Regents develop goals for U president search

June 17, 2002

In the search for a new president, regents are trying to balance swiftness and scope. "Our goal is to be speedy but thorough," said Regent Chairwoman Maureen Reed, who presented a timeline for the search...

Bruininks named interim president

June 10, 2002

Looking for someone to step quickly into the shoes of departing University President Mark Yudof, the Board of Regents found their man a few feet down the hall from Yudof's Morrill Hall office. The board...

U president takes job as Texas chancellor

June 3, 2002

The Lone Star State has lassoed Mark Yudof from Minnesota. After five years as University president, Yudof said Friday that he would accept an offer to become the next chancellor of the University of Texas...

Bruininks to Serve as Interim President

June 3, 2002

The Board of Regents named Executive Vice President and Provost Robert Bruininks as interim University president Friday. Bruininks will preside over the University until a permanent replacement for outgoing...

Ventura vetoes $48 million of U bonding request

May 28, 2002

University officials found out how sharp the self-proclaimed "Samurai" governor's veto sword was last week when Gov. Jesse Ventura sliced more than $48 million in University capital projects from the bonding...

Yudof undecided on Texas chancellorship

May 28, 2002

University President Mark Yudof said Wednesday that University of Texas officials have contacted him about their Chancellor position, but cautioned he has not come to any conclusions about his professional...

U might purchase frats’ land

May 10, 2002

The fraternity houses lining University Avenue have marked the campus' northern edge for more than 70 years. But over the years, a lack of proper maintenance has resulted in numerous housing and health...

Colleges end fiscal year with surplus

May 3, 2002

Most college students don't have a lot of extra money after paying their bills. But for many of the University's colleges, having additional money left over each year is not such an uncommon event. Nearly...

County’s blacks, U focus of GC study

April 30, 2002

A concern raised about the number of local black males not employed or enrolled in college prompted some Hennepin County officials to ask the University's General College to examine the issue. The study,...

Daily board selects next year’s Office of the Publisher

April 29, 2002

The Minnesota Daily's Board of Directors elected a new Office of the Publisher on Thursday night, after interviewing candidates and deliberating for more than six hours. The 13-member board named Todd...

AD search committee members chosen

April 26, 2002

University officials Thursday named the 10-member committee in charge of finalizing candidates for athletics director. The new director will head both men's and women's athletics, which will merge July...

Sayles Belton is fellowship candidate

April 23, 2002

Former Minneapolis Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton is a strong candidate for a senior fellowship at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, officials said Monday. Faculty and fellows will vote on the appointment...

Stadium could unearth buried pollutant

April 19, 2002

It's thick and black and causes cancer, but it's not the tar found in cigarettes. It's creosote - a wood preservative once used on telephone poles and railroad ties - and it can be found beneath the Huron...

Moten Brown halts plans for new sports facilities construction

April 17, 2002

Hoping to address some of the financial problems facing Gophers athletics, University Vice President Tonya Moten Brown placed Thursday a three-year moratorium on all new sports facility construction. "We...

U presents women’s hoops inquiry results to NCAA infractions panel

April 15, 2002

The Gophers women's basketball team has been on a roller coaster ride since last year's 1-15 Big Ten record. After posting a 22-8 overall record this season and going to the National Collegiate Athletic...

Dual commemorations lead to strife

April 10, 2002

Current events sparked strife between Palestinian and Jewish students Tuesday, a day meant to commemorate historical significance in both cultures. Approximately 30 students gathered on Northrop Mall,...

Medical School course improves future doctors’ cultural awareness

April 8, 2002

First-year University Medical School students Endrea Curry and Maisha Barnes know the importance of cultural diversity. After spending one day per week in the community centers and clinics of Minneapolis'...

Proposed Huron arena site raises parking concerns

April 4, 2002

University students Sandy Johnson and Melissa Berg park in the Huron Boulevard lot every day. They say it's the only affordable place to park on campus. "It's cheaper than parking in the ramps all day,"...

Toussaint asks for release from sports scholarship

March 27, 2002

Gophers defensive back Mackenzy Toussaint asked to be released from his athletics scholarship, a University official said Tuesday. University sports information director Bill Crumley said Toussaint asked...

Committee to decide fate of research facility funds

March 15, 2002

The University's latest attempt to revive the Medical School's national reputation is at the mercy of state legislators. House representatives denied funding for a Translational Research Facility in their...

Davis has Gopher rowers making considerable waves

March 5, 2002

When Minnesota's women's rowing head coach Wendy Davis took over the Gopher program two years ago, she had expectations of making the Gophers a top five program in the country. To reach her goal, Davis...

University Cancer Center receives donation boost

October 11, 2001

The University Cancer Center's half century of groundbreaking research received a boost from a local auto glass company Oct. 1. Apogee Enterprises, owner of Harmon Autoglass, upped its 1999 donation of...

Anti-war demonstration protests U.S. airstrikes, calls for peace

October 9, 2001

About 600 Protestors of the U.S.-led attacks in Afghanistan gathered outside the Federal Courts Building on Monday, marching, chanting and speaking against the strikes. "I think that what drives most of...

U reacts to criticism of reserved student-athlete housing policy

September 25, 2001

While many University students wait in hotel rooms and floor lounges for promised campus housing, many student-athletes never had to worry about where they would live. The University reserved almost 300...

Stordahl paces finish for women’s golfers at invitational

September 24, 2001

Minnesota's women's golf team finished seventh at the Lady Northern Invitational in Urbana, Ill. The Gophers compiled a team score of 908. Michigan shot 9-over par to score 873 and capture the team title...

Religious bias represses medical research

September 10, 2001

Andrew Wantland's parents did nothing when the 12-year-old began seizing with coughing fits, violently vomiting and rapidly losing weight. He was emaciated - unable to eat, drink or even make eye contact...

Textbook system needs revision

September 6, 2001

Tuition is rising, housing costs are rising and gas prices are rising; the only cost that has been steady is the price of textbooks. They're incredibly expensive with few chances of changing. This might...

UND’s Kallay loses eligibility battle with NCAA

June 20, 1997

North Dakota hockey player Ian Kallay, a high-scoring forward for the team during the past two seasons, won't be back next year to help the Sioux defend their NCAA title. Kallay and UND were notified...

Crew team wins second title

June 6, 1997

The University men's crew team knew its varsity four-man boat was good. The team's win at this year's Dad Vail Championships and the resulting invitation to the Henley Royal Regatta in England was proof...

Women’s club rugby season nears its end

May 16, 1997

The University women's rugby team beat its city rival, Macalester College, last Saturday 15-12, bringing its record to 5-5-1 on the season. "It's always fun and very intense playing against a team that...

U club lacrosse team ends season

May 9, 1997

The University men's lacrosse team ended its season last weekend with a sixth place finish in the 10-team Upper Midwest Lacrosse League Championship. The team was 8-7 overall and went 1-2 in the tournament,...