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Chef and instructor for the School of Public Health Jason Champagne prepares Red Lake walleye for friends at the Department of Indian Work on July 15, 2013, at the St. Paul Area Council of Churches in St. Paul.

Native American students graduate to make change

July 17, 2013

Although Jason Champagne didn’t grow up on a Native American reservation, he visited relatives on them growing up and saw nutrition was a major issue. Now, the 37-year-old University of Minnesota...

Newly announced Vice President of Diversity and Equity Katrice Albert in her office on Tuesday, July 2, 2013. With her new position, Albert said she is interested in focusing on student development, closing the achievement gap and maintaining the University's commitment to excellence.

New Equity and Diversity VP talks goals, transition

July 10, 2013

For her new position at the University of Minnesota, Katrice Albert brought from Louisiana her warmest clothing, her favorite artwork and her infectious laugh. “When I first heard about the position,...

Food Service Coordinator Senior Bobbi Varichak hands a free lunch to University alumni Claire Winkels for her son Benjamin Colehour at Jackson Park in Northeast Minneapolis on Tuesday, July 9, 2013. Jackson Park is one of the truck's four stops to give out free lunches to children under 18 years old as a part of the Summer Food Service Program.

Food program expands to meet demand

July 10, 2013

On his first day of summer day camp at Van Cleve Park, Como resident Karen Brown’s 4-year-old son was one of several children excited to eat a free lunch after a swim in the Van Cleve Park wading...

A couple shows off their rings in the Pride Parade on June 30, 2013, in Minneapolis. Many same-sex couples in Minnesota will be affected by the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act by the Supreme Court and the passing of a marriage equality bill in Minnesota.

DOMA ruling brings changes to the University

July 3, 2013

In the days leading up to the delayed U.S. Supreme Court decisions affecting marriage equality, Robert Smith III woke up early each morning to see if the cases had been decided. Once the decisions came...

U program to help foreign language learning in K-12 classrooms

July 3, 2013

University of Minnesota researchers are working to bring foreign language classes to more local K-12 students with a program they hope will eventually reach the entire nation. The University’s College...

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints member Victoria Paider hands out cookies to stalled cars after the rainstorm caused flash floods along University Avenue on Friday, June 21, 2013 outside the Minneapolis LDS Institute of Religion.

Mormon students stick together

June 26, 2013

Katherine Brown has been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints her whole life, but today she’s the only person in her family who’s still practicing. Since starting college,...

Supreme Court strikes down DOMA, Prop. 8

June 26, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court made two landmark decisions affecting marriage equality in California and the nation on Wednesday.  In United States v. Winsor, the Supreme Court declared the federal Defense...

Supreme Court sends affirmative action case back to lower courts

June 26, 2013

As a result of the U.S. Supreme Court sending a significant affirmative action case back to the lower courts Monday, the University of Minnesota will re-evaluate its own admissions policies. The 7-1 decision...

Science courses aim to diversify

June 19, 2013

Traditionally, the University of Minnesota hasn’t incorporated diversity topics into its science courses. Now, some faculty members and administrators want to change that. Faculty members from the...

University program preps first-generation college students

June 19, 2013

Sousada Chidthachack grew up as part of an immigrant family and went to college to live out her mother’s dream of having her own career. Chidthachack’s mother ran away from her childhood home...

U gets funds for new math education program

June 17, 2013

A new University of Minnesota STEM Education Center has received funds to start a program focusing on local underrepresented students this fall. The Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation gave...

Burlesque and drag performer Fox Smoulder performs at the cabaret event during the annual BECAUSE conference on Saturday, June 8, 2013, at Augsburg College.

Bisexuality conference highlights research disparities

June 12, 2013

When writing a grant to fund last year’s bisexuality conference, University of Minnesota doctoral candidate Lauren Beach didn’t think it would be the only one focused on bisexuality among the...

Diversity workshop program grows

June 12, 2013

As a new group of freshmen gears up to enter the University of Minnesota this fall, the Office for Equity and Diversity  is trying to make their first time on campus a more welcoming experience. After...

Local filmmaker Melissa Koch recently made a documentary titled The Infamous T, which focuses on an LGBT-identified teenager named Jonathan who experienced homophobia and homelessness during his high school years and then conquered ambivalence after attending a new charter school and receiving support from a LGBT host family.

New doc shines light on LGBT youth homelessness

June 5, 2013

At first, Jonathan Douglas was overwhelmed by the idea of a filmmaker documenting his life — his struggles with school, housing and adjusting to a new family. After a year and a half of filming,...

University of Minnesota graduate Michael Sun Haonan holds stacks of forms, guides and applications in his Minneapolis apartment on May 27, 2013. As an international student, the process for staying in the United States to work or attend graduate school is more complicated, such as finding employers willing to sponsor work visas.

International students face barriers after graduation

May 30, 2013

Haonan Sun was in a dilemma after graduating from the University of Minnesota in December. The mechanical engineering student needed to find a job within three months after graduation or attend graduate...

LGBT film screening tonight

May 30, 2013

This year’s fourth annual Out Twin Cities Film Festival, which celebrates lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities through film and art, kicked off Wednesday at the St. Anthony Main Theatre. Thursday...

Poverty doubled in Twin Cities suburbs over past decade

May 29, 2013

  As the number of poor Twin Cities residents has climbed over the past decade, the suburban area has more than doubled  its poor population to about 200,000 people. The Twin Cities metro area...

Minneapolis City Council declares June LGBT Pride Month

May 24, 2013

The Minneapolis City Council passed a new resolution Friday declaring June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender pride month for Minneapolis, according to city council meeting agenda.  "Minneapolis...

FBI: Montevideo terror attack disrupted by arrest

May 6, 2013

The FBI announced Monday that they, along with local authorities, prevented a suspected terror attack by a Monevideo, Minn. Man, according to a press release.  Buford Rogers, 24, was arrested Friday...

Deputy General Counsel William Donohue poses in the McNamara Alumni Center Office of the General Counsel. Donohue will replace Mark Rotenberg, who will step down this month after more than 20 years as general counsel.

Donohue tapped as interim General Counsel

May 6, 2013

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler announced William Donohue as the school's next general counsel Monday. Donohue will replace General Counsel Mark Rotenberg, who recently resigned to take a...

Kim Oglesby, from Hudson, Wisc., leads the horse Elderberry through the labyrinth constructed on Saturday, May 4, 2013, at the Leatherdale Equine Center. The

Finding balance, peace with horses

May 6, 2013

  Melissa Bieber quietly guided a horse through a labyrinth made of plastic pipes in a large arena at the University of Minnesota Equine Center on Saturday afternoon. “It was amazing,”...

Expanded alcohol sales bill off the table

May 2, 2013

A bill that would expand alcohol sales at the University of Minnesota’s Mariucci and Williams arenas was withdrawn Wednesday by Minnesota Rep. Dan Schoen, DFL-St. Paul Park. The bill would’ve...

Minnesota Senator Al Franken describes how new generators designed by Minnesota manufacturer Cummins Power Generation could cut energy use in Afghanistan and other places overseas at a press conference on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at TCF Stadium.

Minnesota-made generators could save military lives

May 2, 2013

Military overseas will now use Minnesota-built generators, U.S. Sen. Al Franken and a Department of Defense official announced at TCF Bank Stadium on Wednesday. The new generators, built by Cummins Power...

Three more marathon bombing suspects arrested

May 1, 2013

Three more suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing case have been taken into custody, police and a defense attorney told the Associated Press.  Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick told reporters from his briefing...

Boynton to examine international student sexual health concerns

April 30, 2013

  During Welcome Week, Rawnaq Al-Gheithy was shocked to watch students putting on a sex education skit. Sex was a taboo subject for the human resources development major, who grew up in Oman and Jordan. “A...

Students crave healthier food

April 25, 2013

A new survey showed University of Minnesota students living in residence halls want more inexpensive and healthy food options on campus. Three undergraduate interns from the University’s Obesity...

Senior nursing student Samantha Smith demonstrates the new facilities at the Bentson Healthy Communities Innovation Center for the Grand Opening of the Center on Thursday, April 13, 2013. The new nursing simulation lab replaces the 25 year-old lab.

New simulation center opens

April 22, 2013

  Samantha Smith treated a patient with congestive heart failure in a large hospital room Thursday afternoon. The University of Minnesota nursing senior administered medication on her patient using...

Students promote trans awareness through campaign

April 18, 2013

Gwen Carlson found support when she came out as trans last year, but she said challenges the community faces are still unacknowledged. “… If we are not given a face, then we tend to disappear,”...

Now past talk of mergers, U and Fairview look forward

April 17, 2013

Administrators, students and state legislators are looking to the future of Fairview Health Services and the University of Minnesota Medical Center after two merger proposals fell through last week. The...

U study finds link between cancer, taconite mining

April 14, 2013

Taconite industry workers in the Iron Range have an increased risk of contracting rare lung cancer mesothelioma, according to a University news release.  The $4.9 million Minnesota Taconite Workers...

Minnesota STD cases increase

April 12, 2013

The number of sexually transmitted disease cases increased by 10 percent in 2012, according to new data released by the Minnesota Department of Health.  Cases of chlamydia rose by 7 percent, while...

Teen HPV vaccine rates still low, despite push

April 10, 2013

Today’s college students went through their teen years watching advertisements for the newly recommended Human Papillomavirus vaccine, but vaccination rates still aren’t as high as doctors...

Legislature aims to prevent Fairview merger

April 9, 2013

State legislators proposed bills Monday to intervene in the Fairview Health Services merger talks. Two proposals would outlaw South Dakota-based Sanford Health from taking over Fairview, which includes...

Former University of Minnesota General Counsel Mark Rotenberg takes notes as former Regent Steve Sviggum announces his resignation from the Board of Regents on Thursday, March 8, 2012, at McNamara Alumni Center. Rotenberg announced Monday that he would retire in June.

U’s top lawyer to step down in summer

April 9, 2013

After 20 years at the University of Minnesota, General Counsel Mark Rotenberg will step down this summer, he announced Monday. As the University’s top lawyer, Rotenberg defends the University against...

University students and Circus Mojo clown Neal Skoy  participate in an act at the Cirque De-Stress event on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at Coffman Memorial Union.

Cirque De-Stressing students

April 4, 2013

  An Argentinean acrobat tumbled upside down in a giant wheel while reading “The Catcher in the Rye.” A University of Minnesota student juggled while balancing on a giant red ball. And...

Kaler proposed U take over Fairview

April 4, 2013

President Eric Kaler has proposed that the University of Minnesota take control of Fairview Health Services, according to a January letter obtained by the Minnesota Daily. Meanwhile, South Dakota-based...

Bubo, a great horned owl, is an educational bird at the Raptor Center on the St. Paul campus. Bubo is used specifically for educational purposes and can't be released into the wild because of too much interaction with humans at a young age.

Keeping wild birds wild

March 27, 2013

  Bubo, a great horned owl, is physically healthy, but he cannot be released from his home at the University of Minnesota Raptor Center. The owl has spent most of his 12 years in captivity and can’t...

A push for trans-inclusive health care

March 25, 2013

Labor unions and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender-equality groups are pushing transgender-inclusive health care as part of the first-of-its-kind national Transgender Month of Action. Proponents are...

Spring break brings increase in thefts

March 25, 2013

  University of Minnesota alumna Breanna Kelly’s car was broken into over spring break. As a former Marcy-Holmes resident, she said it wasn’t unexpected “I was thinking, you know,...

University searches for Parkinson’s markers

March 12, 2013

  Sally Christopher has volunteered as a research patient in three studies since she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease more than a decade ago. “I really enjoy them because I’m...

University researchers find potential MD treatment option

March 6, 2013

  University of Minnesota researchers are one step closer to potential treatments for muscular dystrophy. According to an online study published Wednesday in the journal Nature Communications, researchers...

Outing sexual violence disparities

March 5, 2013

The man was older, and she had a crush on him. They were grabbing movie rentals at Blockbuster before going to a party at his house. But before they got to the party, the man pulled the minivan off the...

Dental assistant Molly Rogers, left, and fourth-year dentistry student Bill Johnson work on a patient at the UCare Mobile Dental Clinic on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, in Diamond Lake, Minn. The clinic, in operation since 2002, provides treatment to UCare patients that might otherwise have less access to dental care.

U dentistry school tackles rural health disparities

February 21, 2013

A woman went to the UCare Mobile Dental Clinic with a chipped front tooth and walked out with a fresh smile and tears of joy in her eyes Wednesday morning. “That’s fun when you have outcomes...

Task force to address men’s mental health

February 19, 2013

  University of Minnesota student groups recently voiced concerns about men seeking mental health guidance. Often ignored because of the taboo associated with it, men’s mental health is the...

Friedman: ‘Time was right to step down’

February 14, 2013

  After three years as vice president for health sciences and dean of the University of Minnesota’s Medical School, Aaron Friedman said in a statement Monday that he felt the time was right...

U center creates databases to prevent food fraud

February 12, 2013

A deal at the grocery store might seem too good to be true, and experts from the University of Minnesota say it probably is. The University’s National Center for Food Protection and Defense is launching...

Raptor Center founder and former director Pat Redig holds a peregrine falcon named Artemis on Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, in St. Paul.

University center fights falcon near extinction

February 6, 2013

Patrick Redig talks about Midwest Peregrine falcons like they’re his children. His passion for the falcons began in adolescence, so it saddened him when he learned they were on the verge of extinction. “Not...

SHADE’s Safer Sex Week Begins

February 5, 2013

Looking to add more free condoms to your personal stash? Well you're in luck.  Boynton's Sexual Health Awareness and Disease Education peer education group, known as SHADE begins...

Norovirus spreads across nation

February 4, 2013

For students with stomach pains, vomiting and diarrhea, University of Minnesota experts want to remind them the flu isn’t the culprit. A new strain of the norovirus  — typically misnamed...

University researcher creates first artificial enzyme

January 31, 2013

A University of Minnesota discovery could lead to industrial innovations and a deeper understanding of how life developed. University assistant professor Burckhard Seelig and other collaborators spent...