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U explains accident prevention, policies

February 21, 2005

Construction on Nicholson Hall was stopped Friday in respect for the worker who fell to his death there Thursday. Construction accidents of that nature are rare, and preventing them is the responsibility...

Officials: New driver’s licenses will be more secure, harder to copy

December 9, 2004

Gov. Tim Pawlenty, state officials and technology experts showed off the look of new driver's licenses Wednesday, claiming the cards will be more secure and harder to duplicate. "It's going to be as secure...

Fix-up keeps 15th Ave. closed

September 21, 2004

Construction on 15th Avenue Southeast, from Dinkytown to the Southeast Como neighborhoods, could keep the streets closed until the end of October. City workers began construction in May, though the project...

Rotenberg: U looking beyond Sanford for campus stadium funding

December 12, 2003

Unable to reach an agreement with T. Denny Sanford regarding his potential $35 million donation for an on-campus stadium, the University confirmed it is already negotiating with other possible donors to...

Study: Stadium could open by 2008

December 9, 2003

University officials unveiled plans for a $222 million on-campus football stadium for the first time Monday. The feasibility study included renderings, cost estimates and predictions of how a new stadium...

U feasibility report puts total stadium cost at $220 million

December 8, 2003

A feasibility study estimates that building an on-campus stadium and all related projects could cost $220 million, the Star Tribune reported Sunday. University chief financial officer Richard Pfutzenreuter,...

U official: Stadium could cost $150 million

December 4, 2003

The University expects to spend at least $150 million in construction costs for an on-campus stadium with 50,000 seats, a University official said Wednesday. Kathleen O'Brien, vice president for University...

Gophers trinkets are golden to this alum

December 2, 2003

University alumnus Jerry Johnson makes sure a part of University lore and legend is not forgotten. Johnson, a 1984 graduate, has turned parts of his Plymouth, Minn., home into an ever-growing treasure...

U might ask state for stadium money if pro teams do

December 2, 2003

Funding for academic projects, not an on-campus stadium, will be the University's top priority in the 2004 legislative session. But while the University has not determined whether the project will continue,...

U plans expanded athletics facilities

November 26, 2003

The University Aquatic Center, the recreation center and other campus recreational facilities and fields are far from unused - in fact, they are used too much, recreational sports officials said. The fact...

Students aim to legalize medical marijuana

November 25, 2003

More than a dozen University students are collecting signatures in hopes of putting the issue of medical marijuana before Minneapolis voters. The group must gather 7,774 signatures from eligible Minneapolis...

Opposition builds to using fees for stadium

November 21, 2003

Student leaders have raised concerns about the possibility of student fees being used to help fund an on-campus stadium. This week, when the issue was brought before the Minnesota Student Association and...

GAPSA discourages using fees for stadium

November 19, 2003

The Graduate and Professional Student Assembly passed a resolution at its meeting Tuesday saying the University should only consider using student fees for an on-campus stadium if all other funding sources...

Bruininks presents goals

November 14, 2003

University President Bob Bruininks introduced six written statements to the Board of Regents on Thursday outlining how the University will move forward in its quest to build an on-campus Gophers football...

Penn State to bring Napster to dorms

November 11, 2003

The digital music revolution on the Internet will spin a new tune with Pennsylvania State University students in January - and this time it will be a legal one. The Big Ten university announced an agreement...

U delays release of stadium predesign study

November 5, 2003

Those chomping at the bit to find out about the University's thoughts on the capacity, cost and design of an on-campus stadium will have to wait a little longer. The predesign and feasibility study for...

U considers banning camera cell phones in locker rooms

November 3, 2003

Technology improvements have allowed cell phones to carry new functions - such as cameras that allow users to secretly photograph objects in front of them while appearing to dial a number. However, people's...

Officials carry on despite protests

October 31, 2003

Despite a sit-in protest in the hallways and the noisy clanging of pots and pans outside, administrators in Morrill Hall have tried to continue with business this week. Pro-union protesters have been nonviolent,...

Alumni to distribute buttons backing stadium

October 30, 2003

The University Alumni Association will give stadium supporters a way to become "walking billboards" for an on-campus stadium by distributing 16,000 free buttons at this weekend's homecoming events. "We've...

Stadium planners look to minimize road work

October 28, 2003

Last year, the thought of more than 60,000 football fans exiting an on-campus stadium for Gophers or Vikings games had design consultants considering several road reconfigurations near the stadium site...

Some think Gophers’ record will affect stadium fund raising

October 21, 2003

Two weeks ago, more than 62,000 Gophers fans packed the Metrodome, turning it into a rowdy party for the nationally ranked, 6-0 team. But after the team lost, and then fell again Saturday to Michigan State,...

U, Mayo researchers to unveil joint projects

October 17, 2003

University and Mayo Clinic officials are confident two heads are better than one. Since the two organizations formed the Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics last April, researchers...

Gay athletes keep sexuality secret for years

October 16, 2003

Whether it's in the locker room or on the playing field, being an athlete and being gay are two traits many athletes find tough to combine. Athletes, students, administrators, gay activists and scholars...

Gophers success means maroon and gold in the bank for U

October 13, 2003

Maroon-and-gold fever struck many last week as they waited for Friday night's football game between the Gophers and the Michigan Wolverines. Through clothing and ticket sales, the University Bookstores...

U reveals Sanford’s stadium terms

October 10, 2003

Initial terms for T. Denny Sanford's $35 million stadium pledge included that the stadium be named after him and that he withhold his donation until 18 months after the stadium is completed, according...

National Invitation Tournament seeks ’96 reimbursement from U

October 9, 2003

Almost three years after the National Collegiate Athletic Association penalized the University for a 1999 academic scandal involving the basketball team, the National Invitation Tournament is seeking more...

University leaders form new stadium advisory committee

October 9, 2003

More than 20 University faculty, staff and student leaders have formed a stadium advisory committee that will serve as a voice in football stadium plans. The group met for the first time Tuesday and received...

Plan would put stadium near arenas

October 7, 2003

University stadium consultants are considering placing the proposed football stadium on the west end of the Huron Boulevard Parking Complex, said Richard Pfutzenreuter, associate vice president for the...

U names new emergency management director

October 1, 2003

The University named military and emergency response expert Earl Juskowiak as director of emergency management Tuesday. Juskowiak gained experience in the Minnesota National Guard and several years of...

Sanford still plans stadium donation

October 1, 2003

Government restrictions imposed last week on United National Holding Corp. - the holding company for T. Denny Sanford's banks - will not affect his $35 million on-campus football stadium donation offer,...

Feds put limits on stadium donor’s company

September 29, 2003

Federal bank officials placed several restrictions on a holding company owned by T. Denny Sanford on Thursday; however, it is unclear whether the move will affect Sanford's wealth or willingness to give...

Businesses say they’d chip in for U stadium

September 25, 2003

While talk of a new stadium brings visions of bleachers filled with cheering fans for some, for Campus Pizza and Pasta owner Jim Rossvold, it brings visions of lines stretching out the door. To help make...

Dyer says students oppose fees for stadium

September 24, 2003

Students are unlikely to support fee increases to pay for a proposed Gophers-only football stadium, Minnesota Student Association President Eric Dyer said Tuesday. University administrators pitched the...

Stadium donor reviewing conditions

September 19, 2003

Prospective stadium donor T. Denny Sanford said Thursday he is reviewing a set of conditions set forth by the University for his proposed $35 million gift to the school. University President Bob Bruininks...

U to seek student money for stadium

September 18, 2003

Students might be asked to dig into their pockets to help fund an on-campus football stadium, University officials said Wednesday. "We're going to explore with student leadership what might be possible,"...

U balks at stadium donor’s terms

September 16, 2003

University President Bob Bruininks said Monday if T. Denny Sanford does not change the conditions of his $35 million donation toward an on-campus football stadium, he will recommend that the Board of Regents...

Donor hopes fund raising begins by October

September 12, 2003

T. Denny Sanford, the donor who gave the University $35 million toward a new, Gophers-only football stadium, said he is not one to act slowly. Sanford said he hopes a formal fund-raising campaign for a...

Fund-raiser finale honors U donors

September 11, 2003

University officials announced Wednesday that the seven-year fund-raising drive Campaign Minnesota raised more than $1.6 billion dollars for the entire University system. The amount surpassed the crusade's...

Bruininks lifts stadium fund-raising ban

September 10, 2003

After a University alumnus gave $35 million last week for an on-campus football stadium, University President Bob Bruininks lifted a fund-raising ban on athletics facilities Friday. University administrators...

RIAA might ask U for names of students who download illegally

September 2, 2003

Pockets of college students learned the hard way this summer the entertainment industry is tired of losing money due to increased Internet file sharing. Now, the recording industry is going for the throat...

U uses vans despite accidents, warnings

August 18, 2003

In the past four years, six University-owned 15-passenger vans have been in rollover accidents, one of which prompted a lawsuit by a University student. During the same time period, the federal government...

U student pleads guilty in April hockey riot

August 18, 2003

nother University student pleaded guilty to felony charges stemming from last April's hockey riot. On Aug. 11 in Hennepin County court, David C. Hanson, 20, admitted to shattering the windows of and flipping...

Gophers, Twins schedule conflict puts two football games in limbo

August 11, 2003

Though the football season opener is still three weeks away, the Gophers already might be in jeopardy of losing home-field advantage in two games. For the second consecutive year, the Gophers' home schedule...

Normandale student pleads guilty in April 12 hockey riots

August 4, 2003

The Normandale student charged with igniting an overturned vehicle in the April 12 hockey riots pleaded guilty Friday in Hennepin County Court. Ahmad Salah Samaha, 19, was charged with second-degree arson....

Man convicted for U football player’s murder

August 4, 2003

Almost one year after the murder of University football player Brandon Hall, a West St. Paul man was convicted Wednesday for the 19-year-old's death. The trial of Jermaine O. Stansberry, 28, lasted five...

Higher education groups battle obstacles foreign students face

July 14, 2003

Growing concerns over lengthy international student visa delays prompted several U.S. universities and higher education groups to ask the federal government for help. On June 17, the education groups sent...

International students celebrate Fourth of July

July 7, 2003

While the Fourth of July is a U.S. holiday, many international students said they were eager to participate in traditional U.S. Independence Day festivities. "I think international students want to go...

Visa troubles, tracking system, new policies deter foreign students

June 30, 2003

Three years ago, Ali Nasiri-Amini was accepted into the University's graduate program to earn a master's degree in electrical engineering. Living with his family in Iran, Nasiri-Amini knew he needed a...

City Council grants all Minneapolis bars a later last call

June 23, 2003

University-area bars will be allowed to serve alcohol until 2 a.m. beginning July 1. The Minneapolis City Council made that decision Friday when it voted 11-2 to extend citywide bar times by one hour. Their...

U-area bar close time remains uncertain

June 16, 2003

Despite the hopes of University-area bar owners, last call might not come later after all. The Minneapolis City Council will soon determine if it will allow bars and restaurants in the city to serve alcohol...