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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...

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...

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....

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...

International students must buy U’s health plan

June 16, 2003

Starting fall semester, the University will mandate all international students and their dependents buy the University's student health benefits plan. The policy comes after Boynton Health Service staff...

U expert, lab fight mad cow disease

May 27, 2003

Cattle farmers are keeping a close eye on unfolding events around the first case of mad cow disease in North America in more than a decade. World health officials confirmed a case of mad cow disease in...

Outdoor adventure center to move to East Bank campus

May 9, 2003

The University Center for Outdoor Adventure will move its operations to the University Field House on the East Bank starting fall 2003. Currently situated in the St. Paul Student Center, center officials...

$20 million U science facility opens in St. Paul

May 5, 2003

Forget about the robots, supercomputers and state-of-the-art research set for the new 64,000-square-foot Cargill building for Microbial and Plant Genomics opening today on the St. Paul campus. Inspirations...

U ranks 14th in nation for private financial donations

May 2, 2003

The University ranked 14th nationally among reporting universities and colleges in private financial giving in 2001-02, collecting more than $233 million, according to a March report by the Council for...

Mold illnesses spur U to mull destroying building

April 29, 2003

In what resembles an abandoned mansion, a College of Natural Resources science building on the St. Paul campus stands silent and boarded up. But life remains in the building. An unpleasant smell wafts...

Students hope to improve water quality of St. Paul’s Sarita Wetland

April 23, 2003

Water Resources Students in Action members carried their waders and rakes into the Sarita Wetland on Tuesday afternoon in continued efforts to monitor and improve conditions in the St. Paul campus wetland. Members...

College marks century of study

April 22, 2003

The College of Natural Resources is celebrating its 100th year this week of studying natural resource use and allocation in the Land of 10,000 Lakes as well as the world beyond. The college is consistently...

U program connects pets with caregivers

April 17, 2003

Many pet lovers cannot imagine their lives without their pets. As pet owners grow older, worries about what will happen to their pets if the animals outlive them can emerge. To ensure their care, five...

New meningitis case shares bacterial strain with Marx

April 14, 2003

The second University student found with a meningococcal infection in the past three weeks remained in stable condition at Fairview-University Medical Center on Friday. The male graduate student was first...

Second U student contracts meningitis

April 11, 2003

ABruno Bornsztein and Emily Johns second University student was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis, Boynton Health Service officials said Thursday. The male student was first admitted to Fairview-University...

Kent State killings sparked 1970s activism

April 9, 2003

AMary Stegmeir lthough antiwar activism has dimmed on campus in recent weeks, history has proven one event can quickly rally shouts and demands from the University community and change the daily lives...

After death, U officials call meningitis risks ‘generally low’

April 4, 2003

University officials said students should not be concerned about their safety following the death of University sophomore Kristin Marx from bacterial meningitis last week. Officials said the chances of...

Peer-to-peer file sharing prompts media companies to complain to U

April 2, 2003

Years after the rise and fall of Napster, record and movie companies are fighting copyright infringement by sending complaints to colleges, asking them to stop students from using peer-to-peer file-sharing...

U researchers develop surveillance software

March 28, 2003

To keep in step with national security upgrades since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, University researchers have developed a computer surveillance program designed to better secure military computer systems. After...

Bioterror studies draw veterinary lab

March 14, 2003

The University's Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory is seeking to join the fight against bioterror risks through involvement in a federal animal disease diagnosis and surveillance program linking some of...

Excess prompts innovation in manure management

March 12, 2003

A land-grant university tucked between two major metropolitan areas with hundreds of farm animals in one location is unique. Feeding these animals is not the problem. But as their food moves through, a...

Task force addresses U water runoff pollution, use of harmful chemicals

March 10, 2003

Several University faculty members completed their first steps toward understanding and minimizing water pollution concerns on - and under - campus. They will submit to the Minnesota Pollution Control...

Agriculture, horticulture draw foreign students

March 5, 2003

After growing up on a 75-acre cattle farm 35 miles north of Helsinki, Finland, Ilkka Pekkala wanted to experience something different. So he ended up in the Midwest. He battled hot days last summer in...

U officials hope new tourism degree focus will draw more students

February 24, 2003

Minnesota's tourism centers such as the Boundary Waters, Lake of the Woods and even statues of Paul Bunyan draw thousands of visitors annually. The nature of the tourism industry demands that workers manage...

Veterinary lab officials hope for renovation funds

February 6, 2003

When scientists stare into microscopes to investigate specific viruses, bacteria and other animal pathogens, they need an environment as clean as a surgeon's hands before operating. It's simple. Scientists...

Senior professor’s death mourned

February 4, 2003

Longtime University professor Joe Warthesen died of cardiac arrest Friday. He was 54. Warthesen was head of the food science and nutrition department and a key figure in the College of Agricultural, Food...

Genetics researcher dies, 92

February 4, 2003

Sheldon Reed, a University professor of human genetics and an influential researcher widely respected as the founder of "genetic counseling," died Saturday at age 92. After earning bachelor's degree from...

New Student Weekend retreat searching for leaders

January 30, 2003

The University campus and its more than 60,000 students can be a daunting surprise to new students. In hopes of preparing new students for a dramatic transition, New Student Weekend coordinators bus approximately...

Bulls on parade: third bronze sculpture hits St. Paul mall

December 13, 2002

Early last spring, two 14-foot bronze bull sculptures were placed on the St. Paul campus mall, a short walk down the front steps of Haecker Hall. Observers might have believed the herd was complete. But...

Forestry Club lures Christmas tree lovers

December 10, 2002

The University Forestry Club has helped put Christmas trees in living rooms for more than 75 years. They are back again this year, with hopes of selling more than 1,500 trees in the Twin Cities area. Buying...

Wood and paper sciences students enjoy unique majors

December 5, 2002

Joe Ibrahim did not have the same problems many students find while approaching graduation. Sure, he applied for dozens of positions and completed roughly 40 interviews, but he landed eight job offers. He...

U scientists test deer tissue for chronic wasting disease

December 3, 2002

Scientists in the University's College of Veterinary Medicine have no shortage of work this year. More than three months since Minnesota's only case of chronic wasting disease was diagnosed, a large-scale...

Record numbers turn out for flu shot clinics

November 26, 2002

More University employees and students rolled up their sleeves to receive flu shots this season than in recent years, according to a flu clinic coordinator at Boynton Health Service. Boynton's annual flu...

Specialist creates laptop package for disabled students

November 21, 2002

Some people take it for granted, but the computer screen and humming box a person uses for hours a day has become a necessity for completing assignments and tasks. Most students can stand at a University...

Plant expert, Nobel Prize winner attends reception

November 18, 2002

As long as people keep eating, they will need folks like Norman Borlaug. In 1970, Borlaug received the Nobel Peace Prize for his countless efforts in plant breeding. His work is credited with saving millions...

Expected retirees may open jobs for environment students

November 15, 2002

In more than 25 years at the College of Natural Resources, Phil Splett has seen the ups and downs of the job market for his students. Yet, the current situation poses a huge opportunity for some students...

U dairy cattle judging team savors sweet milky successes

November 12, 2002

People driving up or down Minnesota's interstates see - and smell - windmills, silos, cornfields and cows throughout the Midwest heartland. Many don't take much notice of them. For a group of University...

Stafford named first female dean of College of Natural Resources

October 31, 2002

On Oct. 1, Susan Stafford readied herself for a busy year. It was her first day of work as dean of the College of Natural Resources. Stafford, 49, is the seventh dean of the college. "It's a very exciting...

Online database project allows for research of family ancestry

October 29, 2002

Digging through records to discover family roots can be a daunting task for people curious enough to learn about their heritage. Now, thanks to the Minnesota Population Center at the University and the...

Campus reflects on senator’s integrity, conviction

October 26, 2002

Stunned students huddled near televisions as tears welled up in their eyes. Others stood captivated by the humbling news. Word of Minnesota Sen. Paul Wellstone's tragic plane crash spread quickly around...

University partners with state to fight wildlife malady

October 21, 2002

In late August, Minnesota's first diagnosed case of chronic wasting disease was detected in a single elk on an Aitkin County farm. Although only one wasting disease case has been confirmed in the state...

University study examines the decline of Monarch butterflies

October 9, 2002

Daily temperatures are cooling, leaves are changing and one more unavoidable tradition occurs: Monarch butterflies return to Mexico. But this year, fewer of them will be making their way south, according...

Evans Scholarship Program provides more than just money

October 7, 2002

It's 5:30 a.m. The summer sunrise is crawling above the horizon. A buzzing alarm screams and the exhausted high school student on summer vacation rolls out of bed. The race to the golf course is underway. The...

YMCA searches for diverse volunteers

October 7, 2002

From Thursday morning to Friday afternoon, University YMCA volunteers camped out on Northrop mall and the Superblock to promote YMCA programs such as Y-Buddies and to talk to students about the merits...

Initiative lets student laptops roam the Web cord-free

October 2, 2002

It is difficult to find a University class that doesn't require using a computer for Internet research, e-mail or word processing. To offset these evolutions in the classroom, the University has committed...

Former U plant genetics professor dies at 82

September 24, 2002

Between 5 a.m. and 8 p.m., University agriculture students knew where they could find professor Bob Robinson - in University growing fields. For 38 years, the former University professor was recognized...

Princess Kay savors new challenges and responsibilities

September 20, 2002

Wearing jeans, a University sweatshirt and a backpack to class, she's an unassuming princess. But Sarah Olson was wearing a sparkling dress, glittering crown and banner less than a month ago. Crowned the...

University-made turkey vaccine could save millions

September 18, 2002

A University professor has helped stop the spread of a virus that cost Minnesota turkey producers $90 million in losses during the past six years. The Department of Agriculture recently approved a vaccine...

Students say CLA LINK helpful

September 17, 2002

Even 4,400 miles from home, University students are able to find a job in Minneapolis. Economics and global studies senior Jennifer McAlpine spent last spring semester studying in Helsinki, Finland. A...

Vintage women’s clothing collection is on display

September 11, 2002

In the 11 years Nancy Cyr has worked as museum collection manager at the Goldstein Museum of Design, she's maintained a large women's vintage accessory collection in storage, which often taunts her to...