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The Minnesota Daily

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Ventura: volunteerism combats apathy

Published March 8, 1999

Gov. Jesse Ventura visited the St. Paul campus on Friday to show his support for volunteerism and community outreach programs. Wearing cowboy boots and a World Gym pullover, he spoke at the St. Paul Student...

Ventura’s

Published March 3, 1999

With a dark blue suit and a prepared speech, Gov. Jesse Ventura never looked more gubernatorial than he did at the State of the State address on Tuesday. In front of state senators and representatives...

License review causes temporary motel closure

Published March 2, 1999

Cancel your plans to stay at the Gopher Campus Motor Lodge in the next few months. The motel, located at Interstate 35W and Fourth Street Southeast, will be closed for renovations until mid-April. The...

Universities cultivate vital outreach

Published February 23, 1999

Universities around the country do not live in vacuums; a report urges them to remember the communities they live in and become engaged with them. One of six reports from the Kellogg Commission on the...

Legislature hears grand plan for returning budget surplus

Published February 18, 1999

One of the bills introduced in the state Legislature this year could give future University freshmen a huge 18th birthday present. Dubbed "Baby Grand," the bill would mandate that the government put $1,000...

Controversial sex bill loses

Published February 10, 1999

Four representatives in the Minnesota Legislature withdrew their names last week from a controversial bill to legalize a variety of sexual acts, including prostitution, adultery, sodomy and bestiality. Phyllis...

City council allows motel to continue business operations

Published February 8, 1999

The Minneapolis City Council decided Friday to allow the Gopher Campus Motor Lodge, located at 925 Fourth St. S.E., to remain in business as long as they meet a number of operating criteria. The motel's...

Minneapolis City Council to vote

Published January 28, 1999

The Gopher Motor Lodge will stay open for business if the Minneapolis City Council takes the advice of a panel that has publicly debated the issue since November. But the motel's owners aren't in the clear...

Graduate’s book heralds Jesse’s surprise,

Published January 27, 1999

Dr. Seuss never tackled a subject like Jesse. But a University alumnus did with a spoof of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," telling the story of Gov. Jesse Ventura's victory. In "How the Pundits Stole...

Ventura payback

Published January 22, 1999

Biology junior Dawn Demmon helped contribute to the state's budget surplus, but will reap none of its returns if Gov. Jesse Ventura's rebate proposal passes. She lived in Middlebrook Hall last year and...

Exultant

Published January 19, 1999

With a bandanna on his bald dome, hoops and skulls dangling from his ears and a fringed leather jacket worn over a Jimi Hendrix shirt, Gov. Jesse Ventura revived his stage persona Saturday night in front...

Ventura proposes property tax refund for state’s residents

Published January 15, 1999

If Gov. Jesse Ventura has his way, about 2 million Minnesota residents -- and many University students -- would get more than $200 in a tax refund that aims to give the $1.07 billion budget surplus back...

Best Western clerk

Published December 2, 1998

While most Minnesotans were eating turkey and watching football, three teens were engaging in a statewide crime spree that ended Sunday at the Best Western motel on University Avenue Southeast. Two of...

University bureaucracy Claims Student Victim

Published November 28, 1998

Feeling like death warmed over, University greaser Jason "The Moniker" McGrady arose and crammed some food in his word hole. Like many students, he planned to accomplish a lot. Like you, he failed. But...

Gun arrest might lead to further charges

Published November 25, 1998

University police officers stopped a Jeep Grand Cherokee at gunpoint in Dinkytown on Sunday night, responding to a tip that the vehicle contained a gun. Three people were arrested, including the car's...

Halloween incident leads to charges against U student

Published November 19, 1998

A University student faced a preliminary conference Wednesday for fifth-degree domestic assault charges stemming from an incident on Halloween night. William Harvey, 27, entered a not guilty plea after...

U police arrest trespasser after

Published November 18, 1998

On Wednesday, University Police officers encountered 55-year-old Edgar Coleman on three separate occasions, the last of which landed Coleman in jail. Coleman has been arrested more than 18 times in the...

Prof finds fake bills in bag

Published November 11, 1998

University chemistry professor Wayland Noland found an interesting treasure walking through East River Flats Park on Sunday: a grocery bag filled with $1, $5, $10 and $20 bills. But upon closer examination,...

A ‘Body’ slam: Ventura wins

Published November 4, 1998

The two major party candidates and countless incredulous television pundits wore shocked faces Tuesday night as wave after wave of precinct numbers reflected that Jesse Ventura, the former pro wrestler...

Basketball net robbery ends in suspects’ arrest

Published November 4, 1998

When University Police officer Josh Betts pulled over a car on Oct. 28 the driver told him he had just been robbed -- and that one of the two male suspects might have a gun. After taking a description...

Sabo meets college students at event sponsored by MSA

Published November 2, 1998

Martin Olav Sabo, Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in the state's 5th Congressional District, shook hands with students as they crossed the footbridges near...

Ventura draws big campus

Published October 29, 1998

Jesse Ventura, the Reform Party candidate for governor, spoke to and joked with more than 800 people Wednesday in front of Coffman Union. Ventura appeared less than one week before the Nov. 3 elections,...

Man arrested for disorderly conduct after fight at local bar

Published October 28, 1998

University Police officers arrested a 35-year-old man for disorderly conduct after responding to a reported fight-in-progress outside Fowl Play just after the Dinkytown bar closed Thursday night. According...

Amendments still need

Published October 25, 1998

Lottery funding, a statement on hunting and the future of the state treasurer's office make up three potential amendments to the Minnesota Constitution, which will appear on the election ballot Tuesday. Each...

Hit and run

Published October 21, 1998

Minneapolis police officers responded to a hit and run accident at the corner of University Avenue and 5th Street Southeast on Oct. 13. The victim, a University employee named Said Ahmed, was waiting to...

Greeks get medieval

Published October 19, 1998

Dragons, castles and ... Goldy? This bizarre combination of sights awaits University Avenue commuters as the greeks prepare for Homecoming with the building of themed housefronts. Constructed by teams...

Eight-hour East Bank

Published October 19, 1998

More than 15 buildings on the University's East Bank lost power Saturday afternoon at 2:32 p.m. Power was restored building by building over the next eight hours, Facilities Management officials said. Northern...

Student arrested for assault at dorm

Published October 14, 1998

A University freshman was arrested Wednesday morning for threatening his roommate's friend with a knife in a Bailey Hall room. The 18-year-old student was taken to Hennepin County Jail after being arrested...

Researchers sniff out aroma’s role in taste

Published October 13, 1998

One day, low-fat foods could be as tasty as their higher-fat counterparts, thanks to researchers in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition. Gerhard Zehentbauer, a post-doctoral associate in the department,...

Minneapolis man cited for disorderly conduct in bathroom

Published October 7, 1998

A 40-year-old Minneapolis man was cited for disorderly conduct Thursday after an incident in a Willey Hall bathroom. University Police officer Erik Swanson was seated in a restroom stall next to the suspect,...

No charges to be filed in death at Grandma’s

Published October 5, 1998

The Hennepin County Attorney's Office announced Thursday it would not file charges against the suspect in the death of University student Nicholas Schultz, 22, who died 11 days after a punch caused him...

University Police cite three minors for consumption

Published September 30, 1998

University Police Officer Erik Stenemann cited three female University students for minor consumption Saturday night after observing them waving beer bottles out a car window. Melissa Funk, Gina Ciuilla...

Judge’s orders: Student groups will be single defendant

Published June 16, 1998

The group of University students challenging the University's student services fees structure will not have to argue against two separate parties. Magistrate Judge Jonathan Lebedoff denied a motion last...

Angry students bemoan their plights in group

Published June 8, 1998

Life isn't always fun and games, mister. Sometimes it can be a real drag. That's the idea behind the creation of Students Angry and Down (SAD). The group's leader hopes to organize students who just don't...

Institute will

Published June 4, 1998

Dealing with a woman fearful of an abusive husband or boyfriend is always challenging. But the task is even harder when shelters and program providers are not familiar with the couple's culture. That...

Graduate student accuses tow truck driver of assault

Published June 2, 1998

While most cases filed against Cedar Towing revolve around the towing itself, University graduate student Jihad Haytham has a different complaint. He claims a driver assaulted him earlier this year after...

McDonald’s parking policy induces friction

Published June 2, 1998

Inside McDonald's at lunchtime, Happy Meals sizzle on the griddle. Outside the Dinkytown haven, a tow truck sits around the corner, patiently waiting for someone to break the parking rules. And it would...

Towings spur suits against local company

Published June 2, 1998

The practice is common on or near the University's crowded campus. A student parks his or her car in a lot reserved for paying customers. And the tow truck rolls. After a quick hook-up, a truck tows the...

U wins appeal

Published May 20, 1998

Former University women's gymnastics coach Katalin Deli lost her $675,000 award from her case against the school when the Minnesota Court of Appeals overturned her 1997 victory Tuesday. But Deli's battle...

Dinner brings Iraqi poverty to U.S. tables

Published May 18, 1998

Visitors to St. Stephen's Catholic Church in Minneapolis were treated to a meager dinner Sunday to better experience current food shortages in Iraq. The Iraq Peace Action Coalition served a dinner of...

Student groups

Published May 14, 1998

With their financial futures in limbo, the three student groups named in a fees lawsuit await a ruling by a federal magistrate judge on whether they can become a separate party in the suit. The Queer...

U feels impact as smoke clears from deal: Tobacco advertising will be absent from campus billboards and bus shelters

Published May 11, 1998

Cigarette billboards in Stadium Village and on the 10th Avenue Bridge are coming down. One provision of a $7 billion settlement between tobacco companies, the state and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota...

U hears

Published May 7, 1998

The tobacco companies' nemesis asked the University community to help him snuff out smoking Wednesday. Minnesota Attorney General Hubert H. "Skip" Humphrey III updated more than 150 people at the Mayo...

Students exhibit research

Published May 4, 1998

With energetic students, colorful exhibits and busy judges, Coffman Union's Great Hall looked like it played host to a science fair Saturday; in fact, it was a history contest. A participatory, hands-on...

Daily hires business

Published May 1, 1998

The Minnesota Daily's Board of Directors appointed a new business manager at a meeting April 23. Adam Duey received the appointment after four hours of interviews and deliberation. Duey is the Daily's...

Speakers discuss

Published April 27, 1998

Iraqi music and pastries treated visitors of the Carlson School of Management on Saturday to a picture of life in Iraq. The Iraq Peace Action Coalition, a group that includes the Progressive Student Organization...

Nature’s own: A man thrives on environmental nurturing

Published April 20, 1998

Editor's note: About 50,000 students, staff, faculty members and visitors converge on the University's Twin Cities campus everyday. In the midst of this sea of people, it's easy to think of the strangers...

Burton sentenced to 25 years

Published April 17, 1998

A judge sentenced convicted rapist Antonio Burton to nearly 25 years in prison and 13 years of supervised release Thursday in Hennepin County District Court. Burton, who said he will appeal the decision,...

Sorority objects to halfway house

Published April 13, 1998

Residents of a sorority house in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood say criminal residents of a neighboring halfway house harass them and pose a threat to their safety. Officials for the Portland House, located...

U responds to lawsuit against student fees

Published April 7, 1998

A lawsuit contesting the University's system of student service fee distribution moved ahead Friday, as the University submitted its formal reply to the suit. The federal case, brought by five University...

Law student captures Republican backing

Published April 6, 1998

Two University students vied Saturday for the Republican endorsement for the state House of Representatives at the District 59B caucus at Northeast Middle School. Rob Fowler, a University law student,...

Protestors keep up pressure

Published April 2, 1998

More than 50 people marched through downtown Minneapolis Wednesday to mourn the deaths of Iraqi citizens and protest the United States' involvement in sanctions against Iraq. The march is the fourth protest...

NightCAP patrols catch

Published April 1, 1998

Broken taillights, expired tabs, cracked windshields and other minor traffic violations allowed state, county and local law enforcement agencies to crack down on drunken drivers Saturday night. To find...

Students drain their veins for extra cash

Published March 15, 1998

Bleed, baby, bleed. Selling your blood plasma for money can be quite lucrative and can also drain harmful excess fluids. Safer than donating an arm or sellin' yer melon, plasma donation has been called...

Cows could come home to bedding made of compost

Published March 10, 1998

An old banana peel may one day end up as bedding for cattle. In a recent study, Tom Halbach, a professor in the soil, water and climate department, found that composting the organic components of city...

Kids learn math, get Slinkys at fair

Published March 9, 1998

More than 500 children and parents watched as presenters hammered nails with bananas and made waves with Slinkys at the seventh annual Math Fun Fair on Saturday. Officials divided the Earle Brown Continuing...

State candidate urges environmental reform

Published February 27, 1998

Manure dumps at feedlots is a major environmental concern for gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton. The former state politician pressed the issue in a speech about environmental law on Thursday. Dayton...

ouse moves budget ahead

Published February 27, 1998

The University's supplemental budget request and changes to the Board of Regents selection process passed the state House Thursday, clearing another hurdle toward final legislative passage. The House...

Judge rules to allow police interviews in Burton rape trial

Published February 18, 1998

The trial of alleged rapist Antonio Burton made little headway Tuesday as jury selection was delayed until today. But Judge Andrew Danielson did rule to suppress portions of statements Burton made to...

Coleman starts campaign with call for tax cuts

Published February 16, 1998

After months of speculation, St. Paul Mayor Norm Coleman announced Sunday that he would seek the Republican endorsement for governor of Minnesota. "I announce to you today that I want to serve the people...

Public safety, drug enforcement

Published February 13, 1998

After flutes, singing and a drum circle, Minneapolis Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton gave the annual State of the City address Thursday at the Sheridan Global Arts and Communications School. "The state of...

Candidates for governor voiceviews at debate

Published February 12, 1998

Education and taxes were the key issues at a gubernatorial forum held at the Jewish Community Center Wednesday, although a broad variety of topics were discussed. Eight of the candidates appeared, and...

Monkeys and children kiss and make up at the same rate

Published February 11, 1998

A University researcher has shown that kids and monkeys make up after a fight in a similar way. In his doctoral dissertation, Peter Verbeek studied the speed at which preschoolers make up after a fight....

Financial aid

Published February 10, 1998

Two recent White House proposals could change the amount of students' financial aid, though early drafts are drawing criticism. The first proposal would change the data required by students and parents...

Legislators cut college funding short

Published February 6, 1998

State legislators are not following a statute that recommends the amount of funding to the University, forcing administrators to put a higher tuition burden on students. The statute, updated in 1995,...

University reflects on Moore, a U grad

Published January 30, 1998

Coming from a University theater background, Dave Moore considered himself more of a storyteller than a journalist. The former WCCO-TV anchor died Wednesday after fighting a lengthy illness. He had a...

Ventura seeks Reform Party bid for governor

Published January 27, 1998

Jesse "The Body" Ventura once again stepped into the political ring Monday when he announced he would seek the Reform Party nomination for governor. However, the 46-year-old ex-wrestler said he is unsure...

Grant error costs students

Published January 26, 1998

Sascha Matuszak Students opening their mailboxes to find windfall grant payments this quarter better hold on to the money. The maximum amount of Minnesota State Grant money was mistakenly paid by the...

Governor race: key issue is education

Published January 23, 1998

With eight candidates and more expected to join, Minnesota's gubernatorial race is well under way, with more than seven months to go. Candidates have already laid out their platforms, which emphasize...

Food drive nets shoppers free airline tickets

Published January 22, 1998

To the casual observer, it would seem like a strange shopping list: a case of vegetable soup, a case of mushrooms and a case of wax beans. To the shoppers, it was a free ticket to an exciting spring break. In...

Carlson School makes the cut, is open for business

Published January 16, 1998

With the snip of a giant pair of scissors, a prominent businessman and a top state legislator officially opened the Carlson School of Management building on Thursday. Carlson School benefactor and namesake...

U students to visit local grade schools

Published January 15, 1998

Some students in Sociology 1001 are going back to middle school in early March. Students will participate in a study, performed by the League of Women Voters of Minneapolis, during which they will spend...

Cold weather snap garners mixed reactions

Published January 14, 1998

Minnesota winter is here. University students and fellow Minnesotans experienced on Tuesday the coldest day of the winter thus far, following the coldest night of the season. Monday night had the lowest...

Former U prof and physics leader dies

Published January 12, 1998

Otto Schmitt left behind five storage areas filled with inventions and items from his research. The former University physics and electrical engineering professor died last Tuesday at the age of 84. He...

Fate of local motel

Published January 12, 1998

Minneapolis police statistics show a drastic reduction in the number of 911 calls to the Gopher Campus Motor Lodge in the last several months, increasing the owners' hopes of winning a city licensing battle. The...

U alumnus runs in Costa Rican presidential race

Published January 9, 1998

A University alumnus could become the first black president of Costa Rica. Dr. Sherman Thomas is a long shot in the Feb. 1 election, but overcoming adversity is nothing new for Thomas. Besides teaching...

Hooya! Rowdy

Published January 6, 1998

More than 500 spectators and revelers cheered and shouted the name of freshly inaugurated Gov. Jesse Ventura as he took the podium at Coffman Union's Great Hall on Tuesday afternoon. Ventura, who became...

Fasting students camp out to raise money for homeless

Published January 1, 1995

The flaming garbage can and sleeping bags on 17th Avenue Southeast are not pieces of a transient camp, but they might help homeless and hungry people. More than 15 students are fasting for a day and camping...