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University suspends four wrestlers for violating team rules

Published October 20, 2016

Four University of Minnesota wrestlers have been suspended from competition until January, a team spokesman confirmed Wednesday evening.Redshirt freshman Larry Early and sophomores Ethan Lizak, Tommy Thorn...

Former wrestling head coach J Robinson oversees a practice on September 18, 2012.

U athletics department knew of drug problem months before taking action

Published September 28, 2016

Evidence suggests a University of Minnesota Athletics Department administrator and several staff members knew of at least one wrestler using and selling drugs as early as December 2015 — about three...

University releases proposed $122 million biennial budget request

Published September 3, 2016

The University of Minnesota is readying to lobby the Minnesota legislature for funding this year with the release of its proposed $122 million biennial budget request Friday. The request — which...

U employee scholarship under review

Published May 3, 2016

Recent data on the University of Minnesota’s Regents Scholarship could impact how employees perceive its benefits.      A small portion of the University’s noninstructional...

Admins eye dean reviews

Published April 28, 2016

The comprehensive review process for deans at the University of Minnesota could get a revamp this summer.     Executive Vice President and Provost Karen Hanson discussed the dean review process...

Next Morris chancellor announced

Published April 26, 2016

The University of Minnesota-Morris has selected its next chancellor.     Effective July 1, Rodney S. Hanley will replace current Chancellor Jaqueline R. Johnson. School leaders made the...

Left to right, University faculty Samanth Gopinanth, Mary Pogatshnik, Rob Stewart, Aaron Sojourner and Joel Waldfogel speak at a community forum on faculty unionization cohosted by the Faculty Consultative Committee and the Minnesota Daily in the Coffman Theater on Monday afternoon.

Discord emerges at faculty member unionization forum

Published April 26, 2016

Tempers flared as University of Minnesota faculty members voiced their opinions at a faculty unionization forum Monday.      A crowd of about 50 gathered at Coffman Union for the event,...

Faculty hear Boynton presentation about health and food insecurity

Published April 20, 2016

To help solve pressing health issues, Boynton Health Service administrators are reaching out to a variety of groups on campus for input.      In recent weeks, Boynton has presented its...

Faculty fear new fee may scare donors

Published April 19, 2016

Low interest rates are forcing the University of Minnesota Foundation to find new ways to cover overhead costs.     Faculty members raised concerns earlier this month that a new 3-percent UMF...

After appeal, unionization push revived

Published April 19, 2016

The push for unionization at the University of Minnesota will regain some traction because of a Minnesota Court of Appeals decision on Monday.     The court denied a request by the University...

Union wouldn’t hit tenure

Published April 13, 2016

As the University of Minnesota’s union push continues, faculty members have voiced concerns over its potential effects on tenure and pay.      But some experts say faculty members...

Groups rally for mental health collab.

Published April 6, 2016

Two University of Minnesota governing bodies may soon team up to battle mental health issues on campus.     The Faculty Consultative Committee, Minnesota Student Association and the Council...

Supreme Court ties 4-4 on fair share fees vote

Published April 4, 2016

The recent death of a U.S. Supreme Court justice has delayed efforts to ban a controversial union fee.    The court’s 4-4 vote on fair share fees -— a due employees pay if they belong...

U appeal could delay union vote

Published April 4, 2016

The vote for a University of Minnesota faculty union could see large delays if the state agrees to hear a University appeal.     The school filed an appeal Tuesday challenging a state...

University files appeal to state in union process

Published April 1, 2016

The vote on faculty unionization at the University of Minnesota could experience large delays if the Minnesota Court of Appeals decides to allow a hearing of a school appeal.   The University filed...

Left to right, freshmen Laura Darling, Nadja Malby, Alison Gould and Grant Zastoupil hang a hammock outside of Territorial Hall in the Superblock on March 24. All four students are residents of dorms on campus.

‘Unintended consequences’

Published March 31, 2016

Though they bonded in freshman dorms, the four friends couldn’t wait to move into a place of their own off campus.     First-year students Grant Zastoupil, Laurel Darling, Alex Mickelson...

City attorney issues pretrial gag order

Published March 30, 2016

The Minneapolis city attorney has issued a gag order against lawyers and an unnamed jury in the case of a local lawyer awaiting trial.     Jordan Kushner, a civil rights lawyer, is being charged...

Current COGS president and candidate for reelection Nicholas Goldsmith responds to a question from graduate student Lauren Mitchell about his plans for the coming year during a town hall style meeting in the Coffman Memorial Union theater on Tuesday evening. Goldsmith spoke about his plans to introduce gender neutral bathrooms throughout campus.

COGS kicks off student gov. debates

Published March 30, 2016

On Tuesday night, the incumbent leader of the Council of Graduate Students called for an increase to graduate student pay and more focus on LGBT issues to a nearly empty room.     COGS President...

Faculty worry about unionization efforts

Published March 24, 2016

While many faculty members at the University of Minnesota vocalized support when a unionization push began again in January, others have questioned the necessity of the organization efforts.     Now,...

Speech resolution advances

Published March 22, 2016

In response to recent debates on college campuses, faculty members at the University of Minnesota recently approved a preliminary version of a resolution to protect free speech at the school.     Members...

Despite holes in process, universities nationwide continue use of search firms

Despite holes in process, universities nationwide continue use of search firms

Published March 11, 2016

Finding an executive-level administrator to fill an open position at a university comes at a cost.Some officials say schools lack means to conduct large-scale searches to find the perfect fit, which can...

Paying for potential

Published March 10, 2016

Finding an executive-level administrator to fill an open position at a university comes at a cost.     Some officials say schools lack means to conduct large-scale searches to find the perfect...

Union dues raise concern with faculty

Published March 9, 2016

Discussions on union dues have surfaced as University of Minnesota faculty members wait for the state to declare eligible members for the upcoming union vote.     Like any union, faculty members...

Leg. preps for paid leave

Published March 8, 2016

Workers throughout the state could receive more support from their employers when caring for a newborn, a child or an ill family member.     At a press conference Monday, state politicians announced...

Campus speech debated

Published March 3, 2016

Debates over free speech on campus may soon see faculty taking a definitive stance.     Amid nationwide discussion about free speech on college campuses, some University of Minnesota faculty...

Admins revise guidelines for outdoor use

Published February 29, 2016

In the past, megaphones on campus had to be accompanied by a permit.     Soon, groups will be allowed to use one bullhorn outside without having to apply to do so, as part of a set of changes...

K-12 honors access has implications

Published February 25, 2016

Students of color are underrepresented in gifted student programs nationwide, and a new study points to a lack of diversity in teachers as one reason for the gap.     Vanderbilt University researchers...

Janitors to strike on Tuesday

Published February 16, 2016

Twin Cities janitors will strike Wednesday for the first time in nearly 60 years.     Service Employees International Union Local 26 workers will hold a one-day strike to advocate for...

Rumors circulate of Klobuchar Supreme Court nomination

Published February 16, 2016

Amid speculation over the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy, some are envisioning a Minnesotan nominee.     MSNBC, USA Today and CNN are among the prominent news organizations including U.S. Sen. Amy...

U work group proposes solutions for ethics noncompliance

Published February 15, 2016

After alleged ethical violations arose at the University of Minnesota last week, some faculty members are critical of the school’s proposed solutions.     A University ethics review group...

State unveils new program to assist lower-income students

Published February 10, 2016

Amid a growing push to fill high-demand jobs, the state unveiled a trial grant program to help low- and middle-income students pay for technical and community college.     Starting this fall,...

Allyson Taubenheim, Student Engagement Coordinator at Northrop, discusses upcoming events while addressing the student fees committee Saturday at Coffman Memorial Union on Saturday.

Admin groups vie for student service fees

Published February 8, 2016

Campus organizations like the Learning Abroad Center and Northrop started to make their cases for receiving student fees last week, raising concerns about tight budgets to a 12-member committee.     The...

Union push may pause admin talks

Published February 4, 2016

As some University of Minnesota faculty members make a push to unionize, state laws might complicate the process.     While the school’s faculty members and administration work with the...

Author, Professor and Director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy Project on the Middle East Peace Process David Makovsky poses for portraits at the University of Minnesota Hillel building on Tuesday before speaking at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

MN Daily Q&A: David Makovsky

Published February 3, 2016

Author, professor, journalist and Middle East expert David Makovsky delivered a talk at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs Tuesday evening.     The Minnesota Daily sat down for...

For University, diversity still a pressing issue

Published January 28, 2016

Since a sit-in at Morrill Hall last February, the University of Minnesota has introduced a number of initiatives to address growing concerns about a lack of diversity at the school.     But...

U renames and modifies public safety updates

Published January 28, 2016

The University of Minnesota is changing the way it informs students about crime near campus.     The school is now sending “Neighborhood Safety Notices” as the result of ongoing cooperation...

Dayton to deliver speech on campus

Published January 27, 2016

Ongoing renovations at the state Capitol have forced Gov. Mark Dayton to move the location of his upcoming State of the State address to the University of Minnesota campus.     Because of limited...

Response for UMD coaches

Published January 26, 2016

The University of Minnesota responded Wednesday to discrimination claims made last fall by three female former University of Minnesota-Duluth coaches.      The Board of Regents...

Athletes’ load may lighten

Published January 21, 2016

If a student-athlete is interested in joining a student group, getting an internship, studying abroad or visiting family, they need to find a way to fit it in between their academic and athletic commitments.     To...

Faculty files to unionize

Published January 20, 2016

Faculty members at the University of Minnesota are expected to file to form a union Wednesday, taking action on long-running discussions dating back to 2014.     The filing would kick-start...

Eric Kaler talks football, tuition

Published December 16, 2015

Just in time for the semester’s final issue, University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler sat down with the Minnesota Daily for December’s edition of Kickin’ It with Kaler.  In this...

U asks for additional state money

Published December 14, 2015

After state leaders announced a $1.2 billion surplus, the University of Minnesota is requesting additional funds from the state Legislature.    The $38.85 million  request, which is an addition...

U president introduces out-of-state tuition hike

Published December 14, 2015

To better match rates of other Big Ten schools, undergraduate nonresident, nonreciprocal tuition at the University of Minnesota might reach $35,000 in a few years.   For a newly admitted out-of-state...

For athletics, revenue up but profits stagnant

Published December 14, 2015

Sell-out crowds, prime-time games and increased revenues don’t equal profitability for the University of Minnesota’s athletics department.   Mirroring a nationwide trend, the University...

Regents talk out-of-state tuition strategy

Published December 11, 2015

In order to more closely match rates at other Big Ten schools, tuition for out-of-state undergraduates at the University of Minnesota might reach $35,000 in a few years. President Eric Kaler revealed his...

UMD admin resigns amid enrollment, budget woes

Published December 9, 2015

Amid slumping enrollment, financial struggles and lawsuits, a high-ranking University of Minnesota-Duluth administrator announced her resignation on Tuesday.    In an email to faculty members Tuesday,...

Int’l student numbers reach lull

Published December 7, 2015

At the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities campus, one in every eight students comes from abroad.    The amount of international students at the campus has increased every year since...

Title IX complaint follows UMD ex-coaches’ lawsuit

Published December 3, 2015

Three former University of Minnesota-Duluth coaches and five former or current student-athletes lodged a Title IX complaint against the school Monday, two months after the coaches filed a lawsuit...

Internal emails reveal concern over U’s response to Teague misconduct

Published November 25, 2015

Emails released Monday by the University of Minnesota offer a glimpse into the school’s strategy for handling the resignation of its former athletic director. More than three months after Norwood...

Kaler talks 9/11 recognition and Mizzou protest

Published November 24, 2015

BY BRIAN EDWARDS [email protected] Before students leave for Thanksgiving break, University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler sat down for another installment of Kickin’ It with Kaler. In November’s...

National NAACP coming to Minneapolis

Published November 20, 2015

The head of the national division of the NAACP is coming to Minneapolis, reports CBS Minnesota.   Cornell William Brooks will join a candlelight vigil on Friday outside the police precinct where protesters...

Rochester enrollment hits plateau

Published November 19, 2015

With a recent plateau in enrollment at the University of Minnesota-Rochester, school leaders are looking for ways to boost the student population on the campus.    Enrollment at the school peaked...

Representative Keith Ellison speaks with a round table of University faculty members on their struggles with research funding in Coffman Memorial Union on Thursday.

Researchers raise issues over funding for projects

Published November 16, 2015

University of Minnesota researchers say they spend too much time writing grants for research that may never get funding, according to a recent survey.   University researchers conducted a survey of...

Minnesota Republicans won’t immediately occupy new senate building

Published November 13, 2015

After strong opposition to its construction, Minnesota Republicans say they won’t move into the new $90 million senate building when it is completed, reports Minnesota Public Radio News.   Republicans...

U focuses on housing for sophomores

Published November 12, 2015

While the University of Minnesota wants more students to live in University housing beyond their first year, housing shortages have squeezed the school’s ability to do so.   Amid the school’s...

A backhoe sits in the dirt at the backside of the Tate Laboratory of Physics on Saturday evening. The renovation being done is part of a 92.5 million dollar project.

Opinions differ on HEAPR

Published November 9, 2015

State legislators and the University of Minnesota will likely clash over use of Higher Educations Asset Preservation and Renovation funds when lawmakers meet to discuss how to divvy up the funding next...

Associate Athletic Director Mike Ellis resigns from U

Published November 6, 2015

University of Minnesota Associate Athletic Director Mike Ellis resigned from his position at the University, effective Nov. 20. In a resignation letter sent to the University Interim Athletics Director...

Twin Cities’ schools accused of segregation in lawsuit

Published November 5, 2015

Seven families in the Twin Cities are alleging that school policies in the state result poor and minority students being grouped together in schools, according to Minnesota Public Radio News.   The...

Law students attend LAW 6051 Business Associations/Corporations I taught by professor John Matheson in Walter F. Mondale Hall on Wednesday afternoon.

Law funding in question

Published November 5, 2015

As the tumultuous job market for law school graduates continues its recovery, University of Minnesota leaders are wondering whether the Law School still needs the extra financial support it has received...

U backtracks on settlement spending

Published November 3, 2015

Over the last two years, University of Minnesota leaders failed to seek proper approval before allocating $21.6 million won from lawsuits.   School policy requires that the Board of Regents approve...

University President Eric Kaler fields questions for the Minnesota Daily inside his office in Morrill Hall on Tuesday.

Kaler talks athletics and Halloween

Published October 28, 2015

The University of Minnesota President recently sat down with the Minnesota Daily for the first time this school year.   In the latest installment of Kickin’ It with Kaler, he talked about the...

U’s credit outlook degraded

Published October 26, 2015

Although a credit rating agency has lowered the University of Minnesota’s credit outlook, regents and administrators say the numbers aren’t too concerning.   The reduced outlook by credit...

Group may advocate for Am. Indians

Published October 21, 2015

To improve relationships with American Indian tribes and students at the University of Minnesota, the Board of Regents is considering reviving an advisory body made up of state tribal leaders.   The...

University regents ready to move forward with intended medical merger

Published October 19, 2015

After years of deliberation and a separate failed merger, the University of Minnesota hopes a recently announced alliance of health care providers will help improve the Medical School’s ranking.   The...

Regents get update on U safety

Published October 14, 2015

University of Minnesota officials want to address the common perception that the school is unsafe.   University of Minnesota Police Chief Matthew Clark  laid out a two-pronged approach to campus...

University Interim Athletics Director Beth Goetz presents the proposed schematic design for the new Athletes Village at a meeting of the Facilities, Planning & Operations Committee of the Board of Regents on Thursday, October 8.

Athletics complex approved

Published October 12, 2015

After months of discussion, the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents approved the $166 million Athletes Village project on Friday.    The approval of the 320,000-square-foot...

Union pay increases slowly at U

Published October 8, 2015

As wages continue to grow at a steady pace for many employees at the University of Minnesota, those represented by some unions are being left behind.    For the past six years, administrators,...

U may take on debt for facility

Published October 6, 2015

Less than halfway to its $166 million fundraising goal, the University of Minnesota may take on debt to break ground on its Athletes Village.    The Board of Regents will vote Friday whether...

Update suggests gender equity issues

Published October 5, 2015

The University of Minnesota has released a seven-page update on gender equity investigations that implied potential Title IX noncompliance in some areas of the school’s athletics department.   The...

University aims to downsize

Published October 1, 2015

Future University of Minnesota students may have a smaller campus to navigate, as the Board of Regents prepares to scale back the square footage of the school.   The board is working to trim office...

Former coaches file suit

Published September 29, 2015

Claiming they were discriminated against, three former University of Minnesota-Duluth coaches are suing the University’s Board of Regents. The federal lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District...

Regents talk compensation strategy at U

Published September 24, 2015

With salaries and benefits taking up the majority of the University of Minnesota’s budget, school leaders are looking for ways to better determine employee compensation.   For the past six years,...

Audit updates fall short

Published September 21, 2015

University of Minnesota departments and procedures currently undergoing internal audits this year are mostly noncompliant with University rules and regulations.    The results of the annual...

Census data shows black Minnesota household incomes in decline

Published September 17, 2015

New census data for Minnesota shows income inequality continued to widen over the past year, reports the Star Tribune.   The data, released Thursday, showed a drop in income of $4,500 from 2013 to...

Data security above average at University

Published September 16, 2015

The University of Minnesota protects its data better than most other colleges and universities across the country.   After a slew of nationwide cyberattacks and data breaches in recent years that...

Regents approve Bell Museum designs and affirmative consent

Published September 14, 2015

The University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents approved plans for the Bell Museum of Natural History and the University’s sexual assault policy on Thursday and Friday, topics...

Newly appointed Dean of the College of Biological Sciences Valery E. Forbes poses for portraits outside of Snyder Hall on the St. Paul Campus on Tuesday.

New CBS dean starts year at U of M

Published September 10, 2015

The new dean of the University of Minnesota’s College of Biological Sciences has brought lofty goals and expectations to her job.   As she settles into the new position, Dean Valery Forbes —...

Scott Studham

University Chief Information Officer Studham resigns

Published September 8, 2015

The University of Minnesota’s vice president and chief information officer has resigned, according to a school spokesman.    Scott Studham, who came to the University in 2012, resigned Friday,...

Regents create new committee

Published September 8, 2015

Members of the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents  hope the creation of a new committee will help the group become more effective policy makers.    University leaders created...

U doctor allegedly misled jury in Florida cancer case

Published August 5, 2015

A Stanford University professor poured over five years’ worth of court documents to find doctors with what he said he believed were unethical links to tobacco companies. Dr. Robert Jackler published...

COGS to aid int’l student mental health

Published August 5, 2015

Juggling a foreign culture, schoolwork and a social life can be a difficult task for some international students, student leaders say.   The University of Minnesota’s Council of Graduate Students...

COGS intends to decrease implicit bias through training

Published August 5, 2015

University of Minnesota student government leaders are worried unintentional biases may thwart efforts to increase diversity on campus.    The Council of Graduate Students wants to decrease implicit...

One Stop employee Rebecca Kroening helps two guests in Bruininks Hall on Thursday. This fall, One Stop will begin providing a new service where students can receive advice on personal finance.

One Stop adds personal finance options

Published July 29, 2015

Come fall, students looking for advice on their personal spending will have access to financial counseling on campus.   In response to students’ requests, the University of Minnesota’s...

Fort Snelling to add affordable housing

Published July 24, 2015

The historic Fort Snelling military buildings in disrepair will soon be transformed into affordable housing, reports Minnesota Public Radio News. The project will cost $100 million dollars and will bring...

U bindery closes after nearly a century

Published July 22, 2015

For almost a century, tattered books brittle from years of use would arrive on the doorstep of a Como Avenue Southeast building. Book binders would go to work cutting, reshaping, sewing, gluing and reconstructing...

U investigates graduate student-parent necessities

Published July 15, 2015

With rising childcare costs and daily travel to daycare facilities, University of Minnesota third-year law student Harold Yun said heâÄôs finding it increasingly difficult to balance school and...

Rare, dangerous amoeba found in Minnesota lake

Published July 10, 2015

A young boy is in critical condition after swimming in Lake Minnewaska, according to the Pioneer Press.   Hunter Boutain, of Alexandria, Minn., was swimming in the lake when he got the infection,...

Justine Chu, Abby Hempy, and Alex Melin work on the Formula SAE car built by CSE group Gopher Motorsports in Minneapolis on Monday. The group members, who compete in the global Formula SAE series against other universities each year, often work on the car inside of a team members garage and are unhappy with the resources they have gotten from the University while building their vehicle.

CSE groups struggle with work space concerns

Published July 8, 2015

Sidestepping tires and boxes full of racing gear, bandana-clad University of Minnesota engineering students mixed chemicals in red Solo cups in a garage near Como Avenue Southeast.   The chemicals...

Student gov’t discusses simplifying grant apps

Published July 8, 2015

After complaints that the unwieldy process made applying difficult, a grant program that some professional students said lacked clarity will be amended this summer.    Following the split of...

Sanders makes second stop in Minnesota

Published July 3, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders decried the GOP today in Rochester, saying that inequality will only worsen with Republican control, according to Minnesota Public Radio News.   In...

U consent policy near finish line

Published July 1, 2015

When it comes to consent at the University of Minnesota, “yes” may soon mean “yes.”    Following concerns from students and advocacy groups, affirmative consent —...

Applied Plant Sciences graduate student Lu Yin measures the maturity of barley stalks in the St. Paul campus field plots on June 30.

CFANS seeking more students

Published July 1, 2015

A dearth of students and a multitude of job openings in agriculture have the University of Minnesota’s ewsearching for new ways to attract students before they reach college age.   Between 2015...

General Mills to cut more jobs

Published June 25, 2015

Slow international sales have General Mills set for another round of job cuts, reports the Pioneer Press.   Over 725 employees will be cut worldwide and 20 of those cuts will be employees from the...

U works with Rosemount to tackle urban issues

Published June 24, 2015

Some metro cities and nearby counties are short on resources, and they’re turning to University of Minnesota students and professors for creative solutions. The University’s Resilient Communities...

COGS awaits decision on status as student government

Published June 24, 2015

Administrative limbo has many graduate students worried about future representation among leaders at the University of Minnesota.   An Office for Student Affairs review of what exactly constitutes...

Minnesota Sex offender program found unconstitutional

Published June 19, 2015

A federal judge ruled Minnesota’s sex offender program unconstitutional Wednesday in a case closely watched by 20 other states with similar programs, The New York Times reported. U.S. District Judge...

Loan program approved for greek houses will update the crumbling, historic buildings

Published June 17, 2015

Crumbling brickwork and outdated windows plague fraternities like Delta Chi because of stipulations resulting from their historical designation.   “We have to use non-modern looking windows,...

Electrician Curt Paumen prepares to install lights at the Gamma Phi Beta house as a part of Project Lighthouse on Tuesday, June 16.

Amid crime issues, greeks boost lighting

Published June 17, 2015

Poorly-lit areas near the University of Minnesota may get a boost in safety with help from a neighborhood improvement grant.   Amid concerns over safety and recent burglaries in Marcy-Holmes, the...

Lawmakers reach tentative budget deal, but no guarantees yet

Published June 11, 2015

Democrats are balking at a tentative budget deal reached by state lawmakers during a special session Tuesday and Majority Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, said he would not “twist arms” to garner...

Stipends to rise for graduate students

Published June 10, 2015

Stipends for graduate students at the University of Minnesota are getting a boost in the upcoming year.   The Council of Graduate Students and school administrators are taking steps to alleviate financial...