The Minnesota Daily

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Addressing diversity and the Daily

February 2, 2006

Surely students and University community members have heard the word diversity frequently this academic year. For those leaders who already are thinking about who will head the student groups on campus...

Resolve to get involved

January 26, 2006

Each semester can be equated to New Year's. It's every student's chance to start fresh and resolve to excel. This semester, students should resolve to get involved with the Student Services Fees process. Every...

Continuing the diversity cycle

November 28, 2005

After a long history of cultural insensitivity and a cycle of negativity, The Minnesota Daily is on the right track with diversity. Now the challenge is to stay on that path. In the past, the Daily " along...

Be proactive, not reactive

October 24, 2005

Students are often told to be proactive, not reactive. Now The Minnesota Daily is asking all University community members to do the same. Since the semester began, the Daily has hosted some events that...

Voice ideas at our public forum

September 26, 2005

The newspaper is a crucial part of any community. Readers should have access to their own paper and should have input into what it is. Newspapers inform and represent communities, and if anyone would like...

Help your newspaper become better

September 8, 2005

Whether you are a returning student or new to campus, this paper is yours. No matter what community you belong to, beliefs you hold or ideas you have, this paper is for you. Embrace it. It's a new year...

River still polluted despite cleanup

May 7, 2004

The Mississippi River many know and refer to as "our backyard" sometimes contains washing machines and cars. Such pollutants can be cleaned up May 15 when an estimated 600 Minneapolis residents are expected...

Oak Street ramp closes, slated for repairs

May 5, 2004

The Oak Street Parking Ramp will be closed beginning today through August 15. Lori Ann Vicich, marketing manager for Parking and Transportation Services, said Wednesday marks the first in a series of phases...

Activists distribute vegan food, pamphlets to recruit U students

May 4, 2004

Compassionate Action for Animals gave out food on the West Bank plaza in hopes of taking on some new supporters Monday. Members of the student group, which has about 70 active members, gave pamphlets and...

U’s energy future might lie with wind

April 28, 2004

On the plains of the Midwest, the wind blows from many directions. The University might take a cue from the wind by taking a new direction to provide another energy source on campus. Senior Brian Wachutka...

Metro Transit will offer perks to win back riders

April 20, 2004

Third-year law student Lori Buchheim said she is happy to see buses return, but is upset about the politics of the Metro Transit strike. "I'm glad they're back," she said. "But it's ridiculous and a bit...

Buses return to the roads

April 19, 2004

After 45 days without buses, senior Yasin Garad is relieved they are finally back. "Wow," said the St. Paul resident who walks to Wilson Library every day to study. "All I have to say is 'Wow.' " "It was...

Glitch delays buses’ return

April 15, 2004

While union officials brought the transit strike closer to an end Wednesday, students rallied at the University supporting transit strikers. "Whether they vote to accept it, we will be here to support...

Riders welcome bus strike’s end

April 14, 2004

Senior Jana Klein is ecstatic about the bus strike being closer to an end. After 41 days without buses, she said she has driven to the University from her Uptown residence. She parks in St. Paul to get...

Transit strike negotiations continue

April 13, 2004

Transit strike negotiations continued into the night Monday. Parties began talks at 2 p.m. and as of 9 p.m., a union official said the two sides were still negotiating. Metropolitan Council, which oversees...

Bus union backers rally at the Capitol

April 12, 2004

Second-year University law student Andrew Hamilton is taking a stand against the bus strike. "A lot of students know exactly what's going on and we're behind (the union) 100 percent," he said. Among choruses...

Met Council, union meet again to discuss bus strike

April 9, 2004

Transit strike negotiations took place on Wednesday night and more will take place Monday, officials said. Though they reached no agreement, all parties said they made progress. Talks included Gov. Tim...

Strike debated, compared to others

April 8, 2004

Students have said they are upset about the transit strike and some have talked about losing their jobs because of it. Many said they want to know when the strike will end, but few people can say when...

Buses sit still while strike debate rolls on

April 7, 2004

Jenny Caesar said she is outraged about the transit strike. "The (union doesn't) realize the horrible mess that they are making," Caesar said. "I'm so angry I don't believe that the drivers should get...

LRT work goes on as strike continues

April 2, 2004

When Joe Marie, assistant general manager for rail operations, goes to work on light rail transit each day, work is no more stressful for him than before the bus strike began, he said. When 94 percent...

Strike delays LRT opening, but work – and debate – continues

March 30, 2004

As the transit strike carries on for its 27th day, discussions on transportation conditions continue. Transportation officials from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs held a forum at the State Office...

Transit users voice their strike concerns

March 29, 2004

University sophomore Keith Coggshall said he is so furious about the transit strike that he is thinking of transferring to another college. Because he has no other transportation, Coggshall said he must...

Committee passes $6.1 million state transportation cut

March 25, 2004

The House Transportation Finance Committee passed a budget proposal Wednesday that would reduce state transportation financing by $6.1 million, an official said. Becky Girvan, the House Transportation...

Union’s latest offer rejected, no end to bus strike in sight

March 24, 2004

During Metro Transit's 1995 strike, the 19th day was a happy day for many. Parties in disagreement settled on a contract and a plan to again run buses was put in place. Today is the 21st day of the current...

Despite talks, still no deal

March 23, 2004

Transit strike negotiations ended at 8:30 p.m. Monday and the parties reached no new agreement. "We're going home," said Ron Lloyd, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1005 president, after seven and a half...

Mediation planned for this afternoon

March 22, 2004

The first negotiations over the transit strike since it began March 4 will take place at 1 p.m. today, a union official said. The Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1005 announced the meeting Friday, which...

Some stranded, others seek rides

March 12, 2004

Senior Anna Bowman is upset about the transit strike. "It honestly disgusts me to think about how many people were dependent on the buses," she said. "It irks me that it had to come to this." Bowman is...

Transit union looks for student support at rally

March 12, 2004

A rally supporting the bus strike in Stadium Village at noon today might draw at least 300 people, a union official said. Ronald Lloyd, president of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1005, said because...

Strike takes toll on riders

March 10, 2004

As the bus strike rolls on, some officials said class and work attendance is down. Although it is an issue for almost everyone, some are particularly worried about foreign students. "It's having an effect...

Walkout casts doubt on mass transit’s future

March 9, 2004

When transit workers went on strike in 1995, there was a decrease in transit demand and an increase in bus fares, a transit official said. Now, some officials said they wonder what the effects of this...

Storm slows Twin Cities to a crawl

March 9, 2004

University senior Jen Wechout said her usual 15-minute drive to campus took two hours Monday because of a snowstorm. "I couldn't even see 15 feet in front of me," she said. A storm affected both driving...

Despite some minor hassles, students deal with bus strike

March 8, 2004

Day five of the transit strike follows a weekend of picketing and coping that passed without controversy, officials said. Bob Gibbons, Metro Transit spokesman, said things were "very, very quiet" during...

Parking supplies U-area needs

March 5, 2004

When regular bus rider Frank Barnett arrived at the University at 9 a.m. Thursday, he said he was especially irate to find out the Buckeye lot on Huron Boulevard was full. He said he had to resort to a...

Cities, U braced for driver strike

March 4, 2004

A bus strike can legally begin today, leaving 76,200 Metro-area residents without cars scrambling to find a way to get to their destinations. To combat the problem, a University group dedicated to connecting...

Bus strike set for Thursday

March 3, 2004

Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1005 set a strike date Tuesday for 2 a.m on March 4. "We did not want to get to this point," union President Ronald Lloyd said. "We wanted a contract." After more than 15...

U will open lots to bus riders

March 2, 2004

Today marks the first day the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1005 can legally strike, and the University is preparing to deal with it. Lori Ann Vicich, marketing manager for Parking and Transportation...

Transit union will not strike Tuesday

March 1, 2004

The Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1005 announced Friday it will not strike Tuesday because it wants to provide transportation to the Minnesota political party caucuses. Today marks the last day of the...

U plans partial bus-pass refund

February 27, 2004

If a transit strike occurs, a plan to refund U-Pass and Metropass holders is in place, said Parking and Transportation Services officials Thursday. "You can't really say you have to pay for a service that's...

Humphrey students work to match riders and drivers

February 26, 2004

With a possible bus strike that could occur as early as March 2, at least one student group is thinking of ways to help people get to the University. Students at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs...

U readies bus alternatives

February 23, 2004

A possible Metro Transit strike could force thousands of customers to find alternative transportation as early as March 2. To help bus riders, the University and the Metropolitan Council are developing...

Waiting period begins; strike threat delays opening light-rail line

February 18, 2004

The Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1005 sent a letter of intent to strike Tuesday afternoon. Once the Bureau of Mediation Services and the Metropolitan Council receive the letter, there is a 10-day cooling-off...

Students lobby at Capitol for Student Action Day

February 18, 2004

Today, students have the opportunity to try to impact the Legislature through Student Action Day. The Minnesota Public Interest Research Group is sponsoring the event, which falls on the same day other...

Metro-area bus union rejects final contract offer; strike could follow

February 17, 2004

U-Pass and Metropass customers might soon see the first bus driver strike since 1995, before the programs were implemented. Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1005 voted Sunday and Monday on Metropolitan...

Groups to students: Get political

February 16, 2004

Had 2 million more youth voted in the 2000 presidential election, someone else might sit in the Oval Office right now. At least that is the theory behind Rock the Vote's 20 Million Loud campaign, which...

U researchers discover a cleaner fuel source

February 13, 2004

University researchers have found a cleaner and more efficient option for the environment. The researchers discovered how to turn ethanol into hydrogen. This new option, published today in Science Magazine,...

Group urges students to use energy-efficient lighting

February 11, 2004

A new student-group initiative announced Monday might change the way University students light their rooms and homes. The University chapter of the Minnesota Public Interest Research Group wants students...

U prof’s book says farm careers chosen with family in mind

January 30, 2004

For University graduate Katie Fernholz, family values are important when choosing a career. Fernholz said she was not pushed into agriculture, but her career choices reflected her family's history in the...

Four U grad students work on personal rapid transit design

January 28, 2004

Between classes, plans to study abroad and getting internships, four University graduate students work to push transportation technology further. The graduate students are working with Minneapolis City...

Light rail safety, location changes continue

January 27, 2004

Although the Hiawatha Light Rail project is still scheduled to open April 3, officials continue to make safety and location changes. Jennifer Lovaasen, outreach coordinator for the light rail project,...

Xcel to raise gas rates for plant switch

January 26, 2004

The air people breathe is free. But for some University students, cleaner air will come at a price. Beginning in 2006, Xcel Energy will charge its customers 6 percent to 8 percent more for natural gas...

Metro Transit employees’ strike unlikely

January 22, 2004

Although the threat of a bus strike seemed near, Metro Transit and union officials have decided to pursue arbitration to resolve their contract negotiations. While the groups have not chosen an arbitrator,...

Study: Diabetes affects more college-age people

December 12, 2003

Graduate student Elizabeth Bertrand worries about diabetes not only because it runs in her family but also because her diet gets worse when she is stressed. While diabetes was once rare for people less...

UW study: Exercise can be addictive

December 8, 2003

When Julie Stoltman began working out, she lost weight and felt better about herself. But this made her push further - exercising twice per day, every day, to the point of exhaustion. "I felt like I had...

Student-parents balance two lives

December 5, 2003

When junior Dawn Montag got pregnant, she said she had no idea what to expect. Montag is one of hundreds of University students who balance classes and parenting, a task affecting their time, money and...

AIDS Day events seek awareness

December 2, 2003

University students and faculty are marking World AIDS Day all week with a series of speakers and discussions to increase awareness of AIDS and HIV. Health officials from 140 countries declared Dec. 1...

Morning-after pills might be sold over the counter

December 1, 2003

Students might soon find emergency contraception next to cold pills and aspirin in the convenience or grocery store. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration plans to debate this month whether Plan B, a brand...

All-nighters take a toll on sleepy students

November 25, 2003

Electrical engineering junior Micheal Prom said he gets five hours of sleep per night, at best. Prom said sleeping ranks below school and other activities on his priorities list. "I'd rather cut into sleeping...

U worries about CDC shift in AIDS funding

November 21, 2003

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's decision to shift focus from HIV prevention to educating those with the disease has left some University officials questioning and criticizing the switch. The...

Great American Smokeout encourages smokers to quit

November 20, 2003

Between drags on a cigarette, junior Josh Grinolds talked about his addiction to smoking them. "I want to stop smoking cigarettes," Grinolds said, "rather than it leading me on a leash, taking money out...

Despite war, Marine still on track for graduation

November 19, 2003

Conversing with fellow Marines at weekend drills in December, Tim Carson said the talk turned to the possibility of going to war. "We all kind of saw the writing on the wall," Carson said. While none of...

Students who serve

November 17, 2003

University student Jonathan Gill said he has always been hungry for experience. When Gill signed up for the Marines, the thought of fighting in a war was in the back of his mind, but he was mostly thinking...

Many students donate plasma to supplement their incomes

November 6, 2003

Twice each week, sophomore Tim Franke takes a couple hours from his day to give plasma at Aventis Bio-Services in Stadium Village. "If students have spare time, and they don't mind needles, (then it's...

Study: Stress might put sexual health at risk

November 4, 2003

Students who are stressed, depressed or anxious might be putting their sexual health at risk, according to a recent study. The study by Indiana's Kinsey Institute shows that males who are stressed or anxious...

Police brace for homecoming disturbances

October 31, 2003

While police said they do not expect significant trouble over homecoming weekend, they are still taking precautions in the wake of this fall's riot at Minnesota State University-Mankato. In addition to...

Hmong students to celebrate heritage Saturday in annual festival

October 31, 2003

The Hmong Minnesota Student Association will host its fifth annual Heritage Day celebration Saturday on the St. Paul campus. "It's a way for us to show the (University) what our heritage is about and lets...

Some U students work hard to pay for school

October 28, 2003

Much like a circus act, students find ways to juggle finances, grades and getting the most out of their college experience. While some students work part time to earn spending cash, others take a semester...

U promotes breast cancer awareness, suggests self-exams

October 27, 2003

Mary Beth Crowley never thought she would be a breast cancer patient. "I always thought I'd be exempt from breast cancer," said the 55-year-old Woodbury, Minn., resident, a retired nurse manager at extended...

Student finds urine-soaked underwear drawer

October 23, 2003

First-year student Megan Kehrer thought she was going to go about a normal night and take a shower but instead discovered an unusual crime in her underwear drawer. Kehrer said that around 11 p.m. Monday...

U students to join police-brutality lawsuit

October 22, 2003

Two University students who claim they were victims of police brutality said they will join a class action lawsuit against the Minneapolis Police Department. In August, attorney Jill Clark filed the suit...

Jaywalker attempts to flee from U police

October 17, 2003

University police on jaywalking enforcement got a surprise Oct. 8. When officers tried to ticket a man for crossing on a red light at the intersection of Union Street Southeast and Washington Avenue, he...

Agencies coordinate patrols

October 9, 2003

Following a riot last weekend at Minnesota State University-Mankato, and anticipating a high-profile football game against the University of Michigan, University police met Wednesday to coordinate six...

Several intoxicated students ticketed

October 9, 2003

Several University students had serious alcohol troubles this week, according to police reports. One male student was so intoxicated he passed out and was taken by an ambulance to Fairview-University Medical...

Daily reporter says police harassed him at Bursar’s Office

October 9, 2003

A student reporter for The Minnesota Daily said University police harassed him Wednesday at the Bursar's Office while he was reporting a story. Koran Addo said he was in Williamson Hall waiting to speak...

Hestness, Aurora director to focus on safety awareness

October 6, 2003

The abduction and sexual assault of a female University student on Sept. 25 is prompting officials to discuss campus safety and security. Greg Hestness, assistant vice president for public safety, and...

U police still looking for dorm arsonist

October 3, 2003

Police are still searching for the person who set fire to a message board in Territorial Hall on Sept. 25. Territorial residents were evacuated at 3 a.m. because of the fire, and police are now seeking...

Lawsuits blame fast food for the nation’s ‘super size’ waistlines

October 1, 2003

Obesity is one of the biggest U.S. health problems, and some people want restaurants to pay. In July 2002, KFC, Burger King, McDonald's and Wendy's were sued for allegedly deceptive marketing and blamed...

U defends delay in abduction warning

September 29, 2003

As police continue to investigate Wednesday morning's abduction and sexual assault of a University student, students and area residents question why University officials did not notify the campus community...

Rybak searches for new police chief, considers city values

September 26, 2003

The safety of the University and the city of Minneapolis will soon be in new hands. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak is selecting candidates for a new police chief. To be sure the candidate pool is balanced,...

Vandals tip St. Paul bull statues, intoxicated woman hospitalized

September 25, 2003

Vandals tipped over three 1,400-pound bronze bulls on the St. Paul campus last week in an act officials said took more than 10 people. Weisman Art Museum Public Art Coordinator Shelly Willis said it took...

Police unleash new tactics against underage drinking

September 24, 2003

Even if it means undercover detectives and overtime hours, Minneapolis and University police said they will do what it takes to enforce the law. Following last year's riots, parties and underage drinking,...

Recent campus crimes include theft, forgery

September 18, 2003

Police issued citations to two males for urinating on a tree just outside the University police garage Friday. The incident occurred at Beacon and Union streets southeast Minneapolis, where squad cars...

Student to challenge U concealed gun prohibition

September 16, 2003

Two months after the Board of Regents banned guns on campus, at least one University student is working to challenge that decision. Fourth-year economics and business student Martin Wingard, who has a...

U police defend jaywalking patrol, issue $100 fines

September 12, 2003

After receiving $100 fines for crossing the street without a walk signal or stepping outside the crosswalk, several ticketed students insist jaywalking enforcement is a waste of time. Sophomore Kyle Busack...

Increased illegal drinking puts more police on campus

September 9, 2003

After last weekend's increased presence on and around campus, University police reported Monday they arrested seven individuals, including two for driving while intoxicated. They also issued 129 citations,...