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...

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...

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...

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...