The Minnesota Daily

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Head of U talks faculty, regents

April 4, 2007

.The Minnesota Daily sat down with University President Bob Bruininks at Morrill Hall on Monday to discuss research, Regents, faculty retention, baseball and the emergence of spring. As you probably read...

Hypertension drug might muddle war memories

March 28, 2007

It's not the miraculous memory-erasing device from the 1997 hit movie "Men in Black," but it has a similar goal. Propranolol, a generic drug used to fight hypertension and now being considered to reduce...

Goodwill gone wild

March 19, 2007

I didn't want to spend my spring break traveling the country with a bunch of overstimulated college students on the Honky Tonk Badonkadonk Tour. I wanted to spend it with overstimulated college students...

Survey: Students split over stadium, predict fee increase

March 9, 2007

University students overwhelmingly believe the price of the on-campus stadium will continue to increase, according to a Minnesota Daily poll. And, the poll said, though large numbers of students expect...

The ‘good soldier’ becomes the General

March 1, 2007

Slowly rising through the University ranks over nearly 40 years, the generally low-key Bob Bruininks developed a reputation for masterfully implementing tough policy. When he became president in 2002,...

Riding to the top

February 28, 2007

Seeking a therapeutic dose of recreation on a recent Sunday morning, Bob Bruininks drove his GMC Envoy to a horse stable about an hour west of the Twin Cities. Every free weekend, the 65-year-old father...

Southeast fire destroys apartment, closes pub

February 27, 2007

The beer abruptly stopped flowing at a Southeast Como bar Sunday night while fire crews doused a blaze in an upstairs apartment. Though no humans were injured - a dog died - the fire displaced several...

Staffs snub ‘Soup’ event

February 20, 2007

Congressmen, mayors, state legislators and the University president welcomed approximately 1,500 college students of diverse sexual orientations to campus this weekend with letters in a sold-out conference's...

CLA revamps offices

February 14, 2007

When hockey standout David Metzen first arrived at the University, he registered for classes at Johnston Hall. That was 46 years ago. And according to Metzen, now a member of the University Board of Regents,...

House fire strands students

February 5, 2007

An apparent electrical fire early Saturday in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood left about 20 University students temporarily homeless. The house fire, on the 1300 block of 7th Street Southeast, destroyed...

Oromo youths yearn for freedom

January 31, 2007

Few people have heard of his homeland in the Horn of Africa, but Edao Dawano is willing to die for its freedom. The University biology sophomore effuses indescribable passion when talking about Oromia,...

Tuition breaks possible

December 13, 2006

Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty and legislative leaders from both parties pledged Tuesday to limit University tuition increases when the Legislature reconvenes next month. At a wide-ranging news conference...

Energy a hot topic at IREE symposium

November 29, 2006

Take one part crops, a splash of wind, a hefty dose of entrepreneurial spirit and one esteemed public research university to create a recipe for Minnesota's energy future. Since the state boasts all these...

U.S. Representative, District 6

November 1, 2006

.John Binkowski, Independence What is your policy on immigration? One of my opponents tends to demonize immigrants as disease-ridden and crime-prone, and I just don't think that's the case. I think what's...

Senators tour U’s requests

January 27, 2006

They're powerful, but they're real people. On Thursday morning a few members of the state Senate took an elaborate tour of campus to check out University construction requests and examine completed projects....

U rallies students for grassroots action

January 26, 2006

The "U' wants you to care about what happens in St. Paul. As the University Marching Band prepped the crowd, more than 400 supporters gathered at the McNamara Alumni Center on Wednesday night to push the...

Rochester campus gets boost

January 26, 2006

Over the next few years, the University's Rochester campus might see drastic changes. "The Rochester area is projected to grow 70 percent in the next 25 years and its economy is growing even faster," Gov....

Bar owner joins governor’s race

January 23, 2006

You might find her at Stub & Herbs. But if Sue Jeffers, owner of the near-campus bar, gets her way, she'll be moving to the governor's mansion. "Minnesota needs a new vision," Jeffers said after a...

U eyes ousting campus eyesore

January 20, 2006

It was never even finished. But 44 years after construction crews broke ground on the $1.3 million structure, the Science Classroom Building and its baffling stairwells might soon be demolished. As a part...

U hopes to build off Pawlenty’s proposal

January 18, 2006

Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced his support Tuesday for three new University buildings, but turned down another multimillion-dollar project. At a news conference in St. Paul, the governor revealed his $811...

Big year awaits U at Capitol

January 17, 2006

University officials aren't waiting until the state Legislature reconvenes to make their case to politicians. "We've been doing it since the (last) session ended " literally," said Todd Iverson, one of...

With winter break comes a chill for businesses near U campus

December 13, 2005

Washington Avenue Southeast businesses bustled with activity Monday. But in less than two weeks, many of the customers who frequent Stadium Village will return home for the holidays. From Dinkytown to...

Korean eatery brings Yummy to U

December 8, 2005

Until recently, Jonathan Kim's hankering for home cooking was hard to cure. His parents live in Korea. When the computer science sophomore returned to school this fall, he noticed Yummy Yummy, a restaurant...

Somali man celebrates new post

December 6, 2005

Hussein Samatar said he owes a lot to the Minneapolis Public Library system. Now he has a chance to give back. Since the mid-1990s, he and his family have clocked countless hours in Franklin Community...

Off-campus boasts late-night dining

December 5, 2005

When Campus Pizza opened 16 years ago, "Perkins and pizza" were the only late-night food options available to University-area residents, manager Jim Rosvold said. But since the 2003 Minnesota state law...

Co-deans at Carlson split job for now

November 30, 2005

At most business schools, the buck stops at a single office door. But at the Carlson School of Management, two full-time co-deans split responsibilities. Michael Houston, a longtime Carlson School professor,...

Web site allows students to trade goods

November 28, 2005

Iowa State University marketing senior Keith Dietzenbach said he's saved more than $600 since fall 2003 reselling old textbooks on www.cheggpost.com. "It's like a little recycling process I have," said...

Alumnus launches newspaper to tell Africa’s stories

November 22, 2005

Ladu Jada Gubek is a Sudanese immigrant, poet, teacher, University alumnus and, as of this month, a newspaper publisher. He's also blind. But to Gubek, that's more of a physical barrier than a mental one,...

CSOM hosts identity contest

November 21, 2005

Jesse Ross had no time to waste. The second-year University of California-Los Angeles masters in business administration student kept a brisk pace Friday afternoon at the Carlson School of Management,...

Carlson professor looks at winning business strategies

November 16, 2005

Besides teaching ethics and strategic management at the Carlson School of Management, 55-year-old Alfie Marcus is a prolific author. His new book, "Big Winners and Big Losers: The 4 Secrets of Long-term...

From Fourth Street to Wall Street

November 14, 2005

Harvard. Yale. Princeton. Dartmouth. In New York, Wall Street firms recruit heavily from these prestigious East Coast schools, while students from the Carlson School of Management and other Midwest institutions...

Student cooks up hot future in sauce venture

November 10, 2005

As long as University first-year finance student Nick Beste can remember, he's been coming up with "cockeyed ideas." Whether trying to develop a cell phone-controlled car starter or a Global Positioning...

Green Party takes over Ward 2 with Cam Gordon

November 9, 2005

By a close margin Tuesday, University-area residents chose Green Party candidate Cam Gordon as their next Minneapolis City Council member. Gordon received 2,481 votes, according to preliminary results,...

Warm weather melts record

November 7, 2005

By the time November rolls around, Minnesotans usually brace for winter, packing away flip-flops and T-shirts. But Sunday morning, first-year Asian languages and literatures student Becky Dorff strolled...

Rules can’t stop this mad, mad, mad, Madtown

November 3, 2005

Nothing was going to keep first-year art history student Mary Johnson from participating in the largest college Halloween party in the country, she said. Despite requests from Madison, Wis., and University...

Students cash in on Nasdaq chief’s tips

November 2, 2005

A sea of business attire traversing the color spectrum descended upon the McNamara Alumni Center's Great Room on Tuesday. The people wearing them came to hear Robert Greifeld, president and chief executive...

Store’s footing is in real-life education

November 1, 2005

For avid music lovers Trey Paterson and Jon Shane, selling Bob Marley brand shoes and kicking it with the Marley family was a dream come true. Five years ago, using Paterson's father's connections, the...

Carlson sets an ethical example

October 27, 2005

Some professors write books. Others submit papers for review. But most, unlike professor Norman Bowie, have never created a new field of study. Inspired by philosopher John Rawls - an acquaintance from...

Popular bakery serves up fresh treats near U

October 25, 2005

After eight years working in corporate public relations in Chicago, Kevin VanDeraa said he wanted to open a bakery. He just didn't know what to call it. Out of countless brainstormed suggestions, he chose...

Community dances into Hindu New Year

October 24, 2005

Avi Kumar said he learned he was performing at the Indian Student Association's Diwali celebration about two hours before the event. As people filed into Coffman Union's Great Hall - eventually more than...

TCF leaves Dinkytown, Wells Fargo takes its place

October 20, 2005

After 10 years in the Dinkydome, TCF Bank will close Oct. 28 and move to the West Bank. Following a month of making the 15th Avenue Southeast property "Wells Fargo-ready," that bank will open its first...

Vacant land full of local contention

October 18, 2005

A piece of bluff high above the Mississippi River on the West Bank is littered with empty beer cases, graffiti-laced highway barricades and random chunks of masonry. But where some see a polluted mess,...

Carlson School plans to open new undergraduate facility

October 13, 2005

This year, the Carlson School of Management admitted one student for every eight applicants. That will change by fall 2008 - if everything goes as planned and the Carlson School opens a new undergraduate...

Club introduces students to area business leaders

October 13, 2005

A steady stream of University students filed into a Carlson School of Management classroom Wednesday, eager for their twice-weekly dose of inspiration. "It's build-your-own-sandwich day," said supply chain...

Shops link bike boom to gas prices

October 10, 2005

Each day, Sean Young commutes from his home in Fridley - a 10-mile trip to campus. Because he works at Varsity Bike Shop in Dinkytown, it's only appropriate to choose pedaling over driving, said Young,...

Como welcomes new businesses to a full past

October 6, 2005

A postcard from 1954 recalls the pre-Metro Transit era, when trolleys ambled through the Southeast Como neighborhood, home to future Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey. In the photo, next to the Como-Harriet...

Somalis come together to help hurricane victims

October 3, 2005

In the early '90s, Osman Ahmed practiced medicine at a Kenyan refugee camp. At least he tried to. Without supplies, the experienced Somali doctor watched helplessly while his sick compatriots died from...

Popular shop moves ahead in Dinkytown

September 29, 2005

It's legal here - if you use the right words. Each day customers scour the inventory at Hideaway, a Dinkytown head shop, searching for their preferred tool to get high. But as far as the folks at the nine-month-old...

Professors debate federal power to coerce states

September 28, 2005

Before a packed Law School auditorium Tuesday, two constitutional law professors sparred over the controversial Solomon Amendment. The amendment, tacked onto a 1996 energy and water development appropriations...

Pedaling pizza pays off for local collective

September 26, 2005

Though they had to avoid puddles and occasional downpours Saturday night, the Spokes Pizza Collective employees peddled on. "There's no such thing as weather permitting," said Rachel Libon, a member of...

West Bank deli builds on community

September 23, 2005

Nestled between a video shop and an abandoned liquor store, the Mediterranean Deli's neon lights invite Cedar Avenue pedestrians to stop in. On any given night, the five tables in the family-run restaurant,...

Two women will lead student gov’t for 2nd time ever

May 5, 2005

Next school year, for the second time ever, two women will lead University student government. In last month's All-Campus Elections, undergraduate students chose Emily Serafy Cox, the current Minnesota...

MSA finalizes selection of executive board members

May 4, 2005

The Minnesota Student Association elected new leaders Tuesday at its final meeting of the school year. At the annual special-elections meeting, next year's MSA Forum members chose the group's new executive...

Students elect write-in candidates in elections at U

April 28, 2005

Simon and Garfunkel. Pedro. Tom Zearley. Though they weren't on the ballot, these are a few of the people who received votes in the recent All-Campus Elections. The majority of write-in votes were cast...

U to review fees process

April 27, 2005

After overturning six fees recommendations, a University administrator created a panel to reform the perennially divisive Student Services Fees Committee process. Jerry Rinehart, the University's vice...

Local residents petition for more lights

April 25, 2005

At night, when Blaine DeLair looks out of his window across 15th Avenue Southeast, he doesn't have much to look at. "What can you see?" said DeLair, a psychology sophomore. "Nothing." DeLair is one of...

GAPSA elects new leaders for the 2005-06 school year

April 21, 2005

GCorrection: The Daily incorrectly identified the next Graduate and Professional Student Assembly vice president for grants. Boris Volkov will be the next GAPSA vice president for grants. raduate and professional...

MSA opposes U’s proposal to close General College

April 20, 2005

At one of the busiest Forum meetings of the year Tuesday, the Minnesota Student Association narrowly voted to oppose the University's proposal to close General College. When Forum speaker Kevin Wendt announced...

MSA elections under way

April 14, 2005

From computers throughout campus, undergraduate students began voting Wednesday for their next crop of student government leaders. The online polls close tonight, following the second and final day of...

GAPSA questions U’s plan for future

April 14, 2005

Graduate student leaders asked University President Bob Bruininks on Wednesday for a commitment to involve students in future University decisions. "Students don't feel like they are a part of the decision-making...

Zearley reflects on past year

April 13, 2005

Outgoing Minnesota Student Association President Tom Zearley said his term has focused on empowering students, from the budget process to the Board of Regents. "We've really been pushing representation...

Bruininks addresses MSA about possible General College closure

April 13, 2005

Facing tough questions from student government leaders about the proposed General College closure, University President Bob Bruininks reaffirmed his commitment to University diversity at a Minnesota Student...

MSA elections faceundergrads’ apathy

April 12, 2005

As the Minnesota Student Association presidential election approaches, many students said they know very little about the organization and even less about the upcoming vote. "Didn't they have an election...

MSA vice presidential candidates share their visions for the U at debate

April 8, 2005

WCORRECTION: Friday's Daily incorrectly identified the person who asked a question about Robert's Rules of Order. Former MSA Forum speaker Marty Andrade, a Daily colulmnist, asked the question ith less...

Outside experience helps in job search

April 7, 2005

.Editor's note: The following article is the final in a series of four that looks at how well the University prepares students for life after college. Today's article looks at volunteering and internships. Biochemistry...

MSA candidates revealed

March 30, 2005

Undergraduate students will have five choices for next year's student body president. The All-Campus Elections Commission finalized the Minnesota Student Association presidential election ballot Tuesday....

Bloggers and thefacebook.com are taking part in MSA elections

March 28, 2005

As the 2005 Minnesota Student Association presidential campaign heats up, technology is playing a greater role than ever before, candidates said. MSA leaders and candidates said they keep updated on campaign...

Group out of travel grants

March 25, 2005

Tony Gamble said he plans to go to Brazil to study the evolutionary relationships of lizards with money from several travel grants. But instead of receiving a Graduate and Professional Student Assembly...

Bruininks pledges commitment, answers concerns

March 24, 2005

University President Bob Bruininks pledged his "deep commitment" to graduate and professional students Wednesday. "It's hard to put into words," Bruininks said at the Graduate and Professional Student...

Bruininks talks to MSA Forum

March 23, 2005

University President Bob Bruininks promised Tuesday to include student leaders in future discussions. "If you have comments and you send them my way, they don't end up in some circular file," Bruininks...

Final recommendations in

March 10, 2005

A University fees committee released its final recommendations Wednesday, prompting relief and distress among some student groups. Most of the funding decisions for the 31 fees-requesting groups mirrored...

Cuts in funds may hit groups

March 8, 2005

A divided fees committee recommended deep cuts to several administrative units at public deliberations Monday at Coffman Union. The Student Services Fees Administrative Units Committee, mostly voting 3-2,...

Radio station fights for fees

March 7, 2005

Dozens of Radio K supporters spent much of last week lobbying the Student Services Fees Administrative Units Committee. They were attempting to persuade the committee to reverse its recommended cuts to...

Many give funding feedback at fees committee public hearing

March 3, 2005

More than 100 people packed the Student Services Fees Committee administrative units public hearing Wednesday, voicing distress and gratitude to the five-member panel. "Usually, we're the boring (hearing),"...

MSA Forum focuses on bylaw amendments

March 2, 2005

Tuesday's Minnesota Student Association meeting mainly focused on the group's bylaws, which some Forum members said was "a waste of time." "Enough of this addiction to bureaucracy and minutia. Let's get...

Esteemed U physics prof is remembered

February 24, 2005

University physics professor Paul J. Ellis died of a heart attack Sunday in his St. Louis Park, Minn., home. He was 63. Colleagues said they remember Ellis as an exceptional educator and researcher. "Eulogies...

Group reveals initial funding

February 23, 2005

Two Student Services Fees subcommittees released their initial funding recommendations Tuesday, leaving some student-group leaders disappointed and others elated. This year, 31 student groups asked the...

GAPSA might expand to Duluth

February 22, 2005

DULUTH, Minn. - Four graduate student leaders from the University's Twin Cities campus traveled north Monday to help create a graduate student government at the University's Duluth campus. "We definitely...

Wake awaits fees decision

February 18, 2005

After the Student Services Fees Committee denied The Wake student magazine's funding request last spring, leaders of the year-old student group were distraught. "You people will be destroying The Wake,"...

Groups dismiss tuition cap

February 16, 2005

The University undergraduate and graduate student governments rejected a position statement Tuesday that asked for University administration to cap next year's tuition increases at 5.5 percent, regardless...

MSA and GAPSA team up to meet students’ needs more effectively

February 15, 2005

After splitting in 1990, the undergraduate and graduate student governments often sparred, leaders of both groups said. "There was just bitter blood between the two organizations," said Karen Buhr, executive...

Group asks for less money

February 11, 2005

The Graduate and Professional Student Assembly has trimmed some fat from its budget but will maintain important services, group leaders said. GAPSA leaders will present their approximately $380,000 2005-06...

Committee hears fees requests

February 9, 2005

The annual fight for a piece of the Student Services Fees pie continues this week. Forty University organizations have asked for approximately $22.7 million from the Student Services Fees Committee, which...

GAPSA, GradTRACdiverge in goals

February 7, 2005

Though graduate student government leaders refuse to take sides in the debate about a new graduate employee union, they said they have a role in the conversation. "Our mission is to provide a forum for...

MSA educates first-time renters at tenant classes

February 4, 2005

After two years in Middlebrook Hall and one in Riverbend Commons, Patty Dickmann said, she's ready to sign her first lease. "I just want to be a conscious buyer," said Dickmann, a physiology and psychology...

MSA agrees on fees change

February 2, 2005

The Minnesota Student Association gave its support Tuesday to Boynton Health Service's plan to offer all students summer care. The position statement, which passed by a vote of 22-16 with three abstentions,...

Fees group forges ‘new identity’

January 31, 2005

With training complete, Student Services Fees Committee officials say they hope this year will not be marred by the controversy that surrounded last year's process. Committee members got their first glimpse...

Group asks for open process

January 27, 2005

When the University considers closing graduate programs, it should let students know, members of the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly said Wednesday. By a vote of 21-4, GAPSA passed a resolution...

MSA grant might help a big band come to U

January 24, 2005

When Grant Schwartz works as a peer adviser in the College of Liberal Arts honors office, a Guster album is usually playing in the background. A co-worker said Schwartz - a fourth-year English student...

U graduate student seeks Minneapolis political office

January 20, 2005

As a child in Golden Valley, Minn., Dan Miller said, he loved Minneapolis. Miller said he took pride in the city's landmarks - such as the Walker Art Center's "Spoonbridge and Cherry" sculpture - and the...

MSA flips view on political promotions

January 19, 2005

Amid heated debate Tuesday, the Minnesota Student Association reversed its position regarding endorsements on campus election ballots and approved its annual fees request. MSA approved a position statement...

MSA geared to lobby, offer new grants

January 18, 2005

The Minnesota Student Association is ready for a productive semester, group President Tom Zearley said. This semester, MSA said, it plans to spread the word about rental surveys and get students involved...

New student group collects items for soldiers abroad

December 13, 2004

College Republicans Vice Chairman Tony Richter said he wanted to transcend partisanship after a divisive election season. Inspired by a speech from Staff Sgt. Andy Davis, who talked about his experiences...

U workers benefit from flexible hours

December 10, 2004

Most days, Deb Stull Erickson commutes more than 100 miles between her home in Marine on St. Croix, Minn., and the University, where she is an editor in the Office of Human Resources. But Fridays, she...

Foundation’s donation to enhance learning for University students

December 8, 2004

The Archibald Bush Foundation, a regional nonprofit organization, donated $990,000 last month to the University of Minnesota system. The money will be split among four of the University campuses as part...

Forum discusses health care

December 8, 2004

Health-care issues deserve more than a superficial exploration, Americans for Informed Democracy President Luke Robinson said Tuesday. That's the message Robinson said he hopes resonated with the 50 people...

U hosts disability talks at Radisson

December 2, 2004

More than 85 people, from interested citizens to University faculty and staff, met at the Radisson Metrodome on Wednesday morning to discuss "The Economics of Disability." During the four-hour conference,...

U center for student-parents to celebrate expansion

December 1, 2004

Housed in two small rooms in Appleby Hall, the General College's Student Parent Higher Education for Low-Income People Center was "busting out of the seams," Director Susan Warfield said. So in August,...

Some leery of gov’t access

December 1, 2004

The federal government is considering changing the way it keeps track of students. U.S. Department of Education officials are studying whether to require all U.S. colleges to release specific information...

Study: Kissing up gets careers

November 29, 2004

Job seekers who butter up interviewers might have an advantage over those who promote their qualifications, according to a recent study. The report, published in the Journal of Applied Psychology's August...