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House grants tuition relief in University funding proposal

April 9, 2013

For in-state students at the University of Minnesota, tuition relief may be coming. The House Higher Education Finance and Policy Committee recommended $42.6 million for the University to freeze undergraduate...

5th candidate announced in VP for student affairs search

April 8, 2013

  Another candidate for vice president for student affairs and dean of students was added to the mix Monday, according to a University announcement. Denise Maybank, interim vice president for student...

University names dean candidates

April 2, 2013

  Candidates to replace Vice Provost for Student Affairs Jerry Rinehart, who is on a recess appointment as of Monday, were announced that day. The four candidates — who currently fulfill similar...

The UMN version of the “Harlem Shake” is here

February 18, 2013

University of Minnesota students joined Goldy Gopher on Sunday afternoon to film the school's version of the "Harlem Shake" on Northrop Mall. Colleges nationwide have hopped on the viral...

Fans watch B.o.B perform during the homecoming concert Oct. 12 at TCF Bank Stadium.

Paying for campus pride

October 25, 2012

On the eve of the inaugural homecoming football game at TCF Bank Stadium in 2009, the University of Minnesota community gathered for a pep rally. A local percussion tap dance act was paid $2,600 to perform. Fast-forward...

University of Minnesota police officers inspect the Ford Tempo that hit six pedestrians Sunday afternoon at the intersection of Washington Avenue and Oak Street Southeast. All six victims were taken to Hennepin County Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

Driver in Stadium Village crash was drunk

October 16, 2012

A woman hit five University of Minnesota students and one parent Sunday when driving drunk in Stadium Village. Kristine Peterson, 32, of St. Francis, Minn., faces a misdemeanor for driving while intoxicated....

Rinehart to retire in April

August 27, 2012

Vice Provost for Student Affairs Jerry Rinehart will retire this spring, University officials announced Monday. After serving the University of Minnesota for more than 35 years, Rinehart will officially...

‘Paint the Bridge’ tradition to continue this fall

July 6, 2012

Student groups will have access to panels on both sides of the Washington Avenue Bridge this year for the annual "Paint the Bridge" event, Student Unions and Activities announced via Facebook today. Painting...

City Council approves move to single-sort recycling

May 25, 2012

The Minneapolis City Council and Mayor R.T. Rybak approved a plan to switch the city's recycling program to a single-sort system where households don't have to separate their recyclables, the Star...

Jessie James, a country-pop singer, performs to a crowd at the 2012 Spring Jam concert April 20 on the front plaza of Coffman. James did not headline the festival but the University paid $15,000 for her performance.

The money behind Spring Jam

May 1, 2012

Spring Jam used to be a Dinkytown block party, but it’s now a trademarked campus music festival. In three years, the festival has grown from one headlining artist to an array of performers who represent...

Daily Digest: Horse racing, One World Trade Center and Microsoft invests $300M in Barnes & Noble

April 30, 2012

  Here's your Daily Digest for Monday, April 30: The New York Times published another installment of its investigation into horse racing Monday — just in time for the Kentucky Derby this...

Daily Digest: Judge orders Jimmy John’s workers reinstated, Kony 2012 graffiti and Senser and Edwards on trial

April 23, 2012

  Here’s your Daily Digest for Monday, April 23: A national labor board judge ordered Monday that Jimmy John's franchise owners Mike and Rob Mulligan reinstate six workers who were fired...

2012 Pulitzer Prize winners announced

April 16, 2012

  The 2012 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced Monday. Here are the links to some of the year’s best stories: Public Service The Philadelphia Inquirer "Assault on Learning" a 7-part...

Daily Digest: Norwegian gunman, former Italian PM Berlusconi and Roger Clemens all on trial

April 16, 2012

  Here’s your Daily Digest for Monday, April 16: Lots of trial news today. Timothy Bakdash was sentenced Monday to 40 years in prison for the fatal hit-and-run that killed University of Minnesota...

Facebook to buy Instagram for $1 billion

April 9, 2012

  Social network giant Facebook announced Monday that it will buy San Francisco-based Instagram — an application that allows users to doctor cell phone photos and share them with friends —...

Daily Digest: Romney pulls negative ads, Twins home opener, ‘Titanic 3-D’ and Peeps

April 9, 2012

  Here’s your Daily Digest for April 9, 2012 Mitt Romney has pulled negative ads against fellow Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum while Santorum takes a break from the campaign to...

Daily Digest: ‘Kony 2012’ again, Bin Laden’s widows, Burger King’s new menu and ‘Bully’

April 2, 2012

  Here’s your Daily Digest for April 2, 2012: Officials for Invisible Children, the activist group behind the viral "Kony 2012" video, announced that they will release "Kony 2012...

Wisconsin recall elections officially ordered

March 30, 2012

A state board voted Friday to order recall elections against Gov. Scott Walker, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and four Republican senators, according to the Wisconsin State Journal. The primary will be held...

Girlfriend of former Gopher Eric Decker to play Spring Jam

March 28, 2012

University of Minnesota Student Unions and Activities announced the second Spring Jam performer Wednesday after hinting that she's dating a former Gopher. Jessie James, a country pop singer and songwriter...

Daily Digest: Santorum and the NYT, Trayvon Martin and ‘The Hunger Games’

March 26, 2012

  Here’s your Daily Digest for Monday, March 26, 2012 Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum got into a heated exchanged with a New York Times reporter Sunday night at a campaign rally...

SSFC releases final fees funding levels for student groups

March 22, 2012

  The Student Services Fees Committee released its final recommendations for student–group funding Wednesday. Altogether the committee recommended $2,282,192 in student fees money for student...

A Minnesota State Patrol helicopter searches the Mississippi River on Tuesday evening after a man jumped from the the I-35W bridge.

Man jumps from 35W bridge

March 21, 2012

A man jumped from the Interstate 35W bridge into the Mississippi River just before 6 p.m. Tuesday after pulling his car over to the side of the road, according to police. A witness reported the incident...

Daily Digest: French school shooting, U.S. grad rates and Spring Break.

March 19, 2012

  Here’s your Daily Digest for Monday, March 19, 2012 A man and three children were killed Monday in front of a Jewish school in Toulouse, France by a drive-by gunman on a motorcycle. According...

Daily Digest: U.S. grad rates, free online courses, women on corporate boards and the Lorax.

March 5, 2012

  Here’s your Daily Digest for Monday, March 5: The Chronicle of Higher Education launched a new page that explores college graduation rates in the U.S. Their College Completion page includes...

Daily Digest: Nobel nods, Asian carp, Oscars and something strange in Grand Marais

February 27, 2012

Here’s your Daily Digest for Monday, Feb. 27 A spokesman for the Nobel Peace Prize announced today that the jury received 231 nominations for the honor including Bradley Manning, a U.S. Army private...

Minneapolis, St. Paul consider new streetcar lines

February 16, 2012

  Street cars might be coming back to the Twin Cities. Minneapolis and St. Paul will conduct a yearlong study to examine the benefits of adding streetcars to the Central Corridor light-rail line,...

The Colbert Report temporarily suspended

February 16, 2012

The Colbert Report unexpectedly suspended production this week due to unforeseen circumstances. No additional details can be provided at this time, Steve Albani, Comedy Central's senior vice president...

Poll finds more parents are willing to support their adult children

February 10, 2012

While some college students might rely on their parents to pay the bills or even move home after graduation, a poll from the Pew Research Center released Thursday says more parents don't expect their children...

Daily Digest: Verizon, Redbox to offer online video service, Egypt and Super Bowl XLVI

February 6, 2012

Daily Digest 02/06 Verizon Wireless and Coinstar, the company that owns Redbox, are teaming up to offer a new online video service to rival Netflix, according to the Wall Street Journal. The companies...

Daily Digest: U.N. inspectors invited to Iran, obesity research and UW Regents sued

January 30, 2012

The New York Times reports that Iran has extended an invitation to United Nations inspectors for a three-day visit in an attempt to cool tensions over Tehran's burgeoning nuclear program. Though the country...

Coffman’s second floor plans go to students

January 26, 2012

Meetings will resume next week to discuss thefuture of Coffman UnionâÄôs second-floor cultural centers. For the more than 800 student groups at the University of Minnesota, space is a hot commodity....

Meetings scheduled to discuss Coffman’s second floor

January 25, 2012

Meetings will resume next week to discuss the future of Coffman Union's second floor cultural centers. For the more than 800 student groups at the University of Minnesota, space is a hot commodity. Several...

Daily Digest: EU ban on Iranian oil, light-rail problems and baby bears

January 23, 2012

Here's your Daily Digest for Monday, January 23. The European Union voted Monday to impose a ban on oil from Iran as part of a series of sanctions designed to curb the state's nuclear program, the New...

Daily Digest: Blackberry blackout ends, stray dogs in Moscow and Target’s commitment to sustainable fish

October 13, 2011

Here’s your Daily Digest for Thursday, Oct. 13 First, some good news for anyone who has been inconvenienced by the BlackBerry blackout over the last three days: the system went back to normal early this...

University professor counters Bachmann’s HPV vaccine claim

September 19, 2011

A University of Minnesota bioethicist challenged Michele Bachmann’s claim that the human papillomavirus vaccine causes mental illness, according to the Star Tribune. During the Monday GOP debate, Bachmann...

$14 million estate gift is largest in U’s history

August 26, 2011

A $14 million donation to the University of Minnesota from the estate of Myrtle Stroud, an alumna who died last year, will create scholarships for College of Liberal Arts students, according to the University...

GAPSA dissolution effort ends in assembly walkout

May 5, 2011

A major overhaul to the role of the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly was stopped during Wednesday nightâÄôs meeting after several assembly members walked out in protest. Vice President...

Panel talks grad union specifics

May 3, 2011

After the administration’s attempt at union discussion failed, a panel of union organizers, deans, human resources representatives and experts discussed graduate assistant unionization Monday night. Students...

Students weigh in on fees process

April 27, 2011

Students had an opportunity to provide feedback for the 2011 student services fees allocation process Tuesday afternoon with Vice Provost Jerry Rinehart.   Representatives from student groups expressed...

COGS and GAPSA feel weight of union support

April 26, 2011

Graduate student government leaders are calling for more information regarding the potential unionization of graduate assistants, but union supporters are opposing their efforts. Both the Council of Graduate...

Nitin Jain and Pankaj Vasandani pour colored powder on each other while celebrating Holi - the festival of colors on Saturday at the East River Flats behind Coffman Union.

Covered in the colors of spring

April 25, 2011

University of Minnesota students brought some color to the gray spring Saturday afternoon during Holi âÄî the festival of colors. The Hindu festival, celebrated annually by Indian student group...

Arrest made in hit-and-run

April 22, 2011

Police arrested a 29-year-old Roseville man on Thursday in connection to the hit-and-run last weekend that led to the death of University of Minnesota student Benjamin Van Handel...

GAPSA fills exec board for next year

April 21, 2011

Members of the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly filled five of its executive board positions for the next academic year at Wednesday nightâÄôs meeting. Though one GAPSA newcomer from...

Former MSA leaders gather Monday evening at the Big 10 sportsbar to celebrate and discuss life and politics.

Practicing for public life

April 20, 2011

On Monday, alumni of the Minnesota Student Association returned to the place where it all began. ItâÄôs not an office in Coffman Union or a board meeting room, but a corner booth at the Big 10...

Shay and Amara elected, GAPSA’s turnout soars

Shay and Amara elected, GAPSA’s turnout soars

April 7, 2011

After three days of voting, University of Minnesota students chose Lizzy Shay and Abou Amara as 2011-12 undergraduate and graduate student presidents, respectively. Amara, who had been acting president...

OSA answers call for fees transparency

April 6, 2011

After inquiries from the chairwoman of the Student Services Fees Committee, the Office for Student Affairs has provided some answers justifying its use of student fees to fund the fees process. The office...

Paul Freeman, left, and Abou Amara, right, speak during a debate on Thursday at Coffman Union.

Candidates disagree on GAPSA’s role

April 4, 2011

The two candidates who will face off next week for the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly  presidency have a different set of priorities for the upcoming year. During a debate Thursday night,...

Amara and Freeman divided on GAPSA’s role

April 1, 2011

The two candidates who will face off next week for the presidency of the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly have a different set of priorities for the upcoming year. During a debate Thursday night...

MSA hopefuls debate strategies

March 31, 2011

Minnesota Student Association presidential hopefuls have a common goal in mind: to make the student government more relevant. Apropos, there was little student interest in their debate Wednesday night...

Groups seek student fees for new green fund

March 30, 2011

A coalition of green student groups has garnered support from student government to create a loan fund for sustainable development at the University of Minnesota. During forum Tuesday, the Minnesota Student...

Chair questions OSA fees oversight

March 22, 2011

Without approval from students, the Office for Student Affairs takes tens of thousands of dollars in student fees each year to fund the fees process. Unlike other fees-receiving student groups or administrative...

MSA to form lobbying coalition for U system

March 9, 2011

 Student lobbyists unveiled plans to create a unified legislative group for the University of Minnesota during forum Tuesday. The Minnesota Student Association currently sponsors the Legislative Certificate...

MSA and GAPSA president hopefuls emerge

March 8, 2011

Three pairs of candidates will vie for president and vice president of the Minnesota Student Association, and two candidates are in the running for the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly presidency. Candidate...

Groups hung up on governance memo language

March 7, 2011

Student government leaders Friday did not sign the much-anticipated memorandum of understanding âÄî a document calling for a more substantial student voice in University of Minnesota decision making. Minnesota...

Aurora Center likely to get full fees funds

March 3, 2011

Unable to rely on continued support from the Office for Student Affairs and federal grants, The Aurora Center for Advocacy and Education instead requested funding from the Student Services Fees Committee...

Student Senate weighs shared governance memo

March 3, 2011

Though the Student Senate did not move into any action on agenda items Thursday, the group discussed plans and concerns for moving forward with shared governance and establishing a University-wide legislative...

Student jobs on the line in proposed cuts to work-study

March 1, 2011

For students like first year Paige Vangsness, work-study earnings help keep the electricity on, put food on the table and cover the cost of books. About 12 hours a week finding materials in the Wilson...

MSA aims to help fight flooding with sandbags

MSA aims to help fight flooding with sandbags

February 28, 2011

The goal: 1 million sandbags to prevent disastrous flooding on the Red River. On March 5, students from the University of Minnesota will help prepare those sandbags for delivery to neighborhoods in the...

GAPSA fills two vacant executive board positions

February 24, 2011

The Graduate and Professional Student Assembly on Wednesday night filled two of three vacant executive board positions and outlined a plan to prepare for vacancies in the future. Joanna DeLaune, a second-year...

University of Minnesota president Robert Bruininks speaks at the Rally To Restore Affordability Tuesday at the Minnesota State Capital in St Paul, Minn. University of Minnesota students demand the restoration of affordability to higher education.

Students put ‘the heat on’ Leg. to support U

February 23, 2011

More than 200 students from the University of Minnesota system rallied at the state Capitol on Tuesday for a more affordable education âÄî but few from them made the short trip from the Twin Cities...

Students to raise voices over rising costs

February 16, 2011

With $171 million cuts to higher education in Gov. Mark DaytonâÄôs proposed budget, students across the state will convene at the Capitol on Feb. 22 for the Rally to Restore Affordability to support...

Graduate student sentenced in 2006 ferret farm ‘liberation’

February 15, 2011

A University of Minnesota graduate student was sentenced to six months in prison Monday for raiding a ferret farm in 2006. Scott DeMuth, a teaching assistant in the sociology department, pleaded guilty...

U research exposes Web threat

February 15, 2011

Internet security researchers from the University of MinnesotaâÄôs College of Science and Engineering have found a flaw in routers that could make the entire Internet vulnerable to attack. Using...

‘Gopher’ some love this Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2011

Students can spread some love and school spirit by sending these Goldy Gopher valentines to friends and family. The printable cards released today via Facebook have messages like “If I could talk, I’d...

Three new reps add to MSA gender gap

February 9, 2011

When the Minnesota Student Association elected three new at-large representatives at forum Tuesday, it added three male members to a roster already filled predominantly by men. MSA represents more than...

MSA sets aside $5k for DC trip

February 9, 2011

The Minnesota Student Association allotted $5,000 to travel and accommodations for students lobbying at the federal level this spring. Legislative Certificate Program Director Chris Tastad and Legislative...

U: Honors is a ‘benefits’ program for students

February 8, 2011

As one of three professors who teach Sociology 1001, Ross Macmillan lectures a class of 170 students every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning. But students enrolled in the University of Minnesota Honors...

$1 trillion: the surprise cost of people watching?

January 31, 2011

As a tongue-in-cheek protest of the fees process, the Campus People Watchers requested $1 trillion in funding Saturday during its presentation to the Student Services Fees Committee. The meteoric rise...

GAPSA confirms Amara as president

January 27, 2011

The Graduate and Professional Student Assembly approved the appointment of Abou Amara as acting president Wednesday night. He will fulfill all presidential duties for the remainder of the year. Amara was...

MSA plans D.C. trip to lobby for federal funding

January 26, 2011

Representatives from the University of Minnesota will travel to the nationâÄôs capitol to advocate for more federal support for higher education this spring. The Minnesota Student Association,...

QSCC fees request comes in late

January 25, 2011

Applications for student services fees for student groups were due 4:30 p.m. Friday and most organizations are in the clear âÄî with the exception of the Queer Student Cultural Center. Fees committee...

Students bring sweatshop-free clothing line to University of Minnesota bookstores

January 20, 2011

Alta Gracia, a sweatshop-free collegiate apparel line, will be sold in University of Minnesota bookstores starting Monday. Students with the Minnesota Public Interest Research Group are behind the effort...

MSA upholding campaign promises

January 20, 2011

Minnesota Student Association leaders were elected to office with campaign promises of shared governance and keeping the cost of education at the University of Minnesota down. More than halfway finished...

Resignations mar GAPSA leadership

January 18, 2011

Abou Amara will take over as acting president of the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly for the remainder of the school year, following the simultaneous resignations of the president and executive...

Top two GAPSA officers resign

January 12, 2011

The Graduate and Professional Student Assembly is in a bind after both President Ryan Kennedy and Vice President Monica Howell resigned earlier this week. It is the first time in GAPSA history that both...

GAPSA travel grant funding almost out

December 14, 2010

With only $600 left in the grants budget and a whole semester to go, the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly is running out of funds for professional travel. These $200 grants are to be used by...

Senate stalls on DREAM ACT

December 10, 2010

Legislation that would provide children of illegal immigrants with a path to citizenship was tabled by Senate leaders Thursday. In order to bypass the need to reach consensus between the House and Senate,...

New machine simulates the sunlight of more than 3,000 suns

December 10, 2010

The sun went down in Minneapolis at 4:30 Thursday, but in the mechanical engineering building, University of Minnesota researchers can reproduce the light of more than 3,000 suns. There, theyâÄôre...

GAPSA OKs changes to sexual assault reporting

December 9, 2010

An ad-hoc Graduate and Professional Student Assembly and Minnesota Student Association committee made some progress Wednesday night in its effort to improve campus safety, specifically in reference to...

MSA OKs Northrop bike lanes, three new reps

December 7, 2010

During the last forum of the semester Tuesday, the Minnesota Student Association passed resolutions to add bike lanes on Northrop Mall and to publish student ratings of the top 30 percent of instructors,...

Student senators push for high funding for higher ed.

December 3, 2010

Student senators are preparing to advocate for more state funding for the University of Minnesota through the biennial budget request. During ThursdayâÄôs meeting, representatives from the colleges...

MSA lobbyists prepare for visit to Capitol

December 1, 2010

Student lobbyists are finalizing their agenda to advocate for more state financial support to the University of Minnesota, an end to the "brain drain" and shared governance at the Capitol this January. The...

MSA to expand database of U’s good, bad landlords

November 24, 2010

The Minnesota Student Association is looking to help students find the best available housing on campus, avoid bad landlords and stay safe with its 2010 RenterâÄôs Survey. The survey, which is...

TSA employees wave people through the security scanner Friday evening at the Minneapolis- St.Paul International Airport. The scanner is part of a new process using Advanced Imaging Technology to screen for both metallic and non-metallic objects.

Holiday travelers to face obstacles

November 23, 2010

Whether traveling by plane, bus or car, students returning home for the Thanksgiving holiday may face a few speed bumps on the way. Those traveling through the Minneapolis-St. Paul International airport...

U raises about $38K via GiveMN

November 17, 2010

Minnesota colleges and charities have raised more than $7.5 million through a 24-hour online event called Give to the Max day, Tuesday. Give to the Max is powered by GiveMN, an organization that connects...

MSA approves fees slate during emergency forum

November 17, 2010

In a special forum called by the speaker, the Minnesota Student Association approved an amended slate of 2010-11 Student Services Fees Committee members. The special forum session was MSAâÄôs fourth...

Student fights for sex-crime reporting

November 16, 2010

In light of recent sexual assaults, Kristi Kremers, former Graduate and Professional Student Assembly president, is trying to use student government to change crime reporting on campus. For Kremers, the...

Minnesota colleges rewarded by ‘Give to the Max’ Day

November 16, 2010

Minnesota colleges and charities have raised more than $4 million through a 24-hour online event, âÄúGive to the MaxâÄù Day. Give to the Max is powered by GiveMN, an organization that connects...

MSA approves fees committee

November 16, 2010

In a special forum called by the speaker, the Minnesota Student Association approved an amended slate of 2010-11 Student Services Fees Committee members Tuesday. The special session was MSAâÄôs...

Student gov’t leaders respond to pres. finalist

November 15, 2010

Student government at the University of Minnesota wants to ensure the presidential transition does not set back their plans for shared governance. The Board of Regents named Stony Brook University Provost...

GAPSA OKs budget, elects grants director

November 11, 2010

After two previous attempts to approve this yearâÄôs budget, the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly passed their final version Wednesday. The proposed GAPSA budget was $394,628, according...

MSA fails again to designate new fees members

November 10, 2010

For the third forum in a row, the Minnesota Student Association did not make a decision regarding the members of the 2010-11 Student Services Fees Committee. After a joint meeting with the Graduate and...

Bruininks advises MSA, governance

November 10, 2010

The Minnesota Student Association is making strides toward shared governance through talks with the Board of Regents, but during TuesdayâÄôs forum, President Bob Bruininks warned them against bringing...

State, federal grants add to widening tuition aid gap

November 4, 2010

For University of Minnesota junior Ali Pederson, paying for college was so easy a baby could do it. When Pederson was an infant, her mother entered her into a contest sponsored by a prenatal vitamin company,...

MSA, MPIRG Get Out the Vote

November 2, 2010

Tasking themselves with the tall order of increasing student voter participation in the mid-term election, members of the Minnesota Student Association partnered with those from Minnesota Public Interest...

Man arrested for apt. assaults

October 28, 2010

A Stadium View Apartments resident was arrested in connection with three alleged sexual assaults that occurred this month in the Delaware Street apartment building. Leeban Simeso, 25, was taken into custody...

MSA delays committee vote after ‘joint fiasco’ last week

October 27, 2010

The 2010-11 Student Services Fees Committee is still in limbo after the Minnesota Student Association voted Tuesday to table approval of the committee members. Candidates for the fees committee âÄî...

U grant to serve disabled students

October 25, 2010

With the help of a five-year grant, the University of Minnesota has partnered with nearby community and technical colleges to improve post-secondary programs for students with intellectual disabilities. Central...

Klobuchar, panel address changing face of harassment online

October 22, 2010

The Internet has changed the face of bullying. People say and do things online they wouldnâÄôt do in real life. Before technology became such a huge part of childrenâÄôs lives, bullying...

Student gov’t fails to select fees members

October 21, 2010

The Graduate and Professional Student Assembly and Minnesota Student Association held a joint session Wednesday night to approve the slate for the 2010-11 Fees Committee and All Campus Elections Commission,...