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Veterans, students torn over Iraq

December 13, 2006

Three years ago today, coalition forces in Iraq captured Saddam Hussein, a major triumph in the then-10-month-old Iraq conflict. But, since the deposed dictator was found in an underground bunker, the...

From combat to the classroom

December 12, 2006

F or most University students, the footage of tanks rolling through the desert in Iraq and the death tolls in newspapers are distant reminders that the United States is at war. The casualty counts: just...

University faculty members get recognized for global contributions

November 30, 2006

Zbigniew Bochniarz left his teaching position at the Warsaw School of Economics 21 years ago because of his opposition to Poland's communist government. Bochniarz, a former senior fellow at the Humphrey...

World AIDS Day to raise awareness

November 28, 2006

An estimated 40 million people worldwide suffer from HIV/AIDS. Millions more contract the disease each year, with the highest concentration of infections in sub-Saharan Africa. According to the United...

U to offer school in China

November 22, 2006

Next summer, the University Law School will become the first American institution to offer a master's law degree program at a Chinese university. Through a partnership between the University and China...

Week features study abroad

November 16, 2006

Becky Reckelberg said her favorite part of studying in Norwich, England last year was traveling to London to see the Big Ben clock tower - a trip she made three times. The dentistry senior was one of thousands...

Survey examines Muslim voting patterns

November 9, 2006

On Tuesday, Minnesota became the first state to send a Muslim to U.S. Congress. Less than a month before Democrat Keith Ellison, a Muslim and the first black Minnesotan elected to Congress, defeated Republican...

Retired U faculty reflect on Hungary’s 1956 revolution

November 8, 2006

Fifty years ago, former University planning director Laszlo Fülop was one of hundreds of thousands of Hungarians to march through the streets of Budapest in protest of the country's Soviet Union-backed...

U professor uses NASA Hubble Telescope

November 7, 2006

For the past 16 years, scientists around the world have used NASA's Hubble Space Telescope to research the history of the universe. University astronomy professor Evan Skillman, who came to campus in 1989,...

New requirement disrupts travel

October 26, 2006

Taking a spur-of-the-moment fishing trip to Canada or a spring break excursion to Mexico may require more planning as early as next year. U.S. citizens are currently required to present a birth certificate...

U works on state’s Chinese program

October 25, 2006

The University is playing a key role in implementing a statewide initiative to increase Chinese language course offerings in Minnesota schools. Over the past few years, the number of elementary, middle...

Online encyclopedia could link to University resource

October 19, 2006

Researchers around the world might soon tap a University Web site when using Encyclopedia Britannica's online search engine. The encyclopedia recently selected the University's Immigration History Research...

U program to celebrate 60 years of helping study abroad

October 17, 2006

Minnesota's oldest study abroad program will celebrate its 60th anniversary next year. Shortly after World War II, a group of University faculty members and students formed the Student Project for Amity...

Local Cubans talk trip to U.S.

October 13, 2006

O On Nov. 9, 2001, in the cover of darkness, Lisardo Torres and four other men departed Cuba in a boat and started a dangerous journey that would eventually bring them to the United States. Torres, with...

Globetrotting club offers study-abroad adventure

October 4, 2006

Most college students don't have enough money to finance a trip around the world. But, for would-be world travelers at the University, it could become more affordable in the next couple of years. University...

Jews reflect on sins, God during Yom Kippur

October 2, 2006

Jews worldwide will spend today fasting and praying for forgiveness in observance of Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the faith. "Yom Kippur is all about reflecting on your sins committed in the previous...

U program lets int’l students share their cultures

October 2, 2006

International students come to the University with more than just suitcases. They also bring a breadth of insight about the world with them to the Twin Cities. #_Photo_32392_right The Culture Corps program,...

New dean works to improve global programs at U

September 27, 2006

The University is trying to improve international programs at home and abroad to meet its goal of becoming one of the top three public research institutions in the world. The University hired Jim Perry,...

Reporter assesses role of media in Castro’s Cuba

September 26, 2006

For most American citizens, visiting Cuba is almost impossible. But for New York Times reporter Anthony DePalma, getting into the country was less of a problem. The reporter - who once served as the newspaper's...

Muslims mark start of month of fasting

September 25, 2006

Muslims worldwide began a month of fasting and spiritual reflection Saturday. During Ramadan, the ninth month on the Islamic calendar, Muslims abstain from food and drink from sunrise to sunset. After...

U students react to coup in Thailand

September 21, 2006

Schools and banks were closed in Thailand on Wednesday after the military staged an overnight coup Tuesday. In the first government overthrow in the country since 1991, army tanks rolled into Bangkok,...

Former Somali prime minister teaches at U

September 20, 2006

Ali Galaydh isn't followed by an entourage of bodyguards anymore. But six years ago, when the University professor was serving as prime minister of Somalia, he rarely traveled without one. Galaydh accepted...

Expert discusses jihad at the U

September 13, 2006

When researchers try to define jihad and those who practice it, few allow "jihadis" to speak for themselves, said Middle East expert David Aaron at a Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs discussion Tuesday. Using...

Group holds benefit concert for homeless Lebanese civilians

September 11, 2006

A haunting Arabic melody filled the Cedar Cultural Center Sunday night as community members gathered to raise money for the hundreds of thousands of Lebanese civilians left homeless after Israel's July...

Students from abroad get comfortable

September 6, 2006

For most new students at the University, orientation involves following a maroon-and-gold clad guide around campus, learning how to navigate from building to building. But for incoming international students,...

Students deal with airline restrictions

September 5, 2006

Because of increasing security concerns at airports, inconvenience might be the new norm for airline passengers. In August, British officials said they had foiled an intricate terrorist plot to blow up...

Legislators pore over PSEO study

December 14, 2005

Just a day after the University released a report pushing for expansion of the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options program, education officials from around the state met over box lunches to discuss the findings. Dozens...

Report urges broader PSEO

December 13, 2005

Twenty years ago Minnesota became the first state to allow high school students to take college courses and get credit for free. A state law allows students who are accepted into the Post-Secondary Enrollment...

Albright talks Arab democracy at U

December 9, 2005

Democracy in the Middle East will not guarantee an end to terrorism, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said Thursday at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. Albright delivered the opening...

Literacy in Twin Cities is top-tier

December 7, 2005

Minneapolis and St. Paul rank among the most literate cities in the United States, according to a study released last week by Central Connecticut State University. The study ranked the country's 69 largest...

Council members jockey for influence

December 1, 2005

The elections are over, but the games are just beginning for Minneapolis City Council members. The 13-member council will elect a president next month who will determine which members serve on what council...

Proposed transit worries businesses

November 30, 2005

Although the projected ridership for a transportation line running through the University campus is in the thousands, some local business owners are worried it would bring more harm than good to the area. Under...

2nd Ward’s Gordon outlines his plans

November 23, 2005

Cam Gordon will replace Paul Zerby as the University area's city council member in January and become the first Green Party member to represent the 2nd Ward of Minneapolis. Gordon, one of the founding...

U in no rush for new higher-ed act

November 23, 2005

The federal government has not reauthorized the Higher Education Act since 1998, but University officials said students would benefit if Congress waited even longer. The act was to have been renewed in...

House cuts loan funding

November 21, 2005

The U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed a bill at about 2 a.m. Friday that would cut funding for federal student loans by $14.5 billion over the next five years. In total, the bill calls for...

Senate candidate visits U to tout energy policies

November 15, 2005

The United States spends $200,000 a minute on foreign oil, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Amy Klobuchar told a group of supporters Monday in Coffman Union. Klobuchar, who is serving her second term as...

Minneapolis voters choose Rybak for four more years

November 9, 2005

Minneapolis residents gave Mayor R.T. Rybak what he wanted Tuesday: four more years to run the city. Rybak defeated Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin 61 percent to 37 percent to retain his...

Clinton urges global cooperation

November 7, 2005

Former President Bill Clinton told a packed Northrop Auditorium on Saturday to stay politically active and to not let disappointments with elected officials make them feel disempowered. The University...

Some workers in Minneapolis to see larger paychecks

November 7, 2005

The Minneapolis City Council approved an ordinance Friday requiring city contractors to pay their employees enough to survive without food stamps. The living-wage ordinance will go into effect in January...

City politics key for U’s pursuits

November 3, 2005

AEDITOR'S NOTE:This is the last article in a five-part series about Minneapolis and St. Paul city elections. The articles lead toward the general election Tuesday. lthough the University receives most...

Minneapolis livable wage ordinance nears approval

November 1, 2005

The Minneapolis City Council is one step closer to adopting an ordinance that would determine how much city contractors have to pay their employees. At a public hearing of the City Council's Ways and Means/Budget...

Transit crucial for city politics

October 27, 2005

NEDITOR'S NOTE: This is the fourth article in a five-part series about Minneapolis and St. Paul city elections. The articles lead toward the general election Nov. 8. ot everyone who uses mass transit is...

Community members reflecton life of activist Rosa Parks

October 26, 2005

Rosa Parks received instant fame in 1955 when she refused to give up her seat on the bus to a white man. Her act of defiance - and subsequent arrest - led black people to boycott the public transportation...

Groups push for livable wages

October 25, 2005

Some people who work at businesses subsidized by the city of Minneapolis still need food stamps to put dinner on the table. But that could change. A coalition of more than 20 labor, faith and community...

Candidates vow better housing

October 20, 2005

UEDITOR'S NOTE: This is the third article in a five-part series about Minneapolis and St. Paul city elections. The articles will lead toward the general election Nov. 8. niversity advertising junior Megan...

Ward 2 debate short on disputes

October 19, 2005

Second Ward City Council candidates Cara Letofsky and Cam Gordon defended similar positions in a cordial debate Tuesday at Coffman Union. Often their answers were so similar that one candidate often repeated...

Candidates offer fixes for local crime problem

October 13, 2005

PEDITOR'S NOTE: This is the second article in a five-part series about Minneapolis and St. Paul city elections. It will lead toward the general election Nov. 8. ublic safety is a key issue for many politicians,...

Wards 2 and 3 share students’ issues, offer unique challenges

October 11, 2005

Minneapolis City Council candidates are courting sizeable student populations in the 2nd and 3rd wards. Although the University's East Bank campus is in the 2nd Ward of Minneapolis, a considerable number...

U students drive local campaigns

October 6, 2005

A EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first article in a five-part series about Minneapolis and St. Paul city elections. The articles will lead toward the general election Nov. 8. road trip Max Page took as a...

Candidates get special dorm access

October 4, 2005

In an attempt to gain support from students, local mayoral and city council candidates are taking advantage of a state statute that gives them access to campus residence halls. Although most groups are...