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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...

Downtown Minneapolis named one of 17 best commuting districts

September 28, 2005

Advertising senior Anastasia Viray takes a bus from her Uptown home to her job in downtown Minneapolis at 8 a.m. every day. The ride takes only 20 minutes and she arrives at her job with Briol & Associates...

Politicos drum up support at homecoming parade

September 26, 2005

Cheerleaders and band members were not the only ones marching in the rain Saturday during the homecoming parade. Some politicians, along with their friends, family members and supporters, walked in the...

Groups prep for city races

September 22, 2005

The mayoral and city council primaries are over. Now the real work begins for student groups to register people to vote. Student groups knocked on doors and got people registered to vote for the Sept....

State to receive federal aid for relief efforts

September 20, 2005

The federal government might reimburse the University for deploying Medical Reserve Corps members who brought medical relief to Hurricane Katrina victims in Louisiana. President George W. Bush declared...

Primaries to focus on local matters

September 12, 2005

Voters will have a variety of issues in mind when they vote Tuesday for mayoral and city council candidates to advance from the primaries to the general election in November. The top two mayoral candidates...

Voters to mold local races

September 8, 2005

REDITOR'S NOTE: Look for a follow-up story Monday that will outline the issues and explain where people can vote in the primary elections. esidents will decide Tuesday in a primary election which mayoral...

Donors give the U a big boost

September 7, 2005

The University received gifts from more donors this year than ever before. By the end of the fiscal year on June 30, more than 92,000 donors had contributed gifts and collectively pledged $180 million...

U urges state to act on stadium

September 6, 2005

University officials and supporters are swamping lawmakers with e-mails and calls to approve an on-campus stadium deal in a fall special session. State legislators did not vote on a Gophers stadium during...

U hopes to draw more int’l students

August 17, 2005

University officials are hopeful that the number of new international students will be up when enrollment statistics are released in September. In 2001, the total number of incoming international students...

Well-known physics professor dies at 72

August 17, 2005

University professor and well-known physicist Anatoly Larkin died Aug. 4 while attending a workshop in Colorado. Larkin, who was 72, grew up in the former Soviet Union and came to the University in 1995...

University students power solar car to charge field of renewable energy research

August 10, 2005

Students in the University's Solar Vehicle Project put in more than 43,000 hours of work to build Borealis III and were rewarded last month when their solar-powered car took second place out of 27 teams...

Academic bill advances

August 3, 2005

Students who feel unfairly graded by professors for their political or religious beliefs might find Congress on their side in the future. In a bill passed by a House committee last month, members called...

Congress moves toward renewing Higher Ed Act

July 27, 2005

Congress moved one step closer to renewing the Higher Education Act late last week. Although the Senate has yet to take action on the higher-education law, a House committee passed a bill that would reauthorize...

Scholarships try to keep U affordable

July 20, 2005

Mikhail Tikh got awards that will get him out of the door. The first-year student said he can only afford to move out of his parents' house thanks to $7,500 in scholarships he will annually receive during...

Grads paying more in loans

July 6, 2005

Lydia Aleckson graduated from the University's School of Nursing in June with $22,000 in student loan debt. She started taking out student loans during her second year and is now in the six-month grace...

Report finds education donations increase for first time since 2000

June 22, 2005

In 2004, donations from Americans to education increased for the first time since 2000, according to an annual report released by the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. Accounting for inflation,...

Bush touts RX drug plan in MN

June 22, 2005

President George W. Bush visited the Twin Cities area Friday to introduce his new prescription-drug benefit plan to a group of approximately 400 people, most of whom were senior citizens. His visit to...

Student loan rates set to make highest one-year increase

June 15, 2005

College students who do not consolidate their federal student loans before July 1 will see their interest rates increase by almost two percentage points, an increase that could cost student borrowers thousands...

Research helps retention, grad rates

June 8, 2005

First- and second-year college students who conduct research with faculty members might have better retention and graduation rates, suggests a study conducted by the University of Michigan. The study compared...

State’s need-based grants decrease

June 1, 2005

Minnesota was one of only 18 states to reduce funding for need-based grants in 2003-04, according to a survey released late last month. The survey, completed by the National Association of State Student...

Congress might cut loan funding

May 25, 2005

Late last month, Congress approved a joint budget resolution for fiscal year 2006, putting it one step closer to determining the contents of next year's federal budget. The resolution would cut billions...

Some push for taking out drug provision

May 4, 2005

Some students are lobbying Congress to remove a provision in the Higher Education Act that punishes students with drug convictions. The provision, added in 1998, denies federal financial aid to students...

U to offer new graduate minorin family policy

May 2, 2005

Starting in fall, the University will offer the United States' first-ever graduate minor in family policy. The family-policy minor will be an interdisciplinary program offered through the College of Human...

U.S. House looks at link in financial aid, higher tuition

April 28, 2005

Increasing the amount of federal financial aid available to college students might cause tuition inflation, an economist said during a U.S. House committee hearing last week. The hearing explored how federal...

U.N. pairs schools to further education

April 26, 2005

The United Nations is pairing up colleges and universities in developed and developing countries as part of a project to promote worldwide access to education. The program, dubbed UNITWIN, is part of UNESCO...

Study finds U.S. ranks low on college affordability

April 21, 2005

Compared with other industrialized countries, the United States ranks poorly in affordability of higher education, according to a report released last week by the Educational Policy Institute. The report...

U libraries confront higher journal costs

April 20, 2005

In order to provide students and faculty with access to published research, the University subscribes to thousands of scholarly journals, some of which cost up to $20,000 a year per subscription. Because...

Study finds many first-year students value spirituality

April 18, 2005

The majority of first-year college students are searching for the meaning of life, according to a survey released last week by the University of California, Los Angeles. The survey, conducted by the Higher...

Bill pushes science field

April 14, 2005

College students who go into math or science after graduation might see the government pay the interest on their student loans if Congress passes a bill introduced Tuesday in the House. The Math and Science...

Group touts higher ed with new project

April 12, 2005

A group of higher education organizations is launching a nationwide public-awareness campaign to showcase the benefits of college to society as a whole, instead of only to students who attend universities. The...

U food science bowl team buzzes way into nat’l contest

April 7, 2005

The University's food science college bowl team won the North Central regional competition at Iowa State University on Saturday. The team defeated Iowa and Kansas State universities to continue the success...

Survey discovers early-decision applications becoming more popular

April 6, 2005

The earlier students apply to college and the more certain they are about their choice, the better, suggests a survey released last month by the National Association for College Admission Counseling. At...

Students relying heavily on loans to fund education

April 6, 2005

.Editor's note: The following article is the third in a series that looks at how well the University prepares students for life after college. Today's article looks at students' increased reliance on student...

Plan favors the use of Direct Loans

March 29, 2005

Some Congress members are encouraging colleges to provide student loans through the federal Direct Loan program, instead of through private lenders. The Student Aid Reward Act, introduced in the Senate...

Proposed info sharing causes concern

March 28, 2005

In the future, the federal government might be able to track college students using their Social Security numbers as part of a plan released by the National Center for Education Statistics. The plan calls...

Parent advocates call for renewal of tuition tax credit

March 24, 2005

Parents of college students around the country are working to renew and increase a tuition tax credit that will expire at the end of the year. Currently, parents with a joint income of $130,000 a year...

Report calls for specific data

March 22, 2005

Colleges need to be held more accountable when it comes to tracking students' academic progress, according to a report released this month by a national higher education commission. The report, conducted...

Sen. Norm Coleman proposes to increase Pell Grant award

March 11, 2005

Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., is leading a group of bipartisan senators in an effort to convince the Senate Budget Committee to increase the Pell Grant award now. In his 2006 budget request, President George...

Profs join anti-military recruiting group

March 10, 2005

University Law School faculty members passed a resolution Tuesday that could make it harder for the military to recruit on the school's campus. The resolution states the faculty's disapproval of the Solomon...

U Law School students look to ban recruiters

March 8, 2005

University Law School students will present faculty members with a petition today urging them to take action against the Solomon Amendment. Law schools around the country have deemed the amendment - which...

U ranks fifth in donations

March 7, 2005

The University received approximately $245.6 million in donations in 2004, making it fifth on the list of public schools to receive the most donations, according to a report released last week. The report,...

Bill would boost high school counseling

March 1, 2005

State legislators introduced a bill last week that would allow high schools to allocate more funding to hiring and keeping high school counselors. Minnesota has one of the worst ratios of high school counselors...

National organization gives graduate students a voice

February 28, 2005

A group that includes 50 University graduate students is working to give fellow students more clout in a national organization dedicated to furthering academic freedom. The American Association of University...

Study says colleges becoming market-oriented

February 23, 2005

Colleges are becoming more like businesses, according to a report released last week by a higher-education research group at Brown University. The group, The Futures Project, did a five-year study on how...

Higher-education coalition lobbies Congress to reject Bush’s plan to cut Perkins Loan program

February 23, 2005

A higher-education coalition the University is a member of has started a campaign to save the Federal Perkins Loan Program from elimination. In his 2006 federal budget request, President George W. Bush...

U’s census data center expands on the West bank

February 21, 2005

The University's Minnesota Population Center had the grand opening of its new facility Friday in Willey Hall. Following a nine-month renovation funded by the College of Liberal Arts, the center is now...

Law orders ‘anti-fraud’ fee

February 18, 2005

A new federal law will require college employers to pay a fee for hiring foreign workers who hold a certain type of visa. Departments that hire foreign faculty members, researchers or medical residents...

Report asks to ease aid process

February 15, 2005

The government is aiming to make the financial aid process simpler and more effective for students. In 2004, Congress asked its Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance to look at whether the...

U Catholics observe first day of Lent

February 10, 2005

To commemorate Ash Wednesday, campus minister Greg Weinand led a group of approximately 50 Catholic students and faculty members in reciting the Lord's Prayer on Wednesday morning at the Coffman Union...

Fewer expect diverse friends

February 10, 2005

In a 2004 survey of incoming first-year college students around the country, more students than ever reported they did not expect to frequently socialize with people outside of their own race or ethnic...