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Regents discuss changing role, relationship with new leaders

Published June 20, 1997

The Board of Regents retreated from Morrill Hall Wednesday morning to the plush confines of the St. Paul College Club to discuss the proper role of the University's governing body and its relationship...

Wisconsin students may need to pay surcharge

Published June 20, 1997

Wisconsin students will pay more to attend Minnesota public colleges beginning in the fall of 1998, under an agreement reached earlier this month by the two states. Currently, Wisconsin and Minnesota...

Housingshortage

Published June 18, 1997

A projected student housing shortage could land some University freshmen on the Twin Cities campus in area hotels this fall, administrators told the Board of Regents last week. Since 1995, the University's...

Not all newsmakers were newsworthy

Published June 6, 1997

In last September's Fall Preview issue of The Minnesota Daily, reporters profiled 14 members of the University community as "newsmakers," people who shaped the University behind the scenes and in public....

State passes gay marriage prohibition

Published June 4, 1997

A new state law signed on Monday by Gov. Arne Carlson bans gay marriages in Minnesota and denies recognition of gay marriages performed in other states. The law, called the Defense of Marriage Act, was...

Legislator learns state forestry in St. Paul

Published May 30, 1997

Although most U.S. Congressmen are vacationing after a long legislative session in Washington, D.C., one Minnesota lawmaker took time to visit the University and learn more about one of the state's largest...

U’s politics buffs mull high court’s ruling on Clinton

Published May 28, 1997

The United States Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that the president is not immune from civil and criminal lawsuits, opening up the possibility that President Bill Clinton could go to trial. The Court's...

Challenges remain forseasoned lawmakers

Published May 27, 1997

University-area voters sent a veteran crew of lawmakers to this year's legislative session, ready to tackle issues ranging from environmental protection to the school's budget. Although all the legislators...

Carlson signs U’s 1997-98 budget

Published May 22, 1997

After months of campaigning, lobbying and petitioning for more funding, the University finally found out how much money it will receive for the 1998-99 biennium. Gov. Arne Carlson signed the state's two-year...

Committee agrees on U funding

Published May 14, 1997

After nearly two weeks of deliberations, the Legislature's higher education conference committee finally delivered its verdict on Tuesday night. The University will receive a $1.076 billion budget for...

U’s budget: Houses closer to compromise

Published May 13, 1997

Legislators seemed unlikely to reach an agreement on the University's 1998-99 budget by late Monday night, but it did appear the school will get more funding than Gov. Carlson has recommended. Both House...

College funding: no compromise yet

Published May 9, 1997

Despite hopes that the higher education funding bill would be well on its way to the governor by the end of this week, the University is still at least a few days away from learning its 1998-99 funding...

Little compromise reached on funding request

Published May 8, 1997

After 13 hours of debate, the University is hardly closer to learning how much money it will receive for the 1998-99 biennium. The Legislature's higher education conference committee met throughout the...

U budget issues still unresolved

Published May 7, 1997

The state higher education conference committee failed to tackle any important issues on Tuesday as members met for less than one minute. "This process is like observing continental drift," said Ruth...

New law means tough penalties for stalkers

Published May 7, 1997

Gov. Arne Carlson signed a tough, new anti-crime measure on Tuesday that lowers the burden of proof for prosecutors when seeking convictions for stalkers. Under the new law, which amends the original...

Analyst says Clinton’s budget won’t help Minnesota students

Published May 6, 1997

Proposed changes in federal Pell Grant awards would not help students but instead would save money for the state, said government officials on Monday at the Capitol. Lisa DeReinee, the state's department...

Students stand to gain from budget

Published May 5, 1997

A federal balanced-budget plan announced Friday would benefit college students by increasing Pell Grants, tax credits and family deductions for college costs. The plan, announced by President Clinton...

School funding depends on results of compromise

Published May 2, 1997

The University might find out by the end of next week how much money it will receive from the Legislature for the school's 1998-99 biennial budget. The Higher Education Conference Committee held its first...

Kahn, others talk funding for stadium

Published May 1, 1997

Minnesota lawmakers might gamble on keeping the Twins in town, especially since several bills that would fund a new ballpark came before a legislative committee Wednesday. Legislators in a joint meeting...

Bill mandates work for welfare

Published May 1, 1997

While legislators cheered Gov. Arne Carlson inside the State Capitol, several protestors lined up outside his office, shouting "No justice, no peace." They were objecting to the Governor's signing of...

Donovan and Bohlool’surprised’ but gracious

Published April 25, 1997

A night of Timberwolves basketball, music and chatting with friends came to a sudden halt as the final tallies of the all-campus elections came in at Argyle House late Thursday night. Minnesota Student...

U plans for Take Our Daughters to Work Day

Published April 23, 1997

The University campus will be flooded with girls and young women on Thursday as the fifth annual Take Our Daughters to Work Day is celebrated. All students, staff and faculty members are invited to bring...

House passes budget bill

Published April 17, 1997

After long and unpredictable trips through the two houses of the Legislature, the University's budget will now make one final stop before landing on the governor's desk. The full House passed its omnibus...

Budget bill survives threat

Published April 15, 1997

The University's budget passed through the Senate unanimously on Monday after surviving a scare from an amendment to reduce its funding. Sen. Steve Morse, DFL-Dakota, presented a floor amendment that...

Bills show differingviews on education

Published April 14, 1997

Although the Minnesota House and Senate both expect to consider funding bills for higher education this week, their respective proposals offer dramatically different approaches for students and universities....

House bill boosts funds

Published April 10, 1997

After a long weekend of despair about their budget request, University officials' scowls have turned to smiles, and they're growing wider as the week progresses. "It was a great day today," said Marvin...

Outlook for U’s budget gets brighter

Published April 9, 1997

A little lobbying went a long way for University administrators. The Senate Children, Families and Learning Committee shifted $12 million of its higher education omnibus bill to the University's biennial...

Senate stingy with U

Published April 7, 1997

University officials were dumbfounded Friday after the Senate Higher Education Committee completed its appropriations bill, which would give the University much less state funding than officials expected. "When...

Students contend for endorsements

Published April 3, 1997

Students who wait until the last minute to enter the race for the top offices in the Minnesota Student Association might find themselves at a disadvantage as two more major endorsements were handed out...

Higher education funds discussed at Coffman

Published April 3, 1997

Federal support for higher education drew more than 150 people, including Sen. Paul Wellstone, to the Coffman Memorial Union Theater on Wednesday. Wellstone sponsored a forum, which included university...

Wellstone to attend forum at Coffman

Published April 1, 1997

While the Legislature discusses how to fund higher education on a state level, several lawmakers and state university officials will meet on Wednesday to assess the changing needs of education funding...

State lawmakers considerfunding, saving and hazing

Published March 31, 1997

Gopher pride swept every inch of the state during the past few weeks, and the marble halls of the state Capitol were no exception. The full House of Representatives joined with Goldy Gopher and members...

Budget presentation receives good review

Published March 14, 1997

As students take a break from classes during the next two weeks, University officials will work hard to sell their proposed budget to the Legislature. Because the state Legislature has two houses, the...

U2000 used as bait in hunt for money

Published March 12, 1997

University officials have worked the last two months convincing legislators in the House and Senate's higher education committees that the University needs a funding hike. The 21 legislators are responsible...

Humphrey confident about candidacy

Published March 7, 1997

The University welcomed another potential governor Thursday as Attorney General Skip Humphrey spoke before 30 University students at a U-DFL meeting about his candidacy. Humphrey asked students to come...

Colleges may benefit from lotteries

Published March 5, 1997

Although they might not ever receive as much money from the lottery as Gopher 5 jackpot winners do, students at universities around the state might benefit from the gambling system in the near future. The...

U wraps Senate budget appeal

Published March 5, 1997

It's on to the House for University administrators traveling the legislative budget circuit in search of increased funding. University officials wrapped up their biennial budget presentation to the Senate...

U likely to see a slice of state’s surplus

Published February 28, 1997

New information about a burgeoning state surplus could lead to a funding increase for the University. Gov. Arne Carlson outlined spending plans for a surprising $2.3 billion state surplus at the Capitol...

U wants to show facultythe money

Published February 27, 1997

University officials apprised legislators Wednesday of the need for more state funding to help the school keep its best and brightest. Members of the Senate Higher Education Committee heard from administrators...

U makes its budget pitch

Published February 26, 1997

For the first time since the Legislature opened in January, University administrators on Tuesday got down to the nuts and bolts of their budget request at the Capitol. With several weeks of campaigning...

U asking for more technology funding

Published February 25, 1997

In a bit of last-minute campaigning for state funds, University administrators went before legislators Monday to again stress the importance of technological improvements on campus. The meeting before...

U improves in four of five areas

Published February 21, 1997

As the University continues to wait for its turn at the Capitol, administrators say they are pleased legislators took time to acknowledge the school with $4.5 million for achieving demographic improvements. "I'm...

Students urge legislators to keep tuition rates down

Published February 20, 1997

University students from around the state hit the Capitol on Wednesday morning, urging legislators to help ease their financial woes. "Right now, we feel you are the only ones who can help us," said Sean...

23-year-old conservative is at home in the House

Published February 18, 1997

College students are typically idealists who hope to somehow change the society in which they were raised. This year, Rep. Torrey Westrom, R-Elbow Lake, a recent college graduate, is attempting to do...

Reed is endorsed for Board of Regents seat

Published February 14, 1997

The vote could not have been any closer for the endorsement of a new regent, as Maureen Reed, a doctor and HealthPartners' medical director, narrowly defeated Barbara Klemme, a consultant for nonprofit...

Blood alcohol levels debated

Published February 13, 1997

Tom Meyer took the floor of the Senate Crime Prevention Committee on Wednesday, showing photos of an overturned car, and slowly talked about the death of his only son. His son had been driving drunk and...

Educators pull up their sleeves

Published February 11, 1997

Three prominent Minnesota college and university leaders met with members of the House Higher Education Finance Division on Monday -- not in competition for money, but for collaboration and cooperation. University...

Higher education tax credit urged

Published February 5, 1997

University of Minnesota Foundation President Gerald Fischer said a proposed tax credit would bring about 20,000 new private donors to the school. The credit, introduced last week at a press conference,...

Snow removal costs exceed budget

Published February 5, 1997

The high volume of snow this winter has caused both the University and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities to spend much more than they anticipated on snow removal. Paul Tschida, the assistant...

State’s colleges want to be wired

Published February 4, 1997

New wiring. New computers. Internet access. Online classes. University administrators tout these and other technological needs to legislators every chance they get this year while stumping for increased...

Tax credit would urge gifts to schools

Published January 31, 1997

Legislators proposed a plan Thursday to generate more revenue for the University through private donations. Rep. Gene Pelowski, DFL-Winona, and Sen. John Hottinger, DFL-Mankato, introduced legislation...

State colleges want to advance in technology

Published January 27, 1997

As the University sets its sights on becoming a world leader in digital technology, members of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system hopes its students can someday register online. MnSCU...

House stiffens anti-stalking law

Published January 24, 1997

and Andrew Tellijohn Minnesota legislators cast votes Thursday to clamp down on stalkers in the state. The first bill of the 1997 session passed through the House of Representatives with an overwhelming...

Wellstone to address campaign finance reform

Published January 16, 1997

Sen. Paul Wellstone weathered an intense barrage of attack ads to win reelection to his seat, and now he's hoping to build public support for making the attack campaigns harder to fund. Wellstone and...

Hasselmo touts U’s successes

Published January 16, 1997

While University President-elect Mark Yudof spent the day being briefed on University affairs, the current president, Nils Hasselmo, briefed legislators on the University's achievements. Hasselmo presented...

Heart surgeryis first in state

Published January 14, 1997

Many heart patients waiting on donor lists might soon have a new option: a new surgery that reduces the size of their own heart. Two University doctors performed a revolutionary new surgery Friday at...

Governor unveils plans for Minnesota welfare reform

Published January 10, 1997

The governor took the first step in the state's welfare reform process Thursday. Gov. Carlson's office released its plans for welfare reform in Minnesota to the public during a press conference at the...

U vies for state funds

Published January 7, 1997

As the state Legislature opens today, both legislators and University officials are gearing up for the fight to decide how much state money the University will receive this session. The University's chances...

Comics are serious business

Published December 2, 1996

When some University students get tired of reading biology, physics or Shakespeare, they turn to Spiderman, Wonder Woman or the Flash. Comic books are no longer just for kids. The stories provide more...

U.S. Christian values lost, speaker says

Published November 25, 1996

Americans must keep Christian ideas from vanishing from history textbooks and rediscover the truth upon which this nation was founded, said Dave Barton on Friday to a Coffman Memorial Union audience. Barton,...

Conservatives are a minority at U

Published November 21, 1996

State House minority leader Steve Sviggum said conservative students face overwhelming odds when they come to the University. "It must be a difficult chore being Republican on the University of Minnesota...

Nader still a spark for MPIRG

Published November 20, 1996

Ralph Nader said faculty members and regents at universities across the country are stifling student public interest groups by opposing students' request for a group. The Minnesota Public Interest Research...

Eyes on children’ for welfare reform

Published November 19, 1996

Welfare will be a major issue in the state Legislature, and some state officials want to make sure that children are a top priority in upcoming debates about how welfare money will be spent. Because of...

Term-limit proponents aren’t making headway

Published November 18, 1996

Twenty-two-year incumbent Phyllis Kahn has become very comfortable in her state Legislature seat; the Minneapolis Democrat did not run ads and didn't print new literature for this year's campaign. Nonetheless,...

Wellstone scores a decisive victory

Published November 6, 1996

The Minneapolis Convention Center was rocking late Tuesday night, as Paul Wellstone defeated Rudy Boschwitz to retain his U.S. Senate seat. The victory results were announced almost immediately at 8:00...

Electoral college is where the election is truly won or lost

Published November 4, 1996

Tuesday's presidential election presents Americans with clear choices for the nation's next leader. Citizens directly affect their destinies by sending individual votes that, when counted together, create...

Rudy Boschwitz …

Published November 1, 1996

Rudy Boschwitz is campaigning as a moderate and respectable voice for Minnesota. But first he must convince Minnesotans that incumbent Sen. Paul Wellstone does not deserve re-election. Boschwitz is trying...

Student voters can help make history

Published November 1, 1996

With the 1996 election only four days away, students might be wondering why they should care. Many feel nothing ever changes anyway. But this election could be remembered as a pivotal point in our nation's...

Green Party nominee talks at U

Published October 30, 1996

The day after a presidential candidate spoke to a packed house in the Target Center, a lesser-known vice presidential candidate spoke to a smaller crowd on the University campus. Winona LaDuke spoke about...

MSA still debating resolution about portrait

Published October 29, 1996

Members of the Minnesota Student Association wanted more information before passing a resolution to request the removal of a controversial portrait from Wilson Library -- a wish that will be granted at...

Voting by mail gains support

Published October 27, 1996

With the election only a week away, there is growing concern that students and other citizens of the state will not vote. Voter turnout has steadily declined over the past 30 years, as fewer people have...

U district candidates hold ‘heated’ debate at Coffman

Published October 24, 1996

One is a 21-year-old University student. The other is a 24-year incumbent state representative. And they rarely see eye to eye on the issue of public policy. Republican Tom Gromacki, a College of Liberal...

Scholar says the media are less biased than ever

Published October 18, 1996

In mid-July Bob Dole criticized NBC's "Today Show" host Katie Couric as being too liberal because she repeatedly questioned him about campaign funds he received from the tobacco industry. Politicians'...

Candidate survey aimed at educating student voters

Published October 16, 1996

Students have been accused of political apathy and cynicism for years. There is truth to the charge. Voter turnout by Minnesotans ages 20-24 was less than 35 percent in 1994, compared to 53 percent for...

Candidate forum lets voters voice their concerns

Published October 16, 1996

For once, the public chose the topics of politicians' discussions. Tuesday night at the downtown Minneapolis Public Library, about 30 people were given the chance to question candidates for University-area...

Most candidates ignore calls for clean ads

Published October 14, 1996

The ad blares, "One thing you can be sure of, Dennis Newinski supports Newt Gingrich's extreme agenda. And if he's for Gingrich, he sure isn't for you." This is the end of a Bruce Vento -for-Congress...

Americorps builds youth a bridge to U

Published October 11, 1996

Trieu Nguyen was new to Minneapolis last year and wanted to learn more about his new community. Nguyen got that opportunity -- and earned money to attend the University at the same time -- by working...

Student seeks to unseat Republican incumbent

Published October 8, 1996

Southern Minnesota is Republican country and has elected Republican state senators for years. One University student hopes to change that tradition, however. Paul Kluge, a University Institute of Technology...

Republicans eyeball Legislature seat

Published October 8, 1996

Democrat Larry Pogemiller needs to hold onto his seat in the Minnesota Senate if his party hopes to keep its majority in the state Legislature. Several special elections stemming from scandal and resignations...

Candidate speaks for working class

Published October 7, 1996

Nestled in a small room on the sixth floor of Coffman Memorial Union, Jerry White, the presidential candidate for the Socialist Equality Party, spoke Friday to a small group. The candidate told a group...

Kahn opposes tenure ‘tinkering’

Published October 4, 1996

Rep. Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis, said the Board of Regents should leave the University's tenure code alone. If reelected on Nov. 5, Kahn said she will make sure that University concerns in general,...

Candidate speaks on budget issues

Published October 2, 1996

Fed up with vague answers from Minnesota's U.S. Senate candidates, 5th Congressional District candidate Jack Uldrich held a press conference Tuesday to try and show Minnesotans that at least one person...

Discontent paves way for Reform Party

Published October 1, 1996

The current Democrat-Republican system has been in place since the United States elected Abraham Lincoln as president. Both parties have kept growing larger and gaining more power. However, a growing...

Bucking a trend toward apathy

Published September 30, 1996

Student apathy toward politics is growing, according to recent research. Even in this election year when politics is usually on peoples' minds, fewer students are discussing the issues. Research conducted...

U student hits campaign trail

Published September 26, 1996

University student and Republican Tom Gromacki will try to defeat one of the longest-serving incumbents in the state Legislature in the general election Nov. 5. Gromacki, a 20-year-old junior in the College...

Former Republic…

Published September 26, 1996

Former Republican Presidential candidate Alan Keyes spoke at the Thunderbird Hotel during a political fund-raiser Wednesday, Sept. 18, on the need to bring family values and morals back to politics. Keyes,...

Many Minnesota races likely to prove lively

Published September 24, 1996

This election year is critical to the Democratic and Republican parties. The Democrats hope to regain ground in Congress, while the GOP strives to keep control of both houses as its presidential candidate...

Officials guesslow turnout forstate primaries

Published August 16, 1996

One of the seemingly forgotten steps in the Minnesota political process is the primary leading up to the general election. Although Minnesota Republicans and Democrats both seem to have picked their candidates...

Detroit man puts artand sole into latest craft

Published August 16, 1996

When Detroit artist Tyree Guyton creates a work of art, he likes to make it big and unique so it catches the eye. "I wanted to create a miracle," Guyton said. "I wanted to make something spectacular and...

National housing group takes Buggs to court

Published August 14, 1996

Louis Cardona Buggs, who is in jail awaiting trial for allegedly murdering University student Kami Talley, is having his house foreclosed on by Habitat for Humanity. Habitat for Humanity filed a complaint...

Pact aims for clean campaign ads

Published August 12, 1996

As the 1996 general election inches closer, one focus of Minnesota elections is on cleaning up dirty campaign advertising. Increasingly negative campaigns have led to the Citizens Campaign Advertising...

Wilson Library access limited

Published August 9, 1996

University students and staff will be unable to access several areas of Wilson Library next week while a sprinkler system is installed in parts of the building. Because the installation of the new sprinkler...

Night Out brings people together to fight crime

Published August 7, 1996

Neighbors in the Marcy-Holmes area came outside Tuesday and shared a potluck picnic of hot dogs, chicken wings and potato salad to celebrate the 13th annual National Night Out. The event was organized...

Wage hike won’t helpU students

Published August 5, 1996

Both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives passed a minimum wage increase Friday that will raise the wage by 90 cents over the next year, from $4.25 to $5.15 an hour. President Clinton is expected...

U project aims to curb teen alcohol use

Published August 2, 1996

Alcohol consumption has been on the rise in public schools for years. The use of alcohol by teenagers is a growing concern for parents and teachers alike. A 1992 study shows that 88 percent of 12th graders...

Athlete sentenced for credit card fraud

Published July 31, 1996

A former University football player was sentenced Tuesday in Ramsey County court on felony charges of theft and credit card fraud. Joe Justice will enter a diversion program, under which he will be on...

Former official receives ‘fair’ sentence

Published July 31, 1996

Michelle Kibiger Bernard A. Ley, former financial administrator for the Medical School's Department of Surgery, was sentenced Tuesday to two years of probation, 100 hours of community service and a $5,000...

U student hopes to win seat in Minnesota House

Published July 29, 1996

Austin, Minn., is a large union town, with a big Hormel plant and a powerful Hormel union. The town has consistently voted for Democrats for years, but is completely surrounded by Republican districts...

Dole proposes changes for education system

Published July 18, 1996

Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole spoke Wednesday at De La Salle High School in Minneapolis about the need to improve education standards. Dole said overhaulling U.S. education programs is a...

Democrat group aims to ‘put fun back in politics’

Published July 16, 1996

To some people, politics is about more than serious issues and partisan debates. It is also about getting people involved and having fun while working together on political events. Minnesotans for a Democratic...