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All content by Courtney Lewis

Springtime brings the search for love

Published May 5, 2003

Seeing two sparrows mating on a tree in Northrop Mall raised my eyebrows, as well as thoughts to the springtime desire for sex. Although humans are the only mammals that do not have sex solely for reproductive...

Sex toys can help, hinder relationships

Published April 21, 2003

On the rare occasions I have been in the presence of digital cable, I would surf the wide array of distractions from my homework. Coming across a program called "Real Sex" on HBO, a street interview made...

Breaking up is hard to do

Published March 24, 2003

If you move too quickly, they'll get scared off. If you move too slowly, you might miss your chance. It's a game of luck. You happen to be in the right place, at the right time and - wham! There they are. All...

Valentine’s Day is a copout for lazy lovers

Published February 10, 2003

Forget politics. I could spend time analyzing Colin Powell's reasoning for a war against Iraq. I could write a column entirely comprised of this year's beef between the public and the Minneapolis Police...

FBI finds increase in reported hate crimes since 2001

Published December 12, 2002

Hate crimes reported in 2001 were up from the previous year, according to recently released FBI figures. The FBI gathered information from state and local agencies nationally to find 9,730 hate-related...

Hanukkah festivities blend tradition, education

Published December 5, 2002

Lit candles, laughter and latkes highlighted an evening of tradition for 40 students at Hillel, the Jewish student center. Although the events for Hanukkah did not begin at the center on the first night...

Jenkins’ mother criticizes police investigation

Published December 2, 2002

The search for Chris Jenkins, the missing Carlson School of Management senior, will continue but without the same intense police investigation. Jenkins' mother, Jan Jenkins, said that she is displeased...

University staff member arrested for engaging in indecent conduct

Published November 27, 2002

University police arrested a University staff member and another man Nov. 19 for indecent conduct. Capt. Steve Johnson said police encountered the men "engaged in sexual contact." The men were on a bathroom...

Light rail’s imminent arrival spurs neighborhood concerns

Published November 25, 2002

Area residents are concerned that neighborhoods around the Light Rail Transit's Hiawatha corridor will not be developed by the time trains start running in roughly 18 months. Michael Krause, executive...

Freshmen cited for substance violations

Published November 22, 2002

Three men were stopped by University police officers Saturday when one of the officers noticed one of them carrying a marijuana pipe. University police Capt. Steve Johnson said the officers observed the...

MSA recommends seniority-based ticket availability

Published November 12, 2002

University sporting events can sell out quickly, often leaving students empty-handed, but the Minnesota Student Association is hoping to change that. Passing 20 to 16 last week, the group recommended the...

Skirted sculpture inspires gender issue discussion

Published November 12, 2002

The copper mesh skirt wrapped around the tin man statue by the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Building is more than decorative. It is part of a temporary project to increase discussion about...

The haunting of Northrop

Published October 31, 2002

After the curtains rise and the lights dim, a dark stage supposedly sits empty overnight. But stage crew members would say otherwise. Justin Burke, a stage manager at Northrop Auditorium, said seven years...

Winter graduates upset with commencement scheduling conflict

Published October 28, 2002

The moving trucks are reserved and her plane is set to take off shortly after graduation, but Kara Kruger almost had to change her plans. Kruger is one of the 800 College of Liberal Arts students set to...

Anti-war rally on campus draws hundreds, blocks traffic

Published October 25, 2002

Approximately 250 students blocked traffic on Washington Avenue Southeast on Thursday afternoon during a march in opposition to a war on Iraq. At the protest's start approximately 400 students gathered...

Once on tour, now anti-war, student soldier won’t go to Iraq

Published October 17, 2002

Delayed in an airport, Paul Stoetzel only needed a page to know if he could go home for the holiday break or if he'd go to Kuwait. He was waiting for an order from his commanding officer while former President...

Apple House harvest draws lovers of things apple-iscious

Published September 30, 2002

The chance to buy apples picked fresh from an orchard was all the incentive Ben and Jen Anderson needed for a half-hour drive to Chanhassen. This is the first time the Como Student Housing residents visited...

Volunteer experiences enrich student lives, careers

Published September 27, 2002

Getting involved in the community inspired an idea in Newell Hill. Beginning this year, the nonprofit management junior is working to help grade school students find their groove in his music program. A...

Four U student groups protest Dinkytown store’s closing

Published September 23, 2002

Losing a tobacco distributor isn't the most important concern for Erika Zurawski. As one of the 30-plus people protesting Friday the closing of the Dinkytown Tobacco Shop, she said she is angered by "the...

U center works to save raptors stricken with West Nile

Published September 19, 2002

Usually very alert and aggressive, the great horned owl at the University's Raptor Center is now weak and passive. It is among the center's 42 birds suspected of having the West Nile virus. Eighteen of...

Pick me! U student featured on elimiDATE

Published September 18, 2002

Jon Godfrey lived a dream many single college men have had: He went on a date with four women at once. But he also experienced a nightmare: His grandmother was able to watch his every move on the date. Godfrey's...

‘Hardball’ coming to Northrop Auditorium in two weeks

Published September 4, 2002

The cable talk show "Hardball with Chris Matthews" will kick off a year-long tour of college campuses later this month at Northrop Auditorium. The live question-and-answer discussion, scheduled for Sept....

Campus travel offers challenges, options for commuters

Published September 3, 2002

Kristina Grand’s front door in Dinkytown opens to busy sidewalks, as her neighbors walk or bike to class. The streets near her apartment are jammed with commuter cars by 10 a.m. “Trying to...

Feds mandate new biohazard inventory in U research labs

Published August 26, 2002

The University is conducting an inventory of the toxins it holds on campus, following a mandate by the federal government looking to promote safe handling of toxins at universities nationwide. The mandate...

Agencies investigate local unused gas stations for pollution risk

Published August 5, 2002

Two local organizations are working together to determine whether abandoned Minneapolis gas stations pose contamination threats to the soil and ground water in their neighborhoods. The Minnesota Pollution...

Jones seeks innovation from new administrative hires

Published July 22, 2002

Robert Jones, vice president for campus life and vice provost, recently made two new hires he said will bring in "new attitudes and approaches." Jones hired Kathryn Brown as associate vice provost for...

Bloomfield named Med School interim dean

Published July 15, 2002

Executive Vice President and Provost Christine Maziar appointed Bloomfield to fill the position she vacated earlier this month. Bloomfield said it will be difficult to fill Maziar's shoes. "It will be...

Hamilton named interim vice president for research

Published July 15, 2002

Beginning his duties July 15, Hamilton will fill the spot of Christine Maziar, who was appointed executive president and provost. Hamilton joined the University in 1977 as professor and head of the cell...

Bell Museum officials propose relocation to St. Paul campus

Published July 8, 2002

As Scott Lanyon walks through the Bell Museum of Natural History on the East Bank, he notices some unwanted additions to the historic building. For instance, golf balls have left cracks in the windows. "It's...

Commuters to see sliding scale parking-rate structure

Published July 1, 2002

Beginning July 1, parking rates will change at all University ramps and lots on the Twin Cities campus. Parking ramp rates will change to a sliding scale - the hourly rate decreases the longer the vehicle...

Engineering pioneer, former department head Robert Jordan dies

Published June 24, 2002

Richard Jordan, former head of the University's department of mechanical engineering, died June 14 of natural causes in Rio Verde, Ariz. He was 93. The first man to receive a doctorate in mechanical engineering...

Former U student center head Rausch remembered fondly

Published June 10, 2002

Charles Rausch, former director of the St. Paul Student Center, died June 1 from complications during heart surgery. He was 62. Rausch served as the student center director for 30 years. He also acted...

Summer courses offer many benefits for U students

Published June 10, 2002

While some students enjoy warm summer breezes on the beach, others enjoy the cool air conditioning inside while taking a summer class. Although summer classes cover the same material as semester-long classes...

Berlin recognized as outstanding U professor

Published May 8, 2002

If students take a class in the classical and Near Eastern studies department, they'll probably run across Andrea Berlin, a professor who teaches Introduction to Greek and Roman Archaeology. Since Berlin's...

Campus group encourages, unifies black male students

Published May 2, 2002

Even though Sam Adegoke is only a freshman at the University, he has already found a sense of belonging in a group that was rejuvenated just last year. Through the African-American Learning Resource Center's...

U students win Microsoft contest

Published April 30, 2002

Saeed Akhter and Moe Khosravy put their creative energy toward a common goal: winning the Microsoft .NET Best Student Awards contest, the second year in a row the University has taken first place. Akhter,...

Ecology professor receives fellowship

Published April 26, 2002

Ruth Shaw, University professor of ecology, evolution and behavior, was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship earlier this month for her work with evolutionary consequences of fragmentation in plants. The...

U struggles to recruit, retain minority professors

Published April 25, 2002

When David Taylor became dean of General College 14 years ago, 7 percent of University faculty were minorities. Although that number has risen to 12 percent, retention for minority faculty at universities...

U builds, but keeps historic structures

Published April 23, 2002

What was once called the U.S.S. Minnesota still stands on Pillsbury Drive overlooking the knoll area on the East Bank of campus. But the Minnesota never sailed. In 1942 - the middle of World War II - Nicholson...

Golf, men’s gymnastics get reprieve

Published April 22, 2002

For now, men's gymnastics and men's and women's golf have been granted a reprieve. The teams will be permitted to compete next year, allowing supporters time to acquire the necessary funds to keep them...

U launches new campus recycling initiative

Published April 19, 2002

Although the University produces 7,800 tons of waste annually, it recycles only 250 tons. Dana Donatucci, director of the Recycling Center, hopes the center's latest initiative will change that. Originally...

New study examines effects of interaction, connection in classes

Published April 16, 2002

A Lee, a freshman in the College of Liberal Arts, said the size of her classes and the size of the University has a negative impact on her education. "It's too big for me," Lee said. "I can't learn anything...

CLA Asian cultures program expands; some students still critical

Published April 15, 2002

Before fall 2000, the Asian languages and literatures program didn't exist. Today, with 51 students declaring majors and 44 with minors, ALL department Chairman Joseph Allen said he looks forward to the...

U area awaits stadium spirit

Published April 5, 2002

The sound of bands marching into the stadium, the sight of maroon-and-gold-clad fans cheering in the stands and the smell of tailgaters grilling outside all converged to help Stadium Village live up to...

Walking-bridge construction to clog traffic, shift bus lines

Published April 2, 2002

As construction season begins, campus travelers will feel the impact of slow traffic and relocated bus stops. The University's latest construction endeavor - two pedestrian bridges crossing Washington...

Retired art professor, successful painter dies of hypothermia

Published March 28, 2002

Malcolm Myers, a retired art professor and painter, died March 16 after a fall in his driveway. He was 84. Myers retired from the University in 1987 but continued teaching watercolor classes through the...

Former U children’s literature professor Norine Odland dies

Published March 27, 2002

Norine Odland, a retired University professor and recipient of the Kerlan Award for excellence in children's literature, died March 20 of multiple sclerosis. She was 83. After her retirement in 1989, Odland...

Students trade snowshoes for sandals as spring break begins

Published March 15, 2002

This isn't the first time Sarah Murphy, a senior journalism student, has visited Panama City Beach, Fl., but she said it was a safe bet for spring break since she had so much fun before. "There were tons...

U spinoff companies aid students, research

Published March 14, 2002

After graduating from the University's neuroscience program in December 2000, finding a job wasn't a challenge for Scott Schachtele. Soon after graduation, Schachtele joined up with Neuromics, a Minneapolis-based...

MSA approves late-night activities bus pilot plan

Published March 13, 2002

Dealing with slow buses and cold weather has been a problem this winter for Andrea Bullinger, a University freshman. "Last semester, I had night class until 9; it was hard to catch those buses," Bullinger...

SPSC hosts Women’s Day event

Published March 11, 2002

Female and male participants were able to choose from a variety of discussion workshops, take yoga lessons or watch dancing rituals from around the world Saturday afternoon during the seventh annual International...

U research promising for stroke treatment

Published March 5, 2002

Researchers in the University's department of neurosurgery and the Stem Cell Institute announced Monday they were successful in transplanting adult stem cells into laboratory rats to alleviate stroke complications. Walter...

New U program offers doctorate in physical therapy

Published February 28, 2002

When Jennifer Steele graduated from the College of Liberal Arts last May with a biology degree, she wanted to continue her education in one of the 200 physical therapy programs offered nationally. But...

Committee passes emergency health bill

Published February 20, 2002

Displaying a vial of white silicon powder, Dr. Harry Hull shook the container to demonstrate how anthrax turns into a deadly gas when disturbed. "I want to remind you that I walked into the building with...

U student competes on syndicated Weakest Link game show

Published February 19, 2002

It's not Anne Robinson, and there's no catch phrase, but University student Alisa Walters tried not to be the "weakest link" on the syndicated version of the popular primetime show. Walters, a College...

Lougee accepts position as U’s head librarian

Published February 11, 2002

This spring, the University library system will turn over a new page and a new librarian will be in charge of the University's massive book collection. Last Friday, the Board of Regents approved Wendy...

Panel discusses state bioterrorism readiness bill

Published January 30, 2002

Though media attention and public concern for anthrax and bioterrorism have dimmed since October, many in the medical community remain aware of its danger. "You have to accept the eventuality that biological...

Winter brings increased rate of depression

Published December 14, 2001

As the days grow shorter, seasonal affective disorder swells among populations living at higher latitudes, even if the snow doesn't fall and the winds don't chill. SAD, often mistaken by people as the...

State agency proposes student financial aid cuts

Published December 12, 2001

The Minnesota Higher Education Services Office passed a proposal Tuesday that could cut financial aid for thousands of University students. The measures are in response to the Minnesota Department of Finance's...

Anti-war group hosts workshops on politics, war

Published December 3, 2001

The Minneapolis Anti-War Committee held a conference on campus Saturday, aiming to educate the public about its opposition to the war on terrorism. From noon until 9 p.m., a range of ages, races and backgrounds...

Humphrey forum teaches Sept. 11 coping techniques

Published November 28, 2001

The Center for Victims of Torture and the Minnesota International Center proposed healthful ways to cope with the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in a forum Tuesday evening. The CVT and MIC organized the Humphrey...

U religious experts discuss interfaith issues

Published November 16, 2001

A group of panelists discussed interfaith dialogue - an issue that affects the University community as well as the world at large - in the Humphrey Center on Thursday afternoon. Led by Gary McLean, coordinator...

Events aim to teach international awareness

Published November 15, 2001

Students have been able to increase their global IQs by taking Chinese background quizzes, hearing about group homes in Australia or learning how pharmacists deal with the restrictions of the Islamic faith. For...

FBI investigates residence near U

Published October 3, 2001

Three weeks after the world's worst terrorist attacks, the largest manhunt ever has apparently led the FBI near the University. Three University students said the FBI searched their house in the 1100 block...

Annual Beautiful U Day features campus clean-up, fitness walk

Published September 25, 2001

The University might be more construction-zone orange and hard-hat yellow than maroon and gold lately, but that won't stop the fifth annual Beautiful "U" Day from commencing today. Representatives from...

Freshman running back Barber sparkles in his debut

Published September 10, 2001

A soft spoken, wide-eyed 18-year-old stood wary but confident while reporters and cameras surrounded him after Minnesota's 44-14 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette. Marion Barber III, a true freshman, earned...

Siebert Field to lose 1,900 seats before next season

Published September 5, 2001

Looking out from the press box at Siebert Field - home of the University baseball team - will no longer offer a view of old and broken bleachers along the first and third baselines. Instead, there will...

U classrooms provide active retirement for 75-year-old graduate

Published June 20, 2001

Peter Treuenfels has more to celebrate this year than his 75th birthday. Graduating summa cum laude with a degree in philosophy from the University in May probably takes a front seat. "I started out very...