The Minnesota Daily

All content by Dan Haugen

Women’s basketball brings traffic to local businesses

February 23, 2004

The Minnesota women's basketball team has generated more than baskets this year. They've also provided an economic assist for area retailers and restaurants that cater to fans. In the span of a few years,...

U club seeks student fees to continue expansion

February 19, 2004

As the elevator doors closed, Entrepreneurship Club President Britta Anderson gave her teammates one final pep speech before the group's first-ever fees presentation. "All right, it's game time!" Anderson...

Interest high over storied Varsity Theater and its landmark marquee

February 9, 2004

One of Dinkytown's most recognizable icons is for sale. With its art deco architecture and black and yellow marquee, the Varsity Theater has been a local landmark for decades. Now on the market, the building's...

Early admission policy triples CSOM applications

February 5, 2004

When marketing senior Suzannah Johnston was accepted to the Carlson School of Management and the University of Wisconsin-Madison four years ago, she chose to come here in part because she could start her...

Carlson School to launch nationwide print ad campaign

February 2, 2004

In an effort to boost the Carlson School of Management's national standing, the business school will launch its first-ever nationwide print advertising campaign this month. A series of four advertisements...

Carlson School gets donation for new building

January 29, 2004

Carlson School of Management Dean Larry Benveniste confirmed this week that the college has secured a large donation for a proposed undergraduate classroom building expansion. Benveniste said he could...

Gov. lays out plans for death penalty

January 28, 2004

Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced plans Tuesday to push for a constitutional amendment that would reinstate the death penalty for first-degree murder in Minnesota. "As a dad and a governor, I am fed up with...

Sub shop rivalry stays in the family

January 21, 2004

A pair of local franchisers celebrated the opening of a new Erbert & Gerbert's restaurant in Stadium Village on Tuesday, upping the chain's competition with an intra-family rival. The new shop, located...

Minnesota economists see improvement on the horizon

January 21, 2004

Job-hunting seniors who have followed economic news lately might be apprehensive about entering the job market this spring. While the economy has shown signs of rejuvenation - stock markets and the gross...

Clothes, gifts drive bookstores’ strong sales

January 20, 2004

University Bookstores finished a year of stronger-than-expected sales with the best holiday sales figures in the store's history. December sales were up 44 percent compared with 2002, driven primarily...

University police will go on ‘party patrol’ this weekend

September 5, 2003

University police will have several extra officers working overtime this weekend to patrol party houses and combat underage drinking on and around campus. The effort is part of a federally funded program...

Pawlenty appoints four U representatives to new biosciences council

August 11, 2003

Gov. Tim Pawlenty appointed four representatives from the University last week to serve on a new biosciences council. The panel will advise Pawlenty and the Legislature on issues pertaining to bioscience...

U student sentenced for riot damage

June 16, 2003

Travis Hinck admitted kicking out the rear doors of a police van after police arrested him for throwing a glass bottle toward officers near the intersection of 13th Avenue Southeast and Fourth Street Southeast. A...

Pawlenty signs bill funding 6 U projects

June 16, 2003

Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed the state's $237 million bonding bill Thursday. The legislation includes $48.3 million in funding for six University projects, including a Translational Research Facility to be...

Former U administrator pleads guilty to theft

May 9, 2003

A former University employee pleaded guilty Monday to three counts of theft by swindle for stealing more than $40,000 worth of equipment from the school between 1999 and 2001. "It was a horrible mistake,...

Pharmacy prof, burn treatment specialist dies

May 9, 2003

Darwin E. Zaske, a University College of Pharmacy professor widely known for his pioneering treatment of burn patients, died of natural causes Monday at his home in North Oaks, Minn. He was 54. "He was...

Former U administrator to be tried for theft, swindling

May 9, 2003

The trial of a former University employee accused of swindling $46,000 worth of equipment begins Monday. In December, Hennepin County prosecutors filed three theft charges and three theft-by-swindle charges...

Bell Museum gets grant to preserve collections

May 7, 2003

Andrew Simons gently pulled down a large jar from high atop a metal storage shelf in the Ecology Building's basement "These are really cool," he said. Floating inside the container are three pale, prehistoric-looking...

2 former Carlson employees sue for discrimination

April 30, 2003

A lawyer for two former Carlson School of Management employees suing the University for gender discrimination will ask a judge next month to force the school to release a report he said details a pattern...

Normandale student charged in hockey riot

April 21, 2003

Hennepin County prosecutors charged an 18-year-old Normandale Community College student Friday with second-degree felony arson in connection with the April 12 riot in Dinkytown. According to the complaint,...

U-invented part of AIDS drug traveled hard road

April 9, 2003

When Robert Vince and his research team invented carbovir in the late 1980s, it was unlikely any of them could have foreseen the political whirlwind it would create around them. Carbovir - a key compound...

U to scrutinize human research subjects review boards

April 9, 2003

Following complaints from some faculty members, the University will review how it administers a federally mandated program to protect human research subjects. Members of the Faculty Consultative Committee...

North of border, mixed feelings on war

April 7, 2003

Ranging from students to senior citizens, several dozen concerned Canadians filled a small classroom at Thunder Bay's Lakehead University on Thursday afternoon for a public discussion on the war in Iraq. Canada's...

Middle East residents fear Iraqi attacks

March 25, 2003

Residents in the Middle East are concerned that the U.S.-led Operation Iraqi Freedom could trigger additional attacks, said University students and staff with relatives in the region. Arab Student Association...

Empty city bus rolls over sidewalk; none injured

March 6, 2003

Water cascaded down Fourth Street Southeast on Wednesday morning as a dull red fire hydrant lay among broken tree branches and bent sign posts, several feet from its base near 15th Avenue Southeast. Reared...

Coffman bookstore opens amid money woes

March 3, 2003

Burdened with a deficit and declining sales, University Bookstores opened the doors of its new Coffman Union superstore today with heavy expectations. "We'll see our sales go up right out of the shoot,"...

Atomic bomb’s primary ingredient developed at U

February 26, 2003

It was leap day Feb. 29, 1940, and University physics professor Alfred Nier had an important errand to run. After leaving his Tate Hall laboratory that Friday, Nier went straight to the Minneapolis Post...

Pawlenty’s reallocation plan will not adversely affect health center

February 26, 2003

Gov. Tim Pawlenty's plan to reallocate money from Minnesota's tobacco settlement endowments would not adversely affect the University's Academic Health Center, said Frank Cerra, senior vice president for...

U grants are contingent on Congressional action

February 18, 2003

Researchers waiting for federal research grants received good news last week when Congress finally approved a 2003 omnibus appropriations bill. President George W. Bush said he will sign the bill, which...

U study suggests DARE needs peer, parent involvement

February 11, 2003

A new study by researchers at the University School of Public Health suggests that the adolescent drug education program D.A.R.E. could be enhanced by greater peer and parent involvement. DARE - Drug Abuse...

With more than 450 eyes on campus, security keeps watch

February 6, 2003

Every week, Stacey Heino takes a ticket, pulls ahead and parks her green Jetta in the Washington Avenue Ramp before trekking off to her Tuesday night class. Heino said she takes "common sense" steps to...

NIH budget increase on hold until debate is resolved in Congress

February 4, 2003

As part of his $2.23 trillion federal budget proposal sent to Congress on Monday, President George W. Bush recommended an estimated 2 percent increase in the National Institutes of Health fiscal year 2004...

U.S. Bank opens branch in renovated Coffman Union

January 22, 2003

With balloons, door-prizes and a ceremonial ribbon-cutting, U.S. Bank celebrated the grand opening of its Coffman Union branch Tuesday. Branch Manager Eric Rediske said opening day business was brisk,...

Lobbying forges link between U leaders and state lawmakers

January 21, 2003

Each year the University receives millions of dollars in subsidies from the State Legislature. However, no funding is guaranteed, and ensuring that the school is adequately funded involves year-round,...

U stem cell rights purchased

December 12, 2002

Cleveland-based biotechnology company Athersys Inc. announced Wednesday it has purchased exclusive commercial rights to adult stem cell technology discovered at the University's Stem Cell Institute. Stem...

New on-campus housing, lots ease parking strain

December 11, 2002

As the University continues to wrestle with its commuter-campus identity, demand for on-campus parking is less strong than it has been for several years, according to Parking and Transportation Services. For...

U pediatrics professor receives award

December 4, 2002

University pediatrics professor Dr. John Wagner was honored with an award from the Fanconi Anemia Research Fund at the foundation's 14th annual International Scientific Symposium in Philadelphia on Tuesday. Wagner...

High Court to examine college use of affirmative action

December 3, 2002

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday it will hear arguments in two controversial college admissions lawsuits next year. The complaints focus on the use of affirmative action in undergraduate and law...

U computer programmers take first place in contest

November 18, 2002

Jimb Esser said his parents always doubted their son was the competitive type. "I wasn't competitive in sports," the first-year graduate student said last week after his team's first-place finish in the...

Broad regulations define bounds for animal researchers

November 12, 2002

Dressed head-to-toe in hospital scrubs, Dr. Richard Bianco and his assistants diligently snip and stitch away in the open chest cavity in front of them under a flood of light from overhead. When requested,...

U hopeful research funding will continue under Republicans

November 8, 2002

University administrators expressed optimism this week that the institution's research can continue to thrive under a Republican majority in state and national governments. From funding for the proposed...

Supreme Court orders changes to absentee ballots

November 1, 2002

The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled late Thursday afternoon that county election officials must provide revised, supplemental U.S. Senate absentee ballots to anyone who requests one. The order comes two...

USA Patriot act allows easier access to library records

October 24, 2002

It's been one year to the day since Congress approved the USA Patriot Act, the sweeping legislation that granted federal investigators broad new powers to combat terrorism. One of the act's lesser-known...

Astronomers see a clearer future with Arizona telescope

October 23, 2002

Thanks to recent investments in two major telescope projects, University astronomers can look forward to not only seeing billions of light years into space but also to a potential increase in the amount...

USDA sets standards for organic foods and their labels

October 22, 2002

The Department of Agriculture implemented nationwide organic food standards Monday, more than a decade after Congress assigned the task. "Today, when consumers see the USDA national organic seal on products,...

Experts urge importance of individual rights in anti-bioterrorism policies

October 17, 2002

Health experts at a campus forum Wednesday called for caution and increased public debate when proceeding with anti-bioterrorism policies, including immunizations. Boston University health law professor...

Bioterror rules spur U tally

October 11, 2002

;Following a string of suspicious anthrax infections months earlier, President George W. Bush in June signed legislation requiring all parties in possession of certain biological agents or toxins to register...

New molecular biology building opens today

October 9, 2002

University officials will formally unite key research departments when they open the new Molecular and Cellular Biology Building at 11 a.m. today. The seven-story, $88 million structure will be home to...

Report says U should strive for recognition in research

October 3, 2002

A tripartisan commission of state lawmakers, educators and business leaders both praised and challenged the University in a report released Wednesday. State legislators called for the report in last year's...

60 years later, U researcher’s legacy lives on at Cedar Creek

September 20, 2002

It really should be a movie," said David Tilman, the University's Cedar Creek Natural History Area director, about the life of the preserve's first and most well-known researcher Raymond Lindeman. Blind...

U receives $500,000 to look at nurses’ ethics in clinical trials

September 10, 2002

Since details of government-sponsored human radiation experiments came to light in the mid-1990s, bioethics has become a nationwide priority for reporters and policymakers. Numerous stories and reports...

Man attempting suicide rescued from Mississippi River

September 6, 2002

Rescue workers pulled a man from the Mississippi River on Thursday after he went over Upper St. Anthony Falls in an apparent suicide attempt. A jogger spotted the man in the river at about 12:45 p.m. and...

Moms’ values influence their kids’ decisions about sex

September 5, 2002

Teenagers who feel they have a close relationship with their mother are likely to start having sex at a later age than those who don't, according to an article published yesterday by the University's Center...

Bridge construction to continue until early October

September 4, 2002

Despite continued construction and the annual influx of students for the first day of classes, late afternoon traffic along Washington Avenue appeared to flow without many major delays Tuesday. "It seems...

U steam plant’s release of black smoke alerts authorities

September 3, 2002

Thick, black smoke billowed out of the University’s Southeast Steam Plant late last Tuesday morning, creating a cloud that could be seen from several blocks away. The release lasted approximately...

U study finds morphine aids tumor growth in mice

August 5, 2002

A University study published last week found that a common treatment for cancer pain actually promotes tumor growth in laboratory mice. Researchers, led by Dr. Kalpna Gupta, implanted human breast cancer...

U alternative medicine clinic to close

July 8, 2002

John Swenson still remembers the day his headaches started. "March 14, 1999." Since then, Swenson, 41, has seen countless medical doctors, all of whom, he said, have been unable to diagnose his condition....

U stem cell finding unveiled

June 24, 2002

University stem cell researchers unveiled a discovery last week that is likely to fuel much scientific and political debate. Though further testing needs to be done, Stem Cell Institute director Dr. Catherine...

Ventura veto leaves AHC in close quarters

June 17, 2002

Jeff Miller's office is a cluttered mess. Every inch of workspace in his fifth-floor Cancer Center abode is buried under at least a half foot of folders, magazines and other papers. Then there are the...

U Web developer reveals Kazaa security problems

June 17, 2002

A University Web developer has co-authored a study exposing potential security problems with the popular Internet file-sharing program Kazaa. The study, by Aaron Krekelberg and Hewlett-Packard company...

Nationally, university presidents’ terms are shorter than in years past

June 10, 2002

With no administration, no vice president and just one secretary, Cyrus Northrop led the University as president for 27 years, from 1884 to 1911. But times have changed, and the University might never...

Medical School dean candidate drops out

June 3, 2002

Dr. Thomas Krummel - one of four University Medical School dean candidates - has dropped out of the running, University officials announced last week. Academic Health Center Senior Vice President Frank...

Minnesota Indians cite concerns about U wild rice research

May 28, 2002

Citing spiritual and scientific concerns, northern Minnesota Anishinaabeg Indians are demanding a greater role in the University's wild rice research. The significance of wild rice - or manoomin - to the...

Code of Conduct leaves Goldie Gopher unwed

May 2, 2002

Students from the Minnesota Public Interest Research Group turned the University's West Bank plaza into a stage for sidewalk theatrics Wednesday. In front of approximately 100 spectators, the group acted...

Critical Mass riders promote bicycle use in city

April 29, 2002

After police broke up last month's Critical Mass bicycle demonstration, Friday's rush-hour ride through Minneapolis might have been the largest in state history. Clad with homemade T-shirts and stickers...

African Nite encourages positive view of continent

April 29, 2002

Daniel Achina, president of the African Student Association, hopes attendees of Saturday's fifth annual African Nite learned as much as they laughed. For the first time, Achina said, education outweighed...

Ceremony honors GLBT grads

April 26, 2002

With the setting sun illuminating a pair of rainbow flags in the Carlson School of Management dining hall, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students celebrated the ceremonial closure of their college...

Controversial U Press book criticized on O’Reilly program

April 19, 2002

State Rep. Tim Pawlenty, R-Eagan, condemned the University Press' publication of "Harmful to Minors" on Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor" on Thursday. "They are hiding behind notions of free speech," Pawlenty...

SLC takes flak for candidate exclusion

April 17, 2002

The Student Legislative Coalition is under fire for excluding several candidates from the gubernatorial debate to take place Wednesday. The 90-minute forum in the Ted Mann Concert Hall will feature five...

Students protest sexual violence

April 12, 2002

Gray skies and a soggy ground didn't stop approximately 200 people from taking part in the Minnesota Public Interest Research Group's fifth annual Take Back the Night celebration Thursday night. Buses...

Head Charge hits the road again; Atmosphere on MTV

April 9, 2002

After reading about Saturday's hockey fan riot in Dinkytown, I couldn't help but think of all the paranoia by authorities in years past over Bon Appetit's punk and hip-hop concerts bringing "the wrong...

Drive 105: The tallest midget at the party

April 2, 2002

Last week in this column, I wrote about hearing a Drive 105 DJ call the new Wilco single, "Heavy Metal Drummer," a "Drive 105 exclusive." I'd personally heard the song played on Radio K and KFAI, and called...

U warns of sites’ FAFSA charges

March 29, 2002

As students and parents begin looking for financial aid for the next school year, the Office of Student Finance is warning people not to be fooled by Web sites charging fees to process Free Application...

Disney dupes radio listeners with “exclusive” Wilco track

March 26, 2002

Your radio is lying to you again. En route to St. Paul last Friday night to see Valet and Divorcee at the Turf Club, I heard a perky p.m. deejay on Disney-owned Drive 105 claim that the new Wilco single,...

Music fans fear development may affect St. Paul rock club

March 12, 2002

For years, the future of First Avenue seemed to teeter back and forth with each new Block E design proposal. Now, on the other side of the river, patrons of St. Paul's premier rock venue, the Turf Club,...

Don’t mess with Texas

March 5, 2002

Odds are nobody reading this-or writing this, for that matter-will be attending this year's South By Southwest music industry schmooze fest, which kicks off this Friday in Austin, Tex. But the annual showcase...

Iffy scores gold medal exposure at Olympics

February 12, 2002

It's nearing in on a year since Iffy's locally-hyped debut Biota Bondo was released, but the band's sugary should-be-Top-40 pop work is still gaining momentum nationally. Last summer, the disc's opener...

Growing Up Broder

February 12, 2002

No matter how many times you listen to Fog, it probably won't remind you of The Replacements. Connecting any of it with Atmosphere would be a big stretch, and it's got even less to do with Dillinger Four....

New local bands, releases

February 5, 2002

We're only a month into 2002 and there's already a few bands I'd like to nominate for "Best New Band of 2002." The newly-founded Kingdom of Ghosts, led by former Glenrustle Glen Mattson, play at the Terminal...

Dinkytown’s oldest venue to end live music

January 29, 2002

Live music is leaving Dinkytown's oldest music venue, Bon Appetit. The Minnesota Daily reported Thursday that a potential buyer plans to end live music and alcohol sales at the restaurant. The deal could...

Family Values

November 27, 2001

As their 7th St. Entry set comes to a close, B.J. Lother, Angry Atom's oldest and seemingly most business-minded member, reminds the crowd at new band night to buy a CD and sign-up on their mailing list. "Because...

Lateduster interview

November 13, 2001

Under the glow of Christmas lights in the Turf Club Clown Lounge, Lateduster's mellow blend of measured percussion, tranquil turntablism, echoing guitar and sedate piano slowly builds above conversation...

Blume in love

October 9, 2001

The multi-media screen rises at Sursumcorda Saturday night, revealing something that looked more like a strange performance troupe than a rock band. Two burly percussionists (one wearing a Batman T-shirt)...

Kasio finds electro-pop comfort

September 25, 2001

Pulling a tiny, toy-looking keyboard from her box of equipment, the tall, dark-haired 22-year-old on stage apologized. "I'm playing a little different set tonight," said Kasi Engler, the sole musician...

Just a natural thing

September 18, 2001

Speaking via telephone from his home in San Diego, Calif., B-Side Players frontman Karlos Paez sounded down and despondent. It was Friday morning, three days since the tragedies of last week unfolded on...

True Weiler

September 11, 2001

After playing hundreds of coffee shop shows across the country and selling over 10,000 copies of her three previous studio albums, local singer/songwriter Brenda Weiler will finally compliment her catalog...

90 Day Men Is Chicago, Is Not Chicago

August 13, 2001

Returning home from a weeklong West Coast tour, Chicago's 90 Day Men make a pit stop in the Twin Cities this weekend. Their debut full-length, (It (Is) It) Critical Band (Southern Records), was named alongside...

Local Focus

July 30, 2001

It's a week of rock reunions in the Twin Cities. The strangest of all takes place in Dinkytown tomorrow night. After The Misfires broke up in the fall of 1999, Pete Biasi (bass), Dave Storberg (guitar,...

A fight for the right

July 23, 2001

"Patience," says Eclipse Records owner Joe Furth, summing up his battle plan to bring live music back to his store. It's a credo he's carried for the past year and a half while slowly building his music...