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Q & A with next year’s MSA leaders

Published May 3, 2007

As the semester begins to dwindle, next year's Minnesota Student Association leaders continue finalizing ideas for the coming year. Emma Olson, president-elect, and Ross Skattum, vice president-elect,...

Group fills official posts

Published April 26, 2007

With the semester winding down, the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly on Wednesday started filling executive positions for next year. GAPSA President-Elect Kristen Denzer, a double master's student...

Often disputed, sometimes unfair, always controversial

Published April 26, 2007

Of the 31 student groups that applied this year for student services fees, only the Black Student Union has consecutively had funding slashed two years in a row. This year's cut will most likely result...

GAPSA members go to D.C. to discuss higher education

Published April 24, 2007

Six University graduate students traveled to Washington, D.C., earlier this month to discuss higher education issues with Minnesota congressional delegates. From April 9 to 12, the Graduate and Professional...

Olson, Skattum prevail

Published April 20, 2007

Emma Olson and Ross Skattum won the Minnesota Student Association president and vice president positions for the 2007-2008 school year. "I'm really excited. I think we're going to have a great team working...

Commission tallies results from polls

Published April 19, 2007

Polls closed for student government elections at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Ed Kim, the adviser for the All-Campus Elections Commission, said they have 24 hours to verify and tally the votes before making results...

Campus community reacts to massacre

Published April 18, 2007

The School of Nursing held a moment of silence Tuesday to remember the 33 people killed Monday after a student opened fire at Virginia Tech before taking his own life. Students, staff and faculty also...

Elections start, sputter

Published April 17, 2007

The first day of campus-wide elections for student government positions was plagued with technical difficulties, causing frustration for students trying to log their votes. The voting Web site was down...

MSA candidates rev up for nearing presidential race

Published March 8, 2007

Students interested in becoming student body president are beginning to announce their campaigns as elections near. Official voting for Minnesota Student Association offices will take place April 16 to...

Groups ask for cheap parking

Published March 7, 2007

Graduate and professional students are looking for a place to park. The Graduate and Professional Student Assembly unanimously passed a resolution last week in support of discounted weekend and night parking...

Student group hopes UDS will make coffee switch

Published March 6, 2007

Students can find fair trade coffee at many places across campus, but the Minnesota Student Association wants to make it the only kind sold. The majority of coffee shops on campus sell fair trade coffee...

Law students perform parody of Frankenstein

Published March 2, 2007

A crazed professor hopes to create the perfect law student by piecing together the body parts of others. While this may be the dream of some instructors, it's actually the premise for "Frankenlaw," a musical...

U groups upset over less funds

Published February 28, 2007

The Student Service Fees Committee recommends to give money, cut money and deny money altogether. With a more than $900,000 increase in funding from last year, four student groups might not see any money...

MSA gets out the vote

Published February 22, 2007

Every year student government elections take place on campus, and almost every year there's low voter turnout. Though official voting won't take place until mid-April, the All-Campus Elections Committee...

With tax deadline approaching, MSA offers to file student taxes

Published February 19, 2007

Even though many students spend their college years in a low tax bracket, there is some on-campus help to get their taxes in on time. where to go Free tax filing What: MSA is offerring free tax filing...

Board looks to fill open seats

Published February 15, 2007

Many students go to Coffman Union for a daytime nap on the couches or a place to eat and study, but it's these students who could also have a say in how the place operates. The Student Unions and Activities...

Mondale to use Carter-era documents in new class at U

Published February 13, 2007

Former Vice President Walter Mondale will once again teach at the University next fall. This will be the second time Mondale, who was the vice president under the Carter administration, will be co-teaching...

Groups await fee request decisions

Published February 8, 2007

Student groups and administrative organizations have submitted their fee requests, and now it's time to wait and see how much they'll get. For the 2007-08 academic year, 32 student organizations have requested...

Student groups promote involvement

Published February 6, 2007

Temperatures dipping below zero didn't stop Minnesota Student Association members from giving out free coffee on the Washington Avenue Bridge Monday morning. MSA Vice President Monica Heth said the coffee...

GAPSA reflects on new budget, approves members

Published February 1, 2007

University President Bob Bruininks kicked off the first Graduate and Professional Student Assembly meeting of the semester with a discussion Wednesday on how the legislative agenda affects students. His...

Tell the world of your apartment woes

Published January 31, 2007

Renters want to know if an apartment or house is worth the money before signing a lease. So to help students learn about landlords and rental properties, the Minnesota Student Association sponsored the...

Group prepares to allocate student service fees

Published January 25, 2007

The money students pay to the University isn't only for tuition; it's also to help keep student organizations and administrative programs running on campus. For the 2006-07 academic year, students paid...

MSA pushes study break before finals

Published January 24, 2007

In the future there might be more time for students to study for finals. On Tuesday, the Minnesota Student Association passed a resolution to lobby the University administration and the Board of Regents...

MSA van to provide students with safe rides home

Published January 22, 2007

Starting next month, one phone call will provide students a free ride home in a silver Plymouth Voyager. The minivan ride is courtesy of the Minnesota Student Association in an attempt to keep students...

MSA rallies students to give free time, get a free concert

Published January 18, 2007

Many students scrape money together to go to a concert, but with a little volunteer work they can now go for free. The Minnesota Student Association is behind "Lend a Hand, Hear the Band," a free concert...

Honors will change in 2008

Published January 17, 2007

Starting in 2008, honors students will no longer be in individual programs at different colleges. Instead they'll be part of one University-wide honors program. The change is scheduled for fall 2008 and...

New policy would define classroom laptop etiquette

Published December 12, 2006

Laptops are everywhere: at home, in classrooms, even outdoors. But some professors and students don't willingly accept their constant presence. University junior John Rudi said he needs his laptop in classes. "For...

Stadium cost increases

Published December 11, 2006

TCF Bank Stadium construction is going to cost more than expected, according to University officials who updated the Board of Regents Facilities Committee at their monthly meeting Thursday. The higher...

Board approves new vice president

Published December 8, 2006

At its monthly meeting Thursday, a University Board of Regents committee unanimously approved Karen Himle to become the next vice president of University Relations. Without discussion, the faculty, staff...

Foundation board elects new trustees

Published December 6, 2006

Some prominent community members donate time and money years after they leave the University, just to say thank you or to better the state. Recently, some took positions to encourage more people to give...

Bruininks talks UMore

Published November 30, 2006

UUniversity President Robert Bruininks sat down with the Minnesota Daily recently to discuss ideas for UMore Park, the 12-square mile proposed piece of University land in Rosemount. He also discussed a...

Few apply to be regent

Published November 28, 2006

Apparently, students don't have time for the University Board of Regents. Since only two students applied for the student regent position, the Regent Candidate Advisory Council pushed the deadline back...

University faculty enjoy jobs, but want better pay

Published November 22, 2006

Faculty and staff like working at the University - they just wish they made more money. The Pulse Survey, which was administered in March, found 68 percent of faculty would stick with their University...

Proposed changes to code apply off campus

Published November 17, 2006

In the future, students might want to think twice about their actions off campus. If proposed changes to the student conduct code are approved by the University Board of Regents in the upcoming months,...

Regents OK Bruininks’ budget plan

Published November 13, 2006

The University Board of Regents approved President Bob Bruininks' $192.3 million biennial budget request, resolutions related to stadium bonds and the 2007 state capital request at Friday's monthly meeting...

Regents discuss turning U land into new community

Published November 10, 2006

University officials discussed a plan Thursday to create a place for 20,000 to 30,000 people to live in Rosemount. Part of the University-owned 12-square mile area - UMore Park - would be a livable community...

Board of Regents discusses UMore Park, conduct code

Published November 9, 2006

The University's Board of Regents will convene Thursday and Friday at the McNamara Alumni Center for its monthly meeting. Regents will decide whether to approve President Bob Bruininks' $192.3 million...

Attorney general and secretary of state results in

Published November 8, 2006

After weeks of being swamped with political campaigns, the results for attorney general and secretary of state are in. As of 11:30 Tuesday night, DFL candidate for attorney general Lori Swanson was ahead...

Bigger, harder honors program in sight for U

Published November 6, 2006

University officials hope to draw top students by increasing the visibility of the honors program. Starting in fall 2008, honors programs will offer more opportunities and merge into one University-wide...

U.S. Representative, District 4

Published November 1, 2006

.Betty McCollum, Democrat, incumbent What is your policy on immigration? The United States does need to secure its borders; it is a national security issue. But it doesn't mean you build a big fence across...

LSAT, GRE tests to change

Published October 31, 2006

Standardized tests are a requirement to get into many graduate schools and programs around the country and two of them will introduce new editions next year. According to the Educational Testing Service,...

Bruininks discusses budget

Published October 30, 2006

.The biennial budget proposal is requesting $123.4 million from the state. How much do you really expect to get? We obviously are going to the Legislature with a request that represents the University's...

Profs may see bigger checks

Published October 24, 2006

Most college students wish they made more money. So do many University professors. In comparison to 30 peer institutions, the University ranks 27th for faculty salary and 22nd for compensation, which includes...

So you want to be a regent?

Published October 19, 2006

Every six years a student is elected to serve as a University regent with full voting power. The current student regent's term has nearly expired and applications to replace her are due to the Regent Candidate...

Tuition increase likely

Published October 16, 2006

Tuition will be on the rise again if the budget proposal presented to the University's Board of Regents on Friday is approved. University President Bob Bruininks presented his $192.3 million biennial budget...

Incoming class rank up

Published October 13, 2006

The average high school rank of incoming first-year students increased this year, the University's Board of Regents announced Thursday. On the Twin Cities campus, the class of 2010, on average, ranked...

Regents to talk budgets, tech profits at meeting

Published October 12, 2006

The University's Board of Regents will talk business Thursday and Friday at its monthly meeting, held this month on the Crookston campus. Although the schedule is lighter than usual, regents will review...

Eating disorders uniquely affect GLBT community

Published October 12, 2006

>EDITOR'S NOTE: This article is the fourth in a weeklong series that examines eating disorders at the University. Friday's article focuses on resources for people with eating disorders. The societal...

QSCC hosts week of events

Published October 10, 2006

BY elizabeth cook and amber schadewald [email protected] [email protected] Wednesday is National Coming Out Day and the Queer Student Cultural Center will celebrate all week with luncheons, a rally...

Working out too much can lead to disease

Published October 10, 2006

For Dan Glapa, it started in seventh grade. At first it was just an interest in working out and eating healthfully, said the genetics, cell biology and development sophomore. Soon, working out and restrictive...

Gophers home game not rescheduled

Published October 3, 2006

Minnesota fans will be able to attend the originally scheduled football home game against Penn State Saturday at the Metrodome. The University previously announced that the Oct. 7 game could have been...

HPV vaccine now on hand

Published September 25, 2006

Some students on campus could be carrying a sexually transmitted disease that causes cervical cancer and not even know it. In August, a vaccine for the sexually transmitted infection human papilloma virus...

Recent shooting raises concerns

Published September 19, 2006

Despite a shooting at a Canadian college last week, life at the University went on as normal, though some raised concerns about safety on campus. Even though there have not been similar incidents at the...

School of Dentistry adopts scrubs-only dress code

Published September 14, 2006

Starting last week, students in the School of Dentistry need to break out their scrubs and pin back their hair before coming to class. Personal hygiene and dress regulations are part of the new student...

University police chief not chosen as Minneapolis Police Department head

Published September 12, 2006

University Police Chief Greg Hestness is not transferring back to the Minneapolis Police Department. Hestness was one of the three finalists for Minneapolis police chief, but on Monday, Mayor R.T. Rybak...

‘American Idol’ auditions attract thousands to Target Center

Published September 11, 2006

Angel Adams woke up at 3 a.m. Friday to get in line at the Target Center about 5 a.m., joining thousands who shared the dream of being the next "American Idol." Minneapolis was one of several audition...

Review: University TAs teach too much

Published September 6, 2006

History professor David Chang said teaching assistants are invaluable to University classes. "Some of the best instructors are teaching assistants," he said. But, according to the 2007 Princeton Review,...

Alley proposal nixed

Published September 5, 2006

Pedestrians can still walk in alleys after weeks of discussion between residents and Minneapolis City Council members. The council voted 10-3 Friday to reject a proposed ordinance that would restrict alleys...

Residents gather to work in, tour community gardens

Published August 16, 2006

Volunteers were in the Southeast Como neighborhood Saturday morning to clean up corner gardens in preparation for the first annual Parade of Community Gardens tour through Minneapolis that will take place...

Homeless veterans find some help

Published August 9, 2006

Joseph Jennings sat under a camouflage green Army tent patiently awaiting a haircut Friday. The 23-year-old is an Army veteran who served on the front lines in Operation Iraqi Freedom, but, after coming...

Mini-courses invite students to dabble in different cultures

Published August 2, 2006

With weather advisories suggesting people stay indoors because of high temperatures, some women found a way to soak up the air conditioning in Coffman Union and get some dancing in, too. Eleven women learned...

New school year brings new residences for many students

Published July 26, 2006

With August comes the annual migration of the largest group of nomads this side of the Atlantic: students. Instead of resigning the leases on their dorm rooms, apartments and houses, many students seem...

Hospitalized man remains in coma after post-party fight

Published July 26, 2006

A 20-year-old is in an induced coma after a July 16 fight at the Delta Tau Delta fraternity house.  About 2:20 a.m. a Minneapolis police officer arrived at the back parking lot of the fraternity...

Parking, Upass costs increase

Published July 19, 2006

Students who drive or take the bus to campus will have to dip into their wallets a little more, as the cost of parking has been set to increase at University lots. New prices for the daily parking lots...

New Dinkytown coffee shop not afraid of competition

Published July 19, 2006

Don't be confused by the sign in Dinkytown that promises cheap coffee and appears to be pointing to a hair salon. It's really pointing down the stairs to the newest coffee shop in the area. Sarkis "DJ"...

Maintaining U grounds an expensive undertaking

Published July 12, 2006

Around Minneapolis grass has turned a crunchy brown because of below-average rainfall this summer. The vegetation around the University, however, remains a lush green thanks to the attention of an army...

Solar-powered car team takes to Taiwanese roads

Published July 12, 2006

At top speeds of 77 miles per hour and running off the sun's energy, the University Solar Vehicle Project team's car will compete in Taiwan in this year's international competition. The World Solar Rally,...

Annual GLBT festival a source of pride for many in the Twin Cities

Published June 28, 2006

When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in late August, Joshua James came to the University to finish his last year of college. James, a recent University graduate, arrived on campus not knowing anyone...

And the new Miss Minnesota is …

Published June 21, 2006

Armed with a bottle of volumizing spray and an arsenal of makeup, Cindy Neseth was ready to start her weekend at 5:30 a.m. Friday. The 21-year-old University graduate was one of 17 women readying to compete...

Chemical leak causes evacuations, but no injuries

Published June 7, 2006

A chemical spill caused students and University employees to evacuate Lind Hall and the mechanical engineering building about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. No one was injured. Greg Hestness, police chief for the...

U students make efforts to volunteer

Published June 7, 2006

University student Jaymes Grossman will receive the Congressional Award Gold Medal on June 21 at Capitol Hill, partially for his community involvement. His 16-year-old sister, Jansina, also will receive...

Developers buy Bunge elevator

Published June 7, 2006

Soon residents of the Southeast Como neighborhood no longer will look out their windows to see an abandoned building covered in spray paint. The Bunge grain elevator on 13th Avenue Southeast has been sold...

U gets involved in helping teenagers

Published May 31, 2006

The University isn't concerned only about the behavior of college students; its Extension Service also reaches out to seventh- and eighth-graders. Kathleen Olson, a family relations specialist with the...

Community responds to transit projects

Published May 24, 2006

In open hearings throughout the Twin Cities this week, the public will get to voice its opinions regarding the Central Corridor transit project. At Monday night's meeting at the Radisson Hotel Metrodome,...

Andersen Library hosts international GLBT materials archiving conference

Published May 24, 2006

The first-ever international conference for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender collections of archives, libraries and museums took place Friday through Sunday at Andersen Library on the West Bank. The...

Assailant strikes U student with a flashlight

Published May 4, 2006

Assaults continue on and around campus, whether it's a student randomly being attacked or a student slapping her ex-boyfriend in front of police. Assaults In two separate incidents near campus, police...

Canine trains to take bite out of crime

Published May 4, 2006

Raven's bark can be heard echoing through the parking garage. As soon as her owner, officer Ryan Rivers, lets her out of the canine unit's sport utility vehicle, she happily fetches her tennis ball over...

U crime alerts report assaults

Published May 3, 2006

University police issued two crime alerts to the University community Tuesday. The first alert involved a University student who was assaulted and robbed in Dinkytown. On Sunday night the student parked...

Three robberies, an assault reported near the University

Published April 27, 2006

A University student was robbed about 1:35 a.m. Sunday outside her apartment complex 1301 University, close enough to home that the security cameras caught the incident. Monica Leitner, a journalism and...

Gas prices hit U’s drivers

Published April 25, 2006

The increase in the price of gas is affecting students' lives, whether it's commuting to school or to work. David Friese, an American studies and history junior, said he still drives to classes because...

Four Jewish students at U discuss their faith

Published April 25, 2006

JEditor's note: This story is the second in a five-part series that examines students' experiences with different faiths. Throughout the week the stories will look at Christianity, Judaism, Islam and atheism/agnosticism....

Campus fraternity house burglarized

Published April 20, 2006

Crime around campus this week included gunpoint robberies, police discovering a methamphetamine lab and a fraternity being burglarized. A 51-year-old man was robbed about 2 a.m. Sunday in the parking lot...

U to start booting bikes

Published April 18, 2006

Roving University patrols will begin "booting" illegally parked bicycles beginning at the end of May as part of a monitoring program intended to curb unsafe parking. Student bicycle monitors will use their...

Arby’s near campus robbed at gunpoint

Published April 13, 2006

With only a few weeks left in the semester, the threat of violent crimes continues to be a problem around campus - including one robbery of a restaurant at gunpoint, another of a 65-year-old man at knifepoint...

Burglaries down on campus, up in surrounding areas

Published April 11, 2006

On April 3, Nick Schrag found his house had been burglarized. This was the second time in four weeks his Seventh Street Southeast home, which he and four roommates share, was burglarized. Schrag's situation...

Residents target violence in Marcy-Holmes neighborhood

Published April 7, 2006

Because of an increase in crime, including two robberies so far this month in University-area neighborhoods, Marcy-Holmes residents are trying to find solutions. About 2 a.m. Saturday someone stole a woman's...

‘Peeping Tom’ caught in Kolthoff women’s rest room

Published April 6, 2006

As the weather warms, crime around the University starts increasing, bringing with it some unusual crimes and ones that happen more frequently. A "peeping Tom" lurked March 28 in a Kolthoff Hall women's...

U task force tackles topic of hefty textbook expenses

Published April 5, 2006

There's a possibility students won't be scraping up change to pay for textbooks in the future. The task force on textbook costs met several times since last spring to discuss issues and to brainstorm ways...

Meeting seeks solutions for crime

Published April 3, 2006

Prospect Park residents, students, stakeholders and Minneapolis police are discussing solutions to an increase in neighborhood crime. On Thursday night the Prospect Park East River Road Improvement Association...

University student reports theft in Como neighborhood

Published March 30, 2006

Tonja Torgerson discovered her laptop and camera were missing when she came home March 22. There were no signs of forced entry and Torgerson, a fine arts junior, said she believes she locked the door before...

Thieves drive up numbers of cars stolen near U

Published March 29, 2006

Auto theft has increased throughout Minneapolis and around campus. Steve Johnson, deputy police chief for the University Police Department, said that although the number of motor vehicle thefts has increased...

Police respond to reports of gunshots near campus

Published March 23, 2006

After shots were heard earlier this month near Erie Street Southeast, a concerned neighbor called the Minneapolis Police Department's 2nd Precinct. Lt. Ike Delugo said that about 11 p.m. March 10 police...

Three robberies, a shooting reported this week near U

Published March 23, 2006

On Monday night, two boys, who were reported to appear to be about 15 years old, approached a student walking home from class by the intersection of 10th Avenue Southeast and Fifth Street Southeast. According...

Booted drivers receive refunds

Published March 20, 2006

Anyone with a vehicle that has been booted behind Stub & Herb's since Oct. 1 has a refund coming to them. A boot, used to immobilize vehicles, is a mechanical clamp that locks the front left wheel...

Police accuse man of throwing rocks

Published March 9, 2006

Police arrested a man Friday night on a charge that he threw rocks through a car window and a fraternity house window. Steve Johnson, deputy police chief for the University, said a cabdriver flagged down...

Students say strangers robbed them after party

Published March 7, 2006

Editor's note: An initial version of this article included the name of a robbery victim. Upon request, the name of the victim has been removed from this article to protect their identity; their real name...

Robberies disturb Marcy-Holmes area

Published March 2, 2006

Two robberies happened last week at the same place within two hours. According to police reports, at about 11 p.m. on Feb. 22 two suspects tried to rob a man at gunpoint by the corner of Second Avenue...

Employers say felonies, usually not misdemeanors, will prevent getting jobs

Published March 1, 2006

Flashing lights illuminate the side of the house, police file out of their cars and some students are given minor consumption citations. It's a common weekend scene in Dinkytown that some might think can...

Report of indecent exposure is second in week

Published March 1, 2006

A student was physically assaulted Saturday in Stadium Village. The University Police Department sent a crime alert Monday to the community in response. According to the alert, the incident occurred at...

Fewer women, same duties

Published February 24, 2006

The car lurches down Washington Avenue Southeast. It's 6 p.m., and officer Lara Severson is working her Tuesday night shift. Severson is one of 10 female officers who work for the University Police Department,...