The Minnesota Daily

All content by Elizabeth Putnam

Hmong blend traditions, new medicine

July 1, 2002

When her father had a stroke last month, LaMee Vang and her family went to see a shaman. Struggling to balance Hmong tradition and Western medicine, the Vang family sought the healing power of a shaman...

Board of Regents begins search for interim president

June 3, 2002

The Board of Regents will begin searching for an interim University president immediately, said board Chairwoman Maureen Reed. University President Mark Yudof announced at a news conference Friday that...

Student loan interest rates to drop to lowest in decades

June 3, 2002

Students will soon repay less money when taking out federal student loans, according to the U.S. Department of Education. The department announced last week that starting July 1, federal student loan interest...

Regents to begin interim president search

May 28, 2002

The Board of Regents will begin searching for an interim president immediately, board chairwoman Maureen Reed said Friday. Yudof announced his acceptance of candidacy for the chancellor position at the...

Yudof to give budget proposals to regents

May 10, 2002

The Board of Regents will hold a public forum Monday to address the University's 2003 fiscal year budget. University President Mark Yudof will unveil the upcoming budget recommendations Friday before the...

U names final provost candidates

May 8, 2002

A University search committee announced four finalists for the executive vice president and provost position Tuesday. Robert Bruininks, who currently holds the position, is stepping down at the end of...

Activist, U prof conclude Great Conversations series

May 8, 2002

Praise could be heard echoing throughout Ted Mann Concert Hall on Tuesday night as nearly 600 people witnessed a Great Conversation. Cornel West, philosopher and social activist, and African-American studies...

U official to march against celiac disease

May 3, 2002

The staples of a college diet typically include pizza and beer. But for those suffering from celiac, these items can be toxic to the body and destroy the digestive tract. Celiac is a relatively obscure...

Athletics target major donors to save golf, men’s gymnastics

May 1, 2002

With the deadline looming, University athletics officials and sports boosters have begun outlining their game plan to save men's gymnastics and men's and women's golf. The plan will stress the long-term...

Golf fights for team, tradition

April 25, 2002

David Morgan realized he wanted to play golf seriously after he participated in his first tournament at 13. The Minnesota native graduated from high school in California with all-conference honors and...

Rebuilt Centennial Showboat arrives

April 18, 2002

Bearing the Minnesota 'M' and wearing Victorian-era American flags, the new University Centennial Showboat reached its permanent home on a St. Paul Mississippi River bank Wednesday, after a 1,400-mile...

Feds: no cases vs. Haskins, Gangelhoff

April 18, 2002

In two separate decisions, the U.S. Justice Department said it would not prosecute former University men's basketball coach Clem Haskins or Jan Gangelhoff, previously an academic counselor in the athletics...

Regents back athletics cuts, await Yudof’s decision in June

April 15, 2002

The athletics turmoil is far from over, but the roster of team players contributing to the final outcome grew Friday to include the Board of Regents. The regents unanimously accepted the plan the University...

Yudof announces athletics merger

April 12, 2002

University President Mark Yudof and Vice President and Chief of Staff Tonya Moten Brown unveiled their proposal Thursday to reduce the two athletics departments' $21 million deficit. The three-phase plan...

Haskins, University agree to ‘binding arbitration’ solution

April 11, 2002

Three years after the University men's basketball cheating scandal broke, Clem Haskins and the University might be able to avoid a lengthy and expensive trial. Haskins, former men's basketball coach, said...

Student election judges sought to quell shortage

April 10, 2002

Although Election Day and the hassles it can bring seem far away, the search for election judges to make the process run smoothly has already begun. Minnesota Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer is calling...

Coaches oppose merging men’s, women’s sports

April 10, 2002

Coaches from every University athletics team filed into the Gibson-Nagurski football complex Tuesday and declared opposition to rumored plans University officials will merge the men and women's athletics...

Lawmakers seek compromise anti-terrorism bill

April 4, 2002

Nearly seven months after the World Trade Center attacks, state legislators are fusing their anti-terrorism solutions this week in an effort to prepare the state for the unexpected. A House and Senate...

Senate OKs later hotel bar closings

March 28, 2002

It's 1 a.m. and the bars are closing, but some state legislators don't want it to stay that way. State senators passed a bill Tuesday allowing hotel bars in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Bloomington, Duluth,...

Wisconsin admissions halt creates two-week transfer application delay

March 25, 2002

University students waiting for word on their transfer applications to Wisconsin universities will have to wait two weeks longer for acceptance or denial letters. Facing fiscal constraints from Wisconsin...

Panel to consider King street name

March 14, 2002

Whitaker Buick and Jeep has been on University Avenue in St. Paul for 47 years. The prominent location alone has brought in customers' business for decades, said Steve Whitaker, second-generation owner. But...

Regents discuss sports financial report, subsidies

March 11, 2002

The University athletics departments will need $74.7 million in subsidies over the next five years, University officials announced Friday. The amount is $10 million less than predicted in December. Merging...

Economy reduces U endowment income

March 8, 2002

The slumping economy has hit University endowments hard and will result in a decrease in departmental spending beginning in fiscal year 2003. Since the early '90s, endowment returns supplemented departmental...

Regents approve efforts to improve graduation rates

March 8, 2002

The Board of Regents gave a unanimous go-ahead Thursday to begin policy plans to improve the University's lower-than-average graduation and retention rates. Currently, 51 percent of University students...

St. Paul council increases salaries

March 7, 2002

St. Paul City Council members boosted their salaries 50 percent Wednesday, saying goodbye to their annual $30,000 salary. The increase will take effect in 2004 and elevate council members' income to $45,000...

State Capitol paintings come under fire for historical view

March 1, 2002

The nearly century-old paintings framed with gold-leaf carvings exemplify the grandeur of the governor's reception room in the State Capitol. The six paintings display key moments in the state's early...

Minnesota Brewing declares bankruptcy, plans restructuring

February 26, 2002

Citing financial strains and equipment deficiencies, the Minnesota Brewing Company finalized Chapter 11 bankruptcy claims and began planning the company's reorganization Tuesday. If successful in the U.S....

American Indian group celebrates storytelling

February 18, 2002

Every morning Jerry Dearly throws tobacco out his truck window on his way to work. But he said he's not being wasteful. He's giving back to the earth. Each audience member at the American Indian Cultural...

Family planning groups oppose state funding limits

February 15, 2002

A Minnesota House committee approved a controversial bill Thursday that aims to eliminate state funding for any family planning group that refers patients to abortion services. The bipartisan legislation...

Who wrote the book of love? U students flock to relationship class

February 14, 2002

Through friends, personal ads and the Internet, students are seeking help with their love lives - but the University can help too. Since 1946, the University has taught a course on relationships. The approach...

Regents increase budget to cover Walter renovation

February 11, 2002

After two years of construction, the East Bank's Walter Library opened its doors to students last week - and the University is still struggling to pay the bills. The Board of Regents voted Friday to add...

Lawyer, U prof debate USA Patriot Act’s effects on freedom

February 8, 2002

Thomas Juntunen was raised in a liberal home and always admired his mother's activism against U.S. intervention abroad. But his political views were challenged Thursday as he listened to University journalism...

U students protest Patriot Act, fear civil liberties threatened

February 5, 2002

Nearly 100 protesters - including several University students - braved the winter wind outside the downtown Federal Courthouse on Monday to rally against legislation they say threatens civil liberties. Organized...

Bell Museum features interactive broadcast

February 1, 2002

After Robert Ballard discovered the Titanic in 1986 he faced another daunting challenge: responding to thousands of inquiries about his expedition from curious school children. Inspired by their curiosity,...

Voters elect first U.S. Hmong legislator

January 30, 2002

With 51 percent of the vote, DFL-endorsed Mee Moua became the first Hmong-American state legislator in the nation Tuesday, filling the Senate District 67 seat left by St. Paul Mayor Randy Kelly. "I am...

U to request $18.7 million for St. Paul greenhouse renovations

January 24, 2002

Faculty and researchers on the St. Paul campus face another possible roadblock in their struggle to renovate the St. Paul greenhouses. The University will ask for $18.7 million in its 2002 bonding request...

Web site helps students sell back books

December 14, 2001

University graduate Ahmed Siddiqui says he wants students to get the most money possible for their used textbooks. On his Web site, blazinginferno.com, Siddiqui said, he has created a way for students...

Al-Madinah Cultural Center celebrates sundown meal

December 7, 2001

Sunset was approximately 4:30 p.m. Thursday, marking the end of the Muslim fasting day. The Al-Madinah Cultural Center celebrated the breaking of the fast with Muslim students and an Iftaar, or meal, of...

Cultural centers compete to raise gifts for charities

December 6, 2001

Over Thanksgiving break Wing Ho rummaged through her closet in search of clothing she doesn't wear or can't fit into. Instead of giving the clothing to a local thrift shop, Ho is donating the clothes to...

Aliveness Project organizes gifts for HIV/AIDS patients

December 4, 2001

Stephanie Morem spent Monday afternoon wrapping puzzles, kitchen utensils and Barbie toothbrushes. The gifts, however, are not for relatives or friends. They are for children and adults affected by HIV/AIDS. Morem...

Foreign students fear leaving U.S. for winter break

December 3, 2001

Dib Abdo wants to see his family over winter break, but he is hesitant to step on a plane. He's not afraid of flying. Instead, he's afraid once he reaches his home country of Lebanon, he might not be able...

YMCA program takes students to other states, countries

November 29, 2001

During May Intersession last spring, while some students sat down to discuss the process of moving into summer housing, Kera Jean Peterson sat down with members of the African National Congress in South...

Twins fans embark for Chicago, Milwaukee with petition for Selig

November 27, 2001

In the reception room of Gov. Jesse Ventura's office, a bare Christmas tree stands with one gift underneath it. Paul Ridgeway, chairman of Keep the Twins at Home, gave copies of more than 100,000 petition...

Hmong group celebrates cultural heritage, traditions

November 19, 2001

Lee Pao Xiong said he can imagine what ground zero must smell like. When Xiong was a boy growing up in Laos, he saw hardships and death in the Vietnam War. After his family moved to the United States,...

World’s Muslims pray, fast during Ramadan holy month

November 16, 2001

Taqee Khaled plans on waking up before sunrise Friday to eat breakfast. It will be his first and last meal until the sun goes down. Returning to bed to take a nap before his first class, Khaled will read...

Feds seek foreign students’ data from 220 schools

November 15, 2001

Federal agents have contacted 220 college administrators nationwide since Sept. 11 to request directory information and education records for international students of Middle Eastern descent, according...

Chairman proposes dissolving DEF grants committee

November 6, 2001

Since Patrick Peterson became chairman of the Diversity Education Fund two years ago, the number of applicants has increased 100 percent. The Minnesota Student Association created the grant program six...

Families remember loved ones during Day of the Dead

November 2, 2001

An "ofrenda," or altar, lay covered with food, flowers, candles, photos and candy skulls in the La Raza office Thursday to invoke the memories of loved ones who have died. During the Day of the Dead, a...

Bush visa plan leaves foreign students in limbo

October 31, 2001

For now, Sulieman Nader attends the University on a scholarship from the government of Jordan. But increased tracking of international student visas means Nader's scholarship program could be canceled,...

Muslim students seek to educate

October 23, 2001

As he watched the second plane hit the World Trade Center on television, one concern immediately sprung into Fahed Siddiqui's mind. "I thought, if this involves Muslims, then there is going to be a lot...

Top U.N. human rights official speaks at U

October 22, 2001

Minnesotans spoke to world leaders and each other about human rights and the state of society at an international town hall forum at Northrop Auditorium on Saturday. More than 600 people gathered to hear...

Religion, lack of time keep some out of Homecoming events

October 15, 2001

Students and organizations participating in the annual Homecoming parade Saturday will march past the Hillel Jewish Student Center on University Avenue. Because of the Jewish Sabbath on Friday and Saturday,...

Pepfest highlights University’s 2001 Homecoming events

October 15, 2001

The spotlight falls on three events this Homecoming that will entice students to be a part of the glitz, glamour and magic of a Hollywood Homecoming. Students will have the chance to win a trip to Hollywood,...

U grads start online charity date auction to benefit attack victims

October 8, 2001

Ahmed Siddiqui and Waima Azizi have seen myriad celebrities donating time and money to benefit those affected by the Sept. 11 attacks. But when the recent University graduates saw Jay Leno offer to auction...

Greyhound attack kills 6, prompts delays

October 4, 2001

Paul Hughes thought taking the bus would be a good idea because it's cheap, not because he feared flying. But after a passenger attacked a bus driver on an Atlanta-bound Greyhound bus Wednesday, Hughes...

Animal rights group protests U’s primate testing

October 2, 2001

Four members of the Student Organization for Animal Rights displayed photos of laboratory monkeys outside Moos Tower on Monday to inform others about primate experimentation at the University. The demonstration...

Student cultural groups host forum at U against hatred

September 25, 2001

Tom Luong wants justice after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11. But he knows that it must be administered with caution. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Japanese-Americans were forced into internment...