The Minnesota Daily

All content by Emily Ayshford

GLBT backers rally against proposed amendment

May 6, 2004

Two days after Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed a pledge supporting a state constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between a man and a woman, opponents had their say at the State Capitol...

U profs study rules of plant evolution

April 29, 2004

Plant leaves just can't have it all, according to a new study spearheaded by University forest resources professor Peter Reich. The study, published in the journal Nature last week, revealed that plant...

U, science museum to teach ecology through mini-golf, grass maze

April 27, 2004

On rainy summer days the number of outdoor activities falls, making the Science Museum of Minnesota a popular indoor destination. But a new prairie maze and miniature golf course with University connections...

U researchers enlist bees in search for an HIV treatment

April 26, 2004

Preliminary results of HIV research have created a buzz in the University community. A new cross-disciplinary research effort is studying the inhibiting effects of propolis, a resin that bees collect from...

Landscape class gets dirty to beautify St. Paul campus appearance

April 20, 2004

On an unusually warm spring Saturday, 29 University students, like many of their peers, spent the day doing homework. But for them, homework included digging a pond and laying a retaining wall at the Display...

Fulbright Scholarships let Ustudents research overseas

April 15, 2004

During World War II, the Nazis used Terezin, a ghetto in Czechoslovakia, as a propaganda tool to display the livability of concentration camps to people suspicious of their activities. Nazi officers allowed...

U researchers get $8.8 million to study animal diseases

April 15, 2004

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service awarded the University on Wednesday the two largest grants it has ever given for animal disease research. The...

Bruininks visits U’s charter-school partner

April 14, 2004

After several visits to the University, Agricultural and Food Sciences Academy junior Amy Fluegeman said she is continually impressed with the different aspects of agriculture she learns about from University...

St. Paul groups honor ag heritage

April 13, 2004

Nearing the end of the semester, some students just cannot wait for Spring Jam next week to break from their studies. Luckily, another spring celebration offers students a distraction. Minnesota Royal...

Bush proposes Pell Grant time limits

April 8, 2004

President George W. Bush proposed Tuesday a time limit that would restrict the number of years students can receive Pell Grants. The money saved from the time limit would go toward low-income grants for...

Program rewards up-and-coming profs

April 8, 2004

When performing MRIs on children for her research, University child development professor Kathleen Thomas said children often ask what she sees in the images. "They ask, 'Can you tell what I'm thinking?'...

Team creates healthy ice cream option

April 2, 2004

Many people indulge in ice cream because of its creamy goodness, not because of its nutritional value. But three food science doctoral students created a new product for a contest that could change ice...

U plant pathology professor’s research investigates wood decay

April 2, 2004

When Robert Scott and his crew traveled to Antarctica more than a century ago, they probably did not think their wooden huts would become international heritage sites. But Arctic conditions and decay from...

Vet School evaluates people skills in interviews with applicants

March 29, 2004

Veterinary students have previously been admitted into the College of Veterinary Medicine based on their prior experiences and academic records. But this year, the college implemented new behavioral interviews...

Funding proposals call for St. Paul barn renovation

March 23, 2004

The old dairy barn on the St. Paul campus stands padlocked and houses tarp-covered John Deere machinery instead of dairy cattle. Soon, if funding bills go through the Legislature, the Jacobean edifice...

U students teach science in rural Minnesota schools

March 12, 2004

When Christine Chan arrived in what the locals called "God's country," she quickly learned that the northern Minnesota students she helped teach were different than those around Minneapolis. "I had to...

Report: changes needed to better health, fight obesity

March 9, 2004

Major lifestyle, diet and farm subsidization changes are needed to help better the United States' health and fight rising obesity percentages, according to a recent report. The National Academies' National...

Musical pokes fun at life in the Law School

March 8, 2004

The University's Law School is in great danger. The evil Dean Vader has created the Mon-Star - an armored law building with enough power to destroy an entire campus - to usurp the rank as the top law school. This...

U plans enlarged equine program

March 2, 2004

Unless they smell the manure of the horse barn, many people do not consider the horses at the University. A new undergraduate program and a $5 million equine center could make equine education and research...

Hip-hop week gets off to a rocky start

February 25, 2004

When the scheduled break dancing group didn't show up, Daylight and B-Girl Seoul stepped up to the stage. Twisting and contorting their bodies to a hip-hop beat, the duo's break dancing performance Tuesday...

Counseling the caretaker

February 17, 2004

After years of treating her dog Happy's lymphoma with chemotherapy, Paulette Henderson wondered when enough was enough. Because of a new partnership between the Veterinary Medical Center and the School...

Sketch to stage

February 16, 2004

Heather Evers had never been this nervous before a show. Backstage she paced, rubbed her hands together and fiddled with her line of clothing - the culmination of her college career. Evers is one of 10...

U to test for bird flu under federal contract

February 11, 2004

With the recent outbreak of avian influenza, commonly known as bird flu, in Delaware, agitations about the disease are hitting home. Although no outbreak has recently been reported in Minnesota, a new...

Defying trends, two U students plan to return to farm life

February 9, 2004

In high school, Jeff Ziegler milked cows for two hours before school and worked in the fields for three or four hours after school. He said he cannot wait to do it again. Ziegler is a part of a decreasing...

Bell Museum is home to thousands of animal specimens

February 6, 2004

A polar bear towers above drawers of bats as a peacock perches on a cabinet that holds bird remains from 1879. This is the Bell Museum of Natural History's scientific collection of stuffed animals in the...

Exhibition puts genetics under art’s microscope

February 2, 2004

With the art building on the West Bank and science buildings on the East Bank and St. Paul Campus, the two departments do not often cross paths. But members of both faculty are a part of "Gene(sis): Contemporary...

Program lets potential vets fast-track to grad school

February 2, 2004

While most of her peers hope to take care of small animals such as cats and dogs, science and agriculture junior Laura Schulz wants to care for swine and sheep. "I basically grew up on a farm," she said....

Danger, excitement lure rodeo fans

January 26, 2004

With the smell of leather and manure permeating the arena, Jason Wylie prepares himself for a jarring ride. He spreads rosin on his glove and files the handle on his rigging, hoping the ritual will help...

Foreign students not bothered by airport ID plan

January 21, 2004

It was the first time in her life that someone needed Napsugar Linnert's fingerprint. But after having her fingerprint scanned and her photo taken at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, Linnert's...

MSA approves $6,500 for late-bus project

May 7, 2003

The Minnesota Student Association approved its budget in a meeting Tuesday, allocating $6,500 to a late-night bus pilot program approved last month. The proposed four-week plan, scheduled to be executed...

Giant bug exhibit invades U’s arboretum

May 6, 2003

Normally, 18-foot bugs exist only in bad movies and nightmares. Now they are at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chanhassen, part of the College of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences. For...

Playboy’s ‘Big Ten’ issue draws students hoping to be chosen for pictorial

April 30, 2003

Chantelle Owens decided she wanted to do something fun and exciting for her senior year. So she tried out to be in Playboy magazine. The men's magazine was in town Tuesday and Wednesday holding interviews...

MSA will not investigate riot-related charges against Forum member

April 23, 2003

A week after Minnesota Student Association officials publicly condemned the Dinkytown riots following the University's hockey championship and vowed to take action against Forum members who were involved,...

Colburn: past year a success for MSA

April 21, 2003

As his Minnesota Student Association presidency comes to a close, Josh Colburn said he considers the last year a success. "We've changed the face of student government," Colburn said. "People want to be...

Spring Jam planners hope better weather will improve student turnout

April 21, 2003

Spring Jam organizers hope the weather will cooperate when the annual event marking the close of the school year begins today. Last year, the weekend events were poorly attended because of heavy rain and...

‘Arrests’ raise money for Special Olympics

April 9, 2003

Robert Mews was arrested Tuesday in front of everyone driving down University Avenue Southeast. "It was pretty funny," he said. Mews was arrested as part of Sigma Alpha Epsilon's ninth annual Jail 'n Bail...

Voters give MSA nod to Dyer-Nelson

April 4, 2003

ERocky Thompson ric Dyer answered his phone shortly after 6 p.m. and sat with a blank stare for a few moments before throwing his hand up and shouting. The group around him joined in and hoisted him on...

Derogatory posters aimed at MSA candidates found on campus

April 3, 2003

Posters with derogatory statements about Eric Dyer and Gina Nelson's Minnesota Student Association presidential ticket were found on campus early Wednesday morning. MSA presidential candidate Dyer said...

Experience, culture, legislative action, critiques color MSA residential debate

April 1, 2003

Candidates vying for the Minnesota Student Association presidency in all-campus elections this week advocated their ideas in a presidential debate Monday. Candidates answered questions previously submitted...

MSA presidential candidates hope to ride late bus to victory

March 31, 2003

Most college students have not ridden a big yellow school bus since high school. But they had the chance Friday night, when Minnesota Student Association presidential candidates Ryan Johnson and Ben Behrendt...

Students voice fees concerns to vice president

March 13, 2003

Students had one more chance to express their concerns with student services fees recommendations Wednesday at a public hearing presided over by Executive Vice President and Vice Provost Robert Jones. Jones...

MSA supports ‘neutral check-off’ for optional fees

March 11, 2003

A Minnesota Student Association position statement scheduled for a vote today reignites the widespread debate surrounding the University's optional student fees. The position statement pledges support...

Some groups benefit with fees groups’ final proposals

March 10, 2003

The Student Services Fees committees determined final recommendations for student groups Friday. Although many of the recommendations did not change, a few groups' funding changed dramatically. The committee...

Examiners complete Jenkins’ autopsy

March 3, 2003

Although the discovery of missing University student Chris Jenkins' body provided some comfort for friends and family, unanswered questions remain. "We still need to find out what happened, so there's...

Hearing on recommended fee allocations draws mixed reviews

February 26, 2003

Comments varied from pleas to thank yous as the Student Services Fees Committee held its first public hearing Tuesday. Audience members signed up to voice their concerns to the committee for a minute and...

Fees group recommends $700,000 cut for Boyton

February 24, 2003

Reactions were mixed as the University's Student Services Fees Committee announced their first set of recommendations. The Administrative Fees Committee recommended big cuts to Boynton Health Service but...

Hamentash takes the cake

February 20, 2003

Although former University President Mark Yudof was not around to moderate the fifth annual latke-hamentash debate, moderator Ken Keller explained the former president's absence. "There are ugly rumors...

Brazilian capoeira movement finds its way to U

February 17, 2003

Kelly Ketterer learned how to do martial arts, sing, play instruments and speak Portuguese, all in one class. "There's something in capoeira for everyone," she said. Capoeira began as a form of self-defense...

Day-long peace event culminates in rally, petition to U.S. senators

February 14, 2003

Amid drumbeats and chants, approximately 150 students and community members rallied Thursday to protest war against Iraq in honor of National Day of Student Action. The protesters, accompanied by police...

MSA supports U’s move to cut costs by eliminating some printed material

February 12, 2003

The Minnesota Student Association supported a University initiative to eliminate printed billing, registration and directory materials in a resolution Tuesday. Vice Provost Craig Swan said the University...

Student fees committee to begin hearing requests today

February 7, 2003

The Student Services Fees Committee will begin hearing budget presentations from fees-receiving groups today, the first step in the annual process determining how student money is allocated. This year,...

Historical designation could raise rents for fraternities

February 5, 2003

A study determining whether certain areas surrounding the University would be designated as historic has some fraternities concerned about higher renovation costs and increased rent for students. The study,...

Student groups return to Coffman

January 28, 2003

With the opening of Coffman Union, some campus student groups now are able to reclaim their spots in a prime piece of campus real estate. Although many student groups said they are thankful for the new...

SLC votes to reorganize; funding to change

January 22, 2003

The Student Legislative Coalition voted unanimously Saturday in Morris to change itself from a student group into a "coordinating board," according to Graduate and Professional Student Assembly president...

Retired U professor found dead in shed

December 12, 2002

A retired University professor was found dead Monday in a burned-out shed behind his house in Amherst, Mass. A medical examination revealed William Mishler, 62, died of acute smoke inhalation, according...

U officials may adopt policy to eliminate ‘distasteful chalking’

December 10, 2002

Pastel chalkings advertising everything from student groups to anti-war messages on campus sometimes seem more prevalent than plain concrete. "We haven't really been dealing with it," said Les Potts, grounds...

GAPSA might withdraw from student legislative lobby

December 9, 2002

The Graduate and Professional Student Assembly's executive board proposed a resolution last week requesting GAPSA withdraw from the Student Legislative Coalition. "Graduate and professional students are...