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Dalai Lama visit draws thousands

Published May 8, 2011

Thousands of people came to the University of Minnesota to hear the Dalai Lama speak Sunday. In his first visit in 10 years, the Dalai Lama addressed a wide variety Tibetan and non-Tibetan community members...

Dalai Lama opens his weekend visit with local media

Dalai Lama opens his weekend visit with local media

Published May 7, 2011

Within moments of seating himself in front of a small crowd, the Dalai LamaâÄôs laughter and gregarious charm emanated throughout the room and triggered an onset of smiles on the faces of those...

U stresses recycling for dorm move-out

Published May 4, 2011

Each year, thousands of students move into dorms with clothes, appliances and furniture. And each May, thousands of students move out, leaving behind excess they accumulate throughout the year. For those...

Waste not: U sells excess compost

Published May 3, 2011

Home to hundreds of animals, the University of MinnesotaâÄôs St. Paul campus has an excess of manure. But to the University, the animal manure isnâÄôt waste âÄî itâÄôs a...

U prof maps trees for city planning

Published April 28, 2011

More than 30 percent of Minneapolis is covered in tree canopy, but thereâÄôs room for twice that. Areas with housing currently have the highest tree canopy percentage and provide the most potential...

University cyclists shut down streets

University cyclists shut down streets

Published April 25, 2011

Cyclists battled potholes, puddles and the occasional wild animal during the Golden Gopher Campus Criterium bicycle race Sunday. Hosted by the University of Minnesota Cycling Team, the race brought nearly...

Earth Day

Published April 22, 2011

Although the weather on campus was far from sunny and enjoyable, Friday marked the 41st Earth Day. Small efforts were made around the University of Minnesota to celebrate the day. Music for Mother Earth,...

Minn. Equestrian Club gallops on

Published April 19, 2011

With more members and more consistent coaching, the University of Minnesota Equestrian Club is seeing better results. The season started back in September, and two members have spent the last few months...

Agriculture Awareness Day sophomore co-chair Theresa Twohey introduces senior Aneesha Sethi to a 10-day old lamb Tuesday on Church St.

Farm animals flock to Minneapolis for Ag Awareness Day

Published April 19, 2011

Tuesday afternoon was a star-studded affair on Church Street âÄî Katie Miron, Princess Kay of the Milky Way, was in attendance, and so were Ron, Harry and Hermoine. No, they werenâÄôt the...

Amanda Bot picks out cheese for a customer Wednesday at the Dairy Salesroom in the Andrew Boss Laboratory of Meat Science.

Dairy store has history of blue ribbon bleu

Published April 15, 2011

During World War II, Minnesota was named the bleu cheese capitol of the world, in part because of the University of MinnesotaâÄôs dairy industry. Today, the UniversityâÄôs cheese making...

MSA to support green fee

Published April 13, 2011

The Minnesota Student Association is getting behind a proposed new student fee that would help lay groundwork for future sustainable projects. After substantial debate during forum Tuesday, the association...

Street sweeping begins in Minneapolis

Published April 11, 2011

The City of Minneapolis will begin sweeping the city Tuesday. Workers will post signs at least 24 hours in advance of sweeping day. When signs are posted, cars will be prohibited from parking on that street...

Junior Rebekah LaBerge milks a cow in the milk maid contest Wednesday night at the Dairy Barn in St Paul.

A week of agricultural events brings students out in herds

Published April 7, 2011

In an outfit inspired by Ke$ha, Caitlin Kasper looked like she could be attending a party. She milked a cow during a contest Wednesday with gold glitter on her face, black leggings and purple leopard print...

Panic ends teen party at Radisson

Published April 5, 2011

âÄúChaosâÄù is how Ricky Collins described the scene late Friday night, when word of gunshots triggered police to use tear gas to evacuate the teenage audience at the University Radisson...

President Obama announces campaign for re-election

Published April 4, 2011

President Barack Obama made it official Monday: he will run for re-election in 2012. His website said that a grassroots effort is more important than before and CNN reported that "campaign bundlers" have...

U club works to restore wetland

U club works to restore wetland

Published March 30, 2011

To those familiar with the Sarita Wetland on the University of MinnesotaâÄôs St. Paul campus, the area has many uses. In the eyes of a civil engineer, the land serves as a facility for handling...

Students work on demos and designs for a new garden to go outside Rapson Hall Saturday afternoon in Rapson lobby. Designs focused on issues such as water resources and bike accessibility.

Students to spruce up Rapson

Published March 28, 2011

Under a disappearing layer of snow outside of Rapson Hall lies potential. At least it does in the eyes of 18 University of Minnesota students and community members who took part in a garden design workshop...

Mississippi River expected to crest Wednesday

Published March 28, 2011

The Mississippi River is expected to crest Wednesday, with water levels reaching just over 19 feet, at least a foot lower than originally predicted. The river will likely rise later in the season. Tests...

Earth Hour 2011

Published March 26, 2011

Across the globe, when local time reaches 8:30 p.m., lights will be turned off in honor of Earth Hour, a World Wildlife Federation initiative. The one hour event will likely darken the Eiffel Tower, Golden...

Student group event focuses on dealing with police officers

Published March 24, 2011

It could be the beginning of a music video âÄî a young man driving around town, loud rap music playing âÄî but itâÄôs something much different: an educational video on how to deal...

Major flooding expected as early as next week

Published March 23, 2011

There are few happy challenges when it comes to preparing for floods, but the city of Stillwater, Minn., has one of them: too many volunteers. Volunteers filled 60,000 sandbags last week. With sandbagging...

Cities prep for flooding

Published March 22, 2011

For most on the University of Minnesota campus, the rain is the only type of moisture they will have to worry about. But throughout Minnesota many cities are preparing for widespread flooding. Across the...

Student-run art space 1419 shut down by the city

Published March 10, 2011

Student-run art space 1419 was officially shutdown by the City of Minneapolis yesterday. The building on 1419 Washington Ave S and the Love Power building a few doors down were closed due to two city ordinance...

St. Paul Board of Colleges likely to receive no fees funding.

Published March 10, 2011

The Saint Paul Board of Colleges used to make their money by selling old test files in the 1980s. After the Internet took off, it relied on the Student Services Fees Committee for funding. Next year, it...

U students redesign Nicollet Mall

Published March 10, 2011

Professor Lance Lavine thinks Nicollet Mall is grim âÄî really grim. âÄúThough it should be the core of the city, it has never developed beyond that,âÄù Lavine said. âÄúIt...

Morrill Hall briefly closes due to a suspicious package

Published March 10, 2011

A suspicious package forced the brief evacuation of Morrill Hall on Thursday. A postal worker called University of Minnesota police after hearing a beeping or ticking sound coming from a package sitting...

T-Hall wins Conservation Madness competition

Published March 9, 2011

Territorial Hall residents with their winning plaque. Photo courtesy of Chris Kelleher Territorial Hall won the Conservation Madness Competition, a two-week long competition to encourage students to...

Northrop likely not to seek LEED certification

Published March 4, 2011

With renovations starting last month on Northrop Auditorium, it is almost certain that the iconic building will not join the ranks of other LEED-certified construction projects on campus. The University...

U Professor to develop new varieties of wheat and barley

Published March 2, 2011

University of Minnesota professor Gary Muehlbauer received a $25 million grant to develop new varieties of wheat and barley from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Muehlbauer, along with Dr....

U in the running for “Greenest Big University”

Published March 1, 2011

The University of Minnesota is in the running for the “Greenest Big University” award. The poll, held by the Daily Green, a Web site focused on green news, is part of the site's Heart of Green Awards...

Campus connector driver Ralph Leeder chats with passengers while waiting for next scheduled departure early Saturday morning outside the St Paul Student Center in St. Paul.

Catching the last bus to St. Paul

Published March 1, 2011

Friday night started with rowdy students getting on the Campus Connector and ended with a much quieter bunch âÄìâÄì and for one passenger, a little less in her stomach. For students living...

Snowfall clobbers campus … again

Published February 22, 2011

University of Minnesota undergrad Candice Hafalia-Yackel showed up Monday for her afternoon class like she would have any other, albeit less snowy, day âÄî only to realize it had been canceled. Like...

Farming, union voices on the line

Published February 21, 2011

Organized labor and family farmers could each lose a voice on the University of MinnesotaâÄôs Board of Regents if the Legislature approves the recommended candidates today. First-term Regent Steven...

Hundreds expected for Tuesday union rally in St. Paul

Published February 21, 2011

Union members will gather Tuesday at the State Capitol building in St. Paul to show support for Wisconsin public sector employees who have been demonstrating to try and save their collective bargaining...

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Second row from left: Nichole English, Alix Nettnay, Allison Danzl

From the Alamo to lingerie, designers discuss their lines

Published February 17, 2011

They made it through the portfolio review their first year, kept up with classes and honed their skills. Now, the 2011 senior design class is ready to present its work. The 18 students will have their...

Rosemount buys UMore plot for $1

Published February 14, 2011

The city of Rosemount, Minn. bought a tiny parcel of the University of MinnesotaâÄôs UMore Park land for the hefty price of $1. The UniversityâÄôs Board of Regents unanimously approved...

Putting a price on climate change

Published February 10, 2011

A new University of Minnesota institute opened Wednesday night with a debate on a hot topic: global warming. Two University alumni presented an economic approach to the climate change issue Wednesday night...

Eco Watch Officer Mikey Weitekamp assembles a tent Monday in front of Coffman Union. The Energy Efficiency Student Alliance held a camp-out to promote Conservation Madness.

Students go off the grid, into the cold

Published February 9, 2011

Monday was too cold for snowmen, too cold for tape to stick and too cold to sleep outdoors. But seven students braved the below-zero wind chill and camped out to kick off Conservation Madness, a competition...

Animal Science research assistant German Huber discusses research matters with his colleague Monday at UMore Park. UMore Park will soon turn into a gravel mine.

UMore closing displaces research

Published February 8, 2011

Dr. Alfredo DiCostanzo says heâÄôs been to the principalâÄôs office before, but heâÄôs not afraid to go back. DiCostanzo has been reprimanded for speaking out against the University...

Green Week aims to make U aware

Published February 2, 2011

The University of MinnesotaâÄôs St. Paul campus is hosting a week of recycling, free food and events, but one would be hard-pressed to know it. Although signs and flyers are posted, few students...

New program to award innovative students

Published February 1, 2011

University of Minnesota students interested in starting green businesses will soon have a new resource. Quality Bicycle Products and the University have expanded their partnership to provide further funding...

Ansam Elshaish raises an Egyptian flag during a protest in solidarity to current protests in the countrys capitol of Cairo, on Friday in front of Coffman Union. Citizens of Cairo are currently protesting calling for an end to the 30 year rule of President Hosni Mubarak.

Protests, pressure mount in Egypt

Published January 31, 2011

Ongoing protests in Egypt reached the University of Minnesota on Friday when students, staff and community members held a demonstration outside of Coffman Union in support of the protestersâÄô...

Ansam Elshaish raises an Egyptian flag during a protest in solidarity to current protests in the countrys capitol of Cairo, on Friday in front of Coffman Union. Citizens of Cairo are currently protesting calling for an end to the 30 year rule of President Hosni Mubarak.

Students gather outside Coffman to support Egypt

Published January 28, 2011

TuesdayâÄôs protests in Egypt have reached the University of Minnesota, where students, staff and community members held a demonstration Friday outside of Coffman Union in support of the protestersâÄô...

Minnesota students chosen for summer at White House

Published January 28, 2011

Three Minnesotans will head to the White House this summer. Mackenzie Huffman, Zachary Nistler and Anthony Ufkin were among the 142 people chosen as part of the White House Internship Program. The interns...

Fresh faces in ‘Frontiers’ lecture series at the U

Published January 26, 2011

Frontiers in the Environment, the Institute on the EnvironmentâÄôs  lecture series, will see some fresh faces this spring. Organizers have brought in speakers from outside the University of...

Cocktail of oil, gas and coal keeps the U warm

Cocktail of oil, gas and coal keeps the U warm

Published January 24, 2011

How many pounds of steam does it take to heat the University of Minnesota? Short answer: a lot. Long answer: thousands per hour backed by coal, oat hulls and the workforce to put it all together. The University...

Sophomore Kevin Steinhaus bikes to class Wednesday past Coffman Union.

Bikers ride despite bitter Minneapolis winters

Published January 20, 2011

Emily Schneider was almost to work Sunday when she hit a patch of ice. Trying to stop, her bike spun out from underneath her and flipped her onto the ground, causing her to hit her head and to hurt her...

Co-Director of Water Resources Deborah Swackhamer explains details of the report on water sustainability Tuesday afternoon in the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. The report includes a set of recommendations for the Minnesota Legislature to help make the state’s water resources sustainable within the next 25 years.

Experts urge Legislature to clean up MN waters

Published January 19, 2011

Minnesota has troubled waters, but University of Minnesota professor and co-Director of the Water Resources Center Deborah Swackhamer has a plan to clean them up and make them sustainable. In collaboration...