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Rugby dreams deferred to next year

May 2, 2007

The University's men's rugby team congregated April 17 on the West Bank Fields for its last practice before heading west to the USA Rugby National Championships. Grass had barely begun to sprout from the...

Former computer science students hit it big working at Google

May 1, 2007

.MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - Upon accepting a job at the Google world headquarters, known as the Googleplex, employees sign on for much more than a nine-to-five job. For University alumni Uygar Oztekin and...

Couple balances home life and winery

April 30, 2007

;ST. HELENA, CALIF. - University alumni Duane and Susan Hoff literally can't give up their Minnesota roots. The college sweethearts left their high-power careers as Best Buy executives to start a northern...

After-hours care costly

December 14, 2005

Last month, Stephanie Schwecke, a health advocate in Centennial Hall, took a sick student to the emergency room because of a common cold. The student missed the Boynton Health Service regular hours by...

U Card charged faulty

December 13, 2005

When Nick Rice tried to pay for printing with his U Card and found it wasn't working, he thought the problem easily could be fixed. Rice, a biology graduate student, said that instead he was told the $12...

U applications up 30 percent in 2005

December 12, 2005

Eden Prairie High School senior Parker Duncomb already received his acceptance letter to the University one month after applying. But he is one of the lucky ones. Many applicants will wait as many as 10...

Pagans practice, instruct in magic

December 8, 2005

Although Lydia Vilt practices magic, she said it isn't anything like Harry Potter. Vilt, an English junior, is a pagan and said magic is often a part of her daily life and her religious customs. "Daily,...

High school history critic to present research and book at Coffman Union

December 6, 2005

Krystal Travis said she learned someone else's history in her high school U.S. history class. Davis, a first-year retail buyer student, said her history course focused on the Caucasian European history...

Center gives girls an artistic outlet

December 2, 2005

Facing floor-to-ceiling mirrors in a dance studio Wednesday, three teenage girls began their singing class with a warm-up song. The energy of the girls engulfed the large room, bouncing off the mirrors...

Minneapolis looks at lifting no-turn traffic restrictions

November 30, 2005

No turn on red" signs across campus are meant to prevent accidents, but a five-year study starting in January could remove them. According to an Oct. 25 memo written by Jon Wertjes, Minneapolis director...

Hearing on GC sees little student presence inside

November 29, 2005

An academic task force on college design had a public forum Monday to preview the task force recommendations for the new department previously known as the General College. Despite the opportunity for...

Garrison Keillor to teach U students to write comedy

November 23, 2005

When someone offers to teach for free at the University, it's an offer the school can't refuse, Garrison Keillor said. As a well-known comedian and comedy writer since his days as a University student...

Groups’ unused space at risk

November 22, 2005

Three times a day, Coffman Union employees walk the halls of Coffman's second floor making sure students are using their office space. The traffic counts, which monitor how often student-group offices...

Puppy steps to becoming socialized

November 18, 2005

After graduating from their first course, eight students wrestled, chased and pounced on each other during their final playtime. One even peed. On Wednesday, the puppies completed a five-week class offered...

Prof studies Hmong education problems

November 16, 2005

The lack of fluent English speakers in her home was a challenge when going to school, said Nancy Lee. Lee, a sociology sophomore, said her parents are Hmong immigrants and couldn't speak fluent English...

U eyes cable in dorm costs

November 14, 2005

As early as next fall, residence hall bills may include cable TV as part of the charge. Housing and Residential Life is early in the process of adding cable TV to all residence halls and apartments as...

Group rallies to help immigrant students

November 10, 2005

According to the National Immigration Law Center, 65,000 undocumented students graduate from high school in the United States each year. Because they lack documentation, the students are unable to receive...

Embedded war artist presents everyday life in Iraq

November 10, 2005

When Steve Mumford was in Iraq in 2004, he wore full military protection and a backpack full of art supplies. Mumford was an embedded artist with the U.S. Army for 11 months, painting the everyday lives...

War protests return on smaller scale

November 2, 2005

Just 33 years ago, helicopters hovered over Northrop Mall while police blasted Vietnam War protesters with tear gas, recalls Marv Davidov. "I remember people were standing on the two bridges going over...

To stop a forced sex trade

November 1, 2005

T EDITOR'S NOTE: This article is the second in a two-part series that examines sex trafficking in the United States. Today's article features a look at Minnesota trafficking as well as local and University...

Sex trafficking hits home

October 31, 2005

YEDITOR'S NOTE: This article is the first of a two-part series that examines sex trafficking in the United States. Today's article features one woman's experience. ou couldn't spot them on the street,...

Scholarship drive in full force at U

October 25, 2005

With October's Scholarship Month coming to a close, the University Foundation said it has raised $92 million of the University's $150 million goal toward scholarships. "The campaign has exceeded my wildest...

‘My children are my motivation’

October 20, 2005

While sitting in the back of the school bus sophomore year of high school, Andy Schippel's girlfriend looked him in the eyes and told him she was pregnant. Despite thinking he had to give up everything...

Intramurals keep students in game

October 19, 2005

A student doesn't have to be an all-star athlete to compete at the University. While many students attend University collegiate sports games, others are active in their own leagues and clubs, which often...

UNDER HEAT

October 18, 2005

Chances are you don't know where it comes from. The heat that fills every University building on the East Bank and West Bank, which is enough to heat 55,000 homes, is transported through tunnels from a...

Legal worries stymie movie group’s funding, bump showings off campus

October 7, 2005

A student group that drew more than a hundred students to alternative movie showings is now moving off campus after it didn't pay the copyright fees required. Trash Film Debauchery, a group of students...

Veterans support center falls in at the University

October 6, 2005

After serving in Iraq and Afghanistan with the U.S. Army, coming back to campus isn't easy, said Andy Davis. "If you are in the streets of Baghdad being shot at and then come back and have to study for...

Fighting to succeed

September 30, 2005

Sweat dripping down their faces and red marks across the tops of their feet signaled the end of a Friday night workout for those attending a Cellar Kickboxing class. "If you aren't sweating after this,...

Homecoming celebrations saw no increase in crime

September 26, 2005

Homecoming ended this weekend with few out-of-the-ordinary problems, said Greg Hestness, University police chief. "It was regular business in addition to celebratory drinking," he said. Police arrested...

1968 graduate to be grand marshal

September 22, 2005

As grand marshal of this year's homecoming parade, one of Nancy Lindahl's duties is to blow the whistle to start the marching band down University Avenue on Saturday. She said her dream is to watch the...

Game captures campus attention

September 19, 2005

As buses drove down Washington Avenue Southeast on Friday night, many passengers turned their heads to watch students with orange headbands chase students with white ones as they stormed a flag near the...

Katrina drains blood supply but increases donation

September 19, 2005

To kick off the third day of Homecoming Week, the American Red Cross will be taking blood donations at Coffman Union today. This blood drive is one of more than a dozen that occur at the University throughout...

Plan brews to pack library

September 16, 2005

The construction site in Walter Library's basement resembles any typical renovation on campus, but by the last week of September, a new coffee shop will open. The Wise Owl Café, which will celebrate...

UDS boosts enviro-friendly food

September 14, 2005

On a bluff overlooking Lake Pepin in Lake City, Minn., sits Dennis Courtier, owner of Pepin Heights Orchards. "This is probably my favorite place in the world," he said. The bluff is on Courtier's apple...

Transplant patient loses struggle at Fairview

September 12, 2005

After a lifelong struggle, University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, patient Nick Bergland died Sept. 3 due to complications with an infection. Bergland, a 15-year-old featured in The Minnesota...

U student farm continues its produce market into the fall

September 6, 2005

As students, staff and faculty walked along Church Street Mall on Aug. 30, many stopped to look at the selection of organic produce for sale at the farmer's market. While the University's summer farmer's...

Waiting for a new heart can strain others’

March 3, 2005

When waiting for a heart transplant for your child, you take things day by day, said Rich Bergland, of Montgomery, Minn. And Feb. 19, he received the call for which he had been waiting 235 days. The transplant...

Film on homeless looks at local laws

December 14, 2004

When she began her work with the homeless 20 years ago, Margaret Hastings felt the need to increase awareness, she said. Hastings, a local director, rented out the Oak Street Cinema last weekend to screen...

Speaker at U stresses men’s roles in reducing gender violence

December 10, 2004

Though gender violence is considered a women's issue, 99 percent is committed by men, Mentors In Violence Prevention founder Jackson Katz said Thursday. The prevention program specializes in gender violence...

U might become its own neighborhood

December 9, 2004

In 2001, a group of University alumni of campus fraternities and sororities began to question why the University district is the only unorganized neighborhood in Minneapolis. As early as January, fellow...

City re-examining theaters’ operation

December 6, 2004

The Minneapolis City Council and the Historic Theatre Group have begun negotiations on a new contract for managing the Hennepin Avenue theater district in downtown Minneapolis. The proposal would allow...

New rent application ordinance takes effect

December 1, 2004

In March 2002, professor Edward Goetz presented survey data that showed minority union tenants paid, on average, more than three times the amount of renting application fees as white tenants with the same...

Alumni donate funds to the U

November 18, 2004

Dr. Jim House, a University alumnus and former faculty member, said that he paid approximately $675 a year to attend the Medical School in the 1960s. Today's medical students graduate with approximately...

Neighborhood reattracts U students

November 18, 2004

As Peter Dodge sat late Tuesday night in the Hard Times Cafe, he discussed the history of the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood and how it has changed in the last 35 years he spent there. Dodge, who owns several...

Somali life strong on U’s West Bank

November 11, 2004

At the Brian Coyle Community Center, blocks from the West Bank campus, grade-school students scurried in and out of a tutoring class Tuesday. Two University students, Mona Mohamed and Suad Hassan, sat...

Survey finds U students’ tobacco use decreasing

November 5, 2004

Current tobacco use among 18- to 24-year-old undergraduates has decreased more than four percent in the last year, according to two new surveys Boynton Health Service released Thursday. The survey results...

University groups strive to involve students politically

October 29, 2004

The University is being neglected by the state, Minnesota Student Association President Tom Zearley said to a small group Thursday night. The Student Alumni Ambassadors sponsored a Legislative Kickoff...

Bike paths provide alternative transit

October 22, 2004

As the construction season comes to a close, Minneapolis is working to complete several new bike paths around the city. The expansion and addition of bike paths is an effort to get people to use alternative...

Minneapolis proposes rental regulations

October 7, 2004

The Minneapolis City Council is proposing an ordinance that would prevent Minneapolis landlords from charging exorbitant application fees. The proposed ordinance will regulate various aspects of rental...

Minneapolis City Council looks to revise booting policy

October 1, 2004

With very little free parking on and around campus, local business owners are fed up with misuse of their parking lots. Some lot owners have turned to vehicle immobilization to warn patrons not to park...

FDA explores new drug for meningitis

September 28, 2004

The Food and Drug Administration is considering a new vaccine against bacterial meningitis, and the results look promising, said David Golden, director of public health, marketing and program development...

Former University employee dies in light rail’s first car-and-train accident

September 27, 2004

Three months after the first phase of the Hiawatha light rail line opened, the first car-and-train accident occurred Saturday afternoon. The wreck killed the car's driver, who was identified as 87-year-old...

Opportunity fair helps troubled teens

September 24, 2004

Behind the heavy, metal doors and cinderblock walls of the Minneapolis Juvenile Detention Center, people from across the metro area came Thursday to let the teens know they weren't forgotten. The center...

Smoking ban to have impact on local businesses

September 23, 2004

For University students such as Niki Korth, visiting a coffee shop on campus for coffee and a smoke is routine. "It's part of the incentive to come here," said Korth, while smoking and sipping coffee at...

Councilman: safety improvements important issue at U

September 20, 2004

A year after three University students died in a house fire, Paul Zerby said he hopes he helped improve the quality of off-campus student housing. Minneapolis City Council member Paul Zerby, 2nd Ward,...

U forum to focus on political advertising

September 20, 2004

In the Centennial Hall courtyard, presidential campaign signs are abundant. While some political student groups and campaigns target undecided voters, University sophomore John Harris said he thinks voters...

Ban sparks debate in cities

September 15, 2004

Ramsey County passed a partial smoking ban yesterday, while Hennepin County held a public hearing on the issue. As discussions of the bans continue around the metro area, bar owners and workers are looking...

St. Paul mayor to review second try at smoking ban

September 7, 2004

University graduate Craig Boe is one of many bar patrons faced with various smoking ban ordinances across the metro area. Boe, who calls himself a "militant nonsmoker," said he spends his time with a group...

U offers file-sharing program alternative

September 7, 2004

As the Recording Industry Association of America fights back at illegal music file-sharers, the University has begun offering students a discounted online music service as a legal alternative. The University...

Cuban exhibit at Weisman canceled

August 18, 2004

After four years of working on a new exhibit at the University's Weisman Art Museum, director Lyndel King had to cancel it. The exhibit, scheduled to open in early 2005, would have showcased Cuban art. Because...

Dutch elm claims half the fairgrounds’ elm trees

August 18, 2004

As the Minnesota State Fair grounds begin to bustle with activity, fair officials and University tree pathologists are trying to determine why half of the elm trees on the grounds are infected with Dutch...

Bush’s Re-election Campaign Returns to Minnesota

August 18, 2004

The crowd of approximately 15,000 erupted into a deafening cheer as the lights went down in St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center Wednesday night. As music blared from the loudspeakers, President George W. Bush...

One Stop Web site: an online resource for U students

August 18, 2004

Whether seeking the answer to a particular question about the University or just looking at what services are available, the One Stop Web site is a useful tool for students. The University created One...

Transplant Games draw U students and faculty

August 4, 2004

After receiving a liver transplant, there were days when Ron Matross thought he would be in a wheelchair and unable to walk. But last weekend the senior vice president of Academic Affairs and University...

Heart drug to target ethnic group

July 28, 2004

A University professor's idea to combine two drugs to fight heart failure might finally become reality. After reviewing data from trials he had done in the 1980s, Jay Cohn, a University medicine professor,...

U to join high-speed computer network, will connect with other universities across the nation

July 14, 2004

For researchers like Ernie Retzel, speed and convenience of computer networks across the country are essential. Retzel, director of the biotechnology and bioinformation facility at the University, will...

U to receive $5M from Microsoft

July 6, 2004

Microsoft will pay the University $5 million as part of a settlement approved Thursday to resolve a class-action lawsuit. The University's Institute of Technology will receive $2.5 million in cash and...

Thousands embrace light rail transit

June 30, 2004

After a weekend of free rides and celebration, Metro Transit light rail trains have begun their first week of regular service. The first rush hour went "very well," with trains operating on time and only...

Perks mark new transit

June 23, 2004

Fifty years ago, the last streetcar ran in the metro area and a new busing service took over the Twin Cities. Now, rail transit is back and Metro Transit is prepared to welcome riders to light rail with...

University grads build tree houses

June 16, 2004

Face set with determination, Jon Vandervelde concentrated on updating his treehouse, while children scrambled up the spiral lattice surrounding the tree. But Vandervelde isn't another child building a...

U grad pedals bike security with style

June 7, 2004

As students made their way across the Washington Avenue Bridge on Friday, a new addition to the rows of bike racks caught their eyes. A new bike rack, resembling a bright green and orange fish, was donated...