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Mariana Shuck sits in the livingroom of her Burnsville home, March 8. A collage of their family made my Anarae hangs above her head along with other family photos.

The aftermath

Published April 9, 2014

Anarae Schunk’s room hasn’t changed. Clothes hang in her closet, a pair of her shoes sits neatly near the door and books line her shelves — “The Chronicles of Narnia,” “Life...

U associate professor arrested

Published March 8, 2014

FBI Special Agents arrested a University of Minnesota faculty member Friday following accusations of child exploitation, KSTP reported. An arrest warrant was issued out of Louisiana for Woody Dale Branton,...

U student found near Stone Arch Bridge was intoxicated, officials say

Published February 28, 2014

A combination of hypothermia and acute alcohol intoxication contributed to the death of a University of Minnesota freshman whose body was found near the Mississippi River in December, WCCO reported Thursday. According...

U student victim of criminal sexual conduct

Published January 24, 2014

A man inappropriately touched a University of Minnesota student Thursday afternoon as she was walking near the intersection of Essex Street and Huron Boulevard, University police said. According to a crime...

Body found in Chicago River presumed to be that of missing student

Published January 14, 2014

A body found in the Chicago River Wednesday afternoon is apparently that of University of Minnesota senior Lauren Li, who fell in the river trying to rescue a friend early Monday. Li was visiting Chicago...

New CLA dean announced

Published January 8, 2014

The University of Minnesota announced Wednesday that John Coleman is set to become the next College of Liberal Arts dean, pending Board of Regents approval. The appointment of Coleman, who has served as...

Firefighters continue to hose down Minneapolis apartments and a grocery store that exploded and caught fire Wednesday morning near Cedar Riverside. A total of 14 people were taken to hospitals, 6 in critical condition. The cause of the fire is still being investigated.

Explosion, fire in Cedar-Riverside injure 14

Published January 1, 2014

An explosion and fire at a Cedar-Riverside building Wednesday morning injured 14 people, 6 critically. The building, located at 516 Cedar Ave., is owned by Garad Nor of Wadani Properties LLC and houses...

UMD student stable after night in freezing temps

Published December 11, 2013

It's still unclear how a young woman ended up unconscious on her neighbor's porch in Duluth, Minn. Friday night, spending more than nine hours in temperatures that dropped to 17 below zero. University...

U student victim of attempted kidnapping

Published November 27, 2013

A University of Minnesota student was the victim of an attempted kidnapping early Wednesday, according to University police. The victim was walking near the intersection of University Avenue Southeast...

University Village evacuated for two hours after CO leak

Published November 25, 2013

A carbon monoxide leak forced University Village residents out of the apartment building for about two hours Friday night. Officials let residents back in shortly after 10 p.m. Minneapolis Fire Battalion...

Halloween robberies add to increasing list

Published November 1, 2013

A string of robberies Thursday night added to a growing list of similar incidents near the University of Minnesota campus. Just before midnight Thursday, a suspect approached two victims – one a...

Here we are in the 90s

Published September 17, 2013

  The fashion world is a time warp. Trends go in and out of style faster than you can say “jeggings,” things we laughed at in our parents’ old photographs have wiggled their way...

University Regent Laura Brod could pursue legal action for online photo

Published July 31, 2013

University of Minnesota Board of Regents member and former state legislator Laura Brod said in a statement last week that she is pursuing legal action after a private photograph of her — which she...

U students leave Egypt amid unrest

Published July 10, 2013

University of Minnesota graduate students on a summer internship in Egypt decided to leave the country last week, amid escalating violence and unrest. The four Humphrey School of Public Affairs students...

New Vice Provost for Student Affairs announced

Published May 17, 2013

The University of Minnesota’s new vice provost for student affairs and dean of students was announced Friday, following a five-month search. Danita Brown, who has worked as Purdue University’s...

Normandale students Mohamed Hassan and Quadsia Anjum work on a chemistry lab on Monday, April 22, 2013, at Normandale Community College in Bloomington. Hassan is one of many students that are interested in transferring to the University of Minnesota, although retention in the admissions process could make that transfer more difficult.

As standards skyrocket, so do barriers

Published April 25, 2013

Two decades ago, only 15 percent of University of Minnesota students graduated in four years. It was a problem the Board of Regents asked administrators to tackle in the years that followed. In the early...

A university facility management worker guards the door of a first floor mens bathroom of Nicholson Hall while a crew cleans the a written threat from a stall wall inside Friday, April 12, 2013.

Nicholson Hall evacuated after bomb threat

Published April 15, 2013

Nicholson Hall on the University of Minnesota’s East Bank was evacuated at about 11 a.m. on Friday after a bomb threat was discovered earlier in the day. University police called the all-clear a...

UMAA board names new president and CEO

Published April 11, 2013

The University of Minnesota Alumni Association’s Board of Directors has named a new president and CEO. Lisa Lewis, who is currently serving a similar role at the University of Connecticut, will start...

Both Fairview merger proposals axed

Published April 11, 2013

Amid controversy and concern from all sides, proposals from both Sanford Health and the University of Minnesota to merge with Fairview Health Services were nixed Wednesday. The proposal from South Dakota-based...

University: study consent forms not falsified

Published March 25, 2013

  After a request for an investigation into research misconduct in a University of Minnesota clinical drug trial, University officials said they investigated and found the concerns are baseless. After...

FBI raids room in Middlebrook

Published March 11, 2013

Minneapolis FBI agents searched a student’s dorm room in the University of Minnesota’s Middlebrook Hall early Wednesday morning. University spokesman Matt Hodson said the agents had a search...

GLBTA office reflects on 20 years

Published February 18, 2013

In November, Minnesota became the only state in the nation to reject a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage; now, after remarks from Gov. Mark Dayton in last week’s State of the State...

Freshman Emily Simmons gazes at James Rosenquists Worlds Fair Mural on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at the Weisman Art Museum. Simmons says she tries to come into the museum once a month because she finds art very relaxing, and it takes her mind off other things.

In a crunch, turning to art

Published February 11, 2013

On a quiet Monday evening in October 2007, police in Lynchburg, Va., surrounded the Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College. The president of the college strode into the museum with art handlers, an attorney...

Search begins for new Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Published December 11, 2012

University of Minnesota administrators announced today that a committee will begin a national search for the next Vice Provost for Student Affairs and dean of students. Jerry Rinehart, who has held the...

U for sale: branding in higher ed

Published December 10, 2012

Minnesota’s largest advertising agency sits in the Ford Center in downtown Minneapolis. Where Model Ts were once lowered from the ceiling and assembled piece-by-piece, advertising professionals now...

Money woes impact academics

Published December 5, 2012

In the wake of the economic recession and amid rising tuition costs, college students nationwide are experiencing financial stress — and it’s impacting their academic work. The 2012 National...

U to assess undergrad programs

Published December 3, 2012

Top research universities have traditionally been measured by the quality of their graduate programs. But recently the focus has shifted toward undergraduate education. Administrators at the University...

Violence abroad hits home

Published November 28, 2012

Every morning, Ahmed Musallam wakes up and checks Palestinian news sources to see if the list of casualties in his native Gaza includes any family or friends. As the only member of his family living outside...

Interior design freshman Cody Johnson works on papers Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, at Coffman Union.

Over break, all’s quiet on the East Bank

Published November 26, 2012

On Friday, the University of Minnesota campus was silent. Locked buildings full of empty classrooms were dark, and passersby were few and far between, bundled and walking quickly to escape the cold. Only...

U committee tackles grad student academic freedom

Published November 21, 2012

The University of Minnesota has been involved in a number of academic freedom cases in recent years, leading it to establish guidelines on how the protection applies to faculty. But for graduate students,...

Michael Powers works to grow tissue for opiate receptor research Monday afternoon in Weaver-Densford Hall. Powers has started to more seriously consider his plans for retirement as grant funding for his current project winds down over the next few years.

U course helps retirees transition

Published November 20, 2012

In four years, Michael Powers will reach the University of Minnesota’s Rule of 90 — when his age plus the number of years he’s worked at the University equal 90. The rule allows University...

Second-year orchestral conducting doctoral candidate Sergey Bogza conducts the University Symphony Orchestra in playing Tchaikovskys Violin Concerto in D major on Friday in Ferguson Hall. Bogza said he came to Minnesota because of the reputation of its two largest orchestras.

Lockouts a ‘big loss’ for U students

Published November 12, 2012

Sergey Bogza came to Minneapolis for two reasons: the University of Minnesota’s School of Music and the reputation of the area’s orchestras. Growing up in Portland, Ore., Bogza — a second-year...

U making second try for diversity VP

Published November 5, 2012

After a months-long search and a two-year vacancy, the University of Minnesota is one step closer to choosing a new vice president for equity and diversity. Last week the two finalists for the position...

In revamp, thinking about diversity

Published November 1, 2012

The plan to restructure the University of Minnesota Graduate School is intended to streamline processes and cut costs, but some are worried that amid the changes, the University’s attention to diversity...

U stays silent in affirmative action case

Published October 30, 2012

Though the U.S. Supreme Court isn’t expected to decide Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin  until July, individuals and institutions across the U.S. have taken public stances to support...

Kaler names new VP of research

Published October 29, 2012

A University of Texas administrator will be the next head of the University of Minnesota’s research efforts and funding. Brian Herman will begin the job Jan. 1, pending regents’ approval. He...

New VP for research announced

Published October 25, 2012

The University of Minnesota announced its new vice president for research Thursday, following a five-month search. Dr. Brian Herman, a professor and administrator at the University of Texas, will begin...

Design thinking re-envisions higher education

Published October 23, 2012

Groups of students, faculty members and community leaders sat at tables and discussed their options, working on designs with materials like pipe cleaners, duct tape and clay. Their challenge? To re-design...

University of Minnesota Senate pushes for voter ID education

Published October 22, 2012

The University of Minnesota Senate suspended its rules to pass a resolution encouraging education on the voter ID amendment before the Nov. 6 election. The resolution was written by members of the Senate’s...

Students borrowers now average over $26,000 in debt, study finds

Published October 18, 2012

Of students who graduated from college in 2011, 66 percent graduated with student loan debt and averaged a total of $26,600, according to a recent report by the Institute for College Access and Success. Average...

U cuts state reg. for controlled substance research

Published October 17, 2012

University of Minnesota researchers who work with controlled substances now face one less obstacle in the process. After 13 years without an incident of substance diversion — a theft from a research...

Law students, profs debate required pro bono work

Published October 16, 2012

Paula Polasky went to law school because she wanted to make a difference. Now in her third year at the University of Minnesota Law School, she’s done extensive legal volunteer work, including a weeklong...

Donations to the U increase for third year

Published October 15, 2012

Donations to the University of Minnesota increased 10 percent this year to a total of $244 million. The donations, in the form of outright gifts and future commitments, came from more than 78,000 donors...

Al-Shabab witness probed

Published October 15, 2012

A former al-Shabab member testified Thursday that he lied to the FBI and a federal judge about his involvement with the terrorist group. Kamal Said Hassan, 27, is a witness for the U.S. government in its...

Tibetan leader visits U

Published October 15, 2012

Zhen Wang is a strong believer in the power of dialogue to make lasting change. So, when she discovered Tibetan political leader Dr. Lobsang Sangay would be at the University of Minnesota for an open discussion...

Tibet’s political leader to visit U

Published October 11, 2012

Dr. Lobsang Sangay, Tibet's prime minister, will arrive at the University of Minnesota Law School Friday, his first visit to Minnesota since coming to power. Sangay's visit comes in the wake of...

Research vice president finalists announced

Published October 3, 2012

A University of Minnesota search committee announced three finalists for the University’s vice president for research position Wednesday. The finalists are Mark M. Banaszak Holl of the University...

U administration to review pay gap

Published October 3, 2012

The University of Minnesota administration plans to analyze 2012 salary data for gender disparities this fall, which may lead to new review methods in the spring. The analysis, to be conducted by the University’s...

Black faculty, staff look to reboot association

Published October 1, 2012

People of color at the University of Minnesota can feel isolated on a campus where faculty, staff and students are primarily white. In an effort to change this, Alysia Lajune, assistant department director...

Robert Jones: Grammy winner, VP, president

Published September 27, 2012

When Robert Jones took an assistant professorship at the University of Minnesota in 1977, he planned to stay for five years, or possibly until he got tenure. Thirty-four years later, the University’s...

Abdirahman Hassan reaches the top of a staircase behind Northrop Memorial Auditorium on Monday afternoon during a commute through campus. This is one of the places he encounters throughout the week that doesn’t have access for people with disabilities.

Navigating the U

Published September 25, 2012

Light-rail construction has created new frustrations for every student on the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities campus. But for students with disabilities, closed sidewalks, fewer bus stops and...

Law grads value job placement rates

Published September 24, 2012

Not long ago, going to law school was a safe bet — both for students who planned on practicing law and those who were less certain of their future career path. But in recent years, a sputtering legal...

P&A employees to be eligible for awards

Published September 18, 2012

Many of those standing in front of classrooms at the University of Minnesota are not faculty members but professional and administrative employees — the University’s largest employee group. But...

Colleges have crushes, too

Published September 14, 2012

The common wisdom when applying to college is to choose a wide range of schools -- some that will be easy to get into, some that that are a little more of a challenge, and a couple "dream schools,"...

Instructor Hyeryung Hwang helps a student during a group discussion in a University writing class in Lind Hall.

Int’l TAs adjust to American instruction

Published September 12, 2012

When Hyeryung Hwang first started work as a teaching assistant at the University of Minnesota, she asked a fellow non-native English speaker how long it would take to speak English fluently. “She...

Faculty Senate looks ahead after 100 years

Published September 10, 2012

When the University of Minnesota’s Faculty Senate formed in 1912, its members probably couldn’t have imagined the challenges that confront the University today. In celebrating its centennial...

In faculty hiring spree, U looks to fill spots in STEM fields first

Published September 6, 2012

After announcing a plan this summer to hire 100 new faculty members, the University of Minnesota has initiated the process across several of its campuses, with the first major rounds of hiring occurring...

American Indian studies assistant professor Clint Carroll prepares a manuscript Friday in Scott Hall. Junior faculty of color participate in a writing group to improve skills and create cross-departmental connections.

Faculty of color find community in writing

Published September 4, 2012

For J.B. Mayo, writing is like running. He tries to set aside a little time for it every day, and he’s found it’s easier to stay motivated when working alongside others. This wasn’t always...

125 Harvard students accused of cheating

Published August 31, 2012

Harvard University accused 125 students Thursday of cheating on a take-home final exam, the New York Times reported. The students, representing nearly half of the total enrollment for an introductory government...

Think college is expensive? Try child care.

Published August 17, 2012

Parents across the nation no longer have 18 years to prepare for college tuition costs. According to a study released Thursday by Child Care Aware of America, infant child care is more expensive than in-state...

Dayton declares remembrance of U.S.-Dakota War

Published August 16, 2012

In recognition of the 150th anniversary of the U.S.-Dakota War, Governor Mark Dayton has declared Friday a Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation. Five settlers in Meeker County were killed by a group of...

Man who protested General Mills dies of heart attack

Published August 15, 2012

Michael Leisner, whose August 5th protest of General Mills resulted in a viral video, died Saturday after suffering a heart attack. Leisner's protest, which involved igniting a box of Cheerios outside...

New anti-bullying law on the horizon

Published August 15, 2012

Minnesota schools may soon have to change the way they deal with bullying. The Task Force on the Prevention of Bullying, appointed by Governor Mark Dayton in February, released their recommendations for...

Political science doctoral candidate Zhen Wang drops her son Daniel off at the Community Child Care Center Tuesday morning on the St. Paul Campus. Wang, like other graduate student parents, struggles with childcare costs, relying on savings and family support.

A balancing act: Parenting at the U

Published August 8, 2012

Adam Lindberg is exhausted. His son was born two years ago, in the midst of Lindberg’s doctorate program. When classes started in the fall, he told his students he would be sleep deprived that semester...

Why students go overseas

Published August 7, 2012

Each year, thousands of students leave their native country to study at a university overseas, leaving behind family, friends and the educational system they grew up with. So why do it? The British Council's...

University assesses value of its 200-plus centers and institutes

Published August 1, 2012

The University of Minnesota has completed an evaluation of 241 centers and institutes across all five campuses as part of President Eric Kaler’s ongoing mission of “operational excellence.” Results...

Kaler talks tech upgrade, task force, Tubby

Published August 1, 2012

After a summer of major policy decisions, administrative changes and plans for the University of Minnesota’s future, President Eric Kaler sat down with the Minnesota Daily for the last time before...

Jonah Lehrer, New Yorker staff writer, resigns

Published July 30, 2012

Jonah Lehrer, a staff writer at the New Yorker, has resigned from his position after admitting to fabricating quotes in his bestselling book, the nonfictional Imagine: How Creativity Works. According to...

Anatomy of a policy

Published July 25, 2012

At its July meeting, the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents approved revisions to its policy on administrative compensation. The policy, which provides a standard procedure for compensation,...

Regents wrap up summer

Published July 18, 2012

In its final regular meeting of the summer, the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents finalized several anticipated decisions, including administrative leave policies, new administrators and...

Taps will flow at TCF, but concerns remain

Published July 18, 2012

Alcohol sales in TCF Bank Stadium were approved by the University of Minnesota Board of Regents last week, but administrators and students alike are approaching the change with caution. Beginning this...

Regents approve beer, wine sales at U games

Published July 11, 2012

Beginning this fall, University of Minnesota fans will be able to purchase beer and wine at Gopher sporting events. In Wednesday's much-anticipated decision, the University of Minnesota’s Board...

Smith Hall evacuated after chemical spill

Published July 11, 2012

The University of Minnesota’s Smith Hall was evacuated Wednesday after a chemical spill at about 2:50 p.m. No injuries have been reported. The building is expected to be open as usual Thursday morning. According...

Regents retreat to focus on ‘big picture’

Published July 11, 2012

When the Board of Regents left for its annual retreat last year, it had a new president, a new chair and three new members. After a year of administrative transitions, new policies and ever-dwindling state...

Kaler talks staff picks, future faculty, Fourth plans

Published July 3, 2012

President Eric Kaler sat down with the Minnesota Daily to talk about new administrators and faculty, administrative leave packages and his plans for the Fourth of July. Pam Wheelock was recently appointed...

Sr. Building and Grounds Worker Pat Bemrick works the night shift Sunday at the Barbara Barker Center for Dance.

Custodians say team cleaning is still an issue

Published July 3, 2012

Pat Bemrick  has seen a lot of changes during his time at the University of Minnesota. He graduated in 1996 with a degree in film studies, and has worked as a campus custodian for nearly 20 years....

U partially reinstates scholarship

Published June 27, 2012

Rick Castillo didn’t expect finishing his Master of Business Administration at the University of Minnesota to be one of the worst times of his life. But after the Regents Scholarship that allowed...

Ousted University of Virginia president is back on campus

Published June 26, 2012

University of Virginia President Theresa A. Sullivan was reinstated today by the board that ousted her earlier this month. According to the New York Times, the 15-member Board of Visitors called a special...

Many weren’t made aware of 9/11 scholarship for California families

Published June 21, 2012

In the wake of the September 11th attacks, California lawmakers spearheaded a program to provide scholarships to victims' families -- but many families never found out about the program or were told...

Faculty discuss academic freedom

Published June 20, 2012

As universities nationwide receive less state support, many are looking for research funding from the private sector. But this funding can come with stipulations — in the most extreme cases, faculty...

Mubarak declared “clinically dead”

Published June 19, 2012

Hosni Mubarak, Egypt's ousted leader, has been declared "clinically dead" by the Egypt state news agency, Reuters reported. According to the Associated Press, the 84-year-old Mubarak was...

Some universities plan to reveal financial realities

Published June 15, 2012

Amid skyrocketing student debt and the ongoing congressional battle over student loan interest rates, ten colleges and universities want to increase the transparency of financial aid. According to the...

Regents approve budget, 3.5% tuition hike

Published June 13, 2012

The University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents approved President Eric Kaler’s budget for fiscal year 2013 last week. The approval marked the beginning of Kaler’s second year in office. The...

Regents talk stricter conduct code

Published June 13, 2012

Providing alcohol to minors, sexual assault and bullying have long violated University of Minnesota policy. Proposed changes to the student conduct code place greater emphasis on these offenses and clarify...

U to instate 26-credit minimum for transfers

Published June 6, 2012

  Students transferring to the University of Minnesota will likely need to meet a minimum requirement of 26 credits starting this fall. A policy recommended by a Faculty Senate committee would take...

Board to approve 2013 budget this week

Published June 6, 2012

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents will meet this week to approve President Eric Kaler’s proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The board will also discuss changes to the student...

In the face of budget cuts, California universities suffer

Published June 5, 2012

Once a model of public higher education, the California State University system is suffering in the wake of massive budget cuts amounting to $1.6 billion in ten years, the New York Times reported. The...

Kaler talks budget, new staff, tuition

Published May 30, 2012

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler sat down with the Minnesota Daily last week to discuss his proposed undergraduate tuition increase — the lowest in 12 years — changes to the University...

Some grad students hurt more from proposed tuition hike

Published May 30, 2012

University of Minnesota graduate students are anticipating a 4 percent tuition increase as part of University President Eric Kaler’s recently proposed budget for fiscal year 2013. Though the increase...

Kaler talks budget, new staff, first year in office

Published May 25, 2012

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler sat down with the Minnesota Daily Thursday to discuss his proposed undergraduate tuition increase — the lowest in 12 years — the appointment of...

Regents discuss proposed operating budget

Published May 11, 2012

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents held its May meetings Thursday and Friday to discuss the proposed 2013 operating budget. The proposed budget drew students and faculty to testify at the public...

Mechanical engineering professor Perry Li stands in the hydraulic hybrid vehicle that inspired his isothermal compressed air energy storage system Monday in the Mechanical Engineering building.

U licenses energy storage system

Published May 2, 2012

Perry Li’s renewable energy storage system started as an idea for powering energy-efficient cars. Six years later, his isothermal compressed air energy storage technology, which provides large-scale...

Recent refugees face language barriers

Published April 25, 2012

For refugees adapting to new life in the U.S., accessing health care, child care and transportation is a challenge without knowing the language. In the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, where a large portion...

Astronomer Mike Brown talks about his 2005 discovery of Eris, a planet slightly larger than Pluto, Wednesday afternoon at Tate Hall.  Browns discovery lead to Plutos demotion from a planet to that of dwarf planet.

‘Pluto killer’ visits campus, talks about demise of 9th planet

Published April 16, 2012

  When Mike Brown announced the discovery of Eris in 2005, it was initially hailed as the 10th planet. But by the following year, it had been demoted to a dwarf planet, taking Pluto down with it. Brown,...

U insurance to cover birth control devices dispensed outside Boynton

Published April 11, 2012

  The University of Minnesota will expand its insurance coverage of contraceptive devices obtained outside of Boynton Health Service  for students enrolled in the Student Health Benefit Plan...

Architecture associate professor Lee Anderson poses, sporting his virtual reality headset. Anderson collaborated with others to create a wireless virtual courtyard that College of Design students can walk through and experience in real time.

Rapson Hall’s virtual courtyard becoming a reality

Published April 4, 2012

  Donning a headset, students working in the College of Design’s new virtual reality lab can transform the room into a life-like version of a building. The lab opened this semester in Rapson...