The Minnesota Daily

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U students get involved in local neighborhood groups

March 29, 2004

Whether the issue is Dinkytown riots, historic designation of greek houses or over-occupancy sweeps, students and permanent residents living near the University do not always see eye to eye. To help communication...

Neighborhood group looks to its future

March 25, 2004

The first meeting of the latest neighborhood association to form in Minneapolis kicked off its inception into the world of city politics Wednesday night. The University District Improvement Association,...

Group makes final plans to represent U neighborhood

March 24, 2004

A group will meet tonight to discuss final plans to form a University neighborhood association. The University District Improvement Association, a registered nonprofit group, said it is committed to forming...

Sale would uproot students

March 11, 2004

Nursing student Kara Salomonsen said she and her skiing-house roommates will experience difficulties if the University buys her rental house. The home is one of 16 properties in a Stadium Village-area...

U groups join forces to explain housing issues

March 9, 2004

An informational meeting about renting off campus caught Kelly Christiansen's eye as she lined up at the event's room reservation. "I'm going to sign up for a lease for an apartment tomorrow," the Riverbend...

Groups present last appeals for fees

March 5, 2004

Hundreds of students congregated at various public hearings this week, some thanking the Student Services Fees Committee but more scorning it. The hearings - held Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday on both...

Child care center officials say program might not continue without student fees.

March 2, 2004

Senior Carissa McCartan said she doesn't even want to think about paying more for child care if a funding cut is made to the Community Child Care Center. "There's no way I am going to be able to stay here...

Check-off system lets students withhold fees from some groups

February 27, 2004

Most University students must pay Student Services Fees, like it or not. But during registration they can opt out of paying fees for two groups that have political viewpoints. Minnesota Public Interest...

Proposed land annex faces fight

February 17, 2004

The organizers of a proposed University neighborhood could face difficulty trying to annex land from part of the Prospect Park neighborhood. Although it is possible for one neighborhood to take land from...

Report looks at minority education gap

February 16, 2004

A new report detailing the achievement gap for Minnesota minority students was unveiled Friday at a conference held at the University. The 2004 State of Students of Color report notes discrepancies in...

Group urges formation of U district

February 10, 2004

University students living near or on campus might soon have their own official neighborhood association. The group would represent residents living in areas not included in other recognized neighborhoods...

U digs out from under winter’s wrath

February 3, 2004

Getting to school was not easy Monday. Snow blanketed much of the state and came down all day, leaving many roadways and sidewalks congested. For commuter Steve Goldberg, the drive east on Interstate Highway...

Study will assess parking situation in Southeast Como

February 2, 2004

Free parking near the University is difficult to find. To avoid paying, graduate student Cory Kending parks in the Southeast Como neighborhood and walks a dozen blocks to school every day. The cold weather...

Sorority chapter prepares to disband

January 28, 2004

Because of low membership, the University could have one less greek organization on campus this summer. The members of the Theta chapter of Delta Delta Delta sorority could officially close their doors...

Jefferson to move students from over-occupied units

December 12, 2003

Sophomore Kelly Walter did not think much of it when Jefferson Commons employees first told her that one or two of her five roommates would have to move out by next year. Then she asked what they meant...

New housing group opposes inspection sweeps in Como area

December 9, 2003

A few Southeast Como residents are causing a stir with the Southeast Como Improvement Association by forming a neighborhood group behind the association board members' backs. The group, called Safe Affordable...

Como neighborhood group sees threat in anonymous letter

December 3, 2003

Tensions were high between landlords, a City Council member and neighborhood residents at a Southeast Como Improvement Association meeting Tuesday evening. Discussion focused on an anonymous letter the...

U-area landlords band together

December 2, 2003

A group of University-area landlords has started an organization to combat what they see as unfair discrimination. The University Concerned Landlords Association is a group of between 25 and 50 property...

Students have options to solve roommate conflicts

November 26, 2003

On a campus where thousands of students live in tiny residence hall rooms and cramped apartments, roommate horror stories are not difficult to find. University junior Tessa Hodapp said she and her first-year...

Benanav pitches tighter housing rules

November 20, 2003

Students renting apartments in St. Paul might have a new hurdle to jump to ensure legal residence in a rental property. The St. Paul City Council heard a proposal by council member Jay Benanav - who represents...

Advocate: Low-income housing problem will worsen in the future

November 20, 2003

Cushing Dolbeare, a nationally renowned low-income-housing advocate, has worked to provide affordable homes in the United States for more than 50 years. "Some call her the Rosa Parks of housing; others...

Interfraternity Council elects new president

November 19, 2003

Paul Horner of Delta Upsilon was elected president of the Interfraternity Council on Wednesday evening. Horner said as council president he plans to improve the greek image on campus and improve relations...

Student housing forum focuses on student-renters

November 14, 2003

Student-renters have plenty of rights and resources available to them when dealing with landlords, panel members said at an annual student housing forum Thursday. The event, organized by the Minnesota...

Greeks query city on new house rules

November 11, 2003

O wners of historically designated fraternity and sorority houses met with the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission on Monday evening to discuss new building guidelines. The recently designated...

Drag show fuels controversy in Middlebrook Hall

November 4, 2003

A drag show planned for Tuesday featuring drag queens from the Gay 90s has created controversy among students and organizers in Middlebrook Hall. The residence hall's council scheduled the event to represent...

All students test clean for one legendary campus ‘infection’

November 3, 2003

If one talks to students about sexual health issues, many will mention a sexually transmitted infection unique to the University campus: "Gopher warts." "I heard it was a strain unique to the University,"...

Hundreds line up for flu shots

October 29, 2003

Hundreds of students, faculty and staff lined up for free flu shots Tuesday in Moos Tower. An estimated 1,100 people received flu shots at the clinic, the first in a series of vaccinations organized annually...

U installs public defibrillators to guard against sudden heart attacks

October 28, 2003

Following a national health-care trend, the University's Department of Emergency Management is installing dozens of portable defibrillators on campus for public use. Defibrillators are medical devices...

Classes move off campus

October 22, 2003

Several instructors held their classes off campus Tuesday to give their students the chance to avoid crossing picket lines. Instructors moved classes to churches, coffee shops and bars to avoid crossing...

Students, profs debate adding bar to Coffman

October 16, 2003

Currently, the only alcohol option in Coffman Union is the fourth-floor, members-only Campus Club. On Wednesday night, the University's Parliamentary Debate Society met in Moos Tower to argue the merits...

Debate on U.S. foreign policy comes to the U

October 15, 2003

As tensions over U.S. foreign policy and national security divide Americans, people at the University had the chance to discuss their views and concerns with a former senator and ambassador Tuesday. "The...

Council declares houses historic

October 13, 2003

The Minneapolis City Council approved the historic designation of 33 University-area houses Friday, many of which belong to greek communities. The designation process created a stir between home owners...

City Council to vote on historic designation

October 10, 2003

The Minneapolis City Council will discuss and vote Friday on whether to assign historic designations to several fraternity and sorority houses near the University. The council vote is the last step in...

More students relax in stress classes

October 7, 2003

A series of stress-relief classes offered by Boynton Health Service is drawing stronger-than-ever attendance this fall. The "Comfort Zone" stress management workshops are offered at varied times every...

Despite protests, committee passes historic designation

October 3, 2003

The Minneapolis City Council Zoning and Planning Committee unanimously approved the proposed historic designation of several greek houses near campus at its meeting Thursday, clearing the way for the full...

Coalition leader opposes historic designation

October 2, 2003

The Minneapolis City Council Zoning and Planning Committee will decide Thursday whether to recommend the city make several University fraternity and sorority houses historic properties. Leading the effort...

Commission backs allowing changes to some historic buildings

September 30, 2003

The crowning achievement of Campus Journey Ministries' newly renovated, early 20th century house near University Avenue Southeast will hopefully be a coffee shop on the first floor that will be open to...

Smart, funny, friendly

September 22, 2003

Elizabeth Wencl was an outgoing, intelligent and funny person, her friends said. "She would do anything to make people laugh," said Duluth sophomore Holly Betlach, who attended Owatonna Senior High School...

Career fair aims to fill health fields

September 18, 2003

The University is doing its part to curb employee shortages in the health-care industry. On Wednesday, the Academic Health Center held its third annual Health Career Fair, drawing hundreds of community...