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All content by Erin Ghere

Fear seems insurmountable for Americans

Published October 18, 2001

Since the United States began bombing Afghanistan over a week ago, I have heard many television and radio commentators asking experts if Americans are scared. The answer is obvious - of course we are. With...

U student competes with best as Irish dancing comes to Minnesota

Published September 24, 2001

As a little girl, University political science junior Kristina Lee performed ballet routines in puffy pink tutus and jazz dance steps to funky music. But she'd never seen anything quite like this. As an...

How incoming students can conquer college

Published September 4, 2001

Normally, I can't stand older people trying to tell me how to live. They did it their way and I'll do it my way, so why bother with advice? But at this point, I have to consider myself one of those "older"...

The concerns of living together before marriage

Published June 20, 2001

I recently began living in sin. After three years of dating and much talk of marriage, my boyfriend, Aaron, and I made the leap to roommates. We moved into a nice two-bedroom townhouse in the "'burbs"...

GPT needs to be eliminated

Published June 15, 2001

This week I hit the home stretch: only six weeks until I take the Graduation Proficiency Test and - by the grace of God - receive my degree from this University. It's been a long, hard road to get to this...

U officials round up support for 2001 legislative funding request

Published December 13, 2000

University officials have been preparing for the 2001 legislative session since last spring, but with opening day less than a month away, they're only beginning to promote issues on the University's request. After...

Regents consider showboat replacement

Published December 8, 2000

The Minnesota Centennial Showboat set the stage for a little bit of everything for 68 years. It set the scene for "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "Romeo and Juliet." The floating theater hosted dramatizations...

After presidential race decided, U.S. Congress becomes next political show

Published December 6, 2000

When the new U.S. Congress assembles in January, it will reflect a Hollywood movie script. There will be a former first lady, a dead governor's wife, a dozen or so lawmakers who won elections by less than...

Congress will meet to vote on proposed education bill

Published December 4, 2000

As the presidential saga stretches into its fifth week, Congress will head back to Washington, D.C., Monday to vote on, among other things, a $40 billion education bill. The bill includes proposed increases...

Research group gives state education high marks

Published December 4, 2000

According to a report released Thursday, Minnesota higher education is in good shape. The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, an independent research group, released the findings of...

Vikings, U discuss joint stadium

Published December 4, 2000

University officials have agreed to talk with the Minnesota Vikings about the possibility of a new Twin Cities football stadium. Although University Men's Athletics Director Tom Moe has met with Vikings...

Postal Service to honor Ugrad Roy Wilkins with Black Heritage stamp

Published November 27, 2000

Nearly two decades after his death, the image of civil rights activist and University graduate Roy Wilkins will soon be traveling all over the world. The former NAACP leader will be the 24th American honored...

New Senate rule forces Pogemiller to leave K-12 education committee

Published November 15, 2000

East Bank state Sen. Larry Pogemiller has had a big week. Last Tuesday, he was re-elected to his sixth term. And Monday, he changed jobs. Pogemiller, 49, had served as the Senate's K-12 education committee...

Electoral votes crucial to 2000 presidential race

Published November 7, 2000

Most students learned about the Electoral College in grade school and have never needed to know what it was since then. But for the first time in more than 100 years, the Electoral College might make a...

Ventura talks to Daily about youth vote, rise of third parties

Published November 2, 2000

After speaking to more than 400 students on Northrop Mall about the importance of voting, Gov. Jesse Ventura talked to The Minnesota Daily staff about the election, youth voter turnout and the Independence...

Bush addresses Minnesota supporters

Published November 2, 2000

As his Boeing 757, dubbed "Responsibility One," rolled up the tarmac, Republican candidate George W. Bush's supporters cheered vigorously Wednesday afternoon for the candidate they hope will be the nation's...

Health care tops agenda for presidential candidates

Published October 30, 2000

Of all the campaign issues debated this election season, none is more relentless than health care. In its varied forms -- including Medicare, abortion and health coverage -- health care has been discussed...

Athletics director to be named Friday; Moe only finalist

Published October 30, 2000

The University announced Friday that interim Men's Athletics Director Tom Moe is the only finalist for the permanent position after looking at more than 50 candidates. Moe, a former managing partner in...

Gore courts Minnesota’s swing voters

Published October 30, 2000

With rock music blasting and a sea of blue Gore-Lieberman 2000 signs greeting him, presidential candidate Al Gore pleaded Saturday night to keep Minnesota a Democratic stronghold. With only nine days remaining...

Minnesota’s Native Son

Published October 24, 2000

When Hubert H. Humphrey was a mid-century politician, party endorsements were a toss-up, children grew up idolizing their national leaders and many people wore their politics on their sleeves. When Humphrey...

U.S. Supreme Court will decide if disabled can sue state agencies

Published October 13, 2000

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday about whether people with disabilities can sue public colleges or other state agencies under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. The opposing participants...

Legal blood alcohol content to be .08 by 2004

Published October 5, 2000

Many students can think of a night they shouldn't have driven home but thankfully woke up safe in their beds. But soon the last drink putting drivers over the legal edge will come a little earlier. U.S....

sychology administrator, DFL officer and mom Mary McEvoy

Published October 2, 2000

Last weekend, Mary McEvoy loaded her three children into her car as she worked around the state as Minnesota DFL associate chairwoman. This week, she went to committee meetings and met with graduate students...

Gibson, Foley trample Independence Party competitors

Published September 13, 2000

As a candidate in the 1998 primary election, Gov. Jesse Ventura was laughed at by his mainstream party competitors. Today he holds the highest executive position in the state. The Independence Party, newly...

U health school chosen to conduct lung cancer study

Published September 8, 2000

An institute combining the efforts of the University's School of Public Health and Abbott Northwestern Hospital has been selected to conduct a national lung cancer screening study. The year-long, $3 million...

Gates gives $8 million to U center

Published September 7, 2000

The University's Center for School Change received $8 million from The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in a barrage of donations totaling $56 million to encourage smaller schools around the country. The...

U employees favor health care plan separate from state

Published September 7, 2000

Faculty leaders might be getting closer to recommending dramatic changes in how the University insures its employees' health. According to a report to be released this week, University employees have a...

Convention draws diverse crowd to L.A.

Published August 18, 2000

To paint Republican diversity as a facade, the Democratic National Convention was attended by a wide range of people -- black and white, gay and straight, men and women -- as Vice President Al Gore accepted...

onvention bears resemblance to John F. Kennedy’s

Published August 18, 2000

Forty years ago, a young John F. Kennedy strode across the stage at the Democratic National Convention to accept his party's nomination. He was a relative unknown. His family name was not in headlines....

National Reform Party experiences chaos

Published August 14, 2000

Gov. Jesse Ventura and members of the newly reformed Independence Party broke away from the national Reform Party earlier this year, saying it was in disarray. Chaos at this week's national Reform Party...

Bush accepts nomination, gains support at convention

Published August 4, 2000

Holding up two men as their answer to the country's problems, Republican delegates from every state converged in Philadelphia this week at the Republican National Convention in an effort to reclaim the...

Two U legislators retire, share memories

Published July 10, 2000

Many would agree the best way to legislate for the University is to know it from the inside. Rep. Lee Greenfield, DFL-Minneapolis, and Sen. Carol Flynn, DFL-Minneapolis, did just that. Both finished their...

Supreme Court rules on controversial topics before end of session

Published July 5, 2000

The U.S. Supreme Court was busy last week, announcing several controversial decisions. Ruling on citizens' rights when under arrest, gay and lesbian rights and "partial-birth" abortion, the court marked...

Former MSA president fights for position as state representative

Published June 16, 2000

Former Minnesota Student Association president Ben Bowman will run against state Rep. Phyllis Kahn in November to represent part of the University community. Bowman was endorsed by Republican leaders in...

Student voice reflected in voter turnout

Published June 7, 2000

Most view going to college as becoming an adult. Students come home when they want, are responsible for paying their rent on time and are allowed into previously forbidden places once they turn the ripe...

Legal service provides affordable resolutions

Published June 7, 2000

Students with legal problems often don't know where to turn; lawyers are too expensive for their dilemma, but dropping the matter seems unfair. That is where the University Student Legal Service can step...

Professor ‘buys’ time for extra writing

Published May 31, 2000

Julie Schumacher might be one of the only writers to thank her children's day-care center in her first novel, but they deserved it, she said. Schumacher is the mother of two, a University professor, director...

Campaign stays afloat with large donations

Published May 30, 2000

Out of 140,000 donors thus far, the University's Campaign Minnesota has benefitted the most from a few. One hundred and fifty-five donors, or about 2 percent, have supplied 92 percent of the fund raising...

Students to benefit from legislative decisions

Published May 22, 2000

Everyone can use extra cash, and the state Legislature offered to give a little more to and take a little less from students in two mid-May decisions. Some students will receive rebate checks in the mail...

U receives legislative funding

Published May 22, 2000

Gov. Jesse Ventura signed off on a $100 million University bonding bill last week that funds eight building projects, including the Molecular and Cellular Biology and Art buildings. The Legislature approved...

Gorbachev’s visit sets U abuzz

Published May 3, 2000

Contributors: Aaron Kirscht -- editor in chief Nick Doty -- project coordinator Michelle Franta -- copy chief Craig Gustafson -- associate editor Erin Ghere -- associate editor V. Paul Virtucio -- associate...

Research provides incentive to faculty

Published April 19, 2000

The University has begun a big push to raise faculty members' salaries, but money is not the only thing attracting faculty members to Minnesota. Recently, University President Mark Yudof proposed a 5.5...

Faculty push for higher salaries

Published April 17, 2000

When pharmacy students leave Brian Isetts' classroom for full-time jobs, their starting salaries are $15,000 to $20,000 more each year than the man who taught them the trade. Low faculty salaries have...

New committees created after fraud

Published April 14, 2000

Still reacting to November's announcement of widespread academic fraud in the men's basketball program, the Board of Regents approved two new faculty committees to oversee athletics. Neither the men's...

Sizable grants offer J-School options to improve education

Published March 16, 2000

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication announced last month it would be receiving one grant and awarding another. The journalism school was awarded a $1.35 million grant from the McCormick Tribune...

Domestic abuse growing concern for college students

Published March 16, 2000

Kami Talley was getting back on her feet. The 22-year-old was only months away from a University degree, was raising her 4-year-old daughter and had ended an abusive relationship with ex-boyfriend, Louis...

Yudof joins Bush’s transition team as education advisor

Published March 16, 2000

University President Mark Yudof has been asked to serve on President-elect George W. Bush's transition advisory committee on education, but knows little about the specifics of what he'll be doing. "I am...

New West Bank rep faces first day, partisan tension

Published March 16, 2000

Everyone is a little nervous on the first day of a new job. But most people don't have to deal with protesters, reporters and the pressure of hundreds of voters' expectations on their shoulders. And certainly...

Pope makes apology for past persecutions

Published March 14, 2000

Pope John Paul II made an unprecedented move Sunday when he asked forgiveness for 2,000 years of sins committed by the Roman Catholic Church. University area religious leaders applauded the pope's repentance,...

MSA funding slashed by student fees subcommittee

Published February 25, 2000

The Student Services Fees Committee Subcommittee recommended reducing Minnesota Student Association's funding by $26,500 Wednesday, while raising the total student fees allocated by $700,000. According...

Committees to replace athletics directors in academic oversight

Published February 25, 2000

A University faculty committee recommended removing athletics directors from academic oversight Thursday, placing another wedge between coaches and students in the aftermath of the men's basketball scandal. Under...

University student pursues political goals in D.C.

Published February 21, 2000

Leaving behind a burgeoning career in University politics, an academic tenure 34 credits shy of graduation and his girlfriend, University junior Kevin Nicholson moved to Washington D.C. in October to pursue...

Former medical professor leaves legacy of caring, dedication

Published February 17, 2000

Dr. James Shandorf, a man who spent much of his life walking the halls of the University's Medical School, died from heart failure Monday at the age of 90. Shandorf learned the medicine of obstetrics and...

Students demand rebate checks

Published February 14, 2000

Several months after 2.2 million Minnesota taxpayers received rebate checks from Gov. Jesse Ventura in the mail, some citizens are upset they did not benefit. Most college students and some senior citizens...

Flower sales boom on Valentine’s Day

Published February 14, 2000

Some people say Valentine's Day is for suckers. Others spend hundreds of dollars on the mid-winter occasion. Either way, florists all over the world reap the benefits of a holiday that pays respect to...

U reaches

Published February 2, 2000

Just two months after the University officially kicked off its $1.3 billion, three-year fund-raising campaign, it has already reached the halfway point, helped in no small part by an avalanche of donations. The...

Gore promotes health care, education

Published January 25, 2000

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Vice President Al Gore strode onto stage Tuesday at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, and took off his coat, ready to have a chat with 250 so-called good friends in the school's old...

Gore speaks about education, health care issues in Iowa

Published January 19, 2000

INDIANOLA, Iowa -- Vice President Al Gore touted his health care and education plans Tuesday morning as the best in the presidential campaign during an appearance at Simpson College, a private university...

Increased health care costs go into effect for U staff

Published January 18, 2000

Health insurance premiums for University employees jumped substantially Jan. 1, compelling the University to re-evaluate health care coverage for its workers. Premiums rose as much as 173 percent as a...

Ventura advises reduced funding

Published January 18, 2000

Gov. Jesse Ventura shocked University officials Friday when he said he would only support $54 million of the University's $134.3 million request during the 2000 legislative session. Ventura's recommendations...

McKnight Foundation gives U $15 million for faculty positions

Published January 18, 2000

University President Mark Yudof accepted a check for $15 million from the McKnight Foundation on Dec. 16 with a large smile on his face. The gift, which was the second-largest in University history, will...

Faculty optimistic of future in wake of fraud investigation

Published December 13, 1999

After a semester of embarrassments for the University, faculty members are looking to the rest of the academic year with optimism. "The faculty are proud of our University," said Fred Morrison, Faculty...

University receives grant to lead national research center

Published December 9, 1999

The working environment of the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education could be uneasy until Jan. 1. After receiving an $11 million grant Tuesday, the University will take the reins...

Health center battles financial troubles

Published December 9, 1999

The Academic Health Center was financially on its last leg last spring. Even after dipping into reserve funds, officials were forced to reduce class sizes, number of students in residency and cut faculty...

Seminars to benefit from new faculty

Published December 8, 1999

After only four days on campus, about 25 bleary-eyed freshmen walked into their freshman seminar to see University President Mark Yudof in front of the class. The University's freshman-seminar program...

University denied additional funding despite budget surplus

Published December 3, 1999

Although the state will benefit from a projected $1.6 billion budget surplus, University officials are still waiting to hear if benefits will extend to the University. So far, it isn't looking good, said...

Boston hands athletics reins to Moten Brown

Published December 1, 1999

Oversight of University athletics will radically change today. Following an announcement last month by University President Mark Yudof, Tonya Moten Brown, Yudof's chief of staff, will take responsibility...

Fraud report places faculty under scrutiny

Published November 24, 1999

Most students have had a bad day or two: flunked a quiz, forgotten an assignment or missed a test for a family emergency. And often, University faculty members are generous in those circumstances; they,...

U donations appear to be unaffected by recent scandal

Published November 22, 1999

Findings of widespread academic fraud in the men's basketball program and the removal of the men's athletics chain of command will not negatively affect donations to the University, said the head of the...

Report points to faculty members in wrongdoing

Published November 20, 1999

As members of the media scurried to and from press conferences, members of the Senate Consultative Committee met in a calm, closed-door meeting Friday afternoon to privately read the academic fraud report...

Web site aids professors in war on plagiarism

Published November 19, 1999

A new tool for professors to curb Internet cheating has been introduced -- on the Web. Plagiarism.org, created by University of California-Berkeley researchers and graduates, lets college professors upload...

Proposal would increase student Pell Grant awards

Published November 17, 1999

The average Pell Grant would increase $175 per student under an agreement between congressional Republicans and President Clinton. Congress is expected to vote on the bill by the end of the week. The bill...

Senator wants Boston, Dienhart to resign

Published November 17, 1999

A Minnesota state senator called for the resignation of McKinley Boston, vice president of student development and athletics, and Mark Dienhart, men's athletics director, in a Monday letter to National...

Athletics recommendations released

Published November 12, 1999

McKinley Boston's position, vice president of student development and athletics, would be removed under a faculty-student committee recommendation passed unanimously Thursday. The steering committee of...

Dienhart defends coach-faculty relations

Published November 12, 1999

Men's athletics director Mark Dienhart defended men's coaches and his boss, McKinley Boston, Thursday at a faculty-student committee meeting. He said the academic-fraud report, to be released next week,...

Representative pushes for parliamentary government

Published November 3, 1999

A University-area representative will introduce a proposal that could change the face of Minnesota government if approved by voters next winter. State Rep. Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis, said she will...

DFL seeks to involve young voters in politics

Published November 2, 1999

Kevin Nicholson wasn't paying much attention when President Clinton was voted into office in 1992. He was on the football field when the 1996 elections rolled around. But three years later, Nicholson is...

Ventura outlines Big Plan

Published October 29, 1999

Gov. Jesse Ventura said Thursday morning that his actions as the state's leader will outshine his outspoken nature. "I give you my word, my actions will speak louder than my words ever will," Ventura told...

Wellstone listed among top 50 U.S. legislators

Published October 29, 1999

As Congressional Quarterly named U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone, D-Minn., one the 50 most effective members of Congress, Wellstone was on the Senate floor arguing for small family farms, a DFL spokesperson said. Wellstone,...

Students react to sanctions on basketball team

Published October 27, 1999

After University President Mark Yudof announced sanctions against the men's basketball program for academic misconduct, many students and fans reacted with approval. The self-imposed sanctions include...

Insurance coverage falls short for many U faculty

Published October 27, 1999

University employees who travel out of state for University business, presentations, conferences or recreation are poorly covered by University health insurance. Under the current health-insurance plan,...

Yudof to use private donations for faculty

Published October 22, 1999

University President Mark Yudof announced Thursday plans to raise $275 million in private donations to increase faculty and staff salaries. At the $1.3 billion fund-raising campaign celebration in front...

Digital media introduced in U classrooms

Published October 21, 1999

Overheads, filmstrips and even VCRs are on their way out of many University classrooms as newer technology moves in. PowerPoint presentations, CD-ROMs, listservs and Web pages are taking over as faculty...

Faculty seek larger role in athletic issues

Published October 20, 1999

University faculty members are re-evaluating their roles and responsibilities in the wake of academic misconduct allegations against the men's basketball program last winter. In a soon-to-be-released report,...

Task force contemplates health-insurance options

Published October 20, 1999

Equal pay for equal work was introduced more than 20 years ago, but some University employees are concerned that the University's benefit plans discriminate against singles. Under the University's current...

University, MnSCU plan to coordinate metro-area efforts

Published October 14, 1999

The state House of Representatives higher-education committee began work early Wednesday, hearing about a planned collaboration between University and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities officials. Although...

Regents give nod to biennial capital request

Published October 11, 1999

The University completed the first steps of a yearlong funding process Friday when the Board of Regents approved the University's capital request. The request will be submitted to the state Legislature...

U studies find high teacher turnover in upcoming years

Published October 11, 1999

University researchers announced Friday that schools will need to replace half of Minnesota's teachers during the next five years, but that finding replacements could be difficult. The conclusion -- based...

University philanthropist receives award

Published October 11, 1999

On Wednesday night, Barbara Knudson was in Italy, talking with her peers at a United Nations international conference on solar cooking. On Thursday night, she was back in the Twin Cities, receiving an...

Poor room design prompts nickname contest

Published October 6, 1999

As students file into the room, Robert Roon prepares for another lecture to a group of first-year dentistry students that he cannot see, cannot interact with and often cannot hear. Roon's teaching isn't...

Committee’s proposals similar to 1992 report

Published October 5, 1999

The University Senate Consultative Committee's report released Thursday makes proposals similar to those in a 1992 report. But the earlier recommendations were never implemented. Burt Shapiro, chair of...

Faculty advise limited power

Published October 5, 1999

University faculty members recommended significant change in academic-misconduct reporting channels Thursday afternoon, including limiting the responsibility of McKinley Boston. According to the report,...

German-funded center opens doors at U

Published October 4, 1999

The University's Center of German and European Studies, an interdisciplinary academic center, held opening ceremonies Friday afternoon. In conjunction with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the center...

Ventura’s interview in Playboy causes stir

Published October 4, 1999

"Organized religion is a sham and a crutch for weak-minded people who need strength in numbers," Gov. Jesse Ventura said in an interview published in the November issue of Playboy magazine, now selling...

Yudof compliments academic initiatives in University address

Published October 1, 1999

Kristin Gustafson Highlighting University promises to students, faculty and the Legislature, University President Mark Yudof spoke about where the University has upheld its commitments and where it has...

Awards support overseas research, teaching

Published September 30, 1999

Angelita Reyes didn't know what to expect when she applied for the Fulbright Scholar Program, but she came away with an experience she won't soon forget. "I still have it in me after three years," said...

Senator’s wife speaks out on child literacy

Published September 28, 1999

Although her husband was the intended speaker, Sheila Wellstone lit up the Minnesota Literacy Summit on Monday with her charge to educators to improve children's literacy. Introduced by University professor...

U task force reviews health insurance plan

Published September 22, 1999

Even though the Board of Regents has declared domestic partners of University employees eligible for benefits, most are not insured through the University. Under the state's health insurance group, domestic...

Free software offered to U faculty

Published September 22, 1999

The University's Digital Media Center will become the first in the country to offer faculty members free high-end software this week in an attempt to introduce more technology into the classroom. Information...

Late semester end attributed to ‘accident of the calendar’

Published September 21, 1999

Political science professor Rainer Praetorius was in an bind when he realized University finals extend until Dec. 23. A visiting professor from Germany, Praetorius purchased a nonrefundable ticket home...