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Man jumps off 10th Avenue Bridge to his death

April 19, 2012

A man jumped off the 10th Avenue Bridge to his death Thursday morning. At least three witnesses on the bridge said they saw the man sitting on the edge of the railing, push his body off the ledge and fall...

Daily Digest: Road Works, Ryan Gosling and Google Wonders

April 5, 2012

Here is your Daily Digest for Thursday, April 4:  - Road construction season is upon us, as the Minnesota Department of Transportation announced 316 new road projects around the state, according to...

New Dean of the Carlson School of Management Sri Zaheer speaks about her vision for the school at a press conference Thursday morning at the Carlson School.  Zaheer has been acting as the interim dean of the school since July.

Interim dean named dean of Carlson School

March 8, 2012

Srilata Zaheer was named the 12th dean of the Carlson School of Management Thursday. She will begin work at her new post immediately, pending approval from the University of Minnesota Board of Regents,...

Timothy Bakdash

Testimony: Bakdash must have had control of car

March 2, 2012

 Timothy Bakdash had to be in control of his car when he drove onto and down a sidewalk along narrow Fifth Street Southeast, according to witness testimony during his murder trial Thursday. Minneapolis...

J.K. Rowling to publish an adult novel

February 23, 2012

The author of the world-renowned children's series is switching to an older audience. Almost five years after publishing the last book in the Harry Potter series J.K. Rowling is writing an adult novel,...

U student assaulted on Huron Boulevard

February 23, 2012

A University of Minnesota student was stabbed with a knife during an attempted robbery Wednesday night. Minneapolis police responded to a call around 7:30 p.m. The incident occurred near 611 Huron Blvd.,...

Teacher seniority bill passes through House

February 17, 2012

A bill that would eliminate the so-called "last in, first out" philosophy when it comes to teacher layoffs passed the Minnesota House of Representatives Thursday. The bill will next go to the...

Deal on Vikings stadium expected to be made soon

February 17, 2012

A deal for the new Vikings stadium could be reached within several days, according to Minnesota Public Radio. Vikings Vice President of Public Affairs and Stadium Development Lester Bagley says "negotiations...

Daily Digest: Underwear Bomber, Mining Violations and The Voice

February 16, 2012

Here's your Daily Digest for Thursday, Feb. 16: A Nigerian man who admitted to the attempted bombing of a Northwest Airlines flight has been sentenced to life in prison, according to the Associated...

Group back in court with U over list of ‘unreliable’ websites

February 15, 2012

   A federal appeals court heard a case Tuesday against the University of Minnesota’s labeling of certain websites as unreliable for academic use. The Turkish Coalition of America filed...

Appeal for blacklisted site goes to hearing

February 14, 2012

A federal appeals court heard a case against the University of Minnesota’s right to label certain websites as unreliable for academic use Tuesday. The Turkish Coalition of America filed the appeal...

Prop 8 struck down; decision has no legal holds in Minn.

February 8, 2012

  A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that CaliforniaâÄôs controversial Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in the state, was unconstitutional. Although the case may wind up in...

University loses famed researcher to Texas Heart Institute

February 8, 2012

Doris Taylor, the researcher who rose to prominence by creating a functioning rat heart in a laboratory, is leaving the University of Minnesota. On March 1, Taylor will begin work at the Texas Heart Institute...

University loses beating heart creator to Texas

February 7, 2012

Doris Taylor, the researcher who rose to prominence by growing a rat heart in a laboratory, is leaving the University of Minnesota. Starting March 1, Taylor will begin work at the Texas Heart Institute...

Daily Digest: Anoka-Hennepin School District Policy, Iraqi Embassy, Europe Freeze

February 7, 2012

Here is your Daily Digest for Tuesday, February 7th: The Anoka-Hennepin school district teachers are speaking out against the district's controversial approach to addressing sexuality. On Monday, the district's...

Minnesota tuition, fees higher than the national average

January 26, 2012

Tuition and fees at most higher education institutions in Minnesota are higher than national averages, according to a report released Thursday by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education. Minnesota's two-year...

Daily Digest: Anniversaries, High School Sports Woes, the FBI and Australian Day Drama

January 26, 2012

Here's your Daily Digest for Thursday, Jan. 26th: Today is the one-year anniversary of the 18-day revolt known as the Egyptian Uprising which led the end of President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule.    The...

Daily Digest: Job Market and Time Keeping

January 19, 2012

Apologies. The Thursday Jan. 9th Daily Digest is slightly late due a mandatory two-hour Wikipedia browsing catch-up: Today is cold. The national job market might be showing signs of improvement, the Associated...

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has died

December 19, 2011

The leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-il, died at the age of 69. North Korea’s state-run television made the announcement Monday, saying Kim died of physical and mental over-work, according to BBC. He...

Sandusky to face accusers at a preliminary hearing Tuesday

December 12, 2011

Penn State’s former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky will face some of his alleged victims at a preliminary hearing Tuesday. As many as 10 men could testify publicly for the first time during...

For-profit college companies under House scrutiny

December 12, 2011

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, a top-ranking Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, demanded salary information from chief executives of 13 for-profit college companies Monday. According...

World population reaches 7 billion

October 31, 2011

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, projected that the 7 billionth person will be born sometime during October 31, 2011. Over the last sixty years, life expectancy has risen from 48 to 68 while...

After first month, Kaler talks funding and looks forward

August 10, 2011

The first day on the job, University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler began to tackle a budget crisis amid a state shutdown. Last week he sat down with the Minnesota Daily to talk about his progress and...

In search of a new formula

August 3, 2011

A decade of debilitating cuts in state support has left the University of Minnesota to deal with late-1990s funding levels while paying for 21st century costs. With two dissenters, the Board of Regents...

U2 brings 60,000 people to campus with few problems outside of traffic

July 27, 2011

  Monday at the University of Minnesota was business as usual. TCF Bank Stadium was quiet, save for the stage cleanup. But Sarah Rosenthal was still giddy with excitement. On Saturday, she, along...

Dayton’s signature brings state shutdown to a close

July 20, 2011

MinnesotaâÄôs government shutdown ended Wednesday morning. Gov. Mark Dayton at 9 a.m. signed the budget bills necessary to restart the state government and formally end the 20-day shutdown âÄî...

Shutdown’s end could bring extra $25M to U

July 15, 2011

A collective sigh of relief at the Capitol Thursday evening could mean cheers at the University of Minnesota. The deal, hashed out between Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders to end a two-week...

U: Overcrowding calls for ambulatory clinic

July 13, 2011

  The Phillips Wangensteen Building is always bustling with activity. Built almost 40 years ago, it houses about 20 clinics and is packed with patients, students and physicians âÄî so much...

Court upholds U’s discipline in Facebook comments case

July 13, 2011

  In December 2009, Amanda Tatro, then a mortuary science student, wrote on Facebook that she wanted to use a trocar âÄî an embalming tool used to let fluids and gas out of a dead body âÄî...

Katie Covey, Weisman Art Museum employee and a recent University of Minnesota graduate, showcases art available for rent to students and employees at the Weisman on Monday.

Weisman shares art for fun but not profit

July 13, 2011

On his first day as president, Eric KalerâÄôs office walls were blank âÄî the only space devoid of move-in clutter. The artwork he and his wife Karen handpicked from the Weisman Art MuseumâÄôs...

U puts ambulatory center on capital request

July 6, 2011

After multiple failed attempts to build, the University of Minnesota has put an ambulatory care center on its capital funding request in hopes of getting state money. On Wednesday regents approved the...

President Eric Kaler and his wife Karen join the University of Minnesota Marching Band at the Delano 4th of July Parade three days after Kaler takes the office as the 16th President of the University of Minnesota.

Taking the helm: President Kaler starts his term at the University of Minnesota

July 6, 2011

Amid unpacked boxes and personal trinkets, Eric Kaler seems at ease even after a long day of interviews and meetings in his Morrill Hall office. After officially taking over as the University of MinnesotaâÄôs...

UMPD stationed outside of president’s mansion

June 30, 2011

University police have been stationed outside of Eastcliff mansion âÄî the home of the University of MinnesotaâÄôs president âÄî due to a recent termination of an employee. Police...

U gives out royalty funds for research

June 29, 2011

From lasers and sensors to film batteries, the University of MinnesotaâÄôs Nanofabrication Center  is all about making tiny things. But its costs are enormous compared to its creations. Equipment...

Eddy Hall in line for $18M makeover

June 29, 2011

At three-and-a-half stories high, Eddy Hall lacks the grandeur of some of the more prominent buildings on campus, and most students hurrying by daily wouldn’t recognize the modest red brick structure...

Eric Kaler set to take office Friday as 16th U president

June 29, 2011

Eric Kaler will officially become the 16th president of the University of Minnesota when he takes office Friday. HeâÄôll replace President Bob Bruininks, who will conclude his nine-year tenure...

U to stay open during shutdown

June 23, 2011

The University of Minnesota, including its medical and dental clinics, will remain open in an event of government shutdown July 1, University News Services announced today. Every month the University receives...

Board approves $3.7 billion budget; 2 regents oppose it

June 22, 2011

A year of bleak financial forecasts culminated in the University of Minnesota regentsâÄô approval of a 2012 budget that includes tuition hikes, program cuts and a wage freeze for University employees. The...

U may chip in 3% less for new employee retirement

June 21, 2011

The University of Minnesota may look less attractive to prospective faculty in 2012 should a proposal to slash University contributions to retirement get approval. In an attempt to generate long-term savings,...

General Mills ranked 3rd best for IT jobs

June 20, 2011

General Mills made the top three on the 100 Best Places to Work in IT in a list posted by Computerworld magazine this week. The Minnesota-based food giant was rated as the best in benefits and seventh...

Regents approve budget

June 20, 2011

A year of bleak financial forecasts culminated in the University of Minnesota regents' approval of a 2012 provisional budget that includes tuition hikes, program cuts and a wage freeze for University employees. The...

President of AFSCME Local 3937 Jason Iversen argues to the Board of Regents against planned cuts to U of M technical employee benefits Friday at McNamara Alumni Center.

Budget: higher tuition, wage freezes and cuts

June 15, 2011

The University of Minnesota is one step closer to a year of higher tuition, wage freezes and unfilled faculty positions. In a Friday meeting, the Board of Regents all but finalized the 2012 operating budget,...

Regents review budget

June 10, 2011

The University of Minnesota is one step closer to a year of harsh financial realities. The Board of Regents formally reviewed the 2012 operating budget, which saves more than $80 million through wage freezes...

Tuition set to rise 12.5% for current undergrads

June 8, 2011

Administrators have prescribed cuts and tuition increases to make up the loss of state funding, according to the budget proposal the University of Minnesota Board of Regents will preview at their meeting...

Director of the University News Services Dan Wolter packs his belongings Friday in his office at Morrill Hall. Wolter is leaving his position to be the Director of Public Affairs at Pfizer.

U searches for new spokesman

June 8, 2011

The University of Minnesota is getting a new voice. Less than a month before the UniversityâÄôs president and a slew of vice presidents step down, Dan Wolter is also leaving after more than six...

U budget proposal includes tuition hikes

June 7, 2011

The University of Minnesota Board Of Regents  will preview a budget heavy in cuts and a tuition increase to make up for loss of state funding at their meeting Friday. The University plans to raise...

Session’s end could put U buildings on the back burner

June 1, 2011

Unless state legislators take action during a special session, five building projects at the University of Minnesota will have to try again next year for funding. Each year the University plans a separate...

Big Ten toys with paying players

June 1, 2011

Student athletes may find extra money in their bank accounts as Big Ten officials discuss increasing scholarships to cover living costs. During a spring meeting earlier this month, conference officials...

Wisconsin lawmakers move closer to eliminating tuition subsidy

May 25, 2011

University of Minnesota-bound Wisconsin students may see a tuition hike due to a change in the tuition reciprocity agreement. The agreement allows Wisconsin students to attend Minnesota higher education...

‘Troubled Waters’ spurs academic freedom reform

May 25, 2011

Almost eight months since the âÄúTroubled WatersâÄù controversy, the once-censored documentary is bringing possible reform within the University of Minnesota community. A University committee...

System problems cause email service outage

May 23, 2011

Approximately 7000 University of Minnesota students, staff and alumni have been unable to access their accounts since Friday night. The problem first occurred around 10 p.m. and persisted throughout the...

Multicultural greeks get organized

March 10, 2011

Omar Osman carries his title as president of the Multicultural Greek Council humbly. As the head of the new governing board, Osman sees MGC as a team effort. âÄúIâÄôm just the president,âÄù...

University of Minnesota police officers block off the area surrounding a crumpled semi-trailer in front of the Weisman Art Museum on Monday.

Truck splits in front of Weisman

March 8, 2011

A semitrailer split in half Monday after the driver failed to make the turn off Washington Avenue onto Pleasant Avenue Southeast in front of the Weisman Art Museum. The driver was not injured, and no University...

Alumni John Thomason points out a stained glass window in the original staircase Saturday morning in his house in the Como neighborhood. Thomasons house was built by a mason named Donald Cattanach in 1893 and is significant for its use of roc-faced limestone. 

Neighborhoods vie for historic status

March 7, 2011

Michael Trittipo has spent roughly a quarter of a century in his home in Southeast Como. The house on 19th Avenue Southeast does not stand out among other buildings, and from the outside, it looks like...

U seeks to boost peer responsibility

March 1, 2011

Drink, drank, drunk, dead. DonâÄôt let your friend drown in his own puke. Starting Tuesday, thatâÄôs one of the messages that will be displayed on posters around the University of Minnesota...

U greek enrollment hits 20-year high point

February 28, 2011

A rough year of negative exposure and policy changes may have put some stress on greek leadership, but the community itself is growing larger. Enrollment at the University of MinnesotaâÄôs fraternities...

Tenants were evicted from this house because the landlord’s permit to rent it had been revoked years before.

City battles problem landlords

February 23, 2011

The empty house on 14th Avenue Southeast in the Como neighborhood looks like any other vacant building in Minneapolis. Previously rented out, the property was boarded up in 2006 after the city of Minneapolis...

Letter shows University’s hands-off management of greek life

February 22, 2011

An academic year of alleged sexual assaults and anonymous reports culminated in a cautionary letter sent to the greek community last week âÄî a symbol of the hands-off relationship between the...

Assault report shows crime’s stigma lingers

February 16, 2011

An anonymous phone call to the University of Minnesota greek life director last week adds to the large number of sexual assaults that regularly go unreported to police. Chad Ellsworth, program director...

Cuts force a SECIA move

Cuts force a SECIA move

February 14, 2011

For more than seven years the small building with green awnings on the corner of 15th and Rollins Avenues Southeast has been a symbol of a strong community presence in an eclectic neighborhood. But now...

Frats slowly up safety measures

February 10, 2011

With the new semester well underway, University of Minnesota fraternities are still working on ridding themselves of the stigma of sexual assault allegations from fall. But instead of returning to the...

U Prof who founded Penumbra Theatre to retire

February 8, 2011

Lou Bellamy, founder and artistic director of the Penumbra Theatre and honored University of Minnesota faculty member, will retire from the University this spring. Penumbra is MinnesotaâÄôs only...

Matt Prekker, left, reads a book to his 2 year old girl Erin on Tuesday at the Southeast library in Dinkytown.  Prekker brings his daughter to the library once a week and plans to continue doing so even if it changes locations.

Mpls to turn page on U area library

February 3, 2011

When most University of Minnesota students hear "Dinkytown Library," they think of a bar rather than an actual library. But the Southeast Library, housed on the corner of Fourth Street and 13th Avenue...

MNSCU eyes U VP for top spot

February 1, 2011

Only months after the University of Minnesota chose its next president, MnSCU âÄî the stateâÄôs largest college system âÄî announced a high-ranking University official as one of...

U students to evacuate Egypt

February 1, 2011

Two University of Minnesota students studying abroad in Cairo will evacuate Egypt on Tuesday, joining thousands of foreigners who are leaving the country as tensions within that country continue to escalate. Massive...

U Vice President named finalist for top MnSCU job

January 31, 2011

Steven Rosenstone, vice president for scholarly and cultural affairs at the University of Minnesota has been named one of two finalists for chancellor of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. Rosenstone...

Tax hike to mean higher rent rates

January 27, 2011

Though the new year has barely begun, landlords in the University of Minnesota area are already hard at work advertising for fall housing, and potential tenants could be paying more. Recent property tax...

Executive Director of the Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota Saeed Fahia talks about the recent shooting on Tuesday at the Brian Coyle Community Center. He discussed how the Cedar Riverside community is trying to stay strong and positive after Monday nights shooting outside the community center.

Cedar-Riverside fazed, yet optimistic following shooting

January 26, 2011

ItâÄôd be hard to tell thereâÄôs anything amiss at the Brian Coyle Center in MinneapolisâÄô Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, if not for two police cars parked nearby. Children played...

A HOURCAR sign stands in one of Augsburg College Parking Lot. Students of University of Minnesota who live in the Southeast Como neighborhood will soon be having the car sharing service.

Ridesharing has come to Como

January 24, 2011

Out-of-the-way errands and lack of transportation are common problems for urban residents, but a new ridesharing program coming to the Southeast Como neighborhood could become a solution. Southeast Como...

Bruininks takes his case to the Capitol

January 20, 2011

Though University of Minnesota President Bob BruininksâÄô presentation to the Senate Higher Education Committee at the State Capitol on Wednesday afternoon was meant as a general overview of the...

City freezes half of unused NRP funds

January 18, 2011

The potluck in a small room at a Van Cleve Park building looked more like a gathering of friends than a meeting of the Southeast Como Improvement AssociationâÄôs board of directors. But the issues...

’04 drug trial suicide investigation request receives faculty support

December 8, 2010

A request sent to the Board of Regents Monday by eight professors from the University of Minnesota’s Center of Bioethics asking for further investigation into the suicide of a former clinical trial patient...

Profs seek outside review of ’04 drug trial suicide

December 7, 2010

Eight professors from the University of MinnesotaâÄôs Center of Bioethics sent a letter to the Board of Regents on Monday requesting an investigation into the suicide of a former clinical trial...

Common coming to Coffman

December 3, 2010

Grammy Award-winning rapper and actor Lonnie Rashid Lynn, known as âÄúCommon,âÄù will give a lecture in the Great Hall of Coffman Union Friday evening. The event was organized by the Student...

President of the World Bank Robert Zoellick talks about current financial issues and concerns Wednesday afternoon at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.

World Bank pres. talks global economics at U

December 2, 2010

World Bank Group President Robert Zoellick covered everything from WikiLeaks to endangered tigers at a Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs forum Wednesday. An audience of more than 250 people crowded...

SELF Loan offers students fixed rates

November 22, 2010

A new borrowing option for a low-interest, state-run loan program might change the way Minnesota students borrow money. Student Education Loan Fund program, or SELF Loan, has opened a new fixed-interest...

Students may face felonies over illegal voter vouching

November 8, 2010

Members of Students Organizing for America, a group of students aligned with the Democratic Party, may face a criminal investigation and possible felony charges after confrontations with an election judge...

New census center opens doors to research

October 27, 2010

In order to gain access to restricted U.S. Census Bureau data, Carolyn Liebler had to go through a grueling year-long process of forms, interviews and training. The assistant professor of sociology at...

2010 Election Guide: Phyllis Kahn, DFL, incumbent

October 26, 2010

What is the most important issue facing your district and how would you address it? The most important issue facing the state is the issue of financing, and the issue of cutting down budget for thing[s]...

2010 Election Guide: Ole Hovde, Republican

October 26, 2010

What is the most important issue facing your district and how would you address it? IâÄôm going to say that the price of education is [the] most important issue facing our district. We canâÄôt...

2010 Election Guide: Dan Craigie, Green Party

October 26, 2010

What is the most important issue facing your district and how would you address it? I think the most important issue in this district is the cost of higher education âĦ I would address it...

2010 Election Guide: Ron Lischeid, Independent

October 26, 2010

What is the most important issue facing your district and how would you address it? IâÄôve actually identified four issues for the district. The four issues are âĦ high tuition cost,...

Faculty questions U budget spending

October 20, 2010

As the University of Minnesota is making its biennium budget request to the state, some faculty are critical of how the school allocates its funds. Gary Rhoades, the general secretary of the American Association...

Melissa Machkhashvili examines a representation of a bee’s life at a beekeeping class held at the Bell Museum of Natural History on Saturday.

U beekeeping course attracts many

October 18, 2010

After he got a beehive as a Christmas present 18 years ago, Jim Kloek started a hobby that became a business âÄî beekeeping. Kloek demonstrated beekeeping equipment from his Stillwater business,...

U study finds gaps in children’s health insurance

October 15, 2010

  A recent study by researchers at the University of Minnesota looks at state and national level variations in childrenâÄôs health coverage. Although the insurance rates have been increasing,...

Former senator and DFL gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton and his running mate for Lieutenant Governor State Senator Yvonne Prettner Solon look on as Vice President Joe Biden rallies DFL supporters Tuesday at Macalester College.

Biden backs Dayton in St. Paul

October 6, 2010

Vice President Joe Biden rallied for gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton at Macalester College on Tuesday, urging students and supporters to âÄúgo out and tell the people of Minnesota the truth.âÄù Calling...

Robert Berdahl (left) and Jonathan Cole (right) speak with Robert Bruininks (center) on Thursday in Ted Mann Concert Hall to discuss the future of the great American university at a homecoming edition of Great Conversations.

Disagreement looms over U’s future

October 4, 2010

On Thursday evening, two events held hours apart on the University of Minnesota West Bank campus offered different perspectives on the state of higher education and proposed solutions for the problems...

Students at U beat nat’l loan default averages

September 30, 2010

As student loan default rates climb nationwide, in Minnesota those numbers are dropping âÄî despite studentsâÄô high borrowing habits. In 2008, 3.7 percent of Minnesota students defaulted,...

“Reclaiming the U” criticizes University decisions

September 30, 2010

University of Minnesota faculty and students gathered in a lecture classroom on the West Bank Thursday night for an event meant to counter President BruininksâÄô discussion on future of higher...

University to sharpen student retention rates

September 22, 2010

During his second year of college, Ben Yela, 21, began to doubt his place at the University of Minnesota. Yela, a theater major, left the University in fall 2009 as he said he was ready to get out and...

Number of U applicants higher than ever

September 15, 2010

As this year’s first-year students are settling into their first college classes, the University of Minnesota is already predicting how many students will enroll for next year. Last week, the University...