The Minnesota Daily

All content by Evelina Smirnitskaya

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. Thomason's house was built by a mason named Donald Cattanach in 1893 and is significant for it's 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Tenants were evicted from this house because the landlord’s permit to rent it had been revoked years before.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...

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...

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 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 night's 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: 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,...

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...

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...

“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...

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,...

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...