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Psychology major Luka Krmpotich peers at the notes on his laptop during his statistics class last week in Anderson Hall. Krmpotich is blind in one eye and has 20/200 vision in the other.

A day through Luka’s eyes

Published October 13, 2011

Like many college students, Luka Krmpotich wakes up early so he can brew a pot of coffee before heading out to class. But unlike many of the 50,000 other students on campus, the psychology major is borderline...

Notable prisoners of Waseca Federal Prison

Published September 27, 2011

The Waseca Correctional Facility âÄì a low-security federal prison âÄì has attracted several notable individuals since it was opened in 1996 as an all-menâÄôs prison. Former president...

‘Contagion’ leads weekend box office

Published September 12, 2011

With a weekend box office total of $23.1 million, the new Steven Soderbergh film Contagion, led all movies at the box office this weekend after opening nationwide on Friday.  The film, with a star-studded...

Cedar-Riverside neighborhood featured in UK news report

Published September 11, 2011

A British television news station recently featured the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, naming Minneapolis as a breeding ground for home-grown terrorists within the U.S. The largest domestic terrorism investigation...

Government looks to block AT&T merger with T-Mobile

Published August 31, 2011

The U.S. Department of Justice filed a compliant Wednesday morning in a federal court in Washington D.C. asking for a court order to prevent a blockbuster merger between AT&T and T-Mobile, according...

Obama to speak in downtown Minneapolis Tuesday

Published August 30, 2011

President Barack Obama's visit to Minneapolis Tuesday will be to address the members of the American Legion at their national convention. This is the second visit to the state in less than two weeks. Obama...

The Internet is still the Wild West

Published July 27, 2011

Just the other day, a close friend from high school sent me an e-mail from Missouri. The message was from a seemingly distressed stay-at-home mom whom my friend had interviewed for a local magazine several...

A new route to – and from – China

Published July 13, 2011

As a Chinese-born, naturalized American citizen who grew up in Ames, Iowa, Chinese traditions were as elusive to me as getting a full-ride scholarship to play football. I was the son of a Chinese international...

Restoring Riverside Plaza

Published June 29, 2011

Standing taller than a person, white candy-cane shaped metal pipes form an intricate centerpiece in the heart of a series of apartment complexes on the west bank of the Mississippi called Riverside Plaza. The...

The UMore sellout

Published June 15, 2011

Whenever I meet alumni of the University of Minnesota and we compare and contrast our experiences here, the air of our conversation always tilts toward the drastic changes ahead. I fill them in on the...

Let student-athletes cash in

Published June 1, 2011

ItâÄôs a running joke here at the Minnesota Daily that the cumulative grade point average of the newsroom is lower than that of the football team. I wouldnâÄôt be shocked if this were true....

U robotics team to head to St. Louis

Published March 31, 2011

If BattleBots is World Wrestling Entertainment in mechanical form, the University of MinnesotaâÄôs GO FIRST robotics team is robo-football, head robot designer and University student Danny Blau...

The ‘Limitless’ possibilities in movies

Published March 23, 2011

Eddie Morra didn’t immediately recognize the man in the chic suit. With the audacity of a rich man helping the poor, the man in the suit, who Morra soon recognizes as his ex-brother-in-law, forces a...

U’s Science Park seeks more federal funds, loans

Published March 22, 2011

The fate of the University of Minnesota Science Park âÄî a 32-acre site for research labs and offices âÄî remains in limbo as organizers look to the University to take the lead as they...

Black Friday everyday: shopping smart online

Published March 19, 2011

Where else can you find the Miracle Ab Roller for only $6 online? is one of many websites that scan the Internet daily for the best bargins of the day. Today's hottest deal: national roundtrip...

ICANN gives green light to .xxx

Published March 19, 2011

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers approved the .xxx domain for adult websites, Friday. The top-level domain, the technical term for .com and .xxx portion of a URL, will be distributed...

Underground fire threatens U physics lab

Published March 18, 2011

The Soudan Underground Laboratory, operated by the University of Minnesota, is currently being threatened by a fire in a mine shaft above the actual lab. The fire, determined by the Department of Natural...

Graduate research assistant Joshua Fasching demotrates how the Xbox Kinect system works Tuesday at the Walter Library.

Researchers ‘Kinect’ data to make faster diagnoses

Published March 10, 2011

Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos admits laughing at the idea of purchasing an Xbox Kinect for his $4 million research experiment. The University of Minnesota computer science professor has saved more than $100,000...

St. Cloud State cancels 2011 Homecoming

Published March 5, 2011

There will be no St. Cloud State University Homecoming next fall, school officials said this week. Citing a lack of school spirit and involvement from the universityâÄôs alumni base, the school...

Another 6 inches of snow could hit the metro

Published March 4, 2011

After residents dug out of a snow storm that left more than a foot of snow across the metro, residents could again be digging out of another storm system with the potential of up to another six inches...

Water cooling towers operate to enable the plant to meet the surface water appropriations limit within 5 degree Fahrenheit of the river temperature during hot summer days.

Political Fission

Published March 3, 2011

ItâÄôs hard to ignore the white cloud of steam that streaks across the sky driving north on Highway 94 from the Twin Cities. Even on a clear day, the cloud hovers over the city of Monticello, a...

Google search engine makes big changes to combat SEO “cheaters”

Published February 27, 2011

A closely guarded secret, Google's mathematical formula that orders websites according to their content quality, has changed, according to a Google blog post Thursday. This is in response to recent criticism...

The men who stare at goats: Top U.S. Commander in Afghanistan accused of using mind tricks on Senators

Published February 26, 2011

While no goats we know of were harmed in this alleged operation, Lt. Col. Michael Holmes, the leader of the U.S. Army's psy-op "information operations" unit, told Rolling Stone that Lt. Gen. William Caldwell,...

Violent trespasser threatens police

Published February 23, 2011

A man arrested in Stadium View Apartments for trespassing Sunday afternoon became violent in a squad car and threatened Minneapolis police officers. The 20-year-old, identified as Anthony Fockler of Sioux...

Larissa Johnson shows the shooting range Tuesday afternoon at the Minnetonka Police Department. Johnson is an intern there and has been working on a 1973 cold case where a 22-year-old male was shot in the head and left in the woods. The case is Minnetonka’s only unsolved homicide.

Student plays detective in decades-old murder case

Published February 17, 2011

No detectives who worked on the 1973 homicide of a 22-year-old man are still with the Minnetonka Police Department. The case remains the only unsolved homicide in Minnetonka history. But with a fresh perspective...

New Dome roof coming in August

Published February 14, 2011

The Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission approved an $18.3 million roof replacement for the Metrodome on Thursday. The roof will be completed by the beginning of August âÄî only weeks before...

The long and winding road ends for Guitar Hero

Published February 10, 2011

Activision Blizzard announced that they will be discontinuing the “Guitar Hero” series of video games. The company said they will be focusing more of their attention on battle games such as “Call...

Engineers: Replace Metrodome roof

Published February 10, 2011

 The Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission will hear an evaluation from engineers about the condition of the Metrodome's collapsed roof on Thursday.  According to the Star Tribune, the engineers...

GPS pirates hunt treasure

GPS pirates hunt treasure

Published February 9, 2011

Sean Fehrman doesnâÄôt have a peg leg, and is he isnâÄôt sporting an eye patch. And unlike any pirate, he has the exact coordinates to his booty âÄî no treasure map needed. Equipped...

Facility director Andy Phelan stands before three massive tanks that hold liquid chemical waste collected from the university and schools across the state Friday at the Thompson Center for Environmental Management.  Liquid waste is stored in the tanks before being transported by a private company for disposal.

The purgatory of radioactivity

Published February 3, 2011

In an average week, more than five tons of waste from across the state is trucked into an unassuming, one-floor brick building on the edge of the University of MinnesotaâÄôs Minneapolis campus. The...

First year computer science student Derek Anderson plays computer games on Monday in his dorm room. The the U.S. army is currently looking to use the research to advance training for soldiers by using the teamwork aspect of MMORPG games to improve communication and work towards a common goal.

From EverQuest to Afghanistan: Army, U teach teamwork

Published January 26, 2011

When she started analyzing video games three years ago, Kyong Shim wasnâÄôt taken very seriously. People questioned the idea of learning from the games. Now the U.S. Army is on board and is one...

Will the Earth have two suns in 2012? One scientist thinks so

Published January 24, 2011

A physicist from the University of Southern Queensland believes the Earth will experience multiple days of constant daylight due to a dying star — even as soon as 2012. Is this a sign of the apocalypse? No,...

he headframe stands above the Soudan Underground Laboratory at the Soudan Underground Mine State Park. Physicists use the Cage to travel half a mile down to the underground research laboratory.

Scanning for universe’s dark matter, 2,341 feet deep

Published January 24, 2011

Ears pop while descending a 110-year-old mine in an elevator the size of a small closet. The pitch-dark ride to the âÄú27th floorâÄù (actually 689 feet below sea level) of the Soudan Mine...

Senior Steven Wagner at his desk Tuesday at Maverick Software in Stadium Village.  Maverick is a software consulting firm that employs University computer science students.

Company ‘Ctrl+Os’ doors for students

Published January 19, 2011

In a one-room office above Gold Country in Stadium Village, about 30 University of Minnesota undergraduate students joke amid rows of computers and a pyramid of energy drinks âÄî they have everything...

Sports and alcohol: a risky cocktail

Sports and alcohol: a risky cocktail

Published January 18, 2011

Baseball, brats and booze. For some, itâÄôs tough to have one without the others, but new University of Minnesota research points to the comboâÄôs potential dangers. Eight percent of Americans...

Myspace eliminates half of workforce

Published January 12, 2011

Social networking dinosaur, Myspace, announced Tuesday that they will be laying off 500 employees – close to half the company’s workforce. “Today’s tough but necessary changes were taken in order...

Zomm is the “invisible” leash for your phone

Published December 15, 2010

Only slightly bigger than a half-dollar, the Zomm fits conveniently on my keychain, which makes me wish my cell phone could do the same.  The Zomm, an “invisible” leash for your phone, will drop...

U to take cut of OTC patent revenues

Published December 13, 2010

The revenue stream from a blockbuster patent is quickly expiring, and the Office of Technology Commercialization at the University of Minnesota is scrambling to find new ways to stay on solid footing. OTC...

For-profit colleges take fire from students, gov’t

For-profit colleges take fire from students, gov’t

Published December 13, 2010

Matt Austin first met a representative from the Arts Institute International Minnesota at an assembly when he was in high school. The for-profit college representative spoke to an assembly of all 60 students...

Regents approve OTC policy change

Published December 9, 2010

The University Of Minnesota Board Of Regents Thursday unanimously approved a 15 percent service fee for technologies licensed through the Office of Technology Commercialization. Originally, these costs...

U profs, students bolster particle collider efforts

Published December 7, 2010

Sitting in the cafeteria in CERN particle physics laboratory, Jeremiah Mans was just thinking about how smoothly everything leading up to the first scheduled run of the Large Hadron Collider had gone when...

Kurt McIntire stands next to a full scale version of a storm sewer with the SAFL baffle installed Tuesday afternoon at Saint Anthony Falls Lab.

U technology filters pollutants in rainwater to save lakes

Published December 2, 2010

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles would have probably preferred cleaner storm sewers, and at the University of MinnesotaâÄôs St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, a group of researchers has found a solution. The...

Man charged in fatal hit-and-run

Published November 30, 2010

Christopher Allen Trautman faces 14 criminal charges, including three counts of criminal vehicular homicide, after being involved in a fatal hit-and-run over the weekend that left one University of Minnesota...

U student injured in fatal hit-and-run in Rochester

Published November 29, 2010

A University of Minnesota student was injured in one of two fatal hit-and-run incidents in Rochester over the weekend. Chemical engineering senior Chris Glenski of Rochester is in critical condition and...

Online deals fuel holiday shopping

Published November 29, 2010

Black Friday is over, but shoppers will soon scour the Internet for deals during the burgeoning Cyber Monday tradition. This year, nine out of 10 retailers will have deals online for Cyber Monday âÄî...

U professor finds way to fight against “superbug”

Published November 24, 2010

One of the most significant discoveries of the 20th century is quickly becoming obsolete. Antibiotics, which are among the most prescribed medications, are losing their value due to drug-resistant bacteria,...

U prof develops software to plan evacuations

Published November 22, 2010

A University of Minnesota professor is looking for buyers for his route evacuation planning software. The evacuation route planning and large event transportation software, funded by a National Science...

U prof’s research may hold energy answers

Published November 18, 2010

A University of Minnesota researcher is leading an international team that has shed new light on one of the most studied topics in history âÄî superconductivity. The research could potentially...

Mpls Somali community reacts to sex-ring scandal

Mpls Somali community reacts to sex-ring scandal

Published November 10, 2010

After the shocking arrest of 17 of their peers Monday, the Somali community of Minnesota is struggling to grasp the bust of a human trafficking sex ring that spanned three states. Federal and local law...

Dr. James Flaten, professor of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics (AEM), shows off a demonstration of the mysteries of mirrors that will be on display on Saturday at the Math & Science Family Fun Fair.

U Math & Science Family Fun Fair this Saturday at CMU

Published November 10, 2010

Halloween is making an encore this Saturday at the Mystery Science Room as part of the Math & Science Family Fun Fair. The Mystery Science Room, a creation of aerospace engineering assistant professor...

U looks to make server storage more efficient

Published November 8, 2010

Housed in a large room hidden beneath an office building on the University of MinnesotaâÄôs West Bank, an array of servers store terabytes upon terabytes of information, and that dataâÄôs...

Facebook popularity parallels election wins

Published November 4, 2010

The worldâÄôs most popular social networking website, Facebook, was a predictor for nearly 100 races across the country in the 2010 midterm elections through its candidate âÄúFanâÄù...

Ellison and McCollum rout challengers

Published November 3, 2010

DFL incumbents Betty McCollum and Keith Ellison, representing MinnesotaâÄôs 4th and 5th Congressional Districts respectively, won their districts with landslide victories Tuesday. Ellison beat...

Team protects University from vicious cyberattacks

Team protects University from vicious cyberattacks

Published October 28, 2010

Tucked away in Morrill Hall, one group of University of Minnesota faculty stands on the front lines against thousands of attacks on the University every year. They are the Office of Information Technology...

U increases spending on research

Published October 25, 2010

The University of Minnesota five-campus system climbed one ranking spot in spending on science and engineering research and development among universities nationwide. The University ranks 10th this year....

Computer science and engineering graduate student Jesse Vig explains a new application he helped develop for the MovieLens website in the GroupLens lab in Keller Hall Wednesday.  The application generates personalized movie recommendations based on the qualities the viewer likes in movies they have already seen.

Software knows what films you like

Published October 21, 2010

In 1997, when only 18 percent of Americans used the Internet, John Riedl had already become famous in the field of computer science. The University of Minnesota professor had just finished creating an...

Paul Smith, who will be arguing this fall before the Supreme Court, speaks about the regulation of violent video games on Monday night at Cowles Auditorium on the West Bank.

SCOTUS to weigh violent video games

Published October 19, 2010

Jake GaveâÄôs roommates donâÄôt consider him a violent person. Gave plays video games like âÄúHaloâÄù and âÄúCall of DutyâÄù every day for three hours. To...

CSE celebrates 75 years of “inventing tomorrow”

Published October 15, 2010

The College of Science and Engineering will be celebrating its 75-year anniversary Tuesday with a kick-off celebration outside of Northrop Mall. "It's an occasion for us to get together with faculty, students...

U talent represented at science expo

Published October 13, 2010

The University of Minnesota will be represented twice this month in the first-ever USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C. James Kakalios, professor of âÄúEverything I Know About...

Director of the Us Technological Leadership Institute Massoud Amin talks with Alumni David Hui Liu Friday afternoon in Keeler Hall. Amin was sharing information about the smart electric power grid project at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering’s open house.

U professor calls for grid overhaul

Published October 11, 2010

Human operators control nearly every aspect of the U.S. electrical grid. Computers canâÄôt keep up with the massive amounts of data that pour through a system designed last century, so operators...

U to research wind energy storage

Published October 7, 2010

University of Minnesota researchers last week delved into research of offshore wind energy storage, thanks to a $2 million grant awarded this summer by the National Science Foundation. The University won...

Graduate student and Medical Devices Center lab supervisor Lucas Harder watches a recording on a 3D surgical observation television Monday in Shepherd Laboratories.  The TV receives live 3D video via fiber optics from surgeries being preformed across the university.

From research to the real world

Published October 5, 2010

Tucked away on the fifth floor of Shepherd Laboratories at the University of Minnesota is the Medical Devices Center âÄî a playground for anyone in the fields of biomedical or chemical engineering. Begun...

Freshman Chris Milliren crosses the manmade river Friday morning outside of the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory.  The lab is set to receive nearly $16 million in total from both the Academic Research Infrastructure program and the University of Minnesota.

Lab plans $16 million renovation

Published September 29, 2010

The St. Anthony Falls Laboratory sits awkwardly in the historic St. Anthony Falls district, an enduring symbol of the Great Depression. Since the lab was built in the 1930s, the land surrounding it has...

Bell Museum curator Don Luce explains the future layout of their new exhibit “Sustainable Shelter,” Tuesday at the museum.  The exhibit opens on October 16 and will focus on eco-friendly building techniques.

Solar house to be shown at Bell Museum exhibit

Published September 29, 2010

The Bell Museum will be showcasing a new exhibit called "Sustainable Shelter" that will look at innovative home-building technologies and different ways to cut energy costs. The exhibit will open Oct....

More Kid Cudi tickets available

Published September 28, 2010

Students who were not able to purchase tickets for the sold-out Kid Cudi Homecoming concert will have another chance to buy tickets Tuesday, as the venue has been changed toWilliams Arena. The University...

Assault reported at second frat

Published September 27, 2010

A female University of Minnesota student was the victim of an alleged sexual assault Sunday morning at an off-campus fraternity house. The assault took place at the Chi Psi fraternity house at 1515 University...

U to release more Kid Cudi tickets

Published September 27, 2010

Students who were not able to purchase tickets for the sold-out Kid Cudi Homecoming concert will have another chance to buy tickets Tuesday, as the venue has been changed to Williams Arena. The University...

Assistant professor of aerospace engineering Jian Sheng and aerospace engineering senior Yan Ming Tan assemble their high seed underwater 3D camera Saturday in Akerman Hall.  The camera is able to capture the interactions of algae with particles of oil, which could help scientists better understand impacts of the spill in the Gulf on the ocean’s carbon cycle.

U creates high-speed camera

Published September 27, 2010

Though the Deepwater Horizon oil leak happened 1,500 miles away and 5,000 feet under water, a team of University of Minnesota engineering students is contributing to the cleanup. The College of Science...

June Englund sitting in her room at Augustana Apartments of Minneapolis on Monday.  June has been an avid supporter of the med school students’ presence and believes both parties gain a lot from their interactions.

Senior living: Students move in

Published September 22, 2010

Ethel is 101 years old. When she slipped and fell last spring, injuring herself, a University of Minnesota medical student was there by her side. “Lindy was the first one there,” June Englund,...

U receives $26 million for bone marrow research

Published September 22, 2010

    University of Minnesota research teams will continue improving stem cell transplants and treatments with renewed five-year program research grants totaling $26 million. The National Cancer...

U receives $26 million for bone marrow transplant cancer research

Published September 21, 2010

University of Minnesota research teams will continue improving stem cell transplants and treatments with renewed five-year program research grants totaling $26 million The National Cancer Institute awarded...

U student invents hands-free mouse

Published September 15, 2010

Exiting the commuter bus that brings him to the University of Minnesota campus every morning, Gavin Ovsak makes sure to duck his head slightly before hopping onto the pavement at Coffman Union. At...

New life-sciences supercomputer called Koronis expected at University within the next month

Published September 14, 2010

A grant awarded to the University of Minnesota this summer will result in a new computing system for the University’s Supercomputing Institute for Advanced Computational Research. The new supercomputer...

NASA, U to explore sun

Published September 13, 2010

The University of Minnesota was awarded a $7 million grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to build a component of a NASA spacecraft slated to travel to the sun by 2018. The University...

U awarded grant for a trip to the Sun

Published September 10, 2010

The University of Minnesota was awarded a $7 million grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration this week to build a spacecraft component for a 2018 unmanned mission to the sun. NASAâÄôs...

U’s transition to Google apps advances to second stage

Published September 9, 2010

Almost a year after the University of Minnesota announced the transition from GopherMail to Google’s Gmail, the school is preparing for the final leg of the switch. At the end of August, the Office...

With Ping, Apple dives into social media

Published September 8, 2010

Apple joined the social media market last Wednesday with the announcement of iTunes Ping, a music social network made available through the new iTunes update. With the announcement of Sony’s Qriocity,...

U program lets drivers park free overnight

Published December 10, 2009

The first major snowstorm of the season passed through the Twin Cities this week, and a snow emergency resulted in 1,052 cars towed in Minneapolis since Tuesday. But as drivers rush to secure their vehicles...

Neighborhood works to reduce landfill waste

Published December 8, 2009

Residents of the Linden Hills neighborhood in Minneapolis are leading the way in efforts to reduce the amount of waste in landfills. The neighborhood, consisting of more than 2,500 households, is participating...

Lauren Varani, left, and Amanda Thigpen from Forest Lake wait for the doors at the Forever 21 at the Mall of America to open Friday early morning. Varani and Thigpen said they had been waiting since 4:15 a.m. that morning.

Black Friday packs MOA

Published November 29, 2009

Thousands of bargain-seeking customers filled the Mall of America this Black Friday, some as early as mid-afternoon Thanksgiving Day, to take a shot at purchasing some of the most discounted items of the...

University opens branch in Beijing

Published November 24, 2009

The University of Minnesota unveiled its first international branch late last month with a new office in Beijing. The University hopes the office will attract more international students from China as...

New medical marijuana bill to be proposed next session

Published November 9, 2009

In October, the Obama administration announced that the federal government will not prosecute users or distributors of medicinal marijuana as long as they follow state laws, the latest part of a trend...

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice speaks at Beth El Synagogue in St. Louis Park Sunday as a part of a National Speaker Series.

Condoleezza Rice speaks amid a crowd of torture protesters

Published November 8, 2009

Condoleezza Rice spoke at a synagogue in St. Louis Park Sunday, addressing issues related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, terrorism and the spread of democracy in the Middle East. RiceâÄôs...

Former U professor looks to connect Cedar Riverside and Seven Corners

Published November 4, 2009

A new method of transit often means change for a neighborhood and with light-rail transit coming in the future, the West Bank area of Minneapolis is no different. A former University of Minnesota architecture...

Student group pushes for “Good Samaritan” policy on campus

Published November 2, 2009

The Students for Sensible Drug Policy group is preparing to propose a âÄúGood SamaritanâÄù policy for the University of Minnesota, which would allow students to contact emergency services...

U researchers receive grant to use bacteria as a biofuel

Published October 29, 2009

A group of University of Minnesota researchers and BioCee, a University start-up company, received a $2.2 million research grant by the Department of EnergyâÄôs to research bacteria as a biofuel....

No free rides on the light rail, mostly

Published October 20, 2009

While Metro Transit Police boast an almost perfect record of fare compliance, some riders are skeptical. Most passengers pay before boarding the light rail, and even with no barrier or turnstiles to enforce...

Solar Decathlon

U’s Solar Decathlon team places fifth in international competition

Published October 18, 2009

The product of two years of hard work was on display on the National Mall this past week as the University of MinnesotaâÄôs Solar Decathlon team placed fifth overall in the United States Department...

Solar Decathlon Team places fifth in international contest

Published October 16, 2009

The University of Minnesota Solar Decathlon team placed fifth out of 19 international teams in the United States Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Friday. The team built a solar-powered house that included...

John Lennon tour bus makes stop on campus

Published October 15, 2009

It wasnâÄôt on a Magical Mystery Tour, but the John Lennon Educational School Bus has enough recording industry equipment inside to impress any Beatles fan. The fully-equipped recording studio...

University President Robert Bruininks and Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., spoke about student loan reform at a press conference in Morrill Hall on Monday.

Franken and Bruininks push for student loan reform

Published October 12, 2009

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., joined University President Bob Bruininks on Monday to discuss abolishing the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) in favor of a Direct Lending program. The FFEL, initiated by...

University launches number to report unruly behavior on game day

Published October 9, 2009

An anonymous fan behavior tip line specifically introduced by the University of Minnesota for Gopher football games went live Friday. Spectators for the Homecoming game and future Gopher football games...

Minneapolis Police monitor white supremacy protesters Saturday outside the YWCA in South Minneapolis.

Neighborhood stands up to racism

Published October 4, 2009

Neo-Nazis from a local branch of the National Socialist Movement (NSM) attempted to protest an anti-racism workshop held Saturday at the Midtown YWCA in Minneapolis, but were turned back by a counter-protest...

Chemical leak prompts evacuation of campus buildings

Published September 24, 2009

A chemical leak at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center prompted an immediate evacuation of the facility this morning. Authorities evacuated the building at 9:59 a.m. citing Freon leaking from the...

New confidential tip line takes aim at gun violence

Published September 21, 2009

A new program unveiled Sept. 14 in Minneapolis will allow people to either call or text anonymous tips to a national crime hotline aimed at reducing gun violence. Minneapolis is the latest addition to...

Dinkydome construction takes toll on businesses

Published September 15, 2009

A year ago, the Dinkydome was another place for students to study and eat. Now, while the dome is still there, the bustling of customers and the smells of food are gone; replaced by the odor of drywall...