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Sen. Amy Klobuchar talks and answers questions regarding the H1N1 Flu vaccine on Nov. 13, 2009. Klobuchar was on campus again Wednesday to talk about student loan debt.

Klobuchar talks federal financial aid

Published May 3, 2012

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., met with about 15 students Wednesday at Coffman Union for a roundtable discussion about federal financial aid. The interest rates on federal Stafford loans is set to double...

Temporary protection to extend for some Somali immigrants

Published May 2, 2012

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is renewing temporary protected status for some Somali immigrants in the U.S., the Associated Press reports. The DHS cited ongoing armed conflict and severe drought...

Gingrich to end presidential campaign

Published May 2, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich will officially end his bid for the White House Wednesday afternoon, the Wall Street Journal reports. Aides say he will mention Romney in his speech at a...

Buses to replace part of light-rail service this weekend

Published May 2, 2012

  The Hiawatha light-rail line will be shut down from the Target Field Station and Franklin Avenue Station from 6:30 p.m Friday to 3:30 a.m. Monday, May 7. Route 55 Metro Transit buses will run the...

U professor pleads guilty to lying about employment

Published May 1, 2012

  A University of Minnesota professor pleaded guilty Monday to lying about his employment in an email. Francois Sainfort pleaded guilty to a felony charge of false statement and writing for a February...

Dayton vetoes abortion bill

Published April 30, 2012

  Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed an abortion bill Monday for the second time in two weeks, the Star Tribune reports. The bill would require a physician to be physically present anytime a woman is prescribed...

Twin Cities air may be dangerously dirty

Published April 25, 2012

  The Twin Cities’ air may be dangerously dirty, the Star Tribune reports, citing analysis by the American Lung Association. The cities’ air quality has been declining steadily, but for...

Wisconsin loses more jobs than any other state in past year

Published April 25, 2012

  Wisconsin lost 23,900 jobs in the last year — nearly seven times more than any other state, the Star Tribune reports. From March 2011 to March 2012, 17,800 of the jobs lost were government...

Obama and Romney talk student loan debt

Published April 25, 2012

President Barack Obama and Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney are campaigning to drum up young voters’ support this week. Both candidates have pledged support for a proposal to cap the interest rate...

Jimmy John’s franchise owners will appeal ruling

Published April 25, 2012

The company that owns several Jimmy John’s stores in the Twin Cities will appeal a judge panel’s ruling that would require it to reinstate six workers fired last year, the company said Tuesday. The...

Government starts filing charges in BP spill case

Published April 24, 2012

  The government filed its first criminal charges in connection with the 2010 BP oil spill, National Public Radio reported Monday. The first charge was filed against Kurt Mix, a former drilling and...

Daily Digest: Romney turns toward general election, MN House approves more fireworks, Facebook reports earnings

Published April 24, 2012

  Here’s your Daily Digest for Tuesday, April 24: Presidential candidate Mitt Romney is turning his attention to November’s general election in Tuesday’s bunch of northeastern primaries,...

MN Senate passes bill to increase hunting, fishing fees

Published April 24, 2012

  With support from anglers and hunters alike, the Minnesota Senate passed a bill Monday that would increase hunting and fishing license fees for the first time in about 12 years, MinnPost reports. An...

Fired Jimmy John’s workers to work again, judge rules

Published April 24, 2012

Six local Jimmy John’s workers fired more than a year ago should get their jobs back, a National Labor Relations Board judge ruled last week. The workers were fired after plastering parts of the...

Jensen Airfield occupied land owned by the University from 1982 to 2010, when its lease ended. Ten pilots are appealing their case for relocation benefits from the University at the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

Jensen Airfield says U owes them money for moving off UMore Park

Published April 19, 2012

Part of the University of Minnesota’s UMore Park property in Rosemount, Minn., was once home to Jensen Airfield — a grassy runway with 13 airplane hangars. By November 2010, most of it was...

Santorum to drop out of presidential race

Published April 10, 2012

Former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Penn., will drop out of the U.S. presidential race, effectively leaving the endorsement to Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney. Santorum will make the announcement Tuesday afternoon...

Senator Franken thanks junior Sophie Wallerstedt for sharing her story about the struggle she is having with student debt and assures her that she made a sound investment.

Lawmakers talk college affordability at U event

Published April 10, 2012

  State and federal lawmakers met with students from Minnesota colleges and universities in a roundtable discussion on college affordability Monday at the University of Minnesota. U.S. Sen. Al Franken,...

Two hospitalized in Santa Monica College

Published April 4, 2012

Two were hospitalized after police used pepper spray during a protest against high-priced summer college courses at Santa Monica College in California, the San Jose Mercury News reports. "No cuts,...

Minnesota Student Association member Colin Burke speaks with Tom Devine, a candidate for the Board of Regents, about the importance of the University of Minnesota to the state on Friday at the Capitol. Students pushed legislators during “Support the U Day” to give more financial support to the University.

Students rally at the Capitol for ‘Support the U Day’

Published April 2, 2012

More than 100 students rallied Friday in the state Capitol rotunda  to show support for the University of Minnesota. Attended by students from all five University campuses, the “Support the...

Students rally at the Capitol for ‘Support the U Day’

Published March 30, 2012

  More than 100 students rallied in the State Capitol rotunda Friday to show support for the University of Minnesota. Attended by students from all five University campuses, the "Support the U Day"...

Chuck Schlichtmann transports recycling from the Centennial Halls loading dock into his recycling truck on March 21.

Raking in recyclables

Published March 29, 2012

Campus was still sleeping when Chuck Schlichtmann climbed into the driver’s seat of his recycling truck last Wednesday. He pulled out of the University of Minnesota’s recycling facility lot...

Twins to debut “It Gets Better” video in May

Published March 7, 2012

The Minnesota Twins will debut its own “It Gets Better” video in May, City Pages reports. In Sept. 2010, advice columnist Dan Savage and his husband Terry Miller started the “It Gets...

Vikings stadium may have to pass as combination of two proposals

Published March 7, 2012

  A Vikings stadium bill slated for Monday is delayed, partly in an effort to reconcile skeptical lawmakers with City Council members, the Star Tribune reports. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak said he...

Brittany Turnis and Tyler Joing, both majoring in recreation, park and leisure studies, spent their weekend at Afton State Park for a class teaching winter camping skills. Turnis wants to be a law enforcement ranger at a national park after graduating.

Top U fields have a future in the workforce

Published March 5, 2012

Jobs: They’ve made headlines since the economy tanked in 2008. Parents lost jobs, houses foreclosed and, for college graduates, finding a place to use that expensive degree is tough. But things are...

City workers logged 1,369 hours on stadium plans

Published March 2, 2012

  From January 2011 to Feb. 15 of this year, eight City of Minneapolis staffers spent 1,369 hours working on Vikings Stadium plans, the Star Tribune reports. The current stadium plan includes $200,000...

Legal opinions call for Sviggum to choose between dual roles

Published March 1, 2012

The University of Minnesota released two legal opinions Wednesday that found Steve Sviggum’s roles as a member of the Board of Regents and a Senate staffer to be an unmanageable conflict of interest. The...

Site powered by U research may help keep drivers safe

Published February 29, 2012

SafeRoadMaps, a website created by University of Minnesota researchers, gives drivers detailed inforamtion about U.S. roads and spots where accidents have occurred, the Injury Board Blog Network reports. When...

Dayton may veto performance-based teacher layoff bill

Published February 29, 2012

  Gov. Mark Dayton may veto a bill that would allow schools to change the basis of teacher layoffs from seniority to of performance, the Pioneer Press reports. Two different versions of the bill were...

North Korea agrees to suspend nuclear weapons tests

Published February 29, 2012

North Korea has agreed to suspend uranium enrichment and tests on nuclear weapons and allow inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency to return to the country, the New York Times reports. As...

Timothy Bakdash

Witnesses testify in second day of hit-and-run case

Published February 29, 2012

Witness testimony filled the second day of Timothy Bakdash’s murder trial, including a friend who said Bakdash admitted to hitting people two days after the crash. A group that saw the collisions...

Under new law, teachers must pass basic skills test

Published February 22, 2012

  A new state law will require teachers to pass a basic skills exam in reading, writing and math in order to get a Minnesota teaching license. Despite vetoing a similar bill last year, Governor Mark...

Tom Sullivan listens to a presentation during a Board of Regents meeting Dec. 9 2011 at McNamara Alumni Center.

Sullivan named University of Vermont president

Published February 22, 2012

Tom Sullivan, the University of Minnesota’s former senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, will serve as the University of Vermont’s 26th president, UVM announced Wednesday...

Post-Christmas mall melee likely random

Published February 15, 2012

The Dec. 26 mall of America melee -- the megamall's most violent in 15 years -- was lilkely random, the Star Tribune reports. Early on Dec. 26, social media rumors said rappers Lil Wayne and Drake...

Kathleen O’Brien, here in her Morrill Hall office, will retire from the University of Minnesota this summer. She has been the vice president of University Services since 2002.

O’Brien to retire after 10 years as VP at University

Published February 14, 2012

  Vice President of University Services Kathleen O’Brien announced her intent to retire in an email to University Service employees Monday. She has served in the position since 2002. In 10 years,...

U announces Alumni Association’s new VP of outreach

Published February 13, 2012

Caryn Schultz Korman will head up the University of Minnesota Alumni Association’s outreach program, the University announced Monday. Schultz Korman has worked in higher education for nearly 15...

Obama unveils new budget

Published February 13, 2012

President Barack Obama's budget, unveiled Monday, aims to trim $4 trillion from the deficit over the next decade. It also proposes spending increases in the hopes of boosting the nation's economy,...

Labor group to investigate Apple supplier working conditions

Published February 13, 2012

An independent labor association on Monday began working condition inspections at a Chinese factory where iPads and iPhones are assempled, the Associated Press reports. The Fair Labor Association, a group...

Stuck in the middle with U

Published February 9, 2012

  Tommy Sager has a 16-hour-a-week work-study job. He brings in two annual scholarships — $400 from J.P. Morgan and $600 from the University of Minnesota. Still, when he graduates in 2014, he’ll...

Family of Minnesota cruise ship couple will plan memorial

Published February 1, 2012

The family of the White Bear Lake couple missing from the Italian cruise ship catastrophe announced Tuesday they will plan a memorial service, the Star Tribune reports. Gerald and Barbara Heil have been...

Second Carlson dean candidate announced

Published January 31, 2012

The Carlson School of Management announced Tuesday the second of its four dean finalists. Charles H. Whiteman has served as the senior associate dean at the University of IowaâÄôs Tippie College...

Ellison to co-sponsor legislation capping Stafford loan rates

Published January 26, 2012

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), who represents the University of Minnesota, announced Thursday he will co-sponsor legislation to prevent an increase in student loan interest rates. Congress passed reductions...

Bachmann says she’ll run for Congress again

Published January 25, 2012

Weeks after announcing she would end her presidential bid, Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann says she'll run for a fourth congressional term, according to the Star Tribune. "I'm running in the 6th...

Washington likely seventh state to legalize same-sex marriage

Published January 24, 2012

The state of Washington is likely to become the seventh state to legalize same-sex marriage, the Associated Press reports. The state's public hearings on gay marriage began Monday. On Tuesday, Sen. Mary...

WikiLeaks’ Assange says he’ll host talk show

Published January 24, 2012

WikiLeaks mastermind Julian Assange promises controversy in a new talk show he’s planning to launch mid-March, the Associated Press reports. Assange announced late Monday in a press release he would...

Disagreement over whether Sviggum vetted Regents policy

Published January 20, 2012

There's disagreement as to whether University of Minnesota Regent Steve Sviggum adequately vetted the possibility of a conflict of interest between roles as a regent and a state Senate staffer in conversations...

Etta James dies at 73

Published January 20, 2012

Etta James, the rhythm and blues singer who famously recorded the wedding classic '"At Last," died Friday, the Associated Press reports. She was 73. James was born in Los Angeles, where her voice stood...

Presidential race 2012: Perry drops out

Published January 19, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry on Thursday will drop out of the race and endorse Newt Gingrich, the New York Times reports, citing Republican officials. Perry's endorsement is designed...

Left to right: Matthew Antonio Bosch, E. Frederic MacDonald-Dennis

New directors seek to collaborate to meet diverse student needs

Published January 19, 2012

The University of Minnesota announced Wednesday the new heads of its Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence and its Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Ally Programs Office. Both units are within...

Board will examine Sviggum’s Senate role for conflict of interest

Published January 18, 2012

University of Minnesota Regent Steve Sviggum  accepted a new position in the state Senate Republican Caucus, raising questions about a potential conflict of interest — for the second time. Sviggum...

MCAE, GLBTA office heads picked

Published January 18, 2012

The University of Minnesota announced the new heads of its Multicultural Center for Academic Exellence and its Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Ally Programs Office today. Both units are within the...

U drops one lib ed theme

Published December 19, 2011

Undergraduates who started at the University in or after the fall of 2010 will only have to take four liberal education theme courses in order to graduate. The change is effective immediately. The measure...

Kaler talks Vikings, Kill, surcharges

Published December 13, 2011

President Eric Kaler is wrapping up his first semester at the helm of the University of Minnesota. He sat down with the Minnesota Daily between meetings last week to talk about the Academic Health Center,...

Assistant vice president for the Office of University Relations and director of the Office of Government Relations Donna Peterson poses for a portrait Thursday in Morrill Hall.  Peterson, the chief lobbyist for the University, is retiring in January after more than 20 years managing the school’s government relations department.

Chief lobbyist ends 20 years of telling the University’s story at the Capitol

Published December 12, 2011

Donna Peterson has gone to the State Capitol every winter for more than 30 years, first as a legislator and then as a lobbyist. In January, she will hand off her role in securing more than $1 billion in...

Tom Sullivan speaks Friday morning at the Board of Regents meeting at the McNamara Alumni Center, as President Kaler and Regent Board Chair Linda Cohen look on from behind.  Sullivan stepped down from his position as senior Vice President and Provost and was officially recognized by the Board during Fridays meeting, where the Regents discussed topics like finance and research.

U unveils an easier approach to sponsored research

Published December 12, 2011

The University of Minnesota took another move to reach out to the business community. The University unveiled  a new approach to make it easier for businesses to partner with it on research projects. The...

U moves toward looser lib ed requirements

Published December 7, 2011

Plans are in the works to change the University of MinnesotaâÄôs number of required liberal education themes back from five to four âÄî even for students who started college under the old...

Carlson School considers $2,000 raise in tuition

Published December 5, 2011

Starting next fall, undergraduates at the Carlson School of Management may pay more for school than other University of Minnesota students. A Board of Regents subcommittee on Thursday will discuss gradually...

Carlson considering charging students more

Published December 2, 2011

Starting next fall, undergraduates at the Carlson School of Management may pay more for school than other University of Minnesota students. A Board of Regents subcommittee on Thursday will discuss gradually...

Three candidates vie to fill VPCIO position

Three candidates vie to fill VPCIO position

Published December 1, 2011

President Eric Kaler still has lots of administrative shoes to fill. The process to replace another vice presidential position ramped up this week, as three candidates for the UniversityâÄôs chief...

U announces school’s new head of government relations office

Published December 1, 2011

The University of Minnesota announced Wednesday that Jason Rohloff will serve as the new point person for the UniversityâÄôs lobbying efforts in state and federal politics. On Jan. 9, he will replace...

U announces new government relations head

Published November 30, 2011

The University of Minnesota announced Wednesday that Jason Rohloff will serve as the new point person for the UniversityâÄôs lobbying efforts in state and federal politics. On Jan. 9, he will replace...

Kaler talks Legislature, admin changes, safety

Published November 28, 2011

The Board of Regents didnâÄôt meet in November, but the University of MinnesotaâÄôs administration is abuzz with candidate searches and legislative strategies. Last week âÄî about...

U announces CIO candidates and forums

Published November 23, 2011

The University of Minnesota announced Wednesday the names of three finalists for the next chief information officer. The CIO is responsible for overseeing the Office of Information Technology and is in...

Report: Shutdown wasn’t so bad, fiscally speaking

Published November 23, 2011

The drama surrounding the cost of JulyâÄôs state government shutdown was overblown, according to statistics released by the stateâÄôs budgeting office. Minnesota Management and Budget released...

Supercommittee failure means cuts to higher ed

Published November 22, 2011

The failure of a Congressional supercommittee Monday will trigger automatic budget cuts that mean less federal aid to students and university research. The supercommittee's inability agree on $1.2 trillion...

The Eastcliff estate sits along the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. President Eric Kaler and his wife reside on the second floor, while the first floor is used to host University functions.

In Eastcliff mansion, Kalers share space with public

Published November 21, 2011

A maroon and gold flag flies outside an immense white house on the east bank of the Mississippi River âÄî just a couple miles from the University of Minnesota. ThatâÄôs Eastcliff. In addition...

Kaler: search for equity and diversity VP is on

Published November 17, 2011

  University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler on Wednesday announced the beginning of a nationwide search for a new vice president for equity and diversity. A search committee will be appointed...

U lawyers bring history of success to Williams case

Published November 17, 2011

The University of Minnesota filed Wednesday to appeal the $1 million judgment against basketball coach Tubby Smith to the Minnesota Supreme Court. The award was upheld by the Minnesota Court of Appeals...

7-year-old Isabella Konat looks at a Driven to Discover advertisement that caught her eye Tuesday in the baggage claim area at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in St. Paul.

With budget trimmed, U stays Driven to Discover

Published November 16, 2011

The University of MinnesotaâÄôs Driven to Discover campaign is branching out this school year to get the most of a budget that has been cut by more than half over the past three years. In addition...

Retired Staff Sergeant Tom Murray discusses difficult past experiences at the University of Minnesota Student Veterans Appreciation Day Thursday held in the McNamara Alumni Center. Murray is currently a network analyst for the University.

Student veterans recognized during ceremony at McNamara

Published November 10, 2011

More than a hundred people gathered at McNamara Alumni Center Thursday for the University of MinnesotaâÄôs fifth annual Student Veterans Appreciation Day ceremony. Since 2004, the number of veterans...

Williamson Hall is on the list of buildings that will eventually be demolished on the University of Minnesota campus within the next few years.

U buildings on the blacklist

Published November 9, 2011

Crews will start tearing down Norris Hall by the end of the month. Wesbrook Hall was razed in August. Of the 13 buildings the University of Minnesota pegged for potential demolition three years ago, only...

University President Eric Kaler and his wife Karen pose for a photo during their Halloween open house Monday evening at Eastcliff, the presidents residence.

Halloween at Eastcliff

Published November 1, 2011

Karen Kaler stood in the entry of Eastcliff, the presidential mansion, dressed as Mary Todd Lincoln Monday night for a Halloween open house. She welcomed costumed staff, faculty, student parents and their...

Pogemiller to leave state Senate, head Office of Higher Ed

Published October 31, 2011

State Sen. Larry Pogemiller, DFL-Minneapolis, was appointed director of the Minnesota Office of Higher Education on Friday. With his departure, the district that includes the University of Minnesota will...

Pogemiller to leave Senate, head Office of Higher Ed

Published October 28, 2011

State Sen. Larry Pogemiller, DFL-Minneapolis, was appointed director of the Minnesota Office of Higher Education Friday morning. With his departure, the district that includes the University of Minnesota...

Government discontent at an all-time high

Published October 26, 2011

Americans' distrust of government is at an all-time high, according to a New York Times/CBS News poll conducted Monday. Nearly all Americans fear the economy is stagnating or getting worse. Presidential...

MnSCU and U seek to collaborate

Published October 26, 2011

Administrators at the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system have taken the reality of less money and increasing enrollment as a cue that itâÄôs time to...

Kaler talks CLA, growth, business and athletics

Published October 24, 2011

University President Eric Kaler sat down with the Minnesota Daily on the eve of the homecoming football game.   WhatâÄôs the logic behind the University of MinnesotaâÄôs decision...

Ex-Libyan leader Gadhafi killed

Published October 20, 2011

Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi was killed Thursday when revolutionary forces overwhelmed his hometown of Sirte, the Associated Press reports. Gadhafi, 69, ruled Libya for 42 years. A mercurial leader,...

New provost knows what returning to U will take

Published October 20, 2011

The University of Minnesota has changed drastically since Karen Hanson graduated in 1970. On recent trips to campus, she felt lost in a sea of new buildings. âÄúEvery now and again I saw a building...

The University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents finalized its capital request at its meeting in McNamara Alumni Center Friday.

Board passes next capital request, new clinic absent

Published October 17, 2011

The University of MinnesotaâÄôs Board of Regents finalized its wish list of projects for the state, missing one long-awaited project: the ambulatory care clinic. The board shelved its plan to fund...

The University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents finalized its capital request at its meeting in McNamara Alumni Center Friday.

Board finishes capital request, ambulatory clinic absent

Published October 14, 2011

The University of MinnesotaâÄôs Board of Regents finalized its wish list of projects for the state missing one long-awaited project: the ambulatory care clinic.             The...

Business needs U — and vice versa

Published October 12, 2011

President Eric Kaler hasnâÄôt been shy about asking the Minnesota business community for help. In fact, heâÄôs made it a priority. He spoke to the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce...

Executive vice president of Indiana University Karen Hanson speaks about her candidacy for the position of Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Tuesday at Keller Hall.

Kaler selects Karen Hanson for provost spot

Published October 11, 2011

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler selected Karen Hanson  on Monday to become the next senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. SheâÄôll start the job Feb. 1. HansonâÄôs...

Wheelock Whitney spoke at a press conference Thursday for the Minnesotans United for All Families Coalition. Whitney was joined by other members of the Republican party to oppose the upcoming Minnesota marriage amendment.

Republicans join in against marriage ban

Published October 10, 2011

A group of Minnesota Republicans have joined a coalition opposing a constitutional amendment that, if approved by a majority of voters next November, would ban same-sex marriage. A state legislator, party...

U.S. gains jobs in September, but unemployment stagnant

Published October 7, 2011

The addition of 103,000 jobs to the nation's economy in September — a modest hiring bump — was not enough to boost the unemployment rate from a third straight month at 9.1 percent, the Associated Press...

Four Loko to disclose alcohol content

Published October 3, 2011

Under pressure from the Federal Trade Commission, Four Loko will disclose more information about its alcoholic content on its label, federal regulators announced Monday. On the super-sized can of the fruity...

Does Bachmann have other options?

Published October 3, 2011

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., could switch horses midstream if her presidential bid fails, The Star Tribune reports. She hasn’t said she won’t run to retain her seat in Minnesota’s sixth congressional...

U marks 100th aniversary of medical building

Published October 3, 2011

In 1911, Frank Wesbrook, the dean of the University of MinnesotaâÄôs College of Medicine and Surgery, presided over the dedication of Elliot Memorial Hospital, the UniversityâÄôs brand...

Congressional Republicans out-tweet Democrats

Published September 29, 2011

  Republicans not only out-seat Democrats in Washington ? they also out-tweet them, the Medill News Service reports. In the Senate, Republican Sen. John McCain, Ariz., leads the pack with 1.73 million...

Students push for debt forgiveness

Published September 29, 2011

Alexis Reineke  graduated from the University of Minnesota in December 2008 with a communications degree âÄî and $35,000 in debt. Last week, she signed a petition that now has more than 424,000...

Kaler talks budget, provost, next steps

Published September 26, 2011

University President Eric Kaler spent part of Friday âÄî the day after he was officially inaugurated as president and his 55th birthday âÄî talking with the Minnesota Daily. You said you...

After unveiling his portrait Friday afternoon outside Coffman Union, President Kaler joked about the appearance of gray hair in the photo.

Kaler wraps up week of inaugural celebration

Published September 26, 2011

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler has been on the job for nearly three months, but Saturday marked the end of his inaugural week celebration. The new president was officially inaugurated Thursday...

University President Eric Kaler signs buttons while visiting the second floor cultural centers Thursday in Coffman Union.

Kaler inaugurated as University’s 16th president

Published September 23, 2011

Hundreds of figures in academic regalia paraded into Ted Mann Concert Hall Thursday morning. The last to enter was Eric Kaler, dressed in a pinkish-red doctoral robe. Kaler smiled, surveying the faces...

After unveiling his portrait Friday afternoon outside Coffman Union, President Kaler joked about the appearance of gray hair in the photo.

Kaler’s portrait unveiled in front of Coffman

Published September 23, 2011

President Eric KalerâÄôs presidential portrait was unveiled today in front of Coffman Union. Pictures of all 15 of KalerâÄôs predecessors hang in the PresidentâÄôs Room of the student...

Robert Stine, Michael Schmitt, Mel Baughman, Ann Hill Duin, Abel Ponce de Leon, Allen Levine, Lori Engstrom

Fate of provost candidates now rests in Kaler’s hands

Published September 21, 2011

The search for the University of MinnesotaâÄôs second-in-command is down to four. Finalists to become the next senior vice president for academic affairs and provost made their pitches to the University...

Planetarium joins with Bell Museum

Published September 19, 2011

  The University of MinnesotaâÄôs Bell Museum of Natural History is opening its doors to the Minnesota Planetarium Society. After a year of negotiations, the two programs agreed to share space...

Netflix loses subscribers to rate hike

Published September 16, 2011

Netflix projects it will end September with 600,000 fewer subscribers than it had in June, suggesting the company’s recent rate increase is to blame, the Associated Press reports. Until September 1,...

Higher standards mean lower math scores for Minnesota kids

Published September 15, 2011

A more difficult standardized math test may have contributed to lower math scores for Minnesota elementary and middle school students this year, the Star Tribune reports. Less than 57 percent of Minnesota...

Construction shortcuts contributed to BP oil spill

Published September 15, 2011

                BP and the owner of the Macondo oil well were found to be jointly responsible for contributing to last year’s...

Regents craft a bonding bill for 2012

Published September 12, 2011

The University of MinnesotaâÄôs Board of Regents  put the finishing touches Friday on its wish list of construction projects it will eventually submit to the state. Among its top priorities...

Board starts building a bonding bill

Published September 9, 2011

The University of MinnesotaâÄôs Board of Regents put the finishing touches onits wish list of construction projects to the state Friday. Among its bonding requests for 2012 are $100 million for...