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St. Paul students want in on safety talks

Published December 11, 2013

With most attention on the University of Minnesota area’s recent increase in violent crime focused on Minneapolis neighborhoods, students on the St. Paul campus are looking to get more involved in...

International students skip short visit home

Published December 10, 2013

In nearly four years at the University of Minnesota, neuroscience senior Eza Kadir has never traveled home over winter break. Instead of spending thousands of dollars on a plane ticket and at least a day...

South Africans gather to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s life

Published December 9, 2013

  Millions of South Africans gathered Sunday at churches, mosques, synagogues and community centers around the country to celebrate Nelson Mandela's life, news sources reported.   “That...

With international voices, Ukraine protests continue

Published December 5, 2013

International voices spoke of Ukraine's situation as thousands continued to rally Wednesday against the Ukrainian government's decision to reject connections with the European Union and get...

Student groups respond to crime alerts

Published December 4, 2013

University of Minnesota students are turning to their student groups to start discussions about safety after the recent bout of campus crime. Students are tackling these discussions in ways that fit their...

Student group looks to help first-year commuters

Published December 2, 2013

Freshman Thuylinh Vuong spends an hour on the bus to get to the University of Minnesota every day. Then she spends an hour getting back. Vuong, who’s studying nursing, said commuting has improved...

Students fast for climate change awareness after typhoon

Published November 25, 2013

University of Minnesota students and alumni joined eight other Minnesota colleges and more than 75 schools nationwide Friday in a day of fasting to raise awareness about climate change in the wake of Typhoon...

Kerry defends historic nuclear pact

Published November 24, 2013

The United States and five other world powers announced an agreement Sunday morning that would temporarily halt Iran's nuclear program and could eventually come to a more permanent agreement, news...

China creates new air defense area in East China Sea

Published November 24, 2013

China announced Saturday that noncommercial aircraft coming into a large area over the East China Sea must identify themselves to Beijing, news sources reported.  The air defense identification zone...

Student assaulted, robbed in Stadium Village

Published November 22, 2013

A University of Minnesota student was assaulted and robbed Wednesday night while walking home in Stadium Village, according to a Minneapolis police report. University Police Chief Greg Hestness sent a...

Hmong Minnesota Student Association members, vice president Kue Thao, secretary Shuazong Vang and Jimmy Her, gather in the multi-use space on the second floor of Coffman Memorial Union on Wednesday afternoon. The group had its own space last year but lost it after the floors renovation.

After Coffman renovation, groups adapt

Published November 21, 2013

After losing office space in Coffman Union’s second floor redesign earlier this year, 17 student groups have settled into new meeting spots and routines. For some groups, losing space has caused...

Groups take on typhoon relief

Published November 19, 2013

After Typhoon Haiyan killed and displaced thousands when it struck the Philippines on Nov. 8, some student groups are jumping to help by raising money for relief. The University of Minnesota’s Philippine...

Tornadoes, severe thunderstorms strike Midwest

Published November 18, 2013

Tornadoes and severe thunderstorms tore through several Midwest cities Sunday afternoon, damaging multiple central Illinois communities and killing at least five people, news sources reported.   Dozens...

International aid reaches storm-hit Philippines

Published November 17, 2013

Aid from multiple countries began to trickle into the hardest-hit areas of the Philippines, which was struck on November 8 by Typhoon Haiyan, killing thousands of people on the islands, news sources reported.   The...

Some students, alumni and groups shun nuclear

Published November 14, 2013

Despite a recent push from scientists to create safer nuclear power, some University of Minnesota students, alumni and environmental groups don’t think it’s worth the time and money. Four top...

Established in 1958 by the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, the Landscape Arboretum is the largest public garden in the Upper Midwest. It displays gardens, woods, prairies and plant collections.

A worldwide footprint

Published November 12, 2013

The University of Minnesota owns a mansion on the shore of Lake Superior, apartments in Birmingham, UK, and forests on a Chippewa reservation. Across the state, country and world, the University owns more...

Returning students face challenges, advantages

Published November 12, 2013

Jean Chapdelaine left college in the late 1990s because she had to work. She’s been working constantly since, even after re-enrolling at the University of Minnesota 16 years later so she could move...

Magnitude 5.5 earthquake hits Tokyo area

Published November 10, 2013

An earthquake with an initial magnitude reading of 5.5 hit eastern Japan, including the Tokyo area, on Sunday morning, news sources reported. There were no immediate reports of damage or abnormalities...

The University of Minnesotas Cloquet Forestry Center is on land that an 1854 treaty granted to the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. The centers No trespassing signs, which caused some conflict with the tribe, were taken down in early October.

U, tribe connect over land dispute

Published November 7, 2013

After years of miscommunication born from land ownership issues, a University of Minnesota research center and neighboring Native American tribe are working to find common ground. The University’s...

Al-Madinah acts as mentor

Published November 4, 2013

Coming to the University of Minnesota as a Post Secondary Enrollment Options student, Muhammad Islam joined the PSEO Student Association to meet other high school students attending the University and...

Climate scientists call for safer nuclear power

Published November 3, 2013

Some of the world's top environmental scientists are calling for safer nuclear power as a way to minimize fossil fuel use, news sources reported.   Climate and energy experts James Hansen, Ken...

Nice Ride Minnesota ramps up plans for 2014

Published October 28, 2013

Even as Nice Ride closes on a record season, the company plans for 2014, news sources reported.   “We’re looking forward to 2014," Nice Ride spokesman Anthony Ongaro said, adding...

Officials confirm Mandy Matula’s remains

Published October 28, 2013

The remains of 24-year-old Mandy Matula of Eden Prairie, who disappeared in May, were found in Stearns County on Saturday, news sources reported.   Eden Prairie Police said a hiker discovered her...

University students Austin Kedrowski, Kassi Vickerman, Matthew Ogbeifun and Tarek Abdelkhalig review video footage from a G-Eazy concert at the Roy Wilkins conference room on Wednesday.

Students to rebuild broadcast scene

Published October 24, 2013

Charlie Weierke transferred to the University of Minnesota in hopes of building his broadcast journalism portfolio — but that proved to be harder than anticipated. The journalism sophomore said when...

Groups try to branch out

Published October 22, 2013

With new office spaces after this summer’s redesign, student groups and cultural centers housed on Coffman Union’s second floor often use the building as an accessible space for events. But...

JPMorgan Chase, Justice Dept. approach $13 billion deal

Published October 20, 2013

Banking giant JPMorgan Chase is moving closer to a $13 billion settlement with the Justice Department over its mortgage practices, news sources reported.  The tentative agreement comes after weeks...

Seniors Stephanie Zadora and Laura Serrano place flags in the ground for La Raza Student Cultural Center and the American Indian Student Cultural Centers Anti-Columbus Day, Monday at Coffman Union.

Students stake a claim

Published October 15, 2013

Pressing a small white flag into the ground outside of Coffman Union on Monday, urban studies senior Stephanie Zadora claimed the land for herself. She was one of several University of Minnesota students...

Nobel Peace Prize goes to anti-chemical weapons agency

Published October 13, 2013

The Nobel Peace Prize has put the Syria conflict back in the global eye, news sources reported. The prize was awarded Friday in Oslo, Norway, to to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical...

Congress morale low after House Republicans’ talks with White House fail

Published October 13, 2013

Congress members' third consecutive working Saturday of the government shutdown ended in foul moods as negotiations continued with no end in sight, news sources reported. Senators Harry Reid and...

U supports rural majors

Published October 10, 2013

Growing up near Plymouth, Minn., Luke Midura watched as developers turned the farmland and woods near his home into suburban dwellings. The University of Minnesota senior chose to major in forest and natural...

Pesticides killed bees, analysis shows

Published October 8, 2013

An investigation has revealed that pesticides killed thousands of bees across Minneapolis last month. Now, the University of Minnesota Bee Squad and the community that housed the bees are looking to spread...

Clashes and rival demonstrations leave at least 28 dead in Egypt

Published October 6, 2013

  At least 28 people have been killed and dozens have been injured in Egypt Sunday after clashes between security forces and supporters of the ousted President Mohamed Morsi, news sources reported.   More...

Crowd of 2,000 rallies for immigration reform

Published October 6, 2013

  Nearly 2,000 people representing Minnesota's business, labor, faith, education and immigrant communities came together Saturday to call on Congress to pass immigration reform, news sources reported.   Rally...

Students seek marrow donors

Published October 3, 2013

University of Minnesota student Carl Johnson joined the national bone marrow donor registry in 2008 when he was serving in the U.S. Navy. Three years later, he learned he was a perfect match for a 50-year-old...

Group reunites U employees of color

Published October 1, 2013

After years of hiatus, a group for African-American faculty and staff members re-formed in May and is now examining the black employee experience at the University of Minnesota. The Black Faculty and Staff...

MNO musicians: Proposed contract ‘artistically unsustainable’

Published September 29, 2013

  Minnesota Orchestra musicians unanimously rejected the latest contract offering from their managers Saturday, saying the proposal is "artistically unsustainable" and will do long-term...

Iranian Pres. returns to cheers, jeers

Published September 29, 2013

  Iranian President Hassan Rowhani returned to Tehran from New York Saturday after a United Nations trip that culminated in a historic phone conversation with Barack Obama to a mixture of cheers and...

Three vie for GLBTA spot

Published September 25, 2013

The University of Minnesota’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Ally Programs Office is nearing the end of its search for a new director. Three finalists for the position recently gave public...

University expands international efforts

Published September 23, 2013

The University of Minnesota recently teamed up with 20 other schools to promote the state as a destination for international students. Study Minnesota, a volunteer-run nonprofit, was established earlier...

House passes plan to cut funds from ACA

Published September 21, 2013

  The House passed a spending bill Friday to keep the government funded past Sept. 30 that also slashes funding from President Barack Obama's health care law, news sources reported.   The...

U teams up with Colombian universities

Published September 18, 2013

While studying law at the University of Medellín in Antioquia, Colombia, Juliana Velez worked on a human rights case about a flooding river — called La Picacha — that displaced...

Bee Squad coordinator Becky Masterman checks on bees in a hive located in the Kenwood neighborhood of Minneapolis on Sunday. Masterman said that increased amount of dead bees is a recent issue, specifically in the Kenwood neighborhood.

U investigates sudden slew of bee deaths

Published September 16, 2013

Thousands of Minneapolis honey bees began dying off late last week due to apparent pesticide poisoning. The University of Minnesota Bee Lab and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture are conducting tests...

U.S., Russia agree to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons

Published September 16, 2013

The United States and Russia made a deal Saturday to destroy Syria's stockpile of chemical weapons by mid-2014, news sources reported. Syria must give up information about its weapons arsenal within...

Junior Miguel Jimenez studies at the La Raza Student Cultural Centers office in Coffman Union on Friday afternoon in front of the only mural left from the student groups previous office space. Student groups with offices on the second floor of Coffman were not able to preserve the murals after the buildings second-floor renovation and were restricted in how they personalize their spaces.

Groups mourn lost murals in Coffman

Published September 11, 2013

Until last spring, one wall of the Black Student Union’s corner office in the University of Minnesota’s Coffman Union displayed a vivid depiction of the 1969 Morrill Hall takeover — a...

Obama delays vote on Syria

Published September 11, 2013

President Barack Obama said Tuesday that he asked Congress to postpone a vote on legislation that would allow the use of U.S. military force in Syria, news sources reported.  He said he would look...

Second year PSEO student and high school senior Brandon Luu, center, fills up water balloons with other members of their student group as a part of Asian-American Student Unions picnic, Friday afternoon outside Comstock Hall. Luu was introduced to AASU by a family member and is now an outreach officer for the student group.

Groups connect PSEO students to campus

Published September 10, 2013

High school senior Sydney Tran has never been part of a student group at her school. Now, she’s in charge of business relations for the University of Minnesota’s Asian-American Student Union. Tran...

Egypt deemed unsafe for student travel

Published September 5, 2013

University of Minnesota junior Nailah Taman hoped to study abroad in Cairo this spring, but recent national travel warnings could prevent her from going. In response to ongoing conflict in Egypt and Syria,...

Suhaib Elkholy holds a political cartoon on a poster in protest, Friday afternoon downtown Minneapolis.

‘Egypt, Egypt, hear our voice’

Published September 3, 2013

When he came to the University of Minnesota from Egypt in 2009 to get his Ph.D., computer science student Abdeltawab Hendawi had no idea that many of his good friends would be killed before he got back. “They...

Sophomore Kevin Ward, left, and sophomore Emily Myers, right, take a break from their Welcome Week duties Thursday morning in the new office for the student group Commuter Connection, located in Coffman Union. Their student group regained an office on Coffmans second floor after the summer renovation.

Groups return to remodeled Coffman

Published September 3, 2013

After a summer-long remodeling project, 12 selected student groups and cultural centers moved back into Coffman Union’s second floor last week. The remodel began in 2010 to address the long-term...

A sale at University Lutheran Church of Hope sells gently used household items to University of Minnesota students and community members on Saturday. The church, located in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood, hosted live music and served food throughout the day.

After remodel, student groups return to Coffman’s second floor

Published August 30, 2013

After a summer-long remodeling project, 12 selected student groups and cultural centers are moving back into Coffman Union’s second floor this week. The remodel, which began in 2010 as an effort...

As health care costs increase, University employees try to save

Published August 7, 2013

With health care costs set to rise as the University of Minnesota prepares to comply with the Affordable Care Act, employees are looking for ways to reduce their health care premiums. One way to reduce...

Steff Yorek visits her partner Jess Sundin during one of her treatments at the Phillips Wangensteen Building on East Bank, Tuesday morning. Formally married in Washington, their marriage will be legally recognized in Minnesota on August 1st.

With DOMA down, tax lifted for U employees with domestic partner

Published July 31, 2013

For years, Steff Yorek has had to pay extra taxes for her partner, Jess Sundin, to be covered by the University of Minnesota’s employee health care plan. But soon, that may change. The University...

Steff Yorek visits her partner Jess Sundin during one of her treatments at the Phillips Wangensteen Building on East Bank, Tuesday morning. Formally married in Washington, their marriage will be legally recognized in Minnesota on August 1st.

U lifts tax on same-sex marriage benefits

Published July 31, 2013

The University of Minnesota announced Wednesday that it will extend benefits coverage to employees’ same-sex spouses and their children starting today, Aug. 1. Previously, this coverage was offered...

Brian Buhr, recently named interim dean of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Science, stands with current Dean Allen Levine outside St. Paul Campus Haecker Hall on Monday July 22nd, 2013.

In transition, interim deans take the reins

Published July 24, 2013

The University of Minnesota’s College of Liberal Arts and College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences are currently undergoing dean transitions, which means saying goodbye to long-term...

Accounts Specialist Anh Pham in her office on Tuesday July 23rd, 2013. Under the proposed changes to the Universitys healthcare plan, Pham would have to pay more for the speciality care she and her husband need.

As U preps for Affordable Care Act, faculty and staff worry

Published July 24, 2013

As the University of Minnesota adjusts its employee health care plan to comply with the Affordable Care Act, some faculty and staff members are concerned about how increased costs could affect them. Because...

The University of Minnesota Libraries archives hold objects including books, documents and drawings in the climate-controlled High Bay, which is 80 feet below ground at the Elmer L. Andersen Library on West Bank.

The University’s archives and special collections advance with technology

Published July 17, 2013

In the last five years, the University of Minnesota Archives has digitized about 1 million pages of records. But that’s only 1 percent of its total content. Despite technology hikes, the University’s...

As the University goes paperless, some employees are left behind

Published July 17, 2013

University of Minnesota custodian Michael Revier has brought a paper paycheck to the bank for the last 37 years. “I like handling it,” he said. “I like going to the bank and depositing...

Profs want University to rethink course approval process

Published July 10, 2013

When new University of Minnesota courses are approved, it’s expected they’ll be taught for many years to come. But some University of Minnesota professors say the process is too long and labor-intensive,...

Physics professor Tim Lodge in his office Monday, July 8, 2013, in Smith Hall. Professor Lodge and Professor Stephen Polanksy were both awarded a Regent Professorship in June.

New regents profs plan future research

Published July 10, 2013

Tim Lodge and Steve Polasky hold rare positions at the University of Minnesota — they’re both tenured in two departments. And now, they share another uncommon experience — last month,...

English and literature graduate teaching assistant Katie Sisneros compares Chaucer and Beowulf with her Historical Survey of British Literature class on July 1, 2013, in Follwell Hall.

In CLA dean transition, liberal arts must defend themselves

Published July 3, 2013

In an unstable job market, some college students are turning to majors that assure job security after college. But it’s still important for colleges to make the case for a liberal arts education,...

Sophomore animal science major and research assistant Andrew Hetke carries a hose through the Dairy Barn on St. Paul Campus Monday, July 1, 2013.

In U’s hottest jobs, employees keep safety in mind

Published July 1, 2013

In the University of Minnesota dairy barns  on the St. Paul campus, it’s almost as hot inside as it is outside. With 106 cows  and a few calves to milk, feed and clean up after every day,...

Minneapolis City Council to hold hearings on forming municipal utility

Published June 29, 2013

  The Minneapolis City council voted Friday to hold public hearings on forming a municipal utility — which would mean cutting the city’s ties with Xcel Energy Inc. and CenterPoint Energy. These...

DOMA, Prop 8 Supreme Court rulings prompt rections from around the web

Published June 26, 2013

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Faculty say U discourages community-engaged research

Published June 26, 2013

While some faculty members at the University of Minnesota get federally-funded research grants, others turn to the community when looking for research opportunities. But some faculty members have said...

University Honors Program cap prompts mixed feelings for students

Published June 26, 2013

While some students think graduating from the University of Minnesota with Latin honors should be a special achievement, others think the program has become too exclusive. Only 10 to 15 percent of each...

Faculty aim to standardize program reviews

Published June 19, 2013

Students at the University of Minnesota have majored in forest resources for the past 100 years, but they will be able to major in food systems for the first time next year. Though these two programs are...

Individualized degrees teach students to market skills, selves

Published June 19, 2013

Junior Jane Sitter wants to teach English abroad, but there’s no one major at the University of Minnesota that can let her do that. Sitter is one of a small group of students pursuing an individualized...

Unions to appeal layoffs before Regents meet

Published June 13, 2013

Before the Board of Regents meets Friday morning to vote on the University of Minnesota’s 2014 operating budget, representatives from the University’s clerical and technical workers’...

Professor Tom Stinson explains process of filing state reports at his office in St. Paul on Thursday, June 6, 2013.

U econ professor steps down as state economist

Published June 12, 2013

Tom Stinson has worked two jobs for the past 26 years. As a University of Minnesota applied economics professor, he can write an article for a journal, but he said “it’s not clear that anybody...

Unions appeal OIT employee layoffs

Published June 12, 2013

Union leaders are fighting the layoffs of 25 University of Minnesota Office of Information Technology employees, citing problems with understaffing and the way the layoffs occurred. Representatives from...

U reassesses lecturers’ health benefits

Published June 5, 2013

In preparation for the changes the Affordable Care Act could make to employee health benefits, the University of Minnesota is calculating which lecturers will be eligible for coverage. Because the IRS...

Executive Director of Parking and Transportation Services Bob Baker discuses details of the transition with assistant director of finance Dennis Miller May 30, 2013 in the Transportation and Safety Building. Baker, who instituted programs like the UPass, is retiring in early June after 40 years with the University.

University’s transportation man calls it a career

Published June 5, 2013

When Bob Baker came to the University of Minnesota as a residence hall director in 1974, Territorial Hall housed only men. He recalled the testosterone-filled dorm being “kind of crazy” and...

CFANS Dean Allen Levine to step down

Published June 4, 2013

After seven years as dean of the University of Minnesota’s College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, Allen Levine announced Tuesday that he plans to step down at the end of August. Levine...

Newly announced Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Danita Brown will replace Jerry Rinehart beginning July 31st.

New vice provost balances marriage, moving with new job

Published May 29, 2013

  Danita Brown is busy. She’s planning a June wedding, moving to a new state and prepping to be the University of Minnesota’s new vice provost for student affairs and dean of students. After...

IT employees question job reclassifications

Published May 29, 2013

In the midst of a job reclassification haul meant to better define job duties and pay ranges, some employees in the University of Minnesota’s Office of Information Technology are questioning whether...

Parking and Transportation Services Executive Director to retire

Published May 26, 2013

  After 39 years at the University of Minnesota, Executive Director of Parking and Transportation Services Bob W. Baker announced he will retire in early June.   During his 23-year tenure as...

Recent University graduates Siri Simons and Christy Newell will be biking the length of the Mississippi River from New Orleans to Itasca this summer. Along the way, they will visit a number of different cities and farms so that they can discuss new ideas, educate young people about food, and encourage them to be interested in agriculture and farming.

U grads to bike Miss. River for farms

Published May 9, 2013

  University of Minnesota alumna Siri Simons used to daydream in class about biking the Mississippi River Trail to gather stories from farmers about the future of farming in the Midwest. This summer,...

Students forage St. Paul campus to de-stress

Published May 8, 2013

  A group of University of Minnesota students, staff and faculty members stood under an oak tree on the St. Paul campus Tuesday watching their guide wield a Nut Wizard — a scepter-shaped tool...

U Landscape Arboretum to host world’s largest tree hug

Published May 6, 2013

  On Friday, Minnesotans will attempt to break the world’s tree-hugging record — and on University of Minnesota soil. To celebrate National Public Gardens Day, an annual celebration of...

Klobuchar, panel talk BRAIN Initiative

Published May 1, 2013

  U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar led a panel discussion Tuesday about increasing research for curing brain diseases like Alzheimer’s, autism, epilepsy and Parkinson’s. The panel spoke to a full...

University groups push for divestment from the fossil fuel industry

Published April 29, 2013

  With more than 300 colleges and universities pushing for their schools’ administrations to divest in the fossil fuel industry, the “Fossil Free” movement has gained momentum in...

Hundreds rally at the state Capitol to support sustainable energy Monday, April 22, 2013, in St. Paul. University students attended the rally in support of renewable energy bills.

Ralliers pack Capitol for Earth Day

Published April 23, 2013

Dozens of students elbowed their way into the packed state Capitol rotunda Monday to rally for green jobs and bolster Earth Day spirit. The students joined citizens and policymakers to hear Gov. Mark Dayton,...

Members of the Food Coalition, MSA Facilities, Housing and Transit committee, and others looks through coupon pages from Madison Fresh Market Thursday, April 18, 2013, at Coffman Union. The student groups met with Madison Fresh Market Jeff Maurer to discuss possibilities for a grocery store in the new UTEC building, which is scheduled to open in 2014.

University of Wisconsin campus grocery could reach Dinkytown

Published April 22, 2013

  After more than 15 years without a full-service grocery store in Dinkytown, one may open at the University Technology Enterprise Center site in August 2014. The 21,000-square-foot store would be...

Animal science junior Emily Boser walks Comet, a llama, down Church Street Tuesday, April 16, 2013, afternoon as a part of Agriculture Awareness Day.

Ag. Day brings St. Paul to East Bank

Published April 17, 2013

Growing up on a dairy farm in southeast Minnesota, agricultural education sophomore Lauren Servick would get up at 4 a.m. to milk cows. But some University of Minnesota students don’t even know where...

Every 28 days, going green

Published April 15, 2013

Some University of Minnesota students are switching from disposable sanitary products to more sustainable ones during their menstrual cycles. Junior Maitreyi Ray was frustrated with the high cost and waste...

U prof travels to Arctic for climate change

Published April 10, 2013

University of Minnesota associate professor Aaron Doering has spent the past decade exploring the Arctic and four other continents — all in the name of sustainability and storytelling. With a team...

Director of the Minnesota Senate Information Office Scott Magnuson explains policy procedures to students from CFANS in the Minnesota State Senate Chambers on Thursday, April 4, 2013, at the State Capitol. A new CFANS policy engagement program allows students to learn about the political process as it relates to agriculture and the environment.

CFANS students visit state Capitol

Published April 8, 2013

Last year, freshman Olive Martin worked with children in Congo to make their school’s farm profitable so they could buy uniforms. It inspired her to learn about agricultural policy so she could improve...

Architecture senior Alice Yonke and phD student Joey Reid paint with watercolors on sheets on paper on Friday, April 5, 2013, at the Institute on the Environment in St. Paul. Yonke encouraged students to paint their representation of sustainability.

Sustainability symposium features art

Published April 8, 2013

With brushes made of animal hair and paints made from minerals, watercolor is a “natural medium” to architecture senior Alice Yonke. She shared her natural art Friday at the 2013 Sustainability...

Defining the St. Paul student

Published April 3, 2013

  To make long-term plans for the smaller, quieter and more agricultural part of the Twin Cities campus, the University of Minnesota’s Office of Institutional Research may create a survey to...

Student art to headline IonE’s Sustainability Symposium

Published April 1, 2013

To architecture senior Alice Yonke, watercolor paint is a “natural medium.” “You have brushes that are made from animal hair and paints that are made from minerals,” she said. This...

High school student Deqa Mahamoud, right, from Youth Farm in South Minneapolis tries on a beekeeping suit on Friday, March 29, 2013, at Hodson Hall. About 100 high school students visited the St. Paul campus from a variety of different urban farming programs throughout the Twin Cities area.

Youth taste healthy food and higher ed

Published April 1, 2013

  Growing up, Champlin Park High School freshman Mela Nguyen said her community wasn’t exposed to much healthy food.  “I grew up in north Minneapolis,” Nguyen said, “and...

Vet School to honor sustainable dairy farmers

Published March 27, 2013

To commemorate their work in the dairy industry, the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine will grant Dairy Appreciation Awards to Paul and Barb Liebenstein at the Minnesota Dairy Health...

Marlena Needham of the Minneapolis Energy Options campaign prepares to call Minneapolis residents at the campaigns office Thursday, March 21, 2013. The campaign supports exploring alternative energy resources after the citys contracts with Xcel and CenterPoint Energy expire.

MPIRG’s effort turns to energy for Mpls.

Published March 27, 2013

Although Minneapolis Public Interest Research Group members no longer carry around “vote no” stickers on their clipboards, they can still be found on the Washington Avenue Bridge asking students...

Group discusses state’s environment

Published March 25, 2013

  A year-long process to inform Gov. Mark Dayton on Minnesota environmental policies culminated in a set of guidelines for the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board. Hundreds of students and conservationists...

Seniors Jacob Achen and Kyle Mathews rub a brown sugar cure on hams at the Meat Lab on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at the Andrew Boss Laboratory/Meat Science building.

Beefing up cattle counts

Published March 14, 2013

The most exciting part of Peter Leonard’s job is slaughtering dozens of animals and vacuum sealing them in packages. The fisheries junior, who works in the University of Minnesota Meat Science Laboratory,...

University sophomore Christian Boomgaarden and senior Troy Marschall spread ice melt Monday, March 11, 2013, on the Universitys East Bank.

U considers environmental impact in de-icing

Published March 12, 2013

Winter ice is a constant threat to students’ balance on campus, but minimizing slips can also threaten the environment. For years, the University of Minnesota has turned to anti-icing products like...

Environmental Congress to outline state climate goals

Published March 10, 2013

  In an effort to formulate state environmental goals, the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board’s March 15 Environmental Congress will bring together citizens and government officials to discuss...

Students plan to create grocery co-op on campus

Published March 7, 2013

In an effort to fill the lack of affordable produce around the University of Minnesota, students want to open a campus grocery cooperative. Last week, a group of about 20 students began planning to approach...

Members of Fossil Free Minnesota discuss their current campaign on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, at STSS. The student groups current campaign aims to make fossil fuel corporations burn less than 565 gigatons of CO2 in order to stay below the 2 degrees celsius of global warming.

Students push for fossil fuel divestment

Published March 5, 2013

  Students are pressuring the Board of Regents to get rid of the University of Minnesota’s investments in the fossil fuel industry. Two University student groups — Fossil Free Minnesota...

Renewable energy grants will end

Published March 5, 2013

A program that has funded more than 200 renewable energy research projects at the University of Minnesota over the past decade will come to a close after this year. In 2012, the state Legislature passed...