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St. Paul students want in on safety talks

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

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

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

December 4, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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 floor's renovation.

After Coffman renovation, groups adapt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Minnesota's Cloquet Forestry Center is on land that an 1854 treaty granted to the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. The center's

U, tribe connect over land dispute

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Center's Anti-Columbus Day, Monday at Coffman Union.

Students stake a claim

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 15, 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 Center's office in Coffman Union on Friday afternoon in front of the only mural left from the student group's previous office space. Student groups with offices on the second floor of Coffman were not able to preserve the murals after the building's second-floor renovation and were restricted in how they personalize their spaces.

Groups mourn lost murals in Coffman

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

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 Union's 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

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

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’

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 Coffman's second floor after the summer renovation.

Groups return to remodeled Coffman

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

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...