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Clockwise from top left, University students Sammy Miller, Ravyn Braun, Jordan Pinneke and Teddy Skillings sit posed in respective locations on campus. Each having their own unique and varied experiences, these individuals are no strangers to the very real obstacles and challenges associated with mental illness.

Searching for Care

February 12, 2016

Sammy Miller found herself struggling to shake intrusive thoughts of suicide in her dorm room one night during her freshman year.Diagnosed with depression, anxiety and borderline personality disorder,...

Female body found in search for missing student

October 27, 2015

Authorities near Alexandria, Minn., reported Monday that a farmer found human remains of a young woman roughly the same age as a University of Minnesota-Morris student who went missing on Oct....

Bartender Libby Kvasnicka washes glasses at Blarney Pub & Grill on Saturday. This fall, The Department of Public Safety and State Gambling Control Board will begin running checks for compliance to liquor and gambling laws, tightening down on college bars to better enforce existing laws.

State department targets underage drinking in bars

October 5, 2015

With homecomings, football games and the upcoming holiday season, state officials are gearing up to combat underage drinking and gambling at college bars across the state.    The Minnesota Department...

Complaints filed against former Chief Information Officer

September 11, 2015

Former University of Minnesota Chief Information Officer Scott Studham resigned from his position last week after President Eric Kaler asked him to step down. The University has received four reports about...

Police no longer believe student was a victim of armed sexual assault

May 9, 2015

University of Minnesota Police are no longer investigating a reported sexual assault in Sanford Hall as a stranger sexual assault according to a public safety update from the police department.  According...

Charlie Hebdo event poster spurs debate on censorship

April 29, 2015

University of Minnesota faculty members were instructed earlier this year to take down event posters that recreated a Charlie Hebdo magazine cover, spurring a campus-wide discussion on free speech within...

Cultural gaps could instigate plagiarism

April 27, 2015

At the University of Minnesota, international students are cited for academic dishonesty far more often than their domestic peers — but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re trying to...

Professors’ spouses get help from U

April 23, 2015

When Marlene Zuk was considering a job at the University of Minnesota while living in California, she wanted to be sure her husband would find a job in the Twin Cities, too.   Like Zuk, many prospective...

U student molested, alert says

April 21, 2015

A University of Minnesota student was molested Friday evening in the same area of Prospect Park where three others had reported being groped in February.   The victim was walking near the...

Employees mostly OK, survey says

April 14, 2015

Many University of Minnesota faculty and staff say they’re dedicated and committed to their work. Still, some say the University could do a better job of communicating and providing employees with...

Minneapolis residents Kenneth Williams, left, and Blake Brown perform a choreographed dance at the QIPOC talent show at The Whole Music Club in Coffman Union on Sunday evening.

‘The root of really big change’

April 13, 2015

As a queer Hmong woman, University of Minnesota graduate student Xay Yang said she has sometimes had difficulties navigating through life.   “Coming out and being an Asian person at the same...

Course evaluations will go online in fall

April 9, 2015

The comments and critiques students make on their course evaluation forms at the end of this semester may influence other studentsâÄô future class selections. Come fall, parts of studentsâÄô...

Aurora will hire men’s coordinator

April 8, 2015

The University of Minnesota is adding a full-time position in attempt to further engage men in conversations about sexual assault on campus. The Aurora Center recently received funding to create a menâÄôs...

Outdoor space rules get review

April 1, 2015

University of Minnesota leaders are revisiting the school’s outdoor space policy, which governs the use of space on campus, that some say limits students’ ability to freely express ideas. In...

University of Minnesota student Jennifer Houle, 22, was last seen at Blarney Pub and Grill in Dinkytown on March 27, 2015, between 1 and 2 a.m. On March 29, 2015, about 200 people gathered at Stillwater Area High School, where Houle attended, for a prayer vigil. Houle’s family asked attendees to wear purple to show their support.

Student still missing, no new leads

March 30, 2015

Police don’t have any new leads in their investigation of a University of Minnesota student who has been missing since early Friday morning.  Authorities are asking for the public’s help...

Legislation asks teacher programs for data

March 30, 2015

Legislation is on the table that would require teacher preparation programs to disclose more information to the public. While schools already have to release data about their programs to various federal...

College of Design dean Tom Fisher meets with his staff to discuss an upcoming proposal for the city of St. Paul on Wednesday morning at the Metropolitan Design Center.

Longtime dean taking new role

March 25, 2015

When College of Design Dean Tom Fisher leaves his position and moves out of his Rapson Hall office this summer, he won’t have to carry his things very far — his new workspace will be just a...

U campus adds GLBT minor

March 24, 2015

The University of Minnesota-Duluth is introducing a new gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender studies minor that some say could make the school’s campus more welcoming. In response to demand and...

Video concerns greek leaders

March 11, 2015

Members of the University of Minnesota’s greek community are expressing disappointment in their peers after a video surfaced Sunday showing University of Oklahoma fraternity members using racial...

University president Eric Kaler responds to questions at the Faculty Senate's meeting to review the human subject research report on Friday at Coffman Memorial Union . On some of the more negative findings in the report, President Kaler stated

Research methods under fire

March 9, 2015

After years of scrutiny and numerous calls to investigate University of Minnesota research practices involving human subjects, faculty and community members sounded off on a report that was highly critical...

Faculty Senate reviews human subject research report

March 6, 2015

About 60 members of the University of Minnesota’s Faculty Senate met Friday afternoon to discuss a human subject research program report released last week, which found serious flaws in the school’s...

Students target fees reforms

March 5, 2015

Some student leaders are concerned with how tens of millions of dollars in student services fees are doled out each year. Now, they’re considering reforms to the practice in hopes of increasing groups’...

Lawmakers call for more info about student debt

March 3, 2015

With Minnesota’s student debt sitting at the fifth highest in the nation, state lawmakers are introducing potential policies to aid students in making more informed financial decisions when it comes...

University research scrutinized in report

March 2, 2015

The University of Minnesota’s human subject research program has significant shortfalls that may put participants at risk, a report released Friday found. The report, in which an external committee...

Report: Research practices involving human subjects are problematic

February 27, 2015

The University of Minnesota’s efforts to protect human subjects in research doesn’t consistently reflect best practices, a report released to the public Friday from an external review committee...

Language enrollment declining

February 26, 2015

After years of steady increase, foreign language course enrollment numbers nationwide have been on the downswing in recent years. Some of the University of Minnesota’s language programs fall in line...

U adjusts crime alert policy

February 25, 2015

University of Minnesota administrators announced Wednesday morning the school will only use suspect descriptions in its crime alerts when there is information available that would clearly identify the...

In hiring, officials seek to rid unintentional bias

February 24, 2015

University of Minnesota administrators are moving ahead with an initiative that provides school leaders with resources for hiring diverse faculty members. The initiative, which administrators introduced...

Lawmakers push college accountability

February 19, 2015

As the price of higher education continues rising, lawmakers want to make sure students are getting the most for their money. Minnesota officials are now following the federal government’s lead to...

U moves toward year-round class

February 17, 2015

More University of Minnesota students may soon be able to sidestep the traditional four-year college experience. The College of Design is currently testing the idea, allowing some students to earn their...

Faculty at odds with University leave policy

February 12, 2015

For some tenure and tenure-track faculty members, spending a semester away from University of Minnesota classrooms to research abroad is crucial. To make that opportunity more feasible, the Faculty Affairs...

Cuts may get tough, admins say

February 11, 2015

Cuts in administrative spending may take a heavy toll on employees in upcoming years. As part of the University of Minnesota’s plan to cut spending across the board, administrative departments are...

Dean Tom Fisher will step down in summer

February 9, 2015

The University of Minnesota’s College of Design dean, Thomas Fisher, will step down from his current position this summer.  He’s leaving the college after leading it for nearly two decades....

Candidates narrowed to three

February 5, 2015

Three are vying to lead the University of Minnesota’s School of Music. The finalists — Gary Mortenson, Daniel Melamed and Michael Kim — will visit the University this month for interviews,...

School leaders questioning tenure faculty ratio

February 5, 2015

The ratio of tenure and non-tenure track faculty at the University of Minnesota is a delicate balance, which some say isn’t watched closely enough. Though University policy states the majority of...

Colleges craft constitutions

February 4, 2015

As leadership and colleges change, University of Minnesota faculty members aren’t always sure of their roles. To provide more clarity and consistency, each college will have a University-approved...

Upgrades in store for Washington Avenue bridge

February 2, 2015

The University of Minnesota is making plans to renovate the 50-year-old Washington Avenue Bridge connecting the East and West Bank campuses. The cost of the potential renovation project ranges from $930,000...

Obama’s tax reform plan could aid students

January 29, 2015

University of Minnesota students may be losing out on nearly $2,500 of tax benefits each year. President Barack Obama’s tax reform proposal released earlier this month could help ensure students...

Criticism aside, Teach For America moving on

January 28, 2015

Jade Beauclair faced criticism when she enrolled in the University of Minnesota’s Teach For America partnership program after graduating last spring. “People were very judgmental about the...

U set to participate in sexual assault climate survey

January 25, 2015

The University of Minnesota is set to participate in what is expected to be one of the largest sexual assault climate surveys ever.   The survey, which is organized by the Association of American...

Could MN become ‘the North?’

January 22, 2015

Despite Minnesota’s snowy winters and frigid weather, there’s a new push to claim the state’s cold and turn it into a selling point. Though off-putting to some, the chilly climate is...

Free tuition plan faces criticism

January 20, 2015

In an effort to create a more diverse and educated workforce, the White House and the Minnesota Senate recently introduced similar proposals that would allow students to attend community college for two...

U professor Donald Kahn dies at 79

January 18, 2015

University of Minnesota math professor Donald Kahn died Friday evening at age 79. Kahn was the husband of state representative Phyllis Kahn.  She represents District 60B which includes the University...

Students strive for influence

December 10, 2014

When University of Minnesota student leaders complained about a change from the athletics department regarding ticket bundling practices earlier this semester, administrators quickly reversed course and...

MSA member lobbies for students across Big Ten

December 9, 2014

When Nick Wilson arrived at the University of Minnesota last fall, he joined the Minnesota Student Association’s freshman internship program because he wanted to have a role in campus government. Now,...

Student leaders urging midsemester evaluations

December 8, 2014

University of Minnesota student leaders are urging faculty members to administer midsemester course evaluations starting next semester. The Minnesota Student Association and the Student Senate voted last...

MSA passes sexual assault resolution

December 3, 2014

Leaders of the Minnesota Student Association have plans to return to campus after winter break and tackle national issues in higher education. Along with promoting college affordability and addressing...

MSA votes at its meeting Tuesday, Nov. 18 in Fraser Hall. The group discussed lowering the signature requirement for candidates seeking presidential election from 450 to 100.

To lead MSA, hundreds of signatures still needed

November 25, 2014

Some members of the University of Minnesota’s student government body question the level of accessibility for obtaining its president position, saying a requirement for those seeking election should...

GAPSA at odds with possible revamp

November 20, 2014

The Graduate and Professional Student Assembly could take on a new form next year, shifting some of its power to an entirely new group. Members are considering separating the governing body’s structure...

MSA seeks to increase reliability

November 19, 2014

With a crowd of students watching, Minnesota Student Association leaders outlined which members would not receive their full stipends earlier this month. A handful of people failed to meet all of the requirements...