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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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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’

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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...

Legislation asks teacher programs for data

Published 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...

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

Published 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...

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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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 Senates 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 I know we can get better and we will get better.

Research methods under fire

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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....

School leaders questioning tenure faculty ratio

Published 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...

Candidates narrowed to three

Published 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,...

Colleges craft constitutions

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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?’

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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...

Student leaders sit on local boards

Published November 13, 2014

The Southeast Como Improvement Association officially approved student voting positions Wednesday evening, a policy change neighborhood leaders say represents the growing role University of Minnesota students...

GAPSA gets partial funding

Published November 12, 2014

The Graduate Student and Professional Assembly has a more secure financial future as of Tuesday, following months of uncertainty regarding its funding. GAPSA President Alfonso Sintjago said the Office...

A customer browses used goods at the ReUse center in the Southeast Como neighborhood on Thursday. The ReUse Program collects surplus items from 250 Twin Cities campus buildings and redistributes them to University departments, providing access to the public every Thursday.

ReUse gives second life to used goods

Published November 11, 2014

When a department at the University of Minnesota gets new office chairs, the old ones are shipped off and packed away in a warehouse in the Southeast Como neighborhood. The storeroom is part of the University’s...

GAPSA considering restructure with new council

Published November 10, 2014

The Graduate and Professional Student Assembly may undergo major restructuring next year in an attempt to prevent overlap and to better serve students. Leaders within the group are proposing a new student...

GAPSA struggles to fill seats, pass plans

Published November 5, 2014

While its funding remains in flux, the Graduate and Professional Student Association is having trouble filling seats at its meetings. The student government group at its Tuesday night assembly failed again...

Grad student bill of rights moves forward

Published October 28, 2014

When third-year doctoral English student Yuan Ding asked colleagues in her department about the likelihood of getting tenure in her field, she said some were hesitant to give her an answer. To ensure graduate...

The items that were found with John Berryman after his suicide in the archives at the Elmer L. Andersen Library on West Bank. Berryman, a famed poet and professor at the U of M, published many critically acclaimed and still beloved poems before his suicide in 1972.

U celebrates life of remarkable poet

Published October 27, 2014

When he was a professor at the University of Minnesota, John Berryman’s lectures would often bring in a flood of students, moving them to tears.Now, more than 40 years after his death, the Pulitzer Prize-winning...

MSA backs Redskins letter

Published October 22, 2014

For some University of Minnesota students, the protests set to take place next month at the Minnesota Vikings and Washington Redskins game are about much more than a mascot. The American Indian Student...

Pick smart costumes, admins say

Published October 20, 2014

As Halloween approaches, University of Minnesota leaders are asking students to make smart costume choices. Administrators sent an email to students late last week that addresses offensive costumes that...

Syllabi could include content warnings

Published October 16, 2014

In an effort to ensure course content doesn’t adversely affect trauma victims, University of Minnesota student leaders are asking faculty members to disclose material that could trigger psychological reactions. The...

MSA wants policy for open syllabi

Published October 15, 2014

To assist students in making better course decisions, professors may be required to post their syllabi before the semester begins. University of Minnesota student leaders are pushing faculty to release...

Students need bike ramp by law school

Published October 8, 2014

When third-year law student Ann Motl visits friends on the University of Minnesota’s East Bank, she has to take a 10- to 15-minute detour to get back to her classes on the West Bank.  Motl,...

Rec likely to change dress code

Published October 8, 2014

The University of Minnesota’s recreation center could soon allow gym-goers to swap their T-shirts for tank tops. At a Minnesota Student Association meeting Tuesday, chair of the Recreation and Wellness...

U changes scrutinized ticket plan

Published October 6, 2014

After an outcry from Gov. Mark Dayton and student leaders, the University of Minnesota’s athletics department will return to previous student ticket bundling practices. This season, the University...

U tackles Redskins debate with educational programs

Published October 6, 2014

University of Minnesota officials can’t stop the Washington Redskins from playing at TCF Bank Stadium  next month, but administrators are using the team’s presence on campus as an educational...

Campus diversity lacking

Published October 2, 2014

Nya Lony lounged on a couch in the Black Student Union’s office in Coffman Union on Tuesday afternoon, surrounded by a buzz of students who were studying and chatting.  To Lony, the office is...

Bell Museum helps create international, innovative science curriculum

Published October 1, 2014

A group of St. Paul K-12 students will soon trek to Como Park Elementary School to make use of NASA satellite footage and the school’s onsite 60-seat planetarium — to learn Spanish. “Stories...

COGS kicks off school year

Published September 30, 2014

The Council of Graduate Students plans to take on campus-wide issues this year while also tackling new graduate student-rooted concerns. In its first general assembly meeting of the school year Monday...

GAPSA stalls on budget

Published September 25, 2014

Amid financial uncertainty, the Graduate and Professional Student Association’s first general assembly meeting of the year on Wednesday failed to produce an operational budget. The group will hold...

Students prep name protest

Published September 17, 2014

While University of Minnesota administrators continue negotiating the use of the Washington Redskins nickname at TCF Bank Stadium, student groups at the school are joining forces to protest the NFL team’s...

MSA plans attack on sexual assault

Published September 16, 2014

As the White House plans to announce a new campaign to address sexual assault on college campuses this week, student leaders at the University of Minnesota are continuing their own efforts to combat the...

MSA President Joelle Stangler speaks at the first forum meeting of the year on Tuesday at Fraser Hall. MSA has been working on their budget since April and voted to pass their 2014-2015 fiscal year budget at the meeting.

MSA quietly passes budget

Published September 10, 2014

After a push to involve more members and be more transparent with its budget-making process, the Minnesota Student Association passed its new budget Tuesday night with little debate among members. At its...

University officials monitor Ebola outbreak in West Africa

Published September 8, 2014

As the largest Ebola outbreak in history continues to plague parts of West Africa, the University of Minnesota and other colleges nationwide are adjusting their travel policies to comply with new recommendations...

GAPSA prepares for a tight budget

Published September 2, 2014

The Graduate and Professional Student Assembly’s financial future is in limbo, as the group hasn’t received its funding for the year. Although GAPSA’s funding is on hold, the group’s...

Green Line strikes, kills pedestrian

Published September 2, 2014

A Green Line light rail train struck and killed a pedestrian near a University of Minnesota neighborhood Sunday morning. The pedestrian was crossing the train tracks at a crosswalk near the Westgate station...

Emily Ruiz sorts books with office specialist James Ruiz at the Hennepin County Southeast Library on Tuesday.

Southeast Library’s future looks bright

Published May 8, 2014

Across from the bustling Varsity Theater and near the Library Bar and Grill, the Southeast Library sits on the edge of Dinkytown, quietly carrying a rocky past and potentially better future. Researchers...

Rice withdraws from Rutgers address

Published May 5, 2014

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice withdrew from the Rutgers University commencement address she was scheduled to give later this month. Rutgers students were critical of Rice’s involvement...

Protesters face sanctions

Published May 5, 2014

University of Minnesota students could face disciplinary action for chanting and holding signs at a campus ribbon-cutting ceremony earlier this semester. Members of the Whose Diversity? student group protested...

Senator Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn, speaks at a press conference on Friday morning at Coffman Memorial. On Thursday, the Education Department revealed a list of 55 colleges under investigation for their responses to sexual assault allegations. Although the University was not on the list, sexual assault is still a concern on campus.

Feds take aim at sexual assault

Published May 5, 2014

Recent attention from the White House has pushed the issue of sexual assault on college campuses into the national spotlight, bringing both praise and pressure for schools across the country. On Thursday,...

Protestors could face punishments

Published May 2, 2014

University of Minnesota students could face disciplinary action for chanting and holding signs at Coffman Union’s second floor ribbon-cutting ceremony earlier this semester. Members of the Whose...

General Manager Wade Kapphahn serves a piece of pizza in a styrofoam box to graduate student Erica Bye at Mesa Pizza in Stadium Village on Wednesday.

Minneapolis could ban foam containers

Published April 28, 2014

Restaurants may transition from using foam containers to more compostable packages in a city push for sustainability. Ward 12 City Councilman Andrew Johnson introduced a proposal Friday that would ban...

A year out, U reflects on tuition freeze

Published April 23, 2014

Most University of Minnesota undergraduates didn’t see a tuition increase this year, but others weren’t so lucky. Undergraduates who pay in-state tuition have saved hundreds of dollars since...

Adama Dieng, the UN secretary-general’s special adviser for the prevention of genocide, gives a keynote address in Cowles Auditorium on Wednesday during a conference commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide.

To prevent genocide, researchers look to the past

Published April 21, 2014

On the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, University of Minnesota students and faculty are exploring ways to avoid future tragedies. The Humphrey School of Public Affairs, in addition to the University's...

Mandatory free earplugs destined for Minneapolis nightclubs

Published April 15, 2014

Earplugs will soon become a common feature at many local venues.    A new Minneapolis city ordinance mandates that music venues provide patrons with earplugs when requested.  City Council...

Feds urge transparent bank deals

Published April 15, 2014

For students nationwide, the bank tied to their college is as much a part of the campus experience as the bookstore or the sports team. But that relationship between colleges and banks may soon change,...

U maps out long-term priorities

Published April 9, 2014

With every new wave of University of Minnesota leaders, the institution re-establishes goals to hold the administration accountable and make sure the school is moving forward. The plan under University...

Lawmakers take closer look at study abroad

Published April 1, 2014

State leaders are urging Minnesota colleges and universities to publish safety records of study abroad programs, citing poor safety and the need for transparency between schools and the public. While the...

Condoleezza Rice’s U visit sparks protest

Published March 31, 2014

Members of the University of Minnesota community are voicing disapproval of former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s campus visit next month, citing her involvement in the George W. Bush...

Tax cuts include students

Published March 24, 2014

Amid a state budget surplus, Gov. Mark Dayton signed a proposal Friday that includes tax breaks for more than 1.2 million Minnesotans, including current college students and recent graduates. The bill,...

Bill could ease college loan debt

Published March 12, 2014

A bill introduced at the Minnesota Legislature this session could make it easier for students to pay their college loans — but it may not get much of a chance during this year’s “unsession.” Sen....

Chief of Staff to the Vice Provost for Student Affairs Amelious Whyte sits in his office on Monday afternoon.

Whyte gives students a voice

Published March 6, 2014

While top University of Minnesota administrators tend to their work in Appleby Hall, Amelious Whyte has a “party” in his office, where he blasts house music and checks student emails. As the...

With more safety events, U seeks student input

Published February 27, 2014

With this school year’s uptick in violent crime on and around the University of Minnesota campus, officials have held more events focused on safety than in years past. But University leaders say...

Protesters stand against violence in Venezuela

Published February 24, 2014

In the midst of national political and economic turmoil, University of Minnesota alumna Nicole Rodriguez said she’s concerned for her family in Venezuela. Empty supermarket shelves make it hard to...

Obama’s stimulus package turns five

Published February 18, 2014

Yesterday marked the five-year anniversary of President Obama signing into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, a $830 billion bill that, according to the Wall Street Journal, was created...

U presence strong in Peace Corps

Published February 18, 2014

The University of Minnesota is a leader in producing Peace Corps volunteers. It’s tied for fifth in the nation for its number of graduate alumni volunteers and 10th for undergraduates — up...

Junior Biology major Laura Billstein works as a lab assistant moving plants to prepare for a botany class in Plant Growth Facilities on St. Paul campus, Friday.

Farm Bill brings opportunity, loss

Published February 10, 2014

The University of Minnesota’s ties to the agriculture industry and communities in greater Minnesota mean the much-delayed passage of the 2014 Farm Bill hits home for students and employees alike. The...

Community reflects on Joan Mondale’s life

Published February 5, 2014

The class former Vice President Walter Mondale helps teach at the University of Minnesota took time before Tuesday’s discussion to remember his late wife, Joan Mondale, who died Monday at age 83. Humphrey...

Freshman Abby Gudgeon rides the weekend circulator on Saturday. The bus now runs until 2:00 a.m. on weekends, and it circulates between east and west bank.

Weekend Circulator makes its debut

Published January 27, 2014

The new Weekend Circulator bus route linking the University of Minnesota’s East and West banks began running this weekend, giving students free rides through the night. The new bus service premiered...

Weekend Circulator starts Friday

Published January 24, 2014

A new Weekend Circulator bus service will connect the University of Minnesota's East Bank and West Bank starting Friday. It will run every half hour from 6:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Fridays and from 9:30 a.m....

Metropolitan Council Chair Susan Haigh announces  the Central Corridor trains will begin running June 14, connecting the Union Depot in St. Paul to Target Field Station in downtown Minneapolis.

The Green Line is good to go

Published January 23, 2014

The light rail Green Line will start service June 14, cutting through the center of the University of Minnesota’s campus, the Metropolitan Council announced Wednesday. The 11-mile transit line, formerly...