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Hana Ikramuddin, Senior Staff Reporter

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University senate votes to require racial justice courses for undergrads

University senate votes to require racial justice courses for undergrads

February 27, 2021
The Senate approved the renaming of the Diversity and Social Justice course theme and to make it mandatory for all incoming Twin Cities undergraduates in fall 2021.
The University's Board of Regents convene on Friday, Sep. 14, 2018 at McNamara Alumni Center.

Regents discuss how to conduct self-assessment

February 19, 2021
At their February meeting, the Board of Regents considered conducting a self-evaluation, though some expressed concerns about the possibility of anonymous comments.
Episode 78: Dr. Alexander’s Report

Episode 78: Dr. Alexander’s Report

February 19, 2021
In this episode, we dive into Dr. Cedric Alexander's Report to Strengthen UMPD Alignment with UMN Expectations. We speak with student groups about their meetings with Dr. Alexander, what they discussed, and what made it into the report. We also look at what issues the recommendations did not address and how students envision community-based influence.
A UMPD vehicle at their headquarters on the University of Minnesota campus on Thursday, June 18, 2020.

Community responds to UMN’s external review of police

February 14, 2021
Student activists say the review does not address their demands to fundamentally restructure or abolish UMPD.
Sophomore mathematics student Aaron Diveley poses for a portrait outside of Tate Hall on Friday, Feb. 5. Diveley invested in AMC at the end of January after his roommates encouraged him to.

UMN students jump on GameStop and AMC stock trading trend

February 8, 2021
Students from the University of Minnesota joined others on Reddit page r/wallstreetbets in purchasing stocks from GameStop, AMC, Nokia and more.
Political science faculty speak out against hiring of former Trump staffers

Political science faculty speak out against hiring of former Trump staffers

January 29, 2021
University of Minnesota professors signed on to a letter last month asking their employers to apply the “strictest of scrutiny” in hiring former Trump administration staff.
Sarah Mai

University of Minnesota holds regent candidate forum

January 21, 2021
The 11 candidates spoke at the forum held Tuesday evening.
The Board of Regents meets to discuss current University issues in the McNamara Alumni Center on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020.  Some members met in person, while others joined the meeting via Zoom.

University members weigh in on regent selection

January 20, 2021
The Legislature will fill the four open positions on the board.
The Board of Regents convene for their October 2019 meeting at the McNamara Alumni Center on Thursday, Oct. 10.

Lawmakers to vote on four open regent seats

January 14, 2021
Regent Michael Hsu, Randy Simonson, Richard Beeson and Thomas Anderson’s seats are open.
University faces $166 million deficit, extends employee furloughs and pay cuts

University faces $166 million deficit, extends employee furloughs and pay cuts

December 16, 2020
The University of Minnesota is extending pay reductions and furloughs into June 2021, due to an expected budget shortfall of around $166 million.
Colleen Manchester poses for a portrait. Photo courtesy of the University of Minnesota Development Office.

University faculty report high levels of burnout during pandemic

December 4, 2020
Nearly 20% of faculty at the University have reported a high level of burnout following the start of the pandemic, according to a faculty study.
Episode 72: University relations with the tribal nations of Minnesota

Episode 72: University relations with the tribal nations of Minnesota

December 3, 2020
Megan and Ava team up with campus administration reporter Hana Ikramuddin to examine the current state of affairs between University of Minnesota leadership and the Tribal Nations of Minnesota following a letter from the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, which was sent to President Gabel and the Board of Regents over the summer.
A COVID-19 testing site outside of the University's Recreational and Wellness Center on Friday, Nov. 20. The U has experienced a 400% increase in COVID-19 cases on campus since Halloween.

UMN sees 400% rise in COVID-19 cases since Halloween

November 23, 2020
CIDRAP Deputy Director Jill DeBoer said large social gatherings have been a major contributor to recent spread.
Where UMN police reform efforts stand, nearly six months after the killing of George Floyd

Where UMN police reform efforts stand, nearly six months after the killing of George Floyd

November 13, 2020
As the University’s consultant Cedric Alexander conducts an external review of UMPD, some activists have said they feel change isn’t happening quickly enough.
Attempted robbery reported in Dinkytown Sunday evening

Attempted robbery reported in Dinkytown Sunday evening

November 9, 2020
Three male suspects in an older gray car attacked the near the intersection of 13th Avenue Southeast and University Avenue Southeast.
Zayna Jan poses for a portrait in front of a list of signatories on a petition she authored, which seeks to change the grading policy change in the School of Dentistry on Sunday, Oct. 18.

Students advocate for pass/fail classes to fulfill majors

October 22, 2020
A student petition with over 1,000 signatures has asked the University to allow pass/fail grading to count toward major requirements during the pandemic.
UMN Twin Cities will delay spring break, aiming to lessen COVID-19 spread

UMN Twin Cities will delay spring break, aiming to lessen COVID-19 spread

October 10, 2020
The University of Minnesota Senate voted Monday to reschedule spring break for April 5 through 9.
University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel speaks at a virtual town hall meeting to address the University's response to COVID-19 on Tuesday, Sept. 30.

Gabel, University leaders address campus safety, COVID-19 and discipline during Tuesday’s town hall meeting

September 30, 2020
The town hall also covered the University’s finances, the hiring freeze and spring break.
Almost all undergrads have acknowledged COVID-19 pop-up

Almost all undergrads have acknowledged COVID-19 pop-up

September 21, 2020
After students expressed surprise and concern over the statement that appeared on their MyU page, administration issued further explanation.
A University of Minnesota Police car is parked outside of the Graduate Hotel on East Bank on Thursday, June 21.

UMN conducting review of Twin Cities campus police

September 10, 2020
The review has been met with mixed reactions from student leaders.
Pioneer Hall dorms stand empty on Tuesday, Sep. 1, as they will remain for the first two weeks of the fall semester. Upon their eventual move in, students will be expected to follow the Maroon and Gold Sunrise Plan, a strategy meant to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on campus.

Uncertainty, doubt looms over housing reopening plans

September 7, 2020

Despite the anxieties of future student residents, University of Minnesota Housing and Residential Life is set to open its doors to incoming students two weeks after the start of the fall term.  After...

“The only way that movements like this are powerful is if we have all y'all there to support us, when they do try to take somebody out of the movement, when they do try to repress us,” said University student Olivia Krull at Memorial Union rally on Saturday, Aug. 29. Krull was referring to the arrest of a Kenosha activists, including a Students for a Democratic Society member.

Students protest Jacob Blake shooting, UMPD on steps of Memorial Union

August 31, 2020

Around 60 University of Minnesota students gathered Saturday to protest the police shooting of Jacob Blake in an event hosted by Students for a Democratic Society. At the rally held in front of the Memorial...

A new pop-up appears when University of Minnesota students attempt to access their student portal – one that asks them to agree to pay tuition regardless of mode of instruction.

UMN student portal now requires COVID risk acknowledgement

August 26, 2020

A new feature of the University of Minnesota’s student portal, MyU, now includes an agreement students must accept before accessing their course materials, schedules and billing information, among other...

Illustration by Sarah Mai

Regents approve two weeks of online classes and move-in delay, discuss COVID-19 spread on campus

August 24, 2020

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents voted 8-3 to move fall undergraduate classes online for at least two weeks and to delay residential hall move-in at a virtual special meeting Monday.  The...

Freshman Marissa Mazzetta loads her belongings in preparation for her return to Illinois with her father, Jim Mazzetta, at Middlebrook Hall on Saturday, March 21. Mazzetta, like many freshmen at the University of Minnesota, moved out of University housing as a result of COVID-19.

Move-in dates for campus housing pushed back at least two weeks

August 21, 2020

The University of Minnesota has chosen to push back move-in dates for on-campus housing and delay the in-person component of courses for students on the Duluth, Rochester, and the Twin Cities campuses...

Hailee Schievelbein

Retired UMN employees express concerns with new Fidelity retirement plan

August 20, 2020

After the University of Minnesota finalized its move to a new retirement plan this summer, some staff and faculty began experiencing difficulties receiving their retirement payments. The University’s...

Hailee Schievelbein

Students, regents weigh tuition and fees at UMN amid pandemic

August 2, 2020

As student schedules and fees are finalized for the upcoming semester, some are questioning the cost of attending the University of Minnesota this fall without the benefit of many in-person experiences. The...

Moving carts fill the mailroom at Middlebrook Hall on Saturday, March 21. Many freshmen at the University of Minnesota moved out of University housing as a result of COVID-19.

Students look ahead to dorm life during the pandemic

August 1, 2020

As students file back onto the University of Minnesota’s campus next month, some have raised questions around how University housing will keep students safe and connected this school year. While some...

Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein

Nearly 2/3 of all UMN Twin Cities classes will be online in the fall

July 28, 2020

After faculty selected teaching formats for fall semester earlier this month, the University of Minnesota is now working through the logistics of holding in-person classes. Maintaining safe classes is...

Illustration by Luis Mendoza

New retirement offer could save University $24 million

July 22, 2020

A new retirement incentive plan that could impact around 6,000 University of Minnesota employees could save the University around $24 million in the first year. The Retirement Incentive Offer, which was...

Illustration by Luis Mendoza

University works to create standardized sexual assault policies

July 11, 2020

As the University of Minnesota works to update Title IX regulations, one focus has been shifting to a standard of evidence for sexual misconduct cases across all job classifications.  The regulations,...

The Board of Regents convene for their October 2019 meeting at the McNamara Alumni Center on Thursday, Oct. 10.

Regents talk retirement options, Title IX and fall semester at July meeting

July 10, 2020

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents discussed plans for fall semester, financial sustainability and Title IX policy changes in a virtual meeting held July 8 and 9. The board also held its annual...

Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein

International students may not be able to stay in the U.S if their entire fall course load is online, ICE says

July 6, 2020

Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced Monday that international students enrolled at universities in the United States will not be eligible to remain in the country if their entire course load...

A cloth mask and bouquet of flowers are seen on the Goldy statue outside Coffman Memorial Union on Wednesday, April 1. (Parker Johnson / Minnesota Daily)

University of Minnesota to require masks fall semester

June 29, 2020

University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel announced the University’s new decision to require faculty, staff, students and visitors to wear face masks in all enclosed and indoor spaces to limit the...

Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein

Students with disabilities grapple with transition to online instruction, face uphill challenges

June 11, 2020

Halfway through fall semester, first-year University of Minnesota student Lee Knutson received accommodations from the Disability Resource Center. Knutson, who has a history of anxiety and panic attacks,...

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison speaks during the United Black Legislative Caucus at the Brian Coyle Center in Cedar-Riverside on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019.

Attorney General charges all four officers involved in George Floyd’s killing

June 3, 2020

In a press conference Wednesday, Attorney General Keith Ellison announced the elevation of charges against former Minneapolis office Derek Chauvin, who has sparked protests after kneeling on George Floyd’s...

Student demonstrators gather outside of Northrup Auditorium on Friday, May 29 to protest the killing of George Floyd and the Minneapolis Police Department. Chalk marks were drawn 6-feet apart to help the crowd with social distancing.

UMN students continue organizing, demonstrating over Floyd killing

May 31, 2020

Several hundred University of Minnesota students gathered for an on-campus anti-police rally Friday evening. The demonstration, consistent with the overall message of some hosting groups, was also part...

The Board of Regents convene for their October 2019 meeting at the McNamara Alumni Center on Thursday, Oct. 10.

Regents talk University finances and COVID-19 impact at May meeting

May 9, 2020

The University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents continued to discuss the impacts of COVID-19 and the 2021 budget at their final meeting of the academic year. The two days of meetings focused on the University’s...

Freshman Marissa Mazzetta loads her belongings in preparation for her return to Illinois with her father, Jim Mazzetta, at Middlebrook Hall on Saturday, March 21. Mazzetta, like many freshmen at the University of Minnesota, is moving out of University Housing as a result of COVID-19, otherwise known as the Coronavirus.

The University’s best, moderate and worst case COVID-19 response scenarios

May 7, 2020

As circumstances for the next academic year remain uncertain due to the COVID-19 crisis, the University of Minnesota is planning for multiple possible scenarios. At the April 21 Board of Regents meeting,...

UMN reveals “Sunrise Plan” to gradually reintroduce workers back to campus

May 1, 2020

In response to Gov. Tim Walz’s efforts to reopen the state, the University of Minnesota has released a plan intended to gradually reopen campus, according to a University-wide email sent out Friday. The...

University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel fields questions from the Minnesota Daily in her office on Tuesday, Feb. 25.

President Joan Gabel talks COVID-19’s impact on UMN

April 27, 2020

Last week, University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel sat down virtually with the Minnesota Daily to discuss the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the system. She also discussed tuition and possible...

Illustration by Sarah Mai

Students experience job, internship losses due to pandemic

April 23, 2020

Amid the ongoing stress of the COVID-19 pandemic, many University of Minnesota students are now concerned about their job and internship opportunities. The virus has caused millions of job losses in the...

The Board of Regents meet about the East Gateway Project Resolution, on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. The Board of Regents holds a meeting each month.

Board of Regents confirm undergraduate tuition freeze for next academic year

April 21, 2020

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents approved a tuition freeze and discussed enrollment and budget concerns in response to the COVID-19 pandemic at a special meeting Tuesday. The board unanimously...

Board of Regents confirm undergraduate tuition freeze next academic year

April 21, 2020

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents approved a tuition freeze and discussed enrollment and budget concerns in response to the COVID-19 pandemic at a special meeting Tuesday. The board unanimously...

Sarah Mai

After moving away from campus, some out-of-state students may lose access to therapy, health care

April 19, 2020

Following Gov. Tim Walz’s stay-at-home order, many University of Minnesota students have chosen to move back home, meaning a loss of access to their health care provider.  For those who remain within...

The Board of Regents meet about the East Gateway Project Resolution, on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. The Board of Regents holds a meeting each month.

Regents move to increase student fee refunds, discuss financial implications of COVID-19

April 7, 2020

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents gathered in a virtual meeting Tuesday to discuss their response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including a potential tuition freeze and extended student refund period. The...

A man walks his dog along a quiet Washington Avenue bridge on Saturday, March 21.

University approves 100% refund for housing, dining fees after March 28

April 3, 2020

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents approved President Gabel’s systemwide refund plan Friday, reflecting over $27 million lost in revenue for the University that will be sent back to students.  In...

University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel addresses the Minnesota Senate on the University's plans to contend with COVID-19, otherwise known as the Coronavirus, at the State Capitol on Tuesday, March 10.

Pending vote, University could lose over $27 million in refunds to students

April 2, 2020

The University of Minnesota could lose more than $27 million in additional refunds due to the COVID-19 pandemic, pending a vote at a Board of Regents meeting Friday.  President Joan Gabel has proposed...

Hailee Schievelbein

U ousts independent arts program in Duluth, citing budget cuts

March 22, 2020

Struggling under budget cuts, the University of Minnesota-Duluth campus had to make major changes to its art programs this year. Last academic year, the Duluth campus was instructed to cut more than $5...