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The Minnesota Daily

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Regent candidates face a grueling selection process

Published November 23, 1998

Around a daunting I-shaped dark wood and glass table, the University's 12 most powerful decision makers come from all over the state to shape and govern the school. These individuals -- the regents appointed...

Regents’ purpose remains unchanged through the years

Published November 23, 1998

The University Board of Regents, 12 people who serve as the school's governing body, predates even the physical being of the institution. But the role of these movers and shakers hasn't changed much over...

Regents plan budget request to Legislature

Published November 16, 1998

With a budget request of $1.28 billion approved Thursday, University regents went to the drawing board Friday to sketch a strategy to bring in the money from the state. University President Mark Yudof...

Regents vote to augment

Published November 13, 1998

In a rare showing of contentious debate among the University's highest governing body, the Board of Regents on Thursday unanimously gave the go-ahead to expand an underground physics laboratory in northern...

Semesters conversion could

Published November 12, 1998

The whims of students registering for semester classes next fall could create serious financial losses in the millions of dollars for the University. The University could lose $3 million in state funding...

Top U official to head

Published November 10, 1998

Gov.-elect Jesse "The Mind" Ventura added a little University smarts to his team Monday morning when he appointed Steven Bosacker to interim chief of staff. Bosacker, who serves as executive director and...

Officials play waiting game on U’s budget

Published November 6, 1998

Gov.-elect Jesse Ventura's signature has been sought after since he became a celebrity as a professional wrestler. But for the University, the value of his autograph soared to $1.29 billion Wednesday. Next...

Student representatives advise Board of Regents

Published November 2, 1998

Along with the normal load of mid-terms and research papers, seven students carry the weight of University students' interests on their shoulders. The student representatives to the Board of Regents, who...

Church Street

Published October 27, 1998

While the small math department office space was wonderfully cool, once John Hall stepped into the corridors of Vincent Hall last summer he became engulfed in a haze of humidity lingering in the hot, sticky...

College Democrats put their

Published October 25, 1998

With the fate of tuition and financial aid hanging on the results of the upcoming elections, University Democrats are working overtime to get their word out and get people to vote. This is an important...

New building standards set, goal is quality

Published October 23, 1998

With millions of dollars tied into campus construction, the University took an extra step to ensure the new facilities are top-notch. By releasing updated building standards, the University is looking...

CLA alumnus donates $10 million to U

Published October 22, 1998

Improving undergraduate education was one of the key motivations behind a whopping $10 million donation to the University from former Gopher Richard "Pinky" McNamara. The donation -- second only to Curtis...

The Minnesota L…

Published October 19, 1998

The Minnesota Library Access Center will bring together 10 archive collections, three of which will be combined, making eight areas of interest in the facility. While the literary manuscript collection,...

Kenneth Starr scheduled

Published October 8, 1998

Kenneth Starr, the independent counsel charged with investigating the White House scandals, will come to the University on Oct. 24 to speak to the public in a panel discussion about executive privilege. The...

144-bed addition for Territorial Hall under consideration

Published October 8, 1998

In order to keep residence halls from bursting at the seams, the Board of Regents is considering the construction of a 144-bed wing onto Territorial Hall this winter. The proposed expansion is up for review...

Global Campus helps returning students adjust

Published October 5, 1998

After months of studying abroad, immersed in another culture, returning home can be just as much of an adjustment as leaving. To smooth out that transition, the Global Campus held the first Study Abroad...

Allen brings world to U

Published October 2, 1998

As University officials rack their brains to find ways to attract more students to campus, one administrator is concentrating on sending students away. C. Eugene Allen, the new executive director of the...

University wishes to serve state universities online

Published September 30, 1998

University President Mark Yudof's efforts in uniting the University with other state schools last year provoked Tuesday's launch of new programs in Rochester. The University agreed to offer degrees in...

Cheerleaders rah-rah their

Published September 25, 1998

Rah! Rah! Naughty one, Ski-U-Mah! Minn-e-so-ta, Naughty one, Rah! Rah! Rah! That cheer, shouted by University medical student Jack Campbell in 1898, was part of the repertoire that many men's athletics...

Yudof envisions

Published September 24, 1998

Although the University is on its way to becoming a more beautiful school, President Mark Yudof's visions for the campus are still far from complete. Yudof said Wednesday he wants a campus that's more...

Reform party works to motivate students

Published September 21, 1998

Although she's worked for more than a year to make the College Reform Party a political force on campus, Lori Marker said she still lacks one key factor: widespread student support. Despite various efforts...

Commuters offered array of connection services

Published September 21, 1998

As a student who has commuted to campus since she was a freshman, senior Jordana Whyte knows how disconnected from the University first-year commuters can feel. "Campus was a place I came for a couple...

U, Metro Transit collaborate to better serve students

Published September 21, 1998

With new parking lots in St. Paul, new bike racks along Church Street and on more buses, and new bus routes between campuses, University travellers face considerable challenges in adapting to the new...

Crosswalks frustrate U pedestrians

Published June 8, 1998

Normally when Tom Swain approaches a stop light its green face gives him the go-ahead to cross, unfalteringly. But at 9 a.m. Friday morning, his good light karma made a change for the worse. At the corner...

Gateway construction sticks to tight schedule

Published June 5, 1998

After a rocky start, cranes and concrete are moving fast on the corner of University Avenue and Oak Street. Officials expect the basement foundation for University Gateway to be finished in a few days. Despite...

Banquet provides connections for alumni

Published June 3, 1998

Tables covered in white cloths lined sidewalks along Northrop Mall. Each promoted different programs at the University -- each connected the school as it is now with elements from its past. At the 94th...

Plans to revamp Coffman take shape

Published June 3, 1998

It's a meeting place, an eating place, a reading place and a greeting place. But Coffman Union is also a needing place. Plans for Coffman's renovations are finally under way as the upcoming reconstruction...

Four-man band

Published May 27, 1998

Gleeful, high-pitched melodies from traditional wooden pan and samponia pipes resonated throughout Coffman Union Plaza and Northrop Mall on Tuesday afternoon. Mixing modern sounds from guitars and amplifiers...

Forum grants chance to address Regents

Published May 22, 1998

Those with gripes about the University's budget often complain to their friends and co-workers. However, Thursday they can air their grievances with the Board of Regents. Regents will hold an open forum...

Police cuff volunteers for fund-raiser

Published May 20, 1998

Smiles replaced Miranda warnings Tuesday as police officers handcuffed and hauled away about 100 students, staff and faculty members for charity. As part of Sigma Alpha Epsilon's fourth annual Jail and...

IRS review of U’s tax records brings welcomed refunds

Published May 19, 1998

University accountants and the Internal Revenue Service will audit the school's tax records in coming months to fix problems with student employee payments to the Social Security trust fund. School officials...

Federal aid helps center pave road to future

Published May 14, 1998

A bright orange ceremonial check for the amount of $874,576 sits atop a mirror hanging on the wall of Lowell Benson's office. "The check is a symbol of government financial support for programs like these,"...

Board

Published May 11, 1998

In less than two hours Friday, University President Mark Yudof showed the Board of Regents how his $1.6 billion budget plan would bolster faculty without hurting students with higher tuition. It was the...

Panel approves

Published May 8, 1998

Walter Library is one step closer to its technological face lift after getting a thumbs-up from the Board of Regents' Facilities Committee on Thursday. The seven-member panel voted unanimously to move...

Regents OK renovations to softball park

Published May 8, 1998

The Gophers women's softball program scored some bonus points with the Board of Regents' Facilities Committee on Thursday morning when its stadium renovation proposal slid into home plate. If the full...

Beautiful U initiative reaps heaps of salvage

Published May 5, 1998

William Durfee slowly chipped away Monday at the mountain of papers on his desk and in his file cabinets. Much of the papers, manilla folders and books sitting in a gray bin in the Mechanical Engineering...

Voter turnout pleases

Published May 1, 1998

As 6:30 p.m. approached, more supporters of the Kevin Nicholson and Brook Anderson ticket trickled in. But as the time for the election results neared, the pair that everyone had gathered to support had...

Board retreat

Published April 30, 1998

Bob Bergland grew up in the isolated northern Minnesota town of Roseau. The Board of Regents member had never seen a black person or talked to a Jew before attending the University in 1946. Once he arrived...

U alum nominated

Published April 29, 1998

President Clinton nominated University alumnus Jeffrey Davidow on Tuesday to become the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico. The post, which has been vacant for 10 months, is increasingly important, as Mexico recently...

Student volunteers plan illegal

Published April 27, 1998

Among shelves of books, a collection of chairs and a table full of vegetarian morsels, a conclave of humanitarian activists assembled at a West Bank bookstore Friday to plan an illegal journey to Iraq. body...

Students

Published April 24, 1998

Snippets of French phrases rose above the laughter and chatter of about 750 students who gathered Thursday for a statewide language competition in Coffman Union. Students from 25 Minnesota junior high...

Transportation officials seek public input on new proposals

Published April 14, 1998

Metro area residents will soon play a part in future transportation and air quality improvement plans. Metropolitan Council and Minnesota Department of Transportation officials hope to receive public...

U team will bike to Chicago to raise money for AIDS, HIV

Published April 13, 1998

Hundreds will gather in July to pedal from Minneapolis to Chicago for a common cause: the HIV virus and AIDS. And a group of about 10 University students will join this mass of two-wheelers on the 470-mile...

Officials set construction plans in motion

Published April 9, 1998

University commuters will soon buy aspirin in bulk quantities to prepare for the constant pounding of road construction season. Construction officials are wrapping up efforts which began last year in...

Northrop houses youth dance competition

Published April 6, 1998

Jake Kapsner Two girls, no more than 12 years old, wearing billowing hairnets and brightly colored costumes walked along the maze of sidewalks leading to Northrop Mall. As they got closer to the auditorium...

Sweepers make streets safe

Published April 3, 1998

Beginning Tuesday, tow trucks and street sweepers will head out to wash away winter's last remnants from Minneapolis streets and make them safer for cars, bicyclists and people with disabilities. Although...

Pockets run deeper with meter debit card

Published April 2, 1998

University students will no longer need to search their empty pockets to dig up extra quarters for parking meters along city streets in the campus area. But officials say increased prices and inconvenience...

Students lose in resale of textbooks

Published March 30, 1998

Young Chung's advertising textbooks sat on her shelf for three months after the class ended. They weren't a welcome addition to her library, but rather hostages to the wholesale market. The junior in...

Cyclist traffic raises concern of U officials

Published March 30, 1998

With the warmer weather moving in, more University students will now hop on their bicycles to get around campus. And this increase in two-wheel traffic heightens University officials' awareness of potential...

Ramen is the noodle

Published March 15, 1998

A man and a woman are just sitting down for a romantic, candle-lit dinner. The man, dressed in a fine black tuxedo, deeply inhales the tantalizing aroma of the delicate feast perfectly laid out before...

Metro bus pass causes debate among students

Published March 12, 1998

Although it may not be as sizzling as it once was, the ashes of the fire are still aglow with the question of whether students should pay extra service fees for an unlimited ride Metro Transit bus pass. The...

Internet porn is focus of policy

Published March 11, 1998

Stripping the Internet of pornography is the focus of a major debate heating up institutions around the country. The University is not immune. Though supporters of the 1996 Communications Decency Act...

Commuter service connects students with car pool options

Published March 10, 1998

For many students, cheaper parking rates for carpooling don't outweigh the freedom of driving alone. But a local commuter help service is trying to get people to consider other alternatives to driving...

Transportation council wants student input

Published March 6, 1998

Although she bought an on-campus parking permit, College of Liberal Arts freshman Sam Bias still got a ticket after she parked in an illegal area of a St. Paul lot, which she said was unmarked. And even...

Merits of new transit system are debated

Published February 24, 1998

If the money is available, the Twin Cities might be just a few years away from a new mass transit system that would better connect the suburbs to the cities. And supporters of a light rail transit system...

Group drafts parking plan for Dinkytown

Published February 23, 1998

Dinkytown resident Charisse Barber is tired of the parking problem in her community. "If you're not parked here by eight you're screwed because you can't find a spot," she said. The reason: Commuters...

New bus transfers give riders two-way tickets

Published February 18, 1998

By summer, students who ride Metro Transit buses will have the Twin Cities at their fingertips without having to dig too deep into their pockets. Riders will be able to get their hands on a ticket to...

New transit options may include the U

Published February 12, 1998

Plans are now in the works to better connect the greater Twin Cities to downtown Minneapolis and the University. City officials and transit officials met with about 30 community members Wednesday to discuss...

Ryder takes the wheel for U

Published February 9, 1998

Same buses, same faces, same fare. The only difference is in the name. Workers at Medicine Lake Lines learned Friday morning that as of March 2, Ryder Student Transportation will take over the bus company....

Area smokers not fired up about lawsuits

Published February 6, 1998

A flurry of multimillion-dollar lawsuits recently brought against tobacco companies nationwide have mostly resulted in the companies reaching deep into their pockets for settlements. But many people on...

52U bus route is welcomed

Published February 4, 1998

Glen Meyer's long day at the University ends with a bus ride home to Uptown. In the past, after 6 p.m. he had to ride the 16U or 16A, which both need a transfer in downtown. But now, with the creation...

U mourns death of retired prof

Published February 3, 1998

Jerry Gates' spirituality showed more in his life than in his words. "He walked the walk as opposed to talking the talk," said Barbara Foster, who was a friend and co-worker of Gates, the retired University...

Transit safety is up due to timed lights

Published February 2, 1998

Buses travelling down the Transitway often encounter lights just as they change. It isn't a matter of impeccable timing on the part of the drivers. It's part of a new light system installed at the roadside. The...

U parking problems persist despite changes

Published January 28, 1998

Although it isn't for a million dollars or a new car, University commuters might want to enter the newest campus lottery. The grand prizes in the Parking and Transportation Services lottery are 1,293...

Common sense

Published January 23, 1998

Seeing cars stranded on the side of the road during a Minnesota winter is no rarity. Phrases such as "glad it's not me," come to mind when passers-by witness these poor souls working on their cars or...

U snow plowers clear paths for students

Published January 21, 1998

When it's snowing in the morning, University plowers know their day will be long. Some get up at 1 a.m., scraping the road two or three times before laying down sand and salt to give drivers traction. If...

Car trouble is double in winter

Published January 16, 1998

During Minnesota winters, cars break down all the time. And University students sometimes have to spend several hours and hundreds of dollars grudgingly seeking the best quality in price, service and...

Canadians rule in favor of American Indian oral history

Published January 13, 1998

American Indians consider their oral histories in much the same way Christians use their Bible. A recent decision has allowed them to also use their history as a defense in court. A Dec. 11 Canadian Supreme...

Airbag debate focuses on lives saved vs. injuries

Published January 12, 1998

No doubt about it. An airbag protected Carilla Hunt Wallin from major injury during a July car accident, she said. "I felt safe," said Wallin, a junior in the College of Liberal Arts. "I didn't really...

U professor discovers new anti-leukemia gene

Published January 8, 1998

Dr. Catherine Verfaillie, a University associate professor of medicine, had originally gone to a sports university in Belgium to become a trainer or a physical therapist, but a knee injury during her...

Motorists reap rewards in latest gasoline war

Published January 7, 1998

A war has ensued among several local service stations to offer motorists the lowest prices in gasoline. While stations in northeast Minneapolis and St. Anthony are among the major participants, University...

Research team closes in on disease cure

Published January 6, 1998

University researchers hope that a new nasal treatment, proven effective on mice, will have the same results on humans in curing a disease where the immune system attacks normal agents in the body. Headed...

Retired mediaprof, 94, dies

Published January 5, 1998

Raymond Nixon, a retired University journalism professor and international communications scholar, died Dec. 15 in Bloomington, Minn. He was 94. Nixon, who retired in 1971, was often referred to as the...

Budget request efforts stepped up for ’98

Published January 5, 1998

University officials hope phone calls, mass mailings and informational gatherings will persuade influential business leaders, union officials and, most importantly, lawmakers to back its massive budget...