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What online instruction means for student data privacy

April 23, 2020

As educational institutions across the country shift to online instruction in light of the coronavirus pandemic, increased attention has focused on student data privacy and what it looks like in digital...

Senior Violet Ohnstad poses for a portrait on campus on Friday, April 3. Ohnstad, who enlisted in the National Guard in January, is uncertain what the next few months will look like as she prepares for basic training. 

National Guard students balance basic training and a pandemic — remotely

April 6, 2020

Across the United States, students enlisted in the National Guard are adjusting to life during a pandemic.  So far, this means shifting to online classes, using Instagram for workouts and changes...

Members of the University's Synchronized Swimming Club participate in a practice session in Cooke Hall on Wednesday, March 4.

Diving in headfirst: Inside the University’s synchronized swimming club

March 21, 2020

Set to music from Kanye West, Fall Out Boy and even a Charlie’s Angels medley, a dozen swimmers weave throughout a Cooke Hall pool while incorporating spins, intricate leg kicks and lifts that see them...

UMN class collaborates on streetcar project

March 6, 2019

A University of Minnesota undergraduate architecture course is offering design input on a streetcar that will connect St. Paul neighborhoods, destinations and employers along a 12-mile route. The course...

UMN collaborates with rural communities to combat opioid crisis

March 1, 2019

A University of Minnesota program is connecting rural and Native American communities in Minnesota with resources to combat the opioid crisis. Earlier this month, the project's team hosted a webinar to...

Horace Huntley, Ph.D., poses for a portrait outside of Morrill Hall, the site of the Morrill Hall takeover of 1969, on Monday, Feb. 25. The takeover, which Huntley was a part of, helped establish the department of African American and African Studies at the University.

Examining the lasting legacy of the Morrill Hall takeover

February 27, 2019

The University of Minnesota's African American and African studies department hosted a teach-in Monday to kickoff a yearlong series of events that will examine the University’s history, present and future. Fifty...

China-funded institute set to close

February 21, 2019

The University of Minnesota’s Confucius Institute — part of a controversial web of Chinese-backed institutes hosted at universities across the U.S. — will close at the end of the semester. University...

UMN faculty help rural retailers amid dire situation

February 5, 2019

In an increasingly competitive environment, University of Minnesota faculty are helping build resiliency in rural small businesses. Working with community partners, faculty from the University’s College...

President Nils Hasselmo speaks at Northrop auditorium during,

Former colleagues remember Nils Hasselmo as caring leader of University

January 28, 2019

Former University of Minnesota President Nils Hasselmo — described as “even-keeled” and “down-to-earth” by those who knew him — died Wednesday at the age of 87.  Hasselmo, who served as...

Crystal Compton, a wearable technology Ph.D. student,  demonstrates a virtual reality headset at the Goldstein Museum of Design in Saint Paul on Friday, Jan. 18. The museum is bringing the exhibits outside their walls by making virtual exhibits available to communities who may not be able to visit the site in person.

UMN museum plans to use VR to increase accessibility for the elderly

January 21, 2019

University of Minnesota researchers aim to bring virtual reality experiences to people living in senior care facilities, expanding the accessibility of museum exhibits and exploring possibilities of the...

University President-designate Joan Gabel shakes the hand of Regent Ken Powell after being voted into the job on Tuesday, Dec. 18 at McNamara Alumni Center.

Joan Gabel named next University of Minnesota president

December 18, 2018

Joan Gabel will be the next president of the University of Minnesota.  The Board of Regents voted to confirm sole presidential finalist Gabel at a special meeting Tuesday. Gabel will be the first...

Regent Steve Sviggum asks Provost Karen Hanson a question at the Board of Regents meeting on Friday, June 8, 2018 at McNamara Alumni Center.

Regents interview presidential finalist Joan Gabel

December 14, 2018

At its December meeting, the University of Minnesota Board of Regents interviewed lone presidential finalist Joan Gabel, increased non-resident, non-reciprocity tuition, and reviewed a College of Science...

The University's Board of Regents convene on Friday, Sep. 14, 2018 at McNamara Alumni Center.

Regents vote to increase out-of-state tuition by 10 percent

December 14, 2018

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents voted Friday afternoon to increase non-resident, non-reciprocity tuition for incoming students by 10 percent and for continuing students by 5.5 percent. The...

Gila Grad, a student studying gender and women's studies, religious studies, and Jewish studies, poses for a portrait on a bridge on the East Bank campus on Sunday, Dec. 9. Grad survived a suicide attempt over a year ago.

Student suicide tracking shows promise in prevention

December 13, 2018

In August, Gila Grad marked one year since surviving a suicide attempt when she jumped from a bridge in Minneapolis. On the anniversary, she gathered friends for a party to celebrate her survival. During...

Presidential finalist Joan Gabel wins over UMN community

December 13, 2018

There’s building excitement about University of Minnesota presidential finalist Joan Gabel as she heads into her interview before the Board of Regents this Friday. Among faculty, staff and students who...

A look at Joan Gabel: the sole University presidential finalist

December 10, 2018

Joan Gabel, the lone finalist selected in the search for the next University of Minnesota president, brings over two decades of experience in higher education, working her way up from professor to business...

A provost at the University of South Carolina, Joan Gabel is the sole finalist in the presidential search at the University of Minnesota.

Joan Gabel: lone UMN presidential candidate

December 6, 2018

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents selected a lone finalist in the search for the next president: Joan Gabel, who could become the first female president of the University. Gabel, the provost...

The 17th Avenue Residence Hall as seen on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017.

Anti-Semitic vandalism reported in University residence hall

December 3, 2018

A University of Minnesota residence hall was vandalized with anti-Semitic messages last Wednesday.  On Nov. 28, members of a Living Learning Community in the University of Minnesota’s 17th Avenue...

New plant protein research center opens on campus

December 3, 2018

The University of Minnesota’s Plant Protein Innovation Center — an interdisciplinary research program that will produce and study plant-based proteins — opened Wednesday. The PPIC is the first center...

Economics and Political Science major Sophronia Cheung poses for a photo on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at Coffman Memorial Union. 

International students face increasingly complex visa process, political climate

November 28, 2018

Due to the complicated process of obtaining work visas and the nation's political climate, some international students say securing jobs is becoming increasingly difficult.  The University of Minnesota...

UMN works to address questions about admissions process

November 28, 2018

Following an audit that outlined fifteen areas of improvement last year, the University of Minnesota’s Office of Admissions is still working to resolve four "essential" recommendations, including improvement...

President Eric Kaler fields questions in his office in Morrill Hall on Thursday, Oct. 18.

Kaler discusses midterm elections, fraternity hard-alcohol ban

November 19, 2018

The Minnesota Daily sat down with University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler on Friday to talk about the recent midterm elections, the enforcement of a hard-alcohol ban for fraternities and changes in...

Karen Hanson to remain in her role, providing continuity during presidential transition

November 15, 2018

After a three-month leave of absence beginning in January, University of Minnesota Executive Vice President and Provost Karen Hanson will return to her role full-time April 1, straying from a previous...

Provost Karen Hanson addresses the opening of the

Karen Hanson to remain executive vice president and provost after leave of absence

November 2, 2018

Straying from previous announcement that she would leave her role in December, University of Minnesota Executive Vice President and Provost Karen Hanson will take a leave of absence from January to March...

Left in limbo, DACA students navigate college life at UMN

November 2, 2018

Last September, U.S. President Donald Trump announced plans to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, but ongoing discussions in federal appeals courts have blocked the proposal so far — leaving...

Illustrated by Jane Borstad

Booming campus meme culture sparks new student group

October 31, 2018

Internet memes have become a staple of college social media, and many students have created unofficial meme pages to post content related to the everyday life of college students. The University of Minnesota...

Presidential search interest in non-academic candidates raises concerns for some

October 25, 2018

University of Minnesota leaders have mixed reactions to what they see as a trend of prioritizing nontraditional candidates in the search for a new University president. Rather than seeking a candidate...

Kaler talks out-of-state student enrollment decrease, student alcohol-related deaths

October 19, 2018

The Minnesota Daily sat down with University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler on Thursday to talk about tuition increases for out-of-state students, student voting and alcohol-related deaths on campus.  Gopher...

The lobby of the Disability Resource Center as seen on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 at the McNamara Alumni Center.

UMN sees increase in disability services requests

October 17, 2018

Some students and employees at the University of Minnesota are having difficulty accessing services offered by the Disability Resource Center due to high demand. At a Board of Regents meeting last week,...

Regents discuss disability resources, campus real estate transactions

October 15, 2018

The University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents discussed system-wide disability support services, extended Athletic Director Mark Coyle’s contract and reviewed real estate on the East Bank campus at...

Regents respond to presidential search firm change

October 11, 2018

The University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents are now working with AGB Search on the presidential search since ending their agreement with Storbeck/Pimentel and Associates on Oct. 3 over a perceived...

Provost Karen Hanson listens during a Board of Regents meeting at McNamara Alumni Center on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018.

Regents respond to search for interim executive vice president and provost

October 4, 2018

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler finished collecting nominations last week for the role of the interim executive vice president and provost who will take over when Karen Hanson, who currently...

New Fairview-UMN partnership to bring in $35 million in first year

October 1, 2018

The University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents unanimously voted to enter a new partnership agreement with Fairview Health Services at a special meeting Friday. Under the agreement, Fairview will make...

University President Eric Kaler answers questions from the Minnesota Daily on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 in his office at Morrill Hall. Kaler told the Daily his favorite part about the fall semester is watching Gopher football and volleyball games.

Kaler discusses letter to Greek life leaders, drafted pronoun policy

October 1, 2018

The Minnesota Daily sat down with University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler earlier this week to talk about the recent death of a student, the future of the Child Development Center and the search for...

University of Minnesota Regent Abdul Omari poses for a portrait on Monday, Sept. 24 on East Bank campus. Omari's regent seat will be up for election in 2019.

Regent Abdul Omari prepares to lead presidential search committee

September 27, 2018

For Regent Abdul Omari, everything comes back to relationships. Abdul Omari — tasked with leading the Search Advisory Committee to help choose the next president of the University of Minnesota — believes...

Systemwide strategic plan put on hold after Kaler’s resignation

September 23, 2018

University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents reviewed President Eric Kaler’s systemwide strategic priorities at last week’s meeting instead of reviewing a comprehensive plan as originally scheduled.  The...

David McMillan speaks during the University's Board of Regents meeting on Friday, Sep. 14 at the McNamara Alumni Center.

Regents approve presidential search committee members

September 17, 2018

Last week, the University of Minnesota Board of Regents approved the membership of the committee responsible for guiding the presidential search, which was met with criticism from faculty, students and...

Peggy Lucas speaks during the University's Board of Regents meeting on Friday, Sept. 14 at the McNamara Alumni Center on East Bank.

Regents discuss St. Paul campus revamp

September 15, 2018

At its meeting on Friday,The University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents discussed long-term visions for the St. Paul campus, voted on the Presidential Search Advisory Committee membership and reviewed...

Regent David McMillan speaks during a University of Minnesota Board of Regents meeting on Thursday, Feb. 8, at McNamara Alumni Center. 

Presidential search costs to exceed those of previous years

September 13, 2018

Two months into the search for a new University of Minnesota president, costs associated with the independent executive firm hired to lead the search have already surpassed the final costs of previous...

Regent Steve Sviggum asks Provost Karen Hanson a question at the Board of Regents meeting on Friday, June 8, 2018 at McNamara Alumni Center.

‘We had no idea’: Regents unaware of firm’s history

September 6, 2018

Some University of Minnesota Regents say they had no knowledge of an unsuccessful administrative search at the University by the third-party firm hired to find the University's next president. The board...

President Eric Kaler pets a lamb held by veterinary medicine student Jennifer Pitkanen at the Miracle of Birth Center on Friday, Aug. 24 at the Minnesota State Fair. Kaler spent the day at the fair with his wife.

Kaler discusses his resignation and goals for the year

September 3, 2018

The Minnesota Daily met University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler at the Minnesota State Fair last week to talk about his decision to resign, the search for a new president and the University’s presence...

Representative Ilhan Omar announced her endorsement for Mohamud Noor in his run for Minneapolis City Council Ward 6 on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017 at Currie Park in Minneapolis. Omar won the primary in 5th Congressional District, and Noor won the primary for District 60B.

Ilhan Omar, Mohamud Noor clinch DFL primaries

August 15, 2018

In a primary election that saw Minneapolis give its highest primary election turnout in almost 50 years, Minnesota finalized its candidates for the general elections in November.  5th Congressional...

A man enters the building at Van Cleave Park, one of several polling locations around the University of Minnesota, to vote in Minnesota's primary elections on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018.

Landmark early voting turnout reported for primary elections

August 15, 2018

A landmark number of people hit the polls in Minneapolis on Tuesday night to cast their votes in Minnesota's primary elections.  The ballots will decide the nominees for several big-ticket government...

Provost Karen Hanson listens during a Board of Regents meeting at McNamara Alumni Center on Thursday, Feb. 8. 

UMN Provost Karen Hanson to step down from role this year

August 8, 2018

University of Minnesota’s Executive Vice President and Provost Karen Hanson will step down from her position in December, according to a University-wide statement sent on Tuesday afternoon from Hanson....

From left, Joshua Preston, Patricia Torres Ray, Ilhan Omar and Mohamud Noor.

A student guide to the 60B and 5th Congressional District primaries

August 2, 2018

The Minnesota Daily sat down with candidates in Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District and House District 60B races to discuss issues such as affordable housing and the cost of higher education ahead...

A protest occurred in downtown Minneapolis on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 after the announcement to not charge the two police officers involved in the death of Thurman Blevins. 

Hundreds protest lack of prosecution in Thuman Blevins shooting

August 1, 2018

Hundreds took to the streets in downtown Minneapolis Tuesday afternoon to protest the fatal shooting of Thurman Blevins. Around 200 people gathered to protest the death of 31-year-old Blevins, who was...

St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board member Ted Tucker reviews two draft designs for Logan Park in Minneapolis on Saturday, July 14 during the twentieth annual East of the River bus tour of neighborhood parks in northeast and southeast Minneapolis.

Minneapolis Park Board seeks UMN feedback on long-term park plan

July 19, 2018

Over the past year, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board has met with neighborhood organizations and community members around the University of Minnesota area to gain feedback on a long-term proposal...

UMN administrators, researchers work with lawmakers to author agricultural research bill

July 18, 2018

A new bill passed last legislative session will privatize some University of Minnesota agricultural data starting this August.  The legislation, described as HIPAA for agricultural research, aims...

Candidates for the 60B Senate seat sit for a forum to give members of the public a chance to learn more about them before the primaries next month on Monday, July 16 at Cowles Auditorium.

Candidates engage with community at 60B forum

July 17, 2018

Following Rep. Ilhan Omar’s, DFL-Minneapolis, decision to run for the U.S. House of Representatives, a candidate forum was hosted Monday to provide the public an opportunity to engage with candidates...

UMN students respond to Kaler’s resignation

July 17, 2018

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler’s announcement on Friday afternoon that he will step down as president in July 2019, a year before his term was scheduled to end, was met with mixed reactions...