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Virtual University becomes more user-friendly

April 1, 1999

A more beautiful U -- one that hopes to attract and guide a broader audience -- comes to the World Wide Web today. The University is debuting new home pages on the Internet in hopes of better informing...

Internet, coffee and travel connect

March 30, 1999

A new haunt opened last week in Stadium Village where Euro boppers, Net surfers and java junkies can sink into cushy Victorian-style chairs, peruse the Internet and make travel plans -- all while sipping...

Tutor tells tale of good intentions

March 29, 1999

DANBURY, Wisc. -- Jan Gangelhoff always knew she would move back home. She grew up in Danbury, Wisc., and after living in the Twin Cities for 32 years, is residing on the town's main street above a bank. The...

Local Eritrean community protests war

March 29, 1999

A war most people outside of Africa have a hard time understanding instigated peaceful protests around the world on Friday. About 600 members of the local Eritrean community gathered on the steps of the...

Fraud case raises doubts

March 29, 1999

Claims of academic fraud and cash payments to tutors and players on the Gophers men's basketball team have many people questioning the health of the program. Yet the allegations seem indicative of problems...

U parking lot sold to private developer

March 12, 1999

Opening the door to a student housing development on the West Bank, the Board of Regents Facilities Committee voted Thursday to sell land now used as a University parking lot to private developers. The...

IT students demonstrate their creative prowess at robot fair

March 11, 1999

One maroon and gold Cabbage Patch doll pumps the stomach of another until candy pops from its mouth in "Doing the Heimlich, Gopher Style." Sophomore Rupal Shroff, creator of the curious, coughing doll,...

Gophers’ dilemma dismays U

March 11, 1999

Amid allegations that numerous former and current Gophers men's basketball players committed academic fraud, many on the Minneapolis campus reacted with shock and sadness at the possibility of misconduct. Four...

Cybermeal pushes

March 10, 1999

University Web heads with an empty stomach needn't leave the comfort of their computers to order dinner. Cybermeals, a San Francisco-based online take-out and delivery service, began marketing last month...

Blending

March 9, 1999

Editor's note: This is the second of two stories examining the city of Minneapolis' strong desire to extend a recreational river parkway on the east bank of the Mississippi -- the same stretch of land...

U plans clash with city’s vision

March 8, 1999

Editor's note: This is the first of two stories examining Minneapolis' strong desire to extend a recreational river parkway on the east bank of the Mississippi -- the same stretch of land on which the...

NASA engineer speaks

March 8, 1999

To keep abreast of the global technological community, the United States needs to encourage the development of a diverse body of scientists, Aprille Ericsson-Jackson said Friday. And she should know. As...

University of Wisconsin

February 22, 1999

MADISON, Wis. -- Ask students what they think of their Memorial Union and they'll probably say the same thing: "It's the 'living room' of the campus." That might sound like a schlocky public relations...

U Police arrest animal rights

February 17, 1999

Sparks flew in the sixth-floor hallway of Diehl Hall just after noon Tuesday when police cut through the U-locks binding six animal rights protesters together by their necks. University Police arrested...

Housing development is on hold

February 12, 1999

A proposed West Bank student housing development hit a snag Thursday when the Board of Regents suspended plans to sell land now used as a University parking lot. The long-term decision to sell Lot C91...

Dietary supplement use,

February 11, 1999

From protein powders to nutritional drinks and herbal pills, dietary supplements that promote health go virtually unregulated in the United States. And as the multi-billion dollar industry grows, so does...

V-twin engines an…

February 5, 1999

V-twin engines and custom tail pipes aren't the typical focus of an academic discussion. Then again, a motorcycle showroom at the University isn't standard fare, either. More than 400 motorheads rolled...

Faculty secure Ukraine’s free market

January 27, 1999

To avoid a repeat of Russia's ruinous jump into capitalism, faculty at Ukrainian universities are borrowing brainpower from the University to make sure their transition is a smooth one. A recent $5 million...

Dentistry students offer low-cost service

January 26, 1999

Hand drills buzz and whine as 50 dental students in white coats practice carving crowns into the mouths of fake metal heads. Soon these dental rookies will move upstairs from the fourth floor laboratories...

Pernicious, mischievous: Bugs worm into networks

January 21, 1999

They're out there, waiting for the perfect moment to creep out of the boot sector and mangle files, devour prized documents and issue brash insults. Computer viruses mostly annoy, sometimes amuse and occasionally...

Potential of small robots explored

January 8, 1999

Roly-poly palm-sized robots could make military reconnaissance and police surveillance missions easier, if a joint project among the University and three local companies pans out. The project could prove...

Students explore health care alternatives

December 4, 1998

Watching acupuncturists and chiropractors at work in their clinics isn't normal fare for third- and fourth-year University medical students. But that's exactly what a handful of students and faculty have...

Nicotine

December 3, 1998

At a time when college students are said to be blowing more smoke and new tobacco cessation products continue to hit the market, recent University studies suggest that nicotine could pose health risks...

Campus fracas ensues

November 28, 1998

Political tensions grew on campus this week as liberal and conservative groups alike denounced the ideologies of the Other, a recent addition to the University political scene. "The Other has stepped on...

Professor uses

November 23, 1998

The University Gateway is one of three campus construction projects that architecture Professor Stephen Weeks is documenting using time-lapse photography. He has also filmed the Weisman Art Museum's and...

Gateway project mixes history and modern designs

November 23, 1998

Editor's note: More than $400 million is earmarked to build and renovate numerous University facilities during the next several years, thanks to private donations and a 1998 capital budget windfall. This...

Communications Decency Act receives an upgrade

November 15, 1998

A new law takes effect Saturday that limits the places underage Internet surfers can point to with their browsers. Called the Child Online Protection Act, the law aims to reduce child access to commercial...

Attorney general race decided by four points

November 4, 1998

In the race to become the watchdog for Minnesota consumers, Mike Hatch nudged out Charlie Weaver, 495,582 votes to 454,901, for Attorney General. As of press time Wednesday morning, Hatch snagged 48 percent...

Cannabis slows down nerve cell degeneration

November 2, 1998

Cannabis might help the brain, but don't fire up the joint just yet. A recent University study suggests THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, could decrease the spread of nerve cell death that often...

Homemaker, University grads fight for position

October 25, 1998

Busting foes that range from violent gangs to health maintenance organizations tops the priority lists of candidates in the Minnesota attorney general's race. Four candidates vie for the office being vacated...

$9 million NSF grant will fund science center

October 22, 1998

University scientists are taking interdisciplinary research to new heights with a federal grant, bringing together Midwestern college undergraduates and corporate scientists at the University. The National...

Hundreds turn out at vigil

October 15, 1998

Hundreds of candles flickered in the hands of solemn people overflowing the aisles of St. Mark's Cathedral near Loring Park on Wednesday night in remembrance of Matthew Shepard, a gay University of Wyoming...

U students, faculty protest Columbus Day

October 13, 1998

The celebration of Columbus Day on Monday meant a day off for U.S. federal government employees, but for many indigenous people, paying tribute to Christopher Columbus is like celebrating genocide. About...

Scientists, artists eligible for grants,

October 12, 1998

Thousands of dollars for research spill into the hands of University undergraduates every year, money that students quickly grab in science-based colleges and often leave untouched in liberal arts fields. The...

Companies lure prospective

October 9, 1998

Well-dressed and with rÇsumÇs in hand, at least 2,000 job-savvy University students and alumni swarmed the Great Hall in Coffman Union on Wednesday and Thursday for the annual Institute of Technology...

Profs test digital home health care program

October 2, 1998

Professors at the University began a test program Thursday using digital communication technologies such as the Internet and video conferencing to deliver home health care in urban and rural Minnesota. "The...

iMAC labs to reduce waits

October 1, 1998

The wait in line to get online just got a little shorter, thanks to a new kiosk of five computers in Coffman Union. The computers, all iMACs, are designated specifically for browsing e-mail and the Internet....

New parking ban creates contention

September 25, 1998

New traffic signs greeted commuters returning to a residential area north of Dinkytown this week in search of first-come, first-park privileges. A one-side-only parking ban began Monday on 15 city blocks...

Class of 2002 gathers to unite

September 24, 1998

Staff Reporter Thousands of fresh faces filled Northrop Auditorium on Wednesday for an assembly of new students, who later meandered onto the Northrop Mall to join a jamboree of free food, merchandise...

Global institute adds faculty, new focus

September 21, 1998

Recognizing a globalized political and economic world, the University expanded student resources in July with the Institute for Global Studies, replacing the University's 16-year-old Institute of International...

Final frontier is U’s new baby

September 21, 1998

NASA signaled lift-off to the University on Sept. 11 for a five-year, $13 million space mission to study the earth's magnetosphere. Called the Inner Magnetosphere Explorer, the project entails building...

Athetic opportunities aplenty in intramurals

August 24, 1998

Not only athletes aspiring to stardom and professional contracts come to play sports at a famed Big Ten institution. Each academic quarter, thousands of University students don spikes and sneakers to...

Tunnels provide alternative

August 24, 1998

University students caught in the cold grip of winter and dreary dearth of rain often head underground, or at least indoors. After all, it's logical that a University named for a burrowing rodent has...

U prof

August 21, 1998

U.S. forces bombed alleged terrorist camps in Afghanistan and a chemical plant in Sudan on Thursday, according to reports. One University professor questioned whether the attack, which U.S. officials...

Asian nuclear race generates global concern

August 19, 1998

In the wake of India and Pakistan's underground nuclear tests in May, world leaders and citizens are concerned the nations have fueled an old rivalry and strained attempts to contain the spread of nuclear...

Children’s garden blooming

August 10, 1998

Little hands tend tiny plots each summer in a north Minneapolis garden that just keeps on growing. The J.D. Rivers Outdoor Discovery Center has stewed up gardening enthusiasm during its 16-summer existence. Now,...

Service will honor U

August 3, 1998

Sarah McKenzie A 35-year-old woman working on her Ph.D. in international development at the University was murdered in Uganda while on a six-week public health care mission. Friends and family of Cecilia...

Veterinary dean ventures on to greener pastures

July 24, 1998

After 12 years at the University, New Zealand native David Thawley is changing locations again. Thawley, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, accepted a post as dean of the College of Agriculture...

Malawi and U study nutrition

July 23, 1998

A team of African and University officials hope to expand a 1992 program responsible for halving the infant mortality rates in a pair of African villages. "The project has been so successful that neighboring...

U fills two top

July 20, 1998

In the city that is the University, maintaining a safe campus is as massive an operation as educating thousands of students. For Mark Cox, the interim assistant vice president for Health, Safety and Transportation,...