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The Minnesota Daily

All content by Jake Kapsner

Virtual University becomes more user-friendly

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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...

NASA engineer speaks

Published 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...

U plans clash with city’s vision

Published 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...

University of Wisconsin

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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,

Published 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…

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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,

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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,...

Mall preachers save record number of souls

Published June 8, 1998

Preachers stocked up record numbers of college converts during the 1997-98 season, according to Biblethumpers Inc., a Midwestern religious think tank. "We, I mean they, claimed anywhere from five to 5,000...

Como locals oppose building

Published June 5, 1998

University plans to consolidate Minneapolis and St. Paul Fleet Services operations to the Como neighborhood have left area residents sour. Locals opposed to the construction of a new base for University...

Program highlights

Published June 1, 1998

An audience gave a juggler rave reviews for mixing bowling pins with jokes while a student project asked people to define disability by writing on a community mural. Such visual and verbal exchanges highlighted...

Disability service

Published May 29, 1998

Finding internships and making the jump from classroom to workplace is easier said than done for many University students. The move poses additional challenges for students with disabilities. University...

Way to Grow supports student parents

Published May 28, 1998

Parenting demands include feeding, clothing, nurturing and teaching, teaching, teaching. Student demands include eating, sleeping and studying, studying, studying. Being a University student and a parent...

Farmer’s market opens in Dinkytown

Published May 22, 1998

A time-tested tradition sows new seeds in Dinkytown. Some vendors at the Minneapolis Farmer's Market have furnished city dwellers with harvest spoils for almost two decades. Country pleasures typical...

Summit stresses need for tolerance

Published May 20, 1998

Several community leadership groups from across the state gathered to discuss bias-motivated violence and harassment Tuesday at the Minnesota Summit on Hate Crimes. The discussion focused on overcoming...

Quarrel ensues over new housing proposal

Published May 19, 1998

A proposal to develop student housing near Dinkytown could offer respite in a time of University housing burdens, but bigger doesn't necessarily mean better to neighborhood residents opposing the project. Developer...

Activists propose one-side parking for Dinkytown

Published May 14, 1998

That elusive free parking spot near the University campus could soon be even harder to find if a small group of grass-roots organizers in the east Marcy-Holmes neighborhood has its say. The Marcy-Holmes...

Fungus forces trailer disposal

Published May 13, 1998

Facilities Management employees lost a temporary office and storage space near the University Recreation Center before they could even use it. University lawyers told Space Mobile and Modular Structures...

Family discusses

Published May 8, 1998

Nkosinathi Biko was 6 years old when his father, civil rights leader Stephen Biko, died in 1977 from head wounds he received while detained and tortured for a week in a South African prison. Biko's 27-year-old...

Asbestos find delays housing construction

Published May 5, 1998

The University Village project added another no trespassing sign to their 2515 University Ave. S.E. construction site last week: Danger -- Asbestos Hazard. Contractors discovered large amounts of asbestos-contaminated...

Mold discovery holds up office space

Published May 1, 1998

Facilities Management officials halted installation of temporary offices near the University Recreation Center this week after health inspectors discovered a potentially hazardous mold. University Environmental...

Neighbors swap chores in community network

Published April 29, 1998

Bike repair in return for walking the neighbor's dog. Getting chiropractic adjustments for tutoring a child. These are a few random exchanges made in the Community Barter Network, a free neighborhood...

Riverbank cleanup pays off

Published April 27, 1998

Among the scattered beer cans, candy wrappers and cigarette butts scooped from the Mississippi River banks, Benjamin Franklin poked his eyes out of the trash heap. Melissa Bean found a $100 bill during...

Laundromat plans stir

Published April 24, 1998

Compromise is stuck in spin cycle for Gopher Cleaners and Launderers owner Yoo Chi and the Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association. Chi wants to demolish the laundry building and rebuild it away from the...

Neighborhood group asks for student input

Published April 21, 1998

Students living in the Marcy-Holmes area have a voice in more than just University politics. Issues like Dinkytown parking congestion, better bike paths to campus and rental property conditions are handled...

City backs

Published April 20, 1998

A private construction project to house over 500 University staff and students begins today at 2515 University Ave. S.E. Developers will break ground on "University Village" despite opposition from a...

Local tanning salons offer relief, risk

Published April 14, 1998

The University area is a veritable hot-bed for tanners. At least four signs advertising "tans" cling to different business windows in Dinkytown. In nearby Stadium Village, two tanning shops sit face...

Gubernatorial

Published April 9, 1998

Increased financial aid to college students, free higher education and using the state budget surplus were focal issues at Wednesday's Minnesota gubernatorial debate at the Carlson School of Management. Of...

Exhibit blends old and new art

Published April 2, 1998

As an observer walks into the Katherine E. Nash Gallery in Willey Hall, a sample of the ancient technique of woodcut printing hangs on a wall at right, while 20th century digital prints hang on the left. Elements...

Muslims unite in Ramadan prayer

Published January 12, 1998

Shoeless men stood shoulder to shoulder reciting the scriptures of Islam in the corner of a carpeted room at Dar Al-Farooq, a community center near 17th and Como avenues southeast. Heads bowed, these Muslim...

Extreme weather causes four cases

Published January 6, 1998

Bundle up, it's cold outside. That's the message from Boynton Health Service, where four University students were treated for frostbite Tuesday. Frostbite is a freezing of the skin, on the surface or underlying...