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All content by Jamie VanGeest

Student group pushes University for official study-abroad program to Israel

July 12, 2006

The University doesn't have an official study-abroad program to Israel, but a student group wants to change that. Gopher Israel Public Affairs Committee's main goal next year is to establish an offical...

Middle Eastern conflict elicits disparate reactions

July 5, 2006

Along the eastern shores of the Mediterranean Sea, two groups of people have struggled to coexist for more than 50 years. The close existence of Palestinians and Israelis has become a daily battle with...

Local cantors compete to become first ‘Semitic Idol’

June 28, 2006

University professors impersonating Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell judged singers from local synagogues as part of Hillel's "Semitic Idol" contest. Cantors from around the metro competed to...

Locals react to nuclear situation in Iran

June 21, 2006

A conflict between the United States and Iran over the use of nuclear technology again has raised tensions with the Middle East. Students and staff members, including some from Iran, have mixed opinions...

Somali community reacts to uprising

June 14, 2006

Political upheaval in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, is impacting the lives of the thousands of Somalis who call Minnesota home. On June 5, militias, through the Islamic Courts Union, took control...

Students prefer Internet to libraries

June 14, 2006

College students use libraries more than most people, but according to a new report, the Internet still comes first when looking for information. The findings, "College Students' Perceptions of Library...

Computer thieves caught on camera

June 7, 2006

On June 2 the University Police Department released a crime alert about a theft from the building at 2218 University Ave. S.E., which houses University Computer Services. The thieves stole six laptops...

Group to protest primate research

May 31, 2006

Animal researchers at the University have tried to stay out of the limelight for years after attacks by protesters, but today they are at the center of another controversy. The Minnesota Primate Freedom...

New center to focus on using fluid power to improve vehicle efficiency

May 24, 2006

Fluid research is streaming new opportunities in to the University's department of mechanical engineering. The University is to open the new Engineering Research Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid...

War orphans will not have to pay tuition this fall

May 24, 2006

If a University student has lost a parent in a war, they won't have to pay tuition starting this fall. All children of veterans who die as a result of active duty in the armed services will not have to...

Consolidating student loans soon can save money for some

May 4, 2006

Summertime is the season for sunscreen, bathing suits, flip-flops and loan consolidation. On July 1, the interest rates for Direct Loans and Stafford Loans will increase from 4.75 percent to a fixed rate...

U considers restricting access to evals

May 2, 2006

The University's Senate Committee on Education Policy might change who gets to see the written student comments on teacher evaluation forms. Currently, members of groups dealing with promotions, tenure...

U offers podcasts to help deal with school

April 27, 2006

Now if students are putting off homework or about to have a nervous breakdown over finals, they simply can connect their MP3 players to their computers to help relieve stress. The University's Office for...

Profs vent online about their students

April 26, 2006

Disgruntled professors are fighting back against professor-rating Web sites by creating a site of their own. The blogging site Rate My Students is a place on the Web where professors can post about the...

University honors its most outstanding professors

April 25, 2006

The University honored 15 professors systemwide with Distinguished Teaching Awards on Monday at McNamara Alumni Center to recognize excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching. For the 41st year,...

Pawlenty pushes against DREAM Act

April 20, 2006

Some state politicians want to make in-state tuition available to more students in Minnesota, including students who aren't American citizens. The House Ways and Means Committee ignored a plea from Gov....

Bill would lower loan interest rates

April 19, 2006

U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., is trying to reverse the effects of the Deficit Reduction Act by making a bill of her own. McCollum and a fellow member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce...

Feds look to change evaluation of colleges

April 13, 2006

The federal government might soon take an active role when it comes to the way the University is evaluated. The Commission on the Future of Higher Education and the U.S. House of Representatives are discussing...

Job outlook dimmer for female grads

April 11, 2006

More women than men are seen sitting in the University's classrooms, but the job outlook is still better for men when they graduate. For the past 10 years in Minnesota, female statewide enrollment has...

Safe Haven helps mentally ill homeless

April 5, 2006

DEditor's Note: This is the last of a three-part series on schizophrenia. onald Friedman was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia after he left the military in his 20s. Homeless for 15 years, he found...

U devotes research to unlock the secrets of schizophrenia

April 4, 2006

D Editor's Note: This is part two of a three-part series on schizophrenia. Wednesday's story will profile a Twin Cities organization that reaches out to homeless people with mental illnesses such as schizophrenia. iagnosed...

Belated high-ed act gets a push

April 3, 2006

With a vote of 221 to 199, the U.S. House of Representatives voted Thursday to renew the Higher Education Act. This is the first time since 1998 there has been a large push from the government to renew...

schizophrenia

April 3, 2006

During Erin Williams' sophomore year living in Centennial Hall, her life became frightening. She saw shadows of people hiding in dark corners. Williams said the shadows would whisper to her, but she could...

Report states binge drinking higher among women

March 31, 2006

Women line up outside the bars on Wednesday nights at Sally's Saloon and Eatery and on Thursday's at Bullwinkle's Saloon for free drinks. And, according to the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth, based...

Finalist vies for new position at U

March 28, 2006

Monday afternoon, amid the clanking of coffee cups, Nancy "Rusty" Barceló spoke about her vision for the role of diversity and multiculturalism in a 21st century research university. Barceló...

State spending less per student

March 23, 2006

Minnesota slowly is reducing its financial contribution to students' higher education expenses. Nationwide, spending per student went from a 25-year high of $7,121 in 2001 to an all-time low of $5,833...

U students reach out to Latino youths

March 22, 2006

Between milk and cookies and dance lessons Tuesday, teenagers made time for six University student-tutors. Every weekday afternoon a group of University students tutors teenagers in a variety of subject...

Bill would make it clear professors need to speak clear English

March 20, 2006

If a student has a hard time understanding a professor, a Minnesota legislator might make that professor pay a price. A bill put forth by Rep. Bud Heidgerken, R-Freeport, would make the University change...

Financial aid offered to online students

March 7, 2006

Students now have more options when it comes to the time and place of their education. Last week, Congress changed a law that said only students who attend colleges that offer at least half of their courses...

Tax change could mean less money for some grad students

March 3, 2006

Instead of receiving a tax refund, some University students are getting a bill from the state of Minnesota. Many graduate students must pay the government hundreds of dollars because of a change in the...

Diversity offices hope for new home

March 1, 2006

Coffman Union Theater, the University Bookstore and Jamba Juice are more centrally located than some notable University offices. The importance of diversity often is stressed by the University. But some...

Group meets to beat stress

February 27, 2006

Every Friday as the setting sun shines through the stained-glass windows, University students get in touch with their chi and become stress-free. Students come to the Mayo Building to practice yoga, sitting...

Expert comes to University to help evaluate evaluations

February 24, 2006

The University brought in some expert opinions Thursday to evaluate its own evaluation process. The miniconference, which was at McNamara Alumni Center, was designed to provide a complete perspective and...

Program geared to adults with degrees

February 23, 2006

Kathleen Peterson started her University education while America was embroiled in World War II and completed it during President Bill Clinton's second term. But the phenomenon of older students like Peterson,...

Asian American studies lacking

February 17, 2006

The University has majors in Chicano studies, African American studies and American Indian studies, but there is no major in Asian American studies. The University established an Asian American studies...

U, state make efforts toward veteran-friendly education

February 15, 2006

Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced last week he is requiring the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system to identify barriers to veterans. Since last fall, the University has been trying to make the...

Event helps first-time FAFSA filers

February 13, 2006

Through some coaching and a pep talk, volunteers hoped high school students and their parents would score big on College Goal Sunday. For the first time in Minnesota, 18 locations around the state offered...

U.S. revamps loans

February 10, 2006

President George W. Bush on Wednesday signed the Deficit Reduction Act, which will make some of the largest changes to financial aid for higher education in the program's history. These federal changes...

U’s savings defy trend

February 9, 2006

While educational endowment returns are growing nationwide, things aren't as good as they used to be for higher education institutions. But the University's endowment returns have improved. In 2005, educational...

Three merging colleges seek one dean to lead

February 2, 2006

There will be a new dean for a new school that is a key piece in the University's plan to become a leading world research institution. The University announced this week it will search for a dean for the...

Group strives to make U inclusive

January 30, 2006

Mark McKay and Tod Jones met and discussed their lives over Coronas and Cokes during happy hour Friday at Sally's Saloon and Eatery. Both were drinking to the semester's first meeting of the University's...

Web sites put grading in students’ hands

January 25, 2006

College students are taking control when it comes to the good, the bad and the ugly of their professors. Thanks to Web sites such as Rate My Professor and Pick-A-Prof, students are using computers, complaints...

U offers wide range of gifts for students

January 25, 2006

Parents might give their college-bound child a coffeemaker or maybe even a Geo Metro with a bow. But some parents of University students literally are giving the gift of education. The University offers...

Value rankings omit U

January 20, 2006

The University's Twin Cities campus isn't a great value, according to Kiplinger's magazine. When the personal finance magazine recently came out with its "100 Best Values in Public Colleges" list, the...

Universities discuss whether to incorporate intelligent design in biology curriculum

January 19, 2006

Some say apes, humans and bacteria, with a pinch of Charles Darwin, create the perfect college biology course. Others say intelligent design is a key ingredient missing from the batch. Federal judge John...

U.S. Senate passes loan changes

January 17, 2006

Before the federal government took a break for the holidays, the U.S. Senate passed changes to financial aid as part of the Budget Reconciliation Act. Eventually, this bill will become part of the Higher...

Dentists watch jaws on their TV screens

December 14, 2005

A toothbrush, fluoride, a drill and a television screen are the key equipment in the University's teledentistry program. The Minnesota Department of Health, the University's School of Dentistry and the...

U campaigns against silent killer

December 12, 2005

A University student recently came to see Victoria Erhart, a physician at Boynton Health Service Women's Clinic. The patient complained of headaches. She told Erhart her boyfriend also had headaches. Both...

U takes lead to fight oral cancer

December 9, 2005

Sue Linder sat in the dentist's chair staring into the bright light as doctors examined the crevices of her mouth. Two months ago, Linder of Bloomington had a sore in her mouth that wouldn't go away. Her...

Health care staff protests insurance

December 8, 2005

Hundreds of health care workers lined up single file with purple glow sticks shining as they marched around the University Medical Center, Fairview Riverside. Pharmacists, licensed practical nurses, maintenance...