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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...

People SAD to see less sunlight

December 7, 2005

The winter blues can be more than just feeling lonely during the holidays or kicking yourself for gaining 5 pounds after that perfect holiday feast. There is a name for what afflicts people who have the...

AHC unveils office for research

December 5, 2005

The tan paint dries on the walls as the staff moves in to the Academic Health Center's new Office of Clinical Research. The office was created as a result of a recommendation in August by a health center-created...

Whole-wheat lends nutrition to holidays

November 28, 2005

With turkey, stuffing and pie tempting palates, healthy eating during the holiday season can be the last thing on students' minds. Two University faculty members offered easy ways to eat food full of whole-wheat...

Swim club synchronizes efforts

November 22, 2005

The lights hanging from the ceiling reflected on the women's swim caps. Dripping wet, they took in a deep breath as if it were their last and disappeared underwater. Suddenly they emerged and launched...

Student group urges people to quit smoking cold turkey

November 18, 2005

With promises of health, wealth and a cold turkey sandwich, University students were encouraged to quit smoking Thursday in front of Coffman Union. In 16-degree weather, members of Colleges Against Cancer...

Stem cell speaker first in lecture series

November 16, 2005

On Tuesday, Catherine Verfaillie was the first woman honored and the first women chosen to share her wisdom as a researcher for the Ada Comstock Distinguished Women Scholars Lecture Series. Verfaillie...

Association hops at chance to brew its own beer

November 14, 2005

Things are brewing in a University student's kitchen. The Campus Homebrewing Association, a new student group, held their first "brewhaha" Saturday as they made their first batch of beer. While some members...

New contraception options popularized

November 10, 2005

Misconceptions about forms of contraception and their use are common on campus. The most popular forms of contraception on campus are birth-control pills, condoms and withdrawal before ejaculation. Even...

Cases of breast cancer in men up since 2003

November 8, 2005

Women are more likely than men to develop breast cancer, but men are more likely to die from it. Since 2003, cases of breast cancer in American men have been on the rise. The American Cancer Society estimates...

U tests vaccine to block nicotine

November 7, 2005

In the near future, smokers may be able to quit by taking a shot. The University is testing people on a nicotine vaccine to see if it's an effective option for people who want to quit smoking. In a partnership...

Dean charts future of patient statistics

November 4, 2005

Connie Delaney, the new dean of the University's Nursing School, waited patiently as someone brought a stool to the stage so her head could reach the microphone. "I'm 4-foot-11, but I rarely admit to people...

U center has designs on curing world’s ailments

November 3, 2005

There are fashion design and interior design, but in the Academic Health Center, drug design is the couture. University computational, organic and medicinal chemists work together to create drugs for some...

Clinic cares for community, serves as training ground for medical students

November 2, 2005

Monday night, eight people were in the waiting room. One couple held each other and leaned back in their chairs, another couple spoke Spanish in a very casual tone as they anticipated the nurses calling...

Speaker defines Armenian massacre as genocide

October 28, 2005

Genocide is the deliberate and systematic destruction of a racial, political or cultural group. It is debated if this term applies to the forced removal of Armenians from Turkey in 1915. This order by...

University study analyzes tobacco, other drug use

October 26, 2005

The smoke has cleared when it comes to the number of college students using alcohol and tobacco. On Tuesday, the University released the data for the 2005 Tobacco, Alcohol and Other Drugs 17 School Study. This...

Harvard mental health expert discusses his book at Coffman Union

October 25, 2005

Richard Kadison is the chief of mental health services at Harvard University. He is a psychiatrist who has specialized in college mental health for 25 years and has been at Harvard for 11 years. Kadison...

U arms campus with flu shots

October 24, 2005

In the coming months, some people will enjoy the winter and huddle to stay warm - but they may want to think twice before getting too close. For the health and wellness of people across the University,...

Boynton says students unaware of oral sex dangers

October 21, 2005

Oral sex is supposedly a way for people to experience sex without the risks of vaginal or anal intercourse, but that is just one more sexual lie. Most students at the University have engaged in unprotected...

Researcher creates cancer killers

October 13, 2005

New stem cells are killing cancer cells in a University lab. University researcher Dan Kaufman created natural killer cells that might be capable of destroying human cancer cells. At the Stem Cell Institute,...

Med schools debate sex ed

October 11, 2005

There's sex in movies, sex in the city and sex in the bedroom, but some are concerned about the amount of sexual education in medical schools. Officials at the University's Medical School said they think...

Health official gets national position

October 10, 2005

Frank Cerra, the senior vice president of the Academic Health Center, now has influence on academic health centers nationwide. Cerra recently was named chairman of the board of directors for the Association...

U medical leap marks 30 years

October 7, 2005

Carol Stahl, a 68-year-old retired schoolteacher, calls her son David her "miracle child." Thirty years ago today, the first successful bone marrow transplant used to treat lymphoma was performed at the...

Storm closes East River Road with 6-inch rainfall

October 6, 2005

Six inches of rain fell on the University campus Tuesday evening, leaving cars stranded and roads damaged. A section of East River Road, behind Elliot Hall, washed out on Tuesday night after the heavy...

Service offers depression and anxiety screening

October 5, 2005

Students who are struggling with depression and anxiety can get on-campus help at no charge. On Thursday, University Counseling and Consulting Services will offer free depression and anxiety screenings...

Medical foundation raises more than $78 million

October 5, 2005

Large donors, corporation owners, organizations and foundations contributed to the Minnesota Medical Foundation's year of fundraising success. The foundation had its biggest fundraising year since its...

Therapy program finds new home

September 30, 2005

The University program in occupational therapy's uncertain future is now a little clearer. Rather than closing, the program is being moved from the University's Medical School to a new Center for Allied...

Team heads to Louisiana in relief trip

September 26, 2005

In front of a packed bus Paul Bohjanen, an assistant professor of microbiology, advised one of his students about what to do when he arrives in Louisiana. "You need to be flexible; there's a lot of things...

Med School varies graduation plans

September 21, 2005

A new graduation option allows first-year medical students to choose how long their course of study lasts. Most medical students take four years to graduate. But beginning with the current first-year University...

Report finds bar air cleaner since ban

September 19, 2005

Since March 31, smokers have had to step outside Minneapolis bars and restaurants to smoke a cigarette. But has air quality in these establishments improved? According to an indoor air quality survey released...

FDA delays decision on emergency contraception

September 15, 2005

Abortion opponents and those in favor of abortion rights around the country are debating whether to make the morning-after pill available without a prescription. On Aug. 26 the Food and Drug Administration...

On the Inside

September 15, 2005

While other high school students sat at lunch tables gossiping and talking about bright futures, Julia Trachy wanted to be alone. Three or four times a week, Trachy, who is now a second-year nursing student,...

Experts recommend meningitis vaccine for students

September 13, 2005

Living in one of the University's residence halls can put students at risk for disease. This is the first fall that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and The American College Health Association...

Evacuees find homes at U

September 8, 2005

Thousands of students have fled Louisiana because of Hurricane Katrina, rather than staying in the South, and some are choosing to continue their education at the University of Minnesota. Maddie Lammers Maddie...

Stem cell research starts on new line

September 6, 2005

When researchers at the University study embryonic stem cells, ethical questions are raised. Since President George W. Bush approved federal funds for research on pre-existing embryonic stem cell lines...

$1 million donation aids tsunami victims in Thailand

August 17, 2005

The American Refugee Committee recently received a $1 million grant from the Bush-Clinton Tsunami Relief Fund to support its Thailand Fishing Boat Project. Former presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton...

University Law School employee dies at age 49 after battling liver cancer

August 17, 2005

Law School employee Fatima Velagic died of liver cancer Aug. 9. She was 49. Velagic came to the United States seven years ago with her two sons after her husband was murdered in Bosnia and started working...

More students going to Latin America

August 3, 2005

The Southern Hemisphere is looking a little more attractive to students looking for adventure. According to the Institute of International Education, the number of U.S. students studying abroad in Latin...

Medieval combatants suit up

August 3, 2005

Every Sunday, swords swing and arrows fly when some students battle to the death on a grassy knoll at Como Park. Chemistry graduate student Nick Denny started medieval combat fighting as an undergraduate...

Law School aids faculty member with liver cancer

July 27, 2005

Fatima Velagic fulfilled her dream of coming to the United States seven years ago with her two children after her husband was murdered in Bosnia. The dream changed when Velagic, an accounts specialist...

“The Apprentice” holds tryouts at Carlson School of Management

July 12, 2005

Outgoing students are used to doing a lot of job interviews. An interview Thursday was on a different scale. Scouring the country for contestants on NBC's "The Apprentice," show officials interviewed dozens...

Hmong sports tournament brings thousands together

July 6, 2005

Several University students joined thousands of people who competed in the Hmong Minnesota 25th International Sport Tournament last weekend in Como Park. Event chairman Ka Houa Yang, vice president of...

Special Olympics comes to U campus

June 29, 2005

In the 9 a.m. long jump competition, seven athletes competed for the gold medal. With the qualifying jumps for the athletes ranging between 2.83 meters and 3.2 meters, Noah Reedy said he was unsure of...

U team competed in robot competition

June 22, 2005

Four mechanical engineering students built an intelligent ground vehicle for an international competition in Michigan. Shawn Brovold, Nathan Carlson, Greg Rupp and Eric Li have been working on their intelligent...

Construction on Scholars Walk set to continue

June 22, 2005

This month marked the beginning of the second phase of construction on the University's Scholars Walk. The main construction of the first phase, stretching from Walnut Street Southeast to Union Street...

U.S. universities receive grants for nursing programs

June 15, 2005

As Christine Nord rode the elevator to her nursing class, she offered her thoughts on nursing faculty shortages. "I think it's really sad, and it's going to get worse if we don't do something about it,"...