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Kaler talks athletics facility, TFA partnership

Published August 5, 2013

The Minnesota Daily sat down with University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler Monday for its monthly Kickin’ It with Kaler interview. Kaler talked about the new $190 million athletics facilities...

University buys e-books, but students favor print

Published July 31, 2013

Electronic books, or e-books, are gaining popularity among college-aged students and educators, including those at the University of Minnesota. While e-books currently account for only 6 percent of textbook...

On behalf of the National Center for Food Protection and Defense, President Eric Kaler signs a memorandum of understanding with the Chinese Academy of Inspection and Quarantine.

University forges new food safety partnerships with China

Published July 31, 2013

The National Center for Food Protection and Defense, a U.S. Department of Homeland Security center housed at the University of Minnesota, gained a new international partner this week. University President...

University encouraging flipped classes for fall

Published July 24, 2013

Colleges and universities around the country have begun adopting new ways to use technology in education, and the University of Minnesota is no exception. Part of that shift is the implementation of flipped...

Upward Bound Director Minerva Munoz speaks to graduates and members of TRIOs Upward Bound Program at a commencement ceremony celebrating the programs 20th anniversary July 18, 2013, at McNamara Alumni Center.

Students, teachers celebrate Upward Bound scholarship

Published July 24, 2013

Derran Bedward’s parents didn’t go to college, but he grew up knowing he would — even if it wasn’t always clear how he’d get there. “All my life, I’ve always been...

Regents approve alcohol at Northrop, Les Bolstad

Published July 17, 2013

The University of Minnesota may soon be able to sell alcohol at three new locations system-wide after Board of Regents approval on July 10. The Les Bolstad Golf Course, Northrop Memorial Auditorium and...

New research VP Brian Herman unveils master plan for University research

Published July 17, 2013

The University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents heard from new Vice President for Research Brian Herman for the first time July 10, when he presented his plan for advancing University research initiatives. One...

President Kaler in his office Monday, July 8, 2013, in Morrill Hall.

Kaler talks China, DOMA

Published July 10, 2013

The Minnesota Daily sat down with University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler Monday for its monthly Kickin’ It with Kaler interview. Kaler talked about his recent trip to China, new administrators,...

Regents approve new alcohol licenses, U DREAM Act

Published July 10, 2013

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents passed measures allowing in-state tuition for undocumented students and applications for alcohol sales on campus Wednesday during their monthly meeting. During...

University salary gap among the highest in Big Ten, state

Published July 10, 2013

The University of Minnesota pays its professors more than many colleges and universities nationwide but ranks far lower when it comes to instructor salaries. In 2012-13, the salaries of full University...

Head brewer Josh Bischoff, right, and assistant brewer Chad Hilgenberg shovel out residual grain after the lautering process, separating liquid wort from the grains, is complete at Indeed Brewery Company on Tuesday, July 2, 2013.

U boosts brew boom with alumni, ag. research

Published July 3, 2013

The University of Minnesota has produced several alumni in recent years that have gone on to open breweries in the metro area.  It has also provided ingredients to local companies in an effort to...

Newly elected Board of Regents chairman Richard Beeson will replace two-term regent Linda Cohen after a controversial 8-to-4 vote.

New Regents chair brings passion for community

Published July 3, 2013

On a recent Friday afternoon at Park Midway Bank in St. Paul, Richard Beeson beamed proudly over a small coffee bar in the lobby. Beeson spearheaded the project to build the coffee bar — where people...

U connects with breweries through research

Published June 28, 2013

Whether it’s alumni-owned microbreweries or agricultural research on hops and barley, the University of Minnesota has a rich relationship with brewing. This relationship was celebrated Thursday at...

U cuts Microsoft Office student discount

Published June 26, 2013

Starting in July, the University of Minnesota Office of Information Technology  will charge students more for Microsoft products, including Microsoft Office Suite. The Board of Regents approved a...

U in talks to partner with Teach for America

Published June 26, 2013

The University of Minnesota is in talks with Teach for America about a potential partnership and could reach a decision in the coming weeks. University faculty members and administrators have discussed...

University of Minnesota lags behind nation in grad enrollment

Published June 19, 2013

National graduate and professional student enrollment rates have soared in recent years, but the University of Minnesota is bucking that trend. While enrollment nationwide increased 16 percent between...

President Eric Kaler addresses the Board of Regents June 14, 2013, at McNamara Alumni Center.

Despite freeze, fees increase

Published June 19, 2013

While some at the University of Minnesota will see tuition freeze for the next two years, the cost of attending school will increase for all students. The Board of Regents approved President Eric Kaler’s...

Breakdown: University 2014 tuition rates

Published June 18, 2013

Tuition has been frozen for some students at the University of Minnesota next year, but not for all. Below is part of President Eric Kaler's 2014-15 Operating Budget, which outlines tuition rates for...

Board of Teaching denies Teach for America group waiver, again.

Published June 16, 2013

The Minnesota Board of Teaching denied Teach for America's request for a group waiver -- an agreement that would make it easier for corp members to enter Minnesota classrooms in the fall -- for the...

Regent vote freezes tuition

Published June 15, 2013

A study on administrative spending at the University of Minnesota said the University isn’t outspending its peers in most areas. But some have criticized the cost of the study and the fact that much...

New admin spending study released

Published June 14, 2013

A study on University of Minnesota administrative spending  was released and reviewed by the Board of Regents Thursday. The study will be discussed in more detail Friday during the monthly regents...

Regent committees recommend Kaler’s budget, increased student fees

Published June 13, 2013

University of Minnesota Board of Regents committees met Thursday to recommend the full board approve President Eric Kaler's six-year capital improvement plan and his 2014 operating budget, which includes...

President Eric Kaler answers questions and addresses concerns about his proposed 2013-2014 budget Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at McNamara Alumni Center.

Tuition to rise for grad students

Published June 12, 2013

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents will vote Friday to approve a plan that would freeze undergraduate resident tuition but also raise the cost of school for non-residents and graduate students. Last...

President Eric Kaler answers a few questions in his office in Morrill Hall Tuesday morning.

Kaler talks the Minnesota Leg., TCF Bank Stadium alcohol sales and gender-neutral housing

Published June 5, 2013

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler sat down with the Minnesota Daily on Tuesday to discuss the Legislature’s failed bonding bill, the passage of the higher education bill, alcohol sales...

Teach for America faces hurdles in Minnesota

Published June 5, 2013

Jonathan Filzen successfully avoided living in the dorms when he attended the University of Minnesota, but he’s making up for that now. Filzen is one of 43 recent college graduates from around the...

More Kickin’ it with Kaler questions

Published June 5, 2013

Kickin' it on Twitter You tweeted. We asked. President Eric Kaler answered. [View the story "Kickin' it on Twitter" on Storify]

Minnesota students carry more debt than others

Published June 2, 2013

A new report from the Minnesota Office of Higher Education shows the state's college graduates are among the most indebted in the country.   The average debt for Minnesota graduates was $29,800...

Chemistry professor Christopher Cramer demonstrates example slides from his Statistical Molecular Thermodynamics MOOC course Thursday, May 23, 2013, in the Digital Media studio in Walter Library.

What’s it take to make a MOOC? Hundreds of hours, no pay

Published May 29, 2013

  Chris Cramer didn’t sleep much last semester. The chemistry professor and four other University of Minnesota professors are volunteering hundreds of hours to teach free massive open online...

Capital plan moves forward despite state cuts

Published May 29, 2013

University of Minnesota administrators are adjusting their six-year capital improvement plan after facing cuts from the Legislature. Nearly two-thirds of the funding for the plan that comes from the Legislature...

Leg. proposes renters’ credit increase

Published May 8, 2013

Jasmine Hardin is living away from home for the first time this year, and while she enjoys living closer to school, making rent can be difficult. Hardin, a senior at the University of Minnesota, shares...

Schools look to U for more diverse teachers

Published May 1, 2013

A diversity gap exists among Minnesota teachers, and Twin Cities public schools have consistently looked to the University of Minnesota for help. More than 96 percent of the teachers in Minnesota were...

DREAM Act hits Senate floor today

Published May 1, 2013

A state Senate vote Wednesday could bring undocumented high school students one step closer to a more affordable college education. Currently, undocumented Minnesota students aren’t eligible for...

Loan interest could double

Published April 29, 2013

Students could pay more to borrow federal student loans as early as this summer if a deal isn’t reached in Congress.  Interest rates for Stafford loans — the most common type of federal...

Proposal would redistribute orchestra funds

Published April 16, 2013

  Jonathan Magness misses his family. He’s on the road, filling in as a violinist for the Philadelphia Orchestra while he waits for a deal to be made with the Minnesota Orchestra. “It’s...

U, state raise debt awareness

Published April 10, 2013

Debt is a widespread worry, but some — including college students — are hit harder than others. Last week, Gov. Mark Dayton declared April financial literacy month in Minnesota in an effort...

Dozens of pieces of wreckage from the old 35W bridge lay in storage Monday, April 1, 2013, at a MnDOT facility in Oakdale, Minn. The bridge collapsed during rush hour on Aug. 1, 2007, killing 13 people and injuring 145 more.

Bridge relics could find home at University

Published April 2, 2013

  Six years ago, the Interstate 35W bridge collapsed over the Mississippi River. Thirteen people died and about 100 were injured while steel and concrete beams lay strewn about the river and its banks. Now,...

Two proposals could help undocumented students

Published March 27, 2013

Two proposals at the state Capitol could make college cheaper for undocumented students in Minnesota. The proposed measures would allow undocumented students to pay in-state tuition at state colleges and...

Violence act includes campus safety laws

Published March 7, 2013

Federal legislation to be signed into law this week requires colleges to create prevention and education programs on sexual violence and assault for incoming students. Parts of the soon-to-be reauthorized...

Bipartisan bill would provide more work visas

Published February 27, 2013

  A bill moving through Congress could allow more international students to stay and work in the U.S. after graduation. For Mark Schneider, associate director of employment-based visas at the University’s...

Saint Paul woman’s body found in Columbia Heights impound lot

Published February 24, 2013

The body of an 18-year-old Saint Paul woman has been found hidden in a car that was towed to an impound lot in Columbia Heights, according to the Star Tribune. Though investigators are not releasing details...

Experts stress radon gas awareness

Published February 21, 2013

Andrew Gilbert wants Minnesotans to test for radon. A colorless, odorless and radioactive gas that comes from soil, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers in the United States, according...

Armed officers to move into public schools in Jordan, Minn

Published February 18, 2013

When NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre announced Operation School Shield, a program that would place officers in public schools, during a presentation in December last year, democrats were in...

Mpls. to expand car sharing

Published February 13, 2013

Minneapolis plans to implement a citywide car-sharing program in hopes of offering more convenient transportation options to residents and students this year. There are currently car-sharing companies...

Former chair holder of the Department of Womens Studies, Jacquelyn Zita, speaks during the 40th anniversary celebration of the Universitys Gender, Womens and Sexuality Studies program on Feb. 7, 2013, at the Regis Center for Art.

Gender, Women and Sexuality department celebrates 40 years

Published February 8, 2013

Students, graduates and faculty members gathered Thursday to celebrate the 40th anniversary of what’s now the Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies department. The department began in 1973 as a program...

Ride sharing apps are expanding, making waves

Published February 7, 2013

Need a Ride? There's an app for that. Several internet-based ride services have popped up over the last several years, which allow users to request a ride via their smart phones, but have some traditional...

Massive manhunt for ex-police officer underway in Los Angeles

Published February 7, 2013

Police in Los Angeles searched for an ex-officer who is connected with several attacks against officers in the area. The disgruntled ex-officer, Christopher Jordan Dorner is believed to have posted an...

Bike crash data shows problem areas

Published January 31, 2013

Earlier this month, the city of Minneapolis released the results of a 10-year bike-crash study that highlights problem areas around the city, including several spots around the University of Minnesota. The...

Controversial body-scanning machines will be removed from airports

Published January 26, 2013

The TSA announced earlier this month they would begin removing the 174 controversial body-scanning machines that populate 30 airports nationwide, according to the New York Times. The machines have been...

Tax rates rise for all in the new year

Published January 23, 2013

As students return back to work after winter break, many may be surprised to see their first paycheck of 2013 is slightly smaller. On Jan. 1, Congress passed the Taxpayer Relief Act, which will increase...

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