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All content by Jennifer Bissell

Total education costs vary by department

Published May 3, 2011

Originally, University of Minnesota senior Elliot Anderson thought he wanted to major in English. But after thinking about what kind of jobs heâÄôd realistically get, he started to second guess...

LRT construction will force buses off of Washington Ave., into Dinkytown

Published April 28, 2011

Once students leave campus for summer vacation, Dinkytown usually seems empty. But after May 14, the roads will feel anything but. As Central Corridor light-rail construction shuts down Washington Avenue...

The building that used to hold Harvard Market is demolished Monday in Stadium Village. A new apartment complex and a CVS pharmacy will replace the building.

Harvard Market demolition begins

Published April 26, 2011

The one-time home of Harvard Market, a 106-year-old campus institution, was demolished Monday to make room for new luxury apartments. Walking by the building mid-demolition, University of Minnesota sophomore...

The building that used to hold Harvard Market is demolished Monday in Stadium Village. A new apartment complex and a CVS pharmacy will replace the building.

Harvard Market demolished for apartments

Published April 25, 2011

Harvard Market, a 106-year-old institution on campus, was demolished Monday, making room for new luxury apartments. Traffic on Washington Avenue Southeast was cut down to one lane to extend the sidewalk...

Christine Bristal scopes up a dish for one of the last customers the Washington Avenue Ben and Jerry’s served on Friday, which was the final day the store was open.

Ben & Jerry’s closes, ending a nonprofit youth skills program

Published April 25, 2011

The Ben & JerryâÄôs ice cream shop on Washington Avenue closed Friday after 11 years on campus, ending the nonprofit training program behind the store as well. The shopâÄôs nonprofit...

U to celebrate sustainable transportation

Published April 20, 2011

The University of Minnesota is celebrating its 13th Beautiful U Day today, focusing on sustainable transportation. This yearâÄôs events will feature bicycle sales and tuneups, a transportation...

Bikers gear up for polo season

Published April 19, 2011

In south MinneapolisâÄô McRae Park, someone shouts from the sidelines of a tarred outdoor hockey rink, âÄúThree, two, one, polo!âÄù Six bikes on opposite ends of the rink rush to...

Pediatric cardiologist receives University’s highest degree

Published April 19, 2011

Cardiologist Devi Shetty received the University of MinnesotaâÄôs highest honor Tuesday, a Doctor of Laws degree. Shetty, an adjunct professor at the UniversityâÄôs Medical School, was...

Julia Merle-Smith moves a table in place at Hard Times Café on West Bank. The café is preparing to re-open after a vehicle drove through the side of the building last week.

Hard Times emerges from closure, with makeover

Published April 13, 2011

After closing its doors last week when a driver crashed into its outer wall, Hard Times Café will reopen Thursday, debuting some small renovations. Co-owner Julia Merle-Smith said the cooperative...

General manager Ray Gaves tweets about the daily special Saturday at the Big Ten on Washington Avenue. The golden gopher bar bird website uses local bars’ twitter feeds to help people know where they should go out for the night.

New website links users and bars

Published April 10, 2011

On Saturday night, Big 10 Restaurant and Bar reached out to its customers with a tweet. âÄúStop on in for 2-4-1âÄôs on anything in a pint glass from 9pm-midnight,âÄù the tweet said,...

Another quake hits Japan

Published April 7, 2011

A 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit northeast Japan Thursday, resulting in a tsunami warning. The aftershock was one of the strongest since the March 11 earthquake which killed 25,000 people. The recent quake...

Senate committee approves voter ID bill

Published April 7, 2011

A bill that would require a photo ID to vote was approved by the Minnesota Senate Transportation Committee Thursday. The committee passed the bill 8-4 and the House Government Finance Committee is scheduled...

Burrito shop to open in Stadium Village

Published April 7, 2011

A new burrito shop will be opening in Stadium Village next to Caribou Coffee in May. LeoâÄôs Burritos is a new take on the âÄúcafeteria lineâÄù burrito and will offer customers...

Tiny Footprint Coffee increases local footprint

Published April 5, 2011

Tiny Footprint Coffee is now being sold in Kowalski’s Markets in the Twin Cities. As the Daily wrote in September, Tiny Footprint is a carbon-negative coffee brand based in Minneapolis. For every pound...

Jimmy John’s employees and union supporters picket outside of the Cedar-Riverside Jimmy John’s Thursday.

Jimmy John’s union pickets

Published March 31, 2011

âÄúTurkey Tom, extra cheese. Watch out, IâÄôm about to sneeze.âÄù Roughly 25 Jimmy JohnâÄôs employees and union supporters picketed outside of the Cedar-Riverside Jimmy...

Apartments rise as vacancy stays flat

Apartments rise as vacancy stays flat

Published March 30, 2011

With five large apartment complexes gearing up for summer construction, it seems there is a clear demand for more housing around campus. Developers say that even after the buildings are completed, there...

Stadium Village LRT work roils area businesses

Published March 28, 2011

With any construction project comes dirt, noise, slow traffic and reduced parking. And as Central Corridor light-rail construction is scheduled to begin in May, Stadium Village businesses are disappointed...

Jimmy John’s fires seven workers over union signs

Published March 24, 2011

Seven core members of the Jimmy JohnâÄôs Workers Union were fired Tuesday and Wednesday from five Twin Cities locations for distributing hundreds of posters claiming that eating at Jimmy JohnâÄôs...

Customers are asked to leave Expresso Royale  after the barista announces its 11pm closing time on March 11. The Dinkytown café is struggling with the city licensing office to change the current permit restrictions.

Restaurants wait for shift in late-night hours licensing

Published March 23, 2011

Tensions are rising among businesses waiting out a city transition that would help shorten the time it takes them to get permission to stay open late, even though the purpose is to make the process easier. The...

Seven Jimmy John’s union workers fired

Published March 23, 2011

Seven core members of the Jimmy JohnâÄôs Workers Union were fired Tuesday and Wednesday from five Twin Cities locations for distributing hundreds of posters claiming that eating at Jimmy JohnâÄôs...

Antique barber tools line the wall around the scheduling calendar at Milo’s on 4th. Most of the tools are donations from customers over the years.

After 42 years in Dinkytown, Milo prepares for his ‘final cut’

Published March 21, 2011

After 42 years of cutting hair in Dinkytown, Milo David will be retiring at the end of the month. MiloâÄôs on Fourth barbershop has been a staple in the neighborhood for the past 20 years, housing...

Director of University Archives Elisabeth Kaplan opens a drawer of old photos and blueprints Friday afternoon in the storage level of Elmer L Anderson Library. The storage level is 90 feet below the surface where the temperature and humidity are controlled for preservation purposes.

Following the U’s paper trail

Published March 9, 2011

While at war with Japan in 1942, the United States forced thousands of Japanese-Americans into internment camps throughout the West. Writer Paul Taylor and photographer Dorothea Lange set out to document...

Converted into a theater from an old garage, the Oak Street Cinema has lost much of its original art deco renovations. Even its marquee sign has been extensively altered.

Housing set to upstage cinema

Published March 7, 2011

Another Doran Companies student-housing complex could replace the 95-year-old building that houses Oak Street Cinema in Stadium Village. Doran Companies has yet to purchase either the cinema or adjacent...

For glass blowers, an off-campus home

Published March 2, 2011

Jilli Braun gathers a collection of molten glass from a glowing vat heated to 2,100 degrees. She sits down with the luminous material to turn the rod itâÄôs attached to, centering its gravity into...

Bakery disappears from Dinkytown mall

Published February 28, 2011

Heading over to chat with the owner of Le CrazyTaste bakery in Dinkytown earlier this month, Bader Mohsen said he was puzzled to find the Dinkytown bakery suddenly vacant. âÄúEverything that wasnâÄôt...

Owner Bill Biermaier looks through books Wednesday in the basement of Biermaier. Biermaier is retiring after running his business for over forty years and still has roughly 50,000 books left to sell.

Biermaier’s Books enters final chapter

Published February 24, 2011

Een Boek. Bir Kitap. Um Livro. As its window signs suggest in more than 50 different languages, BiermaierâÄôs Books will be closing Monday with its biggest discount yet âÄî a buck a book. Known...

Frozen yogurt shop fills hall’s retail openings

Frozen yogurt shop fills hall’s retail openings

Published February 21, 2011

Even though plenty of snow fell on Minneapolis this weekend, entrepreneur Bill Marker is already preparing to cool down Dinkytown for the summer. In late March, Marker will open Chilly BillyâÄôs,...

National Export Initiative tour starts at NcNamara Alumni Center

Published February 18, 2011

In an effort to help small businesses increase their exports, the National Export Initiative kicked off its 11-month tour Thursday at the McNamara Alumni Center. The tour is a part of the President Barack...

Bruininks receives “Champion for Children” award

Published February 17, 2011

The Minnesota Elementary School PrincipalsâÄô Association awarded University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks the âÄúChampion for ChildrenâÄù award last week. The award was...

Secrets Fashion Agency owner and senior Angel Yang, center, models Frances Zerr’s designs, for photographer Wynona Grey, left, on Sunday in Calhoun Square. The one year-old agency consist of stylists who work to bridge the gap between designers and consumers in the Minneapolis area.

From London to Uptown: A fashion infatuation

Published February 14, 2011

University of Minnesota senior Angel Yang has a hunger for fashion. She models, writes a style blog, has interned in London with United Clothing and now has her own agency, Secrets. âÄúWeâÄôre...

Jong Woutat works on glueing cracks in a violin Tuesday in the Violin Making, Restoration and Repair office located in the University Technology Center. Along with violins, the repair office also works with cellos and violas and has been operating out of the Center for over a year.

The U-Tech Incubator

Published February 9, 2011

DinkytownâÄôs U-Tech building, formally known as the University Technology Center, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year as a small business incubator. The three-story space is home to...

Google gives aid to Riverside Plaza

Published February 7, 2011

In a new effort to provide affordable housing, Google has invested about $28 million in tax credits to help renovate the Riverside Plaza apartments. The money will help fund the housing developmentâÄôs...

U tackles social network intricacies

Published February 3, 2011

While social media is often used haphazardly, one University of Minnesota computer science team has developed a model that takes a closer look at the intricacies and relationships it shows. The research...

GRE to change drastically

Published February 3, 2011

Students interested in applying to graduate school next fall, may want to consider taking the GRE sooner. Starting Aug. 1 the test will feature new types of questions, a different scoring method and slower...

Senior VP Sullivan to step down

Published February 3, 2011

After serving as senior vice president for academic affairs at the University of Minnesota for seven years, Provost Tom Sullivan will be stepping down at the end of 2011. Sullivan said he plans to return...

City sends ice rinks into overtime

Published February 3, 2011

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is extending its ice rink season due to the cold weather forecasts for February. The season will be last until March 6 âÄî two weeks longer than originally...

Man about Dinkytown

Man about Dinkytown

Published January 27, 2011

Surrounded by hundreds of glass pipes behind display cases, 22-year-old Jay Rod unloads the pipes heâÄôs made onto the head shopâÄôs counter. Rod has been blowing glass for almost two years...

Assistant Manager Dana Kabitzki takes a cigarette break Saturday outside the Harvard Market in Stadium Village.  The corner store will close after 106 years of operation on campus.

Harvard Market closes after 106 years

Published January 24, 2011

After 106 years on campus, Harvard Market is closing at midnight today to make room for a new luxury apartment project. The incoming complex will include a CVS/pharmacy, but until that opens in August...

Senior Nick DeLeo delivers the Monsters energy drink on Wednesday to Omega Nu Alpha. Nick promotes Monsters products by giving them out at the parties hosted by the fraternity.

From Twizzlers to Tron, students rep their favorite brands for cash

Published January 20, 2011

Whether itâÄôs wearing a logo, listening to an iPod or simply recommending a new restaurant, people advertise their favorite brands every day. But some students have found a way to get paid for...

Jimmy John’s employee and union member Ayo Collins returns to work after delivering a sandwich on Saturday in Minneapolis. The results of the Oct. 22 Jimmy John’s union election were nullified in a settlement by the National Labor Relations Board on Jan. 10.

Labor board nullifies workers union vote

Published January 18, 2011

The results of the Oct. 22 Jimmy JohnâÄôs union election were nullified in a settlement by the National Labor Relations Board on Jan. 10. The settlement was in response to a 12-page objection letter...

Jimmy John’s union election results nullified

Published January 11, 2011

The results of the Oct. 22 Jimmy John’s union election were nullified Monday by the National Labor Relations Board, according to an IWW Jimmy John’s Workers Union press release. The NLRB’s action...

University of Minnesota freshman Chance Ovik, left, Hamline freshman Derek Lutz, center, and St. Thomas freshman Devin Braatz prepare their campsite on Saturday outside Buffalo Wild Wings.  The three stayed until the new restaurant’s grand Monday morning.

Students camp out amid blizzard for free wings

Published December 13, 2010

Buffalo Wild Wings Grill and Bar opened its campus location Monday, giving away a yearâÄôs worth of free wings to the first 100 customers. More than 150 people lined up for the Monday morning deal,...

New snow emergency declared through Wednesday

Published December 13, 2010

Minneapolis declared a new snow emergency Monday to continue plowing efforts from the previous emergency, which started Saturday. After 9 p.m. Monday, there is to be no parking on either side of snow emergency...

More Stadium Village apartments planned

Published December 13, 2010

Construction for a new apartment complex in Stadium Village on the University of Minnesota campus will began February with the demolition of two buildings, including Harvard Market, on Washington Avenue...

Ugg targets men as new consumers

Ugg targets men as new consumers

Published December 7, 2010

After 12 consecutive years of double-digit sales growth, Ugg Australia is shifting the marketing of its famous fuzzy boots to a less-than-likely market: men. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady ...

Stadium Village apts. to replace polluted ground

Published December 6, 2010

What was once polluted ground will soon be the foundation for a new green apartment complex in Stadium Village. Before 1890, land at the intersection of Delaware Street Southeast and Huron Boulevard âÄî...

Students head online for cash

Published December 1, 2010

Making calls and new listings between classes, University of Minnesota junior Rachel Eyrich has made quite the business for herself on Craigslist. The pre-veterinary medicine student makes roughly $600...

U veterinary hospital opens new trauma center

Published November 29, 2010

After being stabbed several times while on the job in early November, a Roseville Police Department dog was transported to the University of MinnesotaâÄôs new Animal Trauma Center. "He was really...

Collective to open space for public

Published November 23, 2010

With free places to meet limited mostly to libraries and parks, members of an anti-authoritarian collective plan to create an open space in Minneapolis where anyone can meet, learn and hang out. The organizers...

Jie Hye, a Univeristy of Minnesota student in the English as a Second Language Program, shops for books on Monday in Coffman Bookstore.  Soon we may start to see more people buying electronic versions of their textbooks and less people in buying the paper versions.

University alumni create digital textbook reader

Published November 18, 2010

StudentsâÄô dreams of walking to class without carrying heavy textbooks are starting to come to fruition. University of Minnesota students havenâÄôt been quick to embrace eBooks or the...

U Alumna’s website pairs small businesses with backers

Published November 16, 2010

University of Minnesota alumna Sally Outlaw is a self-described âÄúentrepreneurship addict.âÄù Since graduating from the University in the 1980s, Outlaw has worked a number of film and...

Cummings Books to close in December

Published November 15, 2010

With his father being the "Johnny Appleseed of bookstores," Jim Cummings is no stranger to books. Growing up, he watched his father start bookstores in Wayzata, Stillwater and Minneapolis, and in high...

The Jimmy Johns on Oak Street prepares for the evening rush on Wednesday afternoon.

Sandwich shop union waits for ruling over labor claim

Published November 11, 2010

Losing by only two votes in the union election Oct. 22, the Jimmy JohnâÄôs Workers Union is continuing its fight for âÄúbasic fairness on the job.âÄù It will submit a condensed...

Augsburg freshman Maia LeClair, left, Lauren Windhorst, center, Hannah Walsh, front right, and Katelyn Danelski, back right, meet for lunch Saturday at St. Martin’s Table on the West Bank.  The non-profit bookstore and vegetarian café is closing on December 16 after 26 years in its current location.

St. Martin’s Table to close in December

Published November 9, 2010

After 26 years on the West Bank, St. MartinâÄôs Table will be closing Dec. 16, due primarily to financial hardship. Peace activists and progressive church members have gathered at the nonprofit...

Teen interest in gaming on decline

Published November 4, 2010

Call of Duty: Black Ops, the latest in a popular video game series, is coming out next week. Though its release is highly anticipated, the game may not sell as well to teenagers as previous offerings in...

Israel Romero, employee of Afro Deli & Coffee works the grill on Friday at the West Bank area deli.

Afro Deli & Coffee shop opens on the West Bank

Published November 2, 2010

At the intersection of multiple cultures and two college campuses, a deli aiming to integrate the differences had its grand opening Saturday. Afro Deli & Coffee, located on the outskirts of the West...

Man shot while driving down University Avenue Southeast

Published October 28, 2010

A man driving down University Avenue Southeast was shot in the head from a passing vehicle at approximately 6:15 p.m. Wednesday. The victim was driving three passengers east near the Interstate 35W Bridge...

Advertising and design senior Chad Olsen explains his company OMG Agency’s new smart phone application outside of Blarney Pub and Grill in Dinkytown last Tuesday.  Olsen is the chief executive officer of the new advertising company that specializes in social media.  The new application, still in production, will provide users with location-based coupons, similar to the groupon idea.  Blarney Pub and Grill is one of their clients to agree to offer food and drink deals though the application when it goes public.

Phone app flaunts campus deals

Published October 26, 2010

A student-run advertising agency will be launching a beta phone application next week featuring deals and coupons for Dinkytown, Stadium Village and West Bank businesses. The application, called Byme,...

Minneapolis Fire Department enters Vincent Hall to inspect a possible gas leak, Monday.

False alarm causes evacuation

Published October 26, 2010

The Minneapolis Fire Department evacuated Vincent Hall and parts of Murphy Hall around 12:30 p.m. Monday for roughly 30 minutes after receiving a report of a gas smell in Vincent Hall. The fire department...

Survey shows teens’ shopping habits

Published October 25, 2010

Valerie Streif, a University of Minnesota post-secondary student from Wayzata, goes shopping about once every two months âÄî a significant cutback from when she was younger. "When I was in middle...

Minneapolis Fire Department enters Vincent Hall to inspect a possible gas leak, Monday.

Murphy and Vincent halls evacuated over reported gas leak

Published October 25, 2010

The Minneapolis Fire Department evacuated Vincent Hall and parts of Murphy Hall around 12:30 Monday for roughly 30 minutes after receiving a report of a gas leak. The fire department searched building...

Davis Ritsema hugs David Boehnke after hearing the results of a vote held Friday in Block E in downtown Minneapolis. Employees from 10 Jimmy John’s franchises voted 87 to 85 against unionizing their workforce.

Unionization vote a close call

Published October 22, 2010

Employees at a Minneapolis Jimmy JohnâÄôs franchise voted against unionization by just two votes Friday in a National Labor Relations Board election. Had the vote passed, Rob and Mike Mulligan,...

Lawsuit may force partial Ticketmaster fee refunds

Published October 18, 2010

Those who bought tickets from Ticketmaster.com in approximately the past 10 years may have a chance to have a portion of the price refunded. A class-action lawsuit will determine if TicketmasterâÄôs...

Freez, right, and DJ Frey perform at Downtime Bar and Grill in Dinkytown on Saturday. Downtime will reduce its late-night music performances because of their impact on new renters in the Dinkydome building.

Downtime pulls plug on school-night rock

Published October 14, 2010

In response to noise complaints from residents at Dinkydome Lofts, Downtime Bar and Grill will no longer be playing loud rock shows on weeknights. "WeâÄôd like to maintain a good relationship with...

Employee Staci Caldow processes a credit card Friday afternoon at House of Hanson.

Credit card swipe fees under attack

Published October 12, 2010

Paying $2,000 a month on âÄúswipe feesâÄù to credit card companies, House of Hanson owner Laurel Bauer said it can be expensive for the Dinkytown grocery store to accept payments via credit...

Jimmy John’s employees to vote on unionization

Published October 11, 2010

Local Jimmy JohnâÄôs employees are taking one more step toward making their union official. The National Labor Relations Board will be conducting a union election Oct. 22 for the employees of a...

Josh Ludwig safely leads his fellow zombies across the street Saturday night at Seven Corners.

Night of the living dead

Published October 11, 2010

The Minneapolis zombie population awoke from their graves Saturday for the sixth annual Zombie Pub Crawl. Gorging themselves on beer and brains, the zombies staggered into bars along Washington Avenue...

Jimmy John’s employees to vote on unionization

Published October 8, 2010

The National Labor Relations Board will be conducting a union election Oct. 22 for the employees of a Minneapolis Jimmy JohnâÄôs franchise, where roughly 200 employees will vote. If the...

Chandrashaker Bhagwandin dumps a load of road material from the Central Corridor construction site in Inver Grove Heights on Tuesday.

City to bolster contracting with minority groups

Published October 6, 2010

Despite MinneapolisâÄô commitment to contract with minority- and women-owned businesses, the city ranks the second worst out of the 50 largest cities in the United States in that metric, according...

Finance and non-profit management senior Roxy Dreyer (left) and Spanish and anthropology senior Trisha Netsch, (right) purchase coffee from barista Jason Buckendorf Sunday at Hard Times Café.

Coffee bean prices hit decade high

Published October 4, 2010

The global price of coffee is the highest it has been for 12 years, according to the International Coffee Organization. Prices have jumped from 64 cents per pound in 2000 to 89 cents in 2005 and most recently...

Kevin Larson operates the roaster for Tiny Footprint in Brooklyn Park on Monday afternoon. As the coffee beans come out of the roaster they are mixed in the tray to cool off and prevent burning.

U grad grinds coffee, offsets carbon

Published September 29, 2010

Working more than 100 hours a week and sometimes until 3 a.m., Kyle Meehan said he didnâÄôt last long in investment banking. After graduating with a dual degree in finance and entrepreneurship...

A bakery and a burger joint to open in Dinkytown

Published September 28, 2010

Five Guys Burgers and Fries originally formed in 1986 when the parents of four brothers told their sons to either start a business or go to college. Twenty years and another brother later, the business...

Baldy’s BBQ moves to West Bank

Published September 23, 2010

After 500 man-hours of cleaning and repainting, Baldy’s BBQ has opened on the West Bank in place of the K-Wok Asian restaurant. Baldy’s BBQ, specializing in pulled pork, brisket and ribs, will...

Hit-and-run turns fatal

Published September 23, 2010

Ethan Johnson, a research associate in the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics, died early Tuesday. He was 37. Johnson died after the car he was in was struck in a hit-and-run...

Osseo High School junior Jordan Limmer, left, waits along with his father, Warren Limmer, center, as Needle Doctor employee Matthew Randall checks the speed of their turntable Friday at the store.  The Warrens made the drive from Maple Grove to the Dinkytown for the visit.

Needle Doctor is leaving Dinkytown

Published September 21, 2010

After 30 years in Dinkytown, Jerry Raskin’s Needle Doctor is packing up Friday to move to a bigger location in St. Louis Park. With only a small storage space and more than 90 percent of its sales...

Verizon wireless service comes to Dinkytown

Published September 16, 2010

A Verizon Wireless premium retailer will open in Dinkytown in mid-October, making it the closest cell phone provider location to campus. Mobile Generations, an independently owned business, is not a corporate...

Pong Yun Kim scrubs the stove Sunday morning at the Kimchi Tofu House.  The Korean style restaurant is located on Oak Street and Washington Avenue.

Tofu restaurant finds home near U

Published September 13, 2010

Korean restaurant Kimchi Tofu House moved into Stadium Village last month, making it the fifth restaurant in three years to occupy its Oak Street Southeast building. Located between Chipotle and the Oak...

Restaurants abuzz in Stadium Village

Published September 10, 2010

Buffalo Wild Wings Grill and Bar Buffalo Wild Wings began construction Wednesday for its new restaurant in the historic Station 19 building, across from TCF Bank Stadium. The Minneapolis City Council approved...

Recycled clothing boutique to close

Published September 9, 2010

Used clothing store Everyday People in Dinkytown will close Sept. 28 after 13 years of operation. Liza Youngscap and Kitty Van Hofwegan, the two sisters who own the store and two others in Uptown and St....

Business booms with the return of students

Business booms with the return of students

Published September 8, 2010

Crowding into a fenced-off tailgate party, University of Minnesota first-year students waited under brightly lit canopies for Target employees to open the gates to the store’s after-hours shopping...

Davis Ritsema mounts his bike during a protest on Saturday in Minneapolis. Employees from a Minneapolis Jimmy John’s franchise formed a nationwide union to fight for better working conditions.

Minneapolis Jimmy John’s workers picket, form union

Published September 7, 2010

Employees from Minneapolis Jimmy John’s sandwich shops formed a labor union Thursday to fight for better working conditions, and this week their cause is going national. Minneapolis franchise owners...

Flanking on the political fringe

Published May 3, 2010

We are living in an era of polarized politics. Whenever something goes wrong, thereâÄôs a finger pointed. Whenever something goes right, there is another finger pointed somewhere else. Now these...

Save the Earth, save the nation

Published April 21, 2010

Thursday marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, an effort to improve public health and the environment worldwide. Since the inception of this day, the quality of air, water and land has significantly...

The assassination of civil liberties

Published April 14, 2010

Believe it or not, Democratic President Barack Obama has done little to loosen the chokehold on our nationâÄôs civil liberties in the wake of Sept. 11. After the terrorist attack, the Bush administration...

Health reform made relevant

Published April 4, 2010

As a young adult, itâÄôs hard to find a job these days âÄî even harder can be finding health insurance. Often, job-based coverage is not offered for young adults as they start their careers...

Pawlenty’s tax policy ignores budget realities

Published March 1, 2010

Tough economic times bring tough economic decisions, and MinnesotaâÄôs $1.2 billion budget deficit is no exception. In order to resolve these issues, Gov. Tim Pawlenty has made drastic and deep...

Terrorism’s defining moment

Published February 24, 2010

Last week a man flew a small private plane into an Austin, Texas, Internal Revenue Service building, demonstrating a growing brand of terrorism within the United States. An online manifesto written by...

Gophers still dig coal despite being so green

Published February 14, 2010

ItâÄôs a sunny, fall day and youâÄôre touring the University of Minnesota. YouâÄôre thinking about applying there next year. You stop at the intersection on the edge of campus by...

Obama to lend students a hand

Published February 4, 2010

President Barack Obama has announced a proposal to increase college affordability in attempt to placate students, who have been graduating from college with ever deeper piles of debt. A $10,000 tax credit...

Financial reform: Too big to fail

Published January 27, 2010

âÄúNever again will the American taxpayer be held hostage by a bank that is too big to fail.âÄù These words, announced by President Barack Obama in a Jan. 21 speech, mark the beginning...

Obama’s widening war

Published December 9, 2009

As President Barack Obama orders an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan, I am reminded of the words he spoke in October 2007. âÄúI will promise you this, that if we have not gotten our troops...

What to do with Sarah Palin?

Published November 29, 2009

Allow me to refresh your memory on Sarah Palin, using her own words: âÄúThatâÄôs why I say I, like every American IâÄôm speaking with, weâÄôre ill about this position that...

Inclusive roads way of future

Published November 18, 2009

Historically, it had been said that the streets of America were paved with gold. If this were the case today, Yogi Berra would have made an excellent economic-recovery plan when he said, âÄúWhen...

Michelle Obama’s propagating health

Published November 12, 2009

Michelle Obama is beautiful, both inside and out. She leads by example, has style, wit, grace and intelligence. With the anniversary of her husbandâÄôs election, there is much to acknowledge and...

Hey advertisers, ‘L’Eggo my ego!’

Published November 4, 2009

Whether youâÄôve seen them towering above freeways or whizzing along on the broadside of city buses, the ads of the Mall of AmericaâÄôs fall campaign have been catching attention. In one,...

The Glenn Beck conundrum

Published October 28, 2009

âÄúLOVE YOU GLENN BECK!!! You always tell the cold harsh truth. Keep shedding light in the dark corners that Washington elected officials want to keep hidden. Continue to show us how ObamaâÄôs...

Discrimination on the front lines

Published October 18, 2009

âÄúAre we a nation that can transcend old attitudes and worn divides? Can we embrace our differences and look to the hopes and dreams we share? Will we uphold the ideals on which this nation was...

World Sight Day illuminates humanity’s blindness

Published October 8, 2009

French archaeologist Paul Veyne struck proverbial gold when he quipped, âÄúWhen one does not see what one does not see, one does not even see that one is blind.âÄù In the spirit of enlightenment...

Let’s be honest about greek life

Published October 4, 2009

It concerns me that sorority recruitment is at the highest it has ever been, both at the University of Minnesota and at the national level. I have no doubt that being involved in greek life is fun. Greeks...