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Women’s crew on board for varsity

May 10, 1999

In a move officials believe will make University athletics the most gender-equal in the Big Ten, University President Mark Yudof on Friday announced women's rowing will become a varsity sport in fall 2000. The...

Carlson recommends

November 18, 1998

Funding higher education must remain a priority to keep the state's economy viable, Gov. Arne Carlson told the Minneapolis Downtown Council at their annual meeting on Tuesday. Although Carlson spoke to...

Adventure into the Freshman Zone

August 24, 1998

You are about to enter another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land of imagination. Next stop, the Freshman Zone. 12:35 a.m. Tuesday, Sept....

Aid offices

August 24, 1998

While the very words "financial aid" can strike confused fear into the hearts of freshmen and upper-classmen alike, don't despair. The puzzle does have a solution. The percentage of students who collect...

Forum focuses on

August 21, 1998

In a rare public forum, the Minneapolis Women's Club will host a dinner and reception Wednesday to celebrate the 78th anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment. On Aug. 26, 1920, women were officially...

Regents boost

July 13, 1998

If the expectations are as high as the pay, Mark Yudof has his work cut out for him. The Board of Regents on Friday announced a three-year contract for the University president, which will include a $50,000...

Carlson puts feelers

July 8, 1998

Gov. Arne Carlson said this week in a WCCO radio interview he'd like to arrange a group of citizens to discuss the possibility of building a new outdoor football stadium. The Gophers would play at the...

Budget request, renovations top Yudof’s first year

July 1, 1998

One down, an undetermined amount to go. It's been exactly one year since Texas transplant Mark Yudof took over the helm as University president from his predecessor Nils Hasselmo. So far, about the only...

Humphrey’s

June 24, 1998

Though it's been 50 years since his pivotal civil rights speech, much of Hubert H. Humphrey's message still rings true today, speakers said Tuesday. More than 300 people attended a dinner and reception...

Reporter passes as bride candidate

June 16, 1998

Editor's note: Reporter Jennifer Niemela went undercover as a candidate in David Weinlick's bride search to examine the selection process from the inside. This article reflects her experiences as she observed...

Employees surrender pagers in satellite failure

May 21, 1998

A communication satellite careening off course showed that society's dependence on modern technology has reached cosmic proportions. Thousands of pagers across the University campus were silent Wednesday...

U looks at ethics of Burmese divestment

May 14, 1998

University officials supported a resolution Thursday ensuring the University won't reinvest in Total Oil Company until a democratic government is reestablished in Burma or until the company suspends operations...

Maya Angelou

May 11, 1998

Wearing a vibrant yellow suit that fairly glowed in the dim hall, Maya Angelou hypnotized more than 2,400 luncheon-goers Friday afternoon at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Espousing a message of economic...

Caller ID is key to dating

March 15, 1998

All Stu D. Lee wanted was one date for Saturday night. Instead, after giving his phone number to an estimated 50 women at Ladies' Night at BW-3 in Dinkytown, Lee received a barrage of phone calls from...

Makeshift robots invade Coffman

March 12, 1998

With a bunch of cardboard, some two-liter plastic pop bottles and a matchbox car, Neil Nye built a robot. Nye, an Institute of Technology student in Mechanical Engineering 1012, presented Wasteland,...

Man’s conviction plays a part in victim’s healing

March 9, 1998

Editor's note: The full names of some people in this story are withheld to protect the victims' privacy and safety. Clara hasn't had a good night's sleep in almost 15 months. However, Antonio Burton's...

Construction didn’t bind Dinkytown used bookstores

February 17, 1998

In Dinkytown, paper is stronger than concrete. Four small used bookstores in Dinkytown continue to thrive within a four-block area despite last year's road construction that forced some national franchises...

Faculty Senate OKs tenure plan

June 6, 1997

University faculty and administrators could bury the hatchet within a week now that the faculty senate overwhelmingly approved a compromise tenure code Thursday. The code is expected to get Board of Regents...

U community reflects on McVeigh trial, verdict

June 3, 1997

Although it occurred more than two years ago and 700 miles away, the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah building in Oklahoma City stirred reaction at the University when Timothy McVeigh was found guilty...

Historian gets elite fellowship

May 30, 1997

When history professor Allen Isaacman studied at a Harlem college in the 1960s, he was told that there was no room for African-American studies in American universities. Today, Isaacman teaches African...

Committee wants to streamline paperwork on personnel issues

May 22, 1997

For almost 13 years, granting promotions and raises to University civil service and union workers has required hours of paperwork and caused no end of headaches for supervisors. All that might change...

U workers divided on rejoining former union

May 19, 1997

Former University Hospital workers, now at Fairview-University Medical Center, gave the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees a split decision in balloting last week. Two of the...

Union comes back to work at Med Center

May 16, 1997

After almost five months on their own, former University workers at Fairview-University Medical Center voted to renew their severed ties to the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. By...

Voting on union begins today

May 14, 1997

Voting begins today for former University employees at Fairview-University Medical Center to determine whether a union will survive the hospital's privatization. About 1,300 former American Federation...

PSO rallies for tuition freeze

May 12, 1997

The Progressive Student Organization staged a rally Friday in front of Morrill Hall to protest rising tuition rates at the University. The rally, which attracted about 15 people, was intended to protest...

Professional workers soundly reject unionization

May 8, 1997

Union advocates saw their four-year campaign for collective bargaining for University professional workers routed Wednesday. By a count of 651 to 932, professional workers voted not to join Council 6...

Professional workers wrap up voting on union

May 6, 1997

Today marks the last day of voting in the University professional workers' union election, with ballots in the mail-in vote due at the state Bureau of Mediation Services by 4:30 this afternoon. The ballots,...

Animal’s mishap causes power outage

May 2, 1997

A raccoon caused some inconvenience for students Thursday morning when it short-circuited a transformer that serves a large area of southeast Minneapolis, triggering a blackout. At about 4 a.m., almost...

U chef manager aids flood relief

April 29, 1997

Despite the University's reputation for bureaucratic nightmares, it took only four days for University Chef Manager Steve Bouley's flood-relief idea to become two truckloads of charitable action. Bouley...

Finding Family History

April 28, 1997

In Finnish, my last name means, "peninsula." The NiemelÑ side of my family hails from the northeastern part of Finland, which is striped by narrow lakes that mark an ancient glacial path. I imagine my...

CLA faculty brainstorms ideas for future

April 24, 1997

When he became the dean of the College of Liberal Arts in October, Steven Rosenstone promised to engage his college's professors as partners in shaping CLA's future. He began to fulfill that promise Wednesday,...

Senate to vote on faculty code

April 18, 1997

The University's sexual harassment code could undergo revisions if the University Senate adopts a plan introduced Thursday at its monthly meeting. The revisions, which were introduced by the Sexual Harassment...

Tax day: Students face another kind of deadline

April 15, 1997

Hours away from the midnight Tuesday deadline for filing federal and state taxes, University students prepared for the annual accounting. Dan Onchuck, a College of Liberal Arts freshman, said his parents...

Professionals to vote on union

April 14, 1997

A poster in Folwell Hall, with a picture of smiling, unionized musicians from the Minnesota Orchestra, sums up the challenges facing pro-union civil service professionals. A caption superimposed over...

On eve of election, union campaign ends

April 11, 1997

After three years of campaigning for a union, the professional civil service workers' collective bargaining drive is coming to an end. The American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees...

Professional workers will vote on union

April 8, 1997

A state office will begin sending union election ballots to University professional workers on Monday, kicking off a three-week mail-in election. The ballot will ask professional workers if they want...

Changes imperil foreign scholars

March 14, 1997

New regulations could summarily force international students and faculty members to leave the country if they allow their visas to expire. The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act...

Union wants better work conditions

March 12, 1997

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees on Tuesday began their biennial contract negotiations with the University. The union, which represents 2,800 clerical and 1,200 technical...

Campus is not as safe for night-class students

March 12, 1997

University student L.O. knows about campus crime. The College of Liberal Arts junior, who requested that her real name be withheld to protect her identity, was riding her bike home from an extension class...

Residential College: the ‘best of both worlds’

March 6, 1997

Still a new program, Residential College invokes some of the oldest traditions in academia; administrators call the college a vision for the University's future. Perhaps one of the most successful new...

Union is the goal for University professionals

February 28, 1997

While University faculty members spent much of the past year involved in a controversial union drive, a collective bargaining effort among University civil service workers gained momentum. And with a...

Groups withdraw objections to vote

February 25, 1997

At the request of faculty groups, state mediators on Friday dismissed complaints about the Academic Health Center's November union vote. The American Association of University Professors and the University...

Web site aids new curricula change

February 21, 1997

Although the University won't convert to semesters until fall quarter 1999, academic departments are already beginning to prepare for the switch by changing classes and curricula. To help coordinate the...

Lessons from theunion drive

February 18, 1997

Leaders of the faculty union drive that failed in an election last week blame their loss on an inability to persuade engineering professors to vote for the union. University Faculty Alliance Chairman...

Then again, maybe not

February 13, 1997

By only 26 votes, University faculty members voted not to become the only leading research institution in the nation to have a unionized faculty. The drive for a faculty union, which began last spring...

High turnout and low friction at union polls

February 12, 1997

Handwritten signs directed professors into the hushed rooms where they were to vote on the first of two days of balloting in the faculty union elections. Election observers quickly compared names and...

Professors head to the polls today

February 11, 1997

Voting begins today in faculty union elections that will determine whether the University will become the nation's largest unionized institution of higher learning. University faculty members will be...

On the last lap

February 10, 1997

The last weekend of campaigning before the faculty union election saw prominent defections from the cause as union advocates made their final push to persuade professors to vote "yes" to collective bargaining. The...

Faculty union vote: three strikes and out?

February 10, 1997

Tuesday and Wednesday's faculty union elections mark the decisive battle in a yearlong war between professors and the Board of Regents over the future of tenure at the University. The tenure code the...

AAUP gives view on tenure reform

February 4, 1997

With just one week left before a faculty union vote, the American Association of University Professors is bringing its national leadership to bear on the University. AAUP General Secretary Mary Burgan...

Faculty, regents to consult on tenure

February 3, 1997

The Board of Regents agreed to a faculty offer to discuss tenure Friday before union elections take place next week. The offer, included in a Jan. 9 letter to the board from members of the Faculty Consultative...

American Indian studies may regain tenured faculty

January 30, 1997

After nearly two decades in the academic wilderness, the Department of American Indian Studies stands poised to regain tenured faculty, a status the department lost in 1980. The department will gain a...

Astronomy department chairman gives up post

January 29, 1997

The year Tom Jones retired will be remembered for more than the change in chairmanship in the Department of Astronomy. This year marks the department's centennial. The department broke away in 1897 from...

Date of union vote is set

January 24, 1997

The state set a date for the faculty union election. On Feb. 11 and 12, the remaining University faculty members will vote on whether or not to unionize. Josh Tilsen, the Bureau of Mediation Services...

Payroll change is intended to increase efficiency

January 17, 1997

University employees have to deal with a 10-day delay in payroll this year. For many, this may seem like a hardship. For Christine Kim, the compulsory change in payroll scheduling is a welcome relief. Currently,...

Talks won’t deter union proponents

January 16, 1997

Although the Board of Regents and faculty groups might resume tenure negotiations, the drive for a union will go on. "The faculty needs a legal voice," said Tom Walsh, co-founder of the University Faculty...

Union drive may not stop for years

January 16, 1997

If the faculty does not vote in favor of a union in February, they can expect another union drive in a few years. The current unionization attempt is the third in two decades. The first two attempts,...

Faculty overture welcomed

January 10, 1997

Members of the Board of Regents say they are willing to talk about talking about tenure. The Faculty Consultative Committee and the American Association of University Professors are sending the board...

Faculty and regents might talk tenure

January 9, 1997

A letter sent today might be the beginning of the end of the tenure controversy. The Faculty Consultative Committee, together with the American Association of University Professors, will send the Board...