The Minnesota Daily

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A hero of a horse at the Large Animal Hospital helps out others in need

August 17, 2005

Few creatures earn their keep as a full-time blood donor. But staff and faculty members at the University's Large Animal Hospital said the job is perfectly suited to a 1,800-pound Belgian draft horse that...

U researchers publish results of seven-year bone marrow study

August 10, 2005

The results from one of the largest studies to date of patients undergoing bone marrow transplantation from unrelated donors were published Aug. 2. The study, led by University researchers along with 16...

U transmits HIV into human tissues

August 10, 2005

University researchers announced Monday they have successfully transmitted HIV into human tissues in the laboratory. The reconstruction of sexual transmission has not been achieved previously in human...

U prof stresses planning for flu

August 3, 2005

University professor Michael Osterholm has spent his career raising awareness of public health preparedness, particularly in the area of pandemic influenzas in recent years. Osterholm, who is also the...

U exits faith, health group

July 27, 2005

The University withdrew from the Minnesota Faith Health Consortium this month after being sued by a Wisconsin-based group that promotes the separation of church and state. The consortium is made up of...

U discovery could boost treatment for Alzheimer’s

July 20, 2005

Hope for those suffering from Alzheimer's disease could be closer than previously thought. Researchers at the University reversed memory loss in mice with significant brain degeneration for the first time,...

Dental School gives care to migrant workers’ children

July 20, 2005

Andrea Ramirez, 9, found out last week that she is dangerously close to having her first cavity. She received her checkup from the Dental School residents, students, faculty members and staff members....

University’s solar car ready to roll

July 12, 2005

The battle for solar supremacy will be decided on the open road this summer. The University's Solar Vehicle Project Team is days away from the 2005 North American Solar Challenge, a 2,500-mile race from...

Regents approve reciprocity change

July 12, 2005

Tuition for some professional programs is set to increase for the majority of students from North Dakota in fall 2006. Newly negotiated changes in the tuition reciprocity agreement between Minnesota and...

U gets patients for facial surgeries

July 6, 2005

Victims of disfiguring oral and facial injuries and medical conditions are finding some relief in Moos Tower, thanks to work being done in the University's Maxillofacial Prosthodontics Clinic. Dr. Beth...

Concerns regarding toxic shock syndrome on the rise

June 29, 2005

Concern over toxic shock syndrome is higher than it has been since the 1980s, according to a study released by a group of University researchers. The study shows that toxic shock syndrome cases reported...

U, Belgium form stem cell partnership

June 22, 2005

The University's stem cell research became an international affair Thursday at the McGuire Translational Research Facility. Leaders from the University and the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium...

Study examines researchers’ practices

June 15, 2005

The integrity of scientific research across the nation might be questionable, according to a study by Minnesota researchers. Roughly one-third of researchers polled admitted to engaging in questionable...

U officials unveil 37M medical esearch facility

June 15, 2005

University officials opened a new $37 million research facility Tuesday, where researchers will study global health threats such as tuberculosis, HIV, heart disease, Parkinson's disease and spinal cord...

University’s Medical School graduates first Somali student

June 8, 2005

When civil war broke out in Somalia, Mohamed Ibrahim felt he lost his only chance of going to medical school in his home country. More than a decade later, Ibrahim is half a world away and is accomplishing...

University researcher who linked smoking to cancer dies at age 92

June 8, 2005

Dr. Leonard Schuman, a University professor emeritus and researcher, died May 31 from complications to a heart attack he suffered in mid-May. He was 92. Schuman served on the U.S. Surgeon General's Committee...

University police receive motorcycle certification

June 1, 2005

Some University and Minneapolis police officers said goodbye to their squad cars Friday at a ceremony in Williams Arena. The ceremony honored five Minneapolis police officers and one University police...

Peeping Tom sought by University police

June 1, 2005

A 42-year-old woman called police May 25 after discovering an unknown man looking under her stall in a restroom inside the Mayo Building, according to police reports. The woman described the man as 35...

U football player arrested, stolen UDS van recovered

May 25, 2005

University football player Everett Pedescleaux was arrested and later released Thursday on a misdemeanor bench warrant for failure to appear in court. Pedescleaux's court date was in relation to an arrest...

U Student Senate’s vote backs protests

May 6, 2005

The University Student Senate adopted a resolution Thursday supporting students who stage nonviolent protests in public buildings during business hours. The stance was made a day after police were needed...

Police dig up clues to crimes with plants at Bell Museum

May 5, 2005

The Bell Museum of Natural History uses plants for more than its wide variety of exhibits. Anita Cholewa, a curator of plants at the museum, said the collections of plant research are helping criminal...

Recruiting: The search for soldiers

May 4, 2005

People often know them when they see them. They're handing out brochures, telling success stories and encouraging people to serve their country and the freedoms they enjoy. From an office in Dinkytown...

Primate research earns top award for U professor

May 3, 2005

Anne Pusey, director of the University's Jane Goodall Institute's Center for Primate Studies, was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences last week. The awards are for leaders in...

Sit, shake, show your pearly whites

April 27, 2005

TTHE U'S VET CENTER OFFERS DENTAL CARE FOR PETS here are drills, scalers, dental lights and X-ray units. The room looks like any ordinary dentist office. But its patients walk on all fours and have tails. The...

Bruininks discusses University’s future

April 21, 2005

University President Bob Bruininks discussed on Wednesday the possible changes coming to the University from the recent task force recommendations. From the Cargill Building for Microbial and Plant Genomics...

Campus reacts to new pope’s election

April 20, 2005

WCARDINAL JOSEPH RATZINGER WILL BE THE 265TH POPE ith unusual speed and little surprise, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, of Germany, became Pope Benedict XVI on Tuesday. The 78-year-old leader, who is now the...

Fire at Pioneer Hall ruled accidental

April 19, 2005

Two or three power strips caused a fire in the south side of Pioneer Hall in room 467 on Friday, according to Minneapolis Fire Department reports. The power strips were overloaded with extension cords...

College of Biological Sciences to rebuild cabins

April 19, 2005

The College of Biological Sciences is fund raising to rebuild two cabins on Lake Itasca, in northern Minnesota. Severe deterioration from years of aging has damaged the cabins at Itasca Biological Station...

Hate-crime victim’s mother reflects

April 18, 2005

Judy Shepard, the mother of a Wyoming student who was killed in a 1998 anti-gay hate crime, met with community members Friday at Rarig Center to discuss adversity for the gay, lesbian, transgender and...

Student groups put their milking techniques to music in St. Paul

April 14, 2005

The only thing missing from the Dairy Cattle Teaching and Research Center on the St. Paul campus Wednesday was cookies. Representatives from 10 St. Paul campus student organizations competed in the Milkmaid...

Lumberjacks come alive in St. Paul

April 11, 2005

Cutting logs, spitting chew and other events challenged students, staff and faculty members experiencing lumberjack life at Forester's Day on campus Friday. The annual event, organized by the Forestry...

Students, public march against domestic violence

April 8, 2005

Chants of "2, 4, 6, 8, down with violence, down with rape!" resounded through Uptown from participants of the annual Take Back the Night event Wednesday. Organized by the Minnesota Public Interest Research...

Rare blooms spring up at U plant sale

April 7, 2005

The smell of orchids and basil filled the halls on the first floor of the St. Paul Student Center on Monday. The smell was coming from the fourth annual exotic plant sale, organized by the College of Biological...

Event celebrates Pakistani culture

April 4, 2005

University students, staff and faculty got a taste of Pakistani culture, music, politics and food Saturday at the St. Paul Student Center. Approximately 120 people attended Pakistani Culture Night, said...

Fire destroys ecology research building

March 31, 2005

A major fire destroyed an important off-campus research and storage building for the University in East Bethel, Minn., on Monday. The cause of the fire that destroyed the facility in the Cedar Creek Natural...

Foundation helps Raptor Center with gray owl care

March 29, 2005

Caring for great gray owls continues at the University's Raptor Center, but the bills are adding up. Julia Ponder, the Raptor Center associate director, said caring for the large number of injured birds...

U Web site offers design students simplified access to research articles

March 28, 2005

Sammie Palen didn't have time to search through hundreds of research pages for her office design project. Instead, the fifth-year interior design student turned to InformeDesign, a University Web site...

U biology faculty try to polish program

March 24, 2005

Changes could be coming to undergraduate programs for the College of Biological Sciences. A task force of 13 faculty members at the college is preparing a list of recommendations for possible improvements...

U cuts, merges grad programs

March 21, 2005

The University's Graduate School on Tuesday announced a major reorganization that will close four programs, merge 16 others and leave room for more changes in the future. According to a document from the...

Faculty task force examines howto best finance graduate programs

March 10, 2005

Rising education costs and shrinking financial support from the state has caused University faculty members and administration to look at ways to change graduate programs. In January, a task force of 12...

Study finds light cigarettes are no safer than regular

March 9, 2005

Light cigarettes are no healthier than regular cigarettes, according to a University study published Tuesday. The study, completed by the University Transdisciplinary Tobacco Use Research Center and the...

Minnesota honeybees’ behavior could help decrease mite problems

March 8, 2005

Researchers within the University's department of entomology are breeding honeybees with a special Minnesota secret that could save many future colonies. By studying honeybees with a gene to keep their...

U reps seek fundingfor St. Paul campus

March 3, 2005

University students, staff and faculty members promoted St. Paul campus programs with the Legislature on Wednesday at the Capitol. Twenty-two representatives from the College of Biological Sciences and...

Raptor Center helping more owls

March 1, 2005

The University's Raptor Center is treating a record number of injured Canadians. These Canadians are great gray owls that have migrated to Minnesota. They came in search of rodent species that are their...

New Web site to aid students’ job hunt

February 28, 2005

University students might dread their first job hunt a little less starting early July. The Office of Information Technology and career services offices at the University are working together to develop...

U plans Equine Center in St. Paul

February 25, 2005

Life might soon get more luxurious for horses living on the University's St. Paul campus. University officials have plans to break ground this summer on a $12 million new center on the northeast side of...

Students use blogs to practice their First Amendment rights online

February 22, 2005

Carlson School of Management student Wes Strait said he was originally looking for a space on the Internet to write about his life to keep his family and friends updated. Strait, a junior, is one of many...

Two task forces work to better U

February 16, 2005

Students, staff and faculty members got an opportunity to make suggestions Tuesday on how to make the University one of the top three research facilities in the world. Two task forces, appointed by University...

Minority women have less degrees

February 15, 2005

Minority women in Minnesota don't have as many degrees as white women, according to a report from the Women's Foundation of Minnesota. The study found that black, Hispanic and American Indian women, on...

Peace Corps continues to enrich lives of U grads

February 14, 2005

This May, many seniors at the University will consider job prospects. Others will consider graduate programs. A very select few will prepare to say goodbye to their families and friends for more than two...

New student rep promotes political involvement at U

February 8, 2005

Jenny Zhang, the newest student representative to the University Senate Educational Policy Committee, said she has always had an interest in policy and politics. Zhang, a Carlson School of Management sophomore,...

Campus get-togethers mark Super Bowl Sunday at the U

February 7, 2005

With less than 50 seconds to play, the nerves of many twittered as the Philadelphia Eagles' onside kick flipped end-over-end -- then right into the hands of the New England Patriots. Fists pumped. Beverages...

U committees work to revamp evaluation policy

February 2, 2005

The way students at the University evaluate professors could be changing soon. Two committees at the University are creating a new course evaluation policy that would regulate the use of online course...

Rybak to seek re-election, makes campaign promises

January 31, 2005

The race for mayor of Minneapolis is gearing up. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, a Democrat, announced Sunday the beginning of his campaign for re-election in front of an audience of supporters and community...

Minor system might change

January 31, 2005

Changes could be in the works for how the University system awards minors to students. The University Senate Educational Policy Committee is considering a new draft on the University's residency requirement,...

Fewer women than men in U’s IT

January 26, 2005

Women at the University are beginning to eclipse men in number in almost all schools except the Institute of Technology. Women make up more than 50 percent of the enrolled students in almost every school...

U falls in U.S. faculty ranks

January 25, 2005

The University is beginning to show some signs of weakness in its rankings, according to the University of Florida's annual report on the top U.S. research universities. Specifically, the University has...

Nominations for student leadership awards begin

January 24, 2005

Abdul Basit said he wouldn't have guessed last year that he was about to receive an award directly from the University Office of the President. But in March, Basit received a message in his University...

U lures more than ever

January 21, 2005

The University is back in the record books, but this time there are no students or staff members who can take credit. The 2004-05 academic year marked the second consecutive year the University received...

A U link to local residents will move to the suburbs

January 20, 2005

The University's Hennepin County Extension Service's days in north Minneapolis are numbered. The service is scheduled to be moved from its previous location on Glenwood Avenue in north Minneapolis to a...

Panel discusses immigrants’ issues

December 15, 2004

Community leaders and members discussed what can be done to help immigrants who are adjusting to life in Minnesota on Tuesday at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. "Immigrants are here to stay,"...

Remaining in the United States a problem for some

December 10, 2004

International student Mohit Dargan wants to stay in the United States when he graduates, but he won't be surprised if he has to return to his native India, he said. Dargan, an Institute of Technology senior,...

Lecture warns of technology’s risks

December 8, 2004

Hermann Maurer, dean of the faculty of computer science at Graz University of Technology in Austria, summed up his message Tuesday with a joke: One day, planet Earth is having a conversation with its neighbor,...

Charity concert at U pays tribute to World AIDS Week

December 6, 2004

Linah Mairura, a biological sciences junior, said her friends in her home country of Kenya never took HIV or AIDS very seriously. They went to the clubs, where they would party and drink, as did many people...

U students write letters to address human rights abuse

December 3, 2004

Rita Hardie, a first-year College of Liberal Arts student, had never addressed a world leader before. But on Thursday night, she and other University students got their chance to by participating in the...

Filmmaker to present U with French views of Middle East conflict

November 30, 2004

Students will have the opportunity to debate the French portrayal of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in the Science Classroom Building today. Jacques Tarnero, a French filmmaker, media critic, author...

MSA invites police to discuss safety

November 24, 2004

Minnesota Student Association representatives, police officials and more than a dozen students discussed safety issues on- and off-campus Tuesday in Coffman Union. Anthony Dew, chairman of the MSA Facilities...

Study abroad causes conflict

November 22, 2004

Craig Ancier said he knew finding the opportunity to study in Israel after college would be difficult. But he didn't predict it would be just as difficult to do it during college. Ancier, a Carlson School...

Corporate donations abound at U

November 17, 2004

In the last 15 years, corporations have made considerable donations toward building projects at the University. As a result, some buildings are named after corporate donors. But some students said they...

U celebrates bond with South Korea

November 16, 2004

Representatives of the University's Medical School and Seoul (South Korea) National University's College of Medicine reminisced about the past and looked toward the future Monday at the McNamara alumni...

Festival of lights event ends Hindu Awareness Month

November 15, 2004

Hindu followers and observers commemorated Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, Saturday at the St. Paul Student Center. Diwali is a five-day-long holiday of lights marking the return of the Hindu Prince...

Some international students are wary about Bush’s foreign policy

November 9, 2004

The re-election of President George W. Bush last week has left some international students wary. Many of the students said they are frustrated with changes in U.S. foreign policy and actions carried out...

Groups discuss Arafat’s health

November 8, 2004

Many student groups are reacting differently to Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's poor health. Arafat is alive and in a coma, French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier told The Associated Press on Sunday. For...

Weisman Art Museum hosts Chicano Family Day

November 8, 2004

Art enthusiasts, families and students made brightly colored arts and crafts and eyed various Chicano art exhibits Sunday at the Weisman Art Museum at Viva la Vida: Family Day. The event allowed children...

Numerous car break-ins afflict Southeast Como

November 3, 2004

After multiple vehicle break-ins near campus in October, some Southeast Como residents said they are wary for their automobiles' safety. According to the city of Minneapolis Web site, 13 motor vehicles...

Police arrest second suspect

November 1, 2004

The Star Tribune reported Saturday that Hennepin County sheriffs arrested the second suspect in relation to the shooting death of Edward Rajual Howard Reynolds, 25, of Minneapolis on Oct. 16. The suspect...

UV area not statistically high in crime

October 29, 2004

After Edward Rajual Howard Reynolds, 25, was shot in front of the Leaning Tower of Pizza earlier this month, many students and businesses said they wish more police officers would patrol the area. However,...

Charges filed in shooting case

October 26, 2004

Hennepin County attorneys filed charges Monday against two suspects in relation to the shooting death of Edward Rajual Howard Reynolds, 25, of Minneapolis on Oct. 16. The suspects, Vilaysack Sirimanothay,...

Seven vehicle break-ins happen on and near campus

October 21, 2004

Students, visitors and residents reported seven vehicle break-ins on and near campus this week, according to University police reports. Three break-ins occurred in the Oak Street Ramp, located at 401 Oak...

Court rules on flasher Oct. 29

October 20, 2004

A man who was arrested for indecent exposure last month will be sentenced Oct. 29, according to Hennepin County reports. Richard Lee Sanders pleaded guilty Sept. 29 to felony counts of indecent exposure....

Meeting at UV focuses on safety

October 19, 2004

Officials held a meeting at University Village Apartments on Monday to dispel rumors, answer questions and talk about safety, said Lisa Shultz, assistant director of Housing and Residential Life at the...

Disabled parking misused on campus

October 18, 2004

University officials said they want students and visitors to remember that disabled parking is for those who need it and no one else. Police issued five citations for fraudulent use of a handicapped parking...

Hennepin County passes ban

October 13, 2004

The days of smoking in Hennepin County bars and restaurants are officially numbered. The Hennepin County Commissioners Board voted 5-2 Tuesday to ban smoking in public facilities. The motion eliminates...

Bike safety a concern at U

October 12, 2004

When students ride their bicycles, area groups are looking out for their safety. Bicycle safety is a concern on campus, and University and other metro area groups are working together on the issue. The...

Drinking arrests increase

October 5, 2004

Underage-drinking arrests are increasing, according to the Safety and Security on Campus report for 2004, which the University Police Department released Saturday. The increased number of arrests are the...

Security monitors work to keep U students safe

October 1, 2004

Security monitor and sophomore Chad Martin works to build trust with students in residence halls. "I think, sadly, most people do see us more as an authority figure than a safety figure," Martin said. Martin...