The Minnesota Daily

All content by Jesse Weisbeck

Lava lamps enlighten lives of many

March 15, 1998

The lava lamp: an enigma. A mystery wrapped in a riddle. A virtual paradox. What is the mystical power of this potentate of living room furnishings, and where the hell did it come from? Perhaps it was...

Video cameras provide type of security

March 13, 1998

A thief who made off with $800 from the Blimpie Subs and Salads till last month picked the right victim. The store didn't have electronic surveillance. But things are about to change. Paul Nelson, general...

University student caught in crossfire

March 11, 1998

For University freshman Benjamin Johnson and a visiting friend from Stillwater, Minn., pellet guns are a pain in the neck -- and in the knees. The two friends were standing outside Territorial Hall at...

U Police have their hands full restraining distraught 911 caller

March 4, 1998

It took scraped fingers, two pairs of handcuffs and two minutes of fierce resistance for University police to apprehend a mentally ill man Wednesday afternoon. At 11 a.m., University Police Officer Richard...

Fatal fall from bridge ruled a suicide by police

March 2, 1998

A 45-year-old Minneapolis man died at about 7:45 p.m. on Thursday when he jumped from the 10th Avenue Bridge just south of University Avenue. The man hit the gravel ground near several sets of train tracks...

Campus Safety and Security Committee hikes up efforts

February 27, 1998

When University administrators peered into the cave of campus safety last November, they spotted a sleeping bear. Now, they're rousing the beast out of its one-year hibernation with hopes to improve security...

Residents’

February 26, 1998

Criminals operating near University residence halls have a new enemy: the community. University Police Chief Joy Rikala and Detective Charles Miner gathered with about 15 Territorial Hall residents and...

limpie bandit gets big bucks

February 25, 1998

When Blimpie Subs and Salads employees didn't make their usual afternoon deposit Friday, a lucky thief capitalized on their delay, stealing more than $800 from the lone register. The thief, described...

Criminals won’t get off easier due to crowded jails

February 23, 1998

University lawbreakers doing time in the county jail can expect to have more cellmates than usual, based on record-breaking inmate numbers from the past two months. Hennepin County Jail detained a record...

Carload cited for minor consumption

February 18, 1998

University Police Officer Patricia Gjerde was on a routine patrol when a scream pierced the Friday night sky. She noticed a Toyota Corolla pulling away from 18th Street and University Avenue crammed with...

University area underage drinking busts grow in 1998

February 13, 1998

Alcohol consumption violation 340A.503 might be a law with little meaning to some, but it is becoming familiar on campus as University Police cite more and more students each year for underage drinking. Although...

Legislators take charge with ATM bill

February 11, 1998

With one watered-down bill ready to be voted on by the House, the state Senate Commerce Committee is gearing up to hear arguments on stricter legislation banning all automated teller machine surcharges. Local...

Rock student saves band

February 9, 1998

Eric Ostermeier and John Rigg just wanted to check their e-mail late Thursday. But a simple elevator trip to the 14th floor of the Social Sciences building turned into a three-hour ordeal. "After five...

Electronic supervision helps deter hospital crime

February 5, 1998

With almost 30 percent of all Twin Cities patient admissions and more than 4,000 employees, potential security hazards at Fairview-University Medical Center are impossible to eliminate. But electronic...

Homemade bomb explodes in Frontier Hall

February 4, 1998

Bombs made from hairpins and chewing gum might have saved the day for television's MacGyver, but a harmless bomb made from similar household materials startled Frontier Hall residents Monday. At about...

Mother charged with abuse at medical center

January 28, 1998

A mother allegedly abused her seven-month-old child Sunday evening at the Fairview-University Medical Center. According to a University Police report, the mother allegedly forced the infant's face into...

Hospital rape suspect to appear in court

January 27, 1998

Douglas W. Young, accused of raping a Fairview-University Medical Center patient last week, makes his first appearance at 9 a.m. on Friday at Hennepin County District Court. Charges of third- and fourth-degree...

Students’ views on campus safety differ

January 23, 1998

It's dark. A lone student walks briskly down Washington Avenue, huddled against the cold. A figure emerges from a nearby hall and approaches the unsuspecting pedestrian from behind. The stranger reaches...

Theft victims lose more than just laptops

January 22, 1998

When a thief stole a University professor's laptop computer Wednesday, the professor lost something far more irreplaceable than $1,700 in hardware: four months of tedious financial research. However,...

Flasher appalls St. Paul students

January 21, 1998

A man dressed for winter recreation left an unamusing impression with two female students Thursday. An unidentified man dressed in a black ski mask, snow pants and boots flashed the roommates near the...

Pension reformfelt as U Police hire more cops

January 16, 1998

Though it only takes a couple of weeks for retiring University Police officers to leave, it can take up to six months to get new recruits fully trained. And officers say this can make for a shortage of...

Nude man amuses, shocks hall

January 14, 1998

University police arrested a nude man wandering through the corridors of Territorial Hall early Sunday morning. But it was staff members who initially caught and questioned the man, who is not a University...

Reno applauds local crime- fighting plan

January 13, 1998

A program that started out of concern for the Twin Cities' rise in violent crimes has piqued the interest of U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno. Reno commended recent crime-fighting victories Monday when...

Report: Campus safety makes the grade

January 9, 1998

Both the University and the state of Minnesota are seeing a decrease in crime, according to two recent reports. University Police Chief Joy Rikala gave the Twin Cities campus a "B-plus to an A-minus"...

Speaker talks to republican group

January 8, 1998

Minnesota Lt. Governor Joanne Benson spoke to the University's College Republicans student organization Wednesday about several issues she and the governor are currently facing, ranging from technological...