The Minnesota Daily

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Renowned former University professor passes away at 93

December 11, 2003

Former University professor Gisela Konopka died Tuesday in Minneapolis. She was 93. Konopka taught at the University from 1947-78. During her career, Konopka was one of the first professors to focus on...

Professor receives award for inspiring, motivating students

December 10, 2003

Professor Eden Torres doesn't just teach her students, they teach her as well. "We're all teaching and learning in the classroom," said Torres, a women's studies professor. In spring 2003, Torres was awarded...

Women outpace men in quest for doctorates

December 8, 2003

While the total number of doctorates awarded nationwide is falling, the proportion awarded to women is increasing, according to a recent report. The Survey of Earned Doctorates, an annually released survey...

Alumni Association offers e-postcards on its Web site

December 5, 2003

While some lick stamps and envelopes to send their holiday greetings, the University Alumni Association Web site allows people to send e-postcards featuring campus scenes, sporting events and Minnesota-themed...

U project aims to involve young voters in public affairs

November 26, 2003

As the 2004 presidential election approaches, the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs hopes its 2004 Election Project will receive national attention. The project is part of the Humphrey Institute's developing...

Jack Frost nipping at your nose …

November 25, 2003

If people stopped to watch the snowfall this weekend, they did not stop for long. Despite wind, snow and slippery sidewalks Sunday morning, patrons lined up for pancakes and eggs at Al's Breakfast in Dinkytown,...

Workers tally strike gains and losses

November 24, 2003

More than two weeks after the end of the first labor strike at the University in almost 60 years, union members have mixed opinions about whether the two weeks of lost pay was worth the union's contract...

Beauty out of Horror

November 14, 2003

When University art professor David Feinberg first came up with the idea of interviewing Holocaust survivors and letting their experiences influence art, he had no idea where the project would lead. Though...

U prof’s work advances child welfare

November 13, 2003

When planning her latest research on child welfare, Susan Wells decided reading academic journals and books in a library would not help her understand the problem accurately. So the School of Social Work...

Patriot Act does not violate rights, state official says

November 10, 2003

The controversial USA Patriot Act does not violate citizens' rights as many of its opponents claim, said the Minnesota Department of Public Safety's homeland security and emergency management deputy director,...

Union, U pleased by new contract

November 10, 2003

After months of negotiations and a 15-day strike, the new contract proposal before the University clerical workers unions would add about $250,000 to the workers' settlement package, a union official said. "The...

Despite talks, still no deal in strike

November 3, 2003

The University and leaders from its largest union met for contract negotiations Sunday at the Bureau of Mediation Services in St. Paul. At 11 p.m. Sunday, the two had not reached an agreement but were...

Another union on verge of walkout

November 3, 2003

More than 170 University health-care workers could go on strike Tuesday if today's negotiations with the University do not end in a contract agreement. American Federation of State, County and Municipal...

Fund aims to support hardest-hit strikers

October 28, 2003

Striking members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3800 can apply for financial assistance from the union's mutual support fund, receive financial counseling and...

Top-level employees swell ranks, draw fire

October 23, 2003

The percentage of administrative employees at the University doubled over the last 10 years, according to University documents. Although a union leader said this increase raises questions about the University's...

Union talks wind down

October 20, 2003

If union employees and the University do not reach an agreement by midnight Monday, union leaders say, the University will see its first strike in more than 50 years. The American Federation of State,...

U professors help restaurants limit drinking

October 15, 2003

University researchers are working to help Minneapolis restaurant managers enforce drinking laws. Epidemiology professors Alexander Wagenaar and Traci Toomey at the School of Public Health are teaching...

Union, U set more talks

October 14, 2003

Union leaders and University officials will meet Sunday and Monday for mediation of their contract dispute. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3800, the union of 1,800...

Union to file notice of strike intent

October 9, 2003

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3800, the union representing 1,800 University clerical workers, plans to file an intent-to-strike notice with the state Bureau of...

Entire U could feel strike’s fallout

October 7, 2003

If the University's largest employee union goes on strike, it could impact students, professors and police. On Friday, officials from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local...

Union to announce strike vote results today

October 3, 2003

The University's largest employee union will announce strike-vote results today. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3800, the union of 1,800 University clerical workers,...

Union supporters rally at Coffman

October 1, 2003

Students, faculty, staff and other community members rallied Tuesday to support the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3800 outside Coffman Union. AFSCME Local 3800 represents...

Professor seeks more understanding of Southeast Asia culture

September 30, 2003

The world is professor Gerald Fry's classroom, and now he's trying to bring that experience to his students. Twelve years of world travels inspired Fry to teach a course on Southeast Asia at the University....

Students evacuated for Territorial Hall fire

September 26, 2003

Students were evacuated from Territorial Hall early Thursday morning, after someone set fire to a community adviser's door. Fire alarms woke students at approximately 3 a.m. The community adviser was not...

Few employees use U’s consumer-driven health plan

September 23, 2003

A new consumer-driven health-care plan gives University employees more choices in physicians and hospitals, but few are using the plan, researchers said. The University has offered employees a plan from...

U students meet to discuss summer exchange to Cuba

September 22, 2003

University students who participated in the International Youth Exchange in Cuba this summer talked about their experiences Friday night at an event sponsored by the Minnesota Cuba Committee. About 20...

Contract vote looms as prof, union leader host teach-in

September 19, 2003

University professor August Nimtz and local union member Steff Yorek taught students and staff about contract negotiations and a possible union strike at a teach-in Thursday. "This is not just an issue...

U faculty praise Bruininks’ Fulbright board nomination

September 16, 2003

University faculty who have participated in the Fulbright program said they are excited about University President Bob Bruininks' nomination to its board. President George W. Bush nominated Bruininks to...

Former IT associate dean remembered for Weisman fund raising

September 11, 2003

William Shepherd, former electrical engineering department head, died Friday. He was 92. A memorial service will be held 3 p.m. on Saturday at the Weisman Art Museum, a building Shepherd helped bring to...