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A large group of students walk past fraternities on Fraternity Row on March 10, 2017.

UMN greek leaders, advocates say more could be done to tackle sexual assault

March 17, 2017

This article is part of a series on sexual assault and greek life at the University of Minnesota. * * * With the suspension of Delta Upsilon last month over sexual assault allegations and alcohol and...

Break the Silence Day organized a march on frat row along University Ave on Saturday, Mar. 4, 2017 in Minneapolis.

Protesters rally against rape culture in UMN frat row march

March 4, 2017

Holding signs that read “I believe the survivor” and “Safety is a human right,” more than 100 protesters marched along fraternity row Saturday to speak out against campus sexual assault.The march...

Haleigh Ortmeier-Clarke and Abby Honold, two University of Minnesota students, describe the aftermath of their sexual assaults.

After reporting their sexual assaults, UMN students say they faced hurdles, distress

March 2, 2017
While many say reporting was the hardest part, University of Minnesota sexual assault victim-survivors have begun to cope and heal.
The Delta Upsilon chapter house on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2016. The fraternity chapter was suspended after issues surrounding sexual assault were reported to its international headquarters.

Delta Upsilon officials were aware of sex assaults 10 months before suspension

February 18, 2017

The University of Minnesota’s Delta Upsilon fraternity chapter was suspended Friday after a member alerted international representatives about multiple sexual assaults committed by members in the last...

Ryan Pacyga, attorney for University of Minnesota football player Antoine Winfield Jr., addresses the press in front of the Gibson-Nagurski Football Practice Facility on Saturday.

Attorney says football players didn’t receive due process in UMN hearing

February 6, 2017

Six of the 10 Gophers football players accused of sexual misconduct have been sanctioned by a University panel.Ray Buford, Kiante Hardin, Dior Johnson and Tamarion Johnson have been expelled from the University....

Senior wide receiver Drew Wolitarsky addresses reporters at a news conference as his teammates fill the background Thursday, Dec. 15 at the Gibson-Nagurski Football Complex in Minneapolis.

Turbulent month roils football program: Suspensions, boycott, protest, firings

January 17, 2017

A woman reported a sexual assault to the Minneapolis Police Department four months ago, and a storm ensued, roiling the University of Minnesota’s Athletics Department over winter break.Prior to the suspension...

Senior wide receiver Drew Wolitarsky addresses reporters at a news conference as his teammates fill the background Thursday, Dec. 15 at the Gibson-Nagurski Football Complex in Minneapolis.

Gophers football players demand ‘due process.’ The U already promises it.

December 21, 2016

In the last week, 10 players on the Gophers football team received an athletics suspension, the entire 126-player team boycotted football activities and, and in a less-than-48-hour turn of events, the...

Interim head coach Tracy Claeys speaks at a press conference regarding Jerry Kill's resignation on Oct. 25. Kill's departure came as a shock to Claeys and the team.

Claeys on disciplinary process training: ‘We have to do a lot better’

December 19, 2016

In his first statement to reporters since the football team announced the end of their boycott Saturday, Gophers football head coach Tracy Claeys dwelled on the reason behind the...

Senior wide receiver Drew Wolitarsky, right, addresses reporters at a news conference, announcing the end of the Gophers football team's boycott on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016. The team boycotted after 10 players were suspended in relation to a Sept. 2 alleged sexual assault.

Gophers football players end boycott over sexual assault suspensions

December 17, 2016

The Gophers football team has ended its boycott on all football activities, maintaining their spot in the Dec. 27 Holiday bowl against Washington State, players announced at a news conference Saturday...

Screenshots of Twitter responses to the Gophers football team's decision to boycott. Fans, students, and those involved in the athletic program took to Twitter to voice their opinion on the situation.

On social media, survivors, advocates and fans divided over Gophers boycott

December 16, 2016

After the Gophers football team announced their boycott on all football activities Thursday evening — including the Dec. 27 Holiday bowl — student leaders, sexual assault victim-survivors...

Senior wide receiver Drew Wolitarsky addresses reporters at a news conference as his teammates fill the background Thursday, Dec. 15 at the Gibson-Nagurski Football Complex in Minneapolis.

Gophers players boycott football activities over sexual assault investigation

December 16, 2016

The Gophers football team plans to boycott the team's appearance in a Dec. 27 Holiday Bowl game and all team activities and practices, following the suspension of 10 players...

on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. Protesters shut down I-94 in response to Donald Trump's election.

Thousands of anti-Trump protesters voice pessimism, call for unity in I-94 protest

November 11, 2016

Over a thousand protestors marched down Interstate 94 Thursday evening as part of an anti-Donald Trump rally that began outside of the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs.The...

On Twitter, UMPD says they did not respond to University student's alleged campus assault.

On social media, police say they did not respond to University student’s alleged campus assault

November 11, 2016

Local police departments say they were not involved in the alleged handcuffing of a University student who said she was verbally and physically attacked while crossing the Washington Avenue Bridge in...

Two Sigma Phi Epsilon members expelled from the University of Minnesota's chapter called Abby Honold the day after she was raped by their fraternity brother, Daniel Drill-Mellum.

Video: Two expelled Sig Ep members interrogate Abby Honold on details of her rape

October 26, 2016

Two Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity members were expelled from the University of Minnesota chapter for impeding a rape investigation of another fraternity member.The two members were removed from the fraternity...

University suspends four wrestlers for violating team rules

October 20, 2016

Four University of Minnesota wrestlers have been suspended from competition until January, a team spokesman confirmed Wednesday evening.Redshirt freshman Larry Early and sophomores Ethan Lizak, Tommy Thorn...

Former wrestling head coach J Robinson oversees a practice on September 18, 2012.

U athletics department knew of drug problem months before taking action

September 28, 2016

Evidence suggests a University of Minnesota Athletics Department administrator and several staff members knew of at least one wrestler using and selling drugs as early as December 2015 — about three...

State ruling says tenure-track and contingent faculty can form one union

September 21, 2016

Contingent faculty members — positions like teaching specialists and lecturers — can be included in a faculty union at the University of Minnesota, the state Bureau of Mediation Services ruled...

U will not use taxpayer, tuition money to cover faculty unionization legal fees

September 16, 2016

The University of Minnesota won’t use taxpayer and tuition money to pay for legal fees incurred in connection with faculty unionization efforts, school officials said.The Minnesota Daily reported last...

Former University student pleads guilty to two rapes

August 30, 2016

Former University of Minnesota student Daniel Drill-Mellum was sentenced to more than six years in prison after he pleaded guilty in Hennepin County District Court last week to raping two women he met...

Department of Health investigating illness in Frontier

April 7, 2016

A viral infection could be the cause of an uptick in reports of nausea, vomiting and diarrhea within the University of Minnesota’s Superblock dorms, according to an email. In a Boynton Health Service...

Vee Livermore, who suffers from chronic migraines, drapes their bed with a chemistry-themed blanket. They point to the element Livermorium, named after a distant relative from England.

Though a quarter of young adults experience daily pain, research is slim

March 25, 2016

Aching muscles were no more than background noise to Claire Stephens until the pain started to creep into her wrists.Stephens, then a music education first-year at Winona State University, worried that...

Computer science fourth-year Jordan Bolton leans back and rubs his neck during a study session with friend Will Huso in Bruininks Hall March on 7 to soothe grinding and stabbing pains. Bolton, who suffers from migraines and pseudotumor cerebri, an unexplained neck, back and skull pain condition, underwent a 10-hour spinal fusion surgery six years ago at the age of 19, leaving him with a scar lining his spine. To avoid excess pain, Bolton rides the elevator to his ninth-floor apartment.

Young and aching

March 24, 2016

Aching muscles were no more than background noise to Claire Stephens until the pain started to creep into her wrists.     Stephens, then a music education first-year at Winona State University,...

Zika virus spreads, hits United States

February 8, 2016

The Zika virus has officially become an international public health concern as of last Monday, when the World Health Organization called for a coordinated international response to the virus and its spread.     Areas...

Smith Hall chemical spill a false alarm

January 22, 2016

A strange odor in Smith Hall on the University of Minnesota’s East Bank prompted a campus-wide text alert of a chemical spill Friday morning, though officials couldn’t find the source of the...

Dayton announces bonding proposal

January 18, 2016

While the University of Minnesota would receive more than $150 million from the state for infrastructure projects under Gov. Mark Dayton’s recent bonding proposal, that figure is still $83 million...

Jenny Thull, University of Minnesota Horticulture Research Center vineyard manager, picks grapes rich in color at the University's vineyard in Excelsior, Oct. 1. Jenny and her husband, John Thull, also a vineyard manager, oversee the school's grape breeding program's 11 acres of research vineyards.

UMN takes lead in breeding nation’s wine grapes

December 4, 2015

One out of 10,000 vines fruits a cotton-candy-flavored grape.Another produces a grape with a pineapple tang, and a certain dud vaguely tastes of green bell pepper.Through years of testing, hands-on labor...

Jenny Thull, University of Minnesota Horticulture Research Center vineyard manager, picks grapes rich in color at the University's vineyard in Excelsior, Oct. 1. Jenny and her husband, John Thull, also a vineyard manager, oversee the school's grape breeding program's 11 acres of research vineyards.

Between the vines

December 3, 2015

One out of 10,000 vines fruits a cotton-candy-flavored grape. Another produces a grape with a pineapple tang, and a certain dud vaguely tastes of green bell pepper. Through years of testing, hands-on labor...

UMMC, state health department to establish Ebola treatment center

June 12, 2015

The Minnesota Department of Health will work with the University of Minnesota Medical Center over the next five years to establish an Ebola treatment center within the hospital, according to a statement. UMMC...

Grad students study Fairview visitors

May 7, 2015

A group of University of Minnesota graduate students is studying five frequent hospital visitors to determine if more than illness is bringing them in.   The group of law and health students, UMN...

MN Pharm co-founder Dave Roeser explains the process of using a tobacco plant to organically grow medicine.

CSOM group helps cancer research

May 5, 2015

Eight University of Minnesota students have been drawn to a project that aims to cure cancer.    They are motivated by their past experiences with the disease — each has watched a family...

Minnesota’s first medical marijuana labs approved to open soon

April 30, 2015

Two medical marijuana laboratories were approved by the Minnesota Department of Health to test the drug’s makeup, according to a department release Wednesday. Marijuana sales...

Overseas teaching grows international reach

April 30, 2015

Dr. Samara Mimesh was in her sixth year as a dermatologist at the King Fahad Medical City hospital in Saudi Arabia when she heard about a master’s program that would allow her to learn about health...

STD cases rising across both state and campus

April 27, 2015

Minnesota’s number of sexually transmitted diseases has grown, and so has the amount among University of Minnesota students.   The diseases rose 6 percent in Minnesota from 2013 to 2014, while...

Researchers investigate antibiotic resistance

April 21, 2015

Scientists are trying to figure out how to keep bacteria that can defy antibiotics out of grocery stores and waterways.   Researchers at the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine...

Herpes could help flu vaccine

April 16, 2015

About half of the United States adult population has herpes.   Not to be confused with cold sores or sexually transmitted herpes, a strain of the virus called cytomegalovirus could be what’s...

Four-year-old Sophia Thill shows her freshly-painted puppy face to her younger brother at the University's College of Veterinary Medicine's annual Dog Olympics.

In a new arena, puppy lovers compete

April 13, 2015

Joe eyed the hurdles, waiting for a signal from his owner.   Upon hearing an excited “Come on, Joe,” the Labrador’s long legs found energy as he leaped across a small obstacle course...

After a crisis, support worked

April 9, 2015

When Jennifer Houle disappeared two weeks ago, the University of Minnesota was quick to respond with mental health support resources. The Boynton Mental Health Clinic and University Counseling and Consulting...

NIAID determines Ebola vaccines safe

April 9, 2015

A pair of Ebola vaccines that University of Minnesota researchers have been testing for two months is safe for use, marking an important step toward a new immunization. The National Institute of Allergy...

Mental health insurance coverage still a concern

April 6, 2015

A report released last week by the National Alliance on Mental Illness found that health insurance companies are offering less coverage for mental health support than physical conditions. Though federal...

Officials consider “aid-in-dying” policy for Minnesota

April 6, 2015

Toward the end of her mother’s life, Sen. Chris Eaton, DFL-Brooklyn Center, watched her suffer.   “A couple months before she passed away, [she] asked us to take her to the vet because...

Nursing to stop taking transfers

April 2, 2015

Come fall 2017, transfer students won’t be accepted into the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program on the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities campus.   The School of Nursing is phasing...

Obama requests aid for antibiotic-resistant bacteria research

April 2, 2015

President Obama asked Congress to increase funding for antibiotic-resistant bacteria research last week, the New York Times reported. Obama’s administration plans to research new drugs, monitor disease...

Patients aren’t made aware of Alzheimer’s diagnosis, report says

March 26, 2015

Doctors aren’t always being honest in disclosing information to Alzheimer’s patients about their condition, National Public Radio reported. About 45 percent Alzheimer’s patients reported...

Adverse events up, report says

March 12, 2015

Doctors at the University of Minnesota Medical Center left more foreign objects in their patients during surgery last year than they did the year before, according to state data. Adverse Health Events...

Resolving a heart paradox

March 5, 2015

If a surgeon doesn’t open a patient’s artery quick enough after a heart attack, the heart muscle dies. But if it’s opened too quickly, the heart will be injured. Joseph Metzger, head...

Risk aside, students are abroad

March 4, 2015

University of Minnesota students are evacuated from multiple learning abroad programs every year because of health issues, like serious illnesses. At least one student is sent home at the request of a...

University, Target partner for aspirin use

March 2, 2015

More than 50 Target stores across the state are partnering with the University of Minnesota this spring to promote daily aspirin use with the aim of helping Minnesotans take hold of their heart health. The...

Medical marijuana aimed at multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and cancer patients

March 2, 2015

Potential users of medical marijuana in Minnesota are likely to suffer from multiple sclerosis, epilepsy or cancer, according to a Minnesota Department of Health press release. The results are based on...

Midwives preferred, study says

February 25, 2015

When Katharine Blanchet found out she was pregnant in 2013, she didn’t consider consulting a physician. Instead, the University of Minnesota history professor shared her pregnancy with midwives —...

U testing Ebola vax in Liberia

February 18, 2015

University of Minnesota researchers are injecting Liberians with defective strains of live Ebola as part of a trial for a new vaccine. Researchers plan to test two vaccines — a live strain and a...