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St. Paul Conservatory for the Performing Arts PSEO student Tiller Martin receives a bass lesson from adjunct faculty instructor of double bass Christopher Brown on Tuesday, April 30, 2013, in Ferguson Hall.

SPCO returns, concerns remain

May 1, 2013

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra ratified a new, three-year contract Monday after a months-long lockout but not before University of Minnesota School of Music students started questioning their career...

U professor teams up with Oreo

March 6, 2013

By: Roy Aker University of Minnesota College of Design assistant professor Barry Kudrowitz teamed up with Oreo for a “Cookies vs. Cream” video series that has since gone viral on YouTube. More...

U wins transportation award

November 9, 2012

BY CODY NELSON University of Minnesota Parking and Transportation Services has won a 2012 Commuter Choice Award. The annual award is sponsored by Metro Transit to recognize organizations, individuals and...

Clinton to return to Minnesota

November 2, 2012

  BY CODY NELSON Former President Bill Clinton will make his second trip to Minnesota in less than a week. According to a CBS article, Clinton will be speaking in St. Cloud on Sunday. Clinton came...

Hurricane Sandy death toll rising

November 2, 2012

  BY CODY NELSON The death toll from hurricane Sandy continues to rise in the Northeastern U.S. and Caribbean countries. According to CNN, 97 people in the U.S. have been killed so far. New York state...

President Kaler to hold session on equity and diversity this afternoon

October 17, 2012

    By Cody Nelson University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler will host a listening session to promote equity and diversity on campus this Wednesday. The event will be held in Coffman Memorial...

Daily Digest: Alcohol pics hurt college applicants

October 4, 2012

Here's your Daily Digest for Oct. 4: Digital footprint hurts college applicants Online evidence of alcohol consumption and profanity are increasingly hurting college applicants,...

Surly brewery looks to build near U, seeks help cleaning site

September 30, 2012

By Tyler Gieseke A recent law passed by Gov. Mark Dayton allowing breweries to sell pints of beer on site prompted Surly Brewing Company to develop plans to build a destination brewery in the Twin Cities. One...

Behind the Farmer’s Market

September 30, 2012

 By Hailey Colwell Every Wednesday morning, Courtney Tchida packs her Prius with fresh produce for the St. Paul and Minneapolis campus farmers markets. As the manager of the Cornercopia Student Organic...

West Nile Virus outbreak on track to be worst ever

September 23, 2012

By Tyler Gieseke This year’s West Nile Virus outbreak could be most deadly.  With nationwide cases of severe West Nile Virus continuing to increase, the disease may claim more lives this year...

Daily Digest: Drought worsens

September 6, 2012

Here's your Daily Digest for Sept. 6, 2012: Minnesota's drought is spreading. Almost 63 percent of the state is rated as abnormally dry--an increase of about 9 percentage points since last week,...

Students can track campus buses via phone or computer this fall

August 28, 2012

Students no longer will have to guess whether it would be faster to trek to class instead of waiting for a Campus Connector. This fall University of Minnesota students can know where the campus buses are,...

Faculty debate adding more info to transcripts due to grade inflation

May 2, 2012

As the number of A grades awarded increases nationwide, University of Minnesota faculty are thinking of ways to assign meaning to a grade almost half of all students in a class receive. To counteract grade...

Data shows gender gap in faculty earnings

April 18, 2012

A study of University of Minnesota salaries showed unexplained gaps between male and female faculty members, prompting female faculty members to demand a salary review. According to a study done by the...

Grad student union debate will be settled in May

April 17, 2012

Following the filing of an unfair election practices charge against the University of Minnesota, the Minnesota Bureau of Mediation Services announced the procedure for handling the allegations. The Graduate...

UAW files unfair election practices charge against U

April 12, 2012

  Following a heated union election that resulted in a failed unionization attempt for graduate student workers, United Auto Workers is alleging the University of Minnesota committed unfair election...

Some students allege that careless labeling and cross-contamination have resulted in allergic or harmful reactions at University dining halls.

Allergies add work to navigating UDS meals

April 3, 2012

  Two bites into his kung pao beef in the Pioneer dining hall last Monday, Joel Fowler felt a tingle in his mouth and knew something wasn’t right. The dish contained peanuts but wasn’t...

Data shows men dominate science and engineering faculty at the U

March 6, 2012

At times during her 11 years in the School of Mathematics, Carme Calderer has been the lone woman. When she first took the job, there was only one other woman in her department. She’s one of three...

At the U, fewer men study abroad

March 1, 2012

  Chances are high students studying abroad will be in a group dominated by women. About two-thirds of students studying abroad from the University of Minnesota are female, prompting the Learning...

Schools respond to tough job market, demand for technical industry workers

February 28, 2012

  After six months of searching and more than 100 job applications, 2010 University of Minnesota graduate Megan Smith went back to school. Smith, who holds a bachelor’s degree in political science...

Sociology major and senior Andrew Ensign, left, and applied economics major Muqian Tian, junior, chat in English as they walk toward the bus stop Friday afternoon.  The students met through the University's TandemPlus program and get together to speak English and Chinese on a regular basis.

U program pairs learning students with native speakers

February 21, 2012

A program that connects University of Minnesota students with those who speak the foreign language they are studying both on campus and internationally is exploding with applicants. TandemPlus, a program...

For aid, FAFSA neglects students’ special financial circumstances

February 16, 2012

Students cut off financially by their parents can slip through the cracks when the University of Minnesota awards financial aid. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid  calculates parents’...

D-level grade policies are inconsistent

February 14, 2012

Taking a pass/fail course could backfire for University of Minnesota students. Depending upon their chosen grade option, only some students can get credit with a D grade, leaving faculty members arguing...

Grad student union rally Monday

February 13, 2012

Graduate student assistants are getting pumped up Monday for a union election. The rally is to "show off the excitement" and broad support for an election to form a union for graduate assistants,...

Excavators find treasure in Egyptian trash heap

February 9, 2012

  University of Minnesota students can be a part of discovering history by helping researchers decipher Greek characters on 2,000-year-old fragments of ancient papyri discovered in Egypt. Their participation...

U competes against Wisconsin to donate most blood

February 3, 2012

The University of Minnesota will hold three blood drives during February, competing against the University of Wisconsin to donate the most blood to the American Red Cross, according to a press release. Blood...

Daily Digest: Komen reinstates Planned Parenthood funding, Minnesotans high-risk for Lyme disease

February 3, 2012

Here's your Daily Digest for Friday, Feb. 3: Komen reverses decision to cut funding to Planned Parenthood After a week of backlash sparked by the decision of the Susan G. Komen Foundation to halt funding...

Hot Diggity Dog closes after five months

February 3, 2012

About five months after its opening, Hot Diggity Dog in Stadium Village papered its windows and left a note announcing its closure Thursday. The owners, University of St. Thomas graduates Andrew Jorgensen...

U colleges battle for enrollment, tuition dollars

February 2, 2012

Colleges within the University of Minnesota are competing to enroll more students in order to net more tuition dollars. By duplicating courses traditionally available in other colleges and applying to...

Communication studies and sociology senior Allison Brenneise was able to find a table for students with disabilities in her sociology class Monday at Blegen Hall. Brenneise said if she would have to sit in an individual desk for the rest of the semester, she would drop the class.

Classroom seating lacks options for overweight students

February 1, 2012

Allison Brenneise was humiliated when she had to say what she thought was obvious. âÄúIâÄôm too fat for this chair.âÄù For 315-pound Brenneise, sitting in the stadium-style seats...

International students evicted from ND university for poor English skills

January 26, 2012

Five international students at Dickinson State University in North Dakota were asked to leave because of poor English skills, according to the Associated Press. The university, which emphasizes "educating...

Access to Success could expand to all undergraduate colleges, all four years

January 26, 2012

  The University of Minnesota may soon expand its Access to Success program across all freshman-admitting colleges and increase its scope to all four years. Robert McMaster, vice provost and dean...

Provost Sullivan seeks University of Vermont presidency

January 24, 2012

Thomas Sullivan, the University of MinnesotaâÄôs outgoing senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, is in the running to become president at the University of Vermont. Sullivan was...

Carlson adds new MBA admissions program for honors undergrads

January 24, 2012

In an attempt to attract more Master of Business Administration students from majors outside the Carlson School of Management, the University of Minnesota will offer seniors in the University Honors Program ...

U can’t keep up with influx of int’l students

January 19, 2012

Despite the recent influx of international students at the University of Minnesota, resources like composition classes and student services have not been able to keep up with demand. The number of international...

Grad assistants file petition to form union, ask Kaler to file joint petition

January 17, 2012

University of Minnesota graduate assistants came one step closer to forming a union Tuesday morning. The GSWU/UAW organizers hand delivered a letter to President Eric Kaler to sign a joint petition...

Facing lawsuit, website operator removes U’s personality test

January 17, 2012

The University of Minnesota is suing a website operator who posted its acclaimed psychological test online, saying itâÄôs a cheat sheet for people to outwit the personality test. Mark Rotenberg,...

U sues over psych test copyright

January 10, 2012

The University of Minnesota filed a lawsuit Monday alleging violation of copyright law against a website operator who had posted the psychological test it developed online, according to Minnesota Public...

Architecture grads face highest unemployment of all majors, study finds

January 5, 2012

Unemployment rates for students with bachelor's degrees vary by major, with architecture, the arts and the humanities topping the list with the most graduate unemployed, a new study released Wednesday...

Studham announced as new VPCIO

January 3, 2012

The University of Minnesota announced Tuesday the appointment of new vice president and chief information officer R. Scott Studham. Studham will take office Feb. 13, according to the email sent by University...

Grad Assistant Unionization Panel held Thursday

December 13, 2011

University of Minnesota graduate assistants are taking another step towards unionization. Graduate Student Workers United, UAW, a union for University of Minnesota graduate student assistants, is...

CEHD plays catch-up in four-year grad rates

December 12, 2011

While the University of Minnesota continues to make progress toward its retention and four-year graduation goals, the College of Education and Human Development struggles to keep up with other freshman-admitting...

U is 9th in nation for most undergrads

December 10, 2011

The University of Minnesota is among the top 10 universities in the nation with the most undergraduate students, according to a report by U.S. News and World Report. The University came in 9th with about...

Thomas L. Alexander III, a diversity department manager at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, speaks on Dec. 2 in Appleby Hall as a finalist for the director position of the University of Minnesota's Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence.

Four vie for director positions in diversity office

December 8, 2011

Over the past two weeks, finalists for director positions in the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Ally Programs Office have talked with staff, students...

U will admit fewer transfers come ’12

December 6, 2011

A cap on the number of transfer students admitted to the University of Minnesota starting in fall 2012 will make it more difficult for prospective students who start at two-year colleges. For some of the...

U student wins Orbit design contest

December 2, 2011

Amber Billings completely forgot she entered in a design contest until she received a call from Orbit telling her she’d won $5,000 in July 2011. “I was running around my house, trying to find my Dad,...

Dziedzic tops candidates for funds in quick SD59 election

December 1, 2011

With less than a week before the party primary, Kari Dziedzic is leading the pack in fundraising in the race for the Senate District 59 special election. Dziedzic raised $36,000 in the candidatesâÄô...

GLBTA and MCAE director finalists, public forums announced

November 23, 2011

This week, the Office of Equity and Diversity at the University of Minnesota announced finalists for two open director positions in its department — the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Ally Programs...

ESL program cut draws ire from faculty, graduates

November 23, 2011

The College of Liberal Arts cut the English as a Second Language masterâÄôs degree in October, and the decision has since sparked backlash from University of Minnesota alumni, faculty and students. The...

Finalists chosen in MCAE search

November 23, 2011

The Office for Equity and Diversity at the University of Minnesota announced the finalists for its director of the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence in an email Monday and invited public feedback. The...