The Minnesota Daily

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Loring Park hosts Earth Day festivities

April 24, 2000

People involved in environmental activism, international human rights and even politics descended on Loring Park Saturday afternoon in celebration of Earth Day 2000. Leslie Davis, who is running for the...

Notorious Daily issue caused chaos, lawsuit for rights

November 15, 1999

Editor's note: This year is the 20th anniversary of what was arguably the Daily's most controversial issue ever, the Daily Inquirer humor issue. It's not every day that the name of The Minnesota Daily's...

Raids elicit reactions

April 19, 1999

Editor's note: The issue of animal rights was thrust into the public eye April 5 when activists broke into 12 University labs, taking more than 100 animals and causing about $2 million in damage. Some...

Alleged U

December 4, 1998

A state Senate committee on ethics will convene this month to investigate an allegation that the former dean of the University agriculture college paid $12,500 to a state senator for directing money to...

Radio K

October 12, 1998

It was a public radio station director's worst nightmare: Midway through a pledge drive involving several local bands and celebrities, what was supposed to be a momentary pause in broadcasting ended up...

Campus bar patrons drink

July 13, 1998

Josh Dickey Sunday's late afternoon sun illuminated two more liters of Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss -- with lemons -- to grace the green, beer-spattered plastic table outside of Sally's Saloon and Eatery. "We...

Man receives fake phone number, faces rejection

June 8, 1998

Jeremy LaRoche watches TV in his living room, a sinking depression sapping his will to do anything but passively absorb another episode of CHiPs. "I don't really have the strength to move," he says, "except...

CD-ROM will help incoming freshmen adapt

June 4, 1998

Incoming freshmen who've never set foot on campus will know where to pay tuition and how to make appointments at Boynton Health Service if a new program goes as planned. Administrators and programmers...

IMG squeeze alters college

May 14, 1998

Red and blue numbers scribbled across University College Dean Hal Miller's dry-erase board told part of the story. In total, the college's budget partially sketched on the college dean's board left a...

New budget policy adds up for some, not others

May 5, 1998

Ten months after the Board of Regents passed a far-reaching policy creating incentives for better education, most agree on at least one thing the policy has fostered: confusion. Heralded as one of the...

Undercover motel raid nets five narcotics arrests

April 23, 1998

and Melanie Evans About 40 police officers raided the Gopher Campus Motor Lodge Wednesday evening, arresting five individuals for possession of marijuana and crack cocaine. The four adults and one juvenile...

From Minnesota to Baghdad and back: a man’s quest for his dream

April 6, 1998

Editor's note: About 50,000 students, faculty members, staff and visitors converge on the University's Twin Cities campus everyday. In the midst of this sea of people, it's easy for some to think of the...

Toxic leak

April 1, 1998

A class action suit accusing a southeast Minneapolis milling company of exposing area residents to a toxic fumigant leaves the door open for University community members to join in. Nine people have officially...

Coffman is the place for the tired and the weary

March 15, 1998

Your eyelids are heavy. Your neck is getting weaker, barely able to hold your head up straight. You look at the clock -- seven minutes until class ends. Your notes are now chicken scratches. The professor...

Clove cigarettes breathe originality

March 15, 1998

Night falls on the urban avenue. A chilled breeze rustles bare tree limbs with eerie, mid-winter clicking. Muted rustling of a paper cup rolling across asphalt carries for miles in the dry air. Lips affixed...

Blaine man’s body found

March 11, 1998

A Chicago police diver discovered a body Tuesday thought to be a Minnesota man who had traveled to Illinois to watch Gophers basketball and disappeared over the weekend. The body, found in the Chicago...

Conduct in Buggs trial is reviewed

March 5, 1998

Twelve new jurors might have to hear the account of Kami Talley's last words if the Minnesota Supreme Court decides the trial that convicted her murderer was invalid. The court heard arguments Wednesday...

City works to ensure safer fumigant use

March 3, 1998

Buried beneath a full agenda of committee reports at a recent neighborhood meeting lies an item simply called the "pest control issue." But many of the 30 people attending the Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood...

EPA studies company’s fumigant use

March 2, 1998

An investigator from the Environmental Protection Agency has been appointed to examine possible mishandlings of a deadly fumigant by a local milling company. Archer Daniels Midland Milling Co. owns a...

ey DNA evidence presented at trial

February 27, 1998

Although prosecutors said DNA evidence points to alleged rapist Antonio Burton's guilt, the woman who analyzed the evidence has made mistakes in the past. Prosecuting attorney Steve Redding called to...

Third woman testifies in trial

February 25, 1998

The one woman who was spared from sexual attack took the stand Tuesday in the trial of alleged rapist Antonio Burton in Hennepin County District Court. The woman was the only of three University students...

U-owned property spawns debate

February 2, 1998

Steam towers and concrete support beams from the ground on a University-owned tract of farmland in the southern suburb of Rosemount. Few remember when and why the odd-looking structures were built, more...

Napping makes public placessleepy spaces

January 28, 1998

For years, University students have engaged in the three R's of higher education -- reading, 'riting and resting. Sleeping on campus is a widespread phenomenon; students can be caught napping in nooks...

Public art invites interpretation, criticism

January 16, 1998

Thanks to a new University program, public art is popping up in unexpected places -- like on windows and stairs. The program, called Public Art on Campus, is responsible for coordinating at least 12 pieces...

Artwork lends function to U

January 16, 1998

One woman said it looks like a ball of yarn. Another said it's akin to a golf ball unraveling. A nearby sign explained that the object is meant to symbolize "global connections." No matter what their...

Student mentors teach possibilities of education

June 6, 1997

Along with buildings, bike paths and bookstores, Universities have bridges. But while most of these objects have physical foundations, not every bridge is visible. The University is currently building...

Community hopes to revitalize area

June 3, 1997

More than 120 people gathered in Van Cleve Park recently to discuss the future of their Southeast Minneapolis neighborhood. Community members placed affirmative neon green and cautionary blaze orange...

Affirmative action discussed in forum

May 27, 1997

and Nancy Ngo With portraits of 12 white, male, former University presidents surrounding them, about 25 students, professors and activists sat in the President's Room in Coffman Memorial Union on Friday...

Japanese art form finds beauty in plants

May 22, 1997

By wrapping dead tree limbs in white gauze, Japanese Ikebana sculptor Kosen Ohtsubo isolates the essential organic forms of the branches and calls attention to their earthly origins in the process. "Natural...

Quilt brings city residents together

May 19, 1997

About 250 residents of southeast Minneapolis blanketed East River Flats park Saturday in celebration, representing the different aspects of their communities much like a quilt of images on display. The...

Pedestrian bridge offers quiet respite

May 16, 1997

Poised above the reflecting waters of the Mississippi River, the East River Flats pedestrian bridge rests in a quiet enclave hidden down in the river gorge, away from urban bustle. Set about 300 feet...

Students honored at award ceremony aim for proactivity

May 15, 1997

An imaginary wheel spins in the mind of University graduate student Ruby Jones, and motivates her to raise two children while working and completing her master's degree in social work. "Basically, (the...

Society faces technological future

May 6, 1997

The Industrial Revolution has given way to the Information Age, and, in doing so, has propelled the societies of the world into an entirely new way of conceiving the planet and people around them. "This...

St. Paul suburbs reflect U’s influence

May 5, 1997

Editor's note: This is the third in a series discussing the diverse neighborhoods surroundings the University's Twin Cities campus. The parking lot behind the Milton Square shopping complex in the northern...

Chicano Studies at U is small, but growing

May 2, 1997

For 25 years now, the Chicano Studies department has survived several different challenges, ranging from possible shutdown to poor faculty retention to low funding. However, through it all, Chicano Studies...

Center helps small businesses

April 29, 1997

Students of Marshall University High probably never dreamed that one day the room they struggled to stay awake in for classes would be the home of more than 100 local businesses, including a few massage...

Dinkytown is low-stress but high-traffic

April 28, 1997

Editor's Note: This is the second in a weekly series, discussing the diverse neighborhoods surrounding the University's Twin Cities campus. On many spring afternoons, Dinkytown becomes a bustling hub...

he Identities of Cedar-Riverside

April 21, 1997

Nestled between the University, Interstates 35W and 94 and downtown Minneapolis, is an eclectic community known as the Cedar-Riverside area. Although most people could point to Cedar-Riverside on a map,...

Rally combats violence after dark

April 17, 1997

and Nancy Ngo The most visible display of Sexual Assault Awareness Month at the University happened Wednesday night in the dark. "Let's all unite! Take back the night!" chanted an exuberant crowd of about...

Chomsky visit quick, well-attended

April 16, 1997

Controversial sociopolitical theorist Noam Chomsky arrived at the Great Hall in Coffman Memorial Union on Tuesday afternoon with five minutes of downtime to collect his thoughts before speaking to an...

Brothersbond onthe river

April 15, 1997

Like the pillars of a pier, brothers Norman and Frank Holley have quietly withstood the current of time; they fish and watch the city change along the banks of the Mississippi. "I've come here since the...

Grad Fest offers tips to seniors

April 11, 1997

The beginning of the end arrived for about 3,200 University seniors Wednesday and Thursday as they strolled the maroon and gold isles of vendors and prospective employers in Grad Fest '97. Holly Hilden,...

Educator tackles stereotypes in outreach program

April 3, 1997

When they first see him, most people assume that Newrwr Abdul-Wahid is a middle-aged African-American interested in the social sciences and athletics. In reality, he is a 23-year-old who originally enrolled...

aint the town

March 31, 1997

Like the mythical Jack Frost dotting the leaves and rooftops of America with his intricate patterns of frost, graffiti writers emerge at night and leave their squiggly marks on their world. But then again,...

Mussels needed but endangered

March 14, 1997

In an isolated chamber, amid the continuous murmur of bubbling water from the scores of experimental fishtanks, University researcher Mark Hove is studying the intricacies of the life cycle of mussels. But...

Distance learning is education innovation

March 7, 1997

Time and space are just two obstacles to learning that distance education aims to bridge, through a combination of speed-of-light telecommunications and tried-and-true channels like the mail. "I use distance...

Undergrads are heart of U2000 plan

March 6, 1997

and Jessica Steeno If University administrators live up to their promises, freshmen entering the University this fall will be better prepared and suffer fewer bureaucratic headaches than those who started...

Musician talks about blues

March 3, 1997

To musician and novelist Arthur Flowers, the blues are about discovering one's true inner-self through an acceptance of the challenges that God puts in front of everyone. "Down in the Delta, we look at...

Arboretum gets a green thumbs up

February 27, 1997

Down in Frog Hollow, a building on the University's Landscape Arboretum in Chanhassen, volunteers practice making greeting cards with pressed flowers and melted crayons. Located 25 miles southwest of...

Using a tool for the future

February 20, 1997

Digital technology: The University has asked $195 million for it and it's a big part of Gov. Arne Carlson's blueprint for bringing Minnesota into the 21st century. But administrators and politicians have...

Signs point student to deaf education

February 13, 1997

Most people rely on their hands in some way for their livelihood, but for some, their hands are the key for gaining entry into their culture. Delrene Schmidt is a graduate student studying deaf education...

Students enjoy this paper chase

February 10, 1997

In the basement of Kaufert Laboratory, students throw chipped wood into a machine that pressure-cooks it at 320 degrees Fahrenheit until it turns into pulp. This is a basic paper-making course, where...

People warming up to quiltmaking as an art

February 4, 1997

Improvisational quiltmaking has gone far beyond its original purpose of keeping people warm in bed; in the last decade, it has come to be seen as a distinct art form. Usually, improvisational quiltmakers...

Trying topull together

January 29, 1997

Biology at the University will have a different face in coming years if proposals currently being discussed by faculty members and administrators are implemented. But although basic goals motivating the...

t. Paul’s best kept secret

January 27, 1997

The hustle of academic life in the hallways of the St. Paul Student Center dissolves within the gentle light and soft music surrounding the puffy, colorful artifacts in the Paul Whitney Larson Gallery. Just...

Vet school revamps curriculum

January 21, 1997

It's becoming an all-too-common paradox in higher education: The abstract academic exercises required in many courses, such as fact memorization and lecture absorption, do not fully prepare students for...

Public art can draw attention

January 15, 1997

"The big silver thing by the bookstore" is both a common reference point for East Bank pedestrians, and one of several examples of public art on campus. The true purpose of public art is debatable, some...

Small-town Morris shares big issues with U

January 13, 1997

MORRIS -- In west central Minnesota, an island of academic pursuit floats amid a sea of agriculture. The University of Minnesota --Morris exists in a rural, Midwestern town, a setting that is much different...

Agricultural site is grounds for a debate

December 4, 1996

Editor's note: This is part three in a three-part series about the University's response to urban sprawl in the Twin Cities. Seen from a car, the paved roads lined with neat suburban lawns and cookie-cutter...

U plays role in combating urban sprawl

December 3, 1996

A line of cars puffing clouds of exhaust and steam wait on a wide University street in morning rush-hour traffic, momentarily paused on their way to the flat asphalt parking lots that dot the fringes...

Suburbs’ spread threatens quality of city life

December 2, 1996

America's cities once teemed with street corner shops and immigrants from every corner of the globe. But the melting-pot cities of old have lost some of their spirit to the sprawling suburbs that now...

Event reflects on Million Man March

November 22, 1996

The Million Man March sparked several national debates in the days leading up to and following the Oct. 16, 1995, rally in Washington, D.C. The discussions left unanswered the question of whether such...

Professor reaps agriculture prize, $50,000

November 15, 1996

He is a scientist with much to brag about, but University Professor of Agronomy Don Rasmusson is humble about the extent his work in barley crop varieties has affected agriculture. "Crop variety is only...

On wheels, on foot, ballet company dazzles U’s eyes

November 14, 1996

Of the three dancers who made their way onstage, only two danced on their toes. The third, Mary Verdi-Fletcher, coasted in her wheelchair. "People need to see that they can achieve their dreams and aspirations...

U mulls uses for rural land

November 11, 1996

Minnesota farmland is often the battleground between the rural tradition and suburban encroachment. Nowhere is this struggle more evident than on the University's 12-square-mile Rosemount property in...

Comic thinks globally, performs locally

November 11, 1996

Ted the talking tennis ball lip-synched the Beatles' "Revolution," his spongy mouth and puppet eyes moving like a cross between Ringo Starr and Pac Man. Ted's purpose was to teach an environmental lesson,...

Theories about conservation evolving

November 5, 1996

Spotted owls and other endangered species may not always be worth saving, according to contemporary environmental-resource theories being discussed this quarter at the University. Instead of saving individual...

The whole world’s a school

November 4, 1996

Most people who have volunteered for the Peace Corps say the experience changed their lives, but not many can say it as sincerely as Kevin Burns does. In addition to his eye-opening cultural exposure,...

Forum gives minorities a voice in journalism

November 4, 1996

any minorities who find themselves stonewalled when applying for media positions are denied more than jobs -- they're also denied their constitutional rights to free speech, according to the Freedom Forum. The...

Career Day puts ‘resources at fingertips’

October 24, 1996

Despite the fact that few of the companies present were hiring, hundreds of University students showed up to shake hands, trade phone numbers and network with possible employers. The 1996 Agricultural...

If the shoe doesn’t fit, doctoral student can help

October 22, 1996

Our feet have been fighting a war against mass-produced shoes since the 1700s, and a new method developed by a University researcher may help us even the odds. Susan Sokolowski, a doctoral candidate in...

Homecoming breakfast honors farmers

October 21, 1996

University alumni, students and staff members ate a $7 breakfast Saturday and paid only 50 cents -- the price that a farmer would receive for the food in a wholesale market. More than 350 people attended...

St. Paul campus hosts Homecoming contests

October 16, 1996

A warming sun shone brightly Tuesday on the St. Paul Campus Mall, as Homecoming royalty hopefuls milked cows and cheer squads chanted their Gopher pride as part of St. Paul Campus Day. "You couldn't have...

and Nancy Ngo R…

October 14, 1996

and Nancy Ngo Rapid drumbeats drove the footsteps of 40 dancers in the normally quiet North Star Ballroom in the St. Paul Student Center. The jingle dresses of some female dancers provided a musical accompaniment,...

Board of Colleges dedicated to voice of St. Paul students

October 11, 1996

The four miles that separate the St. Paul campus and Morrill Hall can seem like an unbridgeable chasm -- impossible for concerned students to cross. The St. Paul Board of Colleges is dedicated to countering...

Study examines youth job trends

October 9, 1996

A new University study is focusing on why high school and college students drop out, and what skills students need to ensure a livable wage. "The study is basically a look at the educational and economic...

Changes come to Homecoming

October 7, 1996

Elizabeth O'Sullivan The celebrations before the football game between the Gophers and the Michigan State Spartans will include events designed to draw participation from students faculty, students' parents...

School’s ranking slip spurs talks of overhaul

October 3, 1996

With nearly one in three professors at the University teaching in the biological sciences, the proposed reorganization of biology education might radically change the nature of education here. Or then,...

College pioneersfirst automated job line at the U

October 1, 1996

In addition to their bank account balances and voice mail messages, some University students can now get information about jobs and internships over the telephone. Students and alumni from the College...

Center looks like, serves as crossroads

September 27, 1996

The St. Paul campus has traditionally prided itself on its slower-paced, closely knit community. At the St. Paul Student Center, workers and administrators are trying to make the campus student union...

St. Paul campus has own charms

September 24, 1996

The occasional smell of manure on the St. Paul campus is, to some faculty members, preferable to the more common odor of automobile exhaust in Minneapolis. Yet some students who attend the University...

Student rides waves, studies at same time

July 22, 1996

During her summer of study abroad, Alex Larson's campus had all of the typical amenities and one additional feature -- it floated. "It's like a floating university," Larson said about the S.S. Universe...

Using both backpack straps may ease neck, shoulder strain

June 19, 1996

Unexplained soreness and fatigue in the neck, shoulders or back could signal that a student is overloading or misusing his backpack. "We do see that it can be a problem," said Karen Swanson, a registered...

Designer stresses importance of color

June 17, 1996

If Uwe Koos had his way, University classrooms would be more colorful on their outsides and more neutral on their insides. Koos, a color consultant from a German design company, StoDesign, spent last...