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After mulling ov…

Published June 9, 1997

After mulling over numerous tall tales and zany stories for our December "Urban Legends" issue, I decided to write an absurd, ridiculous whopper that no one would ever believe. Using elements of an existing...

Hasselmo adviser has been a bridge in divisive times

Published May 21, 1997

In his three years as a top University administrator, Mario Bognanno has learned the behind-the-scenes mechanisms of power. The burly, bespectacled Iowan has been an important piston in the Hasselmo administration's...

Old research center may not become dorm

Published May 15, 1997

High construction and maintenance costs might scuttle plans to renovate an East Bank campus landmark into student housing, University officials say. Plans to renovate the 73-year-old Mineral Resources...

Williamson plaza to handle light traffic

Published May 9, 1997

Duluth -- The University's Board of Regents approved a plan Thursday that would reconnect Pillsbury Drive between Church and Pleasant streets after more than 20 years of separation. The road will "historically...

Accomplished CLA deanelected to arts academy

Published April 30, 1997

Steven Rosenstone, dean of the University's College of Liberal Arts, was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences earlier this month for his contributions to the study of American politics. "He's...

As students move in, community moves out

Published April 21, 1997

Frank Zaragoza remembers a time when the Motley neighborhood of Southeast Minneapolis was a quiet place with a strong sense of community. "Forty years ago it was like a little village. Most people who...

Award-winning columnist to speak at U

Published April 14, 1997

Molly Ivins has never been afraid to say what she thinks. The nationally syndicated political columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram has skewered politicians for years with her razor-sharp wit, incisive...

Reciprocity: is inequality good policy?

Published April 11, 1997

Brian Malzer assumed he would have a financial advantage over students attending the University from out of state. After all, the third-year environmental engineering student grew up two blocks away from...

New regents’ outlook positive

Published March 14, 1997

Handshakes and smiles greeted new members of the Board of Regents on Thursday as the members began their first day of duty on the University's 12-member governing body. Bob Bergland, David Metzen and...

Hasselmo, Yudof agree on U2000 goals

Published March 12, 1997

Editor's note: Halfway through the University 2000 planning process, its chief architect plans to retire. University President Nils Hasselmo will be succeeded in July by Mark Yudof, the current executive...

Administration well-suited to provost system

Published March 10, 1997

While the shape and size of the University's administration was never a specific target of University 2000, a number of significant bureaucratic reforms have taken place since the school implemented the...

U2000: A plan in flux

Published March 3, 1997

Editor's note: Today the Daily kicks off a series of articles about University 2000, the often-cited but frequently misunderstood administrative plan to improve education and research at the University. With...

Report: U is failing to keep faculty of color

Published February 14, 1997

The University fell short last year in its efforts to recruit and retain faculty members of color, according to a report delivered to the Board of Regents on Thursday. "I'm not proud of this report because...

Neel recommended by 1st District caucus

Published February 13, 1997

H. Bryan Neel leapt another hurdle in his race to gain a second term on the Board of Regents Wednesday when he received a key endorsement from his congressional district's legislative caucus. But the...

Regent candidates start interview process today

Published February 12, 1997

The regent selection process enters a new phase today, as candidates begin interviews with legislators from the congressional districts they seek to represent. Six candidates vying for three of the five...

IRS provides help with tax filing by phone

Published February 10, 1997

At the end of life's long road awaits death; and at end of the year awaits the tax collector. Although neither death nor taxes can be avoided, at least the Internal Revenue Service has made preparing...

Group offers new plan to select regents

Published February 6, 1997

The procedure for selecting regents to the University's 12-member governing board might be radically altered if the Legislature adopts recommendations offered by a citizens' committee last month. The...

Neel, O’Keefe make the first cut

Published January 29, 1997

Finalists for five open seats on the Board of Regents were announced Tuesday. Among the finalists are current regents Michael O'Keefe and H. Bryan Neel, and former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Bob Bergland. In...

Neel defends place on board

Published January 28, 1997

Among those interviewed Monday for the five open seats on the University's 12-member governing board were current Regent H. Bryan Neel and former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Bob Bergland. The end of...

O’Keefe appears solid in interview

Published January 27, 1997

and Jessica Steeno Interviews for the Board of Regents continued Friday as several prominent candidates, including current Regent Michael O'Keefe and former speaker of the Minnesota House Harry Sieben,...

Regent candidate interviews underway

Published January 24, 1997

Jockeying for five open seats on the University's Board of Regents began in earnest Thursday as seven of the 23 candidates for the board underwent preliminary interviews with the Regent Candidate Advisory...

Archive center stays in limbo

Published January 17, 1997

Gov. Carlson's State of the State address Thursday failed to resolve the future of one of the University's top building projects. The library and archive center that is supposed to solve the University's...

Yudof begins orientation in 2nd visit

Published January 15, 1997

Mark Yudof returns for his second tour of the tundra today, as he begins a week-long series of briefings aimed at bringing the president-elect up to speed on University matters. Yudof, the executive vice...

Regent race gets underway

Published January 13, 1997

The race for the Board of Regents officially began Friday with the announcement of candidates to fill five seats on the 12-member governing board. The announcement by the Regent Candidate Advisory Council...

Regents may tinker with tuition, fees

Published January 10, 1997

The Board of Regents on Thursday empowered University administrators to draft a policy that would change tuition rates and make assessing extraneous course fees more difficult. The University currently...

Board will examine U housing

Published January 9, 1997

For a change, the monthly meetings of the Board of Regents today and Friday won't be filled with major policy decisions or contentious debates. The regents will, however, discuss the possible expansion...

Kim tackled touchy issues, faced critics

Published January 9, 1997

When Hyon Kim became a regent in 1994, she was unaware of the troubles she would face serving as the first-ever Asian-American woman on the 12-member Board of Regents. "I was pretty naive as a public...

Kim expresses disgust with treatment

Published January 9, 1997

Hyon Kim bowed out of the race for her own seat on the Board of Regents in a brief fax to news organizations late last night. When the Daily spoke to Kim, who had described herself as a "tenacious" fighter,...

Controversy, job demands lead to small regent pool

Published January 6, 1997

Serving as a member of the Board of Regents can be a thankless task. No pay, long hours, and an endless barrage of criticism makes the job unattractive to many. And that is a problem, especially with...

Old troubles haunt new year

Published January 6, 1997

and Andrew Tellijohn The federal government made sure the holiday season was anything but jolly for University officials. On Dec. 19 the U.S. Department of Justice sued the University for fraud over its...

President-elect promises a new era of excellence

Published January 6, 1997

Mark Yudof, executive vice president and provost of the University of Texas at Austin, will become the 14th president of the University in July. Yudof accepted the position after the Board of Regents...

Field narrows as Muse bows out

Published December 6, 1996

In a surprise announcement Thursday, William Muse, president of Auburn University, withdrew from consideration for the presidency of the University. Muse dropped out of contention after signing a five-year...

Presidential finalists to visit campus next week

Published December 4, 1996

The three finalists for president of the University are coming to town. Next week, the finalists will visit the University and meet with the Board of Regents, faculty, students and local media in public...

Judith Ramaley

Published November 27, 1996

Judith Ramaley is widely regarded as a national leader in higher education reform. As president of Portland State University, she transformed a financially ailing school into a national success story...

State flexes muscle in University affairs

Published November 19, 1996

Michael O'Keefe has some very strong opinions about the future of the University. O'Keefe, 56, the executive vice president of the McKnight Foundation, was named the Board of Regent's newest member Monday...

Hospital workers set to sue U

Published November 15, 1996

Some University Hospital workers are expected to file suit against the University in federal court today demanding that the school live up to a contract it signed with union employees. The suit, which...

End of search draws closer

Published November 12, 1996

The veil of secrecy surrounding candidates for the next president of the University might be lifted this week. Board of Regents Chairman Tom Reagan said Friday that a list of three to five finalists for...

Bond plan gets approval

Published November 8, 1996

The Board of Regents approved a resolution Thursday giving University administrators the power to restructure more than $189 million of the University's $300 million debt. The resolution, which was passed...

Students take issue with harassment law

Published November 4, 1996

ittle did members of the Student Organization for Animal Rights know that their protest of a deer hunt in 1994 would spawn a battle pitting the First Amendment's guarantee of free speech against a Minnesota...

Fund-raising group selects new chairwoman

Published November 1, 1996

The first woman ever to head the University's main private fund-raising organization was elected Oct. 26 at a University of Minnesota Foundation trustee's meeting. Luella Gross Goldberg, the former acting...

PSO decries threats to academic freedom at U

Published October 31, 1996

Academic freedom faces serious threats from tenure reform and U2000, University President Nils Hasselmo's plan to restructure the school, said members of the Progressive Student Organization at a meeting...

Clinton visits Target Center

Published October 29, 1996

President Clinton gave a boost to U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone's tight senatorial campaign on Monday by stumping for the Minnesota incumbent in front of a large partisan crowd at the Target Center. Clinton...

Publicity mayhurt search for president

Published October 24, 1996

The search for a successor to University President Nils Hasselmo is proceeding on schedule, said members of the search committee in charge of naming the next leader of the University. But considering...

Enrollmentof minoritiesrises slightly

Published October 22, 1996

The University might be moving closer to accomplishing its goals of increasing minority enrollment, based on a student registration report released Monday. The University report, which provides official...

Has ‘rape drug’ come to campus?

Published October 17, 1996

Kristin, a College of Liberal Arts sophomore, awoke after a night of dancing at a popular downtown nightclub with bruises all over her body and no memory of how she got them. The last thing she recalls...

A message for the next century

Published October 14, 1996

When the time capsule encased behind the cornerstone of the Basic Sciences and Biomedical Engineering Building is opened in 2096, the secrets it reveals will provide future Minnesotans with a glimpse...

U can dance if U want to for Safer Sex Week

Published October 11, 1996

Sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies are nothing to laugh at, especially when they are preventable. But laugh -- and learn -- is exactly what Boynton Health Service hopes students will...

Epidemiologist: Infectious diseases pose increasing threat

Published October 11, 1996

Infectious diseases, such as AIDS, cholera and tuberculosis, pose a serious threat to the world's population, said Dr. Michael Osterholm, one of the state's top public health officials. Osterholm, the...

Cancer pioneer to get award

Published October 7, 1996

Had B.J. Kennedy been a better math student, he might have become an architect. Instead, the man called the father of oncology by his colleagues is a world-famous University physician, renowned for his...

Fairviewmerger delayed

Published September 30, 1996

Despite a planned Oct. 1 deadline for signing the paperwork finalizing the merger between University Hospital and Fairview Health System, administrators have pushed back the date. Officials from both...

New building awaits grand opening

Published September 27, 1996

The gala opening of the $62.7 million Basic Sciences and Biomedical Engineering Building on October 11 could usher in a new era of interdisciplinary scientific research at the University. Gov. Carlson,...

U campus boasts two new residence halls

Published September 27, 1996

The University has long been thought of as a commuter campus, lacking a stronger sense of community because of the large numbers of students living away from campus. This fall, University officials hope...

Regents elect medical center trustees

Published September 27, 1996

Although the merger between University Hospital and Fairview Health System has not been finalized, officials from the two institutions have taken steps to ensure that the proposed Fairview-University...

Ad campaign promoting medical center ends Friday

Published September 26, 1996

Fairview Health System will end on Friday its first advertising campaign promoting the planned Riverside-University Medical Center. The campaign features a single 30-second TV spot and shows doctors,...

University’s right to sell hospital is questioned

Published September 26, 1996

The leadership of over 1000 embattled American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees at the University Hospital delivered what they hope will be a blow to the merger between University Hospital...

‘Master Plan’ lays out a new look for the U

Published September 24, 1996

When the Board of Regents, meeting in Morris, Minn., unanimously approved master architectural and landscaping plans for the University on September 5, the framework was set for an eventual redefinition...

New leukemia treatment found

Published August 16, 1996

Researchers at the University's Cancer Center may have found a new treatment for people suffering from a common form of leukemia. The researchers developed a therapeutic agent that destroys myeloid leukemia...

Hospital workers rally for union continuance

Published August 14, 1996

A handful of University Hospital workers protested the planned merger between University Hospital and Fairview Health System on Monday by handing out leaflets in front of Fairview Riverside Medical Center...

U doctors to create practice group

Published August 9, 1996

University Medical School officials are setting the foundation for what will be one of the largest and most comprehensive medical practice groups in the Midwest. Last month, Medical School faculty members...

HealthPartners’ decision will not affect U-Fairview’s plans

Published August 7, 1996

The merger between University Hospital and Fairview Health System will not be jeopardized by HealthPartners' decision Monday to refer fewer patients to Fairview Riverside Medical Center, University officials...

U Health center signs with firm

Published August 2, 1996

The University's Academic Health Center and HealthPartners, one of Minnesota's largest managed care organizations, signed a five-year educational affiliation contract Wednesday. Under the agreement, HealthPartners...

U-Fairview deal approvedby regents

Published July 31, 1996

In a move aimed at preserving the education and research mission of the University's Academic Health Center, the Board of Regents agreed Monday to sell University Hospital to Fairview Health System for...

Final mergervote on table

Published July 29, 1996

A resolution that would give University administrators the power to finalize the proposed merger between University Hospital and Fairview Health System will be presented today for Board of Regents approval. If...

U workers fear merger approval

Published July 22, 1996

With the merger between University Hospital and Clinic and Fairview Health System scheduled for Board of Regents approval next week, many unionized hospital workers are looking with dread and fear at...

Professor tests animals despite threats

Published July 16, 1996

Psychiatry professor Marilyn Carroll has long been a target of animal rights activists for performing research on laboratory animals that she says is vital to understanding the mechanisms of drug addiction. In...

Dentistry dean position filled temporarily

Published July 15, 1996

Dr. Michael Till, a professor in the Department of Preventive Sciences, will assume the interim deanship of the School of Dentistry today. Till, a faculty member at the University for 25 years, takes...

Bowel transplants are successful

Published July 15, 1996

The two recipients of the first successful bowel transplants in Minnesota history were released Friday from University Hospital Dr. Rainer Gruessner, the surgeon in both transplants, said Carl Knutson,...

U is on cutting edge of transplant technology

Published July 8, 1996

With any luck, future patients in need of transplants will find a plentiful supply of organs at the University. The catch, however, is that the organs to be transplanted might not come from human donors,...

Drug sparks controversy

Published July 1, 1996

When the Food and Drug Administration approved the blood clot-dissolving drug Activase for the emergency treatment of stroke victims earlier this month, new hope was offered to the nearly 400,000 Americans...

Health center provost discusses restructuring plans at meeting

Published June 28, 1996

Academic Health Center Provost Frank Cerra told more than 100 faculty and staff Wednesday at a town hall meeting that he doesn't believe in laying off employees in times of trouble. As the center continues...

U doctors perform rare bowel transplant

Published June 26, 1996

University surgeons performed what they believe to be the world's first father-to-son bowel transplant Friday when they removed a 6-foot section of small intestine from a father and transplanted it to...

Former U professor, prime minister dies

Published June 24, 1996

Former Greek Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou, a University professor in the 1940s and '50s, died Sunday of heart failure at his home in suburban Athens. Papandreou, 77, taught economics at the University...

Forum evokes apathetic response

Published June 21, 1996

Academic Health Center Provost Frank Cerra revealed little new information about the center's reorganization efforts Wednesday at a town hall meeting for students, staff and faculty members in Mayo Auditorium. Laurel...

University mothers milk benefits of nursing room

Published June 19, 1996

In an effort to accommodate students, faculty and staff members who want to feed breast milk to their newborns, Boynton Health Services has opened a new nursing mothers room in its Women's Clinic. The...

Nurse promotes spiritual health care techniques

Published June 19, 1996

Physical wellness occurs when the body has a balanced and free-flowing stream of energy, said Marilyn Parker Bach, a registered nurse at University Hospital's Center for Spiritual Care and Healing. An...

Regents expected to OK dean

Published June 12, 1996

Department of Pediatrics Chairman Alfred F. Michael will become the interim dean of the Medical School next week pending approval Friday by the Board of Regents. Michael would take over for Dr. Frank...

Cerra reveals new plans for effective health center

Published June 11, 1996

Academic Health Center Provost Frank Cerra unveiled a draft of new organizational structures for the health center Wednesday. He spoke at a weekly meeting of faculty and staff members who are helping...

Former U president discusses funding

Published May 17, 1996

A credibility gap exists between research universities and society, former University President Dr. Kenneth H. Keller told 50 University staff members Thursday at the Earle Brown Continuing Education...