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Electrical Engineering sophomore Yilia Yang throws hot water into the air to watch it freeze on Wednesday, Jan. 31 in the East Bank Mall. Yang had the day off because classes were cancelled due to extremely low temperatures.

Ope, it’s cold: UMN campus adjusts to sub-zero chill

January 31, 2019

University of Minnesota students — many covered in scarves, face masks and even ski goggles — braved the harsh weather in a few of the state's coldest days in more than 20 years. The extreme cold prompted...

Frigid temps cause UMN to cancel class

January 29, 2019

Due to "extremely cold temperatures" forecasted, the University of Minnesota has canceled classes for part of the day on Tuesday, lasting through Wednesday. In an email sent to the University on Monday...

UMN researchers use photos to better understand MN ecosystem

January 25, 2019

Netherlands resident Jolanda van Weeren spends her day working part-time at a bookstore, tending to her home and, when she has free time, analyzing pictures of Minnesota animals as part of a University...

UCSD's Zor performs a series of dances centered around The Giving Tree book and and a brother and sister struggling to cope with loss, at the Orpheum Theater during Jazba 2018 on Saturday, March 3.

Jazba receives one of the highest student services fees fund amounts, focuses on philanthropy

December 13, 2018

Jazba Entertainment, an organization rooted in philanthropy, received the largest allocation of Student Service Fee funds from the University of Minnesota for the upcoming spring semester. For 2019 spring...

Some UMN winter sports struggle with Minnesota’s warmer winters

December 10, 2018

Two years ago, the University of Minnesota's Nordic Ski Team experienced one of the worst winters for cross country skiers in memory because of the season's warmer temperatures. The cancellation of the...

A university freshman smokes a marijuana blunt on the Mississippi River's west bank on Friday, Nov. 30. The student has been smoking since his senior year in high school and doesn't plan to stop, mentioning that it doesn't inhibit his studies at all.

Higher and higher: University sees rise in reported student marijuana use

December 3, 2018

Around 11 p.m. once a week, a freshman heads outside to a spot near his residence hall to smoke marijuana out of a bong he's named "Bentley." He smokes outside to avoid getting caught by his community...

Sorority Panhellenic Council President Jill Yazejian poses for a portrait at the Purple Onion on Tuesday, Nov 20 in Dinkytown.

Incoming Greek life presidents discuss goals, initiatives

November 26, 2018

The Minnesota Daily sat down with the recently-elected presidents of the Panhellenic Council and the Interfraternity Council before they take office next semester.  Incoming Panhellenic Council President...

Higher number of student groups apply for funding

November 21, 2018

The highest number of student groups in recent years are seeking Student Services Fees funding for next semester. The Office for Student Affairs is currently deliberating how to allocate student group...

Kinesiology senior Jared Antilla watches over the crowd from a balcony at the Sssdude-Fest Block Party on Saturday, April 22, 2017.

University fraternities roll out hard alcohol ban

November 12, 2018

Fraternities at the University of Minnesota are still figuring out how to implement a hard-alcohol ban that just went into effect. The North American Interfraternity Conference's ban, announced in August,...

Members of the University of Minnesota's Cooking Club gather outside the kitchen in Coffman Union to enjoy the cuban club sandwiches they prepared together.

Cooking club finally comes to UMN

November 9, 2018

How did the new Minnesota Cooking Club come to exist on campus? The answer involves a love of food, the social networking website Reddit and a persistent University of Minnesota graduate student who wanted...

Siouxsie Steengrafe plays a game of Overwatch with the University ESports team on Sunday, Oct. 28. Steengrafe uses the computer game as a creative outlet for her competitive nature.

‘Overwatch’ team dominates growing campus esports scene

November 1, 2018

When Siouxsie Steengrafe is not in class or playing for the club lacrosse team, she is healing her teammates and racking up kills on a virtual battlefield as a member of the University's nationally-ranked...

Captain Mark Kelly, center left, engages in a round table conversation as part of Gabby Giffords,' center right, Courage to Fight Gun Violence Campaign at the Graduate Hotel on Friday, Oct. 26. 

Political candidates, activists discuss gun control

October 27, 2018

Minnesota politicians, students and community activists gathered for a round table discussion Friday morning to share stories and discuss the importance of using policy to help end gun violence. 5th Congressional...

Phi Sigma Epsilon fraternity members, alumni, family and friends of Aloma Kewana Gibson meet together at the Pourhouse in Uptown following his funeral on Saturday, Oct. 20. Gibson was the chef at Phi Sigma Epsilon for 23 years. Fraternity members raised $12,000 in six days on Go Fund Me to pay for Gibson's funeral expenses.

Fraternity celebrates chef of 23 years

October 22, 2018

On Saturday afternoon, over 100 people gathered at the Pourhouse in Uptown to celebrate the life of Sigma Phi Epsilon's beloved and oldest chef. Aloma “Gib” Gibson died earlier this month at 76 years...

Dining halls expand vegan and vegetarian dining options

October 18, 2018

New vegan and vegetarian options were rolled out at University residential dining halls this semester in an effort to encourage healthier eating. The new options include a new made-to-order vegan saute...

Alpha Gamma Rho is seen on Wednesday, Oct. 10 near the Saint Paul campus. A member of the fraternity died as a result of alcohol-related complications in September.

University chapter of Alpha Gamma Rho suspended following member’s death

October 15, 2018

Immediately following the alcohol-related death of 20-year-old University of Minnesota student Dylan Fulton in September, the University's Alpha Gamma Rho chapter was suspended, according to a statement...

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University creating Islamic studies program

October 8, 2018

The University of Minnesota has taken the first steps to roll out an Islamic studies program following pressure from some members of the Religious Studies (RELS) program. Currently, students can graduate...

Todd Gramenz addresses the crowd at a demonstration put on by Students for a Democratic Society. The event, held on Thursday, Oct. 4 outside of Coffman Memorial Union, opposed Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court.

Students protest ahead of Kavanaugh vote

October 5, 2018

Around 40 people gathered outside Coffman Union on Thursday evening to protest the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.  The protest, organized by the University of Minnesota’s...

Zach Kosel and Dan Davidson watch to see if they make the cup during a beer pong game outside their fraternity on Friday, April 20 in Minneapolis.

UMN fraternities ban hard alcohol

October 1, 2018

On Sunday, fraternities at the University of Minnesota banned hard alcohol following the announcement of a nation-wide ban from the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC). The University of Minnesota...

Architecture senior Belinda Xiong creates a cardboard model to represent a juvenile corrections facility at Rapson Hall on Monday, Sept. 24 on East Bank campus. Xiong and her class visited an adult correctional facility and a rehabilitation facility to learn firsthand how the spaces work.

UMN architecture students hope to redesign local juvenile rehab facilities

September 28, 2018

Students in a University of Minnesota architecture class are researching juvenile rehabilitation centers — with the ultimate goal of improving a local center through suggestions. The semester-long class,...

Mary Begley, Dana Saari, Erin Kindell, Brit Lindsay, and Neva Hubbert members of Women in Architecture Student Organization, or WiASO, pose for a photo in front of their exhibit,

New exhibit highlights female architects

September 17, 2018

Members of a University of Minnesota student group designed an exhibit to improve representation of women in the field.  Women in Architecture Student Organization, which is dedicated to promoting...

University of Minnesota librarians take on Wikipedia edits

September 13, 2018

University of Minnesota librarians are helping edit, add and update Wikipedia pages.  Kristen Mastel, a University librarian at Magrath Library, has been helping University faculty enhance Wikipedia...

One found dead in UMN fraternity house

September 12, 2018

A 20-year-old University of Minnesota student was found dead by police at a University fraternity house Wednesday morning.  The student has been identified as Dylan Fulton, a member of the Alpha Gamma...

Freshman Khalid Abdalla plays ladder toss at the Eid celebration organized by the Muslim Student Association and the Al-Madinah Cultural Center on Thursday, Sept. 6 in front of Coffman Memorial Union.

Annual Eid celebration may be in its last year on campus

September 10, 2018

The annual Eidrageous celebration put on by the Muslim Students Association and Al-Madinah Cultural Center may be absent from the University of Minnesota campus next year. This year, the Muslim holiday...

Phi Delta Theta returns to campus

September 4, 2018

After a brief stint off campus, a fraternity is currently in the process of reestablishing itself at the University of Minnesota.  The Phi Delta Theta fraternity will return to the University this...