The Minnesota Daily

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U renters protest, sue landlord Eischens

May 7, 2003

When she moved into her new house at 808 Fifth St. S.E. last September, Jessica Opad did not expect all this. She did not expect to spend the next year on the phone with the housing inspection department....

U study: good news for organic farming

April 29, 2003

Organic food farmers and aficionados received good news this month through the publication of a University study. The 10-year study shows only slight decreases in corn and soybean yields when organic farming...

AIDS programs shift focus, target at-risk populations

April 9, 2003

Most college students remember sex education classes from high school. Teachers might have preached abstinence, condom use or a combination of both, but one thing remained constant. The simple message...

Students can charge books to U accounts

April 7, 2003

For all those who have sat through three weeks of class without books while they wait for their financial aid check to arrive, help is on the way. Starting today, students can buy books at University Bookstores...

Court hears arguments on Michigan admissions

April 2, 2003

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in a case involving admissions practices at the University of Michigan that could affect how all public universities consider race in student admissions. The...

Presidential candidates claim U promised secrecy

March 27, 2003

Despite warm temperatures this week, a blizzard of paperwork spewed from both sides preparing for appeal in the case involving Minnesota's largest print media organizations and the University Board of...

Five media organizations win Regents lawsuit

March 24, 2003

A Hennepin County District Judge ruled in favor of five media organizations in their lawsuit against the University Board of Regents, saying the regents violated state law by keeping finalists' names and...

U dean assists on postwar Iraq report

March 13, 2003

War with Iraq is going to cost a lot more than Americans are currently prepared to pay, according to a report co-authored by a University administrator that was released Wednesday. Brian Atwood, dean of...

U student antiwar group finds itself on watch list

March 6, 2003

Members of the University group Students Against War were surprised to see themselves listed among groups law enforcement organizations should track in a story in Wednesday's Star Tribune. The story was...

Media lawsuit continues as U attorneys seek summary judgment

February 25, 2003

Legal maneuvering continued in the court case involving the Board of Regents' presidential selection process as the University filed papers claiming it is not required to turn over discovery materials...

Paradigm bookstore is unconcerned by copyright lawsuit

February 25, 2003

Paradigm Course Resource - the University's main supplier of course packets - is being sued for copyright infringement. The suit was filed in federal district court Monday on behalf of Elsevier Inc., The...

Student’s arrest highlights ongoing illicit acts

February 21, 2003

A University student was arrested and ticketed for indecent conduct Thursday following a complaint of people engaging in sexual activity in a Willey Hall bathroom. Uniformed officers who responded to the...

Trial delayed for suspects in U football player’s death

February 4, 2003

The suspect and suspected accomplice in the shooting death of a Minnesota football player have been granted continuances and will not go to trial this month. Jermaine Stansberry, charged with second-degree...

Regents’, media groups’ dispute awaits judgment

February 3, 2003

The fate of a lawsuit that might fundamentally affect the way the University Board of Regents operates is now in the hands of a Hennepin County District Court judge. Judge Pamela Alexander heard legal...

University Board of Regents file motion to dismiss lawsuit

January 31, 2003

The legal battle lines are drawn and arguments are set to begin in the lawsuit filed by five Minnesota media organizations against the University's Board of Regents. Lawyers for the plaintiffs - which...

No longer sitting dormant, Coffman Union comes alive

January 22, 2003

There was free cake and a malfunctioning escalator, speakers and a pep band rendition of the rouser, complimentary bowling and plenty of questions for the folks working the information desk. But most of...

Coffman Union bookstore set to open in six weeks

January 21, 2003

Though Coffman Union officially opens Tuesday, one of its major draws for students won't be ready for another six weeks. The University's new bookstore, which will consolidate the East and West bank stores...

Coffman Union reaches its final stages

December 13, 2002

Back in February 1999, a story in The Minnesota Daily asked students to picture Coffman Union as a leaky tire. For a while - being broke students, after all - they took the short-term approach, refilling...

Student Services Fees Committee voting begins

December 5, 2002

Applications are in and the voting process has begun to select the members of the Student Services Fees Committee for the 2002-03 school year. The application deadline was last Wednesday, and interviews...

Suit against regents proceeds despite announcement

November 8, 2002

Despite the unveiling of the Board of Regents' choice for a new University president, litigation against the board for violating Minnesota's open meetings and open records laws will proceed. Lawyers for...

Regents name Bruininks only University president finalist

November 8, 2002

The University's nationwide, four-month presidential search came to an abrupt end Thursday. At a hastily called press conference, the Board of Regents announced interim President Robert Bruininks as the...

Regents to announce presidential finalists today

November 7, 2002

The University's Board of Regents announced late Wednesday it will release today the name of the finalist - or finalists - in the University's search for its next president. The regents will make the announcement...

Media groups to file legal action against regents

November 6, 2002

Three of the state's largest media organizations will ask a court for a temporary injunction against the University's Board of Regents today. The St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Star Tribune and The Minnesota...

Memorial services begin following tragic crash

October 29, 2002

The world will say goodbye to U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone today at the University. Plans continued in earnest Monday for a memorial service for the late Sen. Paul Wellstone, who was killed along with his...

Paul Wellstone, 1944 – 2002: A Voice for the Voiceless

October 26, 2002

Lonely, sporadic raindrops splashed off the green awning and mingled with tears Friday as mourners gathered outside of U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone's, D-Minn., campaign headquarters to begin saying goodbye...

A Vacant Mansion

October 24, 2002

Leaves line the lawn, and the cold, overcast skies keep activity to a minimum. Walking up to Eastcliff, one gets the impression no one's home. Inside, little appears to counter this notion. Gone are former...

Everything counts in baseball

October 16, 2002

It could be any town near the middle of the nation, but this one is yours. There is but one rule: You have to be quiet during this part, as we come out of the trees and approach the metal fence near centerfield. Coming...

U falls behind in athlete graduation rates

October 9, 2002

A recent NCAA report on student-athlete graduation shows Minnesota lagging behind national averages and at the bottom of the Big Ten. According to the report, which covers a six-year period beginning in...

English survives e-chat

October 4, 2002

Sure, e-mail is an efficient way to ask a professor a quick question, keep in touch with high school friends or make plans for a drink at the end of the day. But could the jargon-filled ether of cyber...

U policy increases credit loads

September 30, 2002

Faced with low six-year graduation rates, University administrators implemented a new credit minimum to improve the situation. The new 13-credit policy appears to be affecting credit loads not just of...

Reporter and professor discuss bioterrorism in lecture series

September 25, 2002

Sitting alone in The New York Times newsroom last October, covered in white powder and watching figures in biohazard suits approach, Judith Miller came face to face with the debate surrounding bioterrorism. As...

Troubling display on Northrop Mall disrupts daily life

September 20, 2002

As the noon hour trickled away with a whimper Thursday, Andrew Williams wouldn't say which side of the abortion debate gradually overtaking Northrop Mall he favored. But he had no reservations about making...

Anti-abortion group catalyzes controversy on campus

September 17, 2002

A large display by a national anti-abortion group sparked discussion and revulsion on the Northrop Plaza on Monday. The three-sided, ten-foot-high display included grisly photographs of late-term aborted...

Hudson struggles to come to grips with tragic deaths

February 7, 2002

HUDSON, Wis. ñ Traffic snaked down 11th Street on Wednesday afternoon as passers-by slowed to take in a scene at once seemingly normal and profoundly wrong. From a distance, the residential neighborhood...

Identity and the Intifada

January 22, 2002

JERUSALEM - To understand life in Israel as the calendar flipped to 2002, you had to see the sign posted on the balcony of a second-story apartment facing the pedestrian square on Ben Yehuda street downtown. The...

New threats face U Emergency Management team

December 13, 2001

In a cramped basement room in Morrill Hall, Judson Freed doesn't have much time to chat. Hammers bang into the walls of the former bomb shelter that is now his office. Workers are installing a fire alarm...

Neil Diamond still hasn’t lost a step

October 30, 2001

While Neil Diamond's stage movements at the Xcel Energy Center may have showed all of his 60 years, the legend proved Friday that his voice hasn't lost anything. The crowd for the first of two sold-out...

Mourning U cancels classes, will resume today

September 12, 2001

No comparisons are proper, no valid parallels can be drawn, no frame of reference seems large enough to hold all of Tuesday's events. Three hijacked jets completed suicide attacks on the World Trade Center...

Yudof, Ventura defend views on public higher ed

September 4, 2001

Editor's Note: This is the last in The Minnesota Daily's Price of Knowledge series investigating the rising costs of higher education. It's a question as old as dorm rooms themselves, bantered around among...

U blames student employment for low six-year graduation rate

July 20, 2001

Rachel Vetter works as a government claims representative at Health East. She has spent seven years to come within 30 credits of her degree in speech-communication from the University. She did data entry...

The Daily and you: taking on college

June 6, 2001

Education lost a superstar two weeks ago when Patricia Reger, a high school English and journalism teacher, retired after 28 years of teaching in Brookings, S.D. She's the reason I'm typing this and, I'm...

Branagh second ever Gopher to win Big Ten player of year award

November 28, 2000

When the season ends for the Minnesota volleyball team, Nicole Branagh and company might need an extra room to hold all their awards. Branagh, a 6-1 senior outside hitter, was named co-Big Ten player of...

Women’s cross country team survives cold temps at nationals

November 21, 2000

Running in wind-chill temperatures nearing 20 degrees below zero, the Minnesota women's cross country team finished 26th at the NCAA Championship in Ames, Iowa on Monday. Colorado won its first team and...

Gophers grappler earns bronze medal in Sydney with comeback victory

September 27, 2000

The medal hanging around his neck isn't Gopher gold, but for Garrett Lowney it will probably be good enough. Lowney, a 20-year-old University freshman, won an Olympic bronze medal in Greco-Roman wrestling...

Global campus bridges University with large international community

June 7, 2000

Most people would think the easiest way to get to Europe would be in an airplane. But for students at the University, travel to nearly any country they can think of begins at the Global Campus -- the study...

Several health services available at Boynton

June 7, 2000

In the busy, back-to-school world of dorms, grades, classes and jobs, many students overlook their health. Some students simply forget their medical checkups. Others might not know how to set up a flu...

Tennis, women’s hockey to receive new stadium

May 31, 2000

Though they've finished their respective seasons, the women's hockey team and the men's and women's tennis teams completed a late rally earlier this month. According to published reports, the athletics...

One year later: Columbine still struggles with past

April 20, 2000

April 20, 1999. One year has passed, and America is loathe to forget. One year ago today, two teenage gunmen laid siege to Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo. Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed...

Federal inquiry centers on player’s records

April 17, 2000

During his senior season at the University, no one could find a way to stop Bobby Jackson. He averaged 16.1 points per game that season, en route to winning Big Ten player of the year honors and leading...

Yudof plans to keep Boston at University

April 14, 2000

Despite announcements Monday of further University self-imposed sanctions, the efforts to re-establish the University in both structural and public-relations capacities go on tirelessly at Morrill Hall. Questions...

It’s official: U breaks tradition with outstate men’s hockey recruit

April 13, 2000

Near the end of the hockey season, news outlets reported that new coach Don Lucia would break with a long-standing tradition and sign a recruit from outside Minnesota's borders. Wednesday, recruit Grant...

Hockey coach speaks on power, success

April 12, 2000

With the University's recent triumph at the women's ice hockey final four still fresh in their minds, 150 people gathered at the Gateway alumni center to hear a lecture given by one of the world's foremost...

U imposes additional sanctions

April 11, 2000

Hoping to avoid punishment from the NCAA, University officials announced further self-imposed sanctions on the men's basketball team Monday, including eliminating six scholarships and returning at least...

Tennis teams keep title hopes alive

April 10, 2000

The Minnesota women's tennis team tied and surpassed the school record for consecutive victories, now set at 10, with weekend defeats of Wisconsin and Iowa. The Gophers (13-3, 4-1 Big Ten) tied the record...

Women scrounge for stadium funding

April 6, 2000

When the Minnesota women's hockey team won its first national championship two weeks ago, they planned on having a brand new arena to house the trophy. But five months after construction was to be completed,...

Croaston leads U’s NCAA results

March 24, 2000

The boisterous crowd at the Minnesota Aquatic Center on Thursday night meant one thing. Though they were being outdrawn nearly 10 to 1 by a high school basketball tournament across the street, these folks...

U.S. Supreme Court verdict might dictate University suit

March 23, 2000

With a unanimous 9-0 ruling in favor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and its fees collecting process, the U.S. Supreme Court has drawn a line in the sand. Now, five students with a similar suit...

Pairwise rankings cause confusion at tournament

March 20, 2000

As North Dakota streaked to the WCHA Final Five champioship this weekend, the action on the ice was fast and furious. All told, the teams combined for the most goals in tournament history. But downstairs,...

Tired legs fail Minnesota in WCHA playoffs

March 20, 2000

The Minnesota men's hockey team couldn't really have asked for more -- the Gophers had one last shot. Minnesota was playing in its fifth game in eight days, third in three days, and second in 16 hours. Still,...

Gophers move on with 6-4 win over Mavericks

March 17, 2000

For those not in attendance at the Minnesota-Minnesota State play-in game to open the 2000 WCHA Final Five, don't let the 6-4 final score confuse you. Despite prevailing in an apparent shoot-out, Minnesota's...

Hockey prepares for meeting with Minnesota State

March 14, 2000

COLORADO SPRINGS -- With a decisive sweep of Colorado College in its first-round playoff series, the Minnesota men's hockey team earned a trip to this weekend's Final Five tournament at Target Center. By...

Gophers sweep to advance in WCHA

March 13, 2000

COLORADO SPRINGS -- In the end, there was something to be said for karma. Don't be surprised if the Minnesota men's hockey team are big believers after a weekend sweep of Colorado College. Saturday's 3-2...

Playoffs of the past haunt hockey team

March 10, 2000

For only the second time in 23 years, the Minnesota men's hockey team will take to the road to begin the WCHA playoffs. The last time a Gophers team opened the postseason somewhere other than Mariucci...

St. Cloud sends Gophers to road with sweep

March 6, 2000

Nearly an hour after the Minnesota men's hockey team was embarrassed Friday 5-0 by visiting St. Cloud, team captain Nate Miller was still in uniform. Baffled and saddened, Miller fought back tears as he...

Home-at-home series to decide Gophers’ fate

March 3, 2000

A home-at-home series will decide where the Minnesota men's hockey team spends next weekend -- at home or on the road. To guarantee home ice for the first round of the WCHA playoffs, the Gophers must sweep...

Era over: out-of-state recruit commits to U

March 3, 2000

The end of an era was signaled Wednesday when Grant Potulny, a 19-year-old forward for the Lincoln Stars of the USHL and a native of Grand Forks, N.D., verbally committed to play hockey for Minnessota. Potulny...

Gophers have outside chance to host playoffs

March 2, 2000

After 26 games in five months, nothing is decided for the Minnesota men's hockey team. With four teams jostling for three remaining home-ice bids in the WCHA playoffs, two goalies will start for the Gophers...

Wisconsin sweeps Minnesota in tight series

February 28, 2000

The older guys knew. The looks on the faces of the younger members of the Minnesota men's hockey team said at least a moral victory had been achieved by once again skating to two close losses against Wisconsin. But...

Hauser-less Gophers meet No. 1 Badgers

February 25, 2000

When asked if he remembered his last high-pressure start, Minnesota freshman goaltender Erik Young hesitated for a moment. After some deliberation the walk-on from White Bear Lake had an answer. The last...

Hauser out 3 weeks

February 24, 2000

As the Minnesota men's hockey team has improved throughout the year, players likened the team's growing confidence to a virus spreading through the locker room. In the end, it may be a virus that ends...

Spehar finds old touch in Michigan

February 22, 2000

Dave Spehar didn't get to enjoy his greatest personal accomplishment as a men's hockey player very long. If Spehar was indeed the "hot dog" some around the league have said he is during his four years...

Men’s hockey earns sweep and fifth place

February 21, 2000

HOUGHTON, Mich. -- Located in the far reaches of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Michigan Tech has never been easily accessible. And in spite of an excellent hockey tradition, after four consecutive 20-loss...

Minnesota looks to move up with weekend series

February 18, 2000

The seven-plus hour bus ride north to Houghton, Michigan -- home of Michigan Tech -- is one of the most unique road trips in college sports. And maybe if this weekend was early in the season, the Minnesota...

Minnesota State coach announces retirement

February 17, 2000

Minnesota lost a hockey institution earlier this week when Minnesota State coach Don Brose said his 30th season will be his last. Brose, the only coach in the Mavericks' history, made the announcement...

Minnesota stays in middle of WCHA pack

February 14, 2000

The Minnesota men's hockey team has mastered the art of dancing this season. After waltzing past Colorado College on Friday night with a 6-2 win, the Gophers sidestepped their way back to WCHA mediocrity,...

Postseason tradition can’t help men’s hockey

February 14, 2000

Minnesota men's hockey has an almost unparalleled tradition. And on Saturday night, the Gophers took time to honor the high points in that tradition when they welcomed back the members of the three Minnesota...

Gophers look to move up in WCHA

February 11, 2000

If the situation seems familiar to Minnesota men's hockey coach Don Lucia, you'll have to forgive him. A late-season matchup between Colorado College (15-12-2, 11-7-2 WCHA) and Minnesota (14-12-2, 10-8-2)...

Meyer leads hot St. Cloud into Wisconsin

February 10, 2000

Despite going 8-2 since the Christmas break, the Minnesota men's hockey team is not the hottest team in the WCHA. That distinction belongs to St. Cloud State, which has gone a blistering 8-0-2 during the...

Gophers earn Duluth sweep, stand in sixth

February 7, 2000

DULUTH -- In a weekend full of contrasts, none was more telling than what happened with only 1:37 to play in Saturday's men's hockey game. Dave Spehar, long the object of Minnesota-Duluth fans' hate, missed...

Spehar returns home to play for final time

February 4, 2000

When the Minnesota men's hockey team packs its bus to head to Duluth this weekend, it'll bring plenty with them. Extra sticks, skates, elbow pads and their maroon road jerseys. A change of clothes, a portable...

Gophers look to solidify lines for series in Duluth

February 3, 2000

With two practices left before this weekend's series with Minnesota-Duluth, Gophers coach Don Lucia is still unsure who will make the trip. Though the coach is notorious for changing line assignments,...

WCHA still in search of defining weekend

February 2, 2000

When the WCHA season is over, fans will point to one pivotal weekend where pretenders were vanquished and a champion separated itself from the pack. But with five weekends left in the season, time is running...

Mavericks earn U’s respect with split

January 31, 2000

For years the Minnesota men's hockey team had one of the easiest recruiting jobs in the nation. The Gophers only offer scholarships to Minnesota players. Consequently, young Minnesotans dream of being...

Hot goalies ready to square off

January 28, 2000

The recipe for Minnesota's men's hockey tradition is a long one. Throw in equal parts John Mayasich and John Mariucci, sprinkle in three Hobey Baker winners and three NCAA championships and garnish with...

Another tough task for men’s hockey this week

January 27, 2000

A hot goaltender is the ultimate hockey arbiter. In a true team sport, where 20 players spend 60 minutes battling for every edge, a goalie on a streak can still steal a win. Minnesota learned that firsthand...

Decisive weekend ahead for

January 26, 2000

With six weekends remaining in the regular season, it's horse race time in the WCHA. And as they come down the stretch, only one thing is certain in the topsy-turvy conference, where seemingly anyone can...

Gophers pick up Sioux split on road trip

January 24, 2000

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Minnesota didn't want to wait for a wrecking ball to chase the ghosts from the rafters of North Dakota's storied Ralph Engelstad Arena. So after a 1-0 defeat Friday night, the Gophers...

Gophers plagued by Friday curse

January 24, 2000

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Mothers have long contended there is a secret, metaphysical place where unmatched socks go to die. So maybe, just maybe, somewhere amid multiple argyle and athletic socks, Minnesota...

Defense key for series with Sioux

January 21, 2000

Conventional hockey wisdom says defense is hard work, and offense, well, offense just happens. So even though Minnesota scored an average of 6.25 goals in its last four games, coach Don Lucia is looking...

Westrum suspended for next game

January 20, 2000

It must have been a big blow for Minnesota men's hockey coach Don Lucia. He lost his leading goal scorer late Wednesday afternoon heading into this weekend's series against North Dakota, the third-ranked...

Gophers look more like a WCHA power

January 18, 2000

Minnesota coach Don Lucia has said all season he wants his team to play its best hockey at the end of the year. Now, the Gophers have won four in a row to pull their heads up to .500, despite playing a...

Resurgence

January 18, 2000

Though many Gophers fans will remember John Pohl's Saturday night hat trick against Denver, it was Pohl's perfect pass that broke the Pioneers' back. Near the end of the second period of a seesaw game,...

Gophers hockey hopes for scoring

December 14, 1999

With the holiday break approaching, the Minnesota men's hockey team has points at the top of its Christmas list. After scoring only 12 goals in its past five games, coach Don Lucia might suit up Santa...

Hockey suffers letdown against St. Cloud

December 13, 1999

When a team comes into the weekend with thoughts of a sweep dancing in their collective heads, a loss and a tie doesn't do the trick. Now, one emotion is evident on the faces of all those involved with...

Gophers look for sweep to improve WCHA standing

December 10, 1999

Minnesota and St. Cloud's hockey teams are a lot alike. They're both sub-.500 in the WCHA and both need a sweep before the holiday layoff. They're renewing one of the most spirited rivalries in college...

Roed quits U with academic problems

December 9, 1999

As finals week approaches, a parade of Gophers athletes are handing in their jerseys and heading home. Joining men's basketball player Kevin Nathaniel and women's basketball player Natea Motley, Gophers...

Mason top priority for new director

December 7, 1999

Attorney Tom Moe was ushered in as interim men's athletics director Monday afternoon for one major purpose: Keep Glen Mason as Gophers football coach. Moe, a University graduate and former football and...

Dienhart ends term; scandal web continues to spin unpredictably

December 6, 1999

The circus surrounding University men's athletics will continue Monday under several different tents. Round and round and round it goes, and it isn't stopping anytime soon. And though many spectators are...

Gophers’ fate now rests in NCAA hands

November 30, 1999

Although the media frenzy over academic fraud in the University men's basketball program has subsided, another process has just begun. Tonya Moten Brown, chief of staff for University President Mark Yudof,...

Gophers might have to forfeit last five seasons

November 20, 1999

It is possible Quincy Lewis never scored a basket. The Gophers might have never gone to the Final Four. Those who were there would say otherwise, but in the wake of Friday's report, five years of Gophers...