The Minnesota Daily

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Exiled king, U.N. leader to speak about Rwandan genocide

May 7, 2004

Three weeks after Rwandan President Paul Kagame visited the University, people affected by the 1994 Rwandan genocide will gather at Coffman Union to talk about their experiences. "I wanted to start a conversation...

Kerry stumps in Twin Cities

May 4, 2004

On the day his campaign announced its biggest advertising buy yet, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., criticized his opponent's attack ads in Minneapolis on Monday night. "I don't know what kind of jobs (President)...

Republicans party to build Bush support

April 30, 2004

President George W. Bush supporters gathered at more than 5,000 "Party for the President" events across the country Thursday night. Approximately 25 College Republicans from universities in the metro area...

Bush speech focuses on tech

April 27, 2004

President George W. Bush on Monday visited Minneapolis to push for a permanent ban on taxes for broadband Internet access. "If you want broadband access throughout the society, Congress must ban taxes...

U event connects students by video

April 26, 2004

Hundreds of students at the Beijing Royal Military School clapped to the beat as Breck School's Pat McCarthy sang for them in Chinese. The song, seen and heard via videoconference, was one of several events...

Students to gather books for Rwanda

April 20, 2004

Ten years after the Rwandan genocide that killed approximately 1 million people in 100 days, Minnesota organizations are helping redevelop Rwanda one book at a time. St. Paul-based Lawson Software is teaming...

Harvard poll finds students back Kerry, more likely to vote than in 2000

April 19, 2004

College students are more likely to vote this year than in 2000, and most of them will vote for Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., according to a recent poll. The latest survey from the Harvard Institute of Politics...

Hmong refugees headed for state

April 16, 2004

University student Ker Thao shares a house with seven family members. This July, she'll be cooking for five more. Her aunt, uncle and their three young children are coming to St. Paul as part of the Hmong...

Kerry stumps for college-age voters

April 14, 2004

While touring four of the nation's colleges, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., hopes to convince students they will be better off next year with a Democrat in the White House. On the heels of a negative Minnesota...

U staffer stays in touch with Iraqi family

April 12, 2004

Next to family pictures in the Rinkenbergers' living room sits a portrait of the Manaas, their "other family." Now a program coordinator at the University's China Center, Sarah Joy Rinkenberger met the...

U will study violence against teachers

April 8, 2004

University researchers will begin a study in May on the causes and consequences of violence against teachers. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services approved last week the University's $1.1 million...

Campaigns seek students online

March 31, 2004

The political revolution won't be televised but it might be on a webcast. With Howard Dean out of the presidential race, President George W. Bush and his challenger Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., are vying...

Speakers, U students debate U.S. actions in Middle East

March 30, 2004

University students from the United States and Asia met Monday to discuss the United States' involvement in the Middle East. The forum, held in Heller Hall, was the second of three global discussions graduate...

U student opposes Kahn

March 29, 2004

When Rep. Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis, began her reign in the state House of Representatives 32 years ago she was one of six women; now there are 31. This year she faces her first female opponent in...

MPIRG proposes referendum for instant runoff voting in U elections

March 23, 2004

An on-campus lobbying group is working to get a referendum for instant runoff voting on this year's all-campus University elections ballot. The Minnesota Public Interest Research Group will hold a presidential...

Democrats discuss potential VPs

March 11, 2004

With the Democratic presidential nomination in hand, Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry has begun searching for the man who will join his ticket. Geraldine Ferraro would like that man to be a woman. The 1984...

Libertarian candidate speaks at Coffman

March 10, 2004

Libertarian Gary Nolan wants the chance to defeat President George W. Bush - even if it means putting a Democrat in the White House. The leading Libertarian presidential candidate spoke Tuesday at Coffman...

DFL chairman claims bill would hurt third parties

March 9, 2004

A Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor party official criticized a bill on Monday that he said would hurt third parties' chances at major party status. A Senate committee approved a bill Friday that would...

Students contribute to unusually high caucus participation numbers

March 4, 2004

After huge caucus turnouts in Minnesota on Super Tuesday, the stage is set for a hard-fought, eight-month battle until the November presidential election. Democrats and Republicans agree Minnesota is up...

Kerry wins; Edwards out

March 3, 2004

As Democratic voters around the country and state secured Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry's nomination, caucuses on the University's Minneapolis campus split their votes among three candidates. Official...

State’s parties caucus tonight

March 2, 2004

People attending tonight's caucuses will help choose their parties' presidential preferences and elect delegates to future party meetings. Caucuses give citizens a chance to discuss the party platform,...

Edwards appeals for votes in caucus

March 1, 2004

On the heels of a Thursday vote of support from Minnesota for Dean, North Carolina Sen. John Edwards rallied Friday in St. Paul. Edwards told several hundred supporters at Hamline University he has a better...

Kerry pushes economy in Twin Cities speech

February 26, 2004

Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., told Minnesotans on Wednesday he is the candidate for the average voter. "We're here to mark the beginning of the end of the (George W.) Bush presidency,"...

Cheney joins parade of politicians vowing November victory in Minnesota

February 24, 2004

Vice President Dick Cheney predicted a strong Republican turnout in November on a campaign stop Monday in Minneapolis. Cheney rallied Minnesota Republicans at a campaign fund-raiser at the Hilton Hotel...

Foreign students face visa difficulties

February 24, 2004

Electrical engineering graduate student Tina Sarabandi hasn't seen her parents since she left Iran for the University four years ago. If she leaves the country, she might not be allowed to return, she...

With Wellstone in mind, Kucinich urges progressivism in U speech

February 23, 2004

Democratic presidential hopeful Dennis Kucinich sat in his dressing room at Northrop Auditorium on Saturday afternoon eating a vegan entree of brown rice with udon noodles. "It's good stuff, man, it's...

Third parties appeal to students

February 18, 2004

It isn't easy persuading Americans to turn their backs on the capitalist system, but Socialist Alternative President Canyon Lalama said he has at least two converts. "I've pretty much convinced my parents...

Greens debate party issues at U

February 17, 2004

Two Green Party presidential hopefuls came to the University on Monday intending to debate, but found little to disagree on. California Green Party members David Cobb and Kent Mesplay instead argued over...

Dean rallies Minnesota supporters, but Wisconsin remains his priority

February 13, 2004

Democratic presidential hopeful Howard Dean relaxed his "Wisconsin or bust" strategy in time for a Thursday night stop in Minneapolis. As his Vermont campaign headquarters played "On Wisconsin" to on-hold...

Independence Party targets students for state caucuses

February 11, 2004

As Republicans and Democrats plan their fight for the presidency, the state Independence Party is thinking small. "We hope that with their focus (elsewhere) we can sneak a few people into the state Legislature,"...

Kiffmeyer champions new primary system

February 4, 2004

Minnesotans have less than a month before they will vote on their favorite Democratic presidential candidate. Nine states have already held their primaries and caucuses, and as the candidates gear up to...

Secretary of state urges college students to replace aging election judges

February 3, 2004

Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer is initiating a program and releasing a recruitment video to attract a new generation of Election Day judges to understaffed precincts across the state. Kiffmeyer and...

Gay rights at issue as couple files joint taxes

January 29, 2004

Thirty-four years ago, the union of two University graduate students sparked the debate over gay marriage rights. Now, the same couple might bring itself back into the limelight as the two men file a joint...

Sen. Pappas to students: Take action over tuition

January 27, 2004

Sen. Sandy Pappas, DFL-St. Paul, told students Monday that Lobby Day demonstrations Feb. 17 at the State Capitol won't be enough to curb tuition hikes. "It only works if it's sustained and sustained throughout...