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Attorney Jordan Kushner argues before the Minnesota Supreme Court on behalf of his client, former University student Amanda Tatro, on Wednesday at the capitol.  Tatro sued the University over disciplinary actions the University took after she posted comments on Facebook the that administrators found threatening.

From Facebook to court: U defends discipline

Published February 13, 2012

It started with a Facebook status update. Now, Minnesota’s highest court and the University of Minnesota’s top lawyers are involved, and a debate has ignited about free speech and academic...

University goes to state Supreme Court in Facebook comments case

Published February 8, 2012

The University of Minnesota went to court to once again defend its discipline of a mortuary sciences student who posted controversial Facebook posts. Five justices of the Minnesota State Supreme Court...

President Eric Kaler speaks to the media about the Universitys 2012 legislative priorities Friday at the State Capitol in St. Paul.

Kaler calls for outside review of U’s Academic Health Center

Published January 31, 2012

The Academic Health Center at the University of Minnesota will undergo an external review, University President Eric Kaler announced Monday. The review will be conducted this spring by a small committee...

Door guy Clint Mahkimetas verifies Michael Burtons identification at the door of Kitty Cat Klub on Monday night in Dinkytown.

Training makes Dinkytown bouncers more than brawn

Published January 26, 2012

Greta Huff was trying to go to a bar to celebrate her friendâÄôs 21st birthday when she was faced with the cold, hard truth that she wasnâÄôt of-age herself. The bouncer at Blarney Pub...

U.S. Army cuts, restructures in face of budget cuts

Published January 25, 2012

The United States Army plans to cut combat brigades and restructure its force in order to save money and deal with budget cuts, according to the Associated Press. The Army will go from 45 brigades...

Police, landlords and victims say students can take action to deter burglars

Published December 14, 2011

Houses left empty over winter break may be vulnerable to rising burglaries in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood Between Sept. 1 and Dec. 12 this year, there were 37 burglaries in the neighborhood âÄìâÄì...

Burglars take advantage of unsecured houses in Marcy-Holmes

Published December 13, 2011

Unlocked doors and windows led to at least four of the five burglaries reported over the weekend in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood near the University of Minnesota campus. Burglars hit the same multi-unit...

Crime prevention specialists back in budget

Published December 8, 2011

The jobs of five Minneapolis crime prevention specialists are back in the 2012 budget the city announced Thursday. The City Council and Police Chief Timothy Dolan moved money from the police department’s...

U students shaken after rock shatters window

Published December 7, 2011

A group of University of Minnesota students think the brick thrown through their window Tuesday was retaliation for chasing away burglars Sunday morning. Ian Kitchen, an advertising student at the University,...

Five houses burglarized over Thanksgiving break

Published November 30, 2011

Five houses near the University of Minnesota campus were burglarized over Thanksgiving break, according to Minneapolis police reports. Two neighboring houses on Weeks Avenue Southeast in the Southeast...

Bakdash civil suit delayed by criminal case

Published November 21, 2011

A delay in the criminal trial against Timothy Bakdash is hindering a civil lawsuit filed by one of the University of Minnesota students injured when Bakdash allegedly drove into a group of pedestrians...

Blarney bouncer fights off 2 drunks Sunday

Published November 16, 2011

Two fights broke out at Blarney Pub and Grill between the bouncer and patrons early Sunday. University of Minnesota police were called to the bar around 1 a.m. A patron attempted to fight bouncer Neil...

Bakdash trial postponed until February

Published November 15, 2011

The murder trial against Timothy Bakdash has been pushed back due to scheduling conflicts, according to the Office of the Hennepin County Attorney. The jury trial was originally scheduled to begin Nov....

Minneapolis police search the Wisconsin Badgers team bus after a football game Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium.

UMPD uses furry, 70-pound bomb detectors

Published November 14, 2011

Five hours before the Gopher game against Wisconsin on Saturday, Officer Jason Printz and his partner Neko walked through TCF Bank Stadium to check for explosives. Neko is a 3-year-old, 70-pound German...

Robberies in Marcy-Holmes up from this time last year

Published November 9, 2011

Minneapolis police reported 13 robberies in Marcy-Holmes and one in Prospect Park neighborhoods since Oct. 1 âÄî an unusually high number, police said. Roughly five robberies were reported in the...

Crime specialist eliminated by budget cuts

Published November 9, 2011

University of Minnesota area neighborhoods are losing their link to Minneapolis police with looming cuts to the cityâÄôs budget. Nick Juarez, the crime prevention specialist for the second precinct...

Suspects arrested in recent muggings

Published November 8, 2011

Three men were arrested for attempted robbery Saturday night, and one may be responsible for robbing two University of Minnesota students earlier that day. Zach Scharping and Katherine Lymn were standing...

Michael Jackson’s doctor convicted in singer’s death

Published November 7, 2011

Michael Jackson's doctor, Dr. Conrad Murray, was convicted Monday of involuntary manslaughter for administering a lethal dose of a powerful anesthetic, which killed the singer in 2009, according to the...

MPR v. Met Council lawsuit dismissed

Published November 7, 2011

The Ramsey County District Court on Friday dismissed Minnesota Public RadioâÄôs breach-of-contract lawsuit against the Metropolitan Council over the Central Corridor light rail. The suit, originally...

University student assaulted near Comstock Hall

Published November 7, 2011

A University of Minnesota student was assaulted Wednesday night near Comstock Hall while walking to her car. The victim was on Delaware Street Southeast between Comstock Hall and the Weisman Art Museum...

U student assaulted near Comstock Hall

Published November 5, 2011

A University of Minnesota student was assaulted Wednesday night near Comstock Hall, according to a University police report. The victim was walking to her car on Delaware Street Southeast between Comstock...

Patience running out for Occupy Wall Street protesters

Published November 4, 2011

Occupy Wall Street protesters are getting on the nerves of many as they spread crime and waste in major cities across the country, according to the Wall Street Journal. Residents are annoyed with protesters...

Fewer transfer students accepted to University of Minnesota in fall 2012

Published November 4, 2011

The competition just got tougher for students looking to transfer to the University of Minnesota. The University will accept fewer transfer students in 2012, hoping to improve the experience and performance...

Judge tosses MPR’s light-rail suit

Published November 4, 2011

  The Ramsey County District Court on Friday dismissed Minnesota Public RadioâÄôs breach-of-contract lawsuit against the Metropolitan Council over the Central Corridor light rail. The suit,...

U student attacked, robbed in Dinkytown

Published November 2, 2011

A Halloween-night robbery left a University of Minnesota student bruised and without his wallet. University senior Chris Bomba was attacked Monday night by a group of men who repeatedly punched and kicked...

Linda Romano lost control of her vehicle Saturday, crashing into a parked squad car and subway in Dinkytown.  An officer on the scene guessed that a stuck accelorator was to blame.

Car crashes into three others, then Subway wall

Published October 31, 2011

A three-vehicle accident involving a police car Saturday night left a crack in the Dinkytown SubwayâÄôs wall. Close to 10:30 p.m., a driver lost control of her car in the parking lot next to the...

The UMPD belt

The UMPD belt

Published October 31, 2011

When an officer joins the University of Minnesota police force, they are fitted for a special belt designed to hold everything they might need on the job. Made of a durable but flexible plastic, the belts...

Jimmy John’s armed robbery suspect tied to three other robberies

Published October 30, 2011

The Minneapolis Police Department is seeking help from the public to identify a suspect in a series of armed robberies that have happened over the last three weeks, according to a statement released last...

Jimmy John’s robbed late Sunday night

Published October 26, 2011

A robbery at Jimmy JohnâÄôs Gourmet Sandwiches on Sunday night left four employees and a customer shaken but unharmed. Around 9:55 p.m. a suspect entered the shop in Dinkytown, drew a gun and demanded...

Gophers fans leave the TCF Bank Stadium during the third quarter of the game Saturday against Nebraska. Huskers fans filled up approximately two-thirds of the seats at the homecoming game.

Nebraska fans take over TCF Bank Stadium

Published October 24, 2011

A sea of red dominated TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, as Nebraska Huskers fans filled nearly two-thirds of the stands at the University of Minnesota Gophers homecoming game.  âÄúI definitely...

Pawlenty signs on to board of company with University ties

Published October 24, 2011

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has been elected to the Board of Directors for Miromatrix Medical Inc. âÄî a company established through University of Minnesota research. Dr. Doris Taylor, a...

Flash mob attacks Minneapolis Pedal Pub

Published October 21, 2011

Pedal Pub-ers beware - there's a mob on the loose. The Pedal Pub, a bicycle bar powered by up to a dozen people, was attacked by a flash mob of 25 to 30 youths Saturday night as it cruised down Nicollet...

Located at 1625 University Ave SE, the Beta Theta Pi chapter house was built in 1927. The building replaced the original chapter house, which was built in 1900 and burnt down in 1926. The original building was the second house built on Fraternity Row.

Greek houses pay to maintain their history

Published October 17, 2011

One of the oldest University of Minnesota fraternities will be getting a face-lift this semester âÄî a lengthy process for a building the City of Minneapolis claimed as a historic site. In November,...

Letter to greeks apologizes for brash speaker

Published October 13, 2011

A greek community event featuring a motivational speaker who is a registered sex offender upset some attendees, prompting the greek leadership to issue an official apology. In an email sent out to the...

Nobel Peace Prize awarded to women’s rights activists from Africa and Yemen

Published October 7, 2011

The 2011 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded Friday to three women from Africa and Yemen for their nonviolent women’s rights activism, the New York Times reported.  The $1.5 million prize will be split...

Sisters Ellen and Kaylen Larson indulge in frozen yogurt Monday night in Dinkytown. Chilly Billys has sponsored numerous organizations and Greek communities over the past couple of months.

Greeks serve up frozen yogurt for charity

Published October 6, 2011

After barely six months on the University of Minnesota campus, Chilly BillyâÄôs has already managed to scoop the hearts of the schoolâÄôs greek community. The Dinkytown frozen yogurt shop...

Peer party monitoring program stalls again

Published September 29, 2011

After almost a year of planning, Arkeo âÄî the greek party self-policing program âÄî has yet to take off. Arkeo was set to begin last spring. But after the programâÄôs director...

Senior Nguyen Ngoc Pham discusses plans Sunday for an upcoming event being held by the Asian Sorority Interest Group.  The group hopes to establish a sorority on campus that focuses on asian culture and values.

Second Asian sorority may come to campus

Published September 27, 2011

The third largest demographic at the University of Minnesota is trying to unite through greek life. The Asian Sorority Interest Group is working to bring a second sorority to campus by next year to join...

Greek chapters will have meeting space at 1701

Published September 21, 2011

The greek community at the University of Minnesota may soon have a new home on campus. Space will be reserved for fraternities and sororities to hold chapter meetings in the planned residence hall being...

Freshman Megan Howe opens her bid envelope Tuesday afternoon at the TCF Bank Stadium. The envelope contained an invitation to join one of the sororities on campus.

An invitation to sisterhood

Published September 15, 2011

A nervous hum filled the TCF Bank Stadium on Tuesday as sorority women celebrated the end of recruitment at bid day. More than 280 women held their breath waiting to receive an invitation to join one of...

Fraternities colonize, take one step closer to recognition

Published September 13, 2011

ItâÄôs a numbers game for the two University of Minnesota fraternities vying for national recognition. Phi Kappa Sigma and Tau Kappa Epsilon are hoping strong fall recruitment will get them closer...

Pleasant Street is a tangled mess in first days of fall semester

Published September 8, 2011

  A combination of buses, cars, bicyclists and pedestrians has snarled traffic on Pleasant Street near Folwell Hall since classes began. University of Minnesota police have stationed two officers...

Pleasant Street a tangled mess in start of semester

Published September 7, 2011

A combination of buses, motor vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians has snarled traffic on Pleasant Street Southeast near Folwell Hall since the semester began. The University of Minnesota Police Department...

2 juveniles may be linked to string of burglaries

Published August 10, 2011

  Two 13-year-old boys were arrested with burglary tools last week in Marcy Holmes âÄî an area hit by a recent string of burglaries. Minneapolis police found tools for prying open doors, cutting...

Postal Service cutbacks could shutter office in Dinkytown

Published August 3, 2011

The Dinkytown post office may be next in the tide of closures hitting the nationâÄôs postal service. Nearly 3,700 branches of the U.S. Postal Service across the nation are under review for closure...

Mpls violent crime down 15%

Published July 27, 2011

  Violent crime âÄî homicide, rape, aggravated assault and robbery âÄî dropped nearly 15 percent in the past year, according to reports from the Minneapolis Police Department. Proactive...

Anthropology senior Erin Pruhs sifts through soil for pottery and other artifacts Monday near Hastings. Pruhs and her classmates are working to uncover a Native American settlement.

From anthropologists come new amateur archaeologists

Published July 20, 2011

Using shovels, square sifting boxes and their hands, University of Minnesota anthropology students slowly dug through the dirt on the banks of Spring Lake outside of Hastings, Minn.  Temperatures...

Obama’s fundraising totals dwarfs competition with record $86 million

Published July 14, 2011

U.S. President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign raised a record $86 million between April and June, the most of any presidential candidate in the second quarter of fundraising, the Washington Post...

U employee assaulted on campus

Published July 13, 2011

  A University of Minnesota employee avoided an attempted robbery by warding off an assault while leaving his West Bank office building Thursday afternoon. According to the police report, the employee...

Four more ‘luxury’ complexes expected soon near campus

Published July 6, 2011

Even as construction on several apartment complexes around the University of Minnesota campus wraps up, the boom in high-density housing has not ended. Plans are in the works for four more complexes near...

Alex Hemke and Jennifer Nicklay fill a homemade GrowBarrel with soil Saturday at Van Cleve Park.  The barrels are a sustainable alternative to a traditional garden.

Neighborhood puts nature in a barrel

Published June 22, 2011

Mallory Morken and Ellen Seltz slowly burned holes in plastic bottles with a soldering iron Saturday morning âÄî the first of many steps involved in building GrowBarrels. The Southeast Como Improvement...

Ecology grad student Michael Wells holds a Downy Woodpecker in his hand at the Katharine Ordway Natural History Study Area Saturday in Inver Grove Heights. Bio Blitz is an intensive 24 hours race to find all the plants and animals at a specific location which helps biologists to identify different plants and animals.

Ready … set … name that bird!

Published June 15, 2011

Yelva Lynfield watched intently as Hernan Vazquez, a graduate student at the University of Minnesota, showed her how to properly hold a song sparrow. The tiny brown bird perched calmly on her fingers as...

$550,000 renovation of president’s home set to begin

Published June 8, 2011

The home of the University's president sits on the east bank of the Mississippi River. While the Board of Regents discusses tuition increases, wage freezes and layoffs, the University of Minnesota will...

UMPD nabs tunnel explorers

Published June 8, 2011

 A group of five people, including two University of Minnesota students, was cited for trespassing in underground steam tunnels Sunday morning on the East Bank. Dave Husby and four friends were caught...

Student volunteers work together to clean up fallen trees on Thursday in North Minneapolis.

UROC, students help in north side cleanup effort

Published June 1, 2011

Hundreds of volunteers from the University of Minnesota flocked to North Minneapolis to help clean up wreckage from the May 22 tornado that ravaged the neighborhood. University students, faculty and alumni...

Another bicyclist hit in Dinkytown

Published May 25, 2011

A University of Minnesota student was struck by a car Thursday while biking near campus. Baruk Ibrahim was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center after being hit while biking the wrong way Thursday night...