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New science building proves worth the wait

June 6, 1997

After months of delays, several University departments from the health sciences moved into their new offices Thursday inside the Basic Sciences and Biomedical Engineering Building. Administrators announced...

U celebrates partnership with Coke

June 5, 1997

Students, University administrators and representatives from the Midwest Coca-Cola Co. gathered in St. Paul on Wednesday to celebrate the first year of the business partnership between the school and...

U’s gender gap in tenure is narrowing, but slowly

June 3, 1997

The gender gap among University faculty members closed by three-tenths of a percent this year -- a modest gain that has administrators claiming continued progress on the issue. Based on statistics for...

U film society loses its venue in Nicholson Hall

May 29, 1997

The University Film Society will lose one of its two theater spaces when administrators decommission the Nicholson Hall auditorium June 14. Administrators decided to close the auditorium to the public...

State park is home to research station

May 27, 1997

While tourists flocked to the headwaters of the Mississippi River to kick off Memorial Day weekend on Saturday, Daniel Traun sat on the front porch of his Lake Itasca State Park home, feeding jelly and...

Award honors school legacy

May 22, 1997

A scholarship named for outgoing University President Nils Hasselmo and his wife Pat will be inaugurated today at a ceremony in the Great Hall of Coffman Memorial Union. The noon ceremony will be hosted...

Regents grant two professorships

May 12, 1997

The University granted its top academic positions to two new professors Friday, when the Board of Regents appointed a pair of Twin Cities faculty members to regents' professorships. Chosen for the highest...

Regents consider a redesign of campus housing

May 9, 1997

DULUTH -- The Board of Regents on Thursday heard discussion of a proposed solution to the annual on-campus housing crunch. A redesign of some residence hall rooms to increase the number of occupants would...

Many cheer Ellen, but real-life coming-out is tough

May 1, 1997

When Ellen came out of the closet Wednesday evening, more than 100 University students waited to greet her with cheers and applause. Many of the students, who gathered in the Willey Hall fireside lounge,...

U, MnSCUaid schools in flood zone

April 28, 1997

In a seven-hour plane tour of the flood zone Friday, University President Nils Hasselmo and officials from the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system promised their help in rebuilding schools...

Yudof plans to streamline U administration

April 24, 1997

and Joel Sawyer A new organizational structure could change the face of the University's administration, if a plan announced Wednesday by President-elect Mark Yudof is approved by the Board of Regents...

Businesses, neighbors strengthen community

April 23, 1997

Como neighborhood residents used to have to walk eight blocks into Dinkytown to buy clothing or a cup of coffee, or rent a video. But with new shops and services in the area, many people now head in the...

Morris chancellorwill retire in ’98

April 21, 1997

In a campus assembly in Morris last week, University of Minnesota--Morris Chancellor David Johnson announced to students, faculty and staff members that he will retire in June 1998. "I feel I am seeing...

Break-in victims tell their stories

April 4, 1997

and Andrew Tellijohn Two of three victims in an October rape and burglary incident near the University were the first to take the stand in the trial against Puiassance J. Andersen on Thursday at the Hennepin...

Corner store changes hands, but stays within the family

March 13, 1997

The once-crowded aisles, barely wide enough for a person to walk through, might be a thing of the past, but Dinkytown's oldest grocery store is still selling as much as it ever did, said House of Hanson...

U renews goal to connect with community

March 7, 1997

One major goal of the U2000 proposal challenges the University to reach out to the wider metropolitan community and share the school's rich tradition of culture. Some say the University has already been...

Sciences and math losing students

March 6, 1997

and Peter Kauffner Nathan Hunstad, a University sophomore in the College of Liberal Arts, could have been halfway done with his science degree. Instead, he called it quits after his first month at the...

Counselor combats labels, assists disabled students

March 5, 1997

University students with disabilities have many resources available to them -- from special speech access programs that help visually impaired and blind students to get on the World Wide Web to counseling...

Cross-country ski for free

February 26, 1997

Aside from savings on outdoor sporting equipment, one rental and retail store on the St. Paul campus offers something free to students, faculty and staff members. Free cross-country ski rental, provided...

U strives to meet parking needs

February 21, 1997

No student has an easy time parking on campus, but with a disability it can be even harder, as several people discussed at Coffman Memorial Union Thursday. "There are over 20,000 parking spaces on the...

St. Paul hosts Chinese New Year

February 17, 1997

As the pulsing rumbling of a drum started, silence fell over the crowd of 500 gathered Saturday night to celebrate the Chinese New Year. The curtains of the stage parted and revealed a multi-colored lion...

Child care library dedicated to Talley

February 14, 1997

While some people celebrate their love with flowers and candy, a small group of children and teachers at the University Child Care Center will spend the day recalling a dear friend's memory. This is the...

May enters plea in gun incident

February 12, 1997

Attorneys agreed to disagree Tuesday in Hennepin County District Court in the case of Jennifer Joan May, the woman charged with firing a handgun last June into University President Nils Hasselmo's office. In...

Chinese celebrate the beginning of new year

February 7, 1997

Goodbye Rat. Hello Ox. Today begins the Lunar New Year, commonly known as the Chinese New Year -- but many other Asian countries also celebrate the holiday. The Chinese Emperor Huang Ti established the...

Internship fair to be held at St Paul campus

February 4, 1997

Students who missed last month's community service fair at Coffman Memorial Union will have a second chance today to find out about volunteer and internship opportunities in the Twin Cities. Several community...

Festival warms wintry feelings

February 3, 1997

As day fell into night Saturday, residents of the Prospect Park neighborhood came together to celebrate community spirit in the midst of winter's extremes. A bonfire cast an inviting glow over the second...

Storytellers revive wintertime tradition

February 3, 1997

A sliver of the moon shone over land, as the wind cast freezing air across the St. Paul campus. Snow lay everywhere, setting the perfect climate for an American Indian tradition -- winter storytelling. "These...

U.S. visas are a hot commodity

January 30, 1997

Though Christmas has passed and tax time is months away, another such scramble of letters at the post office is about to begin. It is almost application time for the 1998 Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery,...

‘Ambassadors’ teach English

January 28, 1997

Just a block away from the University's Superblock of student dormitories is a tiny classroom inside of a house, overflowing with chatter, laughter and love. This is the classroom of Kathleen Macosko,...

International students get free tax help

January 23, 1997

Imagine being in a foreign country with an unfamiliar language. Now imagine trying to prepare a tax form from that country, and remember: a return visa depends on it. This is the situation many international...

Public meeting to address fires

January 23, 1997

Attorneys have called for a public meeting with several University-area residents following a second chemical fire in December at Hawkins Chemical Co. in Minneapolis. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m....

Coffee shop closure rumor is baseless

January 21, 1997

A haze of smoke fills the room. The 10,000 Maniacs croon softly from the compact disc player behind the counter. Amidst the sounds of conversation, one can hear the hum of a cappuccino machine. And a...

It’s no longer foreign to study abroad

January 15, 1997

If University students don't like the idea of four more months of winter in Minnesota, one office on campus is encouraging them to leave. But only temporarily -- to study abroad. According to a recent...

Event features tell-tale speakers

January 9, 1997

People must understand and respect each other in order to create a healthy environment at the University, said Kenneth Foxworth, director of diversity and outreach for the Office of Student Development...

Students protestnew welfare law

January 8, 1997

Their voices carried halfway across the State Capitol grounds -- blocked from reaching downtown St. Paul only by the interstate traffic roaring past. "Stop the war on the poor! Hey politicians, we're...

Former professor may appeal race, sex discrimination case

December 5, 1996

A former University assistant professor may appeal her case, which states she was unfairly denied tenure, to the highest court in the state of Minnesota. Beth Bertelson, attorney for former General College...

Court backs University in tenure discrimination case

December 4, 1996

The Minnesota Court of Appeals decided Tuesday that a former University assistant professor was not discriminated against when in 1995 she was denied tenure for a second time. Aparna Ganguli was a math...

Former Gopher heads to trial again

November 25, 1996

Former Gophers football defensive tackle Kevin Holmes is again headed to trial in Hennepin County District Court for charges stemming from a 1995 incident. University Police charged Holmes with carrying...

Lawyers deem profs’ free speech priceless

November 21, 1996

When campus police removed photos of two University of Minnesota-Duluth professors from a history department display case, two Minneapolis lawyers stepped in and offered to defend their freedom of speech...

Trial is scheduled for suspect in burglary

November 11, 1996

While two men charged with a University-area burglary and rape are just starting the Hennepin County legal process of court appearances, a third man charged in the incident is headed to trial. Victor...

Hasselmo attacker delays trial

November 6, 1996

A former University employee charged with firing a gun in the office of University President Nils Hasselmo last June waived her right to a speedy trial Tuesday in Hennepin County District Court. Jennifer...

Student paid dearly after witnessing the protests in Beijing

November 4, 1996

niversity graduate student Lili Pan's life was turned upside down in 1989 when he stumbled into the student protest in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China. The demonstration drew thousands of students...

Lawyer apeals

October 30, 1996

Citing precedent-setting First Amendment cases as the backbone of his argument, Attorney Scott Johnson is asking the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn a decision that stated that two University...

Worker’s case will go to trial,judge says

October 21, 1996

It is up to a jury to determine if the University discriminated against one of its former employees, decided U.S. District Judge John Tunheim on Tuesday, after 10 days of deliberation. University attorney...

Appeals court finds for former chancellor

October 17, 1996

Two professors from Duluth, who claimed the University violated their free-speech rights, lost their four-year battle Wednesday in a federal court case against the campus' former chancellor Lawrence Ianni. The...

Fourth break-in suspect jailed

October 16, 1996

The fourth man charged in an Oct. 8 University-area rape and burglary incident turned himself in to police late Monday evening and appeared before a Hennepin County District judge Tuesday morning. Giezwa...

Four charged in rape, theft

October 15, 1996

Four St. Paul men were charged Monday in Hennepin County in connection with a University-area rape and burglary incident on Oct. 8. Police have charged Antonio D. Burton, 20; Puiassance J. Andersen, 20;...

Rape, robbery suspects held in Wisconsin

October 11, 1996

Two St. Paul men suspected of raping two University students remain behind bars and beyond Minnesota state lines Thursday, after an Eau Claire County, Wis., judge set bail at $25,000 apiece. Antonio D....

Discrimination suit may be settled out of court

October 10, 1996

A University student who brought charges of discrimination and retaliation against the Edina school district may be close to settling the case before it goes to trial. Michelle Gayle, a senior in the...

Man is charged with forgery

October 10, 1996

A 20-year-old man was charged Wednesday with felony forgery stemming from a Sept. 16 incident at 718 Washington Ave. S.E. According to the Hennepin County complaint, Sitthpone Pon Phoummpvahn entered...

U fraternities prepare for Homecoming

October 9, 1996

While some University students spent their Tuesday evening studying inside coffee shops or dorm rooms, at least one group of students spent the day decorating their house. For Homecoming. "We've been...

Lecturer addresses the world economy, workers

October 8, 1996

World governments cannot ignore workers while pushing for economic success in the future, said Ethan B. Kapstein, the newly appointed Stassen Chair in International Peace at the University's Humphrey...

U seeks dismissal of $50,000 lawsuit

October 7, 1996

A man who sustained a permanent injury while working for the University is awaiting a judge's decision as to whether he will go to trial for claims of job discrimination. On Friday, U.S. District Judge...

Former professor files 2nd appeal in state court

September 27, 1996

A former assistant professor who won a 1994 case against the University in the Minnesota Court of Appeals has filed a second claim with the appeals court claiming she was wrongfully denied tenure. She...

Ex-U employees file lawsuits

September 26, 1996

During the break between summer and fall classes, several former University employees filed lawsuits against the University claiming discrimination and wrongful termination. Here are two cases to watch...

Legal concerns simmered in summer courts

September 24, 1996

While students were enjoying long days full of sunshine, many lawyers were putting in overtime fighting legal cases important to the University community. ù Louis Cardona Buggs is awaiting trial...

Gender equitylawsuit ends,U is cleared

August 14, 1996

Dr. Patricia Olson and Dr. Shirley Johnston sat in stony silence Monday as U.S. District Judge David Doty read a jury's decision that the University was not guilty of gender discrimination. After three...

Closing arguments heard in gender-equity suit

August 9, 1996

More than 50 people packed into U.S. District Judge David Doty's courtroom Thursday to hear closing remarks in a gender discrimination case filed against the University by two former professors. Doty's...

Buggs arraigned in district court

August 9, 1996

The man accused of murdering University student Kami Talley was arraigned Wednesday in Hennepin County District Court. Louis Cardona Buggs, 23, was indicted last week for first-degree murder. At the arraignment,...

Former vice president takes stand in gender equity suit

August 7, 1996

Tensions soared in U.S. District Judge David Doty's courtroom as the University called its first witnesses in a gender discrimination suit filed by two former employees. Cherie Perlmutter, former interim...

Philosophical conflict cited

August 2, 1996

Testimony in U.S. District Judge David Doty's courtroom continued Thursday as two University professors struggle to prove they were discriminated against by the University. Early in the day, College of...

Former dean testifies against U

July 31, 1996

A week has passed since a trial brought against the University by two former professors began in federal court July 23, and some people believe it won't end any time soon. Dr. Patricia Olson and Dr. Shirley...

Suit claimsbias

July 24, 1996

After two years of court delays, a jury heard opening arguments Tuesday in a gender discrimination case that two former professors filed against the University in U.S. District Court. The former professors...

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July 19, 1996

Ramsey county officials on Thursday postponed making a decision about whether to accept Gophers football player Billy Dee Cockerham into a first-offenders program following charges of felony credit card...

Former hospital employee sues U claiming he was stabbed, then fired

July 16, 1996

A former University janitor is suing the University as well as a former co-worker after being stabbed while on the job in 1994. Mychael McDowell, a University Hospital employee from 1992 to 1994, claims...

Hospital to treat suspect in shooting

July 12, 1996

A former University employee who confessed to firing a shot in University President Nils Hasselmo's office checked into Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis after being released from jail June...

Charges dismissed against Buggs’ alleged helper

July 12, 1996

As a man charged with murdering a University student sat in jail on $1 million bail, charges were dismissed Thursday against another man accused of helping him after the murder. Reginald G. Hammond, 25,...

Professor treated fairly in inquiry, judge rules

July 12, 1996

A federal judge dismissed a two-year-old lawsuit Tuesday brought against the University by psychiatry professor James A. Halikas. Halikas alleged the University violated his 14th Amendment right to due...

University officials file suit against two local companies

July 10, 1996

The University is suing two Minnesota companies for breach of contract in connection with the research and development of an artificial liver. The Board of Regents filed suit against Cellex Biosciences...

Former gridder appears in court

July 5, 1996

Former Gophers football player Joseph Justice appeared before a Ramsey County judge Wednesday to face charges of credit card fraud and theft. Justice, 21, was charged with three felony counts in connection...

Former Gopher misses hearing; judge reschedules for today

July 3, 1996

Billy Dee Cockerham, another football player involved in the incident with Joe Justice, appeared before the judge Tuesday. Former Gophers football player Joseph Justice failed to appear before a Ramsey...

Suspect can’t affordto post bail

June 21, 1996

Former University employee Jennifer Joan May remained in jail Thursday despite a $100,000 bail set Wednesday by Hennepin County District Court Judge Robert Blaeser. Blaeser set the bail on the condition...

Woman faces charges in gun incident

June 19, 1996

Jennifer Joan May, a former University employee, was charged with four counts of second-degree assault Tuesday in connection with the shot fired in University President Nils Hasselmo's office June 11. May...

Police arrest Morrill Hall shot suspect

June 17, 1996

Police arrested a former University employee Saturday morning after a five-day investigation in connection with a shot fired in University President Nils Hasselmo's office Tuesday. Jennifer Joan May is...

Gophers football player released from prison

June 14, 1996

Gophers football player Joseph O. Justice was released from jail Tuesday in Ramsey County after turning himself in Monday evening following charges of credit card fraud against he and a teammate. The...

Sketch of woman who shot gun in Hasselmo’s office released

June 14, 1996

University Police released a sketch Thursday of the woman who shot a bullet into the ceiling of University President Nils Hasselmo's office Tuesday morning. University Police detectives are still searching...

Shots fired at Hasselmo’s office

June 12, 1996

A woman described by witnesses as "agitated" fired a bullet into the ceiling of the reception area in University President Nils Hasselmo's office around 10 a.m. Tuesday. No one was injured in the incident,...

Gridder facing fraud charge out on bail

June 11, 1996

One of two Gophers football players charged with credit card fraud was released from the Ramsey County jail Monday afternoon after turning himself in earlier that day. Billy Dee Cockerham, a redshirt...

U’s no-parking policy rooted in ‘green space’

May 31, 1996

University students are more likely than other local college students to find tickets on their cars when parked in what they believe is a legal parking spot. The University has a policy that forbids parking,...

U student jailed, then released following deadly car accident

May 31, 1996

A University of Minnesota student was released from Dakota County jail on Tuesday, five days after being involved in a car crash in which another man was killed. Minnesota highway patrol officers took...

Council delays vote on zoning for steam plant

May 28, 1996

Minneapolis City Council members postponed a vote Friday on a zoning ordinance that could prevent the University from renovating its steam plant. The zoning amendment would prohibit coal-fired power plants...

U bus routes to get an overhaul

May 23, 1996

University Parking and Transportation Services officials said Wednesday that budget cuts have forced them to redesign the intercampus and commuter bus services. "Given shrinking dollars and a general...

Study finds magazines promote sun exposure

May 21, 1996

The first few days of warm weather this year have students heading for the sunny outdoors and doctors warning that overexposure to the sun may cause skin cancer. May is skin cancer awareness month and...

U forgoesannual clean air drive

May 17, 1996

The University did not join Metropolitan Council Transit Operations on Thursday in promoting the sixth annual Bus, Bike, Or carPool day, known as B-bop day. In the past, the University has promoted the...

Former U cop found liable for sex abuse

May 15, 1996

A jury in Hennepin County decided Tuesday that a former University Police officer was liable for sexual abuse, but said the University was not responsible for his conduct. David G. Wiser brought charges...

Students surprised by parking tickets

May 14, 1996

Several people were surprised to find tickets on their cars last week after parking in an area behind a campus building that was not marked as a no-parking zone. College of Liberal Arts senior Shawn Eliason...

Amendment could foil U steam plant renovation

May 9, 1996

The Minneapolis City Planning Commission approved a zoning code amendment Wednesday that could affect plans to renovate the University's southeast steam plant. The amendment would prohibit construction...

Plastic-bottle recycling at U increases significantly

May 8, 1996

The University community is slowly recycling more plastic bottles since the Midwest Coca-Cola Bottling Co. introduced the new containers to campus three weeks ago. The University has always recycled plastic...