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Regents approve additional money for Jones Hall

December 14, 2004

The Board of Regents approved a $700,000 increase in funding for the reconstruction of Jones Hall at a committee meeting Thursday. The funding will go toward masonry work on the outside of the building. The...

FCC holds public forum in St. Paul to discuss the media

December 13, 2004

Media consolidation is hurting local broadcast and radio stations because they are not working for the public interest, a Federal Communications Commission member said Thursday. "We need to make sure we...

Bush’s 4 years may be difficult

December 7, 2004

A population increase for Republican Southern states makes it harder for Democrats to win presidential elections, said a visiting scholar Monday at the University's Center for the Study of Politics. "It...

State forecasts $700M deficit

December 2, 2004

Despite a projected $700 million state budget deficit, the University will still see an increase in its funding from the state, Gov. Tim Pawlenty said Wednesday. Although State Finance Commissioner Peggy...

Court won’t hear appeal

November 30, 2004

A U.S. Supreme Court decision Monday to not hear an appeal challenging same-sex marriage in Massachusetts has sparked a familiar debate on campus. Several conservative groups asked the Supreme Court to...

Former governor, regent dies at 95

November 17, 2004

Former Minnesota Gov. and University Board of Regents Chairman Elmer L. Andersen died Monday night. He was 95. Andersen, whom some called the last moderate-to-liberal Republican, was governor from 1961-63....

Tuition hikes may be small

November 16, 2004

After four years of double-digit tuition increases, University President Bob Bruininks said he does not predict those types of increases in the next two years. Last week, the Board of Regents approved...

Bush wins again; Kerry concedes

November 4, 2004

President George W. Bush won his bid for re-election Wednesday. His Democratic presidential challenger, Sen. John Kerry, conceded Wednesday morning after a long night of waiting for Ohio's poll results....

Bush wins re-election

November 3, 2004

President George W. Bush won his bid for re-election on Wednesday. His Democratic challenger, Sen. John Kerry, conceded Wednesday morning after a long night of waiting to get poll results from Ohio. Bush...

Poll: Students like Kerry

November 1, 2004

University students overwhelmingly support Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry, according to the latest Minnesota Daily poll. Sixty-one percent of those polled said they would vote for Kerry,...

John Kerry and John Edwards

October 29, 2004

>What is your position on same-sex marriage? Should same-sex marriage be dealt with at a state or federal level? John Kerry and John Edwards believe that every American should have the opportunity to...

Martin Sabo, Democrat

October 29, 2004

Rep. Martin Sabo, D-Minn., has served U.S. Congressional District 5 since 1978 and is now seeking his 14th term in office. Sabo said his experience in Congress and his 17-year tenure in the Minnesota House...

Socialist workers candidate at U touts political action

October 29, 2004

Even after Tuesday, the campaign for the Socialist Workers Party will continue, said the party's vice presidential candidate, Arrin Hawkins. "We use the campaign to expose the working class to politics,"...

John Edwards rallies on campus

October 27, 2004

Hollywood celebrity Ashton Kutcher said he voted for President George W. Bush in 2000 because he thought the president was a "good old boy." Now, in 2004, the star of "That '70s Show" and MTV's "Punk'd,"...

Cheney vies for votes in Minn.

October 25, 2004

Lashing out at Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry, Vice President Dick Cheney said Americans should vote for stability and not a candidate whose positions "shift with the wind." Cheney spoke...

Observatory to be dedicated today

October 22, 2004

The nearly complete Arizona observatory, which the University partially owns, will be dedicated today. Leonard Kuhi, head of the University's astronomy department, wrote in an e-mail that he is looking...

Candidates spar at district debate

October 19, 2004

In a unique showing of four different parties with four different ideologies, the candidates for the State House District 59B debated Wednesday. Incumbent Rep. Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis; University...

Water quality a main concern

October 18, 2004

Water, water, water. When it comes to the environment, water quality will be the main concern in the upcoming elections, said Marty Broan, project manager at the Minnesota League of Conservation Voters....

Moore tells crowd to vote

October 11, 2004

Filmmaker Michael Moore preached to his liberal choir Friday night in an event to incite students to vote. "This is the only time we'll ask you (to vote)," he said. "Just try it." Moore, director of "Fahrenheit...

Nader’s running mate stumps at U

October 8, 2004

Americans are unsatisfied with the two national parties, so they're starting to support alternatives, independent vice presidential candidate Peter Camejo said. But, he said, support doesn't equal votes...

Dems rally at U to get students to vote

October 8, 2004

When former Gov. Jesse Ventura was elected in 1998, he garnered the highest percentage of youth vote in state history - 11 percent, a party official said. "The reality is if 30 percent of people in the...

Poll finds U students are interested in politics

October 4, 2004

Almost 95 percent of University students consider politics somewhat or very important, according to The Minnesota Daily's latest poll. The poll, conducted through e-mail from Sept. 27 to Thursday, found...

Public uninformed on Iraq

September 30, 2004

As one of the top issues in the upcoming presidential election, it seems everyone has an opinion on the United States' involvement in Iraq. The issue of Iraq will be a part of the foreign-policy debate...

Kerry’s stepson campaigns at Macalester College

September 30, 2004

The real test of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry's character began at home, the candidate's stepson said. Andre Heinz, son of Teresa Heinz-Kerry, spoke to a group of approximately 75...

Bush twins stump for dad

September 24, 2004

Family commitment and a desire to see their dad win another election brought President George W. Bush's twin daughters Thursday to St. Paul, the two said. Jenna Bush and Barbara Bush, both 22, spoke to...

Flaw could allow 2 votes

September 23, 2004

Out-of-state students' votes could mean twice as much in the upcoming presidential election. A flaw in voting systems in the United States allows people who recently moved to a new state to file absentee...

U gives students voter-registration information

September 14, 2004

Registering students to vote is an important part of educating them to be U.S. citizens, and the University is doing its part to spread the knowledge, officials said Monday. "Any role the University can...

Kucinich urges students to vote

September 13, 2004

College students who vote in the upcoming presidential election can change the world, said Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, said yesterday. Kucinich spoke to a group of approximately 440 students at Macalester...

Kerry’s daughter stumps for her father

September 13, 2004

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry's daughter said she used to be apathetic about political issues. Never a part of her father's past campaigns, Vanessa Kerry said she was more focused on...

Gun law stirs debate at federal and state levels

September 9, 2004

With a federal law that bans assault weapons expiring Monday and a state law easing access to hand guns in limbo, the future of gun control is a shot in the dark. Although other issues might overshadow...

U student casts a vote at Republican convention

September 7, 2004

Between voting for a presidential candidate and hob-knobbing with Triumph the Comic Insult Dog, University student Missy Graner said she had a full week at the Republican National Convention. The political...

Edwards offers his vision of the future

September 7, 2004

Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. John Edwards said there is a need to create more jobs and provide adequate health care Monday at a rally on Harriet Island. Edwards spoke to a crowd of 12,000...

U students march against war in Iraq

September 7, 2004

For nearly 20 New York city blocks, a sea of activists marched toward the Republican National Convention at Madison Square Garden last week, said University employee and advocate Anh Pham. "You couldn't...

Kerry says students could get tuition for community service

September 7, 2004

In exchange for two years of community service, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry said the government will pay for four years of in-state public college tuition if he is elected. The Massachusetts...

Apache supporters criticize telescope

May 6, 2004

A group of Apache tribe supporters met Wednesday at Morrill Hall to reiterate its discontent with the University's decision to participate in the Mount Graham telescope project. Six of the approximately...

Mountain is part of Apache spirituality

April 22, 2004

SAN CARLOS, Ariz. - Passing among them a staff with a small stone and a feather attached to it, young Apaches ran up Mount Graham in the annual spirit run last July. Running is a large part of the history...

Memorial ceremony will honor students killed in house fire

April 22, 2004

A ceremony will be held at Van Cleve Park today in memory of Brian Heiden, Amanda Speckien and Elizabeth Wencl, the three University students who died in a Dinkytown house fire last September. University...

Activist teaches Apaches their traditional culture

April 22, 2004

SAN CARLOS, Ariz. - Apache spiritual leader Wendsler Nosie said he went to the mountain to pray. His daughter was preparing for her Sunrise Dance ceremony, which commemorated her entrance into womanhood....

Telescope sits high as cultural divide runs deep

April 21, 2004

SAN CARLOS, Ariz. - From the Apache reservation, the Mount Graham telescope looks like a small, white box positioned on top of the green mountain jutting out of the sand. But tribe member Sandra Rambler...

As renewal date nears, experts debate Patriot Act

March 10, 2004

With several of its key provisions up for renewal next year, activists and officials continue to debate the USA Patriot Act's effect on First Amendment rights. Passed in October 2001, the act grants federal...

Hestness to oversee campus public safety in his new role

September 3, 2003

Gregory Hestness has been a student, a parent and has even patrolled campus as the Minneapolis Police Department's deputy chief of police. Now, Hestness is trying out a new role: assistant vice president...

New associate vice provost aims to raise graduation rates

September 2, 2003

Jerry Rinehart knows how to work as part of a team. While in college, the University's new associate vice provost for student affairs joined with other students in a folk jug band to put himself through...

Move-in day wraps up with minor mishaps, plenty of help

September 2, 2003

Struggling to walk down the sidewalk in front of Centennial Hall on Saturday morning, a student carefully balanced his computer monitor on top of a pile of clothes in a large blue cart. Suddenly, the cart's...

Appeals court rules Regents bound by state Public Access Laws

August 18, 2003

The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday the University Board of Regents is subject to two state public access laws, and required the board to release the names of finalists from its last presidential...

As tuition increases, Bruininks pushes $10 million in new aid

August 18, 2003

University President Bob Bruininks is pushing ahead with a plan to provide approximately $10 million in new scholarships. Staff, students and legislators praised the plan, which is an attempt to cushion...

Experts react to appeals court ruling

August 18, 2003

A day after the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled the University Board of Regents is subject to two state public information laws, experts offered their opinions on the decision. One media member and a...

Regents hold annual retreat, discuss U’s future

August 11, 2003

Board of Regents members said last week that defining the University's mission during tough economic times will be a goal for the next two years. Regents outlined two-year goals at their annual retreat,...

5 arrested in Mount Graham telescope protest

July 14, 2003

University police arrested five protesters for interrupting a Board of Regents meeting Friday, delaying it for an hour as they called on the University to end its involvement in the controversial Mount...

Regents pass gun ban amid legal controversy

July 14, 2003

The University could be facing a legal showdown over its new policy banning guns. The policy, passed Friday by the Board of Regents, prohibits students, employees and visitors - even those with legal conceal-and-carry...

Students, experts question riot policy’s legality

June 30, 2003

Students and legal experts say the University might be overstepping its bounds with a new effort to prevent off-campus student riots. Regents approved a policy in June that allows the University to discipline...

U to choose vice president for public safety

June 23, 2003

The University will hold three public forums with finalists for the assistant vice president for public safety position this week. The vice president's responsibilities include overseeing the University...

Community reps discuss impact of proposed U budgets

June 23, 2003

Speakers at a University Board of Regents budget forum Tuesday said students, faculty and staff will shoulder too much of the financial burden under upcoming proposed school-year budgets. University President...

University parking space prices will not increase for the first time in 10 years

June 23, 2003

Following a decreased demand for spaces in the past year, Parking and Transportation Services does not plan to raise general parking rates for the next school year. For at least a decade, parking rates...

Regents vote ‘yes’ for U riot policy

June 16, 2003

In a unanimous vote Thursday, a University Board of Regents committee showed its support for a new administrative policy prohibiting students from rioting. The policy grants the Student Judicial Affairs...

University Services welcomes new ideas with new position

June 16, 2003

Michael Perkins said he found his dream job at the University. As the new associate vice president for capital planning and project management, Perkins - who has a University bachelor's degree in economics...

Busy week lies ahead for University Board of Regents

June 9, 2003

University students who participate in riotous behavior following school-related events will face stiffer penalties under a proposed policy to be reviewed at this week's University Board of Regents meeting. The...

Students concerned gun laws jeopardize campus safety

June 2, 2003

Psychology senior Reiko Hirai, an international student from Japan, said she chose to attend the University because she felt Minnesota was safe - unlike the rest of the United States, which she viewed...

State passes final U budget

May 27, 2003

After months of debate, the Legislature agreed on a higher education bill giving the University $1.1 billion for the next two years, its lowest biennium budget since 1998. University officials said the...

U hikes tuition for next 2 years

May 9, 2003

Students will pay a 14.8 percent tuition increase for the 2003-04 school year and another 13 percent increase for 2004-05, University President Robert Bruininks said Thursday at a Board of Regents meeting. Next...

Regents to consider riot policy, financial aid

May 8, 2003

University President Robert Bruininks will update the Board of Regents today on a new student conduct policy being developed in response to April's hockey riot. Bruininks is also expected to update regents...

U might ban faculty, staff from carrying guns

May 6, 2003

The University's general counsel is investigating options for creating a policy prohibiting faculty and staff from carrying guns on campus, University Provost Christine Maziar said Monday. The discussion...

Roadblocks to athletics departments’ merger remain

May 1, 2003

Approximately one year ago, the men's and women's athletics departments stared down a $21 million deficit. To reduce expenditures, the University Board of Regents approved merging both departments and...

Aid limits on student convicts could end

April 29, 2003

A bill proposed in the U.S. House of Representatives would repeal a law preventing students convicted of drug offenses from receiving federal financial aid. Current law provides that any student older...

State colleges lobby against handgun bill, except for University

April 23, 2003

A handgun permit bill making its way through the Legislature is attracting the attention of many of the state's universities and colleges, with one exception: the University of Minnesota system. The Minnesota...

U emergency plan addresses civil unrest, terrorism

April 21, 2003

The University has created an emergency preparedness plan that sketches out a strategy for dealing with situations like civil unrest and terrorism. The plan prioritizes areas on campus that should be dealt...

U professors’ salaries fall 2 spots in rankings

April 11, 2003

Full-time University professors' salaries rank 27th out of the top 30 research universities, down from 25th in 2000, according to a presentation given to the Board of Regents on Thursday. The American...

Student reps believe they can hold sway with regents

April 10, 2003

Newly elected student representatives to the Board of Regents said the recently raised issue of their limited ability to comment on board issues should not be a problem this year. Last October, the student...

New House bill would unite 2 state higher education organizations

April 8, 2003

Concerned about the future of the Minnesota Higher Education Services Office, officials and employees debated Monday the House bill that would unite two state higher education organizations and allow the...

Students to serve on regent advisory council

April 7, 2003

In a unanimous vote Friday, the House Governmental Operations and Veterans Affairs Policy Committee passed a bill allowing two University students to participate in the selection of Board of Regents members. The...

U halts plan to remove Carlson pull station alarms

April 1, 2003

A plan to remove 49 pull station fire alarms from the Carlson School of Management because of several recent false alarms is now on hold, a University official said Monday. The plan was developed several...

Regents to discuss budget cuts, layoffs, tuition hikes

March 13, 2003

The University Board of Regents will get its first glimpse today at how the state's budget crisis might impact the institution for the next two years. Because of an estimated $4.35 billion state deficit,...

Funding cuts trigger double-digit tuition hikes

March 7, 2003

University students can expect another round of double-digit tuition increases for each of the next two years, University officials said Thursday. The latest increase follows tuition hikes of 13.8 percent...

Legislature approves 9 candidates for University’s Board of Regents

March 4, 2003

Despite several attempts by DFL lawmakers to elect former state senator and gubernatorial candidate Roger Moe to the University's Board of Regents, legislators approved all regent recommendations made...

U inaugurates Bruininks as 15th president

February 28, 2003

Eight months after becoming the University's top official, Robert Bruininks will be officially recognized as president in a two-hour ceremony this afternoon. Bruininks will be inaugurated as the University's...

Child-care grant cuts impact students

February 24, 2003

University junior Shelley Guthrie isn't just a busy student, she's also a working mother. A part-time employee at the University's Student Parent HELP Center, Guthrie is raising her 2-year-old daughter,...

Provost rejects vague budget cut proposals

February 21, 2003

Nearly a week after receiving University department budget cut proposals, Provost Christine Maziar said she returned some proposals that lacked specific details on reductions. "Some of the proposals were...

Bruininks addresses U funding priorities

February 17, 2003

Citing the need for continued financial investment in the University, University President Robert Bruininks outlined for the Board of Regents on Friday a set of principles for readdressing the institution's...

Provosts present plan to boost graduation rates

February 14, 2003

Members of the University's Board of Regents questioned on Thursday whether comparing graduation rates to other universities is valid given the University's unique geographic location and the state's economic...

Bruininks not surprised by state budget cuts to University

February 10, 2003

G Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced his plan to cut $282 million in state spending Friday in order to balance Minnesota's budget. Higher education was hit with a $50.3 million reduction - including a $25 million...

Due to cuts, 1,200 students lost work-study grants this year

February 5, 2003

University journalism sophomore Jessica Snively is trying to pay her $5,000 yearly tuition bill with a $100 biweekly pay check and several student loans. She works seven hours per week at a Richfield sandwich...

Departments absorb budget cuts now, worry about funding for the future

January 31, 2003

Following the advice of University President Robert Bruininks, several nonacademic department heads said they plan to shield students from the effects of mandated institution-wide budget cuts. Last week,...

U faces institution-wide cuts

January 29, 2003

Calling the proposed $25 million state funding reduction a "worst case scenario," University President Robert Bruininks mandated institution-wide budget cuts in a memo sent to college and department heads...

Three regents cite grievances with University’s board

January 24, 2003

In an unusual show of public discord, three members of the University's Board of Regents recently highlighted several concerns over the way the board conducts business. In a letter sent to each board member...

State grant program faces funding shortage this year

January 21, 2003

University global studies sophomore Talia Sundby doesn't have to worry about receiving financial aid for the remainder of this school year. Her aid has been approved. But next year, she may find herself...

Designer drug use increases among students

December 13, 2002

Designer drug use among University students is up 6 percent since 1998, according to a 2001 Student Health Survey conducted by Boynton Health Service. Designer drugs include Ecstasy, methamphetamines and...

Unquiet Riot

November 21, 2002

With a dumkopf in the White House and a dubious war on the minds of most politicians, it's an opportune time for a band to put out a protest album. Enter Pearl Jam. With their seventh album, "Riot Act,"...

Unexpected $5 million donation resonates well with School of Music

November 14, 2002

The University's School of Music announced Tuesday it received an estimated $5 million donation from the late Harvey Berneking. It is the largest gift the school has ever received from one person and the...

‘Poetry god’ pontificates at Minnesota Poetry Festival

October 21, 2002

Nothing but lyric poetry tonight," promised legendary Beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti to a crowd of 500 Saturday night at Ted Mann Concert Hall during the first Minnesota Poetry Festival. Not one to disappoint,...

State of the University address focuses on state funding

October 4, 2002

Interim University President Robert Bruininks highlighted issues surrounding state funding for University research and programs at yesterday's State of the University Address at Mondale Hall. "In the short-term,...

Bruininks to give State of U Address today

October 3, 2002

Interim University President Robert Bruininks will give the State of the University Address today at 3 p.m. in Room 25 of Walter F. Mondale Hall, at 229 19th Ave. S. Minneapolis. Bruininks is expected...

A Band without a Decent Tragedy

September 26, 2002

The Rakes are a band that likes to play rock music, drink beer and play loud. And that's about as interesting as they get. Not to say that the Rakes are a bad band, because they aren't. It is just they...

University course listed in study’s ‘dirty dozen’

September 23, 2002

Eccentric" and "bizarre" are a couple of the words used to describe the University's language and sexual diversity class in a recent study by a conservative youth group. The group lists 12 classes, which...

Religious, spiritual beliefs help students deal with Sept. 11 stress

September 6, 2002

A recent survey conducted by a research team in the University's psychology department shows 8 percent of 188 students met the criteria for a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder after the Sept....

Folk duo Easily Amused finds direction in influences

October 30, 2001

"I absolutely loved Lilith Fair," coos Renee Lamoureux, lead vocalist for Canadian folk duo Easily Amused. "I love all of those performers. They had so much influence on me." And so goes the story of this...