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Live Blog: DFL Celebration … Senate race too close to call

November 5, 2008

The official verdict from the Daily: the U.S. Senate race is too close to call. Check tomorrow's Daily for further coverage, mndaily.com for updates and Thursday's Daily for a complete story. -------------...

Kahn and Hovde unite!

November 5, 2008

I was making my pre-election results phone calls just now, touching base with the candidates whose races I'm covering tonight. One such candidate was state Rep. Phyllis Kahn, the longtime left-winger who's...

Why follow Kahn in the dorms? The Daily explains.

October 30, 2008

As of this moment, two comments have been posted on today's story about Rep. Phyllis Kahn's on-campus campaigning in residence halls. To clear up any confusion, I'll explain why I, my editor and the Daily...

Obama supporters outeating the opposition in food polls

October 15, 2008

Politics has found a place in the kitchen. Across the country, bakers and chefs have put their own spin on the eats they serve to gauge public support for presidential candidates – all in good taste,...

President Josiah Bartlet stumps for Stuart Smalley in St. Paul on Tuesday

October 13, 2008

It turns out Michelle Obama isn't the only notable Democrat to pay a visit to notoriously liberal Macalester College in St. Paul during an election season. Tomorrow, Macalester Democrats co-chairman Alex...

U recruit makes U.S. Olympic history

June 25, 2008

Few people expected recent Anoka High School graduate Jake Deitchler , a Gopher wrestler-to-be, to make history. Heading into the Greco-Roman wrestling Olympic trials, Deitchler was anything but a favorite. "One...

International recruits a must have for some ‘U’ programs

June 18, 2008

Winning has always been a fundamental part of Division I athletics programs. And in a culture that funnels ever-increasing funding to college sports, winning has become paramount for coaches who have widened...

Loyal fans get royal ticket treatment

May 28, 2008

Donations and loyalty to the Gopher cause will count for more than a show of pride when it comes to getting season tickets at TCF Bank Stadium. on the web For the Gopher Points Web site, go to https://onestop2.umn.edu/ppoints/...

Changes in air for Graduate Record Examination

September 10, 2007

For those planning to take the Graduate Record Examinations, the prospect of major test format and question changes has been looming for months. After setting an early fall date for a test overhaul, Educational...

Experts set to examine cause of collapse

August 8, 2007

As the devastation of the Interstate 35W bridge collapse - which came in both human and capital forms - mounts, many around the world are asking the obvious question: How could this happen? A group of...

Bruininks names U-Rochester chancellor

July 25, 2007

University President Bob Bruininks announced Monday Dr. Stephen Lehmkuhle's appointment as the University of Minnesota-Rochester's first chancellor, according to a University news release. Pending approval...

Staff push for benefits

May 3, 2007

It's nearly contract negotiation time and American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union members are continuing a push for what they call adequate benefits and compensation. In this...

Alumnus shoots for trips to the moon

May 1, 2007

University alumni have gone on to take jobs domestically and abroad in nearly every field imaginable. But Steve Cook has taken a job that deals with more than worldly issues; he is responsible for the...

Professors’salaries stagnant nationwide

April 18, 2007

The American Association of University Professors released its annual report last week, which detailed trends in faculty compensation. This year's report showed the termination of a two-year trend in faculty...

U names executive director for newly established office

April 17, 2007

The University made recent strides in easing the transition of University innovations from on-campus laboratories to the private sector. Jay Schrankler began his appointment Monday as executive director...

Drowned student’s family prepares to bid farewell

April 12, 2007

On March 29, Cameroon native and University first-year student Elomo Lenya died in a drowning accident at a New Brighton pool. Since then, her family has faced burdens beyond grief for a lost sister, daughter...

GRE test changes postponed

April 9, 2007

After announcing an overhaul of the current Graduate Record Examination, the test's distributor postponed adjustments until an undetermined later date. Last Monday, Educational Testing Services decided...

Range campus possible

April 4, 2007

Gopher hockey fans can breathe a sigh of relief. Rep. Tom Rukavina, DFL-Virginia, wants to establish a postsecondary presence on northern Minnesota's Iron Range, but not to confine the region's famous...

Long-term care coverage for University employees scrutinized

April 3, 2007

Recently, the University made the switch to John Hancock Insurance and Financial Services, its new provider for employees' long-term care insurance. This type of coverage takes effect when policy holders...

Student eases registration process with new program

March 29, 2007

Semester after semester, students spend hours crafting the perfect schedule, trying for a mix of major requirements and free time that actually works. With so many class and section choices, computer science...

iTunes: new study tool

March 27, 2007

A new online trend gives some colleges a hip, new sound. Technology pioneer Apple parlayed the popularity of its iTunes program into a tool for educators to transmit lectures via electronic files to audiences...

Physics equals fun at annual U fair

March 26, 2007

On Saturday at Coffman Memorial Union, kids blasted off into a world full of innovation and experimentation. For the 16th year, the University's Institute of Technology Center for Educational Programs...

Merit-based pay at U

March 23, 2007

Going above and beyond the call of duty could mean wages above and beyond current compensation for more than just faculty members and academic professionals at the University. At this month's meeting,...

Play’s free speech arguments go beyond the stage

March 21, 2007

Supporters and dissenters of the University's production of "The Pope and Witch" used the First Amendment as the foundation for their arguments. Through the play's run, objectors shared views in town hall-style...

U looks to the top to recruit

March 20, 2007

Even at a state university, gaining admission is not as easy as it has historically been. Richard Spadine applied for fall 2006 admission to the University before the priority deadline, and despite his...

Union rallies for salary

March 8, 2007

About 1,000 union representatives - including University staff members from several campuses - filled the Capitol rotunda and lined its balconies Wednesday, calling on legislators for change. The annual...

U names new undergraduate research director

March 5, 2007

In an attempt to draw more visibility to undergraduate research endeavors, the University established a new office with hopes to popularize research opportunities for campus undergraduates. Craig Swan,...

Protested play to open

March 1, 2007

In allowing the show to go on, the University has received continued criticism from the Catholic community, and play organizers are not quite sure what to expect when the curtain goes up. The University...

Study shows test scores indicative

February 28, 2007

Students planning to pursue graduate degrees might have an even greater incentive to adequately prepare for entrance exams, according to a recent University study. More than prior grades, courses taken...

Deans dip for dollars from Dean’s Dip

February 26, 2007

All table manners aside, University officials raced against the clock to devour as much chip dip as possible, slathering the condiment from cheek to cheek in the process. Dean of the College of Education...

Revamped, longer GRE effective this September

February 20, 2007

The process for entering graduate school will become lengthier and more difficult this fall. Beginning Sept. 10, the estimated 550,000 people worldwide who take the Graduate Record Examination each year...

University unveils biotech major program

February 19, 2007

The University's Rochester campus demonstrated commitment to emerging as a leading research institution Thursday. At a Rochester Higher Education Development Committee meeting, developers of a two-year...

Students and professors share dinner and discussion

February 16, 2007

Over sandwiches and soft drinks, students and professors spent Thursday night getting better acquainted. The College of Liberal Arts Student Board sponsored the year's first Food for Thought Banquet at...

U plays for keeps with new faculty

February 15, 2007

New students aren't the only ones feeling lost on campus. While faculty members might seem to have it all together in the classroom, the University offered its first new faculty orientation last summer...

U alumnus and scientist dies

February 13, 2007

Internationally renowned plant scientist, conservationist and University alumnus Sir Bent Skovmand died Feb. 6 in Sweden of complications resulting from a brain tumor. He was 61. Most recently, Skovmand...

Former legislator named fellow

February 12, 2007

For former Minnesota state legislator Steve Kelley, lawmaking might be out, but school is back in session. On Feb. 1, Kelley was appointed as a Humphrey Institute senior fellow, voted in unanimously by...

Project may limit parking

February 8, 2007

As organizers plan for the addition of a pediatric facility on the Fairview Health Services' Riverside campus, neighbors raised concerns about the new hospital hurting more than it heals. The children's...

U’s writing revamped

February 6, 2007

This semester will be the last for composition courses as students know them, but the University hasn't written off writing requirements altogether. Beginning July 1, a new campuswide writing initiative...

Listserv sparks debate

February 1, 2007

Faculty and students have been subjected to tension spurred by a Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs listserv last week. Sally Kenney, a public affairs and law professor, used a Humphrey Institute nonbusiness...

IT recruits more women

January 30, 2007

From generation to generation, traditional gender roles are blurred and once-exclusive sects of society accomodate a wider range of people. But in engineering, males clearly reign. Postsecondary institutions...

Dedicated faculty club dancers have a ball

January 29, 2007

The three-piece band hit every note in a swing melody Saturday night in the St. Paul Student Union's North Star Ballroom, while dance pairs smoothly maneuvered on the floor, smiling and with apparent ease. "We...

U graduate rates increase, short of expectations

January 25, 2007

Graduation rates are on the upswing, but there is still a significant difference between current rates and goals set by University officials. Last week, the University announced an increase in four-, five-...

Outcry at law school quiets

January 23, 2007

After igniting a controversy last fall that turned the Law School upside-down, adjunct professor Robert Delahunty quietly assumed his post as a first-time University instructor last week. Delahunty's appointment,...

UMR planning move to downtown Rochester mall

January 18, 2007

There's always been reading, 'riting and 'rithmetic. But the University's Rochester campus has added a fourth 'R' to its scholastic repertoire: retail space. The campus announced plans last week to begin...

Fairview plans new pediatric unit

January 16, 2007

Fairview Health Services announced plans Wednesday to construct a new location for the University of Minnesota Children's Hospital to increase efficiency and comfort. One aspect of the plan includes building...

Drink special regulations proposed for North Dakota campus

December 5, 2006

Drinking is a part of most students' college experience. But, according to safety advocates, students often take consumption too far, and drink specials, in part, are to blame. To combat unsafe drinking...

U ranks high for international enrollment

November 22, 2006

Despite a drop in international student enrollment since the 2005-06 academic year, the University is still recognized as a top host institution. A report issued Nov. 13 by the Institute of International...

DFL keeps Senate seat

November 8, 2006

With control of the U.S. Senate hanging in the balance this election, Minnesotans chose DFL Senate candidate Amy Klobuchar as their next senator. Klobuchar defeated Mark Kennedy to earn the seat vacated...

Elevator safety regulated by U

November 2, 2006

University officials said the elevator death of an Ohio State student in late October would not have happened in campus residence halls. Connie Thompson, assistant facilities director for University Housing...

State Representative, District 59B

November 1, 2006

.Phyllis Kahn, DFL, incumbent What are two or three of the most important issues to you in the election? The shutdown of the state was just the most appalling waste of money, waste of effort and all sorts...

U.S. Senate

November 1, 2006

.Robert Fitzgerald, Independence What is your policy on immigration? We need to have a responsible and sensible immigration policy that does not create bogeymen out of immigrants Ö the solution to it...

Community-University clinic plans for layoffs

October 31, 2006

Supporters of the Community-University Health Care Center gathered at the site of the clinic in south Minneapolis Monday night to generate awareness of what they consider the clinic's widespread impact...

Secretary of state debate comes to U

October 18, 2006

Three candidates for Minnesota secretary of state were scheduled to debate Tuesday night at Coffman Union, and an unanticipated guest spiced things up with her late entrance. The debate, which various...

Center faces possible layoffs

October 17, 2006

In a meeting Monday night, clinic officials discussed the 20 staff positions to be cut from the Community University Health Care Center to help rejuvenate their fiscal progress and keep the clinic out...

Shirts support troops, veterans’ charities

October 17, 2006

Amid politically charged campaigns this election season, there is one of quiet solidarity with overseas American troops emerging on college campuses across the country. TakePride.com, an online designer...

Fundraising for stadium on track

October 12, 2006

University officials said Wednesday that they've raised about half the money necessary for the $248 million on-campus stadium. The University athletics department must raise about $45 million more in private...

U athletics rank last in academics

October 5, 2006

Student-athletes at the University aren't making the grade, according to recent academic progress reports released by the NCAA. The NCAA's data concerning graduation rates, grade point average and academic...

Officials, fans break stadium grounds

October 2, 2006

It's the beginning of the end for the TCF Bank Stadium's construction planning stages. The ceremonial groundbreaking of the University's new football facility was at the site of the stadium Saturday afternoon,...

U looks ahead to GOP convention

September 29, 2006

The Republican National Committee announced Wednesday that the Minneapolis-St. Paul tandem will be host cities for its 2008 presidential nominating convention. While the University will be near the convention,...

Twins might force U game change

September 26, 2006

As the regular season winds down for Minnesota Twins' baseball, Gophers football fans wait to see whether the Oct. 7 home game against Penn State will be played as scheduled at the Metrodome or at a later...

Organizations focus on getting out the younger vote

September 26, 2006

With the youngest part of the electorate notoriously apathetic on Election Day, nonpartisan organizations hope to educate young voters and change attitudes on a local and national scale in preparation...

Maturi signs contract

September 25, 2006

Athletics Director Joel Maturi and the University agreed last week to extend his tenure for at least three more years. Maturi signed a contract Wednesday increasing his salary by about 8.5 percent to $315,000...

University play proves controversial

September 18, 2006

Playwright and 1997 literature Nobel Prize recipient Dario Fo's production satirizing Catholicism has drawn both heavy criticism and critical acclaim since it was written in 1989. This time around, the...

Students hit streets, Net to help candidates

September 14, 2006

Whether it's posting lawn signs, knocking on doors on political candidates' behalf or working with them directly, students continue to demonstrate political activism this election season. Many students...

Primaries set the stage for November

September 13, 2006

Tuesday's primaries held few surprises while narrowing the field of candidates to one per party, per office in preparation for November's general election. Candidates continued to campaign until the last...

Tuesday primaries to narrow the field

September 11, 2006

With the election season under way, primary elections mark the first major obstacle for office hopefuls. Voters will head to polls Tuesday to cast their ballots in the primary, in which political parties...

Rowing facility nears completion

September 8, 2006

After seven seasons of effort, the University's women's rowing team finally has a substantial, accessible facility to call home. Until now, the team called a tent on the river's edge - with virtually no...

Internet site new political soapbox

September 6, 2006

Amid another campaign-laden fall full of lawn signs and commercials, candidates again are looking for ways to capture the coveted college-age vote. This election year, Facebook is lending them a helping...