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The Universitys Board of Regents convene on Friday, Sep. 14, 2018 at McNamara Alumni Center.

Breaking down the 67 UMN presidential candidates’ resumes

Published December 1, 2018

A vast majority of candidates considered for the University of Minnesota presidential position listed higher education experiences, according to recently obtained candidate information. The Minnesota Daily...

Alpha Gamma Rho is seen on Wednesday, Oct. 10 near the Saint Paul campus. A member of the fraternity died as a result of alcohol-related complications in September.

UMN responds to alcohol-related fraternity death

Published October 11, 2018

Following the second alcohol-related death of a campus fraternity member within a year, the University of Minnesota is in the midst of re-examining Greek life policy.  University sophomore Dylan Fulton,...

Kaler reflects on 17-18 school year, looks forward to next

Published September 20, 2018

The Minnesota Daily sat down with University President Eric Kaler for the final monthly interview of the 2017-18 school year. Kaler reflected on challenges and successes of the year, as well as discussions...

Minneapolis Police drive downtown on Tuesday, June 26.

Papa John’s driver robbed at gunpoint

Published August 16, 2018

A Papa John's delivery driver was robbed at gunpoint in the restaurant's parking lot early Thursday morning in Prospect Park. Minneapolis police responded to a robbery at the restaurant, located at 2639...

Research Analyst Krista Soria poses for a portrait in McNamara Alumni Center on Thursday, April 26. Soria administers the Universitys SERU survey.

Tracking the student experience: UMN analyst uses data to make a difference

Published April 30, 2018

Thousands of University of Minnesota students see Krista Soria’s name in their inboxes every spring semester. Soria, the University’s data analyst, sends messages encouraging students to take the Student...

Computer science major Jeremiah Michalik poses for a portrait in his empty apartment on Tuesday, April 24 in Minneapolis. Michalik struggles to pay his $500 monthly rent, so hes adding a commute to school and moving to Crystal, Minnesota to cut costs.

Piecing the puzzle together: facing low-income life at UMN

Published April 26, 2018

University of Minnesota sophomore Samantha Truesdell fills her planner with meticulous notes every day. She organizes everything, from tracking her bills – rent, tuition, insurance and others – to...

The Minneapolis Police Department and University of Minnesota Police Department responded to a disturbance at Northrop following the Somali Student Associations Somali Night 2018 event on Friday, April 20.

Groups dispute facts of incident at Somali Student Association event

Published April 23, 2018

After police were called to a Friday night event hosted by the Somali Student Association at Northrop auditorium, the two groups are disputing the facts of the event. University officials say police officers...

Officers arrest a person outside Northrop on Friday, April 20, 2018. The Minneapolis Police Department and University of Minnesota Police Department responded to a disturbance at Northrop following the Somali Student Associations Somali Night event. 

Multiple arrests made at Somali Night event at Northrop

Published April 21, 2018

UPDATE: GROUPS DISPUTE FACTS OF INCIDENT AT SOMALI STUDENT ASSOCIATION EVENT (Sunday at 8:15 p.m.) University of Minnesota Police Department and Minneapolis Police Department officers responded to an incident...

University President Eric Kaler speaks to the House of Representatives committee on higher education at the Minnesota State Office Building in St. Paul on Jan. 24, 2017.

UMN admin focus on system-wide plan

Published April 16, 2018

In the absence of a system-wide strategic plan, University of Minnesota administrators are emphasizing the plan’s creation this academic year. The University’s Board of Regents and President Eric Kaler...

University President Eric Kaler fields questions during an interview with the Minnesota Daily on Thursday, Nov. 16.

Kaler talks UMN Divest and proposed sexual assault reporting bills

Published April 9, 2018

The Minnesota Daily met with University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler last week for a regular monthly interview about University news. Kaler discussed the recent UMN Divest referendum, the outlook...

Conservative students feel less respected on campus, data shows

Published April 5, 2018

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The Board of Regents listen to a report from student representatives on Friday, March 23 at the Siebens Building in Rochester.

UMN students ask regents to focus on diversity, student privacy

Published March 26, 2018

University of Minnesota students presented top student concerns, including diversity efforts and student information privacy, during an annual report to the Board of Regents Friday.  The eight undergraduate...

Students present annual report of concerns to Regents

Published March 26, 2018

Student representatives to the University of Minnesota Board of Regents presented their top student issues and concerns at Friday’s Board of Regents meeting in Rochester. At the meeting, the regents...

Regent Patricia Simmons speaks at a Board of Regents meeting on June 8, 2017 at McNamara Alumni Center. Simmons recently announced her resignation from the Board of Regents.

‘It’s been an extraordinary privilege’: Regent Patricia Simmons reflects on 15 years

Published March 22, 2018

The landscape of the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents will change this spring after a long-serving member’s resignation. Regent Patricia Simmons announced on March 7 her intention to resign...

UMN legislative request could keep student tuition ‘flat’

Published March 9, 2018

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents approved a supplemental $10 million request to the Minnesota State Legislature at a Thursday meeting.  Approved by an 8-1 vote, the supplement to the 2019...

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler fields questions from the Minnesota Daily in his office on Monday, March 1.

Kaler talks child care, Dinkytown changes and his St. Paul vision

Published March 8, 2018

The Minnesota Daily sat down with University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler for this semester's second monthly interview about University news and events. Kaler discussed the St. Paul campus vision,...

University President Eric Kaler fields questions from the audience at his State of the University address in Coffman Union on March 2, 2017.

UMN President Eric Kaler talks free speech and sexual misconduct at 2018 State of the U

Published March 2, 2018

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler addressed campus free speech, sexual misconduct and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals in his annual State of the University speech Thursday afternoon. University...

UMPD officers Josh Betts, left, and Lara Bauer demonstrate knee attacks during the self defense workshop in Coffman Union on Saturday, Feb. 24.

SUA, UMPD hold self defense workshop

Published February 26, 2018

University of Minnesota students threw kicks, punches and blocks to practice self-defense Saturday afternoon. Around 40 students attended the Self Defense Workshop hosted by Student Unions and Activities...

Regents discuss revamping University District Alliance

Published February 21, 2018

Ten years after launch a neighborhood partnership program, the University of Minnesota is considering some changes. The University’s Board of Regents discussed expanding the University’s community...

UMN rolls out sexual misconduct training

Published February 15, 2018

A group of around 1,000 University of Minnesota faculty and staff are piloting a new, mandatory sexual misconduct training. The training — part of the President’s Initiative to Prevent Sexual Misconduct...

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler fields questions from the Minnesota Daily in his office on Friday, Feb. 9.

‘It’s a very personal thing’: Kaler talks sexual misconduct prevention among other topics in Q&A

Published February 12, 2018

The Minnesota Daily sat down with University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler Friday for this semester’s first monthly interview. Kaler discussed the University’s legislative priorities, the President’s...

A group of students air grievances to University President Eric Kaler and Regent David McMillan during the Board of Regents meeting on Friday, Feb. 9. Their concerns stem from a possible change in the Student Conduct Code.

Discontented students interrupt February Board of Regents meeting

Published February 10, 2018

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents discussed a potential tuition increase, a new sexual misconduct initiative and institutional risks, among other topics, at its meetings Thursday and Friday.  The...

The University of Minnesota marching band plays during a football game at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. The marching band played at the Super Bowl LII halftime show at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday.

WATCH: UMN Marching Band performs in Super Bowl

Published February 5, 2018

The University of Minnesota Marching Band performed alongside Justin Timberlake in Super Bowl LII’s halftime show. The band was prominently featured in Timberlake’s “Suit and Tie” on Sunday night...

New UMN CSE dean steps into role

Published February 1, 2018

As the new interim dean of the University of Minnesota’s College of Science and Engineering, Mostafa “Mos” Kaveh says he’ll focus on faculty recruitment and the college’s physical spaces. Kaveh,...

SWAT personnel gather outside the Graduate Hotel early Monday morning in response to what the University is calling a public safety situation involving someone inside the hotel.

UMPD chief update on Graduate Hotel: “We’re hoping to resolve this situation fairly soon”

Published January 29, 2018

UPDATE: SUSPECT IN GRADUATE HOTEL STANDOFF IS IN CUSTODY, POLICE SAY (TUESDAY, 1:43 p.m.) Roads and buildings on East Bank campus remain closed Monday morning as police negotiate with at least one individual...

The view outside the Graduate Hotel shortly after 7 a.m.

Graduate Hotel incident continues, police say

Published January 29, 2018

UPDATE: SUSPECT IN GRADUATE HOTEL STANDOFF IS IN CUSTODY, POLICE SAY (TUESDAY 1:43 p.m.) Roads and buildings near the Graduate Hotel on East Bank campus remain closed Monday morning as police negotiate...

Illustration by Jane Borstad.

UMN research shows planning helps productivity

Published January 29, 2018

New research shows focus suffers when tasks are interrupted and workers don’t have a plan in place. Creating a plan to resume interrupted work can increase productivity and improve performance on an...

Illustration by Jane Borstad.

UMN Board of Regents consider Student Conduct Code changes

Published January 25, 2018

University of Minnesota student groups may see new standards of responsibility under a proposed amendment. The proposal is two-fold. Student groups would be held liable for conduct they direct, sponsor...

The Universitys Board of Regents talk at a meeting on June 10, 2016.

UMN Board of Regents considers new ways to assess institutional risks

Published January 25, 2018

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents is set to consider institutional risk-management plans next month as they review the school’s top risk-related priorities. The institution’s risk profile...

Teamsters Local 320, a union group for public employees, hosted a march on the University of Minnesota campus on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 outside Morrill Hall on East Bank.

UMN and service workers reach contract agreement, avoid possible strike

Published January 24, 2018

Unionized University of Minnesota service workers accepted a final contract offer from the University Tuesday after months of negotiations, avoiding a potential system-wide, 1,500-person strike. According...

Mostafa Kaveh named CSE interim dean

Published January 21, 2018

The University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering's new interim dean assumed his role Jan. 16. Mostafa “Mos” Kaveh joined CSE in 1975 as an electrical and computer engineering faculty...

The Universitys Board of Regents talk at a meeting on June 10, 2016.

UMN Board of Regents aim to improve campus climate for students of color

Published January 17, 2018

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents will vote on a resolution aimed at improving retention and recruitment of underrepresented students at its February meeting. The resolution includes five strategy...

Lt. Gov. Tina Smith discusses a new initiative for young women of Minnesota on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2016 at the Veterans Service Building in St. Paul.

Tina Smith to fill Al Franken’s senate seat

Published December 13, 2017

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to the U.S. Senate Wednesday, replacing Sen. Al Franken as he prepares to resign amid groping allegations.  “Though I never anticipated this...

Campus connectors travel between Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses via the Universitys Transitway on Sunday, Dec. 10. The University is in talks with the Prospect Park Association to potentially relocate the Transitway to allow for further development of the neighborhood. 

University of Minnesota, Prospect Park look to move transitway

Published December 11, 2017

The University of Minnesota Transitway – connecting East Bank to the St. Paul campus – may be relocated.  The University of Minnesota and the Prospect Park Association have held conversations...

Espresso Royale coffee shop in Dinkytown on Oct. 9, 2016.

Espresso Royale to close in Dinkytown

Published December 7, 2017

Three Espresso Royale locations in the Twin Cities — including Dinkytown — are set to close Dec. 21, according to employees. The Dinkytown location and the two other shops, located at 475 Fairview...

Cedar-Riverside neighborhood organizations face uncertain future

Published December 7, 2017

The City of Minneapolis is gathering community input to decide which Cedar-Riverside neighborhood organization to fund. The West Bank Community Coalition and the Cedar-Riverside Neighborhood Revitalization...

Communications graduate student Kristina Wright, left, and Ecology, Evolution and Behavior graduate student Jake Grossman, right, address demonstrators outside Northrop Auditorium on Wednesday, Nov. 29.

UMN grad students walk out over Republican tax plan

Published November 30, 2017

Armed with signs and megaphones, more than 200 graduate students, research assistants, teaching assistants and instructors left classes Wednesday to protest a tax reform package being considered in Congress. Those...

Como neighborhood association sees increase in student involvement

Published November 27, 2017

The Southeast Como Improvement Association saw a spike in students elected to its board earlier this month. Three University of Minnesota students were elected to SECIA’s 13-member board on Nov. 14,...

Shahad Geer watches a Ozobot miniature programmable toy robot at the tech center at the Brian Coyle Center in Minneapolis on Tuesday, Nov. 21. 

New Cedar-Riverside center gives students high-end tech opportunity

Published November 22, 2017

A new technology center in Cedar-Riverside will connect youth from immigrant families to high-end technology. Kids and teenagers are already testing the equipment and professional software tools at the...

Bob Mac enjoys a quiet Saturday morning run on the current Midtown Greenway path on Saturday, Nov. 18.

New coalition hopes to better connect Prospect Park with extended bike paths

Published November 20, 2017

A new coalition aims to expand the bike path network in the Twin Cities.  The Extend the Greenway Partnership is looking to expand the Midtown Greenway, a protected bike path that spans from south...

Nonprofit helps University students clean up their criminal records

Published November 13, 2017

University of Minnesota students can expunge low-level crimes from their records by participating in a local community outreach program.  The Restorative Justice Community Action program offers an...

CSE Dean addresses possible departure in talk with students

Published November 10, 2017

Samuel Mukasa, dean of the University of Minnesota’s College of Science and Engineering, led a forum Wednesday on the current state of the school.  At the forum, hosted by the Science and Engineering...

Raymond Dehn looks over election results during his Election Day party at Du Nord Craft Spirits on Nov. 7.

Dehn votes fall short, campaign sees victories in student precincts

Published November 8, 2017

Around 50 attendees at state Rep. Raymond Dehn’s election party watched the Minneapolis mayoral candidate take in about 17 percent of first-choice votes on Tuesday night. “We’re looking at the numbers,...

Joseph Scholl and Kelley Bunge throw bags of trash collected in Dinkytown into a pick-up truck on Sunday, Nov. 5.

Students host clean-up day to combat Dinkytown litter

Published November 6, 2017

Armed with plastic bags and rubber gloves, University of Minnesota students took to the streets Sunday to combat litter in Dinkytown. The student-organized “Dinkytown Clean Up Day” was held in collaboration...

A Riverside Mall shop filled with traditional Somali clothing  on Friday, Oct. 27.

City officials look to open new Somali mall

Published October 30, 2017

A dispute between city officials and owners of local Somali malls has pushed some to work for solutions on their own. City officials have clashed with Sabri Properties over alleged tenant mistreatment...

Diini Sabrie, left, and Amina Deble pose for portraits on Saturday, Oct. 21. Sabrie is grieving a close friend, Minnesota resident Ahmed AbdiKarin Eyow, who was killed in the recent bombing in Mogadishu, Somalia. Deble lost six friends in the bombing.

Aftermath of Mogadishu attack felt across Minneapolis and University

Published October 23, 2017

Diini Sabrie spoke to his longtime friend Ahmed AbdiKarin Eyow for the last time on Oct. 14. The two exchanged messages that Saturday afternoon about Eyow’s trip to Mogadishu and what it felt like for...

UMPD Sergeant Long Xiong observes the scene of a collision that occurred between a pedestrian and a semi truck at the Stadium Village light rail station on Wednesday, Oct. 18.

Man killed after collision with semi truck near Stadium Village light rail station

Published October 19, 2017

A man hit by a semi truck near the Stadium Village light rail station Wednesday afternoon died Thursday morning at the Hennepin County Medical Center.  The truck was heading east on University Avenue...

From left, Minneapolis Park Board candidates Chris Meyer, Mohamed Barre, and Billy Menz pose for portraits.

Park board candidates seek to expand student involvement in Minneapolis parks

Published October 19, 2017

All three candidates vying for a seat on the Minneapolis Park Board want to make the parks system more accessible to students. The race for the District 1 park board commissioner position, which covers...

A recycling bin begins to overflow at Northstar Apartments on Sunday, Oct. 15

Minneapolis officials seek to cut waste in student housing complexes

Published October 16, 2017

Minneapolis officials are trying to encourage recycling in apartments near the University of Minnesota as part of a citywide plan to cut waste.  The city’s Zero Waste Draft Plan identifies insufficient...

Rendering of Towerside District

Prospect Park looks to future with diversified housing options

Published October 12, 2017

Prospect Park groups are looking to diversify neighborhood housing by bringing a slate of affordable options to the area. The Towerside Innovation District is leading an affordable housing movement to...

New election date for Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association positions accommodates students

Published October 12, 2017

The Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association will hold its first-ever October election in hopes of strengthening student participation.  With students moving in and out of the neighborhood as academic...

Cedar-Riverside project aims to improve health care accessibility for residents

Published October 5, 2017

A new project in Cedar-Riverside seeks to mend cultural gaps between community members and health care providers.  The Mixed Blood Theatre’s 154 Project pairs medical providers and patients to start...

Examples of some of the work featured on the Creative Spark website. Aldo Moroni created bronze sculptures of many historical structures and sites in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood, which stand near the Stone Arch Bridge on Sunday, Oct. 1.

Marcy-Holmes’ art history housed on new website

Published October 2, 2017

The Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association is putting the area’s art history in focus. MHNA debuted Creative Spark: Marcy-Holmes, a website dedicated to displaying historic and contemporary art of the...

Ward 2 Council Member Cam Gordon poses for a portrait in the City Council chambers at Minneapolis City Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 26.

Cam Gordon seeks to highlight public health, environmental issues once re-elected

Published September 28, 2017

Cam Gordon has used cross-party collaboration to accomplish Green Party priorities in his time on the Minneapolis City Council. Gordon, a council member representing the city’s second ward, which covers...

Neighborhood Art Website Launched

Published September 27, 2017

New alliance advocates for Prospect Park businesses

Published September 25, 2017

New developments in Prospect Park have sparked the creation of a business alliance. The Towerside Business Alliance, set to publicly launch Monday, will promote and advocate for businesses in the University...

A view outside The Marshall apartment complex in Dinkytown on June 3.

University students scammed by fake apartment subleasers

Published September 21, 2017

More students are succumbing to housing scams as the University of Minnesota's rental market tightens. Scammers posted fake subleasing advertisements on Craigslist and in unofficial University housing...

Council Member Gordon Runs Unopposed

Published September 20, 2017

Three University of Minnesota students observe the special Als Night Menu at its opening on Friday.

Al’s Breakfast joins ‘crowded’ Dinkytown late-night scene

Published September 18, 2017

New Al’s Breakfast co-owner Alison Kirwin is taking the 67-year-old business in an unexpected direction. Al’s Breakfast began offering weekend late-night hours — with an exclusive menu — for the...

Founder of Pioneer Staffing and Training Mohamud Noor poses for a portrait in Cedar Riverside on Monday, Sept. 11. 

New Cedar-Riverside initiative seeks to boost employment rates

Published September 14, 2017

A new Cedar-Riverside employment organization seeks to slash unemployment rates in the community. Pioneer Staffing and Training, which will launch next week, will be the first employment center in Minneapolis...

Al’s Breakfast now open late night

Published September 11, 2017

Campus crime increases with return of students and faculty

Published September 11, 2017

As students and faculty return to campus each fall, crime rates frequently spike.   Some types of crime were reported more during this year’s welcome week than last. Incidents of theft and property...

University class proposes improvements to Como traffic diverters

Published September 7, 2017

A plan proposed by a University of Minnesota forestry class could ease traffic woes in a local neighborhood. Many Southeast Como residents want renovations to the neighborhood's 40-year-old traffic diverters...

Construction starts on previously controversial bridge in Cedar-Riverside

Published September 5, 2017

Construction began last week on a bridge to connect the Cedar-Riverside and downtown neighborhoods.  Samatar Crossing, a new pedestrian and bicyclist bridge near 15th Avenue South and South 6th Street...