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Famous chimpanzee research comes home to U professor

June 3, 1999

Deep within the bush of Africa lies the Gombe National Park. The plush forest houses snakes, bush pigs and chimpanzees. It is here, along the shores of Lake Tanganyika, that Jane Goodall began her 30-year...

Off-peak free parking offered for students

May 28, 1999

After a year of working with Parking and Transportation Services, the Council of Graduate Students has procured a number of parking improvements. One of the major improvements includes free evening and...

Awards program honors graduate students as leaders

May 27, 1999

A number of Graduate and Professional Student Assembly members received awards earlier this week for their involvement in student government at the University. Cheryl Jorgensen, GAPSA's former president,...

Humanities disciplines leave Ph.D. recipients with poor job prospects

May 25, 1999

Students graduating with Ph.D.s in humanities disciplines are finding a poor job market with few opportunities in their academic fields. According to a recent nationwide study by the Modern Language Association,...

Bioethicist speaks

May 21, 1999

In an ethical debate that has focused on societal impacts, Arthur Caplan changed the tides and asked the audience how cloning would affect the clones. Caplan's speech, "Biomedical Technology: Miracles...

New COGS president has energy, enthusiasm

May 20, 1999

For the past few months, third-year graduate student Mike Pawson has juggled a busy schedule while trying to plan his upcoming wedding and a campaign on behalf of Graduate Students Against Unionization. Now...

Academic backgrounds bring perpective to union voting

May 14, 1999

While differences still remain between pro- and anti-graduate assistant union factions after Tuesday's union election defeat, most agree that the differences between the sciences and humanities played...

Graduate union voted down for third time

May 12, 1999

For the third time in 30 years, University graduate assistants opted for no union representation. In the mail-in election that ended Monday, 1,248 graduate assistants voted for representation by the Graduate...

Two-year unionization battle to end on Monday

May 7, 1999

On Monday, more than two years of work will come to an end for the Graduate Student Organizing Congress as the union polls are closed and the ballots are counted. While many are anxious, neither GradSOC...

Six University Press authors up for awards

May 5, 1999

Lake Superior, life on a hill and the area lift bridge are all part of Barton Sutter's award-winning collection of essays "Cold Comfort: Life at the Top of the Map." Sutter's novel, published by the University...

New GAPSA leaders build upon growth, involvement for organization

May 4, 1999

The Graduate and Professional Student Assembly elected Ben Solomon its new president Monday night at Coffman Union. Solomon will take the place of Cheryl Jorgensen, who has held the position since November. Additionally,...

Wages debated as union vote nears

April 30, 1999

When graduate assistants are making their decision on whether to vote in favor a union, wages will be a major factor. Representatives of the Graduate Student Organizing Congress say a collective voice...

Strength found in affiliates for GradSOC

April 23, 1999

During the next month, graduate assistants will decide if they want the Graduate Students Organizing Congress to be their exclusive representative at the University. But when graduate assistants mark their...

Faculty, students’ needs top list for administrator

April 22, 1999

Esam El-Fakahany likens his new position to that of a coach. But as the new associate dean of the Graduate School and assistant vice president for research, he'll be mentoring faculty and students as opposed...

Elections permit lobbying

April 21, 1999

The state Bureau of Mediation Service made a surprising change to their election policy: While ballots are out, campaigning will no longer be restricted. The change in election regulations was made about...

Foreign students

April 16, 1999

In China, workers' unions are more like social networks than collective bargaining units. Therefore, some students from China might not know what to expect if they vote for a graduate assistant union at...

Grad school dean named

April 15, 1999

Victor Bloomfield is a busy man: In addition to teaching in the College of Biological Sciences, he is also the Graduate School's associate dean and the assistant vice president of research. Just this week...

Events celebrate graduate student appreciation

April 13, 1999

Have you hugged your teaching assistant today? Well, you should, because Gov. Jesse Ventura named this week "Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week." This is the fourth year the Graduate and...

Rival union groups agree to inform

April 8, 1999

The two opposing sides of the graduate assistant union debate agreed on only one thing Wednesday: Graduate assistants must be informed when voting for a union in May. About 100 students assembled yesterday...

Yudof looks to grad students’ and U’s future in GAPSA speech

April 6, 1999

University President Mark Yudof began his speech to the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly meeting Monday night with a pop quiz: "If the number two pencil is the most popular pencil to use, why...

Anti-union sentiment spurs debate

April 2, 1999

In the wake of a six-month-long signature-collecting drive and with a union election just down the road, a newly formed group is hard at work dispersing information against a University graduate assistant...

U departments decorated with high rankings

April 1, 1999

The University's Department of Educational Psychology ranks seventh nationally, according to an annual study conducted by U.S. News and World Report. Within the department, which dropped from a third-place...

Michigan sets grad example

March 30, 1999

After threatening to go on strike if a contract wasn't negotiated, the University of Michigan graduate assistants have reached a tentative agreement and will not strike. The Graduate Employment Union,...

Contract talks stall; Michigan grads may strike

March 12, 1999

Graduate assistants at the University of Michigan staged a walk-out for all of Wednesday and Thursday morning as contract negotiations, started in October, reached a standstill. Administrative officials...

GradSOC planning for upcoming union election

March 12, 1999

These days, the Graduate Students Organizing Congress is busy trying to establish a platform for negotiating a contract if a graduate assistant union is elected this spring. To do this, GradSOC has sent...

Program teaches aspiring

March 11, 1999

A typical class at the University is usually presented to students in lecture format. Fifteen minutes into the lecture, students' minds start to wander while pens are busily doodling. But if graduate students...

U students partake

March 10, 1999

About 150 law students had murder on their minds Tuesday afternoon as they listened to a Minnesota Supreme Court case. The case, State vs. Flores, dealt with evidentiary issues regarding an actual murder...

Labor

March 9, 1999

Both University officials and graduate assistant union organizers are saying that the other has breached state labor statutes intended to ensure a fair graduate assistant union election this spring. Neither...

As stakes

March 4, 1999

Most people use retractable seat belts, but many don't know this life-saving invention -- a requirement in cars today -- was developed at the University in the '50s. But when the retractable seat belt...

Growth

February 26, 1999

When law professor Laura Cooper moved her office into the new Law Building in 1978, it wasn't even finished. For the next four months until the building's completion in April, she taught classes among...

Law School students vie

February 19, 1999

When the Riverbend Cafeteria was still open, Jennifer Dailey, a second-year law student, ate there about four times a week. But since its closing at the end of winter quarter 1998, Dailey said she usually...

Seven University professors

February 16, 1999

Computer software can be used to control everything from a nuclear power plant to a simple microwave. For the past four years Mats Heimdahl, a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering,...

Programs ease transition

February 12, 1999

When David Floyd came to the University from a college one-tenth its size, it was a shock to be in a big school and a big city. Two years ago, Floyd came from Georgia's Albany State University, a historically...

Debt-ridden law bookstore to close

February 10, 1999

Due to an almost $40,000 debt, the student-run Friendly Law School Bookstore will permanently close its doors on March 31. Since the bookstore is run by students in the Law Council, they are also personally...

U employment

February 5, 1999

The teaching and research assistants' employment rate decreased about 20 percent in the past five years, which union organizers say could be blunted by collective bargaining. From 1993 to 1997, teaching...

Bureau

February 3, 1999

Graduate assistants can officially plan on heading to the polls sometime this spring to vote on forming a union in affiliation with Education Minnesota. Education Minnesota -- composed of the American...

GradSOC members submit

February 2, 1999

About 30 graduate assistants wearing bright orange construction hats and vests chanted, "GradSOC rocks! Union Yes!" from the bus Monday amid screams and laughter as they made their way to the state Bureau...

Students are top priority for administrator

January 29, 1999

It's a girl! The shiny silver balloon brightens the still bare walls and empty desk of Edward Schiappa's new office. While balloons aren't typical decorations for University administrators' offices, Schiappa,...

Law schools to advocate volunteerism

January 22, 1999

Law schools aren't doing enough to correct the negative image lawyers have; that was the conclusion that emerged from a meeting of the Association of American Law Schools earlier this month. A report released...

Grad students voice

January 21, 1999

The Council of Graduate Students met Wednesday night for the first time this quarter. During the meeting they discussed revising the role of COGS' vice president of finance in an effort to fill the long-vacant...

Graduates

January 15, 1999

Sometime this spring, graduate assistants will most likely head to the polls to decide whether they want a union. But not all students are convinced a union is necessary. Union opponents cite dues, resistance...

Graduate assistant campaign builds steam

January 11, 1999

Bright orange T-shirts and the sound of an eight-piece kazoo band peppered the frigid campus Friday as members of the Graduate Students Organizing Congress paraded around campus to remind graduate assistants...

Extra grant money allows for weekend retreat

January 8, 1999

This spring, about 50 academic health students will gather at Wilder Forest to talk about death -- how to cope with it, how to inform someone's loved one about a death and how different cultures deal with...

Union organizers continue drive

December 3, 1998

In a general consensus, about 40 members of the Graduate Students Organizing Congress opted to continue the signature drive Wednesday night during a stewards' council meeting. The organization is sponsoring...

California’s’s striking students resonate at U

December 2, 1998

Teaching assistants on eight University of California campuses walked out Tuesday in order to gain union recognition by the administration. Graduate assistants at two other campuses in the system didn't...

Jewish Student Center gift table encourages donations

November 25, 1998

Calculators, facial scrub, screwdrivers and paintbrushes covered the University Jewish Student Center's gift table Tuesday morning. Not ordinary gift selections, the presents will be given to needy teenagers...

Association will

November 23, 1998

The Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers Foundation held a gala at the Minneapolis Hilton Hotel and Tower on Saturday night to raise money for their new scholarship program for African-American law students. The...

More U law

November 20, 1998

Good theater, food and friends aren't the only reasons Chris Kopka, a 1998 graduate of the Law School, decided to stay in Minnesota. He was also attracted by the opportunity Minneapolis firms offer graduates...

Graduate association votes

November 19, 1998

Cheryl Jorgensen is coming into her new job as president of the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly at a time of uncertainty for graduate assistants. The Graduate Students Organizing Congress, which...

Law students practice arguing skills in mock trial

November 17, 1998

This Friday, third-year law student Carl Johnson will straighten his tie, clear his throat and walk into a classroom to argue his first case. An experienced judge will oversee the case, Potter v. Schrackle;...

Sexual awareness week promotes open communication

November 12, 1998

According to the student organization Sexual Health Awareness and Disease Education, abstinence among teenagers is on the rise. But this trend hasn't stopped the organizations from educating people on...

Grad students move closer to union vote

November 9, 1998

The Graduate Students Organizing Congress said Friday they have surpassed the 35 percent support they need to obtain a union vote for graduate assistants. But in an effort to make a strong showing, they...

Law School converts to semesters; U follows suit

November 6, 1998

During the first weeks of September, the halls of University buildings are mostly empty of students. But in a little nook of the West Bank, students fill the hallways and classrooms as they cram constitutional...

Kahn captures 14th

November 4, 1998

Once again, Phyllis Kahn, a 26-year incumbent, ran away with the state House of Representatives seat for District 59B. Kahn, a Democrat and former University research staff member, has consistently won...

GradSOC members

October 27, 1998

The Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science couldn't teach its classes without its more than 200 graduate assistants, said Ted Zorn, the associate administrator. Since the role of graduate...

Low-profile attorney’s race will produce high impact on citizens’ lives

October 25, 1998

As the elections draw near, well-dressed men and women can be seen walking down the streets and knocking on doors trying to gain support for whatever candidate they represent. In the past weeks, gubernatorial...

School days not over for members of circuit court

October 22, 1998

A drug user, a molestation victim and a man injured by police helped law students learn about the appeals process Wednesday. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit heard three oral arguments...

Biological sciences

October 20, 1998

The College of Biological Sciences late last week rescinded a $100 computer fee added to graduate student fee statements in the beginning of fall quarter. The fee, which was rescinded until further notice,...

Grad

October 16, 1998

Graduate assistants are currently earning support for a union vote that could pave the way for better wages and health care. The card-signing drive, organized by the Graduate Students Organizing Congress,...

Annual grad school fair offers info

October 15, 1998

An array of brochures, free pencils and even fortune cookies confronted students and professionals in the Great Hall on Wednesday as they strolled aisles lined with graduate program representatives from...

Speech focuses on America’s changing roles

October 14, 1998

The United States is still a beacon to the rest of the world and allows people to reinvent themselves, David Halberstam said Tuesday at Willey Hall. More than 300 people gathered for Halberstam's speech,...

Grad assistant stipends drop as tuition climbs

October 9, 1998

Graduate assistant stipends are decreasing as tuition increases, Christine Maziar told the Board of Regents on Thursday at their monthly meeting. The Graduate School must stop the decreasing graduate assistant...

Speaker discusses new welfare reform policy

October 5, 1998

A new welfare reform policy gives recipients an offer they can't refuse, keynote speaker Dr. LaDonna Pavetti told a crowd of more than 100 welfare recipients, business leaders and community activists Friday...

Grad health plan

September 28, 1998

While not even a month old, the graduate assistants' new health plan has garnered mixed reactions. Improved mental health care, coverage for dependent partners, an extended dental plan and a national network...

Mixed Blood Theater performs for first-year Carlson students

September 24, 1998

The Mixed Blood Theater packed a full house on the West Bank Wednesday as it showed "MBA Mission Impossible" for Carlson School of Management first-year MBA students. The play was written by Syl Jones,...

Pharmacy gains VFW endowment

May 29, 1998

Along with a bundle of prescription pads, a newly appointed professor in the School of Pharmacy will bring a $3.8 million endowment -- the largest in the school's history -- to the University Sept. 1. Joseph...

Theater honors King’s legacy with production

April 6, 1998

On Apr. 5, 1968, Warren Bowles was a sophomore in college traveling in Italy. He picked up a newspaper and, from the little Italian he knew, made out the headline: "Dr. King assassinated, Civil War in...

U program helps high schoolers get a jump

February 17, 1998

Metro-area high school students can get college credit without even leaving their classroom through a University College program. The College in the Schools program, which began in 1986, incorporates...

Graduate student conference votes to support strike

January 1, 1995

During its annual conference this weekend, the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students decided to support the possibility of a strike at the University of California for union recognition. About...