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UMPD Community Investigator Beth Thomas listens to her police radio during conservative comentator Lauren Southern's talk in Anderson Hall on West Bank on Oct. 25, 2017.

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UMPD Community Investigator Beth Thomas listens to her police radio during conservative comentator Lauren Southern's talk in Anderson Hall on West Bank on Oct. 25, 2017.

Carlson School of Management as seen on Tuesday, Nov. 14.

UMN’s business school bucking national MBA trends

November 14, 2017

As declining enrollment has forced universities across the country to shake up their master of business administration programs, the University of Minnesota has tried to be proactive. Business schools...

Melvin Carter claims victory in St. Paul mayoral race

November 8, 2017

Melvin Carter III is poised to become the next mayor of St. Paul.  Carter was at almost 51 percent of votes with all precincts reporting. Ranked-choice voting rules dictate the winner needs more than...

Chris Meyer leads District 1 Park Board race

November 8, 2017

Chris Meyer, the DFL candidate for Minneapolis Park Board District 1, lead the Minneapolis Park Board race Tuesday night.  Meyer secured 44.5 percent of first-choice votes with all precincts reporting.  Green...

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

Gordon re-elected in Ward 2

November 8, 2017

Cam Gordon, the unopposed Green Party candidate for Minneapolis City Council’s Second Ward, secured his victory shortly after polls closed Tuesday. This will be Gordon’s fourth term. Ward 2 covers...

From left to right: Betsy Hodges, Jacob Frey, Raymond Dehn, Tom Hoch and Nekima Levy-Pounds

The students’ guide to the 2017 Minneapolis municipal election

November 3, 2017

With the Minneapolis municipal election set for Nov. 7, learn about the candidates, rank-choice voting and where you can vote in the Minnesota Daily's election hub. This year, positions in the mayor's...

Gophers fans raise their arms to DJ Khaled's

Largest freshman class in decades causes concerns for some UMN professors

November 1, 2017

University of Minnesota officials are lauding its most recent freshman class, but its large size has caused problems for some professors. The University enrolled 6,195 new freshmen this fall, on top of...

Members of the Anti-Fascist group speak out against right-wing commentator Lauren Southern outside of Anderson Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 25.

Police break up West Bank protest of right-wing speaker

October 26, 2017

Protest, an arrest and fights marked the campus' reaction to right-wing commentator Lauren Southern's talk at the University of Minnesota Wednesday night. A group of nearly 200 demonstrators gathered outside...

Attendees of Lauren Southern's event at the University of Minnesota applaud during her talk in Anderson Hall on West Bank on Wednesday.

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October 26, 2017

Attendees of Lauren Southern's event at the University of Minnesota applaud during her talk in Anderson Hall on West Bank on Wednesday.

Right-wing commentator Lauren Southern gives a talk to a crowd in Anderson Hall on West Bank on Wednesday.

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October 26, 2017

Right-wing commentator Lauren Southern gives a talk to a crowd in Anderson Hall on West Bank on Wednesday.

Right-wing commentator Lauren Southern gives a talk to a crowd in Anderson Hall on West Bank on Wednesday.

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October 26, 2017

Right-wing commentator Lauren Southern gives a talk to a crowd in Anderson Hall on West Bank on Wednesday.

UMPD Community Investigator Beth Thomas listens to her police radio during Lauren Southern's talk in Anderson Hall on West Bank on Wednesday.

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October 26, 2017

UMPD Community Investigator Beth Thomas listens to her police radio during Lauren Southern's talk in Anderson Hall on West Bank on Wednesday.

People gather on West Bank to protest right-wing commentator Lauren Southern on Wednesday.

Right-wing speaker met with protests on West Bank

October 25, 2017

Update: Police break up West Bank protest of right-wing speaker Right-wing commentator Lauren Southern is scheduled to speak on the University of Minnesota campus Wednesday at 7 p.m., and demonstrators...

Construction taking place at the new Athletes Village complex on Thursday, Oct. 12.

Fundraising and debt: How UMN is funding Athletes Village

October 16, 2017

With a projected $166 million bill, the University of Minnesota’s Athletes Village will be funded in part by the largest fundraising campaign its athletics department has ever undertaken.  The department...

Grad student Tien Do inputs data into a computer to demonstrate a drone flying in the MARS lab on Friday, Sept. 29.

As artificial intelligence makes the future, UMN researchers look to contribute

October 5, 2017

Twenty-five years ago, Nikos Papanikolopoulos started his work in the University of Minnesota’s Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Vision lab. For the first five years, the lab researched and developed...

Former Minnesota Student Association President Abeer Syedah speaks during an MSA forum in Mondale Hall on Sept. 13, 2016.

Life after MSA: Inside the many careers of former UMN student body presidents

September 21, 2017

Former Minnesota Student Association presidents have often used the position as a springboard into post-college careers. While some former presidents used networking in MSA as a catalyst to a future career,...

A banner hangs outside Coffman Memorial Union on Wednesday, Sept. 13.

Small group of students protest UMN administration at Coffman

September 13, 2017

A small group of students stood in front of Coffman Memorial Union Wednesday afternoon to protest a list of perceived failures by the University of Minnesota administration during the school's annual activities...

Breaking down the unionization push at the University of Minnesota

September 11, 2017

A Minnesota Court of Appeals opinion released Tuesday said the Minnesota Bureau of Mediation Services lacked the authority to assign University of Minnesota teaching specialists, lecturers and faculty...

From left, students Laura Darling, Nadja Malby, Alison Gould and Grant Zastoupil hang a hammock outside of Territorial Hall in the Superblock on March 24, 2016.

Diversity in the Big 10: a multifaceted approach

September 11, 2017

As Big 10 conference schools have grown more diverse over the years, the universities often show higher levels of diversity than their states.  For universities in the Big 10, growing diversity over...

Protesters march against the repeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy on Sept. 5 on East Franklin Avenue.

What DACA’s termination means for nation, Minnesota

September 8, 2017

Fulfilling a divisive Trump campaign promise, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Tuesday the end of the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.  In a statement released Tuesday...

President Eric Kaler delivers his State of the University address at Coffman Union Theater on Thursday, March 7, 2016.

Trump begins DACA termination; Kaler responds

September 5, 2017

President Donald Trump officially announced Tuesday the Department of Homeland Security will end the federal program Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.  In a statement released Tuesday morning,...

UMN student robbed near campus

August 28, 2017

A University of Minnesota student was robbed Sunday night at the intersection of Oak Street Southeast and East River Parkway near the Ronald McDonald House, according to a University of Minnesota Police...

High ACTs trump residency as admissions at UMN tighten

May 4, 2017

More students than ever want to study at the University of Minnesota, but the school’s admission standards have become stricter, pushing thousands to out-of-state schools and two-year colleges. The stringent...

Students resume their day outside Anderson Hall on West Bank Monday late afternoon

Trump announces UMN professor as intended nominee for administration post

April 10, 2017

A University of Minnesota health care economist in an intended nomination for a post in President Donald Trump’s administration.Stephen Parente, a Carlson School of Management health care economics professor,...

Demolition of the Electric Steel grain elevators continues on the edge of the East Bank campus on April 8, 2017.

Despite legal contention, UMN goes foward with elevator demolition

April 10, 2017

The University of Minnesota is proceeding with the demolition of the Electric Steel elevators near TCF Bank Stadium despite legal attempts to halt the process.Demolition of the elevators began last month,...

Brian Burnett, Julie Tonneson and University President Eric Kaler present to the House of Representitives' higher education committee about the University's impact on Minnesota at the State Office Building on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017.

UMN IT consolidation reflects broader admin trends at school

April 7, 2017

The University of Minnesota is undergoing significant changes to make its administrative structure more efficient.The school is currently searching for a new vice president of information technology, who...

Governor Mark Dayton answers questions during a press conference about Minnesota's budget at the Capitol in St. Paul on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017.

Higher education funding bills far from UMN’s requested $147.2M

April 5, 2017

Recently passed spending bills by the Minnesota Legislature would provide significantly less state funding for the University of Minnesota than requested by the school.The House higher education omnibus...

The current layout of clinics within the Phillips-Wangensteen Building is not conducive for the workflow of physicians, residents and nurses. The University of Minnesota Medical School, the University of Minnesota Physicians and Fairview will partner to fund a new site.

UMN School of Nursing to expand mental health services

April 5, 2017

The University of Minnesota’s School of Nursing is expanding mental health services to underserved parts of the state.After receiving a $2.1 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration,...

The University's Board of Regents talk at a meeting on June 10, 2016.

Mary Holz-Clause named new UMN Crookston chancellor

April 4, 2017

Mary Holz-Clause has been appointed chancellor of the University of Minnesota Crookston, pending approval by the University’s Board of Regents in May. Holz-Clause has served as dean of the Huntley College...

Students crowd the front lawn of Coffman on Friday for Poliça's concert on Friday as part of spring jam.

UMN Spring Jam 2017 lineup announced

March 28, 2017

the University of Minnesota’s Student Unions and Activities announced this year’s Spring Jam lineup Monday.The lineup includes headliner A$AP Ferg, Jon Bellion, Robert DeLong and Bad Bad...

The new University of Minnesota Police Department squad car.

UMN student assaulted and robbed on West Bank Sunday

March 27, 2017

A University of Minnesota student was assaulted and robbed near the Carlson School of Management Sunday night, according to a campus-wide alert.The assault and robbery happened at around 8 p.m., according...

The University's Board of Regents talk at a meeting on June 10, 2016.

UMN regents mull preliminary increases to Twin Cities tuition

March 27, 2017

University of Minnesota students could see tuition hikes next year.At last week’s board meeting, the University outlined preliminary tuition increases for Twin Cities campus students. Rates would remain...

Administrators and regents outline possible tuition hike for UMN students

March 25, 2017

University of Minnesota administrators and Regents mulled tuition hikes Friday.At the Board of Regents meeting on the Duluth campus, the University outlined preliminary tuition increases for Twin Cities...

Walter F. Mondale Hall at the University of Minnesota on Sunday.

UMN law professor allegedly steals millions from investors

March 23, 2017

A University of Minnesota law professor who specializes in business investments allegedly embezzled millions from investors in companies he controlled.Edward Adams — an expert in commercial, bankruptcy...

Steve Sviggum makes his opening statement at the joint legislative committee for the Board of Regents candidates nomination at the State Office Building in St. Paul on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017.

Newly-elected UMN regents look to strengthen relationship with Legislature

March 22, 2017

Two newly-elected members of the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents are looking to bolster transparency and trust with lawmakers after fielding their criticism.Former regent Steve Sviggum and...

Gophers football players sit on the sidelines during a game at TCF Bank Stadium on Oct. 3, 2015.

Three Gophers football players win appeals in UMN sexual assault case

March 22, 2017

Three Gophers football players won appeals Monday over University of Minnesota sanctions for their alleged involvement in a September sexual assault case.University Provost Karen Hanson — who oversees...

The Minnesota House and Senate meet in a joint session to vote for new members of the University's Board of Regents on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 at the State Capitol.

UMN Board of Regents under fire for diversity concerns

March 20, 2017

Some have raised concerns about a perceived lack of diversity and gender-balance on the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents election last month.Concerns were raised after a regents election for...

All charges dropped against UMN law professor accused of stalking, rape

March 9, 2017

Charges against a University of Minnesota law professor accused of raping and stalking an ex-girlfriend were dropped Thursday. Criminal sexual conduct and stalking charges against Francesco Parisi, which...

President of College Democrats Laura Pratt writes on a whiteboard while group members brainstorm ideas for an event that would educate students on ranked choice voting on Wednesday evening in STSS. The student group endorsed Mark Andrew and Jacob Frey.

UPDATE: Damaged steam pipeline reopened

March 9, 2017

University of Minnesota crews reopened the Southeast Steam Plant Thursday returning heat to campus buildings.Crews identified the problems in steam tunnels and were able to fix them after Interim...

University President Eric Kaler talks with the Minnesota Daily in his office in Morrill Hall on Wednesday.

Q&A: Eric Kaler discusses possible tuition hike, combating sexual assault

March 9, 2017

The Minnesota Daily sat down with University President Eric Kaler in his office Wednesday for the March edition of Kickin’ It with Kaler.Kaler discussed alleged recruiting violations by Gophers head...

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

Administrative cuts at UMN are growing difficult to make, officials say

March 6, 2017

As the University enters its fourth year in a plan to trim $90 million in administrative costs by 2019, school officials say the last round of cuts will be the hardest. Starting in fiscal year 2014, University...

University Dean of Humphrey School of Public Affairs Eric Schwartz on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, in his office. Schwartz was recently nominated to the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, which monitors different circumstances overseas where religious freedom is endangered.

Eric Schwartz to step down as head of Humphrey School of Public Affairs

March 3, 2017

The dean of the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs will step down in June to lead an international refugee advocacy group.Eric Schwartz, who joined the Humphrey School in 2011,...

Governor Mark Dayton answers questions during a press conference about Minnesota's budget at the Capitol in St. Paul on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017.

University of Minnesota presents State Legislature with budget requests

March 1, 2017

University of Minnesota representatives continued to make their case to state legislators for millions of dollars in additional state funds. University administrators, faculty and students presented the...

Newly elected Regent Ken Powell poses for a portrait on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 at the State Capitol.

Four new members elected to the UMN Board of Regents

February 23, 2017

Two incumbent regents, a former regent and the CEO of a Fortune 500 company were elected to the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents Wednesday.Incumbents David McMillan and Darrin Rosha were reelected....

University of Minnesota Regent Laura Brod speaks about a proposal put forth by regent Michael Hsu regarding the salaries of high paid falculty during the board of regents meeting in the Mcnamara Alumni Center on Thursday morning.

Board of Regents discuss sex assault prevent in athletics; approve health center building

February 13, 2017

During its meeting Friday, the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents voted to approve renovations to its academic health center and discussed changes to the Athletics Department, among other topics....

The University's Board of Regents talk at a meeting on June 10, 2016. Regents voted 8-1 Thursday to approve the contract of head football coach P.J. Fleck.

Board of Regents don’t see eye-to-eye on approval of coaching contracts

February 13, 2017

Despite approving the largest coaching contract in school history last week, the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents is divided over whether they should approve large coaching contracts.Regents...

Steve Sviggum makes his opening statement at the joint legislative committee for the Board of Regents candidates nomination at the State Office Building in St. Paul on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017.

Legislative committee picks four candidates for open UMN Board of Regents seats

February 8, 2017

Legislators recommended three current regents and a former board member on Tuesday for four open seats on the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents.A joint meeting of the Senate and House Higher...

Regent Laura Brod poses for a portrait in the McNamara Alumni Center on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017.

Laura Brod brought ‘quiet change’ to the Board of Regents

February 7, 2017

Though she would eventually serve for years on the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents, Laura Brod’s first memories of the school were watching her brothers play hockey.“My parents would throw...

Candidates respond to questions asked by moderators at the Regents Candidate Forum at the State Office Building in St. Paul on Tuesday, Jan. 31.

12 candidates vie for four open Board of Regents seats

February 6, 2017

After days of interviews from a screening council, the list of candidates for the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents was narrowed to 12 last month.The Regent Candidate Advisory Council —...