The Minnesota Daily

All content by Kevin McCahill

Construction and renovation on residence halls planned for summer

May 3, 2006

As the semester ends, it's time for students to leave the residence halls and time for construction workers to take their place. With a majority of students moving out of the halls for the summer, it is...

High water table might flood Como with danger

May 2, 2006

As the rainy season hits the Midwest, Southeast Como neighborhood leaders are concerned the area's high water table could mean trouble for residents. The neighborhood was built on a marsh decades ago and...

TA remembered as a gifted, caring person

April 28, 2006

Andrew "Andy" Dickinson, a second-year political science graduate student with a love of traveling and learning, died early Monday morning after being hit by a vehicle. He was 30. His car had run out of...

Greeks pump up the Spring Jam

April 25, 2006

In the living room of Alpha Omicron Pi in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood, four fraternity members do their best spin, high-step jive to Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody." Marketing sophomore Jill Subera stands...

Online service helps U students find close housing

April 19, 2006

Like many things in life, a new business venture was prompted by frustration. Housing studies senior Ali Nkosi and University alumnus Steve Nson started their housing Web site in February 2005 while they...

Rybak sets plan for Minneapolis

April 19, 2006

In the same theater where Prince launched his career, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak discussed what he says will launch the future of the city, which included adding more police to the city's north side,...

Residence halls hope to increase assault awareness

April 17, 2006

Residence hall community advisers have organized to keep students protected from sexual assault, starting in the superblock. The event is called "April Assault Awareness Week" and will take place all week...

Greek community recognizes winners

April 12, 2006

Animal science senior Jonathan Schefers remembers his first-year homecoming. As a new recruit for Alpha Gamma Rho, Schefers helped build the chapter's float for that year's parade. A smile crossed his...

Greeks cap off college career with top award

April 11, 2006

Animal science senior Jonathan Schefers remembers his freshman year Homecoming. As a new recruit for Alpha Gamma Rho, Schefers helped build the chapter's float for that year's parade. A smile crossed his...

Summit seeks solutions to housing woes

April 10, 2006

The second of two housing summits is planned for tonight, focusing on making sure students have an affordable and safe place to live. The Minnesota Student Association is sponsoring the summit; the first...

GAPSA moves to get more graduate student housing

April 7, 2006

For first-year MBA student David Vasichek, living off-campus is much easier that living near school. Vasichek returned to graduate school after entering the workforce when he finished his undergraduate...

Sorority’s 5K raises money, awareness about meningitis

April 3, 2006

As the rain came down, more and more people poured onto Gamma Phi Beta's front porch Sunday morning. Some came with umbrellas and others in soaking wet sweat shirts, but all came to remember Kristin Marx,...

Hazing acts detailed

April 3, 2006

Beatings, the suggestion of bestiality and other forms of humiliation were forced upon FarmHouse fraternity members as acts of hazing. According to information released Friday by the University's Student...

U suspends frat, alleges hazing

March 30, 2006

University officials suspended St. Paul's FarmHouse fraternity Wednesday until spring 2007 for what they say was hazing. According to a University report, FarmHouse members were involved in "degrading...

Prospect Park meeting to discuss crime prevention

March 29, 2006

Prospect Park neighborhood officials and residents met one month ago and decided there were definite crime problems in the area. Now officials are meeting again to find a way to fix it. The Prospect Park...

Great Conversations forum focuses on future of affordable housing

March 28, 2006

Tonight some of the top minds on the subject of affordable housing will meet to discuss the future of the hot-button issue. Ann Forsyth, director of the University's Metropolitan Design Center, will talk...

University student awarded national Luce Scholarship

March 24, 2006

He spent his college career studying international conflict, and now political science senior Joseph Walla has won a scholarship that will help him study his interest firsthand in Asia. Walla has been...

Gordon: Won’t you be my neighbor?

March 22, 2006

Students in Southeast Como have a chance to see more of their council member than ever before. Ward 2 City Council member Cam Gordon will have office hours at the Southeast Como Improvement Association...

Condo complex to offer students opportunity to own

March 20, 2006

A new option for student housing is being built near campus, and it could start a new movement for ways to live while in school. U Flats, a condominium complex near Stadium Village, might be the next step...

Dorm reassignment creates controversy

March 9, 2006

First-year business management student Tyler Pearson just wanted to live his first year of college like everyone else. Instead, he's found himself kicked out of his residence hall by University officials. Pearson...

Off-campus housing fair a valuable student resource

March 8, 2006

Finding a place to live next year is as easy as wandering over to Coffman Union. An off-campus housing fair is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today in Coffman Union Great Hall. Erin Reicks, a Housing...

Students’ housing designs made with cultures in mind

March 6, 2006

Creating a culturally comfortable environment for the Hmong and Somali communities has been the focus of a class of University interior design students, and Saturday they presented their projects at the...

Students cite advantages to alcohol-free greek housing

March 2, 2006

A typical night in the chapter house of Alpha Tau Omega plays out like it would in a stereotypical greek house, expect for one major difference. There's no alcohol around. Alpha Tau Omega is one of three...

U students intern in area neighborhoods

March 1, 2006

Many University majors require students to finish an internship before they graduate, and area neighborhood associations have played a big role in helping students fulfill that requirement. Those involved...

Meeting looks at tackling crime

February 27, 2006

The Prospect Park East River Road Improvement Association sends weekly e-mails to neighborhood members, and the topics have included finding piano teachers and neighbors reporting break-ins. The association...

Warm weather ruins Como’s snow day

February 23, 2006

These have been dark days for Frosty the Snowman. Often the centerpiece for front yards around campus, along with a variety of other snow creations, this winter's record-high temperatures, last weekend...

Weisman hosts HOME House Project, showcases designs for affordable living

February 21, 2006

Paintings from Russiaís age of elegance were featured at the Weisman Art Museum a few weeks ago, but now, until April 30, the future of housing is at center stage. The museum is hosting the HOME House...

U greeks mix charity, competition

February 15, 2006

Even if the weather stays cold, the greek community is hoping the beginning of sweetheart season will warm things up. Interfraternity President Alex Vu said sweetheart week has been a longstanding tradition...

U offers students summer positions

February 9, 2006

Students looking for a full-time job, a free place to stay and a chance to get some international flavor in their life must look no further than right here on campus. Housing and Residential Life, along...

U student hired as neighborhood liaison

February 8, 2006

After the position sat vacant for a semester, the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood finally has a student liaison with plans for improvement in the neighborhood. Political science and history junior Matt Hill...

University sororities recruit members at informal event

February 6, 2006

In brightly colored sweaters emblazoned with greek letters, sorority members welcomed interested students to a recruitment drive Sunday at Coffman Union. The event was the annual spring informal recruitment...

U.S. limits housing subsidy

January 31, 2006

Starting Jan. 30, single students younger than 24 with no children no longer are eligible for Section 8 subsidized housing, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The change...

U primers cover off-campus living

January 30, 2006

First-year students Tim Krsnak and Sara Meddock are residence hall dwellers looking for the best apartments they can find while sticking to a budget. Krsnak, a finance student, wants his apartment to have...

Groups petition for police officers

January 26, 2006

A 1996 New York Times article described Minneapolis as "Murderapolis" after a violent summer of record murder rates. Now, 10 years later, a movement has begun to make sure that nickname doesn't return...

Education starts young near campus

January 25, 2006

It isn't the most common scene appearing right next to a student neighborhood like Dinkytown. There are jungle gyms and monkey bars and the constant shriek of preschoolers ring loudly throughout the Marcy-Holmes...

Newly elected leaders for greek councils plan year

January 23, 2006

More community, more philanthropy and, of course, more fun are the agenda for newly elected officials in the greek community. Late last fall, the Interfraternity and Panhellenic councils selected their...

Time Warner Cable staff visits residence halls this week to offer cable TV upgrades

January 18, 2006

It is January, but this week Time Warner Cable will offer residence hall students a chance to do some surfing. The company will have staff members at residence halls and apartments this week to offer students...

Expectations high as local wards change leadership

January 18, 2006

After the money's been spent, the race run and the champagne drank, the time has come for the University neighborhoods' new City Council representatives to start working. Ward 2 and Ward 3 have new faces...

Greek Village complex on hold

December 14, 2005

It'll be 2006 before a decision is made on whether the greeks will get their village. The Greek Village project remains on hold until next year as University officials discuss stadium plans and question...

Class celebrates West Bank history

December 12, 2005

Students in professor Kevin Murphy"s public history (Hist 3001) course decided to live the history of the West Bank rather than read about it in a book. The class has spent the past semester in five groups...

Greek community offers help in job hunt

December 8, 2005

Members of the greek community who will graduate this spring gathered at Phi Sigma Kappa on Sunday night to figure out how to find a job. The meeting was organized by Paul DeBettignies, an alumnus of the...

U dining cooks up recipe contest

December 6, 2005

Mom's secret recipe could be the ticket to free money and a spot on next semester's menu. University Dining Services is inviting students to submit?their favorite recipes from home and have a chance at...

ROTC program preps students for military

December 1, 2005

With the country embroiled in conflict, the University's Reserve Officers' Training Corps programs have become a job security plan for some and a major problem for others. The ROTC programs, housed in...

Abandoned building holds promise

November 30, 2005

The Bunge grain elevator in Southeast Como looms over the neighborhood like a towering gargoyle. It used to be a fully operational grain depot for the Midwest region, but now in its abandoned state, neighborhood...

Recent crime elicits neighborhood response

November 28, 2005

Three more robberies last week added to a spree of similar events around campus and have raised concerns among area residents. The most recent robbery occurred Nov. 24 in the Prospect Park neighborhood....

University Grove gives faculty and staff members a home upon retiring

November 23, 2005

From great minds of psychology to classic football coaches, one University neighborhood has collected quite the who's who of alumni. Situated along Cleveland Avenue near the St. Paul campus, University...

Health advocates make staying healthy cheap and convenient

November 22, 2005

As cold and flu season begins, one organization is preparing to help. Boynton's Health Advocates has prepared some students to help out others in residence halls, fraternities and sororities this winter. Formed...

Local event seeks to help homeless

November 17, 2005

Colder weather can make life difficult for the homeless, but University students are pitching in to help. As part of Students Mobilized to End Homelessness, students will gather in St. Paul tonight to...

U co-op leadership in flux

November 15, 2005

Another manager was fired from Commonwealth Terrace Cooperative on the St. Paul campus, adding to tension among leaders and employees at the facility. In the past two years, residents have seen two general...

DFLer Hofstede prevails in Ward 3 City Council election

November 9, 2005

Minneapolis voters chose Diane Hofstede to be the next Ward 3 City Council member Tuesday. Hofstede won by a preliminary total of 2,407 votes to 946 votes, according to the city of Minneapolis Web site....

Grant pays for lead paint safety in Hennepin County

November 9, 2005

Hennepin County has received a $3.8 million grant to protect homes and families from the dangers of lead paint. The funding came from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. It is part of...

Sigma Nu gathers to help charity

November 7, 2005

Approximately 150 Sigma Nu fraternity members from four states converged on the gridiron of the East River Flats on Saturday to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The charity flag football...

Higher heating costs bring chill to tenants

November 2, 2005

Winter has sent an icy kiss in Minnesota's direction, which is bad news for students hoping to save money on utilities. Winter heating costs are increasing along with the global need for crude oil and...

Hateful graffiti sets record

October 31, 2005

Students found racial and ethnic slurs painted on the walls of a rest room in Centennial Hall. The incident last week was the sixth reported on-campus bias crime this year, setting a record for the most...

Prospect Park neighborhood thrives despite changes

October 27, 2005

Joe Ring remembers what has disappeared. Born and raised in St. Paul, the Prospect Park East River Road Improvement Association president said he easily points out the large factories and businesses that...

Students fight for neighborhood voice

October 26, 2005

The Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association made a decision not to change neighborhood by-laws at the Oct. 18 meeting, which has a big effect on students' ability to get involved. On the agenda was a topic...

U volunteers help American Indian students succeed at area school

October 18, 2005

Political science senior Shalali Cassim watched while a group of second-graders munched on bananas and Rice Krispies bars Thursday in the lunchroom of the Oh Day Aki (Heart of the Earth) Charter School...

Armed robbers hit market near U

October 12, 2005

Two robbers got away with more than $8,000 in cash and cigarettes Tuesday from Santana Deli and Foods, but not before one got the business end of a sword. At approximately 1 a.m. Tuesday, two gunmen entered...

Greek Village plans still on the table

October 12, 2005

Plans are still in the works for a large-scale Greek Village apartment complex to stamp its footprint into University-owned soil. Early this year, University administration had discussed the possibility...

U area groups request neighborhood designation

October 12, 2005

Heralded as the "Civil Rights Movement of 2005," University-area citizens are seeking funds along with a designation of neighborhood status. The proposed University neighborhood, covering most University...

Hourcar adds a location near the St. Paul campus

October 6, 2005

It's no secret the cost of gasoline has caused some to clutch tightly their pocketbooks, but a program started this summer is aiming to reduce that cost. Hourcar, a car-sharing service, has opened its...

HGTV scours Twin Cities for unique homes to highlight in November

October 5, 2005

That project you've been hiding in your bedroom may be your ticket to TV stardom. Home & Garden Television is looking for houses with serious style and creativity to feature on a new television show. The...

Locals drive revival funds

October 4, 2005

The Southeast Como neighborhood has half a million dollars to spend and officials are asking residents their opinion of how it should be done. The money has been granted to the neighborhood by the city...

Efforts to add lighting to 15th Ave. prove fruitful

September 28, 2005

Because of the efforts of University students and a donation from the University and local landlords, more lighting will be placed along 15th Avenue to keep the street lighted. Workers will install lower-level...

Grant to boost area transit options

September 26, 2005

In the future, students might have an easier time getting to class by bike and on foot. St. Paul-based Transit for Livable Communities has been given a $25 million federal grant to improve automobile alternatives...

U fraternity brothers welcome New Orleans student transfers

September 23, 2005

At dinnertime on a sunny Monday at the Delta Kappa Epsilon house, two students walked up the stairs at a relaxed pace. Looking like any other two students, wearing Ray-Ban sunglasses and University T-shirts,...

New condos set for Marcy-Holmes

September 21, 2005

Plans are in the works to build a new luxury condominium near St. Anthony Main, but the development company said the new facility will be an asset to students. Developers, The Wall Companies and Lupe Development...

Apartment building debuts in Dinkytown

September 20, 2005

Less than a year ago, 1301 University Ave. was a construction site. Now it's buzzing with student-residents. The six-story, 92-unit building is billed as a high-style apartment, and its exposed piping...

Arrestees ask U to drop charges

September 16, 2005

Under the eyes of one uniformed police officer, five students on trial for trespassing outside University President Bob Bruininks' office called a news conference Thursday on the steps of Morrill Hall,...

Construction work irks students in residence hall

September 15, 2005

If the sound of pounding hammers at 8 a.m. wasn't enough, the construction workers with an up-close view into the residence halls raised the ire of some students in Centennial Hall this week. Centennial...

Marcy-Holmes looks to hire liaison

September 13, 2005

University students interested in keeping their neighborhood quiet are being offered a job by the Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Revitalization Program. Students have the opportunity to become the student liaison...

Student’s free Web site adds to home hunt

September 8, 2005

If psychology senior Joe Thames needs to find a place to live, he knows his Web site will be the first place to look. After living around campus for years, Thames discovered numerous housing resources...