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Alaska marijuana initiative likely to fail according to exit polls

Published November 8, 2000

For more than a decade, Alaskans put marijuana legislation to a citizen vote. The year 2000 is no exception. But this year, it appears as though voters rejected the legislation put before them that would...

Fresh influx of students to represent peers to regents

Published May 22, 2000

The University Board of Regents will face fresh input from four new students in the year ahead after the student representatives to the board changed hands. Each year new representatives are selected to...

Video educates kids on women in sports

Published May 3, 2000

"You throw like a girl." This used to be an insult. But the University is trying to change that with a women's sports video and curriculum mailed out to every Minnesota secondary school. If it is any measure...

Clerical staff voice concerns

Published May 1, 2000

Clerical staff demands for better pay dominated Friday's Board of Regents' open forum on the University's budget and drowned out the few concerns raised about tuition, transportation, technology and faculty...

Girls visit campus to prepare for future

Published April 28, 2000

Girls got to cut school Thursday to watch University women and men do their jobs. The University held its eighth annual Take Our Daughters to Work Day, opening its doors in an effort to embolden girls...

Stephens battles to win back job

Published April 27, 2000

Former University treasurer Georgina Stephens wants her job back. And on Thursday, facing the judges of one of the state's highest courts, her attorney tried to make that happen. Karl Oliver argued before...

High gas prices have little effect on University budget

Published April 21, 2000

Skyrocketing gas prices left students and legislators scrambling for solutions during the past several months. But not the University. Despite struggling with technology, libraries, construction, health...

Federal subpoenas call for U fraud files

Published April 17, 2000

A federal grand jury is probably the most forceful evidence-gathering power in America, and last week the University got a dose of this strength as it was asked to turn over all evidence gathered from...

Regents hear Yudof’s tuition hike proposal

Published April 14, 2000

University President Mark Yudof told students they needed to share the burden of rising University costs, including their professors' pay. As expected, Yudof went before the Board of Regents with his plan...

U considers lawsuit against Haskins to recover payment

Published April 14, 2000

University attorneys sent a letter to former men's basketball coach Clem Haskins through his lawyer Wednesday that could lead to a University lawsuit against him. General Counsel Mark Rotenberg said the...

Opinions of tuition increase are mixed

Published April 13, 2000

A possible tuition increase received a mixed reaction from students who met with University President Mark Yudof earlier this week. Yudof proposed the 5.5 percent tuition increase, an amount well above...

University encourages four-year graduation

Published April 10, 2000

More and more students are going to feel a push to stop dillydallying with their studies and graduate in four years or less. It is a move University administrators say is better for the students and better...

U student earns prestigious Truman Foundation award

Published April 7, 2000

Growing up with parents who didn't speak English, Piyali Nath Dalal has learned the numerous doors literacy can open for a person. The most recent door opened two weeks ago when Dalal received the $30,000...

Yudof proposes tuition hike to fix budget gap

Published March 24, 2000

Editor's note: The University faces a multimillion-dollar budget gap between the cost to run the University and incoming revenues. This is the third part of a three-part series that addresses the following...

Middle-class students bear brunt of higher tuition costs

Published March 24, 2000

After the federal government granted the University land under the Morrill Act in 1862, the University was obligated to open its doors to those seeking an education. In addition to this federal aid, the...

University requires funds to support agriculture, medicine

Published March 23, 2000

Editor's note: The University faces a multimillion-dollar budget gap between the cost to run the University and incoming revenues. This is the second part in a three-part series that addresses three questions:...

Decentralized money leaves central administration short

Published March 23, 2000

One reason the University is struggling with a $23 million budget gap is because it gave a big chunk of its money away. The money didn't go far. It can be found in the individual colleges at the University...

U seeks fix for budget issue

Published March 22, 2000

Editor's note: The University faces a multimillion-dollar budget gap between the cost to run the University and incoming revenues. This is the first of a three-part series that addresses why the University's...

Moten Brown to oversee athletics

Published March 13, 2000

Serving at the right hand of University President Mark Yudof has offered Tonya Moten Brown an eyeful. In addition to managing the everyday conflicts normally addressed by a university's president, Brown...

Campus issues win vote for new Republican chair

Published March 9, 2000

Local politics won the battle against national campaigns in Wednesday's election for campus Republican officers. As the two candidates for the chairman position of the University's campus Republicans debated...

Lack of funds temporarily halts Daily publication

Published March 8, 2000

Editor's note: This is the third in a 10-part series of stories highlighting each decade of the 20th century and how The Minnesota Daily covered them. The series will appear on Wednesdays leading up to...

Bush wins percent statewide

Published March 8, 2000

Texas Gov. George W. Bush's statewide landslide victory in Tuesday's Republican caucuses was no surprise to many political pundits. However, campus-area precincts failed to give Bush as great a nod. By...

Students ready for today’s GOP caucuses

Published March 7, 2000

Tonight, Minnesotans will gather in schools and churches to participate in the state's Republican precinct caucuses. For Minnesota Republicans, this is the first chance to weigh in politically on the presidential...

Research

Published February 28, 2000

U.S. Department of Defense officials have taken interest in two University research projects, funding state-of-the-art equipment to help them along. The department awards, announced earlier this month,...

University solidifies tech staff

Published February 25, 2000

After leading the University through the problems and trials of the Enterprise Project -- the University's complete overhaul of its technological infrastructure -- Steve Cawley has signed up for another...

Stephens

Published February 15, 2000

Georgina Stephens, the University's former treasurer, still hopes to get her old job back. The same day the Board of Regents formally ousted her from her treasurer position, Stephens said she filed a 49-page...

System upgrade exceeds budget

Published February 14, 2000

Two years ago, the University knew its computer systems wouldn't make it past January 2000 and needed an overhaul to manage the growing University's administrative needs. The solution came with a $42.3...

Uppsala, Minneapolis become sister cities

Published February 14, 2000

A cooperative research park in Sweden, which combines the best resources from city, county, university and private businesses, has caught the attention of Minneapolis Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton -- as well...

Regents to discuss replacing treasurer

Published February 11, 2000

If the Board of Regents votes to amend its bylaws today, the path will be paved for the board to officially remove its current treasurer. Once the bylaws are changed, the 12-member board is expected to...

Bauer garners 1 percent of vote in New Hampshire

Published February 4, 2000

As the New Hampshire primary results flashed on the television screen Tuesday night, Republican presidential hopeful Gary Bauer fought with write-in candidates for last place. Now, three days later, the...

Yudof to undergo stomach surgery

Published February 4, 2000

After experiencing three episodes of stomach-intestinal cramping during the past 12 months, University President Mark Yudof will have surgery on Feb. 8 to remove a partial small-bowel obstruction causing...

Congressman retires following cancer diagnosis

Published February 3, 2000

After fighting for wilderness, the homeless, consumers and other citizen issues in Congress, Rep. Bruce F. Vento, DFL-St. Paul, has begun a much different battle -- cancer. Vento, a 24-year veteran of...

U rallies for extra funding

Published February 1, 2000

When the University sliced up its construction and renovation projects for the next two years, it did so after months of deliberation, consultation and debate. So when Gov. Jesse Ventura's budget allocated...

Hatch drops out of race, throws support to Bush

Published January 27, 2000

DES MOINES, Iowa -- After mustering only 1 percent of the Republican vote in Monday's Iowa caucuses, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, bowed out of the White House race. After announcing his decision Wednesday,...

GOP candidate appeals to young voters

Published January 26, 2000

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Despite his last-place standing in the polls, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, continued a slow and methodical fight for the GOP nomination for presidential candidate. During talk shows, phone...

Stephens cancels internal greivance process

Published December 15, 1999

A day after the University's treasurer petitioned the Minnesota Court of Appeals to get her job duties back, she closed the door on handling the matter internally, according to Mark Rotenberg, the University's...

New Year’s show at Northrop won’t include alcohol

Published December 15, 1999

Alcohol will not be sold at Northrop Auditorium on New Year's Eve even if the University's liquor license is approved by then. Although the New Year's Eve comedy event is the kind University officials...

Treasurer files

Published December 14, 1999

Although she has kept her title, University treasurer Georgina Stephens wants her responsibilities back. So Stephens, who is also the associate vice president of treasury operations, filed a lawsuit Monday...

PeopleSoft glitches create headaches

Published December 13, 1999

PeopleSoft, the new software program used for University registration, human resources, financial aid and other student services, has earned a new name from those who use it every day. PeopleHard. When...

Duluth hockey stadium debated

Published December 10, 1999

Future game locations for Duluth men's hockey games continue to be bantered about, this time in the form of letters between the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center and the University of Minnesota-Duluth's...

Financial problems cue job change

Published December 6, 1999

Following a six-week review, the University reassigned the fiscal responsibilities of its treasurer, who is also the associate vice president of treasury operations, and will not renew her contract. Effective...

Moral issues surface in job decisions

Published November 22, 1999

For 20 hours last week, University President Mark Yudof wrapped himself in the 2,500-page investigative report and determined the University's fate in what he called a "colossal" academic scandal. In the...

Yudof cleans house

Published November 20, 1999

and Megan Boldt Betrayal. Over and over, the word permeated nearly every speech and written statement issued Friday by officials embroiled in one of the most embarrassing and costly University athletics...

Academic fraud upends Boston’s notable career

Published November 20, 1999

Dreams of becoming a college president might be dashed for McKinley Boston after Friday's report determined academic misconduct occurred on his watch. Even though Boston, vice president of student development...

Alcohol issue divides regents

Published November 15, 1999

Alcohol sales at Northrop Auditorium stirred up rare disagreement at Friday's Board of Regents meeting. Though the one-year trial to sell beer and wine during entertainment events at the East Bank concert...

Yudof divulges new witness for academic fraud investigation

Published November 15, 1999

Another witness came forward late last week in the men's basketball academic fraud investigation, University President Mark Yudof said Friday. Yudof would not disclose the identity of the witness but said...

Regents briefed in closed-door meeting

Published November 12, 1999

In a closed-door meeting at Morrill Hall, the Board of Regents listened Thursday to a review of the University's external academic-misconduct investigation. For most, if not all of the regents, it was...

Officials optimistic about recent review

Published November 12, 1999

Board of Regents Audit Committee members were briefed Thursday about a National Institutes of Health fact-finding visit. Christine Maziar, vice president of research and Graduate School dean, and Frank...

Regents approve lease for UMD hockey center

Published November 12, 1999

Duluth women's and men's hockey will have a home for the next five years after regents approved a lease Thursday. After tabling the issue in mid-October, the Board of Regents approved the measure Thursday...

Northrop’s liquor status up for vote

Published November 11, 1999

Never in Northrop Memorial Auditorium's 80-year history has a patron been able to purchase even a sip of alcohol at an entertainment event. But that could change Friday if the Board of Regents approves...

Aggressive work plan concerns some regents

Published November 11, 1999

With University President Mark Yudof spending up to 10 percent of his time on the men's basketball scandal, his schedule this year has been demanding. But as the University begins its $1.3 billion capital...

Gender-equity questions arise with hall of fame

Published November 1, 1999

Photographs of football players inducted Saturday into the University's hall of fame will settle into new, spiffed-up surroundings this winter. After a seven-month delay -- resulting from a new gender-equity...

Basketball team placed on probation

Published October 27, 1999

The Gophers men's basketball team will be banned from postseason play and placed on probation, University President Mark Yudof announced Tuesday, calling the sanctions a "middle-range" move. The penalties...

U examines treasurer’s bankruptcy

Published October 26, 1999

Ð The Minnesota Daily The University's treasurer was placed on administrative leave Wednesday after officials learned of her involvement in several personal-bankruptcy cases. Georgina Yvonne Stephens,...

U hopes to raise $1.3 billion

Published October 22, 1999

Amid maroon and gold streamers and fireworks set off from the top of Coffman Union, University President Mark Yudof announced an unprecedented $1.3 billion, seven-year fund-raising campaign. "This is the...

University officials aim for Rochester branch campus

Published October 22, 1999

ROCHESTER, Minn. -- When Michelle Stahlman moved this spring from Pennsylvania to Rochester, Minn., for her spouse's job at Mayo Clinic, she thought her graduate studies would have to wait. Ninety minutes...

Yudof presents plan for children’s literacy

Published October 11, 1999

ROCHESTER, Minn. -- If University President Mark Yudof gets his way, the state and the University would invest $15 million to $20 million in literacy for children before they even reach college. Yudof...

Regents to vote on new Duluth hockey facilities

Published October 11, 1999

ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Although University of Minnesota-Duluth hockey players will play their first games at the downtown Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center in mid-October, they will do so without...

Board of Regents fills top staff position

Published October 11, 1999

ROCHESTER, Minn. -- After the abrupt departure of the regents' corporate secretary one month ago, the Board of Regents filled the vacancy Friday during their monthly meeting in Rochester, Minn. The board...

Donation prompts gender equity issues

Published October 8, 1999

Rochester, Minn. -- Regents approved Thursday a $540,000 state-of-the-art Hall of Fame designed for the men's football program with a promise of an equitable investment for women's athletics by February. University...

Regents approve policy to protect University’s intellectual property

Published October 8, 1999

Rochester, Minn. -- Regents approved an intellectual property policy Thursday that defines profits and ownership of University inventions, theories or course materials, protecting both the University and...

Representatives provide student voice to Board of Regents

Published September 30, 1999

When the Board of Regents debates spending millions of dollars on a new building or evaluates the University's Y2K preparedness, students are represented. Headed by their chairwoman, Heidi Frederickson,...

Boston defends hiring colleague

Published September 27, 1999

Vice President McKinley Boston defended hiring Anthony Adams, a former University of Wisconsin NCAA compliance director who resigned after breaking the rules he was hired to enforce, in response to a Friday...

Staff director resigns from regents post

Published September 23, 1999

After five months as executive director and corporate secretary of the Board of Regents, Andrea Turner resigned last Friday "to pursue other professional opportunities," according to a University statement. Regents...

Regents deny seat to student representative

Published September 21, 1999

What appeared to be a minor house-cleaning move by the Board of Regents has knocked students out of a place of prominence in monthly regent meetings. Starting with the Sept. 10 regents meeting, the students'...

University Center Rochester names Heltsley as leader

Published September 14, 1999

A new provost will head the University of Minnesota Rochester Center as of Monday. In this position, Mary Heltsley, University associate vice president of outreach, will take the helm of the University...

Regents increase Yudof’s salary

Published September 13, 1999

Amid rumors that other schools are trying to recruit University President Mark Yudof, the Board of Regents voted unanimously to put him among the highest-paid presidents in the Big Ten. The board voted...

Higher graduation rates are expected

Published September 10, 1999

Despite low student-athlete graduation rates, McKinley Boston is optimistic that the rates will rise as recent improvements in the athletics program take effect. Boston, the vice president of student development...

Intellectual property policy discussed, vote next month

Published September 10, 1999

An intellectual property policy that would significantly update a 1986 University policy got a positive review Thursday from regents serving on the Educational Planning and Policy Committee. The entire...

University, MnSCU collaborate on metro higher-education needs

Published September 10, 1999

Although 87 percent of Minnesota's population growth is expected to occur in the Twin Cities area, the metro area does not have a state university to service less-prepared students, according to information...

Regents eyeball campus construction

Published September 9, 1999

University regents, state legislators, facilities management staff members and others donned hard hats and plastic glasses Wednesday afternoon as they toured nine campus construction projects. The tour...

Faculty senate

Published September 7, 1999

University faculty are taking a look, from their own perspectives, at allegations of academic fraud in the men's basketball program. The faculty's senate, known as the Faculty Consultative Committee, appointed...

Yudof revisits athletic scandal with governor

Published September 7, 1999

When University President Mark Yudof met with Gov. Jesse Ventura last week to discuss the $134.3 million the University hopes to win from the Legislature next session, talk drifted toward the University's...

Coffman renovation to begin in November

Published September 1, 1999

Shortly after Coffman Union celebrates its 60th anniversary this fall, its doors will close for 18 months for a $55.8 million renovation. As students return to campus in September, all of the food, recreation,...

Regents determine University policies

Published August 23, 1999

The laws that created the University's Board of Regents may be as old as Minnesota's territorial Legislature, but now regents meet monthly to steer the school through decisions inconceivable to that early...

University employee ends 34-year career

Published August 13, 1999

After 34 years of handling the comings and goings of University personnel, Roger Forrester is taking his own leave. After starting as a human resources personnel representative in 1965, Forrester worked...

Regents hear proposals at rural retreat

Published August 13, 1999

LITTLE FALLS -- Some of the University's most powerful people joked about being characters in a mystery novel brought together in an historic house in the middle of the country. And then the lights went...

Coffman groups move to Stadium Village location

Published August 6, 1999

When the temperature inside the University's non-air-conditioned Coffman Union rises above 90 degrees, students at the Minnesota Student Association "clear out," said Matt Clark, vice president of the...

Parking garage will offer free weekend parking

Published August 4, 1999

Regents approved a new $10 million above-ground parking ramp Monday that will serve the Gateway center and surrounding recreation facilities. The University Avenue ramp, scheduled for completion in October...

ROTC frowns upon using Ventura to sell program

Published March 5, 1999

Eric Atkins remembers his first impression of Gov. Jesse Ventura. During last year's homecoming parade, Atkins and eight other Navy ROTC students marched in the midst of heckles and taunts from Atkins'...

Teens build hands-on rainforest exhibit

Published March 4, 1999

A flood of 7,000 middle-school science students began their hands-on rainforest education this week at the Bell Museum of Natural History. During the next two weeks, an estimated 1,000 University students,...

Turbulent history

Published February 23, 1999

The Middle East peace process is flawed because it leaves the core issue -- the displacement and dispossession of an entire Palestinian people in 1948 -- unaddressed, Edward Said told his audience Monday. The...

Speaker uses race as platform for seeking truth

Published February 12, 1999

Lee Mun Wah, filmmaker, community therapist and educator, persuaded an audience of about 120 to sit down to talk about racism at the Coffman Union theater. He asked his audience at Thursday's event, "Breaking...

U alum Garrison Keillor entertains at Winterfest event

Published January 27, 1999

In front of a crowded Fireplace Lounge in Coffman Union, Garrison Keillor spoke Tuesday to a quiet and attentive audience, their silence broken only by bursts of laughter. The renowned entertainer and...

Former director of physical

Published December 2, 1998

John "Jack" Allison, professor emeritus and director of the University's physical therapy program from 1978 to 1993, died Sunday after a long illness. He was 68. Allison received his bachelor's and master's...

Pedestrians lash out on passing vehicles

Published November 28, 1998

Two University students were arrested and charged Friday with vandalizing six automobiles near Washington Avenue and Harvard Street during afternoon rush hour. Ima Walker and Stephen Lightfoot, both second-year...

Karate class emphasizes body-mind connection

Published November 25, 1998

On the third floor corner of the St. Paul Gym, two International Karate League instructors trade off demonstrating and directing each stance: block, strike and kick. Their calm and quiet voices count off...