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All content by Lacey Crisp

Class aids int’l students in taxes

March 2, 2005

When international student Kapil Bansal tried to do his taxes last year, he needed help. Thanks to students in an accounting class at the University, he received the help he needed. "I think I will do...

Most grads extend school

February 25, 2005

More Minnesota high school students are entering college after graduation than ever before, according to a survey released Wednesday. The Minnesota Higher Education Services Office released the survey,...

U prof joins U.N. board on slavery

February 22, 2005

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has named a University Law School professor to a U.N. board of trustees. David Weissbrodt has taught international human rights at the Law School since 1975 and said he...

Visa changes aid foreign students

February 21, 2005

A change in visa laws could make it easier for science students to come to the United States to study. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security made changes in the Visa Mantis program in February, which...

U student votes in historic Iraqi elections from the U.S.

February 15, 2005

The world watched as Iraq had its first democratic elections Jan. 30, and University first-year student Alia Aladawi was able to participate in the process. Aladawi voted through an absentee ballot Jan....

Coleman to speak about international-student decline

February 11, 2005

Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., will be on campus this afternoon to discuss the decline in international students attending U.S. universities. Coleman is proposing legislation called the American Competitiveness...

U.S. dollar hits all-time low compared with the euro

February 3, 2005

University student Paul Ruder said he has a lot of memories and pictures to remind him of his semester in Ireland, but for now, he also has bills. The U.S. dollar is at an all-time low compared to the...

Pollution agency deems Twin Cities’ air unsafe

February 2, 2005

Despite the unseasonably mild temperatures, the air quality in the Twin Cities is keeping some outdoor enthusiasts inside. As of Tuesday afternoon, the air-quality level for the Twin Cities was 152; an...

Turnout in Iraqi elections exceeds some predictions

February 1, 2005

Although the results are not in yet, many consider the Iraqi elections a success. Ragui Assaad, a Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs professor, said the election's results will be known in the next 10...

Survey: Schools lack GLBT services

January 31, 2005

A recent survey said approximately 95 percent of high school and college counseling services had little or no gay, lesbian or bisexual resources. Approximately 99 percent of school counseling services...

Fewer international students attend U

January 27, 2005

Marion Pejaire is one of the declining number of foreign students studying in the United States. While some blame the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, as one reason for fewer foreign students, others...

Spike Lee speaks in honor of MLK Day

January 18, 2005

The Basilica of St. Mary was so packed Saturday that ushers moved people to overflow rooms. All were there to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday with keynote speaker filmmaker Spike Lee. Lee's...

Locals help in relief effort

January 18, 2005

Many Minnesotans are aiding tsunami relief efforts by donating money, but Tai Mendenhall is doing more. He will travel to Sri Lanka later this week to help victims cope with their losses. "I feel that...

Students celebrate for a variety of occasions during winter break

December 15, 2004

Merry Christmas, happy Hanukkah or have a good vacation. No matter how students celebrate, many said they are looking forward to winter break and spending time away from classrooms. Amy Olson, director...

Students, public celebrate season with Holidazzle

December 10, 2004

There's only one place in Minneapolis where you can find Captain Hook, Alice in Wonderland, snowmen and Santa Claus - at the TCF Holidazzle parade. The parade started Nov. 26 and concludes Dec. 23. It...

Grant cuts cause concern

December 8, 2004

After the U.S. Congress recently changed the way it calculates who receives Pell Grants, University students and officials are waiting to see how the change will affect them. The change happened Nov. 20,...

Survey: Students happy with Coffman

December 6, 2004

The data is in, and students seem to be happy with postrenovation Coffman Union. The Office of Student Affairs conducts a survey every five or six years to determine what changes it would like to make...

U seniors jump-start job searches

November 19, 2004

The unemployment rate decreased both nationally and in Minnesota during October, but that is not reassuring to some University seniors who are about to enter the job market. To help get them started...

U alumna joins Mpls. School Board

November 11, 2004

She graduated from the University two years ago, and now she is an elected official. Peggy Flanagan, a newly elected member of the Minneapolis School Board, graduated from the University in 2002 with a...

Higher education a critical election issue for students

November 1, 2004

On a college campus, the presidential candidates' higher-education goals can be a deciding factor in an election. In a Minnesota Daily poll taken in September, 82 percent of students who responded said...

Betty McCollum, Democratic incumbent

October 28, 2004

Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., the first woman from Minnesota to be elected to the U.S. Congress in more than four decades, is running for a third term. McCollum is running for re-election in the 4th District,...

State officials discuss higher-ed issues on campus

October 22, 2004

University officials, professors and students met with state lawmakers Thursday to discuss higher education. State Sen. Sandy Pappas, DFL-St. Paul, hosted the "listening session" at Coffman Union. The...

Students take time out of homecoming to give blood

October 20, 2004

While homecoming activities kicked off this week, some University students sat back and gave blood as part of the events. The University homecoming committee and the Minneapolis chapter of the American...

U students clap, laugh at candidates

October 15, 2004

The third and final presidential debate is over, and undecided voters have less than three weeks to decide who their choice for president is. Approximately 200 people gathered at Coffman Union on Wednesday...

Many don’t apply for aid

October 14, 2004

A new study found that hundreds of thousands of eligible students are not receiving federal financial aid because they are not applying for it. A study the American Council on Education released showed...

Higher-education groups ask Bush, Kerry to address college issues

October 8, 2004

The presidential debate today will not sway Jodi Goldman's vote, but she still wants to see the candidates talk about issues such as tuition and other student expenses, she said. Goldman isn't alone. On...

Statistics find textbook costs are up

October 6, 2004

The excitement of a new semester can turn into a disappointment when students go to the bookstore to get course materials. That's because textbook prices have increased in the last year, according to National...

House looks to fix loan process

October 1, 2004

A loophole in student-loan guidelines that costs the federal government billions of dollars might be closing. Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., and Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, on Thursday proposed legislation that...

Minn. is third in college costs

September 28, 2004

If U.S. higher-education institutions were students, a "C-" on their report cards would put them near the top of the class in some subjects. That's the grade Minnesota received for college affordability...

Senate committee passes funding bill

September 21, 2004

A bill that funds federal student-aid programs and other aspects of higher education passed in the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee last week. One part of the bill included an additional $823.3 million...

Student loan default rates hit all-time low

September 21, 2004

Default rates on student loans have hit an all-time low, the U.S. Department of Education reported last week. The department released the information for 2002 and said default rates on federal student...

Renewal date approaches for Higher Education Act

September 15, 2004

Time is running out for Congress to renew a bill that governs many aspects of higher education, including student financial aid and federal funding. The Higher Education Act regulates federal funding and...

St. Paul mayor vetoes ban

September 14, 2004

As he sat at Stub and Herbs bar smoking a cigarette, Duaine Jackola said he is glad St. Paul Mayor Randy Kelly vetoed the city's all-out smoking ban. Kelly vetoed the citywide ban Monday, but St. Paul...

U research survives satellite crash

September 13, 2004

Research that University professors had on board the crashed satellite Genesis has been recovered. "It was right on trajectory, and on time," said Bob Pepin, University astronomy professor and a Genesis...

U offers smaller class sizes in seminars

September 9, 2004

How likely is extraterrestrial life? That's what some students in Woods Halley's freshman seminar on extraterrestrial life wonder. "I had one guy a few years back, saying (he) thought this was going to...

U students volunteer at Olympics in Athens

September 7, 2004

Julie Schmitz would like to work for the International Olympic Committee some day, but this summer she settled with volunteering at the games. Schmitz, a fifth-year student at the University, and her sister...

UDS offers new meal options for residence halls

September 7, 2004

Krispy Kreme donuts, organic coffee and kosher foods are three new items served by the University Dining Services this year. Each year, thousands of students move into the dorms and one major concern is...

St. Paul council to consider smoking ban

August 18, 2004

The fight over smoking will heat up later this month as St. Paul reconsiders a ban on smoking in some businesses. The St. Paul City Council will hold a hearing on the issue today. The council is likely...

Minneapolis open to diversity

August 11, 2004

When Sarah Miller came out of the closet a year ago, she wanted to meet other bisexual people and better understand her lifestyle. Miller got that chance when she attended the 8th International Conference...

U grads, Minneapolis group petition to legalize medicinal marijuana

August 4, 2004

Former University students are petitioning in Minneapolis to legalize medicinal marijuana. The Minneapolis group, Citizens Organized for Harm Reduction, will bring the petition to the City Council on Tuesday...

Minneapolis OKs smoking ban

July 28, 2004

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak challenged all bars and restaurants in Minneapolis on Tuesday to go smoke-free before March 31. "I'll lead the first smoke-free bus tour of bars," Rybak said. "If you want...

Congressmen promote higher education bill

July 14, 2004

To gain support for part of the Higher Education Reauthorization bill, two Republican House members sent a letter late last month to approximately 6,700 colleges and universities. Although the University...

Rejected students appeal to Office of Admissions for second chance

July 14, 2004

For students who hope to become Golden Gophers, an admission rejection letter can be very disappointing. But some are given a second chance through an appeals process. "The idea is to be sure that there...

Higher education bill still under review in House

July 6, 2004

With 20 working days left in the legislative session, federal lawmakers are still debating a higher-education bill that expires Sept. 30. The renewal of the Higher Education Act would increase loan limits,...

U professor returns from Arctic trek, raises awareness of global issues

June 30, 2004

Battling polar bears, illnesses, fires and blizzards didn't faze University professor Aaron Doering and five others who spent the last six months trekking across the Arctic. The group left from Canada's...

Celebration honors former Gov., U donor

June 23, 2004

In a room in the University library that bears his name, former Minnesota Gov. Elmer L. Andersen celebrated his 95th birthday amid admirers, former colleagues, friends and family Friday. "Governor Andersen...

U vet program gives pet owners options

June 16, 2004

Three years ago, veterinary specialists told Arlys Peterson that her 7-year-old Labrador retriever, Bailey, needed a pacemaker. Peterson agreed to the surgery, which cost $1,500, and placed a human pacemaker...