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Student-written musical to debut

Student-written musical to debut

December 9, 2010

Andy Lonning sat in the front row of an empty auditorium as a stage full of students dressed as trees finished a song and held their last pose. "LetâÄôs try that scene again," he said. The University...

U instates campus-wide winter break closure

December 7, 2010

ItâÄôs just one week until the fall semester ends and students, staff and faculty start to leave campus for a little school-free time before the start of 2011. This year, for the first time the...

Speaker to call for more CSE diversity

December 7, 2010

The number of black students in the College of Science and Engineering hasnâÄôt changed in five years, but a group of University of Minnesota students is taking active steps to bring that number...

Diners and actors take part in a medieval themed dinner-performance Saturday at University Baptist Church.

Dinkytown church goes medieval

December 6, 2010

At a Dinkytown church fundraiser Friday night, life imitated art, which imitated life. At University Baptist Church, a group of actors, dancers and singers put on a medieval-themed stage show to raise...

Sophomore Emnet Fikru serves Ethiopian style cooked potato during an event hosted by the Small World Coffee Hour student group Friday night in the Yudof Hall Club Room.  The group hosts events every other Friday to study a different culture from around the world, with the last event focusing on Ethiopia.

Coffee aplenty at Small World Coffee Hour

December 6, 2010

EthiopiaâÄôs coffee history came alive last week at the University of Minnesota at the Small World Coffee Hour. At FridayâÄôs edition of the bi-weekly event, sophomore Emnet Fikru explained...

Turkish group sues U for ‘unreliable’ website list

December 1, 2010

The University of Minnesota faces a federal lawsuit after displaying on one of its websites a list of sources deemed "unreliable." Until Nov. 18, the list of sources, designated "unreliable" because of...

Student group postpones Haiti trip

November 29, 2010

The University of Minnesota chapter of Engineers Without Borders postponed a planned trip to Haiti last week because of the recent outbreak of cholera and riots in the country. EWB planned on sending five...

Lawsuit brewing over U website warnings

November 23, 2010

The University of Minnesota has reached a tenuous agreement with a Turkish cultural group in the face of a potential lawsuit over its classification of the organizationâÄôs website as âÄúunreliable.âÄù Until...

New Rhodes Scholar to be University’s sixth

November 23, 2010

Priya Sury, a first-year medical student, became the sixth University of Minnesota student to be named a Rhodes Scholar on Saturday. Sury went to Chicago this weekend for the final step in the interview...

Senior Rashi Gulati works on her choreography Tuesday afternoon in the Barbara Barker Center for Dance. Gulati is preparing a piece for her modern dance class.

Passion pays for award-winning dancer

November 17, 2010

When she was five years old, Rashi Gulati won her first dancing award, performing a classical Indian dance and competing against dancers as old as 15. She doesnâÄôt remember that day, but itâÄôs...

Grace Machoki, advisor for the International Buddy Program, serves Ayaka Fukunaga gravy on Friday night at the International Buddy Program’s Thanksgiving dinner.

University students share Thanksgiving traditions

November 15, 2010

The smell of turkey, stuffing, gravy and cranberries wafted out of a Coffman Union banquet hall Friday and permeated the third floor. The mouth-watering smell was not the result of an overeager Thanksgiving...

Space allocation debate extended

November 15, 2010

The process of reviewing culture center office space on Coffman UnionâÄôs second floor was meant to last two months, but disagreement over which groups could claim the limited space may now stretch...

Senior Shazzad Juman sings “Yeh Pal” Saturday night in the Great Hall.

Six U cultural centers partner for funds

November 9, 2010

What does it take to host a 2,000-plate multicultural feast and variety show? Six student groups, three months of planning and a five-figure price tag, for starters. Hosting its annual free dinner and...

Sruti Velamakanni (left) and Prachi Mishra (right) practice their South Indian dance for the fashion show portion of the ISA Fall Show Friday evening at Tedd Mann Music Hall.

Recalling Hindu traditions, Indian students mark Diwali

November 8, 2010

For Hindus in India, Diwali marks the end of one year and the beginning of another âÄî a time for celebration with fireworks, sweets and even gambling in hopes of ushering in good luck for the...

Hunters prep for Nov. 6 deer opener

November 5, 2010

On Thursday evening Brandi McDonald left the University of Minnesota and headed three hours north to her hometown in Tengilly, Minn. When deer hunting season opens Saturday, the president of the UniversityâÄôs...

Quidditch: now for muggles

Quidditch: now for muggles

November 2, 2010

In J.K. RowlingâÄôs books quidditch is played by a team of seven wizards flying on broomsticks. In front of Coffman Union on Sunday, there were University of Minnesota students, quidditch and broomsticks...

U freezes Coffman space to collect more feedback

November 1, 2010

Seeking more time to collect feedback on space allocation in Coffman Union, the University of Minnesota Board of Governors recommended freezing second-floor space allocation Thursday. A committee of four...

U freezes space allocation to collect group feedback

October 29, 2010

Seeking more time to collect feedback on space allocation in Coffman Union, the University of Minnesota Board of Governors on Thursday recommended freezing second-floor space allocation. A committee of...

Preparing for the president

October 25, 2010

Jeb SaelensâÄô day began with a large coffee around 8:30 a.m., hours before President Barack Obama stepped off Air Force One. Saelens is the president of Students Organizing for America, a group...

Juniors Katie Duffy (left) and Alyssa Sajady  row their canoe back to shore Friday afternoon in the Mississippi River.  The canoe event was one of many in the first ever Gopher Adventure Race.

U hosts first Gopher Adventure Race

October 25, 2010

Kristi Sroka and Alyssa Shefveland adorned themselves in Lady Gaga-inspired bubble wrap outfits and sprinted all over campus Friday afternoon. Far from the stage, the two were taking part in a University...

Students defend Coffman space use

October 21, 2010

The members of student groups in Coffman UnionâÄôs second floor want to keep their space. In their last chance to argue in favor of preserving the second floor of Coffman Union for culture centers,...

Growing flash mob phenomenon hits Northrop

October 20, 2010

As Lauren Butler started dancing by herself outside Northrop Auditorium on Tuesday, she received some odd looks. When about 150 students and faculty members joined her everyone around stopped to stare....

The University of Minnesota Marching Band practices at the TCF Bank Stadium Tuesday

Marching band has no time to catch its breath

October 13, 2010

Matt Schuette has been able to put down his trombone only on Sundays for almost all of September. This fall the University of MinnesotaâÄôs marching band has had only six days off during seven...

Nuruddin Farah, the current College of Liberal Arts Winton Chair holder, reading selections from three of his many novels on Friday night in the Humphrey Institute on Campus.

Professor writes of hope for Somalia

October 12, 2010

Award-winning novelist, respected professor, Somali exile. Each of these phrases describes Nuruddin Farah, a visiting professor at the University of Minnesota. Farah was born in Baidoa, Somalia in 1945...

Members of the student group Voice Merging hang out in their office on second floor of Coffman, Friday afternoon.

Some student groups may lose Coffman space

October 11, 2010

The second floor of Coffman Union is dedicated to the University of MinnesotaâÄôs student groups. However, out of about 700 registered groups on campus, only 29 of them have office space in Coffman,...

U sees surge in Chinese enrollment

October 7, 2010

Simeng Wang’s first week at the University of the Minnesota was hard, maybe even the hardest week he has ever been through. He had just graduated high school in Beijing, and suddenly everything was...

Minneso-tap tap dancing group members Kathleen Burnell (left), Stephanie Hornung (center) and Felicia Hammerschmidt practice Thursday evening at the People’s Center on West Bank.

Class cuts force University tap dancers to go solo

October 4, 2010

When Stephanie Hornung registered for classes this year, she added tap dance level three to her fall schedule, the same class she has taken for the past two years. She does not repeat the class because...

U begins funding campaign for Amplatz Children’s Hospital

September 30, 2010

The University of Minnesota has partnered with Fairview Health Services to launch a $175 million fundraising campaign for the Amplatz ChildrenâÄôs Hospital building. Amplatz is MinnesotaâÄôs...

U begins $175 million campaign for Amplatz Children’s Hospital

September 29, 2010

The University of Minnesota has partnered with Fairview Health Services to launch a campaign with a goal of raising $175 million for a new Amplatz ChildrenâÄôs Hospital building.  Amplatz...

Dancers practice behind closed curtains as stagehands cover the stage with two tons of water during the second intermission of Tania Pérez-Salas’ Waters of Forgetfulness Friday at Northrop Auditorium.

Northrop stage flooded for show

September 27, 2010

To prepare for the final dance performance at Northrop Auditorium on Friday, the stage crew brought out a black tarp and a hose. The black tarp was to fill a six-inch-tall wooden perimeter about the size...

Former U admin. heads N.C. college

September 21, 2010

On Sept. 9, Irma McClaurin walked down a red carpet, past a marching band and down a hallway into her new office, the president’s office. It was the former University of Minnesota administrator’s...

Drug activist speaks about possible addiction cure

September 17, 2010

In a basement corner of the new Science Teaching and Student Services Building approximately 30 students gathered to hear Dana Beal, a longtime advocate of legalizing marijuana, speak on behalf of another...

Gymnastic Club member and University of Minnesota junior Kevin Peterson practices on the still rings Wednesday.

Gymnastics Club keeps balance despite losing status

September 16, 2010

When he looked out at 60 gymnasts practicing together in Peik Gymnasium on Monday night, Brian Girard saw six years of hard work paying off. After half a decade of uncertainty, the number of people in...

Local dancers Panos Delton, left, Vicki Withers, center and Nicholas Mortari perform at the Taste of Greece Festival Saturday at St. Mary’s Orthodox Church in Uptown.  They are a part of the folk dance troupe Greek Dancers of Minnesota.

U students experience Taste of Greece Festival

September 13, 2010

Crowds of Greeks and non-Greeks alike flocked to the Taste of Greece Festival  this weekend to indulge in gyros, drink Mythos beer and watch the dancers jump and twirl to the sounds of traditional...

Student groups attract new members

Student groups attract new members

September 8, 2010

The University of Minnesota has about 700 student groups, each one with a distinct identity and purpose.  It takes only five students, $25 and a University e-mail address to start a group, and this...

Hien Truong, a member of the Breakdancing student group, dances in front of freshman at Mariucci Arena during Welcome Week, Saturday. The Breakdancing group is one of many that performed on Welcome Week’s Involvement and Engagement Day.

University gives Welcome Week a facelift

September 7, 2010

Some 5,000 first-year University of Minnesota students swiped their U Cards to enter Welcome Week events last week, leaving an electronic record administrators hope will show which events were most motivational. Dispensing...