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U joins Durga Puja festivities worldwide with own event

October 17, 2005

Some University students were reminded Sunday of the taste of their childhood. For the first time since they came to the United States, approximately 100 students, many from Bengal (east India), were able...

U faces battle for research funds

October 13, 2005

The University's plan to become one of the top three research institutions in the world could be more challenging than anticipated. As the federal government cuts back on academic research funding nationwide...

U.S. financial aid rule under fire

October 12, 2005

Students who couldn't afford to enroll at the University because they were denied federal financial aid as a result of a previous drug conviction will likely see a change soon. Controversy over the drug...

Social justice minor added at the U

October 5, 2005

University student Ilana Lerman has found a class that will help her change the world. The School of Social Work in the College of Human Ecology created a social justice minor this fall. The minor focuses...

U ponders more math to enroll

September 30, 2005

First-year student Saly Abd Alla never thought she'd be wishing she had taken more math in high school. But the regret is sinking in for Abd Alla and other incoming students who did not take four years...

Giveaway offers a taste of veganism

September 22, 2005

Physiology junior Zuhur Ahmed put aside her love for eating meat and pledged Wednesday to become a vegetarian for a week. "I know I'll miss chicken," she said. Ahmed and approximately 1,200 other students...

TAs rank 12th in national survey

September 21, 2005

Although University students say teaching assistants teach a large percentage of upper-level courses, many students are having positive experiences with TAs. The University ranked 12th for "Teaching Assistants...

Higher Education Act closer to reform and renewal

September 14, 2005

For the first time in seven years, federal financial aid programs are expected to change. The Higher Education Act, which contains most federal aid programs, recently jumped one step closer to renewal. The...

Superintendent lends voice to the U

September 14, 2005

St. Paul School District Superintendent Patricia Harvey will soon contribute her public education expertise to the University. She will resign as superintendent Thursday and begin her new job as a senior...

Pre-law students prepare for LSAT

September 12, 2005

Political science junior Khaled El-Sawaf is scared. Like many pre-law students preparing for the Law School Admission Test, fear is growing as they realize the importance of the test. Michael Bellomo,...

Interest in Law School up

September 7, 2005

At a time when law schools are facing a nationwide decrease in numbers of applicants, the University's Law School stands out from the crowd. Applications to the Law School jumped 22.5 percent for this...

Fees group weighs options

August 3, 2005

An advisory committee reforming the Student Services Fees process decided to seek future committee members from college boards Thursday. While deciding to seek the help of college boards, the committee...

Fees decision approaches

July 27, 2005

An advisory committee that is reviewing the Student Services Fees process is closer to a final set of recommendations. In a meeting Monday, the committee decided to pay stipends to fees committee members...

Student organic farm reaps success

July 27, 2005

ITHE STUDENT FARM SOLD OUT IN 45 MINUTES IN ITS FIRST WEEK n the middle of rows and acres of conventional crop lines lies a corner of variety and color. It sows determination, grows experience and harvests...

Innovative, inventive heart surgeon dies

July 20, 2005

Former Medical School professor Clarence Dennis, who performed the world's first open-heart surgery that used a heart-lung machine, died July 11. He was 96 years old. "(Dennis) recognized the need for...

Farmer’s market opens for business on campus

July 12, 2005

University students and employees who complain about not having healthy foods on campus will be given an alternative starting today. Fresh fruits and vegetables, some organic, will be available along with...

Reform ignites concern

July 6, 2005

Several student leaders are accusing a Student Services Fees advisory committee of not being open while it considers reforms of the fees process. They said advisory committee members were appointed with...

University student wins $41,000 in College Poker Championship

July 6, 2005

ACorrection: The Daily misstated where the tournament was based. The College Poker Championship is an online tournament open to registered college and university students worldwide. fter the click of a...

Advisory committee considers changes to student fees process

June 29, 2005

After the controversial Student Services Fees process last year, a student advisory committee is working to change the process for years to come. Through two meetings so far this summer, several ideas...

Export process causes debate

June 8, 2005

Before he could study at the University, international student Aditya Malhotra said his visa application was checked by the CIA and FBI, and he was interviewed by the government for security purposes. But...

Dream Act supporters hold protest

June 8, 2005

Approximately 120 people protested outside Gov. Tim Pawlenty's mansion Monday chanting, "1, 2, 3, 4, we don't wanna mop the floors," and, "Bring the dream back!" The group was protesting Pawlenty's alleged...

University House offers sober living environment

May 25, 2005

University alumnus Richard Mark said he dreams of the day when the University will recognize the need for alcohol- and drug-free housing. Aiming to make this dream a reality, he and two others recently...

From battlefields to back to school: U students and the fight for democracy abroad

May 4, 2005

On her first night in Iraq, Elsa Karman was "pretty much camping out on a minefield." Though Karman said she was scared, she survived and lived through approximately nine months of duty in Iraq. She returned...

Students meditate using Falun Gong

May 4, 2005

UCorrection: The Daily misreported how long the Chinese government has been persecuting Falun Gong practitioners. It has been persecuting them for six years. Also, the caption reported the wrong day the...

Show at U honors Filipino traditions

May 2, 2005

Coconuts clicked and traditional Tagalog music played Saturday in the St. Paul Student Center's theater as it glowed with the vibrant colors of the Filipino flag. To break down the walls of misunderstanding...

U team repeats as U.S. winner

April 29, 2005

For the second-consecutive year, the University's College Bowl team is the best in the country. Competing against 15 other teams, the University squad collected its fifth title at the National Championship...

Student group raises funds to help tsunami survivors

April 25, 2005

Half a world away, University doctoral student Gertrude Ira Hewapathirana's mind is still on home. In her native Sri Lanka, the rebuilding continues for survivors of December's tsunamis in Southeast Asia....

Group’s campaign seeks to change views of disability

April 20, 2005

Julia Trachy is tired of the wisecracks. Whether it's seeing people ridicule those in wheelchairs or simply assuming disabled people struggle through life, the first-year nursing student said she hears...

Group stitches for social change

April 12, 2005

Balls of colorful yarn, sewing and knitting needles, and sequins were some tools for social change Monday. The Women's Student Activist Collective began its annual Revolutionary Art Thing week with...

U celebration unites world traditions and cultures

April 11, 2005

Entering Coffman Union's Great Hall was like joining a global adventure that gave hundreds of people a glance at cultures around the world Friday. Salsa dancers shuffled across the stage. American Indians...

Event at Coffman Union helps start Islam Awareness Week on campus

April 5, 2005

Terrorism is something that everybody is against, and instead of dividing, people should work together to counter it, said University student Rima Reda. Al-Madinah Cultural Center and the Muslim Students...

Celebration closes out Asian-American spring conference

April 4, 2005

Even though people are different in culture and origin, we are still the same inside, University student Voltaire Roxas said. "It's because of those differences that we can learn something new every day,"...

Theta Chi fraternity works to re-emerge on campus

March 28, 2005

Attempting a comeback on campus after leaving five years ago, Theta Chi fraternity is recruiting members to reorganize at the University. Mike Mayer and Nate Hibben, leadership and education consultants...

Official hears fees gripes

March 25, 2005

Several University groups got their final opportunities to voice complaints with the Student Services Fees Committee's 2005-06 funding recommendations Thursday. Nine groups lobbied for the support of Jerry...

War anniversary sparks protest at U

March 24, 2005

A large gathering of students and others protested the ongoing war in Iraq on Wednesday, saying the U.S. occupation must end now. Approximately 100 people attended the event that marked the two-year anniversary...

Twin Cities high schoolers get a glimpse of college life

March 22, 2005

A group of high school students stood against the railing of the Washington Avenue Bridge, gazed over the Mississippi River and quietly listened for the sound of the Campus Connector below. "There it goes!"...

University commemorates International Women’s Day

March 21, 2005

Human rights activist Mary Hunt said she sees the "big picture" on women's rights around the world. On March 12, she joined a group of advocates to explain the gap in women's rights worldwide. With an...

Unity comes alive in dance showcase

March 10, 2005

The beauty, diversity and art of dance came alive and captured more than 300 University students' attention Wednesday as they went on a journey through Collective Rhapsody, or unity within ultimate happiness. With...

Culture, tradition come alive with storytelling

March 7, 2005

Storyteller Colin Wesaw said his elders used to always tell him it doesn't matter how old you are - you can always learn something from listening to a story. "Stories are meant to help people understand...

New group explores Twin Cities eateries

March 7, 2005

University students Kris Erickson and Sloan Dawson said they love going out to eat so much, they've created a student group centered on eating at Twin Cities restaurants. The new group, the Raging Restaurateurs...

Diversity unites at cultures festival

March 4, 2005

Students were able to hear, taste, see and feel the diversity of campus Thursday. Aromas of ethnic foods and pastries, sounds of cultural music, and the sights of rich colors of flags and people in traditional...

U student seeks support at caucus

March 2, 2005

University student Dan Miller sought the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party endorsement for Minneapolis City Council at the precinct caucuses for Ward 2 on Tuesday. With a larger-than-expected turnout, approximately...

Concert at the University honors Martin Luther King Jr.

February 28, 2005

Someday, there will be no segregation, no discrimination and only complete integration, musical group the Sounds of Blackness sang Sunday, filling Ted Mann Concert Hall with the words of Martin Luther...

Black History Month event at U focuses on spirituality

February 25, 2005

Challenging attendees to use spiritual growth to strengthen their cultural ties, black students used plays and performances to look into their spiritual heritage Thursday at the St. Paul Student Center. Alpha...

Center celebrates 30 years of service

February 17, 2005

If it wasn't for Como Community Child Care, University Medical School student Emily Birkholz said, she wouldn't be able to go to school. Her two children, Dylan Birkholz and Haley Birkholz, laughed as...

U students greet Chinese New Year

February 14, 2005

Michelle Pho, an Eden Prairie High School student, learned about the lost traditions of the Chinese culture Friday at Coffman Union. On tables adorned with bright red tablecloths, tangerines and yellow...

Students, faculty members address racial concerns at Express Yourself

February 11, 2005

Subtle racism is alive and well at the University, and it has been hidden too long, said a number of students who on Thursday attended an event honoring Black History Month. "We want to make the University...

New Student Weekend to expand for fall 2005

February 9, 2005

A University program that has been around for 85 years will be growing again in 2005. Organizers of New Student Weekend, an orientation program for first-year students that is held during the last weekend...