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Daily Digest: Daily Grad Issue, H1N1 or swine flu?

Published May 1, 2009

Welcome to Friday's edition of Daily Digest, giving you a small dose of University of Minnesota-related news. Since most of the news is consumed in the outbreak of H1N1 (hint in our preference), most of...

Daily Digest: Swine flu, apts near Stone Arch, Dinkytown riot

Published April 27, 2009

Welcome to Monday and a happy two weeks left of school. The following is an attempt at rounding up University of Minnesota-related news, digesting and spitting it back up for you to chew on (apologies...

Daily Digest: Law School back at top 20, private vs. public, and more

Published April 24, 2009

Here is a digest of University of Minnesota-related news from other sources that you still might be curious about: U of M Law School back at top 20 Last year, the Daily reported the Law School falling...

Deleting a Tweet doesn’t exactly mean deleted

Published April 21, 2009

A recent Daily story, Twitter raises recruiting concerns, mentioned that a tweet on University of Minnesota Coach Tim Brewster's (play4brew) Twitter account had to be taken down.The tweet referred to Star...

Daily Digest: Pirates, ethanol production and stimulus bonds

Published April 13, 2009

Welcome back from Easter weekend. Hope you had a chance to go home and spend some time with the fam. On to the digest of University of Minnesota-related news. Toxic waste and Somali piracy Not sure if...

Daily Digest: Prof gets award, U involved in new degree program

Published April 10, 2009

Happy Friday! Hopefully we will reach that high sooner that later (i.e. look above at the weather high). Here is are a few things that the Daily didn't touch on, but are University of Minnesota-related...

Twitter tips for journalists

Published April 7, 2009

I am by no means an expert, but these are just a few things that I have noticed to work well. • Tweet often, but not too often unless it warants it (breaking news, etc.). Spread tweets out, even...

Contribute news to Mndaily.com via Twitter

Published April 5, 2009

Readers and members of the University of Minnesota community, Now you can contribute short news updates via Twitter unto our site using the #umn. If you're on campus and notice something newsworthy and...

Daily’s Facebook app. featured on TwinCities Live

Published April 3, 2009

So a lot of you Daily readers have already likely checked out our new Facebook application, which allows Action Team members to keep up on campus news, win prizes and participate in a research study on...

Daily Digest: Sid on Metzen, Super-duper sized teens

Published March 30, 2009

Welcome to Monday's Digest of University-related news on and off campus. Quick note: Our reporters got back from covering the Red River Valley flood yesterday evening, but we will continue to keep you...

Daily Digest: Tubby’s replacement out, YouTube Edu

Published March 27, 2009

Hey folks, better late than never. It's Friday and there is plenty of news out there to digest — but we will try to stay away from that since you are getting a lot of it from us and others already. Coach...

Daily Digest: Hersch’s comments at U, NDSU cancels class and more

Published March 23, 2009

Welcome back, welcome back. And with the weather, what a welcoming it has been. Don't stress. Not too many weeks left in the school year now. *Came across a blog post in The Beat, a blog on thenation.com,...

The Daily is on spring break

Published March 16, 2009

Dear Readers, The Daily is on spring break this week and will resume regular publishing next Sunday. We will be updating the Web site with blog posts and other news periodically, especially in the form...

Daily Digest: No drinking deaths, 6 OT’s, Live Trial coverage

Published March 13, 2009

I am sure that a lot of you may have already gone home, by the looks of the scarce campus this morning. But I hope you chime in from your homes or if you are around on campus, glad you could join us. Next...

Daily Digest: Bike sharing, Chief Judge, Stem Cell research

Published March 9, 2009

Bike-sharing: The weather is starting to get nicer (except for the fact we are getting a big storm tomorrow), and the University of Minnesota along with Minneapolis are set to unveil a bicycle sharing...

Help the Daily keep online comments clean

Published March 9, 2009

Dear Readers, The Minnesota Daily has implemented a software system that allows us to filter through spam comments. The system detects spam, cuss words, among other things. But sometimes things are still...

Daily takes first place in eight categories in SPJ Reg. 6 awards

Published March 7, 2009

Dear readers, I have some more wonderful news about our staff winning awards in Society of Professional Journalism Mark of Excellence Regional 6. The Daily took home eight 1st place spots in various categories,...

Daily Digest: State of U, soybeans, Clarence Thomas

Published March 6, 2009

Friday is finally here and the big news from yesterday was University of Minnesota President Bob Bruinink's State of the University Address where focused on the current financial troubles that the University...

Daily Digest: Carlson drops out, law school, Lamoureaux twins

Published March 2, 2009

Happy Monday to everyone that typically hates them. It is a start to a beautiful week and to some interesting news. *The Daily broke a story early this morning about Charles Carlson, a University of Minnesota...

Daily Digest: Regent finalists, snowmageddon, Brewer bell

Published February 28, 2009

Hey all. As always, TGIF. We have some news digest for you on University-related stories floating out there on the Web. We'll try to pick a few out. *Two University of Minnesota Board of Regents candidates...

Daily wins best website award

Published February 24, 2009

This weekend, The Minnesota Daily competed in the Best of the Midwest College Newspaper Convention awards and won First Place for Best Publication Website. The Daily also won Second Place for Best...

Daily Digest: Nun study comes back, new website, sustainable architecture

Published February 23, 2009

Hey folks, hope that the last Monday of the month is treating you well. On to the Digest. *An Alzheimer's study that tested a group of 678 nuns repeatedly for some 20 years to analyze mental and physical...

Follow the Daily on Twitter

Published February 23, 2009

The Minnesota Daily has experimented with Twitter before — most notably sending tweets to students with updates on voting lines during Elections Day — but will now post updates regularly with...

Daily Digest: Asbestos violations, Russell protest at Penn State

Published February 20, 2009

TGIF and welcome to Daily's weekend online-only extravaganza. Each day, we try to use this space to digest some University-related news for you that may not have made it into the paper you pick up. *The...

Daily Digest: 16,000 babies, U student on Idol and Campus Girls, UMR campus

Published February 16, 2009

Happy Monday, and hope you don't catch a case of the Mondays. Let's digest some University-related news out there. *A retiring doctor, who did his fellowship at the University of Minnesota, has delivered...

Daily Digest: Valentine’s Day gifts, Rochester campus, binge drinking

Published February 13, 2009

Hey folks, happy Friday and early V-Day. Hope you already have some plans of giving a present to that special someone in mind, and if not, then here are some ideas of best value gifts from a news station...

Now is not the time to ask for a Vikings’ stadium

Published February 12, 2009

Gov. Tim Pawlenty. It's disheartening that during an economic crisis some are still trying to reach for the sky to build a new Vikings' stadium. How about winning a good number of games first? In a recent...

Only 190 spots away from top 3!

Published February 9, 2009

Well, it looks like we are making some good process in becoming one of the top 3 public research  institution in the world afterall. Okay, so maybe not. According to a new ranking system by StateUniversity.com,...

Daily Digest: Ethanol’s health, stealth nutrition

Published February 9, 2009

Welcome to today's digest of University of Minnesota-related news. *There has been a lot of interesting coverage of the University's study on ethanol's health costs vs. those of petroleum-based gasoline,...

Daily Digest: Bruininks’ plea, admissions and closing a college

Published February 7, 2009

Today was a busy one with news for Friday, as if everyone was scrambling before the weekend. Bob Bruininks. All around, there were many stories about Bruininks asking Pawlenty not to cut higher education...

Online commenting

Published February 2, 2009

We appreciate feedback and thoughtful discussion on our stories. However, we do have an online commenting policy. When a story's comments become inappropriate, commenting will become disabled as it has...

Daily Digest: Protest, chimps politics and more

Published February 2, 2009

Hey folks, So the Steelers won it with a dazzling finish. I won't bore you with the details, but I came across an interesting story about Steelers receiver Santonio Holmes and his turbulent past in the...

Weekend edition

Published January 31, 2009

Dear Readers, Tonight we unveiled our Weekend Sports Online edition. It puts sports at the top of the front page with a unique design and look that includes scores and live blogging. We're trying to expand...

The use of ‘illegal immigrant’ vs. ‘undocumented immigrant’

Published January 27, 2009

I have received multiple e-mails from professors, activists and others alike from campus to as far away as California in response to a recent story "U students experience flawed immigration system"...

Israel Journal: A soldier back from the northern border

Published January 26, 2009

Roy Mendelovitzs is an Israeli film student at Tel Aviv University. He had fought in the 2006 war in Lebanon, mostly in an artillery unit. Roy Mendelovitzs. Photo: Vadim Lavrusik, DAILY. After returning...

What would YOU rename IT?

Published January 21, 2009

The Institute of Technology at the University of Minnesota is looking to change its name to better reflect its composition. In fact, they are paying the Carlson School's Brand Enterprise program some...

Israel Journal: A glimpse into an immigrant absorption center

Published January 9, 2009

Of that 1,200 Ethiopian immigrants at the center, a little more than 50 percent are children. VADIM LAVRUSIK, DAILY JERUSALEM—Israel is home to more than 31 immigration absorption centers. What is...

Israel Journal: The whole country is not at war

Published January 7, 2009

Police gathered at the Western Wall in large numbers expecting a demonstration on Friday. JERUSALEM, Israel. – The most surprising news coming out of Israel was not numbers of casualties from airstrikes...

Israel Journal: Analysis of media coverage of Israeli-Hamas conflict

Published January 6, 2009

JERUSALEM, Israel -- Facts can easily get lost in translation. That’s why media coverage of the Gaza conflict often becomes diluted and in some ways inaccurate because of the many complexities that...

Israel Journal: Soldiers on alert at a West Bank security fence

Published January 1, 2009

QALQILYA, Israel - The following are several photographs of Israeli soldiers patrolling a security fence near the entrance of Kalkilia, a city in the West Bank. Though the current fighting is going on...

In Tel Aviv fighting is distant

Published December 30, 2008

People walk a busy street in Tel Aviv, Israel late Tuesday. VADIM LAVRUSIK, DAILY TEL AVIV, Israel - Despite Israel's air attacks on the Hamas in Gaza, the fighting seems distant in Israel's cultural...

Margin in recount at 12

Published December 19, 2008

If the recount couldn't get any closer, the margin is only at 12 votes with 912 ballots reviewed, according to the Star Tribune. With Republican Norm Coleman leading most of the recount, Democrat Al Franken...

We commend Faribault high school newspaper staff

Published December 17, 2008

Despite cases that have disagreed, prior review or another form of censorship doesn't belong in the press. Whether it is a publisher reviewing articles of news staff before publication or the principal...

Regents should deny request for more money from Leg.

Published December 11, 2008

According to a recent Daily report, the Regents are going to vote on whether to request $61.3 million more from the Minnesota Legislature to fund upgrades in mostly building upgrades and a new Bell Museum.This...

Semester end and finals issue

Published December 11, 2008

Dear readers, It has been a great fall semester. We are done publishing regular news issues for the semester. We hope you enjoyed the coverage, as we always strive to improve and provide news on things...

Daily Digest: Legal doping; aggresive behavior and status

Published December 9, 2008

Hey folks and welcome to Tuesday's Digest of news surrounding and impacting the University of Minnesota. *The Daily did a story today about students who are taking a semester off because they don't have...

Daily Digest: Denny Hecker; English speaking class

Published December 5, 2008

Hello folks, hope all is well. We have a lot of interesting news today. We're gonna do this a little different today. Instead of University-only news, we're gonna take a look at a few things of interest. *For...

Daily Digest: Robots and UW-Madison’s financial situation

Published November 25, 2008

Hello all. If you are leaving early for some turkey dinner at home, please do drive safe. But before you go, here are some things to digest before you get full off delicious turkey. Today's digest: *A...

Bailing out newspapers; where is it all going?

Published November 19, 2008

Carmine Festa, the deputy chief editor of Italy’s largest newspaper, Corriere del Mezzogiorno, toured newspapers in United States last week, listening to translated jargon used by editors of the Washington...

Daily Digest: Robberies; International students

Published November 19, 2008

Greetings digesters! Only one full week of school left with two half weeks after this week is complete. Not that I am counting, but like many of you, I am looking forward to a little more free time and...

Weekend round-up: U bridge collapse study; Energy plant

Published November 16, 2008

Welcome to Digest on this gloomy Sunday afternoon. The weather is quite appropriate to the day after the Gophers lose to the our friendly Badgers in the second half of the game. But enough of that and...

Daily Digest: Children’s hospital transplants, U doctors in Uganda

Published November 13, 2008

Welcome to Thursday, another dark and gloomy day outside, but I'll spare the "it's depressing weather" rant and get right into it: *Local TV station Kare11 did a "several month" investigation...

Why our education is falling behind: lazy students

Published November 12, 2008

There’s lazy, and then there is laaaazy. On Tuesday, though many University of Minnesota students likely struggled to get up for their a.m. class, one student in particular went the extra mile and...

Daily Digest: Tough economy and crying is healthy

Published November 12, 2008

Hello everyone. Today was a busy day with a false bomb threat at Anderson Hall and just minutes ago, the University of Minnesota President announcing a hiring freeze. Economy is not looking good, and starting...

Daily Digest: Stem cells & whole grain foods

Published November 6, 2008

Welcome to Daily Digest as the Election Day dust settles and a Senate race recount is just around the corner. Here are just a few news tidbits briefly (apologies for the redundancies): ·        ...

Polling lines on campus

Published November 5, 2008

Here are the short updates we have on lines around campus: *At 7:40, no lines at first congregational church on 5th Street and 8th Avenue. *At 6:25, from James Anderson: More than an hour wait at Van Cleve...

Daily rakes in national awards

Published November 4, 2008

Everyone at the Daily strives to uphold its tradition of prestige in the realm of college journalism. The Daily has been a home for thousands of journalists to get training for the real world and a place...

Daily Digest: Bill Clinton visits, mortuary science program turns 100

Published October 30, 2008

Welcome to the Digest on a beautiful Thursday afternoon. The weekend is almost here and with that, we will launch into today's digest. Some news of interest regarding politics former is president Bill...

Daily’s endorsements vs. Star Tribune

Published October 28, 2008

Here's the round up between our endorsements and the Star Tribune's: President: Barack Obama, DFL U.S. Senate: Norm Coleman, R Sixth District: Elwyn Tinklenberg, DFL The Clean Water, Land Legacy Amendment:...

Bus accident response to comments

Published October 28, 2008

Thanks to comments and responses from readers, we are now investigating the report of an accident on the Transit way that took place yesterday morning. Earlier, I posted a short blog post hoping to clarify...

Daily Digest: Students on economy and U study on off highway vehicle use

Published October 28, 2008

Well, I am sure you all have been following the flu shot record attempt by the University of Minnesota, so I won't even get into that. The Star Tribune has been following it too. Dave Golden...

University should adopt new policy for Election Day

Published October 28, 2008

The University of Minnesota Senior Vice President for academic affairs and provost Tom Sullivan sent an e-mail to students urging students to prepare for Election Day, vote, and for faculty to be lenient...

Minnesota Independence Party endorses…

Published October 26, 2008

Nobody, because none of the presidential candidates matched up to the party's positions, the Associated Press reports.   The party heard presentations from reps of Republican John McCain, Libertarian,...

Where Daily endorsements come from

Published October 26, 2008

We wanted to addressed briefly the process of endorsements. The biggest misconception is that everyone in Editorial is involved. This means the newsroom staff and everyone else who contributes some sort...

Star Tribune’s endorsement round up vs. the Daily’s

Published October 26, 2008

So far, this is what the comparison is between us and the Star Tribune's endorsements. The most notable is the U.S. Senate endorsement from the Strib, which picked the Republican Norm Coleman. This...

Daily Digest: Coleman on energy and “The Obama Effect”

Published October 24, 2008

Hey folks, thank goodness it's finally Friday. For the most part, it has been a pretty quiet day in the newsroom. But reporters are buzzing around working on stories for next week. *We had updated information...

Bruininks talks to Editorial Board, addresses readers’ questions

Published October 24, 2008

Minnesota Daily Editorial Board meets with University of Minnesota President Bob Bruininks. Location: Morrill Hall, Bruinink's office. In attendance: Bob Bruininks, Dan Wolter (U News Director), Jim Thorp...

Daily Digest, Tuesday edition

Published October 21, 2008

Hey folks, sorry this is coming a little late to you, but at the same time there have been a few stories that just broke quite recently. *The University of Minnesota's Boynton Health Service is trying...

Bruininks reassures faculty, staff on U’s financial health

Published October 20, 2008

Bruininks sent an e-mail today, which the editorial board obtained, reassuring staff and faculty about the well being of the University of Minnesota's financial health. Bruininks names three main ways...

Daily Digest: Saturday edition

Published October 18, 2008

Well, hope you're having a wonderful weekend and have dropped in for some quick digest on some University of Minnesota news. *The Board of Regents approval of the state budget request from President Bob...

Daily Digest: Thursday edition

Published October 16, 2008

The last presidential candidates debate is over! Now it's up to us to decide, so choose wisely. But in the mean time here is a brief look at the news involving the U. The University of Minnesota's Duluth...

The Daily Digest, Tuesday Edition

Published October 14, 2008

*News of Allan Spear's death was widely reported among several news outlets, including the Daily. Spear was a longtime state senator, former U prof and one of the first openly gay state legislators in...

Senate candidates debate: Round two preview

Published October 11, 2008

The second debate between U.S. Senate candidates Al Franken and Dean Barkley and Sen. Norm Coleman are set to begin in less than a ten minutes. The debate is being held at Breck High School and is set...

Senate candidates debate: A round two brief analysis

Published October 11, 2008

As predicted, Sen. Norm Coleman appeared much calmer in his criticisms of Al Franken in the second debate. But still, Coleman seemed to stick to his guns, emphasizing his experience and his ability to...

Sen. Durbin campaigning for Obama in MN Friday

Published October 9, 2008

Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin is campaigning for presidential hopeful Barack Obama in Minnesota Friday. Ben Grossman-Cohen, deputy press secretary from the Minnesota's Obama campaign office, said Durbin will...

UMD now completely smoke free, U next?

Published October 8, 2008

The University of Minnesota-Duluth campus is now completely smoke-free, after implementing the plan last September, according to a Northland News Center story. Apparently, UMD was the first college or...

Again, University was not active in RNC

Published October 7, 2008

In response to a response guest column, "University active for RNC" by University Police Chief Greg Hestness and Vice President of scholarly and cultural affairs Steven Rosenstone, we stand firm to our...

Ethics of reporting: parking loopholes

Published October 6, 2008

Sometimes as journalists we are faced with balancing covering a story and its affects on the public. Generally, it is our job to inform, but the decision becomes a little more tricky when the informing...

Welcome to the Newsstand!

Published October 5, 2008

Welcome to The Minnesota Daily's newsroom blog, the Newsstand. The purpose of this blog is to increase transparency of our coverage and give reporters an opportunity to blog news that doesn’t make it...