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Local caucus-goers upset with disorganization

February 6, 2008

More than 300 people, mostly students, crammed into Ford Hall on Tuesday night to participate in a caucus that was, in the words of one organizer, "not perfectly run by any means." Several students complained...

Caucusing made easy: A guide

February 4, 2008

Some are calling it the closest thing we have to a national primary. Others have nicknamed it "Super Duper Tuesday." With precinct caucuses just a day away, the Daily talked with several local experts...

Dental clinic students pair up with dummies

January 29, 2008

Hunched over his patient, first-year dental student Aaron Swingdorf focused on removing the decayed portion of a tooth. Suddenly, the routine cavity-filling took a potentially painful turn. "Demolished...

Other area college students have J-term options, not U

December 12, 2007

University students have a long winter break to look forward to. But for several colleges across the metro, January is filled with school work, not lazy afternoons. The University system has never officially...

Wellstone camp comes to campus

November 30, 2007

Whether one subscribes to, or agreed with Democratic U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone's politics, few can deny that he changed the face of Minnesota politics with his grassroots approach to mobilization. Beginning...

U-DFL, College Republicans host state reps

November 30, 2007

When Reps. Tony Sertich and Marty Seifert go head to head, their platform is often the floor of the Minnesota House of Representatives. Last night, the House majority and minority leaders faced-off in...

Shoppers line the sidewalks for post-Thanksgiving deals

November 26, 2007

Across the nation, the day after Thanksgiving is traditionally one of the busiest, most chaotic shopping days of the year. But "Black Friday," as it's come to be known in the retail world, is anything...

U, Met. Council aim to turn algae into fuel

November 26, 2007

The University and the Metropolitan Council recently partnered to explore whether the large amounts of algae that come through the council's wastewater treatment plants could one day be used as a fuel...

Epstein talks about Social Security’s future

November 20, 2007

As the Baby Boomer Generation draws closer to retirement age, more and more questions are being raised about the fate of the Social Security program. At an author event Sunday at the St. Paul Jewish Community...

Officials, residents discuss plans for St. Paul campus

November 16, 2007

The University owns nearly half the land in the city of Falcon Heights, and decisions about the St. Paul campus don't go unnoticed by the city's 5,500 residents - many of whom are not affiliated with the...

Appreciation day honors U veterans

November 15, 2007

A mixed crowd of veterans, family members, students and faculty faced frigid conditions Wednesday to honor the University's student-veterans as part of a tribute ceremony on Northrop Plaza. Student-Veterans...

Lawsuit could bring scrutiny to U project

November 12, 2007

The announcement a week and a half ago - that the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is suing legendary architect Frank Gehry, over what the school claims are substantial design flaws in a campus building...

New law prohibits gift card depreciation

November 8, 2007

It's happened to everyone. You get a gift card to a store you never visit from someone who either doesn't know you very well or hasn't kept up with your tastes. And by the time you find occasion to visit...

Bridge construction could make a racket

November 6, 2007

Rooted along a major interstate and located on the edge of downtown Minneapolis, there's rarely been a time when the neighborhoods on the north and south sides of the Interstate 35W bridge span have been...

2007 Farm Bill could affect U’s research

November 2, 2007

Although it's called the farm bill, perhaps the most common misconception about this massive piece of federal legislation is that it deals strictly with farming. In actuality, the farm bill encompasses...

Law grads face off at high court

October 31, 2007

When oral arguments begin today in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court, it's clear history will be made - not just in terms of the eventual decision, but because of who's squaring off in the courtroom. That's...

Study abroad bill hopes to send one million students overseas

October 24, 2007

Under a new bill introduced at the federal level earlier this year, a number of study abroad programs around the country could begin to look more like the University model. The Senator Paul Simon Study...

UDS chef goes local for sustainability

October 19, 2007

In the 22 years executive chef Kirke Northcutt has worked for University Dining Services, he's seen a number of changes. Take the atmosphere for example. The dining facility where Northcutt works, Bistro...

’08 Senate hopefuls discuss issues that hit home on campus

October 18, 2007

THE CANDIDATES AND THEIR EXPERIENCE: Al Franken: Political satirist, author, screenwriter, former radio host, fundraiser Norm Coleman: Attorney, former St. Paul mayor, Minnesota's senior U.S. Senator Mike...

Ceremony for new bridge skipped

October 16, 2007

After weeks of talk about a ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Interstate 35W bridge, the Minnesota Department of Transportation has decided to skip the festivities altogether. According to Mn/DOT spokesman...

New law provides access to emergency contraception

October 11, 2007

Under a new law that first went into effect in August, all Minnesota hospitals are now required to provide sexual assault victims unbiased information about emergency contraception and access to drugs...

DFL candidates visit frequently

October 9, 2007

The way the DFL candidates in the upcoming U.S. Senate race have flocked to the University this semester, you'd think the elections were next month instead of next year. Together, the two DFL frontrunners,...

GoldPASS site grows, gives students more oppurtunities

October 4, 2007

It used to be that students looking for employment or internships would wade through stacks of paperwork or skim through dozens of bulletin board postings in their college's career center. Since then,...

Newly legalized ticket scalping affects students

October 1, 2007

When German and global studies senior Stacy Soderstrom needed an extra football ticket for Saturday's Minnesota-Ohio State football game, finding another student ticket wasn't hard. Soderstrom, who wanted...

Sen. Klobuchar visits St. Paul campus

October 1, 2007

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar used a visit to the University's St. Paul campus Sunday to show off the University's progress in the area of renewable energy research. The Minnesota senator arrived with freshman...

Gopher Motel to reopen

September 28, 2007

When workers begin reconstructing the Interstate 35W bridge, another project just down the block might finally be coming to an end. For more than eight-and-a-half years, the former site of the Gopher Campus...

Future looks good for Democrats in 2008

September 27, 2007

Hearing too much these days in the news about presidential hopeful Barack Obama's physique? Tired of the controversy over Hillary Clinton's cleavage? Sick of listening to the media banter surrounding Fred...

Pogemiller discusses Senate, college days

September 24, 2007

State Sen. Larry Pogemiller discussed next session's big issues, reflected on his college days at the 'U' and mouthed off about the governor. You were an undergrad at the 'U' during the late '60s and early...

Cell phone bill of rights in the works

September 19, 2007

Coffman Union might be the bustling center of the University's Minneapolis campus, but when it comes to cell phone service, the Minneapolis student union is anything but active. "Nobody gets service in...

Rep. gives Spear Lecture

September 17, 2007

Cowles Auditorium, the original site for the Seventh Spear Lecture on Public Policy, sat empty Saturday. But just across the river, well over 100 people gathered inside University Baptist Church to listen...

Federal, state legislators get funds for bridge, floods

September 14, 2007

While legislators worked at the state capitol Tuesday night to put together a flood relief bill, U.S. Senators spent the beginning of the week at the nation's capitol securing federal funding for replacement...

Scarf down – after you sign up

September 12, 2007

For students hoping to take advantage of a "free" pizza deal at Domino's Pizza on Oak Street last week, it quickly became apparent there were strings attached - proving there might be some truth to the...

Rep. Oberstar proposes plan to improve nation’s bridges

September 10, 2007

In the wake of last month's Interstate 35W bridge collapse, Congress is debating how it will address, and more specifically, pay to repair the thousands of bridges throughout the country that are deemed...