The Minnesota Daily

All content by Maggie Hessel-Mial

Regents, lawmakers praise Yudof’s accomplishments

June 3, 2002

Mark Yudof came to the University with a vision. As president of the University, he wanted to improve the campus both externally and internally - to beautify the buildings and surrounding area while improving...

Ya-ya, sisters

June 3, 2002

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood Directed by Callie Khouri (Ellen Burstyn, Ashley Judd, Sandra Bullock, Ron Eldard, James Garner) PG-13 About 10 minutes into my adventure with the women who call...

U considers penalties for riot participants

April 9, 2002

Robert Jones, University vice president for campus life, said the riots in Dinkytown early Sunday morning were an "embarrassment" to the student body but declined to comment on whether police officers...

Hockey fans, police clash in U area post-game riots

April 8, 2002

Sunday morning, the buildings and streets near campus were largely unblemished. A tipped-over trash can, upturned newspaper machine, broken bus bench and shards of glass in the streets were about the only...

Gophers, Vikings seek to balance stadium goals

April 3, 2002

Building a stadium for one team can be a complicated process of balancing the players', owners' and fans' needs. But planning a stadium for the Gophers and Vikings, each with very different needs, owns...

Legislators plan Gophers stadium future options

April 2, 2002

Stadiums have been the talk of the town since a possible Major League Baseball contraction first clouded the minds of many Minnesota sports fans late last year. State legislators are hammering out their...

U junior wins Truman Scholarship for service

March 27, 2002

When David Simon was 16, he dreamed about being an attorney like the Mitchell McDeere or Adam Hall characters in John Grisham novels. That ideology changed after he took a postsecondary international relations...

State Senate votes abortion provision out of deficit bill

March 26, 2002

State senators did some fancy footwork Monday to pass a phase two deficit reduction bill without abortion language. The controversial amendment requiring women to wait 24 hours between seeing a doctor...

U area lawmakers react to new districts

March 25, 2002

The new legislative district lines are drawn, leaving many legislators scrambling to acquaint themselves with their new areas and constituents before starting re-election campaigns. Released by the state...

House rejects bonding bill in late-night vote

March 15, 2002

House members rejected the $839 million bonding bill late Thursday after hours of debate focusing not on the $131 million for University projects but on the $9 million North Star Corridor project - a commuter...

Lawmakers prepare for new districts, campaign season

March 14, 2002

As the state legislative session comes to a close, incumbents in the Legislature and their opponents are gearing up for a campaign season boasting 201 open legislative seats. University-area legislators...

Lawmakers: Higher ed likely safe from more budget cuts

March 12, 2002

It's all quiet on the higher education front this week at the State Capitol, but with a $440 million state deficit to amend, some University bonding projects could be in jeopardy. Legislators will deal...

House bonding bill backs extra higher ed funds

March 8, 2002

Minnesota House Republicans laid their blueprints on the table for a state bonding bill, providing $100 million more for higher education than the governor's proposal. House Republican leadership released...

Bush visits state, promotes education

March 5, 2002

Eden Prairie High School students had the option to take the afternoon off or listen to President George W. Bush speak Monday. Nearly 3,000 of the school's 4,000 students, plus a few thousand more community...

House overrides Ventura’s state budget veto

February 28, 2002

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Many members of the House followed this motto when they voted again Tuesday to override Gov. Jesse Ventura's veto of the operating budget bill proposed last...

Budget override fails to materialize

February 27, 2002

Three votes made all the difference in the fight for answers to the $2.3 billion budget deficit. House members were three votes shy of a two-thirds majority necessary to override Gov. Jesse Ventura's veto...

Ventura vetoes budget; override sought

February 26, 2002

Barricades shot up on the road to solving the state budget deficit at the Capitol on Monday. Shadowed by the release of a gloomy new financial forecast, Gov. Jesse Ventura vetoed the House and Senate's...

Sport agent bill aims to protect student-athletes

February 25, 2002

College athletes should concentrate more on school and sports and less on the fear of being led astray by sports agents, policy-makers say. Minnesota legislators have introduced a bill to regulate the...

Key lawmakers reach deal on U budget reduction

February 20, 2002

Sen. Deanna Wiener, DFL-Eagan, and Rep. Peggy Leppik, R-Golden Valley, have shaken hands and decided on final cuts for the University. In a private meeting Tuesday, chairwomen Wiener and Leppik, of the...

Annual rally promotes women’s political roles

February 19, 2002

When Sen. Mee Moua, DFL-St. Paul, asked a throng of young girls and women if this was their first trip to the State Capitol, a frenzy of hands shot into the air. This is something the Minnesota Women's...

Lawmakers predict defeat for mandatory military service bill

February 15, 2002

Del Hansen always knew college was where he wanted to spend his post-high school years. Military service was something he contemplated but never fully considered because getting an education ranked higher...

Ventura proposes extending state sales tax to campus food

February 14, 2002

From the unfamiliar surroundings to the rising costs of tuition, incoming freshmen already have a lot to worry about when they step on campus each fall. Students statewide might feel their pocketbooks...

Smaller U cuts expected from House

February 13, 2002

State representatives are expected to approve the smallest reduction to the University's operating budget of any of the Capitol's three parties Wednesday. House Higher Education Finance Committee members...

Enron collapse costs U endowments $8.3 million

February 8, 2002

The University's endowment investments were not immune to the chaos and backlash of the Enron debacle, an investment company informed the University Board of Regents on Thursday. The University lost approximately...

U to receive money for projects but will see new budget cut

February 7, 2002

The University's capital request is off and running. The Senate Higher Education Budget Division unanimously passed a recommendation to the Capital Investment Committee on Wednesday to approve funding...

Students rally for U funding

February 6, 2002

While most college students were asleep in their beds, Nate Saete was en route to the Capitol at 6:45 a.m. Tuesday. Along with approximately 100 other Crookston campus students, Saete approached St. Paul...

Senate committee reduces proposed higher ed cuts

February 4, 2002

Amid dissension, the state Senate Education Committee passed a proposal Friday that might save the University $8 million in cuts this legislative session. By the committee's recommendation, the University...

State funding cut will hurt U, Yudof tells lawmakers

January 31, 2002

University President Mark Yudof has made his message clear: The University can deal with a 5 percent, $33 million funding cut if it has to, but any more than that will impair the institution from providing...

Stadium Task Force finalizes proposal

January 29, 2002

Twins, Gophers and Vikings fans alike are one step closer to new stadiums after members of the Minnesota Stadium Task Force agreed on the terms of their recommendation for the state Legislature. After...

U, MnSCU campaign for limited state funding

January 28, 2002

The intoxicating smell of chemicals used daily in the chemistry and biology labs overwhelms Dennis Abernathy every time he walks into the Pasteur Science Building at Winona State University. Abernathy,...

Yudof rallies U community around capital request

January 23, 2002

While most students were getting ready for their second day of spring semester Tuesday night, University alumni, staff and faculty rallied at the Gateway alumni center on their behalf in support of the...

Faced with deficit, Ventura pitches 5 percent U funding cut

January 22, 2002

The University could face a 5 percent cut in expected state funding if legislators agree with Gov. Jesse Ventura's answer to the state's expected $1.95 billion deficit. In a session originally slated to...

Legislative Coordinating Committee set to vote on same-sex benefits

December 13, 2001

In an unusual twist, many members of the state House of Representatives might not be able to take advantage of the same-sex domestic partner health benefits they are deciding on for other state employees. The...

State panel OKs same-sex benefits

December 12, 2001

Same-sex domestic partners seeking health insurance benefits from the state have cleared their first hurdle in the process of contract ratification. Contracts were passed for the American Federation of...

Officials celebrate new construction of Hiawatha LRT line

December 11, 2001

More than 100 people wearing hard hats and protective glasses gathered in Minneapolis as Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton, Rep. Martin Sabo, D-Minn., Gov. Jesse Ventura and other light rail transit supporters...

U environmental group sells coupon books

December 10, 2001

When Melissa Wenzel first joined the Environmental Studies Club there were three members - the minimum requirement for a student group. Now, five years later, there are 65. Along with the increase in members,...

U Toys for Tots event helps needy children

December 5, 2001

Andrew Jensen and Scott Heineman waited in eager anticipation outside KB Toys at the Mall of America. Their eyes lit up as they saw the rows of toys they could choose from. "Oh! Transformers," Jensen said...

CALA project urges

December 4, 2001

From the waste materials produced during construction of new buildings to the paper used in the stages of design, the field of architecture has a significant impact on the environment. The University's...

Tobacco sales ban defeated, 15-1

November 30, 2001

University students fearful of losing their ability to buy cigarettes on campus have just received their pardon from governors. The Twin Cities Student Unions Board of Governors voted Thursday against...

U junior plans to develop environmental issues Web site

November 29, 2001

A month ago at a "green" campus conference, Ann Ollila sat and listened to complaints of some students who couldn't find the campus environmental issues they were looking for on the University Web site. She...

As vote looms, tobacco sales ban debated

November 29, 2001

The Twin Cities Student Unions will vote Thursday on a ban on all campus tobacco sales. On the eve of the vote, students argued about the consequences of such a ban. Those in favor cited health effects,...

First snowstorm of season

November 27, 2001

A flurry of heavily bundled students could be found scurrying to classes along snow-lined University streets Monday as the Twin Cities saw its first winter storm of the season. Snowfalls of up to seven...

Waste management discussed at Passport to Earth Summit

November 20, 2001

Each person in the United States, on average, produces 4.3 pounds of waste per day, said Ashok Singh, an associate professor in the Veterinary Diagnostic Lab. In Minnesota, the number is even higher. Landfills...

Student’s future unknown as Twins await decision

November 15, 2001

Bryan Donaldson has woken each day for the last two years knowing he has a good job as community affairs assistant with the Minnesota Twins. Come December, Donaldson can expect a permanent job with the...

Campus tobacco sale ban sought

November 14, 2001

University students, faculty and staff already have to step outside if they want to grab a smoke. But if two Boynton Health Service committees have their say, on-campus smokers will be sent even farther...

U sees high investment returns on endowments

November 9, 2001

The University's investment returns from its land grant endowment are near the top quarter of 182 colleges and universities around the country, despite seeing lower revenues last year. "The bad news is...

Deer-hunting season renews traditions, debate

November 6, 2001

It's not always fun. Sometimes it gets cold and way too quiet. But when Ryan DiBrito hears something after sitting in the woods for hours, he said his adrenaline starts to flow and makes it worth the wait. It's...

U strives for environmental awareness

November 5, 2001

Ohio's Oberlin College is looking to become climate neutral by the year 2020. The college already has a building on campus that doesn't discharge any waste water and generates more electricity than it...

Minnesota ranked healthiest state for 8th time in 12 years

October 29, 2001

Fred Clayton, an owner's representative for Facilities Management, exercises daily. At 52, he is internationally competitive in triathlons and runs around the University three days per week. Clayton is...

Paratransit service helps injured students to U

October 25, 2001

It's 8 a.m., and Jon Becker waits patiently at the curb, balancing on crutches as the Paratransit bus rolls up to take him to class. Becker, along with about 25 other students per day, takes advantage...

Dinkytown residents fear towing during fall street sweeping

October 24, 2001

Each day, Sharriah Buche drives in circles for blocks to find a parking spot in Dinkytown. Sometimes it takes up to a half hour. Other times she can't find a spot and ends up late for class. In the next...

Slavery simulation gives students new perspective

October 22, 2001

Juan Bates sat in the woods underneath a bridge and quietly listened to the noise of the slave traders overhead. He heard the footsteps, the chains, the dogs barking. He knew he and the rest of the students...

U anthrax scare proves false alarm

October 17, 2001

The University Academic Health Center saw its own share of the chaos sweeping the nation when the Minneapolis bomb squad and fire department were called in Tuesday to deal with a suspicious package. The...

First male homecoming queen elected by Morris student body

October 15, 2001

The nominations are in. The votes have been tabulated, and the University's Morris campus students have tossed tradition out the window, albeit amid some controversy. For the first time in the history...

City air pollution hit record levels due to summer, cars

October 12, 2001

After what officials are calling the worst summer for air pollution in recent history, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is searching for solutions. Several days of high ozone levels this summer prompted...

YMCA program camps out on Northrop Mall, seeks members

October 11, 2001

University YMCA volunteers want more buddies, and they're willing to brave the elements to recruit them. Students involved in the "Y" Buddies program, staffed by 22 volunteers, are camping out on Northrop...

FAA continues to tighten

October 10, 2001

The Federal Aviation Administration released further security-enhancement regulations Monday aimed at keeping domestic airports safe. In addition to previous restrictions since the terrorist attacks Sept....

Committee recommends design firm for new downtown library

October 8, 2001

In a major step toward the addition of a new central library in downtown Minneapolis, the Central Library Implementation committee on Friday unanimously recommended Cesar Pelli and Associates to design...

Morris campus elects first male homecoming queen

October 3, 2001

The nominations are in; the votes have been tabulated. And the University's Morris campus' students have tossed tradition out the window. For the first time in the history of the school, the homecoming...

House discusses level of help for airline industry

October 3, 2001

Business was bad enough before Sept. 11, airline and airport officials told state legislators Tuesday. But a subsequent drop in revenue leaves the industry facing its bleakest outlook to date, they said. House...

Sabo appointed to security task force by Democratic Caucus

September 27, 2001

The Democratic House leadership appointed U.S. Rep. Martin Sabo, D-Minn., along with 24 other Democratic House members, to the Democratic Caucus' new Homeland Security Task Force on Wednesday. The homeland...

Mall of America, U beef up security after WTC attacks

September 26, 2001

The Mall of America has 140 security cameras, 125 security personnel and a 24-hour safety dispatch to protect the thousands of visitors who shop there each day. All of these have been in place since the...

Sierra Club bike tour explores metro area’s urban sprawl issues

September 24, 2001

Despite the cold temperatures and the dreary skies Sunday, about 100 people committed themselves to a 28-mile bike ride to see and understand how urban sprawl has affected the Twin Cities The Tour de Sprawl...

U students consider military service in war on terrorism

September 24, 2001

With President George W. Bush promising last week a long war against terrorism, students across the country are considering whether they would travel thousands of miles away to fight if called to serve. For...

Gopher shuttle helps students attend U football games

September 18, 2001

On any given Gophers football game day, students can be found, awash in maroon and gold, lining up to take the free shuttle to the Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis. The shuttle, sponsored by the men's...

Mail service expected to return to normal if FAA lifts package ban

September 18, 2001

University students waiting for packages from home might finally get those delayed care packages tomorrow. Slowed mail service is expected to return to normal Monday evening if the Federal Aviation Administration...

Passanante witnesses real-life drama at World Trade Center

September 13, 2001

Jean Passanante was on her way to what she believed would be an average day at work as a writer for the soap opera "As the World Turns." She had no idea at the time she would become an eyewitness to what...

Grounded: American air traffic halts

September 12, 2001

Ally Carnes, originally from Cape Cod, Mass., understands the weight of recent events more so than many other travelers. Carnes was originally scheduled to be on the flight - from Boston to Los Angeles...

U-Pass increases bus ridership, Metro Transit reports

September 7, 2001

Bus ridership at the University has increased more than 40 percent since the inception of the U-Pass, according to Lori Ann Vicich, Parking and Transportation Services spokeswoman. The pass offers students...

Gore supports Sayles Belton at Monday rally

September 4, 2001

Former Vice President Al Gore spoke on behalf of Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton and her mayoral re-election campaign in downtown Minneapolis on Monday in one of his first public speaking appearances since...

Court deals U setback in ongoing sexual discrimination suit

August 17, 2001

In its third ruling on the case, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overruled Wednesday the U.S. District Court's acceptance of the University's most recent appeal in a sexual discrimination lawsuit...

Disc Golf World Championships at Como Park draws about 3,000

August 13, 2001

Recreational and professional disc golfers from around the world swarmed to St. Paul's Como Park this weekend for the 2001 Disc Golf World Championships and Flying Disc Festival. The tournament drew an...

U tuition hike more than MnSCU average

August 10, 2001

Schools in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system are not alone in facing lower-than-expected state allocations. But they are unique in their approach to finding solutions to the shortfalls. MnSCU...

Harcus pledges youth focus

August 6, 2001

As a lifetime resident of Minneapolis, Marcus Harcus feels he has an obligation to his hometown. He is running for mayor with hopes of making a positive, constructive contribution to the city. To provide...

Student, staff initiative strives to preserve University wetland

August 3, 2001

In the next few years the opportunity to have class held in a wetland will not be uncommon thanks to a collaboration by University students, staff and faculty aimed at restoring and preserving the Sarita...

Heat, height earn downtown fire four-alarm status, city’s attention

August 1, 2001

Firefighters spent an hour and a half battling a blaze on the 13th floor of the old Federal Reserve building in downtown Minneapolis on Tuesday afternoon. No injuries were reported at the building, which...

Middle-class students hardest hit by tuition hike, U officials say

July 27, 2001

Whitney Goodrich works 10 hours per week during the academic school year and 40 hours during the summer. Growing up in Plymouth, Minn., she always had food on the table and a warm bed to sleep in at night. While...

Judge rules sodomy statute violates state Constitution, privacy

July 6, 2001

Citing the individual's right to privacy, state District Court Judge Delila Pierce announced her decision Monday to strike down the prohibition of oral and anal sex in Minnesota. The Minnesota Civil Liberties...

Heat and humidity cause decline in Twin Cities air quality

June 29, 2001

With the added strain of high humidity and temperatures consistently above 90 degrees, air pollution in the Twin Cities has reached significantly high levels. These levels haven't been seen here since...

ACE helps black students reach next grade, University

June 29, 2001

Summer school usually strikes fear into the minds of middle and high school students. This summer, however, close to 200 students at Edison High School in Minneapolis are learning more than they've ever...

Fairview nurses reach contract, end strike

June 27, 2001

Relief seems to be the most common emotion in the wake of the Fairview-University Riverside campus and Fairview-Southdale hospitals' nurses strike, as a contract ratification ended the 22-day walkout Monday. Changes...

Magus Books draws many religions to its offerings

June 25, 2001

The strong scent of incense greets first, but just as quickly takes a back seat to the overpowering visual stimuli Magus Books has to offer. A seemingly endless barrage of posters, candles, books, jewelry,...

U lacks liberal arts standards, study finds

June 15, 2001

Students at all nine public universities in Minnesota might not be getting the education they counted on, according to a study released Thursday by the Minnesota Association of Scholars. The report claims...

Regents seek renovation funds for U greenhouses

June 13, 2001

The St. Paul campus might see an improvement in its greenhouses by September 2002 due to the Board of Regents' commitment to provide the necessary funds. Last week the Regents proposed to request $18.7...

Buses assist students in getting around U

June 6, 2001

Navigating the University can be one of the more difficult tasks freshmen have to tackle each fall. Luckily, the University is committed to helping students find their way around quickly and efficiently. Students...

Health aid available for students at Boynton

June 6, 2001

Sore throats, coughs and even the flu seem to run rampant through the halls of every dorm on campus. For this reason, Boynton Health Service is available to serve students and faculty who can't seem to...

Fairview nurses strike; hospitals use replacements

June 4, 2001

Joanie Sutliff and Pauline Poppler have families and enjoy their days off - things that in the nursing profession have become few and far between. This Sunday, however, these striking registered nurses...

Met Council approves July 1 bus fare hike

June 1, 2001

University students and faculty will see an increase in bus fares starting July 1 after the Metropolitan Council's approval of the increase Wednesday. The council approved an additional 25 cents to be...

AIM, Minneapolis schools to take on education funding issues

May 30, 2001

The American Indian Movement organization met with Minneapolis School Board officials Tuesday to talk about and work to combat issues such as low American Indian graduation rates and questionable government...

U nurses not involved in pending strike

May 23, 2001

While area nurses, hospitals and the Minnesota Nursing Association seek a compromise to avoid an impending nurses strike, University staff and students might remain unaffected, regardless of the outcome. Boynton...

Minneapolis Public Works hosts first informational open house

May 21, 2001

Residential awareness and understanding combined with learning and fun Saturday when the Minneapolis Public Works department held its first-ever open house at the Currie Maintenance building in downtown...

Metro Transit fare increase delayed for budget plan release

May 21, 2001

The proposed Metro Transit bus fare increase, set to take effect July 1, has now been delayed indefinitely until the state Legislature decides on a budget plan. The Minnesota House of Representatives and...

Sports legends remembered during

October 23, 2000

The leaves are turning color and crepe paper is appearing on Fraternity Row. It's time once again for an age-old American tradition: Homecoming. Homecoming is traditionally the time when alumni return...