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Serving the UMN community since 1900

The Minnesota Daily

Maia Irvin

Maia Irvin, Editor-in-Chief

Maia will be a fourth-year student at the University of Minnesota in fall 2022, majoring in journalism and anthropology, and is originally from Austin, MN. She started at the Daily as a campus administration reporter in 2021 and has also interned for the Star Tribune and Castilla-La Mancha Media. She loves covering just about anything from issues of inequity to feel-good animal stories. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking and baking tiny chocolate chip cookies.

All content by Maia Irvin
Dinkytown Alerts are a pilot program running through the end of December.

[Photo] BREAKING: DPS announces Dinkytown Alerts

Published September 8, 2022

Dinkytown Alerts are a pilot program running through the end of December.

The University is also hiring more community safety officers, expanding the Gopher Chauffeur service and implementing additional street lights and cameras.

[Photo] BREAKING: UMN partners with state patrol on campus safety

Published September 7, 2022

The University is also hiring more community safety officers, expanding the Gopher Chauffeur service and implementing additional street lights and cameras.

Rep. Ilhan Omar (DFL), her family, supporters and even her dog met with media Tuesday night outside of the Dinkytown Target prior to the election results.

[Photo] Primary results are in

Published August 9, 2022

Rep. Ilhan Omar (DFL), her family, supporters and even her dog met with media Tuesday night outside of the Dinkytown Target prior to the election results.

The Minneapolis Fire Department blocked streets off to traffic around Williams Arena and evacuated several surrounding buildings.

[Photo] BREAKING: Confirmed petroleum leak, firefighters evacuate UMN buildings

Published August 2, 2022

The Minneapolis Fire Department blocked streets off to traffic around Williams Arena and evacuated several surrounding buildings.

The Board of Regents convene for their September meeting at the McNamara Alumni Center on Thursday, Sept. 9.

Letter calls out Board of Regents actions, Gabel’s contract, UMD chancellor search

Published July 12, 2022
A current regent, former governor and a lawyer sent a letter to the Legislative Audit Commission detailing concerns about recent Board of Regents actions connected to President Joan Gabel’s contract and the search for Duluth’s next chancellor.
The Supreme Court building captured on Nov. 21, 2019. Justices heard oral arguments on Dec. 1, 2021, to determine the continuing constitutionality of Roe v. Wade.

MN groups respond to Supreme Court overruling Roe

Published June 24, 2022
Abortion rights will now be left to the states to decide, allowing some states surrounding Minnesota to ban or restrict abortions.
Austin Retterath was last seen near the intersection of East River Road and East Franklin Avenue.

[Photo] BREAKING: UMN student reported missing

Published May 9, 2022

Austin Retterath was last seen near the intersection of East River Road and East Franklin Avenue.

UMN Board of Regents sells $500 million of bonds

UMN Board of Regents sells $500 million of bonds

Published April 27, 2022
The bonds would allow the University to save money while spending money on capital projects like renovating buildings on campus.
University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel fields questions from the Minnesota Daily in her office on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020.

Gabel discusses UMN bus crash at Acadia, $900 million budget request

Published April 19, 2022
Gabel also discussed the University’s updated face mask requirements and plans for the future.
The University of Minnesota’s Health Sciences Education Center on Friday, March 18. The Board of Regents are looking at plans to make a new Health Sciences Center on East Bank Campus.

UMN requests $150 million from state legislature to build healthcare centers on Twin Cities and Duluth campuses

Published March 31, 2022
The two academic health science facilities would aim to expand high-quality healthcare throughout the state.
University of Minnesota Board of Regents held a public forum in MacNamara Alumni Center on Friday, June 11 2021.

UMN regents talk scholarship funding at March meeting

Published March 14, 2022
The board discussed proposals for two academic health sciences projects and the University’s updated mask mandate.
University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel fields questions from the Minnesota Daily in her office on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019.

Gabel talks increased salary, campus safety and repatriation of Native American objects

Published February 22, 2022
Gabel discussed the University’s decision to return the Native American Mimbres objects to their rightful tribes and to update the University’s renamings policy.
Lecturer Courtney Gildersleeve poses for a portrait outside of Nicholson Hall on Monday, Feb. 7.

‘It always feels like you need to prove yourself’: UMN contingent faculty speak out

Published February 20, 2022
Some contingent faculty said they have experienced issues including low pay, lack of promotional opportunities and job instability.
President Joan Gabel and the Board of Regents discuss the Universitys 2022 budget in McNamara Alumni Center on Tuesday, June 29.

UMN regents approve repatriation of Native American Mimbres objects

Published February 13, 2022
The board also discussed campus safety updates and a new agricultural research initiative at their February meetings on Thursday and Friday.
The Humphrey School of Public Affairs as seen on Thursday, Sept. 19.

UMN Humphrey School welcomes first dean of color

Published February 11, 2022
As dean, Nisha Botchwey said COVID-19 safety is one of her top priorities.
UMN Faculty Senate passes resolution to affirm academic freedom

UMN Faculty Senate passes resolution to affirm academic freedom

Published January 21, 2022
Amid attempts across the nation to dictate how concepts like race and gender appear in academic curriculum, the University of Minnesota signaled it would protect academic freedom through a new resolution.
University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel fields questions from the Minnesota Daily in her office on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019.

UMN employees voice disapproval on Gabel’s salary increase

Published December 20, 2021
Many University of Minnesota staff and faculty members did not support President Gabel’s recent salary and benefits increase, especially because they said they have not received fair compensation for working through the pandemic.
Aimee Pearce, a doctor at Boynton Health, puts on her personal protection equipment (PPE) at the East Bank Clinic, in Minneapolis, Minn., on Nov. 16.

Adaptation, unpredictability and burnout: Boynton workers relay pandemic challenges, some solutions

Published December 16, 2021
Boynton workers shared their experiences adapting to changing working conditions and developing solutions to new problems.
University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel fields questions from the Minnesota Daily in her office on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019.

BREAKING: Proposed significant pay increase on the horizon for UMN President 

Published December 15, 2021
The Board of Regents announced it will consider a new contract that includes an increase in annual compensation for President Joan Gabel at its upcoming meeting. 
New vaccine mandate confirmed for UMN employees following executive order and faculty resolution

New vaccine mandate confirmed for UMN employees following executive order and faculty resolution

Published December 6, 2021
Failure to comply with the new mandate could result in unpaid suspension for faculty during the spring semester.
Courtesy photo of Karson Janssen

UMN student remembered as caring friend and active student following death on St. Paul campus

Published December 3, 2021
University students and friends remember Karson Janssen for his humor, distinctive laugh and courageous smile.
“We saw a gap”: University Senate passes new discrimination policy for students and employees

“We saw a gap”: University Senate passes new discrimination policy for students and employees

Published November 22, 2021
The new policy includes a comprehensive definition of discrimination and outlines administrative procedures on how to respond to instances of student and employee discrimination.
Ashley Sorensen, a fourth-year political science Ph.D. student at the University of Minnesota, poses in front of the Social Sciences Building on Tuesday, Nov. 9. Sorensens research found that trust in the government increased when there were more representatives from a working-class background.

University student finds working-class representation in government fosters increased trust

Published November 19, 2021
While some research reports that many Americans no longer trust the government, a new study by a University student concluded trust may increase with more working-class representatives in Congress.
The Universitys Akhurst Laboratory research project aims to identify genetic factors that contribute to risk of heart issues in racehorses. Photo courtesy of Kendall Blanchard.

Horse heart health: UMN researchers study irregular heartbeats in racehorses

Published November 18, 2021
In order to prevent deaths in racehorses stemming from irregular heartbeats, researchers are studying genetics in horses across Minnesota.
New University research center to measure racism in health inequities

New University research center to measure racism in health inequities

Published November 16, 2021
The center will address increases in chronic diseases among people of color, with the goal of eradicating health inequities in the future.
New climate series aims to amplify student voices in climate change discussions

New climate series aims to amplify student voices in climate change discussions

Published November 11, 2021
The University of Minnesota climate policy series focuses on creating engagement and knowledge among students and the broader Minnesoa community on issues of climate change.
President Joan Gabel attends the Board of Regents meeting discussing on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. The Board of Regents holds a meeting each month.

Transitions announced for three University leadership positions 

Published November 4, 2021
The University is creating search committees for three leadership positions across campuses.
UMN Senate passes resolution advocating for increased COVID-19 safety guidelines

UMN Senate passes resolution advocating for increased COVID-19 safety guidelines

Published October 28, 2021
The resolution discusses improvements to classroom safety issues resulting from conversations among University community members over the summer.
UMN to participate in new $25 million climate modeling center to project future effects of climate change

UMN to participate in new $25 million climate modeling center to project future effects of climate change

Published October 21, 2021
Funded by the National Science Foundation, the University of Minnesota is collaborating with four other universities to improve climate change projections.
UMN researcher leads seal populations study to measure climate change and fishing effects

UMN researcher leads seal populations study to measure climate change and fishing effects

Published October 21, 2021
Through the counting of Weddell seal populations in Antarctica, researchers are getting a clearer picture of the impacts of climate change and commercial fishing on Antarctic ecosystems.
UMN establishes disciplinary process for faculty noncompliance with COVID-19 vaccine attestation mandate

UMN establishes disciplinary process for faculty noncompliance with COVID-19 vaccine attestation mandate

Published October 13, 2021
As outlined in the University’s faculty tenure code, a five-person panel will recommend consequences for faculty who fail to attest their COVID-19 vaccine status with the University.
Researchers develop possible COVID-19 vaccine made with a pseudo-virus particle

Researchers develop possible COVID-19 vaccine made with a pseudo-virus particle

Published October 13, 2021
The new vaccine combines the advantages of other common and currently used COVID-19 vaccines while eliminating their negative side effects.
AFSCME Local 3800 Union poses for a portrait outside of Coffman Memorial Theater on Monday, Oct. 4. From Left to Right: Cherrene Horazuk, Jack Smith, Rachel Katkar, Sarah Vast, Deborah Pavlica.

COVID-19, wages, equity: union workers’ plight

Published October 11, 2021
University union workers are in the midst of contract negotiations with University administrators, with many demands centered around COVID-19, wages and equity.
New UMN initiative focuses on cutting expenses and increasing efficiency

New UMN initiative focuses on cutting expenses and increasing efficiency

Published October 3, 2021
The initiative has found that the University is highly decentralized and fragmented with many employees performing jobs that do not come with their title. PEAK leaders will provide recommendations to address these issues in early October.
Closing the information gap between faculty in and out of leadership

Closing the information gap between faculty in and out of leadership

Published September 25, 2021
Among other priorities for the 2021-22 academic year, the Faculty Consultative Committee is prioritizing improving communications between the FCC and faculty to ensure important concerns are heard and brought to senior leadership.
UMN grad students voice health, safety concerns with in-person classes

UMN grad students voice health, safety concerns with in-person classes

Published September 23, 2021
Graduate student instructors expressed concerns about teaching in-person amid the COVID-19 pandemic in an open letter to the University.
UMN faculty weigh in on returning to campus; pandemic safety considerations

UMN faculty weigh in on returning to campus; pandemic safety considerations

Published September 23, 2021
As the fall semester begins, faculty presented a mixed bag of reactions to in-person classes, including careful trepidation and some frustration, but also excitement for a lack of Zoom and sense of normalcy.
Llamas interacting with students at Agriculture Awareness Day on Northrop Mall on April 20, 2010.

University researchers discover llama nanobodies as possible COVID-19 treatment

Published September 16, 2021
New research suggests that llama nanobodies can be an effective treatment against the virus in animals, and there is potential for success in humans.
Coffman Memorial Union bustling with students on Sunday, Sept. 5. Many students have arrived on campus to see the start of the in-person school year.

University students voice their support for mask and vaccine mandates as fall approaches

Published September 8, 2021
Mask and vaccine requirements go into place as the University of Minnesota gears up for the fall 2021 semester, the first semester with majority in-person classes since the beginning of the pandemic.
President Joan Gabel and the Board of Regents discuss the Universitys 2022 budget in McNamara Alumni Center on Tuesday, June 29.

Board of Regents approve COVID-19 vaccine requirement for students

Published August 14, 2021
The “Get the Vax 2.0” policy includes a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for students contingent on FDA approval.
President Joan Gabel and the Board of Regents discuss the Universitys 2022 budget in McNamara Alumni Center on Tuesday, June 29.

Board of Regents hold first meeting of 2021-22 academic year, provide updates on campus master plan

Published July 13, 2021
The board also focused on discussing the search for a new chief auditor.
Colleen Manchester poses for a portrait. Photo courtesy of Colleen Flaherty Manchester.

Incoming FCC leadership highlights priorities and goals for the committee’s future

Published July 2, 2021
The new Faculty Consultative Committee leadership discussed their journey to becoming involved in the committee and its role in the University’s larger decision-making processes.
UMN faculty leadership reflect on challenges and silver linings from year of online operations

UMN faculty leadership reflect on challenges and silver linings from year of online operations

Published June 21, 2021
University governance committees will continue to meet remotely through fall 2021.
Assistant Professor of Internal Medecine and Pediatrics Carolyn Bramante poses in a medecine storage room in her clinic on Tuesday, June 15. Bramante is the principal investigator for COVID-OUT, a nationwide COVID-19 outpatient trial for which the University of Minnesota hosts the lead study site.

UMN receives $1.5 million for COVID-19 treatment trial

Published June 17, 2021
As the first trial of its kind, researchers will use common and widely available drugs to treat symptoms of COVID-19.
English professor and diversity advocate Qadri Ismail dies at 59

English professor and diversity advocate Qadri Ismail dies at 59

Published June 16, 2021
Professor Qadri Ismail impacted many students and colleagues with his rigorous intellect, generous personality and advocacy.
Ilean (second from right) stands with her family.

Students, friends and colleagues honor legacy of Regent Kao Ly Ilean Her following death at 52

Published June 8, 2021
Her was buried Sunday following a memorial service held June 5 and 6.
Bones, left, and Ro, right, pose for a photo outside the Dinkytown Target on Jan. 25. Bones, 64, has been dealing with housing insecurity for almost 45 years; Ro, 53, has faced housing insecurity for five to 10 years.

Limited COVID-19 cases counted among Twin Cities’ homeless population

Published February 18, 2021
Twin Cities homeless shelters found that residents are not testing positive for COVID-19 in the mass numbers they originally anticipated. The bigger risk is the staff.

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