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University police saddle up for mounted patrol

March 2, 2005

The University Police Department will get its first horse-mounted patrol and could have officers riding this spring, according to the Minneapolis Park Police Department. Two University officers are being...

U doctoral student robbed at gunpoint

February 24, 2005

Campus police are investigating the Feb. 16 robbery of a 25-year-old female University student, said Chuck Miner, a University police lieutenant. The robbery took place on Cleveland Avenue North, in Falcon...

U works to fight crime on campus

February 22, 2005

University officials said they are taking measures to combat crime on campus, while a national report urges the nation's colleges to do more to confront the issue. The report, "Campus Violence White Paper,"...

Search leads to drug charge

February 21, 2005

A female University student was charged in Hennepin County on Feb. 11 with drug possession and selling drugs after University police executed a search warrant at her Centennial Hall room. Katherine Ann...

Level 3 sex offender moves in near U campus

February 18, 2005

Minneapolis authorities notified Como and Marcy-Holmes neighborhood residents Thursday that a sex offender has moved into their community. The offender, Wil Isaiah Killian, was recently released from state...

U police look into attempted rape, hate crimes

February 17, 2005

University police are investigating the attempted rape of a 24-year-old woman that occurred Sunday. It is not known if the woman is a University student, police said. Police could not comment on additional...

Coalition works to educate U community on hate crimes

February 15, 2005

Members of the Coalition for A Respectful U met Monday to discuss recent racist and anti-gay incidents on campus. Coalition members said a priority of the group is educating the community on what constitutes...

Anti-gay statements discovered on walls at U’s Frontier Hall

February 10, 2005

On Monday, anti-gay comments were found on the second floor of Frontier Hall, according to a police report. The damage was cleaned up before officers' arrival. But police were provided with photographs...

Tax scams prompt warnings

February 7, 2005

As University students prepare for tax season, government officials are urging them to be savvy about scams designed to fleece them of their returns. While college students have not been specifically targeted...

Minneapolis police look into robbery near the U

February 3, 2005

Minneapolis police are investigating the robbery of two female University students near campus Saturday, according to a police report. The women were walking with friends in the area of 17th Street Southeast...

Study links female alcohol use to victimization

February 1, 2005

Female University students might add sexual assault to the list of dangers associated with drinking, according to a recent study. The Research Institute on Addictions, at the University at Buffalo, showed...

Student reports grant-related telephone scam

January 27, 2005

University police are investigating a phone scam on campus that was reported by one student Jan. 20. The student told police a caller phoned his residence hall room and told him he had won a $25,000 government...

Gun incidents at U remain low despite recent violence

January 27, 2005

Though violence can never be completely eradicated from campus life, University students and University police have said the campus remains safe despite recent robberies and October's shooting. During...

MSA studies ways to prevent bike theft

January 25, 2005

The Minnesota Student Association along with University police is exploring options to prevent bike theft on campus and to increase bike registration numbers, an MSA official said. The dialogue was prompted...

U police investigate campus robbery, catch repeat bookstore thief

January 20, 2005

The University Police Department is investigating the Sunday robbery of three female University students. Two men, who implied they had a gun, approached the three women, who were near Delaware Street...

UMPD to answer U’s 911 calls

January 18, 2005

New dispatching equipment now allows the University Police Department to receive all 911 calls made from campus, the department announced Jan. 6. The new system lets University police dispatchers answer...

U police arrest a man for stealing from graduate student rooms

December 14, 2004

A 49-year-old man was arrested Thursday after he was found rummaging through graduate student rooms and laboratories in an art department building. The man took music concert tickets, a portable stereo...

Reports of hate crimes up

December 14, 2004

For sociology graduate student Melissa Weiner, hate crimes became real in November when she received anti-Semitic literature at her University office. "When something like this happens, it's jarring,"...

U student struck by car while riding a bike on Washington Ave.

December 9, 2004

A car hit a female bike rider Wednesday in front of the Subway restaurant on Washington Avenue Southeast. Michael Evans, a Subway employee who witnessed the accident, said that when the owner of a Chevy...

U Student Judicial Affairs not there to only discipline

December 7, 2004

F or Sharon Dzik, her job will always be more about a passion for students than discipline - a mixture of education and sanction, she said. But, she said, the University population does not notice this...

U student cited for drug possession

December 2, 2004

On Sunday, University police responded to a complaint of the smell of marijuana coming from a room in Comstock Hall. An 18-year-old male student was cited for possession of 2.5 grams of marijuana, according...

Drug use and college life

November 22, 2004

The fragrance of Peter's profession permeates from the long dark curls of his hair. The scent of the marijuana he sells to help pay for his University classes wafts from his loose clothing like cologne. He...

Five people cited for skating on mall

November 18, 2004

Five people were cited for skating Monday at Northrop Mall, which skaters have damaged in the past, officials said. Two males were also cited for giving false names to police in the incident, according...

Protest at U starts campaign against Coca-Cola’s water use

November 15, 2004

A group of demonstrators gathered Friday at Coffman Union to protest what it believes is The Coca-Cola Company's harmful foreign water practices. The event launched a nationwide call-in campaign by Corporate...

Officer tickets handicap parking permit abusers

November 11, 2004

An officer ticketed a man for illegal use of a handicap permit last week after he noticed the man hang a handicap permit from his rearview mirror and possibly fake a limp at 601 Delaware St. S.E., according...

Police file felony charges

November 11, 2004

Hennepin County officials on Wednesday filed four felony charges against a Minneapolis man for the attempted kidnapping of an 18-year-old female University student Nov. 3. Joseph Leon Holman, 37, is being...

Arrest made in kidnap attempt

November 10, 2004

Minneapolis police have arrested a man in connection with the attempted kidnapping of an 18-year-old University student last week, Minneapolis Police Department spokesman Ron Reier said Tuesday. No additional...

Kreye’s autopsy released

November 8, 2004

Medical examiners said they believe a heart ailment caused the death of a 19-year-old Andover, Minn., man who died Sept. 26 in Riverbend Commons. According to a Hennepin County Medical Examiner report...

U guest died of heart ailment

November 5, 2004

Medical examiners believe a heart ailment likely caused the death of a 19-year-old Andover, Minn., man who died in Riverbend Commons on Sept. 26. According to a Hennepin County medical examiner report...

Kidnapping attempted near the U

November 5, 2004

Minneapolis police are investigating the attempted kidnapping of an 18-year-old female University student that happened Wednesday. The student was riding her bike in the 1000 block of University Avenue...

Students hope to relaunch magazine

November 3, 2004

The Minnesota International Student Association hopes to relaunch a free magazine next month offering news, issues and politics for foreign students. The magazine, "The International Student," stopped...

Stem stell researcher visits U to discuss role of politics in studies

October 29, 2004

Stem cell research is a major issue in the presidential election, but politics have muddled the public's understanding of the issue, a stem cell expert said Thursday at the Mayo Building. Bruce Conklin,...

Becki Smith, Green

October 25, 2004

A first-time candidate, Becki Smith is running as the Green Party's candidate for the State House seat in District 59B. Smith has worked for campaigns in the past and feels her career as an activist has...

Students at Days Inn prepare to move

October 20, 2004

Nearly halfway through the first semester, University housing officials said they plan to have the last 30 students left at the Days Inn moved to residence halls by the month's end. The University started...

Fasting, prayer mark start of Muslim holy month

October 19, 2004

University Muslim students celebrated Ramadan - a monthlong Islamic holiday - Monday at Coffman Union. The holiday began Friday, starting a period of fasting and prayer. Every weekday at sunset, Muslims...

Foreign students weigh in on elections

October 18, 2004

Though they can't vote in the United States, many international students said they have picked their presidential choice and are closely watching the campaigns. Repairing frayed U.S. relations with the...

Fraternity council suspends Chi Psi

October 13, 2004

The Interfraternity Council, which governs fraternities on campus, has suspended the University's Chi Psi chapter from the council for "several violations of (its) alcohol and risk-management policy,"...

U to suspend occupational therapy

October 7, 2004

Medical School budget-cut threats are one reason officials suspended the University's occupational therapy program in the last week of September. By cutting recruitment efforts immediately, the move could...

Foreign grad enrollment up at U

October 6, 2004

The number of international graduate students attending the University has increased, despite worries of officials preparing for an enrollment slump. The Graduate School enrolled 473 new foreign students...

International students adjust to U

September 29, 2004

As they step on U.S. soil for the first time, the experiences of international students on campus are as diverse as their cultures. At the Small World Coffee Hour in Heller Hall on Friday, the University's...

FBI gets access to SEVIS

September 22, 2004

It is now easier for one more government agency to monitor foreign students in the United States. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced last week that it will give the FBI direct access to...

New bill to ease foreign visa policy

September 20, 2004

Prompted by decreasing rates of international students entering the United States, Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., has authored a bill to reverse the trend by easing the government's entry procedures. Introduced...

U restricts study abroad

September 16, 2004

University officials have proposed a new policy that aims to discourage students from studying abroad in dangerous countries. Yet, if a student chooses to study in a country declared too dangerous, the...

U hosts talks on U.S.-Muslim relations

September 14, 2004

The University will host a free lecture series on the future of U.S.-Muslim relations in a townhall meeting at Coffman Union today. Now in its second year, "Hope, Not Hate" aims to open a dialogue between...

SEVIS improving system that tracks foreign students

September 9, 2004

Now in its second year, government officials claim the federal electronic tracking system for international students is improving. Yet some at the University said they believe the program makes foreign...

Gophers to honor Minn. troops

September 8, 2004

In honor of their service, about 1,000 Minnesota National Guard and Reserve troops and their family members have received tickets to Saturday's Gophers football game. Looking to reward the troops in some...