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Students bring forward proposals on campus safety reform

June 19, 2020

In a push toward law enforcement reform following the killing of George Floyd, students presented proposals to disarm, defund and monitor the University of Minnesota Police Department at a Senate Consultative...

Students seek to create UMPD advisory board

Students seek to create UMPD advisory board

June 17, 2020

As calls for police reform and abolition have grown louder following the police killing of George Floyd, students and faculty are seeking oversight over the University of Minnesota Police Department.  Student...

The Board of Regents convene for their December 2019 meeting at the McNamara Alumni Center on Thursday, Dec. 12.

Regents pass systemwide plan, approve fall reopening strategies and 2021 budget

June 13, 2020

The Board of Regents finished its June meeting Friday, hearing reports from University of Minnesota leaders and voting on measures that will impact the University’s operation in the coming years.  The...

The Board of Regents convene for their October 2019 meeting at the McNamara Alumni Center on Thursday, Oct. 10.

Regents endorse fall reopening plans, 2021 budget and salary cuts

June 12, 2020

The University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents discussed plans for the fall semester, the annual budget and salary cuts in a virtual meeting Thursday. The Finance and Operations Committee approved the...

Illustration by Luis Mendoza

UMN leaders weigh COVID-19 financial strategy options

June 6, 2020

As the University of Minnesota is projecting to lose hundreds of millions of dollars due to the COVID-19 pandemic, University leaders are considering ways to soften the financial blow in the coming year. On...

A burned-out car remains the morning after a second night of protests where dozens of businesses were vandalized near the Minneapolis Police 3rd Precinct on Thursday, May 28. 

UMN students, community members respond to the Minneapolis riots

May 30, 2020

Following the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers earlier in the week, dozens of protests occurred around the Twin Cities. What started out as a peaceful march from the scene of Floyd’s...

Protesters hold signs as they begin to march from Cup Foods on Chicago Avenue South in Minneapolis to the Minneapolis 3rd Police Precinct on Minnehaha Avenue on Tuesday, May 26. The protest was in response to the death of George Floyd in police custody. 

UMN adjusts relationship with MPD following death of George Floyd

May 27, 2020

Following the death of 47-year-old George Floyd, which occurred after a Minneapolis Police Department officer knelt on his neck and filmed in a video which has since gone viral, President Joan Gabel announced...

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Robberies reported on campus, continuing December trend

December 30, 2019

A robbery and an attempted robbery were reported near campus on Saturday, according to an all-campus alert.  The attempted robbery took place at 3:25 p.m. near 6th Street Southeast and 15th Avenue...

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Attempted armed robbery reported on campus, fourth in December

December 30, 2019

A robbery and an attempted robbery were reported near campus on Saturday, according to an all-campus alert.  The attempted robbery took place at 3:25 p.m. near 6th Street Southeast and 15th Avenue...

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Armed robbery reported in Dinkytown

December 24, 2019

A robbery was reported in Dinkytown on Monday night, according to an all-campus alert The robbery took place at 10:08 p.m. near University Avenue Southeast and 10th Avenue Southeast. The two suspects wielded...

Two attempted robberies reported on campus over the weekend

December 8, 2019

Two attempted armed robberies were reported on the University of Minnesota campus over the weekend, according to all-campus alerts.  One of the incidents occurred at 12:45 a.m. on Sunday near the...

A University of Minnesota Police car is parked outside of the Graduate Hotel on East Bank on Thursday, June 21.

Sexual misconduct reported on UMN campus

September 15, 2019

A victim was sexually assaulted by five suspects on the University of Minnesota campus Saturday evening, according to an all-campus alert.  The incident occurred around 6 p.m. on Washington Avenue...

Minneapolis Police cars stationed in front of the Marshall apartment complex on Tuesday, May 7.

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September 15, 2019

Minneapolis Police cars stationed in front of the Marshall apartment complex on Tuesday, May 7.

Residents wait outside The Marshall apartments in Dinkytown on Tuesday, May 7 as fire fighters respond to an unconfirmed report of ricin in the building. 

[Photo] The Marshall residents evacuated after unconfirmed report of ricin in the building

May 7, 2019

Residents wait outside The Marshall apartments in Dinkytown on Tuesday, May 7 as fire fighters respond to an unconfirmed report of ricin in the building. 

UMN announces new vice president for equity and diversity

September 13, 2018

The University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler announced that Michael Goh will take over as its new vice president for equity and diversity Thursday.  Kaler announced the decision through an email...

Police, firefighters respond to gas leak on UMN campus

August 9, 2018

A gas leak on the University of Minnesota campus prompted response from police officers and firefighters Thursday morning. Police began closing off several roads near Southeast Harvard Street around 9:30...

The intersection of University Avenue SE and Oak Street SE is seen on Monday, July 2.

One dead after altercation near TCF Bank Stadium

July 2, 2018

A campus-area altercation between two men left one dead and one University of Minnesota student in custody on Sunday night, officials say.  At 11:02 p.m., the Minneapolis Police Department responded...

MSA President Trish Palermo speaks during the final forum of the year at Tate Hall on April 24, 2018.

UMN student government wraps up year; looks to fall semester

May 2, 2018

The University of Minnesota student government is finishing up an active year and shifting its focus to the fall semester as new leadership moves in.  The Minnesota Student Association began numerous...

Professor Richard Painter answers questions in an interview at Mondale hall on West Bank on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017.

UMN law professor Richard Painter to run for U.S. Senate

April 30, 2018

University of Minnesota law professor Richard Painter, an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump, will run for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Sen. Tina Smith, according to a Federal Election...

Curator of the Tretter Collection Lisa Vecoli poses for a portrait in the University archives.

University of Minnesota LGBT collection curator to retire

April 30, 2018

The curator of one of the country’s premiere archives documenting LGBT history is retiring.  In April, Lisa Vecoli announced her retirement after six years of expanding and organizing the University...

Online sexual assault reporting program could come to UMN

April 24, 2018

A program that changes how victims report sexual assault could be coming to the University of Minnesota. On April 10, the Minnesota Student Association passed a resolution in part calling for the University...

Assistant Professor in Learning Technologies Bodong Chen poses for portraits in the LT Media Lab in St. Paul on Wednesday, April 18.

University of Minnesota professors use their free time to write free textbooks

April 19, 2018

Over the past few years, several University of Minnesota faculty members have spent hundreds of hours creating free online textbooks for their classes in lieu of traditional print ones. The free textbooks,...

Students pose for a photo while using their phones to browse the internet via eduroam, the University’s updated internet service, while lounging in hammocks outside Frontier Hall on Sept. 1, 2017.

Where can you get the best download speeds on campus? A guide to UMN Wi-Fi

April 19, 2018

From Coffman Union, it would take about three seconds to download all 73.5 MBs of Cardi B’s debut album through Wi-Fi – up to four times faster than speeds a year ago. Got a cable? A wired connection...

Members of Students for a Democratic Society stand outside of UMPD headquarters voicing concerns about the quantity of weapons at the department's disposal on Thursday, April 12.

Stadium Village rally calls for UMPD to disarm

April 13, 2018

A Stadium Village student rally supported a growing nationwide movement calling for the disarmament of campus police departments. About 15 students and activists and two speakers gathered adjacent to the...

Zachariah Little, center, engages with Daymian Snowden, left, and Lauren Foley at his tea club in Comstock Hall on Wednesday, April 11. He runs this club every Wednesday and Friday at 4 p.m.

Residence hall student groups get funding for LaCroix, cereal and sushi

April 12, 2018

Every month or so, a group of Middlebrook Hall residents gather in a dorm room to socialize over cans of LaCroix sparkling water paid for by the University of Minnesota. The group, called “La Cry,”...

Artist Muna Abdulahi perfroms spoken word inside Northrop during an event hosted by the Aurora Center honoring the start of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Aurora Center sees increased traffic; calls for more funding

April 7, 2018

The Aurora Center at the University of Minnesota is calling for more staff, programming and funding during April in response to increasing student needs. The Fund Aurora campaign will go through the second...

Illustration by Harry Steffenhagen

New legislation could expand free online textbooks on campus

April 5, 2018

A new federal bill could expand the University of Minnesota’s already growing open textbook program.  On March 23, the federal government approved a spending bill that includes $5 million for fiscal...

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Lil Yachty to perform at UMN’s Spring Jam

April 2, 2018

Rapper Lil Yachty will come to campus as part of the annual Spring Jam concert on April 21. DJ Cashmere Cat and singer Ella Mai will join the Atlanta rapper as the concert’s main performers. The opening...

Study finds student-teacher biases in online classrooms

March 28, 2018

In a time when online classes are increasing their presence in higher education, some could leave students vulnerable to bias. In March, Stanford University published a study that found instructors of...

Thousands of protesters, many of them teenagers, gather outside the Minnesota State Capitol to speak out against gun violence on Saturday, March 24.

Thousands of Minnesotans hold March for Our Lives rally in St. Paul

March 24, 2018

Thousands marched to the State Capitol building on a cold Saturday morning to protest gun violence. The international March for Our Lives rallies took place in hundreds of cities around the globe, including...

Protestors march towards the State Capitol in St. Paul on Saturday, March 24 as part of the international March for Our Lives rally.

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March 24, 2018

Protestors march towards the State Capitol in St. Paul on Saturday, March 24 as part of the international March for Our Lives rally.

State nutrition education faces uncertainty in Farm Bill

March 22, 2018

A University of Minnesota nutrition education program could see large cuts if a long-debated federal budget is passed. On March 15, Democrats in the House Agriculture Committee sent a letter to ranking...

After all-campus elections, policy could be changed

March 20, 2018

The University of Minnesota’s 2018 all-campus elections were marred with setbacks, complaints and controversy, but the policy responsible for some of these issues could be changed in the future.  On...

UMN Divest referendum passes by 217 votes

March 11, 2018

The University of Minnesota student body passed a controversial referendum on Sunday. The All Campus Elections Commission announced shortly after 1 p.m. that a referendum that calls on the University to...

Simran Mishra and Mina Kian

Simran Mishra elected as next MSA president

March 9, 2018

The all-campus elections have come to a close, and several student groups at the University of Minnesota have new leadership.  The All Campus Election Commission announced winners of the all-campus...

Students relax outside of Coffman Memorial Union on Tuesday, Sept. 19.

UMN student government votes to rename Coffman as ‘Memorial Union’

March 8, 2018

The Minnesota Student Association unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday proposing a new name for Coffman Union — an effort started last fall. The resolution recommends that Coffman be renamed “Memorial...

New counseling service hopes to lower barriers to treatment

March 8, 2018

A new counseling program hopes to engage University of Minnesota students who may be uncomfortable with seeking treatment for mental health struggles.  In late February, Student Counseling Services...

Members of Students for Justice in Palestine answer questions about divestment efforts during an event at the La Raza Student Cultural Center in Coffman Union on Wednesday, Feb. 28.

Extension given to professional students excluded from UMN Divest referendum vote

March 6, 2018

A voting extension was given to some professional students at the University of Minnesota after they were unable to vote on a controversial referendum in the all-campus elections. Though voting in the...

President of Students for Justice in Palestine Malak Shahin speaks about divestment efforts to a group at the La Raza Student Cultural Center in Coffman Union on Wednesday, Feb. 28 2018.

With over 600 signatures, UMN Divest referendum may reach ballot

March 1, 2018

An initiative demanding the University of Minnesota to divest from companies who support Israel is gaining support from some students, while others oppose the push. As of Wednesday night, a petition for...

James Farnsworth leads a meeting of Gophers to Washington D.C. in Coffman Union, Tuesday Feb. 27. Farnsworth started a fundraiser and is raising money for UMN students to participate in March for our Lives in Washington DC on March 24.

Students organize to march against gun violence in Washington

March 1, 2018

Several University of Minnesota students are organizing to protest gun violence later this month in response to recent events that have led to a national discussion on gun regulations. The group, using...

From left, Art Knight, Sasha Cotton, Joseph Descenclos and Nekima Levy- Pounds speak to police, community, faculty and students about successful solutions in community policing at Cowles Auditorium at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs on Feb. 20.

Humphrey School hosts discussion on police relations

February 21, 2018

Police officers, activists, academics and students converged early Tuesday morning at the University of Minnesota to discuss community relations with law enforcement. At the Humphrey School of Public Affairs’...

New national data shows increase in grants

February 14, 2018

Newly released national data suggests a recent trend of students increasingly receiving grants and fewer students taking out loans.  The study, curated by the National Center for Education Statistics...

A view of Scholars Walk on Sunday, Feb. 11.

Garrison Keillor taken off Scholars Walk at UMN

February 12, 2018

Former radio host Garrison Keillor was removed from the University of Minnesota’s Scholars Walk following a recent sexual harassment scandal.  Scholars Walk, which honors outstanding University...

The University of Minnesota installed a plaque honoring alumna Dessa Wander to replace one depicting former NPR radio host Garrison Keillor.

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February 12, 2018

The University of Minnesota installed a plaque honoring alumna Dessa Wander to replace one depicting former NPR radio host Garrison Keillor.

Rochester campus names new chancellor

February 8, 2018

The University of Minnesota Rochester named Lori Carrell as its new chancellor Wednesday. Carrell, who has served as the campus’s interim chancellor since August, will officially take office on Feb....

Prime Place Apartments, recently re-branded as The Arrow Apartments, seen under construction on Sunday, Nov. 12. 

Tenants of apartment complex formerly known as Prime Place in ongoing legal negotiations

February 7, 2018

Over six months after initial construction delays, many residents of The Arrow Apartments are still embroiled in legal negotiations. Residents of The Arrow Apartments in Prospect Park — formerly known...

Protests take place ahead of Super Bowl LII

February 5, 2018

Protests took place at a campus light rail station in the hours leading up to the kickoff of Super Bowl LII. Several protesters locked arms on the tracks in front of the West Bank light rail station, preventing...

Students pitch in for Super Bowl festivities

February 2, 2018

With increased attention and traffic brought by Super Bowl LII to the University of Minnesota area, many students are taking jobs to help the festivities run smoothly. Hundreds of temporary jobs have been...

The current installment of the new Coffman restaurant Meta Flavors, Tavolino, as seen on Monday, Jan. 29. The new restaurant's format uses student polling to decide which menu it will carry each month.

New Coffman restaurant puts emphasis on diversity, sustainability

January 29, 2018

A new restaurant on the University of Minnesota campus brings diverse food options and a rotating menu, all controlled by the student body. On Jan. 16, the University launched Meta Flavors on the ground...