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Plan suggests troopers provide flight safety

September 27, 2001

A flurry of long-term security measures have cropped up in legislative bodies across the nation since the terrorist hijackings. But while Congress evaluates these proposals, one Minnesota representative...

Local radio changes tune after terrorist attacks

September 20, 2001

Devoted Radio K listeners tend to request songs from The Replacements or Modest Mouse. But after last week's terrorist attacks, the University radio station started to get a few strange requests: Outkast's...

Arab merchant, students threatened after terrorist attacks

September 13, 2001

Majdi Wadi has never worried about much more than keeping his shelves stocked and customers happy at Holy Land, his Northeast Minneapolis food market. But at 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday, the calm that prevailed...

U professor leaves for business institute

December 5, 2000

Political science professor Steve Smith announced Thursday he will leave the University to take over as director of Washington University's Center for the Study of American Business in St. Louis. Smith...

Dayton wins U.S. Senate election

November 8, 2000

Pete Johnson and Jessica Thompson After a long campaign and millions of dollars, DFL candidate Mark Dayton garnered 49.73 percent of the state's votes to win the Minnesota U.S. Senate race. Dayton beat...

Coach defends threat to yank press passes

November 3, 2000

Dan Monson, men's basketball coach, threatened to withhold The Minnesota Daily's press credentials for the rest of the season after the paper published a column proposing the death penalty for the Gophers...

Gender might play a role in voter decisions

November 2, 2000

Nationwide, the number of female legislators in the federal governments is at an all-time high. But in Minnesota that figure is a bit behind. Minnesota has sent only one woman to the nation's capitol --...

Candidates fail to reach young voters; apathy widespread

October 11, 2000

University student Louise Ewald will cast her ballot in the Nov. 7 election, but her driving force is not a desire to vote -- it's a sense of civic duty. "People probably should vote, even though (your...

U.S. candidates voice mixed opinions on campaign finance

October 9, 2000

In past elections, the campaign finance issue sat on the back burner while candidates and legislators disagreed about issues such as tax cuts and education. But with campaigns becoming more expensive each...

McCollum wins despite harsh accusations

September 13, 2000

After a tight race muddled with a few harsh accusations, state Rep. Betty McCollum, DFL-North St. Paul, garnered enough votes to prevail as the DFL's Fourth Congressional candidate. McCollum won by a 2-1...

Kahn challenged for first time in 16 years

September 11, 2000

In the 28 years University area Rep. Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis, has been in office, she has had only one opponent in the September DFL primaries. That was in 1984. Now, the uncontested streak is broken....

Janezich seeks to rally youth on campus

September 6, 2000

U.S. Senate candidate Jerry Janezich and his supporters took advantage of the hustle and bustle of the first day of classes Tuesday afternoon. The DFL-endorsed candidate and state senator mingled with...

Primaries competitive, yet voter turnout low

September 5, 2000

Even though the November election date is creeping closer, some candidates are focusing on just getting past the Sept. 12 primaries. The primaries, contests for the respective party's candidacy, can be...

Phyllis Kahn, opponents face off in community forum

September 5, 2000

University area Rep. Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis, doesn't just have competition from the Republican Party this election season. Kahn faces DFL opponent Brian Biele in the Sept. 12 primary. The winner...

U officials express funding concerns

May 2, 2000

University President Mark Yudof said he is concerned the legislative session will end without a bonding bill, leaving many University projects on the back burner. "It's troublesome if they don't get a...

‘Real World’ cast discusses social issues

April 27, 2000

Not many people have woken up to a video camera watching them pick their nose. But one "Real World" cast member has. Sean, a member of the Boston cast, was one of three former cast members who spoke to...

Students urged to sign up as election judges

April 26, 2000

When students go to voting booths on election day, volunteers tend to be 40 to 50 years older than them. To change that, Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer is visiting college campuses across the state...

Candidates for Vento’s seat debate issues

April 24, 2000

Over 100 people gathered at Macalester College on Saturday afternoon to listen to and ask questions of the eight Democratic candidates vying for Bruce Vento's Fourth Congressional District seat. Issues...

House, Senate negotiate U funding

April 19, 2000

A House offer in the omnibus bonding bill conference committee meeting was met with little enthusiasm Tuesday night by some Senate members. The House's offer followed a Senate offer several days ago that...

Bill requiring 24-hour wait killed by Ventura

April 17, 2000

Gov. Jesse Ventura vetoed a bill Friday that would have required women to wait 24 hours before having an abortion. "I decided that it is wrong for government to assume a role in something that I always...

Controversial abortion bill passes Legislature

April 11, 2000

After hours of heated debate Monday morning, the Senate barely passed a bill requiring a 24-hour waiting period for women seeking an abortion. The bill passed the Senate 37-30 and passed the House early...

Minnesota ranks fifth in study on weather damage

April 7, 2000

Minnesota was ranked fifth in the nation for extreme-weather damage during the 1990s by a study released Thursday by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. Damages in Minnesota exceeded $5 billion throughout...

Legislative session might end early

April 6, 2000

In a surprise move, House Speaker Steve Sviggum, R-Kenyon, said he would consider ending the legislative session early, leaving the University without funding and the public without a tax rebate and cuts. The...

Daily editor travels to U.S.S.R. to investigate Cold War reality

April 5, 2000

Editor's note: This is the sixth in a 10-part series of stories highlighting each decade of the 20th century and how The Minnesota Daily covered them. The series will appear on Wednesdays leading up to...

States miss out on millions of e-commerce sales tax dollars

April 5, 2000

E-commerce giants like eBay and Amazon.com are making millions of dollars each year from online transactions -- tax-free transactions. Currently, there is a moratorium on Internet sales tax that would...

Senate, House split on funding

March 24, 2000

Both the state House and Senate passed their capital bonding bills Thursday, but with drastically different price tags. The Senate's bill appropriates twice as much funding for University building projects...

Senate awards U grants for research board

March 23, 2000

The University and researchers received more than $13 million in grants from the state Legislature this week. The Senate approved its omnibus bonding bill Wednesday, including a $13.2 million grant to...

Senate doubles Ventura’s proposal

March 15, 2000

Despite the Senate Higher Education Committee's recommendation to almost double Gov. Jesse Ventura's funding proposal for the University on Tuesday, University officials still aren't happy. Of the $134.3...

Gore urges local voters to support Democratic Party

March 13, 2000

After cancelling his appearance Thursday, Vice President Al Gore urged a group of 150 supporters Friday night to keep Democratic legislators in power. "I want your help. I want to fight for you," Gore...

DFL caucus turnout lower than expected

March 13, 2000

By changing the Democratic caucuses from midweek to a weekend, DFL officials hoped to attract younger voters. But that was not the case Saturday morning at Van Cleve Community Center, near the University's...

Bradley, McCain drop out of presidential race

March 10, 2000

In an expected move Thursday morning, former Sen. Bill Bradley, D-N.J., and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., ended their bids for the presidency. Both were considered insurgent candidates by many; their missions...

Crookston athletics director accused of funds misappropriation

March 9, 2000

University of Minnesota-Crookston Athletics Director Brad Kerr resigned Tuesday after allegations he misappropriated concession funds. Kerr has been under investigation by Crookston officials for two months,...

DFL Party aims to increase younger voter participation

March 7, 2000

As this weekend's Democratic caucuses approach, the DFL Party continues to attract young people to the voting booths. "We have really stepped up to get younger voters involved," said Karen Louise Boothe,...

Higher-education committee prioritizes art building

March 3, 2000

Straying from Gov. Jesse Ventura's recommendations, the state House Higher Education Finance Committee ranked the University's proposed art building a top priority for the higher-education finance bill. The...

Former regent continues lifelong civil rights quest

February 29, 2000

Ever since she was a child growing up in Texas, former University administrator Josie R. Johnson has been involved in the fight for civil rights. She remembers knocking on door after door with her father,...

St. Paul campus representative to run for Congress

February 28, 2000

Amid 50 supporters and family members, St. Paul campus Rep. Mary Jo McGuire, DFL-Falcon Heights, announced her candidacy Sunday afternoon for the Fourth Congressional District. McGuire follows several...

Students lobby at Capitol for increased U funding

February 24, 2000

About 500 students from all four University campuses lobbied at the Capitol on Wednesday in an effort to increase state funding for the University. The movement to get students to the Capitol was organized...

Coach questions athletics equity

February 22, 2000

Ever since Title IX passed Congress in 1972, numerous conflicts have arisen. Almost 30 years later, debate continues. Minnesota wrestling Coach J Robinson handed out flyers deemed "anti-Title IX" by some...

Bradley uses layover to discuss issues

February 21, 2000

Democratic presidential hopeful Bill Bradley made the most of his 15-minute layover in Bloomington Friday afternoon by shaking hands with supporters and discussing issues ranging from higher education...

U fights for more building funding

February 17, 2000

University officials encountered criticism from one state legislator this week about how the University uses its fund-raising and donation money. Sen. Cal Larson, R-Fergus Falls, said Tuesday the University...

Legislature to review U building budget request

February 16, 2000

After listening to University officials describe new buildings they want throughout the week, today legislators will hear funding requests for a program designed to make sure students can use those buildings...

Ventura cuts away from Reform Party

February 14, 2000

After several scuffles with national Reform Party leaders, Gov. Jesse Ventura announced Friday he will no longer associate himself with the party. "I'm disaffiliating with any involvement with the Reform...

Representative supports lowering voting age to 16

February 8, 2000

Right now, the state allows 14-year-olds to operate firearms and 16-year-olds to drive on public roads. According to one representative, the latter should be allowed to vote, too. Rep. Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis,...

University, MnSCU lobby for more state bonding

February 3, 2000

State legislators and University officials began Wednesday morning the first step in a difficult process to decide how much the state's higher-education institutions will receive in bonding this year. Members...

Senate candidate says student health insurance is too high

February 3, 2000

University professor and DFL candidate for U.S. Senate, Dr. Steve Miles challenged the University and other higher-education institutions Wednesday morning to offer affordable, comprehensive health insurance...

Capitol abuzz as

February 2, 2000

The first day of the Minnesota state Legislature was business as usual, complete with legislators debating on the floor and protesters chanting in the rotunda. Most legislators, legislative assistants...

Bonding requests dominate first legislative session

February 1, 2000

Minnesota's 2000 legislative session commences today at noon, with legislators focusing on a variety of issues, including education, bonding and the possibility of a unicameral legislature. "Most of the...

Caucus results mirror forecasts: Gore outshines Bradley by 2-to-1 margin

January 25, 2000

DES MOINES, Iowa -- In a predicted win, Vice President Al Gore beat former Sen. Bill Bradley, D-N.J., after Iowans cast their votes in the nation's first 2000 presidential caucus Monday night. Gore ended...

Low voter turnouts lead some to question Iowa as caucus choice

January 24, 2000

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Iowa has had first-in-the-nation caucus status since 1972. But with low turnout rates in the 1996 caucus, some argue against Iowa's importance in the election process. Based on figures...

Student attacked outside Williamson Hall

January 19, 2000

A 25-year-old University student was attacked by an acquaintance Dec. 13 outside Williamson Hall, according to University Police reports. The assault occurred in the early afternoon when the suspect grabbed...

Police officer fights to keep U area clean

January 19, 2000

Battling illegal bike riders, litterbugs and graffiti artists, Minneapolis Police Officer Robert Patrick Sr. is a welcome presence in the Dinkytown community. For the last three years, Patrick has walked...

University temp suspected of stealing $10,000

December 15, 1999

A temporary University employee is suspected of stealing $10,000 from the bursar's office Dec. 7, according to University Police Sgt. Jo Anne Benson. University Police Detective Marianne Olson said investigators...

Man charged in sexual assault case for fondling his daughter

December 15, 1999

A 42-year-old University student was charged Monday with sexually assaulting his 14-year-old daughter at a Commonwealth Terrace Cooperative duplex, according to a Ramsey County criminal complaint. The...

Former boyfriend

December 14, 1999

A 19-year-old University student was kidnapped by a former boyfriend late Thursday evening from a residence hall, according to a University Police report. Hennepin County prosecutors charged 19-year-old...

Interim athletics director selected

December 3, 1999

The University is expected to announce the appointment of Tom Moe, a former partner in a major Minneapolis law firm, as interim men's athletics director Dec. 6. University President Mark Yudof met with...

U student attacked with knife at Como housing complex

December 1, 1999

A female University student was attacked with a knife at her Como Student Housing apartment late Thursday, according to a University Police report. The incident was reported to police at 9:20 p.m., about...

MSA considers repealing fees-committee approval

November 30, 1999

The Minnesota Student Association will vote today on a motion to rescind a Nov. 16 vote approving the selection of the Student Services Fees Committee. Some MSA members question the political composition...

Athletic misconduct not new at University

November 20, 1999

Past athletics scandals seem to have taught the University very little about preventing future mismanagement. Long before the ongoing academic-fraud investigation erupted on campus this spring, equally...

Yudof consults regents on decisions

November 19, 1999

and Kristin Gustafson During Thursday's closed-door Board of Regents meeting, members had their last chance to weigh in on University President Mark Yudof's course of action in the men's athletics investigations. Regents...

Campus area ranked in top 20 percent for crime

November 18, 1999

Neighborhoods surrounding the University's Twin Cities campus rank in the top 20 percent of college residential areas with a high crime risk, according to an online news service. The report compiled by...

Forum addresses fears about sexual violence

November 15, 1999

University Police file about 2,300 reports annually, and less than 1 percent of those are sexual assaults, campus police detectives said Friday at a Coffman Union forum. In response to increased student...

University Police officer dies of lung cancer at 48

November 9, 1999

A 48-year-old University Police officer died Sunday of complications from cancer. Richard Lamkin was diagnosed with liver cancer four weeks ago and recently developed the minor infection he was never able...

Fire destroys student’s bedroom

November 3, 1999

A fire at a Prospect Park home Thursday afternoon destroyed a University sophomore's bedroom, including all of her personal belongings. Brittany Farquharson, a College of Liberal Arts student preparing...

Party weekend prompts strong police patrol

November 2, 1999

Police officers from four different agencies issued 171 citations this weekend during a saturation patrol targeting drunken driving, according to University Police reports. Twenty additional officers from...

Police disband party as part of disturbance crackdown

October 27, 1999

Minnesota Student Association President Ben Bowman was among 23 people ticketed by Minneapolis police for attending a disruptive Como-neighborhood party early Sunday morning. Bowman said he was issued...

Trick-or-treaters look both ways

October 25, 1999

Witches, clowns, Teletubbies, princesses and Pokemon gathered Saturday at Commonwealth Terrace Cooperative to celebrate Halloween and learn about bike safety. The St. Paul campus student-family housing...

Reported crime rates surge in U communities

October 22, 1999

Reported incidents of robbery, burglary, aggravated assault and sexual misconduct more than doubled between 1996 and 1998 in University neighborhoods, according to statistics released by the University...

Squad car nearly hits man loitering in street

October 20, 1999

Minneapolis police arrested a 19-year-old man late Sunday evening after nearly running into him with a police squad car on the 400 block of Cedar Avenue South. The car screeched to a halt to avoid hitting...

Con man swindles students

October 15, 1999

Minneapolis police suspect at least one scam artist has targeted University students for the past three months in an elaborate scheme to swindle hundreds of dollars in cash from them. The con artist has...

Police ticket party-goers over weekend

October 13, 1999

Minneapolis police ticketed seven University students at two fraternities for having disruptive parties this weekend. Officers responded to reports that members of the Theta Tau Fraternity at 515 10th...

Three students injured in attack; no arrests made

October 6, 1999

At least six University students attacked three other students with a knife outside of Middlebrook Hall on Sept. 29, University Police said. The three victims, all between the ages of 18 and 19, attend...

Men’s athletics: Investigation’s total legal fees exceed $1 million

September 30, 1999

Combined legal fees for two recent investigations into University men's athletics exceed $1 million, possibly making it the most costly athletics legal probe in University history. A University spokeswoman...

Carlson lecture features Brokaw

September 28, 1999

To commemorate Curtis L. Carlson Day, NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw highlighted the accomplishments of the World War II generation Monday morning at Northrop Auditorium. The Board of Regents proclaimed Sept....

NAACP leaders challenge city on housing project

September 24, 1999

and Max Rust The NAACP is going back to court today to block efforts made by the Minneapolis City Council to demolish the Glenwood and Lyndale housing projects. NAACP leaders rejected a compromise settlement...

Representatives assure city residents of Y2K preparedness

September 23, 1999

The city of Minneapolis began a weeklong series of Y2K-preparedness meetings Wednesday at community centers in four regions of the city. The first meeting was held at Logan Community Center in northeast...

Health school gets $43 million for HIV study

September 17, 1999

The University's School of Public Health has received a $43 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to head up an international HIV-research project, officials announced Thursday. James D....

Council woman’s agenda includes University issues

September 16, 1999

After working as a registered nurse for the University hospitals for 31 years, Minneapolis councilwoman Joan Campbell decided to head for the political arena in 1989. She has represented neighborhoods...

National report criticizes U policy

September 10, 1999

A Washington, D.C.-based think tank issued a report Thursday criticizing the University's admissions policy -- claiming minority students receive preferential treatment. The Center for Equal Opportunity,...

City Council approves money

September 8, 1999

Amidst a cheering and jeering audience Tuesday afternoon, the Minneapolis City Council voted to provide a minimal raise in funding for affordable housing citywide. After a heated discussion, the decision...

Students will receive advance of financial aid

September 7, 1999

Because of a glitch in a new University computer system, financial aid and scholarships will not be disbursed to students on time. Students will receive help in another form from the University, however. The...

Hospitalization insurance still concern for U

September 7, 1999

In the cloud of anxiety, stress and confusion that finals create, students might not have noticed a change in the registration system last spring. These students might be enrolled for University hospitalization...

Former U professor honored with highest civilian medal

August 16, 1999

He says walking and reading are his weaknesses, it's hard for him to pass up an opportunity do either. He is a husband, a father of five and a grandfather -- seemingly an ordinary guy. But Max Kampelman,...

Conference addresses importance of culture in transracial adoption

August 13, 1999

Families seeking to adopt children should try to adopt within their race, said Dr. Ruth McRoy, who spoke at an international adoption conference. But transracial adoption can work if parents interact with...

Women authors’ Web site fills void of information

August 9, 1999

Three and half years ago, two University professors and a graduate student developed a Web site to inform Web users about the lives and works of women authors of color. Now, this site is getting attention...

Memorial service honors University surgeon Lillehei

August 6, 1999

Filling the auditorium Dr. C. Walton Lillehei once lectured in, about 200 people gathered to honor and remember the renowned surgeon and faculty member. A memorial service held Thursday at the University...

Washington Avenue construction expected to cause major delays

August 4, 1999

Although originally slated to start Tuesday, the demolition of three campus buildings will be postponed until later this week. The project will require closing a lane of traffic on Washington Avenue. Washington...

Error leaves University off U.S. News top hospital list

July 30, 1999

U.S. News and World Report published its list of "America's Best Hospitals" last month, but the perennially ranked Fairview-University Medical Center was nowhere to be found among the top hospitals this...

Financial aid requires clean drug record

July 23, 1999

Students with drug-related offenses on their records are expected to report their convictions on federal financial aid applications, according to a provision proposed Friday by the U.S. Department of Education. Those...

Groups protest highway reroute

July 19, 1999

About 50 activists lofted signs saying "America, where is your sacred land?" and "Bury my heart where MnDOT won't find it" at a Saturday afternoon picnic protest at Minnehaha Park. The protest aimed to...

University to host Asian American cultural convention

July 19, 1999

This weekend proved successful for members of the Asian American Student Cultural Center in their bid to host a convention of more than 1,000 Asian American students at the University in the beginning...

Full course load

June 4, 1999

Companies create gimmicks with the hope of gaining customer attention and a future purchase. "Buy two, get one free" and "items half off" are phrases often found in thrift shops and closeout sales. Recently,...