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On last day, candidate drops out

April 15, 2015

On the eve of the all-campus student elections, one of the three candidates contending to be the next Minnesota Student Association president dropped out of the race.   Political science junior Prahith...

Northrop, Aurora vie for funding

March 2, 2015

After receiving just fractions of their funding requests in the first round of student services fees recommendations, supporters of the Aurora Center and Northrop fervently voiced opposition to their proposed...

Obama proposes free community college

January 9, 2015

BY HALEY HANSEN President Barack Obama introduced a plan Thursday evening that would allow students to attend two years of community college for free.   The plan would apply to students who are enrolled...

Drunken driver hits 2 students

December 4, 2014

A drunken driver hit two University of Minnesota students near campus on Monday night, according to a complaint filed in the Hennepin County District Court. Ewan Henry Leask, 26, was charged on Wednesday...

UMPD returns assault rifles

October 13, 2014

The University of Minnesota Police Department is shipping back eight military-grade rifles amid concerns that they may be causing discontent on campus. UMPD received six M-16s and two M-14s in 2006 through...

St. Thomas Adjunct Union Voted Down

July 23, 2014

BY ANNE MILLERBERND  Adjunct faculty members at St. Thomas University have voted not to form a union, according to news sources. The Star Tribune reported that the results, announced Monday,...

Two charged in Anarae Schunk’s death

July 2, 2014

Nine months after Anarae Schunk’s body was found in a rural ditch, two people are facing charges for the University of Minnesota student’s murder. Shavelle Chavez-Nelson, also known as Anthony...

Two face charges in Anarae Schunk’s death

June 28, 2014

Anarae Schunk was stabbed 22 times in a Rosemount townhouse before her body was taken to a ditch in rural Rice County, according to charges filed Friday in the Dakota County District Court. Shavelle Chavez-Nelson,...

Two will be charged in Anarae Schunk’s death

June 26, 2014

Two people will be charged on Friday for the death of University of Minnesota student Anarae Schunk. The two suspects who police believe to be involved with her death, Anthony Lee Nelson and Ashley Conrade,...

Obama to expand student loan repayment program

June 8, 2014

BY KENDALL MOON President Barack Obama will announce Monday his plan to help Americans pay off their student loans by expanding the “Pay As You Earn” program, which allows borrowers to pay...

Tuition hikes loom for some

May 8, 2014

Tuition will stay frozen at the University of Minnesota next year, but prices will rise for some students if University President Eric Kaler’s budget proposal passes. Kaler plans to continue the...

University president Eric Kaler discusses the hockey riots, new light rail and his summer plans in his office in Morrill Hall, Monday.

Kaler talks riots, Pitino, adjunct unions

May 7, 2014

The Minnesota Daily sat down with University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler for its monthly “Kickin’ it with Kaler” interview Monday morning. In the last meeting of the semester, the...

New student reps need to speak up

April 30, 2014

Student representatives to the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents say next year’s wave of elects should push administrators harder than they have in the past. Eight students throughout...

Adjuncts move to unionize

April 29, 2014

While some adjunct faculty from private colleges around the Twin Cities are moving swiftly to unionize, progress at the University of Minnesota is slower. Adjunct faculty at Macalester College and Hamline...

Macalester adjuncts file for union election

April 24, 2014

Macalester College adjunct faculty are one step closer to becoming unionized. The private school contingent faculty members officially filed for a union election Thursday to join the Service Employees...

For faculty members, the task of getting tenure is growing tougher

April 24, 2014

Getting tenure isn’t easy. University of Minnesota faculty sometimes work for nearly a decade to achieve tenure status. And once they’re through the process, the University can still deny tenure...

Employees take on bullying

April 23, 2014

Bullying isn’t just a problem in middle schools. University of Minnesota officials are addressing bullying in the workplace, but some say the issue stems from the top and the institution’s...

Course evaluation could go public

April 16, 2014

University of Minnesota students may get access to their peers’ course evaluations when registering for classes next year. Some faculty members, administrators and students have pushed for years...

The University of Minnesota's Board of Regents met Friday Oct. 11, 2013, at the McNamara Alumni Center.

Regents: the U’s busiest volunteers

April 14, 2014

In just one day’s time, the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents ate a pancake breakfast with state legislators, attended a mock medical school graduation, took part in a statue unveiling...

Storify: Hundreds swarm Dinkytown after Gopher hockey win

April 11, 2014

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April Kickin’ it with Kaler Twitter Questions

April 9, 2014

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Kaler to perform in MinnRoast

April 9, 2014

MinnRoast may be a bit more operationally excellent this year when University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler takes the stage. Kaler will participate in MinnPost's seventh annual song-and-skit variety...

President Kaler talks about the progress of the capital request in the state Legislature at Morrill Hall on Tuesday morning. Kaler said that they will still advocate aggressively to get all of the projects funded.

Kaler talks Borton firing, Brenny verdict

April 2, 2014

The Minnesota Daily sat down with University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler for its monthly Kickin’ it with Kaler interview Tuesday morning. The president discussed the 2014 capital request’s...

The Board of Regents discusses the strategic plan for the University and the institution's role in solving global agricultural and natural resources sustainability challenges on Friday afternoon at McNamara Alumni Center.

Board representatives fight GPA conditions

March 31, 2014

The University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents has made it a little tougher to become one of its student representatives — but students leaders say in doing so, the board is overstepping its...

The Board of Regents discusses the strategic plan for the University and the institution's role in solving global agricultural and natural resources sustainability challenges on Friday afternoon at McNamara Alumni Center.

Board reps fight GPA conditions

March 31, 2014

The University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents has made it a little tougher to become one of its student representatives — but students leaders say in doing so, the board is overstepping its...

U adds scholarships to boost study abroad numbers

March 25, 2014

Taryn Bitterly applied for a scholarship to study abroad last May, but like many University of Minnesota students, her request was denied. Bitterly had to take out loans and work all semester to help fund...

Faculty, staff join push for diversity

March 13, 2014

Faculty and staff are asking University of Minnesota leaders to help diversify their departments. Nearly 60 faculty and staff members met in Coffman Union on Wednesday, when Vice President for Equity and...

University president Eric Kaler delivers his annual State of the University address, Thursday at Coffman Union. Kaler discussed his plans to increase diversity, security and degree options at the institution to a crowd of 300 students, faculty and staff.

Kaler calls for action in State of the University address

March 10, 2014

In his third State of the University address last week, University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler outlined a long list of challenges the institution will tackle in the coming year. Kaler laid out plans...

Chancellor Lendley Black addresses the Duluth campus community about proposed budget cuts on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 in Duluth, Minn.

Struggling UMD adjusts to stay afloat

March 4, 2014

The University of Minnesota is fighting to keep the Duluth campus afloat after sinking enrollment numbers and decreased state funding caused a nearly $10 million budget shortfall this budget cycle. UMD...

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler tests out a physics experiment during a media tour of the Tate Laboratory of Physics on Friday morning.

Kaler preps for the Capitol, Vikings

March 3, 2014

The Minnesota Daily sat down with University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler on Friday morning for its monthly Kickin’ it with Kaler interview. The president discussed coach Jerry Kill’s...

Vice President for Equity and Diversity Katrice Albert presents the University's initiatives to increase diversity 
to the Board of Regents on Feb. 14 at the McNamara Alumni Center.

U takes a hard line on diversity

February 27, 2014

At the University of Minnesota, about one in six students is a student of color, and only about one in every 27 students is black. University administrators want to change that. Over the next three years,...

Participants cheer for Mohamud Noor as he discusses his platform at the reconvened precinct caucus event at Coffman Memorial Union on Wednesday.

After chaotic caucus, supporters return

February 20, 2014

Mohamud Noor supporters flooded Coffman Union’s Great Hall with a sea of red badges Wednesday night, dotting a crowd of nearly 750 political activists who came together for the second DFL caucus...

U returns rights to students

February 20, 2014

Before Friday, University of Minnesota students didn’t own the rights to the work they created in classes. The University’s Board of Regents approved the policy change at its monthly meeting...

Dean of the Medical School and vice president for health sciences candidate Brooks Jackson speaks at a public interview in Moos Tower October 17, 2013.

Criticism aside, new vice president starts

February 18, 2014

In addition to leading one of the largest medical schools in the nation, Brooks Jackson heads half a dozen colleges and seven administrative divisions at the University of Minnesota. The University’s...

University President Eric Kaler attends the Board of Regents meeting Friday morning at the McNamara Alumni Center. The regents approved a plan for about $4 million in spending on safety initiatives this semester.

Regents OK $4M campus safety plan

February 17, 2014

By the end of the spring semester, University of Minnesota students will see illuminated pathways with increased video surveillance on and near campus. The University’s Board of Regents approved...

Coffman briefly evacuated

February 15, 2014

The University of Minnesota's Coffman Union was closed briefly on Saturday afternoon after students said they smelled gas in the building. The building was evacuated at 3 p.m. and was reopened a half...

Regents OK safety plan, TCF construction

February 14, 2014

At Friday's meeting, the University of Minnesota Board of Regents approved transferring $4.1 million from the institution's budget into campus safety upgrades.   The funds will cover additional security...

Regents approve TCF construction

February 13, 2014

A University of Minnesota Board of Regents committee approved a plan Tuesday to begin construction on the TCF Bank Stadium to accommodate the Vikings coming in the fall. The full board will vote on the...

No merger, but a closer relationship

February 11, 2014

After a proposed merger drew mixed reactions from the University of Minnesota community, two colleges will strengthen their ties while staying separate. As the search process for deans of the College of...

Dayton picks Tina Smith as running mate

February 4, 2014

DFL Gov. Mark Dayton announced longtime chief of staff Tina Smith as his running mate for the 2014 election Tuesday morning. Smith, whose most notable achievements include helping legislation that authorized...

A lone student treks across the pedestrian mall in subzero temperatures while school was closed Jan. 27.

Staff left out in the cold

February 3, 2014

Despite class cancellations last week, some University of Minnesota employees still had to go to work. Administrators canceled class for faculty and students last Monday and Tuesday due to extreme cold...

Class cancellations rare

January 30, 2014

The University of Minnesota rarely has snow days, but this week’s extremely cold weather forced class cancellations twice. Monday classes and Tuesday morning classes were canceled, while the University...

The lot that Tea House and the Days Inn Hotel occupy at the corner of University Avenue and 25th was recently purchased by the University.

U buys hotel, restaurant’s lease

January 29, 2014

If an elevator breaks down at the Days Inn Hotel, fixing it falls on the University of Minnesota’s shoulders. If owners of the Tea House Chinese Restaurant have tenant concerns, the University gets...

University President Eric Kaler discusses upcoming changes at the University and reviews recent happenings in his Morrill Hall office Friday.

Kaler talks capital request, development

January 27, 2014

The Minnesota Daily sat down with University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler on Friday afternoon for its monthly Kickin’ it with Kaler interview. In this semester’s first meeting, Kaler discussed...

Junior Jacob Vasquez demonstrates how he reads notes on his Braille note-taker on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013.

Software upgrade to increase accessibility

January 23, 2014

Jacob Vasquez couldn’t access parts of his online Spanish homework because his text-to-speech program couldn’t read it. Eventually, he dropped the class, switched degrees and adapted his schedule...

University President Eric Kaler discusses campus issues, including the tobacco-free policy and the CBS-CFANS merger, at his Morrill Hall office Tuesday.

Kaler unveils retention plan

January 21, 2014

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler unveiled a plan at the White House last week to improve first-year retention rates of low-income University students. The initiative, called Retaining all Our...

Kaler unveils plan to retain low-income students

January 16, 2014

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler unveiled a plan Thursday to improve first-year retention rates of low-income University students. He presented the initiative, Retaining all Our Students, at...

Regents talk campus safety

December 12, 2013

University of Minnesota officials discussed the institution’s role in alleviating crime at a Board of Regents meeting Thursday. After a semester of frequent University-issued crime alerts, regents...

University President Eric Kaler discusses campus issues, including the tobacco-free policy and the CBS-CFANS merger, at his Morrill Hall office Tuesday.

Kaler talks Markingson case, bowl game

December 11, 2013

The Minnesota Daily sat down with University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler on Tuesday for its monthly Kickin’ it with Kaler interview. Kaler discussed the pros and cons of the potential merger...

Regents to talk campus safety

December 10, 2013

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents will discuss campus safety, sexual assault policy changes and student recommendations during its final meetings of the year this week. Regents will review video...