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The Minnesota Daily

Serving the UMN community since 1900

The Minnesota Daily

All content by Michael Rietmulder

Forward-thinking energy policies

Published February 1, 2011

In St. Paul, a familiar battle is brewing over a key piece of progressive energy legislation pitting business interests against environmental concerns. A bill authored by Rep. Mike Beard, R-Shakopee, seeks...

GOP’s reverse-Robin Hood approach

Published January 25, 2011

MinnesotaâÄôs great budget battle of 2011 officially kicked off last week when state Republicans proposed $1 billion in cuts largely falling on higher education and local governments. With a $6.2...

Alternative doesn’t mean incapable

Published January 18, 2011

Aspiring teachers in Minnesota may soon have new avenues to earning their licenses. The Minnesota House of RepresentativesâÄô Education Reform Committee began discussion Thursday on two bills which...

Compromise is like bad tequila

Published December 13, 2010

Forming a consensus on any issue in modern politics is no easy task. Neither is forming an aisle-crossing coalition. But the latter is going to be a necessity at both the national and state levels as the...

Community groups gear up to expand shelter space

Published December 6, 2010

As I write from my desk in a drafty Minneapolis apartment, I gaze out the window while a thick snowfall continues to accumulate on parked cars already buried by MinnesotaâÄôs most abundant natural...

Big sports, big money

Published November 29, 2010

Jubilant fans stormed the field of TCF Bank Stadium after the Gophers football team ended its disappointing season on a high note, knocking off the Iowa Hawkeyes 27-24 Saturday. With the season in the...

Earmarks: the good, the bad and the University

Published November 22, 2010

  A stronger Republican presence in the U.S. House and Senate could bring about the death of a longstanding congressional practice. For better or for worse, earmarks have been a staple on Capitol...

In Minnesota’s elections we trust

Published November 15, 2010

Minnesotans let out a collective groan on Nov. 3 when they heard the most abhorrent word in Minnesota politics âÄî recount. Unfortunately, we are no strangers to close elections and the mudslinging...

Divided we stall

Published November 8, 2010

  President Barack Obama and the Democratic Congress have been accused of trying to do too much. After last weekâÄôs elections, a divided Congress will spend the next two years trying to avoid...

Focusing on political results

Published November 1, 2010

Throughout the 2010 campaign season, the plan proposed by each of the three main gubernatorial candidates to solve MinnesotaâÄôs $5.8 billion budget deficit has been dissected, analyzed, scrutinized...

The coach and the president

Published October 25, 2010

  President Barack ObamaâÄôs rally and Tim BrewsterâÄôs firing coming just six days earlier bring to mind the eerie similarities between the leader of the free world and the former...

Emmer is mute on social issues

Published October 18, 2010

With a reeling economy and high unemployment rates, itâÄôs easy to understand why social issues have taken a backseat to job creation on the 2010 campaign trail. Job creation has been the focus...

Schools should be homophobia free

Published October 11, 2010

Anyone doubtful of the need for our schools to ramp up bullying prevention efforts clearly hasnâÄôt been paying attention to a somber parade of national and local headlines. Last month alone, at...

Dayton’s lead is convincing

Published October 4, 2010

With slumping approval ratings for a Democrat-controlled White House and Congress facing midterm elections, this is supposed to be the comeback year for Republicans. But for MinnesotaâÄôs gubernatorial...

A welcome life preserver for GAMC

Published September 27, 2010

Waiting for the bus at the intersection of Lyndale and Franklin avenues a few weeks ago, I happened to notice a middle-aged gentleman standing on the corner several feet away from me. His haggard face...

Emmer’s hazy rhetoric

Published September 7, 2010

Debate is an integral part of the political process in America. Whether chivalrous or irascible, it serves as a venue for exchanging and vetting competing ideas. On the campaign trail, public debates allow...

Former U wrestler finds success in MMA.

Published May 5, 2010

Former University of Minnesota wrestler Cole Konrad, a two-time NCAA heavyweight champion, is beginning to make a name for himself in a new sport âÄî mixed martial arts. Konrad (2-0) will make...

Big Ten expansion could affect rest of NCAA

Published May 3, 2010

While the Big Ten is unlikely to announce any decision on conference expansion in the near future, other conferences around the country are keeping a watchful eye on its actions. Last week, Southeastern...

NCAA approves tournament expansion

Published April 29, 2010

The NCAA Division I Board of Directors approved a recommendation to expand the Division I Men's Basketball Championship tournament Thursday by three teams. Beginning next year, the tournament will grow...

Obama administration tightens Title IX

Published April 25, 2010

Vice President Joe Biden announced the reversal of a 2005 interpretation of Title IX, a federal law prohibiting gender discrimination in educational institutions receiving federal funding, Tuesday at George...

NCAA lands $10.8 billion television deal

Published April 25, 2010

The NCAA announced Thursday it had reached a new 14-year, $10.8 billion television deal with CBS Sports and Turner Broadcasting to provide coverage for the NCAA Division I MenâÄôs Basketball Championship....

CEO of the Alumni Association Phil Esten works at his office Wednesday at McNamara Alumni Center.

Phil Esten new leader of Alumni Association

Published April 22, 2010

The University of Minnesota Alumni Association will welcome âÄúCBS Evening NewsâÄù anchorwoman Katie Couric to Mariucci Arena as keynote speaker Saturday at its Alumni Association Annual...

Questions linger about possible Big Ten expansion

Published April 20, 2010

Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany and a number of Big Ten presidents and chancellors met Sunday in Washington, D.C., to discuss conference expansion while attending Association of American Universities meetings....

Tubby recruits Walker, hopes to land Cory Joseph

Tubby recruits Walker, hopes to land Cory Joseph

Published April 14, 2010

The University of Minnesota menâÄôs basketball team opened the spring signing period Wednesday by introducing the third member of Tubby SmithâÄôs 2010 recruiting class, which could help...

Volleyball vs. Texax

Title IX controversy continues

Published April 13, 2010

Ever since the enactment of Title IX of the Higher Education Amendment Acts of 1972, federal legislation aimed at preventing gender discrimination in educational institutions, the lawâÄôs implications...

Fans turn to Web for sports coverage

Published April 11, 2010

The Division I NCAA MenâÄôs Basketball Championship tournament is one of the most watched sporting events in the country, and while the tournamentâÄôs television audiences have regularly...

Mbakwe trial date set

Published April 8, 2010

After a lengthy series of delays, University of Minnesota menâÄôs basketball player Trevor Mbakwe finally received a trial date in his felony assault case Thursday. More than one year after the...

U athletics can’t escape Tubby Smith rumors

Published April 1, 2010

As the NCAA tournament progresses, so do rumors of possible coaching changes throughout college basketball. The University of Minnesota has been unable to avoid speculation, as menâÄôs basketball...

NCAA Tourney sees increase in Elite Eight TV ratings

Published March 31, 2010

Hundreds of millions of viewers watch at least part of the NCAA menâÄôs basketball tournament, affectionately known as March Madness. Though top-tier basketball programs can often be a catalyst...

Gophers Trip Schultz, left, Kurt Schlagen, center, and Ryan Abrahamson, right, chat before the first game at Target Field.

Golden Gophers open Target Field

Published March 28, 2010

Target Field opened its doors for the first time to fans Saturday, as the University of Minnesota baseball team hosted Louisiana Tech University. The game drew 36,056 fans, the second-largest attendance...

Williams Arena facility manager fired

Published March 28, 2010

The University of Minnesota's facility manager for Williams Arena and the Sports Pavillion, Michael Dale, was fired Friday, according to a Star Tribune report. The firing came after an internal investigation. The...

Big Ten eliminates athlete bonuses

Published March 22, 2010

Every year, the college basketball season culminates with the excitement of postseason tournaments. This seasonâÄôs NCAA menâÄôs basketball tournament field has already been winnowed down...

Gophers host NCAA hockey, basketball tournaments

Published March 21, 2010

The University of Minnesota is hosting portions of this yearâÄôs NCAA womenâÄôs basketball and menâÄôs hockey championship tournaments, which can carry financial risks and rewards...

Pro Day offers last chance with NFL scouts

Published March 11, 2010

The University of Minnesota football team held its annual Pro Day at the teamâÄôs practice facility on Wednesday for players whose collegiate eligibility expired after this season and wanted a...

Smith addresses Oregon rumor

Published March 9, 2010

University of Minnesota men's basketball coach Tubby Smith addressed a rumor Monday, which linked him to a prospective job at the University of Oregon. Smith said in a Big Ten conference call that such...

Mbakwe trial delayed

Published March 8, 2010

Another delay in the trial of Gophers menâÄôs basketball player Trevor Mbakwe came at a report hearing Monday. Another report hearing in the felony assault trial was scheduled for April 8. The...

College coaches scout, recruit young players

Published March 7, 2010

The desire to gain a competitive advantage in collegiate sports has led coaches to begin scouting and recruiting student-athletes even before they reach high school. One youngster who is already on University...

NCAA study spurs rule changes to protect athletes from injuries

NCAA study spurs rule changes to protect athletes from injuries

Published March 3, 2010

A comprehensive study of injuries among five fall college sports released by the NCAA last week found that concussions were the second most common injuries in football and soccer, behind ankle injuries....

Lawsuit threatens big business of collegiate licensing

Published February 25, 2010

A pending class-action antitrust lawsuit filed against the NCAA is threatening to disrupt the way the association does business. Former University of California-Los Angeles basketball star Ed OâÄôBannon...

U football players prepare for NFL Combine

Published February 23, 2010

With the NFL Scouting Combine beginning Wednesday in Indianapolis, four Gophers have been hard at work preparing for their professional auditions. University of Minnesota seniors Eric Decker, Simoni Lawrence,...

U represented in 2010 Olympics

Published February 18, 2010

The University of Minnesota menâÄôs and womenâÄôs hockey teams each have several ambassadors to help promote the school and athletics program at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. Athletics...

Gophers recruit 4 players from Lackawanna College

Published February 16, 2010

The 2010 Gophers football team will now feature four players who all hail from the same junior college more than 1,000 miles from Minneapolis. Lackawanna College is located in Scranton, Pa., and with an...

Wrestling program holds innovative fundraiser

Published February 14, 2010

While many universities have been cutting athletics programs, the University of Minnesota has had to look for innovative ways to keep its 25-sport athletics program thriving. The UniversityâÄôs...

White accepts plea deal; two of three charges dropped

Published February 9, 2010

Former University of Minnesota menâÄôs basketball player Royce White pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of trespassing in Hennepin County District Court. White originally faced three counts of...

Trial date delayed for Mbakwe

Trial date delayed for Mbakwe

Published February 8, 2010

University of Minnesota menâÄôs basketball player Trevor Mbakwe saw another court date come and go without a resolution, all but ensuring that the junior-college transfer will not play this season....

More shake-up in Brewster’s staff

Published February 5, 2010

University of Minnesota head football coach Tim Brewster announced on Friday the promotion of one of his staff members and the resignation of another. Brewster promoted running backs coach Thomas Hammock...

No. 1 recruit going to USC; Gophers sign Jimmy Gjere

Published February 4, 2010

University of Minnesota head football coach Tim Brewster unveiled his 2010 recruiting class Wednesday, which included two of the top three in-state recruits, but not Seantrel Henderson, one of the most...

Nolen’s appeal rejected, will miss rest of season

Published February 2, 2010

University of Minnesota junior basketball player Al Nolen lost an appeal on Tuesday to the Division I Progress Toward Degree Waiver Committee to have his eligibility reinstated for the 2009-10 season,...

No resolution after hearing; White again says he’s leaving U

No resolution after hearing; White again says he’s leaving U

Published February 1, 2010

Freshman basketball player Royce White said he plans to withdraw from the University of Minnesota this week after a Monday court hearing failed to bring a resolution to his legal issues. WhiteâÄôs...

White again says he’ll withdraw from U

Published February 1, 2010

For the second time in his first year with the University of Minnesota, Royce White said he will be withdrawing from school and the Gophers men's basketball team. White has been suspended from the team...

Brewster gets 2-year extension

Brewster gets 2-year extension

Published January 31, 2010

Gophers football head coach Tim Brewster agreed to a two-year contract extension with the University of Minnesota on Friday. Terms of the deal will not be disclosed until the contract is signed, which...

Gophers v Northwestern football

Brewster agrees to two-year extension

Published January 29, 2010

Head football coach Tim Brewster has agreed to a two-year contract extension with the University of Minnesota. âÄúCoach Brewster and I have a shared vision for the future of Gopher football and...

Discounted student tickets remain

Published January 28, 2010

For the first time, the Big Ten is offering discounted student tickets for the 2010 Big Ten MenâÄôs Basketball Tournament, which is being held in Indianapolis, Ind., beginning March 11. Each Big...

Lions’ Horton takes over as offensive coordinator

Published January 24, 2010

Two days after former offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch left the University of Minnesota for the Seattle Seahawks , the Gophers plucked his replacement from the NFL ranks. The University announced Jeff...

White charged with trespassing, Nolen ineligible

Published January 24, 2010

MenâÄôs basketball player Royce White was charged on Friday with three counts of misdemeanor trespassing for a Nov. 7 incident at Territorial Hall. The charges stem from a University of Minnesota...

White faces trespassing charges

Published January 22, 2010

MenâÄôs basketball player Royce White was charged on Friday with three misdemeanor counts of trespassing on Nov. 7 in Territorial Hall. The charges stem from the University of Minnesota PoliceâÄôs...

Nolen ruled academically ineligible

Nolen ruled academically ineligible

Published January 21, 2010

The NCAA has ruled University of Minnesota menâÄôs basketball player Al Nolen academically ineligible. The University is appealing the decision. NolenâÄôs ineligibility became effective...

University alumnus Brock Lesnar to return to UFC after recent illness

Published January 21, 2010

Current Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar appeared on ESPN on Wednesday morning, flanked by UFC president Dana White, to announce that he will make his return to the sport...

Basketball players’ court cases continue

Published January 19, 2010

University of Minnesota police expect to wrap up their investigation this week into the Nov. 7 theft of a laptop allegedly involving first-year basketball player Royce White. âÄúWe have just one...

New year, new football player trouble

Published January 17, 2010

The slew of off-field incidents involving University of Minnesota football players continued during the break, including charges filed against two players, one of whom is no longer with the program. Most...

Student-athletes flock to Minnesota for many reasons

Published December 10, 2009

Every year, the University of Minnesota welcomes new student athletes across its 25 sports. While many young athletes don maroon and gold each year, they have chosen the University for a variety of reasons....

Universities and conferences cash in on bowl game bids

Published December 7, 2009

This year, 68 college football teams across the country will extend their season by one more game with appearances in Division I bowl games. Bowl berths provide a variety of benefits to universities, especially...

White pleads guilty to charges

Published December 3, 2009

Highly touted University of Minnesota menâÄôs basketball recruit Royce White pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to misdemeanor charges of theft and an amended charge of disorderly conduct. The disorderly...

White pleads guilty to Mall of America theft

Published December 2, 2009

Suspended Gophers basketball player Royce White plead guilty to misdemeanor charges of theft and disorderly conduct Wednesday morning. The disorderly conduct charge was lowered from fifth-degree assault....

Russell Ath. to rehire laid-off workers

Published December 1, 2009

After Russell Athletic announced changes to its employee maltreatment, the University of Minnesota may be in line to renew an apparel contract they cut just months ago. âÄúOur office will be advising...

Athletics department tightens belt

Published November 22, 2009

This weekend, the University of Minnesota saved $70,000 by sending its football team to its season finale in Iowa via bus rather than plane. In the current economic crisis, the athletics department is...

Student-athlete graduation rates increase at U

Published November 19, 2009

NCAA data on graduation success rates released Wednesday shows a marked improvement for University of Minnesota student-athletesâÄô graduation rates in 2009. University athletes scored a 76 percent...

White pleads not guilty to charges

Published November 17, 2009

Gophers menâÄôs basketball recruit Royce WhiteâÄôs attorney F. Clayton Tyler entered a not guilty plea on behalf of his client for charges of theft and fifth-degree assault Tuesday morning...

White pleads not guilty to theft and assault charges

Published November 17, 2009

Gophers menâÄôs basketball recruit Royce WhiteâÄôs attorney F. Clayton Tyler entered a not-guilty plea on behalf of his client for charges of theft and fifth-degree assault Tuesday morning...

U2 concert to rock TCF Bank Stadium

Published November 16, 2009

The highly acclaimed rock band U2 is the first band to announce a concert at TCF Bank Stadium, scheduled for Sunday, June 27, 2010. The announcement Monday confirmed recent rumors that the Irish rock band...

Student-athletes giving back

Published November 15, 2009

While some Gophers athletes have recently run into negative publicity, the University of Minnesota athletics program is trying to shine light on activities that benefit the Twin Cities. The UniversityâÄôs...

Gophers vary in suspension policy

Published November 11, 2009

The University of MinnesotaâÄôs student-athletes âÄúare expected to represent themselves, their team and the University with honesty, integrity and character whether academically, athletically...

Gophers football staff member jailed on DWI charges

Published November 9, 2009

Gophers football defensive graduate assistant Clint Cosgrove, 26, was booked on impaired driving charges on Friday morning. Cosgrove faces third-degree DWI charges after failing to comply with South Lake...