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Smith Hall stands empty during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic and in 1918, the year the influenza outbreak commonly known as the

Closures, delays and contagion: How UMN’s 1918 influenza pandemic response mirrors COVID-19 efforts today

March 30, 2020

Many restaurants are closed, public gatherings are prohibited and classrooms at the University of Minnesota sit empty, despite it being the middle of the semester. It is not 2020 — it is fall 1918, and...

Faculty scramble in the transition to online instruction

Faculty scramble in the transition to online instruction

March 14, 2020

University of Minnesota Twin Cities faculty members have a little more than four days to transition their curricula to alternative instruction — an easy task for some and tenuous feat for others.  President...

Former Minnesota Daily desk editor Olivia Johnson, 22, died in a car crash Saturday.

‘A light in the newsroom’: Former Daily editor dies in crash

January 1, 2020

She always had a smile on her face, even when working long hours “in the trenches” of a student newspaper, ensuring stories were the best they could be. Former Minnesota Daily Desk Editor and University...

Sarah Mai

Fifteen years ago, a young man died by suicide during a University clinical trial. What has changed since?

December 12, 2019

After more than a decade of policy changes, extensive reports and community healing, the scars of a “tragic” and “disastrous” University of Minnesota clinical trial are still visible and will continue...

Class removed after complaints about controversial professor

Class removed after complaints about controversial professor

September 12, 2019

After multiple graduate students voiced their concerns over a professor’s past conduct, a University of Minnesota course was canceled only days before the fall semester began. In 2017, tenured instructor...

A guide to the three UMN Twin Cities student governments

August 22, 2019

Minnesota Student Association MSA is the undergraduate student government body. MSA members meet every other week to discuss issues students are experiencing on campus. The leaders of MSA, such as President...

University Joan Gabel visits the Twin Cities campus on Monday, Dec. 10.

Joan Gabel takes over as University of Minnesota president

July 1, 2019

Joan Gabel officially assumed her role as University of Minnesota president Monday, kicking off her presidency with aspirations for Minnesota’s top research university and flagship institution.   “I’m...

The University's Board of Regents meets on Friday, June 14, 2019 at McNamara Alumni Center in Minneapolis. The meeting covered topics including policy revisions, Board of Regents operations, and University tuition. Four new regents were also sworn in at the meeting.

UMN regent roundup: alcohol sales, new leadership and pushback on tuition hikes

June 14, 2019

After multiple University of Minnesota Board of Regents members questioned President Eric Kaler’s proposed tuition hikes, budget allocation and tuition increases continued to be under hot debate at the...

Regent Abdul Omari listens in on the Board of Regents' special session on Friday, April 26. The board voted against the renaming of four buildings on campus after more than a year of community discussion on the issue.

UMN undergraduate student government reaffirms its push to rename campus buildings

May 8, 2019

The Minnesota Student Association will continue to push for renaming four University of Minnesota campus buildings, according to a letter released Wednesday. The names four buildings — Coffman Union,...

‘I am not alone’: UMN students’ silent grief

April 14, 2019

Blake Downing is graduating from the University of Minnesota in May and preparing for graduate school at the University of California-Berkeley. In addition to the stress of graduating, he's shouldering...

University Student Body President Simran Mishra holds a meeting with Minnesota Student Association staff on Monday, Feb. 4  at her office in Coffman Memorial Union.

The cost of being student body president

February 14, 2019

As undergraduate student body president at the University of Minnesota, Simran Mishra’s days never look the same. On the first day of spring semester, Mishra woke up around 6 a.m. to get ready for a...

Passersby walk next to Coffman Memorial Union on Monday, Oct. 29, 2018.

Another delay for University buildings renaming report

January 16, 2019

A report on renaming buildings on the University of Minnesota campus has been delayed for a third time. The report generated by the University Task Force on Building Names and Institutional History was...

Student plans to sue UMN over alleged sexual assault

December 29, 2018

A University of Minnesota student plans to sue the University after Chinese billionaire Richard Liu was not charged for his alleged sexual assault of the student, according to reports from the Star Tribune...

Student government advocates for sustainable gardening

December 10, 2018

University of Minnesota students are encouraging one another to grow their own vegetables — not in a greenhouse or on a plot of land, but in their own apartments and dorms.  The University’s Minnesota...

Proposed federal rule would impact noncitizens, immigrants

December 4, 2018

A recent forum at Mondale Hall addressed a proposed federal rule that could make it harder for many noncitizens, immigrants and some U.S. citizens to enter or reside in the United States. In October, the...

Graduate students raise concern over lack of transparency of student fees

November 29, 2018

University of Minnesota graduate students are raising concerns that some graduate departments aren't disclosing certain fees to students.  The Council of Graduate Students has received multiple complaints...

Loans aren't being forgiven; UMN professional students want to know why

Loans aren’t being forgiven; UMN professional students want to know why

November 26, 2018

Around 30,000 people nationwide applied to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program this year. As of June 2018, less than 1 percent of people have been approved for the program by the U.S. Department...

Uninsured patients are more likely to be transferred between hospitals, UMN study says

November 21, 2018

Uninsured patients face less stability in emergency rooms, which could lead to higher mortality rates, according to a November study from a University of Minnesota faculty member. The study looked at approximately...

Brian Coyle Center Director Amano Dube poses at his desk on Friday, Nov. 16. Dube has been the center's director for five years and says that it is like his second home.

Students work to reduce Cedar-Riverside stigma

November 19, 2018

Due to the high number of crime alert notifications she receives from the University of Minnesota concerning crime in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, freshman Claire Connolly doesn't feel safe in the...

Graduate students create committee to support mental health

November 16, 2018

The University of Minnesota’s Council of Graduate Students created a mental health committee this semester in an effort to de-stigmatize graduate student mental health. The five-member committee aims...

Passersby walk next to Coffman Union on Monday, Oct. 29, 2018. 

Coffman renaming taskforce receives another delay

November 15, 2018

The process to rename the University of Minnesota’s Coffman Union and three other campus buildings has been further delayed, according to a University release sent Thursday. The University announced...

Off-campus housing rights addressed by new campaign

November 12, 2018

University of Minnesota graduate student Uyen Pham’s landlord rarely replies to her messages regarding maintenance problems. She pays rent through the Venmo app and has not signed a lease.  The...

Campus transit app in beginning stages

November 8, 2018

Students at the University of Minnesota are working with partners on campus to create an app that covers transit options for University members.  The Minnesota Student Association is collaborating...

Grad student, Jake Herbers, puts on his helmet on the Washington Avenue Bridge on Thursday, Nov. 1. The Minnesota Student Association is partnering with Parking and Transportation Services to encourage people to wear helmets while biking.

MSA proposes plan to encourage students to wear helmets

November 5, 2018

Some University of Minnesota students say they make you look stupid or they're a pain to carry — others won't leave their apartment without one.  These students aren't talking about heavy textbooks...

5th St SE in Dinkytown as seen on Tuesday, Oct. 30.

Student government advocates for street lighting in Dinkytown

November 1, 2018

University of Minnesota students are advocating for more lighting in the Dinkytown area in an effort to increase a sense of safety for pedestrians.  The Minnesota Student Association has an ongoing...

Carlson student-run business investing in Twin Cities business startups

October 25, 2018

A company run by University of Minnesota students is investing in local startups and bringing new business to the Twin Cities.  Atland Ventures, a venture capital firm initiated by four University...

The front of Coffman Union on Sept. 19, 2017.

University members question timeline of ongoing Coffman Union renaming

October 24, 2018

University of Minnesota administrators and students have started to question the slow timeline of the initiative to rename Coffman Union. Conversation about renaming the building began last fall, when...

Law students Jessica Szuminski and Makenzie Krause play a game of chess on Friday, Oct. 12, in Mondale Hall. The therapy room that they are in offers law students the chance to unwind without the distractions of technology or homework. 

Law school opens a wellness room to support students

October 15, 2018

The family of a University of Minnesota graduate who struggled with addiction has helped fund a wellness room in the Law School. Brennan Gaeth, a law school student who graduated in 2017, struggled with...

Harrison Frisk, a fifth-year graduate student in the Department of Chemistry, shows the power of the lasers in his ultrafast laser spectroscopy table. The lasers come from a single unit and are bounced off crystals, some of which are grown in the lab, before they reach a special chamber that holds a two-dimensional crystal which allows Frisk to study the physics of the electrons in the light. 

Student government forms committee to better understand graduate stipends

October 15, 2018

University of Minnesota graduate school governance has taken the first steps to address what they see as a disparity among graduate school stipends. The University of Minnesota Council of Graduate Students...

University Public Health Researcher Stephanie Jarosek says goodbye to her 3-year-old Ruth while dropping her off at the University of Minnesota Child Development Center on Wednesday, Oct. 4 in Minneapolis. Jarosek is among the parents that were happy to hear the University opted out of closing the CDC.

Student governments create group to support student parents

October 11, 2018

Child care issues are bringing University of Minnesota student parents together.  The University’s Council of Graduate Students and Professional Student Government are currently creating a group...

Kaler appoints new vice president for research

October 9, 2018

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler appointed a new vice president for research Tuesday. Christopher Cramer, the College of Sciences and Engineering's associate dean for research and planning,...

Sociology senior Kali Suchy works on updating computer software at the CLA Language Center in Jones Hall on Friday, Sept. 28 on East Bank. Suchy has been working at the CLA Language Center through a work study program since her freshman year.

Student senate seeks to increase student wages

October 1, 2018

The hourly pay for University of Minnesota student Megan Hanson's job at Wilson Library recently increased to $9.86 per hour — the highest it's been since she started working there in 2017.  Even...

University Regent Darrin Rosha introduces the honorary doctorate as Tyka Nelson, sister of Prince, holds the diploma with President Eric Kaler at the ceremony for the Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters for Prince on Wednesday, Sept. 26. An honorary degree is the highest award conferred by the University of Minnesota, recognizing achievements that have added to the betterment of society.

UMN awards Prince honorary doctorate degree

September 28, 2018

The University of Minnesota has given honorary degrees to some notable figures in the past: Desmond Tutu, Jane Goodall and Hillary Clinton are some notable honorees. On Wednesday, Prince Rogers Nelson...

Austin Kraft, student representative to the Board of Regents, spoke to the board at a listening session in Coffman Memorial Union on Monday, Sept. 24. Kraft said he thinks the next president should continue the positive work that President Kaler has done, but also to use it as an opportunity to improve on inclusiveness at the university.

Presidential search listening sessions see low turnout on Twin Cities campus

September 27, 2018

As Regent Abdul Omari finished asking his questions, audience members nervously glanced at one another, each hoping they weren’t the one who had to speak first.  Long, silent pauses and empty seats...

David McMillan speaks during the University's Board of Regents meeting on Friday, Sep. 14 at the McNamara Alumni Center.

Regents approve presidential search committee members

September 17, 2018

Last week, the University of Minnesota Board of Regents approved the membership of the committee responsible for guiding the presidential search, which was met with criticism from faculty, students and...

UMN professional student government adds two representatives

September 11, 2018

The University of Minnesota’s Professional Student Government is adding two congressional seats this year to expand representation for professional programs.  PSG, the student-led government body...

Minneapolis Police drive downtown on Tuesday, June 26.

Police respond to shooting in Cedar-Riverside

September 8, 2018

Minneapolis Police responded to a homicide in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood Friday night.  The shooting occurred at 7:21 p.m. on the 1800 block of Riverside Avenue near the University of Minnesota's...

MSA creates task force to support immigrant students

September 6, 2018

The University of Minnesota’s Minnesota Student Association recently created a task force that aims to support non-citizen immigrant students. MSA’s Non-Citizen Immigrant Task Force hopes to connect...

PSG President Alanna Pawlowski, MSA President Simran Mishra, COGS President Sean Chen

University student body presidents discuss goals and initiatives

September 3, 2018

The Minnesota Daily recently sat down with the University of Minnesota's student government  presidents to discuss their current initiatives and goals for the school year.  Simran Mishra - Minnesota...

Three DFL candidates running for Minnesota's 5th Congressional District discussed gun violence, health care, student debt and immigration at a forum hosted by the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs on Monday, Aug. 13, 2018.

DFL Congressional candidates discuss student debt, abuse allegations at forum

August 13, 2018

One day before the primary election, three DFL candidates running for Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District sat down for a public forum hosted by the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public...

University clinical trials test new ways to fight brain cancer

July 10, 2018

In 2015, engineer Brian Braun endured an invasive brain cancer surgery that required a three-week recovery in intensive care. When his tumors came back in 2018, he thought he would have to undergo the...

Legislators pushing to cut federal student aid through PROSPER Act

July 2, 2018

A bill introduced to the U.S. House has the potential to slash federal financial aid funding for low-income undergraduate students at the University of Minnesota. The Promoting Real Opportunity, Success...

UMN online book platform to expand

June 28, 2018

An online platform that provides free, online books to Minnesotans will double in size come July.   Over the next few weeks, Minitex will add more than 3,500 titles with the goal of strengthening...

Research Development Services Manager Jason Kadrmas poses for a portrait on Monday, June, 18. Jason is the developer of the new training hub program switching from the previous ULearn module.

UMN launches new online training program for school employees

June 19, 2018

The University of Minnesota’s Office of Information Technology implemented a new employee training program this month to replace a previous program that many found difficult to use.  The program,...

Graduating eighth graders from Northeast Middle School in Minneapolis perform a dance during the ceremony on Thursday, June 7 at Northrup Auditorium.

University students work with middle schoolers to share their stories

June 14, 2018

One student fled Guatemala to avoid gang recruitment, another was told to take off their hijab and a third was perceived as a threat because of their skin color. These are the experiences of some of the...

UMN professor creates website to help professors diversify their syllabuses

June 13, 2018

Following recent national trends pushing for diversity in higher education materials, a University of Minnesota professor hopes more will utilize her website that tracks the diversity of professors' syllabuses.  The...

The University of Minnesota Law School is seen on Tuesday, June 5.

UMN Law School seeks additional funding

June 6, 2018

The University of Minnesota Law School is seeking additional funding to account for declining enrollment and maintain its admissions standards. On June 8, the Board of Regents will vote on University President...

New UMN council aims to better manage research data

May 31, 2018

A team of data specialists at the University of Minnesota have created a group to help researchers access adequate storage platforms for their research. The University Storage Council – consisting of...

UMN committee looks to change incomplete course policy

May 30, 2018

The University of Minnesota's Senate Educational Policy Committee (SCEP) passed a resolution earlier this month that would shorten the time a student can finish an incomplete course.  The proposed...