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The Minnesota Daily

All content by Molly Moker

Purloined paragraphs on the page

Published May 4, 2006

Whether you've heard about it in class or read about it in a newspaper, we have all come to learn that plagiarism is wrong. But just because something is wrong doesn't mean it won't happen. The Daily staff...

Critical of College Pro

Published March 8, 2006

Good journalists don't take anything at face value. They ask the tough questions and go beyond the statements on the news releases. But when under pressure to find the all-important critical voice, sometimes...

Editing your columns, your words

Published October 13, 2005

When it comes to your opinion, no one can say it better than you. Or can they? Devora Shapiro submitted a column about poverty and inequality in New Orleans. The column was more than the 850-word limit,...

Meet your readers’ representative

Published September 14, 2005

Hello, my name is Molly and I'm your readers' representative. If you have problems, questions or concerns, I want to hear them. As more people begin to question creditability at newspapers everywhere,...

U regents approve capital plan

Published December 13, 2004

The Board of Regents approved $1.3 billion for its capital plan at its meeting Friday. The plan prioritizes University construction projects based on need from the 2004-05 to 2009-10 school years. It also...

Regents to hear graduate, professional students’ issues

Published December 9, 2004

Although University officials said the institution focuses a lot of attention on the undergraduate student experience, some said there's another group of students that needs more support. That group -...

Four regent seats open for 2005

Published December 3, 2004

The University's Board of Regents has four open seats to fill, and the deadline for applicants is quickly approaching. The positions are opening on the 12-member board in 2005, and applications for the...

Coffman Art Gallery exhibits students’ work

Published November 30, 2004

Many students use Coffman Union to study, grab a slice of pizza or attend club meetings. But some students use the union to showcase artwork. Currently, fifth-year art student Chad Maender's artwork is...

Survey: Students’ study habits lacking

Published November 16, 2004

If students don't study as much as their professors expect, it doesn't mean they can't ace the class, according to a new study. Professors at 472 four-year colleges and universities expect their students...

U to resubmit bonding bill

Published November 12, 2004

The University plans to submit its 2004 capital request to the State Legislature for a second time, University officials said Thursday. Minimal changes will be made to the request for the 2005 legislative...

Board of Regents to look at how an age demographic change will affect the U

Published November 11, 2004

The Board of Regents will look at what fewer 18- to 25-year-olds in the population will mean for the University at their meeting today. State demographer Tom Gillaspy will present the regents with population...

U to add $58M to budget request

Published November 3, 2004

The Office of Budget and Finance plans to add $58 million to its 2006-07 budget request, University chief financial officer Richard Pfutzenreuter said Monday. The University is entitled to add the money...

University seeks feedback on strategic planning

Published October 27, 2004

In the upcoming weeks, students will not only get to vote for the U.S. president - they will also get to put their two cents in about the University. Last week, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs...

University Law Library buys famous attorney’s letters

Published October 25, 2004

Imagine what could be learned from reading a lifetime of someone's mail. Now, think of what could be learned from reading the mail of one of the most famous lawyers in U.S. history. That's exactly what...

U proposes 5.5 percent tuition hike

Published October 11, 2004

If the University gets what it wants from the state this coming legislative session, tuition will only increase by 5.5 percent. In its leanest state request in the last decade, University President Bob...

Survey: U graduates’ experience lacking

Published October 8, 2004

For University of Minnesota students, bigger doesn't necessarily mean better. According to the 2004 senior surveys from the Twin Cities campus and its three coordinate campuses - Crookston, Duluth and...

U aims to return staff to work faster

Published October 7, 2004

Older faculty members can be a fountain of knowledge for students and sometimes a huge cost for the University. Because of the University's older-than-average work force, the school recognizes chronic...

U to dispute attorney fees

Published September 23, 2004

The University will dispute paying approximately $330,000 in fees to five media organizations that won a lawsuit against the institution this summer in the Minnesota Supreme Court. In July, the state high...

Green Party holds rally at Willey Hall

Published September 21, 2004

A $15 sound system and some fliers is all it takes to hold a successful political rally, College Green co-chairman Jesse Lickel said. The student group organized a Green Party rally at Willey Hall on Monday...

U offers degree program overseas

Published September 20, 2004

Professional students in Saudi Arabia will soon be able to get a University degree without entering the United States. The College of Education and Human Development will launch a master's degree program...

Academic Affairs has new leader

Published September 14, 2004

With state funding faltering and several top administrators leaving, the University needs someone with a fresh approach to get business done. Tom Sullivan, new senior vice president and provost for Academic...

Pres. signs 4-year deal

Published September 13, 2004

When Bob Bruininks was appointed interim University president in June 2002, he had no interest in becoming the school's 15th head honcho. But now that he is, he can't get enough. Bruininks renewed his...

Bruininks Here Until 2008

Published September 10, 2004

When Bob Bruininks was appointed interim president in June 2002, he had no interest in becoming the University's 15th head honcho. But now that he is, he can't get enough. Bruininks renewed his contract...

U appeals to new students

Published September 9, 2004

In the past, many Minnesota high school students considered the University to be a "back-up school" - one to attend only if top choices didn't pan out, Craig Swan, University vice provost for undergraduate...

U class focuses on students’ finances

Published September 8, 2004

For students who struggle with paying for college, nothing sounds better than free money. But all too often, credit cards are mistaken as golden tickets to instant wealth. To help students learn how credit...

Coffman bookstore deals with back-to-school rush

Published September 8, 2004

The University bookstore in Coffman Union is bustling with back-to-school business - and handling it well, store employees and patrons said. Approximately 50,000 students pass through the University's...

Former student stabbed by teen

Published August 18, 2004

It's not often that rural New Scandia, Minn., makes the front page of Twin Cities newspapers - especially because of a violent stabbing, residents of the township said. On the morning of Aug. 12, a former...

Stadium Village is a popular hangout for students on U campus

Published August 18, 2004

After a four-month search, University student Amanda Kirk finally signed the lease for a house in Stadium Village. The grueling search was worth it, Kirk said, in order to live in the area. "I like the...

Bruininks and Board of Regents work for better U

Published August 18, 2004

Although most students will never meet them, the University's Board of Regents and President Bob Bruininks are at the University, running the campus and helping to maximize the college experience. The...

Foreign students limited

Published August 11, 2004

When Susan Van Dijk arrived in the United States from the Netherlands in January, she said she felt more like a prisoner than a University student. "You have to give your fingerprints and it makes you...

U alumnus and winner of Nobel Prize dies at 86

Published July 28, 2004

Edward B. Lewis, a University graduate and 1995 Nobel Prize recipient, died of prostate cancer July 21 at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, Calif. He was 86. Lewis was best known for his studies...

Court rules against U regents

Published July 21, 2004

In University General Counsel Mark Rotenberg's eyes, the institution's degree of authority looks a little different today than it did a week ago. The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the...

Survey: U grads more satisfied

Published July 14, 2004

Each year, graduating seniors have the chance to give the University one last piece of advice before they head into the world. Results from this year's survey show students who graduated in four years...

National food protection center launched at the U

Published July 6, 2004

For the University, the next step in fighting the war against terrorism won't include bullets or bombings, but the country's food supply. The Department of Homeland Security selected the University as...

Faculty free to express ideas

Published June 30, 2004

Many faculty and students value the ability to openly discuss and explore their ideas and opinions without restraint. To ensure that ability exists at the University, a committee of nine professors spent...

New office to improve U

Published June 23, 2004

Two years ago, University President Bob Bruininks said one day he wanted the University to be recognized as much for the way it operates as it is for its education quality. To help meet that goal, the...

Regents approve university budget

Published June 16, 2004

When presenting the 2004-05 operating budget and capital budget Friday, University President Bob Bruininks told the Board of Regents he felt like the "bad news bear." To address a $2.6 billion deficit...

U makes an effort to raise level of available technology on campus

Published June 7, 2004

After being one of the least technology-savvy schools in the Big Ten, the University has worked itself up to being a premiere technology institution, University officials said. Director of Classroom Management...

U faculty salaries ranked 28th of 30 research institutions

Published June 1, 2004

Compared to its peer institutions, the salaries of University faculty are ranked near the bottom once again, officials said. Faculty salaries on the University's Twin Cities campus ranked 28th out of the...

U works to certify admissions

Published June 1, 2004

In light of last year's U.S. Supreme Court rulings on affirmative action, the University is working to ensure its admission policies comply with constitutional standards. The Office of the General Counsel...

U tuition increased by 14 percent

Published May 24, 2004

To fill in the gaps of the University's 2004-05 operating budget, University President Bob Bruininks announced a 14 percent tuition increase. At a May 14 Board of Regents meeting, he also mentioned a reduction...

Legislature delays U’s $155.5 request

Published May 24, 2004

The Legislature disbanded two weeks ago without passing the University's $155.5 million bonding request. Without state money, the institution will be forced to use $44 million of its own funding to cover...

Students allege cheating in NCAA payback plan

Published May 5, 2004

Student-athletes who have no time for a job can have trouble affording basic needs such as clothing and course supplies. The NCAA special assistance fund exists to help these students. The fund provides...

U funds players’ tuition, housing

Published May 4, 2004

Junior women's basketball player Janel McCarville said she spends 20 hours per week practicing during the season and at least eight hours during the offseason. Balancing basketball with classes and homework,...

U urges students to get more involved

Published April 30, 2004

Being involved on campus helps the student learning process and increases the likelihood of graduating in four years, University officials said. The University began offering improved access to academic...

U open house pushes outreach efforts

Published April 22, 2004

Before this year, the Brian Coyle Community Center could enroll a maximum of 20 students in its after-school reading program. But after partnering with the University last fall, the center, on the West...

Regent Peter Bell balances his duty to the University with his obligations as Met Council chairman.

Published April 19, 2004

Centered in the middle of Regent Peter Bell's Metropolitan Council office is a card table decorated with paper cutouts. During the bus strike, transit riders dependent on public transportation presented...

U to require writing test

Published April 13, 2004

In hopes of improving new students' writing skills, the University will require a written exam as part of its admission process in coming years. Universities throughout the nation will decide whether to...

U looks to help startup firms

Published April 8, 2004

The University's Board of Regents is looking to give a nonprofit group $1 million to help get the institution's inventions to the market faster. The regents will decide in May whether to invest $1 million...

Shared separateness pulls older students together

Published April 6, 2004

Thousands of young people flock to the University every day, but students who have a mortgage, a family or gray hair are few and far between. "We tend to gravitate to each other," said Kathy Ahlers, a...

‘Real World’s’ Randy talks at U about traveling, show

Published April 2, 2004

Approximately 200 giddy girls armed with cameras, and a handful of guys, crowded into Willey Hall on Thursday night to catch a glimpse of MTV's "The Real World" cast member Randy Barry. Barry, from the...

Group to review state higher ed

Published March 31, 2004

Beginning next month, an independent, nonpartisan group will evaluate the quality and direction of higher education in Minnesota. Gov. Tim Pawlenty appointed the Citizens League, a group of approximately...

More enroll despite cost

Published March 30, 2004

Although tuition is rising, the University has received more admission applications than ever before, causing some University economics professors to say they believe tuition increases might be unavoidable. Tuition...

U Law School policy will require laptops

Published March 24, 2004

The University Law School will upgrade its electrical system this summer to make way for a laptop computer requirement for first-year students. The requirement begins next semester, pending approval from...

Bruininks: Tuition increases necessary to balance budget

Published March 22, 2004

University President Bob Bruininks reasserted that double-digit tuition increases will likely be necessary during the next few years to meet the institution's financial challenges. Bruininks presented...

U hears $1.7B upkeep cost

Published March 12, 2004

The University will need to find an estimated $1.7 billion during the next 10 years if it wants to address all of its building renovation problems, officials said Thursday. The estimate comes from ISES...

U mulls buying office building

Published March 11, 2004

The University might pay $7 million for a building near campus to house some of its offices, officials said. The institution has looked at buying the University Office Plaza at 2221 University Ave. S.E....

Court to rule on freedom of press case

Published March 10, 2004

Issues broader than First Amendment rights might be at stake following the decision of a Minnesota Supreme Court case against the University. In November 2002, the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Star Tribune,...

University student crowned 2004 Ms. Black and Gold, advances to regionals

Published March 1, 2004

Five area students strutted their stuff to the likes of Justin Timberlake, Mya and Snoop Dogg in hopes of being crowned 2004 Ms. Black and Gold on Saturday night. Felicia Gyasi, a University elementary...

Students mark Lent at U

Published February 26, 2004

Some University students began Lenten season not at church Wednesday, but at Coffman Union. It was the first day of Lent - a 40-day Christian celebration that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Good Friday. Students...

Students: more state funds for U

Published February 19, 2004

More than 400 University supporters from throughout the state made a trip to the Capitol on Wednesday to lobby legislators for increased funding. Lobby Day gave proponents of the University the chance...

Lobby Day extends annual invitation beyond students

Published February 17, 2004

The University will turn its lobbying efforts up a notch Wednesday when students, faculty, alumni and other supporters head to the State Capitol to rally for increased University funding. For the first...

College partnerships, better retention save Fairview $8 million

Published February 12, 2004

Increases in recruitment and retention saved Fairview-University Medical Center more than $8 million in 2003. Partnerships with area colleges, less turnover and more intern programs, and professional recruitment...

Media outlets, U look out of state for precedents in president-search suit

Published February 10, 2004

After being sued by a group of media outlets in 1999, Michigan State University appeared in front of the state Supreme Court and argued that because of the university's constitutional autonomy, the state's...

State high court hears media suit

Published February 5, 2004

The state Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday from the University and five media groups regarding the news organizations' November 2002 lawsuit. The St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Star Tribune, The Minnesota...

Media suit against U heads to state high court

Published February 4, 2004

The University will appeal to the Minnesota Supreme Court today for the first time since 1993 regarding its state of autonomy. In November 2002, five media outlets - the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Star...

Poll: Gophers stadium leads the pack

Published February 3, 2004

Gov. Tim Pawlenty's stadium screening committee recommended Monday the University not receive stadium funding, even though Minnesotans said they are supportive of it. A poll released Monday by the St....

U urged to seek private funding

Published January 30, 2004

Gov. Tim Pawlenty's stadium screening committee recommended Thursday that the University not receive state funding for an on-campus football stadium. John Doan, committee chief of staff, said the state...

On the advice of the U’s attorney

Published January 27, 2004

The University handles about 130 to 150 legal cases each week, University General Counsel Mark Rotenberg said. On a typical day, Rotenberg, who oversees all University legal matters, said, he might deal...

Panel rejects shared stadium

Published January 26, 2004

Gov. Tim Pawlenty's Stadium Screening Committee decided Thursday it will not recommend a joint stadium between the Gophers and the Minnesota Vikings in their initial proposal to the governor. Committee...

Pawlenty capital plan disappoints U officials

Published January 20, 2004

Although the University presented a lean request for state dollars to the Legislature, Gov. Tim Pawlenty advocated less than half of the proposal, to the chagrin of University officials. The governor released...

Death penalty raises debateat the U and among legislators

Published December 11, 2003

Although Gov. Tim Pawlenty's call to reinstate the death penalty in Minnesota has not garnered much support from state legislators, it sparked debate on campus. In reaction to the arrest of a repeat sex...

MNCAT breakdown adds more stress for frazzled students

Published December 8, 2003

Graduate student Wade Haynes waited in line for 10 minutes Friday to speak with a librarian at Wilson Library. Waiting for help was not how Haynes planned to use his research time, but he had no other...

Bills seek solutions to higher ed’s cost

Published December 4, 2003

Both Democrats and Republicans think they have the solution to rising tuition and are battling it out with two bills in the U.S. House. On Nov. 18, Democrats in the U.S. House proposed a bill that would...

Online petition asks Pawlenty to support U’s capital request

Published December 3, 2003

The University's Legislative Network presented Gov. Tim Pawlenty with a campus-wide online petition yesterday that was posted almost one month ago. The electronic petition - the first University-wide petition...

Pawlenty to nominate new higher ed director

Published December 1, 2003

In a change from previous years, Gov. Tim Pawlenty will select the head of the Minnesota agency responsible for distributing all financial aid in the state. Pawlenty announced last week he is conducting...

Four U groups to spearhead student lobbying

Published November 26, 2003

tudents who want to share their opinions with legislators will have several options when the session begins this spring. The Minnesota Student Association and Graduate and Professional Student Assembly...

E-petition backs U’s capital request

Published November 19, 2003

Students sick of tuition increases and funding cuts are asking the governor to support more state money for the University. For the first time, the University's Legislative Network created a University-wide...

Lower drunk-driving standard finds new support with federal money at stake

Published November 14, 2003

Lowering the legal blood alcohol limit for drivers has failed several times in Minnesota, but this year members of congress and University students said Gov. Tim Pawlenty's push to lower the limit sounds...

Drug import plan might ease prescription prices

Published November 12, 2003

Students can order everything from pizza to school books online, and soon they might be able to add one more thing to that list: cheap prescription drugs. Gov. Tim Pawlenty is working to establish a state-sponsored...

Starr makes case against campaign finance reform

Published November 7, 2003

The First Amendment supports challengers in the current Supreme Court case against campaign finance reform, Kenneth Starr said in a speech at the University. Campaign finance reform limits the amount a...

Once upon a parade

Published November 3, 2003

Almost one year before the 2004 presidential elections, University students have begun to organize support for the candidates. Shaun Laden, a College of Liberal Arts junior and Students for Dean events...

Legislators: U, union must prioritize

Published October 30, 2003

As the strike continues, state representatives are debating whether the University's woes are a result of state budget cuts. State Rep. Gene Pelowski, D-Winona, the lead Democrat on the Higher Education...

Minnesotans split on abortion ban legislation

Published October 29, 2003

With President George W. Bush expected any day to sign into law a bill banning "partial-birth abortion" procedures, experts on both sides debate future abortion rights. Congress passed the Partial-Birth...

Without Wellstone: Activists carry on

Published October 24, 2003

Though Sen. Paul Wellstone's life ended nearly a year ago, one group of political activists work to make sure his voice continues. Wellstone Action focuses on issues important to Wellstone and his late...

House bill aims to punish schools for tuition hikes

Published October 23, 2003

Republicans in the U.S House of Representatives want to stop large tuition increases at public universities. On Oct. 16, Rep. Buck McKeon, R-Calif., introduced a bill that would cut financial student aid...

Lawmakers draft early higher ed proposals

Published October 20, 2003

Although the legislative session does not begin until February, lawmakers are already pushing for key initiatives. State DFL leaders said decreased tuition will be a top priority, and Republicans want...

Agencies to ask U to delist landlords

Published October 15, 2003

The University Student Legal Service and Housing and Residential Life will finalize a proposal Wednesday asking the University to remove repeatedly cited landlords from the University's off-campus housing...

Students rally, criticize U’s lack of Chicano studies professors

Published October 13, 2003

More than 100 students organized by the Chicano studies department gathered Friday on Northrop Mall protesting what they claim is mistreatment by the University. "We're doing this so people know the importance...

New salon opens in Dinkytown, offers expert coloring stylists

Published October 9, 2003

Virgins, it's time to get some experience from the experts - the hair coloring experts, that is. The Haircolorexperts, a national chain based in Florida, opened a Dinkytown location Sept. 2, and attempts...

City orders students out of over-occupied rental house

Published October 6, 2003

When a city housing inspector showed up at Ryan Flattery's house Sept. 25, the University sophomore was eager to hear what she would say about the property's condition. But after a thorough inspection...

A new food stand? Hot dog!

Published October 3, 2003

Many students have a tough time juggling school and a part-time job, but three University seniors will attempt to balance classes with owning their own business when their Dinkytown hot dog stand opens...

Facing inspections, Eischens is confident

Published September 29, 2003

A city-led sweep of rental units in southeast Minneapolis will begin shortly, and officials said the focus will not be exclusively on student housing. John Bergquist, director of operations and regulatory...

Deadly fire’s cause might never be known, official says

Published September 25, 2003

T he cause of Saturday's fatal Dinkytown fire will likely remain a mystery, Assistant Fire Chief Ulie Seal said Wednesday. But Seal said investigators know the fire began on the porch, possibly because...

New Dinkytown apartment complex in development

Published September 25, 2003

Location, location, location - the three most important factors in real estate - are what developer Brett Naylor said a new Dinkytown apartment complex set to open in fall 2005 will have. "This complex...

Eischens will finish inspections Wednesday

Published September 24, 2003

Eischens Management announced Tuesday it would be completing an inspection of all its properties by the end of Wednesday. Eischens spokesman Pat Brink said the business has already sent letters to student...

City pledges rapid housing inspections

Published September 23, 2003

City and fire department officials will compile a "hit list" of University-area rental units, Minneapolis fire Chief Rocco Forte and city officials announced Monday. "The regulatory service is working...

For close friends, a fiery nightmare

Published September 19, 2003

When Dustin Carlson's friends went to the Minnesota Wild game Friday, it seemed like a typical night. But when he visited them the next day, he found only the charred shell of their duplex. Carlson came...

New Dinkytown location brings more customers to Pizza Hut

Published September 16, 2003

The Dinkytown Pizza Hut is already benefiting from its new location between Hollywood Video and Dinkytown Wine and Spirits, Pizza Hut district manager Tammy Knebel said. "Pizza, alcohol and movies Ö what...