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Purloined paragraphs on the page

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

Bruininks and Board of Regents work for better U

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...

Former student stabbed by teen

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

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...

Foreign students limited

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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...