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Natalie Rademacher, Reporter

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Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison speaks during the United Black Legislative Caucus at the Brian Coyle Center in Cedar-Riverside on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019.

Walz taps Attorney General Keith Ellison to lead case on George Floyd’s killing

Published June 1, 2020

 Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison is taking the lead in any prosecutions related to the killing of George Floyd, per the request of Gov. Tim Walz.  Walz said during a press conference...

A demonstrator holds up a rose at the protest at Government Plaza in Minneapolis on Thursday, May 28.

Chauvin charged in killing of George Floyd

Published May 29, 2020

One of the officers fired earlier this week in the killing of George Floyd was taken into custody Friday afternoon and charged by the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, according to Hennepin County Attorney...

Tommie Daye, owner of Urban Jungle, spray paints “Stop the Violence” on his boarded-up shop window in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood on Thursday, May 28. 

Businesses near UMN boarded up in response to riots across the Twin Cities

Published May 29, 2020

Many businesses around the University of Minnesota campus shut down and were boarded up Thursday afternoon in preparation for potential protests, riots and looting.  The closures came after two days...

Protesters clash with police outside of the Minneapolis 3rd Police Precinct on Minnehaha Avenue on Tuesday, May 26. The protest was in response to the death of George Floyd in police custody. 

Thousands march to protest police brutality after death of George Floyd

Published May 27, 2020

With most donning masks, thousands of people marched in South Minneapolis on Tuesday evening to protest the death of George Floyd. Floyd, 47, died in police custody Monday after a white police officer...

A trash bin adorned with the silhouette of Minneapolis is half buried in snow in the Marcy Holmes neighborhood on Tuesday, Jan. 28.  The neighborhood provides housing for a significant number of University students.

New charges filed against Marcy-Holmes suspected serial rapist

Published May 8, 2020

Three new charges were filed against Jory D. Wiebrand Thursday. Wiebrand, 34, is a suspected serial rapist who police believe to be responsible for numerous sexual assaults and attempted sexual assaults...

Sarah*, who began using the site SeekingArrangement to help compensate for lost wages after being laid off, poses for a portrait near campus on Monday, May 4.  

Stuck at home and unemployed, some students seek out sugar dating for companionship, financial support

Published May 7, 2020

Sarah* typically uses dating sites like Tinder and Bumble. When she got laid off from her full-time job due to the COVID-19 pandemic, she figured she may as well try getting paid to date online. After...

Smith Hall stands empty during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic and in 1918, the year the influenza outbreak commonly known as the Spanish flu also forced campus and business closures. Archive photo courtesy of the University of Minnesota Archives - Twin Cities. 

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

Published March 29, 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...

UMN plans to formally recognize campus placement on Indigenous land

UMN plans to formally recognize campus placement on Indigenous land

Published March 16, 2020

Plans are underway for the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities to release a land acknowledgement statement, which would recognize that the campus resides on Dakota homeland. The Twin Cities campus occupies...

Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein

University of Minnesota system moves to online-only instruction

Published March 11, 2020

Amid growing concerns about COVID-19, the University of Minnesota has suspended in-person instruction across all system campuses through at least April 1. The University is moving to online or alternative...

Amid COVID_19 concerns, University system moves to online-only instruction

Published March 11, 2020

   The University of Minnesota suspended in-person instruction across all system campuses through at least April 1, according to an email from President Joan Gabel sent to faculty, students and...

Morgan La Casse

A step to rebuild relationships: U hires director of tribal relations

Published December 12, 2019

The University of Minnesota appointed the first-ever senior director of American Indian Tribal Nations Relations late last month to help build relationships between local tribes and the University.  Tadd...

Students and faculty march towards Morrill Hall as part of the UMN Climate Strike on Friday, Dec. 6. Those in attendance criticized the University’s policies on fossil fuel usage.

U student group: UMN should declare a climate crisis, divest from fossil fuels

Published December 8, 2019

A new University of Minnesota student group held a march Friday to demand the University divest from fossil fuels and do more to address the climate crisis. A group of more than 50 students and community...

A crane picks up trash to be distributed in bins and transported to the incinerator at the Hennepin Energy Recovery Center in Minneapolis on Wednesday, Dec. 4.

Let’s talk trash: U reduces 1,000 tons of waste

Published December 5, 2019

As a result of efforts to be less wasteful, the University of Minnesota has decreased the amount of garbage generated on campus annually by about 1,000 tons over the past decade. In fiscal year 2019, the...

Jeannine Cavender-Bares discusses the effects of burning different land plots at the Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve in East Bethel on Saturday, Sept. 9 2018. The center recently turned 75 years old and teaches scientists the current understanding of biodiversity and its importance. 

Art exhibit in Coffman Union highlights work at the U’s Cedar Creek

Published November 24, 2019

A new exhibit at Coffman Union is using art to show the research being done at the University of Minnesota’s Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve.  The reserve is a University biological research...

Sean Connaughty, a University art professor, explains his proposal for adding new rice fields around Lake Hiawatha to improve water quality at the White Page gallery in South Minneapolis on Friday, Nov. 19. The lake, formerly called Rice Lake, is critical habitat for wildlife and has been deeply impaired by storm water pollution from South Minneapolis. 

Professor uses art, Indigenous knowledge to highlight local lake

Published November 20, 2019

A University of Minnesota professor, who has removed thousands of pounds of trash from Minneapolis’ Lake Hiawatha, has teamed up with people in the Indigenous community to shed light on pollution in...

A distribution tunnel dug during the construction of the original building at the beginning of the twentieth century remains beneath the Main Energy Plant on Thursday, Nov. 14.

Meet the Main Energy Plant: a hidden world reducing University emissions

Published November 18, 2019

Tucked away near the Mississippi River over by Sanford Hall lies the University of Minnesota’s Main Energy Plant, which is responsible for supplying energy to the Minneapolis campus. The plant uses a...

A blacklegged tick used in research on tick-borne pathogens at the University of Minnesota crawls across a petri dish in the Hodson Hall tick lab on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016.

Suitcase-sized labs make science mobile

Published November 13, 2019

A University of Minnesota researcher is using a novel concept to conduct research: miniature labs.  Rather than bring materials to a laboratory for analyzing and testing, Peter Larsen is transporting...

Zhenming Xiem, left. and Woongsun Jeon, right, pose for a portrait in the Mechanical Engineering building on Monday, Nov. 4. Xiem and Jeon have been working on a prototype bike system since 2015 to help improve cyclist safety.

University researchers using bike alert system to examine bicyclist safety

Published November 7, 2019

With the goal of reducing bike-car collisions, University of Minnesota researchers have designed a bike that alerts drivers when their car gets close to bikers. Researchers in the Laboratory for Innovations...

Morgan La Casse

University initiative works to include Indigenous perspective into humanities work

Published November 7, 2019

An initiative through the University of Minnesota's Institute for Advanced Study is working to promote Indigenous perspectives in the humanities.  The Environmental Stewardship, Place, and Community...

Brochures about the Islamic faith sit on a shelf inside Coffman Union on Monday, Oct. 21.

Researchers explore why religion is lacking in “broad conversations” at UMN

Published October 27, 2019

During a time when religion and religious identities are changing, researchers Jeanne Kilde and Virajita Singh are exploring the role of religion in the workplace and the religious rights of University...

Sophomore Bradley Hartwyk works on an assignment in Walter Library on Friday, Oct. 26. The Universitys decision to transition lights to LEDs in heavy-traffic buildings is one initiative driven by its goal of eliminating 100 percent of carbon emissions by 2050. 

UMN flips the switch on climate action

Published October 27, 2019

Most students who spend time in Walter Library have probably not noticed that the building's light fixtures have been converted to energy-efficient light bulbs ⁠— even the chandeliers. To reduce how...

Wendy Pradt Lougee, University librarian and dean of libraries, poses for a portrait in Wilson Library on Wednesday, Oct. 16. 

A pioneer of digital libraries: Wendy Pradt Lougee retires from her longtime legacy as University librarian

Published October 24, 2019

Wendy Pradt Lougee has had quite an impact at the University of Minnesota, leading one of the nation’s top research library systems into the digital era.  For almost two decades, Lougee has been...

From left, Kyungsoo Yoo, Len Kne, Darrell Gerber and Melinda Kernile explore the mapping of data regarding drinking water supply with ArcGIS in the Collaborative Research Studio in Wilson Library on Friday, Oct. 11.

A roundup of some of UMN’s efforts around environmental justice

Published October 15, 2019

Environmental justice involves analyzing the environment through a social justice lens, and the term is gaining popularity at the University of Minnesota. But what is environmental justice? There are numerous...

First year students Annika Cushnyr, left, and Tori Seaver, right, study in Mondale Hall on Monday, Oct. 7.

UMN Law School sees largest first-year class in almost a decade

Published October 10, 2019

This fall, the University of Minnesota Law School saw its largest entering juris doctorate class in eight years. The school is recovering after a decline in enrollment following the 2008 recession.   Reasons...

Kameron Duncanson, a farmer with the KD2 Farms Partnership and a University of Minnesota alumni, uproots a soybean plant to point out its characteristics on his farm in Mapleton, Minnesota on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. He says that the abundance of rain this growing season has made harvesting more difficult, but that he and other farmers are not unfamiliar with these challenges. 

As Minnesota farmers deal with another wet year, UMN researchers try to help

Published October 7, 2019

Minnesota has experienced one of its wettest years yet, which has made it difficult for many farmers to get into the fields and do their job — something University of Minnesota researchers are trying...

From left, Eric Dorland, Olivia Crull, Étienne Magdalen and Sondos Ibrahin congregate for a sit-in protest outside President Joan Gabels office on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. The group, representing Students for a Democratic Society, studied and shared donuts and coffee in the office lobby. (Liam Armstrong / Minnesota Daily)

Students host ‘study-in’ outside Gabel’s office

Published October 5, 2019

Textbooks in hand, members of the student group Students for a Democratic Society held a sit-in outside University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel’s office Friday morning. The students are calling...

Sarah Mai

‘Manoomin’ brings together UMN researchers and tribal members

Published October 3, 2019

For the past two years, River Spry has ventured out in his canoe to harvest wild rice. Spry, a forestry technician for the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa in northern Minnesota, said harvesting...

Morgan La Casse

UMN adds new major, looking to increase environmental education

Published September 22, 2019

As part of a larger push to broaden environmental education, a University of Minnesota department launched a new major this fall that explores interactions between humans and the geological environment. The...

Hailee Schievelbein

Going against the grain: UMN researchers ramp up commercialization efforts for wheat substitute

Published September 15, 2019

A wheatgrass commonly known as “Kernza” is becoming more popular as research and commercialization around it continue to expand. Kernza, which some researchers describe as a “distant cousin to wheat,"...

A frozen colony of bumblebees is seen on a table in Dr. Vera Krischiks lab in Hodson Hall on Tuesday, March 26.

The buzz around bees moves to public spaces

Published September 12, 2019

“What is your perception of flowering bee lawns?” University of Minnesota graduate student Hannah Ramer spent a summer in parks around the Twin Cities, surveying visitors about their perception of...

Brian Palik, site lead for the Cutfoot Experimental Forest, points out different types of trees at the Cutfoot Experimental Forest on Saturday, Sept. 7. 

Research explores strategies for how forests can adapt to climate change

Published September 10, 2019

Red pine trees stand tall throughout the Chippewa National Forest in northern Minnesota. This forest may look completely different in the next century due to climate change, and a University of Minnesota...

Illustrated by Hailee Schievelbein

U reaches new high: class on cannabis debuts this fall

Published September 2, 2019

A new class available at the University of Minnesota this fall aims to teach students about an often-controversial topic: cannabis. An undergraduate course in the Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics,...

Elizabeth Borers ecological research plots are nested against the forest line on a protected portion of research facility land on Friday, May 3.

UMN researchers lead global study on human impact on ecosystems

Published May 6, 2019

A new research project announced late last month will study the effects of human impact on the planet, which includes the disturbance of ecosystems and their ability to recover.  The goal of the project,...

University President Eric Kaler speaks about sustainability at Mondale Hall on the West Bank campus on Wednesday, April 24 during the announcement that the University has installed nine solar gardens around campus.

University adds solar panel sites around campus

Published April 29, 2019

A newly constructed structure topped with solar panels that towers over the Mondale Hall parking lot is part of the University of Minnesota’s efforts to increase renewable energy production on campus. On...

Barthollomew Presby makes environmental-friendly shirts at the Environmental Justice Earth Day celebration in Northrop Mall on Friday, April 19. 

A history of UMN students’ Earth Day advocacy

Published April 22, 2019

Students and community members filled the lawn outside Northrop Auditorium Friday afternoon to support environmental initiatives and celebrate nearly 50 years of Earth Day.  Fighting climate change...

Illustrated by Abby Adamski

Student-led coalition brings together sustainable student groups

Published April 11, 2019

A student-led coalition is providing a platform for sustainability and social justice-focused groups at the University of Minnesota and the local community.  The Sustainability Network Coalition is...

Faculty, students working to map out environmental education at the U

Published April 8, 2019

A student push for more education on environmental justice led University of Minnesota researchers to reevaluate how the environment and social equality are incorporated into the school's curriculum.  The...

University program funds and supports student projects

Published April 4, 2019

Last month, University of Minnesota graduate student Michele Girard won a grant to continue funding a project she has been working on for years: building a sustainable water system that provides clean...

A frozen colony of bumblebees sits on a table in Dr. Vera Krischiks lab in Hodson Hall on Tuesday, March 26. The queen bee is seen on top, marked with a green dot. Bumblebee queens are solely responsible for starting a colony, making them more susceptible to the affects of pesticides like neonicotinoids.

Minnesota’s buzzin’ about bees

Published March 28, 2019

Initiatives to conserve Minnesota's pollinator population are being rolled out locally and statewide.  Pollinators, including types of bees and other insects, have been declining in recent years,...

UMN researchers examine how climate change affects state’s water

Published March 25, 2019

University of Minnesota researchers are examining the value of water in Minnesota by downscaling global climate models to a local level and mapping how climate change will affect water resources in the...

Students Vinh Nguyen, Tam Nguyen and Long Nguyen throw snowballs on Saturday, March 9 on campus.

Snow place to go

Published March 11, 2019

After a night of heavy snowfall, Steven Blodgett goes out at 5 a.m. to plow snow around the University of Minnesota campus. On a snowy day, Blodgett said he can be out working until around 5 p.m. A gardener...

Interim Zero Waste Coordinator Todd Tanner demonstrates how the new organics bins will work on Saturday, March 2 at the Como recycling facility. The bins will be put into every building at the University. 

Amid crowded recycling market, UMN recyclables have fewer places to go

Published March 8, 2019

The University of Minnesota’s Recycling Program recycled more than 3.2 million pounds of material in 2018. But with China’s ban on most imported recyclables, some of the University’s recycled material...

Allison Sandve loads her plastic-free groceries into her car on Sunday, Feb. 24 at the Seward Community Co-op in Minneapolis. Sandve started living a plastic-free lifestyle almost a year ago and plans to continue exploring ways to incorporate sustainability into her life.

University members take steps to reduce their plastic footprint

Published February 28, 2019

When Allison Sandve saw what rising temperatures and pollution were doing to a coral reef in Australia, she wanted to do something about it.  Even if it wouldn’t have a huge impact, she decided...

University system uses stormwater to cool buildings on campus

Published February 21, 2019

The University of Minnesota, in an effort to protect local water sources and reduce stormwater runoff, is building systems that collect stormwater to cool buildings around campus. A system is being built...

Melissa Wilson measures a plot where manure will be laid on Friday, Feb. 8 in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. Wilson leads several research projects and is currently conducting research to observe manure, snow and its runoff.

‘Manure prof’ expands lab at UMN

Published February 18, 2019

Melissa Wilson’s job may seem crappy to some people, but the University of Minnesota "manure prof" loves the work she does. A research lab on the St. Paul campus is currently being renovated for Wilson...

Morris campus leads nation in sustainability

Published February 13, 2019

The University of Minnesota-Morris has a biomass plant that burns corn cobs to heat and cool campus, gusting prairie winds and frequent sunlight – all of which help make the Morris campus a national...

App promotes sustainable transportation options to UMN contract parkers

Published February 8, 2019

If Kathy Quandt took a bus from her home to the University of Minnesota campus instead of driving, she could save more than $10 per trip. These $10 in savings come from the costs accrued from gas and typical...

Illustrated by Abby Adamski

UMN researchers explore access to sustainable energy around Minnesota

Published February 7, 2019

Paul Twite, utilities general manager for the city of Delano, Minnesota, tries to balance keeping energy costs low for customers and making good environmental choices.  “It is getting easier to...

Katey Pelican, left, and Amy Kircher ,right, pose for a portrait at the launch of the Strategic Partnerships and Research Collaborative at the McNamara Alumni Center on Tuesday, Jan. 29. 

University launches new research collaborative

Published January 31, 2019

Despite the below-zero temperatures and canceled classes, around 60 faculty and staff braved the cold and headed to the McNamara Alumni Center Tuesday afternoon to learn about the University of Minnesota’s...

Members of the Global Convergence Lab on the Don Bocas Hydroelectric Dam in Utuado, Puerto Rico. 

UMN collaborates with Puerto Rico to explore sustainable energy

Published January 24, 2019

After Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico in 2017, many went without electricity for months.  Now, students and faculty from the University of Minnesota are working with partners on the island to explore...

University student Bella* shows an example of what navigating the SeekingArrangement website looks like on Monday, Jan. 14 in her apartment near campus. Ava communicated with several men on the website, getting compensated to spend time with them. 

The bittersweet life of sugar babies at the University of Minnesota

Published January 21, 2019

Last year, University of Minnesota student Ava* found an unconventional way to financially support herself while attending school — she became a sugar baby.  In exchange for around $100 a night,...

Employees sort waste into different recycling categories at the Como Recycling Facility on Friday, Jan. 18 in Minneapolis.

New program aims to cut research waste

Published January 21, 2019

Efforts are underway by the University of Minnesota’s recycling program to make research laboratories on campus less wasteful.  A pilot program was rolled out in Nils Hasselmo Hall this month to...

Former University employee convicted of wire fraud

Published November 9, 2018

   Brent Holck, a former employee of the University of Minnesota, was charged with wire fraud in U.S. District Court, according to court documents released Tuesday.  Holck oversaw the sale...

Students wait in line that wraps around the inside of the University Lutheran Church polling place on Tuesday, Nov. 6 in Dinkytown. Students said the wait was as long as two hours.

Long polling lines don’t deter students

Published November 7, 2018

With coffee, conversation and music along the way, students were not deterred by the long lines at the Dinkytown polling location near the University of Minnesota campus. Some students remained in lines...

Kaler responds to fraternity death; calls for safety review and education

Published September 13, 2018

President Eric Kaler published a letter Thursday evening addressed to University of Minnesota Greek life leaders calling for a safety review and further education for all Greek life members after a fraternity...

Police, firefighters respond to gas leak on UMN campus

Published August 9, 2018

A gas leak on the University of Minnesota campus prompted response from police officers and firefighters Thursday morning. Police began closing off several roads near Southeast Harvard Street around 9:30...

The Universitys Board of Regents talk at a meeting on June 10, 2016.

UMN accepting applications for presidential search committee

Published August 6, 2018

The University of Minnesota is gathering input and seeking presidential search committee members on the search for the University's 17th president. The Board of Regents is now accepting nominations for...

University of Minnesota president Eric Kaler answers questions from members of MSA during a meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017.

Past University of Minnesota leaders reflect on Eric Kaler’s time in office

Published August 3, 2018

With the search to find a new University of Minnesota president underway after Eric Kaler's resignation announcement in July, former University leaders reflect on Kaler’s time in office and what they...

University President Eric Kaler fields questions after stepping down as president one year before his term is scheduled to end on July 13, 2018 at McNamara Alumni Center.

Faculty members across UMN system respond to Kaler’s announcement

Published July 18, 2018

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler’s early resignation announcement has garnered mixed reactions from faculty and staff across system campuses.  On Friday, Kaler announced he will step...

UMN mentor program will use tech to boost grad rates

Published December 13, 2017

In a new pilot program, a 27-year-old University of Minnesota mentorship project will use technology to streamline data collection and student engagement. Check and Connect — a program aimed at improving...

A private testing space in the Disability Resource Center is seen on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at the McNamara Alumni Center. The DRC is seeking faculty help to support growing numbers of students using testing accommodations on campus, having administered 9,681 tests over the 2017 fiscal year.

UMN disability resource center struggles with testing demands

Published December 11, 2017

The University of Minnesota Disability Resource Center is seeking faculty help to support growing numbers of students using testing accommodations on campus. With the existing test-taking facility filled...

UMN video game tournament attracts 300 competitors

Published December 4, 2017

There was a brief panic at TCF Bank Stadium Saturday when — without warning — the campus Wi-Fi stopped working. The outage brought the University of Minnesota GopherCon video game tournament to a standstill....

UMN will change fetal tissue research policy

Published December 1, 2017

The University of Minnesota will change its fetal tissue research policies next fall in response to a change in state law. Pending final administrative approval, the new policy will require researchers...

UMN employees push for parental leave equity

Published November 28, 2017

University of Minnesota employees are seeking support for a movement to make the institution’s parental leave policy more inclusive. Several governance committees have endorsed a resolution calling for...

University personnel plan review underway

Published November 21, 2017

University of Minnesota administrators are working to strengthen college personnel plans.  Many colleges in the University hadn’t developed these plans — which detail how many faculty members...

Facilities Support Supervisor Dana Donatucci, known to many as The Recycling Guy, poses for a portrait among bales of recycled materials on Tuesday, Nov. 7 in Minneapolis. Donatucci has been in charge of all things recycling at the University for 30 years.

‘He is University of Minnesota recycling’: U employee seeks campus sustainability

Published November 20, 2017

While walking around campus, University of Minnesota Recycling Supervisor Dana Donatucci regularly stops by one of the many waste bins that litter the area. Distracted by stray bottles, Donatucci will...

Hannah Bernardson, a business agent for the union group Teamsters Local 320, protests on Friday, Nov. 17, outside Morrill Hall in Minneapolis. The group is fighting for fair wages at the University of Minnesota.

Over 200 union protesters take to Morrill Hall

Published November 17, 2017

Over 200 protesters gathered outside Morrill Hall on Friday afternoon around 1:30 p.m. to demand better contracts and fair wages for University of Minnesota employees. The picketing event was led by members...

President Eric Kaler delivers his State of the University address at Coffman Union Theater on Thursday, March 7, 2016.

Administrators seek to prevent sexual assault through culture change

Published November 13, 2017

With a multi-step initiative set to roll out next year, University of Minnesota administrators hope to prevent sexual misconduct by changing campus culture. The plan — which focuses on training and sexual...

Sue Wick, Director of Undergraduate Studies for the College of Biological Sciences, speaks to the Senate Committee on Student Affairs about student mental health programs at Morrill Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 8.

‘Getting instructors on board’: Professor hopes to improve student mental health

Published November 13, 2017

When members of a University of Minnesota task force published recommendations for professors to support student mental health last spring, they didn’t want the document to end up gathering dust on a...

Ginger Jentzen speaks with supporters during her Election Day party at the Ukrainian Event Center on Nov. 7.

No winner in Ward 3 race Tuesday night

Published November 8, 2017

Update: Steve Fletcher wins Ward 3 City Council seat No clear winner emerged in the competitive Minneapolis Ward 3 city council race Tuesday night.  Four candidates ran a close race in the ward, which...

New program at UMN aims to promote academic honesty on campus

Published September 20, 2017

The University of Minnesota’s Office of Community Standards is implementing new programs to promote academic integrity on campus.  This week, OCS, formerly known as the Office of Student Conduct...

Ginger Jentzen, candidate for the Ward 3 City Council seat, poses for a photo outside her office in Northeast Minneapolis on Thursday, Aug. 31. Jentzen is known for her work with the $15 minimum wage movement in Minneapolis.

Ginger Jentzen aims to bring affordable housing, police reform to city council

Published September 5, 2017

University of Minnesota junior Tyler Vasseur spent his summer door-knocking and campaigning for a prospective city official.  Vasseur is one of many students staffing Ginger Jentzen’s campaign for...

UMN professor dies in car crash in Czech Republic

Published May 4, 2017

A professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine died in an auto accident in the Czech Republic on Tuesday.Morrison was with his wife and several companions when they were in a car crash north of Prague,...

Phishing scam disguised as Google Docs hits UMN email accounts

Published May 3, 2017

An email virus disguised as a Google Document hit campus emails Wednesday afternoon.The phishing scam impacted Google email accounts across the country, including those at the University of Minnesota....

Computer Science freshman Arman Shah performs a magic trick in Coffman Memorial Union on Thursday, April 27, 2017. Shah has been performing for 7 years after teaching himself on YouTube.

‘I have never seen anything like it before’: UMN student tests his magic tricks on campus

Published May 3, 2017

With a deck of cards in hand, Arman Shah searched for students to practice his magic on in Coffman Memorial Union.The first-year computer science  student has built a reputation with his magic tricks....

A prayer vigil is held for Chris Stanley at Oak Grove Lutheran Church on Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

Police: Search continues for missing UMN student who fell into Mississippi

Published May 1, 2017

Police, family and friends continued to search over the weekend for a University of Minnesota student swept into the Mississippi River last week.Chris Stanley, a 22-year-old neurobiology senior, was last...

A large group walks past fraternities on Fraternity Row on March 10, 2017.

Advocates, more sex assault prevention training slated for UMN Greek members

Published April 27, 2017

Trained sexual assault advocates and additional training could be next steps in University of Minnesota Greek life sexual assault prevention efforts.The Interfraternity Council is working with The Aurora...

A prayer vigil is held for Chris Stanley at Oak Grove Lutheran Church on Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

Search underway for missing UMN student who fell into Mississippi; prayer vigil held

Published April 27, 2017

A University of Minnesota student is missing after he was swept into the Mississippi River Tuesday evening.Chris Stanley, a neurobiology senior, fell into the river near St. Anthony Falls.Stanley and a...

Pedestrians bike on the West River Parkway trail under Washington Avenue bridge on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013. University students and faculty members disagree over whether to add concrete barriers to the sides to better prevent people jumping from the bridge.

UMN taskforce considers safety changes for Washington Avenue Bridge

Published April 24, 2017

A University Services proposal for structural changes to Washington Avenue Bridge was met with opposition at a University Senate Finance and Planning Committee meeting last week. At the April 18 meeting,...

People view James Rosenquists mural Worlds Fair Mural at Weisman Art Museum on April 12, 2017.

James Rosenquist, UMN alum and pop art icon, dies at 83

Published April 20, 2017

James Rosenquist, an acclaimed artist and University of Minnesota alumnus, has died. He was 83. Rosenquist, who played a key part in defining pop art, died March 31 in New York City. He graduated...

Cars drive down I-94 under the 27th Ave SE bridge early on Tuesday morning. Proposed plans include increased access to the interstate with an access point in Prospect Park.

UMN plan will cut rates for campus night parking

Published April 17, 2017

After a push from the Student Senate, the University will reduce overnight parking costs.Starting May 1, the overnight parking rate at 11 designated campus lots will be $1 per hour, with costs capping...

The Aurora Center director Katie Eichele leads a group exercise at the Aurora Centers all-volunteer training at Elliott Hall on Feb. 4, 2014. The goal of the exercise was to keep balloons, representing sexual assault victims, off the ground and emphasizes how agencies have different policies regarding sexual assault victims and how easy it is for the victims to fall through the cracks with miscommunication between agencies.

Students fundraise for Aurora Center; push for UMN to fund it

Published April 12, 2017

Student leaders are pushing school administrators to allocate more funding to the Aurora Center.To help erase budget deficits and encourage the University of Minnesota to allocate additional resources...

Psychology professor Robert Krueger talks with the Minnesota Daily in his office in Elliot Hall on Monday, April 10, 2017. Krueger and his colleagues recently published a new psychiatric classification system called the Hierarchal Taxonomy of Psychopathology (HiTop).

UMN professor helps develop new method for mental health diagnoses

Published April 12, 2017

Following years of disagreement among mental health experts on diagnosis models, University of Minnesota researchers have proposed a new method. University psychology professor Bob Krueger, along with...

Pioneer Hall, which does not currently hold up to many contemporary building codes, stands in the Super Block on the evening of Saturday Sept. 10, 2016.

UMN dorm advisors to get additional Title IX training for next school year

Published April 6, 2017

University of Minnesota community advisors will now receive more in-depth training on addressing sexual misconduct.While training details aren’t finalized, it will cover how CAs can best respond to students...

UMN students to host mental health awareness event at Carlson

Published April 5, 2017

After seeing friends struggle with mental illnesses, Carlson students Susan Pederson and Shelby Banks wanted to find a way to support more conversations about mental health at the university.So the two...

UMN names new College of Design dean

Published April 4, 2017

 Carol Strohecker has been named the new dean of the University of Minnesota’ College of Design.On Tuesday, the University announced — pending Board of Regents approval in May — that...

Student body president, Abeer Syedah, talks during a beer with Abeer at Stub and Herbs on Friday March 24, 2017 in Minneapolis

‘A beer with Abeer’: An update on UMN student government

Published March 29, 2017

With less than two months until the end of the school year, the Minnesota Daily sat down with Minnesota Student Association president Abeer Syedah for an update on student government. At Stub and Herbs...

Aurora Center director Katie Eichele speaks at the Dismantling Campus Rape Culture Panel on Saturday, Mar, 25. 2017.

UMN panel discusses solutions to end campus rape culture

Published March 27, 2017

Closing its series of events addressing violence, health and justice, the University of Minnesota’s Center for Bioethics held a panel on campus sexual assault Saturday.During the event, “Dismantling...

Minnesota Student Association president and vice-president candidates make their opening statements at the MSA Debate in Coffman Memorial Union Theatre on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017.

After elections, Minnesota Student Association looks to ease tensions

Published March 23, 2017

Following elections, the Minnesota Student Association is working to ease tensions from the election.While elections are distracting every year, candidates said this year, allegations — such as bribery...

Environmental science and management sophomore Claudia Althoen explains the Minnesota Student Associations organics initiative to student Paige Adams in Yudof Hall on Friday, March 10, 2017.

MSA eyes long-term goal of increasing UMN campus recycling

Published March 23, 2017

As part of larger sustainability efforts, Yudof Hall residents can now recycle organics.The Minnesota Student Association and the University of Minnesota Recycling Program worked together to put organics...

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