The Minnesota Daily

All content by Nathan Hall

What sports has become

April 8, 2004

Last Monday morning, police in Durham, N.C., reported an industrial spill in which approximately 28,000 gallons of raw sewage overflowed into the streets because of a "grease blockage." Officials, insisting...

An apology from a former Nader Raider

March 25, 2004

In the 1941 film "Sergeant York," Gary Cooper played a Tennessean pacifist-turned-war hero. Based on a true story, GI sniper Alvin York captured a strategic German outpost despite being grossly outnumbered...

Let’s (not) talk about ‘The Passion’

March 5, 2004

Wednesday was but weeks away, but the gullible, ink-stained wretches that constitute the U.S. media appeared to be celebrating Palm Sunday a little early this year. Heralding the opening of "The Passion...

Reorganization of one U department could force layoffs

February 13, 2004

To create a more efficient building construction process, the University's Department of Capital Planning and Project Management might soon undergo a reorganization, a University official told the Board...

Automated system detects problems in ‘smart’ U buildings

February 12, 2004

If there is a fire, a break-in at a research lab or heat leaking from a hole in the wall somewhere at the University, and if it happens in a "smart" building, a computer program will know about it well...

U’s wireless Internet coverage expands toward goal of full-campus availability

February 6, 2004

The University is on track to make wireless Internet access available virtually everywhere on the Twin Cities campuses by 2005, including bathrooms. Although information technology experts from around...

Biomass plant could cut energy expenses

February 4, 2004

One man's trash can be another man's treasure, or electricity. The University is weighing its options, including a possible grant and research opportunities, regarding a proposed biomass-powered heat and...

U will likely stay open despite cold

January 30, 2004

Jessica Stoll, a first-year international business student, said she probably spends about two hours every day walking to class. Lately, those hours have been spent in sub-zero temperatures. Stoll, a Wisconsin...

Rural areas feel cuts in Extension Service

January 20, 2004

Before Jan. 5, if residents of Sanborn, Minn., had a question about hoof-and-mouth disease, the University could give them an answer in Cottonwood County. Now the people of this southwestern Minnesota...

Area apartments try to draw recently displaced students

December 12, 2003

Recent safety-sweep inspections in several University-area neighborhoods have unearthed thousands of code violations a Minneapolis city official said might displace at least 112 students. The resulting...

Banks target students for ‘stored value’ cash cards

December 5, 2003

Twin Cities banks are starting to target college students, among others, for a new product that looks and functions like a credit card. But the cards come with no billing statements, no over-limit charges...

Rochester campus enrollment up; housing costs remain high

December 3, 2003

NROCHESTER, Minn. - o dorms, no student union and the annual talent show is held in the cafeteria. Enrollment is up at the Rochester campus, the University's fifth and newest campus and home to IBM and...

Students among millions traveling home for Thanksgiving

November 26, 2003

T hanksgiving is one day away and University students are hitting the road - along with 31.1 million other Americans that AAA estimates will travel by car for the holiday. Junior Nick Dooley left for home...

More people compete for holiday-season jobs

November 18, 2003

Students hunting for seasonal jobs might have been encouraged by October employment statistics showing increased jobs in nearly every sector. But looks can be deceiving. Several local economists and retail...

Goldy’s job isn’t all fun and games

November 11, 2003

With an escort at her side, University sophomore Alexa Trussoni starts her work shift by disappearing into a restroom with a gray marching-drum case and a blue mesh garment bag. Inside the ladies' room...

Lower textbook prices overseas send U.S. publishers scrambling

November 6, 2003

Would students buy their mandatory $100 textbooks online from a foreign bookseller if they could save $50 - even after shipping and handling charges? U.S. textbook industry leaders think they might and...

U-spawned technology start-up flourishes

October 28, 2003

When tech start-up Sistina Software hired Ben Marzinski six years ago, the University computer science sophomore was spending so many late hours studying in the school's computer labs that janitors knew...

Some businesses support striking union members

October 24, 2003

Most business owners have been reluctant to take a stance on the University clerical workers' strike, but some businesses have shown support for striking workers by posting signs on their windows, allowing...

U police defend questioning Daily reporter

October 20, 2003

University police and employees shared more details last week about the alleged harassment of a Minnesota Daily reporter by three police officers. Reporter Koran Addo said he was surrounded and questioned...

New federal law won’t affect University trips to Cuba

October 13, 2003

The luster of University programs allowing student and faculty visits to Cuba could increase if tougher regulations President George W. Bush proposed Friday are successful. The initiatives - which would...

Bookstore brings students the world in its own words

October 10, 2003

Longing for a newspaper written in something other than boring old English? Prefer flipping through magazines from right to left rather than from left to right? One solution to this consumer crisis might...

Poll finds hope in ‘road map’ peace plan

September 29, 2003

A public opinion poll conducted in Israel by a Jewish alumnus of the University and a Palestinian political scientist found Israelis and Palestinians overwhelmingly support President George W. Bush's "Road...

Stores report brisk riot T-shirt sales

September 19, 2003

Nobody knows exactly what sport they play, but the merchandise sales have been brisk. What helps, of course, is the team's name - the Dinkytown Looters. The sarcastic nod to the neighborhood's hockey championship...

Crash courses help international students adapt

September 15, 2003

Historical scholars often refer to the United States as "the great experiment" - a melting pot combining hundreds of widely disparate societies into one ever-evolving and largely indefinable U.S. culture. Earlier...

Liberians at U hope to return home, help their country rebuild

September 10, 2003

By the time Allen Gbatu fled Liberia at age 14, the whine of missiles and machine-gun fire from warring rebel factions kept him up at night. Now an electric engineering student, Gbatu said he yearns for...

Edina couple donates $5 million to fund U education programs

September 5, 2003

An Edina, Minn., couple has donated $5 million to the University to help fund education efforts. Jim and Carmen Campbell, who both graduated from the University in 1964, said in a prepared statement that...

U Grad School jumps in ranking

September 3, 2003

The University's doctoral program ranks 60th in the nation, according to the U.S. News & World Report's annual "America's Best Colleges" issue released last month. The position was up from 109 last...

Military supports research at U

August 18, 2003

Three years ago, University professor Carol Lange needed to find a way to pay a graduate student to help with breast cancer research. So the University suggested she turn to an unlikely medical funding...

Immigrant blues

August 18, 2003

After the disorienting effects of Sept. 11, 2001, eventually subsided, one early policy change that both the right and left seemed to initially agree on was tightening immigration enforcement. The theory...

Unnatural selection

August 18, 2003

The problem with live computer-generated music has always been that no matter how great the wacky costumes or accompanying film strip is, you're essentially still paying good money to watch some bookish...

Part of us is missing

August 18, 2003

With a friendly attitude that stood in contrast to the weighty topics of his lyrics, Matthew Davis' talents as a singer, songwriter and guitar player appeared limitless. But Davis' gifts were not exclusively...

Rags to records

August 11, 2003

Good art always requires great sacrifice. Dan Messe, founder of New York-based, alt-country outfit Hem, knows the truth of that adage all too well. Messe recently sold virtually everything he owned in...

Women vie for votes in breast implant contest

August 4, 2003

Annie Reeves said she does not come to this nightclub often but signed up because she wanted to feel better about herself. "I don't really know much about the surgery, but I do know I want to be a model...

Karaoke comes to a ‘box’ near U

July 28, 2003

Jeff Hsiao was belting out Chinese pop songs to a group of friends Friday night in what is informally known as a karaoke "box." Hsiao, a mechanical engineering senior from Taiwan, said the small room with...

Don’t look back

July 28, 2003

When we, the little people, confront an unthinkable wrong, our neurological systems revert into what is known conversationally as coping mechanisms. Some binge on nachos; others feverishly weed the garden....

Consider the ravens

July 28, 2003

Can Christians be punk? The question might evoke an obvious contradiction in terms for most. The Bible specifically prohibits its followers from swearing, cheating on their taxes, disrespecting their elders...

Summertime blues

July 21, 2003

Democracy is all well and good, but it hardly makes for great rock and roll. Although granting power to the people is inarguably the way to go in terms of large-scale political systems, the best bands,...

The Green Fairy strikes again

July 14, 2003

You can't always judge a person by your first impression, but you can always appreciate a Marilyn Manson record by knowing which drug he was on when he made it. The sluggish, hazy feel of 1994's "Portrait...

U begins research with powerful MRI magnet

July 14, 2003

In the 1900s, scientists used sorcery and black magic to read the human mind. Today's scientists say they have found something more reliable - with a basis in science - to unlock the secrets of the mind:...

No straightedge please, we’re punk

July 7, 2003

In its infancy, punk rock, from the Sex Pistols, the Ramones and the Suicide Commandos on down to the Dead Kennedys, was at least vaguely political. That all changed as various subgenres split off into...

Proposed bill would make federally funded science research results free

July 7, 2003

A Minnesota representative has introduced a bill that would make all federally funded research results available to the public free of charge. According to Rep. Martin Sabo, D-Minn., Americans are essentially...

After court rulings, U to reflect on admissions policies

June 30, 2003

University officials will spend the next academic year reviewing affirmative action policies to ensure they comply with two rulings issued last week by the U.S. Supreme Court. But University General Counsel...

Except after see, and sometimes why

June 30, 2003

Look up "walking contradiction" in an unabridged dictionary and you will probably find a picture of these people. Formed in Florida in 1997, head-bangers Poison the Well are on the forefront of what can...

Marred by dust and sweat and blood

June 23, 2003

Zombie movies just don't get no respect. Largely dismissed by critics and filmgoers alike as sophomoric "B"-grade gore, the viewing public tragically often overlooks the delicious socio-politico subversive...

Historic East Bank physics tank now a storage locker

June 23, 2003

The towering metal maroon storage tank, emblazoned with the University's logo - a gold "M" - is sandwiched between two brick walls, buttressed by Douglas fir trees. Decades of students heading to Tate...

U adjunct prof’s role in conflict of interest case spurs reviews

June 16, 2003

The University is considering whether adjunct professors should be held to the same conflict of interest standards as full-time faculty. Currently, only full-time faculty members are required to disclose...

Do you copy?

June 16, 2003

We are pressed up uncomfortably against steel-reinforced wooden barricades, squinting against the sun and dining on foot-long hot dogs, rapidly melting ice cream cones and artificially flavored shaved...

Twinkle, twinkle little star

June 9, 2003

Probably the most amusing thing about cover bands is that none of them refers to themselves as such. "Tribute" is the preferred term. What must possess a fan of a particular band to go to such extreme...

U health center looks for conflicts of interest

June 9, 2003

The University's Academic Health Center is reviewing the personnel files of its adjunct professors for possible conflicts of interest. The inquiry was sparked after Dr. Ilo Leppik, an unpaid adjunct pharmacy...

U receives money to study renewable energy

June 9, 2003

The University will receive millions of dollars for renewable energy research from an unusual source - toxic nuclear waste. Led by the University's College of Biological Sciences and months of legislative...