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What sports has become

Published 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

Published 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’

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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...

Don’t look back

Published 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

Published 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...

Karaoke comes to a ‘box’ near U

Published 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...

Summertime blues

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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?

Published 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...

U receives money to study renewable energy

Published 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...

West Bank offers U alternate culture

Published June 9, 2003

The West Bank area is a completely different beast compared to other parts of campus. And we like it just fine that way, thank you very much. That is the verdict of West Bank residents based on a casual...

Population center digitizes world’s census data

Published June 9, 2003

Wedged among a yoga center, a veterinarian's office, a senior citizen gathering spot, an Episcopal Church and a gym on the West Bank campus sits history professor Steven Ruggles' temporary office. On the...

Twinkle, twinkle little star

Published 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

Published 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...

Can’t help loving that tease

Published June 2, 2003

Not so long ago, a glimpse of a bare shoulder or a hint of inner thigh was the absolute height of titillation in this fair land. Times have changed, so that film actresses now look like porn stars and...

Wine Fest helps raise U pediatric funds

Published June 2, 2003

Well-heeled downtown Minneapolis denizens sampled from more than 300 wines and munched on dozens of exotic hors d'oeuvres this weekend in a gala designed to raise funds for the University's pediatric department. The...

Sweet soul music

Published May 27, 2003

Birmingham, Ala., is not a city most of us would care to visit, let alone grow up in. Unless you count F. Scott Fitzgerald, the residents are predominantly known for blowing up anyone who rubs them the...

Bar patrons, staff praise new state 2 a.m. closing law

Published May 27, 2003

University-area bar patrons and employees are enthused by Gov. Tim Pawlenty's approval of a bill allowing Minnesota bars to serve alcohol until 2 a.m. "We're finally equal with (Wisconsin) on something,"...

Enter the dream factory

Published May 8, 2003

Once upon a time, a rave did not necessarily always connote a $50 ticket gouge, nipple-twisting security guards and legions of bored 13-year-olds bumming cloves so they can pay $5 for bottled water at...

Into the stratosphere

Published May 8, 2003

On first go around, the Stratford 4's "Love & Distortion" comes off as yet another indie release everyone in college radio will go gaga for and the rest of us schmoes will forget without a second thought....

Just lippy, lippy, lippy

Published May 8, 2003

A crusty old punk friend of mine has a theory on chemical abuse that, although I do not completely support it, certainly applies in the case of the Flaming Lips. It goes something like this: Recreational...

Motion carries

Published May 8, 2003

Split EPs, be they seven-inches or CDs, are somewhat of a strange bird. Slightly longer than a free sampler you would pocket at the cash register, but still too short to gain an accurate idea of the band's...

Disabled students allege bus driver harassment

Published May 2, 2003

Complaints of disability discrimination by seven University students against University bus drivers have led to mandatory sensitivity training and a possible investigation by the bus company's corporate...

Thicker than pea soup

Published May 1, 2003

Andrew Broder, aka Fog, is as uncompromising as they come. If Broder just happens to be digging 1960s girl pop on a particular night, then he's going to spin a crate of it and he honestly couldn't care...

Changes in Interior Department policies endanger state forests

Published April 30, 2003

Minnesota's state forests are in danger because of a proposed change in the National Forest Management Act, former Forest Service deputy director Jim Furnish said during a recent State Capitol press conference. Furnish,...

Astral projection: Letting it be

Published April 24, 2003

One fascinating aspect of electronic-based music is that, due to its slavish reliance on computer software, mini-epiphanies of discovery can erupt multiple times over the same development or genre twist...

Minnesota air quality improves

Published April 24, 2003

The nation's ozone levels as a whole shot up 32 percent last year, while Minnesota's air quality improved slightly, according to Environmental Protection Agency data. But in recent weeks, the Minnesota...

Living Green Expo showcases local conservation

Published April 18, 2003

Opinions expressed at last weekend's Living Green Expo at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds suggest Minnesota environmentalists are shifting gears to act locally and perhaps think globally later. New state...

Nothing new under the sun

Published April 17, 2003

If you're going to name your new band after an immense star that reaches, on average, highs in the upper 15 million degrees, it's a must that said band has got a lot of explaining to do right off the bat....

Commodify your dissent

Published April 17, 2003

As the Cold War began to thaw in the early 1980s, morally troubling stories surfaced in the mainstream press, causing great controversy among the aging American hippie set. Major record labels such as...

Smoke ’em if you got ’em

Published April 17, 2003

I must have fallen asleep again and missed another meeting. When exactly did hippies infiltrate rap music? I was under the impression that the hip-hop art form was about political discourse, or was at...

Panelists discuss oil, war at Humphrey Institute forum

Published April 14, 2003

Oil and war are intrinsically linked, according to a recent University-sponsored discussion. Approximately 40 students and faculty attended the international policy forum, held Friday at the Humphrey Institute...

Austin, Texas gives mixed reviews of Bush administration

Published April 9, 2003

Although the majority of Texas residents support their adopted son, President George W. Bush, the capital city of Austin is another story entirely. Last month, Austin city officials passed a nonbinding...

Spring break trips not affected by war, so far

Published March 28, 2003

Annual college spring break trips appear largely unaffected by the war in Iraq, according to industry representatives. Although everyone interviewed said it was still too early to tell for certain, airline,...

You can’t kid a kidder

Published March 27, 2003

Kid Dakota, AKA Darren Jackson, is a trooper in every sense of the word. He survived a heroin habit that nearly killed him, saw his debut CD-R EP belatedly picked up by Low's Chair Kicker's Union label,...

Dulce et decorum est

Published March 27, 2003

Anyone who has ever had the good fortune to spend some time in Europe knows the news coverage over there of America's military forays differs drastically from the jingoistic pap one is subjected to here...

Despite oil fires in Iraq, U.S. fuel supplies will remain unchanged

Published March 24, 2003

Oil field fires set by retreating Iraqi troops will not significantly affect the U.S. gas supply, according to U.S. energy consortiums. Domestic fuel supplies will continue uninterrupted despite the ongoing...

DNR, angler dispute searches in high court

Published March 14, 2003

The Minnesota Supreme Court heard oral arguments this week in a case that could affect the application of the Fourth Amendment as well as the state's environmental well-being. Minnesota anglers and attorneys...

Northstar backers seek Legislative support

Published March 14, 2003

Minnesota's first commuter railroad might still go forward, despite a national economic decline and the subsequent reduction of state transportation funds. Northstar Corridor commuter rail line supporters...

Pesticide use at schools might cause asthma

Published March 10, 2003

U.S. children are getting asthma at more than double the rate of two decades ago, according to a Feb. 24 Environmental Protection Agency report. In Minnesota, scientists and environmentalists said pesticide...

Light rail transit ‘on track,’ but faces a setback

Published March 7, 2003

Signs across the Twin Cities proclaim Minnesota's long-awaited $675.4 million light rail project remains "on track." Internal budget squabbles, however, might have temporarily stalled the project. At one...

Overpowered by folk

Published March 6, 2003

Few things are more maddening than a pretentious artiste who is nearly as talented as he thinks he is. Firing band mates on the slightest of whims, showing up stumble-down-the-stairs drunk at cocktail...

Environmental agencies feel cuts

Published March 4, 2003

Local environmentalists contend Gov. Tim Pawlenty's 14 percent cut in state environmental and agriculture spending until 2005 might come at the expense of environmental quality, such as clean water. "Gov....

From the north

Published February 27, 2003

When the word Viking is mentioned, the vast majority of us immediately conjure up images of Hagar the Horrible comic strips or a professional football team that consistently chokes in the playoffs. At...

Former prof plans to debut transit system in Duluth

Published February 27, 2003

With light rail construction possibly running out of money, alternative and cheaper mass transportation solutions have been gaining popularity. One such futuristic idea is personal rapid transit. For many,...

Federal funds might boost local transit projects

Published February 25, 2003

With a struggling national economy and record-breaking state deficits, good budget news has been in short supply. But some positive developments might be on the way for Twin Cities-area environment and...

Free speech advocates claim foreign conflict threatens arts

Published February 24, 2003

In early February, first lady Laura Bush canceled a planned White House literary symposium after learning that many of the poets she invited planned to use the platform to protest a possible war with Iraq. Civil...

“200 kmh in the Wrong Lane” By t.A.T.u.

Published February 20, 2003

Almost every single piece of press devoted to t.A.T.u. heralds them as America's first mainstream dyke pop artists. Did I miss something here? Where exactly does that put lesbian music pioneers such as...

“Hot Action Cop” By Hot Action Cop

Published February 20, 2003

Of all the millions of subgenres of pop music that exist today, one of the most fascinating to follow is sexually-explicit music that is in no way, shape or form erotic to anybody save the creators themselves....

Ice Cube reissues

Published February 20, 2003

In my opinion, Ice Cube is a total jerk. His lyrics celebrate a worldview that is prejudiced, misogynistic, homophobic, anti-Semitic and just about any other "ic" you can think of. The eternal catch-22...

Hybrid rental car club hOurCar will provide convenience for some

Published February 20, 2003

A unique, environmentally friendly automobile program coming to the Twin Cities will let drivers rent cars by the hour. But most University undergraduate students need not apply. Members of the hOurCar...

Metro Transit might lose routes, hike fares

Published February 19, 2003

Canceled bus routes and increased fares might be on the way, since Metro Transit's budget will likely be slashed as part of Minnesota's worst budget crisis ever. Metro Transit's woes are twofold. First,...

Major car manufacturers gear up to market hydrogen automobiles

Published February 13, 2003

Ever since the Hindenburg dirigible exploded in a ball of flames in 1937, the notion of traveling via hydrogen has stalled - until now. President George W. Bush's recent State of the Union address promised...

Consider this a message

Published February 13, 2003

Anyone who attended a mainstream rap concert in the 1980s should remember how awful live hip-hop used to be. Although isolated groups like the Fat Boys were developing unique personas and genuine lyrical...

Fractured Fairy Tales

Published February 6, 2003

The Brothers Grimm's collection of Germanic fairy tales, in its unadulterated form, is not exactly soothing bedtime fodder for the little crumb-crushers. Human existence in Grimm Land is generally erratic...

Treason to Whiteness

Published February 6, 2003

When I was a teenager attending high school in suburban Texas, I briefly dated a girl of Filipino descent. The relationship only lasted a few months but was significant enough to raise the ire of virulently...

A little bit crazy, a little bit bad

Published February 6, 2003

The British are on to something; that's for sure. Virtually every popular Yankee TV show of late is a dumbed-down, regurgitated version of a U.K. program. Everything from punk to techno cuts its proverbial...

U might add alternative energy research center

Published February 5, 2003

The University might soon be home to a research center devoted solely to studying alternative forms of energy. The Consortium for Renewable Energy and the Environment - the working title of the University...

Don’t Take Your Love to Town

Published January 30, 2003

Prostitution is of course both the oldest and one of the most dangerous professions. Hollywood, via unrealistic fairy tales such as 1990's "Pretty Woman," downplays the numerous risks involved to the point...

You Can’t Touch This

Published January 30, 2003

Hell has officially frozen over. Everything you know is wrong. Hawaii Show, the lip-synching side project of ex-Lifter Puller guitarist Steve Barone, recently opened for Nickelback. Now Har Mar Superstar,...

U prof: Westerners mishandlefemale circumcision issues

Published January 29, 2003

Female genital mutilation and its intrinsic relationship to human rights and democracy issues were the focus of University sociology professor Elizabeth Boyle's discussion Monday afternoon in Ford Hall. "If...

Gabin Gabin Hey!

Published January 23, 2003

Italy nowadays is not for the faint of heart. There are only two sections at restaurants: regular smoking and ultra. Meat is consumed like water. Hard-core pornography is shown on prime time. Traffic laws...