The Minnesota Daily

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SA hopefuls focus on improving community

March 17, 2000

After seeing what they say is a community in need of improvements, two Minnesota Student Association candidates have several ideas to get the ball rolling to make campus a warmer place. MSA presidential...

Candidates purport to disband MSA

March 15, 2000

After three years of experiencing what they say is ineffectual student leadership, Minnesota Student Association presidential and vice presidential candidates Jared Christiansen and Mike Franklin are running...

Protesters confront Gore supporters

March 10, 2000

Five banner-wielding protesters descended upon Vice President Al Gore's presidential campaign state headquarters above Chipotle Mexican Grill on Thursday to protest his involvement with an oil company...

Alarm malfunctions in Art Building fire

March 7, 2000

While bringing dinner to University art student Kate Vogel at the Art Building on Saturday night, Brian Mattson smelled smoke and went to pull a fire alarm. Nothing happened. "I pulled the alarm, and nothing....

Presidential candidate speaks to small U crowd

March 3, 2000

When Democratic presidential hopeful Heather Harder stopped at Ford Hall on Thursday, only three students were there to hear her plan for the future of the country. Harder, a former professor from Indiana,...

Temporary union sees decline in attendance

February 18, 2000

After moving from Coffman Union last year, student groups on campus have had an "out of sight, out of mind" experience. Since relocating to the basement of 720 Washington Ave., underneath McDonald's and...

Opening the Gate

February 14, 2000

Walking through the east entrance of the brand-new McNamara Alumni Center University of Minnesota Gateway into Memorial Hall, visitors will be greeted by a six-story, geode-shaped atrium with fissure-like...

Showboat fire deemed accidental

February 14, 2000

The fire that consumed the University's Centennial Showboat last month was an accident started by errant sparks from a welder's torch, St. Paul Fire Department officials said. Because the fire was accidental,...

Morrill Hall renovation approved

February 11, 2000

The University Board of Regents approved a $1 million amendment to the capital budget Thursday morning to pay for a Morrill Hall renovation. University officials have already requested $134 million from...

Courier service unable to keep up with library demands

February 10, 2000

Students have found themselves waiting too long for books because the Science and Engineering Library has continually experienced delays getting information to its patrons. University officials set up...

Faculty, students speak: Art Building for the birds

February 10, 2000

For almost 30 years, Guy Baldwin, a University metal sculpture professor, has worked in a building that was never designed for his craft. He remembers the fresh coat of paint on the walls and the cleanliness...

University officials, art students rally for funds

February 10, 2000

In support of one of the final pieces to the University arts community puzzle, more than 600 people hailed College of Liberal Arts Dean Steve Rosenstone's rallying cry for a new art building. Addressing...

Centennial Showboat catches fire, rocking plans for upcoming performance

January 31, 2000

It was all coming together. After seven years of delays and budget problems, the University Department of Theatre Arts and Dance had finally started renovating its century-old Mississippi River theater....

Celebration features new human ecology dean

January 28, 2000

The College of Human Ecology on the St. Paul campus kicked off its 100-year anniversary celebration Thursday with balloons, cake, presents and a visit from the school's new dean. Shirley Baugher, currently...

Cell research institute will join U in 2000

December 13, 1999

A new $2 million stem-cell research institute will be added to Moos Tower by December 2000, the Board of Regents decided Thursday. The funding will enable the University to recruit 13 additional researchers...

U asks for input in design process

December 10, 1999

University Facilities Management officials said they want more flexibility in state-funded building projects, directing concerns to Gov. Jesse Ventura during his Thursday visit. Members of the Board of...

River flats Park final design still unknown

December 9, 1999

Although Riverbend Commons -- the massive $87 million construction project behind Coffman Union -- is well underway, planners have yet to nail down a final layout for Riverflats Park. To work toward a...

Campus construction on schedule, within budget

December 2, 1999

As the semester draws to a close and a new millennium approaches, most major University construction projects are on schedule, said Eric Kruse, vice president of University Services. In 1998, the University...

High price tag results in construction delay

November 15, 1999

The University's Riverbend Commons project, designed to improve access to the Mississippi River and add more on-campus housing, will be completed fall 2001, one year later than expected. The delay, caused...

Northrop Plaza renovation receives additional funding

November 12, 1999

Thirty years of harsh weather have exacted $4.4 million in damage to the Northrop Memorial Auditorium plaza. Renovating the plaza was originally part of a five-year, $46 million maintenance project for...

Regents visit construction projects

November 11, 1999

A tour bus filled with legislators, regents and students pulled into the parking lot at the new Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium in St. Paul on Wednesday afternoon. The tour went well until the guide reminded...

Renovation includes $1.2 million project to remove asbestos

November 9, 1999

As University officials prepare to shut down Coffman Union for two years, construction workers will begin eradicating the building's asbestos this week. Once a staple of the construction industry and nicknamed...

Students gather for Coffman closing

October 29, 1999

An intimate group of 20 students, many of whom worked for Coffman Union, celebrated its closing Wednesday afternoon and the start of two years of renovations. Master of ceremonies Michael Holland, Coffman...

Biology building funds fall short

October 29, 1999

The University remembered its past by opening two time capsules Wednesday, then looked forward to the future with the Molecular and Cellular Biology Building ground-breaking ceremony. Upon completion,...

Photographer finds new beauty in old buildings

October 28, 1999

Photographer Thomas Foley, a University alumnus, spent a few days this fall searching out all the buffalos, cellists and Medusa heads on campus. He didn't return empty handed. Foley found and photographed...

Beautiful U begins with trash pickup

October 28, 1999

Gangs of facilities crews ran rampant through campus Wednesday, looting buildings for their trash and dirt as the University began its two-day "Beautiful U" celebration. The cleaners, dubbed the "G.A.C....

Coffman student groups to hold moving-out contest

October 21, 1999

Let the race to the basement begin. When 33 student groups begin to move their desks, file cabinets and everything else out of soon-to-be-gutted Coffman Union on Nov. 12, they will try to beat each other...

Pedal power breaks ground for new wing

October 18, 1999

The Mole-Rat 2000, a student-designed pedal-powered digger, took the place of the ceremonial golden shovel at a the groundbreaking for the Architecture building's new addition Friday evening. The inventive...

Recognition of research center hoped to spur aid

October 14, 1999

The University's Immigration History Research Center has been recognized by a White House council for outstanding contribution to the preservation of American history. The Immigration History Research...

Stadium Village businesses welcome Gateway Center

October 8, 1999

As the Gateway Center prepares to welcome its first occupants, adjacent Stadium Village businesses look forward to a sales boost. The center will house about 750 University employees, who area businesses...

New option for bikes will bridge campus

October 7, 1999

Bicyclists will soon have another option when traveling between the University's East and West banks. Bridge No. 9, an abandoned railroad bridge located between the Washington Avenue and 10th Avenue bridges,...

Legislative budget cuts reduce archive capacity

October 1, 1999

As several University archives prepare to move to Andersen Library this winter, library space will be at a premium as the new caverns near capacity. Original blueprints for the new West Bank library called...

Construction work

September 30, 1999

Faculty members and students working in buildings near the Riverbend Commons project are accustomed to daily tremors from ongoing construction. Although most are adjusting to the week-old activity, employees...

Agreement aligns students to forum about pollution

September 28, 1999

The Golden Gopher and the Venetian Lion will get an opportunity to work together as the University and the Venice-based Forum for the Lagoon signed an agreement during a lecture at the Architecture Building...

Archives to be moved to Andersen Library

September 24, 1999

For 25 years, Rudolph Vecoli woke up in the middle of rainy nights hoping his archive wasn't flooded out. With a leaking roof, poor drainage and an occasional sewer backup, the Immigration Research History...

Yudof initiates blasting series

September 23, 1999

Students in Coffman Union on Wednesday morning felt a rumble as University President Mark Yudof ignited the first of a monthlong series of explosions. The explosions, signifying a new stage of construction...

U faculty will be trained to work with disabled

September 17, 1999

The U.S. Department of Education awarded the University's General College a $692,000 grant last week to pilot a national project for students with disabilities. The grant, awarded by the curriculum transformation...

Showboat renovation prepares to set sail

September 16, 1999

Despite delays resulting from communication problems with contractors and the city of St. Paul, the University is negotiating contracts with construction firms to renovate the Centennial Showboat. The...

West Bank plaza gets makeover, new library

September 14, 1999

Pedestrians and bicyclists crossing the Washington Avenue Bridge are running into some heavy congestion. Hoping to transform the West Bank plaza from a "barren wasteland of concrete," the University is...

Time capsule found in Millard cornerstone

September 10, 1999

A piece of the University's past was reclaimed Thursday when construction workers tearing down Millard Hall discovered an 88-year-old time capsule in the building's cornerstone. "We thought there might...

Murphy, Ford renovations to be finished six months early

September 9, 1999

The renovation of Murphy and Ford halls will be completed six months early thanks to a new design-build process. The process allows designers and builders to work together closely to renovate campus projects. "We'll...

Program examines effects of Nazi films

May 17, 1999

A film used by the Nazis in 1940 that compared the migration of Jews to the migration of rats was part of "The Language of Visions of Otherness and Cleansing: Racial Hygiene and the Holocaust" at Ford...

U students

April 19, 1999

Van Cleve Park is a cleaner place thanks to some enterprising middle school students. A neighborhood trash cleanup, wheelbarrow races, planting flowers and making pud -- a snack made of peanut butter,...

Play addresses farm-related stress

April 19, 1999

The financial turmoil, stress and dangers of farm work were some of the topics presented in the play "Farm Alarm: Coping with Stress" at the St. Paul Student Center theater Friday. The performance detailed...

Lecture discusses issues of homeless

February 5, 1999

Many students who normally spend their afternoons sleeping, studying or eating in Coffman Union found themselves listening to a lecture on homelessness and the education of homeless children in the Twin...

Disabled community discusses injustices

November 3, 1998

Members of the University's disabled community gathered to discuss inequalities they've endured as the University's Race Dialogue Week continued Monday with a discussion on hate crimes, civil rights and...

Doctor questions

May 18, 1998

Undergraduate students and health care professionals had their concepts of brain death and organ donation challenged Saturday at the Brain Death and Organ Transplant Seminar at Moos Tower. Dr. Paul Byrne,...

Nature lovers gather to swap outdoor equipment

May 1, 1998

Spring fever was running high Thursday during the first day of the Outdoor Store's 16th annual Bike and Camping Gear Swap. By 10 a.m., more than 100 outdoor enthusiasts bought bicycles, backpacks, outdoor...

New University Press director

April 14, 1998

The University of Minnesota Press welcomed its new director, Douglas Armato, with a reception Monday night at the Weisman Art Museum. The University of Minnesota Press is a non-profit publisher of scholarly...

Photographer Brandenberg

April 1, 1998

More than 375 people crowded into the Bell Auditorium Tuesday night to listen to nationally acclaimed nature photographer Jim Brandenberg discuss his career and his new book, "Chased by the Light." Brandenberg...