The Minnesota Daily

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Salman Rushdie can take a joke

April 27, 2006

Remember that episode of "Seinfeld" in which Kramer thinks Salman Rushdie is a member of his health club? But he goes by Sal Bass ("He just replaced one fish with another, Jerry!")? I saw it when I was...

Bill Clinton to give lecture at Northrop

October 13, 2005

Over the past 25 years, the Distinguished Carlson Lecture Series has welcomed heads of state, Nobel laureates and civil rights leaders. At 5 p.m. on Nov. 5, former President Bill Clinton will speak at...

News doesn’t take a vacation

September 6, 2005

It was a busy summer. The president was given the opportunity to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court. Amid mounting violence in Iraq, a dead soldier's mother gained national attention. Two years after...

Group helps Chinese coming to U

May 6, 2005

Every year, the Friendship Association of Chinese Students and Scholars helps new students directly from China get acclimated to life in the United States. The student group, founded in 1984, is the largest...

“For my country”

May 4, 2005

TEditor's note: Since the day four U.S. planes were taken and turned into weapons Sept. 11, 2001, U.S. soldiers have continued to serve abroad, and University students are among those in training or on...

Search for summer subleasers not always easy for University students

May 4, 2005

Graduating biochemistry senior Gabriela Monsalve is having a tough time subleasing her place for the summer. Perhaps she's asking possible tenants to pay too much, she said. As the spring semester ends...

Campus buzzes for cancer research

April 25, 2005

Christa Beverlin's hair floated loosely in the crisp spring wind as a Great Clips stylist shaved her head on the Riverbend Commons Plaza on Friday. The theater arts and dance senior joined approximately...

Ceremony honors U greek chapters

April 5, 2005

Members of the greek community came out dressed their best to honor outstanding fraternity and sorority members and chapters Monday in Willey Hall. Sigma Nu fraternity and Alpha Omicron Pi sorority each...

Area smoking bans take effect in bars, restaurants

March 31, 2005

Ashtrays filled up fast, and lighters sparked incessantly in hazy, smoke-filled Stub & Herbs on Wednesday as patrons marked the last night of smoking in local bars and restaurants. It's officially...

Motion to block smoking ban fails

March 28, 2005

It appears the last cigarettes smoked in Hennepin County bars and restaurants will be extinguished March 31, after a county judge denied a request Friday to at least temporarily halt the new law. Stub...

Budget cuts to hurt U events

March 24, 2005

Homecoming, Spring Jam and a variety of other programs could be vastly different next year if a Student Services Fees Committee recommendation passes, officials said Wednesday. If the budget cuts recommended...

Local bars challenge ban

March 11, 2005

Don't stamp out that cigarette just yet. A group of local bar owners and club owners filed a lawsuit Thursday in Hennepin County to challenge local smoking bans set to begin March 31. Stub & Herbs...

University, greeks commit to improve community, adhere to academic standards

March 10, 2005

University officials and the greek community recently signed and released a formal partnership statement. The partnership will focus on academics, student development, leadership, community service and...

Off-campus housing fair set for today at Coffman

March 9, 2005

Potential off-campus renters will have the opportunity to learn about the rental process and jumpstart their search for housing by attending a housing fair today. The fifth annual Off-Campus Housing Fair...

Rental units under the microscope

February 28, 2005

Dull pink insulation burst from behind an exposed black pipe, a rotten wooden porch sat slouched in the snow and Grant Wilson noted it all on his clipboard. Wilson, district supervisor for Housing Inspection...

Renters’ survey results give handy housing stats

February 28, 2005

The Minnesota Student Association fully released survey results today that officials said they hope will make finding safe housing easier for students. The survey allowed students to evaluate their landlords...

Other colleges offer all-greek complexes

February 24, 2005

Students in fraternities and sororities across the nation are living in all-greek apartment complexes. At least 15 schools nationwide have built all-greek housing complexes, according to a written summary...

Meekly wait and murmur not

February 17, 2005

In the world of mail-order brides, where women from poor countries are chosen as wives by men from rich ones, something is bound to be lost in translation. From the beginning of first-time director Federico...

Greek Village gets mixed reaction from U students

February 16, 2005

Students expressed mixed reactions Tuesday to a proposed all-greek student apartment complex on the 1700 block of University Avenue Southeast. Both greek and nongreek students expressed a mix of concern,...

U considers greek-only housing

February 14, 2005

Administrators are considering a new proposal for a 100,000-square-foot, greek-only apartment complex on the 1700 block of University Avenue Southeast. Because greek housing facilities are in substandard...

New group unites greeks, will focus on U relations

February 11, 2005

University greek students have a new voice on campus. The Minnesota Greek Alumni Partnership was officially formed in September and will focus on relations with alumni and the University, as well as housing...

U technicians set up stations to help debug students’ computers

February 8, 2005

In an era of high-speed downloading and fast-paced file sharing, in which students can get nearly any program, song, movie or TV show they want, many people are also picking up annoying bugs designed to...

Reapplication for campus housing begins next week

February 3, 2005

Students who want to live in the residence halls again next year will begin the first round of the housing reapplication process Monday. Before being eligible for reapplication, students who live in University...

MPR poses competition to Radio K

February 1, 2005

Amy Dahl checked the levels on a mixer some say is as old as the 30-year-old Rarig Center, which houses the studios and offices of the University's station, Radio K, AM 770. "Can we say 'hell'?" said Felix,...

Marcy-Holmes residents weigh upgrade options

January 28, 2005

Residents of the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood discussed how to evaluate proposals for improving the community Thursday. The proposals are a part of Phase II of the Neighborhood Revitalization Program. The...

15th Avenue might see more lighting

January 26, 2005

The dimly lit sidewalks of 15th Avenue Southeast could see a brighter future if Minneapolis officials approve a push by Marcy-Holmes neighborhood residents. University officials are working with the neighborhood's...

Tsunami benefits garner thousands in donations

January 25, 2005

University students joined the public last weekend to raise money for relief efforts in the aftermath of the devastating tsunamis in south Asia last month. On Sunday, the Sri Lanka Relief Fund benefit...

Students pull double duty for tsunami fund-raisers

January 21, 2005

University students are taking significant roles in two local tsunami relief fund-raisers this weekend. On Friday night, 25 local disc jockeys will convene at Solera, 900 Hennepin Ave. in Minneapolis,...

Snowy, blowy, icy, showy

January 20, 2005

An icy swarm of powder eddies around your tires, the frigid breeze stings your face and the slow gurgling of Medicine Lake eases your mind as you drive across the frozen surface toward the Art Shanty Project. The...

King honored at Uon stage, in song

January 18, 2005

As dishes clattered in the kitchen, Martin Luther King Jr. commanded a captive audience Monday at the Centennial Hall dining center. King, who was portrayed by an actor, was part of Spread the Dream, an...

U students showcase robots at alumni center

December 14, 2004

A tiny scoreboard switched from 24-20 to 24-27 as the "Minnesota Rouser" morphed into the Michigan school song and a plastic 12-inch Glen Mason choked itself Monday. With the model, Alex Cecchini took...

Mpls. to start new sweeps

December 10, 2004

Starting Jan. 1, city inspectors will begin a five-year sweep of all Minneapolis rental properties, including those in neighborhoods around campus. Minneapolis Regulatory Services and the Fire Department...

Grocery delivery service comes to U

December 9, 2004

University students in Riverbend Commons got their grocery bags filled for the first time by the delivery service SimonDelivers on Wednesday. The service allows customers to order groceries online or over...

Greeks benefit from housing rule

December 3, 2004

After three months at the University, Ryan Feia is finally settled. The first-year student unpacked many items from his former Middlebrook Hall room Tuesday and carried them up to his new second-floor...

U not sure of need for expanded housing next year

December 1, 2004

Now that all students who lived in expanded housing at the Days Inn have moved out, University housing officials said they do not know yet whether next year's first-year students could end up in a similar...

Kappa Alpha Psi returns to campus

November 22, 2004

The black fraternity Kappa Alpha Psi celebrated its return to the University with an enthusiastic celebration Friday night at Coffman Union. The predominantly black fraternity left campus in 1999 because...

Student liaison connects Marcy-Holmes residents

November 18, 2004

With winter weather creeping in, Sara Schwan has just completed her last round of door-knocking in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood. Schwan was hired as a student liaison to the neighborhood in late July...

Policy allows records online

November 12, 2004

Since implementing a new policy in August, campus housing officials are keeping a closer watch on who is allowed to list properties on their off-campus housing Web site. The new policy bans landlords from...

Fraternity council elects new leaders, president

November 10, 2004

The Interfraternity Council elected a new president and several other leaders Tuesday at Coffman Union. Brian Brothman, a junior in Sigma Nu fraternity, was elected to the post. He pledged to help recruitment...

Marcy-Holmes eyes improvements

November 10, 2004

Marcy-Holmes neighborhood officials are preparing to use thousands of dollars in city money to spruce up a local community that's home to many University students. The Minneapolis Neighborhood Revitalization...

Today’s arranged marriages ‘far different’ than past

November 4, 2004

A traditional custom in Indian culture, the concept of arranged marriages is still an issue that affects the lives of modern Indian students at the University. Some Indian students at the University said...