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The Minnesota Daily

Niamh Coomey, Campus Administration Editor

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Tracking COVID-19 at the University of Minnesota

Tracking COVID-19 at the University of Minnesota

Published January 26, 2021
The Minnesota Daily staff updates the COVID-19 tracker every Friday.
Illustration by Jane Borstad

Faculty Senate discusses potential temporary salary reductions

Published May 6, 2020

As the University of Minnesota continues to face financial difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic, discussions have begun about potential cuts to faculty salaries.  The Faculty Consultative Committee...

Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein. 

Under new policy amendments, courses with low enrollment can’t be canceled after first class

Published May 2, 2020

Amendments to a University of Minnesota policy will ensure that courses with a low enrollment cannot be canceled after the first day of classes, lessening the impact on students and faculty.  The...

Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein

How is University governance operating during COVID-19?

Published April 30, 2020

As the University of Minnesota continues to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, the governance system has undergone some changes to reflect current challenges.  The University is making essential decisions...

Hailee Schievelbein

In light of COVID-19, U’s employee retirement plan transition pushed to June

Published April 28, 2020

Due to current uncertainties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Minnesota is delaying its transition of employee retirement funds to Fidelity Investments until June. The Retirement Plan...

Graduate school advising programs make improvements based on gradSERU data

Graduate school advising programs make improvements based on gradSERU data

Published April 23, 2020

The University of Minnesota Graduate School has been working to improve advising based on data from last year’s Graduate Student Experience in the Research University survey. The 2019 data was made accessible...

Folwell Hall on Saturday, March 21. 2020.

Students, faculty respond to summer classes moving online

Published April 13, 2020

University of Minnesota students and faculty are preparing for the summer semester to continue online. Due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, University President Joan Gabel announced last week that the University...

Illustrated by Morgan La Casse

University administration invokes hiring freeze, other financial measures

Published April 10, 2020

As the University of Minnesota makes rapid decisions in response to COVID-19, employees anticipate what’s to come. The University implemented a hiring and promotion freeze, which will be maintained through...

Illustration by Sarah Mai

Researchers leave lab animals, equipment on campus

Published April 9, 2020

As only essential COVID-19-related research continues at the University of Minnesota, many researchers have put their work on pause, leaving lab equipment, samples and animals on campus.  Researchers...

Athletic Director Mark Coyle addresses the Board of Regents in regards to a contract extension signed by head football coach P.J. Fleck at the McNamara Alumni Center on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. The deal, signed by Fleck last week, extends his contract through the 2026 season and will increase his base salary to $4.6 million.

U administrators answer COVID-19 questions in virtual town hall

Published April 8, 2020

University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel hosted an online ‘town hall’ Tuesday to answer community questions about the University’s response to COVID-19.  In advance of the livestreamed meeting,...

President Joan Gabel addresses the Board of Regents at the regents retreat in Duluth on Wednesday, March 11

UMN announces classes will be moved online through summer semester

Published April 6, 2020

Due to ongoing concerns about COVID-19, University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel announced Monday in a system-wide email that all summer classes will be administered online. “While we manage through...

Adjunct faculty see support from the University during online course transition

Adjunct faculty see support from the University during online course transition

Published April 2, 2020

For adjunct faculty at the University of Minnesota, the transition to online courses due to the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted new challenges as well as opportunities for support. Adjunct faculty, who...

Sophomore Austin Morrow completes the last lap of his run at Hidden Ponds Park in Eden Prairie on Saturday, March 28. “Running is a big part of physical fitness,” he said.

Despite pandemic, ROTC adapting to help students enter the military

Published April 1, 2020

Despite major changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Minnesota’s Reserve Officer Training Corps is working to ensure students’ commission into the military.  Students in the ROTC...

Freshman Marissa Mazzetta loads her belongings in preparation for her return to Illinois with her father, Jim Mazzetta, at Middlebrook Hall on Saturday, March 21. Mazzetta, like many freshmen at the University of Minnesota, is moving out of University housing as a result of COVID-19.

Students, parents express frustration with room and board refund

Published March 27, 2020

The University of Minnesota announced partial refunds for University housing Monday, prompting backlash from the campus community.  Students who have chosen to leave their University housing early...

Morrill Hall as seen on Saturday, Oct. 12.

U’s administrative spending is “within the range” of its peers, report finds

Published March 26, 2020

Over recent months, conversations have continued about addressing administrative spending among the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents. The board has long discussed the University’s administrative...

Courtesy of Lisa German.

University libraries welcome new dean as services operate online-only

Published March 26, 2020

The University of Minnesota welcomed a new dean of libraries to campus last month. Colleagues say she is well-equipped for the tumultuous times at hand. Lisa German is stepping into the role after the...

Illustration by Sarah Mai

Amid study abroad chaos, students share experiences about coming back home

Published March 19, 2020

All study abroad programs at the University of Minnesota have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic — leaving many students frustrated and unsure about the future.  The about 1,100 students...

Rape reported in 19th Avenue parking garage

Rape reported in 19th Avenue parking garage

Published March 7, 2020

A sexual assault involving rape occurred around 8:20 p.m. on March 6 inside the 19th Avenue Parking Ramp on the University of Minnesota’s West Bank Campus, according to a campus-wide safety alert sent...

Illustrated by Morgan La Casse

Looking to add diversity in educational fields, group charged with approving courses expands

Published March 5, 2020

The University of Minnesota’s Council on Liberal Education, which is responsible for approving new courses, is including more representation from different areas of study. The council’s work was put...

New draft policy seeks to balance freedom of speech with safety for campus events

New draft policy seeks to balance freedom of speech with safety for campus events

Published March 5, 2020

A new draft policy seeks to emphasize the University of Minnesota’s commitment to freedom of speech while balancing safety and resources for large events. The new Major Events Policy, which outlines...

Since 2017, 37% of faculty agree action has been taken to improve work environment

Since 2017, 37% of faculty agree action has been taken to improve work environment

Published March 1, 2020

Thirty-seven percent of University of Minnesota employees reported feeling that some action was taken toward improvement in the work environment since 2017. The employee engagement survey, which has been...

Teamsters Local 320 members stand present at an MSA forum to support a resolution drafted by Austin Berger on Tuesday, Oct. 8.

Teamsters union votes to accept final contract offer from UMN

Published February 26, 2020

More than seven months after their contract expired, the Teamsters Local 320 workers union voted to accept the University of Minnesota’s final offer Monday. The final offer, which came after months of...

Morrill Hall as seen on Saturday, Oct. 12.

UMN lays out steps to address lack of faculty diversity

Published February 24, 2020

Acknowledging that a low percentage of faculty are from underrepresented backgrounds at the University of Minnesota, administrators have laid out plans to recruit and retain a more diverse set of faculty. Data...

Scooters prompt old concerns, new conversations about accessibility

Scooters prompt old concerns, new conversations about accessibility

Published February 17, 2020

Within the first years of electric scooter rentals being introduced to Minneapolis streets, concerns have been raised in the city and on the University of Minnesota campus about accessibility for people...

The Board of Regents convene for their December 2019 meeting at the McNamara Alumni Center on Thursday, Dec. 12.

Renaming, faculty diversity among topics at first regents meeting of the semester

Published February 14, 2020

Renaming, real estate, unions, student mental health and diversity were all topics discussed at the University of Minnesota Board of Regents' first meeting of the semester.  President Joan Gabel presented...

Pedestrians make their way into Moos Tower on Wednesday, Nov. 20.  As temperatures drop Moos Tower sees an increase in foot traffic.

Faculty, staff express concern with new campus security measures

Published February 13, 2020

While some feel safer, some staff and faculty have voiced discontent with the tightening of security in several University of Minnesota buildings.  The security changes, which came after a recent...

A pedestrian walks by the International Student and Scholar Services center on West Bank on Tuesday, Feb. 4.

Training on international students accelerates for graduate school staff

Published February 6, 2020

International Student and Scholar Services will offer its first training solely for University of Minnesota graduate school program coordinators and other staff later this month.  The training on...

Demonstrators from Teamsters Local 320 gather outside Pioneer Hall on Wednesday, Aug. 21. The group said that more than 30 University employees were unfairly laid off over the summer.

As one union reaches an agreement with the University, another waits in limbo

Published February 2, 2020

After months of contract negotiations and demonstrations, unionized clerical workers have reached an agreement with the University of Minnesota. After pushing for wage increases and a reduced number of...

UMN China study abroad programs suspended due to coronavirus outbreak

Published January 31, 2020

The University of Minnesota has suspended all student travel and study abroad programs in China for the spring semester due to the coronavirus outbreak, according to an email sent to staff and faculty...

Melissa Kenney, Associate Director of Knowledge Initiatives, poses for a portrait in her home on Sunday, Jan. 26. Kenneys work focuses on decision making and how that impacts viewpoints on policies.

University governance examines the needs of non-tenure track faculty

Published January 27, 2020

University of Minnesota governance is examining the needs of faculty who are not on the path to tenure. These employees comprise a large portion of teaching and research roles at the University. The Faculty...

Faculty and staff training to facilitate new gender equity policy

Faculty and staff training to facilitate new gender equity policy

Published January 20, 2020

University of Minnesota staff and faculty are training to facilitate the recently passed gender equity and access policy.  The policy asks that faculty use students' specified names and gender pronouns,...

Hailee Schievelbein

Faculty committee discusses research priorities with Gabel

Published December 11, 2019

A faculty committee met with University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel Monday to discuss research priorities for the systemwide strategic plan. Improving communication about research to greater Minnesota,...

The University Senate convenes in Mondale hall on Thursday, Dec. 5. Those involved in the vote decided to continue discussions around changing the Universitys liberal education requirements.

No changes to liberal education requirements — for now

Published December 9, 2019

At a lively meeting Thursday, the University of Minnesota Senate decided to prolong discussions around changing the University's liberal education requirements. The Liberal Education Redesign Committee...

Sarah Mai

Website for free textbooks at UMN gains attention

Published December 5, 2019

From biology to design, faculty members in departments across the University of Minnesota are using a website to publish textbooks. Use of the Pressbooks website has spread among faculty in recent years,...

Hailee Schievelbein

University initiative reviews faculty for community engagement

Published November 26, 2019

This year, the University of Minnesota expanded an initiative aiming to assess faculty engagement with outside communities. The Review Committee on Community-Engaged Scholarship, an initiative by the Office...

Sophomore Bradley Hartwyk works on an assignment in Walter Library on Friday, Oct. 26.

Big Ten libraries begin creating shared collection

Published November 25, 2019

This year, Big Ten university libraries have begun work on creating a more collective system of books across institutions, including the University of Minnesota.  Earlier this semester, library leaders...

Hailee Schievelbein

Some faculty concerned as UMN changes retirement plan

Published November 21, 2019

After a yearlong process of reevaluating its plans and practices, the University of Minnesota will transfer its faculty retirement plans to a sole service provider this spring.  Fidelity Investments...

Anjali Oleksy, a sophomore at the university, poses for a portrait during the campus conversation, “Our University History: Understand, Acknowledge, Engage” in Coffman Union on Thursday Nov. 14.

Faculty, staff and students discuss moving forward on reckoning with University’s past

Published November 17, 2019

Staff, faculty and students gathered at Coffman Union Thursday to discuss how to reckon with controversial aspects of the University of Minnesota’s institutional history. After the Board of Regents voted...

Professor Ellan Tadmor, who sits back right, listens to students present their findings to the class science court on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

University professor Ellad Tadmor is using science to fight polarization

Published November 11, 2019

A University of Minnesota professor is working against political polarization using a course called ‘Science Court’ that examines a controversial issue through a scientific lens.  Ellad Tadmor...

Fond Du Lac City Councilman Dan Degner presents at a College Republicans weekly meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Conservative student leaders seek more involvement in campus government

Published November 10, 2019

Some conservative students at the University of Minnesota say they feel discouraged from voicing their opinions and getting involved on campus.  Campus data show students at the University are more...

Professor Sally Gregory Kohlstedt, chair of the LE Redesign Committee, speaks with faculty during a forum in the Northstar Ballroom at the St. Paul Student Center on Thursday, Oct. 31. Faculty from various departments offered feedback on proposed changes to liberal education requirements.

Liberal education redesign process continues with several public forums

Published November 6, 2019

Looking to gather feedback on potential changes to liberal education requirements, a UMN committee has hosted public forums over the past two weeks for faculty and academic advisers. The Liberal Education...

Hailee Schievelbein

Faculty committee looks to gather data about grad students with disabilities

Published November 2, 2019

A faculty committee is looking to obtain more data on how students with disabilities experience the University of Minnesota.  The Disabilities Issues Committee has begun to look at the questions around...

Hailee Schievelbein

UMN proposed gender identity policy nears implementation

Published October 31, 2019

The University of Minnesota’s proposed gender expression and identity policy, which has been three years in the making, is nearing implementation in November.   University community members attended...

Illustrated by Jane Borstad

Incoming UMN students may see mandatory academic integrity training

Published October 27, 2019

A University of Minnesota faculty committee is drafting a resolution that aims to implement mandatory training on academic integrity for new students.  The resolution, written by the Student Academic...

Sarah Vast, Human Resources Assistant for the University of Minnesota, poses for a portrait outside Peik Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 23. Last winter Vast struggled to find child care when schools closed due to extreme cold weather and ended up bringing their child to work at times. Other parents also coordinated when they had difficulty finding child care on short notice. 

University groups work to ensure employees can use sick leave for unscheduled child care

Published October 24, 2019

After extreme winter weather caused school and daycare closings earlier this year, groups at the University of Minnesota are making efforts to clarify language ensuring that employees can provide unscheduled...

The Board of Regents convene for their October 2019 meeting at the McNamara Alumni Center on Thursday, Oct. 10.

Potential University research priorities presented to regents

Published October 17, 2019

Board of Regents members discussed potential opportunities to advance research at the University of Minnesota at last week's meeting. Vice President for Research Chris Cramer presented to the board and...

One found dead after homicide in Marcy-Holmes

One found dead after homicide in Marcy-Holmes

Published October 16, 2019

A 27-year-old male was found dead at the intersection of 7th Street Southeast and 5th Avenue Southeast early Wednesday morning. The manner of death was ruled a homicide, according to a police press release. Police...

Teamsters Local 320 members stand present at an MSA forum to support a resolution drafted in support of workers on Tuesday, Oct. 8. 

UMN student government passes resolution in support of campus workers

Published October 13, 2019

The Minnesota Student Association passed a resolution in support of the Teamsters Local 320 labor union last week, showing solidarity for workers on campus as contract negotiations continue. Several unions...

Associate professor of international development Greta Friedemann-Sánchez, left, and colleague Peggy Grieve, right, pose for a photo in Colombia where they did field work in their efforts against intimate partner violence. Courtesy of Greta Friedemann-Sánchez.

UMN researchers work to prevent violence against women in Colombia

Published October 10, 2019

University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs researchers are working to impact legislation to prevent violence against women in Colombia. After years of research and field work, associate...

Illustrated by Morgan La Casse

Faculty weigh in on changes to UMN liberal education requirements

Published October 9, 2019

As the school year progresses, the Liberal Education Redesign Committee faces difficult conversations about what changes to make to the liberal education requirements at the University of Minnesota.  The...

Union members demonstrate at President Joan Gabels inauguration on Friday, Sept. 20.

Following protests, negotiations continue between union workers and UMN

Published September 26, 2019

Unrest grows as union groups at the University of Minnesota continue demonstrating to express discontent with contract negotiations.  AFSCME Local 3800, a clerical workers union at the University,...

A police car patrols University Avenue near TCF Bank Stadium on Tuesday, May 29, 2018.

Robbery and theft reported on West Bank

Published September 25, 2019

A robbery and a theft occurred on West Bank early on Tuesday evening, according to an all-campus alert.  First, there was a robbery around 7:30 pm on the 10th Avenue bridge. Shortly after, a theft...

Fayola Jacobs, an assistant professor at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, poses for a portrait on Tuesday, Sept. 24. “I’m excited to be at the U teaching and learning with students who are passionate about working with communities to understand and solve complex social justice issues.”  

New Humphrey School professor focuses on intersection between disasters and oppression

Published September 25, 2019

The University of Minnesota introduced a new assistant professor to the Humphrey School of Public Affairs this fall with a unique perspective on urban and disaster planning.  Assistant professor Fayola...

Union members demonstrate at President Joan Gabels inauguration on Friday, Sept. 20.

Union workers demonstrate at Gabel’s inauguration

Published September 20, 2019

Members from two workers unions, Teamsters Local 320 and AFSCME Local 3800, held demonstrations as President Joan Gabel walked toward Northrop Auditorium for her inauguration speech Friday morning.   Over...

Dr. Dimitri Perusse, left, and his wife, Yari Cabezas-Perusse, play with their daughter, Denali, in their backyard on Tuesday, Sept. 17. Perusses daughter suffered a stroke right after birth which motivates him in his research on treatment for neurodegenerative diseases.

UMN researcher motivated by daughter to continue work on new drug for neurodegenerative diseases

Published September 19, 2019

A University of Minnesota lab group is using a naturally occurring compound to create novel drugs to treat neurodegenerative diseases.  Professor Michael Smanski’s research group focuses on a naturally...

Representative Steven Sviggum listens to an address during the September Board of Regents meeting at the McNamara Alumni Center on Friday, Sep. 13.

First regents meeting briefly interrupted by union protest

Published September 14, 2019

 The University of Minnesota Board of Regents wrapped up its first meeting of the academic year Friday after beginning its final session with an unexpected guest — a brief protest from a campus...

Faculty look to create clearer expectations for faculty when discipline is necessary

Published September 12, 2019

In an initiative that will likely span several years, the Faculty Consultative Committee at the University of Minnesota is turning its attention to developing guidelines for how faculty conduct is addressed.  While...

Ryan Machtmes, Cofounder of the Organization for Graduate and Professional Students with Disabilities, poses for a portrait in Coffman Memorial Union on Monday, Sept. 9.

University faculty kick off school year with discussion of mandatory disability training

Published September 12, 2019

The University of Minnesota’s Faculty Consultative Committee started the school year with a collaboration between several organizations on campus to discuss one of their top priorities this year: mandatory...

Demonstrators from Teamsters Local 320 gather outside Pioneer Hall on Wednesday, Aug. 21. The group said that more than 30 University employees were unfairly laid off over the summer.

University workers voice discontent with contracts

Published September 2, 2019

Some University of Minnesota workers say they feel unfairly treated by the University as conflict over their contract ensues.  Documents obtained by the Minnesota Daily show that more than 30 workers...

Graduate students concerned by imbalanced international student fees

Published May 7, 2019

Graduate student government at the University of Minnesota recently expressed concern about high fees for international graduate students at the University in comparison to fees at other Big Ten schools. Research...

Student demonstrators hold up signs in protest of the Board of Regents position on building renaming during the special session on Friday, April 26. The board voted against the renaming of four buildings on campus after more than a year of community discussion on the issue.

Students respond to regents’ vote to keep building names

Published April 26, 2019

The University of Minnesota's Board of Regents voted Friday against renaming Coffman Union and several other campus buildings. Dozens of students showed up to the special session in protest and many expressed...

The Universitys Board of Regents convene at the McNamara Alumni Center on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019.

Student government mobilizing students for Friday’s regent meeting

Published April 25, 2019

In a campus-wide email sent to students Thursday morning, the Minnesota Student Association is calling for students to mobilize around discussions of the un-naming of several campus buildings. After months...

Sociology senior Kali Suchy works on updating computer software at the CLA Language Center in Jones Hall on Friday, Sept. 28 on East Bank. Suchy has been working at the CLA Language Center through a work study program since her freshman year.

Student worker survey to advocate for increased campus minimum wage

Published April 25, 2019

As the Minneapolis minimum wage continues increasing to $15 per hour, the Minnesota Student Association keeps pushing for a higher minimum wage for student workers on the University of Minnesota campuses.  MSA...

The crowd waits for Lil Yachty at Spring Jam on Saturday, April 21, 2018 in Minneapolis.

After falling short, student government attempts to make Spring Jam zero-waste

Published April 25, 2019

After months of planning, the Minnesota Student Association and several groups on campus are collaborating to make Spring Jam 2019 a zero-waste event after falling short last year. MSA has been working...

MSA relaunches sexual misconduct awareness campaign

Published April 10, 2019

The University of Minnesota’s undergraduate student government recently wrapped up a series of events for its sexual assault awareness week. Similar efforts were taken by other Big Ten universities. The...

Students from the University of Minnesota campuses including the Twin Cities, Crookston and Morris gather on the steps for a rally at the Minnesota State Capitol on Wednesday, April 3 as a part of Support the U Day.

Renter’s rights bill passes Legislative hurdle

Published April 8, 2019

A bill passed in the House last week aims to protect renters, like University of Minnesota students, who are often more vulnerable to bad leasing practices. Due to common poor housing management and complaints...

Passengers ride the campus connector bus on Friday, March 29 on the University East Bank campus in Minneapolis.

Students push for better campus bus system

Published April 1, 2019

Despite the end of a harsh winter, which saw many overcrowded University of Minnesota buses and increased delays, students continue to voice their concerns about campus buses and push for change. The Minnesota...

Student Body President Mina Kian, left, and Vice President Jael Kerandi pose for a portrait on Monday, March 25 outside of Lind Hall on East Bank. The newly elected pair aim to advocate for increased student wages on campus, enhance campus safety resources and go against tuition increases during their time in leadership at the University.

New student government leadership lay out goals

Published March 28, 2019

The Minnesota Daily recently sat down with the newly-elected Minnesota Student Association President-designate Mina Kian and Vice President-designate Jael Kerandi to discuss their goals and future initiatives...

A 3D printer that is being worked on sits on a table on Monday, March 25 at the Anderson Student Innovation Labs in the Mechanical Engineering Building on East Bank. The lab is a makerspace, which is a space that encourages hands-on learning by providing students tools and equipment.

MSA pushes for accessible makerspaces

Published March 28, 2019

From sewing machines to 3D printers, makerspaces at the University of Minnesota provide students with a vast array of opportunities for creation and collaboration, and the Minnesota Student Association...

Audience members during a MSA forum on Tuesday, Feb. 6.

MSA elections: Here’s what you need to know

Published March 11, 2019

The All Campus Elections kicked off today, with a last-minute dropout rocking the ballot. Minnesota Student Association vice presidential candidate Janet Nguyen dropped out of the race late Sunday evening...

Courtesy of Osirus Washington and Janet Nguyens campaign.

MSA presidential candidate disqualified after running mate drops out

Published March 11, 2019

Minnesota Student Association presidential candidate Osirus Washington is ineligible for the election after his running mate dropped out of the race, per MSA constitution rules.  He was disqualified...

MSA president, vice president candidates look to leave their mark

Published March 11, 2019

Editor's note: The print version of this story was published prior to Janet Nguyen dropping out of the race. This current version reflects the updated information. Voting begins this week for the next...

Osirus Washington and Janet Nguyen

MSA vice presidential candidate drops out of election

Published March 11, 2019

A Minnesota Student Association vice presidential candidate dropped out of the race after her running mate's past social media posts resurfaced and stirred controversy. Janet Nguyen released a statement...

Electrical engineering sophomore Sina Roughani operates a terminal that he uses to capture recorded data from the Universitys people search in Keller Hall on Thursday, Feb. 28.

One student aims to change U’s data privacy policy

Published March 7, 2019

Second-year student Sina Roughani hoped to impress his crush last year with an atypical birthday gift — improving University of Minnesota’s student data privacy policy.  The electrical engineering...

A police car patrols University Avenue near TCF Bank Stadium on Tuesday, May 29, 2018.

Two women harassed near East Bank campus

Published March 5, 2019

Two female victims were approached and harassed by eight juvenile males near campus Sunday night.  The harassment occurred around 10:50 p.m. while the victims were getting into their vehicle near...

A Campus Circulator makes its way around campus on Feb. 28, 2019 in Minneapolis. Students have made complaints about the efficiency of University buses, noting poor timing leading to jam packed or empty buses. 

Cramped, crowded, delayed: adverse weather hinders UMN transportation

Published March 4, 2019

As more snow falls and temperatures continue to drop, University of Minnesota students are piling onto crammed campus buses in order to avoid walking in the cold and slushy snow, creating trouble for buses...

MSA looks to increase student data privacy

Published February 25, 2019

The Minnesota Student Association is looking to increase student privacy by reducing the amount of data the University of Minnesota makes available online. The University's online student information database...

Illustrated by Morgan La Casse

Severe weather causes uptick in falls, injuries

Published February 18, 2019

Despite the University of Minnesota encouraging people on campus to "walk like penguins" to avoid falling, many students and faculty members have suffered injuries from slipping on campus sidewalks due...

Incoming MSA President Simran Mishra and Vice President Mina Kian speak during the final forum of the year at Tate Hall on Tuesday, April 24.

Coffman may see emergency contraceptives in vending machines

Published February 11, 2019

Because of a new Minnesota Student Association initiative, emergency contraceptives like Plan B One-Step may be easily acquired at the University of Minnesota in the near future. Due to limited hours at...

University of Minnesota students sifted trash from the Coffman Marketplace food court that wasnt already tossed into the correct recycling, compost or waste bin on Wednesday, April 18 in outside Williamson Hall.

MSA advocates for composting in all University buildings

Published February 5, 2019

A semester after composting was established in University of Minnesota dorms, multiple groups on campus are working to expand compost bins to every heavily-trafficked building on the Twin Cities campus. The...

Pema Lhewa keeps warm on the campus connector on Tuesday, Jan. 29 in St. Paul. All classes at the University of Minnesota starting after noon on Tuesday were cancelled due to extremely low temperatures.

Extreme temperatures lead to more UMN class cancellations, campus shutdown

Published January 29, 2019

As temperatures continue to drop, the University of Minnesota has further postponed classes and has shut down the campus until later in the week. According to an email from the Office of the President...

Christina Laridaen, Minnesota Student Association government and legislative affairs coordinator stands in the MSA room on Thursday, Jan. 24 at Coffman Union. Laridaen facilitated a vigil Thursday evening for sexual assault survivors and a comment writing bank for the proposed Title IX changes. 

Student government hosts vigil after Title IX proposal

Published January 28, 2019

The University of Minnesota’s student government hosted a vigil Thursday that offered support to sexual assault survivors and educating students on the details of U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’s...

Minnesota Student Association President Simran Mishra poses for a photo on Monday, August 27, 2018 at Coffman Union on East Bank. 

Student body president discusses new semester, student government initiatives

Published January 24, 2019

The Minnesota Daily recently sat down with Minnesota Student Association President Simran Mishra to discuss initiatives and goals for the spring semester. How has your presidency been going so far?  The...

Student body president discusses new semester, initiatives

Published January 24, 2019

The Minnesota Daily recently sat down with Minnesota Student Association President Simran Mishra to discuss initiatives and goals for the spring semester. How has your presidency been going so far?  The...

Minnesota Student Association President Simran Mishra gives the presidents update at Coffman Union on Tuesday, Dec. 4. Medical amnesty was one of the many issues covered in Tuesdays forum meeting.

MSA starts new initiative to reach more student groups

Published January 23, 2019

In an effort to make forum meetings more diverse, the University of Minnesota's undergraduate student government is developing a new outreach initiative to include more voices and improve student group...

James Farnsworth, chief of staff for the Minnesota Student Association, poses for a portrait in the MSA office in Coffman Union on Tuesday, Dec. 11. 

Multiple students apply for Board of Regents seats

Published December 13, 2018

An at-large and student at-large seat on the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents will open up next legislative session, making room for several students to apply. Students with past University...

Multiple students are applying for at-large seats on the board of regents

Published December 13, 2018

  An at-large and student at-large seat on the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents will open up next legislative session, making room for several students to apply.  Students with past...

Police responded to an assault at Dinkytown Wine and Spirits

Published December 5, 2018

Minneapolis and University of Minnesota police responded to several auto-related incidents and an assault around campus this week. University of Minnesota Police Department Chief Matt Clark said crime...

Students line up for food at the Dinkytown McDonalds on April 7, 2017.

MPD to introduce new late night patrols in Dinkytown

Published November 26, 2018

The Minneapolis Police Department is rolling out additional patrols in Dinkytown to address an increase in people seeking late-night bites after bars close on weekends.  In recent years, many Dinkytown...

The Radius apartments in Dinkytown on Saturday, Nov. 18.

Burglary spike at apartments near campus

Published November 21, 2018

Targeted efforts by police have worked to tame a recent spike in burglaries in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood this fall. Community members have cited an increase in burglaries in Marcy Holmes, many of which...

A Minneapolis Police officer patrols Dinkytown on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018.

Multiple auto thefts reported around campus

Published November 20, 2018

University of Minnesota and Minneapolis police departments responded to instances of thefts and shots fired around campus this week.  UMPD Chief Matt Clark said as the temperatures drop and people...