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University looks to private funding to finish stadium

June 28, 2006

A lazy summer definitely is not on University President Bob Bruininks' agenda this year. Although the University's push to get its projects funded ended with the legislative session in May, the real work...

May agenda full for regents

May 5, 2006

University tuition rates have increased 77 percent since 2001 and University faculty member compensation is 22nd in a list of 30 peer institutions. The University's Board of Regents will have these issues...

Students arrested in anti-war protest

May 1, 2006

Police arrested six students Friday afternoon during an anti-war protest. During the protest, a crowd gathered at the Washington Avenue Army recruiting office to protest the presence of Army recruiters...

Bruininks, student-leaders discuss issues over lunch

April 28, 2006

Between bites of University Dining Services meatloaf, steamed vegetables and a cookie, University President Bob Bruininks informally discussed issues with a handful of student-leaders Thursday in the Sanford...

CLA wrestles with ideas for University realignment plan

April 27, 2006

PFor the University's realignment plan to succeed, which aims to position the University as one of the top three public research universities in the world, the University needs to overcome a double-headed...

Law a route for U’s land needs

April 26, 2006

The University is feeling growing pains as the East and West banks bump up against their natural borders. Yet with University realignment and the Biomedical Sciences Research Facilities Authority calling...

Reshaping the U

April 20, 2006

FClick for full color layout with graphics and photos or the past year the University has undergone a process of self-inspection, charging 34 task forces with holding a magnifying glass to every nook of...

Bruininks explains U stance on Coca-Cola

April 17, 2006

As the school year winds down, University President Bob Bruininks sat down with the Daily to discuss policy, the legislative session and strategic positioning. Have you been receptive to students' concerns...

Task forces say AHC focus key

April 5, 2006

TEditor's Note: This is the last of a two-part series detailing the latest round of University realignment task force recommendations. he Academic Health Center needs more attention if the University wants...

Task forces urge more cooperation across U

April 4, 2006

IEditor's Note: This is part one of a two-part series detailing the latest round of strategic positioning task force recommendations. The second part, focusing on the Academic Health Center and metrics...

Stadium blurs historic building’s fate

April 3, 2006

Kitty-corner from the University's alumni center and across the street from Williams Arena sits a little red brick building with a big problem. Station 19, which is one of the last old-time firehouses...

Bill would veil U leader search

March 30, 2006

The House Civil Law Committee on Monday approved a bill exempting the University's Board of Regents from the Data Practices Act and the Open Meeting Law when it selects a new University president. If the...

U OKs land deal to help stadium

March 28, 2006

The University's Board of Regents on Monday approved in an 11-1 vote the proposed legislation to transfer 2,840 acres of the University's UMore Park near Rosemount to the state as a public nature preserve. As...

Bruininks talks about hot-button issues

March 27, 2006

TEditor's Note: The Daily will sit down with University President Bob Bruininks every month to get his opinion on campus issues. he University has several projects it is seeking funding for in the legislative...

Senate OKs U funding

March 24, 2006

The state Senate on Thursday approved a $990 million public works bonding bill in a 56-9 vote to fund state construction projects, including some high-profile University initiatives. The University now...

U examines fixing up two campus building mainstays

March 23, 2006

Two University icons of history and architecture are getting a lot of attention lately, and the feedback is more critical than admiring. The University has received $20.75 million of state money to fix...

Bruininks gets raise

March 20, 2006

The Board of Regents heaped praise upon University President Bob Bruininks at its March meeting Friday and awarded him with a raise for a job well done. Bruininks will get a 5 percent pay increase retroactive...

U campuses discuss recruitment woes

March 10, 2006

The chancellors of the University's Morris and Crookston campuses gave strategic positioning updates to the Board of Regents on Thursday at the board's monthly meeting. Both said their campuses are facing...

Significant agenda awaits regents

March 8, 2006

Although last month's meeting was mostly talk and little action, this week the University's Board of Regents has several items to vote on. Along with the usual real estate transactions and policy changes,...

Biomed funds top U agenda

March 3, 2006

University President Bob Bruininks proposed long-term funding for new biomedical science research facilities Thursday in his annual State of the University address. To compete with other states that are...

U says GC students won’t be left behind

February 28, 2006

More uncertainty over the fate of the General College and its students has been unearthed in recent weeks, raising speculation about what will happen to students above and below the 60-credit mark. The...

Gourmet turns into dorm-made in ‘Iron Chef’ competition at Coffman

February 27, 2006

Coffman Union Great Hall morphed into Kitchen Stadium on Saturday night for Minnesota Programs and Activities Council's second Iron Chef competition, minus a few of the usual accoutrements. Instead of...

Transfer students deal with registration woes

February 24, 2006

Jason Lahr doesn't know whether he's a sophomore or a junior. The sociology student transferred to the University in January from Normandale Community College in Bloomington, but because many of his credits...

Alumni gifts set record

February 23, 2006

Through initiatives like the University Scholarship Drive, more alumni are giving to the University than ever. More than 51,000 alumni gave to their alma mater in fiscal 2005, compared with about 47,300...

Lesher joins U ruling board with strong history of serving the state

February 21, 2006

Although Cyndi Lesher describes herself as a ìquick study,î the newest member of the Universityís Board of Regents would have to be as fast as U.S. Olympic speedskater Apolo Ohno to learn all she needed...

Bruininks details U ambitions

February 15, 2006

A year after he unveiled his plan to propel the University to one of the top-three public research universities in the world, University President Bob Bruininks talked to the Daily about how the plan is...

U opens aid to transfer students

February 13, 2006

Some transfer students are out of luck when it comes to getting scholarships at the University. A good portion of the scholarship money available is earmarked for first-year students, a category into which...

Pawlenty picks new regent

February 8, 2006

Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced Tuesday the appointment of Cynthia L. Lesher to the Board of Regents, just one day before the regents are set to gather for this month's round of meetings. Lesher will complete...

CLA student board listens to issues during open forum

February 3, 2006

College of Liberal Arts students voiced their opinions to the College of Liberal Arts student board on Thursday in its first forum dealing with the University's realignment process. The process aims to...

Apathy abounds for U plans

February 3, 2006

Despite University efforts, many students are not getting the message about what the University's "strategic positioning" realignment plan is about and why they should care. "I have no idea what strategic...

Banking on investor paying off for U

January 30, 2006

In fall 2002, the University's endowment fund decreased to $475 million, down from $840 million in 2000, following the one-two punch of the dot-com collapse and the economic downturn following Sept. 11,...

Forum advises better advising

January 26, 2006

The University needs to focus resources on a comprehensive advising and career counseling program, according to attendees of an open forum on the student support task force. Doing this is a way for the...

Search for regent draws on past errors

January 23, 2006

Less than three weeks before the February regents meeting, the board is still one short. But in the search for a new regent, the governor's office is taking its time, hoping not to repeat its mistakes. When...

Task force discusses ways to diversify University staff

January 19, 2006

University officials need to be held accountable to their promises of making diversity a priority, according to comments made at Wednesday's diversity task force public forum. The purpose of the meeting...

College mergers aim to pool resources

January 19, 2006

L Editor's Note: This is the second in a two-part series on the second round of realignment task force recommendations. ike a marriage, strategic positioning task force members are hoping the reorganization...

Proposals drive U makeover

January 17, 2006

TEDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first in a two-part series on the second round of realignment task force recommendations. Look for the second article Thursday. he University must change the public's perception...

Indian cuisine restaurant opens in Dinkydome

December 13, 2005

Walking up the steps of the Dinkydome, one can now catch whiffs of curry and coriander emanating from the building. The smell signals that the East Bank finally has an Indian restaurant. Little Taj Mahal...

U offers resources to prevent suicide and help others do the same

December 6, 2005

Sophomore James Roop said he knew the residence hall student who committed suicide just before Thanksgiving 2004. As a result, he has become much more sensitive when people talk about suicide. Roop said...

Hot commodity

November 29, 2005

With winter come the familiar traditions of roasting chestnuts on an open fire, toasting frigid fingers by the heater and coasting through a daydream of warmer times while lying in a tanning bed. University...

Potterheads ready for next installment

November 18, 2005

Late last night, Lacy Schumacher left campus at the witching hour to continue a tradition she started in high school. The global studies sophomore, who was thinking about disguising herself as a wand or...

Renaissance man, professor dies at 76

November 14, 2005

World-class chemical engineer and University professor Rutherford "Gus" Aris died Nov. 2 after a battle with Parkinson's disease. He was 76. Part of what made Aris so special was that he was not just an...

France riots draw U replies

November 9, 2005

French President Jacques Chirac declared Tuesday a state of emergency in France. He also imposed nationwide curfews after 12 nights of riots and arson that started in a Paris suburb and have since spread...

Student plans for voting vary

November 8, 2005

Mayoral and city council candidates made some last-ditch efforts Monday to try to get University students to vote. Their message, however, seems to have fallen on deaf ears. Several students Monday said...

U students reach out to underpriviliged in the U.S.

November 2, 2005

Melissa Reed's former students keep her cell phone ringing constantly two years after she finished teaching them. The Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs student worked at a junior high school in New...

Yom Kippur a time to reflect and reach out

October 13, 2005

University students joined Jewish people around the world Wednesday night in beginning their daylong fast in observance of Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of repentance. This year's holiday took on special...

One Stop offers parents grade access

October 11, 2005

Unlike in grade school, parents don't have the right to see University students' grades. A federal law enacted in the mid-1970s keeps that information private unless the student authorizes its release. But...

Pregnant women find help on campus

October 5, 2005

A woman holding a positive pregnancy test has plenty to consider. Especially if she's a student. Should she keep the baby? Can she afford to keep the baby and stay in school? Who can she talk to about...

Tribal elders connect with U students

September 27, 2005

Today's American Indian youths need to listen to their elders' teachings to revive their communities, said speakers at a meeting of the University of Minnesota American Indian Council of Elders. In the...

Greeks pomp their rides for homecoming parade

September 22, 2005

Late on a sticky Tuesday night, public relations senior Tori Trobak was in a barn in St. Paul stapling maroon and gold tissue paper to a 3-D letter M. Fresh out of a week of non-stop sorority recruitment...

The writing on the wall

September 13, 2005

On a sunny Thursday afternoon, Skott Johnson, the owner of Dinkytown business Autographics, surveyed the graffiti on the side of his building. Johnson said he moved his four-year-old business to its current...

Justice selection draws reaction

September 7, 2005

President George W. Bush on Monday announced John Roberts as his candidate to replace the late William Rehnquist as the Chief Justice of the United States, a move that has surprised some. Bush originally...

New businesses try Dinkytown market

September 6, 2005

Dinkytown's roster of businesses is ever-changing, with some departing and others coming to take their places. This year discount emporium Dinkytown Dollar Store and clothes-and-jewelry boutique Urban...