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UMN biochemistry student dies at 20

Published February 27, 2018

A University of Minnesota student died on Sunday at the age of 20.  Mitchell Hoenig was a junior in the College of Biological Science majoring in biochemistry. A memorial will be held in Coffman Union...

Candidates announced for MSA, PSG, COGS president and vice president

Published February 2, 2018

Wednesday was the last day for University of Minnesota students to file their candidacy to run in this year’s  student government elections. Recent years have seen lower turnout in attracting candidates,...

Minneapolis Assistant Police Chief Mike Kjos and UMPD Chief Matt Clark answer questions Tuesday after Rashad Bowmans arrest at the Graduate Hotel. The 38-hour standoff ended in Bowmans arrest just before 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 30. 

Graduate Hotel standoff rumors: What really happened?

Published February 1, 2018

A 38-hour standoff at the Graduate Hotel near the University of Minnesota campus attracted multiple police departments, SWAT teams, closed roads and produced various rumors and questions. The ordeal, which...

Fear of vaccines led to measles outbreak among Somalis, health officials say

Published May 4, 2017

State health officials say a misplaced fear of vaccinations’ link to autism caused a measles outbreak in Minneapolis’ Somali community.Autism is more prevalent among Somalis than other ethnic groups,...

Students resume their day outside Anderson Hall on West Bank Monday late afternoon

UMN graduate directors call into question benefit of costly student fees

Published May 1, 2017

Many graduate program directors challenged the ethics and transparency of graduate student fees at the University of Minnesota in an April 20 email sent to University officials.The 36 directors signed...

Cases of syphilis, gonorrhea in Minnesota rose significantly in 2016

Cases of syphilis, gonorrhea in Minnesota rose significantly in 2016

Published May 1, 2017

Sexually transmitted diseases in Minnesota rose again last year, with large increases in syphilis and gonorrhea.The 2016 Minnesota Department of Health’s annual report found that syphilis cases rose...

Associate Professor Brenda Ogle places a 3D printed biopatch on a mouse heart in Nils Hasselmo Hall on Tuesday, April 25, 2017. Her research team induces heart attacks in mice, which causes a dead area of cardiac cells. The patch is placed in this dead zone and mimics the cells of the native heart that arent able to be replenished on their own. A defining moment was when the [mouse] heart started to beat, and we realized human heart pacing could be possible too, Ogle said.

UMN research team fixes broken hearts with 3D-printed tissue patch

Published April 25, 2017

A research team at the University of Minnesota found a way to heal broken hearts.Researchers used a 3D printer to create protein patches that mimic heart tissue to treat post-heart attack scars. The research...

Using lasers, UMN surgeon zaps cancerous brain tumors

Published April 20, 2017

Using robot-controlled lasers to fry cancerous tumors inside the brain has become a focus for University of Minnesota surgeons.One surgery — called laser ablation — was first performed last...

University students get on and off the campus connector bus on Tuesday.  On December 7, 2017, the campus connectors, along with other metro transit buses, will resume bus service on Washington Avenue for the first time since May 2011.

Minnesota is least stressed state — well, kind of

Published April 17, 2017

With low divorce rates and good health, Minnesota was labeled the least-stressed state in the U.S.A ranking released this month by Wallethub ranked the 50 states and the District of Columbia by looking...

Lab technician Mark Mulivahill works in the Center for Drug Design with assistant professor  Christine Salomon in a lab in theVFW Cancer Research Building.

UMN research reprograms immune system to fight cancer

Published April 13, 2017

University of Minnesota researcher Perry Hackett, calls his breakthrough in using DNA to fight cancer “one of the grandest Minnesota fishing stories ever.”Hackett, a professor of cell biology and...

The new University of Minnesota Police Department squad car.

Statewide drug seizures rise, campus numbers remain consistent

Published April 12, 2017

Minnesota police seized more drugs than ever before in 2016, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.A record 488 pounds of meth were seized in 2016, according to a press release. Though...

Gauri Kelkar, a sustainable design student, is working on a birth waiting home in Sierra Leone.

UMN student designs first and only birthing home in Sierra Leone

Published April 11, 2017

In Sierra Leone — a country whose population is similar to Minnesota — one in 17 women die during childbirth each year.To reduce that number, a master’s student at the University of Minnesota...

Therapist Joseph Schoess poses for a portrait inside the new physical therapy room at the University Recreation and Wellness Center on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.

UMN Rec Center opens new physical therapy office

Published April 6, 2017

Boynton Health opened a third location for physical therapy at the Recreation and Wellness Center last week to offer more appointment times for students. Four therapists share an office to see patients...

Dr. Srinath Chinnakotla poses for a photo in his office in the Phillips-Wangensteen Building on Eastbank on Thursday, March 30, 2017.

After a split-liver transplant saved a woman’s life, a UMN surgeon wants others to adopt the technique

Published April 4, 2017

Pam Davies spent a year waiting for a new liver as she grew sicker every day. Eventually, she got two-thirds of what she wanted.Davies, a business and life coach, underwent a split liver transplant in...

Boynton Health Chief Medical Officer Gary Christenson gives an update on student mental health to the Board of Regents Academic and Student Affairs Committee at the McNamara Alumni Center on Feb. 10, 2017.

UMN students call for more mental health resources system-wide

Published March 27, 2017

The University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents will bolster coordinate campus mental health services after concerns were raised that the Twin Cities campus is allocated a disproportionate amount of funding.Student...

Mona Minkara poses for a portrait in Kolthoff Hall on Tuesday, March 20, 2017. Minkara is the Universitys first blind, female, computational chemist. Her team created a STEM curriculum to integrate blind and seeing childrens educations in third world countries.

Blind UMN chemist creates STEM curriculum for blind children

Published March 23, 2017

When she was 6 or 7, Mona Minkara’s eyesight began to fade.Eventually diagnosed with macular degeneration and cone rod dystrophy, the post-doctoral research fellow in the University of Minnesota’s...

The current layout of clinics within the Phillips-Wangensteen Building is not conducive for the workflow of physicians, residents and nurses. The University of Minnesota Medical School, the University of Minnesota Physicians and Fairview will partner to fund a new site.

Risk of colon, rectal cancer increasing among college-aged people, study finds

Published March 22, 2017

Students are at a higher risk of being diagnosed with colorectal cancers than they were 50 years ago, according to a study released last month in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Adults born...

A view of the Alpha Chi Omega house at the University of Minnesota from Oct. 2016.

UMN sorority will now extend membership to transgender women

Published March 7, 2017

Women who identify as transgender will be allowed to join Alpha Chi Omega sorority after an announcement from its national headquarters last month.Alpha Chi Omega is the first greek organization, nationally,...

Boynton Health Chief Medical Officer Gary Christenson gives an update on student mental health to the Board of Regents Academic and Student Affairs Committee at the McNamara Alumni Center on Feb. 10, 2017.

Some students say mental health resources lag at UMN coordinate campuses

Published March 6, 2017

Olivia Krenz, a sophomore at the University of Minnesota- Duluth, tries to see the same on-campus mental health counselor every week.Krenz, who struggles with depression and anxiety, has used Duluth’s...

UMNs Boynton Health urges students to sign up for food assistance program

UMN’s Boynton Health urges students to sign up for food assistance program

Published March 3, 2017

To help ensure students have access to groceries, the University of Minnesota will begin encouraging students to sign up for a food assistance program.After a student-led push, this month Boynton Health...

The current layout of clinics within the Phillips-Wangensteen Building is not conducive for the workflow of physicians, residents and nurses. The University of Minnesota Medical School, the University of Minnesota Physicians and Fairview will partner to fund a new site.

New UMN research shows new ways to detect autism in babies

Published February 27, 2017

University of Minnesota researchers are using brain scans to learn about how autism spectrum disorder develops in infancy.A 10-year study published Feb. 16 reveals more about what happens in a child’s...

The current layout of clinics within the Phillips-Wangensteen Building is not conducive for the workflow of physicians, residents and nurses. The University of Minnesota Medical School, the University of Minnesota Physicians and Fairview will partner to fund a new site.

New program gives freshman fast track to UMN Medical School

Published February 22, 2017

Ten incoming freshmen will be selected to participate in a seven-year program that guarantees acceptance into the University of Minnesota medical school.School leaders started the new BA/MD program to...

Nurse Jody Geinger speaks on the phone at the new Boynton Health Services mental health clinic. The clinic, located on the St. Paul campus, offers services in mental health, nutrition, physical therapy and primary care.

Some UMN health officials worried over impact of potential Obamacare repeal

Published February 16, 2017

With rumblings that the Affordable Care Act could be disbanded, some health care professionals are worried about the potential impact on University of Minnesota students. If the entire act is thrown out,...

UMN doctors, veterinarians take on antibiotic resistance

Published February 11, 2017

To help staunch the growing concern over resistant diseases, the Minnesota Department of Health launched the Minnesota One Health Antibiotic Stewardship Collaborative, which began work in December.Two...

Responding to limited drug education, UMN student group fills gap

Published February 6, 2017

Though safe alcohol use and education is integrated and enforced at the University of Minnesota, some students see a gap in drug education.Students Promoting Effective Drug Education, or SPEDE, is a student...

The Sportsology exhibit at the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul lets kids compare a video of their sports skills side by side with professional athletes like U of M volleyball player Paige Tapp on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017.

At Science Museum exhibit, Gophers athletes take center stage

Published February 1, 2017

As one kid raced a Tyrannosaurus rex, another recorded herself passing a volleyball. Across the room, someone took a running start, hopping toward a basketball backboard seven feet in the air.As part of...

Professional chef Jenny Breen helps Katelyn Erickson cut a sweet potato at The Good Acre in St. Paul on Wednesday. Jan, 17. 2017.

UMN class teaches healthy eating to improve public health

Published January 27, 2017

It was the scene at the Good Acre in St. Paul on Wednesday evening. Since last fall, Food Matters, a graduate-level class for new cooks has been offered by the University of Minnesota’s Center for...

Minnesota abortions dropped 13 percent from 2011 to 2014

Published January 23, 2017

Abortion rates in the U.S. fell to the lowest level since the 1970s.A new study released by the Guttmacher Institute, a sexual and reproductive health think tank, shows drops in the number of abortions...

Minnesota receives federal grant to start new mental health clinics

Published January 19, 2017

First developed under President John F. Kennedy, community mental health clinics are making a comeback in select states under a new federal program.Minnesota received a federal grant this month along with...

Six students are arrested by UMPD for protesting during the Board of Regents meeting in the McNamara Alumni Center on Friday, June 10. The individuals were a part of a larger group of about 30, who gathered in demonstration to voice their opposition to tuition hikes.

State dismisses charges against six U students

Published December 14, 2016

Criminal charges against six University of Minnesota Students arrested in June after protesting tuition hikes at a Board of Regents meeting were dropped.The six students, who were charged with trespassing...

Regents discuss international tuition rates

Published December 14, 2016

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents is mulling the consequences of raising tuition for international students.At a board meeting Thursday, the board’s finance committee discussed international...

A diabetic emergency kit is used to help any diabetics who forget their insulin.

Rising insulin costs worry students, faculty

Published December 14, 2016

Nearly a hundred years after its discovery, the cost of insulin — a life-saving drug for diabetics — has continued to rise, leaving many daily users of the drug weary.In November, the American...

New app helps HIV-positive youth remember medication

Published December 8, 2016

With widespread accessibility of mobile technology, researchers hope a new app may support the wellbeing of HIV-positive youth.A study funded by the National Institutes for Health drew together faculty...

UW-Madison meningitis outbreak spurs widespread vaccination

Published December 5, 2016

After cases of meningitis were found at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, students from the school who are returning to Minnesota for winter break might need a second round of vaccinations.In October,...

Mixed Blood Theater and U’s pharmacy school stage play about healthcare

Published December 1, 2016

On Tuesday night, medical professionals and students saw the day-to-day intricacies of the healthcare industry performed in front of them.A troupe of actors staged the play — ‘Go Ask Alice’ —...

Repeal of Obamacare worries healthcare experts and U students

Published December 1, 2016

As new federal policymakers gear up for the next year, some students and faculty members at the University of Minnesota worry about changes to healthcare laws.During his campaign, president-elect Donald...

Protesters take to the streets on East Bank on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. Students and faculty rallied to demand raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

15 Now rally calls for higher wages, unity on campus

Published December 1, 2016

Holding high red banners, a chanting crowd of about 200 demonstrators marched across campus in support of a $15 minimum wage Tuesday.Organized by 15 Now, the protest started at Coffman Memorial Union at...

$2 million grant given for brain development and self-injury research

Published November 22, 2016

Self-injury has been researched before, but a new University of Minnesota study will use brain scans to find why some people kill themselves and others don’t.A nearly $2 million grant from the National...

MDH findings show trends in drug spending

MDH findings show trends in drug spending

Published November 16, 2016

Drugs administered in medical settings are a robust part of healthcare spending in Minnesota, a new study shows.Using data on pharmacy and medical drug sales, researchers from the University of Minnesota’s...

Data from MDH shows decrease in hospital-treated sexual violence

Published November 14, 2016

While sexual assault is already underreported in Minnesota, a new report found that only about a quarter of sexual violence victims seek medical care.Last week, the Minnesota Department of Health released...

Concerns over safety could lower student parking costs at U

Published November 10, 2016

Late-night parking could be cheaper at the University of Minnesota after students raised concerns about safety.The University Student Senate discussed a safety initiative at a meeting last Thursday....

Faculty mulls protections of University research and data

Published November 7, 2016

A University of Minnesota push making its way towards the Minnesota State Legislature would modify the state’s public information transparency law.The University of Minnesota’s Academic Freedom and...

Source: College of Liberal Arts Student Board

Economics majors unhappy about lack of access to Ph.D teachers

Published November 1, 2016

While the University of Minnesota's economics department publicizes high-ranking and award-winning faulty members, many undergraduates in the program say they aren’t ever taught by those faculty members.A...

Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks visits Caribou

Published October 26, 2016

Amid cooling temperatures and rain, excited Vikings fans lined up outside Caribou Coffee in Stadium Village Tuesday afternoon to meet and buy coffee from Minnesota Vikings Linebacker Eric Kendricks.Caribou...

MCAD votes for faculty union, University left behind

Published October 24, 2016

Though three Twin Cities academic institutions simultaneously started fights for faculty unionization in the spring, this week the University of Minnesota fell behind the pack.After a push started last...

Source: Bias Response Team

Data received from Bias Response Team shows racism, homophobia on campus

Published October 18, 2016

The University of Minnesota’s Bias Response Team has responded to 25 incidents ranging from allegedly discriminatory tweets to an instructor allegedly perpetuating stereotypes about Asians since the...

University names new senior vice president for finance and operations

Published October 12, 2016

The University of Minnesota has named its senior vice president for finance and operations — a new position created in March by University President Eric Kaler.Brian Burnett, pending approval from...

FCC opens up faculty legislation job to public

Published October 10, 2016

Breaking a 20-year tradition, the University of Minnesota has decided to make applications for two vacant spots, which facilitate faculty-legislator communication, open to the public.The role of the position...

Study: University of Minnesota linked to ‘risky’ financial deals

Published October 6, 2016

Many higher education institutions — including the University of Minnesota — have turned to risky financial deals and increased tuition and fees to compensate for decreased state funding, a...

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks to a crowd at Northrop Auditorium on Oct. 4, 2016 in support of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Bernie Sanders campaigns for Clinton at University of Minnesota

Published October 5, 2016

Sen. Bernie Sanders spoke Tuesday at the University of Minnesota to drum up support for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.Clinton supporters filled Northrop Auditorium for the event, which featured...

Board of Regent student protesters to appear in December trial

Published October 3, 2016

A pretrial hearing was held Thursday for six University of Minnesota students who were arrested for interrupting a Board of Regents meeting last spring.The hearing at the Hennepin County Government Center...

Bias Response Team sustains criticism about campus role

Published September 29, 2016

Amid ongoing debates about free speech and microaggressions on college campuses, earlier this year, University of Minnesota officials charged a team to deal with incidents of hate speech.Since January,...

Lecturer William Banks speaks to protesters on Friday, Sept. 23, 2016 at Northrop Plaza. Student coalition Differences Organized gathered to protest the treatment of contingent faculty.

University students and faculty protest non-tenure track working conditions

Published September 23, 2016

Holding signs that read “Connected Through Contingency” and “Stronger Together,” around 75 students and faculty members gathered outside Northrop Auditorium Friday to support the University’s...

Previously banned attorney to speak at law school event

Published September 22, 2016

After being banned from the University of Minnesota’s West Bank for almost a year and filing a lawsuit against the school, Minneapolis civil rights attorney Jordan Kushner will speak to students on campus...

Grad students lack strong voice in U policy

Published September 14, 2016

University of Minnesota graduate and post-doctoral students feel they lack a voice on campus. At a Thursday Faculty Consultative Committee meeting, University faculty members discussed one possible remedy...

Clinton’s free education policy could affect University students

Published September 12, 2016

As students grapple with who they will vote for this November, some discussions have turned to what higher education would look like if Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump were elected. A recently released...

Faculty unionization push in standstill

Published September 8, 2016

Although there has been a clear push for faculty unionization on campus, the decision is at a standstill and has been for over two months. A vote for faculty unionization could take place at any time in...

General Counsel leader Bill Donohue thanks his colleagues while enjoying a dilly bar at his going away party at McNamara Alumni Center on Aug. 31. Donahue is retiring after serving for 34 years and is being replaced by Doug Peterson.

U’s General Counsel retires after storied career, picks replacement

Published September 5, 2016

After 34 years, Bill Donohue’s career as the University’s General Counsel came to a close last week. Donohue, who started as deputy general counsel in 1982 and rose to general counsel three years...

A woman bikes past the witchs tower on southeast Orlin avenue  Tuesday Afternoon. Although about half of the neighborhood is made up of students, currently no student is part of the Prospect Park Association.

Prospect Park expands engagement

Published May 4, 2016

As the light rail brings in fresh traffic and more students move in to new constructed apartments, organizations like the Prospect Park Association are working to engage with a widening demographic.     Previously...

Suspension halved for U fraternity

Published May 2, 2016

The University of Minnesota has halved a fraternity chapter’s suspension in a settlement reached by the two parties.Last fall, after three incidents involving hazing, destruction of property and underage...

Senior Doug Carmody sits on the St. Olaf campus wearing his shirt that reads Ask me how my college is protecting rapists on Friday. Starting April 1, Carmody, alongside a group of ten other students, began wearing these shirts everyday as a response to fellow student Madeline Wilsons experience with rape and how the St. Olaf administration has been handling the situation.

Students at St. Olaf spur Title IX eval

Published May 2, 2016

Students at St. Olaf College have raised eyebrows and invited questions with gray T-shirts that state simply: “Ask me how my college is protecting rapists.”     The students started...

Survey reiterates student stress

Published April 20, 2016

University students are hoping to use their own research to help lobby for college affordability at the state Legislature this session.     After surveying 253 students from eight University...

Horticultural professor Tom Michaels trims salad greens on his hydroponic salad table in Alderman Hall on Monday. The table is an example of an easy way that people can grow plants without having access to a full garden space.

Cultivating land in rented space

Published April 19, 2016

Student renters who aren’t allowed to dig in the ground to plant gardens can still exercise their green thumbs by getting creative with where they grow their produce.     Gardening Matters,...

Members of the Cedar-Riverside communitys sixth grade girls basketball team pose for a picture at Brian Coyle Center on Friday. The team, which is made up of 10 girls from the area, was gifted uniforms that were co-designed with a professor and grad students at the Universitys college of design to be more culturally appropriate.

For girls, new uniform opens gym

Published April 12, 2016

Agroup of loud, energetic and sometimes-confused girls ran drills as their coach guided them on how to strongly pass a basketball. Most wore scarves on their heads and took breaks to adjust them, tucking...

West Bank job program excites residents

Published April 5, 2016

Starting this fall, a new job program will help connect West Bank residents to resources to help them launch careers.     The idea for the Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center spurred from the...

Phone records now public for MnSCU faculty

Published April 5, 2016

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities employees will be forced to hand over personal cellphones to administrators at their request if the devices are used for work purposes.     The procedure...

Baby Goats and their mother eat hay at Jake and Amanda Langeslag’s farm in Faribault on Tuesday. The Langeslags own over 50 goats for their LLC, Goat dispatch which focuses on eco-friendly land management and brush management with the use of goats.

Kids could eat for free in city parks

Published March 30, 2016

Although Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board members want to adopt chemical-free parks, they still resort to herbicides to fight some invasive plants.     But if all goes as planned, their...

University grad appointed new SECIA director

Published March 24, 2016

Cody Olson’s face lit up as he laid out plans for gardening days and cook-outs as the new director of the Southeast Como Improvement Association.     A 2015 University of Minnesota history...

Fatuma Mohammed speaks to a customer at Sisterhood Boutique on West Bank on Monday. The store was created by East African women in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood in an effort to provide girls ages 14-21 with work experience through an intern program, which Mohammed was a part of before becoming an employee.

A ‘multilayered’ enterprise

Published March 22, 2016

Since its opening two years ago, a small shop on Riverside Avenue showcasing colorful hand-me-down clothing has given young women the tools they need to thrive in the workforce.     Sisterhood...

Co-owner Bradley Taylor takes a call from a customer at Sssdude-Nutz donut shop in Dinkytown on Wednesday.  City council recently issued a license to the local business, which will permit them to stay open as late as 3:00am starting in late March.

Doughnuts join late-night Dinky crew

Published March 10, 2016

Within weeks, Dinkytown crawlers craving a midnight doughnut won’t have to stagger far to pick up fresh pastries.     Sssdude-Nutz doughnut shop in Dinkytown will stay open as...

Anti-terror efforts contested

Published March 1, 2016

Community members made passionate arguments at the West Bank’s Brian Coyle Center last week as residents of all ages debated whether an anti-terrorism effort in the area would do more harm than good.     The...

State budget surplus less than forecast

Published March 1, 2016

Minnesota’s state surplus forecast has dropped from $1.2 billion to $900 million, state budget officials announced Friday.     Slowed tax revenues, a weakened national economy and...

Alumni collab promotes art post-graduation

Published February 24, 2016

A warm weather weekend put the brakes on an icehouse art project but not the group behind the installation.     Err,  an artist collective founded by a group of University of Minnesota alumni...

A Carolines Cart shopping cart sits on display at Cub Foods in the Quarry on Sunday. The carts are designed to accommodate families who have children with special needs, and will be added to Target stores across the country.

New shopping cart grows in popularity

Published February 17, 2016

A new variety of shopping carts specifically designed to help families of children with disabilities is popping up in stores across Minnesota.     This month, Target announced it would begin...

Lauren Johnson, Director of Merchandising and Wholesale at Sota Clothing, stands for a portrait inside the Minneapolis office on Friday.

U grad fashions Minnesota attire

Published February 16, 2016

Typical Minnesotan-geared clothing usually involves flannel, layering, loon insignias or cold weather protection. But a local family business hopes to bring the state to mind through simpler designs.     Spencer...

Mollie Galvez and her husband Wil take a selfie in front of Black Coffee and Waffle Bar on Saturday morning in Southeast Como after having breakfast. The store plans to expand with a new location in St. Paul set to arrive by April.

Black Coffee spreads buzz to St. Paul

Published February 9, 2016

Minimalist decor, fresh coffee and instagrammable waffles helped turn the Black Coffee and Waffle Bar in Southeast Como into a local favorite.     The restaurant, formerly called Muddsuckers,...

West Bank Community Coalitions youth and Young Adult Organizer Burhan Mohumed listens as Ayub Abdi explains why he decided to be part of the podcast at the Pillsbury United Communities Brian Coyle Center Tuesday. Abdi said he was frustrated to the point where he had to speak out.

‘Honest insight, honest input’

Published February 3, 2016

A group of young Cedar-Riverside residents have created a platform to discuss some of the issues they face, from run-ins with police to finding jobs.     Last September, a group of young men...

Former prof charged for murder

Published February 1, 2016

A former University of Minnesota adjunct professor is awaiting conviction for allegedly killing her boyfriend last November.     Authorities say Rose Marie Kuehni  shot and killed Douglas...

Robin Wonsley speaks about the challenges Black men face living in the Twin Cities, which is rated among the worst cities in the nation for racial disparity. She urged attendees to sign a petition that called for a $15 per hour minimum wage in Minneapolis at a community discussion hosted by the West Bank Community Coalition in the Mixed Blood Theatre in 2016.

On West Bank, wages a focus

Published January 28, 2016

Frustrations with low-income jobs boiled over among a group of 20 who called for expanded worker rights on Wednesday night in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood.     The event, hosted by the West...

A front-loader collects decomposing leaves to be mixed with compost materials, forming mulch for later resale at the Specialized Environmental Technologies composting site in Rosemount on Wednesday.

For city, not all waste is trash

Published January 21, 2016

A new program will soon keep some kitchen waste — moldy bread, spoiled fruits, eggshells and chicken bones among it — from landing in the trash bin.     Come March, Minneapolis residents...

Ifrah Mansour performs a piece entitled Somalias Balloon at the Cedar-Riverside community health fair at Mixed Blood Theater on Monday. The event, put on by the local community and HealthPartners, included performances and information on various health-related issues and services.

Performance and prevention

Published January 20, 2016

In the heart of Cedar-Riverside, an inaugural fair disseminated health information from neighbor to neighbor.     Inside a fire station under the shadow of the Riverside Plaza apartments, Twin...

National survey shows half of students aren’t being challenged

Published December 16, 2015

Many students choose classes to simply fill requirements, and some University of Minnesota undergraduates are no exception.    Results from a spring survey of more than 315,000 students in 541...

screenshot of app

Local startup awarded NSF grant

Published December 15, 2015

Budding biology students could soon get help from a new app designed to help explain difficult biological concepts.   In order to help create an app for tablets to entertain and educate high school...

Researchers react to bird flu outbreak

Published December 8, 2015

More than 9 million poultry birds were killed as a result of a severe strain of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza that swept through the Midwest beginning in March.   And though all quarantines...

U alum comforts cancer patients

Published December 2, 2015

When former University of Minnesota football player Connor Cosgrove was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010, doctors surgically implanted a disc-shaped port in his chest to help with his treatment.   Cosgrove...

Coca-Iona Vladislav, a professional massage therapist at Boynton Health Service, sits posed on the massage table where she tends to her patients on Friday.

Boynton’s massage therapist soothes students

Published November 24, 2015

Coca-Ioana Vladislav was born with a visual impairment, so she relied on her her hands to create a new life 5,000 miles away from her birthplace in northeastern Romania. For the past 16 years, she’s...

A touch of healing

Published November 24, 2015

Coca-Ioana Vladislav was born with a visual impairment, so she relied on her hands to create a new life 5,000 miles away from her birthplace in northeastern Romania. For the past 16 years, she’s...

Virtual Reality Lab Manager Penh Liu demonstrates the Oculus Rift, a head-mounted virtual reality display in the in Walter Library on Monday. The Rift allows the user to play immersive games, watch 360° videos, and interact socially with other users.

Virtual reality needs tweaks

Published November 17, 2015

Virtual reality technology may need some tweaks to make it more usable, especially for women.   The Oculus Rift, a motion-sensing headset that creates an interactive gaming world, could be transformed...

New wheat developed by U could help ecosystems

Published November 16, 2015

In the face of harsh Minnesota winters, University of Minnesota researchers are working on a type of wheat that can bounce back year after year.   The crop, called Kernza, is a perennial wheatgrass...

Graduate Assistant Zachary Pope adjusts helps fit 5-year-old Chris Chen with an accelerometer at Williamson Hall on Sunday. The test is for a study to help better understand how young children are affected through home-based excise gaming.

Kids could gain from gaming

Published November 11, 2015

Behind a nondescript door on the gray outside of Williamson Hall lies a lab where a researcher — armed with video game systems and a treadmill — wants to see how video games can positively...

A City of Minneapolis recycling bin sits on 16th Ave. SE in front of the Delta Chi Fraternity on Wednesday afternoon.

U area lags with recycling

Published November 5, 2015

Despite city efforts to get residents to recycle properly, bins around campus are still filled with things like plastic bags, shrink wrap and bread bags.   As Minneapolis continues to push its citizens...

Mary MacCarthy, founder of personalized care package service Glorious Hugs, shows the packaging and contents of one of the care packages offered by the service. MacCarthy was inspired by the power of handmade art to provide inspiration to people and to help their lives.

‘The power of art to change a perspective’

Published November 3, 2015

Glorious Hugs, a company that creates and sells care packages, recently started making the boxes of treats for college students. The company’s founder will soon begin purchasing University students’...

Campus to see surge in gender-neutral bathrooms

Published October 28, 2015

The number of gender-inclusive bathrooms on campus will more than double throughout the University of Minnesota, up from about 120 to more than 300 in the coming months.   Students and faculty members...

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia speaks for the 2015 Stein Lecture at Northrop Memorial Auditorium on Tuesday, October 20.

Scalia presides at Northrop

Published October 21, 2015

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia hit the podium repeatedly, staring down the audience and dropping pauses between statements as he discussed the death penalty during a lecture that drew a sold-out...

Instructors Al Horner and Karla Rapp of Not Me!: Empowering People and Saving Lives demonstrate proper self-defense techniques for attendees during a free class for University of Minnesota women in the Commons Hotel on Sunday evening.

Self-defense class helps women

Published October 20, 2015

Frannie Seitz stands a couple of feet away from her friend. With a former U.S. Navy SEAL coaching her on, she feigns clawing at the side of her partner’s head, repeatedly.   Seitz, a University...

U among schools building college application tool

Published October 15, 2015

High school students can start building their college applications as early as their ninth-grade year with a new system developed by the University of Minnesota and other schools.   The tool is the...