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Gay males find greater acceptance among greeks

Published May 7, 2015

As the vice president of Delta Lambda Phi, a fraternity originally founded by gay men, Nathan Bakken doesn’t think there’s a need for fraternities that focus only on gay students.   When...

MSA requests new rules for elections

Published May 6, 2015

The commission in charge of overseeing the University of Minnesota’s all-campus student elections could overhaul some of the rules and procedures in place for future elections.   The changes...

Frank Wu, left, and Norzin Wangpo are fed Vitamin Water as part of Pi Delta Psis new member reveal event on April 24 in Coffman Union.

More than one way to go greek

Published May 4, 2015

Sarah Sham struggled to form close bonds with the sorority sisters she pledged with during her freshman year.   So the University of Minnesota international student left the traditional greek chapter...

Volcano erupts in Chile

Published April 24, 2015

Two massive volcanic eruptions have forced more than 4,000 people from their homes in southern Chile, news sources report. After decades spent dormant, the Calbuco volcano sent a column of lava and ash...

2015 Boston Marathon shows city’s resilience

Published April 21, 2015

On the day before the convicted Boston Marathon bomber is scheduled to be sentenced, about 30,000 runners took part in the annual marathon Monday, two years after a deadly terrorist attack struck the race,...

Minnesota Student Association presidential candidate Joelle Stangler talks about her visions for the student groups future at the election debate at Coffman Memorial Union on April 8. Stangler was elected MSA president on Saturday.

Stangler wins rare 2nd term

Published April 20, 2015

Voters chose Joelle Stangler to serve another term as Minnesota Student Association president on Sunday in a competitive election that covered a wide range of topics, from the inclusivity of...

Team Imma Let You Finish... But performs at the Greek Beats battle of the bands outside of Coffman Memorial Union on Friday where different Greek pairings went head-to-head as a part of Machy Days.

Machy Days widens scope

Published April 20, 2015

Celebrating in warm weather, the University of Minnesota’s greek community held its second annual Machy Days week with a mix of activities and community outreach events.   Along with staples...

U fertility med center will close in summer

Published April 16, 2015

The University of Minnesota’s Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health is closing its Reproductive Medicine Center this summer, after three of its physicians announced their...

Panelist Lindsay Gullingsrud, center, discusses masculinity at the Tate Lab of Physics on April 14, 2015, as part of an event to help the campus community understand what may cause sexual violence.

Talk questions gender roles’ place in sexual assault prevention

Published April 15, 2015

Hundreds of students packed a Tate Lab of Physics auditorium Tuesday evening to talk about what it means to be a man and how some of society’s more destructive definitions can lead to problems...

The Minnesota Student Association presidential candidates Henry Benson, Joelle Stangler and Prahith Chakka debate at Coffman Memorial Union on Wednesday evening.

Presidential hopefuls square off

Published April 9, 2015

Three pairs of candidates faced off at the Minnesota Student AssociationâÄôs presidential and vice presidential debate Wednesday night. Fielding questions in front of an audience of more than 80...

After fees shortfall, Northrop looks ahead

Published April 7, 2015

Northrop Concerts and Lectures fought hard in public hearings for more student services fees funding after its initial request wasnâÄôt met. But after receiving a final recommendation that fell...

Junior Anastasia Press (center) smiles as Freshman Megan Abdirahman (right) helps her put on a hijab for Hijab for a Day, an event put on by the U of M Al-Madinah Cultural Center for Islam Awareness Week. The event was designed to demonstrate the importance of wearing the Hijab for Muslim women.

Student group teaches campus about Islam

Published April 2, 2015

More than 350 University of Minnesota students covered their heads with hijabs in front of Coffman Union on Tuesday while Muslim students taught them about the importance of the headscarves in...

Student Services fee increase reduced from initial recomendation

Published March 31, 2015

Student services fees will increase only slightly next semester after administrators instructed the Student Services Fees Committee to keep the rate from increasing too much.    The committee...

Old image roils talk on speech

Published March 26, 2015

Four years after its publication, a controversial back cover of a conservative campus newspaper at the University of Minnesota is stirring discussion of sensitivity and free speech. The Student Services...

Final fees recs dip for admin units

Published March 24, 2015

The Student Services Fees Committee released its final funding recommendations for administrative units on Monday, making small deductions from its initial recommendations that were released last month. The...

Junior Amar Hasshim studies in the Minnesota International Student Association room of Coffman Union on Wednesday afternoon. MISA unveiled its new piece of wall art last fall after Coffman Unions second floor renovation tore down the original piece.

Art returns to Coffman

Published March 12, 2015

Since the renovation of Coffman Union’s second floor, white walls have gradually transformed into displays of colorful murals and artwork, embodying the cultures of student centers that have space...

Student Veterans Association members enjoy pizza as a part of the student groups Friday lunch tradition in Johnston Hall. The Student Services Fees Committees initial recommendation for the group cuts some of its budget for the weekly meeting.

Vet group facing funding woes

Published March 11, 2015

Student veterans assembled in the Veterans Transition Center last Friday to chat over pizza slices, while others plopped down on sofas to watch a Starship Troopers flick. Each week, the Student Veterans...

Students eye reforming bereavement policies

Published March 4, 2015

When neuroscience junior Zakir Waliany found out his grandmother died in early February, he quickly reached out to his professors and asked to be excused for the funeral. Most agreed to accommodate the...

PSEO student Anthony Smith speaks on behalf of La Raza student group at Coffman Memorial Union on Monday night. The Student Services Fees committee held an open hearing for organizations to pitch why they deserve more funding.

‘Every penny matters’

Published March 2, 2015

Students from several faith-based and cultural groups are challenging their student services fees allocations, seeking more funds. Supporters of campus student organizations packed two public forums last...

Student fees set for an increase

Published February 25, 2015

Next year, University of Minnesota students may have to dish out $467 each semester in student services fees — an increase of more than $30 from the current charge. The Student Services Fees Committee...

Initial recommendations fund most administrative units

Published February 24, 2015

The Student Services Fees Committee released its initial funding recommendations for administrative units on Monday, responding to more than $56 million in requests from 10 organizations. While many groups...

Visa reform may help international students

Published February 23, 2015

When Jim Wu graduated with a master’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Minnesota nearly two decades ago as an international student, his new employer helped him obtain a work visa that...

Sex assault policy may get stricter

Published February 19, 2015

The University of Minnesota could soon have stricter policies regarding sexual assault. The Minnesota Student Association is working with administrators to re-evaluate the University’s current sexual...

Web voting stirs fraud accusations

Published February 17, 2015

The Public Affairs Student Association scrapped results from its online election held earlier this semester following allegations that some students voted multiple times. The group, which represents Humphrey...

Diversity concerns remain after sit-in

Published February 11, 2015

After authorities broke up a demonstration Monday that called for action on campus diversity issues, University of Minnesota leaders are trying to calm the waters. Campus group Whose Diversity? organized...

UM student body seeks honor code after ski resort vandalism

Published February 10, 2015

Following the suspension of six University of Michigan fraternities and sororities on vandalism allegations, the school's student body president created a task force Sunday to develop a campus...

Next steps to help campus climate

Published February 9, 2015

After hearing concerns — ranging from students of color who feel isolated on campus to staff members worried about unfair employee hierarchies — the University of Minnesota is seeking ways...

Black History Month festivities have fresh motivation

Published February 4, 2015

The Black American National Anthem, drumbeats and dancing filled Coffman Union’s Great Hall on Tuesday evening as about 100 students kicked off Black History Month. The annual observance comes amid...

Doctor of Musical Arts first year students Carson Rose Schneider and Courtney Van Cleef rehearse in a practice room at Ferguson Hall on Monday.  Ferguson Hall recently began prohibiting non-music majors from reserving classrooms and ensemble rooms.

Locked out of practice

Published February 3, 2015

After several years of rehearsing twice a week in University of Minnesota music classrooms, the 13 members of the all-women a cappella choir the Enchantments now practice wherever they can find room. The...

International students, feeling disconnected, look for change

Published January 29, 2015

Though they share classrooms, some students feel that national origins create distance at school. Many international students feel a lingual and cultural disconnect in the classroom when working with domestic...

Financial co-op fits students’ needs

Published January 27, 2015

Among the University of Minnesota’s many student groups, the Fraternity Purchasing Association’s membership skews noticeably older. Each of its three full-time employees have been on campus...

Group renting lures greeks to new housing

Published January 22, 2015

Fitting nearly 150 sisters under one roof was not an option for the University of Minnesota’s chapter of the Chi Omega sorority. But come fall, at least a portion of the sorority’s members...

University tackles diversity shortages

Published January 20, 2015

University of Minnesota students of color are less likely to feel welcomed and respected on campus compared to their white peers, a new report found. Campus leaders hope to change that with a new plan...

Student’s project probes black holes, galaxies

Published December 10, 2014

When examining a galactic structure that could be feeding massive black holes, University of Minnesota physics doctoral student Melanie Galloway turns to an army of online citizen scientists. They help...

Sound bends light on a tiny chip

Published December 9, 2014

Developmental computer chip technology engineered by University of Minnesota researchers could someday boost wireless communication speeds and aid scientists studying quantum physics. The researchers created...

New U center to uproot invasive species

Published December 4, 2014

An upcoming University of Minnesota research center formed to combat land-based invasive species — like emerald ash borers — is making final preparations before it begins work next year. Researchers...

Visiting Iraqi professor hopes to continue exchange

Published December 3, 2014

During his six months at the University of Minnesota, plant pathologist Oadi Matny has had access to equipment, chemicals and facilities that, he said, far outstrip the laboratory resources available to...

Back to the lab for some department heads

Published November 25, 2014

Chairing a University of Minnesota department takes acquired expertise — many years of practice in the field — and sometimes an ability to compromise personal research with the hope of bettering...

University pushes research from the labs to the market

Published November 24, 2014

The University of Minnesota has encouraged its researchers in recent years to report more of their innovations to the school’s Office for Technology Commercialization. To capitalize on new scientific...

Experts urge better diets for life, planet

Published November 20, 2014

Adopting certain diets could help both humans and the planet avoid chronic health ailments. Shifting to diets that buck global trends of increased meat consumption could cut projected greenhouse gas emissions...

Assistant Professor David Flanningan speaks about the first in the world FEI Tecnai Femto ultrafast electron microscope during a media tour, Wednesday, Nov. 12 at Amundson Hall.

Scientists making the Gore Annex home

Published November 17, 2014

First experiments are underway in Amundson Hall’s new Gore Annex expansion — complete with new lab facilities, teaching spaces and a first-of-its-kind ultrafast electron microscope. “We’re...

Cancer, HIV and heart disease detection in 15 minutes

Published November 11, 2014

Screening for serious illnesses like cancer, HIV and heart disease could one day become part of routine checkups thanks to a handheld device called z-Lab, which can detect an array of ailments using only...

Minneapolis police launch body camera pilot program

Published November 10, 2014

Three dozen Minneapolis Police Department officers began testing the use of body-mounted cameras on Friday. The body cameras, which are growing in popularity nationwide, will make police proceedings more...

Health, privacy: A tricky balance

Published November 6, 2014

Researchers are deciphering increasingly large sections of human genetic code. But along the way, they sometimes discover genes in their subjects that reveal higher risks for illnesses such as cancer. It...

U pollution bead research nabs gold at national competition

Published November 4, 2014

Environmentally unfriendly and expensive chemicals are one of the few methods for cleaning up pollution caused by mining operations — like those in northern Minnesota — that can let harmful...

Covering fresh ground

Published October 30, 2014

In his office, Jim Anderson lifted up a dried pennycress stem, pulled off a pod and sprinkled its small black seeds onto his desk. “We’ve been working on trying to kill this thing for over...

Campus deal app expands user base

Published October 28, 2014

Almost four years after he launched a beta version of his campus deal-finding platform, Chad Olsen stepped up to the counter at My Burger in Stadium Village on Wednesday to demonstrate how it works. He...

Countries away, helping farmers

Published October 27, 2014

It’s already taken root in India’s agricultural market, but now an irrigation distribution company founded by University of Minnesota alumni will use international funding to fertilize its...

Translating research to everyone

Published October 22, 2014

More so than ever, science isn’t happening in a vacuum. As it becomes increasingly vital to communicate scientific work outside of laboratories, programs have sprung up around the University of Minnesota...

Campus fungal research mushrooming

Published October 15, 2014

On a wooded slope of the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus, rows of rotting logs and mulch patches form an unusual garden. Pulling off a tarp and lifting the log underneath, Mycology Club...

More freshmen are sticking around

Published October 14, 2014

They leave for many reasons: financial concerns, family issues or worries the University of Minnesota isn’t a good fit. But now, more University freshmen are making it through their first year than...

University chirps in on bird-safe glass talk

Published October 9, 2014

Sami Nichols has seen firsthand the death sentence that glass can be for unsuspecting feathered friends. For almost six years, the conservation biology doctoral student has cataloged hundreds of birds...

Micro-tech center rethinks computing

Published October 7, 2014

A University of Minnesota-led research effort is putting a new spin on how computers work. Facing growing limitations of current computing methods, the $28 million Center for Spintronic Materials, Interfaces...

U scoops biochemistry researcher from France

Published October 2, 2014

In the world of French academia, a sizable number of doctoral students struggle to share a small pond of opportunities. So the University of Minnesota fished a scholar for itself out of the country’s...

‘Why are they leaving?’

Published October 1, 2014

A group of Cedar-Riverside youth marched through their neighborhood’s streets late Tuesday afternoon to demonstrate against terrorism, the stereotyping of Muslims and what they said was a lack...

U tech upgrade nearing deployment

Published September 29, 2014

A sweeping overhaul of the University of Minnesota’s computer systems is running its final lap as testers sort through large chunks of code to filter out bugs. Since 2012, the $83.5 million Enterprise...

Net neutrality stirs discussion

Published September 24, 2014

How users will access the Internet in the future, or whether they will be charged for faster content, is up in the air. Net neutrality — the existing system in which Internet service providers offer...

Google taps career fair for top collegiate talent

Published September 23, 2014

A familiar name in the computing realm made an appearance on campus last week — for the first time, representatives from Google camped out at the College of Science and Engineering’s career...

CBS adapts hiring for new areas

Published September 18, 2014

Generating cutting-edge research sometimes means starting from scratch with hiring. Due to the evolving nature of science fields, the University of Minnesota’s College of Biological Sciences is searching...

Historic lab gets facelift

Published September 17, 2014

Measures enacted to combat the Great Recession have revitalized a historic University of Minnesota laboratory born out of a Great Depression-era stimulus program. Constructed with federal backing under...

University professor Marc Hillmyer helps graduate student Morgan Schulze with plastic research on Monday in Smith Hall.  A $20 million grant was awarded to the Universitys Center for Sustainable Polymers to research sustainable plastics.

U forges way as plastics research leader

Published September 10, 2014

From electronics to tableware, plastic is everywhere and varies by shape and size. Despite plastic-made products’ differences, most share a common origin as fossil fuels drilled out of the ground. Now,...

Extinct bird still has much to teach

Published September 4, 2014

Billions of passenger pigeons once darkened the skies above North America. Then, in only a few decades, they became extinct. Now, a recent collaboration between researchers from Taiwan and the University...

Fourth year medical student Mariel Lougee works with research participant Milton Dodd at the Driven to Discover Research Building on Sunday afternoon at the Minnesota Sate Fair. People of all ages participated in the more than 30 studies hosted at the site over the fairs 12-day run.

University taps State Fair crowds for research

Published September 2, 2014

Amid the Minnesota State Fair’s grease-battered cheese curds and corndogs, University of Minnesota researchers scooped attendees for studies. During the fair’s 12 days, its former Spamville...

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