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U exploring alcohol sales at Coffman

Published May 5, 2004

Student leaders are exploring the idea of selling alcohol in Coffman Union for students who would like to drink while they play pool, bowl or hang out in the building. "Clearly this year there has been...

Grant to assist marriage

Published April 30, 2004

A University professor will use nearly $1 million in federal grant money for a project that will assist single parents interested in marriage. Professor William Doherty will direct a project to help lower-income...

Somali students push for acceptance

Published April 29, 2004

Somali students - a growing group on campus - shared food, music and art on Northrop Plaza on Wednesday, with the hope they could teach others more about their culture. Somali Student Association President...

Sorting plastic raises U recycling expenses

Published April 27, 2004

A pile in the corner of the University's Como Recycling Facility shows that more plastic means more work for University recyclers. The University recycled approximately two tons of plastic in 1995 and...

CSOM lecture ties religion to business

Published April 20, 2004

The U.S. business world is least equipped to understand the impact of religion on international business, Prabhu Guptara said Monday at the Carlson School of Management. Guptara, a business writer, lecturer...

Musicians encourage startup bands

Published April 15, 2004

While a dusty clarinet or trumpet might seem to be the only remnant of high school band, members of one local punk band told University students a musical background in childhood could aid in learning...

Women’s collective plans week of music-related events

Published April 12, 2004

The Women's Student Activist Collective plans to provide students the chance to celebrate and explore music that promotes social justice. "Music is important to most people in an everyday way," collective...

African History Week kicks off at U

Published April 12, 2004

Death, hunger and poverty are what surveyed University students told junior Marcia Ashong were the first thoughts to come to mind when thinking of Africa. Ashong surveyed approximately 20 students and...

Incoming mortuary sciences class will have more women than ever

Published April 7, 2004

Flipping through a book of class pictures at the mortuary science program's office makes it easy to spot a national trend mirrored at the University. With each page turn, more women appear. Only one female...

Zearley, Pierce run on past experience

Published April 6, 2004

When undergraduate student body presidential candidate Tom Zearley signed up to head the Minnesota Student Association's facilities and housing committee, he said he had no idea how important his position...

Conference addresses Asian-American issues

Published April 5, 2004

Conflicts with parents over dating relationships and major decisions might seem commonplace for sons and daughters of any race. But for Asian-American students, those problems can be compounded by cultural...

Twin Cities charity marks 25 years of service

Published March 31, 2004

At one point during his childhood struggle with leukemia, University student Jerrad Bergren came so close to death that he received last rites. Despite facing death and vomiting "nonstop" during heavy...

GradFest gets students ready for graduation, life after school

Published March 30, 2004

The University will help May graduates prepare for commencement and life afterward at this year's GradFest. Students can pick up a cap and gown, order a class ring or graduation announcements and have...

A change for the happier

Published March 25, 2004

Eric Paulson became the talk of the party when he uncharacteristically turned down alcohol. It was Paulson's first time returning to his hometown of Wausau, Wis., since he began adhering to a Vedic lifestyle...

U to offer students late-night programs

Published March 22, 2004

The University will meet the students' need for safe and low-cost late-night entertainment three weekends this semester, an organizer said. The programs will offer students a preview of what they can expect...

New student group would investigate academic bias

Published March 10, 2004

They are not sure if biased professors are a problem in University classes, but a handful of students said it is worth finding out. Approximately 10 University students are working to start a chapter of...

Demonstration urges all to just be nice

Published March 8, 2004

Strangers and grown men hugged each other Saturday outside Mariucci Arena before Minnesota's men's hockey game. The embraces were in response to a "kindness protest" staged by a group of University students...

U’s network speed to get upgraded

Published March 4, 2004

The University's computer network will be more than 20 times faster after receiving an upgrade planned for completion by the end of this year, a network official said. During the transition to the improved...

Bruininks: Federal tuition controls would force University program cuts

Published March 3, 2004

Talk in Congress of reining in tuition prices has University officials concerned. Federal regulations preventing steep tuition increases would be disastrous, University officials said, but some students...

U pursues safer investing for endowments

Published March 1, 2004

The University is moving toward a less volatile investment strategy to improve its endowment fund, University chief financial officer Richard Pfutzenreuter said. The University's consolidated endowment...

Film sparks impassioned debate

Published February 25, 2004

For some, Ash Wednesday - the first day of the 40-day season preceding Easter - will not begin in church, but in movie theaters. Although many Christians say the movie "The Passion of the Christ," released...

HESO to raise its visibility

Published February 20, 2004

Gov. Tim Pawlenty's nationwide search for a new director of the state agency responsible for distributing students' financial aid ended in his own office. Susan Heegaard, an adviser to the governor for...

Report: U wages similar to other public universities’

Published February 18, 2004

Salaries and benefits for University faculty and staff are similar to comparable public schools, according to a report released Tuesday. But wage freezes, which began this semester, have some faculty concerned...

Bruininks reorganizes U administration titles, roles

Published February 16, 2004

University President Bob Bruininks has observed University administration for more than 30 years, he said. Now it is his turn to shape administrators' responsibilities. Bruininks will divide administrators'...

U presents proposal to expand current recreational facilities

Published February 13, 2004

Compared with the University's previous recreational facility underneath the bleachers in the old Memorial Stadium, the school's current recreation center might seem like an improvement, but now University...

U aid to small businesses falters amid spending cuts

Published February 12, 2004

Money going toward small businesses run by minorities, women and disabled people went down about 32 percent between 2002 and 2003, along with general University expenditures, according to a report from...

Underage drinking draws fines for bars

Published February 6, 2004

Last week, news of underage football recruits drinking at a local bar brought publicity to one establishment while underage drinking has brought fines for others. Several underage recruits said they drank...

Few seek help from U’s sales office

Published February 6, 2004

The University's External Sales Office needs more publicity, not more money, the office's associate director said. Although University policy requires academic departments that sell to external customers...

Mason says more investigation needed into whether recruiting broke law, NCAA rules

Published January 30, 2004

University football coach Glen Mason said Thursday he has no plans to discipline players who allegedly took high school recruits to a strip club and bar. At a press conference, Mason said he needs to investigate...

Legislators use report to better understand U

Published January 29, 2004

The Plan, Performance and Accountability report the University will send to the Legislature this year is much more than a stack of paper to at least one team of University employees. "We live and breathe...

Few students join plan to lock in tuition rates

Published January 27, 2004

Some University students choose to pay more for their tuition - at least for the first year. In exchange for the assurance that their tuition will remain the same for up to five years, students on the...

Grads seek an edge in job hunt

Published January 21, 2004

Before she graduated, Melissa Armstrong had a job lined up in Oregon. But after her AmeriCorps position fell through, the May 2003 graduate found herself back at her old job as a hotel receptionist. Now,...

Author says creative jobs will dominate future workforce

Published January 21, 2004

The Twin Cities metro area is now ranked the seventh most creative area in the country, said Richard Florida, author of "The Rise of the Creative Class," on Tuesday night. Florida discussed the reasons...

U balks as state officials renew push for shared stadium

Published January 6, 2004

Members of the governor's Stadium Screening Committee encouraged the University on Tuesday to reconsider a joint stadium with the Vikings, after officials presented their vision of a Gophers-only field...

Regents will turn to creative funding to solve budget woes

Published December 11, 2003

Regents will brainstorm alternative funding sources for the University when they meet Thursday. The Board of Regents finance and operations committee will discuss funding possibilities with University...

Students split on footing the bill

Published December 9, 2003

For some students, talk of an on-campus stadium has stirred visions of the University Marching Band rolling down University Avenue and through its doors as it did at Memorial Stadium before the arena was...

Law School warns of Paypal e-mail scam

Published November 19, 2003

An e-mail Tuesday warned law students about a new e-mail virus that is circulating. According to the Law Information Technology Services warning, the e-mail poses as a message from PayPal, the eBay company...

2 students injured trying to touch Paul Bunyan’s Axe

Published November 11, 2003

First-aid personnel treated two University students who were injured when a rail collapsed at the Metrodome following Saturday's football game, said Scott Ellison, assistant athletics director for facilities...

Strikers back on the job

Published November 6, 2003

After 15 days away from her job in Appleby Hall, clerical worker Marlene Parkhurst said she was glad to be back. "I'm happy to come inside and come back to work, and I hope we have a really good settlement,"...

U: More clericals reporting for work

Published October 24, 2003

The percentage of union-represented clerical workers who went to work increased by four points Thursday, according to the University. Fifty-nine percent of clerical workers on University campuses went...

Grants will fund genome research projects

Published October 21, 2003

The National Science Foundation awarded the University more than $11 million in grants to study the genome sequences of a soil bacterium and a legume. Plant pathology and plant biology professor Nevin...

‘Final defendant’ convicted for hockey riot

Published October 10, 2003

An eighth defendant was convicted Thursday in connection with University-area riots following the Gophers men's hockey championship game April 12. Nicholas Lagos, a General College student, was found guilty...

Seventh defendant sentenced in hockey riot

Published October 1, 2003

A seventh defendant was sentenced in connection with the April 12 Dinkytown riot, Hennepin County Attorney Amy Klobuchar announced Tuesday. Nicholas Steven Chelbeck, 19, of Lake Elmo pleaded guilty last...

Bush nominates Bruininks to Fulbright board

Published September 15, 2003

President George W. Bush has nominated University President Bob Bruininks to be one of 12 members of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, effective Sept. 23. The board supervises the Fulbright...

Regents to take presidential search case to state Supreme Court

Published August 27, 2003

The University Board of Regents will appeal a state court decision requiring the board to release the names of finalists from its last presidential search. "We have a very strong constitutional argument,...

U community members fear religious schism

Published August 11, 2003

The debate over whether to confirm the election of an openly gay bishop at the Episcopal Church's General Convention last week had people inside and outside of the convention talking. But one University...

Bush: Tax cuts would benefit education

Published June 23, 2003

President George W. Bush said his tax cuts would return more money to parents, who could then use that money to spend on their children's education, in a speech Thursday at Micro Control Co. in Fridley,...

India’s arranged marriage traditions live on in U.S., yet can cause conflict

Published May 7, 2003

As soon as Mayank Gupta began working at age 22, parents of single females began sending information to his parents about their daughters. Gupta, now 24, a paper sciences graduate student from India, wants...

Facing tight job market, students find help from job agencies

Published May 5, 2003

To get an edge on the competition in today's tight job market or just to get experience in their fields, some University students and recent graduates are using job-seeking services specifically geared...

Sweatpant Club members ‘just hang out’

Published May 5, 2003

University Sweatpant Club members took some time away from their homework Saturday to grill hamburgers, eat brownies and lounge in the sun. About 20 people gathered on the grassy patio at Riverview Towers...

War supporters meet counter-protesters at pro-war rally

Published April 28, 2003

Approximately 250 people attended a pro-war rally on the steps of Coffman Union on Friday. Attendees with signs and American flags prayed, sang "The Star Spangled Banner" and listened to speeches peppered...

Program gives elementary students taste of college life through U visits

Published April 23, 2003

Fifth graders from North Star Elementary School in Minneapolis got a taste of college life today while visiting the St. Paul campus. Eleven University students took a day off from classes to accompany...

Greeks send supplies to troops

Published April 18, 2003

When Paul DeBettignies saw the name "Webster" in a Wall Street Journal article at the end of last month, he knew his old Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity brother, Capt. Eddy Hansen, was OK. The article's...

University students gather to play games at ‘campus-wide playtime’

Published April 14, 2003

While cars burned and tear gas blew outside, some students were busy playing games such as kickball, dodge ball and Chutes and Ladders inside the University recreation center Saturday night. Approximately...

Despite bystanders’ attempts to intervene, rioters flip, burn cars

Published April 14, 2003

Soon after firefighters extinguished two flaming cars piled on top of each other in the parking lot along 15th Avenue and 4th Avenue Southeast, a group began planning to flip another car near the back...

Homeless shelter falls to budget crunch

Published April 11, 2003

After Melvin Johnson left the University in the fall of 1991, battles with depression, drug and alcohol abuse, and credit card debt left him seeking shelter. Many nights of his wandering, 12-year journey...

Activities, lectures highlight Muslim faith

Published April 8, 2003

The Muslim Student Association hopes to dispel some misconceptions about their faith through activities and lectures this week. "Lately, there has been a lot of interest after Sept. 11, and especially...

War spurs profs to retool discussions

Published April 3, 2003

The war in Iraq is changing the way some University professors teach their classes. Assistant geography professor George Henderson sets aside 15 minutes of class time per week for students to share thoughts...

U.S. war on drugs sparks dialogue

Published March 31, 2003

A series of speakers hoped to prompt thought and action Friday night by sharing their views on America's war on drugs. The University's chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana...

Pro-war rally at Coffman focuses on supporting troops

Published March 31, 2003

About 250 people attended a pro-war rally on the steps of Coffman Union on Friday. Attendees with signs and American flags prayed, sang "The Star Spangled Banner" and listened to speeches peppered with...

‘Silent Bob’ creator Smith addresses films, student questions

Published March 26, 2003

Fans of filmmaker Kevin Smith filled Coffman Union's Great Hall on Tuesday night, many with questions in mind. The question and answer session with the creator of films including "Clerks," "Mallrats,"...

Blogging communities’ popularity draws students

Published March 26, 2003

After breaking up with his girlfriend last September, University student Dan Johnson had a little extra time on his hands, so he began posting his friends' antics online on a daily Web log, or "blog." Johnson,...

Anti-U.S. mood weighs on study-abroad students

Published March 25, 2003

The war in Iraq confronts University students studying in Paris everywhere: in the subways, cafes and even the homes of their French host families. Four out of five conversations for theatre junior Lisa...

Ralliers gather, march down University Avenue

Published March 25, 2003

Students captured the attention of onlookers and police officers at the University on Monday in demonstrations supporting and denouncing the U.S.-led war in Iraq. The largest group - as many as 1,000 people...