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U exploring alcohol sales at Coffman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

Sweatpant Club members ‘just hang out’

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...

Facing tight job market, students find help from job agencies

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...