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Regents take up student riot policy

May 9, 2003

The Board of Regents raised concerns Thursday about last month's hockey riot creating harming the University's state funding. The meeting was the first time regents have formally discussed the riot that...

Researcher uncovers possible grade point inflation in CLA

May 6, 2003

Recent research of grade point averages by a Duke University professor shows evidence of apparent grade inflation in the University's College of Liberal Arts. Stuart Rojstaczer, professor of geology, environment...

University’s emergency plan now revised, available on new Web site

April 30, 2003

More than a year and a half after former University President Mark Yudof cited a need to reform the University's emergency plan, officials have completed the update and this week are publicly introducing...

After a tumultuous year, Bruininks reflects

April 28, 2003

One year ago, University President Robert Bruininks was set to take a year-long sabbatical. Bruininks said he planned to research K-12 and higher education policies in former communist countries before...

Some question U seal’s use

April 23, 2003

University student Ryan Bender said he used to drink with the Board of Regents every weekend. Bender, a second-year biomedical engineering major, and his friends drank whiskey shots from glasses with the...

U retirement package would affect 4,100

April 15, 2003

Pat Swanson, a former senior editor at the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, retired Feb. 7 after 32 years of work at the University - two months before the University announced its new early retirement plan...

U employees eligible for early retirement plan

April 14, 2003

In anticipation of state funding cuts, the University's Board of Regents approved a voluntary early retirement plan Friday for the institution's faculty and staff. Under the plan, the University will pay...

Regents question unexpected charges on audit bill

April 11, 2003

A University Board of Regents subcommittee raised concerns Thursday about $69,000 in extra charges in 2002 from one of the institution's external auditors. University Controller Mike Volna said the auditing...

Regents consider revamping online financial system

April 10, 2003

In a step aimed at revamping the University's 11-year-old online financial system, the Board of Regents plans to discuss installation of a new system in a committee meeting Thursday. Chief Financial Officer...

U continues to lobby for $61 million in projects

April 1, 2003

Despite concern that state lawmakers will not pass a supplemental capital bonding budget this session, University officials said they will continue to push for their $61 million request. The University's...

Busy year confronts governing board

March 12, 2003

Faced with a variety of controversial decisions, such as voting to participate in the Mount Graham International Observatory project and closing the institution's presidential search meetings, the University...

Bruininks: U should focus on public link

March 3, 2003

As Gov. Tim Pawlenty passed a crystal mace representing leadership to Robert Bruininks, the former University provost and professor officially took hold of the University's presidency Friday afternoon...

Officials remain skeptical of vouchers’ economics

February 28, 2003

University officials debated yesterday the possibility of switching to a system where state funding is distributed to students rather than to individual colleges and universities. The idea, similar to...

U officials: Pawlenty tuition cap not binding

February 26, 2003

Less than a week after Gov. Tim Pawlenty recommended a 15 percent tuition cap for the state's universities and colleges, University officials said they are not legally bound to adhere to the proposal. Pawlenty...

Officials warn double-digit tuition hikes are possible

February 19, 2003

University President Robert Bruininks warned that a possible double-digit tuition increase might be necessary to counter Gov. Tim Pawlenty's proposed reduction in University funding. University officials...

U officials announce budget reductions

February 18, 2003

To address a $25 million institution-wide budget reduction, University deans said they will continue to protect students' interests but will leave some faculty and staff positions unfilled. Deans also...

Officials hedge on size of tuition

February 14, 2003

After listening to a historical perspective on the University's revenues and expenditures, the Board of Regents discussed on Thursday the institution's financial future - including new revenue sources...

Regents could force East Bank land sale

February 10, 2003

A University Board of Regents committee will vote Thursday on whether to approve the first step in enacting eminent domain - a state law allowing the University to purchase land, even when the property...

Legislature to pick four new regents from 12 finalists

January 31, 2003

A state advisory committee recommended 12 finalists to the Legislature to fill four open seats on the University's Board of Regents. The Regents Candidate Advisory Council interviewed 18 applicants - including...

Officials don’t plan to increase enrollment

January 27, 2003

Despite a 21 percent jump in first-year applications to the University for fall 2003, officials said they don't plan to raise the number of students admitted. The increase - reported by the institution...

Bruininks warns committee not to shortchange U, state

January 24, 2003

University President Robert Bruininks addressed a state Senate committee Thursday, warning of severe trade-offs in cutting funding to Minnesota's higher education institutions. Bruininks said any cuts...

Bruininks urges alumni to lobby legislature on U’s behalf

January 22, 2003

University President Robert Bruininks urged alumni, faculty and administrators Tuesday to contact state lawmakers and remind them of the University's value. Bruininks' speech was part of the University's...

U confronts budget crunch

January 21, 2003

Facing tough choices on how to address a recently announced $25 million reduction in state funding, University officials said they are not prepared to discuss where the pending institutional budget cuts...

University students have lower credit card debt

December 13, 2002

A recent Boynton Health Service student survey showed excessive credit card debt by University students is lower than the national average. Findings from 2001 show 21 percent of U.S. students with credit...

Robot Show gives IT students chance to show all they know

December 12, 2002

What do an old turntable, the side of an Easy Mac box and a handful of colored beads have in common? Usually nothing, but Wednesday afternoon they were integral parts of Amy Daml's entry in the University's...

Talking in the library flourishes – online

December 5, 2002

Usually, University students and staff must visit the reference desks in any of the University's 11 libraries to get answers regarding library research. However, real-time online chats with library staff...

U chooses director of mortuary sciences

November 14, 2002

After a three-month regional search, the University has chosen the acting director of mortuary sciences as the permanent choice to head the program. Michael LuBrant, 32, took the job as acting director...

Bruininks named president; regents approve ’04-’05 budget

November 11, 2002

The University Board of Regents unanimously approved interim President Robert Bruininks on Friday as the 15th president of the University. "I want to tell you how humbled and honored I am to accept this...

U rejects initial joint stadium proposal from Vikings

November 8, 2002

Just minutes after naming interim University President Robert Bruininks the sole finalist in the University's presidential search, the Board of Regents discussed another pressing issue - the proposed Gophers-Vikings...

Academic professionals protest proposed changes in governance policies

November 5, 2002

Committee members from the Council of Academic Professionals and Administrators, which represent the University's second-largest employment class, are crying foul at a proposed change in governance. The...

Faculty Senate passes policy for removal of committee chairs, members

November 1, 2002

The University Faculty Senate approved a policy Thursday that allows the removal of committee chairs and members by a democratic vote. "There was no provision to take care of this sort of thing," Faculty...

Fraternity mourns loss of former president

October 26, 2002

Will McLaughlin, a University political science student and former Sigma Phi Epsilon president, was killed in a plane crash near Eveleth, Minn. shortly after 10 a.m. Friday. McLaughlin, 23, a campaign...

Sept. 11 hero’s widow to visit U, donate $30,000

October 25, 2002

Deena Burnett, widow of Flight 93 hero and University of Minnesota alumnus Tom Burnett, will visit campus tonight and make a $30,000 donation to a scholarship award in her late husband's name. The Tom...

Years as a city leader will aid new University vice president

October 18, 2002

Kathleen O'Brien knows the University quite well. O'Brien, 57, returned to the University after serving as Minneapolis city coordinator to be the new Vice President for University Services. In some ways,...

U prof. disdains the everyday e-trappings of modern life

October 15, 2002

Try sending University geography professor and author John Fraser Hart an e-mail - just don't expect a speedy reply. Hart, 78, does not use e-mail. He doesn't use a computer for word processing. He doesn't...

Dozens rally in support of laid-off U employee

October 10, 2002

Nearly three dozen union members and supporters rallied Wednesday in front of McNeal Hall in support of Bernetta Kambeitz, a College of Human Ecology administrative specialist who said she was laid off...

Atwood begins deanship at Humphrey Institute

October 3, 2002

Sitting on a shelf in J. Brian Atwood's new office are photos of him shaking hands with Nelson Mandela, conducting a meeting with Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres and Yasser Arafat, and being selected to a...

Washington Avenue bridges to open

October 1, 2002

Members of the University community by midweek will no longer need to look both ways when crossing Washington Avenue near the Mississippi River. After nearly six months of congested single-lane traffic...

Professor to receive grant for biodiversity research

September 30, 2002

University Plant Biologist George Weiblen has been selected to receive a Packard Foundation Fellowship grant for his research on biodiversity in tropical rain forests. "It's a tremendous honor to be awarded...

U and city officials say Greek houses could be historic

September 11, 2002

City and University officials met with members of the University's Greek system Tuesday night to discuss an upcoming study commissioned by the city that might designate some fraternity and sorority properties...

New York ceremony to honor University professor

September 9, 2002

A University professor who has given much to the grieving families of the Sept. 11 attacks will be honored at a ceremony today in New York. Pauline Boss, a professor in the family social science department...

Never sounded so good

August 26, 2002

henever critics herald a new album as "sounding mature," it is code that the musician made a record that is tame, toothless and chock full of songs about growing old. But One Beat (Kill Rock Stars), Sleater-Kinney's...

Independence Party picks U’s Penny for governor’s race

July 15, 2002

The Minnesota Independence Party took a step toward establishing itself as more than just a flash in the pan Saturday as former Democratic Rep. Tim Penny accepted the party's nomination for governor. Speaking...

Beware the Ides of March

June 24, 2002

Sitting towards the back of Moose and Sadie's, West Thordson, dark-haired with an affable smile, slowly sips his coffee. He explains the theory behind his dark and dynamic piano and strings-based project,...

Finally Dosh; New Dillinger Four Record

May 28, 2002

Martin Dosh is finally ready for you to hear his music. After two years of off-and-on recording, Dosh releases Dosh this weekend, an expansive 12-song collection of percussion-heavy tunes mixed with lush...

Manplanet: All Systems Go

March 5, 2002

You might think that after sharing a stage with a huge inflatable gorilla, there is nowhere left go in the world of theatrical rock. Jeff Ham, frontman, guitarist and songwriter for Minneapolis space rockers...

The Breeders return to Minneapolis

February 26, 2002

The last time the Breeders released an album, Britney Spears was 12-years-old, Kurt Cobain was still alive and MTV played more than five videos a day. But Wednesday night, thanks in part to Kim Deal's...

Barroom poetry

October 30, 2001

Squinting through a puff of his thin, blue cigarette smoke, Jamie Ness and his blissful grin reflect off the mirrored wall of the Dinkytowner Café. Over the din of bar patrons that surrounds the...

Pete Yorn’s amazing adventure

August 20, 2001

"Amazing," says Pete Yorn from Smith's Olde Bar in Atlanta. He's describing his current U.S. club tour, and that's the only word that comes to his mind. And, honestly, it's probably the only word that...