The Minnesota Daily

All content by Peter Frost

With new name, ‘the Gopher’ struggles to build new reputation

May 30, 2001

It has been more than two years since the troubled Gopher Campus Motor Lodge closed its doors. The hotel, located on the northwest corner of Fourth Street and 10th Avenue Southeast, had become as well...

Laundromat closes down, Big Mike’s to expand

December 7, 2000

University students who enjoy sipping a lager while doing their laundry will have to find another alternative. Stadium Village Laundromat -- located in the same building as Big Mike's Subs and next door...

Increasing number of holiday shoppers choosing Internet

November 30, 2000

Staff Reporter Although in the past there have been concerns over the security and reliability of Internet purchases, more and more American consumers are firing up their modems instead of heading to the...

Investors keep eyes on presidential elections

November 9, 2000

As the nation awaits the results of the tightly contested race for the presidency, investors are keeping an especially close eye on the outcome. Many economists agree the aftermath of the election will...

U.S. Bancorp bought out

October 5, 2000

Early Wednesday, Minneapolis-based U.S. Bancorp and a Milwaukee-based financial services company, Firstar Corp., finally put all the rumors to rest. Jack Grundhofer, U.S. Bancorp CEO, and his brother,...

conomic summit focuses on future of Minnesota business

September 20, 2000

While the U.S. economy's current state seemingly couldn't be better, University, state and business leaders are assembling today at St. Paul's River Centre to take stock of Minnesota's economic situation...

en & Jerry’s offers more to community than ice cream

September 15, 2000

With ice cream flavors like Cherry Garcia, Phish Food and Chunky Monkey, it's evident that Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, founders of Ben & Jerry's Homemade, Inc., aren't typical businessmen. Cohen...

New shops vie for Dinkytown business

September 14, 2000

Students returning to the University this fall have a variety of new places in Dinkytown to spend their hard-earned summer-job cash. Three new businesses moved into Dinkytown during the spring and summer...

Analysts deem market downturn essential for a healthy economy

April 18, 2000

After a record year in 1999 and a strong start this year, the U.S. stock market absorbed a major setback Friday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Nasdaq each recording their largest single-day...

Tradition important to new restaurant

March 21, 2000

Tradition is important to Alex Roberts and Jim Reininger, and it shows at the 4-month-old Restaurant Alma. Roberts and Reininger combine a small-town feeling with a sense of worldwide flavor in their cozy,...

Online publications draw print journalists

March 3, 2000

Journalists across the nation are abandoning print publications for the burgeoning -- and highly prosperous -- possibilities of online information sources. So far, lucrative, high-paying Web sites have...

Crazy Carrot follows other businesses out of Dinkytown

February 22, 2000

Staying afloat in a highly competitive consumer market is the biggest challenge facing young businesses. After treading water for barely more than a year, Dinkytown's Crazy Carrot finally sunk and closed...

Online project provides free tax-filing service

February 17, 2000

Students desperate for a quick return of their tax checks need only grab a keyboard and set aside 30 minutes to make it so. The Quicken Tax Freedom Project is a new online service that allows people who...

Mexico popular travel destination for U students

February 2, 2000

This spring break, large numbers of pale, college-aged Minnesotans will ditch their long underwear and migrate south to salt water, sandy beaches and above all, hot weather. Packing suitcases with swimwear,...

Northrop alcohol sales create resentment from area club owners

January 21, 2000

Dan O'Gara is bitter toward the University. At a 1998 meeting, University officials asked O'Gara, who co-owns O'Gara's Bar and Grill in St. Paul, and other local bar and club owners not to serve alcohol...

Carlson School unveils financial markets lab

January 19, 2000

Justin Costley The Carlson School's main atrium transformed into a cocktail lounge Tuesday night, replete with hors d'oeuvres, bottles of wine and a five-piece jazz band. Dapperly dressed students, faculty...

Holiday sales already meeting expectations

November 30, 1999

A strong economy and record economic growth have added vigor to this year's holiday shopping season. U.S. retailers expect a strong 6 to 7 percent increase from last season, and so far the numbers back...

Pasta bar to open in Dinkytown location

November 18, 1999

After more than four months of negotiating, Jason McLean -- the owner of the acclaimed Loring Cafe in Minneapolis -- purchased the old Gray's Campus Drug building in Dinkytown where he has begun preparations...

Do universities instill integrity?

November 10, 1999

and Bryan Keogh The definition of the "right" decision in corporate America is growing ever more complex. Affirmative action, sexual harassment policies and environmental-protection groups continually...

Computer purchases highest ever at U

November 8, 1999

New computers are popping up everywhere on campus this year -- from kiosks in Willey Hall to University administrators' offices. In an effort to keep up with the fast-changing environment of high-tech...

Asian restaurant to open on West Bank

November 3, 1999

Students caught wandering the West Bank as winter approaches will have a new place to grab some lo mein and a hot cup of tea. The Lucky Dragon restaurant and buffet plans to open sometime within the next...

Students travel, study on YMCA programs

October 19, 1999

Instead of just hearing lectures about social justice issues, students in the University YMCA's immersion program are seeing and learning about these issues firsthand. University students can pack their...

Number of students paying of loans increases nationally

October 14, 1999

More students than ever are following through on student loan payments, according to a U.S. Department of Education report released last week. The national student loan-default rate, the percentage of...

Job fair shows options to retail-design students

October 12, 1999

More than 75 students armed with resumÇs and clad in freshly pressed business attire swarmed the St. Paul Student Center on Monday for the annual retail-merchandising career fair. The event, sponsored...

Computer field draws Ph.D.s out of academia

October 7, 1999

Computer science and computer engineering departments at universities around the nation are suffering a major shortage of professors at a time when undergraduate enrollments are skyrocketing. The University...

New food venues draw mixed opinions

September 24, 1999

Students will have some new and improved choices of where to grab their grub this fall. In response to student complaints about boring, less-than-fresh and sometimes nauseating food in the dorms, University...

Bank, Wienery change hands

September 22, 1999

The Wienery, a West Bank diner famous for its Chicago-style hot dogs and Italian roast beef sandwiches, was sold earlier this month after 16 years in business. Arik Johnson, 29, and Jay Olson, 22, both...

Restaurant tries its luck in a tough spot

September 22, 1999

The old cliche, "the third time is the charm," is what a new Dinkytown restaurant hopes will become reality. Bad Man Jose's, a new Dinkytown bar and restaurant, is the third establishment to set up camp...

A financier’s dream career: I-banking

September 15, 1999

When Carlson School of Management graduate Marc Smookler chased after a job in the ultra-competitive investment banking industry, he knew his chances were slim. "I had a very hard time. It was the most...

Officials announce record donations during last year

September 10, 1999

The University once again cashed in during the latest fiscal year by collecting a record-breaking $134.8 million in donations, officials announced Wednesday. The University racked up big numbers by riding...

Business offers new way to find work

September 9, 1999

Students who don't have the time or patience to find a job that fits their schedule -- but who still need money for books, beer and burgers -- have a new option. The Campus Job Connection, a new service...

Comparing prices on books valuable

September 7, 1999

Buying textbooks this year could present thrifty students with more options as several new online sellers bombard collegians with alternatives. Students can not only register for classes and order CDs...

Sparky’s closing to make way for office space

September 7, 1999

A well-known campus bar is trading its location and its 'spark' for a card catalog, a stack of books. Sparky's Bar and Grill announced its last call early Wednesday morning and will move into a venue owner...

Financial aid opportunities

September 1, 1999

All students are eligible for some form of financial aid, whether in the form of a scholarship, a grant, work study or a loan. It is not too late to apply. "Of course, students who applied early or as...

Financial aid tips found on Internet

August 23, 1999

Not every student at the University receives financial aid, but there are alternatives. It's too late to fill out the Free Application for Financial Student Aid, and it's too late to apply for scholarships...

Research before choosing a credit card

August 23, 1999

For college students, credit cards are almost as essential as textbooks, tuition and takeout pizza. And unfortunately, all can eat up a big chunk of a checking account. For every credit card user, finding...

Fraternity closed for violations

August 18, 1999

Like the ancient Parthenon in Athens, Greece, one of the University's greek landmarks is also falling to pieces. Minneapolis building inspectors issued Theta Chi fraternity an ultimatum last month: The...

Troubled motel

August 18, 1999

The 15-foot gopher statue at the Gopher Campus Motor Lodge was uprooted and removed Monday, one of many changes to come for the well-known local motel. The troubled property is in the first stages of a...

‘Just lie when they ask what it costs’

August 11, 1999

For college students with internships and jobs requiring formal clothes, finding fashionable, professional and, most of all, affordable clothing is important -- but not always easy. It's almost impossible...

Wages of U.S. employees

July 30, 1999

The wages of United States employees are on the rise, according to a report released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Labor. The report showed that the Employment Cost Index rose 1.1 percent, its largest...

Insurance tips: act early and get ‘A’s

May 26, 1999

In addition to landing a decent job and facing heaps of student debt, most graduates will have to deal with another adulthood hurdle this summer: buying insurance. It's common practice for insurance companies...