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Serving the UMN community since 1900

The Minnesota Daily

Serving the UMN community since 1900

The Minnesota Daily

All content by Raj Chaduvula

DU reinstated, maybe

Published June 6, 2017

UMN economics professor accused of dodging taxes for nearly 12 years

Published April 18, 2017

A University of Minnesota economics professor was charged Friday with tax evasion after allegedly not paying state income taxes for nearly 12 years.Beth Elaine Allen was charged with 12 felony and gross...

Shannon Farrell, a University staff member, works with Kathy Shipp, center, and Maria Fitzgerald, left, during the DataRescue event on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017 at the Humphrey School  School of Public Affairs.

UMN joins nationwide effort to archive public data

Published February 27, 2017

Coders, technology experts, librarians and archivists gathered for a two-day event to collect, copy and archive public federal data, web pages and studies.Data released by governments isn’t always immune...

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges speaks at the groundbreaking event for the Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center on Oct. 29, 2016. The center will work to help community members, many of whom are East African immigrants, find jobs.

Immigrants are a vital part of Minnesota’s labor force, report says

Published February 13, 2017

Amid a decline in population growth, Minnesota needs to attract more immigrants to keep pace with its economic development, according to a University of Minnesota report released last month.The report...

Psychology junior Fardowsa Hassan presses her painted hand on the Muslim Students Associations panel in the Washington Avenue Bridge inside the Washington Avenue Bridge on Friday.

Muslim Students Association repaints vandalized bridge panel

Published November 12, 2016

Colorful handprints now cover a Washington Avenue Bridge panel once spray-painted with the word “ISIS.”The Muslim Students Association invited allies to join them Friday as they re-painted the group’s...

Two officers involved in Jamar Clark shooting wont be disciplined

Published October 22, 2016

The two police officers involved in the shooting death of Jamar Clark in November 2015 followed procedure and won’t be disciplined, the Minneapolis Police Department announced Friday.MPD Chief Janee...

Annabelle Stalboerger reads to her two children, 18-month-old E.J., and 5-year-old Clara on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016 at their home in Sartell, Minnesota. Stalboergers fiancé University of Minnesota third-year law student Edward Teddy Fleming had testified in March to help a bill pass to modify child care grant eligibility to include graduate students. They spend about $18,000 per year on child care expenses.

Despite state subsidies, rising child care costs an enduring burden

Published September 19, 2016

With child care costs doubling in the last 25 years, student-parents are seeking additional resources to help pay their bills. In the spring, after professional and graduate student-parents lobbied the...

Politician and Ward 6 Minneapolis City Councilmember Abdi Warsame.

In Cedar-Riverside, enduring concerns over ‘ugly’ rhetoric

Published August 24, 2016

In April last year, Ward 6 Minneapolis Council Member Abdi Warsame woke up to a Star Tribune opinion piece that heralded Minnesota as the “land of 10,000 terrorists.”Written by former Mayor of St....

President of the Minneapolis NAACP, Nekima Levy-Pounds speaks to a large crowd at a rally in support of Philando Castile at Loring Park on July 9.

In Loring Park, protesters rally for justice in fatal shooting of Philando Castile

Published July 9, 2016

Over a hundred protesters gathered in Loring Park Saturday to stand in solidarity after the death of Philando Castile. The rally, led by Nekima Levy-Pounds — president of Minneapolis’s chapter...

Bus stop surveys could change transit accessibility

Published July 6, 2016

Bus stops in Cedar-Riverside and other Minneapolis neighborhoods could get a facelift based on information from a new user survey. This year, Metro Transit began an extensive community engagement project...

“Prince … if you haven’t heard of him yet, you will.”

University of Minnesota awards Prince with honorary doctorate

Published June 12, 2016

He went by Prince, then an unpronounceable glyph, and now a new moniker has been added to the mix — Dr. Prince. On Friday, the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents unanimously voted to...

Attendees crowd the Stone Arch Bridge during last years Northern Spark.

Northern Sparks looks to raise awareness over climate change

Published June 11, 2016

From dusk-to-dawn, Northern Lights will kick-off its “Northern Sparks” art celebration Saturday — and this year, the festival is bringing attention to hard-hitting issues. The free, all-night...

Cedar initative combats stigma

Published May 25, 2016

A new campaign, spearheaded by the youth community in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, hopes to highlight the Somali community and fight stigma. Called “#ProudtobeCedar,” the campaign began...

Residents oppose Samatar Crossing

Published May 25, 2016

A new project that would pull heavy vehicle traffic through the streets of Minneapolis’ West Bank has encountered opposition from area residents. The Fifth Street Reconnection project, or the Samatar...

U Senate takes on free speech

Published May 5, 2016

Though the semester is winding down, debate on free speech at the University of Minnesota rages on.      On Thursday, the University Senate will convene for a meeting to discuss the Four...

Glensheen estate may get revamp

Published May 3, 2016

A University of Minnesota tourist attraction could receive $26 million for repairs, pending state Legislature approval.      Duluth’s 39-room Glensheen Mansion, owned by the University,...

Minnesota Senate proposal provides $160M for U projects

Published May 3, 2016

The Minnesota Senate’s bonding recommendations released Monday included a $160.7 million allocation for the University of Minnesota, slightly more than Gov. Mark Dayton’s recommendation...

U greek life eyes city law for reform

Published April 27, 2016

As greek life at the University of Minnesota continues to swell, the community is pushing to loosen zoning regulations to continue its growth.     One ordinance restricts fraternities from occupying...

MSA takes on offensive comments

Published April 25, 2016

For Tamira Amin, certain passing remarks serve as reminders of racism and discrimination.      Amin said she would often hear the phrase, “You talk so white,” when she was growing...

More calls for neutral restrooms

Published April 20, 2016

The Council of Graduate Students approved a resolution last week supporting the expansion of gender-inclusive bathrooms on campus.      The COGS resolution was conceived after members saw...

Graduate student leaders criticize campus speech document

Published April 18, 2016

A draft on a free speech resolution crafted by University of Minnesota faculty members is garnering criticism from student government groups on campus.     Leaders of the Professional Student...

Divestment resolution gets passed by MSA

Published April 13, 2016

After a prolonged debate Tuesday night underscored by months of campus controversy, the Minnesota Student Association passed a resolution calling for the University of Minnesota to divest from companies...

Runner-up Holl asks for hearing

Published April 12, 2016

The final results are in, but confusion that arose during the last stretch of campaigning for undergraduate student body president will likely linger past the election.     To review how rule...

Syedah elected MSA Prez

Published April 11, 2016

Abeer Syedah has been elected president of the Minnesota Student Association, defeating Cameron Holl in last week’s contentious election.     The All-Campus Elections Commission announced Sunday evening...

Lead vocalist and guitarist David Zach and bass player Corey Horn of Remedy Drive perform during the Stand4Freedom benefit concert for the International Justice Mission, a nonprofit that seeks to help individuals affected by human trafficking, in the Sojourn Campus Church on Friday night.

Group targets human trafficking

Published April 11, 2016

University of Minnesota students and community members are working to raise funds and awareness to prevent human trafficking in the state and worldwide.      Minnesota’s International...

Last stretch for MSA presidential candidates

Published April 7, 2016

As undergraduate student government elections kick off at the University of Minnesota, presidential candidates have one last chance to pound the pavement and campaign.      The elections...

Universit of Minnesota regent Abdul Omari responds to student representatives Cory Schroeder and Callie Livengood about the proposed tuition hike for out of state students during the board of regents meeting in the Mcnamara Alumni Center on Thursday morning.

Regents OK tuition increase

Published April 4, 2016

Incoming University of Minnesota students who are not state residents and do not qualify for reciprocity rates may see their tuition grow by as much as $12,000 over four years.     At a meeting...

MSA hopefuls square off

Published April 1, 2016

Thursday night’s Minnesota Student Association presidential debate brought in a crowd over tens times larger than the previous two All Campus Elections Committee debates.   MSA presidential...

Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives Kurt Daudt meets with MSA President Joelle Stangler and Speaker of the Forum William Dammann at his office during Support the U Day on Tuesday.

U students flock to State Capitol

Published March 30, 2016

Students came face-to-face with senators and representatives on campus issues Tuesday.     Students from all five University campuses attended “Support the U Day.” The day consisted...

Leg. mulls child-care assistance

Published March 29, 2016

For student-parents like second-year law student Edward Fleming, child care costs add enormous expenses to already tight budgets.      The University’s Professional Student Government...

MSA presidential candidates launch campaigns

Published March 9, 2016

As national presidential campaigning ramps up, the undergraduate student body at the University of Minnesota is gearing up for its own election.      Two teams of students are vying to...

MSA plans a student support group

Published March 7, 2016

For students who are the first members of their families to attend college, navigating through postsecondary education can seem daunting.     To support first generation students at the University...

Grocery-laden University students wait to climb aboard the grocery shuttle during its Sunday pilot-day launch, while others exit to go shopping at Cub Foods at the Quarry in Northeast Minneapolis.

Shuttling out of the food desert

Published March 1, 2016

Despite chilly winds and a surprise snowfall, a group of University of Minnesota students packed themselves into small shuttles Sundaymorning for the opportunity to buy fresh groceries.     The...

MSA mulls funding for Boynton

Published February 24, 2016

As the demand for mental health services at the University of Minnesota continues a yearslong swell, student government groups have prioritized the issue.     Both the Minnesota Student...

City weighs marijuana ordinance

Published February 23, 2016

Pending Minneapolis City Council approval, marijuana possession will no longer be an offense under Minneapolis ordinances.     Instead, the city would operate in accordance to state law.      A...

Student gov’t groups gain new role

Published February 17, 2016

Until now, University of Minnesota student government groups held no more official power on campus than other student organizations.     In the past, the Minnesota Student Association, the Professional...

New int’l student board provides representation

Published February 15, 2016

Students with global roots currently represent about one in eight University of Minnesota Twin Cities enrollees — but some say they haven’t always had corresponding on-campus representation.     Starting...

Fantasy sports gambling becomes major issue

Published February 11, 2016

Commercials for fantasy sports gaming sites DraftKings and FanDuel try to entice fans of live sports with the tantalizing possibility of making money by playing in a league of their own online.     But...

PSG advises equality for U campuses

Published February 9, 2016

Students hailing from the Duluth campus might be underrepresented in the University of Minnesota’s system-wide professional student government.     Changes made last May to the Professional...

Student gov’t wants broader changes to Safe Campus Act

Published February 4, 2016

Student governments across the Big Ten and victim support centers continue their search for a congressional bill that effectively assists sexual assault victims.      During their winter...

Star Tribune runs full-page ad promoting tolerance

Published February 2, 2016

Dozens of Minnesota government, professional and academic leaders — including University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler — denounced anti-Muslim prejudice in an advertisement in the Star...

Winter Cycling Congress comes to Twin Cities

Published February 2, 2016

A group of cold-weather cyclists will pedal into the Twin Cities just in time to sample Minnesota snow at their gathering this week.     The international meeting, called the Winter Cycling Congress,...

University of Minnesota student Levi smokes pot from a bong at his home in the Southeast Como neighborhood on Tuesday.

Marijuana myth debunked

Published January 28, 2016

Dope doesn’t necessarily make you dopey, according to a University of Minnesota study published this month.     The eight-year study measured the IQs of twins — some of whom abstained...

A financial boost for internships

Published January 26, 2016

Internships provide advantages that aren’t easily measurable: networking, workplace experience and professional skills. Usually, paychecks are a bonus.     A recent grant awarded to the...

Leaders denounce tuition hike

Published December 16, 2015

The University of Minnesota’s undergraduate government affirmed its opposition to a proposed out-of-state tuition increase at a short-notice meeting Tuesday evening.   Minnesota Student...

U student repels LRT robbery by TCF Bank

Published December 15, 2015

A University of Minnesota student was the victim of an attempted robbery Sunday night, according to a crime alert from the University of Minnesota Police Department.   According to the alert,...

Nicholas Goldsmith, a representative from the Council of Graduate Students, speaks to a crowd at the Whose Diversity? rally outside of Morrill Hall on Friday. The group and its allies stood in solidarity with students who were arrested while occupying Morrill Hall in 2014 prior to their hearing in Lind Hall later that evening.

Rally precedes protesters’ hearing

Published December 14, 2015

Hundreds of professors, students and community activists congregated outside a University of Minnesota hall Friday to show support for two students facing conduct charges.   Fifth-year doctoral...

Hundreds demonstrate outside Morrill Hall

Published December 12, 2015

Hundreds of people gathered outside Morrill Hall Friday to show support for two students who had occupied the building in February and are facing student conduct charges. Earlier this year, members of...

Space Planner at the University of Minnesota Anika Carlsted leads a tour of the Pillsbury Hall attic, a space that will be renovated with money from the 2016 capital request.

Upgrades hinge on Leg funds

Published December 10, 2015

University of Minnesota leaders are gearing up to fight for funding from the state to help improve school facilities system-wide.   Administrators from the Crookston, Duluth, Twin Cities and Morris...

U students support fall break idea

Published December 7, 2015

An extra break during fall semester might be coming to the University of Minnesota.   A group of Minnesota Student Association members wants the school’s administration to consider a pause...

Students call for free, weekly grocery shuttle

Published December 3, 2015

Free rides to the grocery store could be in store for University of Minnesota students.   The Minnesota Student Association’s Infrastructure Committee wants to create a free shuttle that would...

Food Recovery Network wants donations from frats

Published November 23, 2015

Free food is a common tool for drawing a crowd of University of Minnesota students, but sometimes leftovers go to waste once the event ends.   At one greek event, for example, more than 500 hamburgers...

Farmers face tough weeds

Published November 19, 2015

In recent years, herbicide-resistant weed species have been cropping up like, well, weeds.   In the face of growing issues with weed control, a group of scientists armed with a U.S. Department of...

Fraternities seek looser housing rules

Published November 17, 2015

Some city regulations make it difficult for University of Minnesota greek chapters to make major changes to their houses.   A new Minnesota Student Association task force hopes to change that by addressing...

PSG pushes pharmacy benefits

Published November 10, 2015

On a Friday evening during her first year as a law student in 2013, Mary Scott was in pain.    Scott ran to the University of Minnesota Medical Center, and after surgery to remove her...

Study: cougars set to move back into Midwest

Published November 9, 2015

After being driven out of the Midwest, cougars are mounting a comeback.    Within the next 25 years, the number of cougars will increase in the region, according to a new study led in part by...

Group to rework advising

Published November 4, 2015

University of Minnesota leaders are hoping to address inconsistent advising and overworked and unhappy advisers in the coming months.   A group — made up of school administrators and students...

USGA and the University of Minnesota Announce Partnership

Published November 1, 2015

The University of Minnesota and the United States Golf Association announced a partnership to study golf’s future challenges, Golf Course Industry reports. The partnership is set to last for five...

Students worry about food shortage

Published October 26, 2015

One in six University of Minnesota students worries about running out of food, according to a Boynton Health Service survey conducted earlier this year.   For the first time the BHS College Student...

Interest in enviro, ag jumps

Published October 21, 2015

Alec Brown, a junior in the College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences, is part of one of the school’s largest student pools ever at 2,021 enrolled undergraduates.   Brown, an...

Student group plans legislative agenda

Published October 19, 2015

The Minnesota Student Legislative Coalition hopes to advocate to state legislators and administrators this spring session about student issues such as graduate student-parents’ access to financial...

The Masonic Memorial Building, which may be demolished to make way for a new health facility, is seen from Southeast Harvard Street on Tuesday afternoon.

Changes in store for Masonic

Published October 8, 2015

A nearly 60-year-old University of Minnesota medical building could be the future site of new health facilities.   The Board of Regents is asking the state Legislature for around $66 million for...

Students target human rights issues in Mexico

Published October 6, 2015

A group of University of Minnesota students wants to address human rights issues and violence in Mexico by raising awareness in Minnesota.   The Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee is trying...

Associate Professor of turfgrass breeding and genetics Eric Watkins evaluates turf plots for disease resistance on Wednesday in St. Paul.

Turf may boost efficiency

Published September 10, 2015

Two University of Minnesota researchers say new grass they’re testing at Les Bolstad Golf Course near the St. Paul campus could set a standard for the rest of the country.   Turfgrass science...

U of M sees record number of startups

Published September 9, 2015

rajA record 16 startups were created this year based on University of Minnesota-sponsored research.  Over the last few years, a large number of life science companies have sprung from school research,...

Volunteer group begins work on new pediatric medical devices

Published January 20, 2015

Minnesota is known for its robust medical device industry, but some say the market for the state’s youngest patients is still lagging.       To close the gap between youth and adult...