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A view outside of Blegen Hall on West Bank on Monday July 3. A robbery was reported at this location at around 4:45 a.m.

Two robbed at knifepoint on campus

Published July 5, 2017

Two people were robbed on the University of Minnesota West Bank campus on Monday.The robbery occurred around 4:45 a.m. at the Blegen Hall bus stop on Washington Avenue, according to a University of Minnesota...

University of Minnesota student takes on payday lending

Published May 4, 2017

For the past three years, one University of Minnesota student has battled payday lending.Adam Rao, a graduating MBA candidate at the Carlson School of Management, has worked with two different companies...

Students resume their day outside Anderson Hall on West Bank Monday late afternoon

Mandating diversity statements in hiring are wrong, Oregon professor says

Published May 4, 2017

Mandating that faculty members support university diversity initiatives may betray an ideological bias, according to an Oregon Association of Scholars report.The report, released in March, said imposing...

Professor June Carbone teaches a property law course in Mondale Hall on Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

A new study shows 80 percent of UMN Law School faculty are liberal. Some say that could hurt education.

Published May 1, 2017

Ideological imbalances in law school faculty across the nation may not prepare students for legal careers, according to an article by a Case Western Reserve University law professor.While some professors...

The current layout of clinics within the Phillips-Wangensteen Building is not conducive for the workflow of physicians, residents and nurses. The University of Minnesota Medical School, the University of Minnesota Physicians and Fairview will partner to fund a new site.

UMN Nursing School curriculum will focus to substance abuse among nurses

Published April 26, 2017

The University of Minnesota School of Nursing is placing a new focus on issues of addiction among registered nurses — an issue rarely covered in nursing programs. The School of Nursing incorporated...

Minneapolis Park Board worker cuts down an Emerald Ash Borer infested tree in the SE Como neighborhood on Thursday. Nearly 400 ash trees have been removed in Minnesota and 66 have been removed in the SE Como neighborhood.

UMN gets $4.5 million to fight invasive species

Published April 20, 2017

Armed with $4.5 million from the state, the University of Minnesota is funding 11 new projects to combat the spread of invasive species.Species like oak wilt fungus, emerald ash borer and gypsy moth will...

An image of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs from October 2016.

UMN student has bailed 39 people out of jail — now he wants reform

Published April 10, 2017

Since last fall, Simon Cecil has bailed 39 people out of jail — some for as little as $78.Cecil, a third-year graduate student in a dual degree program at the Carlson School of Management and the...

Champlain intern at Fairview Wenson Masoka and policy research analyst for the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Sarah Radosevich talk during a small group session at Welcoming Immigrants to our Communities held at University Lutheran Church of Hope on Saturday afternoon. The event hoped to spark discussion on what it means to be an immigrant in light of Amy Klobuchars immigration reform bill that passed the senate in June.

UMN creates team to help those affected by immigration policies

Published April 3, 2017

To address concerns over the effect of immigration policies on students, University of Minnesota administrators have created a new team to field questions.The new group, called the Immigration Response...

Abdullahi Sheikh explains what high cholesterol is during a healthcare program that educates immigrant and refugee seniors in the Brian Coyle Center on Friday, Mar. 31, 2017.

West Bank program helps seniors learn to manage health

Published April 3, 2017

While immigrating to the U.S. can be stressful, living in a small apartment with food readily available and not needing to walk long distances to work can also cause health problems for new arrivals.To...

The Coalition to Increase Teachers of Color and American Indian Teachers in Minnesota is working to increase students access to diverse teachers in the state.

Group seeks to double amount of nonwhite teachers in state

Published March 30, 2017

Growing up in a small Dakota community in southwest Minnesota and attending public school, Vanessa Goodthunder never saw a Native American teacher leading her classes.Goodthunder, a teacher candidate at...

The University of Minnesota adult dentistry clinic at the Riverside Professional Building on Sunday, Mar. 26, 2017.

UMN reverses decision to close Cedar-Riverside dental clinic

Published March 27, 2017

Months after announcing the closure of a financially struggling University of Minnesota dental clinic in Cedar-Riverside, dentistry school leaders have decided to keep it open.Input from community members...

Cedar Riverside Youth Council member Kowsar Abdi, second from the right, supervises the chalk drawing station Monday outside the Brian Coyle Center. The CRYC organized the field day Monday as part of a week of events that for Youth Awareness Week.

Minneapolis police create new division for community outreach

Published March 23, 2017

In an effort to ease its relationship with the city’s communities, the Minneapolis Police Department has created a new division to run all of its outreach initiatives.The Community and Collaborative...

A lone student treks across the pedestrian mall in subzero temperatures while school was closed Jan. 27.

UMN ranks third in nation for Peace Corps volunteers

Published March 9, 2017

For the second year in a row, the University of Minnesota has the third highest number of graduates who signed on to be Peace Corps volunteers.Seventy 2016 U graduates joined the Peace Corps — behind...

A lone student treks across the pedestrian mall in subzero temperatures while school was closed Jan. 27.

UMN officials trying to fix gap between white, black student graduation

Published March 6, 2017

The University of Minnesota is among the worst schools in the nation for black students’ college completion, a report released Wednesday found.The report, commissioned by the Education Trust —...

A lone student treks across the pedestrian mall in subzero temperatures while school was closed Jan. 27.

UMN graduation rates for black students among worst in nation, study finds

Published March 3, 2017

While more African-American students are going to college, disparities still remain when it comes to graduation rates a report released Wednesday said. The problem exists at the University of Minnesota...

Students resume their day outside Anderson Hall on West Bank Monday late afternoon

UMN students and legislators meet to discuss rising tuition costs

Published March 3, 2017

Part of a nationwide, daylong movement, University of Minnesota students and faculty members met with elected officials at a forum Wednesday to discuss ways to make college tuition more affordable.The...

Andrea Jenkins, a former Minneapolis City Council policy aide and Transgender Oral History Project curator, poses for a portrait outside Blegen Hall on the West Bank on June 2, 2016.

UMN archivist could be Minneapolis’ first transgender council member

Published February 27, 2017

Come November, Minneapolis could see its first transgender City Council member.Andrea Jenkins, an archivist and lead of University of Minnesota’s Transgender Oral History Project, is running for the...

Cedar-Riverside legal clinic aims to provide support for immigrants

Published February 20, 2017

Immigration lawyers and volunteers set up a clinic to help Cedar-Riverside residents traverse the now uncertain status of immigrants and refugees in the U.S.But the clinic on Wednesday at the Brian Coyle...

Tartan High School Genders Sexuality Alliance member Gabe Marcotte speaks during Skyview Middle Schools meeting with UMN social studies education associate professor J.B. Mayo at Tartan High School on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. The meeting educated teachers how to use language properly when speaking about gender and sexuality.

UMN professor helps include LGBTQ history into public school curriculum

Published February 16, 2017

When the Civil Rights Movement is taught in classes, historical actors like Bayard Rustin are often overlooked.And though Rustin — a gay man who was a companion of Martin Luther King Jr. —...

Somali refugee Hodan Mursal, right, works with members of the Refugee Resettlement Program to complete paperwork to formally settle her into her new home in South Minneapolis on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017.

‘I thought I had lost everything’: Minnesota’s Somali community faces uncertainty with travel ban

Published February 13, 2017

Fartun Ahmed hasn’t seen her mother in 12 years.Ahmed — a 28-year-old Minneapolis resident from Somalia — applied for an immigrant visa for her mother in 2015. Ahmed’s mother, also from...

Ashley Crook holds her nearly two-year-old daughter Charlotte in the Glendale Community Townhomes on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017.

Competing interests have complicated future of Glendale Community Townhomes

Published February 13, 2017

Glendale Community Townhomes residents were mingling with their Prospect Park neighbors in 2014 when they heard second-hand their homes could disappear.Three years later, some residents of the public housing...

A screenshot from the #ImmigrationSyllabus website, which compiles articles, scholarship, first-hand accounts and books on U.S. immigration.

UMN’s #ImmigrationSyllabus provides historical context on U.S. immigration

Published February 6, 2017

In the wake of President Donald Trump’s travel ban and public outrage surrounding the policy, a University of Minnesota site is compiling a history of immigration in the United States to give perspective...

A screenshot of Umbra search, is a University-led digital archive that houses African American historical materials.

UMN-led site makes African American historical materials more accessible

Published February 1, 2017

From handwritten 17th-century letters to underground hip hop albums from the 1970s, a whole bevy of African-American historical artifacts are now available via the University of Minnesota’s Umbra search.The...

University President Eric Kaler presents during a meeting  on  March 12, 2013, at the Minnesota state Capitol.

President Kaler responds to Trump’s immigration executive order

Published January 31, 2017

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler released a statement Sunday night expressing concern over President Donald Trump’s executive order restricting immigration from seven predominantly Muslim...

Nuredin Dahir works on lighting LED lights at the Ka Joog mentorship program in the Riverside Mall on Nov. 5, 2016. Ka Joog, a non-profit aimed at helping Somali youth, started the mentorship program in March and collaborates with University mentors to teach kids about STEM fields.

Cedar-Riverside groups receive federal funding to combat extremism

Published January 26, 2017

Two Minneapolis nonprofit organizations have received grants from Building Community Resilience — a controversial program that has been the focus of protests and criticism in the Cedar-Riverside...

A shopper walks through a strip of stores on Tuesday Jan. 24. at Village Market in Minneapolis.

New mall for Somali residents proposed in Philips neighborhood

Published January 25, 2017

Village Market, a vibrant collection of shops geared toward the needs of Somali-American residents, may soon have competition.A new plan from Ward 6 Minneapolis City Council Member Abdi Warsame, proposes...

Politician and Ward 6 Minneapolis City Councilmember Abdi Warsame.

Minneapolis will get more funding to investigate hate crimes

Published January 19, 2017

After a contentious election year with issues of race coming to the forefront, the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights is receiving more funding to investigate hate crimes and acts of discrimination.Ward...

Owner Abdirahman Kahin help prepare orders during a lunch rush on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016, the second to last day of being open at Afro Delis West Bank location in Minneapolis.

Minneapolis gives small businesses a leg up on contracts under $100K

Published January 17, 2017

For small businesses, local stores and mom and pop shops, going up against big franchise businesses is never easy.To promote and maintain small businesses in Minneapolis, the city began the Target Market...

U plan aims to foster communication between coordinate campuses

Published December 12, 2016

Leaders at the University of Minnesota’s coordinate campuses say they’re left out of system-wide decisions.The school’s System-Wide Strategic Planning Committee presented its findings from a...

With Kaler’s OK, student services fees allocation changes to be formally approved

Published December 7, 2016

The University of Minnesota is expected to formally adopt an overhauled student fee allocation process later this week. The recommendations were sent to University President Eric Kaler last month after...

A preliminary rendering shows the birds eye view of the new Bunge Tower development.

Bunge Tower will be redeveloped into apartment complex

Published December 7, 2016

A University of Minnesota neighborhood landmark is now a step closer to its planned redevelopment.The Namaste Apartments project, which would convert the Bunge Tower in Southeast Como, received $1.2 million...

The Universitys Board of Regents talk at a meeting on June 10, 2016.

Board of Regents review past semester; look forward to spring

Published December 6, 2016

As the semester comes to a close, the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents will meet Thursday and Friday to review the past semester while looking forward to spring.Agenda items include tuition...

Professors: Course evaluations necessary, but flawed

Published November 30, 2016

Professors are supposed to use course evaluation results to see how they measure up to students’ needs, but some say the information isn’t useful.While the required course evaluations administered...

Larry Jacobs lectures in his Presidential Leadership and American Democracy class on Dec. 11, 2012 in Blegen Hall.

U experts discuss Trump’s potential impact on the press

Published November 23, 2016

As president-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office, the press — tasked with being the “eyes and ears of the public” — finds itself at a turbulent crossroads.Experts at the University...

Afro Deli owner Abdirahman Kahin stands in his restaurant in Minneapolis Cedar-Riverside neighborhood on June 20, 2016. The West Bank store will close on Nov. 17, but Kahin plans to reopen the restaurant in Stadium Village, eventually intending to return to the West Bank community in a new location.

Afro Deli says it will close its West Bank location this month

Published November 7, 2016

After six years of operation on Riverside Avenue, Afro Deli — a culinary staple on the West Bank — is closing its doors this month with plans to relocate.The restaurant will close on Nov. 17...

Minnesota Student Association President Abeer Syedah speaks in support of Hillary Clinton at Northrop Auditorium on Oct. 4, 2016 ahead of Sen. Bernie Sanders speech.

For some student-leaders, navigating the terrain of personal beliefs can be tricky

Published November 3, 2016

For Minnesota Student Association to maintain its school funding, the group must remain nonpartisan and strive to represent the entire student body. Still, many of the group’s members, as well as its...

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Despite U initiatives, representation remains low for faculty of color

Published October 27, 2016

In reaction to a year of protests, the University of Minnesota began to hire more faculty of color last year, but some say it’s not enough. The University hired four faculty members in ethnic studies...

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Paranomal studies research continues despite holes in research, proof

Published October 19, 2016

Paranormal studies once took place at the University of Minnesota, and though the probability of its merit is low, the research lives on. University researchers conducted experiments that looked for proof...

Former student’s sexual harassment lawsuit in final stages before trial

Published October 17, 2016

A Minnesota Court of Appeals decision filed earlier this month could bring a former University of Minnesota doctoral student’s sexual harassment case closer to trial after almost a year. Stephanie Jenkins...

Left to right, University faculty Samanth Gopinanth, Mary Pogatshnik, Rob Stewart, Aaron Sojourner and Joel Waldfogel speak at a community forum on faculty unionization cohosted by the Faculty Consultative Committee and the Minnesota Daily in the Coffman Theater on Monday afternoon.

A brief history of the faculty union push at the University of Minnesota

Published October 13, 2016

To the University of Minnesota, faculty unionization attempts are nothing new. Thus far, neither is the outcome.University faculty members have tried to unionize three times — in 1978, 1981 and 1996...

University of Minnesota wants state to reconsider union ruling

Published October 3, 2016

The University of Minnesota wants the state’s Bureau of Mediation Services to reconsider a ruling from September that grouped faculty such as lecturers and teaching specialists with tenured faculty in...

As the protest grew more restless, police tried to get students out of the mall area. Police broke the protester lines by shooting nearly 40 canisters of mild tear gas and pepper fogger into the crowd. Soon after, Governor Wendell Anderson called in the National Guard to help police get the protest under control.

9 photos of the University of Minnesota’s massive 1972 anti-war protest

Published October 3, 2016

In response to President Richard Nixon’s order to blockade the northern Vietnamese coast — mining Haiphong Harbor, and in effect, continuing the Vietnam War — a massive, 3,000-person protest...

In the 1960s, a former University professor hoped to model a city after a machine

In the 1960s, a former University professor hoped to model a city after a machine

Published September 26, 2016

A geodesic dome, atomic power and pretzel-flavored beer cans were all figments of a University of Minnesota professor’s failed experimental city.In the early 1960s, Athelstan Spilhaus — a world-renowned...

At University, single women barred from birth control pills in 70s

Published September 22, 2016

At the University of Minnesota in the 1960s and 1970s, doctors denied single female students birth control pills while married or engaged women were not.In 1970, an unmarried University graduate student’s...

University Director of Marching and Athletic Bands Betsy McCann directs a football pre-game performance at TCF Bank Stadium on Sept. 1, 2016. McCann is the first female director of a marching band the University has had, as well as in the Big 10.

For University of Minnesota Marching Band Director, a historic ‘surprise’

Published September 15, 2016

Nearly half a century after the University of Minnesota Marching Band begrudgingly welcomed its first female percussionist, a woman is running the show.Betsy McCann is the first female marching and athletic...

Minnesota Daily Archive Photo of Dr. John T. Tate, Dr. H. A. Erikson and Dr. John H. Williams during the construction of the Van de Graaff , image originally published  July 26, 1938.

In 1938, the University of Minnesota tried to ‘smash’ apart atoms

Published September 9, 2016

For about 40 years, nuclear physicists at the University of Minnesota smashed atoms in hopes of discovering what lies beyond. In 1938, a machine called the ‘Van de Graaff’ was built behind...

In the last 100 years, the need for Medical School lab space has not lessened

Published September 8, 2016

In the last century at the University of Minnesota, modes of research have changed, but the persistent need for lab space has endured — even since the early days of the University Medical School.“It...

Shooting of Philando Castile spurs public discussion; Turner forms new task force

Published August 29, 2016

In the weeks after the fatal police shooting of Philando Castile, community members have coalesced, urging city leaders to implement sweeping reforms to police conduct in the Twin Cities.Two separate public...

Campers are taught dance moves at All in the Circle Nature Camp at Prospect Park United Methodist Church on Monday morning. The camp, offered to kids in first through eighth grade, aims to connect children with nature and create a culture of kindness.

Prospect Park camp gets kids outdoors

Published August 29, 2016

In a church hall, the sound of reverberating drumbeats cued the beginning of festivities at a new kids’ camp in Prospect Park.Previously held in Wayzata and Minnetonka for the past seven years, the camp...

Cars drive down I-94 under the 27th Ave SE bridge early on Tuesday morning. Proposed plans include increased access to the interstate with an access point in Prospect Park.

Rondo, Prospect Park push I-94 changes

Published July 27, 2016

For the first time since its inception, the functional and neighborhood impact of Interstate 94 will get another look.At a two-day “Every Place Counts Design Challenge” workshop held last week, residents...

Members of the Prospect Park Association take a tour of utility boxes in the area that have been wrapped in art by local artists. The project was completed in an effort to stop graffiti and bring beauty to the neighborhood.

Local utility box art paints Prospect Park

Published July 20, 2016

A project to distinguish the Prospect Park neighborhood from others was showcased on a tour for residents Thursday.The project, led by the Prospect Park Association, recruited local artists to design artwork...

The Dinkytown Greenways funding is in question after a two-year struggle to convince the University of Minnesota to put up signs on the path that would tell users of the Greenway where they are. The University does not want to be liable for damage to the signs.

Greenway information project falters

Published July 13, 2016

After two years of preparation and designs, a Dinkytown Greenway project has stalled. The Connecting U Neighborhoods project, designed to build kiosks and direction signage for users of the Dinkytown Greenway,...

For Glendale, designation is key objective

Published July 6, 2016

The Prospect Park Association has officially asked for a historic designation for a complex of low income townhomes to help thwart its demolition.  The resolution — passed last week by the Prospect...

Experts weigh Brexit woes

Published June 29, 2016

On Thursday, Britain voted to leave the European Union after a 43-year stint with the bloc. Britain will become the first country to relinquish its EU membership. Following the referendum — with...

A biker rides down 20th Ave S in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood on the morning of 28 June. Minneapolis city council members Abdi Warsame and Elizabeth Glidden are working on a bill which would prevent landlords from denying prospective renters based solely on their Section 8 status.

Officials vie for housing availability

Published June 29, 2016

Minneapolis officials are drafting an amendment to up housing accessibility to address issues faced by Section 8 voucher holders. Ward 6 City Council member Abdi Warsame and Ward 8 council member Elizabeth...

New Opportunity Center nears its funding goal

Published June 22, 2016

To fight Cedar-Riverside unemployment, a community-based project is looking to gain more funding. The Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center is designed to provide career and job opportunities through training...

A group plays a game of pick-up basketball at Holmes Park located in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood of Minneapolis. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board has money designated for renovations that are set to start in 2018.

Marcy-Holmes parks need renovations

Published June 22, 2016

As the University of Minnesota’s Marcy-Holmes neighborhood grows, its parks have seen more wear and tear.The Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board will soon...

University awards Prince with honorary doctorate

Published June 15, 2016

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

Como housing pending approval

Published June 8, 2016

A University of Minnesota neighborhood is seeking city approval to bring it up to par with other area associations. The Como Blueprint outlines development and expansion in the Southeast Como neighborhood...

The Witchs Hat Tower sits in Prospect Park on Monday evening. On May 23, the Prospect Park Association voted on bylaw amendments that would have reserved a spot on their Board for student residents. The bylaw amendments did not pass, but will be revisited in later in June.

Association members fail to pass bylaws

Published June 1, 2016

More student engagement will have to wait at least another month as proposed structural changes were rejected at a Prospect Park neighborhood meeting. Last week, proposed bylaw amendments were voted down...

Oromo people seek more recognition

Published June 1, 2016

In search of recognition, a cultural group that feels like it’s been undercounted in Minnesota  is looking to calculate its exact population in the state.  The Oromo Cultural Institute...

Sophomore Thiago Heilman stands outside of Murphy Hall 
Wednesday afternoon. Heilman is an immigrant from Brazil who came to the U.S. as an undocumented child and was unable to attend university until President Obama passed the law Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in 2012.

Project helps immigrants share stories

Published October 1, 2015

Thiago Heilman first came to the United States from Brazil 20 years ago. The undeclared University of Minnesota sophomore remained undocumented until 2012, when President Obama announced undocumented...

Funds to fix health buildings

Published September 24, 2015

The University of Minnesota plans to improve existing health buildings or build new ones in an effort to improve education facilities.   As part of the 2016 capital request, school officials plan...

New tool compares college data

Published September 22, 2015

The College Scorecard initiative launched earlier this month by President Obama marks another effort by the administration to increase the number of Americans with college degrees.   The scorecard...

University rolling out an upgraded system for noncredit students

Published September 15, 2015

A new online academic platform at the University of Minnesota will make signing up for classes easier for noncredit students.   In the past, resources for students not earning credits were housed...

Obama rolls out FAFSA changes

Published September 14, 2015

President Obama continues his efforts to reform education and college affordability. This morning, the President joined his U.S. Education Secretary to discuss the changes the Free Application for the...