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U gears up for Dalai Lama’s weekend stop

May 5, 2011

Ten years to the date after his last appearance on the University of Minnesota campus, the Dalai Lama will share his wisdom and insight to sold-out stadium crowds through a series of events this weekend. Co-hosted...

Two men are arrested Friday night after fighting outside a home in the Como Neighborhood.

Spring Jam weekend ruckus kept to a minimum

May 4, 2011

With the exception of the early closing of a St. Paul campus concert, Spring Jam 2011 saw no major crimes on campus. University of Minnesota police Deputy Chief Chuck Miner said there were Saturday night...

U Poets showcase best work

April 29, 2011

University of Minnesota poets showcased their best work Thursday night in Rapson hall, reminiscing about their successful season and gearing up for next year's slams. Even though the...

Board of Governors vote for Coffman 2nd floor redesign

April 28, 2011

After a final vote by the Board of Governors on Thursday, architects and designers will establish a floor plan this summer of Coffman UnionâÄôs second floor to remodel and build more rooms for...

Police, U boost efforts in time for Spring Jam

April 28, 2011

As tonight marks the initial kickoff of Spring Jam festivities, the weekendâÄôs 14 different events are expected to attract waves of students âÄî along with heightened concerns for safety. The...

Gas line purged; poses no threat

April 27, 2011

A gas line was purged near Phillips Wangensteen Building and Moos Tower, causing intermittent odors of natural gas around 4:00 p.m. People should be aware of the odor, however, there is no reason to be...

Students prep for 8,000-mile, cross-country moped mission

April 26, 2011

While most University of Minnesota students are anticipating cram sessions for finals, one is instead preparing for a two-month excursion on his moped. Jonathan StockelandâÄòs mission is to spread...

Speakers address‘casualties of porn’

April 20, 2011

Before Grant Buse  was ordained as a pastor in 1999, his scripture was not the Bible, but porn. âÄúIt made me think women were objects,âÄù he said. Only when he started school at the...

First year Noah Jackson practices shooting his Nerf gun before the start of Humans vs. Zombies Monday night outside of Northrop Auditorium.

Zombies, humans clash on campus

April 13, 2011

Eyes wide and clutching her weapon with tight fists, Amber Orcutt reluctantly agreed to step inside a campus building âÄî a safe zone for humans. She said she saw a human fall prey to a zombie...

Student group brews public policy, beer

April 11, 2011

Last September, students of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs formed a student group to bridge their interests of law, public policy, urban planning and, last but not least, beer. âÄúWe thought...

2,400 walk in U’s Relay for Life

April 11, 2011

Ian Law was involved in Relay for Life even before he was diagnosed with cancer. Law, who has battled HodgkinâÄôs disease for six years, wore a sash that read âÄúSurvivorâÄù as...

Groups asking for student fees find headaches in audit process

April 5, 2011

Amid fall semester finals, Michael Blyakher learned Hillel: The Jewish Student Center would undergo an audit before being recommended any student service fees for the next year. Organizers for the event...

3 U students vie to be Charlie Sheen’s ‘Tiger Blood’ intern

3 U students vie to be Charlie Sheen’s ‘Tiger Blood’ intern

April 4, 2011

Three University of Minnesota students are competing to prove they are more than mere âÄútrollsâÄù âÄî and that they are worthy of interning for a celebrity with âÄútiger...

Fees allotments bring angst, relief for groups

March 29, 2011

After two rounds of public hearings and a final deliberation by the Student Service Fees Committee, final recommendations for student groups arrived Monday with rationales. In response to last monthâÄôs...

Chocolate Frogs chaser Michael Becker tackles down GIL Broomsticks chaser Molly Woulfe in a game of the University’s Quidditch league Sunday at the East River Flat.

Like magic, quidditch grows on campus

March 28, 2011

On opposite ends of the quidditch field, the two teams crouched like sprinters on their blocks. Once everyoneâÄôs eyes were closed, the golden snitch darted toward the woods to hide from the seekers. A...

Student groups receive final fees recommendations

March 28, 2011

After two rounds of public hearings and a final deliberation by the Student Service Fees Committee, final recommendations for student groups arrived Monday with rationales. In response to last monthâÄôs...

Poets slam their way to nationals

Poets slam their way to nationals

March 24, 2011

After four years of saying âÄúyesâÄù to every alcoholic drink offered to him, Michael Lee has been saying âÄúnoâÄù each time he recites his poem, âÄúWaking up naked.âÄù âÄúThe...

Few students of color study abroad

March 21, 2011

Hundreds of University of Minnesota students are in the midst of putting together applications with the looming April 1 deadline for many fall semester study abroad programs. The vast majority of these...

Students spend break volunteering

March 21, 2011

Tim Roos didnâÄôt get his sunburn laying on a beach this spring break. Instead, it came from toiling under the hot Miami sun, shingling a roof alongside nine other students from the University...

Coastal Japan hammered by deadly tsunami wave, U.S. west coast sees less damage

March 11, 2011

Japan was struck by a massive tsunami on Friday caused by an earthquake of an 8.9 magnitude--one of the largest quakes the country has ever seen. The sudden natural disaster has claimed 300 lives and has...

Goldy goes down after weekend fan assault

March 9, 2011

An irritated fan punched Goldy Gopher in the face during a menâÄôs gymnastics meet Saturday night at the Sports Pavilion. During the meet, the University of Minnesota mascot sat behind Douglas...

Kaler names chief of staff, his first executive appointment

March 8, 2011

University of Minnesota President-designate Eric Kaler appointed Amy Phenix as chief of staff Tuesday in his first executive staff appointment. She will oversee communications, marketing, college relations,...

Dance Marathon raises thousands to support AIDS/HIV victims

March 7, 2011

Participants in the University of Minnesota's first annual Dance Marathon raised more than $11,000 on Saturday to benfit One Heartland, a national HIV and AIDS program that provides support for children...

Student groups contest initial fees recommendations

March 2, 2011

In the first round of public hearings after initial student services fees recommendations were released, student groups have begun to protest proposed funding cuts. Advocates for the Minnesota Student...

Students to dance away 12 hours for charity

February 28, 2011

This Saturday, fundraisers will log a cumulative 1,200 hours of charity work by busting their moves for a worthy cause. More than 22 groups and 100 dancers are gearing up to dance for 12 hours straight...

U group fights stereotypes on stage

February 24, 2011

Tired of media that stigmatize black gay men, a new University of Minnesota student group wants to expose their real identities through a media piece of their own. Saturday night, a group of nine men will...

CFACT nets cash to bring in Bush

February 22, 2011

The initial recommendations from the Student Services Fees Committee on Monday displayed a spectrum of budgets and reactions. Collegians for a Constructive Tomorrow received $182,240 more in student service...

U alumni wins trip to Ghana, Africa

February 17, 2011

Proving his professors and parents wrong, one University of Minnesota student used Facebook to do something worthwhile. Tom Mitchell, a 2010 Carlson School of Management graduate in human resources and...

Muslim students and community members gather for noon prayer Friday in Fellowship Hall at Grace University Lutheran Church. Men are required to attend the prayer and around 100 were present on Friday.

Campus church hosts Muslims, interfaith dialogue

February 15, 2011

Worshippers entering Grace University Lutheran Church on Friday didnâÄôt go the sanctuary and sit in pews facing the altar. They didnâÄôt listen to the pastorâÄôs sermon or sing...

Student group gives a Valentine to the community

February 14, 2011

Aside from the typical Valentine's Day box of chocolates, red roses, and last minute dinner reservations (as well as maybe scrambling to find a date in general), one student group on campus is transcending...

Mona Aldawood from Saudi Arabi talks with classmates Friday afternoon through the classroom chat exercise in Jones Hall. The class is offered as an elective in American culture and is part of the Minnesota English Language Program.

English assistance program grows

February 8, 2011

The classroom was a mix of race, clothing, language and culture. The instructor looked out at the group of international students and asked if they believed their destiny lay in their own hands. âÄúWhy...

Teaching assistant of Mechanical Engineering Program David Bennett tells jokes during the Last Gopher Standing comedy competition Saturday at the Whole. Eight comedians will represent University of Minnesota against St. Cloud State University in March.

U comics bid for nat’l stage

February 7, 2011

Comedian after comedian paraded in front of the dimly lit, packed room of college students. They covered everything from sex to race to Happy Meal-eating squirrels in hopes of winning votes Saturday night. After...

St. Thomas junior Mallory Marcotte sits in front of a light box Tuesday at the O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library. Bright light therapy is an effective treatment for SAD.

Winter season more SAD for some than others

February 2, 2011

Certain students at the University of Minnesota have an extra reason to hope Punxsutawney Phil wonâÄôt see his shadow on Groundhog Day today. With 46 days of winter still left, those with Seasonal...

MSA dons toolbelts for latest initiative

February 1, 2011

Haley Sundstrom and Kate Eloranta surveyed the weathered doors people donated and began stripping them of the frames and the knobs. Next, the doors were measured, priced and put back on display to be sold. On...

U highlights students with disabilities

January 25, 2011

Before TCF Bank Stadium was built, long-time Gophers fan Bernie Quinn could see the action on the field but had to read the newspaper afterward to see what he had missed. Now, despite being deaf, he is...

Accused student missing for 72 hours

January 24, 2011

Police are looking for University of Minnesota student Keaton Patrick Murphy, 20, who has been missing since Thursday night and is a suspect in a child pornography case. Police launched a missing person...

Cold snap puts outdoor activity in Minneapolis on ice

January 21, 2011

With temperatures in Minneapolis dropping as low as 16 below zero this morning, you can be forgiven for thinking todayâÄôs projected high of zero is balmy. The end of negative temperatures is in...

Hamline dean to head state Office of Higher Education

January 21, 2011

Governor Mark Dayton appointed Dr. Sheila Wright as the new director of the Office of Higher Education today. Wright is a professor and dean in the School of Education at Hamline University and has worked...

‘Hidden Spaces’ opens to the public

January 19, 2011

The Paul Whitney Larson Art Gallery in the St. Paul Student Center opened its doors Tuesday to invite the public to discover the "hidden" meanings of three artistsâÄô sculptures and paintings hosted...

Angry woman threatens, then pulls fire alarm in Williamson Hall

December 13, 2010

A woman pulled a fire alarm Thursday in Williamson Hall, evacuating the building, after her requests to see University of Minnesota President Bob Bruininks were denied, witnesses said. Katy Isenberg was...

Gun and car woes lead to arrests

December 7, 2010

A man was taken into custody after police found an uncased and unloaded pistol in his front seat last Thursday. A police officer pulled over Jourdan Roedel, 19, for having expired tabs and found that he...

Student charged with assault in bout with police over brother

December 1, 2010

A University of Minnesota student was charged with fourth degree assault after attempting to save his younger brother from police officers at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday. Michael Sheely, 20, attempted...

’06 party injuries stick frat with suit

November 30, 2010

The national chapter of University of Minnesota fraternity Delta Tau Delta is being sued for more than $500,000 over a 2006 incident when a man was "sucker-punched" and knocked unconscious, which he says...

University police honor top cops, swear in 3 new officers

November 29, 2010

Not many police officers have saved a belligerent drunk man from a river during a thunderstorm. University of Minnesota police officer Geoff Maciejewski was awarded the University of Minnesota Police DepartmentâÄôs...

Student resists, is tasered in dorms

November 24, 2010

A drunk University of Minnesota first-year student put up a lengthy fight with University police, who tasered him four times before subduing him in Centennial Hall early Sunday morning. A security monitor...

Social networking sites open door to new crime online

November 22, 2010

The advent of social networking websites has enabled instant communication across borders for users the world over, but abusers have found a far different use for such treasure troves of information in...

Four campus cash machines broken into

November 17, 2010

Several "Value Port" cash-to-card machines were burglarized for more than $1,800 last week in Coffman Union, Blegen Hall, St. Paul Student Center and Walter Library. The burglaries committed "were most...

Slew of car break-ins hit campus area

November 15, 2010

On Wednesday morning, Dinkytown resident Ashley Nelson left her Eighth Street Southeast apartment to find her car window smashed and her purse emptied onto the parking lot beside her car. Nelson is just...