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The Gamma Phi Beta sorority house as seen on March 8, 2018.

UMN chapter of Gamma Phi Beta was sanctioned after February party

April 26, 2018

The University of Minnesota chapter of Gamma Phi Beta was sanctioned by its international headquarters for violating its policies during a Feb. 22 party. Two Gamma Phi members and an event attendee told...

The Marshall apartment complex in Dinkytown as seen on April 4, 2018. Mitchell Hoenig, 20, was taken from The Marshall to Hennepin County Medical Center on Feb. 23 and later died on Feb. 25.

UMN fraternity member’s death caused by alcohol poisoning

April 5, 2018

Editor’s note: The family of Mitchell Hoenig and some University of Minnesota officials objected to the publication of this story. It’s the duty of the Minnesota Daily to pursue the truth about important...

Lecturer Marta Shore addresses false negatives in her graduate level biostatistics course on Monday, Feb. 26 in Bruininks Hall.

‘This is not over’: UMN faculty reflect on the failed union movement

March 8, 2018

Architectural photographer and University of Minnesota adjunct faculty Christian Korab was in the middle of construction at his Twin Cities-area home studio in 2015 when he heard a knock at the door.  Hammer...

Vescio's owner Frank Vescio prepares a take out order for a customer on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, in Dinkytown.

Dinkytown Vescio’s to close in March

February 12, 2018

Vescio's Italian Restaurant in Dinkytown will close in March, according to a post published by the restaurant's Facebook account Sunday. The family-owned Dinkytown staple opened in 1956. Its secondary...

Adam Stirn, lead ice maker for University Facilities Management, poses for a portrait on Thursday, Feb. 1 at Mariucci Arena. Stirn has made ice for the past four years at the University to keep up with the needs of ice hockey practices, games and events that take place in the arenas.

Fulfilling a dream, UMN ice maker heads to Pyeongchang for Olympics

February 8, 2018

The ice at Ridder Arena was dull and dirty the morning of Jan. 31. Adam Stirn, the University of Minnesota’s lead ice maker, doesn’t like dirt; not in hallways, not on rink boards and especially not...

Election judge Mikki Murray speaks with sophomore Melissa Riepe at Weisman Art Museum on Tuesday, Nov. 7 in Minneapolis. Reipe voted for Raymond Dehn, saying she liked his platform page and he seemed the most educated. Murray has been a volunteer election judge since Obama's first presidential election.

Voter turnout for Minneapolis municipal election highest in decades

November 8, 2017

High voter turnout for the Minneapolis municipal elections Tuesday caused ballot shortages and voting slowdowns at some polling locations.  Turnout reached about 43 percent, the highest rate in two...

Members of the Anti-Fascist group speak out against right-wing commentator Lauren Southern outside of Anderson Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 25.

Police break up West Bank protest of right-wing speaker

October 26, 2017

Protest, an arrest and fights marked the campus' reaction to right-wing commentator Lauren Southern's talk at the University of Minnesota Wednesday night. A group of nearly 200 demonstrators gathered outside...

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 April 25, 2016. 

UMN union can’t include both faculty and lecturers, court says

September 5, 2017

The Minnesota Bureau of Mediation Services lacked the authority to assign University of Minnesota teaching specialists, lecturers and faculty to the same bargaining unit, according to a Minnesota Court...

Nurse Jody Geinger speaks on the phone at the new Boynton Health Services mental health clinic. The clinic, located on the St. Paul campus, offers services in mental health, nutrition, physical therapy and primary care.

UMN task force releases mental health recommendations for faculty

May 4, 2017

A University of Minnesota task force released a report Thursday with more than 100 recommendations for instructors and administrators to structure their courses to support student mental health.In a 26-page...

Tiffany Hamidjaja poses for a portrait at the MN Daily office on Thursday, Apr. 27, 2017. Hamidjaja is researching the impact of children witnessing the incarceration of their parents and the relationship of having incarcerated parents to violence amongst youth.

UMN student’s research hopes to limit the trauma of arrest on children

May 3, 2017

At 21 years old, University of Minnesota student Tiffany Hamidjaja is conducting research that experts say sheds new light on police-community relations. Hamidjaja, a psychology and sociology of law, criminology...

Nurse Jody Geinger speaks on the phone at the new Boynton Health Services mental health clinic. The clinic, located on the St. Paul campus, offers services in mental health, nutrition, physical therapy and primary care.

New UMN sick policy that eases absence verification delayed until fall

April 24, 2017

The University of Minnesota’s revised sick note policy — over a year in the making — was implemented then quickly withdrawn earlier this month after negative feedback.Under the policy, which...

Marketing major Ben Sundem pulls books from Wilson Library on April 21, 2015. A $60 million update is planned for the building, with the project currently in the pre-design phase.

Wilson Library renovations at a standstill unless UMN gets state funding

April 24, 2017

The Wilson Library renovations will be at a standstill unless the University of Minnesota receives project funding from the State Legislature this year.The University requested $4 million from the state...

Bill at MN Senate barring anti-Israel contractors draws unease

April 20, 2017

A controversial bill moving through the Minnesota Legislature would prohibit state agencies from contracting with businesses that boycott Israel.Authors of the bill, which awaits a Senate vote after the...

University of Minnesota dental student and dental hygienist Kelli Blankenship speaks with a patient during his appointment on Friday, April 14, 2017 in Moos Towers. Blankenship has used accommodations through the Disability Resource Center for nine years as she has worked toward her three degrees at the University of Minnesota.

Despite accommodations, some UMN students clash with professors over ‘unseen’ disabilities

April 20, 2017

Every afternoon last semester, Ren Marie sat in the same spot in their living room, studying for one class.Even then, Marie — a University of Minnesota gender, women and sexuality studies first-year...

University students get on and off the campus connector bus on Tuesday.  On December 7, the campus connectors, along with other metro transit buses, will resume bus service on Washington Avenue for the first time since May 2011.

UMN journalism school to be renamed for Hubbard family

April 19, 2017

The University of Minnesota’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication will be renamed in honor of the Hubbard family, the University announced Tuesday. The school will be called the Hubbard School...

University of Minnesota mentor Zainab Mohamed works on algebra homework with a group of high school students on April 5, 2017 at the University's Urban Research and Outreach Engagement Center in Minneapolis.

Without funds, UMN program that helps underserved kids could suffer

April 13, 2017

program that tutors students from underserved communities is looking for funding before its grant runs out at the end of the summer.Prepare2Nspire connects middle and high school students with University...

UMN groups push for equality in parental leave

UMN groups push for equality in parental leave

April 10, 2017

Three weeks after the birth of her first child, Austin Calhoun returned to work, shut her office door and cried.Calhoun took the two weeks paid parental leave guaranteed to her as a University of Minnesota...

A view of the University of Minnesota's pilot Canvas site.

UMN technology officials consider saying goodbye to Moodle

March 30, 2017

This spring, the University of Minnesota may leave Moodle for a new learning management system.Academic technology officials recommend switching to Canvas, a new LMS, rather than staying with Moodle for...

French junior Quin Klett and Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development junior Nick Malcore tally votes during the role-playing game

UMN language departments report drop in student enrollment

March 29, 2017

There were half as many graduates from the University of Minnesota’s Spanish department in 2016 as there were in 2012. Last year, the University of Minnesota had just one Russian language graduate. Enrollment...

UMN launches new platform for human research applications

March 22, 2017

As part of an ongoing effort to enhance oversight of human research, the University of Minnesota Human Research Protection Program is implementing a new web-based platform for research applications this...

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

Despite Trump budget, UMN sea grant directors remain optimistic

March 20, 2017

A national research program initiated by a University of Minnesota dean in the 1960s would be eliminated if President Donald Trump’s budget proposal is passed by Congress this fall.The National Sea Grant...

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

After four years, employees say OHR is recognizing job reclassification concerns

March 7, 2017

Following years of frustration stemming from a job reclassification at the University of Minnesota, some employees are finally optimistic about finding solutions.The comprehensive University job family...

The University of Minnesota has seen an uptick in bias responses since the presidential election.

UMN sees increase in bias-related incidents on campus

March 6, 2017

The University of Minnesota’s Bias Response and Referral Network received at least 18 incident reports in February, the largest number reported in any month since its start in January 2016.Though the...

Students and faculty evacuate the Mechanical Engineering building on east bask  Monday around 4:00pm.

Raises for UMN postdocs leave some concerned that contracts will be cut

March 3, 2017

New pay raises for postdoctoral associates are straining some faculty budgets, and causing concern over potential cuts to postdoc contracts.In early 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor announced updates...

Northrop Auditorium at the University of Minnesota on April 5, 2015.

UMN committee pushes for student record privacy

February 27, 2017

University of Minnesota governance committees are considering a resolution that would request that the school keep student counseling and medical records private.Members of the University Senate’s Equity,...

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

Report: UMN’s bias response team poses little concern for free speech

February 21, 2017

The University of Minnesota’s bias response team stands out for its free speech and academic protections, a survey of over 200 similar teams across the country found.The report, published this month...

Northrop Auditorium at the University of Minnesota on April 5, 2015.

Proposal leaves some worried about who can be a part of UMN governance

February 20, 2017

A University of Minnesota committee’s proposal to add a representative from an outside organization has led some to question who belongs in school governance.A proposal from the Academic Freedom and...

Instructor Hyeryung Hwang helps a student during a group discussion in a University writing class in Lind Hall.

UMN officials consider shortening deadline for incomplete work

February 14, 2017

To help improve graduation and retention rates, University of Minnesota administrators and faculty are considering shortening the deadline for incomplete coursework by six months.Under the current policy,...

Nurse Jody Geinger speaks on the phone at the new Boynton Health Services mental health clinic. The clinic, located on the St. Paul campus, offers services in mental health, nutrition, physical therapy and primary care.

Drafted policy would allow students to take some sick days without doctor’s note

February 13, 2017

Sick note requirements could be relaxed for some medical absences under a proposed revision to the University of Minnesota’s makeup work policy. Under the proposal, which University officials hope to...

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

Policy draft would make reporting process for sexual misconduct clearer at UMN

February 9, 2017

A new sexual misconduct policy drafted by University of Minnesota administrators aims to create a clearer picture of the reporting process.The policy consolidates several existing University procedures...

University Ph.D. student Saeed Hashemi poses for a portrait inside the Mechanical Engineering Building on East Bank on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. Hashemi is from Iran, one of the countries affected by President Trump's recent executive order on immigration.

‘I cannot feel welcome here’: Trump’s immigration ban causes unease for UMN international students

February 2, 2017

Mahdi Ahmadi dreams of going home. At night, his subconscious takes him back to Iran, where his parents and sister live. He hasn’t seen them since Jan. 11, 2011, a date he remembers and recites with...

Changes to FAFSA apps lead to slowdown for UMN, other colleges

January 31, 2017

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Federal guidelines may help adjuncts receive unemployment benefits between terms

January 25, 2017

After nearly six years of pressure from a faculty advocacy group, updated unemployment insurance guidelines from the federal government may make it easier for adjunct faculty to collect benefits between...

Former President Barack Obama addresses a crowd during a Town Hall meeting held at Minnehaha Park on June 27, 2014.

Obama administration issues last set of guidelines for campus sexual assault

January 23, 2017

As the Barack Obama administration neared its end, it issued one last set of guidelines for higher education administrators to consider in addressing sexual assault.The letter — part of the Obama...

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 campus, June 2.

First stories from Transgender Oral History Project published; aim to archive marginalized voices

January 18, 2017

A few years ago, University of Minnesota librarian Lisa Vecoli noticed that her collection lacked stories from transgender and gender-nonconforming people.“We have much more content about cis-gendered...

U’s human research protection program reaccredited

January 17, 2017

Following dozens of changes prompted by a critical report, the University of Minnesota’s human research protection program has been reaccredited.The University announced the reaccreditation of its Human...

Student-athletes struggle with last minute training, meetings

December 15, 2016

A proposed NCAA rule aims to help student-athletes who encounter conflicts between athletic and academic commitments. The rule would require comprehensive schedules developed yearly by each sport. University...

New U program trains some staff, faculty on mental health advocacy

December 12, 2016

A few dozen University of Minnesota faculty and staff were the first to receive training on how to spot signs of mental health issues — especially when distressed students approach them with concerns.The...

U professor’s research impacts treatment of incarcerated women

December 6, 2016

From anti-shackling legislation to visiting room improvements, a University of Minnesota professor’s research team is changing the way women are treated in state prisons.Department of Pediatrics Assistant...

Source: Sexual Assault Data Report, Minnesota Office of Higher Education

State: 47 reported cases of sexual assault at University in 2015.

December 5, 2016

Of the nearly 300 sexual assaults reported on Minnesota college campuses last year, 47 — the largest number in the state — were at the University of Minnesota, according to a report released...

State denies U’s appeal in unionization push

December 4, 2016

Lecturers and teaching specialists will be allowed to remain in a potential faculty union at the University of Minnesota according to a Minnesota Bureau of Mediation Services decision announced Nov. 29....

Study: More Ph.D students of color doesn’t mean more minority professors

December 1, 2016

A new study put to question a commonly-held belief that increasing the pool of doctoral students of color boosts the hiring of diverse professors.Instead, experts at the University of Minnesota say initiatives...

Attendees enter the Whole Music Club for the Stand With Standing Rock benefit event on Nov. 28, 2016. The event was hosted to raise money and awareness for the Dakota Access Pipeline occupation happening in North Dakota.

Student groups host concert in opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline

November 29, 2016

Dozens of community members and University of Minnesota students gathered for a concert Monday night to raise money to fight the Dakota Access Pipeline. Five local artists performed at the event, which...

Policy for make up coursework could sway in student’s favor

November 22, 2016

Students who enroll in a class after its first day would be able to make up work and avoid unexcused absences under a policy proposed this month. The University of Minnesota Senate Educational Policy Committee...

No matter how unhealthy, research shows why people buy processed food

November 21, 2016

Prepackaged, processed food is known to be less healthy than whole foods, but new University of Minnesota research shows people still buy it — and not just for convenience.University School of Nursing...

Amy Caslow signs to her son Asher Caslow, 6, while walking him into Metro Deaf School in St. Paul on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016.

For some blended families, deaf literacy vital for communication

November 17, 2016

Immediately after her son AJ was born, Amy Caslow was told he was deaf.At the time, Caslow had no knowledge of sign language but now is almost fluent and has a degree in American Sign Language interpretation.But...

Robert Lin chants during a march for Philando Castile while walking down Selby Avenue in St. Paul on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016. The Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar organized a gathering at J.J. Hill Montessori Magnet School after Ramsey County attorney John Choi announced charges against St. Anthony police Officer Jeronimo Yanez for the death of Philando Castile.

St. Anthony officer charged in shooting death of Philando Castile

November 16, 2016

The officer who killed Philando Castile in July during a traffic stop was charged with three felony counts Wednesday morning — a decision some called historic and unexpected.A vigil in memory of...

Computer science freshman Austin Anderson swipes his U Card to get to his dorm in Territorial Hall on January 22, 2014.

Students call for expanded after-hours building access

November 7, 2016

In response to requests for more study spaces, University of Minnesota student government leaders hope to increase students’ after-hours building access.A 2014 project helped standardize University building...

The University of Minnesota Police Department released an image of a person of interest in the Nov. 3 defacing of the Muslim Students Association's Washington Avenue Bridge mural.

Person of interest identified in vandalism of Muslim Students Association’s bridge panel

November 7, 2016

Religious and political communities at the University of Minnesota are offering support to the school's Muslim students, condemning two incidents from last week as hate speech.The Muslim Students Association’s...