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Gas-electric hybrid car to receive tax deduction benefit

Published June 3, 2002

Consumers who think green might soon be seeing it. The Internal Revenue Service announced a tax deduction last week for people who buy gas-electric hybrid cars, which run on either gasoline or electricity. Although...

Daily apologizes for finals issue comic strip

Published May 28, 2002

Amid protests from students outraged by a cartoon in the spring humor issue, The Minnesota Daily issued a rare apology this month and is considering eliminating the semester-end lampoon issue altogether. More...

Many U students seek grad schools instead of jobs

Published May 8, 2002

For some students, life after graduation is full of uncertainty. But architecture senior Sara Goenner knows exactly what she's going to do next. Graduate school has been part of her plan from the beginning....

Jones ups proposed TCSU, groups fees

Published May 6, 2002

University officials overturned five Student Services Fees Committee recommendations on Friday, tacking a boost onto the Twin Cities Student Union's request and nudging up figures for a few cultural centers. Vice...

U grads meet uncertain future

Published May 1, 2002

After five tough years at the University, Chad Greenwaldt, a Russian history senior, is graduating. He worked his way through school, sometimes holding three jobs at a time. Getting through college wasn't...

Hatch pushes to reallocate tobacco money to research

Published April 26, 2002

The University could gain millions of dollars for tobacco research if Minnesota Attorney General Mike Hatch is successful in a court motion to reallocate money from the state's tobacco settlement. Last...

Journalists criticize media coverage of minorities

Published April 26, 2002

If a black man commits a murder, chances are the media coverage will be different than if he were white, say some local journalists. Jerry Freeman, communities editor for the Spokesman-Recorder - a weekly...

Spring Jam begins with future in doubt

Published April 23, 2002

Students spent Monday outside to participate in what some fear could be the last celebration of Spring Jam as it's currently known. After the Student Services Fees Committee reduced the Twin Cities Student...

‘Gay and fabulous’: Spring pride rally supports GLBT students

Published April 16, 2002

In six-inch heels and a short black dress, elementary education sophomore Jerry Wilcenski - or "Lady Enchantress," as he likes to be called - greeted students Monday at the Queer Student Cultural Center's...

‘Gays and Greeks’ discussion part of Pride Week kickoff

Published April 15, 2002

Wearing matching T-shirts, members of the Delta Lambda Phi fraternity participated in a panel discussion Saturday on being gay in the greek community. The gay and lesbian community on campus kicked off...

‘Bomb threat’ forces evacuation of Vincent Hall

Published April 12, 2002

Police evacuated students and faculty from their classrooms and offices in Vincent Hall at noon Thursday to search for a bomb. University police Capt. Steve Johnson said the building was evacuated after...

More than 300 students arrested for Jail ‘n’ Bail charity event

Published April 10, 2002

Until Tuesday morning, marketing freshman Lisa Hartley had never been arrested. That all changed when friends pulled her out of a West Bank biology class to meet a uniformed police officer. Hartley and...

Pakistani event brings together community, shares culture

Published April 8, 2002

More than 500 people packed the Northstar Ballroom in the St. Paul Student Center on Saturday night to celebrate the annual Pakistani Student Association Night. The event featured performances by PSA members,...

U recruiter sees rising Peace Corps interest

Published April 5, 2002

Before attending graduate school at the University in biological sciences, Michael Lopez committed two years of his life to volunteer service, which included living in a hut in West Africa and working...

Colburn, Dyer win MSA presidential election

Published April 4, 2002

Shouts and cheers filled a reserved room in Annie's Parlour in Dinkytown on Wednesday night when Minnesota Student Association presidential candidate Joshua Colburn answered a cell phone call from the...

Jagdfeld, Norton promote late weekend bus, campus safety

Published April 1, 2002

Jake Jagdfeld and Rick Norton said pubic safety is their first priority in the Minnesota Student Association presidential race. Jagdfeld, a political science and journalism senior, and his vice presidential...

One day more: MSA candidates pitch views – Richter, Jordan presidential bid emphasizes MSA efficiency

Published April 1, 2002

"Trimming the fat" is the campaign focus of two candidates running in the Minnesota Student Association presidential election this week. Tyler Richter, a journalism sophomore running for president, along...

Eshmawy, Rusch emphasize affordable housing, tuition

Published March 29, 2002

Most candidates for the Minnesota Student Association's presidency and vice presidency are posting signs and chalking sidewalks to get students' attention before next week's election. But one of this year's...

Dyer, Colburn focus on MSA visibility, student unions

Published March 29, 2002

After being a member of the Minnesota Student Association for the past two years, Eric Dyer, an economics and finance sophomore, said he wants to give back to the organization that gave him so much. Dyer...

U prepares for end-of-semester cheating increase

Published March 25, 2002

The end of spring break puts final exams on the horizon. And with grades and time crunches approaching, the Office of Student Academic Integrity is out to prevent this season's most unfortunate side effect:...

Internet site offers U area air emissions information

Published March 15, 2002

University area residents curious about what's in the air they're breathing are now just a click away from finding out - and they might be surprised. "If more people (were) aware of the polluters and what's...

State senators consider Pledge of Allegiance bill

Published March 13, 2002

Every day, second-graders in Sharon Johnson's class at the Como-area Tuttle Community Elementary School place their hands on their hearts and recite the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by a piano-accompanied...

Oldest Dinkytown business to close after 115 years

Published March 7, 2002

Architecture senior Andy Engan has always liked shopping for project materials at Simms Hardware in Dinkytown, where his dad - also a University architecture student - shopped 35 years ago. "This is the...

New management brings change to Bon Appetit eatery

Published March 6, 2002

A 20-year veteran of the restaurant management business, Jeff Sliter saw an opportunity in Dinkytown's Bon Appetit. The restaurant has undergone several changes since Sliter's Feb. 1 acquisition, drawing...

U prof: Smallpox threat greater than anthrax

Published March 4, 2002

The fear of letters containing anthrax after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks was exaggerated and misguided, said University microbiology professor Martin Dworkin. Dworkin - who spoke to alumni and students...

New earthquake research facility to open on campus

Published March 1, 2002

Heaving dirt with a large shovel, University President Mark Yudof, along with a few regents and University faculty, broke ground Thursday on the University's new $12 million earthquake research facility. The...

City parking meter price increase includes U area

Published February 28, 2002

Students viewing a movie at the Oak Street Cinema might have to sneak out early to keep from getting towed. That's the concern of theater management, which says a recent increase in parking meter rates...

Dinkytown patrons lament music void

Published February 22, 2002

The recent closings of Bon Appetit and Borealis Caffe - two lively and popular Dinkytown music venues - have left a void for local music lovers. "The conjunction of both of them stopping music so close...

Center offers support for U student-parents

Published February 20, 2002

After a long day juggling classes, work and social life, most University students relish the opportunity to relax at the end of the day. But for student-parents, that chance seldom arises. Dijana Zukic,...

Security officers allege discrimination at firm

Published February 18, 2002

Twelve black security officers working in Minneapolis public housing buildings - including some near the University's West Bank - filed charges of discrimination, harassment and wrongful termination against...

Financial trouble blamed for Borealis closure

Published February 13, 2002

Dinkytown's Borealis Caffe closed its doors Saturday night after being threatened with eviction. Financial problems, in addition to the relatively obscure location on 13th Avenue, are said to be the root...

HIV housing group to expand options

Published February 12, 2002

Out of the 4,500 reported HIV patients in Minnesota, 89 percent reside in the metro area - and many aren't receiving the health care they need, said Kim Lieberman of the Minnesota AIDS Project. "For at...

Unemployment causes difficulty for new graduates

Published February 8, 2002

Finding a job after college is never easy, but it's shaping up to be an especially daunting task for this year's class of graduating seniors. Struggling with a faltering economy, companies are implementing...

U project promotes West Bank businesses

Published February 6, 2002

There is a unique array of restaurants, bars, shops and University venues on the West Bank, but local residents and business owners said the University community isn't buying. In an effort to increase...

Authentic Irish pub to open in St. Anthony

Published February 1, 2002

Terry Keegan was so set on bringing an authentic Irish pub into Minneapolis, he had a handcrafted bar shipped over from Waterford, Ireland. The bar - which features a traditional Irish clock in the center...

U conference focuses on small-business deals

Published January 24, 2002

University officials and members of the local business community met in the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs on Wednesday night to discuss strategy and creative business partnerships. The event attracted...

Know Name Records to move store near heart of Dinkytown

Published January 22, 2002

Leaving its residential Marcy-Holmes location, Know Name Records is heading further down Fourth Street into Dinkytown taking over the spot left by the Last Stop CD Shop. Know Name is cluttered with posters...

New parking garage combines quality, quantity for commuters

Published January 22, 2002

Students vying for limited campus parking might face less of a headache when driving to class this semester. In response to a demand for more campus parking, the University's Parking and Transportation...

New student housing project plans approved by local groups

Published December 12, 2001

Preliminary plans for a new student housing development passed through the Minneapolis Planning Commission on Tuesday evening. The development - scheduled to open August 2003 - was heavily scrutinized...

Ventura grant freeze threatens state AIDS nonprofit

Published December 3, 2001

Gov. Jesse Ventura's decision to freeze grants that fund nonprofit groups in the next fiscal yearcould cripple several organizations, some critics say. The Minnesota AIDS Project is one of several nonprofits...

Residents speak out against Xcel plant emissions

Published November 28, 2001

Air pollutants emitted by Xcel Energy's Riverside coal-burning power plant continue to concern University-area residents and neighborhood organizations. The plant's air emissions permit is up for renewal...

Prospect Park neighborhood association marks 100 years

Published November 27, 2001

Heavy and unrelenting snowfall could not keep more than 150 Prospect Park residents from celebrating their neighborhood association's 100th anniversary Monday night. The Prospect Park and East River Road...

Como group receives grant to curb parties, underage drinking

Published November 21, 2001

Though the chilling fist of winter has yet to firmly clinch the Twin Cities, permanent residents in the Como neighborhood are already thinking ahead to the spring, anticipating an increase in parties. The...

Mondale speaks at policy forum

Published November 20, 2001

Former Vice President Walter Mondale said if his bill providing programs for children and low-income families had been passed in 1971, it would have made a big difference for several generations. Mondale...

Como zero-tolerance policy pays off, some residents say

Published November 13, 2001

The Como neighborhood's zero-tolerance policy, which aims to put a stop to noisy parties, is apparently paying off, some Como residents said. Members of the Southeast Como Improvement Association say they...

Riverfront housing still in progress despite concerns

Published November 12, 2001

On a dusty lot by St. Anthony Main, the Minneapolis Stone Arch Partners are building 273 apartment units. But they're doing so without the blessing of many neighbors. The Minneapolis City Council denied...

Zerby defeats Gordon in Minneapolis City Council Ward 2 race

Published November 7, 2001

It came down to the wire in Ward 2. When all was said and done, DFLer Paul Zerby came out the victor against Green Party candidate Cam Gordon in the second-tightest race this year for a seat on the Minneapolis...

Yudofs host Eastcliff’s annual Halloween events

Published November 1, 2001

Halloween is probably the only time to see University President Mark Yudof and his wife Judy dressed as Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum. Neither one said who was which. The Yudofs hosted their annual Halloween...

Former president speaks at Coleman campaign fund-raiser

Published October 29, 2001

Former President George H.W. Bush voiced his support for St. Paul Mayor Norm Coleman's Senate bid at the RiverCentre in the capitol city's downtown Sunday evening. Coleman's office organized the event...

City Council to debate alcohol compliance plan

Published October 26, 2001

Restaurants and bars currently do not have to do alcohol compliance checks, but a proposed city ordinance making its way through City Hall would make such checks mandatory. It would also establish server...

Local schools score low on Minnesota Basic Standards Test

Published October 26, 2001

Standardized test scores in math and reading are down among Minneapolis students, according to a report released Wednesday. Only 42 percent of Minneapolis 8th-graders passed the Minnesota Basic Standards...

Candidates debate dorm residents’ involvement

Published October 23, 2001

Second Ward City Council candidates Cam Gordon and Paul Zerby met for a debate Monday afternoon in the Carlson School of Management. The debate concentrated mostly on a controversy brewing in the Prospect...

Gopher pride flows freely at Homecoming game

Published October 22, 2001

Students, University alumni and families packed the Metrodome on Saturday to cheer on the Gophers football team. The University marching band and cheerleaders were also on hand to rally fans and cheer...

Dedicated University engineering professor

Published October 19, 2001

Retired University professor of electrical and computer engineering, Hendrik Oskam, died Sunday after a battle with an incurable form of lung cancer. He was 78. Oskam, known by friends as "Henk," also...

Como area housing, minority involvement discussed at forum

Published October 17, 2001

Second Ward City Council candidates and University alumni Cam Gordon and Paul Zerby faced off at a Como neighborhood forum Tuesday night to give their opinions on housing, involvement of minorities in...

Como committees discuss using party data tracking sheets

Published October 16, 2001

A Minneapolis police officer told Como neighborhood leaders Monday night that their proposed Safety and Livability committee, aimed at combatting area parties, could not provide resources necessary to...

Community meeting tonight to address Como party houses

Published October 15, 2001

The Southeast Como Improvement Association is holding a meeting tonight to address party houses and other neighborhood safety concerns. Party houses became a point of contention earlier this month when...

U developing neighborhood information system

Published October 12, 2001

City housing information is now available to neighborhood associations that take the time to seek it out. But with information scattered among departments, the process can be daunting. A new comprehensive...

Unions, state schedule negotiations

Published October 9, 2001

State mediators called all parties involved in the strike to meet at the bargaining table Thursday, marking the first attempt at talks since about 22,000 union employees took to the picket lines early...

Como group funds patrols against parties

Published October 5, 2001

Last Friday night, Como-area resident Miriam Must watched from the window of her home as a group of male party-goers urinated on her lawn. And it hasn't just happened to Must. Parties in the Como area...

Travel, automotive industries adjust to slumping economy

Published September 28, 2001

The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks left the United States with an aching heart and a bruised economy from which many industries are trying to recover. The airline and travel industries, hit hardest by the...

Minneapolis ranked ‘second-coolest’ city in new national survey

Published September 20, 2001

Minneapolis residents have a reason to be proud: Their city this week was ranked the second "coolest" in the nation by a Wisconsin-based consulting firm. San Francisco took the top spot on the survey,...

U loses alumnus to terrorist attacks; passenger on Flight 175

Published September 18, 2001

University alumnus Robert LeBlanc was aboard United Airlines Flight 175 from Boston to Los Angeles when it plowed into the south tower of the World Trade Center in New York last Tuesday. He was 70. LeBlanc...

Young store owner opens eclectic shop in Dinkytown

Published September 14, 2001

Lava lamps, notebooks, hair gel and Slinkys are just a few knickknacks that can be found at Dinkytown's newest store, This & That. In fact, the store seems to have almost everything but antiques, which...

Vigil remembers victims, counters anti-Arab fears

Published September 14, 2001

Crowds overflowed Northrop Plaza on Thursday night to pay homage at a candlelight vigil to the victims of Tuesday's terrorist attacks. "We thought it was important for the University to show everyone that...

Neighbors come together for second annual Como garage sale

Published September 10, 2001

One Ziploc baggie of magnetic poetry: 5 cents. A Burger King-issued Star Wars glass emblazoned with profiles of Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia: 25 cents. These are hallmarks of an entirely different...

Republican mayoral contender Johari runs unendorsed

Published September 4, 2001

Editor's note: This profile is part of The Minnesota Daily's continuing coverage of Minneapolis' mayoral candidates. Republican mayoral candidate Rodney Johari has fond memories of his time at the University....

Candidate Booty seeks to send ideas to City Hall

Published August 20, 2001

Editor's note: This profile is part of The Minnesota Daily's continuing coverage of Minneapolis' mayoral candidates. At Bob's Java Hut in Uptown, everybody knows his name: Jeffrey Amadeus Booty. At Bob's,...

Rezoning University Village area stirs controversy

Published August 17, 2001

A local neighborhood group voted unanimously Monday to employ a lawyer to contest the rezoning of the University Village space formerly home to the Campus Grind coffee shop. The Prospect Park and East...

Doctors, MPCA advise caution during heat wave

Published August 8, 2001

The latest heat wave has made many outdoor activities barely tolerable, prompting many Twin Cities residents to beat the heat in the comforts of air conditioning. The most recent string of hot air mixed...

Activists create awareness of land mines

Published March 2, 2000

An intern for the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, political science senior Jennifer Mittelsteadt became increasingly aware of the impact of land mines on civilian populations. She traveled to...