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Lt. Gov. candidate Tina Smith makes rounds at U

May 7, 2014

With the legislative session wrapping up, Gov. Mark Dayton’s running mate, Tina Smith is getting a head start on the campaign trail. Smith toured the University of Minnesota Tuesday, making stops...

Final state funding on the way

May 6, 2014

The amount of state funding the University of Minnesota will receive for construction projects is becoming clearer as the legislative session nears its end. The state Senate released its recommendations...

Marion Delgado, supporter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, waves a flag displaying a marijuana leaf in in preparation to march in the 40th Annual MayDay Parade in Minneapolis on Sunday.

Medical marijuana inches forward

May 5, 2014

With new support from law enforcement, the Minnesota Legislature is one step closer to legalizing medical marijuana — but access and usage could be far more limited than originally intended. New...

Fifty-five schools face federal sex-assault investigations

May 1, 2014

The U.S. Department of Education has released today a list of 55 colleges and universities currently under investigation for Title IX violations, based on the handling of sexual abuse claims. The University...

Legislature could boost U stem cell research

May 1, 2014

The future of the University of Minnesota’s regenerative medicine research program is looking brighter than ever. State and federal leaders in the past have denied funding for the University’s...

Governor Dayton gives his State of the State Address at the Capitol on Wednesday.

Governor Dayton talks state of higher education

May 1, 2014

The Legislature targeted tuition prices in its most recent legislation aimed at curbing college costs, but Gov. Mark Dayton said in his annual State of the State Address on Wednesday that there’s...

House, Senate hash out U funding differences

April 23, 2014

Aside from the University of Minnesota’s multimillion-dollar request for construction and upkeep projects throughout its five-campus system, more state dollars are on the line this session. A conference...

Researchers at the University of Minnesota are leading efforts to slow the spread of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, in hopes of keeping non-infected pigs like this one on the St. Paul campus safe.

Legislature may fund research to slow pig virus

April 15, 2014

University of Minnesota researchers are fighting a deadly hog virus, and extra funding is on the table to help speed up the process. Researchers from the University’s College of Veterinary Medicine...

Caroline Palmer, law and policy manager for the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault, speaks in support of the Women's Economic Security Action on the steps of the Minnesota State Capitol on Wednesday. One part of the act would expand unemployment benefits to victims of sexual assault and stalking.

With help from U experts, pay gap bill clears hurdle

April 10, 2014

At age 16, Danielle Hans asked for a raise so she’d be paid the same as her male co-workers. Her boss denied her request and threatened to fire her. It was the first time Hans felt the effects of...

Kayla Altendorf, graduate student in the department of agronomy and plant genetics, opens the door to her experimental growth chamber on St. Paul campus on Saturday. The plants within the chamber are crosses predicted to optimize favorable crop traits such as winter hardiness. Projects such as Kayla's would benefit from funding through the Forever Green initiative.

University research could boost agriculture options

April 7, 2014

Nestled under the snow, Kayla Altendorf’s pennycress plants were green and nearly ready for harvest when she tended to them Saturday afternoon. University of Minnesota researchers like Altendorf,...

U, Legislature disagree on bonding

April 3, 2014

Recommendations to set aside millions of state dollars for construction projects at the University of Minnesota are on the forefront at the state Capitol, and legislators must compromise on funding amounts...

Sen. Terri Bonnoff, DFL-Minnetonka, hears a presentation regarding performance metrics from University of Minnesota administrators Friday at the Capitol.

U on track to meet Legislature’s requirements

March 31, 2014

The University of Minnesota is proving that it can strengthen its performance when more state dollars are on the line. Following criticism of administrative bloat last legislative session, the state Legislature...

Khairunnisak Hamidun, a staff member in the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle lab, works on an aircraft that the lab is building for NASA in Akerman Hall on Tuesday.

Drone policy up in the air

March 27, 2014

Soaring over local fields to collect research data, unmanned aircraft vehicles operated by University of Minnesota students and faculty members are entangled in drone debates at the Capitol, leaving some...

Hemp bill could benefit U research

March 25, 2014

Legislation that would authorize the University of Minnesota to perform agricultural or academic research on hemp is moving through the state Capitol this session, gaining support from some faculty members. Rep....

Medical marijuana faces unclear future

March 13, 2014

Arguments for and against legalizing medical marijuana are heating up at the Capitol — but until compromises are agreed upon, the proposal is stalled. The bill, authored by Rep. Carly Melin, DFL-Hibbing,...

Former Mayor R.T. Rybak endorses Noor

March 13, 2014

Former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak announced his support for Mohamud Noor to represent parts of the University of Minnesota and surrounding neighborhoods in the state Legislature. The hotly contested...

Tuition help bill struggles for attention

March 12, 2014

A proposal has surfaced at the state Capitol this session to diversify campuses, close the achievement gap and make Minnesota colleges more accessible for low-income students, but it isn’t gaining...

Vice President of University Services Pamela Wheelock speaks to the Minnesota Higher Education Finance and Policy committee about the University's Capitol budget request at the State Office Building in St. Paul on Monday afternoon.

Legislature pokes holes in U’s request

March 4, 2014

At a Minnesota House committee hearing Monday, state Representatives probed University of Minnesota officials about how the institution would change its budget if its request for state funding isn’t...

HEAPR funds vary by campus

February 25, 2014

About 43 percent of the University of Minnesota’s 2014 state funding request is money to renovate and maintain buildings throughout the system. Per student capita, the Twin Cities dominates the $100...

State Representative Phyllis Kahn, center, hosts a town hall meeting to engage with constituents at the Van Cleve Park and Recreation Center on Saturday. Representative Diane Loeffler, left, and Senator Kari Dziedzic, right, joined her in a discussion with community members.

Kahn hosts Como town hall meeting Saturday

February 24, 2014

About 50 community members attended a town hall meeting Saturday in Southeast Como where residents and legislators discussed issues impacting the University of Minnesota area. With the start of the 2014...

Kahn hosts Como town hall meeting

February 22, 2014

  About 50 community members brought their concerns to a town hall meeting hosted by Rep. Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis in Minneapolis’ Como neighborhood Saturday. With the start of the 2014...

I.D. will be needed at reconvened caucus

February 17, 2014

Caucus goers at Wednesday night’s reconvened event at Coffman Memorial Union will need to show proof of I.D. to participate and new caucus chairs will facilitate the meeting. After a fight cut short...

Representatives pitch their capital request and provide information during the University's annual Legislative Briefing, Wednesday at the McNamara Alumni Center.

U drums up its student lobby

February 17, 2014

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler announced a plan to freeze tuition, and a crowd of hundreds erupted into applause, ready to start lobbying at the Capitol in St. Paul. That was last year. A...

Dayton proposes more school lunch funding

February 14, 2014

A recently released study showing that 46 Minnesota school districts refuse hot lunch to children who have account deficits is prompting legislative action. Rep Yvonne Selcer, DFL-Minnetonka and Sen. Jeff...

Sean Oyaas, legislative assistant for Sen. Terri Bonoff, sits in his office in the Minnesota State Capitol on Sunday afternoon.

Aide gives fresh perspective on education

February 13, 2014

University of Minnesota officials testify in front of the state’s Senate higher education committee many times during the legislative session. Sean Oyaas, 23, intricately tracks all of these discussions. Sen....

Locked doors on West Bank get mixed reviews

February 11, 2014

It’s been a week since more than half a dozen buildings on the University of Minnesota’s West Bank limited their access in the wake of a series of violent crimes on and near campus. Despite...

Dayton questions UMD’s budget share

February 6, 2014

Some state officials are concerned the University of Minnesota’s Duluth campus hasn’t been getting the correct amount of state funding for years. While some say the numbers show an unfair...

Mohamud Noor, currently running for the position of State Representative in district 60B, addresses members of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority on Monday.

Noor challenges U-area standby

February 4, 2014

Tuesday’s precinct caucuses mark the beginning of the 2014 election process in Minnesota. There, political parties will choose candidates to endorse and establish their respective platforms. State...

Citizen Kate Cavett and Rep. Joe Atkins speak in favor of the kill switch bill at a Labor, Workplace and Regulated Industries committee hearing on the bill on Thursday at the State Office Building. The bill was created in hopes of deterring criminals from profiting off stolen phones, and would render phones useless if taken.

Kill switch bill gets first look

February 3, 2014

Following a series of smartphone thefts on and around the University of Minnesota campus, a committee in the Minnesota House of Representatives discussed a proposal Thursday that could render smartphones...

Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Manager of Energy & Labor/Management Policy Ben Gerber, center, speaks at a panel discussion,

Minimum wage debate comes to campus

January 30, 2014

A day after President Barack Obama announced his intention to raise the federal minimum wage, the University of Minnesota hosted a debate to weigh the issue’s pros and cons. Proponents of minimum...

Homeless aid could increase this session

January 28, 2014

State legislators are recommending more funding for affordable housing as the state’s homeless population rises. This legislative session, state leaders are proposing the largest affordable housing...

Students’ petition spurs bill proposal at Capitol

January 21, 2014

State legislators introduced a bill last week that would ban licensed therapists from providing sexual orientation change efforts to children, following a petition authored by two University of Minnesota...

Staffers wary of lost character

December 11, 2013

As the merger of two University of Minnesota colleges undergoes consideration, some faculty and staff are concerned about preserving their colleges’ identities. A task force heard faculty and staff...

U Extension cuts jobs, replaces others with non-union work

December 9, 2013

As the University of Minnesota Extension restructures a program that educates low-income families about nutrition, many union jobs will be lost. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education...

Sources: U-Fed ties still intact

December 3, 2013

The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis’ choice to sever ties with two University of Minnesota economists has stirred controversy, but some in the University’s Department of Economics say it...

The University hosted a media tour of Northrop Memorial Auditorium on Thursday afternoon. After three years of construction, Northrop is scheduled to re-open spring 2014.

New Northrop readies debut

November 25, 2013

Most current University of Minnesota students have yet to set foot in Northrop Memorial Auditorium. But after a three-year, $88.2 million renovation, Northrop will reopen its doors April 4 with the American...

Honors runs on low funds

November 20, 2013

An external review of the University of Minnesota’s Honors Program found that its budget is low for its size. The program runs on $1.5 million for its 2,300 students, according to a spring 2013 external...

Many study abroad, but U looks to boost numbers

November 18, 2013

The University of Minnesota is a national leader in the number of students who study abroad but not the percentage of them, a recent report found. The University had the third-most students studying abroad...

Feds push income-based loan repayment program

November 12, 2013

National education officials are looking to inform borrowers about another way to lower federal student loan payments. The U.S. Department of Education is sending about 3.5 million emails to borrowers...

An advertisement for the Carlson School of Management MBA program was featured in the downtown Minneapolis skyway system.

CSOM ‘glass ceiling’ ad hits opposition online

November 7, 2013

A University of Minnesota alumna posted a blog entry nearly three weeks ago that said a Carlson School of Management advertisement is offensive to women. Displayed in Minneapolis’ downtown skyway...

Boynton helps students kick the habit

November 4, 2013

While the University of Minnesota is moving toward a smoking ban next fall, Boynton Health Service is pushing all tobacco users to nix the habit this month. More than 200 University students, faculty and...

Admissions program unclear to incoming freshmen

October 23, 2013

When some University of Minnesota freshmen received acceptance letters to the President’s Emerging Scholars Program this fall, they weren’t sure what the notices meant. The program, formally...

University endowment bounces back for 2013

October 21, 2013

Because of overall economic growth nationwide, the University of Minnesota Foundation saw a much larger return on its investments this year. The foundation, which funds many scholarships, faculty and research...

Students share ideas at the Global China Connection meeting in STSS on Friday. Global China Connection was created to help promote mutual appreciation and understanding between China and the Western World.

University courts Chinese students, reaps benefits

October 16, 2013

Pan Wenbing was the first and only Chinese student at the University of Minnesota when he enrolled in 1914. He joined the soccer team, lived in Dinkytown and never moved back to China.In 2011, Michael...

U moms could get more resources

October 8, 2013

New mothers at the University of Minnesota could soon get more resources on campus. The University Senate passed a resolution at its Thursday meeting that could increase the number of lactation rooms and...

Law school tenure questioned at the University

October 2, 2013

Amid scrutiny of law schools nationwide, the American Bar Association has recommended dropping faculty tenure requirements that decide whether law schools gain accreditation. But at the University of Minnesota,...

Students divided on college merger

September 30, 2013

University of Minnesota administrators are continuing talks of forming a new college by merging two existing ones. But students are split over how the quality of education would be affected if the College...

Interest rate woes linger for grad students

September 26, 2013

Congress passed a bill temporarily lowering student loan interest rates this summer, but some graduate students are concerned their rates will soon go up. The bill tied interest rates on multiple student...

More student groups to be audited this year

September 24, 2013

More University of Minnesota student groups are receiving funding this year than in past years, which means more are being audited. Twenty-three groups will be audited this year to ensure they’re...

CEHD will partner with Teach For America

September 19, 2013

The University of Minnesota announced Wednesday that its College of Education and Human Development will partner with Teach For America to create an alternative teacher training program beginning this...