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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...

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...

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...

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 18, 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...

University base pay below average

September 18, 2013

University of Minnesota faculty and staff members are paid less than average market wages but are compensated with employee benefits, according to the Office of Human Resources. A Thursday presentation...

U finalizes Teach for America partnership

September 18, 2013

The University of Minnesota announced Wednesday it will partner with Teach for America to create an alternative teacher training program beginning this summer. The decision comes after months of negotiations...

CBS, CFANS merger details still unclear

September 16, 2013

After the possibility of a new University of Minnesota college was announced last week, administrators say faculty and staff positions likely wouldn’t be affected by the change. According to administrators,...

U boosts new hire inspection

September 12, 2013

Penn State University’s for­mer assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was tried for child sexual abuse, col­leges nationwide, including the University of Minne­sota, are making changes...

Survey: School, living costs still a burden

September 9, 2013

Rising education costs and living expenses are putting financial pressure on University of Minnesota students, a trend continued from past years. To cover costs, some University students are working more,...

Law schools: Third year is too crucial to lose

September 5, 2013

After President Barack Obama’s recent criticisms of U.S. law schools, many law students and faculty members spoke out in defense of their current systems. Obama suggested in a speech last month that...

U divided on Obama proposal

September 3, 2013

President Barack Obama’s recent proposal for the future of higher education has drawn mixed reviews nationally and at the University of Minnesota. While some in the University community support the...

House to vote on bill limiting U.S. Department of Education regulations

August 7, 2013

A bill that would limit the authority of the U.S. Department of Education passed a key committee of the U.S. House of Representatives on July 24. The Supporting Academic Freedom through Regulatory Relief...

Students, AHA push for dissertation embargoes

August 7, 2013

The American Historical Association is asking graduate programs and university libraries to adopt a policy allowing history Ph.D. graduates to embargo the digital form of their dissertation, preventing...

American Historical Assoc. encourages grad students to embargo online theses

August 3, 2013

The American Historical Association is asking graduate programs and university libraries to adopt a policy allowing history PhD graduates to embargo the digital form of their dissertation, preventing the...

HOURCAR to replace Zipcar on U campus

July 31, 2013

After winning a competitive bidding contract, the car-sharing program HOURCAR will replace Zipcar at the University of Minnesota in time for fall semester. The St. Paul-based HOURCAR has signed a two-year...

Student rental website to launch this fall

July 31, 2013

University of Minnesota students will be able to share their rental experiences and view other students’ property ratings online starting this fall. URentWise will enable students to rate, research...

LRT to begin testing through U area

July 24, 2013

The Central Corridor (Green Line) project will begin testing of its light rail trains Thursday morning through the University of Minnesota, according to a press release from Metro Transit.  According...

University moving along with Teach For America deal

July 24, 2013

No decision has been made on the proposed partnership between the University of Minnesota and Teach for America, but some graduate students said they believe an unofficial agreement has already been decided. Nine...

U receives top LGBT-friendly ranking

July 24, 2013

The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities is the most LGBT-friendly university in the country, according to a recent report, but some say there are still areas for improvement — especially for students...

Supporters march through downtown Minneapolis at a rally responding to Saturday's verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Treyvon Martin, July 15, 2013, in Minneapolis.

Thousands rally downtown after Zimmerman acquittal

July 17, 2013

Thousands of people carrying handmade signs and chanting “No justice, no peace,” packed the Government Plaza in downtown Minneapolis Monday evening to protest the acquittal of George Zimmerman...

Kaler, delegates return from China

July 10, 2013

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler and members of his delegation returned from their tour of China on Sunday after signing academic partnership agreements with 10 top-ranked universities in Greater...

The new 17th Avenue residence hall recently signed leases with one fraternity, Theta Chi, and one sorority, Chi Omega, and will have dedicated front entrances facing University Avenue.

Greeks lease space in new dorm

July 10, 2013

After signing leases in early June, two University of Minnesota greek chapters will have dedicated housing and meeting spaces in the 17th Avenue residence hall fall semester. The one-year lease agreements...

Arkeo takes the summer off and revamps

July 3, 2013

Since the University of Minnesota greek community is less active in the summer, Arkeo has decided to stay dormant, making changes before starting up again in the fall. Arkeo — a volunteer-based,...

Stadium Village Church celebrates 125 years

July 3, 2013

Larry Ballard was a University of Minnesota student in 1964 when he saw an ad for Stadium Village Church in the Minnesota Daily and started attending. That same year, he met and married his wife at the...

CEHD grad students oppose Teach for America partnership

July 3, 2013

Ten University of Minnesota graduate students in the College of Education and Human Development wrote an open letter to the campus community last week opposing the proposed partnership between CEHD and...

Kaler makes first international trip to China, Taiwan

June 26, 2013

Nearly 100 years ago, three men from Shanghai were the first Chinese students to graduate from the University of Minnesota. Today, there are nearly 2,500 University students from greater China on a campus...

Regents goal: internationalize U, despite program cuts

June 19, 2013

Study abroad participation at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities is among the highest in the nation, keeping with the University’s overall goal to internationalize the institution. But at a...

Required CLA freshman course draws student criticism

June 19, 2013

Psychology sophomore Marissa Cerone said the required College of Liberal Arts 1001 and 1002 course she took last year “didn’t really serve a purpose.” According to a survey of University...

Books, computers, trash and other debris litter the floor of room 226 on Monday, June 10, 2013, in Coffman Union. This room once hosted the Student Organization Activities Center but is now one of many rooms on the second floor of Coffman Union being renovated.

Second floor redo starts Monday

June 12, 2013

The University of Minnesota will begin construction Monday on a $2.5 million renovation of Coffman Union’s second floor, a three-month project that has some students excited and others concerned. On...

Professors weigh importance of evaluation forms

June 5, 2013

Tyler Johnson wrote thoughtful responses on the four Student Rating of Teaching forms he filled out this spring. But he noticed other University of Minnesota students turn the forms in blank, mostly in...

Macalester alumni protest probation of 17 students

May 31, 2013

In early May, Macalester placed 17 students on probation for violating a "college policy" on disturbing the rights of others and the school's functions and standards. The students, representing...

Students push for spending cuts

May 29, 2013

University of Minnesota students are starting to echo state legislators’ calls for spending accountability. Students passed a referendum pushing for a 10 percent pay cut to any administrator making...

U student dies in motorcycle accident

May 28, 2013

  A University of Minnesota student was killed last week in a motorcycle accident, authorities announced Tuesday. Patrick Buxbaum, 30, was on his motorcycle at the intersection of 27th Street and...

UMD wellness director terminated

May 27, 2013

Retraction: The original version of the post immediately below erroneously described the accusations made against Rod Raymond. The post should have stated only that Raymond was accused of sexual harassment....

Jodi Arias guilty of first-degree murder

May 8, 2013

A jury reached a guilty verdict Wednesday in the trial of of Jodi Arias, the woman accused of murdering her one-time boyfriend in Arizona, CNN reported. The 32-year-old is charged with first-degree...

Students, MSA clash on Facebook

May 6, 2013

New Facebook and Twitter accounts hosted by the Minnesota Student Association for students to “fix” things on the University of Minnesota campus have caused controversy since their creation...

Dow tops 15,000 mark for the first time

May 3, 2013

The Dow Jones industrial average rallied past 15,000 points for the first time in history Friday, the Wall Street Journal reported. During midday trading the Dow was up 152 points, or one percent of 14,984....

Preeya Bhakta sprays water at her friends at the Holi festival of colors on Saturday, April 27, 2013, at the East River Flats.

Riot of color rings in spring

April 29, 2013

  More than 700 students flocked to the East River Flats Park behind Coffman Union for a glorious riot of color and water Saturday. The color fest, part of the traditional Indian celebration Holi, was...

150 Hopkins High School students stage walkout Friday

April 26, 2013

Citing race-related complaints, students staged a walkout Friday afternoon at the 1,800-student school, the Star Tribune reported. Students said the walkout was in response to a culturally insensitive...

College of Liberal Arts Dean James Parente in his office Monday, April 22, 2013, in Johnston Hall. In March, after 13 years as associate dean of faculty and research, interim dean, and dean of CLA, Parente announced he will leave his position to return to teaching in the Department of German, Scandinavian, and Dutch.

Dean returns to teaching

April 24, 2013

As a child, James Parente regularly spoke Italian with his parents. Now, the College of Liberal Arts dean can read in nine other languages, including Old Icelandic, Danish and French. Parente, who said...

Second stillborn believed to be in linens sent from Regions Hospital

April 19, 2013

The remains of another stillborn are believed to be in the basket of linens sent from Regions Hospital, the Star Tribune reported Friday. The basket was sent from the hospital in St. Paul to a laundry...

Dr. Eric Daniels, Research Assistant Professor at Clemson University's Institute for the Study of Capitalism, speaks about the importance of knowing why free speech is important Thursday, April 11, 2013, at Coffman Union. The University Ayn Rand Study Group hosted the talk, as the topic of free speech and censorship are closely tied to the philosophies of Ayn Rand.

Misconceptions plague U’s Ayn Rand group

April 15, 2013

Although the Ayn Rand Study Group has been on campus for four years, its members still feel misunderstood by the campus community. Its panel on the Washington Avenue Bridge was vandalized in January and...

Freshman Francis Chang kneels by a luminaria bag dedicated to his father at the Relay for Life event on Friday, April 5, 2013, at TCF Stadium.

Students walk for hope

April 8, 2013

At this year’s Relay for Life, Connor Cosgrove was able to do something he didn’t think he would ever do — celebrate his 22nd birthday. Cosgrove, a wide receiver on the Gophers football...

Third-year law student and member of the University of Minnesota graduate quiz bowl team Andrew Hart reads questions for a high school quiz bowl competition on Saturday, March 30, 2013, in Blegen Hall. After a cheating scandal at Harvard University, the University of Minnesota team was retroactively given 2009 undergraduate and 2011 graduate titles for the National Academic Quiz Tournament.

University quiz team gets delayed recognition

April 1, 2013

  The University of Minnesota Quizbowl Team has had a presence on campus for more than a decade but has become more competitive in the past few years. It plays by the rules, though, which brought...

North Korean rockets on standby after US military maneuvers in SKorea

March 29, 2013

North Korea's leader said his rocket forces are ready to "settle accounts with the U.S." in response to U.S. nuclear-capable B-2 bombers joining military drills with South Korea, according...

Some students don’t receive full aid

March 27, 2013

Full-time University of Minnesota sophomore Tony Corradi was surprised to see a financial aid cutback after dropping a class this spring. Despite still paying the same amount in tuition, Corradi said part...

Harvard cheats, loses quiz titles to U

March 26, 2013

Two National Academic Quiz Tournament titles that were originally awarded to Harvard University in 2009 and 2011 are now going to the University of Minnesota.  NAQT unearthed evidence that Harvard...

U utilizes students for advertisements

March 14, 2013

During Welcome Week, Sean Hirthe modeled for a University of Minnesota advertisement in exchange for a gift card to the University of Minnesota Bookstores. The music and English sophomore and other scholarship...

Vatican fails to elect new pope

March 12, 2013

Black smoke emerged from the Vatican's Sistine Chapel Tuesday, signaling the Roman Catholic Cardinals have failed to reach a decision, according to The Associated Press. Cardinals at the Vatican...