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The Minnesota Daily

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U religious studies student awarded prestigious scholarship

Published December 11, 2000

Molly Zahn, a senior studying religious studies, has received the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. She is one of 32 Americans honored with the award. Zahn, of Stevens Point, Wisc., shares company with an...

Council members assail Sayles Belton’s budget

Published November 14, 2000

Minneapolis Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton proposed a hefty spending increase for city parks and recommended boosting the collection of property taxes by more than $10 million during her 2001 budget address...

Ventura, Nader, Steinem make last pitch to voters

Published October 31, 2000

Several political heavyweights will be on campus today -- one week shy of election day -- to spark debate about the decision facing Americans next Tuesday. Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader...

Local candidates differ on transportation options

Published October 9, 2000

Candidates vying for the state Legislature this year differ substantially on local transportation issues, including light-rail transit and other publicly financed infrastructure projects. The LRT line...

Kahn overcomes hurdles, returns to state House

Published March 16, 2000

State Rep. Phyllis Kahn, an eclectic DFL lawmaker, ardent feminist and committed environmentalist, has several passions but the Brooklyn Dodgers ranks perhaps highest on the list. Kahn, 63, grew up a few...

Former Daily editor fought for free speech

Published November 15, 1999

Michele Ames inherited an enormous challenge when she became The Minnesota Daily editor in chief in 1995, one for which she would face $500 in court fines and the threat of jail time. A contentious two-year...

Sexual assaults evoke concerns

Published September 29, 1999

A University Police investigator and the Program Against Sexual Violence coordinator fielded questions Tuesday from more than 20 students and staff members concerned about recent sexual assaults on campus. The...

Caged activists fast to protest animal research

Published September 28, 1999

and Tammy J. Oseid Three animal rights activists camped in cages outside Moos Tower late Monday to protest primate research. Their 91-hour fast will last until 10 p.m. Friday. Members of the Student Organization...

Sexual assaults rarely reported

Published September 7, 1999

A University victim advocacy group and the campus police department have filed 87 reports of sexual violence since Jan. 1, according to their records. Only one of the cases investigated by University Police...

Federal civil cases

Published September 1, 1999

The University's legal team wades through 180 to 220 cases every three months, but two federal civil matters on the docket will stand out this fall. In one of the cases, the Office of the General Counsel...

University appoints new police chief

Published August 20, 1999

A Justice Department supervisor will assume the position of University Police Chief at the end of this month. George Aylward, 59, will take over for former police chief Joy Rikala, who stepped down in...

Patient molested at Fairview

Published August 18, 1999

University Police arrested a 36-year-old Minneapolis man Sunday in connection with a sexual assault at Fairview-University Medical Center. The suspect allegedly molested a female patient Friday afternoon...

Reporting assaults not required with proposal

Published August 16, 1999

Professional counselors who learn about crimes when meeting with student victims during confidential sessions would not have to notify campus law enforcement, according to rules proposed by the U.S. Education...

Former technician files harassment suit against Fairview

Published August 11, 1999

A former psychiatric technician has filed a federal civil complaint against Fairview-University Medical Center claiming sexual harassment by hospital nursing supervisors. Taye Sillga, who was fired from...

U officials deny access to misconduct reports

Published August 6, 1999

A newspaper's attempt to gain access to an unedited sexual misconduct report has not been abandoned despite the University's decision to block access to the investigative findings. The state Department...

Animal rights protests cause security boost

Published August 4, 1999

In preparation for weeklong protests targeting animal researchers, University officials honed added security measures to ward off potential vandalism in the laboratories despite no reported incidents of...

Subpoena ties U to corporate lawsuit

Published July 30, 1999

Federal authorities have once again subpoenaed a University lab technician's computer hard drive for a heated court battle between two manufacturing heavyweights. Ashley Wilkes, a photographer in the Art...

Academic fraud report due out on deadline

Published July 28, 1999

Investigators hired by the University to sort through allegations of academic fraud in the men's basketball program are expected to complete their report in late September, a University official said Tuesday. Contrary...

Star Tribune goes through state to access withheld U sexual misconduct reports

Published July 26, 1999

The Minneapolis Star Tribune is seeking an advisory opinion from a state oversight agency in an attempt to gain access to redacted portions of the men's athletics sexual misconduct investigative report. The...

University receives controversial funds

Published July 26, 1999

The University ranks 12th in the nation among institutions that receive hefty federal contributions in academic pork barrel spending, according to a report published Friday in the Chronicle of Higher Education. Congress...

NCAA suggests rewarding academic excellence

Published July 22, 1999

In an effort to bolster dwindling graduation rates among college basketball players, an NCAA panel issued a series of recommendations Tuesday designed to reward institutions with strong academic records. One...

Ex-accountant sues U, charges discrimination

Published July 19, 1999

A former financial aid accountant is suing the University and three staff members for more than $200,000, alleging that supervisors discriminated against her based on her race, denied her equal pay and...

Yudof maintains popularity amidst allegations, media hype

Published July 16, 1999

Despite spending the past three months sorting through allegations of widespread academic fraud and sexual misconduct in men's athletics, University President Mark Yudof's popularity has not waned. Some...

Report shows officials’ roles in investigations

Published July 12, 1999

Independent investigators determined that athletics officials were involved in at least 12 sexual misconduct investigations involving student-athletes since 1993, but failed to find systematic interference,...

Thief thwarted by group effort to recover nurse’s stolen cash

Published July 9, 1999

A suspected thief could not evade the work of seven individuals bent on returning handfuls of cash and coins stolen from a 29-year-old woman in Stadium Village. Tanya Brant, a nurse in the Department of...

Famous surgeon, U professor and grad dies at 80 of cancer

Published July 9, 1999

Funeral services for Dr. C. Walton Lillehei, a renowned University faculty member touted by many as "the father of open-heart surgery," will be held at Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis this morning. Lillehei,...

Assault inquiry findings reported

Published July 7, 1999

Attorneys reported findings to University administrators Tuesday after conducting a six-week investigation into charges that athletic officials intervened in sexual assault complaints against student-athletes. University...

Further testimony warrants extension

Published July 2, 1999

Investigators, hired by the University to look into allegations that officials intervened in sexual assault complaints against student-athletes, were granted a five-day extension Thursday to report their...

Orientation leader struck by tree limb while giving campus tours

Published June 30, 1999

A giant tree branch fell on a 22-year-old University student last week, interrupting an otherwise-routine campus tour with 50 parents of next year's freshman class. Kelly Lucas, coordinator of freshman...

Haskins to accept $1 million buyout

Published June 25, 1999

Clem Haskins' future was uncertain late Thursday night, as reports of his departutre from the University men's basketball program circulated through Twin Cities media. Athletics director Mark Deinhart...

Proposedgambling ban may reach U

Published June 23, 1999

A national commission appointed to study the impact of gambling made a series of recommendations to Congress on Friday, including a proposal for a nationwide ban on college sports betting. Additionally,...

Expert on student depression to retire

Published June 21, 1999

Some University students have credited Ralph Rickgarn with saving their lives. Perhaps it's a generous accreditation, but considering Rickgarn has led efforts to help students struggling with depression...

Newby takes Fifth in inquiry, fired from job

Published June 21, 1999

Alonzo Newby, an academic counselor for the University men's basketball team, will leave his position today after University Vice President of Student Development and Athletics McKinley Boston fired him...

Student robbed in Como neighborhood

Published June 16, 1999

A 23-year-old University student was robbed outside of his Como neighborhood home Saturday night, one day before he attended commencement ceremonies and received his diploma. Ryan Nagle, a Carlson School...

Travel funding of staff, police enters inquiry

Published June 15, 1999

The investigation of the men's basketball program recently honed in on the travel habits of University officials close to the program. Clem Haskins allegedly paid for Jan Gangelhoff, former team tutor...

Patient accuses U hospital nurse of sexual assault

Published June 2, 1999

University Police are investigating allegations that a male nurse at Fairview-University Medical Center raped a female patient in the hospital last Thursday. Officers arrested the 31-year-old nurse early...

Police help

Published June 2, 1999

A University police officer aided a St. Paul woman Monday evening after she injured herself performing a stunt near the Washington Avenue Parking Ramp. According to police reports, the woman jumped from...

Police cite underage drinkers at party

Published May 26, 1999

Minneapolis police arrested the president of a University campus fraternity early Saturday morning for selling liquor to minors, according to police reports. He was not charged or cited with the offense,...

Alcohol arrest

Published May 26, 1999

The University might not be such a party school after all. University Police statistics for the years 1997 and 1998 indicate that more than 60 percent of individuals ticketed for alcohol-related offenses...

Inquiry examines assault claims

Published May 24, 1999

University President Mark Yudof broadened the men's athletics investigation Friday after newspaper reports alleged University officials repeatedly influenced criminal sexual misconduct investigations involving...

Spring seen as factor in increased drinking citations

Published May 19, 1999

University Police officers ticketed 21 individuals on campus for underage drinking in the past week -- a significant spike in the number of tickets normally issued. Ralph Rickgarn, coordinator of student...

U Police gain technology from grant program

Published May 18, 1999

Rep. Martin Sabo, DFL-Minn., applauded federal grant programs last week that add police officers to departments across the country, pointing to the University Police Department as a success story. Sabo...

Booster club member faces illegal betting felony charges

Published May 17, 1999

A member of the Golden Dunkers booster club will appear in Hennepin County District Court on May 23, facing three-year-old felony sports bookmaking charges. The alleged bets were placed on basketball games...

Clerk suspect in credit fraud

Published May 13, 1999

A former University mail clerk is the primary suspect in a $65,000 credit card scam that victimized at least 15 University professors and graduate students, say police in Stillwater, Minn. The clerk, a...

Kjonaas

Published May 11, 1999

Authorities subpoenaed Kevin Kjonaas, an Animal Liberation Front spokesman, on Friday to appear before a federal grand jury June 14. Kjonaas, a political science senior, said a University Police investigator...

Student ends up at home after ‘roam’

Published May 5, 1999

After hitchhiking across the country for more than two weeks, University freshman Kathryn Sidwell decided to head back home to Manhattan, Kansas on Monday. Sidwell, 19, had no idea that while she was out...

Yudof, freshman bicyclist collide in crosswalk mishap

Published May 5, 1999

When Allison Hanig crashed her bicycle into Mark Yudof's Ford Expedition on Tuesday morning, she had no idea the driver was the University president. The 19-year-old College of Liberal Arts freshman was...

Cocaine overdose suspected cause of professor’s death

Published April 30, 1999

Officials from the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office said they will not release confirmation on the cause of University Professor Keith Kajander's death for at least four weeks. Kajander, an associate...

Graduate student faces charges of sexual molestation

Published April 29, 1999

Ramsey County prosecutors charged a University graduate student Wednesday with second-degree criminal sexual molestation for assaulting his daughter, according to a criminal complaint filed in Ramsey County...

Vague note left by student offers no news of location

Published April 29, 1999

The father of a missing Centennial Hall resident found a note Tuesday evening in the student's room indicating the 19-year-old had plans to go "out on a roam." According to police reports, Kathryn Sidwell,...

Student missing; no strong leads

Published April 28, 1999

University Police are investigating the disappearance of a 19-year-old woman from Centennial Hall. According to police reports, Kathryn Sidwell, a freshman in the College of Agricultural, Food, and Environmental...

Student seeks mouth-socking assailant

Published April 28, 1999

Aaron Cruthers, a third-year dental student, has spent the past few days posting fliers around campus and speaking with students about an assault that landed him in the emergency room early Saturday morning. He...

Eviction rates in dorms

Published April 27, 1999

University officials have terminated more than 30 residence hall contracts since the beginning of the school year, more than five times the number of contracts revoked during the same period last year. According...

Recent rash of graffiti prompts response from city

Published April 21, 1999

Graffiti artists targeted warehouse buildings along the transitway over the weekend, infuriating local business owners and leaving a colorful array of "tags." Sigmund Harris, owner of Harris Machinery...

Allegations

Published April 20, 1999

and Nicole Vulcan Elayne Donahue, former head of the University's athletic academic counseling unit, spoke under oath to investigators for the first time Monday. Last week, she came forward with a 20-page...

Bill targets

Published April 16, 1999

A state senator introduced a bill on Thursday morning that would make speaking on the behalf of a terroristic group a criminal offense. Dave Kleis, R-St. Cloud, authored the legislation that would establish...

Minneapolis native retires

Published April 16, 1999

University Police Capt. Bruce Troupe has always felt at home on campus. He grew up in a southeast Minneapolis neighborhood and attended high school just a few blocks from the University. He said he jumped...

Professor to assist Pentagon war effort

Published April 14, 1999

and Amy Olson A professor in political science and public affairs left the Twin Cities on Tuesday for the Pentagon to help with the conflict in Kosovo. Ethan Kapstein, a distinguished McKnight University...

Assailants loot students’ home;

Published April 14, 1999

At least five masked assailants armed with BB guns, shotguns and a handgun rifled through a student-occupied Dinkytown house Sunday evening in search of cash and drugs. Adam Basalay, a sophomore studying...

Video reveals destruction

Published April 12, 1999

During a heated press conference at the Carlson School of Management on Saturday, a spokesperson for the Animal Liberation Front released a ten-minute videotape showing footage of four masked men vandalizing...

First woman police chief at U leaves position

Published April 12, 1999

From the view in her new office in Minnetonka, Joy Rikala no longer catches glimpses of Campus Connector buses or daredevil protesters dangling from the roof of Malcolm Moos Health Sciences Tower. Rikala,...

Reward posted for information on ALF

Published April 8, 1999

A reward fund has been established to compensate anyone with information leading to the arrest of the vandals who raided a dozen University research labs Monday. Although the exact amount of the reward...

Animal Liberation Front takes credit for destruction

Published April 7, 1999

An international animal rights activist group known as the Animal Liberation Front claimed responsibility Monday night for the vandalism of 12 research labs via an e-mail message sent to their group's...

Ragstock theft leaves police without suspects

Published April 7, 1999

Two thieves got away with more than $700 in clothing Thursday and Friday from a store in Dinkytown, a clerk said. Mary Smith, 22, said two women walked into the Dinkytown Ragstock shortly after 1 p.m....

Police saturation results in more than 300 citations

Published April 6, 1999

Police officers from four law enforcement agencies issued 376 arrests or citations Friday and early Saturday morning in areas around the University and northeast Minneapolis. With the goal of keeping drunken...

Vandals leave

Published April 6, 1999

and Nicole Vulcan The burglars who devastated a dozen University animal-research labs Monday morning got away. So did 75 lab rats, mice, pigeons and salamanders. University Police have contacted the FBI...

Privacy concerns hit hard for tutor

Published April 2, 1999

The attorney representing Jan Gangelhoff spoke with University investigators Thursday, in part to discuss whether she will allow officials to examine the hard drive of her personal computer. Gangelhoff's...

Police officers put a cap on drunk drivers in northeast and campus neighborhoods

Published April 2, 1999

Tonight more than 20 police officers will swarm areas near campus in search of drunk drivers and other delinquent motorists. On a typical Friday night, only a handful of officers patrol the roads around...

Drive-by could have been triggered by domestic dispute in Como area

Published March 31, 1999

Matthew Haugh, a College of Liberal Arts sophomore studying linguistics, dodged a couple of bullets from a drive-by shooting outside his Como neighborhood home during spring break. Along with two friends,...

Residence halls raided

Published March 30, 1999

Two female University students were sexually assaulted in the residence halls during winter quarter finals week, according to police reports. University Police Sgt. Jo Anne Benson said the assaults are...

General College’s reputation will not suffer, say officials

Published March 29, 1999

Officials from the University's General College say they doubt recent academic fraud allegations will tarnish the school's reputation. Jan Gangelhoff, a former University office manager, allegedly wrote...

Gophers linebacker stabbed eight times

Published March 11, 1999

A freshman Gopher football player was stabbed at a north Minneapolis dance club early Sunday morning, according to Minneapolis police reports. Marlon Colbert, 19, was transported to Hennepin County Medical...

Woman sexually assaulted;

Published March 10, 1999

A 19-year-old woman was sexually assaulted sometime between 2 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on Sunday at Territorial Hall, according to University Police reports. University Police Detective Charles Miner said the...

U Police

Published March 9, 1999

The Minnetonka Police Department announced Monday they have appointed University Police Chief Joy Rikala to head their force. Rikala will leave her University post on April 12. The selection process to...

University Police,

Published March 5, 1999

A thin, gray tarp is Charlie Buchanan's only protection from the wind. The 56-year-old Vietnam veteran from Kentucky lives at a homeless encampment near campus. He has spent the whole winter at one particular...

U Police arrest student

Published March 3, 1999

University Police arrested a University student Tuesday for assault after he beaned a passerby with a water balloon, shattering the man's glasses. Police did not release the name of the student arrested....

Trespasser to appeal ban

Published March 3, 1999

A Hennepin County judge placed a 56-year-old man on one-year probation Monday for violating a trespass notice issued by the University Police. Edgar Coleman was arrested by University Police Feb. 18 for...

Burglars strike University residence halls, apartments

Published February 24, 1999

University Police arrested a Territorial Hall resident Feb. 17 for burglarizing another resident's room. Erik Fleming, a College of Liberal Arts freshman, reported the burglary to his community adviser...

Police apprehend

Published February 23, 1999

Police have filed a criminal complaint against a southeast Minneapolis resident for threatening to kill his girlfriend. Anthony Rotondo, 35, will appear in Hennepin County District Court March 16 for a...

Police program intends to help

Published February 18, 1999

After an unprecedented number of burglaries swept through Stadium Village and Dinkytown earlier this winter, police found that in many cases businesses dropped the ball when it came to security. Come Friday,...

Homes and apartments the latest

Published February 17, 1999

While the recent rash of burglaries of University area businesses and churches seems to have quieted, burglars hit four homes and apartment buildings near the University since Feb. 9, according to police...

Minneapolis police

Published February 15, 1999

A University student broke into his ex-girlfriend's house Feb. 6, only to be caught red-handed, according to a criminal complaint. Minneapolis police charged General College sophomore Drew Chacon, 21,...

Twenty-five years on the force: Women change the face of U Police

Published February 11, 1999

At 5 feet 2 inches and fresh out of college, University Police Officer Kim Turley doesn't exactly look the part of traditional beat cop. But Turley, 23, takes her job very seriously and said she has never...

Unpaid

Published February 10, 1999

Fowl Play, Dinkytown's only hard-liquor establishment, could find its liquor license in jeopardy in the coming weeks. State liquor license inspectors confiscated alcohol at Fowl Play on Friday, alleging...

University party ends in BB gun sniper fire; two wounded

Published February 10, 1999

Sniper fire from a BB gun broke up a party in southeast Minneapolis Saturday night, injuring two party-goers. No suspects have been identified in the shooting that occurred at 1131 15th Ave. S.E. One University...

Upset motorist vents; dog nabs burglar

Published February 3, 1999

A disgruntled Dinkytown resident allegedly pointed a gun at a tow truck driver Sunday afternoon, according to police reports. Minneapolis police arrested Mary Kvern, 30, for making terroristic threats...

City-wide crime

Published February 2, 1999

Despite a recent spike in burglaries, the areas of Minneapolis comprising a large part of the University community experienced an 11 percent overall decline in serious crime in 1998. A record 38 burglaries...

Thieves target

Published January 27, 1999

A string of church burglaries has prompted Minneapolis police to issue a crime alert today to all congregations in southeast Minneapolis. Four churches near the University have been burglarized since Jan....

Colorful cop to step down;

Published January 25, 1999

University Police Sgt. Joe May will end his tenure with the department at the end of January -- just a few days shy of 30 years. His retirement comes at an opportune time for a number of reasons. "It's...

Volunteer receives police award

Published January 22, 1999

It's almost like winning an Oscar. At least that is how Tammy Semple put it after the University Police Department honored her with their community service award Tuesday evening. As a resident and program...

U student assaulted

Published January 20, 1999

A University student sustained serious injuries during an assault Jan. 12 after getting off the bus in the Como neighborhood. Odol Odol, a senior in the Institute of Technology, said he had just returned...

Campus

Published January 15, 1999

Just last month, burglaries increased tenfold at Dinkytown and Stadium Village businesses. According to statistics released by the Minneapolis Police Department, 19 businesses were burglarized in December. But...

Police check out delinquent patron with thousands in fines

Published January 13, 1999

Staff members at Wilson Library have enlisted the help of the University Police in finding a delinquent book borrower -- and the individual faces up to $4,024 in late fines. The borrower, not a University...

Campus stores face rash of robberies;

Published January 11, 1999

For someone with Ali Sullivan's experience, handling a robber seems as blasÇ as a turkey sub on white. Sullivan, a freshman in the College of Liberal Arts, has been held up twice in the past year while...

Crime spree

Published January 7, 1999

Imagine waking up in the middle of the night to find a stranger rummaging through your closet and dresser drawers. Since November, half a dozen students living in fraternities, sororities and other student...

Theft tops list of University crimes

Published August 24, 1998

The only thing that has changed at the University over the past three decades is the style of the students' Doc Martens. At least, that's how University Police Sergeant Joe May sees it. May attended the...

U offices grant affordable legal aid to students

Published August 24, 1998

Trouble with a landlord, professor or friend can stress out any college student, but legal professionals on campus say the problem doesn't have to turn into a matter of life or death. Students have two...

Former U business school dean dies

Published August 21, 1998

Former University business school dean C. Arthur Williams died Sunday after a long illness. He was 74. Educating younger scholars was Williams' chief priority, said his oldest son, Robert. He also noted...

Police find cash,

Published August 19, 1998

University Police seized more than five ounces of marijuana and $1,195 in cash from a 19-year-old man's car in Dinkytown on Saturday night. Detective John Henke of University Police filed a criminal complaint...

U teams with teenagers for watercraft safety training

Published August 17, 1998

In the land of more than 10,000 lakes, summer is often synonymous with family cabins and a wide assortment of water sports. But an increased number of people zipping along Minnesota waterways in boats...