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U religious studies student awarded prestigious scholarship

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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’

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

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

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...

Vague note left by student offers no news of location

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,...

Graduate student faces charges of sexual molestation

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...