The Minnesota Daily

All content by Sarah Nienaber

Microlending’s effects studied in Minneapolis, felt across the globe

April 11, 2011

An entrepreneur from Rwamagana, a town of about 50,000 people in Rwanda, began her business by buying bananas and selling them for profit. She knew that if she could buy these bananas at the wholesale...

Dinkytown wary of early burglaries

April 5, 2011

Police shift changes and morning deliveries leaving doors propped open have caused concern among Dinkytown business owners. On the morning of March 10, one burglar took advantage of the opportunity for...

Noise reports plummet as U, city form a partnership

March 30, 2011

ItâÄôs a quiet day in the neighborhood, thanks to a partnership between the University of Minnesota, the city of Minneapolis and community stakeholders. Violations from noisy and unruly assemblies...

Minneapolis population holds steady, vacancies up

March 28, 2011

Three hundred eighty-two thousand five hundred seventy-eight. According to MinneapolisâÄô latest head count, thatâÄôs how many people now live in the city, a drop of only 40 people over...

Gov. Dayton and future U President Kaler meet

March 23, 2011

Two of MinnesotaâÄôs most influential men met Tuesday at the state Capitol. The meeting between Gov. Mark Dayton and incoming University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler "went very well," Dayton...

AFL-CIO to invest in 7th housing project

March 22, 2011

The AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust seeks to create more and more jobs in the struggling economy. The union's announcement to provide the 48-unit Applewood Pointe Roseville complex with 4.7 million...

Facebook affecting admissions

March 10, 2011

Students on Facebook now have more to worry about than their mom seeing pictures from last weekendâÄôs party. A recent survey found an increasing number of college admissions officials peek at...

Pledge Josh Adrian listens to Phi Kappa Sigma alumni brothers share stories during the chapter’s colonization ceremony on Saturday.

Phi Kappa Sigma earns colonization

March 7, 2011

The path to becoming a fraternity isnâÄôt quick. For Phi Kappa Sigma, however, earning its colonization Saturday gets it one step closer. The process, which usually takes about two years, began...

FDA to pull cold medicines from shelves

March 3, 2011

Your favorite cold and flu medicine may soon go missing from shelves. In a move following others to regulate materials without previous approval by the Food and Drug Administration, about 500 medicines...

Caribou Coffee reports increased profits in Fourth Quarter

March 2, 2011

Apparently everyone enjoys a hot cup of joe. Profitability for Caribou Coffee nearly doubled from 2009 to 2010. The Brooklyn Center based company reported a profit of 4.33 million for the fourth quarter...

Possible waste dump stirs debate

March 2, 2011

A waste war is raging in Northeast Minneapolis over the proposal to bring a hazardous household dump to the neighborhood. Opponents worry of increased traffic and environmental harm, while others argue...

New program at the U offers Toy-Product design course

March 1, 2011

The University of Minnesota is no longer toying with the idea of a product design program. Barry Kudrowitz hasn't finished unpacking his office on the St. Paul campus, but a report by the Pioneer...

Punch cards no longer at Punch Pizza

February 28, 2011

Punch Pizza will move all future promotions to email electronic coupons and social media marketing like Facebook and Twitter. The restaurant announced the switch in a recent blog post. The pizza place...

Astronauts take first spacewalks of Discovery’s mission

February 28, 2011

Two astronauts are taking a few small steps on the first spacewalk of a mission at the International Space Station today. Stephen Bowen and Alvin Drew floated outside the spacestation this morning. Bowen,...

Obama says no defense for DOMA

February 28, 2011

President Barack Obama announced last week that the Department of Justice would no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act âÄî a surprise that reverberated on the University of Minnesota campus. The...

U’s ‘father of chemical engineering’ dies at 95

February 23, 2011

The "father of chemical engineering" and the man for whom Amundson Hall is named died last week after a career spanning more than seven decades. Neal Amundson attended the University of Minnesota for less...

AFL-CIO donates $50M to Riverside

February 23, 2011

The AFL-CIO union donated almost $50 million to the rehabilitation project of Riverside Plaza. The investment will help modernize 1,303 housing units and create about 635 union construction jobs âÄî...

Record numbers vie for 2011-12 CA spots

February 17, 2011

Especially in a rough economy, free room and board can look pretty good to college students. This âÄî and an easier application process âÄî may have contributed to a record number of community...

Redistricting commission seeks citizens

February 15, 2011

Minneapolis is seeking artists âÄî to draw city lines, that is. With 2010 U.S. census data, the city is gearing up for redistricting its 13 wards. The city redraws its city council ward boundaries...

Four Loko off shelves, but not off streets

February 7, 2011

Last fallâÄôs Food and Drug Administration ban of popular caffeinated alcoholic beverages like Four Loko left students across the country wanting more. The FDA issued letters in November to four...

Apartments near campus filling up fast

Apartments near campus filling up fast

February 3, 2011

Students still looking for a place to live next school year may need to get organized soon because apartments in Dinkytown and Stadium Village have been filling up fast âÄî and nobody is quite...

Florida federal judge rules Obama’s health plan unconstitutional

January 31, 2011

A Florida state federal judge has just ruled that the Obama administration's health plan is unconstitutional, siding with 26 states who are suing to block the law. U.S. district judge Roger Vinson accepted...

U Transfer students feel unprepared

U Transfer students feel unprepared

January 27, 2011

David SteinmanâÄôs transition to the University of Minnesota has been mainly smooth, but he wishes a few things could have been different. As a transfer student from the University of Wisconsin-Madison,...

Islamic law think tank

January 25, 2011

A new University of Minnesota think tank focused on Islamic law is set to launch through the Law School on Feb. 4. The Islamic Law and Human Rights Program will focus on topics and controversies involving...

Centennial Hall to get new plumbing

January 18, 2011

Centennial Hall will receive a facelift in 2011 âÄî a project mirroring past work on other University of Minnesota residence halls. The 60-year-old building is facing upgrades to the plumbing system...

Fairview set as stage of new Hollywood film

December 14, 2010

The University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview has hit it big in the movie business, but nobody here has to worry about forgetting any lines. The hospitals will be the setting for the fall 2011 action...

Hunt for new Humphrey Institute dean to begin

December 8, 2010

The search for a new dean of the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs is on. The current dean, J. Brian Atwood, will take leave from the University of Minnesota to join a think tank in Paris. A search...

Christmas K2 ban draws ire, earns support

December 7, 2010

Synthetic marijuana use will be up in smoke by Christmas. The Drug Enforcement Administration decided late last month to ban synthetic marijuana products like K2, leading to mixed reactions from sellers...

Minneapolis could see lower property tax increase

December 7, 2010

Minneapolis residents could see a decrease in their 2011 property taxes. Mayor R.T. Rybak announced a change to the proposed 2011 city budget that would lessen the property tax increase to 4.7 percent. The...

Humphrey Institute seeking new dean

December 7, 2010

The search for a new dean of the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs is on. University of Minnesota Law School Dean and professor David Wippman will chair a search committee comprised...

Antibiotics aren’t always the answer for ailing Americans

December 2, 2010

This yearâÄôs cold and flu season has sent many University of Minnesota students to Boynton Health Service looking to relieve symptoms, but some are getting turned away âÄî for their own...

New meters installed in downtown Minneapolis

December 1, 2010

Tuesday was the first day on the job for 46 new parking meters in downtown Minneapolis. Older meters that have been in use since 1992 will be coming down and are being replaced with numbered parking space...

Study links acne drug to higher suicide rates

November 29, 2010

Severe acne sufferers treated with the drug isotretinoin face an elevated risk of suicide, according to a Swedish study released this month. Although findings did not wholly distinguish between the effects...

Students await a congressional decision deciding whether birth control will be considered preventative care.

Groups want more aid for birth control

November 22, 2010

As health care reform takes shape, some groups are vying for more complete preventative care options âÄî including prescription birth control and contraceptives. Kathi Di Nicola, spokeswoman for...

nly two cans of the alcoholic energy drink Four Loko remain on the shelf at U Liquors in Stadium Village Tuesday after the busy weekend.  The store doubled its regular order of Four Loko this week for Wednesday’s delivery because of its recent increase in popularity.

Four Loko sparks FDA worries

November 18, 2010

The Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday that caffeine is an âÄúunsafe food additiveâÄù to alcoholic beverages. Warning letters were sent to four companies, including Phusion...

Health group to tackle food labels, insurance cards, smoking

November 17, 2010

The Student Health Advisory Committee chose to tackle issues with nutritional labeling, proof of insurance and a smoke-free campus at the University of Minnesota this year. Many of the topics are continued...

Roseville police dog recovering at U vet hospital

November 13, 2010

A Roseville police dog named Major is recovering at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center after being stabbed four times Friday morning. The dog is doing well, but remains in critical condition,...

Weekend storm could dump 8 inches of snow

November 12, 2010

The seasonâÄôs first winter storm could dump as much as 8 inches of snow on the Twin Cities. Much of southern Minnesota, the metro area and parts of northern Wisconsin could receive anywhere from...

Minnesota Teen Challenge resident Chad stands Tuesday on the roof of the program’s Portland House.  Chad, who is now 40, hopes to earn a degree to become and electrician.

Recovering heroin users find help

November 10, 2010

Chad and Bryan, two men whose lives were interrupted by drug addiction, agree that had it not been for a place like Minnesota Teen Challenge, their lives would still revolve around illicit drug use. Minnesota...

U to recognize student veterans on Veteran’s Day

November 9, 2010

The University of Minnesota will host the fourth annual Student VeteranâÄôs Appreciation Day activities Thursday. The ROTC Joint Military Color Guard and the Minnesota Marching Band Brass Quintet...

An annual occurrence, mono comes to campus

November 5, 2010

University of Minnesota first-year Nicole Mead has been absent from classes for about a week now âÄî not because sheâÄôs lazy, but because an illness has kept her in bed. Mead, who has...

Student health insurance cost to rise with reform

November 2, 2010

Mandatory health care coverage isnâÄôt something new for University of Minnesota students. The University placed a mandate for all students to have health care coverage in the 1970s, which makes...

UPlan to change due to health care reform bill

November 1, 2010

Federal health care reform was signed into law in March, but the changes affecting University of Minnesota faculty who receive coverage as a benefit will be implemented in a series of changes over the...

Plastic surgery shows signs of rate recovery

October 27, 2010

As the country begins to slowly rebound from the recession, so does the plastic surgery industry. Bruce Cunningham, a University of Minnesota surgeon, said he is seeing a definite upswing in the number...

Drug gives new hope to prostate cancer patients, doctors

October 22, 2010

A prostate cancer drug released earlier this year has changed the direction of prostate cancer treatment, and is being prescribed by at the University of Minnesota Medical Center. Provenge is an expensive...

Clinical care conflicts policy up for review

October 20, 2010

The University of MinnesotaâÄôs Academic Health Center faculty and staff now have a chance to review the draft of a conflicts of interest policy that may have implications in high-risk fields such...

U jumps 48 places in sexual health report card

October 19, 2010

With a collective GPA of 3.37, University of Minnesota students are some of the smartest, most self-aware in the country âÄî at least when it comes to their extracurricular activities. For the...

Scabies hits the U’s ballroom dance club

October 14, 2010

Quintin Walker was rather disturbed when he found out why his Tuesday and Thursday evening ballroom dance club practice had been cancelled this week. At least one member of the University of MinnesotaâÄôs...

MPIRG launches sexual violence survey

October 13, 2010

In the first five weeks of fall semester, sexual violence has been at the forefront of many University of Minnesota studentsâÄô minds. ItâÄôs a topic the Minnesota Public Interest Research...

U Spirit Squad recruits killed in crash

October 11, 2010

An alleged drunk driver killed three people, including two students affiliated with the University of Minnesota, in Wisconsin early Thursday. Marcus Johnson, 19, and Wilfredo Ugarte, 23, were Spirit Squad...