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Bruininks presents bonding bill

November 30, 2004

The delay in passing a bonding bill is costing the University more money every day, University President Bob Bruininks told legislators Monday. Bruininks presented a $158 million capital bonding request,...

Many vote at U precincts

November 18, 2004

The nation has four more years to get young people excited to vote, but University students have set a high bar for young voter turnout. Although the national turnout for 18- to 24-year-old voters was...

U study finds drug benefits black people

November 9, 2004

A new drug that reduces death rates in black patients with heart disease might be on the market as early as next year. Two University researchers released a study of the drug BiDil to the American Heart...

Bush campaigns for support at the Target Center in Minneapolis

November 1, 2004

President George W. Bush asked a crowd of more than 20,000 supporters gathered Saturday at the Target Center to help him win Minnesota. "We are here to ask you for your vote," he said, referring to himself...

Candidates campaign heavily in Minnesota before Election Day

October 29, 2004

If the presidential candidates and their surrogates are tired of visiting Minnesota, they aren't showing it. President George W. Bush and Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry's campaigns have...

Health care: a vital issue

October 28, 2004

Health care is no longer just an issue for the elderly. With health-care premiums and prescription drug costs increasing, presidential candidates have been debating the future of health care in this country. President...

Phyllis Kahn, Democratic-Farmer-Labor incumbent

October 25, 2004

Although she's been in the State Legislature for 32 years, Rep. Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis, said she isn't out of fresh ideas. When asked if she ever plans to retire, the Democrat laughed. "I have unfinished...

Sen. John Kerry makes a campaign stop outside the Metrodome

October 22, 2004

The country needs to use the University's incredible scientific network to further stem cell research, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry told a crowd of approximately 30,000 people gathered...

Critical issues vital to voters

October 21, 2004

The question of whether abortion is a religious or governmental issue is as common today as it was in 1973, when the Supreme Court decided to make it legal. In this election, the presidential candidates...

Former U prof. wins Nobel Prize

October 14, 2004

A former University economics professor has won the most prestigious award in his field. Officials announced Monday that Edward C. Prescott and Norwegian Finn E. Kydland will share the Nobel Memorial Prize...

Edwards addresses students in speech

October 11, 2004

President George W. Bush has failed college students, Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. John Edwards told thousands gathered at Maple Grove High School on Sunday. He said the president cut spending...

Candidates face off in ‘town hall’ debate

October 11, 2004

Two down, one to go. President George W. Bush and Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry met for a second time Friday night to exchange jabs and answer questions from an undecided audience....

Michael Moore to speak at U campus

October 7, 2004

Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore will be coming to campus after all. Moore will speak at 8 p.m. Friday at Williams Arena. Minnesota Alliance for Progressive Action is sponsoring his visit. Last week, University...

Same-sex marriage sparks debate

October 7, 2004

A hot issue in the 2004 presidential election might not even exist in 10 years, said one University student. Emily Souza, co-chairwoman of the Queer Student Cultural Center at the University, said she...

Candidates face off in televised debate

October 1, 2004

Cheers and applause rang out from Willey Hall on Thursday night as students gathered to watch and discuss this year's first presidential debate. The largest lecture hall on campus was nearly full with...

Filmmaker Moore might visit U campus

September 30, 2004

When the Minnesota College Republicans got word this week that liberal filmmaker Michael Moore might come to the University campus, questions and anger immediately followed. The students said they wanted...

Clinton adviser speaks at Humphrey

September 24, 2004

As an undergraduate at the University, Gene Sperling's life consisted of going to class, playing tennis and taking study breaks at Annie's Parlour after long nights at Wilson Library. Now, his life is...

Campus libraries allow students to register to vote

September 22, 2004

Voter-registration efforts are under way at campus libraries for students confused about where, when and how to register to vote in the general election. Starting this week, most libraries on campus will...

Gov. sticks to tax policy

September 16, 2004

Tax season isn't until April, but students might already be paying their taxes in the form of higher tuition rates. With a legislature that didn't approve funding for state agencies and a governor who...

Few U students vote in primaries

September 15, 2004

The polls were open but few came. Only 53 people living in the University's precincts voted in Tuesday's primary election. There were 24 voters at the polling location at Centennial Hall and 29 who voted...

Minnesota holds primaries today

September 14, 2004

The general election might be a month and a half away, but students itching to get out to the polls can do so today for the primary election. Voting locations will be open on campus from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m....

Daily poll finds students support Kerry, Edwards

September 7, 2004

According to respondents of a recent poll conducted by The Minnesota Daily, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., should be the country's next president. The survey found that if the presidential election were held...

U students create groups to back 2004 candidates

September 7, 2004

Fifty-seven days remain until the election, and political campaigns are about to escalate to the next level. Whether it is in national or local races, student groups are gearing up to support their candidates...

Cheney addresses campaign volunteers at the state fair

September 7, 2004

Vice President Dick Cheney visited the Minnesota State Fair on Monday, but he wasn't allowed to eat any deep-fried food, especially the cheese curds. The vice president, who has a long history of heart...

U builds $2 million wall on McNamara alumni center plaza

August 4, 2004

The University will add to the plaza surrounding the McNamara alumni center in October, when workers finish construction on a $2 million wall to honor alumni. Construction of the metal and granite wall...

Democrats rally support for Kerry at convention in Mass.

July 28, 2004

While in Boston for the Democratic National Convention this week, University political science junior Chris Montana has heard chants supporting presidential hopeful Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., break out...

Vice president rallies Republican backers in Minn.

July 21, 2004

Under a shower of confetti, Vice President Dick Cheney rallied Republicans during his campaign stop in Minneapolis on Saturday. "Looks to me like Minnesota is Bush-Cheney country," Cheney said before a...

Debate over gay marriage continues

July 21, 2004

When University senior Emily Souza went knocking door to door last week to lobby against a federal ban on gay marriage, she had no idea she would end up knocking on Republican Sen. Norm Coleman's door. "One...

Young Republican women meet, learn about party

June 30, 2004

High school and college-age Republican women met to discuss policy, the election and campaigning at a retreat at the University of St. Thomas on Saturday. Female legislators, community members and Republican...

Budget cuts pose threat

June 16, 2004

It's one of the newest buildings on Northrop Mall, but Kolthoff Hall was built more than 30 years ago. And its age is starting to show. There are no sprinklers or fire walls, and there is not enough space...

U students, skilled politicians face off

June 16, 2004

Minnesota's Republican Party announced candidates to oppose two of the state's most seasoned politicians last weekend at the State Republican Convention in St. Paul. University senior Amanda Hutchings...

Kerry stumps at the U

June 7, 2004

Although summer has depleted the number of students on campus, they came out in large numbers, among other Minnesota residents, to hear Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., speak...

U lobbies for special session

June 1, 2004

From rallying its grassroots campaign to writing letters to legislators, the University is exploring different ways to encourage a special session at the State Legislature. The Republican-controlled House...

Smith Hall fire destroys lab, causes students to relocate for final exams

May 24, 2004

Police are investigating a May 14 fire in Smith Hall that destroyed one lab and forced several classes to relocate their final exams to other buildings. No one was hurt in the fire, which started at approximately...

Obeying rules a constant struggle

May 6, 2004

The University is tied with the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a few other institutions for the second-highest number of NCAA violations. Each of the institutions has had seven major violations in...

Panel passes partial bonding

May 5, 2004

Full funding for the University's capital bonding request will most likely not be a reality this year. A State committee passed a capital bonding bill Tuesday that included funding for $115.5 million of...

Pawlenty signs pledge to back marriage amendment

May 4, 2004

Gov. Tim Pawlenty came out in support of a state constitutional amendment to define marriage Monday. He joined state legislators, clergy members and other supporters in signing a pledge to push for an...

Higher ed appointee gets early start, awaits approval

April 29, 2004

Whether she's working with the governor on the University's budget or testifying to the Legislature about rising tuition costs, Susan Heegaard plays several roles in governing the state. As the newly appointed...

Higher ed task force leaders named

April 23, 2004

University officials are pleased with the leaders Gov. Tim Pawlenty appointed to his higher education task force Wednesday. The governor chose Rondi Erickson and Vance Opperman to head the task force he...

Panel OKs partial bonding

April 22, 2004

The House did not fully fund the University's capital bonding request in a bill passed Wednesday in a committee meeting. The House Capital Investment Committee passed legislation funding $90.48 million...

Some want merit-based aid bill added to casino legislation

April 15, 2004

The criteria for receiving state financial aid frustrates University sophomore Megan Rowekamp. "I get completely overlooked because my parents have a lot of assets tied up in their business," she said. Rowekamp...

U funding request likely to fall short

April 14, 2004

The goal of fully funding the University's capital bonding request might be just out of reach, legislators said Tuesday. As the May 17 deadline for concluding the session approaches, the capital investment...

Mock legislative session set for Wednesday

April 14, 2004

Students can meet and question lawmakers on Wednesday during a mock legislative session to address funding issues and tuition increases at the University. Sen. Sandra Pappas, DFL-St. Paul, and Rep. Doug...

State Legislature faces increased number of proposed constitutional amendments

April 9, 2004

Constitutional amendments have been at the forefront of controversy at the State Legislature this session, Minnesota elected officials said. The unusually high amount of constitutional amendments proposed...

Pawlenty expected to sign bill lowering blood alcohol limit

April 7, 2004

Next fall, students might have to be more conscious of the number of drinks they consume if they are going to get behind the wheel. A recent bill passed in the State Legislature lowers the blood alcohol...

Proposed state bill ups minimum wages

March 30, 2004

University student Elizabeth Cook is applying for a waitress job that pays $5.15 an hour, or minimum wage. "But with tips I hope I don't end up making $5.15 an hour," Cook said. Cook, and many other students...

Opponents protest gay marriage ban

March 26, 2004

Thousands of gay rights supporters rallied outside the Capitol on Thursday to urge the Senate to kill a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage in Minnesota. The House approved the addition...

U lobbies for bonding bills

March 25, 2004

The University's capital bonding request gained extra momentum last week after a Senate committee recommended funding the full amount. The Senate Higher Education Budget Division suggested the University...

Officials debate how to bridge the high school, college academic gap

March 24, 2004

Two-thirds of college students nationwide who start out in remedial courses do not graduate, a University professor told state officials Tuesday. To pave a smoother route through college, a panel of higher-education...

Rally calls for ban on gay marriage

March 23, 2004

Approximately 3,000 people prayed, carried signs with Bible verses and chanted "let us vote" on the State Capitol steps Monday to support a gay-marriage ban. Rally participants pushed for a constitutional...

State Senate bill would provide financial aid to students to study abroad

March 12, 2004

Students who have trouble paying for studying abroad could soon go overseas on the state's tab, according to a bill introduced into a State Senate committee Thursday. Higher Education Budget Division members...

Parties debate new Senate rule change

March 9, 2004

A rule change made in the Minnesota Senate last week has members of the minority party frustrated with the legislative process. The rule allows House- and Senate-approved bills to be sent back to a committee...

Proposed bill to hand out harsher penalties to rioters

March 2, 2004

Approximately one year after the events following the University's men's hockey team's second national championship win, legislators are still working to make sure students face stricter penalties for...

Students rally for bill calling for clean and fair elections

March 1, 2004

Students gathered at the Capitol on Friday to support fair and clean elections in Minnesota. Minnesota Public Interest Research Group, a student-led organization that lobbies for public issues, organized...

Opponents condemn proposal to reinstate death penalty

February 27, 2004

Death penalty opponents rallied at the Capitol on Thursday following a committee hearing on a bill to reinstate the penalty in Minnesota. Religious clergy, legislators and murder victims' groups spoke...

Officials predict another year of reduced higher ed grants

February 27, 2004

Students hoping to receive more in state grants this year might be disappointed. In a meeting with the Higher Education Budget Division on Thursday, representatives from the state Higher Education Services...

Bill proposes smoke-free workplaces

February 24, 2004

Bar employee Katy Sopoci and her co-workers deal with the inconveniences of secondhand smoke whenever they are at work. "Every night there are complaints about itchy eyes and scratchy throats," Sopoci...

Bruininks: U needs full funding to remain first rate

February 11, 2004

University President Bob Bruininks warned the Senate Higher Education Budget Division on Tuesday that continued under-funding would move the University from a first-rate to a third-rate institution. After...

Pawlenty unveils task force to evaluate state higher ed

February 6, 2004

In his State of the State address Thursday at the Capitol, Gov. Tim Pawlenty said it was time to "strategically rethink" higher education's future. This statement comes after Pawlenty's capital bonding...

Legislators visit U to discuss funding

February 4, 2004

A group of legislators in the state House are working to introduce a bill that would fully fund the University's capital bonding request. University President Bob Bruininks met with the House Higher Education...

New legislative session will review capital bonding bill

February 2, 2004

The 2003-04 legislative session will reconvene at the State Capitol in St. Paul on Monday after being on break for more than a month. The death penalty, same-sex marriage and drunk driving limits are a...

Unique coalition promotes U funding

January 26, 2004

When the University faced drastic budget cuts in 1992, its Legislative Network members helped restore $32 million in vetoed funding by contacting legislators. The network, a lobbying group formed through...

Bruininks to rally alumni for lobbying

January 22, 2004

University alumni from across the state will descend on the McNamara alumni center tonight to be called to arms for their alma mater. The University Alumni Association's annual legislative briefing will...

U neighborhood safety concerns spark city meeting

December 5, 2003

Street lights are out or nonexistent, and residents in the University's neighborhoods are frustrated. At a Thursday night meeting, city, University and neighborhood association officials, along with crime...

Neighbors look crime in the face

December 3, 2003

Pete Bernardy has heard stories about public urination, drinking and drug sales in the neighborhoods near the University's West Bank campus. Bernardy, a public policy graduate student at the Humphrey Institute...

2 months after fire, housing is still city’s focus

November 20, 2003

The deadly Dinkytown house fire in September has brought more attention to student-tenant issues on and off campus. As a result of the incident, student housing inspections are under way, while neighborhood-student...

U photo show honors Wellstones

November 19, 2003

The Weisman Art Museum will open a photographic exhibition today commemorating the lives of Sen. Paul Wellstone and his wife Sheila Wellstone. The event comes one day after the National Transportation...

Students know little about fees

November 18, 2003

Every semester, students find fees on their tuition bills. Most of them - like Student Services Fees - are mandatory and non-refundable. This year, thousands of University students will pay about $277...

Poor lighting raises concerns

November 13, 2003

University student Andrea Heinreichs said she does not feel safe walking to the gas station one block from her sorority house in the dark. Heinreichs said poor lighting makes the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood...

U to make parking ramps free overnight during snow emergencies

November 6, 2003

Students worried about tickets and towed cars during snow emergencies will have a new option this year. When a snow emergency is declared, vehicle owners will be able to move their vehicles off streets...

Daily fears smaller readership under USA Today proposal

November 6, 2003

A newspaper distribution program that has affected student newspapers' circulation at some Big Ten schools might be coming to the University. USA Today is looking to implement its Collegiate Readership...

Xcel wants to switch Riverside plant from coal to natural gas

November 5, 2003

The air around the University could be dramatically cleaner in less than a decade. But clear air comes with a cost: higher energy bills. Xcel Energy - Minnesota's leading power supplier - submitted a proposal...

Program offers free newspapers at U

October 29, 2003

A coalition of newspapers is distributing free papers to residence halls in hopes of selling the University a campus-wide subscription plan. Starting last week, students in residence halls can pick up...

More students stymied in search for careers

October 28, 2003

College students across the nation are finding it difficult to get career-related jobs, and University students are no exception. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 9.6 percent of full-time...

Student group sues U over membership rule

October 27, 2003

A student group filed an anti-discrimination lawsuit against the University on Friday, claiming its policies violate the group's First Amendment rights. The Maranatha Christian Fellowship, an organization...

Police warn of car thefts in University communities

October 24, 2003

Crime-prevention specialists advise Marcy-Holmes and Southeast Como residents to be more cautious in watching their cars to avoid vehicle theft. Last week, nine cars were stolen from the neighborhoods....

Inspections of University-area housing to begin this week

October 22, 2003

The city of Minneapolis notified University-area landlords and property owners this week that rental housing inspections would begin this week and are expected to run through December. Minneapolis housing...

Study proposes light rail stop on campus

October 17, 2003

This year, it is more expensive to park in campus ramps, on-campus traffic congestion is worsening, and it takes some commuters more than an hour to get to class. After completing a nearly four-year transportation...

Community liaison faces worried student-tenants

October 15, 2003

Kendre Turonie has a lot to deal with during her first month as the University's coordinator for student and community relations. A few issues coming to the front of Turonie's to-do list include noisy...

Como neighborhood group picks two students to serve on board

October 8, 2003

The Southeast Como Improvement Association elected two student representatives to serve on the neighborhood's board Tuesday night. The representatives - Sam Ero-Phillips from the Minnesota Student Association...

Under new bill, rioters would lose financial aid

October 7, 2003

In response to Saturday's riots at Minnesota State University-Mankato, one Minnesota legislator said she will introduce a bill that would cause students convicted of riot-related crimes to lose their financial...

Redistricting leaves two wards without local representation

October 1, 2003

Six Minneapolis residents - including one state representative - sued the city and its City Council over what they call an "equal representation issue." The group, led by Democratic state Rep. Phyllis...

GAPSA gives $1,600 to house fire victims

October 1, 2003

The Graduate and Professional Student Assembly voted unanimously Tuesday to make a $1,600 donation to an emergency assistance fund for victims of the recent house fire. The fund will help survivors of...

Gunman abducts student near dorm

September 26, 2003

A n unidentified man abducted a University student at gunpoint outside Territorial Hall early Wednesday morning but later returned her to the University area. The female was taken to an off-campus location...

Crash puts focus on transitway safety

September 26, 2003

A n accident on the University's transitway has prompted some to question the road's safety. On Tuesday, a Campus Connecter bus collided with another vehicle at the intersection of Malcolm Avenue Southeast...

St. Paul City Council plan would step up housing inspections

September 24, 2003

After a warning last week from St. Paul fire Chief Douglas Holton and a deadly fire Saturday morning at a Minneapolis student duplex, St. Paul City Council member Jay Benanav, 4th Ward, is pushing two...

St. Paul recreation draws U students

September 16, 2003

In her fourth year at the University, art student Amber Albertson found herself in foreign territory Monday afternoon: the St. Paul campus. "This is my first time over here in four years," Albertson said....

U vet students to be featured on National Geographic show

September 12, 2003

National Geographic often features images of African safaris and elephants, but the focus last week was mosquitoes and Minnesota. Luther Groth and Stacy Tinkler - third-year University veterinary medicine...