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Officials say rape doesn’t mark threat

May 7, 2015

Based on new information from the victim of a Sanford Hall sexual assault, the University of Minnesota Police Department has determined there is “no immediate and ongoing threat to public safety.”   UMPD...

Police: Sanford rape no longer a threat

May 6, 2015

Based on new information from the victim of a Sanford Hall sexual assault, the University of Minnesota Police Department has determined there is “no immediate and ongoing threat to public safety.” UMPD...

University instructor and doctoral candidate Ruth DeFoster plays with her two-year-old son Anthony in the living room of their home in St. Paul on Thursday. DeFoster has faced criticism from some her graduate school peers for her decision to have children while attending school.

A difficult balancing act

March 11, 2015

Ruth DeFoster refused to have her baby in the winter. The graduate instructor and doctoral candidate planned to have her second child in the summer to avoid researching and teaching while also...

From the left: Michael Kim, Gary Mortenson and Daniel Melamed

Director finalists make their cases

March 2, 2015

The three candidates looking to secure the University of Minnesota School of Music’s director position started making their cases for hiring last month, highlighting their past successes and plans...

Sexual crimes reported

February 17, 2015

Campus police are looking for a suspect who allegedly groped three people in separate instances near campus on Monday afternoon, according to a crime alert from University of Minnesota Police Chief Greg...

U clinical trial review postponed

December 8, 2014

An external review of the University of Minnesota’s clinical trial practices is getting an extension as controversy surrounding the school’s research ethics lingers. The external review panel...

Chicano and Latino Studies department problems persist

December 4, 2014

Amid complaints that the Chicano and Latino Studies department is suffering from a lack of funds and resources, University of Minnesota leaders are reaching out to find solutions. But department leaders...

Faculty unionizers want support from students

December 1, 2014

Advocates of faculty unionization at the University of Minnesota are asking for the support of a new group: students. While the cause hasn’t picked up much momentum yet, the Service Employees International...

Chicano, Latino department running on last fumes

November 24, 2014

With only one full-time faculty member, the University of Minnesota’s Department of Chicano and Latino Studies is concerned for its future. Among worries that the department is running on fumes with...

New data system will ease work

November 19, 2014

New University of Minnesota initiatives will soon allow researchers to better catalogue and share their work. Through changing how data is stored and the way researchers record their findings, the school...

New fed guidelines simplify grant awards process

November 17, 2014

The University of Minnesota is working to make the process of applying for and using research grants simpler, in accordance with new federal guidelines. The University is currently working to bring its...

Postdoctorates cope with instability

November 13, 2014

Brett Colson first came to the University of Minnesota to study genetic heart diseases as a postdoctoral fellow in 2010. Since then, his grants and awards have switched multiple times and his employment...

U apologizes for ‘fiesta’ event

November 12, 2014

The University of Minnesota’s Office for Student Affairs apologized on Tuesday for a theme party it recently hosted on campus that some community members called inappropriate and offensive. Students...

University apologizes for culturally offensive event

November 11, 2014

The University of Minnesota is apologizing for a theme party it recently hosted on campus that some campus community members criticized for being inappropriate and offensive.  Students and the school's...

A students votes at the Weisman Art Museum on Tuesday, Nov. 4th. Voter turnout statewide was about 50 percent, lower than the last two midterm elections.

Polls closed, votes scrutinized

November 6, 2014

An election that secured incumbents’ positions in two leading political offices — governor and Senate — and flipped the Minnesota House of Representative’s majority had political...

Loan credit restrictions loosened

November 6, 2014

As part of the revamps to the Higher Education Act, the federal government is changing its credit requirements to increase accessibility for parent loans. The White House announced updates to the Federal...

Candidates target campus in 11th hour of campaigning

November 3, 2014

Just days before voters hit the polls, University of Minnesota students and employees became targets for the campaigns vying to win two of the highest offices representing Minnesotans. Republican gubernatorial...

Many students avoid loans

October 30, 2014

Rather than owing the government or a private bank thousands of dollars, University of Minnesota sophomore Ashley Kellen is borrowing money to cover her tuition fees from her parents. “I can pay...

CLA to clump disciplines

October 28, 2014

The new leader of the University of Minnesota’s College of Liberal Arts released plans Monday to rework the college into three distinct discipline areas and better arrange a complicated web of departments. The...

Department close concerns students

October 23, 2014

Some students and faculty members are worried that when the University’s Postsecondary Teaching and Learning Department closes in two years, its programs won’t serve its students as effectively. Although...

Humphrey’s dean brings in big names

October 20, 2014

Just four months after hosting a former president, the Humphrey School of Public Affairs booked former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright for a public event and an intimate discussion with students. Albright’s...

Out-of-state tuition will rise in fall

October 16, 2014

Amid another proposed tuition freeze for undergraduate students paying in-state tuition, out-of-state University of Minnesota students will see a tuition hike next year. School leaders plan to steadily...

Staff survey helps U find areas to improve

October 14, 2014

In the coming weeks, University of Minnesota employees will have the opportunity to voice any concerns they might have about their work environment. The second annual employee engagement survey, which...

Strategic plan gets faculty criticism

October 6, 2014

Many faculty members have reservations about the plan that will set the long-term course for the University of Minnesota. A group of faculty voiced their uncertainties with the University‘s strategic...

Faculty retirement deals grow

October 2, 2014

Faculty at the University of Minnesota will soon have a new option that will allow them to ease into retirement. With the new “tenure trade” retirement policy, some faculty — in return...

Union push met with skepticism

September 29, 2014

One of the country’s largest labor organizations’ efforts to unionize faculty at the University of Minnesota may need a clearer focus to make any headway at the school. The Service Employees...

Course changes focus on global issues

September 25, 2014

  The University of Minnesota wants future students to graduate with the skills to solve major global issues. Although details behind the changes aren’t clear and their implementation hinges...

University police sit on military-grade guns

September 23, 2014

Many university police departments across the country, including the University of Minnesota Police Department, have access to heavy-duty hardware like military-grade rifles through a federal surplus program. UMPD...

Faculty continues fight against clinical trial review

September 10, 2014

While a team of outside reviewers is on campus this week to begin evaluating the University of Minnesota’s clinical research on human subjects, some faculty members are questioning the process. The...

ACT requirement could boost college apps

September 8, 2014

For almost a decade, Minnesota has been a leader in average ACT scores among high school students. Now, a state requirement mandates that all high school juniors take the test in order to graduate this...

Private student information possibly accessed

September 5, 2014

Students enrolled in the SELF Loan program may have had their confidential information accessed by "unauthorized people" due to an error on the Office of Higher Edcuation's website, according...

International students could boost economy

September 4, 2014

As international students continue to saturate the nation’s universities, some experts and lawmakers are worried federal immigration policies aren’t offering enough assistance to these students...

College of Liberal Arts Dean Coleman poses in his office on Thursday. This will be Coleman's first semester leading the school.

CLA’s new leader excited to take the reins

September 2, 2014

The Minnesota Daily sat down with John Coleman, the University of Minnesota’s new dean of the College of Liberal Arts, on Thursday afternoon. The new dean of the largest college at the University...

Minnesota ACT scores highest in nation

August 27, 2014

For the ninth year in a row, Minnesota high school students have led the nation with top composite ACT scores, according to the Minnesota Department of Education.  The average composite score for...

Kahn, Noor set for tight primary in U area

August 6, 2014

The end of the divisive race between 42-year incumbent Rep. Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis, and Somali-born Mohamud Noor to represent the University of Minnesota’s area at the Capitol is on the horizon. On...

5-story hotel prospects look promising

August 6, 2014

Just down the road from TCF Bank Stadium, a new five-story hotel may find its home seated alongside the Green Line light rail in a neighborhood near the University of Minnesota. Plans for a new 117-room...

Prospect Park aims to be ‘community of the future’

July 30, 2014

As some areas near the University of Minnesota grapple with preserving historic character, one neighborhood is attempting to redefine its presence with plans for a more futuristic community. The plan,...

University researchers try to alleviate flooding

July 30, 2014

Since 1993, the Fargo-Moorhead area has flooded every year except one, racking up an average of almost $200 million in annual damages. Researchers at the University of Minnesota have partnered with...

Area boards evolve, neighborhood interests remain

July 23, 2014

When Dinkytown trees get adorned with brand-new strings of twinkling lights, it’s because appointed representatives for the area made a request to improve the neighborhood’s aesthetic appeal...

Lyft driver Ben Leadholm, who's worked for the rides-haring company for four months, demonstrates how to find other Lyft cars on Monday in Minneapolis.  City Council voted to legalize Lyft and other transportation network companies last Friday.

Minneapolis gives ride-sharing the green light

July 23, 2014

Minneapolitans can officially add ride-sharing companies to their ever-growing list of transportation options after the City Council passed an ordinance last week permitting the legal operation of businesses...

A man looks at the building where Brueggers was located on 14th Avenue in Dinkytown on Thursday.  Brueggers closed in June due to an increase in the retail space's rent rate.

Dinkytown vacancies don’t faze property, business owners

July 16, 2014

Vacant Dinkytown storefronts aren’t a sign of a waning business district, property owners in the area say. Instead, they say turnover in businesses and any resulting empty space — like the...

Craig Taylor, director of the University of Minnesota Office for Business and Community Economic Development and Business Technology Center, poses for a portrait at his office in the University Office Plaza on Friday. Taylor was nominated by Mayor Betsy Hodges to be the next director of the city’s Community Planning & Economic Development Department.

University development official set to transition to the city

July 16, 2014

A University of Minnesota leader could soon be moving his 15 years of community development expertise from campus to Minneapolis City Hall, a shift that he said will foster a stronger bond between the...

National bike study’s effects unclear

July 9, 2014

A recently published national study involving Minneapolis found that if proper infrastructure is available, people will switch from driving to biking and walking. Despite the findings from the Nonmotorized...

Patrick Moen gives a drink to a customer at Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery on Monday. Moen is one of many servers whose wages could be capped at $8 an hour if advocates continue pushing for a tipped employee tier next session.

Tipped worker pay stirs up minimum wage debate

July 9, 2014

Though Minnesota lawmakers recently raised the state’s minimum wage to $9.50 an hour by 2016, servers and other tipped employees can expect to see a push to lock in their wages at a lower hourly...

Voter fraud possibility in Kahn, Noor race

July 3, 2014

The Hennepin County attorney's office is currently investigating the possibility of voter fraudin the state legislatiure race between incumbet Rep. Phyllis Kahn and newcomer Mohamud Noor after more...

President Barack Obama addresses the crowd during a town hall meeting at Minnehaha Park on June 26, 2014.

Obama uses Twin Cities stage as national soapbox

July 2, 2014

With a Minneapolis park for a backdrop and an enthusiastic crowd of Minnesotans cheering him on, President Barack Obama called out Republicans for blocking his national agenda. During his two-day visit...

President Barack Obama addresses the crowd during a town hall meeting at Minnehaha Park on June 26, 2014.

Obama hosts Minneapolis town hall

June 26, 2014

President Barack Obama highlighted minimum wage, the economy, the gender pay gap and student loans during his town hall talk Thursday afternoon at Minnehaha Park, the first of two addresses he’ll...

New poll shows Dayton, Franken far ahead

June 18, 2014

A Public Policy Polling poll released Tuesday found that Gov. Mark Dayton and Sen. Al Franken are both ahead of GOP rivals by double-digit numbers. According to the PPP poll, Franken is ahead of all Republican...

Metropolitan Council members Wendy Wulff and Linda Higgins cut the ceremonial ribbon for the grand opening of  the Green Line at Target Field Station on Saturday.

After years of work, light rail connects the Twin Cities

June 18, 2014

Steady rain put a damper on festivities along the Green Line light rail’s grand opening on Saturday, but the poor weather didn’t stop more than 75,000 people from lining up to be first-time...

Obama expands student loan repayment plan

June 18, 2014

Student loans have recently taken the forefront in Washington, D.C., and some borrowers in Minnesota could soon see changes in their payments. President Barack Obama signed an executive memorandum last...

A passenger waits to board the Green Line at Target Field Station on Saturday. Despite the rain, the opening day of the Green Line drew large crowds to ride the new light rail between Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Green Line opens to gray skies

June 14, 2014

Steady rain put a damper on festivities along the Metro Transit Green Line grand opening Saturday, but it didn’t stop crowds from turning out to ride the new light rail that connects 11 miles between...

Uninsured Minnesotans at lowest

June 12, 2014

A study by the University of Minnesota's State Health Access Data Assistance Center found that the number of uninsured Minnesotans fell by 40 percent or around 180,000 people, since September 2013....

Rail operator Rolland Green drives a test train on the green line on Saturday. There will be a grand opening for the green line on Saturday, June 14.

Green Line makes last-minute fixes before grand opening

June 11, 2014

When the Green Line opens on Saturday, it will connect the 11 miles between St. Paul and Minneapolis by rail for the first time in 61 years. But despite meeting its completion deadline and working within...

Former President Bill Clinton accepts the dean

Clinton packs Northrop, accepts award

June 11, 2014

An audience filled Northrop Auditorium on Monday night to watch former President Bill Clinton deliver a speech and accept the Dean’s Award for Public Leadership from Humphrey School of Public Affairs...

2014 election party endorsements

June 4, 2014

Minnesota voters will choose their pick for leading government positions this fall after candidates run in a primary election Aug. 12. This weekend, delegates from both political parties gave endorsements...

A woman walks her bike past an area where a new bike trail will be built, Thursday afternoon. The new bike trail is the most expensive per mile that the city has ever built and will connect the University to downtown Minneapolis.

Final phase of bike-walk trail connects downtown to campus

June 4, 2014

After opening last August, a citywide bicycle project is nearing completion with a new connection between the University of Minnesota’s campus and downtown Minneapolis. The nearly quarter-mile...

The Metro Transit bus route 16 turns onto Washington Avenue on Monday.  The Metro Green Line's grand opening is June 14 and will affect numerous routes that service campus, including the 3, 16 and 50.

Green Line opening changes bus routes

June 4, 2014

When the long-awaited Green Line light rail opens June 14, three popular University of Minnesota area bus routes will adapt. Beginning next Saturday, Metro Transit bus Route 50 will be discontinued,...

Final bonding bill covers most University construction efforts

May 28, 2014

After months of lobbying and state legislators hashing out budget proposals, this year’s legislative session ended with parts of the University of Minnesota’s bonding request unfulfilled. On...

2014 legislative session roundup

May 28, 2014

The Minnesota Legislature finished its 2014 session May 16, passing a variety of bills ranging from a minimum wage increase to allocations for a $1.23 billion budget surplus. The Minnesota Daily has compiled...

Minneapolis to consider Lyft and Uber ordinance

May 27, 2014

Minneapolis will likely consider an ordinace that would provide clarification about the legality of ridesharing services like Lyft and Uber at a City Council meeting next week, according to City Pages. These...

House and Senate reach agreement on bonding bill

May 19, 2014

The University of Minnesota will receive $119.3 million from the bonding bill signed into effect by Gov. Mark Dayton Saturday, fully funding two of its six requests to lawmakers.  The bonding bill...

Dayton, legislators agree on medical marijuana proposal

May 15, 2014

Legislation to allow medical marijuana cleared a major hurtle on Thursday as the House and Senate agreed on a deal that sets parameters for its use. The bill, which Gov. Mark Dayton has indicated he will...

Franken introduces Net Price Calculator bill

May 2, 2014

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn. and Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa have introduced legislation to aid students and families in estimating college costs, before they apply to the school, according to a press release. The...

US senator proposes bill to refinance student loans

April 29, 2014

With federal student loan debt levels topping $1 trillion, one U.S. senator wants to give students a new option when paying back borrowed money. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is set to introduce legislation...

U gauges study abroad safety risks

April 23, 2014

Katie Norlund is hoping to hone her Russian this summer when she studies abroad in St. Petersburg. Norlund, a political science sophomore, will spend her summer in Russia, despite a travel alert issued...

Franken, students talk college costs

April 21, 2014

When Will Dammann’s mother needed multiple surgeries, the costs were so high that his family nearly lost their house and car to pay for them. To keep that from happening, the University of Minnesota...

Canadian teen arrested for Heartbleed hack

April 18, 2014

A 19-year-old Canadian man was arrested for allegedly using the Heartbleed Internet bug to hack the country’s tax agency, according to CNN. Canada’s Revenue Agency was infiltrated...

Conservative coulmist and writer Ann Coulter speeks anbout politics and other issues at Wiley Hall on Wednesday.

Crowd split on Coulter

April 9, 2014

Outspoken conservative author and pundit Ann Coulter, was met with support and some opposition at her speech in Willey Hall on Tuesday night. The speech glided through a number of controversial topics...

GAPSA develops online platform

April 8, 2014

As the nature of higher education evolves from traditional classrooms to online, a group of graduate and professional students want to ensure the University of Minnesota follows the trend. Some students...

Newly elected MSA president Joelle Stangler discuss her future plans as with MSA at the Northrop Inside Out After Dark reception on Friday evening.

Stangler, Reichl win MSA election

April 7, 2014

Joelle Stangler defeated Abdisamed Awed to become next year’s Minnesota Student Association president, garnering more than 76 percent of votes. Stangler and incoming Vice President John Reichl celebrated...

Minnesota Student Association presidential candidate Abdisamed Awed, vice-presidential candidate Miguel Morales, presidential candidate Joelle Stangler and vice-presidential candidate John Reichl answer questions from the audience at the debate in Coffman Theater on Tuesday.  The MSA election will take place April 2nd-4th.

Debate showcases MSA plans

March 26, 2014

About 50 students filled the first few rows of Coffman Union’s theater Tuesday evening, roughly split in support for the two teams vying to lead the Minnesota Student Association next year. Presidential...

GAPSA presidential candidates Scott Petty, left, and Alfonso Sintjago debate at Coffman Union in the President's Room on Monday night. Petty is the Vice President of University Relations for the Council of Graduate Students and Sintjago is Executive Vice President of GAPSA.

GAPSA hopefuls square off

March 25, 2014

After a year in a graduate student government plagued by controversy, the next president of the University of Minnesota’s Graduate and Professional Student Assembly will likely face continued criticism...

MSA presidential candidates Joelle Stangler and Abdisamed Awed

Candidates share goals but not plans

March 13, 2014

Two veterans of the Minnesota Student Association and a pair of newcomers are vying to lead the University of Minnesota’s undergraduate student government next year. Joelle Stangler and John Reichl...

Volunteer Tax Assistance Program volunteer Alissa Nordstrom, a senior finance major with an international business minor, helps former U student Janalyn Bump file her taxes in Hanson Hall on Saturday.

Groups weather tax season

March 6, 2014

As the April 15 deadline for filing taxes approaches, students such as elementary education senior Emily Blessinger have to file tax returns on their own for the first time. Blessinger used to rely on...