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Wilson discusses role in CIA scandal

December 14, 2005

Former U.S. Ambassador to several African nations Joseph Wilson will speak at a DFL fundraiser Friday. He spoke Tuesday with the Daily about his involvement in the Washington scandal that compromised the...

Regent quits before he starts

December 12, 2005

Michael Vekich's term as a University Regent ended as quickly as it began Friday. Vekich told Gov. Tim Pawlenty he would not serve on the Board of Regents because of a conflict of interest. Vekich serves...

Pawlenty picks regent

December 9, 2005

Gov. Tim Pawlenty appointed Michael Vekich on Thursday to fill the vacant seat on the University's Board of Regents. Vekich will finish at-large Regent Richard "Pinky" McNamara's term, which lasts through...

Regents to discuss football training room renovation

December 7, 2005

It will be business as usual for much of the Board of Regents meeting Thursday, some regents said. Although the meeting might lack a headlining item, several important items will be acted on by the board,...

Tough grant outlook hits U

December 6, 2005

For University researchers, grabbing a slice of money from the research-funding pie is getting more difficult. As government grants and contracts have spread across an increasing number of applicants,...

Health concerns leave void in U’s governing council

December 5, 2005

Regent Richard "Pinky" McNamara announced his resignation Friday from the University's Board of Regents because of "health reasons." University News Service director Daniel Wolter said Gov. Tim Pawlenty...

India center on U’s radar

December 2, 2005

Emerging connections in India and Southeast Asia have University professors and officials talking about opening a center to improve relationships with India. The proposed India center would facilitate...

U expands health, other programs in Asia

November 28, 2005

University officials are looking to make major strides in offering education opportunities at institutions in Asia. During their trip to China this month, several University officials, including University...

China impresses U officials on trip

November 23, 2005

Two University regents and University President Bob Bruininks were among a group of Minnesotans that traveled to China last week as part of Gov. Tim Pawlenty's delegation to the country. The University...

High energy bills hit U

November 18, 2005

Increasing energy costs have led to penny pinching at the gas pump and the potential for a home-heating crisis in Minnesota this winter. Now the rising costs could affect tuition. The Board of Regents...

U to fight for repair funds at Capitol

November 17, 2005

University officials are fixing for a fight. When the University's 2006 capital bonding request heads to the Legislature, one section of the request is almost certain to require a little extra attention:...

Old U buildings in need of renovation

November 15, 2005

Despite the ambitions of University officials to build bigger and better buildings on campus, they still need to take care of the old ones. Nearly 40 percent of the University's 2006 capital bonding request...

Regents hear building plans

November 14, 2005

Construction could become quite common on campus over the next decade. The Board of Regents heard plans for new buildings and facilities at its meeting Thursday. Regents looked over University President...

U ponders vast land’s use

November 11, 2005

When University administrators use phrases like "unique expanse" and "priceless asset," it often amounts to nothing more than gross overstatement. But when University President Bob Bruininks used those...

U braces to ask state for funds

November 10, 2005

For the third year in a row, the University is gearing up to make its case to the state for a bonding bill. The Board of Regents likely will approve the 2006 capital bonding request today at its meeting. If...

Kelly’s loss to Coleman blamed on his Bush support

November 9, 2005

St. Paul voters resoundingly denounced Mayor Randy Kelly's bid for a second term Tuesday. DFL-endorsed challenger Chris Coleman leveraged Kelly's August 2004 endorsement of President George W. Bush against...

Wireless access, strings attached

November 4, 2005

Wireless access is nearly pervasive on campus, and with it comes convenience and a little concern. Although there hasn't been a major security breach reported on campus, University officials said, the...

Beware of burning the beef

November 1, 2005

Don't char that chicken and don't burn the beef. Overcooked meat can lead to an increased risk of pancreatic cancer, University professor Kristin Anderson said. Her research in the department of epidemiology...

Como residents demand city support

October 27, 2005

Residents of the Southeast Como neighborhood packed a conference room adjacent to Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak's office Wednesday to express frustration with a lack of city services. Holding red and green...

Public-private lab celebrates opening

October 20, 2005

Under the metal canopy leading into University Enterprise Laboratories, dignitaries, CEOs and researchers gathered to celebrate a unique collaboration of public and private arenas. The $24 million project...

Despite the odds, Ballers think they have all the luck

October 19, 2005

Isn't it funny how 1 in 146,107,962 seems so good when the jackpot is so big? With the Powerball jackpot reaching a record $340 million, more casual players are stepping up to the counter and playing the...

Babbage Institute records computer science history

October 12, 2005

Tucked away 90 feet underground lay thousands of records in a unique collection at the University. The collection tells the history of one of the most remarkable advances in human civilization - information...

Could cheese help curb high blood pressure?

October 7, 2005

In the basement of the Food Science and Nutrition building in St. Paul sit hundreds of blocks of cheese. Stacked on shelves in a refrigerator-temperature room, the bricks, varying in color from bright...

Burst water pipe gives employees surprise leave

October 6, 2005

A water pipe break Wednesday in the West Bank Office Building sent hundreds of gallons of water spilling onto the building's sixth floor. The break also sent hundreds of University workers home with an...

Study: Tubers are at root of evolution

October 4, 2005

Never underestimate the power of the potato. Anthropologists have focused on meat and hunting as the primary means for evolutionary change, but anthropology professor Greg Laden said he believes change...

High-tech meets prehistoric in U lab

September 29, 2005

John Soderberg's glamour shots may be artsy and innovative, but you won't find them on the cover of a fashion magazine. Click and drag to rotate skull Anthropology coordinator John Soderberg...

Arctic warming hints at hotter trends

September 28, 2005

When it comes to global warming, greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, have long been considered the main offender. University professor Joseph McFadden is among a team of researchers studying Arctic...

Local project looks to lighten energy bills

September 19, 2005

Residents of the Southeast Como neighborhood might have a bright future when it comes to their energy bills. The Southeast Como Solar Pilot Project - the first of its kind in Minneapolis - is looking to...

Nanotechnology brings risk, benefits

September 16, 2005

Nanotechnology could someday result in drugs that act instantly, cancer treatments that attack tumors directly and chemical markers that track a single cell through the body. But as with any emerging technology,...

Union leader’s trial set for November in protest case

September 15, 2005

Phyllis Walker will have her day in court, much to her chagrin. Walker is charged with obstructing the legal process during the May 4 General College protest in and outside of Morrill Hall. A jury trial...

U prof develops stem cell line

September 8, 2005

ICorrection: The Daily incorrectly identified the name of the University of South Florida. n the United States, embryonic stem cells have never enjoyed a completely warm welcome. Moral concerns about the...

U offers nearly free Office suite

September 7, 2005

Students looking for free and cheap - not to mention legal - software have a new option on campus. In June, the Board of Regents approved a three-year, $2.7 million software contract. As a result, students...

Katrina may have long-term silver lining

September 6, 2005

As the Gulf Coast continues to clean up from what is likely to be the most expensive Atlantic storm in Hurricane Katrina, the rest of the country is indirectly feeling the effects of the storm's devastation. Energy...

U to reprint football tickets

August 17, 2005

Athletics officials will reprint and distribute the corrected version of a football ticket that misspelled the name of Gophers great Sandy Stephens. "We're going to do the right thing," Athletics Director...

U.S. military Veterans come to U’s West Bank for rest, recuperation

August 10, 2005

Olive-green tents stamped "U.S." formed a temporary city on the West Bank recreation fields last week. And for a few days, the area looked more like a military base than a ball field, as camouflaged personnel...

U stadium issue stalls at State Legislature

July 20, 2005

Before brick-red walls for an on-campus stadium can rise up over the University, officials might have to contend with the rising cost of bricks. State lawmakers adjourned from their special session last...

Stadium bill stalls in State Legislature

July 12, 2005

Minnesota's first government shutdown has come and gone, 8,900 state workers are back on the job and legislators are finalizing the final four of the state's major budget bills. Amid the chaos of the state's...

Rowers get ‘great news’: on-campus facility OK’d

July 12, 2005

University rowers might be used to the cold on the river during November or February, but a place to warm up appears to be on the way. The Board of Regents approved a new $4.6 million on-campus rowing...

Sports facilities might sell alcohol in club rooms

July 6, 2005

One perk of a club room at a Gophers basketball or hockey game might soon crumble because of constricting athletics budgets. Athletics officials said they are thinking about selling beer and wine, which...

State lockout could limit U

June 29, 2005

University researchers learned this week that ongoing research projects could be stopped and hundreds of grants withheld if state lawmakers are unable to reach a budget deal by Thursday night. Although...

Former U athletics department media relations director dies

June 29, 2005

A former athletics department media relations director and 17-year employee of the University died June 22. Bill Crumley drowned last week in Gull Lake, near Brainerd, Minn. He was 43. Since leaving the...

Future athletics at U site being tested for pollutants

June 29, 2005

Workers began digging trenches and boring holes around the Huron Boulevard Parking Complex this week to begin the environmental assessment of the proposed on-campus stadium site. The work marks the start...

Thunderstorms shower U campus, state

June 22, 2005

A long line of strong thunderstorms rolled over much of the state Monday afternoon, downing tree branches, sending pedestrians scampering for higher ground and leaving some University buildings a little...

Athletics volunteer ushers let go for security reasons

June 15, 2005

For 13 years, David Dowell helped out at Gophers football and men's basketball games. From showing fans to their seats to keeping an eye out for unruly behavior, Dowell is one of many volunteers who have...

Provision offers free tuition to deaf students

June 8, 2005

With the signing of the state's higher-education bill on May 26, deaf students from Minnesota received an opportunity for easier access to higher education. Included in the $2.8 billion higher-education...

Tuition for U could rise by 7.5 percent

June 1, 2005

Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed the state's higher-education omnibus bill Thursday in Rochester, Minn. The two-year, $2.8 billion budget package gives the University $1.2 billion for the 2006-07 budget cycle. University...

Cigarette fee might hurt AHC

June 1, 2005

University officials estimate millions of dollars of state funding for the Academic Health Center could be lost if lawmakers approve the proposed 75-cent user fee on a pack of cigarettes. Gov. Tim Pawlenty...

Bill could put an end to ‘power hour’

May 25, 2005

For his 21st birthday, electrical engineering junior Mark Young followed the midnight ritual for many young adults: He went to the bar. Along with his boss and a few friends, Young downed beer and some...

Bill awaits Pawlenty’s signature

May 25, 2005

Gov. Tim Pawlenty is expected to sign the higher-education bill, which offers most of the University's requested money for the 2006-07 biennium. Though they aimed at a 5.5 percent tuition increase for...

U stadium a topic for special session

May 25, 2005

The University's quest for a $235 million on-campus stadium hit a speed bump this week. The end of the regular session in the State Legislature on Monday passed without action on stadiums in the House...