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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Grads discuss student fees

May 5, 2005

Graduate and professional students voiced their displeasure Wednesday at a forum about a possible student fee for the proposed on-campus stadium. Many of the students left saying their questions were unanswered...

U officialscontemplate stadium fee

May 4, 2005

As University officials work out the details of a student fee to help pay for a proposed on-campus stadium, some in the University are concerned about how the fee will be assessed. Stadium project officials...

U suspends men’s tennis coaches

May 3, 2005

The University's athletics department suspended men's tennis coach David Geatz and assistant coach Adam Cohen without pay Monday as a result of an NCAA investigation into the program. The NCAA discovered...

U talks about benefit plan

April 29, 2005

University officials met with student leaders Wednesday to discuss a benefits package for students who could soon be paying $50 a semester toward an on-campus stadium. The stadium is expected to cost $235...

Morris campus dedicates turbine

April 25, 2005

MORRIS, Minn. - As a stiff, cold wind blew across the barren farm field, hundreds of farmers, faculty members, college students and school children gathered Friday to watch Morris' tallest attraction in...

Bill passes part of Senate

April 22, 2005

Most of the University's requested money remained intact when the State Senate's higher education budget bill cleared the Higher Education Budget Division on Thursday. The nine committee members voted...

Recreation sports pushes for growth

April 21, 2005

Recreational sports officials told the University's Board of Regents about the benefits of recreational sports on campus at a regents meeting in March. Now, the officials are working to collect data on...

Men’s tennis team continues to be investigated for NCAA violations

April 18, 2005

Almost eight weeks have passed since the NCAA began investigating the men's tennis team, and University officials have yet to learn of the results. NCAA officials began their probe of the tennis program...

Comparing the sponsorships

April 18, 2005

In 2003, South Dakota banker T. Denny Sanford offered $35 million to the University to start fund raising for an on-campus stadium, the same amount now pledged by TCF. Sanford's deal fell through, because...

Some fees plans reversed

April 15, 2005

ACORRECTION: The graphic contained in this article contained many errors. The corrected version appears below. fter a controversial fees committee process, Jerry Rinehart, associate vice provost for student...

Digging deep for tiny particles

April 13, 2005

Half a mile underground in northeast Minnesota, a team of scientists and engineers is working to unravel one of the universe's tiniest mysteries. The Main Injector Neutrino Oscillation Search team is looking...

GC cut may hurt athletics

April 11, 2005

As University officials begin sorting out the implications of a recommendation to dissolve two colleges, athletics officials are wondering what the change might mean for their student- athletes. Approximately...

U plans its quest for more on-campus stadium funds

March 29, 2005

It appears with TCF's stadium sponsorship deal in place, University officials have their stadium train on the tracks. But now, with money behind them, the quest continues at the State Legislature, in student...

Local snaps up Web domain

March 28, 2005

While TCF was busy purchasing naming rights to the University's proposed on-campus stadium Thursday, a Bloomington, Minn., man was busy buying naming rights for the stadium's name on the Internet. Paul...

TCF banks on U’s campus stadium

March 25, 2005

Come August 2008, University President Bob Bruininks said, he hopes to welcome students to a newly constructed TCF Bank Stadium. Bruininks and officials from TCF Financial Corp. officially announced an...

TCF to sponsor U stadium

March 24, 2005

TCF Financial Corp. will be the lead sponsor for the proposed $235 million on-campus stadium, Board of Regents Chairman David Metzen said Wednesday. University President Bob Bruininks and Athletics Director...

U may reveal stadium plan

March 23, 2005

University officials could make a major announcement regarding the proposed $235 million on-campus stadium as early as Thursday. Officials have tentatively reserved space in the McNamara alumni center...

University starts search for next consultant for on-campus stadium

March 22, 2005

University officials are looking to add another member to the on-campus stadium consultation team. Officials began the process of finding a consultant who will focus on three areas of the proposed on-campus...

University and DNR clash over state land and scholarship funds

March 21, 2005

A quiet battle is brewing in the Legislature between the University and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. University officials are working to stop a proposed change in how the DNR receives...

U officials discuss upcoming stadium site assessment

March 2, 2005

University officials and stadium consultants explained and presented a timeline for the environmental assessment of the site of a potential on-campus stadium Tuesday. Approximately 50 curious - and mostly...

U athletes ahead of curve

March 1, 2005

The University's student-athletes are performing better than the national averages under the NCAA's new academic progress rate standard, according to the first data released Monday. Under the new progress...

University officials prepare for a new rowing facility

February 24, 2005

University athletics and capital planning officials are gearing up for the construction of a new rowing facility on the East River Flats Park. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board approved preliminary...

U plans to expand recreation facilities

February 21, 2005

University officials have started planning a recreational sports and athletics facilities expansion project known as University Park. The project would be a major upgrade to recreational facilities on...

U suspends two coaches

February 21, 2005

The University has suspended two men's tennis coaches as a result of NCAA rules violations found during the athletics department's internal investigation of the team. Athletics Director Joel Maturi placed...

U and board pass plan for boathouse

February 17, 2005

University athletics officials received approval from the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board to begin planning for construction of a boathouse for the women's rowing team and men's crew club. Associate...

Students could receive fewer pell grants next year

February 16, 2005

More than 50,000 Minnesota college students are projected to receive less grant money as a result of changes made to the federal formula that determines a student's financial need, state officials said...

State overestimates student grant need by $46 million

February 16, 2005

The state office responsible for handling grant money overestimated the need for student aid, officials said at a Senate committee meeting Tuesday. The state's Higher Education Services Office overestimated...

U in front of gender curve

February 9, 2005

The University is ahead of the curve for the ratio of female student-athletes to male student-athletes, according to an NCAA report released Tuesday. The 2002-03 Gender Equity Report showed that female...

Vikings, Twins, Gophers seek practical resolutions to stadium predicament

February 9, 2005

Three major sports teams are seeking stadiums in the Twin Cities, and the number of creative solutions proposed by legislators and sports enthusiasts could probably outnumber the bricks needed to build...

Stadium site might require contaminant cleanup

February 1, 2005

The University could possibly strike dangerous contaminants if it prepares to build a proposed on-campus football stadium, according to Minnesota Pollution Control Agency documents. The contaminants could...

St. Paul Winter Carnival honors U senior crowned Queen of the Snows

January 31, 2005

Jill Lyn Andresen, a University marketing senior and assistant manager of human resources at The Minnesota Daily, was chosen as the 2005 Queen of the Snows at St. Paul's annual Winter Carnival. "It's been...

Williams, Mariucci get video boards

January 31, 2005

A construction crew lowered the scoreboard Thursday in Williams Arena to update the 77-year-old building. The workers popped out the old displays and installed four brand new video boards. University athletics...

U athletics facilities expansion nears

January 27, 2005

The University now owns all of the property for a proposed project to expand recreational sports and athletics facilities. The three parcels of land are in the area between the Bierman athletic complex...

Stadium might rival other University projects

January 25, 2005

University President Bob Bruininks said it best at a Senate committee meeting last week when asked about funding an on-campus stadium in the midst of a bonding bill and budget year. "It's the right thing...

Filing tax returns early promotes speedy refunds

January 24, 2005

Although the deadline for filing tax returns is three months away, filing early could mean receiving tax refunds sooner rather than later. Many tax services now offer the ability to file taxes online for...

NCAA focuses on grad rates

January 20, 2005

If their graduation rates do not improve, several University athletics teams could face significant penalties under a new NCAA graduation-rate policy. The policy change, which was announced Jan. 10, states...

State legislators keep U stadium bills alive

January 18, 2005

The University's push for an on-campus stadium began again at the State Capitol along with the start of a new legislative session. The proposed $235 million project would place an open-air, 50,000-seat...

U seeks to study stadium site

January 18, 2005

University officials began searching for a consultant to complete an environmental assessment for the proposed site of an on-campus stadium this month. They met with potential consultants Thursday to discuss...

Lawmaker says U on-campus stadium bill will pass

December 15, 2004

After several years of lobbying for stadiums at the State Capitol, legislative leaders said Tuesday they expect lawmakers will approve stadium projects this year. Senate Majority Leader Dean Johnson, DFL-Willmar,...

Athlete grad rate at U low

December 13, 2004

A new report by the NCAA shows that University student-athletes have the lowest graduation rates in the Big Ten conference. According to the report, the University graduated 58 percent of its student-athletes...

U pursues stadium donors

December 7, 2004

Ask University General Counsel Mark Rotenberg how to treat a potential stadium donor, and he can answer in two words. "Very carefully." Time might be running short for University officials working to secure...

U resets recruiting policy

December 6, 2004

University athletics officials formally finished their list of recruiting dos and don'ts last week. The new policy coincided with the National Collegiate Athletics Association's Wednesday deadline for...

State forecasts $700M deficit – additional report

December 2, 2004

The University's uphill battle for an on-campus football stadium could have gotten a little steeper. With state officials forecasting a $700 million deficit Wednesday, Gov. Tim Pawlenty said officials...

U not responsible for legal fees

December 1, 2004

The University will not have to pay legal fees for several media organizations, including The Minnesota Daily, which sued the institution about access to its 2002 presidential search, the state Supreme...

U aims to draw fans to Music City

November 30, 2004

By accepting the invitation to the Music City Bowl on Sunday, Athletics Director Joel Maturi set a football-fan-moving machine in motion. But knowing the traveling tendencies of Gophers football fans leave...

U students meet with counselors to cope with death

November 29, 2004

University counselors met with Middlebrook Hall residents returning to campus from Thanksgiving break Sunday to help residents cope with the death of a student. On Wednesday morning, a first-year University...

Athletics Director Maturi reflects on his long road to U

November 22, 2004

Sue LaTendresse said she was having phone trouble Wednesday night, so she tried to call her office answering machine at 11 p.m. to see if her connection was bad. To her surprise, her boss, Athletics Director...

Going pro a tough decision for many student-athletes

November 16, 2004

When Dave Metzen laced up his hockey skates for the Gophers, only six professional hockey teams could tempt student-athletes with playing days after college. Back then, top hockey draft picks' biggest...

U links obesity to blood cancer

November 10, 2004

University researchers have found a link between obesity and one type of leukemia, adding to the list of diseases for which obesity is a risk factor. The study, which is part of a larger University study...

House divided on U stadium

November 9, 2004

While some University officials and state legislators have expressed extreme optimism over the prospects of an on-campus stadium bill next year, others might give the project a political "Not so fast"...