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Dinky the Elephant, as seen in HECCO's new promotional video.

Dinkytown introduces ‘Dinky the Elephant’

September 23, 2016

“That’s the one — let’s breathe some life back into it,” said Hector Cortes the moment he laid eyes on the elephant that would become Dinkytown’s new mascot.In a recent video that has garnered...

A pedestrian walks past empty retail space underneath WaHu Student Apartments in Stadium Village on Wednesday Sept. 14, 2016.

Chain restaurants in Stadium Village on the rise

September 15, 2016

Businesses in the University of Minnesota’s Stadium Village neighborhood have faced extreme turnover in recent years.The area’s mainstay restaurants have given way to new chain locations and luxury...

Demonstrator Bella Looney holds a sign in alliance with sexual assault survivors in front of the Loring Pasta Bar on Fourth Street on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 in Dinkytown. The protest was to raise awareness that Jason McLean, owner of Loring Pasta Bar and Varsity Theater, has four civil lawsuits alleging sexual abuse of minors at the Children's Theater Company during the '70s and '80s, when he worked as an actor and teaching artist.

Protesters call for boycott of Varsity Theater, Loring Pasta Bar

September 11, 2016

About 40 demonstrators lined the sidewalk between the Varsity Theater and the Loring Pasta Bar Saturday, quietly holding signs and talking with passersby. The protest was meant to educate the campus...

FloCo Fusion cuts down on game day tailgating

September 10, 2016

Ahead of the Gophers football game Saturday morning, FloCo Fusion residents and guests played beer pong and mingled in the building’s courtyard, some sipping wine out of plastic bags. But in a shift...

Students protest to raise awareness of campus sexual assault on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016 on Northrup Mall.

‘Everybody knows about it, nobody wants to talk about it’

September 9, 2016

With her pants pulled down, and skin covered in mock injuries, University of Minnesota student Madison Estuesta demonstrated what victims of “20 minutes of action” can look like.Around 60 students...

Protesters lie down in the middle of Kellogg Boulevard on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016 in St. Paul for a

Protesters at St. Paul City Hall call for indictment in fatal Philando Castile shooting

September 7, 2016

At least one protester was detained by police in riot gear during a peaceful protest for Philando Castile Tuesday night at St. Paul’s City Hall.“I feel like something’s going to happen,” Protester...

Thefts on the rise near campus

March 8, 2016

Thefts of car stereos, computers and phone chargers were among the crimes reported over the last week.      Houses in the neighborhoods surrounding the University of Minnesota also were...

UMPD Sgt. Tom Bohrer races towards enemy territory at NERF Games Wednesday at the University Fieldhouse. Groups of 6-8 paired up with an officer to compete against each other in a game of NERF capture the flag.

Police officers join zombie ranks

March 7, 2016

Clutching a Nerf gun, University of Minnesota police Dispatch Officer Jeff Lessard sprinted through an open path in the University of Minnesota Field House.     He didn’t make it to the...

President Eric Kaler delivers his State of the University address at the Coffman Memorial Union Theater on Thursday.

Kaler speaks on diversity, tuition

March 7, 2016

In his fifth State of the University address Thursday, University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler outlined some of his ongoing goals for the University, such as increasing campus diversity, providing...

U-area hit by robberies and car break-ins

March 2, 2016

Cellphones were a popular target for thieves last week across the University of Minnesota and its surrounding areas.     At least three cellphones have been stolen since last week. Also, two...

Attendees of Wednesday's Break the Silence event place messages of encouragement into bags for individuals who shared their personal stories of assault. Organized by Sarah Super, a rape survivor, Break the Silence events shed light on the realities of sexual assault and aim to empower victims.

Healing by ‘Breaking the Silence’

February 29, 2016

A year ago this month, an ex-boyfriend raped Sarah Super at knifepoint in her own home.     Talking about the assault helped her heal from it, she said. And the more she shared her story, the...

University student assaulted Thursday

February 24, 2016

A scuffle between University students outside Walter Library Thursday night ended in a citizen’s arrest by the victim.     At about 5 p.m. Thursday, a 22-year-old man...

U Police initiates community discussion on campus safety

February 23, 2016

Student leaders and faculty members have come together to talk campus safety after a string of robberies around the University of Minnesota in recent weeks.     Members of the University of Minnesota...

Campus thefts on the rise near East Bank

February 18, 2016

The recent trend of thefts around the University of Minnesota continued this week, in addition to one assault near Dinkytown.     Most of the reported thefts happened at the University of...

Students call for U to divest

February 17, 2016

A new movement to take tuition dollars out of companies active in Israel has drawn controversy from University of Minnesota student groups.     Students for Justice in Palestine urged the University on...

String of robberies strikes the University

February 9, 2016

A string of burglaries, where several bikes were stolen, was reported late last week.     Of the seven reported burglaries reported since Feb. 3, three were on or near 15th Avenue Southeast.     Minnesota...

Man robbed at gunpoint in Dinkytown

February 2, 2016

Another armed robbery reported early Sunday morning contributed to an uptick of robberies near the University of Minnesota in recent weeks.     An attempted vehicle theft was the only...

U grad instructor arrested for indecent exposure

January 27, 2016

A University of Minnesota graduate instructor was charged with indecent exposure last week.     Philosophy Department doctoral candidate Patrick Laine was arrested Thursday after he...

Gas station robbed at gunpoint, near-campus assault reported

January 26, 2016

Lower temperatures mean lower crime rates.     Aside from some alcohol-related incidents and a string of robberies last week, very few crimes have occurred on or near the University of Minnesota...

Former student sentenced for Coffman bomb threat

January 25, 2016

The former University of Minnesota student who pleaded guilty to leaving gasoline-covered smoke flares inside Coffman Union last summer has been sentenced to more than three years in prison.     In...

Sporty’s Bar robbed at gunpoint over winter break

January 21, 2016

A streak of sub-zero temperatures and lack of potential victims could have led to a recent decrease in crime on and around the University of Minnesota campus .     In the days leading up to the...

Former U student sentenced to prison for leaving explosives in Coffman Union

January 21, 2016

The former University of Minnesota student who pleaded guilty to leaving gasoline-covered smoke flares inside Coffman Union last August has been sentenced to more than three years in prison. In a hearing...

UMN Team strives to design hyperloop pod

December 16, 2015

Next month, students from around the country will present their concepts for the best possible prototype of a pod that will zoom through a frictionless tube at speeds of more than 750 miles per hour.   University...

Service-dog-in-training Uno demonstrates holding a hairbrush at Can Do Canines in New Hope, Minn. on Wednesday evening.

From doghouse to dorms

December 10, 2015

Twelve University of Minnesota freshmen will have to help train their roommates to get along with other people and do some household tasks next year.   Next school year, the University is teaming...

Poll shows computer science attitudes

December 1, 2015

A recent Gallup poll found that students, parents and teachers think boys are more likely to be interested in and successful at computer science than girls. What’s more, the poll also found that...

Report details reasons behind untested rape kits

November 25, 2015

For a variety of reasons, thousands of rape kits in Minnesota go untested. According to a report released earlier this month, Minnesota has nearly 3,500 untested rape kits, which include evidence related...

Sept. 11 proposal vetoed

November 18, 2015

Members of the Minnesota Student Association have received threats after rejecting a resolution calling for a moment of silence on Sept. 11. In a 23-36 vote with three abstentions, MSA’s legislative...

Study could repopulate elk in NE Minn.

November 10, 2015

If a proposed University of Minnesota study gets funded, Kentucky elk could be in for a rude awakening.   Elk, once considered pests, would be brought to northeastern Minnesota in trucks and released...

First legally wed same-sex couple in MN donates papers

November 5, 2015

After decades of strife, the University of Minnesota recently honored the country’s first same-sex couple to apply for a marriage license.    At an event last week, the University celebrated...

Profs talk immigrant issues

October 26, 2015

On the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, experts say it’s becoming more difficult to immigrate to the United States.   To discuss the changing experiences of immigrants,...

Retired profs continue publishing in new journal

October 21, 2015

Retired professors can now continue to publish research in a recently revived University of Minnesota Retirees Association publication.   The Journal of Opinions, Ideas and Essays, which launched...

Department-specific tenure guidelines to undergo revisions

October 13, 2015

In an attempt to maintain a healthy balance of different types of faculty members at the University of Minnesota, the school’s Faculty Senate plans to create department-specific guidelines for tenure...