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U considers changing fees process

June 26, 2009

In response to an April examination of the student fees process, the University is exploring a new method of distributing fees for student groups subject to University policies. Following last year's fees...

MnSCU follows U’s lead, solicits funds

February 6, 2003

Mirroring University President Robert Bruininks' appearance last week, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Chancellor Jim McCormick lobbied the House Higher Education Finance Committee on Wednesday...

Students attend GOP convention in record numbers

June 17, 2002

The next generation of Minnesota Republicans achieved an unprecedented presence at the party's state convention last weekend. Of the more than 2,200 delegates and alternates who chose House Majority Leader...

Chinese students offer advice to Ventura

June 10, 2002

Prior to his trade mission to China, Gov. Jesse Ventura discussed last week the merits of Beijing beer and how to deal with street traffic with a group of University Chinese students and visiting Chinese...

U names Johnson Law School dean after eight-month search

May 28, 2002

After a two-year stint as a University professor in the early 1980s, Alex Johnson Jr. decided he wanted to spend his life teaching instead of practicing law. Now Johnson will return to where his career...

Councilman, U NORML founder discuss drug laws

May 10, 2002

A day after moving into Frontier Hall, freshman Jason Samuels was arrested by University police for marijuana possession. Two years later, Samuels said he joined the Navy with hopes of working in intelligence. But...

Yudof hears both sides in debate over telescope

May 10, 2002

Opponents of the University's possible involvement with a controversial telescope observatory in Arizona will take their case to University President Mark Yudof on Friday. After a rally outside the Gateway...

Green Party responds to redistricting with lawsuit

May 8, 2002

Calling for the rejection of new ward boundaries, two Minneapolis City Council members joined several residents in a lawsuit filed Tuesday against the city. City Council members Dean Zimmermann and Natalie...

City task force explores options for employee ethics training

May 3, 2002

After the recent indictment of one Minneapolis City Council member and the imprisonment of another, the city has narrowed its focus on its employees' ethics. During the past few months, a task force of...

Greens, critics call new district borders flawed

April 29, 2002

The Minneapolis City Council boundaries recently approved by the city's Redistricting Commission need to be changed, some council members said Friday. Critics, calling for the council to reject the plans...

Biernat pleads innocent

April 22, 2002

Minneapolis City Council member Joe Biernat pleaded innocent Friday to federal charges that he appointed a former union manager to a city licensing board in exchange for plumbing work done in his home. Biernat...

Falling silent: cultures fight for dying languages

April 22, 2002

As of last year, only 28 speakers of the once-flourishing Dakota language lived in Minnesota. And the plight of the Dakota language is not unique. There are currently 5,000 to 6,000 languages spoken worldwide,...

Community leaders debate police review authority’s future

April 18, 2002

Minneapolis officials, police and community leaders met Wednesday to start redesigning an endangered police review agency some say does little to curb officer misconduct. As part of an effort to eliminate...

Affordable housing focus of mayor Kelly’s city address

April 17, 2002

Stressing the need for affordable housing and the importance of diversity, St. Paul Mayor Randy Kelly delivered the first State of the City Address of his term Tuesday night. "It is clear that an urban...

Sources: Rybak might ask for Olson resignation

April 17, 2002

Citing two anonymous sources, the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press reported Tuesday that Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak asked police Chief Robert Olson to resign. Neither police nor mayor's office officials...

House proposes moving city elections to 2003

April 9, 2002

The redrawing of Minneapolis voting districts might force City Council members to break out their campaign signs sooner than expected. Under a House bill approved last week, current City Council members...

City Council panel approves tentative redistricting plan

April 3, 2002

Current Minneapolis ward boundaries would not change drastically under a tentative plan approved Tuesday by the city's redistricting commission. The plan did not receive unanimous support among the nine...

Forum hears minority views on redistricting

March 29, 2002

During a Thursday night forum addressing the impacts of city-wide redistricting, Minneapolis residents and a city official demanded equitable representation of minority populations. With several Minneapolis...

Christian aid worker held prisoner by Taliban speaks at U

March 28, 2002

After being held captive for more than 100 days in a series of Taliban prisons, Heather Mercer was rescued from Afghanistan by a U.S. helicopter late on the night of Nov. 13. On that day nine years earlier,...

Cities promote plans for Twins ballpark site

March 27, 2002

The House approval Monday of a $330 million stadium-funding bill - just weeks after the Senate passed an alternative proposal - brings the state a step closer to keeping the Twins in Minnesota. Although...

Lawmakers, police review approaches to mentally ill people

March 26, 2002

The recent police shooting of a mentally ill Minneapolis man has sparked a wide re-appraisal of how the state cares for and responds to mentally ill people. "When you call the police for health care, it's...

Minneapolis City Council to redraw ward boundaries

March 25, 2002

The shape of Minneapolis politics for the next decade, and possibly the fate of current City Council members, will be decided during the next few weeks by a small group of temporary city officials. A redistricting...

Africana rallies for funding at fees hearing

March 13, 2002

Carrying signs and chanting "We won't settle for less," approximately 30 members and supporters of Africana Student Cultural Center filed into the Bell Museum of Natural History on Tuesday to demand more...

U Social Concerns Committee examines Mt. Graham telescope

March 12, 2002

University Social Concerns Committee members expressed strong apprehension Monday over the institution's possible part ownership of a controversial Arizona telescope observatory, calling it violence against...

Africana to hold rally against funding reduction

March 11, 2002

Africana Student Cultural Center members called on the University campus and Twin Cities community Sunday to help overturn a more than $10,000 funding cut slated for Africana by the Student Services Fees...

TCSU: Funding cuts risk program, staff reductions

March 5, 2002

University student union members said services and programming in the future Coffman Union are in jeopardy because of lower-than-requested student fees allotments. "We're in a really dire situation," said...

Fees panel finalizes recommendations

March 4, 2002

Controversy surrounding a secret meeting Student Services Fees Committee Chairman Tim Lee organized to discuss his opposition to the high costs of Coffman Union sharpened Saturday after he twice cast the...

Fees committee holds second public hearing

March 1, 2002

Disagreement within the Minnesota International Student Association was displayed Thursday at the second of three Student Services Fees Committee public hearings. The two-hour hearing also became a forum...

Jones: Groups will keep current checkoff system

February 27, 2002

Despite the Student Services Fees Committee's initial recommendations, an overhaul of the negative check-off funding mechanism won't occur, said University Vice President and Provost Robert Jones. In a...

Fees committee reviews allocations, funds SLC

February 25, 2002

Fees committee members amended several funding recommendations Saturday during daylong deliberations. By a three-vote majority, the committee recommended more than $82,000 for the Student Legislative Coalition,...

U groups react to student fees cuts

February 21, 2002

Reactions among University student groups Wednesday ranged from indignation to measured disappointment as the initial recommendations of the Student Services Fees Committee revealed many funding reductions...

Low student interest affects fees committee

February 14, 2002

Although they constitute 52 percent of University students, only twice have women composed more than one-third of the Student Services Fees Committee in the past seven years. This year's committee is no...

MSA kicks off ‘Cabin Fever Week’ with clothing, food drive

February 12, 2002

During the past two weeks, residents of Territorial Hall filled a laundry bin with old pairs of pants and bright gold Gophers football T-shirts for a charity drive. But Corey Long, Territorial Hall director,...

Conservative student groups see bias in fees committee funds allocations

February 11, 2002

Anthony Reel, a University senior, said he received e-mailed death threats after expressing his conservative views in an Oct. 1 Minnesota Daily opinion article. Reel said right-wing views are generally...

Provost Jones says fees committee chairman’s secret meeting broke no rules

February 7, 2002

While a secret meeting arranged by the Student Services Fees Committee chairman upset several committee members, it does not warrant disciplinary action, said University Executive Vice President and Provost...

Fees chairman criticized for secret meeting

February 4, 2002

Student Services Fees Committee Chairman Tim Lee has been criticized recently for holding a secret meeting with fiscally conservative committee members about Coffman Union funding. Other committee members...

Kelly seeks college volunteers to serve in St. Paul schools

February 1, 2002

When Claire Reynolds registered for her spring semester courses at Macalester College, she made sure none of her classes were on Tuesdays or Thursdays. Reynolds, a freshman math major, spends those days...

Student groups prepare for yearly fees allocations

January 29, 2002

In comparison to the cost of University tuition, a charge of $1.30 each semester might seem trivial. But it could mean the difference between passing or failing a class. That small per-student amount funds...

Telescope protest presents ‘symbolic gesture’ at Eastcliff

January 24, 2002

Squeezing into a teepee and passing around a tobacco pipe, approximately 30 people crowded outside University President Mark Yudof's Eastcliff residence Wednesday night to pray for Arizona's San Carlos...

Opposition to telescope plan gains momentum

January 23, 2002

As the University considers whether to become partners with a controversial telescope observatory in Arizona, opposition to involvement from the American Indian community on campus and across the state...

Youngest potential senator, Tomczak remains confident

January 22, 2002

On the Saturday before Christmas, recently graduated University student Jack Tomczak wasn't shopping, driving home to his family or celebrating the end of his undergraduate days. The 23-year-old Tomczak...

Group offers new proposal for college housing concerns

January 22, 2002

A St. Paul group's proposal could solve the housing crunch facing many Twin Cities students. During the past seven months, University United, a coalition of St. Paul neighborhood councils, contacted several...

American Indian groups protest U’s observatory plans

December 12, 2001

The University's possible co-ownership of a controversial Arizona observatory has fueled a debate between American Indian groups and astronomy researchers. After receiving a $5 million grant from Hubbard...

St. Paul studies neighborhood council system

December 7, 2001

Created to provide residents a means to get involved in neighborhood issues, St. Paul's community council system has existed since 1975 without major policy changes. But recently publicized problems within...

Ramsey County to review security

December 6, 2001

The Ramsey County Courthouse has been under heightened security since terrorists attacked the East Coast in September. Although more sheriff's deputies guard the entrances and X-ray screening devices have...

State officials project $2 billion deficit

December 5, 2001

The North Star State has not escaped the national epidemic of a sliding economy. State officials projected Tuesday an approximately $2 billion deficit for Minnesota's budget next year. The budget forecast...

U student runs for mayor-elect Kelly’s state Senate seat

November 30, 2001

John Tomczak, a University senior who expects to graduate in December, intends to actively pursue a job after college. The 23-year-old East Side neighborhood resident is running for the state Senate seat...

Terrorist attacks

November 27, 2001

As repercussions of the Sept. 11 attacks unfold, the event continues to have a direct impact on the academic world. Through ideas for new courses and renewed student interest in areas such as political...

Emerald Park project raises traffic concerns

November 19, 2001

Residents of two adjacent neighborhoods in St. Paul and Minneapolis have expressed initial enthusiasm for a proposed housing development but worry over its impact on traffic. While the St. Anthony Park...

Benanav concedes St. Paul mayoral election

November 14, 2001

After reviewing the most recent election data, Jay Benanav conceded the St. Paul mayoral election to Randy Kelly on Tuesday. But Benanav said the new tabulations indicate significant voting errors, and...

Benanav’s questions remain unanswered despite new figures

November 12, 2001

Ramsey County election officials released the results of a review of voter registration and absentee ballot signatures Saturday that apparently settles the discrepancy between ballots cast and corresponding...

Critics question tighter nuclear plant security

November 9, 2001

When Harvey Wasserman, a senior adviser for Greenpeace, got news of the Sept. 11 attacks, he responded first with sympathy for the victims but then with relief. "We missed the most apocalyptic event you...

Benanav ponders recount option, will decide Friday

November 8, 2001

Citing discrepancies between ballot and voter signature numbers, St. Paul mayoral hopeful Jay Benanav refused to concede to state Sen. Randy Kelly, DFL-St. Paul, Wednesday after Tuesday's election. But...

Benanav considers recount after slim loss

November 7, 2001

Sen. Randy Kelly, DFL-St. Paul, will take the reins of St. Paul as the city's next mayor after narrowly beating his opponent, Jay Benanav. "I want to thank Jay and all his supporters for their commitment...

Charlie Brown auction to help Sept. 11 victims

October 30, 2001

Charlie Brown will be lending a hand at the Mall of America on Sunday to help victims of the Sept. 11 attacks. A portion of proceeds from an auction of Charlie Brown statues - which were on display this...

Hundreds support, protest U.S. war in Afghanistan

October 29, 2001

From Korean War veterans to 12-year-olds, several hundred people crowded together on the State Capitol steps Saturday, holding or wearing signs and chanting in protest against U.S. military action in Afghanistan. The...

Forum on Middle East conflict discusses sources of grievance

October 26, 2001

The conflict between Israel and Palestine was identified at a Thursday forum at the St. Paul Student Center as a deep root of anti-American sentiment in the Middle East. The forum, called "Middle Eastern...

Gibbs museum seeks funds for learning center

October 25, 2001

During the 1830s Jane Debow was raised near Fort Snelling by missionaries working among the Santee Dakota people in the region. Often acting as an interpreter for the tribe, she made friends with the children...

Two-headed turtle featured at Bell Museum oddities show

October 22, 2001

Looking both ways before crossing the street is easy for at least one animal that visited the Bell Museum on Saturday and Sunday. Being a two-headed snapping turtle has its benefits but can be a hassle...

Mayoral candidates debate taxes, stadium funds

October 17, 2001

Taxes were the main issue Tuesday morning as St. Paul mayoral candidates Randy Kelly and Jay Benanav faced off for yet another debate. If elected, Kelly said he wouldn't raise taxes during his first year...

Foreign journalists discuss U.S. media’s Sept. 11 coverage

October 16, 2001

St. Paul's temporary itnernational journalist community discussed the implications of America's loss of security and praised and criticized the U.S. media, Monday night. At a Macalester College forum,...

St. Paul mayoral hopefuls push transit, housing solutions

October 12, 2001

St. Paul mayoral candidates focused at a youth forum Thursday night on how to improve the city's transportation system. Held at St. Paul's Macalester College, the evening was organized by Minnesota YouthVote...

Kelly campaigns as ‘moderate’

October 11, 2001

St. Paul mayoral candidate Randy Kelly has been a DFLer in the state Legislature for 27 years, but he says his political stance and campaign strategy put him in the middle of the political spectrum. "I'm...

Airstrikes deal blow to anti-war groups

October 8, 2001

Sunday's bombing of Afghanistan prompted action from the Twin Cities anti-war community. As part of an emergency response plan in the event of U.S. military action, the Anti-War Committee and Women Against...

American Indian welcome feast honors scholarship recipients

October 8, 2001

To the steady beat of tribal drum songs, American Indian dancers dressed in traditional garb stepped around the St. Paul Student Center Friday night to celebrate philanthropy and to honor American Indian...

U expert calls for state radiation disaster center

October 5, 2001

Fifteen years after responding as chief medical officer to the Chernobyl disaster, Victor Koscheyev wants to teach what he learned from the experience; he says it's imperative. He said he witnessed the...

Benanav calls for focus on neighborhood development

October 5, 2001

St. Paul mayoral candidate Jay Benanav declared Thursday it's time for the city to focus on neighborhood development. Speaking to a gathering of College Democrats at the Humphrey Institute for Public Affairs,...

U.S. media lacks global perspective, critics say

October 4, 2001

The U.S. media coverage of last month's attacks has come under scrutiny from both international communication professionals and University professors. While some criticisms of American media are not unique,...

Federal grant gives St. Paul Fire Department $100,000 for extra protective equipment, training

September 27, 2001

St. Paul moved closer Wednesday to preparing various emergency personnel for attacks by weapons of mass destruction. The U.S. Justice Department gave the St. Paul Fire and Safety Services Department a...

U garden attempts to clean up groundwater

September 26, 2001

The St. Paul campus is using prairie grass and wildflowers to prevent contaminated water runoff from entering the Mississippi River. A rain garden - a low area planted with native, water-tolerant plants...

Former U professor works to preserve Dakota language

September 21, 2001

The most frightening moment of Carolyn Schommer's life came when she stepped on the bus for her first day at a white school. Schommer, 71, born in South Dakota to a Dakota father and an Ojibwe mother -...

Student groups rally for peace, tolerance

September 17, 2001

With 30 to 40 members gathered behind them, leaders of five University student groups delivered a statement from the steps of Nicholson Hall on Friday expressing abhorrence of last week's terrorist attacks...

Americans flood Red Cross with monetary, blood donations

September 14, 2001

Since Tuesday's terrorist attacks, citizens across the country have offered more online donations to the American Red Cross than the organization has ever before received. The national online donations...

Benanav, Kelly win, advance to St. Paul’s general election

September 12, 2001

St. Paul City Council member Jay Benanav and state Sen. Randy Kelly came out on top in Tuesday's St. Paul mayoral primary and will now move to November's general election. But Tuesday's terrorist attacks...

Twin Cities primary elections today

September 11, 2001

Through a blow horn on the West Bank campus Monday, mayoral candidate Marcus Harcus asked passers-by to "make history" by giving him their votes in today's primary election. But according to a group that...

Sayles Belton urges citizens to remain calm, says city not under direct threat

September 11, 2001

Following this morning’s apparent terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington D.C., Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton advised citizens to remain calm, saying security...

Bell Museum seeks new site to better serve patrons

September 4, 2001

The wooden moose and wolf standing watch outside the Bell Museum of Natural History might eventually find a new home. For more than eight months, the Bell Museum has been preparing a pre-design plan to...

Campus neighborhoods offer convenience to U

August 20, 2001

While the neighborhoods southeast of the University - Stadium Village and Prospect Park - offer tremendous convenience with their proximity to campus and downtown, there are few other similarities. Stadium...

DFL’s St. Paul mayoral candidate defends nonprofit agency work

August 17, 2001

Jay Benanav, the DFL-endorsed candidate for St. Paul mayor, says the city needs more affordable housing, safer neighborhoods and increased recreational and educational opportunities for kids. His primary...

Coffee shop, bakery to replace Manning’s restaurant in St. Paul

August 15, 2001

The space formerly occupied by Manning's in the Park restaurant in St. Paul will re-open with new tenants in September after a disagreement between the restaurant's owner and building management closed...

Student groups represent wide range of interests

June 6, 2001

On March 10, hundreds of students took over the St. Paul Recreation Center for a 12-hour night of dance marathons, karaoke and magic shows. This event, organized to benefit children's cancer research at...

Writing center offers aid with papers, writing

June 6, 2001

While the dread of college papers and freshman composition courses might be severe, the University does offer relief. The Student Writing Center, located in 306B Lind Hall, provides one-on-one help to...