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The Minnesota Daily

All content by Tom Moran

Some north side residents wary of U partnership

Published May 1, 2008

As the University pursues the University Northside Partnership, it enters a divided community. Most welcome the incoming changes, but an overwhelming sense of skepticism plagues the community. To calm...

Pioneer Hall tense after weekend sexual assault

Published April 29, 2008

At 11:15 Monday morning, the remnants of a crime scene and its subsequent police investigation were scrubbed away from Pioneer Hall bathroom N335. While the physical evidence is gone, emotional damage...

2 professors accused of double-dipping

Published April 22, 2008

The Georgia attorney general's office is investigating a distinguished duo of University health professors, recruited away from Georgia Tech last year, for potential fraud and theft and allegedly collecting...

Dalai Lama’s French translator sits down with the Daily

Published April 18, 2008

For almost 20 years, Matthieu Ricard has served as the French translator for the Dalai Lama. Ricard, a bestselling author, award-winning photographer, doctor of cellular genetics and Buddhist monk, will...

Student-athletes prepare to compete at June’s Olympic trials

Published April 2, 2008

In spring 2004, Mitch Potter felt like he was on top of the world. He was graduating from the University, projected to place in the top three in the Olympic 400-meter race and was looking to sign a contract...

New ownership means changes for Gay 90s nightclub

Published March 10, 2008

Major renovations and a change in ownership are in the works for the Gay 90s nightclub - a staple in the Twin Cities gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community and popular destination for University...

Freeze on Northrop Mall confuses and amuses

Published March 7, 2008

When Mike Farrell took in the scene of his friends - and everyone else in Northrop Mall - freezing in place on Thursday afternoon, he was baffled. "I honestly thought I was going crazy," he said Farrell...

Students find refuge in group counseling

Published March 4, 2008

In August 2006, Michael Franklin lost his mother to pulmonary fibrosis - a condition that causes the lungs to be overcome by scar tissue. Though his mother's health had declined for a year and a half,...

Future law school students attend forum

Published February 28, 2008

For years, a massive caravan of law school recruiters has opted not to stop at the University, so this year University Legal Services and the Career and Community Learning Center decided to make one of...

University student competes to be on ‘Sasuke’

Published February 25, 2008

What does it take to be TV's next Ninja Warrior? Competitors just need to outwit, dash across, leap through and scale up four stages of the world's most difficult obstacle course. Mark Witmer, a Russian...

Gophers fall in a pair of Big Ten duals

Published February 18, 2008

Halfway through Friday's wrestling match Minnesota assistant head coach Marty Morgan stood mat-side shouting "We need bonus points!" It was the theme of the weekend for the No. 4 Gophers, who lost to No....

Student creates youth opportunities

Published February 15, 2008

Even after leaving his hometown and its young residents behind for college, Matt Norris never forgot them. Norris, a first-year University student, is changing the culture of his hometown by involving...

Rally held for improved ex-convict rights

Published February 14, 2008

Charles Jensen's mental illness was misdiagnosed for 15 years, which led to him being bounced from prison to prison on felony charges. In 2004, he was moved to a mental health facility and diagnosed with...

Beliefs on free will can affect ethics

Published February 6, 2008

Free will may exist - or not. Either way, a University professor is researching how students' opinions on the subject can affect how often they cheat. on the web To see the full study go to

Gov. visits U open house

Published January 31, 2008

If speeches by Gov. Tim Pawlenty and University President Bob Bruininks weren't enough to attract business and University officials, the open bar was. Pawlenty spoke about the importance of innovation...

Engaging U

Published January 31, 2008

U ulé Hill, who played Charlie Young on TV's "The West Wing," said he asked himself why he was flying from California to Minneapolis in minus 15 degree weather. Surrounded by a crowd of students...

Xperimental Theatre creates 24-hour production

Published January 28, 2008

When you're flying by the seat of your pants, plan B is always a good option. Beginning with nothing, more than 75 members of The Xperimental Theatre wrote, rehearsed and performed six one-act plays in...

U professor details self-control model

Published December 11, 2007

A University professor is getting to the bottom of why students can't resist skipping class or cheating on their diets. In the latest issue of Current Directions in Psychological Science, Dr. Kathleen...

Parents study student drinking habits in course

Published November 29, 2007

While students have had privacy being away from their parents this fall, some mothers and fathers have started studying their children's drinking habits. A free online course, "Seminar for Parents: Alcohol...

Volunteers abound during holiday season, but not rest of year

Published November 21, 2007

As Thanksgiving rolls around each year, charitable organizations across the Twin Cities see a surge in volunteerism from students and the public. A feeling of goodwill is part of the holidays, but many...

Student-run clinic opens its doors

Published November 14, 2007

The Pillsbury House has provided community aid to those in need around the Twin Cities for more than a century. Now, University medical students have brought an innovative dimension to that organization. The...

Groggy during finals? Get some sleep, kid

Published November 7, 2007

As the semester approaches the eleventh hour, the need for sleep is rising. Students and the general public need to start thinking of sleep as a biological need and not a luxury, Mark Mahowald, professor...

California natives cope with fires

Published October 29, 2007

Over the past week, students from California have felt the heat of wildfires thousands of miles away. The California wildfires have destroyed almost 500,000 acres and about 1,800 structures - causing almost...

Integrative healing classes popular at U

Published October 25, 2007

In 1995, the Center for Spirituality and Healing was just an idea. Now the department is a national leader in its field. Mary Jo Kreitzer, director of the center, made her idea into a reality while working...

University veterinarians tend to wounded police dogs

Published October 17, 2007

When canine partner Rico was shot during duty, he only needed to turn to one place - the University. St. Paul police officer Robert Edwards and partner Rico were fired upon while chasing a fleeing suspect...

Tunnels have handicap accessibility issues

Published October 10, 2007

Gophers are at home underground, but that doesn't ring true on campus. The Gopher Way is a refuge from the rain and cold familiar to University students. In harsh conditions, the tunnels and skyways are...

Returning AFSCME employees feel tension at work

Published October 3, 2007

Co-workers who were on opposite sides of picket lines not long ago are now separated by thin cubicle walls. Since returning to work a little more than a week ago, workers for the American Federation of...

AFSCME ends strike

Published September 24, 2007

After spending more than two weeks on picket lines, the University's striking employees are returning to work this week. The negotiating committee for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal...

Navy ROTC hosts veterans 5K run

Published September 24, 2007

The University campus briefly became a racetrack for the Navy ROTC's 5K run Saturday morning. More than 100 participants dashed off at 10 a.m. to a gun shot at the fifth-annual Veteran's Appreciation Run/Walk....

U ranks No. 1 in sexual awareness

Published September 17, 2007

Trojan brand condoms' "Sexual Health Report Card," released Sept. 10, gave the University a No. 1 ranking in sexual health and awareness. The survey assigned letter grades in 11 categories to 139 colleges...

Number of strikers disputed

Published September 11, 2007

It appears the University and striking members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees can't agree on much. Among the disputes is the number of employees involved in the current...

Football ticket prices increase, extra home game scheduled this season

Published September 6, 2007

As the new Gopher football season began last Saturday, students may have noticed they're paying more for tickets. The University athletics department has increased season ticket prices every year for at...

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