The Minnesota Daily

All content by Tricia Michel

U workers plan break projects

December 12, 2003

Once students finish finals next week, most will leave campus for a month of relaxation or part-time jobs. But many University departments face bigger workloads over winter break. University Bookstores...

European Grind to brew its last drop

December 11, 2003

Brian Meredith likes the fact that he gets to start his work day with loud indie rock, a vacuum cleaner and an empty coffee shop. Meredith, an Augsburg College senior, has worked at the European Grind...

U construction workers laid off because of season, tight budgets

December 9, 2003

Saben DeSmet knows what it is like to go to work every day fearing for his job. DeSmet is a University carpenter and has been laid off three times in the last five years. "You could come to work today...

U begins annual creepy-crawly crackdown

December 4, 2003

University buildings and grounds worker Dave Minke has seen more on the job than most students would like to know about: cockroaches the size of mice, ants grouped by the thousands and furniture infested...

U’s master plan envisions a more beautiful campus

December 3, 2003

Once every 10 years, University officials get together to draw up architectural dreams for each of its four campuses. The result - a thick, spiral-bound document full of diagrams and watercolor paintings...

Episcopal priest promotes church tolerance of homosexuals

November 21, 2003

The Episcopal Church's approval of an elected homosexual bishop is just one of many controversial issues the church has confronted in an effort to change negative religious beliefs about homosexuality,...

MSA asks for more code blue phones

November 20, 2003

The Minnesota Student Association is pushing the University to install more code blue emergency phones on campus. At the end of October, MSA Vice President Jeff Nath presented Project Lighthouse - a set...

U construction will likely focus on renewal rather than new buildings

November 14, 2003

The University will likely emphasize renovations rather than new buildings in its construction project agenda for the next six years. A Board of Regents committee discussed the six-year capital plan, revised...

Winter means fewer grounds workers

November 11, 2003

As temperatures start to drop, so does the number of student employees in Facilities Management's landcare department. The department got an early glimpse of winter last month when unseasonably cold temperatures...

Bell Museum puts on freak show

November 10, 2003

Vampire bats, a cantaloupe-sized hairball and "killer pinecones" were among the items featured at the Bell Museum's Oddities and Curiosities tour this weekend. Every year around homecoming, the museum...

Fleet Services vehicle auction boasts hybrid cars

November 7, 2003

University Fleet Services will sell three hybrid vehicles for the first time at its annual vehicle auction Saturday. Bill Roberts, a director of leasing and purchasing for Fleet Services, said the 2002...

U Bookstores reportsloss to theft despiteadvanced security

November 3, 2003

As one of the largest textbook retailers in the country, University Bookstores brings in millions in revenue each year. But it also loses thousands of dollars to theft annually, despite sophisticated security...

Student strike supporters occupy Morrill Hall

October 29, 2003

University students supporting striking clerical employees staged a sit-down in front of University President Bob Bruininks' office Tuesday. More than 70 University students and one retired clerical employee...

Students use internships to jump-start careers

October 28, 2003

Facing a weak job market, many University students try to avoid future unemployment by getting hands-on experience. Internships, both paid and unpaid, are popular among students who want to pad their resumes...

ADCS proposes move to vacant bookstore

October 24, 2003

Every day, information technology specialist Neil Brock walks by a maze of cramped cubicles in Shepherd Lab to his first-floor office. The Academic and Distributed Computing Services supervisor said he...

Grant targets state nursing shortages

October 16, 2003

A $226,000 federal grant could help the University address statewide nursing shortages, University officials said. The grant, from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, will facilitate...

U seeks to enhance its Rosemount land use

October 14, 2003

The University hopes a new trail and other developments can open a piece of its land in Rosemount, Minn., to more student and community use. "We feel like it's a great resource that hasn't been utilized...

September far from routine for University

September 30, 2003

University Counseling and Consulting Services held an informative meeting Monday for Territorial Hall residents in response to last week's abduction and assault outside the residence hall. Officials from...

Memorial honors students’ lives

September 29, 2003

Family, friends, faculty and staff crowded into the Ted Mann Concert Hall on Friday afternoon to pay tribute to the lives of Brian Heiden, Amanda Speckien and Elizabeth Wencl. The three students died in...

U will upgrade classroom technology

September 25, 2003

The Office of Classroom Management is midway through a campus-wide classroom technology upgrade that several instructors said will make teaching more convenient. Five years ago, University classroom technology...

U electrical grid not immune to power outages, officials say

September 22, 2003

As energy regulators review the nation's electricity grid in the wake of this month's East Coast power outage, officials said the University is not immune to outages. The University spends $19.8 million...

U looks for extra money from personal parking spaces

September 17, 2003

For an extra monthly contract fee, University Parking and Transportation Services will assign faculty and staff individual parking spaces. The program, which begins Wednesday in the Washington Avenue Ramp,...

Nicholson Hall renovation will begin spring semester

September 15, 2003

The University will begin renovating a 110-year-old historic building next semester. The Legislature authorized $24 million in state and University funds last year to revamp Nicholson Hall. University...

U study shows drinking tea might prevent skin cancer

September 10, 2003

Researchers at the University's Hormel Institute helped discover a link between tea and skin cancer prevention. A study released Friday by Hormel researchers and Rutgers University suggests an ingredient...

New wells drilled to prevent building floods

September 9, 2003

After years of minor flooding problems, the University is constructing a pair of wells to keep water out of the Civil Engineering Building. Gary French, senior administrative director for the civil engineering...