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Kurt Rusterholz holds signs in support of Minnesota Orchestra musicians and against the lockout on Tuesday evening outside Orchestra Hall downtown Minneapolis.

Orchestra director resigns

October 2, 2013

Conflict between Minnesota Orchestra musicians and management remains unresolved a year after the lockout began, prompting longtime director Osmo Vänskä to resign Tuesday. Failed...

Unions at the University held a rally protesting the increasing premiums and deductibles of the University's health care, UPlan, for employees at Morill Hall on Thursday.

U employees rally for sliding-scale health care model

September 30, 2013

Hundreds rallied against proposed changes to the employee health care plan in front of the University of Minnesota’s main administrative building Thursday. Clerical, technical and health care union...

U of M study shows children of same-sex parents less likely to have health insurance

September 29, 2013

A University of Minnesota study found children of same-sex parents are less likely to have private health insurance than children of married heterosexual parents, news sources report. The disparity is...

U students recruit bone-marrow donors

September 26, 2013

A University of Minnesota student is leading efforts to recruit college students for much-needed bone-marrow donations, news sources report.  Greta Diers began spreading awareness about becoming...

Sober dorm community in sight

September 26, 2013

Two University of Minnesota students are working to create a new Living Learning Community that will provide support and housing for students recovering from alcohol or drug addiction as soon as next fall. The...

Psychology seniors Tim Garay and Nicole Woodall drive the Gopher Chauffeur, a free service that provides University students with a safe ride home, on Friday, September 20th, 2013. As student demand increases, three seven-passenger minivans will be replacing two 12-passenger vans by late September or early October.

For students, more rides home

September 24, 2013

Zinue Cisneros said he used the University of Minnesota’s free Gopher Chauffeur service nearly every weekend as a freshman to get back to Bailey Hall in St. Paul. The actuarial mathematics and computer...

MNsure employee who leaked private data no longer works there

September 22, 2013

An employee of Minnesota's health care exchange who accidentally leaked private information last week about insurance agents is no longer working for the program, news sources report. MNsure's...

U requires freshman alcohol course

September 18, 2013

Amid a growing push to educate college students on the dangers of high-risk drinking, the University of Minnesota required an online alcohol course this summer for incoming freshmen. AlcoholEdu teaches...

Student health plan adds more benefits, costs

September 16, 2013

Starting this fall, the University of Minnesota’s Student Health Benefit Plan provides more coverage to keep pace with health care reform, but it also costs more for students. An increase of about...

Twitter announces filing for IPO

September 14, 2013

Twitter announced Thursday in a tweet that it has confidentially filed for an initial public offering of stock, news sources report. "We’ve confidentially submitted an S-1 to the SEC for a planned...

Adopted teens more likely to attempt suicide, U study suggests

September 12, 2013

Adopted teens are more likely to try and take their own lives than those who aren’t adopted, according to a recent University of Minnesota study.   Researchers involved in the study said parents...

Students using more e-cigs

September 11, 2013

University of Minnesota staffer Brad Kaufman said he began smoking electronic cigarettes a few months ago because they contain fewer chemicals than regular cigarettes. “They’re better for you,”...

Health reform unclear to high- risk patients

September 10, 2013

Many Minnesotans who need health care the most are unfamiliar with how the Affordable Care Act will change their insurance, according to a University of Minnesota study published Monday. The study found...

Research associate Laurent Bonnac gauges the temperature of his experiment Thursday for the new HIV pill at the Center for Drug Design research lab. The new pill would be a potential alternative to HIV treatment by injection.

University researchers develop new HIV drug

September 9, 2013

University of Minnesota researchers have found that two cancer drugs combined in pill form can be used to fight HIV. The research, published Aug. 30, still has a long road ahead before the pill can be...

Suggesting your partner diet could increase binge eating

September 5, 2013

A survey conducted by a University of Minnesota faculty member showed that urging your significant other to diet could backfire. Dr. Marla Eisenberg, associate professor of adolescent health and medicine,...

The University's Recreation Center had its grand opening Monday. The new addition featured more weight training and cardio machines, seven multi-purpose rooms, a suspended track and a hydro-massage station.

New rec center courts new students

September 4, 2013

For years, a lack of recreational resources has confined University of Minnesota students, faculty and staff to a 30-minute time limit while working out on campus treadmills and elliptical machines. A...

A Minnesota State Fair attendee uses the Health Quest iPhone app to learn more about University Academic Health Center programs and research on Saturday. Created by University students, the app took participants on a scavenger hunt throughout the fair.

Fair app highlights U programs

September 3, 2013

At the Minnesota State Fair, few of the attendees likely connected the fried food and rollercoasters to health research. But a new scavenger hunt app from the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center...

People with disabilities face gap in higher education employment

May 9, 2013

  Sandra Buchholz has had difficulty landing a job because she’s deaf. Some employers wouldn’t hire her because her deafness would make it hard to communicate, said Buchholz, who works...

FAFSA to include same-sex parents’ income

May 8, 2013

  For years, theater arts senior Andrew Buckholtz has only had to report the income of one of his two dads on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. In the past, students with same-sex or unmarried...

Foreign students to see increased checks at border

May 6, 2013

The Department of Homeland Security will implement a stricter check system for foreign students entering the U.S. after a foreign student was arrested for obstructing justice in the Boston bombing investigations. Azamat...

University may share grade averages by major

May 2, 2013

  Beginning fall 2013, the University of Minnesota will likely provide information online about the average grade students earn in each academic program. After two years of University-wide discussions...

U to reapply for service designation

April 30, 2013

Blue and pink chalk covered the young girl’s hands as she stood ready to make prints on the sidewalk. Her volunteer caregiver — a University of Minnesota student — spread the chalk for...

Macalester students protest school’s relationship with Wells Fargo

April 26, 2013

A group called Kick Wells Fargo Off Campus organized a Tuesday protest of Macalester College’s ties with Wells Fargo. A meeting between the group and the school's president was scheduled for...

Re-examining the age-old credit hour

April 24, 2013

  Nursing sophomore Mary Guck is taking 18 credits this semester — more than the recommended 15 to stay on track for four-year graduation. Guck said she feels she has less work than normal,...

MTV stars visit University to talk adoption

April 18, 2013

  University of Minnesota students got a taste of reality Wednesday — reality TV stars, that is. “Teen Mom” and “16 and Pregnant” stars Catelynn Lowell and Tyler Baltierra...

Vice provost candidates present visions for University

April 18, 2013

  The five candidates to replace Jerry Rinehart as vice provost for student affairs and dean of students presented their visions for student affairs at the University of Minnesota during public forums...

MSA President elect Mike Schmit, right, and Vice President Fiona Cummings celebrate after the results come in Wednesday night at Beta Theta Pi.

Edwards, Schmit win campus election

April 11, 2013

University of Minnesota students this week chose Brittany Edwards and Mike Schmit as their 2013-14 graduate and undergraduate student body presidents, respectively. Election results were announced late...

Students brought our their umbrellas as rain, snow and sleet fell periodically throughout the day Tuesday, April 9, 2013. According to the National Weather Service, snow and sleet is expected to continue late into the week.

Three weeks into spring, snow

April 10, 2013

  April snow showers will bring “hazardous or impossible” driving conditions this week. The National Weather Service issued an alert early Tuesday morning warning of an impending winter...

Nat’l Pay Day recognizes disparities

April 10, 2013

Despite a 2009 amendment to the Civil Rights Act and a national day of recognition, pay inequalities between men and women have remained largely unchanged in recent years. Women made 77 cents for every...

University snags record 42,000 applications for fall 2013 in part of decade-long trend

April 9, 2013

Despite a statewide decrease in the number of high school graduates, the University of Minnesota received a record number of applications for fall 2013 admission. The University has had more than 42,000...

A winter storm warning, in the spring

April 9, 2013

April snow showers will bring “hazardous or impossible” driving conditions this week. The National Weather Service issued an alert early Tuesday morning warning of an impending winter storm...

U libraries are model for admin structure analysis

April 3, 2013

While University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler pointed to the recent restructuring of the University Libraries as an example of how administrative costs can be minimized, the reorganization resulted...

Students call for quicker turnaround on exams

April 1, 2013

  For Jillian Johnson, it’s important to get tests back in a timely way — it helps her judge how well her studying is working and whether she needs to change her strategy. Although she...

GAPSA Vice President of Finance Kevin Lang, left, GAPSA President Brittany Edwards, center, and GAPSA Executive Vice President Alfonso Sintjago, right, are the three candidates running for GAPSA President.

GAPSA pres. candidates to decide own race

March 28, 2013

Although three University of Minnesota students filed to run for president of the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly for 2013-14, only one will appear on the ballot in April. Brittany Edwards,...

U barely misses four-, six-year grad rate goals

March 27, 2013

The University of Minnesota just barely missed the goals the Board of Regents  set for 2012 graduation rates. The University’s graduation rates have risen significantly in the past few decades ...

California could require colleges to accept online courses for credit

March 15, 2013

A bill presented to the California Senate Wednesday would make the state the first in the nation to require its public colleges and universities to accept credit for online courses approved by faculty...

From left: Adam Motzko, Colter Heirigs,

Candidates for MSA president announced

March 13, 2013

Five University of Minnesota students will run for president of the Minnesota Student Association for 2013-14. Elections for MSA president and vice president, MSA at-large members, representatives to the...

Minnesota students transfer more often

March 12, 2013

Minnesota has the highest percentage of students who change colleges after starting at a four-year public university, according to a recent report. About 27 percent of six-year graduates who started at...

Dayton speaks at McNamara

March 6, 2013

Business leaders and alumni of the Carlson School of Management had a break from the usual CEO speakers at yesterday’s 1st Tuesday Speaker Series event. Gov. Mark Dayton spoke to event attendees...

Snow emergency declared for Minneapolis

March 5, 2013

Minneapolis officials declared a snow emergency beginning Tuesday, according to a city news release. In a snow emergency, parking restrictions go into effect so crews can more easily plow streets for emergency...

U may consider tighter AP credit policy

March 5, 2013

University of Minnesota officials want to work with colleges and departments to consider a stricter Advanced Placement policy. As a greater proportion of freshmen enter the University with AP credit every...

Carlson, others recruit veterans for MBA programs

February 28, 2013

As the U.S. military reduces its forces and sends active-duty soldiers home, the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management and other higher education institutions across the country...

Merit raises increase tension, some say

February 27, 2013

  The University of Minnesota’s merit-raise system has created a rift among some faculty members who say the system creates a competitive culture and lacks transparency. In the College of Liberal...

University professors close TCF bank accounts

February 25, 2013

  University of Minnesota faculty members have kept their word. Last month, a group of 14 professors sent a letter to TCF Bank protesting the financial institution’s notice to close at least...

U to offer MOOCs through Coursera partnership

February 21, 2013

The University of Minnesota will offer massive open online courses through the website Coursera, officials announced Wednesday. Massive open online courses, often called MOOCs, are online courses available...

U will not accept MOOC credit, yet

February 19, 2013

Although several massive open online courses were formally declared creditworthy for the first time earlier this month, higher education institutions still won’t accept transfer credits for them. The...

Prospective faculty members audition

February 18, 2013

Jazz music screeched loudly for an audience of mostly University of Minnesota faculty members and graduate students as they waited patiently for musicologist Michael Gallope to explain its significance. But...

Female faculty take longer for tenure

February 14, 2013

  One of associate professor Joanna O’Connell’s colleagues pushed her tenure decision date past the typical six years so she could care for her parents who were ill with kidney cancer. Another...

Endowment falls short

February 12, 2013

The University of Minnesota’s endowment, part of which funds scholarships, followed a national trend in falling short of its growth goal last year. The general goal for college endowments is to make...

CDes to offer year-round degree programs

February 10, 2013

Beginning this fall, University of Minnesota students entering two College of Design degree programs will choose whether to take classes year-round and earn their degrees in three years. The pilot will...

Gustavus faculty, students say the school’s president should resign

February 6, 2013

Both faculty and students at Gustavus Adolphus College have publicly stated their hope that Jack Ohle will resign from his post as the school’s president, citing a management style that doesn’t...

Nobel laureate receives honorary degree

February 6, 2013

  A former University of Minnesota professor and Nobel laureate received an honorary University degree during a ceremony Monday.  Thomas Sargent won the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in 2011...

Lobbyist, former legislator to teach students to talk to decision makers

February 5, 2013

In anticipation of Support the U Day at the Capitol this week, student leaders at the University of Minnesota are hosting an event to teach students how to talk effectively to legislators. The Pre-Support...

Attorney Kathleen Kelly speaks during a memorial for Anne Thorsen Truax, the former director of the Minnesota Women's Center, on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, at McNamara Alumni Center. Truax served as the center's director from 1971-91.

Honoring a fellow feminist

January 30, 2013

  The late champion of equity for women, Anne Thorsen Truax, was honored at a memorial service Thursday by friends, family and colleagues. She died Oct. 31, 2012, at age 87. From 1971-91, Truax served...

Activists and friends to honor memory of Women’s Center director

January 30, 2013

Both friends and colleagues will speak in honor of the late Anne Thorsen Truax at a memorial service Tuesday. Truax served as director of the University of Minnesota’s Women’s Center —...

Colleges look past applicants’ test scores

January 29, 2013

DePaul University in Chicago recently enrolled its first class of students without looking at any standardized test scores. Instead, the students’ applications included short-response questions designed...

Capstones aren’t all they’re made out to be, study finds

January 26, 2013

While capstone courses may build academic skills like writing, researching and presenting, they don’t always cause students to synthesize material they’ve learned from across disciplines, according...

Graduate student Alireza Asary was one of several Iranian University of Minnesota students notified in December 2012 by TCF Bank that their accounts would be closed. The University is currently working to help resolve eight cases.

Profs to protest closings of TCF student accounts

January 24, 2013

A group of University of Minnesota faculty members will begin moving their TCF direct deposits to other banks this week in protest of the closing of several Iranian students’ accounts. At least eight...

University preps for smaller, more diverse pool

January 22, 2013

With the pool of high school graduates predicted to undergo major changes in the next few years, the University of Minnesota is reconsidering recruitment and college preparatory strategies. A Jan. 10 report...

MSA to advocate for med amnesty, fare-free zone

December 12, 2012

The Minnesota Student Association will push for Minnesota medical amnesty laws and a light-rail fare-free zone on the University of Minnesota campus in its lobbying platform. At a meeting Tuesday, the...

GAPSA will broaden its executive board

December 11, 2012

The Graduate and Professional Student Assembly is preparing for a makeover. Though only half of the University of Minnesota’s 10 graduate and professional schools are represented on its executive...

MSA to discuss med. amnesty, fare-free zone

December 11, 2012

The Minnesota Student Association will decide at its meeting Tuesday whether it will work to secure medical amnesty laws for the state of Minnesota and a Light Rail Transit fare-free zone for the University...

The credit hour’s creator says it’s time for a change

December 9, 2012

More than 100 years after its institution, the credit hour is under review. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching — the creator of the credit hour — announced on Tuesday that...

MSLC tackles tuition, med. amnesty

December 5, 2012

As part of its 2012-13 platform, the Minnesota Student Legislative Coalition will focus on student-debt relief, medical amnesty for people cited for underage alcohol consumption and increasing the availability...

MSA seeks release of more class evaluations

December 4, 2012

Kat Chelstrom writes in the back of her notebook when her professors do something notable so she can mention it in her end-of-semester evaluation. The University of Minnesota design senior said it’s...

Americans say universities must change their course, poll shows

November 28, 2012

Americans believe that without innovation, higher education could lose its edge in the future, a national poll released Tuesday showed. Although nearly two-thirds of Americans said the country’s...

MSA votes yes for smoke-free campus

November 28, 2012

Two weeks ago, the Minnesota Student Association voted down a position statement supporting a tobacco-free campus. But on Tuesday, MSA approved a resolution to support a smoke-free campus. The resolution...

U to help with nat’l digital library

November 27, 2012

A digital library based at the University of Minnesota will contribute to a project that will make historical content from across the country accessible online. The Minnesota Digital Library was one of...

MSA to reconsider tobacco-free campus, award grant

November 27, 2012

After turning down a position statement in support of a tobacco-free campus two weeks ago, the Minnesota Student Association will reconsider its stance on the issue. Members will discuss a revised resolution...

Reciprocity between Minn., Wis. fuels competition for students

November 26, 2012

In a recent article, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel examined the prominent role reciprocity plays in recruitment for Minnesota and Wisconsin public colleges and universities. With declining birthrates...

Students from Minnesota win 2013 Rhodes scholarship

November 24, 2012

On Nov. 18, two students from Minnesota won the Rhodes scholarship for 2013 along with 30 other students from the United States, the San Francisco Chronicle said. Beginning next October, the Chronicle...

MSA gives financial boost to student groups

November 19, 2012

  This October, UNICEF at the U planned to decorate donation boxes for Halloween. Before they could put them in local businesses as part of the annual Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF project, they needed...

In tobacco-free campus, MSA votes no

November 14, 2012

  After lengthy debate, the Minnesota Student Association voted down a proposed position statement in support of a tobacco-free campus at forum Tuesday. Advocates and supporters lined the walls, waiting...

FlexDine leftovers revert to U

November 13, 2012

For the past three years, the University of Minnesota Dining Services has profited from students’ unused FlexDine. Although some students expressed concerns about the policy, University administration...

GAPSA to adjust its fees request

November 13, 2012

The Graduate and Professional Student Assembly discussed at its meeting Monday how it will emphasize its member councils’ programming in this year’s request for funds from the Student Services...

MSA to consider supporting a tobacco-free campus

November 13, 2012

The Minnesota Student Association will consider passing a position statement supporting a tobacco-free campus at forum on Tuesday. University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler said at an MSA meeting earlier...

MSA committee to hold registration discussion

November 12, 2012

You Only Register Once, a student town hall discussion on academic services and registering for classes, will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Coffman Memorial Union's...

Some cell phones could carry more bacteria than a toilet seat, study finds

November 11, 2012

For many young people, cell phones are a necessity for everyday activities. But they may need to pay more attention to the cleanliness of their devices. Kare 11 conducted a study investigating the...

U prof emeritus known for pediatric research dies

November 8, 2012

University of Minnesota professor emeritus and alumnus Dr. Robert Ulstrom died on Tuesday of dementia. He was 89. Ulstrom was a pioneer in the field of pediatric endocrinology and from 1966 to 1970 served...

Polls predict close call for amendments

November 6, 2012

  With Election Day here, the latest polls show the marriage and voter ID amendments are in a dead heat. In its final Minnesota survey, Public Policy Polling found those planning to vote no on the...

The University Recreation Center expansion is under construction and is set to formally open fall 2013.

In Rec expansion, extra work for staff

November 6, 2012

  With the continued work on the expansion to the University of Minnesota’s Recreation and Wellness Center, some Department of Recreational Sports employees have to take on extra responsibilities. And...

Freshman interns of the Minnesota Student Association brainstorm ideas for an election-night viewing party Thursday in Coffman Union. MSA is the undergraduate student government at the University of Minnesota and is responsible for advocating for students on issues relevant to life at the University.

Freshman interns learn to lead MSA

November 5, 2012

When Taylor Williams began his career in the Minnesota Student Association two and a half years ago, he ran for a committee position unopposed. So did his roommate. To combat this apparent lack of interest,...

DFL bus tour visits U

November 5, 2012

A group of mostly University of Minnesota students cheered loudly next to a bus bearing the faces of Democratic leaders Monday night behind Coffman Memorial Union. The bus traveled to various Minnesota...

U alumnus Robert Gore gives $10 million for Amundson Hall expansion

November 1, 2012

Robert and Jane Gore donated $10 million for the expansion of the University of Minnesota’s Amundson Hall, the University announced Wednesday. This donation is in addition to $5 million Dow Chemical...

University recreational center could open in 2015

October 30, 2012

After securing a $17 million grant, plans for a recreation center on the University of Minnesota’s West Bank are in the pre-design stage. The project has received support from administration and...

New group Nourish paints over poverty

October 27, 2012

By Hailey Colwell The faded grass and damp sidewalk of Northrop Mall got a burst of color Friday from a huge canvas painted with letters. Passing students took turns brushing words like “joy,”...

Tuition hikes slow in Minnesota, nationwide

October 26, 2012

Increases in college tuition in Minnesota were smaller than in previous years, the Star Tribune reported. Tuition hikes at four-year state schools nationwide were the smallest in more than a decade, according...

Peanut the cat struts across the kitchen counter in his owner Jeremy Bay's home in Minneapolis.

Community cat befriends U students

October 25, 2012

When elementary education junior Callie Young hears the tinkling of a small bell, she knows exactly what it means. Her friend Peanut the cat is coming. Although the nearly 2-year-old orange cat with white...

Libraries promote open access to academic journals

October 23, 2012

The smattering of orange garb on campus isn’t in preparation of Halloween, it’s University of Minnesota students and staff promoting the sixth annual Open Access Week . The event, recognized...

MSA, GAPSA pass fees slate

October 17, 2012

The Minnesota Student Association and the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly approved the slate of candidates for the Student Services Fees Committee at a joint meeting Tuesday. The 15 voting members...

MSA, GAPSA to discuss constitutional amendments

October 16, 2012

The Minnesota Student Association will discuss the proposed voter ID amendment and the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly will discuss the marriage amendment on Tuesday. MSA will consider a position...

MSA focuses on renter’s survey

October 15, 2012

The Minnesota Student Association will focus on addressing student housing issues this school year by redeveloping its student renter survey. The survey, which hasn’t been published for the past...

Conservation biology junior Jamee Snyder, College Democrats member Andrea Whitaker and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak play in a moon bounce Wednesday morning during Voterpalooza on Northrop Plaza.

MSA, BSU host voter registration event

October 11, 2012

Seldom do students get the chance to register to vote and bounce in a moonwalk with Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak in the same day. But on Northrop Plaza  on Wednesday, that’s just what they were...

University and Student Senate respond to voter ID amendment

October 11, 2012

The University of Minnesota University Senate and Student Senate issued responses last week to the proposed voter ID amendment. The University Senate approved a statement against the amendment while the...

You’re being watched on the Mall

October 9, 2012

Debra Burton and her son have found a new way to connect although they live more than 200 miles apart. She asked her son to stand in front of an online webcam on Northrop Mall while they were talking on...

MSA passes this year’s budget

October 3, 2012

The Minnesota Student Association approved its budget for fiscal year 2012-13 at its second forum meeting of the year Tuesday after debating an increase in the presidential stipend. The budget was amended...

MSA to talk 2012-13 budget

October 2, 2012

  The Minnesota Student Association will hold forum in a new location Tuesday where the budget will be the primary issue. University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler will speak in Fraser Hall to...

CLA adds required freshman course

September 25, 2012

Incoming freshman have mixed reactions to the newly required introductory course in the University of Minnesota’s College of Liberal Arts this year. The two-semester course, which includes an online...

Construction continues on the new residence hall on 17th and University Avenues Southeast.

A peek inside the new University Ave. dorm

September 18, 2012

The residence hall under construction at the intersection of University and 17th avenues will cater to greek students when it opens next fall. Unique aspects of the hall include greek housing and a distinctive...

U VP named president at NY college

September 13, 2012

After serving the University of Minnesota for 34 years in various roles, Senior Vice President Robert Jones will leave the University of Minnesota to assume the presidency at the University at Albany effective...