The Minnesota Daily

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The Daily launches new Speak Up blog

November 26, 2007

We're launching a new blog today called Speak Up and we sincerely hope you'll do just that. We work, live and go to school on a campus whose population wanes by night. With so much change continually going...

Ceiling height influences thought process

May 3, 2007

University researchers found that taller isn't always better; really, it depends. Joan Meyers-Levy, a marketing professor, completed a study on the impact ceiling heights have on the way people think,...

Students do a little spring cleaning during Spring Jam

April 30, 2007

Students took a break from other Spring Jam activities to help clean and improve minor landscaping Friday at Van Cleve Park in the Como neighborhood. During the two-hour park cleaning, about 30 students...

Vacancies in Como affect rent

April 26, 2007

With vacancy numbers for three-bedroom apartments on the rise and some landlords in the neighborhoods struggling to rent their space, students still looking for a place to live will have lots of options. According...

Como worries about losses

April 23, 2007

In his State of the City address last month, Mayor R.T. Rybak spoke of the urgency of keeping the middle class thriving in Minneapolis, using Southeast Como as an example. But with recent changes in the...

Students, leaders remember victims

April 20, 2007

In a moment of silence, interrupted by faint weeping, students paused to reflect on the Virginia Tech tragedy. More than a hundred students, joined by campus leaders, gathered on Thursday morning behind...

Tenant policy could change

April 17, 2007

Ward 2 Council member Cam Gordon is living illegally - technically, anyway. Gordon's household has six family members, but under the current zoning code 546.50, only five related persons are allowed to...

Subleasing frustrating for some students

April 12, 2007

Ian Bell promises a spacious room, great location and a nice roommate for his shared apartment room in Marcy-Holmes neighborhood. He's even willing to pay for some of the summer rent - yet he still can't...

Como roads long ignored

April 10, 2007

The drive down 14th Avenue Southeast, north of Hennepin, feels like off-roading with the amount of pot holes and torn-up gravel on the road. A sliver of Como neighborhood roads have been neglected for...

Student wires sustain families abroad

April 6, 2007

Five days a week, Shafik Hassan walks along Cedar Avenue South to get to Suuqa Al-Karama, a Somali mall on the West Bank. As Hassan entered the mall last week, he greeted a group of Somali women working...

Student dies after fall

April 3, 2007

A first-year student died Sunday at the Hennepin County Medical Center after he fell from the third level of the Oak Street parking ramp. Kyle Sharbonno, 19, died from injuries caused by the fall. The...

Greeks sponsor prom for elderly

April 2, 2007

Mayme and Clarence Vail have been married for 82 "long, happy" years. "I think we're the longest-married couple alive in the U.S.," Mayme Vail said. where to go Greek Awards What: Coach Tim Brewster will...

Landlords ignore suits

March 30, 2007

It's a win-lose situation. Students sue their former landlords, mostly because the landlord wrongfully withheld their safety deposit. And the judge rules in the students' favor. But they don't see a penny...

Bill to enforce gas alarms

March 26, 2007

As spring approaches, the threat of carbon monoxide poisoning inside homes will decrease, but experts say the soon-to-be required carbon monoxide detectors are still crucial in catching the silent killer. Although...

New U leases will be tougher

March 23, 2007

As the housing search continues for next year, students applying to live in University Village, Roy Wilkins Hall and Mark G. Yudof Hall will no longer be able to cancel their contracts early. Prior to...

Man survives jump from campus bridge

March 19, 2007

A 29-year-old man threw his cell phone at a police officer before hurling himself off the pedestrian level of the Washington Avenue Bridge in a suicide attempt the Saturday after classes let out for spring...

Defunct warehouse becomes apartments

March 19, 2007

After decades of being abandoned and defunct, an old steel-mill warehouse near Dinkytown will be converted into a high-end apartment complex. The soon-to-be 23-unit apartment complex, Northstar at Siebert...

Sober house fights city

March 7, 2007

Residents of a student sober house in Marcy-Holmes are responding with legal action against the city of Minneapolis after receiving a notice of eviction for overoccupancy in February. Seven students of...

Greeks address assault

March 5, 2007

After having a couple drinks and waking up in an unfamiliar room, learning that an unwanted sexual act was performed could be a disturbing feeling. "That is a very scary feeling, and that is happening...

Students put talent on display at U

March 5, 2007

Phuoc Bui strummed his electric guitar, playing psychedelic melodies with more than 40 onlookers in the Comstock Hall Ballroom on Saturday. Bui, a marketing senior, was one of many students who showcased...

Prospect Park group works on student-housing policy

March 1, 2007

A Prospect Park neighborhood group is drafting a policy to help communicate its standards for future student-housing complexes. Prospect Park East River Road Improvement Association (PPERRIA) is creating...

The Game of Rent

February 27, 2007

Around this same time last year, Kristi Pell, a first-year student living in a residence hall, didn't know where she would live the following year and began scrambling to find a place. "I didn't want to...

Fraternity, sorority leaders attend conference

February 26, 2007

University fraternity and sorority leaders hoped to return to the University today from an annual leaders' conference in Chicago, bringing back with them new strategies for the campus. The students were...

False alarms make apartment residents complacent

February 23, 2007

The fire alarm rang through the building. But Jessie Whittaker rolled over and continued her nap. Fire alarms have become a regular occurrence at Grand Marc, an apartment complex on the West Bank, where...

Firefighters extinguish duplex blaze

February 21, 2007

Firefighters stopped a fire in a Marcy-Holmes duplex Tuesday. The top floor of the three-story house, located at 514 8th Ave. S.E., caught fire while two workers were inside doing demolition work, said...

Date auction proceeds benefit former U student with cancer

February 19, 2007

Aleksandr Ablamunets has been battling cancer for the past six months. And if it weren't for his friends, he said he doesn't know if he would be here. "When there are so many people fighting with you,...

Program funding future uncertain

February 2, 2007

City of Minneapolis officials held meetings this week to hear feedback on a report that might change the way neighborhood organizations function - threatening their existence. The Community Engagement...

Greeks work to form safety committee

January 30, 2007

The greek community is in the process of creating a temporary safety committee that will meet throughout the semester in an attempt to resolve safety concerns at the University. The collaboration with...

Sigma Nu fraternity sticks to strong academics policy

January 29, 2007

The only things Sigma Nu fraternity members will crack open in their house this semester are books. The 48-member local fraternity won't host any parties or allow drinking at its house this semester after...

University grant encourages immigrant involvement

January 23, 2007

The West Bank Community Coalition, a neighborhood organization that represents residents of the West Bank and Cedar-Riverside areas, will receive a $5,000 grant from the city to help engage immigrant and...

City program helps prevent foreclosure

January 19, 2007

Dial 911 for emergency, 411 for information and 311 for help with paying a mortgage. Foreclosure - when a bank seeks to repossess a home after homeowners don't make payments on a mortgage for an extended...

Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity faces trouble for risk management violation

January 17, 2007

Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity won't be throwing any parties until mid-February, after failing to follow greek event guidelines. The Interfraternity Council, the governing body of University fraternities,...

Retreat offers training in leadership and social justice

January 16, 2007

After a member from Heidi Hackbarth's church saw her on a date with another woman, the pastor approached Hackbarth at the following Sunday service and asked her not to return to the church. "I was perplexed...

Students, community members create Dinkytown history exhibit

December 13, 2006

Bob Dylan said the times they are a-changin', and a lot has changed in Dinkytown since he first lived there. Mostly, it's been the names of restaurants and cafes and the kind of the music being played. University...

U commits $100,000 for Greek Village complex plan

December 8, 2006

Developments in recent months have inched the Greek Village project closer to reality. In late October, the University pledged $100,000 to fund a pre-design plan of Greek Village, a proposed 100,000 square-foot...

Como group forms safety committee

December 6, 2006

Fifteenth Avenue is the most popular route for students in the Southeast Como neighborhood to return home from campus. It's also where most violent crimes in the area take place. Almost all victims of...

Local landlord fined

December 5, 2006

Last week, hundreds of University students received a letter from the City of Minneapolis saying they might have to vacate their homes if their landlord didn't pay his rental license fees. This is the...

Students search for safety slipups

November 30, 2006

Four groups of students, accompanied by neighborhood residents and police officers, walked the campus Wednesday night looking for broken lights and other safety issues, in hopes of creating a safer campus. The...

Students create U citizen course to start spring 2007

November 21, 2006

Students registering for a new leadership class this spring can get schooled by President Bob Bruininks. Bruininks will be a guest lecturer in a class titled "Citizen U: Building Tomorrow's Citizens Today"...

M Flats plans to move into Prospect Park

November 16, 2006

Ken Weikert didn't know his career at an architectural millwork company is in jeopardy. Until alerted Monday, Weikert, a sales estimator at Osvold Company on University Avenue Southeast, said he was unaware...

Interfraternity Council creates new policy

November 13, 2006

A couple of weeks ago, a man was taken to the hospital after being assaulted by an unwanted guest at a Sigma Chi fraternity event. In recent years, these types of events have occurred with some regularity,...

Projectfinds little support

November 10, 2006

Some developers of student housing have found themselves in a border battle. JPI, the Texas-based developers of large student housing projects such as University Commons, is in the process of purchasing...

Grant promotes involvement

November 7, 2006

Abia Ali has had to overcome racism and prejudice while trying to get involved in her neighborhood community. Ali, treasurer of the West Bank Community Coalition, said she has endured prejudice from people...

Redevelopment raises concerns

November 6, 2006

During the next two years, the defunct grain elevator in Southeast Como will be transformed into a 20-story condo complex. Project for Pride in Living, a nonprofit organization that works to increase self-sufficiency,...

Trick-or-treat for canned food

November 1, 2006

Residents in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood might have been confused Halloween night when University students knocked on their doors saying, "Trick or canned food item, please." Instead of trick-or-treating...

Forum talks cheap housing

October 27, 2006

Dahir Mohamed came to the United States in 1993 as a refugee from Somalia with nowhere to live. Mohamed, who came with his wife and five children, said if it weren't for federal affordable housing programs...

University recognizes greek academic achievement

October 25, 2006

The greek community partnered with the Office of Student Affairs Tuesday night to recognize its top scholars. The Interfraternity and Panhellenic Councils, the governing bodies of the University's fraternities...

New system for pledges

October 23, 2006

Campus sorority officials credit a new recruitment structure and a high level of leadership-driven first-year students for the highest number of recruits in years. The nine sororities that are part of...

U students live substance free in residence hall

October 20, 2006

When looking back on their first year, some college students think of beer pong and parties that end in a long stumble home. But for first-year biology student Diane Brown, the first few months at the...

Como neighborhood receives less funding for safety, extra police

October 17, 2006

Although crime rates in the Southeast Como neighborhood are increasing, funds for increased police presence have been reduced. On Oct. 10, the Southeast Como Improvement Association passed phase two of...

Fraternity strives to restore its place in greek life at U

October 13, 2006

Chronos, the Greek god of time, might have worked his hand in bringing a greek brotherhood back to campus. Pi Kappa Alpha, better known as Pike, had been absent from the University greek system since late...

Southeast Como meets to talk community issues

October 11, 2006

R ising crime and a proposed condo project were among the topics discussed at the annual Southeast Como Improvement Association meeting Tuesday night. The proposed redevelopment of the Bunge tower, a Como...

Fraternity throws dry party to break greek stereotypes

October 9, 2006

.It was one big bubble bath. Students covered in foam danced the night away Saturday at a foam party in the basement of Sigma Pi fraternity. The foam rose to nearly 5 feet and the basement filled with...

Many unclear about mo-ped laws of the road

October 6, 2006

Whether drivers are carrying a passenger or not wearing eye protection, students are getting pulled over by police for violations they were not aware of. Students who have received citations for various...

Commission looks to end homelessness in 10 years

October 3, 2006

Ten years from now, everyone in Hennepin County might have a place to call home. Hennepin County and Minneapolis officials have a plan they say will end homelessness by 2016. The plan, "Heading Home Hennepin,"...

Some residents getting hot water via solar power

September 28, 2006

Every bright and sunny morning, Connie Sullivan knows she's saving money. Sullivan, one of 19 participants in the Southeast Como Improvement Association's Solar Pilot Project, had her solar-powered water...

Event works to prevent hazing

September 27, 2006

To force a student to drink a gallon of beer, carry the bags of a teammate because she's a rookie or polish the drums of a veteran band member because he's a newcomer - all are considered hazing by the...

Fraternity dodges balls for fundraiser

September 25, 2006

This weekend fraternity members helped fund a surgery that might help fix one man's heart. Kappa Sigma fraternity had its second annual "Ballz in Yo Face" dodgeball tournament Saturday at the recreation...

UDS pulls spinach from University dining areas due to E. coli outbreak

September 22, 2006

University Dining Services stopped serving spinach Sept. 15 because of an outbreak of E. coli 0157:H7 found in bagged spinach throughout the country. The news of the contaminated spinach was released Sept....

Frat reprimanded for July incident

September 18, 2006

University officials and the Delta Tau Delta national organization have put the local fraternity on probation for the remainder of the academic year. Officials placed the local chapter on probation Aug....

Local business association holds blanket drive

September 15, 2006

With another Minnesota winter around the corner, the warmth of a blanket will make some feel like they're at home, even if they don't have one. The Minnesota Cleaners Association is having its fourth annual...

Law School sees strongest incoming class to date

September 13, 2006

The recruiting paid off. The University's Law School's class of 2009 has entered the school with the highest median Law School Admission Test score in the school's history. The median LSAT score increased...

Como construction takes toll on business

September 11, 2006

It's still not finished. The project to repave the stretch of Como Avenue from 22nd Avenue to 33rd Avenue began in the summer of 2004 and was expected to be finished this July. But detours still currently...

Delays stall condo move-in

September 7, 2006

Most University students across campus were able to move into their new home before school started - but some were less fortunate. Because of delays in construction and inspections, students who bought...

Students make mass move into residence halls

September 5, 2006

Mini refrigerators, futons and TVs littered the lawns and sidewalks around campus residence halls on Saturday. Students pushed laundry carts full of their belongings to move into their new homes as Saturday...

Road to U gets detour

May 5, 2006

There are two seasons in Minnesota - winter and construction season. As construction season begins, people commuting to the University through the East River Parkway will be sent on a detour. Starting...

Cities unite for ‘invisible children’

May 1, 2006

Despite the drizzle, people commuted to the Government Center Plaza in Minneapolis to call attention to the plight of what they call "invisible children" in hopes to make them visible to all. More than...

Three U Christians share stories of their faith

April 24, 2006

S Editor's note: This story is the first in a five-part series that examines students' experiences with different faiths. Throughout the week the stories will look at Christianity, Judaism, Islam and atheism/agnosticism....

Takeover team reunites

April 21, 2006

After years of planning, participants and those who led the Morrill Hall takeover reunite this weekend to revisit history. People involved in the Morrill Hall takeover of 1969 are joining with students...

Rally stresses GLBT pride, equality

April 19, 2006

W.article {border:4px solid #ccc;} ith rainbow flags gleaming around the University campus, the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender community joined in celebration of pride and the fight for social equality. This...

Students depict African cultures in annual showcase

April 17, 2006

University students brought a piece of Africa to campus. St. Paul Student Center's North Star Ballroom was filled with more than 600 people Saturday for the seventh annual African Night hosted by the African...

U poetry prof adds Pulitzer nomination to his acclaim

April 6, 2006

When Michael Dennis Browne reads his poetry, people listen. His powerful yet soft voice echoes words that he hopes will resonate throughout people's everyday lives. Browne, a University professor, poet...

Housing event aims to educate

April 4, 2006

Habitat for Humanity had its first Act, Speak, Build event Monday in Coffman Union, encouraging students to support affordable housing and the homeless. Lindsey Ruth, vice president of Habitat for Humanity's...

Gopher Spot gives renovation a shot

March 31, 2006

Students coming to the Gopher Spot for a bite to eat or to play a game of bowling will be redirected to a temporary location. The Gopher Spot, a game room and convenience store in the St. Paul Student...

Project comes to U to share history of AIDS activism

March 29, 2006

Some of the best stories are those shared through word of mouth. The history of activism related to HIV and AIDS in the 1980s will be shared today with students at the University through an oral tradition. Jim...

5K raises more than 7K for cystic fibrosis

March 27, 2006

After kissing their 8-week-old daughter, Chelsea Votel's parents noticed something unusual. Her skin was extremely salty - a warning sign of cystic fibrosis. The parents' concern proved to be true; Votel...

Raptor Center turns its focus to bird flu research

March 24, 2006

With the government warning that migratory birds might bring bird flu into the United States in as little as two months, the University Raptor Center is watching its birds. Raptor Center director Patrick...

Wealth in the cards for U student who won big in poker tourney

March 22, 2006

Who wants to be a millionaire? Journalism senior Mike Schneider did. Although almost everyone has aspirations of becoming a millionaire, for most people it will remain only a dream. But after going on...

Pawlenty speech focuses on successes

March 10, 2006

As Gov. Tim Pawlenty entered the Minnesota House chamber Thursday afternoon, he smiled and shook hands with House and Senate members before giving his State of the State address, in which he said the condition...

Beds barrel down Buck Hill for charity

March 6, 2006

When history junior Garrett Mitchell was getting ready for bed Saturday, he decided to put on a black gown. And instead of going to sleep, he raced the mattress down the slippery slopes of the Buck Hill...

MLK III speech continues legacy

February 28, 2006

Activism for equality didn't die with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968. It didn't die with Coretta Scott King earlier this month. Activism lives on through their son Martin Luther King III. As King...

Organizations tap into retirees group’s skill to reduce waste

February 23, 2006

Retired engineers who are part of a state-funded program are not on vacation, instead, they help organizations to save money and make environmentally friendly changes to their facilities. The Office of...

An uplifting experiment

February 7, 2006

Students walking to and from the University Recreation Center on Mondays might have been confused after seeing a World War I bomber soar through the sky. But students shouldn't be alarmed " the plane is...

U prof proposes rule of nature

January 30, 2006

It turns out size doesn't matter. After three years of work, Peter Reich, senior researcher and professor in the department of forest resources, established a new rule in measuring the carbon dioxide respiration...

Pond hockey tournament honors sport frozen in time

January 23, 2006

With temperatures below freezing and the bitter wind blowing hard, hundreds of hockey fanatics from around the country gathered on Lake Calhoun this weekend to be part of the age-old tradition of pond...