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...