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Ultimate fighting steps into the ring

December 11, 2006

Amid blaring music and pulsing lights, crews prepped a circular cage filled with scantily-clad dancers for a round of ultimate fighting. It was Thursday evening, and more than a thousand people piled into...

Prairie proves energy able

December 8, 2006

While most people see wind-swept prairies as nothing more than wild grass, several University researchers see a potentially significant energy source. The groundbreaking findings, published in today's...

Nordic Ski Club prepares to hit the trails

December 7, 2006

On a cold and windy Wednesday afternoon, University Nordic Ski Club members stretched in the lobby of Cooke Hall before heading outside for a run. Members aren't letting the lack of snow prevent them from...

Frigid weather requires winter safety

December 5, 2006

Students across campus ran between buildings and huddled under bus shelter heat lamps as some of the coldest air of the season settled over the area Monday. Wildlife ecology first-year student Casey Sleznikow...

Grant backs wolf research

December 4, 2006

A recent anonymous donation has ensured that University graduate students can study wolves in Yellowstone National Park for the next 10 years. The donation to the University's fisheries, wildlife and conservation...

Purple Onion opening delayed, for now

November 29, 2006

Purple Onion Café fans awaiting their first cup of coffee from the store's new location need to wait a bit longer. Rumors circulating around campus that the café will reopen at its new location...

Retired University science researcher remembered

November 27, 2006

For more than 30 years, scientist emeritus Philip Ahn worked in the University's food science and nutrition department as a researcher. He died Nov. 19 of complications from leukemia. He was 78. In addition...

U study links money and self-reliance

November 22, 2006

Playing Monopoly with coworkers might not be the best idea, according to a new study published by a University psychologist. The study, published in the Nov. 17 issue of Science, revealed that people who...

Students explore New Urbanism

November 20, 2006

Four University students toured the new Emerald Gardens condominium complex Sunday in St. Paul. They weren't looking to purchase property, but rather to discuss the urban plan behind the development. Students...

Where everybody knows your name

November 16, 2006

University alumna Rachel Shahin had no idea that, after completing her English literature degree in 2002, she would marry the owner of a St. Paul coffee shop. These days, Shahin and her husband Mahmoud...

CFANS announces U faculty member as new dean

November 13, 2006

After a lengthy search, the candidate chosen from three to lead the new College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences was the only one from within the University. Allen Levine, a faculty member...

New University college unites disparate fields

November 8, 2006

After the College of Design debuted in July, some rumblings of dissatisfaction echoed through the architecture department, according to some students. The College of Design was created from the merger...

Alums create local jobs

November 7, 2006

A University survey released Thursday reveals the economic benefits reaped from University alumni worldwide. The survey found that from 1939 to 2003, alumni started more than 19,000 companies that employ...

Study finds independent pizza options in metro

October 30, 2006

A new study shows that residents of the Twin Cities have more options for ordering pizza than they might think. Graduate students at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs teamed up with the Metro Independent...

U Forestry Club spruces up Highway 169

October 30, 2006

Four members of the University's Forestry Club scoured a windswept section of U.S. Highway 169 near Milaca on Saturday morning, picking up trash, including random objects such as a ruffled pillow and a...

Methane from cow manure makes new energy

October 26, 2006

University researchers are studying a peculiar source of energy on a dairy farm about an hour north of the Twin Cities. The energy is derived from methane gas produced by the manure of the 800-plus dairy...

Fixing Folwell disrupts class

October 24, 2006

Foreign languages aren't the only sounds reverberating through the hallways of Folwell Hall these days. Renovation of the historic University building has students and faculty complaining as the sounds...

Cedar-Riverside organization helps immigrants

October 23, 2006

Four years ago, Hussein Samatar saw a need in the growing Twin Cities African immigrant community. Through his work as a commercial lender at Wells Fargo, Samatar, a native of Somalia, said he repeatedly...

University professor buys 8th St. Market

October 19, 2006

On most mornings, University physics and astronomy professor J. Woods Halley can be spotted grading papers behind the counter at 8th Street Market. The professor bought the market in April. He's spent...

Former chief prosecutor talks war crimes

October 13, 2006

The former chief prosecutor from the world's first hybrid international war crimes tribunal, the Special Court for Sierra Leone, presented a lecture about his work in West Africa at the Humphrey Institute...

New CSOM dean getting used to life back at the U

October 13, 2006

Alison Davis-Blake's first job in high school was writing computer programs in the basement of Blegen Hall. Decades later, she's working a few buildings away. The new dean of the Carlson School of Management...

U bike team hosts championships

October 9, 2006

A thin dirt trail wrapped its way through the forest while, scattered here and there in the weeds, people of all ages waited. Like a railroad crossing signal, cowbells began ringing higher and higher up...

3 months old, new college settles in

October 6, 2006

As part of the University-wide restructuring plan, the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences was formed July 1, merging several smaller colleges and a department. The new college...

U meteorologist: El Ni

October 5, 2006

Meteorologist and climatologist Mark Seeley has been a mainstay in what is now the University's soil, water and climate department since 1978. Seeley, a weekly commentator on Minnesota Public Radio, has...

Officials break ground for new CSOM building

September 29, 2006

The Carlson School of Management broke ground Thursday on a new building that will allow the school's enrollment to more than double. "The new building is about people and about the students," said Bob...

CSOM launches leadership program for high-schoolers

September 27, 2006

The Carlson School of Management is unveiling a new program this fall that prepares underrepresented area high school students for college. The Leadership Access Program is aimed at helping the students...

New Dinkytown businesses garner attention, curiosity

September 22, 2006

In what has become an annual event in Dinkytown, a shuffle of business openings precede owners' expectations and concerns about increasing taxes. Among the newest businesses are Potbelly Sandwich Works...

University’s latest apple, Zestar, hits supermarkets

September 21, 2006

Move over, Granny Smith. There's a new apple on the block that's proving to be a hit among apple lovers. The Zestar apple - a University creation 34 years in the making - finally is in supermarkets. University...

Alumnus, Nobel laureate Norman Borlaug visits U

September 19, 2006

The only University alumnus to have received the Nobel Peace Prize visited the St. Paul campus Monday to mark the release of a new biography. Dr. Norman Borlaug, 92, is best known for helping start the...

U student plans to graduate at 19

September 14, 2006

Omar Abdelfattah is a University junior, yet he's not old enough to vote. The 17-year-old, who is studying marketing and entrepreneurial studies at the Carlson School of Management, plans on graduating...

U facility to study plant pathogens

September 12, 2006

The University will break ground later this month on a state-of-the-art plant pathogen research facility on the St. Paul campus. In the $4.8 million building, researchers will study devastating plant diseases...

Northrop director had passion

September 7, 2006

Dale Schatzlein liked to dance. Among other achievements, the longtime director of Northrop Auditorium was known for such quirky acts as "boogying on Nicollet Mall for Bastille Day," according to friends. The...