News en No longer a ‘safety school’ By: <a href="/users/tgieseke" title="View User Profile">Tyler Gieseke</a><br/><p>More applications from prospective University of Minnesota students are rolling in than ever before, which has helped push the University to become a more selective institution.</p> <p>Record numbers of applicants to the University have poured in nearly every year for the past decade, and administrators are embracing the trend, saying it allows the school to accept more elite students.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Campus Administration University Wed, 23 Jul 2014 04:06:06 +0000 87405 at Minneapolis gives ride-sharing the green light By: <a href="/users/tnachtigalmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Taylor Nachtigal</a><br/><p>Minneapolitans can officially add ride-sharing companies to their ever-growing list of transportation options after the City Council passed an ordinance last week permitting the legal operation of businesses like Lyft and Uber.</p> <p>Council members also voted to relax the city&rsquo;s taxi regulations at the same meeting on Friday.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Metro & State Transportation Wed, 23 Jul 2014 04:03:46 +0000 87404 at First Target mini-store set to open doors Wednesday By: <a href="/users/lfontainemndailycom" title="View User Profile">Lyra Fontaine</a><br/><p>In the University of Minnesota area&rsquo;s dinkiest neighborhood, Target is set to debut its smallest store in company history.</p> <p>On Wednesday, the Minneapolis-based retail company will open for a soft open of its first TargetExpress &mdash; a scaled-down, 20,000-square-foot space at the base of The Marshall apartments on 14th Avenue Southeast and Fifth Street Southeast. On Sunday it will host a grand opening of the store.</p> <p>&ldquo;This is our backyard; it&rsquo;s very close to headquarters,&rdquo; said Karl Anderson, the Dinkytown store&rsquo;s team leader.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Campus Metro & State Dinkytown Wed, 23 Jul 2014 04:01:20 +0000 87402 at Former Gophers football star Bob McNamara dies at 82 By: <a href="/users/bhelfandmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Betsy Helfand</a><br/><p>Bob McNamara, an All-America football player and an influential Gophers fundraiser, died on Sunday night at age 82 after a battle with cancer.</p> <p>McNamara played both football and basketball for the University of Minnesota in the 1950s, but his influence in the athletics department spanned long&nbsp;after that.</p> <p>Athletics director Norwood Teague said in a statement that the University &ldquo;had no greater advocate&rdquo; than McNamara.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Campus Football Men's Basketball Wed, 23 Jul 2014 03:59:03 +0000 87401 at Area boards evolve, neighborhood interests remain By: <a href="/users/tnachtigalmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Taylor Nachtigal</a><br/><p>When Dinkytown trees get adorned with brand-new strings of twinkling lights, it&rsquo;s because appointed representatives for the area made a request to improve the neighborhood&rsquo;s aesthetic appeal and visibility.</p> <p>When garbage cans are overflowing in Stadium Village or the area&rsquo;s sidewalks need shoveling, the area&rsquo;s board makes those requests for extra services, too.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Metro & State Dinkytown Stadium Village Wed, 23 Jul 2014 03:49:29 +0000 87395 at Boynton closing for system upgrade By: <a href="/users/kmoonmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Kendall Moon</a><br/><p>Boynton Health Service clinics on both the Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses will be closing for nearly a week, leaving a lapse in health care services for some.</p> <p>The clinics, including the pharmacies, will be closed from noon on Wednesday, July 30, to 10 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 4, for an electronic health record system upgrade.</p> <p>During the closure, Boynton&rsquo;s central computer system will be shut down, revamped and rebooted, said Boynton spokesman Eric Jensen. Because the entire system is involved, Boynton won&rsquo;t be able to serve patients during that time, he said.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Campus University Boynton Health Service Wed, 23 Jul 2014 03:47:38 +0000 87394 at University police monitor credit card fraud By: <a href="/users/enelsonmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Ethan Nelson</a><br/><p>Earlier this month, Jinfeng Yang received an angry call from his mother over a $2,500 purchase on his credit card.</p> <p>But Yang didn&rsquo;t spend the money, and his card was still sitting in his wallet.</p> <p>Despite filing a police report with the University of Minnesota Police Department and a complaint with his credit card company, Yang said he doesn&rsquo;t know who used his card, where it was used or what it was used for.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Metro & State Crime University Police Wed, 23 Jul 2014 03:45:21 +0000 87393 at Jobs in STEM fields stagnant as Minnesota’s job market rebounds By: <a href="/users/amillerberndmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Anne Millerbernd</a><br/><p>As Minnesota&rsquo;s job market improves, jobs in many areas are becoming easier to secure. But for students pursuing a higher science or engineering degree, the demand for their skills may come as a surprise.</p> <p>The National Science Foundation found in a January collection of data that nationwide, those receiving doctoral degrees in the STEM &mdash; science, technology, engineering and mathematics &mdash; fields are committing to jobs or postdoctoral study at the lowest rate they have in a decade.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Metro & State Economy University CSE Wed, 23 Jul 2014 03:40:50 +0000 87391 at Fitness devices aid U exercise initiative By: <a href="/users/kmoonmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Kendall Moon</a><br/><p>The University of Minnesota is trying out a new way to get its students and employees to exercise.</p> <p>This upcoming school year, the University&rsquo;s recreation center will use fitness hardware like wristbands and heart rate monitors as part of a push to get the campus community active and participating in schoolwide physical activity challenges.</p> <p>&ldquo;If anything, [a fitness device] guilts you into moving,&rdquo; said Laura Kozlowski, group fitness coordinator at the rec center.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Campus Health Science/Technology Wed, 23 Jul 2014 03:38:27 +0000 87390 at Minnesota student leaders team up for sexual assault prevention By: <a href="/users/bemersonmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Blair Emerson</a><br/><p>As colleges nationwide continue talks on how to address sexual assault on campus, students from Minnesota colleges are banding together to discuss their own ways to address the problem.</p> <p>And though University of Minnesota student leaders say the institution is well-equipped to tackle issues of campus sexual assault, some from the University&rsquo;s coordinate campuses and smaller colleges in the state say their schools need to focus more on prevention and increase awareness about resources available for students.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Nation Colleges/Universities Political Issues Student Groups Wed, 23 Jul 2014 03:35:25 +0000 87388 at