News en Green Line strikes, kills pedestrian By: <a href="/users/hhansenmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Haley Hansen</a><br/><p>A Green Line light rail train struck and killed a pedestrian near a University of Minnesota neighborhood on Sunday morning.</p> <p>The pedestrian was crossing the train tracks at a crosswalk at the Westgate station near the Prospect Park neighborhood around 10:15 a.m., said Metro Transit spokesman Bruce Howard. She may have been wearing headphones, Howard said, and it appears she didn&rsquo;t hear the warning tone of an oncoming eastbound train.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Metro & State Light Rail Prospect Park Transportation Sun, 31 Aug 2014 17:21:09 +0000 87555 at Professor pleads guilty to sending sexually explicit messages to a minor By: <a href="/users/amillerberndmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Anne Millerbernd</a><br/><p>A University of Minnesota professor pleaded guilty to pursuing a sexual relationship with a minor, according to a plea agreement filed Wednesday.</p> <p>Associate professor of neuroscience Woody Dale Branton admitted to having conversations with a 15-year-old girl from Union Parish, La., over Facebook late last year, according to the plea agreement he signed earlier this week.</p> <p>Many of the thousands of messages were sexual in nature, and included requests that the girl send explicit photos of herself, according to the plea agreement.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Metro & State Sat, 30 Aug 2014 02:50:32 +0000 87554 at Reports of sexual harassment, retaliation shake women's gymnastics team By: <a href="/users/jleemndailycom-0" title="View User Profile">Jessica Lee</a><br/><p>A former volunteer assistant coach for the University of Minnesota women&rsquo;s gymnastics team quietly resigned last fall amid a school-led investigation of his behaviors with team members, some of whom allege he repeatedly sexually harassed gymnasts.</p> <p>Jim Stephenson spent more than two decades at the University and previously held the title of head coach.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Campus Administration University Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:05:25 +0000 87541 at Head women's gymnastics coach resigns By: <a href="/users/bhelfandmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Betsy Helfand</a><br/><p>Head women&rsquo;s gymnastics coach Meg Stephenson has resigned, the University of Minnesota announced in a release Thursday afternoon.</p> <p>The resignation comes after two University-conducted investigations into &ldquo;student and employee complaints about the program,&rdquo; according to the release.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Campus Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:35:54 +0000 87539 at Iggy Azalea, Walk the Moon to perform at homecoming concert By: <a href="/users/mholdenmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Meghan Holden</a><br/><p>Rapper Iggy Azalea and indie rock band Walk the Moon will perform at the University of Minnesota&rsquo;s 2014 homecoming concert, the University announced Wednesday.</p> <p>The singer of &ldquo;Fancy&rdquo; and the Cincinnati-based four-piece band will perform at TCF Bank Stadium on Oct. 17. Student tickets will cost $20 for general admission, while tickets for the public are set at $40. All tickets will go on sale Sept. 9.</p> <p>Student Unions and Activities first announced the performers to the incoming freshman class Tuesday night at the Pride and Spirit event at TCF Bank Stadium.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Campus Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:44:31 +0000 87537 at Mayor Hodges proposes city's 2015 budget By: <a href="/users/mfarhangmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Kia Farhang</a><br/><p>In her first budget address as Minneapolis mayor, Betsy Hodges proposed on Thursday several initiatives aimed at combating racial disparities and bolstering public safety citywide.</p> <p>With more than $2.1 million in spending for extra 911 operators, police and firefighters, Hodges&rsquo; 2015 budget focuses on growing the city while upholding her main campaign platforms. The full City Council will vote on the proposal in the coming weeks.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Politics Thu, 14 Aug 2014 19:07:18 +0000 87526 at Kahn tops Noor in primary election By: <a href="/users/mfarhangmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Kia Farhang</a><br/><div><a href=";type=3">Click here to view a Facebook photo gallery from the Daily&#39;s primary election coverage.</a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 12px;">On Tuesday, 42-year incumbent Rep. Phyllis Kahn bested Mohamud Noor in a contentious race to represent the University of Minnesota&#39;s area in the state&#39;s House of Representatives. She earned nearly 55 percent of the vote.</span></div> <p>&quot;I expected to win,&quot; Kahn said.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Politics Cedar-Riverside DFL Political Issues Phyllis Kahn Politics Wed, 13 Aug 2014 04:36:56 +0000 87524 at Kahn, Noor make last-minute pitches to voters By: <a href="/users/mfarhangmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Kia Farhang</a><br/><p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Hours before the polls open for Tuesday&rsquo;s primary election, the two leading candidates vying to represent the University of Minnesota&rsquo;s area at the Capitol are making their final cases to voters.</p> <p>Long-time incumbent Rep. Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis, is facing a strong challenger, Somali-born Mohamud Noor, who is a city school board member with support from many elected officials, including former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Politics Tue, 12 Aug 2014 00:21:11 +0000 87522 at Somali president’s Northrop speech draws protest By: <a href="/users/amillerberndmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Anne Millerbernd</a><br/><p>More than 100 people protested Somali president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud&rsquo;s speech at the University of Minnesota on Saturday night, alleging his administration supports terrorists and demanding he step down.</p> <p>As a crowd filed into Northrop Auditorium to hear Mohamud discuss relations between Minnesota and Somalia, others gathered on the David Lilly Plaza and charged him with supporting Al-Shabaab, a militant Islamic group based in the country.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re showing that he has to step down,&rdquo; said Nuradin Ali, a translator from St. Louis Park.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Campus Phyllis Kahn University Police Sun, 10 Aug 2014 03:06:06 +0000 87521 at Student groups struggle with funds By: <a href="/users/amillerberndmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Anne Millerbernd</a><br/><p>University of Minnesota students have annually given student organizations at least $1 million in recent years, but it&rsquo;s not always clear how that money is spent.</p> <p>Last year, one University student group investigated nearly $3,000 in missing funding, while another failed to keep many records of its financial transactions.</p> <p>Now, the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly is under investigation for about $93,000 in missing funds.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Campus Projects Student Government Student Groups Wed, 06 Aug 2014 03:56:44 +0000 87513 at