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Following UMN's lead, more schools adopt affirmative consent policies

More than 50 Minnesota college campuses now follow "yes means yes" consent policies as a result of student advocacy. In 2015, University of Minnesota students were among the first in the state to push for an affirmative consent policy, which requires clearly communicated willingness to participate in sexual activity

UMN researchers ask for specimen retention guidance

In the early 1990s, researchers with the University of Minnesota’s ecology department began collecting dead leaves from trees, grasses and herbs for a study and stored them in the basement of the department’s building. As part of a regular review of materials earlier this year, Christopher Buyarski and other researchers decided the 25-year-old samples could be destroyed as they were no longer needed for research. A week after Buyarski disposed of the samples, he was approached by researchers who wanted to use them.

UMN St. Paul vision considers campus' long-term goals

The University of Minnesota began collecting data on how students feel about the St. Paul campus earlier this month for the St. Paul facility plan — an academic-centered plan that identifies general areas in need of improvement — which President Eric Kaler initiated last year. The plan looks 30 years into the future, and information from the plan will be made available to the public next fall.

Out of 'the dungeon': UMN wrestling to get new facility

When University of Minnesota head wrestling coach Brandon Eggum was a member of the team in 1995, the squad practiced in “the dungeon” – the wrestling team’s room deep in the basement of the Bierman Field Athletic Building. Today, the team still practices in “the dungeon,” as it has since the early 1970s. But starting next year, the team will practice in a new, privately-funded wrestling facility.

Heart-stopping poison could be a promising male birth control, UMN study shows

Scientifically engineered ouabain — a poison traditionally used by African warriors and hunters — is nontoxic and effective at paralyzing sperm, researchers say. Experts hope this finding, plus the public’s increased interest, means scientists are one step closer to developing a reversible male contraceptive 

UMN parents condemn planned daycare closure

After nine months on the wait list, Caitlin Caspi was excited to finally send her daughter to the University of Minnesota Child Development Center in 2016. The location is convenient for both Caspi, an associate professor, and her husband, who works on campus. 

Asian American resource center opens on UMN campus

The Asian Pacific American Resource Center, which aims to support education and the empowerment of Asian American, Pacific Islander and Native American students, opened its first designated space at the University of Minnesota last week. 

UMN, state pair up for hearing loss education

John Wodele’s hearing loss went undiagnosed for nearly 15 years. His difficulty hearing impacted his everyday life and caused tension within his family, but doctors repeatedly told Wodele that he simply had too much earwax.