Kevin Beckman


UMN law professor allegedly steals millions from investors

A University of Minnesota law professor who specializes in business investments allegedly embezzled millions from investors in companies he controlled. Edward Adams — an expert in commercial, bankruptcy and corporate law at the University’s Law School — allegedly stole more than $4.38 million from investors and paid over $2.54 million from companies he ran to his own law firm, according to an indictment filed in U.S.

Newly-elected UMN regents look to strengthen relationship with Legislature

Two newly-elected members of the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents are looking to bolster transparency and trust with lawmakers after fielding their criticism. Former regent Steve Sviggum and General Mills CEO Kendall Powell were elected to the board by the state Legislature February. Board vice-chair David McMillan and current regent Darrin Rosha were reelected, while Thomas Devine was ousted.

Three Gophers football players win appeals in UMN sexual assault case

Three Gophers football players won appeals over University of Minnesota sanctions for their alleged involvement in a September sexual assault case. University Provost Karen Hanson, who oversees the appeal process in campus sexual misconduct adjudications, ruled that Antoine Winfield Jr., Mark Williams and running back Kobe McCrary won’t be punished, the St.

UMN Board of Regents under fire for diversity concerns

Some have raised concerns about a perceived lack of diversity and gender-balance on the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents election last month. Concerns were raised after a regents election for four seats resulted in all white men being elected. The elected — Steve Sviggum, Kendall Powell and incumbents Darrin Rosha and David McMillan — resulted in a board of nine men and three women.

UPDATE: Damaged steam pipeline reopened

Some buildings on the University of Minnesota campus may get a little chillier. In an email to faculty, staff and students, interim vice president for University Services Mike Berthelsen said some campus buildings can expect a loss of heat after the school’s Energy Management shut down its South East Steam Plant Thursday due to a damaged pipeline. The email said the new Main Energy Plant — currently in a testing phase — is still operational and Energy Management is acting on emergency plans to divert steam to “critical” buildings like the University of Minnesota Medical Center and research areas. Updates will come as more information becomes available and the email said crews are working to assess the extent of the damage.

Eric Schwartz to step down as head of Humphrey School of Public Affairs

The dean of the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs will step down in June to lead an international refugee advocacy group. Eric Schwartz, who joined the Humphrey School in 2011, will leave his post this summer to become president of Refugees International, an independent advocacy organization based in Washington D.C.