Austin Cumblad


Six-game win streak ends with 0-0 tie

Despite its second shutout in as many games and an overwhelming advantage in every major offensive category, the Minnesota womenâÄôs soccer teamâÄôs win streak was halted at six this weekend by a 0-0 overtime tie Sunday afternoon at Toledo .

Gophers off to Ohio on 5-game streak

On Monday, Minnesota senior midfielder and captain Molly Rouse was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week by the conference for the first time in her career. On Tuesday, as the Gophers began practice, Rouse had yet to jump into drills. Head coach Mikki Denney Wright chastened her and urged, âÄúWe get better every day.âÄù Denney Wright turned to the rest of the team and repeated the line, clapping to emphasize her point. This Minnesota team is not one to rest on its laurels.

Strahota gets last-second call to defense

Quick. Your center back âÄî a senior, a captain, a two-time First Team All-Big Ten honoree âÄî just broke her collarbone, and will be out six weeks. ItâÄôs Tuesday, and you have one day of practice before your next game. Who replaces her? If youâÄôre the Minnesota womenâÄôs soccer team âÄî a forward. Tamara Strahota, a junior who hadnâÄôt played defense in her time at Minnesota, sat in the airport waiting to head home from a game against Belmont, where the Gophers won 7-0 but lost Jennie Clark, a three-year starter in central defense .

Gophers win Minnesota Gold Classic

A season ago, the Minnesota womenâÄôs soccer team was left outside the NCAA tournament looking in, its resume not quite polished enough to earn a berth a year after it made a run to the Sweet Sixteen. Six games into this season, the Gophers are already talking about making their way back there. It seems to be proper motivation. Minnesota beat the University of California at Santa Barbara 2-0 Friday and No. 14 San Diego 2-1 on Sunday to win the Minnesota Gold Classic in its first weekend of the year at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium.

Steering through the storm

Set to embark on what will be the most difficult year of his presidency, Bob Bruininks released the annual State of the University address on Monday, laying out his plan to navigate a stormy future. The University of Minnesota faces a budget shortfall of $132.2 million for the upcoming fiscal year and bleak projections for the foreseeable future. Left unchecked, the UniversityâÄôs annual deficit will exceed $1 billion by 2025.

U discovery shows hope for DMD patients

Though Duchenne muscular dystrophy is intractable and ultimately fatal, researchers at the University of Minnesota have found a âÄúmolecular Band-AidâÄù they believe may be able to protect the heart and prolong the life of patients with the genetic disorder. The treatment uses a chemical called poloxamer that detects and protects miniscule cuts in diseased heart muscle, allowing the tissue to function normally. A study headed by University professors and published last week in the Journal of Clinical Investigation found that chronic injection of dystrophic dogs prevented injury to the heart.

Medical schools gain ground in tax debate

Still in the midst of a lengthy battle with the Internal Revenue Service over whether medical school residents qualify for a student exemption from payroll taxes, universities and medical students across the country earned a victory last week that could be worth billions of dollars.

Hundreds gather to protest tuition hikes, furloughs

A group of approximately 200 students, faculty and staff protested tuition hikes, proposed furloughs and bloated administration Thursday on the Northrop Mall as part of a âÄúNational Day of Action for Public Eductation.âÄù Spurred by activists in California, students at campuses across the United States staged demonstrations to draw attention to what many believe is a disproportionate burden being placed on universitiesâÄô students and their lowest paid employees as public institutions scramble to deal with widespread budget shortfalls.

Intramurals in the ‘State of Hockey’

The Van Cleve All Stars continued to pile up goals, but the scorekeeper decided to stop at 17. By that point, it was clear the All Stars had skills deserving of a better home ice than a frozen pond at Van Cleve Park. It is perhaps fitting that the âÄúState of HockeyâÄù is home to the University Athletic Hockey League, the only full-contact intramural hockey league in the country. An overwhelming majority of participants played in high school, and those still in need of a competitive fix have an outlet not available elsewhere.

Technology commercialization: from research to revenue

In 2008, infants in China began exhibiting mysterious kidney problems. That fall, news broke that several companies had added melamine, a dangerous industrial chemical, to milk to boost its apparent protein content. By the end of the year, six children had died, and nearly 300,000 fell ill. The World Health Organization called on researchers to develop a rapid test for melamine. As it turned out, an enzyme able to detect the substance had been sitting in Larry WackettâÄôs lab at the University of Minnesota for years.