Blair Emerson


Train damage shuts down Green Line for hours

Green Line light rail service through the University of Minnesota area was temporarily unavailable Monday afternoon after a train was damaged in Stadium Village. A piece of metal connecting one of the eastbound light rail trains to the power line above it started sparking and caused the train to stop at about 2:30 p.m. near Moos Tower, Metro Transit spokesman Bruce Howard said. Officials evacuated that train and another one near the next stop at the corner of University Avenue Southeast and Huron Boulevard Southeast, Howard said.

Kaler: Top priorities include safety, affordable tuition

About a week after University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler returned from a trip to Norway, he sat down with the Minnesota Daily for its monthly Kickin’ It with Kaler interview. On Friday, Kaler discussed topics such as the student housing market, the University’s strategic plan and the first day of the semester, when he handed out snacks to students. With students back on campus and the Green Line light rail now in operation, are you frustrated with how safety-conscious students are around the tracks?

U's strategic plan nears completion

After a year of discussions, the University of Minnesota’s strategic plan is nearly finished. The proposal — which includes objectives like increasing interdisciplinary work and jumpstarting diversity initiatives — went through one of its final rounds of feedback on Wednesday.

Admins reveal newest version of strategic plan

The University of Minnesota’s newly developed strategic plan went through one of its final rounds of feedback Wednesday. The Board of Regents will review the document next week. Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Karen Hanson, along with President Eric Kaler, presented an update of the plan to nearly 100 people at the West Bank’s Cowles Auditorium. Attendees expressed excitement with the plan, which includes measures to increase interdisciplinary work, engage with more local communities and jumpstart diversity initiatives.

Kaler, admins expand partnership in Norway

In just two years, University of Minnesota adjunct professor Ron McRoberts published a total of nine papers and book chapters. As part of a research collaboration with two faculty members from a Norwegian university, McRoberts used modern technology to create detailed maps of forests throughout the United States and Norway. “We’ve been really productive,” McRoberts said.

Grad students kick-start their own Welcome Week

When this year’s incoming University of Minnesota graduate students come to campus, they’ll be greeted with local craft beer from Indeed Brewing Company and a free concert at Northrop Auditorium.

MSA lays out new goals for upcoming school year

With the summer nearing its end, the Minnesota Student Association is prepping for the upcoming school year by establishing new goals. The student association plans to continue focusing on issues they worked on last year — like improving students’ awareness of sexual assault — while also bringing forward new ideas that aim to increase collaboration among members and the student body.

Graduate students draft their own bill of rights

Following the lead of graduate schools nationwide, The Council of Graduate Students is drafting a formal list of rights they believe graduate students should have while attending the University of Minnesota. A small group of COGS members is drafting a bill of rights to outline graduate students’ role within the school. They’re working on writing the guidelines this summer, and they plan to introduce the document to the student body this fall.

Minnesota student leaders team up for sexual assault prevention

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. And though University of Minnesota student leaders say the institution is well-equipped to tackle issues of campus sexual assault, some from the University’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.

Cross-program research suffers from funding woes

Katherine Liu and Maria Rebolleda-Gomez work side by side in a laboratory studying how biology and philosophy can intertwine in their research. Both applied for the same fellowship to conduct their research, but only Rebodella-Gomez received the grant, leaving Liu to struggle with a lack of money and resources to do her work. Liu’s experience conducting interdisciplinary work isn’t unique for University of Minnesota graduate students, as many barriers, including insufficient funding and few facilities, can make doing cross-departmental research difficult.