Kevin Burbach


Private photo online revealed to be U regent

University of Minnesota Board of Regents member and former state legislator Laura Brod confirmed Thursday a private photograph posted of her online was authentic and said in a statement that she intends to pursue legal action against the anonymous publisher.

Bill would expand liquor sales at arenas

  A state legislator introduced a bill Thursday that would allow alcohol sales at Mariucci and Williams Arenas. Rep. Dan Schoen, DFL-St. Paul Park, wants to allow alcohol to be sold to the general public at University of Minnesota sporting events in the arenas. Currently alcohol is only served in premium seats. The Legislature passed a bill last year allowing alcohol in TCF Bank Stadium and the University Board of Regents approved the measure in July. Again, the regents must approve alcohol sales before the bill could take effect.

Bill would allow alcohol in Mariucci, Williams

A bill introduced in the Minnesota House on Thursday would allow alcohol sales at Mariucci and Williams Arenas, pending Board of Regents approval. Authored by Rep. Dan Schoen, DFL-St. Paul Park, the bill would allow the University to serve alcohol to the general public at sporting events in the arenas. Currently alcohol is only served in premium seats in Mariucci and Williams Arenas. The Legislature passed a bill last year to allow alcohol in TCF Bank Stadium and the Regents approved a measure in July to do the same.

Some student voters have problems at the polls

  Some University of Minnesota students who preregistered to vote on campus last month had trouble voting Tuesday. Students who said they registered at Wilson and Walter libraries were not on registered lists at their polling locations. Biology junior Isaac Chauss went to Van Cleve Park early Tuesday to vote, but said he was told his name wasn’t on a list of registered voters.

Man dies after jumping off U parking ramp

A man jumped to his death from the Washington Avenue parking ramp just before 11 a.m. Wednesday. Paramedics declared him dead on the scene, according to University of Minnesota police Deputy Chief Chuck Miner. The man, who Miner said was in his mid-50s and was not a member of the University of Minnesota community, came from Missouri seeking medical treatment.      

Back where it started: addiction on campus

Bridget woke up strapped to a hospital bed after passing out on the sidewalks of Chicago. Steve, clouded by drugs and depression, tried to kill himself one summer morning. Cody’s drug was heroin. He shot it up every day in northern New Mexico. Bridget, Steve and Cody are now sober, and these once college dropouts are degree-seeking students at the University of Minnesota — a university that, like most in the nation, lacks adequate resources for students recovering from addictions.

Final higher ed bill includes insurance waiver expansion, U mining program

  A conference committee passed a handful of provisions relating to higher education policy Wednesday night, with implications for the University of Minnesota. Because the versions of the House and Senate higher education omnibus bills were slightly different, a conference committee met in order to strike a compromise between the two. The bill will now return to both chambers before it reaches Gov. Mark Dayton’s desk.

For U, millions hang on fate of bonding bill

  State legislators hope to leave the Capitol in a matter of weeks, and a bonding bill is among many issues yet to be settled. The bill’s fate determines whether the University of Minnesota receives millions of dollars for construction projects and upkeep. Three different bonding proposals have emerged this session, all varying in size and content, and legislators say they must work quickly with only weeks left in a session that representatives want to finish before May.

Months-long arbitration between U, custodians is coming to a close

  After sending their arguments to an arbitrator, the University of Minnesota and its custodial workers now await a decision about their battle over new cleaning practices. The arbitration process between the University and the worker’s union, Teamsters Local 320, began in February after the University implemented a new team cleaning practice that workers say violates their contract. The union filed a grievance last June before the new system was implemented.

Debate ramps up over potential effects of voter ID measure on students

  With the state Legislature’s recent passage of the voter ID constitutional amendment, the future voting process for college students rests on many factors. And while both sides agree it’s too early to tell what the implications of the law would be if it passes on the November ballot, some worry about its affect on students.