No, the University of Minnesota Isn't Saying Ebola Is Suddenly Airborne

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As worries over the Ebola virus have grown, the crazy stories have popped up right beside it (need we mention the ridiculous Ebola zombie hoax?). But a new one has surfaced, and it sounds just realistic enough to maybe be true.

"EBOLA TRANSMITTED BY AIR," reads one headline from the conservative site Breitbart. Political columnist George Will said the same thing. Interesting, both pinned their stories on the same source: the University of Minnesota. The meme has remained afloat in the weird world of the right-wing blogosphere, on sites like Town Hall and CNS News.

So should we be worried? In a word, no.

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"Instagramable Views" Used as Selling Point for Dinkytown's The Bridges Apartments

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The marketing team leasing units in a new 11-story Dinkytown apartment building says it has views so good, you won't want to just enjoy them with your eyeballs -- you'll want to snap a pic and post it to social media.

Advertisements for The Bridges cite "Instagramable Views" as one thing the building has going for it.

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Opponents of "Redskins" Nickname Find Ammo in Vikings/U of M Stadium Contract

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Earlier this month, University of Minnesota president Eric Kaler appeared on MPR's The Daily Circuit to talk about the direction of the school. Buried near the end of that interview was a quick, though important, conversation about football.

The university has leased TCF Bank Stadium to the Minnesota Vikings for the next two years, and on November 2 will host the Washington Redskins. The team's name conjures images of dead Native Americans for bounty and upsets just about everyone who doesn't work for the team.

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U of M Reconsiders Ticket Bundling Policy Amid Pressure from Students, Gov. Dayton

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Here's a good way to piss off young hockey fans: force them to attend college football games. For a whole year.

Until last week, the University of Minnesota had been bundling season sports tickets together. Students looking to purchase the $99 Gopher men's season tickets were being required to shell out an extra $76 for football season passes -- a deal only if you like, or have the time for, both events.

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U of M Scammers Pose as FBI, Try to Extort Money from Int'l Students

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The latest scam aside, it's been a relatively quiet semester for crime on campus thus far, thankfully.
Last week, the University of Minnesota's weekly Public Safety Update warned students about a new scam involving some relatively sophisticated techniques.

Here's how it works. The scammers, posing as cops or the FBI, call potential victims -- many of them international students -- and tell them they owe money in overdue court or legal fees. If the students don't pay over the phone, they'll be arrested, the scammers threaten.

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Faculty rip into U of M over new review of drug research program

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Dan Markingson and his mother, Mary Weiss, in 2004

Ten years later, the shadow of the case of Dan Markingson still hangs over the University of Minnesota. The details still shock: Markingson, a schizophrenic man, joined a U of M clinical drug trial for the antipsychotic Seroquel. For months during the study, Markingson's mother tried to warn of her son's deteriorating mental state. But it didn't work. The treatment continued, and in May 2004, Markingson stabbed himself to death.

The trial still haunts the school. And yet faculty say the university still isn't serious about taking a serious look into the case. The latest review of the university's program will take place this week, encouraged by the university's faculty senate. The hope was that this might finally be the impartial, independent review that could analyze the Markingson case and put it to bed. But just like in the past, this one's rife with questionable conflicts of interest.

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Clyde Bellecourt says U of M is "scholastically retarded" on Native American issues

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Bellecourt speaks during yesterday's news conference.
The National Coalition Against Racism in Sports and Media wants the University of Minnesota to prohibit the Washington NFL team from playing on campus at TCF Bank stadium on November 2 unless the team changes its nickname.

But U officials, citing the terms of its lease with the Vikings, say they don't have the authority to do that. Their stance prompted Clyde Bellecourt, a founding member of the coalition, to call everyone at the U from President Eric Kaler on down "scholastically retarded" on Native American issues during a news conference yesterday.

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U of M professor bashes review of university's drug research program

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Dan Markingson and his mother, Mary Weiss, in 2004

A University of Minnesota bioethics professor is criticizing the university's review into its drug research program, detailing many conflicts of interest and questioning the backgrounds of the appointed investigators, including one involved in an alarming medical malpractice case.

In a July 16 blog post on his website, U of M associate professor Leigh Turner criticized the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research (AAHRPP), an organization that the university hired last month to review its clinical trials on human subjects. In the post, Turner points to a number of questionable aspects of the organization's review, most notably that the group will only look into current research practices, despite the university's troubled past.

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Consumer advocacy group blasts U of M for handling of psychiatric drug research program

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Dan Markingson and his mother, Mary Weiss, in 2004
A Washington D.C.-based consumer advocacy group is calling on the University of Minnesota to revisit the events surrounding the suicide of Dan Markingson, a 26-year-old schizophrenic man who stabbed himself to death while participating in an experimental anti-psychotic drug study.

In a June 16 letter to president Eric Kaler's office, the director and founder of Public Citizen blasted the university for failing to conduct "an independent, transparent, and detailed inquiry" following Markingson's suicide. They say "serious ethical lapses in the conduct and oversight of the study remain" and have "cast a pall of suspicion" that undermines trust in the university.

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Bill Clinton's upcoming U of M appearance received more favorably than Condi Rice

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Clinton speaks at the University of Minnesota in October 2012.
On June 9, Bill Clinton will deliver a speech at Northrop Auditorium as part of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs' "Keeping Faith with the Legacy of Justice" series. The 42nd president will also accept the Dean's Award for Public Leadership.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, news of Clinton's appearance has been received much more favorably by liberal activists than former national security advisor and secretary of state Condoleezza Rice was before and during her appearance at the Northrop last month.

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