The Minnesota Daily

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MSA discusses light rail at final forum

May 7, 2008

The topic of the night for the Minnesota Student Association on Tuesday was the Central Corridor. Following a special address from director of Parking and Transportation Services Bob Baker about the light-rail...

MSA allows voice in forum for smaller student groups

April 30, 2008

Attendance at the Minnesota Student Association's biweekly forum meetings may soon be increasing. Last week, the MSA Forum approved a bylaw change that would lower the number of signatures for a student...

Recruits graduate from Police Academy

April 21, 2008

Officer Jeremy Foster spent 15 weeks in the Minneapolis Police Academy learning how to "serve and protect" the community. "It was everything; it was fun, discouraging, it was disappointing," he said. "Just...

Boyntonto run MSA Express

April 17, 2008

The black-and-gold MSA Express van - a common sight around campus on the weekends - could soon be institutionalized by the University. As part of a student-life program, operating responsibilities for...

Newly elected MSA leaders talk goals for next year

April 15, 2008

After their election as president and vice president of the Minnesota Student Association, Mark Nagel and Trisha Thompson sat down with the Daily to discuss how they will serve as the University's student...

Nagel, Thompson win MSA; Kremers takes GAPSA race

April 10, 2008

The results are in and the students have spoken. Next year's Minnesota Student Association leaders are Mark Nagel and Trisha Thompson; Kristi Kremers won the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly...

MSA candidates debate issues before elections

April 4, 2008

The Minnesota Student Association entered into the world of political debate Thursday. MSA presidential candidates Mark Lewandowski and Mark Nagel met in Blegen Hall to argue their positions on the issues...

Final group funding proposals released

April 3, 2008

The money war is coming to an anticlimactic close. Final Student Services Fees Committee recommendations for student groups and administrative units were released Wednesday, barely different from the initial...

MSA forum discusses Dream Act resolution, fees

March 12, 2008

It was a relatively quiet forum for the Minnesota Student Association on Tuesday, but University President Bob Bruininks came and added some flare. Bruininks attended the forum to update MSA on what's...

Palm Sunday gets environmentally friendly

March 10, 2008

Different shades of purple adorn the inside of churches during Lent; but some churches are hoping to add another color to the mix: green. In anticipation of Palm Sunday next week, more than 600,000 Eco...

U launches Emergency Preparedness Web site

February 26, 2008

The University has worked hard to provide students with safety measures, first with safety alerts, then the TXT-U emergency notification service and now with its Emergency Preparedness Web site. on the...

Groups seek more circulator hours

February 13, 2008

Dustin Norman, president of the Interfraternity Council, has been one of those unfortunate students who runs out of class just in time to watch the Washington Avenue Bridge Circulator leave. Norman and...

Student creates Web site to put Dinkytown ‘on the map’

February 12, 2008

Dinkytown is home to some of the Twin Cities' best-kept secrets: Al's Breakfast, Bobaboca Tea and Café, and Duffy's Dinkytown Pizza. A University student has taken it upon himself to create a resource...

MSA helps out Ronald McDonald house

February 7, 2008

Volunteering is often considered its own reward, but the Minnesota Student Association is giving students a little something extra with their Lend a Hand, Hear the Band concert. MSA recently teamed up...

Students teaching students about caucus

January 31, 2008

John McCain, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney or Hillary Clinton: only time will tell who our next president will be. Several student groups are currently working to help students be better educated on how to...

MSA elects new exec board members

January 30, 2008

Since the end of last semester, the Minnesota Student Association has changed members more than Menudo. At MSA's first forum of the semester Tuesday night, two new executive board members were elected. Forum...

MSA becomes victim of suspicious theft

December 11, 2007

Amid the controversy surrounding the Minnesota Student Association in recent weeks, theft has now been thrown into the mix. Sometime between 8:15 and 8:25 the night of Nov. 26, two laptops were removed...

MSA presidents: More than just student governors

December 7, 2007

Several past presidents of the Minnesota Student Association have become prominent members of society. Through their on-campus tenures, these presidents are known throughout campus - but few know what...

U plans to expand rec center

December 3, 2007

Helping to ease congestion of the University Recreation Center has become a priority for some University administrators. According to the most recent usage statistics from the Department of Recreational...

MSA Express keeps on truckin’

November 27, 2007

With the crime alerts in recent weeks, walking home at night can be a scary thing for University students. The Minnesota Student Association offers a service that could get students home safely. The MSA...

‘Remember Minnesota’ set to start filming in the spring

November 21, 2007

In 1987, Brad Melby began his college career at the University's General College without high expectations. His life changed when Melby followed "Vanessa" - a creative portrayal of Jessica Vanderscoff...

MSA amends bylaws to tighten spending rules

November 14, 2007

Much like the national government, the student government doesn't always agree on everything. The president sees something one way, and a representative sees it another. After much debate, the Minnesota...

Show reaches deaf and hearing alike

November 12, 2007

In 1998, John Kovacs realized his dream of showcasing the beauty of American Sign Language through performance with the premiere of "Rathskellar," a song- and dance-filled show. "I've always had the burning...

MSA requests release of information

November 6, 2007

At the end of each semester, when a professor walks into the classroom with a large envelope, every student knows what is about to happen: course evaluations. One portion of the evaluations says "Student...

Grave blanket depicts collapse

November 6, 2007

The lives of the Interstate 35W victims are being pieced together by students in the College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences. The University floral design class, which is part of the...

MSA works to keep textbook prices down

October 31, 2007

According to Minnesota Student Association data, students will pay an average of $898 for textbooks this year, putting a significant dent in their wallets. To help keep prices down, MSA passed a resolution...

MSA and GAPSA appoint new members

October 30, 2007

Each semester, University students cough up $324 in student services fees. Everyone has to pay them, but very few actually know where their money goes and why. Student services fees are distributed among...

MSA hopes to improve campus bike lanes

October 24, 2007

For cyclists weaving in and out of pedestrians and dodging traffic, biking through campus can be quite the adventure. During a time when biking on campus is commonplace, the Minnesota Student Association...

Groups discuss student fees

October 18, 2007

Over the course of 25 years, University students will spend a total of $23 million on TCF Bank Stadium through student fees. $13 million of that will be paid up front for construction costs. But students...

Regents approve new Bell Museum construction

October 17, 2007

The Bell Museum of Natural History will migrate to the St. Paul campus and build a new nest to call home. The University's Board of Regents gave its final approval for the construction of the new $36 million...

U to assist national children’s study

October 12, 2007

The University will soon take part in the largest study of child and human health ever conducted in the United States. Minnesota will be one of 22 research centers nationwide taking part in the National...

MSA, GAPSA want light rail under Washington Avenue

October 9, 2007

While many people agree the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit line will be good for the University, the project has sparked much debate as to whether the tracks should run underground or at-grade. The...

MSA reps to improve student awareness

October 3, 2007

The Minnesota Student Association often flies under the radar. Now, eight new representatives at-large have been elected to help improve student awareness and involvement. Shana Conklin, a political science...

Library displays America’s first map

October 2, 2007

What's in a name? To most Americans, the word "America" has a profound meaning. Would Americans still have the same sense of patriotism if America was named something else? A new exhibit at the James Ford...

Textbook-swap site launched

September 26, 2007

Students' wallets continue to thin because of the skyrocketing textbook costs. Instead of using their hard-earned money on necessities such as food or shelter, their money disappears into the pockets of...

New facility gives cancer patients hope, free of charge

September 24, 2007

U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison visited the Twin Cities Hope Lodge construction site Friday to view progress and sign a commitment to fight cancer. Twin Cities Hope Lodge, located on the corner of University and...

Concrete canoe club kicks off new year

September 21, 2007

For one group of students at the University's civil engineering department, it's time to put their knowledge of their craft to the test - whether they sink or swim. That's because the group is attempting...

MSA receives funding for concert

September 17, 2007

Despite losing nearly $40,000 in University funding last spring, the Minnesota Student Association got a helping hand from an outside source to continue on with its scheduled events. Citing disappointing...

Disabled students get new chance

September 10, 2007

Robert and Gail Buuck have a long-term interest in disability issues. For them it's personal. Their son, John, is confined to a wheelchair due to a neurological disease. That's why the Buucks were moved...