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Provost advises colleges to begin planning for commencement

Provost advises colleges to begin planning for commencement

February 27, 2021
A survey of Carlson students found that 78% of those who responded would attend an in-person graduation ceremony that followed safety guidelines.
A plaque listing names of accomplished alumni and faculty on Scholar's Walk on Wednesday, Feb. 23. Some students are leading a push to have Black journalist and civil rights activist Marvel Cooke added to the iconic walkway on campus.

Students advocate for the addition of Marvel Cooke to Scholars Walk

February 27, 2021
Marvel Cooke was a woman of many firsts as a trailblazing Black journalist, civil rights activist and University graduate.
MSA resolution seeks to support local businesses, promote ethical consumption

MSA resolution seeks to support local businesses, promote ethical consumption

February 17, 2021
The undergraduate student government will vote in March on a resolution that would allocate half of its purchases to businesses owned by women, people of color or members of LGBTQ communities.
A screenshot from UMPD vehicle footage on Monday, Feb. 1.

Police association requests apology from UMN student following release of UMPD footage

February 10, 2021
The request came after UMPD dashcam footage called into question portions of a student’s account.
Student Senate to propose University police demilitarization bill

Student Senate to propose University police demilitarization bill

February 9, 2021
If passed by the University Senate, the bill will next go to President Joan Gabel.
UMN alum Nimo Yusuf uses WhatsApp to deliver lessons to Somali participants

UMN alum Nimo Yusuf uses WhatsApp to deliver lessons to Somali participants

February 7, 2021
Yusuf is bringing SNAP education curriculum to the Somali community through a messaging app.
A screenshot from UMPD vehicle footage on Monday, Feb. 1.

UMPD releases squad car footage in response to incident involving a student leader

February 4, 2021
The student alleges that UMPD officers racially profiled him.
Two people shot at Dinkytown residence Saturday night

Two people shot at Dinkytown residence Saturday night

January 31, 2021
Minneapolis police responded to a shooting on 6th Street Southeast where two people were injured.
UMN releases review of campus police

UMN releases review of campus police

January 26, 2021
The University completed its review of UMPD, with the consultation of Dr. Cedric Alexander, which provides recommendations to “align” policing with community expectations.
A variety of public health procedures, including designated clean and dirty tables, unidirectional routes, and socially-distanced seating protect students dining in Pioneer Hall on Monday, Nov. 2.

MSA to propose smaller meal plans, cite student difficulty with residence hall dining

January 23, 2021
The Minnesota Student Association is advocating for a six meal per week meal plan to give students more options.
The Minnesota State Capitol on Nov. 18, 2018.

MSA launches bill tracker to monitor legislation impacting students

January 20, 2021
With its purchase of UJoin in the fall, the Minnesota Student Association is continuing its advocacy efforts online during the pandemic.
MSA passes 3.3% tuition reimbursement bill at forum meeting

MSA passes 3.3% tuition reimbursement bill at forum meeting

December 9, 2020
The Minnesota Student Association passed a bill that calls for the University to provide a tuition reimbursement that reflects one-third of fall semester being online-only.
University Senate advocates universal pass/fail option for undergraduate students

University Senate advocates universal pass/fail option for undergraduate students

December 7, 2020
Although the decision awaits Vice Provost Rachel Croson’s approval, the resolution shows additional support for a universal S/N grading system for the remainder of the academic year.
MSA seeks to amend University emergency contact policy

MSA seeks to amend University emergency contact policy

November 28, 2020
Student government leaders are reevaluating the University’s emergency contact policy after a student was taken to the hospital from an on-campus residence hall.
A cloth mask and bouquet of flowers are seen on the Goldy statue outside Coffman Memorial Union on Wednesday, April 1. (Parker Johnson / Minnesota Daily)

Walz announces new COVID-19 restrictions starting Friday

November 18, 2020
Gov. Tim Walz announced tighter COVID-19 restrictions that will begin statewide on Nov. 20 on Wednesday.
A variety of public health procedures, including designated clean and dirty tables, unidirectional routes, and socially-distanced seating protect students dining in Pioneer Hall on Monday, Nov. 2.

Concerns about student behavior in dining halls prompt conversations about safety protocols

November 5, 2020
Dining hall staff addressed concerns of students violating social distancing guidelines.
Executive Vice President and Provost announces grading changes for this academic year

Executive Vice President and Provost announces grading changes for this academic year

October 31, 2020
University leaders announced several changes Friday, including extending the deadline to opt for S/N grading and allowing for any F grades to automatically be converted to an N.
University to remain in phase 3 of Maroon and Gold Sunrise Plan

University to remain in phase 3 of Maroon and Gold Sunrise Plan

October 26, 2020
University leaders delayed the transition from phase 3 to phase 4 of the Maroon and Sunrise plan due to increased COVID cases in Minnesota.
SDS Member Nadia Shaarawi addresses a gathering, advocating for community control of UMPD, outside of the Transportation and Safety building on Friday, Oct. 16. The SDS event began with speakers and ended with a march to Morrill Hall.

Students for a Democratic Society march for community control of UMPD

October 18, 2020
On Friday, SDS and community activists called for the creation of a Campus Civilian Police Accountability Council.
MSA survey: Most students prefer going all-online for fall classes

MSA survey: Most students prefer going all-online for fall classes

October 16, 2020
The MSA released a survey asking students to share their opinion on reopening campus shortly after the Board of Regents decided to move all classes online for up to two weeks.
MSA elects Sophronia Cheung as VP

MSA elects Sophronia Cheung as VP

September 25, 2020
Cheung was elected from a group of three finalists who were selected after interviewing with student body president Amy Ma.
Climate Science Professor and Extension Specialist Heidi Roop poses near a field of corn on the University's St. Paul campus on Tuesday, Sep. 15th. Roop’s work will focus on climate change and adaption with the goal of providing critical climate and meteorological information for decision making in agricultural production, forestry, and management of natural resources.

New University professor plans to bridge climate research and community outreach

September 18, 2020
CFANS professor Heidi Roop plans to develop a new extension program.