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Duluth campus reduces budget deficit to $6M

Published February 5, 2015

Administrators at the University of Minnesota-Duluth are making plans to further reduce the school’s budget deficit by $6 million over the next two years. On Tuesday, Lendley Black, the school’s...

Med students join nationwide “die-in”

Published December 10, 2014

The air was silent in the Malcolm Moos Health Sciences Tower on Wednesday as onlookers passed a group of about 70 students lying flat on the floor. The students, from the University...

Kaler talks ticket plan, budget surplus

Published December 9, 2014

As fall semester draws to a close, the Minnesota Daily sat down with University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler on Monday for the semester’s final installment of Kickin’ it with Kaler. The...

Regents’ top risk: losing freedom

Published December 9, 2014

University of Minnesota leaders operate independently of the state, and they want to keep it that way. The Board of Regents has put autonomy from the state at the top of its 2014 “institutional risk...

Universities react to cyber attacks

Published December 3, 2014

Incidents of cybercrime and data breaches have jumped in recent years — and higher education institutions like the University of Minnesota are responding. High-profile data breaches have hit several...

Invisible on campus

Published December 3, 2014

After a full day of studying or working, Adrian Martinez leaves school at about 5 p.m. each night to secure a space at a local homeless shelter. When Martinez migrated to Minnesota from New Mexico...

Legislators reform regent selection process

Published December 1, 2014

Criticism surrounding the process for choosing the University of Minnesota’s regents has prompted reform, as some state and school officials say it’s loaded with unnecessary political pressure. During...

University seeks funding for community issues

Published November 13, 2014

The University of Minnesota wants $6.25 million to boost faculty hiring, grants and undergraduate service learning and broaden its reach across the state. The “vital communities” initiative...

University president Eric Kaler sat down to discuss his recent trip to South Korea, the Washington riots and the Universitys 2016-17 biennial budget request Monday afternoon in Morrill Hall.

Kaler talks student-athlete stipends, federal funding levels

Published November 11, 2014

The Minnesota Daily sat down with University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler on a snowy Monday afternoon for its monthly Kickin’ It with Kaler interview. Kaler discussed a range of topics, including...

KSTP report claims Mayor flashed gang sign, prompts #pointergate

Published November 7, 2014

An allegation that Mayor Betsy Hodges flashed "a known gang sign" in a photo has created some buzz on social media, according to the Star Tribune.   According to a KSTP TV report, Hodges...

Dayton grabs a second term

Published November 5, 2014

The downtown Minneapolis Hilton hotel became a scene of jubilation Tuesday night as a large crowd learned Gov. Mark Dayton will continue to lead Minnesota in his second term as governor. The race concluded...

U wants state funding for health care

Published November 4, 2014

University of Minnesota health leaders want to tackle the state’s health care shortfalls — but they say they need more state funding to do it. The University is requesting $34.5 million from...

U seeks $6 million for studies on mining

Published October 29, 2014

The University of Minnesota is requesting $6.25 million from the state Legislature to address the environmental, health and economic impacts of Minnesota’s mining industry. The multimillion-dollar...

Whyte studies U’s death response

Published October 27, 2014

When University of Minnesota marching band member Robert Brau died in an August motorcycle accident, the 300-person band dedicated its entire 2014 season to his memory and School of Music students organized...

Hestness retiring in summer

Published October 27, 2014

University of Minnesota police Chief Greg Hestness will retire in June after serving more than 11 years as the University’s assistant vice president for public safety and chief of police, he announced...

Medical School gets board’s eye

Published October 22, 2014

University of Minnesota regents are keeping administrators on their toes as the Medical School’s leaders work to boost its prestige. This month, a Board of Regents committee reviewed the school’s...

U bracing for shifting Minnesota

Published October 20, 2014

Over the next six years, Minnesota’s high school graduation rates are projected to flatten. At the same time, the state’s older population will outnumber younger residents, putting a new strain...

A ‘jigsaw puzzle’ of funds

Published October 15, 2014

Editor’s note: This is the third installment in a three-part series examining the University of Minnesota’s efforts to garner state funds for building maintenance. The previous pieces were...

Old buildings hinder work

Published October 8, 2014

Editor’s note: This is the second installment in a three-part series examining the University of Minnesota’s efforts to garner state funds for building maintenance. The first part was published...

Kaler talks ticket policies, tuition freeze

Published October 6, 2014

Just a week before the Board of Regents will vote to approve University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler’s 2016-17 biennial budget request, the Minnesota Daily sat down with him on Friday for its...

Facing building decay, admins look to state

Published October 1, 2014

Editor’s note: This is the first installment in a three-part series examining the University of Minnesota’s efforts to garner state funds for building maintenance.   Inside Burton Hall,...

School of Social Work receives $1.28 million

Published September 29, 2014

The University of Minnesota’s School of Social Work received a $1.28 million grant last week to address the growing demand for professional training in mental health and substance abuse counseling. The...

The ‘Band-Aid’ solution

Published September 23, 2014

A day after University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler proposed to continue a two-year tuition freeze earlier this month, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system announced a similar extension. Universities...

Rochester campus seeks expansion, more students

Published September 22, 2014

The University of Minnesota-Rochester is planning for a future with double the campus’s current number of students and expanded grounds. Administrators are making a plan to accommodate an influx...

Loan bill hits second roadblock

Published September 22, 2014

A bill that would’ve provided students with the option to refinance their federal student loans and potentially lower their interest rates was blocked Tuesday for the second time since its introduction...

Regents: Don’t delay strategic plan

Published September 17, 2014

As the University of Minnesota’s strategic plan moves into its comment phase, regents, faculty members and students are saying they want administrators to commit to implementing its proposed policies. The...

Kaler aims to broaden freeze

Published September 15, 2014

Come next year, the University of Minnesota’s tuition freeze could cover more students. University President Eric Kaler’s 2016-17 biennial budget proposal extends the existing tuition freeze...

Proposed budget extends tuition freeze beyond undergrads

Published September 11, 2014

Come next year, the University of Minnesota’s tuition freeze could affect more students. University President Eric Kaler’s 2016-17 biennial budget request includes a continued tuition freeze...

A police officer ushers pedestrians across the street on Monday following a light rail power system issue that affected over seven green line stops. Silmultaneous to the issue was a gas leak in the Wahu apartment complex next to the intersection.

Train damage shuts down Green Line for hours

Published September 9, 2014

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...

Professor Art Erdman uses the 3D Immersive Touch Table System in the Medical Devices Center in the Mayo Building on Thursday. The MDC, which uses student and faculty research to create breakthrough medical devices, is a leading center in its field.

A push to sell research

Published September 9, 2014

The University of Minnesota is taking its “Driven to Discover” mantra outside of classrooms and labs by arming faculty and student researchers with new initiatives to turn their breakthroughs...

Kaler: Top priorities include safety, affordable tuition

Published September 8, 2014

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,...

Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Karen Hanson and University President Eric Kaler answers a question from the audience Wednesday afternoon at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Administrators held the meeting to discuss the strategic plan draft, which they will present to the Board of Regents next week.

U’s strategic plan nears completion

Published September 4, 2014

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...

Admins reveal newest version of strategic plan

Published September 3, 2014

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...

Kaler, admins expand partnership in Norway

Published September 2, 2014

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 pumps funding into new tech startups

Published August 26, 2014

Last week, the University of Minnesota announced plans to invest $350,000 in startup technology companies that originate on campus. The University of Minnesota’s Discovery Capital Investment Program,...

Grad students kick-start their own Welcome Week

Published August 6, 2014

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. The...

Council of Graduate Students member Scott Petty talks at the COGS meeting at Loring Pasta Bar on Tuesday July 22. Petty is one of four authoring the bill of rights for graduate students.

Graduate students draft their own bill of rights

Published July 30, 2014

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...

MSA lays out new goals for upcoming school year

Published July 30, 2014

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...

Minnesota student leaders team up for sexual assault prevention

Published July 23, 2014

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...

Graduate student in the ecology, evolution and behavior department Maria Rebolleda-Gomez researches in her lab in Snyder Hall on St. Paul campus on Thursday. In her research she studies both biology and philosophy.

Cross-program research suffers from funding woes

Published July 16, 2014

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,...

Lawmakers push for Pell Grant changes

Published July 9, 2014

If a group of national lawmakers has its way, some University of Minnesota students could get more help paying for summer classes. As Congress works to renew the Higher Education Act, which expired in...

Acting Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Education Sally Kohlstedt poses for a portrait in her office in Johnston Hall on Thursday.

An interim advocate for grad students

Published July 9, 2014

When Sally Kohlstedt took her temporary post as acting vice provost and dean of graduate education last year, she said she wanted to bring optimism in light of the recent restructuring of the University...

Psychology and criminology junior Kayla Latarte writes specials on a board Friday at Campus Pizza, where she is a bartender.

Fewer students are working while in college

Published July 2, 2014

Fewer college students are working while in school nationwide, despite rising costs and tuition rates. Nationally, about 45 percent of college students reported being employed last year, according to the...

University professor Benjamin Munson and his partner Kevin Burk look through used books at the Twin Cities Pride festival Saturday.  Munson and Burk received domestic partnership benefits before they got married last summer.

University employees won’t receive benefits for same-sex domestic partners next year

Published July 2, 2014

Before professor Benjamin Munson married his partner last summer, the two received University of Minnesota health benefits for being in a same-sex domestic partnership. Munson, a speech, language and hearing...

GAPSA facing complaint, potential changes

Published June 25, 2014

Current and past members of the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly are facing allegations of spending the group’s student services fees funding for an allegedly unapproved trip to Washington,...

Veterinary medicine students plan for tuition freeze

Published June 25, 2014

University of Minnesota veterinary medicine student Ashley Hall is planning how she’ll pay off her $300,000 student debt once she completes her program. To keep down costs that can be burdensome...

U to create campus climate survey on sexual assault

Published June 18, 2014

Amid an increasingly heated national discussion of sexual assaults on college campuses, the University of Minnesota plans to survey its students on the issue. This spring, the White House Task Force to...

Student leaders seek to unify University campuses

Published June 18, 2014

In their final report of the year, student representatives to the Board of Regents highlighted the need for the University of Minnesota to operate more efficiently as a multi-campus system last week. University...

A University security monitor stands outside Smith Hall after a research-related chemical explosion Tuesday afternoon.

Smith Hall explosion injures one

Published June 17, 2014

A small chemical explosion Tuesday afternoon at Smith Hall left one University of Minnesota graduate student injured. University spokesman Chuck Tombarge said the University’s Department of Emergency...

Graduate student in the applied plant science program Clemon Dabney III observes his crops in one of his plots on St. Paul campus. Dabney grows several varieties of grasses and hybridizes them to observe various favorable phenotypic differences.

Grad school works to grow black student population

Published June 11, 2014

Clemon Dabney III was one of only six black graduate students enrolled in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences last year. Dabney said he struggles with adjusting to the contrasting...

Second year graduate student Greggory Reid stands inside of Burton Hall on Thursday.  Reid is getting his Masters in postsecondary teaching and learning and has 19 years of experience as a financial aid officer.

Students fight new Regents representative policy

Published June 11, 2014

For the second time in less than three months, student representatives to the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents are fighting a recent policy change they say may exclude qualified new leaders. The...

After stifled protests, faculty want policy change

Published June 4, 2014

Some University of Minnesota faculty members say the school’s policies impede students’ constitutional rights. After some student protesters faced potential disciplinary action for violating...

New administrator to address student life

Published June 4, 2014

University of Minnesota leaders are working to make every student’s experience better. In an effort to ensure the University is an inclusive place, the Office for Student Affairs is adding a new...

U blood-screening program puts some St. Paul residents at risk of diseases

Published May 31, 2014

The University of Minnesota is searching for past and current residents of the Skyline Tower in St. Paul who could be at risk for infectious diseases after misuse of equipment at blood-sugar screenings. University...

Senior political science major and sorority member Mary Carlson and president of Beta Theta Pi fraternity and senior graphic design major Nate Wong show Marys room for the summer in the Beta Theta Pi fraternity house.

Sororities clear out for the summer

Published May 28, 2014

Mary Carlson settled into her new room last week in a home she now shares with 15 fraternity members. For the summer months, she’s living on a floor with seven other girls in the Beta Theta Pi fraternity...

Graduate students ignored in tuition and fees due date change

Published May 28, 2014

University of Minnesota officials recently shifted the due dates for tuition and fees payments, irking some graduate students who rely on the old deadlines. The new dates for fall semester payments come...

Whose Diversity? pushes administration to hear demands

Published May 15, 2014

Whose Diversity? isn’t satisfied with the University of Minnesota administration's responses to its broad list of diversity-rooted demands released last month. More than 30 students and faculty members...

Upcoming tuition hikes irk students

Published May 10, 2014

University of Minnesota community members filled McNamara Alumni Center Friday afternoon to confront President Eric Kaler and the Board of Regents with concerns about his budget proposal. At...

Usafe app wins crime prevention contest

Published May 9, 2014

Student groups Co-Lab and Echo Spot started their Crime Innovation Contest a month ago asking students to submit their best ideas and inventions aimed to reduce crime and increase safety on campus.   “What...

GAPSA addresses missing money

Published May 8, 2014

Tensions regarding the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly’s financials came to a head at its final meeting of the academic year Wednesday night. The assembly passed a resolution demanding...

Admins to review fees process

Published May 5, 2014

Two University of Minnesota student groups won’t get a funding boost after appealing this year’s student services fees recommendations, but the whole process is getting another look. Collegians...

In final forum, MSA gets set for summer

Published April 30, 2014

In its final forum of the school year, the Minnesota Student Association unanimously passed its summer budget. It also discussed progress on its survey of University of Minnesota student renters and elected...

Groups make final fees pleas

Published April 29, 2014

In the eleventh hour, two University of Minnesota student groups are expressing concerns over student services fees allocations. After a months-long fees allocation process, the Minnesota Public Interest...

Student leaders push for state loan reform

Published April 28, 2014

As Congress works to renew the Higher Education Act this year, student leaders in Minnesota are pushing legislators to make state student loans more accessible. The Minnesota Student Association, the Minnesota...

Students could see more in-state grants

Published April 24, 2014

Nearly one-third of University of Minnesota undergraduates could get more state money to help pay their college expenses next year. The Minnesota State Grant program will have a $17.6 million surplus that...

Light rail will run 24/7

Published April 22, 2014

When the Central Corridor light-rail line opens June 14, trains will run 24/7. The line was originally set to operate seven days a week until only 1 a.m., but last week Metro Transit announced in a letter...

University responds to the Heartbleed bug

Published April 19, 2014

Last week the Heartbleed bug was announced to the public as a severe threat to the security of online information. Faculty and staff members at the University of Minnesota this week were warned of...

CBS starts search for new dean

Published April 17, 2014

The University of Minnesota’s College of Biological Sciences announced Wednesday that Thomas Hays will serve as interim dean beginning July 1, according to an email sent to CBS students, faculty...

Kill switch garners industry support

Published April 17, 2014

Beginning next summer, most new smartphones will be equipped with a theft deterrent. The leading trade group for cellphone manufacturers announced Tuesday that companies will equip smartphones made after...

Student services fees appeals released

Published April 14, 2014

The Student Services Fees Appeals Committee released its recommendations Sunday, granting two of seven appeals that student groups and administrative units requested for their funding next year. The committee...

Grad students question Senate election process

Published April 9, 2014

After a recent change to the Student Senate’s bylaws  that guaranteed seats to graduate and professional students, some scrambled to run as write-in candidates before last week’s election. But...

Election results corrected

Published April 8, 2014

The All-Campus Elections Commission revised its official results for the next president of the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly on Monday, a day after releasing incorrect figures. The updated...

Newly elected GAPSA president, Alfonso Sintjago, speaks about his future plans as GAPSA president on Friday at the reopening of Northrop.

Sintjago elected GAPSA president

Published April 7, 2014

Following a tight race, Alfonso Sintjago was elected Friday night to lead the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly next year. The current executive vice president for GAPSA won just over half of...

Stangler, Sintjago win campus elections

Published April 7, 2014

On Friday night, University of Minnesota students chose Joelle Stangler as the 2014-15 undergraduate student body president and Alfonso Sintjago as the next graduate and professional student body president. Stangler,...

Students dispute cancelling Condoleezza Rice’s visit to the U

Published April 2, 2014

On Tuesday the Minnesota Student Association agreed to oppose a recommended resolution to the University Faculty Senate that advises the Humphrey School of Public Affairs to cancel Condoleezza Rice’s...

University to pilot global graduate student survey

Published April 1, 2014

Come fall, University of Minnesota graduate students will be among the first in the nation to take part in a survey measuring their experience at research institutions. In an effort to better understand...

Students talk to senator Kari Dziedzic about the Universitys bonding bill at Support the U Day at the Minnesota Capitol in St. Paul on Thursday.

Students back the bonding bill at Support the U Day

Published March 31, 2014

More than a 150 students from the University of Minnesota campuses flooded the state Capitol on Thursday to advocate for the school’s 2014 capital request. Many of the students were in the sciences,...

Final fees recs barely budge

Published March 25, 2014

The Student Services Fees Committee released its final recommendations Monday, marking one of the final points before next year’s funding for student groups and administrative units is finalized. Most...

GAPSA presidential nominees Scott Petty, left, and Alfonso Sintjago.

GAPSA presidential candidates seek reform

Published March 24, 2014

As candidates for president of the University of Minnesota’s Graduate and Professional Student Assembly, Alfonso Sintjago and Scott Petty are strategizing ways to restructure the assembly’s...

MSA pushes to extend dining for finals

Published March 12, 2014

The Minnesota Student Association unanimously passed a resolution Wednesday urging the University of Minnesota’s University Dining Services to open all campus restaurants and dining halls as early...

Grad students petition for relief from fees

Published March 11, 2014

Graduate student Josh Kielsmeier-Cook is working to support himself, his wife and their two-year-old daughter on his stipend as a University of Minnesota research assistant. A chunk of that stipend goes...

Graduate students seek senate voice

Published March 10, 2014

A group of graduate students is pushing the University of Minnesota Student Senate to guarantee seats for graduate and professional students. Current policy for the All-Campus Elections Commission makes...

GAPSA discusses fees transparency

Published March 3, 2014

Following accusations that leadership wasn’t transparent enough in its student services fees application, four Graduate and Professional Student Assembly members introduced a resolution Wednesday...

Groups contest cut fees

Published March 3, 2014

University of Minnesota students came out in force at a hearing Friday to show their support for Northrop Concerts and Lectures, after the group received less than one-third of its $480,000 fees request...

Students speak out for Northrop’s fees request

Published March 1, 2014

After Northrop Concerts and Lectures was offered only one-third of its $480,000 fees request in the Student Services Fees Committee's initial recommendations, students came out to a public hearing Friday...

Early fees recommendations slash funding

Published February 25, 2014

The Student Services Fees Committee released its initial funding recommendations for 2014-15, suggesting that University of Minnesota student groups receive only about two-thirds of the funds they requested. Dozens...

Grad school tests out new goals

Published February 20, 2014

The University of Minnesota Graduate School will establish learning outcomes for each of its more than 200 graduate programs, laying out for the first time what students are expected to learn in each program. Officials...

Students brainstorm to curb crime on campus

Published February 17, 2014

The student group Co-Lab held their first official event this past Thursday. Co-Lab was created as a workspace for student entrepreneurs at the University of Minnesota to develop solutions for campus problems....

New site connects graduate roommates

Published February 11, 2014

When Nicole Scott came to the University of Minnesota to start a graduate program in cognitive science, she turned to Craigslist to find housing. But Scott was skeptical to sign a lease with someone she...

University junior and newly elected PHC President, Talia Saville.

PHC president takes on safety, communication

Published February 5, 2014

Before coming to the University of Minnesota, Talia Saville took a year to study abroad in Belgium through a Rotary International program. By moving to a place where she didn’t speak any local languages,...

Bill may kill phone theft

Published January 27, 2014

In attempts to combat rising smartphone theft across the nation, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., is planning to introduce a bill requiring cellphone manufacturers to include a “kill switch”...

COGS prepping fees request

Published January 22, 2014

The Council of Graduate Students is beginning to apply for its own student services fees after voting in November to split from the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly, effective this summer. The...