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U limits role in housing off campus

April 19, 2006

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Getting housing fixes tough

April 18, 2006

FThis is part two of a three-part series that explores the livability and safety issues in rental properties in the Marcy-Holmes and Southeast Como neighborhoods. Despite more thorough inspections, increased...

If these walls could talk …

April 17, 2006

N ick Vanderheyden stays out of his basement closet. Old, crushed boxes are piled up to the ceiling. A crutch lies on top of the stack. There's an old vent in the closet somewhere. The space houses so...

State increases minimum wage

May 4, 2005

Minnesotans currently making minimum wage will likely be able to put extra cash into their pockets come August. The State House and Senate, respectively, passed measures Monday and Tuesday that will up...

Lawmakers target common drugs used to make meth

April 27, 2005

Nearly a dozen bipartisan bills aimed at curbing methamphetamine use and production have floated through the Legislature this session. One of the most restrictive bills - which limits the sale of precursor...

Higher-ed bill gets closer to passing

April 25, 2005

The higher education bill moved forward Friday after a Senate committee and the House passed their versions of the bill. The House passed its bill 73-60. The Senate Finance Committee's bill gives the University...

Higher education bill clears another committee

April 21, 2005

In a matter of minutes, the House Ways and Means Committee passed the higher education budget bill relatively unscathed Wednesday. Now, the bill will go to the House floor. The Senate Higher Education...

Budget bill clears hurdle

April 20, 2005

A House committee passed its higher education budget bill Tuesday, which included the University's two-year budget. The Higher Education Finance Committee voted 8-4 along party lines. The bill's next stop...

Kahn aims to legalize ticket scalping

April 14, 2005

ACORRECTION: Rep. Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis, has authored a bill that would make ticket scalping legal. Under the current state statue it is illegal. cross the street from Huberts Bar and Restaurant...

Gov. Pawlenty signs state bonding bill

April 12, 2005

Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed the state bonding bill Monday, sending some construction crews to work after a nearly one-year delay. Last week, the State House and Senate overwhelmingly passed the bill that...

Capitol looks at student privacy

April 4, 2005

Visa, MasterCard, Discover. Name the credit card, and college students probably have it. Many college students have credit cards and often have more than one sitting in their wallets. They use them to...

Conference committee OKs bonding bill

March 31, 2005

Though it came more than nine months late, the Capital Investment Conference Committee unanimously voted to pass an $886 million bonding bill Wednesday evening. With $108.3 million for the University,...

Supreme Court rules on Title IX speaking rights

March 31, 2005

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that neither men nor women who complain about unequal treatment under Title IX can be retaliated against. Title IX protects people from being excluded, on the basis...

Bill would create a committee to plan a university in Rochester

March 30, 2005

For almost 20 years, many people in Rochester, Minn., have wanted a nontraditional, four-year university. Now, the city might get its chance. Sen. Sheila Kiscaden, I-Rochester, said her constituents have...

Bonding bill stalls at the Capitol

March 22, 2005

The Capital Investment Conference Committee met Monday, hoping to pass the state bonding bill, but did not reach an agreement as of press time. For several hours, the committee, which comprises five House...

U requests funds to study soybean rust

March 10, 2005

A conference committee - made up of both state senators and representatives - met for the first time Wednesday to discuss projects either not included in the bonding bill or included only in the House...

U profs display substance of science to House committee

March 10, 2005

The House Higher Education Finance Committee got a lesson in science Wednesday. University professor Tim Ebner, who heads the neuroscience department, held up a human brain in front of the committee to...

Renters’ tax credit may decrease

March 9, 2005

Many students who rent are eligible to receive a tax credit because a portion of their rent goes toward property taxes. But the refund check they usually receive in the mail in August could get smaller. Since...

State to review reciprocity policies

March 3, 2005

One day after state senators began considering changes to Minnesota reciprocity agreements, a State House committee is doing the same. Rep. Joe Opatz, DFL-St. Cloud, the House Higher Education Finance...

Bill would change tuition

March 2, 2005

The tuition gap between Minnesota and Wisconsin students attending the University might get smaller in the near future. Sen. Yvonne Prettner Solon, DFL-Duluth, introduced a bill to the Senate Higher Education...

Funding plan stirs debate

February 28, 2005

A statement Gov. Tim Pawlenty made in his State of the State address last month has incited strong reaction between higher education leaders and legislators. In his speech, Pawlenty proposed directly funding...

State might up min. wage

February 28, 2005

First-year student Dylan France said he can barely get by on the $5.15 an hour he makes bagging groceries at Kowalski's Market. State Rep. Tom Rukavina, DFL-Virginia, said he would aim to fix that by increasing...

U lobbies at State Capitol

February 24, 2005

One University student told the legislators who represent the University she struggled with the decision whether to finish her last semester at the University because she was in a financial pinch. Veronica...

State House is set to vote on U’s requests in bonding bill

February 18, 2005

The House Ways and Means Committee sent the bonding bill to the floor after approving it late Thursday night. The bill - which funds construction projects - allocates $89 million for University projects....

Smoking ban gains momentum

February 17, 2005

The bipartisan bill calling for a statewide smoking ban in public places is facing round two at the State Legislature this session. The Freedom to Breathe Act passed full committee in the Senate last year...

Bill proposes to ease voter registration

February 15, 2005

A bill was introduced to the Senate Elections Committee on Tuesday that would give college students more choices to prove their residence on Election Day. The bill requests that higher-education institutions...

U requests reciprocity changes

February 15, 2005

After nearly four decades of granting reciprocity agreements with nearby states, the University is asking the State Legislature to change the system. Since 1968, Minnesota has had agreements with Manitoba,...

Funding transportation will be key for this Legislature

February 14, 2005

A state senator proposed to fix transportation woes with a gas-tax increase of 5 cents per gallon and an added surcharge to purchased new and used vehicles. Senate Minority Leader Sen. Dick Day, R-Owatonna,...

Dayton won’t run for re-election

February 10, 2005

Sen. Mark Dayton, D-Minn., announced Wednesday that he will not run for re-election in 2006. "I do not believe that I am the best candidate to lead the (Democratic-Farmer-Labor) Party to victory next year,"...

Groups come together to celebrate lunar New Year

February 9, 2005

Jade Yip got a small taste of home on Tuesday. Yip, a student studying abroad from Singapore, attended the Lunar New Year Festival in Coffman Union's Great Hall. Several Asian countries, including Singapore,...

Senator finds plan lacking

February 4, 2005

The senator who represents the University area called Gov. Tim Pawlenty's two-year budget recommendation "underwhelming" Thursday. Sen. Larry Pogemiller, DFL-Minneapolis, said Pawlenty's $113 million proposed...

Casinos enter budget plan

February 3, 2005

Gov. Tim Pawlenty has proposed a gaming partnership between the state and local American Indian tribes to help erase Minnesota's $700 million deficit. According to Pawlenty's recommended two-year budget,...

Senators tour St. Paul campus to see what state money does at U

February 2, 2005

Some senators got to see state dollars put to work at the University on Tuesday. Members of the Senate Higher Education Budget Division Committee and their staff toured the Cargill Building for Microbial...

Budget lower than U request

February 1, 2005

Gov. Tim Pawlenty's higher-education budget recommendation is not enough, some House committee members said Monday. At a House Higher Education Finance Committee hearing, Susan Heegaard, director of the...

Lobbyists act as liaisons with U, Capitol

January 27, 2005

Admitting a degree of failure during the State Legislature's last session, the University's lobbyists said they are more optimistic this year. Donna Peterson and Marty McDonough are University lobbyists....

Gov. budgets $1.2B for U

January 26, 2005

Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced his recommendation for the state's two-year budget Tuesday, which included $1.22 billion for the University for the next two years. Pawlenty's recommendation is $13 million...

Senate passes state bonding bill

January 25, 2005

The Senate passed a $975 million bonding bill 57-7 Monday. The bill, which funds construction projects, includes $118 million for the University. The University requested $158 million to help fund various...

Bruininks seeks 50/50 partnership with Minnesota

January 25, 2005

University President Bob Bruininks made his way around the Capitol on Thursday and Monday to propose a funding partnership between the state and the University. He proposed to the House Higher Education...

Bruininks calls for funds

January 21, 2005

University President Bob Bruininks dismissed a call for a change in how higher education is funded Thursday at a Senate committee meeting. Bruininks spoke to nine senators about the University's two-year...

Gov. proposes new funding plan

January 19, 2005

In his State of the State Address on Tuesday, Gov. Tim Pawlenty called for a change in the way public higher education is funded. Pawlenty, speaking in Rochester, Minn., said he will not sign the bonding...

Upcoming legislative session will be significant for the U

January 18, 2005

While some legislators call their last session the "do nothing" session, they say they will definitely get more accomplished this time around. "It should be better than the last session," said Rep. Phyllis...

Study advocates research focus at U

January 18, 2005

A Minnesota higher education study urged the University to focus more on its research to make it more globally competitive. "We have in our past had higher education lead," said Rondi Erickson, co-chairwoman...

Minnesota Daily poll finds many University students are employed

December 15, 2004

A Minnesota Daily poll conducted last week found 74 percent of responding students currently have jobs. Most University students keep jobs during the summer or during the school year, and many work year-round....

Program offers late-night alternative

December 13, 2004

On any given Friday or Saturday night, University students can watch a movie, bowl, play bingo and board games or listen to live music - all under one roof at Coffman Union. On Saturday, first-year student...

U students hit the books for finals, not malls during holidays

December 7, 2004

University students always seem to be pressed for time - especially as finals week approaches. That means shopping for the holidays is usually the last item on their "to-do" lists. Results from a recent...

Group promotes Celtic music at U

December 2, 2004

The Brian Boru Irish Pipe Band hunkers down for practice every Tuesday in a makeshift rehearsal hall - an Irish merchandise factory called the Irish Rose in West St. Paul, Minn. Drummers practice on their...

Mentor program builds leaders

November 30, 2004

Students drew journey lines - a series of ups and downs they've experienced in life - at a multicultural leadership workshop Monday in the Mississippi Room at Coffman Union. The activity's goal was to...

Poker spreads around campus

November 24, 2004

University senior Shaun Blum is a poker fanatic. He plays poker with friends, online and at a card club at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn. "I play a lot. Probably more than I should," he said. Blum...

Health, police officials find U students are not ‘big-time’ illegal drug users

November 22, 2004

University officials say there is not a big drug culture among students, and the statistics back up their claims. Numbers from Boynton Health Service, the University Police Department and Student Judicial...

Admissions ambassadors the face of U

November 22, 2004

Wearing a warm smile and her maroon-and-gold rugby shirt Nov. 13, Megan Garrity greeted another wide-eyed group of high school students and parents near the Bell Museum of Natural History. "I'm sure you...