The Minnesota Daily

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Proposed law would cut book costs

May 2, 2007

A proposed state law could make textbooks cheaper for University students. The Higher Education Conference Committee adopted a proposal that would force publishers to disclose individual prices of items...

Grass greener in the countryside to students in debt

April 24, 2007

Some students have a way to get out of mounting debt when they graduate: move to the country. Student loan forgiveness and repayment programs offer graduates an opportunity to get rid of debt but come...

U bill passes house

April 23, 2007

In a rush to pass its finance bills last week, the House approved a bill providing University funding and a few other surprises. The House passed its higher education omnibus bill Thursday after almost...

Pawlenty speaks at the Law School, his alma mater

April 17, 2007

Gov. Tim Pawlenty returned to his alma mater Monday to give a speech at the Law School. Pawlenty, who graduated in 1986, addressed the global economy, health-care reform and a professor's advice in law...

Capitol rally aims to educate

April 16, 2007

A group of University students biked to the Capitol Saturday in support of the Global Warming Day of Action, an event celebrated nationwide in local gatherings. About a dozen Minnesota Public Interest...

McCollum shares Afghan experiences

April 10, 2007

Rep. Betty McCollum, the Democratic congresswoman representing St. Paul, talked Monday on campus about her trip to Afghanistan and Pakistan. Addressing a modest crowd at the Humphrey Institute, McCollum...

State to ‘fix’ elections

April 6, 2007

Being old fashioned might be the popular route when it comes to choosing regents. When the House reconvenes next week, it will take on the regent selection process after a contentious election last month. Rep....

Dream Act causes tension at capitol

April 5, 2007

As the Legislature prepares to take its session break, Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty threatened to veto higher education funding legislation if it includes the Dream Act. Lawmakers in the House and Senate...

Sen. Klobuchar addresses global warming

April 3, 2007

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar spoke on campus Monday about global warming going mainstream and praised the University's energy efforts. "After years of congressional inaction, neglect and even defiance on this...

House offers tuition boost

March 29, 2007

If the House version of the higher education bill passes, tuition could increase by 2 percent next year, the lowest increase so far in the session, and maybe not at all in 2009. With an apple on his desk,...

U funding could be cut

March 27, 2007

The Minnesota House is expected to introduce a bill today that includes funding for the University. Lawmakers in the House have been tight-lipped about specifics of the plan as they struggled to pull together...

Building funds forecasted

March 22, 2007

For the first time in more than 10 years, the University might get its full request from the Legislature to repair leaky roofs and crumbling buildings. The House Capital Investment Finance Division Committee...

U expects funding deficit

March 21, 2007

The University may receive about $42 million less than it requested for the 2008-2009 biennium budget. The hole in funding could mean increased tuition and cutbacks in programs at the University, according...

Smoking devices scrutinized

March 19, 2007

A proposed state law could mean woe for those who will have to find a wily way to smoke weed. Sen. Amy Koch, R-Buffalo, proposed a bill to outlaw the sale and possession of glass pipes, bongs and other...

Law would reimburse impound fees

March 8, 2007

Brett Weik-Ulrich had no idea that a stolen jacket would lead to a weeklong nightmare. Weik-Ulrich's keys were in his jacket, and his car went missing last week. He filed a police report and replaced all...

State grants might rise

March 6, 2007

An increase in the state grant program could mean some students could receive $1,100 more per year for college. State Sen. Rod Skoe, DFL- Clearbrook, proposes to increase the state grant program by approximately...

Legislator wants U to strengthen relations to India

March 2, 2007

The University might soon get a bit closer to India. State Rep. Erik Paulsen, R-Eden Prairie, wants an India Center at the University, similar to the existing China Center, in order to expand research...

New bill could make city skies darker

March 1, 2007

Some Minnesota lawmakers want to see the stars shine in the city. A bill sponsored by Minneapolis DFL Rep. Phyllis Kahn would mandate that all new streetlights in the state be equipped with a hood to cast...

Legislature might boost U organic research funding

February 27, 2007

The University might become a little greener and more natural. The Legislature is considering giving the University more than $2 million to research organic agriculture. The appropriation would create...

Wisconsin discusses tuition increase

February 22, 2007

When tuition goes up at the University next year, many students will have their fate tied to a different state than Minnesota. The Wisconsin Board of Regents sets tuition for Wisconsin students at the...

Wisc. won’t yield to U

February 21, 2007

Wisconsin lawmakers are calling the reciprocity debate a Minnesota bookkeeping problem, saying their state is paying what's due to Minnesota. A bill in Minnesota's House would charge Wisconsin students...

Area lawmaker pushes for state poet

February 16, 2007

;"The 'Gov' shall appoint a state poet laureate,/ Who shall serve for a four-year term./ Because this appointment will always be great,/ There's no need for the Senate to confirm." Most bills don't read...

Smoking ban talks still fiery

February 15, 2007

As lawmakers debate a statewide smoking ban, some campus bar owners wonder if it will fire up business again. Proponents of the bill hope the ban would alleviate health problems and competition between...

Bill could raise Wisconsin students’ tuition

February 13, 2007

Students from Wisconsin could see their tuition jump at the University if lawmakers have their way. African studies sophomore Ryann Streicher, from Madison, Wis., attends the University because of the...

Stem cell bill under debate

February 8, 2007

A Minnesota House committee heard a bill Wednesday that would establish policy for state-funded embryonic stem cell research. The bill, introduced by campus-area DFL Rep. Phyllis Kahn, became instantly...

Benefits for vets could increase

February 6, 2007

Jeremiah Peterson missed home like any other college student, but he was further away than most. During the fall of 2003, he left for Iraq with his National Guard unit. "For two years, home was the only...

Former judge appeals to House for financial aid

February 1, 2007

Average student debt at the University went up by $10,000 between 2002 and 2005, and increased tuition isn't the only thing to blame. Retired U.S. appellate Judge Gerald Heaney asked a Minnesota House...

Proposed amendment might mean funds for environment

January 30, 2007

It's hard to compete against sick kids and keeping the bars on prisons. A proposed constitutional amendment could make that competition unnecessary for certain cultural and environmental programs with...

University rallies for optimal state aid

January 25, 2007

The University is talking money this year at the Capitol, and several hundred students, faculty and alumni gathered last night at the McNamara Alumni Center to rally behind the University's funding requests. University...

Ellison discusses life in U.S. House

January 23, 2007

Keith Ellison remains close to his roots, despite election publicity and controversy that turned him into a household name. His constituent office is in the Minneapolis Urban League building, where he...

Pawlenty announces plans to better state

January 18, 2007

At the State of the State address Wednesday, Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty said the state of Minnesota is "great," but could be better through healthcare, energy policy and education reforms. Faced with...

University bills emerge in state Legislature

January 18, 2007

While students were relaxing during the break, legislators introduced hundreds of new bills at the Capitol in St. Paul, many of which could impact the University. Among the bills thrown in the hopper are...

Coach buyouts controversial

January 16, 2007

On top of having to rebuild two coaching staffs, the University is receiving flak from a few state legislators for spending millions of dollars to buy out the coaching contracts. In November, the University's...

Q & A with Keith Ellison

December 11, 2006

Since the November election, when he was elected to represent Minneapolis and some inner-ring suburbs in the U.S. Congress, Keith Ellison has been a busy man. As the first Muslim ever elected to Congress,...

Surplus could lead to extra funding

December 4, 2006

The budget forecast for the 2008-09 state budget is good news for Minnesota, with a projected $2.17 billion available over two years, according to a report issued Wednesday by the Minnesota Department...

Bell Museum might call Falcon Heights home

December 1, 2006

No air conditioning, an uncharacteristic location and 80-year-old dioramas are some reasons the Bell Museum might move to Falcon Heights. The relocation is slated to go before the Legislature in 2008....

Democrats expected to influence University

November 21, 2006

State-funded stem cell research, a light rail line between Minneapolis and St. Paul and a new Science Classroom Building could be some of the changes the University will see when the state Legislature...

Students unsure whether Democrats will help U

November 15, 2006

Although the national political landscape shifted dramatically following last Tuesday's elections, many University students expressed doubt the power shift would affect their lives. In the midterm elections,...

University-area senator to be majority leader

November 13, 2006

University-area Sen. Larry Pogemiller will be the next majority leader of the DFL-controlled state Senate. Pogemiller represents Senate District 59, the area covering the University's Minneapolis campus. Pogemiller...

Ellison wins 5th District seat

November 8, 2006

When Martin Sabo retires after representing the 5th Congressional District for 28 years, Democrat Keith Ellison will take his place. Ellison, the first Muslim ever elected to Congress and the first black...

State Senator, District 59

November 1, 2006

.Sandra Burt, Republican What are two or three of the most important issues to you in the election? The most important issues are public safety - because I believe that effects every one of us - education...

State Representative, District 66B

November 1, 2006

.Alice Hausman, DFL, Incumbent What are two or three of the most important issues to you in the election? They continue to be education and health care, but now these have extra weight because we have...

U.S. Representative, District 5

November 1, 2006

.Keith Ellison, Democrat What is your policy on immigration? We need a pathway to citizenship for people who are in the country. We need to streamline and improve ... legal immigration; if we did that,...

Barack Obama stops at Block E for book signing

October 31, 2006

As the room erupted into cheers, two young renegades in the mob craned their necks to watch Illinois Sen. Barack Obama enter the crowd of all ages and races. Hopkins High School student Zoe Illies, 17,...

Candidates debate in front of cameras

October 30, 2006

Beneath the glare of lights and in front of television cameras, three candidates for the 6th Congressional District debated issues and bashed their competitors' policies. The Center for the Study of Politics...

Possible power change in D.C.

October 30, 2006

Midterm elections in Minnesota are gaining national attention this year. Minnesota has several congressional seats that could be a toss-up this year, and the outcomes could play a role in the larger picture...

U.S. House hopefuls debate on U campus

October 19, 2006

Four U.S. House hopefuls joined Carlson School of Management lecturer and Republican candidate Alan Fine on his turf Wednesday night in a battle over who will take the 5th Congressional District seat. The...

4th District candidates face off in St. Paul

October 18, 2006

Nestled in a quaint residential neighborhood, the University's St. Paul campus is isolated from the city's bright lights, noise and contentious politics. While the 5th Congressional District race is drawing...

Camp Wellstone comes to University

October 16, 2006

As political candidates use MySpace, text messages and YouTube to lure young voters, many say nothing makes a lasting impression like old-fashioned face-to-face contact. A handful of volunteers came to...

Concert promotes political involvement

October 9, 2006

Bass lines and cymbal crashes echoed off the columns of Northrop Auditorium Friday night during Amps Against Apathy, a political action and music event held by Democracy Matters. The event attracted bands...