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Med residents not exempt

January 19, 2011

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously against the University of Minnesota Medical Center and Mayo Clinic last week, saying that medical residents are not exempt from Social Security and Medicare payroll...

Finding new teachers

January 19, 2011

In order to address MinnesotaâÄôs educational achievement gap, lawmakers are considering a bill for alternative teacher licensing, which would allow mid-career professionals and recent college...

Discourse and delusion

January 18, 2011

The political rhetoric surrounding the tragic shooting in Tucson, Ariz. demonstrates just how harmful political discourse has become. While political messages likely did not provoke the massacre, finger-pointing...

A measured response

January 18, 2011

Though threats on government officials are constant, the attack on Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was the first against a member of Congress in 30 years. While thereâÄôs certainly a need to...

Last call for transparency

December 14, 2010

At the peak of the âÄúTroubled WatersâÄù controversy, President Bob Bruininks issued a written statement through the UniversityâÄôs public relations arm admitting the decision about...

Another dawn for timber wolves

December 14, 2010

The comeback of MinnesotaâÄôs iconic predator may have reached its peak. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced its intention to remove the gray wolf from the Endangered Species Act by...

Don’t blame the kids

December 13, 2010

College students need to pull themselves up by their bootstraps in order to graduate on time. ThatâÄôs the sentiment expressed by 70 percent of American adults in a recent survey commissioned by...

Health care for 9/11 heroes

December 13, 2010

The Republican minority in the U.S. Senate has filibustered many, many bills over the last two years. In most cases, there are at least plausible arguments Republicans make in defense of these filibusters. But...

Emmer makes good on race

December 9, 2010

In yesterdayâÄôs concession speech, Tom Emmer declared that itâÄôs time to âÄúmove ahead with the peopleâÄôs business.âÄù And so it is. Emmer and his campaign are...

Give Kill a chance

December 9, 2010

Jerry Kill was not the flashy big-name head football coach most fans âÄî or boosters âÄî had hoped to see to lead the Gophers. And while Athletics Director Joel Maturi certainly settled...

Finding new regents

December 8, 2010

Almost every month, a group of overwhelmingly wealthy, male and white public servants gather in the McNamara Alumni Center to vote on policy for the University of Minnesota, one of the largest public institutions...

Eric Kaler is overpaid

December 7, 2010

Incoming University President Eric Kaler recently said at a public forum that his new $610,000 base salary is âÄúreasonable.âÄù We beg to differ. In defense of his exorbitant level of compensation,...

Push for more diversity

December 7, 2010

To members of a university that is increasingly being governed according to market logic, leading to dramatic increases in tuition, employee furloughs and departmental cuts, it was refreshing to hear someone...

An unreliable source

December 6, 2010

The Turkish Coalition of AmericaâÄôs federal lawsuit against the University of Minnesota raises intriguing questions about free speech and academic freedom, not to mention of historiography itself....

Protect online privacy

December 6, 2010

Last Wednesday, the Federal Trade Commission backed a plan that would create an easy-to-use and universal way for consumers to opt out of Internet companies monitoring their browsing and purchasing patterns...

Pardoning Tim Pawlenty

December 2, 2010

Jeremy Giefer was 19 when he was charged with having sex with a 14-year-old girl heâÄôd one day marry. With no other sex crimes on his record, he requested a pardon in 2008 so his wife could open...

A wholesome reform

December 2, 2010

Not many measures on the U.S. SenateâÄôs so-called âÄúlame duckâÄù agenda have the potential to save a lot of lives anytime soon. But passage of the FDA Food Safety and Modernization...

Comcast’s confidence

December 1, 2010

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., recently wrote to the Department of JusticeâÄôs head of antitrust issues urging it to prevent the potential merger between Comcast and NBC Universal. He, along with federal...

Money problems in Washington

December 1, 2010

For the last fiscal year, the federal government faced a $1.3 trillion deficit that brings the total national debt to about $14 trillion. President Barack Obama and Congress know they must take serious...

Pass the Dream Act

November 30, 2010

For close to a decade, the Dream Act has been experiencing déjà vu in Congress. Originally conceived in 2001, the act continues to be shot down by conservative opponents, who...

Self-policing Greeks

November 30, 2010

Last week, the greek community took an important step in ensuring the safety of party guests by forming Arkeo, a student-run social monitoring group, but there remain some troubling issues with the programâÄôs...

Water, water everywhere

November 29, 2010

The state of Minnesota has 11,842 lakes, yet Minnesotans may be running out of good water. An extensive new survey and analysis of the stateâÄôs waters rightly suggests we shouldnâÄôt get...

Persecutors and persecuted

November 29, 2010

The U.N. recently amended its resolution condemning extrajudicial executions of minority populations. But led by mostly African and Arabic countries, members voted 79-70 to remove the reference in the...

Click for stark budget realities

November 24, 2010

If youâÄôve ever dreamed of rolling up your sleeves and having a crack at solving the nationâÄôs problems, nowâÄôs your chance. Last week, The New York Times unveiled a comprehensive...

Chairs of higher education

November 24, 2010

Once they won control, Minnesota Republicans began appointing new chairpeople on Legislative committees âÄî with some admirable streamlining efforts. In the LegislatureâÄôs two new higher...

The state of student apathy

November 23, 2010

The world, goes the aphorism, is run by those who show up. College students are a group notorious for not showing up. Whether from apathy or overloaded schedules, college students at the University of...

The right to smoke outside

November 23, 2010

The Minnesota Daily reported Nov. 18 that the Student Health Advisory Committee is again pushing to restrict students from smoking outdoors on campus. The next day, in a different report, David Golden,...

Eric Kaler’s priorities

November 22, 2010

  A University of Minnesota alumnus and a scholar who rose quickly in academia, Eric Kaler performed well during last weekâÄôs visit and appears to be a solid choice for the presidential post. But...

A scripted search

November 22, 2010

  At last ThursdayâÄôs regents meeting, Chairman of the Board of Regents, Clyde Allen, almost skipped over president-select Eric KalerâÄôs introductory remarks during the choreographed...

Transit innovation pays off

November 18, 2010

Minneapolis took a gamble when it opted to install the nationâÄôs largest bicycle-sharing program. Programs like it have met with varying degrees of success and frustration elsewhere, so it was...

The long war gets longer

November 18, 2010

Last Monday, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates spoke to Reuters about Afghanistan, saying, âÄúI hope the Taliban thinks [July 2011 is] an end date, because itâÄôs not. They are going...

Eric Kaler’s credentials

November 16, 2010

In a disappointing move, the Board of Regents named only one finalist in its presidential search. Eric KalerâÄôs credentials, though, are not disappointing. After receiving his PhD from the University...

A deficit of courage

November 16, 2010

President Barack ObamaâÄôs deficit-reduction commission released a draft last week proposing to reduce the long-term deficit through a combination of tax reforms, cuts to discretionary and military...

America (still) at war

November 11, 2010

  America is still at war nine years after the first bombs fell in Afghanistan, where the violence is only increasing. Soldiers have had to battle an increasingly strong and popular insurgency as...

Supporting the U’s veterans

November 11, 2010

TThe National Survey of Student Engagement recently released its 2010 results, which found that, on average, student veterans âÄúperceive[d] lower levels of campus supportâÄù than did the...

Electing new points of view

November 9, 2010

Minnesota may not be known widely for its diversity, but you wouldnâÄôt know it to look at our elected officials. In Hussein Samatar, Minneapolis has elected MinnesotaâÄôs first ever Somali...

John Kline’s top priority

November 9, 2010

U.S. Rep. John Kline was one of the big winners among Minnesota politicians last week. The Republican, representing the southern metro, won 63 percent of the vote and will almost certainly chair the House...

Restrain recount madness

November 4, 2010

Even before ballots were submitted to the Office of the Secretary of State for official tallies, the word âÄúrecountâÄù was plastered all over MinnesotaâÄôs election news. To their...

Coffman’s second floor

November 4, 2010

In the past several weeks, there has been serious and sustained public discussion about the allocation of space to student groups on the second floor of Coffman Union. The current situation allows only...

Corporate gossip

November 2, 2010

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a challenge to MinnesotaâÄôs campaign disclosure law brought by three groups supporting Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer. The Court...

Making the grade is not enough

November 2, 2010

The University of Minnesota received an âÄúAâÄù rating overall and in every category of its 2011 College Sustainability Report Card on Wednesday âÄî one of only three universities...

Mark Dayton for governor

October 28, 2010

MinnesotaâÄôs campaign for governor has been about job creation and solving the $6 billion budget deficit. But long-term social problems, like economic inequality and deterioration of basic state...

Ritchie for secretary of state

October 26, 2010

The main job of MinnesotaâÄôs secretary of state is to oversee and administer elections, which Democratic incumbent Mark Ritchie has done superbly in his four years in office. Indeed, voters going...

Re-elect Ellison for 5th

October 26, 2010

MinnesotaâÄôs Fifth Congressional District encompasses an extraordinary diversity of citizens. Minneapolis and its immediate suburbs contain some of the stateâÄôs richest and poorest people,...

A challenge for Obama

October 21, 2010

On Saturday, the University of Minnesota will welcome President Barack Obama. This is an honor for the University, but it is also an opportunity to let him hear our voices. Obama has inadequately addressed...

Going to school at The Bank

October 21, 2010

A sign on the TCF Bank office in the West Bank Skyway reads, in part: âÄúThe U of M did the homework for you and found TCF Bank to be the most convenient. Open an account today.âÄù Of course,...

Share the power

October 19, 2010

The Minnesota Student Association recently passed a noteworthy resolution that would require student approval of any construction project not relating to academics for which students are assessed a fee....

Rethink redistricting

October 19, 2010

On Election Day, Minneapolis voters will be presented with a ballot initiative that would change the way city wards are drawn. This commonsense measure would take redistricting duties away from political...

To the candidates

October 14, 2010

The audience in tomorrowâÄôs gubernatorial debate on campus will be students who have been closely following the race and know whatâÄôs at stake. Candidates should remember that weâÄôve...

Frank Cerra’s legacy

October 12, 2010

In an e-mail to faculty, President Bob Bruininks wrote that departing Senior Vice President of the Academic Health Center and Dean of the Medical School, Frank Cerra, will âÄúleave a lasting legacy...

Insuring children

October 12, 2010

Republican Gov. Tim PawlentyâÄôs opposition to new federal health care reform runs so deep that he will not even stand up for one of its most uncontroversial provisions: the requirement that insurance...

Keep admins honest … but keep the state honest too

October 11, 2010

Keep admins honest ... Last Thursday, a group of students, faculty and others held a rally in support of the National Day of Action to Defend Public Education to protest some of the University of MinnesotaâÄôs...

For-profit corruption

October 7, 2010

Interested parties on both sides of the nonprofit versus for-profit college debate should pay attention to news this week: Neither comes out unscathed. The White House and the U.S. Senate are no friends...

Corps don’t need personal privacy

October 5, 2010

On Monday, the Supreme Court began a new term and it looks eager to expand the scope of its misguided Citizens United decision. Many of the new cases it chose address corporate power. One of these cases...

Clementi’s tragedy

October 5, 2010

Last week, a nefarious college prank turned fatal when Tyler Clementi, a freshman at Rutgers University, killed himself after his roommate posted an online a video of Clementi making out with a man. Driven...

Investigate film snafu

October 4, 2010

President Bob Bruininks upped the ante on the âÄúTroubled WatersâÄù controversy after calling it an âÄúacademic freedomâÄù issue last week. That it is âÄî and the...

Elections, Incorporated

September 28, 2010

Last JanuaryâÄôs Citizens United Supreme Court decision unraveled a century of precedent by declaring that corporations and unions âÄî even foreign-controlled ones âÄî have a First...

Horner disregards U

September 28, 2010

In policy, gubernatorial candidate Tom Horner, an Independent, is trying to split the difference between Republicans and Democrats, and higher education is no exception. HornerâÄôs plan calls for...