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Iowa Caucus is only a first step

February 4, 2016

Over the last several days, the Iowa Caucus has dominated media headlines. Prospective Republican candidate Ted Cruz boasted a slight victory over Donald Trump, who had led the polls for almost the entire...

UMPD succeeds in crisis training

February 3, 2016

The University of Minnesota Police Department recently took positive steps toward improving community-police relations. As of Jan. 27, all officers finished de-escalation training to prepare for crisis...

Prioritize an end to war in Syria

February 3, 2016

With more than 250,000 people dead in the Syrian civil war and millions more displaced, it’s time for peace talks to move forward. Last week, the United Nations formally began its campaign to end...

US needs equal pay guarantees

February 2, 2016

On Friday, President Barack Obama proposed a new requirement to promote equal pay. The rule expands on an earlier executive action to require all businesses with more than 100 employees to report employee...

Crossover courses attract attention

February 2, 2016

A new, experimental major at Stanford University allows computer science students to simultaneously study the humanities without working toward a dual degree or double major.     The pilot program,...

New condos are a worthy project

February 1, 2016

Real estate developer Alatus LLC has announced plans to erect a 40-story skyscraper in Marcy-Holmes. If approved, construction on the new high-rise condominiums could start later this year.     The...

City should try to end local poverty

February 1, 2016

Frustrated by the neighborhood’s endemic poverty, an organization of 20 people came together in Cedar-Riverside last week to rally for expanded worker rights and higher wages.     The West...

Cut expensive drug costs now

January 28, 2016

The arrest of former Turing Pharmaceuticals executive Martin Shkreli in December brought to light the serious overpricing of drugs by pharmaceutical companies.     As Turing’s CEO, Shkreli...

Paid internships benefit students

January 28, 2016

A $374,000 grant announced earlier this month will help create 170 paid internships for University of Minnesota undergraduates over the next two years. The internship support targets students studying...

Sign up for new compost program

January 27, 2016

Starting in March, Minneapolis will begin to pick up organic waste such as food scraps, coffee grounds and paper-based egg cartons from residents who register for an organic recycling program by the end...

U should make DRC a priority

January 27, 2016

The Disability Resource Center (DRC) at the University of Minnesota recently hired two new employees to keep up with ever-increasing student demand.      In prior years, the DRC mostly served...

New court justice is the right choice

January 26, 2016

Judge Margaret Chutich made history last week when she became the first openly gay member of the Minnesota Supreme Court.     Gov. Mark Dayton, who had previously appointed Chutich to the state...

Tighter visa rules could allay fears

January 26, 2016

In an effort to protect American citizens from  terrorists, the Obama administration has tightened restrictions on who can enter the United States without a visa.     Under the new rules,...

Faculty union will equalize U

January 25, 2016

Last Wednesday, faculty at the University of Minnesota filed a petition to vote on whether to unionize. This move is the most recent advancement of a unionization agenda that has been forming on campus...

Gov’t should treat Flint water crisis

January 25, 2016

On Jan. 16, President Barack Obama announced a state of emergency for the impoverished city of Flint, Mich. The city is facing a water crisis which stemmed from city officials’ decision to change...

Program will ease burden of loans

January 18, 2016

  On Jan. 14, Minnesota launched a new student loan refinancing program that will allow borrowers to adjust their monthly student loan payments to lower amounts.   In a state with the fifth-highest...

Gun control laws help keep us safe

January 18, 2016

President Barack Obama’s Jan. 7 town hall meeting regarding gun control highlighted a key issue during this president’s term. Obama dismissed many claims that his policies aim to undermine...

Substitute water for sugary drinks

December 16, 2015

Sugary drink consumption in the United States is falling, but remains a problem worldwide. Foods and beverages with artificial sweeteners and added sugars remain prevalent, adding up to nearly three-quarters...

Guns have no place on campus

December 16, 2015

Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., explained during a recent convocation that the school will begin allowing students to carry and conceal guns inside residence halls....

Court must value campus diversity

December 15, 2015

For the second time in seven years, the Supreme Court is considering a case that questions an affirmative action plan at the University of Texas at Austin.   The plaintiff, Abigail Fisher, is a white...

Keep tuition rates flat for everyone

December 15, 2015

University President Eric Kaler presented a proposal to raise tuition for out-of-state students by 60 percent in the next four years at a Board of Regents meeting last Thursday night.    According...

Budget should target inequality

December 14, 2015

The Minneapolis City Council finalized the city’s 2016 budget proposal on Dec. 9. However, we feel it could have done more to allocate funds to the north side of Minneapolis, the recent site of the...

U must do more to stop scandals

December 14, 2015

Last Friday, University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler revealed his recommendations regarding the internal audit findings presented to the Board of Regents. Included in his “action plan”...

Facebook hoax offends good taste

December 10, 2015

Last month, dozens of social media pages suddenly popped up, calling for the creation of “white student unions” on campuses nationwide.   Among them was a Facebook page titled “A...

Internal audit report damaging

December 10, 2015

On Tuesday, during a Board of Regents meeting, an internal audit reported grievous spending violations accruing to more than $200,000 during Norwood Teague’s short stay as the University of Minnesota’s...

Support changes to education law

December 9, 2015

The House of Representatives has passed a replacement of the heavily criticized No Child Left Behind Act, which former President George W. Bush signed into law in 2002.   A companion bill is expected...

All schools should target sex assault

December 9, 2015

On college campuses, underreporting of sexual assault is as much of an epidemic as the crime itself, recent studies suggest.   Analysis of recently released annual campus crime statistics found 91...

New zoning laws benefit homeless

December 8, 2015

The Minneapolis City Council recently voted unanimously to revise zoning laws to allow homeless shelters in more parts of the city. Currently, the city only permits homeless shelters connected to religious...

Shuttle could add a way to get food

December 8, 2015

Two student groups are calling to create a free, once-weekly shuttle to ferry students back and forth between campus and grocery stores in Northeast Minneapolis, the Minnesota Daily reported last week.    According...

Budget surplus could benefit U

December 7, 2015

In St. Paul, legislators are abuzz about how best to spend Minnesota’s $1.9 billion surplus. By law, the state must invest about $600 million into its reserves for future use.   The rest, however,...

Hate crime laws need rewriting

December 7, 2015

On Nov. 23, five people were shot outside the 4th Precinct police station in North Minneapolis, the site of protests over Jamar Clark’s death earlier that month. Since then, four men allegedly involved...

Coming forth shows courage

December 3, 2015

After decades of silence, two former student actors at the Children’s Theatre Company filed suit Monday, alleging sexual abuse by then-employees of the theater — one of whom is local entrepreneur...

Climate summit may bring change

December 3, 2015

Last week, negotiations regarding world climate change policy began in Paris. A collection of major political leaders from various countries convened at the 2015 Paris Climate Conference to determine a...

Get the flu shot to stay healthy

December 2, 2015

National Public Radio’s latest survey on flu vaccination found just over 60 percent of the adults polled had gotten or intended to get the flu shot. Most said they received the vaccine for free.   Close...

Local boards need more student reps

December 2, 2015

Local governing organizations in neighborhoods around the University of Minnesota sometimes have trouble recruiting students to serve as members, the Minnesota Daily reported Monday.    But...

MPD must tackle mental wellness

December 1, 2015

The Minneapolis Police Department is considering the use of a “ride-along” mental health specialist who would accompany police officers responding to mental health crises. City Council members...

City needs paid sick leave support

December 1, 2015

In the wake of Black Friday and moving into the holiday shopping season, the progressive small business group Main Street Alliance has directed a new campaign at Minnesotans. Entitled “Shop...

Aurora Center must engage men

November 30, 2015

The University of Minnesota’s Aurora Center recently announced that Jeni Kolb was hired to serve as the Center’s new men’s engagement coordinator. Kolb will implement efforts to reach...

Terrorism is an apolitical issue

November 30, 2015

After a gunman attacked a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic, leaving three people dead and nine injured. Every single Republican presidential candidate remained silent until Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, became...

Admins should respect MSA

November 23, 2015

Following backlash to a vote by the undergraduate student government against a proposed campus-wide Sept. 11 “moment of recognition,” University of Minnesota administrators stepped...

Council’s outreach connects the city

November 23, 2015

The presence of Minneapolis City Council members among the crowds that decried the police shooting of a young black man at rallies outside the Fourth Precinct’s station last week has drawn both...

Workers deserve a special session

November 19, 2015

Gov. Mark Dayton recently advocated for a special legislative session in which he hopes to extend unemployment benefits to Iron Range steelworkers who have been laid off.   Since last spring, about...

U-pass shouldn’t become universal

October 29, 2015

The Minnesota Student Association is considering advocating to make the U-Pass a required accessory for University of Minnesota students.   The U-Pass gives University students unlimited access to...

U leads free textbook charge

October 29, 2015

A new movement involving “open textbooks” has taken root at universities nationwide. Most notably here at the University of Minnesota, where a number of professors have adopted or are considering...

Dining halls need sustainable food

October 22, 2015

University of Minnesota student groups are working to get the school to agree to spend more on sustainable and fair-trade food in the next five years.   U Students Like Good Food and the University’s...

U should address stimulant misuse

October 22, 2015

Arecent study from the Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review reaffirms a persistent trend that one in six college students misuses stimulants commonly used to treat ADHD, including Adderall.    In...

Police reports to include race info

October 21, 2015

By the end of the year, Minneapolis police officers will be required to report more details about the people they stop and search, including their race. These data will be used to ensure that stop-and-frisk...

Grand challenges will bolster CLA

October 21, 2015

College of Liberal Arts Dean John Coleman spoke last week about the progress the University of Minnesota has made in implementing a plan intended to increase CLA’s prestige.    Shortly...

Football emails suggest pattern

October 20, 2015

An email between Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Director Kimberly Hewitt and former athletic director Norwood Teague reveals a number of allegations of sexual misconduct against members...

New tool could close racial gap

October 20, 2015

The University of Minnesota is part of a coalition of universities poised to release an online tool that will allow high school students to begin compiling materials for their college applications as early...

Protesters should face their charges

October 19, 2015

University of Minnesota faculty and staff members have signed a petition calling for the school to cancel student conduct code charges it made against 13 students who held a demonstration in President...

Possible worker shortage pending

October 15, 2015

Annually, Minnesota experiences a net loss of about 9,000 adults under 25 as these people move elsewhere. At the same time, high school enrollment in the Midwest is projected to decrease by approximately...

Campus crime rate remains low

October 15, 2015

With frequent campus safety announcements detailing crime that has occurred on campus, there is a perception among some students that the University of Minnesota is unsafe. It is this perception that campus...

Merger may hurt consumers

October 14, 2015

University of Minnesota Physicians and Fairview Health Services will likely begin a merger into a comprehensive academic health system called M Health next summer, the Minnesota Daily reported Monday.   At...

UW-Madison change concerns

October 14, 2015

Last week, a University of Wisconsin committee approved raising UW-Madison’s maximum number of out-of-state students. School administrators say an increased number of out-of-state students will be...

Net neutrality remains essential

October 13, 2015

After Republicans inserted a provision into next year’s budget that would seriously undermine most existing net neutrality rules, Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., announced that he would fight against the...

Nonprofit funding rules too unclear

October 13, 2015

Contention within the Minneapolis City Council arose regarding nonprofit funding within Mayor Betsy Hodges’ 2016 budget for the Community Planning and Economic Development department. The proposed...

The state needs right-to-die laws

October 12, 2015

In California last week, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that will allow physicians to prescribe drugs for terminally ill patients that will enable them to commit suicide.   Heavily opposed...

Loan reforms protect students

October 12, 2015

The U.S. Department of Education has recommended a set of new guidelines intended to protect student borrowers, the Minnesota Daily reported last week. These guidelines would hold schools responsible...

Campus outreach beneficial

October 6, 2015

Reacting to the United States Department of Justice’s Countering Violent Extremism program, Islam-affiliated student groups hosted outreach events on campus last week to combat stereotypes about...

Policy change hurts immigrants

October 6, 2015

Immigrants waiting to file employment-based green card applications received a nasty surprise recently when they learned that the United States federal government has revised the application timeline....

Marathon protest stays peaceful

October 6, 2015

The protest organized by Black Lives Matter at the Twin Cities Marathon on Sunday occurred without arrests. Though plans to interrupt the race surfaced, after meeting with St. Paul Mayor Chris...

City deserves better labor laws

October 5, 2015

Aproposal for a new city ordinance, if passed, would require businesses in Minneapolis to schedule employees at least 28 days in advance. Some people feel that the provision is commonsensical, but others...

Gun violence is unacceptable

October 5, 2015

On Thursday, 10 people were killed and nine others were injured during a shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon.    This is not the first Minnesota Daily editorial about guns. On Sep....

Religious groups show harmony

October 1, 2015

This month, religion has been an especially divisive flashpoint across the nation. Pope Francis’ first visit to the United States and Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson’s recent comments...

Policy change comes too late

October 1, 2015

Apolicy change took effect at the University of Minnesota this month that prevents researchers from recruiting research subjects from the pool of patients in 72-hour, involuntary emergency holds.    The...

MN flying may get more difficult

September 30, 2015

Citizens of four states, including Minnesota, may soon need passports to board domestic flights rather than driver’s licenses.    Provisions of the Real ID Act — a federal act passed...

Food trucks serve up competition

September 30, 2015

Food trucks are showing up around the University of Minnesota campus, but some establishments in Dinkytown are displeased with this development, the Minnesota Daily reported Thursday.    Even...

Fee could harm, not help rescues

September 29, 2015

The Minneapolis City Council approved an ordinance Friday that allows the city to charge a fee for especially technical or demanding rescue services, partly to deter urban explorers from conducting...

Facilities updates benefit everyone

September 29, 2015

Faculty Senate members are seeking funds to renovate the University of Minnesota’s Armory . The building does not have an elevator, making it inaccessible to people in wheelchairs.     Earlier...

Light rail will help the city flourish

September 29, 2015

Public transportation makes a difference to Minnesotans. This was validated when 100,000 people were recorded to have ridden light rail lines on Sept. 3 and when the Minneapolis City Council granted consent...

Boehner leaves a divided Congress

September 28, 2015

Speaker of the House John Boehner shocked the nation last week when he abruptly announced his intention to resign from his position at the end of October. This marks the first time that a house speaker...

MSA addresses mental health

September 28, 2015

The Minnesota Student Association is turning its attention to issues of mental health on campus, the Minnesota Daily reported last week.    During last year’s elections, MSA leaders developed...

New assault data demand policy

September 24, 2015

The Association of American Universities released a nationwide survey on Monday that provides one of the most comprehensive sets of data produced on sexual assault on college campuses. The survey...

Campus needs more bike parking

September 24, 2015

Even though the temperatures are beginning to drop, students are still diligently bicycling to class. An increased number of protected bike lanes in Minneapolis and repainted lanes on the University of...

OT pay proposal is promising

September 23, 2015

More University of Minnesota staff may soon be better compensated for their work. The United States Department of Labor announced a new proposal in July that would raise the salary eligibility threshold...

Audit results concern regents

September 23, 2015

Most University of Minnesota departments and processes that the Office of Internal Audit has reviewed this year still aren’t up to standard, the Minnesota Daily reported Monday.   Departments...

Coddling students is poor education

September 22, 2015

Speaking in Des Moines, Iowa, last week, President Barack Obama expressed his concern over what some have called a rising culture of political correctness in American universities.    After criticizing...

U should adopt federal standards

September 22, 2015

The United States Department of Health and Human Services and more than a dozen other federal agencies have proposed a series of reforms to national research standards. Among other changes, there would...

Racial income gap needs real action

September 21, 2015

Black leaders in the state responded to a report Thursday that showed the median household income among black Minnesotans last year was at least $4,000 less compared to the year before, the Star...

MSA raises don’t reflect mission

September 21, 2015

The Minnesota Student Association approved its $164,400 budget on Wednesday. This is more than $13,000 less than last year’s budget. However, the budget also includes a $6,750 increase for MSA...

FAFSA updates good for students

September 17, 2015

President Barack Obama announced changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid process on Monday. Starting fall 2016, students can complete their FAFSAs using their families’ tax information...

College scorecard an improvement

September 17, 2015

This month, President Barack Obama revealed a new “College Scorecard” that provides unprecedented access to federal data regarding schools’ sizes, demographics and graduation rates. It...

Teacher standards may hurt students

September 16, 2015

College-level courses offered in Minnesota high schools may soon be taught solely by teachers who have a master’s degree or graduate credits in their subject.    The requirement comes from...

Como, don’t forget undergrads

September 16, 2015

The Southeast Como neighborhood is working on rebranding itself to make the area more appealing to graduate students, University of Minnesota faculty members and other demographics that would move to the...

Out-of-state licensure is broken

September 16, 2015

While Minnesota values the quality of its educators, it seems that our licensure process for out-of-state teachers has gone a bit too far. Educators hoping to teach in Minnesota have to go through an extensive...

Resignation sparks concern

September 15, 2015

Scott Studham abruptly resigned as the University of Minnesota’s chief information officer Sept. 4 before investigations into several complaints alleging his misconduct began, the Minnesota Daily...

Insecticide ban helps beekeepers

September 15, 2015

A United States federal court of appeals Thursday struck down federal approval for the insecticide sulfoxaflor, expressing the belief that government agents were acting on incomplete information...

Gun violence demands solution

September 14, 2015

For Minnesotans, last week’s gun violence proved to be exceptionally brutal. Authorities found five family members dead in their mansion on Lake Minnetonka, an act described as a murder-suicide...

Don’t cut Planned Parenthood

September 14, 2015

More than 500 protestors gathered outside of Gov. Mark Dayton’s house Wednesday in protest of Planned Parenthood. Under rallying cries such as, “Unborn lives matter,” the crowd...

Minnesota should aid in refugee crises

September 10, 2015

As Europe continues to recoil from the horrors of the refugee crisis — from bodies found in trucks in Austria to the discouraging picture of a drowned three-year-old boy — the United States...

Athletics reviews must continue

September 10, 2015

As the new school year begins, the reputation of the University of Minnesota athletics department is questionable at best. Two top officials — former athletics director Norwood Teague and executive...

Consent policy has promise

September 8, 2015

After months of debate, the University of Minnesota has enacted an affirmative consent policy redefining sexual consent along the lines of “yes means yes.”   Many critics of affirmative...

Gay marriage licenses a duty

September 8, 2015

Last week, Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis was sent to jail after refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Defying the newly instated law that requires clerks such as Davis to follow the...

Cecil the lion story inspires dialogue

August 5, 2015

In a story that sparked international outrage, Twin Cities dentist Walter Palmer recently admitted to killing a prized lion in Zimbabwe.    Cecil the lion lived in Hwange National Park and enjoyed...

Plastic bag ban needs follow-up

August 5, 2015

In a move to reach Minneapolis’s ambitious zero-waste goals, Ward 2 City Councilman Cam Gordon is planning to introduce at a council meeting this Friday an ordinance that would ban plastic...

U area also needs low-cost housing

July 29, 2015

Despite perennial predictions that the housing bubble around the University of Minnesota campus will burst, developers’ interest in the area remains strong, and building projects around campus show...

Using students as informants unfair

July 29, 2015

Officials found a North Dakota college student dead last year in Minnesota’s Red River — he had been shot once in the head and wore a backpack full of rocks. Andrew Sadek was a drug informant...

MN doesn’t yet need soccer arena

July 22, 2015

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges met last week with officials of the soccer team Minnesota United FC and other city leaders in an apparent âÄúexchange of information,âÄù the Star Tribune...

Landlords could boost voting at U

July 22, 2015

University of Minnesota students are notoriously unreliable when it comes to heading out to vote in local elections. To begin to remedy this problem, the areaâÄôs representative on the Minneapolis...