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City encourages recycling habits

July 8, 2015

Minneapolis may be recycling, but it could be doing better. However, improvements are on the way, as the City Council recently passed a resolution defining more tangible goals for composting and recycling...

Mandatory test budget slashed

July 8, 2015

Minnesota lawmakers announced substantial changes to the state’s standardized testing policies following a reduction last month of the Minnesota Department of Education’s testing budget from...

Green Line report largely positive

July 1, 2015

A report released early last month revealed that the Green Line light rail has resulted in shorter commutes and greater access to jobs for Twin Cities residents, most notably for those who reside in St....

SCOTUS rules in favor of equality

July 1, 2015

In a historic ruling on Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples across the country could freely exercise the right to marry. This decision overturns the same-sex marriage bans still...

Pope’s climate talk a big step forward

June 24, 2015

Pope Francis called for collective action to stop climate change last week in his 184-page encyclical, which asserted that pursuing environmental sustainability is a moral imperative.   World media...

U employees deserve better

June 24, 2015

With negotiations having started on June 6, many University of Minnesota employees have expressed frustration with perceived unfair working conditions and pay.   Renegotiating through collective bargaining...

Special session averts shutdown

June 17, 2015

As a partial government shutdown scheduled for July 1 loomed, threatening almost 9,500 state workers’ jobs, the state Legislature met in a special session Friday and Saturday to...

Don’t write off a tuition freeze yet

June 17, 2015

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler’s proposed budget for the coming academic year includes a tuition increase of between 1.5 and 7 percent, the Minnesota Daily reported last week.   Last...

Application to U changes for better

June 10, 2015

The University of Minnesota’s application for admission will soon include adjusted policies regarding criminal background checks in order to encourage more prospective students with criminal records...

Surveillance by planes scrutinized

June 10, 2015

The Associated Press has revealed that the low-flying planes recently circling United States cities are part of a secretive air force managed by the FBI.    Late last month, one such plane drew...

Changes won’t aid housing battle

June 3, 2015

University of Minnesota leaders are planning to renovate on-campus housing in order to expand its availability and compete with off-campus housing options, the Minnesota Daily reported last week.    Among...

Report demotes Mpls. fitness rank

June 3, 2015

Fitness levels in Minnesota have come into question after a recent report revealed that Washington, D.C., overtook Minneapolis’ metro area as the nation’s “fittest city” for the...

Allocated funds pass tuition freeze for community and technical colleges

May 27, 2015

The Minnesota Legislature recently passed a bill that does not allocate funds for the University of Minnesota to extend its current tuition freeze.    The University requested $148.2 million...

MN’s medical marijuana problematic

May 27, 2015

In the upcoming weeks, medical marijuana will become legal in Minnesota with a doctor’s recommendation. Physicians will only provide a simple “yes” or “no” on a Health Department...

Suicide prevention funds need boost

May 7, 2015

In 2001, the state’s Department of Health was able to offer $1.1 million for suicide-prevention training.   It gave out just $98,000 this year.    While suicide and mental health are...

Infant mortality in Minn. too high

May 7, 2015

Minnesota has one of the lowest overall infant mortality rates nationwide. But as with many other issues, the state has wide racial and ethnic disparities within its infant mortalities.   A report...

Companies must not sway doctors

May 6, 2015

The potential for doctors to have financial conflicts of interest regarding investment in medical equipment has come into question as this information becomes publicly available, according to a recent...

Where’s the line for hate speech?

May 6, 2015

On Sunday night, two gunmen in Garland, Texas, opened fire at a controversial “Draw Muhammad” contest, wounding a security guard before being killed by police officers. Several days before,...

Minneapolis should add protected lanes

May 5, 2015

Minneapolis officials released a proposal late last month that, if approved, would greatly expand the city’s protected bike lanes. While Minneapolis currently has an extensive network of bike lanes,...

PCIARC review will set precedent

May 5, 2015

A University of Minnesota center will lead a review of the St. Paul Police Civilian Internal Affairs Review Commission, the city mayor’s office said Friday.   The University’s Center...

Grad student TAs deserve pay raise

May 4, 2015

At the University of Minnesota, some graduate teaching assistants say they want a raise, according to a report by the Minnesota Daily.   Currently, graduate assistants’ wages fluctuate each...

Southern Minnesota lakes too polluted

May 4, 2015

A new report shows that half of southern Minnesota’s lakes and streams contain too much pollution to be safe for activities like swimming and fishing.  Conducted by the Minnesota Pollution Control...

Greater MN gets much-needed aid

April 30, 2015

Despite some questionable proposals regarding Minnesota’s massive budget surplus, the House majority has something correct: a desire to help out the state’s rural areas and small towns.   The...

U could lead new research trends

April 30, 2015

Two growing trends in research may have potential to overcome some problems often encountered through traditional methods.    The use of social media sites as sources of data is one of these...

Minneapolis workforce needs to diversify

April 29, 2015

As Minneapolis continues to grow more diverse, the city is trying to find ways to reflect that diversity in its workforce. Last year, the city established an Office of Equitable Outcomes to address equity...

Governor ends DNR moose collaring

April 29, 2015

Despite a slight uptick in the number of collared moose surviving in 2014, Gov. Mark Dayton has put a three-year Minnesota Department of Natural Resources moose research effort to an end after deciding...

Letters outlining debt could help

April 28, 2015

Indiana’s state government has enacted a law mandating that all its colleges whose students can receive state aid must mail the schools regular disclosures of their student debt levels.    The...

STD stats show education need

April 28, 2015

Sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise across the state, specifically on the University of Minnesota campus. Statewide, STD rates climbed 6 percent from 2013 to 2014. On campus, they rose 1.4 percent...

Outreach groups are still crucial

April 27, 2015

Last week, six Minnesota men were arrested for allegedly attempting to go to Syria to join the Islamic State. The men are now being charged with a number of terrorism-related offenses.    Unfortunately,...

Flu cases expose need for research

April 27, 2015

Gov. Mark Dayton last week declared a state of emergency after an outbreak of avian flu that has devastated Minnesota’s turkeys spread to one of the state’s chicken farms.    Dayton...

Tax exemptions are bad for city

April 23, 2015

A proposal for a new soccer stadium in downtown Minneapolis is drawing controversy because of how it may be funded. The owners of the Minnesota United soccer club have stated that they will privately fund...

City leaders look to reform groups

April 23, 2015

Minneapolis city leaders are working on a reform that has potential to use neighborhood associations to improve the community as a whole, affecting University of Minnesota students in particular.    A...

MnSCU to look at transfer problems

April 22, 2015

Recent discussions on how to ease the financial burdens on college students have suggested tuition freezes to cutting administrative spending, but one potential solution remains largely overlooked.    In...

Aging professors won’t lead to jobs

April 22, 2015

The University of Minnesota’s educators are aging. Almost 40 percent of faculty members at the Twin Cities campus are at least 55 years old. This phenomenon is more visible in the College of Food,...

Elections affect campus positively

April 21, 2015

The results from this weekend’s all-campus elections offer a promising future for student leadership posts at all academic levels.   At the undergraduate level, Joelle Stangler won a rare second...

Wilderness areas need protection

April 21, 2015

Last week, Minnesota Democrat Rep. Betty McCollum introduced a bill that would strengthen legal protections for two major wilderness areas in the state. The   National Park and Wilderness Waters Protection...

Minimum wage debate hits Minneapolis

April 20, 2015

The minimum wage debate hit Minneapolis on Wednesday when a group of more than 600 people rallied to advocate for a $15 minimum wage. Support for drastically changing wage requirements has picked...

Senate committee approves reform

April 20, 2015

A  United States Senate education committee has unanimously passed a bipartisan bill packed full of reforms to the No Child Left Behind Act.    The bill, which legislators called the Every...

MN to consider aid-in-dying bill

April 16, 2015

Abill circulated in the Minnesota Legislature this session that would give terminally ill patients the choice to end their own lives instead of suffering through pain in their final days.    While...

Rural health care still unaddressed

April 16, 2015

Acohort of researchers, including some from the University of Minnesota, recently wrapped up a national survey of obstetric care in rural hospitals. The resulting study, published in the Journal of Rural...

NCAA is funding athletes too much

April 15, 2015

Following a change in the NCAA’s spending allowances, at least 15 college athletics programs nationwide will offer more than $4,000 worth of additional financial aid to athletes this fall, according...

UMD owes its students better

April 15, 2015

The State Board of Teaching has suspended the University of Minnesota-Duluth’s college of education after controversial findings of alleged mistakes made by staff became public. The alleged mistakes...

Transparency of MPD still lacking

April 14, 2015

Last week, the Police Conduct Oversight Commission, a review board housed within the Minneapolis government’s civil rights unit, released a draft report on police documentation of “suspicious...

Schulz’s leave signifies change

April 14, 2015

The first tangible step toward reforming the University of Minnesota’s psychiatric research practices finally came late last week.   Dr. Charles Schulz, who has led the school’s Department...

After speech, Dayton must act

April 13, 2015

Gov. Mark Dayton delivered his fifth annual State of the State address on Thursday, offering a mix of accomplishments, goals and ambitions for Minnesota as a whole. But his plans for higher education...

Online evals best option for the U

April 13, 2015

Starting this fall, the University of Minnesota will publish certain elements of students’ end-of-course evaluations online.    Students will be able to access information regarding their...

Aurora to receive men’s coordinator

April 9, 2015

After fighting what seemed to be an uphill battle with the Student Services Fees Committee, the Aurora Center has received funding from an alternate source to create a menâÄôs engagement coordinator...

Buffer systems keep water clean

April 9, 2015

A recent study by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency found that southwestern Minnesota water bodies are in extremely poor condition. Of nearly 100 lakes and streams analyzed, only three streams were...

Fare evasion for light rail is costly

April 8, 2015

The Metropolitan Council released the findings of its Light Rail Fare Compliance audit, revealing that fare dodgers cost Metro Transit between $15,849 and $28,343 every week. If the trend continues unchecked,...

Address concerns in Riverside Plaza

April 8, 2015

On Friday, a number of Cedar-Riverside community members and Riverside Plaza tenants convened at the Brian Coyle Center gymnasium, where translators and local councilmembers listened to a myriad of complaints....

National jobs report signals slowdown

April 7, 2015

The most recent jobs report is in, and itâÄôs bleaker than anticipated. Estimates place national job growth at 126,000 new jobs added âÄî a significant decrease from the steady 200,000...

Don’t close off nursing transfers

April 7, 2015

The School of Nursing has plans to move forward with a new admissions policy that could limit access to the program while hurting its diversity. Under the change, the school will stop accepting transfer...

Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act exposes future challenges

April 6, 2015

The Indiana government sparked outrage across the United States when it passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. While the bill was designed to safeguard people’s freedom of religious expression,...

Poaching should be a felony in Minnesota

April 6, 2015

Hunting, fishing and other wildlife and wilderness activities bring hundreds of millions of dollars into Minnesota’s economy every year. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources estimates that...

Care needed for ride-sharing rules

April 2, 2015

Lawmakers and insurance companies are nearing an agreement with ride-sharing companies to make their services safer without driving them out of business.   Early last month, Minnesota legislators...

Met council pay renews debate

April 2, 2015

After seemingly having cut a deal in February, Met Council chairman Adam Duininck is reported to be making almost $123,000 annually. Because this salary is double the amount the previous chair received,...

Fracking receives needed regulation

April 1, 2015

The Department of the Interior recently announced the first major federal regulations on fracking (hydraulic fracturing), a controversial drilling practice that extracts oil and gas from deep underground....

TechHire must prove its worth

March 31, 2015

Minneapolis is one of 20 cities that will pilot the first programs in a new federal initiative, TechHire, that aims to train more workers into the IT fields. Through partnerships with local colleges and...

Tragic events call for extra support

March 31, 2015

The Editorial Board would like to extend its deepest condolences to the friends, family and classmates of Jennifer Houle. Following the tragic events of the past few days, the University of Minnesota said...

More education on bike safety needed

October 23, 2013

Police officers began issuing $98 fines last week to those riding on sidewalks or other places where biking is banned. Vice President for University Services Pam Wheelock sent an email to students earlier...

A way to give back

October 21, 2013

University of Minnesota researchers will work with the city to improve early childhood education in Minneapolis Public Schools, the Minnesota Daily reported earlier this month. According to MPS Chief Financial...

Restaurants committed to health

October 21, 2013

Many students are enjoying the new, state-of-the-art Recreation and Wellness Center, and as Northrop Memorial Auditorium’s renovation wraps up, students will be getting more food options at both buildings. The...

An opportunity for West Bank

October 16, 2013

Two Cedar-Riverside community groups met last week to discuss adjusting the neighborhood’s small area plan in the face of a potential surge in development, the Minnesota Daily reported Monday. At...

Kill takes needed leave

October 16, 2013

Head football coach Jerry Kill decided last week to take a leave of absence and focus on his epilepsy treatment. Kill’s absence is the right move after five public, game-day seizures in two and half...

Self-inflicted wounds

October 14, 2013

As the federal government shutdown staggers on, many federal employees in Minnesota and across the country are anxiously wondering when they’ll see their next paycheck. The Star Tribune reported...

A quality farm bill

October 14, 2013

As most college students know, procrastination never pays off. House Speaker John Boehner, responding to questions about a farm bill and food stamps, told reporters “we’ll get to that later”...

Disability presents double challenge

October 9, 2013

The Minnesota Daily reported last week that some students find disability is often left out of conversations about diversity. “I think that, in general, disability is just not on people’s wavelengths...

Orchestra lockout hurts local arts

October 9, 2013

It’s been more than a year since the Minnesota Orchestra lockout began. Orchestra musicians voted to reject the latest contract proposal put forth by management (the Minnesota Orchestra Association)...

State action against for-profit colleges

October 7, 2013

More than a year after the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions produced a shocking report on the manipulative and wasteful practices of the nation’s for-profit colleges,...

Celebrating Schunk’s life

October 7, 2013

The Minnesota Daily Editorial Board would like to offer our condolences to the loved ones of University student Anarae Schunk. Schunk was last seen Sept. 22 after reconnecting with her ex-boyfriend Anthony...

MSA should value leadership compensation

October 2, 2013

The Minnesota Student Association failed to pass a budget last week after members disagreed on stipends for their leaders. The debate on compensation isn’t new. This time last year, MSA debated an...

The risks of hybrid classes

October 2, 2013

Colleges and universities nationwide are trying to figure out the best way to incorporate advancements of the information age into the classroom. We have access to knowledge from nearly every field of...

Students should know their loan repayment options

October 1, 2013

Student loans are becoming a common burden for college graduates struggling under inflated tuition. And with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau estimating that student debt is now more than $1 trillion,...

CSL receives poor treatment

October 1, 2013

The Minneapolis City Council approved rezoning last week that will allow the CSL plasma center to move away from campus, the Minnesota Daily reported Sept. 24. This was the last hurdle for WaHu Student...

A better bikeway

September 30, 2013

Every fall and spring semester at the University of Minnesota, a flurry of non-motorized traffic congestion engulfs campus. This year is no exception; from the awkwardly placed, hulking green barrels outside...

Prioritizing student safety abroad

September 30, 2013

Studying abroad is one of the best experiences a student can have during college. With the ability to earn credit while living in another country and learning about different cultures, college students...

Meet film students halfway

September 25, 2013

The Minnesota Daily reported earlier this month that students and faculty are frustrated with the University of Minnesota’s lack of a tried-and-true film studies major and underserved by its closest...

The dangers of a CBS/CFANS merger

September 25, 2013

In recent weeks, there has been speculation that the College of Biological Sciences  and the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences may be merging. The Minnesota Daily reported...

The U’s benefits-wage gap

September 23, 2013

With a reputation as one of the country’s largest and most recognized research institutions, the University of Minnesota offers an alluring opportunity for researchers and academics in nearly every...

Kill’s leadership will endure

September 18, 2013

University of Minnesota head football coach Jerry Kill’s fourth game-day seizure provided a media frenzy far greater than the coverage of the first three. Perhaps the fact that Kill had a seizure...

Why is the U banking on TCF?

September 16, 2013

As ABC News highlighted in a recent report, TCF Bank and the University of Minnesota are just one bank-school pair under investigation for possibly using their close relationship to exploit students’...

Who does John Kline represent?

September 16, 2013

Recent events in the House of Representatives have revealed just how far politicians are willing to go for campaign contributions. Last month, USA Today reported that House Education Committee Chairman...

A free ticket to ride

September 11, 2013

As construction to the light rail comes to a close on campus this year, the Minnesota Daily reported on Sept. 3 that negotiations are still ongoing in determining the logistics and cost of a fare-free...

Keep Riverside in mind

September 11, 2013

Residents of Riverside Plaza spoke out this week against poor conditions in the large West Bank apartment complex. The complaints come after a two-year, $132 million renovation to the group of buildings...

Sequestering our future

September 3, 2013

The $85 billion in automatic federal budget cuts known as the sequester bluntly damaged various programs nationwide, including the University of Minnesota’s and Mayo Clinic’s research programs. One...

Dinkytown requires compromise

September 3, 2013

On the heels of House of Hanson’s closure, more controversy is brewing in Dinkytown. Prolific area developer Kelly Doran revealed plans for a 70-unit apartment complex along the neighborhood’s...

A threat to Xcel

August 7, 2013

Minneapolis began public hearings Aug. 1 to consider whether the city should leave Xcel Energy and form its own gas and electric utilities. At the hearing, volunteers from Minneapolis Energy Options...

Rethinking the Dinky debate

August 7, 2013

The debate over student housing development in Dinkytown reached a fever pitch last week when the Minneapolis City Council approved a controversial Dinkytown development previously shot down by a committee...

Death by 1,000 health care cuts

July 31, 2013

In recent weeks, a heated debate has sprung up between University of Minnesota employees and administration over proposed changes to health insurance benefits included on UPlan, the University’s...

After the DREAM Act

July 24, 2013

On Wednesday, July 10, the University of Minnesota Board of Regents adopted the Minnesota Prosperity Act, or DREAM Act, provisions passed by state lawmakers in May. This means that the University will...

Students lose out in loan deal

July 24, 2013

As if tough economic conditions and tuition hikes didn’t make things bad enough for college students and recent graduates, Congress allowed the interest rate on the subsidized federal student loans...

The inefficiency of course approval

July 17, 2013

A July 10 Minnesota Daily article highlighted many faculty members’ growing frustration with inefficient course approval policies. Professors yearning to update courses and create more interdepartmental,...

The next step in the arms race

July 17, 2013

Last week, Gophers athletic director Norwood Teague unveiled an ambitious plan to put the University of Minnesota back on a level playing field in the arms race of college sports. The plan, which lays...

Convention shows weakness in DFL party

July 10, 2013

The June 15 Minneapolis Democratic-Farmer-Labor convention ended without endorsement and visibly weakened the party. The convention was not without its antics. One of two leading candidates, Councilwoman...

Teach For America must prove itself to the University

July 10, 2013

Although discussions of a partnership between the University of Minnesota and Teach For America are said to be preliminary, the Minnesota Daily reported last month both parties could reach a decision by...

Student representation falters at UW

July 3, 2013

Like many other higher education institutions, the University of Minnesota and its student body struggle to make students’ voices heard by the administration,  the Legislature and the state...

A fleeting victory

June 26, 2013

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents approved President Eric Kaler’s 2013-14 budget last week, freezing tuition for resident undergraduates at $12,060 for two years. While this freeze is...

The unpaid internship

June 26, 2013

Due to a recent Federal District Court decision, the dynamic of unpaid internships offered by companies each year may change dramatically. Judge William H. Pauley III ruled earlier this month that Fox...

Income-based diversity at the U

June 19, 2013

 A recent New York Times article outlined a new kind of diversity gap at some of the nation’s leading public institutions of higher education: diversity based on socioeconomic status. In light...

The right to be a family

June 5, 2013

Not yet one month ago, Gov. Mark Dayton gave his signature to a bill making Minnesota the 12th state in America to legalize same-sex marriages. As our nation looks forward with several other states poised...