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Prioritizing residents

June 5, 2013

The Save Dinkytown group spurred an environmental review of a new apartment complex last month when it presented a petition to the Minneapolis City Planning Commission claiming the yet-unnamed development...

Rape during Spring Jam

May 29, 2013

  Over Spring Jam weekend a woman reported being raped at a campus fraternity. Though it has not been confirmed, the situation is problematic for a university with a troubled past with sexual assaults. Spring...

Early childhood education

May 29, 2013

  Last week, the Star Tribune reported  that all-day kindergarten is set to launch statewide fall 2014 thanks to the efforts of the Minnesota Legislature to pass the education-funding bill last...

Questions on tobacco ban

May 9, 2013

  Key groups are supporting the proposed tobacco ban on the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus, including the Minnesota Student Association and the University Senate. While reducing the public...

Thank you

May 9, 2013

  Many have the incorrect assumption that people our age are too consumed by their social networks to be truly informed about the world around them. Critics lament that those who’ve grown up...

The burden of investment

May 7, 2013

  Though post-graduate employment numbers remain low and tuition continues to rise, at least two private universities are willing to go to the extreme to receive payment from students. On April 29,...

Passing the DREAM

May 7, 2013

  Last week, the Minnesota Senate passed a version of the DREAM Act, which would allow Minnesota’s undocumented students to apply for financial aid at Minnesota colleges and universities and...

Improve sex education for international students

May 2, 2013

  From navigating student visas to finding housing thousands of miles away from home to communication issues, foreign students seeking degrees at the University of Minnesota face a multitude of barriers...

Rethinking DFL gender balance policy

May 2, 2013

  At the April 16 caucuses, Democratic-Farmer-Labor activists selected delegates to attend the ward and city conventions to make endorsements for City Council and mayoral races. The ward conventions...

Voter restriction efforts continue

May 1, 2013

Though the next elections are several months away, efforts to restrict voting rights are already underway. Early last month, Republicans in the North Carolina state Senate introduced SB 667, or the “Equalize...

Washington Avenue bike lane good idea

May 1, 2013

A Minnesota Daily article reported April 22 that the Minnesota Student Association is pushing for the establishment of a bike lane on Washington Avenue, the same street where the light-rail line is currently...

Improving the credit-hour system

April 30, 2013

Almost every year, a discussion between students, academic advisers and department heads crops up about how to properly evaluate what constitutes an appropriate workload for a class with a designated number...

The scandal overlooked in West, Texas

April 30, 2013

Following the tragic Boston bombings and the subsequent manhunt, citizens across the country made an effort to support the victims and the city affected, both financially and emotionally. Those affected...

In search of healthy food

April 29, 2013

Healthy food options aren’t always accessible in the University of Minnesota community. In a survey conducted by the University’s Obesity Prevention Center, nearly 87 percent of the 1,162 respondents...

Civilian trial for Tsarnaev

April 29, 2013

After the massive manhunt following the bombing at the Boston Marathon, suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev was captured alive. Immediately, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., called for the 19-year-old citizen to be designated...

Ease up on the 60-40 rule

April 25, 2013

Earlier this week, the Minnesota Daily reported that two members of the Minneapolis City Council are looking to change a 1983 ordinance that regulates alcohol sales in restaurants. Outside of the downtown...

Drug testing legislators is bad policy

April 25, 2013

Amid the debate on drug testing as a prerequisite to receive welfare benefits, the Minnesota House of Representatives adopted an amendment to the Health and Human Services budget that would require mandatory...

Encouraging applicants from all states

April 24, 2013

Last week, the Minnesota Legislature approved funding for a tuition freeze, but as the Minnesota Daily reported Thursday, it was not without attempting to tack on several amendments that would allow more...

Little justification for a liquor tax hike

April 24, 2013

On Tuesday, Minnesota Public Radio reported on the disagreements between Minnesota House and Senate Democrats on whether to pass a liquor tax hike. Both chambers have Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party majorities,...

A bold education finance bill

April 23, 2013

Last week, MinnPost reported on the ambitious efforts to improve Minnesota education proposed in HF 630, the Omnibus K-12 Education Policy and Finance Bill currently making its way through the Minnesota...

An ideal dean of students

April 22, 2013

With the Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Jerry Rinehart stepping down, the University of Minnesota has conducted a search to fill his position. The Office for Student Affairs oversees...

A salute to University security

April 22, 2013

In the wake of the incredibly horrific and surreal events the nation suffered through last week, we were reminded once again of the tremendous bravery and unity that defines the spirit of freedom that...

A struggle for power

April 22, 2013

  The House Higher Education Committee ap­proved legislation last Monday requesting that the University of Minnesota be more transparent with its spending of taxpayer dollars. Because of its autonomy,...

Energy Options campaign

April 16, 2013

The Minneapolis Energy Options campaign has worked to educate citizens and encourage Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party precinct caucus attendance to support resolutions to help make Minneapolis’ energy...

Endorsements for local candidates

April 16, 2013

The Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party caucuses are Tuesday night at 7 p.m., where Minneapolis residents can volunteer to become delegates to ward and city conventions. Students and members of the University...

Mixed messages

April 11, 2013

The University of Minnesota has a unique identity as the state’s flagship university, a premiere research institution and a Big Ten school. With each of these identities comes a certain set of parameters...

The stadium bill, continued

April 11, 2013

Much like the snow, cold and ice, the issues surrounding the Minnesota Vikings stadium bill just won’t go away. Though Gov. Mark Dayton signed the stadium bill into law nearly a year ago, an underperforming...

Social issues in the courts

April 9, 2013

Amid much public fanfare, media coverage and a stream of profile-picture changes, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases involving same-sex marriage at the end of last month. The first involves...

Congressional tomfoolery

April 4, 2013

As reported in the Minnesota Daily earlier this week, Congress passed an amendment proposed by U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., as part of the continuing resolution to prohibit the National Science Foundation...

Paying for commencement

April 4, 2013

During convocation — the official welcome to the University of Minnesota — each member of the Class of 2013 was presented with a tassel to remind them of their intended graduation year. Now,...

College athletes deserve better

April 3, 2013

On Sunday, during a highly contested matchup against the perennial basketball powerhouse Duke University, Louisville’s Kevin Ware suffered what might have been one of the most gruesome injuries in...

Growing GAPSA involvement

April 3, 2013

The three candidates currently running for Graduate and Professional Student Assembly president would essentially decide who becomes elected themselves, by having two of the students running drop out before...

O’Bannon v. NCAA

April 1, 2013

As the NCAA tournament continues, most viewers will notice promotional portions of the broadcast containing former players and their classic “one shining moments.” Importantly, the NCAA uses...

University interests in merger

April 1, 2013

Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson made public a potential Fairview Health Services and Sanford Health merger Tuesday. CEOs from the two hospital conglomerates say they’re in the informal planning...

The business of Gophers basketball

March 28, 2013

Earlier this week, the University of Minnesota bought out Gophers basketball coach Tubby Smith’s contract for $2.5 million. The sticker shock has indeed attracted significant attention from the public,...

Working toward marriage equality

March 28, 2013

As the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments this week in two landmark cases which challenge the constitutionality of state and federal bans on the rights of same-sex couples, many supporters of marriage...

The benefits of double majoring

March 26, 2013

One of the biggest challenges incoming college students face is deciding which career path they want to pursue. Some students feel pressured to pick majors based on their parents’ inclinations. Others...

Wolf hunting in Minnesota

March 26, 2013

Last year, Minnesota decided to resume the hunting and trapping of wolves. The decision came shortly after wolves were removed from the endangered species list earlier that year. The swift decision seemed...

Stay safe and classy during spring break

March 14, 2013

This week, hundreds of University of Minnesota students will load their carry-on bags with neon fanny packs and string bikinis in search of the ultimate party, #SpringBreak2013. We’ve studied hard...

Ryan’s budget proposal

March 14, 2013

  This week, House Budget Chair Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., issued his proposal to counter the upcoming proposals by the president and the Democratic-controlled Senate. While the document released is...

Changing AP credit policy

March 12, 2013

  The Minnesota Daily recently reported that the University of Minnesota is considering changing its Advanced Placement credit policy to only allow scores of four and five on the AP exam for college...

A proactive decision

March 12, 2013

  Earlier this month, the Star Tribune reported that Minnesota state agencies will no longer be allowed to buy products that contain triclosan, a chemical used in various products including soap. Triclosan...

Energy hike proves tough climb

March 11, 2013

Since Jan. 1, Xcel Energy customers in Minnesota have paid 9 percent  more on their monthly energy bills than last year. This interim hike averages to about $8 per bill. The hike is just part of a...

Tax credits for student debt

March 11, 2013

The Minnesota Legislature recently introduced a bill that would provide up to a $4,000 tax credit to Minnesotans repaying student loan debt. The credit, titled the Education Opportunity Credit, would provide...

Closing the gap in sexual violence disparities

March 7, 2013

Earlier this week, the Minnesota Daily reported on gaping disparities in resources for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender victims of sexual and domestic violence. The lack of access to resources for...

Voting Rights Act draws skepticism

March 7, 2013

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Shelby County v. Holder. Shelby County, Ala. is challenging Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which subjects certain jurisdictions...

TCF’s kneejerk reaction

March 5, 2013

  Last week, several University of Minnesota professors kept their word about closing down personal TCF Bank accounts in protest of recent controversy over the bank’s dealings with several Iranian...

Justice on the reservation

March 5, 2013

    On Thursday, after weeks of discussion and impassioned debate, the House of Representatives voted to reauthorize the Senate’s version of the Violence Against Women Act. Among other...

MOOCs and the spread of knowledge

February 28, 2013

The University of Minnesota announced last week that it would partner with Coursera to offer massive open online courses or MOOCs. Though the University has hinted at its interest in MOOCs for some time,...

Politics as usual

February 28, 2013

Congress has been stuck in gridlock since the 2010 midterm elections and the Tea Party wave that gave the Grand Old Party control of the House of Representatives. As a result, a series of crises has characterized...

MSA increases budget transparency

February 26, 2013

The Minnesota Student Association passed a bylaw last week that will increase its budget transparency. The Minnesota Daily reported on Feb. 20 that the bylaw’s passage means MSA will take steps to...

Computer hacking in the information age

February 26, 2013

The age of the Internet and access to an endless amount of information has brought plenty of new risks along with its many advantages. The millennial generation, among others, has largely come to grips...

DNA and the Supreme Court

February 21, 2013

On the U.S. Supreme Court’s docket are two cases regarding DNA. In the first, Maryland v. King, the right of a state to compel DNA evidence to be taken from a person arrested for suspicion of a crime...

Keeping skilled workers here

February 21, 2013

Earlier this month, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., co-sponsored a bill with Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, that would reform the U.S. visa and green card systems. The Immigration Innovation Act provides more...

Universal preschool

February 19, 2013

One of the more ambitious proposals President Barack Obama made during his most recent State of the Union address was the proposal to work with states to make “high-quality preschool available to...

The year-round calendar

February 19, 2013

  University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler recently announced that the University would test a year-round calendar for two programs within the College of Design, the Minnesota Daily reported Feb....

A new rule for lawmaking

February 18, 2013

In the wee morning hours of Tuesday, the Minnesota House passed a bill requiring amendments to be posted 24 hours in advance to debate. This is a small but conceptually important step to more transparent...

State of the climate

February 18, 2013

President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address continued to advocate for the progressive vision laid out in his second inaugural address. The reserved, run-to-the-middle character of the first...

Guidelines for the greek housing boom

February 14, 2013

Increased cooperation between the University of Minnesota and the Office for Fraternity and Sorority Life since University President Eric Kaler took over has further affirmed the University’s support...

The reality of local elections

February 14, 2013

Voter turnout in Minnesota this past November for the presidential election was quite high — approaching 76 percent of eligible voters, the highest in the nation.  However, even though national...

Charging on campus

February 12, 2013

The Minnesota Student Association has drafted a proposal to implement cellphone charging stations in “high-traffic areas” around the University of Minnesota campus, the Minnesota Daily reported...

Adderall addiction

February 12, 2013

The competitive and stressful nature of college often leaves students searching for a way to stay ahead of the curve. Some try to stay particularly organized and take diligent notes during class, while...

The rights of renters

February 7, 2013

Rental season has arrived. Every year, students find roommates and sign leases at the beginning of spring semester to ensure they have a place to live. They want a place that is close to campus, fun to...

The race for City Council

February 7, 2013

With more than 10 months until next year’s Minneapolis City Council election, things are already heating up between Ward 3 Councilwoman Diane Hofstede, who represents the area including the University...

Evaluating a college education

February 5, 2013

After years of sharp increases in college tuition rates across the nation, it’s no surprise that institutions of higher education are looking for new ways to market themselves to potential degree...

Keeping guns off campus

February 5, 2013

Months after last year’s tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., it appears the nation’s dialogue concerning guns and the push for more regulation is here to stay...

Subsidizing higher ed

January 30, 2013

Despite the discouraging unemployment numbers among recent college graduates, higher education remains one of the best investments a person wishing to move up in the job market can make. The economy as...

Making MOOCs safer

January 30, 2013

Public universities across the nation are embracing a method of learning in online education known as Massive Open Online Courses. According to a The New York Times article published Jan. 23, Arizona State...

NCAA’s concussion policy

January 29, 2013

College sports are a multibillion dollar industry, one in which student-athletes compete on a national stage and are treated like professionals as the colleges and universities they play for gain millions...

A third party for the budget

January 29, 2013

As the University of Minnesota prepares to face increased scrutiny from the state Legislature concerning its budget requests, and with the details of Gov. Dayton’s proposed budget announced, it’s...

Mandate for election reform

January 24, 2013

In November, voters rejected the proposal to amend the state constitution to require photo identification in order to vote. The campaign urging voters to reject the amendment overcame early polling of...

Keeping campus flu-free

January 24, 2013

Spring semester means spring fever, but for now, Minnesota’s intolerable January chilliness is keeping everyone trapped indoors, making it hard to avoid the illnesses spreading around the state....

Price-setting degree programs

December 12, 2012

As states continue to slash funding in an effort to curtail budget deficits, many students at public universities across the nation have had to face rising tuition costs, a lingering result of low revenue...

Making the most of winter break

December 12, 2012

Winter break, which for most students is the halftime in their academic year, is nearly upon us. Winter break is an ideal time for busy college students to slow down, relax and do things that require relatively...

The tradeoffs of college life

December 10, 2012

Students unable to balance work and school should apply for the 13-credit exemption. Most college students need to work in order to pay for basic living expenses, to say nothing of the rising cost of tuition....

Some rules to winter

December 10, 2012

Few things are clearer than the fact that winter is coming. A snow emergency was declared Sunday, with numerous rules going into effect after 9 p.m. Sunday night. There are now things many of us must do...

An expensive improvement

December 5, 2012

For the first time since 2009, the University of Minnesota football team will be making a postseason appearance. The Gophers, who finished off the season with a 6-6 record, accepted an invitation to the...

A social timeout

December 5, 2012

It’s the last full week of classes, and as we approach finals, many of us will likely fall into the all-too-familiar state of hermitage that faithfully accompanies the stress of final exams. Though...

Testing the waters of the workplace

December 3, 2012

An internship experience can be very beneficial for students who are unsure of what kind of specific work they wish to pursue after they graduate. Obtaining a hands-on work experience will allow students...

Food for thought

December 3, 2012

Nearly 47 million Americans rely on federal food assistance benefits. Though we often think the people who rely on food stamps are from low-income families or a specific walk of life, college students...

The role of higher education

November 28, 2012

In a speech given in California earlier this month, Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin released major policy initiatives and government reforms he wishes to put in place in the Badger state. Most of the ideas...

Diversifying student government

November 28, 2012

The Minnesota Daily reported Monday that the 2012-13 Student Services Fees Committee lacks diversity and is not a true representation of the University of Minnesota’s student body as a whole. Of...

Seizing the moment

November 26, 2012

This Friday, the Supreme Court is scheduled to discuss whether it should take on one of five cases against the Defense of Marriage Act sometime next year. DOMA, enacted in 1996 to limit marriage between...

The finals countdown

November 26, 2012

During Thanksgiving break it’s easy to avoid homework and pressing project deadlines. Yet, one thing should come as a shock to your system: There are less than three weeks until finals begin. As...

Fighting the Black Friday creep

November 21, 2012

Every year, it seems that the Christmas shopping season starts earlier than the last. Thanksgiving has traditionally been the last day to relax before retailers began extending their hours and blitzing...

A conflicted campus

November 21, 2012

Last Friday’s heated Israeli-Palestinian protests outside Coffman Union were but a microcosm of the intense turmoil currently swamping the region. Students from both sides of the conflict participated...

Rules of the exchange

November 20, 2012

Now that President Barack Obama has secured a second term, the Affordable Care Act passed by Congress in 2010 will live on. Part of the law’s wide-range efforts include a mandate for a state-run...

Sharing the burden

November 20, 2012

Just when we thought we were out, stadium talk brings us back in. Last week, Gov. Mark Dayton stated publicly that he is opposed to the possibility that the Minnesota Vikings could impose a seat license...

Reducing the cost of living

November 19, 2012

During the next few months, students hoping to live close to campus next school year will start looking for a place to call home. Unfortunately, most students will have difficulty finding an affordable,...

A physics double standard

November 19, 2012

In U.S. high schools, students aren’t learning modern physics. The majority of high school and introductory college physics courses focus heavily on important discoveries before the 20th century. Many...

Making a push for more investment

November 15, 2012

The Democratic-Farmer-Labor PartyâÄôs historic takeover of the state House and Senate could be a big win for higher education in the state and the University of Minnesota. At a time when student...

Students benefit from international experience

November 15, 2012

They say travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer. Unfortunately, a lot of students either canâÄôt afford to study abroad or canâÄôt fit it into their four-year graduation...

Attracting the best and brightest

November 14, 2012

In an increasingly globalized world market, national borders and geography continue to be less of a determining factor for where people go to continue their education or do business. No longer do large...

The value of a liberal education

November 14, 2012

We often hear about the lack of preparedness college graduates suffer from in the real world of corporate employment. And with the painfully slow economic recovery, employers want to be sure of the investment...

Where all the voters are above average

November 13, 2012

Despite allegations that voter fraud and other flaws plague our election process, Minnesota continues to be an exemplary state in both our registration laws and overall civil engagement. Preliminary figures...

The weight of a woman’s word

November 13, 2012

This election, voters sent a record number of women to Washington, making the 113th Congress consist of 20 women in the Senate, the most ever seated in U.S. history. As we pause to reflect on a historic...

The Dream of higher Ed

November 12, 2012

  Maryland voters reaffirmed legislation similar to the Dream Act that has given many undocumented immigrants and their families in-state tuition at public universities. Currently, 11 states have...

Think before you tweet

November 12, 2012

  Donald Trump was not the only one who had something negative to post online on Election Day. Last Tuesday, Twitter feeds were exploding with commentary from people on both sides of the political...

A better way to govern

November 7, 2012

Since 2010, when the 112th Congress was elected into office, partisan gridlock has risen to new and embarrassing levels in Washington, D.C. Members of both the House and the Senate found it nearly impossible...

Learning from each other

November 7, 2012

With an enrollment of more than 52,000 students at the University of Minnesota, diversity plays a huge role not only in the classroom but in campus and community involvement as a whole. As President Eric...