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Promote true religious freedom

March 8, 2012

As Americans, we have a double standard toward religion: We criticize Islamic influence in democratically elected governments in the Middle East and north Africa but dismiss the fact that Christianity...

State of the administration

March 5, 2012

In his March 1 State of the University address, President Eric Kaler spoke of many issues pertaining to the student body but not always with our interests as first priority. From a radical new academic...

Change energy habits

March 1, 2012

The price of a barrel of crude oil just topped $120, up from $90 per barrel  last July. With tensions in the Middle East driving global prices up, the little wiggle room afforded by supply surpluses...

OccupyMN helps at home

March 1, 2012

The Occupy movement cannot be thought of as a fleeting response to temporary problems. OccupyMN deserves our continued attention and support because of the positive local changes the movement has actively...

Flexible work helps well-being

February 23, 2012

University of Minnesota students know stress all too well. For students who work, maintaining schedules while keeping some semblance of a social life can be a constant battle day-to-day. With any luck,...

Starling Project soars

February 23, 2012

During a challenging time for businesses and property owners along the Central Corridor light-rail construction path, University of Minnesota students are actively helping the community. University graduate...

Make North Mpls college-ready

February 20, 2012

  Through an initiative in North Minneapolis that focuses on early learning, a number of organizations are preparing kids for school with the goal of making them college-ready by the time they graduate....

FAFSA needs a fix

February 20, 2012

While the Free Application for Federal Student Aid helps many students pay for college, it leaves behind those whose parents don’t contribute to tuition. The FAFSA bases its financial aid awards...

Politicians made to wait

February 16, 2012

Recently, the Minnesota Daily Editorial Board criticized the politicization of the Board of Regents. One regent, Steve Sviggum, has a role in the state Senate Republican Caucus, and another, Laura Brod,...

Budget presents bold vision

February 16, 2012

When Obama recently introduced his 2012 budget plan, it came with good news for community colleges and with important investments for the future. The new budget includes $69.8 billion for education investments,...

NCLB waiver allows flexibility

February 13, 2012

Last week, Minnesota, along with nine other states, petitioned to the federal government and was granted a much needed reprieve from the inflexible regulations of George Bush’s No Child Left Behind...

Preserve U’s historic roots

February 13, 2012

From Dinkytown to Marcy-Holmes and Prospect Park, the communities surrounding the University of Minnesota have a long and storied history. Local businesses have served them well for decades. But they are...

Allow urban farming

February 9, 2012

Minneapolis City Councilman Cam Gordon wants to bring the farm to a neighborhood near you. A proposed change to the cityâÄôs zoning code, which the Minnesota Daily recently reported, would allow...

Sugar regulations not so sweet

February 9, 2012

ItâÄôs no question that toxic sugars are harmful to the health of Americans; the question is how best to handle this problem as a nation. The Huffington  Post reported last week that three...

No need to hunt wolves

February 2, 2012

Last week, federal officials removed the gray wolf from four decades of safeguards under the Endangered Species Act. Almost immediately afterward, Minnesota state lawmakers discussed plans to hunt them. The...

Defense cuts are too small

February 2, 2012

Recently, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced cuts to the PentagonâÄôs defense budget over the next 10 years, which should reduce the overall budget for 2022 to 8 percent less than it was...

Obama highlights ed

January 26, 2012

President Barack ObamaâÄôs State of the Union address was a speech that should have had many University of Minnesota students nodding along. Education plays a sizable role in ObamaâÄôs...

Tracking violates 4th Amendment

January 26, 2012

For nearly a month, Antoine Jones unwittingly drove his SUV with a police monitored GPS device attached. Though Jones was caught dealing drugs, his conviction has now been overturned because Washington...

Regents get political

January 23, 2012

Last week, Regent Steve Sviggum accepted a job as communications and executive assistant of the Senate Republican Caucus. According to the chair of the Board of Regents and the University of Minnesota...

Fight against SOPA not over

January 23, 2012

After mass opposition across the nation to the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act bills, government officials are finally hearing the peopleâÄôs voice. The two bills, which are intended...

Build a bigger bonding bill

January 19, 2012

On Tuesday, Gov. Mark Dayton released his proposal for a $775 million bonding bill âÄî a bill that funds construction and repair projects around the state âÄî for the 2012 legislative session....

GOP puts politics above democracy

January 19, 2012

With unprecedented zeal, the GOP officials in MinnesotaâÄôs State Capitol have recently proposed ideas which are nothing short of attacks on the democracy they have sworn to uphold. The first is...

Allow Somalis to help their families

January 18, 2012

Last Friday about 100 people protested at a Minneapolis Wells Fargo branch that refuses to help Somali money transfers. Several banks are refusing to work with these money-transfer businesses, known as...

Occupy favors direct action

January 18, 2012

  On Oct. 7, 2011, the OccupyMN movement first gathered at the People's Plaza in downtown Minneapolis in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York. Like many Occupy movements across...

Stadium shouldn’t hurt charity

January 17, 2012

The new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings is still in need of a location, and the Farmers Market area is among several options being considered. While this location might be convenient, it would drastically...

Safety trumps winning

January 17, 2012

This week, rule changes involving stiffer penalties for boarding, hits to the head and hits from behind, will take effect at high school hockey games throughout Minnesota. These changes are welcome reactions...

Obama succumbs to higher ed lobby

December 14, 2011

For-profit colleges often lure students, especially minorities, with promises of quick degrees and high paying jobs. However, in reality these students are often left with loads of debt, unprepared to...

A semester in review

December 14, 2011

After a long semester of homework assignments, studying and late nights, we can finally look back on our experience this fall. From a new University of Minnesota president to the Occupy movement, weâÄôve...

Leave lib ed themes alone

December 12, 2011

The University of Minnesota is looking to go back to four liberal education âÄúthemeâÄù requirements instead of five. The switch to five required themes has only been in place since 2010,...

Let Bureau protect consumers

December 12, 2011

Recently, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released a new model credit card agreement that vastly simplifies it for consumers. A key part of entering into a financial agreement, especially with...

Students must vote to be heard

December 8, 2011

After the DFL primaries Tuesday, the media and experts have already declared Kari Dziedzic the new state senator representing District 59. But itâÄôs important everyone keep in mind her victory...

Raise tuition transparently

December 8, 2011

The Board of Regents will begin discussing a proposal today by the Carlson School of Management asking for permission to charge an extra $2,000 annually for tuition. A vote on the matter will take place...

Transfer decision lacks justification

December 7, 2011

The University of Minnesota recently announced that it will reduce the number of transfer students admitted next fall. We previously criticized this decision on the grounds that it reduces access to higher...

Show us the money

December 7, 2011

The Graduate and Professional Student Assembly passed a resolution to improve transparency when it comes to student fees. As student fees have increased each year, students want to know exactly where the...

Simplify the city recycling system

December 5, 2011

By the end of 2012, Hennepin County plans on doubling the rate of recycling in the city of Minneapolis. This is a lofty goal, considering the current rate sits at only 17 percent. Part of the reason for...

New CFANS plan helps

December 5, 2011

The College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences is about to undergo some major changes, which will improve studentsâÄô experience in the college. After faculty voted to approve the...

Noor for Senate District 59

December 1, 2011

From the state shutdown last summer to the federal debt ceiling debacle and failure of the congressional âÄúsupercommitteeâÄù to agree on a deficit reduction plan, there are many examples...

Student debt is sky-high

November 30, 2011

A report recently released by the Project on Student Debt reflects the abysmal realities of Minnesota college graduates and the recent trend of MinnesotaâÄôs waning support for public higher education. From...

Minority services are essential

November 30, 2011

With a new president, an incoming provost and dwindling state support, the University of Minnesota is experiencing a lot of change. ItâÄôs starting to feel like the administration is launching...

Online lectures are beneficial

November 23, 2011

Some University of Minnesota - Duluth Medical School professors are prohibiting students from accessing lectures online, the Minnesota Daily reported Monday. Restricting access to lecture materials is...

The grateful generation

November 23, 2011

WeâÄôve all heard âÄî and probably taken part in âÄî some griping about difficult exams and papers at this point in the semester. And in a few weeks, when finals start, the griping...

Rejuvenate the river

November 17, 2011

In Minneapolis and the surrounding areas, one doesnâÄôt often hear how dirty and polluted the Minnesota River is. In cities south of Minneapolis, not much is done to acknowledge that it even exists,...

Don’t stall on health care bill

November 17, 2011

The Affordable Care Act is well on its way to full implementation in January 2014. In some places, Minnesota in particular, GOP legislatures are flagrantly trying to impede its process. Gov. Mark Dayton...

How not to get towed

November 16, 2011

Temperatures are dropping this week, and snow is right around the corner for Minnesota. With snow in the City of Minneapolis comes the inevitable and frustrating hassle that is on-street parking in the...

Wisconsinites call for a recall

November 16, 2011

Opponents of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker launched a 60-day campaign Tuesday in order to get a recall election on the ballot. Campaigners must get 540,208 signatures in 60 days to call a special election...

NCAA sends mixed message

November 9, 2011

Less than two weeks ago, the NCAA approved a package that gives universities the option to give a $2,000 stipend to student-athletes with full scholarships. The money would pay for what the NCAA calls...

Protect voter access

November 9, 2011

Voting in Minnesota is a very easy thing to do. Minnesotans enjoy the flexibility of same-day registration, which only requires basic identification and a piece of mail listing your address within the...

Dirty laundry gets spin cycle

November 7, 2011

The Minnesota Daily Editorial Board has been extremely disappointed with the response from administrators to criticism of the School of DentistryâÄôs arrogance, autocratic management and questionable...

Report card not so sexy

November 2, 2011

The Trojan Sexual Health Report Card ranked the University of Minnesota 68th this year, dropping from 10th last year. While on the surface this looks like bad news for Minnesota, we should not take these...

Light-rail blackmail

November 2, 2011

As if transportation infrastructure werenâÄôt already good for business, many companies are taking advantage of the publicâÄôs Central Corridor Light-Rail Project to squeeze more money...

Education is not just a private good

October 19, 2011

Since the Legislature started cutting back its contributions to the University of MinnesotaâÄôs budget, administrators have scrambled to find alternative money wells. Oftentimes, they look to the...

Smoking ban is unnecessary

October 19, 2011

Recently, the Student Health Advisory Committee started a push to ban smoking on the University of MinnesotaâÄôs Twin Cities campus, including outdoor areas. Banning smoking on the Twin Cities...

Don’t forget CLA

October 13, 2011

Today and tomorrow a University group called the Enrollment Management Committee will report to the Board of Regents with a list of ways to improve and capitalize on undergraduate and graduate enrollment. In...

Champions off the court

October 13, 2011

Earlier this week, 15,000 fans turned out to congratulate the Minnesota Lynx on their first WNBA championship title. While winning a national championship is of course a great achievement in itself, the...

The false budget crisis

October 12, 2011

Last Friday, the University of Minnesota chapter of the America Association of University Professors brought a financial analyst to the University to take a look at the UniversityâÄôs budget and...

Illegals deserve an education too

October 12, 2011

After an Alabama judge ruled Wednesday that studentsâÄô immigration statuses must be verified in order to attend school, thousands of Hispanic families have fled from the state. This outrageous...

Security for your cyber self

October 5, 2011

The University of Minnesota hosted a summit to discuss cybersecurity issues Monday, as October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. The Cyber Security Summit event brought up important issues that...

Jobs Act is good for state

October 5, 2011

Economists from both sides of the political aisle generally agree that the American Jobs Act is the insurance America needs against a âÄúdouble-dipâÄù recession. Why should Minnesota and...

City should get money for Dome

September 28, 2011

Last Monday, Minneapolis city officials sent a letter to Gov. Mark Dayton requesting $30.5 million in money from the state if the Metrodome is sold. The city claims that over the 30 years the dome has...

Wishing coach Kill well

September 28, 2011

Minnesota head football coach Jerry Kill announced Sunday he will take some time off to seek more medical help for his recurring seizures. While his history with seizures was known after a couple of public...

Welcome week’s over

September 22, 2011

First of all, we congratulate President Eric Kaler and welcome him to the University of Minnesota. After being inaugurated today, the new president is now âÄúofficiallyâÄù the new president...

Bikers need more protection

September 22, 2011

One of the newest additions to campus this fall is the very noticeable neon green bike lanes that run along 15th Avenue at the University Avenue and Fourth Street intersections. The city should be praised...

A people’s bailout

September 21, 2011

Rep. Hansen Clarke, D-Mich., introduced a new and creative idea to stimulate the economy that should appeal to most college-goers: forgive student loan debt. This plan would jump start an economy thatâÄôs...

Starved for compassion

September 21, 2011

One in six citizens in America lives in poverty, according to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau. That translates to over 46 million citizens living on less than $22,000 per year for a family...

Students before CEOs

September 14, 2011

With sponsored classrooms and a sponsored football stadium, itâÄôs obvious that the University of Minnesota doesnâÄôt mind corporate ties, especially as a revenue source. But these ties...

Responsible gov’t — for a change

September 14, 2011

On Monday, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak released his 2012 budget proposal. The big headline is that there will be no property tax increase this year, but not receiving top billing are a number of sensible...

Lightening the textbook burden

September 12, 2011

The beginning of each semester can be a rude awakening for students when it comes time to buy textbooks. Cheaper textbooks, used books and rentals should be more accessible to students. One of the easiest...

A jobs plan at long last

September 12, 2011

President Barack Obama unveiled a new plan Thursday that embodies the elements of compromise Americans have been expecting for months. Obama urged Congress to âÄúswiftlyâÄù pass a plan...

Money over morals?

September 12, 2011

The Carlson School of Management is in need of a new dean, and theyâÄôre willing to pay big money âÄî what they call âÄúmarket rateâÄù âÄî for one. While the search...

Students get tuition relief

September 12, 2011

Last year, when faced with unprecedented budget cuts, former President Bob Bruininks and the Board of Regents put forth a plan that prepared for the worst-case budget scenario. The previous administration...

Looking back on Sept. 11

September 8, 2011

The 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 is this Sunday. This anniversary should be an opportunity for us to take a step back, analyze what happened that day 10 years ago, consult our...

Personal finance: the nonliberal art

September 7, 2011

While a college education is an invaluable asset in a personâÄôs life, it is no secret that it is also an expensive one that can leave a student with large amounts of debt for many years to come. Even...

VP search must be public

September 7, 2011

Tom Sullivan, the current senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, will step down and return to the faculty at the end of 2011. As the University of Minnesota searches for a replacement,...

Welcome Week is worth it

September 6, 2011

As the school year begins, thousands of freshmen in matching maroon shirts have filled campus for Welcome Week. With a massive campus and over 50,000 students, the University of Minnesota can be a confusing...

Burst the U bubble

September 6, 2011

The University of MinnesotaâÄôs campuses are filled with activities and events to check out, but many students fail to explore the Twin Cities as they get to know campus. Minneapolis and St. Paul...

Grad students paid no interest

August 10, 2011

While the nation may have avoided a major economic crisis last week by raising the debt ceiling, the move comes at a cost to graduate and professional students. Under the new deal, interest subsidies on...

Light-rail line: No pain, no gain

August 10, 2011

The Central Corridor lightrailâÄôs construction phase has had its problems. It has been painful for many businesses, and there is still room for improvement on traffic flow and signage on University...

Debt deal leaves a deficit of trust

August 3, 2011

"DonâÄôt trust anyone over 30.âÄù This phrase, popularized in the âÄô60s as a way to comment on the generational divide, is due for a comeback, and the recent debt debacle in Washington...

Professors vs. computers

August 3, 2011

Over the last decade, the University of Minnesota has implemented new technologies into many classrooms across campus. This enhances the learning experience and provides students with the opportunity to...

GAPSA needs to stop the drama

July 27, 2011

Last week, the Minnesota Daily reported that current Graduate and Professional Student Assembly president, Abou Amara, could face an impeachment vote in the fall. A formal complaint filed by Bree Dalager,...

Save the fall ceremony

July 27, 2011

Last weekâÄôs announcement of the University of MinnesotaâÄôs decision to permanently cancel the College of Liberal ArtsâÄô fall graduation ceremony was met with some backlash....

Stacked against students

July 13, 2011

There is a dissonant and confusing trend toward high-density "luxury" apartment complexes near campus, where renters tend to be cash-strapped students. The University should take an active role in mitigating...

The other first-year students

July 13, 2011

Each year more students opt to transfer to the Twin Cities campus later in their college careers. In the last five years alone, the number of new transfer students admitted to the Twin Cities campus has...

Saying bye to Bob

June 29, 2011

After serving nine years as the president of the University of Minnesota, Bob Bruininks will be stepping down this week. His term ends and the new President Eric KalerâÄôs starts July 1. BruininksâÄô...

Facebook’s photo failure

June 15, 2011

It has happened to everyone: Someone takes a photo of you doing something embarrassing or irresponsible and puts it on Facebook. And the social networking site is about to chip away at usersâÄô...

Build more bike lanes

June 15, 2011

The city of Minneapolis deserves praise for its commitment to making the city more bike-friendly. This has been brought to mind by the ongoing âÄî and recently completed âÄî road reconstruction...

Who are you representing?

June 8, 2011

When the special  legislative session convenes, state policymakers will certainly decide, once again, to reduce its funding of the University of Minnesota. Given the administrationâÄôs history,...

Let’s get this Grand Old Party started

June 8, 2011

While many of us took a sigh of relief after Donald Trump said he would not be running for president, the 2012 Republican field still has its fair share of buffoonery. Some insist on gallivanting around...

We’re serious this time

June 1, 2011

When the final gavel banged in the Minnesota House last week, the finger-pointing immediately ensued. Highlights of what Minnesotans got out of the 2010-11 session include talks of a new Vikings stadium,...

Do not ban same-sex marriage

June 1, 2011

While a recent Star Tribune poll showed that a majority of Minnesotans oppose the constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, it would be naive to think that the battle over equality will be an...

If you build it, they will stay

May 25, 2011

In recent years, Minnesotans have become accustomed to the high stakes game of sports stadium construction. The Minnesota Twins were considered a flight risk without a new ballpark, and many remember the...

Bruininks: Too little too late

May 25, 2011

Last week, President Bob Bruininks strongly condemned looming cuts to the University, calling them, âÄúway out of proportion to the size of education in the state budget.âÄù His comments...

Gov. must release bin Laden photos

May 5, 2011

Yesterday, President Barack Obama announced in an interview with CBS that he will not authorize the release of pictures taken of Osama bin Laden after he was killed in MondayâÄôs Navy SEAL assault...

Some parting words for you

May 5, 2011

This is the last issue of the Minnesota Daily this spring. As campus clears for the summer, this board feels compelled to leave our readers with some parting advice. The University of Minnesota administration...

GOP tax plan undemocratic

May 4, 2011

In order to circumvent Gov. Mark DaytonâÄôs veto power, legislative Republicans have started pitching their more controversial ideas as amendments to the state constitution, which will be put on...

Kill the deadly force bill

May 4, 2011

A bill before the Minnesota Legislature would allow homeowners to use deadly force against intruders without fear of prosecution. The proposal is a tragedy waiting to happen and must be rejected by legislators. A...

Taxes are not genocide

May 3, 2011

The nationâÄôs money woes draw innumerable metaphors from those who think the situation is out of control. Politicians have likened our flailing economy to runaway trains, sinking ships and now,...

Let local police stay local

May 3, 2011

A bill is moving through the Minnesota House that would reverse a "separation ordinance" that prohibits local police from enforcing federal immigration law. Separation ordinances require that local authorities...

A broken promise

May 2, 2011

The University of Minnesota currently offers free tuition to Pell Grant-eligible Minnesota residents through its U Promise scholarship program. Starting next fall, the University will significantly cut...

GOP agenda needs amending

May 2, 2011

Despite gay marriage already being prohibited by two state statutes, Republicans in the state Legislature want to put a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage on the 2012 ballot. Up to this...