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Clean up the fees mess

April 28, 2011

Every year, the student services fees process is a mess. There are late applications, audit problems and confusion. The madness needs to stop. This year, the Queer Student Cultural Center turned its application...

Deal local business a better hand

April 28, 2011

Minnesota legislators announced a proposal this week that would allow local bars and restaurants to offer charitable gambling at their establishments. If the plan goes forward it will increase revenues...

Let’s talk about unions

April 27, 2011

The Graduate and Professional Student Assembly and the Council of Graduate Students have met resistance in their efforts to hold public meetings on the issue of graduate student unionization. Union supporters,...

Minn. hits the bottle hard

April 27, 2011

A local campaign that encourages the government to "think outside the bottle" is gaining strength. Interest groups and small local businesses have joined forces to compel Gov. Mark Dayton to end the state...

Leave those kids alone

April 26, 2011

The Minnesota DailyâÄôs Editorial Board has often called for more bipartisanship from state legislators in St. Paul. However, weâÄôre disappointed that both sides of the aisle have united...

Let the Met Council be

April 26, 2011

For the past 36 years, the members of the Metropolitan Council have been appointed by the governor. They have an important role, since the organization oversees everything from wastewater treatment to...

Time to get to work in St. Paul

April 25, 2011

Before state lawmakers left the Capitol for a weeklong break, they passed an omnibus agriculture bill âÄî the first and only budget bill to get the OK from the Minnesota state House, Senate and...

The future of CLA

April 25, 2011

Following the guidelines set forth in last NovemberâÄôs College of Liberal Arts 2015 Report, CLA has started preliminary planning for its reorganization. Among the plans under consideration is...

Voter ID solves imaginary issue

April 21, 2011

In the wake of two close recount losses during the past two election cycles, Minnesota Republicans are leading the charge to require voters to have photo IDs at the polls. Gov. Mark Dayton hasnâÄôt...

No more “birther” talk

April 21, 2011

In an interview Wednesday on ABCâÄôs "Good Morning America," Minnesota Congresswoman and GOP presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann said the controversy over President Barack ObamaâÄôs birth...

Legal online poker a better bet

April 20, 2011

    The federal government shut down a series of large online poker websites last week, accusing them of violating a 2006 law banning Internet poker. The law technically bans an activity millions...

The concussion discussion

April 20, 2011

  Support from both sides of the Minnesota Legislature has emerged for a proposal that would regulate concussion management for young athletes. The requirement mimics provisions already in place for...

Which class can I take?

April 19, 2011

The University of Minnesota will soon end the trend of piling classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays and instead offer classes more evenly throughout the week. Starting in fall 2012, the University will cap...

U right to automate ramps

April 19, 2011

In a little more than a month, machines will begin to fully take over University of Minnesota parking ramps. By slashing about 65 parking attendant jobs, the University will pocket $1.4 million a year...

Don’t forget about gay marriage

April 18, 2011

Last Thursday, Gov. Mark Dayton became MinnesotaâÄôs first sitting governor to attend the stateâÄôs largest annual gay rights gathering at the state Capitol. This is yet another welcome...

Keep an eye on ag abuses

April 18, 2011

A bill was introduced into the state Legislature recently that would ban the distribution of all videos and other information documenting animal mistreatment and agricultural pollution. This misguided...

Don’t elect judges

April 13, 2011

The recent Wisconsin Supreme Court election was and continues to be a disgrace to the dignity of the stateâÄôs highest court. It is a perfect example of why state supreme court justices should...

Close the job gap

April 13, 2011

The economic disparity between blacks and whites in Minnesota is the worst in the country. Finally, someone is trying to do something about it. Gov. Mark Dayton issued a 17-page report last Friday on the...

Finance the green fund

April 12, 2011

The Minnesota Student Association is set to vote on a resolution Tuesday supporting a proposed student fee to go toward a fund to pay for green initiatives on campus. The fee was proposed by the Sustainable...

Cheers to Surly Brewery

April 12, 2011

Amid the contentious debate in the state Capitol over MinnesotaâÄôs $5 billion budget shortfall comes one of the few bills that will bolster both jobs and revenue: the so-called "Surly Bill." Surly...

A city’s hypocrisy

April 11, 2011

A Minneapolis city ordinance requires any vendor providing city employees more than $100,000 worth of services to offer domestic-partner benefits to its employees. Yet Minneapolis ignored this ordinance...

Shut down the grandstanding

April 11, 2011

A last-minute compromise on $38 billion worth of cuts helped the federal government avert a shutdown Friday. This means 800,000 federal workers, including 18,428 in Minnesota, wonâÄôt be furloughed...

Grab a seat, have a beer

April 7, 2011

Some lawmakers think the University of Minnesota, not the Legislature, should have the power to decide where and to whom it sells alcohol at campus venues. We agree, and we hope the school will be fair...

Ready, set, hike taxes

April 7, 2011

Two Republicans in the state House are keeping hope alive for a new Vikings stadium. They plan to introduce a bill later this week that would allow the host county of a new stadium to establish a half-cent...

The price of generics

April 6, 2011

A woman from Minnesota who developed a severe neurological disease after taking a generic drug is part of a case before the Supreme Court. She and the other plaintiffs argue that the manufacturer knew...

A university in shambles

April 6, 2011

Last week, the Minnesota Legislature passed a higher education finance bill that cuts $306 million from current state funding levels. The fact that lawmakers approved this bill shows just how low a priority...

It’s time to get serious

April 5, 2011

Last Monday, Gov. Mark Dayton sent a letter to the GOP leaders in the Legislature saying that he would veto piecemeal efforts to deal with the state budget. The GOP leaders responded by continuing to pass...

Hennepin County is for quitters

April 5, 2011

The Hennepin County Board passed an intrusive policy last week that prohibits smoking on all county-owned property. The regulation strips decision-making power from its citizens and is based upon flawed...

Learn to reciprocate

April 4, 2011

More than 10,000 Wisconsin students studying in Minnesota âÄî the majority of whom attend the University of Minnesota âÄî could be paying more for college next year. Wisconsin Gov. Scott...

Rock the vote, please

April 4, 2011

ItâÄôs not easy being a student at the University of Minnesota. Last week, the state Legislature passed higher education finance bills that slash $306 million from current state aid. Students donâÄôt...

Driven to deception

March 31, 2011

Recently, University of Minnesota students got a friendly email from Vice Provost Tom Sullivan. His upbeat message highlighted all of the âÄúremarkable progressâÄù at the University since...

Libya: so far so good

March 30, 2011

On Monday night President Barack Obama addressed the nation about his correct, yet hesitant, commitment of American naval and air forces to enforce a no-fly zone over Libya. While he answered many of the...

Let them eat late

March 30, 2011

A limited number of restaurants are currently allowed access to the lucrative business of serving late-night diners in Dinkytown. The city of Minneapolis needs to streamline the licensing process for restaurants...

Feeding our enemies

March 29, 2011

When the U.N. issues a report stating six million people are in need of international food aid, the U.S. is usually game for helping out. But when those six million people live in North Korea, the U.S....

Fees are a public affair

March 29, 2011

The Office of Student Affairs received nearly $100,000 in student service fees money in 2010 without going to either fees committee to request the funding or justify its uses. Now the chairwoman of the...

Sub union’s tactics subpar

March 28, 2011

It all started with a handful of protests in September. Jimmy JohnâÄôs Gourmet Sandwiches workers began picketing for more than minimum wage and opted to unionize. This board supports those efforts,...

End invisible funding

March 28, 2011

Gov. Mark Dayton pledged to release his campaign finance reports more frequently last week as part of his push toward requiring more consistent financial campaign reporting. He has also proposed needed...

The King stands alone

March 24, 2011

House Republicans on the higher education finance committee passed a $306.3 million cut to the stateâÄôs higher education systems Tuesday. ItâÄôs the largest cut of its kind in state history....

Building up education

March 24, 2011

News of the plan to demolish seven University of Minnesota buildings this year âÄî three of which are considered historic âÄî has upset many preservationists on campus. However, the University...

Stemming med research

March 23, 2011

Committees in both chambers of the Minnesota Legislature passed a bill last week that deceptively claims to prevent human cloning. This legislation is redundant and will limit the stateâÄôs medical...

Anti-gay group distorts research

March 23, 2011

Exodus International is an organization that seeks to âÄúprovide support for individuals who struggle with unwanted same-sex attractions.âÄù Though generally dismissed by reasonable people...

Small things considered

March 22, 2011

  Last week, House Republicans voted to eliminate all federal support for National Public Radio. This vote was a waste of time when Congress should be focused on large-scale reform of government finances. Public...

Help close the education gap

March 10, 2011

A portion of Gov. Mark DaytonâÄôs proposed education budget aims to close the education gap in Minnesota by starting at one of the most basic levels of school âÄî kindergarten. His plan...

Don’t vote for your friends

March 10, 2011

Votes on new members for the University of MinnesotaâÄôs Board of Regents have long been drawn on party lines, but new legislation may help keep that level of partisanship down. A bill that would...

U squeezes its workers again

March 9, 2011

The University of Minnesota is again trying to squeeze its workers before it sacrifices any central administration and non-academic spending. The Office of Human Resources has drafted a policy that would...

Writing their own report cards

March 9, 2011

Last week, Gov. Mark Dayton signed a misguided bill that allows corporations to draft their own environmental impact statements. These statements detail every potential consequence a proposed industrial...

CLA mum on humanities

March 8, 2011

The University of MinnesotaâÄôs humanities program is on the chopping block. While it isnâÄôt a large program, it does not deserve to be wiped out without an explanation. The College of...

Don’t cater to scalpers

March 8, 2011

It could soon be much harder to find a reasonably priced ticket to a concert or sporting event in the Twin Cities. State Sen. Chris Gerlach, R-Apple Valley, has proposed a bill that would prevent venues...

Budget cuts don’t add up

March 7, 2011

Last Wednesday, Congress passed and President Barack Obama signed a short-term spending bill that funds the federal government through March 18. While it is imperative that lawmakers work together to find...

Presidential sugar-coating

March 7, 2011

University of Minnesota President Bob Bruininks used his final State of the University speech last week to extol the schoolâÄôs virtues and highlight the positive impact his administration has...

Free speech marches on

March 3, 2011

ItâÄôs been a banner week for the First Amendment. On Wednesday the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the protesting rights of the Westboro Baptist Church. A judge in Wisconsin on Tuesday demanded...

UDS: Why no calorie count?

March 3, 2011

Want to know how many calories are in the mystery meat your dorm serves? Or just how many are in those cookies you just canâÄôt pass without grabbing one? Despite months of work between the Student...

Promoting safe sex offenders

March 2, 2011

Important as reducing the state deficit may be, public safety needs to come first. A plan to modify the Minnesota Sex Offender Program appears to combine these two public interests. However, to ensure...

5 billion is the new 6 billion

March 2, 2011

The state Legislature now has a new, slightly less ominous budget shortfall to consider: $5 billion, revised down from $6.2 billion. Despite the new projection, the same problems loom. Gone are the days...

The for-profit scam

March 1, 2011

The U.S. House of Representatives voted Friday to amend a spending bill in order to block proposed regulations of the for-profit college industry designed to protect students. The Senate will take up an...

Don’t fear the needle

March 1, 2011

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the family of Hannah Bruesewitz, which filed a lawsuit on her behalf against the manufacturer of a vaccine that left her with seizures and permanent brain...

DOMA is indefensible

February 28, 2011

President Barack Obama ordered the Justice Department to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act in court last Wednesday, correctly calling the act unconstitutional. And DOMA is, in fact, clearly unconstitutional....

A casino worth betting on

February 28, 2011

Leave it to someone outside of the Capitol to figure out how to bring the state some revenue. The owner of the downtrodden Block E complex in downtown Minneapolis wants to develop a casino rivaling something...

Fund Planned Parenthood

February 24, 2011

Planned ParenthoodâÄôs entire allotment of federal funds could be in jeopardy âÄî as could be all federal family planning funds âÄî because of an amendment to a spending bill approved...

No obesity lawsuits here

February 24, 2011

The Minnesota state Legislature could soon protect fast food companies from lawsuits that blame them for causing obesity. Dubbed the âÄúcheeseburger bill,âÄù the Personal Responsibility...

Don’t weaken local control

February 23, 2011

Proposals before both houses of the Minnesota Legislature would gut the state laws that give town and county governments the power to exercise "local control" over controversial development projects. Currently...

Walker wrong to bust unions

February 23, 2011

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is not wrong to ask public employees to take pay cuts and pay more into their benefits package. As a way to cut spending in a state facing a multi-billion dollar budget deficit,...

Streams and streamlining

February 22, 2011

The stateâÄôs legislative session hasnâÄôt even lasted two months yet, but new bills have been coming in fast and hot. While a rapid pace is welcome, some ideas need extra caution. Last...

Affordability takes two

February 22, 2011

Students are gathering at the state Capitol today to participate in the Rally to Restore Affordability, a show of their support for increased state funding of higher education. While we applaud this effort,...

Keep regents nonpartisan

February 21, 2011

The state Legislature may have inappropriately taken politics into consideration when it nominated candidates to the University of Minnesota Board of Regents last Wednesday. The Legislature selected Laura...

Seeking common ground

February 21, 2011

This year, members of the Lutheran Campus Ministry proposed a unique idea for their annual spring break community engagement trip. In the spirit of leading social change within and beyond the University...

The new bro code

February 17, 2011

Four months ago, the University of MinnesotaâÄôs Interfraternity Council began putting together Arkeo, a greeks-policing-greeks system intended to make sure party policies are being followed properly....

Protect Pell grants from cuts

February 17, 2011

In the budget plan he released Monday, President Barack Obama proposed $100 billion in cuts to student financial aid. While policymakers should be finding ways to cut unnecessary spending to balance the...

Gov.’s budget falls short

February 16, 2011

Yesterday, Gov. Mark Dayton presented his plan to deal with the stateâÄôs $6.2 billion budget shortfall. In his own words to reporters, âÄúThis is a very tough budget for very hard economic...

Media mergers a trending topic

February 16, 2011

Recently, both Google and Facebook have been engaged in talks with Twitter about buying the company for between $8 billion and $10 billion. These talks are the most recent example of a growing trend of...

Many stadiums, one roof

February 15, 2011

MinnesotaâÄôs stadium tab is growing. In addition to the VikingsâÄô stadium financing request, the Timberwolves want a Target Center renovation, the St. Paul Saints desire a new ballpark,...

Enforce equal pay

February 15, 2011

In a local government bill currently before the Minnesota House, Republicans have included a provision that would repeal the 1984 Local Government Pay Equity Act. A bill which would repeal the law has...

Official responsibility

February 14, 2011

In the age of Twitter and Facebook, lawmakers have the ability to connect with their constituents like never before. But with easier communication, legislators must recognize that the buck still stops...

Put tuition freeze on ice

February 14, 2011

State Sen. John Carlson, R-Bemidji, had his heart in the right place when he introduced a bill last Wednesday that would freeze tuition at MinnesotaâÄôs public universities. Certainly high tuition...

The state of the State of the State

February 10, 2011

After just five weeks in office, Gov. Mark Dayton gave his first State of the State address Wednesday, laying out a plan to improve jobs, transportation, health, government services and education. The...

Regents play innocent

February 10, 2011

In a letter released Monday, the University of Minnesota Board of Regents dismissed a request from eight bioethicists for an independent investigation of the case of Dan Markingson, who committed suicide...

A heap of veeps

February 9, 2011

University of Minnesota Provost and Senior Vice President Tom Sullivan became the sixth top administrator to step down from his position last week as the UniversityâÄôs leaders begin their transition...

The wrong way to save

February 9, 2011

Both the Minnesota Legislature and the U.S. Congress will consider many proposals for where to make the spending cuts necessary to balance their respective budget deficits. As appealing as it is to âÄúexamine...

Donate blood this week

February 8, 2011

Due to this winterâÄôs relentless blizzard conditions, the American Red Cross has reported about 23,000 canceled blood and platelet donations since Jan. 1. With shortages of 28,000 units and climbing,...

End the nuclear power moratorium

February 8, 2011

The Minnesota state Senate voted last Thursday to remove MinnesotaâÄôs moratorium on nuclear power plant construction. This is a smart step forward for the state. It could lead to cheaper energy...

Here’s to Sunday liquor

February 7, 2011

The Minnesota Legislature is considering a bill to allow local store owners to sell liquor on Sundays, which is currently prohibited in Minnesota. By giving businesses the option to sell alcohol, Minnesota...

Rep. Keith Ellison speaks out

February 7, 2011

As the situation in Egypt escalates with street brawls and Molotov cocktails, the White House and State Department continue to make diplomatic strides forward. The role of the State Department and other...

Start cuts at the top

February 3, 2011

This month, many University of Minnesota employees received a scheduled 2 percent pay raise that had already been delayed six months. However, salaries could be frozen again or reduced as soon as next...

Protests in Egypt, dilemma in U.S.

February 3, 2011

As shown by a student rally outside Coffman Union and Minnesotans protesting on the Capitol steps, Americans support the protesters who have bravely taken to EgyptâÄôs streets to fight political...

Bonding bill works for Minn.

February 2, 2011

On Monday, Gov. Mark Dayton announced his intention to pursue a $1 billion public works and construction bill that he said would create 28,500 jobs. Republicans, in dismissing the idea, called on Dayton...

MnSCU got it right

February 2, 2011

The Minnesota State College and Universities Board of Trustees named two finalists Monday to replace Chancellor James McCormick. MnSCU was able to benefit from a more transparent process than the University...

Seeking council

February 1, 2011

Last week, Sen. Kathy Sheran, DFL-Mankato, introduced a bill that would permit city councils statewide to establish an "ex-officio," nonvoting student member position to be filled by an attendee of a local...

Asking for a little bit of change

February 1, 2011

The Minneapolis Police Department has recently decided to crack down on panhandling along Grand Avenue, working undercover to cite, fine and potentially jail panhandlers. Aggressive panhandling âÄî...

More stressed than ever

January 31, 2011

College students have been under more and more pressure in recent years, especially during the recent recession. In the 2010 version of "The American Freshman," a survey that has taken data about college...

Apply on time, please

January 31, 2011

For most, meeting a deadline to obtain thousands of dollars wouldnâÄôt be an issue. It is puzzling how, for the second year in row, student groups have had trouble making the student fees request...

A second opinion

January 27, 2011

Last Wednesday, the Republican-controlled  U.S. House passed a symbolic bill to repeal the federal health care reform law. Congress âÄî newly split after the 2010 elections  âÄî...

Reinvest in education

January 27, 2011

In TuesdayâÄôs State of the Union address, President Barack Obama attempted to extend an olive branch to Republicans. He made few overtly liberal pronouncements and even pledged to support some...

The Wright choice

January 26, 2011

The appointment of Sheila Wright as the director of the Minnesota Office of Higher Education comes during a tempestuous time for higher education, but students should be at ease with her credentials, which...

Non-partisan health care

January 26, 2011

In one of his first acts as governor, Mark Dayton issued an executive order that would make Medicaid available to almost 100,000 low-income Minnesota residents. This move is a sound fiscal and public health...

A new Vikings stadium now

January 25, 2011

With repairs on the deflated Metrodome roof paused and the VikingsâÄô lease on the broken stadium ending after next season, there is no better time to bring Teflon-free football to Minnesota. Securing...

Budgetary compromise

January 25, 2011

Last week, Republicans in the state Legislature introduced what they called their "Phase I Budget Bill," a proposal of cuts designed to reduce MinnesotaâÄôs $6.2 billion budget deficit by $1 billion. This...

Keep higher ed a high priority

January 24, 2011

Republicans in the state Legislature proposed a bill last week that would freeze planned spending increases for higher education in 2012 and 2013. This would effectively cut $200 million from state higher...

Don’t blame Chipotle

January 24, 2011

Eight people were arrested outside the Downtown Minneapolis location of Chipotle last Thursday for staging a sit-in to protest the termination statewide of 50 of the companyâÄôs employees. The...

U golf didn’t play the fair way

January 20, 2011

Last week, the former University of Minnesota womenâÄôs golf coach Katie Brenny filed suit against the University for discrimination based on sexual orientation. Though lawsuits can have a reputation...

Getting it together GAPSA

January 20, 2011

Operating on a $394,628 budget and representing about 25,000 graduate students, the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly must begin demonstrating competency for its constituents. GAPSAâÄôs...