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Bonding bill, stadium deal still in works

Published May 3, 2012

    Already past their self-imposed deadline to leave the Capitol, state legislators are still working to finish two significant legislative components — a bill that funds construction...

Committee reviews executive pay

Published April 30, 2012

A Board of Regents committee met Thursday for the first of a series of meetings reviewing executive compensation and administrative leave packages at the University of Minnesota. The meeting emphasized...

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler reflected on his first academic year on the job. It’s been a hectic year, a very interesting year. But I’m pretty pleased with where we are.

Kaler talks recent news, looks back on his first year

Published April 26, 2012

  The Minnesota Daily sat down with President Eric Kaler for the last time this semester to talk about the bonding bill, the new athletics director and his first year on the job. I know you were at...

Student representatives for the Board of Regents Abdul Omari, GAPSA representative and chair, and Chantal Wilson, MSA representative and board member, emphasize the importance of the student voice on the board.

New student Board of Regents representatives to be announced

Published April 24, 2012

  Behind the University of Minnesota’s most powerful entity, the Board of Regents, are eight student representatives that try to ensure student voices are heard. Interviews for four positions...

For undeclared majors, holds could come sooner

Published April 18, 2012

  In an effort to improve four-year graduation rates, a proposal making its way through the University of Minnesota’s Faculty Senate would give more flexibility to advisers and departments to...

Regent committee to review compensation packages

Published April 16, 2012

  The University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents will review executive compensation and administrative transitional leave packages later this month, the University announced Friday. The review...

Devine hopes to represent students

Published April 12, 2012

  Since his graduation from the University of Minnesota in 1979, Tom Devine has stayed heavily involved with his alma mater. And now, he will hold one of its most powerful positions as a newly appointed...

Workers prepare to place light rail tracks across University Avenue on Tuesday at Huron Boulevard.

Construction update: traffic closures continue

Published April 11, 2012

  The loud noise of construction on campus is expected to quiet down by November. All heavy construction of renewing and replacing roads as well as installing and embedding light-rail tracks will...

Violence continues in Syria

Published April 10, 2012

Violence continues to escalate in Syria today with at least 70 people killed. This is in addition to the United Nation’s estimated 9,000 people death toll since the initially peaceful uprising began...

Pawlenty campaign out of debt

Published April 10, 2012

Thanks to a $2,000 donation from former rival Michele Bachmann's political action committee, the Pawlenty for President campaign is finally out of debt, according to the Star Tribune. When the campaign...

Bill would make U take more waivers

Published April 4, 2012

  University of Minnesota officials are concerned that a provision in the House’s omnibus higher education bill could change how the school handles health insurance coverage for students. Among...

Dispute over Obama’s health care law has implications for U student insurance

Published April 2, 2012

  Since it became law in 2010, President Barack Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has been a focal point of powerful and partisan debate. Last week, that dispute made its way...

Scott Studham discusses upcoming issues regarding information technology on campus Monday afternoon in Johnston Hall.  Studham began his role as vice president and chief information officer at the university Feb. 13.

New CIO oversees U’s vast tech networks

Published March 28, 2012

  They may not know it, but every University student, faculty and staff member is affected by the work of the Office of Information Technology. Behind the Moodle page, registration technology, financial...

A bill that passed the Commerce and Regulatory Reform Committee on Wednesday would allow beer to be served in TCF Bank Stadium suites and a designated area in or near the stadium for the public. The west plaza of the stadium has been proposed as the public location.

House to discuss sale of alcohol in TCF Bank Stadium

Published March 27, 2012

Gopher fans might soon be able to purchase alcohol at TCF Bank Stadium with a legislative policy change. A bill passed Wednesday in the House Commerce and Regulatory Reform Committee would allow beer sales...

Daily Digest: Rybak rallying support for Vikings deal, Florida police chief steps down and Whitney Houston’s cause of death determined

Published March 22, 2012

Here's your Daily Digest for Thursday, Mar. 22: According to the Startribune, Mayor R.T. Rybak is rallying for support on the Vikings stadium plans. Two council members, John Quincy and Don Samuels,...

Report: U.S. reps use campaign funds to pay family members

Published March 22, 2012

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington released a report today naming U.S. House of Representatives members who use their positions to financially benefit their families. The list includes...

Kaler talks calendar, Vikes, Sviggum

Published March 22, 2012

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler sat down with the Minnesota Daily Wednesday to discuss administration changes, his State of the University address initiatives and Vikings stadium deal updates. You...

Regent Steve Sviggum walks out of a Board of Regents meeting after handing out a letter of resignation on Thursday at McNamara Alumni Center.

Board sees conflict; Sviggum steps down

Published March 19, 2012

Steve Sviggum resigned from the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents after the board questioned his dual roles on the board and at the state Capitol. In an emotional speech in front of the...

Financial plan brings hope for new clinic

Published March 19, 2012

University of Minnesota officials presented a plan to finance the long-discussed Ambulatory Care Center to the Board of Regents March 8 — this time without the state’s help. The proposal would...

Regents committee says Sviggum must choose between jobs

Published March 5, 2012

  An ad hoc Board of Regents committee recommended Friday that Steve Sviggum choose between his dual roles as a regent and a Senate staffer. The recommendation will be presented to the full board...

University President Eric Kaler delivered his State of the University address to students, faculty, legislators and others Thursday at the Coffman UnionTheater. Kaler suggested implementing a year-round academic calendar.

Pres. Kaler suggests year-round academic calendar

Published March 5, 2012

  In his first State of the University address Thursday, President Eric Kaler suggested taking “a serious and rigorous look” at moving to a year-round academic calendar, with three 14-...

Kaler talks budget, efficiency in speech

Published March 5, 2012

  2013 budget preview On Thursday, University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler previewed Thursday the budget he will recommend to the Board of Regents in May. In that budget, he recommends a 2.5...

Kaler suggests year-round academic calendar

Published March 1, 2012

President Eric Kaler gave his first State of the University address to a room full of faculty, staff and students in Coffman Thursday afternoon, previewing bold proposals that include a three-semester...

Regent’s possible conflict to be reviewed on Friday

Published February 29, 2012

Three Board of Regents members will meet Friday with fellow Regent Steve Sviggum to discuss his potential conflict of interest and come up with a recommendation for the full board. Chairwoman Linda Cohen...

Americans’ belief in global warming on the rise

Published February 28, 2012

With this strangely warm winter season, it’s not entirely surprising that Americans’ belief in global warming is on the rise according to the Star Tribune. A survey conducted by the University...

Good news economy: Dow Jones reaches high not seen since 2008

Published February 28, 2012

For the first time since May 19, 2008, the Dow Jones industrial average closed above 13,000 on Tuesday according to the Star Tribune. "Two months ago, we were talking about a double-dip recession....

The current layout of clinics within the Phillips-Wangensteen Building is not conducive for the workflow of physicians, residents and nurses. The University of Minnesota Medical School, the University of Minnesota Physicians and Fairview will partner to fund a new site.

U considers new ways to pay for new clinic

Published February 28, 2012

  After more than a decade of delayed plans, the University of Minnesota is still committed to building a new Ambulatory Care Clinic, but University officials are now considering a creative way to...

Kaler talks staff, eTexts, Vikings, State of the U

Published February 23, 2012

  The Minnesota Daily sat down with President Eric Kaler to talk about the retirement of Vice President Kathleen O’Brien, the Carlson School’s dean search and the outlook on the University...

U looks to lessen its research oversight

Published February 22, 2012

  The Office of the Vice President for Research has rolled out oversight procedure changes that re-evaluate the University of Minnesota’s idea of risky business to increase efficiency and decrease...

Carlson dean finalists vie for position

Published February 15, 2012

  The search for the next Carlson School of Management dean has been narrowed to four finalists, the last of which finished his interviews Tuesday. Former Carlson School Dean Alison Davis-Blake resigned...

Sviggum’s new gig to get a look from attorneys

Published February 13, 2012

For the second time in as many years, the Board of Regents is launching an external and internal review of Regent Steve Sviggum’s dual roles to determine whether a conflict of interest exists. Sviggum,...

Regents approve Carlson surcharge and other decisions

Published February 10, 2012

The University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents approved a tuition surcharge for the Carlson School of Management on Friday. The Carlson School will gradually phase in a $2,000 per year surcharge...

Poll shows students in Carlson oppose surcharge

Published February 9, 2012

  The Carlson School of Management will likely have its $2,000 surcharge approved by the University of Minnesota Board of Regents on Friday. Carlson School hopes to gradually phase in a $2,000 per...

Medical School consolidates to cut costs

Published February 8, 2012

After more than half a year of discussions, the University of Minnesota Medical School decided to combine four clusters within the finance department in an effort to cut costs. The Medical School recognized...

Third Carlson dean candidate announced

Published February 3, 2012

The Carlson School of Management announced the third of its four dean candidates Friday. Current interim dean of the school Dr. Srilata Zaheer will compete for the job in public interviews on Monday...

U.S. passport fees on the rise

Published February 3, 2012

Beware expatriates interested in renouncing the U.S. The price to renounce a U.S. citizenship just went up from nothing to $450 Thursday according to the Star Tribune. The State Department...

Visionary of Islamic community center near ground zero to visit Minneapolis

Published February 2, 2012

The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) will hold its fifth anniversary banquet on Feb. 11 according to a CAIR press release. CAIR is the largest Muslim civil liberties...

Three U teams in Acara finals

Published February 2, 2012

Three University of Minnesota teams will compete in the finals for the Acara Challenge âÄî a competition among students to improve food security and the environment in India through practical business...

Gov. Daytons proposed bonding bill does not include the money needed to renovate Eddy Hall. If the funds arent included in this years bonding bill, Eddy Hall will remain shut.

Eddy Hall snubbed in bonding bill

Published January 30, 2012

The doors of Eddy Hall might stay shut for another year. The University asked for $21 million in its capital request bill in October to renovate the campusâÄô oldest standing building and decommission...

Kaler talks bonding bill, int’l students and Vikings at TCF Bank stadium

Published January 26, 2012

  University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler just began his second semester at the University. He sat down with the Minnesota Daily to discuss the legislative session, new faces in the administration...

First of four Carlson School dean finalists announced

Published January 26, 2012

The Carlson School of Management announced Thursday the first of four candidates to become the next dean of the school. Dr. Randall S. Peterson will be on campus Monday and Tuesday to interview for the...

Special assistant to the president for government relations Jason Rohloff began Jan 9. Rohloff will play a crucial role in lobbying for support for the University in the legislative session which begins today.

Rohloff begins as the U’s public face at the Capitol

Published January 24, 2012

As the legislative session begins Tuesday, Jason Rohloff has little time to get acquainted with his new role as the University of Minnesota's face to the Legislature, businesses and other external partners. In...

Dayton cuts U capital request in half

Published January 18, 2012

  The University of Minnesota received disappointing news Tuesday for the outlook on its wish list of construction projects for 2012. Gov. Mark Dayton revealed a $775 million bonding bill proposal...

Dayton’s bonding bill looks bleak for University

Published January 17, 2012

The University of Minnesota received disappointing news Tuesday for the outlook on its wish list of construction projects for 2012. Gov. Mark Dayton revealed a $775 million bonding bill proposal for the...

New money in city budget restores funding to depts

Published December 14, 2011

Nick Juarez wondered for more than a month whether he was going to start the new year unemployed. After three years working as a crime prevention specialist for the Minneapolis Police Department, Juarez...

Finally, good news at the Capitol

Published December 5, 2011

Minnesota may have an extra $876 million  on hand next year âÄî the first good fiscal news for the state in almost five years. Lawmakers, political experts and even the stateâÄôs economist...

Finally, some good news at the Capitol

Published December 2, 2011

Minnesota may have an extra $876 million on hand next year âÄî the first good fiscal news for the state in almost five years. Lawmakers, political experts and even the stateâÄôs economist...

Men booked in Hennepin Co. likely on drugs

Published November 30, 2011

Nearly 70 percent of men booked into Hennepin County Jail had illegal drugs in their system, according to a new federal study from this year. The study, conducted on behalf of the Office of National Drug...

Education Secretary discusses college cost and debt concerns

Published November 29, 2011

In a speech Tuesday, Education Secretary Arne Duncan urged higher education officials to think more creatively and urgently on solutions to rising college costs and student debt according to the New York...

Candidate and student Ben Schwanke speaks at the forum for Senate District 59 representing the University on Monday night in 130 Murphy Hall.

Senate candidates vie for student votes in campus Q&A

Published November 29, 2011

The six candidates vying to represent the University of MinnesotaâÄôs Senate district in the upcoming legislative session gathered Monday night on campus to discuss issues surrounding the University,...

Let it snow, but beware of slippery roads

Published November 20, 2011

The University is blanketed in snow for the first time this season. Approximately 1 to 3 inches is expected across the Twin Cities. But beware of the seemingly feeble fluffy flakes. The State Patrol reported...

Church and liquor separation loosened in Minneapolis

Published November 18, 2011

Restrictions on alcohol sales near churches loosened  in a Minneapolis City Council vote on Friday according to the Star Tribune. Two votes were cast that will allow restaurants serving alcohol and...

Construction update: Washington Avenue Bridge closure

Published November 18, 2011

Washington Avenue Bridge will close to vehicle traffic Friday at 10 p.m. Central Corridor Light Rail Transit will move vehicle traffic from the north side of the bridge to the south side over the weekend....

Elise Kulzer, right, and Sarah Chandler, left, protest during Occupy Minnesota on Northrup Plaza on Thursday afternoon. Both Kulzer and Chandler are members of the Democracy Matters student group.

Police arrest 11 Occupy Minnesota protesters near campus

Published November 17, 2011

After gathering at the University of Minnesota on Thursday to march with Occupy Minnesota, 11 protesters were arrested for blocking traffic on the 10th Avenue Bridge. Though University students were among...

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak talks about his involvement at the University Thursday in his office at City Hall in Downtown Minneapolis.  Rybak was first elected to the mayors office in 2001.

Representing the student bloc: R. T. Rybak

Published November 16, 2011

After a decade representing the city, Mayor R.T. Rybak sits perfectly at ease in his office in Minneapolis City Hall. As the leading man of Minneapolis, Rybak knows the University of MinnesotaâÄôs...

CBS undergrads lend a hand with research

Published November 10, 2011

By using undergraduates for lab work rather than paying additional employees, professor Ann Rougvie saves money and has more help to further her research. More than 200 undergraduate students in a course...

Diane Colonga of Lake Harriet School gives instructions to her second grade class before recess on Monday afternoon at the Lower Campus in South Minneapolis. Colongas class is one of five second grade classrooms and is five students over the preferred class size of twenty six students.

Minneapolis schools face higher enrollment

Published November 2, 2011

More students will flood the hallways of MinneapolisâÄô public schools  in the next few years. The local school district predicts enrollment will increase by more than 2,000 students by fall...

Iraqi delegates visit sister city of Minneapolis, share stories

Iraqi delegates visit sister city of Minneapolis, share stories

Published October 28, 2011

In 2004, hundreds of Iraqi protesters came to demonstrate in front of a U.S. military base âÄî approximately 200 meters away from the hospital where Azar Maluki works in Najaf, Iraq. As part of...

First year computer science graduate student Mathew Ryden, who have been in Navy for years, studies between classes at Veterans Transition Center Tuesday. Student veterans spend time studying, chatting or playing video games with other veterans.

From a war zone to the classroom

Published October 26, 2011

Jordan Hayes  started his first year at the University of Minnesota this fall, but he doesnâÄôt feel like he fully fits into the freshman mold. The 21-year-old returned in February from a...

All of Bachmann’s New Hampshire staff quits

Published October 24, 2011

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann’s entire presidential campaign staff in New Hampshire quit Friday, according to the Star Tribune. A statement issued Monday morning by staffers explained that their departure...

Tony Schnabel, a senior majoring in political science, smokes before heading to class Monday outside of Blegen Hall.  Schnabel is a proponent of personal freedoms and says that even if smokers had to go off campus to light up, people would still have to walk through their smoke.

Group pushes tobacco-free campus

Published October 18, 2011

A University of Minnesota student group is restarting its push to make campus tobacco-free by January 2013. The Student Health Advisory Committee is vigilantly working to gather support from other student...

Undergrad enrollment gets a boost

Published October 17, 2011

The University of Minnesota plans to admit about 1,000 more undergraduate students next year âÄî the majority of them to science, technology, engineering and math programs (STEM). The plan is to...

Jake Kelly show his support during the OccupyMN protest outside Hennepin County Government Center Sunday.  Kelly has been spending his nights on the plaza since Friday.

‘Occupy’ protest lands in Minneapolis

Published October 10, 2011

It started Sept. 17 with a small demonstration in New York. That protest grew to thousands of people that camped out near the New York Stock Exchange, and its spirit spread to major cities across the...

U police enforce bike laws on campus

Published October 4, 2011

University of Minnesota police followed through on its promise to crack down on bicycle traffic violations on campus. Between Sept. 19 and Sept. 30, University police ticketed 62 bikers for $115 each,...

Wall Street protests to reach Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank

Published October 1, 2011

Following the footsteps of Wall Street protesters, activists from Minnesota plan to take to the streets at the Federal Reserve Bank in Minneapolis Oct. 7, the Star Tribune reports.   Protesters posted...

Debate over Palestinian state sparks among students and faculty

Published September 28, 2011

As sparks fly once more between Israel and Palestine, conversations are igniting again on the University of Minnesota campus. From classes on the conflict, like History of Modern Israel, to involvement...

Law School to focus on business through institute

Published September 20, 2011

In an effort to offer its students a program tailored to business law and to strengthen relationships with businesses, the University of Minnesota Law School will open the Corporate Institute in January. Amid...

Kaler dishes out the extra $50M

Published September 12, 2011

One of the first big tasks that confronted new University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler was deciding how to use an unexpected $50 million over the next two years. The University passed its 2012 budget...

Kaler spends $50M on tuition, hiring faculty and investments

Published September 9, 2011

One of the first big tasks that confronted new University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler was to decide how to use an unexpected $50 million over the next two years. The University passed its 2012 budget...

A welcome week leader leads College of Liberal Arts freshmen in a cheer.

Kaler welcomes freshmen to campus

Published September 6, 2011

On Thursday President Eric Kaler welcomed the University of MinnesotaâÄôs class of 2015. The UniversityâÄôs 5,300 new students filled almost half of Mariucci Arena with palpable energy,...

A welcome week leader leads College of Liberal Arts freshmen in a cheer.

Kaler welcomes freshman class at convocation

Published September 1, 2011

President Eric Kaler welcomed the University of MinnesotaâÄôs class of 2015 Thursday, Sept. 1. The UniversityâÄôs 5,300 new students filled almost half of Mariucci Arena with palpable energy,...