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Bonding bill, stadium deal still in works

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

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.

Kaler talks recent news, looks back on his first year

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

Financial plan brings hope for new clinic

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...

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

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...

Regents committee says Sviggum must choose between jobs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. Dayton's proposed bonding bill does not include the money needed to renovate Eddy Hall. If the funds aren't included in this year's bonding bill, Eddy Hall will remain shut.

Eddy Hall snubbed in bonding bill

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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,...