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The sound of music in the Twin Cities

Published May 8, 2013

  Last Monday, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra ended a 191-day lockout when musicians agreed to the latest terms set forth by management. The Star Tribune reported April 30 that the details of the...

Set the liquor market free

Published May 8, 2013

  Earlier this month, the Minnesota House of Representatives unsurprisingly rejected an amendment that would have lifted the ban on Sunday liquor sales, Minnesota Public Radio reported. In the process,...

The value of a public university

Published May 6, 2013

  On April 26, the Wall Street Journal published an essay written by Jeffrey Selingo, the author of a forthcoming book addressing the future of higher education. While admitting that there are problems...

Sharing grade information

Published May 6, 2013

  This fall the University of Minnesota may begin sharing grades by program, instead of by college. The Faculty Consultative Committee recommended providing this information to the public after years...

E-textbook espionage

Published April 18, 2013

  The current generation of college students is getting degrees through  myriad  mediums and technologies that no other collegiate generation has had access to before. From podcasts and...

Fundamental health services

Published April 18, 2013

  Student demand for mental health care at the University of Minnesota has outgrown current resources. Last year, the Minnesota Daily reported that Boynton Health Service’s Mental Health Clinic...

The University’s disappointing global health impact

Published April 17, 2013

  Research is often the first thing that comes to mind when people think about the University of Minnesota. The legacy of past research, as well as exciting and groundbreaking work, has given the...

Entitlement reform is necessary

Published April 17, 2013

  Out of all the groups unhappy with President Barack Obama’s budget proposal, which was released a week ago, perhaps the angriest are people within his own base. Within his budget proposal...

DFL caucuses begin Tuesday

Published April 15, 2013

  Tuesday is a make-it-or-break-it day for local city council candidates vying for Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party support. That evening, the party will elect delegates in a process that will truly...

Progressive vision for Minneapolis

Published April 15, 2013

  In his final State of the City address, Mayor R.T. Rybak outlined a vision for the future of Minneapolis, focused on rectifying the economic and education gaps in north Minneapolis and across the...

The evolving Dinkytown culture

Published April 10, 2013

  The subject of Dinkytown’s culture and “character” has been a focal point for discussion amid the unveiling of plans for new luxury apartment developments and other proposed changes...

Mike Schmit for MSA president

Published April 8, 2013

  Beginning Monday, University of Minnesota undergraduate students should vote for the next president and vice president of the Minnesota Student Association — the undergraduate student government. The...

The acquisition of Fairview

Published April 8, 2013

  University of Minnesota President Kaler recently announced a proposal set forth by the University to acquire Fairview Health Services. Amid talks of a merger between South Dakota-based Sanford Health...

Being cautious about online security

Published April 2, 2013

  Campus security is often associated with the University of Minnesota police and the walk escorts, with physical persons as the first line of defense against threats. But there are other, equally...

Paying our public servants

Published April 2, 2013

  Money should be the last reason a lawmaker, or anyone in government, decides to go into public service. A job that provides the opportunity to directly improve the lives of citizens should be its...

UTeach should come to the University

Published March 27, 2013

  The University of Minnesota is historically known for groundbreaking scientific research and has always chosen to continue to pursue it when funding priorities are called into question. Given the...

Simplifying Election Day

Published March 27, 2013

  At a time when governors and state lawmakers are actively working to make it harder for certain demographics to get to the polls on Election Day, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, along with U.S. Sen. Jon...

Slouching toward ‘world-class’

Published March 25, 2013

  In 2005, the University of Minnesota’s administration announced a strategic positioning plan centered on becoming one of the top-three public research institutions in the world by 2015. The...

An independent analysis

Published March 13, 2013

  In recent years, professional sports leagues including the NFL and the NHL have received criticism due to their historically lax policies on head injuries. However, both leagues now seem to realize...

Email privacy at universities

Published March 13, 2013

  On March 10, The New York Times reported that administrators at Harvard University secretly searched 16 resident deans at the school in hopes of finding out how information regarding a recent student...

Justifying Graduate and Professional Student Assembly’s expense

Published March 6, 2013

  Last week, the Student Services Fees Committee made public its initial recommendations for student group funding. Public hearings took place last Tuesday and Wednesday, where several student group...

Business services tax is a gamble

Published March 6, 2013

  Since January, Gov. Mark Dayton has received much criticism from various groups and political factions about his proposed state budget and tax reforms. While many of Dayton’s critics have...

State of the University

Published March 4, 2013

  President Eric Kaler gave his State of the University address last Thursday to a room full of 250 students, faculty and those interested in the University of Minnesota. Kaler said some important...

SSFC public hearing too soon

Published March 4, 2013

  Last week, the Student Services Fees Committee issued initial recommendations on 2013-14 funding levels for student groups and administrative units that will determine the student services fees...

Keeping the Mayo competitive

Published February 27, 2013

  Last month, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester announced plans for a 20-year, $5.6 billion expansion. Before the massive project can begin, the clinic is seeking $585 million from the state to improve...

A right to party

Published February 27, 2013

  Last week, a bill that would expand alcohol sales at Mariucci and Williams arenas was introduced in the Minnesota House, authored by Rep. Dan Schoen, DFL-St. Paul Park. Currently, the sale of alcohol...

Too big for justice

Published February 25, 2013

  The United States has been embroiled in a “war on drugs” since the 1930s, well before  President Richard Nixon coined the phrase that now describes America’s prohibition,...

Ensuring Dinkytown’s security

Published February 25, 2013

  As Dinkytown develops, additional security is necessary to maintain safety and guarantee continued growth. A new security plan developed by the Dinkytown Business Association is a good step in this...

Marriage equality in Minnesota

Published February 20, 2013

  Another Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but the legislative debate concerning love and marriage has just begun. The Minnesota Daily reported Feb. 14 that new legislation supporting same-sex...

Mental health services

Published February 20, 2013

  Earlier this month, several bills that would provide more mental health resources for children in K-12 schools were introduced in the state Legislature. An article in the Feb. 12 Minnesota Daily...

A call for safety

Published February 13, 2013

  Over the past few months, the debate about gun control in the U.S. has grown more heated as lawmakers at both the state and federal level push for more regulation of firearms. With the immeasurable...

Funding for the stadium

Published February 13, 2013

  There is rising concern over the underwhelming amount of revenue being generated from electronic pulltab sales, which are going to help the state pay for its share of the new Vikings stadium. By...

The threat of MOOCs

Published February 11, 2013

  As Massive Open Online Courses become more prevalent, many in higher education are worried for the increased competition. MOOCs challenge the traditional higher education model by providing access...

The goal of a cigarette tax

Published February 11, 2013

  Part of Gov. Dayton’s proposed budget includes an additional 94 cent-excise tax per pack of cigarettes, estimated to generate an additional $370 million in revenue over two years, allocated...

The rising temp economy

Published February 6, 2013

  When economic reports show an increase in job creation, be it at the local, state or national level, politicians of all kinds use the numbers as proof that the economy is gaining strength and is...

A transparent rental process

Published February 6, 2013

  For most students, college is full of new responsibilities, opportunities and experiences. One of the more important experiences students will take part in is the process of looking for and renting...

Liability for gun owners

Published February 4, 2013

  The debate surrounding how far the protections of the Second Amendment really go has been framed in the light of mass shootings. Minneapolis was home to one such incident at Accent Signage Systems...

A call to action

Published February 4, 2013

  The Minnesota Daily editorial board has witnessed numerous changes to the University of Minnesota housing market. Yet, one thing that fails to come into the discussion is the University itself....

A better way to invest

Published January 31, 2013

  When government considers spending money on education, it justifies the expense as an investment in human capital. However, when students pay for higher education, they pay tuition — a fee...

Making tough choices

Published January 31, 2013

  Selling an 8.4 percent increase in funding for the University of Minnesota in the middle of a $1.1 billion state budget shortfall is no small task. Add to that the recent media criticism of the...

Dayton proposes bold reforms

Published January 28, 2013

  Last week, Gov. Mark Dayton released a budget proposal that makes significant changes to the state tax code and state spending and corrects previous years’ shortfalls. The most significant...

Southeast Library may see changes

Published January 28, 2013

  Dinkytown has made news recently for seeing some major potential changes to local businesses. But the student neighborhood might see another alteration to its array of businesses; the Southeast...

A changing Dinkytown

Published January 23, 2013

  Dinkytown is on the verge of the most visible transformation the University of Minnesota community has seen in decades. The dynamics of Dinkytown are rapidly changing. The Opus Group, an area developer,...

Separate and unequal

Published January 22, 2013

Despite the amount of attention from elected officials and the media, no one has been able to make much headway in solving the state’s persistent achievement gap. However, a new study by the University...

Advanced placement downgraded

Published January 22, 2013

As we begin the spring semester, students are reminded to re-examine their path to graduation. For many students, their last remaining barrier to graduation is the sheer number of credits needed to graduate...

Quality control for TAs

Published December 11, 2012

The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities has a little more than 13,000 graduate students. Many of them, if not most, are involved in research, and some have chosen to take positions as teaching assistants...

Exposing inefficiencies

Published December 11, 2012

The Minneapolis City Council is in the process of reviewing a proposed ordinance that would require more transparency from large commercial buildings about their energy usage. The ordinance, authored by...

Generation jobless

Published December 6, 2012

As if the idea of leaving the comfort of one’s collegiate years isn’t daunting enough, University of Minnesota students who graduate at the end of this semester could be left in the cold —...

Conversing about conservation

Published December 6, 2012

For the first time in 20 years, Minnesotans will be able to meet with state officials to address concerns about the state’s environment and natural resources. Last week Gov. Mark Dayton initiated...

A call for more investment

Published December 4, 2012

As the U.S. government continues to operate under a do-nothing Congress, some more optimistic citizens might be tempted to think that an unproductive Congress can, at the very least, do no harm. For many...

Feeling sick from no pre-med program

Published December 4, 2012

Many students entering college want to be reassured that the major they choose puts them on the right path toward their future career. The uncertainty of the job market and the intimidation of choosing...

We’re behind you, coach

Published November 29, 2012

This past Saturday, the Gophers football team closed out their regular season with a 26-10 loss to Michigan State at TCF Bank Stadium. But for half the game Minnesota was without its head coach, Jerry...

Leading college athletics

Published November 27, 2012

Intercollegiate athletics in the U.S. was started to give students the opportunity to take part in spirited and friendly competition. Today, college athletics has expanded into a multi-billion dollar industry,...

The end of conditional admission

Published November 27, 2012

The Department of Homeland Security recently signaled it would be enforcing a regulation that would make it harder for universities to allow enrollment of degree-seeking international students who lack...

Filling liberal education requirements

Published November 8, 2012

With registration coming up, it’s important for students to make sure they have their liberal education requirements infused into their four-year plan. Putting off those courses until senior year...

Young voters defy skeptics

Published November 8, 2012

Despite all the doubt and skepticism of the strength and resilience of the youth vote in this year’s presidential election, young people showed up Tuesday and made their voices heard. We have now,...

Vote ‘no’ or lose yours

Published November 1, 2012

Next Tuesday, Minnesotans will be asked whether the state constitution should be amended to require that all voters present valid photo identification at the polls. For many, it will be easy to say ‘yes’...

Kahn for State House

Published November 1, 2012

Since 1972, Rep. Phyllis Kahn has served as the University of Minnesota community’s representative in the Minnesota House of Representatives. Kahn is most widely known for being the chief author...

Putting a price on knowledge

Published October 30, 2012

Can you put a price tag on knowledge? Publishers of academic journals seem to think so, and it’s often a high one. The increasing cost of subscriptions to academic journals and databases is taking...

Grades gilded with fool’s gold

Published October 23, 2012

With a slew of midterms seemingly appearing out of thin air this time of the year, stress concerning grades and test scores seems to be at a semester high. It’s not surprising; for the entirety of...

Bridging the gap

Published October 23, 2012

Minnesota has long been known as a state that values education and its importance for the future of the state. Making financial investments for K-12, as well as in our public universities, is traditionally...

A big price tag

Published October 22, 2012

Norwood Teague, the University of Minnesota Gophers athletics director, recently persuaded President Eric Kaler to pay the University of North Carolina — Teague’s alma mater — $800,000...

A consumer’s right to know

Published October 22, 2012

This November, Californians will get the chance to decide whether labeling of food containing genetically engineered ingredients should be required by law. If Proposition 37 passes, food companies will...

The real ‘Black Sheep’

Published October 18, 2012

The Black Sheep is a printed “comedy” publication on 14 college campuses and a recent addition to the college media scene at the University of Minnesota. Each franchise is staffed by students...

Fact-checking the debates

Published October 18, 2012

Journalists and pundits in the media should always strive to be watchdogs in the American political system. It’s the press’ job to deconstruct the claims made by politicians and expose them...

Time to refocus

Published October 16, 2012

After years of media coverage, countless debates in the state Legislature and more than $1 billion in public investments made, it appears Minnesota’s stadium battles are finished. In the beginning,...

Supporting the seasoned student

Published October 16, 2012

The overwhelming majority of students at the University of Minnesota are only a few years removed from their time spent as teenagers. However, when we enter the University community we have to interact...

A bad connection

Published October 11, 2012

In this day and age it’s hard to imagine living in a world without wireless Internet connection. Thanks to inventions like the smartphone and the growing need to always be connected, having instant...

Pride is organic

Published October 11, 2012

From #UMNproud to #LightUMN and, most recently, #LegendaryU, different departments at the University of Minnesota are using hashtags on Twitter to promote the University’s research and build pride...

A common sense measure

Published October 9, 2012

Last month, a local business in the Bryn Mawr neighborhood of Minneapolis became the site of the one of the worst workplace shootings in state history. The shooter, a former employee of the Minneapolis...

Withdrawn women

Published October 9, 2012

A new study published in the American Political Science Review found that in collaborative discussions, women speak significantly less than men when they are the minority. This finding has implications...

Business hits a roadblock

Published October 4, 2012

A new Culver’s had its grand opening Monday in the Midway neighborhood of St. Paul despite the impact local construction is having on small businesses. Planners of the light-rail development have...

New MSA budget

Published October 4, 2012

At its meeting Tuesday, the Minnesota Student Association approved a 2012-13 budget that aims to use students’ money more effectively. As the undergraduate student government, MSA will receive more...

Who should be accountable?

Published September 27, 2012

As part of his biennial budget request for the University of Minnesota, President Eric Kaler introduced a $11.5 million accountability fund — money that the University is requesting from the state...

Higher Ground beating homelessness

Published September 27, 2012

The nearing winter months should make us realize just how fortunate we are to have a warm place to sleep, food and enough money to get by. While those items seem basic and relatively easy to come by, that’s...

Continued Congressional inaction

Published September 25, 2012

The story of how the 112th Congress has failed to pass a new farm bill is no different than the other numerous occasions this year where Washington lawmakers chose procrastination and pandering over the...

All that glitters isn’t Goldy

Published September 25, 2012

For a small fee of just $95,000, the student body can be part of a legacy that will become immortalized on our campus forever. But it won’t be a nod to a University of Minnesota founder or past president;...

A call for an apology from Bachmann

Published September 19, 2012

Earlier this year, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., and four other Republican lawmakers sent letters to a handful of federal agencies, urging officials to investigate the influence of the Muslim extremists...

Harassment in medical schools

Published September 19, 2012

For today’s medical students, long hours, heavy workloads and sleep deprivation are considered worthwhile sacrifices to achieve a medical degree. They expect demanding teachers and challenging courses,...

Pay for food, not bombs

Published April 24, 2012

The GOP in the House of Representatives made moves last week that are clearly in support of the American elite at the expense of millions of the poorest among us. Upon hearing news that the F-35 stealth...

AD pick stiff-arms public

Published April 24, 2012

Yesterday, the University of Minnesota announced its decision to hire Norwood Teague as its new athletics director. While Teague appears to be a good fit for the job, and the decision seems sound, it ironically...

Sell more Alta Gracia

Published April 10, 2012

Colleges all across the nation profit from sales of hoodies and other apparel bearing their logos and mascots. But many college students do not think about where their university apparel comes from. Often,...

Support White Earth casino plan

Published April 10, 2012

The White Earth Nation, an American Indian nation with lands in north central Minnesota, has proposed fronting the state’s portion of the cost of a new Vikings stadium in exchange for the rights...

COGS in the UAW’s wheel

Published March 26, 2012

In the midst of union voting last week, information was reported about U.S. Department of Labor documents that showed United Auto Workers paid two leaders of the Council of Graduate Students in 2010. Prior...

Regents lack student voice

Published March 26, 2012

In December 2010, the Minnesota Daily Editorial Board outlined the need for greater diversity in the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents. That piece was essentially a call for a shake-up in...

Anoka-Hennepin changes course

Published February 27, 2012

Schools in the Anoka-Hennepin area went through a recent tragic period in which several students were bullied to the point of suicide. Initially, Superintendent Dennis Carlson completely mishandled the...

Minn. districts set smoothly

Published February 27, 2012

With surprisingly little partisan bickering, Minnesota’s legislative and congressional districts are now set. A state Supreme Court-appointed judicial panel released the decennial update last week,...

Click with caution

Published January 30, 2012

In our fast-paced society, itâÄôs important to stop for a moment and take a look at what our multi-tasking habits may be doing to us. While the Internet has numerous benefits, it has also changed...

A well-read city

Published January 30, 2012

Minneapolis has once again proven that literacy matters. For the seventh year in a row, the city has been ranked in the top three of the most literate cities in the U.S., according to an annual Central...

Beware of ‘chasing stats’

Published December 13, 2011

Last Thursday, the Board of Regents discussed the issue of four-year graduation rates and is shining light on the disparity between the College of Education and Human Development and the rest of the University...

Gov. Blagojevich finally pays

Published December 13, 2011

Marking the climax of the long story of scoundrels in Illinois electoral politics, a federal magistrate finally sentenced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich to 14 years in prison. Judge James Zagel did not allow...

Tackle unhealthy school lunches

Published December 6, 2011

Headlines like âÄúCongress declares pizza a vegetableâÄù may have misled the public into believing Congress made a blunder that they didnâÄôt really make. They didnâÄôt...

Forgive SELF loans

Published December 6, 2011

When students at the University of Minnesota exhaust their federal financial aid options, the Minnesota Office of Higher Education offers them the option of taking out SELF loans, which offer more favorable...

Cutting ESL was a mistake

Published November 29, 2011

One of the things that makes the University of Minnesota great is the high number of international students enrolled at the University. International students at our University and others, however, often...

Be safe and prevent crime

Published November 29, 2011

There have been far too many muggings and break-ins around the University of Minnesota neighborhoods recently. From several armed robberies to peeping Toms to students getting shot with pellet guns, this...

Allow animal experimentation

Published November 28, 2011

ItâÄôs no secret that the University of Minnesota tests on animals for research. While this is hard to support, the testing is done for important reasons and saves human lives. Dick Bianco, head...

Follow race in District 59

Published November 28, 2011

Students, take note: There is an election Dec. 6, and the candidates for that election will be participating in a forum on campus tonight at 7 p.m. in Murphy Hall, room 130. The Dec. 6 election is the...

Discover the right message

Published November 22, 2011

As students here at the University of Minnesota, we have an intimate understanding of what it means to be âÄúDriven to Discover.âÄù ThatâÄôs why we are here. The UniversityâÄôs...

Police violence uncalled for

Published November 22, 2011

In several recent nonviolent student protests, police officers have been treating student protesters with hostility and violence, which must stop immediately. Recent protests at University of California-Davis...

Support redrawn school boundaries

Published November 21, 2011

Traditionally an urban issue, racial segregation is present in American suburbia as well. With increasingly uneven wealth distribution in the nation, education of low-income children âÄî who are...