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Set the liquor market free

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 sound of music in the Twin Cities

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...

Sharing grade information

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...

The value of a public university

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...

E-textbook espionage

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

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

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

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...

Progressive vision for Minneapolis

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...

DFL caucuses begin Tuesday

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...

The evolving Dinkytown culture

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

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

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...

Paying our public servants

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...

Being cautious about online security

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...

UTeach should come to the University

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

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’

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...

Email privacy at universities

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...

An independent analysis

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...

Justifying Graduate and Professional Student Assembly’s expense

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

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...

SSFC public hearing too soon

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...

State of the University

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...

A right to party

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...

Keeping the Mayo competitive

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...

Too big for justice

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

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

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

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

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

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 goal of a cigarette tax

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 threat of MOOCs

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...

A transparent rental process

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...

The rising temp economy

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 call to action

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....

Liability for gun owners

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...

Making tough choices

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...

A better way to invest

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...

Southeast Library may see changes

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...

Dayton proposes bold reforms

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...

A changing Dinkytown

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

Feeling sick from no pre-med program

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...