The Minnesota Daily

All content by Graison Hensley Chapman

Loan delinquency a common event

May 5, 2011

As they conclude final exams and begin their job searches, graduating students with federal-loan debt face long odds against repaying them without incident, with one in four at risk of falling behind on...

U blogging platform transitions to academics

April 25, 2011

Blogging at the University of Minnesota has come a long way in the past decade. Shane Nackerud, who runs the UniversityâÄôs UThink blogging platform, said when the University started the system...

CLA begins planning for program mergers

April 21, 2011

Taking the first steps to implement reforms proposed in a broad-ranging report last November, the College of Liberal Arts has begun planning to potentially merge 12 key departments into three interdisciplinary...

U Senate amends Conflict of Interest policy

April 15, 2011

The University Senate approved changes to its conflict of interest policy Thursday, replacing an add-on section for members of its health center with a standalone policy covering all employees dealing...

University research network looks to grow

April 7, 2011

With 72,000 students, professors and staff, getting in touch with somebody at the University of Minnesota is not an easy task. The difficulty intensifies when a researcher needs to consult or collaborate...

Professors aim to rein in textbook prices

April 5, 2011

Professors have until Friday to place orders for fall semesterâÄôs textbooks, bringing with that deadline the challenge of securing a good deal for students. That wasnâÄôt always a focus,...

Graduate student Katy Morlok attends Data Analysis and Statistics for Managers of the MBA program Saturday morning in the Carlson School of Management. While 40 percent of GMAT test takers were women, 30 percent of Carlson’s MBA students are women.

Carlson’s women applications seesaw

April 5, 2011

The Carlson School of Management ranks in the top-five schools nationwide for enrolling female students in its MBA programs. But a survey of international applicants and admission test data shows it is...

Senior Paul Verhelst holds a stove door that he excavated for a class while working in conjunction with the Army Corps of Engineers on Friday at Heller Hall.  Specialized programs like his are in danger of being eliminated as the University responds to long-term cuts.

Blue Ribbon reports hint at future of U

March 28, 2011

Paul Verhelst had to stop buying books on ancient Egypt years ago âÄî his shelves ran out of room. He has been fascinated by archaeology since sixth grade. âÄúIf there was anything on the...

CLA Assembly axes two majors, minor

March 9, 2011

Two majors and a minor were approved for elimination by the College of Liberal Arts Assembly Tuesday night. Cutting the classical and near eastern archaeology and ancient Mediterranean studies majors was...

New professor keeps his distance from UKentucky

March 8, 2011

Professor Scott McLeod just took a new job with the University of Kentucky, and by the beginning of fall he'll have made the transition over to his new school from Iowa State University. The move won't...

Georgia Running out of HOPE

March 7, 2011

Cuts to Georgia's popular HOPE Scholarship, which pays full tuition for state high school graduates earning a 3.0 GPA, could get approval from its state senate as early as Tuesday, according to student...

U may slim termination notice window

March 3, 2011

Some University of Minnesota employees with yearly contracts could see a notice terminating their employment six months later than usual under a draft policy being developed by the Office of Human Resources After...

UniLeaks: a drop in the bucket

March 1, 2011

UniLeaks, a document-leaking site focusing on colleges as Wikileaks does for governments, opened last month.  But the Australian-based operation has a way to go before it makes even a proportionate...

U adds ‘family friendly’ tenure policy

February 28, 2011

The Faculty Senate made changes to a policy that postpones tenure votes for faculty sidelined by personal or family medical issues at its meeting late last week. Describing the policy as a way to âÄústop...

U bucks national trend, sheds jobs

February 24, 2011

While colleges nationwide look to expand their workforce, posting more jobs last year than any time since 2005, the University of Minnesota has cut back. After a four-year increase ended in 2008, the number...

Film professor Hisham Bizri sits at his front porch Monday in St Paul. His latest script won an award in the 34th Cairo International Film Festival and will be filmed in early 2012.

A golden opportunity on the silver screen for U film prof

February 22, 2011

The movie world is anchored in Los Angeles and New York, but a film can be born anywhere. That includes Nicholson Hall at the University of Minnesota, where film professor Hisham Bizri holds office...

Solving a university deficit: a work of art

February 16, 2011

Last week the usually obscure art world got a jolt from the outside: A state legislator proposed forcing the University of Iowa to sell its estimated $140 million Jackson Pollock masterpiece to fund an...

Deans get grades. How’d they do?

February 15, 2011

University of Minnesota students late to study for midterms can take comfort that theyâÄôre not the only ones under pressure. Their deans have to sit through an exam of sorts, too. The results...

Facebook — for scientists

February 14, 2011

Between the steep costs of journal subscriptions, the obscurity of the ivory tower and the mass of bad research that gets published, scientists have reason to lament the lack of openness in their field. To...

Dayton vetos $900 million in budget cuts

February 10, 2011

Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed a Republican budget bill that would cut $900 million from the stateâÄôs deficit a few hours after its passage Thursday, criticizing it as a âÄúpiecemeal approachâÄù...

Phyllis Walker, president of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3800 poses for a portrait Tuesday in Willey Hall.  AFSCME Local 3800 represents University clerical workers.

U unions ready to fight pay cuts

February 9, 2011

 Phyllis WalkerâÄôs message is familiar to University of Minnesota administrators, though itâÄôs not one theyâÄôre excited to receive. âÄúIf the citizens of the state...

Director of Islamic Law & Human Rights Program Abdulwahid Qalinle speaks at the Launching Ceremony for the Islamic Law & Human Rights Program Friday. The program engage University of Minnesota students on current human rights and Islamic law issues.

Program highlights Islamic law

February 7, 2011

Wounded protesters and the remnants of destroyed property are not the only things that will need to be mended when the revolution in Egypt finally transitions to stable governance. The changes brought...

Opening of Islamic Law Program highlights unmet needs

February 4, 2011

Wounded protesters and the remnants of destroyed property are not the only things that will need to be mended when the revolution in Egypt finally transitions to stable governance. The changes brought...

University of Minnesota Vice President for Scholarly and Cultural Affairs Steven Rosenstone. The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System named Rosenstone their new chancellor on Wednesday.

MnSCU picks Rosenstone

February 3, 2011

Steven Rosenstone will leave his post as the University of MinnesotaâÄôs vice president for scholarly and cultural affairs to lead the stateâÄôs largest college system. He was chosen by...

Minnesota Office of Higher Education Director Dr. Sheila Wright discusses the new position, her love for Minnesota and the path that brought her here Monday afternoon in her office in St. Paul. Wright has always been interested in giving back to the community and stresses the importance that community groups play in furthering the goals of higher education.

New OHE director takes office ahead of state cuts

February 1, 2011

While proposed cuts to state colleges crowded headlines last week, Dr. Sheila Wright quietly assumed the stateâÄôs top higher education post, controlling upwards of a quarter-million dollars in...

U looks to donations to help fill funding gap

January 27, 2011

Last year the University of Minnesota Foundation raised $186 million, a four-year low. The schoolâÄôs donations arm was not alone among its peers nationwide. But those low hauls âÄî syndromes...

U’s financial outlook upgraded

January 24, 2011

For University of Minnesota administrators piecing together the schoolâÄôs future amid a massive state budget shortfall, having the schoolâÄôs 18-month financial outlook upgraded from "negative"...

Online tools help U catch more cheaters

January 20, 2011

Academic dishonesty may be hard to catch and even harder to measure, but a hint to figuring out the trends of the perennial problem can come from following the money. The University of Minnesota, which...