The Minnesota Daily

All content by Isabella Murray
The Minnesota State Capitol on Saturday, Nov. 18.

Delayed regent election may have longterm effects, officials say

May 6, 2019

There's growing pressure for the legislature to elect new University of Minnesota regents as the end of session nears. Senate majority leader, Sen. Paul Gazelka, R-Nisswa, said a date should be set for...

Tim Horton’s Dinkytown location rumored to close

May 2, 2019

The Dinkytown location of Tim Horton’s is rumored to be closing along with a number of other Twin Cities shops, according to reporting from the Pioneer Press.  An employee at the coffee and doughnut...

Incoming MSA President Simran Mishra and Vice President Mina Kian speak during the final forum of the year at Tate Hall on Tuesday, April 24.

UMN could implement institutionalized voter registration

May 1, 2019

The University of Minnesota may soon become one of the first universities in the nation to institutionalize online voter registration for incoming students.  A resolution mandating systemwide online...

Illustrated by Morgan La Casse.

Amid state funding decrease, lawmakers ask UMN for transparency, accountability

April 25, 2019

The State of Minnesota had long intended to pay two-thirds of students’ public higher education costs; this is now a distant memory that resurfaces at the Legislature when lawmakers discuss college affordability. The...

Students from the University of Minnesota campuses including the Twin Cities, Crookston and Morris gather on the steps for a rally at the Minnesota State Capitol on Wednesday, April 3 as a part of Support the U Day.

Senate UMN funding ‘falls short,’ officials say

April 18, 2019

House and Senate higher education committees rolled out vastly different session priorities last week in the form of their respective omnibus bills. The Senate funds around a fourth of the University of...

Demonstrators gather to protest the presence of Jeff Sessions on campus and his speaking at the Carlson School of Management on Monday, April 15.

Jeff Sessions’ speech on campus met with questions, protests

April 16, 2019

Former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions stressed the importance of free speech during a campus visit Monday evening amid interruptions from protesters. At the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School...

The Minnesota State Capitol on Saturday, Nov. 18.

House committee passes bonding bill despite uncertainty from lawmakers

April 15, 2019

The University of Minnesota received a sizeable amount of capital investment funding from a recently passed House bill, but Republican lawmakers say the bill is unlikely to pass if it makes it to the floor. The...

Students from the University of Minnesota campuses including the Twin Cities, Crookston and Morris gather on the steps for a rally at the Minnesota State Capitol on Wednesday, April 3 as a part of Support the U Day.

Senate pushes to slow UMN administrative spending

April 11, 2019

The state Legislature is closer to passing another attempt to curb administrative bloat at the University of Minnesota.  The bill included in the Senate’s higher education omnibus bill would require...

The Minnesota State Capitol on Saturday, Nov. 18.

Delayed regent election sparks concerns among lawmakers

April 8, 2019

A decades-old process to elect University of Minnesota regents could be disrupted if lawmakers cannot agree on candidates.  House leadership has twice postponed a joint House and Senate meeting to...

Students from the University of Minnesota campuses including the Twin Cities, Crookston and Morris gather on the steps for a rally at the Minnesota State Capitol on Wednesday, April 3 as a part of Support the U Day.

House budget proposal eyes tuition freeze

April 5, 2019

House DFL leadership announced plans to overfund the University of Minnesota's legislative request Thursday in hopes of freezing tuition.  Members of the House higher education committee released...

Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan, a University graduate, speaks to students at the Minnesota State Capitol on Wednesday, April 3 as a part of Support the U Day. Flanagan urged students to let the legislature know how much the University means to them.

Students push UMN agenda at Capitol

April 4, 2019

Clusters of University of Minnesota students lined the steps of the Minnesota State Capitol Wednesday before setting out to advocate for student issues with state lawmakers.  Gathered for Support...

The Minnesota State Capitol as seen on May 13, 2013.

Despite uncertainty from lawmakers, bills at Capitol push debt relief

April 4, 2019

University of Minnesota students could benefit from loan financing and seek better loan advising if legislative efforts pass this session. Bills supporting these initiatives, aimed at increasing statewide...

Illustrated by Abby Adamski.

UMN pediatric residents could see increased mental health training

March 28, 2019

Minnesota's mental health crisis extends all the way to children, but University of Minnesota pediatric residents could alleviate the need for more mental health professionals, officials say.  Bills...

The Minnesota State Capitol on Saturday, Nov. 18.

House higher education budget targets double Walz’s recommendations

March 28, 2019

Initial higher education budget numbers released by the Legislature almost double those of DFL Gov. Tim Walz.  Budget framework and targets were released Monday by House DFL lawmakers, which includes...

Gov. Tim Walz greets staff before he announced the state budget proposal at the Minnesota Department of Revenue building on Tuesday, Feb. 19.

Governor’s revised budget includes increased higher ed spending

March 25, 2019

New spending in DFL Gov. Tim Walz’s revised state budget gets the University of Minnesota closer to its full funding request over the next biennium.  The newly tweaked budget – a total of $131...

The Minnesota State Capitol on Saturday, Nov. 18.

Bill to freeze tuition at UMN sparks discussion at Capitol

March 13, 2019

In a tearful testimony in front of lawmakers last week, Minnesota State Community and Technical College-Moorhead student Matt Benjamin described his struggle to stay in school while supporting his family.  Benjamin's...

Gov. Tim Walz announces the state budget to legislators and media at the Minnesota Department of Revenue building on Tuesday, Feb. 19. 

UMN Student government leaders urge lawmakers to fulfill budget request

March 12, 2019

The University of Minnesota might see around a third or less of its biennial budget ask this legislative session, but not before student government representatives push for more.  Resolutions passed...

State bonding bill may not fund the UMN’s infrastructure needs

March 7, 2019

While initial proposals by DFL Gov. Tim Walz fund a large part of the University of Minnesota’s infrastructure needs, lawmakers say the school might not be in a bonding bill at all. Walz presented his...

Gov. Tim Walz announces the state budget to legislators and media at the Minnesota Department of Revenue building on Tuesday, Feb. 19. 

Walz stresses college affordability while UMN faces tuition increases

March 4, 2019

A more robust state grant program took precedence over funding the University of Minnesota's ask in DFL Gov. Tim Walz’s biennial budget proposal last month, which officials say will help the state look...

The Minnesota State Capitol as seen on May 13, 2013.

Economic forecast could pose a challenge to UMN budget request

March 1, 2019

Minnesota’s most recent budget forecast indicated economic downturn, which could pose a challenge for the University of Minnesota’s state funding request, officials say.  The state has a $1 billion...

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison speaks during the United Black Legislative Caucus at the Brian Coyle Center in Cedar-Riverside on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019.

Local officials look to increase representation through new legislative caucus

February 28, 2019

Members of the Minnesota House and Senate created the United Black Legislative Caucus in early February with sights on increasing representation at the Capitol. Rep. Mohamud Noor, DFL - Minneapolis, and...

Gov. Tim Walz announces the state budget to legislators and media at the Minnesota Department of Revenue building on Tuesday, Feb. 19. 

UMN students could see larger State Grants in Walz’s budget proposal

February 21, 2019

Qualifying University of Minnesota students could see their State Grant allocations increase next year as school officials propose possible tuition increases.  The changes to the program, proposed...

The University's Board of Regents convene at the McNamara Alumni Center on Friday, Feb. 8.

Lawmakers emphasize need for nonpartisan regent selection process

February 18, 2019

Ahead of lawmakers’ regent candidate recommendations, officials have stressed the importance of keeping the process nonpartisan.   At a joint meeting of the House and Senate higher education committees...

University President Eric Kaler addresses the Senate Higher Education Committee at the Capitol in Saint Paul on Tuesday, Jan. 15.

Kaler’s comments on tuition spark discussion at Legislature

February 14, 2019

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler’s comments on a potential tuition increase next year have prompted some administrators to criticize the school’s approach at the State Capitol.  Kaler...

The Minnesota State Capitol on Saturday, Nov. 18.

Lawmakers weigh in on UMN capital request

February 8, 2019

University of Minnesota representatives testified in front of the state’s House Capital Investment Division for the first time this week as officials weigh the likelihood of a bonding bill this session.  School...

Associate Vice President for Budget and Finance Julie Tonneson gives a summary of finances at all of the University campuses on Monday, May 21, 2018 at McNamara Alumni Center. The Board of Regents held a public forum for students, faculty and members of the public to ask questions in an informal environment.

UMN’s plans to reduce administrative costs on track in final year

February 7, 2019

The University of Minnesota has more than $11 million of administrative costs to cut by the end of the year to accomplish one of President Eric Kaler’s major priorities.   Kaler’s plan to reduce...

Malcolm Moos Health Sciences Tower is seen in Minneapolis on Friday, Jan. 25.

State funding could help UMN tackle backlog of infrastructure improvements

January 31, 2019

The University of Minnesota is seeking support from the Legislature to begin chipping away at its $4.5 billion backlog of infrastructure needs over the next 10 years.  The University's $200 million...

The Minnesota State Capitol on Saturday, Nov. 18.

Minnesota State biennial ask nearly triples that of University

January 29, 2019

The University of Minnesota’s biennial budget request is around one-third that of its state system counterpart, which may help the school make its case to lawmakers this session.  In recent years,...

President Eric Kaler addresses the Minnesota House of Representatives Higher Education Finance and Policy Division Committee on Tuesday, Jan. 15 in Saint Paul.

Potential UMN tuition increases draw criticism from legislators

January 22, 2019

A potential tuition increase for University of Minnesota students has drawn criticism from lawmakers, who say the school should do more to cut costs.  At a press conference in early January, University...

University President Eric Kaler addresses the Senate Higher Education Committee at the Capitol in Saint Paul on Tuesday, Jan. 15.

Kaler’s final budget request is “prudent,” lawmakers say

January 16, 2019

The University of Minnesota presented a realistic funding request to the Legislature Tuesday, lawmakers said.   During his first testimony of the 2019 legislative session on Tuesday, University President...

Minnesota Student Association President Simran Mishra gives the president's update at Coffman Union on Tuesday, Dec. 4. Medical amnesty was one of the many issues covered in Tuesday's forum meeting.

After failing to pass in 2018, MSA looks to reintroduce past legislative priorities

December 12, 2018

The Minnesota Student Association will push last year’s priorities at the Capitol during the upcoming session, but this time under new legislative and student leadership. Student government leaders will...

Chief Government Relations Officer J.D. Burton, who lobbies the legislature for the University of Minnesota, shares his thoughts and strategies in Morrill Hall on Friday, Dec 7.

Lobbyists push University’s proposal before session

December 10, 2018

As the University of Minnesota prepares to make its case at the new Legislature, its lobbyists will emphasize a “modest” budget request.   The newly-appointed higher education leadership, combined...

Jewish students respond to Ilhan Omar’s BDS comments

December 3, 2018

Recent comments by elected officials about Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel have sparked dialogue between student groups on campus. Congresswoman-elect Ilhan Omar was recently quoted online...

Connie Bernardy speaks about investing in colleges and creating access for affordable education at the State Office Building on Friday, Nov. 29.

New House higher ed chair looks to advocate for UMN in upcoming session

December 3, 2018

Rep. Connie Bernardy, DFL-New Brighton, will look to use her experience in education funding to lead the newly DFL-controlled House higher education committee.    Bernardy ran for the state House...

Deadline extended for new regent applications

November 29, 2018

In a final push for applications, the Regent Candidate Advisory Council is extending the application deadline for the four open positions on the Board of Regents.   Spots on the 12-person board can...

Minnesota House of Representatives Committee on Higher Education Chair Bud Nornes speaks to Rep. Gene Pelowski during the committee's hearing on the University's Board of Regents selection process at the Minnesota State Office Building on Feb. 28, 2018.

Regent advisory council proceeds with eye on diversity

November 26, 2018

Despite former attempts to modify or dismantle it, the Regent Candidate Advisory Council will soon bring candidates to lawmakers before the upcoming University of Minnesota regent election.  Members...

The Minnesota State Capitol on Saturday, Nov. 18.

The University’s budget, tuition could be impacted by new split legislature

November 19, 2018

Democrats took over 18 seats on Election Day to win control of the Minnesota state House, a shift lawmakers say could impact future funding for the University of Minnesota. The subsequent split between...

Campus early vote center contributes to student turnout in midterms

November 15, 2018

As University of Minnesota senior Audra Weigand planned her Election Day schedule, she noticed she was too busy to turn out to the polls.  She remembered reading about a campus early vote center on...

Election Judge Helen Torrens helps a voter through a window at the Van Cleve Park polling place on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Students contribute to high midterm voter turnout numbers

November 13, 2018

Last week’s midterm election saw a surge in voter turnout throughout Minneapolis, including several student-dense areas.  While student turnout proved to be less than city averages, student precincts...

911 calls won’t result in eviction under new City amendment

November 12, 2018

To prevent wrongful evictions, the City of Minneapolis is changing its housing policy to make conflict resolution easier for landlords and tenants. On Nov. 2, the full City Council approved a policy reforming...

Mohammed Noor speaks during a forum for candidates for the 60B Senate seat formerly held by Ilhan Omar on Monday, July 16 at Cowles Auditorium.

A student guide to the 60B, 5th Congressional District, gubernatorial and Senate races

November 1, 2018

In the upcoming general midterm elections, Minnesota will see an open race for governor and both U.S. Senate seats on the ballot. The 5th Congressional District and House District 60B races are also open,...

Campus Organizer with the DFL Youth-Coordinated Campaign, Michaela Muza, waits for a resident of a Como home to answer the door on Tuesday, Oct. 23 during a door knocking session.

Student political engagement surges before midterms

November 1, 2018

Ahead of Tuesday’s midterm elections, organizations around the University of Minnesota have tracked an uptick in student political involvement.   Enthusiasm for voting and political involvement...

Eva Dwyer, left, Joshua Mason and Peter Akal

Students across UMN share voting priorities ahead of midterms

October 31, 2018

Second-year medical student Peter Akal from Syria. “I want there to be a focus on health care and health insurance. More talks about Syrian refugees and resettlements, or any other refugees. Things...

Campaigners for Raymond Dehn, senior Sonia Neculescu and sophomore Aisha Chughtai, offer rides across the Washington Avenue Bridge on Tuesday, Nov. 7.

Student campaign strategies shift ahead of midterms

October 31, 2018

As November’s midterm elections approach, University of Minnesota student leaders are shifting away from candidate-driven campaign strategies.  Political mobilization around campus before August’s...

GOP-endorsed candidate for Minnesota Governor Jeff Johnson shakes hands with parade spectators at the Father Hennepin Parade in Champlin, Minnesota on Saturday, June 9.

Governor candidates comment on top University issues

October 29, 2018

The University of Minnesota Alumni Association recently released a survey to prepare its members for the upcoming midterm elections, garnering responses from state and federal candidates regarding higher...

From top left, Eva Dwyer, Peter Akal and Kaily Robinson. From bottom left, Joshua Mason, Maggie Madsen and Nathan Alemu.

Students across UMN look toward midterm elections

October 22, 2018

The Minnesota Daily spoke with University of Minnesota students ahead of the Nov. 6 midterm elections. Students discussed what issues matter to them and voting on campus.  Freshman Kylee Moberg,...

Candidate for Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan spoke to students and staff at the Vote Concert on Thursday, Oct. 18, in the Coffman Great Hall. Flanagan, a University alumni, noted that she is still paying off loans.

DFL candidates come to campus, promote student voting

October 20, 2018

With around two weeks until the general midterm elections, DFL candidates gathered on the University of Minnesota campus Thursday evening to emphasize the importance of the student vote. The University...

Robert Stein, a University of Minnesota Law School professor speaks with Chief Justice of the United States, John Roberts on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at Northrop Auditorium on East bank.

Chief Justice Roberts visits University, speaks on changing Supreme Court

October 17, 2018

Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts spoke to a crowd of nearly 3,000 Tuesday at Northrop Auditorium as part of a University of Minnesota Law School lecture series.  Roberts spoke about...

The Downtown Minneapolis Early Vote Center is seen on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. The center opened for the 2018 general election on Friday, Sept. 21, and will be open until Nov. 5, the day before Minnesota votes.

High early voting numbers in campus area may suggest student voting boost, experts say

October 11, 2018

Early voting began Sept. 21 for the general election at a downtown Minneapolis location, where city data shows areas around the University of Minnesota campus netting high turnout rates. Although experts...

Campaigners for Raymond Dehn, senior Sonia Neculescu and sophomore Aisha Chughtai, offer rides across the Washington Avenue Bridge on Tuesday, Nov. 7.

Campus campaign strategies shift ahead of midterms

October 10, 2018

As November’s midterm elections approach, University of Minnesota student leaders are shifting away from candidate-driven campaign strategies.  Political mobilization around campus before August’s...