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Conduct office is busy with jump in plagiarism reports

Published May 3, 2012

  At the end of every semester, Jessica Kuecker Grotjohn works hard to keep up with the reports of plagiarism to the Office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity. Plagiarism reports increase significantly...

Student groups fund food with student fees

Published May 2, 2012

Every year, the Student Services Fees Committee spends months deciding how to distribute millions of dollars to student groups. A portion of that funding goes to the food for each group, and that number...

GAPSA leadership roles remain open

Published April 26, 2012

  The Graduate and Professional Student Assembly met Wednesday for the last meeting of the school year to prepare for its work in the summer and next year. All elections for executive board members...

Task force proposes changes to fees process for next year

Published April 25, 2012

During the Minnesota Student Association’s final meeting of the year, David Kraft and Kyle Kroll presented the results of the Student Services Fees Review Task Force formed in October. A task force...

Speaker of the forum Drew Horwood collects ballots for next year’s speaker Tuesday at Coffman Union. The Minnesota Student Association held its final meeting of the school year Tuesday, which included elections for several key leadership positions at MSA.

MSA fills 2012-2013 positions, approves summer budget

Published April 25, 2012

The Minnesota Student Association met for the last forum of the year Tuesday to fill positions for next year and take care of final business. Sophie Wallerstedt became the next speaker of the forum in...

COGS elects new president, leaders

Published April 19, 2012

The Council of Graduate Students selected its future leaders at its final meeting of the year Wednesday. Aaron Beek beat Scott Petty, who was absent from the meeting, with a 21-4 vote in the election for...

Student groups appeal to Rinehart for funding

Published April 19, 2012

  Student groups and administrative units not recommended the full amount of funding requested from the Student Services Fees Committee had one final chance to make their case Thursday. At a public...

Undergraduate student body president Lizzy Shay, a finance junior, writes out checks Monday afternoon in her Coffman Memorial Union office. Shay has been president for the 2011-12 academic year and will step down June 30.

Shay looks back on MSA presidency

Published April 17, 2012

  Lizzy Shay, president of the Minnesota Student Association, toiled in the group’s empty and humid Coffman Union office Sunday afternoon. With only a few weeks left before the end of the year,...

MSA doles out $18k in funding

Published April 11, 2012

  During their penultimate forum of the year Tuesday, the Minnesota Student Association fulfilled a slew of funding requests due to the organization’s large amount of leftover funding. Speaker...

MSA gives student grant for mental health website

Published April 10, 2012

  When Adam Moen began his college career at the University of Minnesota, he felt lost and supplemented his “lack of purpose” with drugs and alcohol. The senior finance major thought it...

Voting for MSA, GAPSA ends at 8 p.m.

Published April 4, 2012

After two days of voting, undergraduate students will have until 8 p.m. Wednesday to cast their votes for next year’s president and vice president of the Minnesota Student Association. Graduate and...

Body recovered from the Mississippi River

Published April 3, 2012

The body of a deceased male was recovered from the Mississippi River at the Ford Dam in St. Paul at approximately noon today. The man was in his 20s. According to a press release from the Hennepin County...

University nursing dean cited for reprisal

Published April 3, 2012

University of Minnesota Nursing Dean Connie Delaney faces a state human rights finding of discrimination and retaliation for firing an employee who filed an internal workplace complaint, the Star Tribune...

Celebration of Kentucky win turns dangerous

Published April 3, 2012

Authorities reported that one man was wounded by gunfire early Tuesday in Lexington, numerous small fires were set and dozens were arrested as thousands celebrated Kentucky's win over Kansas to claim...

Sole GAPSA candidate holds forum

Published April 2, 2012

Graduate and professional students gathered to meet Brittany Edwards, the sole presidential candidate for the University of Minnesota Graduate and Professional Student Assembly, in an open forum Thursday...

Sole GAPSA president candidate addresses students at open forum

Published March 29, 2012

Graduate and professional students gathered to meet Brittany Edwards, the sole presidential candidate for the University of Minnesota Graduate and Professional Student Assembly, in an open forum Thursday...

In quest for fees funding, groups appeal SSFC final recommendations

Published March 29, 2012

University of Minnesota groups and administrative units had a week to decide whether or not to appeal the Student Services Fees Committee’s final recommendations. Appeals were due by 4:30 p.m. on...

VIDEO: GAPSA candidate forum

Published March 29, 2012

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MSA presidential and vice presidential candidates debate Tuesday evening at The Whole. Voting will take place between April 2 and April 4.

MSA hopefuls square off in debate

Published March 28, 2012

   Four undergraduate student government leader hopefuls met for a debate Wednesday evening — less than a week before elections start — to prove why they would be the best choice...

Video: MSA candidates square off

Published March 27, 2012

Watch live streaming video from mndaily at livestream.com     The Minnesota Student Association candidates for next year’s president and vice president positions are gearing up for a debate...

SSFC releases final funding levels for admin units

Published March 26, 2012

The University of Minnesota Student Services Fees Committee released its final recommendations for administrative units last week, with little deviation from the initial recommendations. Administrative...

GAPSA approves budget, new exec VP

Published March 22, 2012

The Graduate and Professional Student Assembly approved its budget for next year and elected a new executive vice president at Wednesday night’s meeting. After receiving the Student Services Fees...

COGS, GAPSA leaders criticized for pro-union letters

Published March 22, 2012

Graduate student government at the University of Minnesota saw backlash this week after sending open letters endorsing the union effort that were signed by leadership in the organizations. Both letters...

Student government candidates to take part in a voting awareness campaign

Published March 22, 2012

The five candidates running for student government leadership positions will take part in the All Campus Elections Commission Voting Awareness Campaign Friday. The event will help promote the upcoming...

Political science sophomore Colter Heirigs and animal science junior Angela Ugorets are running for president and vice president of MSA.

Candidates announced for upcoming MSA, GAPSA elections

Published March 21, 2012

  The All Campus Elections Commission formally approved the five candidates running for leadership positions in the undergraduate and graduate student governments at the University of Minnesota. Two...

MSA vote adds to list of U groups who oppose the marriage amendment

Published March 7, 2012

Opposition to the proposed constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage in the state is spreading on the University of Minnesota campuses as students voice their disagreement. Minnesotans will...

Two will vie for MSA presidency; GAPSA job uncontested

Published March 6, 2012

  Candidates looking to become the next student government leaders are gearing up for the campus-wide election in April. Filings for positions closed at 4:30 p.m. Friday and, over the next few weeks,...

With MSA vote, support grows on campus for collegiate housing act

Published March 1, 2012

  Support for a bill in Congress that might encourage donations to student housing, especially fraternity and sorority houses, has been gaining support around campus. The Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure...

Nicole Conti, a first year graduate student in the art history department, explains her qualifications for the GAPSA position of Vice President of Student Affairs.  Nicole Conti was elected during GAPSAs Wednesday night meeting.

Former GAPSA president resigned after letter from board members

Published February 29, 2012

The Graduate and Professional Student Assembly held its first meeting of spring semester last week and discussed restructuring. Since January, several members of GAPSA’s executive committee have...

Students report 29 thefts, burglaries in U dorms since fall

Published February 28, 2012

Living in close quarters in a University of Minnesota residence hall or apartment with a large number people means many students experience theft and even burglary — which involves trespassing. University...

First GAPSA meeting of the semester is tonight

Published February 22, 2012

The Graduate and Professional Student Assembly will hold its first meeting of spring semester tonight and address recent changes to its executive board. Since January, several members of the executive...

Admin units hear inital fees recommendations

Published February 21, 2012

The Student Services Fees Committee released its recommendations on Monday for administrative units, and two of the six organizations requesting student fees learned they wouldn’t be granted their...

Most student groups not fully funded

Published February 20, 2012

   The Student Services Fees Committee released their initial recommendations for student group funding last week. While most groups were recommended some kind of funding, a majority of them...

Students from the Black Student Union hang out Monday afternoon in their groups designated space on the second floor of Coffman. Multicultural groups on the second floor are concerned about losing their safe space from upcoming renovations.

One year later, student groups still against 2nd floor redesign

Published February 16, 2012

An advisory committee presented preliminary plans for Coffman Union’s second floor —home to several student communities at the University of Minnesota — Wednesday night. The presentation...

Jimmy John’s workers go to trial

Published February 14, 2012

Two Jimmy John’s franchise owners were brought before the National Labor Relations Board on Tuesday morning over allegations that they fired employees last year because of their role in organizing...

Santorum gains momentum in GOP race

Published February 14, 2012

Opinion polls show Republican candidate Rick Santorum now holds momentum over front-runner Mitt Romney.  According to ABC News, Santorum moved 2 percentage points ahead of Romney in a national poll...

Outgoing GAPSA president Abou Amara announced Saturday he would resign from his position effective Friday.

President and VPs of GAPSA resign, 2 spots filled temporarily

Published February 13, 2012

  President Abou Amara and two other executive board members of the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly are stepping down, they announced Saturday. Amara and Matt Little, public affairs vice...

New hybrid language classes frustrate instructors, students

Published February 9, 2012

   After a move to include more online components in language classes, students and instructors in the Spanish department said the new model creates more work for both groups. For the past six...

MSA to lobby against voter ID, for bonding bill

Published February 8, 2012

The Minnesota Student Association approved a legislative platform for their student lobbying organization during forum Tuesday. The Minnesota Student Legislative Coalition covers all five University of...

Komen official quits after funding controversy

Published February 7, 2012

According to a letter obtained by The Associated Press, a high-ranking official resigned Tuesday from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast-cancer charity after controversy over whether the group should...

Republican presidential race comes to Minnesota

Published February 7, 2012

Minnesota Republicans have the chance to select their presidential candidate when the party will caucus across the state Tuesday. This year, Minnesota will be a bigger focus because the Republican presidential...

Some courses pilot eTexts in effort to cut book costs

Published February 1, 2012

This semester, more than 700 students in nine courses at the University of Minnesota are using eTexts as a part of a pilot program to test their practicality. As textbook prices continue to rise, most...

Pennsylvania University student government found guilty of hazing

Published January 31, 2012

  The undergraduate student government at Pennsylvania University was found to have violated the University's Antihazing and Alcohol and Drug policies according to a recent article from The Daily...

More student groups seek funding from fees

Published January 30, 2012

The Student Services Fees Committee kicked off the semester-long process of reviewing applications and doling out funding to University of Minnesota student groups and administrative units last week. Fees...

MSA sets up new service initiative: Improve U

Published January 25, 2012

The Minnesota Student Association announced plans for a new service initiative called âÄúImprove UâÄù during TuesdayâÄôs forum. The project is an MSA-funded grant of $10,000 for...

More course texts offered electronically

Published January 23, 2012

The University of Minnesota is taking part in a new program to provide course materials in an electronic format that could lead to reduced textbook prices for students in the future. According to the program...

Apple makes a push for education

Published January 19, 2012

Apple unveiled three new apps Thursday that got the education community buzzing. According to Apple, iBooks 2, iBooks Author and an upgraded iTunes U are designed to make the classroom a more interactive,...

U of M graduate and web developer Zachary Johnson poses for a photo at Common Roots Cafe in Minneapolis Thursday afternoon. Johnson created a code for the SOPA/ PIPA protests that allows people to use it to black out their websites.

Anti-SOPA code goes viral, blacks out websites

Published January 19, 2012

Thousands of websites went dark Wednesday in protest of two potential anti-piracy legislations using a code created by a University of Minnesota alumnus, Zachary Johnson. The code turns user's cursors...

Focus groups to begin to improve Boynton health care

Published January 18, 2012

Graduate student organizations will hold focus groups beginning Thursday with the aim of improving health care for graduate students. The focus groups, to be held throughout January, will be targeted at...

GAPSA Board of Regents rep resigns; spot open

Published December 13, 2011

Following the resignation of its at-large director, the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly will end the semester with unfilled positions on the executive board. The at-large director also serves...

Have you seen this girl on Facebook?

Published December 12, 2011

After days of her picture circulating Facebook, Maple Grove native Justine Baumgartner âÄî who many believed was missing âÄî was reunited with her mother and sister last week. The 22-year-old...

Kaler, other admins hear student concerns at MSA forum

Published December 7, 2011

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler made his first appearance at a Minnesota Student Association forum Tuesday night, which gave many students the opportunity to ask questions and learn about...

Board of Regents members considered for GOP chairman position

Published December 6, 2011

On Monday, Politics in Minnesota reported the list of names being "floated” for the Minnesota GOP party chair Tony Sutton's potential replacement, which included University of Minnesota Board of Regents...

GAPSA passes resolution on fees transparency

Published December 1, 2011

At its November meeting Wednesday night, the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly unanimously passed a resolution to increase the clarity of student fees due to their continued increase over the...

Grad student fights against sexual assault

Published November 30, 2011

After a year-long process to report her own assault and convict her attacker, Kristi Kremers is working to help sexual assault victims report their experiences. Kremers, a graduate student and former Graduate...

Anne Baggenstoss relaxes during meditation at the Yesplus workshop Wednesday night in the Saint Paul Student Center. The workshop is open to students and intended to teach methods to relieve stress and increase focus.

Yesplus yoga workshop comes to U

Published November 17, 2011

After separating from his wife for more than a year, Brian Balzar said he knew he needed a change. His roommate, Dr. Emma Seppala, told him about a workshop called Yesplus that he said completely changed...

MSA votes to stand against occupancy ordinance

Published November 16, 2011

The Minnesota Student Association voted to take a stand against Minneapolis zoning regulations that donâÄôt allow for more than three unrelated people to occupy a single-family residence at its...

Deputy Organizing & Training Director of TakeAction Minnesota Elizabeth Lienesch leads a protest outside of McNamara Alumni Center Tuesday on East Bank. The protest was meant to pressure Wells Fargo CEO Jon Stumpf into changing educational loaning policies.

Protesters rally against Wells Fargo

Published November 9, 2011

Roughly 50 Minneapolis protesters rallied outside the University of MinnesotaâÄôs McNamara Alumni Center on Tuesday to pressure Wells Fargo CEO Jon Stumpf  as he spoke at a lunch lecture. The...

St. Paul gas leak forces evacuation

Published November 9, 2011

Police evacuated a University of Minnesota student housing facility in St. Paul on Tuesday afternoon after workers broke a gas line. The incident occurred at approximately noon outside the Como Student...

CenterPoint Energy repair foreman John Howard repairs a gas line Tuesday outside the Como Student Community Cooperative.

Gas leak forces evacuation in St. Paul

Published November 8, 2011

Police evacuated a University of Minnesota student housing facility in St. Paul Tuesday afternoon after workers broke a gas line. The incident occurred at approximately noon outside the Como Student Community...

Remodeled Starbucks reopens Sunday on Washington Ave.

Campus Starbucks reopens with new brewing system

Published November 7, 2011

After a weeklong closure for remodeling, Emily Hegland spent SundayâÄôs grand reopening of the Washington Avenue Starbucks serving coffee from the new Clover brewing machine. Starbucks claims the...

MSA passes bylaws, reviews budget

Published November 2, 2011

The Minnesota Student Association passed a slate of bylaw changes during TuesdayâÄôs forum to address issues with effectiveness and efficiency. MSA President Lizzy Shay said the organization hadnâÄôt...

Sophomore Meghan Sherratt is just one of the left handed student at the University of Minnesota who says she has issues with things like right handed desks.

The 10 percent: Southpaws at the U

Published November 1, 2011

Last year, Meghan Sherratt  changed the way she did math homework because she was left-handed.   She said her homework confused the instructor, who didnâÄôt know how to grade the work. âÄúShe...

Dr. Henning Schroeder, Dean of Graduate Studies, talks with graduate student Christopher Wenig Wednesday night at Stub & Herbs. Schroeder meets with graduate students once a month to answer questions and concerns about the graduate studies programs at the University.

Schroeder hosts ‘happy hour’ with grad students

Published October 27, 2011

Dean of Graduate Education Henning Schroeder held a bottle of Corona at Stub and Herbs while listening to about 20 graduate students’ concerns Wednesday night. Since last fall, Schroeder has hosted...

U neighborhood alliance forms board

Published October 25, 2011

The University District Alliance is taking steps to form its first executive committee, which could include student voices. The alliance is an umbrella organization for the University of Minnesota and...

MSA, GAPSA pass fees slate without hiccups

Published October 20, 2011

Members of both the Minnesota Student Association and the Graduate and Professional Student Association approved the slate of candidates for the fees committee during a joint meeting Tuesday. The 23 members...

GAPSA to limit travel grants

Published October 18, 2011

Changes to the way the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly awards grants to students for professional travel will limit the number awarded for the same event. In years past, GAPSA has run out of...

MSA gives new legislative branch the go-ahead

Published October 18, 2011

After working for more than a year trying to improve legislative relations, the Minnesota Student Association passed a vote Tuesday for the Minnesota Student Legislative Coalition. The MSLC will cover...

Student fees process will face intense examination

Published October 13, 2011

This year marks the first full-scale review of the student fees process since 2005, and student government is gathering volunteers to serve on a review committee. A Student Service Fees Review Task Force...

SSFC sparks student interest

Published October 11, 2011

Problems with the Student Service Fees Committee last year motivated many University of Minnesota students to get involved with the process this year.Over the weekend, Megan Sweet âÄî along with...

Political science senior leaves longtime role in student gov’t

Published October 10, 2011

Aaron Carlson, former Student Senate chairman, is letting go of student government after three years since he lost the chairmanship election to sophomore Adam Matula. Carlson, who had been both the Student...

MSA introduces two new programs

Published October 4, 2011

The University of Minnesota Student Association is taking the first step toward getting student voices into the state Capitol. On Tuesday, MSA introduced two new programs âÄî Twin Cities Advocacy...

Student groups vie for 2nd floor

Published October 4, 2011

Every day students of different ethnic backgrounds come together on the second floor of Coffman Union in what many describe as their âÄúsafe space.âÄù âÄúStudents come here in between...

‘@ Home in MN’ connects students

Published September 29, 2011

When freshman Fabian Young took the seven-hour trip from his hometown of Chicago to Minneapolis this August, he had to adapt to the challenges that came with being so far from home. âÄúNo one from...

Sophomore Courtney Comar writes music notes Monday as her teacher plays the piano during a sight-singing class.

Non-majors sing it by ear in music class

Published September 27, 2011

Instructor Adam Zahller  casually played a few chords on the piano to prompt the students before they suddenly came in with the melody. âÄúOne, two, three, seven, five âĦâÄù...

Selection process begins for this year’s student fees committee

Published September 27, 2011

Student Services Fees Committee applications closed Friday afternoon after 64 students applied for the positions responsible for doling out more than $28 million in student services fees. The SSFC is responsible...

MSA starts new year with new budget, reps

Published September 21, 2011

The first public University of Minnesota Student Association forum of the semester was a flurry of voting and budget discussions. A $172,760 budget was passed quickly, but with few concerns. The group...

GAPSA says ‘no’ to Amara impeachment and elects VP

Published September 15, 2011

At the first Graduate and Professional Assembly general assembly meeting of the year, the assembly approved the budget for the year, elected a new executive vice-president and dropped the impeachment charges...

U is not likely to ban water bottles

Published September 14, 2011

In an effort to combat the amount of waste produced from disposable water bottles, Minnesota schools are joining a national movement to ban the bottles from campuses. But donâÄôt expect University...

Q & A with MSA President Lizzy Shay

Published September 8, 2011

While the Minnesota Student Association âÄî the undergraduate student government organization âÄî has been active over the summer, the first public forum Sept. 20 means new President Lizzy...