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The Minnesota Daily

All content by Jens Krogstad

Leaders: Election rules to change

Published May 7, 2004

Following allegations and admissions of students leaking and fabricating election results, student government leaders said there will be changes to next year's rules. Because it is unclear if any rules...

MSA picks next executive board, names Zearley student rep to regents

Published May 5, 2004

The Minnesota Student Association Forum chose next year's executive board Tuesday. Outgoing MSA Vice President Jeff Nath called the meeting possibly the most important one of the year. "Because the president...

Official admits leaking results

Published May 4, 2004

All-Campus Elections Commissioner Dan Nelson admitted Monday to leaking results before the Minnesota Student Association presidential election ended. Former candidates have also accused Jeff Nath, all-campus...

Zearley tactics called unfair

Published April 29, 2004

At least four former candidates have filed multiple campaign complaints against Minnesota Student Association president and vice president-elect Tom Zearley and Amy Jo Pierce. The complaints include allegations...

GAPSA picks Jalal as new president

Published April 28, 2004

The Graduate and Professional Student Assembly elected its officers for next year Tuesday and voted again on a constitutional amendment regarding impeachment. Abu Jalal, running unopposed, won the GAPSA...

MSA insists on continued role in fees

Published April 21, 2004

The Minnesota Student Association Forum began molding next year's Student Services Fees process at its Tuesday meeting. Several Forum members authored a resolution stating it will oppose any reduction...

Win or lose, MSA candidates say they’re proud of their campaigns

Published April 19, 2004

Minnesota Student Association presidential candidates said they took pride in running campaigns the right way - with strong word-of-mouth support. Many said their dogged campaigning helped generate this...

Zearley wins close MSA contest

Published April 16, 2004

In a private room at Campus Pizza, approximately a dozen people mobbed Tom Zearley and Amy Jo Pierce to congratulate them on their Minnesota Student Association presidential win. In a tight undergraduate...

Students to vote on process change

Published April 14, 2004

Students will decide today and Thursday if the Minnesota Student Association's presidential elections should use instant runoff voting. The proposed system would allow voters to rank candidates in order...

MSA candidates debate

Published April 8, 2004

Presidential candidates squared off on tuition, student fees, instant runoff voting and other topics at Wednesday night's Minnesota Student Association presidential debate. All seven candidates agreed...

MSA votes to limit fee hike for stadium

Published April 7, 2004

The Minnesota Student Association Forum capped undergraduate student fees for an on-campus football stadium to $50 per student per semester Tuesday. The resolution calls for undergraduates to pay no more...

Official restores Wake’s funding

Published April 7, 2004

The Wake student magazine is back from the dead. After the Student Services Fees Committee recommended no funding to the group for next year, University Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs Jerry...

U looks to scrap dorm voice mail

Published April 6, 2004

Residence hall students might not be checking their voice mail next year. Survey results gauging interest in paying for a newspaper program, cable television and voice mail prompted the University to advise...

Dorm association opposes security plan, holds elections

Published April 6, 2004

The Residence Hall Association continued its opposition to a University security plan during its meeting Sunday, as well as announcing record voting levels for its elections. Residents elected Katie White...

MSA finalizes presidential candidates, ballot

Published April 2, 2004

Minnesota Student Association presidential candidates and its ballot were finalized Wednesday night. Those filing to run for MSA president and vice president needed to accumulate 450 endorsements to be...

Candidates raise campaign funds

Published April 1, 2004

A thousand dollars can buy a lot of things. And if history is any indication, that kind of money could help win the upcoming undergraduate student body presidential election. Last year, Minnesota Student...

GAPSA reviews internal procedures

Published March 31, 2004

The Graduate and Professional Student Assembly executive board's vote to remove assembly president Todd Powell last month raised serious concerns among assembly members at their meeting Tuesday. They said...

Fees committee passes rules updating application process

Published March 31, 2004

Looking ahead to next year, the current Student Services Fees Committee passed two resolutions to streamline the fees application process. The first resolution switches the responsibility of paying rent...

One-vote majority decided many groups’ fees funding

Published March 26, 2004

One vote decided nearly half of the fees committee's final recommendations, according to its report. Of the 35 student groups that applied for fees, a single vote decided the funding recommendations for...

MSA resolutions pan funding cuts, security monitors

Published March 24, 2004

The Minnesota Student Association passed two resolutions Tuesday concerning cuts to higher-education state grants and proposed security monitors in University housing. One unanimously passed resolution...

Panel funds child-care centers

Published March 22, 2004

After a week of sometimes raucous public hearings, the Student Services Fees Committee reversed some of its funding recommendations but stood firm on its decisions to cut others. Two child care centers...

Elections offer way to become involved

Published March 11, 2004

All-campus election season is here and student leaders are encouraging people to get involved in student government. Minnesota Student Association President Eric Dyer said anyone can hold a leadership...

Bruininks urges MSA to lobby Legislature

Published March 10, 2004

University President Bob Bruininks stopped by the Minnesota Student Association Forum meeting Tuesday. He pleaded with students to lobby the State Legislature about a football stadium, tuition hikes and...

U kicks off campus government election season

Published March 10, 2004

The University's campaign season begins today as students can start filing for student government. Some of the open positions include those in the Minnesota Student Association - such as president, vice...

Group urges lower costs

Published March 9, 2004

With its eye on residents' pocketbooks, the Residence Hall Association passed two resolutions Sunday night. One urges the University to explore dining services options and the other opposes a new security...

Groups say rule reduces staffing

Published March 4, 2004

Without a full-time staff member, the Queer Student Cultural Center said it will not be able to provide its Safe Space program for students all day. A handful of groups claim they will also have to cut...

Groups assail proposed fees cuts

Published March 2, 2004

Many University students said this year's student groups fees committee has acted unprofessionally, and some group staff members said it's the worst they have ever seen. The complaints against the committee...

Groups defend using fees money for food

Published February 26, 2004

Many student group leaders said offering food to hungry students is a powerful drawing force for their organizations. Unlike the University, many Big Ten schools do not allow student groups to use student...

GAPSA vote to remove Powell fails

Published February 25, 2004

A vote to remove Graduate and Professional Student Assembly President Todd Powell was mentioned at the organization's assembly meeting Tuesday. Vice President for Public Affairs Todd Reubold announced...

SLC reforms aim for efficient lobbying

Published February 19, 2004

The Student Legislative Coalition's participation in Wednesday's Lobby Day showed the radical transformation the group has undergone since reorganizing last year, the group's leaders said. SLC leaders...

Center use up among grad students

Published February 16, 2004

After six years at the Student Dispute Resolution Center, graduate student Tara Tieso is logging extra hours because of an increase in graduate and professional students coming to the center. Starting...

Resolution calls for more state grants

Published February 11, 2004

The Minnesota Student Association Forum overwhelmingly passed a resolution Tuesday to support increasing Minnesota state grants to cover 10 semesters of school instead of eight. The resolution is contingent...

Group vows to fight fees rejection

Published February 9, 2004

The fees committee denied four student groups' applications last week because of requirements for fees-receiving groups, and at least one group is vowing to fight the decision. Campus Republicans were...

Annual fees process ignites campus politics

Published February 5, 2004

Every February, student groups put on their fees boxing gloves and protective headgear to ask for money from the Student Services Fees Committee. The fees committee's process to determine funding will...

Students face fee increase to fund new groups

Published February 4, 2004

As the fees committee debates how much money to give campus groups next year, a record number of applicants could mean students pay an unprecedented amount. Thirty-nine groups requested about $3 million...

Students don’t like Friday classes, much to colleges’ chagrin

Published January 29, 2004

On most Thursday nights, the Dinkytowner Cafe buzzes with conversation and live music, even though it is a weeknight. Though University classes are offered on Fridays, many students are class-free that...

MSA rejects using fees for newspaper program

Published January 28, 2004

The Minnesota Student Association Forum voted down a resolution Tuesday that would have advocated giving student fees to a for-profit organization for the first time in University history. Had the proposal...

U overrules GAPSA, leaves fees panel one member too full

Published January 22, 2004

The University reinstated sophomore Mark Annis to the Student Services Fees Committee last month, overturning a decision by the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly executive committee to remove...

Student fees panels to be finalized today

Published December 12, 2003

This school year's student fees committee will become final today after the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly decides whether to reject any appointees. Student Services Fees Committee selectors...

First-year students deal with stresses of first-semester finals

Published December 11, 2003

When it comes to dealing with the stresses of school, Rhonda Schwalbe has good days and bad. Lately, though, it seems the bad have outnumbered the good. For Schwalbe, the days are too long and the nights...

MSA leaders: Group has been successful in many of its goals

Published December 10, 2003

The Minnesota Student Association's year got off to a rocky start before it even officially began, when MSA Vice President Gina Nelson resigned the week before school started. Then-speaker Jeff Nath was...

MSA Forum keeps member with anti-gay views

Published December 10, 2003

A motion to remove a member of the student fees committee because of comments he made about homosexuality failed in the Minnesota Student Association Forum meeting Tuesday. The Forum also voted on and...

First-year students enjoyed their first college semester

Published December 10, 2003

Looking back on her first semester of college, K.C. Burke said she had fun, though it did not always seem things would turn out that way. When she first got to college, Burke said, she was ready to pack...

Graduate student groups say SAO does not meet their needs

Published December 3, 2003

Officials from the Student Activities Office and the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly agreed Tuesday to hold regular monthly meetings following complaints from some graduate students. A handful...

Campus government will reach out with St. Paul offices

Published December 1, 2003

University student government leaders hope that opening new offices on the St. Paul campus next semester will help their organizations be more inclusive. For the first time, the Twin Cities Student Unions...

MSA Forum ponders changes to GPT requirement

Published November 26, 2003

Minnesota Student Association Forum members heard presentations Tuesday on a handful of topics, including one on possible changes to the Graduation Proficiency Test, at an unofficial meeting in St. Paul. The...

U graduates ‘Teach for America’

Published November 20, 2003

University law student Amanda Beaumont said her first year of teaching eighth grade in inner-city Chicago, Ill., was the worst year of her life. But looking back, she said she would not trade her experience...

MSA project seeks cheaper, safer student housing

Published November 11, 2003

University administrators and neighborhood representatives have mixed reactions to Minnesota Student Association's Project Lighthouse, which addresses student housing cost and safety. MSA Vice President...

MSA crunches numbers, seeks permanent late-night bus funding

Published November 10, 2003

The Minnesota Student Association is compiling statistics and feedback on its late-night bus pilot program, hoping to convince the University to fund it permanently. During a two-week pilot run, the buses...

First-years recall ‘back home’

Published November 7, 2003

Rhonda Schwalbe walked through the halls of Centennial Hall like a politician working the crowd. "Hey, how are you? Still studying for that test?" she asked her neighbor. Moments later, she offered a similar...

First-years carve out their identities

Published November 6, 2003

KEditor's note: Today's story represents the second installment of a monthly series chronicling the lives of University first-year students. .C. Burke put on a knit cap and gloves as she and her visiting...

MSA defends naming Daily Board of Directors member as fees selector

Published November 6, 2003

Minnesota Student Association President Eric Dyer said Wednesday that student fees committee selector David Redlinger's role on The Minnesota Daily's Board of Directors does not present a conflict of interest. Redlinger,...

GAPSA, MSA name fees panel selectors

Published November 5, 2003

Student government representatives approved student fees committee selectors Tuesday. Student fees selectors help choose members of the committee that divides student fees among student groups. All students...

U promotes a month of ‘Minnesota nice’

Published November 3, 2003

Following another school's lead, the University has deemed November its official Month of Kindness. More than 60 student groups are involved in planning activities they hope will help make kindness a habit. The...

Industry officials, U prof debate music uploading

Published October 31, 2003

Universal Music Group representatives and University rhetoric professor John Logie shared perspectives on Internet music uploading at an event Thursday that ended in heated argument. Logie agreed with...

MSA considers four new resolutions

Published October 29, 2003

The Minnesota Student Association is considering a new project it hopes will lower housing costs and increase student safety on and around campus. MSA Vice President Jeff Nath presented a set of four resolutions...

MSA Forum might be hampered by members’ political agendas

Published October 22, 2003

Some Minnesota Student Association Forum members said this year's council is polarized to the point that the group might be hurting its ability to function. Forum member Adam van Wagner said MSA is meant...

GAPSA passes 2 resolutions concerning strike

Published October 22, 2003

The Graduate and Professional Student Assembly passed two resolutions Tuesday concerning the University clerical workers' strike. The first urged the University and striking members to resolve their differences...

Cost estimate doubles as MSA launches late bus program

Published October 20, 2003

The Minnesota Student Association's late-night bus traveled through the Minneapolis campus and surrounding neighborhoods for the first time last weekend. MSA officials said their goal is to increase safety...

MSA criticizes council historic vote, Daily ads

Published October 15, 2003

The Minnesota Student Association Forum passed resolutions opposing the historic preservation of greek housing and demanded tighter screening of The Minnesota Daily's classified housing advertisements...

Away from families, first-years find ways to fill their time

Published October 10, 2003

TEditor's note: This is the second of two stories introducing four students the Daily will follow through their first year of college. The first story, introducing the first two students, ran in Thursday's...

First-years test the waters of college freedom

Published October 9, 2003

WEditor's Note: This article introduces two of the students the Daily will follow through their first year of college. An article introducing the other students will appear in Friday's Daily. hen K.C....

Student association offers itself as an alternative to MSA

Published October 6, 2003

A group of Minnesota Student Association Forum members, claiming the association is ineffective, announced the formation of a new student group Friday. In its first press release, the Maroon and Gold Association...

Some think private funding contradicts U’s responsibilities

Published October 2, 2003

According to the University's mission statement, the institution strives to provide outreach, learning and research to Minnesota. Lately, however, it seems fund raising from private sources has become...

Grad, professional students welcomed with feast

Published September 17, 2003

A huge buffet with a four-foot roasted pig centerpiece awaited 400 first-year graduate and professional students inside the Loring Pasta Bar on Tuesday evening, courtesy of the Graduate and Professional...

MSA critic is new Forum speaker

Published September 17, 2003

Martin Andrade, who ran for Minnesota Student Association president last spring promising to abolish the group if he won, was elected speaker of the Forum on Tuesday. The event left many Forum members...

Push for late-night U bus continues

Published September 12, 2003

Minnesota Student Association President Eric Dyer is leading an ongoing push to add a free, late-night bus service for students. University officials, however, disagree on whether the bus would be effective. The...

Furniture sparks Melrose lawsuit; some tenants upset

Published June 23, 2003

Contract Furniture Industries, based in Memphis, Tenn., is suing The Melrose apartments and its partner, Integroup Minneapolis, for breach of contract, alleging that the apartment complex did not pay for...

U recognized for charity, community service efforts

Published June 16, 2003

The National Association of College and University Residence Halls named the University the 2002-03 national school of the year for its charity and community service efforts. It is the first time the school...

Existing, new student groups offer a variety of options, experiences

Published June 9, 2003

Some student groups on campus are more than 100 years old, but Emily Davis, a first-year student last year, decided to start a new one. There are more than 400 student groups at the University. You can...

Some Muslim student groups fear government rights infringement

Published June 9, 2003

This winter, federal agents arrested a prominent member of the University of Idaho's Muslim Students Association. The arrest of Sami Omar Al-Hussayen, who was charged with visa fraud and making false statements,...

Disbanded SLC group still receives student fees money

Published June 2, 2003

Students paying optional student service fees this summer might be contributing money to a student group that no longer exists. The Student Legislative Coalition voted to disband this winter, but students...

Despite police efforts, official says most students use fake IDs

Published May 6, 2003

Fake identification cards have long laid side by side with a driver's license in a college student's wallet or purse. Brian Kringen of the Department of Public Safety, Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement...

University community celebrates Cinco de Mayo

Published May 5, 2003

Sigma Lambda Beta, Sigma Lambda Gamma and members of La Raza Student Cultural Center attended a fiesta celebrating the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo this weekend on St. Paul's west side. Cinco de Mayo...

Government offers tax services, credits to college students

Published April 15, 2003

Students who don't have their taxes done don't need to panic - yet. Last-minute filers have a variety of options, including a free online service at www.irs.gov. State taxes can also be filed online at...

Gamma Phi Beta remembers meningitis victim Kristin Marx

Published April 4, 2003

The women of Gamma Phi Beta held a memorial service at their sorority house last night to remember their sister Kristin "Kris" Marx, who died last week of meningococcal meningitis. More than 100 people,...

Local high schools notify students of varying penalties for walkouts

Published March 24, 2003

For weeks, Twin Cities high school administrators warned that students planning to walk out of class in protest of the Iraqi strike would face severe consequences for their actions. But as students organized...

Growing party size, frequency concern committee

Published February 28, 2003

A local committee convened Thursday morning to discuss crime, safety and parties in University neighborhoods. The Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee is composed of Minneapolis and Hennepin County...

World events spark interest in politics

Published February 12, 2003

An annual UCLA study released last month shows interest in politics among first-year college students is rebounding after decades of decline. The number of first-year students that indicated keeping up...