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Leaders: Election rules to change

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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’

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

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

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’

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...