The Minnesota Daily

All content by JP Leider

State Senator, District 66

November 1, 2006

.Ellen Anderson, DFL, incumbent What are two or three of the most important issues to you in the election? One of the key issues that I am extremely focused on is clean, sustainable energy policy for our...

Users profit from finding online deals

October 25, 2006

Craigslist and eBay offer the promise of great deals to those with patience, but, for users on a tight schedule, waiting for a good deal or a last-minute bid may not prove practical. There are myriad sites...

Advisory board for new institute announced

October 19, 2006

While the University's realignment process has already created some high-profile changes - like the closure of the General College and the transformation of many others - many more are underway. In an...

Changing campus gun policy would face resistance from U

October 18, 2006

Although the Minnesota Student Association won't consider requesting a change to University policy for a few weeks, the proposal to lift the campus firearm ban will likely hit a dead-end even if it passes...

Wiki and the U student

October 17, 2006

Whether it is used for recreational reading, to determine the precise measurements for setting up beer pong or as preliminary research for a paper due the next day, Wikipedia is a necessity to many college...

Key parties absent from MSA’s forum on Coca-Cola

October 12, 2006

There were three tables on the Coffman Union Theater stage Wednesday evening. On one side sat Coca-Cola representatives, who came to defend their corporation from alleged violations abroad. In the middle...

Net gambling no more?

October 9, 2006

The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 could stop the meteoric rise of online poker. The act was tacked onto the Security and Accountability for Every Port Act in late September and passed...

MSA passes resolution allowing candidate endorsement on ballots

October 4, 2006

By jp leider [email protected] While the idea of political endorsements for nonpartisan positions is not new, it has been a consistent and hotly debated reality at the University. For years, the Minnesota...

New service takes textbooks online

September 29, 2006

It's no secret that textbook costs are an issue for students, faculty member and the University administration. After numerous committee meetings and inquests, stakeholders generally agree: Textbook costs...

Google Wants Your Gadgets

September 28, 2006

Google wants your gadgets. Until Nov. 1, the Mountain View, Calif.-based corporation is seeking submissions from students at colleges and universities nationwide in an effort to find the brightest ideas...

New software available for data backup

September 27, 2006

When computers crash, students are forced to place a dollar value on their photos, music and term papers. Luckily, in non-virus-related crashes, hard drives can escape damage, leaving data intact and relatively...

GAPSA president resigns position

September 26, 2006

For the second time in five months, the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly experienced a presidential resignation. As of Monday, Executive Vice President Suzanne Sobotka replaced Dmitry Zhdanov...

Minnesota Student Association holds first meeting of the year

September 20, 2006

In its first meeting of the academic year, the Minnesota Student Association approved a roughly $170,000 budget, up from $147,400 last year. Although MSA received $15,000 less in Student Services Fees...

Politicians battle over network neutrality

September 18, 2006

Network neutrality is the latest rallying cry for politicians and special interest groups on both sides of the aisle. While net neutrality is inherently technology-oriented, the basic idea behind it is...

Postdoc proposes hydrogen-powered car

September 14, 2006

Although it sounds like an episode of "The X-Files," it's just science. Tareq Abu Hamed, a postdoctoral associate and newcomer to the University, has proposed a process that would allow cars to run on...

Student gov’t officials discuss goals, plans for upcoming year

September 13, 2006

For some years, the University's student government has been engaged in a war with apathy. All-campus elections, in which undergraduates select student leaders for the upcoming year, historically draw...

U warns about stolen records

September 11, 2006

Sometime during the night of Aug. 14 or early Aug. 15, two desktop computers were stolen from locked offices in Lind Hall, which houses the Institute of Technology and Student Support Services. The computers...

More options for cheap books on campus

September 7, 2006

As textbook prices continue to increase, so too does the incentive for students to find an alternative to retail. While the ideal textbook - one in mint condition and dirt cheap - might prove a bit elusive,...

Internet privacy not as private as some might think

September 5, 2006

In today's world it's a technical reality that Internet communication rarely is secure and not necessarily private. Whether it's caused by hackers, law enforcement agencies or the University, chances are...

Online classifieds to target U students

August 16, 2006

As summer winds down and students begin the inevitable dorm-accessorizing quest, chances are they will frequent Craigslist.org, a popular online classifieds site, with some fixation. Two entrepreneurs...

Panel discusses possible repercussions for a Cuba post-Fidel Castro

August 16, 2006

It will be business as usual in Cuba after Fidel Castro dies. Such was the consensus of a panel discussion Monday evening at Nolte Center to discuss Cuba and the United States in a post-Castro era. The...

Future of peer-to-peer file sharing networks remains uncertain

August 9, 2006

On the heels of Sharman Networks' $115 million settlement with major movie studios last month, the peer-to-peer community is in a tizzy, with its future uncertain. Sharman Networks owns and distributes...

Online videos garner large audiences

August 2, 2006

The MySpace-YouTube combination has proved tantalizing for millions of people in the United States and beyond. MySpace.com, the now infamous networking Web site, allows users to post personalized video...

Grant funds Asian studies

August 2, 2006

A new grant from the U.S. Department of Education will bring the study of South Asia into the limelight alongside already prominent East Asian studies. The four-year grant will provide about $2 million...

Reciprocity might undergo changes

July 26, 2006

Although the Minnesota-Wisconsin reciprocity agreement saw its annual reapproval come without much noise this year, next year Wisconsin-native students might be in for a potentially expensive change. In...

MSA picks new executive board

May 3, 2006

New and returning members of Forum elected the next executive board for the Minnesota Student Association on Tuesday at a special meeting. Members chose five University DFL-endorsed students for nine available...

New MSA, GAPSA leaders share their plans

May 2, 2006

As students prepare for a week of finals and begin looking ahead, newly elected leaders in student government are preparing for fall semester by setting their agendas for the upcoming year. Leaders of...

GAPSA elects new leaders

April 27, 2006

At their final meeting of the academic year, members of the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly selected the organization's leaders for the fall. Dmitry Zhdanov was elected as next year's GAPSA...

MSA mullsoptional lecture attendance

April 25, 2006

In the final Forum meeting of the year, members of the Minnesota Student Association are to consider resolutions and position statements that run the gamut of how they affect student life. One resolution...

GAPSA leader resigns

April 24, 2006

With a little more than a month left in her term, Karen Buhr resigned as president from the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly early last week. Buhr said her position in GAPSA did not allow her...

Study rethinks uranium danger

April 21, 2006

U.article {border:4px solid #ccc;} ranium, in its many forms, might be best for powering nuclear plants, shielding soldiers from harm's way and busting enemy bunkers. But in the scientific community, uranium...

Rinehart keeps fees suggestions intact

April 20, 2006

As the semester winds down, members of the Student Services Fees Committee are preparing for a final meeting to reflect on this year's fees process, in which they recommended $22.7 million in mandatory...

Leaders take on voter apathy

April 17, 2006

D.article {border:2px solid #ccc;} espite experiencing the lowest voter turnout in the all-campus elections since 2002, student-leaders are holding fast to their belief that student government remains...

Page, Heth win MSA leader posts

April 13, 2006

Amid low voter turnout Max Page and Monica Heth won their bid to become the next Minnesota Student Association president and vice president. Page and Heth beat their opponents, Anthony Dew and Jeff Tate,...

Today’s U elections seek more voters

April 11, 2006

Despite last year's low voter turnout, members of the All-Campus Elections Commission said they are hopeful. Last year 3,839 students voted in the all-campus elections, down nearly 800 students from the...

VP candidates for MSA profiled

April 5, 2006

While Minnesota Student Association vice presidents aren't as frequently in the limelight as their presidential counterparts, they play an integral role in Forum. From preparing the budget to taking on...

A look at bids to lead MSA

April 4, 2006

In general elections citizens sometimes vote for the party instead of the candidate. But in all-campus elections, in which students select representatives to the Minnesota Student Association among other...

Sexual-assault statement stalls

March 29, 2006

The joint meeting of the campus undergraduate and graduate student governments saw its first filibuster Tuesday. The statement withdrawn because of the filibuster would have called for the University to...

Housing summit stresses dialogue

March 28, 2006

Despite long-held tension caused, in part, by thousands of students living in rental housing surrounding the Minneapolis campus, students, neighbors and community members seem to agree on one thing: Communication...

Few file for MSA posts

March 27, 2006

Filing closed for this year's all-campus election Friday, with results showing moderate interest in student-government positions compared with years past. While 26 students applied for 16 at-large positions...

Singer’s views on disability protested

March 24, 2006

As an over-capacity crowd filed into Ted Mann Concert Hall to hear morality philosopher Peter Singer's take on ethics and animals, dozens gathered outside to protest Singer's take on euthanasia and infanticide. Uriah...

Animal-rights activist Peter Singer explains his views

March 23, 2006

Earlier this week activist Peter Singer spoke with the Daily about his views on animal ethics. He will be presenting these views and others at 7 tonight in Ted Mann Concert Hall. How does your idea of...

Bid for cage-free eggs in residence halls stalled

March 21, 2006

For some, one egg is as good as another. But for others, an egg is only as good as its source. In past months, Compassionate Action for Animals, among other organizations, has advocated for University...

Student fees suggestions set

March 6, 2006

Students should expect to foot a $40 increase in Student Services Fees next year. Based on recommendations released today by the Student Services Fees Committee, students taking six or more credits would...

Groups claim fees committee unfair

March 3, 2006

During Student Services Fees public hearings last week, conservative students called themselves a "targeted minority" and accused the fees committee of viewpoint discrimination. Under the Student Services...

GAPSA calls for shared ruling

March 2, 2006

At Wednesday's Graduate and Professional Student Assembly meeting members officially called for more student involvement in University decision-making policy. The Minnesota Student Association and the...

MSA hopefuls seek U-DFL nod

February 27, 2006

Students debating a presidential run for the Minnesota Student Association inevitably must decide what's in a name. Or, more specifically, an acronym. For at-large representative candidates, an endorsement...

Forum form mirrors campus

February 22, 2006

AEditor's note: This article is the last of a three-part series that looks at issues affecting student government. Today's article examines racial and sex diversity in MSA. t the highest levels of government,...

A vision for more student power

February 21, 2006

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Committee now awaits fees pleas

February 20, 2006

Student Services Fees are the lifeblood of many student organizations on campus. Each year groups requesting fees demonstrate to the Student Services Fees Committee the rhyme and reason behind their requests. On...

Survey: Students dont know MSA

February 20, 2006

CEditorís note: This article is the first in a three-part series that looks at issues affecting the Minnesota Student Association. Todayís article examines MSAís effectiveness and influence. ome finals,...

New fines for parties

February 13, 2006

The Minneapolis City Council enacted an ordinance Friday that could cost students more than the $5 they paid for a keg cup. The change, originally proposed by former City Council member Paul Zerby, allows...

MSA remains neutral on proposed “unruly’ ordinance

February 8, 2006

At the Minnesota Student Association's Forum meeting Tuesday, members again addressed the proposed noisy, or "unruly," assembly ordinance. The original incarnation of the ordinance came from former Minneapolis...

GAPSA: Fees, please

February 6, 2006

For a student organization requesting almost three times as much as any other student group, members of the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly seemed relatively confident going into Sunday's fees...

GAPSA discusses attracting graduate students to U

February 2, 2006

Civic engagement has been on University President Bob Bruininks' mind for some time. In 2000, then-Executive Vice President and Provost Bruininks helped to shape a task force addressing civic engagement;...

Student fees battle begins

January 30, 2006

By the end of this academic year, students taking more than six credits will have paid $581.64 each in Student Services Fees. The fees help fund a host of student organizations and administrative units,...

MSA OKs endorsements

January 25, 2006

Should students vote in the all-campus elections this spring, group endorsements of candidates will once again greet them on the ballot. Debate about the endorsement issue continued during Tuesday's Minnesota...

MSA to address rental-housing issues

January 24, 2006

Even as spring semester begins, students quickly realize that fall eventually will come again " and that means seeking a place to live. Whether it's renewing a contract, sticking with a residence hall...

Student runs for state Senate

January 19, 2006

To an audience in a small Edina restaurant with standing-room only, University law student Andrew Borene announced his candidacy for state Senate District 41. The district covers Edina and West Bloomington. Borene,...

MSA pushes for U to investigate Coca-Cola’s business practices

January 19, 2006

For many students at the University of Minnesota and other universities around the world, it's a Coke thing. With allegations it has violated of human and environmental rights abroad, Atlanta-based Coca-Cola...

Student-group endorsements on ballots fuel debate in MSA

January 17, 2006

A new semester means a change of pace in addition to a hefty bill at the bookstore. But for the Minnesota Student Association, a new semester marks a point in the ongoing debate about the merits of having...

MSA urges action on Coca-Cola

December 14, 2005

After considerable debate, members of the Minnesota Student Association voted Tuesday to encourage the University to inquire into Coca-Cola's business practices in India. The resolution alleges the Coca-Cola...

GAPSA to talk about grad housing

December 14, 2005

This semester's final Graduate and Professional Student Assembly meeting will address housing and livability issues for graduate and professional students at the University. GAPSA members will discuss...

MSA looks to boost presence, name recognition on campus

December 9, 2005

To increase name recognition and mend misconceptions about the Minnesota Student Association, the MSA Campus Relations Committee will reach out to the campus community next week, said Kelly Kubacki, campus...

U student leaders fight party rule

December 7, 2005

University student governmental bodies' efforts this week might lead to changes in a proposed Minneapolis city ordinance. Members of the Minnesota Student Association and the Graduate and Professional...

U senates support displaced workers

December 5, 2005

Come July 1 of next year, six colleges will become three. While no estimates yet exist as to how many employees will be displaced because of the University's realignment, administrators already are planning...

Student Senate opposes limits on electronics

December 2, 2005

Members of Student Senate spent much of their second and final meeting of the semester Thursday debating the extent to which instructors can restrict the use of personal electronic devices in University...

Bruininks, MSA talk to rid “unruly’ parties

November 30, 2005

University President Bob Bruininks spent some of Tuesday evening with the Minnesota Student Association, updating members on goings-on at the University and answering questions. After being prompted by...

Proposal would fine “unruly’ partying

November 28, 2005

Members of student government now have more time to discuss and decide how to act on a proposed Minneapolis ordinance that would crack down on party houses and noisy or "unruly" assemblies. The updated...

MSA lacks votes to act on GC

November 23, 2005

Opponents of the General College closure are regrouping after the Minnesota Student Association narrowly voted down at its most recent meeting a resolution opposing part of the General College's transition...

GAPSA asks for cage-free eggs at U

November 22, 2005

Everyone has heard a bad "chicken and the egg" joke. But large commercial farms, where thousands to hundreds of thousands of poultry are housed in cages, are no laughing matter for members of the Graduate...

MSA takes up GC change

November 15, 2005

At today's meeting, the Minnesota Student Association will debate a position statement that would oppose the University's plan for the General College's upcoming move to department status inside the College...

Committee members’ new stipend brings controversy

November 10, 2005

Even though members of the Student Services Fees committee will receive stipends for the first time ever this year, University expectations haven't changed. Jerry Rinehart, associate vice provost for student...

Minnesota Student Association encourages voter turnout today

November 8, 2005

At residence halls around campus today, members of the Minnesota Student Association will be tabling in an effort to increase voter turnout among University students. One of the best ways to increase voter...

23 of 74 approved for fees committee

November 2, 2005

With little contention, members of the Minnesota Student Association and the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly approved 23 members to the Student Services Fees Committee at their joint meeting...

Groups to choose fees committee

November 1, 2005

During a joint meeting today, members of the Minnesota Student Association and the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly will vote on Student Services Fees Committee membership and all-campus election...

Vigil honors lives lost in Iraq

October 27, 2005

AEVENT MARKS 2,000 KNOWN U.S. MILITARY DEATHS IN IRAQ WAR rmed with signs, candlelight and feelings of outrage and sorrow, hundreds gathered at the Lake Street Bridge on Wednesday to protest the Iraq war...

Revamped fees group fills applicant void

October 26, 2005

Bucking recent trends, Student Services Fees Committee applications appeared in record numbers by the Oct. 17 deadline. Seventy-four students applied for 15 committee spots and eight alternate positions. The...

Elections committee struggles for interest

October 24, 2005

Each year, campus student governments confirm five students as all-campus election commissioners. Although the positions offer stipends and officials advertise them as leadership opportunities, only three...

MSA votes to back U’s capital request

October 19, 2005

By almost unanimous consent, the Minnesota Student Association supported the University's nearly $270 million capital request to the Legislature at Tuesday's meeting. The capital request includes $80 million...

Chance to rule on fees passing

October 17, 2005

Students interested in how $22 million in Student Services Fees will be awarded this year might want to take note - applications to the Student Services Fees Committee are due by 4 p.m. today. When all...

Duluth campus adds a voice

October 14, 2005

This fall semester marks the first time Duluth professional students have been directly represented on the Twin Cities-based Graduate and Professional Student Assembly. Slightly more than 150 Duluth pharmacy...

GAPSA nixes proposal on business ethics resolution

October 13, 2005

Even though her resolution was unceremoniously shot down in the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly meeting Wednesday, GAPSA Senator Kris Houlton said she'll keep pushing. Her resolution, which...

U considers task force input

October 11, 2005

Members of campus student governments met with University officials Monday to discuss the future of student involvement in the University's realignment plan. Approximately 30 students are among the 372...

Students can have say in allocation of services fee

October 5, 2005

In an ideal world, the system would function in a viewpoint-neutral way and services students want and need would get the funding they deserve. That's how Jerry Rinehart, associate vice provost for Student...

MSA reaffirms stadium fee support

October 5, 2005

After heated debate and multiple amendments, members of the Minnesota Student Association reaffirmed their commitment to supporting a mandatory student stadium fee at their meeting Tuesday. The original...

Student Senate preps for the year

September 29, 2005

It is one of the largest official student voices to the University of Minnesota. It consults with University President Bob Bruininks and other administration about policies that affect students on all...

U students head to D.C. to join anti-war protest

September 26, 2005

Over the weekend, a small number of University students joined the hundreds of thousands who protested the Iraq war in Washington. The protest is likely the largest since the war began in 2003. Twelve...

Portals unify student info

September 23, 2005

Students tired of sifting through dozens of Web sites every day to check news, e-mail and class information may finally find reprieve in the form of the University's latest attempt to simplify student...

MSA trims budget, picks reps

September 21, 2005

In its first official meeting of the academic year Tuesday, the Minnesota Student Association approved its annual budget of slightly more than $150,000, down from almost $177,000 last year. MSA President...

GAPSA takes a stand against using student fees for stadium

September 16, 2005

In their first meeting of the academic year, Graduate and Professional Student Assembly representatives reaffirmed their opposition to a University-mandated student fee supporting an on-campus football...

MSA Forum seeks representatives

September 14, 2005

More than 20 prospective, new and current Minnesota Student Association Forum members gathered Tuesday for an informational meeting at MSA headquarters in Coffman Union. The MSA Forum consists of approximately...

Bright idea wins U business contest

September 9, 2005

Chances are most people will have an innovative idea for an invention at some point. But innovation isn't always enough to get the product to market. That's where the Minnesota Cup comes in, said Scott...

U wraps up campus renovations

September 8, 2005

The reopening of the West Bank skyway marks the latest in a slew of construction projects recently completed on the Twin Cities campus. To celebrate the return of Gopher Express West, the Twin Cities Student...

Low-level lighting to provide community sense of safety

September 6, 2005

Residents, area businesses and other community members gathered Thursday in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood at Fifth Street Southeast in Dinkytown for this year's "U Light Up the Night Block Party." In addition...