The Minnesota Daily

All content by Libby George

Extra grant money will help U students who have children

August 11, 2003

After finishing a full day's work, Adam Herr heads to class and then home for his next full-time job: parenting. A single father with sole custody of his 4-year-old son, Sam, Herr is resuming school while...

House passes higher ed legislation

April 30, 2003

Moving one step closer to making tuition hikes and massive higher education budget cuts a reality, the House passed its higher education bill Tuesday with 81-51 approval. Consistent with the governor's...

Boschwitz asserts College Republicans are ‘right’

April 24, 2003

University College Republicans received encouragement from a former senator Wednesday, who assured them they were on the "right" side. Former Minnesota Sen. Rudy Boschwitz - in office from 1978 until Paul...

Legislature might revoke grant money from rioters

April 15, 2003

Students who participated in Saturday night's riots will have more than hangovers to deal with if legislators have their way. Rep. Doug Stang, House Higher Education Finance Committee chairman, suggested...

Legislators mull allowing groups to administer education grants

April 10, 2003

Legislators trying to prevent repeats of this year's removal of state work-study grants and reduction of child care grants considered a bill Wednesday that would put all financial aid into the hands of...

U refrains from censuring arrested professors

April 10, 2003

Professors receiving fellowships, grants and awards for their research undoubtedly bring the University publicity that bolsters its image. But when they instead receive misdemeanor charges for protesting...

Protesters gather in response to Coleman’s comments concerning Wellstone

April 9, 2003

Responding to Republican Sen. Norm Coleman's comment about the late Democratic Sen. Paul Wellstone in Roll Call magazine, protesters gathered outside Coleman's St. Paul office Tuesday evening to express...

DFLers propose $1 billion tax hike

April 8, 2003

Higher education, K-12 education and health care program cuts in the House and governor's budget plans will harm the state's future, Senate Democrats said Monday. Calling higher education "the engine that...

Despite $133,000 in fees, little student lobbying

April 8, 2003

The University is facing its third straight year of tuition hikes, and the fate of numerous programs hinges on the Legislature's activities. But students did not necessarily get the lobbying they paid...

Committee rejects ban on grants for for-profit schools

April 4, 2003

Grant-receiving students attending private, for-profit schools in Minnesota got a reprieve from the Senate Higher Education Budget Division on Thursday afternoon. A bill prohibiting grant money from going...

Bill would add two students to regents council

April 3, 2003

University students should have a voice in the selection of Board of Regents members, the House Higher Education Committee said Wednesday. A committee-passed bill would add two student members to the Regent...

Troop deployments hit home for U

March 31, 2003

The battle rages on in Iraq, and each deployment uproots more lives throughout Minnesota and in the University community. On Sunday morning the 134th Signal Battalion deployed from Inver Grove Heights...

Senators reject higher ed budget plan

March 28, 2003

Saying a $60 million increase to financial aid is insufficient - and higher education cuts are too drastic - senators on the Higher Education Budget Division rejected the governor's higher education budget...

Bill would make higher ed office a Cabinet agency

March 27, 2003

The Higher Education Services Office - responsible for distributing all state financial aid to students - will become a Cabinet agency if a bill introduced in the House Higher Education Finance Committee...

Nonprofit assists troops’ families

March 26, 2003

Reservists and National Guard troops have been mobilizing for months, and now civilians are following their lead. On Tuesday, Minnesota first lady Mary Pawlenty, joined by husband Gov. Tim Pawlenty, unveiled...

Eugene McCarthy voices a need for third parties

March 25, 2003

While some claim the war in Iraq is about oil, and others say it is a moral campaign launched by President George W. Bush, former Minnesota senator and presidential candidate Eugene McCarthy sees a different...

U’s lack of formal construction priorities irks some legislators

March 13, 2003

Students confounded by constant campus construction might think the University - with 379 major buildings on four campuses - has prioritizing building projects down to a science. Not so, University Chief...

Experts: Minnesota not prepared for attacks

March 10, 2003

Minnesotans stocking up on duct tape and bottled water are not as safe as they think, a panel of experts told Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton on Saturday morning. "I can think of five scenarios right...

Students to shoulder half of U cuts

March 6, 2003

University students will bear at least 50 percent of the institution's state funding cuts in the form of tuition and fees increases, University President Robert Bruininks told the House Higher Education...

Campus political groups’ practices hinder involvement

March 4, 2003

Many parents fear university life will pull their children into extreme political action and protest. Maybe on a different campus, but students pursuing political involvement at the University are often...

Party leaders inspire, support College Republicans group

March 3, 2003

Nearly 200 young Republicans convened at the McNamara alumni center Saturday to be inspired by party leaders, including Gov. Tim Pawlenty. The University's newly independent College Republicans chapter...

State blood alcohol bill proposes legal limit change

March 3, 2003

Opponents of new drunk driving legislation fear it will cripple liquor sales, crowd county jails and bankrupt local governments. The bill - currently in House and Senate committees - would lower the legal...

Hoping to sway votes, students lobby against abortion bills

February 25, 2003

Students from 15 colleges across the state converged on the Capitol on Monday morning in an effort to sway legislators to vote against legislation regulating access to abortion. As part of the Pro-Choice...

Law penalizes claims of responsibility for destructive acts

February 24, 2003

Violent or destructive actions by activist or terrorist groups are typically followed by claims of responsibility by the groups' representatives. But under a law the Legislature passed last session, claims...

Journalistic access and censorship issues arise as war looms

February 24, 2003

The days of the storied Ernie Pyle relations between media and the military are as much a part of the past as trench warfare. Today, as soldiers prepare for battle, journalists are doing the same - literally...

Pledge bill raises questions of rights, legality

February 24, 2003

School children expressing loyalty each morning to the flag is seen by some as an American duty - but others see it as an affront to the very ideals for which it stands. It might soon be a required practice...

Budget ax falls squarely on University

February 19, 2003

Comparing his duty to "walking a tightrope," Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced his budget plan for the next two years - with $254 million less for higher education than last year. Focusing on key budget goals...

Higher ed proposal would cut $160 million

February 18, 2003

Minnesota students would see tuition increase as much as 45 percent if a proposal drafted by the Minnesota Business Partnership, Chamber of Commerce and Private Colleges Council is adopted. Testifying...

Military activates student soldiers

February 17, 2003

While some students paint yard signs and galvanize opposition to military buildup in the Persian Gulf, others are dropping classes and packing their bags to join the troops. The Defense Department estimated...

Ensuring research opportunities

February 17, 2003

People who appreciate the diversity of pills available to treat their ailments might not think about the diversity of the researchers making those pills. Some University groups, however, make it their...

Pawlenty will draw up budget if legislators fail to compromise

February 6, 2003

Gov. Tim Pawlenty issued a final warning to the Legislative Advisory Commission on Wednesday morning: Come up with a budget compromise by the end of Thursday or the governor will draw one up himself. The...

Pawlenty’s proposed welfare changes draw mixed response

February 4, 2003

Gov. Tim Pawlenty's proposal for reform of the Minnesota Family Investment Program left case workers, advocacy groups and policy experts reeling, and at the State Capitol on Monday morning the Affirmative...

Bruininks fights to maintain U’s current research reputation

January 30, 2003

University President Robert Bruininks told the House Higher Education Finance Committee on Wednesday that further higher education funding cuts could have severe long-term impacts on the state as well...

Conference committeenow holds reins forcurrent state budget

January 29, 2003

The state budget for fiscal year 2003 is now in the hands of a joint conference committee after the Senate and House rejected their respective budget proposals Tuesday. The House bill - passed Monday after...

Proposed bill would legalize first-cousin marriages

January 23, 2003

Family reunions in Minnesota could become very different events if recently introduced legislation sees its way into law. A bill introduced in the state House last Thursday by Reps. Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis,...

Minnesotans join largest post-Vietnam War protest

January 21, 2003

An estimated 1,000 Minnesotans joined tens of thousands of protesters in Washington, D.C., last weekend to protest a possible war in Iraq. According to International Act Now to Stop War & End Racism...

Deficit debate is a central issue at State Capitol

January 21, 2003

Since the 2003-04 legislative session convened Jan. 7, it's been politics as usual in St. Paul - usual, that is, except for the $4.2 billion budget deficit and the rare combination of a Republican governor...

Changes in wellfare laws challenge some Minnesotans

December 13, 2002

Darlene McKissick is in a precarious situation, as she has been since she gave birth to twins at age 17 and first entered the welfare system. "I just don't make enough right now to let go," said McKissick,...

Vouchers get reprieve from Supreme Court, Republican sweep

December 2, 2002

Vouchers - the controversial school reform system that allows tax dollars to subsidize private education - might get a second wind this year. After the double punch of the Zelman v. Simmons-Harris Supreme...

Panel on female politicians tries to empower hopefuls

November 21, 2002

Citing low numbers of female candidates for public office, the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs' Center on Women and Public Policy organized a panel of four female politicians Wednesday "to try to...

Female to lead House Dems.

November 20, 2002

Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., was voted minority leader in the U.S. House on Nov. 17, livening up the lame duck congressional session and inciting discourse about the future of the Democratic Party and...

Expert panel: land of 10,000 lakes is not a DFL stronghold

November 11, 2002

While Republicans across Minnesota celebrated and the Democratic and third parties licked their wounds, five experts convened Friday for the Minnesota Post-Election Panel. Sponsored by the Center for the...

Governor-elect Pawlenty meets with Ventura

November 7, 2002

It was a busy day for Republican Governor-elect Tim Pawlenty. After decisively winning the gubernatorial race with 45 percent of the vote, Pawlenty began Wednesday with a joint news conference with Gov....

Senator-elect Coleman vows to make Minnesota proud

November 7, 2002

The three tiers at the Capitol Rotunda in St. Paul overflowed with supporters Wednesday afternoon - all cheering for newly elected Republican Sen. Norm Coleman. "I'm humbled by the votes I received yesterday,"...

Tumultuous Senate race nears vote

November 4, 2002

The Minnesota Senate race will end much the way it began - with national attention and close Democratic and Republican competition. However, former Vice President Walter Mondale became the DFL Party candidate...

Final gubernatorial debate focuses on budget deficit, transportation

November 4, 2002

In the final debate before Tuesday's elections, the four major gubernatorial candidates challenged each other Friday on Twin Cities Public Television's "Almanac." Facing a state budget deficit of more...

Candidates criticize Mondale for refusing debate invite

November 1, 2002

Walter Mondale might have accepted the DFL bid for Senate, but he will not accept an invitation to the Star Tribune-KSTP debate scheduled for tonight. Candidates from the three other major parties have...

Coleman and Republicans revive their campaigns

October 31, 2002

Responding to what Republican Party State Chairman Rob Eibensteiner called a "memorial service for Paul Wellstone (that) became a 'Get out the Vote' rally," Republicans on Wednesday encouraged party members...

Political effect of Wellstone’s death still widely contested

October 28, 2002

The mourning for Sen. Paul Wellstone and those killed in Friday's plane crash has just begun, but political scientists and analysts are weighing the consequences of his death on Minnesota's political landscape,...

Penny campaigns in Willey Hall

October 24, 2002

Surrounded by students and a throng of orange-clad supporters, Independence Party gubernatorial candidate Tim Penny and running mate Martha Robertson campaigned in Willey Hall on Wednesday. "We're just...