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The Minnesota Daily

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The Minnesota Daily

All content by Libby George

Extra grant money will help U students who have children

Published 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

Published 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’

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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...

Despite $133,000 in fees, little student lobbying

Published 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...

DFLers propose $1 billion tax hike

Published 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...

Committee rejects ban on grants for for-profit schools

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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.

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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...

Wellstone women, Ben & Jerry’s court voters

Published October 23, 2002

In an effort to get students to vote for U.S. Democratic Sen. Paul Wellstone, his wife Sheila and daughter Marcia were on campus Tuesday speaking to students. "The reaction of students has just been incredible,"...

Rudy Giuliani attends Minneapolis fund-raiser

Published October 18, 2002

In the latest fund-raising blitz before the Nov. 5 deadline, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani was in Minneapolis on Thursday morning for a luncheon supporting Republican U.S. Senate candidate Norm Coleman. The...

Green Party holds education rally on Northrop mall

Published October 17, 2002

The University Green Party held a rally on Northrop mall Wednesday afternoon with several of the major Green-endorsed candidates outlining their party's platform. Green Party U.S. Senate candidate Ray...

Wellstone announces economic stimulation measures

Published October 16, 2002

Incumbent U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone, D-Minn., announced five measures for immediate economic stimulation at the State Capitol on Tuesday morning. "There are things we can do right now to get the economy...

Despite passage in Congress, dissent still stirs

Published October 14, 2002

The resolution granting President Bush authority to act on Iraq passed, but there is still much dissent in Congress and academia surrounding the United States' next actions. The initial issue is whether...

Despite low voter fraud, Minnesota still takes preventative measures

Published October 11, 2002

>But this kind of fraud is not prevalent in Minnesota because of preventative measures and state legislation, said Minnesotan political representatives. "I think that we're leap years ahead of other...

University research is held back by stem cell restrictions

Published October 4, 2002

University researchers and U.S. senators are among a growing crowd urging reform of embryonic stem cell research policies. Sarah Youngerman, associate director of Academic Health Center Public Relations...

Scholars, professors question Bush’s military action policy

Published October 2, 2002

As the clouds of war loom over the nation, a growing number of scholars at the University and across the country are refusing to accept action against Iraq as inevitable. Thirty-three international relations...

Fall election battle sends campaign cash to Minnesota

Published September 27, 2002

It was a busy week for President George W. Bush. Amid his campaign for action in Iraq, Bush made time for five party fund-raisers this week, bringing his total number of events to nearly 60 and pulling...

Green Party’s Nader urges citizen education at fund-raiser

Published September 26, 2002

Falling rain didn't deter more than 200 Green Party supporters and candidates from turning up to see 2000 presidential candidate and party leader Ralph Nader on Wednesday morning. Nader's appearance was...

Some lawmakers fret about Iraq resolution’s scope

Published September 25, 2002

The last time a war powers resolution was granted to a President Bush, it gave him powers to use "all appropriate diplomatic and other peaceful means," to expel Iraqi forces from Kuwait. But President...

Minnesota politicians must balance message with image

Published September 24, 2002

In 1960, little-known U.S. Sen. John F. Kennedy, D-Mass., debated favored Republican presidential candidate Vice President Richard Nixon before an estimated 75 million television viewers. In the following...

Ventura tackles students, ‘Hardball’ at Northrop

Published September 19, 2002

He may be a lame duck governor, but Jesse Ventura has plenty to say on everything from a war on Iraq to higher education. Appearing as the first guest on the college tour of MSNBC's "Hardball", Ventura...

Flood relief for northern Minn. is expected in special session

Published September 19, 2002

If all goes as planned, legislators and Gov. Jesse Ventura will have allocated flood relief funding for northern Minnesota as early as 1 p.m. Thursday. At noon, legislators will meet for a special session,...

Minneapolis Mayor starts voting drive to increase turnout

Published September 17, 2002

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak launched Voting Power Twin Cities on Monday, a program designed to increase local voter turnout by 10 percent. "Voter turnout in the primaries is the lowest it's been in modern...

DFLers vie for party’s nod in state auditor primary

Published September 9, 2002

If Gregory Gray wins the race for state auditor he will become the first black elected to statewide office in Minnesota. Dubbed "the one to watch" by The Associated Press, Gray must first defeat two other...

Study: ‘Freshman 15’ has little basis in reality

Published September 4, 2002

"No one wants to be the fat girl when they go home," said journalism sophomore Rebekah Colonder. "The partying and the late night studying make it hard sometimes." But according to Marla Reicks, University...