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The Minnesota Daily

Serving the UMN community since 1900

The Minnesota Daily

All content by Mackenzie Martin

Projected state budget shows signs of recovery

Published March 3, 2010

The projected state budget deficit is beginning to show faint signs of recovery, but the state isnâÄôt in the clear yet. The deficit for the current two-year budget cycle âÄî projected...

Bruininks appeals for lighter cuts

Published February 28, 2010

In an effort to dissuade the Minnesota Legislature against cutting higher education funding, University of Minnesota President Bob Bruininks and Chief Financial Officer Richard Pfutzenreuter met with the...

Bruininks appeals Legislature for lighter cuts

Published February 25, 2010

In an effort to dissuade the Legislature against cutting higher education funding, University President Bob Bruininks and Chief Financial Officer Richard Pfutzenreuter met with the House higher education...

Gov. Pawlenty continues to cut higher ed. funding

Published February 23, 2010

Nearly half of all Minnesota undergraduates take out loans to pay for college, and students may have a harder time getting state aid money to help pay for it if Gov. Tim PawlentyâÄôs budget cuts...

State Legislature approves bonding bill

Published February 22, 2010

Even before legislators had a chance to vote on a nearly $1 billion bonding bill Monday night, they received an e-mail from Gov. Tim Pawlenty telling them he will veto the bill in its entirety when it...

Pawlenty proposes $36M in U cuts

Published February 15, 2010

With the state facing a projected $1.2 billion budget deficit, Gov. Tim Pawlenty let the budget ax fall Monday when he released his plans for cuts to state spending. The steepest cuts were taken from local...

Minnesota House passes $1B bonding bill

Published February 15, 2010

The Minnesota House passed a $1.1 billion bonding bill Monday night with no changes made to its initial $77 million proposal for University of Minnesota bonding projects. The bill maintained that the University...

Pawlenty gives last state of the state address

Published February 11, 2010

Talk of job creation and tax cuts filled the House chamber in the state Capitol Thursday when Gov. Tim Pawlenty delivered his eighth and final State of the State address to members of the Legislature....

Bonding bill passes Minnesota Senate

Published February 9, 2010

The bill that will decide which University of Minnesota construction projects will get state funding passed through the Senate Tuesday with the UniversityâÄôs provisions in place. As promised,...

Snow day for U students not likely this week

Published February 8, 2010

When winter weather sets in and roads get bad, students of all ages cross their fingers in hopes of a snow day. But students at the University of Minnesota know theyâÄôll probably have to tough...

Bonding bills differ on U project funding

Published February 7, 2010

Three different versions of a state bonding bill are now floating around the Capitol. All three proposals allocate at least $75 million for University of Minnesota projects. One has already passed its...

New “app building” class to be offered next fall

Published February 4, 2010

Many techies can only dream of a job working on product development for Apple, Inc . But starting next fall, some University of Minnesota students will get to do the next best thing. A new application...

Bonding bills differ on University project funding

Bonding bills differ on University project funding

Published February 4, 2010

Three different versions of a state bonding bill are now floating around the Capitol. All three proposals allocate at least $75 million for University of Minnesota projects. One has already passed its...

Mark Dayton, candidate for governor

State gubernatorial candidates bring in cash

Published February 3, 2010

Campaign finance reports from gubernatorial candidates released Tuesday already hint that this yearâÄôs race will become the most expensive in state history. Former U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton, DFL,...


In first debate, 20 candidates square off

Published January 28, 2010

In the largest debate so far in the 2010 governorâÄôs race, 20 candidates from MinnesotaâÄôs three major parties met Wednesday night to discuss key issues facing the state. From solving...

Pawlenty proposes $130 million for U

Published January 17, 2010

Gov. Tim Pawlenty wonâÄôt support funding for some of the University of MinnesotaâÄôs top-priority building projects, including the renovation of Folwell Hall, a new Itasca biological research...

RNC 8 granted joint trial

Published December 9, 2009

The RNC 8 will go to trial together, just as they had hoped. The news, viewed as a victory by the group, came in a recent ruling by Ramsey County Court Judge Teresa Warner. âÄúThis is an affirmation...

State deficit may drain U funds

State deficit may drain U funds

Published December 7, 2009

Last weekâÄôs gloomy state financial forecast could mean steep cuts to funding for the University of Minnesota. With a projected state deficit of $1.2 billion for the current biennium and a $5.4...

Vikings fans rally for new stadium

Published December 3, 2009

A crowd of about 50 Minnesota Vikings fans gathered on the Capitol steps Thursday afternoon to rally support for a new stadium for the team. Former Vikings players Bob Lurtsema and Matt Blair were among...

Minnesota may face $1.2 billion budget deficit by 2011

Published December 3, 2009

Minnesota is on a fast track to a multi-billion dollar deficit if changes arenâÄôt made to bridge the stateâÄôs income and spending gap, according to the latest budget projections. According...

Rep. McCollum co-sponsors war tax

Published November 30, 2009

After months of deliberation, President Barack Obama will announce his new course of action for the war in Afghanistan on Tuesday night, and some House Democrats, including a Minnesotan, are proposing...

Economy affects gubernatorial candidates

Published November 19, 2009

When Mike Jungbauer entered the gubernatorial race last July, he didnâÄôt know where it would take him. Only four months later, Jungbauer has called it quits with the election still nearly a year...

Congress considers new sick leave bill

Published November 17, 2009

If youâÄôre sick, stay home. The advice sounds simple, but the combination of the economy and the H1N1 influenza pandemic has made taking unpaid sick leave an investment that some canâÄôt...

Professional employees union endorses Kelliher

Published November 12, 2009

The state's second largest employee union, the Minnesota Association of Professional Employees, has endorsed DFL candidate Margaret Anderson Kelliher for governor. In a statement released on Thursday,...

GOP’s Jungbauer drops out of governor’s race

Published November 12, 2009

Republican state Sen. Michael Jungbauer is calling it quits on his run for governor of Minnesota. In an e-mail sent to supporters on Wednesday, Jungbauer said he was dropping out of the race due to a lack...

Gubernatorial candidates debate at Gustavus

Gubernatorial candidates debate at Gustavus

Published November 9, 2009

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak debuted his campaign for governor of Minnesota Monday night, speaking on the stateâÄôs need for progressive leadership and strong fiscal management. Rybak talked about...

Mark Dayton, candidate for governor

Campaign for the Capitol: Mark Dayton

Published November 9, 2009

When he entered Yale University in the 1960s, Mark Dayton planned to become a doctor. An heir to the DaytonâÄôs department store fortune , the pre-med student and starting goalie for the schoolâÄôs...


Kohls suspends his campaign for governor

Published October 29, 2009

Governor candidate Rep. Paul Kohls, R-Victoria, announced Thursday he is suspending his campaign. In an e-mail sent to supporters, Kohls said he made the decision to make way for other Republican candidates....

Faculty: Hiring pause starting to hurt students’ education

Published October 25, 2009

As the University of Minnesota approaches the end of its first year under a system-wide hiring pause, some worry that the budget cuts have already had a negative effect on studentsâÄô education....

Keith Ellison, D-Minn., speaks at the International Day of Climate Action rally at the State Capital on Saturday.

Hundreds rally for climate action

Published October 25, 2009

A horde of bicyclists arrived at the state Capitol on Saturday to rally support for global climate change action alongside lawmakers. Hundreds of local students, community members and lawmakers gathered...



Published October 21, 2009

As a kid growing up in New Hope, Minn., Paul KohlsâÄô family dinners didnâÄôt include the typical small talk; his family discussed world issues. Those talks inspired Kohls to attend his...

University seeking student support for Folwell project

Published October 19, 2009

Those lobbying for state funding to renovate one of the oldest buildings on the University of Minnesota campus are seeking student support to bring with them to the Capitol. As part of its 2010 capital...

UDS receives top grade in sustainability

Published October 14, 2009

University of Minnesota Dining Services (UDS) ranks among the nationâÄôs best in food-related sustainability, according to the College Sustainability Report Card that was released earlier this...

Dan Hanson launched the campaign “Free Hoa” to release his wife from detainment and imminent deportation.

Hoa supporters push for immigration reform

Published October 12, 2009

When Hoa Nguyen was arrested at her Uptown home on Aug. 14, she had little reason to believe it was anything more than a misunderstanding. An honors student, documented wife of an American citizen and...

Dan Hanson and Hoa Nguyen

Former U student jailed, faces deportation

Published October 7, 2009

A former University of Minnesota graduate student has been detained for missing an immigration hearing earlier this year and could now be deported at any time, according to federal court documents. On...

Acclaimed conductor urges music students to get involved

Published October 6, 2009

After being rejected three times by The Juilliard SchoolâÄôs orchestral conducting program and four times by the Tanglewood Music Center , Marin Alsop did what others told her she shouldnâÄôt....

Ralph Nader addresses the social responsibilities of attorneys Wednesday at Mondale Hall.

Ralph Nader talks ethics at U Law School

Published September 30, 2009

Politician and political activist Ralph Nader spoke to law students at the University of MinnesotaâÄôs Law School on Wednesday about the relationship between personal ethics and corporate law careers....

Carlson reports notably high job placement rates

Published September 29, 2009

While 2009 graduates are facing the toughest job market in recent history, graduates from the University of MinnesotaâÄôs Carlson School of Management have reported finding jobs at rates far exceeding...

National Science Foundation research grants to require ethics training

Published September 27, 2009

University of Minnesota students doing research funded by the National Science Foundation will soon be required to undergo formal research ethics training, according to a NSF report. Beginning Jan. 4,...

U’s retention rates among Big Ten’s lowest

Published September 24, 2009

Sherene Ahrar, a medical engineering student at the University of Minnesota, just started her third year at the UniversityâÄîa feat that doesnâÄôt seem all that unusual in a sea of more...

Student loan default rates rise

Published September 18, 2009

As the economic recession drags on, a report released Monday by the U.S. Department of Education showed that the number of college graduates unable to pay back their student loans is on the rise. According...