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Berman seeks committee limits

October 24, 2005

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. The Board of Regents' Finance and Operations Committee voted down a resolution at its October meeting that proposed limits on the University Senate's Social...

Baraga steps back in role as chairman

October 20, 2005

For the second month in a row, Vice Chairwoman Patricia Simmons will assume the duties of chairwoman at the Board of Regents meeting next month. Tony Baraga, the Board of Regents chairman, is taking a...

University advisers counsel task forces in first town meeting

October 17, 2005

Instead of guiding students, about 60 advisers made suggestions to task forces Friday at the first "town meeting" on strategic positioning. The Academic Advising Network and the academic task forces for...

Florida shows U the ranks

October 14, 2005

The business of ranking colleges is an inexact one. So how will the University know when it has achieved its goal of becoming one of the world's top three public research institutions? "There's never going...

Regents inspect funding wish list

October 10, 2005

University officials will likely ask the Legislature this spring for $206.1 million in capital funding to help pay for building projects, which is almost $50 million more than they requested during the...

Regents adopt metric in quest for world eminence

October 7, 2005

University administration has found a set of criteria to measure progress toward becoming one of the world's top three public research institutions. The Board of Regents decided on a system developed by...

Regents off-site meeting under way

October 6, 2005

The Board of Regents is heading south on Interstate 35W today for its October meeting at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. The board typically holds one off-campus meeting a year. Usually it is at one...

U seals task force talks

October 4, 2005

Despite calls for increased transparency during the second round of strategic positioning talks, task force meetings aren't planned to be open to the public. Linda Thrane, vice president for University...

Coordinator keeps realignment running

September 29, 2005

Patty Franklin spent the past five years helping restructure a hospital for orphaned children diagnosed with HIV and AIDS in Thailand. During her tenure, the orphanage expanded from 17 children and 11...

Tuition deals span Midwest

September 27, 2005

Many students know about the reciprocity agreements between Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Dakotas that allow nonresident students to attend other states' public schools for resident rates. But they may...

Purpose, if not form, is appreciated

September 23, 2005

Philip Dziuk stood before the wall, reviewing the list of names etched across its surface. "I'm one of those names on there," he said, noting that his first name was misspelled, with an extra letter added. "That's...

Schools steer much of own funds

September 22, 2005

While students know they have to pay tuition for classes, many may be surprised to see where their money actually goes. The process for funding individual colleges is not as simple as a student writing...

Best Buy gives stadium $2.5M

September 15, 2005

The University moved closer to its goal of raising 60 percent of the money for a proposed on-campus football stadium Wednesday after agreeing to a $2.5 million sponsorship deal with Best Buy. Athletics...

Meetings see sparse attendance

September 13, 2005

The Board of Regents is the highest branch of government at the University and makes some of the University's most important decisions - setting tuition, approving the budget and choosing the institution's...

Task forces set to reshape U

September 12, 2005

University President Bob Bruininks presented the Board of Regents with the University realignment plan when the board met Friday. He unveiled the final structure of the 33 task forces that will investigate...

Regents consider free tuition for evacuees

September 9, 2005

The Board of Regents' Educational Planning and Policy Committee on Thursday passed a tuition waiver for at least 45 students displaced by Hurricane Katrina who will be attending the University this year. The...

Regents hold first meeting of new academic year

September 8, 2005

The Board of Regents will meet to discuss University realignment plans and relief for student-victims of Hurricane Katrina when it meets today and Friday. University President Bob Bruininks will present...

Taking a guided tour inside Eastcliff

August 17, 2005

;Eager for attention from visiting faces, the flat-coated retrievers, Foster and Glory, help create a scene common to homes all across the country. But Eastcliff is anything but an ordinary home. Donated...

Regent lives out of range

August 10, 2005

Two years after promising to move to the district he represents, a member of the Board of Regents still lives in his old residence. David Metzen, the former board chairman serving his second consecutive...

Union workers, University still talk ‘livable wage’

August 10, 2005

Among the chief rallying cries for union workers negotiating a new contract with the University this summer has been the call for "a livable wage." American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees...

AFSCME proposes slidingscale health insurance system

August 3, 2005

University workers have felt the pinch of rising health-care costs in recent years. A survey put together by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 5 details stories from...

U students will have digital media service access

July 27, 2005

The University announced Tuesday that it will offer a new digital-media service to subscribed students starting this fall. Ruckus Networks is a firm based in Herndon, Va., that focuses on providing college...

U plans for more task forces

July 27, 2005

University administrators are putting together roughly 25 task forces for the second round of a plan to become one of the world's top three public research universities. Officials said they hope to have...

Unions file labor suit against U

July 20, 2005

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 5 is suing the University for unfair labor practices during its latest round of contract negotiations, officials announced Tuesday. Members...

University union workers participate in negotiations, salary offer expected soon

July 12, 2005

A sticking point during the last round of negotiations two years ago, University labor unions hope to get a better salary offer next week from officials. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal...

University president suffers wrist injury in bike accident

July 12, 2005

Upcoming work days are going to be a little bit different for University President Bob Bruininks. The top University official is in a sling after suffering significant ligament damage to his left wrist...

University’s Board of Regents convenes with new chairman in place

July 6, 2005

Outside the boardroom in the McNamara Alumni Center, photos of past Boards of Regents hang in rows, a reminder to the present guardians of the University's future. The time has come for a new leader and...

U passes two-year budget

June 29, 2005

The Board of Regents unanimously passed the University's two-year budget Monday, approving the first single-digit tuition increase since 2000-01. The move "puts us strongly on the path to fiscal stability,"...

U’s labor unions to begin negotiations

June 22, 2005

The University will begin negotiating a new contract with its labor unions representing approximately 5,000 University employees this week. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees...

Regents OK plan to cut General College

June 15, 2005

By an 11-1 vote, the Board of Regents gave its approval of the controversial plan for the University's future Friday, allowing officials to implement sweeping academic changes and pursue making the University...

Regents to vote on plan for future

June 8, 2005

TCorrection: The Daily reported the wrong day for the Regents' vote. The Regents were expected to vote on the plan Friday. he Board of Regents will hold its monthly meeting Thursday with several topics...

Organization to save GC rallies at the State Capitol

June 8, 2005

Approximately 150 people gathered outside the State Capitol on Sunday in a rally organized by the General College Truth Movement. The event came less than a week before Friday's Board of Regents vote that...

Regents approve plan, several colleges will change or close

June 8, 2005

The Board of Regents passed a plan Friday that aims to make the University one of the world's top three public research institutions within the next decade. The plan passed on an 11-1 vote. One of the...

University’s plan for future might conflict with Morrill Land Grant Act of 1862

June 1, 2005

In the waning days before the Board of Regents votes on the University's plan for the future, some opponents are saying the plan's emphasis on research conflicts with the University's mission as a land-grant...

GC dean to leave U for Morehouse College

May 25, 2005

The future of General College remains unknown, but it will not include David Taylor. The General College dean accepted a position at Morehouse College in Atlanta on Thursday and will become provost and...

Some regents undecided about U’s plan for future

May 25, 2005

Still pondering the University's plan for the future, several Board of Regents members said they are carefully weighing facts and opinions before they vote on the plan in June. But with less than two weeks...

U lecture series hosts Tom Daschle

May 3, 2005

Former U.S. Sen. Tom Daschle, D-S.D., addressed approximately 300 people Monday at Cowles Auditorium at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs as part of the Martin Olav Sabo Lecture Series. Daschle,...

Department, competition affect faculty members’ pay rates

May 2, 2005

Faculty pay at the University depends not only on the amount of work professors do but the field in which they do that work. Average faculty salary varies greatly from department to department. For example,...

University ranks low for faculty salaries

May 2, 2005

In comparison with other research universities in the nation, the University is 28th out of 30 for faculty pay. These institutions make up a "peer group," which consists of the top 30 research universities...

Plan gives U workers’ kidstuition break

April 28, 2005

The University Senate passed a resolution earlier this month proposing a tuition reduction for dependents of University employees. Dependents must be working toward a four-year degree at the institution. Dependents...

Some say grad employee union vote affected by science students

April 26, 2005

Differences of opinion between students in the sciences and humanities might have made the difference in the graduate employee unionization vote earlier this month. The Graduate Teaching and Research Assistants...

GradTRAC organizers plan to continue, despite losing

April 21, 2005

Despite losing last week's vote to unionize, graduate employee union organizers plan to keep pushing for reforms at the University. Participating in the vote were 3,075 graduate employees who turned down...

Graduate workers vote, reject union

April 19, 2005

UCorrection: the Daily incorrectly reported the number of eligible voters and the number who cast ballots. Out of 4,461 eligible voters, 3,075 cast ballots, with three blank ballots and two void ballots. niversity...

Union might affect dept. relations at U

April 14, 2005

Supporters of graduate employee unionization have argued that a union will help negotiations, but opponents said it is more effective for graduate employees to deal directly with their departments. Graduate...

Grad workers express concern

April 13, 2005

Graduate employees voiced concerns about unionization Tuesday at a Truth About Unionization information session in Smith Hall. The crowd of primarily Institute of Technology and chemical engineering students...

Memorial concert to honor deceased U electrical engineering professor

April 13, 2005

A memorial concert will take place Sunday to honor a recently deceased University electrical engineering professor. Allen Nussbaum died Jan. 5 of bone cancer after being diagnosed in December. Nussbaum,...

GradTRAC meeting stirs disagreements

April 12, 2005

With elections for a graduate employees' union slated for this week, some students said they are upset with what they call "undemocratic" actions by the union. A group of students protested a Graduate...

University Senate focuses on diversity

April 11, 2005

Despite a controversial plan to close General College, the University still wants to increase its diversity under part of a new proposal, an official said Thursday at a University Senate meeting. E. Thomas...

Former U prof, pioneer in entomology dies at 90

April 8, 2005

Retired University professor Huai Chiang died March 30 in Ithaca, N.Y. He was 90. Chiang taught entomology at the University from 1953-84 after receiving his master's and doctorate degrees at the University. "He...

Some workers with families support union

April 7, 2005

Leni Marshall said it is hard for her to give proper time to her doctorate work. A mother of 6-year-old twin daughters, she works three teaching jobs to support her family and edits the National Women's...