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Samantha Hendrickson, Staff Reporter

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Students governments call for universities to divest from fossil fuels

Students governments call for universities to divest from fossil fuels

February 13, 2020

In a national effort to fight climate change, student governments nationwide are calling for their universities to stop investments in the fossil fuel industry.  The Association of Big Ten Students,...

Black Student Union and student government discuss criminal justice

Black Student Union and student government discuss criminal justice

February 3, 2020

University of Minnesota student groups collaborated with legislators and community leaders last week to discuss problems in the criminal justice system and what students can do to help fix them. The Black...

Minnesota Student Association President Jael Kerandi poses for a portrait in the Carlson School of Management on Wednesday Jan. 22.

New MSA president assumes role midterm, discusses student government advocacy plans

January 27, 2020

The Minnesota Daily recently sat down with Jael Kerandi, the new president of the University of Minnesota’s undergraduate student government, discussing advocacy and the spring semester. Kerandi’s...

Illustrated by Sarah Mai

Following years of complaints, student elections group dissolved

January 20, 2020

After several years of complaints and last spring’s controversial student government elections, the University of Minnesota is taking a larger role this year in the election process, which used to be...

Austin Berger speaks at an MSA forum on Tuesday, Oct. 8.

University of Minnesota student Austin Berger launches campaign for MN House seat

December 17, 2019

University of Minnesota junior Austin Berger launched his election campaign Tuesday for a seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives. Currently studying economics and political science, Berger is running...

Sarah Mai

Students gather, exploring relationship between climate change, Indigenous peoples

December 9, 2019

The University of Minnesota Human Rights Student Association explored what some call an overlooked part of the environment conversation — climate change and Indigenous peoples — during a week of awareness...

Mina Kian, President of Minnesota Student Association, poses for a portrait inside Coffman Union on Thursday, Aug. 29.

Undergraduate student body president to resign in spring

December 9, 2019

University of Minnesota undergraduate student body president Mina Kian plans to resign in the spring. Kian, who has been involved in various positions in MSA for the last four-and-a-half years, said she...

Sarah Mai

Student government continues push to strengthen UMN free speech policy

December 1, 2019

In what some call a divisive culture on campus, the Minnesota Student Association is pushing for First Amendment education and a stronger University of Minnesota free speech policy. While current University...

Hailee Schievelbein

Commuter students need lenient attendance policy in bad weather, MSA says

November 27, 2019

In the interest of student safety during harsh Minnesota winters, the Minnesota Student Association is drafting a resolution to change class attendance policies for students who commute to the University...

Morgan La Casse and Sarah Mai

Student government joins nationwide push to increase federal higher ed funding

November 21, 2019

The University of Minnesota undergraduate student government is joining a nationwide effort to push Congress to update a key piece of higher education legislation, potentially giving more federal funding...

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs as seen on Thursday, Sept. 19.

Humphrey School cancels lecture by potential presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg

November 16, 2019

On Friday, the Humphrey School of Public Affairs announced the cancellation of a lecture featuring former New York City mayor and billionaire Michael Bloomberg in light of his potential bid for the presidency...

The Metro Green Line pulls into the East Bank Station on Saturday, Nov. 9.

MSA pushes to expand free light rail stops for students

November 11, 2019

The Minnesota Student Association is gathering student support as they continue to work with state legislators to include additional free light rail stops for University of Minnesota students. The undergraduate...

Emilia Janik fields questions in the O. Meredith Wilson Library on Thursday, Oct. 31.

Punching numbers: UMN student analyzes data for campus advocacy

November 4, 2019

After completing coursework for her hectic senior year, statistics major Emilia Janik has an additional responsibility: sorting through multiple data sets to determine what more than 30,000 students at...

Student senators and representatives vote to move the forum to a closed session in Fraser Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 22. The vote passed, leaving only voting members and press for the remainder of the session. 

Tensions within undergrad student government cause concerns for future advocacy

October 31, 2019

The Minnesota Student Association, which represents more than 30,000 undergraduate students at the University of Minnesota, is currently in discussion over what some call a lack of direction, leadership...

Hailee Schievelbein

MSA drafting bill to better identify transfer students who have committed sexual misconduct

October 20, 2019

As part of their sexual assault prevention advocacy, the Minnesota Student Association is seeking support for and drafting a “safe transfer” bill to bring to the next legislative session.  The...

A salad is prepared for customers at Crisp & Green in Dinkytown on Saturday, Oct. 12.

Dinkytown Crisp & Green looks to collaborate with UMN

October 13, 2019

In response to the Minnesota Student Association’s advocacy for healthier dining options on campus, local restaurant chain Crisp & Green is trying to collaborate with University of Minnesota students...

The Board of Regents convene for their October 2019 meeting at the McNamara Alumni Center on Thursday, Oct. 10.

Regents vote to extend Aramark dining contract by two years

October 11, 2019

To explore new dining options for the first time in 20 years, the University of Minnesota Board of Regents unanimously approved a two-year contract extension with controversial food contractor Aramark...

Sarah Mai

UMN student data privacy policy goes under review

October 10, 2019

After about two years of advocacy by the Minnesota Student Association and other students, the University of Minnesota policy concerning student data privacy is eligible for a comprehensive review, with...

Morgan La Casse

Robbery reported in Marcy-Holmes

September 20, 2019

A woman was robbed in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood Friday morning, according to police. Around 9 a.m., the woman was approached from behind by who appeared to be an adult male on the 800 block of 8th...

Illustrated by Abby Adamski

MSA encourages student groups to hold zero waste events

September 20, 2019

In an effort to educate more University of Minnesota students about the importance of “zero waste,” the undergraduate student government is beginning to train student groups in making their events...

Sarah Mai

Wondering how to recycle denim? MSA has an answer

September 18, 2019

In an effort to bring awareness to textile waste, the Minnesota Student Association is calling on the University of Minnesota community to donate its denim.   The initiative, “Blue Jeans Go Green,”...

Jinghui Zhou of University Dining Services swipes in a student for dinner at Bailey Hall on Tuesday, Jan. 23.

UMN furthers discussion about disputed Aramark food service contract

September 16, 2019

After years of student complaints about the University of Minnesota’s dining service, the administration is taking the next steps in deciding whether to continue its more than 20-year relationship with...

Mina Kian, President of Minnesota Student Association, poses for a portrait inside Coffman Union on Thursday, Aug. 29.

MSA president discusses relationship with U president, dining contract

September 2, 2019

The Minnesota Daily recently spoke with Minnesota Student Association President Mina Kian about the student government's goals and initiatives for the upcoming school year. Are there any new goals and...