News en U Senate approves resolution on transgender bathroom access By: David Clarey<br/><p>The University of Minnesota Senate passed a May 5 resolution recommending increased accessibility to bathrooms and locker rooms for transgender and gender-nonconforming people.</p> <p>The resolution &mdash; which passed unanimously in the Senate&rsquo;s final session &mdash; recommended the University let people use restrooms consistent with their gender identities, improve visibility of gender-neutral restrooms on campus maps and label single-occupancy restrooms as gender neutral.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Campus LGBTQ Thu, 26 May 2016 19:57:29 +0000 114841 at Regents discuss changes to student conduct code By: <a href="/users/kbeckman" title="View User Profile">Kevin Beckman</a><br/><p>Proposed changes to the University of Minnesota&rsquo;s Student Conduct Code would broaden the definition of sexual assault and expand protections under medical amnesty provisions.</p> <p>The University&rsquo;s Board of Regents requested a review of the conduct code earlier this year and heard suggestions for changes from representatives of the Office for Student Affairs at a board committee meeting earlier this month.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Campus Board of Regents Sexual Assault Thu, 26 May 2016 19:56:08 +0000 114836 at Hodges addresses racial inequality By: <a href="/users/rfairclothmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Ryan Faircloth</a><br/><p>In her third State of the City address, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges praised the city&rsquo;s progress but acknowledged lingering problems of racial disparities.</p> <p>Although she commented on the city&rsquo;s efforts to improve race relations, Hodges&rsquo; speech last week drew criticism from some community members.</p> <p>&ldquo;Minneapolis is a remarkable and wonderful city, and Minneapolis is a city of deep challenges, particularly regarding race,&rdquo; Hodges said.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Politics Betsy Hodges Thu, 26 May 2016 19:54:29 +0000 114831 at University Senate debates free speech resolution By: Jessica Hart<br/><p>As the University of Minnesota Senate readies to consider a resolution to expand free speech protections, some students have voiced concern over its impact.</p> <p>The resolution &mdash; drafted by the Faculty Consultative Committee &mdash; consists of recommendations for the University to expand free speech. The senate did not take action on the resolution at its last session of the semester, and several students protested at a meeting on May 5.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Campus Student Government Thu, 26 May 2016 19:52:49 +0000 114826 at Residents oppose Samatar Crossing By: <a href="/users/rchaduvulamndailycom" title="View User Profile">Raj Chaduvula</a><br/><p>A new project that would pull heavy vehicle traffic through the streets of Minneapolis&rsquo; West Bank has encountered opposition from area residents.</p> <p>The Fifth Street Reconnection project, or the Samatar Crossing, is designed to reconnect Fifth Street Southeast between 11th Avenue South, near U.S. Bank Stadium, and 15th Avenue South as a multi-vehicle roadway, a pedestrian walkway and bike lane. Members of the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood created a petition to protest the addition of vehicle traffic on the street.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Metro & State Cedar-Riverside Thu, 26 May 2016 19:50:39 +0000 114821 at U Law School cuts down on admissions amid applicant lull By: Aaron Job<br/><p>Following a decline in applicants, the University of Minnesota Law School announced earlier this month that it will admit fewer students.&nbsp;</p> <p>Amid the decision to cut admissions, the school has announced a new program designed to bolster Law School students&rsquo; career opportunities. The changes come at a time of nationwide decline in law school applicants &mdash; down 38 percent from 2010.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Campus Law School Thu, 26 May 2016 19:48:50 +0000 114816 at Cedar initative combats stigma By: <a href="/users/rchaduvulamndailycom" title="View User Profile">Raj Chaduvula</a><br/><p>A new campaign, spearheaded by the youth community in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, hopes to highlight the Somali community and fight stigma.</p> <p>Called &ldquo;#ProudtobeCedar,&rdquo; the campaign began as a means to oppose Countering Violent Extremism &mdash; a Department of Justice program aimed at preventing terrorist recruitment. Started in Minneapolis, Los Angeles and Boston, the CVE initiative creates community and social programs to keep youth from joining terrorist groups.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Metro & State Cedar-Riverside Thu, 26 May 2016 19:44:17 +0000 114811 at Paid sick leave hearing draws criticism, approval By: <a href="/users/rfairclothmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Ryan Faircloth</a><br/><p>Chants of &ldquo;Sick leave for who? Sick leave for all!&rdquo; echoed through the hallway of Minneapolis City Hall &nbsp;last week, where workers and business owners discussed a proposal on paid sick time for Minneapolis workers.</p> <p>The three-hour hearing attracted more than 70 Minneapolis residents who voiced their opinions on the ordinance before the final City Council &nbsp;vote Friday.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Metro & State City Council Thu, 26 May 2016 19:43:17 +0000 114806 at Aurora aims to help male survivors By: <a href="/users/ajeraj" title="View User Profile">Alia Jeraj</a><br/><p>This summer, the University of Minnesota&rsquo;s Aurora Center will start offering a support group for male-identified victim-survivors of sexual assault.&nbsp;</p> <p>Support and interest in such a group at the center has risen over the past decade, said Jeni Kolb, Aurora&rsquo;s men&rsquo;s engagement coordinator, &nbsp;and the center conducted an informal survey in order to gauge student interest in the group.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Campus Sexual Assault Thu, 26 May 2016 19:41:19 +0000 114801 at Kaler’s budget boosts mental health funds By: <a href="/users/kbeckman" title="View User Profile">Kevin Beckman</a><br/><p>Amid a push from students to increase funding for mental health resources, President Eric Kaler&rsquo;s budget recommendation for the 2017 fiscal year includes almost $100,000 in new funding for Boynton Health Service.</p> <p>An emailed statement from the University said Boynton Health submitted a two-year request for an increase in funding during the Student Services Fee planning process for fiscal years 2016 and 2017.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Campus Higher Education Board of Regents Thu, 26 May 2016 19:38:35 +0000 114796 at