Daily Editorial Board
Last week, the Board of Regents discussed the need to raise student tuitions. In their finalized budget, they raised tuition by 2 percent for residents, and 12.5 percent for incoming nonresident students. Tuition hikes are not preferable, but the needs of the University are also increasing.
Censorship has remained a highly controversial topic within our nation and on our campus. Incidents during our last Paint the Bridge event led to conversations about what type of speech is and is not acceptable.
Last weekend, thousands of people protested the failure of a jury to charge Officer Jeronimo Yanez for shooting Philando Castile last July.
In July of last year, the death of Philando Castile sparked massive protest and public demands to address the systemic injustices facing African Americans the use of undue deadly force by police officers.
Last month, Minnesota experienced its largest outbreak of measles in the past three decades. Currently, 76 cases have rattled the state with most involving the Somali-American community near Hennepin County.
When Donald Trump pulled out of the Paris climate accord, criticism mounted against the president’s actions.
Fed up with continued reports of racist incidents on St. Olaf’s campus, a group of the college’s students shut down the cafeteria and boycotted classes earlier this week — before the school cancelled classes on May 1.
Last week, the Minnesota Daily reported on a legislative proposal that could impact funding for a number of groups and students resources on the University of Minnesota campus, including the Boynton Health Service and the Aurora Center. The proposed change would require the school to make its student services fee optional.
In Monday’s edition of the Minnesota Daily, reporter Ryan Faircloth explored the fact that funding for the University of Minnesota and Minnesota higher education at-large has not bounced back since the Great Recession of 2008, and in fact data shows that each subsequent recession has further constricted funding for higher education in the state. Brian Burnett, the University of Minnesota’s senior vice president for finance and operations explained the situation to the Minnesota Daily: “You’re watching a change in who’s the primary provider of funds for the education of the students at the University of Minnesota ... And it’s changing from the state to the parents and students.” What’s more, University of Minnesota tuition has risen about 40 percent since 2007.
In its January meeting, the University of Minnesota Senate Committee on Educational Policy approved a policy change that would prohibit instructors from requiring verification for single, non-medical treatment related absences.