Blair Emerson


Duluth campus reduces budget deficit to $6M

Administrators at the University of Minnesota-Duluth are making plans to further reduce the school’s budget deficit by $6 million over the next two years. On Tuesday, Lendley Black, the school’s chancellor, announced that the institution plans to continue working with the University system while making additional budget cuts and generating new sources of revenue to make up for its $12 million budget shortfall last year.

Med students join nationwide "die-in"

The air was silent in the Malcolm Moos Health Sciences Tower on Wednesday as onlookers passed a group of about 70 students lying flat on the floor. The students, from the University of Minnesota's Medical School and School of Public Health, joined students across the country as they staged a "die-in" to protest police brutality and health care disparities.

Regents’ top risk: losing freedom

University of Minnesota leaders operate independently of the state, and they want to keep it that way. The Board of Regents has put autonomy from the state at the top of its 2014 “institutional risk profile” draft, which is a list of pressing issues for the institution that some regents will review Thursday. Some board members say the University must work to actively maintain its identity as a separate entity from the state Legislature.

Kaler talks ticket plan, budget surplus

As fall semester draws to a close, the Minnesota Daily sat down with University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler on Monday for the semester’s final installment of Kickin’ it with Kaler. The school’s top administrator discussed retaining head football coach Jerry Kill, concerns from the Chicano and Latino Studies department and other University issues.

Universities react to cyber attacks

Incidents of cybercrime and data breaches have jumped in recent years — and higher education institutions like the University of Minnesota are responding. High-profile data breaches have hit several college campuses in recent years. And although they aren’t hackers’ top targets, some institutions, including the University, are evaluating their information security programs and determining how to minimize future breaches.

Invisible on campus

After a full day of studying or working, Adrian Martinez leaves school at about 5 p.m. each night to secure a space at a local homeless shelter. When Martinez migrated to Minnesota from New Mexico in 2004, he came from a family with a history of substance abuse. Now he’s going to Minneapolis Community and Technical College so he can be a social worker and help youth and families dealing with addictions. He has lacked stable housing for three years.

Legislators reform regent selection process

Criticism surrounding the process for choosing the University of Minnesota’s regents has prompted reform, as some state and school officials say it’s loaded with unnecessary political pressure. During the early months of next year, a public council and state legislators will determine who will occupy five of the dozen seats on the University’s Board of Regents.

University seeks funding for community issues

The University of Minnesota wants $6.25 million to boost faculty hiring, grants and undergraduate service learning and broaden its reach across the state. The “vital communities” initiative is part of the University’s larger $12.5 million request included in its 2016-17 biennial budget. School leaders say this request for state funding comes at a time when research on the state’s achievement gap and growing diversity is sorely needed.

Kaler talks student-athlete stipends, federal funding levels

The Minnesota Daily sat down with University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler on a snowy Monday afternoon for its monthly Kickin’ It with Kaler interview. Kaler discussed a range of topics, including demographic changes in the state and the University’s 2016-2017 biennial budget request. You took a trip last week to Sungkyunkwan University in South Korea. How was your trip, and why did you travel there?

Dayton grabs a second term

The downtown Minneapolis Hilton hotel became a scene of jubilation Tuesday night as a large crowd learned Gov. Mark Dayton will continue to lead Minnesota in his second term as governor. The race concluded with Democratic-Farmer-Labor incumbent Dayton winning by a healthy 50.52 percent of the vote, surpassing Republican challenger Jeff Johnson’s 44.07 percent as of midnight press time.