Blair Emerson

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Grad school works to grow black student population

Clemon Dabney III was one of only six black graduate students enrolled in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences last year. Dabney said he struggles with adjusting to the contrasting culture of the people surrounding him every day. “It’s very isolating,” he said. “There’s nobody that looks like me.”


New administrator to address student life

University of Minnesota leaders are working to make every student’s experience better. In an effort to ensure the University is an inclusive place, the Office for Student Affairs is adding a new administrative position this fall to focus solely on making all types of people feel comfortable on campus. “[The administrator’s] overall purpose would be to look at how we are developing our students to give them the best experience,” said Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Danita Brown Young.


After stifled protests, faculty want policy change

Some University of Minnesota faculty members say the school’s policies impede students’ constitutional rights. After some student protesters faced potential disciplinary action for violating University policies earlier this spring, a group of faculty members wants to change policies they say hinder students’ free speech and assembly rights. “We do feel that students and others have a right to dissent, and that includes protesting if they see fit,” Faculty Senate Vice Chair Eva von Dassow said.


Sororities clear out for the summer

Mary Carlson settled into her new room last week in a home she now shares with 15 fraternity members. For the summer months, she’s living on a floor with seven other girls in the Beta Theta Pi fraternity house, sleeping on a mattress that lies on the floor below a wooden loft etched with graffiti. “It’s just kind of a different living situation,” said Carlson, a political science senior and University sorority member. “The house is really made for boys.”


Graduate students ignored in tuition and fees due date change

University of Minnesota officials recently shifted the due dates for tuition and fees payments, irking some graduate students who rely on the old deadlines. The new dates for fall semester payments come before graduate assistants receive their first paychecks from the University, and although administrators are working to fix the problem, some graduate students are upset with how the school decided on the change.


Upcoming tuition hikes irk students

University of Minnesota community members filled McNamara Alumni Center Friday afternoon to confront President Eric Kaler and the Board of Regents with concerns about his budget proposal.


GAPSA addresses missing money

Tensions regarding the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly’s financials came to a head at its final meeting of the academic year Wednesday night. The assembly passed a resolution demanding that its president and vice president of finance answer all questions regarding an alleged $93,000 funding discrepancy, which has spurred an investigation of the assembly’s finances by University of Minnesota administrators.


Admins to review fees process

Two University of Minnesota student groups won’t get a funding boost after appealing this year’s student services fees recommendations, but the whole process is getting another look. Collegians for a Constructive Tomorrow and the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly brought their cases to Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Danita Brown Young last month. Brown Young upheld prior funding recommendations but pledged to further investigate GAPSA and reassess the entire process.