Daily Editorial Board
Nearly one year ago, the University of Minnesota's Board of Regents passed a proposal that increased non-resident tuition by 15 percent. This proposal was introduced in an effort to match University tuition rates to rates throughout the rest of the Big Ten.
The North American Interfraternity Council (NIC) shocked fraternities nationwide when it was announced in August that chapters had one year to ban hard alcohol. However, the University of Minnesota's Interfraternity Council (IFC) decided to jump-start the process, with the ban starting on Sept. 31. While the new policy is working toward solving the many issues alcohol brings, it's only the first step.
On Oct. 8, the world was exposed to staggering statistics about the health and longevity of our Earth, which included learning that carbon dioxide emissions would need to be nearly cut in half by the year 2030.
The return of fall means the return of many things, like colorful leaves, cooler temperatures and, everyone’s favorite, football games. However, it also means the return of flu season. This flu season, we urge every person to get their flu vaccination.
Students on campus have not been silent about the recent nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Throughout the confirmation process, people protested against the nomination outside of Coffman Union, as well as protested outside of Northrop Auditorium. While it's important for students to use their voices to stand up for what they believe in, we cannot forget the power the student population has on decisions like these in the voting booth.
The University of Minnesota requires all College of Liberal Arts students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Individualized Study to complete coursework equivalent to two years of a foreign language. The University offers 25 different languages that fulfill the language requirement, including American Sign Language, Italian and even Ojibwe.
Recently, the University of Minnesota's Student Senate launched a year-long campaign to increase student minimum wage. By aiming to increase the wage to $11.25 an hour, the current minimum wage for Minneapolis, Student Senate members hopes to alleviate financial burdens for many students who juggle academics, jobs and extracurricular activities. We are in favor of the increase, as student workers deserve a sense of financial security, especially given recent tuition raises, in-state and beyond.
At this point in the semester, all University of Minnesota students are well aware of the opportunity to study abroad. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the study abroad programs, and it often seems like everyone can afford it.
Editorial: Under-representation of student voices on the Presidential Search Committee is unacceptable
University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler shocked the University community when he announced he will step down on July 1, 2019, one year earlier than his contract was set to end. Another shocking piece of information was released months later: only two University students would sit on the Presidential Search Advisory Committee.
Since 1999, the suicide rates in the United States have risen nearly 30 percent — with rates in Minnesota increasing by 40 percent. This increase means there are 15 suicides for every 100,000 people in Minnesota. While several factors contribute to the increase, mental health is the leading contributor.