Billionaire Michael Bloomberg, a special envoy on climate change for the United Nations and the former mayor of New York City, came to Minneapolis with an announcement last fall. With Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter on each side, he announced that Minneapolis and St. Paul had joined a climate initiative, American Cities Climate Challenge, of Bloomberg's philanthropic foundation, according to MPR reporting.
Around this time last year, The Daily Cardinal, a student newspaper at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, reported that voter turnout for student elections at Madison had declined to around six percent.
The Monday morning of election week at the University of Minnesota, Caroline Pavlecic, an MSA at-large representative running for another term, went to the All Campus Election Commission (ACEC) website to vote. She was surprised when she noticed the voter guide for candidates directly below the link to vote. She clicked on it.
Like most freshmen, Blake Paulson didn't know how to plan his classes his first semester and ended up with night classes. He also wanted to join the Minnesota Student Association that semester.
These last couple years, I've had a recurring thought: why can't anybody with a lot of money just do nothing with it? It seems like everyone, deserving or undeserving, who's had the kiss of fortune on their life wants to be a leader. They want to tell the rest of us how to live. Nobody asked, but they feel like they have some wisdom to impart on us.
Most cities don't do this, but for nearly a century the New York City Police Department has tipped off photographers nearly anytime anybody interesting has found themselves being taken to the station in handcuffs. It's called the "perp walk."
This week, the Minneapolis Charter Commission will consider a new citizen proposal. The charter commission is similar to a constitutional convention in that it considers petitions and ideas to change the City's charter. Only a ballot question or 13-0 vote in the City Council can change the charter, but the charter commission acts as a first step of the process. Anyone can submit something by gathering enough signatures on a petition.
This weekend, one of the world’s youngest hedge fund managers was here in Minneapolis. He was tweeting to his more than 100,000 followers about the city, its people and his investigation into the city. His Twitter account has since been suspended. I kinda like finance, Minneapolis, its people and investigations, so I emailed him from my Minnesota Daily email and left my phone number.
A couple weeks ago, I wrote a column about a recent report on financial aid that was to be presented at the Board of Regents February meeting. The report was informative, and I am glad our regents got to hear it, but my column took issue with it. I argued the report was too self-congratulatory and overlooked how bad tuition and financial aid are at the University of Minnesota.