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.
At its monthly meeting on Thursday, the Board of Regents will hear the presentation for and discuss a report entitled, "Holistic View of Student Financial Burden." I stumbled on it while skimming the board's docket. I'm very glad I did — even if going through its pages of facts and figures lowers my heart rate into near-slumber — because it feels like it could be the Museum of University Cluelessness' main exhibit in its overflowing "Financial Aid Collection."
Our generation's loneliness and its causes have become something of a meme. Magazines have done big, serious stories about my generation's use of smartphones. Scientists have raced to run studies on how social media and technology have affected us — a solid 15 years after our addiction set in. Newspaper editorials and columns beseech us for not being social like we used to be.
As our University goes through a transition period between President Eric Kaler and incoming president Joan Gabel, students, faculty and administrators — everyone who makes the University what it is — are thinking long and hard about what they want the University to be in coming years.
In law enforcement, community and community-oriented policing have become somewhat buzzwords. Their sudden spike in use makes you wonder — was the community not involved in policing before? But the word is here to stay, and the last few years have given us a perfect opportunity to watch as the men and women of police departments, mayor's offices and city councils have wrestled with the idea in the chambers of the stately city halls and the pothole-stricken streets of Minneapolis.
Since the first draft of the Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive plan was released, it's been a rollercoaster of a ride. The City's plan, required to be created by the State every ten years, is solely guidance — but it hasn't stopped the hyperbole.
I saw Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Jon Meacham give a lecture at Northrup Auditorium this month, as part of the Humphrey School's Distinguished Carlson Lecture series. It was a packed house.
Just 4 percent of American undergraduates attend universities that have acceptance rates under 25 percent, and only 1 percent attend schools with acceptance rates under 10 percent. The seemingly endless checks flowing into the coffers of Johns Hopkins, Harvard and other elite private universities are misdirected.
In an October article in the Minnesota Daily, Wally's Falafel and Hummus owner Wally Sakallah detailed some ambitious plans for the Chatime's storefront. Chatime would leave for a spot near Tim Hortons and Sakallah would launch an innovative new coffee shop, Cosmic Bean Dispensary. Set to open on April 20, just two days before earth day, Cosmic Bean would combine college kids' two favorite plants: coffee and cannabis.