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State lawmakers weigh changes to University of Minnesota regent election process

State lawmakers are reconsidering how members of the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents are elected.  The House and Senate higher education committees heard presentations last week on the Regent Candidate Advisory Council’s role in the election process amid multiple bills introduced to the Legislature that would look to modify the RCAC’s role.

Kaler presents infrastructure needs to House Capital Investment Committee

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler laid out the school’s infrastructure needs alongside students and faculty at a House Capital Investment Committee meeting Tuesday. Kaler stressed the University’s need to revamp current facilities instead of asking for “shiny new objects.” The University is asking for $238.5 million in its 2018 capital request.

Several Dinkytown businesses to close by mid-summer

Shops located in a building to the right of the Varsity Theater on the corner of 13th Avenue Southeast were recently informed by their landlord that they have until mid-summer to leave. Affected businesses are Milo’s on Fourth barbershop, Dinkytown Optical, Underground Printing, Blue Serge Alterations and the Hair Shaft barbershop.

Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro's campus lecture venue draws criticism

The University of Minnesota’s decision over what venue to host conservative commentator Ben Shapiro's Feb. 26 visit has drawn criticism from the event’s sponsor. The event, hosted by student groups Students for a Conservative Voice, Collegians for a Constructive Tomorrow and Minnesota Students for Liberty, will take place at the North Star Ballroom on the University’s St. Paul Campus.