Thousands of protestors gathered in downtown Minneapolis Tuesday to protest President Donald Trump’s executive order to temporarily ban immigration from several Muslim-majority countries. The crowd of around 5,000 gathered in front of the Federal Courthouse to hear several activists and officials speak against the move before marching down the streets chanting and hoisting signs. The protests came in response to the executive order signed by Trump Friday that bars immigration to the U.S.
The University of Minnesota has plans for student-focused initiatives but wants the state to fund them — and already that plan has run into a snag. While the University requested $22 million from the state Legislature for programs, like more funding for STEM, expanded admissions programs for minority students and a new system-wide Student Success Center tasked with helping students graduate on time, Gov.
Gov. Mark Dayton recommended Tuesday that the University of Minnesota receive nearly 66 percent of its state funding request. Dayton’s $96.8 million recommendation included funding for University initiatives to retain faculty and staff members, improve retention and graduation rates, expand research and restore health training services, among others.
Ongoing settlement discussions between a pollution agency and the city of Minneapolis may soon put to rest some community members’ concerns over the health impacts of a North Minneapolis recycling facility. On Wednesday, city and state leaders asked Marcy Holmes and Northeast residents to weigh in on how they want to utilize funds from the pending settlement between Minneapolis, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Northern Metal Recycling. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency successfully convinced a Hennepin County District Court judge to temporarily shut down half of Northern Metal’s Near-North Minneapolis facility, which specializes in metal shredding and recycling.
With a changing political climate at the Minnesota Capitol, the University of Minnesota’s budget may face changes. The University recently unveiled its nearly $1.4 billion biennial budget request.
The University of Minnesota is asking the new GOP-led state Legislature for a more than 11 percent increase in state funding over the biennium this session.
Hoping to build upon last year’s goals while working toward new ones, the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents student representatives have been busy drawing up their plans for the year. Over the past semester, the eight student representatives have solidified the topics they will cover in their annual report to the Board of Regents this March.
The trend of luxury student housing developments on and around campus continues. Developers EdR, which developed The Marshall and Core Spaces recently broke ground on a nearly $98 million apartment building on Harvard Street in Stadium Village called The Hub.