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Your Voices
March 8, 2011

On the Cost of Administration at the University of Minnesota

The University is a non-profit public institution whose leaders are supposed to be dedicated to public service and not to the enhancement of their own private wealth. This year the state legislators can impress this point upon senior administrators by making the grant of state appropriations subject to the condition that the budget of the University must include a reduction in the total compensation of administrators to the 2008 level at a minimum.
Your Voices
March 3, 2011

Dan Markingson's Mother Replies to University of Minnesota VP Mulcahy

Mary Weiss, the mother of Dan Markingson, replies to University of Minnesota VP Mulcahy's Minnesota Daily Letter to the Editor. Dan committed suicide while enrolled in a University drug trial.
Your Voices
February 19, 2011

'Ma Rainey' Plays the Guthrie

Ma Rainey plays the Guthrie. It was not always so that the Guthrie welcomed the works of August Wilson. Penumbra founder and director, Lou Bellamy, retires from the faculty of the University of Minnesota. Thanks and Godspeed, Lou.
Your Voices
February 17, 2011

Response: Why Would an Academic Health Center Support Homeopathy?

The present and former Deans/Academic Health Center VPs - Drs. Cerra and Frieman - have responded to an earlier post which questioned support for homeopathy at the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center.
Your Voices
February 2, 2011

Why Would an Academic Health Center Support Homeopathy?

Hahnemann, who is usually given the blame for homeopathy, had the idea that if something bad were diluted enough, it might be something good. If you think of cancer therapy, this idea, at first glance, might make sense. Except…In a 2010 report, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, a division of the National Institutes of Health, said that the key concepts of homeopathy "are not consistent with the established laws of science."
Your Voices
January 18, 2011
Research and Educational Expenses at the University of Minnesota: Time to Put All the Cards on the Table?

Research and Educational Expenses at the University of Minnesota: Time to Put All the Cards on the Table?

If the University of Minnesota expects to be taken seriously when asking for state support at the legislature, the administration is going to have to do a much better job at linking the dollars requested to the educational and research costs of the institution.
Your Voices
January 11, 2011

University of Minnesota Regents Policy on Academic Freedom

Academic freedom is the freedom to discuss all relevant matters in the classroom, to explore all avenues of scholarship, research, and creative expression, and to speak or write without institutional discipline or restraint on matters of public concern as well as on matters related to professional duties and the functioning of the University.
Your Voices
January 7, 2011

Censoring Twain, or Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before

Is Twain's language in Huckleberry Finn offensive? Does this matter?
Your Voices
January 2, 2011
2011 Wish List for the University of Minnesota

2011 Wish List for the University of Minnesota

What should be the goals of our state research university and how should we achieve them?
Your Voices
December 25, 2010

Happy Holidays and Two Big Tail Wags From Mink and Clifford

Two dog-tired dogs wish everyone a happy holiday
Your Voices
December 11, 2010
Hic, Haec, Hype–Little Green Men or Arsenic in DNA?

Hic, Haec, Hype–Little Green Men or Arsenic in DNA?

NASA recently sponsored a press conference where the discovery of an arsenic-based, life-form was announced. Might this be true?
Your Voices
November 21, 2010
The iPad, the Kindle, or a Manual Typewriter

The iPad, the Kindle, or a Manual Typewriter

The iPad is all the rage right now. The College of Education and Human Development a the U of M is giving iPads to all first years. The Kindle is also cheap and effective as an ebook reader. What's this all about?
Your Voices
November 9, 2010

The Incredible Shrinking College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota

The largest college at the University of Minnesota - the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) - may have to shrink in order to survive. So says a faculty, staff, and student committee in a report to the CLA dean.
Your Voices
October 30, 2010

University of Minnesota Has Lowest Out of State Tuition for BigTen Publics

While the University of Minnesota administration contemplates raising tuition yet again, an untapped source of revenue is rather obvious. In an attempt to increase the U of M's rankings, a fire sale on out of state tuition (cut 30%) was initiated in 2007, thus making the U much more attractive to out of state and foreign students. Under the current conditions can we continue to do this? Is it fair to Minnesota residents who are squeezed out of the U because of this tactic?
Your Voices
October 10, 2010

A Call For An Independent Investigation of Troubled Watersgate at the University of Minnesota

It is a conflict of interest for the University of Minnesota Administration to investigate itself in the matter of the censorship of the film Troubled Waters. An investigation by someone from independent from the university administration is necessary to restore the credibility of the University of Minnesota.
Your Voices
September 30, 2010

World Class Greatness - Coming to a Land Grant University Near You

At the University of Minnesota, we should attend to our priorities as a Land Grant Institution. Vainglorious seeking after world class rankings is detrimental to our great university.
Your Voices
September 26, 2010

Troubled Waters and an Arbitrary and Capricious Administration at Our Land Grant University?

Recent events at the University of Minnesota, including an apparent attempt at censorship of the film Troubled Waters, are disturbing. In addition, an appeals court has recently ruled that the actions of the provost, a lawyer, were: "arbitrary and capricious." Change at the top, including a new president from outside the university, are called for.
Your Voices
August 14, 2010

What Portion of Educational Costs Is Covered By Tuition at the University of Minnesota?

We need to know the actual educational cost for one undergraduate at the University of Minnesota for one year. Tuition dollars and state appropriations for education should not be used for other purposes such as subsidies of research, athletics, or the building of empires.
Your Voices
July 30, 2010
Innovation, Job Creation, and the Difference Between Academic and Industrial Research, An Introduction

Innovation, Job Creation, and the Difference Between Academic and Industrial Research, An Introduction

The beginning of a conversation about research, jobs, and higher education in Minnesota. The next five years are going to make - or break - us as a state.
Your Voices
July 6, 2010
Homeopathy at the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center?

Homeopathy at the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center?

Why are we wasting resources on junk science while cutting corners on real medicine?
Your Voices
July 5, 2010

Trainwreck at University of Minnesota's Northrop Auditorium

The attempt by the University of Minnesota administration to reengineer Northrop auditorium is a good example of why we have financial, and other, problems at our state's flagship educational resource.
Your Voices
June 30, 2010

More about Bill Gleason

Bill Gleason is an Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology. He's also a fellow at the…
Your Voices
June 25, 2010

The UGospel According to President Bruininks - The Apocalypse

Some insight into why things are the way they are in Morrill Hall at the U
Your Voices
June 24, 2010

Who's dismantling the Ivory Tower at the U?

Time to align the goals of the University with those of the citizens of the state. Are they interested in an affordable, high quality education? Or do they believe that more sand should be pounded down the rat-hole that is the third best public research university in the world fiasco?
Your Voices
June 22, 2010

Transformational Verbigeration at the U?

U of M Professor von Dassow introduces us to the word verbigeration