The University of Minnesota administration continues to stonewall on the Markingson suicide case, which occurred during a clinical trial there. They claim that nothing wrong has been done. This is simply not true.
A comparison of cost to attend the University of Minnesota and the University of North Carolina, using figures from both universities, indicates a huge difference in cost to attend and debt load for the poorest of our citizens.
Given that gravel mining at UMore Park has been postponed due to a lack of demand, perhaps we should step back and think about whether throwing more money down this sinkhole is desirable, especially since questions about the desirability of doing this have been raised by agricultural researchers.
A guiding principle of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association is supposed to be that it is the independent voice of U of M alumni. Nevertheless, UMAA has recently censored posts by a U of M alum that were critical of the university administration.
Gleason argues that a faculty member or other university employee could serve on the governing board of a university without interference from conflict of interest. Should such conflict arise, the board member could recuse themselves. The issue is not significantly different from a student board member. At the University of Minnesota we already have a student member, so why not a faculty or employee board member?