Campus Confidential scours student unions, lecture halls and dorms for the crucial and quirky stories that make colleges and universities special. Share what you’re up to on a Friday night, learning (or not) in that lecture - and what you're looking for in a school search as a new student. Higher education reporter Maura Lerner will keep you informed.

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Students' river project excites local officials

Posted by: Jenna Ross Updated: August 4, 2010 - 9:32 AM

The best part about fashioning some wild and serious ideas about Mississippi riverfront was seeing people react to them, Daniel Carlson told me.

The just-graduated University of Minnesota senior worked with other architecture students on a project-turned-exhibit called "Imagining the Mississippi: 30 Ways to Transform the Riverfront."

One of the folks who showed up to the exhibit's opening day was Paul Labovitz, a superintendent with the National Park Service. He called me back too late to include him in the story, but left me an enthusiastic message I thought I'd share:

"I went to the opening of that and man, I was blown away.

It showed terrific vision, amazing creativity.

I get giddy just thinking about it. I sure hope some of that stuff develops someday."

To see the website the students created to accompany the exhibit, click here.



Update on the search for U of M leader

Posted by: Jenna Ross Updated: July 30, 2010 - 1:24 PM

The University of Minnesota has posted its search for a new president in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

It notes that although applications will be accepted until a new president is found, "interested parties" should submit their application by Aug. 20 "to assure optimal consideration."


Listing in the Chronicle of Higher Education

Listing in the Chronicle of Higher Education


More about the university's search here:

Minnesota Public Radio reported today that the salary for the position -- as well as for the new chancellor of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities -- is negotiable: MnSCU, U of M ponder what to pay their next leaders.

Students prank Gustavus prof's office

Posted by: Jenna Ross Updated: July 28, 2010 - 5:24 PM

After a week-long vacation, science professor Scott Bur returned to his office at Gustavus Adolphus College to find it was covered in tin foil.

The desk, the computer, a hat. Pens were individually wrapped, according to The Free Press.

Read the full story here. But the video says it all.

Long hike to the Capitol pays off

Posted by: Jenna Ross Updated: July 28, 2010 - 5:08 PM

Those four Minnesota State University, Mankato students who walked 95 miles to Capitol have something to show for it, besides blisters.

The DFL candidates for governor will face off there Friday, in a debate hosted by Debate Minnesota.

Senior Tom Williams called to say that's because of the walk. They had hoped to bring a forum to town, and they succeeded.

The Free Press has details about the debate, should you wish to attend.





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