Alex Friedrich Feature Archive

The University of Minnesota administration and the group trying to form a graduate-assistant union each claim the other acted unfairly during the unionization campaign. Now unionization supporters are claiming that the U has been trying to silence talk of a union on campus and have filed a charge of unfair election practices. (04/12/2012)
Gov. Mark Dayton and U.S. Sen. Al Franken said today that the federal government should boost financial aid for college students to make college more affordable. (04/09/2012)
A Tom Devine will replace former legislator Steve Sviggum as University of Minnesota regent. (04/04/2012)
A joint legislative committee on higher education has failed to recommend a candidate to replace former University of Minnesota regent Steve Sviggum. (04/04/2012)
Transitioning to a year-round academic calendar could add millions of dollars to the University of Minnesota's bottom line. (04/03/2012)
Three people are expected to be nominated tomorrow evening at the Minnesota joint House-Senate hearing to recommend a replacement for former regent Steve Sviggum. (04/02/2012)
Results released Monday show University of Minnesota graduate assistants have voted down an attempt to unionize over pay and working conditions. (03/26/2012)
University of Minnesota graduate assistants are wrapping up week-long voting on whether to unionize. The students cast their votes today. The results could come as soon as Monday. (03/23/2012)
Some state senators want to add high school sophomores to the list of students who can attend vocational and technical courses at local colleges. (03/19/2012)
During tough economic times, spending limited money on building and modernizing facilities or repairing to maintain current facilities is an opportunity cost that is being weighed by students, college officials and state lawmakers. (03/14/2012)
State lawmakers are raising questions about former University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks' handling of university funding in two separate instances. Earlier this week, legislators looked into payouts that Bruininks made to departing senior officials at the U. Now his ties to a program he funded while president have raised more questions. (03/08/2012)
University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler says he may toughen the handling of sabbaticals and compensation for outgoing top administrators. (03/06/2012)
A committee of the University of Minnesota's governing board says that Regent Steve Sviggum should resign one of his two positions because of a conflict of interest. (03/02/2012)
The president of the University of Minnesota wants to move to a year-round academic schedule. (03/01/2012)
Two legal opinions released by the University of Minnesota Wednesday conclude that regent Steve Sviggum faces a conflict of interest if he continues to hold both his regent's position and his staff job with the state Senate GOP caucus. (02/29/2012)