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Thursday, February 17, 2005

Things I don't really care about...

...but feel the need to comment on. Like the Regent selection yesterday. Four guys were elected with minimal controversy, although the fact that there were no women was criticized by Rep. Phyllis Kahn. I have to agree with her on that one. It's hard to believe that there were no qualified women available.

Another University-related issue (not necessarily politics-related) from not too long ago was a study on what the University of Minnesota wants and what the citizens of Minnesota want. The U wants to continue to strive to be one of the top research universities in the world. People want a university where anybody who has graduated from college can get in. These two goals are at cross purposes. I have to agree as an alumnus with the U. Higher standards, people, not lower.

House Republicans unveiled their bonding bill yesterday as well, and although it was well received some people criticized it for being a little on the small side. Negotiations will of course continue.

And what's with this bill to eliminate no-fault auto insurance? I don't know anything about this topic. I do know that my insurance rates are lower than the Minnesota average of $800 per year per vehicle. One thing will be certain if this bill goes to the House floor: it will be fun to watch Rep. Jim Abeler, a chiropractor, when proponents argue that we need reform because chiropractors are committing fraud under the current system.


At 9:07 PM, February 17, 2005, Blogger Luke Francl said...

As an alumnus of the U, it's in my best interest for the U to have a good reputation. I'd like to see the University's standards increase.

The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities is not the only option for public higher education in the state. There are the three branch campuses, and the Minnesota State University system. I believe the TC campus should shoot for the moon in terms of quality, and the other campuses can make higher education available for everyone.

A good model to follow is California's higher education system. UC Berkeley is a world-renowned university, but it's still affordable for nearly anyone in the state. Because of that, it is extremely selective. But there are tons of other options in the UC system for people who can't get into Berkeley.

I don't see any reason why the U of M - Twin Cities can't have a good of a reputation as Wisconsin Madison or UC Berkeley.

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