St. Cloud State Police Department

What’s glossed over in this article about security near the St. Cloud State campus is important. In fact, there isn’t a legitimate reason for what isn’t in the article. What the editorial lacks in important information, though, it makes up for with applause for Earl Potter, part of which is genuinely deserved: During the just-completed 2013 move-in weekend, St. Cloud police reported issuing 59 citations, only 11 of which went to university students. That’s a huge drop from last year’s citations, which totaled 161. More importantly, the 11 citations to students last weekend continued a steady decline in the number of university students contributing to any move-in weekend problems.

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The next administration

To say that the administration at St. Cloud State has had its difficulties is understatement. They’ve made terrible financial decisions, including paying for St. Cloud Police Department police officers and signing a contract that guarantees they lose hundreds of thousands of dollars on the Coborn Plaza apartments. Enrollment is dropping fast, which means tuition revenues will be down by $4,000,000-$5,000,000 for the fall semester. Then there’s the transcript fraud scandal, which is causing troubles of its own. After that, there’s the money that President Potter has spent on rebranding. The rebranding campaign has been a failure. Then there’s the ISELF problem. It’s a sparkling facility that should’ve been built on a research university, not on St. Cloud State’s campus.

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Keystone Cops strike again

Minnesota’s version of the Keystone Cops, aka Gov. Dayton, Speaker Thissen and Senate Majority Leader Bakk, are poised to further screw up the upcoming unsession: Democrats who control state government showed disagreements and problems communicating while discussing a special legislative session this week at the Minnesota State Fair and the state Capitol.

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Gov. Dayton learns lesson from ABM

If there was any question whether the Alliance for a Better Minnesota had negatively affected him, this article is proof that ABM has changed him: Dayton said the machinery tax repeal is the only other issue he would like discussed in the one-day session, adding that he would like to see the tax refunded retroactive to Aug. 1. He later told farm reporters that the producer tax was in a huge budget bill and he didn’t even know it was in the legislation. “It surfaced in the last minute of the last night, and no one even wants to take responsibility for (putting it in the tax bill).”

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SCSU’s shoddy documentation

I wrote here about how President Potter is equally adept at ignoring MnSCU procedures as he is in ignoring SCSU procedures. This post dovetails with that post because it highlights with documentation that President Potter ignored MnSCU procedure in closing the Aviation program. In this morning’s post, I higlighted MnSCU’s procedure for closing programs:

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DFL pundit: We screwed up

During the Political Analysis segment of At Issue With Tom Hauser, former DFL State Senator Don Betzold admitted that some tax hikes were put into the bill late in the session that Gov. Dayton didn’t know were in the bill he signed. He then talked about how hectic the last weekend of the session is. What he didn’t admit is that past end-of-session weekends have involved a governor of one party and the legislature of the other party. That wasn’t the case this time. The DFL owned it all from opening gavel to closing bell.

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Professor exposes grade inflation at SCSU

This morning, the St. Cloud Times published Professor Phyllis van Buren’s monthly column as part of the Times Writers Group. Prof. van Buren’s column this month was an extensive dissertation on the transcript fiasco at St. Cloud State. Readers of this blog know that that’s a subject that I’ve investigated and written about extensively. I take great pride in the fact that many of the things I’ve written are things that Dr. van Buren included in her article. Here’s an example: Two years ago, a student in my class completed all requirements but the final, requesting to take the final in early January. She did not then nor in April, when another faculty member contacted me on her behalf for yet another chance. Her grade for the semester was a solid F — even if she would have earned 100 percent on the written final.

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