St. Thomas adjunct professors reject union

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The arched entryway to St. Thomas's St. Paul campus.
Weeks after Hamline University adjuncts became the first in the state to form their own union, St. Thomas adjuncts voted against following suit.

In the days following Hamline's vote, adjuncts at the school expressed confidence that St. Thomas would head down the same path. But in voting tallied Monday, St. Thomas adjuncts voted against unionizing by a 136-84 margin.

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Mpls Public Schools trolled by new anti-MPS billboard right outside its HQ [PHOTO]

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Better Ed
Can you imagine going to work everyday under a huge billboard telling you how crummy you are at your job?
In January, we told you about a Better Ed billboard that was trolling Minneapolis Public Schools right outside its headquarters at 1250 West Broadway Avenue. It said: "Only 50% of Minneapolis students graduate. #System_Failure"

A new billboard slightly tweaks the message, but serves the same purpose. You can see it at the top of this page.

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Hamline adjunct professors become first to unionize

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Hamline's Old Main.
Jennifer Beckham has worked as an adjunct English professor at Hamline University in St. Paul for nine years. During that time, she hasn't received a raise or even a cost-of-living adjustment to her pay, and she has little hope of ever being promoted.

So you can understand why Beckman joined with 44 other adjuncts last week in voting to unionize, creating what the Service Employees International Union says is the first adjunct-only union in Minnesota.

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Reid Sagehorn sues following suspension from Rogers High for tweet about kissing teacher

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Reid Sagehorn picture via Jacki V. Seniors
In late January, somebody posted this tweet on an online forum called "Roger confessions" -- "did @R_Sagehorn3 actually make out with [name of female school teacher]."

Reid Sagehorn himself sarcastically replied, "Actually yeah." A suspension and school transfer later, Sagehorn is now suing Rogers Police Chief Jeff Beahen, Elk River School District Superintendent Mark Bezek, Rogers High School Principal Roman Pierskalla, Assistant Superintendent Jana Henne-Burr, and police liaison Stephen Sarazin in federal court for the allegedly overzealous way they handled his punishment.

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Mpls middle school teacher Joel Fowler solicited sex from 14-year-old girl, charges say

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Fowler's mugshot
:::: UPDATE :::: Middle school teacher Joel Fowler apparently posted nude pics of himself on Craigslist

Joel Fowler, a teacher at Minneapolis's Olson Middle School, faces felony electronic solicitation of a child charges for allegedly soliciting sex from an undercover cop he believed to be a 14-year-old girl.

According to the criminal complaint, on Tuesday, a cop identified as St. Paul Police Sergeant Keller was working on a child sex solicitation sting when he came across an ad in Craigslist's casual encounters section from a man who wrote, "It's graduation season. I'm looking for a soon-to-be or recent high school graduate who wants to play with a just out of college guy."

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St. Thomas cancels "Hump Day" event, starring a camel, after students threaten protest

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A flier for the since-canceled event.
On Wednesday evening, the St. Thomas Residence Hall Association was scheduled to hold an event called "Hump DAAAAAAY!" A flier for it says, "Take pictures with A REAL CAMEL!"

But the event was canceled after a group of students used Facebook to organize an anti-"Hump Day" protest that was scheduled for the same time.

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"Mandatory Vagina Inspection" letter was a prank, Prior Lake School District says

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Earlier this week, an unusual letter was placed in at least 50 Prior Lake mailboxes.

Printed on imitation school district letterhead, it's addressed to all female students at Prior Lake High School. Written by Barry McCockiner, it warns them the district "is required to conduct a mandatory vagina inspection on all female students at Prior Lake High School in accordance with Minnesota Health Code 69."

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Minnesota college grads among most debt-saddled anywhere, study finds

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John Walker on Flickr
Using data from the Institute for College Access and Success, the Washington Post's Wonkblog put together an interactive state-by-state map looking at which states produce college graduates with the highest average debt load.

With regard to the class of 2012 -- the most recent class for which data is available (the numbers are made available just once every four years, the Post reports) -- Minnesota graduates ranked as the fourth-most indebted of any state, with an average of $31,497 in debt.

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Conservative U of M Morris paper cries foul after professor asks people to throw it away

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PZ Myers
Last November, in an article meant to be satire, the Morris Northstar ran a photo of Trayvon Martin's dead face with this caption -- "Trayvon Martin, victim of racism and fascism, and what does [school administration] have to say about it? Nothing. Not a single thing."

That passage prompted Morris biology professor PZ Myers to write on his blog that the Northstar "has worn out its welcome and must go. Treat their scattered papers as hate-filled trash and dispose of it appropriately."

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MNGOP Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen misses the days when teachers hit students

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Rep. Gruenhagen, R-Glencoe
Yesterday's House debate about the Safe Schools Act certainly did bring out the fringe element of the Minnesota Republican Party. From Jim Newberger predicting the anti-bullying bill will usher in an Orwellian dystopia, to Mary Franson saying it's tantamount to fascism, to Glenn Gruenhagen openly pining for the days when teachers could lay the smack down on students, it reminded us of the days when Bradlee Dean was taken seriously and invited to give the official House prayer.

As mentioned, Gruenhagen, known for his gay-unfriendly views and belief that climate change is "just a complete United Nations fraud," said he thinks the solution to bullying is physical violence. What could possibly go wrong?

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