After students in St. Joseph were caught of guard by the passage of three drinking-related city ordinances, College of St. Benedict senior Jenny Kunkel of Roseville told MPR that students are ready to get involved in some city issues:
“To even consider going to a council meeting … that would be talking about school levies for the middle school or something — that wouldn’t be something I’d instinctively go to. But if they said, ‘Hey, we’re talking about something that’s going to influence you,’ I think people would show up.”
Alex Friedrich reports on higher education issues for MPR News. Among the stories he has covered: the fall of the Berlin Wall, aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis, 2003 Moscow suicide bombing and 2004 presidential elections in the Republic of Georgia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and a master’s in European political economy from the London School of Economics.