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The children of illegal U.S. immigrants, are eligible for in-state tuition at the University of Minnesota after the Minn. senate passed the "Path to Prosperity Act" on Wednesday.

The University of Minnesota, along with other state universities and colleges, will allow undocumented children of illegal immigrants to be granted in-state tuition, financial aid, under the Path to Prosperity Act, also known as the Dream Act, CBS said.

The bill will allow these benefits, provided that the illegal immigrants attend a Minnesota high school for at least three years, CBS said.

Fewer than 500 students will take advantage of the Dream Act. Sen. Sandy Pappas said. It is more of a symbolic act stating that immigrants can also get an affordable college education, Star Tribune said.

The Dream Act is sponsored by Sen. Pappas. It has been debated for the past ten years, but has recently gained momentum as immigration reforms are now prevalent at the state and federal level, Star Tribune said.

Marco Loera, an 18-year-old senior at Mayo High School in Rochester said his parents are not U.S citizens and he's not eligible for in-state tuition rates and aid. He said it would be difficult to afford college without in-state rates and financial aid, CBS said.

The University of Minnesota is hosting their annual Spring Jam. It is a week filled with competitions, different artists, battle of the bands and many other different activities.

Some University of Minnesota students are not so happy about it though. The headliner for this Spring Jam is an artist named Mat Kearney, who had most students asking "who is that?" The Minnesota Daily said.

The other two artists coming to perform are rapper Theophilus London and country singer Greg Bates. The three artists, including Kearney, cost about $64,000, the Minnesota Daily said.

Spring Jam in total cost about $116,000, or about $3 per UMN student, the Minnesota Daily reported.

Cost is not the only worry for Spring Jam this year the Star Tribune said. Campus police are also worried about safety and security after the bombings in Boston on Monday.

Campus Police Chief Greg Hestness said the university is "not a logical target." He added the campus police would be in communication with the FBI about any threats that may come, the Star Tribune said.

Hestness said extra officers would be on duty for Spring Jam, the Star Tribune said.

The new men's basketball coach, Richard Pitino, hired two new assistants from Florida International University on Wednesday.

Pitino, the former head coach of Florida International University hired the same assistant coaches who worked under him at FIU. Mike Balado and Kimani Young were announced as the assistant coaches five days after Pitino was announced as head coach, the Minnesota Daily said.

Kimani Young has spent time in a federal prison. In 1999 Young was convicted for possessing 96 pounds of Marijuana, the Star Tribune reported.

"Coach Young's mistake, more than 14 years ago, was an aberration in an otherwise positive and stable life," athletic director Norwood Teague said. "He has been an upstanding leader in every university community he has work and lived since that time" the Star Tribune said.

Mike Balado has been an assistant coach for six different schools. Minnesota is his second coaching job in a major conference. Balado was an assistant at the University of Miami for one year, the Minneota Daily said.

Kimani Young has been an assistant coach for one year. He served as a coach for Big Apple Basketball, Inc. from 2001-2006 the Minnesota Daily said. Big Apple Basketball, Inc., is a non-profit that assists young people in education, basketball, and in attaining professional goal, according to their website.

The Star Tribune said the young team of coaches will begin immediately.

Richard Pitino was hired as the University of Minnesota men's basketball coach on Wednesday.

Richard Pitino, is the son of Rick Pitino. Rick is the coach of one of the current final four teams, the Louisville Cardinals. Richard (the son) worked as an assistant for the Louisville team and also an assistant at Florida and Providence, ESPN said.

Richard Pitino worked one season at Florida International, the Los Angeles Times said.

Pitino will replace Tubby Smith. Minnesota Athletic Director, Norwood Teague, fired Smith last week. Smith was fired after the team's loss to the University of Florida in the NCAA tournament, ESPN said.

Pitino was not the University's first choice. Minnesota considered Shaka Smart, and was looking to hire Gopher alumni. The U tried to get Flip Saunders, a former NBA coach and now an ESPN NBA analyst, as well as Mick Cronin, Cincinnati's coach, but all of these choices turned down the offer, ESPN said.

Richard Pitino is expected to be announced as Minnesota's head coach on Friday, after final contract negotiations, the Los Angeles Times said.

The University Panhellenic Council announced Chi Omega will join the U's greek community this fall.

The University's News Service said another sorority, Phi Mu, is set to join campus between 2015 and 2017. Both Phi Mu and Chi Omega have previously been on the University of Minnesota campus. Phi Mu from 1925-1970 and Chi Omega from 1921-1989.

Chi Omega will be the 14th Panhellenic sorority on campus, and Phi Mu the 15th, the University's News Service said.

The new chapter of Chi Omega will have a different recruitment process than the rest of the Panhellenic sororities. They will have their own time to recruit members and will participate on the first day of fall formal recruitment for a general information session about the sorority and the chapter, and will then drop out of the formal recruitment process, the Minnesota Daily said.

There are many reasons why Chi Omega was chosen to come to the U. One reason they were chosen was because they have a Chi Omega at every Big Ten School besides Minnesota. The second is the sorority has a high concentration of alumnae in the area. There are more than 1,100 alumnae within a 25-mile radius.

Chi Omega is planning on using the new 17th Ave. residence hall as its meeting space until it finds more permanent housing, the Minnesota Daily said.

This is the first time in more than 30 years the University has added a sorority, the University News Service reported.

CLA Dean to Step Down: UMN News

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James Parente, University of Minnesota, College of Liberal Arts dean, will step down this summer. He has been the dean (he was interim, then dean of College of Liberal Arts) for over a decade, and will pursue different research projects, the Minnesota daily said.

The Minnesota Daily said, Parente will return to the Department of German, Scandivian, and Dutch to teach. Parente also wants to pursue his research, and re-connect with University of Minnesota students.

Parente will step down on June 30, 2013. Parente thanked President Kaler and Provost Hanson for allowing him to return to his faculty position at the U, according to CLA News a blog for CLA announcements.

The College of Liberal Arts has over 15,000 students and is the largest college at the University, and a national search to find a replacement for Parente will begin as soon as possible, the Minnesota Daily Reported.

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