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Clarke: Stories teach us how to be human – and have for more than 9,000 years

Sidney Clarke

Sidney Clarke

April 17, 2020

The first historical evidence of storytelling is etched into the walls of caves and tombs around the world. Until about 9,000 years ago when the Phoenicians gave us the alphabet and forever changed the face of storytelling, stories were mostly told orally. For thousands of years, from France to Egypt, st...

Woodward: The stimulus package loophole

Woodward: The stimulus package loophole

Samantha Woodward

April 16, 2020

These past few weeks have only exacerbated the obstacles that college students face on a day-to-day basis. In response to economic turmoil caused by the spread of COVID-19, President Trump signed a bill in order to help small businesses, American workers and industries across the nation struggling wi...

Scheffler: Our experiences may be nonrefundable, but our student fees are

Scheffler: Our experiences may be nonrefundable, but our student fees are

Nick Scheffler

April 13, 2020

With University of Minnesota students quarantining themselves per Gov. Tim Walz’s orders, the facilities and services they pay for have become, for lack of a better word, useless. Students can’t go to the Recreation and Wellness Center, eat at their respective dining halls or participate in clubs if...

Clarke: Where a pandemic starts, stigma follows

Sidney Clarke

Sidney Clarke

April 13, 2020

Yellow Fever’s death toll peaked in New Orleans in 1850. At the time, the disease was associated with poverty — poor living conditions, limited sanitation resources, and above all, immigrants. German and Irish immigrants bore the brunt of social stigmatization and harassment for years to follow. In 2014, dur...

Skoog: All I could do was contemplate illness. Then the outbreak hit.

Skoog: All I could do was contemplate illness. Then the outbreak hit.

Caroline Skoog

April 8, 2020

My mom delivered the news of her diagnosis via text two weeks before Christmas 2019. Breast cancer in both breasts. At that point, the severity of her case was uncertain, and her treatment plan wasn’t settled until mid-January due to limited appointment scheduling around the holidays. I was emotional, to...

Clarke: We’re in this together

Sidney Clarke

Sidney Clarke

April 3, 2020

On March 11, the University announced that it would be temporarily moving to online instruction. It was shocking news at the time. But now that classes are permanently online, and a statewide “stay-at-home order” has been issued, an unsettling sense of normalcy has descended upon our new, significantly mo...

Woodward: The invisible line between the artist and their art

Woodward: The invisible line between the artist and their art

Samantha Woodward

April 3, 2020

I was 13 years old when I left the Southhampton Cinema. I had just watched the premiere of "Magic in the Moonlight," a Woody Allen film starring Emma Stone and Colin Firth. Between the dreamy, pastel color scheme and the witty plot, I wanted to be transported back to the '20s and turn a con artist in...

Scheffler: To learn a culture, learn a language

Scheffler: To learn a culture, learn a language

Nick Scheffler

April 3, 2020

There are many ways to get a better understanding of other cultures: eating the food, learning the history, laws and social norms. A more difficult but insightful way is to learn the language. While learning a new language, you learn more about cultural values. For example, German culture values one’s fr...

UMN researchers to study link between crime and overservice of alcohol

Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein

Abbey Machtig

April 1, 2020

University of Minnesota researchers will study data collected from bars, restaurants and sports venues to evaluate initiatives to reduce alcohol-related crime. The data used in the study tracks the physical location of the last alcoholic drink consumed when a crime is committed with alcohol as a fact...

Clarke: Debunking the freshmen fifteen

Sidney Clarke

Sidney Clarke

March 30, 2020

The first documented usage of the expression “freshman 15” occurred in 1989. Seventeen magazine used the term to peddle the exercise routine of Niki Taylor — a 14-year-old supermodel. Of course, the accompanying article, “How to Avoid the Freshman Fifteen,” isn’t solely responsible for the man...