The Minnesota Daily

All content by Andrew Johnson

The POTUS without the mostest

April 30, 2012

You probably saw, or at least heard about, President Barack Obama’s speech last week. You know, the one about the rising interest rates on student loans. You didn’t? Are you sure? It was the...

Citizens: the new voice in the media

April 26, 2012

As news organizations try to adapt to the ever-changing media landscape and one-up competition with creative methods of breaking news, some of their contenders now have nowhere near the resources, training...

Striking out with free speech

April 16, 2012

Baseball season is finally here. Fans were hardly removed from opening day before what is perhaps the next-most-grueling and seemingly never-ending American tradition: handling a public relations controversy....

The destructive nature of disorder

April 9, 2012

Who knew that the statue of Mary Tyler Moore throwing her hat into the air to the memorable “You’re gonna make it after all!” lyric would later apply as encouraging words to those trying...

The other victim in the Trayvon Martin investigation

April 2, 2012

Wandering around Thursday’s hoodie march for Trayvon Martin on campus, I saw many “Justice for Trayvon” signs. I found it peculiar that participants at a rally standing for equal treatment...

In a polarized society, debate is crucial

March 26, 2012

I sat, alone, in a bar on Friday night just waiting. I was meeting someone there for the first time, and they were running late. I was a little nervous, a little anxious, but also especially excited for...

It’s all Greek to us, and soon may be for good

March 19, 2012

Malaria and HIV are increasingly prevalent among its citizens. Stray dogs and criminals wander the streets with violence never too far behind. Furthermore, the currency is coming to be all but meaningless,...

An immodest proposal

March 7, 2012

When the Senate voted down the Blunt Amendment last week, which would’ve allowed institutions to opt out of providing birth control coverage for “moral reason,” we saw this was a clear-cut...

Stumbling upon treasures

February 20, 2012

Over the weekend, while trying really hard to not do anything productive, I decided to go to the movies. Nothing special, nothing intense — just a fun, simple, entertaining movie. We took a peek...

Dropping the glitter bomb

February 13, 2012

Over the past year, one group has been on the wrong end of open attacks from uncompromising devotees to an ideological agenda. Disciples of this extreme cause insistently celebrate these acts. Worse yet,...

Booing student section behavior

February 6, 2012

Violence, rape and cannibalism: These are things the student section cheers about at University of Minnesota sports games. I could list all our inappropriate chants, such as what weâÄôre shoving...

The 20-something-year-old boy

January 23, 2012

A week ago, Saturday Night Live had a sketch of a made-up talk show called âÄúYou Can Do Anything!âÄù On it, guests brimming with âÄúunearned confidenceâÄù performed useless...

Why is SOPA so bad?

January 19, 2012

The Internet is often compared to the Wild West due to its anything-goes, uncharted nature. As users, the occasionally unruly but excitingly unbound environment has pros and cons; we worry about its risks...

Farewell, 2011 (and it’s about time)

December 12, 2011

Probably the only event in 2011 that anyone could have projected is that it would eventually end. For those who believe that our impending day of reckoning will be in 2012, letâÄôs take a look...

Freedom of expression needs to be free for all

December 5, 2011

Whenever an individual or a group is restricted from doing something that seems harmless, we wonder why the authorities canâÄôt just let it happen. Recent issues locally and globally have gained...

Sports score big for the economy

November 30, 2011

In their most recent seasons, for better or for worse, neither the Minnesota Vikings nor the Timberwolves have been in the headlines because of their play. For the past month or so, there has been an NBA...

Waking up from the European dream

November 21, 2011

"Why canâÄôt we be more like Europe? ItâÄôs such a pleasant way of life,âÄù students returning from abroad often grumble. Anything typically American, they sneer, is lowbrow. But...

Why Kim and Kris matter

November 7, 2011

Life somehow has gone on only a week after the Kim and Kris kibosh: Reality television socialite Kardashian filed for a divorce from occasional NBA game participant Humphries last week. This story currently...

The rigidness of an open mind

November 2, 2011

In an environment with a nonstop and frenzied news cycle, our assessment of episodes like Occupy Wall Street can reach a dangerous stage in that it can become too fixed. The rolling pin of information...

The past in your own backyard

October 19, 2011

At the risk of making myself vulnerable to late night heckling, eggings or other pranks, I will mention that I moved into a building about three blocks away from the Stone Arch Bridge in September. Seeing...

Wall Street protests need plan to avoid chaos

October 13, 2011

Friday will mark the 30th anniversary of Hosni MubarakâÄôs election to president of Egypt, a position he held until resigning in the midst of the Arab Spring. Looking to Tahrir Square as inspiration,...

Student accounts vs. accountability

September 25, 2011

    Recently, the debate over Rep. Hansen ClarkeâÄôs proposal to forgive student loan debt as a means of stimulating the economy has garnered more attention. The thinking goes that with...

Give the rich a break

September 22, 2011

Chances are youâÄôre skeptical about, if not opposed to, the title of this column. After all, the well-off are just that âÄî why do they need or deserve a break? A certain resentful impression...

Accepting the past, warts and all

September 14, 2011

In the retelling of history, we both evaluate and demonize individuals by current standards. With history always changing, so does its retelling, or at least what is emphasized. Minneapolis was the location...

Festival organizers want University in lead role

May 2, 2011

With its global flair and wide-reaching variety, the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival has found a presence on the University of Minnesota campus âÄî a presence some think could...

Students, restaurants look for mutual rapport

April 26, 2011

Owners and managers of restaurants around the University of Minnesota see a two-fold advantage to working with student groups: involving themselves in the community and, in turn, improving their clientele...

After lengthy appeal, BSU granted funds

April 21, 2011

After two weeks of meetings and presentations, the Student Services Fees Appeals Committee made its final decisions Thursday morning. The appeals committee unanimously voted to grant the Black Student...

Committee: QSCC still gets no funds

April 20, 2011

The Student Services Fees Appeals Committee met Tuesday night to finalize its decisions on the remaining two student groups that sought more funding, the Queer Student Cultural Center and the Black Student...

John Gordon, right, shoots the ball past Ebbin Martin, left, during a game of bike polo in South Minneapolis April 10. In addition to practicing three times per week, the group holds games every Saturday for new players to learn the sport.

Appeals comm. lag continues

April 19, 2011

Already two weeks behind the originally scheduled timetable, the Student Services Fees Appeals Committee may face another postponement after Tuesday. Two student groups âÄî the Black Student Union...

Fees funding hurdles trip some up, groups say

April 14, 2011

When student groups applied for fees money earlier this year, no group asked for more than Campus People Watchers. Its $1 trillion request was intended to serve as a statement about the Student Services...

Fees appeals process falls behind schedule

April 13, 2011

Though one week has passed since the scheduled end date for appeals, two student groups have yet to get a chance to make their cases before the Student Services Fees Appeals Committee âÄî the next...

Members of the Chinese American Student Association paint a mural on the Washington Avenue Bridge on September 9th. Due to the safety conditions of light rail construction, the famous Paint the Bridge may not happen next fall.

Roadwork may paint over U tradition

April 6, 2011

Recent construction on the Washington Avenue Bridge has not just affected traffic, it may also bring an end to a colorful University of Minnesota tradition. As light-rail construction continues, the annual...

University’s Hispanic rate lags behind state’s growth

March 31, 2011

Even though the Hispanic population is the fastest-growing group in the state, the number of Hispanic students at the University of Minnesota hasnâÄôt followed suit, and is the lowest in the Big...

Club introduces Wall Street to the U

Club introduces Wall Street to the U

March 23, 2011

Some of the worldâÄôs biggest corporations are helping the Stock TraderâÄôs Club at the University of Minnesota learn more about the industry through actual investments. The groupâÄôs...

Elizabeth Kresal and Richcard Nielseu shop at Seward’s Co-Op on Monday. Kresel mentioned she is trying to start a garden in her community to save money on produce costs.

Economy has mixed effects on area grocery stores

March 10, 2011

Temporary issues like weather and a salmonella outbreak have recently driven up food prices. So has the rising cost of gas. But this problem âÄìâÄì and the resulting cost increases at grocery...

U acquaints new faculty to Twin Cities

March 8, 2011

After her husband accepted a position at the University of Minnesota last spring, Dan Zheng was faced with moving to the Twin Cities. Both she and her husband, Jianyu Zhang, were strangers to the area...

Bill would reduce state spending on higher ed administration costs

March 2, 2011

A state senator introduced legislation Tuesday to reduce spending on administrative costs by 10 percent at the University of Minnesota. Sen. Jeremy Miller, R-Winona, introduced the bill as a step in restructuring...

Nice Ride Minnesota program will expand in 2011

March 2, 2011

The Nice Ride Minnesota bicycle-sharing program has received approval for a $1 million expansion project in Minneapolis and into St. Paul. Nice Ride Executive Director Bill Dossett said the new funding...

Study: first-year alcohol use down

February 21, 2011

Accessibility to alcohol is often associated with the college experience, but a national trend finds that this is no longer the case for incoming first years, including those at the University of Minnesota. A...

U Libraries hold copyright workshops

February 16, 2011

Nancy Sims sees a lot of similarities between students and faculty concerned about using other peopleâÄôs work. The University of MinnesotaâÄôs copyright program librarian said she often...

Senior Kylie Pool rings up a customer on Tuesday at the Dinkytown Wine & Spirits.

Dinkytown liquor store expanding

February 10, 2011

More space will mean more variety and less time waiting for shoppers at Dinkytown Wine & Spirits as the store begins its expansion. The liquor store began an expansion project in its current building...

Achievement gap forum held at U

February 8, 2011

The achievement gap between white students and students of color in Minnesota is so dramatic that it recently got the attention of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. On Monday, education advocates...

Light rail to affect traffic

February 7, 2011

The University of Minnesota outlined upcoming Washington Avenue Bridge closures Monday for when construction on the Central Corridor light-rail line begins at the end of February. Washington Avenue Southeast...

Riverside Plaza gains historic status

February 7, 2011

The Riverside Plaza housing complex is now a historic structure, opening the door to the use of tax credits to help fund renovation projects. Located on the West Bank on Riverside Avenue, the 15-building...

Green and gold and proud of it

February 3, 2011

Last year, Minnesota Vikings fans grieved over their teamâÄôs lost chance at a Super Bowl appearance. This year, Packers fans are celebrating the opposite. Despite being just miles from the site...

U aims for more out-of-state students

February 2, 2011

The University of Minnesota is looking to tap into prospective students beyond the stateâÄôs borders. Nearly 70 percent of University undergraduates are from Minnesota, and Office of Admissions...

Students take points off for late-posted grades

January 21, 2011

When it comes to final exams, most students have their test prep down. But late postings and miscommunications left some eager students looking for a study guide just to get their final fall semester grades. In...

Intersection, Hunger Days donate effort, time to community

November 22, 2000

As windchills dipped below zero for the first time this winter, two bundled masses huddled around a fire Monday night at the Grace University Lutheran Church in Stadium Village. The two cold and hungry...

Community diversity championed at get-together for human rights

November 17, 2000

A Sri Lankan mother and child sit in prison awaiting asylum, crying, unable to speak English and with little ability to obtain proper legal representation. They must wait there, possibly for months, until...

Large turnout overwhelms Dinkytown polling site

November 9, 2000

Students who voted yesterday afternoon at the University Lutheran Church on 13th Avenue in Dinkytown saw many voters marking their ballots on stairs, up against a wall or sitting at a desk. The voting...

Pakistani students present traditional celebration, dance

November 6, 2000

On the brink of another winter in the Minnesota hinterland, the Pakistani Student Association staged a night of traditional dance and festivity Saturday to celebrate the University's 150th anniversary. While...

New book honors famed St. Paul architect

November 3, 2000

St. Paul native Cass Gilbert has returned to area bookstores in the new book, "Inventing the Skyline," published by Columbia University Press. The book highlights the 20th century architect's past influences...

University increases business level for minority companies

October 30, 2000

The University's total business with minority-owned companies increased more than 50 percent from last year, according to the University's Office on Community Economic Development. Out of $706 million...

Former pathologist, professor Osterberg dies at age 68

October 23, 2000

The possessor of a great analytic mind that served his work well, former University Medical School professor Dr. Kenneth A. Osterberg died early last week. He was 68 years old. Formerly a student trained...

Cuban communists share ideology, experiences

October 16, 2000

Forty years after the Cuban revolution, Consuelo Elba Alvarez and Katia de Llano discussed their experiences within the communist guerrilla movement at Willey Hall on Saturday. "Cuba: From Two Perspectives"...

New Red Cross location will contain blood donation site

October 9, 2000

The Minneapolis Area Chapter of the American Red Cross has a new home on the West Bank after a four-year nomadic existence caused by the closing of its former Loring Park location. Motria Ramos, spokeswoman...

‘s fund-raising campaign nears $1.3 billion objective

October 2, 2000

Campaign Minnesota had raised $903 million as of Aug. 31 University of Minnesota Foundation officials announced, late last week. The second major fund-raising drive in University history, officials hope...

U officials address groups’ relocation

January 17, 2000

A sign underneath the elevator buttons cautioned those entering the basement offices of 720 Washington Ave. of "asthma, mold allergies ... reduced lung function." The ominous warning suggested those sensitive...