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Serving the UMN community since 1900

The Minnesota Daily

All content by Ashley Dresser

Peace politics get perverted on the Emerald Isle

Published January 20, 2010

For three years now, after living abroad in Northern Ireland and studying their slow, sputtering peace process, I have been convinced that a fresh turnover in leadership on both sides is what is needed...

Holidays with the gift of gab

Published December 9, 2009

One can only assume that with the recession still at large, weâÄôre going to experience a notable spike in the popular holiday pastime of âÄúregifting.âÄù In fact, most major newspapers...

¡Viva la sextual revolution!

Published December 2, 2009

I am obsessed with deleting my text messages so much that it is beginning to interfere with my social life. My friends will send me a message on where to meet for drinks, and I will immediately delete...

One professor, 7,500 miles

Published November 24, 2009

I am talking to University of Minnesota agronomy and plant genetics professor Paul Porter in much the same manner that I imagine he spoke to his AGRO 5999 class during his epic bike tour across Africa...

News demagoguery: an omen of reform

Published November 18, 2009

Watching the newspaper industry attempt to reinvent itself before its final hour is kind of like watching my grandmother dress herself 40 years younger in time for her cardiology appointment. âÄúDonâÄôt...

ACLU no victim of torture fatigue

Published November 12, 2009

âÄúEuskal Presoak, Euskal Herrira!âÄù These words scream out at me from T-shirts, balconies, spray-painted walls and banderas all across the Basque Country of Spain. It is the black-lettered...

Learning to ‘surf’ in Spain

Published November 2, 2009

If the upcoming holiday season is causing you to lament your âÄúloverlessness,âÄù donâÄôt sweat. You still have plenty of time to snag someone to drag to all those awkward family...

Universities need to turn Basque to basics

Published November 1, 2009

I am surrounded by the sea of Euskal Herria, but I am not at one of the many popular Basque Country beaches. I am in the middle of Plaza Moyua, downtown Bilbao, only a few feet away from the heavily guarded...

Bilbao: The city built on acid

Published October 25, 2009

While wandering around the Basque city of Bilbao, I must check my eyes in a mirror or storefront window at least five times a day. I ask myself, quite seriously: Am I high? Did Vascili, my lovable, but...

Taking a stab at study abroad

Published October 21, 2009

I am three weeks into my life in the Basque Country of Spain. Though moving to another country all by oneself may seem like the most independent endeavor one could undertake, it is âÄî in fact...

Klosterman and Maerz: two hipsters say “I do”

Published September 30, 2009

The night before my brush with fame, I drunkenly told my roommate that if I had to cater one more frat-boy-Señor-Frogs-fake-tan wedding at the Nicollet Island Pavilion, I was going to plant...

My post-RNC progression

Published September 28, 2009

Sitting in a jail cell teeming with 323 people at 2:00 a.m., four days into your final year of higher education, can having a sobering effect. There was a lot of talk about a âÄúrevolutionâÄù...

Bon Voyage to the Kaplans

Published September 22, 2009

A few months ago, I was standing in the living room of the prominent Minneapolis pairing, Sam and Sylvia Kaplan. I had only a vague intimation of who they were: âÄúwealthyâÄù âÄúpowerfulâÄù...

Netbooks: modern Tower of Babel

Published September 14, 2009

By now, most of us have endured the irritating 2-3 days of disconnection from the internet that comes with moving house. Comcast rarely shows up when promised and if they do, youâÄôre inevitably...

Preamble to becoming a plasma donor

Published September 10, 2009

There are many colorful rites of passage in college: leaving home, turning 21, telling off your ex, sleeping through final exams, peeing off a balcony or being kicked out of First Ave., to name a few....