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Response to “In this election cycle, cast your vote for Hillary”

October 31, 2016

The Minnesota Daily’s Editorial Board endorsed Hillary Clinton for president earlier this week, citing their support for her positions on student loan reform, healthcare and taxation.As I read their...

Whose demands? Who’s listening?

May 5, 2014

Arguing the need to more thoroughly diversify campus, the independent student group Whose Diversity? recently published a manifesto in which it expressed a desire for “dialogue and negotiations”...

When ‘truth’ isn’t objective fact

April 28, 2014

A multi-faith panel has condemned the content of a short film that will play in the National September 11 Memorial Museum, saying that the film’s inclusion of the terms “jihadist” and...

We need human examples of transgender people

April 21, 2014

In a landmark decision, India’s Supreme Court recently recognized transgender rights as human rights, allowing people to legally identify as a third gender: transgender. Declaring that every human...

A novel proposal

April 14, 2014

Comment threads erupted after National Public Radio published an April Fools’ Day article titled “Why Doesn’t America Read Anymore?” Ironically, the article was a joke, a five-sentence...

Flame wars heat up digital discussion

April 7, 2014

There is a war going on for your mind. Even now, the embers glow after last week’s multimedia dispute between the Stephen Colbert devotees and supporters of Internet activist Suey Park. The conflict...

Segregation 60 years later

March 31, 2014

The 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education laid the foundation for racial desegregation of schools across America, declaring separate institutions to be inherently unequal. Sixty...

A pledge against greek hazing

March 24, 2014

In a move to reduce hazing, the fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon announced a national ban on pledging this month. Pledging is the period during which prospective fraternity or sorority members familiarize...

College Board tests out troubling SAT revisions

March 10, 2014

The College Board recently announced it will heavily revise the SAT. New measures, which would begin in the spring of 2016, are meant to better evaluate students’ college readiness. The reforms target...

The rite of spring

March 3, 2014

Spring break is only two weeks away, and expectations are running high. The American ideal spring break has developed into a quasi-mythical rite of passage, not to mention a multibillion-dollar industry....

Part 3: What’s eating UDS?

February 24, 2014

Over the past two weeks, I’ve addressed the nutritional and corporate aspects of college dining. In this final installment, I’ll discuss environmental issues, before addressing the individual’s...

Part 2: What’s eating UDS?

February 17, 2014

I explored the nutritional aspects of college dining last week, focusing especially on the fat and sodium content of certain UDS menu items. The story of what’s on the menu was just the beginning:...

What’s eating UDS?

February 10, 2014

They say you are what you eat. If that’s true, then students across campus must be grappling with identity crises. University Dining Services feeds thousands of students every day. But do you really...

Independent contracting concerns

February 3, 2014

My cellphone started buzzing with a call from an unknown number at nearly 10 p.m. on a Monday night. Thinking someone must have accidentally dialed me, I didn’t pick up. To my surprise, the caller...

Obama targets sexual assaults

January 27, 2014

President Barack Obama recently commissioned a task force of senior administration officials to develop new efforts for combatting sexual assault on college campuses nationwide. The president gave his...

From awareness to change

January 21, 2014

College students across South Korea have started a social movement by publicly posting lists of grievances regarding the country’s government and social inequality. This poster movement began in...

Please evaluate responsibly

December 9, 2013

End-of-the-semester teacher evaluations are short, simple questionnaires, but they have the power to make or break a teacher’s career. Although the evaluations may seem like afterthoughts at the...

The splendid little War on Christmas

December 2, 2013

My favorite part of the holiday season is the nonsense that surrounds the supposed “War on Christmas.” I’m always hopeful that this year’s chaos will exceed last year’s. Thankfully,...

Black Friday, indeed

November 25, 2013

Last year, American consumers spent a record $59.1 billion on Black Friday weekend — well above the GDPs of Guatemala, Kenya, Yemen and dozens of other countries worldwide. Clearly, business is booming. This...

To catch a criminal

November 18, 2013

It seems University of Minnesota police send a new crime alert story every week, each with strange and terrifying tales of the gunmen, prowlers or thieves. The chill we get from reading these alerts is...

No place to call home

November 11, 2013

The first snowfall of the season sparks powerful emotions in the hearts of all Minnesotans — not least of all the homeless. While many of us northerners pride ourselves in surviving some of the harshest...

The truth about fan fiction

November 4, 2013

I say fan fiction, you say — what? Not long ago, there was a powerful stigma that surrounded fan fiction. Its writers were stereotyped as bizarre and introverted, and its products were considered...

Admit it: There’s a problem

October 28, 2013

Officials working at George Washington University’s admissions office have been misrepresenting the school’s admissions policy for years, according to GWU’s student newspaper. GWU’s...

The silenced minority

October 21, 2013

Because October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I’d like to address the strain of domestic abuse people are the least aware of: abuse directed at men. For those of you who are still reading,...

The sound of silence: Two sides of Somali-American life

October 14, 2013

For the moment, a portion of mainstream media is fixated on two stories pertaining to the Minneapolis Somali community: the reaction to last month’s terrorist attack in Kenya and the meteoric rise...

The language of success

October 7, 2013

The University of Minnesota’s second-language requirement is elegant in its simplicity. Before graduation, students enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts must either complete four semesters of...

Pure prayer politics

October 1, 2013

In August, Pope Francis alluded to the increasing liberalization of the Catholic Church’s adherents by saying that the church can’t afford to focus on social issues “all the time.” To...

A tangled web of words

September 26, 2013

Russian president Vladimir Putin agitated many Americans when he published an op-ed in the Sept. 11 edition of The New York Times. Putin’s article, which discouraged American intervention in Syria,...

The golden (gopher) rule

September 24, 2013

Yesterday, the University of Minnesota celebrated homecoming week by unveiling a six-foot statue of our mascot, Goldy Gopher. The statue, which now stands outside of Coffman Memorial Union, cost $95,000 to...

A radical re-evaluation

September 18, 2013

As I was strolling across the Washington Avenue Bridge last week, I found a scrap of paper suddenly thrust into my hands. As I glanced down at my newfound possession, words like “dictatorship,”...

Pressing printing

September 10, 2013

Mcor Technologies caused quite a stir when it discovered how to make three-dimensional prints at a mere 5 percent of the industry’s standard cost. In less than six months, several key patents in...

The problem with peace

September 3, 2013

The Israeli-Palestinian peace talks are back in session , but their stability was already tested by an Israeli military raid that killed three Palestinians in a West Bank refugee camp. With continuous...