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Caroline Skoog, Columnist

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Skoog: Action, ideology and the in-between of speech

Skoog: Action, ideology and the in-between of speech

August 4, 2020

After open white nationalist Jeremy Joseph Christian attempted to attack counter-protesters with a bat at a “March for Speech” rally in April 2017, the police confiscated his bat. Less than a month...

Skoog: Militancy in the marketplace of ideas

Skoog: Militancy in the marketplace of ideas

August 3, 2020

There are things I can and can’t say when I write these columns. Every piece of information must be backed up by a credible source. Every vagary must be explained. Multiple rounds of editing ensure that...

Skoog: Federal agents carpooling for climate change. In unmarked vans.

Skoog: Federal agents carpooling for climate change. In unmarked vans.

July 27, 2020

Following Attorney General William Barr’s launch of the Task Force on Violent Anti-Government Extremists on June 26, a mixed bag of federal agencies and special units have dogpiled onto the anti-protest...

Skoog: Blood or bronze: What's being protected?

Skoog: Blood or bronze: What’s being protected?

July 18, 2020

“Over the last five weeks, there has been a sustained assault on the life and property of civilians, law enforcement officers, government property and revered American monuments such as the Lincoln Memorial....

Skoog: Credits, connections and competition (or how to get away with sexual misconduct in the Minneapolis comedy scene)

Skoog: Credits, connections and competition (or how to get away with sexual misconduct in the Minneapolis comedy scene)

July 9, 2020

Content warning: sexual misconduct, harassment Yelling jokes at indifferent Tinder dates who are just trying to enjoy a drink at the bar is unfortunately a skill that takes years to develop. When I started...

Skoog: Booms, pops and psy-ops

Skoog: Booms, pops and psy-ops

June 30, 2020

A frenzy of fireworks has been erupting in Minneapolis and in cities across the country every night for the last month. Maybe there’s an upcoming expiration date on the country’s entire arsenal of...

Skoog: It can happen anywhere. It can start in Minneapolis.

Skoog: It can happen anywhere. It can start in Minneapolis.

June 22, 2020

Of all the gripping photos to come out of the Twin Cities these past few weeks, the sites of mutual aid present the most unforgettable imagery. I’ve seen fires before; I have never experienced community...

Skoog: Pomp and unprecedented circumstance

Skoog: Pomp and unprecedented circumstance

June 17, 2020

Two years ago, I tweeted that the commencement ceremony would only be worth four years of tuition if we could each choose a walk up song, like a Major League Baseball player heading up to bat, with our...

Skoog: An account of the tear gas on Lake Street

Skoog: An account of the tear gas on Lake Street

June 10, 2020

In the wake of George Floyd’s death by the agency of the Minneapolis Police Department, monumental protests have assembled in the fight against police violence and white supremacy. As Minnesotans gathered...

Skoog: Does anyone know my landlord?

Skoog: Does anyone know my landlord?

May 5, 2020

Every month, my five roommates and I send our rent as a single check to a man in Wayzata. Two weeks after sending the check, he cashes it. Two weeks! Presumably, he’s our landlord, though none of us...

Skoog: Not all heroes have healthcare

Skoog: Not all heroes have healthcare

April 26, 2020

We are all absolutely and undeniably indebted to one another, every single day, in ways not always visible to us. Before the pandemic, the space between ourselves and our needs were clouded by convenience....

Skoog: Biden means a return to the Obama era, not progressive change

Skoog: Biden means a return to the Obama era, not progressive change

April 17, 2020

Every day of the last month has felt like the gradual yanking off of a Band-Aid. For Bernie Sanders supporters, the bandage was finally pulled off last week following his campaign suspension. In his candidacy’s...

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

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

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...

Skoog: Campus trespassing and the housing crisis

Skoog: Campus trespassing and the housing crisis

February 23, 2020

New security measurements in the public health buildings on campus have generated concerns about “the impact this heightened security presence could have on homeless individuals, marginalized communities...

Skoog: Hedge fund-owned MediaNews Group hijacks 11 Minnesota papers

Skoog: Hedge fund-owned MediaNews Group hijacks 11 Minnesota papers

February 17, 2020

Newspaper publisher and classic Disney villain MediaNews Group, known by its trade name as Digital First Media, has acquired the assets of 11 local papers in a string of southern Minnesota suburbs. The...

Skoog: The great Iowa Caucus of 2020

Skoog: The great Iowa Caucus of 2020

February 13, 2020

I was initially concerned that writing about the Iowa Caucus a week after it took place would be a done-to-death, trivial column by the time it came out. And now it just won’t end. Not to say that the...

Skoog: The New York Times endorsement is privileged indecision disguised as wokeness

Skoog: The New York Times endorsement is privileged indecision disguised as wokeness

February 3, 2020

Having spent “more than a dozen hours” interviewing democratic candidates, The Times editorial board graced us with their endorsement: Elizabeth Warren. Or Amy Klobuchar, whichever you prefer. Stylistically,...

Skoog: War in memes and memes as warfare

Skoog: War in memes and memes as warfare

January 23, 2020

Following the news that a U.S. airstrike killed Iranian military commander Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, Gen Z channeled existential anxiety into tweets, Tik Toks and memes.  Digital natives, the Selfie...

Skoog: Lack of sprinkler systems in public housing high-rises reifies structural inequity

Skoog: Lack of sprinkler systems in public housing high-rises reifies structural inequity

December 9, 2019

A fire claimed the lives of five people in the Cedar High Apartments on November 27. The fire originated on the 14th floor of the high-rise, managed by the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (MPHA),...

Skoog: No more heroes

Skoog: No more heroes

December 1, 2019

According to the Gun Violence Archive, 387 mass shootings have occurred in the United States in 2019. With more shootings than days in a year, media saturated with bloody headlines seems to discourage...

Skoog: Over 1700 untested rape kits unveil rape culture's past and present

Skoog: Over 1700 untested rape kits unveil rape culture’s past and present

November 25, 2019

Last Friday Minneapolis police officials announced that they’ve located roughly 1,700 untested rape kits in the department’s backlog that they didn’t know existed. Contrary to a 2015 audit of the...

Skoog: Rodney Reed is innocent

Skoog: Rodney Reed is innocent

November 18, 2019

Rodney Reed has been on Texas’ booming death row for 22 years after an all white jury convicted him of the 1996 murder of Stacy Stites. Reed was scheduled to be executed on Nov. 20 despite a wave of...

Morgan La Casse

Skoog: The big trash debate

November 11, 2019

St. Paul residents voted to keep their current organized trash collection system on the referendum ballot last Tuesday. The system, instituted in November 2017, assigns specific waste haulers to designated...

Skoog: Don’t cast your ballot on electability assumptions

Skoog: Don’t cast your ballot on electability assumptions

November 4, 2019

For most of my life, I understood American Democracy to be a Gordian knot of compromises and settlements, taking and giving (primarily taking), like diplomatic gymnastics. Politicians and citizens alike...

Skoog: Electric scooters turn sidewalks into obstacle courses

Skoog: Electric scooters turn sidewalks into obstacle courses

October 27, 2019

Riding a Lime scooter is probably the closest I’ll ever get to living out the scene in "Back to The Future Part II" where Marty McFly steals a hoverboard: ultramodern, yet righteously dorky. The "hoverboard’s...

Skoog: UNCENSORED: Evaluating the College Republicans’ aesthetic

Skoog: UNCENSORED: Evaluating the College Republicans’ aesthetic

October 24, 2019

It’s that time of year again: pumpkin spice, bonfires, Gopher tailgates, the College Republican bridge panel getting vandalized. This September marked the fourth consecutive year in which the College...

Skoog: What about whataboutism’s advantages?

Skoog: What about whataboutism’s advantages?

October 13, 2019

Most of us have engaged in conversations deflated by the prongs of “whataboutism,” or at least can identify the device when we see it. Recently defined in the Oxford dictionary as “the technique...

Skoog: Encryption protects everyone– except exploited children

Skoog: Encryption protects everyone– except exploited children

October 6, 2019

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received 18.4 million reports of child sexual abuse material in 2018. As many of the reports contained more than one image or video, the grand total...

Skoog: I’m hungry for clarity and student voices

Skoog: I’m hungry for clarity and student voices

September 29, 2019

Joan Gabel’s formal inauguration last week was punctuated with demonstrations by two workers unions, Teamsters Local 320 and AFSCME Local 3800. The groups indicated that their presence was a result of...

Skoog: Words carry weight

Skoog: Words carry weight

September 22, 2019

I lost 18 pounds in three months during my sophomore year of college. The somewhat abrupt change in my body worked its way into conversations with old friends and acquaintances I hadn’t seen in a while....

Skoog: And with WHOSE taxes?

Skoog: And with WHOSE taxes?

September 15, 2019

Immersed in the 24-hour news cycle, our own understanding of the world is shaped by the media we choose to view and avoid. Amidst the democratic debates, I’ve seen articles that cover democratic talking...

Skoog: My big fat Greek column

Skoog: My big fat Greek column

September 9, 2019

In the spirit of rush week, I’ve seen a lot of promotions on social media for “Going Greek.” Greek chapters cite a few signature statistics as evidence that joining a Greek organization builds character,...

Skoog: We need to examine the reasons behind mass shootings

Skoog: We need to examine the reasons behind mass shootings

September 2, 2019

Note: Another mass killing occurred in the duration of writing and editing this column.  There have been 283 mass shootings in 2019 documented by the Gun Violence Archive, which defines a mass shooting...

Skoog: Vine gave us internet personalities and left us bad content

Skoog: Vine gave us internet personalities and left us bad content

July 31, 2019

There is no experience comparable to being 14 years old and on Vine during its infancy. Nothing will ever be as candid or funny. I imagine Vine to Millennials and Gen Z is like what Hands Across America...

What is the end game of aspiring influencers?

July 29, 2019

There is no experience comparable to being 14 years old and on Vine during its infancy. Nothing will ever be as candid or funny. I imagine Vine to Millennials and Gen Z is like what Hands Across America...

Skoog: No justice, no peace, more police?

July 24, 2019

Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo requests that 400 officers be added to the Minneapolis Police Department by 2025. Arradondo contends that the current police force, consisting of 888 officers,...

Skoog: Aziz Ansari has extended his Netflix olive branch — and maybe he is sorry

Skoog: Aziz Ansari has extended his Netflix olive branch — and maybe he is sorry

July 17, 2019

Aziz Ansari’s newest comedy special, Aziz Ansari: Right Now, hit Netflix on July 9th. Ansari has remained out of the public eye since babenet.com published an account of sexual misconduct from a woman...

Skoog: Weapons at

Skoog: Weapons at “Salute to America” parade serve as ammo for re-election

July 9, 2019

I initially had trouble articulating my interest in President Donald Trump's grandiose Fourth of July “Salute to America” event. Maybe the event’s timing, one week out of Pride Month, felt like a...

Skoog: Inheriting a dying world; fixing it with a broken system

Skoog: Inheriting a dying world; fixing it with a broken system

July 3, 2019

“What would the world look like if every person behaved like you?”  A rhetorical question often posed to young individuals, the golden rule remains customary for many Americans. The beauty of...

Skoog: Bob Dylan didn't eat at Sporty's — which is fine

Skoog: Bob Dylan didn’t eat at Sporty’s — which is fine

June 26, 2019

Over the past few years, the University of Minnesota campus has endured various small business and neighborhood-staple casualties, leaving behind gravestones of high-rise apartments in their place. When...

Skoog: What better way to perpetuate cycles of poverty than to control a population’s reproduction?

Skoog: What better way to perpetuate cycles of poverty than to control a population’s reproduction?

June 19, 2019

When discussing the proposed restrictions on abortion, “pro-choice” and “abortion rights” provide a limited framework for assessing the matter at large. Abortion accessibility is only a slice of...

Skoog: Corporations are funding politicians who support abortion bans

Skoog: Corporations are funding politicians who support abortion bans

June 12, 2019

In response to legislators’ recent advancement of multiple harsh limits on abortions, my social media feed repeatedly blazoned an image reading, “men shouldn’t be making laws about women’s bodies.”...