The Minnesota Daily

All content by Cassandra Sundaram

Students will be students

April 30, 2012

By now, I’m sure you all have either seen or heard about the YouTube video of University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Dean of Students Lori Berquam warning students not to go to the Mifflin Street...

Marriage Lite: living apart together

April 23, 2012

My parents will be “LAT-ing” (living apart together, as the trend is known) for the next 6 months, though not by choice (my dad is doing a temporary fellowship at a hospital in Madison). When...

Can the Ivy League go online?

April 16, 2012

Imagine spending four years going to college and getting your degree without ever having to meet and work with new people or engage with professors and teachers face to face. Imagine your entire time at...

Spring fling fever: a seasonal illness

April 9, 2012

If you or someone you know has recently been overcome by seemingly nonsensical quixotic or impulsive feelings of attraction to a certain person of interest, don’t panic. It’s spring-fling fever,...

Give students some credits

April 2, 2012

With spring semester speeding along and summer quickly approaching, many students have already begun to plan for next year’s classes. Wading through the murkiness that is the registration queue is...

Science students are switching subjects

March 19, 2012

It seems like just yesterday I broke new ground in research with my middle school science fair project on carpet cleaners. Life was simpler then; novel studies were done on the intricacies of bread mold,...

GOP voters biting the hand that feeds them

March 5, 2012

A recent New York Times article presented a group of Minnesotans caught in a serious catch-22: In Chisago County, government benefits account for 19 percent of income, but Rick Santorum, who considers...

In health care debate, where are the doctors?

February 27, 2012

My roommate has mononucleosis. That’s right everyone, whip out the hand sanitizer and duck to the ground when you hear a cough or sneeze because this malady is contagious, and it’s coming for...

The U’s gated communities

February 20, 2012

We’re all broke college students; this is not news to anyone, especially to those who are once again running in the yearly sprint to figure out living arrangements for next year. Finding a new place...

There are lies, damn lies, about statistics

February 13, 2012

Prestige is a powerful thing. The word itself conjures up all sorts of images — success, wealth, fame, authority. But the most interesting connotation it holds is that of conjuring itself. The entomology...

College of Design sees many transfers

February 6, 2012

At the University of Minnesota, we are âÄúDriven to Discover.âÄù ItâÄôs everywhere âÄî on the sides of buses, in commercials, spread across banners on buildings in the mall...

Business may STEM students’ dreams

January 23, 2012

As we begin the first full week of spring semester and inch our way slowly but surely to graduation, most students, if not all, will once again ask themselves, âÄúWhen and where will I start my...

Finding a new way to skin the MCAT

January 19, 2012

Starting in 2015, pre-med students will have yet another obstacle to overcome in their quest to become quality physicians. The Medical College Admission Test âÄî better known as the MCAT âÄî...

The recent rise of Generation “I”

December 12, 2011

While many incoming students may be concerned about the âÄúfreshman 15,âÄù their waistlines might not be the only thing expanding. Research presented at the Association for Psychological...

Eliminating MA in ESL will reduce diversity

December 6, 2011

Diversity can be measured in numerous ways: economic backgrounds, genders, ethnicities, sexual orientations, etc. The University of Minnesota is no different from other Big Ten schools in proclaiming diversity...

Occupy crackdowns violate rights

November 28, 2011

To be able to speak freely is a liberty that should not be taken for granted, especially considering many countriesâÄô lack of concern for human rights. The rights to free speech and assembly are...

Winter in Minnesota: a cultural experience

November 21, 2011

ItâÄôs that time of year again. Snow has fallen, ski masks have been brought out, hands have been frozen and the marathon of winter has begun.   My friends know that winter is by far my least...

Preserving buildings preserves history

November 14, 2011

Tradition is an important part of the college experience âÄî it creates an atmosphere of community and legacy. Aesthetics are part of this tradition. Students and alumni love the University of...

Somali community bigger than Ali

November 8, 2011

Though the United States will finally be withdrawing from Iraq at the end of this year, the War on Terror continues. Our country remains alert, careful and cautiously guards its fragile feelings of relief...

No need for new Vikings stadium

November 2, 2011

Vikings were warriors, raiders and pillagers âÄî fierce clansmen with a knack for brutality and a propensity for adventure on the high seas and at home. Sadly, these conquering heroes are not the...

Measuring moral success

October 24, 2011

What if our success as students was measured less by grades and more by character? Would we be more successful? A recent article in the New York Times Magazine highlighted two schools whose administrations...

Women don’t have to play dumb

October 19, 2011

Last Saturday, as I was flipping through channels instead of braving the intense windiness outside, I realized âÄî via Jersey Shore, Bad Girls Club and the many entries in the Real Housewives series...

Cherish your lib. ed. requirements

September 29, 2011

As high school students today look at the job market and the economy, more and more are realizing that having a college degree is becoming essential to finding a job and imperative for a professional career....

College sports has lost its school spirit

September 19, 2011

College sports have always had the ability to bring people together. They encourage physical fitness and personal health while giving athletes a chance to make a difference by giving role models to kids...

The celebrity theory of politics

September 14, 2011

A few weeks ago, Republican voters had to decide which was the lesser of two evils between two Minnesotans: Tim Pawlenty and Michele Bachmann. They chose Bachmann. With famous one-liners like, âÄúNot...