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Serving the UMN community since 1900

The Minnesota Daily

Serving the UMN community since 1900

The Minnesota Daily

All content by Chelsey Perkins

Our power to shape society

Published May 6, 2008

I have been thinking a lot about the future lately. This is partly because I am graduating in less than two weeks and partly because, frankly, there is a lot of serious stuff going down in this world every...

Disclosing conflicts of interest essential

Published April 22, 2008

On Sunday, The New York Times reported that the opinions of many of the military analysts who appear on mainstream television news are rarely their own, but rather derived from carefully prepared Pentagon...

There’s no ignoring history and privilege

Published March 25, 2008

Over the past few weeks, I've watched the racial flare-up surrounding Sen. Barack Obama with trepidation, waiting to hear the presidential candidate's views on racial discrimination. Like many people ready...

Obama’s ‘change’ message substantive

Published February 5, 2008

Democratic presidential contender Sen. Barack Obama spoke about hope and change to nearly 20,000 people Saturday afternoon at the Target Center, myself among them. I have been skeptical of "change" as...

Reluctance to join fight hurts planet

Published December 11, 2007

On this day 10 years ago, more than 150 countries agreed at a global warming conference in Kyoto, Japan, to control the Earth's greenhouse gases. Since then, 174 countries have ratified the Kyoto Protocol,...

No excuse for recycling apathy

Published December 4, 2007

The physical act of tossing a bottle or can into a recycling bin is no more strenuous than that of throwing it into a trash can. Of course, you might need to walk a few extra feet, or make room for the...

‘The Sixties’ should be respected

Published November 27, 2007

One of my good friends told me the other day that he hoped the protests at the Republican National Convention next September are the biggest the nation has seen since the anti-war protests of the Vietnam...

Apathy fueled by lack of honest dialogue

Published November 20, 2007

The average American has plenty of reasons to feel disengaged in today's political climate. In the wake of two questionable presidential elections, the growing sentiment that our votes really don't matter...

DNA doesn’t justify unequal treatment

Published November 13, 2007

In the wake of the controversial remarks on race and intelligence uttered by Nobel laureate James Watson last month, articles examining the science behind Watson's claims are cropping up, including in...

Musharraf’s actions stifle freedom

Published November 6, 2007

The political turmoil in Pakistan following bombings at a celebration of exiled opposition leader Benazir Bhutto Oct. 18 reached new heights Saturday when Gen. Pervez Musharraf seized emergency powers...

U.S. trade policies absent from debate

Published October 30, 2007

Let's be honest here: Most of the news we get day-to-day comes in headlines and sound bites. This shows in the way we discuss political issues and the way political issues are framed for us. The immigration...

Convenience with consequences

Published October 23, 2007

It is something that everyone does and few of us think twice about in our culture of convenience - purchasing bottled water. Whether bottled water is part of your regular routine or you only grab one in...

Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week

Published October 16, 2007

This coming Monday, brace yourself for the excitement and thrills brought to you by the David Horowitz Freedom Center's "Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week," beginning Oct. 22 and ending Oct. 26. This fun-filled...

Green coal? I don’t think so

Published October 9, 2007

While perusing the limited TV channels that come in with having rabbit ears, I stopped on a General Electric commercial about coal. The ad intended to leave me with a warm, fuzzy feeling about GE's commitment...

Eisenhower left us with wise words

Published October 2, 2007

I've had a war-filled weekend. Between writing a story for class about a soldier's death, watching Ken Burns' PBS documentary "The War" and watching Eugene Jarecki's film "Why We Fight," I've felt both...

Freedom of speech is content neutral

Published September 25, 2007

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spoke yesterday at Columbia University as part of its World Leaders Forum despite an outpouring of disgust by many public officials and, particularly, FOX News. Ahmadinejad...

The Bush-era blacklist

Published September 18, 2007

When we look back at the Joseph McCarthy era of anti-communist hysteria in our country's history books, we think of the blacklisting and unjustified governmental questioning of suspected communists as...

What I saw at the regents protest

Published September 11, 2007

When I showed up at the McNamara Alumni Center last Friday to attend the rally in support of the striking University workers, I was not expecting to actually enter the Board of Regents meeting being held...