The Minnesota Daily

All content by Christopher Meyer

Let students be involved in their neighborhoods

April 16, 2012

The Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association will soon vote on whether to amend its bylaws in order to make its elections more accessible to student residents. It is imperative that MHNA members support these...

A monument to frivolous spending

April 9, 2012

When asked to describe her goals for the year, the first objective Minnesota Student Association President Lizzy Shay laid out was that MSA must strive to spend all of its money. “I think it’s...

Crush the knowledge profiteers

April 2, 2012

     “Who are the most ruthless capitalists in the Western world?” asks George Monbiot, a weekly columnist for The Guardian. “[M]y vote goes not to the banks, the...

Redistricting hurts students’ clout

March 21, 2012

  The Minneapolis Charter Commission is in the final stages of redistricting Minneapolis into new wards. The Commission is set to take a final vote on the map March 26. As it stands, the new map splits...

Reject corporate welfare for Vikings

March 5, 2012

On March 1, Gov. Mark Dayton, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and Vikings owner Zygi Wilf publicly announced a deal to build a new Vikings stadium next to the existing Metrodome site in downtown Minneapolis....

Zoning laws keep student rents high

February 13, 2012

The University of Minnesota is in a period of crisis. The costs of attending this institution have skyrocketed in recent years, with no end in sight. In the midst of such a crisis, policymakers at every...

Let high schoolers vote at age 14

February 7, 2012

Rep. Phyllis Kahn has often been criticized for her efforts to lower MinnesotaâÄôs voting age. Mike Griffin, her challenger in tonightâÄôs Democratic-Farmer-Labor caucus, calls the issue...

Grassroots for Griffin campaign lacks substance

January 30, 2012

On Feb. 7 at 7 p.m., the Minnesota DFL party will hold caucuses to determine which candidates will receive the DFLâÄôs endorsement. Mike Griffin, a 2010 political science graduate from the University...

Franken fails to protect open Internet

January 23, 2012

Until recently, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) has been a champion of Internet freedoms. In his three years in the Senate, he has made it a priority to defend First Amendment rights and online privacy protections,...

Let students use Adderall

December 12, 2011

Last week the Daily published a column titled âÄúUsing Adderall is a form of cheating.âÄù The article, originally published in the Technician âÄî the student newspaper for North...

Klobuchar’s bills will cripple the Net

November 28, 2011

When Justin Bieber first learned about the PROTECT IP Act, his immediate reaction was that Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), one of the primary sponsors of the bill, âÄúneeds to be locked up, put away...

Age is a disease

November 14, 2011

The movie âÄúIn Time,âÄù in theaters now, imagines a future where age has been cured. Characters live to be hundreds of years old, yet retain all the vitality of their youth. This is not...

End parking lot socialism

October 31, 2011

Most Americans will tell you that they support free markets. When it comes to parking policy, however, even many of the most conservative free marketeers suddenly transform into ardent communists. They...

Stop subsidizing the suburbs

October 10, 2011

People often ask me why it is that I care so much about the nationâÄôs housing and transportation issues. In response, I ask them to consider some of the most important problems facing the nation...

Why students should care about local politics

September 25, 2011

As students are acutely aware, the costs of higher education have risen dramatically in recent years. The problem is rapidly approaching crisis levels; more and more students are being forced to take on...

The rent is too damn high

September 18, 2011

When Jimmy McMillan founded the âÄúRent Is Too Damn HighâÄù party in New York, he was onto something. However, while McMillan poignantly identified the symptom, he failed to accurately...

‘Welcome Students’ needs to be more than just a slogan

September 12, 2011

Note: Chris Meyer is a board member on the Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood AssociationIn June 2004, approximately 90 people packed into a crowded room to partake in the annual election meeting of the Marcy-Holmes...