The Minnesota Daily

All content by Connor Nikolic

Keep second language requirement

December 10, 2014

The Minneapolis public school district is struggling to keep up with many higher-performing districts around Minnesota. Its high schools currently have a graduation rate of about 54 percent, more than...

Let local businesses extend their hours

December 3, 2014

If they don’t have special licenses, most Minneapolis businesses outside of downtown cannot admit patrons after 10 p.m. on weeknights or 11 p.m. on weekends, according to the current city ordinance. The...

Beware of nosy retail giants

November 25, 2014

In today’s ever-evolving economy, retailers are using everything at their disposal to increase their hold on the sales market, especially around Black Friday. Companies, including luxury retailer...

Discrimination in blood donations

November 20, 2014

I’ve donated blood regularly since I turned 18, giving once or twice each year. Every time I’ve donated, one of the many queries the questionnaire asked me beforehand was, “[Have you]...

Structural institutionalization

November 13, 2014

I am a white male, and I have never been incarcerated. Based purely on this information, I have about a 34 percent chance of receiving a callback after a job interview, according to sociologist Devah Pager’s...

A refreshing view from the pope

November 5, 2014

Pope Francis last week became the first pope to accept the Big Bang Theory and evolution as factual. Moving away from the traditional Roman Catholic teachings of strict creationism, he’s entertaining...

Outside of US, press is not so free

October 28, 2014

One week ahead of the 2014 midterm elections, what are the primary topics on voters’ minds? Ebola, immigration reform, the Affordable Care Act and Stewart Mills’ hair, just to name a few. Each...

Skill gap refocuses the market

October 21, 2014

Minnesota added 7,200 jobs in September. The state’s unemployment rate has dropped to 4.1 percent, the lowest it has been since 2006. In a way, this represents a victory for Minnesota, and state...

Meatless Mondays a good idea

October 15, 2014

On more than 100 college campuses in several countries, dining halls have taken meat off the menu. Well, at least for one day of the week. All the dining halls at the University of Minnesota offer vegan...

Too much faith in the Internet’s security?

October 7, 2014

Last week, I received an unsettling email from TCF Bank informing me that I would receive a new card because my old one had been compromised. In a panic, I rushed to my nearest branch. The cashier —...

Supreme Court should rule on gay marriage

October 1, 2014

Since August 2013, when Minnesota became the 12th state to legalize same-sex marriage, thousands of same-sex couples in this state have tied the knot. A total of 19 states, plus the District of Columbia,...

Online clinics should be adopted

September 24, 2014

I’ve had a string of bad health problems in the past year. Last fall, I woke up one morning covered head to toe in hives. Last April, I was sick for several weeks and couldn’t figure out why....

Football players’ behavior unacceptable

September 17, 2014

This past spring, TMZ released a video of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice dragging his fiancee out of an elevator after he had knocked her unconscious with a punch. National Football League Commissioner...

What happened to free events?

September 10, 2014

"What’s going on down there tonight?” That’s the text I’ve received from a few friends most weekends for the past two years. More often than not, we manage to put together...

Bring back 25 meals a semester

September 2, 2014

As an off-campus student last year, I knew I would have the occasional urge to break for lunch at the dining halls. With this in mind, I visited the University Dining Services’ website, looking for...

Sterling’s ostracizing shows progress

May 6, 2014

Last week, TMZ released a conversation between Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and his girlfriend V. Stiviano. An unknown third party recorded the conversation. On the tape, Sterling said...

Curing the University’s sick day policy

April 29, 2014

Earlier this month, I started having fevers, severe headaches and regular dizziness. A Boynton Health Service doctor advised me to keep taking Tylenol until the symptoms subsided. I went to my home doctor...

Shining a spotlight on streetlights

April 22, 2014

I try to catch the bus after class, but with erratic schedules, I end up missing it at least once or twice each week. I walk home begrudgingly, remembering the string of thefts earlier this school year...

College riots overlook student effort

April 15, 2014

Thursday night’s Frozen Four semifinal game ended with an unforgettable buzzer-beater goal to sink our oldest hockey rivals, the University of North Dakota. Dinkytown went nuts after the game, as...

Move from a room of one’s own

April 8, 2014

My life is fairly routine. I roll out of bed each morning, get ready, put my shoes on, sprint after the bus and go to class. Afterward, I come home, plop myself on my futon and hammer through my homework....

The gateway drug label is dangerous

April 1, 2014

Lawmakers who are critical of marijuana often point to the drug’s status as a “gateway” to harder substances. However, recent studies suggest that alcohol consumption and tobacco use...

Schools start too early for teens

March 25, 2014

It may sound silly, but one of my first goals when I came to the University and set my own schedule was to ensure that I wouldn’t have to worry about staying awake through early morning classes....

Campus sidewalks are dangerous

March 11, 2014

All I wanted was a relaxing workout after stressing all week because of a midterm exam. After leaving the University Recreation and Wellness Center, I approached an ice-laden stretch of sidewalk behind...

What should we do with $1.23 billion?

March 4, 2014

The state of Minnesota forecasted a $1.23 billion budget surplus last week. What can we do with that kind of money? Save it for a “rainy day” fund? I believe Gov. Mark Dayton and the Minnesota...

U has too little off-street parking

February 25, 2014

A few friends and I had to drive through Dinkytown last weekend to meet with another friend at his apartment. If I learned one lesson from this trip, it was to avoid driving around the University of Minnesota...

Saving lives one phone call at a time

February 18, 2014

My friend and I escorted another friend back to her dorm on a chilly night last October. On our way back, we noticed something in the bushes in front of Nicholson Hall. When we got closer, we realized...

Is a tobacco-free future on the horizon?

February 11, 2014

Public officials have been working to curtail smoking and smoking-related deaths for several decades. Cigarette taxes have caused prices to triple in the past 20 years; tobacco companies can no longer...

A winless scenario for students

February 4, 2014

Workers collapsed the Metrodome this week, leaving the Vikings without a roof over their heads. So, like the good land-grant institution it is, the University of Minnesota offered to host the team for...

There’s more to blame than parents

January 28, 2014

American K-12 schools have fallen behind many of their overseas counterparts. Young Americans are not as successful as many of the world’s students in cumulative test scores, and lawmakers have not...

Klobuchar shines a light on trafficking

January 23, 2014

Selling minors for sex remains a huge issue across the world, but it’s especially bad in Minnesota. With current federal laws, the crime’s young victims may face prostitution charges if they...

Help on the long and winding road

December 11, 2013

I had bad luck with my health growing up. I went through pneumonia, allergic reactions and more rounds of strep throat and stomach flu than I can recall. I vividly remember the fire of strep raging in...

In the classroom, phones can wait

December 5, 2013

Walking like a zombie to an 8 a.m. lecture isn’t fun. Students are tired, probably hopped up on caffeine, and have possibly not eaten yet. When midway through class you feel a tingling sensation...

’Tis the season of giving at the U

November 27, 2013

I recently watched a YouTube video about a group of friends who walked up to strangers at a gas station and asked if they could pay for the strangers’ gas. It got me thinking: What if I did that,...

More than a Murmur

November 21, 2013

A murmur is a low whisper or confidential sound. With this in mind, St. Paul college students created the latest hot social media app gaining popularity at the University of Minnesota.  Available...

The backup plan

November 13, 2013

Prepare yourselves for battle, fellow students. The holiday shopping season is on the horizon, and we must be ready when it arrives. Stock your cash reserve, find a few comrades for your journey and keep...

Bullying persists even in adulthood

November 6, 2013

Offensive tackle Jonathan Martin left the Miami Dolphins last week after bullying from a teammate became too much to bear. The “Bullygate” scandal is a painful reminder that bullying can occur...

Students: Get food stamps

October 30, 2013

The government-funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamp program, is causing heated debate in Washington. The Right demanded cuts in funding, citing outliers who abuse the system....

Dreaming of more dreams

October 23, 2013

Forgive me of any flaws in this piece; I was preparing for a midterm until 3 a.m. this morning, and I’m writing on five hours of sleep. Something tells me you’ll understand, seeing as how the...

We’re more than sex

October 16, 2013

It’s 7 p.m. and you’re bored, so you start surfing channels for something worthwhile. Maybe you will scroll through Netflix to catch up on your favorite drama series. In any case, you’ll...

Off-campus insecurity

October 9, 2013

Like many of my fellow University of Minnesota students, I was out at a party last Saturday night. While I was enjoying weekend shenanigans, someone snooped in my supposedly empty house in Marcy-Holmes. My...

The education divide

October 2, 2013

Low-income students are already at a disadvantage when trying to obtain a college degree. With the middle class collapsing into the lower class, more and more students have to beat the odds for an education. Between...

Overbuilding Dinkytown

September 26, 2013

Since the completion of our on-campus football stadium, the Stadium Village neighborhood has been running rampant with new developments in order to capitalize on the proximity to the sports venue. Opus...

The times, they are still changin’

September 19, 2013

Last election season, volunteers campaigned for months to prevent marriage from being written into the state Constitution as “between a man and a woman.” With the amendment failing last year,...

Screen overdose

September 18, 2013

An experiment I have wanted to complete for some time is to go an entire 24 hours without resorting to any screen time. Time and time again I have failed. Sadly, I have become another cog in a society...

Let’s dance with Mary Jane

September 12, 2013

Medical marijuana bills are awaiting debate in the Minnesota Legislature next year. The last time pot received state attention was in 2009, when the Minnesota Legislature passed a medical marijuana bill...

University should ban e-cigs

September 5, 2013

Outside a party last weekend, a few of my friends stood chatting on the porch, each with an electronic cigarette in hand. As I approached, I was offered a hit off one of them, which I respectfully declined....