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Hailee Schievelbein

Editorial: Know thine enemy

July 24, 2020

Our nationally dismal response to the novel coronavirus pandemic has been the cherry on top of the Trump administration's tenure to date. The administration and certain states in the Union have been testing...

Hailee Schievelbein

Editorial: Voter suppression in the 2020 election

July 18, 2020

Like the Americans it disenfranchises, voter suppression has taken many diverse forms throughout our history. From horrifying intimidation tactics prior to the 15th Amendment, to more recent “use it...

Hailee Schievelbein

Editorial: For the health of all UMN communities, keep campus empty

July 13, 2020

In terms of health, it is in the favor of the entire University of Minnesota community that as few people as possible be on campus before a vaccine to COVID-19 has granted the state herd immunity. In an...

Hailee Schievelbein

Editorial: Do not privatize police

June 29, 2020

Police in the U.S. must change from the way they are today, but without hawkish vigilance, we risk leaving the door open to something that can be much worse: large-scale privatized policing. If any state...

Hailee Schievelbein

Editorial: Can white people experience racism? Pt. II

June 26, 2020

This editorial was written as a follow-up to a previous editorial board piece.  "Reverse racism" is what a white person may use to describe a belief that any social or economic gains by Black people...

Sarah Mai

Editorial: Hey Co-Star, how am I feeling today?

November 14, 2019

While scrolling through your Twitter feed, you are far more likely to stumble upon someone’s astrology reading for the week than you are to find a prayer for someone’s loved one. Likewise, you’ll...

Editorial: Remembering the importance of self-care, even as a student

April 29, 2019

Self-care and student life are at direct odds. While we run from class to work to social events, our bodies and mental health take a toll. The next two weeks are bound to be the busiest for students, faculty...

Editorial: Recognizing the value of student publications on Support Student Journalism day

April 25, 2019

Since 1900, the Minnesota Daily has served the University of Minnesota and surrounding areas by publishing news that matters. Today, we stand strong as one of the largest independent student-run publications...

Editorial: Legislature must go through traditional regent election process

April 22, 2019

State legislators are dragging their feet deciding who will fill the four open seats for the University of Minnesota's Board of Regents — an entity responsible for carrying out some of the most pressing...

Editorial: Applying to unpaid internships? Here’s what you need to know

April 18, 2019

Whether you’re searching for a post-graduation internship or a summer gig, knowing your rights (and your worth) as an intern is highly important — especially when it comes to unpaid internships. Don’t...

Editorial: Noor’s trial sheds light on media accessibility cultural impacts

April 7, 2019

Jury selection for the highly contested Mohamed Noor trial began on Monday. The fatal shooting of Justine Ruszczyk Damond has garnered local, national and global media attention, yet the media’s access...

Editorial: Fully fund the University of Minnesota

April 4, 2019

University of Minnesota officials have been feeling the heat lately when it comes to raises in tuition. In January, the Minnesota Daily reported President Kaler anticipates a 2 percent resident tuition...

Editorial: Trump’s executive order regarding free inquiry on college campuses

April 1, 2019

President Trump signed an executive order last week regarding free speech on college campuses. The order stemmed from conservative student voices expressing concerns about the ability to freely speak their...

Editorial: UMN regents’ response to renaming report is disheartening

March 25, 2019

Several members of the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents were quick to dismiss the 125-page report by the Task Force on Building Names and Institutional History at the most recent regent meeting....

Editorial: Journalism is not immune to elitist bias

March 14, 2019

Journalists across the country were abuzz last week when Theodore Kim, who is director of newsroom fellowships at the The New York Times, tweeted a list of the "best" colleges that produce the most “consistently...

Photo by Jerusa Nyakundi / Minnesota Student Association

Editorial: The Minnesota Daily’s endorsement for MSA president and vice president

March 11, 2019

Editor’s note: The print version of this story was published prior to Janet Nguyen dropping out of the race and uncertainty around Osirus Washington’s campaign. This current version reflects the updated...

Editorial: Muslim students deserve wash stations that aren’t in a custodial closet

March 6, 2019

On Sunday, the Minnesota Daily reported 12 new wash stations are available across the University of Minnesota campus where Muslim students can practice Wudu, the ritualistic cleansing of the face, hands...

Editorial: Revamping liberal education requirements will help ensure student success

March 4, 2019

Most people at college have experienced the frustration of taking courses that don’t apply to their major. Many see these general requirements, or what a lot of students at University of Minnesota call...

Editorial: Tightening restrictions on vaping is a step in the right direction

February 28, 2019

The Minnesota Daily reported Sunday that lawmakers are looking to tighten restrictions on vaping. Under the proposed bill, vaping would be banned in places where cigarettes are restricted. The bill would...

Editorial: Support for renaming campus buildings

February 25, 2019

A University of Minnesota task force called for the renaming of four buildings on campus in a report released Wednesday. The Minnesota Daily Editorial Board fully supports the task force’s recommendation....

Editorial: Hustle culture promotes an unhealthy lifestyle, causing many to burnout

February 21, 2019

Hustle culture. Most people tend to think of illicit activities and side jobs when hearing the word “hustle,” but let’s talk about the idea of hustle culture in the context of the University of Minnesota....

Photos printed in the early 1900s from University of Minnesota yearbooks depicting discriminatory practices and actions on campus.

Editorial: Acknowledging racial, discriminatory historical practices on UMN campus

February 18, 2019

The Minnesota Daily Editorial Board decided we would do some digging into the University of Minnesota’s history with cultural and racial discrimination from the late 1800s into the 1970s. Looking through...

Editorial: MPD continues to underserve, misunderstand victims of sexual assault

February 14, 2019

Following an attempted sexual assault attack on a University of Minnesota student last Friday, a Minneapolis Police Department Public Information Officer stated in a press conference that the victim “wasn’t...

Editorial: UMN’s responsibility to homeless community

February 11, 2019

The polar vortex has consumed Minneapolis this past week and brought record breaking cold temperatures to campus. Our classes were canceled and, though many of us kept warm at home, some did not have that...

Editorial: Amnesty bill strong step forward in justice for sexual assault survivors

February 7, 2019

On Monday, the Minnesota Daily reported the Minneapolis Police Department recently implemented a policy that prevents officers from citing sexual assault reporters for underage drinking, drug use and other...

Editorial: UMN should take initiative for student safety more often

January 31, 2019

Minnesota has faced dangerously cold temperatures this week, with Minneapolis experiencing a windchill of 50 degrees below zero midday on Tuesday and just over 40 degrees below zero Wednesday at noon....

Editorial: Politicians should be using social media to reach younger voters

January 28, 2019

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez frequently uses her Instagram to interact with her many followers — she has over two million. Ocasio-Cortez, who says she takes no corporate money for her political campaign,...

Editorial: Kick off spring semester by joining a new student group, here’s a few to choose from

January 24, 2019

With a new semester comes new opportunities. Whether it be to achieve your New Year’s resolution or trying something new, the University of Minnesota offers over 800 student groups. There’s something...

Editorial: Spring semester is here — so is the need to stay organized, motivated

January 21, 2019

One Stop Student Services has flooded your University email and your academic responsibilities are creeping around the corner. This only means one thing: spring semester is here.  Finding the drive...

Editorial: Joan Gabel a great finalist for next UMN President

December 13, 2018

It's time for a fresh perspective on campus. Now, as University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler prepares to step down in July, we have an opportunity for just that — a new voice leading the University. The...

Editorial: Additional prescription disposal boxes needed after first semester success

December 10, 2018

From the hospital to overdose, the opioid crisis is a national public health crisis that cannot be ignored any longer. It’s a crisis that affects more than 11 million people nationally, including college...

Editorial: Knowledge is a gift we should be grateful to receive

December 6, 2018

During this time, late in the semester, it is very easy to find yourself hating all things academic. The three weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas fly by so fast — making it feel like they will...

Editorial: Board of Regents decision to select one Presidential finalist is a mistake

December 6, 2018

On Wednesday, the University of Minnesota's Board of Regents met to discuss finalists in the search for the University’s next president. Due to the high-profile nature of the candidates, some have requested...

Editorial: Use your power to volunteer during the season of giving

December 3, 2018

While most people consider this time to be the most wonderful time of the year, for some students and families, it might just be the most stressful. If you’ve been looking for a way to give back to those...

Editorial: Reviewing the University’s sickness policy

November 29, 2018

Students get sick.  With over almost 50,000 students populating on the University of Minnesota's Twin Cities campus, you are bound to catch some sort of virus or bug. Typically, these minor illnesses...

Editorial: Proactive policy can solve Twin Cities housing issues

November 26, 2018

A new Minneapolis ordinance aims to protect residents living in affordable housing. This includes over 1,000 units near the University of Minnesota campus. The ordinance, which passed earlier this month,...

Editorial: A needed fall break

November 21, 2018

Earlier this month, the American Psychological Association found what college students already know: Generation Z, or people aged 15 to 21 years old, are the most stressed generation. The study looked...

Editorial: Developing pronoun policy needs to be enforceable and fair

November 19, 2018

An act of inclusiveness by the University of Minnesota has become one of the most controversial topics on campus. The University's proposed gender expression policy would allow students to select their...

Editorial: The student responsibility to shape the community

November 15, 2018

At the University of St. Thomas last month, a student woke up to the words “N***** Go Back” written on the door to his dorm. This sparked not only student outrage, but also action across the campus....

Editorial: The University’s involvement in the CIP should be a guarantee

November 12, 2018

Early last week, the University of Minnesota recently pulled out of — and then entered back into — the Conservation Improvement Program (CIP), a statewide energy efficiency program. While the program...

Editorial: Ensuring academic success in minority communities

November 7, 2018

The Minnesota Daily reported in October that the University of Minnesota graduation rates for African American students are relatively low compared to other populations of the student body. From 2013 to...

Editorial: How we can employ a better civic engagement

November 5, 2018

The United States political climate continues to remain as polarized as ever. Fortunately, this rough political climate also continues to promote civic engagement in Americans who, until this point, hadn’t...

Editor’s note: How we endorsed

November 1, 2018

Over the past several weeks, the four members of the Minnesota Daily's Editorial Board have interviewed six candidates for state and federal offices. We selected candidates to interview based on polling...

Editorial: The Minnesota Daily endorses Tim Walz for Governor of Minnesota

November 1, 2018

The 2018 midterm elections are looking to be the most contentious in U.S. history. After the 2016 general election results left many Americans unsatisfied, many see this election year as a catalyst that...

Editorial: The Minnesota Daily’s endorsement for Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District

November 1, 2018

Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District is one of the major urban-centered districts in Minnesota, spanning eastern Hennepin County and parts of Anoka and Ramsey counties. Comprised of Minneapolis and...

Editorial: The Minnesota Daily’s endorsement for Minnesota House District 60B

November 1, 2018

House District 60B is experiencing change this election cycle, as the first Somali-American legislator Rep. Ilhan Omar, DFL-Minneapolis, has vacated the seat for a chance to represent Minnesota in Congress....

Editorial: Don’t face midterms alone

October 29, 2018

As midterm season rapidly approaches, it’s important to efficiently and effectively prepare for exams and practice self-care. Tackling midterms is easier with the right support, and this is your reminder...

Editorial: Immediate effect of tuition raises are alarming

October 25, 2018

Nearly one year ago, the University of Minnesota's Board of Regents passed a proposal that increased non-resident tuition by 15 percent. This proposal was introduced in an effort to match University tuition...

Editorial: Hard alcohol ban is only the first step

October 22, 2018

The North American Interfraternity Council (NIC) shocked fraternities nationwide when it was announced in August that chapters had one year to ban hard alcohol. However, the University of Minnesota's Interfraternity...

Editorial: Start learning how to lead environmentally friendly lives

October 18, 2018

On Oct. 8, the world was exposed to staggering statistics about the health and longevity of our Earth, which included learning that carbon dioxide emissions would need to be nearly cut in half by the year...

Editorial: Get vaccinated

October 15, 2018

The return of fall means the return of many things, like colorful leaves, cooler temperatures and, everyone’s favorite, football games. However, it also means the return of flu season. This flu season,...

Editorial: Show how powerful the student vote can be in November

October 11, 2018

Students on campus have not been silent about the recent nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Throughout the confirmation process, people protested against the nomination outside of Coffman...

Editorial: It is time to re-evaluate the CLA Language Requirements

October 8, 2018

The University of Minnesota requires all College of Liberal Arts students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Individualized Study to complete coursework equivalent to two years of a foreign language....

Editorial: Student workers deserve a livable and higher wage

October 4, 2018

Recently, the University of Minnesota's Student Senate launched a year-long campaign to increase student minimum wage. By aiming to increase the wage to $11.25 an hour, the current minimum wage for Minneapolis,...

Editorial: Studying abroad, while encouraged, often cannot be financially viable

October 1, 2018

At this point in the semester, all University of Minnesota students are well aware of the opportunity to study abroad. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the study abroad programs, and it often...

Editorial: Under-representation of student voices on the Presidential Search Committee is unacceptable

September 27, 2018

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler shocked the University community when he announced he will step down on July 1, 2019, one year earlier than his contract was set to end. Another shocking piece...

Editorial: Students should utilize University-sponsored mental health services

September 24, 2018

Since 1999, the suicide rates in the United States have risen nearly 30 percent — with rates in Minnesota increasing by 40 percent. This increase means there are 15 suicides for every 100,000 people...

Editorial: Dockless scooters bring transportation opportunities, public safety challenges

September 20, 2018

The sidewalks of Minneapolis, which have seen nearly every type of transportation, were invaded by something new in the beginning of July — hundreds of motorized scooters. In addition to being fun, they...

Editorial: Rising everyday campus fees may create barrier to entry for low-income students

September 17, 2018

In May, University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler announced a bill that raised in-state tuition at the University by 2 percent. Implemented this fall, in-state students saw an increase of about $258,...

Editorial: More needs to be done, individually, to combat homelessness

September 13, 2018

We hear it all the time: “You should be volunteering to help out your local homeless population.” We hear it in our classes, in our places of worship and in our workplace. We are given multiple opportunities...

Editorial: Do not forget the underlying social issues present in socially conscious corporate ad campaigns

September 10, 2018

Colin Kaepernick, former NFL quarterback turned political activist, recently signed a deal with Nike – making him spokesman of its new advertising campaign featuring himself, along with several other...

Editorial: While the war on plastic straws continues, Minnesota needs to work on banning single-use plastics

September 6, 2018

Minneapolis tends to be a consumer-friendly city. Compared to its large urban counterparts, the city ranks as the most bikeable, the second healthiest and the fourth most vegan-friendly in the nation....

Editorial: Equal representation of minority communities in government still lacking

September 3, 2018

Throughout United States’ history, the standard representation of our country’s citizens have been white men. While there has always been a need for diversity and inclusion in our government, minorities...

Editorial: Students deserve a voice in the upcoming presidential search

August 1, 2018

With the announcement of University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler’s decision to resign next year, the University system can determine what kind of leadership we want to see at our institution throughout...

Editorial: UMN pioneering pronoun preference policy, giving everyone a right to their identity

July 25, 2018

The University of Minnesota is considering implementing a new policy that would grant the right to transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals to be referred to by their preferred pronouns. The policy...

Editorial: Why we should listen to the message behind the Ben Shapiro lawsuit

July 18, 2018

Young America’s Foundation, Students for a Conservative Voice and conservative speaker Ben Shapiro are suing the University of Minnesota for discrimination and violation of First Amendment rights after...

Editorial: You are welcome here

July 11, 2018

With the recent decision of the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold U.S. President Donald Trump’s travel ban comes another example of how driven our current administration is to put forth policy fueled by fearmongering,...

Editorial: Following events at Capital Gazette, journalism is more important than ever

July 4, 2018

Thursday afternoon, the United States witnessed yet another deadly attack. This time, the target was Annapolis, Maryland newspaper the Capital Gazette, after a man infiltrated its office and began to open...

Editorial: Bureau of Criminal Apprehension should release body cam footage of Thurman Blevins Jr. shooting

July 3, 2018

With the death of Thurman Blevins Jr., we face yet another tragic and fatal police shooting that is provoking anger and distrust throughout our community, especially among the citizens of North Minneapolis.  As...

Editorial: We need to pay more attention to the realities of emotional abuse

June 27, 2018

Recently, actress and model Chloe Dykstra posted an unlisted article on Medium that recounted her experience of an emotionally and sexually abusive relationship. She didn’t name her abuser, but many...

Editorial: UMN tuition increases should be used to bolster education

June 20, 2018

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler’s fiscal year 2019 budget was approved by the Board of Regents earlier this month. Meaning, in-state tuition at the Twin Cities campus will increase by 2...

Editorial: UMN should reinstate reproductive rights fellowship

June 13, 2018

Last month, the University of Minnesota delayed an reproductive rights fellowship after an outcry from a conservative media source and anti-abortion groups, with Medical School Dean Jakub Tolar ultimately...

Editorial: Reflecting on a politically driven, surprising year in news

May 3, 2018

This school year was a roller coaster of emotions for the University of Minnesota, United States and students across the country. From Super Bowl activities on campus to April blizzards, the student body...

Editorial: Practice self-care this finals season

April 30, 2018

As the school year wraps up, we find it important to remind all students to take care of themselves throughout the stressful exam season. The last few weeks of the semester are often responsible for students'...

Editorial: UMN, police need to be transparent in wake of Somali Night arrests

April 25, 2018

On Friday night, the Somali Student Association held their annual Somali Night at Northrop Auditorium. The night mostly went according to plan, SSA said in a Sunday statement. At the end, however, police...

Editorial: The importance of student newsrooms and how you can help

April 25, 2018

In January, Southern Methodist University announced it was combining the independent student newspaper with its journalism school. While alumni are now making a considerable effort to raise $125,000 in...

Editorial: Starbucks’ racial bias training not enough

April 23, 2018

On Thursday, April 19, a viral video showed two black men being arrested in a Philadelphia Starbucks. The video showed the men making little to no disturbance before the police were called, and then put...

Editorial: UMPD budget should remain untouched

April 19, 2018

Amid a relatively peaceful yet frigid spring semester, the University of Minnesota Police Department continues to serve the University community and keep our expansive campus relatively safe. Although...

Editorial: ‘It Ends Here’ a well-rounded and important MSA campaign

April 16, 2018

Just last week, the Minnesota Student Association launched a wide-spread campaign aiming to combat sexual assault on campus. This movement is what this campus needs. The “It Ends Here” campaign attempts...

Editorial: MPD needs more training along with diverse officers

April 12, 2018

Americans' opinions toward the police remain heavily divided. The path to defeating police brutality, especially regarding race-based discrimination, is continuously debated across our nation and our campus. The...

Editorial: Why we publish

April 7, 2018

Mitchell Hoenig’s death is a tragedy. The 20-year-old was a star student who aspired to become a doctor in order to help others, and his life was cut short in late February. Although the story was hard...

Editorial: Sinclair Broadcast Group’s message very troubling

April 5, 2018

Last week, a video showing hundreds of local television news anchors reciting the same script was edited together and released, sending the general public into a panic. The recited script warned against...

Editorial: Residents need to provide feedback on Minneapolis 2040 plan

April 2, 2018

On March 22, a comprehensive plan to overhaul policy in Minneapolis was released for public comment and review. Although Minneapolis 2040 is still being drafted, it will attempt to curb policy within the...

Editorial: With Noor, let due process take its course

March 29, 2018

On July 15, 2017, Justine Damond was fatally shot by then Minneapolis Police officer Mohamed Noor after she had called 911 to report a possible assault outside in southwest Minneapolis. This news shocked...

Editorial: The future of the gun reform movement

March 26, 2018

On the morning of Saturday, March 24, thousands gathered across the nation in March for Our Lives rallies. Ever since the deadly mass shooting on Feb. 14 in Parkland, Florida, the fight against gun violence...

Editorial: ACEC should reform policies, increase transparency

March 22, 2018

The All-Campus Election Commission is tasked with the responsibility of ensuring a democratic transition of power between student body governments at the University of Minnesota. To accomplish this task,...

Editorial: Projected uptick in housing will cost Minneapolis

March 19, 2018

A recent report by the Star Tribune posited that by the end of next year, builders will have completed 13,000 units — mainly market rate and luxury apartments — in addition to the 24,000 apartments...

Editorial: UMN Divest referendum should not pass

March 7, 2018

Every year, the University of Minnesota and the All-Campus Elections Commission has a referendum mechanism where the student body may vote on a statement sponsored by student groups. If the majority of...

Editorial: Students should vote for student government

March 5, 2018

Every year, the student body votes for student government leaders, including Minnesota Student Association president and vice president, as well as the Professional Student Government and the Council of...

Editorial: Legislature should approve large portion of University’s request

February 26, 2018

Every year, a process to fund the state of Minnesota begins. The state breaks funding into two separate categories. In odd numbered years, the state Legislature usually focuses on the overall budget, which...

Editorial: Legislature should approve proposed fiscal increase for University

February 22, 2018

Every year, the University of Minnesota makes a request for the money it will need to function for the following year. After receiving the request, the governor issues a secondary recommendation to the...

Editorial: Proposed changes to the Student Conduct Code aren’t the problem

February 19, 2018

A Student Conduct Code change was recently proposed that would include an updated policy holding student groups liable for any conduct they direct, sponsor or endorse that violates the University's conduct...

Editorial: Student group endorsement processes matter

February 15, 2018

With the Minnesota Student Association and various other student governments on campus holding elections in the next month, it’s likely that many student groups will be faced with the decision to endorse...

Editorial: Safety should be weighed appropriately for Shapiro visit

February 12, 2018

On Monday, Feb. 26, the University of Minnesota will be hosting conservative pundit Ben Shapiro in the St. Paul Student Center, much to the apparent dismay of several organizing conservative student groups...

Editorial: Student engagement initiative for UMPD should be applauded

February 8, 2018

One of the newest MSA initiatives aims to create a University of Minnesota Police Department Student Engagement team. An email was sent to the student body, outlining the team's goal of creating an outlet...

Editorial: Increase year-round efforts to combat sex trafficking

February 5, 2018

With the recent Super Bowl, there has been a significant increase in the concerns about sex trafficking. The increase in concern is obviously well-placed. Sex trafficking is an issue that warrants more...

A view outside the Graduate Hotel Monday morning.

Editorial: Campus should not call for class cancellation so quickly

February 1, 2018

Students, faculty, staff and parents received several emergency notices indicating a developing situation at the Graduate Hotel in Stadium Village Monday morning. The situation continued for the next 38...

Editorial: Less expensive childcare options needed in Minneapolis, UMN

January 29, 2018

With Minneapolis experiencing its largest growth rate since the 1920s, we can expect both blessings and complications. These complications include implementing affordable housing for all types of citizens....

Editorial: Stay mentally healthy in 2018

January 25, 2018

As all students know, staying mentally alert and healthy can be one of the most difficult challenges that students face. It’s no news that mental health becomes harder to manage during the winter —...

Editorial: Minneapolis not being an Amazon HQ2 finalist is good news

January 22, 2018

This fall, Amazon announced its search for a second headquarters. The company, whose first headquarters has been based in Seattle ever since world’s richest man, CEO and founder Jeff Bezos, started the...