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Union busting legal spending is a blight on the University

September 19, 2016

On Thursday, the Minnesota Daily broke news that University of Minnesota administrators had spent more than $515,000 of state taxpayer and tuition money in its litigation against faculty unionizers.The...

With proposed nurse shortfalls, compromise must be reached to safeguard healthcare

September 17, 2016

Nurses working for Allina Health are continuing a strike for a second time in the past three months. The 4,800 nurses that work for the organization are currently being replaced by 1,500 replacement nurses.The...

U campus must show support for survivors

September 6, 2016

Former University of Minnesota student Daniel Drill-Mellum was sentenced to six years in prison at Hennepin County District Court last Tuesday, after he pleaded guilty to raping two women at separate...

BWCAW needs our protection

August 29, 2016

With its 1.1 million acres of robust and diverse wildlife, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is an iconic facet to Minnesota’s natural history. The glades and wetlands of the Boundary Waters...

Protestors held hands during a group prayer outside of the St. Anthony Police Department, where they rallied demanding justice for Philando Castile on Sunday, July 10.

The killing must stop

July 13, 2016

A police officer killed Alton Sterling for selling CDs outside his friend’s storefront. Philando Castile was met with the same fate for complying with an officer.Never have the inadequacies of a racially...

Mourners grieve at a vigil for the victims of the shooting at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, June 13, 2016.

Is ‘deadliest’ deadly enough?

June 15, 2016

Fifteen times since he assumed office in 2009, President Barack Obama has stood behind a podium, and with downtrodden eyes, decried America’s gun epidemic.  On Sunday afternoon, he delivered...

Prince’s legacy transcends pop

May 24, 2016

On Thursday, Prince — the Minnesota native whose flamboyant persona and genre-transcending sound left lasting impressions on the music industry — died at his Paisley Park estate in Chanhassen....

Reach across aisle to secure water

May 5, 2016

In a session most notable for strong partisan disagreement, state legislators on both sides of the aisle came together to support the improvement and protection of state water infrastructure.      Last...

Transparency key in sex assault talks

May 5, 2016

Conversations about campus sexual assault rarely gloss over the well-known figure “one in four” — and at the University of Minnesota, that statistic has proven accurate.      Nearly...

A greener city benefits students

May 4, 2016

At a recent University of Minnesota-hosted panel discussion, experts shed light on the relationship between green urban spaces and mental health. During the discussion, researchers presented findings...

City must invest in the homeless shelters

May 4, 2016

On Friday, the Minneapolis City Council passed an $800 million plan to fix parks and potholes. Those in support of the measure argue that it will provide some much-needed cash to make essential repairs...

Drug sentencing laws need reform

May 3, 2016

It’s unusual to find defense attorneys, police officers and prosecutors all in agreement with one another. But last Friday, a coalition of leaders from a wide variety of institutions announced a plan...

City must rethink greek housing

May 2, 2016

Facing a housing crunch, the University of Minnesota’s greek community is pressuring the city to reform its zoning regulations in order to permit an expansion of fraternity and sorority houses.      One...

Treat hospital attacks seriously

May 2, 2016

Last Wednesday, the bombing of a Doctors Without Borders-supported hospital in the Syrian city of Aleppo led to the deaths of an estimated 30 people, including at least two doctors. Reports said the region’s...

Restore the vote for state criminals

April 28, 2016

Last week, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe restored voting rights to more than 200,000 convicted felons. McAuliffe overturned a piece of Civil War-era legislation created to disenfranchise African-Americans.      Now,...

Privacy takes the stage in MnSCU

April 28, 2016

Just weeks after it went into effect, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) is sidelining a new rule that allowed the school system to inspect the personal cellphones of any of its nearly...

Despite progress, inequities remain

April 27, 2016

Last week, Minnesota’s Muslim population featured in two very different local news stories. One celebrated the opening of a new mosque in Afton, an east metro suburb. The other detailed a discrimination...

Rethink opioids to reduce overdoses

April 27, 2016

In 1999, the number of Minnesotans deaths due to opioid overdose was only 60. However, by 2014, the count had increased by more than 500 percent, bringing the total number of victims to 319.      Those...

Open Boynton for weekend service

April 26, 2016

If one were to Google “Boynton Health Service hours” over the weekend, the result plastered across the top of the screen would say “Closed.” The primary health care provider at...

Lower funding raises questions

April 26, 2016

Last week, 22 of the University of Minnesota’s student cultural centers came together to protest massive budgets cuts. The organizations are asking for more transparency throughout the funding process...

Prince’s legacy transcends pop

April 25, 2016

On Thursday Prince — the Minnesota native whose flamboyant persona and genre-transcending sound left lasting impressions on the music industry — died at his Paisley Park estate in Chanhassen....

U should update its building codes

April 21, 2016

As a part of a decadelong effort to make the University of Minnesota more accessible for transgender students, Facilities Management is looking to update about 270 single-stall bathrooms with gender-inclusive...

U can take pride in new grape

April 21, 2016

University of Minnesota researchers have developed a new variety of wine grape, which growers will begin cultivating next year.    We congratulate researchers on their success, and we hope their...

Promote equity in the city’s parks

April 21, 2016

This week, Minneapolis Superintendent Jayne Miller unveiled a list of city park amenities to upgrade over the next five years. When creating the list, the city considered the condition of park buildings...

Make innovation CSE’s main focus

April 20, 2016

The College of Science and Engineering is currently in the process of selecting a new dean —  a critical future-planning moment for the school and a unique opportunity for CSE to make integral...

Metro area needs affordable homes

April 20, 2016

Last week, developers attending an event sponsored by the Minnesota Multi Housing Association discussed Gov. Mark Dayton’s proposal to allocate an unprecedented $90 million in bonding authority...

New judicial body could boost trust

April 19, 2016

Last week, Minnesota lawmakers proposed the creation of a special prosecution board to investigate cases in which police officers use deadly force.   Chiefly authored by Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis,...

U finances should uphold our values

April 18, 2016

After months of controversy and debate, the Minnesota Student Association has passed a resolution urging the University of Minnesota to divest from corporations that profit from human rights abuse.      At...

Clarify student gov. election rules

April 18, 2016

Last week, Abeer Syedah and Sam Marlow were elected president and vice president of the Minnesota Student Association. Syedah and Marlow received about 62 percent of the vote, earning them a clear victory....

Put people ahead of political games

April 14, 2016

On Saturday, delegates to the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party Senate District 60 convention spent all day in Northeast Middle School to vote for a candidate to receive the party’s endorsement in the...

Fairview merger requires caution

April 14, 2016

Earlier this month, Fairview Health Services announced a merger with UCare, one of Minnesota’s largest health insurance providers. This move would expand Fairview’s reach, allowing its insurance...

Task force might promote wellness

April 13, 2016

The Minnesota Student Association, Faculty Consultative Committee and Council of Graduate Students could soon join forces to form a united front promoting mental health at the University of Minnesota.      According...

Don’t just speak against prejudice

April 13, 2016

A new law in North Carolina prevents transgender people from using the locker rooms and bathrooms that service the gender with which they identify. The law has upset many people — and rightfully...

Block proposed apartment plan

April 12, 2016

More than three years ago, Dinkytown reeled over a proposal to raze locally owned businesses and build luxury student housing in their place. But debates over maintaining Dinkytown’s historic character...

Banning Trump’s name won’t help

April 12, 2016

Students are taking a stand against messages in favor of Republican frontrunner Donald Trump, whose name has been appearing in chalk drawings on campuses nationwide.      Trump’s name...

Address disparity through business

April 11, 2016

Last week, a group of black community leaders unveiled the United Black Legislative Agenda at the State Capitol. Amid solutions for criminal justice and black immigrant justice, the agenda proposed that...

Fake iPhone gun poses problems

April 11, 2016

A Minnesota legislative committee authored a bill last week that would criminalize the purchase, possession and production of phone cases that look like guns.     The lawmakers who proposed the...

Fight invasive species spread

April 7, 2016

Arecent University of Wisconsin research paper sheds new light on an invasive species that’s infesting the Upper Midwest’s waterways.      According to researchers, spiny water...

Daily denounces anti-Islam flyers

April 7, 2016

This week, some Minnesota Daily readers picked up copies of our publication to find anti-Islam literature inserted inside them. University of Minnesota administrators have also brought the flyers to our...

U must look to private housing

April 6, 2016

As the number of students living on or near campus swells, administrators at the University of Minnesota are scrambling to develop a plan to stem the overflow of applications for University housing.      This...

Gather more info before wage hike

April 6, 2016

California and New York have affirmed their commitment to the $15 minimum or “living” wage. Although cities like Seattle have already implemented the living wage, this marks the first time...

U should let the state do its job

April 5, 2016

It could be months before the University of Minnesota can vote on whether or not to unionize its faculty.     In January, faculty members filed to form a union after discussions dating back...

Don’t revoke Title X health funding

April 5, 2016

Forty Republican state representatives decided earlier last week to introduce legislation in the Minnesota House that would revoke access to Title X funding for Planned Parenthood in Minnesota.      Title...

Consider impact of Clark case

April 4, 2016

On March 30, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced that the two white police officers responsible for the shooting of Jamar Clark, a 24-year-old black man, will not face criminal charges. An...

Drivers must put away cell phones

March 31, 2016

Cell phones are behind one in every four car accidents. These devices have a tremendous impact on our lives — but too often, they’re taking lives.      According to the Centers...

Adopt healthy habits in college

March 31, 2016

The basic tenets of a healthy lifestyle are common sense: exercise regularly, eat a balanced diet, don’t smoke and keep body fat percentage under a certain level.     But a new study published...

Keep alert when using crosswalks

March 30, 2016

A new, yearlong effort targeting the culture of St. Paul crosswalks has already revealed the dangerous relationship between the city’s pedestrians and its drivers.     In one week of...

Cuba visit shows hope for change

March 30, 2016

President Barack Obama’s recent trip signified the end of a decadeslong schism between Cuba and the United States. In Cuba, Obama emphasized the importance of moving past old rivalries.      At...

Save money, lives with prevention

March 29, 2016

Pre-diabetics across the United States could soon benefit from a Diabetes Prevention Program originally sponsored by Sen. Al Franken, DFL.     Sylvia Matthews Burwell, U.S. Secretary for Health...

Speech resolution presents a choice

March 29, 2016

The Faculty Consultative Committee at the University of Minnesota has voted to release for community review the draft of a resolution to protect speech at the University.      In light of...

Profiling doesn’t solve terrorism

March 28, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz’s recent suggestion to “patrol” Muslim communities following last week’s terrorist attacks in Brussels is not only unconstitutional but...

Choose not to expel students

March 28, 2016

Following a string of incidents in which students allegedly attacked their teachers, the Minnesota Senate Education Committee recently heard two very different proposals regarding how the state’s...

Wrap-around services matter

March 24, 2016

Too often, conversations about K-12 educational reform center solely on the classroom, targeting issues such as teaching structure, curriculum and class size. But while creating an optimal learning space...

Fix inaccurate abortion info

March 24, 2016

New research suggests that, nationally, one-third of information in state-produced booklets given to women seeking abortions is medically inaccurate.     Researchers observed a tendency for...

K-12 students can influence policy

March 23, 2016

On Monday evening, a group of St. Louis Park High School students assigned grades of their own as they publicly critiqued their hometown’s environmental impact.     At a City Council...

Food deserts in rural areas loom

March 23, 2016

A recent University of Minnesota study reveals that 62 percent of rural grocers intend to own their stores for 10 more years or less and that more than 70 percent of them have no plan to appoint a successor...

Train police to disarm suspects

March 22, 2016

Last week, Burnsville Police fatally shot an armed man named Map Kong in an encounter outside a McDonald’s restaurant. Someone had reported Kong’s behavior as suspicious, and after officers...

Prioritize climate research today

March 22, 2016

The Legislative Citizen Council on Minnesota Resources recently recommended several research projects at the University of Minnesota. Among them was an initiative to develop inexpensive solar energy, an...

Ban plastic bags in Minneapolis

March 21, 2016

Legislators often debate Minnesota’s environmental health on the floor of the state Legislature. Recently, concerns about the commonality of plastic bags scattered in ill-maintained fields and other...

State should pass right to die laws

March 21, 2016

After an emotional hearing last week, Sen. Chris Eaton, DFL-Brooklyn Center, withdrew a proposal for Minnesota to enact a “compassionate care act” that would allow doctors to prescribe suicide...

Library program connects Metro

March 10, 2016

Last week, the Metropolitan Library Services Agency (MELSA) began a pilot program to provide library card holders with access to free or discounted tickets to 15 cultural sites around the Twin Cities Metro...

Treat revenge porn as a crime

March 10, 2016

Last week, three University of Minnesota men’s basketball players were benched after a video depicting them in a sex act appeared on Twitter. While the motivation for posting the video remains unknown,...

Dialogue matters to strong activism

March 9, 2016

Earlier this week, Black Lives Matter St. Paul called off a planned protest in Como Park Senior High School. The demonstration was originally organized to respond to comments made by one of the school’s...

Update mental health systems

March 9, 2016

Minnesota’s mental health care system is failing some of the most vulnerable members of the population, according to the state’s Office of the Legislative Auditor. Over the past two years,...

U must expand classroom access

March 8, 2016

According to experts in educational design, the University of Minnesota is behind in shaping classrooms around a model of “Universal Design,” where learning environments fit any and all kinds...

Support food-labeling efforts

March 8, 2016

The United States Senate Agriculture Committee has approved legislation to prohibit states from mandating food labels that specify whether products include genetically modified organisms. Minnesota Sen....

Duluth plans to tackle its deficit

March 7, 2016

Last month, the University of Minnesota-Duluth’s chancellor released a concrete proposal for how to tackle the school’s $4.3 million deficit and balance its budget by 2019.     The...

Primary system is better for states

March 7, 2016

Last Tuesday, an overwhelming number of Minnesotans flooded state caucus sites. At many locations, lines snaked around the block —some places even experienced traffic backups.     The situation...

Clarify state sex assault laws now

March 3, 2016

Last week, Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson sent letters reminding state hospitals that they should not bill sexual assault victims for forensic medical exams. A report compiled by the Minnesota...

Journalists must learn from Mizzou

March 3, 2016

Last month, the University of Missouri fired a communications professor who was captured on film shouting that she “need[ed] some muscle” to remove student journalists from a media-free “safe...

Invest the budget surplus with care

March 2, 2016

Minnesota legislators received an unwelcome surprise last week when they learned the state’s budget surplus is now projected to be about $300 million less than previously expected. Although the...

Keep U tailored to state students

March 2, 2016

President Eric Kaler recently proposed a five-year enrollment plan for the University of Minnesota, seeking to increase undergraduate enrollment by 2,500 students and to guarantee that 65 percent of freshmen...

Soften drug laws across the state

March 1, 2016

Last Friday, Minneapolis voted to reduce its marijuana possession laws to match those of Minnesota. Previously, Minneapolis considered marijuana possession a misdemeanor. Now, however, marijuana possession...

Strive for K-12 honors diversity

March 1, 2016

A recent study on the underrepresentation of students of color in K-12 gifted programs reminds us why diversity initiatives targeting even the youngest learners will benefit the University of Minnesota.     Researchers...

Apple is right to uphold privacy

February 29, 2016

Apple and the FBI have been engaged in a conflict over the past month about whether Apple should provide the government with tools to access data in the iPhones of Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik, the shooters...

Promote dialogue with city activists

February 29, 2016

Since early February, Black Lives Matter St. Paul had planned a “nonviolent shut down action” at the Crashed Ice competition to demand the dismissal of city fire Sgt. Jeffrey Rothecker, who...

Make community college a priority

February 25, 2016

Access to education and college affordability have been important issues during the election process so far. Many people critical of the rising costs of universities have argued for a dramatic decline...

Increase services, not tuition costs

February 25, 2016

A recent survey from Boynton Health Service reveals the number of students diagnosed with mental health conditions has climbed sharply since 2013. Perhaps this is why the Minnesota Student Association...

Body cams are a worthy purchase

February 24, 2016

The Minneapolis City Council’s Public Safety Committee recently approved a $4 million contract that will provide all city police officers with body cameras by the end of the year.     Support...

Meditation rooms offer a calm space

February 24, 2016

Earlier this month, the University of Minnesota opened two meditation rooms on campus, in the Comstock and 17th Avenue residence halls. The spaces are meant to provide students with a designated area for...

Top-down admin power concerns

February 23, 2016

No one has told Inver Hills Community College sociology instructor Dave Berger why the school has banned him from campus and placed him on “paid investigatory leave” until further notice. However,...

Strong gov. will benefit students

February 23, 2016

The Minnesota Student Association, among other student government groups, recently gained new responsibilities which could increase its ability to represent college students.      MSA is...

Admins should reject tuition hike

February 22, 2016

A t their February meeting, members of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents voiced concern about President Eric Kaler’s plan to hike up tuition for out-of-state students by $3,200 per year...

Don’t let politics obstruct justice

February 22, 2016

On Feb. 13, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia passed away of natural causes at a Texas resort. Scalia, during his long service with the court, was well known for his conservative zeal and strict understanding...

Engage people to prevent terrorism

February 18, 2016

Earlier this month, Abdirizak Mohamed Warsame pled guilty to conspiracy to provide material support to ISIS. In his account, a group of his friends discussed plans of going to Syria to join the terrorist...

U should listen to divestment calls

February 18, 2016

Earlier this week, Students for Justice in Palestine, faculty and a group of more than 30 student organizations urged the University of Minnesota to divest from companies that they say “profit from...

Private investors redirect schools

February 17, 2016

The University of Minnesota is turning increasingly to private investors in order to fund its research, the Minnesota Daily reported last week.     According to Dan Gilchrist, a spokesman for...

Don’t discard the Paris Agreement

February 17, 2016

Gov. Mark Dayton has announced that Minnesota will continue its push to enact a clean energy plan despite the Supreme Court’s decision to block the implementation of President Barack Obama’s...

Free speech is the basis for learning

February 16, 2016

On Wednesday, the student group Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) will hold a protest against the conservative organization Students for a Conservative Voice.     SDS is opposing an event...

Buses could help people find work

February 15, 2016

This spring Metro Transit will begin using its first rapid transit bus line. The “A Line” will run from Rosedale Mall down Snelling Avenue and end at the 46th Street light rail station. Metro...

Ethics scandals hurt U research

February 15, 2016

An independent review of the University of Minnesota’s psychiatry program released late last week revealed ongoing ethical problems within the department.     However, the University has...

Missile tests need a strong response

February 11, 2016

Over the past few weeks, news of alleged North Korean nuclear weapon and long-range rocket tests has surfaced, propelling the North Korea into the public eye as one of the foremost threats to global security.     National...

Calorie measures not always right

February 11, 2016

Calories are a misguided unit of measurement that doesn’t take into consideration how the body actually processes food, according to a report published last month.     Nutrition experts...

Program will help people find work

February 10, 2016

Across Minnesota, state and county leaders are developing a plan to better integrate people with disabilities into the workforce. Inspired by a successful Ohio program, Minnesota’s “Way to...

University should prioritize housing

February 10, 2016

One of the University of Minnesota’s newest Panhellenic members — Chi Omega — is looking for a permanent residence outside of its temporary home at the 17th Avenue residence hall.     Since...

Faculty deserve job protections

February 9, 2016

Since Gov. Scott Walker and the Wisconsin Legislature stripped University of Wisconsin system employees of tenure protections and collective bargaining rights, faculty members statewide have decried the...

U must strive for further diversity

February 9, 2016

Exactly one year ago today, activists demanding accountability for University of Minnesota diversity initiatives occupied Morrill Hall. Protestors called for an end to racial disparities on campus, particularly...

City police should examine priorities

February 8, 2016

Avote to reappoint Janee Harteau as Minneapolis police chief has been delayed to allow supporters and dissenters the opportunity to sound off to the Minneapolis City Council, which will ultimately place...

Renovate state pipes and sewers

February 8, 2016

The water crisis in Flint, Mich., has spurred a national debate about the tremendous disparities in water quality across the United States. National coverage of the issue has also driven many communities...

State needs child care law reforms

February 4, 2016

This month, a group of state legislators will tour Minnesota to meet with parents and providers and seek solutions to a statewide shortage of affordable child care.     In the last decade, the...