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Honoring the third-party vote

November 6, 2012

  Every four years elections come down to two candidates from our majority parties, while third parties are left to alternative debates, a lack of media respect and a misunderstanding electorate....

Fulfill your civic duty

November 6, 2012

  Today is Nov. 6, 2012, and you have one important duty: vote. It is far more important to take time out of your day to help elect our future national, state and local leaders than go to class, write...

Re-elect Ellison for Congress

November 5, 2012

Since 2007, Keith Ellison, D-Minn., has been our voice in the U.S. House of Representatives. Though his opponent, Chris Fields, honorably worked abroad in the Marine Corps for 21 years and later moved...

Reject the ban on same-sex marriage

November 5, 2012

On Tuesday, voters will be asked to either support or reject a constitutional amendment that would ban marriage between same-sex couples. Denying any right from a specific demographic is unjust and should...

Deciding what to discover

October 31, 2012

The University of Minnesota has a rich, strong and impassioned history of research ever since its birth as a land-grant institution. As we welcome new Vice President for Research Brian Herman, formerly...

The pressure of Halloween

October 31, 2012

Halloween is a unique holiday in that its participants are given an opportunity to be particularly creative and stand out. Many of the costumes people choose to wear on Halloween are topical and timely,...

Increasing the minimum wage

October 29, 2012

From internships to part-time positions, low paying jobs are often the norm for college students. But for Minnesota workers trying to provide for their families, the current minimum wage isn’t enough....

Mixing politics and business

October 29, 2012

Until the landmark Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, private companies were largely banned from using profits and other resources to directly influence political campaigns and elections. However,...

Putting athletics above the law

October 25, 2012

Earlier this week, assistant men’s basketball coach Saul Smith, son of head coach Tubby Smith, was put on indefinite unpaid administrative leave following his Saturday arrest on suspicion of driving...

Plan for loan debt

October 25, 2012

With tuition costs on the rise, it has become necessary for many students to take out loans to pay for college. Most students don’t realize how much they’ll have to pay for school until after...

Focusing down the ballot

October 24, 2012

In sharp contrast to four years ago, Minnesota has received little national attention during this campaign season. Neither President Barack Obama nor Gov. Mitt Romney have spent much time in the state,...

The intelligence of scientific design

October 24, 2012

As students of one of the largest public research universities in the United States, we have an important perspective on the role of science in the future of American technology and innovation. At the...

Still waiting for Superman

October 17, 2012

Throughout the presidential campaign, only a handful of political issues have been routinely ducked and avoided as often as education. In the face of more than a trillion dollars in college loan debt and...

Students of social media

October 17, 2012

Being a college student means different things to different generations. Many of our parents have shared stories about the trauma of writing term papers on typewriters and using real, tangible paper; whiteout...

A shrinking higher ed

October 15, 2012

According to a new report, higher education may be shrinking for the first time in at least 15 years. The total enrollment at colleges and universities eligible for federal financial aid in the U.S. fell...

Opportunity for all

October 15, 2012

Immigration has always played an important role in America’s economic prosperity and social progress. The nation was formed from the different cultures and beliefs of people coming from all over...

STEM needs more women

October 10, 2012

A new study conducted by Yale University shows that there continues to be a bias against women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. It seems that despite nationwide efforts to increase...

The 9/11 kids

October 10, 2012

The millennials, often classified as those who were born somewhere between the early 1980’s and the year 2000, are a generation of Americans who have spent the majority of their early lives while...

When therapy becomes harmful

October 8, 2012

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill last week that made California the first state to ban “conversion therapy” — a type of psychotherapy aimed to reverse homosexual tendencies. The law will...

Revisiting affirmative action

October 8, 2012

The Supreme Court will revisit an issue this month that will no doubt spark heated discussion: affirmative action in public higher education. The case being brought before the justices concerns a white...

A call to benefactors

October 3, 2012

In a situation more commonly known to occur in the professional sports world, players of the world-class Minnesota Orchestra have been locked out after contract negotiations with managers failed. Facing...

Fussing over the Frosh

October 3, 2012

The University of Minnesota’s College of Liberal Arts has instituted yet another hoop for incoming freshmen to jump through. A Minnesota Daily article published Sept. 25 reported the addition of...

Pedestrian accidents: a 2-way street

October 2, 2012

The increasingly short days and long nights make October the most dangerous month out of the year for pedestrians.  As a result, the Minnesota Department of Transportation is launching a campaign...

Make your voice heard

October 2, 2012

The final swarm of political ads and last-minute campaign attacks begin. With incessant phone calls and a campus teeming with canvassers, it’s important to direct our attention back to what really...

Big fat greek hazing

September 26, 2012

Students join sororities and fraternities for all kinds of reasons; some want to make new friends, while others are more interested in community involvement and networking opportunities. Whatever the motivation...

The double bind of the education business model

September 24, 2012

Rarely do we in higher education refer to education as a business. To say such a thing invites confrontation, a push-back from students weary of being lost in an abstract bureaucracy. Yet, it invariably...

Supporting the majority

September 24, 2012

TCF Bank Stadium did it, Mystic Lake Casino is in motion to do it; it’s about time Minnesota took notice of the amount of revenue alcohol sales bring in and allow liquor stores to open their doors...

Deal or no deal

September 20, 2012

This past week, University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler unveiled a proposed budget for 2014 and 2015 that includes an offer to freeze tuition — but only if the state Legislature will give it...

Keeping children healthy

September 20, 2012

One Minnesota bar has recognized the convenience of easily accessible pregnancy tests. Pub 500 is working with the nonprofit organization Healthy Brains for Children in effort to reduce the number of alcohol-related...

An unlikely story

September 18, 2012

With a student enrollment of 50,000, University of Minnesota students meet new classmates of different ethnicities, cultures and religious backgrounds almost every day. The diversity that is often prevalent...

Students losing out in Chicago

September 18, 2012

When Karen Lewis and the Chicago Teachers Union suspended negotiations with the city last week to go on strike, they did so at the expense of 350,000 public school students, who have already missed more...

A long-term advising relationship

September 17, 2012

Each student is given an adviser once they make it to orientation. This moment marks the creation of a relationship that will ultimately shape an entire college experience and, from that, a potential career...

Prioritizing safety of commuters

September 17, 2012

The University of Minnesota should make commuting around campus more biker-friendly. Bicycling to the University can be a healthy, economic means of transportation for students. Those who bike to and from...

Lowering the cost of health care

September 13, 2012

According to an Institute of Medicine report released last week, an estimated $750 billion — about 30 percent of total U.S. health care costs — was spent in 2009 on endeavors that failed to...

Reporting sexual assault

September 13, 2012

The University of Minnesota-Duluth only reported three sexual assaults to the federal government from 2008 to 2010, but those numbers paint an incomplete picture of sexual violence on the Duluth campus. Compared...

Trickle down education

September 12, 2012

CNN’s campaign coverage, in addition to both parties’ national conventions these past two weeks, has made it increasingly obvious that this election “is all about the economy.” But...

Students not better off than four years ago

September 12, 2012

As the election draws near, Americans have been asked to evaluate their current economic situation and decide if they’re better off than four years ago, when the U.S. economy was in a tailspin as...

The mutual obligation of education

September 11, 2012

The first week of school has come and gone, and as we settle in to the somewhat depressing routine of daily homework and falling temperatures, it’s interesting to note the waning excitement in students’...

A poor government investment

September 11, 2012

For any institution of higher education, the highest priority should be its students and the quality of education being provided to them. The federal government sees economic value in making higher education...

Voter ID amendment awareness

September 10, 2012

University students should make sure they understand what they’ll be voting for before hitting the polls this November. The voter ID amendment, which would require citizens to present a government-issued...

An attack on student journalism

September 10, 2012

Student staff at the Red and Black — the University of Georgia’s newspaper — walked out before print last month because the paper’s editorial independence was compromised. According...

You’ll be sorry for party rocking

September 6, 2012

This Saturday as the Gophers take on the New Hampshire Wildcats, fans will be able to enjoy a cold beer in TCF Bank Stadium for the first time — but they should do so responsibly. This summer, the...

Limiting the same-sex debate

September 6, 2012

This November marks an important time in the intellectual discourse of Minnesota. This election season voters will decide the fate of an amendment banning same-sex marriage in our state. If amended, Minnesota...

A call to conserve resources

September 5, 2012

If we are to learn anything from this summer’s drought and record breaking heat, it should be that water conservation and sustainability are just as important to our economy as they are  to...

Demanding honesty in politics

September 5, 2012

In the vicious and fiery climate that is the nature of American politics, the tactics that candidates use in elections to sway voters are contributing to the misinformation and division of the American...

False statements on welfare policy

September 4, 2012

Out of the many falsehoods and distortions made during this year’s presidential campaign, few are more blatant than the one made about a memo the White House sent out concerning the federal welfare...

Framing the abortion debate

September 4, 2012

In the recent light of certain male politicians in the news for their controversial rape and abortion statements, it’s time to have a serious discussion about these issues in a very public fashion. As...

Petitioning against Chick-fil-A

August 8, 2012

At least 30 colleges and universities across the country have been the home of petitions protesting Chick-fil-A locations on their campuses, citing its stance on same-sex marriage. The University of Minnesota...

Occupy saves homeowners

August 8, 2012

Occupy Homes MN has played a vital role in helping those facing unjust evictions get back on their feet. Monique White’s north Minneapolis home was foreclosed in January of 2011, but after a seven-month...

Olympic games are for everyone

August 1, 2012

For the next two weeks, we’ll continue to enjoy the triumphs of American Olympians, get a crash course in British culture and celebrate the centuries-old tradition of competing against other nations...

PSU’s history tarnished

August 1, 2012

College sports have lost a giant in football. One of the sport’s most revered programs in our nation’s history is now linked with ignominy; its reputation as the end all, be all in college...

Are faculty managers?

July 11, 2012

Last Friday, the National Labor Relations Board received briefs from advocates for and against academic labor unions while it waits to rule on Point Park University professors being allowed to unionize....

Band-Aid legislation

July 11, 2012

Last Friday, President Barack Obama signed legislation that prevents the 3.4 percent interest rate for subsidized Stafford loans from doubling late last month. The 6.8 percent increase would have affected...

Health care for students

July 3, 2012

College-aged adults across the country should be thanking the U.S. Supreme Court for upholding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. President Obama’s health care reform plan seeks to treat...

Engaging the environment

July 3, 2012

We live in an era in which, for the first time, an entire generation of young people has been raised with the principle that we must be conscious of our actions environmentally. We remember Captain Planet,...

Shifting education east

June 27, 2012

A new movement in higher education to build schools and programs in Eastern countries is making headlines across the globe. Schools, the most significant being Yale University, are focusing on countries...

ADHD may be misdiagnosed

June 27, 2012

In the past decade, there has been a significant rise in prescriptions of drugs to patients with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. According to research conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration,...

Respect elections

June 20, 2012

In the political firestorm following Wisconsin’s recall election in favor of Gov. Scott Walker, a plethora of political pundits have weighed in on the outcome and from it, prophesied the future of...

Divided, we cannot stand

June 20, 2012

In America’s two-party system, everyone has to choose one side or the other. That divisiveness is false. Not every issue can be black or white or blue or red, but it’s painted that way. We’re...

Regents look at U budget

June 13, 2012

The University of Minnesota is a unique case in which to look at finances — it usually involves millions of public, private and donated funds whirling through students, faculty and administration...

Women’s rights on the reservation

June 13, 2012

Almost everywhere in the United States women ages 17 and older are allowed to legally purchase emergency contraception over-the-counter without a prescription. However, according to a report conducted...

Fighting grade inflation

June 6, 2012

It’s been a few weeks since grades have been reported, and as GPAs are either cut down or propped up by last semester’s classes, school officials are engaging in publicly controversial discussions...

Keep out of Wisconsin

June 6, 2012

As all eyes are on Wisconsin during the historic gubernatorial recall election, it’s important to remember that the state government is meant to serve its people, not national political interests....

U salaries reflect priorities

May 30, 2012

Recently, California has been the site of a major discussion of university salaries, where recent legislation may allow outside foundations and organizations to add to the university president salaries....

Moving forward with light rail

May 30, 2012

The Central Corridor light-rail project is more than halfway complete, and summer is the time to get the heavy work out of the way and get ahead of the game by the time school comes around. The project,...

Kaler upholds the status quo

May 3, 2012

When University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler started his term nearly a year ago, he inherited a University that was in trouble. The state of Minnesota had been cutting aid to the University for years,...

Stop discrimination against immigrants

May 3, 2012

Can you imagine police officers in Minnesota pulling over every white person to check their federal civil status on suspicion of being an illegal Canadian immigrant? Or everyone who looks Somali on suspicion...

Rewrite the occupancy code

May 2, 2012

Councilman Cam Gordon has recently proposed creating a task force to review occupancy codes throughout University of Minnesota neighborhoods. Though tabled by the University District Alliance, we think...

An open book test

May 2, 2012

The University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development took a step forward last week when it released an online catalog of “open” textbooks. The online catalog allows...

Spreading our ideas

May 1, 2012

Minnesota has a rich agricultural history, which is why it’s surprising that a researcher like Jon Foley has become so well known for his work that challenges conventional ideas and practices. Yet,...

Eating better at school

May 1, 2012

Minneapolis schools have made a move in the right direction — Bertrand Weber, the district’s nutrition director, plans to add healthier food options in public schools next year. Students will...

Keep up with sleep during finals

April 30, 2012

With finals week upon us, the time is right to discuss one of the best study habits a student of any age can have: a good night’s sleep. Beyond cramming for tests and organizing study groups, getting...

The 1% of U employees

April 30, 2012

Students foot more of the bill for the University and its high administrative salaries, often through high-interest loans, than the entire state appropriates. With students shouldering such a large burden,...

Money doesn’t serve people

April 26, 2012

In our day, even amidst economic recessions, the flow of money into politics is incessant. From legislation influenced by corporations through political lobbying to drafting model legislation through groups...

Expand AP options for poor

April 26, 2012

The College Board is launching a program that will expand Advanced Placement classes to 200 high schools across California. The goal of the California AP Potential Expansion (CAPE) is to offer these more...

Health funding key to STD control

April 25, 2012

As many University of Minnesota students know, sexually transmitted diseases can often be a touchy, if not embarrassing subject. With STD rates hitting record highs throughout Minnesota in 2011, it is...

Stop CISPA now

April 25, 2012

After a public outrage in response to the Stop Online Privacy Act, which was shot down, Congress has come back with an even worse plan: the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. CISPA, like SOPA,...

Pop the debt bubble

April 23, 2012

Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., refers to education as an investment in social good. In an effort to promote that social good, Ellison, along with President Barack Obama, have embarked on a campaign to prevent...

An attack on academic freedom

April 23, 2012

A member of the University of Arizona Board of Regents who led the crusade against teaching Mexican-American studies in Arizona high schools is now training his sights on the Mexican-American studies program...

Pay attention on the road

April 19, 2012

According to the National Safety Council, automobile collisions are the number one cause of death of people ages 16-24. The primary cause of these crashes is distracted driving, of which the most common...

Journalism is not dead

April 19, 2012

    It’s a great week in journalism when the newest Pulitzer Prize winners are named. The 2012 winners were announced Monday with several prizes going to The New York Times as usual...

Getting involved with a Hart-throb

April 18, 2012

Hollywood celebrities and sports stars alike have a large public platform that they can use to do good in their communities. More of these stars need to take advantage of their popularity to push our society...

A lack of statesmen

April 18, 2012

Last Friday, Minnesota Sen. Claire Robling became the latest legislator to announce her retirement, citing her “fear that statesmen are vanishing as partisanship deepens” in the state Legislature. Her...

For women, a long road left

April 17, 2012

The mistreatment of women in politics has been and remains a major problem in our nation and culture, as several recent events have shown. Too often society brushes off comments or remarks about female...

The top-heavy University

April 16, 2012

With Tom Devine as its newest member, the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents must move forward by addressing administrative compensation packages. Starting April 26, the board will convene...

Make Amazon pay its taxes

April 16, 2012

With Internet superstores like Amazon growing increasingly popular, the Minnesota Legislature is questioning why purchases on these sites are not charged state sales tax. For the sake of hardworking local...

Excuse us for voting

April 12, 2012

A proposal at the University of Minnesota Senate would add voting to the list of legitimate excuses for missing class in the University’s Makeup Work for Legitimate Absences policy. Students absent...

Rethink jailing in the U.S.

April 12, 2012

The U.S. has a drug problem. More accurately, the U.S. has a problem created by the continued “war on drugs.” This problem isn’t one of addiction or violent crime. Instead it is our insistence...

Officials listen to students

April 11, 2012

It was encouraging to see that several public officials came to the University of Minnesota campus Monday to listen to students’ experiences with paying tuition and incurring debt. U.S. Sen. Al Franken,...

Keep community colleges affordable

April 11, 2012

The ongoing debate over higher education funding continued this past week in Santa Monica, Calif. Santa Monica College found itself in the crosshairs of dwindling state funds and student protests as trustees...

Regent choice missed chance

April 9, 2012

Looking back on the Board of Regents’ process of choosing a replacement for Steve Sviggum, it’s surprising to see Kelly Smith was passed over. Smith was the superintendent for Belle Plaine...

GOP misdirection on budget

April 9, 2012

ast week saw the GOP majority in both the Minnesota House and Senate pass a bill to the governor’s office which would take almost two-thirds of the state’s budget reserve to buy back debt sold...

NDAA needs definite attention

April 5, 2012

Since U.S. President Barack Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act into law on Dec. 31, 2011, the U.S. government has been drawing fierce ire and opposition, from civil liberties groups to...

Bonding bill a failure

April 5, 2012

Today, the state Senate Finance Committee will be discussing the Senate’s bonding proposal, a bill that provides for repairs, renovations and replacements to publicly owned property every two years....

Student gov’t disappoints

April 2, 2012

Voting for next year’s Minnesota Student Association and Graduate and Professional Student Assembly leadership begins Monday, but the Minnesota Daily Editorial Board has chosen not to endorse candidates...

The new Facebook creepers: employers

April 2, 2012

Conceived in a college dorm room just more than 8 years ago, Facebook has become an integral part of many of our daily lives. While privacy of information shared on Facebook has been in the news for several...

Admins don’t need a raise

March 29, 2012

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler plans to give a pay raise of 2.5 percent to all University employees in his next budget. Kaler justifies the pay increase because employees haven’t had...

Smoking ads grim but true

March 22, 2012

The Center for Disease Control released several highly graphic anti-smoking advertisements this year to counter tobacco use. Some may view the messages as too graphic; however, these advertisements are...

Free speech stripped away

March 22, 2012

While most students were off last week celebrating spring break, the war over abortion raged on as it has for decades. Editorial boards across the U.S. grappled with the oft-times inflammatory comic strip...

Promote true religious freedom

March 8, 2012

As Americans, we have a double standard toward religion: We criticize Islamic influence in democratically elected governments in the Middle East and north Africa but dismiss the fact that Christianity...