The Minnesota Daily

All content by Eric Best

New faces come to opinions page

August 6, 2014

“An institution that should always fight for progress and reform, never tolerate injustice or corruption, always fight demagogues of all parties, never belong to any party, always oppose privileged...

Double the graduation speeches

May 28, 2014

Unlike most  graduating seniors, I had the chance of both walking at my own commencement ceremony and seeing my twin brother shake a dean’s hand and receive his own degree holder. I got to see...

Don’t hastily label Daley’s sexuality

December 5, 2013

British Olympian-turned-celebrity Tom Daley revealed he is in a same-sex relationship in a video on his YouTube channel Monday. While the media’s reaction was largely positive, some media outlets...

Cycling activism

September 11, 2013

Putting on a helmet and riding a bike through Minneapolis may seem like an apolitical way to move around, but biking is challenging the hold that motorized traffic has on urban spaces. I’ve biked...

‘Too soon’ is too much

April 29, 2013

As soon as any tragedy or media uproar is referenced in the media, the natural reaction has come to be “too soon.” The trope is new, with online dictionaries and websites like Urban Dictionary...

A promise to keep

December 5, 2012

The U.S. Senate rejected a United Nations treaty aimed at banning discrimination against individuals with disabilities Tuesday, falling just five votes short of the two-thirds needed in a 61-38 vote for...

A quarter life crisis

November 28, 2012

Today is the day. Today, I turn 21. While most collegians rejoice on such a day, as drinking becomes incrementally easier — and more expensive — my mind is focusing on something else: life...

A one-term presidency

November 14, 2012

As you read the title of this column, you may think I’m going to set off on a tirade about why President Barack Obama shouldn’t have been re-elected. Rather, my goals are set higher; I want...

An ‘undue hardship’

November 6, 2012

In 1976 the government revised bankruptcy laws based on the Education Amendments to exclude student loans from the types of dischargeable debt. The initial law was put in place largely because of rumors...

Live Blog: First presidential debate 2012

October 3, 2012

Update: 7:53 PM The first presidential debate is making out to be the beginning of one of the most interesting political events of our time. The debate takes place at the University of Denver. It seems...

Toshgate: On comedy and rape culture

July 31, 2012

This past week the internet has witnessed the fiasco of comedian Daniel Tosh's rape joke at the expense of a female heckler during a performance at a comedy club. Though the club owner has called in...

Transgender in the prison system

June 27, 2012

A few weeks ago, Chrishaun “CeCe” McDonald, a Minnesota college student, was sentenced to 41 months in prison for second-degree manslaughter. McDonald is a 23-year-old African-American transgender...

Getting the most out of next year

April 30, 2012

This week marks the end of yet another year of classes. College is a short time in our lives, and we should try to make the most out of our experience while we have it. Here are some ways to try to take...

The importance of work experience

April 23, 2012

In Iowa last week, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan unveiled President Barack Obama’s administration’s new vocational education plan. The president proposes to revise the Carl D. Perkins...

Casualties of a war on women

April 19, 2012

Many media outlets nationwide have been reporting on a “war on women” consisting of recent legislative acts across the nation to limit the rights of women. One only needs to look at Congress...

Voter ID amendment unnecessary

April 9, 2012

A controversial voter photo ID amendment will be put on the ballot in Minnesota in November after Republicans in the Legislature voted to do so last Wednesday. The Legislature’s move bypasses Gov....

Child labor in American agriculture

April 3, 2012

  It may sound like something out of the Industrial Revolution, but child labor still exists throughout the U.S. today, in surprising numbers. Most of these children are in undocumented families working...

Structural injustice still exists

March 29, 2012

Last month in Sanford City, Fla., a 17-year-old African-American, Trayvon Martin, was walking in a gated community back home after purchasing a bag of Skittles and can of iced tea at a nearby Seven-Eleven....

Little to lose from a union

March 22, 2012

This week, as graduate students make their way to voting booths to decide on the future of a union on our campus, one thing to consider is the often overlooked intentions of the United Auto Workers of...

University wellness health program unfair, unhelpful

March 5, 2012

In January, the University of Minnesota began implementing a program that offers financial incentives in the form of insurance premium reductions for faculty and other staff members who make efforts to...

High expectations, little hope

February 27, 2012

You won’t hear this during a college tour but despite our bright, new infrastructure, technology and research breakthroughs, being a University of Minnesota student can be extremely difficult. A...

It’s the economy, stupid

February 21, 2012

Despite recent primaries in Michigan and Ohio — states hit hardest by some of the worst economic numbers since the Great Depression — the 2012 presidential election has seen more talk about...

Gun bill on shaky ground

February 14, 2012

On its way to a final vote in the Minnesota Senate, the Minnesota Defense of Dwelling and Person Act is sure to pass with bipartisan support. This new legislation aims to redefine when property owners...

Marketing atheism to the Twin Cities

January 31, 2012

As recently as last Monday, billboard advertisements from the Minnesota Atheists organization have been popping up all over Minneapolis, including right off campus in the Warehouse District. The billboards...

Anoka may change LGBT policy

January 24, 2012

In my Dec. 1 column, âÄúAnokaâÄôs cyber bullying problem,âÄù I detailed that the Anoka-Hennepin School District was home to yet another teen suicide, which was its sixth suicide...

Are Christians under attack?

January 17, 2012

As the leading Republican candidates leave New Hampshire for the next primary in South Carolina, more and more candidates are blaming President Barack ObamaâÄôs administration for limiting religious...

The Adderall double standard

December 13, 2011

Yesterday a column titled âÄúLet Students Use AdderallâÄù argued for a wider availability of the stimulant Adderall. Adderall is a common prescription drug prescribed to patients with ADHD,...

Occupy Wall Street is doomed to fail

December 8, 2011

The Occupy Wall Street campaign âÄî a movement to challenge the financial and legislative domination held by corporations and business executives âÄî is destined to fail. Since the backlash...

Anoka’s cyber bullying problem

December 1, 2011

The Anoka-Hennepin School District in Minnesota has recently grieved the loss of another student to suicide, the sixth person in the area to commit suicide in under a year. According to the nonprofit Suicide...

Congress fails public school lunch test

November 23, 2011

In 1621, colonists in Plymouth âÄî now Massachusetts âÄî celebrated the first Thanksgiving, a holiday centered on a veritable and literal cornucopia of food. These colonists, Native American...

Small town of Worthington a model for how Minnesota can handle immigration

September 20, 2011

  Take a look at the opinion section of the Pioneer Press and youâÄôll come across an article on Worthington, Minn. There in Worthington, perhaps a few hoursâÄô drive away from campus,...