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The University is not a business

May 3, 2012

For some reason, it is currently in vogue to treat all institutions like businesses. A college education is increasingly viewed as a personal investment one makes in the hopes of being rewarded financially....

How to survive in the “real world”

April 23, 2012

In three weeks, graduating seniors will finally have to face the real world. For those who haven’t spent the last four (or more) years preparing for this eventuality — and I assume that’s...

University of Texas students occupy President’s office

April 18, 2012

Eighteen students at the University of Texas have occupied the office of the university's president, Bill Powers. The students are demanding that the university join the Worker Rights Coalition and...

AP Stylebook seeks to destroy American way of life by accepting “hopefully”

April 17, 2012

Today, the AP Stylebook has set America on a course toward ruin. A tweet this morning from @APStylebook read “Hopefully, you will appreciate this style update, announced at #aces2012. We now support...

America is not broke; neither is Minnesota

April 16, 2012

Last week, I discussed “crony capitalism,” a phrase which will be overused and misused continuously as the 2012 elections approach. Another talking point that will continue to be abused this...

‘Crony capitalism’ is just capitalism

April 11, 2012

“Crony capitalism” will be a buzzword in the 2012 election. Sarah Palin has cited General Electric paying no taxes as an example of crony capitalism, Mitt Romney has called President Barack...

The economic burden of youth

April 5, 2012

In a recent Esquire Magazine piece, author Stephen Marche takes a stab at the widening economic gap between the Boomers in power and their children — a mix of Generation Xer’s, Generation Yer’s,...

Administrators don’t need a raise, continued

March 29, 2012

There’s an argument in the editorial "Admins don't need a raise" today that I think needs some elaboration—it’s often difficult to explain an argument as fully as one would...

Union loss isn’t the end of action

March 27, 2012

  On Monday, Minnesota’s Bureau of Mediation Services announced that University of Minnesota graduate assistants voted against certifying a union with the United Auto Workers. We can celebrate...

NYPD cracks down on journalists at Occupy Wall Street

March 20, 2012

This past March 17 was the six-month anniversary of the beginning of Occupy Wall Street. Protestors marked the occasion with a march and a return to Zucotti Park, but it didn't go as smoothly as they...

Andrew Johnson: Greece column follow-up

March 19, 2012

  As a follow-up to my column today regarding the Greek economy and the country’s higher education woes, here’s the link to the Bloomberg article that I referenced.   An area that...

Education reform targets unions

March 1, 2012

On Monday, the Minnesota Senate passed a bill that would allow schools to take into account performance evaluations of teachers in addition to seniority while making layoffs. This measure is part of a...

Andrew Johnson: No excuse for poor writing skills

February 28, 2012

After reading my fellow columnist’s Trent Kays’ “Saying, ‘My student can’t write,’ is a cop out,” I wanted to respectfully and briefly push back.   As has...

Higher education should be free

February 9, 2012

The public spirit has been rapidly withering for decades. Nowhere is this clearer than in higher education. Higher education used to have a reputation as a public good — state governments invested...

Atheists: a forgotten minority

February 6, 2012

he struggle for social inclusion is being fought on many fronts at the moment, and one group that tends to take a backseat is atheists. Of course, the other groups seeking inclusion deserve all the attention...

“Occupy U of MN” begins Friday

December 8, 2011

According to a Facebook event and at least one anonymous flyer in the West Bank skyway, an event called "Occupy U of MN" begins tomorrow, December 9, at noon in the Carlson School of Management. The event...

Opinions page gets a Twitter

November 23, 2011

Just in time to weigh in on what the best Thanksgiving food is (pumpkin pie, and it's not even close), the Minnesota Daily Editorials & Opinions section now has a Twitter account, @mndailyopinions....

A more democratic University

November 22, 2011

The University of Minnesota administration has let an institutional attitude of arrogance linger even after Bob Bruininks stepped down as president last summer. This attitude needs to change, and President...

Police pepper spray seated student protestors at UC Davis

November 19, 2011

This video of police pepper spraying seated, non-violent student protestors at the University of California-Davis speaks for itself. This comes just more than a week after police beat student protestors...

Democracy’s birthplace becoming its grave site

November 14, 2011

Late last week, Greece got a new prime minister. Lucas Papademos, a former vice president of the European Central Bank, was appointed to lead a unity government that will force through austerity measures...

Occupy movement must think big

October 18, 2011

The time for tinkering is over. Occupy Wall Street and its offshoots have repeatedly been asked what their demands are, and pundits from around the country have offered their own suggestions. These suggestions...

“Occupy Colleges” planning walkout on Wednesday

October 4, 2011

In solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement, students at a variety of colleges and universities may (somewhat ironically) not be occupying classrooms tomorrow. A website called Occupy Colleges has...

Anarchy in the UK

August 9, 2011

International events don't usually fall under the Minnesota Daily's purview (thus only a blog post to discuss this), but given the many virtual eye-rolls and gut-reactions of disgust I have seen about...

The University’s PR deception

July 27, 2011

In a letter published in today’s Minnesota Daily (7/27/11), Provost Tom Sullivan writes that total financial aid has increased from $81 million in 2004 to $152 million in 2010. At first glance, this...

The (re)definition of war under Obama

June 22, 2011

Throughout his Presidency, Barack Obama has refused to call a war a war. It started with his administration’s almost comical re-naming of the Global War on Terror (which included the wars in Afghanistan...

U President’s mansion doesn’t need public money

June 13, 2011

According to Minnesota Public Radio and KSTP, the University of Minnesota is using $215,000 of public money to renovate Eastcliff, the mansion where the President of the University of Minnesota lives....

Fear Islamophobia, not Islam

October 28, 2010

Recent months have seen an abundance of media discussion about Islam in America, and most of that coverage has had a subtle undertone of fear and division. It started with the controversy over the Park...

The public option

October 22, 2009

In many areas of the country, the health insurance industry lacks competition: there are a few companies that dominate each market, allowing insurance premiums to increase three times as fast as wages...