The Minnesota Daily

All content by Hemang Sharma

Live, laugh, love

May 7, 2013

In a few days, the University of Minnesota campus will resemble a post-apocalyptic ghost town, when most of us will rock this casbah — leaving behind the diabolical chaos of finals, the over-caffeinated...

Let’s sit this one out

May 2, 2013

By now, the atrocities committed by President Bashar al-Assad, the ruthless leader of Syria, are well known to the international community. Reports of chemical weapons being used by the oppressive regime...

A struggle for intimacy

April 23, 2013

  Can people with severe disabilities have sex? This is a legitimate question that is often considered taboo in America due to our sensitive attitudes toward sex and physical disability and our primal...

American gangster in Cuba

April 15, 2013

  As anyone in the rap game will tell you, it is never wise to start a beef with Jay-Z, especially when he is on a vacation. If only U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and many other conservative politicians gave...

A new plan for Plan B

April 8, 2013

  “Think being a teen parent won’t cost you? Think again,” read a huge ad on the New York City subway. My first visit to the Big Apple and the historic Grand Central Station turned...

Sympathy for the devil

April 1, 2013

Flipping through TV channels Easter Sunday, amid a candy coma, I chanced upon a scene involving Jesus coming back to life. I guess I wasn’t fortunate enough to bear witness to the Second Coming of...

Punishing “thought crimes”

March 26, 2013

The “Cannibal Cop,” as national headlines labeled him, Gilberto Valle was convicted of conspiracy to kidnap earlier this month. Now an ex-police officer of New York, Valle, or “Girlmeat...

The face of late-night comedy

March 25, 2013

  NBC is seeking two new faces to lead their late-night comedy shows, “The Tonight Show” and “Late Night.” “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno may be replaced with “Late...

Born to be a star

March 12, 2013

  The professional wrestling giant, World Wrestling Entertainment, has a message for kids: “Don’t be a bully, be a STAR.” The inspirational words are meant to address bullying, a...

Mile-high lunacy club

March 11, 2013

If there is anything that Americans despise more than air travel, it is the stress of security protocols. Once admired as one of the most convenient modes of travel, flying doesn’t make us feel on...

Food un-incorporated

March 5, 2013

  "Vietnam Veteran. Need money to eat, haven’t eaten in a while,” reads the sign that a homeless man held outside Sanford Hall. As the light turned red, I waved at him to come closer and...

Who is your sugar daddy?

March 4, 2013

  It’s no surprise how expensive getting a college education has become. Some students have found rather interesting ways to get a good bang for their buck. Imagine a young woman in college....

Hookah myth is up in smoke

February 26, 2013

Smoking hookah is now one of the most common college pastimes, as one in three college students has reported smoking hookah. What people don’t always realize, though, is that hookah isn’t any...

Just an intern

February 25, 2013

  “Started from the bottom, now we’re here,” Drake raps. This is also what people sing when they get offered a full-time job upon the completion of an internship. Others get nothing...

Let them hang

February 21, 2013

North Carolina is not “a better place to be” if you are a woman indulging in topless protest, as its state slogan would suggest.  House Bill 34 seeks to outlaw any exposure of “external...

Up in the air

February 20, 2013

  By now everyone is familiar with the horrific incident out of a Minneapolis Delta Airlines flight that occurred earlier this week. An Idaho man allegedly slapped and hurled a racial slur at a toddler...

Me, myself and I

February 19, 2013

  "Live and let live” is a mantra of the past. Now, it is about living and telling others about your awesome life and leaving your defamatory opinions online. I have a friend. Let’s call...

The State of the Union

February 18, 2013

President Barack Obama delivered the State of the Union address last week. His message — let’s try to make it work, America, for the middle class. In a speech that has already been subjected...

Love me twice today

February 14, 2013

Today is Valentine’s Day, the one day in the year dedicated specifically to love. Now, I’m no Dr. Date, but “love” is as complex of a word as it is an emotion. “I love you,...

Remembering Sandy Hook

February 13, 2013

It has been almost two months since one of the most heart-breaking morning of my life. I had woken up lazily, late afternoon on Dec. 14, 2012 after finishing my semester early and checked CNN. What I saw...

It’s not TV, it’s the Internet

February 12, 2013

During winter break, my social media news feeds were full of new fans and haters of TV shows. These were friends and colleagues who I knew weren’t into certain shows, but suddenly, they were critics...

Not licensed to kill

February 8, 2013

  If anyone remembers Anwar Al-Awlaki , the U.S.-born Muslim cleric who is said to have inspired many Islamic militants, including Major Nidal Hasan  who shot fellow soldiers at Fort Hood,...

A mighty heart

February 7, 2013

Seeking the truth and presenting it to the public does not seem incredibly challenging to many, but a journalist’s job is dangerous and full of risks. Many journalists have been hurt in their line...

The Kerry diaries

February 5, 2013

John Kerry, the former Democratic Sen. from Massachusetts, has a tough job in front of him as the new secretary of state. The new secretary’s foremost priority should be to allocate the Bureau of...

ATF unchained

February 5, 2013

  The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is the federal law enforcement agency staffing about 2,500 agents tasked with regulating national-scale offenses relating to the three materials that...

A reality check

January 31, 2013

  An upcoming reality show starring rapper Shawty Lo called “All My Babies’ Mamas” may never see the light of day due to complaints from groups who call the show too stereotypical...

Leave no woman behind

January 29, 2013

When a person enlists in the U.S. Armed Forces, the country is counting on its uniformed saviors to get the job done. Choosing to fight for one’s country is one of the most honorable choices one...

Getting caught in the crosshair

January 24, 2013

It’s no secret that radical Islamic militant groups plague Pakistan. These organizations, such as Tehrik-i-Taliban and Lashkar-e-Taiba, despise the democratization of the Middle East and the country’s...

Call of Duty: Grand Theft Allah

January 23, 2013

  Henry Charles Albert David, i.e. Prince Harry of England, is in the news for comments he made about his experiences as a soldier in Afghanistan.   Deployed on a 20-week stint as Co-Pilot Gunner...

Torture in ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

January 22, 2013

Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty” is receiving extensive condemnation for its graphic depiction of torture. Critics, however, are denying a depiction of the reality of the enhanced...

Speaking out

December 11, 2012

Sexual assault is one of the most terrible crimes that a human being can be subjected to. It physically, emotionally and spiritually scars its victims. According to a 2011 study by the University of Kentucky,...

Acting like children

December 6, 2012

  The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and the royal bride Kate Middleton are expecting a baby. And that is being depicted as news in almost all major media outlets.   I didn’t...

Coming to America

December 4, 2012

Nov. 21 marked five years since I have been in this country. My family recently started paperwork to upgrade our status from “permanent legal residents” to full-fledged citizens. To me it is...

Saving private information online

December 3, 2012

Facebook’s privacy settings — these words invoke a complex array of emotions inside us Americans. Everyone agrees that they are a nightmare. They change too often, are immensely ambiguous and...

An ultimatum in adult entertainment

November 27, 2012

On Nov. 6, voters in the Los Angeles County passed the Safer Sex in the Adult Film Industry Act  or Measure B, a ballot initiative that requires pornstars to wear condoms in all vaginal and anal sex...

Sex, spies and lies

November 20, 2012

A ruthless covert intelligence employee, who defends the Western civilization, uses questionable tactics against the enemy and has multiple women lusting for him, has flooded my Twitter and Facebook newsfeed....

The election of diversity

November 13, 2012

The 113th Congress will be the most diverse yet. Racial, sexual and religious diversity isn’t the solution to all evils, but with both parties struggling to reform themselves with new ideas, I think...

A positive venture

November 7, 2012

The year 2012 saw the words “venture capitalist” thrown around in a derogatory manner, especially in regards to Gov. Mitt Romney and Bain Capital. I will be the first one to acknowledge that...

Treading water on FEMA

November 5, 2012

Like half of New Jersey, Gov. Mitt Romney is not looking in good shape. The man, who has mocked the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and completely undermined its importance in dealing with natural...

The truth about defense

October 31, 2012

With the U.S. national deficit at $1.1 trillion and our national debt topping $16 trillion, there is no qualm that we need to spend our money wisely. Both Gov. Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama are...

Riding through this world

October 24, 2012

As the leaves begin to change and the cold winds start to blow, one thing will no longer be in our rearview mirrors: motorcycles. Yes, it’s that time of the year when leather jackets, tinted helmets,...

Religiously yours

October 18, 2012

A Pew survey shows that now one in five Americans dissociate themselves from any religion, bringing the infidel heathen population to its highest head-count ever. This includes people that are part of...

We, the hungry people

October 17, 2012

Public schools throughout the nation are having a tough time dealing with students who are unhappy about their lunches, courtesy of new Department of Agriculture regulations. Going into effect this academic...

Taliban get nasty, attack a teenager for championing women’s education

October 16, 2012

  Fifteen year old Malala Yousafzai is currently out of danger, after struggling for her life under close medical supervision, in Pakistan.  She was shot in the head last week on her school bus...

Bikers must follow rules

October 10, 2012

I drive to campus every day, obeying all the traffic laws; stop signs, red lights, speed limits — and especially yielding to bikers. I am the person that will face the scorn and horns of cars that...

Foreign Policy must not be forgotten

October 4, 2012

With the first presidential debate in the books, we saw the domestic issues of the economy, health care and the role of government covered. As important as it is for both candidates to address these issues,...

A different debate

October 1, 2012

On October 6, 3 days after Governor Mitt Romney squares off against President Barack Obama in the first debate, two explosive personalities will duel out in a different type of debate.  Fox News anchor,...

The crazy world of presidential fundraisers

September 27, 2012

The 2012 presidential election is just 40 days away. Both President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney’s campaigns are doing everything in their power to make sure they have enough money to run assiduous...

Anti-Islam film and anti-American rage

September 21, 2012

Islam is a religion of peace. I grew up around Muslims and have many Muslim friends; none of them would even hurt a fly, ever. The Prophet Mohammed’s depiction in human or any form is strictly prohibited...

A year of Occupy Wall Street

September 20, 2012

Sept. 17 marked the first anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Protesters returned to hotspots like Wall Street and Zuccotti Park in New York, places notorious for the inception of the movement...

The right time to talk gun control

September 10, 2012

This summer has been a bloody one for America. Mass shootings have occurred in different parts of the country, killing and injuring scores of people. These massacres have occurred in small, tight-knit...