The Minnesota Daily

All content by Julian Switala

Ode to a student newspaper

May 2, 2011

By now IâÄôve been writing for the Minnesota Daily for almost one year, Just something to do on the side âÄî definitely not a career. I hope I brought you news from around the hemisphere, And...

Food for thought: Don’t lose your lunch

April 18, 2011

Few decisions are more personal than what we choose to put into our own bodies. Food is a prime example of this. More than mere fuel, food has the potential to satisfy cravings, deliver a sublime sensory...

Government: too big to succeed

April 11, 2011

The U.S. federal government came minutes away from shutting down Friday night. Too bad; hopefully a government shutdown wouldâÄôve disseminated the message that government is most definitely not...

Don’t outlaw stem cell research

April 4, 2011

Minnesota is in the process of outlawing "human cloning." While no University of Minnesota researcher currently has the intention of cloning humans, researchers are worried that the bills will outlaw stem...

How I learned to stop worrying and love nuclear power

March 28, 2011

ItâÄôs not every day that the humanitarian aftermath of an earthquake measuring 8.9 on the Richter scale becomes overshadowed by other aspects of the tragedy. Yet, that is exactly whatâÄôs...

Marriage is becoming obsolete

March 21, 2011

   IâÄôve been invited to several weddings this upcoming summer. While IâÄôm not getting married any time soon, these invitations have spurred me to consider whether I want to...

The jury’s out on law schools

March 7, 2011

Last week University of Minnesota Student Legal Service held its annual Careers in Law Forum. The packed forum provided interested students with a thorough idea of what employment opportunities are available...

US last in paid parental leave

February 28, 2011

When a legal survey puts the legal guarantees the U.S. offers workers in the same category as those offered by Papua New Guinea and Swaziland, chances are there is a poor government policy in place. Last...

Anything but trivial

February 21, 2011

If you were on the game show "Jeopardy!" and were asked, "What U.S. cityâÄôs largest airport is named for a World War II hero; its second largest for a WWII battle?" chances are that you wouldnâÄôt...

You won’t ‘like’ the Facebook phone

February 14, 2011

I have a confession to make: I was a Facebook addict. I wasted hundreds of hours, deteriorated my eyesight and lost my dignity. I was still able to maintain friendships âÄî extremely well, in fact. I...

Finding free fun

January 31, 2011

The top four expenses for college students typically consist of tuition, housing, food and alcohol, though not necessarily in that order. However, constantly budgeting money isnâÄôt the only concern...

American tale: Prosperity goes east

January 24, 2011

As a sign of goodwill between the U.S. and China, visitors to the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. will continue to enjoy the presence of two Chinese giant pandas, Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, for five more...

Criminalizing needles is ineffective

December 8, 2010

If you could severely mitigate the spread of the HIV, AIDS, and hepatitis C, would you? According to the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, injecting drug use accounts for 36 percent of AIDS cases and...

Condoms, the pope and the church

November 24, 2010

Religious texts have almost become obsolete in todayâÄôs world. Secular guidelines in politics, education and the workplace have effectively replaced the rules that millions of religious individuals...

Turbulent future for aerospace industry

November 10, 2010

The United States has long been lauded as the predominant nation in aerospace technology and development. With such missions as the Apollo moon landing, the Hubble Telescope, the Galileo satellite and...

The Google spy

November 3, 2010

What if I told you that you can soar hundreds of miles above the Earth, traverse canyons, scale Mount Everest and nose dive to the ground without crashing? Then what if I told you that 500 million people...

Smile, you’re in a recession

October 27, 2010

If youâÄôve read anything about the U.S. economy recently, chances are that it contained more doom and gloom prophesying than a Nostradamus manuscript. Economists foretell of a double-dip recession,...

Count nutrition, not calories

October 20, 2010

A 6-year-old girl goes to IHOP with her mother. The kidâÄôs menu displays the caloric content for each item. Although she wants the cheese omelet with a cup of fruit, a dish containing 400 calories,...

Can you read this column through?

October 13, 2010

As a freshman, I regularly ate breakfast at Centennial Hall. In the dining hall I would witness students who were preoccupied by a laptop, MP3 player and cell phone, despite being surrounded by friends....

Parking enforcement — for bicycles

October 7, 2010

The University of MinnesotaâÄô campus is home to hundreds of crime scenes every day. If youâÄôve ever seen a bicycle locked to a tree, railing, light post, street sign or parking meter,...

Thinking about grad school?

September 23, 2010

So, what are you doing after you graduate? This is a question which all undergraduate students must ask themselves. Knowing what graduate school entails is something every undergraduate should know before...

Questioning the Sherrod affair

July 28, 2010

After watching the first season of MTV’s Jersey Shore, I was convinced that the level of corruption, gossip and backstabbing displayed on the show could not be matched. However, there is a reality...

What’s up, Watson?

July 21, 2010

Here’s some trivia for you: This term for a long-handled gardening tool can also mean an immoral pleasure seeker. If you answered "What is a hoe?" then you’re in good company. Ken Jennings,...

The DNC in 2012

July 7, 2010

There could be a lot of green in Minneapolis during the week of September 3, 2012.  And I am not just talking about marijuana. I am talking about Astroturf and money — and lots of it. Only a...

Online gambling law a bluff

June 23, 2010

In the vast oceans of online poker, players’ only fears were of card sharks. But now there is a new deep sea monster: a piece of legislation. Just this month the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement...