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All content by Justin Horwath

Twin Cities lag on transit spending

Published November 23, 2010

  Until the weather went south, a walk around campus made the place look like a paradise of alternative modes of transit. Racks were brimming with bikes, buses abounded, and neon-bright Nice Ride...

The public’s obstacle

Published November 15, 2010

  The Board of RegentsâÄô decision to name only one finalist to succeed Bob Bruininks as president of the University of Minnesota left a lot of journalism-nerd types, myself included, huffing...

Keep Fox out of Fox 9

Published November 5, 2010

There’s not much more to say about Heidi Collins’ painful interview with Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, as Twin Cities media critics roundly condemned it. David Brauer of MinnPost.com and Neil Justin...

Five things you might not know about Minnesota bicycle rules

Published October 15, 2010

Our October 7 editorial argued the University needs to establish consistent, clear and reasonable rules for cyclists on campus. Since then, letters to the editor and e-mails have been filling up our...

Dan Wolter’s explaination of Troubled Waters censorship

Published September 23, 2010

The public clearly isn’t happy about the University of Minnesota’s censorship of Troubled Waters. Yesterday, the Land Stewardship Project, a private non-profit advocacy group for small agriculture,...

Mary Weiss’ troubling loss: extended coverage

Published September 23, 2010

The Minnesota Daily Editorial Board is all about outreaching. So, in response to the Academic Health Center's response to University bioethics professor Carl Elliott's "Media Outreach," aka a damning article...

Press Release from President Obama

Published September 10, 2010

We got this e-mail from Shin Inouye, Director of Specialty Media at the White House Office of Media Affairs, with a "column" from President Obama attached. We're not going to waste ink on press releases....

The billionaires just won’t give

Published August 24, 2010

Americans have always been of two minds regarding capitalism.  There’s one point of view that sees only the worst of our economic systems.  To them, the upper class has always been trampling...

A professional request

Published June 30, 2010

Regrettably, my voice in this column slot is replacing President Robert Bruininks — who has been one of The Minnesota Daily’s most important contributors for years. The Daily requested voice...

Gulf Coast residents just can’t get a break

Published June 27, 2010

Some people just can’t get a break.  Take for example the employees of the tourism, fishing, and petroleum industries along the Gulf of Mexico.  Many of the have been out of work since...

Protecting cyberspace comes at a cost

Published June 25, 2010

 A bill before the U.S. Senate would give the president power to declare a “national cyber emergency.” Apparently, such an emergency would require that the “owner or operator of...

Star Tribune calls out Pawlenty’s “iCollege idea”

Published June 19, 2010

When Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty appeared on The Daily Show June 10, he posited that higher education should become iCollege (hip, eh?), so students don't have to listen to a "boring person drone...

Tom Emmer draws a blank on MPR

Published June 12, 2010

On a Minnesota Public Radio interview Thursday, Tom Emmer was content to talk with Kerri Miller only in generalities about his platform—if, in fact, he has one. The Republican gubernatorial candidate...

Cuts to the Daily will harm coverage

Published April 18, 2010

As if to provide another reminder of just how grim the print market is, for the first time in at least five years, the Student Services Fees Committee significantly reduced the amount students pay toward...

Stay away from that devil’s water

Published June 27, 2009

What's distressing about President Bruininks' proposal to ban alcohol sales at TCF Bank Stadium, which the Board of Regents backed last week, is that it only confirms an American cultural perception about...

There’s a reason why Big Tobacco helped write this legislation

Published June 27, 2009

The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, which President Obama recently signed into law, is the death knell for candy-flavored cigarettes and cigars. Purportedly, banning flavored tobacco...

Full video: Obama’s Address to Congress

Published February 25, 2009

Courtesy of the Washington Post here's the full video of the president's Tuesday Address to Congress, sans commercial interruption:

Response to Cerra column

Published February 22, 2009

Frank Cerra, the Academic Health CenterâÄôs senior vice president, wrote a guest column in MondayâÄôs Minnesota Daily alleging this paperâÄôs coverage of the Medical SchoolâÄôs...

Don’t like taxes? Could be worse….

Published February 17, 2009

Caroma Bathroom Products Although we often hear our politicians complaining on our behalf about the tough taxes the government inflicts upon our citizens, we've never gone to quite the lengths our Australian...

Phelps, pot and the media

Published February 6, 2009

Photo courtesy News of the World As the Steelers and Cardinals clashed on field at Superbowl XLVII, Internet tabloids were busy broadcasting the gasps and heaves of the American media’s next scandal....

Cheney actually said that

Published February 5, 2009

We're just going to quote directly former vice president Dick Cheney from an interview with Politico and leave it at that: "Mr. Obama is making it more likely terrorists will launch a catastrophic...

Bush’s last press conference

Published January 12, 2009

In his last press conference, President Bush on Monday deflected the many criticisms leveled at his eight-year tenure, saying he inherited the recession and defended his Middle East policy. At times, the...

Skewed smoking survey touted

Published December 4, 2008

A Minnesota Daily report on a campus discussion about an outdoor smoking ban reads: "Most people at the University of Minnesota would support a campuswide smoking ban, according to the results...

Outsourcing news?

Published December 1, 2008

Any decent editor will tell their reporters that good journalism won't come from the office. Competent reporters hit the streets and meet sources in their environment.  And so its a wonder how Pasadena...

Student Bailout

Published November 25, 2008

In light of the government's latest multibillion dollar bailout of financial giant Citigroup, the editorial board proposes another group in need of massive amounts of taxpayer money: college students.Although...

Outdoor smoking ban

Published November 12, 2008

The Star Tribune, in a veritable scoop, reported that the University is considering an outdoor smoking ban. Star Tribune reporter Jenna Ross's article, however late, does highlight some relevant points...

McCain’s classy concession speech

Published November 8, 2008

If you haven't already, check out John McCain's concession speech. "The failure is mine," he proclaimed after telling a mostly white crowd the significance of Obama's election. It was sad to see McCain,...

Obama Celebrations

Published November 7, 2008

The celebrations on campus after Obama's election, as observed by Minnesota Daily columnist Matt Grimley, really do represent a shift in not only the political landscape, but also how the youth view their...

Press release from Barkley campaign

Published October 13, 2008

Student Newspaper Calls on Franken and Coleman to Propose Social Security Fixes Minnesota Daily: Time for GOP and DFL Candidates to 'Clearly Address' Issue For Immediate Release Contact: Christopher Truscott...

McCain didn’t “correct” anything

Published October 13, 2008

John McCain's visit to Lakeville Friday saw a lot of ugly allegations from the crowd, which local media outlets here reported. But McCain didn't "correct," as reported in today's Minnesota Daily and an...

Inconsistent policies are bad for business

Published October 12, 2008

The Editorial Board would like to send this message to the owners of Burrito Loco in Dinkytown. On several occasions throughout this year (namely, Fridays between 3 and 5 p.m.) our meetings have been held...

An appeal from Bruininks

Published October 7, 2008

A letter from the pres. himself. Well, the University's president. Nevertheless, I find it an informative notice--and not too preachy. Before the letter, an interesting Bruininks' quote from the archives:...

TEST POST

Published October 5, 2008

Alas, Unfit for Print, the editorial board blog, is running. In naming the blog, we thought Unfit for Print would explain its purpose. The board pitches a lot of ideas in our bi-weekly meetings which,...

West Bank’s North Country Co-op closes

Published November 27, 2007

The lights in North Country Co-op, the first cooperative grocery store in the Twin Cities, are off for good, as the 37-year-old West Bank store is now closed. Signs plastered on the glass outside the store,...

Paulose Resignation leads to cancellation of an event featuring her

Published November 21, 2007

Rachel Paulose's resignation from her position as the U.S. attorney for Minnesota, amid ongoing scrutiny of her performance, led her to call off a Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs event Tuesday. During...

U.S. has undermined human rights, Yale law dean says

Published November 14, 2007

In a presentation at Cowles Auditorium on Tuesday, Yale University's law school dean Harold Koh used what one political science professor at the event called "objective evidence" to show that the United...

Retired law professor challenges disability parking violation

Published November 9, 2007

A Law School professor emeritus and his wife allege a University police officer misinterpreted the "spirit of the law" after the officer issued a fine because the professor, 88, parked in a disability...

Chicana activist and poet speaks on diversity, identity

Published October 19, 2007

Cherrie Moraga, an author and Chicana activist, brought her ideas on how to diversify higher-education curriculums and advised participants to question Eurocentrism in the classroom during events held...

U economics prof awarded Nobel Prize

Published October 16, 2007

Leonid Hurwicz, a professor emeritus of economics at the University, said he thought the 6 a.m. phone call Monday was a stupid joke when his wife told him he won the Nobel Prize, in a video released by...

Faculty at U predominantly white

Published October 9, 2007

Full- and part-time faculty members at the University are overwhelmingly white - more so than at most Big Ten colleges and universities - and despite rising numbers of minorities teaching at the University,...

Federal law looks to alleviate student debt

Published October 1, 2007

Some officials call the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007 a landmark piece of legislation, the most comprehensive infusion of funds to student aid since the G.I. Bill helped servicemen and...

Minority numbers higher than national average

Published September 25, 2007

Minority populations at the University increased 60 percent from 1994 to 2004, 10 percentage points more than the national average at four-year institutions in the same decade, according to University...

Party patrol sweeps campus area during weekend

Published September 13, 2007

.The liquor flowed last weekend and so did the drinking tickets, as police issued more than 120 drinking citations to University students and other partiers as part of party patrol sweeps. Minneapolis...

Prosecution ups charges

Published September 12, 2007

After months of sparring over motions and judicial assignments, the prosecution in the Dominic Jones rape case threw a punch at the defense last Wednesday after filing a notice seeking a harsher charges...

Expect more police on campus

Published September 10, 2007

In an Aug. 17 letter sent to University and Minneapolis police chiefs and other city officials, University student government leaders requested an increase in police presence as the school year begins. "Safety...

Burglaries plague movers

Published September 6, 2007

.While students settled into their houses and residence halls to gear up for the school year, some took the liberty of moving items out of residences for them, as a rash of burglaries have struck around...

Jones’ defense granted access to cell phone video

Published September 4, 2007

Hennepin County Judge Marilyn Rosenbaum granted the defense in the Dominic Jones case access to a cell phone video that led to the former Gopher football player's arrest, despite a sworn statement from...

Woman shot to death near Radisson

Published August 15, 2007

According to a crime alert from the University Police Department, at approximately 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 6, University Police were dispatched to the Radisson Hotel on the East Bank, responding to a report...

Federal, state politicians hasten to help

Published August 8, 2007

The "incredible rumble" (as one witness described it) that was the Interstate 35W bridge collapse last Wednesday sent echoes through the chambers of the state's and nation's capitols. Politicians on both...

The Players/The Plan

Published August 1, 2007

> THE PLAYERS THE DEFENSE Earl Gray Earl Gray, a prominent criminal defense lawyer is representing Dominic Jones - the only player charged in the rape case thus far. In April 2006, Gray helped former...

Professor inspired students through caring attitude and passion

Published July 25, 2007

Mirjana "Minja" Lausevic, an ethnomusicology professor at the University, died July 15 in Northampton, Mass., of an undisclosed illness. She was on a year-long leave from the University to spend a year...

Adviser accused of sexual assault

Published July 25, 2007

.Minneapolis police arrested Candelario Zuniga, an undergraduate student adviser in the Carlson School of Management, Friday on reports he molested an 8-year-old girl, according to police reports. Hennepin...

Campus-area crime stats remain steady

Published July 18, 2007

.Crime statistics in the Como, Prospect Park and Marcy-Holmes neighborhoods have remained steady for the past few months. According to statistics from the Minneapolis Police Department, there have been...

University-owned laptop with student data stolen

Published July 11, 2007

Elizabeth Beaumont  and the political science department recently got a taste of technology's paradox: Convenience sometimes complicates matters. While in Palo Alto, Calif., a perpetrator stole a...

U loses bid for biofuel grant

Published July 3, 2007

The Department of Energy announced three recipients of the most-coveted biofuel grants in the nation last week. The University applied for the funding but did not receive it. Some University officials...

Unknown suspect swindles U chemistry professor

Published July 3, 2007

University chemistry professor Wayland Noland said, "to put it bluntly, I was conned." He calls himself a generous man when it comes to charitable donations to the University. Yet the suspect, who University...

Man shot in Prospect Park, thefts and break-ins continue

Published June 27, 2007

. bullet hole through a gutter outside Glendale Apartments - a public housing complex off St. Mary's Avenue in the Prospect Park neighborhood - marks where a gunman shot an 18-year-old man twice Sunday...

Coffee shop ‘campers’ steam up some local business higher-ups

Published June 20, 2007

They can be seen clicking away on their laptops or nestling their noses in books and papers in coffee shops around campus, but a few business owners consider the hours they log excessive. Caribou Coffee...

Seven Corners melee leaves man out cold

Published June 20, 2007

.Benjamin Rosenblum, 23, of Minneapolis said he didn't see the blow coming when he stood outside Sgt. Preston's early Saturday morning. "I guess they punched me in the back of the head and I was unconscious...

Farm bill may bring funding to U research

Published June 6, 2007

U.S. Rep. Tim Walz toured the University Friday, meeting with St. Paul campus deans, agricultural researchers and University President Bob Bruininks. Walz serves on the House Agricultural Committee. The...

Man shot dead in Cedar-Riverside; fight on East Bank leads to stabbings

Published June 6, 2007

The bark is still stripped off a tree in front of Palmer's Bar on Cedar Avenue, where witnesses said Lorenzo Guffie, 29, crashed and staggered out of his car, wounded by gunshots, just before midnight...

Burglaries plague St. Paul campus housing complex

Published May 23, 2007

The University Police Department issued a crime alert May 14 after the fifth burglary in a St. Paul campus housing complex since February. The burglaries happened during the night in Commonwealth Terrace,...

Tuition up to governor

Published May 23, 2007

The fate of University funding is sitting in limbo before the governor. The higher education omnibus bill is one of the many budget bills lawmakers wrangled through Monday night to send to Republican Gov....

Dungy sparks debate

Published May 4, 2007

Touting a new Superbowl allure, Tony Dungy will likely draw unprecedented crowds at the Annual Alumni Celebration Tuesday night. But the hoards who pile into Mariucci Arena - a place specially chosen for...

Students camp out to raise concern for Ugandan civil wars

Published April 30, 2007

;CHICAGO - Half a world away, and after 12 years of conflict, the turmoils of armed conflicts across Uganda still rage on. And until recently in the United States, the disparaging effects of the crisis...

Students assemble new committee, revive old name

Published April 27, 2007

Sitting amid approximately 30 students in a crowded room Monday in Coffman Union, Dave Bicking relived his days as a member of the leftist student group Students for a Democratic Society. "There were a...

Election woes drag on

Published April 27, 2007

The All Campus Elections Commission took a step out of the murky Minnesota Student Association election with a determination that last week's results were valid. Officials recounted the votes Wednesday...

U event celebrates Swahili language

Published April 23, 2007

Chelsie Frank, a global studies and environmental and sustainable environment senior, sat behind a table in the Sabathani Community Center in Minneapolis wearing a traditional African dress and writing...

Sidelined club tries to draw interest

Published April 20, 2007

For about a year, the Adapted Sports Club members have been on deck, waiting for student interest to propel them into the gym and eventually an adapted sports league. But today's event at the University...

University Cambodian students reach out to youth

Published April 16, 2007

Atop the stretching hills of Hampton farm country in southern Minnesota, a Buddhist temple seems a little out of place. But the tall, spired structure drew more than 1,000 members of the Cambodian community...

Chinese students form group

Published April 12, 2007

Sophomore Zhibin Zhang said she couldn't find a community last year for undergraduate students from China at the University. "You have stress when you totally depend on yourself," she said. "Sometimes...

Decision to ax Griffin campaign upheld

Published April 11, 2007

Denny Olsen, senior associate director of Student Unions and Activities, rapped the gavel on Mike Griffin and Vince Patti's final campaign to get their names back on the Minnesota Student Association's...

Good Friday draws protests at clinic

Published April 9, 2007

Orange traffic cones and police officers separated pro-choice and anti-abortion protesters outside Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota on Ford Parkway Friday, representing a divide...

Muslim students seek to reach out

Published April 3, 2007

Nandita Rahman said she felt there was a lack of understanding about Islam growing up in Crookston. As a member of the only Muslim family in town, she said it was difficult to practice her religion, especially...

MSA hopeful left off ballot

Published April 2, 2007

The All Campus Elections Commission stood behind its decision Friday to not allow political science junior Mike Griffin's name on the ballot for upcoming Minnesota Student Association elections because...

Race raises funds for autism initiative

Published March 26, 2007

Some students took full advantage of the hero theme for the 5K Run for Research Saturday and wore masks, capes and brandished fake swords while others just came in the usual runner's attire. When the horn...

Students spread message, stop traffic

Published March 21, 2007

On the Iraq war's fourth anniversary Tuesday, protesters marched across University grounds and through Coffman Union with a message to bring troops home as part of a national day of student protest. Taking...

Federal shield laws are bleak, experts say

Published March 21, 2007

Every day, 24-year-old video blogger Josh Wolf sets a record as the longest imprisoned journalist held for refusing to give up confidential sources or material. Wolf has been incarcerated for 212 days. And...

Read-In program receives $50,000

Published March 20, 2007

For the past 11 years, the African American Read-In program has been getting by on a $5,000 annual budget. But that number increased tenfold March 2 when it was announced that the program, a literacy initiative...

Student group heads south, makes difference in world

Published March 9, 2007

It was around 3 a.m. one September morning in 2003 when finance and entrepreneurship senior Nick Lindberg and three of his friends decided they wanted to change the world. So they registered Students Today,...

University sees dramatic increase in student groups

Published March 6, 2007

Last October, marketing and science senior David Chang and his roommate, history and political science senior David Wallace, formed a student group as an ode to one of their favorite publications, The...

Group focuses on growing religion among youths

Published February 26, 2007

Approximately 30 students trudged to The Whole in Coffman Union on Saturday night for Remembering Our Spiritual Heritage, an event where students expressed their faith through song, dance and spoken word. The...

Voices from the Gaps holds forum

Published February 23, 2007

Around 50 students and professors gathered in Room 125 of the Science Classroom Building on Thursday morning for a panel discussion on Voices From the Gaps, a collaborative College of Liberal Arts Web...

Groups join 15 years of pride

Published February 19, 2007

On Friday afternoon, the line to register for the Alphabet Soup Conference tangled around the ground floor of Coffman Union as students from across the nation - some still pulling suitcases -waited to...

Al’s Breakfast to renovate after health violations

Published February 13, 2007

Tucked between Espresso Royale and Cummings Books sits Al's Breakfast, a former tool shed turned diner and a staple of Dinkytown for more than 56 years. Due to health code violations, the narrow, 14-stool...

U community mourns student death

Published February 1, 2007

Friends gathered Wednesday night to mourn the death of University junior Rebecca Yacob. Yacob, 21, was killed in a car wreck around 2:30 a.m. Sunday, just four blocks from her Apple Valley home. Police...

Anti-war effort mounts

Published January 29, 2007

President Bush's highly controversial military strategy to send some 21,500 additional troops to Iraq led University students to protest in Washington, D.C. and Minneapolis on Saturday. where to go cindy...

U students talk sex at open mic event

Published January 23, 2007

As Daniel Berhane stepped up to the mic in the crowed auditorium, the audience hushed as he started performing a poem he wrote to warn the next generation about families broken by sexual temptations. "Families...

Supporters insist Obama run for president

Published January 16, 2007

Amid an enthusiastic crowd of supporters Saturday, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak endorsed an online grassroots political movement calling for Barak Obama, the junior senator from Illinois, to run for president...