The Minnesota Daily

All content by Justin Horwath

Twin Cities lag on transit spending

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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….

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...