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All content by Kate McCarthy

McCarthy: How to be white and protest

November 2, 2017

Last week, far-right political activist Lauren Southern visited the University of Minnesota, but not without resistance. Protesters gathered outside Anderson Hall on West Bank on the evening of Oct. 25,...

McCarthy: Peeking into the world of private Instagrams

October 26, 2017

When I joined the legions of iPhone users in 2015, one of the first things I did was download Instagram. Shortly after that, friends nudged to “follow my secret Insta.” Guilelessly, I did, and made...

McCarthy: Theater Mu reflects experiences onstage

October 19, 2017

One of the biggest reasons I came to the Twin Cities for college is the vibrant theater scene. West Bank alone is home to The Southern Theater, Theatre in the Round and Mixed Blood Theatre Company. In...

McCarthy: Let’s talk about weather

October 5, 2017

After another national tragedy, after devastating policy change, or lack of policy change that’s needed to help us progress, what is there to say? It seems like all the best points have been made time...

McCarthy: Exposing falsities on immigration and crime

September 28, 2017

Students of all ages bemoan the usefulness of coursework in school, critical of whether or not what they learn will apply to “real life.” This is why my ears perked up in SOC 4141H: Juvenile Delinquency,...

McCarthy: Making political satire great again

September 21, 2017

My job as front-of-house staff at the Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre is one of the best parts of living in Minneapolis. I spend every weekend in the back of a darkened theater, watching my favorite...

McCarthy: Openly discussing shortcomings in the people we admire

September 7, 2017

Do you remember when you found out that there are entire websites and blogs devoted to the phrase “your fave is problematic?”  These “Aha!” moments of realization can range from seeing a dug...

McCarthy: Our laziest season is one of the best for self-reflection

August 2, 2017

There’s a sector of the population that does not, in fact, pine for summer. It may be a small group of diehards, but they are out there. During elementary and middle school, I dove headlong from school...

McCarthy: Coming to terms with mature content

July 19, 2017

By the time you’re in college, it’s been years since you were kept away from something because it was “inappropriate.” Once you hit 18, nothing is out of bounds. But is it possible for certain...

McCarthy: The real way to go the distance

July 12, 2017

I’ve spent two summers in long distance relationships, this being my second. Two different summers, two different relationships. There’s been so much writing and rumination on long distance dating,...

McCarthy: Improvised Shakespeare and gender

July 5, 2017

This week, my family descended upon Chicago — where I’m staying for the summer — for some long belated togetherness. And if your family is visiting you in Chicago, there’s one attraction...

Column: Why I hate the Apple Store

June 21, 2017

I entered my first Minnesota Apple Store two years after arriving at the University of Minnesota.It was a final resort, not something I relished succumbing to, in order to fix the dripping ink-like gash...

Column: The envy enemy

June 14, 2017

I have a huge problem with envy. I always figured that envy could be a tool, something to mobilize me to achieve more. But, no surprise, leaving this quality unchecked brings dissatisfaction and bitterness....

A cow waits to be milked in the Daily Cattle teaching and Research building on the St. Paul campus.

Column: A photo essay of UMN campus over 24 hours reveals quiet, unnoticed moments

April 24, 2017

It’s the time of year for several wrap up and “best of” compilations, including one right here at the Daily with the annual ‘Day in the Life’ 24-hour photo essay of University of Minnesota...

Column: The difficulties of diversity outreach

April 17, 2017

How often is ‘diversity’ used as a catch-all, generic concept — a loosely-defined gold star chased by groups of all kinds? College campuses, clubs, workplaces, improv teams — you name it,...

Column: Caucus in Cedar-Riverside falls short

April 10, 2017

The caucus might be my favorite weird feature of our democracy. It’s an oft-contentious group effort — strangers shoved together and tripping over each other to get through the event’s semantics.It’s...

Column: As a female comic, I can be empowered by voicing insecurities

April 3, 2017

“Are women funny?” Luckily, this insane question is no longer a viable topic of conversation or article headline. However, navigating comedy as an empowered young woman, I’m seeing new questions...

Break the Silence Day organized a march to protest sexual assault by greek life members on frat row along University Avenue on Saturday, Mar. 4, 2017.

Column: ‘Boys will be boys’ only if we let them

March 28, 2017

In the wake of renewed discussions of sexual assault on campus, I’ve been trying to see what the “good guys” make of all of this. You know, the guys — largely heterosexual — who support...

I road tripped across the Midwest for spring break. What I got? A nice experience.

March 20, 2017

My boyfriend and I planned a spring break road trip all semester, right down to the finite playlist of carefully chosen tunes. Our itinerary: Des Moines, Iowa to Kansas City, Missouri to Dodge City, Kansas...

MSA candidates make their opening statements at the MSA Debate in Coffman Memorial Union Theatre on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017.

UMN’s MSA elections should inspire political action by students

March 6, 2017

Editor’s Note: This column was written before the results of this year’s student government elections were announced Sunday afternoon.I write this as the campus waits with bated breath for student...

In a Trump America, working to tackle transphobia in TV culture

February 27, 2017

The Trump administration last week withdrew protections for transgender public school students to use whichever bathroom corresponds with their gender identity. This new policy is a direct attack on the...

Finding renewal through artistic cross-fertilization

February 21, 2017

I’m a theater major, but I haven’t been in a full production since my senior year of high school when I playedMaria in West Side Story — not as good as my usual character, “Young Boy from the...

White shame is the name of the game

February 13, 2017

The Minnesota Daily reported on Thursday that a Jewish student at the University found an anti-Semitic message in his dorm room. To anyone who says it doesn’t happen here — it did. And to anyone...

Betsy DeVos is here — Do you know where your children are?

February 6, 2017

In third grade, I failed an open book science test. You read that right — open book. Attending a poorly-run public school in California, I simply had no concept of tests, homework, anything academic....

Mary Tyler Moore and white feminism

January 30, 2017

A few days ago, pioneering actress and comedienne Mary Tyler Moore passed away. A few days before that, women all over the country marched in reaction to the inauguration of our new president. In a short...

On The Office, the ‘Filippelli factor’ is what matters

January 17, 2017

What hybrid of characters from The Office are you? I’m a Creed-Michael with rising Kelly. You’ve got your Ryans, your Merediths, your Dwights — rarely though do you ever hear anyone talk about...

Making T.V. watching purposeful again

December 8, 2016

Back in 1970s Belvedere, California, my mother was often left to her own devices.It was the indulgent “‘Me’ Decade,” and Leslie Dreyfous spent nights curled up, finding comfort in the varied fare...

Limping to the fall semester finish line

December 2, 2016

As we rapidly approach the end of the semester, I have only one thought: Try, just try, to limp to the finish line.For most of my college career, I have started to feel things unravel toward the end as...

Clare’s birthday is Nov. 8. — this year she didn’t get the gift she hoped for.

November 18, 2016

My best friend’s birthday falls on Nov. 4. Back in 2008, Clare was a serious, blond, saucer-eyed waif with a keen interest in politics. So she asked that her 10th birthday party be centered around election...

Grassroots politics wade through the weeds

November 9, 2016

I’m writing this column on the precipice of what is undoubtedly one of the most historical and contentious elections of all time. I’m writing this on Tuesday, but as your eyes skim this column, they...

Boys, take a seat

November 3, 2016

A bunch of us teenagers were squeezed in a car, mostly boys, the small space reverberating with jokes and laughter.One straw-haired boy named Adam asked me a question. I began to answer in earnest, and...

I finally got drunk, and it wasn’t all it was cracked up to be

October 29, 2016

I’m not really a drinker. Back in high school, I learned to dodge drinks with a wry smile and an, “Ah, bummer! I’ll catch the next round!”Once in college, it was sips here and there, but a confluence...

End Trump and Our Old Notions of Romance

October 13, 2016

In the gob-smacking free-fall that is Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, his latest transgression is the least forgivable of them all: the widely-circulated phrase “grab them by the pussy.” It’s...

The Chemistry of Free Speech

October 6, 2016

The message emblazoned on that now infamous bridge panel is so hateful it sickens me. In fact, it’s straight up racist, folks. I know it, you know it, we all do. The “Build the Wall” panel’s...

An age-old debate: Introvert vs. Extrovert

October 1, 2016

Who doesn’t love a good personality test? The Myers-Briggs test? I’m there! I recall taking it several years ago, praying my results read extroverted.In my mind, extroverted was equated with charm,...

Sex is OK, but love is great

September 20, 2016

A friend of mine met her boyfriend under supremely cute, college-wholesome circumstances. He’s from Minnesota. She’s from California, and they were immediately smitten with each other during freshman...

Rape Culture and Your Mother’s Feminism

September 13, 2016

About a year ago my mother saw a photo of me, arms raised in a white cropped shirt, revealing a good portion of my stomach.It was a silly picture, the triumphant pose paired with a mischievous grin. However,...

Build your own brand of happiness

September 7, 2016

My last summer before college was a weepy one. Wracked with nerves, I welled up at random from June through August — during a nighttime jog, while watching a YouTube compilation of 30 Rock bloopers,...

Gender norms get slimed in “Ghostbusters”

July 27, 2016

It’s no surprise that there’s a paucity of complex, dynamic roles for women in mainstream entertainment. However, after seeing “Ghostbusters” this past weekend, I’ve been flooded with pride and...

Laughing matters in tough times

July 13, 2016

Smog Cutter is easy to miss, a little East Hollywood hole in the wall. It was still relatively early for the open mic, so I sat quietly in the dark while the woman sporting clear frames laughed with her...

When perception goes south

July 6, 2016

A recent weeklong road trip through the deep South with my raucous — and, evidently, boundary-less — family ended with a stop in Annapolis, Md., where we watched my younger sister’s induction...

Nothing but the news, not quite

June 22, 2016

Last Sunday morning, I reached for my phone to check Facebook. The site was flooded with status updates on the mass shooting in Orlando. After a few minutes of numbed scrolling, I pieced together an idea...

I’d like my success right now, thank you

June 8, 2016

When I was about 14, I carefully cut, folded and tucked away an Entertainment Weekly cover story on Lena Dunham. The frequency of the word “wunderkind” made me feel self-conscious about my...

How to treat your Uber driver like a person

May 25, 2016

I don’t often take Ubers, but when I do, I hop out afterward with a false sense of accomplishment — the Uber afterglow.  Perhaps you have also found yourself feeling oddly grandiose after...