The Minnesota Daily

All content by Kate Nelson

Appreciating the ellipsis

August 8, 2007

This being my last column for the Daily, you no doubt can understand the pressure I feel to impart upon you something worthwhile, something phenomenal, something unforgettable. Well, truth be told, I'm...

Living outside the lifelessness

July 25, 2007

Two weeks ago today, a car hit me while I was walking down the street. I was thrust against its hood and windshield and then thrown back onto the ground before I really knew what was happening. Somehow...

Not losing your head (sometimes)

July 11, 2007

I am not what you would call "laid back." Don't get me wrong, I can handle a camping trip or letting someone else take the reins and make plans. Of course, I will have lists upon lists to make sure we...

Squashing sitcom envy

June 27, 2007

I have, without a doubt, the cutest niece ever born. She's perfect in every way, from her former nickname for me ("Tit," because she couldn't pronounce her k's. Or her ate's, apparently.) to her straightforward...

Assessing an obsession with seriousness

June 13, 2007

Life just hasn't been the same since seriousness became so important to us. Not love ("Things are getting serious") nor work ("I want to be taken seriously") or even truth ("I'm serious this time"). Case...

Derailing our culture of complaining

May 30, 2007

It's a scenario that doesn't require much imagination. Your relative/roommate/significant other walks into the room describing the seemingly unending neckache that's been plaguing him or her. And rather...

Looking forward to looking back

April 27, 2007

As the end the semester nears, some of you (like myself) are realizing graduation is upon us. Though pleading and begging likely urged its arrival, the date still seems to have snuck up on us. Let me forewarn...

Learning to play nice

April 13, 2007

Lions are the only big cats that live in groups. These "prides," as the glossy pages of Zoobooks once taught us to call them, allow the fierce felines to take down prey that would otherwise prove overwhelming...

Considering self-policing

March 30, 2007

On one of the first sunshine-stained days of last week, I, like every animal that has been deprived of natural sunlight for months, just couldn't keep myself indoors. So to the streets of the city I took. My...

Stifling the stigma – and not ourselves

March 9, 2007

Orgasms, attitudes, emotions: We've all faked something. As hers did before her, my mother trained me at an early age to be Miss Susie Sunshine and to always feign happiness. While I see the necessity...

We’re stuck between 14 and 40

February 23, 2007

My fashion past is rife with signs of conformity. While I missed the midriff-bearing boat (mostly thanks to my parents, who I thought were overbearing at the time), I have committed my fair share of style...

Facing the facts of bigotry

February 9, 2007

I'm racist. And so are you. Being citizens of this world and, more pertinently, this country, we have long been bombarded with ideas of racism and its sibling -isms. Some of these seem too bizarre to adhere...

Owning up to yourself

January 26, 2007

Windshield. That's the term I thought those fake-friendly meteorologists were using during the frigid winter mornings of my youth. These mornings were generally spent darting in and out of the kitchen,...

Re-establishing human kindness

December 8, 2006

As a freshman, I was suckered into buying Gopher football season tickets. I've purchased them my remaining three years here as well. Truth be told, I'm not an avid football fan. In fact, I'd go so far...

Striving toward something different

November 17, 2006

Success. An eight-letter word that packs such a powerful punch it seems only fitting it's twice the length of those taboo four-letter words. The idea had been laid out long before our time - or that of...

Stop and smell the present

October 20, 2006

As I racked my brain for an appropriate topic for this week's column, I couldn't help but be distracted by the plethora of papers strewn across my desk; and by desk, I mean desk, floor, nightstand and...

Dismissing the definitions of feminism

October 6, 2006

I'm a feminist, though you might not be able to tell by looking. Despite the fact that I cram my feet into blister-inducing high heels, enjoy a good Victoria's Secret bra that sends my breasts skyward...

Privacy? What privacy?

September 22, 2006

What you've always suspected is true: Facebook is indeed making it easier for people to stalk you. That mini-feed showing you updates about your friends and vice versa. The fact that soon anyone - literally...

America addicted to self-improvement

September 8, 2006

Stronger. Faster. Bigger. Tighter. Thinner. Better. In a country of citizens trained to be egotistic, it is only appropriate our nation's constant desire to progress toward perfection has so permeated...