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Letter to the Editor: West Bank “improvement district” sets forth misconceptions

October 11, 2018

The Oct. 8 article, "West Bank liaisons could improve security and livability of neighborhood," sets forth some misconceptions. Establishment of an "improvement district" would not require "support...

Letter to the Editor: On the minimum wage

October 8, 2018

Recently, there has been a push for a raise in student wages from the state minimum of $9.65 per hour to the current Minneapolis minimum of $11.25 per hour. Proponents claim this is justified out of student...

Is exclusion a function of population?

October 4, 2018

Is exclusion a function of population? There is a magic at the flagship campus of the U of M. Every fall, scores of academics flock to this gargantuan University and revitalize the dreariness that is suffused...

Letter to the Editor: Kavanaugh nomination deserves a fully deliberative and robust examination

September 24, 2018

As a survivor of workplace harassment and sexual violence, I know what it is like when your abuser is rewarded by society, free from the weight of their actions. That weight is transferred to the survivor...

Letter to the Editor: UMN provides two-factor authentication for campus community

September 24, 2018

In the “Hide your kids, hide your Wi-Fi” opinion piece published on September 13, Uma Venkata raised concerns about how few people on campus take advantage of two-factor authentication, a technology...

Letter: Response to ‘study drugs are not the answer’

May 3, 2018

I am writing in response to Uma Venkata's column "Study drugs are not the answer" published on April 26. According to the latest College Student Health Survey from Boynton Health, more than 5 percent of...

Letter: Response to ‘SJP event on Palestine history unhelpful and misleading’

April 23, 2018

I am writing in response to the letter published on April 12 "SJP event on Palestine history unhelpful and misleading." I delivered the lecture at this SJP event. Maya Strohm and Shay Burke (the students)...

Letter: Not all Trump supporters are against human rights

April 16, 2018

I was deeply disappointed by the front page article of the April 9 edition of the Minnesota Daily. The article, entitled “U researchers aim to learn how voters view rights,” seemed to imply that all...

Letter: Response to ‘Meat or no meat, that is the question’

April 16, 2018

When we talk about meat consumption, let’s not forget about the animals. While I believe there really is no question (in reference to the title of the column, 'Meat or no meat, that is the question'...

Letter: SJP event on Palestine history unhelpful and misleading

April 12, 2018

What is the best way to promote peace in the Middle East? Though the answer is not clear, it is certainly not spewing incorrect and anti-Semitic rhetoric to students on campus. On April 2, UMN's chapter...

Letter: Altering the personal exemption rules for vaccination

April 12, 2018

At the turn of the century, the United States declared measles eradicated from our country. Fast forward to 2017, when Minnesota experienced the largest outbreak of measles in 20 years. This outbreak cost...

Letter: Article on Mitchell Hoenig incredibly disrespectful and irresponsible

April 9, 2018

I’m writing regarding the article from April 5, “UMN fraternity member’s death caused by alcohol poisoning.”  I find this article incredibly disrespectful, irresponsible and devoid of any...

Letter: Response to ‘Raising the tobacco sale age to 21 could have unintended negative consequences’

April 2, 2018

In Ellen Ailts' column, “Raising the tobacco sale age to 21 could have unintended negative consequences,” she mentioned how policies of the past have precipitously dropped the teen smoking rate. I...

Letter: The Child Development Center is exemplary and should be scaled up

March 26, 2018

This is my conclusion after deciphering the justification by University of Minnesota leadership for closing the University’s Child Development Center, reviewing the costs and benefits, and knowing that...

Letter: Why Islam Awareness Week is necessary on college campuses

March 22, 2018

In the age of the "Muslim Ban" and increased Islamophobic hate crimes, Islam is at the forefront of political discourse. Although Muslims are at the center of attention in the media, the public and even...

Letter: Don Lucia’s resignation comes at the right time

March 22, 2018

Entering the final day of the men’s hockey conference tournaments, Minnesota looked like a lock to make the NCAA Tournament. To fall far enough in the Pairwise Rankings (the rankings which determine...

Letter: Student Service Fees committee should defund conservative student groups

March 19, 2018

Dear Student Service Fees committee, This is a plea to consider the negative role that Collegians for a Constructive Tomorrow, Students for a Conservative Voice, Turning Point USA and Minnesota Students...

Letter: Students should make use of ‘Let’s Talk’

March 19, 2018

There are many barriers preventing students from seeking mental health treatment, such as stigmas and costs. To help minimize those barriers, Multicultural Student Engagement and Student Counseling Services...

Letter: Vote no on the UMN Divest referendum

March 6, 2018

At 8 a.m. Monday morning, undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Minnesota received an email from Student Unions and Activities that linked to the all-campus election ballot. There, they...

Letter: Why you should vote yes on the UMN Divest referendum

March 6, 2018

Approximately 24 hours after the UMN Divest referendum was officially launched, a representative of the Minnesota Hillel wrote to us, saying that “the Jewish community feels targeted and marginalized...

Letter: Vote for Sund in PSG election

March 5, 2018

I wholeheartedly urge professional students to vote for Michael Sund for the Presidency of the Professional Student Government. As Secretary of the Senate, I am a member of the Executive Council of the...

Letter: Unpaid internships can be valuable

March 5, 2018

I am writing in response to Ellen Ailts' column on the questionable value of unpaid internships. As a third-year student at the University of Minnesota, I have certainly felt the constant anxiety and pressure...

Letter: The University is obliged to have a neutral process for speakers

March 5, 2018

I write in response to the March 1 letter: The University of Minnesota is not obliged to let Shapiro speak. In short, the answer is the University of Minnesota is not obliged to let Ben Shapiro speak,...

Letter: The University of Minnesota is not obliged to let Shapiro speak

March 1, 2018

While walking on a quiet evening, I noticed a series of posters plastered to walls and windows. The first was a notice posted by Students for a Democratic Society about a protest of Monday’s Ben Shapiro...

Letter: Preserving and expanding the UMCDC serves the University’s mission

March 1, 2018

On Jan. 22, the Dean of the College of Education and Human Development announced the closure of the University of Minnesota Child Development Center. A month later, in response to research demonstrating...

Letter: Many shortfalls in the University’s response to sexual assault

March 1, 2018

This is written in response to the Minnesota Daily article “Founder of #MeToo movement comes to UMN campus." This article covered the event where #MeToo founder Tarana Burke was guest speaker, and I...

Letter: No, Dr. Halley, we do have a sexual misconduct crisis

February 26, 2018

I am writing in response to Professor J. Woods Halley’s letter on the sexual misconduct crisis. First, the rate of sexual misconduct does not have to be on the rise for there to be a crisis. The rates...

Letter: “What they taught us”

February 26, 2018

As I stand there watching, I think back and count how many. Because a world without mass killing is a world I have never known. Because the year I was born, 12 were taken too soon. They call us generation...

Letter: Proposed change to the Student Conduct Code has many flaws

February 22, 2018

While I appreciate the nature of the Minnesota Daily’s editorial comments, as the author of one of the main complaints regarding the Student Conduct Code, I take offense at the claim that I do not understand...

Letter: There is no sexual misconduct crisis at the University of Minnesota

February 22, 2018

President Eric Kaler sounded quite reasonable on the subject of sexual misconduct in his interview with the Minnesota Daily on Feb. 9. However, his Feb. 12 broadcast email to faculty (which permitted no...

Letter: Ben Shapiro’s views are worthy of widespread moral condemnation

February 15, 2018

Bobby Hahn does something remarkable in his Feb. 12 letter to the editor in the Minnesota Daily. He asks whether it makes sense for University of Minnesota students to protest Ben Shapiro’s Feb. 26 visit...

Letter: I was embarrassed to be on Scholars Walk

February 13, 2018

It’s odd to be punished by having something taken away that you never wanted in the first place, like when my mother sent me to my room for being sassy. I loved my room, all my books were there, I had...

Letter: With Ben Shapiro coming, how effective is protesting?

February 12, 2018

In light of the anger and protest over commentator Lauren Southern’s invitation to speak on campus last semester, it is a reasonable expectation that the same sentiments will be displayed when conservative...

Letter: President Eric Kaler and Provost Karen Hanson: take a stand for liberalism

February 12, 2018

I have not yet seen sufficient evidence to suggest the University of Minnesota is attempting to “quarantine” or silence Ben Shapiro. However, I am concerned that the University is allowing the heckler’s...

Letter: Why we need a statue of Endesha Ida Mae Holland on campus

February 8, 2018

At age 11, Endesha Ida Mae Holland, noted playwright and scholar, was raped by her boss, an elderly white man whose grandchild she was babysitting at the time. When he was finished, he tossed her a fiver. By...

Letter: UMPD timely warning guilty of racial profiling

February 8, 2018

“We apologize for the confusion.” On Tuesday, the University sent out a timely warning to everyone on campus regarding someone who was assaulted with a bottle at the Mayo Building. Police described...

Letter: Planned closure of UMN Child Development Center is reckless

February 5, 2018

The planned closure of the University of Minnesota Child Development Center is simply reckless. As my spouse and I are recent graduates, the availability of quality child care at the University was a major...

Letter: Student jobs are real jobs

February 5, 2018

I love the University of Minnesota, and there are a lot of reasons I chose to come here. There are a lot of reasons I chose to go to college at all. But there’s only one reason why not going to college...

Letter: Squirrel population on Mount Graham hurt by UMN supported University of Arizona project

January 18, 2018

In Arizona, one of the most imperiled mammal species on the planet, the endangered Mount Graham red squirrel, is rapidly being shoved into the abyss of extinction by people who claim to be scientists....

Letter: As research funding changes, spirit remains the same

January 18, 2018

It is 2018 and a time of new beginnings — among them, of course, a new semester here at the University of Minnesota.  We closed out 2017 with good news on the research front. The University continues...

Letter: I have had enough of athletes violating sexual misconduct code at the University of Minnesota

January 15, 2018

Over the last decade, the University of Minnesota athletics department has received numerous complaints about sexual violence, including former athletics director Norwood Teague’s sexual harassment of...

Letter: It is time texting and driving be firmly addressed

January 15, 2018

It is time that texting and driving be firmly addressed. Everyone knows they should not do it. It’s dangerous, it’s distracting, it’s unnecessary. Yet not only does it continue, it gets worse everyday. I...

Letter: Why is Garrison Keillor’s face still on Scholar’s Walk?

December 14, 2017

It's been a wild semester at the University of Minnesota. Riv-Ellen Prell's "A Campus Divided" exhibit, which focused on institutional racism and anti-Semitism at the U and the power of student activism...