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All content by Martha Pietruszewski

Detroit Public Schools’ future looks bleak

May 5, 2016

A was incredibly lucky to go to a public school where — despite occasional budget issues —  we still had an orchestra, a band and a robust theater program.      However,...

Cruz, Trump, Kasich: America’s boy band

April 28, 2016

Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz, Donald Trump and John Kasich walk into a bar. Cruz and Kasich were having a party together — Trump just invited himself.      Cruz and...

Diversity is coming to a theater near you

April 21, 2016

I first discovered the television show “Jane The Virgin” last year. I was attempting to study for finals, but what I really learned was how progressive that show is.      The...

At commencement, sit for a last lecture

April 14, 2016

For those of you who have been reading my columns over the last few years, I wanted to let you know that I’m finally graduating.     Commencement is an exciting time for many reasons. Best...

Don’t end up in the next data leak, grads

April 7, 2016

Full disclaimer: I’m a student, so I still get a tax refund, and my tax rate is relatively low. I certainly don’t have to create offshore accounts, either.     However, thanks to...

Hiring Goetz would be a Gophers victory

March 31, 2016

When I was in high school, I suffered through hours and hours of swim practice … and that’s the closest I’ve been to sports since then.     However, for many people, athletics...

Let’s fire ‘The Donald’ while we still can

March 24, 2016

Don’t vote for Donald Trump. Just don’t do it. Please.     I don’t care whether or not you’re a Republican. You can vote for some other guy or gal — just make sure...

Test expenses block the road to college

March 10, 2016

Imagine you spend five hours in a classroom reading test material. There are no cell phones allowed. There’s one bathroom break. Sounds awful, right? Well, you’ve probably done it before.     I’m...

If you like the Oscars, check out politics

March 3, 2016

Unless you live under a rock, you probably know that Leonardo DiCaprio won his first Academy Award this Sunday. The fifth time’s the charm.     But why do I even care? Why did I Snapchat...

Bossy? No, I’m just working harder than you

February 25, 2016

Hi, my name is Martha. I’m a senior at Carlson School of Management. I’m majoring in supply chain, and I’m trying not to be annoying — but I’m probably coming off that way.     Pitching...

Can Target see the bullseye on its back?

February 18, 2016

Across the United States, a handful of cities have become famous for a special kind of service that only they can offer. For example, San Francisco is known for housing tech giants and the startup culture....

The food revolution delivers to your door

February 11, 2016

I hate cooking. OK, I’ll rephrase: I don’t hate the idea of cooking. But who has the time to cook a gourmet meal after a full day of work and class? My answer to a quick meal is usually a cheese...

Free money is only an American dream

February 4, 2016

My first job was working at a dry cleaner’s. I was paid a whopping $7.25, the minimum wage at the time. Extra cash for doing cool high school things? Nice.     Because I worked about 10...

It’s a working student’s world out there

January 28, 2016

When I was a freshman in college, working during school just seemed like something I was supposed to do. I had worked all through high school, so it made sense to keep going.     It’s...

I’m leaving school on a jet plane

January 21, 2016

Job searching is like running a marathon. It’s long, you’ll get tired and at points you’ll question whether it will all be worth it.      Maybe you have a good network...

Could Barack Obama book an Airbnb?

December 16, 2015

When I was studying abroad in the spring of 2014, you bet I roughed it in the hostels. That was the quintessential study abroad experience, right?   I thought so at the time, but now I’m not...

Guns aren’t just toys for boys anymore

December 10, 2015

I have pretty bad asthma and probably a bunch of other obscure things that would disqualify me from the armed services. (There are plenty of medical conditions that could do it.)   But for my fellow...

Don’t make promises you can’t keep

November 30, 2015

If you happen to have a miraculously well-behaved family that doesn’t even come close to touching politics on Thanksgiving, then I salute you.    My family, however, isn’t so respectful...

Stick with Ski-U-Mah, Gophers

November 23, 2015

Do you ever walk around campus and suddenly see a person wearing a T-shirt with a different school’s logo? Well, that bothers me. We go to the University of Minnesota, and we must be, first and foremost,...

App to ensure (mobile) justice is served

November 19, 2015

The best moments in life sometimes happen to be filmed. That moment when you started dancing and you thought nobody could see? It’s probably stored on the Cloud now. Unfortunately, some of life’s...

Turing Pharmaceuticals’ decision to raise the price of a life-saving drug is just not cool.

October 30, 2015

Patients with HIV or AIDS deserve affordable treatment — but one man has really thrown a wrench in that plan by trying to take away a drug that can help immunocompromised patients.    Martin...

Personalities change, but MBTI doesn’t

October 22, 2015

My personality depends on the day. I could be easily annoyed at everyone, or I could be feeling like Pharell. … That’s “Happy,” in case you were wondering. So why is it that I’m...

Amazon Now delivers world domination

October 15, 2015

I would like to take this time to personally apologize to the personnel at Amazon warehouses — I know I order weird things sometimes, but the fake blood is for the Zombie Pub Crawl. I promise.   I...

Another day, another corporate scandal

October 1, 2015

Buying or receiving your first car is always an exciting time in your life. You finally turn 16, pass your driver’s test and your parents hand you keys to a junker that’s ready for you to explore...

How to win friends and become a better person

September 21, 2015

Since waking up this morning, you’ve probably made countless decisions, and by the time you go to bed, you’ll have made countless more. One decision that you’ve made today is probably...

Has Target missed the bullseye again?

September 16, 2015

Shopping for back-to-school clothes was (and still is) always one of my favorite parts about the end of summer. The weather may change, but I can look good while it’s happening.    Before...

Bring on the spirit fingers, Gophers fans

September 9, 2015

Welcome back, Gophers! As you’re winding down from your State Fair high and starting to realize that you still haven’t read that article for the first day of class, I want you to know I’m...

Another year almost over for U

May 5, 2015

As the school year comes to a close, there is much to be thankful for as we soak up this beautiful weather. The University of Minnesota is a great educational institution that I am proud to call my school....

Don’t believe me? Just you watch

April 29, 2015

If you needed more proof that Beyoncé is queen, she acquired a special edition Apple Watch with a real gold band before the device was available to us mere mortals.   Now if you’re like...

Hollywood movie inspires change

April 22, 2015

Hollywood built its first studio in 1919 — almost 100 years ago. Since then, Hollywood has grown into a beacon of entertainment and has created movies to appeal to all types of people.   One...

Body cameras benefit the police

April 16, 2015

Whether or not they care to admit it, I am positive that every student, professor and community member has an opinion on body cameras for police officers.   Perhaps a body camera would have been useful...

Time for the smart to get smarter

April 13, 2015

As a student employee who has had to learn new software for my old jobs, I have spent long hours watching videos on Lynda.com, an online learning company.   Truthfully, the videos weren’t bad....

Stanford ahead in the financial aid game

April 8, 2015

Unless youâÄôre an athlete on a full scholarship to the University of Minnesota, chances are you have to deal with loans, grants and all sorts of financial aid issues. Getting into college takes...

Let’s bring the party to MN

April 1, 2015

Living in Minnesota comes with certain expectations. We expect the winters to be cold and brutal and the summers to be darn-near perfect.    And, because Minnesota is unofficially the most hipster...

Why HBO streaming service is welcome

March 24, 2015

The time has finally come where you can watch shows on HBO without having to steal your parents’ cable subscription. Apple and HBO recently announced a new partnership that would allow a standalone...

Tinder making a risky decision with update

March 11, 2015

This is not a column about online dating — that’s a story for another time. Rather, this is an opinion on paying for what’s currently a free service. Tinder is the subject of many conversations...

Mental wellness conversation necessary

March 5, 2015

There is simply no other way to put it: Depression and anxiety are real and scary. But I want you to know that you are not alone. In 2012, about one in four college students suffered from some kind of...

New innovation efforts inspiring

February 26, 2015

Group projects: You either love them or you hate them. Or, if you’re like me, you just get used to them (thanks, Carlson). If you’re that socially awkward kid who prefers to sit in the back...

Minnesota: Ya, you betcha we’re the best city

February 19, 2015

As the weather reaches negative temperatures, many students — including myself — are asking one question: Why? Why do I live here? Why is it so cold outside? Why is that person not wearing...

Netflix wisely expands to Cuba

February 16, 2015

If you’re one of those people who don’t actually know what President Barack Obama has done in his seven years in office, I’ll give you a hint: Cuba. Obama recently lifted an embargo between...

Current job recruiting practices are outdated

February 9, 2015

Searching for an internship has become my full-time job. I’ve spent countless hours perfecting my resume, pressing my suit and practicing my elevator pitch. It’s exhausting. Recruiting practices...

MPR must revamp strategy to keep up

February 4, 2015

I dislike country music, I’m not a fan of talk shows and I’m sick of listening to the same songs over and over again. That leaves me with one radio station: 89.3 The Current. The station is...

Archdiocese should set example

January 29, 2015

Last year was arguably a year of bad news, the kind that made you cringe and feel sad. Unfortunately, 2015 is starting off much the same way. The Minneapolis-St. Paul Archdiocese has filed for Chapter...

You want to shop at Target, eh?

January 22, 2015

If you can believe it, this native Minnesotan has never been to Canada. Besides the outstanding reputation, free health care and cleaner air, what does Canada have that the United States doesn’t? Not...

Shop till you drop, or just wait?

December 3, 2014

When I was a 16-year-old, I eagerly agreed to wake up early to go shopping on Black Friday. I was unaware of just how many people would be at Target that morning. There were enough of them to make me feel...

Disrupt the default in education

November 17, 2014

Learning has evolved greatly since the time of the British Empire. We are no longer passing on information by ships. Instead, information is at the tips of our fingers at any given moment. Sugata Mitra,...

3-D printing will soon become the norm

November 12, 2014

That key to your house you lost last week? No need to go to a locksmith; just 3-D print a new one. That miniature of the Eiffel Tower you feel like making? Go for it — it’ll make a great gift. Last...

Live and let stream: Spotify’s importance

November 6, 2014

We shouldn’t toss out words like “revolutionize” and “game-changing” lightly, but Spotify has indeed revolutionized the online music world for artists and fans alike. But...