The Minnesota Daily

All content by Martin Jaakola

Time for the death penalty to go

June 17, 2015

The death penalty may be on its way out as a legitimate form of punishment, although a substantial portion of Americans still support it. Over the past few years, some states have been forced to resort...

Mayweather’s win overshadowed

May 4, 2015

Floyd Mayweather Jr. won the fight Saturday night against Manny Pacquiao, furthering his undefeated streak to 48-0. Mayweather, who stated, “The check got nine figures on it, baby,”...

Tragedy and protest turn violent

April 28, 2015

A wave of protests turned into violent riots on Monday after the funeral for Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old Baltimore man who died after a violent arrest.    Various reports from Baltimore...

Don’t cut out remedial courses

April 6, 2015

As Minnesota considers how to deal with surprisingly high college dropout rates  remedial courses have been pushed back into the spotlight as a possible explanation.    Complete College...

EU relevant in United States

February 23, 2015

While it’s crucial to stay up-to-date with what’s happening locally and on the University of Minnesota campus, I’ve noticed a rather upsetting trend among my peers. Many have a strong...

Grammys upholds its integrity

February 10, 2015

The Grammy Awards are supposed to be “music’s biggest night.”  This year’s 57th edition certainly lived up to the moniker, though not for the reasons it’s supposed to. The...

Popularity of 5Ks is encouraging

October 13, 2014

For many people — including myself — it’s a daily struggle to get in sufficient exercise. Luckily, there has never been more support for those who want to get in shape or stay fit. The...

Law needed to protect cyclists

October 9, 2014

Many of us at the University of Minnesota use our bikes for commuting. The University has attempted to separate traffic, pedestrians and cyclists by painting bike lanes all over campus. During my daily...

Consider the future now

July 23, 2014

This summer, I decided to forgo classes and instead spend my time working, watching movies and reading books. For most, this might be a time to discover some of the timeless classics, to finally read Twain...

Welcome to the real world

July 16, 2014

I decided to go to college despite not having stellar grades in high school, exceptional athletic achievements or flashy extracurricular accomplishments. I knew college was going to be expensive. Moreover,...

U shouldn’t ban student behavior

July 2, 2014

The University of Minnesota’s smoking and tobacco use ban started Tuesday following more than a year of debate. Despite the controversy around the policy, a majority of students supported it in a...

Green Line: boom or bust?

June 25, 2014

Sitting in rush hour on the way to work, I often get frustrated. My daily, hour-long drive to the Mall of America from Marcy-Holmes seems excessive for a part-time job, especially when factoring in gas...

Clinton speaks at Northrop

June 11, 2014

Walking into Northrop Auditorium earlier this week, I had mixed feelings about seeing former President Bill Clinton speak. After all, it was only a few months ago that former Secretary of State Condoleezza...

Minneapolis: a bike paradise?

June 4, 2014

I am a new columnist for the Minnesota Daily, having just come back to Minnesota from a year of living outside Amsterdam. Though Bicycling Magazine recently ranked Minneapolis as the best city in the United...