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The Minnesota Daily

Serving the UMN community since 1900

The Minnesota Daily

Serving the UMN community since 1900

The Minnesota Daily

Sidney Clarke, Columnist

All content by Sidney Clarke
Clarke: Female disparity in STEM programs

Clarke: Female disparity in STEM programs

Published November 26, 2020
It’s not just a lack of interest.
Clarke: Standardized testing requirements begin to ease cross-country

Clarke: Standardized testing requirements begin to ease cross-country

Published October 22, 2020
Eradicating another threshold for success.
Clarke: Local shelters pivot to continue providing care

Clarke: Local shelters pivot to continue providing care

Published September 14, 2020
The Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board follow up with the homeless displacement at Powderhorn Park.
Sidney Clarke

Clarke: Nickels and dimes for workers’ rights

Published June 1, 2020

For years, customer service has been a permanent fixture of my summertime whereabouts. Between road trips and bonfires, I’ve worked in coffee shops, restaurants, ice cream parlors and bakeries. I’ve...

Sidney Clarke

Clarke: Minnesota’s foodscape crisis

Published May 4, 2020

Since grocery stores became my sole outlet for social interaction and let’s face it, the only reason I brush my hair anymore, I’ve begun to appreciate them more. I often skip the crowded produce section...

Sidney Clarke

Clarke: School shooting prevention should begin years before they occur

Published April 26, 2020

With productivity, morale and the economy all reaching new lows, silver linings of the global pandemic seem scarce. However, if there were a perk it might be this: because most students have switched to...

Sidney Clarke

Clarke: Stories teach us how to be human – and have for more than 9,000 years

Published April 17, 2020

The first historical evidence of storytelling is etched into the walls of caves and tombs around the world. Until about 9,000 years ago when the Phoenicians gave us the alphabet and forever changed the...

Sidney Clarke

Clarke: Where a pandemic starts, stigma follows

Published April 13, 2020

Yellow Fever’s death toll peaked in New Orleans in 1850. At the time, the disease was associated with poverty — poor living conditions, limited sanitation resources, and above all, immigrants. German...

Sidney Clarke

Clarke: We’re in this together

Published April 3, 2020

On March 11, the University announced that it would be temporarily moving to online instruction. It was shocking news at the time. But now that classes are permanently online, and a statewide “stay-at-home...

Sidney Clarke

Clarke: Debunking the freshmen fifteen

Published March 30, 2020

The first documented usage of the expression “freshman 15” occurred in 1989. Seventeen magazine used the term to peddle the exercise routine of Niki Taylor — a 14-year-old supermodel. Of course,...

Sidney Clarke

Clarke: Corona in our community

Published March 20, 2020

Recent cancellations and closures across the United States have, understandably, resulted in an unprecedented American panic. I may be speaking only for myself, but I never would have believed the day...

Sidney Clarke

Clarke: Study abroad, leave ethnocentrism at home

Published March 5, 2020

Approximately 34 percent of undergraduate students take advantage of the University of Minnesota’s study abroad program, which offers over 250 programs in 70 different countries. Study abroad programs...

Sidney Clarke

Clarke: Stop including height in your list of beauty standards

Published February 27, 2020

In our middle school minds, any living thing that stood above 5’6’’ was more akin to a giraffe than a human being. All things considered, height wasn’t the worst issue to have, even back in those...

Sidney Clarke

Clarke: Light pollution; an undervalued issue

Published February 20, 2020

Anyone who has ever walked past the unlit parking ramp on Huron can tell you about the absolute importance of public street lighting. Our natural inclinations drive us to avoid shadowy alleyways and side...

Sidney Clarke

Clarke: Swipe right on online safety

Published February 17, 2020

At long last, Match Group, owner of Tinder, Hinge, and OkCupid uploaded a new line of safety mechanisms to pair with their services last month. Once downloaded, the new program called Noonlight...

Sidney Clarke

Clarke: Adjusting campus minimum wage

Published February 6, 2020

In 2017, Minneapolis and St. Paul became front-runners among Midwestern cities to adopt a $15 minimum wage. Both cities have implemented a plan to achieve the wage increase by 2024.   By state law,...

Sidney Clarke

Clarke: Heroes who never die

Published January 30, 2020

Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, along with several others, were tragically killed in a helicopter accident last Sunday. According to the Los Angeles Times, Kobe hoped to attend his eldest daughter’s...

Sidney Clarke

Clarke: In defense of the liberal arts

Published January 23, 2020

I hope that I am not the only student who has occasionally woken up in a fruit fly infested dorm room or poorly ventilated apartment and wondered why I thought any of this — going to college, studying...

Sidney Clarke

Clarke: Pixelated and overexposed

Published December 9, 2019

Millennials and Generation X are in a unique historical position in terms of photo documentation. Dusty scrapbooks filled with grainy prints of first birthdays, grade school graduations and art projects...

Hailee Schievelbein

Clarke: Historical literature, timeless value

Published December 2, 2019

Known to be somewhat cantankerous, Ernest Hemingway would be incredibly satisfied with the collective dislike millions of students share for his work. At one point or another, upon finding ourselves hopelessly...

Sarah Mai

Clarke: Breaking down common misconceptions about feminism

Published November 25, 2019

Among other survival skills uniquely adapted by the socially awkward and introverted, I employ a tactic affectionately dubbed “the bold confession.” This has the marvelous result of abruptly ending...

Sidney Clarke

Clarke: It’s time to start treating food insecurity like the crisis it is

Published November 11, 2019

College culture has the superficial appearance of a great financial equalizer. A lot of students, regardless of background, relate to the struggle of microscopic living spaces, slumlord dealings, part-time...

Morgan La Casse

Clarke: The participatory parents

Published November 4, 2019

The University hosts an event on campus called “Parent & Family Weekend” annually. The program aims to acquaint parents and family with everyday student experiences by inviting them to tailgate...