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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

Tara Brankin, Columnist

All content by Tara Brankin
Brankin: Stop normalizing nicotine usage

Brankin: Stop normalizing nicotine usage

Published July 28, 2021
The normalization of nicotine use can have a profoundly negative effect on young people’s lives.
Brankin: Well, well, look who’s inside again

Brankin: Well, well, look who’s inside again

Published July 21, 2021
Bo Burnham’s new special is poignant and relatably heartbreaking.
Brankin: My reproductive choices are none of your business

Brankin: My reproductive choices are none of your business

Published July 13, 2021
The government should not have the right to decide whether I have a child.
Brankin: Teenage girls, boy bands and ill placed shame

Brankin: Teenage girls, boy bands and ill placed shame

Published July 9, 2021
Why are the musical interests of teenage girls looked down upon?
Brankin: The lost year and a half

Brankin: The lost year and a half

Published June 21, 2021
Entering my final year of college after more than a year of online learning feels beyond strange.
Brankin: The painful relatability of SOUR

Brankin: The painful relatability of SOUR

Published June 7, 2021
Olivia Rodrigo’s debut album contains songs that cut right to the core.
Brankin: Accountability prevailed

Brankin: Accountability prevailed

Published April 22, 2021
George Floyd’s murderer is getting what he deserves: to rot in prison.
Brankin: Something needs to change

Brankin: Something needs to change

Published April 19, 2021
How many people need to die before major gun reform happens?
Brankin: The chaos of being lactose intolerant

Brankin: The chaos of being lactose intolerant

Published March 22, 2021
Taking the pain for ice cream and cheese curds.
Brankin: The shame of COVID weight gain

Brankin: The shame of COVID weight gain

Published March 15, 2021
It is time to accept that it’s okay to have gained weight during quarantine.
Brankin: Hoping justice will prevail

Brankin: Hoping justice will prevail

Published March 8, 2021
The Chauvin trial will cause tension across the country in the upcoming months, but we must persist in our demand for a fair trial and impartial jury.
Brankin: The dangers of performative activism

Brankin: The dangers of performative activism

Published February 22, 2021
Pretending to care about important issues has the potential to do damage.
Brankin: A rude awakening

Brankin: A rude awakening

Published February 15, 2021
The consequences of violating sexual misconduct policy? Returning to work.
Brankin: You had me at “it’s a match!”

Brankin: You had me at “it’s a match!”

Published February 8, 2021
Meeting a romantic partner on a dating app shouldn’t be shameful.
Brankin: The lines outside of bars and the illusion of invincibility

Brankin: The lines outside of bars and the illusion of invincibility

Published February 1, 2021
Is going to a bar worth getting or giving someone COVID-19? Absolutely not.
Brankin: The manipulation of streaming services

Brankin: The manipulation of streaming services

Published January 26, 2021
Why the constant competition between streaming services is detrimental to consumers.
Brankin: It’s not cool to hate Taylor Swift anymore

Brankin: It’s not cool to hate Taylor Swift anymore

Published January 19, 2021
There are plenty of celebrities to harbor resentment toward, but Taylor Swift shouldn’t be one of them.
Brankin: A light at the end of the tunnel?

Brankin: A light at the end of the tunnel?

Published November 30, 2020
Though a vaccine for COVID-19 may be coming soon, it is likely not going to fix everything.
Brankin: Being a college student with epilepsy

Brankin: Being a college student with epilepsy

Published November 23, 2020
I am one of the few college students I know who has epilepsy, but I am nowhere near alone.
Brankin: This week is not going to be easy

Brankin: This week is not going to be easy

Published November 3, 2020
No matter who prevails on Nov. 3, the foundation of the country is going to shake.
Brankin: Look out for yourself and others

Brankin: Look out for yourself and others

Published October 19, 2020
Crime is continuing to spike on campus; we need to stay alert and advocate for our mutual safety.
Brankin: First-year students — please stop and think before you party.

Brankin: First-year students — please stop and think before you party.

Published September 14, 2020
While your first year of college is not what you wanted it to be, the consequences of not social distancing will make things far worse.