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All content by Taylor Sharp

Column: Optional student fees restrict UMN’s freedom to fund campus groups

May 4, 2017

It's the end of the road, true believers.If you've been keeping up with this column throughout this semester, I thought I’d wrap things up by dispensing one last drop from Dr. Sharp's Patented Farm Fresh...

Column: New bill prohibiting anti- Israel contracts constricts speech and funding

April 27, 2017

Last week, the Minnesota Daily reported on a state bill that’s kicking up a fuss.It’s easy to see why. The legislation that was proposed at the Capitol would prevent the state of Minnesota from contracting...

Column: Mentorship programs need funding to help students reach their potential

April 20, 2017

In 2005, I had a problem with multiplying and dividing and subtracting and getting remainders.Yep, long division — the Godzilla of division: bulky and multi-layered. Fourth graders disappear into...

Column: Promoting campus conversation that’s louder than bias

April 13, 2017

Talk surrounding bias and discrimination has been prominent this semester. Clarifying how the campus should handle matters like this is beneficial for anyone.Of course that pro comes with a con. What is...

Column: Clearer guidelines on speech is good for the UMN campus

April 6, 2017

Speech has flown around campus relatively unchecked by the administration this year, from my perspective. At first the concept of free speech offered nothing for me to counter. But freedom isn't free,...

Column: Collaboration more important now for MSA than ever

March 30, 2017

Some members of the University of Minnesota have rank, specific positions and highfalutin governmental duties to worry about. Others are content with classwork and being called "sheriff" by a man outside...

Column: Student service fee bills at State Legislature could cause harm

March 23, 2017

To make it through college is to acknowledge the continued challenge of maintaining a supple bank account. I think we could all attest to this.The Minnesota Daily reported this week on two new bills introduced...

UMN food assistance program is a great step to ensure students get their fill

March 10, 2017

The Minnesota Daily reported this week that Boynton Health is spreading the word about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, more commonly known as SNAP.You might get an email about it soon. And...

The University's Board of Regents talk at a meeting on June 10, 2016. Regents voted 8-1 Thursday to approve the contract of head football coach P.J. Fleck.

The Board of Regents must be observant of our diverse students’ needs

March 3, 2017

I never thought I’d use “nail-biter” and “regents” in the same sentence. Nevertheless, in late February, four new members were elected to the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents. They...

Straight white men are justly losing their monopoly on the school curriculum

February 23, 2017

I know a thing or two about straight white guys.You may think it's because I spent a summer as a hunter-gatherer in order to “discover myself,” but it’s not that. They’re all over textbooks. They’re...

Feel-good art can make us feel — limited

February 16, 2017

Sometimes it's hard to keep our frowns upside down.To soothe the day’s tensions, many turn their gaze to art. More than ever, I’m seeing current-day art that's intended to be vigorously optimistic....

We must keep addressing sexual assault, even after current spotlight fades

February 11, 2017

In the last week, four Gophers football players accused of sexual misconduct in an alleged September assault have been expelled by a three-person University of Minnesota panel. Two players received one-year...

Trump’s immigration policies threaten the livelihood of artistic expression

February 2, 2017

The Academy Awards will be broadcast on Feb. 26 and Asghar Farhadi will not be there. Though he directed a nominated film, “The Salesman”, Farhadi is from Iran, and the Oscars ceremony lies within...

Leaping from small-town hustle to big-city bustle

January 26, 2017

Sometimes I feel like there's nothing to do in Minneapolis. It's a bulging smorgasbord of culture and opportunities, sure, but this town’s activities are so different from the hijinks I experienced in...

Getting off the couch: It’s hard but achievable

January 20, 2017

New semester, 2017. All we have are the clothes on our backs and the prevailing sense of doom that haunts our consciences.The former is manageable (we simply wear the clothes), but the latter is pervasive...