Unfit for Print seeks to further the Editorial Board’s thoughts on news with editorial ideas that might not make it in the paper. Also expect random missives on local, national, international or plain odd news.
Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska” is filled with expansive, iconic Midwestern scenery. The entire film is in black and white, which gives the sweeping landscape a barren and lifeless hue like something out of “The Grapes of Wrath.” But a second kind of lifelessness adds to the film’s backdrop — the idleness
Student activism has a rich and storied history at many U.S. colleges and universities. From marching against the Vietnam War to advocating for lower tuition, protest movements started by students play an important and beneficial role in our democracy.
Unfortunately, despite good intentions, the goals of many student activist groups
As one of the latest Minnesota Daily features indicated, there are many misconceptions that college-aged Mormons face on a daily basis. Through active participation on the University of Minnesota campus, several Minnesota Mormon students have had the ability to engage with students from a variety of different backgrounds, which certainly
Affirmative action, the policy that allows educational institutions to consider race as a factor for admittance, has been on the books for decades. It has been credited with giving disadvantaged, minority citizens the ability to receive higher education and obtain a diploma.
In the 21st century, though, we find that public
If Aaron Sorkin produced the news, America would be a better country. That’s the message presented by the first season of HBO’s “The Newsroom,” a series in which anchor Will McAvoy (played by Jeff Daniels), producer MacKenzie McHale (Emily Mortimer) and a young, hardworking staff try to bring the candor
Over the past month, the Republican Party in Congress has placed a lot of effort into attack the Obama administration for what they call the “IRS Scandal.” Through Congressional hearings, op-ed columns, media appearances and press conferences, conservatives have fought tirelessly in their unification against the IRS.
These insidious attacks against
In present day America, we tend to categorize problems in one of two ways: either it’s a problem the state should take care of, or it should be up to the individual to solve (or avoid) it on his own.
Take the problem of binge drinking, for example. Last year, Milwaukee
Several states are debating whether or not to connect public school attendance for children and to their parents receiving welfare benefits from the state.
For example, Steve Cookson, a Republican legislator in Missouri who is a chairman for the Elementary and Secondary Education Committee, proposed a one-sentence bill that would disqualify
The pinnacle of American exploration came in 1969 when Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin Jr. landed on the surface of the moon. This was not only a watershed moment, it also marked the last time America set a truly ambitious goal and achieved it.
With dejection, I read about the passing of famed film critic and writer, Roger Ebert. I wish I could say I knew him, but I didn't. I only knew him through Twitter. I haven't been to the movies in ages, and I haven't read film reviews in twice as long.
For the past few months, we have seen the tax plan of Gov. Mark Dayton go about interesting reforms. It began with speculation over the specifics of a reform to the sales tax, followed by staunch opposition, and some praise, to the general blueprint that Dayton presented. Finally, Dayton dropped
You’re out to dinner with your new beau, trying to impress them with a nice dinner out on the town. Your waiter is nowhere to be found because he is fawning over another guest and the incessant photography flash from a person’s iPhone is enough to lose your appetite.
Since 2005, Jammie Thomas-Rasset, a Minnesota environmental rehabilitation coordinator for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, has been battling the music industry in court for the sharing of 22 songs. With several mouths to feed at home, and a husband that is unemployed, Thomas-Rasset will have a difficult time paying
You learn to write by writing.--William Zinsser, from On Writing Well
Spring Break is upon us, and it’s time to revisit some writing advice. Given it’s the middle point of the semester, there’s still time for you to affect significant changes to your writing knowledge and processes. Or, at the very
“Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday he would resign Feb. 28, the first pontiff to do so in nearly 600 years” read an article published by the Associated Press early Feb. 11.
Few other institutions still in existence today can boast such lengthy records, which make the French Revolution or American Civil