Opinion http://www.mndaily.com/rss/opinion en Football players’ behavior unacceptable http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/columns/2014/09/16/football-players%E2%80%99-behavior-unacceptable By: <a href="/users/cnikolicmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Connor Nikolic</a><br/><p>This past spring, TMZ released a video of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice dragging his fiancee out of an elevator after he had knocked her unconscious with a punch. National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Rice for the first two games of the 2014 season.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/columns/2014/09/16/football-players%E2%80%99-behavior-unacceptable" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Columns Wed, 17 Sep 2014 02:40:16 +0000 edreher@mndaily.com 87956 at http://www.mndaily.com Tuition freeze is not enough http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/letters-editor/2014/09/15/tuition-freeze-not-enough By: Matt Boynton, American studies doctoral candidate<br/><p>Last Friday, University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler pitched the idea of extending the two-year undergraduate tuition freeze by another year to the Board of Regents. The current tuition freeze is set to expire at the end of spring semester, and if it is not extended, University students are likely to face a hike in the cost of education the following year. This is a good step by Kaler, but it is not enough. We need to see a drop in the cost of education at the University. This has been a consistent demand by student activists for years.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/letters-editor/2014/09/15/tuition-freeze-not-enough" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Letters to the Editor Tue, 16 Sep 2014 03:10:54 +0000 edreher@mndaily.com 87930 at http://www.mndaily.com Congress muddies clean water bill http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/letters-editor/2014/09/15/congress-muddies-clean-water-bill By: Rachel Schindler, Environment Minnesota<br/><p>A recent Minnesota Daily article, &ldquo;After population decline, researchers optimistic about monarchs,&rdquo; shows that we should be doing everything we can to protect our rivers, lakes and other water habitats. Unfortunately, it seems that Congress, including Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn., is doing everything it can to put them in jeopardy.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/letters-editor/2014/09/15/congress-muddies-clean-water-bill" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Letters to the Editor Tue, 16 Sep 2014 03:06:59 +0000 edreher@mndaily.com 87929 at http://www.mndaily.com Minnesota may receive a portion of BP oil spill fines http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2014/09/15/minnesota-may-receive-portion-bp-oil-spill-fines <p>The American white pelican, which spends its summers on Minnesota lakes and in other northern areas, faced threats for decades. The species has been recovering in recently, but it&rsquo;s now facing a new problem &mdash; contamination from the 2010 British Petroleum oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2014/09/15/minnesota-may-receive-portion-bp-oil-spill-fines" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorials Tue, 16 Sep 2014 03:05:00 +0000 edreher@mndaily.com 87928 at http://www.mndaily.com Professors’ right to free speech taken http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2014/09/15/professors%E2%80%99-right-free-speech-taken <p>Soon after the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offered Steven Salaita a tenure-track professor position in its American Indian studies program, the college&rsquo;s Board of Trustees overturned that decision because of a series of tweets Salaita wrote.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2014/09/15/professors%E2%80%99-right-free-speech-taken" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorials Tue, 16 Sep 2014 02:55:55 +0000 edreher@mndaily.com 87927 at http://www.mndaily.com Online gym is not a good solution http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/columns/2014/09/15/online-gym-not-good-solution By: <a href="/users/bboveemndailycom" title="View User Profile">Brooke Bovee</a><br/><p>Since elementary school, many of us have faced the excitement of being picked first or the fear of being taken last for a game in gym. However, we often neglect to consider how such excitement or fear can shape a person&rsquo;s personality and build character.</p> <p>Some Minneapolis high school students have had trouble earning their diplomas because the district used to require two semesters of physical education to graduate. Minnesota law requires only one semester.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/columns/2014/09/15/online-gym-not-good-solution" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Columns Tue, 16 Sep 2014 02:54:25 +0000 edreher@mndaily.com 87926 at http://www.mndaily.com Teach for America responds to criticism http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/columns/2014/09/15/teach-america-responds-criticism By: <a href="/users/cgallesmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Camille Galles</a><br/><p>Take a recent college graduate, put them through a five-week crash course in teaching and then drop them in one of America&rsquo;s highest-need classrooms to teach for two years. It sounds crazy, but that&rsquo;s the model Teach for America has used to place its 11,000 corps members in classrooms all over the nation. TFA has faced harsh criticism, especially for its short certification program and lack of teacher retention. New TFA reforms address these concerns, but they can&rsquo;t rescue an organization based on quick fixes.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/columns/2014/09/15/teach-america-responds-criticism" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Columns Tue, 16 Sep 2014 02:50:53 +0000 edreher@mndaily.com 87925 at http://www.mndaily.com Sen. Franken’s record may be catching up to him http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/letters-editor/2014/09/14/sen-franken%E2%80%99s-record-may-be-catching-him By: Anders Koskinen, University student<br/><p>Democratic Sen. Al Franken showed up on the University of Minnesota campus on Sept. 3. He spoke to a crowd of mostly college Democrats, but one wonders if he expected to see the man in a chicken suit at the speech.</p> <p>Franken&rsquo;s words about how college students care about just about everything ring hollow, given the fact that he only got into a few specifics of policy actions.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/letters-editor/2014/09/14/sen-franken%E2%80%99s-record-may-be-catching-him" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Letters to the Editor Sun, 14 Sep 2014 22:58:38 +0000 carmitz@mndaily.com 87883 at http://www.mndaily.com US strategy for combatting ISIL http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/letters-editor/2014/09/14/us-strategy-combatting-isil By: Craig Shaver, sergeant in the United States Marine Corps Infantry, University student<br/><p>In the growing era of drones and technological warfare, it is simple, from the American perspective, to write off the enormity of unintended civilian casualties as mere collateral damage statistics that scroll by on your news feed. Conversely, to young Sunnis on the ground in Iraq making the decision to back the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant or Iraqi security forces, even one death of a friend or family member at the hands of an American bomb will quickly turn them from a potential ally to a guaranteed foe.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/letters-editor/2014/09/14/us-strategy-combatting-isil" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Letters to the Editor Sun, 14 Sep 2014 22:57:24 +0000 carmitz@mndaily.com 87882 at http://www.mndaily.com Big Ten finances might get boost http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2014/09/14/big-ten-finances-might-get-boost <p>A Minnesota Daily project on Thursday presented an analysis of Big Ten finances for recent years and how the conference&rsquo;s revenues are projected to grow with the addition of two new teams &mdash;&nbsp; Rutgers and Maryland.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2014/09/14/big-ten-finances-might-get-boost" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorials Sun, 14 Sep 2014 22:56:50 +0000 carmitz@mndaily.com 87881 at http://www.mndaily.com