Opinion http://www.mndaily.com/rss/opinion en U students should build on legacy of our anti-racist past by protesting http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/letters-editor/2014/10/29/u-students-should-build-legacy-our-anti-racist-past-protesting By: Matthew Boynton, Ph.D. candidate in American studies, Students for a Democratic Society<br/><p>On Sunday, the University of Minnesota will become host to the largest protest on campus in several decades. A coalition of national groups, anchored by local organizations like the American Indian Movement, are coming to campus to demand that Washington changes its football team&rsquo;s name. Students need to join with AIM and others in protesting racism on our campus and demand that our administration lives up to its promise to improve diversity and provide an inclusive campus climate for minority students at the University.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/letters-editor/2014/10/29/u-students-should-build-legacy-our-anti-racist-past-protesting" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Letters to the Editor Thu, 30 Oct 2014 04:28:43 +0000 carmitz@mndaily.com 88802 at http://www.mndaily.com I disagree with Editorial Board on ‘Staple food ordinance’ http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/letters-editor/2014/10/29/i-disagree-editorial-board-%E2%80%98staple-food-ordinance%E2%80%99 By: Adam Kay, director of environmental science, University of St. Thomas<br/><p>The board&rsquo;s conclusion in its recent editorial does not consider the possibility that healthy food distribution options will emerge to meet the demand created by the ordinance.</p> <p>For example, the University of St. Thomas and some community partners are piloting a project embedded in academic activities that aims to deliver high-quality, low-cost fruits and vegetables to Minneapolis corner stores. The staple food ordinance will make this and similar ventures more feasible for other nonprofits and small businesses.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/letters-editor/2014/10/29/i-disagree-editorial-board-%E2%80%98staple-food-ordinance%E2%80%99" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Letters to the Editor Thu, 30 Oct 2014 04:18:56 +0000 carmitz@mndaily.com 88801 at http://www.mndaily.com Haunted House off to a good start http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2014/10/29/haunted-house-good-start <p>With Halloween coming up on Friday, students have a range of choices for how they&rsquo;ll spend their night. Typically, Halloween staples like the Soap Factory&rsquo;s Haunted Basement in&nbsp;Marcy-Holmes and Scream Town are scary, entertaining options.</p> <p>The Students Against Hunger and Wesley Foundation&rsquo;s haunted house, which promises to scare you while raising money for a good cause, is in its third year and is quickly becoming a popular option for students to enjoy.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2014/10/29/haunted-house-good-start" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorials Thu, 30 Oct 2014 04:18:26 +0000 carmitz@mndaily.com 88800 at http://www.mndaily.com Minneapolis schools must do more than marketing http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2014/10/29/minneapolis-schools-must-do-more-marketing <p>In protest of unstable leadership and constantly shifting educational goals, the parents of students at Hmong International Academy marched to the Minneapolis School District&rsquo;s headquarters last week.</p> <p>The academy has been unable to retain a principal for more than a year over the past several years. Parents said at a meeting with school officials that the district is ignoring the cultural and educational needs of Hmong students.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2014/10/29/minneapolis-schools-must-do-more-marketing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorials Thu, 30 Oct 2014 04:17:54 +0000 carmitz@mndaily.com 88799 at http://www.mndaily.com Questions result from Q's dismissal http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/columns/2014/10/29/questions-result-qs-dismissal By: <a href="/users/rdixonmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Ronald Dixon</a><br/><p>Early this week, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation fired Jian Ghomeshi, the host of the popular radio show Q, due to multiple allegations of sexual harassment.</p> <p>Considering the fact that this story has sparked considerable controversy, especially on progressive blogs, it&rsquo;s time to discuss how we can strike a balance between the rights of the accused and the concerns that major companies face when they deal with controversy surrounding one of their employees.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/columns/2014/10/29/questions-result-qs-dismissal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Columns Thu, 30 Oct 2014 04:15:58 +0000 carmitz@mndaily.com 88798 at http://www.mndaily.com Cirque De-Stress breaks down stigmas http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/columns/2014/10/29/cirque-de-stress-breaks-down-stigmas By: <a href="/users/cgallesmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Camille Galles</a><br/><p>People don&rsquo;t wait until they have a broken bone to see a doctor. If you had a chronic cough, you wouldn&rsquo;t wait for debilitating pain before getting it checked out. But when it comes to mental health, it&rsquo;s astonishing how quickly people dismiss their own needs. Most people demonstrate compassion toward those who struggle with mental illness &mdash; except themselves.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/columns/2014/10/29/cirque-de-stress-breaks-down-stigmas" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Columns Thu, 30 Oct 2014 04:15:20 +0000 carmitz@mndaily.com 88797 at http://www.mndaily.com Speak out against ‘Redskins’ http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/letters-editor/2014/10/28/speak-out-against-%E2%80%98redskins%E2%80%99 By: Chris Getowicz, University alumnus<br/><p>As a privileged white male, I am appalled by the ongoing defense of the racist Washington football team&rsquo;s name. I believe the only true defense of such a name is to maintain a system of social and cultural oppression. I stand with all those opposed to the name and encourage others to speak out as well, especially those of us who share a privileged social, economic or cultural status.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/letters-editor/2014/10/28/speak-out-against-%E2%80%98redskins%E2%80%99" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Letters to the Editor Wed, 29 Oct 2014 03:01:28 +0000 edreher@mndaily.com 88762 at http://www.mndaily.com Raise your voice: a plea to voters http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/letters-editor/2014/10/28/raise-your-voice-plea-voters By: Ashley Nelsen, University student<br/><p>A mere 57.5 percent of eligible citizens cast their ballots in the 2012 presidential election, according to the Bipartisan Policy Center.</p> <p>Having just over half of eligible voters exercising their right to vote does not always reflect the needs or wants of a particular group. Each voter has the right and should feel the obligation to voice their opinion so that their city, state or country&rsquo;s political preferences are accurately expressed.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/letters-editor/2014/10/28/raise-your-voice-plea-voters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Letters to the Editor Wed, 29 Oct 2014 03:00:05 +0000 edreher@mndaily.com 88761 at http://www.mndaily.com The University should expand recruitment http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/columns/2014/10/28/university-should-expand-recruitment By: <a href="/users/cgallesmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Camille Galles</a><br/><p>Think you know Minnesota? Think again. Growth among older populations and a plateau in high school graduation rates are creating dramatic demographic shifts that the state must prepare to accommodate.</p> <p>As older adults retire and fewer Minnesota high-schoolers graduate, deficits emerge in the University of Minnesota&rsquo;s in-state recruitment pool and in the state&rsquo;s skilled labor force.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/columns/2014/10/28/university-should-expand-recruitment" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Columns Wed, 29 Oct 2014 02:53:48 +0000 edreher@mndaily.com 88760 at http://www.mndaily.com PLUS loans open up opportunities http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2014/10/28/plus-loans-open-opportunities <p>The federal government has released final plans to reform the Federal Direct PLUS Loan Program. Beginning July 1, 2015, a new definition of adverse credit history will allow an estimated 370,000 more students to apply for federal PLUS loans.</p> <p>PLUS loans are fixed-interest loans distributed to graduate and professional students or to the parents of dependent undergraduates.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2014/10/28/plus-loans-open-opportunities" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorials Wed, 29 Oct 2014 02:52:52 +0000 edreher@mndaily.com 88759 at http://www.mndaily.com