Opinion http://www.mndaily.com/rss/opinion en U makes smart choice by joining survey http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2015/01/25/u-makes-smart-choice-joining-survey <p>The University of Minnesota is going to participate in one of the largest ever climate surveys focused on sexual assault.</p> <p>the Association of American Universities is organizing the survey, but more than two dozen of its member institutions declined to participate. Their reasons for opting out vary, and some said they&rsquo;d design and administer their own surveys.</p> <p>However, we think it&rsquo;s best to have as many schools as possible participating in the same survey so there is school-by-school data to compare and help address the problem of campus sexual violence.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2015/01/25/u-makes-smart-choice-joining-survey" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorials Mon, 26 Jan 2015 01:10:56 +0000 adohnalek@mndaily.com 89374 at http://www.mndaily.com Reaction to UN Lima climare conference http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/letters-editor/2015/01/25/reaction-un-lima-climare-conference By: Rolf Westgard; University guest faculty member, professional member of the Geological Society of America<br/><p>In December, delegates from the 196 nations participating in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change met in Lima for the 20th Conference of the Parties.&nbsp; The purpose in Lima was to secure commitments from all parties for actions to minimize greenhouse gas emissions. These commitments would then set up a framework for COP21, a December 2015 meeting in Paris.</p> <p>COP21&rsquo;s goal is to reach a climate agreement with &ldquo;legal force&rdquo; binding on all parties, with the objective of limiting global warming to 2 degrees centigrade above 1880 levels.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/letters-editor/2015/01/25/reaction-un-lima-climare-conference" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Letters to the Editor Mon, 26 Jan 2015 01:09:40 +0000 adohnalek@mndaily.com 89373 at http://www.mndaily.com COGS should reform elections http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2015/01/25/cogs-should-reform-elections <p>The Council of Graduate Students is split over whether to elect its leadership through a student-ballot process, the Minnesota Daily reported Thursday.</p> <p>COGS currently fills its president and vice president roles through an internal process, but a University of Minnesota office has advised the council to make the elections public. COGS President Andrew McNally is in favor of the change and said he&rsquo;ll submit an application requesting an election.</p> <p>The full council will take up the issue in an internal vote on Feb. 4.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2015/01/25/cogs-should-reform-elections" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorials Mon, 26 Jan 2015 01:08:42 +0000 edreher@mndaily.com 89372 at http://www.mndaily.com More to be done after Senate vote http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2015/01/25/more-be-done-after-senate-vote <p>In a decision one vote short of unanimous, the United States Senate agreed that &ldquo;climate change is real and not a hoax.&rdquo; The vote last week was one of several related to climate change, each of which proposed amendments to the Keystone XL Pipeline bill.</p> <p>Two amendments specified that climate change is due to human actions and has damaging effects, but both failed to receive a majority vote.</p> <p>The votes occurred days after NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association separately concluded that 2014 was the hottest year in recorded meteorological history.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2015/01/25/more-be-done-after-senate-vote" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorials Mon, 26 Jan 2015 01:07:58 +0000 edreher@mndaily.com 89371 at http://www.mndaily.com Shariah accommodated in Minnesota http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/columns/2015/01/25/shariah-accommodated-minnesota By: <a href="/users/jjohnson1mndailycom" title="View User Profile">Jasper Johnson</a><br/><p>This past week, Tony Perkins, president of conservative lobbyist group, the Family Research Council, made assertions that Minneapolis, among other cities in the United States, enforces Shariah as the law of the land. These comments were immediately criticized by Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., who stated that this is not the case and that Muslim immigrants only make Minneapolis a &ldquo;vibrant and diverse place to live.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/columns/2015/01/25/shariah-accommodated-minnesota" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Columns Mon, 26 Jan 2015 01:07:27 +0000 adohnalek@mndaily.com 89370 at http://www.mndaily.com The push for scientific prowess in India http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/columns/2015/01/25/push-scientific-prowess-india By: Anant Naik<br/><p>Over the past year, India has made leaps and bounds in scientific advancements. According to the Nature Index 2014, a tool that quantifies the research contributions of a specific country, India came out on top among countries in &ldquo;Central and South Asia.&rdquo; This transition has occurred primarily for two reasons.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/columns/2015/01/25/push-scientific-prowess-india" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Columns Mon, 26 Jan 2015 01:06:08 +0000 edreher@mndaily.com 89369 at http://www.mndaily.com Following the signs: From UMN to the classroom http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/letters-editor/2015/01/21/following-signs-umn-classroom By: Aneesh Sohoni, University alumnus, Teach For America-Twin Cities corps member. He currently works as a Project Director for The New Teacher Project<br/><p>As a teacher, it was my job to bring my experiences at&nbsp; the University of Minnesota to my students. Being located a stone&rsquo;s throw away from campus made that task easier. While teaching a unit on genocide, a topic that many of my students could relate to, having left behind difficult circumstances in East Africa, my students and I met with the holocaust and genocide studies department on campus.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/letters-editor/2015/01/21/following-signs-umn-classroom" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Letters to the Editor Thu, 22 Jan 2015 05:47:39 +0000 edreher@mndaily.com 89336 at http://www.mndaily.com You want to shop at Target, eh? http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/columns/2015/01/21/you-want-shop-target-eh By: <a href="/users/mpietruszewskimndailycom" title="View User Profile">Martha Pietruszewski</a><br/><p>If you can believe it, this native Minnesotan has never been to Canada. Besides the outstanding reputation, free health care and cleaner air, what does Canada have that the United States doesn&rsquo;t?</p> <p>Not Target.</p> <p>Target Canada is shutting its doors after years of poor performance. This is the right move. Unfortunately, coming to this realization took quite a while and cost Target millions of dollars that it could have used elsewhere.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/columns/2015/01/21/you-want-shop-target-eh" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Columns Thu, 22 Jan 2015 05:45:38 +0000 edreher@mndaily.com 89333 at http://www.mndaily.com Paid leave plans are long overdue http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2015/01/21/paid-leave-plans-are-long-overdue <p>Tuesday night&rsquo;s State of the Union address marked the first high-profile push of President Barack Obama&rsquo;s desire to expand paid leave for workers across the country.</p> <p>When it comes to paid leave for family or health reasons, the United States is among the lowest-ranked of the world&rsquo;s wealthy, developed countries. In fact, the U.S. is one of only two nations that don&rsquo;t have any kind of legally mandated, partially paid leave for new mothers.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2015/01/21/paid-leave-plans-are-long-overdue" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorials Thu, 22 Jan 2015 05:44:01 +0000 edreher@mndaily.com 89330 at http://www.mndaily.com State of the Union address inspires http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2015/01/21/state-union-address-inspires <p>President Barack Obama&rsquo;s State of the Union speech Tuesday delivered inspiring words ranging from continued support for raising the minimum wage and renewed diplomacy with Cuba to cybersecurity issues.</p> <p>For students, this speech was of particular importance as Obama highlighted aspects that will affect many of us.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2015/01/21/state-union-address-inspires" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorials Thu, 22 Jan 2015 05:42:54 +0000 edreher@mndaily.com 89329 at http://www.mndaily.com