Opinion http://www.mndaily.com/rss/opinion en Good on MSA for supporting Redskins letter http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2014/10/22/good-msa-supporting-redskins-letter <p>Last week, the American Indian Student Cultural Center sent a letter to University President Eric Kaler expressing the group&rsquo;s view on why allowing the Redskins to play on campus helps perpetuate cultural stereotypes and why this continues to be a problem.</p> <p>We also support this letter and urge the administration to continue discussion about the name controversy.</p> <p>With planned peaceful protests, educational programs and various student groups taking action, tolerance and understanding will hopefully triumph over racism and profits.</p> Editorials Thu, 23 Oct 2014 03:36:02 +0000 carmitz@mndaily.com 88634 at http://www.mndaily.com Problems with Meatless Mondays http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/letters-editor/2014/10/22/problems-meatless-mondays By: Ellie Bauer, University student<br/><p>Students who are pushing University Dining Services to go meat-free on Mondays by 2015 are pushing an agenda. They make claims that the human consumption of meat is detrimental to our health and the environment, which are not evidence-based.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/letters-editor/2014/10/22/problems-meatless-mondays" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Letters to the Editor Thu, 23 Oct 2014 03:35:19 +0000 carmitz@mndaily.com 88633 at http://www.mndaily.com Court reverses e-reserves policy http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2014/10/22/court-reverses-e-reserves-policy <p>A federal appeals court has reversed a 2012 decision that had generally supported the use of e-reserves at Georgia State University.</p> <p>Under the protection of fair use, professors can use electronic reserves, also known as e-reserves, to provide their students with certain amounts of copyrighted material free of charge. However, many authors and publishers have argued that e-reserves violate copyright and intellectual property laws.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2014/10/22/court-reverses-e-reserves-policy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorials Thu, 23 Oct 2014 03:34:24 +0000 carmitz@mndaily.com 88632 at http://www.mndaily.com Al Franken best for US Senate race http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2014/10/22/al-franken-best-us-senate-race <p>The race for Minnesota&rsquo;s contested Senate seat is still fairly close, with recent polls suggesting that Democratic incumbent Sen. Al Franken is ahead of Republican challenger Mike McFadden by about 10 percentage points. While Franken has been criticized by his opponent for inaction and siding too often with President Barack Obama, in actuality, he had a successful start in Washington.&nbsp;</p> <p>While it&rsquo;s important for Minnesota politics that McFadden poses a strong challenge, we support Franken in continuing what he started: serving Minnesotans, especially students.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2014/10/22/al-franken-best-us-senate-race" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorials Thu, 23 Oct 2014 03:33:46 +0000 carmitz@mndaily.com 88631 at http://www.mndaily.com Freedom panel spurs discussion http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/columns/2014/10/22/freedom-panel-spurs-discussion By: <a href="/users/cgallesmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Camille Galles</a><br/><p>&quot;Driven to Discover,&rdquo; the University of Minnesota&rsquo;s ubiquitous slogan, is really about seeking the truth.</p> <p>An academic institution must support the discovery of truth, whether through science, social justice or even just the personal truths that gets us out of bed every morning.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/columns/2014/10/22/freedom-panel-spurs-discussion" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Columns Thu, 23 Oct 2014 03:33:17 +0000 carmitz@mndaily.com 88630 at http://www.mndaily.com Rising child cellphone use concerning http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/columns/2014/10/22/rising-child-cellphone-use-concerning By: <a href="/users/kmoellermndailycom" title="View User Profile">Keelia Moeller</a><br/><p>As technology continues to advance, children are accessing new innovations at younger ages. More and more children seem to be receiving cellphones at an impressionable age when texting and downloading the latest app should be the last things on their&nbsp;minds.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/columns/2014/10/22/rising-child-cellphone-use-concerning" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Columns Thu, 23 Oct 2014 03:32:38 +0000 carmitz@mndaily.com 88629 at http://www.mndaily.com Dinkytown Target plastic bag policy needs change http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/letters-editor/2014/10/21/dinkytown-target-plastic-bag-policy-needs-change By: Kevin O’Brien, University student<br/><p>After a full day on campus, I stopped by the new TargetExpress in Dinkytown to pick up a few items. Within 10 minutes in the Dinkytown Target Express, where I bought four small items, I acquired two disposable plastic bags before I could even ask that the cashier not give me any.</p> <p>This avoidable pollution and waste of resources has proven to be Target Corp.&rsquo;s standard operating procedure, and that needs to change to match the company&rsquo;s corporate responsibility for sustainability.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/letters-editor/2014/10/21/dinkytown-target-plastic-bag-policy-needs-change" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Letters to the Editor Wed, 22 Oct 2014 03:01:38 +0000 edreher@mndaily.com 88600 at http://www.mndaily.com Biodiesel fuel superior to ethanol http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/columns/2014/10/21/biodiesel-fuel-superior-ethanol By: <a href="/users/kmoellermndailycom" title="View User Profile">Keelia Moeller</a><br/><p>Recent innovations have led to the creation of biofuels, which are made of biomass materials and create less air pollution than typical gasoline. While biofuels are more expensive to produce than fossil fuels, they could create a healthier environment.</p> <p>Biofuels come in multiple forms, two of which are biodiesel and ethanol. Ethanol is derived from corn, grains or agricultural waste and serves as a substitute for gasoline. Biodiesel, made from vegetable oil or animal fats, is an alternative to typical diesel.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/columns/2014/10/21/biodiesel-fuel-superior-ethanol" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Columns Wed, 22 Oct 2014 03:00:47 +0000 edreher@mndaily.com 88599 at http://www.mndaily.com Regarding Dr. Date entry ‘To wrap or not to wrap’ http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/letters-editor/2014/10/21/regarding-dr-date-entry-%E2%80%98-wrap-or-not-wrap%E2%80%99 By: Carol Witte, Women’s health nurse practitioner<br/><p>The opening response to a Dr. Date question from last Tuesday&rsquo;s Minnesota Daily reads, &ldquo;If your girlfriend diligently uses birth control, you don&rsquo;t have much to worry about.&rdquo;</p> <p>Hello, ever heard of STDs? Despite the writer&rsquo;s optimistic and dismissive claim that &ldquo;we both are clean,&rdquo; statistics would suggest it is still a great possibility that unprotected sex is likely to be risky behavior. Chlamydia remains at high levels in college-age folks, often asymptomatic, with possibly serious long-term effects.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/letters-editor/2014/10/21/regarding-dr-date-entry-%E2%80%98-wrap-or-not-wrap%E2%80%99" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Letters to the Editor Wed, 22 Oct 2014 02:58:45 +0000 edreher@mndaily.com 88598 at http://www.mndaily.com MSA advocates for open syllabi idea http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2014/10/21/msa-advocates-open-syllabi-idea <p>The Minnesota Student Association is advocating for course syllabi to be made available to students before they register for classes. MSA will present a proposal to the University Senate in the hopes of making open syllabi a campus-wide policy.</p> <p>An article published in the Minnesota Daily last week found that many students and faculty support an open syllabus policy, although some instructors remain concerned about their intellectual property rights with releasing syllabi.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/opinion/editorials/2014/10/21/msa-advocates-open-syllabi-idea" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorials Wed, 22 Oct 2014 02:57:42 +0000 edreher@mndaily.com 88597 at http://www.mndaily.com