OPINION


Editorial 11/20/2018, 9:11pm

Editorial: A needed fall break

Earlier this month, the American Psychological Association found what college students already know: Generation Z, or people aged 15 to 21 years old, are the most stressed generation. The study looked at the increased levels of anxiety and stress in young people as a result of our nation’s current issues. These factors include, but are not limited to, gun violence, immigration, sexual assault and climate change.


Column 11/20/2018, 9:11pm

Venkata: This land was made for you and me

I recently read a guest column in the Guardian from April 2017 called, “Confessions of a reluctant gentrifier," about Rogers Park — the neighborhood in Chicago where I grew up. The article was a cool bit of introspection because of the racial topics it tackled that have been daily information for residents, but not necessarily for others outside cities.


Column 11/18/2018, 10:34pm

Schneider: Out of my lane

Last week, the National Rifle Association released a distasteful – to say the least – tweet aimed at doctors. The tweet stated, “Someone should tell self-important anti-gun doctors to stay in their lane. Half of the articles in Annals of Internal Medicine are pushing for gun control. Most upsetting, however, the medical community seems to have consulted NO ONE but themselves.”


Editorial 11/18/2018, 10:34pm

Editorial: Developing pronoun policy needs to be enforceable and fair

An act of inclusiveness by the University of Minnesota has become one of the most controversial topics on campus. The University's proposed gender expression policy would allow students to select their personal pronouns for use on campus. Though the University is correct in allowing students to identify their gender, it's only one of many steps that need to be taken to create a safe and welcoming campus.


Column 11/18/2018, 10:31pm

Haasch: LA to the left, NYC to the right. Here I am.

I have lived in a lot of places. In the past year and a half, I’ve spent no more than four consecutive months in one location, and as a result, there’s a small set of cities to which I feel personally connected. I lived in Los Angeles for three months and then spent a semester in Minneapolis. I studied abroad in southern France for a semester and then moved to New York City for the summer. Visits to my hometown have been sprinkled in the transitional periods.


Editorial 11/14/2018, 11:01pm

Editorial: The student responsibility to shape the community

At the University of St. Thomas last month, a student woke up to the words “N***** Go Back” written on the door to his dorm. This sparked not only student outrage, but also action across the campus. The Black Empowerment Student Alliance organized a sit-in as well as an opportunity to have a conversation with students about the racist and discriminatory events that took place. 


11/14/2018, 11:00pm

Ababiy: CBD, artificial intelligence and Blockchain: aren't you sick of it all?

In an October article in the Minnesota Daily, Wally's Falafel and Hummus owner Wally Sakallah detailed some ambitious plans for the Chatime's storefront. Chatime would leave for a spot near Tim Hortons and Sakallah would launch an innovative new coffee shop, Cosmic Bean Dispensary. Set to open on April 20, just two days before earth day, Cosmic Bean would combine college kids' two favorite plants: coffee and cannabis. 


Column 11/14/2018, 10:53pm

Venkata: What Michelle Obama means

If you haven’t noticed already, take the time to look and you will see that Michelle Obama’s new memoir “Becoming” has renewed a quiet wave of emotion for the former first lady. I would say there’s something about her personality that does it, but it’s not just one thing, it’s everything.


Column 11/11/2018, 10:14pm

Haasch: Millennial pandering works, so long as it's authentic

On Nov. 1, the official Burger King account tweeted the following exchange: “him: it’s only a month / waifu: ………..” followed by the sobbing emoji. I had to reread the tweet a few times before I realized Burger King had ostensibly tweeted about No-Nut November. I have some feelings about it: confusion, resignation and awestruck rapture. In that particular order.


11/11/2018, 9:41pm

Schneider: The 'year of the woman' can’t stop here

The United States lags far behind in descriptive representation. Our Congress has never remotely reflected the demographics of the U.S. In fact, the U.S. is ranked 104th in the world for women in national parliaments, according to the Inter-Parliamentary Union. This is embarrassingly low, especially considering our democracy was one of the first. We should be electing a number of women that is proportional to the population.


Editorial 11/11/2018, 9:36pm

Editorial: The University's involvement in the CIP should be a guarantee

Early last week, the University of Minnesota recently pulled out of — and then entered back into — the Conservation Improvement Program (CIP), a statewide energy efficiency program. While the program is effective for the University campus, it’s alarming that the University considered not continuing with the program in the first place.


Column 11/6/2018, 10:54pm

Venkata: One small piece of the kids-and-phones puzzle

Not every kid is umbilically and emotionally attached to their cell phone, and not every parent makes a habit out of scrolling mindlessly through an iPhone through a toddler’s tantrum. But there is enough to make this into a general developmental concern.


Editorial 11/6/2018, 10:53pm

Editorial: Ensuring academic success in minority communities

The Minnesota Daily reported in October that the University of Minnesota graduation rates for African American students are relatively low compared to other populations of the student body. From 2013 to 2016, only 58.1 percent of African American students had graduated within six years. These statistics were pulled from the University of Southern California’s Race and Equity Center, which gave the university an "F" grade in how equitable our campus is for minorities.


Column 11/6/2018, 10:51pm

Ababiy: We need to better protect Minnesota waterways

The confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers at Fort Snelling is visually striking. By the time the Minnesota River reaches the Mississippi, it has become an impenetrable green. The northwoods-turned-urban Mississippi River that you would never dare to swim in looks almost clean next to the Minnesota. 


Column 11/4/2018, 10:36pm

Haasch: Turning to TikTok for memes is an inevitability

TikTok is a Vine-adjacent video platform that allows users to film themselves lip-syncing to songs in short, 15-second clips, which can be shared with other users. Although the app launched in 2016, it only came into its heyday after TikTok’s parent company, the Beijing-based Bytedance, acquired Musical.ly, another app that allowed users to share lip-sync videos. However, along with the merger came Musical.ly’s largely female, U.S.-based teenage user base. 


Column 11/4/2018, 10:36pm

Schneider: Our age group never votes, this is the year to change that

The importance of voting in the midterms has been shoved down everyone’s throats since early August. Yet I’m not sure the importance of this civic duty is fully understood. And so, here I go, adding to the masses of people telling you that you are fumbling idiot if you do not vote in these elections.


Editorial 11/4/2018, 10:32pm

Editorial: How we can employ a better civic engagement

The United States political climate continues to remain as polarized as ever. Fortunately, this rough political climate also continues to promote civic engagement in Americans who, until this point, hadn’t even thought about casting a ballot, let alone voting early, casting an absentee ballot or physically engaging with organizers.