Column 9/7/2017, 1:02am

Ababiy: Attending UMN can seem daunting, but it shouldn't be

I’ve sat in the bed of my friend’s pickup, looking up at the eternal glow of the midnight stars, as he hurtled the little Ford around S-shaped Northern Minnesotan roads. I’ve watched a man propose to his girlfriend in the observation deck of the Prospect Park Witch’s Hat Tower, a beautiful foreground to the orange sun, setting over the grey flour mills of Minneapolis. However, there is something that makes the University of Minnesota distinctive to these special places of mine: it is where the future of Minnesota begins. 

Column 9/4/2017, 10:53pm

Ailts: Avoid the stress spiral this semester by taking your mental health seriously

A new school year inevitably means the gnashing of teeth and nails bitten down to the quick. The transition from the romantic, pleasurable detachment of summer to the fluorescent lights of a lecture hall is an abrupt shock, like leaping from the warm cocoon of a part-time job and lingering sunsets into the icy, relentless waves of predetermined social, academic, and extracurricular responsibilities. The beginning of the school year always seems to come just as I begin to settle into a peaceful routine of few obligations; it has always been, and will continue to be, unnerving. 

Column 9/4/2017, 10:48pm

Haasch: Stop killing queer characters: why TV representation matters

LGBT characters like Lexa of The 100 are being killed at alarming rates on television for shock factor, and the implications of this extend far past the screen.  Television wields tremendous social clout. There’s the obvious, of course — being able to discuss the latest possible incestuous affairs occurring on Game of Thrones or the newest season of American Horror Story provides viewers with valuable social currency. 

Letter to the Editor 9/4/2017, 10:47pm

Letter: Labor Day reminds us of the need for faculty unionization

When Labor Day was established as a national holiday in the late nineteenth century, unions representing the industrial working class struggled for higher wages, better working conditions and shorter hours, along with a more humane society with greater equality and less exploitation.