Andrew Johnson


The POTUS without the mostest

You probably saw, or at least heard about, President Barack Obama’s speech last week. You know, the one about the rising interest rates on student loans. You didn’t? Are you sure? It was the one where Jimmy Fallon chimed in every few sentences.

Citizens: the new voice in the media

As news organizations try to adapt to the ever-changing media landscape and one-up competition with creative methods of breaking news, some of their contenders now have nowhere near the resources, training or wherewithal, yet are still having an impact. Where citizen journalists may lack in finances and formal instruction, they’ve made up for in originality and conviction.

Striking out with free speech

Baseball season is finally here. Fans were hardly removed from opening day before what is perhaps the next-most-grueling and seemingly never-ending American tradition: handling a public relations controversy. That “hit” also brought issues of freedom of speech up to bat. Last week, just a day into the season, newly hired Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen made comments of support and admiration for Cuban dictator Fidel Castro in an interview, which upset many within the city’s Cuban-American community.

The destructive nature of disorder

Who knew that the statue of Mary Tyler Moore throwing her hat into the air to the memorable “You’re gonna make it after all!” lyric would later apply as encouraging words to those trying to escape Nicollet Mall without getting ambushed.

The other victim in the Trayvon Martin investigation

Wandering around Thursday’s hoodie march for Trayvon Martin on campus, I saw many “Justice for Trayvon” signs. I found it peculiar that participants at a rally standing for equal treatment for all were aggressively demanding a justice system to convict one side when the investigation is incomplete and so much of the situation remains unclear.

In a polarized society, debate is crucial

I sat, alone, in a bar on Friday night just waiting. I was meeting someone there for the first time, and they were running late. I was a little nervous, a little anxious, but also especially excited for this get-together.

It’s all Greek to us, and soon may be for good

Malaria and HIV are increasingly prevalent among its citizens. Stray dogs and criminals wander the streets with violence never too far behind. Furthermore, the currency is coming to be all but meaningless, as people have started experimenting with a bartering economy. This isn’t the scene in a Third World country, so don’t expect any Kony 2012-esque videos about this place. This is in the birthplace of democracy and the origin of much of Western culture: Athens, Greece. Hopefully Greece won’t soon be the origin of its downfall either.

An immodest proposal

When the Senate voted down the Blunt Amendment last week, which would’ve allowed institutions to opt out of providing birth control coverage for “moral reason,” we saw this was a clear-cut issue through the 51-48 vote and required no further debate.

Stumbling upon treasures

Over the weekend, while trying really hard to not do anything productive, I decided to go to the movies. Nothing special, nothing intense — just a fun, simple, entertaining movie. We took a peek at the listings and settled on “The Muppets” (a movie I had admittedly already seen and on opening night, nonetheless) playing at the unfamiliar Riverview Theater in south Minneapolis. Unknowingly, this low-key decision became an excavation of a buried gem that didn’t require much mining and an example of what we can dig up if we’re willing to look for it.

Dropping the glitter bomb

Over the past year, one group has been on the wrong end of open attacks from uncompromising devotees to an ideological agenda. Disciples of this extreme cause insistently celebrate these acts. Worse yet, their supporters keep mum and fail to denounce this plan of action. I’m, of course, talking about the Twin Cities’ latest, most fabulous form of protest: glitter bombing.