Jonathan Ababiy

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Ababiy: Neighborhood organizations need the student voice

Developers have had their eyes on Dinkytown for a long time. One Minnesota Daily article from 2013 reported that "more than half of Dinkytown property owners surveyed by the Minnesota Daily have been approached by a developer interested in their land."A look at Google's Street View shows these developers have been successful.


Ababiy: Minneapolis 2040 housing plan is a step in the right direction

The latest draft of Minneapolis 2040, the City's comprehensive plan, is a step in the right direction on the central issue of growing housing while ensuring it stays affordable. Its endorsement of density and triplexes, while not the complete solution to the affordable housing crisis, helps ensure Minneapolis continues to provide affordable housing options to all of its residents. Everyone in Minneapolis deserves a home. 


Ababiy: Power-relations in the world of academia are not free from sexual assault and misconduct

The #MeToo stories we've seen in the news have made clear that this kind of injustice is plentiful in other sectors of society, like government, businesses and the entertainment industry. Academia, with its tradition and devotion to the religion of knowledge, has an aura of being above it all. Instead, it's proven to be a grievous offender, one where administrators are slow and reluctant to act, if at all.


Ababiy: Ensuring a livable wage for University of Minnesota workers

A recent New York Times article took a fascinating look at an interesting Harvard employee, Martha Bonilla. She came into the country illegally, hiding under a pile of bananas in a truck. Now, Ms. Bonilla lives comfortably in a $350,000 home in a middle class neighborhood of Boston, with another home rented out to family. She takes vacations in Florida and pays $1700 a month for her daughter's college education.


Ababiy: Students have the responsibility to question and change society

Last fall, when orange leaves started to make their gentle tumble out of the trees, I visited the office of a favorite professor to discuss an assignment I was having trouble with. I took my place in the spare chair next to the door of his office and, after lifting some papers off the seat, he sat in the worn leather lounging chair next to his bookcase.


Ababiy: The NCAA's shallow solutions to college basketball's deep problems

The NCAA decided it was going to get serious about college basketball's slow moral collapse. It created a commission, headed by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, to propose solutions to college basketball's ills. While the FBI announced investigations into colleges and apparel companies, the commission met and developed a series of recommendations. 


Ababiy: The crisis of violence in Native communities

For many years, Native American women across the state and country have faced extreme levels of violence. Many women have disappeared, never to be found again. Others have been dealing with violence since childhood.