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Whitewashing the defend public housing column

Journalism is a key aspect of our democracy, and the only way for accountability to exist is for journalists to publicize the human rights violations that public and private actors conduct in our communities. This column is crucial to unifying our community to fight for the protection of these residents, and by choosing to whitewash the original article, you are sending a message that you do not care about the victims of this story, and the reader has no reason to either. 

6/18/2019, 10:52pm

Skoog: What better way to perpetuate cycles of poverty than to control a population’s reproduction?

When discussing the proposed restrictions on abortion, “pro-choice” and “abortion rights” provide a limited framework for assessing the matter at large. Abortion accessibility is only a slice of the conversation surrounding reproductive health. Even the Roe v. Wade decision didn’t supply “choice” equally; under the current system of healthcare, “choice” is a reproductive luxury afforded to bodies in specific tax brackets.

Column 6/18/2019, 10:51pm

Blank: Boycotts of Israel are not Anti-semitic

With Jewish communities at the University of Minnesota and across the U.S. living in a state of fear, our efforts should be fully focused on combating anti-Semitic hate and violence. That’s why it’s unfortunate that some groups have conflated hatred and violence against Jews with perfectly legitimate criticisms of the state of Israel, inaccurately labeling both as anti-Semitism.

Letter to the Editor 5/8/2019, 1:08am

Letter to the Editor: How the Task Force invented an anti-Semite

The report of the task force on building names heaped astonishing invective on the memory of Edward Nicholson (“Dean Nick”), the University’s first dean of student affairs who served from 1917 to 1941. Nicholson Hall is named for him, and the task force recommended that his name be stripped from the building because of his moral depravity. The accusations made by the task force include the following: “Antisemitism drove significant aspects of his conduct in office;” he “often target[ed] Jewish and Black students whom he labeled ‘communists;’” he “played a significant role in institutionalizing antisemitism in his official actions;” he displayed “personal bigotry;” he “played a major role in providing [a Republican politician] with detailed information about ‘Jew Reds’ at the University of Minnesota;” and his policies were "built on strains of … racism that were deep seated in Minnesota and the United States.” That is just for starters.

5/6/2019, 8:53am

Venkata: A smart ALEC

The American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization of senators and lobbyists in Washington, D.C. dedicated to the “principles of limited government, free markets and federalism.” Its goal is to facilitate policy with advice from the private sector. ALEC is quite effective, as it turns out. 

Column 5/1/2019, 11:33pm

Hasan: What's in a name?

During the last week, I have found myself extremely disappointed by my home state. As a native Minnesotan, I would like to believe that our “Minnesota nice” is real and that we have reasons to love and brag about our state. Unfortunately, two major events in the last week make that difficult.

Column 5/1/2019, 11:32pm

Venkata: The past is another university

The University of Minnesota Women’s Club is full of accomplished, lively and fascinating women. A few weeks ago, I had lunch with the UMWC and talked with its president, Maggie Hoover, whose dynamic life story captivated me. I learned a lot about her career, education and varied interests, some of which were present in the Twin Cities and at the University of Minnesota. I think a few things are relevant to many of us.

Column 4/29/2019, 12:37am

Haasch: The hellish Avengers news cycle is refreshing

As of writing this column, I still haven’t seen “Avengers: Endgame.” Even amid a busy weekend full of things like Spring Jam, looming deadlines and family visits, it’s all I can think about. I need to avoid spoilers. What are my theories about the conclusion? Am I prepared to be blessed with even more Brie Larson as Carol Danvers so quickly on the heels of “Captain Marvel?” Even two days from the premiere, I feel like everyone and their cousin has seen “Endgame” and that spoilers are right around the corner. 

Editorial 4/29/2019, 12:36am

Editorial: Remembering the importance of self-care, even as a student

Self-care and student life are at direct odds. While we run from class to work to social events, our bodies and mental health take a toll. The next two weeks are bound to be the busiest for students, faculty and staff. Everyone needs self-care reminders, so here's your reminder and tips from the Minnesota Daily's Editorial Board. 

Column 4/25/2019, 12:29am

Hasan: The pressure to be perfect for Instagram

Every day when I open Instagram, I scroll through stories and pictures of friends, family and classmates, as well as some random people I met one time. While I enjoy Instagram and view it as an excellent resource for entertainment and connecting with friends, it is also clear the use of the app leads to many feeling external pressures to look or be a certain way. 

Column 4/25/2019, 12:27am

Ababiy: We’ll fix the climate. Tomorrow.

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg, a special envoy on climate change for the United Nations and the former mayor of New York City, came to Minneapolis with an announcement last fall. With Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter on each side, he announced that Minneapolis and St. Paul had joined a climate initiative, American Cities Climate Challenge, of Bloomberg's philanthropic foundation, according to MPR reporting.