OPINION


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.


Letter to the Editor 4/25/2019, 12:14am

Letter to the Editor: The time to rename Coffman is now

The Board of Regents announced that they will be holding a last-minute special meeting this Friday in McNamara Alumni Center at 1 p.m. to discuss and, more than likely, act on President Eric Kaler’s recommendations to un-name Coffman Union, Coffey Hall, Nicholson Hall and Middlebrook Hall.


Column 4/22/2019, 1:18am

Venkata: En l’an 2019

In France, around the years 1890-1910, a group of artists produced a series of cartoons called "En l'an 2000" depicting French life as imagined in the year 2000. The artists went beyond the typical futuristic ideas regarding transportation, like flying cars or jet packs. These things do show up, and there’s an additional emphasis on human habitation undersea. This was just after the publication of Jules Verne's "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea", after whose heyday, I think, we largely moved on from seahorse races.


Column 4/22/2019, 12:45am

Haasch: How has 'Avengers: Endgame' earned the right to be three whole hours long?

Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame” is one of the few movies that I’m willing to sit in a movie theater to watch for three straight hours. The film, which premieres this Friday, is arguably the most anticipated mainstream film of 2019. However, “Endgame” outstrips its genre predecessors by being one of the longest and arguably most ambitious superhero films to date. While “Endgame” certainly isn’t the first three-hour movie to draw crowds and generate buzz (think “Titanic” or “The Wolf of Wall Street”), it’s fair to say that few other summer blockbusters could get away with a three-hour run time.


Editorial 4/22/2019, 12:01am

Editorial: Legislature must go through traditional regent election process

State legislators are dragging their feet deciding who will fill the four open seats for the University of Minnesota's Board of Regents — an entity responsible for carrying out some of the most pressing problems facing the University. If the House cannot decide on the four new regents soon, decision-making power falls to Gov. Tim Walz, according to reporting from the Minnesota Daily. Appointed regents would only serve a two-year term, as opposed to the typical six-year term. 


Letter to the Editor 4/22/2019, 12:00am

Letter: Eliminating counseling wait-list is a priority following Daily article.

I would like to thank author and reporter Michelle Griffith and the students she interviewed for sharing their feelings in last week’s Minnesota Daily article, “‘I am not alone’: UMN students’ silent grief." I think the article pointed out a position on the spectrum of student mental health that we don’t think about very often — grief.


Column 4/17/2019, 11:14pm

Ababiy: The campus voter turnout problem

Around this time last year, The Daily Cardinal, a student newspaper at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, reported that voter turnout for student elections at Madison had declined to around six percent. 


Column 4/17/2019, 11:13pm

Hasan: Selective mourning needs to end

On Monday, the world mourned as it heard the news about Notre Dame going up in flames. The tragedy of losing centuries worth of religious history was shocking for everyone. On the same day, at almost the same time, the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem was also on fire. There was far less coverage on the mosque and far fewer posts on my social feeds spoke about that tragedy. But none of this was a surprise.