OPINION


Column 4/23/2018, 2:26am

Ailts: How calorie counts on menus could reshape our eating habits

Food establishments have until May 7 to comply with U.S. Food and Drug Administration requirements to provide calorie information for consumers, an Obama-era policy that’s experienced almost a decade of delays. In February, the House passed legislation amending requirements that food establishments provide calorie counts. 


Column 4/19/2018, 2:00am

Schneider: Disarming the UMPD is a meaningless cause

On April 12, the Students for a Democratic Society student group staged a protest advocating for the disarming of the University of Minnesota Police Department.  Demilitarization of United States police is not an unpopular sentiment. In fact, it’s not one I disagree with. However, this protest is extremely misguided. The group preaches for carving a progressive path in society, but its cause feels fruitless. This is because guns in the hands of the UMPD is a nonissue. 


Editorial 4/19/2018, 1:51am

Editorial: UMPD budget should remain untouched

Amid a relatively peaceful yet frigid spring semester, the University of Minnesota Police Department continues to serve the University community and keep our expansive campus relatively safe. Although UMPD has handled campus safety smoothly, questions have surfaced regarding UMPD funding and the limit of its capabilities.  


Column 4/19/2018, 1:50am

Venkata: What we lose when we lose the humanities

University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point is likely eliminating 13 humanities majors in order to expand 16 ‘more-marketable’ programs. The endangered majors include English, history, philosophy and political science. The reason is fiscal. 


Letter to the editor 4/15/2018, 11:16pm

Letter: Not all Trump supporters are against human rights

I was deeply disappointed by the front page article of the April 9 edition of the Minnesota Daily. The article, entitled “U researchers aim to learn how voters view rights,” seemed to imply that all Donald Trump supporters “have strong values that are nationalistic and at odds with the universal values traditionally tied to human rights.” The assumption is a generalization and, I believe, an unfair one. 


Editorial 4/15/2018, 11:15pm

Editorial: 'It Ends Here' a well-rounded and important MSA campaign

Just last week, the Minnesota Student Association launched a wide-spread campaign aiming to combat sexual assault on campus. This movement is what this campus needs. The “It Ends Here” campaign attempts to tackle many facets of sexual misconduct by attempting to curb culture, conversation and policy on the University of Minnesota campus. 


Column 4/15/2018, 11:13pm

Ailts: Widespread hunger across college campuses calls for institutional relief

Food insecurity, or the lack of reliable access to sufficient quantities of affordable, nutritious food, is a more pervasive problem on college campuses than some may realize. It’s been considered a bigger problem at two-year colleges and state universities, but new data suggests that 20-33 percent of students at four-year colleges are also food insecure. On average, around 12 percent of U.S. households experience food insecurity. 


Letter to the editor 4/12/2018, 1:38am

Letter: SJP event on Palestine history unhelpful and misleading

What is the best way to promote peace in the Middle East? Though the answer is not clear, it is certainly not spewing incorrect and anti-Semitic rhetoric to students on campus. On April 2, UMN's chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine hosted an event titled “Palestine 101: A Beginner’s Guide to Palestine.” Based on the title and description, I thought the event’s aim was to educate students on Palestinian politics, history and culture. I was wrong. 


Letter to the editor 4/12/2018, 1:37am

Letter: Altering the personal exemption rules for vaccination

At the turn of the century, the United States declared measles eradicated from our country. Fast forward to 2017, when Minnesota experienced the largest outbreak of measles in 20 years. This outbreak cost Minnesota an estimated $1 million and approximately 90 percent of those infected by this outbreak were unvaccinated children. 


Column 4/12/2018, 1:35am

Venkata: The NFL and cheerleaders have a problem

A New Orleans Saints cheerleader, Bailey Davis, was fired for uploading to Instagram what the organization considered too revealing of a photo. If you care to look up the photo and compare the immodest nature of her attire to her cheerleading uniform, you may perceive a negligible difference. 


Column 4/9/2018, 12:30am

Ababiy: Keep mental health care providers and law enforcement separate

Since the shooting that occurred at their school, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas teens have showed a remarkable amount of bravery and courage. They’ve founded a national movement and helped orchestrate one of the largest protests in American history. Our country’s tradition of inaction after mass shooting has become almost cliche, but the MSD students have countered that completely. 


Column 4/9/2018, 12:28am

Ailts: Our generation could lead the way in sustainable meat consumption

There’s been a global shift away from meat consumption in recent years, spearheaded by millennials. Seventy percent of the world population is either reducing their meat intake or going completely meat-free. The number of self-identified vegans in the U.S. has increased by 600 percent in the last three years.