OPINION


Column 4/30/2018, 1:58am

Ailts: Everyone deserves the 'right to be forgotten'

In the age of the Internet, the irrelevant past is no longer swallowed by oblivion. Even after you die, the record of your life — warts and all — will be available for discovery and scrutiny online. Your social media might be your everlasting legacy, so don’t post what you don’t want your great-great-great-grandchildren to see. 


Column 4/26/2018, 12:56am

Venkata: Study drugs are not the answer

As many of us know, plenty of students on campus find themselves reliant on study drugs. There’s such a market that two weeks ago, the Minnesota Daily reported on a pair of entrepreneurial students who marketed an “alternative to Adderall,” NeurOwl, to be sold at Maxwell’s Market in Marcy-Holmes. Though we’re used to it, step back: a commonly acknowledged, publicly held, University-wide study drug routine is alarming. 


Column 4/26/2018, 12:53am

Schneider: How campus culture cultivates body-image issues

People don’t often discuss how body image issues and eating disorders can translate to college. We enter college with the expectations of a pubescent utopia, in which social pressures and expectations wane in the wake of collective acceptance. But this isn’t the case, specifically when it comes to expectations of how women should look.  


Editorial 4/25/2018, 12:13am

Editorial: The importance of student newsrooms and how you can help

We would like to stand by our colleagues at student newspapers across the country and issue a reminder about the importance of independent student journalism. On the University of Minnesota campus, we see ourselves as seekers of truth. We strive to hold everyone, especially our University and its vast personnel, accountable for their actions, good or bad. 


Letter to the Editor 4/23/2018, 2:27am

Letter: Response to 'SJP event on Palestine history unhelpful and misleading'

I delivered the lecture at this SJP event. Maya Strohm and Shay Burke (the students) in their letter to the editor accused me of “cherry-picking quotes [from the Torah] to disparage the values of Judaism,” and said that “our campus should refuse to accept this bigotry toward the Jewish community” and “the student group (SJP) plans events led by biased, misinformed individuals who spew anti-Semitic rhetoric.” In short, they committed “criminal defamation” by publicly labeling me a bigot and an anti-Semite. 


Editorial 4/23/2018, 2:27am

Editorial: Starbucks' racial bias training not enough

While some show support for Starbucks and the steps they are taking toward equal treatment of all customers, others view the decision as insufficient. With the intention of training against racial bias to stop future incidents, Starbucks closing their doors for one afternoon is a step in the right direction. It is important for the company to recognize that the incident could happen again. 


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.