OPINION


Column 6/12/2018, 11:22pm

Haasch: It takes strides to settle into a new place

The cities that I’ve lived in over the past year have all been fairly large, and it’s been easy to feel lost in an urban sea of people. I don’t think I’ve ever felt as lonely as I did sitting alone in my apartment in a metropolis of 4 million people. So without further ado, here are my survival strategies for settling into a new city, no matter how temporarily you’re living there. 


Column 6/12/2018, 11:19pm

Venkata: Mindset around plastic use needs dramatic alteration

We know that plastic is everywhere and has taken a place in modern life that’s only natural. Plastics are boons to medicine, delivering sterility, preservation and aid in transplants and prosthetics. Nevertheless, consuming far too much plastic worldwide is not vital, but flippant. 


Editorial 5/3/2018, 1:33am

Editorial: Reflecting on a politically driven, surprising year in news

From Super Bowl activities on campus to April blizzards, the student body at the University had an eventful 2017-2018 school year. Through it all, we at the Minnesota Daily have enjoyed covering the action and delivering the news. We would like to take a moment to reflect on fall 2017 and spring 2018 and look ahead to future semesters. 


Column 5/3/2018, 1:31am

Venkata: College is not the only place to be

Last week, the Minnesota Daily published a profile on low-income students who make ends meet while footing everything, including UMN tuition. Their fortitude is, to say the least, impressive. One day I’ll get my act together and be a fraction as resilient as them — but with that kind of standard, don’t hold your breath. 


Column 5/3/2018, 1:29am

Schneider: The University should be doing more to help low-income students

Last week, the Minnesota Daily published a piece that detailed the stained college experience of low-income students. As the price of a college education continues to soar, a degree becomes less attainable and more necessary than ever before. I have, on numerous occasions, questioned whether my mounting students loans, two jobs, endless strings of essays, late night caffeine boosts and study dates with overtired friends are worth my time and effort.  


Editorial 4/30/2018, 2:00am

Editorial: Practice self-care this finals season

As the school year wraps up, we find it important to remind all students to take care of themselves throughout the stressful exam season. The last few weeks of the semester are often responsible for students' stress. For this reason, we encourage all readers to utilize self-care and keep their mental health in-check. 


Column 4/30/2018, 1:59am

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. 


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.