OPINION


Column 3/25/2018, 11:49pm

Ababiy: Don't reject DED for Liberian residents of Minnesota

On March 30, thousands of Liberian Americans across Minnesota and the United States could live their last day as legal residents. Unless they want to face the risk of deportation, those who are not yet citizens will have to pull the plug on their jobs, businesses, and families to return to a country whose lengthy civil wars forced them to flee almost two decades ago. 


Editorial 3/25/2018, 11:48pm

Editorial: The future of the gun reform movement

On the morning of Saturday, March 24, thousands gathered across the nation in March for Our Lives rallies. Ever since the deadly mass shooting on Feb. 14 in Parkland, Florida, the fight against gun violence has progressed with full force. The students who survived the massacre were the first ones to speak up, and have since gained the mass media’s attention. 


Letter to the Editor 3/22/2018, 1:04am

Letter: Why Islam Awareness Week is necessary on college campuses

Although Muslims are at the center of attention in the media, the public and even at the dinner table, they are rarely involved in these discussions. From conservatives who try to restrict Muslims from entering the United States to liberals who strive to “save” Muslim women, debates and conversations about Muslims occur regularly, but Muslims are not being invited. 


Letter to the Editor 3/22/2018, 1:02am

Letter: Don Lucia’s resignation comes at the right time

Entering the final day of the men’s hockey conference tournaments, Minnesota looked like a lock to make the NCAA Tournament. To fall far enough in the Pairwise Rankings (the rankings which determine the at-large bids for the tournament field), the Gophers would need the outcomes of six games to go against them. The odds of that happening were slim, yet in a stroke of misfortune that could only be inflicted on perhaps the unluckiest sports communities in the world, exactly that happened.  


Column 3/22/2018, 1:01am

Schneider: The Minnesota high school walkouts lack meaning because they aren’t student-led

There are numerous issues in having a politically motivated protest be facilitated by school administration. Firstly, it undermines the value in student-led civil engagement. Students are receiving massive coverage and being praised for their bravery and activism, when in reality they are only participating in school sanctioned events. I doubt students will learn anything about civil engagement or grassroots activism if they are only following directions. 


Editorial 3/22/2018, 12:59am

Editorial: ACEC should reform policies, increase transparency

The ACEC must change aspects of the election process to ensure that the bias of mismanagement does not affect the results. If the ACEC takes its vital function on campus with enthusiasm, lackluster attendance and turnout are simple facts of an election. However, given all the problems with this year’s election process, the deficiencies are too hard to ignore. 


Column 3/18/2018, 11:57pm

Ababiy: Dinkytown should be zoned

Under Dinkytown’s current zoning, much of the lucrative land west of the main commercial strip on 14th Avenue is zoned as residential. Dinkytown does need more housing to help bring down prices, but new construction should be mixed use, not purely residential, like what has been built on the outskirts of the commercial district. The solely residential construction that current zoning supports constrains Dinkytown’s economic potential.


Letter to the editor 3/18/2018, 11:56pm

Letter: Students should make use of 'Let's Talk'

There are many barriers preventing students from seeking mental health treatment, such as stigmas and costs. To help minimize those barriers, Multicultural Student Engagement and Student Counseling Services has launched a new initiative called "Let’s Talk." 


Column 3/18/2018, 11:55pm

Ailts: Pillsbury Hall needs your help

Despite the fact that over 6,000 students take English classes annually, the English department is near-invisible on campus. A simple but significant benefit of the move would be to bring the English department out from the shadows. 


Column 3/8/2018, 12:46am

Venkata: The case for flip phones

Flip phones are already making a niche comeback. The market’s trying to phase them out completely, so it’s roughly the same price as to have a smartphone. Still, this kind of consumer base has spoken: Nokia has the 3310 "Brick," which is the Zeus of a phone. It’s at Best Buy. 


Editorial 3/6/2018, 11:53pm

Editorial: UMN Divest referendum should not pass

We understand the concerns the authors of the referendum have against the various human rights violations by many actors, including the state of Israel. However, the philosophy of divestment oversteps support against human rights violations into a far more nuanced and multifaceted discussion that necessitates further debate and discussion. For this reason, we do not support the passing of the UMN Divest referendum.