Column 4/1/2018, 11:06pm

Ailts: Why and how we should protect our online privacy

We might value our personal information — in fact, nearly 74 percent of people in the U.S. believe it’s “very important” to be in control of their personal information, according to Pew Research — but most don’t act in accordance with this belief. 

Editorial 4/1/2018, 11:05pm

Editorial: Residents need to provide feedback on Minneapolis 2040 plan

Although Minneapolis 2040 is still being drafted, it will attempt to curb policy within the city for years to come, and will affect every policy from transportation reform and parks and open space to public health and methods for battling the rising housing costs. With such a large impending plan making its way to final vote and approval at the end of the year, there are many policies that need to be reviewed and possibly reworked.  

Column 3/29/2018, 1:56am

Venkata: Take the circular economy on your shopping spree

Clothes matter. They matter to the people who wear them because they promote a personal image; they matter to those who make them, whether it's for artistry, or more often, working conditions; they matter to the earth because “fast fashion” pollutes it so badly. 

Column 3/29/2018, 1:56am

Schneider: Don’t let state lawmakers throw out the Regent Candidate Advisory Council

Minnesota lawmakers have recently been reconsidering the process by which University of Minnesota Board of Regents members are chosen. In the current system, the Regent Candidate Advisory Council, a 24-member panel made up of volunteers, make suggestions to state legislators on who they believe are the best candidates.  The state legislators' proposals to eliminate the RCAC is a nonsensical, thinly-veiled attempt at granting themselves more authority. As reported by the Star Tribune, Rep. Gene Pelowski, DFL-Winona, who favors repealing the panel, says lawmakers like himself often ignore the RCAC’s recommendations for candidates anyway. 

Editorial 3/29/2018, 1:55am

Editorial: With Noor, let due process take its course

On July 15, 2017, Justine Damond was fatally shot by then Minneapolis Police officer Mohamed Noor after she had called 911 to report a possible assault outside in southwest Minneapolis. This news shocked the Twin Cities, especially after the police shooting of Philando Castile in 2016. 

Column 3/25/2018, 11:50pm

Ailts: Raising the tobacco sale age to 21 could have unintended negative consequences

While I’m certainly no advocate for smoking, I am wary of lawmakers attempting to restrict what decisions young adults can make about their own lives — especially since their estimation of the bill’s potential effect is highly optimistic. There is virtually no systematic research to suggest that an increased tobacco sale age prevents teens from smoking, as the Institute of Medicine recognized in a 2015 report.  

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.