OPINION


Column 5/1/2019, 11:33pm

Hasan: What's in a name?

During the last week, I have found myself extremely disappointed by my home state. As a native Minnesotan, I would like to believe that our “Minnesota nice” is real and that we have reasons to love and brag about our state. Unfortunately, two major events in the last week make that difficult.


Column 5/1/2019, 11:32pm

Venkata: The past is another university

The University of Minnesota Women’s Club is full of accomplished, lively and fascinating women. A few weeks ago, I had lunch with the UMWC and talked with its president, Maggie Hoover, whose dynamic life story captivated me. I learned a lot about her career, education and varied interests, some of which were present in the Twin Cities and at the University of Minnesota. I think a few things are relevant to many of us.


Column 4/29/2019, 12:37am

Haasch: The hellish Avengers news cycle is refreshing

As of writing this column, I still haven’t seen “Avengers: Endgame.” Even amid a busy weekend full of things like Spring Jam, looming deadlines and family visits, it’s all I can think about. I need to avoid spoilers. What are my theories about the conclusion? Am I prepared to be blessed with even more Brie Larson as Carol Danvers so quickly on the heels of “Captain Marvel?” Even two days from the premiere, I feel like everyone and their cousin has seen “Endgame” and that spoilers are right around the corner. 


Editorial 4/29/2019, 12:36am

Editorial: Remembering the importance of self-care, even as a student

Self-care and student life are at direct odds. While we run from class to work to social events, our bodies and mental health take a toll. The next two weeks are bound to be the busiest for students, faculty and staff. Everyone needs self-care reminders, so here's your reminder and tips from the Minnesota Daily's Editorial Board. 


Column 4/25/2019, 12:29am

Hasan: The pressure to be perfect for Instagram

Every day when I open Instagram, I scroll through stories and pictures of friends, family and classmates, as well as some random people I met one time. While I enjoy Instagram and view it as an excellent resource for entertainment and connecting with friends, it is also clear the use of the app leads to many feeling external pressures to look or be a certain way. 


Column 4/25/2019, 12:27am

Ababiy: We’ll fix the climate. Tomorrow.

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg, a special envoy on climate change for the United Nations and the former mayor of New York City, came to Minneapolis with an announcement last fall. With Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter on each side, he announced that Minneapolis and St. Paul had joined a climate initiative, American Cities Climate Challenge, of Bloomberg's philanthropic foundation, according to MPR reporting.


Letter to the Editor 4/25/2019, 12:14am

Letter to the Editor: The time to rename Coffman is now

The Board of Regents announced that they will be holding a last-minute special meeting this Friday in McNamara Alumni Center at 1 p.m. to discuss and, more than likely, act on President Eric Kaler’s recommendations to un-name Coffman Union, Coffey Hall, Nicholson Hall and Middlebrook Hall.


Column 4/22/2019, 1:18am

Venkata: En l’an 2019

In France, around the years 1890-1910, a group of artists produced a series of cartoons called "En l'an 2000" depicting French life as imagined in the year 2000. The artists went beyond the typical futuristic ideas regarding transportation, like flying cars or jet packs. These things do show up, and there’s an additional emphasis on human habitation undersea. This was just after the publication of Jules Verne's "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea", after whose heyday, I think, we largely moved on from seahorse races.


Column 4/22/2019, 12:45am

Haasch: How has 'Avengers: Endgame' earned the right to be three whole hours long?

Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame” is one of the few movies that I’m willing to sit in a movie theater to watch for three straight hours. The film, which premieres this Friday, is arguably the most anticipated mainstream film of 2019. However, “Endgame” outstrips its genre predecessors by being one of the longest and arguably most ambitious superhero films to date. While “Endgame” certainly isn’t the first three-hour movie to draw crowds and generate buzz (think “Titanic” or “The Wolf of Wall Street”), it’s fair to say that few other summer blockbusters could get away with a three-hour run time.


Editorial 4/22/2019, 12:01am

Editorial: Legislature must go through traditional regent election process

State legislators are dragging their feet deciding who will fill the four open seats for the University of Minnesota's Board of Regents — an entity responsible for carrying out some of the most pressing problems facing the University. If the House cannot decide on the four new regents soon, decision-making power falls to Gov. Tim Walz, according to reporting from the Minnesota Daily. Appointed regents would only serve a two-year term, as opposed to the typical six-year term. 


Letter to the Editor 4/22/2019, 12:00am

Letter: Eliminating counseling wait-list is a priority following Daily article.

I would like to thank author and reporter Michelle Griffith and the students she interviewed for sharing their feelings in last week’s Minnesota Daily article, “‘I am not alone’: UMN students’ silent grief." I think the article pointed out a position on the spectrum of student mental health that we don’t think about very often — grief.


Column 4/17/2019, 11:14pm

Ababiy: The campus voter turnout problem

Around this time last year, The Daily Cardinal, a student newspaper at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, reported that voter turnout for student elections at Madison had declined to around six percent. 


Column 4/17/2019, 11:13pm

Hasan: Selective mourning needs to end

On Monday, the world mourned as it heard the news about Notre Dame going up in flames. The tragedy of losing centuries worth of religious history was shocking for everyone. On the same day, at almost the same time, the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem was also on fire. There was far less coverage on the mosque and far fewer posts on my social feeds spoke about that tragedy. But none of this was a surprise. 


Editorial 4/17/2019, 11:03pm

Editorial: Applying to unpaid internships? Here’s what you need to know

Whether you’re searching for a post-graduation internship or a summer gig, knowing your rights (and your worth) as an intern is highly important — especially when it comes to unpaid internships. Don’t get tricked into an internship that isn’t what you think it is. Internships are clear stepping stones in landing a full-time job, but that doesn’t mean you must settle for an unpaid one. 


Letter to the Editor 4/15/2019, 12:16am

Letter: A note to the anonymous person who performed CPR on my brother

On Thursday, March 14, 2019, at about 1:30 p.m., my brother was walking through Nicholson Hall on his way to his class on the history of religion. He was taking advantage of the University’s auditing program for people over 65 years of age. He loved history of all types and was doing research for a book that focused on the history of the world’s religions.


Column 4/15/2019, 12:16am

Venkata: You’re cute, but ...

Imagine you were born in 1998. Unlike our 1998, in this imaginary one, Facebook and all the other internet connectivity norms existed. Your parents adored their healthy, happy baby and so did their friends and family. I could watch you and your siblings grow, month to month, through your parents’ Facebook posts. 


Letter to the Editor 4/15/2019, 12:13am

Letter: Is the task force report on renaming fair to Coffman?

As most people are aware, the Task Force on Building Names and Institutional History recently recommended to the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents that four university buildings be stripped of their names, because the four men commemorated by the buildings didn’t live up to the standards the University community has a right to expect. Several regents caused a stir when they questioned the quality of the report on the basis of which they have been asked to arrive at their decision. 


Column 4/15/2019, 12:09am

Haasch: What’s the significance of a 'problematic' celebrity?

Last Friday, Korean pop septet BTS released their new album Map of the Soul: Persona as well as a music video for its title track, “Boy With Luv feat. Halsey.” The collaboration was well received — BTS broke the YouTube record for most views in 24 hours with the music video — but was the site of minor fandom drama earlier in the week when it was initially announced. While this isn’t BTS’ first collaboration with an American artist (the group has worked with artists like Steve Aoki and Desiigner in the past), this one sparked a familiar question frequently aimed at today’s celebrities: is Halsey problematic?