OPINION


Column 3/31/2019, 9:27pm

Haasch: PETA’s cow milk tweet proves that being horny on main works

Last week, PETA tweeted an image that at first blow looks a whole lot like erotic furry art. The image, which depicts a full-grown man drinking from the very human breast of a disconcertingly anthropomorphic cow, was accompanied by the caption, “Looks weird right? It’s what you’re doing if you drink cow’s milk [hand emoji] Raise your hand if you know that humans shouldn’t be drinking cow’s breast milk. It was made for their babies—not you!” 


Column 3/31/2019, 9:25pm

Venkata: Medical hubris

Anyone who has happily wasted time in front of the television show Scrubs is aware of hospital rounds: the educational method where a doctor and her residents focus on patients, one at a time, to diagnose, prescribe treatment and more, under the doctor’s guidance. Hospitals can be busy places, so grand rounds can be lightning-fast and ultra-competitive, employing intimidation and shaming on the residents. (This is from real life, not Scrubs.)  


Editorial 3/28/2019, 1:27am

Editorial: Avoiding harrowing housing situations is harder than it looks, but here are a few tips

Last week, the Minnesota Daily reported on newly discovered potential health risks to workers who installed carpets at The Arrow Apartments. Though many situations aren’t this extreme, predatory landlords still try to swindle students into a bad lease. To avoid these situations, consider the following tips provided by the University's Student Legal Services and Off Campus Living. 


3/28/2019, 1:19am

Hasan: The blazing trail to legalization

Marijuana as a recreational drug is slowly becoming more acceptable. Within Minneapolis, there are moves toward legalization. Some are even pushing for full legalization by 2022 in Minnesota. While these numbers are hopeful for users, there is also more action that needs to be taken — action for both current users and for past users convicted of crimes due to possession or sales. 


Column 3/28/2019, 1:17am

Ababiy: Betsy DeVos’ terrible, no good, very bad budget

These last couple years, I've had a recurring thought: why can't anybody with a lot of money just do nothing with it? It seems like everyone, deserving or undeserving, who's had the kiss of fortune on their life wants to be a leader. They want to tell the rest of us how to live. Nobody asked, but they feel like they have some wisdom to impart on us. 


Editorial 3/25/2019, 12:46am

Editorial: UMN regents' response to renaming report is disheartening

Several members of the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents were quick to dismiss the 125-page report by the Task Force on Building Names and Institutional History at the most recent regent meeting. They criticized the report, saying it was both unfair and ill-researched, and voiced concerns about the preservation of institutional histories. 


Column 3/25/2019, 12:38am

Haasch: Internet humor has become means of coping with an overwhelming news cycle

Last Friday, now-household American name and special counsel Robert Mueller turned in his report on possible Russian interference during the 2016 election to Attorney General William Barr. The report is the culmination of the two-year long special counsel investigation that attempted to determine possible links between the Russian government and President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign. 


Column 3/25/2019, 12:36am

Venkata: Indictment (Remix)

On March 6, Gayle King interviewed R&B singer R. Kelly for his first public interview after his arrest two weeks prior for 10 charges of criminal sexual abuse. Kelly has been under scrutiny for sexual crime for decades. He has had an alleged habit of soliciting and using underage girls for sex, and his entourage allegedly had a habit of assisting him. 


Letter to the Editor 3/14/2019, 12:54am

Letter: Recycling is not the only answer

I encourage others to look closely at the plastic they use in their life. The best advice I can give to someone who is trying to be environmentally friendly is to do a plastic audit. This shows you how much waste you dispose of throughout the course of your day. Then, you should try to find sustainable alternatives when it's time to replace those items. 


Column 3/14/2019, 12:45am

Hasan: The University must reduce its use of plastic

Environmental protection is absolutely necessary. Plastic waste from humans causes our earth to suffer. Trashed plastic specifically tends to end up in the ocean and can be found inside over 90 percent of seabirds in the world. Only a minority of plastic is biodegradable and most plastics cause harm when left in landfills or oceans. 


Column 3/10/2019, 11:26pm

Haasch: Please, for the love, learn some transit etiquette

Public transit is a beautiful but sometimes soul-sucking modern marvel. In the recent winter months (and in times past), University of Minnesota students have been plagued by inadequate buses, delays in transit and uncomfortable rides on the regular. However, I’m not here to critique the failings of the University’s transit system — others have already reported on and discussed it at length. 


Letter to the Editor 3/10/2019, 11:25pm

Letter: Vote 'yes' on UMN tenured faculty sexual misconduct referendum

Starting Monday, students can vote on this important referendum: “Should tenured faculty be held to the same standard as non-tenured faculty and staff when accused of sexual misconduct involving a student?" As President of the Council of Graduate Students, which sponsored this referendum, please allow me to explain why we urge you to vote "yes."


Column 3/10/2019, 11:09pm

Venkata: On socially responsible investing

The bare-minimum financial move any time we receive a paycheck is to put a certain amount of it away for retirement and emergencies. As you may have heard, rough common knowledge is to have six months’ income as backup at all times and to save 10-15 percent of income starting in our twenties. I’m sure you’re allowed to save a lot more than that, if you want to. 


Letter to the Editor 3/10/2019, 11:08pm

Letter: Regents are disappointing, but not surprising, on Coffman rename effort

After one of the longest reviews of its kind in the history of American higher education, the 125-page report submitted by the Task Force on Building Names and Institutional History is being dismissed by several members of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents as making “broad-brush accusations." As someone who has advocated for college students for over five years, including in our University Student Senate, this reaction is not surprising.


Column 3/7/2019, 12:12am

Hasan: Criticism of Ilhan Omar is unwarranted

Despite the barriers that Omar broke before she was voted into Congress, she still faces backlash based on her identity almost daily. Islamophobic commentary has followed Omar since her first days in government, including the negative reactions to her push to end the headwear ban within the chambers of Congress.