OPINION


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?


Column 4/11/2019, 12:20am

Ababiy: ACEC: All Campus Error Commission, part II

The Monday morning of election week at the University of Minnesota, Caroline Pavlecic, an MSA at-large representative running for another term, went to the All Campus Election Commission (ACEC) website to vote. She was surprised when she noticed the voter guide for candidates directly below the link to vote. She clicked on it. 


Letter to the Editor 4/7/2019, 11:04pm

Letter to the Editor: In response to regents' reaction

If the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents has concerns regarding the objectivity and content of the report by the Task Force on Building Names and Institutional History, it is the Board’s responsibility to collect more information and deliberate on the best path forward.


Column 4/7/2019, 11:03pm

Haasch: Defending fan fiction is the hill I’m willing to die on

I read, frankly, a ridiculous amount of fan fiction on a daily basis. In fact, I read so much fan fiction that I decided to write my thesis on it. I've spent the past six months researching how fan fiction functions in fan communities and what sets it apart as a subset of literature. The results, which I obtained through a combination of closely reading fan fiction, conducting community research and interviewing fans, confirmed what my personal experience suggests: fan fiction is a crucial practice in the development of young writers and fans, allowing them to form community (particularly online) while exploring their own identity. 


Column 4/7/2019, 11:01pm

Venkata: Amazon basics

It’s possible that I never learned about the Triangle Shirtwaist Company factory fire in school, but I certainly heard about it at home as a fixture of Manhattan’s abuse of the working class, in the days of Jacob Riis’s "How the Other Half Lives" living in penury on the Lower East Side. The Triangle Shirtwaist fire is a textbook example of what happens to workers when their employer, a large company with a large output target, cares more about production than the safety and health of the workers.


Editorial 4/3/2019, 11:56pm

Editorial: Fully fund the University of Minnesota

University of Minnesota officials have been feeling the heat lately when it comes to raises in tuition. In January, the Minnesota Daily reported President Kaler anticipates a 2 percent resident tuition hike for next year if the University’s biennial budget is met. This announcement has not come without backlash. Lawmakers have questioned the continued tuition hikes and many students have shared their hesitation or opposition.


Letter to the Editor 4/3/2019, 11:42pm

Letter to the Editor: Renaming campus buildings

American professors, even famous ones, pick up their office phone themselves. That was one fascinating lesson I learned when I called the U.S. as a graduate student in Germany, long before the advent of email. Apparently, they didn’t use secretaries to fend off students like their colleagues in the Old World. Even more surprising, the Americans talked to you like a fellow human being, no matter how low you ranked on the academic food chain. 


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.