OPINION


Column 7/31/2018, 10:16pm

Haasch: Crossing fandom borders merits excitement, not "Panic!"

A week ago, I made the impulse decision to buy a ticket to the Panic! at the Disco concert at Madison Square Garden. Like many queer women, I’m a huge Hayley Kiyoko fan. She was one of the openers, and at that point, I was so desperate to see her live that I bought tickets to Panic! without a second thought. While seeing Kiyoko was everything, seeing Panic! for the first time gave me the opportunity to immerse myself in a new fan culture and vicariously experience the concert through those who loved Panic! the most. 


7/24/2018, 10:14pm

Haasch: 21 years old is an incredibly arbitrary drinking age

Today is my birthday. I’m not a big birthday person. Typically, I default to 'coy, but appreciative' every time someone acknowledges it. This year, however, I’m turning 21 years old. Before, I regarded this milestone with meager excitement at best and apathy at worst. 


Column 7/17/2018, 11:16pm

Venkata: Shifting food mentality because imperfect produce is perfectly alright

The hoops grocery stores have to jump through are pretty high. A manager has to anticipate how much they will sell in a given order period, taking care to not undershoot and end up with bare shelves, or overshoot, which causes some produce to rot, in turn spoiling even more other food. But modernization has made this easier. Grocery is a delicate balancing act that, thankfully, has been harmonized by computerization in most places.  


Editorial 7/17/2018, 11:06pm

Editorial: Why we should listen to the message behind the Ben Shapiro lawsuit

Young America’s Foundation, Students for a Conservative Voice and conservative speaker Ben Shapiro are suing the University of Minnesota for discrimination and violation of First Amendment rights after Shapiro’s February speaking event was relocated to a smaller venue on the St. Paul campus, with the University citing as security reasons as its motive. 


Column 7/10/2018, 9:58pm

Venkata: MAVNI program must continue.

In July 2002, after 9/11, U.S. President George W. Bush issued an executive order to expedite the naturalization of immigrants serving in the American armed forces in order to increase military power for the war on terror. Then in 2009, the U.S. Department of Defense operationalized the initiative by launching the Military Accessions Vital to National Interest recruitment program, or MAVNI, which oversees immigrant enlistment into the U.S. military. 


7/10/2018, 9:57pm

Haasch: How to live with others

I met my freshman roommate over Facebook. It was May 2015, just before we graduated from high school. We connected after I posted in the class of 2019 Facebook group. It was the first time I had ever been obligated to share a room, and knowing my roommate in advance assuaged some of my fears.


Editorial 7/10/2018, 9:55pm

Editorial: You are welcome here

With the recent decision of the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold U.S. President Donald Trump’s travel ban comes another example of how driven our current administration is to put forth policy fueled by fearmongering, all while trying to skirt accusations of Islamophobia with the inclusion of Venezuela and North Korea on the list of countries whose citizens are refused visas. 


Column 7/2/2018, 10:54pm

Haasch: We need more of Terry Crews’ masculinity

Terry Crews wears many hats; actor, Old Spice guy, former NFL player and father are just a few of them. The "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" star is also an open survivor of sexual assault and a vocal advocate. Spurred on by the initial news about Harvey Weinstein’s long history as an abuser, Crews came forward last October with his own story of sexual assault. 


Column 7/2/2018, 10:47pm

Venkata: Adequate investment should be put into high-speed rail

Don’t get me wrong, flights are convenient. They’re fast and fun, and sometimes you score something duty-free. But especially if you’re buying last-minute, they can cost an arm and a leg. Furthermore, the amount of pollution a commercial jet emits in one flight is shocking. For example, flying round-trip New York to San Francisco stamps 0.9 metric tons of a carbon footprint per passenger, or about 20 percent of the average annual car emission. 


Editorial 7/2/2018, 10:43pm

Editorial: Bureau of Criminal Apprehension should release body cam footage of Thurman Blevins Jr. shooting

With the death of Thurman Blevins Jr., we face yet another tragic and fatal police shooting that is provoking anger and distrust throughout our community, especially among the citizens of North Minneapolis. As the investigation of this shooting begins, the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension should, at the very least, be as transparent as possible with the public. 


Column 6/26/2018, 11:04pm

Venkata: Pride celebration in Minneapolis and beyond is evolving

I’ve always lived in a big city and always been pro-human rights, but this Sunday was the first pride parade I managed to get to. High school and college are when most of us begin to grasp the gravity of the meaning of Pride parades — these periods are a formative time for us all.