OPINION


Editorial 12/2/2018, 7:09pm

Editorial: Use your power to volunteer during the season of giving

While most people consider this time to be the most wonderful time of the year, for some students and families, it might just be the most stressful. If you’ve been looking for a way to give back to those who are less fortunate, now is the time to do so. But don’t forget that most organizations need help well past the holiday season.


12/2/2018, 7:08pm

Schneider: Why Victoria’s Secret’s stock drop is not surprising

Last week, it was announced that Victoria’s Secret stock has dropped 41 percent in 2018. The lingerie company has been steadily losing steam over the past few years, which may be surprising considering the growing spectacle the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show creates and the lasting reputations of the models who walk in it. However, it’s not as much of a shock as one might assume.


Column 12/2/2018, 7:06pm

Haasch: They did surgery on a grape’s meme success lies in repetition

If you’re not familiar with Twitter’s top meme of the week, allow me to paint you a picture. Imagine a photo of a grape with it’s skin delicately peeled back and tiny surgical instruments hovering above its surface. In the bottom right corner of the image is the text, “They did surgery on a grape.” A Facebook caption runs along the bottom of the image, reading, “They did surgery on a grape.” Superimposed over the photo is a Snapchat caption, stating — well, you get the idea. 


Column 11/29/2018, 12:22am

Ababiy: Will America bounce back?

I saw Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Jon Meacham give a lecture at Northrup Auditorium this month, as part of the Humphrey School's Distinguished Carlson Lecture series. It was a packed house. 


11/29/2018, 12:21am

Venkata: The extent of evangelism

Between the afternoon of November 16 and the morning of November 17, a 26-year-old American citizen named John Chau was murdered and allegedly buried in the sand on North Sentinel Island in India. The murder was committed by the isolated, prehistoric tribe that lives there, outside the reach of the modern world. North Sentinel lies south of the Andaman Islands of India, which by proxy is responsible for North Sentinel too. 


Editorial 11/29/2018, 12:21am

Editorial: Reviewing the University's sickness policy

With over almost 50,000 students populating on the University of Minnesota's Twin Cities campus, you are bound to catch some sort of virus or bug. Typically, these minor illnesses don't require a visit to Boynton Health. They can get better with a brief search of symptoms, a few days of rest or the use over-the-counter medication. 


Column 11/25/2018, 9:53pm

Schneider: Big Pharma money worsens the opioid epidemic

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved a new opioid painkiller called Dsuvia. The drug is 1,000 times more potent than morphine and 10 times stronger than fentanyl. In other words, it's almost entirely unnecessary and particularly dangerous considering the opioid epidemic that has washed the nation.


Column 11/25/2018, 9:53pm

Haasch: Male entitlement is out, female empowerment is in

"She-Ra and the Princesses of Power" is one of the best cartoons of 2018. A reboot of the original 1985 series, the new "She-Ra" (headed up by "Nimona" creator Noelle Stevenson) updates the show’s familiar themes of heroism, friendship and empowerment to the present day. There’s magic, charming characters, innovative technology and a really cool sword, which frankly is all I need to bite on a series.


Editorial 11/25/2018, 9:52pm

Editorial: Proactive policy can solve Twin Cities housing issues

A new Minneapolis ordinance aims to protect residents living in affordable housing. This includes over 1,000 units near the University of Minnesota campus. The ordinance, which passed earlier this month, will ultimately protect students from rent increases and offers renters time to look for alternative housing when appropriate. This is a great measure taken to protect students’ renting rights and ensure students have access affordable housing near campus.


Editorial 11/20/2018, 9:11pm

Editorial: A needed fall break

Earlier this month, the American Psychological Association found what college students already know: Generation Z, or people aged 15 to 21 years old, are the most stressed generation. The study looked at the increased levels of anxiety and stress in young people as a result of our nation’s current issues. These factors include, but are not limited to, gun violence, immigration, sexual assault and climate change.


Column 11/20/2018, 9:11pm

Venkata: This land was made for you and me

I recently read a guest column in the Guardian from April 2017 called, “Confessions of a reluctant gentrifier," about Rogers Park — the neighborhood in Chicago where I grew up. The article was a cool bit of introspection because of the racial topics it tackled that have been daily information for residents, but not necessarily for others outside cities.


Column 11/18/2018, 10:34pm

Schneider: Out of my lane

Last week, the National Rifle Association released a distasteful – to say the least – tweet aimed at doctors. The tweet stated, “Someone should tell self-important anti-gun doctors to stay in their lane. Half of the articles in Annals of Internal Medicine are pushing for gun control. Most upsetting, however, the medical community seems to have consulted NO ONE but themselves.”


Editorial 11/18/2018, 10:34pm

Editorial: Developing pronoun policy needs to be enforceable and fair

An act of inclusiveness by the University of Minnesota has become one of the most controversial topics on campus. The University's proposed gender expression policy would allow students to select their personal pronouns for use on campus. Though the University is correct in allowing students to identify their gender, it's only one of many steps that need to be taken to create a safe and welcoming campus.


Column 11/18/2018, 10:31pm

Haasch: LA to the left, NYC to the right. Here I am.

I have lived in a lot of places. In the past year and a half, I’ve spent no more than four consecutive months in one location, and as a result, there’s a small set of cities to which I feel personally connected. I lived in Los Angeles for three months and then spent a semester in Minneapolis. I studied abroad in southern France for a semester and then moved to New York City for the summer. Visits to my hometown have been sprinkled in the transitional periods.


Editorial 11/14/2018, 11:01pm

Editorial: The student responsibility to shape the community

At the University of St. Thomas last month, a student woke up to the words “N***** Go Back” written on the door to his dorm. This sparked not only student outrage, but also action across the campus. The Black Empowerment Student Alliance organized a sit-in as well as an opportunity to have a conversation with students about the racist and discriminatory events that took place. 


11/14/2018, 11:00pm

Ababiy: CBD, artificial intelligence and Blockchain: aren't you sick of it all?

In an October article in the Minnesota Daily, Wally's Falafel and Hummus owner Wally Sakallah detailed some ambitious plans for the Chatime's storefront. Chatime would leave for a spot near Tim Hortons and Sakallah would launch an innovative new coffee shop, Cosmic Bean Dispensary. Set to open on April 20, just two days before earth day, Cosmic Bean would combine college kids' two favorite plants: coffee and cannabis. 


Column 11/14/2018, 10:53pm

Venkata: What Michelle Obama means

If you haven’t noticed already, take the time to look and you will see that Michelle Obama’s new memoir “Becoming” has renewed a quiet wave of emotion for the former first lady. I would say there’s something about her personality that does it, but it’s not just one thing, it’s everything.


Column 11/11/2018, 10:14pm

Haasch: Millennial pandering works, so long as it's authentic

On Nov. 1, the official Burger King account tweeted the following exchange: “him: it’s only a month / waifu: ………..” followed by the sobbing emoji. I had to reread the tweet a few times before I realized Burger King had ostensibly tweeted about No-Nut November. I have some feelings about it: confusion, resignation and awestruck rapture. In that particular order.