Brian Reinken


Response to “In this election cycle, cast your vote for Hillary”

The Minnesota Daily’s Editorial Board endorsed Hillary Clinton for president earlier this week, citing their support for her positions on student loan reform, healthcare and taxation. As I read their endorsement, its policy-based analysis struck me as rational and well-informed.

Whose demands? Who’s listening?

Arguing the need to more thoroughly diversify campus, the independent student group Whose Diversity? recently published a manifesto in which it expressed a desire for “dialogue and negotiations” with the University of Minnesota “on equitable terms.” Ironically, the group then drew up a list of about 30 policy “demands” for the University administration to implement immediately.

When ‘truth’ isn’t objective fact

A multi-faith panel has condemned the content of a short film that will play in the National September 11 Memorial Museum, saying that the film’s inclusion of the terms “jihadist” and “Islamist” will contribute to a stigmatization of Muslims. Titled “The Rise of Al Qaeda,” the film will be only one of the many exhibits to open in New York City on May 21. Despite the panel’s criticism, the September 11 Museum has officially refused to make any last-minute changes to the film’s script.

We need human examples of transgender people

In a landmark decision, India’s Supreme Court recently recognized transgender rights as human rights, allowing people to legally identify as a third gender: transgender. Declaring that every human being has the right to choose his or her gender, the court ordered state governments to launch awareness campaigns to destigmatize transgenderism in India. Moreover, it ordered the states to construct transgender public restrooms and form health departments designed especially for the needs of transgender people.

A novel proposal

Comment threads erupted after National Public Radio published an April Fools’ Day article titled “Why Doesn’t America Read Anymore?” Ironically, the article was a joke, a five-sentence story intended to reveal how many people would react without reading it first. Judging by the comments, the gag appears to have been moderately — and a bit dismayingly — successful. If the title of NPR’s article provoked outcry, it may be because so many studies find that Americans are reading less than ever before.

Flame wars heat up digital discussion

There is a war going on for your mind. Even now, the embers glow after last week’s multimedia dispute between the Stephen Colbert devotees and supporters of Internet activist Suey Park. The conflict began when the “Colbert Report” parodied a new charity, the Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation. Satirizing the group’s offensive name, the “Colbert Report” Twitter account tweeted, “I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever.”

Segregation 60 years later

The 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education laid the foundation for racial desegregation of schools across America, declaring separate institutions to be inherently unequal. Sixty years later, a new report has declared New York’s public schools to be the most segregated in America. Brown v. Board of Education targeted Southern schools, where the degree of racial segregation surpassed that of their Northern counterparts. This policy, however, sidelined segregation in Northern schools until several decades later.

A pledge against greek hazing

In a move to reduce hazing, the fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon announced a national ban on pledging this month. Pledging is the period during which prospective fraternity or sorority members familiarize themselves with their organization’s traditions and history. Horrific hazing rituals infamously plague this period, and sadly, this has been slow to change.

The rite of spring

Spring break is only two weeks away, and expectations are running high. The American ideal spring break has developed into a quasi-mythical rite of passage, not to mention a multibillion-dollar industry. Young people often espouse spring break to be as much of a cultural right as an economic privilege. For many, fond memories on the beach complement the college experience.