Brooke Bovee


Uber cars are standard, despite bad press

If you’ve noticed a group of students piling into a nice black car on a Friday night in Dinkytown, you’ve likely seen the use of an Uber car. The Uber app uses your phone’s GPS to find where the company’s drivers could pick you up. This is helpful if you have no idea where you are on campus. You’re also able to stay safely in your location instead of waiting alone on the cold curbside in the dark.

LinkedIn still helps networking

LinkedIn, the professional social networking website, is necessary to have. Without a profile, you might fall behind the times. The majority of Fortune 500 companies have pages on and use LinkedIn, according to Tom Becker, vice president of recruiting for Experis, a recruitment consulting agency. Recruiters use the profiles to see who is actively networking and taking advantage of technology.

Tax reform and how history can help us

A pressing and continual issue during the midterm election season was tax policy — a controversial issue on which people often fundamentally disagree. Although tempers sometime flare over proposed fiscal policy changes, we should all be concerned about tax reform and the implications even small changes in policy can have on the average person.

Yik Yak’s anonymity is an issue

Last November, two recent college graduates created the social media app Yik Yak. The app is similar to Twitter, but it’s anonymous and connects users so that only Yaks from a radius of just over a mile appear on your feed. Its purpose is to allow you to “connect and share information with those around you.” While many students have downloaded the app, it has caused more harm than good.

Egg-freezing benefits are a positive step

Freezing eggs isn’t about putting your chicken eggs in the freezer and saving them for later, but it’s pretty close. Egg freezing, a process in which a woman’s eggs are extracted, frozen and stored until she is ready for pregnancy, is now a “perk” that some companies are starting to offer for their workers. Eggs can later be thawed, fertilized and placed back into the uterus.

Child protection programs need updating

Four-year-old Eric Dean died in February 2013 after those close to him had filed 15 reports of child abuse on his behalf. Repeated abuse reports from his day care provider, doctors and special education teacher were often ignored. Evidence of Dean’s maltreatment remained. This tragic death revealed flaws in Minnesota’s child protection system. To help improve this system, Gov. Mark Dayton recently created the Governor’s Task Force on the Protection of Children.

StudyRoom a helpful resource

In today’s digital age, it only makes sense to have an online study room. Invites to the new Internet start-up platform, StudyRoom, have probably been filling your inbox recently. Some professors at the University of Minnesota, including one of mine, have started to incorporate this app into their classes in an effort to increase collaboration between students.

The danger of unregulated e-cigs

E-cigarettes, more commonly known as e-cigs, are currently not as heavily regulated as regular tobacco products in Minneapolis. However, e-cigs should be treated the same as tobacco products and should be regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.

Ticket scalping frustrates artists and fans

You walk into a concert with all your friends, excited to see your favorite artist perform. You get to your seats and find that someone is already sitting in them, but you aren’t worried, because your ticket has that seat number. Instead, you realize both tickets have the exact same seat and row number. This happens because of ticket fraud.

Online gym not a good solution

Since elementary school, many of us have faced the excitement of being picked first or the fear of being taken last for a game in gym. However, we often neglect to consider how such excitement or fear can shape a person’s personality and build character. Some Minneapolis high school students have had trouble earning their diplomas because the district used to require two semesters of physical education to graduate. Minnesota law requires only one semester.