Lew Blank


Blank: University of Minnesota students need Medicare for all

As we watch the ongoing Democratic debates and think about the upcoming election, we need to remember that Medicare For All and free college aren’t just esoteric policies. They have real-world effects that can genuinely improve mental health, happiness, and well-being for students and citizens of the U.S. alike. 

Blank: Boycotts of Israel are not Anti-semitic

With Jewish communities at the University of Minnesota and across the U.S. living in a state of fear, our efforts should be fully focused on combating anti-Semitic hate and violence. That’s why it’s unfortunate that some groups have conflated hatred and violence against Jews with perfectly legitimate criticisms of the state of Israel, inaccurately labeling both as anti-Semitism.

Boynton uses drug disposal box to prevent opioid abuse

The drug disposal box — which was installed by Boynton at the request of three College of Pharmacy students — collected 37 pounds of leftover pills in its first three months on campus. Its contents were incinerated on Nov. 19, and the bin will continue to collect leftover pills in coming months.