Tiffany Trawick


What are we fighting for?

Boxing promoter Damon Feldman canceled the “celebrity” boxing match between rapper DMX and George Zimmerman last weekend. Zimmerman, who was found not guilty in the 2012 death of Trayvon Martin, agreed to a boxing match last month. Thankfully, the match will no longer happen. However, the  problem is the possibility of the fight even occurring.

We should celebrate all kinds of modern love

With Valentine’s Day approaching, relationships undoubtedly come to mind. But in the 21st century, what does a relationship look like? During this contemporary age, the meaning of what a “couple” is has changed. Once upon a time, couples proved to be quite homogeneous. People of certain races, by the forces of cultural identity and societal expectation, tended to date individuals of the same race and of the opposite sex. Today, however, with new laws and the integration of new cultures, relationships literally have a new face in this country.

Richard Sherman’s outbreak

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman demonstrated extremely intense behavior during his postgame interview last Sunday, following a tremendous victory over the 49ers. His aggressive interview incited social media frenzy, provoking responses not only regarding his energized answers, understandable for any athlete following a great play and a victory, but something more salient: his behavior in context of his racial identity.

‘Dear White People’ hits close to home

“Dear White People,” a satirical indie film partially shot on the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last week. The film tells the story of a group of black students in a primarily white university. “Dear White People” serves as a reminder of the struggle college students face with identity on campuses nationwide.

The pros and cons of using e-books

As the school year approaches, naturally it is time to get that school list together. Along with school supplies and dorm essentials, books are one of the most costly expenses. But unlike just a few years ago, the way in which we read is changing. Just as computers and laptop computers have begun to replace pencils and notebooks, so have e-readers begun to replace textbooks and other forms of literature as well.

Twin Cities boasts growing music scene

Minneapolis, land of the "Purple Rain," has a very rich musical history. This is the home of world renowned artists like Prince and the producer "Jimmy Jam" Harris III, not to mention Bob Dylan and also hip-hop artist Atmosphere.

Understanding diverse students

Summer is arriving soon as I flip the page on my calendar to June, and with June comes orientation. We’ve all been through it; new students flood the campus with curiosities of what the University of Minnesota has to offer. This new population of students will come from all around the globe. As any returning student knows, the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities maintains a very large campus and represents a wide variety of nationalities.

Twin Cities still have plenty for grads

Summer is finally here, and with that comes newly graduated students and also those of us who are still grinding through our final years of undergraduate education. Naturally the thought comes to mind, “What am I going to do when I get out of here?” It is common for a lot of students to want to just get out of Minnesota, but is that really the best option?

The responsible way to party

Spring is in the air, and we all know what that means. Spring Jam is right around the corner. That means fun, free food and music. This mixture of activities at a University as big as ours, along with (hopefully) good weather, means we know plenty of partying is also a given.

Media drops the ball on race issues

Social networking once again is exploding over the latest media coverage of the Trayvon Martin case. Many people are expressing their anger and hurt over the death of this young boy — Twitter and Facebook are becoming a platform for many to share their feelings on what they call racism. Why, though, must we wait until a situation like this occurs and is publicized in the media to become activists and express the disappointment we have regarding this type of injustice?