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Starbucks: Where You Deal with More Than Just Long Lines

Marissa Huberty

February 1, 2019

For sleep-deprived college students, Starbucks is the place to be. The popular chain has several locations on the University of Minnesota campus, with Coffman Memorial Union and the Graduate hotel having perhaps the longest lines and the most crowded tables. Students flock to Starbucks to get their ca...

Centennial Dining Hall is a Disgrace

Timothy Wilmot

January 31, 2019

In one word the dining experience at Centennial Hall’s dining hall is atrocious. Other candidates that could just as easily have been used include “abysmal,” “horrendous,” or “pitiful.” In my first semester at the U of M I was been appalled by the food that was served and the manner in...

Weekend at Ruthie’s

Michael Geiger

January 31, 2019

Much is written about the deeply polarized nature of modern politics. These days, confirmation hearings and midterm elections feel more like trench warfare than typical government operations.  Almost no other issue shines a brighter spotlight on this phenomenon than the health of Ruth Bader Gin...

Duo: the New, Annoying, Secure Way

Tiana Meador

November 19, 2018

Beginning November 1, all students at the University (including UMN students, faculty, staff, and users with sponsored accounts) are required to enroll in Duo Security for their MyU account annual password reset (a phase-in that will last 12 months).  But what does this actually mean? Well, upon logging in, you are req...

Libertarians Should More Actively Defend Trans People

Charlie Gers

November 19, 2018

 According to “The Report of the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey” conducted by the National Center for Transgender Equality, 40 percent of transgender adults reported having made a suicide attempt. The report provides information not just on the striking number of suicide attempts made by transgen...

Point/Counterpoint: The Case for Private Prisons

Tor Anderbeck

November 19, 2018

  When witnessing a discussion about criminal justice, I usually hear someone mention the necessity of abolishing private prisons. Despite almost never providing evidence to support their claim, they receive universal agreement from their teachers and peers. Their lack of evidence is because the resea...

Point/Counterpoint: Private Prisons are Scandalous, Violent, and Inhumane

Addison Scufsa

November 19, 2018

The justice and prison systems in the United States are completely broken. Everything from sentencing to felon rights and parole contributes to systems that promote a high recidivism rate and punishment over rehabilitation. One major aspect of our prison system that contributes to high incarceration ra...

Sunshine State Opera- The Drama of Florida’s Midterm Elections

Charlie Gers

November 14, 2018

   The presidential election of 2000, the closest race in modern political history, was a historical election cycle that will forever be remembered in American politics. Unlike any other previous presidential election, the 2000 presidential election was decided by the U.S. Supreme Court aft...

A Campus Divided: UMN, please lead by example

Tiana Meador

November 8, 2018

In Mar. 2018 University of Minnesota's student government voted unanimously to rename Coffman Memorial Union simply to Memorial Union, to condemn the racially discriminatory practices of previous president, Lotus D. Coffman. However, currently, Coffman still stands with its same name, along with a fe...

The Establishment Strikes Back

Michael Geiger

November 8, 2018

One of the main appeals to Donald Trump's presidential run was his supposed status as an anti-establishment figure. And whether you buy into that narrative or not in 2016, Trump’s relationship with the GOP establishment has undeniably had its peaks and valleys these past few years.   In May of 20...

Yes President Trump, Climate Change is Important

Addison Scufsa

November 8, 2018

While President Trump has done some fantastic things for the United States, one issue that has always left me scratching my head is his view on climate change. In the face of an impending crisis, Trump has made almost every wrong decision possible on this issue, proving he is either willfully ignorant or...

University of Utah Murder Raises Important Issues

November 8, 2018

On Monday, October 22nd, University of Utah student Lauren McCluskey was found dead in the backseat of a car. The 21-year-old communications major had dated her killer, Melvin Rowland, for about a month after meeting him at a bar where he worked as a bouncer. She broke off the relationship on October 9t...

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