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Harry and Olivia’s Grammy predictions

Olivia Sieff and Harry Steffenhagen
February 11, 2016
Filed under Opinion Columns

As a Weeknd and Taylor Swift fan, it’s extremely difficult to decide who wins what award. But for Record of the Year, I see “Uptown Funk” sneaking up and taking it away from the rest of the contenders because of its impressive vocals, mixing and popularity throughout the year. Sorry, Abel.

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Identity theft closer than you think

Brigid Duffy
January 22, 2016
Filed under Opinion Columns

“It’s A Match!” The famous phrase that has created relationships since 2012 also doubles as the start to my identity crisis. It all began in the car over winter break when a Snapchat from a distant friend appeared on the lock screen of my phone. He sent a picture of himself smiling along wi...

Martin Luther King Jr. Day loses admiration

Ndunzi Kunsunga
January 18, 2016
Filed under Opinion Columns

By having a day off, U.S. schools successfully memorialize Martin Luther King Jr.’s memory and celebrate his legacy. Nonetheless, respect for the holiday wanes as the years go on. This day off allows for people to honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s most desired wish: friendship among races. King’...

Legalization of medical marijuana for pain overdue

Will Huyck
January 18, 2016
Filed under Opinion Columns

Now that Minnesota will expand its medical marijuana legislation to allow patients suffering from chronic pain access to the drug, the rest of the country must do the same. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, marijuana belongs to the Schedule I category, which inhibits research on the dru...

All Lives Matter perpetuates white supremacy

Cedar Thomas
January 17, 2016
Filed under Opinion Columns

Though it may sound like an innocent call to action, All Lives Matter perpetuates racism and white supremacy by attempting to rename and dismantle the Black Lives Matter movement. White people created the phrase All Lives Matter as a corrective response to the Black Lives Matter movement after George Z...

Harry and Olivia’s Golden Globe predictions

Harry Steffenhagen and Olivia Sieff
January 9, 2016
Filed under Opinion Columns

When it comes to award season, we like to call ourselves movie and TV experts. We’ve seen the shows, watched the movies and judged the actors on everything down to how they fake cry. Naturally, we should be the ones making predictions for the winners. Let’s start with the Golden Globes.  ...

Starbucks not to blame for ‘War on Christmas’

Raphy Gendler
December 23, 2015
Filed under Opinion Columns

A guy in a Christmas sweater complete with reindeers, snowflakes and trees, walks into a Starbucks. He orders a venti peppermint mocha, with extra religious dominance, two shots of consumerism, no whip. The barista collects his $4.99, and wishes him a friendly “Merry Christmas.” There’s...

Congress authorizes second-class treatment

Neda Salamzadeh
December 16, 2015
Filed under Opinion Columns

Every person should have the right to travel freely, especially between countries in which they are law-abiding citizens, regardless of their race, ethnicity or national origin. Congress must not continue working to pass a bill revising the Visa Waiver Program. The program enables U.S. citizens to travel within 38 countries, including the European Union, Japan and South Korea, for up to 90 days without obtaining a visa. The change...

Protests spur controversial political opposition

December 16, 2015
Filed under Opinion Columns

Following the shooting of Jamar Clark, protesters gathered outside the 4th Precinct to voice their beliefs on the injustice. Debate spurs on the legitimacy and safety of protests in general, following the protestors eviction from the precinct.

Concept of coming out marginalizes

Allison Cramer
December 11, 2015
Filed under Opinion Columns

I have a girlfriend. However, I have no desire to tell you so in a quick, terrifying moment of lowered inhibition, before anxiously waiting for you to tell me you still like me. The concept of coming out of the closet for LGBTQ+ people suggests there’s something so hugely different about you that you have to dra...

New tactics to catch texting and driving save lives

Adah Koivula
December 10, 2015
Filed under Opinion Columns

Texting and driving accounted for 61 deaths in 2014, according to the Minnesota Office of Safety. People need to get off their phones and save their lives, and this can be achieved through the State Patrol’s new tactics. Law enforcement should do whatever it takes to drill into people’s heads...

Opt outside for Black Friday

Maggie Bahnson
November 24, 2015
Filed under Opinion Columns

As many stores start their Black Friday sales as early as 4 p.m., REI fully challenges this new trend by closing all 143 of its stores Nov. 26-27 and paying its employees to explore the outside instead. Growing up, I remember looking through all the ads that came in the paper and mail about Black...

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