The Rubicon

Minnesota slowly becoming a political battleground state

Donald Jr. speaks to northern Minnesotans about the GOP's advocacy for American laborers.

Thomas Reinhart, RubicOnline

September 21, 2020

Minnesota sees divide between rural and urban areas with presidential election in full force.

[The 5] Violent crime rate increase, TikTok ban averted, death of Ginsburg, new findings on Venus, and more

[The 5] Violent crime rate increase, TikTok ban averted, death of Ginsburg, new findings on Venus, and more

Annika Rock, RubicOnline

September 20, 2020

The 5 is a weekly digest of local, national and international news.

Banned or not? TikTok continues to receive attention

TikTok is a platform that allows friends to create content all while having fun. In this photo, sophomore Katherine Bragg and her friend spent quality time together making and then sharing this TikTok dance.

Elle Chen, Production Manager

September 20, 2020

TikTok, a social networking platform owned by Chinese company ByteDance, has become a sensation to youth and the general public around the world.

Biden, Trump visit Minnesota

Left: Former Vice President Joe Biden  speaks at a March 1, 2020, rally in Norfolk, Virginia at Booker T. Washington High School. Photo by Carter Marks. Right: President Donald Trump addresses a crowd at an October 10

Nikolas Liepins, Political Correspondent

September 19, 2020

Biden stopped in Duluth and Hermantown, while Trump spoke in Bemidji.

Trump’s ban on WeChat is nothing more than petty oppression

Starting on Sunday, WeChat and TikTok will no longer be permitted to download on US App Stores.

Elle Chen, Production Manager

September 19, 2020

While Trump’s reasoning behind banning both WeChat and TikTok is due to “national security” and data collection concerns, the impacts his decisions will have on many WeChat users in the states is extremely horrifying and devastating.

Student activism takes form online

Gen Z is the first generation to grow up with direct access to social media, which is an activism force on its own.

Lara Cayci, Aureus Editor-in-Chief

September 18, 2020

Finding a balance for activism on social media is important as we grow more accustomed to being online.

Trump’s response worsened the COVID-19 outbreak

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Lucia Granja, RubicOnline

April 22, 2020

The administration has been working against the virus, but Trump’s actions have cost U.S. lives.

Obama, Sanders endorse Biden

On Tuesday, former President Barack Obama endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden. Sen. Bernie Sanders endorsed Biden on Monday.

Nikolas Liepins, Political Correspondent

April 15, 2020

Former President Barack Obama emerged from political hibernation and endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden’s candidacy in the 2020 presidential race on Tuesday. In his twelve-minute endorsement video, Obama called on Americans of “all political stripes” to “unite in a great awakening against a po...

Sanders rally energizes Minnesota voters ahead of Super Tuesday

Sanders supporters hold up signs spelling out the Vermont senator's name at his rally at Roy Wilkins Auditorium on March 2, 2020.

Nikolas Liepins, Political Correspondent

March 4, 2020

Hours before Super Tuesday, presidential hopeful Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) rallied Minnesotans in a “Get Out the Vote” concert at Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul. After former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN) suspended his presidential campaign on March 1, and Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) suspended hers earlier Monday, Sanders i...

What matters in Israel matters here, too

The lack of attention (on all levels) to Israel’s current situation is worrying.

Noa Ní Aoláin Gross, Staff Writer

February 4, 2020

There has been little to no mention about Israel’s current political crises by major U.S. news outlets or political conversations at school.