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Politics versus passion

Kjerstine Trooien, Columnist
September 9, 2013
Filed under Kjerstine Trooien, Opinion, Showcase

I never want to be a politician. My political views never match up with my personal views. This might sound strange, but let me explain. What I want personally is very different from what I want politically. Though that seems counterintuitive, in the end, it’s how I feel the country should...

Equality still a problem in America

Mary Ochs, Columnist
September 9, 2013
Filed under Mary Ochs, Opinion

I thought the days of white supremacy and racial ignorance were over in the U.S. Apparently, I was wrong. In a tiny town about five hours southwest of Grand Forks, a man by the name of Paul Craig Cobb is attempting an ignorant task. He is trying to buy up land in this little town and invite other...

Let the states decide on marijuana legalization

Sam Gaspardo, Columnist
September 9, 2013
Filed under Opinion

I believe smoking marijuana is not a bad thing. It is on the same level as drinking alcohol, if not less harmful. If it was as bad as people make it out to be, they would not be letting people use the drug for medical purposes. Also, unlike alcohol, it does not make people forget things or become...

DS View: Leadership

Editorial Board
September 9, 2013
Filed under Opinion

As the new school year begins, so does a new term of Student Senate. This year, Student Senate has an opportunity to make some real changes on campus and the lives of the students it represents. With a new group of students in the senate, the group will be able to take advantage of a fresh start...

“Reluctant atheist” speaks up

Kjerstine Trooien, Columnist
September 5, 2013
Filed under Kjerstine Trooien, Opinion, Showcase

I am not a Christian. For such a simple statement, it sure packs a big punch. For me to say that I am not a Christian means far more than to say I am agnostic. Growing up, being a Christian was a large part of my life. I attended Sunday school and Bible camps. I sang in choirs and lit the altar...

Human rights: Not just Syria’s problem

Carrie Sandstrom, Editor-in-Chief
September 5, 2013
Filed under Opinion

Frankly, I don’t really want to be writing this column. I don’t want to be the person responsible for totally altering the way I exist in the shared social space. I don’t want to have to face judgements from those filled with hate, pity from those filled with misconceptions, loathing from those...

America’s floundering education

Adam Christianson, Managing/Opinion Editor
September 5, 2013
Filed under Opinion

t is no secret today that U.S. public schools are slipping quickly behind other developed nations in every subject area. The federal government continues to throw more and more money at the Department of Education with no results. This problem is not one of funding, it is a problem of politics in public...

Make up your mind, society

Mary Ochs, Columnist
September 5, 2013
Filed under Mary Ochs, Opinion

We’ve all heard about it. It blew up our Twitter feeds and provoked mocking pictures comparing a skinny butt to a raw chicken — the infamous VMA performance by one Miley Cyrus. There’s a plethora of controversy about her “not-so-appropriate” actions. It seems she is being reprimanded for...

DS View: NoDak Pride

Editorial Board
September 5, 2013
Filed under Opinion

We live in a state where the snow is white and many of the people, with their Scandinavian heritage, are even whiter. Most people in most of the rest of the country think North Dakota is a piece of Canada, a subsection of South Dakota or simply non-existent. North Dakota is a place where the towns...

MTV’s VMAs Get Freaky

Jaye Millspaugh, Multimedia Editor
August 29, 2013
Filed under Jaye Millspaugh, Opinion, Showcase

Most teenagers reach a point in their lives when they realize being a teenager no longer seems cool at least not as cool as being an adult. The most common reason behind this –– according to conversations I had with my friends during middle school and high school — is the freedom. Many teenagers...

A woman’s perspective on feminism

Carrie Sandstrom, Editor-in-Chief
August 29, 2013
Filed under Opinion

I have been called a feminist since second grade when I shoved a boy at daycare for telling me I climbed rope like a girl. And ever since second grade, that word has been considered an insult. And, to be honest — until I showed up on UND’s doorstep — I believed it. I believed that “feminist”...

Advice for introverts at college, on campus

Kjerstine Trooien, Columnist
August 29, 2013
Filed under Kjerstine Trooien, Opinion

The beginning of college, whether you’re a first year or a seasoned senior, can be a lot of fun. UND offers many social activities to engage the outgoing student, ranging from street dances to floor parties to the first day of classes. Yet there is one group of students who tends to feel a bit left...

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