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Embracing Neurodiversity

Embracing Neurodiversity

Bilal Suleiman, Columnist

March 5, 2018


Filed under Arts & Community, Arts&Comm, Dakota Student

For Ryan Majerus, finding out he had autism came as a surprise “I truly did not know I had a disability until like 5th or 6th grade,” Majerus said. “(My social worker) was the one that told me I had autism and that I was different. Despite this revelation, Majerus still had dreams of helping othe...

UND Theater department tackles controversial issues

UND Theater department tackles controversial issues

Maddie Ardelean, Arts & Communities Writer

March 5, 2018


Filed under Arts & Community, Arts&Comm, Dakota Student, Maddie Ardelean, ND

“I was surprised to see this performed in North Dakota,” theatergoer Mike Lukes said in response to “Speech and Debate.” “It was courageous and it gives me hope for this future generation.” This past week, UND’s black box theater, located in the Burtness Theater, was styled to look like a h...

The Feast of Nations

The Feast of Nations

Aimee Coons, Arts & Community Writer

February 26, 2018


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The night was filled with excitement as more than a thousand people filled the Alerus Center for the Feast of Nations. My editor Devon Abler and I dressed to the nines and were very excited for the festivities. Even though it was our first time attending, this was the Feast of Nations’ 56th annual event.  To open the event, E...

B. J. Armani’s drag show

B. J. Armani’s drag show

Aimee Coons, Arts & Community Writer

February 26, 2018


Filed under Aimee Coons, Arts&Comm, Showcase

I had never been to a drag show before, but when a good friend invited me to come to  B.J. Armani’s Cabaret I couldn’t pass up the opportunity.   We arrived at the American Legion in East Grand Forks a little after the show started. I was totally surprised to find that all the seating was take...

Peace in motion

Peace in motion

Maddie Ardelean, Arts & Community Writer

February 11, 2018


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Right now, all eyes are on Pyeongchang, South Korea, as the winter Olympics begin. Even with the whole country fixated on Korea, many people do not know much about the culture and traditions of the country we are watching so closely. The Olympics were meant to unite and draw the different people i...

The Price Is Right

The Price Is Right

Aimee Coons, Arts & Community Writer

February 11, 2018


Filed under Aimee Coons, Arts&Comm, Dakota Student

The Chester Fritz Auditorium buzzed with pure excitement as the audience waited with bated breath for the Price is Right Live to start. The auditorium was packed with people. The main floor seating was full and half of the balcony seating was taken. Several large groups of people came sporting mat...

Little Bangkok

Little Bangkok

Maddie Ardelean, Arts & Community Writer

February 4, 2018


Filed under Arts & Community, Arts&Comm, Maddie Ardelean, Showcase

Little Bangkok is a well known part of the Grand Forks/East Grand Forks downtown, and recently they expanded to a new location in the basement of the Memorial Union. This new addition to our community called for a taste test so I, along with a cohort of review assistants, went to check it out. My fr...

Move like a Jedi, sting with the Force

Move like a Jedi, sting with the Force

Aimee Coons, Arts & Community Writer

February 4, 2018


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I felt as if I were stepping into an alternate universe as the hum of lightsabers met my ears.  I watched the lightsabers glow and dance as I waited for my first lesson in lightsaber combat to start. My son Liam, an avid Star Wars fan dressed up as Darth Vader, jumped into the fray with his blue lig...

Family day at the North Dakota Museum of Art

Family day at the North Dakota Museum of Art

Aimee Coons, Arts & Community Writer

January 28, 2018


Filed under Aimee Coons, Arts & Community, Arts&Comm, Showcase

The North Dakota Museum of Art was filled with laughter from the families attending this month's family day event. The event promotes art for our diverse community and is free to the public. Since the event is not only the promotion of art but the promotion of community and family, I brought my son Lia...

LGBTQ+ Ally Training

LGBTQ+ Ally Training

Maddie Ardelean, Arts & Community Writer

January 28, 2018


Filed under Arts & Community, Arts&Comm, Maddie Ardelean

This past Friday, seven members of the UND community gathered in a quiet conference room. Seated around a conference table, facing a powerpoint, everyone chats quietly, waiting for Jeff Gibson, the Senior Program Manager for LGBTQ+ and Cross Cultural Programming, to begin Ally Training. Ally Trainin...

The secret lives of musicians

The secret lives of musicians

Devon Abler, Arts & Community Editor

January 21, 2018


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This past weekend, the UND Music Department was preparing for the UND Honor Band, Choir and Strings festival. The festival opened with a showcase concert featuring performances from every ensemble the music department has to offer. Sounds of the caribbean and a jazz lounge rang throughout the Chester ...

The dream in action

The dream in action

Aimee Coons, Arts & Community Writer

January 21, 2018


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In true North Dakota form, January 15, 2018 had below zero temperatures and freezing winds. However, the daunting weather conditions did not stop the community of Grand Forks and the students of UND from gathering at the Gorecki Alumni Center to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. As the community ga...

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