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The best of both worlds, Libertarian Gary Johnson

Dave Owen, News Editor

September 11, 2016

If you had said two years ago that Hillary Clinton would struggle to get the Democratic nomination to an avowed socialist, an avowed Clinton supporter and birther billionaire would be the Republican nominee, and a candidate that had previously peaked at less than two percent of popular vote...

Dakota Access Pipeline protest

Dakota Access Pipeline protest

Dave Owen, News Editor

September 9, 2016

A brief histroy of the stuggle between nature and business The North Dakota Access Pipeline Protests continue today, as the standoff between the pro-Native American supporters and Energy Transfer Crude Oil Company, LLC nears its third week with no clear end in site. Today the Dakota Student, in prepa...

UND alumna wins contest in her Lucky Lady plane

UND alumna wins contest in her Lucky Lady plane

Dave Owen, News Editor

September 2, 2016

For two hours on August 22nd during a beautiful summer evening, I was at perhaps the busiest airport in all of North Dakota, Hillsboro, with people from all across the state, to celebrate their passion of aviation together. Throughout the contest dozens of people were in attendance from parents around...

The perception of positivity

Dave Owen, Opinion Writer

October 20, 2015

Criticism can be a catalyst for change in the right lens of perception After having many conversations on this campus with people who read this section, they have mentioned there appears to be a disconnect between the goal of these pieces and how they are read. To many, my opinions appear to be ro...

Regaining UND Footbal Pride

Dave Owen, Opinion Writer

October 15, 2015

For the past three years at the University of North Dakota, football has sadly been seen as one of the joke sports that everyone loves to make fun of, tear down due to their perceived inadequacy and a general disinterest in the sport on campus. The team as a whole is unfairly compared to our hockey progra...

How the Big Forkin’ Festival should be run

How the Big Forkin’ Festival should be run

Dave Owen, Opinion Writer

October 7, 2015

The Big Forkin' Festival's logo for 2015. Photo courtesy of 975bigfm.com This weekend was supposed to be a special weekend in Grand Forks. The Big Forkin’ Festival showcased local musical talents in an effort to get new students out into the community. As a result, the festival had good intenti...

Wilkerson: The study place we do not need

Dave Owen, Opinion Columnist

October 2, 2015

As I walk through Wilkerson, I see a familiar transformation on campus. The Memorial Union has transitioned from a place to relax and discuss, to a library kind of environment with cubicles and an emphasis on studying over socialization. I understand we need not only places to study and learn as a group...

Why the Greek leadership needs to step up

Dave Owen, Opinion Writer

September 29, 2015

Over the past few semesters, we have seen a clear trend in the feelings of the students: a feeling of dissatisfaction with the university and a general distrust of university leaders. As a result, I feel the need to look to others for leadership. As a strong proponent of Greek Life, I believe Greek l...

We need to rediscover UND’s school spirit

Dave Owen, Opinion Writer

September 25, 2015

I write this article from a state of disappointment and realization having just walked through our beautiful Memorial Union. Recollecting on my past three years here at UND, there doesn’t seem to be any real spirit for our school. A fierce pride once occupied these halls, given the way my grand...

Drones are coming to arrest me

Drones are coming to arrest me

Dave Owen, opinion writer

September 17, 2015

Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Department deputy and UND professor Al Frazier holds one of the department’s unmanned aircraft.  For those unaware, North Dakota has instated a law that should terrify most of you and sets a dangerous precedent for future states. The law allows riot prevention weapon...

Let’s invest in the students

Let’s invest in the students

Dave Owen, Opinion Writer

September 14, 2015

Student senators 2014-2015 school year. Photo by Nick Nelson/ The Dakota Student Over the past year, there has been a considerable amount of concern in regards to where student money goes at UND, and who is really benefiting from the money. Rumor has it the first group to draw significant fire w...

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