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The best time of the year

The best time of the year

Jill Morton, Opinion Columnist

April 30, 2018

Most people think that Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, probably because of the song “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” But let’s be real, right now is a pretty great time of the year, too. It’s definitely a close second to Christmas time at the very least. It h...

For seniors – Enjoy it while it lasts

Jill Morton, Columnist

April 22, 2018

Graduation is just three short weeks away. For seniors, the end of their time at UND is coming with with either dread or delight. Once you graduate, it’s time to go out into the real world where “adulting” begins. Let’s be honest, the real world is kind of scary. No more leaching off your...

Smartphones are ruining our memories

Smartphones are ruining our memories

Jill Morton, Columnist

April 16, 2018

Over the past few years, I have noticed that I rely more and more on my smartphone for just about everything. There are so many convenient apps for anything and everything that you might need. If I lost my phone, I too would feel lost. I use it as my alarm clock, my to-do list, my address book,...

Kids and technology

Jill Morton, Columnist

April 8, 2018

I recently visited an elementary school through a pen pal program and got to experience an hour in the life of a fourth grader. I haven’t been in a fourth-grade classroom since I was in elementary school myself and things have certainly changed since then. The biggest difference I noticed was how much...

Free time should free up your mind from dull routines

Jill Morton, Opinion Columnist

March 26, 2018

Imagine you just had a long week at school. Your physics test didn’t go as well as you hoped, you submitted your assignment at the last minute and are now mentally and physically exhausted. On Saturday afternoon, you just want to unwind at home. A couple of activities come to mind, but what...

Autonomous vehicles are just what society needs

Autonomous vehicles are just what society needs

Jill Morton, Opinion Columnist

March 4, 2018

Picture this: Your alarm clock goes off at 6 a.m. You jolt out of bed and rush to get ready and out the door, still barely awake. You jump into your car, where you recline your seat and resume your night’s sleep on the way to work. Today, self-driving cars make this our reality. How cool would it be...

Female power in “Black Panther”

Jill Morton, Opinion Columnist

February 26, 2018

The film “Black Panther” premiered in theaters just a week ago and has since dominated the box office and the hearts of fans everywhere. In this Marvel superhero movie, a king moonlights as the Black Panther and fights crime primarily in his home country of Wakanda.  The movie broke tons of records,  such as having the fifth highe...

Overhyped, why I hate the Super Bowl

Jill Morton, Opinion Columnist

February 11, 2018

For those of you who live under a rock, the biggest football game of the year was played just last week in Minneapolis. The Philadelphia Eagles had a 41-33 victory over The New England Patriot. Personally, I have never been a huge football fan. My parents never watched the games on ESPN and my brother...

Athletes are celebrities

Athletes are celebrities

Jill Morton, Opinion Columnist

February 4, 2018

North Dakota is a great state in many ways, but for sports fans the state disappoints because of the lack of professional sports. We don’t have the opportunity to get disappointed year after year about not making it to the Super Bowl, like our neighbors to the East. Sorry to all the Vikings fans o...

Big Sky to Summit

Jill Morton, Opinion Columnist

January 28, 2018

As a collegiate athlete, I spend a lot of time traveling. We are sometimes gone every other week for five days at a time and being on the road for so long puts a lot of strain on a student. The early morning wake-ups to catch flights, the long drives between conference games and the odd meal schedules...

Cold weather blues

Jill Morton, Staff Writer

January 22, 2018

“The weather outside is frightful, but the fire is, so delightful.” This line from the famous Christmas song, “Let it Snow,” was composed over 70 years ago but still resonates with me today. Going outside into the cold is very difficult in these winter months. North Dakota has some of the...

North Dakota doesn’t know how to plow

Jill Morton, Staff Writer

November 15, 2017

Only a couple of weeks ago, we had our first dusting of snow for the year. The entire campus became covered in a thick blanket of white. The worst part of winter is the snow never gets properly cleaned up. It stays on the roads, sidewalks and parking lots until spring. That is not okay. I am from...

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