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Pittsburgh Steelers running back LeVeon Bell (26) holds his knee as Steelers head trainer John Norwig tends to him after he was injured in the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh.

The NFL has not gone soft

Nick Sallen, Copy editor November 15, 2017

Player safety is a top priority for the NFL. In the early 1900’s, football players looked more like rugby players wearing little to no chest protection and no helmet. The league has continuously taken...

Steam plant repairs long overdue

Nick Sallen, Copy Editor October 22, 2017

In April 2016, I wrote an opinion article in the Dakota Student based on the master plan executive summary. In the summary, a campus-wide facilities condition survey highlighted a variety of UND’s infrastructure...

Researching psychedelics

Researching psychedelics

Nick Sallen, Copy Editor October 11, 2017

“Psychedelic” is a word used to describe mind-altering and sometimes bizarre hallucinations, especially as it relates to hallucinogens. A hallucinogen is any psychoactive chemical that changes perception,...

Noam Chomsky has railed against political corruption, including gerrymandering and oppression of everyday citizens by elite members of society.

Political change necessary for America

Nick Sallen, Copy Editor October 8, 2017

Partisanship, political donations, poor leadership and a lack of transparency riddle the United States government, and I fear the lack of stability among our nation’s leaders could spoil the economic...

 Hurricane forces pile up debris on a coastal beach

In solidarity with Puerto Rico

Nick Sallen, Staff Writer October 1, 2017

Hurricane Maria wreaked havoc on Puerto Rico and other U.S. Virgin Islands with high winds and massive flooding. The hurricane has left the island without power by flooding streets, damaging buildings,...

Workers prepare for the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee at a public park in Dallas, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. In an unannounced move, a large crane was brought through the city by a police escort to Lee Park, where it lifted the large statue from its pedestal late Thursday afternoon. (Nathan Hunsinger/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

Taking down offensive history

Nick Sallen, Staff Writer September 27, 2017

The Civil War wasn't merely about slavery, but preserving the United States as a country. The idea and possibility of taking confederate statues down was never a problem before. But why has it become an...

Technology in moderation

Nick Sallen, Copy editor September 15, 2017

Communication technologies have transformed our way of life indefinitely. We can connect with people who we might otherwise never meet, around the world, instantly. Social media is at the forefront of...

Houston Police SWAT officer Daryl Hudeck carries Catherine Pham and her 13-month-old son Aiden after rescuing them from their home surrounded by floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Houston. The remnants of Hurricane Harvey sent devastating floods pouring into Houston Sunday as rising water chased thousands of people to rooftops or higher ground.

Is climate change making hurricanes worse?

Nick Sallen, Copy editor September 12, 2017

Hurricane Irma is now on track now to hit the gulf side of Florida the worst. It is estimated that already over a million people are without power. More damage is expected as Irma bludgeons her way towards...

Donald Trump speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.

Investigation into possible Trump-Russia collusion not enough to warrant impeachment

Nick Sallen, Copy editor September 4, 2017

One year into the FBI’s investigation into President Donald J. Trump’s administration alleged collusion with Russia has brought to light a number of suspects, but very little concrete evidence which...

Surviving your first year

Surviving your first year

Nick Sallen, Copy editor August 29, 2017

Congratulations on completing your first week of classes at UND. Before you throw away that syllabus, I’d like to take a moment to be your older brother and give you some sage advice on what do and what...

The Metro Transit Center in downtown Grand Forks, N.D. is the main hub for the Cities Area Transit (CAT) bus service, which travels throughout the community.

Grand Forks bus routes restructured

Nick Sallen, Copy Editor May 5, 2017

The Grand Forks-East Grand Forks Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Cities Area Transit (CAT) have updated their Transit Development Plan (TDP) to better meet city bus rider needs as the city continues...

Cramer speaks at Wenstrom Lecture

Nick Sallen, Editor in Chief April 21, 2017

In the past, North Dakota was run by Democrats. From 1961 to 1992, there was one four-year period with a Republican governor holding office. Being a young political activist, Congressman Kevin Cramer helped...

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