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Steam plant repairs long overdue

Nick Sallen, Copy Editor

October 22, 2017


Filed under Nick Sallen, Opinion

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 strengths and weaknesses. The three buildings with the worst facilities condition inde...

Researching psychedelics

Researching psychedelics

Nick Sallen, Copy Editor

October 11, 2017


Filed under Nick Sallen, Opinion, Showcase

“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, thoughts, emotions and consciousness. The word “hallucination” comes from the Latin word “alu...

Political change necessary for America

Political change necessary for America

Nick Sallen, Copy Editor

October 8, 2017


Filed under Nick Sallen, Opinion

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 and social progress we’ve made in the last decade. The first mistake we made as a country was...

In solidarity with Puerto Rico

In solidarity with Puerto Rico

Nick Sallen, Staff Writer

October 1, 2017


Filed under Nick Sallen, Opinion

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, plummeting telecommunication poles and knocking out power lines for the next few months. 62 civili...

Taking down offensive history

Taking down offensive history

Nick Sallen, Staff Writer

September 27, 2017


Filed under Nick Sallen, Opinion, Showcase

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 issue now? Why do people all of a sudden have a problem with history? What happened, happened....

Technology in moderation

Nick Sallen, Copy editor

September 15, 2017


Filed under Nick Sallen, Opinion

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 activism and organization of loosely connected people. New communities are created daily to serve our...

Is climate change making hurricanes worse?

Is climate change making hurricanes worse?

Nick Sallen, Copy editor

September 12, 2017


Filed under Nick Sallen, Opinion, Showcase

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 Tampa Bay, Fla. Irma comes right after Hurricane Harvey flooded Houston with a record downfall...

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

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

Nick Sallen, Copy editor

September 4, 2017


Filed under Nick Sallen, Opinion, Showcase

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 would warrant an impeachment. I see only two strong instances where Trump’s advisers have colluded wit...

Surviving your first year

Surviving your first year

Nick Sallen, Copy editor

August 29, 2017


Filed under Nick Sallen, Opinion, Showcase

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 to stay away from during your first year. That seemingly useless sheet of paper is a great remi...

Grand Forks bus routes restructured

Grand Forks bus routes restructured

Nick Sallen, Copy Editor

May 5, 2017


Filed under News, Nick Sallen, Showcase

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 to develop. According to the TDP handout, the new route changes will “strengthen existing...

Cramer speaks at Wenstrom Lecture

Nick Sallen, Editor in Chief

April 21, 2017


Filed under News, Nick Sallen

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 fuel the Republican party’s revival in 1992 when Ed Schafer, former interim president at UND,...

Science ethics and dystopian society

Science ethics and dystopian society

Nick Sallen, Editor-in-Chief

April 11, 2017


Filed under Features, Nick Sallen

If you’re interested in dystopian societies, post-apocalypse, science fiction, biology, mystery and crime novels, or stories of adventure, then “Oryx and Crake” might be the next book you want to read. The novel is authored by the longtime literature veteran Margaret Atwood, who is best known fo...

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