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Celebrating diversity

Celebrating diversity

Nick Sallen, Opinion Editor

January 22, 2016

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speaks in Montgomery, Ala. in 1965. Photo courtesy of parade.com 2016 marks the 86th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King. He gave his life fighting for the civil rights movement when he was fatally shot in the head at the age of 39. Every third monday of January we honor ...

Democratic candidates clash in another debate

Nick Sallen, Opinion Editor

January 22, 2016

The fourth democratic debate was filled with a surprising amount of accusatory language. As Senator Bernie Sanders is catching up to for Sec. of State Hilary Clinton in the polls, Clinton opted to challenge Sander's seemingly unmatchable consistent voting record. In an effort to cut down his image as...

DS VIEW: Rare earth elements

January 14, 2016

UND has now been awarded over $1 million in coal research in the last six months. The first research grant came in late August, when UND was awarded $400,000 to research coal conversion technologies. Officials say it will allow scientists to take a closer look at more efficient fossil fuel based pow...

Cold war tensions linger due to water and oil

Cold war tensions linger due to water and oil

Nick Sallen, Opinion Editor

November 18, 2015

Cold war tensions are rising again. Photo courtesy of desire2learn.com The two most imperialist countries have been igniting tensions again. Russia is trying to reclaim the territory it lost when the Soviet Union ended in 1991 while the United States is trying to protect its oversea assets. The cou...

DS VIEW: Nicknames

Editorial Board

October 27, 2015

Alex Bertsch- Recently, I have heard a lot of negativity about the Sundogs nickname. People have treated it like it is a joke, however what more is a nickname than a joke. The best nicknames all began as jokes and ballooned into statements of pride from there, and those that try to be founded in pride,...

CNN’s Democratic debate

CNN’s Democratic debate

Nick Sallen, opinion editor

October 23, 2015

The pros and cons of each candidate's answers throughout the night Jim Webb, Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Martin O'Malley and Lincoln Chafee squared off on Tuesday, Oct. 13 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo courtesy of politifact.com Las Vegas was buzzing with energy Tuesday as five presidential candidates eng...

New Netflix drama details infamous kingpin’s life

Nick Sallen, Opinion Editor

October 15, 2015

4 out of 5 stars Netflix’s “Narcos” is more than just a story about Pablo Escobar, the wealthiest criminal of all time. Across 10 episodes the story of Colombia’s largest cocaine trafficker is told through the eyes of Steve Murphy, a bold young Drug Enforcement Agency operative assigned to ca...

Expressing the sciences

Expressing the sciences

Nick Sallen, opinion editor

October 15, 2015

Randy Olson gives a speech at the University of Missouri. Photo courtesy of wikipedia.org Hermes is the Greek God of messages. His responsibility is to be the bridge of communication between mortals and the Gods of Olympia. Randy Olson wrote in his book “Don’t Be Such A Scientist” about the balance betwee...

The benefits of simple living

Nick Sallen, Opinion Editor

October 7, 2015

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately.” Henry David Thoreau wrote these famous words in his book “Walden.” You see, Thoreau wanted to live a barebones style of life. By learning self-reliance through a simple living, he achieved an extraordinary level of independence. T...

Flawed gender norms

Nick Sallen, Opinion Editor

October 7, 2015

To be ‘unintelligible’ means to be impossible to understand. An example of this would be when your roommate comes back to your residence hall from the fraternity party across University Ave, and you can tell he has had a little too much to drink. A couple hours and a  large Deeks Pizza delivery ...

Storytelling in Mythology

Storytelling in Mythology

Nick Sallen, Opinion editor

October 2, 2015

Abe the Eskimo kneeling beside his buried family. Comic by Bill Rerick/ The Dakota Student Like all mythology, Inuit myths and legends are both entertaining and instructive. The Inuit designated the powers of good and evil to deities living in a spirit world closely entwined with the starkly beautifu...

Pacing the Wild Hog Half Marathon

Nick Sallen, Opinion Editor

September 30, 2015

With a bang, a mass of people in shorts took off. Within the mass, I found myself pacing the Wild Hog Half Marathon. A pacer’s job is to run even splits and finish at a specific time. I was in charge of pacing  runners to a two hour finish in the race. Beside me was a group of new parents who wer...

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