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In Defense of North Dakota

In Defense of North Dakota

Bilal Suleiman, Opinion Columnist

February 11, 2018


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  As a son of North Dakota, it irks me to hear my fellow university students trash our great state. Maybe its because it’s the only place I have ever lived in, but I don’t think it’s bad to live here as some make it out to be. Obviously, it’s not the most exciting place in the world....

The US Prison System Needs Reform

Quinn Robinson-Duff, Opinion Columnist

February 11, 2018


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Prisons are supposed to serve four major purposes: rehabilitation, deterrence, retribution and incapacitation. If designed effectively, they can create a stable, law-abiding society that prevents disorder. Prisons are a way to deter people from making choices that society has deemed to be unacceptable...

Overhyped, why I hate the Super Bowl

Jill Morton, Opinion Columnist

February 11, 2018


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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...

Whoa, what happened to your leg

Stephanie Hollman, Opinion Editor

February 4, 2018


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As careful as I was hiking down a steep descent on a mountain, all it took was a wrongly misplaced step to trip and fall on the rocky surface. To my horror, pain shot up through my entire left leg after I realized that while my body fell back-first onto my Camelbak, my foot remained wedged between tw...

Before becoming a profession, learn to teach

Bilal Suleiman, Opinion Columnist

February 4, 2018


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The way we prepare professors for life in the classroom is woefully inadequate. We can’t expect someone who studied in a lab for eight years, looking at petri dishes and memorizing formulas, to get that piece of paper that says “Ph.D.” and magically become a skilled teacher. That is unreasonab...

Athletes are celebrities

Athletes are celebrities

Jill Morton, Opinion Columnist

February 4, 2018


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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...

More than a pretty face

More than a pretty face

Bilal Suleiman, Opinion Columnist

January 28, 2018


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I don’t know much about makeup. I’ve never bought any, nor have I ever used any. Everything I know about makeup comes from what girls have told me and from my own experience watching girls put on makeup.   The feminine ritual of spending tens and even hundreds of dollars on cosmetics that they painstakingly apply ea...

Big Sky to Summit

Jill Morton, Opinion Columnist

January 28, 2018


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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...

UND Makes it hard to go green

Stephanie Hollman, Opinion Editor

January 28, 2018


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The University of North Dakota is well-known for a lot of things: ts championship winning hockey team, its ranking as being one of the coldest college campuses in the United States, and of course, its superior aviation program.  Sustainability and recycling, unfortunately, is not one of them.  I‘m  probably particularly tough on this school (as well as on the city of Grand Forks...

A league of their own: why I’m rooting for the XFL

Jacob Notermann, Staff Writer

January 28, 2018


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Just last week, WWE head honcho Vince McMahon announced that his selling of $100 million in WWE shares is being put towards the restart of the short-lived XFL.  When this news broke, a revolution in the football industry began and football fans will look back on this time and remember it as when football regained its glory days.  While I don’t think the XFL will bring down the NFL, nor do I think the XFL will even last very long, it i...

The reality of Instagram

The reality of Instagram

Stephanie Hollman, Opinion Editor

January 23, 2018


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“God, your life looks so cool.” I received this Instagram comment from one of my old high school friends on a photo that I took this past summer of my cousins ascending the summit of El Capitan, the daunting, 7,569-foot monolith on the north side of Yosemite National Park.  As an amateur photogr...

The decline of ESPN

Bilal Suleiman, Opinion Writer

January 23, 2018


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These days, it seems that everyone has an opinion about the current state of the media. Ever since last year’s presidential election, news media has received a lot of flak for being biased, publishing “fake news” and sensationalizing stories in an effort to retain viewership. These are complex...

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