Dakota Student

VIEW: Sincerity

Will Beaton and Larry Philbin

May 5, 2015

When you have one chance to say the right thing in the best way, what will it be? This is not only the question facing newspaper editors squinting at computer screens as the deadline to print approaches. It is what anyone could ask before typing an email, greeting a friend or begging forgiveness,...

VIEW: Grilling

Will Beaton, Editor-in-chief

May 1, 2015

How I lived 21 years without learning how to properly grill a steak is, to me, a great mystery. My summers of North Dakota bonfires and 4th of July parties certainly exposed me to enough opportunities to learn, but it was only this week I picked up the tongs and tried to figure it out. Adding to...

Putting education above fear

Will Beaton and Larry Philbin

April 16, 2015

  The friends of UND student Alex Davis were doing homework, chatting about sea lions and listening to music when they got the news he had died. Alex hadn’t shown up to work that morning, and his friend was called in to cover his shift. Shortly after, they read the email from UND President...

Living through college life

Will Beaton, Editor-in-Chief

April 2, 2015

I’m on my way to circumventing the entire gamut of the usual college living arrangements. First year: Dorm. Second year: Fraternity. Third year: Apartment. And — if my friends and I can line up a place for next Fall — fourth year: House. As I climb the rungs of the collegiate housing...

DS View: Spring Break

Will Beaton, Editor-in-chief

March 13, 2015

It’s that time of year again when the ice gives way to the temporary lagoons that spring up across campus in the depressions in the sidewalks and the wet tracks of longboards again appear criss-crossing the salty streets — it’s spring break. And in absence of Springfest this year, the upcoming...

VIEW: Communication

Will Beaton and Larry Pilbin

March 3, 2015

This week, a resolution was proposed to Student Senate that would cut funding to The Dakota Student. Though we didn’t learn of this resolution’s existence until the night before it was heard, we spoke at the meeting and cleared the air. The resolution was withdrawn after we had a chance to open...

VIEW: Ski Bum

Will Beaton, Editor-in-chief

February 26, 2015

Sometimes I wish I were a ski bum. The name, on the surface, implies two contrasting ideas. “Ski” brings to mind images of athletes exploring nature in dangerous and sophisticated ways. “Bum” makes one think “lazy,” “good-for-nothing,” maybe a lover of junkfood or MMORPGs —...

Saying the right thing

Will Beaton, Editor-in-Chief

February 24, 2015

When you find yourself in a position to say something — and you realize you have one chance to say it — what will it be? This prompt is often left unasked, or unanswered, by those who speak, and when it is ignored, it supports the illusion of black-and-whiteness, lumps those involved into opposing...

DS View: Dogs

Will Beaton, Editor-in-Chief

February 10, 2015

By Roger Waters You gotta be crazy, you gotta have a real need. You gotta sleep on your toes, and when you're on the street, You gotta be able to pick out the easy meat with your eyes closed. And then moving in silently, down wind and out of sight, You gotta strike when the moment is right ...

DS View: Rights

Will Beaton and Larry Philbin

February 5, 2015

I figured you’d be able to see far from the Tower of Hope, but who knew it was in Manitoba? Last weekend, we went to the brand new Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, and it was seriously cool. The journey through the museum starts at the bottom of an architectural labyrinth of winding...

DS View: Reflections

Will Beaton, Editor in Chief

January 30, 2015

Have you ever sat in the entryway to the backdoor of the Memorial Union? Around the corner, along the wheelchair ramp, behind the fake plants, there’s a nice little nook with a view of the alley between the Union and McCannel. During the day when foot traffic is heaviest, this is a fun place to...

DS View: Instructor Harassment

Will Beaton, Editor-in-Chief

January 22, 2015

The most unprofessional thing I’ve experienced at UND happened last semester on the last day of the lab section of one of my intro-level science courses. Just before handing out the final lab exam — and just after turning in instructor evaluations for the course — my graduate student teaching assistant...

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