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April brings warmer temps to Grand Forks

Connor Johnson, Staff Writer

April 21, 2017

A welcome reprieve from winter weather, temperatures in the Grand Forks area have been holding steady around the 50s for several weeks now. The change may have seemed sudden, rising from just above freezing to almost 60 degrees in one week of March. However, according to the atmospheric science department...

Close call at Grand Forks airport

Connor Johnson, Staff Writer

April 7, 2017

Two airplanes belonging to the University of North Dakota’s John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences hit each other on the ground at Grand Forks International Airport on Wednesday, March 29. Fortunately, no one was hurt, although both airplanes sustained damage. Both planes were Cessna 172 Skyhawks. According...

Allegiant Airlines’ safety record a cause for concern

Connor Johnson, Staff Writer

March 24, 2017

When spring break is mentioned, travelling to tropical getaways often comes to mind. Students that can afford to, often fly there. In Grand Forks, University of North Dakota students considering a voyage have two options at the nearby Grand Forks International Airport: they can take a Delta connection...

Trump, Twitter and the might of media

Connor Johnson, Staff Writer

March 10, 2017

It is usually said “the pen is mightier than the sword,” and world history has shown the importance of a free media network. However, President Donald Trump seems to think otherwise, as his latest accusations have implied. President Trump, in the last few weeks, has taken to Twitter to share his...

Standing Rock clean-up

Connor Johnson, Staff Writer

March 10, 2017

On February 22, the Oceti Sakowin camp at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation was abandoned, following orders by North Dakota governor Doug Burgum to vacate by that date. The next day, 200 law enforcement officers raided the remains of Oceti Sakowin and an adjacent camp, “Rosebud”, arresting 46...

Resident hall budget

The Terrace Dining Center will be closed at the end of the spring 2017 semester.

Connor Johnson, Staff Writer

February 24, 2017

The University of North Dakota’s Association of Residence Halls passed an upgraded budget last week for next year, as stated by member Amanda Cook. The budget, ARH-R1617-03, will come into effect next semester and raises the housing fees 20 percent from their current rate for students in residence...

NTSB releases findings of investigation into train accident

Connor Johnson, Staff Writer

February 18, 2017

Several days ago, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released the determined cause of the collision and derailment of two BNSF trains in 2013, near the town of Casselton, N.D. A car in the middle of a westbound grain freight train derailed into the path of an eastbound crude oil train. Th...

UND robotics team

Members of the UND Robotics team stand holding components of their most recent robotic vehicle.

Connor Johnson, Staff Writer

February 10, 2017

The University of North Dakota is competing to send a robot to the planet Mars. UND is one of many schools around the United States participating in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) 8th Annual Robotic Mining Competition. This competition, according to the NASA overview,...

Examining cultural differences

Nabil Suleiman, associate professor of civil engineering, serves rice during a

Connor Johnson, Staff Writer

February 3, 2017

The University of North Dakota participated in an online seminar Tuesday, January 31, in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. The seminar, part of the school’s Interfaith Week, discussed the issues that Muslim staff and students face against racist and islamophobic acts of violence and discrimination,...

First Leadership series event kicks off, discusses conflict management

Connor Johnson, Staff Writer

January 31, 2017

Emily Holth of Sustainable Solution Services LLC, held a lecture Wednesday, Jan. 25 in the Memorial Union’s River Valley Room. The lecture, discussing proper conflict management, was the first of a series of three lectures, part of the Spring Leadership Series. The lecture, which ran for an hour, introduc...

Open Orbiter

Dr. Ronald Marsh, associate professor and chair of the computer science department at UND, is one of many NDUS staff working on the OpenOrbiter Small Satellite Development Initiative to develop CubeSat (satellites in the shape of small cubes).

Connor Johson, Staff Writer

January 27, 2017

The University of North Dakota is scheduled to launch its first independent spacecraft this year. The University of North Dakota’s Open Orbiter Small Satellite Development Initiative has prepared a satellite to be launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida aboard a United Launch Alliance...

Spending Thanksgiving at the Dakota Access Pipeline

Connor Johnson, Staff Writer

January 13, 2017

In 1620, a group of colonists arrived at Plymouth Rock, Mass. The voyage in their ship, the Mayflower, had been brutal, and they were ill-prepared for the harsh New England winter. If it weren’t for the help of a local Native American tribe, they may not have lasted the winter. The next year, after...

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