by Rachel Brown
UMD’s first year retention rate is the highest it’s been in school history. At 78.4 percent, UMD has recently reached an all-time high in first year student persistence for the fall 2015 freshman class, but is not yet at the goal of 80 percent.
On a cold and rainy afternoon, UMD junior Megan Forcia found herself ripping open bags of leaves and dumping them onto the ground. After questioning why she was even outside in the rain, she remembered that the average age of farmers in the U.S. today is 60-years-old.
By Olivia Krenz
Azrin Awal first decided to run for Student Association when she realized a lack of representation for marginalized groups of students on UMD’s campus. By changing former policies, such as the bereavement policy, and increasing SA interaction with the student body, Awal is planning to make UMD’s campus climate more inclusive.
“We want to create a campus life that is inclusive and diverse for everyone,” Awal said.
The stars were visible and there was a chill in the air by the time practice was over at Malosky Stadium. A pack of 21 women clad in lacrosse gear jogged off the field to retrieve their practice bags and call it a night.
Senior Defensive Back Kegan Wirtz has been proving his abilities on the football field since the 2014 season where he saw playing time in all fourteen games, both regular and postseason, after sitting out his first year as a red shirt
The University of Minnesota Duluth Women’s tennis team had its most successful season in 4 years. With success comes new opportunity. That is what the team has here in competing in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Tournament, something they have not been able to do the previous three years.
by Kodey Weis
While many people will be rushing into theaters for the latest superhero summer blockbuster this weekend, fans of comic heroes should also know that Free Comic Book Day is this Saturday, May 6. For those in Duluth, two comic book stores celebrating the holiday are Collector’s Connection and Rogue Robot.
by Krithika Devanathan
The clicking sounds of typing echo in Cina Hall as a student sends a text. An emoji with two hands facing up and a laughing face with tears is the response to a story told in the chat. These are just a few of the emojis littering the lively, digital conversation and somehow, all the participants of the chat understand the secret language behind the seemingly random emojis.
For those who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, hop on board. The SunSpot Bus, run by twins Katherine and Sue York, wants to become an institution of wellness for all students at UMD. Due to the distance from the sun, students can be easily affected by S.A.D. with a lack of Vitamin D. Their mission is to aid everyone in feeling better through light therapy.
by Nick Jones
When registering for classes last fall, I kept going back and forth when it came to “COMM 3555, Mass Media Addiction.” I could not figure out why I was so indecisive when it came to this class, but signed up for it nonetheless.
Now, as we wrap up the semester and I reflect on what I have learned in this class, I have finally figured out why I was so hesitant to take this course: I am more addicted to media than I want to admit.
By Conor Vaughn
It Has Arrived, the time when a linguist is at the forefront of science fiction. The time when a linguist saves the world from its imminent destruction and tactfully brokers peace between unfriendly nations. We’re talking about the movie “Arrival” and, man, did somebody do their homework. In fact, the mastermind of the film, Eric Heisserer, says to have extensively studied linguistics before putting pen to paper—finger to keyboard.
As you may or not know, April 22nd is Earth Day. Earth Day is a worldwide day to demonstrate support for the environmental protection of our precious home. Many people feel that just one day is not enough and celebrate the whole month of April as Earth Month. This is a great time to go the extra mile when it comes to sustainability, eco-friendliness and just overall appreciation of what our Earth has to offer.