Graphic by Emilie Bowman.

Nones: A new normal

Our semester opened with a renowned interfaith speaker—“Acts of Faith” author Eboo Patel—and has closed with another one: Chris Stedman, author of “Faitheist.” My first column this semester, following Patel’s […]


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    The Cobber bubble

    Throughout your four years here, you have heard, or will hear at some point, the phrase “Concordia bubble.”  The bubble, of course, refers to our unique Concordia atmosphere: the happenings […]

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    TEDxYouth at Fargo

    You have likely watched a TED video before. From Bill Clinton to Malcolm Gladwell, speakers of incredibly diverse backgrounds have been invited to share their great ideas. These talks are […]

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    Downtown, baby!

    Downtowns across the country are benefiting from “Renaissance zones” aimed at restoring old buildings and boosting pedestrian traffic. Programs are also being implemented to encourage more walking and less driving. […]

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    Engstrom recording: ‘Important learning opportunity’ in public relations

    Most of us are familiar with the recent brouhaha regarding Representative Collin Peterson’s visit to campus. Numerous national media outlets have covered the story, many times causing embarrassment for Concordia. […]

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    Alumni trouble

    It’s homecoming at Concordia. This week, the college welcomes alumni, parents, and friends to campus to celebrate our past. As a college best known for the Cobber ring—a staple on […]

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    Revisiting ‘Wasted Acres’: Fargo’s 2030 goals

    Whenever you take a look at West Acres, you realize Fargo has a lot of work to do if it wants to improve its image. West Acres and surrounding businesses […]

  • Lazy journalism: the problem with telling both sides

    All too often—during cable news interviews and throughout newspaper articles—well-intentioned commentators and journalists fool individuals with the elementary notion of representing both sides of an issue. On CNN and Fox […]

  • Interfaith and secular students

    I couldn’t help but shudder when I heard Eboo Patel praise Concordia for leading the way with interfaith dialogue at this year’s Opening Convocation. His high praise (although namely attributed […]

  • The travel bug

    In late 2008, I caught the travel bug. I didn’t really care about international travel until then. I was with my high school in northern Italy at a conference called […]