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I can unclog a toilet, scrub away mold and replace a vacuum cleaner belt, but I don't consider myself a cleaning expert. When I buy cleaning products, it's usually because they're the ones my mother uses, and if I can't spot her brand, I pick up the cheapest thing on the shelf. Or second cheapest, if I'm feeling particularly financially reckless. But when I ran out of laundry detergent and knew I had to write a product review I thought, hey, why not splurge? At first glance, OxiClean Liquid Laundry Detergent looked like it had the muscle to blast away stains.
Students at UND will now have to declare a major around the time they finish their sophomore year. A new policy passed by the University Senate last fall states students must work with the Student Success Center to declare a major once they've taken 60 credits, or about 20 classes, effective fall 2015. "By the time students are ending their sophomore year, which is at about 60 credits, we want them to choose a major because it does some really important things for them," Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Steve Light said.
The cost of attending college in North Dakota increased in the last year, and students are continuing to accumulate more debt. This data comes from the North Dakota University System's 2015 Student Affordability Report, which was approved by the State Board of Higher Education Budget and Finance Committee at a meeting in Bismarck Friday. The total average estimated gross student cost at UND and North Dakota State University -- which includes tuition, fees, rent, books and various other expenses -- increased $700 from last year to $19,500.
Jozy Hansen won't be performing on the "The Voice." After getting a callback at her first audition in February, the 24-year-old Grand Forks native traveled to Oklahoma City to audition for the popular televised singing competition but wasn't chosen to perform on the show. "They told me I did a really great job but that I was not going to move forward," Hansen said via text message. "Nothing more, nothing less." But Hansen said she plans to audition again. "Really it's the greatest feeling having so many people behind you cheering you on as you pursue your dream," she said.
Weight load limits will go into effect on all county roads as of 7 a.m. Monday. The restrictions are Class A and No. 2 load limits, meaning the amount of weight on each axle is confined. Grand Forks County Highway Department engineer Nick West said this is normal practice for when gravel roads get soft due to the spring thaw and only affects those with large industrial trucks used for hauling "As the frost comes out of the ground the strength of the road and the subgrade of the road -- what holds the road up -- becomes very soft and very weak," West said.
Kenneth Foltz approached the microphone confidently in a packed lecture bowl at the John D.
Traffic picked up quickly at UND's Graduate Scholarly Forum Wednesday afternoon as students and professors alike walked through to learn about a variety of research projects. Clinical psychology graduate student Rachel Kramer stood near her research display on body image.
UND's Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity has released a statement in response to a video that recently surfaced online showing chapter members in Oklahoma singing and chanting racial slurs. The statement was released in conjunction with the SAE chapter at North Dakota State University Wednesday. "The members of the (SAE) chapters in North Dakota were disgusted and appalled as we watched the video depicting a racist song sung by members of the chapter at the University of Oklahoma," the statement said.
Open forums are being held to review candidates for UND's ombuds position, according to a news release. UND's ombuds, a gender neutral term for the dispute mediating position of "ombudsman," was created and filled in July 2013 as a pilot program.