The weekend arrives with signs of good cheer here and there. In spite of the current coronavirus plague. Enrollment is up at UND. Corn is coming in from the fields. And some of the merchants are holding Crazy Days downtown this weekend. On both sides of the Red River.

At UND, student body president Matt Ternus says these days have been interesting.

“Students are all into it – following the six feet distancing rules,’’ he says. “With in-person and online classes students are falling into a new normal life.’’

He figures where there is a will, there seems to be a way. Sororities on the UND campus will be holding their traditional rushing for new members – online.

They will connect with prospective new members in a virtual recruitment by Zoom next weekend – Sept. 18 to 20.

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President of the Panhellenic group of seven sororities is Danielle Craig of Kappa Delta. She said, “I never thought I would live to see the day when we couldn’t be together clapping and singing.”

This year it will be far different than the traditional visiting in group settings. Still, by midweek, there were 170 women students signed up to go through the sorority virtual rush.

As a senior, Craig feels sad. But she is waiting and hoping for better days next semester. Along with the seven sororities, there are 14 fraternities on the UND campus. The new ATO (Alpha Tau Omega) house, located across University Avenue from the UND Library, recently opened.

As student president, Matt Ternus says simply, “It’s been interesting so far.”

His fellow students are all into it – following the six-foot distancing rule and calling to make sure whether classes are meeting in person or on line.

“There are stories this year I will be telling my kids about,” he said.

Ternus is from Rogers, Minn. He hopes before long there will be a return to normal – or even just near normal times. But he says, “There are lessons to be learned.”

Ask Marilyn

Q. Why is Rollin Bergman of East Grand Forks wearing a happy smile?

A. He was honored with other editors of weekly newspapers in Editor and Publisher magazine for driving the news industry forward.

Q. When is the last time they canceled football at UND?

A. It was way back in 1943 and 1944 when things were halted during World War 11.

And that was long before the Hawk that shows up at games in these times was born.

Denny and Georgia

Cheerful people of the week: Denny Johnson and Georgia Heitman.

Reach Marilyn Hagerty at or by telephone at 701-772-1055.