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THEDAKOTASTUDENT Friday October 19, 2012

Volume 130 | Issue 16

Reaching the students, faculty and staff of the University of North Dakota since 1888 | www.dakotastudent.com

Ochs: Skydiver a waste of money? Page 4

Cooking class Page 10

Men’s hockey opens regular season Page 13

UND to launch into orbit SATELLITE North Dakota designed and constructed orbiter set to launch in the summer of next year. JAYE MILLSPAUGH THEDAKOTASTUDENT

North Dakota has yet to launch a satellite into space. That may soon change thanks to a project headed by a group of UND students and faculty. The project, named OpenOrbiter, aims to design and construct a low-cost, 10-cubic-centimeter cube satellite with a modular design — in other words, to cheaply and easily allow someone to add almost any functionality to the satellite. “It’s very tiny, but it must have everything that’s normally found in a huge satellite,” said Josh Berk, a space studies graduate student and project leader. “The government launches very high-quality satellites that are size of school buses using expensive equipment, so we’re trying to drive down the cost by using low-risk equipment.”

The satellite, one of 33 similar satellites designed by universities around the nation, is slated to be launch in the summer of 2013 as part of NASA’s Launch Services Program, Educational Launch of Nanosatellite, or ELaNa, program. In addition to the modular design, the frame is also being developed out of an alloy combination of several common and inexpensive metals. The satellite’s primary component, according to space studies grad student Nick Long, is an optical system with a camera and lens so it can take photos while in orbit. The OpenOrbiter team members are currently learning how to operate the satellite so they can get the desired photos through remote sensing, which is taking images of Earth while in space. They say they are fascinated by what is scientifically possible with the tiny cube. “It gives many people pride to know that their state is launching a satellite,” Berk said. A free informational session on the OpenOrbiter satellite took place on Monday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the lobby of

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OpenOrbiter deputy program director Josh Berk, left and Noah Root present information on their project. Photo by Keisuke Yoshimura.

Clifford Hall. Posters explaining each aspect of the project were displayed along with presenters discussing their contributions to the project. On Saturday, Berk and other crew members had the chance to engage the com-

CARRIE SANDSTROM THEDAKOTASTUDENT

Halloween is just around the corner, and many students are looking to decorate their residence hall rooms, apartments or houses in spooky themes. Turn to page 9 to see what one local woman is doing to prepare for the holiday.

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Supporting safer sex School PROTECTION UND junior to hand out free condoms as part of a national campaign.

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munity during the annual Homecoming parade. Their float involved a white van constructed to look like a rocket with two space suits on the back and the NASA and

Because of a national campaign to spread free condoms on campuses, protected sex at UND is about to get a little easier. The Great American Condom Campaign recently selected UND junior Sarah Borgen to be a SafeSite, a source of individual condoms for college students. Borgen, one of the 1,000 applicants selected to be a SafeSite this semester, was given 500 condoms to distribute on campus. Borgen and her SafeSite partner Maggie O’Leary will be distributing the condoms in the Memorial Union on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Although the condoms will be available, Borgen said that doesn’t necessarily mean people will accept the offer. “(Sometimes) people are so

embarrassed to come and get a condom, and they’ll walk by and then they’ll walk by again and then finally decide to come take a condom,” Borgen said. “It’s not something that I feel people should be so embarrassed about, but I know a lot of people are, and if I can make people more comfortable to come take a condom, that’d be better. “I don’t want people to feel ashamed of something and then when they need a condom they don’t have it. I just want people to be safe.” The program’s objective is to improve the nation’s sexual health by providing condoms to be given out for free at college campuses across the nation. Each SafeSite is given 500 condoms to distribute, and the individuals selected as SafeSites also work to educate individuals about sexual health. The idea of handing out free condoms on campus is faced with mixed reviews by students. Freshman Kathy Rodriguez says she is not opposed to having condoms

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additions will help GEOLOGY Oil money to fund needed equipment overhauls for UND school. COLE BRITTON

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Beginning in 2013 and continuing over the course of the following four years, the Harold Hamm School of Geology and Geological Engineering is slated to receive the $14 million in donations from Harold Hamm, his company Continental Resources and the North Dakota Industrial Commission announced September. While there’s not yet a set timeline for when the new additions to the school will be implemented, the school’s director, Joseph Hartman, expects

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Weather report, page 2

Stephen Lynch review, page 12

Correa: Contest should mean more, page 5

Volleyball preview, page 13

Christianson: Pros/cons of debates, page 6

Women’s hockey to play St. Cloud, page 14

“Red,” page 11

Soccer ends season on the road, page 15

October 19, 2012  

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