UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA NEWS UND Law School spring commencement set for May 5
The University of North Dakota School of Law will hold its spring commencement ceremony at 10 a.m., on Saturday, May 5, in the Chester Fritz Auditorium on campus. Seventy-eight candidates are eligible... Posted on 4/27/12 at 3:21 PM
The law is constitutional and the North Dakota Legislature will defend it if the State Board of Higher Education challenges it in the state Supreme Court, House Majority Leader Al Carlson of Fargo said Tuesday.
Members of the state Board of Higher Education are hoping the next legislative session is less confrontational.
Board President Grant Shaft is proposing a new initiative to streamline the North Dakota University System so members can show legislators the system continues to be efficient – a plan that calls for combining services and looking at ending some programs.
Shaft says board ‘still committed’ to seeking NCAA concessions on nickname Grant Shaft, the State Board of Higher Education’s point man on the UND Fighting Sioux nickname issue, apparently has pulled the reins in some on UND President Robert Kelley when it comes to declaring what should happen next.
State and UND officials will meet with the president of the NCAA on April 22 in Bismarck to determine whether the athletics association is open to revising its position regarding the Fighting Sioux nickname and Indian-head logo.
This time, Shaft says, the board shouldn’t stand alone
Initial contacts have been made with the NCAA to arrange a meeting over developments in the UND Fighting Sioux nickname debate, a member of the North Dakota Board of Higher Education said Wednesday, and a face-to-face meeting could take place by the end of April.
Critics think more could have been done to save Fighting Sioux nickname Grant Shaft stood before a committee of the North Dakota House of Representatives in Bismarck, in one of the Capitol’s largest meeting rooms. The room was packed. He was there, Shaft told members of the House Education Committee 11 days ago, on behalf of the State Board of Higher Education, not to support or oppose bills concerning UND’s Fighting Sioux nickname, but to explain the board’s efforts to resolve the long contentious issue.
Attorney general says SBHE missed chance to get tribes’ blessing to use Sioux nickname North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, who sued the NCAA in 2006 on behalf of the State Board of Higher Education, told a Minot audience that he "got them three years of time in which they could attempt to get namesake approval."
Board members from GF provide background In the hundreds of e-mail, telephone and face-to-face comments the two Grand Forks members of the State Board of Higher Education received after last week’s action retiring UND’s Fighting Sioux nickname, two angry and anguished questions have predominated:
“Why couldn’t you allow more time for Standing Rock to speak?”
And, “Is there still a chance to save the nickname?”
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