All the UND Law School connections are hardly surprising in a state where the large majority of lawyers are UND graduates. And at least one political science observer doesn't see anyone making an issue of it.
ALSO: Schneider, in letter to Carlson, accuses House majority leader of turning nickname battle into 'complete farce' Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem was asked to take the nickname issue to North Dakota's high court by the State Board of Higher Education, which has sought to retire the nickname and contends that the Legislature’s adoption of a law last April requiring UND to keep it infringed on the board’s authority.
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.
In an open letter addressed Tuesday to “the citizens of the state of North Dakota,” UND’s student body president urged that people allow the university and its students to put the Fighting Sioux nickname controversy behind them.
The State Board of Higher Education Monday asked Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem to seek a judgment from the North Dakota Supreme Court declaring the Fighting Sioux nickname law adopted in April 2011 to be unconstitutional.
The published agenda for today’s meeting of the State Board of Higher Education suggests that the board’s planned discussion with Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem concerning UND’s Fighting Sioux nickname could be a closed session, but Board president Grant Shaft says that’s not likely.
The head of North Dakota's Board of Higher Education says the board may go to court if a law requiring the University of North Dakota to revert to its Fighting Sioux nickname is restored. Also Wednesday, UND President Robert Kelley issued a brief statement saying that the university “has resumed the use of the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo for our athletic teams.”
Board of Higher Education President Grant Shaft is chairman of the search committee. He says the semifinalists have strong credentials. Twenty-one people applied for the job. The committee plans to interview the semifinalists Feb. 9. Incumbent chancellor William Goetz is retiring in August.
The Dickinson State University president was fired Thursday after a review found he inflated enrollment figures.
But the dismissal of Richard McCallum will not be the end of the enrollment controversy as attention now turns to other personnel who may have played a role.
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