Andrew Haffner covers county, health and general assignment stories for the Grand Forks Herald. He attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where he studied journalism, political science and international studies. He previously worked at the Dickinson Press.
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Budget cut recommendations submitted last week to the UND president's office by campus leaders have been returned for further editing. A UND news release stated the president's office would not be issuing reduction targets to college deans and department heads Friday as earlier announced. Further, the office has given campus leadership another week to rewrite their proposals with an eye to more structural reductions as opposed to one-time cuts.
Spring enrollment at UND has declined by 2.5 percent, or about 350 students from the same time last year, according to a university release. Sol Jensen, UND assistant vice president for enrollment services, suggested the decrease is coming to campus as the university's 2011 and 2012 freshman classes—its largest on record—are crossing the stage for graduation.
A semester into its first year of use, the recently finished UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences has been fully occupied and put to work by students, staff and faculty. Graduate students Brooke Freeberg and Danyelle Osowski were studying Tuesday in an upper-level common area of the 325,000-square foot building, which is now occupied by about 800 students at any given time. As undergraduates Freeberg and Osowski worked in the old SMHS and helped move laboratory equipment the few blocks over into the freshly built $124 million facility in time for the fall semester.
A bill described by its sponsor as a means to ensure freedom of speech in North Dakota higher education by rejecting "political correctness gone crazy" has been passed in the state House. Rep. Rick Becker, R-Bismarck, sponsor of House Bill 1329, said the proposed legislation is a response to an "attitude that free speech is not free speech" on campuses where he said expression is discouraged by university policy.
Daniel Michael Two Hearts, a fugitive accused of firing a handgun at state troopers and stealing at least three vehicles, was taken into custody late Friday in Devils Lake after engaging in a standoff with police and shooting himself, the local newspaper reported.
A bill introduced Tuesday in the state Legislature could pull North Dakota University System sexual discrimination cases from the public record.
UND campus leaders will submit a series of recommended budget reductions Friday to the university president's office. The recommendations are the result of an inward look started in December and intended to produce a set of options for cuts pegged at 4, 8 and 12 percent of any given budget area. As those suggestions are processed, UND President Mark Kennedy will be distributing target reduction levels on Feb. 10 to each of the colleges and other areas of campus.
BISMARCK — A bill introduced Tuesday in the state Legislature could pull North Dakota University System sexual discrimination cases from the public record.
The leader of UND's business school will be leaving her post before the end of the current semester. Professor Margaret L. Williams, dean of the UND College of Business and Public Administration, will begin a new role in late April as the dean of the Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University. UND spokesman Peter Johnson said Williams will be leaving her current position sometime earlier that same month, though gave no specific date.
Long hikes through the Upper Midwest are an excellent way to take in the landscape. They're also a pretty good way to pick up ticks. The small parasites are usually just a minor inconvenience to pry off. But in 2015, that small bite led to Lyme disease in at least 1,176 confirmed cases in Minnesota and 33 in North Dakota. Though the Minnesota forests have been known to harbor Lyme disease for some time, the westward spread is a more recent phenomenon.