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Jozy Hansen won't be performing on the "The Voice." After getting a callback at her first audition in February, the 24-year-old Grand Forks native traveled to Oklahoma City to audition for the popular televised singing competition but wasn't chosen to perform on the show. "They told me I did a really great job but that I was not going to move forward," Hansen said via text message. "Nothing more, nothing less." But Hansen said she plans to audition again. "Really it's the greatest feeling having so many people behind you cheering you on as you pursue your dream," she said.
Weight load limits will go into effect on all county roads as of 7 a.m. Monday. The restrictions are Class A and No. 2 load limits, meaning the amount of weight on each axle is confined. Grand Forks County Highway Department engineer Nick West said this is normal practice for when gravel roads get soft due to the spring thaw and only affects those with large industrial trucks used for hauling "As the frost comes out of the ground the strength of the road and the subgrade of the road -- what holds the road up -- becomes very soft and very weak," West said.
Kenneth Foltz approached the microphone confidently in a packed lecture bowl at the John D.
Traffic picked up quickly at UND's Graduate Scholarly Forum Wednesday afternoon as students and professors alike walked through to learn about a variety of research projects. Clinical psychology graduate student Rachel Kramer stood near her research display on body image.
UND's Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity has released a statement in response to a video that recently surfaced online showing chapter members in Oklahoma singing and chanting racial slurs. The statement was released in conjunction with the SAE chapter at North Dakota State University Wednesday. "The members of the (SAE) chapters in North Dakota were disgusted and appalled as we watched the video depicting a racist song sung by members of the chapter at the University of Oklahoma," the statement said.
Open forums are being held to review candidates for UND's ombuds position, according to a news release. UND's ombuds, a gender neutral term for the dispute mediating position of "ombudsman," was created and filled in July 2013 as a pilot program.
UND's New Nickname Committee spent much of its first meeting discussing what kinds of attributes the school's new nickname and logo should have. At the meeting Tuesday, UND President Robert Kelley tasked the group with electronically gathering nickname suggestions from the public, narrowing down the list and then letting the public vote on a permanent name. "This is going to be an exciting outcome and I am really looking forward to it," Kelley said. UND's Fighting Sioux name was retired in late 2012 after the NCAA threatened sanctions.
UND Police Chief Eric Plummer has been selected as a finalist for Campus Safety Director of the Year by Campus Safety Magazine. Plummer has been at UND since 2012 and has been involved in developing a vehicle assistance program and emergency action plans. At various times since his appointment, Plummer has stressed the importance of developing a relationship with students and members of the community. The magazine that sponsors the award is a product of Massachusetts-based EH Publishing Inc.
Student loan debt is still a problem, but Janelle Kilgore is doing her best to counter national trends. The director of Student Financial Aid at UND said she already has college savings accounts set up for her three young children and has begun teaching them about the importance of financial responsibility. "Sometimes money is hard to talk to children about, but it's a really important component because we don't want them to come in for welcome week and not have any idea how they're going to pay tuition," she said. Nationwide, student loan debt increased $31 million in the last part of 2014
Even though President Robert Kelley announced impending renovations at the Chester Fritz Library during his State of the University address last month, the details of the project are still being developed. "There are a lot of moving pieces coming together, and I don't have a dollar amount or anything like that, but things are happening," Acting Library Director Julie Anderson said. But Kelley said he would be putting $7.8 million into the library for renovations, which has seen financial woes in the past. Director of Libraries Wilbur Stolt has been on developmental leave this school year lo