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While UND is getting closer to adopting a new nickname, many people are holding tight to their identities as Fighting Sioux fans. The Herald is looking for people to submit...
UND President Robert Kelley said the Student Senate meeting last week left him feeling "discouraged" in multiple emails obtained via open records request by the Herald. A resolution calling for a vote of no-confidence and the resignation of Kelley and three other UND officials resulted in 245 pages of emailed documents back and forth with Kelley April 13-22, according to a Herald open records request. Kelley received emails supporting him from employees, alumni, students and even the executive director of the Altru Health Foundation, Jon Green. The resolution accused Kelley, Vice President
It took Van Hipp several years to write his first book and at its February release party at the Richard Nixon Library in California, his own children were even surprised. "My 27-year-old told me the other day that right before I spoke, the 15-year-old said 'I didn't think he was ever going to finish the thing,'" Hipp said, laughing. The well-known political pundit has appeared as an expert on various TV news shows throughout his career and spent Thursday evening in Grand Forks talking about and signing copies of his new book, "The New Terrorism: How to Fight It and Defeat It," about how to e
UND Student Body Vice President Brett Johnson has been appointed student representative for the State Board of Higher Education. Johnson will replace North Dakota State University student Chris McEwen, and his one-year term will begin July 1. Johnson said he wants to have a lasting impact on future students and be a part of the board's newly developed master plan, which aims to increase graduation and retention rates. "I've been here for all of my education, preschool through college, and the state has given me an incredible opportunity," he said.
A joint meeting with the Grand Forks County Commission and the Social Detox Committee has been scheduled to address the future of a Social Detox Center after the commission declined to contribute funding to it in March. The 1,700-square-foot facility at the corner of South Fourth Street and Bruce Avenue would be a place for intoxicated people to go if they weren't committing a crime or in need of medical attention, and some initial funding has already been secured. Efforts to create such a facility have been most recently spearheaded by the Blue Ribbon Commission on Social Infrastructure, th
The Chester Fritz Library is beginning a master planning process after President Robert Kelley announced intentions to put $7.8 million into library renovations and improvements at his February State of the University address. The process is expected to take "several months," according to a post in the school's online newsletter, and officials plan to gather input from open forums, focus groups and a survey that can be accessed at svy.mk/1E5YTWd. "In this process we are exploring the possibility of reorganizing the interior with the intent
As a national discussion continues on the pros and cons of paying college athletes, UND is preparing to pay some of its own the full cost of attendance and some...
UND is hiring another administrator. An internal job opening was posted Monday for a newly created position, the director of unmanned systems research. The new hire would report directly to Provost Thomas DiLorenzo and the job is advertised with a $120,000 annual salary. This comes after DiLorenzo facilitated a meeting with employees and students from the John D.
UND Student Senate voted to table a resolution of no-confidence for university President Robert Kelley and three other high level administrators until the senate’s next meeting Sunday. Discussion was intense...
Supporters of UND's former Fighting Sioux nickname have begun a social media campaign to revive the name. A video titled "The Sioux Were Silenced" was posted to YouTube Monday, starring Eunice and David Davidson, two avid and vocal supporters of the old name which was retired in late 2012 after a long legal battle involving the NCAA, lawmakers, university donors and the State Board of Higher Education. "We believe there was an agenda by certain leaders in the state to rid the University of North Dakota of the Fighting Sioux name and make sure the Sioux people receive the blame," David Davids