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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
Fifty-four days. That's less than two months or eight weeks from Tuesday to May 1. Whatever the timeframe, UND's new 11-person nickname committee faces a time crunch from when it meets for the first time and submitting a "short list" of name possibilities in early May for the public to vote on. But some committee members aren't worried and Karl Goehring, the group's chairman, said he sees the deadline as more of a guideline. "It's always good to at least have a timeline in place to work toward," he said.
New information will be released Friday or Monday regarding the fatal collision of a train and school bus that killed two people, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol. The information will address what led up to a crash in which a BNSF train collided with a school bus carrying children outside of Larimore, N.D., in January.
About a week ago at a UND hockey game, sophomore Austin Emineth hung a banner with the words "Fire Kelley" on it in reference to his university's president. The display didn't last long and the banner was eventually confiscated, but Emineth said he simply wanted to convey some students are taking issue with some of President Robert Kelley's recent actions, including pushing for the cancellation of Springfest, supporting stricter alcohol ordinances and actively campaigning to choose a new nickname and logo. "I'd like to see students stand up," Emineth said.
A new nickname committee has been appointed at UND that will facilitate choosing a permanent nickname for the school as early as May. One of the new committee members, professor...