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Harold Shapiro assumed the presidency of the University of Michigan "during one of the worst fiscal crises in Michigan's history," a history of the university's presidents notes. "The crisis was caused, in large part, by a deep recession in the automobile industry. For three years in the early 1980s, the state could not meet its financial commitments to the university. In 1980-81, for example, state support for the general fund fell by 12 percent." Shapiro's response? Cut the budget. Lobby the Legislature. And very important: raise money.
We don't much like the news that UND's spring enrollment has declined by about 350 students. But we very much like the fact that UND President Mark Kennedy is not explaining away the drop. Instead, he's taking steps to reverse it. Plus, he's announcing those steps—and by doing so, he's giving the campus and community a goal to shoot for. That's the way an organization moves forward. And it's great to see that Kennedy understands this basic leadership key.
Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, as every Psych 101 student learns, puts physiological needs—food, water and shelter—on the bottom of the pyramid and self-actualization on top. But one of the in-between levels deserves a lot more attention, we think. In fact, it might even merit being pulled out of the structure and then balanced, precariously, on top. The level in question would be "safety," the instinct we all share to avoid danger and live our lives healthy and whole.
But the Constitution already protects free speech, critics of HB 1329 said on the House floor. Why should North Dakota require the higher-ed board to reaffirm that centuries-old protection? Because free speech on campus is under assault, and at public universities as well as private, experience has shown. It's wrong for lawmakers to mess with academic freedom. But it's right for the state to spell out foundational principles of governance, and to insist that public colleges abide by them.
On weekday mornings, some 1,000 and 1,500 Grand Forks commuters cruise over to Interstate 29, then head south to Fargo to work Once on the interstate, they pass a line-up of headlights coming to the north. These are the 1,000 to 1,500 commuters who live in Fargo but work in Grand Forks. Might there be a lesson in this daily parade?
"For the good of the country and the Supreme Court, this moment demands a compromise nominee," Ezra Klein wrote last week on the liberal Vox.com. That's not going to happen. But here's something that might: Congress should mark the start of a new administration by recognizing that Supreme Court justices have too much power. Key reforms can change that, and polls suggest strong support for the reforms. Starting this debate would be noble on the part of Republicans, given their current dominance. But it also would serve Republican interests.
Donald Trump doesn't have the slightest interest in farm policy. But it's farm policy that offers the clearest guide to Trump's presidency. Why? Two reasons: First, because farm policy elevates jobs and subordinates prices, in direct violation of free-market principles. And second, because farm policy works. On balance, it has shielded American farmers from many of the ravages of international competition, even—to some extent—at American consumers' expense.
Refugee-resettlement isn't just a flashpoint in East Coast cities and airports. It's showing up in conversations and policy proposals in Bismarck, Fargo, several cities in Minnesota—and Grand Forks. Residents on all sides should listen and learn. For both the skeptics and the supporters have important messages; and if they'd only start talking to rather than past each other—while banning the word "racism" from the conversation—something good might actually result.
"That is good news for North Dakota and for the fans of both schools' teams," The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead editorialized this week, speaking of the revelation that North Dakota State University's president had supported UND's bid to change athletic leagues. The change, as sports fans know, will put UND and NDSU back in the same leagues, thus renewing the schools' historic sports rivalry. Today we join our sister paper in commending NDSU President Dean Bresciani for his thoughtful, tactful and clearly important support.
The knotted impasse over the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines was primed for a Trumpian sword. But the immigration and refugee situation was not, as events have made clear since President Trump temporarily blocked the entry of all refugees. The president should understand the difference. And the lesson is important enough that those North Dakota and Minnesota members of Congress who have the president's ear, should instruct him.