Sydney Mook has been covering higher education at the Grand Forks Herald since May 2018. She previously served as the multimedia editor and cops, courts and health reporter at the Dickinson Press from January 2016 to May 2018. She graduated from the University of South Dakota with a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science in three and half years in December 2015. While at the USD, she worked for the campus newspaper, The Volante, as well as the television news show, Coyote News. She also interned at South Dakota Public Broadcasting and spent the summer before her senior year interning in Fort Knox for the ROTC Cadet Summer Training program. In her spare time, Sydney enjoys cheering on the New York Yankees and the Kentucky Wildcats, as well as playing golf. If you've got an idea for a video be sure to give her a call!
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Colorado Gov. Jared Polis is urging the University of Colorado Board of Regents to reconsider its nomination of UND President Mark Kennedy and find a candidate who “unites the board.” Polis, a Democrat, tweeted Thursday about the CU presidency search and the board’s nomination of Kennedy, but did not name him directly.
UND President Mark Kennedy, the sole finalist for the University of Colorado president's position, penned an open letter to the CU community Friday. Read it below. --- Dear Members of the University of Colorado Community,
Reporting early in the week by the Grand Forks Herald prompted the Colorado Board of Regents to rush its announcement that named Mark Kennedy the finalist for the University of Colorado presidency. The Herald first broke the story Tuesday morning, reporting that rumors were circulating that Kennedy would leave his post as president of UND, presumably for a similar role in Colorado.
UND President Mark Kennedy has been announced as a finalist for the University of Colorado’s open president position, according to a meeting agenda of the University of Colorado Board of Regents. The current president at the University of Colorado, Bruce Benson, is retiring from the school after 11 years.
Mark Kennedy’s tenure at UND could be nearing its end. Multiple sources said Tuesday that rumors about Kennedy’s departure are swirling at the Capitol in Bismarck. Meanwhile, higher-education officials in Bismarck and at UND declined to comment when asked to verify the rumors. Kennedy, president of UND since 2016, is rumored to be in line for a higher education position in Colorado.
As the Red River continues to rise, the cities of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks have started to button down in advance of a weekend crest. The National Weather Service predicts the Red River at East Grand Forks will crest at 48 feet Friday or Saturday, said meteorologist Ryan Knutsvig. The river was at 40.52 feet—just above moderate flood stage—as of 2:45 p.m. Monday. Local officials are closely monitoring river information from the National Weather Service, said John Bernstrom, communications specialist for the city of Grand Forks.
BISMARCK—The North Dakota House voted Monday in favor of a bill that directs the State Board of Higher Education and its institutions to form a free speech policy. The House voted 87-3 to pass the bill originally introduced in the state Senate by Ray Holmberg, R-Grand Forks.
Lovers of comic books and pop culture descended on East Grand Forks Saturday afternoon to attend the annual ForXcon convention. The event, which is in its sixth year, is a celebration of comics and popular culture in all media, including print, film, TV, art, games and toys. ForXcon includes vendors selling a variety of items from comic books to games to works of art. Another aspect of the event is panels. To celebrate the 80th anniversary of Batman, the convention held a special presentation about the character.
As the school year begins to wind down, election season is cranking up on UND's campus. Three teams are running for student body president/vice president to replace Erik Hanson and Kaleb Dschaak as their one-year term comes to an end. A number of students are also running for seats on the Student Senate. Voting is set for 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 17. Students can vote online at involvement.und.edu The Herald spoke to the teams running for president and vice president. They are listed below in alphabetical order. Lian/Ternus
The Sorlie Bridge will be closing at noon Monday due to rising flood waters, city officials from Grand Forks and East Grand Forks announced Sunday. The closures at the Sorlie Bridge on Demers Avenue need to be installed from the wet side of the floodwalls causing crews to close the bridge prior to water impacting the road, the city of Grand Forks said in a press release.