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2013 NDSU Airplane Lobbying Efforts Tally: $21,653

2013 NDSU Airplane Lobbying Efforts Tally: $21,653

Despite legislative expectations that NDSU would be selling their airplane, they haven’t yet and instead are using it to fly back and forth to Bismarck to lobby legislators for bigger budgets. NDSU officials routinely complain that their university is underfunded, but that’s a little hard to buy given how much money they spend on private

Hennen's Notebook: Higher Ed, Planned Parenthood And Water Wars

I interviewed NDSU President Dean Bresciani, UND President Robert Kelley and NDUS Chancellor Ham Shirvani this week. My top takeaway is amazement at the near “kumbya” they are all singing on budget issues. Governor Dalrymple has proposed a budget very near what the universities sought. What a difference 2 years makes, and a boatload of

NDSU Faculty Proves Why North Dakota's Universities Should Be Privatized

Recently North Dakota State University raised the ire of legislators when they accepted Obamacare funding to partner with Planned Parenthood for sex education. The legislature had already specifically turned down those funds, and state law prohibits anything but abstinence-based sex education. NDSU President Dean Bresciani was forced to admit that the acceptance of the funds

University System Big-Wigs Have "No Complaints" About Big Budget Increases

Senator Bowman hits the nail on the head, I think. If they’re not complaining, it must be too much money. BISMARCK – North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani told legislators Tuesday that his presentation of a wish list for the next two years would be a quick one because of the school’s “exceptionally strong

NDSU Backtracks On Partnership With Planned Parenthood

Alternate headline: University President Suddenly Very Deferential When Legislature Is In Session NDSU President Dean Bresciani was on the Scott Hennen Show today and was asked about his institution’s legally dubious decision to partner with far-left abortion mill mogols Planned Parenthood for sex education. The legislature had already turned down the federal funds in question

A Chill Wind Blows At The State Capitol For NDUS Chancellor Hamid Shirvani

I spent most of yesterday up at the capitol in Bismarck. I was the emcee for the annual “Converge on the Captiol” event (see a news report for that here), and then went inside to wander through some committee hearings and the legislative chambers for a while. What had lawmakers buzzing was a higher education

Grand Forks Herald Defends NDSU's Airplane

In an editorial responding to my on-going criticism of NDSU’s extravagant and unnecessary private airplane, the Grand Forks Herald defends the plane. “Clearly, lots of people — including lots of private-sector entrepreneurs and executives, people who answer to a profit-or-loss bottom line — find that the time saved by flying point-to-point more than makes up

NDSU Uses Funds From Research Grants For Private Airplane

Last week we got some interesting news from North Dakota State University about the funding sources for their controversial airplane. NDSU had apparently told reporters from Valley News Live that the source of funds was private donors and investors, but when I filed an open records request asking for a list of those donors and

Did NDSU Lie To The Media About The Funding For Their Airplane?

North Dakota State University has a lot of problems being forthcoming about their controversial private airplane. They tried to exempt it from a state inquiry into airplane use by claiming it was owned by the Alumni Foundation and not the university (that didn’t pass muster). Then they claimed they were going to sell the plane,

Air Bison Is Back In Operation For The 2013 Legislative Session

After receiving heavy legislative criticism for their use, and abuse, of their private airplane the folks at North Dakota State University announced they were selling the airplane. Except, now they’re not selling the airplane, and with legislation in the hopper to exempt the university system from oversight of state aircraft use NDSU is up to

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