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At the University of North Dakota, Another Feud Over Another Logo

At the University of North Dakota, Another Feud Over Another Logo

There is a feud on-going between University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy and Engelstad Family Foundation trustee Kris Engelstad McGarry. For those of you who don’t know, the foundation is a major donor to UND. Their gifts have included the Ralph Engelstad Arena and the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. But right now the foundation

UND's Lexie Shaw prepares for a goal attempt by Bemidji State University during the 2nd period of Saturday's game at the Ralph Engelstad Arena. Photo by Nick Nelson for the Grand Forks Herald.

UND Taking Down Women’s Hockey Memorabilia Seems Petty and Vindictive

I think the University of North Dakota made the right decision when they closed down the women’s hockey program. The games were sparsely attended, and the cost of the team itself pretty large. It’s my position that public universities ought to shut down any sports program which can’t subsist on its own revenues. The cost

UND President Mark Kennedy. Grand Forks Herald file photo.

William Brotherton: The University of North Dakota Deserves Better Than Mark Kennedy

This guest post was submitted by UND alumnus William Brotherton As a still proud graduate of the University of North Dakota, and the owner of 3 businesses, I’d like to have my say in whether Mark Kennedy continues as the lame-duck president of UND. Quite frankly, it’s time for him to leave. Most business owners

Mark Kennedy addresses people after being selected as the next President of the University of North Dakota Tuesday at the Gorecki alumni center. Jesse Trelstad/ Grand Forks Herald

Maybe University Presidents Aren’t All That Important

It’s remarkable how much time and treasure we invest into hiring presidents for our public universities. We have learned in recent weeks that University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy is job hunting. He will interview for a gig at the University of Central Florida this week. He was hired at UND not quite two

Ice Hockey - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women's Gold Medal Final Match - Canada v USA - Gangneung Hockey Centre, Gangneung, South Korea - February 22, 2018 - Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson of the U.S. celebrates with Gigi Marvin of the U.S. as she holds the U.S. flag after their win. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

The Women’s Hockey Program at UND Died Because Few Were Supporting It

“Bring back women’s hockey,” writes former Grand Forks Herald publisher Mike Jacobs in a column this week. As you readers will remember the women’s hockey program at the University of North Dakota was axed by President Mark Kennedy, a decision which created no small amount of controversy. North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp even jumped into the

UND's Lexie Shaw prepares for a goal attempt by Bemidji State University at the Ralph Engelstad Arena. Photo by Nick Nelson for the Grand Forks Herald.

You Can’t Write Sad, Sad Stories About Women’s Hockey at UND Without Talking About the Money

The New York Times recently published a story about the end of the women’s hockey program at the University of North Dakota. It was published in the Times on the 10th, and has been republished here in North Dakota by my employers at Forum Communications today. The story aims to evoke sympathy over the demise

UND officers take their places on stage at the University of North Dakota summer commencement, held at Chester Fritz Auditorium in Grand Forks, N.D. on August 5, 2016. (Meg Oliphant/Grand Forks Herald)

UND Graduate School Tells Students to Oppose Republican Tax Reform

An email sent out last week by the University of North Dakota’s School of Graduate Studies urges students to oppose the Republican-backed tax reform which is set to be voted on by the House of Representatives today. The email contains statements opposing the reform from the Council of Graduate Schools, and encourages students to contact

UND Spokesman Says Professor Wasn’t Prevented From Hosting #NoDAPL Seminars

Yesterday we got news that University of North Dakota professor Mark Trahant would be resigning at the end of his three year stint as the Charles R. Johnson endowed Professor of Journalism. In social media postings he expressed disappointment and “disgust” with the university over what he alleges was a refusal let him stage seminars

UND Journalism Professor Says He Couldn’t Do #NoDAPL Seminar Because of Potential Political Backlash

Mark Trahant is the Charles R. Johnson endowed Professor of Journalism at the University of North Dakota, but he won’t be any more at the end of his current term. According to social media postings, Mr. Trahant has decided to step down at the end of his three year stint saying he’s “disappointed and disgusted”

UND athletic director Brian Faison listens to president Mark Kennedy during a press conference Tuesday morning, Oct. 17, at the High Performance Center. Faison announced his retirement effective December 31, 2017, after which he will serve as a consultant to the Athletics department until June of 2018. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald

UND Spent Over $16,000 on Consulting in Athletics Department Which Produced No Written Reports

Brian Faison, the Athletics Director at the University of North Dakota, retired earlier this week. Only my colleague, Grand Forks Herald sports reporter Tom Miller, doesn’t buy that it was a retirement. In a column he opines that Faison was pushed out and the university is keeping it quiet. Miller notes that UND hired a consultant

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