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Plain Talk: Seven Years in the Making, Fighting Sioux Documentary to Be in Theaters This Spring

Plain Talk: Seven Years in the Making, Fighting Sioux Documentary to Be in Theaters This Spring

Bismarck-based filmmaker Matt Fern has been making a documentary about the controversy around the University of North Dakota’s Fighting Sioux nickname for seven years now. This spring, he’s finally ready to put it in front of audiences. The film, now called Fighting Over Sioux, will get a theatrical release in North Dakota this spring, to

University of North Dakota Professor Says Campus Is “Dying” Due to Legislature’s “Austerity”

Sheila Liming is an Assistant Professor in the English Department at the University of North Dakota. Per her university biography, she once earned a bagpiping scholarship and plays the accordion. Which sounds, honestly, kind of awesome. Who knew there was a scholarship for bagpiping out there in the world? Also, accordions are fantastic. Anyway, Liming

Football Championships Have Not Helped North Dakota State University’s Enrollment

Earlier this week I wrote about the supposed “business” of athletics at North Dakota State University. The school is host to a fantastically successful football program which has won seven Division I FCS championships dating back to 2011. Yet, despite all of that success, the athletics programs at the school are propped up by millions

Chancellor’s Comments on Former UND President Mark Kennedy Proves the Impotence of Higher Education Governance

One of the most persistent and confounding problems in North Dakota’s higher education system are university presidents – backed by politically loud constituencies made up of alumni and sports fans and hometown media – who don’t want to be governed. Who resent the governance of the State Board of Higher Education and the Legislature and

Plain Talk: Wynne Says Former UND President Mark Kennedy’s Progress Was “Tainted” by “Personality Issues”

Former University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy, who left that position under a cloud of criticism to take a new one at the University of Colorado, did a lot of good things according to interim UND President Joshua Wynne. He said, on this episode of Plain Talk, that you have to “separate the message

Guest Post: Suggestions for Reviving the University of North Dakota

This guest post was written by William J. Brotherton, a UND graduate, a North Dakota and Texas attorney, and an adopted member of the Spirit Lake Sioux. He is the author of Burlington Northern Adventures: Railroading in the Days of the Caboose. He lives in Argyle, Texas. Now that the University of North Dakota will

Ed Schafer Says No to Another Stint as President of the University of North Dakota

This week current UND President Mark Kennedy sent an official resignation out to campus, occasioned by his acceptance of a new job as president of the University of Colorado. Here’s what he sent: Kennedy isn’t North Dakota’s problem any more. Things had gotten so bad that Colorado hiring him saved North Dakota the trouble of

Former DOT Drivers License Director Allegedly Told Female Subordinate She Reminded Him of a Character in a Romance Novel He Wrote

Glenn Jackson was director of the North Dakota Department of Transportation’s drivers license division until he resigned last week. He’d been on leave since February pending an investigation into accusations that he, among other things, was showing favoritism to young, female employees. As you can see from the full investigation report into those accusations (below),

Mark Kennedy Named New President of the University of Colorado

It was a close, but the outcome wasn’t unexpected. On a party line vote, the Board of Regents voted to appoint current University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy as the new President of the University of Colorado. If you want to watch the whole, long-winded meeting you can do so here: This solves a

Heidi Heitkamp Says She’d Consider Being President of the University of North Dakota

I wrote previously that if former U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp wanted the president’s job at the University of North Dakota she should be considered for it. Of course, current UND President Mark Kennedy still has the job, even though he’s the sole finalist for a new job in Colorado. But it’s clear he’s worn out

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