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University’s relationship with Pearson remains cloudy

University’s relationship with Pearson remains cloudy

Diane Newberry, Editor-in-Chief

April 30, 2018


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In November 2017, Strategic Plan Goal Three Project Manager Jeffrey Holm said the fall 2018 semester was the “go-live watch date” for the University of North Dakota’s digital push.  Four months later, the university has signed a contract with Pearson Online Learning Services and two UND gr...

Pearson education contract with UND, effective Feb. 28, 2018

Diane Newberry, Editor-in-Chief

April 24, 2018


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The Dakota Student has obtained contracts between the University of North Dakota and Pearson Online Learning Services. Our coverage of this contract and its implications will continue, but for now we are releasing the raw text of the document in the interest of public knowledge and university transparency. PO...

Library to discard thousands of books

Library to discard thousands of books

Diane Newberry, Editor-in-Chief

April 8, 2018


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Until a few months ago, the Chester Fritz Library still counted among its collection a 1958 edition of the book “Fabricating with Formica.” Dean of Libraries and Information Resources Stephanie Walker says that while she’s no engineering student, she assumes Formica techniques have come a long...

Smaller departments struggle to attract students, face consolidation

Diane Newberry, News Editor

February 26, 2018


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Ric Auman, an anthropology major in his junior year, still mourns the anthropology department’s loss of former flagship Babcock Hall.  “There’s a lot of memories there for me,” Auman said. “That’s where I usually sleep.”  The department’s move to its current position in O’Kelly Hall was...

“Kennedy says he may leave UND to serve as university president in Florida”

“Kennedy says he may leave UND to serve as university president in Florida”

Diane Newberry, News Editor

February 15, 2018


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President Mark Kennedy sent an email to University of North Dakota faculty, staff and students this morning alerting them to the possibility that he will leave UND for the University of Central Florida (UCF). Kennedy’s announcement came after the UCF Presidential Search Committee released his name, al...

National bar passage rates drop; ND grads weigh law school options

National bar passage rates drop; ND grads weigh law school options

Diane Newberry, News Editor

February 4, 2018


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Sheilan Hamasoor has had an interest in law since high school, but it wasn’t until the news of the Trump administration’s immigration ban broke last year that she was sure she had found her purpose.  “I saw all of these immigrants trying to get into the country and denied whether or not ...

Birth Controlled

Birth Controlled

Diane Newberry, News Editor

January 29, 2018


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Passed in 2010, the Affordable Care Act caused controversy by requiring health insurance plans that covered co-pays on prescription medicine to also cover contraceptive methods. This provision of the act was narrowed by President Trump in October 2017, but there were already numerous exemptions to...

Sexual assualt

Sexual assualt

Diane Newberry, News Editor

January 22, 2018


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On January 6, University of North Dakota students still scattered across the country for winter break were alerted by mass email to an attempted sexual assault in Noren Hall. The federally mandated “timely notice” came with a brief description of the incident, in which two unknown men had gain...

Digital classroom

Digital classroom

Diane Newberry and Jacob Notermann

November 29, 2017


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As the semester comes to a close, faculty have begun to be notified about the potential for the University of North Dakota to enlist the help of Pearson Online Services in the infrastructure of online classes. This move would be in an effort to fulfill Goal Three of the university’s Strategic Plan,...

Psychedelics in the dorms

Psychedelics in the dorms

Diane Newberry, News Editor

November 19, 2017


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On a fateful night near the beginning of the 2016 spring semester, Parker Ellis laid in the hallway of Bek Hall waiting for God - in a figurative sense, and, for him, in a very tangible sense as he was under the influence of LSD. Ellis had been a typical, straight-laced aviation student. He had successfully...

Wellness Center to institute new dress code

Wellness Center to institute new dress code

Diane Newberry, News Editor

November 15, 2017


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It’s a typical wintery afternoon at the University of North Dakota Wellness Center, the setting sun saturating the modern, glass-enclosed lobby with light. A sweaty student, finished with his work out for the day, walks past a prominently displayed sign next to the main desk. Ironically, his outfit, ...

“Disappointed and Disgusted”

“Disappointed and Disgusted”

Diane Newberry, News Editor

November 5, 2017


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On Thursday, Oct. 26 Mark Trahant of the Communications Department announced via Facebook that he would be leaving his position as endowed chair at the University of North Dakota. “I am disappointed and disgusted that the university is not an institutional leader in this state,” Trahant said in his o...

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