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Back in 2009, North Dakota lawmakers considered a bill to keep secret the names of state college president applicants until semifinalists are named. The bill got through the Senate Education Committee by a 4-1 vote and went on to pass the full Senate. Then it died in the House, but by a not-outrageous margin of 56-37. All of which is a lead-in to this: If supporters still think the change is a good idea, they should consider introducing it again.
What an interesting man Mike Polovitz was. And what a fascinating contrast there is between the Grand Forks of his day and the Grand Forks of today. The Grand Forks of the 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s had something important in common with the North Dakota of those days. You can capture that something in one word: Scarcity. Make that two words -- scarce resources -- if you're an economist. Downtown Grand Forks was struggling mightily to stave off decline, but the projects of the time just weren't up to the task.
When Mellaney Moore of Valley News Live walked undisturbed with a hidden camera through several Fargo-area schools, she prompted not one but two debates. The first is the one she was after: Do those schools have lax security? Then the second debate came after her: When, if ever, is it OK for reporters to break the law? Let's think about the second debate first. By law in Minnesota and ordinance in Fargo and West Fargo, visitors must sign in upon entering a school.
One of America's most selective universities, Harvard accepts fewer than 10 percent of its applicants. So, most successful candidates have very high grade-point averages and test scores. But not all. Harvard has a "wholistic" admissions process, which means its admissions officers look at the whole person rather than just test scores and GPAs. So, "students who have some kind of remarkable talent or have a compelling story to tell will get a close look even if grades and test scores aren't quite up to the ideal," writes Allen Grove, college admissions writer for About.com.
Skeptics of man-made global warming put great weight on the fact that doomsayers' predictions so seldom pan out. The true test of any model is its ability to accurately predict the future; and when a prediction points north but the future unfolds south, the model rightly gets questioned. With that in mind, consider Alf Landon, the Republican presidential candidate of 1936, who called Social Security "a cruel hoax" and a "fraud on the working man." Consider Depression-era Sen.
The NCAA seemingly went out of its way to snub UND and Engelstad Arena in a tournament-location decision. Why? Herald staff writer Brad Schlossman asked the NCAA that question and got an answer. But it's really less an answer than an excuse; and next time around, it and other excuses should be discarded in favor of UND getting a chance to host a Women's Frozen Four. Here's the situation: UND was one of four finalists selected to host a Women's Frozen Four, Schlossman reported.
It happens every winter across the upper Midwest. The temperatures plunge below zero; but you grew up here and come from hardy stock, so you don't think much of it. At first. Then you walk from the store to your car without wearing gloves. You keep the keys in your hand for that little stroll, too. And when you get to your car, your fingers don't function, so your keys clatter to the pavement. Not every subzero eye-opener is that dramatic. Sometimes, it's just the fact that your cheeks feel on fire from a two-minute exposure to the elements.
In the wake of a divisive budget battle, Grand Forks School District might be looking for a project that promises a substantial benefit at low cost. Here's an idea: Start planning now to shift the start times for local high schools to 8:30 a.m. "A new University of Minnesota study finds high school students who start school later receive better grades and are absent less often," Minnesota Public Radio reported last week. "The findings add to a growing body of research that shows teens need more sleep to function well in school." That "growing body of research" now has piled up for several
It's understandable if UND wants to get beyond volleyball coach Ashley Hardee's resignation and move on. But that mustn't happen -- at least not before an investigation has been completed, the university has reconsidered key policies, and the findings and any policy changes have been announced. Then and only then can the school and its sports program get back to business as usual. Last week, Hardee resigned after news broke that he "is being investigated for a reported hit-and-run accident early Sunday morning (Dec.
OK, so the payoff may not be a $1.5 million a year contract, which is the deal Craig Bohl reportedly will be getting for leaving North Dakota State University in favor of coaching Wyoming's football team. Still, UND and NDSU faculty members who can't believe the kind of money that success in sports can bring should realize that a couple of ladles-full from that gravy train could be theirs, too. All they have to figure out is this: What makes for a successful coach? How did Bohl go about racking up his astounding 41-2 record over the past three years at NDSU?