Sydney Mook has been covering higher education at the Grand Forks Herald since May 2018. She previously served as the multimedia editor and cops, courts and health reporter at the Dickinson Press from January 2016 to May 2018. She graduated from the University of South Dakota with a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science in three and half years in December 2015. While at the USD, she worked for the campus newspaper, The Volante, as well as the television news show, Coyote News. She also interned at South Dakota Public Broadcasting and spent the summer before her senior year interning in Fort Knox for the ROTC Cadet Summer Training program. In her spare time, Sydney enjoys cheering on the New York Yankees and the Kentucky Wildcats, as well as playing golf. If you've got an idea for a video be sure to give her a call!
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Fall enrollment numbers have fallen again at UND. This year's official fall enrollment at the university is listed as 13,847 students, according to a UND press release. That is a 3.9 percent dip from last fall's final enrollment of 14,406. Even with the decrease, the tally still ranks within the top 10 of highest overall enrollments at UND. On-campus numbers include 10,316 students this fall. There are 3,531 students enrolled in distance education courses exclusively, while 3,186 students are taking at least one online course.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D.—The family Daniel Fuller, a Devils Lake man who was fatally shot by a detective in July, wants the city to fire the officer and change its police training policies. "This has been 75 days so far," Fuller's father, Terry Fuller said Monday. "When I leave the house first thing in the morning, I go to the execution site to talk to him, then I go to the cemetery to talk to him, then I start my day."
DEVILS LAKE, N.D.—Dozens of people in support of a Devils Lake family whose son was fatally shot by police in July took to the streets Monday evening during the City's Commission meeting to protest his death and call for the dismissal of the detective who shot him.
Former UND interim president and North Dakota Gov. Ed Schafer said the UND aerospace school needs to align with the goals of the university after faculty called for the dismissal of Provost Thomas DiLorenzo. "They're still complaining about the same stuff, and I was disappointed that the aviation (department) doesn't get on board with the university," he said Monday.
The streets of Grand Forks are sure to be bustling with people wearing green and white this week as students and alumni celebrate Potato Bowl and Homecoming all at once, a first for the university. Having the two events rolled into one weekend adds even more excitement for the week, UND spokesman Peter Johnson said.
An anonymous op-ed published last week in The New York Times claimed there were "early whispers" among President Donald Trump's advisers about trying to remove Trump from the presidency by invoking part of the 25th Amendment, an amendment North Dakota never ratified.
An anonymous donor has pledged $1 million to UND's accounting department, money that will go to students and faculty. About 20 percent of the gift will fund an endowment for graduate student stipends. The additional $800,000 will help elevate the Kulas Koppenhaver Endowed Professorship fund from a professorship level to an endowed chair level, said Milo Smith, senior director of public relations at the UND Alumni Association and Foundation.
Despite lower-than-expected turnout, the United Way's campaign kickoff event Tuesday night collected hundreds of items for those in need in the Grand Forks area. The "Stuff the Truck" donation drive, formerly known as "Stack the Stage," was able to collect almost 700 nonperishable food items and personal care items for local food shelves. The event is a kickoff for the United Way's upcoming fundraising campaign.
A former dean of UND's John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences on Tuesday described his previous relationship with Provost Thomas DiLorenzo as "tumultuous" and says he agrees with a no-confidence resolution signed by staff at the school. The comment from Bruce A. Smith comes almost two weeks after the aviation department, one of the largest programs on campus, voted 32-0 in favor of the resolution. Two staff members abstained from voting on the resolution.
Members of UND's ROTC spent Tuesday morning honoring those who were lost in the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks. Members took turns pulling guard and honoring the flag Tuesday morning in front of Memorial Union. A small, makeshift memorial for police officers and firefighters who lost their lives that day also was set up in front of the flag. The memorial also honored Army soldiers who have died in the War on Terror. The annual ceremony finished with the playing of "Taps" by an ROTC member.