Tipping is essential, quit acting like it isn’t

In South Dakota, the minimum wage was recently increased to $9.30 an hour, just over two dollars more than the federal minimum wage of $7.25. $9.30 still isn’t high enough but compared to other Midwest states, it’s not bad. But that’s not the point here. Employees deemed as “tipped employees” can be paid as little […]

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CDC hosts first students of color panel

The Center for Community and Diversity (CDC) hosted its first Students of Color Panel to discuss issues stemming from systemic racism both on and off campus. Panelists answered prepared questions as well as audience questions from in the room and from the event’s Facebook Livestream. Ashley Charlie, the moderator of the event, said these issues […]

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USD Swim and Dive prepare for season with intrasquad meet

USD’s swimming and diving teams had their 2019-20 season come to an early end due to COVID-19, but the team made their return to the pool Saturday for an intrasquad meet to kick off the new season. The Red vs. White intrasquad meet held in the DakotaDome pool was live-streamed for parents and fans to […]

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USD sets record retention rate, sees slight decline in new enrollment

USD saw growth in new graduate student enrollment and a record number of returning students, in addition to a small decline in total new student enrollment this semester. Total enrollment declined by 4.6%. Part-time students declined by 9.2% while full-time students declined by 1.9%. This means that USD’s core student population was largely unchanged. This […]

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Conference on Response to Child Abuse to be held virtually

The Community Response to Child Abuse Conference will be held virtually Sept 30-Oct.1 and registration is free for those who work in schools.  The 20th annual conference is sponsored by the Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment at USD, South Dakota’s Unified Judicial System Court Improvement Program and others.  The conference for 2020 includes […]

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What is D-Days without football?

USD’s homecoming celebration, Dakota Days, usually starts with royalty finalists being announced and wraps up with the D-Days football game on Saturday. With no football game, what is homecoming all about? Homecoming is not dependent on the football game being played, however it is a large part of the celebration. The game, parade, street dance […]

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‘A hobby that got out of hand’: Valiant Vineyard shares Vermillion history through wine

In 1993, Eldon and Sherry Nygaard moved to the farm Eldon Nygaard grew up on, near Viborg, South Dakota. The farm consists of mainly hay, soybeans and corn. However, two acres of their farm is dedicated to grapes.  The couple later decided they wanted to open a winery similar to Dundee Hills winery and vineyard, […]

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