Student Federation Executive Director, Chair resign

USD’s Student Government Association (SGA) President Ally Feiner found herself in a new position last Sunday when the Student Federation Board of Directors named her the Interim Executive Director. The decision came after an email from then Student Federation Executive Director Zebadiah Johnson and Chair Elizabeth Benzmiller that included letters of resignation to the Board […]

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SGA Senate Resolution 7 Speaks Out On Student Federation

USD’s representatives for the South Dakota Student Federation, Ally Feiner and Katie Brust, received an email that the leaders of the federation would be sending representatives from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology to the South Dakota Board of Regents meeting Oct. 6-7. This email sparked conversation among Student Government Association Sen. Caleb […]

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SGA Senate Resolutions 6 puts SGA support behind CDC

At the Oct. 5 Student Government Association (SGA) meeting, Senate Resolution 6, a resolution to support the Center for Diversity & Community (CDC) was introduced to the SGA body. Senate Resolution 6 and the other resolution introduced last week, Senate Resolution 7, were inspired in part by the listening session hosted by USD’s Opportunity for […]

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USD students, faculty voice CDC concerns at “Opportunity for All” listening session

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Volante’s Verve Editor Bennett Clary and Managing Editor Miles Amende contributed to this story. The USD committee working on the South Dakota Board of Regents’ (SDBOR) “Opportunity for All” action plan held a listening session Sept. 28 to report on the committee’s progress and receive feedback from USD students and faculty. The […]

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UPDATE: Classes moved online for the remainder of the spring semester, graduation postponed

In a press release sent from the Board of Regents on Tuesday, all South Dakota public institutions will finish the semester online. The semester will still conclude as scheduled on May 8. This decision, according to the press release, was made as state officials anticipated an increase in COVID-19 cases in South Dakota. “The public […]

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Current and former USD students defend diversity offices in letter to Board of Regents

A group of USD students and alumni showed support for campus diversity offices after state legislators expressed concern to the South Dakota Board of Regents (SDBOR) about their role in promoting intellectual diversity Tuesday. Over 60 current and former students signed a letter defending USD’s diversity offices, which was distributed to the Board of Regents […]

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Senate Bill 122 moves past committee hearing, colleges concerned

The South Dakota Judiciary Committee voted to advance Senate Bill 122 to the Senate floor on Tuesday. SB 122 will “restrict the enactment of policies governing the possession of firearms at a public institution of higher education.” Essentially, if passed, this bill will forbid the Board of Regents, South Dakota Board of Technical Education or […]

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South Dakota legislature proposes mandatory passing of citizenship test

The South Dakota House of Representatives currently has two bills in discussion that would require both high school and college students to take the United States Citizenship test prior to graduation. House Bill 1066 will require high school students to pass the civics test, while HB 1087 will not only require college students to pass […]

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