University of Minnesota

looks at nonresident tuition hike

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler is pitching a 15-percent tuition hike for nonresident students for each of the next two years.

Kaler told the Board of Regents on Thursday that the university now ranks second-to-last for nonresident tuition in the Big Ten, and the change would bring the school toward the middle.

Under the plan, nonresident tuition and fees would be $28,730 next fall and $35,000 the following year. Regents will vote at a later date.

Students from Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota and Manitoba would not be affected because of reciprocity agreements.

Those who support increasing nonresident tuition say the current lower tuition sends a message that cheapens the value of a University of Minnesota education. Those opposed fear an increase will affect the school’s ability to draw students from across the country.

South Dakota school probes

racist stunt before football game

STURGIS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota high school has launched an investigation after photos posted on social media show students destroying a car with “Go back to the Rez” painted on the side, ahead of a football game against a school from a nearby American Indian reservation.

Sturgis Brown High School is scheduled to play Pine Ridge High School, from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, on Friday. Sturgis Principal Pete Wilson said it’s unclear if the game will be played. Pine Ridge Principal Michael Carlow wasn’t immediately available for comment to The Associated Press.

Wilson told the AP that he learned of the posts Wednesday evening, saying the actions of a few reflect poorly on the school and that the situation “hurts the student body.”

“It’s the worst day I’ve ever had,” said Wilson, adding that discipline would occur “after we figure out everything.”

A photo shows people hitting a car with sledgehammers. The ritual used to be homecoming tradition but is no longer sponsored by the school, according to the newspaper.

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