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Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service, Published February 13 2011

Higher Education Notebook: Minnesota students plan march and rally at Capitol

Students from Minnesota State University Moorhead will join other students from around the state for a march and rally at the state Capitol on Wednesday.

They will emphasize the theme “Student Tuition is OverPriced,” or STOP, and ask legislators to limit further tuition increases while maintaining the quality of education for Minnesota’s state colleges and universities.

Grant Hagen, a member of MSUM’s student senate who is coordinating the MSUM effort, said he hopes as many as 55 students will leave for the Capitol at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The group at the Capitol is expected to be about 500 to 700 students.

“We’re looking to increase our voice, and we’re looking to be heard,” said Hagen, a senior business administration major.

The Minnesota State University Student Association, which advocates for MSUM and other state universities, opposes further funding restrictions for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.

‘Before one more’

A new advertising campaign by North Dakota State University students encourages students to consider whether one more alcoholic drink could be too many.

The campaign “Before One More” by students in an advertising practicum course aims to help students avoid high-risk drinking.

The campaign provides information about how much alcohol is in a typical drink and the effects of different levels of blood alcohol concentration.

The student-run television station Bison Information Network created a video for the campaign that begins airing later this month on campus and prior to Bison basketball games. The ads will also appear in pizza boxes in north Fargo and on a 12th Avenue North billboard.

For more on the campaign, visit www.ndsu.edu/alcoholinfo/students/before_one_more.

NDSCS gives smiles

An event hosted by the North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton this month provided free dental care for 56 kids.

During “Give Kids a Smile” day, NDSCS dental students worked with local and regional dentists, hygienists, assistants and faculty and staff to provide exams, cleanings, fillings, extractions and other treatments for area youth.

They provided more than $20,000 in free dental services.

Nursing ranks No. 1

The registered nursing program at NDSCS has been ranked No. 1 in the country based on the 100 percent passage rate of graduates who took the National Council of Licensing Exam in 2010.

The ranking follows a similar No. 1 ranking for the NDSCS practical nursing program that was released in January.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Amy Dalrymple at (701) 241-5590 or adalrymple@forumcomm.com