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Mark Ugelstad, Mapleton, N.D., Published September 12 2012

Letter: NDSU attitude shocks, saddens

I am shocked and saddened by the reaction of North Dakota State University staff concerning the alleged voter fraud by members of the football team. As a graduate of NDSU, I feel the image of the school is tarnished by this behavior and even more so by the reaction of NDSU administration.

Voter fraud is an attack on the very foundation of democracy, and these players abused it to line their pockets. They conspired to get others to do the same and have caused harm to our political system. I do not support the petitions they abused, but I feel NDSU has failed in their responsibility to teach ethics to the students. In the past they at least paid lip service to ethics.

If convicted, these players should be banned from playing football. Contrary to NDSU staff opinion, this is a serious offense and should be punished severely.