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A day after Republican Donald Trump pulled off an unexpected win against Democrat Hillary Clinton to become the United States' president-elect, KSMU talked with a political science professor at Drury University for answers to why the election turned out the way it did.

Dan Ponder says this election is reminiscent of the 2000 Presidential Election, when Al Gore received the popular vote, but Bush won the presidency. So far, Senator Hillary Clinton has the popular vote, but Donald Trump has won the presidency.

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Official enrollment numbers at Drury University shows its student population has grown by 4.1 percent over last year.

Drury credits the increase to its largest incoming freshmen class in five years combined with a solid retention rate.

In a news release, the school says its traditional undergraduate population for the 2016-17 academic year is 1,372, a jump of 54 students over last year. Drury’s incoming freshman class is 38 percent larger than last year.

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The incoming class of students at Drury University is the largest at the school in five years. Drury says 503 new students were on campus when classes began in the traditional Day School on Tuesday.

The preliminary number represents a 39 percent growth over the 363 total freshmen, transfer and international students last fall. The school’s largest ever incoming class was 538 in fall 2010.

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Drury University is celebrating receipt of a federal grant that allows creation of a program for migrant workers and their families.

The College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) grant will fund three full-time and three part-time staff members at Drury’s College of Continuing Professional Studies’ campus in Monett. The $1.94 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education is for five years.

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An annual fundraiser at Drury University has netted $212,000, marking a 15 percent increase for the school over last year.

This was the third year of its “531 Challenge,” which seeks that many donors giving at any level prior to the last day of May – or 5/31.

In total, 644 people gave to Drury, which is a five percent increase in donors from last year. The $212,000 purse was aided by a $50,000 challenge gift from Drury alumna Bobbi Springer. The class of ’49 graduate committed to give that amount if the participation goal was met.

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