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UND president will consider ‘North Dakota’ as nickname option

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- University of North Dakota President Robert Kelley will consider adding "North Dakota" to the list of nickname finalists for the public to vote on, he said in a letter emailed Friday morning to staff and UND community.

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- University of North Dakota President Robert Kelley will consider adding “North Dakota” to the list of nickname finalists for the public to vote on, he said in a letter emailed Friday morning to staff and UND community.

“I will consider the possible addition of “North Dakota” in the vote process,” he said in the letter.
The letter comes after public backlash after the UND Nickname Committee eliminated “North Dakota” or no nickname, as one of the finalists for a public vote to replace the “Fighting Sioux” nickname that was retired in late 2012.
The UND Nickname Committee earlier this week decided to remove the option of continuing to play without a nickname, which the school has done since the Sioux nickname was retired.
Kelley said he wants to consider the “the feedback of various stakeholders in this process.
“I want to state here that we are ‘North Dakota,’ and we will always be ‘North Dakota.’ I believe it is in the best interest of the University to have a new nickname - something that will go along with continuing to be 'North Dakota '- just as other major universities have nicknames. I think students, alumni, and fans would benefit from having cheers, chants and songs that connect to a true nickname. But that doesn’t and won’t detract from the fact we will always be 'North Dakota.'"
The committee earlier this week had forwarded five nickname options to Kelley: Sundogs, Roughriders, Nodaks, Fighting Hawks and North Stars.
It is expected that a public vote will make the final decision, but not until fall, Kelley said.
“This will allow adequate time to thoroughly review the feedback and make a final decision,” he said.

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