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A former Bismarck mayor is still trying to keep UND from selecting a new athletic nickname. On Oct. 27, Marlan "Hawk" Haakenson registered trademarks for the words "Upper North Dakota Fighting Hawks," "Upper North Dakota Roughriders" and "Upper North Dakota Nodaks."
UND’s new athletic nickname will be decided by majority vote, meaning there’s a possibility a winner won’t be chosen until well into November. The school announced Wednesday if none of...
UND representatives maintain vote results for the school's future nickname will be upheld, even though an attorney for the university said it was merely a "feeling-out process" during a court hearing. Representatives from UND's University and Public Relations Department told the Herald in September the results of nickname vote will be honored. "What we said before stands," UND spokesman Peter Johnson told the Herald Tuesday. "The nickname is going to be determined by vote.
UND Vice President of Finance and Operations Alice Brekke is updating the campus community on a $5 million budget shortfall this week. Brekke released a statement Oct. 11 reiterating what...
Sunday was a big day for UND as the school announced three nicknames would move forward for a runoff vote for new a name, rather the top two, as was the original plan. When the news broke that people would now be able to choose from Fighting Hawks, Roughriders and Nodaks, reaction on social media was varied, with some expressing anger and others exasperation with the long road to a new nickname after the retirement of the Fighting Sioux about three years ago. The latest change in the selection process is one of many in the long nickname saga. UND Student Body President Matt Kopp told the
A former UND School of Law student's lawsuit is being dismissed, but he plans to file a new one this week. Garet Bradford, 46, sued the school, university president and four Law School employees after he was dismissed in May, alleging his contract with the school was breached and he experienced defamation and emotional distress. An order filed Sept.
UND announced Sunday evening three nicknames will be in a runoff vote scheduled for the week of Nov.
The fourth floor of UND's O'Kelly Hall was filled with blood and gore Friday evening, but only because UND's Forensic Science Club opened its annual Haunted Lab. UND student Bailey Hoffman said she is aware the Forensic Science Club already has a somewhat morbid connotation. "This allows us to have fun with it," she said. The club holds the Haunted Lab to raise money to attend the American Academy of Forensic Sciences conference.
The Grand Forks community now sits in wait after the vote to decide UND's athletic nickname came to a close. As many as 82,000 potential voters had the chance to pick from Fighting Hawks, Nodaks, North Stars, Roughriders and Sundogs in an online vote throughout the week. The voting closed at 11:59 p.m.
UND staff and faculty members gathered Thursday to learn about and give input on the development of the university's master plan. A steering committee headed by Associate Vice President of Facilities Management Dave Chakraborty, in collaboration with Hay-Dobbs Architects, is focusing on 2.5 million square feet of space on campus throughout 36 buildings, 26 of which serve academics and 10 of which are support buildings. Chakraborty said he hopes to have a draft plan ready in February.