Change. Some people fear it, avoid it or refuse to accept it. Whatever the case may be, it is time for the "forever Fighting Sioux" fans to move on. I...
Of the final two nicknames, Roughriders remains the best. It is fitting and facilitates endless possibilities for an exciting logo. Also, people are smart enough not to be confused about whether a person is referring to the Red River High School or UND Roughriders.
Rule No. 1: A nickname should be a noun and should facilitate the creation of an exciting mascot/logo. ▇ Roughriders captures the independent, hard-working spirit of the good people of North Dakota. And like the men who were Roughriders, the brave and hard-working souls who attend UND also will be well-represented by the name. Furthermore, just as Teddy Roosevelt brought together a diverse team of individuals to work for a common goal, UND will assemble the world's best students and athletes, then see to it that they're driven by excellence and grounded with core principles.
On July 25, the front-page photo accompanying a story on the prospects for the "UND/North Dakota" nickname shows supporters of that nickname wearing "Sioux" jerseys and holding "We are the Sioux forever" signs. Meanwhile, almost no one in the photo is wearing an item of clothing that bears the actual name being considered: UND/North Dakota. The same goes for the hockey and football games I've seen on TV.
North Dakota is known as the "Roughrider State." It aligns itself with the rugged spirit of those who live in the great state of North Dakota. Furthermore, Teddy Roosevelt's ties to North Dakota and his status as "The Cowboy of the Dakotas" further solidifies the special place he has in the rich history of the state.
I graduated from UND in 1984. I couldn't be more proud of my alma mater. And I'm so pleased with the revised list of 15 names that I felt I...