Picking a nickname can really be hard and that has proven to be true with the University of North Dakota. Back in 2012, the NCAA forced the university to drop the nickname “Fighting Sioux” and the Native American head logo as it could appear to be insensitive or offensive.
The athletics programs have been without a nickname since then and have been playing just as “North Dakota.”
The program now seems closer to selecting a new nickname after the university’s nickname committee, yes it’s a real thing, cut their list of fifteen names down to seven.
The list started with over 1,100 possibilities.
According to InForum, the seven possibilities are currently: “Fighting Hawks,” “Green Hawks,” “Nodaks,” “North Stars,” “Roughriders”, “Sundogs”, and having no nickname and continuing to play as North Dakota/UND. The new nickname will be voted on by the public, but a date has not been set as of yet.
The nicknames were ranked by uniqueness, linguistic ease, and whether or not the nickname represented the area well and would be considered a rallying symbol. After the votes, “Roughriders” was on top of the list of seven.
A few members of the committee were opposed to continuing to play as “North Dakota” and one former alumnus, Lowell Schweigert, spoke out about it.
“Now I think is the time for some courage and the popular choice based on what was submitted during April, obviously to all of us, if you look at numbers, is ‘North Dakota,’ but popular isn’t always the right choice,” said Schweigert..
Personally, I am happy to see that two of my top three made the cut to the final vote with “Roughriders” and “North Stars” still being two big possibilities. It will be interesting to watch this vote for the next few weeks, but we want to hear your thoughts. What is your favorite nickname for UND?