Will the New UND Fighting Sioux Mascot Replacement be a Fighting Hawk, Roughrider or Nodak?

UND’s Fighting Sioux Mascot Replacement: a Fighting Hawk, Roughrider or Nodak?

Vincent Schilling

After a public vote, the University of North Dakota’s former Fighting Sioux mascot will be fading further into the school’s distant history. The public will now be voting on the Fighting Hawks, Roughriders and Nodaks as UND’s future sports mascot nickname.  

According to the Grand Forks Herald, the results of a five-day public vote released Sunday shows 31 percent of voters chose Fighting Hawks over the Nodaks, Sundogs, Roughriders and North Stars.The Roughriders came in second place with 21 percent of votes and Nodaks (a slang name for North Dakota) received 20 percent.

UND Spokesman Peter Johnson told the Herald  there would be a final vote on the top three.

The final runoff will begin Nov. 2 and will conclude Nov.6 at 11:59 pm.

According to UND President Robert Kelley, “We appreciate the participation and input of the voters, and are pleased that we have moved forward to three final choices,” Kelley said in a news release. “We look forward to completing the last important step of this process through the runoff vote.”

UND Vice President for University and Public Affairs Susan Walton says voters will receive a link to vote in an email. “The winner will be the next athletic nickname for the University of North Dakota,” she told the Herald.

UND Student Body President Matt Kopp told the Herald he’s glad three options will be included in the final vote and the one students appear to prefer, Fighting Hawks, might have come out as a frontrunner. “Students are a pretty large voting block, second only to alumni,” he said. “We’re tied into campus right now and a lot are participating.”

If Fighting Hawks or Nodaks are selected, the school faces the least work in terms of licensing; If the Roughriders mascot wins, the mascot name would require trademark negotiations with the US Hockey League of the same name in Cedar Rapids Iowa. 

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