The vote for a new UND nickname will happen in October


An online vote in mid-October will determine the new nickname for the University of North Dakota.

Specific dates for the vote haven't been released, but the survey will take place for approximately one week, the university announced Friday.

To be eligible to vote, you must be a UND retiree, a current employee, a current student (as of Sept. 30, 2015), UND alumni, or a donor or season ticket-holder (as of Aug. 31, 2015).

The five nicknames up for a vote are:

  • Fighting Hawks
  • Sundogs
  • Nodaks
  • North Stars
  • Roughriders

The winning nickname simply needs to receive a majority of greater than 50 percent of the votes. If none of the five options receive a majority vote, the two top vote-getters will advance to a final vote.

Each person is allowed one vote.

All voters will need to go through an email confirmation process that will be announced at a later date.

UND/North Dakota not an option

UND's "Fighting Sioux" nickname was dropped in 2012 and the school has since gone without a nickname.

Earlier this month, a group called "The Sioux Were Silenced" held a rally in support of remaining without a nickname, while calling for the resignation of UND President Robert Kelley, who took no nickname option off the table.

In Friday's statement, Kelley said: “As I have noted many times, North Dakota is not a nickname — it is a reflection of our pride in who we are."

He added that the five final nicknames will only add to the "already-existing North Dakota identity and evoke the pride and spirit that we all feel for our University and our State."

Per the Grand Forks Herald, Kelley plans to retire in mid-January, 2016.

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