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Nice Wall Street Journal story today on the University of North Dakota nickname process. The committee that will select three finalists by May will accept recommendations from the public into April.

A few interesting details from the story

  • They talked with Karl Goerhing, an assistant hockey coach and committee member (who as also the goalie for the team back when I went there), who suggest the school's original name Flickertails is a nonstarter. UND's biggest hockey rival historically is the University of Minnesota Gophers, and a flickertail is basically a small gopher.
  • Goerhing said he's heard a bunch of name suggestions from the public, some of which I think are pretty interesting, including: Roughriders (a link to Teddy Roosevelt's ties to the state), Pilots (in honor of the university's nationally renowned aviation program), Flames (a nod to the Eternal Flame statue on campus) and NoDaks.
Any of them aren't too bad besides the NoDaks. Although, how do you make a flame green?
Just for reference, their academic logo:

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Nice Wall Street Journal story today on the University of North Dakota nickname process. The committee that will select three finalists by May will accept recommendations from the public into April.

A few interesting details from the story

  • They talked with Karl Goerhing, an assistant hockey coach and committee member (who as also the goalie for the team back when I went there), who suggest the school's original name Flickertails is a nonstarter. UND's biggest hockey rival historically is the University of Minnesota Gophers, and a flickertail is basically a small gopher.
  • Goerhing said he's heard a bunch of name suggestions from the public, some of which I think are pretty interesting, including: Roughriders (a link to Teddy Roosevelt's ties to the state), Pilots (in honor of the university's nationally renowned aviation program), Flames (a nod to the Eternal Flame statue on campus) and NoDaks.

Any of them aren't too bad besides the NoDaks. Although, how do you make a flame green?

Gotta say, I don't mind NoDaks. I see it as akin to the Hoosiers. The downfall of that name is that, while great for regional pride, I can't imagine it would stir the imaginations of many out-of-state recruitment targets.

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Here is another story about the process. This story list the attributes the committee is looking for:

  • Be unique, recognizable, inspiring and distinctly UND's.
  • Promote a sense of pride, strength, fierceness and passion.
  • Be representative of the state and region in a way that honors the traditions and heritage of the past but also looks to the future.
  • Be a unifying and rallying symbol.

I still think they should be the Fighting Pike.

  • State fish of North Dakota
  • Abundant in the Red River and Devil's Lake
  • Green and white body with reddish-pink fins
  • Popular year round, angling and ice fishing
  • Have a great deal of fight as a sport-fish

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I just submitted "Pioneers" and "Oilers"

I really like Pioneers but doubt it stands a chance as a main in-conference hockey rival uses that nickname already. I know, I know, it's just one sport amongst many, but that hockey crowd up there carries a lot of weight behind it.

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They released lists of the suggestions that were received. A "consideration" and a "non-consideration". Spoiler alert: some that we thought would be great are nons.

Did they even look at the suggestions before issuing the lists?

"Abdominal Snowmen"? What, is this going to be a really ripped snowman? And look at the "rationale" for that name!

And they left "Baby Bison" on there.

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They released lists of the suggestions that were received. A "consideration" and a "non-consideration". Spoiler alert: some that we thought would be great are nons.

Did they even look at the suggestions before issuing the lists?

"Abdominal Snowmen"? What, is this going to be a really ripped snowman? And look at the "rationale" for that name!

And they left "Baby Bison" on there.

And zombies?

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The non-consideration list and the "Rational" field might be the best/worst thing I've read in a while.

It's like reading Facebook comments- so terrible, but I can't look away.

Best one is is "abcdefghjklmnpqrtvwyz- I left the letters S I O U X out, because we're not the Sioux anymore"

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The non-consideration list and the "Rational" field might be the best/worst thing I've read in a while.

It's like reading Facebook comments- so terrible, but I can't look away.

Best one is is "abcdefghjklmnpqrtvwyz- I left the letters S I O U X out, because we're not the Sioux anymore"

Wow...I didn't see that one.

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