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I believe UND should never adopt a new nickname. Clearly with no nickname Sioux fans have continued to use the nickname at games and in referring to the University of North Dakota. No nickname: the fans will continue to unofficially use "The Fighting Sioux".

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Absolutely nothing wrong with that banner.

If Kelley thinks that is a problem then it is definitely time for him to take a hike. Lost the remaining 2% of respect for him.

How long till he decides that nobody will be allowed to go to any event wearing a Sioux logo ? Wow.

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Absolutely nothing wrong with that banner.

If Kelley thinks that is a problem then it is definitely time for him to take a hike. Lost the remaining 2% of respect for him.

How long till he decides that nobody will be allowed to go to any event wearing a Sioux logo ? Wow.

He basically has slowly neutered the university from it's rich tradition from the time he stepped foot on campus. I'm sure those he has continually pandered to love to see the wussification of UND over that last few years.

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Absolutely nothing wrong with that banner.

If Kelley thinks that is a problem then it is definitely time for him to take a hike. Lost the remaining 2% of respect for him.

How long till he decides that nobody will be allowed to go to any event wearing a Sioux logo ? Wow.

The University of North Dakota...where we believe in free speech about as much as North Korea.

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I love my Indians hats with Chief Wahoo. I find it funny how they want Indian sports teams changed but yet their sports teams on the Rez can have them. If their people aren't mascots what do you call the Mahnomen Indians?

State Football Champions!

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That banner didn't use the banned word.

It didn't say WHO took the moniker. <cough> NCAA <cough>

So the issue is ... ???

Someone needs to clue that sorority onto THEFIRE.ORG website.

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education loves to take on cases like this.

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I believe this was a shot at the NCAA, not Native Americans. The NCAA took away the name, the Natives didn't. I can understand if someone fussed over the banner we could ask the Gamma Phi's to take it down. That should be the extent of it. Explain to them someone interpreted that as disrespectful and respectfully ask that it be taken down. No reason to punish anyone. If there is required diversity training then it should also include the Native Americans so they might understand why someone wanted the banner in the first place. I have attended diversity training workshops put on for our employees and some were put on by some of the most biased and racially prejudices people who had no interest in peaceful, respectful dialogue between people from different cultures or with different beliefs.

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http://www.valleynewslive.com/story/25195906/claims-of-backlash-over-loss-of-fighting-sioux-nickname

Now some are claiming that UND is quietly cutting funding to some native american programs as a backlash to losing the name - uh the administration and liberal professors (the ones that dole out the money) are the groups on campus that supported the nickname change - now they are turning on them? As far as the person quoted Mr. Rainbow - what's the record for longest time being a student at UND this guy must be close to it - if someone else is paying I guess you can go as long asyou want. You'd think this group would try and have positive publicity during the week of their biggest annual event - but no there are some people who can always find something negative to focus on. The Wachipi receives public funding from several sources at UND but nothing about that.

The sign is totally within their rights - a little misworded as there hasn't been a "mascot" in years but I think this would be a great freedom of speech issue to test. They need to contact the ACLU.

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Absolutely nothing wrong with that banner.

If Kelley thinks that is a problem then it is definitely time for him to take a hike. Lost the remaining 2% of respect for him.

How long till he decides that nobody will be allowed to go to any event wearing a Sioux logo ? Wow.

Only problem I saw was that we never had a mascot, only a nickname. But, other than that, I think it's just fine.

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Once again I'm completely embarrassed by the "leadership" of my alma mater.

How can they be taken seriously when they continually walk around with their junk tucked up between their legs.

Again this "issue" is flat out a joke and could not gave been handled any worse.

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I wanted to post on this yesterday when I saw this but figured I should cool down a bit first because this got me a bit fired up. This little situation is an attack on the 1st amendment. As some pointed out this was a shot at the ncaa if anything. These kind of situations where someone is offended by how they interpret the message is happening everywhere.

Sensitivity training? Really? As pointed out above those who teach cultural sensitivity training are often very radical and have no interest of an even playing field, but rather an agenda. If they were truly serious both sides would attend "sensitivity training" but that is improbable at best.

I am under 30 so I don't have as much life experience as many here but I have noticed over the last 5-10 years a huge increase in situations like this all over our country where one group doesn't like a position of another so they move to shut them down versus being tolerant and letting people believe what they may. In other words the PC agenda is taking over.

Political correctness is nothing more than tyranny in disguise. Wrap your mind around that.

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Well, I couldn't help myself. I wrote a letter to the University, including the President, Greek Life Coordinator, Dean of Students and Assc Dean of Student Activities. I would encourage others to do so as well, but keep it professional.

Beyond the nickname battle, this is just a sick way of appeasing anyway who complains, rather than looking at the situation in a reasonable manner and acknowledging there was nothing wrong here. UND needs to find a better balance of acceptable political correctness and excessive political activism.

Disappointed in the sorority's national chapter for immediately apologizing on these girl's behalf rather than looking at the banner and standing up for them. Sisterhood?

Very disappointed in UND right now. We'll see if I get a response from anyone, but I'm not expecting much.

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Well, I couldn't help myself. I wrote a letter to the University, including the President, Greek Life Coordinator, Dean of Students and Assc Dean of Student Activities. I would encourage others to do so as well, but keep it professional.

Beyond the nickname battle, this is just a sick way of appeasing anyway who complains, rather than looking at the situation in a reasonable manner and acknowledging there was nothing wrong here. UND needs to find a better balance of acceptable political correctness and excessive political activism.

Disappointed in the sorority's national chapter for immediately apologizing on these girl's behalf rather than looking at the banner and standing up for them. Sisterhood?

Very disappointed in UND right now. We'll see if I get a response from anyone, but I'm not expecting much.

When the nickname battle was in full swing I sent a letter as a supporter of the nickname to many of those involved at UND...the response I got from those within the university, especially those like Jeanotte and his liberal ilk, was that I was "insensitive" and there were some that actually contacted my employer asking that I be fired due to my opinion and stance. Not making this up...............

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When the nickname battle was in full swing I sent a letter as well to those involved...the response I got from those on within the university, especially those like Jeanotte and his liberal ilk, was that I was "insensitive" and there were some that actually contacted my employer asking that I be fired due to my opinion and stance. Not making this up...............

Wow, typical liberal extremist response. "You should be open to all ideas .... unless those ideas conflict with my ideas! Then you're a insensitive, horrible person!"

The crazy thing is that this really doesn't have much to do with the nickname. Other that they acknowledged we no longer have it. This entire thing has been blown out of proportion and constructed on someone oversensitve complaint.

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For the president to say they recognize the right to free speech but expect respect is laughable. The only thing that was disrespectful in this entire situation was the University's handling of it.

Holy s**t, set aside speech which is commonly held as "offensive", "lewd", or "pornographic" for a moment, if speech that is deemed disrespectful by administrators is now the standard, that opens up a whole new world of censorship.
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