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4/14/10 6:51 A

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That is funny... I was thinking of the fighting Irish the other day too.

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4/10/10 10:28 P

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I'm didn't grow up in North Dakota and didn't go to UND, so I don't have a personal, emotional involvement in this issue. I do remember a number of years ago when "The Ralph" was being built Mr. Engelstad threatened to pull the plug on the whole building if UND changed it's Fighting Sioux nickname and logo. I wonder what is going to become of the facility now. If I understand correctly it is privately owned and UND has only has use of the building by the good graces of the Engelstad estate.

Personally I like the nickname and think the Fighting Sioux warrior is tastefully done. I think it would be a fair comparison to telling Notre Dame they have the change their nickname from the Fighting Irish to something else and get rid of the fierce Leprechaun that is their team mascot. Now THAT would really make me mad and I'm of Irish ancestry. All four of my grandparents were born in Ireland, came to the US in their teens and started their families in the US.

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4/10/10 1:31 P

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In some ways, I could care less...I didn't go to college there or anything. The sad part to me is for one thing it is what an 80-year tradition, so that is sad to see changed for (2) a minority of people again that get to rule the roost. It is ridiculous to make such a big stink over a name that is not any more derogatory than any other word in our vocabulary. I could understand that a former student/staff member could get really agitated over the issue.



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4/10/10 12:45 P

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Wow. This is really a hot topic in our household. DH is thinking of picketing the capitol --LOL.

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