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Published November 08, 2009, 08:46 AM

UND students and staff say they are ready to move on

Grand Forks, ND (WDAZ TV) - As UND continues its struggle with what to do about the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo, some students and staff say they're ready to move on. Thursday night, the UND Senate passed a motion basically telling the Higher Education Board to start retiring the logo.

By: Victor Meza, WDAZ

Grand Forks, ND (WDAZ TV) - As UND continues its struggle with what to do about the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo, some students and staff say they're ready to move on. Thursday night, the UND Senate passed a motion basically telling the Higher Education Board to start retiring the logo.

Most of the UND Senate agreed on Thursday to start retiring the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo. Student Senators I talked with today feel that students are in favor of moving on too.

“As long as this issue stays on campus it's a distraction and whatever happens to the logo, we don't want to see any uprising to any of the decisions being made.”

Student leaders also say students feel like they're not being able to voice their opinions as much as they would like in the decision process.

“Students are kind of left out of it, the power is with the state board and with the tribe and that's what all students can agree that it's frustrating that it's out of our hands and this is just one of those things that it's just out of our hands.”

Students on and off campus are split with the issue of the Fighting Sioux nickname but they all would like to have it resolved. The problem with the logo is not only affecting the average student, it's also hindering UND athletics.

“As an athlete as well and have most of constituents as athlete its holding us up from joining the conference affiliation because we are locked with this logo issue witch is causing us to not play certain teams or arenas at certain colleges and that’s an issue as well.”

Jones says the quicker the university can move on, the quicker UND will find its identity.

“As soon as we can get this resolved as a conference affiliation or just understanding who we are as an identity which would be nice.”

The senate motioned to start retiring the nickname and logo because there was no formal extension given by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe.

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