First off I am an alumnus of the University of North Dakota and nothing pisses me off more than what has transpired with the Fighting Sioux nickname, this spring. UND has lacked leadership and someone to bring the University of North Dakota forward.
In my opinion Robert Kelly is the wrong person to lead this university forward, I find him uninspiring. When I read this article it makes my head want to explode of course Robert Kelly is committed to lead the transition, he has no commitment, no attachment and no understanding of what the Fighting Sioux stands for, not a clue what so ever. Robert Kelly is an alumnus Abilene Christian University in Abilene, TX Kelly could give a "flying eff" about the Fighting Sioux name and its storied history. Kelly is an academic who probably has never held a real job outside of the University setting and probably looks at the Fighting Sioux Nickname as a impediment to UND and his vision of what UND should be.
I still to this day believe that UND should be run by a person that is from UND and more specifically a UND grad. You can't tell me we don't have someone from UND and North Dakota that isn't qualified to run this University. I can't be the only one that feels this way? Here is the video of the this uninspiring speech. [Click to watch]
GRAND FORKS - UND President Robert Kelley told members of the University Senate on Thursday that he is "fully committed to the implementation" of marching orders he received last month from state higher education authorities concerning transition from the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo.
Two "task groups" have been established, one to "plan and implement the process of honoring the history and traditions of the Sioux name and logo" and another to "reach out to students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends - all our constituencies."
A third group has not yet been activated, he said, identifying it as a "new-directions task group," which - when and if activated - "will help us think through the process of selecting a new name and logo for the university."
Kelley, who will report to the state Board of Higher Education in Bismarck Monday on the transition, said that "for the immediate future," he will recommend "that UND simply use its name - the University of North Dakota - and that our athletic and academic teams use the term 'North Dakota' or the interlocked ND as an outward identity for activities that require such designation."
Due to licensing and contractual considerations, including the fact jerseys and other items already have been ordered, "we will use the Fighting Sioux name and logo through the coming year," he said. "We're certainly not going to cover up (that part of) any team item that has been ordered."
However, "as we get through that cycle (the 2010-2011 school year), we would expect to see no Fighting Sioux logo" in use by UND teams, he said.
Kelley said he has had "cordial, businesslike talks" with representatives of the NCAA and with managers at Ralph Engelstad Arena concerning terms of the lawsuit settlement negotiated in 2007 by Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem. The NCAA stipulated that many of the Sioux logos and other features at the arena would have to be removed.