Nickname Committee prepares to vet choices

As the public submits ideas, the UND Nickname Committee continues to meet to figure how it will deal with narrowing down the suggestions to three names for the public to vote on.

During the latest meeting on April 16, a point system was approved to help members narrow down names to vote on. The names are being submitted online and through the mail, where they are being compiled by PadillaCRT, a company that has worked with UND throughout the entire process of trying to find a new nickname.

Suggestions are being taken through April 30, and the committee members will have those names shortly after that date.

“We will get the names within 24 to 48 hours,” Committee Vice Chairwoman Jazmyn Friesz said. “As soon as we get the names, the public will get the list.”

PadillaCRT will go through what is expected to be thousands of suggestions and narrow the list down to those that are not trademarked or vulgar. Each member will then get a list which he or she will look at before the next meeting takes place.

The point system that was approved will have the committee score names on a -1, 0 or 1 scale. However, it is unknown when that system will be implemented.

“We haven’t determined what stage of the process we will be using the system yet,” Friesz said. “We’re just going to use it at some point.”

Friesz said the committee doesn’t plan to rush the process, and will take as many meetings as necessary in order to go through all the suggestions. The next meeting is expected to take place during the first week of May.

Megan Hoffman is a staff writer for The Dakota Student. She can be reached at [email protected].