I received a note from the Herald’s editor and publisher this afternoon that we will be phasing out using “Fighting Sioux” to describe UND’s athletic teams beginning immediately.
That means tomorrow’s game recap will be the first in the Herald that refers to the team as simply UND.
For those who aren’t familiar with the ongoing Fighting Sioux nickname issue, UND is dropping the name and will not have a nickname until at least 2015.
There will still be inevitable references to the nickname in stories. It won’t disappear from the jerseys for a couple of months, it may make it into quotes now and again and in color descriptions of the atmosphere.
But as far as referring to the team, it will simply be “The University of North Dakota.”
For us writers, it will be very difficult not to become redundant with our use of “UND,” in stories and headlines. At least my first attempt won’t be on a tight deadline or anything…