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Engelstad Representative Urges Resolution of Nickname Flap

Reggie Morelli, the local spokesman for Ralph Engelstad Arena, told UND's student senate UND benefactor Engelstad and his company wants to see the Sioux name and logo controversy quickly put to rest. Morelli was invited to speak to the senate, because of student concerns about Engelstad Arena's plans to charge admission to students, said Berly Nelson, student body president. "We got an idea why they felt students should be paying for tickets, and he explained all the benefits of the arena and all the annual costs they will have to maintain the building." And the logo will be going in the arena, on the carpets and in granite on the walls, Morelli told the senate.

Engelstad pledged $100 million to UND; $80 million of it is earmarked to build the new hockey arena.

Morelli said there are a lot of products, such as shirts, caps and notebooks with the Sioux logo that could be selling right now at area retail stores. But it wasn't completely clear if Morelli was speaking only of the new, still-not-approved logo of a feathered Indian brave, or the geometric logo now in use, Nelson said.

The senate has taken no position yet on the new logo and won't until the commission, appointed by President Charles Kupchella to recommend either keeping or changing the Fighting Sioux nickname, finishes its work in the next month, Nelson said.

Grand Forks Herald, November 6, 2000

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