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Published April 12, 2010, 04:29 PM

UND Alumni Foundation Feeling Backlash From Nickname Retirement

Last weeks decision to retire the Fighting SIoux nickname and logo sent shock waves across the UND community. Alumni are no exception. UND relies heavily on their donations but the retirement affect donations.

Last weeks decision to retire the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo sent shock waves across the UND community. Alumni are no exception. UND relies heavily on their donations but the retirement affect donations.

Last year a record number of donors gave $47 million dollars to UND and this year they're on track again to have a record number of donors. Last Thursday's decision to retire the nickname may already be causing some to retire from donating.

Tim O'Keefe: "Short term you could measure a reduction in contributions, in terms of dollars, I don't know but there's no question there's a lot of emotions out there some not positive."

The Alumni Association says just over the past few days they've had donors calling frustrated, saying they're holding off on donations for now. How long that will last for is the question.

Tim O'Keefe: "What we're about here is students, anyone who pulls back contributions all they're doing is hurting students programs, coaches, faculty and the core of what we're about as a foundation."

John Marshall is an alumnus and a donor. He says many alumni are upset about the abruptness of the decision and don't understand why they couldn't have waited until the November deadline to give the tribes every chance to vote.

John Marshall: "We have the right to question, to be mad I think that's a little far, but you do question why they can't wait six more months."

Marshall says like O'Keefe he thinks the affect will be short term.

John Marshall: "do I think it will affect donations long term, you have to remember we're still long term Fighting Sioux members and still believe in this university."

The Alumni foundations says the effect retirement will have on donations can only be measured over ti

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