Reed Soderstrom, an attorney and member of the committee sponsoring the petition, told the Grand Forks Herald the petition has a 50/50 chance.
“It’s going to be close,” he said. “We’re either going to make it by a little or miss it by a little.”
To get the question on the June primary election ballot, the petition has to be filed with the secretary of state by February 7 and have 13,500 valid signatures.
On the other hand, legislators have pretty much given up on keeping the nickname and teams are already switching to UND uniforms. According to a January 3 story by KFYR-TV, key legislators said it was time to move on.
“The transition is going forward and is moving forward, and I think that it’s time to let the University of North Dakota become who they need to become in order to be D1 and fully be D1 and be a member of the Big Sky Conference,” Rep. RaeAnn Kelsch, R-Mandan, told the station.
According to bleacher report, the women’s ice hockey team debuted their new uniforms January 4. A new mascot isn’t supposed to be chosen until 2015. For now the logo is a generic UND design.