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University of North Dakota begins campaign to find nickname

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) The University of North Dakota is looking for suggestions for a new nickname.

The school's nickname committee will be accepting submissions beginning Wednesday until the end of the April. The names must be 25 characters or less.

The committee says it is looking for nicknames that are unique, promote pride and strength, represent the state and region, honor the traditions and heritage of the past, and can be a unifying and rallying symbol.

A consulting group will research the suggestions for any trademark or copyright infringement. The committee will narrow down the choices for a public vote.

The school's Fighting Sioux nickname was retired in June 2012, after which the Legislature enacted a three-year moratorium on a new moniker.

Nicknames can be submitted online at .