Monday, October 29, 2007

Gunther Foy: Editor of The Dakota Student

Hello friends. My name is Gunther Foy. I was born on May 31st, 1973. I am a 34 year old man, pleasantly fulfilled with my life. In 2002, I proposed to a Felicia Foy; a booty-licious Sophomore at the University of North Dakota. We've been married for about 4 years and we have a lovely little girl named Gertrude. I graduated from Stanford University with a major in English. I currently work as an editor for The Dakota Student, which is an online organization presenting relevant and current stories concerning today's hottest news. I try as much as possible not to be biased when I edit the stories given to me by my staff. I post the best of the best for the common well being of the people. I love being able to keep the world up to date on current issues. Overall, I love the work I get to do and the satisfaction I get knowing that I am helping people get informed.


Rachel said...

Hey I'm the fifth jury member. What's your view on the mascot? Do you think UND should be able to keep it or should have to make a new one. Thanks!
- Amy Red Oak

Natalie said...

Hi! I was just wondering what your viewpoint was on whether or not we should keep the mascot. I think that we should get rid of it, and pick a less offensive one. What do you think?
Len McAuley

Megan said...

Gunther Foy-
As Standing Rock Tribal Chairman, I think that the settlement of UND's logo and nickname unfairly shifts the burden of retiring the nickname to the tribes. In the Native American community, these names, mascots, and logos are offending many of our people and causing a disturbance in our Tribes. But since we have been given the responsibility to solve this matter, I think that this might be the only way to really resolve this problem. I think that many people believe that this is an opportunity to show the world that we, as Native Americans, are just as human as any other persons in the world. It would be nice to be at peace with all those that are involved with the matter but I guess I don't see it realistically happening. I wish that it could be that simple to just use our tribe as a representative of the University of North Dakota but I dont see it happening that way. The Native Americans will still be in the learning of our history. I think that we should ban these names and mascots. I think that we can still come to these schools and teach students about our traditions and customs but I don't see myself and the Standing Rock Sioux changing our position opposing the nickname.
-Ron His Horse Is Lightning

Breezy said...

As the chairwoman I do know that it is within my power to make some changes and I am trying to do all that I can for my people. At the time when it was my turn to give an opinion on this subject, I was out of town and I apologize for that. I will try to make it within all my power to see that something is done rightly about this problem. It indeed is a pressure on our society as Native Americans.
~Myra Peterson

Rachel said...

Dear Gunther

Thanks for getting back to me on you view of the issue. However, when you say that you are in support of the mascot, I have to disagree with you. My tribe is the Standing Rock Siuox and we have historically lived in North Dakota, somewhat near the University. Our stance on the mascot is that we don’t support it. Since I was born and raised on our reservation, this is my view too. We believe that this mascot is degrading and misinforming towards the Native American race and that there are many other mascots available to use.
- Amy Red Oak

sarah said...

being in the AIm is represtinting us as a whole and is symbolic itself.
-clyde bellecourt

imhungry4food said...

I am all for negotiating the terms of this mascot. I would much rather come to an agreement, then vote to use it or not use it. I do believe the intentions are not all bad to use our great name. My worries come in with how much respect other people will have for it. I can talk to my people and get the input of them, we can try to come up with alternatives to this issue. I have much respect for they way you approached me on this subject. Thank you
-WInona Yepa

Bailey said...

Yo Gunther,
Thanks, im glad to see that some people are agreeing with me on this whole perspective.. However, i think that the mascot doesnt need to be touched at all. We dont need to make any changes or spice it up. Our icon of the fighting sioux is not very cartoonistic or silly looking. its just a typical, nicely designed picture of a sioux indian. I agree, some other teams should perhaps revamp their mascot and maybe make it a little less- offensive looking..
Take it easy bro,
Kris Porter