UMD’s Student Association (SA) has reached its goal of raising enough money to replace the existing green and white signs with ones that are maroon and gold. This is an idea that they hope will join community and student pride.
“We’re increasing people’s pride,” said TJ Kiewatt, SA’s representative at large. “People are seeing these signs and feeling that sense of feeling, that sense of ‘I am a bulldog, I’m that awesome’ sort of feel.”
According to Hannah Mumm, SA’s president, the final cost for the signs was roughly $5,734. Most of that came from donations and fundraisers. However, $1,300 was provided by the Strategic Small Grant Fund set in place by Chancellor Lendley Black’s Strategic Plan. The plan aims to bring students and the community together.
The signs will replace all the existing ones on campus, which Mumm hopes will “create a soft edge to campus.”
After attempts to contact Mayor Don Ness, he said in a voicemail that he thinks it’s a great project.
”It’s a very small but solid way to show the connection between the city of Duluth and UMD,” said Ness.
“By defining where Bulldog country lies but not putting such a harsh border on it, I think that that will help fulfill the goal of the Strategic Plan,” said Mumm.
With the funds raised, and money from the grant, SA actually overshot their goal and raised a total of $6,200. Since the signs cost less than that, Kiewatt said it gives them some cushion money.
“The extra money goes into a fund to help maintain the signs,” said Kiewatt. “Each sign needs to be replaced every 10 years because the reflective paint wears off, and then there are people who steal them or something.”
The new signs will be officially unveiled next Thursday, Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. in Ordean Court, which SA hopes will be a community event.
BY: Anne Kunkel Christianson email@example.com