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  • Please see below… my email to the presidents office about the Thunder name change. Note the very unprofessional reply I got and received nothing further… thanks for reading. KEEP THE THUNDER!!!

    On Apr 28, 2020, at 4:56 PM, Victoria Tiqui-Sanford wrote:

    Oh boy…..& the saga continues….

    —–Original Message—–
    From: ryan bennison
    Sent: Tuesday, April 28, 2020 4:51 PM
    To: Tracy McDougall
    Cc: Victoria Tiqui-Sanford
    Subject: Thunder name change

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    My name is Ryan Bennison. I played basketball for the Thunder for 4 years and was employed with the college for almost 12 years.

    I’m writing this because I am very upset and disappointed about the upcoming name change by the SA. The reason for the change is not warranted and they way they have gone about it is absolutely wrong and mischievous. Why hasn’t someone from the SA stepped in, better yet the college.

    I currently work With the OPP and we are heavily involved in the indigenous communities and the name Thunder is widely used. To have a very very small group of people put forth a name change to put their stamp in a college is nuts. Especially ones that have not put blood sweat and tears into the athletic programs and giving back to the college/community.

    I can’t seem to figure out why someone in the college hasn’t stepped up to reverse this. The SA president even published the surveyed results and Thunder was the clear winner. Where in life do you add up the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place votes to beat the number 1 winner? How can the college stand to be represented by this scandal?

    To add to the above, we are currently going through a pandemic right now… the name change would cost thousands and thousands of dollars which we all know could be spent doing better for the students, the college staff, and the community. To make this change then have the students pay for it is not right.

    I don’t know if this email will ever be read or pushed forward. But I thank you for reading if you’ve made it this far. There’s a very long history to the name Thunder. By the petition going around And the 1800 signatures, I’m sure that explains it.

    I’m sorry if this sounded harsh but the hurt and deceit that will go with this name change will only hurt the colleges reputation and tarnish the past.

    Keep the name THUNDER. Honour the indigenous people like it has for years and years and honour them by honouring the voting results.

    Hoping this email can reach the president. Wishing you and your families nothing but health through this difficult time

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