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11.4.02

What's in a Name?

"Recently, the board of governors of the 16-campus university of North Carolina system suggested that the time had come for Fayetteville State University to be renamed the 'University of North Carolina at Fayetteville,' just as 'UNC Wilmington' 'UNC Asheville,' and 'UNC Pembroke,' had been. The theory being that, not only would the names be more uniform, but the smaller schools would gain enhancement-by-association with the university's flagship and oldest campus, in Chapel Hill. The FSU alumni respectfully declined.

It reminded me of the time the same reasoning was applied to North Carolina State University in Raleigh. It was back when the university changed its structure to the current form, and it was suggested all the schools be 'UNC somewhere.' Such an uproar erupted from State alumni, the ground shook. No way would they be identified, even possibly, as a sub-campus of Carolina! There was one ridiculous compromise suggestion that the school be called 'North Carolina State University of the University of North Carolina at Raleigh.' well, the whole scrap wound up in the legislature, and, to make a long story short, 'UNC Raleigh' never happened.

As shakespeare asked: "What's in a name?"

Apparently a lot."

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