WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – While new students to UNC Chapel Hill are no longer considered ‘freshmen', the administration at UNC Wilmington has no intention of dropping the term.
A spokesperson for the university said that while terms like ‘first year student' are acceptable, there is no campus-wide plan to drop the word ‘freshman' from the vocabulary.
Students on campus seemed to favor the traditional terminology. Sophomore Sara Baquero said she could not understand how someone could be offended it.
"It's not really meant to discriminate," Baquero said. "It's just a term."
The word ‘freshman' has a traditional ring to it, according to sophomore David Rulestead.
"You're always known as a freshman when it's your first year on campus," he said. "It's not an insult. It's just how it's always been."
Natalie Lloyd mentioned that she had not thought about the word as gender specific, but being labeled a ‘freshman' was not enjoyable.
"I think it's a good thing that they might consider changing it to first year students instead of freshmen," she said.
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