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Students push new name for UWM

A group of students at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, of which I am a proud graduate, are clamoring for a name change. One of the primary reasons is some students are tired of being in the shadow of UW-Madison, the system's other doctorate granting research university. Their preferred name would be Wisconsin State University, and Chancellor Carlos Santiago has expressed support for exploring the idea.

I do think UWM is a great university with excellent facilities, and some top notch faculty. It also offers many more programs than the rest of the system. Personally though, WSU doesn't really do it for me. I'd much rather retain the city in the name. University of Milwaukee, for instance, would be much better.


At 4/07/2006 10:13:00 PM, Anonymous haaz said...

This is apparently is coming from the same boneheads who want to recall Alderman D'Amato and eliminate the Women's Resource Center. They're obsessed with "saving the student's checkbook," while everything they propose would have costs far beyond anything they're willing to acknowledge. It's the worst of Reagan-style politics come to fruition in a new generation.

At 4/08/2006 08:15:00 AM, Anonymous Ben said...

Student activists are some pretty stupid people. In it for the wrong reasons, that's for sure.

About the name, not too keen on the idea of being another UofM but one state over. And I'm sick of that corn field west of here getting all the credit, and the public health school should be where it can do the most good, but we have name recognition with 3 NCAA appearances under Wisconsin-Milwaukee. And that has been our marketing to how many high school grads nationwide.

There is a time to change brand. And there is a time to recommit to it. I think this is a time to step up UWM, preferrably with something outside basketball for frequency.

Frankly, the Alumni Association would be key. I'm glad it's free now. But they need a nationwide program to connect alumni with recent grads for job placement and networking, not just direct mail. That is how you gain a collegiate ethos. Do that and people will be begging to join.

"Our loyalty to Black and Gold
"We remember from days of old."

ps- the UWM website is ugly.

At 4/09/2006 11:56:00 PM, Blogger *67 said...

I'm hoping this becomes a dead issue. I'm proud to say I graduated from UW-M. I think these students could focus their energy on more important things that have larger impacts to the student population.


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