Changing “UW-M” to “Wisconsin State University” is a bad idea.

April 6th, 2006

Because they’re sick of playing second banana to UW Madison, buy cialis pharm a group at UW-M wants to drop the hyphen from UW-M and change the name of the school to Wisconsin State University.

This is a bad idea.

Not because changing the name is a bad idea…but because “Wisconsin State University” is another sucky name.

I’ve actually been thinking about this issue for a while now.

There’s no reason why a state school has to run a distant second to another state school.

People often seem impressed when they find out that I went to Purdue University in Indiana.

What most people don’t know is that Purdue is a state school.

Just like Indiana University.

And I’m telling you right now, viagra no one would be impressed by my alma mater if it were called Indian University-West Lafayette.

So my suggestion is that UW-M change their name to something with some historical interest and weight to it.

A name that takes Wisconsin and Milwaukee out of play all-together.

My thought?

Mapel University.

Sounds like a quality private school, doesn’t it?

John J. Mapel was actually the first president of the Milwaukee State Normal School (the original predecessor of what became UW-M).

If Milwaukee wants UW-M to become a world-class university, they need a name to go with it…

…a name that removes the stigma of a state school and provides it with the opportunity to create it’s own unique presence and reputation.

Think about it.

Mapel University is the sort of name that could grow on you.

Go read Shark and Shepherd’s post about the same story. Seeing it made me dig this post out of the rough draft folder.

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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Wigderson Library & P&hellip  |  April 6th, 2006 at 7:17 pm

    Wisconsin State Panthers…

    Speaking of UW-Milwaukee graduates, a group of campus radicals (you know, faculty and administrators) want to get rid of the hyphenated name and go with somethin ……

  • 2. Mike  |  April 6th, 2006 at 9:47 pm

    The only problem with Maple U or Milwaukee U is the obvious confusion with the other “MU” in town.

  • 3. Belle  |  April 6th, 2006 at 11:27 pm

    I think we should call it Belle University

  • 4. Administrator  |  April 7th, 2006 at 1:05 am

    Mike, I figured you’d just say, “I went to Mapel” like I say, “I went to Purdue.”

    We don’t call it PU for obvious reasons.

  • 5. Nick  |  April 7th, 2006 at 8:24 am

    Actually… my mother remembers going to Milwaukee State Normal School. I always get a kick out of listening to the announcers during the NCAA tournament… when UWM is playing some other non-Wisconsin school…. they always say “Wisconsin Milwaukee” as if we’ll confuse them with UW which isn’t even playing in this game.

    But really… just imagine how bad Miami of Ohio feels.

  • 6. c  |  April 7th, 2006 at 10:55 am

    Have you ever taken a look at Virginia’s public colleges and universities?

    Here is a list of the 4-year public schools in order of prestige (sort of).

    University of Virginia, or UVA (one of the top public schools in the country)
    College of William and Marry
    Virginia Polytechnic Institute, or Virginia Tech (good college football)
    Virginia Commonwealth, or VCU (VA is a commonwealth, not a state, so this is like saying “virginia state”)
    James Madison University
    George Mason University (yes, the one from the Final Four)

    There’s more… but you get the point. They are all good and respected schools in Virginia and many also have some extent of national recognition. I think this is the type of example you were trying to give… where there is a “public” and “tiered” structure in the state, but they aren’t just a bunch of hyphenated names.

  • 7. Administrator  |  April 7th, 2006 at 11:02 am

    Exactly, what I meant.

    Sort of. ;)

  • 8. Joey  |  April 8th, 2006 at 11:20 am

    Mapel…a bit too much like a tree. But on the right track.

    Besides, there did used to be a whole string of “Wisconsin State-” universities. My alma mater was one of them, until the merger with the UW system in…I believe it was 1973. The nice thing about the current system is it gives little schools of 5600 (like the one I went to) a little added prestige when you say, “I went to a school in the University of Wisconsin system,” rather than, “I went to Brady University,” or what have you.

  • 9. Clint  |  April 8th, 2006 at 12:38 pm

    I say we sell the naming rights to the highest bidder to help offset the 6 figure salaries of the profs that don’t teach. Wwe can get a couple of hundred million for the naming rights.

    How about

    Miller Brewhouse University

    or

    Cadillac College

    or

    Merck Academy

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