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Clunker "Georgia Regents University" proposal has Augusta hot

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There’s a whole lot in this name.

A whole lot of revulsion, that is.

The proposed name for the newly consolidated Augusta university hadn’t even been voted on, but the reviews were already pouring in over the weekend and into Monday. And they pretty much universally savaged the name “Georgia Regents University” – which the state Board of Regents was expected to be asked to approve today.

“Hate it,” one online commenter said.

“I despise the name,” another said.

“A disaster,” said another.

“This makes absolutely no sense and feels like every person that ever attended these campuses (is) being hammered with disrespect,” concluded another.

“At least now we see how much the ATL bigwigs care about local input. Nada,” still another lamented.

“That has to be the ugliest sounding name to call a school,” and “Is the name ‘Augusta’ that bad?” wrote two others.

“It’s the dumbest name I’ve ever heard,” said Augusta Com­mis­sioner Joe Bowles.

It’s not even close. Augustans don’t just dislike the name Georgia Regents University – they utterly detest it.

As one of the commenters noted, we will now see if our views, desires and sensibilities on this end of the state matter a whit to the state Board of Regents.

A hopeful sign emerged Monday afternoon, as Board of Regents chairman Benjamin J. Tarbutton III tried to assure folks that two other proposed names are also still in the mix: Georgia Arts and Sciences University and University of Augusta.

We’ll see if others on the board are as responsive to the firestorm that blew up over here.

It appears that the powers that be are going so far out of their way to avoid including “Augusta” in the name of the new university that they can’t even see Augusta anymore. The question now is, can they hear us?

The most consistently popular name for the consolidated university that will comprise the current Augusta State University and Georgia Health Sciences University – “The University of Augusta” – has somehow at the last minute been overtaken by the clunker “Georgia Regents University.” Why? Especially when that name will mean nothing outside of the state – but the name “Augusta” is already a worldwide brand, thanks to the Masters tournament.

One other reason to oppose the Regents name came on Monday: Officials at Regent University in Virginia, a faith-based school founded by televangelist Pat Robertson, asked Georgia not to do it – and big hints were laid that it would bring a lawsuit.

If the Georgia Board of Regents still chooses that name, it will have gone even further out of its way to avoid “Augusta.”

This, after the Augusta community gamely rallied to support the state’s desire to merge the two universities here. That kind of team spirit – which the state hasn’t experienced in every consolidation proposal – should be given great consideration in the naming of the new institution.

They’re looking everywhere for a new name for the consolidated university – everywhere, it seems, except the obvious place.

Augusta.

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seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/07/12 - 04:03 am
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Turnips anyone....

You might as well call it Turnip University....

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/07/12 - 04:49 am
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Dr. Azziz, the OB physician,

Dr. Azziz, the OB physician, should turn down the Pitocin, get the blade out of his hand because a C-section is not needed for the birth of this new school and let the birth naturally occur producing a child that resembles its parents. UA.

blues550
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blues550 08/07/12 - 06:45 am
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Ego
Unpublished

The person pushing this name is a clear sign of ego run amuck. Enough already.

HTN007
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HTN007 08/07/12 - 07:50 am
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UGA - Augusta

University of Geogia - Augusta

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/07/12 - 08:45 am
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New Year

When the Chronicle tallies up the stories in December for it's New Year edition where they declare the "story of the year," the naming of the merged university will win the contest, hands down.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 08/07/12 - 09:08 am
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UofA is the right way

Quite simply, it is the only name that makes any sense for the consolidation of Augusta's two, quite disparate public institutional entities. Both schools are so much a part of the identity of our city that it is inconceivable the new name would not reflect that.

"The University of Augusta" does not offend and is easy on the mind and in the mouth. But, it also demands something of us, we citizens who call this city and its environs our home. While it pays respect to location and history, it offers a totally blank slate upon which greatness might be written.

It is up to us to rise to the challenge that such a name would present to us, in what we allow our city to become over the coming years.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/07/12 - 09:15 am
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Good Post

I agree with you, Fiat Lux. But I was thinking perhaps the reason the Board of Regents cannot abide Augusta in the name of the school is because of the statewide perception that this city has a dysfunctional city government. It is not logical to entwine city government with a state-supported university; but then logic seldom comes into play in a committee meeting comprised of politically appointed hacks.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/07/12 - 10:35 am
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What shall we do.......
Unpublished

Lets spend countless months and millions of dollars on an already established university rename in a town whose name is MUD.

onlysane1left
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onlysane1left 08/07/12 - 11:05 am
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Racist killers in Wisconsin,

Racist killers in Wisconsin, mass murders in Colorado, simple killings and destruction around town, and all that the ACES can talk about is the new university's name. Really? If its not how bad Obama is or how crazy the liberals are or how the mass media is poisoning us, it's the new name! Be objective and stand for something instead of the simple self absorbed stories of the politics you wish to enslave us with. Talk about how its not that bad for seniors who don't have birth certificates and have voted their entire lives, now are getting shut out of this election. Let me hear your views on waves of Chinese ready go come over here and make their fortunes. Give me insight on how the failure of the TSPLOST bill will be good for us, despite the lack of funds in the state for other things. The new university will be named whatever it gets named, this is not editorial worthy news. Be a real newspaper, not like your hated mass marketed peers.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/07/12 - 11:55 am
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Disagree

You're missing out on the biggest story of the year, Onlysane1.

Georgia Proud
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Georgia Proud 08/07/12 - 12:03 pm
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ASU

The only name that makes sense is UGA-Augusta

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/07/12 - 01:01 pm
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Welcome

Hey, welcome to the forum, Georgia Proud.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/07/12 - 01:21 pm
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Well, it can't be UGA-Augusta

Well, it can't be UGA-Augusta since it's not part of UGA unless I missed the news of the merger...and I didn't in case you don't know I'm kidding.

Old Timmer
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Old Timmer 08/07/12 - 01:29 pm
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Are You Kidding!

You said "after the Augusta community gamely rallied to support the state’s desire to merge the two universities" .... really. You must have not listened to the faculty, staff & students who do not want this to happen. People who give a crap about history of the two schools who clearly do not relate well in their academics & atmosphere. There will be no monetary savings, so what is this really all about?

David Parker
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David Parker 08/07/12 - 02:10 pm
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I guess many of the questions

I guess many of the questions posed here have been answered.

Quite simply, Augustans and the folks that support and facilitate the existence of these 2 Universities were not worth including in the process. Appreciate the confidence and being so predictable BoRegents. Congratulation on your seizing of our school and renaming it after yourselves. Again, so predictable.

socks99
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socks99 08/07/12 - 05:04 pm
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The Regents system of

The Regents system of governance is designed to withstand public opposition and political influence; why on earth would public opinion matter at all?

Still, there are some advantages of such a system as it allows top down management and planning that can leverage the entire system and possibly boost the standard of living of Georgians.

Whatever the name, it's likely that state and federal support for higher education, generally, has reached a climax, and is set for many years of decline.

Of course, the oldest universities around have persisted nicely through both good and bad economic times; some of them are remarkably effective at times and other times political footballs for graft-minded elites, legislators and other power brokers.

It's really hard to know what's going on at the Regents or in public higher education in GA, now a days; perhaps the music is still playing, and the Regents are still dancing?

Augustans and all Georgians would benefit if strong political leadership would challenge the Regent's for power and put the system on course to hold-up the public interest over that of insiders running the show; their gaffes have put the system at great risk while it has enriched them and their associates.

Wouldn't it be neat if all the sitting Regents could be forced out of office just when Augusta's new university gets the name "GA Regents University?"!

Georgialina
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Georgialina 08/07/12 - 09:22 pm
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Georgia Rejects University

I think the name should be "The James Brown Downtown College of Knowledge" At least we could laugh at that instead of being a laughing stock!!!

WorriedAboutOurFuture
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WorriedAboutOurFuture 08/07/12 - 10:12 pm
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Here's an idea

Have an institution(s)-wide work slow-down and a sick-out to protest being spit upon this way. That would generate some interest.

Or march on old Ricardo's benefit-mansion, wearing hoods to protect the identities of employees and carrying signs and shouting mockery of his highhanded ways.

This choice didn't do anything good for MCG, ASU or Augusta. In fact, with the universal revulsion it elicits, it's hard to imagine it doing anything good for anyone at all.

It's also hard to watch so much history and pride getting flushed by something so stupid, and done by people who aren't from here and have no loyalty to this community.

The "mover and shaker" will leave for bigger and better things, but we will probably be stuck with this stinker forever.

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