Name decision is 'idiotic'

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It is a travesty that some self-important, self-serving committee with no regard for historical significance – or even knowledge of the meaning of the former Medical College of Georgia’s past – has taken it upon themselves to change the school’s name yet again to one with no meaning and no potential student attraction, and which certainly smacks of self-satisfying ego-stroking of the regents – appointed by whom?

Whose palms are being crossed with money? Who will benefit from this ridiculous name of Georgia Regents University? GRU on a T-shirt? Are you kidding? Athletics? Yes, I certainly hope my surgeon can play shortstop or at least swing a tennis racket.

I had donated my body to MCG and tolerated the name change to GHSU, but now, no way will I contribute in any way to this no-prestige college.

I also want my mother’s remains to be returned to me. As a direct descendant of Milton Antony – chief founder of the Medical College of Georgia – I decided that it would be meaningful to have her buried with other donors after the memorial service. I did that in good faith. Now, there’s no meaning and no loyalty from the current batch of “leaders,” and evidently no one who even cares – and her presence there is meaningless and insulting to her memory.

Will the public ever hear the truth behind this idiotic decision? It hopefully will be hurtful to monetary donations, revenue and numbers of body donations. Anyone who had a part in robbing MCG of a name steeped in historical significance and sentiment should be ashamed of themselves. That you were given power to do this is hateful and stupid.

“Lord, what fools these mortals be!”

Mimi Arrington Chovan


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PKRichmond 08/12/12 - 03:11 am
Oh really ?

so with the name change , the mission and service by this university changes ? c'mon is it only about your ego ? no matter what the name is the service to the community by the institution and the educational leadership will be the same.. Please stop being childish .. no matter what your pedigree is. we need to move on .. ! its just a name.. same place, same people ... so this is your contribution to the world. burying your moms cadaver which was once donated to medical students ???

noway 08/12/12 - 10:11 am
read the articles

Ms. Mimi, have you read all of the articles? The Committee never suggested this name. It was force-fed to them and Azziz picked it. The name wasn't at the top of national marketing research, not even in the top 3, and Azziz still picked it. The Regents stood by Dr. Azziz's choice, and ignored the $45,500 study. I would gladly support the GRU name IF it had been test-marketed as the best name, but blatant disregard for market research is ignorant.

Fiat_Lux 08/12/12 - 04:01 pm
Lots of us descendent types

are outraged about this insult.

I even went out to Magnolia Cemetery to place flowers and just to check that the family plots hadn't experienced damage due to some highly agitated occupants.

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