Why choose a new name?

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I have a question concerning the name change for the new school resulting from the merger of Augusta State University and Georgia Health Sciences University: Why does the new school even need a new name?

Think about it: Everyone in our area loves the name Augusta State University. Not only has ASU now gained the national recognition it deserves, we all love the acronym ASU, the Jaguars, etc.

Leaving the name unchanged would have many advantages. The only sign changes would be on the medical campus, saving millions. The golf and basketball teams would retain the championships they have earned under their original name. The present student body would not have to choose from several names on their diplomas, and alumni will still be proud of the name on theirs.

The name Augusta State University already contains two important words – “Augusta” and “University.” Why change it?

It would be much easier to convince the Board of Regents to keep the name as-is rather than argue over what new name would be acceptable or even needed!

This plan would satisfy all involved; retain the donations that are being reconsidered; and even restore some of the public’s respect for Dr. Azziz.

I am very surprised that this compromise has not been mentioned as a solution, and I sincerely believe this option would be satisfactory to all concerned.

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cheeringonthedawgs
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cheeringonthedawgs 08/16/12 - 06:45 am
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Name Change

That would be toooooo easy. Don't you know if Azziz can't spend money he is not happy. He steps in and gets everything new again. It is so stupid. Now we hear that the Regents didn't even know of the polls and their results. Now Azziz is shoving this name down our throats telling us to accept it. He hasn't lived in the south long. We NEVER FORGET!!!!!

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Eppie 08/16/12 - 10:33 am
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Well, I'm not sure if that

Well, I'm not sure if that would make the Georgia Health Sciences University students happy. They might have felt like ASU was taking over their school. Also, there are campuses of GHSU that are not located in Augusta.

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KSL 08/16/12 - 11:14 am
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Just my opinion, but I think

Just my opinion, but I think all would be better served if no merger occurred and efforts to bring up the reputations of both schools were concentrated on. Then Augusta would have been able to brag about having two fine instutions, both with long histories.

KSL
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KSL 08/16/12 - 11:23 am
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There is a a very small

There is a a very small medical school at Dartmouth in tiny Hanover, NH. Accepted for 2009, for example, were 84 students out of between 5000 and 6000 applicants. It's the 4th oldest in the nation. Rankings by US News in the 30's, not bad for its size.

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