Don't ramrod 'Regents'

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The Oct. 26 article “‘Augusta’ added to name” suggests that a compromise was reached in the new name for the combined Augusta State University and Georgia Health Sciences University. Why do these buffoons continue to ramrod the name “Regents” as part of the new university name?

A national survey was completed that cost taxpayers more than $45,000. These appointed “leaders” should use the results from that survey.

There are many universities that have the city name as part of the university name that are in the top 50 national universities that do not include such a pompous reference to the associated governing board.

Examples of such university names include: Princeton University (in Princeton, N.J.), Stanford University (in Stanford, Calif.), University of California-Berkeley (in Berkeley, Calif.), University of California-Davis (in Davis, Calif.), University of Texas at Austin (in Austin, Texas), University of Chicago (in Chicago), University of California at Los Angeles (in Los Angeles), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (No. 43, in the twin cities of Urbana and Champaign, Ill.).

There also are many colleges in this list that have the city name as part of their normal and acceptable name.

What is wrong with naming the new university the University of Augusta? The survey suggested “University of Augusta” was No. 1 on a national, regional and local level. The public has expressed a desire to have it named this, and Augusta is globally known because of such events as the Masters Tournament and Ironman Augusta. Also, there is a lawsuit pending that is costing the taxpayers.

So far, based on the questionable processes that have taken place with this name and all the information and propaganda that is available from the spin-masters, I do not see anything positive in keeping “Regents” as part of the new university name.

Regarding GHSU President Ricardo Azziz: Save the “A” and get rid of the “zziz!”

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/31/12 - 01:59 pm
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Stanford

Stanford, a private university, is named for the son of Leland Stanford. The son died of illness as a teenager, and the university was built in his memory, with the father being the chief benefactor. Yes, you can see that the mailing address of Stanford University is a town called "Stanford," but it's little more than the school post office. Everyone in central California knows that Palo Alto is the city where Stanford sits.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/31/12 - 01:58 pm
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$45,000

I think we're beating a dead horse when we continue to bring up the $45,000 spent on the surveys. $45,000 is chicken feed to Azziz, especially when it's other people's money. Azziz spills more than $45,000 a week around campus unaccounted for and unaware.

OnTheHill1
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OnTheHill1 10/31/12 - 07:23 pm
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Where is the Accountability?

Little Lamb, you are dead on in Azziz's perception of the $45K, he spends that a month in his dinners held at his home, funded from either the state or the 2 foundations that he taps. What has always been missing in the Azziz formula is accountability. Because Deal loves him, the BOR lets him be and he has free rein to do whatever he wants, spend what he wants, fire the people he wants without cause, etc. So while layoffs happen, cost controls are imposed, he buys more expensive wine, to entice donors to give.

Where is the accountability? It certainly takes money to make money, but where is the balance sheet that justifies his actions, whether at his home or in his office?

The naming process is but the symptom, the problem is no transparency, the complete lack of accountabilty.

Independent
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Independent 11/01/12 - 04:40 am
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Bigger Problems

Augusta, you have bigger problems than a school name feud: education, city managers, crime, cultural unawareness, etc. Aim your passion and efforts to solve these and other problems before engaging in minutiae.

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